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a complete multivitamin specially formulated with key nutrients plus vitamin d for bone health support. your one a day is showing. thanks so much for watching "360." i'm john berman. time now for don lemon and "cnn tonight." >> this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. breaking news out of washington tonight. the trump reality show continuing and this episode is a doozy. yes, this is real life. first, breaking news on president trump and stormy daniels. that is the porn star who said she had a, quote, intimate relationship with president trump or with trump. well, she is suing the president to end their alleged hush agreement, claiming that he never signed it. in the lawsuit, the attorney for stormy daniels, whose real name is stephanie clifford, states that intimate relationship with trump began in 2006, continued
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well into 2007. daniels signed the nondisclosure agreement in a side letter, just days before the 2016 election. trump attorney michael cohen also signed that day, but the space for trump's signature under the pseudonym, "david dennison," well, that is blank. and we're digging into the court documents for you. we'll have more for you in just a minute on that story. because that news is just part of another day of chaos in this trump white house. top trump economic adviser, gary cohn, quitting tonight, right in the middle of crucial tariff negotiations. and just about an hour and a half after the president saud this. >> there'll be people, i'm not going to be specific, but there'll be people that change. >> the president would like you to believe that there is no chaos. nothing to see here. move it along. in fact, he likes conflict between staffers. >> i like conflict. i like having two people with
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different point of views. i like watching it, i like seeing it. >> the president says he likes it when staffers disagree. but you know what he doesn't like? he doesn't like when his staffers disagree with him. a source telling cnn that president trump was frustrated and angry with gary cohn trying to change his mind. and as always, there's more. a source telling cnn the president has given anthony scaramucci the go ahead to continue attacking chief of staff john kelly during television appearances, including here on cnn. we'll talk more about that, as well. and yes, anthony scaramucci himself was fired from his job as white house communications director after just ten days. but, wait, there is more. the president today admitting, admitting russian interfered in the 2016 election. kind of. >> certainly, there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals. >> and yet, another investigation found that top white house aide kellyanne
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conway violated the hatch act, twice. will there be any consequences? and then, well, there's this, involving what may be president trump's least-favorite subject. and that is the mueller investigation. cnn is learning that george nader, a middle east specialist with ties to donald trump's team, is cooperating with mueller. nader attended secret meetings during the transition between officials of the unit arab emirates and trump associates. chaos. what chaos? nothing to see here. let's bring in sara sidner. cnn's sara sidner on the stormy daniels lawsuit. so, sara, where do we start? there's breaking news tonight on this adult film star, suing the president. what is she alleging? >> reporter: oh, so much. that she was paid $130,000 in hush money and that donald trump knew all about it. that's the first time we have evidence in a public court that alleges that. she also says in the lawsuit
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that she signed a nondisclosure disagreement, but that it is invalid and that's what she's suing over, because she says that donald trump never signed it, though he did know it. and she also says she was pressured and coerced into signing a false statement by donald trump and his attorney michael cohen. this is all happening, by the way, with after the infamous "access hollywood" take place where donald trump is heard saying women, that he can grab them in the most private of parts. that's where this all came out where she said, look, i would like to tell my story. and mr. trump and the campaign got wind of it, don. >> there are so many details in this. what's the timeline here? >> all right, so the timeline is this. in the suit, it alleges that there are so many details, but this is all happening, like i said, around the time when we heard all about donald trump saying "grab 'em in the p" and that he can kiss women wherever he wants. let's show you what is exactly said in this lawsuit pinpoint alleges after discovering that
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miss clifford, which is stormy daniels' real name, stephanie clifford, that mr. trump with the assistance of his attorney, aggressively sought to shut her up to avoid telling the story. and here is an interesting point. it says and alleges, thus helping to ensure he won the presidential election. why is that important? because if he knew about the agreement and he knew about the money paid, that could violate federal finance election laws. that is a problem. and there is already a complaint to the fec about donald trump when it comes to this case. the hush money is an issue if he knew about it and if he knew that anyone in the campaign was involved in it, if that helped him get elected, don. >> and i'm looking at a copy of the complaint here and it's a pretty lengthy complaint. does it say how recently michael cohen was trying to silence stormy daniels, at least according to this lawsuit? >> reporter: it does. it does, indeed, it was just a couple of weeks ago. it says in there, to be clear,
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the attempts to intimidate miss clifford into silencing her and shutting her up continued unabated, for example, only days ago on february 27th, 2018, mr. trump's attorney, mr. cohen, surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceedings against miss clifford in los angeles. remarkably, it says, he did so without even providing miss clifford with knonotice of the proceeding and basic due process. so that is what they're alleging, that she was being pressured. i want to mention something, don. we saw a note from mr. cohen and that note showed that she signed something saying that she'd never had any kind of affair with mr. trump. so that is always going to be out there and in question, don. >> so let me explain this. how does this lawsuit explain stormy daniels' signature or miss clifford clifford's signate statement that she never had an
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affair with mr. trump. does it explain that? >> reporter: it does explain that. and i think they had to talk about that, because it is out there. it says that in january of 2018, we're talking about last month, that she was coerced into signing something that was false, a false statement. and she said she was forced to do it because she was coerced and she was pressured by the attorney through from trump, but she talked specifically to mr. cohen, saying she was intimidated and coerced into signing this. i mean, these are really strong allegations. now, that is, by the way, a copy of the nondisclosure agreement that has been in the news for a very long time, since "the wall street journal" broke the story. you'll notice there. what do you see? dd, the acronym for mr. trump's ali alias, and then pp, the acronym for stephanie daniels' alias.
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but that's her signature there. it says stephanie clifford. and you'll notice one of the lines is blank, that's where donald trump's signature is supposed to go. >> and apparently his pseudonym is david dennison, left plablan. >> reporter: and that's what she's saying. even though they paid the money, he never signed the agreement, so it's not valid and she can tell her story. and she's said through a representative she plans to tell her story. >> this is like an '80s nighttime soap opera. like "dynasty" anyway, thank you, appreciate it. i want to bring in cnn political analyst, josh dawsey of "the washington post," kirsten powers, stephen moore, and political commentator, kevin madden. kevin, you're up first. you read this complaint. stormy daniels said president trump's attempt to silence
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stormy daniels as late as last week. what's your reaction? >> i can pretty much predict what the white house is going to say, which is this is somebody trying to get attention, trying to drive their own sort of pr effort here. but there are some very credible claims. and the fact that we are even having this conversation should be -- you know, should probably register on the richter scale, that we're discussing a sitting president being sued by a porn star. but we're having it. and it's part of almost like the routine of today's news cycle, which is the interesting part of it. >> kevin, are you saying that a porn star would actually try to call attention to herself? shocking, right? >> kevin, do you want to -- >> i mean, that's what porn stars do. >> steven, that's your only response? steven, is that a porn star is trying to call attention -- a porn star with a very lengthy complaint from california. i mean, it's, you know, hey, $130,000 -- >> and she is calling
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attention -- >> from the president's personal attorney. i mean. come on, brother. >> well, look -- >> don, let me -- >> go ahead. >> let him finish his point. i want to hear his point, kirsten. go ahead. go ahead. >> my point? >> yeah. >> look, i don't have any idea what went on. my only point, i mean, really, a porn star? you know, who knows what donald trump did ten years ago, but, look, wasn't this litigated during the campaign when all these women came forward and, you know, people knew about this when they voted for donald trump -- >> no, we didn't learn about it, michael, because of the hush money. he paid her to be quiet. so nobody knew about it until now. >> i think people knew that, you know, trump had had some women. and you know, gee, who would have ever thought that we had a president that had sex out of marriage. >> with a woman who has sex on
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camera for money? i mean -- >> i don't know what to say about it. >> that's the facts. you know, i'm not shaming her, that's what she does and does it proudly and good for her. but that's your only response, is that this has been litigated? it wasn't. we didn't know about it. nobody did. >> my point is that people knew there were women in trump's past and people got past it, you know? and this is something that happened ten years ago. and i don't think the american people really care about that. they care about jobs, the economy, you know, how the country is doing. >> okay. k ke kirsten -- by the way, most people probably don't make $130,000 a year, which was the payout, but go ahead, kirsten. >> honestly, i don't know where to start. first, i want to start with the fact that i don't think it's appropriate to be demeaning this woman. while i don't think it's a choice i would make for a career, she is still a person who deserves respect and you don't have any problem with donald trump who used to hang
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out at the playboy mansion and those kind of things. so if you don't have disdain for him, then you shouldn't have disddi disdain for her. as to the point of people already knew about this, as don has pointed out, people actually didn't know about it. i'll say, i don't care if he had an affair. i didn't care when bill clinton had an affair. the difference is the people who voted for donald trump do care when democrats do it. they don't care when republicans do it. >> and vice versa. >> actually, no, i don't even know that that many democrats care about him having an affair. i think using hush money is another story. that sort of adds another layer to it. and -- >> michael, let her finish. >> let me just finish -- >> steven, i'm sorry about that. >> the other thing that the -- as to whether she's telling the truth, look, "the wall street journal" reported yesterday that michael cohen had told friends that the reason that he was late on the payments is because he
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couldn't get in touch with donald trump, which completely blows up this story that michael cohen was using his own money and that trump didn't know about it. he also complained to friends that trump would pay him back, which certainly would imply that donald trump was in on paying hush money to make sure people don't know about this. >> hey, josh, i promise i'm going to get you in here. but the real question that i have, steven, is you have no issue with whether or not the president or his attorney broke campaign finance law by paying off some -- >> no, no, look, i think we should get to the bottom of that. the point i was making to kirsten is, i remember when bill clinton was president and a lot of women went after the people who alleged him of sexual misconduct. that's what i meant by vice versa, democrats don't have a clean slate here, either. >> but i didn't. and i actually wrote during the campaign about -- >> well, hillary did. >> number one, bill clinton is
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not president anymore and has nothing to do with anything. this is the time we're in now. donald trump is the president. his attorney now is accused of this. was mentioned in this lawsuit currently today. josh, give me your reaction? >> sure. michael cohen here, we had a story about this today, has also been a subject or at least a person of interest in the mueller probe puch several different incidents where bob mueller, special counsel is asking questions about how he interacted in trump's orbit, russian projects that he was involved in and different things he was doing. i certainly think that whatever the circumstances are here, you're going to see a lot more of michael cohen, who was the president's personal attorney in new york and has known him forever and was kind of seen in trump's orbit as his fixer and as his body man, so to speak. the person who relied own for some of the more unseemly tasks, maybe, of donald trump's life before the white house. >> so i think whether this comes to be or not, i think there are
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allegations we're all trying to figure out and get to the bottom of. i don't think this is going to be the last time we hear about michael cohen. >> i want to ask you again, and i hate to keep prezzi ingpressi point here, but listen, there's the salacious quality of it, where everyone's like, oh, my gosh, it's a porn star, what have you, but what if the law was broken here? >> i don't know. i can't want to be too presumptivous. but what's been established, michael cohen paid a porn star $130,000 to not talk about her relationship with donald trump or not make my claims about donald trump. i don't think we know where exactly the money came from. i don't think we know how it was funneled. i don't think we know exactly how the arrangement was settled. and i think that's why everyone's really trying to get to the bottom of this. because it happened a week and a half before the election and there's still a lot of unanswered questions. obviously, as a guest said earlier, you know, the american people didn't know about this, because $130,000 was paid to
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make sure that she didn't tell her story. >> i wonder how the evangelicals would have felt if they would have known. i don't know. >> oh, gee, i wonder. >> when we come back, another day of chaos in the trump white house and the president sued by a popprn star, just hours after his chief economic adviser quits in the middle of crucial tariff negotiations. but don't worry, the president said he'll do tariffs in, get, a loving way. what does that mean? but what a powerful life lesson. and don't worry i have everything handled. i already spoke to our allstate agent, and i know that we have accident forgiveness. which is so smart on your guy's part. like fact that they'll just... forgive you... four weeks without the car. okay, yup. good night. with accident forgiveness your rates won't go up just because of an accident. switching to allstate is worth it.
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tonight, top trump economic adviser, gary cohn, quitting tonight while some close to the white house see this as a big blow. a source tells cnn tonight, the white house is attempting to downplay this latest resignation saying it, quote, a new york guy going back to new york. that's what they say. back with me now, josh dawsey, kirsten powers, stephen moore, and kevin madden. so welcome back, everyone. kevin, gary cohn is out. this is about tariffs, they say, or do you think cohn touted my people on both sides of the aisle as very smart and extremely capable couldn't take the daily chaos anymore? he was just over it? >> well, it's certainly more than just a new york guy going back to new york. i don't think you can underestimate just how much of a stabilizing force that gary cohn was this in administration. this is an administration that doesn't have as deep a bench of experience on economic issues, on policy, so the fact that he was somebody that's respected by
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folks in the business community as well as having built really strong relationships with many folks up on capitol hill. and, you know, not really known as a rock-ribbed republican, but respected by a lot of the republican allies that the president has up on capitol hill and was critical to helping pass the signature accomplishment so far, which was transform. but that i think is the big concern. which is now we have somebody seen as somebody who can keep the president on track and serve as a stabilizing force inside the administration is now gone. and the worry is, who would replace somebody like that? that's a big concern for a lot of people, because you're going into this white house that has demonstrated some level of chaos. it's goupg to be hard to recruit people with experience and people who are going to be willing to take on a task like that. >> gary cohn was seen as one of the adults in the room. very knowledgeable what he did, economics. >> what do you think?
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>> gary cohn actually is a democrat and he had actually favored hillary clinton. so i kind of opposed him, but what a record. has any president had a better first year on the economy than donald trump has with the surging stock market and the massive increases in jobs and we're seeing all this investment flow in the united states and what's happened with the tax cut has been unbelievable and that's been one of the great successes and gary cohn had a big hand in that. so, yeah, he will be missed, but this idea that he's not replaceable, i don't agree with that. i've probably gotten calls from four or five people since this announcement was made four hours ago of really capable people that could fill that position in a minute. >> let me just ask you something. given everything you just said about the economy, and if cohen was so good on that and helped the president out so much and helped america out with this booming economy, then why wouldn't the president listen to
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him on tariffs? and say, so far, young man, you have done very well for me when it comes to the economy. if anybody's advice i should be taking, it's yours. instead of saying, no, this is what i want to do. >> that's a fair point. one of the comments you made earlier that i want to contradict is that donald trump doesn't want people around him who disagree with him. that's flat-out wrong. when i first met him in trump tower and he asked me and larry kudlow to be senior economic advisers for his campaign and we said, donald, we don't agree with you on trade and tariffs. and he said, look, we can agree to disagree. he does like people to butt heads a little bit. he makes the ultimate decision. i don't necessarily agree with these tariffs. i think they're probably a policy mistake. i think we should have tariffs on china, but certainly not canada and mexico. but gary cohn disagreed with the also and he's free to leave. but i think you'll see a replacement in the next week who
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will be an outstanding individual. >> so gary cohn was frustrated that he had been blindsided last week. this peter navarro and wilbur ross had gone around the typical processes and john kelly and gary cohn continued to argue against the tariffs and he lost. but i think the president's instincts have been pretty clear on tariffs. he was for them as a developer in the 1980s, and as you saw this administration go on for months and months and months, there were weekly meetings where gary cohn, rob porter, a number of other senior adviser pushed against them. mattis pushed against them, tillerson. a broad array of the administration has pushed against them, but the president has continually and repeatedly said he wanted these tariffs. and this week it seemed like he got tired of hearing the pushback, the economic analysis, tired of the folks who said he couldn't do it and he did it. >> one quick thing to this.
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donald trump did run on tariffs. every speech he gave, he said, we're going to get tough on trade. and we've got a president who actually does what he said he would do. i don't agree with the decision, but i respect a guy who runs for president and does the things that he promised voters would do. >> kirsten, gary cohn's position with the president has been tenuous since he spoke out against the president last summer after those racist remarks on charlottesville. here's what the president said at the time. >> do i think there's blame? yes. i think there's blame on both side. you look at both sides, i think there's blame on both sides. and i have no doubt about it. and you don't have any doubt about it either. >> so gary cohn literally stood next to the president during those "both sides" remarks, and despite speaking out against him, he didn't quit then. he stayed on, but he's leaving over tariffs? what gives here?
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>> yeah, well, he reportedly wrote a resignation letter after charlottesville and president trump talked him out of it. and as you pointed out, this seems to be the red line for him. so, i don't know. he's the only person that can answer that question. you know, i think that as steve just said, donald trump, if there's one thing that defines him, it's his anti-trade position. he has taken both sides of every issue, except on trade. if you go all the way back to the very beginning of donald trump, he has opposed trade agreements, he has been critical of trade agreements, he has claimed they're the cause of so many economic problems, even when it often isn't. but he believes that it is. and so it is a little strange to have his economic adviser make that a red line. i suppose he thought he was going to be able to convince him and maybe if he had more information, he was going to change his mind. but i wouldn't expect him to change his mind on this. he may soften in around the
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edges, but this is still really a defining issue for donald trump. >> can i make a quick point? >> quickly, please. >> so a lot of his advisers say the president's overarching belief is that america is quote/unquote, getting screwed. and he hasn't really kept up with the data, he still believes that and nothing that they've told him has convinced him otherwise. >> all right, thank you all. i appreciate it. when we come back, the president says he loves ruling with conflict. judging by the revolving door of staff, he seems to be getting plenty of it. what's the impact on the country? oh thanks. say, yeah, i took your advice
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gary cohn, just the latest in the parade of people leaving the trump administration, with the ranks of his senior staff thinning, the president insists there is no chaos. here to discuss, chris whiply is the author of "the gatekeepers: how the white house chiefs of staff define every presidency." and cnn political commentator, dan pfeiffer is here as well, a former adviser to president obama. dan, i'm going to start with you. the president tweeted today, claiming, there is no chaos, only great energy in the white house. and that he still has some people he wants to change when it comes to the kind of things that happened. does it mean that there is great
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energy in the white house? >> i mean, just sitting here for the last like 15 minutes listening to your show, don, like the chaos is so palpable, whether it's the stormy daniels suit or gary cohn leaving in atiaa tiff over tariffs or reading on that trump has authorized anthony scaramucci to attack his own chief of staff. i mean -- like, he can tweet there's no chaos, but chaos surrounds everything that trump touches. it's been -- that's been true his whole life and particularly knew n true that now that he's in the white house. >> and i think it's true because anthony scaramucci has not denied the stories and i don't think he would freelance anything like that, especially about the president's chief of staff. chris, what do you think? >> well, wiyou know, there's grt energy in a house on fire or in a nuclear meltdown, too. this is without a doubt the most dysfunctional white house in modern history. and maybe you can remove the
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word "modern" at this point. you have not only a president who is incapable to have governing, has learned nothing about governing in his first year, he doesn't even seem to know what he's for and what he's against, as we've seen, when he talks about the school shootings or gun control or tariffs. and so, you know, this is a broken white house. >> why do you say -- because you said that this is -- this presidency is in free fall. because according to one study, more than one in three trump administration staffers have left the white house in the first year. that's twice the rate of george w. bush in his first year, triple obama's first year in office. i have a list here of the big names, just the big names that have left. but there have been more people who are not big names that have left this administration. you say free-falling. >> there's no precedent for it. we've never seen anything like it, certainly in the modern era. just an exodus of almost every competent person, heading for the exits. and that's not just chaotic,
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it's also dangerous, i think. for a while, there was an expectation that the generals would somehow be the stabilizing force. the moderating influence who would keep us safe and protect us from trump's incompetence or recklessness, but kelly has turned out to be a guy who reinforces all of his worst instincts. h.r. mcmaster seems to also be headed for the exit. and you have to wonder, who out there with any competence or integrity at a senior level, would want to serve this white house. and i'm not sure there are many. >> last week, when i had you on, i had other folks, and you know, have my little note cards on my desk and i saved some of them to see if they come back. this was last week when we were reporting on hope hicks. h.r. mcmaster could leave by the end of the month. mcmaster's departure would mean that the white house is looking for a third national security adviser. trump was fuming after sessions publicly pushed back against him.
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politico is reporting that cohn may be on his way out because of trump's tariffs. that's last week during the hope hicks. and you hear people say, it's fake news, it's not going to happen, people from the white house will say, no, none of this is true. and then, inevitably, dan, these stories that we report turn out to be true, and no one says, oh, oops, i was wrong, they just move on to the next debacle. >> right. the gary cohn one is interesting, because gary cohn has had one foot out the door for a long time. his job was to advise the president on economic issues, but he spends most of his time, as far as i can tell, talking to washington reporters, telling people how sad he is about working in the white house or about how hard he is trying to save the country. and he's also an object lesson for whoever trump may tap to replace cohn, in that gary cohn walked into this white house as a captain of industry. he was like one of the most respected people on wall street in elite manhattan circles. whatever that's worth. and he leaves with his dig any
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and reputation in tatters, as essentially an internet meme about having stayed through remarks leaves nazis and leaving over tariffs. and everyone has to look at cohn or hope hicks and our legal bills and say, why would i ever go work there? and that's a real problem. because working in the white house, your first year, you're drinking out of fire hose and trying to figure out how things work. but the second year, you have your feet underneath you. and it's the third and fourth year that you can really excel. if people are staying 6, 12 months, they've never going fob ready for a real crisis. >> thank you, gentlemen. a little note for our viewers before we go to break. gary cohn, sally yates, michael flynn, james comey, michael dubke, sean spicer, reince priebus, anthony scaramucci, steve bannon, sebastian gorka, tom price, omarosa, hope hicks, michael short, k.t. mcfarland,
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josh rafael, rick dearborn, keith schiller, and a cast of others. thank you! appreciate it. when we come back, we're learning about the man of mystery with ties to both team trump and a middle east country is cooperating with robert mueller. well, we'll tell you who's talking now and what it could mean for his investigation. plus, why mueller is scrutiny nizi scrutinizing the president's personal attorney. there are two types of people in the world. those who fear the future... and those who embrace it. the future is for the unafraid. ♪ ♪ the future is for the unafraid. than♪ you. imagine if the things you bought every day... earned you miles to get to the places you really want to go.
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breaking news. sources telling cnn that a man with ties to both the team trump, the trump team, and officials from the united arab emirates is now talking to the special counsel, robert mueller. i want to bring in now cnn legal analyst, laura coates, and cnn national security analyst, matthew rosenberg, national security correspondent for the "new york times." good evening to both of you. laura, cnn is just learning about another witness cooperating with the mueller investigation. his name is george nader, a middle east specialist who attended secret meetings during the trump transition, which including officials from the united arab emirates. he was reportedly nabbed by the
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fbi back in january at dulles airport. this would mean a number of people are now cooperating with the special counsel. >> it would mean yet another canary may be singing. there are two points that are really interesting here. number one, remember that george papadopoulos was also stopped, i believe, at the same airport, dulles airport, which is outside the dmv area here, and he was immediately able to have his phone imaged and a grand jury subpoena issued to him at that day. number two, why is the united arab emirates go between the conduit of interest right now when mueller's investigation has largely been about the foreign influence of one country by the name of russia? remember, there was reporting last week that jared kushner, the uae were interested because they believed they could exercise undue influence and try to manipulate him in some way. so what you're seeing is mueller's probe is not looking
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backward as to whether there was collusion or if there was an ongoing effort by other nations besides russia to try to manipulate or exert influence over key members of the administration going forward. it's very important. >> matt, it seems like nader is -- he's like papadopoulos, right? someone not many people have heard of. what do you know about him? anything? >> he's been kind of in the mix on things for years, going all the way pack to tback to the cl administration. this also brings focus on this meeting that happens in the seychelles in january 2017, right before the inauguration, which has really puzzled both investigators and journalists for almost over a year now. it was a meeting between eric prince, a very senior russian who runs an investment fund, that's very close to vladimir putin, and the emiratis. and exactly what went on in that meeting is a source of huge kind
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of questions. nader was at the meeting. and mueller's team has been asking him about it. that's what we understand. so it brings a focus on to this very kind of black hole in the investigation and in the narrative of what happened that some time between when michael flynn was on the phone talking to the russian ambassador and when trump actually entered the white house, there was this meeting in the seychelles, and that's a big part of what nader is being questioned about by mueller's team. >> and we're learning today, laura, that robert mueller's team has interviewed witnesses and interviewing people involving drinvolve involving donald trump's long-term personal attorney, michael cohen. what does this scrutiny tell you? >> it really goes back to the porn star, stormy daniels. i know her real name is stephanie clifford or something like that. but it goes back to that. because, remember, he admitted recently that he made a personal payment. he said it was unrelated to the trump campaign or the trump
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organization. but he himself just decided because either he was an altruistic person or just really wanted to give away $130,000 to somebody and did so just of his own accord. that raised a lot of red flags and suspicion, because it seemed as though he was acting on behalf of somebody else. why? because he said he was merely facilitating a transaction. when he used that word "facilitated," it made mueller's team say, well, obviously you were acting as a go-between. so a go-between who and someone else? and to remind people of what happened with john edwards and not reporting different disclosures and different in-kind contributions and the what not. and it makes sense that mueller's team would investigate this very thing. because it has so many parallels of what happened with john edwards. one of the. people on the federal elections commission at the time john edwards was having an affair with and talking about flying
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her privately because of being pregnant, et cetera. one of the person who said it was not an in-kind transfer or a campaign contribution was now the person who is in the office of white house council, don mcgahn. so when you hear about the parallels being drawn here and about the potential for advising the president or a member of his team in an incorrect way, obviously mueller's probe is going to include that. >> yeah. matt, mueller's team is seeking all communications between recently fired trump aide sam nunberg and nine trump associates. that's according to a grand jury subpoena nunberg got last week. cohn is the only person on that list who did not work for the white house or the trump campaign. does that shed any light on the investigation scope to you? >> i mean, i think at this point, the investigation is incredibly broad. i've been tracking this for over a year now and i need a chart to keep track of everyone who keeps kind of coming in and out. cohn hasn't worked at the white house, he wasn't part of the campaign, but he is a longtime
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kind of compatriot or colleague of trump's. he's been with trump for years and as it looks like in the case of stormy daniels, he's functioned as a go-between, potentially. and so i think any investigation that's looking into possibly misdeeds or some kind of clandestine dealing, michael cohen is going to work into this. now, of course, he denies having any kind of misdeeds here or wrongdoing, but he's going to get examined. >> okay, thank you. thank you, all. when we come back, could we see yet another high-profile member of the trump administration heading out the door? we're going to tell you who the president met with and which adviser he could replace. male vo: when that hurricane hit, the entire community came together as a whole. ♪ it was such an overwhelming response to help others. no one thought that they were going to do this before it happened and everyone just did it. i think that's the way that human nature should be looked at. ♪ i'll stand by you. ♪ i'll stand by you.
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for national security adviser. is he the right guy for the job. >> look, that's obviously up to the president. if it comes to that. mr. bolton was at the united nations representing the united states. you may remember he wasn't actually confirmed for the job. he was a recess appointment. but he was certainly a strong voice at the united nations. but, you know, the immediate challenge is that there is a huge inbox right now that needs to be dealt with, starting of course with north korea, where we have seen a major development today. so i would hope actually that mcmaster stays in place and tries to grapple with the incredibly complex inbox. >> the "washington post" reported last week that officials in at least four countries, including mexico, had privately discussed ways to manipulate jared kushner by exploiting his financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience. tonight we learn that kushner is going to mexico tomorrow to meet with the president.
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why would the administration decide to send him knowing he has been a target, knowing about not getting a permanent security clearance and so forth. >> well, you ask a great question. i don't have a good answer. you would think that given everything we know, both about the efforts and the fact that we have had the security clearance debacle, that he would not be doing what he was doing, which is basically playing de facto secretary of state on a a number of of critical issues. and the relationship with mexico is about as critical as it gets. but it's the president's decision. he picks who represents the country and engages in diplomacy. but for the reasons you cited it's unfortunate this is not now with the actual secretary of state or the national security adviser. >> tony, in a joint press conference with the swedish prime minister. president trump addressed a question about russia and the midterm elections. >> are you worried about russia trying to meddle in the midterm
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elections. >> no, because we will krsht act whatever they do. we will counteract is strongly. and we have back up systems. we have been working. we haven't been given credit for this but we've been working hard on the '18 and the '20 election. >> it's it's interesting because the top intel chiefs have been saying they haven't been given direct order to stop the interference. how can the u.s. be prepared? >> it's hard to know what to make of the president's statement? the fact of the matter is as best with he no there hasn't been a single cabinet level meeting to deal with the ongoing threat of russian intrusion and meddling in the elections. and exactly, don, as you said, the intel chiefs testifying before congress have been waving a big red flag saying we're not doing enough. and the president hasn't instructed us to do anything. so, you know, we are spending a lot of time looking into what happened or didn't happen in 2016. that's titlely important.
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mr. mueller will get to the bottom of it. but as we do that we ought to tab the steps to make sure 2016 doesn't get repeated in 2018 or 2020. and by all accounts that's not happening. >> i want to get this question to you. a bit of remarkable news on the talks about the- that took place between south and north korea today in pyongyang. north korea says it's willing to talk to the u.s. about giving up nuclear weapons and normalizing relations with the u.s. do you think kim jong un is sincere with this. >> we've been there before. with you look i want to give credit where credit is due. the trump administration has been a good job in sustaining economic pressure to give it inincentive to come back to the table. that's good. the fact that north korea how said it's prepared to talk about denuclear sedation is a good thing. it's been refusing that the last eight years. we're back at the starting line now, don. which is where we've been before. the prokt of having discussions,
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negotiations, talks, the north koreans usually do a good job in extending those forever, getting concessions from the united states or from south korea, on the economic side of things. abthen going back to doing what they are doing. at best we are at the starting line but a better place than we've been. i was encouraged that the president's reaction today was measured, sober and hopefully he will keep it that way. there is an opportunity to at least get a conversation going. there is an opportunity to not have anymore at least in the near term testing of nuclear weapons or testing missiles by north koreans. that's gad. let's seize the tune process. but without a err rational exuberance. it's a better place than we've been in the last six months. >> ton yb thank you very much. and bundle up. it looks like snow. >> worse up in new york. >> i know, right. >> thanks, don. >> we'll be right back.
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