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top of the hour. 9:00 a.m. eastern. 6:00 a.m. on the west coast. we do have breaking news out of california where fast-moving wildfires across southern california, one near the getties center, and part of it forcing the closer of the busy 405 freeway. let's go to stephanie elam, she joins us in ventura, california. there was talk winds may not be as bad and they could get relief, and it doesn't look like that this morning. >> reporter: it's calmer where i am standing, but i am in ventura. where you are looking, it's in the san fernando valley down maybe go into beverly hills, and maybe some of them go into santa monica. it's a huge route that connects
much of l.a. here. it's a huge deal. also what is happening there are homes are being threatened there on the hillside. from what i understand it's burning on the eastern side of the 405. when the winds pick up later today as they are expected to do as they have been doing, you will see the embers can get caught up in the winds and fly, and they will catch on to something else and can burn that down. that's exactly what we have been seeing over southern california. with the multiple fires we have been seeing, burning, the thomas fire here where i am standing, 50,000 acres have been burned and it's still burning out of control, and embers catching in the wind, look at behind me, the house devastated, destroyed, burned down and the house behind it is completely fine, and the house to the right burning down and and the house next to it standing there fine as well. this is a concern. the winds picked up for a little
and died down, and red flag warnings are in effect and this is what is taxing firefighters throughout the region right now. the new fire just springing up after 5:00 a.m. local time here, and that's the concern of how quickly it changes. the wind, not so much playing a part, but the brush so dry after months of a good soaking rain and after the warm summer, and because of that it's easy for the fires to pick up and spread so easy, poppy. >> we are watching los angeles there, right there by the 405 in the getties center. we will keep on this. thank you. also this morning in politics, we are minutes away from donald trump jr.'s appearance. it's a closed-door hearing, but the president's eldest son will be under oath, and the contacts with russia will be under question, and chief among them the trump tower meeting that took place before the election
and trump jr. said it was initially about adoption, and it was lured on getting dirt on hillary clinton. it's clear they have unanswered questions from the last time we saw him up there, but still behind doors. what are your sources telling you about what they will press the president's son on? >> reporter: that june 26th meeting has been investigated by the committee for months. several participants who were at that trump tower meeting have been interviewed by the same committee. some of the questions they will try to get answers is whether or not if don jr.'s october of the meeting is consistent with others behind closed doors. he did meet with senate
judiciary committee staff members in september. at that staff meeting, we are told by sources briefed on that meeting, he did not recall some of the key details, including the white house's response to the initial revelations in the "new york times" earlier this year about the june 26th meeting. expect him to get pushed about the white house's response and whether or not he told his father about the meeting, about the trump tower meeting, and the communications that may have occurred to respond to the reports about the meeting as well. of course we have also learned since then about correspondence that donald trump jr. had with wikileaks, and that is going to be a big focus of discussion for this committee today. donald trump jr. has denied any collusion with the russians at all, and the lawmakers are trying to figure out what happened in the meetings and if it lines up with the other
witnesses. rob goldstone is part of the investigation now going forward. >> let us know if you can get questions into don jr. as he arrives on the hill. new revelations as to what vice president mike pence knew about flynn lying to the fbi and when he knew it. we are joined from the white house. this has been painted by the administration for long time as pence in the dark, but this is not only the vice president but this is the guy running the transition team. what more are we learning? >> if you piece together a timeline of all the things that happened, about a year or so ago, it really paints more of a picture of how the vice president could have remained in the dark for so long. new questions are being asked about if he will be brought into testify at some point with the special counsel here. a republican who is close to the
vice president told us that they are preparing for that paus b l possibility. they don't believe it's imminent but are preparing for the possibility. the question is the phone calls that started on the 29th, when the obama administration announced the sanctions. officials there -- who were surrounding the president at the end of the year, and how the vice president may have escaped knowledge of this now that we know the president learned of it last january. how could the vice president remained in the dark? we talked to seven officials that worked for him at the time who insist he did not know and insist he was lied to again by mike flynn, and the question is why? that's one of the questions that the special counsel's office might have for the vice
president as this continues. >> that would legally protect him if he knew none of this but politically for him in his position, a guy running the transition as vice president doesn't know the key stuff and a bunch of other members around him do, according to some of the court documents, that's an issue. let me ask you about the attorney for gates, who was one of the deputies working with the trump transition team, and he has been indicted with paul manafort, and he said there could be superseding indictments and charges coming against him in the mueller investigation. what can you tell us? >> that was an interesting piece of information we learned yesterday. rick gates in a manhattan courtroom said he was advised there could be an additional charge in addition to what has been charged against him. we don't know anymore than that. it definitely is a good reminder here that this is not finished at all, the mueller investigation is continuing. these charges, just because they
were leveled, you know, several weeks or so ago are not exclusive, and there could be more coming. go his lawyer is preparing for that possibility, whatever the charges may be. >> thank you so much for that reporting. steve bannon went to alabama last night. why? to stump for roy moore, the republican candidate in the special election, but ended up picking fights with a list of republicans, nobody is safe from his attacks, not mitch mcconnell, not mitt romney, and this is a man still very close to the president, though not in the white house, his former chief strategist. he laid into these establishment republican figures. romney, he went after his faith and his kids. >> reporter: yeah, poppy. he certainly went in very hard to mitt romney during that speech last night. steve bannon came down to alabama to rally support for his
candidate in this case, roy moore. he spent more time bashing mitt romney than he did his opponent, doug jones here. that doesn't come as a surprise because mitt romney not only called for roy moore to step aside in the race but recently said if he was elected as a senator it would be not only a stain on the gop, but the nation, and that seat was not worth losing honor or integrity. steve bannon clearly did not take kindly to the criticism from mitt romney and repeated a criticism that he leveled against romney before which is that he hid behind his religion to avoid serving in the military, steve bannon says. >> you avoided service, brother. you hid behind your religion. you went to france to be a missionary while guys were dieing in rice patties in vietnam. you had five sons and not one day of service in afghanistan and iraq. judge roy moore has more honor
and integrity in his pinky finger than your entire family has in his whole dna. >> steve bannon did work to get donald trump elected who also never served in the military, and none of his children have served in the military either. this morning on cnn we saw kellyanne conway seek to put distance between steve bannon's comments and the white house saying the president and mitt romney spoke last night and they have a great relationship, but she would not say if the president would support mitt romney if he ran for the senate seat in utah. >> it's clear the president wants orrin hatch to run again and not give romney a shot at it. joining me now, cnn contributor and political reporter, selena zito, and michael shear. thank you both for being here. let me ask you about some
comments from senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, that he just made about steve bannon following bannon rip into the republican establishment last night in alabama. he said he was on the radio show, and he said, quote, we are not going to lose any nominations to the kind of candidates that guy you are talking about endorsed. he's talking about bannon. what he is a specialist in is nominating people that lose. your thoughts? >> this has been a long-time frustration for mitch mcconnell who is the epitome of the washington establishment. if you go back several election cycles, there's an element to the republican party that steve bannon is right now kind of at the tip of the spear on and likes to nominate and embrace candidates that are on the extreme sides of the republican party, and the problem for mitch mcconnell is, when those folks get nominated in the republican primaries, often times they will go into the general election and then lose.
there are many of those candidates over the last cycles that have done that and that doesn't help mitch mcconnell's efforts in the senate to keep a majority and advance an agenda, and these two men, mitch mcconnell and steve bannon are the arch types in both sides of the republican party and it's a civil war that has been going on for a long time and when you hear the rhetoric that steve bannon offers as a rally like the one last night, that's what is driving that wedge even deeper. >> you have to think it resinates with some when you look at the latest poll numbers, they show 12% approval rating for congress, and 80% disapproval for congress, and that's much worse than the president. mike pence, his team maintaining he was in the dark on all the flynn stuff even though the court documents show that multiple people on the transition team that pence was running had more knowledge about
flynn allegedly, so is this good for pence, protectively, illegally, is this bad because the guy running the transition, the vice president, was completely in the dark? >> one of the things that is a hallmark of the transition team, it was chaos and unprofessionalism. that's probably the lesser of the two things that pence could say, okay, i was kind of bad at being the transition guy. i really didn't have a firm hold on everything that was going on. that's much better than saying i knew what was going on and i knew there was a problem. one of the things that sticks out to me with pence and flynn, and i can't remember the setting. it was a big setting. i think it was when gorsuch was announced and it was when flynn was fired, where flynn comes past -- this is on national cameras and i don't know if
anybody paid attention with this, and flynn goes in to shake hands with penitentiaries andce him a cold stare and totally ignores the handshake. there was definitely animosity and tension between the two of those men. you know, i think pence is better off saying at the end of the day, hey, look, i was not the best transition guy. i was thrown into this. we did not expect to win as opposed to saying i knew what was going on and, you know, that's a big problem for him if that's the case. >> michael, let me ask you about the senate race, it's now in less than a week in alabama. here's the state of play. you have the president, steve bannon, the rnc circling the wagon for moore, and they are for moores, and then you have flake on his way out, and then
mitch mcconnell there in the middle of all of this. who wins? >> well, look, i think it depends on whether you are looking in the short term or long term. it looks like in the short term roy moore seems to be ahead in the polls, at least slightly, and that for donald trump, you know, if he gets roy moore into that seat and roy moore becomes a vote for donald trump's agenda, that's not 100% certain, but if he does in the short term that could be good for donald trump. i think the problem for the republican party, donald trump and also the establishment part of the republican party in the long run is that you have a party embracing a guy who at the very minimum has incredibly disturbing allegations against him, and if those allegations are true and are -- there will be investigations look into it, and if those allegations become more provably true, they
embraced a guy that did some of these really awful things and how does that -- how does that go forward in the 2018 mid-term elections and beyond? that's a problem for the republic republican party. >> yeah, a question posed in the "new york times" this morning. what does this mean going forward. we will ask about that later. thank you. we have a lot ahead. president trump is set to announce he is recognizing jerusalem as israel's capital, this as palestinians call for three days of rage. we are also following the wildfires moving across california. and congress races to deliver on tax cuts for christmas. what do voters who supported the president in a big way think about it? i spoke to them. >> so you are okay for tax cuts for the richest? >> yes, i am for them, because
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this morning fiery protests already erupting across the middle east, hours before president trump is set to make a highly controversial announcement. take a look at some of the video we have in, it's burning a flag in gaza, and today officially wanting to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. netanyahu is applauding this, and all the other middle east
leaders are condemning it saying it will lead to violence and et cetera. tell me how it benefits the united states and the american people? >> looking at the pictures, poppy, it's hard to see that people burning an american flag benefits the united states. i think it benefits president trump, because u.s. officials pretty clear in talking to reporters yesterday that president trump made this decision, made this promise to his supporters and this shows he's making good on the pledges. i think it's important to look at what this announcement is going to be and what it is not going to be. he is going to recognize the capital of jerusalem in israel, which is basically already stated in u.s. law, but it doesn't move the embassy. he's going to sign that waiver again. also in the announcement i understand it's going to stay sa sovereignty doesn't change. really what he is saying is part
of jerusalem is israel's capital. jared kushner, and jason greenblac, they are traveling through the region, and i don't necessarily see right now how this benefits the u.s., especially now you heard members of the palestinian -- the plo saying this disqualifies the u.s. now as an honest broker. i think you will see more of the protests and the u.s. is bracing for violent protests in the region, and i think we are in for a couple of rough days, poppy. >> appreciate the reporting and i know you will continue to be on this for us. let's talk about what this means in the big picture. we have online news director at the new yorker, and the former ambassador to israel and egypt under president bush. ambassador, what does this do? you have palestinian groups saying they will be having three days of rage, and we have seen the burning of the american
flag, and no american president has done this before. this is before a likely move of the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem where there are no embassies right now, and what does this do to butrump and kushner's ability to strike peace. >> the president is going to satisfy some of his domestic supporters and satisfy prime minister netanyahu but will isolated the united states diplomatically, and will enrage arabs and muslims and our allies, and undercut substantially what kushner has been trying to do. the upside here is missing. that's what makes this such a confounding decision on the part of the president. >> i would say the white house's position is we are still supportive of a two-state saw
lous -- saw lousolution, and they k peace process has done nothing. fair point? >> no, this is an ununnecessary move that will make modern palestinian leaders look like they are cow tailing. building a wall with mexico and pairing out of the paris peace accord, and the muslim travel ban, it just scores points politically. >> and this becoming likely a roadblock to the peace deal that kushner was working on and that would be a much bigger political win for the president, would it not? >> i don't think he will lose his base over this. there's not a clamoring desire to make this move.
there's no perspective coming from the president. >> when i am in the field talking to these big trump supporters, michigan, kentucky, et cetera, none of them bring up -- bring this up as one of the top five issues for them, and concerns from france and concerns from leadership in britain about what this means for middle east peace and for the region and stability, so your assessment of what this does to the u.s. relationship with our allies? >> you know, david is strabexac right, it's not domestically such a big deal but for four years as ambassador, it almost never came up. an ambassador goes to jerusalem to do his work and we deal with the government of jerusalem and we have always done that. there was never really a down side other than the fact that an ambassador had to spend an hour on the road which is not a big deal. i think the damage to u.s. credibility and particularly to
u.s. diplomacy and the peace process is going to take long time to repair. we take ourself out of the game by siding with a right-wing government in israel on an issue that is so central and so sensitive in the peace process. >> you were asked in your confirmation hearing to be ambassador, would you support a move of the u.s. embassy to tel aviv to jerusalem, you said yes if the president were to push it knowing full well this was not going to be pushed forward. >> sure, every presidential candidate in the last 25 years has made this pledge, as soon as they become president they understand the complexity and sensitivity and they walk away from it with no costs, and that's really what's at stake here. >> you know, secretary of state david rex tillerson has a different position on this, and when the spokesman was asked how she and he, tillerson, feel about this it was everything but
a ringing endorsement saying it's clear how we feel but the president's in charge. >> this is the latest example of the united states being isolated on one issue, and we are the only country in the world not part of the paris peace accord, and this travel ban is seen as stigmatizing and alienating muslims. the president is going his own way. this is bad policy. this is unnecessary. >> netanyahu loves it and israel is an important ally of the united states and region. >> it's a political win and there's more to being president than political wins. >> thank you both. ahead, what does republican congressman and a member of the house foreign affairs committee have to say about this? he will join me next. investors liking what they see in the gop tax plan. markets all week have been rallying off that, but a new
poll shows 29% of americans approve of the republican plan and two-thirds think it will benefit the wealthy the most, so how do others in michigan and kentucky, supporters of the president think about it. >> it's tax reform for you now? >> number one, i love the american government, but when you have corporations that have good jobs, good-paying jobs, they take care of everything else, the insurance, the baker, the candlestick maker. >> just cutting corporate rates from 35 to 20 will be huge for the country. >> will it help you? >> i can't say it won't help me because there's always that possibility. >> do you worry your taxes right go up in a matter of years under this plan? >> i don't believe it will. >> what should tax reform in this country look like? >> okay. well, really, i think everybody should pay their fair share.
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welcome back. i am poppy harlow in new york. in just minutes donald trump, jr., will testify before the house intelligence committee though that testimony will be behind closed doors. this morning, new questions about vice president pence, what he did know or didn't know about flynn's lies to the fbi. joining me now a member of congress that sits on the foreign senate committee. what does it mean to you that they are calling don jr. back in to answer questions? >> i don't know what it signals. there's a reason it's behind closed doors and it's protected, but what i said is we need reasons for what happened.
nobody should be immune or protected from justice. we need fair justice and answers. ultimately whether it's this or any other issues, people need answers, and i think robert mueller is getting to it, and the senate committee is getting to it. we just need to have patience. >> do you think robert mueller, the president has been highly critical for some of his team, legitimately show because of what has been revealed of the political persuasions. >> i don't have concerns robert mueller's is not going to come out with a fair assessment either. everybody has a political bias, no matter who you are. if you are serving in the military or fbi you need to keep that political bias under wraps especially if you are dealing with the political issue so it's inappropriate for somebody to
show pro hillary or anti-trump tendencies and then be on that probe. put them on somebody else. robert mueller moved to fire this person and he is committed to a fair and just outcome. >> let me ask you about the decision and the announcement coming tprlt president in a few hours that the president will recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel and move to move the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem making it the only country's embassy in jerusalem. the response from palestinians, a memo has been widely circulated of three days of rage, and you support this move from the administration. tell me what you think it does to benefit americans. >> look, we can't sit back and say somebody is going to burn an american flag or somebody is going to have a day of rage because of this movement, and we are israel's closest ally. >> we have been without declaring this before and we have been without the embassy
moving before. >> this has been the law since 1975 and waived by every president since. it's time to get it done. i think there will be a long process to do this, but at the same time, basically recognizing we can put an embassy in jerusalem we recognize israel's right to exist, and up until now the palestinians haven't. >> does it help americans? >> yeah, i think so. >> how? why? >> because we have a stronger partnership with a country in the middle east, and having a strong ally where we have shown no daylight between us and israel and this is part of it and it's beneficial to the middle east whether it's middle east peace and peace and broader areas beyond palestinian areas. >> others would argue our relationship with inbounds is strong, and netanyahu has been a huge supporters of president trump. but i want to move on to roy moore. you said very clearly he should
step aside and not hold that seat. you have now jeff flake, republican senator, giving money to his democratic opponent, doug jones, and you have more and more republicans divided over this in your own party, and romney is saying a moore win could stain the gop. are you worried about what this division does to your party in the mid-terms? >> yep, and you would be crazy not to be. i became a republican when i was young because i believe in strong national defense, and i believe we try to hold our elected officials to the highest values and standards, and that's a good thing. if you want to have faith in your federal government you need to believe the federal government is out there working for you. this roy moore thing to me is disappointing for my party. i can't tell alabama what to do. i don't live in alabama. i am from illinois. as a republican, i look at that
and i say i think the women's accusations are credible. i have seen them talk about them and it's very disappointing for me to see the party getting behind -- look, 52 senate seats or 51 senate seats, really, it's not going to have an adirondacks difference, but i don't want to be that party that accepts the behavior of roy moore. i will take a stand on it and if somebody wants to criticize me for it, that's fine, but my job, i want to look in the mirror and say i did everything i could with the moment i had, and this is part of it. >> on taxes, you voted in favor of the house republican tax plan, and after that passed the poll shows only 29% of americans support it, and 64%, congressman, think it helps the wealthy more than the middle class and poor folks. are you worried about that? >> you are always worried about that, about the perception of
it. we are arguing against, we are in a battle to an extent, a political battle against the same talking points we have heard for a long time, the 1%, the wealthiest, the richest, whatever. i think when people see their tax liability coming down. in my district in illinois, 75% will see more money in their pockets. beyond that, to make our corporations, our businesses, and a lot of times people like to talk down, and they are the driver, the engine, the small business of putting people to work and driving up middle class wages and they are going to be competitive. >> here's the problem, congressman, it's just not about talking points about the top 1%, but this is analysis from the nonpartisan tax center, and it has differences from the house and senate bill, and they say 7% of taxpayers will see higher taxes right away, and half will
pay more any 2027, and the top 25% will get the tax cut. those are the numbers and not talking points. could you vote for a version that does that? >> when you talk about the 2027 number, they have a gimmicky thing when they have to have them irspire in 2027, and i don't know where they will end up, and that's when everybody's saying the taxes will go up in the 2027, and i don't like those games, trust me. >> it doesn't change the facts? >> the reality is people will keep more of their money, and when i look at this and say i want to bring the tax code into the 21st century, not from 1986 to now being competitive nationally again, and america can do big things. if we make our corporate tax code competitive again, and they
will be, like, look, america is back, basically. i don't think you will see more jobs leave this country because we have a lower corporate tax rate. >> thank you for joining us. let's go back to california. you have raging wildfires out of control this morning. we will take you there live. you are seeing flames around the 405 freeway. a live report ahead. ♪shostakovich playing ♪
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and next to the getty center in present wood. let's go to stephanie elam in ventura county. this spread remarkably fast to structures and neighbors. >> reporter: this is a fire that started around 5:00 this morning, and that's how quickly this fire has developed around the 405 around brentwood and bel air. it's impacting much of the area as it's a massive thoroughfare that connects to parts of the los angeles area. the winds will change things on a dime and that's what we are seeing here. the wind starting to pick up here where i am, in ventura, an hour and a half north of where you are seeing the fire. this fire yesterday burned 50,000 acres so far and still out of mandatory evacuations are in place. and this is just one fire.
there are several fires burning here in southern california, taxing the system. and the problem is, other fires keep sparking up like the one you're looking at there by the getty center. >> poppthank you for keeping an on it. ahead for us, they broke their silence and now they've been named "time's" person of the year. y do you do it? it's not just a pay check, you actually like what you do. even love it. and today, you can do things you never could before. ♪ ♪ you're developing ai applications on the cloud. finding insights hidden in decades of medical documents. and securing millions of iot sensors. so get back to it. and do the best work of your life. ♪ ♪ [burke] abstract accident. seen ♪ video-it. covered it.c we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪
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north korea. i don't want that guy's hand near the bomb. sick to my stomach. he's not the kind of person that should be running our country. the things that he does has consequences. is this going to be here for my grandchildren? he's not being held accountable. if we have the vote, like we have for election day, they will impeach him. times square is the crossroads of the world. we need everyone to go and put their name down at needtoimpeach.com. we need to speak up together and demand an end to this presidency. [ click ] [ keyboard clacking ]
and a few others. our senior media correspondent brian stelter is here. this is big. >> it is. it's a year that started with the women's march and ends with this cover, with silence breakers. you know, it's been exactly two months since "the new york times" landed that first harvey weinstein story. only two months since that scandal erupted. and we've seen dozens of allegations against dozen of powerful men sense. we now see more attention in washington. and notice there's an arm that sticks out there in the corner of the cover. it's for the next woman who may come forward. someone who wants to remain anonymous now, but may speak out next week. if 2017 was about the silence being broken, 2018 has to be about systemic change. to that point, i just put up a story about cnn.com about mark halperin accusers and charlie rose accusers coming together and forming a support group. they want to see change in newsrooms. this was a pretty easy choice, i think for "time" magazine, recognizing this me too movement today. >> sheryl sandberg, facebook ceo, said in her facebook post
this week, it is the power, stupid. you know how they used to say, it's the economy, stupid. it's the power. brian stelter, thank you very much. ahead for us, donald trump jr., the president's son, on capitol hill as we speak, facing questions from the house intelligence committee. we're on it. paying less for my medicare? i'm open to that. lower premiums? extra benefits? it's open enrollment. time to open the laptop... ...and compare medicare health plans. why? because plans change, so can your health needs. so, be open-minded. look at everything-like prescription drug plans... and medicare advantage plans from private insurers. use the tools at medicare.gov. or call 1-800-medicare. open to something better? start today. ♪
top of the hour, good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow in new york. and we do have breaking news out of california. this raging wildfire that continues to burn in the heart of los angeles, in the early morning hours. you're looking at new video of the 405 freeway that is right near the getty center in brentwood. it is surrounded by flames. this is los angeles proper. officials having to shut down part of the northbound side of the 405 freeway in that area. our stephanie elam joins us now from