tv CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield CNN February 4, 2018 1:00pm-2:00pm PST
>> oh, boy. okay. we've got so much more straight ahead in the newsroom. it all starts right now. hello again, everyone. thank you so much for being with me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. breaking news this hour on that deadly amtrak crash in south carolina. any moment, the national transportation safety board will brief the public on details of the investigation. here's what we know right now. the amtrak train collided with the csx freight train overnight killing the engineer and conductor. more than a hundred people were sent to the hospital. officials say the signal system along this portion of the track was down and being manually controlled. amtrak's ceo says csx was directing the trains at the time. cnn's kaylee hartung joins me now from the scene. so, kaylee, this appears to be mounting to human error. >> reporter: fred, that will be a question that the chairman of the ntsb will be asked when he
comes to a podium in the building just behind me here in the county's emergency management building. what we do know at this point is that as you said, csx was controlling the switching, signaling, and dispatching of that amtrak train that plowed into a freight train with no one onboard it. this happening because this signaling system on this stretch of track was down. i'm told there was scheduled routine maintenance, something that's not all that uncommon. but the dispatch was then manual to tell the amtrak train where it would be moved, from track to track. that communication being done between the csx dispatch center and the engineer on the locomotive, as well as the conductor by nothing more than telephone communication. a device onboard the train there. so the amtrak ceo explaining to us that it was csx who was responsible for putting that amtrak train on the track that
it ultimately derailed from. though the amtrak ceo, richard anderson, wasn't willing to share explanation for what caused this derailment, specifically what led to it, he was deferring all of those questions to the ntsb chairman. but he was comfortable explaining to us the procedures in place when csx is the company owning and operating and maintaining that stretch of track where this crash occurred, called the columbia subdivision. the csx, one of the many host railroads that amtrak has contracts, across this country. but in this case, it was csx manually dispatches trains while signals were down on this stretch of track. >> all right kaylee hartung, thank you so much. let's go straight to the press conference now with the ntsb. >> -- columbia this morning around 10:30 this morning to begin our investigation involving an amtrak passenger train and a csx freight train. we've brought in a full
investigative go team. now, the ntsb we're an independent federal agency, charged by congress to investigate transportation accidents, to determine the probable cause, and then to issue safety recommendations to keep those accidents from happening again. before i go any further, i would like to offer our sincere condolences to those who have been affected by this tragedy. i've got with us today mr. jim southworth and mr. mike hiller. they are part of the investigative team. investigative experience.rs of - dick hipskin is leading the investigation. he's got over 30 years of rail experience, including over 20 years with the ntsb. he'll be with us tomorrow, but, of course, he's occupied today.
dick will be leading a multi-disciplinary investigative team of experts. our team will be looking at the operations of both trains. we'll be looking at the crew training and employment records. we'll be looking at company procedures. they'll be looking at the --thal be examining the medical condition -- excuse me, the mechanical condition of each train. in addition, we'll be looking at the survival factors and the crash-worthiness aspects of this collision. we have our chief medical officer here from washington, who will be looking at the medical factors, including making sure that the d.o.t.-required drug and alcohol testing is completelied properly. that's standard for any commercial transportation accident. it's required. we'll be looking at the wo
work/rest periods of the crews of each train as well as the cell phone records of the operators of each train. and that's standard for any transportation accident that we look at. we have a signal specialist that will be looking at the signals that govern train operations. those wayside signals that red lights, green lights, yellow lights, whatever they happen to be, we'll be looking at the signal systems. each of those signals have an event recorder that records data, so we can download and see what those signals were saying. we'll also be looking at the rail swuitches and i'll talk about rail switches in just a moment. as far as recorders, there are really two types of recorders that we are interested in. there's the traditional black box, if you will, which is the event data recorder, and there are video recordings.
now, most train operate eors th days have at least forward-facing video cameras so they can look out and see what's ahead of the train in case there's a grade crossing collision or something. so we have -- and some operators on some of amtrak trains, they even have inward facing video. inward-facing video cameras. the forward-facing video camera from the -- the forward-facing video from the amtrak train, that recorder has already been recovered and it was shipped back to washington on the same government jet that brought our go team in here. so our team in washington in our recorder's lab is poring through that and will be looking at that tonight. and tomorrow, when we have a press briefing, a media briefing, i think we will be able to update you on what we're
finding from that. oftentimes, it has the speed printed out, superimposed on the video. now, the event data recorder in each train, in both the locomotive for the amtrak and the csx, frankly, we are still looking for those. in addition to our investigators, we have representatives from the ntsb's office of transportation disaster assistance. they will be working closely with the families of the victims. now, we are just literally in the very beginning stages of this investigation, but here is some preliminary factual information that we have right now. >> you're listening to the ntsb chairman, robert sumwalt there, talking about the things that they will be looking into as they try to determine why and how an amtrak train collided
with a freight train there in cayce, south carolina. with us now, mary schiavo, she's a former inspector general with the department of transportation. kaylee hartung is also with us on the ground there. so mary, to you first, listening to mr. sumwalt, he said there's a number of things they'll look into, company procedure, from the mechanical condition of each of the trains to the medical factors of the people involved, we know there were two who died in this, the conductor and an engineer, the work/rest periods of the employees involved, even looking at all the cell records and examining all of the recordings. this is still very early. this happened overnight. are there any things that can be answered thus far in your view? >> yeah, a couple really important things that we learned. one is that they already have recovered the forward-facing video cameras, which literally is like having an eye at the front of the train. and that's going to be very
important to show them what happened. but the sec thing that we learned is, of course, that the automated signaling was down. and that they were doing a lot of this by hand, they were communicating with phone calls, et cetera. so, they will be really needing to get the recorders, the other recorders from the train they're still looking for, because it will be an issue of, who told what to be where. did you get the instruction on the track? did you get the wrong instruction? did you get the right instruction? you know, did you react in time? did you fail to react? so it really is going to come down to the human responses to what was going on here. and that's all going to be answered, i think, in the event data recorder and on the videos. on the recording -- >> our kaylee hartung was reporting there that -- what was manually being controlled was the switching, the signaling and the dispatches. and if that were the case, is
this a condition -- a situation in which perhaps the tracks should not have been used altogether, because everything would have to be done manually, or is that customary, when things go down electronically, that this is -- the next best thing? >> well, unfortunately, a lot of work on the rails and the ra railroads in this country occur while the trains are moving. because, of course, the trains have to keep going and moving on. that's one of the reasons why more automation is requested. because one of the things that additional automation like positive train control would do, is give real-time information when there is work going on the tracks. when there's work going on in the signaling, et cetera. so we have realtime information, delivered to you by automation. and if the train doesn't respond, if the engineer doesn't respond, then the computer takes over. so yes, unfortunately in the u.s., being a work in progress is pretty much, you know, a way
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claim that the memo vindicates the president. democrats are warning of dire consequences if the president uses the memo as an excuse to fire leaders of the russia investigation. >> but to say that that's the end of the investigation, that this is all that donald trump needs to fire rosenstein or to fire bob mueller, i'll just tell you, this could precipitate a constitutional crisis, if the house republicans believe they've set the stage for this president to end this investigation, they are basically saying that in america, one man is above the law. and that's not a fact. we've got to make sure that we explore all the possibilities and all the evidence. >> cnn's boris sanchez is live for us in west palm beach near the president's mar-a-lago estate. boris, what are other republicans saying about this probe? >> reporter: well, fred, some republicans are outright contradicting the president's take on the nunes memo. as you noted, the president has been tweeting about the russia
investigation and this memo over the weekend. here's that tweet in which he says, this memo totally vindicates trump in probe, but the russia witch hunt goes on and on. there was no collusion and there was no obstruction, the word now used, because one year after looking endlessly and finding nothing, collusion is dead. this is an american disgrace. the president's son, donald trump jr., was also on fox news last night, backing up his father saying that the release of this memo is sweet revenge for the trump family. despite that, a number of republicans have come forward and drawn the line far short of where the president is on this, saying that the president doesn't have anything to do with the russia investigation. some of the strongest language we've heard so far comes from representative trey gowdy of south carolina. listen to what he had to say. >> the memo has no impact on the russia probe? >> not to me, it doesn't, and i was pretty intricately involved in the drafting of it. there is a russia investigation without a dossier. so to the extent dossier and th
process, the dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at trump tower. the dossier has nothing to do with a memo sent by cambridge analytica or nothing to do with george papadopoulos' meeting in great britain and it has nothing to do with obstruction of justice. so there's going to be a russia probe even without a dossier. >> reporter: now, those words from trey gowdy, especially significant. because even without devin nunes, trey gowdy is the only republican on the house intelligence committee who has seen the underlying raw intelligence that led a judge to grant those fisa warrants to surveil carter page. so if anyone knows the meaning and significance, not only of the nunes memo, but ultimately its implications for the russia investigation, it is trey gowdy. you mentioned, fred, the possibility that there may be a vote tomorrow to determine whether congress is going to declassify the so-called schiff memo, that is the democrats'
answer to the nunes memo, one that democrats say is much more complete and provides more context than the one provided by the representative from california. we got a chance to ask deputy press secretary raj shah if he allows that president trump will allow for the democrat's release of a memo and he believes that the president is inclined to do so despite the fact that there is no obvious political gain for a president who believes that this nunes memo vindicates him and clears him of any wrongdoing in the russia investigation, fred. >> all right, boris sanchez, thanks so much. all right, i want to bring in congresswoman zoe lofgren. so don't you expect that if the democrats do vote on releasing this memo and if the president were to sign off on its release, won't there be equal criticism that perhaps it is politicizing
the russia probe? >> well, adam schiff has asked that the intelligence agencies review this and that it only be released if they have cleared as not compromising their process. but here's the problem. the republicans on the intel committee wrote this secretly. they sprung it on the democrats. they had a party line vote to release it. it's inaccurate and misleading in certain ways. and so it was necessary to correct the record. what's being lost here, i think, is that the fisa court found that carter page, they had probable cause to believe that he was an agent of a foreign power. that's the standard in the fisa act. and they found that not once, but four times. this guy was an agent of a foreign power. and the information they got from the warrant apparently
confirmed that. so, that's a problem. that's a problem for our country and potentially even a problem for our president. >> so your republican colleague, you know, trey gowdy says the memo, the gop memo, does not undermine the russia probe. does this point of view from trey gowdy -- >> well, gouwdy's right? >> does it represent the president's point of view on the importance of the gop memo? >> gowdy's right, this memo has almost nothing to do with the russia probe. now, i am going to see on tuesday the underlying documents we've now been given permission for members, just two members of the judiciary committee to review the underlying documents. so i'll know more after tuesday than i do now. but i was briefed almost a year ago about this matter and i will say that the republican is
inconsistent with the classified briefing i've received prior on this very same matter. they've been following carter page for quite some time. >> so this gop memo and how the president is emphatic that it demonstrates that the fbi, the fisa court are not, you know, operating fairly, and that it is, you know, politically skewed. what are your worries about whether there is a real breakdown, you know, in -- in the honor and respect of a separation of powers, if this at all exemplifies that? >> well, the president has repeatedly attacked the judiciary, starting in the campaign and many times since then. he's attacked prosecutors, he's attacked the fbi. he's attacked the judicial branch. that's not what the president should do. and i think, really, this is the first president to do that.
>> is your worry that he is gaining support in so doing? >> well, i mean, he -- i don't know what the russia probe is going to find. i mean, that's something mueller will find out. he's been playing this very close to the vest, no leaks. but would an innocent man be doing what the president is doing? it looks so strange to me that he would be trying to divert attention and prevent this investigati investigation. it just doesn't seem what someone with nothing to hide would be doing. >> senator john mccain from arizona said, you know, this discord and this mistrust that seems to be bubbling is exactly what russia was hoping to promote. has russia been winning in this? >> i think they have. it was reported in the press that even the release of the
memo twitter hashtag promoted by russian bots. what does that tell us? i think it ought to be a concern to all of us. we ought to step back and say, wait a minute. what's in the best interests of the cohesion of our country? how do we make sure that our system of government is maintained successfully? and to do that, we need to have confidence, not blind faith, but confidence in the structures of our government, in the elements of our government. and y and, you know, no one is perfect. not the congress, not the president, not the judiciary. but you don't deal with corrections through this partisan sniping and this drive to try to politicize this entire matter. that's very troubling and not good for the country, i don't think. >> so what are your concerns
about the integrity of the judiciary, the justice department, the fbi, law enforcement agencies like it while the president continues to criticize it and potentially undermine it? >> well, you know, the inspector general is doing a review at the request of the republicans, fine. the inspector general system has been set in place to review all agencies, including the department of justice to make sure that everything is working well. and wherever they do, they find ways to improve. there's nothing wrong with that. but to viciously attack the integrity of, you know, the fbi, are you kidding me? i have been a critic sometimes to have the fisa process. i've led a bipartisan effort, both during the bush administration, the obama administration, and the trump
administration to bring warrant requirements into surveillance. but here we have a warrant requirement. and to try to conflate the two issues is very troubling. you know, i do think that, you know, here at home, i've been home for several days, my constituents have come up and said, you know, they're worried about our democracy. they're worried about whether our system of government is going to survive the attacks that the president is making on it. at the end of the constitutional convention, we -- it was asked by one of the founders what kind of government did we have? and he said, a republic, have you can keep it. it depends on each one of us in our various roles to put partisanship aside, if we possibly can, and keep our eye on the ball, which is to support
our system of democracy and to make sure that what we want politically doesn't interfere with what's best for the country. >> and other critics of your message have actually been saying that this is about protecting civil liberties and that's why it's important to further examine law enforcement, fisa court, the fbi, and the manner in which these investigations have been carried out. >> you know what's so ironic, when we've had a recent vote to require warrants for the fbi or the nsa, for that matter, to query or search the database, when they're looking for information about americans. devin nunes led the fight against that. and now to say that this is about civil liberties, the two do not add up. >> we'll leave it there. congressman zoe lofgren, thanks
for your time. appreciate it. >> thank you. all right, president trump says the memo vindicates him, but other republicans are not willing to go that far. i'll talk to republican congressman robert pettinger about what this memo means for the white house and the mueller investigation going forward, next. how do you win at business? stay at la quinta. where we're changing with stylish make-overs. then at your next meeting, set your seat height to its maximum level. bravo, tall meeting man. start winning today. book now at lq.com
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i asked him if he agreed with president trump's claim that the memo vindicated him in the russia probe and if he felt the investigation should continue. >> well, i do think the investigation will continue and it will be -- we'll get a final word on that. i think the underlying thought of the president seems to me to be the duplicitous nature and malicious intent of the political operatives that were committed to hillary clinton in taking down mr. trump. so i think that is where his scorn mela may lay and how they sought to politicize this process. and i think the concern, frankly, from the democrats is that the narrative is going to change. the focus for the last year has been on russia and him and collusion and there's been no evidence of that. even senator feinstein said that. so now the tables could turn,
because you have some real communication that is linked to their commitment and their interests to try to take down this president. there have been great protests out of the democrats about this release. it does remind me of queeng gertrude and shakespeare's hamlet, me thinks he does protest too much. >> so tomorrow -- go ahead. >> i went to see "the post" movie this weekend with my wife. there was great tribute paid to catherine graham for he tenacity and perseverance in making sure that the public heard the truth. and i think why not all the truth come out now? >> all right, so tomorrow some democrats will be voting -- so then democrats tomorrow will be voting on the release of its memo. how do you believe this might complete the picture or perhaps make it more complicated? >> i'm all for the release of
the minority report. i do think it's the prudent thing to do. i also would like to see the application that was made to the fisa court and the underlying statements that they had. i think that's warranted. anything we can do to get to the facts and to the truth is -- >> would you have an opportunity to see the application in its entirety? >> i would like to. >> but would you -- >> i think that would be -- >> you would like to, but does that mane that the chances are probable that you could? >> i think we're going to push for that. we pushed for the release of this memo. we got that. i think this is warranted. you know, the truth is -- hurts sometimes. as jack nicholson said, the truth, you can't handle the truth, but the truth is what we need to find out. and i think there's a lot of evidence right now pointing to the duplicitous nature of the political operatives supporting hillary clinton. >> do you believe the mueller investigation should continue uninterrupted or do you have any strong feelings about whether the potential removal of a
deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, would interrupt those matters? >> well, i think the investigation should continue. i think it will be consummated here soon. i hope it will be. by this time, it seems to me if they had found any connection with the president, that that would have come forth already. so it appears to me that they should be winding down the next month or so. >> all right. that was republican congressman robert pittenger of north carolina. all right, coming up. as republicans and democrats battle it out over the gop memo, another deadline to keep the u.s. government open is quickly approaching. can they somehow hammer out a deal by this thursday to avoid another government shutdown? directv has been rated #1 in customer satisfaction over cable for 17 years running. but some people still like cable. just like some people like banging their head on a low ceiling. drinking spoiled milk. camping in poison ivy.
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congress has until this thursday to pass a spending plan, but with the deadline fast approaching, still no deal yet. i'm joined now by cnn political analyst and senior white house correspondent for bloomberg news, margaret talev. also lauren fox and npr justice correspondent, carrie johnson. good to see you all. margaret, you first. any closer to some sort of budget deal? >> well, the conventional wisdom on both sides of the aisle right now is that nobody wants to have a government shutdown this week, so the talk is centered around how to kick it another several weeks, believe it or not, into late march. there are a couple of things to keep your eye on, though. and maybe the most important one of those is that debt ceiling, which is not the same thing, but is going to run out around mid-march. and so once again, it sounds like a familiar story. we've seen it before. these things are becoming coupled and could lead to a shutdo showdown, if not this week, in mid-march. >> so lauren, prior to the last shut down, just about three weeks ago, daca was a major
sticking point, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell assured democrats that he would bring a bill to the floor. perhaps by this deadline of february 8th. so any movement on that? >> well, i think what we have to remember about immigration is that the majority leader said he would bring a debate to the floor if the government remains open. so, of course, that's what a lot of republicans is democrats are saying. let's not have a shutdown this time around. we can move on to an immigration debate, and then get to a spending bill. but we should note that it's not clear if democrats are going to go for this spending bill that is going to go to march 22nd. they may try to push for something a bit shorter. that's something to keep your eye on as well. >> republican trey gowdy got a lot of people's attention saying that gop memo has no impact on the russia investigation, contrary to what the president seems to believe. so carrie, is that becoming kind of conventional wisdom or is he by himself? >> well, trey gowdy, of course, is the only member of that
committee to actually review the underlying still-classified documents. and of course, he's announced he's retiring. so it's not clear his colleagues staying in the congress are going to adopt his posture. but one thing about the shutdown, if it happens, special counsel robert mueller will continue to be on the job. the source of his funding comes from something else, other than the funds at issue in the shutdown. also, most of the justice department and the fbi will keep working as essential personnel, even if the government shuts down. >> margaret, are there other republicans who have the same kind of point of view as gowdy on this? willing to speak out loud about it? >> yes, the republicans that matter the most of course is the republican leadership. and i just can't overempathize what a shift this is in terms of traditional republican thinking and republican behavior in terms of whether to voice your concerns about law enforcement publicly or in private. paul ryan and mitch mcconnell very much coming to the side of supporting both president trump
and devin nunes now. and this does mark, absolutely, a major shift in terms of how we have come to understand the way republican lawmakers interact with which is traditionally and still is a sort of republican but non-ideological-based law enforcement community. >> and listen to what congressman adam schiff had to say about this situation this morning. >> i want to, you know, comment on this claim by my republican colleagues that this is oversight. they're just doing this as a matter of oversight in asking these questions about why wasn't this included? if this was oversight, the committee members would want to read the underlying douie inyis. i made a motion to read the documents. they voted it down. i made a motion to bring the fbi in and ask the fbi these questions, why was this included and this not included? that's what oversight looks like. they voted against hearing from the fbi. when you do oversight, you haul them in, under oath. you say, why was this included, why wasn't that included?
the interest wasn't oversight. the interest was a political hit job on the fbi in the service of the president. >> so, lauren, you know, what kind of last effects can this kind of partisanship have, particularly on the relationship with the doj? >> this was a conversation i had with one moderate republican during the republican retreat last week. charlie dent told me that he was concerned about what kind of long-term impact this would have. he said, i think that our party has always been on the side of law enforcement and this is obviously problematic moving forward. and we have to remember that the house intelligence committee has long had problems over partisanship when it came to this russia investigation. the senate committee, it seems to have a much easier job sort of working together. senator warner and senator burr seem to be having a much more collegiate environment when it comes to their investigation. so this seems to be something that the house probe is particularly having problems with. >> and carrie, your take? because the president has been leading that criticism against the intel community.
law enforcement. >> yes. it's a very unusual situation. in fact, unprecedented, as margaret said. and it's going to be very interesting to see the extent to which attorney general jeff sessions, of course, a close ally of president trump, and fbi director chris wray, who was hand-picked by president trump to lead the fbi, how they respond to these ongoing attacks by the president and by allies of this white house -- >> well, both of them leading into this weekend were very supportive, trying to send a message to be very supportive of, you know, of their subordinates. >> they are. they both had sent messages. and in fact, the attorney general spoke out upon behalf of his deputy attorney general, who we understand the president has been threatening to fire or at least being very disgruntled about in public. with those two major personnel issues on the president's plate. the white house, of course, says there's no idea contemplated now of letting go the deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, but he's a key player, obviously. he supervises the special
counsel. >> and margaret, it is super bowl sunday in all of this. and, you know, the president has been very vocal about the nfl. and apparently he just came out with this statement ahead of the super bowl, honoring armed forces and saying in part, we hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem. so kickoff just an hour away. it's super bowl sunday, the president had to say something about this, i guess, and this is the message. what do you think? >> he got in his own -- his own early kickoff a little bit earlier. of course, there are different ways you can honor the military, but that statement is just as much directed at the nfl and the sort of ongoing dispute that the president wants to have with the players, compelling them to show their patriotism by standing for the national anthem. i think that's what that statement haahead of kickoff wa about. >> we'll leave it there. margaret talev, carrie johnson, lauren fox, good to see you all.
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all right. david meets goliath tonight at super bowl lii. the big game kicks off in less than two hours. the new england patriots are going for the sixth legal title. a win for the philadelphia eagles would mean it would be their first super bowl crown. it's the most anticipated game in the franchise's history, but it's also, at least today, one of the coldest on record. our coy wire joins me live from minneapolis, still bundled up. thank goodness. i know your mom is happy to see that. so, coy, let's talk about the anticipation. very high there. and gloves, yeah. >> reporter: hi, mom. i have my gloves on. the anticipation is really pick up here, fred. and you know, there is that big
question, can the eagles do what no other philadelphia team has done? and that's win a super bowl. this is the third one they've ever been to. they're going against the goliath, right? the patriots have won six. and if they win this sixth one, that would tie an nfl record for the most. it's a daunting task, but there's a whole bunch of people from philly and who are on their way here from philly who think they can get it done. listen to this. ♪ on the road to victory ♪ fly, eagles, fly >> look at pat. that is philadelphia nation, really eating this entire experience up, really embracing it. we'll see if nick foles, the backup quarterback can rally his troops and get the job done against tom brady and the patriots. a lot of interesting things here to think about as far as bets,
too. there's a lot of things you can bet on like what the coin toss will be, the national anthem will be over two minutes, under two minutes, a lot of fun surrounding it, but it's all about what's going to happen on the field. i had to ask some former and current players what they think about this big game. here's some predictions from around the league. >> i'm going to have to give it to the patriots. you can't go against tom. >> i never go against tom brady. >> i've seen this story time and time again. >> i want to see him get a super bowl ring. so i'm pulling for philadelphia. and if they win, i think that we'll be upset in his heart. never bet against tom brady, but anything's possible. >> anything is possible, fred. that's for sure. one interesting thing about tom brady to watch in this game, in his eight super bowls, he has never scored a touchdown, neither have the patriots. they can't get off to a slow start against this eagles team.
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hello. i'm ana cabrera. thank you for being with me. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." and this afternoon, the president is forced to make a decision soon to decide whether you and the rest of america gets to see the democrat rebuttal to the controversial nunes memo. the house intelligence committee is expected to vote as early as tomorrow on whether to release the democrats' version. it directly rebuts alleged abuses at the fbi and the justice department. now, if the vote passes, because it adds classified materials, the rebuttal will be sent to president trump's desk, where he'll have to decide whether to let you see it. like he did with the republican memo. now, the president may not like what he sees with this second document. we have told you how he wanted to release the nunes memo, because he thought it would undermine the mueller investigation. he seemed to confirm that yesterday, when he tweeted that it totally vindicates him in the probe. but republicans and democrats say that's not true. here's a top democrat sending
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