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is beneath the united states and there are concerns it will only escalate the situation on the peninsula. >> that's all for "the lead." turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." in "the situation room." thanks for watching. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now, major bipartisan opposition in the house. is there still time to avert a government shutdown? a very close aide to president trump resigns amid allegations that he assaulted his ex-wives. did that keep him from getting a full security clearance? and was there a white house cover-up? former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski won't cooperate and must be subpoenaed. and it is time to end force the subpoena for exwhite house strategist steve bannon. will republicans go along?
and sister act. kim jong-un is sending his younger sister to the olympic winter games. she may be the second most powerful person in north korea and plays a key counter intelligence role. what will she be doing in south korea? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." breaking news. senate republicans and democrats find common ground on a budget deal. in the house, it may be on shaky ground. attack from both sides as lawmakers scramble to keep the government's shutdown threats from becoming reality. also breaking. a top aide to president trump resigns following allegations of assault from two exwise. now sources say statements down playing the allegations were crafted by a white house official he's dating. i'll speak with senator richard blumenthal of the judiciary and
armed services committees. and our correspondents and specialists are standing by with full coverage. let's begin with a mad scramble for a budget deal following president trump's shutdown threats and a new scandal brewing. what's the latest? >> reporter: with one day to go before another government shutdown, the white house is welcoming this budget deal that is coming out of the senate. the big question as you mentioned, is what happens in the house with both democrats and republicans saying they're not happy with this agreement. the white house isn't just focused on what's happening if congress as aides to the president are dealing with some housecleaning of their own inside the west wing. the government on the brink of another shutdown. something almost unthinkable has happened in washington. a bipartisan agreement in the senate to keep the lights on. >> a compromise we've reached will ensure that for the first time in years, our armed forces will have more of the resources
they need to keep america safe. >> after months of fiscal brinksmanship, this budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship. >> reporter: but there is bipartisan trouble in the house where democrats want a commitment to frequent undocumented immigrants who came to the u.s. as children, known as the dreamers from deportation. >> our dreamers happening in limbo with a cruel cloud of uncertainty above they will. >> reporter: and gop fiscal hawks are saying it will balloon the deficit. >> we didn't campaign on this. this is not consistent with what they said in the 2016 elections. >> reporter: at the white house, aides to the president are accusing democrats of rigsing a shutdown over the immigration issue. >> i think we made clear that the budget deal should be a budget deal and that members of congress, like nancy pelosi, should not hold our military hostage over a separate issue.
>> reporter: the problem is the president did just that. threaten a shutdown over border security just one day ago. >> i would shut it down over this issue. >> reporter: visiting the white house, defense secretary james mattis said a shutdown would harm security. >> it paralyzes everything we do if we go into that. >> reporter: the white house is grappling with the turmoil in the west wing as a key aide close to the president's staff secretary rob porter suddenly resigned over charges of domestic violence. two ex-wives accused himself of abuse in the marriage. this was flagged during the security process. as about the status, sarah sanders confirmed his departure. >> he is going to be leaving the white house. it won't be immediate. >> reporter: the white house release ad statement from porter that reads, these outrageous allegations are simply false. i took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being
transcrib transcribed. i have been transparent and truthful about these claims. he resigned even though chief of staff john kelly was urging him to stay. on kelly said in a statement, rob porter is a man of true integrity and honor and i can't say enough good things about him. as he friend, a confidante and a professional. i am proud to serve alongside him. but orrin hax walked back a state of support saying it is incredibly discouraging to see such a vile attack on such a decent man. then saying in a second state, i am heart broken by today's allegations and every interaction i've had with rob, he has been courteous and professional. i do not know the details of rob's personal life. domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable. while sources told cnn that they
were familiar with it, sanders dodged the question. >> does president have any concern about these domestic violence allegations against rob porter? >> i haven't spoken to him about specific concerns. >> you haven't talked to him -- >> about whether or not he has specific concerns. i haven't asked him. >> reporter: questions did not arise during the first few months of the administration last year. the suggestion from this former official is that all of this became more of an issue when current chief of staff john kelly took command of the staff inside the west wing. i have talked to a number of people at the white house who have been with rob porter over the last year. they are shocked and saddened by these allegations. the question at this point is what the president and the chief of staff knew about these allegations and when did they know them. >> pretty shocking developments over there. the sudden resignation of this key white house aide accused of assault by two exwise and it is
raising lots of questions about how the white house has handled this matter. m.j., you spoke with these two ex-wives. what did they tell you? >> reporter: what they're saying is very disturbing. the first ex-wife, colbie holderness married porter in 2003 and she says there was verbal abuse and the physical abuse began almost immediately after the wedding. during their honeymoon in 2003, she said he kicked her thigh during a fight and for years, she said he choked her and would throw her on the bed, put his body weight on her, yell and grind his elbow or knee into her body. then in the summer of 2005, holderness said the couple was in florence and he punched her in the face. she shared photos from that alleged incident with cnn. you can see the bruise on her face. and jennifer willoughby who married him in 2009 said she endured deep emotional abuse from her ex-husband and in some instances, things got physical.
in 2010 she said he punked a glass surface on their front door and eventually the police came and encouraged her to take out a protective order against him. cnn has obtained and reviewed a copy of that order. then in december of 2010, she said she and port her a fight. she went to take a shower and she tells me that he grabbed her from the shower and made her feel very frightened. >> these are very, very troubling allegations. tell us why it is so significant that this was rob porter, someone so close to the president. >> right. well, i think there are two things worth keeping in mind as we learn more about the story. one, porter was a top aide inside the white house who had consistent contact with president trump himself. two, we are told by several sources that porter has been dating white house communications director hope hicks. now, she is, as you know, one of the most influential aides in the west wing and now we are also learning from two sources that hicks was involved in
crafting the response to the allegations of abuse made against porter and that hicks actually played a role in writing the initial statements from chief of staff john kelly and press secretary sarah sanders in which she praised porter as a man of the highest integrity. under other circumstances, it may not be surprising that hicks would be involved in such matters but it is note panel she remained involved despite her romantic relationship with porter. >> because the suggestion is she should have recused herself. she has a romantic relationship going on. she shouldn't be writing statements so strongly defending him. but she did not recuse herself. she did not. she was involved in the white house's response to the allegations and response. >> thank you very much. while the senate may have a big bipartisan budget deal, things are not necessarily going all that smoothly in the house of representatives where both republicans and democrats have issues with the senate version. let's go to our congressional
correspondent. is there still a chance of a government shutdown? bring us up to date. >> reporter: no doubt, wolf. the house is facing a very tough dynamic here. in talking on aides and lawmakers here on capitol hill today, there is a real sense that the shutdown can be avoided, although how exactly they get the votes together is what the next 24 hours will be all about. after the senate votes on this bill and sends it to the house, you have some powerful dynamics that the speaker of the house paul ryan has to navigate. first you have house conservatives. many of them unhappy with this deal because of how it adds to the deficit significantly. we heard from many of those deficit hawks today using pretty fierce rhetoric saying this is disgusting, reckless. one member saying it is fiscal insanity. so that highlights to leadership that they cannot pass this with only republican votes alone. they will need to corral some democrats to support it. the problem there is, many house
democrats opposed to it. we heard from many of them who are unhappy that this deal does not include a daca fix. most notably we heard from nancy pelosi who took to the floor this morning and is still going on now in hour seven of her speech, objecting to this deal. notable, while she is against the deal, she has not necessarily specifically instructed her members to stand up, draw a line in the sand over immigration. and this is something that i asked the house chairman about today. what members are being told behind the scenes, whether they should vote for this or not. here's how he responded. >> i would say there's more to this deal than the issue of immigration. it is very complex. there's much more to it than simply one off issues. i have to look at in it totality. in regard to people in our caucus will do what they think is the best interests of the constituency. >> reporter: the congressman there essentially acknowledging
what many aides are tell us. that the hope is, the expectation is that there is enough in this deal to be able to woo enough democrats. many who want to see disaster relief go to their states, florida or puerto rico, california among those that would see a big boost in disaster relief. money also, many democrats happy with the domestic spending. the hope would be that there would be enough that could come around because of what else this package offers. and it is worth remembering that they don't need all the democrats to support it. he just needs enough of some democrats and some republicans to cobble enough to get them there. >> they have to pass it in both the house and the senate by midnight tomorrow night, thursday night, to avoid a government shutdown. thank you very much. up on capitol hill. joining us now, richard blumenthal of connecticut. a member of the judiciary and armed services committee. thank you for coming in. >> thank you, wolf. >> do you support this compromise worked out by both
the democratic and republican leaders, the minority leader and majority leader in the senate? >> it is definitely bipartisan progress. i would lean toward supporting it because it provides both military and nonmilitary spending. it is very important in providing community health centers and opioid treatment funding and of course, aid for puerto rico. but i'm still very concerned that it fails to address the protection of the dreamers. >> the minority leader chuck schumer says he has a commitment and we heard the majority leader mitch mcconnell say they will take up border security, daca, the dreamers, all of that immigration-related issues immediately following this. >> i want to solidify that assurance. we've seen assurances before. i want to make sure that promise is going to be iron clad. that we will address the daca issue to protect the dreamers if mass deportation. >> so you confidence in chuck
schumer when he says he has a deal and he was very praiseworthy of mitch mcconnell and he called him his good friend? you don't trust these guys? >> not only do i trust chuck schumer, i believe he strongly and unequivocally wants to address the dreamer issue. the 30 days, it doesn't just kick the can down the road and that we have assurances on the timing of taking up the dreamer issue. >> you don't have much time. when will the vote take place? >> almost certainly tomorrow. >> tomorrow you'll vote? you'll to have make up your mind by then. what i hear you say, you're inclined to vote yea. and then it will go to the house. >> the house is a world unto itself and nancy pelosi very courageously is on the house floor standing for conscience. i have opposed the short-term deals before because i felt they kick the can down the road and fail to address the problem but i will assess this particular agreement. >> it looks like it will fast
senate. we're wondering what will happen in the house. let's go to the russia investigation. you're on the judiciary committee. they've released what they call a criminal referral looking into christopher steele, the former british spy who prepared that dossier. they're alleging he misled the fbi, his information was also being made available to the fbi. have you seen information to back up this criminal referral sent order to the fbi and the justice department by these two members, the republican members of your committee? >> on the contrary. i am deeply disappointed that this first action of criminal referral is one done without any consultation, let alone corroboration with democratic members. it smacks of a political action. not a serious legal one. and remember, very importantly here, christopher steele went to the fbi voluntarily because he was so alarmed by the prospect
of collusion between the russians and the trump campaign. contrast that contacting with donald trump jr. who was told that the russians had dirt on hillary clinton from hacked, stolen e-mails. what was his reaction? i love it. >> their accusation against christopher steele is that he lied to the fbi when he said he had not briefed members of the news media. >> the question is, did he deny it? or did he simply not tell them about it? and the allegation is not that he denied it, apparently. it is that he didn't volunteer it. that kind of nondisclosure is nowhere near what needs to be proved for a criminal prosecution. and i'm disappointed that this first action is one that involves information that was provided by the department of justice. there's nothing new here so far
as the department of justice. >> so what do you think the motive is? we're talking about chuck grassley, lindsey graham. what do they want? >> i'm concerned because there is a growing campaign to discredit our law enforcement. agencies like the fbi. i would hate to think that this action is part of that effort which may also involve a pretext to fire rod rosenstein, and to come back to your question about the judiciary committee. >> you know chuck grassley well and you know lindsey graham well. you think they would be part of an effort to discredit the fbi? >> i would very much doubt that that would be their motive. and i hope that we can work together in continuing to uncover russian meddling in our election, trump collusion, and obstruction of justice. as the secretary of state said today, the russians are continuing it. they're going to do it again in
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the senior democrat on the house intelligence committee says former campaign manager corey lewandowski is not cooperating and must be subpoenaed. and they say it is time to enforce the subpoena against steve bannon. manu, what are you learning? >> reporter: yeah. corey lewandowski came before the house committee last month but would not answer any questions about what happened when he left the campaign. he said he was not prepared to answer a number of questions after that time frame. but at that point according to republicans and democrats, did he agree to come back and answer questions at a later time. well, that has changed. according to adam schiff, he has informed the committee that he will not be returning to the committee to answer questions. mike conway, the republican running the investigation, confirmed that as well. now schiff wants the committee
to move further. he wants to issue a subpoena to compel lewandowski's appearance. that is something the republicans are not willing to say just yet. >> is it your understanding that he won't appear tomorrow? >> we have a letter to that effect. >> reporter: what is your reaction to that? >> we'll see. >> reporter: he said that he would return to answer questions when he was better prepared. is this a violation of that agreement? >> again, i don't talk about those details. >> reporter: do you think it is time to subpoena lewandowski to bring him back to the committee? >> he answered 99% of the questions. he answered all the relevant questions. he had eight hours. as of now i would say no. >> reporter: this comes as another high profile witness steve bannon has pushed back on three separate occasions his return to the committee after he
refused to answer questions in the january appearance before the panel with any topics that occurred after his time on the campaign saying that essentially, by answering those questions, he would prevent the president from invoking executive privilege if the president chose to go that far. both republicans and democrats have not been satisfied with that and have demanded he return next week before the committee. we are told from a source familiar with the matter that bannon is willing to speak to robert mueller. this comes as hope hicks, the white house communications direct or, her appearance before the committee last month was pushed back about what answers she would be willing to give to the committee, raising questions about whether three high profile witnesses will ever be able to give their full testimony before this panel which has been beset by turmoil for months. >> republicans now have a long time clinton associate in their cross hairs as they try thwart the overall russia
investigation. update us on that. >> reporter: this is an effort by the republicans to go after the obama state department which they believe improperly gave information to christopher steele who was that former british agent who put together the trump russia dossier of allegations that is now in the cross hairs of republicans on both the house and the senate side. two republicans last night issued an unredacted memo about the criminal referrals saying that christopher steele may have lied to the fbi about his contacts with the news media and saying they want a special counsel to look further into what christopher steele did, including lindsey graham who told me this earlier today. >> mr. steele was more of a political operative than a reliable informant. even though he was used in the past. in this case he had a political bias. he was being paid by the
democratic national committee. and i think using his work product was a mistake. >> i have questions about some top level managers in those departments. carryovers from the previous administration. i have questions. i think they're legitimate questions. >> reporter: now, wolf, that last question coming from senator ron johnson who issued a report today about the clinton e-mail investigation raising concerns about how the fbi and the justice department investigated the clinton e-mail matter and he says that was an interim report and wants to go much further. a sign of where the republican focus is on capitol hill as democrats pushing for more answers about any trump/russia collusion putting the spotlight on what happened during the clinton e-mail investigation and the signs of how the breakdown happening over the investigations on party lines on capitol hill. >> all right. thank you. coming up, she may be the second most powerful person in
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house the white house handled this whole matter. you're gathering more reporting on this. >> we are learning there has been indeed a scramble inside the west wing of the white house to react to this. only less than 24 hours after white house officials were putting out effusive statements of rob porter, photos have emerged of the black eye reported earlier from the second ex-wife -- excuse me frrgs the first ex-wife, and then the protective order which we have reviewed from the second ex-wife coming a year after they were married. a few years after the first marriage. so it is raising questions. when did that's the in the west wing know about these reports? now, the reason it was coming into mind, he was under an fbi back ground check which is routine for all officials like that. as he staff secretary. what that means is he is in charge of the information flow
that comes in to the president and out of the oval office including top secret information. so his security clearance was always on hold. we are told that this was raising some red flags for a lot of officials last fall when the fbi said, you can't have a security clearance here. the questions still, what did the president know about this? what did john kelly, the white house chief of staff become this, and why they were giving him a tell player waiver on the security clearance is a question the white house has not answered yet. it is clear this is all complicated by the personal relationship rob porter was having with hope hicks. one of the most influential white house advisers to the president, the communications director. she is leading the charge to essentially put out statements praising him. and now in hindsight, that's not looking so good in light of pictures and the police report. >> it looks devastating. and the notion that she was in charge, even though she was having a relationship with him,
of writing all these statements of support for him when she should have been up front and said, look, i'll having a relationship with him. i think he should recuse myself from this. >> and let others come out and offer praise. orrin hatch had a really effusive statement. he used to work for orrin hatch and then he dialed it back on the second statement, talking about how serious domestic violence and domestic abuse is. but it is a very odd place for this white house to be. also, john kelly offering effusive praise for mr. porter, given these allegations and this whole idea that this was a smear campaign. if you listen to the stories of these women, these two ex-wives, and another person who hasn't been identified, it doesn't sound like a coordinated smear. it sounds like they told the fbi what their experiences were with mr. porter. >> you know something about security clearances. you were at the pentagon for a
long time. it sounds unusual to me that the two individuals who pass along classified information to the president at the white house, chief of staff john kelly, and the staff secretary, rob porter, one of they will didn't have full security clearances. >> yes. if he was passing top secret information, that's a violation. if you don't have a clearance, you're not supposed to handle classified information so that should be a big problem. >> today we heard from the white house press expect they didn't want him to resign. he made that decision. the white house chief of staff had only praise for him. this is awkward. >> it is more than awkward. it is disturbing. someone who appears to have this record of violence being so close to -- that i understand his superiors were close to him, orrin hatch, john kelly. but in this case, your private life wlrgs it is as vivid as we've seen with these pictures,
that should be relevant and there is reporting that john kelly knew about it because of the fbi back ground check. in the coming days, the more that comes out. what message does this send? this is a quiet crime and it takes a lot to come forward. the fact they're not standing behind these women. it is disturbing. >> rob portman did issue a statement. he said he denies these allegations leveled against him by his two ex-wives. if the fbi had these concerns and after a year of reviewing his background, still had not given full security clearances, that in and of itself sends a message to someone like john kelly. >> it is interesting. we don't know a lot about the specifics of what a specific individual knew. it does seem some senior officials knew about it and knew the fbi was not granting the clearance. a year is quite a long time to have a clearance reviewed. he is 39 years old. he worked on the hill.
he didn't have a long business record. it should not have been that complicated of a security clearance, it would seem. he didn't have foreign investments. the fact it was not approved should have been a red flag. he was involved with the president's speeches. he is traveling with the president. he is shake go hands during the trip to beijing last year. this was a central player in the inner circle and there are very few people who come into the president's inner circle after the campaign. he was an example of that. so he was extremely highly thought of. mild mannered. was a lawyer. was of the mormon faith. so everyone we're talking on saying shocked, devastated, did not know about this but it does seem that some top officials did know about this because the two ex-wives told the fbi agents on these routine background checks. >> i wonder how would it affect hope hicks.
>> this is her personal life and it must be painful for her to be discussed this way. we don't know what happened. >> can i say as a pr person, i try to stay out of the political stuff but the if you're in a relationship and you're responsible for crafting the statement about the departure of the individual that you're -- that just violates every he think thinkic,er ethic. >> we're following breaking stories. 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.
we're back with our special the i ha the. >>s. what's the latest you're hearing for a controversial military parade in washington? >> what i'm hearing is they're taking it very, very seriously. it is not a suggestion, it is a directive. they're treating it like that and they are actively working on planning actions. this would fall under the army's military district in washington to conduct the parade. they're actually working up options the present to the white house. i suspect, i don't know this, that there will probably be several options and probably not all of them will be the grandiose display he saw in paris. i think they'll try to give him what he wants but i think they'll try to walk it back, something a little less intensive. >> what are you hearing from your sources at the white house? >> the white house was a little embarrass that had this was being discussed as such a full
throated plan. it has been on the president's mind and he's been saying it repeatedly ever since he was in paris. i remember, the president said he wanted one bigger or better than that. that was a parade of all parades. the mother of all parades. it was quite impressive to watchful if the president wants one that big, they'll have to haul in military equipment from across the country. republicans on capitol hill, senator lindsey graham and others were saying this makes the u.s. look weak. strong countries don't need to do this. there will be a lot of pushback. the challenge is one more task for general kelly. can he talk the president out of this and dial it back a little bit of the. >> lindsey graham who is a member of the armed community says he doesn't want a cheesy parade. >> it will be that's of dollars to ship the tanks in. and maybe there is a better idea
where it is veterans and they're the ones. spotlighting families. and that's something we have all seen. sort of parades in our own communities where you're highlighting the gratitude for them. >> military feels a little awkward doing this. but there are plenty of not the just democrats but republicans on the hill who think it's awkward. >> right. because this politicizes the military yet again. something happens frequently when it comes to politics and capitol hill. to have democrats that don't want to be in the position that they're not going to the parade because they don't like the president. >> also, it's an election year. democrats don't want to resist this too much to resist the military. it is just with all the stuff going on, i'm not sure why this is added to the mix.
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we're following a new round of tough talk in north korea. mike pence and rex tillerson warned new and harsher sanctions are coming soon. tillerson says the united states will. be lulled by north korea -- will not be lulled by north korea's charm offensive. brian todd, the north koreans just revealed one of their most powerful, most mysterious leaders is actually going to south korea. >> right. it is now unmistakable tonight how seriously kim jong-un is taking his country's mission to the winter olympics. he is sending a member of his family, and not some distant relative, but the one person he trusts with his life inside the regime. outside of her brother kim jong-un, kim yo-jong could be the most powerful person in north korea. the younger sister of the north korean dictator, she shares his
dna and his vision for the repressive regime. she's now heading across the south korean border as part of north korea's delegation to the winter olympics. >> oh, it's absolutely significant on quite a number of levels. first, just the symbolism and symbolics of this. she has been relatively cloistered outside of north korea. we don't know how much she has traveled, but she's about to emerge on the world's largest television stage. >> reporter: kim yo-jong will be the first member of the kim dynasty to ever visit south korea. no family member has crossed the border since the korean war. her star has risen meteorically over past four years. she's been a top official of the propaganda and agitation department which enforces censorship. she was recently promoted to a position in the politburo, the senior body in the communist party. kim yong-nam, ceremonial head of state, will be there and yields influence in the regime.
analysts say kim yo-jong is the real power just under her power. >> kim yo-jong's power exists because of proximity to the leader himself. she is the person that he entrusts more than anyone else in the regime. >> reporter: experts say one of kim yo-jong's top responsibilities now is counterintelligence, acting as her brother's eyes and ears, helping him identify who might be plotting against him inside pyongyang's dangerous halls of power. analysts say she'll be gathering intelligence when she's at the olympics, and she could also serve as a high-level back channel for the north korean government. >> if the united states and south korea want to reach out and use the olympics as an opportunity for informal discussions, those discussions can go through an unfiltered, direct channel back to kim jong-un. and she would provide that direct channel. >> reporter: meantime, with the world watching the olympics, she will put a young, telegenic face on the regime. this is a calculated move from kim jong-un, experts say, to answer ivanka trump's presence
at the closing ceremonies. >> kim yo-jong is the perfect counterpart to this. it also is a signal that north korea is not, you know, this crazy, weird, former cold war state, but that it, too, has young women that are capable and are the future leadership. >> reporter: so will kim yo-jong meet with ivanka trump, vice president mike pence, or any member of the american delegation at the olympics? analysts say that's going to be up to the americans and south koreans. they say the north koreans by sending kim yo-jong have set it up perfectly to have some meaningful, top-level communication, but so far vice president mike pence and his team have been cagey about a possible meeting with any north koreans there. >> they certainly have been. brian, thank you very much. brian todd reporting. coming up, breaking news. the senate reaches a major bipartisan budget deal, but there's some major bipartisan opposition in the house. is there still time to avert a government shutdown? whoooo.
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