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something striking about the sloppiness here both the nature in the nda was crafted that michael cohen uses email, certainly not a story going away because of the missteps. >> we'll stay on top of it. thanks. that's it for me. thanks for watching. i'm, in the "the situation room." erin burnett outfront starts right now. outfront next, white house staffers on edge as the axe is poised to swing. president trump seems to be loving every second of the reality show he's directing. plus a putin critic found dead in england after a double agent was poisoned there. the death now being investigated as a murder. and the stormy daniels scandal takes another turn. her attorney reveals physical threats against the porn star and says there are other women. let's go outfront. good evening i'm erin burnett. outfront tonight, you're fired, eventually. national security adviser h.r. mcmaster on the rocks tonight.
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his fate seemingly foregone conclusion. >> are you going to stay? >> are you staying? >> and when reporter from abc news finally got mcmaster to respond, here's what happened. >> i just wanted to ask you about the reports that you might be leaving the white house. >> sarah sanders set it straight yesterday. everybody has to leave the white house sometime. >> hey, that's true. we have term limits. right. perhaps most graceful way for mcmaster to deal with the fact that his boss is talking to a whole lot of people in negative ways about firing him. it isn't as if the president hasn't cut down mcmaster too. via public forum for shaming here's the tweet when he slammed mcmaster for slamming russia for meddling in the u.s. election. quote, general mcmaster forgot to say the results of the election were not changed by russians. and only collusion was by
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crooked h. remember the dirty dossier and podesta company. that tweet slamming mcmaster was one month ago. so the president has been fuming and complaining for at least that long. rendering his national security adviser increasingly toothless. but has not formally fired him. why? maybe because of headlines like this one from the with the with the. trump decides to remove national security adviser and others may follow. look, this president do the not like when the media is right even due to his own tweets and loose lips. he likes to toy with his top advisers. you don't need a long memory what he did to rex tillerson latest public shaming that ended in firing. rex tillerson was fired on march 12, just a few days ago. but that was three months after this tweet the president saying, quote, media has been speculating that i fired rex tillerson that he would be leaving soon. fake news. he's not leaving. while we disgrow on certain subjects i call the final shots.
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we work well. and america is highly respected again. of course it turns out the news was not fake. it's just is that president trump didn't want to fire rex tillerson when all the leeaks were out. instead, he decided to keep him on for months. seems the president prefrds to get points for yelling fake news instead of putting real points on the board by getting a person with authority for doing the important foreign policy job in the united states. and tonight everyone is wondering, which white house aide or cabinet secretary will be wish to hear, perhaps from twitter or the grapevine, instead of the president himself, these words -- >> you're fired. >> you're fired. >> you're fired. >> kaitlan collins begins our coverage outfront at the white house. and kaitlan, staffers there are telling you they are worried. >> reporter: that's right. because staffers came to work this morning and they were on edge over these recent firings
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because we started with week with secretary of state being fired on twitter. and here we are 8 clock on the east coast, no one fired yet, but yet is the key word. white house pushed back staff shake-up during the press briefing when sarah sanders said that she had spoken to the president last night. he expressed confidence in that the national security hr mcmaster, a mesz age she then passed onto mcmaster. but the president didn't relay to mcmaster himself oon though sarah sanders did acknowledge they met several times today and she is not sure if all of this came up during those meetings. but, erin, to be clear here, it's the president who has fueled a lot of this speculation himself by saying his cabinet is not the way he likes it. he likes change. aen there could be more change coming in the future. and we are actually told by sewers familiar with what's been going on with the president that he has actually been watching the television in glee over the last few days as he's seen the buildup of this idea of a
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potential shake-up happening. so a lot of this is president himself. he enjoys being able to control the banners that flash across the lower part of the screen. so a lot of this is many coulding from the top down. and staffers certainly were concerned. and the white house could say today that no one is being immediately fired, but they couldn't answer if it was going to happen imminently. and of course, erin, we all know the president has been known to contradict his own spokesman before. >> something else he enjoys to do. thank you. outfront now our panel here. you heard the word, that kaitlan used glee. the president likes this game. he likes to keep his staff in limbo, to use a kind word. >> that's right. and i think it's wrong to say that the president has decided to fire hr mcmaster or anybody else and that he's going to take action. i think the president makes more
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theoretical decisions and that he decided months and months ago that both secretary of state rex tillerson and national security adviser hr mcmaster wouldn't be permanent fixtures in his administration. but didn't settle on any permanent time, exact time to get rid of them. and he's going to get rid of them when the news media least expects it, no headlines blaring on the television. and he does like to let his aides live in a state of perpetual limbo, unsure they'll show up to work and be dismissed. or serve out entire four years of his administration. >> great way to motivate people, david. >> yeah, look, it's very difficult to recruit top talent in the white house when it's so dysfunctional. we have all had these discussions with republican operate tic operatives in town and talked about how difficult it is to make a decision to work somewhere they are not sure they'll be table to make a
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difference. and they are always looking over their shoulder. but, erin, i think you brought up a good point. the president is enjoying this. and as we know normally staff shakeups are negative things. it means the white house isn't working and president needs a reset. it's a necessary action. and the president enjoys it. and i think we'll see moreover time. why? because the president doesn't have an ideological core. so whoever he surrounds himself can change, and who he needs can change. also very attracted to the superficial, are you good on tv, do you look the good. he'll hire that person and later find out they are not a good fit. we are seeing that with tillerson and mcmaster. finally, the president gets caught up in the reactions that people are having to his leadership. the reaction they are having to his decision making. and he ends up in a sense trying
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to one up people and best them by countering rather than letting things sort of play out because there is a consistent plan that he has in mind. >> i mean, april, look, the president thrives on stoking the flames, chaos and insecurity in others. slams his aides talks on twitter. talks behind the backs to other staffers or to associates and friends talking to on the phone all the time. you know, he may like to say you are fired on tv, but the reality here is he prefers to do it much more passive aggressive way in real life. rex tillerson, you know, found out from twitter or kelly. trump didn't have the courtesy frankly to fire his own secretary of state. >> very unprofessional tochlt say that about a sitting president is rough, to give an unprofessional grade to a president about the fact that he
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gave a firing note, you are fired by twitter. but, erin, you have to remember, let's go back, it's not even, i don't think it's been a week, when -- it hasn't been a week. because remember when the president was in pennsylvania? and talking about, you know, if i was presidential, you would be bored. this is who is he. he wants to entertain us. but this is also about stability. how are americans looking at the president and how is the world looking at this president, the leader of the free world or once was the leader of the free world. and also i'm going to say this, erin, we are not totally out of that window of possible firing. we have yet to hear from sessions, if i'm correct, attorney general jeff sessions about mccabe. >> right. we'll be here tonight. >> yeah, so still in that window. and thes white house really was upset with what mccabe did.
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so we don't know yet. there could be a firing. maybe not one immediately in the white house. we don't know as of yet. >> some of the headlines, because i thought it was an interesting point t the president will want to wait until this dies down, no more headlines and says you guys were all wrong. all part of that psychological game he's playing. some of the headlines tonight, donald trump very public embarrassment of mcmaster. your head line trump gives mcmaster the tillerson treatment. that was politico. trump preparing to ounst mcmaster. the l.a. times. how long can he function? >> when they are getting headlines and reporters are yelling the question at him, there is just that basic reality, right? >> it's a good question, i think, erin. and i'm told by people who are close to mcmaster and speak to him reg larly, if he had it his
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way, he would stay through the end of the second year on the job. he came in february 2017 and he would stay until february of 2019 if he had his druthers. but i think that the constant speculation about whether or not he's going to be fired adds a level of external irritation. and it does add friction to his ability to do his job. but as a military man, i think you see him being sort of nose to the grind stone. he remains an active duty military officer and it would be difficult for him to throw his hands up like a civilian and say i quit. i think he is somebody who for a long time seek ago fourth star. he right now is three star general many and i don't see him bowing out of this job until he's got another safe landing spot in the army that is promotion from his current job. >> look, and if the white house gives him that to make themselves look better, try to
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make it look more appealing, because not everybody works there ends up tainted, so be it, give it to him to use the leverage. david, firing mcmaster would be the third national security adviser for trump in 13 months. >> it would. >> sorry so people understand the numbers. president obama had three national security eight years in office. bush had two. president clinton had two. how hard it so find a replacement for mcmaster given this track record? >> well, it's very hard to find a replacement when you know going in you aren 0 ts chopping block immediately and you never know where you stand with the boss. and i think that the only two administration officials that are protected are jim mattis, defense secretary, because so much public confidence in him, and jeff sessions the attorney general, because senate republicans are so adamant that president trump leave him there and they would have to confirm new attorney general. look, when you come to the job and don't have a coat of
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loyalists that know what they are doing and you can rely on, you see how that works. i'll say this, this is why i think president trump enjoys this and feelsz like it's a positive experience. for all the negative headlines and for so many americans and people around the world that find this unnotifyierving and unstable, the president's base looks at him shaking up washington and fighting back against the establishment. look, are all the people in the west wing establishment republicans they are so angry at? no. but that's how they look at it. and to him, to them, they see a president that's knots willing to play by the old rules. and the president is very sensitive to the feedback he gets from his base. >> april, final word. >> we just have to stay tuned. this is theater. and it's not normal. but there is going to be someone who either leaves, forced to resign, or being fired at some point. this president has a track record that you cannot ignore.
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and maybe his base does like this. but at the same time, you have to remember he is not necessarily a tried and true republican. he even went against the nra at one point. so we have to see how this plays out. and it's entertainment. but it's also not normal. >> no, and of course also shows willingness to keep people in jobs that you think are terrible to make a point to the media. and what does that say. thank you very much. outfront next, another russian found murdered in his london home. was he strangled? plus a former trump adviser staffer just hired to promote president trump agenda. and stunning new allegations for stormy daniels. her attorney says she was threatened with physical violence to keep her quiet. and he says there are more women.
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overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision nerve agent in the streets of europe since the first time since world war ii. >> he did not mince words. outfront general thanks for your time. he did not mince words. he think vladimir putin gave the nerve agent to poison him and his daughter. do you think that's right? >> although our government may have the documents, it's based upon my knowledge of how things work in the russian federation. i can't conceive of anything like this being conducted without his approval. and will sa body of evidence that the russian federation did this. >> yeah they this had nerve agent, developed it, others did not. i mean, sort of so blatant that
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it denies belief they are trying to deny it, although they are. putin was directed by the bbc perfect that this was about that. and asked if he was responsible for this. and i want to play this and encourage you to look at his face. >> is russia behind the poisoning? >> you know, right, the bottom line is, general, he says, we are busier with agriculture and you want to ask about tragedying shs get to the bottom of things, but it's the look on his face, he is clearly unafraid of any retaliation.
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>> i would say we have good evidence he's been involved in as the so what defense. what are you going to do about it? he doesn't even bother to deny it or evidence as to why it isn't so. he simply dismisses our complaint. and, again, back to so what. >> again, the so what defense, obviously in the u.s. put on criticism there should be more, sanctions, should be broader, et cetera, et cetera. however, the white house was asked directly if putin was friend or foe of the united states. opportunity to come out and be strong and stop that so what defense. sarah sanders refused to answer that directed question. and i wanted to play the exchange for you, general. >> is putin a friend or foe of the united states? >> i think that's russia will have to make that determination. >> general haden, is that a hard question to answer? is vladimir putin a friend or foe of the snuns. >> it's not a hard answer.
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they are acting like a sustained foe of the united states. working against american, western interests, global interests in syria, in the eastern ukraine. threatening the baltic states. interfering in elections. and now murder of opposition figures in western countries. the russians have decided they are acting like a foe. and we need to treat them like a foe. otherwise this will be cost free for them. >> so why do you think the white house then won't do what you just did? they won't do it? they won't call him a foe? by the way, trump's own national security team said russia is attacking the united states as we speak, in cyber ways in upcoming elections, yet they won't come out and say what you just said? why? >> there is a dynamic at workment i'll repeat what you said in different way. we have the dynamic and phenomena in the united states
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the american government, the institutions of american government being well ahead of the president in terms of defining and responding to what the russians are doing. the white house, and the person of the president is well behind what the rest of the government has already concluded, and a peer to be responding to. i've never seen this before. >> and why do you think it is that he won't? >> look, there may or may not be any dark secrets that robert mueller will disclose, i don't know that, so i don't go there. i think we have a position where frankly i think president trump admires president putin. he likes strong authoritarian figures. already stated his affection for president putin's style. and now i think president trump is a stubborn proud man that never admits he's wrong. and he can't allow his
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spokeswoman to say what is obvious to everyone. and, erin, that's not style. that's substance when the american president doesn't take this on personally. >> it certainly is. but he certainly seems to admire the so what defense. thank you very much general haden. >> thank you, erin. next, pro trump group hired former trump official who was kicked out for using racist and sexist language that you are going to have to hear to understand this story. and stormy daniels physically threatened to be silent according to her attorney. now we are learning that some of her acquisitions happened while trump was in the white house. which ones? great, another dead end. sarge, i just got a tip that'll crack this case wide open! turns out the prints at the crime scene- awwwww...did mcgruffy wuffy get a tippy wippy? i'm serious! we gotta move fast before- who's a good boy? is him a good boy? erg...i'm just gonna go. oh, you wanna go outside? you gotta go tinky poo-poo?
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carl higbe is joining us. listen for yourself. >> i don't like muslim people. people always rip me. you are sexist. racist. i'm like jesus christ i just like like muslim people because their ideology sucks, her and her husband and five children, mother of the kids, they don't have jobs. they are there all the time. i guess you can guess what color they are. >> you are breaking the morals. the moral fiber of our country. i don't like gay people. i just don't. >> that was just a snippet. outfront now senior communications adviser for the trump campaign jason miller and cnn commentator. thanks for being here. he was forced to resign from his job in the trump administration.
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it acceptable for this pro trump girl to turn around and hire him? >> well, erin, i have to call balls and strikes here saying i'm disturbed and concerned that someone who said these comments, these hateful type comments was then hired by the c-4. i think if i'm a donor to the c-4 and pretty ticked off someone like this was hired. especially this is not how the president talks. this is not how anywhere near the president talks. and this is exactly the story that the left wants to go and paint of the president and his supporters so when they go and hire someone like this, then obviously having segments like this talking about it. in the spirit of calling balls and strikes though, i don't think this type of language is appropriate anywhere across the board. that's why i'm also very concerned seeing certain democrats continuing to embrace the radical hateful teachings of the keith ellison, vice chair of the dnc continuing to meet with
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him and having soaassociations. if i can stand up and said he shouldn't have hired them, then we should have an absolute objection of these hateful words. >> before i leave, let me give you a chance. you've come out and said this is not seacceptable. the president doesn't talk this way. does he need to do something about it? he had dinner with them last night. he can stop this. does he need to? >> well, i think that obviously the attention that's being brought on this now i have to imagine that something happens pretty swiftly here. i'm in the business of telling him exactly what the should go and do. but i can't imagine that he finds this anyway sapable. quite frankly probably ticked off someone went and did this. >> we have to look at this 50,000 foot view. the fact is same white house that had someone like steve
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bannon who not only appraised mu mussolini, but carl higbe, is he a bigot. for a lot of us a tragiced ttra donald trump. but this brings on a larger conversation that we wouldn't have, because the 45th president of the united states brought these tensions on, racial tensions on with steroids. and, jason is correct, and i'm very proud to call jason my friend, because he's rejecting this. i can sit here and say louis fair come is anti-sthis. and donald trump allows these racist ideologies to breathe.
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donald trump, steve bannon, carl higbe is a correlation. carl says that, so he needs to go first. >> what do you say? >> whether on the right or left, we should have a complete rejection of people trying to bring this into the discourse, whether it's carl saying this or respectfully, i would say fair con, yes, very much outside the mainstream, but that's what's so troubling you have folks like the vice chair of the dnc continuing to embrace him. danny davis when asked about him just talked about, what did he say, we can talk about the jewish question later. that's pretty problematic stuff. and i think when you have leaders who i think you would agree, ellison and davis, are very much in the mainstream, we should be telling them they can't be embracing folks like him. >> look, jason, you both have a point. but he has a crucial point.
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the guy you are talking about is the leader of the republican party, president of the united states of america. this guy was working for him. >> and, erin, that's my point. he was fired from the administration. >> is that the word you would used? because we are careful. just to be clear, technically resigned and didn't do so until they exposed all the things he said on the radio. >> he left. and probably should have been a bit more forceful than that. but this is not the type of behavior, attitudes that the president is going to allow to happen. again, people around the president do not talk, or act like this. and he shouldn't be a part of the organization. >> final words since jason had the first. >> no, i mean, i agree with jason somewhat. but i still think we have to combat this and racism that we see in this country with direct force. the fact remains, carl higbe is a race es, working very close to
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the president of the united states. steve bannon is a racist senior adviser to the president of the united states. we can talk about everything on the periphery but we have to deal with the core in the country. president of the united states has a problem with race and we need to have that conversation. >> thank you very much. i appreciate the subsequent conversation thank you. and next stormy daniels revelations some of what she claims about donald trump took place in the last year while she was president. stunning accusation. so what is she talking about? and raising second in command, earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension, and tonight it could all be gone, tonight he cob -- could be fired. mccabe. $1.50 futures contracts? what about a dedicated service team of trading specialists? did you say yes?
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representing stormy daniels. >> is there anything in the litany of accusations you would call them facts that surround this case that happened while donald trump was president? >> yes. >> can you go any further than that? >> no. >> okay. mj lee is outfront, mj, obviously a pretty big thing to say, while trump was president, yes, but wouldn't say yes. do you have any sense what he means and what other accusations he's putting out there tonight? >> well, the stunning accusation from avenatti is stormy daniels has been physically threatened to keep silent about her affair with donald trump. we knew there was temporary restraining order taken out on her just last month. but first time we heard the lawyer saying physical threats against the porn star.
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>> what are you a alleging was done to your client to stay quiet? >> i'm not a lenlilleging anyth. and the fact was my client was threatened to stay silent about what she new about donald trump. >> erin, this is not the only thing. avenatti also suggesting there could be more headaches coming president trump way. he says six other women have contacted him taking potential legal action against the president and at least two of them have ndas. but he's being very careful here. he said he has not fully vetted the stories or ndas. he doesn't know if any one of the women will end up becoming his clients. but certainly if there are more women, this raises more questions about the white house whether there were other ndas or payoffs and the question other women saying there were threats made against him to keep silent about donald trump.
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>> crucial questions and allegations tonight. thank you very much. i want to go to former prosecutor outfront. you heard stormy daniels lawyer as he was replaying key lines today. he said some of the accusations in this case from daniels occurred when trump was president. what does this mean for the president, wendy? >> well, the first question is who did it. because if it wasn't the president himself, then a threat made to stormy daniels wouldn't lead to any kind of charge against the president unless he ordered it, was a coconspiracy, knew about it and aided and a betted, and he's not stupid of the he would not do that. this is a guy, if nothing else, he's very good at building walls that somewhat insulate him as being the prime bad guy. he's good at that. so i don't see that as the likely answer to the question. but what i want to know is how
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could stormy daniels have signed an agreement in october, and now her lawyer is saying it's related to things that happened months later. that's a very interesting question. and avenatti is very good at inciting people to speculate and i'm doing a lot of speculating. >> because he also said that there are six other women coming forward, as you heard mj referring to. let me play the exchange where he lays that out. >> we have been approached by six separate women who claim to have similar stories to those or to that of my client. two of those women, at least two have ndas. we are in the early stages of vetting those stories. we won't stake our reputation on them until we have confidence they are telling the truth. we have 100% confidence that miss clifford is telling the truth. >> if those women receive money to remain silent, could the president have bigger issue when
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it comes to the crucial question of breaking election law or not? >> the answer is maybe. i mean, what i would love to see is when the deals were made. because approximaproximity to t election matters. just days before the election. that's one of the reasons it's a strong piece of evidence and suspicion that we all talk about around the campaign finance law issue. when were they signed. i think it's interesting that of the women that have reached out to avenatti, not all of them appear to have ndas which suggest to me that those who do have something special to hide. i can't wait to compare the ndas. >> which i know you've had a chance to read very carefully. wendy, thank you so much. i appreciate your time as always. >> you bet. >> and next the clock ticking for a firing. this of a former fbi official. andrew mccabe could be hours away from losing his pension right before he retires.
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deputy director, the former deputy director andrew mccabe is waiting right now to find out in attorney jeff sessions is going to fire him. because just hours before mccabe official retirement. he could fire him for misleading investigators. at stake, thousands of dollars in retirement benefits and decision could come at any moment. outfront now the ranking member of the house judiciary committee. so this is what you oversee. what are you hearing right now? i know we thought we would hear about this about an hour ago. we have not yet gotten an update from the attorney general. >> all i've heard is what's publicly available is attorney general sessions is considering whether to fire deputy fbi director mccabe. and that of course mccabe's size of this pension is at stake. he is retired effective sunday which is 50th birthday.
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the question is whether sessions will fire him in order to deprive him of most of his pension or much of his pension. >> is that what he would >> the president has been public about his feelings about mccabe, he would deprive him of his pension. we do know the inspector general report, which we have not seen fully, which is essentially the hr department at the fbi. and their recommendation was mccabe misled investigators about what fbi agents he authorized to speak to the "wall street journal" for an article. and and that was about the clinton foundation. it was misleading and that basically -- >> did a firing offense. >> recommend the hr department recommended he be fired. is jeff sessions, if he follows that be doing the right thing. >> sessions, i have to say it because i have no great sympathy for jeff sessions. he is in a difficult place because of the actions of the president.
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it may to or may not be correct, it may or may not be adequately supported because we don't know -- >> the report details. >> exactly. and we don't know if mccabe misbehaved in order to be fired. on the other hand the president has improperly and repeatedly reached into the fbi and criticized mccabe essentially for not towing the line, asked him how he voted, asked him whether he was loyal to him, criticized the fact that his wife ran for the state senate as a democrat. >> right. >> and has repeatedly criticized sessions for not disciplining mccabe. so in sessions were to fire him, there would certainly be an appearance, and maybe the reality that he was doing it -- for an improper reason. on the other hand, that's why it's wrong for the president to make comments about a career fbi
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official. >> we have told fbi agents have kept their jobs after it has gone through the system, allegations of domestic assault, tax evasion, sleeping with witnesses, informants, kept all their jobs, but never lying. never once lying. it's clear that lying is the single most important thing. when they put their hand up and say so help me god juries believe them. how can the fbi not fire its deputy if he was not forthright. >> he denies that he was not forthright. we haven't seep the -- >> the full report. >> the report. they do seem to be doing this with great haste. apparently greater than usual. i don't know. but, begun, it shows why it was -- one of the reasons why it was so wrong for the president to put political pressure in effect on the fbi -- on the
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attorney general to be against mccabe. >> do you think this is about doing the right thing? you talk about the report being rushed by the way from what is supposed to be the unbiased inspector general's u.s.a. office about the fbi or is it about his pension. >> the inspector general is widely respected. >> you are not trying to question that? >> not at all. >> if that's their conclusion you would be more likely to believe it or do you think it's about somehow depriving him of his pension, which could be half a million dollars? >> well, the purpose of firing someone in effect is to deprive him of his pension as the punish men. >> uh-huh. >> the question, is it being done fairly and for the proper reasons? we haven't seen the inspector general's report and it's hard to judge. i believe the inspector general is a man of integrity and believes what he is saying. on the other hand, the decision has to be made by the attorney
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>> reporter: the press secretary had to know more scorching questions about stormy daniels were coming but her answers proved luke warm at best. >> obviously, we take the safety and security of any person seriously. >> reporter: had she discussed the late west the president? no. could she answer anything more? >> i would refer to you the president's outside personal attorneys. >> clearly. sarah sanders does not know what the president is thinking. >> clearly you missed me. all smiles all the time. >> reporter: it wasn't always this way. when she took the job eight months ago she decidedly slapped down unfavorable questions about trump's conduct, fast and present. >> knock the crap out of them. >> even when she was patently wrong. >> the president in no way form or park has ever promoted or encouraged violence. >> the president tweeted that a
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colleague would do anything for campaign contributions. >> was that filled with sexual undercurrent. >> no. >> reporter: critics said videos were staged. >> the threat is real, that is what the president is talking about. >> reporter: now her tone appearance clearly more cautious. asked if the president knew about a payment to stormy daniels by his attorney. her answer. >> not that i'm aware of. >> reporter: has the president talked to his attorney about it? >> i don't know. >> reporter: and on it goes. in one briefing she was asked is trump glad the phasa courts are being investigated. >> i haven't spoken with him about that. >> reporter: does he think -- would resign. >> i haven't spoken to him about that. >> reporter: would the president allow a resident on the no fly
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list to buy a gun. >> i haven't talked to him about that specifically. >> reporter: as the questions get cuffer about russia, about the president's personal life, and about these rapid fire changes at the white house, sanders is effectively saying don't ask me. erin. >> certainly a shift. thank you tom foreman. thanks to awful you, have a good weekend. we will see you monday. "ac 360" starts now. good evening, i'm quoting here. no immediate personnel changes at this time. despite all the reporting from multiple sources close to the president that's what white house keefe of chief of staff john kelly told staffers this morning. you are right, he is the same john kelly whose job itself has been in jeopardy. and he was talking in part about mr mcmaster whose job may already be done, and in addition, four cabinet secretaries were in the presidential dog house. four, at least. and yes, sources close

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