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it is 7:00 here in new york. 4:00 in the afternoon on west coast. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." great to have you with us this evening. president trump today cautioned by democrats and republicans to layoff robert mueller. that's after the second straight day of the president mentioning the special counsel's name. during a defensive and accusation-filled weekend of tweets from the white house, these are are the messages just today from the president denying collusion with russians. attacking former fbi officials james comey and andrew mccabe calling them names. calling them liars. saying the mueller team has zero republicans. even though robert mueller himself is a republican. now the tweet storm had very rare mention of robert mueller by name has some analysts dedeucing that the president is ready to shut mueller down. at least two republicans in the senate say that would be a disaster. >> as i said before, if he tried
to do that, that's the beginning and end of his presidency. we are a rule of law nation. >> in talking to colleagues all along within once he goes after mueller, then we will take action. i think that people see that as a massive red line that can't be crossed. so i hope that that's the case. and i would just hope that enough people would prevail on the president now. don't go there. don't go there. we have confidence in mueller. i certainly do. and then i think my colleagues do as well. so i hope that the push back is now to keep the president from going there. >> and this just a few minutes ago from arizona's republican senator john mccain. he tweets, special counsel mueller has served our country with honesty and integrity. it is critical he be allowed to complete a thorough investigation into russia's interference in 2016 election unimpeded. let's go now to our white house correspondent boris sanchez. boris, the president had no public events this weekend. just return together white house
after playing golf today. what are white house officials saying about the president's evident frustration today? >> hey there, least one white house official, director of legislative affairs, mark short, was in a sunday morning talk shows defending the president saying that the russian investigation has gone on for more than a year. that it cost a lot of money that so far in his eyes it's produced an whole lot. ultimately the president's frustrations boiling over on twitter as you noted, not only directed at special counsel but also at fbi, at entire department of justice, at state department. the president continuing to push this idea that there's a deep state out there that is trying to derail his presidency to delegitmize his presidency and for the first time seeing president trump attempting to draw into question the special counsel and whether or not it has a bias against him. i do want you to listen to one specific portion of what mark short said though. watch this.
>> everyone in the white house has cooperated on this and what i said is that we have cooperated in every single way, every single paper they asked for. i think the reality is that yes, there is a growing frustration that after more than a year and millions and millions of dollars spent on this there is no efd of collusion with russia. i think the president is expressing pr expressing frustration and is well warranted. >> the note-worthy part of that is the sentiment the white house produced every document and every interview that robert mueller has requested so far. even though from what we understand there is still ongoing negotiations between robert mueller and president's legal team about an interview between president trump and the special counsel and grounds for what questions may ultimately be asked. the other thing that we obviously have to point out is that russia investigation has yielded results. the indictments of some 13 russian nationals for election meddling plus four trump campaign officials that have also been indicted. two of which have admitted lying to the fbi.
the question now becomes whether the white house will continue to comply and whether this shift will last this move from president trump to being let's say more aggressive against this special counsel. anna? >> boris sanchez at the white house. thanks. before i bring in the panel, i want to go back to one of the tweets the president fired off attacking mueller investigation. we want to do a quick fact checks because facts matter. let's start with the first line. mueller probe should have never been started. now the mueller invest started because of the russia investigation. the next line there was no collusion. and there was no crime. well this isn't accurate. so far three former trump associates plead guilty to various charges and are cooperating with mueller. on top of that 13 russians indicted for interfering in the 2016 eflexion in an effort to
help trump win. trump's former campaign manager has been been indicted. we also don't know whether there was actual collusion with russia republicans in the house intel committee did announce last week that they found none. but then one of its members admitted this this morning. >> we really weren't focused on that direction. >> you just said your job wasn't to figure out if there was collusion in the committee. >> that's right. >> moving on to the next line. the president says the probe was based on fraudulent activities and fake dossier. that's not true. new york times reported and republicans on the house intelligence committee confirmed in their memo that investigation into the trump campaign was sparked by trump adviser george papadopoulos bragging that russia had dirt on hillary clinton. also the dossier hasn't been proven to be fake. while some of the most salacious details had not been confirmed. other parts have proven to be ak a rat. another line the president claims the dossier wasn't
properly used in fisa court to surveil his campaign while remainder fisa warrant against carter page was obtained in october of 2016. almost one full month after he left the trump campaign. so now that have you the facts, i want to bring in our next guest to weigh in on all of this. joining us now, david chris, one of the world's foremost experts on fisa. also a former assistant attorney general for national security at the department of justice and also with us cnn senior political analyst david gergen who served four u.s. presidents, including republican and democrat. thank you for spending part of your weekend with us. this is not the first time donald trump has attacked robert mueller thon investigation. but on the heels of mccabe's firing, david chris, does this feel different? >> yeah. it's not that unusual, i think, that president trump has criticized special counsel mueller. what is sort of unusual is that waited this long to do it and how they held him in check i don't really know.
i'm sure it's very stressful for him to be under investigation. but the fact is mueller's investigation has been going incredibly quickly and has been incredibly productive so far. both in terms of number of people charged and number of offenses charged and number of people who plead guilty. so this is going to be a continued source of stress and frustration for the president i'm sure. i'm not surprised to hear him talk about it. bob mueller is not the kind to leave stones unturned or go way quietly. i think we will see a lot more of this activity going forward. >> a quick follow-up on what you said. this investigation is going slowly. you said it is going quickly. what makes you think that. >> just as compared to the history of special counsel or independent counsel investigations which is pretty well documented. mueller has been going at breakneck speed and produced as you said earlier a number of
charges and indictments and a number of guilty pleas including from the president's national security adviser. this is a remarkable record of prosecutorial achievement in the a relatively short period of time. certainly as compared to any prior president dent that people can bring forward. >> david gergen, the president is clearly rattled by this investigation. he won't stop tweeting even if it could hurt him. you worked in the nixon white house. how would you advise trump right now? >> calm down. and just be silent. his lawyers have been urging him not to go after rob are the mueller personally. he has gone after the investigation in his tweets but hasn't gone after mueller personally. when you go a mano a mano, and you make it very personal, you can expect that you will be judged with a certain severity that he may not like. now what he don't know and what is going on and what fueled
this. and there are two things going on. i think it is pretty obvious. one is, in recent days, feeling his oats as president. firing tillerson. getting mccabe fired and everything else, he is clearly seeing himself in the place where he want to be the man in charge and he is getting rid of people who might challenge him. the second thipg is, as you reported, they've now received questions from mueller. there are sample questions about the directions he wants to go in the investigation. that may prompt the white house to say, let's shut thing down. >> president obama's cia director john brennan tweeted this. when the full extent of your moral turpitude and political corruption becomes known you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in
history. you will not destroy america. america will triumph over pup that directed directly at the president. david chris, you worked with john brennan. you talked to john brennan. is he the type of pern that would tweet something like this if he doesn't know something that perhaps the public doesn't know about president trump regarding plk camccabe's firing? >> i think the president provokes strong septembermenntig people. there is a sense he is attacking our democracy and core governmental institutions. it is not surprising to me that strong statements are being made here. with respect to the mccabe issue itself in isolation, the microsoft important thing to remember is we don't yet know the facts. and we won't know them until the inspector general's report comes
poupt what we out. what we do know about the process and context i think includes some elements that give confidence in the outcome and that's particularly the involvement of some credible and career people who apparently supported the ag's decision. but there are a number of factors that cast pretty grave doubt on the process. chief among them, criticizing mccabe, effectively calling for his firing and celebrating after the fact. that is not the normal way that things go and in any other presidential administration in my lifetime, that activity would have been major issue and occupied all of the time and oxygen inside the beltway and here, it is almost business as usual. that's part of what accounts for people feeling very troubled making quite strong statements about this president. >> there is hardly anything normal about the way the president operates.
but "the washington post" is reporting now that president trump has had senior staff sign those nondisclosure agreements that will last even beyond his presidency. so david gergen, you worked in four white houses. did you ever have to do this? have you ever heard of this before? >> i've never heard of nondisclosure agreements for i must have done so massively. i heard of occasional ones and the truth is that there used to be what we call gentleman's agreements. you wait a descent interval before writing a kiss and tell book. that started collapsing years ago even well before donald trump came to office. i do think the trump people are more, may i say paranoid, about relations with the press than almost anyone i've ever seen tp to think of andrew mccabe, his defense isn't essentially
working with his public relations persons, communications persons to talk to the press and try to set record straight. ? f you fir if you fired almost everyone in government who has done this sort of thing, there wouldn't be anyone left. what sets people off like john brennan is they have a sense of honor about how things are done. and to cut off mccabe's pension hours before he would vest and he would be eligible for it may not only mean he has to work receive owner ten years more to have it kick back in but he will lose the hospital insurance he has, health insurance he had for himself and his family. he may lose social security benefits. it seems unnecessarily cruel. it speaks to the character of the people doing it to him. >> but some might argue, and i'll let you respond, that just because the timing was bad, if
he truly did wrong and did something that was a fireable offense, should he not be punished for that just because he was close to retirement? >> well, that depend. there are reports that the justice department accelerated the process. and didn't give him much chance to respond so they could get it within the timeframe and rob him of his pension in effect. let's be very clear. there may have been wrongdoing. but they intentionally tried to cut this guy's -- to cut his head off. potentially went after him in a way, same way they went after tillerson, their own man for goodness sakes. and treated him and my judgment from the florm normal standards presidential operations to treat secretary of state as shabbily as they did is just unheard of. >> thank you both. wish i had more time because you are both welcome knowledge and experience.
i appreciate it. we'll be back in just a moment. and coming up, a woman who has taken to the white house by storm. and stephanie cliff order, aka stormy daniels, is far from the first woman to be involved in a political sex scandal. a look back at fairs to remember next. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." does this map show the peninsula trail? you won't find that on a map. i'll take you there. take this left. if you listen real hard you can hear the whales. oop. you hear that? (vo) our subaru outback lets us see the world. sometimes in ways we never imagined. (avo) get 0% apr financing on all-new 2018 subaru outback models. now through april 2nd.
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hart was steaming toward the democratic presidential nomination. >> thank you, very much. >> until news of suspected marital infidel its linked him to a woman named donna rice. he denied it and so did she. but poll numbers went down and he quickly suspended his campaign. >> i will not put my family and myself through further rumors and gossip. it is an intolerable situation. >> a photo of him and rice appeared on a boat in miami called monkey business. ten years later the party was taggered again when monica lewinski had been involved with president bill clinton. he swatted them down. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman bp. >> but after being questioned under oath he said -- >> indeed i did have a relationship with ms. lewinski that was not appropriate. in fact it was wrong.
>> while impeach ford perjury and obstruction of justice he was not convicted and stayed in office. however his party lost the white house for two terms after he left. when john edwards tried to reclaim it once again sexual scandal came calling. national enchoir iraccused the married candidate of having an affair and child with campaign filmmaker hunter. both denied it. then telling abc news night line, yes, it happened. >> i made a very, serious mistake. >> his political career never recovered. barack obama became the party's nominee and president. >> what does all of this mean to donald trump? so far nothing. he has successfully batted down, denied or ignored all of the swirling claims of sexual improprietior misconduct and his base of voters has stood by him so far. >> tom foreman, thank you.
cnn senior political analyst and former adviser david gergen is back with me. that quite the trip down memory lane. good or bad, is there anything president trump can learn from those stories? >> well i think it's heapful to be more transparent. helpful to have a less active life. i way that donald trump has far got through this without a battering from his own base, you know, keeping his own base even evangelicals stood by him, i think because what they were get wleg they elected him, we add tape out there, people add chance to judge. their grievances were so powerful about the way they were living and people were willing to accept trump for who he is. i do think stormy daniels may
pose more of a problem for him if in fact she has been getting money since he has been elected. if there is any truth to it since there is a continued relationship since he was elected. there are lots of rumors about his wife whether she has had enough and walks away or anything like that. i don't think he is vulnerable but i do think that, the fact people knew so much about him beforehand and voted for him anyway, gave limbhim a lot of teflon. >> david gergen, thank you, sir. coming up, facebook in hot water. avenues one of its current employers has ties to a firm that worked for the trump campaign. up next what this means for the social media giant and millions of people who use it. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm not a bigwig.
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facebook is under serious scrutiny in a scandal involving a firm hired by the 2016 trump campaign. now the "new york times" reports the firm used personal data from 50 million facebook users without approval. massachusetts attorney general is now opening an investigation into facebook and cambridge analytica about this. facebook suspended the company saying it violatedity policyes. cambridge analytica denied any doing. help us understand what kind of
information cambridge analytica pulled way. >> all of the information you share with friend. if you are 1 of the 50 million people involved in this particular situation. all of the data with your friends, pictures, interest, pages you like, a good opportunity to go ton facebook.com, go to the right corner of the screen, privacy, see what you are shaferiring wi friends, family, strangers. i was surprised with what i was doing. it is worth checking time to time. 2 p 270,000 people signed up to be part of this study with be this research project. fwr the from there they got to 50 million, by going to their friends. and this may be been used in the trump campaign. a whistleblower has come forward, christopher wily, speaking to the observer in the
uk who says obviously this data set was included. >> what more are we learning from this whistleblower? >> here is a part of what he said about the bigger picture here involving the trump campaign. >> that's what he wanted. we offered him a way to accomplish what he wanted to do. which w which was change the culture of america. >> talking about who worked with cambridge analytica. that's one of the connections between the data mining firm that tries to profile voters and then to the trump campaign. the reality is that every political campaign tries to engage in these practices. they want to know as much about voters as they can. facebook says cambridge analytica, obtaining data, that's why it is punishing
cambridge now. you have to wonder if it is because it became public is why facebook is taking ags now. action now. in a new statement, facebook says it is doing an intiernal ad external review to see what went wrong here. we see giant tech companies trying to do clean-up after seeing mess made. >> reactive versus proactive. doesn't seem like it is the end of the story just yet. thank you so much. as always, brian's show, reliable sources, every 1 1:00 a.m. >> thanks for the plug. >> short on suspense. vladimir putin cruises to victory in russia's election. how his power surge could affect relations with the u.s.
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national security council adviser, sam. she spent two years helping with president obama's daily brief. kick us off. >> sure, let's start with the article on russia. i think we are entering an era of putin unplugged. he just won another election, a sham of an election, rigged from the start. as you mentioned, we learned last week, he has a pension for penetrating critical infrastructure. he went into our water and power grids and lurked around. i think he wanted to send a message that he could go in, his finger is on the switch and he can flip it at any time. that a pretty scary scenario. on top of the fact that several countries including the united states said it is likely likely russia was behind the chemical weapons attack in the united
kingdom. we will probably see the uk and russia engage in this tit for tat for this chemical weep yobs attack knowing that putin doesn't consider chemical weapons off limits. >> speaking of whelm cal weapons, nuclear weapons, will this impact what is happening now with north korea? >> that's a great question. i think it could because russia has been a pie tree ougatron ofa for a long time. the truth is we may need putin's help getting the trump campaign off the ground. it is strange, north koreans haven't confirmed that they actually still want it meto mee president trump p tp is possible there are classified disugss going on and intelligence professionals are speaking to each other. but they haven't confirmed that they want the meeting it happen or that it is going to happen. the devil may be in the details because kim jong-un doesn't like
to leave north korea. he likes it stay in this permit kingdom. he is so worried about assassination attempts. even if he want to dot meeting the location is going to be a sticking point. >> as far as this nuclear standoff, do you think countries around the world are watching? i know for example crown prince of saudi arabia talked about what could happen. iran get nukes. >> i think they are. they want an update from president trump when he is in the oval office. they are meeting tuesday. he probably want to know what is going on with north korea. and what is going on in iran. nuclear capability in the past. we can expect the saudi crown prince to expect donald trump to get tougher on iran. and certify the iran deal. but it is interesting. saudi arabia accused iran of meddling around the middle east but saudi arabia has gotten very close to russia who we know has been meddling in the united
states and around the world. saudi arabia agreeing to buy a russian armed systems that should trigger u.s. sanctions. so this meet awning tuesding ond cause trump to say, you want to be tougher on iran? we can get together on that. >> thank you very much. president's daily brief. up next, rare glimpse of senator john mccain. we will show the picture his daughter just posted live in the "cnn newsroom." let's go to sumatra. the coffee here is amazing. because the volcanic soil is amazing. so we give farmers like win more plants. to grow more delicious coffee. which helps provide for win's family. all, for a smoother tasting cup of coffee. green mountain coffee roasters. ♪ last night took a l, but tonight i what's an l? ♪ the rap singer took a loss and now he's ok again.
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have a religious test when he went into the service. no religious test when his brother went into the service and got killed. >> no attention was paid to my religion when i came to the house and when i came to the senate. i take almost the same oath as the president of the united states. >> he played it smart. he said, i'm not going to take orders from the pope. i'm going to represent the people. >> the presidency is not elected to be the protector of the faith. >> he said to the people of america, i know you're a more tolerant country than to let the simple fact of my faith stop you from voting for me. >> i want to bring in presidential historian alexis coe. good to see you. the election of jfk was historic for so many reasons. the first catholic elected to the presidency. one of the youngest presidents ever. what stands out most to you about his aseng to tction to th
house? >> there was a progression that was rapid. we have to remember he was live willing on borrowed time. last rights had been read to him several times. and so i think what is amazing about his rapid assention, it happen sewed quickly, unprecedented in his religion, age and it gave this hollywood quality to the white house that had never existed there. >> we know that kennedys surprisingly were underdogs. when he was a essentially elected. what kind of challenges deface? >> he faced challenges about list womanizing. about his health, which lbj, his main contender at the democratic national convention, had slipped notices under everyone's door so they would vote against him. he was in fact very sick everyday of his life from the age of two until the day he died. another challenge he faced was definitely kaj olsism.
there had never been a catholic president. he todhad to convince everyone was not a playboy, he was serious, and that he would not take orders from the pope. he would serve the american people. >> when you talk about him being playboy, i understand that his dad insisted he needed to get married if he was going to run for president. and you think about jackie, right, people have just been enamored with her over the years. tell us more about how those two met and eventually became this iconic power couple. >> jack kennedy is 34. he's been a congressman. he is promising. but he is not married. and he is definitely not going to get any further in life without getting married. he also just needs to calm down. you know, he is going around, stories are being written. this is known about him. so friend set him up with a very attractive 20-year-old aspiring reporter. recent graduate.
jackie bouvier. she walks in and she is catholic. she's got presence. he follows her out to the car after that dinner and everyone approves. it's a great and then their wedding. looked like something out of a movie. there was the big show that we witnessed. but there were a lot of forces at work going on behind the scenes. tell us about that. >> so it looks like it was a beautiful show, right? it looks like the most wonderful wedding anyone could ever want. and that's because joe kennedy, the patriarch of the family was very aware of what looked good on camera. he trained the kennedy kids the way the kids are trained today with social media. they knew what poses looked good because they had cameras from the time cameras existed at home. their nannies carried them around. they knew when they looked good, what angles. but joe kennedy turned the wedding into a kind of fund-raiser almost. he invited thousands of people. jackie wanted a small wedding. she didn't know anyone there.
she was practically trampled at one point and her dress, we look at her and think she looks so beautiful. it's got this wonderful cut. she's so stunning. she hated it. she said -- >> what? >> she said she looked like a lamp shade. >> did she pick it out? >> no, her father-in-law picked it out. she didn't know before the wedding she was not marrying a man, she was marrying a family. >> i'm really looking forward to seeing the episode. thank you. in just over an hour, the brand-new episode of "the kennedys" airs tonight here on cnn. at their wedding, john and jackie looked like movie stars. but jackie is surrounded by thousands of guests she doesn't even know, all invited by joe kennedy for the benefit of
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i want to bring you this news just in. gloria borger has this reaction from trump's white house attorney ty cobb. he says in response to media speculation and questions being posed to the administration, the white house yet again confirms the president is not considering or discussing the firing of the special counsel robert mueller. all right. now before we go tonight, i want to take just a moment to honor the life and sacrifice of thomas thalin. he's a new york city firefighter working as a ferry captain on september 11th and turned his boat into a rescue vessel evacuating hundreds of people and delivering much-needed supplies and rescue workers. he died friday of cancer. his illness is believed tock
linked to his exposure at ground zero. new york mayor bill de blasio tweeted his photo saying in our city's darkest hour, fdny firefighter thomas phelan's heroism saved hundreds of lives. we'll never forget his service and his sacrifice. he was just 45 years old. that does it for me. i'm ana cabrera in new york. be sure to tune in at 9:00 for "the kennedys." and at 10:00 for "the pope." here's a sneak peek of that. >> he's notorious. he just did whatever he was asked. clement v actually promised philip a flat-out portion of the church tithe. he also signed off on the expulsion of jews as a danger to the church. he acknowledged that the welts
was goi wealth was going to go to philip. that's very blatant. >> by 1309, king philip has turned pope clement v into a pawn of the french crown. and in an attempt to solidify his power over the church, the french king lays the groundwork for what will be the papacy's most notorious resolution by undermining its very foundation. >> peter is buried on the vatican hill and st. peter's basilica is built over his tomb. popes are seen as inheriting that charisma and that role, as standing in for the apostle. his tomb, his foundation charter for the papacy. >> but king philip demands that pope clement leave the legacy of st. peter in rome and move the
papacy to operate under his thumb in france. >> and now it's an encore presentation of the premiere epode of "the kennedys" right here on cnn. thanks for joining me. look forward to seeing you next weekend. have a great night. they escaped famine and death in ireland to begin a new life in boston, massachusetts. a life of wealth, privilege and power. >> my fellow citizens of the world. >> from irish peasantry to american royalty, these are the kennedys. their relationships with each other have impacted both america and the worl