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follow the show on facebook and twitter @theleadcnn. i turn you over to wolf blitzer now in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news, rejection letter. a letter to congress, the attorney general jeff sessions rejec rejects calls to investigate the justice department, a growing course of republicans and conservative media claim abuses of surveillance law and demanded an investigation. how will president trump react? exit strategy. with a growing number of high profile staff exits from the trump administration, cnn learned president trump is considering running the white house without a chief of staff.
is the president looking to take greater control over his policies? stormy's setback. a federal general denies a move by stormy daniel's attorney to question president trump and his lawyer under oath about a deal to keep the porn star from talking about an alleged affair. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news, the attorney general, jeff sessions, decides not to name a second special counsel and reveals a federal investigation with what republicans claim is bias at the nation's top law enforcement agencies, and reuters reported robert mueller's team asked witnesses about a meeting with sessions and russian ambassador in the united states during the 2016 republican convention. i'll speak with the congressman of the house intelligence and judiciary committees and our
correspondents and specialists are standing by with full coverage. let's beginning with the breaking news. the attorney general's decision not to appoint a second special counsel despite the demands by a number of republican lawmakers. our justice reporter is over at the justice department, update the viewers, laura, what are you learning? >> reporter: well, wolf, after a drum beat of demands from republicans on capitol hill for a special counsel to investigate, the fbi and the justice department jeff sessions says not, not so fast, but there is a prosecutor who is going to look at this. his name is john huber, a veteran prosecutor in utah, served under both president trump and president obama, someone who received wide bipartisan support on the hill before, but he's now thrust into the midst of a very ugly partisan battle with republicans demanding a special counsel as a counter part of sorts to mueller's probe and democrats say it's just a distraction.
in sessions' explanation why he's doing this tonight, wolf, he points to the experience as a veteran, federal prosecutor as mentioned, but explains that the bar has not been met here. he explains that under the regulatio regulations, it's a high threshold, and he doesn't see if just yet, even despite all the republican demands, but he does say that he's not closing the door on it forever, and that he can make a recommendation that a special counsel is warranted, and he's going to be covering a cluster of issues, wolf, everything from so-called surveillance abuses by the fbi, havinged too with the surveillance warrant on former campaign aide to trump and the clinton e-mail investigation. the question now, is, what do republicans on capitol hill do with the move? escalate the pressure on sessions? ratchet it up? more importantly, what's president trump do in response to the news, wolf? >> it will severely disappoint
many conservative pundits out there, certainly, severe lly disapoint republican lawmakers pushing for a counsel like mueller's to look what's going on in the obama administration, surveillance laws and all the other related issues. even though there's a federal prosecutor from utah who will look at it. presumably, he can't go in depth the way a special counsel could, is that right? >> no. he has the ability to do the same thing, but it's an appointment under regulations used twice before in history, one the case of special counsel robert mueller, but he has the ability to bring charges, convene a grand jury, almost everything, but the appointment is not made as a counterpart to muelle. >> good explanation. president trump today made a public appearance breaking silence with a lengthy speech.
our chief white house correspondent jim accosta is preparing for the president down there, escaping turbulence of the white house for the long weekend. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. president trump will be here in an hour in florida, spending the easter weekend in the resort at mar-a-lago, but he was in front of the cameras for a campai campaign-style speech describing himself as a friend of the american worker. president trump was finally spotted saying good-bye to the outgoing communications director, hope hicks, after days away from the cameras and dogging his presidency -- >> did you discuss pardons? >> breaking silence in ohio as the official speech on infrastructure as a campaign rally, to do repair work of his own. >> now i've proven you got a friend in the white house. defending the record in office
touting the unemployment rate for african-americans. >> remember, i said, what do you have to lose? what do you have to lose? >> reporter: vowing to build a wall on the border with mexico. >> we're getting that sucker built, and you think that's easy? >> reporter: holding up the looming talks with north korean dictator as a foreign policy zest. >> maybe it'll be good. maybe it won't. if it's no good, we're walking. >> reporter: at one point, the president acknowledged he may be better suited for the real estate business. >> i think better than being president president, i was good at building, like you people, you are good at building. >> reporter: president trump talked up efforts to clean up the nation's systems for caring for u.s. veterans. >> that's why i made some changes because i wasn't happy with the speed, with which our veterans were taken care of. >> reporter: one day after he fired david, the head of the veteran affairs, ousted because
he didn't want to privatize the da, wrote, the environment in washington turned to tsubversiv, it was impossible to accomplish the important work our veterans need and deserve. the president's replacement, the white house physician, dr. jacks jackson, known for a glowing assessment of president trump's health this year. jackson's performance, one white house official said, played a part in the president's decision to tap the doctor. >> i told the president if he had a healthier diet, he could be 200 years old. i don't know. he has incredible genes. i just assume. >> reporter: the president did not mention russia in the speech despite the move to excel 60 russian diplomats this week. russia responded in kind today kicking out the same number of u.s. officials as well as ordering the closing of a consulate in st. petersburg. >> the important thing is that you voted. >> president talked about his phone call with roseanne, the
show geared at trump voters. >> i called her yesterday, look at her ratings, look at the ratings. they were unbelievable over 18 million people, and it was about us. >> reporter: now, there were other moments in the president's speech veering from the subject of infrastructure from had he vowed to pull the u.s. out of syria and war on isis to when he compared the border with mexico to the dmz separating nort ae i south carerra. a lot to get off of his chest before the holiday weekend. >> thank you, jim, very much. joining us now, democratic congressman of california, a member of the intelligence and judiciary committees, congressman, thanks for joining us. >> thanks, watch, for having me back. >> you believe the attorney general sessions made the right call? >> no. i actually don't think there needs to be an investigation. there has not been a showing of of wrong doing, and so i think
this minimal investigation he's doing is in effort to sing for his supper, appease donald trump, but i think giving any light to this is in effort to distract away from a lawful investigation into what russia did, who they worked with, and make sure anyone who worked with russia is held accountable, and so i think he's throwing meat out there to appease the president. >> republicans, many of them, many of your republican colleagues, members of the congremedia have a list of concerns. they wanted to address, not by some sort of career justice department official prosecutor by by a second special counsel. listen to this. >> chairman and i looked close at the investigation of the clinton e-mail scandal, coming away believing it was shotingly done, conflicts of interest, there was political bias that may have resulted in giving clinton a pass. the steel dossier was paid for
by the democratic party through fusion gps. he had had associates in russia that could have easily compromised him, and we believe the warrant process was abused, and the reason we want a special counsel because i think crimes were committed. >> i call on us appointing a special counsel, a second one, to investigate the investigators. >> you have to give the court the whole truth and nothing but the truth. i don't think there was the whole truth. this needs investigating. the only remedy is a second special counsel. >> the fbi and department of justice are not going to be putting the handcuffs on themselves, so we need a second essential counsel. >> sources say there is a high probability that sessions will act and will appoint a second special counsel. >> well, sessions clearly rejected that recommendation. do you believe, congressman, president trump will punish sessions for the decision not to name a second special counsel?
>> wolf, knowing this president, there's no limit to what he'll do to humiliate his own attorney general, and you see there in the clips that my colleagues work overtime to lay bricks and build a wall between mueller's and the president. they see that as their role. sadly, our role in congress is to ensure we protect the ballot box this upcoming election, and nothing gives russia more comfort to see republicans taking their position to side with them rather than the american people and their right to make their own decisions at the ballot box. >> late last month, the president tweeted on the screen, why is it attorney general sessions asking the inspector general to investigate abuse? will take forever. no prosecutor power, and already late with the reports. isn't the inspect general an
obama guy? why not use justice department lawyers, disgraceful. do you trust this prosecutor, the man named by the attorney general to investigate this to do a fair and thorough job? >> wolf, sure. i do. he's a career prosecutor now, served with president obama now under president trump, and what i am suspicious of and skeptical of, he'll receive pressure from donald trump and jeff sessions to use this as a way to distract from the russian investigation. the best thing we can do is allow bob mueller to follow the evidence and for this president to just come clean with the american people once and for all as to what he did with the russians, and as to the diplo t diplomats excelled, that was a one-off at this point. tell the country, what is the russia strategy? how do you achieve it?
confront putin directly and impose sanctions in use resources already devoted to countering russia? this is about the ballot box in november more than anything else, and we are vulnerable, wolf. >> what about the russian retaliation against the move to excel 60 russian diplomats from the united states, shut down the russian consulate in seattle. you know, the russians excelled 60 americans, shutting down the u.s. consulate, and do you worry, though, this leads to a further escalation and deterioration in u.s.-russian relations even worse? >> well, wolf, right now already is. they attacked us. invaded ukraine. creating chaos in syria. buzzing our jets by flying near them trying to provoke them. what did we get out of being so close to russia? we brought them in the oval office. the president gave them national security secrets. he speaks in such flattering ways about putin, but what do
people at home, how does this relationship benefit them? it does not. affects our national security. get tough with them to actually try to change their believer because nothing about the relationship the president has with them changes their behavior. >> congressman, thank you so much for joining us. >> yeah. my pleasure. stormy daniels suffers a setback as a judge, for the time being, denies her lawyer's move to question president trump and his lawyer about that 130,000-dollar hush money deal. 0 when we switched our auto and home insurance. liberty did what? yeah, they saved us a ton, which gave us a little wiggle room in our budget. i wish our insurance did that. then we could get a real babysitter instead of your brother. hey, welcome back. this guy, right? (laughs) yes. ellen. that's my robe. you could save $782 when liberty stands with you. liberty mutual insurance.
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star. live to cnn national correspondent athena jones, give us the latest. >> reporter: that's right. the president and his personal attorney won in federal court today. a judge ruling they will not have to sit and answer questions under oath from daniels' attorney. at least not yet. a federal judge in california denies a move by stormy's lawyer to question president trump and his personal attorney under oath about $130,000 deal reached with daniels before the 2016 election to keep her quiet. the judge calling the request premature. he played down the ruling. >> this is just a proceed ruling, means nothing. the court said we have to wait until the president and mr. cohen file motion to compel arbitration. as soon as they do that, we can refile this motion.
that's exactly what we're going to do. >> reporter: he also denied a suggestion by the spokesman that cohen's first lawyer, davidson, sought out cohen to make a deal 12 days before the election. claiming daniels shopped her story to different media outlets. >> the other stormy daniels' attorney approached cohen. >> reporter: adding davidson said it would take $130,000 for daniels to stay quiet. davidson did not confirm the claim citing attorney-client privilege. they talked to wolf about that earlier. >> will your client, stormy daniels, release keith davidson, her first lawyer, from what he describes as attorney-client privilege preventing him from discussing this publicly? >> i don't know, wolf. we have not discussed it. >> why not release him and tell everything he knows publicly? >> we'll make this challenge. if michael cohen and the president will waive the attorney-client privilege relating to this nda and all of the others, my client will as
well. how about that? >> reporter: in a case playing out in the court of public opinion -- >> where is he? >> no, no, where is this guy? why won't he come -- >> oh, he'll come. >> why won't -- >> cohen has been largely silent with the friend and lawyer in another matter, david schwartz, doing the talking for him. schwartz may be making matters worse arguing points that support daniel's lawyer saying the agreement is invalid. >> the president was not aware of the agreement. michael cohen never told him about the agreement. i can tell you that. you asked a bunch of questions. let me cover that. you asked about 12 days before -- >> what about the money? >> he was not aware about any of it. >> reporter: suggesting cohen did these deals without trump's knowledge frequently. >> because he's that close to him, he had great latitude to handle these matters. michael was the fixer. we all know. >> yes. >> could be anything. it's not that this -- there were
a ton the matters that took place that michael fixed, and donald trump was not involved in every single matter. >> reporter: former federal prosecute who watched and tweeted about the interview with cnn says schwartz's admission supports the idea that the deal is void. >> you cannot bind another person to a contract without informed concept and unethical to be in a client on their client's behalf without concept. >> reporter: schwartz's statements, he says, hurt cohen. >> i question what the attorney was doing essentially admitting that his client committed major ethical violations and hurt his position in litigation. >> reporter: for his part, schwartz is not surprised the california judge ruled against motion to question the president under oath, calling it untimely, saying the judge made the right decision. as for whether he's helping the other side by saying cohen never told trump about the
nondisclosure agreement, he said trump was a third party beneficiary of the deal, and he called the agreement rock solid. wolf? >> thanks. coming up, more fallout from the legal battle underway right now. experts are standing by. plus, more on the breaking news, will the attorney general, jeff sessions, will his decision not to name a second special counsel wind up costing him his job? stay with us. you're in "the situation room." time to bask... in low prices!
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following breaking news including attorney regime of the united states sessions rejecting, for now, calling from congressional republicans to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the justice department and the fbi. let's bring in our political legal and national security experts. what do you think? ever a strong case for appointing a sec special counsel? >> no, as far as i could tell, most of the accusations against the fbi are lunatic conspiracy theories. just not grounded in anything, and i think the attorney general did an appropriate thing here giving this to the inspector general, which is why we have them, but i expect there's nothing found here and sessions did the right thing. >> he is asking utah's top federal prosecutor to begin an
investigation, an internal investigation as well. what do you think about that? >> i think that's appropriate. i mean, that's the level of inquiry it deserves, not the whole super structure of a special counsel. there is inspectors general investigate the departmentins o which they work, nothing extraordinary of this, and given the flimsiness of the accusations, this is about the appropriate level the whole subject deserves. >> samantha, the republicans made very, very serious allegations against top officials at the justice department, top officials at the fbi during the investigation, the hillary clinton e-mail, and all of that. is there any evidence from your perspective that you served in the obama administration that any of these allegations warrant a special counsel? >> we have the answer based on
the fact the attorney general did not name one. that's attacks on all sides, democrats, republicans, and jeff sessions can't make anyone happy these days, so i think both sides need to stop opining on whether something bad or didn't happen and let investigations continue. >> how do you think the president reacts to this decision by his attorney general jeff sessions? >> i wonder if he was informed before the decision was announced because in this case, he probably could have been. very well might not have been. sessions can't get a break right now. he goes out and gets somebody appointed by president obama, but reapointed by donald trump. he's a trump guy. >> the utah -- >> sorry, yeah, yeah, looking into uranium one and whether there was an issue. this gentleman comes from a conservative state and outside the beltway by thousands of miles, so jeff sessions can't get a break, but you know what, not only going to get criticism from president trump, but from the former colleagues on capitol hill because we knowamount
ment of them love the white noise and redirection. more it's about hillary clinton less it is about donald trump. >> the attorney general is on thin ice for a long time with the president of the united states. you think his job is now in further jeopardy? >> always seems to be in further jeopardy, but he never goes anywhere. he's been pretty insistent he's not going anywhere. of course, it's up to the president if he wants to remove the attorney general, who he would put in place in terms of who could get through the senate is an open question. interesting to see what republicans do now. we have heard some republicans criticizing jeff sessions, particularly folks in the house freedom caucus. those calls grow? we have to watch the president's twitter account, right? we know privately, and apparently calls jeff sessions mr. magoo, and he's talked about him being weak and, obviously, being frustrated with him that
he's rescued himself from the russian investigation. we'll see where it goes in terms of president's reactions, but so far, not taking a final step to remove sessions from the job. >> as you know, jeffrey, the house and senate and media out there, they said you need a special counsel to investigate, but the obama administration officials did because if you go to career federal prosecutors like the utah attorney, you can't trust them because they are part of what they see as the deep state that is bias against the president of the united states. your reaction to that? >> well, most of these republicans making accusations, as far as i can tell, are getting the information from tinfoil hats that they wear. this is the thing about the department of justice. they actually deal with facts. i mean, the lawyers there people
who work there and investigates there, they look at facts. they looked at accusations and said the appropriate level is for a u.s. attorney not from the area to look into it. that seems to me more than sufficie sufficient. this is a political act designed -- i mean, the criticism of sessions is a political act designed to distract attention from the investigation of trump and attack hillary clinton, which is what fox news consists of 20 hours a day. that's not the appropriate role of the justice department. jeff sessions is doing the right thing. >> so the political fallout, how do you see it falling out? >> sessions could lose his job. if that's the case, probably could be the best day of his life, as far as political fallout goes, will donald trump lose support amongst the american people? absolutely not.
now in the low 40s, that's where he is. people support him. acts like this almost seem trivial and minor compared to the other things he's done. >> what about the reuters report that investigators are probing whether they -- questioned witnesses about events at the 2016 national convention and meetings that were taking place, a major supporter of then candidate donald trump, the first u.s. senator to endorse donald trump. the beatings they were having with the then russian ambassador to the united states. it is incomprehensible to me to think sessions and others met with the federal government without the obama administration sends a message to the russians what government the guys were loyal to. the russians and ambassadors knew about the meetings before
obama did. that's a major, major manipulation point for the russians. >> how do you see it? >> she's right. this is obviously what the mueller's team investigates, what trump is nervous about, right? that's why he say there's no collusion, nervous about what the team will find. he has to get his act in order in terms of the folks who are around him, who the lawyers will be, an open question whether he can get top representation in this case. stick around. reaction now to the breaking news, the attorney general of the united states, jeff sessions, rejecting calls from congressional republicans to appoint a second special counsel. also, ahead, the story behind the pictures, what body language experts see in this week's meeting between china's president and the north korean leader, kim jong un. th just one touch. with fancy feast creamy delights, she can have just the right touch of real milk. easily digestible, it makes her favorite entrées even more delightful. fancy feast creamy delights.
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president trump and his only public apeempbs this week touting his $1.5 trillion plan to improve the country's crumbling roads, bridges, and much more. cnn shows us in many parts of the country, there's a desperate need for rebuilding and repair. >> reporter: the hills of appalachia are part of america's legacy. the people here in martin county kentucky proudly self-sufficient, but it's hard to take care of yourself when you don't have the most basic of necessities. >> so we have blue water here. >> that is crazy.
>> reporter: left hope workman with no other choice. twice a week, hope and her daughter drive up this dirt path on the side of a mountain. >> this is what we go through. to get water. >> reporter: 20 years ago, she placed this 3.5 foot long pipe into the hillside to tap a spring to collect clean drinking water because, obviously, no one drinks the water here. >> do you drink it? >> no, no, no way i drink it. >> reporter: gary ball is the editor in chief of the weekly local paper "the mountain cents," water, a front page story for his career. what's going on for the citizens, people who live here dealing with this every day, where is this on the list of concerns? >> in 2018 in the place where lbj declared war on poverty 54 years ago, water is the no. 1 issue. that's hard to imagine.
>> reporter: declare a war on poverty, 54 years later, you come back and you can't reliably get clean water, what progress have we made? >> it's a third world country here as far as water. the water system delap dated to the point of collapse. >> reporter: you went how long without water? >> ten days. >> reporter: to manage that, she turned her pool into a makeshift reservoir collecting rain water for basic needs. >> in order to wash clothes, water to bathe in, this 14 what you do? >> yes, i did this in 17 degree weather and took a chain saw to drill through the ice to get through the water. >> used the chain saw to get through and siphons the water with your mouth? >> yes. >> that's what it has come to? >> yes. >> reporter: the american society of civil engineers gives the united states drinking water infrastructure a grade of a d. >> this is the water coming out
of my bath. >> reporter: how does the water get so contaminated here in martin county? look at how we get our water. here, it comes from the tug fork river where it is then pumped into the crumb reservoir, and from there, it makes its way to this water treatment center. after getting treated, about 2 million gallops per day of fairly clean water leaves this treatment facility through a cascade of pipes traveling all over the county. problem is, those pipes are also old and cracked. more than 50% of the water leaks out before it gets to the people who need it, even worse, it's what's getting into the pipes and into the water. we reviewed the most recent epa data, and the martin county water district has violated federal drinking water standards every quarter between october 2014 and september 2017. in fact, until just a few months ago, the district's nearly 10,000 customers received notices that their water had
exceeded federal limits for potentially cancer causing chemicals. >> what do i do? am i going to get cancer? >> it's a difficult question. i can't tell them it's safe or it isn't safe. >> reporter: the doctor is the small town doc, pretty sure almost every person in this county has saw him at some point in his clinic. >> we shouldn't have to be asking in 2018 whether or not the water is causing cancer in our region. we should be to the point in 2018 in the richest country in the history of the earth that we have clean water. it shouldn't be a question. >> reporter: eastern kentucky has the highest cancer rates in the country, and there's plenty to blame. smoking. obesity. but one thing stands out to many who live there. the water. >> is it the rain water that you're getting is better than what's coming out of your faucet? >> yeah. >> reporter: on this day, hope is filling up three additional pots of water from her pool. >> it's not easy, but it beats
not being able to flush the toilet or take a bath. i hope you see this, mr. trump because i don't know who to talk to about it, they're not doing a damn thing. >> reporter: president trump released a $1.5 trillion plan to address all infrastructure for the whole country, but experts say $1 trillion alone is just needed to meet drinking water demands for the next 25 years. >> central appalachia is left behind, and it's certainly voted for president trump, but we always kind of take a wait and see kind of attitude, time will tell. >> reporter: is water a basic human right? >> i believe so, i believe so. >> reporter: that's not happening here. >> that's not happening here. >> reporter: and i'll tell ya, wolf, what happened in martin county is not unique. there's 150,000 small water systems like martin county, and they represent 72% of the epa violations for the whole country. these are small systems, wolf.
they are rural systems. they are ignored, wolf. >> thank you so much for that really, really important report. appreciate it greatly. coming up, does a judge's new ruling mean stormy daniels' legal case against president trump may drag on longer? plus, more than meets the eye. experts dissect the unspoken messages and body language between china's powerful president and the north korean dictator kim jong u.n. in this week's surprise summit.
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president trump's speech in ohio today. the president told the crowd he may hold up a new trade deal with south korea, calling it a very strong card for his upcoming negotiations with north korea. while no date is set for the meeting with kim jong-un, in the wake of his visit, china just announced that they'll meet the north korean leader on april 27th. brian, what are you learning? >> reporter: tonight we're getting more clues about this critical meeting in beijing from reams of new footage that have been released. we've been combing through the very with analysts, consulting with intelligence officials and a body language expert to get new information on the dynamic between kim jong-un and the ally
that he's had so much tension with in recent years. trumpeting and fanfare announcing the arrival of kim jong-un and his wife. they greet chinese president xi jinping with seemingly little chat. tonight, analysts are combing through the new video capturing this crucial meeting. the two leaders have at least one wooden looking handshake which a body language expert says is telling. >> if we look closely at president xi, the right side of his face is pulled up and in. this is contempt. contempt is this little smirk, moral superiority. >> reporter: kim and xi were leaning in as they talk, making easy eye contact. but at other times they stand and walk stiffly next to each other, not talking or making eye contact, a stark contrast to when kim met with south korean officials in pyongyang, holding
handshakes longer, even walking with more of a strut. xi does not take notes when kim speaks. kim takes notes when xi speaks. >> does he look like he's taking notes because he got in trouble from the principal? we don't know the catalyst. all we know is it's a change in his baseline. >> reporter: in one handshake, kim clasps xi's right arm. >> it starts off fine. both thumbs are on the top until we see this wrist grab. at this point it's i'm controlling you, i'm the upper hand. i'm the person in control ahere. then we got a softer pat from president xi to balance out the power. >> reporter: analyst say this likely would have angered the chinese leader and that kim may well have traveled to beijing to
nullify him. >> president xi does not particularly like kim jong-un. i don't think it's a surprise, but he probably saw some opportunity here that he's improved relations with kim jong-un will open some new leverage for china to have over the situation in the korean peninsula. >> reporter: despite the apparent tension, analysts believe chinese has given kim leverage against president trump if and when they meet if president trump tries to scale back sanctions, kim can show trump he's got a powerful ally in beijing backing him but he's not alone in taking on the united states. wolf. >> brian todd reporting, thank you. the breaking news, the attorney general, jeff sessions, decides not to name a second special counsel but reveals a federal investigation into what republicans and conservative
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investigate the justice department and the fbi despite calls by conservative republicans. will this anger sessions' most vocal critic, president trump. and stormy denied. the porn star suffers a setback in her legal war with the president as a judge rejects a bid to force mr. trump to answer questions under oath. this as a lawyer allied with the trump team is making new claims that could potentially hurt the president's own case. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we have breaking news this hour on the special counsel's investigation of possible collusion between the trump camp and russia. we're getting new information on the role of a key witness who's now cooperating with robert mueller's team. that would be the former trump campaign deputy, rick yates. i'll get reaction