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live picture right now. the u.s. and allies launch launched syria strike last night. pentagon released new details on the operation. >> i can say suassure you that strike what we targeted and we successfully hit every target. >> the key question is what is the u.s. strategy on syria going forward. does this mean that every chemical weapon attack from the regime will be met by a u.s. military response. has the strike done anything to shake the growing power of bashar al-assad and his regime. cnn has a team of reporters covering every angle from all around the world. at the pentagon, barbara starr,
is there, what have we learned. >> let's start with the president's tweet, "mission accomplished accomplished." the military mission they executed last night against three chemical weapons storage research development facilities, that mission was accomplished. they feel confident that they had success in striking those targets and at least for now seriously degradiing assad's ability to launch chemical attacks. guarantees? no, we cannot guarantee any of this. what the pentagon is making clear is they make the targets they did and did not go for a broader mission, they were specific and one of the top generals here a short time ago explained exactly why.
>> this strike aimed to deliver a clear message to the syrian regime of using chemical weapons against innocent civilians is inexcusable. we selected these targets carefully to minimize the risk to innocent civilians. initial indications are that we have accomplished our military objectives without material interference from syria. >> a couple of keywords there, to deter syria and send a message. this is not about regime change, nobody is thought it is going to get bashar al-assad out of power. it is a message to his russian masters, a message to moscow to cut this all out. no clear idea however if this is a new red line if there are additional chlorine attacks or chemical attacks. the conventional bombings continue killing syrians, what
will the u.s. reaction would be. we do not expect additional attempts. >> barbara starr, thank you so much for your reporting. the action shifts to the united nation this morning. our richard roth is there covering it. what do you expect to hear? >> we expect to hear what we heard the whole week. this is a fifth meeting on syrian and chemical weapons of the last five to six days. the russian ambassador who's in the security council chambers talking to other ambassadors and u.k. ambassadors who just criticized russia. he's going to talk about the attack by the united states and following the lead of his president and his foreign minister, he's going to fearlessly attack what happened and he's got a draft resolution according to a security council diplomat that he hopes to get it
to pass to condemn the aggression. the fact that the u.s. friends and u.k. have veto power. three of the country who staged the attack. a lot of the talks here, john, not surprisingly the legality of the strike. what we saw of the iraq war of major power of the security council don't like they can take matter in their own hands. the strike was legal and if she was right about it and it was certain because of the attack by using chemical weapons by the government was out of the bounds and again existing chemical weapons treaty. >> john. >> live picture now from inside the security council. we expect nikki haley is going to speak today. any sense what what sheof what o
say? >> she will speak to the ambassador. s because that's how much the u.s. and western countries doubt the russians story that it was all staged of the latest chemical weapon attack by terrorists and the assad was not responsible. the security council had a chemical weapon attack before. >> richard roth is covering the situation there. again, an emergency meeting of the u.n. security council there. we'll bring it to you live. thank you richard for that. let's talk about what the president has been saying about this. he put out a new statement this morning on the strike over night, this is what it says, a perfectly executed strike, thank you france and the united kingdom for their power and military, could not have had a
better result. "mission accomplished." it is historically loaded. that was what's hanging on the ban behind george w. bush in 2003 after the u.s. invasion of iraq. he was later criticized for perhaps prematurely sending the message was over when there was so much complications and u.s. troops are still there. let's go to the white house to kaitlin collins who's standing by. what else have we heard? >> we heard more on twitter after the tweet after "mission accomplished" to say so proud on our great military which will soon be after spending billions of fully approved dollars of the finest our country will have. there won't be anything or anyone or everyone close. the president is taking a victory lap on twitter this
morning. "mission accomplished," a phrase that haunted former president george w. bush and he later went onto say he regretted and raised all the questions of what was the president's mission yesterday. dana white was asked about the statement during the short briefing, she agreed with president trump that the mission was accomplished and they did achieve their objectives there but it does raise a series of questions of what the president's objective. there was the ally air strike but a few days before the chemical attack that caused the strike, the president says he wants to -- it raises question what the president's strategies are going to be. it is the talk on capitol hill. it is a move breaking on party
lines. democrat tim kaine is critical to the president saying he does not have the authority to grant these kinds of strikes. john mccain applauded the president for this air strike but raised question if the president have thought through this strategy here. >> we are seeing ambassador nikki haley there. she will enter the chamber very shortly. that's what we have our eyes on and that takes place as we speak. it is starting right there. in the meantime, kaitlin, what's on the president's agenda today. >> he has nothing on his public schedule today which is typical for most saturdays. there is no marines standing in front of the west wing. when there is one that means the president is in the oval office. it seems he's been in the residence today. they just called a travel photo here at the white house and reporters, the president is not expected to make any public
speeches today. he'll be watching nikki haley and responding more on twitter. surely making some phone calls today. we'll get back to you if the president says anything else. we are not expecting to see the president yet today. >> all right, kaitlin collins for us at the white house. you are looking at live pictures right now, right now they are going through some business and what happens tis the ambassador nikki haley, will be speaking out. then we'll also hear from the u.s. ambassador of the united nations, nikki haley who has had strong words for russia and the syrians as well. we'll bring you her statements live. we want to go to northern syria. our international correspondent,
nick paton walsh is on the ground there where assad does not hold power. what has the reaction been to these strikes over night? >> reporter: well, a regime is waving flags and honking their horns. they're trying to wake up this morning as though not much really happened and here is a video put out by bashar al-assad just strolling into work with his briefcase across the marble floor as he had a lovely night sleeping and just turning to be a weekend day at the office. also, a lot is going about as per normal. they are showing rubble which was hit heavily in damascus. they believe that's the key part of the chemical weapons capabiliti capabilities. it is historically known for a
site like that have been hit in the past by the israelis. you have to wonder what was still left there and given they had so many days warning of this. the building is hard to move into an area of shelter. also, to the syrian regime, it is russians getting messages out. the russians suggesting that 71 of 103 missiles launched were intercepted. that would be extraordinary if that were the case flatly denied by the pentagon. so a different picture frankly depending on who you are listening to. it is quite clear many things were hit last night. the u.s. says no civilian casualties and there were three injured by the fragment of matt missiles. a picture this morning of the regime trying to brush this off
and security council. iran talking about the major crimes and with the supreme leaders here. people are moving on and the message is given clearly from the u.s. and u.k. and france that chemical weapons was the ultimate reaction. >> nick paton walsh for us, we are lucky to have you there and thank you so much for being with us. >> did the strike in syria send a clear message to the assad regime. what was that message? i am going to speak with the congressman on the u.s. foreign affairs committee, next. michael cohen ordered to appear in court. sources say they feel this could be a bigger problem for the president than the russia probe. that's coming up.
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all right, you are looking at live picture from an emergency meeting of the u.n. security council speak right now is the russian ambassador to the united nation. he's expected to deliver a scaiviing repute of the u.s. missile strike chemical weapon facility. when he's done, we do expect to hear from the u.s. ambassador of the united nations, nikki haley. she has strong words against the russian and the syrians the last several days. standby for that. i want to bring in brendan boyle of pennsylvania, thank you so much for being with us. let me start with the basic question. do you believe assad's use of
chemical weapons one week ago demanded a military response? >> yes, i do. i called for that in the after math and one week after the latest chemical attack, i wrote a letter along with a colleague saying this administration needed to do far more and formulate a policy and consider any sort of strikes that would take away the ability of this regime to deliver those sort of chemical attacks. keep in mind even though this is -- this latest attack by assad is one that got a lot of media attention. this is the eighth chemical attack this year. >> right. >> under taken by the assad regime. >> military officials and pentagon officials say this blow cripple the ability of syria to
produce these chemical weapons, mary how do you assess what you heard? >> i hope it is correct and the initial reports are correct. we have no and as a member of congress and the foreign affairs committee, until we have a hearing or a classifiied briefing, we have no basis to draw that conclusion. i would be surprised if limited strikes such as these completely eliminated the ability of the assad regime to deliver these chemical attacks. i hope that's correct b. >> you used the word "limited attack." do you believe these attacks should have gone further? >> until we get full information on what was taken out and how successful they were, i would hold back judgment. let me say this. we are going to focus on these strikes that happened last night and as i said, i have been
someone who along with a number of colleagues from the other side of the isle have really pushed this administration to consider not just suddenly saying you are pulling out and withdrawing but to actually standing up to the assad regime. while i am pleased that we have finally had some action from the west and for little cause had an ability to stand up and send a message to assad that this civilized world would not stand for the gassing of children, with that said as i sit here on this saturday morning, i can not tell you what this administration's policy is towards syria. one week ago he was talking about entirely pulling out and that appears to give a green light to assad and you saw how assad took that green light and ran with it in terms of gassing innocence and including women and children. now, we have these strikes on a friday night. so as i sit here, i am
completely bewildered of what this administration's policy is now or going forward. >> one difference between this and the obama administration is the obama administration decided not to sporespond to the chemic weapon attack and the trump administration seems to be saying sometimes it will respond, it did one year ago and last saturday. what we don't know is what it will do going forward. the pentagon officials were asked what if assad uses chlorine gas, will that prompt another response? do you believe that chlorine alone is enough to prompt a u.s. military response? >> i am not going to get into hair splitting about what sort of awful weapon were used requires a response or not. i do want to say on the first part the premise of your question, look, there is plenty of blame to go around in the last two administrations when it
comes to syria and i have said that publicly. but, just to correct the record as far as president obama. after if you recall david cameron leading britain at that time was an ally of the united states. britain had to pull out because their parliament voted against any sort of military strikes. at this point president obama said before he'll move forward, he wanted congress to vote on the issue. it was at that stage that the republicans led congress that have been demanding a vote refused to take one. that was why we did not proceed in syria. so i think really -- we do have bipartisan blame in our hand. >> i can sit here and tell you that congress did not take a vote now and the constitution says the congress should vote on military action. in addition to what you are saying and which did happen there was no vote on military action. president obama took the famous
walk with his chief of staff dennis mcdonna when he determined he did not want to push and instead wanted to strike the deal where russia would oversee the withdrawal of chemical weapons in syria. there were a lot taken out but clearly not all chemical weapons right now. >> i understand and i do understand you don't want to split hairs here of what horrifics goi going forward. that's the issue, you are talking about the strategy. that's the unknown. we don't know what the united states wants to do going forward about this. about assad. except i think we know this morning they don't want to do anything to upset his power. >> well, i was going to just comment when you talked about russia because that's an
important part of this dynamic. we did have as you recited the history clearly while some chemical weapons were removed and as we have seen the evidence not all. we must hold the regime accountable. that means putin paying a price for these chemical attacks. unfortunately, as part of this, even though congress has by unanimous bases passed the sanctions on the regime. this white house refused to follow the law and follow through on making sure those sanctions stick. that has to change and i hope president trump is finally waking up when it comes to vladimir putin. he's no friends of the united states or the west. we need this white house to put into place the sanctions that congress passed overwhelmingly. >> congressman, can i ask you, do you think bashar al-assad is scared this morning?
do you think russian leader vladimir putin is any way chasing this morning? >> um -- obviously i don't know and it is speculation, i don't think he's scared but i think he was much more concerned now than 48 hours ago or certainly last week. i happen to believe that moving forward if we are ever going to get back to a real piece process to end this nightmare of a civil war that lasted seven years, cost hundreds of thousands of lives and 12 million refugees. if we are ever going to get that place, it is going to be after the u.s. led a western coalition strikes such as we have seen. >> i do appreciate you bringing up victims here. millions of syrians have been displaced or killed since the tragedy began years ago.
congressman boyle, thank you for being with us, this issue affected us all over the world. >> thank you for your time. >> a live meeting, the russian ambassador speaking, they are proposing a measure to condemn the attack over night. that'll fail. the russians are making a clear statement there, nikki haley, will speak after this. in the meantime, haley hasadmin he's been quite strong against the syrians the last few days. >> i don't think remarks we'll hear from haley will be any different talking about the assad regem and time and the eny the russians. i think that's what we'll hear.
nikki haley looks at the u.n. security council where she thinks it is a failure by the u.n. to stop these attacks. the russians have vetoed u.n. security council resolution against the syrian regime and so the u.s. and france and britain veto this resolution. the u.n. security council have not been able to act, it is a forum for people to kind of gripe at one another and nothing stops. i think you will hear nikki haley talks about the horrible situation and why the international community felt it would need to act. there will be a lot of hand ringing and name calling. i don't think you will see any type of new strategies. the u.n. council will be tactlkg about what's next and speaking to diplomat there is a real general way
genuine desire to start a real process to end this civil war and to that supporting the u.n. envoy, there is a lot of talk of the so-called geneva process but it has for years have not gone anywhere. how do you end this? even if these strikes end and chemical weapons, we don't think they will. the syrians have plenty of ways to attack their sif ycivilians. >> ambassador nikki haley is speaking right now. this is our fifth council meeting in the past week to address the situation in syria. a week has gone by in which we have talked. we have talked about the victims in duma. we talked about the assad regime and its patrons and russia and iran. we spent a week talking about the unique horror of chemical weapons. if time for talk ended last
night. we are here today because three members of the united nation security council acted, the united kingdom and france and the united states acted, not as revenge or punishment or a symbolic show of force. we acted to deter future use of chemical weapons by holding the syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity. we can all see that a russian disinformation campaign is in full force this morning. russia's desperate attempts at deflections cannot change the facts. a large body indicates that the syrian regimes used chemical weapons on duma on april 7th. there is clear information demonstrating assad's culpability.
the pictures of the children were not fake news. they were the results of humanity. the united states, france and the united kingdom acted after careful evaluation of these facts. the targets we selected were at the heart of the syrian regime illegal chemical weapon program. the strikes were planned to minimize civilian casualties. the responses were justified and legitimate and proportionate. the united states and its allies did everything we could to use the tools of diplomacy to get rid of assad's arsenal chemical weapons. we did not give diplomacy one chance, we gave diplomacy chance after chance, six times. that's how many times russia vetoed security council resolutions to address chemical weapons in syria. our efforts go back further.
in 2013, the security council pazz p passed a resolution that requires the assad regime to stop its chemical weapons. syria committed and meaning it could no longer have chemical weapons on its soil. russia would guarantee that syria would comply. we hope this diplomacy would succeed in putting an end to the mary horror of chemical weapon attacks in syria. as we see it did not happen. assad took notice, the regime knew it could act with impunity and it did. in november, russia used its veto to kill the joint investigator mechanism. the main tool that we have to figure out who use chemical weapons in syria.
t russia's veto was the green light for the assad regime to use these barbaric weapons against the syrian people in complete violation of our national law. the united states and allies were not going to let it stand. chemical weapons are a threat to us all. they are unique threat, a type of weapon that's so evil that the international community agreed they must be banned. we cannot standby and let russia trash every national norm that we stand for and allowed the use of chemical weapons go unanswered. just as the regime used chemical weapons last weekend was not an isolated evidence. our response is part of a new course chartered last year to deter future use of chemical weapons. our syrian strategies have not
changed. the syrian regime has forced us to take action based on their repeated used on chemical weapons. t >> designated entities in asia and the middle east. we revoke the visas of russian intelligence in response of chemical weapons attack. we'll seek out and call out anyone who uses or aids in the use of chemical weapons. with yesterday's military action, our message was crystal clear. the united states of america will not allow the assad regime to don't use chemical weapons. last night we obliterated the
research facility that it used to assemble weapons of mass murder. i spoke to the president this morning and he said if the syrian regime uses the poisonous gas again, the united states is locked and loaded. when our president draws a redlired line, our president enforces the red line. the united states are deeply grateful of the united kingdom and france. we worked in a lot of steps and we were in complete agreement. last night our great friends and allies shouldered the burden that benefits all of us. the civilized world owe them this thanks. in the weeks and months to come, security council should take time to reflect on its role and defending the international rule of law. the security council have failed in its duty to hold those who
used chemical weapons to account. that failure is largely due to russian obstruction. we call on russia to take a hard look at the company it keeps and live up to its responsibility as a permanent member of the council and defend the actual principles of the united nation meant to promote. last night we hit the heart of syria's chemical weapon enterprise. we are confident we have crippl crippled syria chemical weapon program. thank you. >> you have been listening to nikki haley responding to a measured proposed to condemn the u.s. air strikes on syria over night. that measure will not pass.
haley going after russia once again for its support of the syrian regime and maybe adding a little me to the bow of what the u.s. strategy is going forward in regards to chemical weapons and assad. >> he says the united states will not allow the assad regime to continue using chemical weapons, if it uses this poison gas again, the u.s. is locked and loaded. i am joined again by cnn global affairs krcorrespondent. what do you hear there? >> that's the clear message of the regime. those strikes may have dampen or took a dense in the syrian program. they could use chemical weapons again and it did not destroy the program. if you are prepared to absorb more u.n. strikes then u.s. will. the question is what russia is prepared to do. i think you can see a diplomatic campaign and more sanctions against russia if it does not
stop. i did not hear a kind of full strategy about a genuine political situation to end the war. as we were talking about before, the syrian could simply stop using the chemical weapons and start using bombs. how does the u.s. and its allies stop the violence and i did not hear an answer from nikki haley of how the u.s. wants to go about that. >> they have been clear that the goal of this mission was no t regime change in any way. it is clear from everything they have said that it was not in any way to design the offset of balance of power in this country. nic roberston is standing by for us in moscow for us. we have seen this rhetorical dance from both sides from the ug u u.s. on this. do you have a better sense of how far russia really push back here. proposing a measure to condemn the united states for this mission over night that you know it is not going to pass is really nothing much more than
kabuki theater, nic. >> they appear to do. they call the united states action with its allies -- it involves nuclear armed nation. the ambassador used the most fiery rhetoric she could. but, what he's dealing with there is a situation where the vast majority of those sitting around table don't agree of h is position is not a resolution that's going to pass obviously. it is going to be blocked by the united states and france and britain so it has limited real value but what will likely to see in the coming days of russia and we have to think here in terms of sort of a symmetric
response. they'll likely discuss of u.s. sanctions and they'll compose with anger and language that will reference the strikes in syria over the weekend. they'll certainly within the domestic environment here in russia gets strong support for whatever actions they decide to take against the united states. again, what lasting impact can that really have? but, russia will continue it seems and that's what we are hearing here. we'll continue with this narrative against those that feels are aligned against him. the term was set that they were going to double down in this and boost syria's defense system. >> our richard roth is standing by at the united nations. one of the key things that we have seen nikki haley trying to
do is build international support for the u.s. response and indeed this was a coalition effort of the united kingdom and france as part of it. what's does the skbinternationa sentiment as best you can see now? >> it is generally favorable here for action against the country which was used in the council's majority opinions chemical weapons on its own people. when a panel to investigate what happens was voted on last monday only russia with a veto and bol bolivia voted against it. at times the u.s. would not mind seeing these russian vetoes boasting through the case of washington taking military action outside the security councils rules and regs. the top diplomats trying to achieve the balancing act saying it is -- calls for security
council unity is not there as he try to cool down these countries that are at logger heads for years now on syria and on the use of chemical weapons. >> i am joined by our cnn analyst, ryan, it is interesting to trump supporters and allies of the white house, they noted a couple of things. donald trump and this white house responded to syria chemical weapon attack when the obama's white house did not and now year two of this missile attack was twice as big, it hitthits the international coalition. >> you listen carefully to nikki haley of what she's saying the trump administration is doing is defending the deal that obama made in his second term that assad promised to remove these
chemical weapon and russia guaranteed they would be removed and we see that deal fell apart and russia vetoed this investigative mechanism that had people on the ground to figure out what happened after the chemical attack and haley spe k specifically said that in the obama agreement and in a sense the u.k. and france to defend security council. >> i will say on the other side of that that i am hearing from republican sources and international analysts here, they were struck by how narrow and rhetoric they have been hearing. they have been on the ground in syria and expecting much more than they saw. >> the trump administration has been incredible consistent on syria. they don't care about anything that's going on there except for one issue. don't use chemical weapons. last april he laid that down when everyone asked what's the
strategy and is it regime change or is it american intervention or some bigger or grander way, they have been consistent and no, it is not. there is one red line and that's the use of chemical weapons and a lot of people it is not exactly much of a strategy but in their defense, they have been consistent and they have said that's the only way that the united states is getting involved there. >> it would be interesting to see what chemical weapons means, does it mean chlorine, we'll have much more coverage on this, we'll be right back. want $4.95, $0.50 options contracts? $1.50 futures contracts? what about a dedicated service team of trading specialists? did you say yes? good, then it's time for power e*trade. the platform, price and service that gives you the edge you need. looks like we have a couple seconds left. let's do some card twirling twirling cards e*trade. the original place to invest online. -oh! -very nice.
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meeting as we speak. this is at russia's request. russia administrator calling the mission lawless. president trump calling it "mission accomplished." >> the pentagon delivered a clear message to the syrian regime. other news involves the latest trouble for the president's lawyer, michael cohen. he's ordered to hand over his client list. sources tell cnn that the materials include recordings, recordings that cohen made of his conversations with the porn star and ex playboy model who say they both had affairs with the president which he denies. cohen has been under criminal
investigation for months. joining me again, our analyst, and krcorrespondent for yahoo. michael, i want to start with you here, this cohen news has reached a potentially high level for the president of the united states. it is a new and different front than the russia investigation and we expect court developments on monday, how do you see it? >> yeah, look, this is as serious as any legal development has been for the president and only because michael cohen has been the president's personal lawyer for so long and involved in so much. certainly the hush money payments and we have gotten more and just learned more just in the last days about the hush money paid to a woman who was
involved. he apparently had a habit of paying hush money to people who could say awkward things about the president and others who were associated with them. so there's no telling how much is there with michael cohen. i should also point out that you can't divorce this from the russia investigation at all. >> true. >> cohen was intimately involved in numerous activities that are being investigated by mueller, including the second attempt to build a trump tower in moscow during the presidential campaign, and that something that is worth -- definitely worth remembering. >> it's a fair point, michael. i suppose what you can do is separate the robert mueller investigation and what appears to be something now in the purview of the southern district in new york and there is overlap there but mueller is overseeing one part of it now and the southern district is quite
clearly overseeing this other part that concerns cohen. i had alan dershowitz on a short while ago, who often defends the president, who does not think he should face legal jeopardy for collusion. he thinks the president faces serious legal jeopardy with the cohen matter. because either he says that michael cohen is his lawyer, which means that some of these tape recording, the president could be held responsible for or connected to or he says the president wasn't working as my lawyer here which means, you know what, all this evidence, have at it. >> here's what's important about this. not only was mr. cohen under investigation in the last month or so, he's been under investigation for several months. and this is the man entrusted with donald trump's most intimate secrets. this is the man who really has for the last decade or so been the man responsible for negotiating these hush agreements we've talked about, been the man who knee gosh yaited some of the most intimate business details trump has. so he's going to be responsible
for overseeing everything in donald trump's orbit, all those things very personal to donald trump. if he has information and that information is tape recorded information, then it is not going to be the subject of an attorney/client privilege. so i think -- i think professor dershowitz is correct in the sense this poses a far greater risk to donald trump and his presidency than maybe even the mueller probe. >> i'm sure you've been hearing the same things i have from inside the trump world, that the president is more agitated about this than anything else. that gets to the fact that cohen is this unique figure in this world, a unique figure who, by the way, was smoking a cigar outside with friends on friday as it was a court hearing that dealt with him. that apparently upset the judge. >> yes, i guess he wanted to portray this idea of, you know, no sweat, i'm fine. as dershowitz pointed out, you don't do that with kima wood, the judge overseeing this, she's very serious and requires a certain amount of deference from
people would come into her court. i think defenders of the president who are skeptical of the mueller investigation have long made a couple arguments about it. that one is, oh, obstruction of justice, you know, legal acts that the president took like firing someone or inquiring about an investigation, that doesn't amount to obstruction of justice. another argument they'll make is that anything would have leaked by now. if there were true criminal collusion. so trump's going to be fine on this. you're hearing and seeing a lot of people close to the president publicly and privately say this is different. michael cohen knows all the family secrets. he worked for the trump organization. so he knows everything about the many, many business dealings of that organization. he knows about the trump children. he knows about the president's most inner secrets. if you read that court filing from the prosecutor's yesterday, they noted he had this relationship with the law firm and that he buttoned down everything that he had, all his documents in his office, he had
to have the key to the office. he was not connected to the law firm's server. he had a safety deposit box. they were painting this picture of someone who had a lot to keep secret, right. and now they have access to all of that. >> you know, michael cohen, you know, it's interesting, michael isikoff, plays such a central role inside trump world, has such a close relationship to the president, and you talk to any attorney right now and you also see it with your own eyes. it's clear michael cohen is in trouble. faces serious legal jeopardy. based on what you know, michael, is he ever the type of person who could turn on the president if pressured? >> you know, anybody can turn with sufficient pressure. and i actually was struck by his initial comments to cnn. suggesting that he did not anticipate what impact all this would have on his family. to me, it sounded like somebody
who just might be flipable. now, he is as loyal as anybody is to donald trump. i don't think it's, you know, going to happen quickly. but, yes, i think there might be some opportunities there if sufficient pressure is put on him. >> the last question, kima wood, the federal judge overseeing this case, a familiar name to many americans for some other reasons dating back several years. what do you make of how she will approach this case? >> i've been in front of judge wood a number of times. i'm going to tell you, she is going to hold these lawyer's feet to the fire. they're asking for attorney/client privilege to be attached to most of these documents. she's going to make sure they establish and prove there's actually attorney/client prive by forcing them to come in on monday morning and demonstrate who those clients are for the lawyer. i just don't think it's going to happen. i think judge wood is going to hold them to the fire. i don't think these documents are ever going to be excluded from the government being able to see them. think the government's going to be able to see them. >> trent copeland, ryan, thank
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