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wondering if there will be something as big. there could be some sizable aftershocks after that. that gives the folks working trying to repair those roads a much narrow wind. >> they keep working around the clock. they're used to working in the dark here. >> right now, thank you. thanks for being with me on this sunday. it is something you will only see on cnn today. brand new details throwing more light on the brutal murder of a "washington post" journalist. jamal khashoggi died two months ago in what the cia says was a hit ordered by a prominent member of the saudi royal family. this weekend the "wall street journal" and the "washington post" are both reporting that
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crown prince bin salman was personally texting the killers before and after khashoggi's death. here's the part exclusive to cnn. only we have been able to get access to text messages sent from jamal khashoggi himself sharing some very troubling thoughts about the man now accused of ordering his death. cnn's europe editor is with us now from london. >> what is in these text messages and how are they helpful? >> what they do is show a different picture of jamal khashoggi than we've seen so far. somebody engaged in dissident activity with known dissidents and had also promised large amounts of funding for the project. this is a snap shot of why he may have been targeted in such brutal fashion, allegedly by his own country. >> these words you won't have read in jamal khashoggi's
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columns. instead, they are text messages sent by khashoggi the year before his death. they lay bare his disdain for the saudi arabia crown prince saying he is like beast, packman. the more victims he eats, the more he want. in another, may god rid us of this predicament. the words were exchanged with a fellow critic in exile in canada. >> he believed that it is the problem. someone has to tell him you have to be stopped. >> talk like the is dangerous for someone with one of the world's worst records. wasn't just political views. the plans to held to saudi state on account creating an army of cyber bees on social media, leveraging khashoggi's name and the 340,000 strong twitter following.
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>> i was a addition dent and he was a guy who worked for the government for almost 35 years. >> khashoggi's pledged funds and he bought the hardware, sim cars to take back home. in one message he writes, i sent you a brief idea about the work of the electronic earl. brilliant report. i will try sort out the money. we have to do something. >> how much money did he say he would commit? >> 30,000. >> yes. >> how dangerous is a project like that in saudi arabia? >> he might be killed because of that. he might be jailed. there might be someone to assassinate. >> just like khashoggi, he believes he was also targeted after two saudi emissaries were dispatched to canada to coax him to the embassy there. he made these secret recordings
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and shared them with cnn. >> we have come to you with a message. i want you to be reassured. we don't to have approach someone from a specific department. the saudi embassy awaits you. >> when he refused, they got to him another way. hacking his phone. according to a lawsuit this week against the israeli firm. >> how much of a target did that make you? >> the hacking of my phone made me a major role in it. we were trying to teach people about human rights. about freedom speech. this is only crime that we committed.
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>> we should point out that we are awaiting a response from saudi arabia and the deadline has long passed. but there's also the issue of the israeli firm that is at the center of the lawsuit being filed in israel today. they said they do acknowledge that they have sold such spy ware to states to help deal with debunking terrorism and plots. a caution that in some authoritarian regimes, the difference between this type of activity and terrorist plots is often seen very differently than it is in countries where you are and where anymore great britain today. >> thank you for that reporting. joining us now, republican congressman lee zeldin of new york. i want to get your repacks the crown prince was and messages
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with a senior aide who oversaw the assassination of khashoggi before and after his murder. >> the evidence continues to point to the crown prince himself. sometimes you have a lot of evidence that when you add it up, that's what our intelligence community did and we're seeing additional evidence. >> i want to you hear what we heard this greek the secretary of state. listen. >> i have read every piece of intelligence in the possession of the united states government. when it is done, when you complete that analysis, there is no direct evidence linking him to the murder of jamal khashoggi. that is an accurate statement, an important statement, and it is the statement that we are making publicly today. >> is this administration too quick to give mbs the benefit of
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the doubt? >> i believe he was directly connected to it. i stand with our cia. secretary of state pompeo also, even the cia said there was no direct link but sometimes to form a conclusion based off all the other evidence that points to the crown prince. >> why do you think he is responding the way he is? he was the former cia director. he knows how weighty that evidence is. >> yeah. >> i don't know what his conversations have been. the secretary of state is a smart guy. went to west point, a former army veteran, served in our house adequately and the cia director, exceptionally, he was only there a few months. i know him personally. what i can't speak to is what
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kinds of conversations that took place with the president himself and others around him. to that point about not having a direct connection. even the cia has acknowledged. they have formed a medium to high probability when adding up all the evidence that they conclude. i believe it is important when you're out in public, nationally or internationally, to stand 100% with our intelligence community. even though there may not be a direct link. this is what our intelligence community found and we stand with them. >> let me ask but the president's time in the g 20 summit. we know he canceled his meeting because of what happened with the russians taking this ukra e ukrainian naval ship and the crew. should they have met? >> i think it was right move to cancel this meeting that took place. and it may have been in this case a good decision to cancel
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the press conference. what i thought was good is the president was prepped and he stayed disciplined. there was no twitter activity that was a distraction. you didn't have the photo moments. you had an important signing that has been taking place between united states, mexico and canada. you have the president's dinner with the leadership of china to discuss the issues. i think part of the focus is to stay on it. we're talking about we're talking about what the united states wants to be talking about. ? have the president could have used it to confront putin over it. we're learning just this
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weekend, the russians are still meddling in u.s. elections. here's jim mattis. >> there is no doubt the relationship has worsened. he tried again to muck around in our elections. and we're seeing a continued effort along those lines. >> why hasn't russia been deterred? >> vladimir putin thinks he is seven feet tall. he meddles. he has meddled in the united states and elsewhere with elections in the past. it is unacceptable. there's a lot of friction between our two countries. vladimir putin may not be deterred through economic pressure. he may not be deterred on pushing back on russian aggression or further away like in the middle east.
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we're in a cyber security warfare between our two nations. there's a lot of conflict and i don't expect there to be one silver bullet that vladimir putin will decide that he no longer wants to put the ussr back together again. as we go form, now we have to negotiate a new nuclear arms treaty. it is important that we don't stop all diplomacy. you asked, would it be good if they got together? apparently there was an impromptu dinner. hopefully we can get more details as to what was discussed. it was putin who said that president trump expressed a different view than what putin has. one thing that would be very dangerous is to cut off all diplomatic relations.
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it neem-- >> are we there yet? >> we don't want the m. you want the m option to be real but that's the last possible option that's really bad. economic pressure has increased. one reason why was the chemical international treaty by russia. so the department of treasury, the state department implementing new sanctions, that helps. the counter terrorism effort, pushing back on russian aggression in syria, there is a lot to do. north korea, we didn't even discuss all of that. >> they all intertwine. thank you very much. we appreciate it. president trump is calling a truce with china after he said he's made one of the largest deals ever made at the g-20
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. president trump may have calmed investors by reaching a trade deal. president trump called it an incredible deal but things aren't exactly locked in place. president trump will keep tariffs on $200 billion of chinese goods at 10% instead of raising them on 25% in january which was originally planned. in return china will call what is being called a very substantial amount of agriculture, energy and other goods. also, china has agreed to reclassify fentanyl as a controlled substance. that means anyone in china who sells opioid to the u.s. will be subject to maximum penalties in china. setting a 90-day limit to reach could not sense us on things
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like cyber theft, swe. it is not clear when the clock starts on that. joining me now, fareed, we don't have all the specific buzz what is your assessment of what was accomplished? >> i think the most important way to think about this is there are two views about trump and china. one was, donald trump has been a protectionist his whole life. he was against japan when he thought they were ripping america off. he campaigned viciously against china. he is surrounded by very hawk ish advisers. the second view is trump is a businessman. he is scaring people, raising the stakes, raising the ante,
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but he wants a deal. at the end of the day, donald trump wanted to pivot to some kind of deal and you're beginning to see the makings of it. it is very important to point out. nothing is permanent. he may have decided this week because he needed a win. he's had bad news all week with mueller. this is a nice week to have a handshake with xi jinping. next week it may be different. it does seem to suggest that the fears of a big trade war between u.s. and china which would have been catastrophic globally. they're the number one and number two economies in the world. those fears are awaited. we're lik at the jockeying. this will be great for farmers but we need to see the details. >> we can be sure the deal is not as good as donald trump says
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it is only because he exaggerates wildly. so the chances being as dramatic as he says are very low. >> i want to you look at an image that has many raising eyebrows. vladimir putin and saudi crown prince mohammad bin salman greeting each other. what does it tell us? >> look, russia doesn't gary the human rights record of any government, any leader. the fact that mohammad bin salman might have ordered the assassination of a journalist is not going to sit heavily on vladimir putin's conscience. the reports are that he's done plenty of those himself. it is possible there's even a shared bond. but it is important to remember that's the normal. russia doesn't care. china doesn't care. >> they didn't care about the
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optics. >> this is the odd part of the story, the united states has traditionally been concerned about human rights. been the leader issues like democracy and freedom of press. it is the american president that has always found himself in a difficult position. donald trump is a different kind of president. it is all the more reason why it has been historically. >> you have a special tonight. presidents under fire. the history of impeachment. here's a clip. >> people are seriously talking about impeachment. >> they will immediately try to impeach the president. >> the word impeachment has been used by our count at least
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12,000 times this year. that's just on cable news. >> the drum beats of impeachment are here. >> impeachment, impeachment, impeachment. >> thousands are in the streets this evening. >> this was just one day after donald trump was elected president. six months later -- americans marched in 45 cities. there was a tv campaign. >> he's brought us to the brink of nuclear war. obstruction of justice at the fbi. if that isn't a case for impeachment, what has our
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government become? >> one year in, formal action. >> dos president trump, president of the united states, is unfit. >> none of these have gone serious yet but the outcry is hardly surprising. donald trump is the most polarizing president in an already bitterly divided america. >> we will impeach him. we will impeach him. the people said, but he hasn't did n done anything wrong. oh, that doesn't matter. >> this idea of impeachment has become a go-to battle cry. not just with president trump but over the last few presidencies. do you think we've reached a point in america where americans have become desensitized to that
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word? >> i think that's precisely the danger. when bill clinton was impeached, that was the first since richard nixon. and before that, almost 100 years. since bill clinton, with every president there have been serious efforts to impeach. one-third of americans at the end of george w. bush's presidency thought he should be impeached. one-third of americans at the end of obama's presidency thought he should be impeached. one-third of the start of president trump's presidency, what was once considered a constitutional nuclear option has become the routine way that you describe a president you really don't like. >> we look forward to seeing your teach dive on the issue.
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thanks for being here. and for the report, presidents under fire, the history of impeachment. in the meantime, the trade with china could give the markets a boost. and a big meeting and falling oiling prices. last week, crude oil prices deeply dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time in more than a year. oversupply kernels have pushed the prices town more than $30. for you, it means gas prices are down 30 cents a mile. saudi arabia has indicated it wants to cut production, to
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raise prices. if other countries agree, look for president trump to react. two weeks ago he tweet, saudi arabia will not be cutting the volume. the u.s. economy added 250,000 new jobs. the unemployment held steady at 3.7%. that's a 49-year low and wages grew at the 3.1%, the fastest in a decade. >> thanks. this evening we are remembering the 41st perez president of the united states. let's begin.
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when you buy a new smartphone. xfinity mobile. it's simple. easy. awesome. click, call or visit a store today. the nation is poised for a week of mourning and celebration as we remember the life of president george h.w. bush. preparations are underway to fly the casket late tomorrow. it will lie in state until wednesday. during that time the public can
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pay their respects and the memorial service will be held at washington national cathedral wednesday morning before the president's body is returned to texas later that same day. our next guest is one of the few people in the world to get up close and personal access to the bush family. david valdez served as the official bush white house photographer and he captured some of the most personal photos of the family. they traveled together to at least 75 countries and experienced some really key moments in history side by side. he joins us now. i'm so glad could you share some of your thoughts and memories with us. a photographer's job is to capture the essence of a moment or a person. what do you think it was essence of president bush? >> watching him over the years and knowing his history, of all
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the things, the most important things to him were his family, faith and his friends. as president, he was in awe of the institution of the presidency. the whole idea of the presidency. and showed respect for it. even though he was president. as we traveled around the world, every once in a while, he would hit me with his elbow and say, can you believe this? us two guys from texas doing this? so he was very humble and a caring, compassionate person. >> you saw him through highs, the lows, the ups, the challenges, the victories. do you have a favorite story? >> well, the favorite story is the story on me. my very first trip to
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kennebunkport. he was walking me around the property and telling me as a little boy, i used to go swimming there at the dock. i had my work clothes and cameras. he said you and i ought to go swimming here. i said, no, that's the atlantic ocean. he said that's okay. we put on swimming suits and got on the counter. we said we'll jump on the count of three. one, two, three, i jumped and he walked back to the house. i was initiated. but from then on, we had a lot of fun but there were a lot of serious things during his presidency. the removing of manual noriega from panama, taking down saddam hussein, the fall of the berlin wall, the fall of the soviet union from communism, all in a short, short period of time.
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in between all that, there were a few horse shoot tournaments. some grandchildren were born. a lot going on. >> he talked about his family and his sense of humor. just hitting the point. here's a picture i want to show. she is sitting on the steps waiting for her husband to return. that picture shows a lot about their love, doesn't it? >> oh, yeah. one that i love is george and barbara bush in bed their grandchildren. and that photo, it was originally going to be shot by "life" magazine. >> there it is. >> the president didn't want
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that to happen. they asked me if i would do it. i talked on barbara bush and it was her suggestion to come over at 6:00 in the morning and see what happens. so i get up to the house, sit on the end of the bed, waited a while and aurlt grand children that were this, it says a lot about the love the family had for each other. i just saw a story that on the last couple days of president bush's life, the last day. his son george called. they had him on speaker phone and em, i love you, dad. and the last words that president bush said was, i love you, too. >> i love you too. that's the reporting we're getting. thank you for sharing your
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memories, your work, and just those moments. those precious moments that you shared with the 41st president of the united states. great to have you with us. >> thank you for having me. during the campaign, president trump said this about his business ties with russia. >> i have no businesses, no loans from russia, no dealings with russia, i have no deals in russia, i have no deals that could happen in russia because we'd stayed away. >> it turns out that's not entirely true. new details about what robert mueller has uncovered next. tapr and up go your rates. what good is having insurance if you get punished for using it? news flash: nobody's perfect. for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to your first accident. switch and you could save $782 on home and auto insurance. call for a free quote today.
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you'll see what a fair price is and you can connect with a truecar certified dealer. now you're even smarter. this is truecar. we now know president trump was working on a deal in a moscow. the president's long time attorney reveals the following in a newly released court document. one that he had kept then candidate trump updated as late as june 2016. two, that he discussed with trump traveling to russia in the summer of 2016, and three, that he had kept trump family members on the project it'sas well. this means that he was trying to secure a deal with russia at the same time he was trying to secure a republican nomination
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and at the same time, russia was actively working to get him elected. all of this without voters knowing. let's bring in the former prosecutor laura coates. let me start with the most basic question. is any of this actually illegal? you heard trump in the earlier report say there is nothing wrong with what he was doing because he would need business to go back to. >> his notion that he had a contingency plan is a little bit odd. we're talking about a conflict of interest. what could be the illegal portion is still to be determined. can you have business dealings while running for the president of the united states. he may have had conflicts of interests that could have
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continued into his presidency. it could have facilitated collusion or collusion aspects to it. i'm sure mueller is trying to wrestle with that particular question. whether the president said it is very cool and very legal. if he did not have to disclose ties. the ethical aspects of this is still to be determined. if trump was still being updated in june, that means he knew cohen was lying to congress. should the president have spoken up? >> yeah. i think that would have been the normal thing to do and the right thing to do. there's nothing normal going on with this administration. what it tells us is that he probably knew exactly what cohen was doing and what he was saying and it may be we can trace back
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now and look circumstantially that he may have told him. there is no evidence yet about whether he was specifically ordered to give false testimony but the fact is he says i have no business with russia, never been to russia, he's denied just everything about with russia. if there's nothing to hide, you find out people get quiet and lie when they do have that. >> the idea of michael cohen being a not very sympathetic
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witness or one that would have zero credibility issues, we pass that had exit long ago. the idea that we have a president of the united states who is largely accused of a credibility question. it is a cancellation. number two, that's in nature the essence of a cooperation agreement. you scratch our backs. we will scratch yours. the big question, whether someone has secured him to give false testimony to secure the mo most, it would lead cohen to believe that the sweetest of deals is the one that led to the misleading congress and not
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necessarily robert mueller. either way, the idea that a witness would try to get a more lenient sentence is a very different discussion than whether or not mueller has corroboration of whether or not he believes mueller is truthful and credible. >> i think it is important to note that the same week, the mueller team called out paul manafort for what they told him. manafort was at mar-a-lago and left with the impression that he would get a pardon. >> the president has a large. a authority to pardon here wants to pardon. the problem here is that we start getting money some kind of
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obstruction charge. this is telling people not to tell truth. item going -- think about how unbelievable this is. we have people talking about pardons, defendants briefing legal members under a joint agreement talking about what was discussed in an interview with their client. we're in no man's land. i can't imagine being a lawyer representing a client, getting a deal cut and running back and saying, hey, look, here's how it works. i think as far as a pardon goes.
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if it looks like he's trying get him to make false statements, that's when the problem comes in. >> all right. thank you both. >> glad to be with you. hundreds of aftershocks in alaska after the massive earthquake. more on that next.
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welcome back. a series of aftershocks are shaking southern alaska just days after a massive earthquake struck near anchorage. the quake happened on friday splintering buildings,
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shattering roads. this area has has more than 1,000 after shocks. that's where cnn correspondent joining us live tonight. what more are you seeing there? walk us through it. >> i want to show you what's going on because it's maizing how quickly they are working. this is one of about 40 roads in the area damaged because of the earthquake. when you look here, when we got here yesterday it looked like massive monster came along and clawed part of this roadway away. it needs to be up and operating. they are making great progress in just this one day. a filling in this area that's been clawed out. you see the trucks are coming in dropping effo inping earth down. they are smoothing out this roadway so they can get it back open. they had this opened by tuesday. they are working around the clock. they don't care there's not sunlight a lot this time of
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year. they are working around the clock to get this runway open. this is happening to get the roads open again. >> all right. thank you very much. it's one of the worst possible scenarios. man in times square proposes to his girlfriend and loses the ring right through a subway grate. we have this story, next. ♪ ♪
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it should have been one of the happiest days of their lives. instead this marriage proposal in time square went horribly wrong. a man gets down on one knee. he pops the question and you can see them both on the ground because the engagement ring went down a grate in the street. can you believe this? police joined the hunt and the couple ended up having to leave everyo empty handed. the ring was found the next morning by police and they
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cleaned it up. posted this picture on social media asking for help locating the couple. just hours ago nypd said the pair had been found and arrangements are being made to reunit them with their ring. hello on this sunday. you're live in the cnn newsroom. great to have you with us. it's two months since jamal ka s -- khashoggi walked into the consulate and never re-emerged. the question remains why was he killed. we have an exclusive. she obtained ten months of khashoggi's what's app messages. the messages from viprovided to offered clues to the motive behind the murder. >> reporter: these are words you won't have read in


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