Skip to main content

tv   Erin Burnett Out Front  CNN  December 5, 2018 4:00pm-5:00pm PST

4:00 pm
>> and i can tell you and our viewers as you know, the murder of jamal khashoggi has put the whole issue of yemen right now on the front burner. we'll see what happens. excellent reporting as usual. and to our viewers thanks very much for watching. erin burnett out front starts right now. out front next, breaking news. trump allies breaking with the president in a big way tonight, holding the saudi crown prince personally accountable for the murder of jamal khashoggi. why is president trump covering for the saudi crown prince? plus a white house under pressure. mueller's latest filing raising questions about trump's inner circle. and the former president george h.w. bush returning home to texas for the last time this evening. that emotional homecoming about to begin this hour. let's go out front. out front tonight, taking a stand against president trump. a bipartisan resolution on capitol hill just announced
4:01 pm
moments ago. holding the saudi crown prince of saudi arabia personally accountable for among other things, quote, the abhorrent and unjustified killing of journalist jamal khashoggi. it is a stunning rebuke by president trump led by republican senators including marco rubio who tells cnn tonight, quote, there's no doubt the saudi crown pirince was involved in khashoggi's murder. and we have learned they're deeply angered and frustrated tonight at the president's response to the murder. that response adds up to a cover-up. >> he strongly denies it, he vehemently denies it. i hate the cover-up, and i will tell you this, the crown prince hates it more than i do. >> more than i do. well, at this point they're both in on it. and trump's republican allies have had it. here's senator corker speaking to our manu raju today.
4:02 pm
>> i think each day that goes by it becomes much more difficult for anybody to in a straight-faced way, even leave any room for questioning it. >> yet team trump with a straight face is still denying intelligence. the president aided by secretary of state mike pompeo and secretary of defense jim mattis are helping the saudis cover-up the alleged prince's role in the murder. >> we have no smoking gun that the crown prince was involved. >> there's no direct evidence linking him to the murder of jamal khashoggi. >> that take away, of course, exactly the opposite of what the cia director gina haspel told lawmakers yesterday when she appeared before a small group of senators. senator graham saying there's no smoking gun, there's a smoking saw, perhaps the most important thing that was said last night,
4:03 pm
senator paul saying i have no doubt the saudi prince did this. taking on their president with this resolution. manu, the outrage in congress obviously reaching a fever pitch. >> reporter: yeah, bipartisan group of senators pushing to get a deal they can get on the floor as soon as next week to go after saudi arabia. both symbolically and -- they're trying to essentially expand arm sales between the united states and the saudi kingdom. they want to pull back u.s. involvement in the saudi led war in yemen, and they also want to potentially slap the crown prince of saudi arabia, mohammed bin salman with sanctions. now, this causes the trump administration of course has pushed back on this. but after the cia brief to key senators yesterday, it was clear as ever to these senators that the crown prince was directly involved in this. and bob corker just told me
4:04 pm
moments ago, erin, that the presentation haspel gave was the most precise presentation he has been a part of in 12 years in the united states senate. yesterday he said after that presentation a jury would convict mohammed bin salman within 30 minutes. but today he corrected that and said actually within 20 minutes a jury would convict mohammed bin salman if they knew the evidence the cia had. still, the trump administration pushing back saying they have not seen that direct link. corker today saying no one with a straight face seeing the evidence can reach that same conclusion. we'll see what republicans and democrats decide to do as soon as next week, pushing back on saudi arabia and the white house. >> pretty stunning, manu. you say 20 minutes and yet here we are, the president of the united states days and days, weeks and weeks still standing behind the crown prince. thanks, manu. and out front now the democratic
4:05 pm
senator. you just heard your colleague saying it's difficult to tow the saudi line with a straight face. why are they covering for the crown prince? >> i think it comes down to this. the president wants to maintain our arms sales to saudi arabia, and the secretary of state and the secretary of defense are making the calculation that the alliance is more important than saudi's activities. more important than their activities bombing yemen and causing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, more important than killing an american reporter, an american resident. >> so this is cover-up? >> yes, absolutely. essentially the fact that the administration blocked gina from coming over, the head of the cia to coming over, this is what it boils down to in my opinion. you have pompeo, secretary of state, saying we don't have direct evidence or we don't have a smoking gun. and essentially what he's saying is we don't have fingerprints on the gun, but the cia is coming
4:06 pm
along and saying we can place the crown prince in the room, deeply involved in the events that took place. so it's like strong circumstantial information versus fingerprints. but in a court of law, when you are in the room at the time of murder, you're involved. and in this case the crown prince would have been in charge of it. >> we're learning tonight, senator, there may be a bill in the senate to directly rebuke the crown prince. will that pass the senate? >> i think that will pass the senate. but the dynamic right now you have some senators really focused on khashoggi's murder and others really focused on saudi arabia's utter destruction in yemen. yemen's had the worst cholera epidemic in history because the saudis bombed the water system. there are some estimated 130
4:07 pm
children dying every day from disease. these two strains are coming together, but i think the deal should involve addressing both sides of that. >> when it comes to the deal, right, the president of course has made his view clear. and i just want to make sure we play this again and again because i don't think you can play it to mean times. here he is. >> so he strongly denies it, he vehemently denies it. i hate the cover-up, and i will tell you this, the crown prince hates it more than i do. we are with saudi arabia. >> okay, do you think he has the guts to veto a senate rebuke of the crown prince? if you guys can pass it, can he veto it, does he have the guts to do it? >> well, he might. because if that rebuke says no more arms sales, no more intelligence related to the yemen war --
4:08 pm
>> and arms sales is in part of that discussion right now to be clear. >> as they absolutely should be because our arms are being used in the war against yemen creating this humanitarian fiasco. so they should be in that. realize the house has to be in this too, so the path is not quick and easy. we are in a lame duck. the president has to buy some time. but i think you're dwroeg to see the democratic house coming back in january and saying absolutely we should end our arms sales and our intelligence cooperation. so perhaps the president wants to work out a deal that's a little softer now. maybe he will, maybe he won't by threat of a veto. but right now he's just, our president is engaged in a cover-up of the cover-up and it's wrong. >> and your bottom line again on why president trump is covering up, as you're saying for the saudi crown prince? >> well, his public argument has been they are a good customer of
4:09 pm
our arms sales. and a bit more sophisticated manner, secretary pompeo says they're a srs of significant priorities to the region. so it's kind of a, an argument, real politic argument that we need to set aside the devastation they're causing in yemen, we need to set aside their assassination of an american resident because of those factors. i think what that argument misses is at the heart of this our leadership in the world depends a great deal on our ability to promote a vision for the world that involves human rights, decency, respect, rule of law, leadership. and all those are damaged by this trump cover-up. >> all right, thank you very much. i appreciate your time tonight. >> thank you. and next, the special counsel's court filing on
4:10 pm
michael flynn raising major questions for team trump. the one line in the filing that should scare the house the most. and a top house member calling for an investigation into the growing evidence of voter fraud in north carolina. a big new development there with our drew griffon on the ground. and former president george h.w. bush returning home this hour for a final time. his emotional homecoming about to begin after a touching tribute by his son. >> a great and noble man. the best father a son or daughter can have.
4:11 pm
but some give their clients cookie cutter portfolios. fisher investments tailors portfolios to your goals and needs. some only call when they have something to sell. fisher calls regularly so you stay informed. and while some advisors are happy to earn commissions whether you do well or not. fisher investments fees
4:12 pm
are structured so we do better when you do better. maybe that's why most of our clients come from other money managers. fisher investments. clearly better money management. i can choose from all their different hotel brands... like a doubletree for my cousins. a homewood suites for my uncle. a hampton for my sister and her kids. and the waldorf astoria beverly hills for me. can i get a..? thank you. book at and get the hilton price match guarantee. [ horn honking ] audiences are giving green book an a+. book at woo! oh, that was a good time. it's one of the best films of the decade. what'd you say? it's one of the best films of the decade. it's amazing you said that. short and sweet.
4:13 pm
ready tyou better beast on? 'cause it's red lobster's new create your own ultimate feast event! pick 4 of 10 favorites to create the ultimate feast you've been dreaming of. will you choose creamy lobster mac & cheese, tender, wild-caught snow crab... crispy jumbo coconut shrimp, hey, we never said choosing was easy...
4:14 pm
just delicious. so hurry in to create your own ultimate feast before it's gone. and be the party hero. get ten percent off when you order red lobster to go. but only for a limited time. tonight alarm bells for team trump. a new court filing from the special counsel bob mueller indicates more people in the president's orbit could be under investigation. it's this line here in the newly filed sentencing document on the national security advisor michael flynn. on a range of issues including interactions of individuals in the president's transition team and russia. and then the line goes black. it's actually one of the many redacted lines. that's page two, three, we've got a couple of sentences. look at four. you know, here all you have is respectfully submitted robert mueller. this raises some crucial
4:15 pm
questions. who else on team trump when you talk about this facilitating who's more important than flynn in the eye of the russia probe? two people come to mind. one being don junior, obviously a crucial topic for the special counsel, and jared kushner, the president's son-in-law. kushner was a key member of the transition team and we do know he had interactions with the russians including ambassador kislyak and others. according to a source kushner event discussed setting up a back channel to the kremlin. kushner has spoken out on this one and he was adamant he didn't do anything wrong. >> let me be very clear, i did notclude with russia, nor do i know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. i had no improper contacts. >> okay, the big question tonight, though, is well, is that true? did flynn tell mueller
4:16 pm
otherwise? evan perez is out front in washington. and this is quite the tease here, there's some crucial information in it and raising a host of new questions. >> there are a lot of questions still unanswered by this document. and as you raised jared kushner there in your introduction, remember he came and met with the mueller team of investigators just before michael flynn came in to plead guilty. and then he returned earlier this year to do another interview with the special counsel. we don't know what happened in between that time, whether there was some new information that emerged from michael flynn as part of his cooperation, which necessitated for jared kushner having to come back and talk to the special counsel. we've never really gotten a full answer to that question. and there's also a host of other questions still left unanswered.
4:17 pm
for instance, what ever happened to the turkish lobbying, that operation that michael flynn was involved in? we've never really gotten the full story on that. and we know from the fact the witnesses have been brought in to the special counsel to talk about foreign money that may have gone into the transition, that may have gone into the inauguration, we haven't gotten a full story on that. again, tons of information that was stilled blacked out as a result of this court filing and we can only expect that mueller and the other prosecutors that may have -- that may still be investigating this may have those answers for us in the coming weeks and months. >> thank you very much. i want to go to the former assistant attorney here in new york. you look at that operative line, and you see a lot of black then. this would be implied flynn was able to give information on
4:18 pm
someone that would be more significant. >> i think that's absolutely right. it talks about 19 meetings with prosecutors. unless you're putting a witness on trial, you don't meet 19 times with a cooperator. he must have had a wealth with information on a host of different subjects. we can see sort of through the haze at least three areas, one of which is not blacked out which is having to do with russia and the president's transition team. all of those people have lawyers already, and we don't know as evan was saying, what's been happening in these meetings with other people. >> 19 meetings, that's a lot of meetings. laura, the other line here, the defendant has assisted with several ongoing investigations, and then of course a long black line of redacted information. now, you know i guess you can tell me whether it's semantics or not, but we did not there were several investigations, plural. what does this tell you? >> and that's exactly what mueller probably intends.
4:19 pm
to put it into context, first of all, 19 meetings he son-in-law served as national security advisor for 23 days. on the issue of why this was a successful strategy for mueller, you know, the idea of operating under the aura of suspense very much serves mueller. you have people who are forthcoming because the anxiety builds about whether their own names and actions and potentially culpable behavior is inside of those black lines that have been redacted. and as you see in the writings of mueller you essentially gave the best deal to the one who squealed and someone who encouraged others by his actual cooperation to come forward and give information. so the existence of these separate investigations will probably hold along that same pattern to build people in suspense, anxiety and ultimately build the case. because we don't know if he's followed what he did in the cohen case, which was to farm one of these out, and if the
4:20 pm
mueller investigation should end, at least you have two others to secure it. >> harry, 19 interviews, do we translate that into there are more charges into more people? >> we don't know what defenses those other people might have, but it certainly looks as if this fits with the idea he's closing in on charging decisions. the fact that flynn is getting sentenced now would seem in general to tilt against him being necessary as a trial witness because otherwise you might wait until he testifies at trial to get a sentence. look, the fact is michael flynn is a united states citizen, he's not going anywhere. and if he's given statements to the special counsel, there's no reason why post-sentencing he couldn't be called as a witness. >> obviously, flynn, the word here is substantial. that's the word mueller uses,
4:21 pm
and mueller's recommending no jail time. when he did cooperate they said finally lied to them after he was convicted on charges. how big is this no jail time recommendation? >> all of us know mueller's team has certainly chosen to have an economy of words. we don't hear any leaks from them, but the use of the word substantial, i'm sure it means what they believe. they were able to have some information from somebody who was uniquely positioned but provides the bridge between candidate trump and president-elect donald trump and president donald trump. he only did plead guilty to one count, one count that really only probably carried between the guidelines of 0 and 6 months. that was probably a strategic decision by mueller because as you see from the turkey statements in terms of his help
4:22 pm
and not lobbying, the recommendations and russian sanctions, there are a whole host of things he's still on the hook for. because he only pled guilty to that one count, double jeopardy only attached to that one count. they can still hold over his head remaining counts and charges that could possibly be filed. so he's under the thumb for a lot longer than you think. and next, president trump face-to-face with his predecessors. the awkward president's club today. plus president trump doing some major damage control today. even calling himself or trying to say, maybe that he isn't or is he, naive?
4:23 pm
( ♪ ) let's do the thing that you do. let's clear a path. let's put down roots. let's build something. let's do the thing that you do. let's do the thing that changes the shape of everything...
4:24 pm
that pushes us forward and keeps us going. let's do the work. opportunity is everywhere. like here. where nothing stands between you and your best friends. ♪ four zero expense ratio index funds directly to investors. and now we have zero account fees for brokerage accounts. at fidelity, those zeros really add up. ♪ so maybe i'll win, saved by zero ♪
4:25 pm
4:26 pm
at fidelity, those zeros really add up. i am a techie dad.n. i believe the best technology should feel effortless. like magic. at comcast, it's my job to develop, apps and tools that simplify your experience. my name is mike, i'm in product development at comcast. we're working to make things simple, easy and awesome. tonight you can see live pictures there, george h.w. bush, his final journey home. the casket there now in houston. what you're looking at, the honor guard standing there, the motorcade has just arrived at st. martin's episcopal church, and that is where the former president's body will lie in
4:27 pm
repose overnight until tomorrow morning. as you see these moments, just to hear the silence and see the flag wave, you realize this is the final good-bye. it has been an emotional journey for the bush family since george h.w. bush passed away on friday. today, of course, that state funeral in washington. out front with me now scott jennings, former special assistant to former president bush, paul begala, and patrick healey. for the 41st president finally home in texas. you hear the silence around the honor guard and the flag, you realize this is indeed the end of the honoring. >> yeah, it is. although, i hope it's the beginning of us remembering of what life can be like in america when we realize we're not in all these separate tribes. we're in one big american tribe.
4:28 pm
and i think if there's a bigger lesson i'm taking away it was the message he had in his speech, and his whole lifetime of service which is we can oppose each other politically but we have to be loyal to each other and love each other as fellow americans. >> paul, you know, as we watch what is happening now in houston at the st. martin's episcopal church, i think about today in washington. what a moment it was and i believe we're going to see so many people in this country who stop to watch. this is the first time, though, since the inauguration we have seen president trump face-to-face with all his predecessors and we did in washington today. and it was quite a thing to watch. you have the clintons chatting with the obamas and then trump's arrived, obviously, the president and the first lady were sitting there and shaking hands.
4:29 pm
they reached their pew, walking all the way up there, it was a somewhat awkward moment there, but nonetheless they were shaking hands with the obamas, nothing with the clintons at all. what did you think as you watched all this unfold? >> it was really remarkably classy of the bush family to invite the president. and it seems crazy but i can imagine there was quite a debate within the family as to whether to include the current president of the united states in a tribute to the former president of the united states. of course the bush family did the right thing and included our president. i have to say president trump did the right thing. i can promise you they didn't lose any sleep. >> it doesn't look like any of those parties involved were -- >> right. i'm happy to say that donald trump met the bare minimum
4:30 pm
standards of decency. he'll never be a george h.w. bush, scott's right. george h.w. bush, bush 41 was all class. donald trump was no class, but today he showed a little. i'll give him some credit for that, but i think the real spotlight needs to be on that family. politically i've always opposed them, obviously. but personally i've always a admired them. this man that was laid to rest today always put country ahead of party and formed a terrific bond with my boss. >> he brought him up he'd been a mentor. i thought that was a nice moment and was moved by that. >> called clinton a brother from another mother. >> you know, patrick, michelle obama obviously has been recently on her book tour and said melania has not reached out to her.
4:31 pm
and all of a sudden you're sitting next to each other at this moment you want to be gracious and yet you're interacting with other people. michelle obama, the change, there she is laughing with the clintons and then the trump's arrive, and well, she's much more somber. >> i think michelle obama set a standard for class in a situation here. she's been on the book tour and writes in her book about how she'd really never forgive president trump about putting her family in jeopardy. >> she chose not to smile. >> she chose not to smile, but she leaned over, shook his hand, said good morning. she kept it sort of polite and classy and benefitting a ceremony where i think honor and grace and dignity were kind of the calling cards there. and she met his eyes and she set
4:32 pm
that standard. but the reality is that you come outside of a church, come outside of a day like this and the reality is you don't -- >> you can't undo what's been done. >> and you don't find a current sitting president that's living up to the aspirations that i think scott described. it's very hard to find common ground with someone who as this president isn't interested in serving -- >> as you hear talk about 2020, president trump and hillary clinton did not say hello to each other. i don't know how anyone would be able to bury that hatchet. there's only so far people can go. how uncomfortable do you think this was for her? >> oh, she's been threw a lot worse. the fact donald trump didn't want to reach over and shake her hand isn't going to cause her to lose any sleep. her thoughts are with the bush family.
4:33 pm
it would have been a little awkward frankly if president george w. bush personally shook every hand and -- >> she knew very well the camera was on her in that moment and it was something, you know, she would certainly think through kind of going into it, and she made a conscious decision in wanting to look straight ahead and keep it to them. >> i think you've got to acknowledge it. they all knew exactly they were going to be on camera and what was going down. i want to play president george w. bush speaking about his father. >> he showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country. >> obviously that was meant from
4:34 pm
the heart and he meant what he said, and yet in the context we are in now it is hard not to hear a double meaning. >> absolutely. look, the president -- president bush wrote this eulogy surely, you know, probably weeks or months ago. we don't know how long before, and he wanted it to be a tribute to his father. he didn't want it to be picked over and analyzed and coded. but the reality is when you're in that church and hearing those words and thinking about a president who really felt called to service, that it was duty, honor, country and you'll see a sitting first incumbent president who very much has made so many issues and politics and enemies about himself and how he is treated and how he is making america great again. the discordant nature is hard to miss. >> you know, i think president bush wrote this eulogy today with only one person in mind,
4:35 pm
and that was his father. we can all try to read into things, different messages but at the end of the day this unique american relationship between a president and his father, also a president. and also president bush essentially knowing he someday will also live through this moment. very few of us have this knowledge of -- >> they're all sitting there knowing what someone is saying about them, what their moment will be like. certainly that includes president george w. bush and -- >> as you hear these eulogies and in president bush's speech today you can't help but think his message is what you would want someone to say about you, which is the office is bigger than anyone sitting in that pew. the country, the future, what we all stand for as americans and what we aspire to be as human beings, it's not about us individually. it's about something much bigger
4:36 pm
than that. that's what i heard in the eulogy today, and that's what george w. bush was always good at, putting these ideals ahead of individual wants or selfish political desires. and next president trump scrambling to calm the markets after they tanked because of his braggadocious tweets. and plus a top democrat calling for hearing on voter fraud in north carolina. we now have a development on the ground. our drew griffon investigating. we'll be right back. news producer, executive transport manager, and a beverage distribution supervisor. now i'm a director at a security software firm. wow, you've been at it a long time. thing is, i like working. what if my retirement plan is i don't want to retire? then let's not create a retirement plan. let's create a plan for what's next. i like that. get a plan that's right for you. td ameritrade. ♪
4:37 pm
4:38 pm
4:39 pm
4:40 pm
tonight president trump says he's not naive. the president trying to contain the damage after the market -- on his china tariffs. even though there's no deal to brag about yet. the president saying on twit, quote, very strong signals being sent by china once they returned home from their long trip including stops from argentina. not to sound naive or anything, but i believe president xi met every word of what he said at our long and hopefully historic meeting. all subjects discussed. this comes after the dow suffered one of its largest point drops in history after the president called himself a tariff man, threatened to increase tariffs again, and bragged china was giving up more than he was giving up.
4:41 pm
congressman, i appreciate your time. look, you've been very involved with all of this because your state, of course, is feeling the brunt of some of these tariffs. when the president says not to be naive, is he being naive to say he trusts the chinese president at his word with no signed deal? >> of course. this gets back to what i think ronald reagan said, which should be bipartisan in its implications and applications is trust but verify. i mean, there's no way you should deal with the chinese without anything but suspicion. they steal our intellectual property, they cheat on most trade laws. they're a very difficult partner to negotiate with regard to the global trading regime. you should not trust them one inch until something is signed and implemented and even then you've got to watch them like a hawk to make sure they're not cheating. >> on this, though, you're criticizing china and the
4:42 pm
president does this as well. he's the one saying all this intellectual property and thievery going on. when he says on twitter i have this deal, they're going to get rid of their tariffs on cars, were you supportive of him? you would support him and celebrate him if that were true, right? >> any trade law that's going to benefit companies in the united states and workers importantly in the united states, i'm going to be all for. but the problem with the president's strategies is there is no grand strategy here. we don't even know what direction we're moving in with china, and he's not making any investments on the domestic side with education, research, the tax code that are going to allow us to grow and industries to compete with china. i heemean, china's putting hunds of billions of dollars behind renewable energy, artificial
4:43 pm
intelligence, all of these industries growing at 25% to 30% a year, the united states is standing still on these issues. so part of its trade, part of its fair rules that we all need to abide by. but it's also about domestic? vestments that are going to make us a competitive country and the president has dropped the ball on that. >> today you met with the ceo of general motors, which is where much of this started with. now, you know, part of the reason for those mass layoffs general motors has said over the past two months is the tariffs. she said that over the summer. she had met with the president immediately after these mass layoffs were announced. you met with her in person. did she say anything about that meeting? did he threaten, what did he say to her? >> she didn't share anything about her meeting with the president, but what she did say was that basically the instability, i mean that's part of the problem here. you're going to have policy disagreements on issues that
4:44 pm
affect the auto industry or the steel industry or any other industry. the reality is you've got to have a long-term plan that companies could at least have some standardization, at least understand what the rules of the road are going to be like moving forward. and that's really the problem with the president. one day the tariffs are on, next day the tariffs are off. one day the chinese are our friend, the next day they're our enemy. what is it, and what could companies like general motors look at the field and say, okay, we have some certainty here so we can make investments. and that's part of why the trump presidency brings a lot of chaos to the market, up and down, left and right, we don't know what direction we're going because quite frankly the president doesn't know what direction he's going in. >> congressman, thank you for your time tonight. >> thanks, erin. and next calls for an emergency hearing on alleged voter fraud in north carolina as we learn new details about the ballots that are now part of a criminal investigation. plus at this moment former
4:45 pm
president george h.w. bush in houston, his body lying in repose after an emotional and touching day right now at st. martin's episcopal church in houston. hoices. jim! you're in! but when you have high blood pressure and need cold medicine that works fast, the choice is simple. coricidin hbp is the #1 brand that gives powerful cold symptom relief without raising your blood pressure. coricidin hbp. (man) don't ...go...down...oh, no! aaaaballooned your car. call meeeee! (burke) a fly-by ballooning. seen it, covered it. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪
4:46 pm
don't you get the one of those travel sites? they tell you that, but when you book at, you get the price match guarantee. so if you find your room at a lower rate, hilton is like... we're gonna match that rate and give you an extra 25% off. what would travel sites do if you found a better price? that's not my problem, it's your problem. get outta here! whoa, i really felt that performance. it's just acting, i'm really good at it. book at and get the hilton price match guarantee. if you find a lower rate, we match it and give you 25% off that stay. i'm ray and i quit smoking with chantix. i tried cold turkey, i tried the patch. they didn't work for me. i didn't think anything was going to work for me until i tried chantix. chantix, along with support, helps you quit smoking. chantix reduced my urge to smoke. i needed that to quit.
4:47 pm
when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. some people had changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, or suicidal thoughts or actions with chantix. serious side effects may include seizures, new or worse heart or blood vessel problems, sleepwalking or allergic and skin reactions which can be life-threatening. stop chantix and get help right away if you have any of these. tell your healthcare provider if you've had depression or other mental health problems. decrease alcohol use while taking chantix. use caution when driving or operating machinery. the most common side effect is nausea. i can't tell you how good it feels to have smoking behind me. talk to your doctor about chantix. to have smoking behind me. touch shows how we really feel. but does psoriasis ever get in the way? embrace the chance of 100% clear skin with taltz... the first and only treatment of its kind offering people with moderate to severe psoriasis a chance at 100% clear skin. with taltz, up to 90% of people quickly saw
4:48 pm
a significant improvement of their psoriasis plaques. don't use if you're allergic to taltz. before starting, you should be checked for tuberculosis. taltz may increase risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them. tell your doctor if you have an infection, symptoms, or received a vaccine or plan to. inflammatory bowel disease can happen with taltz, including worsening of symptoms. serious allergic reactions can occur. ready for a chance at 100% clear skin? ask your doctor about taltz.
4:49 pm
breaking news. a top democrat on the house oversight committee tonight demanding an emergency hearing on alleged voter fraud in north carolina's ninth congressional district race. this as cnn learns the absentee ballots in cession are part of an active criminal investigation. i want to go to drew griffon. he's obviously on the ground there, and drew, i know you've got new reporting just coming in here. what is it? >> reporter: yeah, the political operative at the center of this investigation's name is mccray dallas. he was paid to get out the absentee vote in this congressional race. we've done some digging on him. it turns out that mccray dallas has been involved or hired by six different campaigns since 2010, paid a teotal of $23,000, erin, and get this in almost every single race he's been involved with, his candidate has got a disproportionately large amount of absentee ballots in
4:50 pm
his home county. now he's at the stcenter of thi fraud investigation that could overturn the district race for district 9. the voting irregularities and include possible vote fraud that could have affected the outcomes in three elections. among the allegations, more than a thousand absentee ballots from likely democratic voters were gathered and destroyed. >> you're looking at several thousand or approximately 2,000 absentee ballot requests from this most recent election, about 40% of those it appears at this point may not have been returned. >> reporter: lauren freeman, the district attorney for wake county, north carolina, was sent this letter back in january by the district attorney of bladen county asking for help to investigate voter fraud allegations and plausible false statements to effect election
4:51 pm
outcomes allegedly perpetrated by mcrae dallas. dallas is this man. a political operative hired by republican congressional candidate mark harris. harris won the 9th district race in a squeaker, just 905 votes. but that vote count is now in doubt because the operation run by mccrae dallas could have affected more than a thousand of the votes. freeman says her office and north carolina state bureau of investigation are also looking at these hundreds of absentee ballots which were cast but with suspicious witness signatures on them. a second part of the alleged scheme where absentee ballots were only partially filled out by voters then gathered up unsealed allowing political operatives working for the republican to fill in the rest. >> does it appear that there was a scheme for one or a couple or a group of people to stamp a bunch of ballots the way they wanted to stamp them and send them in?
4:52 pm
>> i think this, again, is a matter that is very much under investigation. those are the types of allegations that we are reviewing currently. >> reporter: voters like aubrey atkinson say mccrae dallas actually showed up at his door to help him fill in his absentee ballot. >> you know how to get them to spell it out to me because i can't read and write. >> reporter: he can't remember who he voted for. lacey allison had help, too, he remembers voting for sheriff but not for congress. what about the congressional race? a guy named harris and a guy named mccare. >> i don't remember which one, but i do remember those two names. >> reporter: erin, mark harris, the republican candidate who won the election, denies any involvement of any wrongdoing in all this. as for that man, mccrae dallas, he continues to ignore all of our calls. erin? >> all right. thank you very much, drew. as drew continues there on the ground. and next, former president george h.w. bush's funeral, as right now his body is in repose
4:53 pm
in houston for the night. today the ceremony filled with some poignant but also humorous moments. ♪ be right back. with moderate to severe crohn's disease, i was there, just not always where i needed to be. is she alright? i hope so. so i talked to my doctor about humira. i learned humira is for people who still have symptoms of crohn's disease after trying other medications. and the majority of people on humira saw significant symptom relief and many achieved remission in as little as 4 weeks. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. before treatment, get tested for tb. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you've had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. don't start humira if you have an infection.
4:54 pm
be there for you, and them. ask your gastroenterologist about humira. with humira, remission is possible. whenshe was pregnant,ter failed, in-laws were coming, a little bit of water, it really- it rocked our world. i had no idea the amount of damage that water could do. we called usaa. and they greeted me as they always do. sergeant baker, how are you? they were on it. it was unbelievable. having insurance is something everyone needs, but having usaa-
4:55 pm
now that's a privilege. we're the baker's and we're usaa members for life. usaa. get your insurance quote today.
4:56 pm
unstopand it's strengthenedting place, the by xfi pods,gateway. which plug in to extend the wifi even farther, past anything that stands in its way. ...well almost anything. leave no room behind with xfi pods. simple. easy. awesome. click or visit a retail store today.
4:57 pm
president george h.w. bush right now lying in repose. that is the family's church in houston. and what you are seeing now live is marking the end of the day filled with many touching moments, and also some laughter. here's jamie gangel. >> reporter: today, washington says good-bye to president george h.w. bush. every living u.s. president, royalty, world leaders, politicians, and dear friends at the national cathedral. a ceremony filled with tears and laughter. >> as dana carvey said, the key to a bush 41 impersonation is mr. rogers trying to be john wayne. >> reporter: former senator simpson, a longtime friend, recalled how bush helped him during a crisis. >> he reached out to me while
4:58 pm
i'm tangled in rich controversy, and taking me lumps and he said, yep. there were staff members, al, who teld old me not to do this,, well, this is about friendship and loyalty. >> reporter: brian maroney, former canadian prime minister, praised bush's leadership as the cold war came to an end. >> no occupant of the oval office was more courageous, more principled and more honorable than george herbert walker bush. >> reporter: the son eulogized his father. >> to us, he was close to perfect, but not totally perfect. his short game was lousy. he wasn't exactly fred astaire on the dance floor. the man couldn't stomach vegetables. especially broccoli.
4:59 pm
and by the way, he passed these genetic defects along to us. >> reporter: and praised him for teaching him how to lead in public life and in private. >> through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have. and in our grief, i just smile knowing that dad is hugging robin and holding mom's hand again. >> reporter: and a final departure from washington for the 41 st president. aboard the same 747 he used while in office. taking him home to texas for the last time. tonight's special air mission 41 has landed back in texas. there will be a final memorial tomorrow and former president george h.w. bush will be laid to
5:00 pm
rest at his presidential library. erin? >> all right, jamie, thank you so very much. thanks to all of you for joining us. "a.c. 360" starts now. good evening from washington. five current and former presidents sat under the same roof today in the same church pew to remember the life of a sixth former president. today's funeral services for george h.w. bush provided some rare and welcome moments of majesty and grace and gentle good humor. we'll show you some of the highlights tonight, but even those few rays of sun light were set against a gathering storm and more action by robert mueller and his team. last night's sentencing memo, robert mueller's case against michael flynn, raised tantalizing questions including questions we didn't even know to ask. even if it reads a bit like a 13-page mystery novel, there's enough there even in the pattern of what's blacked out that speaks loudly to some very savvy people about major developments ahead.