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and i said "yes" to linzess. ask your doctor about linzess. ♪ ♪ the democrats' impeachment push is moving quickly. >> two of the most central players in the relationship with ukraine is putting the chief of staff at the center of the scandal. sources tell cnn that they're in talks with the three committees leading the inquiry leading to it. >> it's not been discussed in testimony so far. >> it's a hoax. it's like the russian witch hunt. >> president trump travels to his third sporting event in recent weeks. the game between lsu and alabama university is a chance to prove he's still a fan favorite. >> i love alabama. i'm going to go watch a very
good football game. take a nice deep breath. you made it. i'm christi paul. glad to have you here. >> and i'm martin savidge. we have new details on the impeachment inquiry. newly released transcripts place acting white house chief of staff mick mulvaney directly at the center of the scandal now. >> meantime the attorney for john bolton is teasing lawmakers and the white house about what the national security adviser knows about the scandal. he says bolton has personal knowledge and relevant information that has not been disclosed. >> and like most americans, president trump is going to be watching college football today. he's headed to tuscaloosa for the showdown between lsu and alabama. this is his third major sport event in just the past two weeks. i want to go straight to cnn correspondent kristin holmes
right now at the white house talking about the very latest transcripts that were released. they may not be good news obviously for acting chief of staff mick mulvaney. what are you hearing this morning, kristin, and good morning. >> good morning, christie and martin. you're right. this is not good news. this comes the same day as he defied the house to show up and testify and then you get this document dump that comes from two important testimonies here. were from white house expert fiona hill and the white house national ukrainian expert lieutenant colonel alexander vindman. they paint mulvaney as being at the center of all of this. i want to read to you from fiona hill's testimony here because she lays it out well. she said sondland in front of ukrainians as i came in was talking about how he had an agreement with chief of staff mulvaney with a meeting with
ukrainians if they were going to go forward with investigation. so clearly here, laying out this blatant quid pro quo with mulvaney at the center. so what happens now? we learned late last night that mulvaney has actually tried to join a lawsuit saying that he wants a federal court to decide whether or not he'll testify. he wants the court to tell him whether he should be testifying when the white house says he shouldn't speak or the subpoenas. >> kristin, wondering if gordon sondland is being set up as the fall guy. president trump once called him a great american and now he says i hardly know him, yet he was a very close associate of the president. >> very close associate of the president. and fiona hill said sondland told her president trump put him in charge of the ukraine. now he says he barely knows the gentleman. this is part of the narrative that the president continues to spin. remember michael cohen, his long-time fixer, he said he was
barely with him and he was a y lawyer who wasn't with him and only worked part time. president trump tries to pants a narrative in saying he's not doing anything wrong and if something wrong was being done he didn't know about it and barely knows the people who were doing it and he continues this yesterday when he spoke to reporters and continued the narrative that he wasn't concerned about any of this testimony. take a listen. >> i'm not concerned about anything. the testimony has all been fine. i mean for the most part, i have never even heard of these people. i have no idea who they are. they're some very fine people. you have some never-trumer eper. it seems that nobody has any firsthand knowledge. there is no firsthand knowledge. all that matters is one thing, the transcript. and the transcript is perfect. >> okay. so the transcript is perfect, no surprise there. that's what he continues to say. i want to correct the pretsiden
on one thing. lieutenant colonel vindman was on the call and so he is somebody who had firsthand floj. >> he is. and when the president says he's not worried. is there any concern over john bolton because he says he's got information about ukraine that has not been disclosed thus far, but he's only going to talk if the court makes him. >> right. that's right, christie. so this is a really key development here. on thursday bolton was supposed to testify. he didn't show up. the house didn't subpoena him. here's why. they didn't want to tie up the entire impeachment process in court proceeding because bolton made it clear he wasn't going to testify unless the court said he had to. then yesterday, a letter from the lawyer. i'm going to just read part of it. it essentially says there was something bolton knew that had already been revealed, but this is the key part. as well as many relevant meetings and conversations that
have not yet been discussed. and the only way to really describe this here is that, you know, that shocked eye emoji. it's clearly a tantalizing tease here. it means a couple of things and putting democrats in hard spot. we know two things about the democrats. they want this process to be speedy. they do not want to drag this out. so now they're going to have to make a choice because if this goes to court and if they let the courts decide, this is going to prolong this process, making it much longer thain had hoped for or anticipated. >> yeah. that is something they do not want to do. thank you. good to see you. public hearings will kick off wednesday on capitol hill. republicans have complained for weeks the inquiry was going on behind closed doors and then there were guidelines for the public phase. now president trump says there should be no public hearings.
>> they shouldn't be having public hearings. this is a hoax. it's like the russian witch hunt. this is just a continuation. >> our legal analyst and former state prosecutor ali hoenig with us this morning. good to see you. how damaging is it? >> the revelations we got late this week about mulvaney were extremely important. mick mulvaney we now know is a central witness and he was essentially involved in the with holding of the aid. that was the thing that came through yesterday. one of the things we steerting to see and he hinted to this in the audio we heard, he said, no firsthand information. we had the information. it didn't involve me, but now we have the chief of staff, the
person closest to the chief of staff essentially speaking, involved in this. we need to hear from mm-hmm mississippi. by the way, mick mulvaney can testify if he wants. mr. tin have come forward. he's hiding, and the question is why. >> what do you think of mick mulvaney saying, hey, i've got information but i'll only testify under court order. >> he's playing games and he should not. if you're a public official, you've been entrusted with important responsibilities and if you have information, you have a duty to come forward. i don't know what kind of game he's playing here. he has every ability to come forward. house democrats should make a decision. i think they should go to court and try to force him to come in, but also as we just discussed, they need to move quickly. they're under a timeline, but they should do both. they should continue with taylor and kent and owe van evangelism
he's the guy, if you remember, he said, this is not okay, i'm stopping this, i'm not playing political games. he was willing to call out the wrong. why isn't he doing now. >> jim jordan is going to be there as a republican asking these questions. how do you see what's going to happen this week play out now that he's in that space? >> yeah. i don't have any problem with the republicans moving jim jordan in this committee to be in the lead. i think they're entitled to put anyone on this. jim jordan is a bomb thrower, he likes to turn the tables and play the what-aboutism. his strategy is distraction and diversion. when you're hearing it, you want the focus on what the person did and the actual evidence, and what you're fighting against a lot of times is how about this, look over here, look over there. i think he's going to try to
invoke hunter biden and joe biden, things not relevant to what the president himself did in relation to ukraine. >> all right. elie honig, thanks for your insight. thanks for being here. >> thanks, christi. if you thought all of this week was head-spinning, just wait. this is a chance for witnesses to paint a vivid picture of the ukraine scandal and potential wrongdoings by president trump. >> yeah, on wednesday lawmakers will question the top officials on ukraine, that's bill taylor. he'll be followed by george kent and on friday former ambassador to ukraine marie yovanovitch, she will testify. excerpts from a new book are painting the president as inept, erratic, and a danger to the country. we'll take a closer look at the book that's offering chilly insight into the white house. and the president's reaching
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we're learning new details about a book. >> if you didn't know it, it's called "a warning" and painting a chilling picture inside the white house. brian todd has the details for us. >> reporter: his top officials would wake up in a full-blown panic over his tweets. working for donald trump is like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your uncle rung pantsless across the courtyard cursing about the cafeteria food as worried attendants tried to catch him. "a warning" written by a trump official. experts say it will drive the president crazy. >> donald trump as we know is pretty loyalty-obsessed, and he is in particular concerned with
this idea that -- of treachery inside the white house. this is a moment where trump is going to be particularly worried that he's surrounded by people he fundamentally can't trust. >> reporter: the author is the same unnamed person who wrote an op-ed in "the new york times" last year claiming to be part of a so-called resistance to trump within the white house ranks. it's not clear if the person is still working for the president or has left. according to the "post" senior officials had considered resigning en masse last year if quo quote, "might self-massacre." >> it would have underscored and made very real one of the big concerns about this and they're concerned about his erratic behavior. >> reporter: they decided not to
leave ebb mass believing it would leash the government in danger. the author says trump once spoke with a hispanic accent in the oval office to make fun of migrants crossing the border and when discussing women, quote, he comments on makeup. he makes jokes about weight. he critiques clothing, he uses words like sweetie and honey. >> that's kind of the amazing thing about donald trump. he makes racist remarks in private and he makes racist remarks in public. he says anti-women things in private and in public. >> reporter: one trump biographer warns the pushback won't stop there. >> god help you if you occupy an important position in service to the president and you evidence any lack of loyalty. he's going to come after you hard, and there's no threat that
he won't make. >> reporter: last year when that same author published the anonymous op-ed, the white house went on a mole hunt, a furious hunt to out that person. analysts say that's likely going on as well, but according to the "post" the author plans to reveal his or her identity in due course. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> brian, thank you. facebook say they are removing any content possibly mentioning the whistle-blower's name, but twitter, not so much. we have details on that. plus, the eastern u.s. is getting hit with an early taste of winter as millions wake up to pretty extremely -- pretty extremely -- that's an overstatement -- cool temperatures. that's a warmup for the cooldown to come. discovered the pd-l1 pathway. pd-l1. they changed how the world fights cancer. blocking the pd-l1 protein, lets the immune system attack,
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newly released transcripts place acting chief of staff mick mulvaney at the center of the ukraine scandal. >> and the attorney for john bolton says the former national security adviser has personal knowledge of relevant information that hasn't been disclosed yesterday. cnn's tom foreman has president trump's take on where the impeachment inquiry is headed. >> this is a hoax. it's a disgraceful thing. it's a witch hunt.
it's a crooked deal. >> reporter: against an ever-growing army of witnesses raising alarm about the ukraine scandal, president trump is throwing haymakers. >> for the most part, i never even heard of these people. i have no idea who they are. >> reporter: dismissing the claims. >> shifty shift is a corrupt politician. >> reporter: at the capitol the allegations of presidential misconduct continue gaining momentum. in a dramatic dismissal in earlier statements, gordon sondland now says he recalls telling the ukrainians resumption of u.s. military aid would likely not occur until ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement we have been discussing. in other words, another top diplomat bill taylor says he was told for the white house to release the military aid it was with holding from ukraine, the
ukrainian president would have to go to the microphone and say his opening investigation into joe biden in 2016 election interference. >> everyone agrees the president's shakedown of the ukrainian government. >> reporter: over witnesses raised their own concerns about the transactional nature of the infamous call between the president and the ukrainian president. an aid to vice president mike pence said the call was not normal but political. a state department official accused the president's lawyer rudy giuliani of waging a campaign of lies against the u.s. ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch, to get her removed from her post and out of the way. >> get over it. there's going to be influence in foreign policy. >> reporter: alexander vindman
said he understood acting white house chief of staff mick mulvaney was coordinating a trade. ukraine would launch the investigations in exchange for meeting trump. sondland just said he had a conversation with mr. mulvaney and this was what was required in order to get a meeting. mulvaney like others said he won't testify, his lawyers citing absolute immunity. republicans howell for the whistle-blower to trigger the probe to be unmasked, the whistle-blower's lawyer sent the president a lawyer deanimaling he stop attacking his client. it didn't take. >> the whistle-blower is a disgrace to our country. he should be sued and maybe for treason. >> i don't mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb. >> reporter: at a trump rally, jabs at democratic speaker of the house nancy pelosi drew huge
cheers, but closer to the hearing rooms as evidence mounts, republican lawmakers are mostly dodging questions about the president's behavior, and when they try to explain it, well -- >> what i can tell you about the trump policy toward ukraine, it was incoherent. it depends on who you talk to. they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo. >> reporter: the response from democrats -- >> it's extraordinary. the only thing missing in lindsey graham's defense is an insanity plea, which actually might work better than an incompetence plea. >> reporter: and the president -- >> and despite all that, we're kicking their ass. >> reporter: precisely who is kicking whom is debatable, but this is not the full contact politics. it will only get more intense when the impeachment hearings go public next week. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> there's no doubt about that. meanwhile people on facebook have decided to remove any mention of the potential ukraine
whistle-blower. both say it violated their harm policy. >> this comes after right wing media advocates said they had the name. when asked if twitter will tame is same action, a twitter spokesman said tweeting the name is not a violation of the rules. coming up, the new campaign has launched to appeal to black voters. and a reminder. former vice president joe biden takes questions from voters live in iowa in a cnn presidential town hall. cnn's erin burnett moderates. tune in monday at 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. #17... too many after-parties. new neutrogena® bright boost with dullness-fighting neoglucosamine. boosts cell turnover by 10 times for instantly brighter skin. bright boost neutrogena®.
it was 30 years ago the world witnesses one of the most, i'd have to say, seismic moments of the 20th century. that's the fall of the berlin wall, a barrier that divided the city for 28 years. >> this morning leaders gathered in berlin to mark the historic moment including angela merkel. you see her there. she helped light candles. >> it between between the communist east and capitalist west. here's what the world watched play out on tv that november, 1989. ♪
>> reporter: it was the largest demonstration in east german history. the main square was carpeted with a half million people. the city virtually came to a standstill. >> the top story. the iron curtain between east germany and west berlin came tumbling down. they announced they're opening its borders to allow citizens go anywhere they wish. the future of the berlin wall is now up in the air. >> they've taken a symbolic sledge hammer to that wall. it's conceivable now that the real walls will be brought out on that wall. there's just no longer any point of it being there, a prospect that no one could have predicts a year ago or even a month ago. >> reporter: this is a city that's been divided for the last 28 years, but now it's come together, east and west, in a
spontaneous burst of emotion. this could be the first move to dismantling the berlin wall that has stood as the most painful symbol of a dae provided germany since it was built in 1961. >> one after another, drivers and passengers alive say they plan to use their free don in west germany to take a look at how the other half lives. >> every east german coming to the west receive 100 marks, about $50. west german businesses are staying open around the clock to not only have a chance to spend their money but take home goods. hundreds of thousands swarm the streets of west berlin. it was like a sea of people. >> this morning there was a new hole made. yesterday it was the bridge that opened up to. many of us these are just place names, but what signal do these places send to the german people. >> it was the times square of berlin before the war. i was on the bridge yesterday,
and i have never seen more grown men with tears in my eyes than any time in my life. >> reporter: they don't want to live their home, jobs, and families to live in the west. the question is whether it's whetted their appetite for not a little change, but a lot. they hope to dismantle things that signal symbols of their past. the doctors, engineers, and scientists needed to rebuild the country's future. >> and the eastern u.s. meanwhile getting hit with some winter weather already. right now there are about 30 million of you under freeze warnings. just walk out the door. you don't need me to tell you that. its going to get even colder by monday. >> i was out there yesterday pulling all the plants into the garage. cnn's allison chinchar tracking this for us. how far are we going to go.
>> it's more like january than november. take a look at the temperatures. these all broke records. rut land, vermont, ithaca norm, even baltimore, maryland. we have another cold blast, even colder. it's going affect the entire eastern half of the country. the majority at or below freezing. the other thing to know, with that cold air in place, it ooh going bring a majority of snow because that cold air will be in place. in fact, we're talking snow potentially as far south as nashville about tennessee. then even accumulating snow farther to the north especially along interior new england. several inches before this system finally exits. here's a look at that map as you can see. that's 4, 5, if not 6 inches. there's some spots that could pick up a foot of snow, especially in the higher
elevations because the cold temperatures will be in place. the cold temperatures we talk about, there's going to be a lot of them and a lot of potential records. over 240 potential records in the upcoming week. how cold is it going to get? that's going to be the key over the next couple of days. sure, it could be a couple of degrees below average or significantly below average. this is a look. 40s. highs 206s by the middle of the upcoming week. again, you go farther down to the south, in texas, a state you think of as being very warm, here's a look at dallas going from near 70s today and tomorrow. martin and christi, highs in the low to mid-40s by the middle of the upcoming week. >> all righty. alislison chinchar, bundled up. >> thank you. we have incredible video to show you out of australia. firefighters are struggling to contain what they call unprecedent deadly brushfires. take a look at this. i mean this is what they're
driving through. it's an absolute inferno on both sides of them. >> it's amazing they're making it through. it's playing out in wales. there are three dead, others missing, and officials say at least 100 homes have been destroyed. coming up next, courting the black vote. why president trump is turning to african-americans to build the coalition in 2020. ( ♪ ) the enchanted disney fine jewelry collection. with exclusive bridal styles at zales, the diamond store.
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>> the president unveiling a new campaign. less than a year from the 2020 election. he's making a pitch to african-american voters specifically. >> the president right here in atlanta, he was launching black voices for trump. that's a coalition of african-americans to support president trump. he hopes to improve the numbers next november. >> joining us now, richard rose and bruce lavelle. gentlemen, thank you both for being here. >> thanks for having us. >> you were at the event last night, bruce. what did you see? >> it was awesome. it was just exciting. first of all, i was glad for him to come down to hotlanta. he plans do many more stops around the country. it was jam packed. i wish he had a bigger venue. we had a lot of folks who
couldn't get in. there's a lot of excitement in the president asking, hey, i want this, i want this vote, i want to -- as he was saying, he was promoting the opportunity zones. he was a leader and game-changer in the step one act, which is a nonpartisan way to approach it. >> that did start in the obama administration, but he continued it, yes. >> and we closed deal. >> and you closed the deal, just to clarify. >> a collaborative effort. just the fact that it's the lowest black unemployment rate since 1972 and we plan to get it much lower. interesting on that note, i remember being in the trump tower in 2015 and we were with a lot of them. he said, we have to get the unemployment down. this is what he said in 2015. and also to create generational wealth, small business, black business, black business owners like myself, he wants that. there's a disconnect especially in black communities.
>> let's bring in richard. how does that wring ring through for you? >> the president is sort of like a president who shows up for thanksgiving dinner. he didn't buy the turkey, he didn't cook, he didn't buy the fixings or the house, and he took credit for it. those credits went down under the obama administration, but they still remain higher. 7.5% is the black unemployment rate and it doesn't compute the black unemployment rate. so that's the boasting of a person who didn't have anything to do with the effects of it. he just happened to be sissing in the chair. >> let's listen to the president if we could from just last sunday in this campaign to try to connect with black voters. >> and i did criminal justice
reform. nobody else. i did it. that was to the african machineries more than anybody else, and so i think by standing in the african-american community is maybe the best. >> he says it's maybe the best, richard. what is his standing in the black community as you've seen it? >> we take the words of some of the republicans. it's the racist who calls this president the racist. it's lindsey graham who said he was racist, xenophobic, and a religious bigot. we can't disagree with that. the policies of this administration including not enforcing consent decrease, not enforcing for consent orders that were voluntary as it relates to police brutality all over this country, his administration has rolled back
the gains we have made under the obama administration, and for us, it's not just democrat or republican. racism in america has been bipartisan and the naacp has been fighting. we speak out on policies. i've known numerous black republicans, but they don't ascribe to racism. >> bruce, let me ask you real quick here on this question. the president has some things which he can point to with the african-american community, but then there's the personality side of this president, and i believe this is actually sort of what you were alluding to, richard. he has been criticizing the squad for women of color, he went after elijah cummings in maryland. in charlottesville where a woman was kill and a white supremacist did did the killings, and he said it's on both siesd and he goes on to describe the entire
continent of african-americans. >> martin, i have to respectfully disagree and to give you the numbers on unemployment, it's 5.4. it owes going to get better. >> it's 7.5. >> no, sir. >> i think we have the actually unemployment rate. we can show you how it breaks down under the obama administration. yeah. it's 5.4%. but the most significant decrease came under the obama administration. >> look. at the end of the day t president gets the credit good or bad. let's just agree he's doing better for all americans. i have to keep putting this in perspective. it is essential and vital to build black generational wealth back. opportunity zones is a magnificent tool. it's one of the best tools we have. we can get better, yes. but when you go to an
african-american community, ask yourself, who owns the grocery store, the gas stations. i'm one of the largest jewelry store owners in the country. i'm african-american. >> the dream -- >> wait a minute. i didn't interrupt you, sir. respectfully. >> we only have a minute left. >> this is about restoring and putting back black wealth to grow. it's a win/win to grow. >> you have to resonate. >> the numbers don't lie, christi. >> here are the numbers. the president in august of 2016 he said at the end of four years i guarantee you i'll get over 59% of the african-american vote. in the latest quinnipiac poll, he has 10% and 80% believe he's racist. >> is that the same race they said hillary would win? >> 80% of black voters believe he is a racist. >> no. that's an unfair statement.
that's unfair. >> it's in a poll. it's in the poll. >> the man has been out there for 40-plus years, christi. all of a sudden he announces a run for president and he's racist. >> we've got to let richard have a voice here. >> he was a racist before he announced his race for president. >> that's not true. >> he called execution for the central park five who were found to be innocent and he still has not apologized for that. >> let me ask you a question. would an apology from president trump be believed by the black community? >> absolutely not. >> he's so untrooktfuuthful, ho you believe anything he says. >> the numbers don't lie. >> that's right. the numbers don't lie. >> we're overtalking here. bruce, let me ask you this, and, richard, the same question. how much do you believe the president was actually targeting african-americans or was more
directed to try to soothe the worried minds of white american voters who feel very bad about supporting a president who talks down to african-americans? >> i'm disagree. look at the cities. look around this great nation, martin. look who's -- >> this is control of an african-american city? which you only had 400 supporters show up. >> and some of the unfortunate disadvantaged cities have been under democratic rule for 30, 40 years, martin. all the president is saying is what do you have to lose? give us a chance. that's all it is. the numbers don't lie. there's a crane in every part of atlanta. there's a revitalization. a black business that's opening up. >> this has nothing to do with this president. none of that has anything to do with this president. all he had to do -- all he had to do was maintain what the
obama administration had started. >> no. if we did that, we would be in a recession. >> now we've got tariffs and trade wars going on. this has been a disaster. economists tell us we're headed for a slowdown because of the actions of the president. >> are we better off now than we were eight years ago? >> eight years ago, he doesn't have anything to do with it. >> oh, please. are we better off now, richard? are we better off now? >> bruce, it's not all about economics, and we have to leave it. >> i'm sorry we have to stop. >> 80% of -- >> but for the voter, a lot of it is about respect anding how you treat people. >> he shows no respect to people of color. >> i disagree. >> bruce, we've got to leave it there. bruce levell and richard rose, we appreciate you both. >> we've got to leave it here. we'll be right back.
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