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they're not happy. we're spending a fortune. >> will the president strike a more conciliatory tone as he faces tensions within nato and impeachment here at home? world leaders will be listening closely and so will we. thanks very much for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >> "outfront" next, breaking news. a major new report out laying out potential articles of impeachment as democrats announce their next public witnesses, plus a minority report. republicans countering with a lengthy rebuttal, claiming president trump didn't do anything wrong. the problem is the key points don't add up and the former fbi attorney that trump loves to attack says she's had it. she's fighting back and breaking her silence. the reporter who interviewed lisa page is my guest. let's go "outfront." >> good evening. i'm erin burn net, "outfront" tonight, the breaking news. the impeachment report is out, released moments ago by the house intelligence committee to members of the committee.
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this report is crucial. it details the evidence that democrats have collected over the past eight weeks, lays the groundwork for the specific articles of impeachment, and frankly, sets the clock ticking on that formal vote to impeach donald trump. in less than 48 hours, the judiciary committee is going to hold its first public impeachment hearing and they of course then are going to be writing formal articles of impeachment. we now know who will be testifying at the public hearing. four impeachment experts, president trump taking to twitter today to protest and his tweet, the do nothing democrats get three constitutional lawyers for their impeachment hoax. they will need them. the republicans get one. oh, that sounds fair. but it's important to note that that tweet is -- doesn't add up. the white house declined to participate in wednesday's hearing. in fact, trump could have had another person there, someone under oath in that hearing representing him and has chosen not to do that. a lot to get to tonight. manu raju is "outfront" live on
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capitol hill. what more are you learning about what's in the democrats' report? there's a crucial report that has now been handed to the full committee to read before it goes to the judiciary committee. >> yeah, members has just been given the opportunity to review this report. starting in the last hour. so they have about 24 hours to do just that. it's expected to detail the findings of this investigation that has laked more than two months, detailing what the democrats believe are abuses of power by the president, his dealings with ukraine and laying out the witness testimony that we saw in two weeks of public hearings and through transcripts of the interviews, the witnesses who were deposed behind closed doors and probably in line with what adam schiff just said in response to the republican report put out earlier today. he said that the report, that the findings of the investigation, quote, more accurately suggest that the president's actions were, quote, outside the law and constitution
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and a violation of his oath of office. so essentially, erin, this report will detail everything they have found and will form the basis of articles of impeachment that would ultimately be considered by the house judiciary committee. and that panel, before more proceedings take place, including a likely vote on articles of impeachment by the end of next week, seems likely. according to democratic sources, before it moves into the full house, likely before christmas, then after that, assuming that the house does vote to make president trump the third american president to be impeached by the house, then that would move to the senate for the trial phase, and that could take some time as republicans see very likely to acquit the president on any charges and not remove him from office, but this week, this report significant because it will lay out everything that has been found in this investigation. it will make the case in the democrats' terms why the president deserves to be removed from office, and we expect it to
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be very detailed, laying out why they believe the president should not have handled ukraine the way he did in leveraging his power against a country that needed u.s. support desperately. >> all right, manu, thank you very much. i want to go to democratic congresswoman eleanor holmes norton. i appreciate your time. what are you looking for in this report? which you may see in hours once the committee approves it. >> well, i think we have had a good understanding of what should be in the report because we had two weeks of open hearings, and we can conclude, i think, that the report will act on what those hearings showed us. and remember what we're dealing with here. this is the prosecutorial side of the impeachment inquiry, and i was on that committee that dealt with that inquiry. the republicans got to be in there just as much as i was. and now we're into prosecuting.
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and that's what you're seeing as i speak. >> so, you know, obviously, republicans have released their own report which they call a rebuttal. i suppose a rebuttal to what you say you know will be in it, the hearings -- >> why don't you call it a prebuttle because we haven't issued ours yet. >> they have 123 pages and several things in there that do not add up when you check them against the facts, but they write this, there is also nothing wrong with asking serious questions about the presence of vice president biden's son on the board of burisma or about ukraine's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. president trump's former homeland security adviser said there were no attempted to influence the election. what's your response to hunter biden? >> there have yet to produce any evidence that hunter biden has been involved at all in anything that has happened here.
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this is a man who went as a private citizen onto a board of a company in ukraine. what does that have to do with whether we should impeach the president? they are just trying to find witnesses to embarrass vice president, former vice president biden, because they see him as the front-runner for the nomination on the democratic side. >> and president trump claims this is unifying the republican party. his tweet today, the republican party has never been more unified. this impeachment scam is just a continuation of the three-year witch hunt, but it is only bringing us even closer together. and look, he has a point here, doesn't he? despite the facts here, despite witness after witness including the president's own million dollar donor saying there was a quid pro quo at the behest of the president of the united states himself, not one republican has said they will vote to impeach. >> actually, we had two democrats who didn't vote with
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us. haven't previously voted with us, but both sides are pretty much dug in. but nobody more than the republicans. unlike the nixon impeachment, where republicans thought for themselves and you had much more of a bipartisan approach to impeachment, here you see impeachment simply mirrors what the house and senate -- sorry, what the house looks like today. a completely polarized house. more polarized than at any time since the civil war. >> look, it's an incredible thing to say, to say it as starkly as you did, since the civil war. because i think it feels that way. it feels that way to people. you know, whatever the facts are, people just go with what their political point of view is now. president trump does have a line of response. obviously, he's saying oh, this is unfair, even though as you know, congresswoman, he could have had his own person in this
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hearing that the judiciary committee is set to hold. he chose not to. that's his choice. but he did say this before he left for london this morning where he is at a nato meeting. here he is. >> the democrats, the radical left democrats, the do-nothing democrats decided when i'm going to nato, this is set up a year ago, that when i'm going to nato, that was the exact time. this is one of the most important journeys that we make as president. >> putting aside the great irony of him saying going to nato is one of the most important journeys of a president when he has questioned the need for nato to exist, does he have a point here? this has been scheduled forever, and democrats are holding an impeachment hearing -- >> isn't that the point? isn't that the point? that the democrats didn't say when will he be out of town. these things happened to coalesce. we're trying to get this done by the end of december. we don't want a run on impeachment. we want a run on all the bills we passed. and have not gotten any credit
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for. because impeachment has been standing in the way. what got us into the house? what got us into the house was what we did on medical care for all americans. and now, we want to go back to that, and we can't go back to that if we're going to spend the whole next year doing exactly what we have done this year. blotting out all of our tremendous accomplishments for impeachment. let's get this over with. by the end of december, then let the senate have their way. by the way, they're controlled by republicans. we're controlled by democrats, so i suppose everybody will be satisfied in the long run. >> all right. thank you very much, congresswoman. i appreciate your time. >> my pleasure. >> next, breaking news. one of rudy giuliani's associates now plans to cooperate with the house intelligence committee. how worried is the president and his lawyer? plus, republicans are counterpunching, releasing a report of their own before the report they're rebutting is even out, but they're ignoring some
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very obvious facts. >> and breaking her silence about trump's attacks on her. >> strzok or his lover lisa page, the two great lovers. >> the writer who sat down with lisa page is "outfront." forget about vacuuming for months. the roomba i7+ with clean base automatic dirt disposal and allergenlock™ bags that trap 99% of allergens, so they don't escape back into the air. if it's not from irobot, it's not a roomba™
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tonight, momentum. a source telling cnn democrats believe they have momentum coming off the house intelligence public hearings. now, democrats in the judiciary committee have now wasted no time. they're going to hold a mock hearing tomorrow morning ahead of their public hearing on wednesday where they put it in front of all of us. this as the house majority leader steny hoyer is officially announced tonight the house will not go on vacation for christmas as planned the week of december 16th. their py're going to stay in sen so final votes will take place on december 20th which paves the way for the 45th president of the united states, president trump, to be impeached before christmas. "outfront" now, david gregory, cnn political analyst.
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dana bash, and ryan goodman, former special counsel at the defense department. david, look, we have had the week of a few days people have been gone for thanksgiving, the house was not in session, obviously, people were working away, but they weren't in session, weren't getting all the publicity from that. do they have the momentum now? >> i don't know if they have political momentum, i really don't. you see how united republicans have remained, how defiant the president has remained. you know, it doesn't seem like much public opinion is moving. i think this was a topic around thanksgiving dinner tables, as people trying to sort through not so much what the facts were, because we knew the story going in. but what do you do with it. i do think there's a debate about okay, is this impeachable? is that the right step forward? so i think what democrats are thinking about right now is is there momentum to be gained by synthesizing all of this, bringing it all home to people
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so they understand it, they understand that it's a clear case. there will be another case, a defense that's made, but can you make the case that all of this adds up to something, high crimed and misdemeanors that should force the removal of the president before a presidential election next year that gives voters that chance. i have always thought that's the biggest obstacle for democrats. why shouldn't republicans say look, if this is so bad, let the voters decide? >> right, spaelths whessentiall are so close. you talk about momentum, there's the raw speed of it. democratic congressman steny hoyer has officially announced,isn't going on resers. they're staying through december 20th when they have their final votes and one would presume an impeachment vote will be on that day. they're really trying to race towards a vote here. >> they are. they have a timeline. there is no room for error, because you have this one hearing this week, one or two next week. and then behind the scenes, of
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course, we know they're beginning, they're keeping close hold on this, they're beginning to craft articles of impeachment. then you have the votes in the committee and then votes on house floor. if past is prologue, each article gets its own debate, its own votes. so steny hoyer saying officially what we already knew, which is that they're going to have to stay to meet that deadline. one good point, i totally agree with david. momentum is in the eye of the beholder. democrats may think they have momentum because they feel they have a clear case. republicans feel the same way. which is what you saw and we'll talk about it in a little bit, but you saw what they laid out in their prebuttle, but it speaks to what they're hearing at home, what they're seeing at polls. and the ata boys people like john kennedy, a senator, of course, are getting from a president when he even, you know, goes back, he flips and flops and goes back to, you
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know, maybe an iteration of a position that he had publicly a couple of weeks ago on the conspiracy theory that ukraine was involved in meddling in the 2016 election. that all speaks to the comfort level that republicans have, voters and constituents with the fact they don't think the president should be impeached and it potentially helps them politically. >> they're being aggressive. we're hours away from the public hearings in the judiciary committee. ee have law professors coming in. but the top republican in the house judiciary committee, doug collins is saying i want to see the intelligence chairman, adam schiff, testify. here's what he said. >> first and foremost, the first person who needs to testify is adam schiff. adam schiff is the author of this report. he's put himself into this position. if he choses not to, i question his veracity and what he's putting in his report. >> they want to force him to talk about the whistleblower which is a moot point because
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what the whistleblower put in the report has been proven by sources who, you know, were not tertiary. so it's a moot point, but they're trying to throw this in the water. like putting chum into the water. is there any chance this happens and what does it mean to the timeline with battles like this going on? >> i think it does just kind of throws mud in the air and makes a lot of noise, but i don't think anything like this is going to materialize. there's no reason for adam schiff to be a witness because the only implication is, as you mentioned, this idea he might have had contact with the whistleblower, and the whistleblower's lawyer has said the whistleblower has never met adam shchiff, and it's irrelevant. once again, what's the whole point of that? if anything, do we really want to go down that path, if adam schiff were there, maybe devin nunes should be there, too. >> then you're in the world of hunter biden. look, david, the lawyer for one of rudy giuliani's associates today, lev par nas, said he wants to work with the house intelligence committee. he wants to talk. that's what we're hearing,
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right? federal prosecutors now have 29 electronic devices connected to the defendants in that case, thousands of documents. these are people who are accused of serious crimes that were, you know, in bed with giuliani when it came to business in ukraine. how worried is giuliani? is the president, about someone like lev parnas at this point? >> well, i think it's a separate concern. i think if you're the president, the most incriminating evidence has come out and he released the partial transcript and said i did it. we're in these unique fact patterns of president trump where he admits what he did right away. it's not a who done it, it's who cares. that's his argument, his defense. and so i think the president ultimately might throw giuliani under the bus if it gets to that. that's where lev parnas could be difficult. it says something about the intelligence committee is still open for business even though they're drafting this report. what this is really about, though, and having these judiciary committee hearings
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where they're bringing in experts on impeachment, it is a show for the public. i don't think the finders of fact in the congress, in the house or the senate, are going to be moved by any of this. the question is, will the public be moved by any of it? and you know, you do have the president on the other side, we should remember our recent history of impeachment. bill clinton used to say during impeachment in the '90s, he went after republicans, and his attack was, they can't beat me with their ideas. so they go to this. they go to my personal life, to other mistakes. >> and it worked. >> and it worked. and it worked. and trump and a very united core of republicans are doing the same here. it's a huge obstacle, but again, the opportunity is to clarify, to synthesize, and to really make a compelling case, which no one is defending the facts on the president's side. >> again, if you know everyone who is going to vote here knows what they're going to do and has paid attention to the hearing so
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if the report is for the american public, they shouldn't do what the republicans do, 123 pages. they have to find a way to make it a lot more clear. i hear your point, it was clear in the transcript, but they have to find a way to thread the needle. i want to talk about the republican report, 123 pages. republicans rallying behind their president. and putting in a whole bunch of stuff that just is completely counterfactual. we'll go through the key points, and she's had enough. a former fbi attorney trashed by president trump is fighting back because of this. >> lisa page, who was forced to leave the fbi, and her lover, peter strzok. >> the reporter who spoke with lisa page is "outfront" tonight. this is the most-awarded minivan three years in a row. the van just talked. sales guy, give 'em the employee price, then gimme your foot. hands-free sliding doors, stow 'n go seats. can your car do this? man, y'all getting a hook up and y'all don't even work here. don't act like i'm not doing y'all a favor. y'all should be singing my praises.
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breaking news. house republicans defending president trump. they have a new 123-page prebuttle to the democratic findings. in it, they argue there's no evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor. so look, it's 123 pages. there's a lot in there, but here are some of the crucial things. at one point, they write, president trump is a deep seated, genuine skepticism of ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption. maybe some people would share that concern, but that's not true of the president. here's what the truth is. >> ambassador soundland agrees the president did not give an explicit about ukraine. i asked why not. he stated the president only cares about big stuff. i noted there was big stuff going on in ukraine. like a war with russia.
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and ambassador sondland replied he meant big stuff that benefits the president, like the biden investigation that mr. giuliani was pushing. >> there's that genuine deep seeded skepticism of corruption. also, the summary of the july 25th, 2019 telephone conversation shows no quid pro quo or indication of conditionality, threats, or pressure. of course, the memo of the phone call, quote, the president of the united states says, i would like you to do us a favor, though. because our country has been through a lot, and crukraine kns a lot about it. continues to talk about the bidens in the context of military aid. that's the summary of the call and that doesn't add up to the republican analysis. and then, quote, the evidence does not establish that president trump withheld a meeting with president zelensky for tpurpose of pressuring ukraine to investigate burisma
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holding,s vice president biden, hunter biden, or ukrainian influence in the 2016. >> was there a quid pro quo? >> as i testified previously, with regard to the requested white house call and the white house meeting, the answer is yes. >> okay. everyone is back with me. so ryan, point by point that we were able to kind of eviscerate those points. those are just three we grabbed out. they don't comport with the facts. how effective is this report, though? >> i think it's not effective. i think they have played their hand, whatever hand they had, and it does have devin nunes and jim jordan's name at the top, and that's for a reason. it's an across the board on every single fact, it's for the president. everything was correct and appropriate for the president and it defies what we learned for the last two weeks in the public hearings. dedefies the fact that three or four trump appointed senior officials reported the phone call itself, criminal referral
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to the justice department. it defies the fact that the gop witness, kurt volker, said in retrospect, he understood it was about biden and the 2020 election and he would have objected if he understood it at the time because it was unacceptable. so i think they lose a lot, because many americans, republicans as well, say they think the president acted inappropriately, but it's not impeachable, but at least it was inappropriate. they get to that point. >> they don't even give you that. it goes against the facts. dana, the republicans are saying -- i'm sorry, this line, it's ridiculous. he's got a deep-seeded genuine and reasonable skepticism of ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption. the history part is true, the president's concern is not. here's the statement from the president himself, okay. just to remind people. we don't even need to go to david holmes saying he overheard the president saying gordon sondland said the president doesn't give a you know what about ukraine. we have the president himself saying what he wanted from
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ukraine. it wasn't about corruption. it was about this. >> what exactly did you hope zelensky would do with the bidens after the phone call? >> i would think if they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the bidens. it's a very simple answer. they should investigate the bidens. >> the president said it himself, dana. and yet, nunes and jordan have come out with a report saying the facts aren't the facts. >> black is white, up is down. i mean, it's -- it's where we are, unfortunately, and this is why, you know, we have such a tribal situation here in washington. and across the country. but they feed on each other. it's tribal in large part because you have reports like this which as you just played so well and showed so well, it just doesn't match with the reality
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that's in front of our face. that the president himself said. so, you know, they took it, this report, you know, maybe not just two steps too far, ten steps too far because they can. because they believe they can get away with it, with the people that they care about, the republican base. and history shows the current state of affairs shows that they're not wrong. >> i mean, this is the thing, david, that is so shocking about it. let me give you another one. okay. again, congressmen nunes and jordan. the evidence does not support president trump orchestrated a shadow foreign policy apparatus for the purpose of pressuring ukraine to investigate burisma, joe biden, hunter biden, or ukrainian influence. they say this factually. here is trump's million dollar donor, his eu ambassador, gordon sondland under oath. >> in response to our persistent efforts in that meeting to change his views, president
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trump directed us to, quote, talk with rudy. mr. giuliani emphasized that the president wanted a public statement from president zelensky committing ukraine to look into the corruption issues. mr. giuliani specifically mentioned the 2016 election, including the dnc server, and burisma as two topics of importance to the president. >> i mean, david, they explicitly say that diant happen, he didn't have rudy giuliani doing this and it had nothing to do with burisma, biden, or ukrainian influence. here it is, talk to giuliani about ukrainian influence and burisma. >> i think a lot of their argument comes down to what was the president's intent. versus what other people thought it was or opinions of others on what the president actually wanted. i think it's so clear based on the president's own words in the july 25th phone call, the sound bite you played from the south
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lawn. the fact that he's the president of the united states, and he's got a newly elected leader who is completely beholden to the united states for existential aid to fight russia on its eastern front, that you will do what the president suggests you should do, and it was to get dirt on biden. all of that is painfully clear. but we're not operating in a court of law. you know, i feel like these reports are meticulously written legal briefs, but then somebody is going to stand up in front of the jury and unlike in a courtroom, there's not a judge wheeze rr going to instruct the jury and charge them with what they have to consider based on the evidence to reach a verdict. here it's the american people. it's completely in the political domain. and this prebuttle goes a long way to kick up dust on this. >> it was written for the court of public opinion, not for the court of law, for all the reasons erin just played. it's so easily, you know, contradicted by facts.
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>> and ryan, to that point, david raises the point, what is the intent of the president? they're trying to get at, and they explicitly do. there is no direct first-hand evidence of any such scheme. the democrats are alleging guilt on the basis of heresy presumptions and speculation. presumptions i think capturing david's point of, well, they are presuming what the president wanted when he said something. what's your response to this argument at this point about heresy? given that we did not hear john bolton or mick mulvaney or mike pompeo or rudy giuliani say what the president told them directly, we have simply heard many other people say what those people told them the president said directly. >> right, even in a court of law, you could convict somebody of a crime off a lot of heresy evidence. there's so much of that evidence that it at some point accumulation. >> the preponderance. >> it's not a criminal proceeding, not beyond a reasonable doubt, and whether or not you send it to the senate for a trial. it seems to easily cross that threshold. we have the phone call itself,
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which is direct evidence. we have testimony by lieutenant colonel vindman who understood it as a demand. sondland said he instructed me i had to work with giuliani and giuliani conveyed his instructions, and mick mulvane asaying get over it, we did commission it to 2016. so that's an overwhelming amount of evidence. that's why judge napolitano on fox news says he thinks it's an overwhelming amount of evidence in favor of impeachment. i think that's what the american public will be presented with, and on wednesday, they'll have constitutional experts explain what the legal standard is. so that they can judge what is an abuse of power. >> i appreciate all of you very much. thank you. and next, an ex-fbi lawyer is speaking out after two years of her silence. the reporter who broke that story is my guest next. and could the m word win votes for joe biden?
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remember, the texts between page and former fbi agent peter strzok revealed the two were having an affair. they were talking about things in the investigation and they were also having an affair. and so president trump has seized upon that and obsessed about it. >> strzok or his lover, lisa page, the two great lovers. if you look at strzok, if you look at his lover, lisa page, his wonderful lover. >> lisa page, who was forced to leave the fbi, and her lover, peter strzok. >> phony people like mccabe and strzok and his lover. you had lisa page, his lover. >> "outfront" now, molly john fact, the daily beast contributor who just interviewed lisa page. she said nothing to anybody. she chose to speak to you and talk about this. today, the president saw your story. >> yeah. >> okay, he slams page, goes on twitter, and the tweet begins, when lisa page, the lover of peter strzok, right? more than 30 tweets, 30 tweets, the president of the united states has sent about lisa page,
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using that word. but she tells you it was this moment that made her choose to speak out now and decide to talk. here's the moment of what he said. >> i love you, peter. i love you, too, lisa. lisa, i love you. lisa, lisa. oh, god, i love you lisa. and if she doesn't win, lisa, we've got an insurance policy, lisa. >> that was the moment, and hat was in october when she said enough is enough. >> yeah. i actually talked to her about two weeks after that. and she -- so part of it was she couldn't defend herself when she was working at the fbi. and so these texts were leaked by the doj. and she -- and there's a lot of reporting about it and there's been foias and you can read all of the whole story, natasha bertrand wrote about it. but what's interesting is then
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she couldn't talk, and the fbi didn't defend her. like, they made it clear they weren't going to put out a statement. and so she was sort of in the wind for like two years. and finally, i sort of found her, and i messaged with her a lot and wrote to her and said, i have written a lot about women's plight under trump and interviewed e. jean carol and other women who have had this experience and i really think i could show the human side of what it's like to be targeted by the president of the united states. >> and i want to be clear, when you say, the doj inspector general concluded that the text messages between page and strzok were inappropriate, right? they said look, this is inappropriate stuff, but, and this but is really important. every american should know about it. they also concluded there was no bias in the agents' work. they're texting things personally, but professionally, there was no evidence of any bias. and page was not afraid her texts were political. here's what she told you. okay, so this is your interview with her. at the end of july in 2017, i'm
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informed by the doj inspector general's office that i'm under investigation for political text messages and honestly, i have no idea what they're talking about. i no recollection. initially, they're very coy about it, they don't tell me much about it. what i do know is my text messages will reveal that i previously had an affair. i'm overwhelmed by dread and embarrassment at the prospect that investigators. andy mccabe and my colleagues now know or could learn about this deeply personal secret, and she told you inspectors told her that the affair part of this would not ever be made public, yet it was. >> yeah. that's right. and it was -- it was a "washington post" reporter who was told about the affair. we don't know how he got the story. and she begged him not to say anything. and it was a really -- i mean, i think this woman has been through two years of like the worst hell imaginable. >> and look, people make decisions, people make mistakes.
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she had an affair. it's a personal thing and a personal issue. she writes, though, about how now when she gets on the metro, the subway in washington, she winces, wondering if people recognize her. if she sees someone wearing a trump gear or maga hat, she walks the other way. to put distance between us because i'm not looking for conflict. what i wanted the most in this world, she tells you, is my life back. and i think this is an important point. that people may want to know about, that you found out. she's married to her husband. and he has been her biggest supporter. >> yeah. i mean, there was -- she was taking a trip, and she was like, you can text my husband. and i was like, wow. i mean, they're still together, and they have little children, and she just wants to have a life. and i don't think she ever would have done an interview if he hadn't done that thing in that minnesota rally. >> right, that disgusting -- obviously, i don't need to describe what it was he was doing, but yes. so look, you do this story. the predresponds to it. molly, and then fox news criticizes you for the entire interview. let me play for you what they
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said. >> page says the first course, the fbi gets the predication to look into trump by george papadopoulos, which starts the whole russia investigation. which goes back to the biggest questions people have, who was talking to george papadopoulos, where is this professor that started the whole thing? where is the ambassador that meets him by chance in a bar? this goes back into it, and there's no follow-up question from the daily beast reporter. >> you are that reporter, and you are not standing down from that fight. >> yeah. i mean, to have my journalistic ethics questioned by the president's propaganda morning show is pretty amazing. you know, i'll go on, man. i mean, you know, it's a show for an audience of one. so i don't think that -- and the idea that i should ask her about these conspiracy theories that we know from fiona hill have been completely debunked, but that the republican party has continued to use as talking points, is just really silly.
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i mean, i'm honored that they read so much of it. i was shocked they did, and you know, like when trump tweeted about it, i don't think he read it, but have my journalistic ethics questioned by those guys is hilarious. >> it's a really great article and it's fascinating just to hear her speak, and on a human level, and again, the context that they concluded, the inspector, she did nothing wrong professionally, that her personal life has been so demeaned and publicized in such a crass way by the president so repeatedly, i think a lot of us are so fascinated to hear what she said had to say. >> "outfront" next, joe biden's no mulurky tour, as voters in iowa weigh in. >> the country is so ready for him. where just feel like it's his time. >> and breaking news on president jimmy carter tonight. he's back in the hospital. this holiday season
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middle of no malarkey, that is what he calls it, his bus tour through iowa. will his folksy manner translate to victory. arlette saenz is "outfront." >> nine weeks before the iowa caucus, joe biden barnstorming the state on what he calls the no malarkey tour. >> i named it no malarkey because the other guy is all lies. >> reporter: the phrase a staple of his career. >> with all due respect, that is a bunch of malarkey. >> reporter: it is splashed across his campaign bus connecting with voters over eight days in 18 counties. the swing comes as he sits at the top of the democratic field in national polls. but here in iowa, it is a different picture. a recent cnn des moines register poll showed pete buttigieg ahead of the pack. with biden battling for second with bernie sanders and elizabeth warren. >> we're here to translate the
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polls nationally. i'm going to win. i'm not running to come in third or fourth or fifth. >> reporter: the main focus, meeting voters in rural communities. >> when we win, god willing, we have to focus on the core and the heart and the soul of this country which is small town and rural america. >> reporter: along the way he's been accompanied by former iowa governor tom vilsack and his wife who are supporting biden in rural areas that are key. >> it is important to send a strong message about the importance of rural america and something the democrats in the past have ignored at their peril. >> reporter: biden is no stranger to iowa's political landscape run here unsuccessfully twice before sand with him from the start. >> what do you think is different for biden this time around compared to his 1988 and
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2008 runs? >> the country is so ready for him. and i just feel like it is his time. >> reporter: but many are still taking their time to decide which candidate is the right fit. >> i don't think he's been here enough, spent a lot of time here. that is what it usually takes for most iowans. they have to see the people several times before they make up their mind. >> when do you think you'll make your mind up? >> maybe the night of. >> not a month or two months in advance. >> i like to keep my powder dry. >> reporter: biden has spent time with voters. >> i campaigned for obama. >> reporter: with selfies and one-on-one conversations will help carry him over the finish line come caucus night. >> so do you feel you're winning over voters on this bus tour? >> i think so. i think so. here in iowa and the early states they want to touch you and feel you and get a sense is this real? >> reporter: now we just learned moments ago that joe biden raised more in the last two
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months than the entire last quarter. the campaign isn't saying exactly how much that is. but last quarter he raised $15.7 million significantly less than many of his rivals. and, erin, one other thing to note joe biden isn't in iowa. he's taking a detour to chicago for fundraisers and will be back in the morning holding an event here in mason city before heading to new york for more fundraisers to raise that money to stay competitive here and the states beyond. >> a brutal schedule. thank you very much. and next, breaking news on former president jimmy carter's health.
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>> nancy pelosi in a cnn town hall thursday at 9:00 only on cnn. tonight some news on president carter, the former president is back in the hospital. it is only days after he had spent two weeks there. according to a statement from the carter center the 95-year-old is being treated for a urinary tract infection but we are told he is feeling better
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and hopes to return home shortly. he was hospitalized a few weeks ago for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain which was successful. and of course as we learn more, we will get that to you. but again he does look forward to returning home soon. thanks for watching us. anderson starts now. good evening. the start of a week filled with things we've simply never seen before including impeachment hearings with the target refusing to take part and that is not all. the house judiciary committee is out with a witness list of day one of proceedings. also late today members of the house intelligence committee got a preview of the majority report on the testimony that they've heard and how republicans put out a 123-page rebuttal. it is sharply at odds with testimony so far as well as with the president's own words. plus the republican senator john kennedy of louisiana is repeating russian talking points in defense of the president. again even after being told they are russianal