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bash. both of these terrific reporters have information about how this all happened. dana, let me start with you. walk us through what happened, what was said and what upset the president. >> for the record, we're confirming maggie's great reporting from yesterday. and what i am told is that it was a very, very contentious meeting that ended up happening in the house intelligence committee last week. what should have been a very sober meeting because it was the person in charge in the intelligence community of election security going to the people who oversee the intelligence community. the house members. and saying here's what's happening. here's how russia and other foreign countries are trying to weaponize trying to get themselves involved in their elections, whether it is social media or through other means. and as part of that briefing,
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she said that their understanding is that the russians want to elect donald trump. their preference is donald trump. the republicans, we are told, again confirming maggie's reporting, were irate. one of them told the president who was also irate and kind of the rest is history. but what happened, what should have been a very important meeting to talk about strategy for defending the most important democratic action, which is elections, turned into what we see all the time now, a very, very partisan brawl. >> do we know, maggie, from your reporting with your colleagues what part most upset the president about this? >> i think there's two aspects. one is clearly related to russia. the president does not want to hear information about russia and election interference. he, according to a number of aides, sees this as an asterisk on his election from 2016. he does not want to hear this is
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potentially happening again. i do think the fact this was related to adam schiff in the sense that schiff was in the room for it, the president is incredibly triggered by all things adam schiff these days since the impeachment inquiry. we have reporting that even at a white house briefing with house officials, a number of house officials, have ended up blowing up and nancy pelosi end upped storming out last october, the president did not want the intelligence chiefs invited -- the congressional intelligence chiefs invited because he didn't want schiff at the white house. when he learned schiff had information, his concern was he's going to weaponize this against me. i think that a case can be made for why it is the president is very upset about adam schiff. he led the impeachment inquiry and has been one of the president's most vocal detractors. but the president is unable to compartmentalize any of that. previous presidents have had issues with how they thought they were being treated and they still managed to set it aside to focus on a shared fact set that's not something this president can do.
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>> by all accounts, what was being presented was a fact set from the intelligence community. >> it's their assessment. it's their assessment in the same way the 2016 assessment was that russia interfered, russia was behind the hackings of the emails that went out to wikileaks and others and it was this in their minds, pretty definitive. does the intelligence community ever say, yes, we know with 100% certainty? i mean, they do, but they have not here. i suspect that's what you'll hear the president's defenders seize on. but they were presenting this as pretty confident information. >> but he didn't want it said out loud. >> right. >> and then it became part of this cocktail. >> he didn't want it said, i think it was two things. it's not clear to me how much of it was that he didn't want it said generally or said particularly in the presence of adam schiff. i'm not sure we'll ever be able to -- >> talk about that. how totally dysfunctional this is, this incredibly important --
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>> by law, they have to brief congress. >> by law, exactly. that the house intelligence chairman and his counterpart and the house on the senate side are supposed to get this information and the fact that because of everything that has gone on, adam schiff has been the president's, you know, chief antagonist. no question about it. but, you know what? the fact the president doesn't want him to know information? again, in order to figure out a really important strategy to keep the american electoral system safe is remarkable. and that is, obviously, a trigger to use your word. but the other is, it's something that's been underlying his presidency since day one, which is he hears russia, he hears interference and he hears, oh, my god, they're saying i'm not a legitimate president. there is nobody who has been around the president who has tried to convince him that who has not come back and said, he won't listen. >> is the thinking that this is why dni director maguire was
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ousted? >> there's a lot of thinking to that effect. i've seen reporting on that. our reporting is a little more muddled. there are a lot of people who believe that that is at least the timing related to it. but our understanding is that grenell was already coming in. i think it's possible maguire would have stick around two weeks. maguire could only be there until march 11th. if the president doesn't nominate someone else, grenell can only be there until march 11s, too. so much of this white house revolves around the president's feelings and trying to make people understand the president's feelings as opposed to, here's a fact set that's objective. that adds to what i think dana accurately described as the dysfunction around this. >> it's not just a feeling. it's a result, too. the result is you now have ric grenell -- >> they make policy based on his
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feelings and try to rationalize that to everybody else. >> even if we don't know for sure whether grenell is there because of that, he is there and he has no intelligence experience and we know that ric grenell, one of his greatest forms of experience is as a loyalist to president trump. at least until march 11th, if not for longer if they do nominate someone else, you'll have someone in charge of the entire intelligence community who, it seems, his primary qualification is that he'll be loyal to president trump? >> yes. >> and we -- why should we expect that the intelligence community will feel open to conveying information about the russian intentions? >> we should have except that, look, what we could see is, depending on what the intelligence is, more leaks. more, you know, if there's something that they see that is truly alarming, trying to get around the system that is in place to -- that the president is putting in place to protect
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him. and again, adds to the dysfunction. this is, you know, this is about, you know, partisanship. this is about the president's feelings. but when it comes down to it, it is also about the inability to fix and to prevent a very, very, very big problem that we saw in 2016, which everybody is saying is already as we speak worse. >> yeah, and also just the idea that, maggie, that republican lawmakers wanted the intel officer shelby pierson to omit the part about how they had intel that the kremlin had developed a preference for donald trump. so now they want it -- they don't even want the full information being given to the committee. >> they've become republican members and we saw this throughout the impeachment fight. we've seen it any number of times but on stark relief during the impeachment battle. they've become an extension of the white house. they are not seeing their jobs as a check on the abuse of power
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by the executive branch or a check on how things are done governmentally. they're seeing their job as protecting this president. i don't think they all see it that way to the same degree, but i certainly think that a number of republicans on the house intel committee do see it that way. >> i am just struck by something steve bannon told "the washington post." the president is fully understanding how to use his power. he understands that you can put in an acting director of national intelligence for a few days or keep replacing them as long as you nominate someone. he understands that there are ways for him to keep this information quiet if he wants to. >> one of the things i was thinking as we were having this conversation is, the president's political brand is literally taking a meat ax to institutions and accelerating distrust in them. we've seen it over and over again. previous presidents, i think, have known that they have this power and they have declined to do this kind of thing because it could erode public confidence in what they are seeing in their
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government. that has never been a concern of this president. now he and his allies will argue that's because he's been a victim of people within the bureaucracy who are trying to harm him. and i suspect we are going to see things that will validate that claim at least to some extent but you are condemning the entirety of the government apparatus when you say something like that and you are committing yourself to, of course, continued distrust in institutions as opposed to trying to rebuild it back after a pretty difficult years for government over the past 12 years. >> and one real quick, real world example of that coming back to bite him is that he spent so much time trashing the intelligence community. obviously, he still is sowing the distrust right now, and then when he had to prove why he -- they assassinated soleimani, the iranian leader, he had to rely on the very intelligence that he was trashing. and so sometimes when you are the commander in chief, you have to be careful because you do need that to, you know, to prove
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the points that you're trying to make at certain points. >> and then he wondered why people were skeptical of where he was getting the intelligence. >> exactly. >> one thing on the 2020 race that came up at the cnn town hall, elizabeth warren did this stunt, but it got a lot of attention where she came with a contract that mike bloomberg could sign to release all of the women from ndas who had ever signed one from working at the bloomberg company. interesting. however, everybody who works at the trump organization has also signed an nda. and they can't talk either after leaving, which is why you often don't hear some of them speaking out. and so elizabeth warren -- >> i think she'd probably bring it for donald trump, too. >> she didn't mention that. >> and that's part of the issue is who is the -- who are they going after? >> so i think one of the things striking about elizabeth warren in the debate and she had what was widely portrayed as her best
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debate of this campaign, and a lot of people who like her wonder why she didn't present that earlier on. she has been going after the moderates on stage as opposed to the person really in her way who is bernie sanders. i do think that what she was raising was mike bloomberg has a compelling story to tell of his time as mayor. and he's telling it in paid media but not in his own voice or in his interviews and certainly not on the debate stage. and i think that the concern that you hear democrats raise is, does mike bloomberg have too many issues, to your point, about the trump ndas that the president will use to muddy the waters? the president is going to muddy the waters regardless, but there are a lot of data points he's going to say, why your okay with mike bloomberg but this is a problem for me. >> do we have time for a movie minute? >> always. >> a great callback. >> this was the president at a rally last night crit sciicizine winner of the academy award best picture "parasite" which is
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subtitled but it's a korean film. >> how bad were the academy awards this year. did you see them? and the winner is a movie from south korea. what the hell was that all about? we got enough problems with south korea, with trade. on top of it they give them the best movie of the sgleyear? was it good? i'm looking for -- let's get "gone with the wind." can we get "gone with the wind" back. "sunset boulevard". >> i didn't hear the sunset boulevard part. >> gloria swanson fans writing in how upset we shortchanged the film. so "gone with the wind." feeling nostalgic about the era of slavery in the south and "sunset boulevard." >> about a celebrity who has lost touch with reality. >> hmm. those are his two favorites? well, okay. those were -- talk about recall. those were, for some reason in his head. unclear why.
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obviously, he spends a lot more time watching cable news than netflix or turner classic movies. maybe he should be doing more of that. but that was classic donald trump. he's throwing red meat. rolling his eyes about a movie with subtitles winning an american award as opposed to an american movie. >> said pretty specifically out loud in a way we don't always hear. it's once agairnn, everything about him is going to be different in front of different crowds. he had this sentence earlier in the day he talked about building an inclusive society and followed that up with a rally where he talked about ed abouede giving south koreans awards. >> maybe he'd prefer to give it to north korea. >> an inclusive society like they had in "gone with the wind"? seriously. >> it's classic donald trump. not a surprise to hear him say it. it's always a little jarring when you hear the president of the united states doing culture riffs on the oscars as has become a frequent part of our
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coverage, all of ubecause we have to cover what he says. but look, it was a -- it's a xenophobic statement. and it clearly played to the crowd. and it got applause. but there is -- it's just -- people sort of are stunned when you hear it because you're not used to hearing a u.s. president say anything like that. but it's the kind of stuff he says fairly frequently. at least that genre. >> i've said it before and i'll say it again. we'll always have tara. you're welcome. >> frankly, scarlet -- >> who would have said "sunset boulevard." >> he loves that movie. he's been very consistent about this. this was a big thing during -- i think one of the pieces of his curriculum vitae is he wanted to be a broadway producer at one point before he went into the family business. >> i forgot that. so it's actually important context. he's obsessed with movies, obsessed with broadway and -- >> he needs to update his
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catalog. >> everything is preserved. you see lots of "time" magazine covers and everything is -- all of his cultural references are fairly dated. >> "sunset boulevard." a celebrity who has lost touch with reality. maggie, dana. >> just trailing off into the ether. >> i am just thinking. >> this is where we roll the credits. >> all right. thank you both very much. up next, we'll speak to a member of the house intelligence committee who got that briefing on kremlin interference. how did that go? what happened in there? what are they doing to stop it? we discuss next. celebrating a successful business trip together is easy, if you're staying at holiday inn. we're there. so you can be too. wean air force veteran made of doing what's right,. not what's easy.
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and one gram of sugar. (howling wind) (howling wind) a top u.s. election intelligence official told lawmakers last week that the kremlin has, quote, developed a preference for president trump to be re-elected in 2020. sources tell cnn that after learning about the briefing, the president became irate. joining us is democratic congressman jim himes. he was at that briefing as a member of the house intelligence committee. congressman, good morning. great to have you here with us. i know you can't reveal any of the classified information that you got at that briefing, but can you tell us what happened in the room? did republicans get angry about the intelligence they were being given? >> yeah, alisyn, i'm sorry, i can't talk about what happened in a classified setting or who may have reacted to what, but i
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can point you to something that i think -- two things that are important. number one, look, you don't need an intelligence briefing to think about what vladimir putin might want. would he want a return to sort of conventional, much more sort of confrontational policy with respect to russia? or might he want a president who will criticize everybody on the planet except for vladimir putin? would the russians be interested in the kind of polarization and division that you wouldn't just get with donald trump. you might get with others as well. but the other thing i want to point you to here is, regardless of what happened in the intelligence committee, what is of real importance here is what happened in the oval office when, if the press reports are to be believed, the president got extremely angry, threw a fit with his director of national intelligence. and people need to grapple with that a little bit because that is sending a message to the intelligence community that you better be very careful about
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saying things that i, donald trump, don't like. and so that's a huge problem for congress and our oversight responsibilities. but it's a huge problem for the american people. what if it turns out that north korea takes a giant step towards a nuclear weapon. you think donald trump is going to want that out there because, of course, what it would say about his north korean policy? >> congressman, we're already seeing this. we're already seeing that the intel about north korea on some level is being ignored. things like this are happening. and i guess i'm just wondering, are you suggesting that dni director maguire was ousted because of this briefing? >> well, i wasn't in the room so i don't know that. i do know that under the law, the president would need to replace the acting dni by march 11th anyway, so, look, it's quite possible this move to ambassador grenell was a planned move. it sort of doesn't matter because what really matters is the story that's out there that says the president shouted at his director of national
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intelligence because of an intelligence conclusion. that's the key thing there because now all of a sudden, senior people in the intelligence community may be thinking that if i give honest intelligence like if i can take you back, you know, 15 years or so, 20 years, like there are no weapons of mass destruction, president george w. bush, that my career might suffer. and when that happens, this country is in a very, very bad place. so i would suggest, alisyn, that the right answer here is for admiral maguire who served a lifetime of standing up for his country and put his life at risk in the navy for decades, to stand up and tell the american public what happened. so that the american public can hear it from him and not from "the washington post" and from "the new york times." >> we will see if he does that today or in the coming days. meanwhile, the job as you say is going to be open after march 11th. and congressman doug collins' name was floated as somebody reportedly that the president wanted. this morning, congressman collins said on a different
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morning show that he is not interested in that job. thanks, but no thanks. what does that tell you? >> yeah, alisyn, look, you know, doug collins, who i don't know terribly well, but he's been an attack dog for president trump in the impeachment hearings, ambassador grenell who i don't know very well but is known primarily for being an extraordinarily aggressive defender of the president, those two have that come common. the other thing they have in common, and i don't line this as a slight because this is true of most people, is precisely zero experience with the intelligence community. and we need to grapple with that. what does it mean that, for the most sensitive, possibly the most important overseeing lethal activities, overseeing classified activities, overseeing dangerous activities, the president is considering people, and again, this is not a personal slight at either one of them, who have precisely zero experience with the intelligence community. we should aspire, and i know
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this sounds crazy, but we should aspire to a world where the president appoints someone who actually has a little bit of subject matter expertise over the subject that he or she will be running. >> but just help us understand. the big picture, is it your understanding, based on what happened in the room, where you were and then how the president has reportedly reacted, that intelligence officials can no longer speak truth to power? if they have important information about our election and they cannot tell the president or some republicans on your committee? >> well, i worry about that. on the one hand, alisyn, i know the leaders of the intelligence community. they're patriotic people, good at what they do. they are sensitive to the political interference around intelligence. and by the way, they're surrounded by midlevel people and other people who are patriots and who i would expect to stand up and say, hey, this is not going right. the intelligence community is being used as a political tool. on the other hand, alisyn, people are people.
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people respond to incentives. they care about their careers. why did the senate of the united states not call a single witness in the arguably most important trial of the century? because the senators on the republican side care about their jobs. it's that simple. and so it would be naive to say that even though the leadership of the intelligence community are very, very good people, patriotic people, that they don't understand which side their bread is buttered on. that's why this president, interfering with intelligence, is such a serious thing. >> congressman jim himes, we appreciate you coming on "new day." >> thank you, alisyn. we have some breaking news. a possible peace deal between the u.s. and the taliban. could it bring america's longest war to an end soon? we have a live report from the pentagon next. to reconnect and be together. and once we did that, we realized his greatest adventure is just beginning.
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we have some breaking news for you right now. secretary of state mike pompeo just announced part of a peace plan for the u.s. and the taliban. moving one step closer to trying to end america's longest war and remove troops from the region. cnn's barbara starr is live at the pentagon with the breaking details. what's just happened? >> good morning. this is exactly what president trump wants to be able to say on
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the campaign trail, that he ended america's longest war. so here's where we are. tonight, in afghanistan, which is just hours from now, a seven-day period of a so-called reduction in violence supposed to go into effect. taliban agree no attacks. if there are attacks, the u.s. military will quickly try to determine who was responsible. if this seven-day period works and it is a big if, then on february 29th, they will sign a more formalized peace agreement. this is the hope. the idea is all of this leads to the u.s. being able to bring home u.s. forces. 12,000 troops there now. they hope to bring it down to 8,600 or so. but don't count on u.s. troops fully leaving any time soon. they still want to keep u.s. troops in the region in afghanistan to fight against terrorists. and the taliban want all u.s. troops out of the country so there is still potentially a
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very long way to go on all of this. >> this is all falling apart before. we'll watch it closely. barbara starr, thank you. so president trump is attacking the jury in the roger stone trial. this was at a political rally. >> it's my strong opinion that the forewoman of the jury, the woman who was in charge of the jury, is totally tainted. when you take a look, how can you have a person like this? she was a anti-trump activist. >> the president's comments came after stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison, and the president hasn't ruled out the possibility of pardoning him. joining me is seth cousins. he was on that jury for the roger stone trial. seth, thanks for being with us. how does it feel when the president of the united states attacks the jury that you sat on? >> john, thanks for having me.
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honestly, it's appalling to me. john, 8 million americans are called and report to jury service every year. that's 40,000 people every court day. 40,000 people today are showing up for jury duty. and for the president to issue these baseless attacks on our jury and on our foreperson really denigrates the service that each of these people is doing. i mean, they took -- made arrangements to take the day off work, made arrangements for child care to do their civic duty to check their bias at the door, and to judge the case by the facts as they're presented. that's exactly what we did as a jury. that's exactly what tamika, our foreperson did and the process she helped us through. i think it's appalling. i wish he wouldn't do that. >> and aside from the fact that the defense allowed every single one of you to be placed on that jury, i have heard you talk about the fact that the foreperson was the most rigorous in terms of demanding facts, correct?
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>> she was. i mean, most rigorous. she was the person who helped us through the process and helped us, you know, sort of establish the framework by which we would examine each and every element and charge by itself and tie each element back to the evidence that we had been given. so, yes, she was, you know, sort of principle person in making sure that we took our job very seriously and rendered a correct verdict. >> judge amy berman jackson -- no relation -- had a lot to say yesterday when she was issuing the sentence to roger stone. let me read you conpart of this because it gets to the impartiality of the judiciary and jury system. she said -- i'm going to read another one than what's on the screen. she said this case exemplifies why it is that this system for good reason demands that responsibility falls to someone neutral, not someone who has a longstanding friendship with the defendant. not someone whose political career was aided by the
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defendant. he was not prosecuted for standing up for the president. he was prosecuted for covering up for the president. now i don't know how closely you were able to pay attention yesterday. but you probably heard some of judge jackson's words. how important are they to you? >> they're very important to me. i think that she is spot on when she describes what he was prosecuted for. there has been discussion or, you know, sort of baseless accusation that he was prosecuted for being involved with russia or something like that. that's actually not the case. he was prosecuted for lying in a congressional proceeding, for obstructing that proceeding and for tampering with a witness. as judge jackson also pointed out yesterday, as a result of his actions, the report that the house permanent select committee put together was incomplete and inaccurate. so, yeah, he did those things, and he is now facing the
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consequences of that. >> three-plus years in prison. that is if -- if the president does not pardon him. let me play a little more of the president on that subject. >> i'm not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the united states. i want the process to play out. i think that's the best thing to do because i'd love to see roger exonerated, and i'd love to see it happen because i personally think he was treated very unfairly. >> two things. was he treated unfairly? >> he was not treated unfairly by us as a jury. from everything that i saw happen in the courtroom, i don't believe he was treated unfairly in the courtroom. i, you know, of course, have no knowledge of what happened outside of that or before that. >> how would you feel if the
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president pardoned roger stone? >> it would be pretty supremely unfair, i believe. i'll say i won't be surprised if it happens. but it would be indicative, i think, again, of a close confidante of the president getting away with behavior, with getting away with covering up for the president and helping advancing the president's agenda. so it would feel corrupt to me. >> seth coincidenusins, we appr you being here and serving on a jury. it's among the most american things that one can do. thanks for everything. >> thank you, john. >> that was great to hear from him. a wall of flames after a tanker overturns on an interstate. the driver survived this, which is unbelievable when you look at your screen. thanks to a good samaritan who saved him. so we have the incredible story, next.
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the driver miraculously survived thanks to the heroic actions some of good samaritans. cnn's polo sandoval has more on this incredible rescue. running towards that is terrifying. >> you can add this to the list of people doing some incredible things. you see the driver of that tanker truck is lucky to be alive thanks to the actions of the two good samaritans. his tanker truck tipped over causing this fiery scene. one of those good samaritans, holly mcnally. she pulled up to the scene there on i-70 in indianapolis and helped pull the driver who was partially covered in flames away from this scene just moments before it exploded. here's what's remarkable. she just had a baby this week. in fact, she says she was headed home after visiting now 5-day-old connor when she came upon this fiery wreck. >> i am scanning and people are videotaping and watching, but nobody is running over there. smoke was hitting us and i was like, you know, just praying
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like, god, please let me get out of here so i can go see my baby. what if that's my son? what if that were connor when he's 30? would you want someone to just leave him there? >> she had just brought a life into this world. she was not prepared to see one go. as for the drifrks ver, he reman critical condition. there is no question that he is alive today because of the action of these two good samaritans, gooding this woman that now has a heck of a story. >> she should do something productive this week. >> like run for president. people would vote for her for president. she is incredible. she just had a baby and wasn't thinking -- well, she was thinking about her own baby but just imagining how she would feel if she was that driver's mother. >> what have you done this week? >> i mean, really, i don't think i would be capable of doing that. of running towards the flames. i just don't think i would do that. >> polo, thank you. so calling all couch
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democratic party. good morning, mr. mccurdy. >> good morning. >> great to have you. on a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that everything will go smoothly tomorrow in nevada? >> oh, we're at a 10 for sure. and we're looking forward to this opportunity to have our voice heard tomorrow. >> let's talk about that because if there was a lesson learned from iowa, one of them was that technology can fail us. so in iowa, there was an app. and that ended up not working for the precinct captains as they hoped. in nevada, i understand there's a calculator. so that also sounds a little bit complicated, the calculator, because here's what one precinct captain there in nevada told our reporters this week. quote, the real problem is that they try to mix and match two different, completely different systems of voting, and they are
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really struggling with how to communicate the results from one over to the other. and what that precinct captain was referring to was the early voting under way and it's been happening and the caucusing tomorrow. how have you figured that out? >> so from the very beginning, what we've been doing here at the party is making sure that, number one, what happened in iowa, will not happen in nevada. and what we've done since then, put our head down, gone to work and made sure to implement off the shelf low-tech options, which is our caucus calculator that will enable our precinct chairs who will be chargely working with the caucus calculator on calkous ducus day enter in that data and help them eliminate human error. and i believe it will go just fine. >> this is the video as you're speaking. we're showing some video of the calculator and our reporters have actually tried it.
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you know, obviously, in a controlled setting where it wasn't high pressure or high stakes where they had to deliver the results on a deadline. but have you yourself given this a dry run? >> yes. and i actually was one of the first people to give it a try. and i am very confident that when it all comes down to it our precinct chairs will be able to utilize this caucus calculator. it helps to reduce any human error. at the end of the day everything that can be done on the caucus calculator can also be done on pen and paper. we feel confident with what's been done. we've made sure to test it and continue to evaluate it, and we feel confident. and i might add that we are making sure that we train our volunteers and precinct chairs on the caucus calculator, and they will be ready to go come caucus day. >> that's tomorrow, just to point out. and when our reporters talked to
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them earlier in the week, they did not -- some did not feel ready. let me read to you what one precinct captain said about the training that you just brought up. one precinct captain tells cnn they've had more than four hours worth of nevada democratic provided training both in person and webinars and feel they have not gotten all the information they need for saturday. quote, they keep telling me we'll get back to you. and we'll get back to you and we'll get back to you and i'm like, guys, it's saturday. so since then, are you sure that everybody has had enough training? >> absolutely. and you know what, what happened in iowa was less than ideal for nevada. and what we've been able to do is actually show our resilience within this process. like let's take a step back. we said that we're going to put on the most successful, transparent and expansive caucus yet, and we did just that.
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we just completed our early vote period where we saw over 75,000 people show up. we know that, you know, on the first day of early voting we had over 18,000 people participate. and of those 18,000 people, over 56% of them were first time caucusgoers. early voters, excuse me. and what this shows is that we are doing exactly what we set out to do. make this process more expansive. more accessible and speaking back to the training, just since saturday we've held over 50 trainings. we are continuing to hold trainings even up until today. and we've been able to train over 1400 people. so we are doing the work. we are keeping our head down, and we know that, come tomorrow, we will execute a successful caucus and folks will feel very confident with what we've been able to show the rest of the nation. so we're excited for this moment. >> william mccurdy, we look
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forward to watching and to finding out what the turnout is in nevada. thank you very much for all of the information this morning for us. >> thank you so much. >> great to talk to you. time for "the good stuff." a therapy dog packing on a few extra pounds. but we're not judging. he she's taking better care of herself after having a few too many treats. the labradoodle has already lost 3 1/2 pounds. the owner says she gained the weight at church because people were feeding her dog treats at each service. now she's hitting the gym, running on a treadmill several times a week. >> is that running? because that's how i run. >> moving on the treadmill. the goal is for bailey to lose 10 pounds. she still gets one treat after the workout because, as you know, moderation is perfect. >> that looks similar to my gym
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all right. good friday morning. everyone. i'm poppy harlow. jim sciutto has a well-deserved day off. we have a lot of news today. the president is clashing with the intelligence community as we're learning russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election in an effort to help get president trump re-elected. hacking, lawmakers briefed about this last week. and the fact that that happened angered the president who says democrats will just use it against him. and he took it all out on the acting

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