To Tell The Truth; Pres. Trump Pushes Hot Buttons In Private Talk; Chicago Mayor: "Whitewash of Justice"; Source To NY Times: Pres. Trump Praises Barr At Private Lunch With Republicans: "I Love The AG. He Works Fast"
The bad. This is here NCW March madness. Takes the courses the big, Dan. So miss a moment of the action on TBS CBS TNT and true TV and download the March madness live up to watch every game anywhere at anytime. Live. Good evening. Another busy night late word on what the president said today behind closed doors on Capitol Hill some controversial statements that he reportedly hoped would stay behind closed doors, even though he doubted they really would well they did get out, and we'll bring you the details, but we begin with the major new development out something the president talked a lot about today in private and public Robert Muller's conclusions. Justice department official telling CNN that we could be reading his report within weeks, not months weeks. This official also telling us there are no plans to give the White House in early copy and another official this one with ministration confirming that indeed no one the White House has seen a copy which means that when the president today said what you're about to hear him say, he'll miss certainly had not read the entire Muller report. The report was great. It could not have been better in said, no obstruction. No collusion. It could not have been keeping them honest. The president appears to be painting with a very broad brush suggesting that he's seen the Miller report, which he says was great when there's no evidence that he has anything exonerates him and tirelessly now to be generous. The president is always precise with his language. You might have noticed. So assume for minute that he's completing the Mola report with attorney general bars for paid summary of it, which is all that he or any of us have seen at least that we know of. But even allowing for that, he's still falsely characterizing the conclusions the bar summary does not say there was no obstruction of Justice. It says that he the general decided not to pursue an obstruction case. And this summary includes this now famous passage from the full Miller report on the subject of his structure of Justice, quoting well, this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime it also does not exonerate him as to the president's no collusion claim. More clear cut and certainly more favorable to team Trump, and I wanna point out good news for the country. Someone just like the president may be disappointed in the fact that the report didn't find that. Here's campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia impact the election. But the fact that the president didn't do that is good news for America quoting from the bar summary, and again, not the Miller report, but the bars summary of it, quote, special counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the two thousand sixteen US presidential election. So Corning to the attorney general Robert Muller found no evidence of chargeable crimes. And that is certainly a major vindication for the president was there. Inappropriate contact with Russians at didn't rise the level criminality conduct that CNN national security commentator. Susan Hennessy today called awful. But lawful, we don't know. And we won't know one way or another until the complete model report comes out until it does neither we nor the president or anyone else can really make blanket statements about what Robert Muller did not or did uncover the bar summer. As you know, says the special counsel identified two main Russian efforts to influence, the two thousand sixteen election, which of course, parallels. What the intelligence community more broadly suspected in early two thousand and sixteen concluded later that ear n has maintained ever since even as it has the president has resisted that conclusion, and of course, has a long history of giving Latimer Putin the benefit of the doubt something that we don't know the mullahs report will speak to or not what we do know is we've often turn to author strategist analysts in retired army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters for his perspective on the subject is we do tonight. Colonel peter. So the collusion question, which is not really legal. Carson may be answered. But what remains unanswered, which many things have one is why the president has acted the way he has continually toward Putin over the course of the last three years, and indeed Anderson that is the primary question, and it's astonishing me that we've all lost sight of that. I mean, everything else is important from the question of obstruction of Justice to whether or not there was formal collusion. But the issue of whether Vladimir Putin and his cronies have any direct influence over the president of the United States in his decisions. I cannot imagine a question more important. I can't imagine something that should be a higher priority for our intelligence agencies. And unfortunately, because of the way the intelligence world were works. There may not be answers. The Miller report we may never get the right answers. But it can back comes back to exactly what you said why, you know, why won't the president ever criticized Putin? The the president has well one thing on this really, which is is essentially said, wouldn't it be great? If we could get along with Russia would be a good thing. Not a bad thing might also be as simple as him having an affinity for strong, authoritarian leaders or sort of wanting to emulate them or being intimidated by them. I mean, it's not just Putin Kim Jong UN who says he actually likes as opposed to John McCain who he was not his sort of person, Kim Jong-Un, Gordon. Sarah Sanders, the president likes him, and therefore he eliminated some sang. Actions. Also, you know about do territory, and the Philippines, mom had been soman and others. Well in the looking glass world, Trump things are possible that we never would have thought possible before. But Trump has criticized at some point every other leader resident China, he certainly been vociferous at times of his criticism of Kim. But he won't criticize Putin. And why does he want sanctions really why has he been slow rolling? Sanctions that past is he seemed to just don't tail with Putin. Putin's view of the world. Now Anderson I may be utterly wrong. I may be influenced by my background as an intelligence officer. But again, I go back to what so far has not been addressed the Steele dossier, and it's been pooh-poohed and mocked, but that is way the Russians business given Trump's behavioral profile. He was a perfect target. And you know, if you want various explanations. Hey. Steele dossier is one viable one. Now. Now, maybe did the Russians help Trump just because hated Hillary so much they just want to disrupt their system, it may be a combination of many things. But at the end of the day, we need to know whether or not Vladimir Putin. Whether he has any sort of control over the president United States, what Trump have to meet with them behind closed doors without witnesses again as a foreign Telliance officer. I look for patterns and the Trump pattern of behavior with and toward Vladimir Putin troubles me, deeply and interesting. I've got a stress something I am not flagging for the Democratic Party. I believe both parties have failed miserably in the last presidential election. We had choice between Lucifer and Satan. But I care about the United States of America. I wanted to be well and honestly governed I want American security, and so I I need to know more about this. And I can't let it go. I just can't let it go the Steele dossier just rings true to me. I in the the I mean, obviously, the bar memo is all we've really seen of precious little yes precious. Little I I'm wondering what you made of what you saw in that. And how. It is to you that as much of the Muller report actually be released because we've now learned may it'll be weeks, not months. Well, we're gonna be arguing about this for for a while. And when we do get something in weeks, it's not going to be complete. We'll see what we get. And there'll be a great deal more to talk about. And by the way, with the initial reaction to this very this painfully brief and contentious bar letter. I with the dolorous reaction of the left and the premature euphoria on the right? I was reminded of the wonderful old serial the Bowery boys where they used to say don't jump to contusions, and I'm afraid a lot of people been jumping contusions. This is going to play out for a long time. I certainly wanna see what's in it. But everything that was in that brief far letter matters. Of course, it matters. I'm a little disappointed. I believe in Robert Muller's man of integrity as a little disappointed. He didn't pony up to the bar and make a decision. One way or the other about obstruction of Justice. I trust his findings that there was no formal conspiracy on the between Trump's campaign and the Russians. So it's not a question of getting Trump as much as I may dislike him personally as an American citizen the best outcome for me would be the president is blameless and flawless and Russia has no grip on them. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. But more perspective now on what we might see in the actual Muller reports on its investigative reporter and author and CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein, also former Nixon White House counsel and CNN contributor John dean. So coral bar is saying that they'll make a version of the mole report public could in. We're told it's going to be in weeks. He how much discretion does. He have about what ends up in the version this released except for grand jury material and national security excisions, which might but in both instances require a judge to give permission for the. Material to be used. He has an awful lot of discretion to let us see almost everything, and it's imperative that we see everything, but including in all of this could redact stuff he could in redaction is no satisfactory answer here. Because what we what we know is that we have this very basic finding about quote collusion or no conspiracy with the Russian government and the ambitious conclusion of mother that is quoted by bar about an obstruction that may or may not have been an obstruction. We need to see everything about it. Because presumably, and this is a presumption the whole Muller report will tell a tale there will be connective tissue that hopefully will answer some of Colonel Peter's questions there. We know almost nothing from what Mr. bar served up the other day except a legal. Conclusion that's very important. But in terms of the underlying facts in terms of a narrative about what happened either with the Russians or with an obstruction or non obstruction. We know nothing so far John in terms of of the DOJ thing that has no plans to give the White House an advance copy of the Miller report. A that doesn't mean that they wouldn't brief them in advance of more details of what's in the mullahs report is sue or or does it. And also, I mean, if do you think it's still possible to the White House is going to demand to see an advance copies to see if there's anything on executive privilege. I I would think that would be one of their arguments. They want to see somebody should be withheld for executive privilege reasons because they did supply information to the special counsel with the precondition that they could later invoke executive privilege. That would not be a reason, however to breach the. The norm where they get some sort of deep briefing on this before it sent over. They could there could be like a twenty four hour period to withhold going public. If they want to exert privilege. There's another area that will be withheld is the cases that have been referred out for other US attorneys to look at and if there's material in of that nature in there that'll obviously because they wouldn't want the public their hand of PA prosecutors in various jurisdictions to have their cases that their hands tipped. They don't wanna tip witnesses off in cases as to what's going on or possibly even the defendant in those cases. So that will be withheld. It does seem Karl the president saying, you know, the president is a very good market, or obviously, and you know, has a incredible knack for defining things in a certain way, very successfully. Whether they're true or not. So he is out there saying the entire report is great, no collusion. No obstruction. When by all accounts. He actually hasn't seen there. Reports. Also, he got a football. He ran with it here. And what he did get with the football was a kind of good reading in the first part about quote, no collusion or conspiracy with very carefully stated the Russian government, and he'll keep running with that. And we saw Mr. Giuliani running with it with wolf Blitzer this afternoon on situation room, there's another element to this though. And that is the whole classified counterintelligence investigation, and how much of that can be redacted in such a way that that congress. The senior members of congress who are cleared the see this material can get that part of the story all of this fits together. We we need after two years to definitively know what happened not just with the president of the United States with his campaign. But what the matrix of all of this that we have been talking about debating. Journalists have been writing about there's been used controversy. The country is riven by what has occurred here. And they're now is presumably the means of finding out a good deal that could clarify things if the attorney general of the United States and the president of the United States is willing to allow this material out and Republicans on the hill. This is not a good piece of news that Mitch McConnell. The Republican leaders stepped in and said, well, maybe maybe we won't pass that legislation that says that or that resolution that says that this material should be released John we heard from a former attorney general Eric Holder yesterday saying that in his six years attorney general that he never actually received anything from a prosecutor without a charging recommendation how outside the norm is it for of what Muller has apparently done very outside the norm and certainly in the federal system. That was certainly the standard practice in my time, even and has probably been ever since. So it's it's very unusual that that Muller did not make a recommendation, and it's hard to believe that he was somehow hung up on what decision to make. He just doesn't seem like there's somebody of that nature. I'm John a question to ask outside Carl beans birthday. Thanks very much next new reporting on what the president said this afternoon about the investigation and is new effort to unravel ObamaCare all of it. When cameras were not rolling and later after all that why did a thirties just dropped all charges against Jesse small et. Chicago's mayor is furious. Love all the details. Ahead. Remember to create an ad like this one visit pure winning dot com slash CNN. Breaking news on the president's take on the Muller report this time as we mentioned at the top of the program behind closed doors. He spoke today, the luncheon with Senate Republicans, but the contents of the conversation have gotten out it's in no small part due to Maggie Haberman reporting. She's of course, in New York Times White House correspondent CNN political analysts and joins us by phone. So Maggie what was the president's mood like up on Capitol Hill today. He was a bullying for him Anderson. The bully entity guests, you know, he clearly indicated made that clear described the last two years with, you know, a curse word describe what he had been through, you know, and then tick through a litany of either pet peeves or concerns or legislative issues said he wanted the party to focus on healthcare. And he thinks that's incredibly important. He was critical and he had charts accompanying him on the amount of money that the government has spent George Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria, and that I think a lot of attention afterwards. But look this is feeling valedictory for him, and I think it's comparable to how we saw him right after the twenty sixteen presidential election. It was just yesterday. We learned that back in February the president was talking about ways to limit aid to Puerto Rico. So he brought charges today. Was anything determined about what he wants done or not done. No. I mean, he talked about he compared spending for eight Puerto Rico compared to places like Texas that had been hit and ravaged by hurricane. And he suggested that these, you know, coincidentally, red states in southern America had been spending their money better. I think this is a remark that he thinks plays well with his base of support. But at the end of the day Puerto Ricans or are American citizens, and he's talking about how they deserve less relief money. It's ironic thinking that this is a president who comes from New York, which was, you know, hit by a terrorist attack on September eleventh two thousand one and anyone who suggested that the orcs should not get aid afterwards was criticized pretty aggressively, and it's sort of interesting. Seeing how he's going about this, especially considering New York, very large Puerto Rican community would exactly did say about ObamaCare. He said that ObamaCare can't be fixed. And that he gets attacked when he says that and I'm paraphrasing, but it can't be fixed. And he, you know, he he gets criticized for saying it, but he has to say it suggested again as he did on his way into the luncheon that the Republican party will become known as the party of health care. And remember the Justice department filed the suit yesterday to get rid of the ACA entirely. It was a move that was criticized by some even within the administration as really questionably timed given that healthcare is an issue. The Democrats won the midterms on in two thousand eighteen the president's coming off of arguably his best few days in in two years of his presidency and to immediately step into such a controversy struck. Some people surprised Hugh ever it at all. I mean, do we know in the notion that he brought up yesterday wanting an investigation into the rush investigation. He did bring that up. And he has again talked about having been Bagram investigate the investigators, and how the Muller pro came to be, you know, Lindsey Graham has certainly sounded interested in that he expressed on Twitter desire to have James Comey. The fired FBI director come testify for the Senate will do where that goes. I gave her in. Thanks very much kinship. We're no the question would Democrats do with this moment and with the president in a different position than they might have imagined joining us they USA today. Calmness and CNN political analyst Kirsten powers and democratic strategist Paul Begala. I mean Kirsten should come as any surprise that the president is in Maggie. You know is as Maggie says in a in a Bulent mood in a good mood right now. I mean who wouldn't be. Yeah. Now, of course, I think that there's a major cyber a relief among not just the president. But among the people around him who were also caught up in this investigation. And they have a lot to be happy about in terms of the. Ending around collusion. I think that there is still a question of what is actually in molars report. And I think that you know, if Democrats are able to get their hands on that it may be a different story. It may not make the president so happy, but for now I'd say that yes, he has a lot to be happy about, and it is strange for him to be, you know, bringing up healthcare an area where the Republican party really is not favored when it comes to electoral politics. And you'd think he would just be focusing on on. What is pretty undeniably at least one big win for him pull them in one of the things he does seem to be focusing on also is talking about getting vengeance on those. He feels wrong by you know, it seems does that obviously it's not the I don't know. Do you think that's wise with malice toward all and charity toward now? I went I looked at C what President Reagan said after. Iran contra and actually the independent tower commission review board it was not a special counsel review board. He said this. I studied the board's report its findings are honest convincing and highly critical, and I accept them. He called for unity cofer mood forward. Now. That's Ronald Reagan. And I don't think anybody's going to confuse Donald Trump with with President Reagan. But he it really is interesting. He kick it out of his own way. I don't know if it's because he is worried that the full Muller report will be quite as nice as the carefully selected sixty five words that we got from attorney general bar. That's all we got sixty five words from Muller in the bar letter. And I would guess knowing that bar was put there by President Trump that they're they're pretty favorable to Trump because that's what Mr. bar wants to see and believe so I think this lashing out. Maybe it's just what he does. Maybe it's like even at a birthday party. You know, he just throws cake at his guests or some. I don't know. But I suspected that he still he's still pretty word. Do you think the idea of bringing bringing up ObamaCare? Do you think that has anything to do with concerns about, you know, weeks from now the mole report coming out and people still focusing on this give people something else to focus on? And it's obviously a very lightning rod issue. I if I if I were devising him, and if he were still worried about the mole report if I worked for him. I would be I would find issues that he stands for that are popular with the American people in repealing ObamaCare would take away the protection of pre existing conditions of which half of all Americans have a pre existing condition. It would deny healthcare instantly if he wins this lawsuit to twenty three million Americans who now get healthcare and are better off for it. It is it's a stone loser politically. So the fact that President Trump is raising it now it's kind of evidence of how he's never been above fifty percent his entire presidency. He's never had majority support. And despite a strong economy, despite actually terrific skills at manipulating a social media. Particularly and encouraging his base. He's never gotten about fifty. And it's because maybe it's because he really does want to take away healthcare. Maybe we ought to start. I oughta start believing him that he's serious when he says he wants to take away healthcare from twenty three million Americans pre preexisting conditions protections away from hundreds of millions something else. The president reportedly said in his meeting with Senator says that he forgave Hillary Clinton after the election, your thoughts on that are because it seems like he brings her up a lot. But what does he need to forgive for for? I it doesn't even I mean, I really was puzzled by that. I don't know, you know, she didn't do anything to him. So I mean, they ran against each other. Of course, we look at past presidents, and the friendships that they've formed you look at, you know, the first President Bush and Bill Clinton who became good friends e-. You don't you? You just don't see this kind of inability to move forward the way the president seems to have had. But now says he needs to forgive. Her. I've never heard anybody talk this way about a former. You know, somebody that they ran against a former opponent. It's not really it's not personal. It's just a campaign pulled we talked about this last night Nancy Pelosi saying the Democrats in the house should focus on their gender. Their message. Not the Muller prob-. I guess also then by extension impeachment. How many of them do you actually expect to listen to her on that? And is that something you also firmly believe they should do I strongly believe in it during the transition before Nancy became speaker. Again, I talked to her about this. I asked her about impeachment. And then she said, well, what do you think I said, I think your position on peach mint is we're all for it. As soon as the Republicans ask you to do it. That's it's not by parson the take off it won't be parson than the landing that is position. And it has been for for since the beginning of this. This term of hers speaker is very wise, constitutionally wise, most importantly, but also it's politically very wise. The there are some Democrats who want to rush toward impeachment. I've long thought that that's a big mistake. The Democrats now have some power, and they should be judged. On. I think legislation more than investigation and the priority should be legislation with an investigation. And look what speaker Pelosi is doing. She's moving a healthcare Bill not a radical one to take over the entire healthcare, but to improve ObamaCare and to to get prescription drug costs down. I think she's absolutely brilliant on this. Here's from powers public. Thank you very much next more breaking news. Prosecutors make a stunning announcement. And the Justice smell that case what they had to say watch Congo's mayor and police superintendent are outraged. I'm Biagio Messina, and I'm jokin seen. We are the producers behind the H L N television documentary series unmasking killer. Join us as we explore the identification capture and arrest of Joseph James, the Angelo the alleged Golden State killer in a special ten part podcast series unmasking killer, all new episodes premiering Tuesday. February twelve subscribe today at apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Spreaker news from Chicago tonight, sixteen felony counts of disorderly conduct against actor jussie. Smollet had been dropped prosecutors charged smell at after they say he staged an elaborate hate crime against himself. But then suddenly that same the same prosecutor's office dropped the charges. The move stone. The Chicago's mayor and the police showed burned tendon who weren't made aware of the decision in advance both were visibly angry at a press conference this afternoon, especially because the police say hundreds and hundreds of hours of manpower were deployed in the investigation because staging a hate crime makes victims of actual hate crimes reluctant to come forth. We'll Pulitzer spoke with mayor Rahm Emanuel the evening. There's no sense of contrite. No sense of remorse. The fact is wolf in this act. He not only obviously all the resources the police to investigate and get to the bottom of a hot per alleged hate crime that turned out to be a hoax that the financial problem. But then taking all the notions of what hate crimes, and the reason we have those laws on the books is to protect people of faith, racial, background, sexual orientation. That's they cannot be a victim of crime violent crime of any nature because of who they are what they believe or how they who they love and he used that for his self promotion a smell. It's lawyers say he in fact was attacked and that misinformation they say led to a rush to judgment against him to make matters, even more confusing and assistance state attorney says, quote, we did not exonerate him, unquote. Talk about how unprecedented frankly confusing. This whole moment is, but I I ran decay on how we got here. I gave the description as best as I could you have to understand also that it's Chicago in winter. People can wear ski masks when actor jussie smollet broke his silence describing the alleged attack against him. He was indignant investigators interviewed hundreds of people and scoured dozens of videos from surveillance cameras but were unable to find any evidence of the attack on camera. These two men seen on camera were brought in for questioning though and after forty seven hours they confess to attacking small et. But here's where things get murky. They told investigators jussie smollet paid them to do it. Something small Ed has denied who make something like this up or add something to it. Or or whatever it may be still police said they had evidence the actor paid to men brothers thirty five hundred dollars to stage the attack and gave the money to buy supplies. So despite his very public denials prosecutors charged smell it. With disorderly conduct accusing him of staging a hate crime small let directed the brothers attention towards a surveillance camera on the corner, which he believed would capture the incident in fact, smell let told investigators is likely the incident was caught on camera. Turns out the forty five second attack was just out of you officials also say the actor new the two men he paid in the attack. Both did some work on the show empire and one provided him with illegal drugs. The men were never charged smollet. Meanwhile, pleaded not guilty and paid ten thousand dollars bond. I'm left hanging. My head and asking why? Why would anyone especially an African American man? Use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations soon. Police say the alleged motive became clear, it was dissatisfied with his salary. So he can cock the story about being attacked same reason, why police say the actor sent himself this threatening letter on the set of empire just days before the alleged attack small let's case seem to be edging toward trial. When suddenly just today. Charges were dropped due out think Justice will serve. No do. I think Justice is. I think the city is still old an apology. This is without a doubt, a whitewash Justice. Mr. smaller is still saying that he is innocent still running down the Cocco police department. How dare him how dear Jessie small sticking to his story despite evidence his attack was nothing more than a stunt. I've been truthful inconsistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother, son. If I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of Randy K, C N N Palm Beach, Florida joining now at CNN legal analyst, Paul Callan and Cheryl Dorsey, a former sergeant with Los Angeles Police Department, Paul does this make any sense to you. I mean, they're saying he's a good exonerated, essentially. That's how he's portraying it. But I mean, he did two days of community service. I guess paid a ten thousand dollar fine, which seems to indicate some form of guilt of something. No. Well, yes, it would. But normally a case like this. You would see a more public admission of responsibility before you just dismiss sixteen counts that were handed down by a grand jury. So this is really a bizarre and unusual way to resolve such a serious case. You know Anderson the reports were that twelve detectives spent over a thousand hours investigating this case, that's an enormous diversion of resources in Chicago a city that has suffered from gun violence that which has been widely publicized in the past. So that's an enormous diversion of police resources, and this is really an unusual disposition feral. I mean as a PD sergeant how unusual is it for the police superintendent to come out and publicly declare the Justice has not been served. Well, listen, I understand that he's upset and reasonably so a lot of the resources were expended and listen at the end of the day, there was sufficient evidence for grand jury to indict right. And there are things that Jesse has not been able to explain and so- forevermore there will now be an asterik after his name because there's always going to be that lingering question of why would you seal all of the information relative to this incident unless you wanted to hide evidence of wrongdoing who pays ten thousand dollars, and let somebody keep it and say, let's just call it even Steven this is an example of the haves and the have nots and right now people who look like me are celebrating because listen two weeks ago. Police officers were acquitted for the murder of Antoine rose and the dead the not deadly but shooting of Charles Kinsey, and so now it feels like for black folks the system is finally working in their favor. Now, listen, he didn't kill anybody. And this was a minor offence. He won this battle. But I don't think he's gonna win the war at the end of the day. What do you make the prosecutor who made the decision to drop? The chargers says he does not believe small at is innocent. That's right. He has said that this is not an exoneration by any stretch of the imagination. And he says basically that he compared this case with thousands of other Chicago cases, where there were reports false reports to the police, and that this disposition is consistent with those cases. So so that's that's the argument that this was in line with other penalties that, but why why seal the case file, well, the case would normally be sealed because any case that gets dismissed is automatically sealed. So that's that really wasn't unusual. But it does block further inquiry into why they did this. And I think also what's really bizarre about this case my experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney has always been that when celebrities are involved in charges like this. Everybody knows the public is watching and you need a transparent handling of the case. So that the public knows. Knows this guy's being treated fairly even though he is a celebrity instead, you have the secret proceeding where suddenly these charges are dismissed, and frankly, I think it does a disservice to future victims of racial harassment and attacks who may not be believed because of a legendary false claim that's been made in this case, Cheryl, the prosecutor justified the decision by saying that his office prioritizes violent crime. He doesn't see small it as a threat to public safety's outta bala- reason to not pursue a case. Well, we'll listen to me. No. I'm sorry. That was for Cheryl, Cheryl, good. Oh, I'm sorry. Excuse me. The prosecutor has to autonomy over what they want to press, and what they wanna file charges on. So they get to do whatever they want, and they can give whatever reason rationale for doing that. And it's the ball is in their court. And this is why the Chicago police department is so upset because number one they weren't given advance notice a number two who overrides the will of a grand jury indictment. Cheryl Dorsey started Paul very quickly. Yeah. I wanted to add one thing I think also the prosecutors botched the case because look at what they did. They let the two men who allegedly attacked him ago free. So you have three people involved in a crime one gets charged to go free. What happens at the time of trial when they testified odds to one another would be a very difficult case to win. So I think the prosecutors botched the case when they presented it to the grand jury of the way, they presented it. And this is an easy out for them. Paul Callan appreciate Cheryl Dorsey as well gravy. Thanks so much as you heard earlier, President Trump once again, a upset about the amount of federal funds earmarked for disaster aid to still suffering Puerto Rico coming up we'll talk to the mayor of San Juan about what the president is saying now. The case is we gotta find who wrote this. No, we do that. We find the killer. This science defined out. Police used Luminol a chemical which glows when it comes into contact with the iron component in blood that drama, but where was the rifle, and which man was telling the truth forensic files. The legendary true crime show is now a podcast. Join investigators as they take on the toughest cases with cutting edge scientific tools. Subscribe now with apple podcasts with new episodes. Every Monday Thursday, you'll never miss out on getting your forensic fix. That's the breaking news from earlier in the broadcast at a luncheon with Republicans today, President Trump complained once again about the amount of disaster relief sent to Puerto Rico in the wake of the devastating storms year and a half ago back then you'll recall, the president visited the island shortly after hurricane Maria. Struck met with residents he drew controversy tossing paper towels the crowd last night, we reported on a Washington Post account that said the president recently held a separate meeting and ask some of his top aides for ways to cut relief funds to the island just before airtime. I spoke with the mayor of San Juan Carmen you lean cruise. Of course, it what's your reaction to the president today. Complaining to senators that Puerto Rico is getting too much relief funding in the way, it's being spent. Well, the president continues to show his vindictive behaviour towards Puerto Rico, and he continues to make the humanitarian crises worst what we're talking about is a gap of six hundred million dollars that is needed to feet Puerto Rico. So he wants to Hoffman puff just like he was King Kong. But we soon really is. He has insurance that people don't have food to put on the table. He doesn't understand that was still recuperating from a devastating situation which he made worse, by the way by just causing a humanitarian crises just to give you an idea. Anderson. One point three million Puerto Ricans out of three point two million that live in the island nation, Puerto Rico are receiving some sort of the traditional assistance. So that means that about forty three percent of the population needs this to put food on the table of that one. One point three million around. Forty five percent are children elderly or people that are with severe disabilities. And we continue to hear about the humanitarian crises and the human crises on fold because the president continues to be too stubborn to do. What is right? You. You talked about what you said was vindictiveness on his part. What do you think is the source of that? And how much of this is political that, you know, a number of the states the relief efforts. He's looking at in various states and praising are in red states and Puerto Rico is is not. Well, I it's totally vindictive. And I'll tell you why on Tober fourth the precedent 2017. The president came down to Puerto Rico just for a couple of hours and one of the things that he said in a meeting that I was at was I hit to tell you Puerto Rico buggy thrown a budget our budget out of whack from all the money that we have thrown down here. And this was only a few weeks after the hurricane that was the same afternoon where he threw paper towels at people an image that will forever live in the heart and minds of people all over the world. And that does not reflect that all the goodness and good heart of the American people in the spirit of hundreds of Americans that have come down to Puerto Rico sins just to help and to support awesome, beginning a reconstruction. Remember, something President Trump look bad in the eyes of the world. He was not up to. Party. Didn't do what he was supposed to do. He couldn't get it done because he lacked leadership. So now rather than looking at himself and see what he could have done better. He blames the people of Puerto Rico. He blames anybody that does not agree with him. Now, I have a message for the Republicans in congress. You don't have to be held hostage to a vindictive behavior from a precedent that just cannot get it done. It is your duty to not let one point three million people in Puerto Rico starve three thousand already died because Donald Trump could not get it done. And what I am pleading with you is not to condemn others to die because it just seems and the question for the precedent is how many deaths how many deaths of Puerto Ricans will be enough for him to do. Right by us. Aircrews are present talkative. Thank you. In with Chris you what he's working off Cuomo prompt, Tom, Chris, how're you doing my friend? Good. All right. So we have jussie smollet. What are we going to do with? What do you make of that? Here's at look they made him a deal. The question is why was this about politics? This about a hole in the case. The prosecutor should've said a lot more and the fact that they're not is suspicious. So we're taking it to Cuomo's court. We're going to look at what should be obvious, and what still needs to be known the word of the day. We'll be exonerate the prosecutor there went out of their way to say, you know, we're not saying he's exonerated. Prosecutors. Don't exonerate people Anderson. You know, that means that you're innocent there about guilt or not guilty making a case after a certain bird, right beyond a reasonable doubt. Why they use it there? Why was it using the mullahs report? We'll talk about both. But another big issue for us tonight is healthcare legally. Why is the president doing what he's doing is? They're sufficiency for the move. They're trying to do to turn over the. And then politically what happens if they're successful when they have nothing to take its place now. Luckily for Chris eight minutes from Alyce, then still had Republican Senator Mike Lees unusual attempt to battle the Democrats so-called green new deal using Ottoman. The Empire Strikes back a really bizarre portrait of late president. Ronald reagan. The ridiculous is next. The right sheets can take your sleep and your style to the next level with bollandbranch, the upgrade has never been more affordable. Every set is crafted from one hundred percent organic cotton. 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Yaser now a few things I'm a little concerned that incentive released mind. President Reagan requires both in machine gun and a rocket launcher. Well, I never saw prison. Reagan writing a dinosaur. I do remember hearing that up until like Franklin Roosevelt Air Force One was just a pterodactyl. But regardless that prop will surely give David Gergen night terrors as the center he was just getting warmed up. That was Gallagher legendary comedian Gallagher smashing a watermelon. Would you might never have thought you'd see unsee span? But at this rate give it a couple of weeks back to Senator Mike Lee hater of the green new deal lover of seahorses. This is a picture of aquaman superhero from the undersea kingdom of Atlantis. I draw your attention Mr President to the twenty foot. Impressive seahorse. He's writing aquaman, by the way. A fun fact about aquaman, he's actually seven two lines the presidency right after tramp from lady and the tramp now at this point. You might be asking how many giant posters did. Centrally have today to which I say how much time you have these little cows represent the bovine population of America today. On the right is the future population under the green new deal? Every cow. I spoke to said the same thing. Boo. This might have played great in the office. I don't know look. I'm no Gallagher. But that punchline it needs some work. Centrally had plenty of other time to win back his audience, which from the sounds of the microphone that were picked up based on the audience was two guys who wandered in from playing Keno reaction to centrally came swiftly from green new deal proponent, congresswoman, Alexandria, Okaz, yo Cortez quote. If this guy can be Senator you can do anything, maybe you can. But can you be a Senator and film expert these images or from the indispensable documentary film, shark NATO, four governor Herbert bravely fought the animal off with the tennis racket that he keeps by his desk precisely for occasions such as this. Yeah. I keep tennis racket around to accept mine is Tibet Blitzer away from my stash of colusa where was centrally going with all this. What is the real solution to climate change? He had a proper that one two. Oh, yes. The solution to so many of our problems at all times in all places. Is to fall in love get married and have some kids. Okay. I love babies. I got no problem with them, except they do seem a little judgy. Anyway, very. These are judgy. Anyway, there you have it. The problem saying, I don't know why they'd be is being judgy. The props say it all go borrow T. Rex by the way, she showed us I felt for the woman whose job it was to like keep going along with Senator. And then have the next giant thing. Ridiculous thing ready to go. I mean, I don't know like it's probably have to practice that. And was worried about it all day. That's the kind of thing. I think about the props set at all go borrow T Rex Brian stores from the Reagan library with or without a rocket launcher senior regards aquaman, maybe heckle some cows. And ride that dinosaur all the way to baby making clock on the ridiculous. And that actually happened in our government on Capitol Hill news continues wanna hear over Chris for Cuomo primetime. Chris.