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The man who took an oath to defend it says, he's okay with that and says his FBI director things. Otherwise is wrong and bladder MIR Putin's help find by him parents. He says it's done all the time. Just normal opposition research, says President Trump history says, otherwise, it is not done all the time or even some of the time, it's not normal and has all this comes at the end of the day full of other breaking news, including new reporting on the president's efforts to investigate the investigators in addition to that tonight, hope Hicks longtime campaign aide, former White House communications director and one time member of the president's inner inner circle as agreed to testify before the house, you do -ciary committee now. The question will be will the White House. Try to stop her from talking about what she saw and heard. Which might have been plenty during her time in the west wing. So that's just ahead along conversation. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on a very important day for his campaign. Talk about all that, but we need to start with what the president told they C news is George Stephanopoulos about foreign meddling. Listen, your campaign, this time round foreigners, if Russia if China if someone else offers you information on opponent should they accept it. Or should they call the FBI? I think maybe you do both. I think you might wanna listen. I don't this stuffing with listening, if somebody called from country Norway, we have information on your own. Oh, I think I'd want to hear you want that kind of for elections. It's not an interference. They have information. I think I'd take it if I thought there was something wrong job, maybe to the FBI, if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with upper research, right, they come up with upper research, oh, let's call the FBI. The FBI doesn't have enough agents to take care of it. But you go and talk, honestly to congressmen, they all do it. They always have. And that's the way it is. It's called upo research. I was President Trump tight climbing. This is just the way it's done. Joining us now is former director of national television ships Clapper, author facts, and fears hard truths from a life in intelligence stretcher, Clapper, is this just the way it's done. Well, it certainly isn't interested in a run out of adjectives to react to describe reaction to this incredible. Amazing thing stunning and disturbing the president would advocate the use of. Accepting. Information provided by a foreign country notably, a foreign adversary and doing so completely overlooking the fact that this could well be probably would be disinformation. Other words, completely phony and to endorse that, and then in doing so endorse undercut, the FBI and, and is director. I just it's just incredible. And I can't get over the duplicity of it here, all the criticism about the infamous dossier. And you know, you can't use it because it's not it's not valid, you can't accept it. That's an end in this case. Well, and you know, it's okay and we're looking to the future here. We're not we're not talking about the past are the dress Campbell previous segment made some very points about that. You know, I'm reminded of when candidate Trump said, you know, Russia, if you're out there, I'd like to get those, you know, Hillary Clinton missing Hillary Clinton emails, the thirty thousand emails and you know if you're. You know, if you're listening Russia, and we know from the Muller report that hours later. Hackers Russian hackers made made attempts. It's essentially kind of echoing that again. I mean, it's basically a clarion call saying, you know what if you have if a country came to me, again, I would I'd, I'd listen to the Russians are doing a there. They were going to do, they're going to repeat, what they did in two thousand sixteen they're going to repeat it in twenty twenty and now what President Trump has done is encouraging them to do. So again, it's just a stunning. Yeah. And I mean, again, it you know, people people just kind of roll their eyes at this point, it bears repeating this is not normal behavior of a president. I'm not even sure he under. I mean, I don't even know if he understands doesn't care what, what, what the ramifications of this are, but if any other president had said, anything resembling this. You know, Republicans in congress would have understandably. Yeah. Interesting. Can you imagine if Barack Obama, if he were still president somehow said something like that the Republicans would be going nuts over this? It's, you know, it's the president or hard to describe the president saying that the FBI director is wrong on this. I mean, Chris Wray is the man he appointed again, if you're Christopher how do you react to, to this tonight? Because again, this is goes against, you know, his saying, don't I mean, he said, maybe I would, you know, I'd, I'd get the information, and then maybe call the FBI in other parts of this interview he talks about how you know, he's never called the FBI for anything. Maybe it's kicked people out of his office, or did he would never pick up the phone call the FBI, one of those bras, you never call up ya. That's, that's not startling. Revelation. He just said, flat out Kris raise wrong, and Chris Wray is not wrong. There are legal implications here. And if you get information provided by a foreign nation state, particularly if it's coming from the likes of an adversary, like China Russia, to me first duty is calling up. That, you know, if if the if a foreign government reached out to an American citizen, someone said they were from Chinese intelligence or from a Chinese think tank and reached out to American citizen with asking for documents or willing to give some documents for some sort of a contact if that American citizen didn't contact the FBI they could get in trouble. Could I mean depending on the on the circumstance that could easily happen? What do you think this sends what message does this end to, to foreign governments, you think like like Russia? I mean we talked about this a little bit. But essentially, you really believe this sends a message to them that go ahead. The gates are open for twenty twenty and I'm open for business on this simply courage them to do something, they're going to do anyway. And by the way, because of the revelations the little detail over report, which was clearly already gone to school, and it's going to be harder to detect what they're doing. Yeah. And now we have the president, essentially encouraging the Russians to Kaji what to do what they did in twenty general Clapper. Appreciate it. Thank you very much had a problem with the Mike, there, Dan, apologize for that. Joining us now is senior legal analyst or coats, former Republican presidential candidate, US, Senator and currency senior political commentator Rick Santorum with us as well as senior CNN, senior political analyst, David Gergen adviser, but democratic and Republican presidents dating. Back to the Nixon White House. David. I don't even know how to pose a question about this. But were you surprised that the president would would say this given all that has happened as far? Shocked, but not surprised with this is sort of becomes standard fare. Unfortunately for president, listen. And I think one needs to distinguish legally, and Laura can elaborate on this, but the but law fair, which is a online. Publication is highly respected had an analysis of the law regarding this and it makes a distinction between. If you've got fear on a campaign and receive information from the Russians, and you have your member of the government is unclear that you have an obligation. But if you're in the government with a top top security clearance, and a person from a foreign government approaches you with information like this, especially in visceral country, you have an affirmative obligation to call the FBI, you have an affirmative obligation. And it would be breaking the law, not to call them. So I do think and that is suggest how serious, this is I listen to I've never heard of any president before this who even talked to the Russians. I never knew of any staff at every even talked to the Russian it was just sort of so out of bounds of just unimaginable. I mean, the fact we're even talking about this is sort of startling, but. But it is not surprising Senator Santorum know in the subways in New York. There are signs saying, you know, if you see something say something we want citizens to call the police if they even suspect something. What message does this send? Well, I mean, let's be fair. The president said he would listen but he was also Senate to the FBI. He said he'd do both. So the question is, whether he should do both or just simply refuse to get the information but he did say he would turn it over to the FBI. And what I was maybe maybe and also initially he did point out. He's never never picked up the phone for for something like that. And nobody ever would and congress people don't do it. And that Chris Wray is wrong that you should pick up the phone. Yeah. I like the prison throws terms maybe I mean, he has sort of as we all do we have filler words that we throw out there and that, that don't mean what they say, like you know, I think is so, so I took the president for his word. They would do both which I think I don't think that's necessarily inappropriate as long as he refers to the FBI as far as looking at the information, maybe should maybe shouldn't. But I don't think there's a crime in looking. At the information as long as you referred to the proper authorities, Lor is a is this appropriate if he looks at it. But but, but maybe then he does decide to call the FBI. This is the president of the United States is going the route. Listen. I haven't committed a crime, but if I had the opportunity to do. So perhaps, I think about it, because that's what happens in the real world is extraordinarily dangerous here. There are loss on the books that say members of a foreign government. Foreign nationals cannot interfere with the American electoral system more than that Anderson. They're very clear than American citizen, including a campaign cannot solicit information from a foreign national or foreign garment for the purpose of doing so swallow this comes down to the idea of look, if you were actively trying to get information opposition research, or however, you want to coin, the phrase to try to get a campaign contribution of sorts that he would otherwise have to pay for that file lakes, the law, the idea that the president is saying, well, you know what everyone is doing it? So I should be able to well, the real world he would not prosecute this. You got a hold. Body of campaign Kanji talk at this. Now give you wreck central. You're talking about the idea. The laws have not actually been so well defined defined what it means to be a contribution. Whether it's a value at the bare minimum, you cannot solicit from a foreign government anything like this wealthier our election in many ways. This sounds just WikiLeaks are two or solicitation, all those veils lawyer tradition a bunch of facts, that, that George Stephanopoulos ever said, George severed off ask him whether he was soliciting. He said, if someone came to you. So the president wasn't answering questions about soliciting information. He was saying if someone came to you and said, hey, I have some third, and he was talking more Colo clear. And again, I think the president's word is as often or imprecise and not necessarily. That's why I think he didn't want to be interviewed with, with Bob Muller is that he can sort of ramble and talk about things more loosely. And I think he was talking more of a general political context that we could officer research all the time when you get opposites. Rachel Senate campaign. You don't call the FBI. I mean I got I got folks who through through information at me, and all of my campaigns. No, I never called the FBI did you get assure way or my. If, if I knew that that information was coming from a foreign source. Sure, I would call the that's not what the president said he didn't. He said he would. Rick, one point servicing in the overall context that George ziplock was asking the questions back is what George as Donald Trump junior dinner member that phrase, if it's what you say is I love it. And why did have one permission about what was going to happen? It is a fine line in for me as somebody who honors the executive branch of government knows that the president nights states is there to enforce the law as part of his duty the idea of skirting that fine line of when you say what they like to give to me and ask for information. It's really quick. I gotta I gotta get a break in. We're going to pick up this conversation after short break. We'll continue this. It's important, also to this point, you'll hear for yourself, the prison United States, the United States. More of what he said, George Stephanopoulos, about his own handpicked FBI director. And of course, Senator, Bernie Sanders and twenty twenty presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is going to be joining us in just a moment as well. Thanks to better help the world's largest online counseling program for supporting Anderson Cooper, three sixty we all could benefit from a little therapy, and better help makes it so easy to take advantage of I took the plunge myself to seek out strategies for dealing with stress and stress relationships from the get-go. I was super impressed with a seamless process for registering and detailing the issues, I wanted to discuss they have really figured out how to use technology to take the potential unease out of counseling. I answered a series of easily digestible questions that really focused my goals, and then was quickly assigned to counselor for credentials were impactful. 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If you need some support support Anderson Cooper, three sixty at better help dot com slash AC three sixty and get ten percent off your first month. President Trump says he thinks he'd accept help from a foreign power to get reelected, and then maybe call the FBI if he remains meddling curious to coin, a phrase he also in his interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos seems awfully FBI skeptical. Here's what he said. When asked about Don juniors. Encounter with Russians, who are offering dirt on Hillary Clinton allegedly from the Russian government and the Email he got first floating. The idea. Going to be FBI when he got that, okay? Let's put yourself in a position era. Congressman somebody comes up and says, hey I have information on your opponent. Ducal the FBI. From day one you do. I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI in my whole life. I you don't call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do what gore got stolen briefing book he called the FBI. Well, that's different stolen breaching this stuff. This is somebody that said we have information on your opponent. Oh, let me call the FBI. Give me a break. Lifeless director says that's what should happen. The FBI director is wrong. Back now with Laura coach Rick Santorum, and Dave Gergen Gergen's. It seems pretty clear in that, that he's saying, you know, if he was done junior or what Don jR did was totally appropriate. Not to call the FBI, even though he was approached by someone saying they were representing the Russian government. I'm afraid that's what that is what he said. I listen, I do think Rick Santorum makes agree with him. At one point, if you're sitting in a campaign, somebody comes in and says, I have dirt on my opponent. No matter who they're from you're probably going to read it. And as far as I know there's no law that says, you can't read it the question becomes, what, what you do with the information that you've received. And who you received it from and on that, I anybody thought about this, the first thing they would do is call the lawyer for the organization, they're working for and say, what is the right thing to do with this bombshell, I've just received I went through this way back when in Carter versus Regan race. A nineteen eighty we got a briefing book that just appeared over the transcript it belong to the other side. And when we cover more about it the first thing we started doing is calling the FBI, we did not want to, you know, we just wanted to make sure that are skirts were clean, you and that's vision you're in, but I disagree with strongly. On the idea that he didn't mean maybe you know, he the President Trump has a long history of creating loopholes for himself. You know, he'll say something, but then you'll create a loophole which will give him away out. And maybe is essentially saying, well, maybe you might want to keep it after all of this. I got the first load of dirt on, on my against Hillary. If I just sit here with it. Maybe bring me a second, load it, it becomes part of a practice it becomes very underhand in his what undermines our democracy. Ultimately, I mean, Senator Santorum, you know, the first response from the president is what you're done junior gets a call on this, and he's going to call the don't think so no congressman would do that. That's his gut reaction. It's only later on and conversation, maybe in his mind is thinking, oh, you know, maybe I shouldn't have said that, that he throws in a maybe. Well, look, I mean, I Don Donald Trump, junior didn't know for sure that that was from the Russian government or I thought it was eight what he didn't know. Okay, we'll Email actually said it, it is from the Russian government. Well, again, a lot of people say a lot of things and, and. It certainly not anybody recognizable with the Russian government. And so someone says, hey, I got. So I guess the point that I think President Trump is making his if you get something that someone sort of alleges you're probably going to take a look at it, it looks like this is a serious issue, which of course, it turned out not to be. Then maybe you take it to, to the FBI, but going to the FBI because someone and this is what I think the president was saying because someone claims something from something without having any kind of evidence to back it up. You probably don't do that right away. David, I think, yeah, I want to say one thing it's worth remembering the context. This was a campaign team that was already talking to the Russians about creating a backchannel from if they get elected back down in the White House directly to Moscow to be able to go around all the thirties all the intelligence agencies. The F B I and everybody else. This is not a team crash really looked at something like this. They were very serious about trying to create a system that was outside the system, Laura. If you're in the FBI to go ahead guide guy. Further context here. You're essentially saying that somebody comes to you and says, hey, I've got this really nice Lamborghini, do. No, I don't either Larry Guinea back. Do you wanna have a joy Brad Wakeman you saying who among us would not get into a car that probably is still women at that point in time with the president of the United States? Somebody running the president, I states should not actively pursue the joyride and should be at least a student, not to know knowing that he's already been named individual number one, I believe, in a SDN y filing about campaign financing campaign contributions about trying. Obviously, she froze there, Rick Santorum. I mean does. EU yourself, though, very clearly said, if this was you, you would call the FBI look, if I got information that. Yeah. I think the president is if you look at the totality of what he said, I am a little uncomfortable with the fact that he seems to give the intimation that, that it may be okay to not call the FBI when you get information for government, because I read is wrong, when he said, well, the well, I think he was saying Christmas wrong with respect is son, Donald Trump junior. I, I don't think he was saying collectively that that's how I read it. I could be wrong. But that's how I read this ranch scrip. And so what I what I would say is that just the just the appearance that the president is giving that it may be okay to solicit will not solicit, but to take information at and to read it is I just think the prison maybe should walk that back a little bit, and say, look, I'd read it, but I would share it with the F B. I think is the right anthrax announcing you're ready to receive information. Yeah. He's not. It's kind of soliciting. Yeah. I that's not a good idea. Senator Santorum always appreciate it, long coach David Gergen, as well. Now, Bernie Sanders. He is, of course, the independent Senator running for the democratic presidential nomination as democratic socialist today. George Washington University just blocks from the White House. He made a case that all three labels draw. In fact, on single progressive tradition when that fits this moment, he says, in time in this particular president, listen. It is my very strong belief that the United States must reject that path of hatred and the business. And instead, find the moral conviction to choose a different path a higher path, a path of compassion, Justice and loaf. And that is the path that I call democratic socialism. Today in the second decade of the twenty first century, we must take up the unfinished business of the new deal and carry it to completion. This is the unfinished business of the Democratic Party and the vision we together must accomplish tight. We'll explore the implications of that cost of taking up that unfinished business as well as the price to be paid for not trying without let's welcome. Twenty sixteen and now twenty twenty democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Senator sanders. Thank you for being with us. I wanna talk to you about your speech in this idea of a twenty first century economic Bill of rights, which is what you were really focusing on today. Very quickly, though, just your reaction to what the president told George Stephanopoulos, that he would in fact, take a look at opposition research, or anything offered from a foreign government, even an adversary, and then maybe call the FBI will to tell you the truth. I am not exactly shocked. I think we have a president who neither understands the constitution of the United States or respects the constitution, somebody who does not believe in this up. Peration of powers and somebody who thinks he's above the law. I mean, that's why I believe the how should begin impeachment inquiries on Trump's so no I'm not shocked. What changed your mind on beginning, impeachment inquiries, because because it is it is something of evolution for, you know, not really. I mean, what I I've not here to tell you that we should impeach Trump. In fact, I don't even know that they're all the votes in the house to impeach him. But I doubt very much. There are the votes in the Senate to can thick the media two-thirds of the Senate sixty-seven votes. But I certainly think that the American people need to understand what this president has done, his contempt of for the law. And I think that is the process we undetake when we begin an impeachment inquiry in the speech today you talk about a twenty first century economic Bill of rights, and you hearken back to FDR and kind of pitching, this as a continuation of FDR's legacy. Even Martin Luther King junior. Can you explain how it is pertinent to a vision of democratic socialism? Absolutely. Back in nineteen forty four in a little remembered state of the union speech quarter. It was at the end of World War, Two and Roosevelt said, look, we have a Bill of rights in this country, and we have a constitution paraphrasing him, which says that we have all kinds of great rights. We have freedom of speech, freedom of a semi freedom of religion all of that. It's great. But what we do not have is an economic Bill of rights. We don't guarantee a decent standard of living to all about people. That's what he said, and he died, he laid up and in fact that mantle has never really been picked up. So what I am saying today, is that all we truly free. This isn't a sense. What Roosevelt was saying? If you're going out and you worked in seventy or eighty hours a week because the wages you'll live you're working under off starvation, wages, all your free. If you can't afford to go to the doctor in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. And you get sick or maybe you die because you can't afford health insurance, all your free. If you are a young bright person, but you can't afford to go to college or you leave school fifty or one hundred thousand dollars in debt all your free. If you're sleeping out on the street tonight. Anderson, a half a million Americans, including many veterans of sleeping on the street. And I told what I am saying picking up from Roosevelt that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world now is the time to finally say that economic rights are human rights that everybody in this country deserves a job at decent pay. That healthcare is a human right, that a full education is a human, right? A clean environment is a human right? Affordable housing is a human right, retirement security. We got millions of old people senior citizens of this country who literally cannot afford the prescription drugs. They desperately need. It's yeah. I mean you are, you're leaning into democratic socialists. Obviously everybody's known your democratic socialist. But I mean, you are clearly trying to sort of explain what your view of what that means to, you know, an American population and many people who see here, the socialism, part, maybe not the democratic part. And, you know, President Trump, ultimately will be yelling Venezuela. She was much as possible. Yeah. Well, that's exactly the point. And the other point that I made today is that, in fact, people like Donald Trump are also socialists, except they all corporate socialists, they are prepared. And do provide hundreds of billions of dollars every single year in subsidies and tax breaks to large corporations, and the wealthy Anderson, you will remember very well, the Wall Street bail out now Wall Street is the pit pity of unfettered capitalism. That's what they believe except when the greed in a legal behavior nearly destroyed the economy, they win begging to the congress. They were big time, socialist, and they said, we need federal help, give us seven hundred billion from the treasury, and trillions of dollars in low interest loans from the Federal Reserve. You got the fossil fuel the street today, which is literally destroying the planet, and they get billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks. You have. Amazon owned by the wealthiest person in this country. Jeff basis made eleven billion dollars last year. That's what was on made in profits. They didn't pay a nickel in federal income taxes. So, in fact, you got Donald Trump himself as part of his housing in devas receive tens and tens of millions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks. So you do have socialism in this country except as Martin Luther King reminded us. It's socialism, for the very rich and unfettered individualism for the poor. We're gonna take a quick break. I want to continue this conversation. It's important. One Senator Sanders, just a moment still have more ground to cover including as we've just started touching on big money. President Trump's attack on Democrats writ large and his take on socialism and the Senator himself a lot more. We'll be right back. Remember to create an ad like this one, visit pure winning dot com slash CNN. We're talking to Senator Bernie Sanders tonight about embracing the label President Trump and even some Democrats treat, as an epithet socialist in his case democratic socialist, which Senator today, so to weave into a progressive tapestry as it were tracing back to the new deal. And before he also cited Franklin Roosevelt opened scorn for government organized money organized by money as FDR called it seeming to welcome as FDR did at the time the attacks on him that have already begun. There's partisan Trump had a Republican fundraiser in Iowa last night. Painting, Democrats angry and extreme. The democrat party has never been angrier. This so angry to give people so angry for what for what these are angry people every day. The democrat party is becoming more and more unhinged and more and more extreme. They're going crazy. Do you love it? I love it. Back now. With Senator Sanders you talked today in your speech about compassion, Justice and love as sort of the hallmarks of how you see leadership and your leadership. You know how the president's gonna paint. You're talking democratic socialism besides, you know, Venezuela is, is do enough Americans know what you mean by that. And what that actually looks like, well Anderson that's why I'm on your show tonight. That's right. Look what we have to understand, for example. Just for example, the United States is the only beta country on earth, not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right in many countries in Europe, Germany, for one you go to college, and the cost of college is zero. I think in Finland they actually pay you to go to college in most countries around the world, the level of income and wealth inequality, which in the United States today is worse than any time since the nineteen twenties with three families owning more wealth than the bottom half of America that level of income and wealth. Inequality is much less severe than it is right here in the United States, as you know, the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are into the individual personal taxes, much higher than they are in the state. But I suspect that a lot of people in this country would be delighted to pay more in taxes, if they had health, if they had a comprehensive health. Care as a human, right? I live fifty miles away from the Canadian border, you go to the doctor anytime you want. You don't take out your wallet. You have hot surgery. You have a heart transplant you come out of the hospital. It costs you nothing your kids in many countries around the world can go through the go to public colleges and universities tuition free a wages in many cases a higher. So there is a trade off. But at the end of the day, I think that most people will believe they're going to be better off when their kids have educational opportunities without out of pocket expenses when they have health care is a human, right? When they have affordable housing when they have decent retirement security, I think most Americans will understand that, that is a good deal when, when somebody is looking at, at you, as a candidate when someone who looking at Senator Elizabeth Warren as a candidate vote progressive candidates, obviously there. Now, several polls, have you trailing Elizabeth Warren. It's kind of ridiculous to look at polls at this stage of a of a primary battle. But she does not have the label democratic socialist. You do. Is it a liability? I don't think so we'll tell you why look, certainly known Elizabeth for many, many years, and she's afraid, she says she's a capitalist. I know. Yeah, I know. And I know many of the other candidates walked in my view, knowing them, personally. Well, intentioned in decent people want to do the right thing. But here is the point Anderson that I wanna make one of the reasons that so many Americans are dispirited about the political process is they he candidates come phone. I want to do this, and I want to do that, and I want to do that, but nothing happens. And the reason for that is not that the candidates allying it is, we have to deal with the reality that we don't talk about too much, and that is the power structure of America. The fact that the folks on Wall Street in the drug companies in the insurance companies in the military industrial complex in the fossil fuel industry have so much power that no president alone. Not me not anybody else can do it alone. And that is why I talk about us, not me in our campaign, why you're talking about a political revolution. If you want. To transform our energy system. And you wanna come back climate change words, not good enough. We'd have to bring millions of people together to tell the fossil fuel industry. They will not continue to destroy this planet. You want Medicare for all you're going to have to stand up to the insurance companies, you wanna cut the cost of prescription drugs, and half, which is what I think we should do. You're going to have to stand up to the incredibly wealthy and powerful pharmaceutical industry and you're gonna get it, and you're, and you're gonna have to get it through congress. You're going to have to get it through congress, which are not going to get it through congress. When lobbyists and big money interests controlled congress. The only way that real change ever takes place. And now and in the past is when millions of people stand up an opera pad the fight for that. And if anybody tells you the dead going to bring about real change in this country, and they're going to sit down and Capitol Hill, and they're going to go, negotiate this, that they're not being quite. Honest because you're going to have to take on Wall Street and all of these other powerful special interests. And the only way the change happens, whether it is the civil rights movement, the women's movement. The gay movement, the labor movement. The only way it happens is when people stand up and fight bucks with this campaign is about is bringing together a mass movement of people, and I'm very proud that we have over a million volunteers already Jenner Sanders. I appreciate your time. Thank you. Thank you on the breaking news, just ahead. I'll talk to key member of the house oversight committee, about his reaction, the president's from our ABC news, and he thinks he'd accept foreign help in the twenty twenty election. The right sheets can take your sleep, and your style to the next level with Boll and branch. The upgrade has never been more affordable. Every set is crafted from one hundred percents organic cotton. They get softer and softer over time. That's why they have thousands of five star reviews and even three US presidents have Boll and branch sheets. Try them for thirty nights. And if you don't love them, send them back for a full refund. Go to bollandbranch dot com today for fifty dollars off your first set of sheets, plus free shipping with promo code CNN to spelled B O L L, andbranch dot com. That's bollandbranch dot com, promo code CNN, too. When owner breaking news from the top of the hour. President Trump's interview with ABC news the president's saying, quote, I think I'd wanna hear it unquote. If a foreign government offered information on his twenty twenty opponents. It's pretty astonishing remark given what's taken place over the past two years. Joining me now is congressman Gerry Connolly democratic member of the house oversight committee, which today voted to hold both attorney general bar and commerce secretary will barrage in contempt of congress over that contentious proposal to include a citizenship question to the twenty twenty cents. It's comes from Connolly, first of all, your reaction to what the president has now said about kind of being open for business to get what he terms opposition research, even if it's from Russia or China or some foreign power. Well, I think the president has reopened the whole question of collusion and the gated two years of denial of collusion, you know, he's fond of saying, no clues new clues into that mention no collusion and today, he said, I would welcome collusion. I would gladly accept opposition research, or analysis by foreign power. Against one of my political opponents. That's the very definition of collusion. Anderson, right. By the way, opposition research, might be disinformation and might be false information damaging to that could be damaging to opponent some of your colleagues in congress tonight are calling for impeachment proceedings to begin to do these comments from the president. I mean, does it work? Does that change your mind in any way does it affected? Does a warrant it? Well, certainly fix it, and it pushes us further and further in that direction, we have a process, the way you mentioned the intro our committee today, for example voted for contempt citations against secretary Wilbur Ross, and the attorney general, Mr. bar on a different issue. This isn't ship question, but across the board. I think the walls collapsing on Mr. Trump. And I think he's helping the process ironically with comments like he made today. So I think there's almost an inexorable move. Toward impeachment. I don't think we're there yet. I think we have to let this process sort itself out, but he certainly making it much more difficult for himself. And in terms of that contempt vote today. What happens now? Well, I think we go to court we passed yesterday on the floor a resolution that basically powers committee, chairman like ours. Logic Cummings, the chairman of the oversight and reform committee to go directly court to enforce the subpoena. So hopefully that short circuits the process, it doesn't completely solve the problem of the time lapse in courts. But again, I think it makes it more imminent and more real for those who were subpoenaed and facing this contempt citation could the department of Justice and Democrats on your committee still work out a deal before there's actually moves to a court fight because the House Judiciary committee. They were able to reach an agreement the DOJ, yes. And they did in the face of the threat of a criminal, contempt citation. So, yeah, I think that's possible, but I have to tell us so far, the administration led by the attorney general and by secretary Russ has basically thumbed its nose at our request that produced. Seventeen thousand documents most of which are heavily redacted or redundant documents. We already possessed, they've been entirely unresponsive, not a single document in response to this very specific request. We made with regarding this question comes from Connelly. I appreciate your time. Thank you very much, pleasure, Edison. Thank you on a very busy Wednesday night. There are still more breaking news. What former White House aide hope Hicks has agreed to do on Capitol Hill. Next. Cancer March bad is three sixty five on this edition of our film. I'll be joined by Louisville head coach. Chris, smack, nothing Jordan made a very, very mature decision. Maybe one that a lot of guys might not have made because he would have been drastic. Listen to subscribe for free at apple podcasts Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. There's more breaking news tonight. Hope Hicks who emerges when President Trump's most trusted age in the campaign, and then, of course later in the White House has agreed to testify a week from today behind closed doors before the House Judiciary committee. Now it's the first case where a member of the president's inner circle will appear as part of the committee's investigation into potential destruction Justice, on the part of President Trump. Caitlyn Colin joins us now with more from the White House. I it's hard to overstate how close hope Hicks was to the president. Also, how much information she likely knows the question is, what would she say or can she say, and is the White House, going to try to stop and lawmakers are going to be trying to get everything? They can at least those democratic lawmakers because as you noted, not only what she one of his top aides. She was also one of his closest confidants closer than anyone else when she was here, working in the west wing. But also, remember, she was there every step of the way during the campaign Anderson. So as you noted, she's the first member of the president's inner circle to go before this committee. But recall she testified before that time when she admitted that she had told. What she said we're white lies on behalf of the president. But there's a good chance. I mean, she might not actually answer many of the committee's questions, right? Yeah. There is it remains to be seen. What kind of privilege, the White House is going to assert over what she's going to say? And they will have a chance to do that likely with some of her conversations of her time here in the White House. But of course, if it goes back to the campaign, they can't likely assert executive privilege in the way that they would hear the White House so that time is essentially going to be fair game for these lawmakers. Now, of course, what is going to happen. Here is still remains to be seen it will be behind closed doors. But I should note we are going to get a transcript of what goes on behind those closed doors. And she still has a relationship the president and they're still close, aren't they? They, it's not the same relationship based on what they had before when she was here. The president could holler out for her from the Oval Office, the relationship has changed. We've been told by sources. So that's where that's what makes this interesting is that yes, she's still considered in the inner circle, but it's certainly not as close as she was when she was working just feet away from the Oval Office industry, working for the GOP, or Trump reelection or anything. No right now. She's not working for the campaign that we know of she does have this new job at FOX, that she's been doing public relations for them. And what we've been told by people who have remained in contact with her is that essentially when she left the White House after not only her time here coming under such scrutiny, but also that relationship with rob porter. The staff secretary who had to leave over those spousal abuse allegations. She really wanted to distance herself from Trump world to a degree. But of course you see your picture. You see her face. She's one of the most recognized people from this administration from the president's world. So it's pretty hard to do that. Galen Collins to the White House Kaelin. Thank you up next. What lawmakers on Capitol Hill today for. Sick and dying. Nine eleven first responders. Listen, twenty four hours after getting a scolding by John Stewart. From CNN films. Apollo eleven. 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