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hodgepodge of weather. we're seeing a little dusting of snow in philadelphia, as well as in central parts of pennsylvania. washington, d.c., the wintry mix and icy conditions this morning. you should warm up and change over to rain later today. christi and victor, back to you. >> thank you so much. everybody stay off the roads, please. >> no doubt about it. boy, a lot of political news happening overnight. we have a lot for you, next hour of your "new day" starts right now. the fbi director has no credibility. >> reporter: fbi director james comey facing renewed scrutiny on both sides of the aisle. >> jim comey is an honorable person who i think made a bad decision. >> when the director of the fbi can't answer those questions it does shake our confidence. >> putin did call me a genius and said i'm the future of the republican party. >> reporter: putin denied claims that trump has compromising on
him. >> there is reasonable call to believe that the chicago police department engages in a pattern or practice of abuse and excessive force. >> search was intense. >> this is going to be the happiest day in the world to hold my baby. >> we found an 18-year-old woman with the eye same date of birth but a different name. ♪ >> what a story that is. we're going to bring that to you in a little bit. we do want to wish you a good saturday morning. thank you for sharing your time with us. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. this morning, less than a week to go before president-elect donald trump takes the oath of office in washington. society, immigration activists will be rallying. two rallies in washington. one at an historic church the other at the martin luther king jr. memorial. we'll follow both of those for you this morning. >> that, of course, as the
president-elect is hosting a new interviewing that he's open to lifting sanctions for russia but plans to keep them for, quote, at least a period of time. meanwhile, republicans taking steps to dismantle obamacare. house members voting on a bill allowing to begin work on rolling back parts of the health care law. jessica snider is live at trump tower. >> jessica, what does this mean for the future of u.s./russia relations? >> reporter: well, you know, victor, the president-elect has repeatedly expressed his willingness to engage with russia, and he did it again last night in that hour-long interview with "the wall street journal" saying he is in fact prepared to meet with russian president vladimir putin once he's sworn in. he also addressed those sanctions. trump's team had talked about this that the past but donald trump talking to "the wall street journal" implying he could be willing to roll back those sanctions including
sending 35 russian diplomats back to russia. donald trump consistently saying this to "the wall street journal" saying if you get along and russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing really great things? donald trump adding that russia could be helping to battle terrorism and other goals. of course, this could once again put donald trump at odds with congressional republicans. congressional leaders, of course, have repeatedly expressed their hard line stance. or the hope that there will be a hard line stance against russia, in the wake of that u.s. intelligence that said that russians were in fact responsible for the hacking during the election season. of course, the hacking, of course, of the dnc, and of course against clinton's campaign chair john podesta. a lot of open questions here, and donald trump saying yes, he's willing to engage with russia and the sanctions that
rolled back. >> the trump transition spokesman sean spicer confirms that retired general michael flynn, the incoming national security adviser for donald trump contacted russia's ambassador to the u.s. this past december. that was actually on the same day that the white house announced sanctions against russia. tell us about that. >> yeah, a lot of open questions there, victor. and the trump team confirming that in fact national security adviser michael flynn did have conversations and conversations and communication with the russian ambassador to washington on multiple occasions. the first two communicated when russia's ambassador to turkey was shot. in the december 29th phone call where the two actually did speak on the phone, the trump transition team saying that conversation was merely was about when donald trump could
speak to russian president vladimir putin. but, of course, that date, the same day that president obama imposed those sanctions on russia, expelling those 35 russian diplomats. of course, the big question here being whether or not there was more to that conversation, than just arranging that meeting, or potential phone call between donald trump and vladimir putin. the big issue being, there's a thing called the logan act, there's a centuries old act which does bar u.s. citizens from interfering into any disputes or controversies between the u.s. and a foreign government. so, was this against the law? the trump team saying no way, of course that could be an open question. >> jessica schneider, outside of trump tower, thanks so much. let's bring in political comment tart errol louis. and sarah westwell. errol, i'd like to start with you, we've seen two different versions of this with donald trump in the last week when it
comes to russia. he says, of course, he does think russia is to blame for the hacking. then he telling "the wall street journal" what jessica was pointing out that he's not opposed to lifting sanctions. there's a strategy, errol, to be noncommittal prior to getting into office? and if it is his strategy, is it a smart one? >> i don't know if i'd call it a strategy or maybe close to a style or tendency. as we've seen with donald trump, he tends to leave him ambiguous and give himself wiggle room to negotiate and maybe change course if he decides to along the way. again, he did it in business quite a bit. has been doing it in politics quite a while. and box he doesn't a doctrine or philosophy or book or anything that we can point to that says he's going to try to be consistent on foreign policy, russian relations or anything else, we don't really know where he's going with any of this. i think almost more troubling in a way is this snogs that when he says, well if russia is doing
great things, why would we impose sanctions on them. the sanctions were imposed for a very specific reason. and it has to do with the illegal annexation of territory in europe for the first time since world war ii. this is the part of all of that, that part that is missing the piece of puzzle, donald trump saying we could have an alliance with russia and to help us fight isis, that's one thing but based on that alone, he seems to be determine to the create some kind of special relationship with poout and with russia in the face of enormous evidence of the contrary, that this is not a man or regime that's in step with american values or american policies. >> sara, i want to move on to obamacare. paul ryan says that republicans will repeal and replace obamacare simultaneously. let's take a listen. >> there are good objectives that they sought to achieve in this law. young people, you should be able
to stay on your parents' plan until you're 26. we want more choices, lower prices, more competition, no monopolies. that's what we want to replace. >> is there any indication the detail, this new plan, how expeditiously it can be brought out? >> the problem for congressional republicans is not that they don't have the health care plan, it's that they have too many plans. and they haven't come to a consensus which reform they should piece together for obamacare. and once they reach that consens consensus, they're still facing a number of other dilemmas, the first is do they push it the way obamacare was pushed through in one piece of legislation. or do they replace it in a bunch of smaller bills and then risk having to waive a bunch of
smaller ones that means there's nor discussion answer more time to arrive at a consensus on all of those components of obamacare. and the biggest problem they're facing is, how do they prevent insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions that is the heart of obamacare? there's not a clear path forward there. trump has led the charge in saying we're not going to kick people off their plans that they've enjoyed. >> and oftentimes, it's two different things. errol, let me talk to you about what we're learning about john lewis this morning, questioning donald trump legitimacy as president. let's listen together here. >> i don't see the president-elect as a legitimate president. >> you do not consider him a legitimate president. why is that? >> i think the russians participated in helping this man get elected.
>> so, he is citing, errol, russian hacking, derailing the hillary clinton campaign. and that's why he doesn't see this presidency as legitimate, is that reasoning? or was it responsible to come out and delegitimize this presidency? >> well, i wouldn't question john lewis about anything because he made it possible for me. i think if john lewis has more information, he should share it with us. but if he's just basing it on what all of us know that he doesn't think it's something that he can participate in, i think you'll find that there are a lot of people who feel that way, to tell you the truth. we follow a lot of this stuff, christi, my understanding of the electoral college and having followed this from start to finish, i don't think whatever
we know about the russians so far made the difference in those three crucial states in wisconsin, michigan. on the other hand, john lewis may have reached an entirely different conclusion and he's entitled to do that. >> because there's not a definitive investigatory conclusion into whether russia did have an impact on the presidential election, sarah, was this a responsible statement to make? >> well, look, this plays into exactly what president-elect donald trump has been saying that the russian hacking could be used to delegitimize a victory. some republicans have getting him to accept the reality that russians hacked the election by saying nobody is trying to deleg delegitmize the election, is sort of validates what donald
trump was saying all along. >> i appreciate your time. thank you. monday, cnn has a special report that we want to let you know about call the first daughter ivanka trump. we're going to take a look at ivanka's influence, her influence on fashion, on business. that's monday at 9:00 p.m. eastern, right here on cnn. tension building between democrats and fbi director james comey after a tense house briefing on russian hacking. >> the outrageous fight to call for comey's resignation. more on that. and the government's watchdog is sounding the alarm for donald trump conflicts of interest. why he says his plans to give his business to his sons is quote, wholly inadequate. also, a cold case is finally cracked. you can believe this -- a
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person who i think made a bad decision. >> when the director of the fbi can't answer those questions it does shake our confidence. >> the democrats there outraged with fbi director james comey after this confidential briefing on the russian hacking. former dnc chairwoman debbie wasserman schultz who was forced to resign over this hacking engaged in a heated exchange with the fbi director claiming he did not do enough to inform her. >> the meantime, "the wall street journal" is calling for comey to resign. this is a quote. the new ag should ask the director to resign for the good of the fbi. >> so what do you hear for james comey? are his days numbered let's bring in cnn analyst and former fbi assistant director tom few wen puent puentes.
>> good morning, victor. >> back in july, republicans were outraged now, we're seeing it from the democrats. do you think they'll be able to weather the storm. or, should he resign? >> well, i think the question is, you know, do we want fbi directors to resign strictly because of political pressure, even before any investigation is conducted into how he conducted his business. and how he directed the decision-making from the fbi. so, that's the reason why congress passed the law and the president signed that the fbi director is the only leader of an executive branch agency that does not serve strictly at the pleasure of the president. his term does not expire when the president's term expires. he has a ten-year term. that's why to keep politics out of it. now, unfortunately, the director helped become in the middle of this political firestorm with his july 5th announcement that he was now recommending charges. i think the part of that blame
has to go back to the attorney generals, days before after the encounter with bill clinton on the attorney general's airplane when she said i will go with the recommendation of the fbi. i've said before and i'll say again, on july 5th, the director's only announcement should have been we've completed our investigation and we've submitted the results to the department of justice, for the department to decide whether or not to prosecute. and i don't care if the janitor at doj made the decision. it should have been made at doj, not publicly made by the fbi director. i think that was the beginning of the slippery slope of political contentiousness that went on throughout the rest of the summer. and all the way up to and including the election. >> there are many who agree with you that he should not have gone into the carelessness of the use of the server and confidential information. democrats also questioned the announcement 11 days before the election of opening up this investigation into looking into what was on anthony weiner's
laptop. several days before the election saying there's nothing new there. there's this exchange between james comey testified before the senate intelligence committee and senator angus king, and his refusal to confirm there's an ongoing investigation. listen to this exchange. >> mr. comey, did you answer senator wyden's question that there is an investigation underway as to connections between either the political campaigns and the russian -- russians? >> i didn't say one way or another. >> you didn't say -- >> that was my intention at least. >> you didn't say one way or another, whether even there's an investigation underway. >> correct, i don't -- especially in a public forum, we never confirm or deny a pensding investigation. >> the irony -- >> i'm not -- >> the irony of your making that statement here, i cannot avoid, but i'll move on. >> so what position has he placed himself in now, now with the president with that july 5th?
>> the difference is july 5th, he's saying we recommend no charges. shortly thereafter, the attorney general says the case is closed. not only against hillary clinton but her assistants and everyone else that was the subject of that investigation. so, once that was officially disclosed, the fbi can discuss, at least in testifying before congress, the nature of the information and many of the aspects of the investigation. it's now a closed case, not a pending one. so, that's standard to say we're not go to talk about a pending case. i think that's what's caused so much contuconsternation here. but the case is not related to the fbi, that's libel to be disclosed she should have been prosecuted. i think the democrats have to be careful for what they wish for here. because to go back and relitigate the entire investigation and comey's final
decision with recommendations not to prosecute, that might be something they don't want this to be brought up again. basically, you know, looking into the details of it. and especially, if they look at the department of justice and the fbi interaction, did the department of justice officials make decisions that basically health back the fbi from using many of the investigative techniques that are normal. in a complex, difficult investigation, including grand juries. including which search warrants were issued, the use of immunities. there were a lot of things that led up to it. director comey may have been exactly right on july 5th that there wasn't enough evidence. the next question becomes, is the fbi somehow obstrucbstructe obtaining the evidence. this is a very tricky situation to reopen and retalk about. this may not be fallout against
the fbi by saying is this over. >> there's a process begin for the attorney general, the doj's handling of this investigation. tom fuentes, always good to have you. a baby girl kidnapped from the hospital. now 18 years later, she discovers her true identity. it is a fascinating story. we'll bring you that next.
i'm not fooling you, this is a disturbing story we are to tell you this morning. in utah, a mother is accused of locking her son in a bathroom for more than a year. >> yeah, this boy's father found him trapped inside earlier this week and rushed him to the hospital. doctors say the boy weighed 30 pounds. one of the worst they've seen. >> the light switches were in the off position, not only in the off position, but they've been secured with duct tape to ensure that the individual in the dark in that room would not be able to turn on the lights. i've seen the photos. >> doctors say the boy will be in the hospital for at least three weeks to get his weight up. get him healthy again. his mother is charged with child abuse. all right. let's get to a cold case that is finally solved after 18 years. these are the kinds of things
you think can't happen. and this is vindication that yes, they can. kamiyah mobley was just hours old when she was kidnapped in 1988. is this a rendering of what she would have looked like. the woman here is the woman who posed as a nurse and stealing her from the hospital. >> the family is learning that the baby they lost so many year is now a teenager living in south carolina. polo sandoval is here. this is just remarkable that this girl now is learning that the mother she thought was her biological mother is potentially. >> right, the person involved in her kidnapping. kamiyah mobley able to speak to her father's family. sheriff did say kamiyah mobley had at least an inkling perhaps that she was a victim of a
kidnapping just months before she got that knock on the door. >> i always thought it would happen one day. i doesn't have no idea it was going to be this day. >> reporter: velma aiken's prayers were finally. answered. the disappearance of her granddaughter kamiyah mobley captured the attention of the united states in 1998. she was just a few hours old when a woman posed as a nurse walked out of the hospital with her. >> i'll be the happiest in the world to hold my baby. >> reporter: the exhaustive search turned up some clues but no baby kamiyah. >> y'all have a good day, thank you. >> reporter: 18 years, 2500 tips later, the jacksonville sheriff's office received the tips they needed. investigators were led to the tiny town of walterboro, south carolina. >> we found an 18-year-old woman same date of birth but a different name. further investigation revealed that fraudulent documents had been used to establish that young woman's identity.
>> reporter: sheriff mike williams says dna confirms that the 18-year-old woman in walterboro is baby kamiyah. >> in the interest of reducing any further trauma to this young woman i'm not revealing her name. the name she's lived under for all these years. >> reporter: gloria williams the woman believed to have raised kamiyah was charged with kidnapping, a neighborhood said williams and the girl she raised seem to have a normal mother/daughter relationship. today, the young woman faces a new reality, being away from the only mother she ever now. >>? in south carolina, she does remain behind bars. we're told she did take part in a bond hearing. victor and christi. at this point, she hasn't denied bond but she will be extradited to face charges. >> kamiyah is still there? >> she's still at home in south
carolina. the question is how soon, or if she'll be reunited with her family. her biological family awaits in jacksonville. this week, dna tests confirming what they expected. >> wow. reports say that she was potentially -- >> she was a good mom as well. >> wow. that's going to give pause, i guess, to the real mother. >> yeah. you have so many horrible things going on in your mind. >> i'm sure we'll hear from her. >> yes, we will. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. the government's ethics watchdog, he's watching donald trump saying his plans to block conflicts of interest doesn't go far enough. ou who shows up in that dress. who hugs a friend. who is done with treatments that don't give you clearer skin. be the you who controls your psoriasis with stelara® just 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses. stelara® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections and cancer. some serious infections require hospitalization.
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so grateful to have you with us, 7:31 on a saturday morning. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor black well. thousands of people expected to gather in washington. one of several marriages across the country in support of immigration and civil rights as part of the #heretostaymovement. >> yes. less than a week before donald trump is sworn in as president officially. in a new interview with "the wall street journal" the president-elect says he's open to lifting sanctions against russia if they can work together towards common goals fighting terrorism. and president-elect trump also adding that he'd be willing to leave current sanction. >> in place, quote for a period of time. >> earlier this week, they have laid out a plan to put conflicts of interest aside.
but they don't go far enough. >> christi, victor, trump's plans to address conflicts has several parts. one, his sons will run the business. two, they won't strike any new foreign deals. and three, new deals will be needed to vetted by an ethics lawyer. according to the office of government ethics, it slammed the plan this week, the reason, trump is still keeping ownership. >> actually run my business and run government at the same time. >> reporter: donald trump resigning from his business empire, but not selling it. instead, he'll transfer control to his sons. >> don and eric are going to be running the company. >> reporter: legal experts say the plan falls short. >> he has ownership interests in the businesses that profits and the businesses go to him. and all of the conflicts of the interest remain intact. >> reporter: intact, because
trump will still know what his holdings are. and that could impact the decisions he makes as president. the office of ethics slammed his plan. >> stepping back from a conflicts of interest perspective. >> reporter: for months, experts have been calling on trump to sell his assets and put them in a blind trust but trump's attorneys say that wouldn't work. >> you cannot have a totally blind trust with operating businesses. president trump can't unknown he owns trump tower. >> reporter: instead, the trump organization is pledging it won't do any new deals in foreign countries. and any domestic deals that could raise eyebrows will be vetted by a newly appointed ethics officer. trump's sons, don jr. and eric will run the business along with alan weitzenberg who will be there since the 1990s. trump's relationship to all of
them creates its own issues. >> everyone is going to know, when they're doing business with eric or don jr., they're doing business with the president. >> he risks losing the trust of all of the people of the united states, who are counting on him to be able to separate himself from his business interests. >> reporter: trump isn't exactly turning his back on his business either. he'll still receive profit and loss reports on the companies as a whole, even as his sons run the day-to-day operations. >> i hope at the end of eight years i'll come back and say, oh, you did a good job. otherwise, if they do a bad job, i'll say you're fired. good-bye, everybody. >> trump's team says forcing him to divest is unreasonable. the head of the agency said he wished trump's legal team consulted him because the agency would have reassured them presidential nominees in every administration agree to sell assets all the time.
victor, christi. >> all right. thank you so much. let's bring in criminal defense attorney page haight. walk us through the legal stature of this. what is the responsibility of president-elect trump? >> we've never had a situation where the president walks into office more concerned about what's legal or illegal versus hical or not. there are not really any clear laws that prohibit trump from being engaged in business while he's president. there's a federal law that does not cover the president and vice president. there's a constitutional provision but it's really fuzzy as to whether or not it prevents somebody like a president trump, from being engaged in private business. now, it's clear he can't do anything to receive any benefits or get business from a attorney country. but it really doesn't address private business interests. so there's no clear law that prohibits him from doing what he's doing.
>> is there any way to ensure that he didn't personally profit from any of his businesses? >> i think the only way to do that is to have congress address this proactively. go in, pass a law, make it clear that conflict of interest laws that currently govern almost everybody else in the executive branch as covers president trump. because right now, that law is not on the books. >> elizabeth warren had something to say about this during a hearing this week. let's listen. >> the problem is that hug moneys not of ten dollar varieties but multimillion-dollar varieties will not end up in the president-elect's pockets and the reason you can't assure us of that is because the president-elect is hiding his family's business interests from you, from me, from the rest of america. >> is there anything to the allegations she's making and how he's able to hide assets?
>> there's a lot of validity to what she's saying. president-elect trump can take his assets and liquidating and putting them in blind trusts. that's what every president has done. he's coming into office with the idea if it's legal, i'm going to do it. that's the problem. >> the director of the office of government ethics did a speech this week. and here's what he said, talking about, kind of imploring, apparently, the president-elect, to look at sacrifice. >> as we all the know, one of the great things about america is its system for preventing public corruption. the president-elect must show those in government and those coming into government after his inauguration that ethics matters. >> is that law, that, you know, the president and conflicts of that statutes, is it outdated?
does it work? does it change with each president? >> it shouldn't. i mean, there should be one clear law that governs every person that takes that office. we did not need a law before trump to tell a president that you can't have a business conflict of interest while in office. every president in modern time has made it clear i'm going to separate my personal interests from my responsibilities from the country. and they've acted ethically. what the office is trying to implore of trump before he becomes president, to take those steps, otherwise, there's nothing to govern his private conduct. >> and if he does not put in a blind trust, how confident are you that this is going to be a potentially huge distraction? >> all during his presidency. unless congress doesn't proactively make sure it changes
that law. >> page pate, i appreciate it. >> thank you. michelle obama started as first lady trying to really find her footing in that role. next, a look at how she transformed herself into one of the most powerful forces in the democratic party. i'm doing all i can to keep from having another one. and i'm taking brilinta. for people who've been hospitalized for a heart attack. i take brilinta with a baby aspirin. no more than one hundred milligrams as it affects how well it works. brilinta helps keep my platelets from sticking together and forming a clot. brilinta reduced the chance of another heart attack. or dying from one. it worked better than plavix. don't stop taking brilinta without talking to your doctor since stopping it too soon increases your risk of clots in your stent, heart attack, stroke, and even death. brilinta may cause bruising or bleeding more easily, or serious, sometimes fatal bleeding. don't take brilinta if you have bleeding, like stomach ulcers, a history of bleeding in the brain, or severe liver problems. tell your doctor about bleeding,
it's definitely bittersweet. i mean, everything is like the last, you know. and i find myself choking up because we have raised our kids in the white house. we've had so many amazing experiences. we have phenomenal staff. we live in a house with people who love us and care about us. we're going to be walking away from all of that. >> she says it's hard to leave. in the beginning, though, michelle obama had said she didn't really take to the role of first lady. >> it was tough for her. but then she found her footing and became a powerful voice. here's cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski. >> as i send my time in the
white house, i can think of no better message to send to our young people. something that carried us through every moment in this white house and every moment of our lives and that is the power of hope. the belief that something better is always possible, if you're willing to work for it and fight for it. it is our fundamental belief in the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division of anger and fear that we have faced in our own lives and in the life of this country. >> reporter: in a crowded educators, advocates, school counselors, the first lady took this opportunity to speak to america's youth about america's values. and as someone who over eight years has emerged as one of the most powerful voices for democrats. from her emotional speech at the convention last year. >> i wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
and i watch my daughters, two beautiful intelligent black young women, playing with their dog on the white house lawn. >> reporter: to her surprising words just days ago with oprah winfrey. >> see, now, we're feeling like whatnot having hope feels like. >> reporter: here, she didn't miss a chance to once again hit out at the kind of rhetoric she had said defined the trump campaign. >> if you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud american tradition. whether you're muslim, christian, hind due, jewish, sikh, these religions are teaching our young people about justice and compassion and honesty. see, our glory is diversity. diversity of face and color and creeds, that is not a threat to
who we are, it makes us who we are. >> reporter: moat inoting, too, it comes to responsibility, half of those people that she's speaking to didn't vote at all. >> you cannot take your freedoms for granted. empower yourself with a good education. get out there and use that education to build a county worthy of your boundless prowess lead by hope and never fear and know that i will be with you rooting and working to support you for the rest of my life. and i am so grateful to all of you for your passion and dedication and all of the hard work on behalf of our next generation. and i can think of no better way to end my time as first lady than celebrating with all of you. i want to close today by simply saying thank you. thank you for everything that you do to our kids and for our
country. being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. and i hope i've made you proud. >> reporter: so, the first lady has come to embrace the public eye, and just loving hanging out with and getting to know the press. no -- she doesn't do interviews all that often. her staff is extremely protective of her and selective of what she does and when. first, we expect first a vacation. the first couple has said many times now that that is badly needed. they'll settle into their rented house in d.c. where they'll stay for a couple years until sasha finishes high school. we expect the first lady to keep working on issues she believes in. although she has insisted several times now that she will not run for public office. christi and victor. >> what exactly does it mean when she says i will be with you, the writer who would be covering michelle obama for several years has insight for
great tasting, heart healthy california walnuts. so simple. get the recipes at walnuts.org. trudeau. well, michelle obama says she's ready to leave after 8 years in the white house. there are so many people that will be sorry to see the popular first lady go. i want to talk about her with a writer for the hive at vanityfair.com. covered the first lady several years. i'm wondering what is your lasting impression of her, when you think about michelle obama,
what's the first thing comes to your mind. >> grace and intelligence for sure. she was a first lady with a storied career before she moved into the white house. i believe she was a hospital administrator back in chicago and with a harvard law degree. when she moved into the white house, she took a role that is traditionally passive and a bit -- doesn't have a lot of policy influence, and she took it and turned it into a platform that both married her role as mother of two young women and a woman, two young girls, and a woman passionate about making america a better place. she found her initial focusing on childhood obesity and healthy eating, a problem facing millions of americans today. >> not only that, but a voice for women, for young girls as they try to find their way in the world as well. let's listen to this moment that touched a lot of people.
particularly i think mothers of daughters. when she spoke last october after the tape came out of donald trump on the bus with "access hollywood" talking about groping women, here's what michelle obama said in part to that. >> it's that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them or forced himself on them and they've said no, but he didn't listen. something that we know happens on college campuses and countless other places every single day. zblp there is a real authenticity and emotion in that because you can tell that's coming straight from her, her most powerful voice we should point out. is there any indication we're going to see more of that michelle obama in the future in some capacity? >> absolutely. we're not quite sure exactly what her role will be as michelle kosinski reported
earlier, but she has a platform and powerful moral authority that many other women in america can't match, not even hillary clinton. i remember when she was speaking at the democratic national convention, they brought her out specifically to talk to mothers across the country and she gave a beautiful speech then where people thought she was quite -- where she should be running for president instead of hillary. she won't be running for president any time soon much less any other public office but she will try to leverage her platform in some way. >> let's look at some of the more light hearted moments as well because this is a woman who is thoughtful, intelligent as she is, she also has some kmun i can ability. let's take a look. >> oh. i mean. >> what can you say. >> we just dropped the mike.
>> what area are you telling me about? >> my shoulder. >> lower than that. >> she's a unique first lady, no doubt about it. what do you believe her impact is going to be when they look back at her legacy? >> she managed to establish herself as a pop culture figure who is also intelligent, graceful and used her passion for public service to actually make a difference. behind the woman that went on jimmy fallon and hung out with beyonce to teach children to dance and let's move, the name of her initiative, she worked behind the scenes with dozens of food companies, fast food, beverage companies to actually change the way they labeled
their products, the way they marketed products towards kids, so there's a dichotomy to her which is the public popular mother who's able to dance with children and the disciplined policy maker who really did put her stamp on the way that children grow up. >> thank you so much for that insight you brought us today. >> thank you for having me. >> sure. we want to mention cnn special report tonight. fareed zakaria talking with president obama about the triumphs and struggles during his time in the white house. the legacy of barack obama at 8:00 p.m. eastern tonight on cnn. victor? revenge rematches. andy scholes is looking ahead to this weekend's nfl playoffs. >> victor, we have the texans and patriots and seahawks at the falcons. home fafrvorite to win.
be pretty easy for the patriots over the texans, at least. >> andy scholes has more on this morning's bleacher report. the texans -- >> i am a texan fan. the outlook isn't great. maybe we will shock the world tonight. two touchdown underdogs against the patriots. texans play well against the patriots on prime time television. this is a rematch we saw third week of regular season. in that game the patriots won. 27-0. tom didn't even play, he was still on deflategate suspension. you have the texans head coach worked for bill belichick on patriots staff. hopefully the texans can make it a game. playoff matchup from earlier season, falcons and seahawks. seattle won that in a close one over atlanta. that was at home for the seahawks. today's game in atlanta. seahawks trying to get to the super bowl third time in four years. kickoff at 4:45 eastern and the patriots and texans hit the field in the night cab.
cold at kickoff. temperature at 18 degrees. the next story makes people -- bo jackson wishes he never played football. he won the heisman trophy for auburn. made progame. retired after a serious hip injury. he said if i knew what i knew now, i would have never played football. i wish i had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. add him to the list of former nfl greats say they wish they never played the game. >> andy, thank you so much. appreciate it. a lot of news in the political arena. >> let's get to it. next hour starts now. the fbi director has no credibility. >> fbi director james comey facing renewed scrutiny on both sides of the aisle. >> jim comey is an honorable person who i think made a bad decision. >> when the d