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we'll bring that to you as soon as we have it. i'm brooke baldwin, thank you for being here with me in new york. washington, the lead with jake tapper starts right now. this is cnn breaking news. welcome to the lead, i'm pamela brown in for jake tapper, and we start with breaking news. chaotic scene not far from the g20 summit in hammburg, germany where president trump arrived and meeting with world leaders this week. he's about two miles away from the site of these protests and riot police are trying to clear the street after a violent crash erupted not long ago. at one point, officers sprayed water cannon as you see right here, right towards the crowd as protesters threw smoke bombs. fred planken joins me now, what's happening? >> reporter: hi pam, as you can see and hear, it's a vocal protest. that's why we're going to go to the middle of it. it's calmed down a little bit. the protest is now actually
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moving. what happened earlier, the pictures we were seeing is that the march started and then the police immediately stopped them from moving forward, at some point squirmishes broke out. you had the use of the water cannon trucks, you had police officers get injured, protesters get injured as well. now that march is on the move again. we expect they're going to be walking for another couple of hours. there's a large police presence here as well. they're walking ahead at the moment. right now, the march is going to turn. look over there, that's just full of police officers and water cannon trucks there. making sure that the demonstration really stays inside it's route. they have a long way to go. as you can see also, despite the fact that it's passed 10:00 p.m. now here, it's still quite light out, almost feels like the late afternoon to many folks here. this has a long, long way to go. we anticipate that it could get quite difficult, again, along the way, pam. >> and just for context here,
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fred. it's not unusual for there to be demonstrations at the g20 summit. how does this compare to year's past? does it have anything to do with the fact that president trump is there, just try to help us understand what's going on. >> reporter: that's actually a really interesting question because i think it does, you know -- the fact that president trump is here, i think had in many ways energized the movements that were going to protest anyway. you're right. the g20 has always seen protest. some of them bad, especially in the late, especially a couple of years ago. but i think now that you have president trump here, and a lot of the slogans we've been hearing. we're critical of president trump as well. i do think it sort of energized the crowd. you have a crowd that's multinational. you have people here from european nations, but also further abroad and from mexico, people from the united states as well. yeah, it has energized the movement. i would say that these squirmishes that broke out, they were heavy for a while, but certainly weren't beyond what
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the organizers themselves were expecting. they put around 20,000 cops to come here with the protests. >> what is it exactly that they want? i mean, are people there for different reasons, is there one sort of cohesive message. help us understand that. >> reporter: yeah. you know, there's a multitude of messages. many are flat out against the summit. many want to voice their displeasure of the leaders coming. it's not just president trump, you know, some of the more controversial leaders for international audience. erdogan of turkey, vladimir putin, there's a lot of people here in germany, you know, who want to protest the policies of angela merck m as well. in general, you have folks not happy with some of the policies that their own leaders are conducting at home. some has to do with globalization which some feel has been unfair as well. in general, a lot of people feel that a meeting like this one, they feel that a large part of the world's population is being excluded. there was one interesting -- art
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insulation that took place yesterday which was the march of the gray people. which was supposed to symbolize the gray masses left behind by globalization. that's basically what folks are saying. they feel that the globalization -- >> and we lost fred there on the streets of hammburg, germany. as we said earlier, as this is all going down as president trump arrives for the first big, biggest really foreign policy test of his presidency. today after meeting with german chancellor angela merkel, he's at dinner with south korean leaders focussed on north korea and it's march towards a nuke. all of this leading up to tomorrow's meeting with russian president vladimir putin. jeff zelny is traveling with president trump, and jeff, earlier, he again refused to call out putin for the hack attacks during the election. >> he did indeed, pamela. this is something that the president has been asked again and again for months now if he
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believes that russia was involved in meddling in the election, but on the eve of that crucial meeting coming tomorrow, the president still essentially diminished and down played the role that russia played. he said nobody knows for sure, nobody knows for sure, that of course will be front and center in the meeting tomorrow if he addresses it or not. >> reporter: president donald trump soaking up the applause today in poland. while sending mixed signals over russia on the eve of the first face to face meeting with vladimir putin. even as he took a hard line on russian aggression -- >> we urge russia to cease it's destabilizing activities in ukraine and elsewhere, and it's important for hostile regimes, including syria and iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies. >> reporter: he voiced skepticism about the depth of russian meddling in the 2016 election during his first press
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conference in nearly a month. >> well, i think it was russia, and i think it could have been other people and other countries. it could have been a lot of people interfered. >> reporter: he down played russia's role in the presidential race. and on foreign soil, he took the extraordinary step of challenging the u.s. intelligence community's credibility. >> nobody really knows. nobody really knows for sure, i remember what i was sitting back listening about iraq, weapons of mass destruction, how everybody was 100% sure that iraq had weapons of mass destruction. guess what, that led to one big mess. they were wrong. and it led to a mess. >> reporter: the president didn't mention putin by name, instead, attacking former president barack obama for not doing more to stop the election interference. >> they say he choked. well, i don't think he choked, i think what happened is he thought hillary clinton was going to win the election, and he said, let's not do anything about it.
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>> reporter: speaking to thousands of admirers at the square, many waving american and polish flags, the president reaffirmed the u.s. commitment to article five of nato, and attack against one is an attack against all. he was criticized for not making that pledge during a visit to nato headquarters six weeks ago in brussels. >> i would point out that the united states has demonstrated, not merely with words, but with it's actions that we stand firmly behind article 5, the mutual defense commitment. >> reporter: the warm reception in poland giving way to trickier terrain in germany where the president met with merkel and other leaders. where divisions are far deeper on immigration, climate change, and trade agreements. but the escalating nuclear threat from north korea could overshadow the agenda. the president did not show his cards, but said he's considering some pretty severe options. >> it's a shame that they're behaving this way, but they are
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behaving in a very, very dangerous manner. and something will have to be done about it. >> reporter: so president trump, pamela, just finished a dinner with the prime minister of japan as well as the president of south korea and north korea of course was front and center in that discussion, but pamela, right now, as the sun is setting here in hamburg, i'm going to look behind me here and have our photographer, bill arbitor zoom in on the smoke you can see in the distance there. since fred was on the air earlier, there's been considerably more noise, more sirens, more drums banging, more people in the distance. there's no question as night falls here, there are police standing by for an uptick in protesters. you can feel that the tensions happening, pamela. again, so far everything has been peaceful, there's been nothing that we know of out of
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the normal in these g20 protests. the president for his part, his motorcade whipped by all of it, he didn't see a thing, pamela. >> long night as fred pointed out as well. they have miles to go in their protest, jeff, live in hamburg, germany, thank you very much for that. so it's what everybody seems to be talking about, except the president, will he confront vladimir putin for ordering cyber attacks? the latest and how it could shape the world as we keep an eye on the protests that have turned violent in some areas. you're looking at live pictures right near the g20 in hamburg, germany, stay with us, we'll be back. ♪ ♪
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riot police have clashed with protesters using water cannons at times to try to clear the street. let's go straight to our reporter on the ground there in hamburg, explain what's going on from your vantage point. >> reporter: well basically a lot of the protesters were dispersed at the original place near the fish market area, and a number of them have collected here and are trying to continue the march. so now what we've got is protests spread out all around. and while these protesters have made it the festival spirit, they have speakers and a rave going, which they're also seeing on the other hand is the large chunk of protesters now coming up the road here. in fact, i'm going to ask the cameraman to pull around, you can see right there, police with their white helmets marching up the road. these are basically the front of the other protests now coming this way. so the good news is that it does seem that the protest is under control, it's moving along as
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it's supposed to. the bad news is, it does seem as though people have just sort of taken over the streets in certain intersections of the town. and this is going to be the challenge for the police for the rest of the night. so far, things have remained calm, let's hope it stays that way for a while, pamela. >> right, and this started off as an organized protest, things have remained calm for the most part right now, but do authorities anticipate similar crowds as the g20 summit continues? >> reporter: absolutely. and as you can see here, one unit of riot police moving into position in front of that protest. they had 12,000 out today, they expect at least 100,000 over the course of several days, especially on saturday. that will be the peak, but the real challenge for police will be on friday. we're going to move so we can see a little bit more of the police actually, what the real challenge is going to be is -- there's the police as you can see there. they're trying to move into position about that -- with that
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other breakaway protest here. the challenge is going to be smaller groups tomorrow that are going to try and disrupt the delegations, trying to get to the summit. so they're going to actually be taking all kinds of small roads, swarming the streets to try and disrupt leaders and delegations from actually reaching the summit, and that's when police will have -- the challenge will be for police tomorrow, pamela. >> and as we know, president trump just arrived there and i'll ask you the same question i asked fred, how do you think his visit there is factoring into the protest, if at all? >> reporter: well, i think -- look, every protester i've talked to here has said, you know, there might be for trying to get climate change or it might be against capitalism, it might be many things, but almost every protester i've spoken to here says they're here to protest against president donald trump. he is a big factor in these protesters. we've seen posters of him, saying he's not wanted in the
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city. this is very clearly not only an anti-g20 protest, but also anti-trump and other leaders. >> and it's getting late there in hamburg, 10:16 p.m., what is your sense in terms of how long this is going to go? does it seem like people are going to -- going to start tampering down, what's your sense? >> reporter: i think it's going to go on for a while. i want to swing around to you, you've got water cannon -- i'm not sure if those -- i do believe there's two water cannon trucks there including an armored personnel carrier. those are riot police stationed because you've got another massive demonstration coming this way over here. so, to answer your question, i think this is going to go on for a while. protesters have said, this is a welcome to hell protest. welcome if you will the delegates coming from the g20 and they intended this to last through the night. i think that's going to happen. >> thank you so much. right there in the thick of it
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all in hamburg, germany. how is president trump preparing for the biggest meeting of his young presidency? new details about the foreman and who else will be there. and you're looking at live pictures right here, protests erupting as world arrive in the g20 in germany. we're keeping an eye there. it's getting late, but there is no sign that the protests will be slowing down any time soon. stay with us. we'll be back. ♪ buried just under the surface, the answer to it all. ♪ we want to need each other. ♪ looking for a hotel that fits... ...your budget?
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we are back and sticking with the world lead before the president arrived to angry protesters in germany, he was in poland where president trump said he does think russia could have interfered in u.s. elections, but then quickly added, other countries could have also had a hand. even though by the way the u.s. intelligence community says it hasn't found evidence of that. mr. trump will have the chance to confront russia tomorrow,
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from what the administration says, this issue may not come up at all. today a group of senate democrats is pushing the president to make sure it does. in a letter they urge mr. trump to make a clear russia's interference will not be tolerated. we have a closer look at tomorrow's agenda. >> reporter: gearing up for his first high stakes meeting with russia president vladimir putin, president trump publicly called out russia. >> we urge russia to cease it's destabilizing activities in ukraine and elsewhere, and it's support for hostile regimes, including syria and iran. >> reporter: he cast doubt on u.s. intelligence assessments putin was behind the meddling in the 2016 election. >> i think it was russia, but i think it was probably other people and/or countries and i see nothing wrong with that statement.
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nobody really knows. putin is showing he the man planning on mags things easy for trump. praising the success of a g dos 20 in a newspaper, but slamming u.s. trade policies as protectism. u.s. sanctions as doomed to fail. he also voiced support for the paris climate accord which trump pulled out of, calling it quote, a reliable international framework. behind the scenes, his top aids, secretary of state rex tillerson, defense secretary jim mattis, and fiona hill, putin critic now on the national security council are prepping him for tomorrow's sit-down with putin. it's the most anticipated of his nine meetings on the sidelines of the g20 summit. the president is studying a large binder of material for all those meetings, but for putin and russia, aids say he's only been given a few pages of material, written in one sentence talking points to keep
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the president focussed. >> we're at the very beginning, and i would say at this point, it's difficult to say exactly what the russians, what russians intentions are in this relationship, and i think that's the most important part of this meeting. have a good exchange over what they both see is the nature of this relationship between our two countries. >> reporter: in a statement, tillerson offering the only clues so far as to what they will discuss on syria, writing, quote, the united states and russia certainly have unresolved differences on a number of issues, but we have the potential to appropriately coordinate in syria in order to produce stability and serve our mutual security interests. >> it is expected to be small, just the two leaders, secretary of state tillerson and russian foreign minister, of course he and tillerson and putin have all met before. now president putin does not
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speak english, so he does like to work with a translator. translators will be there, and that might make it a little uncomfortable for president trump who likes to speak very conversationally, pam. >> the meeting fraught with drama and mystery. president trump is considering strong things against kim jong-un. i'll ask about possible military options up next.
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mooeks, democrat of new york joins me now. thanks for being here with us. >> good being with you, pam. >> congressman, our reporter on the ground says that many of these protesters are angry about president trump, in addition to other concerns, how can he repair relationships with european leaders tomorrow? >> well, i think there's a number of things. number one, he has to acknowledge nato and article 5, he has to talk about the significance of the eu. and that he wants to be inclusive, not just this america-only agenda of which he ran his campaign on. got to do things in a multilateral way, not unilaterally and he has to talk about he wants to be part of a world order which everything, he has said prior to his election and then his pulling out of the paris agreement indicates that his america-first policy is it's about america and everybody else goes to the wayside, that's not going to work with bringing
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people together. >> of course a key topic in the meetings is north korea following the test on fourth of july. the trump administration has said it's not ruling out taking military action against north korea, but in your view, is that an idle threat? >> yeah. you know, sometimes i don't think that anyone understands what donald trump says, not even donald trump. clearly not his members of his cabinet because they say one thing and he seems to say something else. you know, i think what has to be done here -- i think number one, donald trump needs to take a page out of the barack obama book to be quite honest with you. as barack obama dealt with iran? and so, first you've got to make sure that you have locked in china and russia, they're going to have strong sanctions against north korea. and if that doesn't happen when you have, as you had in iran, china, russia, and the eu, all significantly in multilateral sanctions against iran, you need the same thing with china, russia, and the eu focussing on north korea to make, to make a
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difference there. so, he should be a leader, mr. trump, and bringing countries together. and compelling china who has been resistant to say if they are not part of it, then they will have some economic consequences that they will have to face. so that they can join the world order against north korea obtaining a nuclear armed weapon. >> and of course, there are so much anticipation ahead of this meeting tomorrow with vladimir putin, as you point out, at times the president has said some things people in his cabinet, his administration have said other things, particularly when it comes to russia. as you heard today, he continued to cast doubt on the intelligence community's assessment that russia did meddle in the u.s. election despite the fact that people he's actually nominated who are in the intelligence community said they have no doubts that russia did meddle in the election. what do you think the message needs to be tomorrow when he meets with vladimir putin? >> actually, he has to be strong. and i don't see, you know, i hear they're talking about
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syria, and that's important, but you have to talk about russia's involvement in our democracy and the very same way that president macron of france talked about russia in front of putin. what they were doing in europe. and their involvement in regards to taking land in the ukraine. so he's got to be very firm, and he's got to let, you know, mr. putin know, eyeball to eyeball, and then not allow that just to be private, but in a public way, that the united states is very concerned and will not stand for his intrusion to our elections, as well as, you know, some of the things he stated today in the speech in poland. but he's got -- and he's got to make sure though that because the eu and those in europe are watching to see what his position is, will he try to unilaterally ease sanction against russia without russia making the reforms that are necessary. >> but let me just -- others
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say, supporters of president trump say look there are more pressing issues. the election has happened, that's in the past, he needs to be focussed on the destabilizing activities in ukraine, support of syria and iran. what do you have to say to them? >> i have to say that the president of the united states, that'll be able to do more than one thing at the same time. this is a complicated and difficult job, not as the president said, everything's easy. i hope that he is learning that. so yes, we've got serious issues across the board of which we have to deal with each and every one of them. and, you could not say that russia getting involved in our democracy, you know, as all of our intelligence agencies says is not a critical importance to our nation. so that cannot be a casualty to some of the other issues that have to be addressed, all of them within an hour's period of time can be addressed and it has to be that open and frank dialogue so that mr. putin knows that the united states is serious that we do not want their intrusion into our
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democratic society. and president trump, you know, sometimes weighs the line because sometimes as he said in the campaign, i think he wants to be like mr. putin, he would like to shut down the press or have the state run the press. he would like to be more of an authoritarian type president, he's got to show that he is going to be, you know, democracy and the values that we share like with our eu partners are what has to stand forward. >> all right. congressman greg meeks, thank you so much. >> my pleasure. so what should be on the agenda when president trump and putin finally get in the same room? the panel has their opinions, you can be sure. that's up next. and also an eye on the breaking news there at the g20 summit in germany. protests erupting this afternoon with the president and many others in town. stay with us. we'll be back.
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and welcome back. there are ongoing protests in hamburg, germany, that's two miles from the site of g20 summit where world leaders will gather tomorrow. president trump is there as we speak. we will continue to monitor the situation there, of course. i want to bring in the political panel now, there is a lot going on there in hamburg and there's so much anticipation of course with this meeting tomorrow between president trump and vladimir putin of russia. i want to bring you in iowa knee that, this is the first time the two leaders will be meeting face to face in the wake of so much going on, the russia election meddling, russia's activities in ukraine, syria, iran, vladimir putin, leader. he ran the services before becoming president 17 years ago. who has the upper hand going into this meeting tomorrow? >> i don't know who has the upper hand, but there are important things for the united states at stake in this meeting tomorrow, not the least of which is the issue of russia having meddled in their elections in
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2016 and more importantly, how do we keep them from this behavior moving forward? it's distressing to hear the president not only having trouble acknowledging what 16 intelligence agencies and the director of national intelligence have told him, but in addition to that, not dealing with the fact that this is going to happen again, unless the united states deals with it forcefully. so i would certainly hope that would be on the agenda for tomorrow. >> and anna, do you on this, it seems like there is sort of two different tales when it comes to president trump's approach to russia, on one hand, he seemed to be getting tough on russia in terms of the ukraine activity, syria, iran, but on the other hand, as anita pointed out, he's still sort of casting doubt on whether russia definitively meddled in the election. let's listen to what he said. >> i think it was russia, but i think it was probably other people and/or countries, and i see nothing wrong with that statement. nobody really knows. nobody really knows for sure.
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we urge russia to cease it's destabilizing activities in ukraine and elsewhere, and it's support for hostile regimes, including syria and iran. and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies -- >> what do you make of these distinctly different tones? >> it's obviously the difference between scripted and unscripted donald trump. it's the difference between somebody putting a speech in front of him to read and him going off the cuff. it's the dr. jekyll and mr. hyde of u.s. diplomacy. on the one hand, he gave a good speech. that was actually a very good presidential sounding speech, donald trump is not a highly experienced in this. and then he goes and questions the validity and legitimacy of the finding of the 16 security agencies on the russia stuff instead of being forceful. he was forceful in the morning, he couldn't be forceful the
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entire day, it's inconsistent, and it's frankly very disappointing. >> let me just go to you, david, on this, the fact that he continues to cast doubt on his own intelligence agencies assessment, casting doubt on some people he's actually nominated and their assessment, in your view, does that only bolster putin's hand? >> no. so from what i heard, the clip you just played, he didn't cast out on anybody. the russians and others -- >> there's no doubt -- >> weapons of mass disruption with the intelligence community being wrong. >> but there was no doubt on the meddling of election. i know the director of the cia happens to be my west point classmate who i've known since 1982, i'm close friends with and i know the president has the greatest -- >> then why does he keep bringing up iran? >> anna, nan, i'm right next to you. i'm right next to you. >> answer me then. >> he said, he has no doubt that it's the russians, the russians -- >> they could have. >> no, no, no, listen, hold on.
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go back, if you want to replay, listen, he said, the russians did it, and others. >> it could -- >> have you had classified briefings, anna? yes or no? it's a yes or no. >> russia meddled in the election and forcefully condemned, that is not a forceful condemnation. >> but looking ahead to tomorrow, people who have spoken to my colleagues, sarah, jeff, have said it's not going to be -- he may not even bring it up, if he does, he's not going to focus on it. do you think that's a mistake for the president? >> i don't know what's happening behind the scenes with the foreign minister, the clan december tine services of both of our nations on this topic. i do know we face a threat to the world in north korea. i know the people of ukraine have had their sovereignty invaded by the russians, i do know that the syrians are facing extinction because of the russian involvement. i do know -- i can list the problems that we have with russia that are again a threat to the world.
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i'm not minimizing the election, but i'm saying, there are people dying, right now, because of the russian actions, and i think, that those things should be take forefront, as we discussed earlier, when you get in a room, when you're talking, when you're having discussions on a high level, there are interpreters are involved, it takes an incredible amount of time to cover one topic. one topic. and so i don't think that the elections aren't important, i don't think the russian med national league our election is something to be dismissed, i do think, however, syria, ukraine, there are many -- north korea, those issues far outweigh -- >> you represent a segment, the trump base, i can tell you there's a lot of other republicans who feel like i do, and a lot of other americans who feel that a threat to our elections is a threat to our democracy -- >> so anna, if you were given a choice and you had a limited amount of time -- >> why am i given a choice? why can't we walk and chew gum at the same time? why can't we defend our
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democracy and defend the people of syria? >> let me bring in anita here -- >> asked a question, if you had a limited amount of time, which you do tomorrow, it's limited. which do you talk about, anna? >> you talk about everything. >> you can't, that's ridiculous. >> anita of course worked under president obama -- >> the other thing the president did today was once again criticize his predecessor for not having dealt with this. >> there's a lot to show that the president did deal forcefully -- >> do you mean when he told putin, cut it out? is that what you mean? there has been -- obama administration officials have been divided in terms of how forcefully he did deal with the situation. >> i think what is very clear is that he could not get the bipartisan support that the decision he made which was to deal directly with russia and also to make sure, first and foremost that we secured our electoral systems which is of course, i think, i agree with
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anna, a threat, david, that they tried to go in, and they tried to go in -- >> i'm not minimizing it. but to our state electoral. >> i'm not minimizing it -- i'm not saying that's not true, i'm saying i don't know and none of us at this table know what's taking place with our services. do you know what the nsa is doing? the cia or dia? i don't. >> i think we can assume, given their public statements and public testimony that they're extremely concerned about what's going to happen in 2018 and 2020 if we don't deal forcefully with the russians on this because they said that, david. they're worried about that too. you're absolutely correct, a host of issues to be discussed and dealt with with the russians. but i think many people in america are rightfully concerned about the fact that this president has yet to truly acknowledge, just how serious what happened in 2016 was, and you can do that without having
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anyone question the legitimacy of your election, but he doesn't seem to see that. >> everyone, thank you so much. i hope you all feel like you had your voices heard. appreciate it. >> thank you. well she's on one of the committees investigating russia, the trump campaign, and the election. so what does senator amy cloebture when president trump to tell president putin? i'll ask her.
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and we are back with our politics lead just in, the u.s. district court will hear against the voter fraud commission tomorrow. the privacy rights group says the commissions request for registered voter data is a violation of american's rights. i'm going to bring in my colleague laura garrett. what is the latest on this fight? >> well, pamela, lawries are continuing to battle in federal court over the trump administration's efforts to collect all of this voter data nationwide. now the president trump's voter integrity commission says it's only seeking information that's
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publicly available under state law. but privacy rights groups filed this suit in court earlier this week asking a federal judge to block the collection efforts before they even start. and they're specifically citing cyber security concerns posed bying a investigating all of this massive amount of voter data including the names, addresses, party affiliation, and even possibly the last four digits of social security numbers of voters, all in one place. now the group commission tried to pressure the judge to reassure them that this response is no one's being armed here by these requests, and they're taking at kwat steps to protect the data including by using a secure application that runs by the army for uploading and transferring the files, and we expect to judge to rule very soon, but meanwhile the state officials have been all over the map in their responses to the commissions request for voter information. some have robust the request altogether, others are willing to provide whatever is already
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public and others say they are still reviewing the requests. pam. >> all right, laura jarrett, thanks for bringing us the late from chicago. democrat from minnesota who just a few days ago told the voter fraud commission to go jump in a lake, senator, thanks for coming on. >> thank you, pamela. >> so clearly you're not a big fan of this, what is your biggest concern if the judge rules on the side of the trump administration, senator? >> well, i hope that doesn't happen because 44 secretaries of states or states have already come in and said, we don't want to give you this data to the commission which is a pretty resounding bipartisan objection. and the reason they're concerned, of course, is that right now, that information is the at least dising a investigated by state. secretary, former secretary the homeland security under george bush just wrote a column about this and said he's concerned about the sanctity of the data because of the fact that the government has been hacked
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several times, millions and millions of private information that has been put out there of citizens and so i think that this is just a bad idea, unnecessary to get people's social security numbers, their rm birthdays, their past voting histories, this is the kind of thing they're trying to collect when in fact this is the commission that's looking for a problem. and they're going to create one big one if they collect all of this data when they're not even a government agency, their response to this lawsuit has been hey, we don't have to follow the rules. we're not even an agency. i don't know where the data is going to go. that is one of the things we've asked 25 senators and i've led this letter with senator jack reid saying where is this data going, how are you going to protect it? >> as laura reported, the commission says the data will be protected, it's using a security military app to make sure that everything is secure, but would you be as concerned, senator, if the obama administration had asked for this information?
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>> well, i would because under several administrations now, we've seen hacks of data, both in the private sector and in the government sector. and for one thing, we know that the obama administration was much more focussed on making it easier for people to vote.
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this commission is saying we have major problems and study has shown that's noft the case. to add to that now, they've asked for data of every state in the country, every voter in the country, and that's why you see objections that's why i told them to go jump in the lake. >> before we lose you, i want to turn to health care quickly. what role will the democrats play in this? >> well the democrats have been united from bernie sanders to joe manchin in the united states senate in saying that the bill that we got that was put together behind closed doors by 13 guys was not a bill that going to helm the american people.
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aarp is against this bill and transfers to the healthiest americans. so, what we suggest that they do is that they work with us on some actual improvements to the affordable care act, like bringing down the cost of prescription drugs. i have bipartisan bills, one with senator mccain, one with senator grassley that could to help bring down the cost of prescription drugs for rt average american. we should do more to make these exchanges stronger. there's all kinds of things we could do, not if they keep doing it on a one side and not including the rest of america. very quickly, bhaels do you plan to counter with? there are issues with obamacare, do you agree? >> oh yes, it was a beginning, not an end. and one of the things that i have been firmly behind since obamacare passed was doing something about bringing the cost of prescription drugs down.
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41 million seniors cannot negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. let's let them do that. we'll see lower prices. >> senator klobuchar, thank you very much. and that's it for the lead, i'm pamela brown in for jake tapper. i turn you over to jim sciutto in for wolf blitzer in the situation room. happening now, breaking news. violent clashes, riot police battle anti-globalization protesters as thousands take to the streets boozing the g20 summit in germany where president trump is holding high stakes meetings with world leaders. once again openly questions the u.s. intelligence community which concluded with confidence that putin directed the attack on u.s. democracy.


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