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and i look forward to seeing you down the line. >> david, thank you for being a friend. >> for more of the conversation you can visit luminary you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm in for ana cabrera. now, he is the other man at the center of the impeachment saga. the president's personal attorney rudy guiliani. today he told cnn that he is not aware of being under any sort of investigation despite reports that federal prosecutors are looking closely at his work with ukraine. that of course is the country where he was trying to dig up dirt on joe biden for his boss the president. at one point even president trump seemed to be trying to distance himself from guiliani. listen. >> well, i haven't spoken to rudy.
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i spoke to him yesterday briefly. he is a very good attorney and he has been my attorney, yes, sure. >> yeah, sure. but now a bit more praise. trump tweeting today of guiliani, so now they are after the legendary crime buster and greatest mayor in the history of new york city, rudy guiliani. he may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. guiliani is also commenting tonight or sorry claiming tonight that he believes he is the target of what he is calling a political attack. but we should note that two associates of his who did help with that work in ukraine have already been charged with campaign finance violations. and he is not alone in suddenly seeming to want to be evasive about ties to the former new york mayor. secretary of state mike pompeo spoke about his dealings with rudy guiliani among many other things in a series of local television interviews in nashville, tennessee. we should note this one in
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particular. there was one journalist, nancy amens of cnn affiliate wsmv. she asked him very tough questions about the accusations made against the president and the dismissal of the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine. pompeo seemed caught off guard and at one point got angry enough to criticize the reporter. here's a clip. >> reporter: did you support ambassador, the ambassador being recalled months before her tenure was up? >> i've supported every mission that the state department has been engaged in and will continue to do that. >> reporter: in mid february you were in warsaw and so was rudy guiliani. during your time there did you meet with guiliani? >> you know, i don't talk about who i meet with. i went to warsaw for a particular purpose. it was an important mission. we brought together people all across the world to take down the world's largest state sponsored terror the islamic republic of iran. that is what i worked on on that
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mission. >> reporter: so aur he not going to say whether you met with him. >> when i was in warsaw i had a singular focus on the work, effective work we've done to recover from baja the obama administration has done which is to underwrite the world's largest state sponsor of terror. we're making real progress. >> reporter: it sounds like you are not going to say. >> when i was in warsaw we were working diligently to accomplish the mission to take down the terror regime inside the islamic republic of iran. that was the only thing i engaged in while i was there. >> reporter: okay. text messages show that diplomats under your authority told the ukrainians that a good relationship with president trump was only possible if they investigated his political opponent and theories about what happened in 2016. were you aware that this was happening? >> again, you've got your facts wrong. sounds like you're working at least in part for the democratic national committee when you
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phrase a predicate of a question that way. it is unfortunate and does a real disservice to the employees and the team at the united states department of state. our team was incredibly focused. we wanted a good relationship with ukraine. we wanted it before the election. and we want it now with mr. zelensky in charge. we have an important set of foreign policy interests in ukraine. the threat from russia is real. this administration unlike the previous one has taken those responsibilities very seriously. part of that, an incredibly important part of that, is making sure corruption is weeded out at every level inside of ukraine and our team for the entire time i've been the secretary of state has been working on that project. >> i want to dig into all of this with cnn's senior political analyst and senior editor for the atlantic ron brownstein, senior columnist at the daily beast matt lewis and former federal prosecutor gene rossy. thank you for joining me
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tonight. ron, we played that clip of that interview with secretary of state mike pompeo. very testy. rather cold body language. what was your reaction? >> the first thing was how much it reminded me of the clips that you have seen and i have seen and everyone has seen of republican senators over the last week who have in similar kind of interviews done verbal back flips and kind of gymnastics to avoid answering whether they think it is appropriate for the president to seek a foreign government, pressure a foreign government to seek information on one of his political rivals. it was very similar to that and it goes to the challenge i think republicans are facing as this goes on, which is that although the american public is closely divided on whether they think this justifies president trump's removal from office, there is consistently over 60% who say the underlying behavior was wrong. that it is not appropriate in fact to do exactly what the president did. and i think you saw the secretary of state much like the
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republican senators squirming in every possible direction to avoid kind of dealing with the underlying behavior. >> right. the president is actually -- he is almost embracing this impeachment inquiry and using it to fire up his base. we saw him just in the past few days on the campaign trail bringing it up in his speeches, talking about joe biden and his son hunter. let's take a quick listen. >> but he's totally owned and totally controlled by the washington swamp for many years. hunter, you know nothing about energy. you know nothing about china. you know nothing about anything frankly. hunter, you're a loser and your father was never considered smart. he was never considered a good senator. he was only a good vice president because he understood how to kiss barack obama's -- >> matt, trump railing on the bidens and really with more
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coming out in this impeachment inquiry every day, more details coming out about what the president sought to do in ukraine. if he is up there reminding people essentially that he wanted help from a foreign country is that an effective re-election tactic? >> well, look. i think it works for donald trump. donald trump has decided that he is not about persuasion. he is about changing narratives and exciting his base and he is really good at that, right? a lot of it is projection. he talks about hunter biden. what about donald trump's own kids? he talks about a vice president who kisses up. well, what about mike pence? come on. he could win a record there. but it works for trump. the problem is when anybody else other than trump, and we saw pompeo in that video earlier, when anybody else other than trump tries to defend the indefensible it is really tough. trump can, he is the president, he is very -- he has the schtick
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and he is at a rally among supporters probably vetted to a certain degree. it is a lot harder when going up against a really good journalist and when you're a politician who maybe wants to have a future after donald trump. >> right. and the president is speaking again today not quite at a rally but an event back in washington. he was saying that he was going to consider legal action against members of congress. take a listen. >> adam schiff, made a statement, long, beautiful statement, and it was a fraud. he has to pay a big price. we're going to take a look at it. we're going after these people. these are bad, bad people. sue 'em anyway even if we lose. the american public will understand. and sue nancy pelosi. or maybe we should just impeach them. because they're lying.
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what they're doing is a terrible thing for our country. >> members of congress as you all know actually can't be impeached but, gene, what do you make of that threat to sue adam schiff and nancy pelosi, putting politics aside. is there any actual legal standing there? can he do that? >> no. i'm holding up the constitution of the united states and there is something called the speech and debate clause and the first amendment and i think the president of the united states should go back and read those just like his white house counsel doesn't realize the house has the sole authority to conduct impeachment proceedings. so i think the president of the united states obviously didn't go to law school but i think he kneads to get better legal advisers. >> well, his main legal adviser at least on the personal front as you know is rudy guiliani and, ron, our white house team is learning that guiliani at least for now will remain his
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attorney but he won't apparently handle ukraine matters, given guiliani's propensity to talk a lot and talk about ukraine in particular, do you expect him, ron, to stay quiet on that issue? >> i think the question answers itself. the amazing thing about what we have seen over the last several months from rudy guiliani -- by the way, when the president was talking about targeting the greatest mayor in new york history i was thinking immediately of the fear out at laguardia somewhere worried about getting indicted. the amazing thing about the guiliani escapades is just how open they've been. extraordinary kind of arrogance i think in both the assumption the president will shield him and that there would be kind of this complacent republican defense of it in congress. but, you know, when are out mucking around looking for, trying to engage a foreign government really to entice them
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into interfering into the american election, when you are involved in trying to potentially cause the firing of an american ambassador, there is a lot of legal trip wires out there. whatever else rudy guiliani was earlier in his career there is a lot of evidence the last year he is no longer as careful a lawyer as he once was. it is no shock he find himself under legal scrutiny even if it does not produce an indictment or charges. >> matt when you look at the president kind of waffling back and forth about rudy guiliani and his past support of allies and people who work for him like michael coen until they're no longer useful what sense do you have about how safe rudy guiliani is in the trump orbit? >> let me be very clear. the president has expressed complete confidence in rudy guiliani. that is what they're going to say, right? whenever they say that, get ready. whenever the president has
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expressed complete confidence and michael cohen or guiliani or whoever they're on their way out. the only thing that might save rudy guiliani is the fact that he and trump have this like insane relationship. they're both playing this weird four dimensional chess. i think there is a personal affinity there. this goes back for decades. but if rudy guiliani, you know, i do not think donald trump would hesitate to cut him loose if that is the politically expedient thing to do and it looks like it might be. >> gene, what about the legal side? we saw rudy guiliani saying this is a political attack. this reporting about federal prosecutors investigating him. should he be concerned that because his two associates have now been indicted, is he going to be in legal hot water? >> i don't know yet if he is in legal hot water but i can tell you that the water as at least lukewarm. if i were rudy guiliani, i would
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consider getting my own attorney because if you read that indictment that came out this week, against the two characters lev and igor, they sound like characters in "dr. zhivago" and if you read that indictment it paints a picture of illegally funneling money to republican causes from russia. of all the places rudy guiliani is trying to dig up dirt, it's ukraine, which is affiliated somewhat with russia, so the punch line is this. rudy guiliani is definitely a witness if not a subject in the investigation in the southern district of new york. it remains to be seen if he is a target. >> which ironically is the office he used to run. go ahead, ron. >> just one point. if you look at the overview of the last few weeks you have to ask yourself is the president
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making it harder or easier for house democrats to unify on a vote on impeachment? certainly as usual he has been focused on mobilizing his base and may be mobilizing his base in a way that will discourage or intimidate house republicans from voting but really there has been nothing that has happened since nancy pelosi announced the inquiry that would make it less likely the democrats feel comfortable doing this. in fact, most things would make them feel more comfortable including the way the president has reacted. >> could be short-sighted politically. we have to leave it there. thank you very much. we are going to be talking about one of fox's leading anchors who is out. the question is, is it because of reporting like this? >> our reporting begins this monday with president trump's latest misleading and zdeno phobic eruption of distraction and division. ved background the technology that they need in school, they're not going to be competitive in the workforce that's waiting for them. since verizon innovative learning,
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the departure of a tv news anchor from their network is not often all that newsworthy but shepard smith of fox news stunned viewers when he announced yesterday at the end of his long running show that he is leaving the network. he didn't say why he left but these were his parting words. >> even in our currently polarized nation it is my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive. i'm shepard smith, fox news, new
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york. >> that abrupt good-bye blindsided many of his colleagues over at fox news and you can see it in their reactions. >> well, i'm neil cavuto and, like you, i'm a little stunned and a little heartbroken. i don't know what to say. john, i apologize at being a little shell shocked on this other development here but take it away, sir. >> i've just been trying to compile my thoughts, too. >> yeah. >> neil, i walked out and suddenly got hit by a subway train. holy mackerel. >> holy mackerel indeed. this is how the president, who was no fan of smith's, this is how he responded. >> no, i don't know. is he leaving? >> he's leaving. >> oh, that's a shame. that i don't know. wait. did i hear shepard smith is
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leaving? >> yes. >> is he leaving because of bad ratings? tell me. i don't know. he had terrible ratings. is he leaving because of his ratings? i mean, if he's leaving i assume he is leaving because he had bad ratings. he had the worst ratings on fox so there is a reason. why is shepard smith leaving? well, i wish him well. i wish shepard smith well. >> does he, though? i'm back now with my guests. first to you, our brian stelter is reporting that one major factor apparently in shep's decision to leave was that his fellow fox news host tucker carlson who is on at 8:00 p.m. and very much of course on the opinion side that carlson has attacked him and also attacked one of his regular contributors, former judge andrew napolitano. the late roger ales who ran the network for so long used to have
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a rule saying you don't shoot inside the tent. do you think fox lost smith after a 23-year career because it wasn't sticking up for the news side against the far more popular opinion side? >> i think there is no doubt that there is a tension between the opinion side and the news side. and that this is a collateral damage of that, yeah. so basically, we've had instances where laura ingram and sean hannity and the opinion side have been advancing narratives that are actually not true. shep smith would go on fox news air and fact check them and set the record straight. president trump, who's been angry at fox news polling, which is quite good, and at people like shep, so i think there was pressure put on internally and i don't know if he was forced out. i don't know the details but, clearly, shep felt that tension and, you know, now the question going forward is what happens next? does diamond and silk replace
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shep smith? does fox news go all opinion essentially? that's going to be really interesting to see how it plays out. >> you're right. shep was one of the few people over there who would routinely call out the president. he wasn't afraid of doing that. here are a couple quick examples. >> our reporting begins this monday with president trump's latest misleading and xenophobic eruption of distraction and division. he decries fake news that isn't and dis-semyon nats fake news that is. think china pays the tariffs. the wall is going up. historic inauguration crowds. russia probe is a witch hunt. you need an i.d. to buy cereal. noise from wind mills causes cancer. it is endless. there is no known evidence to support president trump's conspiracy theories about biden's activities as we have reported here repeatedly. the president also said in the tweet that the wall is going up rapidly. it is not. as we just reported, there is no new wall. the forecast showed east coast dorian, the sharpie's magical
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addition added the coast of alabama. why would the president of the united states do this? >> ron, when people would stick up for fox news and say that they do have nonopinion hard news journalists over there shep was always at the top of the list with chris wallace and bret behr but when you see shep leaving after so long what do you think his exit means for the network? >> i think it continues the direction that the entire conservative media ecosystem is heading. which is very much where the republicans in congress are heading. you know, toward a kind of world in which opinion in kind of the main stream media and opinion among voters outside of the core republican base is really kind of distant and faint to them. they're kind of moving into a world where politically they are operating under the dome to borrow from the stephen king
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analogy where essentially no dissenting views or even contrary or less and less contrary information is allowed in. if you look at the seats republicans are still representing in the house, they are overwhelmingly nonurban, predominantly white, very little diversity left. in the senate the republicans are concentrated in the states with the fewest immigrants, least exposure to the new economy. fox is some combination of a political institution and a money making business, is kind of being drawn toward that kind of vision of separatism. i've always thought that the division between the opinion and news division of fox can be over stated. you look at the morning show and it is hard to see where that was. to the extent there was one he embodied it and the fact he is now gone kind of crystalizes the larger trend. >> gone from fox but he says he is not gone from the industry. he is going to take some time
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off he said to be with his friends and family and then his spokesperson said very clearly he is not retiring. i want to switch gears while i still have you guys and matt, ask you. when you look at this, the democratic landscape in t of those running for president, we're going to see this week bernie sanders returning to the campaign trail. he is going to be on the debate stage on tuesday night and the cnn "new york times" debate. this is of course after this heart attack. our dr. sanjay gupta has just interviewed him. we've just gotten a clip. let's listen. >> reporter: let me ask you. you and elizabeth warren have pretty close to identical positions on the big issues. what do you say to those who say, they would pick her because she's eight years younger than you, she didn't just have a heart attack. look, in the positions you're pretty much the same. >> well, look. everybody, every american is going to make his or her own
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choice about the candidate that they want. elizabeth warren has been a friend of mine for some 25 years. i think she is a very, very good senator. but there are differences between elizabeth and myself. elizabeth i think as you know has said she is a capitalist to her bones. i'm not. >> that of course was not dr. sanjay gupta. it is a clip that is going to be airing tomorrow on "this week." is that answer going to satisfy his supporters who might be nervous after this heart attack? >> i love that his defense is i'm a real socialist. i'm not a capitalist. 2019 is an amazing year. totally lit. but look. he seemed like bernie just watching that very, very short clip here, he seemed a little toned down from the bernie sanders i'm used to. i wonder how that is going to be on the debate stage after a
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couple hours. it would be completely understandable if he wasn't a hundred percent. but that matters in a debate at this point. look, i think the fundamental problem for bernie isn't even this, which is a big setback but the fact that he was already losing out to elizabeth warren. she has been on the upswing for months now. and just coincides with this moment. >> both sides, as matt is saying this is going to make it harder to regain momentum she has already surpassed him with. on the other hand his signal is pretty clear he is not going anywhere. you may have a lot of liberal voices in the party by next march wondering whether elizabeth warren and bernie sanders are splitting the same vote and potentially allowing a more centrist alternative like joe biden to sustain himself in part because of that. >> he said he is not a quitter and all eyes will be on him on tuesday night on the debate stage in ohio. thanks very much. >> thank you.
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we are following breaking news out of new orleans right now. emergency teams are there scrambling to find two people missing after a hard rock hotel that was under construction collapsed earlier today. you can see it right there. at least one person is dead. more than a dozen are injured. again, this building, which was still under construction when its upper floor suddenly gave way, this morning. >> we heard a bunch of noise. we usually hear the street car make noise but in this case it just kept on going so i immediately ran to the window and we saw it instantly. we're on the fifth floor. just a straight shot. >> the whole thing crumbled. lots of noise. we saw workers up there. it was crazy. i can't even imagine what was going on up there. we thought it was gun fire but it was a building collapsing.
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night more than 100,000 people in the los angeles area were forced to leave their homes. paul, i understand you spoke with a family that lost everything. >> reporter: you're right, alex. one of the 31 homes destroyed behind me, the family that lived here the silvers, they have a soon to be 5-year-old daughter, soon to be 10-year-old son. they're overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from this community. >> we lost everything we own but we are healthy. we have our kids and our dog and got out with our lives. >> reporter: monica, what did you think when you first saw the house? >> when we came back yesterday? it wasn't really a surprise. when we left there was fire on three sides of the house. and when we came out to the cul de sac there were no fire trucks. we looked at each other and we said i don't think the house is going to be here when we get back. it is not a surprise. it's devastating but not a
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surprise. >> in talking to you off camera and others around here, extremely tight knit neighborhood. >> yes. >> reporter: a lot of people already stepping up and offering to help. >> yes. >> reporter: you seem bent on rebuilding. tell us about this and the neighborhood. >> actually we haven't decided. we don't know. we haven't talked about it. right now it's just keeping our kids sane. we dropped them off at two different friends' houses so they can have a little distraction. we haven't talked about it yet. we don't know. we've never experienced anything like this before. >> i lived here 21 years. i went through a fire 11 years ago, which burned part of the back yard but not the house. so it's tough to leave the area. we have a great school that our son goes to. a lot of family with these
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neighbors. but looking to the road to rebuild is hard. >> it's daunting. i don't know that we want to go down that road and have to deal with all of that. but we love our neighbors. we love our community. >> we've had such an outreach from the neighborhood. we had a lady who didn't even know us at starbucks. she goes i want to pay for your meal. sorry. >> our kids' teachers and staff at the school have reached out. >> they bought them a backpack and book binder and don't worry about school. you know, all of the stuff is taken care of. they set up a friend of hers back east in florida. her best friend set up a gofundme page. people are donating. it's just amazing. >> it renews your faith in humanity to see just the love and support that we're getting. >> remind us of the names and
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we are back with a cnn exclusive. the military kurdish general who
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commands those kurdish forces in northeastern syria tells a senior u.s. diplomat, quote, you're leaving us to be slaughtered. that's according to an internal u.s. government read out that was obtained by cnn. that general demanded to know whether the u.s. will do anything to protect their kurdish allies alongside whom they fought against isis that general adding he feels the americans, quote, sold us. turkey launched its long threatened incursion into northern syria after president trump last weekend ordered a small contingent of about 50 u.s. troops to be pulled back from that long border area between turkey and syria. if anyone needs a reminder of what is really at stake here one man has been sounding the alarm for years, risking it all to expose the atrocities of syrian president bashir al assad and his regime. he just returned to washington, d.c. again to beg for action. cnn's kate bolduan has the
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story. the images you are about to see are graphic and disturbing. >> reporter: we can't tell you his name. it's too dangerous to show his face. he won't even allow his voice to be recorded as he speaks through his translator. we can show you these. almost 55,000 photos he risked his life to bring out of syria, some of which have never been seen publicly until now. and he's risking his life again to plead with congress to act. how are you feeling in this moment being back in washington again? >> my feeling being here is a feeling of a bit of disappointment and at the same time frustration because after everything that i've done in order to expose what the regime has done we have yet to see any real action. >> reporter: his code name is caesar. he was a military photographer in damascus when the civil war began in 2011. he says he immediately realized
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what he was then documenting were not accidental deaths but torture. >> for example many of the bodies had their eyes gouged out. most of these bodies had very deep cuts. most of them were emaciated, starved for many, many months and also markings all over their bodies head to toe. i would see their jaws and teeth broken. >> reporter: instead of defecting right after the war broke out he said he decided to stay for two and a half years to bear witness, collect evidence, and expose what really was happening in his country. where any sign of sympathy for the dead could be interpreted as betrayal of the regime. >> i would work for hours taking photographs, loading the photographs, and i would have to hide my emotions. i would have to pray that a tear does not come down my face because if they saw one tear, if they saw one expression on my face that showed sympathy, then i would be killed as would my
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family. >> reporter: how did you do that? >> i don't know. >> reporter: in 2013 he finally fled and brought with him what the fbi confirmed as authentic and the state department's ambassador for war crimes described as stronger evidence than what existed against the nazis. the syrian government has denied responsibility and called the photos fake. caesar made his first trip to capitol hill in 2014, testifying before congress under cover in the exact same disguise he used for our interview. >> i honestly thought that if i could have the courage to go for the years that i did, doing the work i did, endangering my life every single day, that once i came out and showed the world what i had, that the entire conscience of the world would move. >> reporter: then that didn't. >> five whole years the world did not move. i'll never forget what he showed us.
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>> reporter: the sanctions bill sparked by caesar's testimony and photographs has passed the house three times with bipartisan support. but has yet to make it but has yet to make it to the senate floor. >> so what i am pleading is for the american people to please save the syrian people, save these people that do not deserve the helli is of course h nightmare that they are living in. >> one of the lawmakers who caesar made his case to this time, senator lindsay graham. he has had the ear of president trump. and he revealed to cnn that he's introducing a resolution to declare assad a war criminal. >> to the people in syria, we are not turning our back on you. i wish we could do better. the administration needs to do more. we don't have a coherent strategy in syria. and i am committed 100% to not letting assad get away with it and standing behind people like
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cesar. >> until then, the bill sits on senator mitch mcconnell's desk and leads cesar right to where he began. and once and for all not look away. >> we are in the holocaust museum. and after the holocaust the world said never again. and i'm really struck by seeing the atrocities coming out of syria and the fact that the world is not saying that. >> you're right. how many more children must be killed? how many more men must be tortured to death? how many more women must be raped until you mean it when you say never again. >> kate bolduan, cnn, washington. when markets are down. an approach where portfolio managers work well independently. and even better together.
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