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happening now, breaking news. fbi under fire. president obama breaks his silence criticizing fbi director james comey for going public on the revived clinton e-mail probe that comes as a stolen e-mail signatures the clinton campaign had inside help at the justice department. is the fbi between a rock and a hard place? the blue wall. clinton campaign spent time and money to strengthen its blue state firewall even as it tries to paint red states with its own colors and president obama leads a democratic all-star team into crucial battleground states. new polls show donald trump is gaining in some states. he's going all out and must win florida which could be anyone's to lose. and out of control.
more than 2 1/2 years after flight mh-370 vanished, no one was at the controls when the airliner plunged into the ocean. so what went wrong? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." breaking news, president obama publicly criticized james comey for going public on the revised clinton investigation. he says it violates established norms for investigations and saying, quote, we do not operate on innuendo or on incomplete information. and there's a new leak suggesting the clinton campaign received information from within the justice department. just six days before the election, polls now show the race is tightening
significantly. our cnn poll shows clinton with a four-point edge in blue state pennsylvania while trump leads by five in red-leaning arizona. our average of polls shows it's neck-and-neck in must-win florida while clinton holds an edge in north carolina getting a boost from president obama hosting rallies in key states. after fo donald trump is placing a big bet on florida with four rallies in a 24-hour period. he's walking a fine line, stepping up his attacks on hillary clinton without straying off message but his campaign has been forced to quickly denounce an endorsement by a ku klux klan newspaper. i'll speak with kellyanne conway and our correspondents and guests will have today's top stories. let's talk about the fbi caught in a growing controversy. our justice correspondent pamela brown is here with me and president obama is now weighing in. >> four days ago, the white
house spokesman josh earnest said he didn't want to criticize director comey but now president obama is weighing in for the first time about the fbi director he and pointed and the controversy surrounding his actions so close to an election. tonight, president obama breaking his silence on fbi director james comey's explosive letter to congress. suggesting comey spoke prematurely. >> i do think that there is a norm that when under investigations, you don't operate under innuendo or under incomplete information, we don't operate on likes. >> reporter: obama's comments come as the department finds itself in further controversy. a stolen campaign e-mail released by wikileaks appears to show a top doj official in a conflict of interest. peter kadzik using his personal
account to tell john podesta about a congressional hearing writing in part, the department was likely to get questions on state department e-mails. he appears to tip him off about a court filing related to clinton's e-mails. ♪ donald trump pounced on the release today accusing the clinton campaign and the department of justice of collusion. >> now today, in a newly released e-mail through wikileaks again, we learn that kadzik was feeding information about the investigation into the clinton campaign. >> reporter: today's wikileaks release is another black eye for the department in the lead-up to the election. cnn has learned over the past 15 months that the fbi and doj have been fighting over matters relating to hillary clinton. not just the e-mail probe but also the investigation into the clinton foundation.
>> commonly it leads to friction. and sometimes it feels like you're slowing me down for a purpose and maybe that purpose is your politics. >> reporter: sources say the clinton foundation probe has been on low boil because top doj officials don't believe the allegations of criminal activity among donors are substantive enough to issue warrants or subpoenas but the agents working the case see the road blocks as political. and we have reached out to both the department of justice and clinton campaign regarding the wikileaks e-mail that came out today, both declined to comment. >> donald trump tries to turn blue states red and key
battlegrounds. david chalian is joining me. he desperately needs to win in these states. >> he needs to win all of the toss-up states and plus gain blue territory where hillary clinton has the slight edge in our polls and the polls of polls and look at the poll, 45 to 45%. it doesn't get closer to that. it is shaping up to be the closest state this time around as well. in pennsylvania, in our brand new cnn/orc poll, hillary clinton is with an edge and it seems to be holding at the moment for her. >> there's also good news for donald trump out west. >> without a doubt. take a look first in arizona. this is one of the states that hillary clinton has been trying to expand the map on. it does not look like it's quite
there yet for her. five-point edge in our poll. 49% to 44% for donald trump. and in nevada, he has a six-point edge. 49% to 43% in that critical battleground state. we need to see more polls in nevada. that is looking a little different than other data we've seen there. if indeed it's the first indicator of a trend where nevada may be coming his way, he really could start looking to put some big wins on the board in those battleground states. he still needs to find some democratic turf. >> president obama delivered a very powerful speech in north carolina. how does that look in north carolina right now? >> we've had a lot of polling. we just updated our poll of polls. out of north carolina, 46% to 42%. hillary clinton could basically block his path to the white house through north carolina.
>> he desperately needs to win north carolina. david, thank you. donald trump is back in the one state he cannot afford to lose. we're talking about florida. sunlen serfaty is on the scene for us. what's trump's message today, sunlen? >> reporter: well, what we're seeing in his closing message from donald trump is real focus on trying to define hillary clinton for voters. trump today saying she's unhinged, saying she represents more of the same. trump has been recently in the last few days investing in his time chasing down some blue states but tonight he turned his focus again to the battleground states and no more important than the battleground state here in florida. >> in six days, we are going to win the great state of florida and we are going to win back the white house. >> reporter: donald trump is barnstorming florida today. >> we have to win. we've got to win big. we've got to beat her. >> the biggest battleground state on the map with 29
electoral maps and a state critical to trump's path to the white house. >> has anyone seen crooked hillary clinton today? that's going to be a great term for president, right? what a mess? >> as he makes his closing argument, trump is trying to show some late in the game message discipline. >> hillary has been there for 30 years and she's accomplished nothing. she's just made things worse. look at her record. she is the candidate of yesterday. >> i guess wikileaks it sounds like is going to be dropping some more and if we met tomorrow, i'd tell you about it tomorrow but one beauty that's been caught was -- and this was just recently, newly released, where they say we're having a dump. we're having a dump of all of
those e-mails. >> reporter: sensing opportunity in the wake of some tough headlines for clinton, including the new fbi investigation into e-mails potentially related to her use of a private server and the increase of obamacare premiums next year. in the final stretch, trump and his team now eyeing some turf usually friendly to democrats. dispatching family members and surrogates as part of its offensive to fan out the next three days across states from mi michigan and colorado and people who already voted for hillary clinton trying to persuade them to change their minds. >> this is a message for any democratic voter who have already cast their ballots by hillary clinton and who are having a bad case of buyer's remorse. in other words, you want to change your vote. >> reporter: trump's campaign is saying it does not want the support of at least one group
after the official newspaper of the kkk, the crusader, gave the gop nominee a flashy front page endorsement. trump's campaign quickly rejecting it calling the publication repulsive, adding their views do not represent the tens of millions of americans who are uniting behind our campaign. trump will be speaking here later tonight in pensacola, florida. and as this race enters into the final few days, the trump campaign is planning an all-out flurry of campaign events. wolf, on saturday and sunday, trump will have ten events alone. wolf? >> sunlen, thank you very much. sunlen serfaty in pensacola, florida, for us. joining us now is the campaign manager, kellyanne conway. >> hi, wolf. hi. >> we're going to get to the fbi investigation, the latest developments, in a few moments. i want to ask you about the latest on the campaign trail. he's been on mess average and
capitalizing object the very bad news that the clintons have been facing and polls are narrowing in key battleground states. you're a pollster. you know donald trump is still down if states he will need if he gets to 270 electoral votes, states like north carolina, virginia, pennsylvania. is this disciplined campaigning too little too late in in other words, committee still do it and if he can, how? >> he can do it, wolf, and he will do it. i think you're beilooking at th next president of the united states in donald trump. the poll numbers that are measuring enthusiasm show a real uptick for donald trump and that matters in these closing days when most americans who will vote have yet to vote. i know there's a lot of early voting but 100 million more people are expected to vote than already have. we very much like -- we're feeling very bullish in some of
these blue states. it's my call to go back into those states. his message about illegal immigration, job, trade, patriotism, places very well in places like chicago and ohio and iowa where mitt romney and john mccain lost to barack obama twice and we're expanding our math and i have to say i think hillary clinton's doing a little follow the leader these days. tim kaine in wisconsin is in michigan, in arizona, greeted by a poll that shows us up six points. we feel good where we are but you're going to see donald trump and governor pence at least one more time in all of these states. >> i should point out, you're a professional pollster, have been for many years. our new cnn/orc poll shows donald trump down four points in pennsylvania, a state that he wants to win. he's got 44%. she's got 48%. what's the message we will hear from his wife melania trump when
she addresses voters in pennsylvania tomorrow? >> well, we're really excited to have melania trump out on the campaign trail tomorrow. i'll be out there with her outside of philadelphia. her speech is terrific and she talks about growing up in slovenia, her love for america, wanting to come to live and work here. she talks about the man she's known for 18 years and what she would like to do if she's blessed enough to become our first lady and it's a very powerful speech and a very warm speech. she's a brilliant woman who's a successful entrepreneur in her own right and calls no attention to herself. we're very excited to have that tomorrow. and also, i just revealed a couple of hours ago on twitter that karen pence, wife of indiana governor mike pence will come to pennsylvania to introdu introduce melania tomorrow. two of my favorite women on the stage tomorrow in pennsylvania. it will be a real treat. >> as you know, donald trump
said melania trump would give two or three speeches before election day. this is the first one. she's looking to do more? >> well, we'll see about that. we certainly think the more melania the better, but she's a very busy mom to barron and she's very supportive of her husband running for president. it's a whole family engagement. his four adult children are all out in swing states today as i talk to you. we're really thrilled with them keeping their own schedules as the children of donald trump. and frankly, they are a great testament not just to him as an individual but also the business that he's built since they are all involved in that. he's a builder, a fixer, a problem solver. but back to pennsylvania for a moment, the four-point deficit, that's remarkable because when i look at hillary clinton's number in each of these states, the three blue states, she's nowhere near where barack obama was either time.
this is what i tell mr. trump, watch her number, 47, 46, 44, she's nowhere near where barack obama was in 2008 and 2012. that matters when undecided voters go away from the person they know the best. >> let's get to the fbi investigation. does your campaign still want the fbi director james comey to release more information on the investigation into hillary clinton aide huma abedin's e-mails before election day? >> we want the fbi to do whatever it thinks it best in the timeline it has. it's not up to try to rush the investigation forward and i'm just really disappointed today to have hillary clinton and barack obama calling in to question director comey's poll lit lie zags when josh earnest said that he doesn't believe
that james comey is interrupting the political campaign. it's not a good look to be attacking your own fbi director. maybe she should ask for his resignation. >> i don't need to remind you what donald trump said about james comey and the fbi after he cleared her of any wrongdoing. you remember what donald trump was saying. now he's saying nice things but after july when he made that initial statement, he was really tough on him. >> there's a very simple distinction here. james comey announced to the world he would not be charging hillary clinton and also told us she was reckless and careless and two days later he goes in front of trey gowdy and testifies under oath that, yes, there were multiple devices, not one -- >> let me interrupt for a second. but should donald trump have really blasted comey as he did for all those weeks and indeed
months until this latest development? >> what he did is he said it's part of the rigged, corrupt system. he told us everything she did wrong under oath on july 7th in congressional testimony and yet you cleared her and i guess in the end there were many people that the fbi, i read, as wells you do, who were not happy with that and we all felt it was politicized. we felt that the attorney general of the united states, loretta lynch and former president bill clinton met for 39 minutes while the justice department was deciding whether or not to go forward. this goes right into donald trump's message, if you're an outsider looking in, you don't benefit from the rigged corrupt system and in this case, comey simply said he has to reopen or continue the investigation based on new information. there's 650,000 e-mails. the idea that there's no there there, i don't think they are all pictures of anthony weiner's
private parts as he sexted from north carolina. >> he h-- listen to this. >> this choice actually is pretty clear. because the guy that the republicans nominated, even though a bunch of them knew they shouldn't nominate him, the guy they nominated who many of the republicans was a con artist and a no-nothing and wasn't qualified to hold this office, this guy is tempramentally unfit
to be president and this should not be a controversial claim. it really shouldn't. i mean, it's strange how what is crazy gets normalized. >> all right. kellya nne, i'd like to get your reaction to the president. >> politician in chief. i like the president in 2008 who said hillary clinton was likable enough. and that barack obama from 2008 who said hillary will say anything to get elected. i do detect a different tone if not content from the president, politicking for hillary clinton today, wolf, in that they seem a little more concerned. a couple weeks ago, it was much more glib and now it's serious because he sees these polls are tightening. that her enthusiasm is collapsing and that, yet again,
she and her closest aide, her, quote, surrogate daughter, they are causing his administration, perhaps even his legacy problems, frankly, and that is troublesome for him but he's saying what i expect the hillary surrogate to say. it's been all over the map the last five days. joe biden way off message saying he would have beaten hillary clinton and been the nominee for the next president and then saying that james comey is a great guy and then his boss saying that comey did the wrong thing. the democratic messaging is all over the map. why is that a problem? you're dealing with a candidate or ever have a plan b. resilient leadership requires that you're resilient and you're nimble and have a plan b? what happened to her motto, they go low, we go high?
>> i know you've got to run. one last question for you, kellyanne. donald trump in his major rally singled out a reporter, katy tur, of nbc news. i want you to listen to what he said in front of all of those people. >> we have two more today in florida and we have massive crowds. there's something happening. they are not reporting it. katy, you're not reporting it, katy. but there's something happening, katy. there's something happening, katy. >> now, after he did that, she was singled out and she was harassed by a lot of the people over there. the last time we spoke, you told me that you shared my concerns about this singling out of these reporters who are traveling with donald trump. you said you would talk to him about that. how did that conversation go? >> the conversation was very productive and i've always talked to nbc news today. so, look, we want fair coverage
and we want everybody to be safe at our rallies. i don't appreciate all of the threats that i get either from people who i guess are worried that we may win this thing. a lot of folks out there who should tamp is down, in the case -- i'm glad you played the entire clip because donald trump -- he's not asking people to be mean to her. he's not asking people to do anything, god forbid. he calls out some people in the media to say, please show our crowds. he talks to people in the media all of the time, privately and publicly. >> don't you feel uncomfortable when he does that in front of all of those thousands? there are huge crowds there and when he points to the journalists who are covering him and says these kinds of things, doesn't that make you feel uncomfortable, too? >> i would always urge our supporters at these rallies and elsewhere, wolf, to be civil and to be respectful to each other because, again, hillary is going to be in the gutter, we should be the candidate much more
uplifting and positive and we are. as i say, i've already talked to nbc today. >> kellyanne conway, thank you for joining us, as usual. >> thank you. thank you. just ahead, more of our breaking news as new polls show the race tightening. hillary clinton deploys a democratic all-star team to key battleground states and donald trump places his bets on florida. plus, more than two years after mh-370 vanished, there's new evidence suggesting that no one was at the controls when the plane plunged into the indian ocean. who says i shouldn't have a soda everyday? my doctor. my dentist. definitely my wife. wait, i know what i want.
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test. all right. break being news, as polls show the clinton campaign is putting extra time to defending traditionally blue states as it focuses in on the all-important battleground states. joe johns is with us. joe, the democrats have deployed an all-star team to help hillary clinton. what's the latest? >> that's right. president obama in north carolina and hillary clinton
expected to return there tomorrow with bernie sanders. bill clinton is in iowa with early voting numbers in some of the battleground states very much on their minds. increasingly intense appeal to get the vote out in the final days, especially among younger voters and minorities. tonight, hillary clinton delivering her closing argument to latino voters. she's setting her sights on a pair of battleground states, nevada and arizona, where latinos are critical. >> that's why on tuesday, november
8th, latino also go to the polls greater than ever not to elect the president of the united hate but to elect her the next president of the united states. >> reporter: the clinton campaign also releasing a radio ad aimed at generating enthusiasm from another piece of the obama coalition. african-americans. >> listen to how he talks about us. >> i have a great relationship with the blacks. >> look at my african-american
over here. >> but we shouldn't be surprised. trump has repeatedly disrespected president obama. >> president obama has been the most ignorant president in our history. >> president obama warning black voters that his legacy could be in their hands. >> right now, the latino vote is up, overall vote is up and the african-american vote right now is not where it needs to be. so if you really care about my presidency and what we've accomplished, then you
are going to go and vote. >> reporter: the president and other top surrogates looking to give clinton a boost in the final stretch. >> i hate to put a little pressure on you but the fate of the republic rests on your shoulders. the fate of the world is teetering and you, north carolina, are going to have to make sure that we put it in the right direction. >> reporter: the president
campaigning in north carolina today and elizabeth warren in nevada and bernie sanders making stops in michigan and wisconsin as the clinton campaign looks to protect its blue firewall by going on the air in states like colorado and virginia and increasing its ad spending to more than $32 million before election day. it comes as the campaign continues to deal with the fallout of the investigation into e-mails from long-time friend huma abedin and abedin not traveling with clinton on her westward scene today instead seen getting into a car in new york. >> huma abedin's absence from the campaign is a way to de-emphasize the e-mail controversy shows how the clinton campaign attempts to refocus it away from the e-mail controversy.
wolf. >> joe johns, thank you. let's bring in our correspondents and political experts. percent, let's go to pamela brown. you're getting new information on the fbi investigation into these e-mails. >> beyond that. we're learning more about infighting in the fbi and department of justice that's been going on for more than 15 months. we've spoken to a dozen officials and agents have and learned that agents in the fbi wanted to aggressively investigate the clinton foundation several months ago. earlier in the year, the department of justice said you don't have enough evidence here for warrants and subpoenas. we were told that after the clinton e-mail probe initially wrapped up back in july, that those agents wanted to continue their work on the case and again doj said you don't have enough evidence here to really investigate and so things are
sort of on hold but this has just sort of caused tensions to flare and the fbi and department of justice feel like the road blocks are politically driven and some feel that the agents want to aggressively pursue this or perhaps be partisan-driven here. there's a lot going on behind the scenes beyond what we're seeing in front of us with director comey. >> david chalian, given the problems that hillary clinton has had with honesty in the poll, how will this impact voters? >> that's where this story comes into play and you look across the four battleground states that we polled today, she's seen as less honest and trustworthy than donald trump. this is her achilles heel and it's largely because of this story. there was a moment where the clinton campaign thought they were making good progress on her fave, unfave with donald trump
and this blew the cover right off of that back to this being her in the hole here. again, there are other -- lots of things voters will decide on. i don't think it will be the definitive characteristic of the race. >> today, dana, the president really went after the fbi investigation, the fbi director saying we don't operate on innuendo. how unusual is it for a sitting president of the united states to make comments that criticize an fbi director and an fbi investigation? >> very unusual and it's a departure from what his own spokesman did a couple of days ago. he said, "i'm not going to comment on it" but then went down the road a little bit. the president went a lot further but i think it's also in keeping with what the president did way back when this whole thing started, he gave an interview saying that he thought everything was fine with her e-mails which actually turned out to not be true and we've seen the traffic about that internally in some of the wikileaks coming out from john
podesta's e-mail. look, i think none of this is typical. none of this is usual and, you know, starting with the president himself commenting on this, going to loretta lynch having per plane boarded by president clinton which was like such a no-no. i don't even begin -- i can't even begin to explain that, so, yeah, it's unusual but he also is trying to telegraph something to democratic voters right now and swing voters very clearly. >> jamie gangel, you spoke to nancy pelosi about comey's move to look into these e-mails that have been discovered so close to the election. what did she tell you? >> wolf, we started by asking her if she thinks fbi director comey's actions have interfered with the race and she gave a very direct answer. she said, yes, i do.
and then she added that she thinks he did it because of criticism by republicans for his original decision back in july not to recommend charges against hillary clinton. here's more of what she had to say. >> i think he made a mistake on this and he clearly has a double-standard when it comes to donald trump and -- keep him out of it. when it came to the hacking by the russians, that the highest confidence of our intelligence community says that the russians did this. i know it privately because being hacked by the russians and he says, well, it's too close to the election to talk about that. and yet it's not too close to the election to talk about the e-mails that he says may not be significant. so i think he made a mistake and these jobs, if you're not in it for a while, you can't take the heat. and i think he just couldn't take the heat from the
republicans. it's really unfortunate because i do believe he is a good person. maybe he's not in the right job. >> do you think he should resign? >> i'm not going to that place. i think we have to just get through this election and just see what the casualties are along the way. >> you know, wolf, she chooses her words carefully when she says casualties along the way. i think you know what that might be referring to. and there was one particular phrase she used, maybe he's not in the right job. so i think you're going to be hearing more along this line. >> jamie, she also spoke to you about hillary clinton's relationship with her long-time aide huma abedin. i want you to listen and our viewers to listen to what she said. >> do you think hillary clinton used bad judgment in having huma abedin as such a close aide in all of this? >> the relationships that people
have is something that i'm not going to comment on, no. huma is a lovely person. she has the confidence of hillary clinton. they are friends. i think huma used bad judgment in marrying anthony weiner. so if you want to ask that question. but i think hillary's respect for huma goes back a long way and their friendship is important. >> so do you think pelosi thinks all of this is hurting hillary clinton's chances of winning the presidency? >> well, wolf, i asked her that question. she says no. but we've all seen the polls and they are tightening, as you said earlier, significantly. what pelosi said, though, is that she really feels in the end what they are hoping -- they wish this hadn't happened with comey but they are hoping that
it will energize the base. look, democrats have been worried about voters being complacent or not enthusiastic enough to get out to vote for hillary. that's why we've seen all of these surrogates out there. so while pelosi, the president, other democrats are clearly not happy with fbi director comey's announcement right before the election, they are trying to turn it around and turn it into a rallying cry to get that vote out, wolf. >> mark preston, president obama's been out on the campaign trail for hillary clinton today in north carolina. he's trying to generate a lot of turnout, especially in the african-american community. what does he need to do to motivate that obama base that got him elected president in 2008, re-elected in 2012, to show up for hillary clinton? >> it's a very simple message. it's, if you voted for me, i need you to vote for hillary clinton. if you liked the policies that i have tried to put in place, then you need to vote for hillary
clinton. if you vote for donald trump, you're putting somebody who is reckless in the white house. we've heard very tough language from president obama on the campaign trail which is interesting to hear a sitting president go directly at a nominee. i think you have to realize this, she's not going to reach the same level as barack obama with the african-american vote. he made history. he's the first african-american elected. he made history again by getting re-elected again. it's important for him to be on the campaign trail. he'll be back in north carolina on friday. it's interesting to note that the hillary clinton campaign announced that stevie wonder is going to do a get out to vote rally and pharrell williams will be, also. they are trying to reach every black voter that they can again. >> ron brownstein, you study polls. 49% in florida right now for hillary clinton. 47 for donald trump. but when you ask specifically
are you extremely or very enthusiastic about voting for the president, clinton voters in florida, 48%. compared to trump voters, 58%. in pennsylvania, 51% for hillary clinton. 50% for donald trump. so what are those numbers? >> it's been a challenge for her from the beginning, generating positive enthusiasm about her candidacy. there's a lot of enthusiasm beyond the democratic coalition about preventing donald trump from being president but the affirmative enthusiasm has been more difficult. those polls are interesting. if you look at where donald trump is, he's in new mexico, colorado, michigan, he's in wisconsin. if he had an easier path to 270, he would not be in those states. all of which hillary clinton has led in from the beginning. on the other hand, he is calling her hand on one of the defining gambles of her candidacy. she's put almost all of her effort in her insurance states, places like florida, nevada, ohio, north carolina.
and she has put very little effort into states like those four and michigan and wisconsin that are at the core. interesting comparison. since june 1st, she's been 19 times in florida and north carolina combined. none in wisconsin. she's spent $128 million on advertising in north carolina and florida. 6 million in wisconsin and michigan. so far, the polls are validating the strategy but donald trump is trying to do a flanking maneuver. she's put the army out on to his turf. >> we're getting more information coming in. guys, everybody stay with us. we're going to resume this conversation and report more news right after this.
we're back with our correspondents and political experts as we follow the breaking news. new polls show the presidential race tightening. dana bash, let's talk about donald trump. he's been sticking to his teleprompter, to his scripts. his aides are pretty happy about that. it shows that he's being disciplined. what are you hearing about that? you're getting new information. >> i've been doing some reporting on it today to try to figure out not just the what but
more importantly the why. why do we suddenly see this guy who is not only following the script pretty much to a t, when he goes off, he's not veering much off message but he's not picking up his device and sending tweets. he's really, really focused. you're an old football player, wolf. i'll give you the analogy. they say he's been operating in the red zone for so long but now he sees the end zone and that's the way that he functions and it's the end and he feels like he wants to do well and he can do well but also the obvious, which is, he has the foil that is in the right place now. hillary clinton. the person who is supposed to be the one he focuses on, his political opponent, the person who is between him and moving into that building behind us. and so all of those things
combined has made us feel like he was constitutionally incapable of doing, which is sticking to script and not stepping all over it. >> undermining his own statements and his aides are very happy about that. jamie, george p. bush, the son, told the texas news agency that his uncle, the former president, george w. bush, could potentially vote for hillary clinton. you've been talking to your sources. what are they telling you about how the former president and the former governor jeb bush, for that matter, might vote. how will they vote? >> right. so first of all, after he said it to a small group, a reporter came up to him and george p. followed up by saying he was just, quote, speculating. he walked it back a little bit. so here's what we know. we reported a few weeks ago and i've been able to confirm that former president george h.w. bush, his grandfather, who we call 41, has privately told friends he is voting for hillary
clinton. that part is out there. however, president george w. bush, 43, his uncle, has said he is staying out of the race. he is not commenting on who he will vote for and i contacted his office again today and they repeated that. that said, we do have a little bit of news. i e-mailed former governor jeb bush who is george p.'s father yesterday and he has not said what he's going to do except he said i'm not voting for trump or clinton. so i called to see whether he had made some decision. he obviously votes in florida, a battleground state where every vote counts. so i thought maybe he had made a decision and he e-mailed me back very quickly with a two word answer, quote, secret ballot. bottom line, he's not going to be telling anyone. look, i think it has been a very
tough year for the bush family with donald trump but this is a family of republicans and most of them prefer to not say how they will vote. that said, silence also speaks volumes when they are not supporting donald trump publicly, wolf. >> very interesting. ron >> saying they would support the republican nominee, and now several of them, including jeb bush, are saying they're not going to do that. >> that's why when this ends up in a close race that donald trump falls short of, there will be a loud chorus from the trump supporter that he fell short because of a stab in the back from the republican leadership. the republicans who don't like donald trump were hoping he would lose decisively and that the trump agenda would be discredited because the republicans critical of trump
believes he's pointing them to a dead end, running as a candidate of the past against a country that's rapidly changing in all the ways we talked about. if he ends up close, not only will the agenda have life in the republican party, but the stab in the back argument will have life and we could be contesting this through the 2020 primary it is hillary clinton wins. >> guys, everybody stay put. there's a lot more coming up. remember, we're less than a week away from election day here in the united states. we'll have all the day coverage, of all the key races. stay with cnn until the last vote is cast and counted. other news we're following. we're getting new clues about what may have happened to the malaysian airlines jet that disappeared over the indian ocean with 239 people on board. i want to go right to renee marsh. what are you learning? >> reporter: the australian transportation safety board released a report saying no one
was in control of that fight as it spiraled down to the sea. tonight, as investigators continue to search for the lost wreckage of mh-370. a new report indicates no one was in control of the enormous aircraft at the time of the crash. an analysis of data indicates the plane plunged 25,000 feet per minute. >> the way the plane spiraled into the ocean, it was not under human control. >> reporter: there's no way you can make a plane do that? >> no. there's no way a pilot could make a plane do that. and it raises the question of whether the pilot or pilots were still alive. >> reporter: the flight, scheduled from kuala lumpur to beijing, disappeared less than an hour after takeoff. a log of hourly pings between the plane and a satellite led
investigators to conclude the plane crashed in the indian ocean. in june, a piece of the plane's wing, called a flapper-on, watched up on the coast of tanzania. analysis shows the wing flap had not been deployed before the crash, another sign no one was in control in those final moments. >> you would deploy the flaps by lowering it, slowing the plane down. >> reporter: bob hepp, a flight instructor, took us to demonstrate what the pilot should have done if they planned to successfully ditch the 777 in the indian ocean. we're going to do a landing now and deploy those flaps. >> we're going to put the flaps in, and this allows us to descend more steeply, slower and more steeply without picking up speed. >> reporter: the fact the flaps
had not been deployed, what does that tell you? >> either the pilot was not in a position -- was incapacitated and not able to put the flaps down or was intending to not make the ditching survivable. >> reporter: following the crash, scrutiny turned to the pilots, including the 53-year-old captain. he had a flight simulator in his home and posted videos to youtube. no suicide note was ever found to suggest he intended to bring the plane down. the new report indicates the passenger plane fell wildly out of the sky. but what caused the plane with 239 people on board to disappear remains a mystery. three pieces of debris that belonged to the missing plane have been found so far. wolf, at this point the search is scheduled to end early next year. >> so there's no more status, no
more search that's going to go on after that, is that what you're hearing? >> reporter: at this point, they've set february 2017 of the time when the search would end. we do know at this point, they've searched some 42,000 square miles of ocean floor. they have not found what they're looking for. they are meeting, as far as investigators this week. if anything changes with that, we'll find out. but as it stands right now, wolf, early next year is when the search is set to wrap up. >> renee marsh reporting. coming up, more of the breaking news we're following. president obama criticized fbi director james comey for going public on the renewed clinton e-mail probe. with polls showing a tight race in battleground states, we're standing by for hillary clinton in nevada. we'll have live coverage.
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