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happening now in the newsroom, donald trump blasts american intelligence over its assessment that russia interfered in the election. >> it is ridiculous. i think it is another excuse. i don't believe it. >> it is clear the russians interfered. they did hack into this campaign. >> democrats and republicans now
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calling for an investigation. >> this cannot become a partisan issue. the stakes are too high for our country. >> newsroom starts right now. thanks for joining us. i'm boris sanchez in for fredricka whitfield. senators are pushing for an investigation into claims that russia intervened in the election to help donald trump. in a joint statement, democratic senators schumer and reed, and republican senators, mccain and graham, said recent russian interference in our election should alarm every american. president-elect trump dismissed those claims, blaming them on democrats still bitter over the outcome of the election. >> i think it is ridiculous. i think it is just another excuse. i don't believe it. i don't know why. i think it is just, you know -- they talked about all sorts of
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things. every week, it is another excuse. we had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the electoral college. i guess the final numbers are now at 306. she's down to a very low number. no, i don't believe that at all. >> you say you doin't know why. do you think the cia is trying to overturn the results of the election, somehow to weaken you in office? >> if you look at the story and take a look at what they said, there is great confusion. nobody really knows. hacking is very interesting. once they hack, if you don't catch them in the act, you're not going to catch them. they have no idea if it is russia or china or somebody. it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. i mean, they have no idea. >> why would the cia put out this story that the russians wanted you to win? >> i'm not sure they put it out. i think the democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. and, frankly, i think they're putting it out. it is ridiculous. we have to get back to making america great again, which is what we're going to do, and we've already started the
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process. >> cnn's ryan nobles is following this story and joins us now, live from outside of trump tower in new york. ryan, if anyone thought there was going to be this great coming together, kumbaya moment after the election, think again. >> yeah, i think you're absolutely right about that, boris. there seems to be a serious disconnect between how donald trump assesses this analysis from the cia on the hack and how some leading members of the united states senate view it, including members of both parties. both democrats and republicans seem to want to know more about this hack. donald trump dismissing it, saying it has nothing to do with the outcome of the election and we should move on. even questioning whether or not the united states intelligence community has this done correctly. listen to what chuck schumer, a leading democrat, and john mccain, a leading republican, are saying about this situation. >> they did hack into this campaign, and they did it, i think, with some of -- at least what seemed to be effective.
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sort of every week or so, there was new information. and were they hacking the republicans the same way, the republican national committee? if so, why didn't they -- there is a whole lot of issues out there. it roadway quiequires investiga >> the fact the cia and fbi disagrees shows the need for a bipartisan investigation that gets to the bottom of this. the investigation should be tough, strong and bipartisan, and should have access to all materials, classified and not. >> this is significant on a number of levels, but it also leads to a greater discussion about how the incoming trump administration is going to handle the united states relationship with russia. take a look at a senator like john mccain, who believes we should look into this a bit more. he is a harsh critic of the kremlin and vladimir putin in general. donald trump obviously said kind things about putin and russia. he believes that russia had nothing to do with this hack.
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this is going to be a big point of discussion on both sides of the aisle and between the incoming administration and the congress once trump takes office here in a couple of weeks. >> especially considering the potential secretary of state, tillerson, the exxonmobil ceo, with close ties to russia. thank you for that report. let's dig deeper on this, especially the russian perspective. joining me is the professor of russian studies at new york university and princeton university. professor, thank you for joining us. there is a bipartisan group of senators calling for a thorough investigation of these alleged russian cyber attacks. one of them is republican senator john mccain. he signed that letter. he also had some very strong words about vladimir putin on cbs's "face the nation" today. i want you to listen to this. >> vladimir put season a thug and a murderer and a killer and a kgb agent.
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he had people murdered in the shadow of the kremlin. he dismembered ukraine. he had precision strikes on hospitals in aleppo. let's call vladimir putin for what he is. does that mean you don't deal with him or talk to him? of course you talk to him. but you do it the same way that ronald reagan did. that's from a position of strength. >> professor, do you agree with that assessment, that vladimir putin is a thug and a murderer? >> no, i don't. i want to point out that mccain went on to say that anyone who did not agree with him, mccain, was lying. the impact of that is to childress cushion chil childrechil chill discussion in this country about russia and american policy, when the relationship with russia is in hot war from the baltic region to ukraine. is american policy wise? we can't have the discussion
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when mccain, politically a jihadist against putin, who has been at it a long time, has powerful allies. the bipartisan consensus, which there should be, is an inch walk. they never allow truly dissenting voices. the tragedy is, and it could be a tragedy for the united states at home and abroad, is that regarding the hacking and what the russians did or didn't do, we have a mega-ton of allegations and hysterical and almost no facts being produced. neither by the cia or the fbi. i mean, show us the facts, and then let us judge. >> well, president-elect donald trump is obviously slamming the cia report, that russia intervened in the election. here is his response on fox this morning. >> i just want to ask you about your skepticism about the intelligence community. you are getting the presidential daily brief. >> yes. >> only once a week.
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>> well, i get it when i need it. >> but is it -- if there is skepticism -- >> first of all, these are very good people giving me the briefings. i say, if something should change from this point, immediately call me. i'm available on one minute's notice. i don't have to be told, you know -- i'm a smart person. i don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years. could be eight years. but eight years. i don't need that. but i do say, if something should change, let us know. in the meantime, my generals are great, are being briefed. mike pence is being briefed. >> security experts tell us that if russia did interfere in the election, it wouldn't be the first time. they say that this kind of attack is part of their m.o., to try to instill chaos in the west and democratic elections in the west. do you agree with that? is that not what russia does?
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professor? >> yes. oh, i thought you were still talking to president-elect trump. >> i was just asking you, you know -- >> yeah. >> we heard from security experts again and again, saying that this would be typical of russia. you -- would you agree with that? >> no, i would not. it is a fundamental question. i think that if you were to ask objective scholars of russia, western scholars of russia, as i try to be, maybe i fail, you would ask yourself, why would putin want to destabilize the west? here's a man who came to power in 2000, head of a state that had collapsed twice in the 20s century. enormous state collapsed. his political and historical mission was to rebuild russia, to stabilize russia and make sure such collapse never happened again. he said from the beginning, and
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experts in the west agreed, he needed, in order to do that, partnerships with the west. primarily with europe but also with the united states. that is still his mission. rebuilding russia. why would he want to destabilize the very people he needs technology, investment and nuclear security from? it makes no sense. >> sir, critics make the case that he is trying to weaken, perhaps, nato, to try to impose his will in, you know, the baltic area, in ukraine, in syria. you don't feel like that's part of his agenda, to try to perhaps enforce his will in these places and weaken anyone that might challenge him? >> all right. ukraine is a separate issue. if we leave that aside for a moment, why would russia, putin, want to take over the baltic
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countries, those little countries, estonia, latvia and lithuania? putin can barely pay pensions in russia. is he going to pay the pensions in those countries? this is preposterous. what putin does not want, and no russian president would want this, are nato military bases on russia's borders. keep in mind, please, because it's never reported here, that nato, having built up in the baltics, the countries you mentioned, can hit st. petersbu petersburg, russia's second city, with ordinary artillery. not with missiles or bombers, but ordinary artillery. now imagine that there were chinese or russian bases in mexico or canada with that capability. would we be hysterical? absolutely. the problem we have here is there's all sorts of allegations being made in this country, along with the kind of neomccarthyism, who labels
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anyone who disagrees with the consens consensus, and labeled trump this, too, a puppet of putin about, a, what the russians did or didn't do during our election, and, b, what putin's geopolitical motives are. only one side is being heard here. i'm grateful you invited me today to present a different perspective. but generally speaking, just look at the front page of "new york times" and the "washington post" today. one war party, hawkish point of view is being presented. there is very little evidence for it. >> we thank you veryperspective. it is not one that many lawmakers would agree with, but we thank you for offering it to us. still ahead, republican and democratic senators are calling for an investigation into the russian hacking report. how that could play out in the coming weeks. we'll talk about that next.
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a bipartisan group of senators is calling for further
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investigation into claims that russia interfered with u.s. elections. donald trump says these reports are being perpetuated by democrats and could be retribution for them losing the election. >> president obama ordered a full review of russia's involvement hacking in the election, and democrats are now calling for hearings. do you think this is part of an effort to undercut you? >> could be. president obama has been terrific, very respectful of the process and everything else. i saw that. but -- and i want it, too. i think it is great. i don't want anyone hacking us. i'm not only talking about countries. i'm talking about anyone, period. but if you're going to do that, i think you should not just say russia. you should say other countries, also. and maybe other individuals. it's not necessarily -- >> could be a political effort here. >> could be. i mean, look, we had many people saying one of the greatest
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victories of all time. they're very embarrassed. >> let's dig deeper with republican strategist brian morganstern and ellis. do you think this investigation, the reports coming from the cia, are these politically motivated attacks against trump? >> i think there are a number of different reports coming out, right. in terms of the cia saying that russia had an interest in this election, that's one thing. the fbi seems to have come to a different conclusion. in terms of what the white house has been saying, the obama administration -- or the white house came out after the election and said, we have no reason to think that this election was not legitimate or that a foreign government, you know, hacked in and affected the voting patterns or anything like that. and now, this seems to be -- part of this seems to be a bit of a political mission to de-legitimize the trump presidency and say, you know, along with the fact that hillary clinton had more overall votes, there is this russian issue sort
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of overhanging. so he shouldn't get what he wants. if you think the democrats are not going to come at it from that angle, i've got a bridge i'd like to sell you. but there is, you know -- of course, we want our government to be on top of any foreign threats to our cyber security. that is, of course, a separate and legitimate issue. again, the trump administration is going to be pushing back on this, that there was any sort of impropriety, you know, that led to his election. >> ellis, do you agree that what we're hearing from the cia is an attempt to de-legitimize trump's win? >> no. these are intelligence professionals. partisans will be partisan, right? the dems want to harass trump and the trump people want to avoid any investigation or anything that casts any doubt on their victory. that's just -- i mean, grown-ups understand that. the next step though is what happened? there are some actual facts here. intelligence professionals who were uniquely capable of gathering and presenting those facts. i think all of us ought to be on
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the side of letting every single siyllable of that come out. see where it lands. what's better that n that? >> let's talk secretary of state. tillerson, the exxonmobil ceo, now the front runner according to sources, he has experience overseas but it is pretty much limited to his role as a businessman. do you think he is qualified to be secretary of state? >> i think a chief of a multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporation with tens of thousands of employees, who has overseen operations in over 50 countries, i think you'd be hard pressed to find somebody who is more qualified. obviously, diplomatic experience, you know, is valuable, also, but i would think that his skills as a ceo of a giant corporation like that would be very transferable. i think the issue that you're seeing now with members of the foreign relations committee in
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their statements is with respect to his relationships in russia with vladimir putin, with the leaders there. and i think it is fair to say that if he is ultimately nominated, and we don't know yet, but if he is ultimately nominated, those lines of questioning will get a lot of coverage in the confirmation hearings. the senators, senator rubio has already come out with a statement about that. you know, senators mccain and graham, more hawkish toward russia, will want to understand a lot more about mr. tillerson's relationships there. >> sure. >> and, you know, how he would approach negotiations with russia. >> ellis, we have maybe ten seconds. what do you think about this potential pick? is he too close to russia? >> i think his stock is falling by the hour, boris. 24 hours ago, i'd told you he is going to be the secretary of state. let me tell you, a lot of republicans are being made nervous. a lot of dems already started skeptical. i think it is starting to fade, honestly. >> pleasure to talk to you
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gentlemen. marco rubio taking aim at trump's potential pick for secretary of state. the florida senator calling exxon ceo, quote, a friend of putin. we'll talk about that next.
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we're getting more details around the investigations into russian hacking into the 2016 i election. as calls grow for an investigation, there is a split
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between intelligence agencies of the cia and the fbi over how conclusive the evidence is. cnn justin correspondent evan perez is following this story. he joins us now over the phone. evan, where does this divide stop? where do they disagree? >> well, boris, one of the first things we have to say is that, you know, there's nothing that is 100% at this point with the assessment on what was going on with the russian hacking. it's clear that the russians did hack democratic national committee and other democratic organizations. what is in dispute is whether there is enough evidence to say definitively that the russians were trying to get donald trump elected. i think in some briefings in recent weeks, the cia certainly is leaning more in the direction that it appears that what is happening, the russians were favoring trump, trying to hurt hillary clinton by releasing certain types of information
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that was published by wikileaks and other websites. the fbi is the one who thinks there needs to be more evidence gathered. that even the russians seem to be very surprised that donald trump was elected. so it is not clear what factually they were trying to do, beyond that they were trying to sow discord. they were trying to cause there to be -- to undermine our systems, to undermine the u.s. election system, and to cause confusion in that way. that's part of the behind the scenes discussions that are still ongoing. there's still a lot of work being done by the fbi, by the cia and other agencies. it is clear the cia has developed information from some of its sources that they believe more firmly puts it in the direction of -- that the russian intelligence agencies were definitely trying to get donald trump elected. i think that's one of the things that's causing so much pushback
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from the president-elect. i think what he hears from the reporting that's been coming out this weekend in the "washington post" and elsewhere, what he hears is that his election was illegitimate. i don't think that that is the point the intelligence say jen si -- agencies have been trying to make, boris. >> one of the points of contention over the weekend in the reporting about the information that the cia has and what we're hearing from, specifically, the rnc, is whether or not the rnc was hacked. have you heard anything about that? >> well, i'm glad you asked. exactly, we've been following this very closely. we have been checking every few weeks on whether or not the rnc was breached. we're told the fbi has still not found that the rnc itself was directly breached by these russian hackers. what they did find was there were third-party entities, at least one-third-party entity, that had some data belongings to
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the rnc and there might have been a breach there. the data appeared to be outdated and didn't really have much value, which is why you haven't seen the same impact as the dnc breach. it is also clear the fbi found -- there were conservative groups and pundits that were hacked. we did see some e-mails get published from those accounts. it is clear though that, at this point, the fbi has not found that the rnc itself was breached. that's a point that the spokesman for the rnc has been making all weekend. it is sort of rebutting some reports out there that the rnc was breached. boris? >> just another fascinating angle. the divide between the cia and fbi on this story. evan perez, thank you so much. we'll be back after a quick break. n't make cars made plastics that make them lighter? the lubricants that improved fuel economy. even technology to make engines more efficient.
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signed a deal with a russian oil giant whose largest shareholder is the russian government. after the signing, putin awarded tillerson the country's order of friendship. so how close are vladimir putin and rex tillerson? here is rachel crane. >> when i was a brand-new engineer with exxon in 1975, i was -- >> reporter: he runs one of the world's biggest companies. rex tillerson, ceo of exxonmobil, spent his entire career at the oil giant. >> i think we are the largest american oil company. >> reporter: born in wichita falls, texas, and a lifelong boy scout, till erman joined exxon out of the university of texas in 1975, starting as a production engineer. he worked his way up the ranks and became ceo and chairman in 2006. and has amassed a fortune, estimated to be over $240 million. according to executive data providers. tillerson has no experience in the public sector, but his work
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at exxon has taken him all over the world, and he has forged close ties to russia. >> this is a guy who has business relationships in every continent in the entire world. >> reporter: tillerson received the friendship award from vladimir putin in 2013. he describes his nearly two-decade long relationship with the russian president as, quote, very close. >> he understands that i'm a businessman. and i've invested a lot of money. our company has invested a lot of money in russia very successfully. >> reporter: his business acumen, and extensive work overseas, caught the attention and gained the respect of president-elect trump. >> in his case, he's much more than a business executive. he is a world class player. and to me, a great advantage is he knows many of the players. and he knows them well. he does massive deals in russia. he does massive deals for the company, not himself. >> reporter: under tillerson's
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leadership, the company softened its stance on climate change, publicly acknowledging its existence and potential risks. >> i'm not disputing that increasing co2 emissions in the foo atmosphere is going to have an impact. a warming impact. how large it is is what is very hard for anyone to predict. >> reporter: tillerson, who is 64, is expected to retire as ceo of exxonmobil when he turns 65 in march. the mandatory retirement age at the company. rachel crane, cnn, new york. still ahead, donald trump claims he's been turning down business deals since he was elected. but that doesn't mean his kids can't pick up what he turns away. the possible conflicts of interest. plus, trump says the u.s. doesn't need to be, quote, bound by the one china policy. hear what he has to say when we come back. "or something"? you don't just graduate from medical school, "or something." and we don't just pull smoked chicken,
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china policy, unless we make a deal with china, having to do with other things, including trade. i mean, look, we're being hurt badly by china with devaluation, with taxing us heavy at the borders when we don't tax them. with building a massive fortress in the middle of the south china sea, which they shouldn't be doing. and, frankly, with not helping us at all with north korea. you have north korea. you have nuclear weapons. china could solve that problem. they're not helping this at all. so i don't want china dictating to me. this was a call put in to me. i didn't make the call. it was a call, very short call, saying congratulations, sir, on the victory. it was a very nice call. >> joining me now to discuss this is a member of the presidential transition team. anthony, is the president-elect serious about ending the one china policy, or is this, as we've seen before with trudonal tru trump, a bargaining chip in a much bigger move?
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>> listen, everything should be on the table. at the end of the day, he's the leader of the free world. he's looking at things that he doesn't necessarily like. there are certain things that have happened since 1979, frankly, that we didn't anticipate, like the building of those military fortresses out in the south china sea. so he's nearly saying, listen, there is a new sheriff in town. i want to have a very friendly, terrific relationship with china, but i also want to recognize the taiwanese by accepting a call. that's really all he did. the call came in, and he said, you know, thank you to the congratulations. so i think what i mind most fascinating about the conversation related to china is that there is a struggle there. there is a competitive tension between us and china. the president-elect feels that we need to strengthen the u.s. hand, particularly for the working class people, and the middle class, as it relates to our trade deals. i can tell you, i'm sitting in these meetings, and i'm very
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prefreshed by this. i expect it to happen. >> the competitive tension you talk about is something we heard over and over again on the campaign trail. some very interesting rhetoric from donald trump when it comes to china. but is he hesitant at all to potentially start a trade war with them? >> listen, and i'll state the position again on pe habehalf o of us. there is no intent to start a trade war, but there is an intent to make things super fair for the american people. at the end of the day, the bargaining chips of a trade war are obviously out there. the imposition of potential tariffs is obviously out there. none of that needs to pass if we can go through a rigorous review of each of these deals and make sure these deals are right for the american people. i think the american people are super happy in the last four weeks. they see the president-elect has somebody that is really going to champion in their interests. not only here in the united states and keeping jobs here, but also overseas. they're going to stand up for america, frankly.
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so i agree with where the trade deals were, meaning they were unbalanced for the last 71 years, to help create more global economic interdependence. the president-elect and i had this conversation, recognizing we have to be more focused on america, putting american workers first, putting the country first, getting jobs here in our country, manufacturing back, et cetera. i think the american people love that message, boris. >> donald trump, first and foremost, is known for his business acumen. he is known as a businessman. he was on fox news today and talked about not only his business but the election and now becoming president, how it might impact that. i want you to listen to this. >> if i were going to do new deals right now, i am turning down billions of dollars of deals. i will tell you, running for president, the money i spent is peanuts compared to the money i won't make. and that's okay. because this is so important.
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what i'm doing is so important. this is a calling. this is a movement. it's not just me. it is millions and millions of people. you got to see it firsthand. i'm not going to be doing deals at all. now, that would be -- i don't even know if that is a conflict. i have the right to do it. you know under the law, i have the right to do it. i just don't want to do it. i don't want to do deals. because i want to focus on this. >> now, anthony, he says he is turning down these billion-dollar deals and he's more interested in the white house than he is really trump tower to some degree. should the american public be concerned about the expanse of his empire and potential conflicts of interest? >> i don't think so. what i love about that interview right there is you really see the charm and the commercial intensity of the new president-elect. i'm sure that he's -- he would be salivating at the prospect of doing those deals. he is sending a message to the american people right there by saying, listen, this is so much more important than that. the stakes are so much higher on
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behalf of the entire country. i do think on december the 15th, we will hear from him about how he has gone away from his corporation and all of his interests. and i think after that press conference, i think people are going to be very happy that the conflict of interest issue that's on the table right now will also be in the rear-view mirror. but i love the fact the president is a commercial guy. i can tell the american people he is going to bring that to the table in trade negotiations. he's going to bring that to the table with his diplomatic skills. he's also going to bring that to the table in terms of defeating isis and making the world safer. not only for americans but for citizens all over the world. >> anthony, we have to ask you about this. it is the story of the weekend really and likely to continue to be the story in the coming weeks. do you think this investigation into the russian meddling in the election could potentially lead to a rough start for a trump
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presidency? could this be a black eye on his presidency? >> listen, i really don't think so. i think the case that the president-elect is making at this point is that the election is over. it was a broad-base landslide in the electoral college. these presidential elections are based on the electoral college. that's why the president-elect had his strategy over the course of the intense campaign. i would like to see it end. i know most of the american people, if you poll them, would like to see it end. so my guess is that this will get put to bed. there's a lot of speculation, frankly. we're trying to figure out where the sources are for the stories. it's like weapons of mass disinformation, if you will. my guess is that he's going to have a very strong, robust start. the 100-day agenda is a fantastic agenda for the american people. you're seeing people unite around the president-elect, boar
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ry -- boris. look what happened yesterday at the army-navy game. it was an unbelievable, patriotic, rousing cheer for the president-elect. i know he was very emotional about it. my guess is that we'll be putting this behind us, as we have so many things over the last 18 months. >> it is important to point out, anthony, it is not just democrats calling for the investigation. some high-ranking republicans, as well. we are out of time but we thank you very much for your time. >> thank you very having me. >> we'll be right back. my lineage was the vecchios and zuccolis. through ancestry,
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tonight is the tenth annual cnn heros. anderson cooper and kelly ripa are hosting the show. we'll have reporters on the red carpet starting at 6:00 p.m. eastern. you'll have celebrities that'll recognize each hero. we'll take a closer look at one of the honorees, sheldon smith. >> i was taught to overcome because i didn't have a father figure around to teach me what fatherhood was. it doesn't come with a map or a manual. sometimes you can learn from others or you learn on the fly. >> trying to do better so my son doesn't have to go through what i went through. >> amen. >> 70% of african-american children grow up in single parent households. i wanted to provide the men with the skills and tools they need to stay involved in their children's life and really support the next generation of
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president john f kennedy was a lover of american culture, asking robert frost to read his inaugural poem and inviting artists and authors to the white house. when it comes to culture, president-elect trump is going
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for a slightly different vibe, you could say. that's a subject of this week's state of the cartoonian by jake tapper. >> screw off, costal elites. donald trump is stacking his administration with leaders from real american pop culture. >> wow. >> his tpick to head the small business administration is linda mcmahon, ceo of wwe. making her, i'm pretty sure, the only head of that agency to have ever survived one of stone cold steve austin's stone cold stunners. his pick to be secretary of labor runs the carl's jr. and hardee's franchise, with the racy commercials with scantily clad models.
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we learned this week that the next season of "celebrity apprentice," starring arnold schwarzenegger and featuring snooki will have donald trump as an executive producer. ♪ money, money, money >> is it ridiculous to wonder if the inaugural poem will be given by andrew dice clay? >> hickory dickory dock. >> that would be something. thank you for joining us. i'm boris sanchez. i'll be back next weekend. fredricka whitfield is taking a well deserved vacation. the next hour of cnn newsroom with poppy harlow starts now. -- captions by vitac -- we begin with a call into russia's attention to sway the u.s. election. four sitting u.s. senators, two republicans and two democrats say every american should be
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alarmed. the group includes republicans mccain and graham, along with democratic senator, chuck schumer, the incoming minor te leader, and jack reed. in a joint statement, they warn, quote, this cannot become a partisan issue. the stakes are too high for our country. senator mccain spelled out his concerns. listen. >> because it is clear the russians interfered. whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, i think that's a subject of investigation. but the facts are stubborn things. they did hack into this campaign. the russians have interfered in a lot of other elections. the russians have hacked into some of our most secret military information. the russians have been active, using as a tool, as part of vladimir putin's ambition to


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