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announcer: this is cnn breaking news. hi, there. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. more breaking news. major development in this russia investigation. sources tell us the top white house aids are worried that the fbi director christopher wray could quit if the highly controversial republican memo is, in fact, released. this memo alleges that the fbi abused its surveillance warrant powers to monitor a trump campaign member and it's possible the president could release this memo as early as tomorrow. let's go to our cnn chief political correspondent dana bash, caitlin collins and cnn manu raju with breaking news on the content of this memo but first dana, beginning with you, what have you been learning about chris wray and a possible resignation. >> this is a story that i did with jeff zeleny and evan perez and what we've been told is that
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at the white house there is concern, deep concern, that christopher wray will quit, will resign in and around the release of this memo. we have been reporting for several days now that the fbi, the justice department as a whole and the fbi in particular has been arguing nonstop to the white house, to the hill that this is a terrible idea to release this russia memo. the white house of course and republicans on capitol hill argue back that they believe that that argument is because the fbi is concerned that it looks bad. regardless, this is -- this is something that we are hearing which is noteworthy for many reasons, not the least of which is that christopher wray, we have to remember, was president trump's pick for the fbi after he fired james comey. >> right. >> i should also tell you, brooke, that i am told by a source familiar with this that chris wray has not directly
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said, you know, by the way, i might quit because that's not his style. that's not something that he would do. it's just not how he operates. regardless, because of the very intense back and forth on this in private which spilled into the public with the fbi statement yesterday, they are concerned at the white house. >> concerned at the white house, interesting we just heard from speaker ryan over at the republican retreat in west virginia where, you know, he continues to say that this memo does not undermine the russia investigate and it doesn't undermine the deputy attorney general. here he was a moment ago. >> remember, fisa say unique situation which involves americans' civil liberties and if american civil liberties were abused, then that needs to come to light so that doesn't happen again. what this is not is an indictment on our institutions of our justice system. this memo is not indictment of the fbi of the department of
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justice, it does not impune the mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general. what it is, is the congress's legitimate function of oversight to make sure that the fisa process is being used correctly and that if it wasn't being used correctly that needs to come to light and people need to be held accountable -- >> but even more significantly, dana, he goes on to say this doesn't implicate the mueller investigation or the dag. doesn't implicate the mueller investigation, we're hearing now from sources that president trump is hoping that this will discredit the mueller investigation. >> that's exactly right. this is an argument that paul ryan has been making since the day of the state of the union. he's done so in public. we're told by sources he is saying this in private to his members, please don't talk about this memo as if it is a way to discredit the mueller investigation. the person who clearly has not gotten that message is the
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president of the united states because our reporting this morning is just as you said, brooke, that the president is making calls. the president who did read the memo we're told yesterday, he is making calls to friends, to allies saying, hey, i think this really could discredit and undermine the russia investigation which is just jaw-dropping in and of itself. never mind the fact that it flies in the face of what the house speaker is repeatedly saying. >> and the notion, katelyn, let me roll over to you, the white house there flying in the face of what the fbi is asking, the white house saying, what that this thing could be released as early as tomorrow? >> reporter: that's right. we just heard brooke from a white house official. the president just arrived on the south lawn on marine one but when they were on air force one on the way back from that republican retreat in west virginia a white house official told reporters on air force one this statement about sending the memo back to congress probably tomorrow saying that the white house is okayed it and this
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person went on to say, i think you all know the process is a house process meaning this is something that will be released by the hill not from the white house and they went on to say, they sent over the memo. we've had it over the last couple days to look at it to make sure it doesn't give away too much in terms of classification and they went on to say, right now we will tell congress probably tomorrow that the president is okay with it and i doubt there will be any redactions. this person ended by saying, then it is in congress's hands after that. this has very much been in the white house's hands as well as the president as varted for the release of this memo long before he even read the memo saying after the state of the union he 100% wants it released and not to worry. we learned why the president was so eager to release this memo that's because he believes this is going to help discredit the russia investigation by exposing bias at the top ranks to say they've been prejudiced against him all along in these
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investigations. i should add that the white house says, this is not to undermine the mueller investigation but it's only about transparency here, brooke. >> okay. so that's the white house perspective. manu, let's go down the road to you on capitol hill. if katelyn is saying to release this thing tomorrow it goes to congress then what. >> then it's going to be released. there's a furious debate right now, fight between the democrats and republicans on the house intelligence committee about exactly the memo that is being looked at, particularly the changes that occurred in this memo now -- i'm just learning from a democratic official on that house intelligence committee that they have identified five material changes that were made that they say that the members of the committee were not aware of when they voted on monday to release this memo and give the president time to decide whether or not to object or allow for its release. they said they were not aware of these material changes including
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one modification that they say was intended to water down the overall findings that the republicans had in this memo. now, the republicans are not too concerned. actually devin nunes has said, his spokesman said last night there were only two changes that occurred and he said those were from the fbi and as a result of the fbi and democratic request to make changes and just moments ago, paul ryan said that these changes were made before monday's vote and that they were just simply scrubbing to change some things so he really down played the changes made. nevertheless, there's an agreement on this. there were changes made to this memo. democrats say they were not aware of this, all the members of the house when they reviewed this memo they did not see those final changes and the memo may eventually be released to the public did not follow the common practices of congress and procedures in which they would have to know exactly what they're voting on before sending it to the president but
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nevertheless, republicans are not concerned, not planning on having a revote in the committee which means that if the president does, in fact, agree to release it tomorrow then the house intelligence committee probably's going to end up releasing it, brooke. >> okay. thank you. dana bash, come back. i want you part of this conversation. i have with me norma eisen who's a former white house chief ethics lawyer under president obama. mr. ambassador, first to you, bring this all back to christopher wray who was let's all remember in the wake of a comey firing, this was who the president chose to lead the fbi. christopher wray goes down to the white house on monday night and says essentially please don't release this memo. the next day publicly puts out this directive that the state grave concerns over accuracy if you release this memo. the president obviously as we just heard in the reporting wants to release the memo. it sounds like it's happening tomorrow. if you were christopher wray and that happens, how do you not
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resign? >> brooke, thanks for having me back and i think chris wray who's a good man. i endorsed him when his nomination was announced ought to resign rather than be part of this shameful episode. this is not isolated. there has been a series of seven big lies, smears against the russia investigation, this bogus knew necessary memo is only the latest. trump's own fbi director saying that there are omissions in the memo that make it misleading. well, of course when you're using intelligence. i was an ambassador and the last thing you're supposed to do with intelligence is use it as a political football. expose it. when you're doing that in a misleading way, chris wray has no choice. he's got to walk away from it. history will celebrate him if he does. it's like the mccarthy era all over again. he can't continue to be apart of it if they put this memo out. >> so if they put this memo out
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tomorrow and going with the ambassador's reasoning that he should resign for various reasons, dana bash, we could be talking about an administration, i know you know where i'm going, an administration within one year we have seen the departure of two fbi directors. are you serious? >> exactly. that's a very big if right now and from our reporting we understand that part of the reason why there's concern obviously is because they've heard christopher wray talk about the fact that he's very upset about the notion of releasing this but we also know there's some tooing and froing going on from behind the scenes of how to keep him -- i don't think happy but at least happy enough so that he doesn't walk out the door. we'll see if that's even possible. the challenge, though, is that what they're talking about inside the white house led by the white house counsel is redactions and we have reported
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here on cnn that there have been a series of redactions. the issue is from the fbi perspective not what you take out but what's already not in there because they feel that republicans in the house cherry picked the real story about what went on with -- this is all of course leading back to the approval of the fisa warrant during -- at the beginning of the russia investigation before there was a mueller probe. it was just the fbi doing it. so that's why there's a big question. i will tell you, though, back to your original point, brooke, that i was told by a source who's familiar with these discussions that it's really unclear if the president has absorbed the idea that there would be such an unbelievably negative impact of him losing not just one but two fbi directors in one year. >> i mean -- i don't have words yet for that. mr. ambassador, back over to
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you. we listened to the house speaker answering a couple questions about this memo. he's in support of releasing it. he says the memo is congress's function of oversight with regard to the fisa process and iz insistence by releasing this memo it does not interfere with the mueller investigation. what do you think? >> well, brooke, i think he went to wonderland instead of to west virginia because like alice he seems to believe like that book that just by saying it -- >> he's gone down the rabbit hole. >> looks that way. it looked like a very luxurious rabbit hole. the reality is, and the speaker knows this, if you have concerns about the process those are legitimate as americans we do care about this, you don't release a misleading memo that's been condemned by trump's own d.o.j. and fbi. you go through the process. there's a department of justice inspector general. he's fully cleared.
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he can review the question. there's the fisa court itself. go directly to the fisa court and file a complaint. why aren't they doing that? this is like these other smears. it's a pattern. remember the transition e-mails. that was also a big occur if you have fell for a weekend but they didn't go to court when the trump team had concerns about it because they knew they would lose. and that's what's going on here. the president for once actually spoke the truth. he wants to use this memo as a blujen against the russia investigation and there's reporting he wants to go after rod rosenstein. >> i was about to say that, yes. i think we're missing big picture in this, you know, by releasing the memo it puts rod rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, he's in the cross hairs and i think we all need to have the perspective that mueller ultimately, he'll have his findings, right, and he will
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then give those findings to rod rosenstein and it is up to rod rosenstein to determine, quite a weight on his shoulders, what to do to make them public. give it to congress with the findings on this massive investigation and if we know that this is a way, dana, for the president to get away with not firing mueller, which would look really bad, what is this really about? you following me? >> totally. absolutely. i think that's an open question, you know. there's some people who we have talked to who have suggested that as part of this whole criticism of the way that the fisa warrant process worked way back at the beginning of the russia probe that rosenstein in his previous capacity was involved. we don't know exactly how. we don't know what it will say. we don't know if it names him by name or implication but there is no question. we have reported here at cnn
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that the president, you know, even in the recent weeks has been going off about wanting to get rid of rod rosenstein because he's so frustrated by the fact that he of course was the one who appointed robert mueller. we'll see. there are all kinds of scenarios that sort of fall out from this memo coming out specifically about what it means for rosenstein. the question is, how bad is it and is it bad enough that rosenstein, either rosenstein doesn't feel he can stay in his job or more importantly, people in congress and the president himself feel that they have enough ammunition to get rid of him? >> by this time tomorrow we may know. dana bash and ambassador eisen. thank you very much for that conversation here. coming up next we'll talk with a special prosecutor in the watergate investigation. his reaction to the breaking news and should the white house be concerned over the possibility of losing another
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we are back with the breaking news. i'm brooke baldwin. here we go. the fact that the top white house aides are worried that fbi director christopher wray could quit if a republican memo comes out. it alleges fbi misconduct and the development is more evidence of this deepening divide not just in washington, not just between parties but also between the president and much of his party and the intelligence community. the d.o.j. let's talk this over with richard ben vo niece stay. nice to have you on. >> thank you. it's a pri lewd to derail the investigation. tell me why. >> well, they've been at it for quite some time in various ways to not only disparage mueller but the fbi, the department of justice and everybody else who
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is critical of or potentially critical of the president. this is happened since the jump and now we're at a point where the impartiality, the bipartisan history of the house intelligence committee which has gone for quite some time without this kind of ranker is the collateral damage of the effort by the republicans to protect trump against what? against the conclusion of the investigation, so if it results in winding up the president to the point of trying to fire rosenstein and trying to get rid of mueller, that's one thing. it's also in the short-term, i think, going to be a pretext to try to have the president walk back on the promise to provide an interview and testify under
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oath before mr. mueller and perhaps the grand jury. that's just not going to happen in my view. >> what about the notion we're hearing from sources that the president thinks this memo by releasing it will discredit the investigation? is that in and of itself obstruction? >> we haven't seen -- we haven't seen the memo. what we have heard from the intelligence community is that it contains sources and methods, sensitive information that was presented to the fisa court to get a fisa warrant. that has implications for our national security, to casually release that information without going through the proper steps is quite frankly bizarre and reckless. so instead of going to the fisa court, which is not a potted plant to use an old description.
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>> what do you mean by that? >> the court is perfectly capable of issuing directives if they have -- if that court has not received accurate information, number one. so that can be brought to the attention of the fisa court. secondly, secondly, there's an inspector general who investigates such things but even if the majority wants to issue a statement criticizing the process, they have to do so without implicating national security sensitive information. they can do that until the cows come home and the minority can criticize what the majority says, but don't involve our national security assets in doing it. that's reckless. >> by making it so public. again, we're hearing that the memo could be released as early as tomorrow. richard, let me turn the page. i want to ask you about another
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story. the "the new york times" is reporting that the white house communications director hope hicks told the president that e-mails that had been written by the president's son don jr. about the trump tower meeting will quote/unquote, never get out. of course she was wrong and that phrase, you know, could be an admission that the trump team actually knew what they were doing in trying to get dirt on hillary clinton knowing that that would be wrong and hicks would be guilty of obstruction. hicks' attorney has strongly pushed back on the story entirely denied this accusation, but what's your take, richard? >> well, if we step back for a moment, the surrounding circumstances are that the explanation that was given in this bogus release was directed toward the meeting in trump tower with the highest level campaign officials.
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>> correct. >> the head of the campaign, trump junior, jared kushner because the russians pulled their coat and said, they've got information, the russians want to assist trump and they've got information negative on hillary clinton. so if the explanation totally bogus that this was a meeting about russian adoption procedures. >> which is what they originally said. >> it's what they originally said, so that's evidence in two respects. one, of the underlying collusion allegations concerning members of the trump campaign with russian officials and secondly, it is evidence of an intent to cover-up, to obscure the facts. now, is it in and of itself a
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crime, i'm not so sure about that, but if true it certainly is of a piece with efforts to mislead and obfuscate the true facts and those would be very important in terms of the over arching question of whether this -- there wasn't a conspiracy to obstruct justice and this was just one symptom of it. >> okay. okay. >> i like how the "the new york times" described it as a circular firing squad because there were memos already in existence that -- e-mails that were produceable that nobody could destroy at that point, had been subpoenaed by congress and weren't going to be destroyed and you have somebody like mark corallo, a longtime tough savvy republican operative who is a
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spokesperson for the defense team walking out the door, not -- >> that's right. he up and quit at the time which perhaps if it comes down to the he said/she said maybe that gives him more credibility. >> it's pretty telling and he also contemporaneously made statements about what was going on. those are also important things to consider when you think about credibility. >> okay. we will follow it. i know you well. thank you so much. >> thank you. we want to move on. we have breaking news out of the cia today. director mike pompeo defending a meeting he took with the russian spy chief. how he's responding to stinging criticism from democratic senator chuck schumer. also moments ago mitt rom any just gave a hint about his political future. stand by for that.
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just in to cnn, mitt romney teasing a possible senate run in utah. here's what he just tweeted. looking forward to making an announcement on february 15th about the utah senate race. cnn national political reporter may restin joins me with more. is this what we think it is? >> it is what we think it is. it's over 99% sure. this is sort of like the worst kept secret in utah right now that mitt romney is going to run for senate there and has been actively exploring that, talking to potential hires, aides but this will allow him to do some of that work kind of more openly
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now. he has actually a long path to winning the party's nomination. he can take two routes, he'll have to collect 28,000 signatures from registered republicans to get on the ballot or he can go to his party's nominating convention and that could get a little wild because some of the delegates who control that process have not liked favored candidates in the past, so he has two paths to pursue. there's a lot of leg work to do but clearly he's been going around talking to voters about what his agenda should be very much primed for taking on this new role which is very interesting to watch in d.c. >> maybe february 15th everyone can act surprise but we all know. we all know what's going on. thank you so much. >> thank you. coming up next, more on our breaking news that the fbi director could resign if the president releases this controversial republican memo as
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what can a president [ do in thirty seconds? he can fire an fbi director who won't pledge his loyalty. he can order the deportation of a million immigrant children. he can threaten an unstable dictator armed with nuclear weapons. he can go into a rage and enter the nuclear launch codes. how bad does it have to get before congress does something?
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if you are just joining us today we've got breaking news. cnn is reporting that the white house is now officially concerned that the fbi director christopher wray could actually resign if they do decide to go forward with this republican memo release which this memo allegedly attacks the law enforcement agency, the white house will tell congress the release is probably tomorrow. the president of the fbi agents association just released this statement that says in part, the fbi agents association appreciates fbi director chris wray standing shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the fbi as we work together to protect our country from
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criminal and national security threats as director wray noted, fbi special agents have remained steadfast in their dedication to professionalism and we remain focused on our important work to protect the country from terrorists and criminals both domestic and international. with me now evan mcmullen. he's a former cia officer and he ran for president as an independent in last year's election. evan. try as best you can put yourself in christopher wray's shoes, if this memo comes out tomorrow, what do you do? >> i think it's tough, but he's drawn a clear line and he's a man of honor. i don't know him personally but i imagine that he is a man of honor. i'm told that he is like others at the fbi who i do know, like director comey, like deputy director mccabe and others. and they're trying to stand up for the integrity of not only the fbi but for the rule of law in this country and what
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they're -- when wray says -- wray's drawing this line and i think it will be difficult for him to stay where he is leading the fbi if the president makes this move and the president is somebody who i assess not to be an honorable man and he probably doesn't understand that people have principles and draw lines sometimes and sometimes that's necessary and wray's done that. i don't know what he'll do in the end, i think it is very difficult for him to stay having drawn this line if the president ignores it. >> i just read that statement from the fbi agents association but you know what's missing, i had an fbi insider tell me is what's missing is other intelligence agency voices. this is all about fisa processes and all these intel agencies all depend on that, right? you're one big community, so where is the cia, where's mike pompeo on this, standing behind director ray and dan coats, what do you make of that point? >> you make a good point.
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it would be great if those other leaders would step forward and defend -- >> why do you think they haven't? >> i think it's politics. i also think the president is a really hard individual to get along with if you're in the law enforcement or national security community and i'm sure these men and women are trying to protect their relationships with him. they have priorities that they're trying to achieve. i understand that. i don't think it's a good enough excuse. they should speak with one voice. you do have the leadership at the doj, at least rosenstein and then you also have the leadership of the fbi speaking with one voice. obviously part of the same -- part of the same organization, the doj, but you do have that. i wish there were more but it's significant that president trump's doj and fbi leadership are stepping forward and saying that this is a bad decision to release this memo. >> isn't this -- doesn't this just exlempify why fbi directors
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are given these ten year terms to be impervious to politics and pressures from a president, ie, what's happening right now? >> absolutely. they're expected to serve no more than ten years. some have served more, some have served less, but the idea is for them to serve longer terms so that they're not -- so they're less vulnerable to political pressures by virtue of their longer service then they also get to choose their teams obviously so that's parts of it too. we're seeing right now why it's just so important that our law enforcement leadership has independence because there are situations like the one we're in now in which even the chief executive officer of the country, the president himself needs to be investigated and for that to happen in the way that it needs to happen, there must be independence in the process. so we see now why fbi directors are supposed to serve these longer terms, but i'll say that
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it's quite interesting to me that the president continues to ask for loyalty or to attest the loyalty of senior law enforcement officers in the country and then turn around and say that those who maintain their independence are illicitly or unlawfully biased against him. it's a certain irony that i think belies the president's true motives here. he's not motivated by the best interest of the country, he's thinking about himself and himself alone and we as americans need to understand that our rule of law is critical to ensuring our basic rights and that's what's at stake here. >> yeah. evan, one more quick topic here. this is on cia director mike pompeo recently met with the russian spy chief. mystery meeting. raising some eyebrows. chuck schumer questioned the meeting to which pompeo responded today it was a way to quote keep americans safe.
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of course this is coming the same week the white house decides not to push new sanctions on russia. should dots be connected here? >> look, i have to say, i saw that report and even though i want to believe that these are just -- that these are the kinds of meetings that do happen. it is true that we meet -- we always meet with russian intelligence at a variety of levels. that is important to do, even in the toughest of times, even when relations are bad, even when with they're attacking our democracy, perhaps especially when they're attacking our democracy, but i have to say i don't know of another time when all -- when the leaders of all three of russia's main intelligence organizations the fsb and the gru, all came to the united states at a time when the administration is refusig to implement new sanctions on russia that are absolutely critical for deterring this
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continued attack on our country and so -- i have to say that i share some concern there. i'd like to know more. i'm also concerned, brooke, one last thing about this. i always get concerned when meetings like this happen between the united states government between this administration specifically and the russians and the u.s. government claims that the whole purpose of the meeting was counterterrorism. you hear that from corrupt regimes and governments all over the world when they do things they shouldn't be doing, they often blame security, they often put it on -- it seems to me that that's -- that pompeo's explanation leans heavily upon that there wasn't more there. there's certainly more to discuss. i understand they probably wouldn't want to disclose everything but it makes me nervous when they blame counterterrorism or when they
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put it on counterterrorism alone. >> it's what he said. it's up to everyone else to take him at his word. thank you so much. coming up next the president tells a blatant lie. it was not the most watched ever as he tweeted.
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president trump logged into twitter today to share with the world this, quote, thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the state of the union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. while we know the president has,
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shall we call it a pension for the grandiose hyperbole, facts matter. the most-watched state of the union was actually from president george w. bush back in 2003 taking me back to this moment almost exactly one year ago. >> this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period. both in person and around the globe. >> let's talk it over with our cnn media correspondent host of reliable sources, a media and business reporter for cnn politics. got the number right, but, dude, what's up? why is he keep doing this? >> the numbers were exactly right about the ratings for the state of the union. he was wrong about saying it was the highest rated ever. here are the actual five highest rated state of the unions in history. you mentioned george w. bush, bill clinton no. it 2 on the list and so on.
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it was well-received. it was watched by a lot of people, but it was not a record setterment what i think this raises is that kind of question we come back to with president trump. when he kpexaggerates and goes o far, is it hyperbole or lying? depends what you believe about the president in general. >> if he does this with little things like, okay, this is, you know, not really -- it's a lot of numbers, a lot tuned in, but not the most watched ever, what's it mean about the stuff that really, really matters? >> well, i mean, he's said himself in his books that, you know, it's okay to exaggerate a little bit to play around with the truth if it benefits your business, and it just helps you get more attention. now, actually, he beat himself even last year when he gave his speech, it's not a state of the union, but he even had more v w viewers then. than he did for this one. now, granted, there were records, especially looking at cable, fox news had a lot of
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viewers, but it is not true, especially making a president making a statement like that on twitter, everyone takes is and runs with it. you really think, like, why are you not fact checking? do a quick review of the tweet of the we see it happen again and again before, and it just creates unnecessary distractions. >> matters because of the part of the pattern, right? the white house is trying to spin me saying, he met a record for cable news. that's not what he wrote in the tweet, and this person won't even go on the record and put their name attached. listen, i feel for the people in the white house trying to explain trump's tweets because, obviously, when it's wrong, it's wrong. there's no way to really explain it. i remember, brooke, when i covered trump on the "apprentice," he bragged about being no. 1 in the ratings when he was no. 10 in the ratings. one thing as a tv reality star, but president of the united states is different. >> thank you very much. >> thanks. next here, forget what they say in washington. this message from former first
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former first lady obama sending this first message in her first tv interview since leaving the white house. the former first lady telling i ellen degeneres, forget what they say in washington and all we have is hope. here she was. >> we have to be an open-hearted nation, and that's who we are, and that's the truth. can't lose sight of that. live our lives like that every
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single day and forget what they are saying in washington. that's not necessarily who we are. we know who we are. i know who this country is. >> she also opened up talking about that awkward moment, tiffany's box, the give, inauguration day last year, and finally revealing the gift inside that blue box she received from the current first lady melania trump. >> well, there's all this protocol. this is like a state visit. they tell you that you're going to do this, they're going to stand here, never before do you get a gift. i'm, like, okay -- where -- what do i do with this gift? everyone cleared out, and no one would come and take the box, and i'm thinking, do we take the picture? my husband says, see, he grab the box and took it back inside. >> husband saved the day with the grab on the former first lady appearing on the ellen degeneres show as the 60th birthday celebration. that's all for me here in new york. i'm brooke baldwin, we continue
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breaking coverage what happens with the memo as we hear it could be released as early as tomorrow. this contentious classified republican memo, and what those ramifications could be as far as it's concerned for the fbi chief, christopher ray. coming up next. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. breaking news in the poli c politics just a short time ago. the white house told cnn president trump is okay with releasing that controversial house committee memo, the one consuming the attention of the nation's capitol. the presidentments to do so without redactions, we're told, which means we could see it as soon as tomorrow. the memo has been assailed by house democrats as a partisan memo, and the fbi director, a republican appointed by president trump after the president fired the last director, ray took the step of making it known publicly that he, too,