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all of us here in the "the situation room". congratulations to all of you. what a sweet baby. thanks for watching. erin burnett outfront starts right now. outfront next all eyes on the white house tonight. the president set to approve that partisan gop memo as the fbi warns again don't do it. >> plus the same republican behind the fbi secret society conspiracy theory is at it again. demanding records from 16 more officials including jim comey hand andrew mccabe. is it a witch hunt? and trump says top senator told him he's better than george washington and abe lincoln. that's not what orrin hatch said at all. let's go outfront. good evening i'm ert. outfront tonight the breaking news, awaiting the memo we are waiting for president's decision to release the highly controversial nunes memo. trump has read and reviewed the memo. alleges abuse at the highest
levels of the fbi and russia investigation. claiming specifically that the fbi misused information from the trump dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant on the former trump campaign adviser carter page. and the fbi tonight coming out again, doubling down on warning, saying the agency still has grave concerns about the memo. u.s. official telling cnn even if the memo is redacted, for security reasons, it won't change the fact that it is a false narrative. pretty stunning thing to be from the intelligence community. doesn't appear to be stopping the president. because all signs are the president trump will approve the release of this partisan document. and multiple sources tell cnn that president trump is telling allies he believes the memo's release will help discredit the russia investigation. think about that for an expedition is. because it of course, well, i mean, maybe it doesn't surprise you, but it's still pretty shocking for him to admit it. and calls into question the house speaker paul ryan's words
today. >> this memo is not indictment of the fbi, of the department of justice. it does not impugn the mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general. what it is is the congress's legitimate function of oversight to make sure that the feiisa process is being used correctly. >> okay he said it doesn't impu impugn. really, mr. speaker? because it's saying it's going to observe bias in the top ranks and make it easier for him to say russia investigation is stacked against him. so pretty clear what the speaker says isn't the case in this part of this. and not just the phone calls from trump. president has made views on fbi very clear. long before news of this memo even surfaced. you may remember trump tweeted fbi in tatters, saying this on
history, worst in history. >> it's a shame what's happened with the fbi. but we are going to rebuild the fbi. it will be bigger and better than ever. but it is very sad when you look at those documents and how they have done that is really, really disgraceful. >> disgraceful. okay. well, paul ryan may not be being up front about this. but members of his own caucus are saying up front. absolutely about indicting the fbi. here's congressman jeff duncan who tweeted today having read the member ole fbi is right to have grave concerns to target political adversaries. that is honest assessment. and tonight some republicans are saying slow down. senator john thune saying the white house, quote, needs to pay careful attention to what our folks who protect us have to say about how this bears our international security.
and senator jeff flake tonight is joining jeff coops to say president trump should heed the warning of the justice department, and fbi and reverse his purported decision to release the memo. risks under mining u.s. intelligence gathering. politicizing congress oversight role. and eroding confidence. so as we await the president's decision, there are huge questions on it. it is a gamble. when comey reopened the investigation into clinton just days before the election, and charged comey playing politics at the time, sarah sanders fired off this tweet, quote, when attacking fbi agents when you are under criminal investigation you are losing. pamela brown outfront at the white house. pamela, fast moving story. the president, we are awaiting this. he has made it clear he wants it
out. ha happens now? >> reporter: right now and white house is moving closer to declassifying the house republicans memo that essentially according to people who have seen it shows a mishandling of the russia probe specifically by the fbi. so the white house essentially ignoring the president's handpick handpicked fbi directors warnings. yesterday saying he had grave concerns about the release of this memo. says the president has read the memo and chose not to discuss that in the ongoing feud with the fbi today as he came back from the retreat at the greenbrier. but as you pointed out, he's been calling those close to him friends, associates, saying that he believes this memo will undermine the russia probe. you heard paul ryan, speaker of the house, say the exact opposite. saying that he believes this will not impugn the russian probe. but still a question of when this will be released, not if, erin, seems all but certain this will be released to the public. the review is still ongoing
tonight. and we are told that this could come out as early as tomorrow. what would happen is the white house would then basically give house republicans its blessing to then release this memo. but one source telling us tonight that the situation still very fluid, erin. as you'll recall we thought maybe today the memo would be released and now they are saying tomorrow. we'll have to wait and see if that actually happens. >> all right. thank you very much, pamela. outfront tonight richard painter and gloria borger. we are possibly hours away. it's not a matter of if at this point. it is a matter of when. anyway the white house pulls back as you start to see a few republicans say ho ho ho? >> i don't think so. because i think it's what the president wants. this is a president who likes to use blunt force and he feels he's being an attacked and i do believe this is about the mueller investigation. i know from my own reporting
that the president has told more than one friend that it is a way to kind of muddy the waters here. and that he believes that the fbi is corrupt, as he told one friend. and that he's fighting back. and so this is not going to stop. because the president wants it done and he is allowed to declassify whatever he wants. >> pretty incredible. this whole fight back and forth over whether certain parts of the memo will be redacted, names removed for national security. fbi is saying even if you do that it's still inaccurate. still not okay. one senior officialization they will do some redactions on national security concerns. then later senior officials say no, we won't. what's happening here?
>> what we are seeing is a coordinated attack by two branches of our government on the independence of the fbi. we have never seen this before. we have seen the executive branch go after the fbi when richard nixon was in power, although he didn't do it publicly. and we have seen congo against fbi in mid-70s under j edgar hoover. we have never seen against two branches. this should be a matter of grave concern for every american. this is a test whether in this country we can have an independent investigation of the powerful. when the powerful are not happy about it. >> right. that is the testimo we are seei. right now it's clear the president will do everything he can. >> oh, yeah. >> he went to the greenbrier today and said support law enforcement. >> and what's stunning politically it's republicans who are attacking the fbi and the democrats who are defending them.
a lot of times in our history the liberals saying the fbi is corrupt and the fbi plays games here. but now it's the republicans following the lead of the president. and the president's narrative is about himself and about his own investigation. and he can't attack bob mueller frontally, and he won't. so what he's doing is taking a s circuitous route and attacking everyone around it. >> what happens if this is it released, even though redactions, if it is released without any redactions, and we see the names of the individuals at the top of the fbi who made some of these decisions on the fisa warrant for kaurtcarter pa? >> well, vladimir putin will find that information very helpful and continue to conduct his operations against the united states. let's focus on what this is really all about. it's the equivalent of a search
warrant, fisa warrant, go to a judge or say, look, we have the information that somebody is talking to the russians. we want to do some surveillance here. we had issues with these fisa warrants under the bush administration. and they certainly should dot the eyes and cross the t's. but whether or not the fbi did everything they should, i have advice for carter page and other associates, if you don't want the fbi getting fisa waurrrants don't meet with russian agents to get dirt on hillary clinton, if you do of course the fbi will follow you. we don't like russian agents coming into our country doing espionage. most of us republicans do not appreciate this administration under mining our national security by trying to destroy the fbi for doing its job. >> one republican and one who is the leader house speaker, when you talk about congress, paul
ryan, he is more than on board. he is aiding and abetting and wing man for the president in a lot of ways. you just heard what richard painter said. you hear jeff flake. president says it's not about under mining about it paul ryan says, no, it isn't. let me play this again. >> what this is not is indictment of the justice system. this is not indictment of the fbi. of the department of justice. it does not impugn the mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general. >> laughable, right. >> he should talk to the president. because the president believes that it is. and that is why, you know, this is occurring. don't forget, paul ryan is close to devon nunes and some people have said their closeness has affected paul ryan's judgment on this. but paul ryan, there is no doubt
about it, he has put himself out there on this. and, you know, maybe he's grown closer to the president. >> does he believe what he's saying there? >> i have to assume he is. >> history is not going to be kind to paul ryan. paul ryan has sent signals he's going to retire. he'll be remembered very badly for this. because what's at issue here is whether when a foreign adversaries interfere with our elections, are we capable to think about protecting our elections first. that's what putting america first means. and paul ryan should understand that. and this memo business is an attempt to obscure what's really going on. you don't need the carter page investigation to have a predicate for the fbi to undertake a counter intelligence investigation of the trump campaign. you have the papadopoulos story. >> by the way, carter page had
been converting with russians for years. to be linked to return agents. the purpose of the sarah sanders tweet saying critical for reopening the investigation before the general election, she said when attacking fbi agents when you are under criminal investigation you are losing. trump administration is under investigation. obviously, he's attacking the fbi. his goal is to discredit the russia investigation though. is he losing or is he winning? >> well, no, the only person winning is vladimir putin. they are laughing over on the kremlin tonight. and we have an intelligence operation with the fbi, the cia, that for years has been very effective at keeping russian agents out of our country from subverting our government as they sought to do since 1917 revolution. it's the same old game. and now we have the president of the united states with assistance of high ranking members of congress attacking
our fbi, under mining what they are doing, because they say that they didn't dot the is and cross the t's. what i want to know is why the fbi didn't tell us about the russian akts in the trump tower in june of 2016? that's the real scandal. >> you know, i was talking to a source who said to me there is agreeing feeling that there may have been too much of a drum roll affiliated with this memo now that it's dragged out for days. and we don't know what's in the memo. but if the memo isn't shocking, it could kind of boomerang on the president or could end up both houses both looking disastrous because they have been fighting over this something we don't know what, but there has been such buildup to this, a little bit of concern inside the white house will this, you know, will this
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that's what really drives me to- to save lives. breaking news, fbi doubling down tonight on concerns about the release of the highly controversial partisan nunes memo. official telling cnn fbi still has grave concerns if the president releases the memo. and they are saying it's still fundamentally inaccurate. comes as top white house aids are said to be worried that fbi director christopher wray could quit if the memo is made public. that's pretty stunning thing. you think about that, two fbi director usually term of ten years each in nine months. and what more are you learning tonight? >> well, erin, i think that's the level of frustration that the white house has now sensed from chris wray. this is the man that the president chose as fbi director. and as you said he's supposed to be there for ten years. and the view of the white house was that he was going to help
turn around the agency. and his view is simply that they are not listening to him. this is unusual statement that the fbi put out yesterday which sided those grave concerns. >> they said there were omissions of facts that really made this memo inaccurate and false. and so that frustration has been voiced very strongly by the fbi, by the justice department. and that's reason why over the last 24 hours we've heard from white house officials that there was some concern inside that perhaps chris wray might quit. now if you know chris wray he's under stated guy. not someone who is going to threaten like that. we don't really expect he will resign over this, but it does show you the level of frustration that he has been showing simply because they seem to not be listening to him. you heard today from white house officials that they are trying to make some redactions hoping that that tams down some of the concerns from the fbi. we are still told the fbi has
same concerns. because again the problems with the memo are omissions not something that redactions will be able to cure, erin. >> all right. thank you very much, evan. material omission of fact make it inaccurate. christen powers is with me. and mike rogers former chair of the intel committee also here. mike, do you think the white house is taking the fbi warning seriously? because as you here it's a matter of when not if. not going to change his mind right now? >> it's a done deal. coming out tomorrow probably in the morning. so i don't. i think what's really so concerning about this for me is that even if my republican colleagues or former colleagues believed there were some kind of misconduct in the application for the fisa warrant, is this
the way you get oversight? they keep saying this is about oversight. i candidly don't understand that. because you won't get all the information. it's impocket to get all the information. as a matter of fact all the voet members that voted on it most of them did flot renot read the application for the fisa warrant that would tell you maybe you aren't given the whole picture. then the fbi director comes out and organization comes out yeah we are with him, maybe we ought to slow down and think there is a better way to accomplish what you are trying to accomplish if you really believe there was something wrong with that fisa application. >> if the president goes through with this, unprecedented and mike served on the transition team, saying it's a done geology, coming out probably tomorrow morning. here is what exchange i wanted to play for you. during wray's confirmation
hearing here he is at the hearing in july. >> if the president tells you to do something unethical or unlawful, what do you say? >> first i would try to talk him out of it. and if that failed i would resign. >> he tried to talk him out of it. so does he resign? how bad would it be if president had two fbi directors gone in two months? >> i think it would be bad. because he spoke highly about wray. wlous put out a statement he has the highest character. so they have sort of made him the good guy, right, bad people in the fbi but then we have christopher wray and have up most respect for him. this conversation is going to be so easier once the memo is out. because we don't know what's in the memo. if you want to take the white house at face value or take the republicans at face value, they claim it's going to show this bias by the fbi. so it would make sense the fbi didn't want it to come out. that's the argument. other people are saying axios is
reporting a lot of people in the white house are saying actually it's going to be a nothing bugger. burger. so we have to wait and see. based on underlying information that we can't see. likely cherry picked and we know what happens when you clearry pick information you can basically tell any story you want. >> and that's the thing. so the point you were making and mike you were saying you could have 50 page, whatever its, and cherry pick on points you don't like and you can create a totally different picture than reality if you wanted to do so. mike, the former fbi director comey came out and said, quote, i wish more of our leaders would. but take heart american history shows liars stand up. what do you say, mike, do you think he's going too far? the weasels and liars is about
as thinly veiled as you can get? >> i do. i think the former director would stay out of it. tan the reason i say that is it's not helping the current crop of fbi folks trying to get through all of this political mess. and it's probably not very encouraging to the political folks who hated jim comey that got him terminated in the first place. and so interjecting yourself continually in the political debate for the former director given all the circumstances i don't think is a good idea. and i would hope he would reconsider that and i know he's doing some teaching and other things, i wish he would focus on that. this has to get through the system. it has to pass. you cannot continue to polite size the fbi. and i love paul ryan but when he comes out and says this isn't about all of the fbi, he needs to tell his members they need to get on the same ban with too. because they are talking the whole fbi is corrupt and whole place is bad. and that will impact fbi agents
who are on the streets today trying to bring bad guys to justice. >> kirsten. >> i think it's incredibly childish and washington is in real need of grouwn ups and i don't think these kinds of tweets help anything. and gives ammunition to people say james comey is it a hack and has a perspective. >> bias. >> yeah, and he doesn't like donald trump. so i just feel like let's just all try to be grown ups for five minutes. just because the president behaves the way he behaves i don't think that's license for everybody else to start doing that. >> thanks very much. next breaking news attorneys for the indicted trump campaign aide suddenly dropping the case, abruptly, their own word, why, three of them gone tonight. and the president bragging big time today. >> spectacular man, orrin hatch said i'm the best man in the
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breaking news, last minute attempt to stop the nunes memo from being released. republican senator jeff flake telling the president to listen to the director of fbi. accusing nunes making changes to the memo before sending to president trump and not telling anybody about it. senior congressional correspondent manu raju is outfront. you are learning what changed when democrats saw it until it went to the president. this is crucial question. what are you finding out? >> reporter: that's right. top democrat official on that committee actually says there have been five material changes that were made to the nunes memo. changes they did not see, were not aware of at the time of that committee vote on monday. they say it was significant beyond just the grammatical changes and typographical changes that were fixed, other significant substantive changes.
now when i went to nunes office and asked him is that true, they did not respond. but last night nunes spokesman said two changes they made at the request of the fbi and of democratsment and they have downplayed other changes as very minor, very technical in nature. so this one they agree on. there were changes, erin. and one thing that we have also learned when house members reviewing the memo, not reviewing the memo with the changes. they were reviewing the memo before revised and before that version was sent to the white house. now, democrats have been pushing for a revote in the committee saying they did not ha prove the version that at the president's desk being reviewed right now. but that is something the republicans have rejected including house speaker paul ryan says the changes were just a result of scrubbing after consultation that nunes had with the fbi. but we know that concerns are much more serious and really
under scores, erin, unprecedented nature of this process leading to the likelihood this will be declassified as soon as tomorrow, erin. >> thank you, very much, manu. outfront andrew carson sits on the intelligence committee which is where the nunes and schiff memos which is democrat sort of rebuttal memo at this point we won't see comes from. thank you very much congressman i appreciate your time. so your committee produced both of these memos. have you seen the changed version of the nunes memo at this point? >> i've not seen the changed version. i've only seen both the republican and democrat memos that were approved by the committee. but i'm deeply concerned, erin. >> so in terms of these material changes, you heard manu senior democrat official saying five material changes. congressman nunes office the chairman they responded last night saying oh, it was gra
mathematical a grammatical, two in favor what democrats wanted. two incredibly different versions. do you know what to change? something changed or something really didn't change? >> i mean, look, fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me. given the history of the chairman, i think the chairman is putting his own political interests ahead of the committee's interest. and he has to be reminded that we operate within a separate but equal branch of government. we don't work for president trump. and so his actions concern me, especially given our committee is charged with overseeing the intel community, i'm deeply concerned. because we are jeopardizing our national security in the process. >> so chairman nunes who has recused himself from the russian investigation, nonetheless, is the guy memo named after, one signed his name to it. obviously he did not read the background intelligence. his staff read it.
they wrote the memo. and nunes directly asked by your colleague congressman quigley if his staff worked with the white house on the memo, nunes responded, quote, i would just answer as far as i know, no. he didn't say no. he dodged the question. do you know whether nunes staff coordinated with the white house on this? >> i cannot speak to that, nor will i speak to that. but what i'll say is that this is embarrassing. it's unfortunate. i think the republicans and democrats who work on the committee serve very honorably. we signed a document subjecting our self to charges of treason and even death if we were to reveal top secret information. it's a responsibility i take very seriously. it's a responsibility most of us take very seriously. so to deal with this issue in a very careless way, i think it tells me that we perhaps need to look at knew leadership as it relates to the intel community. >> so congressman, we've heard
some republicans say this memo is going to show corruption in the fbi. quick some have been quick to jump ton that bandwagon. we have heard the president called allies saying the release of this memo will discredit bob mueller investigation. speaker ryan came out and said this is not true. here he is. >> 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 justice. it does not impugn the mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general. >> congressman, do you believe the speaker is sincere? >> i hope so. i'm more concerned about this memo and this information and the underlying information being minimi minimized and trivialized in an it tempt to look at opposition
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breaking news, a major development in the robert mueller investigation tonight. three attorneys for former trump campaign aide rick gates, paul manafort deputy suddenly with drawings from the case. indicted. pleaded not guilty to eight charges. abruptly three of his lawyers are out. jessica snyder is out front. jessica, it is incredibly abrupt. three of his attorneys. what are you learning about the
shake-up. >> reporter: erin, this could be an idea that changing legal strategies. they released from house arrest. so the reason though for departure, still unclear. so they filed the reason under seal. meaning it cannot be seen by the public. and here's the one thing that they are saying. here's their statement. they say under signed counsel here by move to withdraw as counsel of record in this case effective immediately. that's about all we have. so in their place though we learned that the prominent white collar criminal attorney tom green is in. and he is known to fight to trial. but he's also a well versed attorney at cutting plea deals. in fact, attorneys from green's firm they've been seen in the past week or so entering the building where the special counsel's team is based. so, erin, the question tonight is with this change in attorney,
the fact they have been to mueller's offices, could rick gates be ready to cooperate now that he has this brand new team? >> and what about the significance of that? if that's what this is and ready to cooperate and essentially turn, what do we have to offer? >> rick gates was front and center during the campaign. brought on by paul manafort, deputy campaign manager, then stayed on even when paul manafort left three months before the election. so it's interesting here because if rick gates were to strike a plea deal, he would be the third person to offer cooperation and information to mueller's team. and what's interesting here as well, rick gates was forwarded that email from george papadopoulos about russians wanting to meet with donald trump. so, erin, rick gates could potentially offer mueller more information on how that offer was received within the campaign, what might have been done with it. >> all right. thank you very much. obviously, possibly very significant as jessica points out under seal for the reason for the abrupt departure.
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new tonight we a wait that memo. and there is memo hysteria. hysteria is at fever pitch. likely hours away from the president releasing the memo. tonight senator ron johnson firing another shot at the intelligence community. also outfront now. this is a lot to talk about tonight. because i'm very excited to talk about the president and orrin hatch claims. let's talk about that and remind everybody about the secret society claim and then he had to back track off of it. here he is. >> what this is about is further evidence of corruption, more
than bias, at the highest levels of the fbi. and secret society, we have an informant talking about a group holding secret meetings off-site. >> text message seems to be common about secret society was in gist. do you agree it appears to be in gist? >> real possibility. >> i mean, he looked like a fool. you would really think in the wake of something like that, you might take a week or two and try to develop a strategy for what makes the most sense. how do you not go off half cocked about some of these allegations? but, no, he's come back for more. and i think this is such a fishing expedition. it's a witch hunt. we learned last night that peter strzok, the agent at the heart of this texting scandal, was in fact the guy who wrote the letter arguing to reopen the hillary clinton email investigation when they found those new, what they thought were new, they were old emails on the computer.
and erin, i'm getting to the point i don't know why democrats aren't asking for more texts to it be released. what about texts between rudy said he knew something coming down the pike, friends in the bureau, leaking. let's see the texts with rudy. >> two questions. is this a can of worms that should be opened? because people in the fbi they all have personal bias, most people do. maybe professional bias on both sides. but if you are going to i want this 16, is this worth it? >> yeah, look, big general point, any investigation of this nature of a president of the united states inherently becomes political and becomes part of a partisan fight. i'm old enough to remember the 1990s when ken star started his investigation into bill clinton as widely respected legal professional. ended it in the eyes of clinton
sex crazed pervert. so not unusual you would have parties on differing sides of investigation of this nature. and, two, there are legitimate questions about the fbi investigation into hillary clinton which seems as far as i can tell, to have been determined to give her a clean bill of health legally, and legally and determined not to recommend an indictment. and a special counsel investigation. look, there are questions like did the ig of the department of justice who is not a partisan republican which i'm aware of, is investigating how the fbi handled the clinton case, especially andrew mccabe. if your wife a getting donations from a clinton ally, you should recuse yourself, and he didn't until right until to the end. if your wife is getting money from the political operation
associated with the person you're supposed to be investigating, of course it does. >> he disclosed it at every step of the way. we've got a paper trail. i want to go back to what you said about ken starr, though. first of all i think the clinton investigation was trumped up. it was about sex, we never should have gone there. we're going to disagree about that. but ken starr actually was a conservative republican. robert mueller was a republican. mccabe voted republican. rod rosenstein now, we don't know if he's republican but he was appointed by donald trump himself. jim comey, republican. this whole group of people they're republicans investigating -- >> ken starr every step of the way gets information from the department of justice. >> i want to talk about something the president said today. >> we could go on about the
'90s. >> the president today was saying something that was not true. that's why i don't call it breaking news, but he was saying something about orrin hatch. and he said orrin hatch said he was the greatest president in american history. and i want to play the president here for a second. >> orrin, i love listening to him speak. he said once i am the single greatest president in his lifetime. and he once said i'm the greatest president in the history of our country, and i said does that include clinton and washington, and he said yes, and i said i love this guy. and it was detailed. he said this and this and orrin hatch, and he said no i didn't say that at all. his aide said senator hatch said he would like to work with the president. >> if you look at that original orrin hatch statement which was at the white house at a big
ceremony, in itself it was over the top. most people would just be pleased to have a long-standing senator say i'm going to make you the best president ever, but with president trump he goes back to his nature as a real estate developer in new york who thought if he wasn't exaggerating everything, it wasn't good. >> i mean to throw in the details about lincoln and washington. >> right, the exchange. i said this and -- >> it is just the instinct of a liar, a man who going back to real estate lied about how much money he made, stiffed the subcontractors who worked with him in the tri-state area, lied about why he couldn't release his tax returns, said he would and then he wouldn't. lied about that. i mean lied about the "access hollywood" tape even though first he admitted and then he said, wait, i'm going to lie because i can get away with it.
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quote, a commercial. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: when an employee handed the president socks adorned with the affflack duck it triggered a memory. >> a long time ago my wife did a affflack commercial. >> reporter: little did they know they were taking the voice of the future first lady and swapping it with the voice of a duck. imagine her squawking at at the swearing in. >> so help me god. >> aflack. >> when he described to larry king what they said to the ceo. >> he said no, i don't want to look at anybody. i want trump's wife. >> reporter: she came, too, with
webbed feet. >> it was came as a great success. i had a great time to shoot it. >> reporter: but a flack is something donald trump has been. he's flacked in lots of commercials. >> a remarkable convenience with the visa check card. you got to be losing money on this. actually, you're only entitled to half. >> reporter: ivana and donald shared that pie three years after their divorce. his current wife or at least someone pretending to be her was hawking something else on the late show. >> how are you feeling, madam first lady. >> my life is ocean of loneliness. >> i'm sorry, what? >> i was just promoting my new fragrance, ocean of loneliness. >> reporter: for melania it seems like life has been a roller coaster lately given what's been reported about donald and we don't mean the
duck. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks so much for joining us. you can watch the show anytime. go to cnn go, and we'll see you back here tomorrow night, and we'll see if we have that memo. it could be out a few hours from now in the early morning hours. good evening. with the president about to speak with a public function about to be held, we begin tonight with the drama over the nunes memo. keeping them honest, it is in many ways a phony drama. it is a forgone conclusion. it is and always has been. we should point out the document in question is not some bipartisan of fact by the partisan committee, it appears it will be something of a press release. something let out under the intelligence committee membership, chaired of course by congressman devin nunes.