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Schiff: Special Counsel probe now in "new phase"; Trump blames Congress for Russia, Health care woes; China's FM: North Korea crisis at "critical point"; Man released in Australia's terror plot probe; Pence: report of 2020 bid is "disgraceful and offensive"; Officer points gun at man for nearly nine minutes; Arizona publishes traffic stop guide for guns in cars; Princess Diana's private tapes air in the U.K.; New episode: the History of Comedy tonight Aired 5-6p ET

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[17:00:00] ANA CABRERA, CNN NEWSROOM HOST: ... did something unprecedented this weekend. Reportedly asking the White House for paperwork related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

And whatever financial arrangements Flynn has had with the government of Turkey, I want to bring in CNN's Boris Sanchez joining us from Washington.

Boris, today we heard from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed Mueller, what did we learn about his feelings on where this investigation is headed?

BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Ana, it was really a fascinating interview and we got some insight from the deputy attorney general about the man that he hired to lead this special council in Robert Mueller.

First off, one of the more interesting points that he made was that this was not a fishing expedition, in other words, an investigation without a focused scope in which Rob Mueller can endlessly pursue leads related to Donald Trump, his campaign and administration.

But rather, he kind of gave a vote of confidence in the Special Council saying that Robert Mueller understands the scope of this investigation, and that he is aware that if he had to step outside of that scope, he would need to seek Rod Rosenstein's permission to then recommend charges.

Another fascinating aspect of this, is the speculation over whether or not the convening of a grand jury indicates that Robert Mueller may recommend charges against anyone.

You heard Adam Schiff take the position because this investigation has been going on for more than a year, and now there's this convening of a grand jury and subpoenas that it indicates that there is a dare there.

Rosenstein was not as enthusiastic about that perspective, here's what he said this morning on Fox News.


ROD ROSENSTEIN, U.S. DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: The Special Council is subject to the rules and regularizations of the Department of Justice. And we don't engage in fishing expeditions.

Now, that order that you read, that doesn't detail specifically who may be the subject of the investigation because we don't reveal that publicly. But Bob Mueller understands and I understand the specific scope of the investigation. And so, no, it's not a fishing expedition.

yeah, he also went on to say this convening of a grand jury is the natural course of an investigation, again, not an indication that charges would be forthcoming, Ana.


SANCHEZ: Well, he also went on to say that this convening of a grand jury is part of the natural course of an investigation. Again, not an indication that charges would be forthcoming, Ana.

CABRERA: Of course, Boris Sanchez, thank you. Now, the people speaking for President Trump this weekend insist that whatever those federal investigators are doing, they're chasing shadows. Here's Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president.


KELLYANNE CONWAY, WHITE HOUSE COUNSELOR: The entire Russia investigation is hypothetical. The president has called it a fiction, total fabrication to excuse the colossal and unexpected, unwanted defeat of Hillary Clinton in last year's election.

People just can't get over that election, George. It's corrosive to our body politic. The president is going to continue to talk about America and I suppose others sadly will continue to talk about Russia.


CABRERA: I want to bring in Florida Republican Congressman, Francis Rooney. He's also on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

Congressman, thanks for being with us, we just heard there from Kellyanne Conway. I want you to now listen to what New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has had to say about the Special Counsel investigation.


GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: Bob Mueller is a good man, in my experience in dealing with him when he was director of the FBI and I was U.S. attorney. And I trust that he'll be careful to try not to go on a fishing

expedition. There's always a temptation to do that, my view on this is, this is why we have people looking into it.

It's not for us to make conclusions before hand, it's to let Bob Mueller and his team do the investigation, and then let's have the facts come out.


CABRERA: Congressman Rooney, why is it so hard for president Trump and his administration to say what Christie, a loyal Trump supporter is saying regarding this Russia investigation.

CONG. FRANCIS ROONEY (R), FLORIDA: Well, I think a lot of us feel that there are so many great problems facing America right now that -- there's an undue amount of extraction about Russia is taking us away from accomplishing some of the things the American people expect us to get done.

CABRERA: Do you believe the Russia investigation is a total fabrication what Kellyanne Conway just called it today?

ROONEY: Well, I think that Director Mueller has got to distinguish reputation. And I'm sure as Governor Christie admitted to, he will conduct a fair inquiry.

I do worry a little bit as Alan Dershowitz has that special investigations kind of develop that world and life, and mission creep, and can twist off into some things that perhaps are distractive. But we'll see.

CABRERA: I don't know if you answered my question, though. Do you believe this is a fabrication and this is not a real investigation, and a real issue that needs to be investigated?

ROONEY: I think it's a real investigation. I don't think we know how much beef there is to be -- to be found. I mean we know that General Flynn has allegedly had some ties that are questionable.

And we know that there have been some things that he should or should not have reported before he came into the White House. But the rest of it seems to be pretty specious at this point to me.

[17:05:00] CABRERA: All right. Trump tweeted this week, our relationship with Russia is an all time and very dangerous low, you can thank Congress.

The same people that can't even give us health care. He doesn't seem to approve of the job you're doing, do you approve of the job he's doing?

ROONEY: Well, I will tell you, I approve of the job the House of Representatives is doing, we've got passed over 250 bills, including low sanctuary for criminals, and Kate's law to strengthen up the dealing with illegal aliens. We passed a health care bill. The Senate doesn't seem to be able to do that, even though they've talked about it for eight years. I'm proud of the House of Representatives.

CABRERA: Who is to blame for not passing health care reform on behalf of the Congress, and who is to blame for U.S.-Russia relations, because again, the president's pointing the finger at you and your colleagues.

ROONEY: Well, U.S.-Russia relations have been mutating adversely to U.S. interest for many, many years. I mean, President Obama's comment to Medvedev, some of the pulling out the missile shield shortly, back in 2008.

The ICBM treaty where I think we got a bad deal. I'm so glad that we put the Aegis missiles in Poland and Romania, and what we're talking about doing something in the Ukraine to show President Putin that we mean business over there.

CABRERA: Do you approve of the job the president is doing so far?

ROONEY: I think there are many things the president has done which are very commendable. He's done a lot of things he said he would do. He pulled out of the Paris accord like he said he would do.

Secretary Ross is studying NAFTA to so called -- to quote, modernize it, not undo it. He has did the 2 to 1 regulatory removal for every one regulation put in, which couples with the House of Representatives vote to appeal 14 regulations with the Senate pass.

And the president's signed $3.7 billion of cost removed from the backs of business in this country, $4.2 million man-hours to pay for work, that people can now spend those million man-hours, for unfortunately man-hours doing something productive for America.

CABRERA: So Americans, however, are unhappy. They're unhappy with the job the president is doing. His approval rating is at 33 percent.

But even more so, they're unhappy with the job Congress is doing. Congress has just a 10 percent approval rating in the New Quinnipiac` University poll this week.

This compares to 18 percent approval rating back in March. So it's not going the right direction. Do you think Americans including many in your party feel this way because of what?

ROONEY: Well you know, coming from the outside, I don't understand why everything's so difficult. You know, the politicians spent eight years saying we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare. They get up there and say, wow, what are we going to do now. Where are all the plans? You know, we...

CABRERA: But you're part of that. You're part of that. You're absolutely right. That's what a lot of Americans are thinking, but you are on the inside, you are working with members in Congress. ROONEY: Yes -- yes, Ana, and that's why when I got -- when I reached

the conclusion that the AHCA, which was made much better by the Freedom Caucus I think, got to the point where it was the most conservative.

Most state centered, sitting -- what Medicaid back into states a most patient centric, free market oriented proposal that could ever be gotten in this day and time, I went all out.

And I'm all in for it right now. I wish to sit it, would just pass it and move on.

CABRERA: Now, Republicans do have an overwhelming majority, do you think it's possible that Americans are fed up with partisan politics?

ROONEY: I think we're all -- all fed up with partisan politics. Everything is so one sided, I wish some Democrats would come over and realize that Obamacare has failed then we ought to try a free market approach.

I don't believe in single pair, and I don't think -- I think a lot of moderate Democrats don't either.

CABRERA: So why didn't you court the Democrats because you're talking about doubling down on the Freedom Caucus, which is even further left in your -- further right in your moderate Republicans, that's further away from Democrats.

ROONEY: What the Freedom Caucus accomplished in the AHCA was to get a state block grant, and the ability to put a work requirement for able bodied persons if they're going to get Medicaid, and I think work requirements are critical.

We could have a separate discussion about what's happening to our workforce in America, but if we want to fix our workforce, one of thing we have got to do is go back to having work requirements for the benefits.

CABRERA: But that bill didn't go anywhere. With all due respect that's not getting the job done.

ROONEY: Well, we got it done in the House, but we're only one half of one third of the government.

CABRERA: That's my point. That's my point. It doesn't matter if it gets done in one half of Congress or in the House and not the Senate.

It doesn't matter if Republicans all agree, and they can't pass it with just Republicans. Do you see where I'm going with that?

[17:10:00] When you talk about asking Democrats to come over, it seems like you're expecting them to completely adopt your ideas as opposed to finding room for negotiation.

Would you support the plan that's been put out there by some of your colleagues, a bipartisan plan by the Problem Solvers Caucus? For example, 43 Members of the House have signed on to a plan that does not entirely repeal Obamacare, but works to fix some of the failures?

ROONEY: Yes, I don't think it's repairable. I think the whole concept of the mandate and the statism needs to be overhauled. That's why I want to repeal it. It has nothing to do with Obama.

It could have been Truman care for all I care. The idea of mandated coverage is an anathema to an America brought up and Freedom Caucus.

CABRERA: All right, Congressman Francis for you. I really appreciate your time in offering your opinion and what you think would be solutions. We appreciate it.

Coming up, China's top diplomat calls on North Korea to stop missile tests after tough new sanctions by the U.N. Are they enough to change the regime's behavior?

And a new report suggests Vice President Pence is preparing to run for his boss's job in 2020. How he and the White House are responding next. You're live in the CNN Newsroom.


CABRERA: The global pressure against North Korea's nuclear threat is only ratcheting up this weekend.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met today with his Chinese counterpart to discuss the implementation of these new sanctions against the North Korean regime.

They're meeting to place as both men are at Southeast Asia summit in the Philippines and here's what the Chinese foreign minister had to say.


WANG YI, CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTER (THROUGH A TRANSLATOR): I think the Korean Peninsula situation has reached a critical point of crisis, but at the same time, it is also a turning point for decision making and negotiations.


CABRERA: Let's talk it over with CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott. And, Elise, I'm curious how this U.N. vote is now playing at today's summit?

ELISE LABOTT, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: well, I mean, certainly, Ana, it's hanging over the summit, and you heard the Chinese foreign minister saying that sanctions were necessary.

And in fact he made those comments after meeting with the North Korean foreign minister who is -- North Korea is not a member of ASEAN but they're attending some of the meeting surrounding that.

And there's an effort really to kind of isolate the North Koreans there, talking about suspending their future participation, because this is a region where everybody is concerned about destabilizing the Korean Peninsula.

So everyone who is talking to the North Koreans, really giving a unified message that this destabilization needs to stop.

CABRERA: I spoke with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley just after yesterday's vote, let's listen to a part of our conversation.


NIKKI HALEY, U.S. AMBASSADOR: What we've seen as a reckless dictator who has been paranoid, who has been irresponsible and who has continued to make his own interests over the interests of his people.

And I think that this is now going to see what they're going to do in response. But to have China stand with us along with Japan and North Korea, and the rest of the international community telling North Korea to do this, it's pretty impactful. This was a strong day in the U.N.


CABRERA: Elise, China says it will go along with these sanctions, but we have heard that before, time and again. China vows to punish North Korea economically.

And they failed to follow through. Do we have any significant assurances that Beijing will actually follow through this time?

LABOTT: Well, I mean, I think it is really significant that China signed on to these resolutions. It was intense negotiations between Ambassador Nikki Haley and the Chinese, and I think you have to give credit to Ambassador Haley for getting it through.

But at the same time, it's true. I mean look, North Korea may be able to implement some of these -- you know, coal North -- China has been cutting down on North Korean coal.

Some of the other things but the real thing is, Ana, that these other countries may follow through on these sanctions, in addition to these sectors that we're talking about, it's about a billion dollars of North Korean export income.

China has 90 percent of North Korean trade. So China needs to do even more than this, and so it really remains to be seen and this is what the pressure on China has been about.

But I think it's a good start that China did sign on to these sanctions. We have to see how much more they're ready to do, because it's unclear whether this will even be enough as you say.

CABRERA: Before you go, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov today for the first time since President Trump signed off on those Russia sanctions. What do we know about that meeting?

LABOTT: Well, it was a really -- it seemed to be a tough meeting, of course, they have things to talk about. They have this North Korea issue.

Russia has some concerns about the U.S. building up its gCensus and missile defense in the area. They have to talk about Syria, they have to talk about Ukraine, but this is the first time those leaders have met since those sanctions were passed on Russia.

And that's really clouding over the relationship and over these talks, and before Minister Lavrov came out, he said them he was -- gave Secretary Tillerson and very tough message that these sanctions are dangerous, and destabilizing to the relationship and to world security.

So, I mean, I think they want to talk about a lot of these National Security issues, but this issue about sanctions and Russian meddling in the U.S. election is kind of hanging over all that like an elephant in the room.

CABRERA: All right, Elise Labott, thank you. We'll see you next hour. Coming up, why expert says a recent plot to bring down an airliner reflects the Ikea model of terrorism, we'll explain live in the CNN Newsroom.


CABRERA: We have new developments in what police in Australia are calling the most sophisticated terror plots ever attempted on Australian soil.

A 39-year-old man was released from police custody today in-charge with one count of possessing a prohibited weapon. Meantime, two brothers are now facing terror related charges. Our Brian Todd has more on this investigation and the foiled plot. Brian?

BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Ana, we've got new information on these two terror plots in Australia which were connected. Officials say they indicate that ISIS is getting more sophisticated with its external terror operations and could use some of these techniques on American targets.


TODD: Two terror plots in Australia connected to one another, show ISIS' growing ambition to strike western targets. Two men living in Sydney have been arrested for trying to bring down a passenger plane with an IED.

MICHAEL PHELAN, DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE: This is one of the most sophisticated plots that's ever been attempted on Australian soil.

TODD: Australian officials say the plan was to place a bomb in check luggage aboard in Etihad airways plane. But the plotters after getting to the airport aborted the plan.

[17:25:00] Authorities aren't sure why. Police only got wind of the plan, 11 days later. What's new and frightening about this plot, is that according to Australian officials, this was a do it yourself bomb.

They say a senior ISIS commander sent part of the bomb assembled along with other loose parts, including with weapons grade explosives from Turkey to his contacts in Sydney, via air cargo.

PAUL CRUICKSHANK, CNN TERRORISM ANALYST: This is an Ikea model of terrorism.

The fact that they were in touch directly to provide guidance with these blotters in Australia, the complex logistics of the plot, the supply of explosives, the imagination and ingenuity that went into it, take ISIS into a whole new ball game when it comes to international terrorism.

TODD: Officials say one of the suspects was going to plant the IED on his own brother who was to be an unsuspecting mule in the attack.

CRUICKSHANK: His plan was for his own brother to bring this device on board, not knowing what it was. The idea being the -- his brother would have been killed in this attack, sacrificed.

TODD: When the bomb plot didn't work, Australian officials say, the alleged terrorists tried to make a device that would release a dangerous chemical in closed spaces.

Possibly public transportation facilities, the chemical, habergeon sulfide, a toxic industrial substance that smells like rotten eggs, hard to make expert say and difficult to deploy as a weapon, but potentially deadly. What does it do to the body when you breathe it in?

PAUL WALKER, WMD EXPERT, GREEN CROSS INTERNATIONAL: It attacks the respiratory system and eventually the nervous system, and a very small amount 20, 30, 40 pots per million would kill you in a few minutes.

TODD: Officials say there's no evidence the device was completed. But a U.S. Homeland Security Official tells CNN, the Australia plots highlight the need to ramp up aviation security in America, and not play whack-a-mole with each new threat.


TODD: Terrorism say look for ISIS to continue these types of plots, as the group loses territory on the battlefield. They say ISIS will continue to use IEDs, laptop bombs, chemicals and other weapons on western targets. And they say ISIS will probably get a lot better at evading security. Ana.

CABRERA: A little alarming. Brian Todd, thanks for that report. Coming up, the vice president and the White House condemning a report suggesting Mike Pence is planning a White House run in 2020.

What's fueling the speculation? The answer when we comeback. You're live in the CNN Newsroom.


CABRERA: He's starting to earn the nickname, the wedding crasher in chief. This weekend, President Trump surprised wedding guest, yet again, at his Bedminster Golf Club as he hopped out of the golf cart just to say a quick hello.


CABRERA: Now, the president has just began a 17 day break from Washington about the West Wing turmoil, the growing push back among Republicans are still following him all the way to New Jersey.

Not only, that's the latest, Quinnipiac will show Trump's approval rating is at just 33 percent.

The White House is now pushing back against the New York Times report that say, Trump's own Vice President Mike Pence might be thinking about a 2020 bid for president himself.

Should Trump not seek a second term? Now, Kellyanne Conway tried to tame down these rumors, this morning, watch.


CONWAY: It is absolutely true that the vice president is getting ready for 2020, for re-election as vice president.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So no concern he's setting up a shadow campaign?


CONWAY: And 2018 -- zero concern, that is complete fiction, that is complete fabrication, and I know that his advisers who had comments attributed to them, have pushed back very strongly.

And says the vide president -- as am I right now, unequivocally, Vice President Pence is a very loyal, very dutiful but also incredibly effective vice president, active vice president with this president.


CABRERA: I want to bring in our panel now, CNN Politics Reporter Eugene Scott is here with me in New York and Kelly Jane Torrance, the Deputy Editor for the Weekly Standard also with us.

So Eugene, I'll start with you. The vice president himself in fact came out with an official statement on official White House letterhead today saying, saying this is garbage.

He called this report offensive and disgraceful. What are the chances though that the president -- President Trump has some Republican competition in 2020?

EUGENE SCOTT, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: I think the chances are very real. I mean, it's not a surprise that he would push back on the New York Times saying that he is not being loyal to his current boss.

But I think what Vice President Pence has to realize which many of us report is though, is that when we talk to conservative voters that Mike Pence is popular with some people, that Donald Trump is not popular with.

And so given Donald Trump's record low approval ratings, it's believable that he would look at the opportunity to see if he could be more popular in 2020 than the current president.

CABRERA: Kelly Jane, some of what's fuelling the speculation is Pence's full political calendar, he even has his own independent fund- raising group, a super pac, now is that necessarily unusual behavior?

KELLY JANE TORRANCE, DEPUTY EDITOR, WEEKLY STANDARD: A little bit. Not entirely, I mean everybody in an administration at that top level is going to have their own super pac.

They're going to be speaking to a lot of events, and you know, as Eugene noted, a lot of people like Mike Pence that do not like Donald Trump.

And so, Mike Pence has been doing a very good job sort of keeping a lot of establishment Republicans and Republican donors on board.

So you might be able to look at that and say, hey, he's doing this in the service of the president, but let's face it, I don't think that anybody should count anything out, if you recall, during the election, and even after he was elected.

Donald Trump actually hinted he might not do the job. I mean, he actually said something at one point, that hey, you know, maybe I won't -- you know, maybe I'll just get elected and then I'll quit. I mean it was -- it was sort of a throw away comment.

But that led people to think how serious is this guy taking the job, and is he determined to see it through not just one term, but possibly two.

And so, because of this uncertainty that Trump himself has indicated in the past, I think it only makes sense for people to be thinking about 2020 and have a plan ready in case he does decide he doesn't want to do it again.

[17:35:00] CABRERA: And of course, it's only 2017. So I'm sure we'll be talking about this much more as we get closer to 2020 and see how the cards fall.

But I want to talk about a different thing, a new message that this White House and this administration is trying. We know they've had a hard time harnessing their message in the past.

Today watch a new strategy to counter the traditional media outlets and what the president has called fake news. Let's watch.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDETIFIED FEMALE: The unemployment rate is at a 16 year low, and consumer confidence is at a 16 year high, all while the Dow Jones continues to break records. President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction.


CABRERA: So that was the president's Facebook page. Eugene, this highlights the jobs reports, the Wall Street and stock market surge.

Is this an effective way for the president to go around mainstream media and traditional sources to get the message and the news out here that he wants?

SCOTT: Well, CNN has reported on every single thing that you can find on this Trump themed news station network, station, website thing that they have.


SCOTT: But I think what's more important is you want to be honest with the voters and you want to tell them everything that's happening.

And the reality is, there are some challenges that the administration is having, and that message isn't getting to those people who only watch that network.

I think what's also very important, is the fact that there are more people who watch mainstream media outlets than that very specific Trump specific option. And so you want to get people on the Trump train who already aren't on the Trump train. And those people aren't looking at that.

CABRERA: That's just rowing the base. Kelly Jane, when it comes to the president's favorite method of communication, Twitter. Bloomberg is reporting that his new chief of staff John Kelly is making quite a difference.

Let me read you a quote from their article saying, while Kelly isn't vetting every presidential tweet. Trump has shown a willingness to consult with his chief of staff before hitting send on certain missive that might cause an international uproar lead to unwelcome distractions.

And they go on to say, sometimes Kelly offers an alternative way to phrase something, while he's not trying to limit or stop Trump from tweeting all together. Do you see this as the beginning of a new era?

TORRANCE: There's no way anybody could stop Trump from tweeting, right? He loves to do it, and he sees it as his way of reaching people directly. He's not going to stop.

But I actually took a look at Trump's tweets since General Kelly took over. And I have to say I did notice quite a change in tone, a lot of the tweets that I saw since General Kelly took over are a lot more professional in tone. And I will say, there was one big exception and that was a tweet in

which Trump said that the U.S. relationship with Russia is at a dangerous low. And he went on to say, you can thank Congress for that...


TORRANCE: ... which didn't even -- which couldn't even pass health care. So I mean, there's a tweet where he's criticizing Congress, both houses of which have majorities of his own party, and so that was a -- you know, maybe General Kelly, that was one of the ones that he didn't get a chance to vet beforehand.

But I do get the impression looking at the president's Twitter feed that, you know, his tone has changed. He's been a little less combative, and said things in sort of more positive ways.

And I have a feeling that has to be General Kelly, because that's certainly not the Trump tweeting that we've been seeing over the last, you know, couple of years.

CABRERA: All right, Kelly Jane Torrance and Eugene Scott, great to have your takes. Thanks for joining us.

SCOTT: Thanks.

TORRANCE: Thank you.

CABRERA: A very tense moments between a police officer and the passenger of a car captured on cell phone video, let's watch.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're looking for the (BLEEP).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I understand that, do not move. Alright.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I understand that, do not move.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why are you still pointing the gun at me, bro?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do not move right now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why are you still pointing the gun at me though?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do not move right now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Record this (BLEEP). Why are you still pointing the gun at me, bro? My hands are right here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I understand that.

(END VIDEO CLIP) CABRERA: The Campbell, California officer held his gun on that passenger for nearly nine minutes after pulling over the driver for speeding.

The officer says he drew his sidearm until backup could arrive, because he saw the passenger reach under his seat after asking the driver for her license and registration.

And this video has gone viral now. It's been viewed more than a million times on Facebook. So Campbell police releases a statement saying, unfortunately, the passenger's unexpected movement toward the bottom of the seat caused the officer to perceive a threat and draw his handgun.

In the end, the officer had a conversation with the passenger of the vehicle explaining his actions and why the gun was pointed at him.

And the passenger indicated he understood why it happened, and actually apologized to the officer. Meantime, Arizona state lawmakers doing his part to make traffic stop safer. And both drivers and the officers who pulled theme over.

Now, He drafted a what to do guide if you're pulled over with a gun in your car, the guideline has been published in the state driver's manual. In fact, our Kaylee Hartung has more.


[17:40:00] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, my god!

KAYLEE HARTUNG, CORRESPONDENT: When Philando Castile was pulled over for a broken taillight, he had a gun in the car, and a permit for it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: African-American shot by police officers.

HARTUNG: His traffic stop in Minnesota turned deadly after telling police he was armed, and sparked nationwide outrage.

REGINALD BOLDING (D), MEMBER, ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: No one should ever leave a traffic stop in a body bag, whether it's a law enforcement officer or a citizen.

HARTUNG: In the gun friendly state of Arizona, where you don't even need a permit to carry a firearm, this state lawmaker wants to help prevent another death like Castille's.

BOLDING: And so the ultimate goal is to ensure that no one gets shot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're caught to the red light.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One that had flashes.

BOLDING: It was very important that we -- you know, we definitely made sure that law enforcement officers recognize that individuals may not be resisting or they may not be following protocol, because they just don't know what it is.

HARTUNG: The Arizona driver's manual now includes guidelines on what to do if you're pulled over with a gun in the car. Keep your hands on the wheel, when the officer approaches, tell them where the gun is.

COL. FRAN MILSTEAD, DIRECTOR, ARIZONA DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY: You're minimizing fear throughout the contact both for the officer and for the person.

HARTUNG: Cornel Fran Milstead leads the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

MILSTEAD: If we both do what we're supposed to do, it takes -- it takes and it begins to settle it. So it doesn't turn into something else.

HARTUNG: No law needed to be pass to make changes to Arizona's driver's manual, bipartisan support made it happen.

Democratic State representative Reginald Bolding got the Republican governor's support behind his idea, then worked with multiple state agencies, law enforcement and communities leaders to agree upon language.

BOLDING: I did not want to put in place more laws that would potentially incarcerate more individuals. I wanted to set recommendations and really urge members of the public to gain this education.

So they can actually advocate and be proactive for themselves and also so law enforcement officers have an understanding.

HARTUNG: Arizona drivers think it's a good idea.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: a lot of us African-Americans, we feel uncomfortable whenever we see lights behind us. So it's automatically a worry for us. But now I've heard about these new guidelines, hopefully there will be a new procedure.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People who own guns need to be responsible and need to respect police who are always on edge I think when they have to stop someone.

HARTUNG: Arizona appears to be the first state to put in writing, recommendations to avoid another deadly traffic stop.

MILSTEAD: It would be naive to not believe that there is conflict in some of these traffic stops. And if we in law enforcement and we are government can do something to try to keep everybody safe in those traffic stops, then we should do that.

HARTUNG: Phoenix, Arizona, Kaylee Hartung, CNN.


CABRERA: Coming up, recordings of the late Princess Diana, revealing intimate details about her marriage to Prince Charles. We'll tell you why a documentary is causing controversy in the U.K., next.


CABRERA: They were meant to be private, but candid tapes of some of Princess Diana's most intimate moments have just been made public in the U.K. to mark 20 years since the death of the princess.

A British (Inaudible) want a documentary that is featuring videos never seen before in Great Britain but previously are here in the U.S. CNN's Max Foster explains why many of Diana's friends and family have pleaded for these tapes to remain private.


MAX FOSTER, CORRESPONDENT: These were supposed to be her private moments, Diana, Princess of Wales, rehearsing with her voice coach, relaxed, her guard down, sharing some of her most intimate thoughts.

The tapes recorded by her voice coach Peter Settelen in 1992 and 1993 at Kensington Palace and never before seen in the U.K., a part of the up coming channel four documentary, Diana in her own words.

But they're also a source of great controversy, with family and friends saying the airing of these moments in Britain amounts to a betrayal. The tapes were first discovered in 2001 at the home of a former butler, Paul Burrell. He too was speaking out against the broadcasts.

PAUL BURRELL, FORMER BUTLER, PRINCESS DIANA: It's almost like reading her diary, that's wrong, that shouldn't be. It can only upset Prince William and Prince Harry, I understand there's a thirst for new information. But I think it's a step too far.

FOSTER: Marcus Rutherford attorney for Settelen defended the release of the recordings, in the statement saying, he was not her priest, doctor, therapist or lawyer.

Channel 4 says it made the decision to broadcast them, as they're important to the historical record saying, quote, we carefully considered all the material used in the documentary, and though the recordings were made in private.

The subjects covered you are a matter of public record and provide a unique insight into the preparations Diana undertook to gain a public voice and tell her own personal story.

And the tapes, some of which have already aired as part in the U.S. documentary in 2004. Diana talks openly about her marriage to Prince Charles.

PRINCESS DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES: I was brought up and said that (Inaudible) who love them.

FOSTER: Diana speaks freely on the recordings about their dull sex life and hints about the prince having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowls. She also candidly reveals her attempts do get the queen's help

concerning the marriage difficulties. The royal family has declined to comment on the recordings, almost 20 years has passed since her death on August 31st, 1997.

But no matter which side of the controversy surrounding the release of the documentary, people may fall.

[17:50:00] One thing is clear, the Diana in these videos is so very vibrant, her essence so real, it's almost impossible not to be taken back to the time when her every move seemed to captivate the world. Max Foster, CNN, London.


CABRERA: Let's bring in CNN Royal Historian Kate Williams joining us from London. So, this documentary ended, Kate, about an hour ago. What's the reaction there?

KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL HISTORIAN KATE: Well, Ana, there's been a huge reaction to the documentary here in the United Kingdom. It's been trending on Twitter all over social media. And really the reaction has been very, very similar across the board. I've been looking at all of it.

And a lot of it is talking just as, Max, is saying, about Diana's charisma, Diana's beauty, what a wonderful, emotional speaker she was. But above all, it's talking about Charles and it's not positive.

A lot of very critical tweets and texts, and words about Charles, about Camilla, and particularly about Charles' very cold treatment of Diana, because Diana made it clear about that in the documentary, Charles doesn't really seem to love her from the beginning.

He treats her in a very cool manner, even when they're courting and he makes it very clear that Camilla is the woman for him. He said that Diana at some point -- one point, I don't want to be the only Prince of Wales, that doesn't have a mistress.

He's expects to have one. And there's huge reaction. And also, there's been a big reaction to the fact that Diana went to the queen and asked for help. And the queen said, well, Charles is hopeless.

And already one of the British newspapers has written a big editorial saying, well, Charles is need only one someone, who is hopeless to be our king.

So this documentary doesn't damage Diana, it's very intimate, very exploratory, but in terms of the -- of Charles, of Camilla and the writer royal family, does damage them and it's been a lot of criticism of both Charles and Camilla.

CABRERA: It will be interesting to see what the fallout is. It's all very fascinating and still all the intrigue about Princess Diana 20 years after her death. Kate Williams, thanks for that.

WILLIAMS: Thank you.

CABRERA: We'll be right back.


CABRERA: Parody and political satire made a real resurge. It's almost at the peak it seems right now in the age of President Trump.

Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy's portrayals of President Trump and the former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, have brought laughter what's become all too often dark political discord.

It's the focus of tonight's new episode on the CNN Original Series, The History of Comedy. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The idea was parody.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why are there newspapers all over the place?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Political satire, crazy characters, sketches, it was anything that was fun, that you wanted to try. That a network would never put on.

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, AMERICAN ACTOR: I would like to welcome my first guest, Jessica Chastain.


BRAD JENKINS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, FUNNY OR DIE DC: With between two friends, you had a program that it's a stand-up of talk shows. So it's a satire of talk shows.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Real interested in the work you've been doing down in Haiti. Tell us a little bit about that.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do they have a six flags down there?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did you move on?

KEEGAN MICHAEL KEY, AMERICAN ACTOR: The new media especially cites just for comedy. I think that there are good things for the business, especially Funny or Die which is great because there is a democratization there.

JENKINS: The things that succeed on the internet, it's happening organically. Look, I'm seeing a really hilarious video. It's largely because someone shared it.


CABRERA: Funny or Die DC, executive producer Brad Jenkins is joining us now. Brad, why do you think parody and politics go hand in hand?

JENKINS: Well, look, I think it has, as you'll see tonight, a very long history. This isn't new. Ever since the days of Shakespeare, comedy is a way to speak truth to power.

And so I think especially in this day and age where there's so much laser focus on the 24-hour news cycle, each misstep of this administration, or this public official is stepping into, comedians are there to point it out.

Comedians are there also to shine a spotlight on things that maybe people aren't paying attention to. So you know, it's a long history.

But in this day and age with the internet, with social media, people are demanding it and sharing it at a rate that hasn't been seen before.

CABRERA: That's so in your face and the current administration has complained though that that the parodies have crossed the line from merely funny to mean spirited. Have you seen a change in tone?

JENKINS: Look, I mean, SNL has been doing this equal opportunity, making fun of presidents since its inception. And you know, Funny or Die, our founders come from the SNL spirit, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

You know, it really is, you know, poking fun at things that everyone knows, right? Everyone knows these public officials, everyone knows these scandals.

And it's a way of shining a light on them. I don't think that it's ever really crossed the line. Donald Trump himself participated in SNL. He hosted a show...


JENKINS: ... himself. So he understands the power of comedy. He participated in a self-aware enough to realize the power of comedy. So, you know, it's just -- this is, again, this is a very long history, and we're just living it today.

CABRERA: Well, Brad Jenkins, we look forward to tonight's episode which you participate in. Thanks for joining us and offering your thoughts.

JENKINS: Thank you for having me.

CABRERA: And don't miss a new episode of the History of Comedy tonight at 10:00 right after the Nineties here on CNN. Thanks for being with me. I'm Ana Cabrera in New York, you are live in the CNN Newsroom. Let's get out to it.

With the president out of town and both Houses of Congress on vacation, the most visible U.S. government work being done this weekend is by the diplomats. Right now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in the Philippines at a

gathering of Asian foreign ministers. He has also met with his Russian Counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. For the first time since the U.S. leveled new economic sanctions against his country.