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done something wrong. california las a new date. june 15th is when this state will be back open for business. >> we're seeing death rates go down, case rates stabilize. >> we don't want to be too premature in saying, okay, we can go ahead and let it fly. that would be a mistake. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to the united states around around the world to "new day." there are two hours left of the alisyn camerota "new day." >> we've fallen off of the bus. i'm so distracted about the warm wishes and my leaving you. good luck to me. >> i've been weight. >> maggie haberman is coming up next. all right. we begin with developments on embattled republican congressman matt gaetz. "the new york times" reports gaetz sought blanket preemptive
pardons for himself and congressional allies in the final weeks of the trump administration. the reporter who broke that story joins us in just a moment. it's not clear gaetz knew at the time of the investigation. his spokesperson was asked about it. man, the timing on that. meanwhile, the top coronavirus advisers say half of all adults will have at least one vaccination by this weekend. at the same time president biden says we're still in a life-and-death battle with the virus. these five states on your screen in the red, new york, michigan, florida, pennsylvania, and new jersey, now account for half of all new coronavirus cases. we're going to begin with the developments of congressman matt gaetz. joining us now, cnn reporter
maggie hagerman. maggie, what was going on here? >> good morning to both of you. so, john, as you said, the times is very strange on this. we know that matt gaetz publicly talked about the idea of president trump pardoning basically everybody under the sun. he said it on fox news. he tweeted about it. but then there was a private conversation with white house officials where he sought a blanket pardon, we're told, as well as a similar pardon for several congressional allies. the white house and other top officials caught wind of this and put a stop to it very quickly. it was never really seriously considered. several people in the white house considered it bizarre. i'm told people in the white house were not aware gaetz was under this specific investigation related to sex trafficking. however, as you say, the timing is worth noting because at that point gaetz's associate joel greenberg, tax collector in florida, had been indicted on
charges related to sex trafficking. so gaetz's folks deny one thing had to do with another, but several officials are looking back at what took place and whether these things are related. >> i'll quote him where matt gaetz was asked. he said president trump should pardon him, the thanksgiving turkey, everyone from joe exotic to matt gaetz because his argument is the left wing mob is coming after you. i know you've spoken to people who also was suggesting this flurry of pardons because he really wanted one for himself. >> that's right. a number of people think the pardons he was requested in private conversations, it was more specifically about himself and members in congress, seeking
it for any number of themmaskedr one for himself. his folks have denied that. he has maintained his innocence. the timing is interesting. >> two points to make there. one, when he's claiming some left wing mob investigation, it was bill barr's justice department that launched the federal probe -- first of all, got the indictment against joel greenberg, his friend, but, secondly, launched an investigation into matt gaetz. that's no left wing mob. we have to believe he knew about that. there's very little dispute about that, is there? >> there suspect, but, again, specifics, just to give the benefit of the doubt in terms of someone not getting charged, is it aware he was aware of the
details? sure, it's possible. he has connections to this friend, you know, the allegations related to those connections. it's a stretch of the imagination to believe that gaetz was completely unaware of what was happening in terms of himself or that he faced some threat potentially. >> we know -- it's well documented and everyone has seen just how far matt gaetz was willing to go to suck up to donald trump in trump world, but i'm always curious what trump world, specifically the president, really thought or thinks of matt gaetz. is it reciprocal, the love? >> so the former president's first impulse, i've been told by several people after this story broke in "the new york times" by my colleagues that gaetz is under investigation, his first impulse was that he wanted to defend gaetz, you know, he's one of our people. several advisers tell him that's a bad idea, that the nature of
what gaetz is being investigated for is so serious this is not something former president trump should be out on a limb. remember, he's not on twitter anymore, so he can't go out and do what he wants. so far they've been successful at keeping him away. trump did like gaetz. he was a full-throated supporter. he defended him during impeachment. he tried to defend him during the second impeachment. trump's staff has always had issues with him. >> now that we know about the investigation, some of matt gaetz's votes in congress seem more curious. they were curious at the time, but now in the light of day, he was the only vote in 2017 against a human trafficking law, okay? out of everybody in congress, he was the only person who didn't like this human trafficking law, and now more recently, he was one of only two congressmen to vote against this 2008 -- oh, no, more recent -- this vote
against revenge porn. >> alisyn, the nature of the votes is racing lots of questions in hind cit. certainly in both cases, the revenge porn one, certainly because he defended a former democrat who had photos leaked of her publicly. i think she said if these claims about gaetz are correct, he should resign, that he was showing pictures in congress, his colleagues, of naked women. but relatedly, the child trafficking, sex trafficking bill is really worth noting bus because this is an issue that was bipartisan, bipartisan across the board in terms of him being the only one, and this is something that republicans have pointed to over and over again. so his decision to vote against it really stands out. >> maggie, i want to talk about
free speech, i want to talk about corporations, and i want to talk about how some politicians have viewed those for some time. republicans like mitch mcconnell for years and years and years have argued that political cash is akin to free speech and that donations should be able to give -- corporations should be able to give what they want as in the citizens versus united case, it's free speech, get into the political pro circumstances until the corporations start saying things he apparently doesn't like. for instance, they don't like the georgia voting law. so this is what mitch mcconnell is saying now. >> if i were running a major corporation, i'd stay out of politics. >> i'm not talking about political contributions. most of them contribute to both sides. they have political action committees. that's fine. it's legal. it's appropriate. i support that. >> so we want your money.
also we want your opinions unless we disagree with them. is that the new rule? >> it doesn't come as a natural look for him to criticize corporations, so i think that's part of it. to your point, he's somebody who has previously been supportive of corporations giving political contributions. he's giving that as some kind of a carveout. they're basically saying have no opinions. whether they agree with the georgia law or not, they're entitled do what they want. that's how america works. >> wonderful to see you. we don't have time for you t o
r rapshodize. >> where's my ten minutes of time? >> we'll continue this in the afternoon. nearly one in three americans have received at least one dose. but president biden says it's still a life-and-death struggle, and he's urging americans not to let their guard down now. cnn's jeremy diamond is live at the white house now. jeremy. >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. even as the u.s. enters into the next phase of the vaccinations with all adults becoming eligible in the next two weeks, president biden is urging americans to continue the public health protocols to try to prevent more deaths and he's urging seniors that now is the time to get your shot. >> let me be deadly earnest with you. we aren't at the finish line. >> reporter: president biden pleading with americans to stay vigilant as coronavirus cases are ticking up. >> we still have a lot of work to do. we're still in a life-and-death race against this virus. >> reporter: many states are
rolling back restrictions, and some have eliminated mask mandates. biden who's called those moves premature appealing directly to americans to hold out a little longer and mask up until more people are vaccinated. >> as i've said before, we can have a safe happy fourth of july. the real question is how much death, desisease, and misery ar we going to see between now and then? >> reporter: president biden announced on tuesday more than 150 million vaccine doses have been administered in his first 75 days of office, putting his office on track to reach his first goal of 200 million shots in arms in the first 100 days. >> everyone will be vaccinate bfrd the month is out. >> reporter: biden and vice president harris both visited vaccination sites on tuesday after his administration announced all adults will be eligible to get varks nated by april 19th, nearly two weeks
earlier than expected. >> no more confusing rules. no more confusing restrictions. >> reporter: as the vaccine floodgates open, president biden making a direct appeal to seniors and their families. >> it's simple. seniors, it's time for you to get vaccinated now. i also have a message for people under 65. if you know someone over 65 who's not gotten this life-saving vaccine, call them now. work with them to get their shots this week or next. >> reporter: more than 75% of americans over 65 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and officials say by this weekend, half of all adults will have received at least one dose. >> we've really got to keep pushing because we've got to get closer and closer to that point where every adult who wants one can have a shot, and we think that's going to happen as we get into may. >> reporter: while more and more americans are getting vaccinated, white house press secretary jen psaki insisted the
administration will not create a vaccine passport as proof of a shot. >> the government is not now nor will we be supporting a system that requires americans to carry a credential. >> reporter: that comment from the white house press secretary coming after new york became the first state last month to roll out its vaccine passport, giving access to concerts and other events. meanwhile states like texas and florida going the opposite route, preventing localities from requiring vaccine passports. alisyn, we will miss you so much in the morning, but i can't wait to watch you in the afternoon. >> jeremy was nervous you were leaving because of him. >> no. it's john. thank you very much. a brand-new study finds one third of coronavirus survivors will suffer longer-term brain disease. what that means. we have the details next. idn't .
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we're on track so by the weekend half of all adults will have had their first shot. when we got here january 20th, we were at 8%. it's getting ooe easier. part of it is because there's more supplies, more places, more vaccinators. >> president biden advises we're not at the finish line right now. joining us now, cnn medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta with where we are. i think it's wonderful that nearly half of all adults will be partially vaccinated by this weekend. th that's a huge milestone, but obviously there's a great concern and risk for the other half of the country. >> right. i mean that's basically laying it out perfectly. i mean, you know, at the same time that things are looking so optimistic, there are people who still have not been vaccinated, who are still at risk of getting
sick themselves or potentially being sources of spread to other people. that's just the reality. so we are so close to the things, you know, getting much better, but you have to really think about the people who between now and the next couple of months still become infected, still potentially get very sick or, sadly, die. that could still happen close to the end here. but the vaccination sort of rollout that andy sla vivits ha talked about, you look at north dakota. they're one of two states that are likely to get to a point where they will vaccinate all willing adults the fastest, within the next couple of months, but for different reasons. new york's vaccinated really quickly. 6.6% were vaccinated last week,
and the willingness to be very high. in south dakota they're vaccinating much more slowly, but have a much higher degree of vaccines he tan sichl as a result for very two different reasons, they'll end up at the same outcome. that's going to make a difference because you may have pockets of areas where you don't have the proximity to herd immunity. >> i have another related question. i'm seeing on social media, in other words, anecdotally, are you seeing half vaccinated people still coming down with covid? is that happening? >> i have seen reports of people who have been vaccinated sometimes with one shot, sometimes even both shots still testing positive for the virus. there have been some reports of that. that's not entirely surprising because, you know, while the vaccine is very good at preventing illness, seems very good at preventing infection, it's not 100%.
so it can happen. i'm not seeing, thankfully -- i don't know if you have, alisyn -- people who have been vaccinated and subsequently very sick. that's what the vaccine was designed to do, keep people from getting severely ill, requiring hospitalization or death. i have not seen that yet. >> we talk about the half of the population that isn't vaccinated yet and why even if the death rate is going down and maybe will continue to go down because we've really vaccinated the most vulnerable population, most susceptible to die, but people can still get it and it can still have serious consequences. the new study in ""the lancet"" shows that those who survive are diagnosed with neurological or psychological issues. those are big numbers. >> yeah. i mean so this is a growing body
of evidence that's happening post-covid. what we first heard about with long haulers is people would have these persistent symptoms that would last a long time, and it did not seem to be correlated to the severity of the illness they had in the first place. really important point. other respiratory viruss are sometimes associated with persistent lingering symptoms and things like brain fog, but this seem stos be more common and seems to last more longer. a nound this new study in "the lancet," they did seem to be more correlated to the severity of symptoms. anxiety was the most kmochblt but there were other things too. people developing things like ischemic stroke, guillen barre
syndrome. we saw some of this after sars as well going back to 2003/2004. interestingly enough, i was talking to some researchers and they were looking at the endocrine system. does it affect your thyroid or lead to other symptoms? they don't know that for sure yet. but this gives you an idea of the avenues that are being pursued. >> sanjay, i understand the anxiety. there's so money unknown. you don't know how long you're going to be sick or if it takes a turn for the worst. it provokes anxiety. but i was wondering if the neurological and psychological symptoms are different with covid than say pneumonia or the flu or other things that cause the same symptoms and people are mentally and psychologically worse with covid? >> yeah. i think that's absolutely true. that's what we're seeing.
they've gone back and looked at it. it may cause respiratory symptoms. it appears to be more severe and really persisting a lot longer. is this somehow affecting the way your body is making some of the hormones? we don't know yet. again, this is where researchers are trying to focus their attention. >> sanjay, thank you very much for being with us this morning and every morning. >> i'll see you next hour. >> you'll see us next hour. i don't know if you want to say something to alisyn both hours. >> alisyn, you're often the first face i see in the morning, you really are. i have more to say to you next hour, but you really inspire, i think, all of us to do our best work, to challenge us, to ask the good questions and so much more. so i want to talk to you just
briefly next hour. so we'll save it for that. >> sanjay, with a tease like that, i'll give you all the time you want next hour. this is going to be good. thank you very much, sanjay, for all you do. >> what's wrong with his phase? i don't know. >> everything sanjay has done this year, i didn't know i was at the root of it, but now i do. >> exactly. prosecutors soon expected to turn to george floyd's cause of death. what will the medical examiner say? stay with us. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ comfort in the extreme. ♪ the lincoln family of luxury suvs.
and schanna lloyd. it's believed yesterday was the prosecutions best day. one of the moments is when the defense attorney was talking about the reaction the officers might have on the scene with the crowd and how it might affect their ability to provide medical support. listen. >> does it make it more difficult to assess a patient? >> it does. >> does it make it more likely that you may miss signs that a patient is experiencing something? >> yes. >> and so the distraction can actually harm the potential care of the patient. >> yes. >> under the activities of a group of onlookers, would it excuse a police officer the duty to render emergency medical aid
to a subject to need it? >> only if they were getting themselves physically involved. >> so after everything the jury's heard, shanna, what's the significance of this? >> the significance is the defense got the acknowledgement that a crowd can interfere with their ability to render medical aid. it can cause them to have to pay attention to the crowd versus being able to do what they would normally do when it comes to medical aid. so the defense did get that nugget out of that particular witness. >> i want to ask you. there have been some witnesses who have said, yes, you can use a knee on a suspect, but not on their neck. perhaps their shoulder blades or maybe their neck if necessary. here is the graphic, i believe, of a police training video where you see what looks like a knee
to the middle of the shoulder blades of a suspect. do you think the testimony or this photograph in some way exonerate chauvin with what he did? >> i don't think it exonerated chauvin. i do think they had a better day yesterday than previous days. let's talk about the shoulder. it does show a photo of an officer with his knee between the shoulder blades, but more importantly, floyd was handcuffed before this happened. the other is the prosecutor didn't really push on redirect, and that was the photo of what looked like a fatal dose of heroin and fentanyl. what might kill me might not kill you.
first thing drug dealers do when they get drugs is to step on it, dilute it, so they can make a profit. if it's pure, that's called a hot shot where you're intentionally trying to kill somebody. the third question was the emt. they didn't ask the right question. what do you do if you have a hostile crowd that's interfering. you call for backup. did they call for backup? no, they didn't. how hostile was that crowd? they didn't call for backup. i think the prosecution missed an opportunity to push back on those key areas. they may seem small, but small things can grow into big things when it comes to planning a seed of doubt. >> channna, let's talk about what's going to happen next. we're going to hear at much more length from medical experts including the medical examiner and lindsey thomas, the forensic
pathologist. what do you think the prosecution needs do here? what's the bar for them? >> the bar is to have these medical experts testify to the fact that the drugs in his system could create the slow breathing, the cardiac arrest. you want to see them hit those points because this is going to be their case in chief that despite the way he was being held, it was the drugs that contributed and were the major factor in his death. they need someone to get a little bit of doubt as to whether or not there was drugs to achieve that. if they achieve that, that's going to be very important for their case. >> that's the defense. >> correct. >> how does the prosecution knowing that -- i mean there's. >> mystery, given that the prosecution knows that's what nelson and the defense team will try to do, how do they get past that. >> they're going to have to push past this and talk very much about tolerance, the fact that he was a larger man, he budget exhibiting any signs of being extremely affected by the drugs.
he seemed very stable. they're going to very much focus on the fact that despite the fact he has a history of drug use, despite the fact he may have take about drugs, this was not the leading factor in his death. >> commissioner, about that, obviously the cause of death will be a huge point of interest, but you can't get past the fact that the police didn't render aid, that when he was in distress and when the emts showed up, they had to push or beg derek chauvin to remove his knee from george floyd's neck. >> absolutely right. the duty to care is essential. there was a point in time when he was no longer resisting. in fact, it looks like he became unconscious. what did you do? did you render any kind of aid at all? the answer to that is no. he continues to pressure long after it was necessary. that video is the one hurdle that the defense is going to have a heck of a time trying to get around if they're able to get around at all. and so that's going to be the key. the pressure on the neck doesn't
have to be the only cause of death, just a significant contributing factor. it's hard to believe that that knee on the neck played no role at all in the death of george floyd, and that, i think, is going to be something that they have to continue to hammer home because that was not only outside of procedure or training. it was just flat out the wrong thing to do that could cause great bodily harm and even death, which obviously i think it contributed to. >> commissioner ramsey, channa lloyd, thank you very much for your expertise. >> congratulations, alisyn. it will be nice to sleep a little later. thanks to you both for balancing the issue of policing. beyond the call of duty is very important and, believe me, it's appreciated by everyone i come in contact with policing. you do bring balance. thank you so much. >> thank you so much for saying that. thank you so much, both of you. >> best wishes. >> thank you.
i will look forward to seeing you both in the afternoon. the derek chauvin murder trial is captivating americans, but at the corner market where george floyd spent his final moments, customers are stopping in to watch the proceedings. cnn's sara sidner explains. >> reporter: few are watching the trial more closely than the folks in the neighborhood where george floyd took his last breath. >> everyone who comes in takes a look at the trial. >> reporter: inside cup foods where george floyd aedgedly paid dpr cigarettes with counterfeit money, they're watching. >> it's sad. so sad. sad to watch it in the raw. >> reporter: this woman came in for breakfast with her dog, adore. she reveals what everyone around here already knows. the strongest of emotions are just under the surface here.
one scratch, this time in the form of a question, and sorrow flows out. how hard is it to watch this trial? >> it's mind-boggling how somebody is here to serve and protect, and they're the very ones who harm you. not all, but some. >> reporter: she say she can't look away even though it hurts to watch. the store owners say they have received both love and hate especially after their former cashier testified he was the one who took the alleged fake bill from floyd. >> the policy was if you took a counterfeit bill, you have to pay for it out of your money or your paycheck. >> reporter: christopher martin, a teenager, tried rectifying it with floyd. that department work, and police were called. martin now regrets that. >> if i would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided. >> reporter: the store owner says the store has received dozens of fake bills over time.
>> when employees do take counterfeit bills, part of our training is we tell them they're going to be responsible to pay for it just as a deter rent. we have never made an employee pay for a counterfeit bill. >> reporter: the store has received threats. but most are sending support in the way of stacks of mail if support of christopher martin. calls are also being made. we happened to be there when one of those calls was made. outside of the cup foods store there is not just a memorial to george floyd anymore. it's more of a community center. there's community gatherings that happen at the former gas station and there's a community garden that all of the people helped plant and take care of. ♪ that's all right, honey ♪ >> reporter: on any given day, jay web, a former professional basketball player, is in the
square planting hope and beauty. feet away floyd took his last breath last year. then in march of this year, another person was shot and killed by a resident. neighbors are battling back violence and arguing over barriers that have closed off the street to traffic at the square for nearly a year now, but there is still love and light being shared here. >> this is our response. do your worst, and we'll do our best. this is it. every direction, peace and love. >> reporter: despite the tension that appears on and off in that neighborhood, jay webb summed up the sentiment he's trying to create there as well as others who take care of the memorial
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now the u.s. has accused the chinese government of committing genocide against uighurs and other minority groups where the u.s. estimates at least 2 million people have been detained, but there is broad disagreement over the best way to encounter beijing. you have a human rights group say a boycott is necessary to protest the government and make sure it isn't emboldened by hosting these games. on the other hand, you have others including u.s. olympic and paralympic kmid tee saying it harms u.s. athletes. they say the previous one did not actually accomplish anything. boycotts could take many forms. on one hand it could mean slim not sending any representatives. on the other hand it could be more extreme, barring athletes, spectators, and others being a part of it. and the backlash would be icy
relations. you have also china's handling of the covid pandemic. take a listen to what president biden recently had to say in this exchange. >> have you had a chance to speak to any of your international partners, president xi who you go a long ways back with? have you had a chance to ask if china maybe mislead the world from the beginning? >> no, i have not had that conversation with president xi. >> reporter: meanwhile you have beijing whipping nationalism up at home. there's been a major boycott in china against brands like hsn, nike, adidas, and others for simply expressed concerns about forced labor operation. you can see how challenging it would be for corporations and other sponsors withdrawing from the olympics.
they feel stronger now and say they do not have to cave to international pressure. alisyn? >> thank you very much for all of that. new surveillance video captures u.s. capitol attacker noah green purchasing a knife in a d.c. cutlery shop before ramming his car into two officers last friday. after crashing into a security gate, police say green got out of his car and lunged at an officer before they shot him. a doorman and concierge have been fired after a woman was attacked. they closed the doors to the building while the attack occurred. the alleged attacker is facing several charges including assault as a hate crime. the union says these two fired
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so, before we get to our next story, i want to bring in someone that alisyn camerota hasn't seen at this hour for more than six years. >> no. >> there he is. >> no. >> there he is. >> no, no way. >> good morning. >> honey, how did they rope you into this? >> i'm a team player. >> oh, my gosh. how did you do that? this is the most surprising thing. >> have you ever seen him at like 7:15?
>> god he looks good. >> how do i look in the morning? >> you look fantastic. the funny thing is, john, and everybody, i am not a morning person. tim lewis, my husband, is a morning person. he is up voluntarily at this hour. am i right, tim? >> that is correct. i'm looking forward to us having a more normal schedule going forward. i'm looking forward to maybe going out to dinner on a tuesday night, maybe watching netflix on a friday night and you not falling asleep at 7:15. but i also -- but i also am going to miss the morning show. you guys have been a big part of my morning routine as well. and that's going to be -- that's going to be a tough change. and i think i speak for a lot of viewers when i say morning news is more than news. in particular during the last year-plus with all the craziness, and you guys have been a fantastic source of calm.
sometimes being funny but always providing that kind of balance that gives people a ballast in the morning, honestly. so i look forward to our life, but i will also miss the mornings with you and john. >> you picked a good one. >> i really did. >> how did you -- >> i tricked him, obviously. it's obvious to everyone watching. tim, thank you. i really, really appreciate that. and tim has been my champion through all of this. i've been -- this will shock you, john, but i have -- you've never heard me complain, but occasionally i would complain at home when i was tired and exhausted and feeling completely crushed by our schedule and tim was the person who would say, get back in there. you've got to get back in there. the news demands it. now get in there and tell america what they need to hear. >> are you sure that you're going to miss like the falling asleep on the couch drooling at 7:45 at night? and number two, are you sure it's not going to happen
anymore? >> well, i'll be honest with you. by friday night, i'm actually looking forward to getting to bed at like 8:00, 8:30. that seems luxurious to me as well. but it's nice to have the option of, you know, taking it out big and maybe staying up until 10:00, going out to friday. >> 10:30 . >> it's a crazy life schedule. >> it's very funny that tim says that. sometimes on friday nights, tim turns to me at dinner at 6:30, should we just go to bed now? i'm like, can we wait until 8:00? >> it's a convenient excuse at dinner. i hope no one i know is watching this. 7:30. john's got to go to sleep. he's got to go to sleep. you have to leave. it's not the company, i promise you. it's not the company. >> for us it's not an excuse. i am face down in bed at 8:00 most nights. >> that's on saturday nights when there's no show the next day.
>> yes. i look forward to finding out what adults do after 8:00 p.m. there's some exciting things that could happen. >> you'll also be doing some driving of kids to school. >> i'm sorry, what? >> homework at 9:00 on wednesday night, so it's not all fun. >> i don't remember agreeing to that? tim has taken -- tim has done all of that. all that stuff because i've been too tired. time handles all of the schedules, all of the driving, all of the homework. frankly, tim, i'm not sure i can help them with their math homework. >> that's true. i can't either. >> i'm sure you'll be up late watching sports every night. >> yeah. >> now you can -- now alisyn can stay up to watch "monday night football." >> exactly. go chiefs. >> you'll have to explain to her the whole time that it is football. >> there's no one less sport literate than my wife. >> but i think the ncaa bracket proved that eye there's a closet sports genius. >> no, you're lucky. you are incredibly lucky.
>> well, tim, this is what you get. you know, he's a lucky man, too. >> that's very nice of you, but i'm truly lucky. tim, thank you for all, all of your support during these -- >> thank you. seriously, i'm not kidding. thank you, john. thank you, alisyn. it's been some tough times and you guys have been a real source of equanimity. >> tim, love you. thank you. >> all right. take care. >> "new day" continues right now. this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. and alisyn camerota's husband. this is it. >> the surprises just keep coming. really, truly, i'm already shellshocked. it's already a lot to take in and we have another hour. but thank you guys. i appreciate this. i have so much to say later in the program. hope you'll stick around. it's an intense morning. it's an intense morning here for me.
>> let's do a little bit of news. >> let's get to it. there are major developments in the scandal surrounding florida congressman matt gaetz. in the final weeks of the trump administration, gaetz sought blanket preemptive pardons for himself and his congressional allies. gaetz is a staunch trump supporter, but the times says the request was viewed by trump advisers as a nonstarter and never granted. the timing is interesting. but it is not clear if gaetz knew at the time he was being investigated by the feds for alleged sex trafficking and prostitution crimes. >> the pace of vaccination brisk. but president biden is urging americans not to let their guard down against coronavirus saying we're not yet at the finish line. another 60,000 cases reported overnight. variants spreading fast in five states that account for half the new cases in the u.s. there's also troubling information about the lasting side effects on the brain of some covid survivors.
>> but we begin with the matt gaetz investigation. joining us now, john harwood and congressional correspondent lauren fox. great to see both of you. john harwood, "the new york times" reports about these blanket pardons that matt gaetz was seeking. he really, they report, wanted one for himself but he threw in some congressional allies and he also threw in sort of everybody under the sun, some associates have suggested that it was to kind of camouflage that he was looking for a blanket pardon. why would he be looking for such a pardon, john? >> well, it was a clever maneuver, but not quite clever enough to get past the white house and the president. first of all, alisyn, let me just say congratulations on escaping the berman force field and getting to the civilized hours of the afternoon which is where i will see you going forward. look, matt gaetz was in big trouble in