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good morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. this morning the white house says the u.s. is on track to vaccinate half of all adults in this country by the weekend with at least one dose. but president biden is warning americans, listen, take time, be patient. the race is not over. >> the virus is spreading because we have too many people
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who see the end in sight, think we're at the finish line already. but let me be deadly earnest with you. we aren't at the finish line. >> getting closer but not there yet based on the data. a new study is raising concerns about the impacts, the broader impacts of this virus. it finds that one-third of survivors are suffering from brain disease and psychiatric disorders within six months of their infections. goodness. that's alarming. >> it is. still the momentum on reopening across the country is gaining strength. california becoming the first state to shut down its economy during the pandemic is now planning to lift most of its restrictions by mid-june. we're live in los angeles in just a moment. and just over an hour from now, the leading use of force expert witness in the derek chauvin trial takes the stand today. he says chauvin used excessive force once george floyd was taken to the ground so we're following all of those developments and you'll see the trial live here as it begins.
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let's begin with our colleague stephanie elam. she's in california for more on the state's reopening plan. what can you tell us, steph. >> obviously, it's being taken as very good news here in california, poppy. when you take a look at the numbers overall, you can see why things are going the way they are here in california. to set the stage, let's look at the national picture. at least 47% of adults have gotten one shot of the vaccine in the united states. 19% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, according to the cdc. but dr. fauci making it very clear this is not the time to actually declare a vict ryory h. when you look at the rise in cases, the overall picture for the united states, while we have that big rise and started to plateau, there's a rise, too, in hospitalizations, up about 2.6% from the week before. that's giving some concern. when you look at a state like michigan, 7 of the 10 outbreaks last week of new cases per capita were in michigan city.
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so that's part of the reason why you see some places pumping the brakes on what they're doing. here in california, however, governor gavin newsom saying that come june 15th, the state will fully resume. businesses, activities can resume as they once were with modifications in place in some cases. for example, you can still see vaccination and testing procedures still being used in, for example, schools. this is because of the low hospitalizations we've seen in the state and also the stability of the virus. i just took a look at the numbers that california reported yesterday. only seven people were reported to have died yesterday. just think about what that was like during that surge we had here in california after the holidays here. just so much of a different picture. more than 20 million doses of the vaccine have been given as of yesterday saying, as far as this weekend, it could be up to 30 million. all of that is going to make a big difference. one last thing, though, jim and poppy, masks. they are sticking around.
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the governor saying that's the one thing we've known could have stopped this pandemic. they're not going away here as far as the mask mandate is concerned. >> it's good to see those trend lines going down. just a few weeks ago, we were talking. they were heading the opposite direction. some good news. thank you. the u.s. is making progress. we should be aware of that. but president biden is making it clear that the battle is not over. we should also be aware of that. >> our white house correspondent jeremy diamond joins us with senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. good morning to you guys. jeremy, let's begin with you. what more are the president and administration saying in terms of vaccination rates. >> there's this delicate balancing act under way at the white house. we've seen it on display. that's to both balance the optimism that more americans are getting vaccinated about 3 million americans getting vaccinated every day now, with also this threat of the coronavirus variants. those rising number of cases and the threat of potentially a fourth surge. that's why you heard president biden yesterday even as he was touting the fact that his
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administration has now vaccinated 150 million people since he came into office, there is also -- we still aren't at the finish line yet, the president said, urging americans to continue following those public health measures. we heard from andy slavitt yesterday, senior advise or the white house's coronavirus task force, talking about just that. the fact that still, even as we have so many americans vaccinated, there still are 100 million adults who haven't yet been. listen. >> we do have to remember that there are 100 million-plus adults that still haven't been vaccinated. they're not there yet. and, you know, you don't win the war until you bring everybody over with you. and that's the spirit of this country. when we're at our best, chris, i like to think we're the country that says we're going to bring everybody there with us. even if that means we've got to slow down a little bit or we've got to prolong some of the things we're really eager for a little bit. >> and now the white house is projecting that half of adults
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in the u.s. will have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of this weekend. but as that eligibility opens up to all adults within the next couple of weeks, president biden yesterday making an appeal to those seniors 65 and older who haven't been vaccinated to do so now before those flood gates open up for everybody else. >> no question. and why? you look at death rates among seniors. plummeting as vaccination rates have gone up. it works. elizabeth, one difference here we're seeing based on a cnn analysis is just state by state differences in how far and wide they've vaccinated to this point. states like new york -- they'll do all willing adults by june. alabama, georgia and d.c. where i live, way behind. why is that happening? are they not getting enough supply or is this about delivery at the state level? >> they should all be getting the same amount of supply based on their population so that's
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not it. some states are, a, just doing a better job at the rollout because this is a state-by-state operation. and also in some states, there are higher numbers of people who are just saying, no, i don't want it. let's take a look at how these states are doing. so here are a few examples. when you look at the daily rate for full vaccinations, new york is fully vaccinating 950 people per 100,000 people per day. 950 per 100,000 per day. in north dakota, that number goes down to 570. that's a huge, huge difference. and in georgia and alabama, it's less than 300,000 per 100,000 per day. so as i said in different states, there's different numbers of people who want to be vaccinated. so let's take a look at those numbers. in massachusetts and vermont, this is according to census bureau data, 92% of people say that they've either been vaccinated or plan to get vaccinated. in georgia, that dips down to 75%. in north dakota, only 68% of
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people have been or plan to get vaccinated. that means that more than one-third of the state just doesn't plan on getting vaccinated. that may change as time goes on. now the big question is, when can every willing adult or every willing person over the age of 16, since the vaccines are approved only for people over -- vaccines are authorized for people over the age of 16. when could they get vaccinated? in new york and north dakota, at the rate they're going with the number of people they've vaengt vaccinated, they could be done by june. vermont, by july and georgia, november. >> 1% of the population is getting vaccinated per day. that's remarkable. elizabeth cohen, jeremy diamond, thanks to both of you. joining me is dr. ashish jha, dean of brown university school of public health. good to have you back. >> good morning. thanks for having me back. >> two competing pressures right now. emergent spread of variants. more transmissible, that kind of thing.
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and then a higher and higher vaccination rate. which of those two forces is winning out right now in this country? >> yeah, so as you might imagine, it's playing out differently in different states. and that's why actually i think on a federal level we need to shift our strategy. in some states, vaccinations have gone very well. variants are not quite as much of a problem. and case numbers are declining. california is one of them. other states like michigan, they are doing a perfectly good job on vaccinations. they have a huge surge. and the third part of this is that there are states which are slowing down vaccinations because a lot of the hesitancy and building up stockpiles. so the federal strategy now has to be to shift more vaccines to places like michigan that are surging so they can use more vaccinations to really stop that surge and save lives. >> understood. okay. cnn did an analysis, and i believe we have a graphic showing this that speaks to your point about the differences between states like new york and north dakota vaccinates all
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adults by june. others behind, georgia, alabama. those are big differences. i wonder, if you have this disparity, right, nationally, where you have some places doing really well, other places behind and other places, by the way, lifting mitigation measures in the midst of this, can the country as a whole quell the pandemic if you have that inbalance. like whack-a-mole. you put it out here, but it's popping out here. >> in some ways this has been a feature of the entire pandemic. we've had this patchwork response. last year, largely because the federal government sort of decided to take the pandemic off and let every state figure it out for their own. this year, the federal government, obviously, trying to create a more uniformed response across the country, but a lot of states either not doing a great job on vaccinating people or with a lot of hesitant people or opening up too fast and letting surges happen. the problem is we all live in
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one country. so if things are happening that are bad in one state, they will affect other people in other states. >> yeah. because then those people could come and infect you, right? it's not like there are big walls between these states. brown university, where you teach and work, is going to require all students to be vaccinated before coming to school in the fall. you're not alone. we're seeing some other places do this. i wonder, do you think that's a smart call, as schools, universities, parents and students decide what they're going to do in the fall? >> yeah, i've been a big advocate for it. i believe it's absolutely the right thing. and here's why. look, we need -- students want to get back to in-person instruction, classrooms, laboratories. dorm rooms. that's essential to the college experience. and the question is how do we do that in a way that's safe? in a way that's safe for students and safe for everybody else. there's really only one way, which is to have high, high levels of vaccination. we require vaccinations for
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measles, for other diseases. covid is, obviously, very important as a disease to prevent. i was very pleased with brown's decision. >> final question, a little personal here. you posted this yesterday saying that your vaccinated parents got to see your kids, their grandchildren yesterday for the first time in 14 months. and i am sure that there are people watching this broadcast who have had similar reunions in recent weeks after they get vaccinated. and i have some friends who are lucky enough to say the same thing. tell us what that meant to you? >> it was so emotional for all of us. for my parents, certainly, for my kids, and in some ways, i don't know that i expected it to be as emotional. they've been chatting with their grandparents, facetiming. but to be able to see each other and give each other hugs and to know that that's a safe thing to do. they could have done it before, but it would have been dangerous. that's why we didn't do it. to know that it was safe was the most meaningful thing i've experienced in a long time and
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i'm thrilled vaccines enabled it. it will enable it for everybody else as well . >> talked to a grandparent who got to visit post vaccine and got to -- they are staying with their children now and said i'm going to stay here until they kick me out. a lot of time to make up for. dr. asheish jha. we're live outside the minneapolis courthouse where we're about to hear more testimony in the derek chauvin murder trial. we'll bring it to you the moment it starts. and we're getting a much clearer picture of the defense's strategy. we're going to break it down. also, republican congressman matt gaetz under investigation right now over sex trafficking allegations, but now we're learning he asked then-president trump for a blanket pardon just weeks before the trump administration ended. the latest on that reporting. and senator mitch mcconnell tells companies speaking out against controversial voting laws, particularly in georgia, you will face consequences for
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usaa. next hour, testimony resumes in the derek chauvin murder trial. we expect to hear more from los angeles police sergeant and use of force expert jodi stiger. >> he joins a list of officers who have testified, really in effect, against chauvin at the use of force against george floyd was excessive. folks who serve alongside him in uniform. cnn's josh campbell joins us from outside the courtroom in minne minneapolis. that officer said the use of force should have stopped when
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floyd stopped resisting. officers are trained when the threat is removed, you stop applying that force. what more do we expect to hear today? >> jim, there's a big mystery waiting to be resolved which we expect to hear more in the opening hours of today's testimony. yesterday court ended abruptly during the questioning of this expert witness called by the prosecution, an officer from the los angeles police department. now the attorneys went into what's called a sidebar where they have a discussion and then the judge immediately adjourned. we expect, based on what we've seen before, that it's likely that the defense had objected to this witness' knowledge, this participation here in this trial but we're wait for that to be resolved. this idea of excessive use of force, a key topic here. we've heard from so many witnesses, damning testimony talking about what they saw on that video, how that squares with the department's policy. hear what one detective expert
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said yesterday. >> sir, is this an mpd-trained neck restraint? >> no, sir. >> say, for example, the subject was under control and handcuffed, would this be authorized? >> i would say no. >> and how long, based on your training and experience, does it typically take to render a person unconscious using a neck restraint? >> in my experience, under ten seconds. >> under ten seconds? >> now that focus has been on excessive force. one other key topic, the forensics. still waiting to hear from a key witness here should which will be the medical examiner. the defense has been trying to show it wasn't the actions of this officer but perhaps george floyd being under the influence or some other reason that was the cause of death. s of of course, we expect robust questioning. a key witness there, the medical examiner.
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>> lots to watch. we'll bring it to you live the moment it starts. josh campbell, thanks. let's bring in laura coates and charles ramsey, our law enforcement analyst and former philadelphia police commissioner, former washington, d.c., police chief. good morning to you both. great to have you and your expertise alongside us every morning ahead of this trial as we get into day eight. laura, yesterday in court we heard the supreme court case graham v. conner brought up a lot. help us understand why that matters so much given the testimony from multiple officers that chauvin did not use a restraint that was in line with policy or in line with training. >> that was a unanimous decision from the supreme court based on excessive force allegations of an officer who mistakenly believed that somebody who was in insulin shock committed some kind of robbery when he left a store abruptly unable to purchase orange juice. the supreme court says, listen, we need to judge an officer's
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use of force based on a reasonableness standard. objective reasonableness standard. but it's not the objectivity of you and i or nonpolice officers. instead you judge the use of force and its reasonableness through the lens and eyes of another officer on the scene. and you take into account whether there is a severe crime at stake here. whether the person is resisting or attempting to evade arrest or any threat that's being posed. this is a very apropos case because it shows not only, hey, reasonableness is always going to be the standard for excessive force, but even through the lens of other officers there, one on the scene who questioned not turning him over and other officers who then reviewed the use of force, including a lieutenant, a sergeant, a police chief, a law enforcement 911 dispatcher, all thought his actions were unreasonable. you take that into account combined with the fact he was not arresting. the crime he was alleged to have committed, counterfeiting, was
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not severe and there was no perceived threat that would be reasonable. you're not able to escape the idea of culpability that says, this is what officers do. >> right. >> but there's a defense. and the defense has a lower bar here. they just have to create a reasonable doubt. they're looking for cracks in that unified front. i wonder, charles ramsey, based on your experience, what you believe this strategy is on this moment yesterday. i'm going to play it when they talk about the use and placement of officer chauvin's knee on george floyd. have a listen to this sound, and i want to get your sense of it. >> can you see in this photograph what appears to be the knee and chin placement of the officer? >> yes, sir. >> and would you agree that it appears that the knee is placed in the center between mr. floyd's shoulder blades? >> it appears to be the shoulder blades here, yes. >> why is that important?
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it's important because the defense argues that his knee was on his shoulders, which would be consistent with protocol. is that a viable strategy? is that a potential crack? again, knowing that the bar is lower for the defense in the prosecution case here. >> well, i mean, it's important, but i don't think it's relevant. they overlooked the very important fact that george floyd was handcuffed before he ever came in contact with chauvin. this was not being done in the process of trying to handcuff an individual. certainly during training, you know, the knee in the shoulder blade is part of the training. his knee was on the neck but he wasn't trying to handcuff him to begin with. i don't even think that's relevant. and i really think the prosecution could have done a better job in pushing back on that. and a couple other points the defense made yesterday. one being the photograph of the fentanyl and heroin, lethal
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overdoses, overlooking tolerance. overlooking the fact that drug dealers dilute the product in order to make profit so you're not talking about full strength. and also even the emt talking about the hostility of a crowd. what do you do if you have a hostile crowd. you call for backup or relocate. they did neither. i don't think the prosecution did a very good job on redirect of really pushing back on those points. >> and the emt yesterday testifying, look, officers are trained to administer cpr. officers, not just emts. and that did not -- chauvin didn't do that. how does the defense counsel defend against that? >> well, it's very difficult to do so because, remember, the prosecution's theory is going to splinter in many ways. not because they're not focused but because the evidence that comes in, they're going to have to, for the reasons charles is speaking about, be nimble. you have the idea of, what did they know at the time? they knew he did not -- he was not resisting arrest. they suspected that he had -- was under the substances. we don't have a toxicology
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report at the time of the encounter. that's after the fact. we know that he was clearly under physical duress. and an officer, when you have someone in your custody, you owe them a duty of care. much like an emt. you owe them a duty of care. so once they realized he was under physical duress for whatever -- from whatever reason, whether it was the pressure that they had placed on his body in the prone position or there's suspected use of controlled substances, they withheld that aid. they did not provide the duty of care. and we heard from that e.r. doctor that talked about time is of the essence. every moment they chose not to, they contributed to his death. >> laura coates, charles ramsey, we'll have a lot more questions for you. thanks to both of you. another story we're follows this morning. "the new york times" is reporting that matt gaetz privately sought a blanket presidential pardon from donald trump before he left office. this comes as we learn that the justice department is
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there are fresh signs this morning that republican congressman matt gaetz's problems not going away any time soon. "the new york times" is reporting that he sought a blanket pardon in the final weeks of the trump presidency. >> and as we learn more about the allegations involving sex trafficking and prostitution against gaetz, many in the gop are keeping their distance from him. cnn chief political correspondent dana bash joins us now. so good to have you. i should note that -- >> thanks for having me. >> "the new york times" says they do not know if gaetz knew that this investigation was under way when he asked for this blanket pardon. we should note that. that said, under what circumstance does a sitting member of congress seek a
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blanket pardon from the outgoing president? i mean, should we look at that suspiciously? >> of course. if you are clean, if you did nothing wrong, why on earth would you ask a white house and a president for a blanket pardon? i mean, it defies logic. >> yeah. >> you are right, "the times" which a friend at the times did some excellent reporting here. he says specifically they do not know paced on their sources whether or not he knew of the justice department investigation we now know about. but he is -- it appears as though he must have known that he had done some things that could have gotten him in trouble. otherwise you don't ask for a blanket pardon. never mind the fact that the idea that he thought it would be okay to ask the president for that. and the reason is because the former president was giving out pardons like candy at the end
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for people who were loyal to him. so why not ask? he didn't get it. and according to "the times" it wasn't seriously entertained, but it is another fascinating twist in this mind-boggling story. >> dana, what's your reporting speaking to other republican colleagues of his who are, for the most part, with a few exceptions, staying very far away and silent on this. >> the sound of silence is deafening, isn't it? this is reporting from jeremy herb and larnuren fox and many others on the hill team about the fact that nobody is running to his defense except for a very few notable exceptions. jim jordan who happens to be the ranking member on judiciary, which is important since matt gaetz sits on judiciary and one of the open questions is whether he should be removed. marjorie taylor greene, pretty much that's it. so the question is, whether or not when congress comes back from recess, because we also have to remember that this all
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happened, this all exploded when members of congress weren't walking through the halls where reporters, our colleagues up there could grab them and ask them questions. that's going to change next week when they come back. but to this point, the fact that the leadership has said not much except for kevin mccarthy saying, if he is actually charged with a crime, then, of course, he'd have to be removed from the judiciary committee. one thing that i was told is that in the conversation that the former president, donald trump, had with an ally, the former president was kind of fishing about, you know, what this person thought about matt gaetz and the response i'm told from a source familiar with that conversation was the advice was, mr. president, stay away from this. don't go near this gaetz situation. what i repohaven't been able tod out is whether gaetz asked for him to come out publicly and
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support him, but it is noteworthy the advice that donald trump is getting is stay away. despite the fact that gaetz -- the only reason we know who he is, he's a back bencher republican, is because he has been so brazen and promoted conspiracies in the name of promoting donald trump. >> yeah, and when the president walks away from close public allies, it's a big move. >> that's right. >> dana, thank you very much. >> thanks, guys. good to be here. president biden says it is reassuring to see businesses speaking up about restrictive voting laws, but minority leader mitch mcconnell says those corporations will face consequences. what does lyft president and co-founder john zimmer think? i'll ask him, next.
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atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms issued an executive order. she's directing city officials to implement several things focused on voter education, trying to counteract the newly imposed restrictions but there's really only so much that can be done now because it already is the law. what is does, key, limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, cutting down early voting hours, allowing state officials to overturn local election board decisions and makes it even a crime to give people water or food waiting in line to vote. well, lyft is one of a growing number of companies speaking out against laws that limit the ability to vote saying they are firmly opposed to any laws limiting voting by mail. reducing the number of days people can vote or pushing any other restrictions on access for
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eligible voters, particularly those disproportionately impacting black and brown communities. joining me is john zimmer, president of lyft. simply put, to make it clear for our viewers, does lyft oppose the new voting law in georgia and sb-7 that passed in texas and similar restrictive voting laws across the country? >> yes, we do. we believe that elected officials should make it easier, not harder to vote. >> but you oppose boycotts, which is interesting given the discussion now. so i think the question then becomes, look, if you just look at georgia, texas, arizona, for example, you guys operate in 101 cities in those states. that's about 15% of your total market. what are you going to do to fight laws on the cusp of passing in those states and others. >> yes, so this issue of voter access is not something new. it's authentic to us for the
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last five years. we've provided rides to the polls to increase voter access. when we looked at the 2016 election, it was the first election that we helped provide rides to the polls. we saw that studies showed up to 15 million people did not vote because they did not have transportation to get them to vote. so this is, again, core to what we've been doing for many years and that's the best way we can help our community. >> is it all you can do? i mean, that's really the question now because a lot of these most restrictive laws and bills have been proposed after the 2020 election. and you are pushing now publicly passing of the john lewis voting rights act that basically fills what was gutted from it by the supreme court in 2013. is there more you can actually do? like would you consider pulling out of the city? >> we would not consider pulling out of a city. i think that's a double-edged sword. that hurts people that you are trying to help.
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so we have across the country millions of drivers and riders that depend on transportation from lyft and we'll be there for them. we'll find the best ways to support policies that protect our community's right to vote but we would not pull out of a city for this. >> well, mitch mcconnell said, and i want to be clear. you're a democrat who has been very supportive of the biden administration. mitch mcconnell says there will be consequences for companies that speak out against the georgia law and others. he says that you guys, any company that does this, are irritating the hell out of a lot of republicans and it's, quote, quite stupid to jump into the middle of a highly controversial issue. what do you say to mitch mcconnell? >> i'd say, first of all, i have my personal politics and then i represent the company of lyft, which is not partisan, but does support voting rights. and we will speak out on policies as a company that are needed to protect our community members of drivers and riders.
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and we've had to and will continue to participate in the political process. i think it's important, not only as an individual, but that companies do as well because for our business, having access to voting for drivers and riders on policies that can impact our business is also very important. >> this really, i think, brings up the fundamental question for you and every other president and ceo of a company out there, which is what's the role of the ceo going forward? the head of the naacp legal defense fund said executives like you should be feeling discomfort right now. corporations have to figure out who they are in this moment. is it now your job as the head of a public company to use your power and your money to decide and push what you think is best for people, even outside of your core business? >> i think it is part of our job. we have to represent our team members who care deeply about
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these issues. we have to represent our drivers and riders. and the business. i don't think it's one or the other. specific to voting rights, again, our business has many policies that get voted on in the public that we believe are beneficial for society and so i think these things are all tied together and that it's absolutely part of our job. >> but do you think, right, you tweeted about this in the last five days. you came out very much in support of the john lewis voting rights act. i wonder if you think using your voice louder and more ceos speaking out sooner about this law in georgia as it was making its way through the state legislature, or as texas, if that would have made a difference? some are looking now and saying, why weren't you guys screaming at the top of your lungs a month ago? >> yeah, well, i hope it makes a difference. i believe over 300 similar policies being looked at across the country. >> yeah. >> and so i don't think it's too late to speak up. i think it's important to speak
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up. and again, support protections for our community members and that's why we're doing it. >> all right, john. thank you on all of that. let's talk about infrastructure. you have long been one calling at the top of your lungs for better infrastructure in america. you talked about all the jobs it can create. as the president of lyft, do you now support president biden's $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan? >> we do. i'm really excited that the country is talking about investing in infrastructure. specific to the plan that we've seen so far, there are policies that help push electric vehicles more and more mainstream. i believe $174 billion investment in electric vehicles. $20 billion for safer roads. these are all really important to economic growth and do support our vision of improved infrastructure for transportation. >> if only money grew on trees, like my 4-year-old still thinks that it does, to pay for this, but it doesn't.
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so now the question becomes, john, the pay for. and we heard jeff bezos yesterday of amazon come out and say they do support higher corporate taxes to pay for this. does lyft, and do you support a 28% corporate tax rate to pay for it? >> i do. i think it's important to make investments again in the country and the economy and as the economy grows, so, too, does jobs and so, too, does people's needs to get around. so i think it's a smart investment. obviously, there needs to be more work done to get more specific on certain elements and for me to do -- go deeper into the policy, but in general, funding it through this means makes sense to me. >> that's a big headline. one of the first, if not one of the only public company ceos to say you support a 28% corporate tax rate. john, thank you on both these issues. >> thank you. we'll be right back. find your breaking point.
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ten more congressional democrats are now joining a lawsuit gagainst former presidet trump against the capitol insurrection. joining a lawsuit in february accusing the former president and his personal attorney rudy giuliani of conspiring with the proud boys and oathkeepers to extremist right wing groups to incite the violence. and this is seeking financial damages? >> it is, you been specified financial damages. and today what is new is that
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these are ten democrats who were all inside the house chamber when that mob broke into the capitol, they are now joining the lawsuit and this latest version, it goes into great detail about how each one of these members scrambled to safety and they were still feeling the trauma from this attack. remember this is the lawsuit first filed against the former president and rudy giuliani as well as the oathkeepers proud boys biden any thompson and now ten of his colleagues are joining him, and they include several who have been outspoken against donald trump, including jerry nadler, also maxine w waters. she called trump the worst president in the history of the united states before voting to impeach him for the second time. and she says that she has increased the number of security personnel on her team in the wake of january 6. so the new lawsuit, details in the lawsuit actually, they
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describe how each of these members escaped to safety and how steve cohen describes -- he is of tennessee, how he made to his office where he sat in the dark for hours clutching a baseball bat just in case he needed to fend off any of the attackers. and cohen said this in a statement after the lawsuit was amended this morning, he said as i sat in my office on january 6 with rioters roaming the hallway, i feared for my life and thought that i would die. this invasion is a direct result of donald trump's rhetoric and words, his calls to gather in washington on january 6 and his message to, quote, be strong thwarted the functioning of our constitution. of course this amended complaint and lawsuit is still at the beginning stages and we haven't yet gotten a response from trump our giuliani about this complaint. but jason miller has previously
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stressed that trump did not incite the riots. and if the lawsuit moves forward, if it isn't dismissed, this could be big because it could force disclosure of details about maybe what president trump or other white house staff knew leading up to the capitol insurrection. >> yeah, what decisions were made the day of. jessica schneider, thanks very much. just minutes from now, a use of force expert is expected to resume testimony in the trial of former police officer derek chauvin. we'll bring it to you the moment it begins live. please stay with us.
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