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g7 leaders plan to spend this day working to protect the world from another pandemic and rebuilding from devastation caused by the current one. hello. welcome to all our viewers from around the world, i'm cyril vanier. and i'm kim brunhuber from cnn headquarters in atlanta. lawmakers want to put william barr under oath plus -- >> we need to get the message out that this is not acceptable.
>> the republican who oversaw the presidential election in the state of georgia when donald trump lost, he and his family received death threats. now he's talking to cnn. and let me welcome you this hour once again to our beautiful little spot on the cornish coast on the western tip of england. we are not far from where seven of the world's most power full democracies are meeting this weekend at a seaside resort to talk face to face for the first time in almost two years. this is significant because the g7 nations have been unable to get together because of covid-19 and that's been difficult for them to form a cohesive response to the pandemic but also many other important issues. day two of the summit is set to get underway. there's already a potential sign of progress.
downing street said the seven leaders will put together the carbis declaration to ensure the world never ensures another pandemic. here's what boris johnson said on friday. >> we need to make sure that we learn the lessons from the pandemic, we need to make sure that we don't repeat some of the errors that we doubtless made in the course of the last 18 months or so and we need to make sure that we now allow our economies to recover. >> reporter: the g7 marks joe biden's debut on the global stage and his first opportunity to show off the state crown that he's gotten over the lifetime. even if they don't agree on everything, they appreciate his presence. watch this. >> it's wonderful to listen to the biden administration and to
joe biden because there's so much that they want to do together with us, from security, nato, to climate change. it's fantastic. it's a breath of fresh air. a lot of things they want to do together. >> translator: i am happy that the american president is present here. being able to meet joe biden is obviously important because he stands with a commitment to multi-laterallism which we were missing in recent years. >> reporter: cnn international diplomatic reporter nic robertson joins us from carbis bay. you've covered countless g7 summits. it comes after the trump presidency. joe biden has promised to restore the united states presence in the world. the question is this, is multi-lateralism back? >> reporter: that's the question that all the g7 will be asking themselves.
they'll be able to see an incarnate in joe biden. the question is four years from now if there's another u.s. president, if there's a republican, will he be in the mold of former president trump and that's a real question here. and that's why the europeans, angela merkel particularly, emmanuel macron in their own ways, be it trade, be it defense sort of want to have this strong relationship with the united states, the one where the united states leads the multi-lateralism that became so familiar over the past 80 years since world war ii. the question in their minds will be, you know, would we be better served by having our own financial relationship with china, for example? that's a bit looser strictures than president biden would like to put on them or would we in
the case of germany like to have them coming from russia. would as emmanuel macron like to see a stronger unified european defense policy sort of separate and apart from nato which the united states is a big contributor to. these are the questions in the back of their minds. would we be better off preparing for the day when there's a potential donald trump back in the white house? for the moment this is an absolute opportunity for them for all of the multi-lateral views that they all share to try to build on those views, that u.s. leadership and try to cement in some of those values. that's the message president biden's selling here. look, we need to stand up for democracies. president trump was a leader of a democracy but he was a
populist and that leads to autocracies. autocracies are growing. this is a moment where european leaders can support president biden and look at those values and sell those values back to the united states, if you will. >> reporter: nic, if multi-laterallism is back, what is it there to achieve? what are they announcing this weekend? what is it these seven leaders are doing? >> reporter: there will be a basket of things that they announce. one of the ones that we've got details on now is, you know, a statement on health. it's all about rebuilding post pandemic, about spending so that coronations are on a better economic footing so that as boris johnson says some countries don't get left behind with issues of leveling up. in the health area it's making sure that this pandemic, the
world is better prepared for a future pandemic. for example, having a mechanism that will sort of speed up that readiness to 100 day footing. you can speed up production of vaccines. you can speed up licensing of vaccines. you can speed up the science behind catching a pandemic when it appears on the global threshold. that you have and the u.k. is going to invest in what the u.k. is calling a zoonotic research facility that will look out for the animal to human transfer of potential pathogens in the future. it's that level of preparedness in the health sector. that's a big thing to look at as they wrap up the g7 tomorrow. >> we'll be covering all of that today. nic robertson in carbis bay,
thank you. >> it wasn't that long ago that the g7 was the g8. vladimir putin will meet with his counterpart next week. he says he is looking forward to working with him and he is nothing like his predecessor. >> translator: even now, i believe former president trump is an extraordinary individual. president biden of course is radically different from trump because president biden is a career man. he has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics. it is my great hope, yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages but there will not be any impulsed based movements on behalf of the sitting u.s. president. >> all right. let's get some perspective on all that's happening in cornwall. joining me is dan stevens, a
professor of politics at the university of exeter. we have unfinished business. our conversation isn't over. one burning question i have to ask you now because i don't want to miss out on this one. i think we now are able to answer a question i had throughout the entire trump presidency. is it possible for the u.s. president to damage relationships with long-standing western allies and that all disappears when the president changes, that damage disappears? >> well, to answer the first question, it's certainly possible as we saw for a president to damage the long standing relations, relations that more or less on a stable footing since the second world war and trump really disrupted those. >> is it possible to turn that page? >> well, so then, yes. biden is turning that page rhetorically certainly. we'll see whether he's able to -- you know, with his actions as well. but the problem is can he do
that alone? i don't mean just with the other countries of the g7 who will be quite happy to go along with america and america's leadership. int there's still that question of domestic policy. there is this weariness on the part of other nations of how far do they go along with american leadership no matter how much they may want to. >> that's what nic robertson was telling me, they don't know who they'll have in front of them in four years. >> right. >> maybe they don't want to get too close to the u.s. again if things go back the other way. >> right. that would lead them to hedge their bets a little. so i think what biden will be trying to do, he genuinely believes in what he's arguing in america's interests, to do as much as he possibly can within the two years he has before the mid-terms, let alone the next presidential election, and then
he needs to demonstrate that things are working, this is in everybody's interests. republican's too . which is why we have concrete announcements. they're donating 1 billion vaccines to low income countries. there will be an agreement on taxation on multi-national companies. what are you expecting today? >> from today, the focus today is on climate change. we're still on the pandemic as well. overlaying all of this is this approach to how they tackle what biden is calling this new cold war and so lots of that has to do with how they tackle china, both economically and in terms of its influence around the
world. with russia, too, this battle as biden sees it how he wants everybody else, too, to see it, this big battle between democracy -- >> so he's rallying the troops? >> right. that's important not only for the world but it's important in the self-interest point. it's important inside these nations. so many of these nations are threatened by populists, by a certain approach that may be less democratic. this is part of the picture, too. it's not just a multi-lateral picture but convincing these nation this is is in your interests politically. >> that is so interesting and it's really hard to measure how good a job they are doing of convincing western countries and their populations that democracies are better. what are you looking at this weekend to see whether they're actually achieving that? >> i think part -- as always, we look for the strength of the communique game and we know that
some of the disagreements here are about just how much of -- or what kind of a threat is china and what should be the approach. the approach if we go back 10, 15 years the idea was cooperation work. that has changed. not all the nations have gone along with that. not all the nations see china as the same apocalyptic new cold world kind of terms. >> the french president, emmanuel macron, has called for a measure of independence in europe's position vis-a-vis china. they don't just want to follow what the u.s. says and does with respect to china. >> right, exactly. there may be this way of approach that the european nations may be inclined to adopt. if we're looking for signs how successful multi-lateralism is, whether there's consensus, then we need to look at the details
when they come of the carbis bay declaration and just how strong the terms are and how much is vague and sort of hedging bets a little bit. >> we'll look to the smoke coming out of carbis bay and the specific words they use, you tell us and you'll be there to tell us what they mean and whether they've actually achieved their purpose. thanks. with that i toss it back to kim brunhuber. kim is going to bring us up to speed on what's happening all over the world. i will be back with continuing g7 coverage shortly. >> thanks so much. coming up, u.s. democrats want answers from former attorney general william barr as an investigation is launched into donald trump's targeting of his political foes. plus, the british royal family is lmaking at the g7.
mabding answers over revelations that the trump administration may have abused powers. they pushed the oj investigators to continue with subpoenas for staff and family members. now they want to hear from barr and manu raju has the latest. >> reporter: former president donald trump's justice department under intense scrutiny. he employed the department's awesome power to investigate his enemies. the deputy attorney general lisa monaco asking the inspector general to begin an investigation after news broke that trump's justice department seized records of house intelligence expert adam schiff and staff and even their family members. >> i can't say that it was extraordinarily broad, people having nothing to do with, you know, the intelligence matters
that are being reported on, it just shows what a broad fishing expedition it was and so many norms were broken in connection with this. >> reporter: sources tell cnn the effort began in february 2018 when attorney general jeff sessions ran the department. the subpoenas were related to leaks of classified information regarding contacts between russians and trump associates. more than 100 accounts were affected casting a wide net that swept up one minor that included a gag order that was renewed three times before expiring this year. it wasn't until may that apple notified customers that their records had been seized. on a private conference call today sources tell cnn that committee democrats were animated about getting to the bottom of who was behind this and asking apple to provide them more details about whether additional members were targeted. the source tells cnn that sessions was not involved in the
subpoenas even though it began under his tenure and the effort continued under trump's attorney general, bill barr, who had this exchange with then senator kamala harris in 2019. >> could you repeat that question? >> i will repeat it. has the president or anyone at the white house ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? yes or no please. >> the president or anybody else? >> seems you'd remember something like that and be able to tell us. >> yeah, but i'm trying to grapple with the word suggest. >> reporter: this afternoon barr told politico he was not aware of any congressman's records being sought in a leak case. barr adding, i never discussed the leak cases with trump. in the senate the top two democrats want barr to say that under oath planning to subpoena him along with sessions and other officials to compel their testimony before the senate judiciary. >> now most republicans in congress have been quiet. one of them has spoken out.
senator chuck grassley. he issued a statement in part saying investigations to members of congress and staff are nothing new, especially for classified leaks. now his position is important because in the senate judiciary committee it requires bipartisan support in order to issue a subpoena. all republicans could denied democrats' permission for a subpoena. that's different on the house side. the democrats who are in the majority can do just that. they want to hear from merrick garland. get them to provide information to their committee. they are frustrated they haven't gotten enough information from the biden justice department about an investigation that happened under trump. the white house is calling out the trump administration's, quote, abuse of power. on friday communications director kate benningsfield said biden has a very different relationship with the doj than his predecessor.
jake tapper was told biden is appalled by the news. >> let me be absolutely clear, the behavior, these actions the president finds them absolutely appalling. he ran for president in part because of the abuse of power by the last president and by the last attorney general. >> psaki added that such, quote, atrocious behavior won't be a model for how the biden administration will govern. in the aftermath of the 2020 u.s. election georgia's republican secretary of state along with his family received numerous death threats and threats of violence. the reason, he rebuffed former president trump's demands to overturn the election result in his state. a report from reuters show those continue now. gary tuchman has the details. >> one of the text messages that you and your family will be killed very slowly. >> reporter: linda tso is a journalist for reuters.
the text she read was sent to the wife of georgia's republican secretary of state brad raffensperger. >> that came from a sender called raffensper firstname.lastname@example.org. >> hello, georgia. by the way, there's no way we lost georgia, no way. that was a rigged election. >> reporter: reuters reports the raffensperger family has received a constant stream of threatening texts for months. keep opposing the audit of fulton county's election. and please pray. we plan for the death of you and your family every day. from america at jesus.com. the secretary of state and his wife made a decision to go into
temporary hiding following the multitude of threats and after an intimidating house break-in that their daughter-in-law and grandchildren endured. >> she returned from home one evening with her children to find that the garage door had been pulled up, the door leading to her house was open. all of the lights in the house had been turned on. items within the house had been moved around but nothing was taken. >> reporter: many other election workers have been threatened. richard baron is the fulton county election director. we talked to him in the georgia presidential race that was too close to call. >> you haven't gotten pressure from the campaigns but do you feel pressure on your shoulders? >> yes. we want to make sure all the votes count. >> reporter: election workers did their jobs well but trump's innuendos resulted in -- >> hundreds of phone calls,
emails threatening hanging. there was one in particular that really alarmed him. a caller had said that they were planning on standing him before a firing squad and killing him. >> here is the audio of one of those phone calls. >> i think you need a pair of handcuffs slapped on you. it's quite obvious the fraud that went on so why don't you just come out and admit it and quit jerking the american people around. just wondering how much they paid you. when i'm done with you, you'll be in prison. >> the day after the capitol insurrection cnn asked brad raffensperger what he would say to donald trump? >> obviously that's why i've said from day one we have to be mindful of our speech. we can't spin people up and get them into an emotional frenzy and state. >> gary tuchman, cnn, atlanta. raffensperger spoke to cnn
earlier about the threats and defended his handling of the presidential election in georgia. listen to this. >> we made sure we ran an honest and fair election. am i disappointed? absolutely. i'm a republican, conservative one, but my job is to make sure we have a fair vote and people are trying to push us off our program, our plan, and i'm not going to do that. i need to stand for integrity. what is really i think embarrassing as a republican is that we have people that on our side of the aisle would do such shameful things and say such shameful things that are so vile. i always thought that, you know, we were the people that -- you know, our party was better than this, and when you start seeing this, we -- everyone on my side of the aisle needs to hold people accountable. we need to watch what we say and we need to make sure what we say is respectful. >> meanwhile, a prosecutor in fulton county, georgia, talks
about the attempts to influence the 2020 georgia general election. still to come, a royal presence at the g7. why members of the british royal family dined with royal leaders on the first day of the summit. plus, olympic officials in japan offering coronavirus vaccines to some people. we'll tell you whom. stay with us. try febreze light. it eliminates odors with no heheavy perfumes in light scents you'll love. febreze light.
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seaside. beautiful day. beautiful spot. we love it. now back to our main story this hour. the g7 is underway. it's a few bays down that way. the world leaders will have woken up to something like this this morning. on the agenda for day 2 of the g7 is the global economy, foreign policy and the pandemic. covid-19 prevented these leaders from meeting in person for almost two years. downing street said the group on saturday is expected to sign what's known as the carbis bay declaration aimed at preventing another coronavirus pandemic. they're talking about ways to mitigate climate change. the group of 7 is unlike any other international forum. for u.s. president joe biden it's his first chance to reassert u.s. values and leadership. other leaders have welcomed his presence. here's more on this with cnn's
kaitlyn collins. >> reporter: face-to-face diplomacy is back. >> okay. >> reporter: as president biden surrounded himself with other world leaders at the g7 summit. after being forced to meet remotely for a year, it was the first gathering of the foreign leaders since the covid-19 pandemic. >> it is genuinely wonderful to see everybody in person. i can't tell you what a difference it makes. >> reporter: biden arrived intent on restoring the traditional alliances that his predecessor often undermined. some of those allies are already noting the difference in biden and his pred sesor including german chancellor angela merkel. >> translator: being able to meet joe biden is important because he stands for multi-laterallism which we were missing for years. >> reporter: merkel had a notoriously fraught photo. merkel was standing over trump as he refused to sign the joint
agreement with other leaders. >> we're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends. >> reporter: even trump's allies around the world appeared to welcome the change in u.s. leadership. >> it's wonderful to listen to the biden administration and joe biden. it's fantastic. a breath of fresh air. a lot of things they want to do together. >> reporter: it remains to be seen how biden's diplomatic outreach changes the relationships. tonight they were joined at dinner with queen elizabeth, prince charles and prince william. earlier today another royal connection as the duchess of cambridge, kate middleton, and first lady jill biden visited a school together. >> i wanted to say a personal thank you and welcome to you, dr. biden. >> reporter: biden will visit the queen at windsor castle on sunday before ending his trip with high stakes summit with russian president vladimir putin. >> what's your message to putin? >> i have to deliver it.
>> reporter: russian president putin did an interview with nbc news that lasted for 90 minutes. in a small excerpt that cnn saw, you saw putin comparing trump to biden praising essentially trump at length while saying biden is someone who has been in public life for several decades. putin is someone who has been in public life for several decades. setting the stage for the meeting in geneva by saying the u.s./russia relationships are at the lowest point that they have been in for years. that's something the white house has acknowledged. the question is how those two leaders -- cnn, traveling with the president in cornwall. >> caitlyn, thanks for that. i want to bring in the u.k. correspondent and westminster lobby journalist for italian newspaper. you're covering the g7 summit.
i want to talk about the u.k.'s position here a little bit. in is the first in-person meeting since the pandemic. it's the first g7 since brexit. boris johnson, the british prime minister, is hosting it. that puts him in an interesting position. it's an opportunity for him, isn't it in. >> absolutely. now it's a very important meeting after such a long time because of the pandemic and of course, i mean, he is trying to be the center of these seven countries. it is massive for him in the united kingdom because now he has just an abundant impression that he was very reliable and now, i mean, after having very good vaccination campaign and so
this meeting can give him, i mean, much more -- i mean, very good impression to the rest of the world and of course, i mean, we have to see what is going to be the final communique because it's very important to understand what is going to be the future policy of the united kingdom in the foreign policy, in the economics and russia and china. >> about that, about the future place of the u.k. on the global stage. boris johnson has taughted his vision of global brittain. essentially the idea it's how he's marketing brittain as an innovator and holding a unique niche in international relations, but he's got to prove this weekend that it's not just an empty slogan. how does he do that? >> yeah, that's absolutely true.
this is a very important point. the thing is in his mind is exactly the idea of the global degree come. the united kingdom that faces the other countries. this is in theory. the reality is much different. for instance, we have seen in these last days that -- in the later states there is the northern ireland issue is very important. this is a weak point for boris johnson. >> he's feuding with his european neighbors on that. >> yes. also we have the special relationship with the united states because he said a few days ago that he doesn't -- >> yeah, i don't like the term because he said, well, we like look -- it looks this way and needy and weak. >> right.
>> but then the day after he said indestructible relationship. >> the words special relationship have suggested domination of one party, the u.s., over the other. >> exactly. >> something like that. >> exactly. but relationship with the united states is going to be very important because -- especially on two aspects. one is, of course, i mean, northern ireland because we know president biden is irish. he is very passionate on this issue. also what is going on with the trade deal. >> bilateral trade deal between -- >> yes, because it's very impo important. it never happened. it doesn't exist. >> never happened. it's quite complicated because we know that's such a deal and
also by congress. the thinking is symbolically it's very important for boris johnson because striking a deal -- a trade deal with the united states will mean first brittain is global and, second, he will succeed in the european union first. >> so if this is the scene, the opportunity for boris johnson to showcase his place in the world. this is what would worry me if i were one of the advisers. you look at the picture, the u.s., the top dog, the leader, always is and you have on the other side, the european countries. just the european nations together. then you have japan and the u.k. now both in their lanes.
it's probably excessive to say boris johnson is isolated but he is in his lane, isn't he? he is in his own unique little path. >> in some way, yes, this is true. this is similar to northern ireland. there is a protocol in northern ireland that the united kingdom is not respecting at the moment. this is very interesting because we see the dynamics also of european politics. like if you notice yesterday macron, the french president, he never published a photo of him with boris johnson but only with other european leaders. this is also because of internal
european dynamics in politics. as we know, angela merkel, the german chancellor, she is leaving at the end of the day. she is leaving a huge gap, void that should be filled by someone and, of course, i mean, macron wants to be that person to fill the gap and that's why it's that way with boris johnson. that's why we're going to see -- yeah, now boris johnson looks very isolated. i think it's quite understandable after brexit. apart from leaving the union, even joe biden said was very negative. we really see now what is going to happen and if, you know, boris johnson is willing to be global as much as is brittain. >> well, it's day two.
we'll see what happens with day two. the day is just beginning. we'll see what happens at the end of the weekend. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> boris johnson carving out his own little path on the international stage after brexit. thank you for joining us. we will have continuing coverage of the g7 of course but for this hour that's it from the cornish post. i'll hand it back to kim for more world news. >> fascinating stuff. thanks so much, cyril. coming up, doctors in japan worry the health care system could be overwhelmed by the olympics. we'll talk about their fears ahead. stay with us. can you repair your credit yourself? yes. -great. how? uhhh... how long does credit repair take? i don't know, like 10 years. what? are you insane? what's a good credit score? go. 600. maybe if you're trying to pay thousands extra in interest rates. cut the confusion, get started with a free credit evaluation
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japan has given 21.5 million doses so far. that's a little more than 12.5% of the country's population. obviously there's a long way to go before japan is fully vaccinated. still, olympic officials are trying to calm fears. celine na wang has the latest from tokyo. >> reporter: with the olympics just six weeks away, organizers are trying to reassure the public that these games can be held successfully. the president of tokyo 2020 now says that they're planning to vaccinate 18,000 olympic workers. take a listen. >> translator: we expect those with frequent contact with athletes to the olympic village staff, national olympic and national paralympic staff, assistance staff, airport staff, anti-doping staff and others. volunteers and contractors will be eligible. they will get their first dose by the end of june and after
three weeks get their second dose before the games. >> reporter: but it's unclear how many volunteers will be included in this. there are 70,000 tokyo olympic volunteers even after 10,000 already quit. it would include a small proportion at best. many of the volunteers told me they need more than hand sanitizer and cloth masks. they're asked to take public transportation. japan has started to vaccinate its ono limb pick athletes. they expect more than 80% of the olympic village to be vaccinated. participants will be tested regularly. but even tokyo's ono limb pick virus committee says it is impossible to shut out the virus. foreign fans have been banned from attending the games. they will decide how many local
spectators can attend. they had reported that a negative test or vaccination certificate may be required in order to get in as a fan. here in japan there is still major opposition to hosting the olympics. tokyo and much of the country is still under state of emergency. that is not set to expire until june 20th, just weeks before the games begin. now infections in japan have slowed more recently but they are still reporting a few thousand new covid cases per day and the spread of variants is a major concern. a key worry from doctors is that these games could push japan's already overstretched medical system past the brink. celina wang, cnn, tokyo. just ahead, g7 leaders getting a royal welcome at this year's summit. we'll look at the key issues queen elizabeth and her family are discussing with world leaders. stay with us. nts. that's why febreze works differently.
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castle. before marking the occasion, she and other royals spent the day in cornwall making several appearances at the g7. max foster, our royal correspondent, takes a look. >> reporter: the queen isn't a political leader so she's less div divisive. add to that the longest serving head of state and she earns the center of the photo. the royals were out in force starting with a joint visit to a school by the duchess of cambridge and the first lady, herself, an educator. >> i agree. >> reporter: the children keen to show off their pets. >> we have brian and -- absolutely. the duchess keen to speak to her pet cause of children's well-being. during a discussion with british and american learning experts. >> early childhood education is so important. >> best investment for our
future health and happiness lies in the first five years of life. >> reporter: jill biden has royal connections. she's prince harry. the duchess was asked about lilibet. >> we haven't met her yet. hopefully that will be soon. >> have you seen her yet? >> no, i haven't. >> reporter: meanwhile, the first lady was asked if she asked the duchess any advice on meeting the queen? >> no, i didn't. we've been busy. were you not in that room? we were talking education. >> reporter: in the evening at a reception for g7 leaders the duchess joined her husband. this as brittain is deploying its soft power. diplomatic soft offensive. they joined the queen. she rarely travels this far from windsor these days but she dutifully traveled by ministers.
the princess of whales traveling all part of the long-term royal transition process. charles held his own spinoff meeting about private sector efforts to tackle climate change. this ahead of the u.n. climate change conference which will also be held in the u.k. later this year. after so much focus on tensions within the royal family, this was an opportunity for the royals remaining in the u.k. to show a united front and reassert themselves on the world stage. max foster, cnn. >> well, that was an unusual amount of royal muscle for a g7 but that's what you get when the g7 is hosted in the u.k. of course, that comes ahead of mr. biden's personal meeting with the queen. that will be tomorrow. we'll have continuing coverage of the g7 right after this on cnn. kim? >> yeah, so many interesting
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