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hello, i'm brianna keilar alongside john berman on this "new day," texas democrats leaving on a jet plane, not sure when they will be back as they protest a bill, and the state's governor threatens to arrest them. as france considers mandating the coronavirus vaccine, the white house backing local mandates here in the u.s., so what happens now? president biden facing two new crises at the country's doorstep. an assassination in haiti in an uprising in cuba. and even the lawyers knew, a newly discovered e-mail shows that the republican party's top counsel called donald trump's 2020 legal efforts a complete joke.
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good morning, to viewers here in the united states and around the world, it is tuesday, july 13th, and developing overnight, at least 50 democratic lawmakers fleeing the state of texas and landing in washington, d.c. in an effort to block new voting restrictions being pushed by republicans. the texas lawmakers vowing to stay away from the lone star state until a special session to take up the legislation comes to an end, and they are calling on democrats in the u.s. senate to do more to address voting rights now. governor greg abbott is threatening to have the democratic lawmakers arrested. >> president biden heads first into the issue later today when he delivers a speech on voting rights in philadelphia. the president is expected to lay out the moral case for voting rights and launch a pressure campaign to fight efforts by republican led legislators to restrict access to the ballot. arlette saenz joins us from the
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white house. >> reporter: president biden has been promising this speech for weeks. today he is traveling to philadelphia, the birthplace of democracy to argue that voting rights is a fundamental right that must be protected. the president is expected to call out those restrictions that we've seen on the state level as anti-american, and authoritarian, but even as the president is flexing his political muscle, with this messaging push, real questions remain about what actually can be done as voting rights is at a standstill in congress. president biden set to use the bully pulpit in philadelphia today to argue protecting voting rights can't wait. >> he'll lay out the moral case for why denying the right to vote is a form of suppression and a form of silencing, and he will redouble his commitment to using every tool at his disposal. >> biden is expected to speak out against the push by several
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republican-led state legislatures to impose sweeping voting restrictions and call out his predecessor's efforts continuing to spread the big lie. white house press secretary jen psaki says the presidents plans to address the false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. >> he'll call out the greatest irony, over 80 judges, including those appointed by his predecessor, throwing out all challenges. >> reporter: the president has made protecting voting rights a critical part of his domestic agenda, repeatedly condemning any attempts to limit them since taking office. >> voting rights is maybe the most consequential thing. this sacred right is under assault with incredible intensity like i have never seen. >> biden tasks vice president kamala harris with leading the administration's efforts to protect the right to vote.
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>> i do blelief that fighting fr the right to vote is as american as apple pie. it is so fundamental to fighting for the principles of our democracy. >> reporter: after a meeting at the white house last week, several top civil rights leaders urged them both to do more, pushing the president and vice president to speak up about the threat of restrictive voting legislation. >> this is the moment. there is no more time. we must have legislation. we must have the president use his voice, use miz inhis influe use his power. >> reporter: it's unclear how much biden can change without the support of congress after democrats failed to pass sweeping reform in the senate last month, roadblocked by the filibuster, a senate rule which requires a 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation. this challenge is extremely concerning to many state legislators like the group of texas democrats who arrived in washington yesterday who fear their gop colleague's attempts to pass voter suppression laws
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will continue to take place across the country. >> you have to act, and you have to act now. there's no more waiting. there's no more chances here. we need congress to enact strong, value voting rights legislation to save our democracy. >> those texas democrats are hoping to meet with senate democrats while they are in washington. and one big question that remains in the senate is the future of that filibuster. president biden is feeling a lot of pressure from democrats or activists to eliminate or reform the filibuster. for the time being, president biden has not budged on his position, and the white house said it's up to the senate to act and vote on that matter. right now, those votes are not there. >> making a moral case, we'll see if it goes beyond an issue of morality to action. texas democrats hoping to use their time here in washington to pressure senate
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democrats to take federal action to protect voting rights. texas governor greg abbott threatening to have the lawmakers arrested. >> what the house of representatives can do, the speaker can do is issue a call to have these members arrested. in addition to that, however, i can and i will continue to call special session after special session after special session all the way up until election next year. as soon as they come back in the state of texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the texas capitol until they get their job done. >> and joining us is texas state representative tray martinez fisher who helped organize the texas democrats trip to washington. he's threatening to arrest you. are you and other democrats expecting that is what will happen? >> you know, we can't be worried about that, and i also caution the governor to not refer to elected officials that he's going to corral them and put them in a cabin. we are not property. we are elected officials.
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this is the risk we take to stand up for democracy. we're talking about voting rights here. there were people attacked by dogs and murdered to protect the s sacred right. threat and finger pointing is not going to intimidate us. we are strongly united and we want to bring voting reform to this country. >> it sounds like you done care if you're going to be arrested l you're not sure if that's going to happen. >> we care. i'm a husband, a dad. we have folks that are in emotional pain to come up here, but we have a job to do. we are elected by the constituents to be their voice. we have to have the courage and conviction, and sometimes a little bit of defiance. >> we have seen something like this happen in previous times in texas politics. what we learned from that, you can't stop what's going to happen but you can delay it. is that how you see this? >> we have one of the biggest speeches on voting rights happening tonight in philadelphia. we have a deadlocked senate, you
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know, the eyes of the nation are on texas, and we hope to rally the country and we hope the senate will hear us and act. this is where we are. this is a now or never moment. we're not going to stay home. we're not going to take our medicine and lose in defeat. we want to make sure we are doing everything we can, and this final push to bring a resolution to a controversial issue in this country. >> last time we spoke, you had been able to talk with senator manchin's staff, i believe. have you been able to secure any appointments with senators man chin or sinema on this trip? >> we landed late last night. we will be on capitol hill at 10:00 this morning, and we are scheduling meetings by the hour and by the way. >> anything specifically on the books with them, have they said, yes, we'll meet with you. >> as of right now, to my knowledge, no, but it is only tuesday. >> it is only tuesday. so this bill, well, it's really two bills. it's a house bill and a senate bill when we're talking about these voting rights measures in texas, but they dropped in this,
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republicans did, the sunday voting prohibition, and they also dropped the process that would have made it easier to overturn an election outcome, which i think was the most concerning measure from democrats' perspective. what do you oppose now in these bills? >> we need to quit criminalizing elections. every mistake, every technical flaw, whether registering someone to vote by mail or driving someone to the polls shouldn't be a crime. frankly, i don't want the proud boys to have the ability to be poll watchers in elections, and we're talking about voter intimidation at worst, and that's embedded in the bill. >> it's the poll watching. there is a photo that was taken of you and your colleagues on the plane, and reportedly, your caucus took two charter planes to get here. i know that you've heard governor abbott say that you are flying on the taxpayers' dime. is that true. >> i think the governor knows
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more than anybody about flying on the taxpayer dime. we raised this money privately. this is a house democratic caucus privately fund raised and a private expenditure. the hotels we're staying in tonight i'm paying for my entire group out of my campaign funds. these are lawmakers using all the resources that we have privately to speak out on this issue and represent the state of texas and washington. >> so that's a no, it's not being paid for by taxpayers just to be clear. >> that's correct. >> so these are private planes. is there a reason you flew together on charter planes, instead of commercially. >> absolutely, when you break a quorum, you want to be successful. everyone wants to see, 52 democrats on the plane, that's reassuring, and number two, to get a flight out of time, with a time of getting everybody to come across the state, you need to fly privately, and we're talking about using the same kind of plane that the public uses every day.
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there's no fancy couches or anything like that. this is just a regular plane that moved us from one state to another. >> so you'll be gone for a month, it sound like. >> if that's what it takes. >> he said he'll call special session after special session. eventually we'll see this come to a head. in the meantime, thank you so much for joining us today. >> thank you. >> texas state representative, trey martinez fischer, we appreciate it. how some are looking to block vaccine mandates for schools. and the first excerpt for what's billed as an explosive new book on the final days of the trump presidency. including how the big lie started. and new cnn reporting on the assassination of haiti's president, how some of the suspects were previously u.s. informants. "new day" brought to you by clear choice. party health starts with better dental health. get started with dental implants.
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so a new book by "the washington post" reporters phil rucker and carol lenning goes behind the scenes to document former president trump's final years in the white house. seconds ago, literally, seconds ago "the washington post" released the first excerpt from the book i alone can fix it, and to discuss it with us now senior political analyst john avlon. the excerpt they released goes into election night in great detail. and what seemed to be a push among some to just go out and declare victory no matter what the results said. the book has a scene that involves former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. i'm going to read that now. after a while, rouge udy giulia started to cause a commotion. he was trying to get into the president's private quarters to tell him about. some people thought giuliani may have been drinking too much and suggested to bill steppe, the campaign manager that he go talk to the former new york campaign
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manager. just say we won, giuliani told them, same thing in pennsylvania, just say we won pennsylvania, giuliani said. giuliani's grand plan was to just say trump won state after state based on nothing. s step miller and meadows thought it was incoherent. >> the genesis of the big lie, denial, a strategy without any strategy, masquerading as a will to power. somehow you could force this through, absent any facts, and stepien and miller had worked for rudy giuliani in the past and they knew enough, this is incoherent, and irresponsible, which it is. and you look and see the big lie and how it unveils in the days, weeks, months, it may have begun at that moment, say you won, absent any facts. >> the former president was incredibly receptive to this, and had been saying for weeks and months if he didn't win it was going to be rigged.
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in essence this was repeating the claim that trump was destined to make. >> and you see the confluence between trump's need, and knowing how to play to your client in that case. blowing up democracy in the process. this excerpt shows that trump had been briefed by bill stepien. initial returns may look good. you're going to have more than election day ballot coming in. things are going to tighten up. he knew that this was not going to be decided on election night, and yet he decided to go forward even that night and build on that foundation of falsehood saying he had won. >> i will say this also paints a story of everyone in the building and the world, knowing it's not true except for the president and, according to this, you know, drunk rudy giuliani, and no one laying down on the floor saying you can't do this, you have to stop telling this lie or i'm going to go out publicly, and say you are lying here. no one stood in his way.
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>> no. because that's what happens in cult personalities. donald trump wanted to take this tact, and his counsel was advising it, and the train went off the rails from there, from that moment inside the white house. to be clear, i don't think, you know, we should say that donald trump, you know, necessarily even thought he won. he decided to lie because it seemed like the smart thing to do. it was emotionally satisfying for him to do so. >> we're going to have michael wolf on who wrote this book right here. all of these books intersect. wolf makes the claim that trump and giuliani are so untethered from reality, it's impossible to know what they think is true or not, that those were the two who can't tells lies from the truth. there was deep concern, according to the rucker lenning book within the military, and the chairman of the joint chiefs, mark mille, around 10:30 p.m. on election night with results from most key states still far too close to call,
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mille received an interesting call from a retired military buddy who reminded him as his apolitical role as joint chairman, you're an island unto yourself, you are not tethered. your loyalty is to the constitution. you represent the stability of this republic. that's just chilling. >> yeah. >> that the chairman of the joint chiefs is being warned, and honestly must feel as if he has to stand in opposition to the political claims coming from the white house. >> to the commander in chief because he knows that the commander in chief is imminently capable of trying to undermine the republic by lying about election results. he's getting a pep talk, saying your loyalty is to the constitution. milley thought this is dangerous stuff. >> 100%. >> i will say this is clearly dangerous stuff if the u.s.
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military is concerned about what the president is doing, that's scary. >> and the u.s. military was concerned, and i think it just underscores, and this book, this excerpt takes us inside the white house on election night. there are a lot of these books coming on. it should make clear anybody who doubts how dangerous this election was to our republic. >> this is a new excerpt, later we have michael wolf, we have michael bender later in the show, frankly we did win the election. all three of them make the same basic case here, which is that there were people who knew how dangerous this was yet didn't stop it, and that is something that is serious and needs to be discussed in much greater detail. john avlon, thank you very much. coming up, new details about efforts across the country to block vaccine requirements in school. plus, the white house backing local vaccine mandates but rejecting federal action, the surgeon general will join us next.
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efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus among kids in schools facing a challenge in a number of states. new cnn analysis finds at least seven states have passed laws prohibiting public schools from requiring vaccinations or proof of vaccination from students. cnn's jacqueline howard is joining us now with more. tell us what health officials are saying about this. >> health officials i talked to say they are concerned. the worry is that these laws could hinder efforts in the future to control the virus if a variant emerges that is more transmissible in schools or has more of a direct impact on children. that's what health officials are thinking. now, states that do have these laws in place, they're arguing
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that these laws are to protect individual medical privacy, but health officials say the argument should really be more so about public health and public safety. now, the seven states identified in our analysis, we should have a map here. they include alabama, arkansas, florida, indiana, but the focus there has really been more so on universities. there's also montana, oklahoma, and utah. and the legislation does vary state by state. so if you look at indiana and florida, for instance, they're focused more so on prohibiting this idea of vaccine passports, so prohibiting requiring documentation of your vaccination status whereas the other states are really focused on prohibiting the actual requirement of getting vaccinated and it's interesting, also, when you look at the public's opinion of this, a kaiser family foundation poll found that among the public, about half of people sur
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vet surveyed support vaccine requirements in schools. one in ten say they are get their kids vaccinated if it's required in school. 42% of parents 14 to 17 say their child is vaccinated or they have plans to do so. this is an interesting conversation. >> and as school approaches, so too will more of this conversation. jacqueline howard, thank you. so this morning, the white house is voicing support for more vaccine requirements at the local level after dr. anthony fauci said they are necessary. this is as the delta variant becomes more dominant in the united states. >> i have been of this opinion and i remain of that opinion that i do believe at the local level, jake, there should be more mandates. there really should be. we're talking about life and death situation. we've lost 600,000 americans already and we're still losing more people.
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there have been 4 million deaths worldwide. this is serious business. so i am in favor of that. >> cnn's elizabeth cohan n joins now. i pressed jen psaki on whether or not the white house was in favor of mandates or would push them. they draw a distinction between any kind of federal mandate but now it does seem they're at least open to or maybe encouraging some at the local level. >> that's right. and let me show you why they're open to it. these numbers do not paint a pretty picture. let's look big picture. you can see from that circle, nearly one-third of americans, american adults have chosen not to get vaccinated. right, i'm using that language intentionally. the vaccine is out there. it can't be far from them, it is free. they have chosen not to get vaccinated all of these months
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in the rollout. if we look bigger picture, 68% of american adults say they are vaccinated or planning on doing so soon. and 10% are waiting and seeing. 6% say only if required, and 14% say definitely not. that is a lot of people. 14% say definitely not, and you've got that 6% also that there's some wiggle room there. now, you mentioned that you had spoken with jen psaki. let's take a listen to what she had to say about mandates. >> if i remember the context of the question, it was about federal mandates, i believe, correct me if i'm wrong. that's not a decision that we are making. that's not a -- that is not our intention from the federal government. what dr. fauci was conveying is that there will be decisions made by local leaders, just like there will be decisions made by business leaders, by institutional leaders on how they can keep their community safe, and we support their right to make those decisions.
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>> so what psaki is saying is local, the problem is local is you get, let's say vermont and massachusetts doing mandates, you know, that's fine but that's not really the problem. we're obviously not going to have people in alabama or, you know, mississippi doing mandates for vaccines, and that's where it's needed. so that's the issue with leaving this local. that's what they have decided to do. >> they're talking about maybe businesses, companies, schools, stores, places like that, whether they can and maybe should start issuing vaccine requirements. elizabeth cohn, it's an interesting discussion. thank you very much. >> thanks. the biden administration facing new political crises in neighboring cuba and haiti. we're live on the ground in both countries next. plus, a newly discovered e-mail shows even the republican party's top lawyer knew that efforts to challenge the election were a quote joke. e ni. (burke) should have been watching the stove instead. (customer) tell me something i don't know. (burke) with your farmers policy perk, guaranteed replacement cost, your home can be rebuilt, regardless of your limits.
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this morning, the biden administration confronting two escalating foreign policy situations on two fronts, the after math of the presidential assassination in haiti and unprecedented nationwide protests in cuba. cnn has reporters standing by in both countries. let's bring in patrick ottoman in havana, where social media platforms are being restricted. >> yes, it's almost impossible to get online using your phone. even my home internet this morning is slow to the point of useless cubans have not been able to post pictures or videos and that has of course stopped many people from knowing what is going on, and also sparking further protests, which is why the government has done this. you heard president biden say yesterday that he supports the right of cubans to go out and
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protest, to demand a different future. the government here taking a very different line, the president of cuba, miguel diaz canal, he considers the protesters to be criminals. we have seen mass detentions over the last several days and expect those to continue going on. this is a very combustion situation. the economy that has been battered by increased u.s. sanctions has continued to fail worse and worse and worse. people are spending hours waiting to buy the basic items. i have lived here for a long time, and i never remember a team where people just seemed like they had given up hope. many of the people that i talk to during the protests on sunday said that they really felt they had nothing left to lose, that they had lost their fear. the coast guard recently put out a statement encouraging cubans not to take to the seas. they have seen a sharp increase this last year in people trying
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to make a dangerous journey across the florida straits. obviously the situation may lead to more cubans trying to make those kind of dangerous journeys, john. >> patrick ottoman in havana, please keep us posted on developments there. >> and in haiti, the acting prime minister announcing overnight that the country will hold elections before the end of the year. this is coming as sources tell cnn that several of the men involved in the operation that killed haiti's president previously served as informants for u.s. law enforcement. cnn's matt rivers is live for us in haiti's capital. matt, tell us what haitian officials are saying. >> yeah, brianna, this investigation continues to move forward into this assassination of president jovenel moise, including the arrests of 63-year-old christian emanuel, he allegedly helped recruit and organize on this island, this alleged group of mercenaries that authorities say carried out
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this assassination. they're also saying that sonone himself wanted to capture the presidency, although they didn't provide evidence to support that claim or at least publicly charged with anything specific: later on this morning, we know that four people in charge of the former president's security are going to have to answer questions from prosecutors. that could be a big development depending on how that goes. and yesterday, fascinating supporting coming out late last night from my colleague evan perez, who supported what you said off the top, several suspects in this assassination had direct ties to u.s. law enforcement agencies as informants, including at least one who worked previously as an informant for the drug enforcement agency. the dea confirms that in a statement to cnn and you'll remember that during this assassination, there was at least one suspect outside of the presidential residence shouting this is a dea operation. stand back. the dea acknowledging that, but
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saying that no one here on the island was working on behalf of the dea during this assassination. also we're told that some of these suspects might have been informants for the fbi, the fbi not commenting on that, but still, the links between the island and the assassination in the united states continue to grow. >> incredibly curious. we know that you and evan will continue to dig. matt rivers in port-au-prince, thank you. so what does the biden administration do about all of thisment joining me is david sanger, white house and national security analyst. i want to start with cuba, david, because president biden in a way is stuck between the past two administrations, the obama administration which very much wanted to open up and did open up relations with cuba, and the trump administration, which didn't and reimpose sanctions. >> right now, he's trying to win a path between the two. when president obama went to cuba, he kept saying, let's cast aside everything from the past.
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and of course, president trump reimposed sanctions and so forth. president biden has not taken those sanctions off, and yesterday i thought what was fascinating about his statement was he referred to the current government as an authoritarian regime, and he's the one who's going around talking about how there's a great struggle developing between authoritarians and democracies. so he was clearly in some way encouraging on the protesters but couldn't do that too much because he knows that the current government is going to say that these protests are american inspired even if they're not. >> politically speaking, there are republicans who are pushing the white house to do more. but what more could they do, what options actually exist. >> the history of our interventions in these kinds of cases is a pretty ugly one. kennedy during the bay of pigs in 1961, a similar time in this administration, very first few
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months went along with a preexisting plan to intervene, later called it the biggest mistake of his presidency, so you're not going to see joe biden get out very much in front of this. and also, remember, it was only last week that biden was giving a speech about why nation building doesn't work for the united states. he was referring to afghanistan, but it applied to both cuba and haiti as well! let's talk more about haiti too. then senator joe biden, and you have that quote here, and i think it's worth reading, gave us a serious clue as to how he might look at the situation, as bad as it is in haiti right now. >> that's right. this was in 1991, when bill clinton was pushing an intervention, did do an intervention after a coup in haiti, and biden opposed it, and here's what he said. sounds kind of brutal, he said. if haiti quietly sunk into the caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn't matter a whole lot in terms of our interests.
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so, you know, he's basically saying here i want to do whatever i can to help the haitian people but let's not confuse this with something that is central to american interests. and he's been pretty clear to what is clear to american interests, dealing with china, stopping russia's disruptions. >> there is some consistency, i will say in the biden foreign policy up until this point, and it's a modest limited i think role in terms of intervention around the world m w. we will see where this goes. there have been hundreds of arrests in connection with with the attack on the capitol, but none of the rioters have been charged with insurrection why. the top lawyers called the election a complete joke. how rudy giuliani responded, next. as i observe investors balance risk and reward, i see one element securing portfolios, time after time.
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record breaking heat and drought fueling wildfires across california. the state is on track to record its worst fire season ever. let's go to jennifer gray now with the very latest. jennifer. >> yeah, john. the west is stuck in this vicious cycle of basically relentless heat resulting in the drought becoming worse and the wildfires season becoming worse. right now, we have 137 large
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active fires in the west, and they are burning out of control. this weather is brought to you by servpro, helping make fire and water damage like it never even happened. so the fire situation across the west, if you look at the numbers, total u.s. wildfires, more than 33,000. ten-year average is about 29,000 to date. the total area burned is almost 2 million acres a little bit behind the ten-year average, but that number is quickly growing. we have 94% of the west in drought. this has been unprecedented as far as the numbers go. we have tied or broken more than 6,000 heat records across the west, and we could see more records broken as we go throughout the day today. of course this heat is going to start to dip a little bit, john, but still, we are in the cycle that doesn't seem to end. >> just brutal. jennifer gray, thank you very much. more than six months after the capitol riots, more than 500
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people have been arrested but not one of them has been charged under a specific statute that bans rebellion and insurrection. why not, let's talk about it with cnn's chief legal analyst jeffrey toobin, we have heard from the legal scholar lawrence tribe who says the petty crimes that the insurrectionists are being charged are not enough. what do you think? >> i disagree. the insurrection law was passed in 1862. the leading precedent on insurrection is from 1863. it's almost never been prosecuted in the subsequent 150 years, plus, prosecutors don't want to get into legal fights. that is a general rule. they want to charge simple crimes that appeals courts will sustain. if they start charging people with the insurrection act, they will get bogged down in legal processes for years. by charging people with assault,
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with trespassing, with very familiar crimes that are not legally controversial, they will get the cases moving through the system, they will get people in prison faster. i think they're making the right choice. >> so you disagree with him. i want to ask you about something else, "the washington post" reporting that the, at the time, the top lawyer for the republican party as president trump and his legal team were challenging the results of the election said that those arguments that trump and rudy giuliani were making were a joke. and rudy giuliani found out about this and tried to get this lawyer fired. what did you think about learning about this? >> well, it's almost identical to what happened in the justice department. remember william barr looked into these arguments and he said, essentially, that these arguments were a joke and barr was forced out as attorney general. justin reamer, the rnc general counsel is a strong republican partisan. he's also a real lawyer, and he
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looked at these arguments and said they were a joke. it just shows that giuliani and company were not being real lawyers. they were just being blind partisans, and they were pushing arguments that we know now, as we knew then, were, in fact, a joke. >> he said this because he was trying to dissuade the party apparatus from pushing these lies, from pushing the big lie. what does it tell you learning more about what was being said privately versus what was coming out publicly? >> well, what you noticed was people like justin reaimer did t say anything publicly. all the republicans who knew these were a joke were cowed into silence, and the field was left entirely to these trump partisans like giuliani, like sidney powell, who had no regard for what was really true or legal and, you know, their silence has allowed these
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arguments to fester for all of these months. >> and then also new this morning, we have learned that the trump organization has removed its cfo, allen weisselberg, of course he's been indicted but they pulled him from his leadership, at more than 40 subsidiary companies, what does this mean to you, especially considering the indictment also involves the trump organization. >> well, this strikes me as a regulatory effort, i mean, the problem for the trump organization faces is they have liquor licenses, they have gambling licenses, they have real estate matters that all involve governments. you can't have a chief financial officer of a company that is going before regulatory bodies who was under indictment. the problem the trump organization has is the company is also under indictment. so, yes, it makes sense to try to separate yourself from allen weisselberg, but they can't really because they are under indictment for the same charges.
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this just shows the peril to the trump organization of this case. it may not be the mega case that many were expecting but it's still a big problem for this organization, and you know, we'll see if they can do any business while it's hanging over their heads. >> that is a very good question, jeffrey, thank you so much. >> so new coronavirus cases surging in states with low vaccination rates. how will the biden administration respond. the u.s. surgeon general joins us next. plus our next guest asked former president trump point-blank who he thinks rigged the election. his answer ahead.
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>> you know, these are just exhibition games, but there is real reason to be concerned that team usa is not going to win gold in tokyo. since the team started playing with players in 1992, they lost two exhibition games, they have lost that many over the last three days. and australia has their share of nba players. none of them all stars. kevin durant, damian lillard, not able to come through. when australian went on a 11-1 run. team usa is a small team. they don't have a traditional point guard, and the guys aren't familiar playing together. real problems here. the u.s. hasn't failed to win gold at the olympics since the disaster at the 2004 athens game when they won the bronze. the home run derby taking place at coors field in denver. you didn't have to wait for the ball to land to hit another one. mets slugger pete alonzo putting on a show, crushing a first round record, 35 homers. he would meet the orioles trey mancini in the finals.
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man mancini an inspiring performance after his battle with stage three colon cancer last year. alonzo would become the third player ever to win back-to-back derbies. six home runs more than 500 feet, which is a record, he's going to take the field in the all star game as the american league's starting pitcher and lead off hit. "new day" continues right now. i'm john berman with brianna keilar on this new day, the u.s. surgeon general joins us in moments as the coronavirus variant spreads as do conspiracies about the vaccine. the former tennessee official in charge of vaccinations says she's afraid for her state after she was fired for saying it's okay to vaccinate children. plus, the author of a new book about the final days of t

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