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you don't call facts fake and then try to bring down the american experiment just because you're unhappy. [ applause ] that's not statesmanship. >> reporter: biden highlighting steps he's taken to further voting access while underlining how gop efforts to restrict it are based on a big lie pushed by his predecessor. >> the big lie is just that, a big lie. [ applause ] >> reporter: biden criticizing the supreme court ruling that further weakened the enforcement clause of the voting rights act. >> puts the burden back on congress to restore the voting rights act to its intended strength. >> reporter: senate democrats want to override new state restrictions by enacting new federal voting laws. >> as soon as congress passes the for the people act and the john lewis voting rights advancement act, i will sign it and let the whole world see it. >> reporter: but without blowing up the legislative tool known as the filibuster, democrats don't
have the votes to overcome republican opposition. biden's allies are calling on him to do what he's resisted doing so far, urge his fellow democrats to get behind a change in the filibuster rules. >> the filibuster should not stand in the way of democracy. >> reporter: as biden issued his call to action, the texas legislature was engulfed in chaos. >> we are not going to buckle to the big lie in the state of texas. >> reporter: the state's democrats are in washington after fleeing texas in a last-ditch effort to stop the passage of a new restrictive voting law. biden calling out texas republicans today. >> in texas, for example, republican-led state legislature wants to allow partisan pollwatchers to intimidate voters. >> reporter: but those texas democrats are calling on washington and the president to do more. >> we can't hold this tide back forever. we're buying some time.
we need congress and all of our federal leaders to use that time wisely. >> reporter: now, jake, al sharpton spoke with president biden after that speech happened. he said he was happy overall with how the speech went, but he still said he believes changing that filibuster is the only way to really have a workaround here. but he said when he talked to president biden about doing so, he was noncommittal about the filibuster. >> kaitlan collins in the beautiful city of philadelphia, thanks for joining us. let's bring in joni ernst of iowa, a former army officer. senator, thanks so much for being here. i want to get your reaction to president biden's speech. he went after republicans for lying about the election. i know you did not participate in those lies. he also criticized republicans for enacting all these restrictions on voting across the country. what do you make of the speech? >> well, i am a former county auditor, commissioner of elections in iowa, and i do believe that we need to make voting easier for people to participate in but harder to
cheat. and so my opinion is that many of these voter laws that have been passed by state legislatures are intended to protect the integrity of the election system. so, we have seen various changes through the years and the state of iowa. and you know what we've seen? greater voter participation through each one of those elections. so, i think there are ways that we should be working together to protect the integrity of elections but make sure that those that are allowed to vote on elections are the ones that are voting. those not allowed to participate are not participating. >> i guess one of the issues is that iowa, for example, republicans did quite well last november, right? >> yes. >> you guys won a lot of races. i don't have to tell you. including donald trump. and, yet, iowa just enacted a whole bunch of new restrictions including county auditors like the job you used to have are no longer allowed to send out
applications for absentee ballots unless expressly requested. the time for early voting was reduced. the time on election day for voting was cut back an hour. and on and on. there wasn't a problem for the election to begin with, why enact -- and nor was there evidence of widespread fraud or even muff fraud. so why make it tougher to vote? because that's what the law does. >> and that's not what iowa's election law does. one, county auditors never before sent out absentee requests unless they were requested. but certainly the parties did that, other organizations did that. you can go online and print an application. and iowa's voter laws even after this last iteration through the legislature are still much broader than even the states of, yes, joe biden's state of delaware and chuck schumer's home state of new york. so, those two states much more
restrictive than the current law in the state of iowa. but i haven't heard chuck schumer or president biden expressing their displeasure in their own state's voting laws. >> i'm not here to defend new york or delaware voting right laws. and you're right they have a lot of restrictions other states don't have. if you're reducing, for example, early voting from 29 days to 20 days in iowa, and, look, you didn't pass this law, you're a u.s. senator, you're not a state senator. but if you're doing that or if you're saying, no, the deadline for voting is now 8:00 and not 9:00, as iowa did also, you're making it tougher to vote. that's just a fact. and i just don't know why -- you just said you want it to be easier for legal voters, all legal voters and tougher to commit fraud. there isn't evidence of fraud in iowa. so why even restrict it at all, go from 9:00 to 8:00? >> i think it does depend on how those stats look in the past.
certainly when i was an auditor, we worked various saturdays. you would have the office open all of your workers there, and you may not get a single voter in the office all day. so there are some things that can be cleaned up, and i think that's exactly what the legislature has done. what we need to do is make sure voters now understand the laws that are passed against much broader than other states, make sure those voters understand and that they are turning out and voting in the state of iowa. so that's what i intend to help with. >> president biden today pushing for the for the people act, which is a sweeping legislation that not even every democrat in the senate supports. but he also pushed for the john lewis voting act, which would require some states get federal approval when making changes to voting. joe manchin supports that. he's a moderate democrat who's been pushing back on a lot of other stuff that president biden's trying to do. would you be willing to support
the john lewis voting right act? >> i think those should be run by the states, the local elections officials. and this requires those states then to go to the federal government to the department of justice and request their permission to change their laws. again, that's not the way the constitution established our elections in the united states. i still believe in state control of those elections. >> let's switch gears now because you've been working with senator kirsten gillibrand of new york on the military sexual assault issue. and you've been pushing for legislation that would take decisions about whether or not to prosecute rape, murder, other felony offenses out of the hands of commanders and mandate training on preventing sexual assault to members in the military. james inhofe, republican senator from oklahoma, called the measure an imperfect overly broad bill. i know you've had republican support on the legislation.
where does it stand right now? >> absolutely. so, senator gillibrand and i really want to see a vote on the floor of the senate. now, this would require leader schumer and leader mcconnell to work together and establish floor time for debate. we would love to see that. we know that we have overwhelming support. we have got 66 co-sponsors on this bill. so overwhelming support. i don't know that that's going to happen in the time that we have this year, that's up to, again, leader schumer to determine that. but likely it will go through the national defense authorization process. of course, it's not the legislation is not being supported by reed or inhofe. i would anticipate they would try and strip it down to a bare minimum. that is not what our survivors need in our military justice system. >> gillibrand, i would assume, has a good relationship with schumer, her fellow new york democrat. has she talked to him about
getting this on the floor? >> i don't believe she has talked to him, but i don't think they have the details ironed out yet. and i think it is worthy of a stand-alone vote on the floor of the united states senate. it is about making sure that survivors see justice and changes that are necessary in our military justice. >> all right, well, keep us updated. you know we care about this legislation. it was good to have you here today and good to have you and gillibrand here a few months ago. so how did the big lie begin anyway? next we're going to take a look at what trump was telling family and allies. and the trump organization's money man removed from his position days after being indicted. what that could mean, ahead.
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we are back with our politics lead and some new insight into how trump's big lie began. the election night details come from a new book called "i alone can fix it" written by "the washington post's" carol lenning and philip rucker who report that president trump was extremely confident he won re-election as early vote totals came in. but as mail-in ballots were counted, he came, quote, apoplectic. this scene unfolded in the white house, quote, why are they still counting votes, trump asked? the election's closed. are they counting ballots that came in afterwards? what the hell is going on? the president told kellyanne conway that he thought something nefarious was at play. i won in a landslide and they're taking it back. let us discuss. congratulations on your new editorship at the national review. let me ask you this. everybody who's paying attention
to this knew for months that there were going to be all these paper ballots and in some states they'd be counted early and other states they'd be counted later. can it actually be that president trump did not know that, that he had no one around him? or does he just not listen to information he doesn't like? >> not only did people already know that, people had been speculating for weeks, even months, that the early totals would show trump in the lead and then only later would the pro-biden disproportionate ballots start coming in and that this would be kind of a red mirage where it looks like trump had won even though he hadn't. so it's really shocking if this is true. and it does make you wonder whether the idea of claiming that he won prematurely really originated on the night of the election or whether plans were being made for that already. >> what do you think? i mean, do you buy that he actually is sitting there watching this and he doesn't know? red mirage, blue mirage, these are terms that we used for weeks
if not months leading up to the election of the red mirage, the idea that in places like michigan it would look more pro-trump and in places like texas and ohio where they counted the paper ballots early, we all knew that. do you think he really didn't know? or is this, like, a performance? >> everything about donald trump is performance. but i think that he knew that he could possibly lose by actually counting the votes but was willing to do anything, lie, steal, and cheat to actually win. regardless of what his advisers, the news, the actual ballots were saying, he was not going to surrender. and that's why he called people to washington d.c. that's why he continues to push the big lie. he thinks he can make his own rules and not have to follow what actual voters are saying. >> and listen to this because it's fascinating. this is also from the book detailing rudy giuliani's conversations with top trump advisers on election night.
what's happening in michigan, he asked? votes were still being counted and they couldn't say. just say we won, giuliani told them. same thing in pennsylvania. just say we won pennsylvania, giuliani said. his grand plan was to just say trump won state after state based on nothing. so, there were advisers who were apparently saying facts, truth, at least to each other, i don't know about to the president. and then you had rudy with this crazy plan. >> well, just say things also seems to have been giuliani's legal strategy in the post-election litigation. [ laughter ] so that's a very plausible account. you think of this, or at least i do, in terms of the former president's repeated inclination to just sort of try out lies and see how they go over. and you can sort of see him saying they're stealing the election from me, i won it in a landslide, just to see how it would go over in the room and then try it again on the
post-campaign stump. and i think that's exactly what he did. >> i want to talk about president biden's big speech today because he pretty forcefully went after the big lie, the lie that we're just talking about here. but he's also trying to, i mean, and critics would say conflate, people who are lying about the election with people who are putting people, even if you disagree with them, safeguards or restrictions into place. is that fair? i understand that it's good for the base, but is it a fair political strategy? >> well, i think they're connected. they're pushing the big lie to support the need for voter suppression. but it's a lie. it's not truthful. we don't need more laws in iowa. we don't need more laws that suppress voters in georgia. what we need is the ability to vote, to register to vote if you're eligible, get on the rolls, stay on the rolls, be able to vote. so i think that they're connected and so you can't
disconnect them. but the notion that they are separate and that voter suppression isn't being fed by the big lie is something that republicans try and see. but i think biden is calling it out. >> what do you think, ramesh? >> i think the strongest parts of biden's speech came when he was denouncing the president's post-election conduct, his denial that he had lost and his efforts to overturn that loss. but then the recommendations are much more geared towards changing state legislative rules than they are towards what we actually saw on january 6th. there's nothing in the legislation that he was talking about that would prevent the kind of election subversion that he rightly called attention to in his speech. to do that, you'd have to change the electoral count act, and none of those legislative agendas that democrats had been pushing for years and just sort of dusted off when they took congress, none of it addresses that. >> there is a point that he's making here, which is i think that it's fair to say one of the biggest threats to our democracy
is the idea of a partisan hack being in the place of power and overturning an election. we saw -- i mean, who knows if what would have happened in georgia if governor kemp and brad raffensperger, the secretary of state, whether or not you like those guys, if somebody else had been there, who knows what would have happened? they upheld the law. same thing in maricopa county, and in arizona, same thing in michigan, there were individual republicans with integrity who stood up. none of what's being talked about here really would do anything to protect that. i agree with what ramesh is saying. >> i think a couple things are happening. first, states are trying to change laws so that exactly what you just detailed, the power of who controls these elections, secretaries of states, it's being shifted in many states, in michigan, this is what happened with the flint water crisis. they changed who actually was controlling, who was controlling the election. the for the people act is not a fix-all solution, but it definitely would make voting
more accessible, would make it fair and put some backstops in like we saw with the john lewis voting rights act to make sure there is federal protection, just like the democrats in texas, they can't do it all on the state level. some federal protections have to be in place. >> we'll keep talking about this. great to see you guys. democrats are also facing major headwinds on another top biden agenda item. next up i'm going to talk to senator dick durbin. stay with us. ready? there's new steak, deli-style turkey, belgioioso® fresh mozzarella, hickory-smoked bacon, new hearty multigrain, and steph curry juggling avocados for some reason. dang, that's too much for 15 seconds. your skin isn't just skin, it's a beautiful reflection of everything you've been through. that's why dove renews your skin's ceramides and strengthens it against dryness for softer, smoother skin you can lovingly embrace. renew the love for your skin with dove body wash.
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infrastructure idea into an infrastructure law. democrats and republicans have been going back and forth for months in an effort to find a middle ground. cnn's manu raju joins me from capitol hill. manu, when do we expect this to be brought forward for a vote? >> it's still uncertain because that actually has to be drafted into legislation. there is the bare bones outline the 21 senators from both parties agreed to. but getting the details is a much more difficult process. even earlier today the number two senate republican john thune said that he didn't even think that it could come together by next week, which raises the question when exactly it's going to come to the floor and whether they can even get the 60 votes needed. >> democrats are thinking about attaching a much bigger budget reconciliation package to the infrastructure deal. that would require 50 votes, not 60. presumably, that would have an impact on whether or not the infrastructure bill would pass. >> yeah, no question about it.
republican senators that i have spoken to are suggesting that they may actually walk away from their support of this bipartisan deal because of their concerns about the democratic leaders' efforts to try to pass a larger bill among straight party lines. dealing with brings, roads, waterways but the larger deal is expanding the safety net that joe biden proposed. nancy pelosi has warned that he would not move on that bipartisan bill unless they pass a democratic-only bill. >> let's go now to senate -- i'm sorry. manu, you have a sound bite. go ahead. >> be concerned by having this reconciliation package out there. >> republicans know, i mean, they understand this has been something that people have understood since the beginning.
>> pelosi holds out the threat of not moving the bipartisan bill until reconciliation is passed by the senate. what does that do to the republican votes here in the senate? >> it doesn't help linking them and suggesting that you can't have one without the other i think makes it essentially for a lot of our members that they're enabling the other bill, which includes all the tax increases and things that republican senators are going to have -- >> and, jake, six of the 11 republican senators who initially backed that bipartisan proposal are suggesting they will not necessarily commit to supporting it all the way through so that really raises questions whether there will ultimately be the ten republican senates to get that bipartisan bill through. >> manu, thanks so much. appreciate it. joining us right now senate majority whip dick durbin of illinois. thank you so much, senator, for joining us. you heard the comments there from john thune, the number two senate republican. why link them? i mean, why not just have the
bipartisan infrastructure bill go forward, get voted on, et cetera, and then separately do the reconciliation budget package which won't get any republican support so that you have -- you'll basically have two victories that way. but if you link them, you might not have the victory you want with the bipartisan deal. >> the sequencing of these measures is still to be worked out. we had a good constructive democratic caucus lunch today. i believe there is a lot of strong feeling for both measures. what we need to do now is to work on the details. and sometimes they turn out to be the hardest part. this is a high-wear act without a net, and we're working every single day to keep everybody together on the democratic side. i hope that the republicans are making a good-faith effort. i believe they are. in this part of the infrastructure bill that they are going to join us on. i've looked at the bill, i've sat in on these meetings.
the amount of money that's being spent and where it's being spent, i don't have any argument with it. it basically reflects what joe biden asked for, a part of infrastructure. but i think that the republicans in the room know the likelihood of what we call reconciliation following. and i think the democrats who are supporting the infrastructure bill do as well. >> well, that's why i don't even understand why democrats are talking about this publicly. i mean, you have 50 votes to do the budget reconciliation package. you have control of the house. you have control of the white house. why link them? you don't need to publicly link them. if you want bipartisan infrastructure deal, just do it and then you can do the budget reconciliation package afterwards. but by publicly linking it, you're undermining the entire process, not you, but democrats are undermining the entire process of having a bipartisan achievement. >> well, i don't want to put it in speculative or even negative terms. i just want to say that there is
a constructive attitude on the democratic caucus side to get the job done. i hope we can find the package that does that. and in the coming days we're going to work out efforts to find that. and i hope that the republicans will stick by the original infrastructure bill, the bipartisan bill. i know they worked hard on it and continue to till this day. >> senator bernie sanders said yesterday that he and president biden are on the same page when it comes to infrastructure. but when it comes to the budget reconciliation deal, he said he would want a $6 trillion package. the president has not said that he's in favor of something that large. we've heard from more moderate democrats in your caucus about something that's 2 trillion, 2 or 3 trillion. are democrats on the same page on that one? >> well, i can tell you that bernie, of course, as chairman of the budgetie committee, is striking a bargaining position. he wants a much larger bill.
it's still being negotiated among democrats. it will be a substantial sum of money, but it is doing substantial things for america, addressing some issues that we have had on the back burner for decades if not generations that we've got to take care of. >> president biden gave an impassioned defense for voting rights today, calling efforts by some republican lawmakers to limit voting rights to restrict voting. i just had senator joni ernst on the show and i asked her about a new law in iowa which restricts voting to a degree. and she pointed out accurately that iowa still has more expansive early voting and other measures than do delaware, which is president biden's home state, and new york, which is senate majority leader schumer's home state. doesn't that continue to undermine the idea that voters -- it should be as easy as possible for legal voters to vote? i know illinois, your home
state, has very expansive voting rights. but new york and delaware don't. isn't that problematic, too? >> i'd say to joni, if you feel that we ought to have higher standards for people to make sure that the ineligible folks don't vote but make it easier for the eligible folks to vote, you ought to support the for the people act because we're establishing those national standards. every republican including her voted against it. so if you want to go to a higher standard and apply it to everybody, red states and blue alike, you would certainly have supported that legislation. >> democratic senator dick durbin of illinois, the majority whip, thank you so much for your time today, sir. we appreciate it. >> thanks, jake. just announced this afternoon, president joe biden will join cnn's don lemon for an exclusive cnn presidential town hall. that's live wednesday july 21st, 8:00 p.m. eastern. coming up next, a stampede of looters causing death and destruction as part of the dozens of people now dead in violent protests. stay with us.
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breaking news out of south florida. protesters are blocking a main highway in miami right in the middle of rush hour. they say they're doing so in solidarity with cubans who are protesting on the island right now. that gets us to our world lead. clashes with the communist regime secret police and an internet blackout are not stopping ports of cubans from hitting the streets demanding freedom calling for a change in government. the once-in-a-generation protest are shedding new light on the biden administration's inaction on cuba. the white house is still poring over its options. top senate democrat bob menendez told me yesterday that the obama-era policies that biden had talked about going back to were too appeasing of the communist nation with not enough concessions demanded by the u.s. cnn's patrick oppmann reports.
>> reporter: following wide-scale protests, the likes of which had never been seen before in cuba, police on the island are cracking down. according to one activist group, more than 100 people have been arrested or are missing. cuba's president said the protesters were the violent ones and that government security forces are not committing human rights abuses. >> translator: where are the murdered cubans? where is the repression? where are the disappeared people in cuba? >> reporter: a group of mostly women search for relatives who are now missing. three officers jumped on him. they threw him against the floor. they broke his jaw, hurt his wrist and i don't know where he is. despite the communist-run government's attempt to stop protesters from communicating via internet blackouts, photos and videos continue to pop up
across social media. many shared by exiles and relatives in florida, including republican senator marco rubio who tweeted out a cuban vlogger's live tv interview being interrupted by state security. >> translator: security is outside my house, she says, i have to go. cnn could not independently confirm the authenticity of these videos. many who protested say they were exhausted by cuba's chronic shortages. the government blames a lack of food and medicine on the u.s. trade sanctions. but cuban exiles say it's cuban's own crush on industry. >> the embargo is the one that the cuban government has on its people. they have the goods and they don't give it to them. it's a very difficult situation. >> reporter: exiles in miami are also making their voices heard. many marching on a busy south florida highway this afternoon. while others are hoping to take a flotilla of boats carrying
humanitarian supplies to cuba, an offer the cuban government has already rejected. and, jake, just minutes ago the cuban interior ministry confirmed that at least one protester has died after clashes with police. many more are injured, in jail, or simply missing this evening. jake? >> patrick, you have lived in and reported from cuba for many years. do you get any sense that what we're seeing on the streets there, which, as you noted, is quite unique, might actually lead to real change? >> reporter: i think there is a before and after, and i'm not sure what the after is. but certainly i never expected on sunday just regular cubans, this was not a planned protest, watching their social media, taking out their frustrations onto the street, town after town
this entire island pretty much, there were protests taking place. it was really something to behold, the cuban government says the u.s. was behind this, but there are thousands of people with some very real criticisms. and even though the cuban government seems like they have restored order as they put it, the underlying problems, the poverty, the anger that many people feel of their government, still are there and could crop up again at any point. >> the cuban people deserve freedom and democracy. patrick oppmann in havana, thank you so much for your excellent report, as always. violent protests in south africa leaving at least 72 people dead and 7,200 arrested. the death toll is rising of former leader jacob zuma. he failed to appear at a hearing focused on allegations of corruption. officials say that many of the deaths happened during stampedes which occurred during looting.
and now south africa's president has deployed the nation's military to try to restore calm. cnn's dave mckenzie is live for us in south africa. are there signs that the violence has calmed at least for now? >> reporter: at this late hour, there is only sporadic looting. but you see the soldiers behind me warming themselves. their presence has really made a big difference i think as this day has unfolded. earlier in the day, though, total chaos, we were at the scene of looting with very few police at those scenes doing very little. later there were arrests and a very jarring moment for democratic south africa to see military on the streets. at least one person shot with live ammunition that we witnessed here in this province and in another province, a great deal of chaos and uncertainty at this hour. >> david, the country has just entered another coronavirus-related lockdown. officials there say that the
looting is hurting efforts to contain the virus. can you explain how? >> well, on a very practical level, the vaccine drive was just getting going in earnest here in south africa. and this week they had hoped to really put vaccines into arms across the nation. it is during a very bad third wave. this was seen as light at the end of the tunnel. that isn't happening in many places because of the unrest, because of the looting, because of the fear of people just not wanting to get out of their homes. the hope is with the military now on the streets, that will ease, but will that delta wave that has driven infections to incredible heights here in this province especially really take over again because of the last time because of the unrest and looting, jake? >> david, thanks to you. why a former top trump official is now changing his tune and slamming the big lie as b.s. that's next.
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congratulations on the book. and we'll get to it in a second. but i do want to start with these charges against weisselberg and the company which include, quote, a scheme to defraud conspiracy, falsifies business records. would it be a smart move for the trump organization to further separate themselves from weisselberg? >> it would be risky to do that. it is clear these prosecutors are trying to flip prosecutor. what you are looking for as a prosecutor is cracks. what we have seen already is a small one. it is fairly routine in this situation to see someone removed from the position as an officer because that can get in the way of the business's ability to do business. so i'm looking for are we going to see something more dramatic. are we going to see public disputes? is he going to change lawyers? that signals to me he might be changing his tune about cooperation, but we're not there yet. >> let's talk about bill barr and your book.
he's been in the news a lot these days. i read today an article about there is a governor's race in pennsylvania. you are from jersey, so right across the river. there is a governor's race next year, and a lot of the republicans are trying to see who can be more trumpy than the other. one of the guys is claiming the only reason he didn't do more against pennsylvania and in terms of the election fraud that did exist was because bill barr told him to. >> right. >> so stand down. he's blaming it on barr and barr is out there saying it's not true. he didn't tell him not to investigate the claims. how do you see this? >> there is two things going on here. those that want donald trump's blessing, those aspiring to higher ups on the republican side. they're repeating his language. bill barr is trying to revise history. he's reminding us that late in the game he did stand up and say there was no evidence of election fraud. what he's leaving out and i do
not leave out of the book is that bill barr used his position as attorney general, the most powerful prosecutor in the country to fan those flames, to push the false narrative of election fraud. i don't think he can be forgiven for that. i don't think that can be forgotten. >> he was doing it publically. he was not doing it legally. legally he was telling the president and others there is nothing there. it is all b.s. in public he didn't. in fact, he mischaracterized a valid case in texas in an interview right here on cnn. take a look. >> elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion. for example, we indicted someone in texas, 1,700 ballots collected from people who could vote. he made them out and voted for the person he wanted to. >> that didn't happen, though? >> no. that's a complete lie. it's misinformation. i remember watching that interview with wolf and watching bill barr say that, 1,700
ballots. i went, wow, okay, that's significant. turns out it was not a doj case and it involved one single fraudulent ballot and the doj the next day had to issue an incorrection. a million plus people watched that interview with wolf blitzer where bill barr put out this false information. how many people saw the retraction the next day? i'm sure a fraction of that. >> bill barr gave an interview to john karl for his book and john karl had an excerpt in which bill barr made his case, talked about everything he did to push back on what he called, quote, bullshit. sorry to parents out there. that trump was trying to push. but that made you mad? >> yes. if bill barr knew it was b.s. after the fact or during the fact, why was he scooping it or hoisting it on us? so bill barr has a mixed record on this. to me what matters most is what you did at the time of crisis.
what he did when the big lie was being built, when the flames were being flamed. it was part of that. did he change course late in the game? yes, he did. he can't escape accountability for the fact that he helped fan these flames. >> and you proposed specific reforms for the justice department. among them, clarifying the ban on foreign election aid, clarifying communication between white house staff and top officials at the justice department. you call for reenforcement in the ethics and recusele process. >> remember, the model report. bill barr wrote the audition memo before he became ag where he pre-judged the report and said it is fatality misconceived, robert mueller's investigation. that means dead. you would have to recuse yourself as a prosecutor if you gave that opinion. sure enough, he did us exactly what he told us he should have done. >> the book is out now.
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