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ago she said the fbi came to her house and said it's not safe for you here. in moments she will join us live to talk about her experience and what she thinks biden should do to respond to this brazen conspiracy. but first cnn's brynn gingras has the details of this iranian kidnapping plot on american soil. >> reporter: the fbi foiling an alleged iranian government-backed plot to kidnap a u.s. journalist, and tonight these four men at the center of the movie-like scheme still wanted. >> the details were shocking. >> reporter: she told cnn this morning she was the target. u.s. attorneys with the southern district of new york don't name her in the indictment, but prosecutors say the plan started around 2018 when the iranian government offered to pay her relatives in iran to lure her out of the u.s.. when her family refused, the plan allegedly picked up last year. the group of iranian men led by
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an intelligence agent hired an american private investigator by falsely claiming they were looking for someone who owed debts, prosecutors say. the team who are each facing a number of conspiracy-related charges instructed the investigator to track her, her family, even strangers and take, quote, quality pictures so that we can see license plate on car and send two pictures and one video every hour, adding, he wants pictures of faces of everyone visiting the address, even if they are marketers and salespeople. >> when i saw the picture of myself, i got goosebumps because i was watering my son's flowers. they took pictures of my stepchildren. >> reporter: they are also accused of researching how to rent a military-style speed boat that could bring her to venezuela, then ultimately iran. the u.s. attorney noting in her statement where the victim's fate would've been uncertain at best. a woman from california who
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allegedly funneled money in the scheme was arrested. she posted this video on twitter tuesday showing a police presence outside what she says is one of many safe houses she and her family have lived in recent months. her nightmare began eight months ago when she says the fbi alerted her to the plot. >> i have 5 million followers on my instagram. i have 1 million on facebook. what i do, i give voice to these people. >> reporter: she says she uses social media to give voices to the women of iran. her activism and outspokenness of the regime's autocracy is why she and authorities believe she was a target. the iranian government calling the claims baseless. this is not the first time that the united states has undertaken such hollywood scenarios, a spokesperson told cnn. the white house responding. >> we categorically condemn iran's dangerous and despicable reported plot to kidnap a u.s. citizen on u.s. soil. >> reporter: and you saw those
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wanted photos. those four iranian men are still on the run at this hour. the fbi not saying if they even know their current whereabouts. and as for that california woman, she has been arrested, and she has appeared before a judge, and she has pleaded not guilty to the charges she faces in that indictment. jake? >> brynn gingras, thank you so much. let's bring in the american journalist who says she's at the center of this foiled kidnapping plot. it's good to see you. i'm glad you're okay. since you spoke with cnn this morning, the iranian government reacted to the justice department accusations against iran. as you heard, they dismissed them as a hollywood scenario. they call it baseless, ridiculous, not worth answering. what do you make of their response? >> any time when they fail they make it ridiculous. but any time when they succeed like when they kidnapped one of iranian journalist last year, they were so proud of it. they executed him while, you know, the whole world was
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watching that. so, for me, it was obvious that they're going to deny it. but for the western government, i'm not sure whether they're going to accept this and they're going to, like, legitimize this regime. because, to be honest, jake, i got very scared. but at the same time i see that this regime when they're scared of anyone, they easily kill them. they easily, like, you know. so we have to take an action right now. otherwise none of the journalists outside iran, activists outside iran would be safe. >> what do you want the biden administration to do? you heard them basically acknowledge it's true, the biden justice department brought the charges against these four men. it's brazen, a foreign government attempting to kidnap an american citizen in america. what do you want president biden to do? >> first of all, i want to meet them. i left my homeland to come to america to be safe. and now i found out that even
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here in america in the united states of america i'm not safe because the islamic republic of iran can easily hire someone here to kidnap me. of course i'm under fbi protection. but what i want biden's administration to do, take a strong action. we don't really need empty words, especially when they said that this is the law enforcement. it just broke my heart because this is not called law enforcement, jake. this is called kidnapping. and the islamic republic actually challenging the authorities, the u.s. authorities and saying that we have the power to actually come to your land, to your own soil and harass your journalist, spy on your citizen. and now we have to actually see biden himself, the president biden actually condemn that strongly. >> yeah. i want to play a little bit more sound from the white house press
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secretary jen psaki today. take a listen. >> it's actions to attempt to silence the voices of those peacefully working to address the situation both inside of iran and outside of iran that are appalling. we'll continue to speak out against that. but at the same time we still see in u.s. interest and in our national interest to engage in ongoing discussion so that we can have greater visibility into iran's path to acquire nuclear weapons. >> so just to translate that from washington political speak. what psaki is saying there is that the white house stands with you and others who are trying to bring the truth of what's going on in iran to the public, which is what you do through social media, being a voice for iranian women, who cannot speak for themselves. and, yet, the biden administration continues to want to try to deal with the iranian government on a nuclear agreement to prevent them from getting nuclear weapons. what's your response? >> so, that's beyond sad because, look, it's not about
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me. i don't want biden's administration to protect me. i want them to understand that this is the nature of the islamic republic. it's not about one iranian-american citizen here. they are going to deal with a regime that easily killed 1,500 people in iran protests, and i just gave the voice to the mothers and fathers of those protesters. and that is why actually the government's scared of me. that is actually my crime. so what i'm trying to make it clear here that human rights should be the first agenda. the u.s. government should stand for universal values, for western values. they should not bury human rights under nuclear deal. that's my point. >> you said you've known for eight months of this plot to kidnap you, but you only learned the specifics last night. the plan to take you in a boat to venezuela, surveillance on not just you but on your family,
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on your friends. why do you think these details are coming out now? what changed? >> i'm not sure why, but i know that the fbi was going to publish these details earlier. i don't know what's going on behind the scenes. i really -- i mean, the fbi should answer this or white house should answer this or justice department. but i know that they were going to release this information earlier. i don't know what happened. it just came out now. >> what do you think if they had succeeded in kidnapping you, getting you on a boat and taking you on that boat to venezuela, what do you think they were going to do with you? >> can i be honest with you, jake? when you ask this question, i got goosebumps because it just reminds me of the time -- the iranian journalist found himself in the car with the intelligence service officers.
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we all saw this footages. and right now that i'm talking to you, his two children were dreaming that some police in france actually warning him the way that the fbi warned me that you're not allowed to travel abroad. so, i was going to be executed. and why? i'm going to going to give you two examples. the head of the revolution, when the revolutionary guard got killed by the u.s., some of the iranian, like, some of the iranian reformists, so-called reformists went to different media and called him a national hero. that time i said he was not a hero because iranian people, syrian people, iraqi people, he was a war criminal. they made a poster in saying that masi should be executed.
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and another journalist with an account on twitter said that -- should be -- in america. so, another time the iranian television actually, the newspaper published a poster of me and -- in saying that those two got kidnapped. now masi should be ready. so i knew that. if they kidnapped me and i wouldn't have been here with you, jake. i would be there, fake trial, and then they would execute me. >> and people i follow you on social media, as you know. people who are watching should follow you on social media, what you do is protest brutality. you protest misogyny. you protest how women are mistreated in iran. it's not as though you're shipping weapons to rebels in iran. you're a journalist, you're bringing attention. do you still feel unsafe? >> first of all, thank you so much for confirming that i'm not
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a criminal. i'm just doing my job. every day i just give the voiceless people -- and i want cnn to have those people within the society bravely protesting against gender apartheid, protesting against the brutality of the islamic republic, give them a voice. this is my job. but i feel safe, i have two different feelings. first of all, of course under fbi protection, i think i am safe, but i feel so sad that police in iran, when i see police around me in iran, people see police around, we're supposed to be tortured, beaten up, arrested, get lashes? so here sometimes i feel so sad for my people that they don't have the same feeling, and another thing is, yes, i am safe here, but there are many journalists, many activists, they live in turkey, they are not safe, they live in europe and they are not safe. so i'm just one of the examples,
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and i want actually this situation have all the human rights organizations, all the european governments, the u.s. government get united and help all the freedom fighters and do not legitimize the regime who actually kidnapped and killed innocent people. >> masih, we're so glad you're okay. thank you so much for telling us your story and bringing a face to the human rights violations going on in iran. >> thank you so much for having me. coming up, we're going to get this done. that's president biden's message to democrats today on capitol hill. is it realistic? i'm going to talk to a house democrat, next. plus, the former president's offensive remark that stunned even a top aide. the details from a new quite revealing blockbuster book ahead. stay with us. you've been throug. 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
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in our politics lead today, it's an all-out push for president biden who wants a big infrastructure package, a bipartisan one, to define his first year in office. today he met with senate democrats on the hill, and later a bipartisan group of governors and mayors. let's go right to cnn's manu raju. let's start with the bigger budget proposal reconciliation. last night democrats on the budget committee agreed to $3.5 trillion for this budget blueprint. does it have the support of moderates as well as progressives? >> that remains to be seen, jake. so many of the details have yet to be written. we do understand the broad outlines of this massive proposal to expand the social safety net, everything dealing with expanding childcare as well as immigration provisions including expansion of medicare, all part of this massive $3.5 trillion plan, and ultimately they'll have to get all 50 senate democrats in line,
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liberals as well as moderates like senator joe manchin on board in order to fulfill much of biden's domestic agenda. joe manchin raised concerns about some elements of the plan but sounded open at least to the price tag. >> you said pretty clearly that 2 trillion was probably the max you can go. are you even open to the idea of going to 3.5 trillion? >> i'm open to looking at everything they've provided. dental is a very important part of a person's health. and all these things are very important. but we have to pay for all this. >> reporter: in that last part he sounded open to the idea of expanding medicare. democrats are talking about adding dental, vision, and health to medicare as part of this proposal. but manchin also told me that he's very, very disturbed at the climate provisions that are part of this proposal. democrats particularly on the left have pushed hard for this proposal to have a wide range of provisions dealing with climate change, manchin hails from an energy producing state, a coal-producing state and he
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wants changes to that proposal. just a sign of the challenges ahead for democrats to get both factions of their caucus in the house and senate in line on that proposal. much less the narrower bipartisan deal that they're trying to get through with ten republicans to back all raising questions about whether this eventually can get to joe biden's desk. >> all right, manu raju, thanks so much. let's talk to one of those democrats on the left, the chair of the progressive caucus, democratic congresswoman pramila jayapal. do you support the $3.5 trillion reconciliation proposal? >> the first thing is when we looked at this, what we looked at were our five priorities, the progressive caucus's priorities in that package. we laid that out almost two and a half months ago. the good news is they are all contained within this package. we don't know the exact details, the levels of funding. we still need to get to that.
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i think that this is a big downpayment. it's big momentum. and we're very proud of having put our priorities forward and fought for them, some of which weren't in the original families plan proposal including medicare expansion. the second piece is we're going to continue to fight for everything that we laid out. we understand that we're not going to get the level of investment that i had hoped that we were going to get. but it's never been about the top-line number. it's always been about what are we going to deliver to people. can we say to americans that we really are going to give them the opportunity to send their kids to free community college, to get healthcare, to deal with the planet and, you know, the burning of -- i'm sitting here in seattle right now, the burning of the west that's happening and all of the climate effects of that. are we going to be able to say to people we're going to invest in housing, and are we going to say to those essential immigrant workers that we will take care of you after you took care of us. and the good news is all of
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those in some form are in this as are the tax increases which are extremely wealthy for tax fairness for our progressive caucus members. >> you sounded very positive there, but you didn't say you support it. earlier today senator sanders, the chairman of the senate budget committee defended the proposal. take a listen. >> this is the most consequential program in the modern history of this country. it's going to impact billions of working-class people. very proud of what we've accomplished. thank you. >> so, sanders is in favor. are you? >> well, we don't know yet. we haven't seen everything that's in there, and until we do, we can't give a definitive answer. we're going to push -- i can tell you from what i've heard, we're going to push for more money for the c.a.r.e. economy. we know that there are some climate provisions we care very much about. we want to make sure that they're included. so i think we feel very good about this step, but we can't give a firm commitment until we
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actually see what's in there and we get to the final piece. but, jake, i just have to tell you, you know, two and a half months ago we laid out our priorities. people said you're not going to get all that in there. and today we see that progressives inside congress, outside congress, of course with senator sanders' leadership, have really made that happen. and it will change lives for americans. people will feel the difference when they wake up in the morning and they know that government has their back. >> the budget proposal, if it passes, would likely have a lot of the issues that you've been championing. new commitments to medicaid and obamacare, paid leave programs, child tax credits, climate change measures, two years free community college, a path to citizenship for some immigrants. i guess the question is, is perfect going to be the enemy of the good for democrats? this is certainly a lot of democratic priorities. and it is a lot of money.
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>> yes, absolutely. and let's be clear. we helped make that happen. so, no, perfect is not going to be the enemy of the good, because, as you know, we thought that the total investment that was needed would be somewhere between 6 and 10 trillion. but we see this as a massive downpayment. we will push to get as much as we can in the house and make sure that these priorities are really, you know, cemented in there. but we're looking forward to seeing the details, and we're going to continue to push hard on the pieces that we think still need to be strengthened. but we feel very optimistic about this big step that the senate has taken and the fact that our priorities are all contained within the framework. >> there's a group of house democrats and republicans called the problem solvers caucus. it's a bipartisan group. they try to work together. it's a lot of moderates. two republican members of the caucus have already said that this budget proposal,
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$3 $3.5 trillion, impacts their potential willingness to support the smaller bipartisan infrastructure deal. are you worried at all about losing the little republican support that the infrastructure deal already has? i know in the past i think you've seen that you 'd rather have a bigger democratic plan than a smaller bipartisan plan. >> well, i've doubted from the very beginning that there are going to be ten republicans that are willing to go along with a bipartisan deal because mitch mcconnell two and a half months ago said that 100% of his focus is on stopping the biden agenda. when there was a bipartisan deal that emerged, great. i'm supportive of that, assuming we like what's in it, obviously. it seemed like we mostly liked it. but are there ten republicans? i still don't know. i haven't seen ten republicans come out in support of that. so, to me, it has always been that we can do that, but we're not going to give up on the vision that we have laid out for americans to wake up every
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morning and feel differently about their opportunities and their livelihoods. so that's what this reconciliation package is. that's where my attention has been. and, to me, you can't move one without the reconciliation package. our members have been very clear about that. >> washington state congresswoman, thank you so much. good to see you again. >> thank you, jake. and one week from today, tune in for a cnn exclusive, president joe biden will join cnn's don lemon for a cnn town hall. that's next wednesday 8:00 p.m. eastern. coming up i'm going to talk to the author of a new book with some stunning accusations about president trump from inside the white house. the plan trump floated as he recovered from coronavirus. that's next.
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in our politics lead, a new and explosive book giving an inside look at just how chaotic president trump's white house was from the very moment he took office till the day his supporters stormed the capitol and ultimately how trump's detachment from reality in a rather disorganized campaign led to his demise. the author of the new book, frankly, we did win this election, the inside story of how trump lost 2021, the author joins me now. thank you so much for being here, congrats on the book. it's a great book, it's upsetting at times based on the facts. based on your reporting, what do you think ultimately led to trump not being re-elected? >> well, that's a good question. it's a multipronged answer there. covid i think is the big one.
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and his response -- excuse me -- >> his campaign was kind of chaotic. his campaign was not well run. you make the argument very strongly in here that the campaign was kind of a mess. >> yeah, that's right. there was a $2 billion operation that even at the end of this, end of this race they are scrambling to get, to chase joe biden, the man who trump would not take seriously over and over again just like he didn't take covid seriously. and it concerned people from the campaign to the white house, to his friends around him that he had grown so desperate to hold onto power that he had lost perspective and become violent and reckless in his decisionmaking, whether it was covid or the response to george floyd, and his failure to take seriously his job to beat joe
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biden. >> you talk a lot about how trump presented himself to americans, most importantly, his supporters during the pandemic. you recall a conversation you had with him just minutes before one of his daily covid briefings where he was boasting about how those briefings were the number one show on television, and trump told you, quote, i'm going out there in about 15 minutes, i took all my time to study. if i do a lousy job it's your fault because i didn't have to read anything. that's nuts. >> yeah. i was stunned to find that out right at the end of our conversation. >> didn't have time to read anything? i mean, hundreds of thousands of americans were dying. >> that's right. and it showed how he was approaching this pandemic, this crisis. people were tuning in to see minute-by-minute information. they wanted updates on a wild virus that we were finding out about in realtime. and trump saw all this personally. he told me in another interview that he viewed mask wearing as a personal front, at least partly.
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and the idea that these task force meetings, these news conferences were -- he compared them to rallies and what was getting to more people instead of the other way around, how are we getting information to the american people. >> when trump had the coronavirus, which is a scene you couldn't have even -- which is a script if you had written in a hollywood movie, people would've said it's a little much. but he had coronavirus, he was medevaced out, then he came back. we could all see that he was still very, very ill, although it was actually far worse than we knew. according to your reporting, quote, an excited trump planned a grand entrance at the white house where he would pretend to have been weakened and then rip off his dress shirt to reveal a superman t-shirt underneath. aides were hope he was joking, but the message was made clear there would be no pivot to
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empathy. was he serious, was he joking? it's so wildly irresponsible. not every american who was sick was going to be able to get medevaced to walter reed. >> these were questions his own staff members were asking. they were worried he was reckless with the american people's health, the public health. and he was reckless with his own health and the people around him. at the start of this, another similar scene in the book is coronavirus is breaking out, the first couple months of the pandemic, and he's in mar-a-lago obsessing over the details of the logo for the republican national convention. you know, and there were effects to this. one of the things this book does that i don't think any other trump book -- we go behind the scenes in the oval, and i spent two years with a really hardcore cross-section of the trump base, folks who go to 10, 20, 30, 50
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rallies to try to understand their appeal and really why they still go today. well, these people were misled when it comes to covid, i became very close with a man named randall. randall is a former marine. he's overweight, he's a smoker, he's in his late 60s. he understands the health risks of covid. when he got very, very sick and thought he had covid, he refused to go get tested because he didn't want to add to his president's numbers. that's how he described it to me. he didn't want to come out positive. he also didn't want to come up as even a test taken. >> is he okay now? >> uh, no, he's not. it's not because of covid, but i'll leave that to readers of the book. >> based on your reporting quickly, if you can, how likely is it you think trump will run in 2024? >> i think it's likely. he wants to be in the headlines, he wants to be part of the conversation. i do think his aides right now, his advisers have told him and i
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think probably correctly that he has to wait at least until 2022 plays out, see what the landscape looks like then. he's endorsed two dozen candidates for office from senate to staten island borough president. so some of those have to play out. but what this book shows is that republicans are going to have a choice in 2022 to move on from trump or not. and this book shows that in new ways, in new scenes that they are heading into that decision with their eyes wide open. >> yeah. the book is "frankly, we did win this election: the inside story of how trump lost." the author is michael c. bender of the "wall street journal." it's a great book, it's an upsetting book and it's a must-read. thank you so much for being here. britney spears fighting for her freedom. next we'll discuss the court hearing happening right now. stay with us. ♪
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in our pop culture lead today about the future of britney spears' conservatorship. back in court right now, this is the first hearing since spears made a number of stunning claims during a hearing last month. she said she was forced to take medication against her will, required to work seven days a week with no time off. and shockingly she said she had been prevented from getting married and she was forced to use an iud to prevent her from getting pregnant and having a baby. cnn's stephanie elam is live outside the courtroom in los angeles. stephanie, what's at stake exactly for britney spears in court today? >> reporter: this could be, jake, the time that we could see britney starting this march towards her freedom. now, a lot of people were impacted when they heard britney spears speak in court about three weeks ago as you were just speaking about. she called this conservatorship abusive. she said it was embarrassing. she said it was demoralizing having to live under this arrangement. and so what we are looking to see today is whether or not some of the chips have started to fall after she spoke last time are granted by the judge today.
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mainly i'm talking about her lawyer. she has been with a court-appointed lawyer since 2008 since this conservatorship began. since she spoke in court, he has now petitioned to resign. samuel ingram has petitioned to resign. bessemer trust, which is a wealth management firm, they have been the co-conservator of her estimated $60 million estate along with britney spears' father jamie spears. and at this point we will see if they are allowed to also lead this conservatorship. we are seeing some changes here. and we are seeing that her mother is now supporting her. and as you can see the crowd here very much looking for any word we can get out of court. >> all right, stephanie elam, thanks so much. let's discuss this with cnn's chief media correspondent brian stelter as well as defense attorney joey jackson. joey, let me start with you. is what britney spears is asking for here unreasonable?
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what do you make of her legal claims? >> i think her legal claims are perfectly appropriate. i think we have to remember what this conservatorship was all about when it started. and it may have started in a very good way. and what i mean by that in 2008 when there were things that were of concern with respect to her mental status, behavior, and other usages of substances, then perhaps that was appropriate for her father to step in and temporarily try to get a measure of, you know, control over her and what she was doing, in addition to her finances. but i think over the course of the last 13 years there have been significantly changed circumstances, being whether or not she has reached a stage in life where she's ready to move forward. all of us have the right and ability to control what we control, to do what we do, unfettered by anyone else. and so last point is that these conservatorships really they're designed to assist, not to oppress. and so if there's someone who is older and firm which is generally what they're for, we should keep in mind about
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1.5 million people in this country, 50 billion in assets to help them. but i think at this point her claims are reasonable, appropriate, and she certainly can start the march towards her freedom and gaining control of her life. >> brian, i talked to somebody who is rather skeptical of the free britney movement, somebody who has had interactions with her and says that he doesn't understand why so many people in the media seem to be thinking that britney spears' father and judge after judge are in on some conspiracy against her as opposed to a number of screaming fans who have never met her. how much is social media driving this story, do you think? >> well, in an enormous way. i think it's been two years since that free britney protest movement started. and now it is swelling outside the courthouse. and certainly they are the most vocal. they are the loudest. if celebrity media, the tabloids, the paparazzi played a role in britney's downfall, then it is the social media movement that is trying to create a comeback for her. we don't hear from britney
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directly except three weeks ago in this hearing and we don't really hear from the lawyers and the others except in these statements. so it's the fans who are the most vocal. they are helping try to enable her comeback. but we're not hearing all the sides of the story. those two documentaries did play a key role in bringing this case to national attention. i think maybe what's most important all this talk now about disability rights, what starts with britney spears and free britney turns into something much bigger. there's a snowball effect here. >> it is an important story beyond britney spears. thanks to both of you. appreciate it. in one city if you call the police for some crimes they might not respond all because of an exodus of police officers. that's next. stay with us. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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we are back with the national lead, and exodos of police officers across the country driven out in the wake of widespread protests, calls to defund the police, poor pay, as cnn's dianne gallagher reports for us now, this is especially pronounced in one city. >> in asheville, north carolina, calling 911 to report certain types of crimes doesn't guarantee police will come, at least not anymore. back in early june in an effort to improve response times, the department announced it would stop responding to ten types of nonemergency calls, the reason, apd had lost more than 80 staff members, roughly 40% of its 238 member force just since january 2020. and replacements are hard to find. >> back in 2020, we graduated
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seven candidates. in 2020, of december, six have already quit. >> a recent survey shows police retirement rates up 45% for every 100 officers. resignation rates increased 18% between april 2020 and the end of march. now, asheville police declined multiple requests from cnn to talk about the vacancies, shag quote, we are shifting our focus to the future and how we can retain our current officers and recruit high caliber applicants. but according to public comments from the chief, a lack of support and poor pay are commonly cited in exit interviews. >> it's tough all over. it's not just here. we've got to address what we can, as a community, and we've got to support our police officers. we've got to pay them appropriately. >> asheville, one of the most expensive cities in the state to live in, was paying most police trainees a starting salary of around $36,000, and officers just over 37,000. the city council just approved
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raises that went into effect this month for most police positionings. >> -- positions. >> we hope that helps with retention and recruitment of new officers. >> some complaints are unique to policing in 2001, a blue city in the middle of ruby red, california, some officers felt the fierce criticism that erupted after the murder of george floyd became personal. but for some living in asheville, there's a historic lack of trust in police that eroded even further during last summer's protests for racial justice. >> why are we clinging to a police force that nobody wants and nobody wants to work for. defund the police, 50%, no more excuses. they already cut down your payroll for you, what's stopping you. >> the mayor says she does not support defunding the police, instead, the city committed to reimagining public safety. >> i don't look at the situation as the glass half empty, i look at it as a glass half full. >> keith young, a former city councilman actually sees the
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attrition as opportunity. >> i think we have a very good launching pad right now to be able to take those 80 open spaces and shape those new incoming officers when they do arrive and move them into a different era of policing. >> reporter: the community activists like clarissa harris see it more as a chance for the city to fund alternatives to traditional policing. >> this is an opportunity for us to be super creative in the way we figure out how to keep people safe. >> reporter: but not everyone sees opportunity in attrition. the staffing situation has prompted some citizens to speak out. >> tell them all, all of our officers all the time that they're doing a good job. >> there's kind of this boomerang of, wait, last year you had people showing up at a city council meeting talking about defund the police, this year we have people saying how can we have police appreciation events. >> reporter: the mayor says she hopes the shift is about the city finding balance, not backlash, and they can work together on the road to reimagining and restaffing
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police. now, the city of asheville has worked with the county to pilot this community paramedic program that essentially responds to overdoses and substance abuse crisis issues, it makes it less of a crime, and more of a public health issue. and look, the police are all for that, they say, they are probably going to be other initiatives, jake, that the city goes forth with that will take some of the extra duties off the police officers that they've had to take on over the past couple of years or more. but the thing is, they are going to restaff, they said. jake, though, it may take years for them to make up this deficit, especially if they're trying to do it with new recruits. >> appreciate it very much. a scathing report just out on how the fbi dragged its feet while gym knastics doctor larry nassar continued to abuse girls in the biggest scandal in the history of women's sports. stay with us. ♪
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do more of what you love when you upgrade to xfinity xfi. baby ninjas? i love it. . in our sports lead today, a follow to the biggest scandal in the history of athletics, a harsh rebuke from the justice department's inspector general this afternoon acknowledging that fbi officials seriously botched the sexual abuse allegations against usa gymnastics team dr. larry nassar. the report says fbi officials violated multiple fbi policies and quote failed to respond to the nassar allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required unquote. not only that, during the time the fbi failed to take action, nassar's sexual assaults on
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young girls continued, the inspector general says. nassar is currently serving a 40 to 174-year prison sentence. he was convicted after more than 150 women and girls said he sexually abused them. the fbi released a statement saying they're taking steps to ensure these failures never happen again. our coverage continues now with wolf blitzer next door in "the situation room." happening now, unvaccinated americans are flooding hospitals as a dangerous new covid surge grips the nation. new cases have nearly doubled in just two weeks. let's get it done, that's the message president biden said to senate democrats today as lawmakers are closing in on a 3 1/2 trillion dollars domestic trending package. will months of negotiations finally pay off. and a bomb shell new book, "landslide" is giving fresh insight into former president trump's chaotic, very disturbing final days in office.