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♪ dream until your dreams come true ♪ i'm late to don lemon with breaking news right now. >> yeah. we have some breaking news. i want to get to that but listen. i found it very interesting because this is part of we are talking about in the culture. especially, pop culture. and it also has to do with mental health. i kept wanting you to ask and i almost texted you while you were on the air. what happened to all of britney spears' money? for someone who is as popular and sold as many albums, 7 million records in the country, to be worth $60 million. for the average person, that is a lot of money. to someone, like britney spears, that's not a lot of money. what happened to it? and at a time when she was, you know, off the rails, so to speak. there's no way she could have spent that much money. hundreds of millions of dollars? no way. is anybody looking into that?
what happened to britney spears' money? >> well, first of all, it absolutely will be looked into. it will be part of the petition to dissolve the conservatorship. there will have to be an accounting. but i don't know that we know the numbers. i would be slow. i know they have thrown the 60 million number around. >> that's in court. >> but i don't know. it hasn't come from the judges, that's what the estate is. so i think we are going to have to have a little bit of a wait and see but your question goes to the exact-right concern. has somebody been ripping off britney spears for a lot of years? that answer is gonna come and it's going to come pretty soon, don. >> yeah. popular. she had a residency from 2013 to 2017 in las vegas. that show grossed $137.7 million. all the records that she sold, before that. britney spears, even with the issues that she's had, should be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. and in that time, remember with the umbrella and others, she was
hanging out in l.a. didn't see her buying mansions or cars or what have you. even to piddle away $100 million. she should, still, be worth a lot more. what happened to britney spears' money? if these estimates are, indeed, correct, $60 million for someone who's been working from a child, a disney star, a residency, albums, perfumes, books, on merchandise. hmm, something is up. am i wrong? >> the nice thing about money is you can, almost always, find it. >> yes. >> you follow it. you can track it. you can find it. and look. 13-plus years. one man has been in a position to oversee all of it, and has a fiduciary responsibility to show what was done with the same. so, the answer is very discoverable. >> that is my question. what happened to the money? and now, i will get to the breaking news. i will see ya. >> d lemon, i love you. >> love you more. this is d"don lemon tonight." and, of course, as chris said, we are going to start be
with our breaking news. here is the breaking news tonight and this is stunning. it is something that every singlsing single american needs to listen to and to think about seriously. seriously. it is the report that the chairman of the joint chiefs, you don't get much higher than that when it comes to the military, general mark milley. okay? he was afraid that the then-president and his allies might attempt a coup, after the november election. and, you know, oh, yeah, come on. you didn't think an insurrection would happen on january 6th, did you? but it did. the -- it says that this report and this book says that they were so afraid -- he was so afraid, that he and other-top officials informally planned what they -- what they could do, just to stop this. that is according to excerpts of an upcoming book, obtained by cnn's jamie gangel. okay? so, the book -- and jamie is going to be along in a minute to
plai explain all of this to us. from "washington post's" carol leonnig and phillip rucker. describing how general milley and the other joint chiefs discussed a plan to resign. one by one, they were going to do it. one by one. they were going to do that, rather than carry out the orders they consider to be illegal, they considered to be dangerous, they consider to be ill advised. like i said, it is stunning. so, listen. you may want to dial out and not tune into this. and this is our jobs to cover it. we are trying to inform you, in the meantime, between elections. you need to pay attention to this because this is what was happening in our government. you see what that led to. an insurrection. a big lie. and who knows what, next? so, sit and pay -- pay attention to this. because for the first time in modern-american history, the nation's top-military officer was prepared for a showdown with the commander in chief, because he feared a coup attempt. i can't believe i'm even saying that. after november election.
in the united states. a coup attempt. the book is called "i alone can fix it." it said general milley told his deputies this and i quote. they may try but they are not going to effing succeed, he told them. you can't do this, without the military. you can't do this, without the cia and the fbi. we're the guys with the guns. so we have got a lot more on these revelations from the book. that will happen, in just a minute here. as i said, jamie's going to be along. but let's remember what happened on -- on -- on january 6th. okay? when blood-thirsty trump supporters stormed the capitol. the seat of our government. they hunted lawmakers, in the hallways. they threatened to hang the vice president. forcing him to flee. you see that gallows there, right? they beat police officers. the police, who tried to stop them. they tried to overturn the results of our free-and-fair election. and there's our capitol for you. can you imagine where we would be right now, if they had succeeded? what that building would look
like? what would be happening in that building and in the seat of our democracy? and now, the house select committee will hold its first hearing in just two weeks. so, liz cheney, we have talked a lot about because liz cheney is one of the only republicans -- actually, the only republican named to that panel, so far. telling cnn and i quote, i will absolutely stand for the truth. and i will reject partisanship, wherever it comes. and i think that's been very clear, from the beginning of this. my obligation is to the constitution. so, she is standing up. standing against the big lie. that poisoned this country. t that's, still, spreading today. the assault on the vote? that's fueled by the same, big lie. the same misinformation. the same peddlers of lies, president joe biden slammed in an angry speech, yesterday. the president, vowing to fight the big lie. vowing to take on the misinformation. yet, mitch mcconnell says this.
>> yesterday, the president of the united states delivered a speech that was set in an alternate universe. he called these mainstream state laws, these modest-integrity measures that are wildly popular with americans, quote -- now, listen to this -- the single -- the most significant test of our democracy since the civil war? really? this is our new president, who promised to lower the temperature. bring america back together, and rebuild a civil society where -- fellow citizens, it would be laugh-out-loud funny, if it wasn't so, completely and totally irresponsible. >> really? as mitch mcconnell just said. yeah, really. i don't think that's hyperbole.
and i tell you what's irresponsible, mitch mcconnell. standing in the way of an effort to protect our most sacred right, as americans, the right to vote. listen. no matter what your political affiliation and your background. the right to vshould be protectd for republicans, democrats, independents. for all americans. and guess what? you should be able to vote freely. all americans, not restricted. i actually think it should be a day off. so that everybody can get a chance to vote. they can't say, hey, i got to go to work. give everybody the day off. let everybody vote. and mitch mcconnell would have you believe that is some kind of champion for bipartisanship. and we, all, know that that is bs. the guy who said that he is, 100%, focused on stopping biden's agenda. bipartisanship. okay. the guy who begged republicans to block the bipartisan january-6th commission, as a personal favor to him.
okay. bipartisanship. the guy, who said this. >> as you look to what the majority leader has in mind for june, it's pretty clear, the era of bipartisanship is over. >> sorry, senator. you don't get to complain about the lack of bipartisanship, when you have done everything that you could to drive a stake into its heart. the gop is a threat to the health of our democracy and our actual health. i'll say that, again. the gop is a threat to the health of our democracy, and to our actual health. okay? so, when you are playing this back and you're quoting me, i want to make sure you get it right. i said it twice for you. politics is killing people. while the right wing spews
anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, as the delta variant spreads. now, as more than half of the cases in the u.s., especially concentrated in areas with low-vaccination rates. and you know what those areas are. yet, the anti-vaccine circus barkers just keep spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories. lies. >> it makes you think, once you think about it, that maybe none of this is really about covid. maybe, it's about social control. >> and this has never, sean, been about following the science. it's never been about following the facts and the truth. it's been about control, from day one. >> i honestly think it is the greatest scandal of my lifetime, by far. i thought the iraq war was. this seems much bigger than that. >> clearly, they were hoping, the government was hoping that they could sort of sucker 90% of the population into getting vaccinated. and it -- and it -- and it -- and it isn't happening, right? there is a -- younger people --
>> don't come knocking on my door with your fauci ouchy. you leave us the hell alone. >> now, starting to talk about going door to door to be able to take vaccines to the people. and think about what those mechanisms could be used for. they can then go door to door and take your guns. they could then go door to door and take your bibles. >> okay. so, think about it. what is the logic in that? what is the logic in trying to, uh, save people's lives? that, that is, somehow, bad. polio. i mean, when is the last time you heard someone having polio? why? because of vaccines. hmm. or any, other disease that used to run rampant in this country. before there was a medical cure or a vaccination for it. a vaccine for it. hmm? and then, the substances that people put in their bodies. they drink. they smoke. they do all kinds of things but you can't take a vaccine. it makes no sense.
you still fly on an airplane. science. you, still, use the lights in your house. the electricity. cars. it's science. that's, all, science. but somehow, a vaccine is bad? don't be stupid. none of what they are saying is true. not any of it. it is a lie. yet, millions of people are staking their lives on lies. now, the white house is about to get a lot more aggressive in fighting vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories. the press secretary, jen psaki, calling it literally a matter of life and death. >> certainly, the pushback against disinformation, information that is, you know, literally, a matter of life and death, is something that is going to be a continued focus of this administration. >> the president, fighting back against the misinformation and lies that are killing americans. the misinformation and lies, that are a threat to our health.
to the health of our democracy. the misinformation, the lies that are fueling the assault on the vote, all across this country. we're in a very dangerous place, right now. pay attention. get involved. i want to bring in, now, cnn's jamie gangel with more on our breaking news tonight. the excerpts she obtained from the new book that says top generals feared the then-president would attempt a coup, after losing the election. jamie, good evening to you. it's not out of the realm, the possibilities here, especially as i said, when you consider what happened on january 6th. we appreciate you joining us. so, let's talk about what these excerpts show. it shows just how frightened the people around the former president were during his final days in office. the book even reveals that general milley drew a comparison between trump's election lies, and this is him, and adolf hitler's rhetoric. again, according to the book, he drew that. so, tell us, what's that all about? >> so, just -- there are a lot
of trump books out right now. this is "i alone can fix it." and carole leonnig and phillip rucker are two pulitzer-prize-winning "washington post" reporters. and what they write is that milley, general milley, was so shaken by trump's behavior, the big lie, after the election, that he and other top-administration officials got together. and informally planned how they would stop a coup, if trump and his allies attempted it. and this included the chiefs of the air -- army, navy, air force, marines. and just to talk about the language. i just want to say, milley is extensively quoted, in this book. he, clearly, cooperated with it. milley viewed trump, quote, as the classic-authoritarian leader, with nothing to lose. the authors write. and then, he goes on to say to
aides, this is a race-dog moment, milley told his aides. the gospel of the fuehrer. >> wow. >> um, it it's -- it's just -- one other thing i want to add, for context. donald trump has been hinting that he is going to run in 2024. i do not think it's an accident that general milley went public, in effect, through this book. to make it very clear just how dangerous and how unhinged he thought president trump -- then-president trump was. >> yeah. i want to get more on the book, jamie. >> yeah. >> and again, when you hear him comparing to the fuehrer and again, milley comparing him to hitler. it's -- it's breathtaking. one of the excerpts reveals how deeply concerned general milley was by what he saw on january 6th. and he raised the alarm to a group of senior leaders preparing for president biden's inauguration. what did he say?
>> so, they are preparing. they're having an exercise, before the inauguration. and remember, washington was on lockdown. they were genuinely concerned of another, violent attack by trump supporters. and milley says, to a group of senior advisers at this exercise, quote, here's the deal, guys. these guys are nazis. they're boogaloo boys. they're proud boys. these are the same people we fought in world war ii. every one in this room, whether you're a cop, whether you're a soldier, we're going to stop these guys to make sure we have a peaceful transfer of power. we're going to put a ring of steel around this city, and the nazis aren't getting in. and by that, he was referring to trump supporters. >> wow. so, jamie, the book includes an exchange between milley and congresswoman liz cheney, the
day after the insurrection. where she describes a confrontation with congressman jim jordan during the riot. can you tell us about that? what happened? >> sure. so, just for context, liz cheney and general milley are -- are old friends. they're close. they have a phone call on january 7th. and let's remember who jim jordan is. he is one of trump's staunchest allies. liz cheney has voted for the impeachment. these are not two people, who get along. and milley asks her, on the phone, how are you doing? and cheney says, quote, that effing guy, jim jordan. that son of a bitch. while these maniacs are going through the place, i'm standing in the aisle and he said, we need to get the ladies away from the aisle. let me help you. i smacked his hand away, and told him, get away from me. you effing did this. uh, don, i don't think liz cheney felt she needed jim
jordan's help, at that moment. she's now trending on twitter. milley is now trending on twitter. um, "i alone can fix it," the book is. i think that, what you have in this book, there -- there are many, stunning revelations. but in modern history, we have never heard of the top-military officer fearing that he was going to have a showdown with the commander in chief because he might attempt a coup. >> right on. jamie, listen, it's fascinating. i know you have more so will you stick around? because we need you a little bit later. yeah. we are going to come back with jamie. lot more to talk about like what nancy pelosi said to general milley, in the days following the insurrection. we're back, right after this quick break. age-related macular degeneration may lead to severe vision loss. so the national eye institute did 20 years of clinical studies on a formula only found in preservision.
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so, you thought it was bad? well, maybe, we just didn't know how bad it was. more on our breaking news now. the new book from pulitzer prize winning "washington post" journalists revealing the lengths that the joint chiefs chairman, general mark milley, went to in order to prevent a possible-coup attempt by the former president. jamie gangel is back with me. her reporting has been fantastic throughout this. also, joining me now, cnn military analyst and former nato supreme ally commander, general wesley clark. general, it's great to have you here because you can tell us the thinking. and whether or not, you know, these things -- what would have happened if these things had
actually occurred. so thank you for joining us. this is the country's highest-ranking military officer, we are talking about, general. comparing then-president to hitler. and again, that's not my comparison. that's the comparison in the book so i'm not doing it. but he's doing that. and then, trying to prevent a coup. as a former-top military man, yourself, what are you thinking when you hear that? >> well, i'm thinking that he's loyal to the constitution. he is doing his duty. he's -- he's -- milley is a very smart, well-read, well-balanced man, who's had tremendous experience. a lot of moral courage and a lot of great judgment. and he's done his homework. he's seen the president, close hand. he knows how he responds. he knows what the history is. he knows what his duties are. and he was, apparently, fully prepared to do what he had to do to make sure that no illegal action took place that would overturn the constitutional
procedures change of office. that's what he should be doing. >> let's talk about the other -- this plan. because the book says that the joint chiefs discussed a plan, general, to resign after -- rather than carry out orders that they considered to be illegal or dangerous. and they were going to do it one by one. i guess, sort of, you know, if i don't stop them, then the next person will stop. the next person will stop it. and i guess, to prolong it. would that have stopped this? >> well, i think it certainly would have delayed everything. it would have brought an enormous public outcry. and it might well have derailed any plans that people around trump might have had. and it is the appropriate thing. um, when senior officers find that an order is illegal, they don't obey it. if it's legal and they don't agree with it, their choice is to resign. and a wave of these resignations would have sent a huge message to the american public and to the congress so i think it would
have had a huge impact. >> imagine where we would be right now, both of you. jamie, the house speak, nancy pelosi, was so deeply disturbed following january 6th that she called for another impeachment of president trump. she also spoke with milley in the days following the insurrection. what was her biggest concern, you think? >> it's interesting. we knew that this phone call had happened, from our reporting. but what phil and carol have in the book are the exact details of -- of what was said. and just to go through it, quickly, so pelosi's on the phone with milley. and she says, this guy's crazy. he's dangerous. he's a maniac. we have deep concerns. milley: ma'am, i guarantee you that we have checks and balances in the system. and he walked her through the process of nuclear-release authorities. ma'am, i guarantee you, these processes are very good. there is not going to be an accidental firing of nuclear
weapons. pelosi: how can you guarantee me? ma'am, there's a process. we will only follow legal orders. we will only do things that are legal, ethical, and moral. and -- and just to general clark's point, general milley believes in civilian authority. he did not want to be in this position. he -- he, clearly, you see in the book, is walking a very fine line between wanting to prepare because he's so scared that there might be an attempted coup. but not wanting to overstep the bounds of -- of the job and the military. >> you know, it -- it seems sort of out of the realm of possibilities, general clark. i mean, thinking about it in -- in normal times. these aren't normal times. because again, when you think about what happened on january 6th, and then the gas lighting that happened, that is still going on afterwards. it is astounding.
i mean, could trump have instigated a military conflict, as a pretext for staying in office? >> i don't think he could have gotten a military conflict as a pretext. i think someone could have cooperated with him and given him a military conflict. some foreign adversary, who wanted to see him remain in office. but he could have increased the civil disorder. and the military is apolitical. and the military's going to stay out of it. they are only going to follow legal orders. so, we saw, on january 6th, the problem when the mob came to the capitol hill. they are all waiting for orders, tell us what to do. and people are calling. apparently, it was the vice president who gave the order to get the national guard up here and provide us some security. so the military is not involved in the political process. it's the last thing we want in united states of america. but the military is loyal to the constitution. and they take an oath to uphold it and protect it, from all
enemies, foreign and domestic. >> yeah. listen. i have got a long question, if you can give me a short answer, though, because -- because, listen, general. milley got a lot of backlash for being with trump during that photo op, remember, at the church near lafayette square during protests last summer. but these accounts show how far he went to try to stop something disastrous from happening. maybe, it's some of these things where he was with the president, he was just -- maybe, he was trying to help. or maybe, he was trying to make sure that something more disa disastrous didn't happen. could this have played out differently, if someone like milley wasn't there? >> oh, i think that -- i think we're lucky to have had mark milley there. could someone else have gone along with it, not seen it, not been strong enough? maybe so. but i know all the men who have previously been in that position, and they are all like milley. they're all strong. they are all ethical. they are all very conscious of their authorities. i think milley just got swept up in that affair in lafayette square. >> yeah. >> and i think he -- he
really -- it really brought things into focus, very sharply, for him after that. >> thank you, general. thank you, jamie. your reporting on this book. listen. we didn't know how bad it was. and um, more will come out, i am sure. appreciate it. i'll see you soon. >> sure. so the pentagon has worried about the then-president attempting a coup, right? but the threat to democracy is, still, happening right now with republican-led states openly -- openly -- restricting people's right to vote. here she is. congresswoman sheila jackson lee. she is going to weigh in, right after this. we're carvana, the company who invented car vending machines and buying a car 100% online. now we've created a brand-new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot and pick up your car, that's it.
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so, it's a jam-packed show with big-breaking news and it's the biggest news, the breaking news that we have tonight is top-military officials feared the then-president would attempt a coup after the election. it's putting the focus on another, major battle over democracy. and that's the assault on the right to vote. texas house democrats, who fled their state in order to block restrictive-voting bills, meeting today with key-democratic senators to push for federal voting-rights legislation. so let's discuss, now. democratic congresswoman, sheila jackson lee of texas is here. and she is in texas. holding down the fort, as they say. congresswoman, thank you very much. i have a lot to discuss with you, so let's get right to it. i want to get your reaction on these new, shocking revelations that general milley, worried about a trump-coup attempt and was planning on how to shut it down. what do you think, when you hear of how frightened trump's own officials were about what they were seeing? >> thankfully, don, members of
congress, myself, i serve on the homeland security committee, judiciary committee, believed the very same thing. and we were looking to the military. the questions that speaker pelosi posed, as was represented in milley's book was really a reflection of her members, who had come to her with any and all levels of fear. i mean, we serve in national-security positions. we get classified briefings. we were just so unsure of the stability of donald trump, that we expected he might do anything. so frankly, we were very glad that there was a fireweall ther with the united states military. a military that respects and understands civilian government and the constitution. something, that we didn't think the president understood. >> well, and let's talk, now, about voting rights. okay? because again, you're in texas, right? you represent texas. house democrats in washington are doing all that they can to call out the threat, after they left the state risking arrest. the bills in texas make it harder to cast mail-in ballots, ban drive-thru and 24-hour
voting. empower partisan-poll watchers. criminalize distribution of unsolicited mail-in ballot applications. you know what's at stake, especially for people of color. do you think that these lawmakers are going to be able to keep these bills from passing? >> well, i have been talking to the texas democratic delegation, every day, during the day, in the evening. i am so impressed by their resolve. and their resolve is to stay, until we can find a light at the end of the tunnel. and that light is for united states congress to act. there is no divide, no room, no light, between the need of the various state legislatures to be reprimanded or to be rebuffed across the nation, who pass similar laws, including georgia, than to have the united states congress to act. so, they do have resolve, don. they are going to stay, and they will block this legislation. let me just make one point.
they were there, in austin, to work in a democratic process, to be able to contribute to the writing of the legislation. to amend the legislation. to make the legislation less onerous. and by the way, as the president said, 150 million people voted. this is about every voter in america. >> all right. listen, before we run out of time here, um, i want to ask you about the filibuster. okay? the president did mention it in his speech yesterday. you say the filibuster has to go but that you are willing do do a carveout. senator joe manchin wouldn't commit when he was asked about -- about that, today. what happens if democrats can't come together on this? >> well, first of all, i want to give senator manchin time. i want him to be able to study what this means and to
actually -- >> with all due respect, though, how much time does he need? we have been talking about this for a long time. come on, congresswoman. how much time does he need? do you really need to think about it when people are trying to restrict the right to vote, in any capacity, even if you don't want to get rid of the filibuster? shouldn't there be a carveout for our most sacred right, as americans? he knows what republicans are trying to do around this country. and he knows how it affects people, like me and you. so, why does he need more time? for what? he said -- he was asked, is there anything that will change your mind on the filibuster? his answer was, nothing. >> well, let -- let me say he needs a day or two to be able to look at his actual -- don, if i might, his actual senate rule. and let me just, quickly, say what it is. the majority leader can stand up and say i believe culture can be handled by a majority vote. right now, it's the 60 vote. that can now be ruled out of order by the speaker, the
president pro tem. then, the majority leader, chuck schumer, can call for -- or someone can call for an appeal of the chair. that vote can be done by 51 votes. if we win, that means that the filibuster is gone. and it can be gone, temporarily, because it can be put back. senator manchin should think about that procedure, and wonder whether or not, because of the prices of the fundamental right to vote. by the way, it's a constitutional right under the 15th amendment and it goes to everyone. and he should think about his west virginians. they, too -- they, too, can be blocked from voting and he should think about them. and think about america. and i guess, i'm an optimist. i think he can come up with a solution on how we can move forward. we've got to move forward, without giving the opposition. what it means is the tyranny of the minority is dominating the majority and, thereby, hurting the american people. that's what we should think the filibuster does. the tyranny of the -- of the
minority. and that is what senator mcconnell knows that he has in his hand and he will use it every time. and he will use it against the fundamental right to vote. i ask senator mcconnell, for example, has he ever walked a mile in the shoes of 102-year-old woman who voted for the first time, who picked cotton in 2020, has he ever walked a mile in the shoes of people of color? native americans? that's the problem with the senator. he only wants to travel up his own highway. senator manchin should understand that. and in the instance of the fundamental right to vote, he should yield to the idea of modifying the -- the filibuster. >> well, let me just say this because what's happening, in essence, with what legislators -- what representatives in texas are doing. it's, in essence, a filibuster. so republicans in washington can't criticize the -- it would be hypocritical for them to criticize what the -- the folks in texas. and then, stand by the filibuster in washington. doesn't quite match.
so, if you don't believe in the m filibuster, then you should believe in the filibuster for united states congress. >> the hypocrisy. and so, why don't we throw all of that away and actually say -- >> senate, i should say. >> the fundamental right to vote is above all of our disagreements. let's get that done and it is being under attack and it is under attack because of the massive voting that took place in 2020. the largest, in any, other election. don, you know that. and so, i guess, i'm going to keep pressing with these great texas state democrat -- >> well, look. i'm not saying what they are doing is right or wrong. i'm just saying it would be hypocritical, if democrats -- i mean, excuse me, if republicans in washington criticized what's happening in texas because it's, in essence, a filibuster, as well. thank you very much. i appreciate it. i will see you soon. >> britney spears in court today saying that she wants her own father to face charges. we are going to speak with someone, who was in that courtroom, after this. there's an america we build and one we explore.
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all right. a major victory tonight for britney spears. a judge allowing her to hire her own lawyer in her ongoing battle to end the conservatorship that has run her life and finances for nearly-13 years. and her new lawyer, immediately, calling for spears' father, jamie, to be removed as her conservator. so, spears telling the judge during today's hearing, she wants her father to be charged with conservatorship abuse. so there is a lot to discuss, now. samantha stark is sheer. samantha's the director of the documentary "framing britney spears." it's so good to see you, again. i watched the documentary, as you know, and it is fascinating. you did a great job with it. so thanks for joining us. so, britney has her own, new counsel now. former-federal prosecutor, matthew rosenguard. she took to instagram to share excitement writing this. coming along, folks, coming along. new with real representation today. i feel gratitude and blessed. she is doing cartwheels there.
thank tyou to my fans who are supporting me. you have no idea what it means to me to be supported by such awesome fans. god bless you all. she ended her post by writing hashtag free britney. listen, you were in the courthouse today. it was emotional. take us there. what was it like? >> oh, it was extremely emotional. so, you know, i think a lot of the fans outside. they've been coming since 2019. um, and nothing -- usually, nothing really happens in court. and -- and when they are getting murmurings from inside that britney's able to hire her own lawyer. and no one was really expecting that to happen, immediately, because usually there is all these procedures you have to go through. and when that happened, everyone started screaming, jumping up and down, crying, singing. uh, it was really -- like, shaking and some people were in shock. um, it was this -- it was, like, a gigantic party new year's eve countdown just for her getting the chance to hire her own lawyer. >> yeah.
so, listen. she also wants her father held accountable. saying and i quote, i would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse. i want to press charges against my father, today. i want an investigation into my dad. you have reported, extensively, about the relationship between her father. why does britney spears want to do this? >> i mean, i think, you know, we -- we uncovered these confidential-court documents. um, that showed that, in 2014, 2016, 2019, and now, in 2021, she had been raising questions about her father. she had talked about how she -- they had never had a good relationship. her father was -- is an alcoholic. um, he, you know, the -- in her mother's book, she talks about him being abusive. and so, this idea that britney has been controlled by him for this whole time is -- i think it's surprising to everybody. but -- but can -- i mean, can you imagine, as a -- as a person, that your -- your father
controlling you when you don't understand why. and i think, you know, it's been kind of the party line. everything's fine. she likes him. everything's going okay. and now, we know, she is saying, no, i'm being abused. i'm being trafficked. i'm forced to perform, forced to and so you know, she's been calling for this over and over. i wonder if it's going to happen now, maybe now she has a new lawyer. >> that's my next question. what do you think about the speed at which things are moving now? and what happens next, samantha? >> right. so it was a huge turning point today. as soon as we really think we've written about how her court-appointed attorney sam ingham whom she did not choose the last 13 years it really doesn't seem like he was representing her and her best interests from what she said. and now all of a sudden she has this new lawyer. you know, she wants to end it. we assume very soon he'll file a
petition to end this. she really wants to do it without a psychiatric evaluation. and she gave reasons today. she spoke in court and said i was evaluated back in the circus tour in 2009 and again and again and every time they told me i could get out of this. so she feels like they're using it as an excuse to keep her in in a way that she doesn't think is right. and so you know, we could see that. we could see them -- you know, we could see her father stepping down. we could see a lot. but i think the number one things that she talked about was i want this to end and i want my father out and investigated. the new lawyer, he's very high powered. he's represented sean penn, steven spielberg. he has a ton of people working with him. so we'll see what happens. >> we'll see what happens with that, but unless i'm reading something wrong, i'm not blaming anyone, but i'm wondering where is -- what happened to her fortune? unless her net worth is different than what her estate is -- i have no idea. but britney spears should be
worth hundreds of millions of dollars. and they're saying she's only worth about 59 or 60 million dollars. hmm. yeah. i've got to run, though. quick answer if you can. >> that's a huge thing. we'll see. he says priority britney wants to get out of this, that's priority, then we'll do the money. so we'll see what happens with the money after that. >> thank you, samantha. i appreciate you coming on. >> thanks. >> so he trashed his first-grade teacher. but take this. she is disputing all of it. we're talking about tucker carlson and his rant about his private school education and his teacher's response. that's next. what do we want for dinner? burger... i want a sugar cookie... wait... i want a bucket of chicken... i want... ♪ it's the easiest because it's the cheesiest. kraft. for the win win.
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