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communities. that adds another layer of complexity. >> it's impossible to imagine fixing the present and building a better future for jerusalem without understanding the many stories of its past. >> "jerusalem" pooermz sunday at 10:00. anderson starts now. good evening. when we left you last night, we just brought two excerpts from carol leonnig's new book might trying to launchar inspire a crew. it took 44 presidents of all strifes, good and bad, until this president today became the first former president ever to deny such a thing, to deny planning to launch a coup. even as he issued that unprecedented denial, even as book after book with page off
page with chilling revelations come out, top republicans today showing they still cannot quit him. house minority leader kevin mccarthy called on him at his new jersey golf club, this kevin mccarthy. >> he should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. >> that was a week after the insurrection. days later, of course, he walked it back and flying down to mar-a-lago to show his loyalty not to the truth, but instead to the man who incited a mob that sent him fleeing for his leitch and begging that same man that day to call off the rioters. quoting from a newly released excerpt from the books, quote, kevin mccarthy, who had been trying to reach trump at the white house, finally succeeded and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the rioters. trump falsely claimed the rioters were members of antifa.
other advisers who were away from the white house tried to call trump, but he didn't answer. they figured he knew what they were going to say and i didn't want to hear it. plus he was busy watching tv. he was watching the fire that he started burn. that's who kevin mccarthy made a pilgrimage to again today. he can't quit him because he's scared of him, scared that the former president might turn on him and that he could lose his power in congress. it is the most craven type of politics imaginable, but perhaps not surprising. compromise everything, even yourself, just to hold on to power. and it says a lot about where the republican party is today. after kissing the former president's ring, congressman mccarthy reportedly headed to the white house for dinner with president biden and angela merkel. will they perhaps talk about the details from the book in which the former president is said to have called merkel, quote, that bitch merkel and said, quote, i know the effing crowds or using the slur again, quote, i was
raised by the biggest crokraut them all. citizen trump sometimes denied his german heritage saying sometimes the family was swedish. joining us jim acosta. jim, what are you learning about this meeting between trump and mccarthy and then the dinner with biden and chancellor merkel? >> anderson, i was just able to confirm in the last several minutes that kevin mccarthy is at the white house having dinner with president biden and chancellor merkel. he made the trip up to bedminster to kiss the ring of the once dictator in exile president trump. what was discussed is fundraising and looking ahead to the 2022 midterms.
anderson, obviously, one of the subcontexts in this is that they need donald trump's fundraising prowess heading into the midterms and what is one thing kevin mccarthy prizes above all else? that is becoming speaker of the house. so he has set aside what he said after the january 6th insurrection that donald trump bears responsibility for it because in his view, the ends justify the means no matter what the constitution was going through at that time. now, as for the dinner conversation at the white house this evening, i'm not too sure. it might be something along the lines of mccarthy passed the bread and perhaps a january 6th commission too. >> carl, what does it say that the day after we learned about these new details and general milley being concerned about a potential coup, kevin mccarthy goes to bedminster to kiss the ring and show his loyalty? >> it says what we've known all along, that the republican party today is beholden to donald trump and trumpism, which the
chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the military leader of the united states, yesterday and in this book, we've learned he has compared trump and trumpism to hitler's neofascism. this is an astonishing moment. these books that are coming out now enlarges on the picture of donald trump that we've known all along his der rangement, his delusions, his criminality his you a utter lack of concern for people of the country, only for himself. but what's new here and is so important, the military leader of the united states has compared trump and his movement to the brown shirts of hitler's fascism. that's astonishing. >> jim, i mean, these new books paint this chaotic picture of the trump presidency.
have any congressional republicans said anything about these new revelations? because it seems like they're completely paralyzed against speaking out from trump while he's the leader of their party. >> anderson, i think most congressional republicans are treating these books like trump tweets. they haven't read them yet or are going to claim they haven't read them yet. but the authors of these books have done in the woodward and bernstein tradition of going around and talking to sources who were in the know at the time who were there when all of this was unfolding, and i will tell you, anderson, a lot of what is being reported in these new books, it aligns and matches with what we were reporting at the time. i worked to a trump adviser earlier today and he said, yes, trump was this out of control at the time of the january 6th insurrection. between the november election and the insurrection, as a matter of fact, and i asked the source, was trump trying to do just about everything under the sun in order to hold on to
power, and the source said yes. as for all of this hitler talk, anderson, i even wanna went back to the source and said what is the deal with this hitler talk, and the source responded to me, well, trump did like to use the term "blitzkrieg." there's no doubt in anybody's mind at this point that donald trump was totally out of control and acting like a dictator who was willing to burn the constitution to stay in power. and the burning question now for this country and perhaps carl may agree with me is what should be done about it. it appears to me that crimes were committed heading into the january 6th insurrection. >> carl, you know, obviously you wrote the final days about nixon's dramatic last days in the white house. when you hear details coming out about the trump final days, how does it compare, if at all? >> i think they're quite different because richard nixon was a cogent criminal president of the united states throughout his presidency. and a master at cover-up.
but donald trump would never be accused of being cogent about anything. rather, what these books do is they enlarge on the picture that we have already known about donald trump throughout the four years. this is not about delusional in the final days. he has been delusional, out of control deranged. again, i remember the first time i came on the air and said that members of congress, senate leaders are depicting trump -- this was in his first year of trump's president -- depicting trump as crazy. this was in the first year. so we shouldn't be surprised at this revelations. rather, they build on what we have known all along about donald trump and how unfit he is for the presidency. what's so extraordinary and the difference between final days of nixon and the final days of trump is the republican party.
mcconnell, mccarthy, they are totally in the thraul of his der rangement. let's look at the differences, not just the similarities. the republican party under nixon pushed him from office. senator barry goldwater, 1964, nominee of his party to be president, told nixon you must go or you will be convicted in the senate. we didn't hear mitch mcconnell do that. we didn't hear kevin mccarthy do it. and so we have a republican party that is absolutely in lock step with trumpism and what general milley was talking about, which is a terrible, awful, terrifying moment in american history. >> jim, what's also so stunning about this is kevin mccarthy's got to know that no matter how much he debases himself, no
matter how much he bends a knee and kisses the ring of the former president, even if he does this every single day through the next election, he could still not become speaker of the house. the former president could just decide on any given day no matter what kevin mccarthy has done, it's not enough and i'm going to cut him off at the knees. >> that's right, anderson. and kevin mccarthy and mitch mcconnell had a choice when they made up their minds about trump after the insurrection that he basically was the cause of it. they could have let him remain in exile and not do what they're doing right now. mitch mcconnell not as much as kevin mccarthy and some of the other house republicans are doing, they are breathing life into the ruins, the burning, smoldering ruins of the trump presidency, and they are putting trump in a position where he could be a king-maker for kevin mccarthy and the republicans in 2022. that would conceivably,
anderson, tee up a comeback bid for donald trump to run for president in 2024. for people throwing their beer cans at the tv screen right now saying no way that's possible, i heard everybody say that in 2016. i think people need to imagine the possibility that this is part of a trump comeback, as crazy as that sounds. he could potentially pull it off with the help of these republicans who had the chance to let him drift off into the ocean out to sea and never to be seen from again. unfortunately, they did not make that choice and history will long remember that, anderson. >> carl, you look at the statement that the former president released today attacking general milley or attacking him by saying, you know, if he was going to do a coup, he wouldn't do it with milley. he would be one of the last people he would want to do it with, i think he thinks that's a dis against milley. it makes him look ridiculous. there's no one this man will not
turn on. he's been able to weather any controversy with his base. but other republicans outside of the base, i guess they just don't care. >> i think when you look at how big this base is, it's huge. it's most of the republican party. it's most people in this country who call themselves republicans. you talked to republican senators, they will tell you that 60%, 70%, 80% of people who are republicans support trump and trumpism. this is not the party of nixon. this is not the party of bush republicanism. this is the kind of extremism that we have never seen in this country since the civil war. so this is about a great cultural moment. this is not about mere politics or mere journalism. we were in a cold civil war. we now have a cold civil war that has been ignited by donald trump, been ignited by his destabilized mind, by his
excess, by his delusion, and people have gone along in his party with these delusions, and the result is there's a party now that actually is not tethered in reality. you know, it's incapable of looking at facts. but the reality is that party is very strong, and donald trump and his brand of what milley has been talking about has made that trumpism strong and the hold on so many americans is not to be underestimated. breaking news next in the investigation of sexual harassment allegations against new york's governor, andrew cuomo. also new developments in arizona's so-called vote audit. there was a briefing today with the leaders of the effort that surprised went off the rails. our kyung lah was there. row anyone far row looking at the court-imposed limits on
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so-called audit of votes in maricopa county. the state legislator behind it held a hearing, which was so full of factual misstatements that the county kept a running twitter thread debunking it. more from kyung lah in phoenix. arizona's senate president held this hearing on the so-called audit and then spoke to reporters. what happened? >> reporter: well, you know, anderson, from our brief history together, arizona senate president isn't somebody who likes to talk to the press, but she did today. and it came after this extremely bizarre senate hearing that really just read like greatest hits of election conspiracies. she doubled down on something she had told us previously, that
she believes this audit, this machine count you see behind me that's going weeks long now, that it is the starting point for a national movement. here's what she said. >> this is start of a whole new industry probably, much less a process in the future, where voters are going to start asking questions. >> that's it. if you cannot be respectful and do it one at a time, then i'll call it. >> reporter: now, that was her getting up and leaving when reporters like me just started with asking her with questions, presenting her with facts, and she took off. now, republicans were looking to 2022 are watching all of this with concern. arizona is turning into a politically purple state, and they are concerned. ♪
>> there's not one proof of any of this. >> reporter: they say go-to for conservative talk on arizona radio talk show but on the so-called audit -- >> i understand i'm an outlier with my own people when i question what people are going to think about this audit. >> reporter: mike broomhead, life long republican. >> you voted for him? >> twice. >> reporter: but trump lost, and broomhead thinks a so-called audit is a waste of time. instead, he thinks the focus should be on winning republican seats in 2022. >> if they win enough seats in the house, they take over the majority in the house. >> reporter: but many of his listeners, his base, call him everything from a turncoat to a rino to a liberal. >> when you throw people out that disagree ewith you, it's hard to get them when you need them to vote. everything politically is at stake. we could take a completely different direction in 2022, and i think that should be our
focus. >> reporter: but instead, most of the base is stuck in an election time warp. for months the focus has been on maricopa county's november 2020 ballots. despite two previous audits showing no widespread voter fraud. this partisan exercise is now in this hot and humid warehouse, counting ballots again. arizona republicans like raymond month lee know want the audit regardless of cost. who do you think in your viewpoint won the 2020 election? >> trump. he gets the votes. >> reporter: would you vote for a republican who did not support the audit? >> no. no. the republican party has a lot of bad apples. >> reporter: not all republicans in the state agree. tabitha sloan says she's fed up with the audit. >> face the facts and move on and figure out how to come up with a candidate that can win in the process. >> reporter: arizona's republican party is seeing this
divide play out in the turbulent months since donald trump's loss. more than 17,000 registered republicans left their party. compare that to democrats who lost just 2,400 voters. independents surged, gaining more than 52,000 registered voters. while the numbers don't reflect why they're shifting, state republicans worry about the big lie that trump continues to repeat. >> the entire system was rigged against the american people and rigged against a fair, decent, and honest election. >> reporter: how do you then get republicans to vote in that very same system? >> it's a major challenge. the truth is if you don't believe the system is honest and works, yourself not going to vote. >> reporter: he's former chief of staff to arizona's republican governor. >> on paper, 2022 should be a good year for republicans.
historically. but there are challenges like this that we don't know how they'll play out. >> just logically if independents are growing in arizona and the gop is shrinking in arizona, just logically it wouldn't make sense to be pursuing this audit that only seems to please a specific part of the republican base, but clearly that is where the power center is right now in the republican party. >> reporter: spot on, anderson. and they are looking to that power center. but you used that word logic. one republican operative says logic is in short supply. what they're looking at, what this base is looking at is trying to win the primary. you got to win the primary, and that's where trump's support and his al colitis have an outsized power overall. but when it comes to the general election, that's when independents come in and these
republicans looking to win 2022 say it is politically a bad move to keep focusing on this audit. anderson? >> we'll see what happens. kyung lah, appreciate it. quickly, some breaking news now in the investigation of sexual harassment allegations against new york's governor, andrew cuomo. simone prokupecz joins us now. what have you learned? >> we're told the governor is going to sit down for questioning. he's going to be interviewed by the two lawyers running the investigation for the new york state attorney general. that interview, the questioning is supposed to take place on saturday in albany. we don't know the apartments of the interview or if there are limitations, but what the attorney general's office is looking into the sexual harassment claims made by women against the governor. certainly a significant development in this investigation that now the governor, the new york state governor is going to sit with investigators and answer questions, anderson. >> so is he under oath? >> he is expected to be under oath. it's going to be recorded in
some fashion. we don't exactly know the parameters. you would think any good lawyer would set some parameters when investigators plan to question one of their clients. so we don't exactly know the parameters of the interview. >> what does it mean ne? >> no, it could be that after this within weeks within a month or so we would see the final report from the attorney ge general's office, which has already interviewed the women who have made these accusations, also have interviewed staffers for the governor and those close to the governor. this would indicate they are at the end, perhaps, of their investigation and this could be the final step. and then within weeks or a month, sometime by the end of the summer we could see a conclusion and a final report from the attorney general's office. >> a final report, does that mean it could go beyond that? are there potential legal
consequences or it depends on what's in the report? >> it depends on what's in the report. certainly if there's some criminal finding, that's not something or if there's something that needs to be referred, it would be referred to the district attorney in albany because a lot of these accusations stem from activity that occurred in albany. so if there was something in that realm, in that world, that would potentially be referred to the albany district attorney. that's why i say you have to realize that a good attorney is not going to put their client before investigators without some kind of parameters. we just don't know what those are. up next, breaking news from los angeles where county officials saying there's a new mask mandate as a stark warning from the state your legal name>. says vaccine misinformation is a serious threat to public health. all that coming up.
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> breaking news in los angeles where a mask mandate will be reimposed beginning midnight saturday due to a rise in cases and hospitalizations. the positivity rate in l.a. county has risen to 4%. residents will be required to wear masks inside even if they have been vaccinated. even if you've been vaccinated in l.a. county, they still want
you to wear masks inside. all this as the u.s. surgery issued a stark warning today about vaccine misinformation, becoming what he said was a serious threat to public health. >> it's led them to turn down proven treatments and to choose not to get vaccinated. this has led to avoidable illnesses and death. simply put, health information has cost us lies. >> dr. vivek murthy delivered a 22-page statement outlining some of the reasons behind his warning. quoting now, miss information thrives in societal division and animosity is distrust. for example, distrust of the health care system due to experiences with racism and other inequities may make it easier for misinformation to spread in some communities. growing polarizations may also contribute to the spread of misinformation. joining me now is cnn medical
analyst dr. leana wen. also with us is andy slaft, former senior adviser to the white house for the covid response. mr. slaft, you helped to lead the white house not long ago. shoulder this push against the spread of misinformation, should the have started long ago about things got this far? >> well, it did. today is the day that it reached anew level with the surgery putting out a report effectively saying that we have to call this out by name. we can't just accept the fact that this is part of our society. but the surgery and i both spoke very frequently to the social media platforms, in it was an ongoing battle, frankly. today is the day when vivek, the
sur . >> aren't minds already made up? it's now been -- we've been stewing in this kind of misinformation for quite some time now. it seems like the lines are drawn. either there's people who believe in medicine and science and get a vaccine, and there's those who don't for a whole slew of reasons. >> there's about 10% of the public that still describes themselves as on the fence. they're still open to what they hear. what we know is that two-thirds of the people that have decided not to get vaccinated believe one of five completely false facts, including facts like the vaccine itself gives you censor
-- coronavirus or alters your dna. two-thirds of those people. we have to fight this battle. we don't have a choice. we have to fight this battle not to convince people to get vaccinated. that's really not the point. but to get people to get reliable information so they can make good health decisions for themselves and their families. we're battling against people who are trying to poison the well and what we need people to do is step back, get the real facts, talk to their doctors or people they trust, and we think the record will show that most of those people will choose to get vaccinated, but we have to fight this fight. >> dr. wen, you tweeted something interesting today. you said staying unvaccinated and going around unmasked in crowded areas is not like eating unhealthy food. no one should have the right to spread a potentially deadly disease o immunocompromised individuals and young children. why should the most vulnerable pay the price? in your mind, should more communities be following what los angeles county is doing, reinstating masks if people won't get vaccinated? >> yes. frankly, i think that the mask
mandates were lifted pre-maturely. i said so at the time. i think a lot of us in public health were very worried about what we're seeing now and virtually every state is having a surge in cases. we see 19 states that are having doubling of the infection rates of covid than they did two weeks ago. arkansas having a five-fold increase from early june. we see this because the public misunderstood the cdc guidance for fully vaccinated people as we can now do whatever we want e, even if we're unvaccinated, we can behave as of we are vaccinated. we can take off our masks and there's no restrictions on our lives. i think now is the time for locales to follow l.a. county's lead and to say in places where unvaccinated and vaccinated people are mixing, unless you have proof of vaccination, that people still should be wearing masks. i mean, i'm really worried right now because the places that are seeing the surges are places with low vaccination rates. they also tend to be places without any kind of mask
mandates, so we have to do something dramatic in order to protect our country. >> do you think president biden should reach out to the former president to ask for his help about spreading the message to get vaccinated? i know he did a perfunctory message to get vaccinated but he touts this as his greatest success, you would think just rationally, logically he would be full bore behind getting his followers to get the vaccinated, but he doesn't because he wants them to continue to follow him. >> well, president trump never needs prodding to open his mouth. unfortunately what he's saying these days is dangerous. mailers are going out from his campaign. i'm not sure if the former president is aware of them or not, pointing out people are dying from the vaccine, putting false statements out. and so this is a danger of having a populist at that time
when you have a crisis. rather than lead and give people the tough messages, he's playing to his base and the crowd and so many others on that side of the aisle. many people on that side of the i'm i don't know the formula. i wish we knew the formula for unlocking good behavior from the president, but i think he finds advantage right now in attacking the vaccine or -- look, when people attack the vaccine, they don't always come out and say i got the vaccine. they usually come out and do something more subtle. we're seeing that more and more. we saw it at cpac and we're seeing it too consistently now and thrchz this needs to stop. >> i appreciate it. thank you. straight ahead, how britney spears celebrated a judge's ruling that she can now appoint her own attorney. i'll talk with the "new yorker's" ronan farrow next. ♪
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she continues with new representation today. i feel gratitude and blessed. you have no idea what it means to be supported by such all the times fans. the "new yorker" magazine's ronan far row has been tracking the twists and turns in this. he has explored all that in a story called "britney spears' conservatorship nightmare" and joins us now. i find it stunning that all this time she's had somebody binded the court who was being paid, i guess, by the conservatorship that she herself was fighting against. >> it's one of the many aspects of this story, anderson, that illustrates these structures that get applied. how those structures can be what
appear to be gross violations of people's rights. she alleged this court-appointed lawyer didn't even apprise her of her options for filing to get out of this situation. we in our investigation uncovered various court records in which this lawyer that was court appointed was chummy with the judge and seemed to joke about withholding pieces of information from her, not telling her that she could get married if she wanted to was one punch line in one courtroom conversation. so understandably, people are now sitting up and taking notice. that court-appointed lawyer resigned and she's got new counsel, a former federal prosecutor. >> clearly conservatorships are designing for those who can't take care of themselves. you're not male professional, but in covering this case, speaking to those around britney spears, does it seem like she needed someone to control her
life at the beginning of this? obviously, you know, there were very public moments, but did it make sense in the beginning and then make a turn at some point? >> you know, what we document is someone who was in mental health and emotional distress. she my name isly had these incidents where they were public meltdowns. we point out in our reporting that those tended to follow cases where she tried to get access to her kids in a tough, difficult custody dispute. that would probably apply a lot of pressure to just about anyone. many close people to that situation in retrospect think she was suffering from post-partum depression. but one thing that comes across loud and clear is in addition to whatever intentions that were driven by her best interests that her family might have had in mind at that point, this was also a family that was warring
over her fortune and over controlling her and her estate. and it is without a doubt the case that that has informed the longevity of this structure and the ways in which britney spears has failed to get out of it, even after repeatedly and sophisticated attempts to do so. >> i mean, it's also just so bizarre that she is paying for all of the people around her who she feels are not working in her best interests. i mean, i assume her dad is being paid by her, the lawyer who she says isn't working for her is being paid. i mean, everybody is being paid by her. >> we point out at one point the court-appointed lawyer, who she says has not adequately represented her, and a lot of people told us had her father's interests at heart he's disputed that, but he did resign in the wake of our reporting on this. she was paying him more than her
annual living costs. in addition, when her father, who she has been at war legally trying to remove from her life responded to our reporting inquiries, he was using a pr firm that charges hundreds and hundreds of dollars an hour essentially to work against her interests, and those bills were being paid out of our fortune. >> incredible. ronan farrow, thank you of that his podcast is streaming on hbo max. just ahead, breaking news involving the latest twists and turns in the investigation to the assassination of haiti's president. what some of the suspects knew and others may not have known. a live report from the capital next.
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motivation and intent were comments from colombia's police chief. he said some suspects were planning to hand the president over to manager's drug enforcement agency, or dea. he said there's no indication of direct involvment. cnn has new video from the night of the investigation which includes an american suspect giving a radio interview just after the shooting. matt rivers has the video and the details. >> reporter: just hours after haiti's president was killed, this video live streamed by a local journalist shows some of the men accused of killing him. here you can see of the two mercenary that's were part of the hit squad. the first man is holding a rifle that signals for the journalist to stop. a second stands up, rifle glinting in the sun. they tell him to stop recording. at this point the haitian security forces tracked them. at the bottom, a roadblock. then the lookouts with the
majority of the suspects holes up in this building. moving up the street and past the vehicles, the suspects had abandoned on the road, the camera reaches that building. as it pans, you can see two things. several black clad mercenaries and this man. one of the two haitian americans accused of taking part in the crime. at this moment, he's actually giving a live interview to haiti radio mega, saying they didn't kill the president. someone died but he didn't do it, he says. people inside the president's house started to shoot at us and we fired back to defend ourselves. vincent then says most of the group believed they were going to arrest the president. not kill him. the journalist who filmed them who didn't want to show his face said the group didn't seem to have a plan. he says they knew they were in a tough position and knew the president was dead. they were confused. not sure whether to turn themselves in or fight.
ultimately, some chose to fight and a fierce shoot-out with police left at least three colombians dead. the easiest way to tell who actually killed the president would be to see the footage from cctv cameras inside the presidential residence. a source tell us captured most of what happened. authorities had refused to release it or describe its contents. >> we know that there is cctv footage from the presidential residence the night of the assassination. why not release that footage to the public? would that not answer so many o outstanding questions about who did this? >> so we cannot reveal to the public anything, any information, until -- the investigators allow us to do so. >> now hive from port-au-prince in haiti. so are authorities any closer to determining an actual motive?
>> reporter: well, you heard us ask that question to the police chief. he's clearly trying to avoid answering that question. either authorities don't actually know what the motive is or they don't want to tell the members of the public, the press, what they have learned so far. we have learned a lot in the past few days about who these suspects are, who allegedly financed they will, organized them, brought them to the island, even supplied some of the arms to the people. in terms of the reason, the clear reason why haiti's president was assassinated, we just don't know that yet. >> we mentioned about the dea. can you explain that? >> reporter: there's still a ton of questions around that, too. so it was a press conference given by colombian authorities earlier today in which they said part of the goal here for some of these alleged colombian mercenaries was to arrest the president of haiti and then, quote, put him on display for the d.e.a. exactly what does that mean?
we don't know. they didn't expand on that. they did not give any evidence to support that allegation. the d.e.a. declined to comment on this case so it is just one more mystery that we don't have an answer to. >> matt rivers, thank you very much. just ahead, amazon founder matt bezos set to be heading into space. with cutting-edge tech, world-class interiors, and peerless design... their only competition is each other. the incomparable mercedes-benz suvs. extraordinary runs in the family. visit your local mercedes-benz dealer today for exceptional lease and financing offers.
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