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hello everyone. i'm kate bolduan. here is what we're watching at this hour. summer surge. cases and hospitalizations rising every day as vaccination rates stall in the united states. how can america turn it around? president town hall, president biden talks to cnn tonight about his agenda and the challenges ahead, six months after being sworn in. rude awakening in tokyo. the summer games begin among growing pandemic fears and a big upset for team usa right out of the gate. thank you for being here. we begin at this hour with the devastating toll that the
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pandemic is having on america. the considdc is reporting that expectancy in the u.s. fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest decline since world war ii. the decrease is much worse for black and hispanic americans. the cdc says the big drop is due mainly to the coronavirus and there are more signs that things are heading in the wrong direction. new cases are surging due to the delta variant now averaging around 35,000 new infections reported each day. ha is more than triple the case count that we were seeing around fourth of july. hospitalizations rising significantly again, up more than 50% in the past two weeks. let's begin with cnn's elizabeth cohen for perspective on this dramatic drop in life expectancy that's being reported. elizabeth, what more did the cdc find? >> kate, you really don't think of just one disease, one
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outbreak as affecting life expectancy. that's exactly what happened with covid. let's take a look at the numbers from the cdc. what the numbers show is the drop from 2019 to 2020 was not evenly distributed across the united states. for hispanic americans, that drop was three years. hispanic americans lost three years of life expectancy from 2019 to 2020. black americans about the same, 2.9. white americans, 1.2 years. all of this is bad, but you can see how disproportionately affected people of color were. what's interesting is we might think this is inevitable, the entire world suffered in this way. no. the united states suffered more than other industrialized high-income countries. if you take a look at these lines, the top line is countries like uk and france. they did not have the same kind of drop we did. for the lower line, the white
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one, that's the united states. that drop is so dramatic and, again, did not happen around the world. for example in europe, life expectancy is like 81-ish, in the united states 77. again, covid is a main reason. >> elizabeth, thank you for that reporting. more than 91 million americans now live in counties in the united states with high coronavirus infections. that's more than a quarter of the u.s. population. the cdc now says that the delta variant makes up the overwhelming majority of new cases, and one out of every five cases coming in right now is coming out of florida. cnn's leyla santiago is live in miami with more on this. leyla, you've been talking to doctors at the biggest hospital there. what are they telling you? >> reporter: kate, they're hoping that what they're seeing now is not a repeat of what we saw last year. here at the jackson health
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system they've updated their covid-19 threat level to high. lengt let's look at the numbers. the state of florida in general is leading the nation in the number of new cases, nearly 85,000 just this month alone. and then let's take a look at the deaths. florida is also leading the nation where you have about -- just above 600. so you see my point here. when it comes to the state of florida, those graphics that we're showing you, you're seeing the same thing, seeing that line continue to go up in just the last few weeks. here at jackson health system, they tell me that of those patients that they're treating, 90% of them are unvaccinated. when you go to the icu, 95% of the patients are unvaccinated. but those are the numbers. if that doesn't make the point to you, talk to the people. i spoke to one epidemiologist in jacksonville where the cases are
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seeing quite a bit of a rise. he said he wanted lawmakers to know they need to start doubling down on vaccinations. quit with the disinformation on social media because he believes the health system here in florida is starting to see a breaking point. when you talk to the governor this week, he said vaccines are the way to go. his office is encouraging, but here is how he explains the rise in cases. listen. >> these things have a pattern. we saw the pattern last summer. it's similar. i think it started a little later, so people should just be prepared for that. >> what do you say to someone who makes the argument that these fluctuations are exactly what we saw last year? >> i'd say that's not based on the evidence. right now we know the fluctuation we're seeing right now is based on this delta variant which didn't exist previously. >> that delta variant, kate, a very big talking point for
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health care workers right now, talking about how highly contagious it is. i can't stop thinking about a woman i spoke to in the hospital, from the hospital bed with regret as a covid-19 patient, encouraging everyone saying you don't want this, get vaccinated, she told us. >> leyla, thank you for staying on top of it. joining me is dr. jeannie morass sew, division of infectious diseases at the university of alabama birmingham. thank you for being here. as my dleecolleague just laid o how bad it is in florida, it's bad where you are, too. alabama's weekly positivity has nearly tripled in the past month and hospitalizations have doubled in that same time and alabama still has the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated people in the country. from your perspective, what is it going to take to turn this around where you are?
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>> you summarized it really well. in fact, just today we became the state with the largest percentage increase in cases of all 50 states and the lowest percentage of vaccinations. so our daily case number right now just hit over a thousand. that's an increase over the last 14 days of over 730%. our vaccination rate in the population as a whole is only 34%. so we are literally at the beginning of a wildfire. we are not seeing exactly what florida is seeing on this day, but i guarantee you that, if we talk again on thursday or friday or saturday or monday of next week, we are almost certainly going to be in the same situation. it's a really, really difficult challenge. how do we change it? we have to get on the same page scientifically. and in terms of recognizing that, if we don't get young people vaccinated, we're all going to be at risk for a really awful fall ahead.
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we don't want to repeat what we did last year. >> i think describing as a wildfire is the perfect way to describe it because it can be controlled. the control is vaccines. the controls in some regard can be masks, but if not controlled, it will burn out of control and get worse and worse and just spread devastation, doctor. more than 99% of all deaths from covid right now are among the unvaccinated. for me, i keep saying, that's the only number that i think people need to hear that i would think people would need to hear to scare them straight. why isn't that enough? >> i agree with you, and i think -- one thing i want to emphasize is that this is a very dynamic situation. we were not in this place two weeks ago, right? >> right. it's changing really fast. >> it's changing really fast. so do we follow how many of those deaths are in unvaccinated
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people who are 45, who are 50, who are 25, who are 30? we don't have a good handle on that yet. we do know in our icus we're seeing younger people intubated who are very sick or who are on the floors and are very sick. that should be a gigantic wake-up call. i think as we get those stories and those data out there, i'm desperately hoping that younger people will say i've got to do my part, not only to protect myself, but protect everybody else with this wildfire raging out of control. those are the stories i think we really need to get out there. >> what do we need to start preparing for? if this is just the way it's going to be, people not listening, people don't get the shot and more than half the country remains unvaccinated? >> i would say a couple of things really need to happen. first of all, there are some people who are still hesitant because the fda has not fully licensed the vaccines. many of us are frustrated with
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that. we don't understand what's going on. i'm sure they have a good reason. they're very careful, but i think that would tip some people over the edge. it would also make it easier for employers, especially health care employers to say you really can't take care of patients unless you get this vaccine because we care about patients and we care about our staff. i think that's very important. the other thing is, remember, even if you don't get really sick with the virus, many people suffer long-term consequences. i've talked to a number of athletes who continue to have dysfunction in their performance characteristics. they don't have the energy. they also can have trouble with smell and taste. you really don't want that when you're 35. you don't want it at at any time, but especially not a young person trying to perform at peak capacity and enjoy your life. so many reasons to get this virus. i beg people to consider the safety record of the vaccines, which are great, honestly, and the immense benefit you would do
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to society, yourself, your family and your community. >> even if it is selfish, this is an immense benefit to you. even if you don't care about anybody else, i keep saying. doctor, thank you for coming on. >> my pleasure, thanks. as the doctor was laying out the wildfire of the coronavirus, there's also the burning wildfires right now. another big story we're following, burning out of control in the western united states. the fires fueled by the extreme heat and extreme drought out west have burned more than a million acres. thousands of people have had to evacuate. the smoke and haze from the fires has reached all the way to new york city which you can see in this video. believe me, you can el foo it when you're outside. cnn's dan simon is live in nevada with much more on this. dan, what are you seeing there today? >> reporter: we can definitely feel the smoke here. this fire, the tamarac fire has been a stubborn one. this broke out on the fourth of july burning near the c./nevada
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border. it was sparked by lightning and remained relatively small until this past weekend when it exploded. it went from 500 acres to 40,000 acres. we saw helicopters making water drops and they were barely making a dent. now, fortunately the property loss has been fairly limited. you have a number of communities forced to evacuate. we caught up with a few residents yesterday as they were allowed to go visit their homes with an escort to grab some essentials. take a look. >> just hoping to see our house still standing. i know they say it's okay, but i want to see it for myself. it's scary. >> the deputy just told us our house is still standing. we just want to check it all out. >> reporter: about 83 fires burning across the country, mostly in the western united states, raging across 13 states. the biggest is the bootleg fire in oregon. it's now burned the size of los
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angeles. kate. >> dan, thank you very much for your reporting. coming up, the olympic games under way. team usa facing a stunning defeat. president biden talks to cnn about his agenda and accomplishments tonight. he'll face tough questions for sure about the challenges ahead and how he's doing six months into his presidency. we'll discuss. new crest pro-health complete protection kills 99% of bacteria. plus, it works around... ...and around... ...and around the clock. crest pro-health complete protection gives you 24-hour protection. crest. the #1 toothpaste brand in america.
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we're just hours away from president biden taking part in a cnn town hall. the president hitting a critical point, a pandemic hitting, domestic agenda up against the ropes. a country no more united than the day he took office. cnn's jeff zeleny joining me from the site of tonight's town hall. what are people telling you ahead of the president's visit? >> reporter: there's no question that supporters of president biden are happy with the beginning of his presidency. they're watching with anticipation of what his government has delivered so far, but also wondering if that will continue. one key example we hear again and again is infrastructure. not coincidentally that key vote is happening on capitol hill as president biden will be flying here to cincinnati. will that bipartisan deal happen or delayed even more? the voters we spoke to are willing to give the president some time and still optimistic about what he can accomplish.
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>> i think they heard from the election that, hey, we don't have time to play around. we've got to move and the people want action. >> reporter: alicia reese is sizing up president biden's first six months in office. >> i'm not saying the administration is perfect. we have other things to work on. voting rights has got to get done, criminal justice, the george floyd bill has to get moving. >> reporter: here in cincinnati, early promises from the biden administration like economic relief from the pandemic have been delivered and other pledges like improving infrastructure is teetering. >> if we keep the them of delivering for the american people, i think we'll be okay. but if we get to the old days of washington bickering back and forth while the american people watch it and say, hey, they're totally disconnected from us, then we'll be going back worse. >> reece is the vice president of the board of county
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commissioners. one face of america's failing infrastructure has long been right here, the brent spence bridge which crosses the ohio river on one of the busiest trucking routes in the country. >> if the infrastructure bill does not go through, how much of a disappointment will that be? >> a big disappointment because we heard over and over that infrastructure is important and the brent spence bridge is so important. >> reporter: six months after taking office, biden has entered the long, hard days of summer. >> so much more to do. >> reporter: a critical stretch on which the success of his presidency will rise or fall, amid a covid resurgence, inflation worries and complex foreign policy challenges. cincinnati and hamilton county are beginning to spin therapies of the american rescue plan that biden signed into law in march. the city is receiving $280 million and the county $159
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million. >> it's good to see business is picking up. >> reporter: alan flurry voted for biden is so far is generally pleased with his new president. >> a president that is working with others, consulting with others. i feel like he has more strategic direction, less shooting from the hip. >> reporter: biden admirers point to his character and kindness as a welcome respite. >> i think he advocates justice and equality for all people. so far he's doing really good. >> reporter: but in a country deeply divided, other biden supporters want him to use the power of the oval office while he has it. >> i'm not running out of patience. it's a tough job. i know he's got a tough job. i think there are things he can do to be more forceful. >> reporter: joe mallory is president of the cincinnati naacp. he's waiting for biden to speak more forcefully on voting rights by eliminating the filibuster and police reform.
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>> he has a lot of room for improvement. this is just the beginning part of his term, but we're still going to be pressing for more. >> so with all of these challenges mounting, the west wing clearly knows that time is of the essence. there's a sense of urgency running through the west wing. kate, even though only six months are gone of the president's first term, they know the clock is running. new presidents have to do the bulk of what they intend to do during the first year. there is still a sense among democrats, they want to see the president act even bolder. of course, he has much on his plate, kate. >> jeff, the folks you talked to, they seem to be a pretty healthy level of patience and are being pretty patient. any sense from them how long that patience lasts before biden starts facing more public push more, i don't know, trouble? >> that is the big question
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here. you can tell by talking to these democratic voters, we should point out, that there is a sense that they want the president to do more on voting rights, on police reform, on other matters like that, not just work on a bipartisan sfrskt plan or a democrats-only plan. that is the challenge. so far the white house has been successful keeping democrats unified. that's going to be put to the test in the next coming weeks on the american jobs plan and the american families plan. how patient will these democrats be? so far they are, but that will expire at some point. >> at some point. one thing people wanted from joe biden coming in to office was to bring the country together, to find some bipartisanship. that's what a large proportion of the electorate wanted in electing joe biden. six months in, do you sense from these democratic voters, democratic supporters, do you sense they're still looking for that. if you look at his agenda, it's
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stalling. >> they know it's a tall order. i asked virtually everyone we talked to about the idea of unifying the country. they don't put the onus on president biden for that. really to a person, the president said he's doing what he can do. things have changed dramatically. no one inside the white house would have expected that former president donald trump would have loomed as large as he has over the last several months and the big lie would have exploded like it did. the big job of unifying the country is perhaps an unachievable task. president biden won cincinnati and hamilton county. he lost ohio. his travels, if you look at them, he wants to travel to red parts of america to show the public he's in more of a middle lane here, trying to work with everyone. we'll get a sense of how possible that is with the infrastructure bill this afternoon. for now at least, six months in, they're trying to keep the image
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of bipartisanship, kate. >> jeff, thank you so much. be sure to watch the live presidential town hall with president biden tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. coming up still for us, senate democrats have set up for a vote today that is turning into something of a showdown, something they all actually agree on which jeff and i agree on. the latest mess on capitol hill is next. re. seriously? one up the power of liquid, one up the toughest stains. any further questions? uh uh! one up the power of liquid with tide pods ultra oxi. front desk. yes, hello... i'm so... please hold. ♪ i got you. ♪ all by yourself. ♪ go with us and get millions of flexible booking options. expedia. it matters who you travel with. ♪ - [announcer] introducing the grubhub guarantee, our promise to deliver your order on time within the delivery window
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simon kim from "the washington post." lauren, what is happening with this vote today and this infrastructure deal? >> kate, is it helping or hurting? it depends on who you ask on capitol hill. democrats are arguing this is a procedural vote to get people talking. this is just to get onto the discussion. republicans, meanwhile, are arguing this is tough because essentially what schumer is asking them to do is take a vote to begin debate on something that does not exist yet. meanwhile, that bipartisan group worked late into the night yesterday evening trying to find consensus on some of the remaining sticking points, including how much money to spend on highway funding versus public transportation. they're also asking how to finance their proposal. aides tell us they're very close, kate, to getting that agreement. they're not going to be ready today before the vote.
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republicans are vowing they're going to block the vote today. majority leader chuck schumer said just a few moments ago, he's likely to bring this back up again, and, again, given the fact he knows republicans may block it, he's willing to give the bipartisan group a little more time to try. it's a mess. i think that's a fair way to chris rise this. >> simon, how to pay for this deal has been the problem throughout, or at least that's been the outwardly described problem throughout, right? the white house said today it supports this move, in moving ahead with the vote that schumer is moving ahead with. i'm wondering here what is the role that the white house is playing behind the scenes to really get this done since they say they care so much about it? >> reporter: well, well, this is president biden's top issue. his aides have been living on
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capitol hill to negotiate into the night with a bipartisan group of senators on this agreement. it's that important to president biden. kate bedingfield said on cnn early this morning that they are completely supportive of chuck schumer's strategy in terms of going forward and advancing this legislation, holding that key vote today. pay-fors have clearly been the problem for some time. the white house has said over and over that they are receptive as long as it doesn't cross that red line of raising taxes for americans who make $400,000 or less per year. they're open to ideas from democrats and republicans. the problem fundamentally has been when one side rules out increasing taxes and another rules out increasing user fees, for example, for electric vehicles, you're not left with a lot of options. you have senators and white house officials flipping over the proverbial couch cushions, if you will, to try to find the money. >> those are messy couch
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cushions. you do not want to see under there. lauren, you also have some new reporting on how republicans are planning to approach the select committee set up to investigate the january 6th insurrection. what are you learning about this? >> well, remember, these republicans were just named a couple days ago. house speaker nancy pelosi still hasn't said if she'll give the final approval. she has veto power over then. we expect other the weekend or early next week, they'll hold a strategy session to get a sentence on what their line of questioning shouk to the police officers next week. they have this difficult task of trying to balance between making sure and standing up for the former president, but also not being dismissive to those officers who are coming to testify. that's one of their challenges. we also know they're trying to muddy the water surrounding how and why the capitol wasn't secure, trying to blame the house speaker. democrats are arguing that is not at all the speaker's job. they're saying that's really not a strategy that's going to work.
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i think that's what republicans are eyeing right now, kate. >> bringing it all together seung min, this gets to this incredibly tight window that biden and most presidents have to push through the agenda at the beginning of their presidency. he's close to hitting a point, biden, when congress isn't going to be able -- pulling back the curtain, they always have time to get something done if they want to. there's this sense that they hit this imaginary deadline where they can't get anything big done, because now they've got to focus on re-election. >> the first year of almost any presidency is focused on his legislative agenda and trying to get that through congress. that's a window that typically presidents have. you're dealing with the first midterms of the president's year. at that point, congress and the white house will be legislating by crisis. the things that has to get done, raising the debt limit --
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>> i don't know, seung min. >> that's another headache today. on these ambitious pieces of legislation that can really mark a presidency, the first year is that window, and the white house and democrats in congress really recognize that particularly with narrow majority in congress. that's why they're trying to move forward as fast as they can, get as much done, particularly before the august recess and beyond. >> let us see. it's good to see you both. thank you very much. this just in to cnn. the chairman of the joint chiefs, general mark millie set to take questions from reporters since the new book revealed his fears that president trump might attempt a coup if he lost the election. cnn's barbara starr is standing by. barbara, there are an endless list of questions that mark
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millie is likely to face here. >> an endless list of questions for both leaders, kate. the two have not come out in a joint press conference since may. it is very traditional for the defense secretary as the top civilian leader to be joined by the chairman of the joint chiefs in these occasional press conferences. they will both likely face plenty of questions. general millie will walk into the pentagon briefing room with the secretary at 1:30 east coast time, knowing he'll face questions ability all these reports and recent books about his views about the last days and weeks of the trump administration. what we don't know is if general millie will answer any of those questions. he's been very reluctant to publicly speak about president trump. he will be in complete control, of course, of his message and what he wants to say and how far he wants to go. but at this hour, we simply don't know. and plenty of genuine questions from both of them, covid,
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right now, first lady jill biden is on her way to japan, on her first trip abroad, leading the u.s. delegation to tokyo for the opening ceremony of the olympic games on friday. competition is already under way. the u.s. women's soccer team suffered a stunning defeat in the opening match. selina wang has been following all of us. what happened with u.s. women's soccer? >> reporter: kate, just a devastating start for the u.s. women's soccer team. they waited five years after rio to find another chance to win gold, and now they're just reeling from another stunning defeat, losing 3-0, sweden beating them majorly.
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now it's just not the olympics that anybody had been expecting. for these players, they're not facing the normal roaring crowds, fans from around the world in the opening match for the olympic games. they were met with empty stadiums, silence, no fans. that certainly does have an impact. in better news, kate, softball kicked off in fukushima prefecture. u.s. beat italy. japan, the host nation also winning in the softball match. this is as the mood on the ground is not what you would expect in the days leading up to the opening ceremony. people are nervous about the covid-19 cases. tokyo under a state of emergency. alcohol is banned from being served in restaurants. tokyo just reported the highest number of daily covid-19 cases in six months. the m mood here is not the olympic spirit of excitement. also news of another
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american athlete testing positive for covid. what are you learning about that? >> reporter: kate, this is heartbreaking. taylor crabb adds to the growing list of athletes testing positive for covid-19. these athletes, they spent their lifetime preparing for this moment. this is their one shot. for taylor crabb and others, they're testing positive after they already get to tokyo. so they had to go through all these hoops, all these pro protocols, only to have all their dreams derailed because of the positive covid-19 test. another person who is now out of these games is dutch skateboarder, and she had a heartbreaking post on social media saying that she needs time to let her broken heart heal after learning about this positive covid-19 test and she has done everything, followed all the protocols. this is the last thing she hoped for. unfortunately, kate, as we head into the games, only likely to
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circle. a former advisor and a man who was the chairman of the trump inaugural committee tom barrack has been arrested for illegal foreign lobbying, capitalizing on barrack's status with trump to, quote, advance the interests of and provide intelligence to the uae while simultaneously failing to notify the attorney general that their actions were taken at the direction of senior uae officials. barrack is one of many people in donald trump's orbit who are facing charges or have been convicted or are under investigation. joining me is elliot williams, cnn legal analyst, former federal prosecutor and former deputy assistant attorney general. barrack was acting secretly as a foreign agent, obstructed justice and lied to the fbi, according to the indictment. what kind of trouble is he facing? >> pretty serious trouble.
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it's not illegal to lobby on behalf of a foreign entity. think about companies like toyota, samsung, they have a presence in the united states. acting as an agent on behalf of a foreign government, that's a big problem if you don't disclose that to the justice department. you can think of obvious reasons why that's the case. when people are acting at the behest of foreign leaders, you start bumping up against the question of espionage. what might be dismissed by some as a, quote, unquote, process crime for failing to notify the government of these contacts is a quite serious offense. then he compounds it by allegedly lying to the fbi. this is very serious conduct, striking at foreign policy and international security interests. >> this investigation, it seems, has been going on for years. it's about what he did around the 2016 election campaign.
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one of the guys involved was interviewed in april of 2018. he subsequently fled the country days after that. barrack was interviewed in june of 2019. does it seem like this took a long time? >> no. that's how long cases take to percolate. these interviews that went back to 2016, they were establishing a pattern of conduct that went back that far. if you read the indictment, it is a master class in laying out the carelessness of some defendants in engaging in unlawful activity but number two laying out a pretty clear case and through text messages and e-mails going back to, number one, the trump campaign, number two, the trump inaugural committee and events around that and barrack attempted -- they
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had a special phone with encrypted software on it purely for the purpose of engaging in this kind of conversation. >> a representative for tom barrack told cnn the following. mr. barrack is not guilty and will be pleading not guilty. what questions would you have about all this now? >> this is what i think the fbi did when interviewing him, go through every single one of those e-mails and text messages identified in the indictment. for instance, when you said to uae officials, i'm hitting one for the home team here after you had given a press interview at the direction of the uae government, were you acting at their direction or did you not send that? go through the dozens of messages there. they clearly confronted him on a number of interviews in 2019.
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that's why they seem to have evidence that he's lying. there are many, many questions. again, it just speaks to this broader question of when people are acting at the direction of a foreign government, they ought to notify our government >> when you had that graphic up on the screen of how many people are under investigation, have faced charges, have been charged, have been convicted all in the trump inner circle, it's really astounding and continues to grow. there's a lot more to be learned. thank you so much. >> thanks, kate. "inside politics" starts after a quick break. ♪ ♪ ♪ born to be wild ♪ see disney's jungle cruise. applebee's and a movie, now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood.
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