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of the national institutes of health. welcome to our viewers in united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim aacosta. you're in "the situation room." president biden will take part in exclusive town hall. we go to cnn congressional correspondent lauren fox covering the republican exodus from the january 6th committee. tell us what happened. >> reporter: there's been a quick succession of events up here on capitol hill today. we always knew the house speaker nancy pelosi had the ability to block key republicans who kevin mccarthy selected for the select committee. today she made the decision that's exactly what she was going to do. she argued in statement earlier today that there were two members jim jordan and jim banks
who she said were not adequate picks for the select committee. as a result, kevin mccarthy said he wasn't going to seat a single one of his picks. the select committee is ultimately not going to have bipartisan support from mccarthy and pelosi instead. here is what mccarthy was threatening. >> we think it's too important that those two questions why were we ill prepared. why did they know on december 14th. why would they jeopardize the lives of the capitol police? we will write our own investigation. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi already asked liz cheney, a republican member who was a former member of gop leadership a couple of months ago to serve with her democratic members on this committee. there is one republican and she said today that she was standing by the speaker's decision not the seat jim banks and jim
jordan. >> i think that any person who would be third in line to the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the constitution and a commitment to the rule of law and minority leader mccarthy has not done that. at every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the american people from understanding what happened. to block this investigation. today, the speaker objected to two republican members. she accepted three others. she objected to two. one of whom may well be a material witness to events that led to that day, that led to january 6th. the other, who disqualified himself by his comments over the last 24 hours demonstrating he is not taking this seriously. he is not dealing with facts of this investigation but rather viewed it as a political platform. this i vest gags must go
forward. the idea anybody would be playing politics with an attack on the united states capitol, i'm dedicated to make you are sure this investigation holds those accountable who did this and ensures it never happens again. the american people deserve that and that is what we're going to do. >> reporter: so much has shifted today. one thing hasn't. next week we are going to have that first hearing of the select committee where they will hear from capitol hill police officers and plmetropolitan pole officers about what they encountered as the mob was storming the capitol on january 6th. that is not going to change according to sources cnn is talking to tonight. jim. >> all right. lauren fox, thanks and standby. we'll be back to you in a moment. now to president biden and his reaction to the new turmoil surrounding the january 6th investigation. jeff is back with us in cincinnati, ohio at the site of cnn's exclusive town hall. as we stand by for the town hall
less than two hours, what are you hearing from the white house about republicans quitting this committee? >> reporter: jim, we know the white house supports the actions of speaker nancy pelosi. jen psaki in a briefing as she was flying here says the president does support the decisions today. the reality is, the white house is never really wanted to get involved in this. they did support independent commission to investigate. the white house decided to not investigation on its own. they do say for the matter of history for the sake of history it's important to get to the root causes of all this. president biden right now is touring a union facility, training center here in cincinnati. that's one sign the white house clearly wants to keep focus of this trip to ohio on the economy. president biden arriving in cincinnati tonight for a c nrks nn town hall meeting as the white house trying to sell its
domestic agenda. >> nothing america is unable to do. >> reporter: in congress, both sides are far from together. that divide was on full display again today as senate republicans voting against the bipartisan infrastructure plan in a key test vote. >> who is playing raising quest about whether a deal can still be reached. it's complicated in its own right. >> we all want the same thing here. to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill. in order to finish the bill, we first need to start. >> reporter: at the six month mark of biden's presidency, the list of summer challenges facing the administration is daunting. covid cases are spiking with the delta variant. inflation is up. border crossings are rising. the taliban is take over afghanistan and the signature piece of the domestic agenda, the jobs and infrastructure plan is teetering. white house officials concede the coming weeks hold the cards to the future of the president's agenda before the midterm elections consume washington and
make deals even harder to reach. a senior biden adviser telling cnn the clock is running. we all know that. the president knows that. biden will appear on stage tonight taking questions from ohio voters on those topics and more. here in cincinnati, infrastructure is a critical issue. the bridge which crosses the ohio river on one of the busiest trucking routes has long been labeled functionally obsolete. it's unfilled promise of the obama and trump administrations. biden hopes not to fall short. >> i think we're on the verge of me being able to get something done. rebuilding roads and bridges. >> reporter: protecting voting rights by e limliminating the se infrastructure. >> i would hope this administration would put their weight because it is the foundation of who we are. this is what makes us america. >> reporter: so far biden is largely kept democrats united
behind him in face of stiff republican opposition. the white house selected ohio, a state biden lost, to show he's making his case to a far bigger cross section of the country. >> reporter: the infrastructure plan clearly is at the heart of the white house effort to get a big legislative package through. a few momentus ago, president biden was asked a question about his view of that infrastructure plan. >> yes. we will. >> reporter: yes we will. those three short words expressing the optimism we're hearing from white house officials. they believe there's good will among the senate republicans who are negotiating with democrats on at least one-half of this infrastructure bill. the matter failed in taesest vo in the senate. that was a procedural matter.
look for this to work out in doming days. if not, democrats will try going it alone. all of this is adding to the long list of challenges for the biden white house in this hot summer. >> absolutely. we'll see if they can get to yes. stay with us as we bring back cnn congressional correspondent lauren fox along with john ka kasich. let me go to you first. your reaction to the house republican leader pulling off of his choices and congresswoman liz cheney calling him out. what did you make of that? >> i don't think nancy should have done that. speaker pelosi shouldn't have done that. you're going to have somebody on that committee, the guy has been a denier and we know all that. i'm afraid it's more entangled. what i would have done is lever them on there. there's a couple of good people that mccarthy appointed who would be fair minded. let nfacts speak for themselves.
you'll have some disruption for a member or two. that could have been overcome. i'm just concerned it may have spoiled the way this committee will be treated. it's important we have this committee. we should have had the bipartisan investigation without the congress having to do this in this manner. shame on republicans for not going along with that. i just think in this case, it may have been better to leave well enough alone. >> lauren, was it a surprise, do you think, that house speaker pelosi would reject some of these choices who voted to reject the 2020 election results. their strategy seems to be blaming her for the violence on january 6th. >> reporter: she always had the option of rejecting these choices but yesterday she said how people voted on whether or not to certify the results of the election was not going to be a factor in whether or not she decided they should serve on the committee.
initially, that struck me as potentially her setting the table that these members would get through. i think one of the factors that played into this, according to democratic sources i've been talking to today is the fact that jim banks, right after being named as the top republican on this committee sent out a pretty fiery statement saying the only reason this had been created was to malign conservatives. i think that struck a lot of rank and file democrats as inappropriate. there's also the relationship between jim jordan and former president trump donald trump. democrats have argued that perhaps jim jordan should testify before the select committee. there were factors independent of whether or not someone voted to certify the election or not that really weighed in on the speaker's decision making properties here. >> jeff, democrats want to set the record straight on january 6th, but if republicans refuse to cooperate, won't a large part of the country reject the results of the investigation right after the bat?
>> reporter: there's no question the well has been poisoned. so much more we have learned since largely through all these videotapes released by fbi and others. a big part of the trump base simply does not believe what happened. i do still think this congressional committee does have the ability to get to the bottom of some of this. i think we're now talking necessarily about changing minds or informing base voters but there is still for the sake of history, getting to the bottom and having witnessing testify and those police officers testify. it will put this all into one place. put this all into one chronological book of what happened that day. it's not add good as the anything else commission. we're already almost at the end of july here. there's real questions why this couldn't have already been under way. still, you're not going to change the minds of some
americans but for the sake of history, that is why there's still a big sense of spoth among many that some type of inquiry should move forward. >> governor kasich, president biden was set a -- >> that was really well put. really well put. they should proceed forward. it's shame that we can't seem to take one step forward without taking three steps back and shame on those members for coming out and making those statements that were frankly, they bordered on inflammatory. i agree with that. >> well, let me follow up on what happened on infrastructure, governor. the president was dealt a setback on that infrastructure plan earlier today. he's facing a covid resurgence, a disaster in afghanistan. you ran for president. how do you think president biden will address all of these challenges? these are historic challenges facing any president. >> right. ping on covid, the answer on
covid fundamentally is neighbor to neighbor, family member to family member. there are limits to what the president can do. if you take a look across the board, young people think they won't get very sick. it's got to be family member. when you look at the minority communities, a lot of fear about the way african-americans have been treated in the past. that has to be churches. that has to be family members, neighbors. when it comes to those that live in rural communities, they live there for reason. they don't want to listen to anybody else. they want to be independent and that is going to go through organizations like the farm bureau, neighbor to neighbor again to solve that. let's not put that all on the president. on infrastructure, i hop we're going to get a deal. speaking of the bridge, the reason why p we haven't had it fixed is because the people, the legislatures in kentucky played politics and didn't want to vote. you use the bridge, you pay for it. we did in in ohio. it's what we suggested and passed in ohio. they didn't do it in kentucky.
it's really ridiculous. i hop we're going to get infrastructure package. i think it will be good. when it comes to the three and a half trillion dollar bill out, i hope they don't try to jam that through because that will be purely partisan and i'm not sure they can accomplish that. >> lauren, i think governor kasich raises a good point. it is complicated to get any of these agenda items through. when you look at biden agenda on issue after issue, the agenda is stuck on capitol hill. governor kasich was just talk about infrastructure and bridges. that used to be one of the -- the one issue that just about every member of congress could agree onto pass. efb wants bridges and roads and that kind of infrastructure in their district or state and even that is having trouble getting across the finish line. >> reporter: i think a really telling sign is the fact it was almost a month ago now that the president announced this
bipartisan deal with his bipartisan group of lawmakers outside the white house. they were celebrating. we still don't have actual legislation yet. we don't have bill text. they are working to figure out how to pay for this. they do not have 60 votes. they aren't going to get joe manchin to change his mind about the filibuster. that is the issue that is stuck. you have the issue of immigration that they are basically trying to push through in this broader infrastructure and social safety net bill that they will try to pass along democratic lines. i think that will be really long shot too. i think they have a lot of work to do and we are at a critical moment whether or not the president's agenda can really move past that covid relief bill they passed earlier this year. >> thanks to all of you. >> jim, i will tell you one
thin thing. i think there's a lot of signs they will get an infrastructure bill when you have romney and portman saying it. it takes time to work out these massive programs. i think there's a reason to think this could happen. i would say this is not atypical of what it is when you deal with complicated legislation. thanks for letting me have that last word. thank you. >> no problem. we'll hold you to it. you're optimistic and in a time of hyper partisanship, you need some of that. >> on that one. >> we'll see if we can build some bridges in coming days. stay with cnn for our exclusive town hall with joe biden. it begins in less than two hours. much more coming up. just ahead, a disturbing new forecast houf the delta variant will kill americans in the weeks ahead. he is standing by and you are in "the situation room." machine hitting the road this summer? not all 5g networks are created equal. t-mobile covers more interstate highway miles
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>> it's alarming. i know that we should be panicked but we should be deeply concerned. before we go to the bad stuff, if you're fully vaccinated, take a little breath here. you're still really well protected and you can do a will the of stuff you couldn't have done six months ago. for those not vaccinated, this is becoming a pandemic that has you in its sitesghts and we are seeing hospitalizations going up as much as twofold in the last two weeks and cases which, for a while, were looking like they were headed down in a lovely trajectory. now going back up again fairly steeply and the delta variant that is so contagious is contributing a lot to this. we're in for trouble as cdc projections have laid out in the coming weeks especially in those parts of the country where vaccination rates are low and
delta is widespread. that's pretty much now getting do be a lot of the country. delta is now 83% of the viral isolations in the u.s. that happened really fast. >> yeah, these were not empty warnings from health officials like yourself. we're starting to see awful cases in the hospitals across the country. starting next month in new york city, health care workers will have to get vaccinated or be tested for the coronavirus every week. do you think it's time to man date vaccines in this country. what do you think? >> part of the debate is whether, in fact, it's possible to do that for a vaccine that's approved under emergency use. if it was approved with full approval from fda which we all anticipate may be coming pretty soon in the next couple of months, then the league ability to mandate becomes a lot stronger.
i noticed indiana university, the judge stood up for them and said that's a legal thing to do and many colleges are doing that, including the one where is my two grand children will be freshmen coming up in the fall and i'm glad to see that. so straightforward here to try to keep us from having outbreaks on college camcampuses. i can see why they want to try to avoid more trouble, more sickness, more deaths. what's not to be in favor ov if we could try to prevent the kind of terrible tragedies that are happening around us including to young people that have thought they were immune but look at the statistics now. an awful lot of the people in the hospital and the icu and some of them in the morgue are well under 30 years old. >> it's so disturbing. senator rand paul, levelled some serious accusations at your organ organization, the national institute of health. i want you to listen to what he
said and drc. anthony fauci's forceful comment. >> knowing it's a crime to lie to congress, do you wish to retract your statement that you made. >> senator paul, i have never lied before the congress. i do not retract that statement. this paper that you're referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function. what was -- let me finish. >> you take an animal virus and increase transmiblts to humans that's not gain of function. >> that is correct. senator paul, you do not know what you're talking about quite frankly. i want to say that officially. you do not know what you are talking about. those viruses are molecularly impossible to result -- >> no one is saying they caused the pandemic.
>> you are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. i totally resent that. if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you. >> dr. collins, what is your response to what happened there? >> well, it's very unfortunate to have something that i think couresolved in understanding the term gain of function. this has turned into political theatrics. we have to many more important things to spend our time on now. it's a diagnosis of how polarized everything has become. that even the face of this terrible pandemic, that is taken more than 600,000 lives in this country, this kind of time is being wasted on this kind of posturing. >> i want to be clear, you do stand by what dr. fauci said in response to senator paul at this hearing, is that correct?
>> i absolutely support tony fauci in every way. i have never known him toll be anything other than completely truthful. he is a public servant that people should be thankful to. to see him attacked on political grounds is hard to watch. >> are you alarmed or concerned how much dr. fauci has been demonized out there? is this a concern to you and other people at the nih? >> i'm very concerned when i see probably the most highly respected infectious disease doctor on the planet being treated this way. having these accusations without any basis thrown at him, stirring up all kinds of nasty outreaches to him that require him now to have 24/7 security detail to protect him and his family. what has happened to us that somebody who is trying to help the public by telling the truth is turned into this kind of demonized character for
political purposes. it is unacceptable. >> it is totally unacceptable. it should be condemned. any of these attacks on dr. fauci are way outside the bounds. you and he are trying to do good work for the american people and dr. francis, we appreciate your time this evening. thank you so much. >> thank you, jim. coming up, we're about 90 minutes away from the start of cnn's exclusive town hall with president biden. also, i'll ask one of the progressive leaders in congress about the political mess surrounding the house committee investigation of the january 6th insurrection. machine plap
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. we're following two major stories here in the situation room. right now we're less than two hours from the start of the town hall with president biden. back here in washington, represent liz cheney blasted kevin mccarthy calling his rhetoric on the january 6th investigation disgraceful. he pulled three of his picks off the committee after house speaker nancy pelosi rejected two others. take a listen. >> the rhetoric around this has been disgraceful. this must be an investigation focussed on facts. the idea this has become politicized is unworthy of the office we hold and unworthy of our republic. we cannot allow those voice who is are attempting to prevent the american people from getting the truth to prevail and we will jo representative ro khanna.
house speaker nancy pelosi accepted three of mccarthy's picks for this committee. what does it tell you and how do you respond from mccarthy pulling all of them? >> it's so unfortunate. speaker pelosi has appointed a bipartisan commission with liz cheney on it. i served with representative jim jordan on the oversight committee. someone tried to take him off, i would say no. you can't have people who have said that there wasn't an insurrection be on a committee to investigate an insurrection. it's not personal. it's factual. >> we heard the minority leader trying to blame nancy pelosi for the intelligence failures, the security failures that we saw on january 6th. this appears to be a gop talking point. what's your response? >> what would make that a lot more credible if there was an investigation instead of lobbying charges that have no basis. why not have a factual inquiry
which is all speaker wants into this. she tells the story of a young girl coming by the capitol and how moved she was by that. this is not about politics. this was an attack on our democracy and attack on an const institution where she served for over 30 years. she wants a bipartisan investigation. that's what liz cheney wants. >> on a different issue, the chairman of the joint chiefs, i'm sure you saw this today. general mark milley was asked about the reporting we have seen in the trump books that he fears former president trump would attempt a coup to stay in power. let's watch how the general responded. >> i'm not going to comment but i want you know and i want every one to know, that the united states military is an apolitical institution. we were then. we are now. our oath is to constitution. not to any individual. the military did not and will not and should not ever get
involved in do mostic -- domestic domestic politics. we stayed out of politics. >> he did not respond to the allegations in those books but he came pretty close to it in making that comment that they serve the constitution of the united states. what was your response to hearing general milley say those words? >> i'm on the armed ed service committee. we don't always agree on military strategy but he cares about the constitution. i have confidence in him and our senior military leadership they are loyal to the constitution. the concerning thing is what do you do when a president violates ba basic norms and what will we do to make sure that doesn't happen again. >> very quickly, on the january 6th committee, should they try
to bring in former president trump to testify? >> yes. they should bring in every relevant person on the hearing. it should be bipartisan and factual. how can you not have the president when he was encouraging people to go into the capitol isn't a material witness. >> thank you very much. just ahead, we're counting down to cnn's exclusive town hall with president biden less than 90 minutes from now. why are some prom innocent republicans changing their tune on vavaccines? we're looking into that, next. t-mobile is the leader in 5g. t-mobile. america's largest, fastest, most reliable 5g network. you've been taking mental health meds, and your mind is finally in a better place. except now you have uncontrollable body movements called tardive dyskinesia - td. and it can seem like that's all people see. some meds for mental health can cause abnormal dopamine
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sending now? >> reporter: we're seeing a big shift in tone from right wing media encouraging people to get the vaccine. we're also hearing from republican lawmakers who are becoming even more outspoken in their message to their con stitch wents which is get the vaccine. >> if you have the chance, get the shot. >> reporter: a shift in tone in the right wing media when it comes to the covid vaccine. fox and friends talking over his co-host to encourage viewers to get vaccinated. doocy has been advocating the benefits since the winter but other fox news hosts are following suit. >> i believe in science. >> reporter: sean hannity who in january said he was beginning to have doubts about getting the shot made this plea to viewers this week. >> just like we have been saying, please take covid seriously. i can't say it enough. enough people have died. >> reporter: the ceo of the far right network news max published an op-ed saying he's been
vaccinated and writing president biden should be applauded for his administration's vaccine efforts. that shift in tone coincides with the delta vary yants tearing across the u.s. hitting conservative lee eaning states especially hard where vaccination rates are the lowest in the country. >> it's safe and effective. i wanted to show the picture to encourage medium. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers are being more outspoken to encourage people to get the shots. steve scalise announced he got first dose on sunday after seeing the covid scases rise. >> i was ready to get the vaccine. i always felt it was safe and effective. >> reporter: in his stats of louisiana la, only 30% of people are fully vaccinated an the daily case rate is three times the national average. mitch mcconnell who survived polio and advocated for people to get vaccinated did not mince words this week.
>> this is not complicated. 97% of the people who are in the hospital now for covid are unvaccinated. if there's anybody out there willing to listen, get vaccinated. >> reporter: there are still a number of republican lawmakers who did not face any public rebuke from their republican peers for pushing vaccine lies. >> now they want to talk about going door to door to take vaccines to the people. they can go door the door to take your guns and bible. >> reporter: that's the other key thing. we're not seeing that public rebuke of their fellow republican colleagues who are putting out disinformation about the vaccine. all of this happening as we're hearing from the capitol attending physician here on the hill saying that the delta variant has been detected. asking anyone who hasn't been vaccinated to get the vaccine. all of that unfolding as we know some republican members either aren't sharing their vaccination
status or haven't been vaccinated. jim. >> it's important to get those vaccines. they do work. thank you very much for that. stay with us. we're just a little over an hour away from tonight's exclusive cnn town hall with president biden. next, legal trouble for another prominent associate of former president trump. this makes 11 who face criminal charges. what does it mean for trump himself? ear of cream cheese. the recipe we invented over 145 years ago and me...the world's best, and possibly only, schmelier. philadelphia. schmear perfection. no ink! ugh! i need you to print, i need you. please don't do this, i love you so much, i hate you! you think you're empty? i'm empty. do you suffer from cartridge conniptions? ugh! be conniption-free, thanks to the cartridge-free epson ecotank printer. a ridiculous amount of ink! up to 2 years of ink comes in the box. the ecotank is the perfect cure for... i'm sorry, i didn't mean any of that. i meant it! you're mocking me!
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associates facing criminal charges. we're now at 11. let's bring in cnn justice correspondent evan perez. what's the latest? this is still evolving. >> it is evolving. one of the big questions people have is will tom barrack flip? does he have something to give to prosecutors? at this point he and his team, his lawyers are saying no chance. they say they will fight these charges. they say that there's no chance he is going to cooperate with prosecutors. i got to tell you reading the pages of this indictment, it's pretty clear that prosecutors weren't expecting him to. they especially because multi bd has a lot of money to fight these charges. the justice department knows they're going to have a tough
fight if and when this goes to trial and so, you know, it's clear they believe they had to work on this case before they could bring it to the court in brooklyn. >> let me ask you about the fact we've had so many trump associates in the legal system over the last several years. in terms of ranking, where does tom barrack fit in that? ahead of the inaugural committee, that's not the coffee boy. >> that's not the coffee boy. he is a person who was deeply, you know, inside trump's circle. he's known him for 40 years. he was key in helping pick some of the people around trump and ended up going to prison, and, you know, he talked to trump, as you know, he was in regular contact with trump in the early part of his presidency and this is the reason why he was being exploited essentially according to prosecutors by the amaratis as a way to get to trump and
people in the association. he ranks pretty high. >> how long have they been looking at barrack? it seems like he's been on the radar screen. >> he's been on the radar screen. the allegations go back to 2016 during the campaign but the last thing in 2019 when he's interviewed by the fbi, it's clear to us and talking to sources that the prosecutors were ready to bring this case, jim, early last year and there was some opposition from inside the brooklyn u.s. attorney's office from the u.s. attorney at the time rich donohue. we know that in the end, they ran into the election and so now, they were able to do it under the biden administration. >> interesting reporting. evan perez, we know you'll stay on top of it. appreciate it. coming up, a biden biographer will tell us what he'll be watching for tonight. it's a wishlist on wheels. a choice that requires no explanation. it's where safe and daring seamlessly intersect.
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exclusive town hall with president biden that begins in a little over an hour and joining me is evan, a staff writer for the "new yorker" and author of "joe biden, the life, the run and what matters now." evan, thanks for being withes. six months into the presidency with joe biden, the president faces a series of big challenges. covid resurging, new policy hurdles, trying to get out of afghanistan without things blowing up there. how do you expect him to address the changes in the town hall tonight? >> if you compare to four or five months ago the last time he did a town hall, we have to pass the american rescue act and try
to get things going and try to put donald trump in the rearview mirror. to some degree, he's made good on the promises. big covid relief act. republicans that voted against him in some cases are taking credit for it but you also have the delta variant beginning to storm its way back and part of the message is to appeal to people and say look, this is on us. if you want to get this over with, you can't expect the government to do it alone. you need to be part of it. >> you wrote and research about his career. what do you think he'll draw on during this pivotal moment in the presidency because i think the one thing that voters entrusted to him more than anything was defeating covid, and this resurgence of covid in the delta variant i think puts that somewhat in jeopardy, does it not? that promise and that hope that a lot of americans had for his presidency. >> that's been a signature hallmark of the presidency so far and part of his message tonight is to say if we want that, if you like being able to go see your grandparents and get your kids back into school, this
is an oall of us. this is about getting the vaccine and putting this in the rearview mirror this is a great statistic. if you go back to the administration, 71% of americans wanted to see republicans cooperate with joe biden and breakthrough the paralysis. we haven't seen that happen. what he's going to do today is say you have to put pressure on lawmakers. >> i wonder how much voting rights and the rollback on voting that you've seen in states around the country and whether or not that comes up tonight. that's a big challenge for this president because progressives want him to go harder on that issue. >> you're absolutely right. you heard him give the big speech where he said this is the responsibility of our generation to see this through and unconscionable not to work on it and indicated, didn't give a sign he would get rid of the filibuster and push for that. he knows moderates that will meet in 2022 and 2024 they are
uneasy about that. >> he'll be walking a tight rope in cincinnati, a key state for the president. thanks so much evan. thanks so much for that. cnn's exclusive town hall event with president biden begins in about an hour. don lemon hosts live from cincinnati beginning at 8:00 eastern. i'm jim acosta "the situation room." the special coverage continues now with erin burnett "ou "outfront". "outfront" next, political washington implodes and investigating the deadly insurrection after pelosi vetoes two of the picks. sandra garza, the long time partner of brian sicknick is "outfront" tonight and president biden about to address the nation on cnn when covid cases and hospitalizations are spiking again. could the republicans who have suddenly started to encourage vaccines help? new details about trump ally tom barrack. will he fight the charges or cooperate with