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that when trevor reed was released from russia, in april, there was an awful lot of media speculation and perhaps rightfully so that the white house had created a perception that a meeting or a call with the president was going to be definitive for your case being a priority, your family, your loved one's case being a priority. i think it has made it difficult for families to know what we're supposed to be doing to ensure that our cases are being handled as a priority. and if all that we're hearing is that they are a priority, that doesn't necessarily give us any information about what's going on or what's happening. i think additional communication from the white house about the specifics in each case would be very useful. >> david, i'm so sorry for what you and your family are enduring and we appreciate you talking with us about it. thank you. >> thank you for having me. "new day" continues right now. this is cnn breaking news.
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>> good morning to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. it is thursday, july 7th. i'm john berman with brianna keilar. what a moment. moments ago, boris johnson announced he's resigning as britain's prime minister. them's the breaks, he says, a defiant boris johnson, bragging about his accomplishments, his electoral mandate, but certainly not apologizing and failing or refusing to answer the biggest question, when will he actually leave? johnson says he will announce a timetable next week, but there are indications he may want to hang on for months. this only exacerbates the turmoil at the top of this key u.s. ally. >> his resignation is coming after just a raft, a litany of scandals and a flood of resignations in the last 48 hours, 60 officials quitting johnson's conservative party government, johnson and his speech not dressing those self-inflicted wounds that brought his government down in the end, leaving it as berman
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mentioned there, them's the breaks. here he was moments ago. >> it is clearly now the will of the parliamentary conservative party that there should be a new leader of that party, and therefore a new prime minister. and the last few days i tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we're delivering so much. and when we have such a vast mandate and when we're actually only a handful of points behind in the polls, even in midterm after quite a few months of pretty relentless sledging and when the economic scene is so difficult domestically and internationally. i regret not to have been successful in those arguments, and, of course, it is painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself. but as we have seen at westminster, the herd instinct is powerful. when the herd moves, it moves. and my friends, in politics, no
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one is remotely indispensable. >> nic robertson is live at 10 downing street. the speech not surprising, but going to be incredibly unsatisfying to a lot of people who watched it. >> you know, and for those members of his party, potenti potentially insulting because you heard him call it a herd and the herd moved and this began with the resignation of two senior cabinet members and is now 60 officials, senior officials within the government, ministers, cabinet ministers, have gone. is that the herd that boris johnson is referring to? if it is, then that's his party and that's -- he sees them as a herd. this can hardly be the sort of inspirational talk that the party would be looking for. it lacked that emotion. it lacked that sense that he had
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gone wrong and this was on him and it was about him and his decisions and his character and his flaws. he didn't get that. the process that he is saying is now in place, when he will be replaced by the party, can be a very long process. as many members of his party, members of parliament, who can get eight other mps to support them, then they can put their names forward to become prime minister. the way the party goes about this, if it is six, if it is a dozen, they will go through them on what is in the past has been a weekly vote to whittle it down to two final candidates. and then that goes to the whole of the conservative party's membership around the country, who will then vote by mail, over those two final candidates. so you can see what i'm laying out here is a very, very long
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process. is this what boris johnson is talking about? that he'll hang on until that process has run its course? and then he will hand over and give whatever support he can to whoever replaces him? it sounds very much like what his office was saying earlier this morning, he wants to hold on until the fall, until the conservative party conference. a lot has been left very, very unclear. not least how he has replaced, not least how the prime minister had an opportunity to apologize for his mistakes but did not. >> nic, i know it is early moments, but any reaction that you're picking up from either inside the government or the public to all of this? >> you know, there was reaction at the end of downing street. there were cheers, you know, as boris johnson was leaving, and boos for, you know, as a statement of how they feel about the prime minister, but more
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broadly around the country, what we know seven out of ten people in the country right now believe that the prime minister should go. there will be mps who are relieved, they think this will help them, this will help them win the next election, because the last two local elections they had, the conservative party lost both seats, trounced massively, losing a huge majority in one of those local elections. so there might be relief in some of the party, there is a path to getting rid of boris johnson, but across the whole country, you know, i think a lot of people, you know, are going to potentially shrug their shoulders and wait and see what happens. because this has been a government and leadership in turmoil, in crisis for some time. they heard the prime minister is going, that he was about to go for so many months now. now the day has come when he said he's going and it is still who knows how far away. i think a lot of people are
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going to be very ambivalent, if you will, about the next few weeks. they'll wait and see what happens. but no doubt the vast majority of people in this country want the prime minister gone. >> look, there is already the jockeying for who replaces him, even as he is jockeying to stick around as long as he can. nic robertson, thank you for being there for us. obviously there are immense international implications in all of this, in the short and the long-term. who was on the other end of the line for the united states when the u.s. president calls great britain? what is on the other end of the line in terms of a functioning government there? let's go right to the white house now to get the reaction from there. i think we have arlette saenz standing by. what are you hearing? >> reporter: yeah, john, those are exactly the questions facing president biden this morning as he is adapting to this new reality that one of the united states' closest allies, british prime minister boris johnson, will be stepping down from his post. now, so far the white house has not reacted to this news,
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breaking this morning. but yesterday white house press secretary karine jean-pierre simply saying that the white house is not going to weigh in on the political process of another country, but insisting that the u.s. and uk relationship remains strong. now, president biden last saw boris johnson when he was traveling in europe last week, in germany for the g7 summit. and then later the nato summit in madrid. and, of course, boris johnson has been a key and close ally for president biden, particularly when it comes to the issue of russia and ukraine. there have been areas where there has been some tensions, the two leaders have been at odds on things when it pertains to northern ireland and brexit, but when it comes down to the u.s. and uk response to russia and ukraine, the two leaders worked closely together to ensure that ukraine has the support that they need, but also trying to counter specifically
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russian president vladimir putin. but now president biden will be facing those questions about who he will be working with next, and when exactly that will be, since johnson has not laid out a specific timetable for when they expect a new leader to be in place. this is something that the white house, of course, will be watching very closely as the uk has remained a key ally to the u.s. in this administration. >> arlette saenz at the white house, keep us posted. joining us now, cnn's bianca nobilo, live for us in london. bianca, it was interesting to hear boris johnson, he said it would be eccentric to change the government when they're having such good results. and yet it doesn't really seem like there are that many people who want him to stick around besides boris johnson. >> no, i think he was definitely calling that wrong. we saw that displayed physically in the very meager show of support that he had managed to muster in downing street. there had been a callout to mps who were supportive to him and not many appeared.
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we saw his wife and 6-month-old baby. what was so striking about boris johnson's speech is it was more magnanimous than some might have expected. many people who watched him throughout the years expected him to go harder on his own legacy, and really sell himself, but that's not what we saw. one of the like lines he spoke be prime minister is an education. it made me consider whether or nose not he's absorbed this position. telling the gloomsters and doomsters to go away when he became prime minister, whether he finally absorbed the gravity of the role of prime minister. there were no jokes. there was no rhetoric. there was no bombast in this speech. this was a man as we have never seen him before, perhaps finally bowed by the circumstances that have made the politician who has always defied political gravity
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finally subject to the laws of physics. and just a point for your american viewers about who could potentially succeed boris johnson, as nic was mentioning, the candidate is finally elected by the membership of the conservative party here in the united kingdom. that number is around 200,000 people. according to the recent polls, the most popular candidate to them to succeed boris johnson and they would be the ones making that decision is the current defense secretary ben wallace. he's considered to be a figure that appeals to both sides of the conservative party here in the united kingdom. he's had many engagements with president joe biden before, disagreed with him on the withdraw from afghanistan last year, and in fact that is something where the prime minister and the foreign secretary in the united kingdom were heavily criticized for their handling, ben wallace, the defense secretary, was lauded for being in the ministry of defense, day in, day out, to extract brits from kabul and try to fix the situation. he is one of the front-runners
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and somebody to watch. something of a dark horse, but these contests are always deeply unpredictable. >> that is where it heads next. the timetable, though, so up in the air. bianca nobilo, live for us in london, thank you. we're going to be covering this so much more in the show, big day today coming out of london. so a scathing new report on the police response to the uvalde school shooting finds that lives could have been saved, if the officers took different actions. just in, a russian plane strikes snake island, a week after ukrainian military pushed the russian forces off that location. we have the details ahead. [whistling] whenen you have technology that's easier to control... that can scale a across all your clouds... we got that right? yeah, we got that. it's easier to be an innovator. so you can do more incredible things.
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they could have been saved. new developments in the uvalde elementary school massacre. according to a scathing new report on the law enforcement response, a uvalde police officer who was armed with a rifle, weapons matching that of the shooter, spotted the gunman outside the school and asked for permission from a supervisor to shoot him, that supervisor either did not hear him or responded too late. that brief hesitation allowed the gunman to get inside the building where he killed 19 students and 2 teachers. pete blair is the executive director of the advanced law enforcement rapid response training center at texas state university, the organization that wrote this report. he joined us last hour and he summed up the events of that tragic morning.
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>> these things had to line up perfectly from the exterior door of the school being unlocked to the interior door lock apparently being broken it allow access to the stalling of the officers after that initial push, all of those things had to line up to produce this. and it is rare that you see those things occur, and it is horrible that it happened in this case. >> joining me now is uvalde resident kim haymond, she filmed the video of the police response to the shooting at robb elementary, she's been a strongedstrong e advocate of the removal of pete arredondo from the city council, which he is now gone from. every report we hear is tougher and tougher. what is your reaction to this one, that there were opportunities for police to stop the gunman before he entered the school? >> the report confirms what we all feared, that they didn't
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act, so the reaction initially was there is a couple of dads very upset that the media put this out there before they knew about it. so the -- it is -- it is disheartening, it's -- these law enforcement officers are being paid, and they didn't do their job. they just didn't do their job. and they weren't willing to take a bullet for a room full of kids and teachers. so we're -- my mind is still kind of spinning over it. but that's my reaction. >> what was the most -- what is the most upsetting part to you, the part where maybe you think this really could have made the difference? >> well, we have been asking amongst ourselves why didn't they breach the room? at first we were told that it was reinforced door, it was locked, he tried a lot of keys.
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and the question came up why didn't you go to the windows in none of us are trained in alert. just average citizens. but we ran through scenarios, like, they didn't try anything. they were trained to do a lot of things and they didn't do any of them. they stood on a closing ends of a hallway, and they didn't do anything. knowing that there is kids in there dying, knowing there is kids in there screaming and crying. calling 911, and they didn't breach. they all just need to be removed. that's what the families want. i know -- i spoke to two dads yesterday about this, and they just -- they want them all removed and just start over, clean slate, start over with human beings that are willing to go into a profession that they know they may have to be shot, injured or killed, protecting a
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citizen. so that's what they want, realistically, probably not what they'll get, but ideally the city manager would place his law enforcement agency on administrative leave, the school district, superintendent, would place his department on administrative leave, the sheriff's department, the same. border patrol, the same. dps, the same. but nobody has been held accountable thus far. >> our correspondent shimon prokupecz who has been asking a lot of questions about this story from the time that it happened, he sat down with that robb elementary schoolteacher who survived the shooting but lost several students in his classroom and this is what he was told. >> i mean, they probably thought we were all dead or something. but still would have got in be
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before, some of them probably would have made it. >> that reinforces what you were saying there. what do you think hearing that? >> mr. reyes, my heart goes out to that guy. laying there for at least an hour, playing dead, he probably would have bled out, he lost 70% of his blood and had he not played dead, he may have bled out all the way. i think he remained calm. i can only imagine what he's going through, not being able to move, having that guy flick blood in his face, it just brings up a rage inside of me, that these guys that are -- they signed up to serve and protect and they didn't. they just didn't do it.
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we're going to keep pushing. >> you're going to keep pushing. and, kim, we're going to keep talking with you. we thank you for joining us this morning. thank you so much. >> thank you. ahead, former white house chief of staff mick mulvaney says members of his party see trump as, quote, damaged, because of the january 6th hearings. we'll have more of his interview with cnn. plus, the breaking news, boris johnson announced he is resigning as british prime minister. but, honestly, not going quietly just yet. still questions about how long he will remain in office. our special live coverage continues. it's time for our lowest prices of the season on the sleep number 360 smart bed. why choose proven quality sleep from sleep number? because every green thumb, 5k, and all-day dance party starts the night before. the slsleep number 360 smart bd senses your movements and automatically adadjusts to help keep you both comfortable all night and help you get almost 30 minutes more restful sleep per night. sleep number takes care of the science. all you have to do is sleep. and now, the queen sleep number 360 c2 smart bed is only $899.
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given me. and i want you to know that from now on, until the new prime minister is in place, your interests will be served and the government of the country will be carried on. >> that was boris johnson, just moments ago, announcing that he is resigning as prime minister. resigning as head of the conservative party, which will lead to his departure as prime minister. eventually. we still don't know when exactly. which is an open question. this follows a mass exodus from his government when some 60 above the officials, these are his supporters, his closest supporters, all resigned en masse amid the latest round of scandals there. joining us now, cnn political analyst maggie haberman and cnn chief national affairs analyst kasie hunt. needless to say, in washington they're watching this with more than keen interest. the united kingdom such a
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crucial ally to the united states, and this president, and the last president had to work so closely with boris johnson. what do you think the discussions are right now in the oval? >> well, john, i think stability at the end of the day is what matters in terms of our transatlantic relationship as well as our relationship with our allies, especially in the context of the many global challenges we're facing, whether it is the war in ukraine, or the recent news that we saw from the british and american home -- domestic intelligence services saying we really have to start to worry about threats from china. so, you know, anything that kind of distracts from the missions at hand, i think, potentially causes some challenges. i also think politically there is a lot of perhaps confusion in the united states about how it was finally this particular round of scandals that finally got the prime minister to step down. this is not exactly a new kind
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of state of being for boris johnson over this time. and i do think it is going to be interesting to see how it plays out once he does step down. and what that tells us about where politics are in the uk because let's be honest, sometimes it reflects, sometimes they're a little bit ahead of the trends we see here in the united states as well. >> well, that's what people are going to be looking at. maybe had is the case of the straw breaking the camel's back had it comes to boris johnson. if you're looking for comparison, and you look at former president donald trump, folks may wonder why would boris johnson's party say enough when donald trump's party will not say enough, maggie? >> well, because, brianna, these are different circumstances and different countries and different setups in terms of the party structure and in terms of who they're accountable too. the way the system works in the u.s. is all of these elected officials in the republican party, whether it is members of congress or senators, mostly
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members of congress, who feel like they need donald trump's support in order to make it through their primaries are right now hard pressed to change from that. again, i think the bigger comparison is -- it is too late for this, right, this is looking at hindsight, but why didn't you have a lot of cabinet officials working for donald trump, resign en masse, and that a question that is going to be asked of history for a very, very long time. but whether there is a broader analogy here, just think the systems are just too different. >> it is interesting. this isn't totally switching gears. it is in this vain of what happens when a party or a key officials do say enough. you interviewed former trump chief of staff mick mulvaney, and he says that republicans need to start paying attention to the testimony and the january 6th committee hearings. listen. >> what you're seeing is folks, especially in my party, looking at donald trump as damaged, and
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as something that might weigh down the party going into the midterms and into 2024. those were discussions that i don't think you would have had six or eight weeks ago before the commissioned hearings started. as a former chief of staff, i picked up on things in cassidy's testimony that really frightened me. it was the way the west wing was running. it wasn't running. it was anarchy, chaos, a clown show with folks like rudy giuliani and lynn wood and peter navarro in the oval office with all the reasonable people, the smart people seem to be sort of disengaged. >> this was part of a longer really interesting conversation you had with mull vain last night. what did you take away from that? >> it was really interesting to me. and to pick up on the first part of the remarks that you heard there, he was talking about the impact of the republicans, dyed in the wool republicans, who have been testifying before the committee, saying that he believes them, and he went on to say and this is something that i'm going to spend a lot of time
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exploring in the coming weeks talking to campaign operatives and people around potential 2024 candidates for the republican nomination who are not named trump, he suggested that the hearings have been damaging enough to potentially open the door. and frankly i would be -- i would be really interested to know what maggie is hearing, if anything, on this. he seemed to suggest that maybe ron desantis, mike pompeo, mike pence, maybe others are feeling more willing to challenge him in a republican primary scenario than they might have been otherwise. and, you know, i think that's part of mulvaney's willingness to speak out. i think it suggests this perhaps shift and i am not convinced yet it is really there. i feel like we need more evidence and more time to kind of figure this out, but clearly he feels as though there is a little bit more space for him to be speaking out the way that he is against the former president, and that is a little bit of a
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shift, john. >> you think that's right, maggie, you see that shift? >> i do see that shift, brianna. i think especially among former officials who work with trump and there is a ton more who say this privately, but that's always been the problem with the trump administration, they say things privately and not publicly. i think kasie is right, we don't know if this is going to have an impact with voters yet. it is too soon to say. we have a hearing to go on what donald trump himself was doing during this riot, and things that he was saying and things that he wasn't doing and so i think that if there is an impact with voters, that could be it. but it is just too soon to say. i do think there is a weariness on the part of a lot of republicans that is at a different point than i heard it before. >> we will see if that causes any of these other candidates to become emboldened. maggie haberman, kasie hunt, thank you to both of you. watch kasie tonight at 9:00 p.m.
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eastern. russian forces striking snake island overnight, days after the ukrainians pushed the russians out. that as we learn about a university destroyed overnight, we're live in ukraine. and brittney griner back in court this morning, facing drug smuggling charges in russia. world champion boxer roy jones jr. joins us on what he's doing to help secure her freedom. ♪ it's a lovely day today ♪ ♪ so whatever you've got to do ♪
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we do have new images just in showing the ukrainian flag being raised over snake island. this is after russian forces withdrew from the key outpost last week. the ukrainians pushed them out. it is worth noting, however, there is still fighting happening in and around there. a russian aircraft attacked the island earlier this morning. that's according it both the russian defense ministry and the ukrainian armed forces. want to turn now to the eastern part of the country, kharkiv, up here. that's where we find cnn's alexander marquardt, at a university that was hit by a
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russian missile strike. what are you seeing? >> reporter: this is a city because of its proximity to the border that comes under almost daily attack from the russians, usually at night. and this is the site of one of the latest strikes, as you mentioned, it is a university, you can see here the russian barrage hitting in the middle of the university, just extraordinary destruction, debris everywhere, brick, cables, steel. if you look out into the courtyard here, it is covered in glass. that is because at the moment of the impact, all of these windows were completely blown out. today we have seen a number of the staff, professors, post graduate students who i've spoken with, all coming here to help clean up, putting debris into buckets, sweeping up the glass, cleaning up the classrooms. luckily, john, there was no one here at the time in class or teaching. one watchman we're told was killed, but because of covid and the war, this university was
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largely empty. this is a pedagogical university, people were coming here to learn how to be teachers, to learn how to teach for the next generation of ukrainians. teachers who would go on to work in pre-ks, in secondary schools, and they were learning how to teach english classes, ukrainian classes, science and math. this, in fact, where we're walking now is the math and physics department. all these hallways are completely destroyed. all the classrooms have had suffered some kind of damage. and i want to show you this one thing on the wall, these are some of the star pupils of the math and physics department. i was speaking with one of the professors who was going down the line, telling me where all of these students are, whether they're still here in ukraine or in other countries nearby. that just speaks to how close the community here was at this
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pedagogical university, which had around 3,000 students, one of the professors told me. that professor who works in the english department said to me, bowing her head, it is so painful, so painful. the ukrainian forces have managed to push back the russian forces to around 20 kilometers or 12 miles away from the city. but there is an expectation that the russians could mount a new offensive. we have seen ukrainian forces digging in, building new trenches, fortifying those trenches and preparing for another attack. it is the second biggest city in ukraine, it has been largely emptied out, it is quite an eerie feeling particularly at night when everybody is inside and there are no lights. i asked some of the people who work here, some of the professors, why they stayed here in kharkiv, and the universal answer was it is because this is our city. one of the professors who
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teaches in the ukrainian department told me i have faith in our god, and in our army, and the other one who teaches in the english department say this is my city, teaching is a profession of peace, i want to stay here, i'm not going anywhere. >> an institution of learning that has been destroyed. and alex, you touched on it, kharkiv was one of the initial targets of the russians and the ukrainians were able to push them back, but now that russia does have control of the luhansk region, what is the sense about where the russians might look next? and might they try to target once again some of the areas where they failed initially? >> it is really a good question, john. you're right, the russians are consolidating their gains in the luhansk region, which is in the eastern donbas part of the country. they have taken over almost all of that except for a few pockets. so now there is an expectation that they will try for elsewhere in the east. perhaps here in kharkiv, which is in the northeastern part of
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the country, or to the south in the donetsk region, the other part of donbas. now, there was that breakaway region in donetsk called dpr, the self-proclaimed donetsk people's republic, and from there the russians are pushing farther into donbas, they're targeting cities called kramatorsk and slaviansk. local officials have been calling on residents to leave the area. most of the population in donetsk has left already around 20% of the population of the prewar population remains in donetsk, but that's more than 300,000 people. and the national railway company is putting on more carriages on to their trains to help people to evacuate. so that just speaks to how dire they think this -- they think the situation is, how fearful they are that the russians will
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be able to make advances in donbas. john, we have heard some optimism from president zelenskyy who said that he is -- he believes that ukrainian forces will be able to retake the donbas, ukrainian forces pulled out of luhansk because he says there was such a russian onslaught that he wanted to save lives, but with the help of all the western weaponry, this more advanced weaponry coming from the u.s. and other nato countries, zelenskyy believes or is saying that ukrainian forces at some point soon will be able to re-enter the donbas and hopefully retake it. john? >> alex marquardt for us in kharkiv, thank you for being there. stay safe. so boxing legend roy jones jr., who is a dual u.s. russian citizen, says he's now trying to help secure the release of brittney griner. we'll speak to him in a moment. and a candidate vying for the republican nomination for michigan governor facing a judge for his actions on january 6th.
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boxing legend roy jones jr. who holds dual u.s. and russian citizenship is working behind the scenes to help secure the release of brittney griner from a russian jail. griner appeared in court moments ago, she's been detained since february after being accused of drug smuggling. joining us now, former world champion and hall of fame boxer roy jones jr. thank you so much for being with us. can you tell us exactly what you are doing to try to get brittney griner released? >> well, i know guys who are friends with guys who are close to the president. i have a dual citizenship because of my sports career, my athleticism, because of what i've been able to do in boxing.
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i said i have a friend of mine call me and say, do you think you can help the griner situation, i said i think i can try. i reached out to my guy and said to call over there to ask him were they willing to do anything to let her go home. this was about a month, a month and a half ago. they sent back a request saying a prisoner swap, i gave that to my lawyer, and reached out to people here and they said we need to get a letter signed by cherelle, her wife, just to okay my -- to approve my participation, my volunteer participation in this matter. she never got that. we were never able to get that letter. i think it kind of just went away for a while. we came back and they asked me again, you know, do the states office asked me to reach out again, by the time i reached out again, it was a little late,
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they already had a set to go to trial. >> so you're speaking to people inside the biden administration about this? >> my team has spoken to people inside the state's office and, yes, they have. my lawyer has spoken to people, yes. >> and the state department has okayed you serving as a go between? >> i wouldn't say they okayed it, but at this point, it is such a rough situation and the way i feel about it was i thought they want her to come home just as anybody else would, so why would they not okay that. we're trying to get an american, accused of something -- some parents here in this country, why wouldn't other whole country want her to come home. i never even thought of the fact would they be okay with me doing it. it doesn't matter who does it, we just want her to come home. i didn't ask for an okay. i told them i would help because i felt like if i can be a dual citizen because of my athletic
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career, she's an athlete, why would i not try to lend a hand. >> totally understood. you say you're speaking to people who are speaking to people, but either are you or your people actually communicating with folks inside the kremlin? >> yes. my friend is a best friend with one of the guys that works right inside the kremlin. he lives in miami, but he knows those people very well. as a matter of fact, the guy he knows, i trained the guy once when i was in russia, he knew people because he knows the guy very well. i called him, asked him, could he make contact with those people and asked him what they find out. if we could possibly do anything to get home. that's what they sent the situation that they sent to me, through him, which i sent to mickey shapiro, to see if our government would be willing to do anything like that. but they say we have to have a letter signed from the wife first and we were not able to secure that letter. but i was -- it is like if you have dual citizenship, why would
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you not give all your efforts to help get her home. >> did they give you names? did they give you names of people they want in exchange for brittney griner? >> yeah, i sent the name to my lawyer, mickey shapiro, and he sent it on for to whoever he needed to send it to. i'm not a politician. i don't get into the politics. i stand back. i was a bad dude in boxing. when i got citizenship, we understood nothing political, i don't do politics. klitschko tried to involve me, i don't do politics. i don't want to see no country at war, understand me? i don't want to see ours, nor theirs, nor ukraine with war. when there is war, lives is lost. nobody wants to see that. >> have you thought about renouncing your russian citizenship since russia invaded ukraine? >> no because, like i said, i have people on both sides. i'm not into the politics. i don't know why they did it. got to remember, back in 2015, i
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went to crimea, ukraine put me on a black list for something i didn't do nothing about. i'm not saying i'm not on either side, i don't want a war with nobody. i'm not going to denounce my citizenship for that. you understand me? it is not a thing that makes sense to me to denounce it because politically i don't really get into it anyway. i don't know about that. i love teaching what god gave me. that's all i try to do. >> roy jones jr., thank you so much for explaining your efforts behind the scenes. appreciate it. >> thank you. the breaking news out of london this morning, boris johnson announces he is resigning as prime minister, the fallout ahead. and looks like all her work has paid off. rihanna become the youngest self-made millionaire. [whistling]
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♪ ♪ what's the name what's the name what's the name what's the name ♪ you know her name, rihanna. rahel solomon was correcting me on that. thank you very much. i suppose she's now a 34-year-old billionaire, right, the youngest self-made one, female one, rahel, we should get her name right now or i should. you had it right. >> i know. we have been calling her rihanna for years. but she says rihanna. but we have been talking about the stock market all year, it has been a rough year for stocks, the s&p 500 having the worst first half since 1970. forbes magazine saying the stock market sell-off leading to big moves in the wealth of the nation's richest self-made women, including rihanna.
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there are 100 women on that list according to the magazine, 38% now worth less this year than they were last year. so taking the top spot for the youngest self-made billionaire is 34-year-old rihanna. placing her value, she shines bright like a diamond, at $1.7 billion as of market close yesterday. most famous for her music, it is probably her work, work, work, that she puts into her business ventures that catapulted her into the billionaire status. her cosmetics company fenty beauty is quite popular, a 50 /50 joint venture with lvmh. she also owns a little less than a third of the savage lingerie line, that was valued at $1 billion in february 2021. and you have a little bit of everything on this list, from athletes and bankers to tv hosts and venture capitalists.
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diane hendricks is worth an estimated $12.2 billion. also on the list, oprah, ellen degeneres and sandra bullock. the magazine places her worth at $225 million, and if you were wondering, isn't kylie jenner the youngest self-made billionaire, remember all that controversy, they now put her worth at $600 million. her sister kim darrikardashian on the list. i think the lists are so interesting because it is good it see who is still on the list, good to see who is new, and i always wonder what can i create, like, what kind of business can i create? >> yeah, cosmetics, rahel, is where it's at. thank you so much. >> that's what i always say. the front runner in the republican primary race for michigan governor set to be arraigned this morning on charges for a role in the
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january 6th insurrection. last night during a debate, ryan kelley made clear where he stood. >> question that son evis on everybody's mind, and, yes, the 2020 election in the state of michigan was fraudulent and it was stolen from president trump. >> sara murray live with us with the latest on this. sara? >> interesting split screen for ryan kelley. on that debate last night. tonight in front of a federal judge as you might expect. he's standing by his belief that the election was stolen, which, it, of course, wasn't. on the debate stage he also defended his appearance in washington, d.c. on january 6th. he said it was first amendment activity. said when the fbi came for him there was a big theater show all for these misdemeanor charges he's facing. he called the january 6th congressional committees a witch-hunt. as you might expect from that defiance, we expect him to plead not guilty when he appears before the judge today. this is, of course, a hotly
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contested republican primary, all of the republicans there want to take on democratic governor gretchen whitmer in the fall. >> not running from it, perhaps in a way, running on it. sara murray, thank you so much, for following that for us. what a morning. >> big morning. so much more to come. >> so much more to come. cnn's coverage continues right now. very good thursday morning to you, i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm erica hill. breaking news at this hour, boris johnson has resigned. the conservative party leader facing intense pressure to step down over the last 48 hours, including a mass exodus of top cabinet ministers from his own party. this, of course, on the heels of multiple scandals, important to note, he did not directly address those. take a listen. >> to that new leader, i say whoever he or she may be, i will give you as much s


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