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. here we go, top of the hour. you're watching cnn on this monday. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. count them, 57 days to go until the presidential election. donald trump today seizing on one hillary clinton controversy, but not the other. secretary clinton is at home recovering from pneumonia. we have more on her diagnosis here in just a moment, but just moments ago, trump not focusing on her health, but instead her comment that, quote, half of all of trump voters fall into a, quote, basket of deplorables.
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>> i was deeply shocked and alarmed this friday to hear my opponent attack, slander, smear, demean these wonderful, amazing people who are supporting our campaign. it was, perhaps, the most explicit attack on the american voter ever spoken by a major party presidential nominee. total disrespect for the people of our country. >> now, back to secretary clinton's comments from friday, she did tweet out her regrets, admitting it was wrong for her to say half. she did not back down, though, on linking racists to the trump campaign. but you will not be seeing hillary clinton today making a case for herself. she's been forced to call out sick from the trail. critics are knocking her for her lack of transparency over her illness. the question being, why didn't her campaign just come out and
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tell vote rz she was sick when she was first diagnosed with pneumonia friday? instead her doctor revealed clinton's illness two days later, only when this video came out. a pass erby happened to grab ths on a cell phone recording. let's go to chappaqua, new york, hillary clinton's home. joe johns is in the town there. first of all, how is she? second of all, when will the public just be briefed more on her health history? >> reporter: well, what we're being told at least is that hillary clinton is doing better. in fact, the campaign was reporting that hillary clinton was doing better yesterday after she got out of sight of the cameras, if you will. and we're told that she might be doing a little bit of debate prep today but not going out to san francisco for that big high-end fund-raiser as was
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expected. as far as hearing more about hillary clinton's health condition, we do know from brian fallon, the campaign spokesman, that we should get more medical records in light of what happened over the weekend, more medical records about hillary clinton, but the campaign is also saying, this event is as it has been chasracterized. she was diagnosed on friday with pneumonia. that it was treated with antibiotics and then the events on yesterday culminating with that stumble on camera. important also to say that the indication from the campaign is that it was hillary clinton's decision essentially to power through or push on this tough schedule she's had over the last several days, and that many have suggested is in keeping with how hillary clinton has conducted her public life over the last many years, brooke. >> we will be talking to
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campaign spokesperson momentarily, press them on a couple of questions i know the public has, see how she's doing. joe johns in chappaqua, thank you so much. strong words, meantime, from donald trump on what he calls clinton's attack on his voters. but in his response to secretary clinton's bout of pneumonia, trump took a more measured tone. let's go to sara murray who was in baltimore following the trump campaign. we saw him speaking there a little while ago. as far as let's just begin with her, her sickness, trump is essentially, what, wishing her well? >> reporter: well, brooke, it's clear the trump campaign has decided their line of attack is going to be about this deplorables comment and they're going to try to play it safe when it comes to hillary clinton's health. remember, in the past donald trump has made an issue of her physical fitness before he's questioned her stamina on the campaign trail, he's questioned her schedule but that's not what we heard from him today. take a listen to how he addressed it this morning. >> i hope she gets well soon. i don't know what's going on.
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like you, i see what i see. the coughing fit was a week ago, so i assume that was pneumonia also. i mean, i would think it would have been. so, something's going on. i just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail. and we'll be seeing her at the debate. >> reporter: now, in addition to making those comments, the trump campaign has also woarned their surrogate, warned their staffers not to post anything about hillary clinton's health, not to post anything about the incident over the weekend. their goal is to try to be respectful, they're saying. we'll see if he continues to keep up that tone on the campaign trail. >> thank you in baltimore. let's have a bigger discussion with my panel. dr. tiffany sizemore standing by, cardiologist and assistant clinical professor, cnn political director david chalian is with us and maeve reston. just on her health, dr. tiffany,
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what are some key unanswered questions for you on hillary clinton's health? >> you know, i think the biggest thing is how sick she has been over the course of the past week. i mean, look, i take care of a lot of patients with pneumonia. as a matter of fact, i have four in the hospital right now with pneumonia. there's usually some prodrum leading up to someone looking as sick as she did. i saw the video everyone else saw. to get to the point where you're stumbling and can barely hold yourself up, you've been sick for a while typically when that happens. sure, there's been some question of whether she was dehydrated. it's been very hot in the entire united states, so i wouldn't doubt that. my question would really be, how sick has she been and how long has she been sick prior to all of us knowing about it? >> just staying with you, and i think a lot of us jumped online over the weekend and googling pneumonia because you have a 68-year-old woman, you look at her incredibly difficult travel schedule, with pneumonia. i mean, how much time does
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someone really need to take off? and how serious is this? >> it could potentially be very serious. people die of pneumonia. they usually die because they have not gotten and seeked the treatment they need to in a sufficient amount of time, which, you know, i'm quite positive is not going to be the case for her. but, you know, typical symptoms, fevers, chills, an unrelenting cough, coughing up phlegm and yucky things. these are symptoms that should really provoke a doctor to think, hey, maybe someone has a pneumonia, especially someone in their 60s and 70s. someone in their 30s and 40s, maybe not so much but there's a vaccine for people indicated for people over 65 for pneumonia, for this exact reason. >> and we heard from the campaign that she's taking a break from the trail for at least 48 hours, tbd after that. canceling, you know, these events in california, how will that impact her politically? >> well, listen, i think it raises questions, again, about
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transparency. and truly, transparency for both candidates, but hillary clinton has not released her physical medical records. she released a summary from her doctor, quite frankly, a little more medical information than we've seen from donald trump. but neither candidate, two of the oldest nominees in our country's history, has sort of gone the full mccain on this and brought in reporters. because the way i look at this, brooke, we're in the closing stages now of -- >> yeah, we are. >> -- these candidates making a sale, trying to close a sale to the american people. and the american people have a right to know what they're buying. and so having sort of a full assessment from medical professionals, access to their doctors to give us a complete sense of their current health and any history in their health history that we need to know about, that voters need to know about, i think is -- ab sesent t
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all these questions became raised. we didn't know about the diagnosis on friday, then the video emerged on sunday. some people in the campaign knew about the pneumonia diagnosis. they just stumbled all over how they were dealing with this. and i think that is largely because we don't have the larger context of the full disclosure to be able to assess what's going on. >> makes you wonder if that video had not come out from the person at ground zero, when would the campaign have told us? we're speaking with a campaign spokesperson in a moment. let's pivot off that and go to the deplorables remark. republicans are now comparing that to the mitt romney 47% moment when in 2012 he was saying 47% of voters believe they are victims and they feel that government should take care of them, paraphrasing. you were following the romney co campaign. you remember that moment in 2012. how much of a punch in the gut
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was that for the campaign? did people realize that is sort of what would take him down? >> absolutely. i mean, that was a huge punch in the gut for the campaign. and a lot of the advisers i talked to in that moment, and later on, said they knew that was the moment that it was over. there was just no way for him to recover from that comment because it was so difficult to explain the context of what he was saying. also it had happened at a private fund-raiser. you know, i don't think -- i think we're in a very different election cycle. mitt romney was already trailing president obama in that case. in this case, clinton has apologized. we'll see whether or not she can actually recover -- >> has she apologized? to me -- >> she said regret. >> specific word using regret. it's the half word she's regretting. >> right, right. and i think -- but i think that
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what it allowed donald trump to do in his speech this morning was to just open the door to paint her exactly how he wants to painted her, which is a champion for the powerful and he is for the powerless, and to make the argument, that you know, she and her rich friends are laughing and people across the country who don't feel good about the state of america right now. so all that divisive rhetoric, she had such a strong argument against donald trump from all of his comments over the last year. and he now can just keep hitting her on that over and over again through the end of the campaign as an elitist who's not in touch with the american people. >> let me pivot back to the health records, dr. tiffany, and ask you this. as we talked about hillary clinton's additional medical records to come out this week, we're also hearing from the trump camp that we should get some more information on his own health. when people pour through thare
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what do you expect to learn? >> i want to be blunt. the new money dwra she has now and what she had in 2012 are two distinct live separate problems. however, the problems she had in 2012 are significant. a blood clot in your brain is a pretty significant issue, especially when there's been studies out there's a small subset of people who when they have this problem have cognitive decision-making impairment. >> what about trump? i don't know if i -- >> that's okay. i think it's difficult with trump because we don't know much. he hasn't been in the forefront. there was no video out there. do i think -- do i think americans have a right to kind of know the general health of who potentially could be our president to make sure they're going to have a minimum of four-year term, god forbid something acute happen? sure, i do think that. but to know the intricacies of -- i'm sorry? >> we know he eats a lot of
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mcdonald's and has talked about that. certainly -- >> as a cardiologist, i'm not going to condone that. >> okay. dr. tiffany sizemore, dave chalian, maeve reston, we should know more than fast food from their camp later this week. thank you all very much. just a reminder, you know, to chalian's point, this is closing into the election and to the debate. we are two weeks away from today, that debate at hofstra university, the two nominees square off in new york. and now trump is floating the idea of not having a moderator. period. let's discuss that. also, it is a national scandal involving your money. senators demanding wells fargo testify over a fraud involving fake bank accounts. millions of them. stand by, you're watching cnn. you do all this research on a perfect car,
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. a new report is raising all kinds of questions today about exactly how charitable donald trump really is. this is the washington post. they took an in-depth look into the trump foundation and found
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virtually all of the contributions made by donald trump's foundation philanthropy arm have come from other charities. on top of that, it shows trump stopped donating to the charity in 2008. david has been working on this for a couple of months, "the washington post" reporter who investigated the trump foundation. nice to see you. lots and lots of questions, beginning with, how does this work? i mean, how does a charity like the trump foundation, give away other charities' money and then take the credit? >> it's an unusual situation. i've talked to others and they say this never happens. if you start a foundation, you put your name on it, you're a famously wealthy person, the expectation is the money in the foundation is your money that you gave to the foundation. that's how trump's foundation started. about ten years ago he made a change. he doesn't put any money in the
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foundation, the expectation that people get it that it's donald trump's money. he's made a way to show he's charitable without spending a dollar out of his own pocket. >> he's said a number of times on the campaign trail he's donated millions of dollars to charity. could you corroborate that? >> no. we looked at the trump foundation, where we expected to find evidence of that giving and haven't seen it since 2008. i looked at a lot of other places, too. between 2008 and this may when he gave that $1 million donation to the veterans under a lot of media pressure, in that period from 2008 to this may, i can find one gift from donald trump's own pocketed. that was for less than $10,000 in 2009. earlier this year he released a list of what he said were his charitable contribution over the last ten years -- last five years. none of that was from his own pocket. most of it was free rounds of golf given away by his golf courses. >> in terms of foundation itself, the way you describe it,
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thread bare, skeleton staff, mainly trump family members who spend about a half hour a week working on the foundation. tell me more about that. >> so, trump started this foundation in 1987. you think of a foundation, you know, just to put it in the context of, say, the clinton foundation. whatever you think of it is really big. it has a lot of employees, over 2,000 employees, hundreds of millions of dollars come through it every year. you know, there are obviously questions about how that foundation was run. trump's foundation by contrast has only ever had, the most money its ever had in the bank was about $3 million. that was after vince mcmahon, the wrestling mogul, gave trump money a few years ago. now he has about $1.3 million in the bank. there's no paid staff. the board of directors is four trumps, and one trump foundation -- trump organization staffer. it's basically -- it exists basically on paper. its gifts -- you know, other big
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charitable donors give away for the same causes year after year. they give money to alma mater, a particular research cause they believe in. trump's causes don't have that pattern. he gives sporadically a little here, there, mostly to charities that do business at his clubs in florida or people he meets socially. >> then, of course, all of this, as i'm listening to you and you read your piece in "the washington post," therein lies the question, if he just releases his tax returns, we would know the true story. thank you, thank you. let's bring dave chalian and maeve reston with me. you heard everything david lays out, if he were to just release his tax returns, which he said he's being auditing and that's why he's not doing it, that would lay this to bed. >> it certainly would give us a lot more insight into his financial holdings, no doubt about that. you noted his audit excuse for not releasing it, but we know
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other people under audit have released taxes. that's not an excuse that holds much water. here we are, talking about disclosure. another important topic in addition to health is what is the financial stake that donald trump has in places? what is his own tax rate? what is his charitable giving. all of that helps form a more complete picture for the voter. i think this work at "the washington post" on how the trump foundation works and how donald trump is able to use other people's money to give to what could be very good causes is another piece of sort of a character test that you will see hillary clinton and her campaign try to use and apply as they build this negative frame around donald trump that he's not of the character that you want somebody sitting in the oval office. >> you bring up character test and you -- he is someone who says, i can help fix the economy, i'm a successful businessman and i'm wondering
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with what "the washington post" has found, does this whole argument hurt that premise, that he's the one who can help the economy? >> well, absolutely. it raises a lot of questions. how closely was he overseeing the work of his foundation, what was the goal? clearly from the excellent reporting from "the washington post," it doesn't seem -- it seems very scattered in terms of the giving. i do think to david's point, it raises questions about character. donald trump is going out on the campaign trail, did this morning to say that he is the voice for forgotten people. he's going to -- you know, he's the person who's finding all of the people who are struggling in america and trying to help them. well, i don't know that we've seen a long record throughout his life history of that. and this report, you know, points right to that. for clinton, it plays right into her narrative, that donald trump is out for himself and, you know, her slogan is that she's -- you know, stronger together and she's out for the working class. so, i think that donald trump will have a lot of explaining to
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do here. obviously, we don't have the full picture because we don't have his tax returns. this could be pretty damaging to those undecided voters who are trying to decide, is he running for president because he's generous and he wants to help the american people, or is there a record here? >> okay. maeve and david, thank you again. coming up here, donald trump slamming hillary clinton today for saying some of his supporters are part of a, quote, basket of deplorables. what a former romney adviser makes of that. and after clinton's health scare over weekend, critics are hitting the campaign over her lack of transparency. how much privacy is a presidential candidate entitled to? we'll discuss that and more on this monday. you're watching cnn.
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moments ago donald trump blasted his democratic rival hillary clinton at the national guard conference when he was speaking there in baltimore for saying half of his supporters are part of a, quote, basket of deplorables. in case you have not yet heard, this how secretary clinton characterized the voters. this is from friday. >> to be grossly jennigeneralis you could put half of trump supporters into a basket of deplorables, right? the racist, sexist, home mow
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phobic, xenophobic, islamophobic, you name it. >> she says she won't stop calling out rhetoric. trump is pouncing on that calling it angry and divisive. >> she called these patriotic men and women every vile name in the book. she called them racist, sexist, xenophobic, islamophobic, she called half of our supporters in a basket of deplorables. in both a speech and an interview. she divides people into baskets as though they were objects, not human beings. >> let me bring in lonnie chin, cnn political commentator and former political director for mitt romney.
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gentlemen, let's begin, tim, with you here. how big of a gaffe was this for hillary clinton? >> well, you're running to be president of all americans. and so it's very important for people, even those who don't support you, to think that once you're in power, you will be thinking of know. you're not just president of the people who vote for you. that said, in political terms, the people she was criticizing or the people she does not expect to vote for her, number one. number two, as opposed to the romney gaffe, the romney gaffe played into a narrative in 2012, that he was out of touch with people because he was a millionaire, that's why i believe it was hurtful, especially politically hurtful. in hillary's case i don't think this is going to be politically hurtful, but it does open up the possibility for trump to appear more human, more in touch with folks. that's not something hillary wants since she wants to make
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this a referendum on trump. >> let's talk to lonnie because you were with the campaign when said 40% comment happened. in 2012 he said 40% of voters wouldn't back him because they're dependent on government. take me inside the campaign for a moment. when he said that, did you instantly think, oh, this is going to be a tough one to recover from? >> yeah, i mean, i think the sense within the campaign was that obviously, you know, it was going to be a difficult day. i think i remember being actually in california with him the day that the mother jones piece came out and it first sort of hit the news. i mean, i think as a campaign, it's always very, very difficult to gauge exactly how far something's going to go. and part of it is dependent on not just where the news cycle goes but how good the other campaign is at deploying it against you. i heard the clip against trump. i thought, that was a pretty
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effective way of dealing with it. the question is going to be, are they going to continue to be able to do that as the week goes on and drive the comment. >> staying on governor romney, how did he respond to that once the mother jones piece went boom? >> well, i think initially we had a very hastily convened press conference that evening after a fund-raiser basically trying to clarify what the remarks were. basically saying, look, these comments were meant to reflect the fact that you've got a lot of people that are suffering and government policy hasn't made it any better. and then i think we went on and the response sort of morphed and changed as time went on. i think the key is to lance the boil. i think that's what hillary clinton as campaign tried to do. >> tried to do. have they been successful? >> i don't think we were successful at it, unfortunately. >> i mean, the clinton campaign. >> the clinton campaign did a little better. >> you do think so? >> yeah.
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i think -- i think there's -- there's was fine. i think the question will be how this comment takes on its own life and i think toe your other guest's point, it has a lot to do with the frame in which we see these candidates. if hillary clinton is already seen as out of touch, what donald trump needs to do is say, this proves she's out of touch. that will cause many more problems than the actual comment itself. >> don't you think, tim, the trump campaign for the next 47 days take it and end are it all the way to the end zone? >> of course they will. they're going to take and run with every mistake hillary clinton makes. the issue is whether they have -- these mistakes have traction, and unfortunately for the romney campaign in 2012, his particular comment fed into this narrative that he was a rich man who didn't really understand ordinary americans. what hill ni neeary needs to th about, secretary clinton needs to think about, is how to talk
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to americans who do not support her and support trump. and what she lacked in that statement was empathy. that's not to be sympathetic of racists or homophobes. but to give the impression to support trump is to be a racist or homophobe. she needed to be more presidential and that diplomat help her and trump will use it against her. >> we'll see how it goes the next to months and how they use this. coming up next, eight years after the financial crisis, one of america's biggest banks is caught defrauding customers. and stealing their money. have you heard about this? we'll tell you what one senator is now demanding in the wake of all of this. also ahead, did the clinton campaign hide her pneumonia diagnosis? we'll talk to spokeswoman live and her running mate here, tim kaine, just weighed in from the trail. uld bounce back like it used to?
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so, we know that hillary clinton, she has pneumonia. we officially found out from the campaign as of yesterday. we know she is taking two days off the trail. she's home in chappaqua reco recouping. we have heard from her running mate, tim kaine, weighing in on just how demanding her schedule has been. >> i know you're probably just like me thinking about hillary now after she was at the outdoor ceremony yesterday and got a little overheated. i can tell you this, within a few minutes after i heard the news, i reached out to communicate to her, and she reached right back out to me and said, no, i'm going to be fine.
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then she started to make fun of me because i was sitting, reading endless debate prep memos. she said, you know, our staff knows how to kill a lot of trees by putting together massive books. she was immediately responding back and joking around. i know you're thinking about her. i am, too. i'll tell you this, i've just been on the campaign since july 22. hillary clinton has been on the campaign trail for 18 months. her energy staggers me. i have a hard time keeping up with her. >> when you are running to be the leader of the free world, how much privacy are you entitled to? the pneumonia news prompted a lot of criticism, most notably from david axelrod. he took to twitter and said this. antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. what's the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems? that's been retweeted many, many
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times. jim palmieri tweeted, we could have done better yesterday but it is a fact that public knows more about hrc than any nominee in history. joining me now to discuss what it's like covering her, transparency questions, i have our cnn politics producer in chappaqua and joining us closely, difficult bylan buyery. how frustrating is it knowing the camp apparently knew for two days before telling you guys? >> reporter: it's quite striking, to be honest. we saw her on friday multiple times. she did an interview with cnn, spoke with chris cuomo. it was notable after the national security meeting that, you know, she came out, spoke with the press, took some questions, but as she walked away, she gave a very deep, long cough. it actually had some reporters thinking, you know, this is --
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there's something going on. obviously, we had no idea it was pneumonia. frankly, some of her top aides didn't know she had pneumonia until yesterday. they had no idea. it's raising a lot of questions inside the clinton campaign. has she been overscheduled? how are they going to deal with a candidate who famously wants to power through these things, at the state department wanted to power through sicknesses. clearly we saw on friday she wants to power through this. how do they balance that with what is going to be a gruelling schedule for the next two months? it's been tough. she's been on the campaign trail for 18 months now. it's tough. it's not an easy schedule to keep, as tim kaine noted. it's going to get harder. the next two months will be some of the most gruelling months of her career with travel, fund-raisers. she's a candidate that needs to be at fund-raisers to raise money. she headlined 37 fund-raisers in august. that's an astounding amount. she's not going to headline that many this month but she's still somebody -- it's a
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labor-intenses ive fund-raising process. the campaign is weighing how they go about scheduling secretary clinton for the next to months given she's going to try and power through this pneumonia diagnosis and anything that might come in the future. >> dan, do me a favor. stand by. i don't know how either of them do it with the travel, but this is what they signed up to do. i think americans have a right also to have that sort of transparency with both trump and clinton and their health records. you wrote a piece also pointing out, the protective pool, the protective press, travels along with the secret service and you can't monitor the candidates. >> that's right. we're in september and we're less than 60 days out from the election. if you go back and look although previous presidential candidates, they had these protective pools in place as early as july, june, august, what have you. we should really have protective pools for both of these candidates. for viewers who don't know what those pools do, they enable the press, at least one reporter, a group of reporters, to follow
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these candidates on a minute-by-minute basis and keep the public abreast of their actives. if you had had a protective pool in place on sunday, you would have had voters knowing what was going on with hillary clinton in real time. that's what led to these feelings there's something secretive going on with hillary clinton, when she left, when she went to her daughter's apartment and then north to chappaqua. >> we'll loop back to this. we'll also press a member of the campaign at the top of the hour. for now, though, i want to move on and talk about syria. a cease-fire under way in syria's civil war. but the country's dictator has issued huge warning. we'll take you live to the border here on cnn.
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staggering fraud, how elizabeth warren describes this wells fargo scandal. here's the story. employees at this bank opened essentially fake bank accounts with real customers' information, without their approval, just to earn bonuses.
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now senator warren wants them to answer for it. she and four other democrats called for the ceo of wells fargo to testify in front of congress. she wants a full explanation of exactly how this can happen. the bank will pay $2 billion in fines and penalties and will make full restitution to all customers here. with me now cnn global economic analyst and assistant managing editor at "time" magazine. when you look at the numbers, 5300 employees, more than 2 million bank accounts, fake accounts, how can this happen especially after the financial crisis? >> it just shows how much we still have to do in terms of cleaning up finance. i think this reflects a few different things. it reflects, for starters, this malfeasance has been widespread for a number of years. a study shows those that have
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worked in the financial system have seen fraud, they have seen their bosses make bad decisions. the other thing it reflebs are bank's profit margins are suffering. the dodd/frank regulation curbed a lot of risky moves so they're pushing for different profit centers. unless that's properly regulated and there's a cultural shift, that will result in the scandal we've just seen. >> we don't know exactly how this happened because the ceo is saying they know nothing -- or they didn't know this was happening. how about 5300 employees sort of get the memo to fake accounts? >> well, i think that in the financial sector in general the memo is basically make money, push for profits. and i think that you're now seeing -- you had seen it previously before the financial crisis in the investment banking area, in the loan area. i think now you're seeing it more in the consumer area, in part, because banks are turning
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their business models towards consumers. they've had to get out of a lot of other kinds of trading they were doing pre-2008. this is now a big area. consumer finance is becoming a bigger area. you are at risk of seeing more fraud in this area. >> we'll see if the call for testimony and fessing up will happen on capitol hill. rana, thank you so much. >> thank you. moments ago vice president joe biden reacted to hillary clinton's, quote/unquote, deplorables remark and talking about donald trump's supporters. and he actually uses that quote to go after trump. plus, two weeks from tonight, the two nominees square off in their very first presidential debate and now trump is floating the idea of not having a debate moderator. how would that work? we'll talk to two people who actually say that's a great idea. is caringing because covering heals faster. for a bandage that moves with you and stays on all day,
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break news out of sir kra. a u.s./russian brokered cease-fire is three hours old. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry says under this deal the syrian air force must stop attacking opposition targets. humanitarian aid will also be allowed to reach the hardest hit areas. secretary kerry who helped broker this deal spoke just moments ago. the syrian observatory, the -- for human rights said that major conflict zones in syria were calm after the cease-fire took effect at 7:00 p.m. on monday. their quote is, calm is prevailing. the director said, giving an early assessment, i repeat, early assessment. >> let's go straight to cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon there live along the turkish/syrian
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border. we now know it's three hours ago that this truce -- this cease-fire took effect. knowing this part of the world the way you do, how confident are you the cease-fire holds? >> reporter: i would love to be able to say that i was very confident that it would, but the sad reality in this part of the world is that these things tend not to. and, in fact, in the words of secretary kerry there describing it based on the reporting from the syrian observatory for human rights is being relatively speaking calm. again, relatively speaking. there have, in fact, been a number of violations that were reported by activists and residents on the ground in aleppo and in idlib to have strikes on civilian area and some rebel fighting positions. some activists within aleppo have described the start of the
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cessation of hostilities as being a lot less viable than the earlier one that had happened in the winter that lasted for about 27 days. but that being said, brooke, the other reality is that when these things do begin, we don't necessarily see this magical period of calm emerging right away. it does tend to say some time for it to settle. a key indicator will be whether or not over the next few hours we see a period of prolonged calm and, perhaps more importantly at this stage, whether or not humanitarian aid is, in fact, able to access those besieged areas. and this is really the key first step towards trying to build upon this agreement that was brokered between the u.s. and russia because there are several steps involved. one is an initial 48-hour time frame. then there's a seven-day time frame. then we're supposed to be seeing a greater level of cooperation between the u.s. and russia
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going after isis and after the -- the group formal early known as al nusra front. there are is a lot of skepticism on the ground. at the end of the day, these are people that need a respite from the violence and they'll take whatever they can get, wlits a few hours, a few days. >> you talked to them. we know you're watching in the next hours and days. arwa damon, our reporter along turkey/syria. thank you. hour two. thank you for being with me. hillary clinton calling out sick from the campaign trail. her critics are calling her out for a lack of transparency. why didn't her campaign tell voters she was ill when she was first diagnosed with pneumonia friday? instead her doctor revealed secretary in