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maybe. get ready for at least four years of those jokes. >> that's okay. i'll take it. >> all right. there's a lot more happening this morning. >> next hour of your "new day" starts right now. >> at trump university we teach success. >> his promises are as worthless as a degree from trump university. >> president-elect agreeing to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits. >> it really is a great result. >> those students going to get half their money back. >> retired army michael flynn offered the role of national security adviser. >> i have confidence in general flynn. he is considered to be a brilliant mind. >> he has called islam itself, not radical versions of it a threat. >> having the world lens that he should have as a general he should know better. ♪ and good morning. thanks for joining us.
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>> good to have you this morning. this morning president-elect starts a busy weekend of filling his cabinet after cleerg away some legal trouble. >> donald trump is agreeing to pay $25 million to settle three laults against his now defunct for profit business school trump university. more on that in a moment. also today, donald trump is set to meet with a full roster of prospective cabinet appointees including mitt romney, a man who earlier this year called him a phony and a fraud. the two are expected to talk about cabinet positions, including secretary of state. >> let's begin with the latest on the trump transition with cnn jessica schneider. she is in bridgewater, new jersey. that is where president-elect trump is holding those meetings today. >> good morning. a lot of activity out here.
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donald trump will be in non-stop meetings today. the biggest name he is meeting with today, mitt romney. it's a highly anticipated face-to-face that will happen nearby at the trump national golf club at bed minister. a lot of uncertainty as to how this will play out. mitt romney a fierce and harsh critic against donald trump throughout the primary season. you'll remember back in march he gave that 20-minute speech where he called donald trump a fraud and a phony. so uncertain how things will unfold today, but we do understand that one item on this list of topics that they'll be talking about the secretary of state position whether or not mitt romney might be interested or might eventually be offered that position. donald trump will be meeting with a slew of people today. they also include michelle reed. she is considered under consideration for the education of secretary position. also donald trump will meet with retired general james maddis the
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former head of central command. he'll also meet with todd rickets. so a lot of these people just meeting with donald trump to talk about the transition and his eventually presidency come january, but some of these, of course, being essential job interviews. mitt romney potentially being one of those who could join donald trump. a lot to be seen as these two rivals meet face-to-face today. >> can't wait to hear what comes out of these meetings, if anything. thanks very much. now i want to bring in rachel crane for more on the trump university lawsuits. $25 million to put these cases to bed. what do you think? what does this mean as trump moves forward and tries to focus on transitioning into the white house? >> reporter: well, alisyn, a big distraction has just been taken off the table for president-elect donald trump, allowing him to focus on his political ageneral ad getting his cabinet together. he also will no longer have to
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appear on the witness stand in san diego on november 28th in front of judge kuriel. that judge was the one that trump vehemently attacked on the campaign trail because of his mexican heritage. but the fact that he settled these cases, that's something that donald trump said many times on the campaign trail that he would never ever do. his attorney putting out a statement saying while we have no doubt that trump university would have prevailed at trial based on the merits of this case, resolution of these matters allows president-elect donald trump to devote his full attention to the important issues facing our great nation. now, while these cases have been settled, donald trump is not accepting publicly any wrong doing. now $25 million is a big chunk of change here. $25 million, 21 million will go towards the civil suits in california, more than 7,000 students will now get at least
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50% of their money reimbursed. $4 million going to settle the case here in new york state that general attorney of new york state put forth. but of course, you know, trump university had around 10,000 students that had enrolled between 2005 and 2010 and they had taken in an estimated $40 million during that time. >> certainly a surprising outcome to a series of cases that we definitely didn't think would end this way after everything donald trump said on the campaign trail. >> now that he cleared that legal trouble out of the way, donald trump has his hands full trying to appoint his cabinet members and staff as some are calling on the president-elect to reconsider the appointments he's already made. calling into question first their lack of diversity. let's talk about this with ron brownstein. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> hey, first, ron, i want to get to this tweet that we
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noticed from former governor and former competitor opponent here in the race for president arkansas governor mike huckabee. he tweeted out this, big story of the election is that state and local elections were repudiation of big government liblism record gains for gop now gop-don't blow it. he also said that last night he said that he was offered a cabinet position and advisory position as new administration. doesn't know if they're the right fit and tamped down the rumor that he would be the new ambassador for israel. what are you seeing from governor huckabee? >> the israel rumor was the most prominent. i don't know what the cabinet offer might have been. i think the argument there is interesting because essentially what he's saying to gop don't blow it almost as if it's a kind of different entity than the trump entity. donald trump in many ways was an independent candidate who ran under the republican banner about half or two thirds of his agenda overlaps with
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congressional republicans long wanted to do cut taxes on individual and businesses, roll back obamacare, but there's a whole other big chunk of agenda on a variety of issues, trade, entitlements infrastructure that goes in a different direction, there's a note of distance in that tweet that reflects the fact that parts of what donald trump says he wants to do are as much a collision with traditional republican thinking as they would be in what democrats see. >> steve bannon talked about this trillion dollar plan he has pushing through also during the campaign. donald trump made a lot of promises that will cost a lot of money. we'll see if congress gives him the money to do it. let's talk about rudy giuliani who we haven't talked a lot about in the last 48 hours or so. he's been not so subtle about his desire to be secretary of state. with mitt romney coming in potentially, where does that leave rudy giuliani? maybe at homeland security, what is his role now moving forward? >> we'll see what happens with mitt romney.
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i wonder if mitt romney before he got on the plane to see donald trump kind of noted that another former adversary ted cruz came up to meet him presumably to talk about cabinet positions, but certainly the attorney general and supreme court. the next day president-elect trump gave the job to one of his loyalists jeff sessions. i wonder if mitt romney is wondering if he'll face the same situation as secretary of state. this would be an extraordinary step for each of them. i mean, mitt romney was as critical of donald trump as i think a former nominee has ever been of a prospective nominee of his own party, really kind of denouncing his character, his experience, his judgment. so their ability to work together would be very important for donald trump. i mean, with the appointment of michael flynn as national security adviser, a figure who is deeply controversial even in republican foreign policy circles, he faces the risks that most of the existing brain trust of the gop foreign policy infrastructure will not come to work for him. mitt romney would be a huge bridge in that -- to that
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community. we'll see if trump actually builds that particular bridge. >> let's quickly talk about the trump u settlement, the three civil lawsuits. let's listen to what trump said during this campaign about the potential for a settlement. >> i will win the trump university case. i already am, as far as i'm concerned. i will win the case in the end. i just didn't want to be forced to settle. this is a case i could have settled very easily. but i don't settle very easily when i'm right. i could settle the case now if i want to settle the case. i don't settle cases. we have a situation where we will win in court. and i'll win the trump university case. i could settle that case. >> so he is now settled the case, these three cases. he faces scores of additional civil lawsuits. i mean, this is a very expensive proposition he'll settle all these cases. >> well, it's also just a reminder of the extraordinary situation we're in. we've never -- we haven't had a president with this extensive business dealings and we don't know the full extent of them because he refused to release his tax returns.
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and you have all of these interrelated questions with with whether his children will in fact be continuing to run his business enterprises and are sitting in on meetings with world leaders, besides kind of diplomatic propriority questions, already the whole series of ethical questions. and i do think this is really going to challenge the ethics infrastructure of washington to deal with all of the many possible conflicts that are arising because of the unique nature of mr. trump's background. >> ron brownstein, always good to have you. >> thank you. >> the hot broadway musical hamilton with a vip in the audience. >> vice president-elect pence we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here at hamilton. we really do. we, sir -- >> yes, that was mike pence in the audience. after the show, the cast stopped pretending and gets real with a message for the vice president-elect.
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precious ticket to the hot broadway ticket hamilton, they're going from 500 to $1,200 a piece. mike pence was in the audience last night and his presence wasn't lost on the cast. >> yeah, they addressed pence directly during the curtain call. the actor who plays aaron bird delivered a short speech on behalf of the show's creators and cast. here is part of it. >> you know, we have a guest in the audience this evening. and vice president-elect pence, i see you walking out, but i hope you will hear us just a few more months. nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen. we're all hear sharing a story of love. we have a message for you, sir, we hope you will hear us out. and i encourage everyone to pause your phones and tweet and post. this message neerds to be spread far and wide. we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here at hamilton. we really do. we, sir, we are are of a diverse america who are alarmed and anxious at your new
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administration will not protect us. our planet -- our schirn, our parents or defend us. but we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our american values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. we truly thank you for sharing this show. this wonderful american story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds. >> all right. a spokesman for the show said pence was in the hallway but he heard the whole statement. the lead producer of hamilton says president-elect trump has not seen the show yet but he would be welcome to come. let's bring in now cnn political commentator and republican strategist kevin madden and trump supporter jack kingston.
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good morning to both of you. >> good morning, victor. >> jack, what do you think of what you saw at new york at the hamilton show? >> i think it's part of our great american culture people can speak their minds even to the vice president as if someone got elected to the u.s. congress and then got elected to the whole state of indiana to be governor and did not have diversity and the highest standards of ethics and social interaction and social justice already just part of his own culture. i mean, these i think were well meaning but somewhat naive actors and actresses speaking up, no problem with that at all, but to think that somebody has come as far as mike pence has and needs to be lectured is a little absurd. >> kevin, let me come with you about this meeting we know is happening today between donald trump and mitt romney. >> right. >> you were senior adviser to mitt romney back in the 2012 campaign. i want you to listen to part of an exchange between wolf blitzer and mitt romney earlier this
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year about his feelings about the then nominee donald trump. let's watch. >> what would he have to do to win your support? >> well, i don't think there's anything i'm looking for from mr. trump to give him my support. he's demonstrated who he is and i've decided that a person of that nature should not be the one who, if you will, becomes the example for coming generations or the example of america to the world. look, i don't want to see trickle down racism. i don't want to see a president of the united states saying things which change the character of the generations of americans that are following. presidents have the impact of the nation. trickle down misogamy, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of america. so i'm not looking for mr. trump to change a policy that more aligns with my own. this is not a matter of just
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policy, it's more a matter of character and integrity. >> this is not a matter of policy, it's more about character and integrity. even mitt romney's political opponents say that he's a principled man. after what we heard there, is it possible that mitt romney could work for donald trump? >> well, i think that there would have to be some sort of understanding about some of the big issue differences that they have before that could happen. i think governor romney expressed those concerns because they were deeply held concerns. remember they were also in the context of litigating a campaign and the campaign is over and the american people have wielded what walter mondale once referred to their staggering power. now we have a president-elect who many republicans want to see succeed and some democrats will accept that they would want to see some better judgment and the
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advancement of better policies. and i think that is what -- i think that is what mitt romney has in mind as he meets with president-elect trump today which is what can he do to offer insight. what can he do to offer advice about how president-elect can make the right decisions to lead the country. >> jack, to you, we heard from donald trump and we played some of it earlier that he called him a choke artist. mitt romney wanted donald trump's endorsement so badly he could have said get on your knees and mitt romney would have gotten on his knees. why would he want to potentially come and have this man work for him and be the spokesman to the world? >> well, i think part of it is the incredible capacity of politics to forgive and forget. but i think the other part is that he can learn something from mitt romney and vice versa. i think mitt romney was speaking with a little bit too much hyperbole. i think at the same time there's great value in mitt romney as a successful businessman, as a governor, as a leader of the man
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who actually saved the olympics one year. i think he is the kind of guy that donald trump is not intimidated by but rather respects and says, okay, what can you contribute? what do you have to offer for the american people for our vision of making america great again? and we're seeing that a lot with some of the other people who have been to trump tower this week. he is not afraid to listen. as i think as the weeks go on, you'll see more diversity of opinion. >> speaking of diversity of opinion, donald trump in the primary in the general talked about education and it was one topic that was i guess the premium there and it was common core, these standards, these common standards for education. i want you to listen to what donald trump said and then what the former chancellor of washington, d.c. schools who is meeting with him today michelle rhee said about common core. >> common core has to be ended. it's a disaster. it's a way of -- it's a way of
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taking care of people in washington that frankly i don't even think they give a damn about education. >> in terms of the common core, i think it's incredibly important. i think it's absolutely a step in the right direction that this country has made. >> if she's being considered for secretary of education, is this a sign that donald trump is backtracking on common core? >> you know, one of the interesting things that i found out about common core is if you talk to individuals about the curriculum itself and the standar standards, people say, yeah, this is a good idea but the state would have veto power over local school boards and over local curriculum and they in turn see that to the federal government, that's what people are really mad about. it's not so much the substance but the loss of their own decision making power to washington bureaucrats. i think there's a way to save part of this -- >> just like saving part of obamacare? >> well, there were things in obamacare that weren't unique to
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obamacare. they weren't that controversial. so, you know, you can always salvage bits and pieces of the other side's ideas and it's not a bad thing. it's a way democracy works. >> quickly here, kevin r the people who voted for donald trump getting what they think they were going to get now that potentially this secretary of education who loves common core is coming in to meet with the president-elect? >> i think we have to see what gets put into place. that's one of the great things about democracy, victor, is that there's built-in accountability, not only on election day but after election day. donald trump made a lot of promises to voters about things like education, health care, energy, you name it. and the american people are going to hold him accountable even if he doesn't face them for another four years. and that is something that i think is important to watch as he begins to set his agenda over the next -- over that first 100 days of his administration. >> always good to have you as part of the conversation. >> thanks.
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there's been a 67% increase in hate crimes against muslim americans in 2015. >> i know that many americans are concerned by a spate of recent news reports about alleged hate crimes and harassment. some of these incidents have happened in schools, others have targeted houses of worship and some have singled out individuals for attacks and intimidation. >> let's dig into this a little more and bring in polo sandoval. >> we heard those numbers are on the rise. >> those are actually figures from 2015. two reasons why the a.g. believes that they may likely be higher that is because many of these cases often go unreported according to the attorney general and also we have seen some these recent cases as well from coast to coast including, for example, at least a church. we know that you've had an opportunity to speak to representatives there saying that really this is the reality
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for many places across the country, particularly lately since the election, so there's concern that we could see even more of these cases throughout the country. here is what a couple of the victims of some of these cases have to say about what we're going to see. >> racism is not something that donald trump caused, but i feel like people kind of feel like they have an open door to be that way now. >> i felt fear. i did feel fear inside. >> that last person you heard from of california and what she says or at least what she blames this on is also really a certain level of ignorance. for example, this hi jab that she was wearing, that was a bandanna she wears to protect her from the sun as she suffers from lupus. there's that level of misunderstanding that we have seen throughout the country on both sides, a trump supporter in new york wearing a make america great again hat was also
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attacked. he was telling reporters that violence is never the answer regardless of which side you're on, perhaps that is, of course, the message that we have been hearing -- we have not been hearing enough of on both sides and particularly after the elections. >> all right. >> polo, thanks very much. >> thank you, polo. fake news, headlines, they are spreading online. how did they impact the 2016 race? and is there a way to stop this? okay, so what's our latest data say? our customer is a 21-year-old female. heavily into basketball. wait. data just changed... now she's into disc sports. ah, no she's not. since when? since now. she's into tai chi. she found disc sports too stressful. hold on. let me ask you this... what's she gonna like six months from now? who do we have on aerial karate? steve. steve. steve. and alexis. uh, no. just steve. just steve. just steve. live business, powered by sap. when you run live, you run simple.
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election season. >> and brine stelter shows us, they may have been read and believed by millions of voters. >> reporter: did the spread of fake news on the web help elect donald trump? we may never know for sure, but researchers are asking the question because made up, false stories are polluting people's facebook timelines and twitter streams. >> this cesspool of nonsense -- >> bogus stories. >> reporter: and getting worse. even president obama is raising the alarm. >> if we are not serious about facts and what's true and what's not, then we have problems. >> reporter: these problems are not brand new. they're becoming a lot more prevalent. here is an example, a story claiming a protester was paid $3,500 to make trouble at a trump rally. this went viral during the campaign. it looked like an abc news story, but the url reveals it's
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a fake, registered to a domain in colombia. it was a hoax which tricked kellyanne conway and trump's son eric who shared it on twitter. >> we have an epidemic of false information racing around, using social networks as the accelerator. >> reporter: the pope endorsing trump -- fake. fox's megyn kelly fired for backing hillary clinton, fake. clinton linked to crimes by anthony wiener, fake. but that one was tweeted by retired general michael flynn, trump's pick for national security adviser. now staffers at social media giants are doing some soul searching, though facebook ceo mark zuckerberg says trump's election is not his fault. >> you know, personally i think the idea that fake news on facebook of which it's a very small amount of the content influenced the election in any way i think is a pretty crazy
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idea. >> reporter: others disagree. these fake sites are easy to set up and profitable for the creators. every time we click and share, they make more money. but we are worse off. now facebook and google are banning fake sites from making money off their ad networks. it's a first effort to choke off some of the revenue. the bigger challenge, providing more b.s. detection tools without threatening free speech. >> suddenly they have these, i think, social societal duties to help us not be faked out all the time. and yet i don't want the terms of service of one company or two or three companies to have more influence than the first amendment. >> reporter: the root problem is that some people want to believe the lies. that's why the responsibility isn't just facebook or google or twitter. we all have to get a little smarter about what we share.
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>> if we have to be relentlessly skeptical of absolutely everything. we have to go outside of our personal comfort zones and read and watch and listen to things that are bound to make our blood boil. >> and joining us now cnn's senior media correspondent and host of reliable sources, brian stelter. and mat masore is the founder and ceo of venture technique. thanks for coming on the show. matt, i want to start with you. brian's piece he eluded to facebook founder mark zuckerberg saying that the fake content wasn't widespread enough to have an impact on the election, but here is the thing, some of these fake stories had millions of views, so who is right? and i ask you this because your company creates content. >> absolutely. and, you know, the thing to keep in mind is it's not just fake news. a lot of it is very slanted. a lot of us folks regardless of
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our political persuasions kind of want to live in our bubble. so when we see something that speaks to our point or just something that we kind of want to believe, in many cases we just click share or we comment and we act as though everything is the truth and many cases based solely on the headline. and this is a huge problem. like i say, completely aside from the satire and flat out false stories that a lot of times people think are the only problem. >> i think we have some of those news headlines if we can put some of them up just to show you, one of them is interesting, it's pope francis shocking the world, endorsing donald trump. but that wasn't the case. i mean, at some point, brian, as people move toward the media resources that reflect their own views, is there any way to stop the spread of fake stories that pop up on our feeds? is it laziness that once you read that headline you're thinking, oh, it's true i'm not going to look into it.
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>> they are partly distribution mechanism but a lot has to do with the users. these site that promote fake stories would not exist. mark zuckerberg came out with a new blog post where he says we are taking this seriously. we know misinformation sa problem. we'll try to do a lot of things about it. he says facebook will try to do a lot of things to down play fake news and people's timelines. the reality is that this will always be an issue from here on out. there will always be new types of distorted news. as the other guest was saying, there are a lot of other websites that are not fake but are highly misleading. the onus is on the users to be a lot more aware of what they're consuming. the pope one is a great one.
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look at the logo of the website, they look like cheap websites. they don't look like cnn. so if you go and seek out a more reliable or credible source that can help you sort it out. >> matt, you wrote an article about this fake news phenomenon in huffington post. that article went viral. >> yeah. it was very interesting to be completely honest i used a little bit of click bait as the headline. the loophole that could allow bernie sanders to innaug raugur which is not really the case. i outed myself in the first couple sentences. >> great way to start the article, by the way. >> and it made some people upset. i'm not going to lie. but most of them really understood what i was going for and got the point and really appreciated it. and it made them stop and think what's going on and in that piece i laid out five just very quick in general steps but the most important thing folks can do, read first then share.
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and i can't stress that enough that so many folks -- we talk about doing your due diligence in many cases it's nothing more than a share. they haven't read the story itself. >> by the way, we're all trying to figure this out. i put myself in this camp as well. i've been tricked by some of stheez fake stories as well. the internet is still a relatively new invention. we all take it for granted. we're all attached to our phones and facebook feed. 20 years ago the web was born. 10 years ago we got on online. now we are all connected. this is still relatively new. it means our brains and media liberal skills need to catch up. >> relatively new but it's amazing how addicted we are to our devices and online. thanks so much. >> thanks. >> thank you. let's talk now about the shooting death that sparked outrage and protests across the country after it was streamed live on facebook. now prosecutors have taken a step in the case of philando
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a minnesota police officer is now formerly charged in the shooting death of a man whose final moments were streamed on facebook. officer jer ran moe yanez is charged with three felony counts including second degree manslaughter for the july death of philando castile. his attorney says yanez will plead not guilty. >> he has another court appearance next month. investigators say he fired seven shots at castile after a traffic stop. he thought castile was reaching for a gun, but castile's girlfriend says he was trying to get his driver's license as
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requested. she live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on facebook. i'm sure you remember that horrible video. joining us now is glenda hat chet, an attorney for fiphiland castile's family. is the family satisfied with the charges instead of a murder charge? >> they are. the point being under minnesota law we want to be careful that he is not overcharged. and so this has to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. of course our system requires that we look at this. that he is responsible but he's not guilty until he is proven guilty. and in this situation, we do support the prosecutor's decision in this case because the worst thing that could happen is that he could be overcharged and they not be able to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. >> the defense attorney says that the prosecutor mr. choi went overboard with unnecessary
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statement as he announced the charges. >> i don't think so. i think that john choi has been very thorough. i think he has been very reasonable. he and special prosecutor don lewis but also i have to say that i commend john choi for the collaboration that has gone on in this case in asking for help from the u.s. department of justice and has gone all the way up to the highest levels to the attorney general's office, so you have the support and the collaboration of the federal government, the fbi, the u.s. attorney's office andy lugar in minnesota, and i think that's an important collaborative that we rarely see not only in minnesota but anywhere in the country. >> let's talk about the video. >> yes. >> that is what stays with so many people. >> of course. >> as i read the intro, they may not remember the name, but when they saw the video they remember what we're talking about. >> exactly. >> the video often is not
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decisive for the jury. remember the ray tensing in cincinnati. what role will this video play from your perspective? >> i think the video will play an outstanding role in this. i want to give such respect to diamond reynolds for having the courage to have the composure to do it and to live stream iz it as oppose to just taping it. it's an eye into what happened. her comments were not ones that she had time to think about. they were contemporaneous with what happened and i think very compelling. >> the defense attorney for officer yanez says he is concerned about his client's ability to get a fair trial considering all of the media attention. now, that's what we hear from defense attorneys in this case all the time. >> all the time. >> and that's what they are -- they do. but let me just say to you, where else but this jurisdiction, ramsey county in minnesota, is the appropriate
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jurisdiction? and if it were moved anywhere, this has been not only national news, this has been international news. i have heard from people literally all over the world about this case who are really shaken. but i believe that this case will be a landmark decision that will change the tide in the direction. this is the first time ever in the history of minnesota that a police officer has ever been charged with a fatal shooting of a citizen. i don't mean convicted, i mean even charged. so this historic moment i think is going to be ground breaking. >> attorney for the family, glenda hatchet, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. the trial for a former south carolina police officer charged with murder resumes monday. michael flager is charged in the shooting death of walter scott. it happened in april of 2015 in north charleston, south carolina. some of that encounter was caught on video.
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prosecutors say schrager shot scott in the back and stanged the scene. the defense says the two men wrestled and scott got control of the officer's stun gun. donald trump, the president-elect, has promised to keep his presidential duties separate from his business interests by entrusting his businesses to his children. but will he be able to keep that promise? boost
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this just in, donald trump is awake and tweeting now -- i should say president-elect donald trump. >> he has a busy day ahead of him but he is finding time to tweet, this one about hamilton. you saw cast members at the end of this show last night with vice president-elect mike pence in the audience. the hamilton cast members getting on stage and giving a message about being -- about the trump administration hopefully being open to everybody. then we have donald trump this morning tweeting this -- our wonderful future vp mike pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of hamilton. cameras blazing. this should not happen. >> and he also tweeted this morning about his decision to settle three lawsuits against his now defunct university for $25 million. here is what he tweeted out. i settled the trump university lawsuit for a small fraction of the potential award because as president i have to focus on our country.
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this morning, though, he's focussing on trump university and hamilton, but he has a busy day ahead. he certainly has to interview the people who will potentially be in his cabinet. he also tweets the only bad thing about winning the presidency is that i did not have the time to go through a long but winning trial on trump u, too bad. again, donald trump will be interviewing potential secretary of education, secretary of defense and filling his cabinet positions, but this is where he's starting his day. cnn brian todd has been looking at potential conflicts of interest with regards to trump's businesses and his administration involving his children. >> reporter: victor and allison, we're seeing serious alarm belling being raised because the potential government portfolios of trump children especially his daughter ivanka only seem to be expanding. their wondering if trump and his
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children can achieve any separation from their business empire. >> our government will be honest, ethical and responsivre >> he plans to hand off his build holdings to his children, but there are growing signs of potential conflicts of interest, trump's daughter ivanka joined him in his meeting with his meeting with japan's prime minister. >> he is forming a team of relatives. >> reporter: trump's empire is affected by policies set by the government, but with his children playing key roles in his transition team, choosing the country's top policymakers critics say it's problematic. >> it's incredible. there are conflicts at every turn. trump has said that there will be a wall between his kids and his business interests and his ambitions. there's no wall that we're seeing right now. >> the trump transition team says it will make sure -- >> thanks to brian todd for that. we will continue to examine that angle throughout the morning and
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♪ i'm michael smerconish, live from philadelphia. we welcome your viewers in the united states and around the world. the trump administration is taking shape -- like his candidacy with some inherent contradictions. today, trump meeting with mitt romney despite repeatedly attacking each other throughout the campaign. the two reportedly discussing if there's room for romney in the trump administration.
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maybe even as secretary of state. but his picks so far pretty hard lined. for attorney general, not major giuliani, instead, trump named senator jeff sessions whose views on race and crime have been under fire. might he now be in a position to shape civil rights policy? and in what has to be a presidential first, trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle trump university lawsuits. plus, with so many potential conflicts of interest looming, no less than "the wall street journal" has said that trump should sell off all his business holdings. could his conflicts be the clinton foundation reducks? meanwhile, the president-elect has been shutting out the white house press core even during a meeting with the prime minister of japan. is the functioning of the white house press pool now in jeopardy? first, for the latest on that pow wow between governor romney and president-elect trump, joining me


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