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"cnn newsroom" i'm anna cabrera in new york. thanks for spending part of your weekend with us. with president trump saying he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, there are growing concerns he will attempt to fire special counsel robert mueller and the man who appointed him, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. today we're learning one of those men might take action first. the deputy attorney general is contemplating whether to recuse himself and become a witness instead.
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rosenstein wrote the memo that led to james comey's firing. this is exactly what the president appeared to reference yesterday when he tweeted this. i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director. witch hunt. now while the president continues to publicly discredit the investigation calling it phony and a witch hunt, privately he seems to be taking it very seriously. he just hired another lawyer. he is not the only one. all of these people, take a look here, all of these people connected to the trump campaign have lawyered up now. vice president mike pence hired a criminal defense attorney yesterday. that same day campaign communications advisor michael kaputo got an attorney. michael cohen sought legal help of his own. let's talk more about the impact all of this could have as the investigation moves forward. with me is michael zelden and deputy managing editor of "the
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weekly standard." kelly jane torrence. he thinks president trump will try to fire mueller. what's your take? >> so president trump by statute can't fire mueller. the only person that can fire mueller is the attorney general and that person is now recused. so the only person who can by statute fire mueller is rosenstein. rosenstein said there is only one way to fire special counsel is for cause, if they've made a misjudgment, miscalculation, anything like that. it strikes everyone that rosenstein would resign rather than fire mueller which would leave it to rachel brand who's the associate attorney general who's been on the job for three weeks. i think this is a lot of talk but it strikes me as being just that. i can't imagine in legal terms he would do this, that he can do this, and your other guest will
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talk about the political consequences if he does this as well. >> let me read that tweet again. the tweet that we read, i'm being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director, witch hunt. is it possible that he's trying to force rosenstein to recuse himself? >> well, it doesn't make sense to me. rosen ste jen rosenstein has very little to do with this. i don't know that becoming a collateral witness that he would be precludes him from being in the oversight of this. oversight means he's there at a distance, keeping tabs on mueller to see that he doesn't violate the statute that involves misconduct. it's not like it's a day-to-day active oversight of the investigation. it's a very passive role that he plays. if he resigns, steps aside to be a witness, it doesn't impact mueller's investigation
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whatsoever. so that's why i don't think it really is in legal terms a very significant proposition here. >> okay. kelly jane, publicly the president calls this a witch hunt, says it's a phony investigation, but privately he's hiring attorneys. is this rhetoric an attempt to discredit the investigation that he privately takes seriously or what do you make of this word versus action? >> well, it's difficult to tell with donald trump, isn't it? you know, he has been -- his tweets on this matter have been unending and unceasing. i don't think these lawyers he's hiring are necessarily doing a good job if they're not advising him to stop tweeting. it's really the reason that people are focusing on this so much in the first place. we wouldn't even be talking about russia still if donald trump hadn't of kept bringing it up and he hadn't talked about saying that the russia investigation is the reason he fired james comey. and, you know, i spent some time trying to figure out what is going through the president's mind and, you know, if he hasn't
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done anything wrong, why won't he let this issue go? you know, one thing i'm wondering is this is a man who doesn't have a lot of self-control, and i think he is just incredibly impatient. he did not want to wait for james comey to do a thorough, fair investigation, leave it to him and wait for the results for him to be exonerated if he didn't do anything wrong. and it seems to me that, you know, he should have learned his lesson that by firing comey and making this investigation more of an issue he's made it more difficult for himself, but he just can't seem to help himself. >> kelly jane, you think that this is a lack of self-control versus strategy in these tweets that we're seeing? >> yeah. you know, there may be some strategy, but the way donald trump tweets, it's hard to believe he has serious strategy behind them. you know, using the term witch hunt repeatedly, that's not very good strategy because i don't think most people are taking it very seriously. and, you know, given, you know, the time -- the day, in fact, that he'll do it at various
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times. he'll repeatedly tweet on different things. he sounds very angry. he doesn't sound like someone who's in control of the situation, and that is also one of the problems. you know, he is a businessman and he talked about he would run the country as a businessman. he's discovered that's not the way the presidency works. you have these people who are your employees but their loyalty is not just to you, it is to the constitution and to the country so he's expecting a certain kind of behavior from the executive branch officials that is not going to be available for him. >> michael, this is kind of interesting. "the new york times" is saying the president's lawyer is now telling white house aides it's not necessary for them to hire attorneys yet. do you agree with that advice? >> i think that firn in the orbit of the special counsel, i would want to have counsel myself. may not be necessary, but it may be prudent. and in these times where there's so much charge to the
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investigation, political and legal, it's just, i think, a safer proposition to do that. maybe more expensive, but it's probably safer. >> and if mueller then concludes that president trump's actions do amount to abuse of power of some kind, which we talked about last hour, which do you think of the president's actions would have brought him to this conclusion or that finding? >> so let's assume that he doesn't testify under oath or if he does testify under oath he testifies 100% truthfully. because if he testifies under oath and lies, that will be the biggest problem that he has. if he testifies truthfully or doesn't testify, the biggest problems that i think he has are the request for people from the intelligence community to intervene with the fbi, put an end to the investigation, and with himself potentially asking comey to have essentially put the investigation behind him, that hope conversation in the oval office. so it's that intervention to end
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an investigation i think that raises the biggest problem for the president short of a lie himself. >> all right. kelly jane, we know that the house intelligence committee is going to be interviewing jay johnson from the obama administration. what will you be listening for in that testimony? >> the sort of issues that michael is talking about. you know, they need to know what went on behind the scenes and who was involved and did anybody once the obama administration was out and the trump administration was brought in, did anybody try to hinder that investigation? because keep in mind, the russia investigation was started under the obama administration and it was, you know, on the whole done by career officials, not partisans. i know we like to hear a lot about the deep state, but these are people who have been working in the fbi and justice department for years. they take their job very seriously, so the question is going to be what was happening before donald trump came in and what was happening after -- after he came in. >> and on the -- the testimony
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that i think is really going to be important is the testimony that's upcoming by the intelligence community, coats, rogers, pompeo. they were all going to be asked by mueller, were you asked by the president to intervene in this investigation, to push back against the media. that's going to be outcome determinative of where he takes this investigation. >> a lot of them were asked. it's all starting to blend together. they said we can talk more about this in a closed hearing. michael and kelly jane, thank you both for joining us and offering your expertise. i want to get to breaking news in the pacific. desperate search and rescue mission against the clock for a number of american sailors whose fate and location still not known. they've been missing since their ship, the u.s. destroyer, has collided with a destroyer. the navy doesn't know if the
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sailors are missing, were thrown overboard or could be trapped in parts of the destroyer that were flooded. i want to bring in alexander fields who was at the navy headquarters. you've been monitoring the latest happenings. daylight now. what are you hearing about any progress they may have made? >> reporter: yeah, the message from the 7th fleet this morning, ana, is that the search continues. remember, they are out there looking for some of their own, seven of their own, sailors who have not been heard from. it's been 30 hours since that u.s. warship left on a routine operation collided with a much bigger container ship. what you have going on are really two search areas. you have boats and aircraft both from the u.s. and the japanese scouring the area where that collision happened trying to find any sign of sailors under the possibility that those sailors could have been thrown
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over board when the two boats collided. you also have another search that's going on right here at the base of that u.s. vessel "the destroyer" was brought back here. you have divers that are out there now. they have been searching there. they'll be looking at the most heavily portions, of course, of the destroyer. they'll be trying to get into every department. of course, that is to see whether or not any of those sailors could have become trapped when the destroyer was hit. don't forget, there was damage that was happening above and below the waterline. we're now told there was heavy flooding to the machine room, a radio room and some of the berth rooms. water was pumped out of the ship and that's why it was able to return here. now the very, very strenuous detailed work is being done to cover every inch of that ship to see if they can locate those soldiers, ana. >> keep us posted. also overseas, seven troops are being injured in northern
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afghanistan. the wounded troops were evacuated for treatment. an afghan soldier opened fire on these coalition troops there. currently there are about 8400 u.s. troops in the country, and this week president trump gave defense secretary james mattis full authority to send more troops to afghanistan. i want to bring in elise lab bat. this is a string of attacks where they've opened fire and the second one, in fact, in a week. what's going on? >> reporter: ana, in effect you seem to have these infiltratori. the taliban, we don't really know about the afghan command joe that was accused of shooting the soldiers today that the afghan police said -- the afghan government said that he shot these soldiers today, but last week in the kandahar province, as you mentioned, three soldiers
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were killed and that seems to be a taliban infiltrator. so what's happening is you have these afghan command jooes thate not vetted as much as they should be. it's so important that u.s. soldiers are there to continue to train up the afghan army. they've made a lot of progress, but clearly these green on blue attacks, while they had decreased in recent years, this year has been a very big problem. >> so how do you think this will affect the debate over sending more troops to afghanistan? >> i don't know that it's going to effect the outcome. certainly it will affect the debate as people are concerned that u.s. soldiers are getting caught in the cross fire, but i think you'll hear from secretary mattis and his aides that this increases the need for the u.s. to double down. perhaps there will be more attention on vetting. perhaps there will be more
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attention on checking it out. the u.s. needs to continue to provide the resources, will need a bump up in forces to continue to get the job done. president donald trump has said the only way to get the u.s. out of the afghan war is to help win the war. as you've seen an increase in attacks by isis as well, i think you'll see that defense secretary mattis won't be deterred by these attacks. >> elise, thank you. breaking news on the west coast. looking live at a wild fire burning out of control just 40 miles north of downtown los angeles. officials say the lake fire, that's what they're calling it, has already scorched 500 acres. it is 0% contained. these are live pictures from kabc tv. lots of flame. using a tractor to car of a fire break into the ridge.
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a plane passed over the blaze. working to find out if any evacuation orders are in place. we will keep you updated as we learn more. coming up, prosecutors say they will retry bill cosby after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial today. we have an exclusive interview with the cosby defense team. we're live in the "cnn newsroom." offer online? brian, i just had a quick question. brian? brian... legacy technology can handcuff any company. but "yes" is here. you're saying the new app will go live monday?! yeah. with help from hpe, we can finally work the way we want to. with the right mix of hybrid it, everything computes.
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anyone expecting a verdict in the bill cosby assault case will not get one. the jury in norris town, pennsylvania, failed to reach a verdict. it's a mistrial. but the legal process, this could play out in court again. ja jean casarez is outside of the courtroom. you did an exclusive interview. tell us about the conversation with cosby's lead attorney? >> reporter: brian was on the case from the very beginning as the lead attorney, and he told me just minutes ago that during the deliberations he felt the
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weight of the world on his shoulders because he felt personally responsible for what this jury would do regard to his client, bill cosby. >> reporter: the judge has declared a mistrial. is that a win for you? is that a loss for you? >> any time you start a trial and end a trial with your client being presumed innocent, it can't be a loss. having said that, there are no winners here. we tried a case for a week. the jury deliberated for 50 some hours without a verdict. but, you know, as i've said many times before, as long as you can leave that courtroom with your client presumed innocent as he began, then i'm satisfied. >> this was a drug facilitated sexual assault case. did you pause at all? >> i never pause when i have the
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opportunity to defend someone like him who maintains his innocence, who from the beginning has assured me that i'll be able to represent him and do so with dignity and i'm a trial lawyer. my job is to go in and defend people who are accused of a crime and require that the prosecution be put to the test. no matter what's written, no matter what's said outside a courtroom, i require people who are going to make accusations to be put to the test and i welcome that opportunity here. i will say to you though that i was always a big bill cosby fan. i'm from philadelphia. i was born there, and bill cosby means a lot to a lot of us in this area. so when i got that call, i said yes. >> had you ever met him before? >> never. never met him. i had never seen him perform, but i probably watched him on tv more than i care to admit. i go back to "i spy" so i go way
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back. i've been a fan of mr. cosby's forever, and now i get the opportunity to call him my client and my friend. >> reporter: what was it like to meet him way back then? >> i met him in new york at his home there, and it was -- it was rather awesome. he is a very engaging fella. he's remarkably funny, and amazingly bright. i think that's the one thing that stunned me the most not ever having met him before was his ability to interact on any number of levels about any number of subjects. he's just a remarkably brilliant man, and he put me at ease, which was much needed the first time i met him. he was a lot taller, more gregarious than i would have expected, and we got along right from the start. >> reporter: do you -- >> reporter: i asked mr. mcmonagle if bill cosby drugged and sexually assaulted women through the decades, did he do
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this? he said, no, he did not. he swore to me he did not do this. mr. mcmonagle told me when the jury came into the courtroom today that he saw two female jurors that were crying. he said that last night he saw a juror sleeping as there was another read back. he said that he almost fell asleep, too, because of the hours, 12 hour days of deliberations. he said he was very concerned about mr. cosby this last week because he's 79 years old, just about 80, and those are very long days for someone like him, but he said it was cosby that actually kept them all going through such a tough time this last week not knowing what the jury was going to do. ana? >> interesting. of course, there will be a new jury if this case goes into another trial of some sort. is there a time line on when that might happen? >> reporter: yes. within about 120 days the judge said today in court he wants to retry this almost immediately, and so i think it will start
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very swiftly. i asked mr. mcmonagle, are you going to do this a second time? he said, we'll see. if i'm asked by mr. cosby, we just might. >> thank you. hard work out there. coming up, get more details about the shooter who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice, we take a closer look at what triggers a political hate crime. we're live in the "cnn newsroom." every day. but at night, it's the last thing on my mind. for 10 years my tempur-pedic has adapted to my weight and shape, relieving pressure points from head to toe. so i sleep deeply but feel light. and wake up ready to perform. even with the weight of history on my shoulders. find your exclusive retailr at tempur-pedic.com but when we brought our daughter home, that was it. now i have nicoderm cq. the nicoderm cq patch with unique extended release
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this just in to cnn. a noose was found today happening outside the national gallery of art in washington. this is the third time a noose has been found at the smithsonian institution facility in several weeks. the noose today was happening from the lamp post outside the national gallery. previously it was found at the national museum of and at the
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african-american history. just moments ago his account tweeted this out. steve is watching lsu baseball rooting hard for a big tigers win tonight. scalise was shot in the hip wednesday. the bullet damaged his internal organs and he lost a lot of blood. that sent him into shock. meanwhile, the fbi has finished collecting evidence at the park where the shooting happened. on the street and in the recreational areas of the pavg except the baseball field is back open. the field is supposed to re-open tomorrow. all of this was closed since the shooting. meanwhile, officials are continuing to dig into the gunman's past. the shooter had a list of several republican congressmen with him. no one who was shot was on that list. he posted anti-trump comments on media. he had a very troubled history.
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his foster daughter committed suicide by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire. he was once charged with battery on a different female family member. we'll talk more about this with sociologist, randy blasack and retired fbi special agent bobby chacone. when you look at his profile, what concerns you more, the family history or the politically angry mind set that we're learning about through social media? >> i think that that's -- i think it's the dangerous combination of the two. that's what where we have the perfect storm with an individual like this, is the family history, the violent history and then himself getting, you know, kind of radicalized on the internet with hateful speech that we see everyday from both sides of the political spectrum and everywhere in between. it seems the rhetoric has gotten more vitriolic than ever.
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i think he was a politically active guy last year and he was of the occupy movement. even at some of those times he had some violence associated with him. i think this is the perfect storm. i think both of those things came together and luckily that, you know, this doesn't happen often and i don't think that just the rhetoric causes it. i think you had somebody who obviously was mentally unstable and had a violent history and then got himself, you know, worked up on some of these other issues. i think it came together in the worst possible way. >> randy, you have studied political violence from an historical perspective. what stands out and what triggers someone to go from expressing angry political views to opening fire on a member of congress? >> yeah, i think the notion of a perfect storm is absolutely right. and what we're seeing with social media is what we've sort of seen a long time with the people on the extremes, they sink into a subcultural world.
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often it's very con spir to recall. there's not a lot of counter narrative. the social media, we refer to that as an echo chamber. it's really a magnification chamber. we've done research to the nature of becoming addicted to the likes they get on the post. there's no safety valve to where it comes to this explosive head. it's frightening to think there are more and more people like this in their little universes getting angry at the world through the social media platforms and thinking about who they would target if they could. >> you think the social media is a big reason we're seeing the divisive nature and what's become so heated in terms of the rhetoric itself? >> well, we can literally delete the people who disagree with us in social media. it's become a way of being in this world where we're constantly reassured for our
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views and anything that contradicts that has been left out of it. we've been doing a lot of work to try to encourage people to take a step away from social media and television as well, to re-engage with people in the real world, have conversations on other things other than politics. you can agree but if you have a conversation with them on something you have in common whether it's sports, music, the weather, we find those conversations when you come back to them are much more civil. >> interesting. bobby, you've kind of talked about some red flags that are red flagged in hindsight. cnn has reported that the fbi didn't have him in their sights. do you think they should have picked up on him before? >> no. this may have been an individual they had on their radar years ago presocial media, preinternet. if he sent them to the white house, they would have knocked on his door.
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we can't police the internet with the millions of comments that are happening every day and the rhetoric seems to be ratcheted up daily worse and worse all the time. so it's -- you know, the secret service has their hands full. the sheer volume of the rhetoric and these kind of comments, you know, you look back and even to take something where you can track some of these people that are making the comments and then track them through, you know, criminal histories in the past, even that would be so onerous as to be almost -- it's mind boggling. as a law enforcement officer to think that an agency would be charged with trying to do that, it's mind boggling to be able to do that. >> it does sound so difficult and yet prevention is crucial. i think you both touched on some potential solutions. randy and bobby, thank you both. coming up, what is it like to be donald trump's second in command? up next, the awkward moment that vice president mike pence has put up with. you're live in the "cnn newsroom."
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tonight we've learned vice president mike pence has retained a lawyer related to the russia investigation. pence has remained the loyal soldier to president trump even though he has repeatedly found himself in awkward positions. our randi kaye reports the awkwardness goes all the way back to the campaign trail. >> and thanks to the leadership -- >> reporter: after the firing of fbi director james comey last month, vice president mike pence insisted the president based his opinion on recommendations he received. >> let me be very clear that the president's decision to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general to remove director comey as the head of the fbi was based solely and exclusively on his commitment to the best interests of the american people. >> reporter: but the very next day president trump put his vice president in an awkward light by
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telling nbc he had made the decision to fire comey on his own. >> what i did is i was going to fire comey. my decision. it was not -- >> reporter: you had made the decision? >> i was going to fire comey. >> reporter: and on top of that, even though pence had said publicly that trump's decision to fire comey was not related to the russia investigation -- >> there is no evidence of collusion between -- between our campaign and -- and any russian officia officials. let me be clear -- >> reporter: this investigation -- >> that was not what happened. >> reporter: he was proven wrong again. >> when i decided to just do it i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. >> reporter: also on russia, back in january after then national security advisor michael flynn had misled the vice president about his contacts with the russian ambassador, mike pence went on national television defending flynn's actions. >> they did not discuss anything
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having to do with the united states decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against russia. >> reporter: later a spokesman for flynn said he couldn't be sure the topic of sanctions hadn't come up in conversations with russia. he was soon fired but not before embarrassing the vice president. in february after trump blasted a judge for blocking his immigration ban, referring to him as a so-called judge, pence once again was on cleanup duty. >> the president of the united states has every right to criticize the other two branches of government. i think people find it very refreshing that they not only understand this president's mind but they understand how he feels about things. he expresses himself in a unique way. >> reporter: and even before the election there were moments on the campaign trail that proved awkward for pence. >> whoa. whoa. >> reporter: like when this "access hollywood" tape came out. >> when you're a star, you can
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do anything. >> do whatever you want. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. you can do anything. >> reporter: pence said in a statement he was offended and cannot defend his then running mate but soon after when several women accused trump of inappropriate behavior, he did just that. >> what he's made clear is that was talk, regrettable talk on his part, but that there were no actions and that he's categorically denied these latest unsubstantiated allegations. >> reporter: mr. vice president, a loyal soldier despite it all. randi kaye, cnn, new york. coming up, cnn's anderson cooper takes us to a charity that helps keep police dogs safe. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." [vo] what made secretariat the greatest racehorse
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all this week cnn has been running a special series called "champions for change." a dozen cnn and hln anchors went and spent time working alongside people whose causes are close to their hearts. we want you too meet our champions for change. cnn's anderson cooper reports. anderson did a little something outside his own comfort zone to help raise money for these dogs. watch. >> i'm just going to step straight back. >> reporter: you're stepping out. i'm looking towards the -- >> yes, straight back. you can just think about falling. >> reporter: i don't want to think about falling. okay. if you're friends with jimmy hatch, chances are you'll eventually end up here. on a plane climbing to 13,000 feet about to do something a little crazy.
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this group in a plane with me are mostly volunteers. we're all here for a fund-raiser for jimmy hatch's charity, spike's canine fund, which raises money to help protect the lives of police dogs buying them custom made bullet proof police vests. >> she's fast. >> she's an athlete. >> reporter: i first met jimmy two years ago when i interviewed him for a story. he served in the navy for 26 years. most of it with multiple tours in afghanistan, iraq, elsewhere. jimmy doesn't like to make a big deal of it, but he's seen a lot of combat in his life and he's done some remarkable things to help protect us. on his last mission in afghanistan in 2009, jimmy was critically wouldn'tnded shot in leg by searching for army private bo berghdal.
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he was saved by remco. >> i watched remco. i watched his body language. as it changed i knew we were getting close to something. before i realized what was there he took a couple rounds to the >> recommendco was killed and jimmy nearly lot of his leg. he was so badly wounded he had to retire from the navy. but that didn't mean that jimmy hatch retired from serving. he found a new mission by founding spike's k-9 fund, a charity named for the first dog he handled in the military, spike, who was killed on a mission in iraq in 2006. >> for me, a person who handled a dog it was my duty to make sure he was protected. and when the dog gets hurt or killed, you failed. >> jimmy is now dedicating his
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life to help train and protect police and military dogs. jimmy helps police department k-9 units around the country. often posing as a bad guy. a dei could to help train the dogs and get them used to wearing these vests. in some situations, police dogs are sent in when it's too risky for a police officer. the dogs find the suspect and grab on to him. the police officer's valuable time to apprehend them. volunteering as a dei could is not glamourous work. jimmy spends a lot of his time getting bitten by dogs over and over again. this dog is wearing a custom made bullet proof vest that spike's k-9 fund got for him. it's lightweight so it doesn't slow him down, but it will protect him. it can save his life as well as the life of his human handler.
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these vests aren't cheap. they cost about $2,500 a piece. all this training helps the dogs and the police handlers get better. and while the dogs look scary they can save a suspect's life stopping him before he gets shot or tasers. the better trained the dogs are the safer everybody is. >> it's just like the military, train, train, train and your odds of success go up. >> jimmy runds this foundation along with his director of operations emily. >> currently we help dogs in 26 states and i would like the whole map to be lit up with dogs that we've helped. >> their office is jimmy's kitchen table and to keep overhead low jimmy says more than 80% of the money donated goes to vests and medical expenses which sometimes aren't covered by local police department. he's gotten vests for at least 288 police dogs so far. by the end of the year he'd like
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to be able to say he's outfitted at least 500 police dogs. last month i met one jimmy when he was working with the norfolk police k-9 unit. >> anderson, come on in here. listen to this dog, man. see how he keeps biting to get deeper. >> one of their police dogs krueger was shot to death in 2016 and through spike's k-9 fund i was able to help get bullet proof vest for a number of police dogs in the area. officer mcany of was krueger's partner. >> this guy was named in honor of anderson cooper, that's a.c. >> thanks to spike's k-9 fund, his new k-9 partner has the vet that krueger did not. >> what's cool is he's wearing the vest that you provided for the dogs. that's a bullet proof vest and he wears it to work every day. >> jimmy somehow convinced me to suit up so i could experience the power and displichb these
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dogs. >> i've got him. >> let's get up. feel how intimate that is. he's talking to you. >> one thing i wasn't all that keen on doing this weekend was skydiving. i'm afraid of heights, but jimmy has a way of convincing you to do things. >> whoa. >> that was intense. that was intense. getting out of the airplane is just the most -- it's so unnatural. it's so like -- holy
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[ bleep j. jimmy hatch is no longer wearing a uniform but that hasn't stopped him from continuing to serve our country and it hasn't stopped him from continuing to fight to keep all of us safe. >> what a great story. we have a whole lot more of those feel-good stories coming up next. for now thanks for being with me tonight. stay with us for cnn special champions for change hosted by dr. sanjay gupta. that's next right here on cnn. have a great night. the american worker is an
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. if you could give a day to a charity that you care about, which would be it? where would you go? how would you help? well, i along with several of my colleagues were given that opportunity and asked to share the stories of the people and the causes that are close to our hearts. tonight, you're going to meet them. this is champions for change. ♪ if i told you i was down, i was down, would you help me ♪ ♪ told you ways down, i was down, would you list me up ♪ ♪ i need the strength, i'll be yours someday ♪ ♪ if i told you i was down, ways down, would you help me up ♪ ♪ >> good evening i'm dr. sanjay gupta. over the next hour we'd like to introduce to you some remarkable

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