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to compare one disaster to another, but what you've seen here, how does it compare to others you've seen? >> i've been in two hurricanes already in haiti. and here in the states i've been part of sandy and now watching what is happening here. it is kind of very different. for obvious reasons. red cross, they work unbelievably well overseas an america should be proud of the help they give overseas. but in america we are learning. we remember what happened in katrina, the superdome compared to what is happening here in the convention center. i would say the convention center has been handled very well. you see a lot of organization. you see police. you see doctors. you see food. so i think the learning curve is there but it is obviously room for growth and for learning. so next time something like this happens, we are ready to be -- for example, feeding everybody in the right way. >> i know you've had a long day and a lot of kitchens. >> more to cook tomorrow. >> more to cook tomorrow. jose, thank you very much. >> god bless you. >> breaking news at the top of
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the hour here in houston. where floodwaters from hurricane harvey may have peaked but new dimensions of the disaster are coming into view and others exploding back to light. late today the arkema chemical plant in crosby was rocked again. you see the fire there's. what began as flooding became a power outage. cooling equipment shut down. chemicals heated up and erupted in flames. thankfully that fire has died down. officials warn new explosions are about certain. we'll have more shortly. it is just one of the string of different developments here tonight that should signal loud and clear this is not over. i know people think the weather is fine and the -- the rest of the country is moving on. folks here can't move on. this is not over by any means, including at the airport where gary tuchman discovered an airlift under way. take a look. >> it is an emergency airlift. hurricane victims who have lost their homes, their belongings, everything, bussed to a tarmac at a airport that serves port arthur and beaumont.
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getting ready for a flight on a c-130 to dallas where they'll receive shelter. >> are you nervous about going on this plane? >> yes, i am. >> you'll be okay. >> thank you. >> i wish you luck. >> reporter: evacuees originally arrived at the airport to the hurricane zone hearing there was a temporary shelter here. indeed, there. generous volunteers helping out, supplying food, clothing and medicine. but it's hot inside. so the evacuees stay on air-conditioned buses while they wait for a spot on a plane. phyllis skillman's home was destroyed in port arthur. how do you feel that you are leaving and you are aboard this bus and going to a new city? >> i cry. i cry because i have lived port arthur all my life but i never experienced nothing like this. i've never seen water flood like this. >> reporter: shalanda evans and her family lost their home too.
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>> i'm nervous. this is the first time flying on an airplane. but otherwise -- >> they wait for hours but finally board their flights sitting side by side on the same planes that send american troops into battle. donna and emma who lost their home were still waiting for their flight when we talked to them. >> we feel lucky. i went through stage four breast cancer not too long ago, and in '15 and my scans come back good all of the time. so -- >> so this isn't that much of a problem compared to that. >> yeah. and my husband just broke his hip. >> you both have remarkable attitudes. >> yeah. >> well you don't -- that is all you can do. if you get down, you're not helping yourself or anybody around you. >> reporter: the culberts and hundreds of others who waited on the buses now starting over in dallas. >> gary, they have an incredible attitude. i mean, it's hard not to get down. how long is this going to continue?
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>> anderson, there is no end time. in sight right now. as long as there is a demand to fly to dallas, the military will fly in the c-130s. already 1500 people have been evacuated from the beaumont/port arthur area on the planes to dallas. right now uthis c-130 is just finished being loaded up. people are aboard and it will leave shortly. i can tell you right now, anderson, there are still several buses outside this airport, and they too are waiting to board planes to a anynew life. anderson? >> gary, i'm glad you're there. so many important stories to tell and so many different parts of this state. louisiana as well. more now on the arkema fire. the epa just released a statement. for an update i want to go to cnn's brian todd. first of all, what do we know about this fire? >> well, anderson, the fire was pretty horrific looking. huge plumes of smoke and fire in the air from the arkema plant
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starting this afternoon. we do know what caused. it i'll talk about that in a second. but we need to tell you about the epa. they just posted a statement saying they flew an aircraft right through that fire this afternoon, looking for any airborne toxins. and they said despite the intensity of this fire, and this is the epa's words here, no high levels of toxic chemical have been detected. but everyone in the area should still follow the safety instruction of local authority, especially staying out of that evacuation zone. no high levels of toxic material have been detected airborne from this fire, according to the epa. but they're still recommending that officials keep that 1.5 mile radius evacuation zone in tact. what arkema incorporated and local fire officials said just a short time ago in a news conference was that these are two trailers that caught on fire. one of them there was smoke and then one caught on fire and it quickly spread to another trailer. and they say, anderson, that this fire is supposed to spread to six more trailers. so these fires could get very intense and if the hours and
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days ahead but officials at arkema say they expected this to happen. they know this will play out and they knew that these chemicals were going to degrade. this is organic peroxide in the containers and they are not been cooled for several days. they knew they would degrade and then probably heat up and catch fire. and they say the best course of action right now is to let the fires burn out. anderson? >> so -- and you're in beaumont. let's talk about what residents are facing there. serious problem with drinking water. what is the situation with that right now? >> well, we thought there might be some cause for optimism earlier, a few hours ago when we were told they are at about 10% capacity of pumping out water, the ability to pump out water, and that they hoped to have the water on tonight. but indications are that they may not get their water back tonight. i spoke to a local official who said that what they are being told is that the amount of water that they are pumping into that treatment facility behind me from the natchez river through
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these pumps, the temporary pumps that they have set up is not matching the actual levels that they're reading in the gauges in there. they've got to figure out why there is a disconnect between the water they're puffering in and the amount of water that they're seeing in the gauges and all the dials that they have inside that plant. once they figure out that disconnect, then they have to figure out how to treat that and then get it out to the people of beaumont. so it may not be tonight before the people get their water back. >> brian todd, great reporting all this week. thank you so much. one late note. the white house is saying congress, its request for emergency hurricane funding. it's higher than we expect. i should point out $7.85 million according to one senior official. as all of this unfolds, there is another storm out there, hurricane irma. we don't want to freak anybody out. it is a long way off but keep an eye on it. two possible tracks that could mean trouble for the east coast or the gulf. again, let's get the reality check on this.
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allison chinchar following it from the weather center. she joins us now. so where is this? what's the latest? >> where the storm is basically in the middle of the atlantic right now. the reason people are focusing on it, again, it's in the middle of nowhere right now. but we're paying attention because of how quickly it intensified. it is a category 3 storm right now. but again, the good news is it's a far, far away from land at this point. but it is going to edge a little bit closer in the coming days. right now category 3 storm, winds around 120 miles per hour, moving west at about 13 miles per hour. now in the coming day, it's going to start to take a little bit of a southerly dip, in doing so it will enter slightly warmer water. this will allow for the storm to intensify a little bit. getting up to perhaps a category 4 if not even stronger of a storm in the short-term, anderson. but again, the real question is where does it go after that. >> so when are we going to have a better handle on potential impacts on the u.s., if any.
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>> right. so that's a great question. that's really the question everybody wants to know. right now we're looking at about seven to ten days from now. we are looking at next weekend. so what we need to do is look at two of our more promising models. the ones that we often look at in these storms. we refer to the american and the european model. in the short-term, the next five days, they really are for all intents and purposes the exact same. it's once we get towards the end of next week, we really start to see them split apart. the european model keeps it farther south and west and this would be more concerning for folks around florida and even into the gulf, because it could continue on that westerly track. the american model, however, goes a little farther north and maintains a little farther east. this would potentially put it more in line with, say, the carolinas, anderson, or potentially even the northeast coast. so again you have two models going two entirely different ways. but both at this point entirely decent possibilities. so something we'll have to keep a close eye on in the next seven
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to ten days. >> all right, allison chinchar, appreciate it. joining me now is the mayor of beaumont, texas, becky ames. i appreciate you joining us again. if you could give us the latest update on the water situation in beaumont. any idea on when things may get back online? >> well, we're hoping to get real accurate information when the crest is going to happen in the natchez river. so that will make a huge difference. that has not happened yet. we were hoping that it would this afternoon. so we're just waiting it out. it is very hard to say before we know when the crest will be at its highest for the natchez river. >> and just in terms of clean drink water -- how are people getting by? relief crews are bringing in trucks of water. is access -- that must be an issue. >> not so much. the areas that don't have access have evacuated for the most part. we are still in rescue mode.
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a lot of people think we are not because it doesn't look like it everywhere but we are. we did have an apartment complex flood today. and our fire and police went out and rescued them right away. so we are still doing that. we have multiple operations going on from shelters to rescue mode and then we do have the pods where we are giving out free drinking water to our citizens. the one was open this morning at babe zaharias park, which is one of our parks, and then we have five opening over the city as we speak. and it took 12 minutes to get through the very long line for them to get a case of water, a jug of water, some mres and other supplies. and so there are also multiple sites throughout the city that are not city operated, they are probably taking a little longer because of their resources and manpower. but the ones at the city will be at babe zaharias park, one at westbrook, and there are two
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others we have not decided yet. so drinking water is not a problem. >> okay. i just want to go back to something you said about being in rescue mode. so just to be clear, you are still in rescue mode and rescues are still taking place as you talked about at an apartment complex that flooded today. those -- those are new areas that are flooding? or are some of the people who just were riding it out and decided the water hasn't gone down enough and enough is enough? >> no, not at all. we go door-to-door when we think a certain area is going to flood to get people out. this was very nearby a place that we did that. but what is happening is the flooding happened from the rain. but a lot of people don't realize some of the major flooding happens after the rain occurs, because the bayou and the rivers near us, in this case the natchez river, that's what we talked about the crest. it will come up and it will flood areas that might have been
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dry two hours before. so, yes, we're in rescue mode. we have shelters set up. >> [ inaudible ] when is it going to crest? >> well, i wish you could find that out for me, anderson. >> sorry, dumb question. >> we thought it was supposed to crest this afternoon. and it didn't. and now some are saying sometime tonight and some are saying tomorrow. there is many different models. but i did meet right before i came over here with some of our staff that are very proficient in our emergency operations center and they are telling me that it may not be as high as we originally thought. we are hoping for that. i really can't give a time and a amount right now. i have one in the back miff mind but i don't want to go it because we are monitoring it by the minute and we'll continue to do that through the night. planning a press conference as
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soon as we know more tomorrow. but we are keeping our citizens safe. we have hotlines set up for them to call if they have rising water. we've had firefighters and police officers out there continuously rescuing those people. if you have rising water, you are not as much in danger obviously because you can see it coming and you can call us and we can get to you. drinking water is here. we are giving it out. once we find out what is going to happen with the river, we'll try to bring our work around, if you will, that one of our engineers came up with because our water treatment plant or our water plant operations plant is under water. so as soon as we get that -- if we get that confirmed, that it is not going to get into our control room, which we hope it doesn't. we've been talking about that quite a lot. then we will at least have flushable water and shower
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water, and then plenty of drinking water. so we are bringing this back on much quicker. if we had waited until the river receded, and waited to go in and look at that -- at that pumping system that is totally under water. it would be day and weeks. so this is brilliant with these engineers. we've had private industry. we've had city employees. they're doing a great job. >> mayor ames, i appreciate that. and i know there are a lot of people that will add your town to their prayer list tonight so that the crest happens quickly and it is lower than had been anticipated. thank you so much. best wishes for the coming up days. coming up next, an entire town where people worry they may have been forgotten. we'll tell you where that is. and later, a fellow musician. what she did after she saw a story of the piano player who turned a moment in his own hardship into something that has inspired millions. whoo! testing. is this thing on?! huh? c'mon! your turn! mmmm... where do pencils go on vacation?
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been widespread. but entire neighborhoods were also spared. in the town of wharton, texas, the destruction is pretty much everywhere. and is so often in a story like this, the big areas tend to get the coverage. we saw it during katrina when we made it into places in mississippi where we spent the first couple of days after the storm. martin savidge has more this time from wharton. >> reporter: wharton is marooned. floodwaters flow over or sit on top of just about every road in and out of this town of 9,000. it has been like that since wednesday when the colorado river and other nearby waterways poured out of their banks flooding 60% of the town. how fast did it come up? >> i would say an hour. an hour from the time i talked to him, everybody was out of there. maybe a little bit longer. but it was quick. >> reporter: the heart of the town is filled with water. so are the neighborhoods nearby. folks here are just trying to make do. richard brown and his son alex were out checking on family and searching for food. >> most of the staples are out.
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milk, bread, they just got a shipment. that is why we were able to get that. we got lucky. but a lot of the aisles are empty, really picked over. low on meat, eggs. eggs are gone. >> reporter: since we can't get to their home, they gave us some video of what it looks like. >> there is our house. every square inch of the yard is submerged. >> reporter: groceries and gas are in short supply. the two shelters are filled, and dessy and her husband and their dogs and cats prefer to live out of their truck in a parking lot at the junior college. my husband sleeps in the truck. i make a pallet on the tailgate and sleep on the tailgate. that is where i sleep. works for me. it is nice and it is cool and it hasn't rained on me. >> reporter: the couple fled flooding in houston and came to wharton to stay with a friend. >> we came from roseburg. we were here one day. i got a nice hot bath, dinner. the next morning, my husband went to go get cigarettes, came
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back, and water is everywhere. >> now they all sit in the shade by the road waiting for the water to go down. >> reporter: do you think towns like this are overlooked. >> yes. i do. i really do, because where is everyone? because where is fema? where is -- where is -- you need a place to stay. we'll set up a place for you. where is it? because it is not here. >> reporter: the red cross and national guard are here, still residents are feeling overwhelmed and overlooked, lost in all of the focus on houston. >> there is a lot of people in neighboring towns that aren't aware that we are still flooded. that we still cannot access parts of our town. and that people are still displaced. >> reporter: do you feel for forgotten, overlooked? >> absolutely, sometimes you do feel forgotten. >> reporter: fortunately, what wharton has plenty of is people like kelsey. she too grew up here and left, but after hearing about the flood came racing back to help. you a like a whirlwind. you are. >> i'm trying to keep up. i said, i wish i had ten phones and a hundred voices to get the word out. >> reporter: she's got tents
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going up and a food truck coming in. >> yesterday we fed 400 people. today we're hoping to feed much more than that. >> i've never seen such outpouring of help as i have in wharton. >> reporter: the good news is the water has begun to recede. but this town's problems are not likely to go away any time soon. and the people here would like those outside of the community to know they are doing okay. nobody died. they are making do with what they have. but once the water is gone, they sure could use a lot of help. >> martin savidge, thank you very much. they're going to need a lot of help for wharton tonight, a town not forgotten. it's also another remind they're disasters like this are slow rolling, and the needs are always evolving, sometimes in unexpected way. retired army lieutenant general russel honore. he touched on that with katrina last night. we're glad he could come join us once again. i think back to waveland, mississippi, where i spent two
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or three days there. i can't even remember, 12 years ago. it was one of the towns that wasn't getting a lot of coverage, and yet the devastation was extensive. >> absolutely. the focus generally ends up where the large populations are. and the good news is in that conversation that the red cross is there, and the national guard is there. that is the life line. and over time citizens like this standing up and volunteering is a success story. of how they're supposed to work. but it speaks to the fact that we need to come to grips with, that the dynamic disaster like this on any given day, the government isn't good enough to take care of everybody. that is why we speak to the culture of preparedness after katrina and everybody has to collectively be prepared and number two, once it happens, that the government will put that lifeline out there. but citizens like this lady here, is what will put quality of life in there. but the fact that the national guard is there, and the red
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cross is there, they've got to figure out how they are going to deal with getting fema people there now to start making sure that people get signed up and i'm sure that will happen in the coming days. >> let me ask you, how much is learned from one disaster to the next? i heard someone say recently, that the war in afghanistan has been 16 years but it has been -- it hasn't been -- it has been 16 one-year wars because there is such turnover. there is probably a lost folks working disaster weren't around during katrina. >> there were many examples. we talk about debris removal. two weeks in the operation, in katrina, they asked the corps engineers to take over the debris removal. up until that time we were paying $9 a cubic ton to remove debris. they gave it to a fortune 500 company and the price went to
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$16 a cubic ton. the guys doing the hauling, the local truckers got $9. so we almost doubled the price as opposed to being more efficient but the government don't deal with the small business guy. if that had happened in new orleans, a lot of people would have been able to restock their personal businesses but the fact they that they were working as subjects to these big companies that get the contract who basically got these high-rise apartments and the local people don't get to participate and get better as a result of that. they go to work for the big companies. we thought after katrina that would change, but they're back again, and they're going give it to a fortune 500 company who will take the profits off the top. >> general russel honore, great to have you here as always. >> chemical plant. >> yeah. we'll talk about that next. also, when we come back, a little boy who was rescued by boat from his flooded home has one wish, to thank the hero who
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the floodwaters to rescue someone else. that was the case for 7-year-old nash benson and his family who were rescued from their home in katy, texas, by good samaritans in boats. once on dry land, nash wanted to find the man he called his hero and say thank you. his mom lindsey posted a picture that nash drew on facebook with only the first name of the man who rescued him and the church he attended, and asking if anyone knew who he was. well, we found that hero and reunited them just before air. lindsay and nash benson an their hero, shannon townsend, from katy, texas. >> so lindsay, take us through what happened on monday when you saw the water coming up to your home. what did you and your family do next? >> yes, on monday, about lunchtime, the water was coming up and lapping at sandbags that we had put out on our front porch and my husband and i felt like it was time to evacuate. and it was time to leave our home and not stay there another night with our three young children.
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so we stepped out on street and we saw a little float boat and a man named rod helped us load up in the boat and took us to the elementary school just across the street. and then my husband waited out in the water and flagged down a bigger boat which had shannon and travis on that boat and they took us to safety as our neighborhood was impassable by car or foot. >> yeah. >> so they were our heros on monday to help us evacuate. >> nash, what was that like for you to see all of the water? >> not very scary for me. it was kind of fun. kind of scary. >> it was kind of fun? it was kind of fun to see the water in your neighborhood. kind of cool? at the same time. >> yeah. >> have you ever seen anything like that, nash? >> no. >> shannon, why were you out there in when did you decide to get in a boat? i we got a text from one of our
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church family members who lives in that neighborhood, and they asked if i could come get them because they knew i had a boat. and i was planning on doing something. i didn't know where. so i woke up that morning, and left. and went to that neighborhood. it was very difficult to get back in there. and i met a guy named travis morrow who helped me get my boat off a truck. and then we had some kind of big white jeep that was all jacked up that drove us over the bayou bridge because we were kind of land locked. we got so far and were stuck. and got the family out and people were just flagging us down left and right. we were just yelling, we'll be back for you. we'll be here all day. >> do you remember lindsay and nash? >> yes. i sure do. >> because a lot of rescuers don't have a chance to talk to the people they are rescuing, but you were talking to them in the boat. >> yeah. most of the people, when they got in the boat, they were very scared or almost in shock and i
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would say where are you from? trying to get them to talk and talk to the kids and how are you doing other than being in a major flood. are you doing okay? most people would start talking and ask me where i'm from and i'm from the fellowship which is just about a quarter of a mile from the flooded area. it is my home church. so just trying to talk to them. >> so nash, i understand you wanted to meet shannon and wanted to see him again and you were trying to track him down. is there anything you want to say to him right now? >> what do you want to say to shannon? >> thank you, shannon. >> thank you shannon for rescuing us. we'll remember your steadfast calm really helped us not be fearful that day. we'll remember. >> you're our helper. >> that was definitely my pleasure. it was the highlight of my life other than seeing my kids being born. it was incredible.
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>> nash wants a boat like you now so he can help people. >> yeah. >> i want to help people when i grow up. >> yeah. >> nash, you want to get a boat too now? >> do you want to get a boat too now, right? >> yeah. be a helper. >> nash, i hear you drew a picture. what does it show? >> what is the picture. >> it is me and my dog and you, shannon. >> that is so cool. you are a good -- you are a good drawer. >> we were thankful shannon had room on the boat for our dog gus. nash was pretty pumped about that. >> i bet. >> and lindsay and nash, how are you all doing now? >> we're doing great. we are safe and dry, and the outpouring of love and support from our community and my husband's employer, just rallied behind us. and we're very, very blessed.
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>> yes. >> well i'm going to let you go. is there anything lindsay before we go, anything else you want to say to shannon, or nash, anything else you want to say to shannon? >> shannon, we're forever changed by witnessing your embodiment of the human heart, and we're forever grateful. >> you're welcome. >> well, lindsey, thank you so much. and nash, thank you. and it is a great drawing and we'll get it to shannon and thank you so much for all you've done. >> thank you, anderson. >> really awesome. incredible. wow. such a great story. we'll have plenty more on hurricane harvey coming up. but first we do have some breaking news out of the white house. find out what new evidence special counsel robert mueller is considering in the russia probe, when we come back. rate te crohn's disease,... ...i was always searching for ways to manage my symptoms. i thought i had it covered. then i realized managing was all i was doing.
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we'll come back to hurricane harvey shortly. tonight we also have two big stories out of washington, d.c. that we want to quickly get to. first, the "new york times" and the "washington post" reporting tonight that special counsel robert mueller is now reviewing a draft of a letter explaining
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why president trump wanted to fire james comey. the white house council reportedly told him not to send is that letter. also, a key white house aide who has been at donald trump's side for almost two decades back when they were in business has decided to leave the white house. keith schiller is his name. he is reportedly leaving for financial reasons. one source also adds he is also frustrated by new restrictions put in place by john kelly regarding access to the president. i spoke with david axelrod and david gergen and maggie haberman who reported that "new york times" story. the contents of the original letter appeared to provide the clearest rationale for firing mr. comey. what specifically does that mean? >> it's a wonderful question. we have not seen the letter. so we're trying not to say what we don't know. what is described to us is it was an unfettered screed. several people used the word screed who are familiar with the content of the letter. it was the president talking
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about his views of comey and his views of comey's professionism over the course of the clinton e-mail investigation and through the course of 2016. and he made a reference -- i'm paraphrasing here, but he made a reference to comey telling him, the president in private conversations that he was personally not under investigation. the implication was obviously related to the russia investigation. which was ongoing at that point, and mr. comey's refusal to say that publicly and to publicly clear the president. but basically, this was a stew on the part of the president, that he had been laboring over mentally for several days. he had a bunch of instructions for his aide stephen miller to storify into a letter. for comey, that letter did not ultimately see the light of day. but robert mueller is looking at the original. >> and david axelrod, the president has already acknowledged he was going to fire james comey because of the russia investigation. he said that to lester holt on nbc.
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how significant is this letter one way or another? >> i don't know. but they're looking at the aggravation of evidence, and clearly obstruction of justice is something that is very much on the mind of mr. mueller. we now know attorneys for president have met with the special counsel to address specifically this case of obstruction. so anything that adds any weight to the notion that the president's true motivation was to stop comey from pursuing this investigation would be of great interest to mr. mueller. >> david gergen, how do you see this? what do you make of the draft letter, particularly that the white house counsel thought it was a bad idea. >> we need to be cautious because no one has seen the letter outside the mueller team, a few people at the white house. but i do think that mueller clearly is looking for questions, does this add to a sense that there was an intent? as david axelrod said, it was the motivation part of the president to shut mueller down.
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does this add to the weight of that zmarj the fa that? the fact that the white house counsel did not want trump to send the letter because he, quote, found it problematic, i think suggests there are things in there that the white house council didn't want mueller to see, he doesn't want the public to see. so you have to say that there is something going on here that the white house would block the letter, but we did -- we can't be definitive. it may add to the weight of mueller concluding that the intention on the part of the president was to distract. >> and maggie, talking about the comey firing. the white house staffer who delivered that termination letter keith schiller who has been a close aide to donald trump for decades is telling people he is leaving the white house because of financial reasons. the white house press secretary denies the story altogether. would it surprise you uif he left? >> i think keith schiller had
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not planned on being in washington for more than a year regardless. but certainly should he leave the president's side it would be noteworthy. he has been a member of sort of the guard around the president and somebody who he feel versus secure with, and one of the very few people who this president trusts as he is in a city and frankly in a building where he has found himself unable to trust a lot of people or unwilling to trust a lot of people. i do think the financial issue is real. think it is both in terms of the pay issue, frankly i think when people go into government, when they have worked in the private sector, it often involves taking a pay cut. i think it is also worth remembering that keith schiller, and we don't know this, but he is likely to have some attorney fees given that he was the person who attempted to deliver that letter to james comey, and he was aware of certain aspects of that process. that can also become very expensive. >> david axelrod, when you just think of the sheer number of people who have left from the president's inner circle, or at least those who were starting out in the white house,
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especially amidst this idea of the president feeling isolates with the stress of the russia investigation. what kind of impact do you think that has? >> i think it does have an impact actually, anderson. i think presidents want people around them whom they are comfortable. president obama had a group of people, marvin nicholson and his trip director, reggie love who was his body men who were with him for years. and it gave him comfort to have familiar people around him. now what we've seen is the chief of staff john kelly have come in and a number of people have left in quick succession he is trying to impose a rational structure on the white house which from the beginning it has lacked. and the question from the beginning is how will the president tolerate this new culture. now you have one of his closest and longest aides leaving and it will be interesting to see who whether that just exacerbates his feeling of isolation. >> maggie haberman, david
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axelrod, david gergen, thanks very much. when we come back, an update on a story that we brought you last night. the houston dad of seven who played a waterlogged piano in his flooded out home to show his son that the 35piano was still . the video has inspired people around the world. now musician vanessa carlton wants to help his family and she'll tell us her plan next. u t out of every one of them. only proprietary tempur material precisely conforms to your body. you get up to twice as much pressure relieving power, so you won't toss and turn. and tempur-pedic is the best at minimizing motion transfer from your partner. you'll sleep deeply... and wake up, feeling powerful. now through september 17th, save up to $500 on select adjustable sets. find your exclusive retailer at
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. one hurricane harvey survivor caution our attention and many others with his reaction to the devastation around him. erick hardy is his name. he returned to his flooded houston home to get some of his kids' toys when he spotted his piano with its keys just above the water. he used this initiative to see if it still worked. the video went viral. you'll see why. ♪ a fellow musician, a kindred
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spirit vanessa carson saw that video and was moved. i spoke to her before air time. vanessa, the video of erick playing the piano what went through your mine when you saw it? >> well, i saw it on my phone, this image of a man playing a piano with a room filled with 6 feet of water and i started to cry. i, myself i'm a pianist and it occurred to me in that moment like oh my gosh, the musicians and instruments and that's when i tried to figure out who that man was. >> you want to try to help eric and his family, can you tell us about it? >> yeah, i reached out to eric, i found his number and i called him this morning and i reached out to yamaha because i am a yamaha sponsored musician and i thought maybe they could help. and i haven't told him this yet,
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but yam may agreed to replace the piano for him. >> that's cool. >> yeah. >> so he doesn't know about that yet? >> no, i don't think he knows about that yet. but, you know he represents a lot of people down there who are musicians and as you know, a lot of these people don't have flood insurance. when they replace their items they are going to replace their essentials first. and, you know, being a musician, music is like -- it's like oxygen. and i think it is an essential and i was just so thrilled to siam may come to the plait and i just hope i'm sort of hear representing all the musicians in a way down there who are going to need their instruments replaced. >> well, i'm not sure if you know this but eric has seven kids and it was his son particularly worried about the piano which made him sit down to play the piano. he basically made that video to
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show his son that the piano is still okay. obviously it's not okay because it's been submerged in water for so long and will continue to be. this is going to have a huge effect on eric and all his kids as well. i appreciate your time vanessa, thank so much. >> you're so welcome, thanks for having me on. >> an act of kindness. we've been in texas for a couple days now. the one constant has been all the heroes of this storm. the every day people who done extraordinary things, who jumped in to lend a hand. reached out to help those in the flood waters, complete strangers sometimes. let's take a look at some of the heroes and the stormafter math. >> ordinary people answering the call, now heroes of hurricane harvey. this man and his wife called a fast food chain for help after
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his home flooded. >> i called chick-fil-a but i ordered two extra burritos with a egg and a boat. >> it's such a blessing. i was there to answer the phone and get him home. >> the quick thinking manager arranged for a boat to go get them. strangers came together to rescue an elderly man trapped in his car as he was being swept away by the flood waters. the group quickly formed a human chain stretching from dry land to the man's car. the car was sinking fast but rescuers were able to get the drivers' door open and pulled the man to safety. he was taken to a local hospital and reunited with his son. monster truck owners also answered the call, the self-pro claimed red network army used their truck to rescue people. from an elderly woman in a
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wheelchair to this submerged military vehicle. truck driver nick sheridan drove more than 200 miles in his big rig to help those rescued in flood waters. his team of big rig drivers rescued more than 1,000 people. members of the cay shan navy, a voluntary group that formed after hurricane katrina saved a 70-year-old woman who had been laying down in the flood waters. >> i thought it was the trash bag, as we got closer we realized it was a body and instantly, donny jumped on the vessels, brought her up out of the water. >> joshua lincoln and two others got her breathing again and reunited her with her family. >> good boy. >> rowdy shaw from the humane
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society of the united states was a hero to this dog and many others abandoned in the storm. >> good baby, are you hungry? >> countless citizens opened their businesses and homes to evacuees seeking shelter, including furniture store owning jimmy mac invail. he picked up more than 200 people and offered his mattresses to evacuees and rescue workers in desperate need of rest. and since every hero works best on a full belly. one generous resident did his part to keep them from going hungry. he delivered cooked chicken drumsticks to soldiers of the national gaurtd like this woman and to others evacuating neighborhoods. already too many heroes to name. randy cay, cnn new york.
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>> all those heroes, the heroic heart of houston. we'll be right back.
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