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brianna keilar starts right now. have a great afternoon. i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters. under way right now, he's a billionaire with friends in high places. how jeffrey epstein is accused of luring, recruiting and sexually abusing dozens of girls at his mansions. now the question, who else may have been involved? joe biden just did something he doesn't often do, apologize. and iran breaches the nuclear deal that president trump left. what will the u.s. do now? plus, another senior pentagon official is out after a scandal. is the country less safe because of turmoil at the dod? and the u.s. women's soccer team are world cup champions again. will they finally get paid like it, and will they go to the white house? first, we begin with
alarming new allegations against politically connected billionaire and convicted sex offender, jeffrey epstein. he is due in court later today after federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against the 66-year-old and in it epstein is accused of seeking out and paying underage girls as young as 14 to have sex with him and then recruit other victims for him to abuse. >> we are parents, we are community members, we are human beings. but as an fbi special agent and the head of this office, i have the privilege to represent and stand among many who make it our mission to put predators behind pars where they belong, regardless of the predator's power, wealth and perceived connections. >> now, if you've never heard of epstein before this, odds are you have heard of his friends and associates, because his social circle includes hollywood actors and prominent politicians, including two u.s. presidents, bill clinton and donald trump, whose relationship with epstein spans over a
decade. cnn's erica hill is in new york. erica, epstein got an unusually lenient plea deal in florida in 2008 serving just over a year in jail with a generous work release. now he's facing decades in prison and some of his friends and associates should also be worried. >> absolutely. let's walk through that first deal that you just mentioned, that plea deal that was referred to as both a sweetheart deal and pretty much the best deal that someone in his case could get. this was in 2008. keep in mind the u.s. attorney for the southern district of florida who was overseeing this deal at the time, who okayed it, none other than alexander acosta, now the secretary of labor. under that deal he pleaded guilty to two state charges of prosecution in florida. there was no prison time but there was 13 months in a county jail and that was also part of a work release program. so he was allowed six days a week to leave the county jail for 12 hours at a time so that he could go to his office. this has been under scrutiny for some time. in february of this year, a
federal judge actually ruled that this deal broke the law because victims were not notified at the time. in fact they weren't notified until after a judge had signed off on it so they couldn't comment at the time. and again, that's bringing alexander acosta back under scrutiny. he was questioned about this at his confirmation hearings to become labor secretary at the time. he said the deal prosecutors came up with was a good thing in his words because epstein did some jail time and also because he had to register as a sex offender. it's important to point out the labor department oversees human trafficking. as for that network when you mentioned, he, jeffrey epstein, a lot of bold-faced names who are in his circle there, including former president bill clinton, who according to extensive investigative reporting that went through court records by the "miami herald" reporter julie brown showing on several occasions former president clinton was on epstein's private plane, even at his private island. and president trump also in his orbit on the plane at least once.
keep in mind there were neighbors in palm beach, at one point epstein was a member at mar-a-lago. he is no longer. and in 2002, then regular citizen donald trump said this to "new york" magazine about jeffrey epstein, calling him a terrific guy. he's a lot of fun to be with, he said. it's even said he likes beautiful women as much as i do, and many of them are on the younger side. obviously those words take on new meaning today in 2019. we should point out that neither former president clinton nor president trump have been accused of inappropriate activity with underage girls related to epstein. among the others in his orbit as well, prince andrew and attorneys alan dershowitz and ken starr who helped get him that deal back in 2008. >> erica hill, thank you so much. we have former federal prosecutor and cnn legal analyst laura coates to help us wade through some of this stuff now. so this case is being handled by the sdny, the southern district of new york. the public corruption unit. but in this press conference we
were told by officials there not to read too much into that. what do you think? >> it's hard not to. normally the public corruption unit is in charge of handling people that are elected officials, people in positions of power, not hedge fund people and billionaires. unlike what happened in florida where they gave immunity to people who were aquaintances or associates in some form or fashion, it's a whole different ball game in new york. different jurisdiction, different prerogative and discretion to be used so they may be looking at people that may be accomplices and perhaps they fall under the category of public corruption. >> i want to ask you about two things we heard during the press conference. one was has prince andrew been contacted to get information, and the other is, is he a billionaire? simply the prosecutor said no comment. what do we make of that? >> it's odd not to comment. one of the things interesting about this case is the connection of wealth and the evasion of justice here. the idea that but for his billions of dollars he would not have been able to successfully
evade scrutiny in the way, get this sweetheart deal that erica laid out so wonderfully about this issue. perhaps it's a question about whether or not he himself has other charges that may be brought against him, maybe a financial corruption case, i have no idea. it's an odd question given the overarching scrutiny to say, look, it was wealth that got him this far and the allegations that went away and even this ability to be in a private wing of a jail six days a week having to leave the facility unlike anyone else? come on. >> it's pretty stunning the deal that he got in 2008. the other part of it that's stunning is it shielded co-conspirators. this doesn't, right? so tell us what we're looking ahead for. >> so although there is a deal in florida, the states don't have to abide by each other. the immunity deal that may have gone down for any associate or accomplice, that's for florida prosecution. new york, separate state, separate prosecution here so they could actually say we're going to look at those people,
whoever these individuals are who thought it was appropriate, brianna, to have people waiting for him, have underage girls waiting for him when he touched down in palm beach or at his upper east side home allegedly, to have them waiting to actually be abuse victims, people who were above age and able to become victim refers. these people can now be under the purview of prosecution. that's a very great thing. also one of the reasons why it was so important to have victims be aware of the deal beforehand, could they give information about who may be an unknown accomplice or conspirator in a sex trafficking ring. in florida, they weren't given that chance to even say there's a plea offer, there's one been made and accepted. well, in new york, now they'll have their day in court to at least have the ability to have notice and perhaps have a voice. >> up to 45 years in prison. we'll follow this. laura coates, thank you so much. to the 2020 presidential race now and an apology from joe biden. the former vice president has been under fire over comments he made about working with
segregationist senators back in the '70s. >> was i wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that i was praising those men who i successfully opposed time and again? yes, i was. i regret it. i'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception that may have caused anybody. >> one of biden's biggest critics on those comments has been fellow presidential candidate, senator kamala harris. we have cnn's kyung lah who is with the harris campaign in myrtle beach, south carolina, right now. kyung, is there any reaction from senator harris? >> reporter: well, she's in the middle of her myrtle beach, south carolina, town hall. this is not the format where we've generally seen her talk about this dust-up with the former vice president. she's actually speaking behind me. it's a little hard to hear her because it's so crowded. where we have seen her talk about it is when reporters have asked her these questions in the
gaggle. i want you to listen to her response when she was asked by a reporter about her response to the former vice president's apology. >> i mean i think that he is right to recognize the impact of his words, and i applaud him for doing that and having the courage to do it. there is still a point of disagreement between he and i, and that remains, which is that part that is a very significant part, i believe, about that whole era, which is the issue of busing. >> reporter: i followed up with asking why it took him three weeks -- why she thinks it took him three weeks to respond and she said she would like to turn the page, but that she felt he simply could not rewrite history. the campaign instead, brianna, would prefer to talk about her momentum. they feel that this room is one example of that. they put out 510 chairs, but clearly they filled up those chairs. there are people standing in the
back here because this campaign feels that they have the momentum after the debate. brianna? >> kyung lah in myrtle beach, thank you so much. a common theme has emerged in the biden campaign, which is barack obama. biden often talks about his friendship and close working relationship with the former president. he often goes on to tout his friendship with the former president and then again mentions their close working relationship. you get the point. >> i was vetted -- i was vetted by he and ten serious lawyers he appointed to go back and to look at every single thing in my background, from finances to anything i had done. everything. and he selected me. i'll take his judgment about my record, my character, my ability to handle the job over anyone else's. barack when he got elected president, everything landed on his desk but locusts. no, i'm serious.
remember how barack got in trouble with everybody when he said take your kid away from the television? >> you've been using the name barack obama a lot lately. >> sure have. >> sure have. we have cnn chief political analyst gloria borger who's here with us. you know, in 2016, joe biden, he took it very personally when even well ahead of hillary clinton declaring her candidacy, you saw the obama world, some of the key figures shift their support behind her instead. he is making sure that it seems like obama is in his corner even though he hasn't endorsed. >> and obama has not endorsed. michelle obama was given the opportunity and did not. what biden is doing is what you would expect. i remember thinking after the first democratic debate, gee, barack obama's name did not come up in that first debate. but the second debate in which joe biden participated, obama was all over there. and it's not president obama, it's barack. he calls him barack. you know, he says he's my friend. i call him by his first name,
that's how close we are. we were together for eight years. if i'm good enough for barack obama, or barack, then take a look at me because i should be good enough for you because i was vetted by obama himself. >> so he has complained this is where he wants people to focus, these eight years, but he's complained on the trail his competitors are not. he says they just pretend like he took a hiatus from 2008 to 2016. >> well, they are. >> why are they trying to ignore his time as vice president? >> because they don't want to criticize obama, number one. everything obama did, biden was right there with him. and i think it's more lucrative quite honestly for them to go back in time and to look over a political record of 40 years and say, okay, well, what did he do on busing? what did he do with anita hill? we haven't heard that lately. i'm sure it will come up again. and he understands, he understands that that's lucrative for them to mine in a
democratic primary. what he wants to focus on is the work he did with president obama, who was very popular with the base of the democratic party. but if you're an opponent of his, this is all about establishing differences between you and your competitors. and so if you want to say, well, i differ from joe biden, what is it going to be on? it's not on how you feel about barack obama, it's going to be on, well, maybe we have a degree of difference on medical care. maybe we have a degree of difference on whether you should have mentioned, you know, those senators in that speech you gave about how you worked with the segregationists. yeah, we think that's terrible. and what he is saying is you're taking my record out of context because that was 30 years ago. but that's what democrats are doing right now because each person needs to establish himself and differentiate with joe biden who's the clear front-runner, at least nationally. >> gloria, thank you so much.
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iran has announced that it has breached its uranium enrichment limit set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal which president trump withdrew the u.s. from last year. tehran wander it would exceed the limits unless sanctions ease d and president trump had this warning on sunday. >> iran better be careful. you enrich for one reason, and i won't tell you what that reason is, but it's no good. they better be careful. >> democratic senator chris van hollen from maryland is joining us now. thanks for being with us. >> brianna, good to be with you. >> so this iran deal, is iran
bound to it if the u.s. has pulled out of it in your view? >> well, it's not. that's why this was all sadly predictable, because when president trump ripped up the iran nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions, iran warned for many, many months that under the terms of the agreement, it was no longer bound by its terms. they have remained compliant until now. i'm hopeful that the europeans, president macron and others, will find a way forward. but this administration, the trump administration ripped up this agreement knowing that iran would proceed as it is and with no real strategy. a very dangerous and reckless position the administration took. >> you've said that the way this administration has handled iran is comparable to the lead-up to the iraq war. do you think the u.s. is going to go to war with iran? >> well, i very much worry what this administration is doing
will result in unpredictable actions that could trigger a war. we saw just a few weeks ago how things could get very close to a trigger point, and that would be devastating for the region and for the united states. we should not be in another unnecessary war in the middle east. iraq was one such unnecessary war. we should not make it two. and that's why it's really important that everybody demonstrate some restraint here and hopefully the europeans will fill what has now become a vacuum in an american leaders p leadership, an unnecessary vacuum created by this administration, which has many members in it, including john bolton, the national security advisor, who have been rattling the war drums for some time and have wanted to invade and go to war with iran. >> the uk ambassador was revealed on these leaked cables
to have called president trump and his administration, quote, inept, insecure and incompetent. do you agree with that? >> well, i agree with their assessment. of course this was not intend to become public. this was intended to be a confidential evaluation of the administration, so there was no effort to try to embarrass the administration. it was intended to try to give the british government the embassy's unvarnished view. i think anybody here in washington, d.c., looking at this administration would have reached similar conclusions about the conduct of the president and his administration. >> now that it's out, though, it wasn't supposed to be, do you have concerns about how this affects the uk/u.s. relationship? >> well, this clearly was an effort by someone in london to undermean the british ambassador to the united states, so britain will have to decide how to proceed at this point. but again, as to the assessment, you know, the very fact that it
was intended to be confidential reinforces the fact that this was his honest assessment. it's one that i think most people share. probably other cables going from other embassies back to their capitals reflect similar things. you know, it's a sign of the times when you have a trump administration that is so unpredictable, has ditried to undermean our allies, strengthen our adversaries in many cases. it's just a bizarre world these ambassadors to the united states are having to deal with. >> you just took a very important trip. along with you was senator lindsey graham. you went to the middle east and you actually -- this all culminated with you spending the fourth with servicemen and women aboard the uss abraham lincoln. what did you learn during these stops? what are you bringing back from this trip? >> well, brianna, we had a number of stops. in istanbul, we made it clear to the turkish government that if they proceed to purchase the
russian s-400 defense system, they will not get the advanced f-35 aircraft and they will be subject to sanctions. in israel on a bipartisan basis we said that if you ryou really to move forward to provide equal opportunity to palestinians, you need a two-state solution. one where you address israel's legitimate security concerns, but also address the legitimate aspirations of the palestinian people. we talked a lot about iran, some of the issues we talked about. on the uss abraham lincoln, we had a chance to thank our servicemen and women for their incredible sacrifice for our country and make enclosure that -- clear that we stand ready to provide them with everything they need to be successful in their missions. it's up to the political leadership to make the right decisions and keep the united states out of unnecessary
conflicts. >> senator, thank you so much for being with us today. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> senator chris van hollen. we have breaking news now out of new york. we are learning that convicted sex offender and billionaire jeffrey epstein has just arrived to federal court. this is his first court appearance since federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment which accuses epstein of sexually abusing underage girls as young as 14 in an alleged sex trafficking ring. we have cnn's shimon there now. what are you learning? >> reporter: epstein appearing in court, still under way just moments ago. he pleaded not guilty to the charges. he walked into the courtroom. we're told by our reporter inside that he's wearing navy prison garb, his hair is rumpled and he wasn't wearing handcuffs. this is his initial appearance
where he pleaded not guilty. we're told that the courtroom is packed, at capacity. it's unclear obviously if any victims are inside the courtroom. what we do know is that an attorney, david boyce, well renowned attorney who's representing some of the victims in this case, he's inside that courtroom. so we're going to wait and see once this wraps up if he's going to come out and speak to the cameras. but the news here right now is that epstein making his first appearance on these charges pleading not guilty. >> all right, shimon, thank you so much. also breaking new, we're getting word of the first democratic candidate to drop out of the 2020 race. why eric swalwell is expected to call it quits. uh-oh, looks like someone's
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happening soon, the u.s. women's soccer team will be back home to a hero's welcome after their historic second straight world cup title. they'll also be getting a ticker tape parade on wednesday. and this game was huge. it drew a big tv viewship. fox sports reporting a 20% jump over last year's men's world cup. listen to this chant from the stands during the game. >> equal pay, equal pay, equal pay, equal pay. >> so despite being a bigger draw than the men's team, the women's team is paid less.
all 28 players on the team are suing the u.s. soccer federation for gender discrimination. team captain megan rapinoe said she could hear the fans chanting. >> yeah. definitely heard that as we were kind of lining up. i mean it's -- i think it's -- everybody is ready for it. everybody wants it. everybody is ready for the conversation to be moved to the next piece. to have something like that obviously in the biggest match, that went so far beyond anything in the sport. it was pretty incredible. >> let's talk all of this over with a world cup champion. we are so lucky to have you here today. she was the goalkeeper for the legendary 1999 world cup championship team. we know her for her iconic, acrobatic, horizontal saves that head to four shutouts as she and her team really brought home a huge win. thank you so much for being with us. you also are a gold medal winner. i could go on and on, in the
olympics. >> thank you. >> first off, let's just talk about this victory and what this means. >> yesterday was an amazing day. not only because of the way they won the actual game on the pitch but because of all the stuff going on off the pitch and they were still able to focus, be themselves and win in the way they wanted to. i really feel like france embraced them. the fans at the game were amazing. it really is a true testament to just the kind of people that those women are and the fact that they not only are great footballers but they're just great people in general. >> there were two things happening. you had sport and then you had the reality of this pay issue, which has been going on for a long time. i want to talk about sort of how this has changed over the years. but first i want to ask you, as they're pulling in more tv viewers and there's all this pressure, there is a lawsuit. what else can they do? do they need to do anything else? do you think this will equalize
because of this? >> i think it's really coming to a head now. there was always the argument of, say, revenue and ratings. so now the last several years the revenue has either been equal or better than the men. and now you also have that other r, which is ratings. are people watching, do you have eyeballs? yes, they have both things now. so the argument that you usually have no longer exists for them. so now i think when you have the winning, which we've always done, and you get rid of the other two rs and now we're equal, i think there's really no other argument to make. >> what was the discussion in the late '90s among professional women soccer players when it came to this issue? how is it different than today? >> back in the '90s we were just trying to get things like two massage therapists. if the men had two, we wanted two. if they were traveling in a certain way, like commercial flights, getting window seats, we didn't want middle seats. we wanted to have the intangible things be the same. we wanted the pay to be equal too but we knew that was a little bit too far to reach, even though we started that boat
in motion. i think now that they have the travel that's the same, the hotels are the same, all the auxiliary things are equal, now the pay issue is the last part that's missing. i think now in this environment and with the winning, now we have a potential for that to be no longer the case. >> you fought for the comforts that would help you in your play and really taking it to improve the performance to make the point. >> absolutely. >> there's a question now about whether this team is going to go to the white house. megan rapinoe has made it very clear where she is on that. >> yes. >> should the team considering going? how should the team handle this? >> i really honestly feel if you have a championship team and you are invited, if you feel strongly about going, you should go. if you feel strongly about not going, that you shouldn't go. i honestly feel this is america and these athletes have represented their country incredibly well in their craft. if they choose and feel strongly about going or not going, they
really shouldn't be criticized for whatever view they have. i think it's more than just the football now, it's a personal thing. if you choose to not be a part of that, i think that's okay and i think that's actually very american to have a choice. >> how do you view the progress over the years of women's soccer? because this isn't just something that happened in this year. this has built over the decades. >> the progress has been amazing. it's been amazing. i mean the truth is the fact that these women in 2019 have taken up the mantle of not just being great foolers on ttballer pitch, but they have also taken up the social mantle that we and the 99ers also did, it's continuing. it's unfortunate to have to still fight for equal pay, but the fact that they have a social responsibility and they believe in that and they take that to heart as much as their football, i think that really says a lot about the team, not only this
current team but the legacy of women's national team players over the decades. >> briana scurry, it's such a pleasure having you. i rewatched your save against china in the world cup which delivered the win and i got goosebumps all these years later. >> it never gets old. >> for you, for us, it doesn't. thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. breaking new, we are getting word of the first democratic candidate to drop out of the 2020 race. plus another shakeup at the pentagon among leadership. does this make us less safe? i o m i get to select my room from the floor plan... free wi-fi... ...and the price match guarantee. so with hilton there is no catch. yeah the only catch is i'm never leaving. no i'm serious, i live here now. book at hilton.com and get the hilton price match guarantee.
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we have some breaking news just into cnn. democratic presidential candidate eric swalwell is expected to announce that he is dropping out of the 2020 race. for more let's bring in our chief political analyst, gloria boe bori borger. why? >> he's probably run out of money. we haven't gotten his quarterly result yet and there's probably a reason for that. quite frankly, he was running as a generational candidate. you'll remember during that debate with joe biden, how many times did he talk about passing the torch? that torch lane is a little crowded because there are lots of young people running this time around. so eric swalwell didn't have the generational argument to himself. he ran very much as somebody on gun issues, anti-gun issues. and i just don't think he gained any national attention or traction. he was probably not going to make it into the next debate
that cnn is doing. i think at a certain point when you're a candidate and you're running out of money and you don't see any on the horizon, you have to make a tough decision which is, you know, this is time for me to leave. >> are we going to see more of this? >> i think so. i think so. i think when you're polling at less than 1% nationally, it's usually a clue that you're not going to see that money coming in. if you don't see the money coming in, you can't sustain a campaign. that's what i think a lot of these candidates are facing. also if they don't qualify for these debates going forward, they're going to have -- there's the democratic field. you're going to see it winnow down. the debates going forward are going to have higher bars for the candidates to participate. if the candidates can't participate in those debates, then it's going to be very difficult for them to gain any kind of national attention or for people to take them seriously. and i think that's a real
problem. in the first debate, i do not think swalwell did himself any favors when he kept talking about passing the torch and taking on biden that way. i think kamala harris found a better way to take on joe biden. >> all right, gloria, thank you so much. who's next? we'll have to wait and see. we have more on our breaking news that we're following out of new york. jeffrey epstein is in court pleading not guilty in a sex trafficking ring. plus, new fears of the big one after the earthquake and thousands of aftershocks in california. let's see, aleve is proven better on pain
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joe biden says south carolina was the right place and it was the right time to apologize for comments he made a couple weeks ago about working with segregationist senators back in the 1970s. robert garcia is mayor of long beach, california. he is also a state co chair for the kamala harris campaign. thanks for being with us. >> absolutely. thank you. >> so senator harris, she never really called for an apology here. she didn't exactly accept it. but this is all stemming from an issue she brought up in the first debate, at least on the issue of busing this back and
forth we've heard. is this the last we're going to hear of this from senator harris? >> well, i think senator harris really spoke her truth at the debate. she talked about an experience that was very personal for her. obviously, we all saw that photo of her as a young child. and i think what folks saw across the country, something that us in california have always known, is that kamala harris is tough. she's ready to prosecute donald trump on day one. on the issues. and i think when you think about her record, whether it's been on equality or pay equity, those are also the issues she talked about at the debate. and so we're in california here, happy america is getting to see the kamala harris that we all know. but she's talking about a lot of a variety of issues and we saw that also the last few days in south carolina. >> she -- i wonder if it's welcomed -- she wants to turn the page. is part of the reason she wants to turn the page because she's been asked about busing present day, her -- at least for present day, that is present day, not
the '70s like biden, but her opinion now about busing does line up with what he thought many, many years ago? is that part of the reason why she wants to turn the page? >> i think senator harris' position has been pretty clear. obviously, the 1970s required a certain type of action by the federal government. and as far as today's concerned, senator harris believes there is a wide variety of methods that have to be taken to ensure that schools are diverse and represent the entire community. and so she's talked about busing as being a part of that, but also a variety of other issues and ensuring schools are excellent for all kids across the country. >> do you think that -- i mean, you're in long beach. certainly everyone when they are overseeing a city has certain areas where there may be problems in certain schools. in a situation like that, if you have schools that might benefit from busing, how would you go
about that? >> i think that, first of all, busing has to be a part of the conversation. and one of a variety of different methods and tools that we can ensure that schools are diverse and represent the entire community. and so i think that senator harris is correct. it is about to be 2020, and so the way we deal with these issues today in segregation is different than it's going to be in the 1970s. but, again, i go back to she's been talking about a variety of issues. and it's not just been this issue, which speaks to her truth as a young person, but it's been the other big issues folks are caring about. if you look at the reaction, taking in just the cnn poll that came out after the debate, america is getting to know kamala harris. they're getting to know her positions on a variety of issues, not just on education, but obviously on other issues, whether it's been standing up for the lgbtq community or pay equity or medicare for all.
and they like what they're seeing. and i think you're beginning to see the reactions across the country, especially recently in iowa and south carolina. and i expect she's going to have another great debate in a couple weeks here on cnn. >> is she -- i wonder, because we saw a preview of this from joe biden in their first debate. he brought up being a defender, a public defender. she was a prosecutor. i mean, you see the incoming she's going to get. she may be on the other side of this coin when there is a discussion about race relations. how do you defend her record as a prosecutor when it comes to race relations? >> well, she's been a progressive prosecutor. i think people are very aware of her record as a prosecutor. and the truth is, if you want someone to prosecute the case -- >> well, there are critics who would say that that -- there are critics who would take issue with your characterization. and there are going to be examples that could be brought out in a debate. >> sure. and i would say those of us in california who know her well,
who know her record, have seen her in action. if you look at her -- what she's done as attorney general, she was the first woman ag we had in california, and she focused on going after the for-profit colleges, taking on the big banks. she prosecute transnational criminal organizations. so she's going to talk where that record. she's proud of that record as a prosecutor. we're proud of the work she did both as a d.a. in san francisco, as well as as ag. and if you want to look at her record, you've just got to go back to look at her early support for issues, for example, around marriage. she was one of the first people that put in special units to fight hate crimes. >> but criminal justice reform. she's going to run into these issues. how -- how does she push back against that? you -- when i ask you that, you pivot to lgbtq. this is going to be a tricky subject for her to defend herself against.
>> sure. i mean, i think, obviously as an openly gay person, lgbtq issues are very important. and so that's why i'm proud of her record as a prosecutor and as a leader in our state on those issues. but on criminal justice reform, she's talking about those issues. and i think that she is someone that has a lived experience. when you look at what she's done as her record is on ag, she has always stood up on behalf of working people and working families. and so i think that her record as a progressive prosecutor is very clear. and i think she continues to look forward to talking about her experience. and she will, i know, on the debate stage coming up in a couple weeks. >> we cannot wait for the next debate. robert garcia, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you very much. the next democratic president aldebate will take place july 30th and 31st in detroit. it's going to air here on cnn. in the united states and all around the world. and the debates will be hosted by my colleagues, jake tapper,
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hi there, i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn this monday afternoon. we begin with breaking new numbers in the race for 2020. senator elizabeth warren and her campaigns say they raised 19.1 million in her second quarter. raking in more than senators bernie sanders and kamala harris. what makes her haul even more impressive, from the get-go senator warren swore off any cash from big-money corporate donors or political action committees. let's talk through that. mj lee and cnn political director david chalian are