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like hers. >> lastly, quickly on three, go usa. one, two, three -- go usa! >> my heart is so full from this morning. thank you, girls and boys. >> i'm brooke baldwin. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. secretary acosta was not able to list any regrets about that epstein plea deal. "the lead" starts right now. the trump cabinet secretary that once brokered a secret plea deal with a alleged child rapist said don't blame him as president trump pushes him in front of the microphones to defend himself. and another candidate courting aoc, the key or just the formula for firing up republicans? plus, now that is a brexit. president trump gets his way. the ambassador who privately called him incompetent and insecure is out but i guess we're still cool with kim jong-un and the saudi crown
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prince? >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. welcome to the leed, i'm jake tapper. we begin with breaking news. minutes ago in an attempt to keep his job and defend his reputation, secretary of labor alex acosta tried to defend himself from the chorus of calls for his resignation given the 2008 plea agreement called the sweetheart deal for child rapist jeffrey epstein. he was urged to hold this press conference by president trump. he's faced scathing criticism from the epstein many victims who were minors at the time of the alleged brutality. they are offended by what they see as a soft punishment for the wealthy well-connected epstein and as covered by the "miami herald," the extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the extent of epstein's crimes and the number of people involved. the deal shut down an ongoing fbi probe into whether there were other victims and powerful people who took part in his sex
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crimes. this year a federal judge ruled that acosta and his office by failing to notify the victims about the plea agreement ahead of time broke the law. but acosta today was not only unrepentant, he portrayed himself as something of the hero in the epstein affair claiming the tate of florida would have let epstein go free he had and his team not come in wearing federal white hats and save the day. and ensuring that epstein at least went to jail for some time and was labelled a registered sex offender. pamela brown said that alexander acosta refused to meet with the victims. >> i absolutely welcome this new york prosecution. it is the absolutely right thing to do. >> reporter: em battles labor secretary alex acosta defending himself this afternoon over a controversial plea deal he oversaw that allows multi-millionaire jeffrey epstein to avoid federal sex crime charges and saying he intervened to give epstein a
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stiffer punishment. >> that is what the prosecutors of my office did, they insisted he go to jail and put the world on notice that he was and is say sexual predator. >> reporter: the 2008 case against jeffrey epstein said he coerced young girls, some as young as 14, to have sex with him. >> the palm beach state attorney's office was ready to let epstein walk free. no jail time, nothing. prosecutors in my former office found this to be completely unacceptable and they became involved. >> reporter: but prosecutors inked a deal letting him avoid a public federal trial. register as a sex offender and served just 13 months in state prison where he was allowed to leave during the day. acosta now said he was faced with two difficult options as the u.s. attorney. >> plead guilty to more serious charges, charges that required jail time, registration and restitution, or we'd roll the
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dice and bring a federal indictment. >> standing here today, are you basically saying that you feel that you did everything you could -- you got the best deal you could get and you have no regrets? >> we believe that we proceeded appropriately. >> reporter: cnn confirms acosta's statement comes after trump ordered him to explain himself publicly. >> my relationship with the president is outstanding. he has, i think, very publicly made clear that i've got his support. >> reporter: and while the white house is publicly defending acosta -- >> why are you talking about alex acosta and not jeffrey epstein. >> reporter: one confidant saying he doesn't believe acosta will last. >> he'll be gone in six weeks or shorter. >> i think it will be in a relatively quick period he will be gone. >> reporter: meantime, trump is now distancing himself from epstein who he once described as a terrific guy who likes
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beautiful women as much as i know. >> i knew him like everybody in palm beach. i had a falling out with him a long time ago. i don't think i've spoken to him for 15 years. i wasn't a fan. >> reporter: and he was a visitor at the mar-a-lago resort but the attorney for the trump administration said trump banned him from the property, although he doesn't remember when or why. as for epstein, who is facing new charges in a new york case, another accuser went public today. describing being raped by him as a teenager. >> forcefully raped me, knew exactly what he was doing. and i don't think cared. what hurts even more so is that if i wasn't afraid to come forward sooner, then maybe he wouldn't have done it to other girls. >> reporter: well the white house is not provided any updates to an internal review of acosta and a claim underway in march. one source tells me the white house is referring to doj officials looking into whether there was any professional
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misconduct by acosta. today the secretary said he would be willing to be interviewed by those investigators but he remained defiant he did nothing wrong. jake. >> pamela brown at the white house. joining me now are two former federal prosecutors, elliott williams and elie honig. what do you make of acosta's characterization in the defense of the way his office handled the matter. >> what we saw was acosta essentially shift the blame to the line prosecutors in his office, the state prosecutors and even to some extent the victims. short of shaming them, he said, look, they still have civil -- file a civil suit against epstein. what you didn't hear in this anywhere was a manager saying, i messed up. the buck stopped with me as the prosecutor and all of the evidence that -- that was available to the prosecutors in new york or some of it would have been available to them at the time. and so it's -- it was -- shockingly defensive in tone and it is really amazing to see that there wasn't any sort of -- even
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this question of do you have any regrets and he sort of punted on the question. and so, again, as a leader and as a manager and principle, you have to say i had discretion and i used it poorly and wrong and he just didn't do it. >> elli, he might not think he did anything wrong. is it possible, in the realm of possibility, that was the best deal that u.s. attorney's office could get in 2008? >> i think it is very unlikely that was the best deal. 13 months for running an organized sex trafficking network of children for molesting and raping children, 13 months is a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of what he should have gotten under the federal system. and this blame shifting to the state was complete nonsense. it doesn't matter if the state was willing to walk away. that is not the question. did you do a little bit better than the state the question is what should he have gotten federally and i think we'll see the southern district get higher than 13 months and just for comparison, 13 months is what
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somebody gets in the federal system for two grams of crack cocaine that is half a teaspoon and that is what 13 months is and not what a federal -- should get. >> and piggy backing on his point, there is dozens of vibe victims. this is not a word of one victim adult against another. you had sympathetic victims and lots and lots of them. so the idea that they felt they could not have won at trial, if that is his argument or they just wouldn't have been successful, it is sort of seems foolish based on everything that we know was available and available to us now. this isn't a hindsight question, the information was there and a lot doesn't fit together here, jake. >> and eli, acosta said many victims were scared and traumatized a traumatized -- and refused to testify and said victims are treated differently -- he seemed to be suggesting better today that there is less victim
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shaming in the court system. is any of that valid? do you think that he has any case there? >> i really don't buy that at all, jake. that part jumped out at me as being way off base. first of all, as a prosecutor, it is your job to win the trust and the comfort of the victims and to walk them through the process so that they're ready to testify and second of all, this notion that we were sort of in a different head space back in 2007 and we weren't ready to trust victims is complete nonsense. i know in firsthand in 2007 when i was in the southern district of new york and i did a trial where the evidence was called ten different victims of a sex trafficking and the juror heard them and believed them and convicted all of the defendants of sex trafficking. so this idea we aren't ready for this in 2007 firsthand is nonsense. >> and to play devil's advocate quite literally, the attorneys,
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the actual devil's advocates, the advocates for epstein were ken starr, jay leftowich and jay dershowitz and high powered people doing all sorts of things to intimidate everyone involved and i'm not saying within the legal system and i'm sure on the stand try to destroy every one of the victims. is there not a case to be made by somebody like acosta that, look, these girls were, as we know, incredibly vulnerable, a lot of them a step away from homelessness, according to the "miami herald" report, and that it was a mismatch and that most important was getting them in jail and as a registered sex offender and that was the decision he made and maybe it doesn't stand up to scrutiny today but at the time he was trying to do the right thing. is that possible? >> yeah. look, you have him in jail but he was able to go to work every
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day and continue racking up millions and millions of dollars. but, again, yes, he's entitled to lodge a defense and it would have been in their right to attack the credibility of witnesses. that is what works in the system. but these are 14-year-old girls and there were potentially dozens of them. so at a certain point, yes, his high-powered attorneys would have attacked the credibility of the victims, but they're also very compelling victims. and it is a very compelling case with a lot of evidence. what this is exposing, i think, is there is inequality in our system. eli pointed out that a couple of crack rock you would get above ten year sentence and there were many other types of crime people won't bat their eyes at someone going away for a much, much longer time but the fact that we're talking about it shows that the way that society is willing to brush aside sex assault cases and the victims.
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i think this exposed inequity in our system more than anything else. >> thank you so much for your expertise. appreciate it. joining me on the phone now is julie k. brown. she's the "miami herald" reporter who broke the award-winning epstein story and continued to report on it. julie, once again congratulations on bringing all of this horrific misjustice to light. it is because of you that we are here. i want to ask you about alex acosta's press conference. first of all, is there anything that you heard that he said that you do not think to be true? >> well, there were a number of things. and i -- he managed to present it in a way that it sounds true if you really don't read the court records and understand the sequence of events. i guess there is a lot to unpack. there are two areas, i think, number one his argument about the evidence and whether there were adequate witnesses, if the
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witnesses were strong enough to testify, look, he didn't need all -- he had 36 girls who all told the same story which is amazing. and i talked to only a handful of them and they all said, you know, exactly what the m.o. was. sarah would call me and we set it up for 3:00, i went into the kitchen and went up this curving stairway. it isn't just the witnesses and whether they were scared to testify, which by the way i heard one of the lawyers mention, it is the job of the prosecutors to make them feel secure enough to testify. and so that -- that is one thing. and then the second part of this whole thing is the secrecy involved. if this is such a great deal and this was the best they can do, then why didn't they tell the victims? why didn't they answer the victimso phone calls. they had to hire attorneys specifically to get the prosecutors to answer their phone calls. that doesn't make sense.
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he mentioned something about this meeting which was very suspect that he had with one -- a private meeting with one of epstein's defense -- >> the breakfast meeting at marriott with jay leftvich. >> and he tried to paint that in a way that isn't accurate. yes, he's correct, there was a deal that was signed in september. but there were other aspects of that deal that were -- he mentioned an addendum, that is key there was an addendum still being negotiated. and also the part about not informing the victims wasn't written into the agreement. that was what they discussed at that meeting. because mr. lefto witz wrote a letter to mr. acosta saying thank you for the meeting and i'm glad we have this discussion and here is what we agreed to and if you read that, one of the things that they agreed to was that they weren't going to tell the victims.
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so he is sort of dancing around it by saying, well, we had a piece of paper signed in september but the reality is there were a lot of things that epstein's lawyers were still fighting for. they really wanted this to go back to the state which is exactly what happened. they got what they wanted. and mr. acosta relented and did give it back to the state. >> so a lot of things he said that don't necessarily pass the scrutiny of somebody who has spent so much time studying the court records. the case was much stronger that he's making it appear and so on. let me ask you, he did put a lot of blame, acosta today, at the palm beach county attorney's office, the state attorney's office there saying if it hadn't been for the u.s. attorney, he would have -- epstein would have gone free. is that accurate? >> well, it is accurate. barry krisher was ready to let him off and that was one of the consternations of the two -- the
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place detective joe kerry and the police chief were just flabbergasted that they were -- he was going to let them off. he also -- the grand jury that happened, i think they only called one witness. they didn't even give the grand jury the evidence the palm beach police had collected. so that part of it is true. but does that mean you still can't prosecute him federally when you know that it is -- this is a sex operation involving recruiters and schedulers and pirates and drivers and money men who paid the girls. i mean, that is a federal -- that is a federal sex trafficking crime. it is an organization. so to put it back in and say, well, the state prosecutor didn't do his job, we were the heroes now because we took the case over and then give it back to the state prosecutors, it just doesn't make my sense. >> let me ask you, also, julie, acosta was asked about the decision not to tell the victims about the plea deal ahead of
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time which is against the law as found by a federal judge earlier this year. i want you to listen to part of his explanation. >> the concern and these are the words of the career prosecutor, that, quote, she did not want to share with the victims that the office was attempting to secure for them the ability to obtain monetary compensation because she is aware if she disclosed that, and the negotiations fell through, epstein's counsel would use this to question the victims' credibility. >> what was your response when you heard him say that? >> well there is two problems with that argument. first of all, before the deal was at the point where epstein appeared in court and actually was sentenced, she didn't have to tell them that there was an -- that the restitution provision, which by the way i've also been told was extremely unusual because they basically said that an attorney would be hired and paid for by epstein to
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handle these restitution cases which is a conflict. you're having the perpetrator pay the legal fees for the lawyer who is supposed to get the women money. and that whole thing is another whole problem. but nevertheless, they didn't have to tell them early on that -- about the restitution provision, they could have still said we have a plea agreement and we're working on this plea agreement. number one. and number two, when they got to the sentencing part of it, then what is their excuse? they're not going to trial. what is their excuse then for not telling them about the whole plea deal. you could tell them at the point where you know you're not going to trial. and they didn't do that either. >> julie k. brown of the "miami herald," congratulations again on the justice that you are bringing to the world because of your investigative series. it is really remarkable and i just want to thank you. >> thanks for having me, jake. coming up, much more on the breaking news. what secretary acosta said when
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holiday inn express. we're there. so you can be too. . back with breaking news. labor secretary alex acosta fiercely unrepentantly defending his role in securing a plea deal for jeffrey epstein in 2008 insisting the deal he cut as u.s. attorney was a more certain outcome than taking the case to trial but stopped short of saying he would make the same decision again today. cnn kaitlan collins asked acosta about this this afternoon. and what else did he have to say? >> reporter: well, jake that was one of the main questions reporters had for the labor secretary. does he regret the way he handled that? that was a defense the president used in the oval office saying sometimes attorneys or judges don't like the way they handled something, but today alex acosta refused to answer directly repeated questions about whether or not he would have changed his course. >> these questions are always very difficult.
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because we now have 12 years of knowledge and hindsight and we live in a very different world. today's world treats victims very, very differently. today's world does not allow some of the victims shaming that could have taken place at trial 12 years ago. today's world understands that when interviewing victims, when eliciting testimony, that testimony could be sometimes contradictory, that memories are difficult. and so i don't think we can say take a case that is this old and fully know how it would play out today. >> reporter: now he said it is only 11 years ago and though he said today's world treats victims differently, jake, we should also note that under his watch around the same time this plea agreement was negotiated, there were several other sex
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trafficking cases brought that resulted in much tougher sentences, even though none of those had dozens of victims like this one did. >> kaitlan collins, outside of the justice department. thank you. so much to -- let's talk about this right now. first of all, barbara comstock, let me ask you a question. when you hear acosta say that today's world is very different than the world of 2007 and 2008 when it comes to victims, you've worked on anti-trafficking legislation and work at the justice division under acosta and is that true, is there more of an understanding of victims and different -- i mean whatever issues he's talking about. >> over the past ten years when i was in the state house and in congress we passed a lot of anti-human trafficking legislation to improve the situation. i've talked to dozens of victims and that is why i would ask and even beg that we focus on the women here first and foremost and getting them justice and kudos to the reporting on this and this is now being prosecuted
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again. epstein, there is all kinds of things you could go at him on. financial things, how did he make his money? you know when someone is engaged in activities like this, there is a money trail that is probably criminal. that needs to be looked at. i would hope someone could freeze his assets right now so all of these young girls who are victimized by him, who should not be blaming themselves, that broke my heart to see that girl blaming herself for not coming forward, that is something that these predators do to them. that is the secondary victimization. so none of these young girls should blame themselves. they need justice. i would like to see epstein financially bankrupted and then we need to do doj congressional investigations of how this case was handled on the state and federal level. i think there needs to be a lot -- there was a beginning of discussion today and a lot more that goes into it. but first and foremost, let's focus on the young girls and getting them justice. i'm confident there is a lot
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more victims out there and there is a lot more people who knew about things and procured these girls and who also should be brought to justice. >> and so abby, from your perch at the white house you've covered the president as he has faced allegations, not from minors, but from women and i can't say that they were treated with tremendous respect by the world. >> and the idea that there is no victim blaming in 2019 is completely preposterous for anyone paying attention. so it is puzzling, kaitlan's point is important, there were other cases at that time that were prosecuted so i think it is hard to believe that somehow the world is so dramatically different. yes, we're talking about it more. maybe we're paying attention to it more. but victims face the same challenges that -- today as they did then and this administration actually frankly has kind of a problem with this. this is a president who, when he's asked about women accusing him of sexual assault, said, they're not my type. and that is where they start on this issue. and it makes it harder for them
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to have credibility on it. and in a case like this and i think at ex acosta was reaching for an excuse or some explanation for what happened. it seems that what is really going on here is that jeffrey epstein is an extraordinarily wealthy, powerful politically-connected person. that is why he believed it was going to be a gamble, a roll of the dice to take this to a court as opposed to settling it. >> and ryan, acosta was urged to do this press conference by president trump. obviously he's trying to save his job. who knows if it worked or not. how do you think he did? >> well, i think the consensus was it wasn't so great. the fact he couldn't answer kaitlan's very important question, would you do this deal today and which means he can't defend the deal and if you can't say you would do it again you can't defend it. and politically, there is a question about whether he will resign or the white house will push him out, it doesn't seem like it is in anyone's interest to have him sticking around. it doesn't seem like the white
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house has much of an interest in this story festering for them, especially given the credible accusations against president trump. most democrats are now on the side of calling for his resignation. he's had connections to democrats, which is going to be a political issue going forward. there are eight democrats that voted to confirm him when a lot of the facts were known. and i don't -- what is in the interest for acosta to stick around and sort of take this level of criticism. so i would be surprised if he's the labor secretary -- there are people who could do that job. >> if you were advising president trump, what would you tell him to do? >> cut him loose. now. now. >> the labor department, one of the many massive duties is to crack down on human trafficking, enforcing the laws that barbara was talking about. part of that enforcement is a fund that congress set up to give grants to foreign countries where sex trafficking victims are coming from and where they are enslaved.
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this makes me proud as an american. mr. secretary acosta, the trump administration called to cut that fund by 80%. he was asked about it at the press conference and that is just washington. congress put the money back in. it is no big deal. when you have a record like that of getting a wrist slap to a sex trafficker and now your job is to enforce the laws and trying to repeal what congress is giving you to do it, it is a pretty good case he ought to go. >> and this is a huge case for conservatives and the evangelical community over the last decade. >> and that is why it has been a bipartisan issue that we've worked together on and it -- please focus on the women and getting them justice because we've talked about the guys, in the trump administration, secretaries come and go every week so i think the real important thing here is how these women are going to get justice. >> everyone stick around. president trump said he could no longer work with him and now the british ambassador is going out of the door. but major questions remain about the impact of what he said before president trump. stay with us. did you know the first ingredient
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the 2020 lead now, today another democratic candidate is cozying up to the freshman congresswoman who has become something of a progressive phenomenon. by that i'm referring to new york city congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez with whom senator and presidential candidate kamala harris is today introducing legislation aimed at helping people with criminal records get housing. as cnn kyung lah reports, many
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presidential hopefuls want aoc progressive star power with perhaps one notable exception. >> reporter: senator kamala harris teaming up with alexandria ocasio-cortez. harris and the freshman congresswoman oint deuced joint legislation for people with criminal records to obtain housing, planting a flag on the left as harris hopes to highlight her progressiveness. it is called the unofficial aoc primary. 2020 hopefuls vying to be seen as ocasio-cortez ally. elizabeth warren has been with alexandria ocasio-cortez from this video slamming treasury secretary steve mnuchin to gender portrayal of women in "game of thrones." >> i'm delighted to be here with congresswoman alexandria
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ocasio-cortez. >> reporter: but ocasio-cortez has also formed ties with bernie sanders. they've teamed up on legislation and stumped together for progressive candidates in the 2018 midterms. >> there is no middle ground. >> reporter: as sanders rallies progressives in his bid for 2020, ocasio-cortez has echoed his very words. >> i will be damned if the same politicians who refuse to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need a middle -- middle of the road approach to save our lives. >> reporter: that was an apparent reference to joe biden. he's questioned whether ocasio-cortez political brand has mass appeal. >> i think ocasio-cortez is a brilliant, bright woman but she -- she won a primary. in the general election fights, who won? mainstream democrats who are very progressive on social issues and very strong on education, health care. >> reporter: and the crowded
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2020 field, progressive democrats believe ocasio-cortez' endorsement could separate one hopeful from the rest. this month she signaled who is grabbing her eye. >> what i would like to see in a presidential candidate is one that has a coherent world view and logic from which all of these policy proposals are coming forward. i think senator sanders has that and i also think senator warren has that. >> reporter: now kamala harris' scheduled to arrive here in brooklyn shortly. she's hosting a fundraiser here in new york tonight and, jake, this is the very first fundraiser where she's allowing reporters and cameras in. jake. >> key on law in brooklyn. a pointed message from speaker pelosi about tweeting and not aimed at president trump, instead aimed at her own democratic caucus. stay with us. and you're stillf you want to make the trade? exactly. alright, call td ameritrade's trade desk. they can help gut-check your strategies
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congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez a key person in the democratic race as multiple candidates try to team up with the popular progressive and she's also a source of tension. i should note, speaker nancy pelosi according to a source in the caucus meeting, pelosi said, you got a complaint, you come and talk to me about it but don't tweet about our members and expect us to think that is just okay. i believe that was -- >> the godfather, don't go outside of the family. >> she is not on board with the aoc mania in the party. this is -- this is -- there is several instances now where they butted heads when asked on the
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record for interviews she's been a little bis dismissive of aoc and she's basically a little bit old school in this sense politically, respect the seniority system and the leaders in the house and don't take to social media to settle -- to take your grievances there and do it internally. >> paula, how do you see aoc, is she a strength for the party or liability. >> a huge strength. she's a phenom and a comet and she's amazing. but she got where she is, by winning a primary by getting precisely 15,897 votes if you want to be the president of the united states you have to have millions of votes many of tho-- many of them don't live in the bronx or queens. and what she did is remarkable and i think the democrats are lucky to have her but nancy pelosi got her majority and by winning in places like oklahoma and utah and georgia and texas.
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and bronx socialism isn't going to play there so pelosi is right and aoc is a phenomenal gift and great talent but she does need to listen to the speaker who is trying to get the country to manufactu -- to get our country in a progressive direction. >> and today joe biden's campaign office in philadelphia these are immigrant -- a photograph, separated during the obama and biden time in office and they want biden to apologize for the separations that took place at that period and commit to ending all detentions and deportations if elected. i mean, we talk a lot about how there were also things going on at the border with the undocumented community under obama and biden. obama deported many of them and here you have a liberal group taking on biden. >> you have nancy pelosi the far left wing is now the middle of her party and joe biden is now recast as a right-winger.
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i don't see joe that way. but that is where the party is going and to have this socialist who is being universally praised and catered to, someone who hasn't passed any legislation or hasn't really had -- aside from getting the 15,000 votes has a pretty sparse record. but i think it just shows you hor far left the party has gone. and elizabeth warren was caught in a similar situation in the fact with progressive activists coming to her. a group of young american progressive jews caught her at a campaign event on monday. take a listen. >> we'd love it if you also push the government to end occupation -- >> yes. >> excellent. >> so we would love it if you pushed the israeli government to end occupation, referring to the rest bank and warren said yes, yes, i'm there. that is a major foreign policy decision. >> and we shouldn't put it -- put it past her that is exactly
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what she meant. however it is t just goes to show, these candidates are being confronted not just on the right but on the left. and these activists are getting in their faces, asking those questions, putting it on video. we saw this in the 2016 campaign with hillary clinton, it makes a big difference. in california on the environment, people are being caught up with that too. it is a big problem. people have to be prepared. >> and be sure to tune into the next primary debates only on cnn. my colleagues dana bash and don lemon join me in moderating both nights july 30th and 31st. live from detroit, michigan. coming up, how concerned should our allies be after president trump forced the british ambassador out of the door and out of a job. stay with us. ificent. so are the traits you love about your breed, but behind them are health needs you may not see. royal canin believes in tailored nutrition, to ensure his long back and playful spirit get the joint support they need.
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we're back with the world lead, the british ambassador who sent private cables highly critical of president trump resigned this morning. sir kim darroch endured days of attacks by the president after a series of diplomatic memos leaked where he said president trump, quote, radiates insecure among other observations. cnn national security reporter kylie atwood joins me now. so there is no u.k. ambassador to the u.s.? >> well there is. so ambassador darroch said he is going to be resigning. he made that very clear in the letter that he wrote this morning saying that it became impossible for him to do his job after these leaked cables and after the response from president trump on twitter himself. but the question here is who are -- who are the brits going to put to fill these shoes and obviously this was a very abrupt
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situation and so government officials in britain are till trying to figure this out. and over the coming days they're going to decide if the deputy ambassador is going to take over or if it is going to be someone new who they are going to name as the official ambassador. but right now though ambassador dorrock is resigning, he is still the official ambassador to the u.s. >> and kylie outgoing british prime minister theresa may stood by him and the foreign secretary standing by him but it seems a possible successor, boris johnson, did not in a debate. he gave an ambiguous statement. did that play any role in the decision to resign? >> it played a critical role. so a senior official on the british side is telling us that in watching that, the ambassador recognized that he would not have the vote of confidence from his home government if he decided to stay in this role because boris johnson could very well become the prime minister just by the end of the month. so it wasn't only the pressure
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win with a parade in new york city and the generation hoping to follow in the footsteps of the amazing soccer players lined the streets for a chance to see their role models up close. >> that was super exciting. that was the best day of my life. >> i love how everyone comes here to support these women that are much more better than everyone else. >> i like how they're really good friends and they work together and, we're a good group, our soccer team and look up to them and want to be like them when they are older. >> they're an inspiration and winning the world cup and winning games left and right and fighting for equal pay. >> they are fighting for what is right on and off the field. >> they show that no matter what women don't have to confirm to stereo tapes made by society. >> they're doing the right thing no matter what and trying to set us up for success and doing a
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great job. >> good to see. follow me on facebook and twitter and instagram at jake tapper and tweet the show at "the lead," our coverage continues right now. thank you so much for watching. happening now, breaking news, defense of the deal. labor secretary alex acosta defends the secret 2008 plea deal he arranged as a u.s. attorney which made multi-millionaire jeffrey epstein an sentence for sex crimes. president trump pushed him before the cameras but could he still push him out the door. call to resign, nancy pelosi adds her powerful voice to those calling on alex acosta to resign adding that president trump should ask him to step down. now mueller, house democrats are preparing for next week's testimony by former special counsel robert mueller. but while the hearings are seen as a possible make or break moment for impeachment advocates, some democra