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i realize they are only 5 and 2 but i am ready because i know if i don't have the conversation with them, someone else will. impeachment inquiry. a crucial week ahead in washington, d.c. democrats ready to kick off hearings into possible violations by the president of the united states but the white house is fighting back. the president accusing a top democrat of treason and fraud and a senior white house adviser dismissing the process as a political ploy. also ahead this hour, answering questions about khashoggi. answe answering questions.
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we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. the cnn newsroom starts now. 2:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast and around the world good day to you starting with the president facing an impeachment inquiry. donald trump is tweeting up a storm. attacking his opponents, firing up his supporters and trying to discredit the whistle-blower at the heart of this ukraine scandal. the president is calling the whistle-blower his accuser and says he wants to meet him. mr. trump is also trying to depict himself as the victim of espionage and warns there will be, quote, big consequences, some view that as a threat and there are fears someone might try to out the whistle-blower. his attorneys wrote in a letter to the acting national
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intelligence director, it says, in part there are, quote, serious concerns we have regarding our client's personal safety. we appreciate your office's support thus far to activate appropriate resources to ensure their safety, end quote. despite those concerns the democratic chair of the house intelligence committee says the whistle-blower is planning to testify. adam shiffrin also finds himself back in the president's crosshairs. mr. trump tweeted that he wants shiffrin questioned for fraud and treason. the president has criticized shiffrin for straying from what was the rough transcript of the call to ukraine's president when it said that he read that in a committee intercorrecting what shiffrin described himself as a parody that the congressman is pushing ahead. he told "60 minutes" on cbs he's looking to subpoena documents from the president's personal attorney. list sdmrn will you call rudy giuliani. >> we're going to need evidence from rudy giuliani and it's our
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intention as soon as first thing next week to subpoena him for documents and there may very well come a time where we want to hear from him directly. >> in the meantime, mr. trump's supporters are digging in defending the president. cnn's sara westwood has more now from the white house. >> reporter: ail eliahus of president trump were out in full force on sunday defending trump and questioning the motives of the whistle-blower as democratic house intelligence committee chairman adam shiffrin says his committee reached a tentative agreement with the whistle-blower for him or her to come in and deliver testimony and attorneys for the whistle-blower confirmed on twitter that they have been in talks with lawmakers from both parties in the house and the senate to make that testimony happen. but top aide to president trump stephen miller continued to attack the whistle-blower as partisan and accused that percentage of undermining trump's administration. >> the president is the whistle-blower here.
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the president of the united states is the whistle-blower and this individual is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government. >> the behavior of this individual is close to a spy. i don't know who the individual is. all i know at some point, chris, we have to focus on the real scandal which is three years of deep state sabotage. >> reporter: rudy giuliani, the president's personal attorney on sunday gave conflicting answers about whether he would be willing to testify before the house intelligence committee. giuliani is at the center of the ukraine controversy. he's mentioned several times in the whistle-blower's complaint and president trump brought up giuliani during that now infamous july phone call with ukrainian president zelensky. now, despite telling cnn he would be willing to testify before congress if president trump gave him the all clear, giuliani did muddy the waters a little bit when asked against sunday. take a listen. >> i wouldn't cooperate with adam shiffrin. i think he should be removed. if they remove adam shiffrin and put in a neutral person and a
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democrat who hasn't expressed an opinion yet, if i had a judge in a case and already announced i'm going to impeach, wouldn't i move to recuse -- >> so you wouldn't do it? >> i said i will consider it. i have to be guided by pmy client. if he decides he wants me to testify, of course, i'll testify. >> the house democrats are ramping up pressure on the trump administration to hand over documents and provide testimony related to the ukrainian controversy. on friday issuing that subpoena for secretary of state mike pompeo and giving him a deadline only of until october 4th, friday, to provide documents that they have sought since september 9th. they also want depositions from top state department officials including from former u.s. envoy to ukraine kurt volker.
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volker is slated to appear before three committees this week and the pressure to provide those documents will be intens , particularly this week. >> put it in perspective. a professor of government of essex from england is joining us. natasha, looking ahead of at what's promising to be pivotal, the impeachment inquiry will get under way and know the whistle-blower will likely testify. given what we know so far what is the impact of hearing from the very person who ignited this storm? >> well, i think that there's going to be more details that will come out that will solidify for the democrats what exactly took place. but i think that the democrats already feel that they have plenty of information. they feel that trump leveraged hundreds of millions of taxpayer
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dollars in order for his own political gain and he admitted it even on the rough transcripts and so i think what they're hoping to find out from the whistle-blower is a little more about who was involved, when did everything take place and just how deep this actually went. i think they already know that trump obviously directed this to take place but want to know how extensive it goes. >> let's say that's point one. point two certainly will be public opinion, critical in this and if this latest poll is any indication, it seems that americans are open to this process. take a look, 55% of voters approve of an impeachment inquiry into president trump. 45% disapprove but those numbers still fall on a division that is clear in america on a knife's edge there. the question here, is there a
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threat of overreach for democrats here? >> well, i don't think so because this is very different than pushing for impeachment over the mueller probe because it does involve a national security issue. and as the poll revealed, you know, you have 55% that are in favor of pursuing the process and almost all democrat, it's up to 90% of democrats are in favor of this so for democrats, they do have to do what their constituents want. on the flip side you have almost 80% of republicans not in favor of the impeachment process but when the process takes place and as more information comes out, it's likely that the independents at the moment are 49% are in favor of the impeachment inquiry, might shift their public -- might shift their opinion and they feel that maybe more information needs to come out, maybe it's too soon to
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tell yet. it's not likely to bring about information that will look good for trump. >> let's also talk about the pressure on republicans, those who might say one thing privately but then fall right in line publicly. is this enough to push those members of the president's own party to recorps when they are forced to be on the record? >> that is a great question. i mean, if they decide to support trump through this process, what they're doing essentially is saying it a democratic president did something similar that that's essentially okay that they want to erode at our democratic norms and processes in order to support trump, in order to go with trump and that's really a lot there. i mean this, is different than the mueller probe where mueller wasn't super clear about whether or not a crime had taken place. he said there was obstruction of justice but didn't say there was collusion and left it to
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congress and there are a lot of what ifs and interpretation. here we have evidence of trump saying can you do me a favor? can i use taxpayer dollars essentially to get you to investigate a political opponent and undermine the credibility of our elections. if this happened to a democrat how would republicans feel about this? i think that's something they have to ask themselves. what's likely we'll have a couple that will effect but what we see with trump, he's been like teflon. he's been able to retain the support of his republican allies no matter what. >> that -- natasha, thank you so much. >> one of his supporters is defending the call. jim jordan. he had a lot to say about the scandal on cnn's "state of the union". he made false claims about democratic presidential candidate joe biden and his son hunter but jordan was challenged by my colleague jake tapper who
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fact-checked him straight up. listen. >> the president is calling for ukraine to investigate his rivals. >> jake, you're missing the fundamental point. >> i'm not missing anything. >> the democrats -- if you want to impeach -- rudy giuliani talked to a ukrainian. so we're going to impeach the president. >> i think the -- >> in light of what this president has been able to do leading our country and the economic growth, what he's done with our supreme court justice and with the embassy in jerusalem, a host of things, you really think -- so, wait a minute, the president's private lawyer had a -- >> i think you leveled a bunch of accusations about hunter biden. >> i said the facts. did he get paid $50,000. >> yeah, he was paid by a foreign company but joe biden was trying to get a prosecutor who was not pursuing corruption fired and -- >> it's amazing the gymnastics
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you will go through -- >> the vice president -- >> i would think somebody who's been accused of things in the last year or two would be sensitive about throwing out wild allegations. >> i'm throwing out the facts. >> the prosecutor was not pursuing corruption. that's why the entire west wanted him fired including anti-corruption activists in ukraine. i don't understand what you don't get about it. >> i get that. i'm talking about this specific case. that there's been reporting on and the facts of that specific case are what he was paid per month, $50,000 like i said, that's more than some of the folks i get the privilege of representing get paid in a year. he's getting it a month. the vice president's son got hire -- >> the president's daughter right now is having all sorts of copyrights granted in foreign country. that doesn't alarm you. the president's sons are doing all sorts of business all over the world. that doesn't alarm you. >> come on. >> what's come on? either there's a principle that
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people should not benefit from their connections or there isn't. >> the previous administration's fbi went after this president on july 31st -- >> they didn't even acknowledge there was an investigation until after the election. >> they spied on two americans associated with president trump's campaign. they put peter strzok in charge, the guy who said trump should lose 100 million to 0. they used a dossier to -- >> now we're back to the dossier. >> that's what happened to president trump. now none of that worked. none of that worked. >> i understand you want to change the subject but the president was pushing the president of ukraine to investigate a political rival. i cannot believe that is okay with you. i can't believe it's okay with you. if this is a principle -- >> but he didn't do that. >> it's in the transcript. you've got to read it -- you don't read things in context. the context is that that comes up when zelensky is talking
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about all investigations. >> jake tapper with congressman jim jordan who is a member of the house oversight committee. that is the main investigative committee in the u.s. house of representatives. former special envoy to ukraine kurt volker is expected to appear. who are on boris johnson's drive to meet the breks deadline even as the opposition threatens a no confidence vote. one year after jamal khashoggi's kidding what mohammed bin salman is saying about the journalist's murder. stay with us. ents tailors portfolios to your goals and needs. some only call when they have something to sell. fisher calls regularly so you stay informed. and while some advisors are happy to earn commissions whether you do well or not. fisher investments fees
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welcome back to cnn newsroom. britain's prime minister could face a no confidence vote this week. but boris johnson remains deninth vowing to get brexit done by october 31st. opposition lawmakers are trying to unite behind an interim administration in order to prevent a no deal brexit. in the meantime, mr. johnson's party is holding its conference in manchester. our nina dos santos has this
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report. >> reporter: day one of the conference got under way with pressure to get brexit done so that the party and the country can focus on other domestic issues like spending on public services including the nhs, health system and infrastructure. in fact, the first big policy unveil came from the house secretary pledging to open 40 new hospitals. this is a mirror imaging the strategy we saw in the 2016 eu referendum during which the current prime minister boris johnson stood in front avenue bus saying save money from brussels and spend it on the health system. but there was also a conference that got under way at a time when it is going to be difficult for them to get back and forth from one part of the country to the next. parliament is now still in session and the conservative party hasn't managed to obtain a pause or recess to have this
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party conference. that means minister also have to shuffle back and forth between manchester and the north and london in the south which is three hours away, one city from the other. back in westminster there are suggestions the opposition parties might end up calling a no confidence vote in the government but that is looking ten use at the moment because they can't necessarily agree on who could become the subsequent caretaker prime minister. all of this as brexit goes down to the wire on october the 31st. and from a personal side, boris johnson is also facing questions about his relationship with the u.s. internet entrepreneur, one who he was close to at the time when he was mayor of london. the sunday times investigation alleged that a woman benefited from her proximity to the london mayor. he dismissed them and said everything was aboveboard. >> nina, thank you.
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now to hong kong where protest organizers are canceling a march planned for tuesday after police rejected their permit application. the civil human rights front has organized some of the largest rallies to date and picked tuesday to march because it's china's national day. the 70th anniversary of that government. lack of permission doesn't always keep the crowds away as we've seen in their months' long fight to push for greater democracy. hong kong officials in the meantime, are bracing for possible violence like we've seen over the weekend. protesters through gasoline bombs and bricks at police and blocked off the streets with fire and barricades. this the 17th straight weekend that we've seen these protests, officers responded with tear gas and water cannons. china's national day is a landmark anniversary for the country and it is a celebration of decades of nearly unchecked
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growth. 70 years ago the country was a remarkably different place than it is now. our david culver takes a look at its rapid rise and whether it is still on its way up. >> reporter: if practice makes perfect then it will make for a seamless ceremony. they rehearse their choreographed steps of military might and nationalistic pride reflecting china's meteoric rise but once a struggling nation china is the world's second largest economy and growing. october 1st marks 70 years since the founding of communist china. on that day all eyes will be looking here, tiananmen square, the symbolic center of the people's republic joining folks to its capital, beijing. this photographer has been capturing the changes through his lens. >> translator: we've gone from solving the basic problem of having enough food to eat and
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clothes to wear to today people having money to travel for fun. >> reporter: china today is the world's leading manufacturer and exporter and boasts the largest standing army and if global success was not enough they've become the first nation to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. all of this happening under a single communist party led today by president xi jinping who has been increasingly powerful as his country has become wealthier but their advancements have come at a cost with pollution and air quality issues widespread development is also taking a toll on the environment. the ongoing trade war slowing china's economy. these mounting concerns now driving away many of its elites. this man has called beijing home for the last 20 years. it's afforded her a life of leashsure but at 40 she's burnt out and now wants out. >> when the average person looks at you they would see somebody who seemingly has everything. beautiful home, a car, access to
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technology. why leave? >> translator: materially i'm very content but this is not what i'm pursuing for my life. everyone is busy and everyone is under pressure. not just me. i'm an example of the majority of the middle class. >> reporter: she worries about health care, education, food safety and fears social morality has eroded beyond repair. >> translator: it's all about money and self-interests. this is not how i want to end up. i want to have a higher degree of happiness and better quality of life. >> reporter: she bought a place in italy planning to leave behind her rapidly changing homeland. change that led to the anniversary ahead and an elaborate show for china and the world. watching you'll likely ask yourself can it a fancy father said degrees continued to crumble or precursor to china becoming the new world leader? david culver, cnn, beijing. >> thank you. the crown prince of saudi
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arabia says the full -- takes full responsibility for the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi but mohammed bin salman denies ordering the killing. khashoggi, critical of the saudi government, he disappeared nearly a year ago last seen going into the saudi consulate in st. sebastiis stand balance , 2018. he never came out allegedly murdered by the saudi government agents there. here's what the crown prince told cbs' "60 minutes." >> what does that mean that you take responsibility? >> translator: when a crime is committed against a saudi citizen by officials working for the saudi government as a leader i must take responsibility. this was a mistake and i must take all actions to avoid such a thing in the future. >> the world wants the answer to this question, how did you not know about this operation?
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>> translator: some think i should know what 3 million people working for the saudi government do daily. it's impossible that the 3 million would send their daily reports to the leader or the second highest person in the saudi government. there isn't clear information or evidence that someone close to me did something to that effect. there are chargesary then's being investigated. >> a brutal murder. his killers allegedly used a bone saw to dismember him. during the interview, the crown prince was told -- told cia had medium to high confidence that he personally ordered khashoggi's murder. he countered the quote, if there is any such information that charges me, i hope it is brought forward publicly. u.s. democratic presidential candidate beto o'rourke was quick to weigh in on his interview and tweeted this. he did it. and our president sided with mbs over our own intelligence
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coast to the east coast and to those watching around the world welcome back. with the headlines we're following, nearly one year after "the washington post" columnist jamal khashoggi disappeared saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman tells "60 minutes" he takes full responsibility for the murder but he denies ordering the killing himself. khashoggi was allegedly murdered by the saudi government agents at the saudi consulate in istanbul. preliminary results from austria's election shows kurz will retake power. his party won 38% of the vote. now he must decide whether to form another coalition with the far right or to turn to the left. his government collapsed back in may after a corruption scandal. the u.s. president donald trump says he wants the democratic chairman of the house intelligence committee questioned for fraud and treason
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for exaggerating his account of the president's july phone call with the leader of ukraine. president trump's attack on adam shiffrin comes as democrats move forward with an impeachment inquiry. the president says he wants to meet with the whistle-blower at the heart of the ukraine scandal. mr. trump's allies are staunchly defending him and say that there's nothing in the ukraine call that ryes to the level of impeachment but house speaker nancy pelosi disagreed and spoke also to cbs' "60 minutes." listen. >> it remains to be seen because it's not just what happens in the call it's part of the sequencing of events as well. you withdraw a couple hundred million dollars' worth of assistance to a country and then a couple of days later say, by the way, can you help me with my campaign in other words, there's a sequencing there. >> and the impeachment inquiry could turn into a diplomatic
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nightmare for ukraine and that may be why officials there aren't saying very much, at least publicly. cnn's matthew chance has more from the ukrainian capital of kiev. >> reporter: well, the ukrainian government is being incredibly tight-lipped about the u.s. crisis that it's been sucked into. however, there is deep concern here about the impact that crisis could have on ukraine which is dependent on u.s. support. one top aide to the ukrainian president has now spoken out on national television to distance his country from the increasingly bitter and divisive battle. take a listen. >> these are the internal affairs of the united states. we see in the u.s. our friend, our strategic partner. what happen is their political kitchen. we will not take part in any way. our friendship and support did bilateral. it is there, it is very powerful
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and i am sure that it will continue to be so. >> reporter: ukraine is fighting a war against russian-backed rebels and waging a diplomatic campaign to regain control of the crimean peninsula. there are concerns that cross party support for ukraine may be strained in the political fight under way in america. president trump's temporary suspension of military aid to the country has also been disconcerting with one former foreign minister commenting that the kremlin in moscow will be watching this ukrainian crisis unfold with glee. matthew chance, cnn, kiev. >> matthew, thank you. as the fallout continues from president trump's call with ukraine, there is one point mr. trump made in the call that his own former homeland security adviser says is completely debunked. it's the false conspiracy theory that a computer server tied to
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the 2016 election is somehow in ukraine. >> it's not only a conspiracy theory it is completely debunked. you know, i don't want to be glib about this matter but last year, retired former senator judd gregg wrote a piece saying the three ways or five ways to impeach one's self and the third was to hire rudy giuliani and at this point i am deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president. it sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again and for clarity let me just again repeat it has no validity. >> even the whistle-blower was confused by the president's reference to the server. our brian todd has more on that part of the story for you. >> reporter: it's one of the more bizarre comments made by president trump in his phone call with ukraine's president. the suggestion that somehow a computer server tied to the 2016
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election is now mysteriously in ukraine. according to the rough transcript of the july call, trump says he would like his ukrainian counterpart and alludes to the mueller investigation before saying i would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with ukraine. they say crowd strike. i guess you have one of your wealthy people, the server, they say ukraine has it. i would like to have the attorney general call you or your people and i would like you to get to the bottom of it. the only problem, experts say there's no evidence of any of this. >> this is really a deep state conspiracy theory, if not supported by the facts. >> reporter: the server he refers to appears to be the democratic national committee's server which federal dimes filed by robert mueller say was hacked by the russians during their 2016 election interference campaign as part of the kremlin's effort to help get trump elected. crowd strike which the president mentions is the cybersecurity firm hired by the democratic committee to investigate the
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russian hacks. trump in more than 20 interview, tweets and other public comments has harped on the debunked idea that the dnc server contains unrevealed evidence and might be in mysterious hand. >> where is the server. i want to know where is the server and what is the server saying? >> reporter: trump regularly points out that the fbi never had access to the original dnc servers. that's in part because of the fbi's practice of working with copies but the dnc says none of its original servers were ever missing. the dnc and crowd strike say they ultimately gave the fbi copies of the servers. once they determined there was a russian hack, something then fbi director james comey didn't object to. >> best practice always get access to the machines themselves but this, my folks tell me, was an appropriate substitute. >> reporter: why would the president think someone in ukraine has a dnc server? we got no response from the white house. crowd strike did previously do work for the ukrainian
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government but that was totally unrelated to the dnc or 2016 presidential election. and trump wants mistakenly asserted it was owned and run by a ukrainian, a comment apparently driven by online conspiracy theories. analysts say he is either repeating these false myths or trying to misdirect and muddy the waters. >> constantly trying to shift the blame. >> reporter: there's the matter of trump telling the ukrainian president he wanted attorney general bill barr to contact the ukrainians to get to the bottom of the server question. legal analysts say it would be inappropriate for the attorney general to become involved in any of that. a justice department spokeswoman tells cnn the president didn't ask barr to contact the ukrainians on that or any other matter and that barr never communicated with the ukrainians on his own. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> brian, thanks. the u.s. president's call with ukraine's leader may have
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given democrats the ammunition they were looking for to try to impeach mr. trump but lindsey graham is standing by mr. trump. after playing golf with the president on saturday, graham told cbs' "face the nation" that the whistle-blower complaint is political. >> this is a phone call between two presidents, one just getting re-elected just got elected, congratulations, we're very generous to ukraine. other countries like germany should do more and oh, by the way, i heard this prosecutor that fired -- maybe he was a good guy and they fired him because he was looking at joe biden's son. could you look into that. congratulations. that to me is not a quid pro quo and the entire whistle-blower complaint is based on hearsay and we're not going to impeach a president based on hearsay as long as i'm around. this is a sham. there is a political smell to this that's far different than mueller. >> u.s. democratic presidential
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candidates are weighing in on the trump impeachment inquiry. cnn's dan merica has more on that. >> reporter: democratic presidential candidates continue to debate the possible impeachment of donald trump with two particular candidates, senator elizabeth warren and senator amy klobuchar debating that and taking questions from union voters here in detroit. amy klobuchar was very blunt about the topic saying that the current state of affairs around trump was -- could be compared to the eventually resignation of richard nixon. take a listen. >> to me this reminds me of watergate. we just don't have file cabinets anymore. in watergate they dispatched people to break this and get information and in the course of it broke the law and then there was a cover-up. in this case, the fact that this president is asking for dirt from a foreign leader for an ongoing political race, which endangers the security of our country, it to me is the same thing.
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>> reporter: warren defended the fact she's come to the decision that president trump should be impeached even if she may be asked to take that vote in the senate should the house vote to impeach the president. here's what she said when asked about that topic. >> i am glad for the house to do the investigation but looks pretty clear to me what's going on. he wants to mount a defense, i'm certainly willing to listen to it because that's the evidence in front of us right now. >> reporter: all of this comes as a new poll shows cracks in her rise especially in south carolina. this poll shows that thought only does vice president joe biden have a 21% lead in the state, but the issues with warren are more dire when you get to black voters where she is the first choice of only 4% of black voters in south carolina compared to 45% for biden. that's a big issue for warren especially in a state where 60% of the electorate is expected to be african-american. dan merica, cnn, do it. still ahead the me too
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in paris, a ruling by a court last week could have series implications for the me too movement in that country. the movement's founder in france has been fined thousands of euros for defaming a man she's accused of sexual harassment. now critics fear the decision might stop women from speaking out. >> reporter: she was one of "time's" people of the year called a silence breaker for founding france's me too movement, but now sandra mill who paved the way for many women to speak out is being not only silenced but fined 15,000 euros for demaiming a man who admitted
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making salacious remarks to her. >> message is clear, don't move, don't speak. we don't want to hear your voice. >> reporter: miller started squeal on your pig hashtag in 2017 by recounting her experiences years before with a television producer and tweeted that he told her at a party you have been breasts, you are my type of woman, i will make you orgasm all night. he said it was a one-off mistake but did not constitute sexual harassment. >> i tried to -- yes, my words were really bad. i know that. i admit that and when i went back home after sitting, i sent her a message to apologize. but i never harassed her. >> reporter: the court agreed with brion saying she lacked a
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basis to accuse him. brion says the tweets ruined his life. >> my trial was the social networks. in two of them i was condemned. i was a bad guy. i was a guy who made sexual harassment at work. >> reporter: muller said she took to twitter instead of going to the police. she feared they wouldn't take her seriously. >> it was to prevent -- hey, be careful of this man. >> reporter: the verdict was met with anger by feminists such as mar marie legare. >> i think it's going to have bad consequences on women who already have a hard time speaking out. we know it's hard to speak out. sometimes we're not well received and sometimes the only thing you have left is speaking out and we cannot even do that anymore. >> reporter: sexual harassment
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and assault complaints rose 30% after the hashtag was launched. but the ruling in sandra's case ignite aid debate on naming and shaming men for what some consider flirting. in fact, many people here say that the trial tested the boundaries between sexual harassment, freedom of expression and the heavy pickup approach. muller believes it's a cultural problem. >> in france it's much more like the country of love, you know, it's a country of seduction, it's a country of la, la, la patriarchal country and don't want to be disturbed in their position. >> reporter: muller says she will appeal. meanwhile she fears it will prevent other women from coming forward. >> we will and right back after this break.
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>> that is a scene near davis, california. that is near the capital of california-sacramento. that area had been experiencing unusual weather over the weekend. tornado created a lot of excitement. thankfully, no damage there. let's bring in our meteorologist from the international weather center. >> fascinating stuff. we doo that too often. statistically ten per year tornadoes across california and typically very small. you look at the severe weather count upwards 80 severe weather reports and one in davis. first time in the county in davis, california, certainly exciting here and especially when you see it go over a field and not impact anyone and do not cause any significant damage. ten per year. breakdown california's history. i counted about 430 reports of
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tornadoes since 1950, one of the lowest in the country and compare what happens in the state of oklahoma, the number is closer to 4,000. only five have been greater than ef-2 scale so little damage typically with california tornadoes but compare it with the near 4,000 coming out of the state of oklahoma counseled of breaks down the fast differences. here is happening across the western united states. massive trough in place and big storm system pumping snow there across portions of the northern rockies. in fact, we have had historic snowfall the last couple of days across the northern tier of montana upwards of two feet. look at east glacier park picking up 20 plus inches of snowfall the last several days. look at the snow depth. almost looks like something you'd see in december, january here with two plus feet across portions of the northern rockies and that is in stark craft what is happening here across portions of the eastern half of the united states. it is historically hot across this region where temperatures have risen to upwards of 95 to
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even 100 degrees as we push into the month of october in the next 24 hours. in fact, nearly 200 records possible the next couple of days. some of these readings climbing up into the middle 90s. pretty hot temps here. atlanta 95 degrees running 20 plus degrees in some areas about what is average this time of the year. so this is sort of a pattern, setup we expect to continue a couple of days before we see a dramatic cooling trent. new york city climbs for near 90. thursday, friday, saturday, fall comes back with a vengeance dropping down into the 60s as we run into this weekend. >> is fall coming to atlanta any time soon, pedestriram? >> maybe in a couple of weeks. >> thank you all for being with us for "cnn newsroom" this hour. i'm george howl in the cnn
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