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hello again, everyone and thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're following breaking news. nine people are dead after a plane crash during a brutal snowstorm in chamberlain, south dakota. the victims reportedly belong to one family, including two children. miraculously, three passengers on the downed plane survived. officials say visibility in the area was less than a mile and
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snow was falling up to an inch an hour. that storm that is blanketing the midwest is part of the same system that is moving through the northeast right now. we have a team of correspondents scattered across the country covering these breaking stories. let's begin with nick watt and this tragedy in south dakota. nick, what are you learning? >> well, as you mentioned, fred, three people miraculously survived this crash and first responders have to contend with that horrific weather to rescue those three. they've been taken to the hospital in sioux falls. nine people dead on that plane. as you mentioned, among the dead two children. also we're told the pilot of the airplane. they were planning to fly west. about 600 miles or so to idaho falls. but that plane crashed shortly after takeoff. now, the faa and the ntsb are already investigating the cause and of course one major focus of that investigation will be that
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weather. as you say, a very bad winter storm moving through the area at the time of takeoff. low visibility. an inch of snow falling an hour. one local official tells us that weather was a factor in this, but that is just one local official. and of course ntsb will take a lot longer to come to any sort of determination. but the tragedy here, fred, nine people dead in this plane crash. back to you. >> terribly sad. nick watt, thank you so much. we're going to talk more with theresa mall-russo on this. she is the state's attorney for brewell county, south dakota where the plane crash took place. theresa, you had a number of first responders, law enforcement responding to this terrible accident. what have you learned about the victims or survivors, the circumstances? >> reporter: thank you, frederic fredericka. right now i believe it is inappropriate for me to disclose any names because of family members and just common
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courtesy. i think of the entire community of burrell county have individuals on the plane and our prayers. also a huge appreciation and thanks go out to all of our law enforcement first responders, medical professionals for their heroic efforts during extremely adverse weather conditions yesterday. >> yeah. and we are looking at -- we have been looking at some of the images of this adverse conditions. i mean tremendous snowfall, terrible visibility. talk to me about how difficult it was for first responders to reach the crash site. >> first responders incredibly well-trained individuals in brule county. so they were able to reach the crash site as soon as they found out about it in a timely manner. we believe that once we found out about it they were on the
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spot incredibly quickly and did an amazing job. it was incredibly cold out there. they had to deal with incredibly cold conditions. wind, blowing snow. it was very bad out. >> then i understand major interstates in the area were closed for much of yesterday. visibility less than half a mile in some parts. do you know whether or how much of a role weather may have played in that crash? >> i don't even want to hazard a guess on that. media relations at the ntsb will be handling that. once they complete their investigation. and those would be the proper authorities to answer those questions. i don't even want to hazard a guess. >> well, our hearts and prayers are going out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. nine lost in that plane crash. theresa maule rossow, thank you so much. >> thank you, fredricka. let me turn now to cnn
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meteorologist karen maginnis live in the weather center. so severe weather, it's impacting millions of americans. >> it certainly is. anywhere between 40 and 50 million people, depending on which advisories and which warnings you look at. and by the way, in south dakota at the time of that crash there was a winter storm warning that was issued for that area. it's a monster system that still is impacting portions of the great lakes and midwest. but rapidly moving toward the east. but this is going to linger across northeastern new england over the next day. lots of delays. plenty of them. and if you're trying to get someplace and you are viewing us out of boston, jfk, philadelphia, new york, you are looking at quite an extensive list of delays but not just there, some other delays being reported in cleveland, detroit, also in chicago. reduced visibility. and the weather's going to be deteriorating. so you've got that push of people trying to get on a plane, make their flight. so you've got volume but you also have the interference of poor visibility. take a look. it's a very complex system.
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area of low pressure, funnel system to the south. this is the warm sector. not everybody's seeing the snowfall yet. philadelphia looks like you're going to hold off for a little bit. new york is a funny city to forecast this time for because it's going to be rain, ice, sleet, snow, wind. a lot of poor weather conditions there. and boston before it's all said and done could see eight inches, could see twelve inches, could see ice, could see snow, is expecting some wind and rain. philadelphia right now seeing the rainfall. washington, d.c. i think would be all rainfall. take a look at new york. it looks like northern sections of long island seeing some snowfall. they were having a football game in east rutherford. it was snowing there. central park it was raining there. people trying on broadway to see some plays. well, it was raining there. so everywhere you looked it was pretty much something different. philadelphia 42 right now. 34 degrees in state college. syracuse 24. wow. i told our crew you want to see
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some snow go to syracuse because they're going to get walloped. could be a couple of feet of snowfall before it's all said and done. and there was a commuter flight, fred, where the delta commuter flight went off the taxiway. they said they exited the taxiway. it was probably just miserable. icy conditions there over the previous few hours. >> oh, my goodness. treacherous conditioned. >> no one injured. >> but frightening moments nonetheless. karen maginnis, thank you so much. appreciate that. straight ahead, it is a crucial week in the impeachment inquiringy. we'll break down the legal questions for this first week of november plus as the inquiry moves to a new house committee will republicans change up their strategy? we'll discuss. if you have moderate to thsevere rheumatoid arthritis, month after month, the clock is ticking on irreversible joint damage. ongoing pain and stiffness are signs of joint erosion.
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his attorneys there. i think more information is better than less in every aspect of an inquiry and the adversarial process is very important to test what's true and what's not. my objection to what the congress has done is it has impeded that process by vetoing republican witnesses and by interfering with the due process rights of the president in what is a quasi-judicial proceeding. >> here with me now, a former top aide to former house speakers paul ryan and john boehner, brendan buck with me now. good to see you. brendan, happy holiday weekend. >> happy holidays. >> so in your view is it in the president's best interest to have attorneys in this process? >> maybe on the substance. but as a political matter i think they've actually been winning with their arguments saying that the process is broken. now, a lot of the arguments i think they've been making are sort of dubious, but so far so
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good, actually, if you're a republican because zero republicans are expected to vote for impeachment and a lot of this has been based on the president's ability to tell the base that this process is rigged, that they've been out to get him from the beginning and he's been playing victims and it's actually been working well for him. so i expect he's not going to participate. i don't think he's going to send any lawyers so he can continue to make that argument and pound it into the base's head, that they're just out to get him. >> and another constant is, you know, republicans have said that the president's conduct may not ub savory but it doesn't rise to the level of impeachment even after these 17 witnesses' closed door testimonies, republicans still feel like that is their best argument? >> well, members on the intelligence committee i think defended him on the substance a little more than most but i think most people have stayed away from it for the reason that you outlined. i think as a matter of fact finding democrats have been remarkably successful.
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especially considering where we started. think about this. the president said they were not going to participate at all in this process. and then you saw diplomat after diplomat, aide after aide come down and tell these stories that were all remarkably consistent. so i think as a matter of substance they've done a great job. but as a matter of politics you have to say that they've failed because the time for persuasion is over. the intelligence committee was where you were going to persuade people. and the fact of the matter is while there is a relatively high number of americans who think that he should be removed no republicans were moved to support that. and so now we're left with what i imagine will be a relative snoozefest at the judiciary committee next week where they're talking to constitutional law experts. i don't know that that's actually going to move anybody. so while they've gotten the facts right the politics have worked out well for the president. he's probably going to get out of here with a party line vote. >> there is the potential the judiciary committee could always call witnesses or call witnesses that have already testified to ask additional questions somewhere in a possible two-week period. do you think that would be potentially helpful? >> i think it's telling that nancy pelosi put adam schiff in
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charge of this and not jerry nadler. i think she has a lot more confidence in adam schiff to be able to tell this story. they basically stole impeachment away from the judiciary committee, which is pretty remarkable. that is firmly the jurisdiction of the judiciary committee and nancy pelosi said -- >> what do you mean? it will be in the judiciary that it will be determined whether articles of impeachment in which this -- in which the house may potentially vote on. >> they're effectively handing this over to the judiciary committee at this point because they have to because they have to be the ones to process the paperwork for lack of a better term. the platform and the place where they were actually trying to persuade people was the intelligence committee, and i think they did a really good job of bringing people forward. now we're moving forward to a debate without anybody who was really -- so far they've not announced any witnesses that were present to any of this. these are constitutional law experts. i don't think this is going to persuade anybody. and i think now the period for persuading anybody is past us. >> brendan buck, thanks so much. good to see you and happy holidays.
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all right. all eyes are on iowa and joe biden right now as his bus tour crisscrosses the state. and what the former vice president just told cnn about his slumping poll numbers in iowa. i am totally blind. and non-24 can make me show up too early... or too late. or make me feel like i'm not really "there." talk to your doctor, and call 844-234-2424. looking to simplify your skin care routine without sacrificing results? try olay total effects. one dose provides more vitamin b3 than 50 cups of kale and improves 7 key areas of visibly healthy skin. try olay total effects.
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welcome back. 18 counties, eight days. one goal. win over iowa voters. that's the current state of joe biden's campaign. on day two of the former vice president's blitz through the key state, he is hosting three events as a way to get his message out and meet with undecided voters. and while biden is enjoying front-runner status nationally, the latest cnn/des moines register poll shows him trailing mayor pete buttigieg in iowa and in a virtual tie with senators elizabeth warren and bernie sanders. cnn politics reporter arlette saenz is on the ground for us in iowa. arlette, you spoke with biden earlier today. what did he say? >> reporter: yeah, fred, i did speak with biden just a short while ago over in carroll, iowa at a coffee shop where i asked him about the fact that he is
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leading in the national polls. as you mentioned, pete buttigieg right now is leading here in the state and biden is battling it out for second with elizabeth warren and bernie sanders. and i asked him why he thinks that that standing in the national polls isn't translating here in iowa. take a listen to what had to say. >> i think it is translating. i think -- we're here to translate. we're here to translate the polls nationally to here. look, i feel good about where i am. the fact is that my impressi impression -- i knew about it, is that iowans make up their minds late and they change, the front-runner ends up getting behind and the front-runner comes back. i'm not running to come in third or fourth or fifth or anything like that. so i feel good about it. >> reporter: so biden arguing
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there that with 64 days to go there's still plenty of time for iowans to potentially change their mind. he also noted that the front-runners, you know, there's different front-runners at different points in the race. and he said that december, around this time, is when it's a good time to start peaking. so really his campaign is getting him out here on this eight-day, 18-county bus tour getting him to try to connect with more voters. he's been focusing a lot on rural areas over the past 24 hours, taking his pitch there. he was also asked about pete buttigieg at that stop earlier in carroll, iowa. potentially comparing him. the question was whether he might be like the young president obama from 2008. and biden went out of his way, said he didn't want to criticize pete buttigieg but he also did stress that it's going to be important for the nominee not to need on-the-job training heading into the white house if they win the presidency. fred? >> all right. all bundled up. arlette saenz in that brisk wind. and able to still concentrate.
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you know, sometimes when it's just so cold and it kind of freezes your mouth you can barely speak. you did well. >> reporter: it really does sometimes. >> all right. good job. thank you so much. for more on biden's strategy and the 2020 race i want to bring in now cnn political commentator patty solis-doyle as she is also the former presidential campaign manager for hillary clinton. patty, good to see you. >> good to see you too, fred. >> okay. so what does this eight-day tour signal to you about the campaign's confidence in iowa right now? >> you know, fred, the only way to really win in iowa is to beat expectations. and right now joe biden's expectations are pretty low. he's battling for second in the latest cnn poll. but some polls have him in third. some polls even have him fourth. so as long as he can beat those expectations, he can go right into new hampshire, south carolina, and nevada where he's faring much better. so i think this bus tour really is timed perfectly for him to
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sort of break out a little bit, have the voters of iowa really get to know him right after the holidays, and it's also timed well when many of his competitors are going to be in the month of december on capitol hill at an impeachment hearing and he'll have the stage almost to himself. >> so do you think this "no malarkey" tour is a way in which biden will try to appeal to a certain electorate in iowa? >> yeah. i think joe biden one on one is really, really good as a campaigner. when his team lets biden be biden, i think he has very good retail campaign abilities. and that's what iowa is really all about. it's much less about stumping and media interviews. it's all about one-on-one contact with the voter. so i do think that joe biden
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will make some strides with this bus tour. and then again, like i said, in the middle month of december. >> so if you look at the latest iowa polling, you'll see that biden slipped 5% in a matter of two months. meanwhile, mayor pete buttigieg soared. so what is it you think allows pete buttigieg to get so much appeal and traction? >> well, first and foremost, he's running a really great campaign with a really strong organization. but you know, iowa voters like to be excited. they like to be inspired. and pete buttigieg is an inspiring candidate. he does represent that sort of generational transformational change that inspires a lot of people. and he came out of nowhere, right? very much like barack obama did in 2008. pretty much written off when he was -- when he first entered the race. but he spent a lot of time doing that retail campaigning that
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iowa loves. and he made a huge impact talking about like i said generational change. and he's just a smart guy. he has an answer for everything. and you combine that with a really strong on the ground organization and you, you know, jump in the polls by ten points. >> all right. patti solis doyle. we'll leave it there for now. and have a great rest of your holiday weekend. >> thanks so much, fraeed. you too. >> a cnn programming note. do not miss anderson cooper and kelly ripa live as they name the 2019 cnn hero of the year. "cnn heroes: an all-star tribute." next sunday at 8:00 p.m. right here on cnn. to always discreet boutique. its shape-hugging threads smooth out the back. so it fits better than depend. and no one notices. always discreet.
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the only lawmaker who has worked on three impeachment probes, democrat zoe lofgren. she now sits on the house judiciary committee and says today's impeachment is a far cry from the case against president clinton. >> my concern with the clinton impeachment was that there was no high crime or misdemeanor. lying about sex does not disrupt the constitutional order. it doesn't threaten the national security. i mean, we're not pursuing president trump's lying about sex. his former lawyer's in prison because he lied about the president's affairs. that has nothing to do with undercutting the constitutional order. if we were pursuing president trump because of his cover-up of his affairs, that would be improper, and we're not going to do that. >> all right. here with me now, former federal prosecutor and cnn legal analyst shan woo. happy holidays to you, shan. >> happy holidays, fred.
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>> so what will the judiciary committee focus on as it seeks to prepare these articles of impeachment? >> they're going to focus on what evidence they've already put forward to the american people of specific instances of misconduct. the campaign finance aspects, abuse of power, obstruction of congress, and generally obstruction of justice as well. so they're going to want to use all the evidence they've brought forward to make it very specific as to which of these offenses are impeachable offenses. and that's going to start i think by defining what that is. >> and how will the hearing this week establish whether historical or constitutional standards are being met? >> i think they're going to give us a little bit of a history lesson and talk about what are the specific offenses enumerated in the constitution, which are treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors. if we kind of walk through those, even though a lot of folks think that the president's conduct has been treasonous, it's not really because there's
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a very narrow definition of treason, which is levying war against the united states, et cetera. bribery, closer call because he is trying to use something of value. the 400 million in aid to accomplish something. but i think the republicans have a good argument against that which is that bribery usually directed towards an individual for some kind of legal act. this is toward a government. and arguably it's not really an illegal act. it's military aid or talking about corruption in general. so there is an analogy there but a little bit weaker one. big catch-all, falling into the high crimes, not defined in the constitution. abuse of power. looking at that we have to look at what the framers' intent was. and they very specifically did not want the term "maladministration" in the constitution, meaning we don't like the job you're doing, you're doing a lousy job because they were afraid that would be used for very overtly political means. so the lesson from that
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historically is the democrats must focus on real misconduct, things that were done affirmatively wrong, not just areas where you might disagree with the president. >> and will the judiciary committee call back witnesses or perhaps even call new ones? would it be a mistake if they don't? >> i don't think it would be a mistake if they don't. they don't really need that at this point for the evidence of the impeachment articles, but it would be a good idea to keep things fresh in the american public's mind. maybe they could go a little more high-tech, play some video clips, or they could have some select witnesses with real high points. that's the advantage you have by having done this sort of investigative inquiry. you know what are the strongest points. >> shan wu, always good to see you. thank you so much. >> good to see you, fred. >> all right. coming up, stunning allegations against one of the largest catholic religious orders in the world. a year-long cnn investigation. next. i recently spoke to a group of students about being a scientist at 3m.
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within the catholic church that are free to self-police. and a year-long cnn investigation reveals that one of those institutions, the second largest catholic religious order in the world, has repeatedly failed to protect children from pedophile priests. cnn's senior international correspondent nama al baggar travels to europe, africa and the utes for her disturbing cnn special report abuse and scandal in the catholic church, the case of the predator priest. this report features themes that some viewers may find distressing. >> reporter: we're tracking down a convicted pedophile priest, father luke delft. delft abused two children in a dormitory in belgium. we've learned he may be abusing again. our investigation is zeroing in on a remote town in the central african republic, kagabanduro.
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it's taken us about two days, three different planes to get up here to the north of the central african republic. if you were trying to disappear, this would definitely be suitably remote. unicef has called it one of the worst places in the world to be a child. it's here in kagabandur that delft first worked for the catholic charity. their mission, to protect the most vulnerable. it's also here that we're hearing whispers of possible new victims. at a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of town albar and his father agree to speak to us about his alleged abuse at the hands of father luke delft.
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do you know who this man is? >> luke. >> pere luke? >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> he became your friend. what happened? it's clear albar is too upset to talk much more. so we asked his father if he can explain what happened. what did father delft do?
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this was hard for both albar and his father but he told us it was important for them to talk. they want justice. we leave kaga-bandoro. it's time to track down delft. this is bangyi, capital of the central african republic. we've traveled here from the north, where we met al bar. our contacts are telling us delft regularly celebrates mass in the area. we try the churches. he's nowhere to be found. we try him at his residence, but he hasn't spent the night. nothing. we've spend the whole morning looking for father delft. it's been a bit of a whiled goose chase. but now we're hearing he's back at his office and we're heading there now. >> father delft? >> yes. no, no. >> we spoke to the prosecutor in belgium.
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about breaking the terms of your -- we also spoke to some children in kaga-bandoro. they had disturbing stories to share with us. and of course we'd like to hear what you have to say about it, father delft. >> nothing. >> what do you mean nothing? >> nothing. >> you're a priest. you're a man of god. these children are accusing you of abusing them and you have nothing to say for yourself? >> no. >> do you know al bar? do you remember al bar? he said he was 13 when you abused him. do you remember him? >> no. >> al bar? in kaga-bandoro. at the compound, the catholic compound. he and his father spoke to us. he was crying. he said that you told him you loved him and that you hurt him. you have nothing to say?
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>> no. >> it doesn't disturb you to hear that children said this about you? >> no. >> do you want to say anything? >> no. >> well, we will of course be speaking to the managers of caritas about our findings. thank you for whatever this was. >> reporter: father luke delft's religious order, the salesians of don bosco moved him multiple times. each time to schools, campuses, even supervising children before we were able to catch up with him. you may think you know this story. priests abusing children. but what you may not know is that there are powerful institutions within the church who are free to self-police. in many cases not even the pope can sanction them. father luke delft belongs to the
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salesians of don bosco, the second largest of these institutions, a religious order whose mission is to help the most vulnerable children in the world. patrick wall was himself a religious order priest and to date has helped investigate hundreds of clerical abuse cases. >> my experience has been the salesians have the highest percentage of perpetrators of any religious order across the world. because of their focus. if a priest is allowed to go 20 to 30 years, there are several hundred victims per priest. >> reporter: we came to the vatican to share the evidence that we were able to unearth over a year-long investigation, and it's not just father delft. we found evidence of abusers being moved, evidence of a refusal to defrock convicted pedophiles. new head of safeguarding says the salesians did not contact
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them about the current allegations against caritas's former director luke delft. >> so you were only made aware when we contacted you? >> yes. and from what information you shared with us there are new allegation there's that need to be investigated, hopefully by police or at least internally by the church to take action against father luke and any other person who is responsible for father luke's behavior. >> reporter: the salesians appear to have withheld information even from others in the church. we are still looking to understand how this is possible. father hanson is one of the few people at the vatican willing to answer questions. he says the new papal guidelines are progress. >> this is a very important step forward in the development of a culture of accountability. >> does this apply, though, to the holy orders? because the holy orders will not directly fall under that bishop. >> now, the congregations and the religious orders follow a different type of structure and
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legal procedures. many people think the catholic church is a monolithic block with one ceo who is the pope and he presses a button and every bishop and every priest and every catholic actually salute and they follow what he does. and that is not the case. in some cases, in way too many cases, the religious superiors did not follow through canon law. >> but the fact is they did not follow through canon law. >> yeah. >> and there was no oversight mechanism that made any note of that. so there are no sanctions. there have been no sanctions for that. >> if there are no sanctions within the community, which is in that case an order or a congregation, then there is almost no possibility to do that. >> and i think that's the heartbreak for survivors. >> mm-hmm. >> until this blind spot is addressed and the religious
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orders brought under the same guidelines as other priests and bishops, many survivors believe the cycle of clerical abuse will only continue. >> cnn's senior international correspondent nima elbagir joining me live now from london. i mean, this is so disturbing. and to see this young man and really see his pain without even words being spoken. so what has happened since you first shared your findings with the church? >> well, in recent days and weeks there has been a lot of movement. the u.n. has suspended its work with caritas pending an investigation. the belgian federal police have begun an official investigation based off of our findings. and father luke delft has been recalled back to belgium. but fred, i should say that that all took an awful long time. from the point at which we went and confronted this priest and shared our findings with the catholic church to movement actually happening. it really was only the fear of today, of this broadcast date,
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that seems to have kind of put some speed into this. the salesians of don bosco, the holy order this priest belongs to, kept him in country for almost a month after we first made them away. and it was only really the team pushing back consistently and making clear to the salesians that we were making note of how long he remained in country and their culpability for anything that happened, any further victimization that happened that finally caused him to be pulled out by caritas. clearly there is still so much to be done. and this year, fred, the holy father had announced that this was supposed to be the beginning of a big campaign to combat child abuse in the church, to really -- not just combat the child abuse but also combat the culture of cover-up. and nothing that we have found shows that that has been successful. the vatican refused to even answer any of our questions. the pope's spokesperson refused to respond to us. it is really heartbreaking when you speak to survivors who have
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had to suffer through this for decades. and then they discover that nothing really has changed, fred. >> yeah. so upsetting. powerful reporting again, nima. thank you so much. and join cnbc nima elbagir as she travels across three continents for this cnn special report, "abuse and scandal in the catholic church: the case of the predator priest." that's tonight 8:00 only right here on cnn. with tough food, your dentures may slip and fall. fixodent ultra-max hold gives you the strongest hold ever to lock your dentures. so now you can eat tough food without worry. fixodent and forget it.
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hello again, everyone. thank you so much for joining me. people are dead after a plane crashed during a brutal touchdown in chamberlain, south dakota. the victims reportedly belong to one family and two are children. three passengers on the downed plane survived. officials say visibility in the area at the time was less than a mile and snow was falling up to an inch an hour. that storm that is blanket ed te midwest is part of the same system that's now moving through the northeast. let's begin with nick watt and this tragedy in south dakota. nick. >> well, fred, weather will clearly be a central focus of the investigation into this crash. the faa and ntsb are already on that investigation. one official told us weather was a factor, but it will be some time before we get anywhere near confirmation on that. this was a small single engine is


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