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>> from our entire team, we can't thank you enough for all he's done here at cnn. we're really going to miss him. i also did just get a couple of texts from the crew guys over at fox news channel who also want to send him a special message. this comes from joel, our stage manager there. best of luck. if you ever need the very best stage manager you've ever worked with, and that includes bruce, call on dr. joel. >> congratulations, duber. love you, man. >> we love you. we're really going to miss you around here. >> all right. cnn newsroom begins right now. have a great weekend. good morning. i'm ryan nobles. poppy and john are off today. we begin with breaking news. a plane with nearly 100 people on board crashes shortly after taking off from amadi international airport in
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kazakhstan. at least 12 people are dead. several others injured. the plane lost altitude after taking off breaking through a concrete fence before slamming into a building. it was headed to the capital of kazakhstan. i want to get to nathan hodge in moscow for more. what are you learning at this point? >> ryan, earlier today, the prime minister -- the deputy prime minister of kazakhstan said that preliminary investigation into the incident led to a conclusion that it was either pilot error or technical issue, very broad, that led to this crash. and adding that the tail of the plane hit the runway twice during takeoff. shortly after that takeoff, the plane was only in the air for second seconds before crashing down and
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careening through a concrete wall and hitting a two-story building. officials say that a dozen people have died. that casualty count, that death toll is lower than initially feared. and authorities quickly noted the plane did not catch on fire, even though the fuselage was broken into multiple parts. first responders were on the scene throughout the day bringing out victims of the crash, taking them to local hospitals. kazakh authorities have announced that on saturday, there will be an official day of mourning. in the meanwhile, kazakh authorities have also suspended the operations of beck air, the company that was operating this aircraft. ryan? >> nathan hodge live from moscow with more on that plane crash. thank you so much. other aviation news this morning. breaking back here in the united states, the u.s. coast guard is searching for a missing tourist helicopter with seven people on board. officials say it failed to
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return thursday night after taking passengers on a tour of the napali coast in hawaii. cnn's dan simon is following the latest on this story. dan, we're hearing that two of the passengers are minors. what is the latest? >> ryan, at this point, details are still a bit sketchy, but i can tell you this was a tour helicopter. it was flying off the coast of the island of kauai. it was specifically hovering around the napali area which is known for its pristine beaches and really gorgeous views. and what brought that helicopter down, we do not know, but it appears that weather may have been a factor. there was rough weather in the area when the helicopter witnessing strong winds, heavy rain and we know that the search right now is also hampered as a result of the weather. i can tell you that that helicopter did have an electronic locator on it but no
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signal has been detected. at this point we don't know who was on that helicopter. we're talking about a total of seven people. one pilot, six passengers. two of the passengers are believed to be minors. and, ryan, obviously, you have a tragedy unfolding here. this is a very busy time for tour operators in hawaii. you have a lot of families, of course, traveling there over the holidays. >> dan simon, we'll keep an eye on that story. we'll update our viewers, thank you. it's day nine of the congressional game of chicken unfolding in washington. house speaker nancy pelosi refuses to budge on when she'll send articles of impeachment to the senate. the maurjority leader much mcconnell doesn't seem to be moving his needle on the rules. lauren fox is live on capitol hill. walk us through where we stand at this point. >> well, i don't see this getting resolved any time soon, ryan. lawmakers still on recess for another week. but i will tell you that there are some clues about what this senate trial would look like.
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six days a week, absolutely no talking. those are the rules that could govern the senate's impeachment trial. >> we'll have to convene every day, six days after out of seven. at 12:30 or 1:00 in the afternoon. senators will not be allowed to speak, which will be good therapy for a number of them. >> the contours of the trial are still in limbo. >> we don't know the arena that we are in. we'd like to see a fair process but we'll see what they have, and we'll be ready for whatever it is. >> reporter: but if all else fails, senate rules from the past impeachment trials may serve as a model this time around. once the articles are sent over, the rules dictate that a senate impeachment trial is to begin at 1:00 p.m. the following day. and expected guest in the chamber, chief justice john roberts presiding over the senate trial. once it begins, the sergeant of arms will issue a stark warning to senators to, quote, keep
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silence on pain of imprisonment. senators are also expects to take an oath vowing to, quote, do impartial justice before sitting in their desks for the trial. >> i'm not an impartial juror. >> reporter: there's no way of knowing how long a trial could last. many republicans have argued they'd prefer a shorter one without any witnesses even as the president has suggested he wants a more robust defense to clear his name. >> give the president his day in court, and let's get this behind us so we can talk about things that people really care about. >> also unknown, who will play the role of the house managers. the democrats who will make the case against the president. >> the speaker is waiting to understand what the rules of the trial are going to be so she's appointing the right people. >> reporter: once a trial is under way, if lawmakers have questions for witnesses or motions to offer, they would likely make them in writing to the chief justice. >> the senate will convene as a court of impeachment. >> reporter: and when it's time to vote on each article of
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impeachment, lawmakers stand next to their desks and answer guilty or not guilty. >> mr. specter? >> not proved, therefore not guilty. >> not proven, therefore, not guilty. that confused senate clerks at the time. that isn't a vote they are used to but he was citing scottish law. any of these rules can be up ended as long as senators have a simple majority. these things are subject to change. but right now, without a clear road map of where we're going, ryan, it's very unclear whether or not there will be any agreement moving forward. ryan? >> lauren fox as the staring contest continues on capitol hill. thank you so much. "the new york times" has just published a video interviews and group texts from navy s.e.a.l.s who worked under special operations chief edward gallagher. and the details are disturbing. some of the s.e.a.l.s depict
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gallagher as a man who seemed to care primarily about racking up kills. here's an example of what else is included in the videos. >> i heard more rumors and stuff like that of eddie targeting civilians. >> i saw eddie take a shot at probably a 12-year-old kid. >> the guy got crazier and crazier. >> he was perfectly okay with killing anybody. >> gallagher faced several war crimes charged in a military court. in july, though, he was acquitted of murdering an isis prisoner in iraq, but he was convicted of taking a photo with the fighter's corpse and then demoted. president trump, of course, has been heavily involved in gallagher's case since the beginning. last month he stepped in again and restored gallagher's rank. i'm joined by retired rear admiral john kirby to talk more about this. of course, john former press secretary at the pentagon and cnn military and diplomatic analyst. john, the men that were working under gallagher according to this report called him toxic, evil. even a psychopath.
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and yet his honor pin has been resto restored. >> these interviews were done by naval criminal investigators in the pretrial time frame. so this was used as evidence going against him at his trial. you might remember, rye arngs that another s.e.a.l. admitted to the murders so that led to his acquittal. what this underscores for me, this story and these videos, one, how confusing and complicated his case was, which also augered for the president not to involve himself the way he did. and, two, it points exactly to the kinds of issues that rear admiral collin green, the commander of this special warfare community, is trying to grapple with in terms of standards of conduct. ethical behavior on the battlefield, in his force in the s.e.a.l. community. gallagher's case, that's not going to do anything to help admiral green move past this, apply lessons learned and try to
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institute better discipline in the s.e.a.l. community. >> probably one of the things that strikes people about this is that navy s.e.a.l.s are traditionally so quiet about their missions. they do it all in the shadows. these men spoke out because they were so concerned about gallagher's actions. how significant is that? >> yeah, it is significant. they are a quiet bunch, and they tend to be more insular. they look after one another. but you can see in the text messages that "the new york times" released that they were very concerned about just telling the truth. there was no prior coordination of what they were going to say. they just admonished one another to tell the truth. that was extraordinary. and again, i think but for the fact that another s.e.a.l. admitted to the murder, this testimony, these interviews probably would have had a much greater effect on the jury. >> let's talk about how gallagher's responding to all of this. in a statement through his lawyer, he responded to "the new york times" by writing this. quote, first, my first reaction
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to seeing the videos was surprise and disgust that they would make up blatant lies about me. but i quickly realized that they were scared that the truth would come out of how cowardly they acted on deployment. i feel sorry for them that they thought it necessary to smear my name, but they never realized what the consequences of their lies would be. you know, president trump himself, john, has been a staunch defender of eddie gallagher. did trump's blind faith in gallagher before all the evidence was presented perhaps hurt this judicial process at all? >> i think it was really misguided and imprudent for the president to involve himself. he was involved in this case when gallagher was in pretrial confinement. got him out of pretrial confinement. you can argue whether that was the right thing for the navy to do with him or not, but the president was involved all the way through this case. i just don't think that's a wise use of his time as commander in chief and not really good for the judicial system because now the message is going to be sent
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to so many others who may be in trouble that, hey, all i have to do is get on fox news, get somebody to advocate my case before the president and i don't have to worry about the judicial system. the other thing that i worry about this is good order and discipline not just within the s.e.a.l. community and the rest of the military but what this message sends to our allies and partners overseas about the degree to which they can take heart in the fact that our troops will be held accountable for a high standard of conduct and ethical behavior on the battlefield in their countries. there's going to be a lot of questions emanating out of this case that don't necessarily speak well of the united states military overseas. >> and finally, the navy secretary, former navy secretary, richard spencer, lost his job over this. as part of the reason that he was removed from that post. how do you think these newly published videos, do you think that will change people's perception of his role in all of this? >> i don't know, ryan. it might. i think those who are inclined
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to support gallagher and oppose the system are not going to be swayed by this at all. and those who were in the camp of -- in spencer's camp and against gallagher are not going to change either. what i do worry about, when i saw the videos this morning and read "the new york times" article, what i do worry about is the fact that it's not going to help. admiral green as he tries to get his arms around the s.e.a.l. community and institute better discipline and higher standards of conduct, the gallagher case is the most acute of what we've been seeing recently. but you might remember that the s.e.a.l.s have had other incidents on the battlefield. they had to send a whole platoon home because of intoxication while on combat deployment. there are a lot of things in the s.e.a.l. community they're trying to grapple with. we ought not to be too judgmental in terms of the community. this is special operators in particular across the services have been deployed time and time and time again to combat deployments over the last 19
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years. this is a force that's resilient but they've been under a lot of strain and pressure and their families. what admiral green is trying to do is get his arms around all that and these revelations in this particular case are just not going to make that any easier for him. >> they have an incredibly tough job. it seems as though these controversies make that job even more tough. rear admiral john kirby, thank you so much. appreciate you being here. >> my pleasure. still to come -- could secretary of state mike pompeo soon be heading out the door? new reporting about where he may be going and who could replace him. plus -- can't win them all. >> the president's hispanic supporters in the border city of el paso are trying to convince others to re-elect him. can they grow their support for president trump? nd, tremfya® can help adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis uncover clearer skin that can last.
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the, quote, christmas gift threatened by north korea, cnn is learning the trump preapproved a series of military options that could have been quickly executed if kim jong-un followed through with that threat. with me now, kylie at wood. what options were on the table? >> there are a series of preapproved military show of force operations that the trump administration has signed off on. and that depends on what north korea actually ends up doing with regard to this promised christmas gift, of course. this is reporting from my colleague barbara starr that these show of force options include a number of things. potentially bomber aircraft flights that would go over the korean peninsula or ground military drills. but it's important to note here that these are not things like the u.s. planning any military action against north korea. they are not expected to take any action that would lead to
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sustained military action against north korea by the u.s. this is show of force of the u.s. military demonstrating their strength in the region based on anything that north korea does. and it's also important to note, however, ryan, that over the last few months north korea has launched some short-range missiles and the trump administration has done nothing in response to those launches. >> all right, kylie atwood with the latest on the situation in north korea. that christmas surprise. the window there coming and going. we'll have to see what happens here in the future. let's talk more about it now with david sanger who is the national security correspondent for "the new york times." david, i want to start with your reaction now to our new reporting. does it surprise you that the united states government would have a readied response in response to anything that north korea would do and does it seem appropriate to you? >> well, it doesn't surprise me at all. the oldest sort of military plan the u.s. has goes back to the
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days right after the korean war about how you would respond to various north korean provocations from missile launches right to a full invasion of the south. what i find interesting about the preplanned actions that kylie was just discussing and barbara starr reported on is basically how little they change from what the u.s. has done in the past. the obama administration ran bombers along the north/south borders staying just south of the border at various moments of provocation. the bush administration did this. and when you think about it, it's not especially useful. the north koreans know the united states can reach north korea with bombers. they know we have submarines offshore. they know our intercontinental ballistic missiles in the midwest can reach north korea. so it's a strange kind of way to try to do a show of force.
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and actually it struck me as what you do when you actually can't think of anything terribly creative to do. >> let's turn to syria. there's quite a bit of coming out of there on this hour. doctors without borders reporting that camps on the syrian/turkish border are being pummeled with barrel bombs. president trump tweeting russia, syria and iran are on their way to killing thousands of innocent civilians in the idlib province. don't do it. turkey is working hard to stop this carnage. aside from just tweeting, do we know the status of any other u.s. diplomacy efforts in this region? and isn't this exactly the scenario a lot of security xr experts were concerned about when the u.s. pulled out of syria? >> it's precisely what they were discussing when the u.s. pulled a very small force. the importance of the force that was there was not their fighting
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capability. it was the fact that the other powers in the region, iran, turkey, russia, would not want to mess with the local population if they thought it would involve the u.s. and possible casualties to u.s. forces. when the president pulled those back, he created a vacuum. when you create a vacuum, someone fills it. in this case, the forces that have filled it are the forces everyone was warning president trump would fill it. and when i say everyone, i don't simply mean critics on the outside. the joint chiefs of staff, the rest of the leadership in the pentagon. the leaders within the state department who quit a year ago when the president first attempted that, including secretary mattis. it's an interesting case study here because apart from the human tragedy, which is tremendous that's going on here, basically all the worst things
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that people predicted would happen, have happened. >> amidst all of this, we now are seeing reporting, "the washington post" reporting that president trump may be searching for a replacement for his secretary of state, mike pompeo. rumors pompeo may consider a run for the senate seat in kansas. we've talked already just about two of the big conflicts and problems happening around the world. there are countless others we can talk about we don't have time for. what would pompeo's departure mean in terms of, you know, the foreign diplomacy efforts of the united states at this point? >> it gives the president another opportunity to change course. and when you think about the candidates out there, the sort of interesting to see where that choice lays out. we don't know that secretary pompeo is going to leave yet to run for kansas. usually people leave the senate to become secretary of state as john kerry did. this would be a reverse. but if he did it he could pick somebody like the treasure
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secretary steve mnuchin. if he did that, he would be moving from a china hawk in the job to a china dove in the job. if all the other hand he picked, say, steve biegun, the capable man who became deputy acting secretary of state, you'd be getting pretty much continuity but somebody who is an experienced longtime diplomat in the bush administration on the security council. similarly if he picked the national security adviser, robert o'brien, you would have somebody who is much more of a technocrat than an ideologue as you have in secretary pompeo. >> a number of options on the table. david sanger, thank you for being here. >> great to be with you. the impeachment standoff continues on capitol hill. but some very important events that could affect an impeachment trial are fast approaching. we'll take a look ahead, next.
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impeachment talks remain at a standstill as we head into 2020. there are some very important dates coming up in the new year. on january 3rd, a federal appeals court will hear arguments for two cases linked to the house's request for mueller grand jury materials, as well as the testimony of former white house counsel don mcgahn. then on january 7th, the house is back on session. that's the earliest day that house speaker nancy pelosi could send the impeachment articles to the senate meaning the earliest a senate trial could start is january 8th. so let's discuss this with our experts and i'm joined by former
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deputy assistant attorney general elliott williams. chicago sometimes washington bureau chief lynn sweet and political white house reporter daniel litman. let's start with you. we also have in addition to all these dates on the calendar, the iowa caucuses that president trump's state of the union address in early february. when you take all these things into account, what is the thing you're keeping most of an eye on? >> i'm keeping first will be the question of what happens with allowing witnesses at the senate trial because that will probably dictate some of the timing and when it begins. if the negotiations happen in good faith and they just are protracted, then that will push back all that dates. i'm also looking at the drama that will increase. it might not be all that meaningful when and if there is a senate trial that collides with a state of the union address. that happened during bill clinton's impeachment and it was quite dramatic to see what he said or didn't say. he didn't refer to impeachment in the state of the union
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address. those are some of the top line things i'm looking at right now and all the others will fall in place depending on that threshold question about witnesses. >> elliott, let's talk about the trial. both republicans and democrats seem to have made up their minds about where they stand on impeachment. i feel there hasn't been a lot of conversation about the role of chief justice john roberts. he's going to be presiding over this impeachment trial. explain what you think his role in all of this will be. >> to be honest, it's a largely ceremonial role. the chief justice presides under the constitution, presides over an impeachment proceeding but any ruling he makes from the bench can be overturned by 51 senators. majority in the senate still rules, regardless of the fact that this chief justice is there. by way of extension, in 1999, chief justice rehnquist, the most significant thing he did was adorn his robe like a character from gilbert and sullivan. he took the role seriously and it wasn't a joke or anything
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like that, but it's not a significant role. the real figure here, far more than chief justice rehnquist, is mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader. he has to keep the 53 votes of his caucus in line. what you need to keep an eye on are the five or six senate republicans up for re-election whose votes are really going to matter as a structure of this trial. but they and mitch mcconnell matter far more to the outcome of this proceeding that the chief justice ever will. >> lawmakers battling over calling witnesses during a senate trial. as elliott pointed out, it seems unlukely that chief justice roberts will have any kind of ultimate say in this. do you anticipate the call for witnesses or additional depositions is that going to be organically pushed up through this small group of democratic and republican senators that are going to have some influence over mitch mcconnell? >> i think we should remember what mitch mcconnell has said which is if pelosi doesn't want
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to send those articles of impeachment, then he's happy to continue regular senate business. if you get a deal that gets mulvaney and bolton to testify in a senate trial, that makes it much harder for moderate republican senators to go along with the republican line that trump did nothing wrong and deserves to be acquitted or even exonerated as he wants to be because mulvaney and bolton likely have very damaging testimony that could hurt trump's case. that's why the white house is blocking those witnesses right now. >> lynn, take into account what elliott described about chief justice roberts' role in this. could it have an impact on his legacy? we talk about the role rehnquist had was largely ceremonial, but it's a footnote in his life story. how do you think this could impact john roberts' legacy? >> it would be mentioned in the obit this is what he presided over. one thing to watch if we proceed
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to a senate trial, what i heard the chief justice still wants to conduct the business of the united states supreme court so he'll probably look at an afternoon start for a trial if there is one. so that he could attend to court business in the morning or some variation of that. i don't know if it will go into primetime, but there's a desire on his part to keep both going. so it will be -- these are historic sometimes for a chief justice. it is a rarity. we've only had, you know, this happens so rarely in our united states history. this will be the third trial. so certainly it's noteworthy. what will be interesting is if, for some reason, roberts becomes a very provocative or a justice who does try to issue rulings and challenge the senators to overrule him. i know we call this a trial, but can you imagine if the jury could just vote to overrule a judge and say, no, judge, we want this witness to testify.
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the guy could be interesting. so let us hear from him. so this were a trial. we'll have a new definition for the public to get used to. so he may just do something that would be totally unexpected, and that then could agecffect his legacy if he tries to take control of a trial in a way we've never seen in the history of the united states. >> great points there. not only does he have a day job to worry about but also could he challenge the senate almost bait them into overruling him. that would certainly make for an interesting showdown. elliott, i want to talk about brad blinkman, former adviser to george w. bush. he was on fox news this week. he said the senate doesn't need a trial. republicans make a motion to dismiss. that only requires a simple majority of 51 votes and you're done. do you think that's going to be an option that mitch mcconnell at least explores before he even gets into the back and forth over whether they need to call witnesses? >> i'm going to go out on a limb and agree with the fox news
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commentator which is that, yes, there does not have to be a senate trial. now in that interview he goes on and says some stuff that's absolute nonsense which is the president hasn't been impeached because the articles of impeachment have not been sent over to the senate. the president has been impeached. spoiler alert. now the question is, you know, where do we go from here? what was the question again? >> whether or not mcconnell could just gavel in -- get 51 votes, dismiss the case and move on. >> right. like i said earlier, this comes down to the question of how this affects the four or five senators who are up for re-election. and if mitch mcconnell in his calculation makes a determination that those folks might suffer and might have to take a very tough vote, then he'll consider. remember, mitch mcconnell's interest is to protecting his caucus and his job, not to saving donald trump and not to saving the trump presidency. as the head senate republican. so i think that's the important
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calculus we all need to pay attention to here, not this relationship between mcconnell and trump. >> great point. daniel, i want to ask you now about a controversy that will be unique to the trump administration. the president yesterday chiming in on the canadian broadcasting corporation's decision to edit him out of the movie "home alone 2: lost in new york." these are pressing national security issues we're dealing with. some pro-trump circles calling it an example of censorship and floating the idea it's in response to the trump negotiation over the usmca. the cbc says the scenes were edited in 2014, long before president trump ever negotiated anything with justin trudeau, and it's just to make sure that the movie fits in the broadcast window here. this is a seven-second cameo we're talking about here. i mean, what is the president's reaction to all of this tell you? >> i think it tells you that he's very conscious of his image and he doesn't like any slights. this is a guy that put up fake
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"time" magazine covers of himself. he's already been on different "time" magazine covers before. he doesn't need to create a new one. and he put them on his, you know, at his golf club. and so not a huge surprise that he is media hungry and desperate for those seven seconds of tv in canada. who knew he was monitoring that. >> exactly. as our colleague daniel dale said eloquently, no, justin trudeau did not en censor donal trump out. >> thank you for being here. five possible anti-semitic attacks in new york city this week alone. coming up -- the neighborhoods where new york police are deploying additional officers.
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police in new york city are increasing patrols following a
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string of possible anti-semitic attacks. in one instance in brooklyn, a man says a group ran up behind him. someone punched him in the head while someone else yelled an obscenity. it's one of five attacks just this week. cnn's polo sandoval joins me. we're in the middle of hanukkah. the jewish community seems to be on high alert. >> you have families coming together throughout new york and around the country and it's prompting officers to boost their presence in brooklyn neighborhoods. detectives arresting and charging a woman with assault as a hate crime after she allegedly attacked a jewish woman in front of her child yesterday. investigators saying the 42-year-old used her bag to strike the 34-year-old mother who was with child at the time of the assault and says she was also attacked verbally as well. at least four other incidents in new york city are being investigated by nypd's hate crime task force. two incidents on christmas eve. a beverage was thrown at a young
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man in brooklyn and a racial slur yelled at him. investigators are hoping to track down the individual that they believe is responsible. also a 56-year-old man was approached while walking in brooklyn and punched by several people. also on the 24th. on the 23rd. a 65-year-old man who allegedly was punched, kicked and called racial slurs in manhattan and that's the same day a 67-year-old man and his two children were approached in the lobby of a residential building and struck from behind. investigators are following up on all of these as hate crimes. the mayor of new york city, bill de blasio has been outraged by these anti-semitic attacks and tweeted this statement saying hate doesn't have a home in our city. anti-semitism is an attack on the values of our city. and we will confront it head-on. the mayor certainly under tremendous pressure by the jewish community. nypd's own stats suggesting a very alarming trend here showing anti-semitic incidents are the
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most common hate crimes reported in new york. one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. they make up about half of all reported hate crimes. a majority of those are acts of vandalism, not necessarily assault. >> it's disturbing to say the least. polo sandoval, thank you for that update. authorities in new york have questioned and released a 14-year-old boy in connection with the death of college student tessa majors. but an official says the teen could still face charges. majors was stabbed to death while walking in a park on december 11th. a 13-year-old boy was arrested the next day and charged with second-degree murder. let's bring in cnn's alexandra field. she's following this story. what do we know about the teen who police questioned? >> this is somebody that police were looking for and they made it clear they were looking for this 14-year-old. they put out a picture of the juvenile they were trying to track down. they did not release his name. we understand now they were able to locate him in the bronx. they brought him in for questioning.
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his attorney was present. they ultimately released him. same thing happened with another 14-year-old that they were questioning in relation to the death of tessa majors. we are learning that there could still be charges to come. we know that nypd detectives are working closely with prosecutors as they develop their case. at the center of this case, though, a 13-year-old who has already been charged with second-degree murder and robbery. officials are saying that that 13-year-old told police he went into morningside park where tessa majors was killed with a group. they were intending to rob somebody. they initially targeted a man but turned their attention to tease who refused to give up her property. an attorney representing the 13-year-old said he wasn't aware of plans for a robbery. but, really, this is a crime that has so shaken new york city, the barnard college community where tessa was at school and the columbia university community. an 18-year-old killed, stabbed to death. police, of course, still
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investigating this. >> alex field, thank you for staying on top of that. we'll be right back.
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a group called border hispanics for trump is working to shore up support ahead of the 2020 election. but that can be an uphill battle especially in the very blue el paso, texas. cnn's nick valencia has more. >> reporter: are you a member? >> no, i'm not. >> reporter: ray has his work cut out for him. living in the democratic
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stronghold of el paso, his goal is to get latinos to help re-elect the president. as the 65-year-old sees it, there are countless latinos who support the president but are afraid to admit it. >> i look at president trump has the one who most closely represents my values. >> people will hear that and say values? what values does the president have? >> i mean supporting things like i support, being against abortion, being for limited government involvement, being for border security. >> indeed support among latinos remained steady at 30%, according to a recent cnn poll. the unwavering support comes in the face of his rhetoric on the latino community which critics see at best offensive and worst, racist. . >> when mexico sends its people,
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they are not sending their best. . >> how can you support somebody who they say as saying racist things against the latino community. >> i really don't think he said things that are racist. >> 22 people killed targeted latinos at an el paso walmart. >> i don't think you can hold him responsible for the attacks of a single madman. >> he supports the idea of a wall and questions the practicality of building one across the entire u.s./mexico border. >> i see him with his faults. warts and all. i don't want to spend $200 billion on a wall if you can do it for $50 million and solve the problem. >> in i'm ray baca. good to see you. good to see you. >> tonight his pitch for trump
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kufpls at an impromptu gathering of conservatives. even in a halarge crud it can ba hard sell. >> you can't win them all. >> or there already unlikely voters he doesn't have to. >> she became a u.s. citizen just five years ago. she plans on voting for trump again in 2020. >> there. >> i feel like i might be shunned by the hispanic community. >> that's what ray bacca and trump are referring to. >> we can't vote democrat simply because that's that they have always voted. nick, thank you. following a breaking story out of hawaii. a hole copter taking seven
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good morning. thank you so much for joining us. poppy and jim are off. we begin this morning with breaking news. a tour helicopter in hawaii carrying seven people has gone missing. and the u.s. coast guard is searching off the napali coast. the chopper failed to return thursday night. dan simon is following the


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