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you can build big dreams, spend less, get way more. shop everything home at wayfair.com happening now, trump's new threat. the president is warning iran will pay a very big price after protesters attack the u.s. embassy in iraq. we're learning about growing concerns within the white house that tensions could escalate if the hours ahead. inappropriate. a moderate republican senator says both parties are wrong to prejudge the president's impeachment trial. but susan collins is signaling she would support a deal by democrats and a potential break from her party's leadership. overrated. president trump takes aim at nancy pelosi and the democrats as the year of his impeachment comes to a close. he's ringing in 2020 with a new twitter rant. and pelosi's power play. we'll show you how the speaker is flexing her muscle as she
keeps a tight grip on the articles of impeachment and tries to extend her influence into the senate. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm briana keilar. this is a "the situation room" special report. right now tensions with iran are on the rise and american troops are on the move after protesters attack the u.s. embassy in iraq. supporters of an iran-backed militia tried to storm the compound. now president trump is vowing to hold iran responsible for any deaths or damage warning in a new tweet the country will pay a very big price. also tonight, as the standoff over the impeachment trial drags on, a senator is revealing she's open to calling witnesses but when.
i'll talk with congressman jerry connolly, a democrat on the oversight and foreign relations committees and our correspondents and analysts also are standing by. first to boris sanchez. he is with the president in florida. boris, mr. trump just issued a new threat to iran over that attack on the u.s. embassy in baghdad. tell us what's in it. >> reporter: that's briana. president trump putting the blame squarely on iran. white house officials telling cnn they're concerned about what's happening at the embassy in baghdad. their belief is these protesters are part of an iranian-backed militia and they're concerned hostilities could escalate tomorrow. president trump today scrambled to develop a response, but part of his focus remains on impeachment as he launched fresh attacks on democrats. tonight president trump weighing a large response blaming iran for the attempted siege of the u.s. embassy in baghdad writing, quote, iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost or
damage incurred at any of our facilities. they will pay a very big price. this is not a warning, it is a threat. the president leaving his golf club after less than an hour this morning to address the erupting situation. protesters scaling walls, forcing the gates, and setting fires inside the compound while diplomats were trapped inside. a backlash against american air strikes that killed dozens of members of an iran-backed militia group in iraq. both iraqi prime minister and president saleh according to a spokesperson guaranteeing the safety of u.s. personnel inside the embassy. senator lindsey graham who golfed with the president monday tweeted that he met with trump and other officials about the raid today writing that trump is determined to protect americans adding, quote, no more benghazis. a reference to the 2012 attack
in libya that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other u.s. nationals. but critics argue trump's foreign policy has left the u.s. in danger. senator chris murphy scathing on twitter. the attack on our embassy in baghdad is horrifying but predictable. trump has rendered america impotent in the middle east. no one fears us. no one listens to us. america has been reduced to huddling in safe rooms hoping the bad guys will go away. what a disgrace. all this as president trump continues to hammer nancy pelosi on his impeachment. twe tweeting, they produced no case so now she doesn't want to go to the senate. she's all lies. most overrated person i know. trump also claiming that democrats will do anything to avoid a trial in the senate in order to protect sleepy joe biden. briana, back to the situation
with the embassy. president trump made the benghazi comparison himself a short time ago on twitter writing, quote, the anti-benghazi. white house officials tell us that they are encouraged by talks that they've been having with iraqi leaders. they say they hope tomorrow would be better than what they saw today, but they are prepared for anything. >> boris, thank you so much for that report. and u.s. troops are being mobilized tonight. this is in response to the situation at the u.s. embassy in baghdad. let's go now to the pentagon and cnn's ryan brown. tell us what you're learning about troop diplomats, ryan. >> reporter: well, the u.s. military has already taken several steps to reinforce its posture in the wake of these -- this kind of protest that's really largely being led by this militia group that the u.s. military conducted those air strikes against. the military has already talked about sending a hundred additional marines that arrived at the embassy flying in on os
pro ospreys. attack helicopters were overhead where they released flares as a warning sign of potential military retaliation if these protests get out of hand. but we're learning now ta the u.s. is also planning to move additional forces from the united states, members of the 82nd airborne division will be sent to the region. not to iraq itself but to nearby countries so they could respond if this situation escalates either. the u.s. has blamed the militia participating in these protests for a series of rocket attacks against u.s. military facilities. one of which led to the death of an american contractor and prompted those air strikes. so the u.s. is very well aware that this group has the ability to conduct attacks on u.s. facilities. so they very much want to be prepared in case the situation deteriorates further. >> all right. ryan brown, thank you so much at the pentagon for us. now to impeachment. a key senate republican is signaling she might break from the gop leadership on the question of whether to call
witnesses at the president's trial. but there could be a caveat here. cnn congressional correspondent phil mattingly is joining us. this is a significant remark by susan collins of maine. but you have to look at the details of what she said as well. >> read between the lines for full context. witnesses have been the huge split between where mitch mcconnell is and chuck schumer is at this moment. it's why there's an impasse over what this will look like. susan collins now weighing in directly on the issue. take a listen to what she said in public radio. >> i am open to witnesses. i think it's premature to decide who should be called until we see the evidence that is presented and get the answers to the questions that we senators can submit through the chief justice to both sides. what i don't understand is why the house, having issued subpoenas to secretary pompeo for example, did not seek to
enforce those subpoenas in court. and instead rushed to get the articles of impehment passed before christmas and yet have not transmitted them to us in the senate. so that seems an odd way to operate. >> deconstruct that for a moment. first, take the final point she made and i think it's an important one which is that she as she told me before she left for the holidays has problems with how house democrats have run this process. she's been there for a time. obviously saying she's open to witnesses is a big piece of this. however, she said she's open to witnesses after the initial trial presentations. where does that line her up? that lines her up directly behind mitch mcconnell who his pitch has been like what they did in 1999 with the senate impeachment trial for president bill clinton is to have both sides present their cases, have senators an opportunity to ask
questions. and then decide whether or not there will be witnesses and subpoenas for documents. chuck schumer said he wants all this set up at the begin og the trial. not wait until that point. at least when you listen to susan collinss and how she talks about this, she may be willing to vote on it with democrats but not at the start. >> when are the house managers picked? when are the articles of impeachment sent over? when do we find out if they're going to have witnesses and at what point does the trial begin? are you getting any sense of these things? >> no. >> right? well, that's good. neither am i. >> in the last two weeks given all the light on impeachment and rightfully so. it's something we've only seen three times in our history. the speaker has not spoken to the majority leader in the senate. nobody knows what pelosi's plans are in terms of sending over the articles of impeachment. here's the expectation right now. we know the house comes back into session on january 7th.
that's the earliest they could vote to send articles of impeachment over. the expectation is i think you will hear from mcconnell when they get back into town. probably on friday when he gets back into town in terms of what the next steps will be. but we don't know when the articles are sent over. meantime, senate republicans are going to proceed business as usual until the articles come over. so they're not going to be making any special trial preparations, not going to be doing a trial without the articles coming over which has been the theory some have tried to push. that's not going to come. if no articles come over, mitch mcconnell is going to act like it's a new session, let's get to work. we'll figure it out when the articles come over. keep an eye on january 7th. >> it would be nice to have some answers. then we can stop asking the same questions. phil mattingly, thank you so much. joining me now is congressman jerry connolly. he's a democrat who serves on the affairs and oversight committees. sir, thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure, briana.
>> so the president right now, i want to talk to you about what we're seeing going on in iraq where the u.s. embassy has at least a compound in baghdad has been attacked. the president is blaming iran. he tweeted this. iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost or damage incurred at any of our facilities. they will pay a very big price. this is not a warning, it is a threat. what is your reaction to that tweet? >> well, this is a president who's made me lany elaborate threats and has not followed through on them. so i fear that his credibility with adversaries is very limited. obviously there are several things that have to happen here. one is we've got to secure the compound in baghdad. make sure all of our personnel are safe and secure. secondly we have to hold the iraq government to account here. they are responsible as the host government for the security and
safety of american personnel, diplomatic personnel. and they need to live up to that obligation which frankly they were not doing in the last 24 hours. and then thirdly, i would call upon the president to re-examine both his rhetoric and his policies with respect to iran. much of this friction and violence flows from his very faithful decision to renounce and walk away from our own agreement that was working the iran agreement thus severing any working relationship we could possibly have with iran. and iran now has very little to lose in the relationship. that puts it in a very dangerous position. >> are americans at the embassy compound in iraq safe in your view? >> i don't know that. it's a big compound. it's about a hundred acres. it's one of the largest if not the largest diplomatic facilities in the world. it's hard to police and patrol
adequately. and that's why we have to rely on security forces in iraqi government itself. and reportedly a number of those forces stood by while hezbollah-related shia crowds stormed or attempted to storm the embassy. that obviously is a very dangerous situation reminiscent of 1979. >> well, that's exactly the image -- the moment these images conjure up is 1979. and i wonder with what is supposed to be the ability to entrust security issues to the iraqis and the u.s. to a degree still relying on this and telling the iraqis, look, this needs to be something you're paying attention to. do you think that the ability to have an effective u.s. military footprint? a u.s. diplomatic footprint in iraq is still an ability -- or that that ability is deteriorating? what do you think?
>> i think the domestic security situation is very volatile in iraq right now. it has a very substantial shia population that's roused up by the united states decision to take retaliatory strikes after the death of an american contractor at the hands of iranian-sported militias or insurgents. but it is the obligation of the iraq government. it's my understanding, reportedly, that the iraq prime minister gave assurances to president trump that, in fact, they would fulfill those obligations. well, they need to do that. >> i want to turn to impeachment now with you. you've heard from susan collins who says she's open to witnesses in the senate trial. she does say it's premature to choose witnesses before evidence is presented which puts her in line with mitch mcconnell. what do you think about this? do you think there's any hope in reading that perhaps she can
join democrats or provide some pressure for there to be witnesses or do you just think she's in line with mcconnell? >> i think susan collins is strug agling with her own independence. it's got to be tough to be in her position. with the overwhelming majority of republican members apparently having made up their minds or not seeking a fair and open process. so i admire what she said today which is to strike out a little bit and put a marker down for the possibility of witnesses. her disclaimer about her disappointment in democrats not pursuing subpoenas is disingenuous in my view because she knows to do that would have been years of litigation in the court system. and that's why the democrats didn't pursue it. and the idea that we rushed to judgment is false. the impeachment process was the culmination of an over two year
effort by robert mueller and of course compellingly documented on the ukrainian issue in terms of what the president did -- >> but she's making the point that if that was the case -- >> that was abuse of office. >> she's making it that if that's the case, why weren't the articles of impeachment sent over. to that point, we've been trying to get answers to that question. when will they go over? do you think they'll go over in january? >> you know, we're on recess as is the senate. and i'm not quite sure the obsession about when will they be sent over, but i will say this. i think it's also disingenuous to suggest you went into rush -- and i was trying to explain we didn't rush. and secondly, why aren't the articles of impeachment here? well, that kind of pretends that mitch mcconnell and lindsey graham and other republicans, your colleagues in the united states senator collins, haven't made outrageous comments about they lack of impartiality.
and i think certainly speaker pelosi has reason to pause as to, well, to what body are we handing over these articles of impeachment? is this a sham trial with a rigged jury? s or is it going to indeed uphold the second oath to be impartial jurors in the impeachment trial process? i think we're entitled to know the answer to that before we send over the articles of impeachment. i think the speaker is right to pause to give everybody the opportunity to examine that question. >> it seems like this has been a practice in trying to hold the articles of impeachment to raise questions about -- i should say raise the issue of impartiality and hope that it is something that is absorbed a little more by americans and maybe there is some pressure that can be put on mitch mcconnell and republicans. but do you really see that happening? right now you've heard what lisa
murkowski said. but she had criticism for you guys as well. and the same really with susan collins. >> yeah. i kind of take some of that criticism as a bit of a disclaimer to give themselves some political protection. because their position is an awfully lonely position in the republican caucus and the united states senate. so i admire their forthrightness and their willingness to stake out a semiindependent position. i hope they'll follow through on it. >> all right. we'll watch as well. congressman gerry connolly, thank you for joining us. happy new year to you. >> my pleasure. just ahead, will the protest at the embassy in iraq rise in the coming hours? we'll explore. i'm your 70lb st. bernard puppy, and my lack of impulse control, is about to become your problem. ahh no, come on. i saw you eating poop earlier. hey! my focus is on the road,
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the white house that this could escalate, that the president sent this tweet. iran will be fully held responsible for lives lost or damage incurred at any of our facilities. they will pay a very big price, all caps. this is a not a warning, it is a threat. happy new year. what does this mean to you? >> boy, i would take that with a big grain of salt. the president has spent three and a half years trying to get us out of syria. there was that debate about him announcing we were leaving prematurely. little-known story, there's a lot of reporting about getting your closure on a deal with iraq and afghanistan and bringing troops home. i don't think americans sit around in the situation at the white house and the president of the united states want to react every time iran does something. because iran has a massive presence around the middle east where obviously we have a presence as well. and i don't think we want to get into a tit for tat shooting game when we don't know what the end ramp is. what the end game is. i think the president wants to send out threats because it
sounds good, but i don't think we're going to attack the iranians every time they do something. >> that's what's really interesting. you covered president trump a lot. he's talking a big game, but his actions tell you he doesn't really want to do what he's talking about. so what's the effect of basically crying wolf? >> there are two things here. one is this constant waving around of a big stick and not really doing anything about it. it really makes people wonder if the threats really mean anything around the world anymore. not just in iran, but in north korea, in syria. i mean, this is a pattern all over the world in venezuela where the president talks a big game and doesn't carry it out. what we're also seeing here with the president's tweets is his fixation on president obama. he called this in one of his tweets the anti-benghazi. there is a sense here the president wants to talk a big game in part because he wants to make a political point that this is not the same as the benghazi attack which republicans of course, you know, really
pillared the obama administration for many years. some of this has to do with the president making a show of it for his base that he's doing something, that he's responding, that he's engaged. and a lot of that has to do with his fixation on being better than obama in all areas of his presidency. >> they need to avoid this being a benghazi. but let's be honest. this would be more of a u.s. embassy in tehran situation if this escalates a lot. what are the chances of that happening? are you pretty confident that things are under control? >> well, look. right now there's a lot of people who are trying to make points whether or not we should be playing hardball. the important thing right now in the immediate sense is to ensure the physical safety of american troops on the ground, embassy staff, people who are safe and sheltered in safe rooms right now but are in immediate danger. all of the longer term strategic questions have to come second. that question of either resecuring the facility or safely evacuating individuals.
and so this is a really delicate situation. this is a situation which certainly we would not want to see any kind of escalation. you know, president trump is directing his ire and his tweets at the iranians. ultimately it's the iraqi government's responsibility as sort of a matter of international law to ensure the safety and security of u.s. diplomats on their soil. so one thing we would expect as we see sort of individuals trying to de-escalate the escalation is to see partnership between the united states and the iraq government who does have obligations to us just as we have obligations to foreign diplomats in the united states. >> jordan baker, you oversaw the justice department's rule of law development program. so as you're looking at this situation, i wonder what you think. because the understanding from arwa damon's reporting is that iraqi security forces let these militia members from these
shia-iran-backed militias basically walk past check points or get easily get past them to the point they could puncture that wall. >> and so to me what this talks about is the poor nature of our relationship with our iraqi allies as susan was saying. they could have stopped this from happening for whatever internal reasons or dealing with iran or whatever or trying to send a message to the united states, they let this happen. they have this obligation, they have the capacity to keep people away in the embassy and they need to do that. in terms of de-escalating, the first thing that needs to be done is to figure out what's wrong with that relationship and get the iraqis to do what we need to do to bring this situation under control and not expose our folks to this type of violence. it's crazy. >> everybody, stand by for me, if you will. we have more ahead to discuss. is susan collins throwing a lifeline to democrats or not?
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we're back now with our analysts on the brink of the new year as anticipation is building for the senate impeachment trial. so let's break down where we are. and the big thing is senator susan collins, she is really the second republican who's come out and has she or hasn't she broken with republican leadership at all. she said, i'm open to witnesses. she also said she thinks it's premature to decide who should be called with the evidence. that puts her squarely in line with the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. and then she took her chance to kind of ding house democrats for moving so quickly and then withholding the articles of impeachment. what do you think her comment means if anything for the senate trial? >> this is kind of a classic
susan collins in the sense it's pretty inscrutable. it expresses some concern with what the president did while not making commitments and then taking the opportunity, of course, to criticize democrats. so i don't know how much we can read into it in terms of what she'll actually do, in terms of follow through. the reason people are so focused on people like susan collins, mitt romney, cory gardner and others, in order to get procedural fairness you only need 51 in the senate. will a handful of republicans side with the democrats no ensure that witnesses are called and they could say, look. well, we called witnesses. we did engage in fact finding even if they ultimately, you know, vote not a convict and not to remove the president. >> i think susan collins is a lot less independent in this scenario than she might originally seem. she's running for re-election. as much as she is not in donald trump's corner 100% on every single thing, she is not going to go out of her way to pull the rug out from underneath her,
alienating his base even after she's already infuriated the left. so there are a lot of people back in maine on the left who might have been open to collins after she voted for brett kavanaugh. that is over. i think what she's saying to mcconnell here is give us some room. let me at least look like there is some independence here. i think ultimately, she is going to fall in line with the vast majority of republicans on impeachment as a whole. >> that dims the chances of seeing witnesses. and we should say, highlight that this is happening as we see this "new york times" report. that the president completely was overriding his top officials in his administration when they said do not hold this aid for ukraine. >> yeah. i don't know how you watch the hearings, read that article and not conclude what's fair for the american people is to have witnesses so the american people can figure out mulvaney, bolton, pompeo, they all need to show up. if that's -- i don't know otherwise how you're going to view this -- how the american people are going to view this as
a fair trial. >> and how history will view it. >> yeah. i think that's fair. history is going to look at this and say it was a partisan event from day one. susan collins is going to be partisan on this. she just gave us a nothing burger on new year's eve. i was hoping for nice food spread. it's going to go partisan lines, i think. i don't think it's that complicated. >> all right. you guys, thank you so much. have a wonderful new year. it's wonderful to spend this holiday with you all. and just ahead, the speaker versus the president. we'll see how pelosi is leading democrats as the battle issi shifting from the house to the senate. he starters? great question, no. but it can help you pick your room from the floor plan. can the hilton app help us score? you know, it's not that kind of thing, but you can score free wi-fi. can it help us win? hey, hey! we're all winners with the hilton price match guarantee, alright? man, you guys are adorable! alright, let's go lose this soccer game, come on! book with the hilton app.
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as we head into 2020 in a little over five hours here on the east coast, house speaker nancy pelosi is keeping everyone guessing about when she'll send the articles of impeachment to the senate. we'll have to wait until the house of representatives returns to washington january 7th and even then democrats aren't giving any clues about when they'll hand over these articles. cnn chief political correspondent dana bash has more on pelosi flexing her muscle as the most powerful woman in washington and arguably as president trump's worst nightmare. >> reporter: these days, nancy pelosi is a cult-like figure among democrats for going head-to-head with president trump. sunglass clad coming out of an
oval office meeting after democrats won back the house where she said this. >> please don't characterize the strength that i bring to this meeting as a leader of the house democrats. >> reporter: taking an image trump tweeted as an unhinged meltdown making it her own social media profile picture. a show of strength against a president who doesn't like to be challenged. >> if you think a woman can't beat donald trump, nancy pelosi does it every single day. >> reporter: but with impeachment, the skills that got pelosi where she is in the first place, a leader who knows how to manage her diverse democratic caucus, are being tested. debbie dingell is on her leadership team. >> one thing i've learned about her is she does listen and she understands the importance of building consensus. she did not move forward on impeachment without knowing that's where her caucus was. >> reporter: part of knowing her caucus, making sure vulnerable
democrats had other bread and butter issues to talk about back home. >> the fact there's a trade deal and it's going to be voted on the day after impeachment, the fact there's prescription drug legislation that particularly moderates can go home and talk about, that's not an accident. >> no, it's not. she knows what she's doing. >> reporter: on display at this contentious michigan town hall. >> we will talk, of course, about the impeachment inquiry but also the next agreement after nafta as well as prescription drug legislation. >> reporter: the spoker understood cutting a deal on trade -- >> defend the constitution. >> reporter: -- announced an hour after a milestone on impeachment allowed democrat slotkin to talk up there. >> i have to give credit to the president and the president's negotiator. >> reporter: on the progressive side of the caucus, you hear the same thing about pelosi. >> i think she's done a great
job of navigating difficult waters. >> reporter: co-chair pramila jayapal talked about a drug bill pelosi wanted done before christmas. >> sometimes i'm sure she's irritated with us and sometimes we're irritated with her, but it has to do with what we're fighting for. at the end of the day, i think she recognizes that if this is an ideological value for you and you make that clear, she's not going to try to talk you out of it. >> reporter: last fall during a visit to her hometown of baltimore, pelosi described her role as a leader as one of a master weaver. >> i'm at the loom. and every member, whatever generationally, geographically, gender identity, whatever the philosophical differences, whatever it is, all of it is a strength with us. so you weave it and weave it and you value every thread because it strengthens the tapestry of what you are creating.
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cnn national correspondent sara sidner is following the investigation in new york, and sara, we are learning now that the alleged attacker was briefly in the military. >> reporter: that's right. brianna, tonight we have for you a brand-new image of the suspect. we got this from law enforcement sources and community who tell us this is the moment before the attacker came into the rabbi's house and that picture taken from a surveillance camera and this is before he started slashing at people inside the rabbi's home. >> tonight, new details are e merging about hanukkah stabbing suspect grafton thomas. in what thomas' lawyer says is the suspect's handwritten resume, there is listing thomas as a marine and he was a marine in 2002, but only lasted less than two months. the undated resume describes him as highly motivated and lists
mental discipline and team work. the governor calls this the 13th antisemitic attack in new york in the last few weeks alone. the attorney general now promising action. >> and we will be establishing a hate crimes task force, and we will be again working with local and state-elected officials to come up with some legislative fixes and some solutions to address what we have been witnessing throughout the state of new york. >> thomas pleaded not guilty to the initial charges. in all, he is now charged with 11 counts including attempted murder ask federal hate crimes after investigators say they found references to adolph hitler so-called nazi culture, the star of david and the swastika in a handwritten journal found inside thomas' home. there was also an apparent reference to the black hebrew israelites, police say a person who may have linked to the same movement was responsible for the killing of four people in and
around the jersey city kosher market just a few weeks ago. meanwhile, the witnesses and orthodox community at large say they are forced to overcome fear in their daily lives like never before. the rabbi of the youish centjew both were slashed in the head. the message that i got from the rabbi's son that it wasn't my time and nothing can scathe me if it's not my time, that was a message of reassurance. >> reporter: and that message of reassurance, there is hope, there is light according to the members of the community here even after they have suffered this terrible, terrible attack. they still believe that it was a hanukkah miracle that more people weren't hurt or killed. brianna?
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cnn viewers can celebrate the new year with the music of a legendary performer, linda ronstadt, the sound of my voice tells the inside story of ronstadt's rise to fame. winning legions of awards and fans along the way. we look at her amazing career. >> when it comes to range "i've been cheated. >> and risk. >> she's one of a kind. ♪ when will i beloved ♪ ♪ >> and the winner is, linda
ronstadt. ♪ ♪ >> linda was the queen. she was like what beyonce is now. ♪ ♪ ♪ get closer >> but how many mega stars risk opera? ♪ ♪ ♪ on broadway. >> how many rock stars manage a smash hit album of mexican folk songs or can hold their own with country goddesses like emmy lou harris and dolly parton? but for linda ronstadt, those risks worked because they came from the heart, a heart full of childhood sing-a-longs on the mexican border. >> when i was growing up i thought people sang in spanish and spoke in english. ♪ say it will work out ♪ >> she left tucson for l.a. at 18 and took a couple of open mike nights at the troubadour to launch a rock the ride. she managed to stay grounded. >> rock 'n' roll stars are --
stand to end up isolating themselves more and more and more and thereby increasing their feelings of alienation and anxiety and they wonder why they're so miserable. at age 63, after a lifetime of multi-platinum harmony an amazing voice went away. >> i just lost a lot of different colors in my voice. it turned out i have parkinson's disease. i can sing in my mind, but i can't do it physically. >> i don't think she misses going on the road. i think she misses singing with her friends and singing in the living room with her family. there's just no one on the planet that ever had or will have a voice like linda's. >> thank goodness for the recordings. ♪ blue bayou >> thank goodness for the range, risk and reward of linda ronstadt.
bill weir, cnn, new york. linda ronstadt, the sound of my voice, premieres tomorrow new year's day at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific only on cnn. i'm brianna keilar and a happy new year to you. a cnn special report, all the best, all the worst 2019 starts right now. prepare to be amazed, mystified and mesmerized by the biggest stories from the whole year in politics, sports, music, movies, pop culture and more. we'll cover it all with our guests, comedians and actors bill better godfrey, judy homes, and owen smith, plus actor and model cammy crawford and voice actor billy west and cnn's john berman and conservative political