tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN January 17, 2020 4:00pm-5:01pm PST
or months from now. >> we're learning a lot right now. these new documents released by house democrs and i understand there's a whole lot more that we're going to be getting over the next few hours. thanks veryh for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in situation. "erin burnett out front" starts right now. breaking news, house democrats just releasing new evidence. this moment more is coming out. will it make it more difficult for republicans to say no to witnesses in the president's impeachment trial? plus president trump assembling a high profile defense team. what is the strategy? and last night we brought you the story of presidential candidate andrew yang's wife evelyn who says her doctor sexually assaulted her while he was pregnant. since that story aired not even 24 hours ago, 15 new women have come forward with allegations about the same doctor. let's go out front. good evening i'm erin burnett.
out front, the breaking news, house democrats just releasing new evidence in the trump impeachment trial. as i said, this is still coming out as i speak. here's what we're learning right now. we've got new documents and texts from lev parnas. he is rudy giuliani's associate. and what we're seeing here is significant. the evidence consists of new text discussions about tracking the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch. lev parnas texting with a number of someone from belgium and also involving robert hyde who had been involved in all of this. parnas -- this comes as parnas has provided damning details already this week. do you remember the letter from rudy giuliani to the president of ukraine where rudy requested an urgent meeting at the request of president trump? more is coming out as we speak. let's find out the latest of what we have here. let's go to evan perez.
this is not information that was held back. this is literally brand-new information that they are just able to release. >> that's right, erin. this is information the democrats say they're transmitting to the senate as part of the president's impeachment trial. and this is information that they just only received within the last few days from lev parnas as a result of a subpoena. and we'll go through a little bit of this. this is essentially -- the importance of this new information tonight is essentially it seems to provide some context and some support for the idea that lev parnas and his associates were essentially trying to surveil marie yovanovitch, the u.s. ambassador in ukraine. it supports the idea there was some kind of surveillance going on and this is why this is now under investigation. i'll read you part of the text messages from david hyde, the connecticut congress person, the person running for congress in connecticut. he is texting parnas screen shots of a phone interaction he's having on whatsapp with
someone with a phone number in belgium. we don't know who that person is, but according to these text messages, they appear to be talking about the surveillance of marie yovanovitch. he says, quote, nothing has changed. she's still not moving. they check again today. shortly afterwards, he says it's confirmed. we have a person inside. they also are sharing a photograph of marie yovanovitch, an official photograph of her that they took off the state department website as well as sharing what appears to be a ukrainian address. now, a lot of this, erin, we're having to read between the lines to try to figure out exactly what it means. but it does seem to provide some evidence to support the idea that there was something going on, there was someone in ukraine who was providing information on her whereabouts. >> i mean, as you say, it's pretty incredible. it's confirmed we have a person inside and they're talking about where she is, how frequently she's moved. this isn't -- >> she's been there all day.
>> did you want appear to be discussing whether they will surveil her but she was being surveilled. evan, in addition to these texts, there are also photographs in these documents. and i should emphasize there could be more as we're speaking coming out. i know you're also aware of photographs. >> right. exactly. again, there's more information the democrats have and are still going through. one of the things they show here is a trove of photographs that lev parnas has no provided and it does provide the idea that despite what the president says, despite the fact that the white house is sort of distancing the president from lev parnas, you can see some of the photographs there where parnas is meeting with the president. he's golfing with rudy giuliani. there are photographs of him, again, on a boat right there. you're seeing photographs of parnas and giuliani being in very, very close proximity. they're clearly very close associates. we knew some of this obviously. but the fact is that the
president has repeatedly been asked about his association with parnas and repeatedly said he didn't know this gentleman, had nothing to do with him essentially. >> evan, please stay with me. i want to bring in our panel with these developments this hour. steven ben hack served as associate independent counsel, paul rosen swag served on the white water investigation of bill clinton, and joe lockhart, served as the press secretary during the impeachment trial. you hear some of what evan is going through. as i think what evan and i are emphasizing, there's more to transmit. anything they can get in before tomorrow is part of the trial. anything after is under discussion about whether to admit it. nothing has changed. she's still not moving. it's confirmed. she's been there since thursday night. never left the embassy. these are the text messages
between robert hyde and some number in belgium. >> right. it just further solidifies this idea that there was a surveillance operation. now, we don't know why they're surveilling and what their intent was but this is a serious thing when a member of the u.s. government, a u.s. ambassador, is being surveilled by some pretty shady characters. you know, maybe they just wanted to know when she left or maybe they had something more sinister in mind. i think the striking part about this is the secretary of state has spent this week talking about how he doesn't know lev parnas and hasn't said a word about how disturbing it is that people from the outside who we don't know who they are, some belgian number, were stalking our ambassador and perhaps thinking of doing her harm. the secretary of state is sending a message to all the ambassadors and career foreign service officers that they don't matter, that only the politics of donald trump matter. >> it is an incredible thing,
steven, not just the silence of mike pompeo who runs the secretary of state, this is his ambassador serving at the behest of rudy giuliani that he didn't know about as far as he says. what does this mean for the case? this evidence will be admitted because it's coming in before the deadline. but what does this do to the whole senate trial, to the situations with witnesses? >> well, i think what's very important is we have this debate over whether there will be witnesses at all and we're moving towards a discussion and a vote on that. and it is pretty clear as more and more evidence comes in that is new, there's more pressure on everyone to get to the bottom of it and therefore more pressure for evidence. so, it doesn't surprise me the house democrats would want to do this on the eve of the impeachment. and it also wouldn't surprise me that mr. parnas would want to try to make as many friends as he can by giving out important information that can be relevant to the question at hand. >> and paul, of course this is
parnas' information, right? he's got these texts we're finding out. he's got more picture. he's got proof that devan nunes's aides were tied into this. that is also in here. what does this do to the calculus in the senate as more information coming out? i'm just showing right now some of the new photos that are just being released. >> well, i think that the answer to that is really pretty simple. republican senators have to ask themselves whether this is the last trench of evidence that will come out with respect to this ukrainian affair. and i think that the likely answer is no. even if it doesn't come in as part of the impeachment trial, they are going to own whatever comes here after based upon what they decide to do in terms of conducting an investigation. if they close their eyes now,
then the evidence that comes out in six weeks or eight weeks from parnas or from one of his colleagues will be further part of the their legacy. so, it ramps up on them the pressure to make a very realistic decision about whether or not they think that everything that's come out so far is all that there's going to be. and they have to say that that's a no. >> right. >> there has to be a no. >> it certainly seems that way and history will judge by the totality of the evidence, not what they chose to see as the evidence. to your point. evan, i referenced devan nunes, the top republican on the committee. now this information is documents that implicate him as involved intricately in this entire thing despite the fact that at first he said that was absurd and insulting anyone would say such a thing. this is showing that that was not true. >> yeah, i think originally devan nunes tried to say that he
didn't remember having any interaction with lev parnas. and look, the fact is lev parnas is indicted. there's a lot of people who would question whether or not he's telling the truth. and here he's producing some of the information that shows that at least on some of these things he is telling the truth. and one of the things that you're referencing is the fact that he is closely coordinating with derek harvey, an aide to devan nunes on this conspiracy theory that the ukrainians were interfering in the 2016 election. it's something that the president has been pushing, the russian intelligence services have been behind this theory. so, there is some effort being made by devan nunes' aide to coordinate with lev parnas. you see these interactions, these messages, this evidence produced showing that there's close coordination and trying to propagate these theories that we now see are everywhere, especially on russian television
and in certain parts of the right wing press. >> steven, what do you make of mike pompeo's silence on this? you have now increasing evidence that there was an american citizen conspiring with others to surveil the sitting u.s. ambassador and that she was under surveillance and he has so far said nothing. >> well, i think not just secretary pompeo, but all of the members of the trump administration now are playing a little bit of a catch up game. they really don't know what's out there. they have decided to defend the president and stick with the administration, and they just don't want to get caught out far on a ledge. it's interesting. it makes me think a little back to the nixon impeachment. i wasn't -- i was really a little kid then. but the fact of the matter is the facts change the politics over time. and as things got worse, ultimately president nixon's popularity went down and ultimately, you know, his own
party came to him and said it's time to go. we can't defend you anymore. the question here is is this evidence going to be so serious and the evidence that will come as paul says, will it be so serious that it can actually change the politics of this? remember, impeachment is a political process. it starts with substance. you can't even start an impeachment until you get to substance. but the politics can change based on the substance. >> well, you know, it's fascinating also you see this whole game of how long this will go. even now as we are literally on the eve here working days of this trial, there is still so much we do not know of the timing and the strategy and what you're saying plays into that, how much time mitch mcconnell thinks he has or does not have. stay with me. next president trump just naming his high profile defense team for the trial. ken starr is on it. our panel knows him really well. here's what trump said once about ken starr. >> i think ken starr is a lunatic. i really think that ken starr is a disaster.
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have inspired us to help people achieve their financial goals. talk to your advisor or consultant for investment risks and information. breaking news, new evidence in the trump impeachment trial just dropping. and as i said, it's still coming out. we've got new documents, new texts from lev parnas, rudy giuliani's indicted associate who already claimed president trump knew exactly what was taking place in ukraine. cnn is still going through the evidence tonight. as we said, text messages showing surveillance of ambassador yovanovitch, new pictures of lev parnas, rudy giuliani, and more coming out. this evidence will be included in the senate trial. and this evidence is coming as trump announces a team of big name lawyers to represent him in that trial. they are straight from the studios of trump's favorite tv channel. former independent counsel kent
starr, robert ray, and pam bondi are on the team. according to media matters, those lawyers alone, just those four i mentioned, have appeared more than 350 times on fox news on weekdays over the past year. they will join white house counsel pat cipollone and trump's personal lawyer jay sekulow in the president's defense. o.j. simpson and the clinton investigations on the résumes of these lawyers. they come with baggage and trump has not always been a fan. ken starr, the big name here, here he is talking about trump last year. >> if i'm on his defense team, i would be very concerned. >> well, it is fair to say the feeling has been mutual for, well, a pretty long time. here's trump. >> i think ken starr is a lunatic. i really think that ken starr is a disaster. it was a long and terrible process. i really think that ken starr was terrible.
>> unless you were unclear as to how trump felt about starr, he told "the new york times," quote, starr is a freak. i bet he's got something in his closet. so, tonight trump's fate is in lunatic starr's freak hands, a trial starting tuesday even as the details are unknown. kaitlan collins is out front live outside the white house. kaitlan, the history of starr and trump makes this so personally fascinating. but what more are you learning about why trump picked starr and the others on the team. >> reporter: now with these documents coming out tonight, they're going to have a lot of work on their hands sorting through the materials as they're getting ready to defend the president in a matter of days. when it comes to why trump picked starr and dershowitz, we're told a lot of it had to do with the fact they had tv experience. some didn't have that, especially pat cipollone where
you can't find him appearing on interviews, as opposed to jay sekulow who appears on interviews and hosts his own radio show. the president wanted to bring in people he knew would be good on television. ken starr is notable because he's been commenting throughout the president's impeachment at times talking about bombshell testimony saying he didn't believe the president should have been tweeting about ambassador yovanovitch when he was tweeting about her while she was testifying. now he's going to be representing the president in his defense and we're told he will be presenting on the senate floor making arguments as is alan dershowitz. we're told he's not somebody eeg tore take the job. he was reluctant, but the president pushed him, it was up to dershowitz and he's going to be on the president's legal team. he's come under his own scrutiny were ties to jeffrey epstein.
>> thank you very much, kaitlan. as you just heard, our former white water attorneys here say, they think it's going to be very hard for them to not hear all of this evidence and see all this evidence. steven, you saw the president's team. you worked with ken starr. has the president chosen the best defense here? i know there were some that said he wanted to choose some in the house, but he didn't go that route. this is the team he has chosen with a lot of experience. is this the best defense he can mount? >> i think if he's here to make a constitutional base challenge to impeachment, he couldn't have done better. he's got two of the leading constitutional lawyers around. so, i would expect that he's going to make an argument that this is not appropriate impeachable conduct and if he's going to do that, who better to argue that than the former solicitor general of the united states and a leading harvard professor for constitutional law. and to boot, you've got two guys
who are very good on television as well. so, put those things together and i think they've got the substance and i think they've got the appearance. and i think it's the right choice. >> a lawyer does what a lawyer does. you take on a client and fight for that client. yet starr is doing this even as he himself had expressed concern about trump's behavior. if i'm on his criminal defense team, i would be concerned. he criticized him for tweeting about yovanovitch saying it was threatening her. and you've got a guy who said starr's a freak, i bet he's got something in his closet, insulted him in all sorts of ways. but starr is going into this with his eyes wide open. >> i would imagine that's the case. if i were judge starr, i would be most concerned about the opposition reaching back to some of his testimony himself before the house of representatives back during the time of the clinton impeachment which, to be honest, has a tinge of
inconsistency with some of the things that are being alleged against president trump as well. so, i think that's the challenge that's going to arise for judge starr. i certainly think that he's an imminently capable attorney. but i wonder if even though his eyes were wide open he perhaps didn't see too much in the air of public redemption rather than doing the wise thing. >> which is an interesting point because as you say, a tinge of inconsistency. one could argue a whole heavy dose of hypocrisy in terms of the arguments. you're basically making the same argument from the other side. starr knows trump's character. okay. he knows it. he sees it. should that concern him and the rest of the defense team? >> listen, lawyers take on all sorts of clients. ken starr represents jeffrey epstein. clearly the president is worried
about the baggage. i think what the president has done here -- and i think starr and dershowitz and others are pawns in this -- is he's decided he's not going to make this about the case, the evidence. he wants to make it about the people who are making the evidence. he wants to bring in these big tv stars. these guys have all been on fox news including pam bondi who's the former attorney general of florida. they are regulars there. what he wants to make this is is a television reality show for the fox viewers. it has been a consistent part of the president's strategy to talk to his supporters and not worry about the rest of america. and he's trying to in some ways make a mockery of what's going on in the senate and diminish it by putting up people who will not present a stellar defense on the evidence. they will make a show out of it. and i think, you know, listen, it's -- i agree with paul that there's some redemption here, not just for starr's performance
as independent counsel, but he was run out of town in waco, at bailor for turning a blind eye to the sexual assaults from the football team and the rapes there. but this shouldn't be about personal redemption. this shouldn't be about a tv show. it's about the koconstitution. it's way more important. >> monica lewinsky tweeted today, i don't know if you saw this, she perhaps put it in the vernacular. when she heard starr was going to be representing trump, she said this is definitely an are you f-ing kidding me kind of day. what is your reaction overall to see history being remade in these players all being central yet again? >> well, it does have a little bit of groundhog day to it. here we are talkin about bill clinton 20 years ago. i felt for sure i would never talk about that again and yet
it's come back around. i think what it really fundamentally says, if you want to get to a kind of higher level, is that a lot of the issues about impeachment are enduring. as steve said earlier, there's got to be a factual basis, but in the end it's a political discussion as much as a factual discussion. and what seems clear to me now is that they've chosen a political venue for this at least through ken starr and alan dershowitz. >> thank you all uvery much. out front next a chilling warning from the number two general in the united states tonight. >> north korea has been building new missiles, new capabilities, new weapons as fast as anybody on the planet. >> as anybody on the planet. but trump says kim sends him love letters. plus the first votes in the fight for 2020 are being cast. hear from one life long republican who says she now wants to vote for a democrat. which one?
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iran's strike after the pentagon initially said there were no injuries. they are now releasing information on americans suffering from things like concussions. this news coming as mike pompeo reiterates his claim that iran's top commaner was planning something imminent and big. >> we've been criticized, how can it be imminent? we don't know the minute, the second, the square block, but we knew for sure that this man who had executed many plans of this kind before was actively plotting against americans. so, the idea there wasn't a risk is fundamentally false. >> outfront now democratic congressman member of the house armed services committee. he says he doesn't know which square block. the president says he knew there were four embassies. there seems to be contradiction there. he says the idea there was not an imminent threat is a risk is fundamentally false.
you have been briefed. what's your response to the secretary of state? >> well, the most important thing a world leader, a secretary of state, a president, whomever that wants to lead a country has is their voracity, their honesty, their trustworthiness. it is totally gone, totally gone by this administration. the president obviously lost it, 15,000 lies and tweets ago. but when the secretary of state cannot be trusted and the department of defense coming in a week later, ten days later and saying oh, by the way, there were 11 people actually injured in that strike, the ability of this government to be believed is simply disappeared. and that is a very, very real problem. all around the world, our allies such as those that are still left and still believe that america's important partner in the world are going we can't trust them, we don't know what they're going to do next, but
you mentioned the north korea situation. once again, it goes on and on. the bottom line here is there's a very real problem of trustworthiness in this administration. >> so, on this issue, let me just ask you because i know that you -- that the trump administration not only has not answered this question of imminent risk. >> right. >> in briefings even that you have all had. they abruptly cancelled four classified briefings related to iran this week. one of those was scheduled to be before your committee. >> right. >> why do you think they're doing that? is it just that they don't want the questions? is there something specific they're hiding? do you have any sense as to this? >> i think all of those things that you just said are in play. they don't want to be questioned because they don't have a truthful answer. they've got, what, half a dozen different responses already? and now the military personnel, 11 of them were injured by the blast. perhaps not with a physical injure but certainly --
>> concussion. >> -- a mental, concussion. we're looking at a situation they simply didn't want to have to come. that is not acceptable. >> so, you mentioned -- sorry. go ahead. finish your point. >> i was just going to say that we have the responsibility and the administration has the obligation to explain itself. we must hold them accountable, and they must be accountable. >> you mentioned north korea, the number two general in the united states said something that was very stunning about north korea's nuclear program. and i didn't want it to get lost in all of the other news today. so i wanted to play it for you today. >> sure. >> north korea has been building new missiles, new capabilities, new weapons as fast as anybody on the planet with the 115th most powerful economy in the world. speed itself is efficiency. >> okay. new weapons as fast as anybody on the planet. congressman, this is as president trump talks about his
love letters. and just in the past couple of weeks has said this about kim jong-un. >> i have a very good relationship with kim jong-un. my relationship with kim jong-un is really good. >> i have a very good relationship with kim jong un. i think we both want to keep it that way. >> is there a method to those comments, a strategy? >> there's an answer to that. this man cannot be our president for four more years. you take a look haawhat's happe on the korea peninsula. he has allowed this thing to go from imminent nuclear war to a situation where he's simply allowed north korea to do anything it wants and along the way to totally put down south korea, the normal work that we do with south korea in various military exercises so that we can push back and hold north korea accountable.
those are mostly gone now. and at the same time, the pressure that is necessary on north korea has been virtually disappeared. so, this president has to go. we cannot allow this to go another four years. >> thank you very much, congressman. a appreciate your time tonight. next, a life long republican says she will not vote for trump. so, who will she vote for? and a follow up to an exclusive story we brought you last night. evelyn yang, andrew yang's wife, says she was sexually assaulted by her doctor while she was pregnant. >> can you imagine the audacity of a man who does this continues to do this after being arrested? >> well, after she spoke out, 15 more women have come forward with allegations about the same doctor. notbest batterympetitors can match the power of energizer. because energizer ultimate lithium is the longest lasting aa battery in the world.
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being cast. it comes as a life long republican who served under george w. bush and barack obama says she is open to supporting a democrat for the first time in her life. writing in "washigton post" i am a republican who has never voted for a democrat in a presidential election, but i share democrats' concern that our system is rigged to favor the wealthy and powerful overworking families. it's great to talk to you again. as you say, you are a life long republican. you've never voted for a democrat for president, but you want to this election. so, why can't you support president trump? >> well, i think the personal behavior issues just kill it for me with the billy bish video i was gone. i don't disagree with all of his policies. i think he's done helpful things. student debt is an issue i care about a lot. his education department has provided a lot more transparency about student debt outcomes in
universities. i can think of several ways he's done good things. so, it's not all bad. but the personal behavior is a problem for me. i think the trade policy has been ill advised. i think it's hurt our economy. tariffs are a bad way to go about trade policies. immigration is another area of concern. the list goes on. so, yes. and then just the behavior. you know, i want someone who will not embarrass our country. and i think the behavior has been erratic and i think we need more from our president. so, yes i'm definitely looking for an alternative. >> so, you're looking for an alternative, but you're not set for sure who you would vote for democrat. which would you vote for? >> so, i think the two that i mentioned in my op-ed, elizabeth warren and joe biden, i think what i'm looking for is someone who's experienced and has the proven ability to get things done but also has commitment to
fundamental reform. i think our system is rigged. i don't think this administration has done much about it. the tax bill probably made it worse, not better. did make it worse, not better. so, those are the two i think in terms of background and experiences. they've proven -- they have proven accomplishments. i've worked with both of them in the past. elizabeth warren i worked with for years on financial reform issues during the crisis as awe senator. joe biden i knew from the 1980s when i worked on the senate judiciary committee for bob dole and he was a junior member then. he was good on civil rights issues and an effective legislature. so, i have respect for both of them. and, you know, i think elizabeth is probably less incremental than joe biden and that is one of her strengths. i think we need fundamental reform. >> so, you would vote for one of them. you wouldn't for sanders eight peers, and also pete buttigieg, your op-ed -- i'll just quote
what you said about pete buttigieg. >> i like buttigieg and would be happy to endorse him 20 years from now after he's proven himself. today he is not ready. i think his lack of experience will lead to a preservation of the status quo. but i know, sheila, that you are very adamant you don't want to throw your vote away. you voted libertarian last time. >> if it's trump versus pete buttigieg or trump versus bernie sanders, that would be a very difficult one. for sanders it's a different situation. buttigieg is just not ready. and i do fear a lot of the money he's getting, wall street money in particular, it is because, you know, the status quo is working for them. i don't think -- i think he's well intended. i think he's in good faith. but i think he's a bit naive and i don't think he has any kind of skill set to pursue fundamental reform. so, that would be hard for me. mr. sanders is a little
different. his policies are -- i don't agree with them, a lot of them. but also, it's just in terms of he has more senate experience, but he's not particularly been influential in the senate. he's been principled but he hasn't really built relationships and shown that he can compromise and get things done at the end of the day is what we need. i think in terms of effectiveness or either warren or biden would be preferable. >> thank you very much. i appreciate your time. life long republican, never voted for a democrat for president, but making it clear she would vote for warren or biden. next, 15 more women have come forward after evelyn yang spoke out in an exclusive report on this show to talk about the sexual assault she says happened with her doctor. how was her doctor able to get off with no jail time? i can. the two words whispered at the start of every race. every new job. and attempt to parallel park.
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tonight we're hearing from another victim, allegedly at the hands of that same doctor. that doctor didn't spend a day in prison, never appeared on a public sex offender registry. last night we told you of at least 32 women who have accused him of sexual assault. since evelyn yang came forward and told her story, 15 new women have come forward. just since that story aired on our show last night within 24 hours. that is according to the attorney. drew griffin is outfront. >> reporter: the indictment reads likes the acts of a serial sexual predator, women who were forcibly touched, orally violated. the alleged perpetrator, a respected obgyn at new york presbyterian columbia medical
university center, accused of assaulting his own patients, but dr. robert hadden served no jail time for his crimes, he cut a deal and pleaded guilty to just two charges. he lost his medical license but doesn't even appear on the sex offender registry. to his accusers, a sweetheart deal. >> there's a clear pattern of bad behavior by the doctor, a lack of institution an courage by his player, columbia university and a lack of willingness to take the case seriously by the manhattan district attorney. everyone did the best they could to make it go away. >> marissa is one of dozens of accuser now suing haden and his former network. the lawsuit alleges he had unfettered access to women, some as young as 15, 16, and while
staff and patient chaperones looked the other way. a nurse tried to send out a warning in the early warnings but was told to be quiet. he was known as a shark around the office because he knew how to outmaneuver chaperones. and one won said she had a medical condition requiring her have a ve have havevagina to be examined every three months. not true. >> not a day in prison. does that make sense to you? >> no community service, no fine, no jail time. shee he received what seems to be the equivalent of an early paid retier retireme retirement. >> why? >> he worked at columbia university. >> got away with it. >> got away with it.
>> it like getting slapped in the face and punched in the gut. the d.a.'s office is meant to service justice. there was no justice here. >> evelyn yang described her own experience to cnn's dana bash. she said her assault could have been prevented because haden had been arrested before and columbia university knew it. police were called to his clinic after a woman reported being assaulted in an exam room. patients were told the obgyn they were seeing had been accused of sex crimes. in the weeks that followed, two of those patients would become his next alleged victims. evelyn yang was one of them. >> can you imagine the audacity of a man who does this, continues to do this after being arrested? it like he knew that he wouldn't face any repercussions. >> the doctor's arrest was
voided. he wouldn't be charged with any crime for another two years while the d.a.'s office investigated. hadden hired a powerful attorney. she had donated to vance's political campaign and worked on his transition team. she and the new york district attorney's office claimed the relationship had nothing to do with the plea deal but the original recommendation to serve as least four years behind bars would be reduced to nothing. the d.a.'s office agreed to lower his sex offender status, wouldn't appear on the registry, even though he was convicted of a felony. he even brags about the wins on his web site. >> he was getting off with a slap on the wrist basically. >> reporter: it's yet another case raising questions about the manhattan district attorney's office, already under scrutiny
for failing to prosecute harvey weinstein. marissa says it's a pattern of white, powerful, connected men getting sweetheart deals. >> i don't see it any other way, when you see a lack of willingness to do an investigation, look at the employer, you look at the details of the plea agreement, they're painful. it's very painful. >> manhattan district attorney cyrus vance declined cnn's request for an interview, sending a statement saying our primary concern was holding had accountable and making sure he could never do this again. we regret this resolution has caused survivors pain. >> hadden remains a free man. he is fighting the allegations being mad against him in court. as for columbia university medical center, not a single answer to any of our detailed
questions about a possible coverup here, only a statement calling the allegations abhorrent and that they deeply apologize to those whose trust was violated. erin, that's just not good enough for the victims here. >> it certainly isn't. there is an explanation they must give for how someone is arrested and goes back to work and continues assault. thank you, drew griffin. and we'll be right back. whatever monday has in store and tackle four things at once. so when her car got hit, she didn't worry. she simply filed a claim on her usaa app and said... i got this. usaa insurance is made the way kate needs it - easy. she can even pick her payment plan so it's easy on her budget and her life. usaa. what you're made of, we're made for. usaa
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