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team. >> ken starr, alan dershowitz. >> i've been asked to prepare and deliver the constitutional case against impeachment that benefits the president. president donald trump offering a new reason why he authorized the killing of a top general. >> we're going to attack your country. we're going to kill your people. how much of this [ bleep ] do we have to listen to. so glad to have your company on this saturday morning. i'm christi paul. >> i'm martin savidge in for victor blackwell. house members have until midnight tonight to file their impeachment brief. >> late last night democrats released new documents and text messages from indicted rudy giuliani associate lev parnas. they appear to show possible surveillance of maria
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yovonovitch. >> all of this as the president's beefed up legal team filled with made for tv lawyers prepare to defend him. >> kristin holmes is traveling with him. good morning to you. the house released these new documents from lev parnas last night. what do they tell us? >> reporter: good morning, christie and martin. there is a trove of information here, but the two main take aways are about what you mentioned, that surveillance as well as devin nunes. this is new information about the apparent surveillance of the apparent former ambassador yovonovitch. she was fired by president trump himself after a smear campaign was run against her that was done by her -- his personal attorney, rudy giuliani. now we first learned about this appearance of surveillance in the first set of documents released by the house in a set of text messages by lev parnas to a connecticut man who was
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running for congress named robert hyde, and in this they appeared to be tracking yovonovitch's movements. we saw more documents last night. this was screen shots that hyde had taken with an unknown belgian number where they appeared to be tracking marie yovonovitch. hyde has denied that this was ever a real thing. he said in an interview last night that this was all just one big joke. take a listen. >> so when they're sending me these texts and i'm like, whatever, dude, yeah. under surveillance. just joking. nobody ever really knew that -- i never pictured anything was real. i didn't think anything was real. who would be surveilling a u.s. ambassador? like who could do that. i never imagined you like -- these jokers that you'd meet at fundraisers that, you know, legit people were like, rob, pulled me aside, stay away from these people. i never thought anything they were saying was real. >> so you see here, you hear him
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say over and over again, it's not real. i never thought it was real, these jokers. the state department here in the u.s. is taking it seriously. they believe it could be real. they've launched an investigation into this apparent surveillance. the other big take away is about republican congressman devin nunes. it shows a deeper involvement by nunes and his top aides in trying to get information about the bidens. this is information that president trump sought as well as republicans on the hill. we're seeing several text messages between this top aide and parnas trying to set up meetings with ukrainian leaders all again to get this dirt on joe biden. >> kristen, i want to ask you about the addition now of alan d derschowitz? >> he's not going to participate in the day to day. this was part of the
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announcement with the names. ken starr, the most polarizing lawyer in the country. independent counsel led to the impeachment of bill clinton. he was also the president of baylor before he resigned after investigation found that school administration officials hadn't really been responding to accusations of sexual assault against football players. a lot of baggage comes with him. then as you said dershowitz and he represented jeffrey epstein in recent days. here's what dershowitz had to say about his role in the upcoming trial. >> i think it would be unconstitutional, set a terrible precedent for this president to be impeached for these alleged articles of impeachment. so i feel very strongly. i will make a strong argument against impeachment, but i'm not part of the regular team that
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will be making strategic decisions. >> reporter: now he says he's not part of the regular team, but he was named in this release of who was going to be on the legal team. other names included robert wray who was the independent counsel who took over from ken starr. we also saw pam bondi, very big supporter of president trump. jane raskin, behind the scenes, private counsel to the president. she really helped the administration through the mueller investigation. and then lastly there you see eric hirschman. pretty explosive team here. going to be interesting to see how this plays out. we talked about how president trump wanted a show when it came to the trial, but mcconnell wanted to keep it shorter and sweeter. this really takes out that aspect of even having to have witnesses for it to have a show. you have these big tv personalities, these celebrities in their own right who will be presenting this case. >> interesting. kristen holmes, always good to see you. thank you.
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president trump's impeachment trial will pick up on tuesday, but there are a number of things that need to happen before them. the house has until 5 p.m. to file their trial brief which lays out the facts, the evidence and legal arguments they plan to present. the president must respond to the secretary of the senate by 6 tonight. then on monday president trump's team will need to file their trial brief. that will have to happen by noon laying out their defense. the house will then have a chance to file a rebuttal and refute any evidence presented by trump's team. that document is due by 12 p.m. on tuesday. once that is done the senate will reconvene at 1 p.m. kicking off the impeachment trial with opening arguments. house speaker nancy pelosi appeared on "real time with bill mahr" and that president trump gave the house no choice but to impeach him. >> he is impeached forever because he used the office of president to try to influence a foreign country for his personal
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and political benefit. in doing so he undermined our national security. >> right. >> he was disloyal to his oath of office to protect the constitution and he placed in jeopardy the integrity of our election, and that, i mean, really he gave us no choice. earlier on with some of the charges that came forward which were violations of the law, i said he's not worth it. but once he crossed that bridge, it wasn't a question of his being worth it, the constitution was worth it. he had to be impeached. over 70% of the american people want to see witnesses and documentation to come forward. >> okay. >> and that places a burden on those senators. they will either come down in favor of transparency and accountability to the constitution or we'll hold them accountable. >> so supreme court chief justice john roberts is going to play a key role of course in the impeachment process here. listen to this. >> do you solemnly swear that in
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all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of donald john trump, president of the united states now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws so help you god? >> roberts himself there sworn in on thursday. he then swore in the senators who will act as the jury in the president's impeachment trial. cnn's joan stupick will discuss. joan, good to have you here. there are a lot of questions about not just what his responsibilities will be but what the chief justice's power will be in this. how much clarity do you have about his role? >> reporter: okay. you're right, there's a lot we don't know, but there are certain things that we already know. what's in the constitution, what's in the senate rules so far and what's in precedent. how did bill rehnquist preside over the trial of bill clinton in 1999. first of all, the constitution gives only one role in writing to the chief and that is to
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preside when the president has been impeached. so he's sitting as a presiding officer, not what he does across the street at the supreme court as a judge. over here he will have -- he'll be in a very visible role but with very little control. it will be senate majority leader mitch mcconnell's show. he will be -- the chief justice will follow the procedural rules that the senate has under the current senate rules which can be amended. he can make determinations on evidence and witnesses, but he can -- on the relevance and materi materiality but he can reinforce that this is the senate's show. precedent shows that the chief justice will not have any deciding vote. there's a lot of swirling around about exactly whether the chief will jump in on something like that, but in the past -- in the recent past the chief has not seized that kind of authority. >> so "the new york times" has
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an article and refers to his responsibilities as this, they talk about him i think personally on one hand. they say he will leave behind an institution, meaning the supreme court, that prides itself on reason and decorum and enter one marked bipartisan warfare. it does not paint a pretty picture as we don't know really what's coming at the end of the day. what do you think he's walking into? >> well, he has studied what happened to bill rehnquist back in 1999 and chief justice rehnquist made a comment at the very end of his service there after five weeks and said, i've left the very structured world of the supreme court for lack of a better word free form of the senate. just think, christie, how much has changed in the past 21 years. he will be entering a very polarized world. remember that in his day job across the street at the supreme court they're actually going to
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hear some cases involving donald trump in march. so chief justice john roberts is going to try to recede into the background as much as he can. his hand might be forced at various times, but i think he's going to turn it over to the majority of the senate to actually decide the substance of things that will determine whether donald trump is acquitted or convicted. remember, that requires 2/3 of a vote. >> so let me ask you this because "the new york times" also says of the chief justice's responsibilities that they will be full of peril for his reputation and that of his court. so connect that thread for us though that starts at the supreme court and ends where he's going to be, you know, with the senate trial in the next couple of weeks. how will the outcome in the senate linger perhaps in the supreme court? >> reporter: well, you know, when he is at his job at the supreme court, there are no cameras there. he is not as visible. when he crosses the street, by car, by the way, he will be
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driven across the street each day, and presides in public view to the cameras, all of america, all of the international world will see him in a way that they don't normally see him. so, yes, a lot will be at stake for how he -- his stature, how he comports himself, how things are run but he will as much as possible not want to take a very active role. it's just that he will be in a very visible role. and there will be times when he will be put on the spot, and i know he has the weight of that kind of history upon him. only twice before have his predecessors presided over impeachment, and john roberts is very much a student of history. before he became a lawyer he thought about getting a ph.d. in history so he knows that everyone will be watching him. he has said when he thinks about chief justices, you think of the great chief justice john
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marshall. you know you can't rise to what he is but you certainly don't want to be regarded as roger tawney who wrote "threads to die." he's always thinking about where he fits in in history and this role will be his part of history. >> joan, i always learn from you. thanks so much. >> reporter: thanks, christi. new this morning, audio recordings of president trump giving details about the strike. >> they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8, then all of a sudden, boom. they're gone, sir. cutting off. i said, where is this guy? delta airlines trying to smooth things over after one of its planes dumps jet fuel over several los angeles schools. many residents are not having it. new tide power pods one up the cleaning power of liquid.
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night president trump gave minute-by-minute details of the operation that killed iran's top military commander. >> he was supposed to be invincib invincible. he said bad things about our country. he was saying things like we're going to attack your country. we're going to kill your people. i said, look, how much of this [ bleep ] do we have to listen to. how much are we going to listen to. >> the president didn't mention an imminent threat which the administration has said justified the airstrike. instead he described in detail watching the operation unfold as soleimani arrived at baghdad international airport. >> he said, sir -- this is from, you know, cameras that are miles in the sky. they're together, sir. sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds. no bull [ bleep ]. they have 2 minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. they're in the car. they're in an armored vehicle going. sir, they have approximately 1
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minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 -- then all of a sudden, boom. they got him, sir. cut him off. i said, where is this guy? that was the last i heard from him. he had breaking news but he -- he got hit hard and he deserved to be hit hard because he was bad. he killed many, many thousands, hundreds of thousands of people. thousands of americans. >> during the fund-raiser the president also repeated claims the leader of isis died screaming during a u.s. raid on his compound last year. >> now secretary of state mike pompeo, we're learning, could be subpoenaed to testify about the administration's policy in iran, iraq and the middle east. >> the house foreign affairs committee has re-invited is the word pompeo to appear before them later this month. the secretary did not show up for a hearing on the same matter this week. in a letter committee chairman elliott engel said lawmakers
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want more information about what led up to that airstrike that killed iran's top general. he threatened to use, quote, all legal means to make sure the secretary shows up. there's some serious backlash this morning for delta airlines after one of their flights dumped jet fuel over several schools in los angeles. >> the airline has been hit with a lawsuit and an air pollution violation and an angry chorus of people are concerned about the long-term effects. we have the report. >> reporter: delta managing director booed friday night in the southeast l.a. community. >> thinking about what happened. >> reporter: this delta jet approaching lax for an emergency landing dumped fuel without warning over six la schools. >> i was so scared. we just ran inside.
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and then my eyes started itching and then -- so i came to the auditorium. >> reporter: now the fallout. four teachers from park avenue elementary school where 20 kids and 11 adults were doused on the playground just filed suit against the airline stating the pilot made the conscious decision to dump massive amounts of toxic jet fuel onto the plaintiffs. they've asked not to be named. >> my students began screaming and crying because their eyes and skin were burning. fear, dread, panic and helplessness ensued. >> the next day i woke up with a severe headache and nauseous. by noon i went to urgent care because the pain wouldn't go away. >> reporter: delta says there was an engine issue, it was a normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. >> just to be clear you're saying the faa prevents you,
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delta, from telling these people what happened? is that your answer to date? >> we're not able to comment. >> reporter: but friday night this low income 96% latino community gathered asking why us. >> why is it that it only hit where latinos live? >> it's a concern that keeps happening and happening. >> reporter: nearby battery recycling got polluted this area and this school closed in 1990. it's built on an old dump. >> this plane came around and flew over more affluent areas of la and they decided to unload in this area. it's something to think about. >> reporter: fuel dumps are usually done from higher
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altitudes away from people. this was an emergency but delta 89 did break from standard procedure failing to tell air traffic control. >> so you don't need to hold a dump fuel or anything like that? >> negative. >> reporter: the faa is still investigating. >> regardless of how we break this down, communications were lost. the fact that this failed gives us a real opportunity to learn and improve and make sure that next time that it's very clear to both parties involved not to dump fuel over school children. >> you need to yell, you [ bleep ] yell. >> reporter: nick wall, cnn. >> thanks, nick. still to come, democratic candidates in iowa campaigning before the iowa caucuses. it is a crucial last pitch for some because they may have to head back to washington. they will have to head back to the impeachment trial next week. we'll discuss. searching for a way to help stop your cold sore?
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we are 16 days away from the iowa caucuses. that's the first major time they will face off in november. many are in that state. they're campaigning at various stops. for the u.s. senators in the race, it's their last chance to make their case to voters before they head to washington for the start of the impeachment trial. here with me to discuss is editor and publisher for inside elections and cnn political analyst, nathan gonzales. and juanita tolliver. >> good morning. >> both so nice to see you. >> good morning. >> where to begin. so let's start with senator sanders and elizabeth warren and amy klobuchar. they, of course, have to head
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back to washington. they have to be there for the impeachment trial. how much of a setback, a problem, a difficulty is this going to be for those three senators, do you think? nathan, i'll start with you. >> sure. i understand the narrative is that they're going to be trapped in washington and while vice president biden and mayor buttigieg and the others are going to be on the trail in iowa, but i'm not convinced it's exactly going to play out that way in terms of it's going to be detrimental to the senators. this is going to be a very public trial. this is going to be made for tv event. while during the trial itself the senators are going to have a speaking role, they're going to be scores of reporters, as they come into the trial, as they exit the trial. if they want to have access to the media, they will have plenty of opportunity to talk to reporters and talk to voters through the media. so, you know, i know how we say we think we know how it's going to play out, but it could actually benefit these senators
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as well. >> juanita, let me ask you, what are your thoughts on that? i get it, they're going to get a lot of media attention, but we're talking about being able to specifically talk to the people of iowa who get the very first say who often sets up the whole tenor of the rest of the election cycle. >> yes, iowa voters will know exactly where the senators are, but on top of that the senators often time have robust ground games. as a former field campaign staffer, we know it's all about who shows up at the caucus. who shows up at the polls when it really comes down to it. on top of that, they have robust media budgets where they're still injecting their campaign message into the massive hits of the iowa voters receiving to the leadup of the caucus day. i honestly agree with nathan here. i don't see a massive disruption. they're out there making their case. again, these highly engaged iowa voters know where they are. this is not a snub to senators
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in d.c. upholding their constitutional duty to participate in the impeachment trial. >> absolutely they have that as they must do it. nathan, let me ask you. let's move on to this whole issue of the feud that was taking place so very publicly between senators warren and sanders, and i'm wondering, first of all, nathan, is it over and done? have voters moved on from that? and then also, who won out of that sort of verbal fist fight? >> we'll know in a couple of weeks who won. i don't -- i think that this probably -- this initial back and forth is probably done, but the contrast or the campaign is certainly not done. i think when we zoom out, that this is an incredibly valuable democratic nomination because the president is in an extremely vulnerable political position. so as we get closer to iowa and the rest of the primary calendar these candidates are going to be forced to make a contrast with each other. up until a week ago senators
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sanders and warren had a noncompete or nonaggression pact, but we're getting close to voters making their decision. this primary is going to get more bitter, more divisive. at the same time that doesn't mean that democrats can't win in november, but this is going to be a messy process. >> well, juanita, i've read some reports that say that joe biden really won out of that or got a lift as a result. >> staying above the fray is something that joe biden has done impeccably well. to the previous point on who won, no one wins in this case. senator warren is fair in calling out the sexism that she has faced as a female running for president. i think the big issue here is recognizing that when it comes to supporting the nominee, the ultimate democratic nominee, the dnc has taken multiple steps to ensure that everyone on the debate stage has signed on to unity pledges and not running as a third party. when it comes to preventing the
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fracturing of a third party, it's something they have to continuously keep a pulse on. they have to recognize at the end of the day you have to corral your supporters with the focus of beating trump in 2020. 2016 left a lot of people with bad tastes in their mouth. they weren't pleased with the way that there wasn't justice, clear convalescence around hillary clinton. looking to 2020, that's something that dnc and progressive organizations are taking to heart. they know that democrats have to show up with the unified force and they have to provide that on ramp with their supporters to support the nominee. seeing trending hashtags like never warren is not completely productive. one thing that -- >> martin, if i could add, i think that we can't under estimate the power of president trump to unify the democratic party. even if some of these candidates after this is over, even if some
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of the candidates themselves are reluctant or they hold these hard feelings after the process, the voters -- democratic voters are determined to defeat president trump and that's going to smooth over a lot of things and i say that because i saw this years ago when the republican party was divided and the tea party was attacking all of that. they had president obama as a unifier. he unified the republican party against him. i think we're going to see a lot of that in november. >> well, as this field is consolidated, we seem to have become a lot whiter. i'm wondering, juanita, one, hispanics, how do they feel about this? are they willing to vote for anyone as long as trump is defeated or are there hard feelings about those left behind? >> i think we have to understand about folks like senator booker, harris and julian castro entered the race. it comes down to name recognition and buying power of ads, right? this is what voters are reacting
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to and responding to. something that we have seen in recent days, especially with steyer investing millions in south carolina now shooting up in double digits and joe biden and his consistency by having barack obama and his relationship there playing a passive role in his campaign and messaging and branding. these are folks who voters generally as well as voters of color have the opportunity to get to know. so bringing it back to the sense of how much do you have on hand to increase your name recognition is key here. i don't think it's a rejection from voters of color, especially latin ex voters who will have a vote. it is about reach. >> yeah. nathan, i wanted to get your thoughts on that but i'm sorry, we're out of time. nathan and juanita, thank you both for joining us this morning. >> no problem. still ahead, i don't know if you've heard this yet, but there are 15 more women now who have come forward after evelyn yang, the wife of presidential
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welcome back. 40 minutes past the hour. evelyn yang, the wife of 2020 presidential candidate andrew yang is revealing for the first time that she was sexually assaulted, allegedly by her
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doctor, while she was pregnant. we know at least 32 women have accused the doctor of sexual assault. >> now 15 new women have come forward since evelyn shared her story on cnn. according to an attorney representing yang and the other alleged victims. this morning we're hearing from another woman who says that same doctor assaulted her. cnn's drew griffin has the details. >> reporter: the indictment reads like the acts of a scerea sexual predator. women who were forcibly touched, orally violated. the alleged perpetrator, a respected obgyn at new york presbyterian columbia medical center accused of assaulting his own patients but dr. robert hadden served no jail time for his crimes. he cut a deal with the d.a.'s office in new york and pleaded guilty to just two charges. he lost his medical license but doesn't even appear on the public sex offender registry.
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to his accusers, a sweetheart deal. >> there's clear evidence of a pattern of bad behavior by the doctor, a lack of institutional courage by his employer on the 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 hoechstetter suing the doctor and the network. columbia allowed him unfettered access to patients, many of them as young as 15 or 16 and that he had been assaulting women for decades while some staff, co-workers and even patient shap pa roens looked the other way. a nurse tried to send out a warning in the early '90s but was told to be quiet. haddon was known as a shark around the office because he knew how to out maneuver patient chaperones and one said hadden
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said she had a medical condition requiring her vagina to be examined every three months. it wasn't true. her attorney is anthony depietro. he represents 32 women and counting who say they were victims of dr. hadden. >> not a day in prison. does that make sense to you? >> no community service, no fine, no jail time. he received what seems to be the equivalent of an early paid retirement. >> why? >> he worked at columbia university. >> got away with it? >> got away with it. >> it's like getting, you know, slapped in the face and punched in the gut. the da's office is meant to protect us, is meant to serve justice and there was no justice here. >> reporter: evelyn yang, the wife of democratic presidential candidate andrew yang, described her own experience to cnn's dana bash. she said her assault could have been prevented because haddon
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had been arrested before and columbia university knew it. in june 2012 police were called to his clinic after a woman reported being assaulted in an exam room. despite the arrest, haddon went back to work. >> patients weren't told the obgyn they were seeing had been accused of sex crimes and 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's like he knew that he would -- he wouldn't face any repercussions. >> reporter: the doctor's arrest was voided. he wouldn't be charged with any crime for another two years while the da's office investigated. haddon hired a powerful and connected attorney, isabel kershner. she had donated to advancevance
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campaign. both she and the new york district attorney's office claimed the relationship had nothing to do with the plea deal, but the original recommendation for haddon to serve at least four years behind bars would be reduced to nothing. the da's office even agreed to lower haddon's sex offender status. he wouldn't appear on the public registry though he was convicted of a felony. ca kitchener said he had great lawyering and brags about the win on her website. >> he was getting off with a slap on the wrist. >> reporter: it's another case raising questions about the manhattan district attorney's office for failing to convict harvey weinstein and asking to lower jeffrey epstein's status. it's a pattern of white, powerful men getting sweetheart deals. >> i don't see it any other way. when you see a lack of
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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. >> reporter: manhattan district attorney cyrus vance declined cnn's request for an interview instead sending a statement saying our primary concern was holding him accountable and making sure he could never do this again. we regret that this resolution has caused survivor's pain. >> robert haddon remains a freeman. his attorney says he will not talk and in court filings he is fighting the allegations being made against him. as for columbia university medical center, not a single answer to any of cnn's detailed questions about the possible coverup in this case. only a statement saying the allegations are abhorrent and they deeply apologize to those whose trust was violated. drew griffin, cnn, atlanta. >> all of those documents, it's just dizzying.
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so doctors say the number of cases of a deadly mysterious new strain of corona virus in china is likely grossly underestimated. >> officially four new cases have been reported in wuhan, the southeastern part of china. in all, two people have died and 45 are infected. the researchers say this, at the imperial college of london, 1700 people do have been infected since last sunday. >> three airports in the u.s. have begun medical screenings to check passengers arriving from wuhan, china.
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staff from the cdc, jfk, san francisco international and los angeles international. they're looking for symptoms such as coughing and high temperatures. this week congresswoman ayanna pressley shared with the world a very personal struggle. she has alopecia. it's a condition that can cause permanent hair loss. >> the massachusetts democrat said she started losing her hair last fall. this was a revealing video. she told the root she wants to confront any shame associated with the condition. cnn reporter has her story. >> reporter: christi and martin, alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss. >> this is my official public revealing. i'm ready now because i want to be free from the secret and making peace with having
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alopecia. it's about self-agency. it's about power. it's about acceptance. >> reporter: as you can see, she really opened up about her own personal experience and when it comes to alopecia, the triggers of it are complex and still being studied but it's considered an autoimmune condition and a combination of factors could be behind it. changes in genes and in the immune system and there are some treatment options available. steroid injections, medicines applied to the skin or u.v. light therapy. and in some cases the hair that is lost may grow back. but overall many people in the medical world have applauded congresswoman presley for opening up about her hair loss. the american academy of dermatology tweeted thank you to her for, and i quote, sharing your story and raising awareness about alopecia and i quote.
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back to you. >> wonderful story. right now people are starting to gather near the white house. that is for today's women's march which gets underway about an hour from now. >> cnn political reporter rebecca buck is with us live. what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning. well, as you mentioned, people are just starting to gather here this morning. things don't quick off offici officially until 10 a.m. the marching itself will gibb at 11. we're expecting a much bigger feel for this year's women's march, the fourth march since president trump took office. we have seen in past years of course the first woman's march on the day after president trump was inaugurated into office was one of the biggest demonstrations ever recorded across the country and here in washington, d.c. today we're expecting something smaller. organizers say they're expecting tens of thousands of people. as you can see though, the weath weather is not cooperating. very wintry day this morning. cold and a dusting of snow and
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some precipitation this afternoon. it's not clear whether that will dampen the fest tifts here today. we will have sort of a different tone as well from the speakers and the lineup here today and the program, no celebrities expected. lawmakers as well. it's going to be really a grassroots feel here today. >> rebecca, hang in there. hope you stay warm. we're going to check back with her as the march begins a little bit later on this morning. as we said, around 10:00. we're speaking with a board member of the women's march about how the organization really is fighting for the rights in the lgbt and immigrant communities now as well. so a little bit of a shift in their mission. we will be back at 10:00 eastern. >> smerconish is up next. alan dershowitz is with him. democratic senators doug jones and chris coombs and democratic candidate tom steyer.
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