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climbing faster and faster. hospitalizations seem like they're about to hit an all-time high so the virus is winning and the president is retreating from the path that he chose. a path that gave the virus an edge. he abruptly canceled his florida acceptance speech for the republican national convention, a speech he moved there because north carolina would not allow him to do it in the full, unmasked stadium. remember it was the president who demanded that indoor rally in tulsa despite pleas from staff members getting infected. he refused to wear a mask for months. now he is sometimes but he didn't do it last night. look at this. how about line up for a picture, shoulder to shoulder and not wear a mask. with a smile. that was the white house last night. >> the president's actions finally reveal that the virus is not under control in the u.s. it is not going to simply disappear as he has claimed. this is something most of americans -- most of the american public has known for a long time. here's a new poll that shows
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trump trailing joe biden by 13 points. this is in florida. other polls show biden leading in other battle ground states as well. overnight, the cdc released a new guideline supporting opening schools but only if it's safe. if it's not safe enough to hold the gop convention in florida how is it safe enough to open schools? >> joining us now is cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta and john harwood. sanjay, in terms of the type of event that is clearly not safe, an indoor convention is very high at that list -- on that list. so as a doctor, your reaction to the decision from the president? >> yeah, i mean, it was an inevitable decision, frankly. i mean, i say that, of course we saw what happened in tulsa and arizona. but i think at this point, given how much viral spread there is i think the public health
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communities have been pretty unified in their voice on how risky this is. you can look at one of the riskiest type of events and one of the lowest risk types of events and frankly, anyone paying attention over the last months, this is not a surprise. lowest risk is virtual events and the highest risk event, large indoor events, people coming from outside the local areas because that means they may disperse then to other areas, difficult to practice social distancing. i'll add into that there's no -- there was no clear mask mandates inside these types of events in the past. and people sit next to each other for a while so it's not just the distance, but the duration. you know, people always want to sort of thread the needles on all of these issues, you know, when it comes to events. when it comes to schools, things like that. you know, let me find a loophole where i can get this done. i mean, that's a constant discussion i have been having with my sources about schools lately. two issues with that.
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one is that it's not just your risk. right? you're not just the one taking the risk. you're taking the risk on behalf of others as well who may not want you to take that risk. and second of all, pandemic's not very forgiving. if you error and you get clusters of outbreaks that can spiral out of control very, very quickly. >> john, at the end of the week, can we take a 30,000 foot view of what a remarkable week this has been in terms of the president's positions, the president's about-face on these positions that he has adamantly stuck to for months. then lo and behold, this week he changes his tune on masks though he's not living it. he's saying that people should be wearing masks. changing the rnc, not going to florida after he had fought so publicly against the governor in north carolina to let him have a big indoor rally. he's changing his tune on -- he's now admitting it's going to
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get worse before it gets better after -- for so long he's said that it's going to miraculously disappear. he has changed his tune and retreated on schools. now -- not exactly saying that they all 100% must be open in 50 states. how do we explain what happened this week? >> alisyn, i thought last night was a very significant moment for this reason. what we saw there was a president who has been battered by reality, battered by the virus, battered by the demands of a job that he's failing at. and so he understands and his advisers understand, he's looking at the polls and a massive repudiation by voters right now. don't know if that's going to be the case in november but when you see a poll that shows the president down 13 percentage points in the state of florida, i don't believe he's going to lose florida by 13 percentage points but that's a gigantic
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gap. even within the president's punitive base of voters they are living through the reality that's frightening them, dislocated the economy. such that the bluster that the president has been offering in recent weeks, people are not believing the bluster. the stuff about the resurgence of the economy, about having the virus under control. even the stuff he was trying to say at that briefing yesterday, yeah, the country is doing great except for the south and the west. well, those are huge states in the south and the west. he didn't even seem to have the spirit in offering that bluster yesterday. to use an allusion that we have discussed before on this show, the curtain is all the way back on the wizard of oz and they see a guy struggling badly. i think one of the questions now is to the extent that the president's dysfunction has been restraining the government's response, is that restraint less
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significant now? is everybody going to say, okay, let's stop the baloney and get more aggressive about what we're doing and does it undercut the people who on capitol hill have been enabling the republican response. among other things the leverage of republicans in resisting democrats on coronavirus relief has been seriously undercut. >> look, the numbers i think that jumped out to the people are the poll numbers and they're telling. the numbers that really matter more than 1,000 daily deaths for the third day in a row. cases over 4 million, deaths over 144,000 and sanjay, the fact that coronavirus is going to be one of the leading causes of death in the united states, now, at first, that may not strike you as extraordinary. but this didn't exist a year ago. >> yeah. yeah. that was -- it is extraordinary, john. i mean, if you can start to look at it, almost already it's the
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third leading cause of death. it will be the leading cause of death by the end of the year, just behind heart disease and cancer. i mean, more deaths than stroke, than diabetes, than alzheimer's disease. for something that didn't exist as you point out, at the end of last year. i will say that it didn't have to be this way. you know, we say it all the time, you know, i feel bad reminding people of this, but i think it's important because hopefully it inspires us to do better. there are countries around the world that count their deaths in the teens. maybe the hundreds, but certainly not the thousands or hundreds of thousands like we do. so we have got to do better, for sure. >> john harwood, dr. birx was allowed to be seen, but not heard yesterday at the white house coronavirus -- so-called coronavirus briefing. will that change next week? will we again hear from dr. fauci, dr. birx, the experts, the doctors on this? >> look, i was surprised,
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alisyn, this week. i thought the president couldn't resist having those public health experts now because the resumption of the briefings itself was a concession that he is way behind the curve on this and everyone knows it. nevertheless, he went out and briefed by himself, he tried on the first day and said, well, wear masks, it's going to get worse before it gets better and then the second day he returned to his practice of saying things that were not correct. the school kids can't trans -- can't take the virus home with them, that sort of stuff. i think the concession on this convention is a sign that he can't maintain the pretense anymore and i would expect, yes, that dr. birx, dr. fauci will be heard from more. we'll see if the president decides if he wants to resist that step. >> i don't know. dr. birx is doing interviews this morning saying we don't
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know what children younger than 10 or how much they transmit the coronavirus. which is very different than what the president says, so i'm not sure he'll like that message. sanjay, the idea that we're under control, which is something that the president is trying to say, a lot depends on testing and supplies and you have seen firsthand the situation in hospitals. >> yeah. you know, if i can paint you a picture for a second, we still don't have enough testing. people fundamentally get that i think by this point. but the trickle effect is quite extraordinary. if you don't have enough testing even within hospitals that means that you may have to as i did this week, may have to operate on patients who have not been tested. you haven't been able to get a test result back on them. you have to take them to the operating room. that means everybody. we always wear masks and gowns in the operating room but we have to wear n95 masks on top of that, which are hard to get. i mean, people say in places around the country we have plenty of ppe.
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i don't know if that's the case or if we have just moved the goalpost. what we're told in our hospital is that you can only have one n95 mask, you have to use it until it's essentially ruined. let me show you a quick little video. i have to tell you one of the hardest things is wearing one of the n95 masks because you see it really digs into your face quite a bit. and they're really hard to get. i mean, we're basically told to reuse the same mask as long as we can until it becomes too soiled. so you have to take really good of it, and what i do in addition to wearing the mask, i put on another mask on top of it. i'll just basically have this -- tie this above and that's basically what i'll do to operate. that is the covid world. >> so the mask, i mean, just not that this matters as much, but you know, you're wearing this mask, doing five or a six hour operation, if you're wearing it properly with the fit test it
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digs into your face and it hurts after a while. but you can do everything to protect it, it's like gold. i'll wear another mask on top of it, to prevent that n95 mask from being contaminated. do we have enough masks if we treat them like this, we do. we used to be able to have plenty of masks to be able to have, you know, fresh masks when doing operations, interacting with people with respiratory diseases. we don't have that anymore. those masks are under lock and key now. >> sanjay, i just like the reminder that you're a brain surgeon in your free time. i mean, i think that sometimes we need to remind viewers that's what you're doing when they don't see you for the 12 hours you're on the air. sanjay, thank you. i know that john harwood, john berman and i think we're brain surgeons but you really are. >> yeah, i go home and take a nap after the show and sanjay goes and operates on people's brains. stimulus talks in the senate have stalled and they stalled
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the question that millions of americans are facing -- will the money run out in just days. the boost in $600 unemployment benefits is set to expire and talks among republicans in the senate and the white house on the next stimulus package have stalled. cnn's phil mattingly live on
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capitol hill with the very latest. phil? >> yeah, john, i think one of the things we have been talking about, you, me, alisyn over the last several weeks is the extent of the federal assistance kicked out in march, the effect it's had and also what happens when it starts to go away. it's not just one or two things it's a domino effect and that includes for many employees unemployed a loss of their health insurance. >> i was been optimistic and smiling. >> despite a furlough, ashley remained positive. >> unemployment and everything, that's what made it a little bit easier to be like, okay, i can stay at home and be okay. >> reporter: but the pittsburgh restaurant group where she worked just days ago decided it had to make cuts. >> there's just so much uncertainty and i think nobody really know what is's going on and it's kind of like -- like a downward spiral. >> reporter: now ashley has joined nearly 18 million
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americans as unemployed and it's laid bare a significant hole for those individuals. >> particularly at a time like this when people are losing their jobs at unprecedented levels, they're losing their health insurance coverage another a time when we're facing a health crisis in the country. and many people have a need more than ever for health insurance coverage. >> reporter: nearly 160 million americans or about half the u.s. population received health insurance from their employer in 2018. now as many as 26 million people can become unemployed and while the group estimates that more than 20 million would qualify for obamacare subsidies or medicaid, that leaves 20 million paying their own way. all as a crucial $600 benefit is about to expire on july 31st. >> that was actually my saving
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grace, it really was. >> reporter: as she confronts the need of paying the insurance on her own -- >> it was between food, mortgage, car insurance, yeah, i feel like sadly, yeah, health insurance would be on the last priority. >> reporter: as lawmakers urgently debate an extension of that federal unemployment program it's a decision millions may be forced to make with jarring repercussions. >> i just don't know if i could afford that now. that's really saying something too because i felt like i was blessed nob a position where i felt a little bit comfortable. >> reporter: pamplan had a job, health insurance. she closed on a new home just days after her restaurant shut down. she still never stopped smiling but the uncertainty has taken the toll. >> i don't want to lose everything i have worked really hard to get and realize how hard it would be to get it back again. >> it's stories like that that lawmakers up here are hearing. both parties, both chambers, they acknowledge this is a serious issue that extra $600 in
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the federal unemployment benefit that needs to be addressed and addressed quickly. but the problem is is there's no agreement between republicans and democrats to address it. the democrats want to extend it through the end of the year and republicans say it's disincentivize others from looking for work and they want to reduce it. but the biggest issue of the moment earlier, when john said senate republicans in the white house don't have even their own plan, but a plan they can reconcile with democrats and obviously the clock, alisyn, is ticking. >> they say they'll take it up again on monday. phil, thank you very much. joining us now is the senior whip of the democratic caucus. congresswoman, great to have you here. so about that, what are you hearing in the congressional hallways? what's going to happen to these tens of millions of people who are count on that $600 a week, are they still going to get it? >> we have to make sure that it gets done and, you know, i think
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republicans have been intransige intransie intransient, they have been hitting on their hands for weeks and we knew this moment was coming and it was coming a at time when on wednesday, 46,000 americans were hospitalized. i mean, this pandemic is spiking. the virus is spiking again. and the republicans are debating whether or not they want to include enough money for contact tracing and testing. they are, you know, delaying at a time when americans and the person that was on your show -- or in that piece was exactly right. people are making decisions between food and rent and health care. so when republicans passed a $2 trillion tax cut for the wealthiest people in this country, we had plenty of money and let's be clear, that any moment that gone into the unemployment benefits is going to be spent right away. it is desperate for so many people across this country to be able to get those unemployment benefits, to be able to have
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some certainty that they can keep money in their pockets and to know that we are actually taking on the virus through the testing and contact tracing, money for state and local governments. these are things that -- it's very clear this is what we have to do and the question is when are the republicans going to get off their hands and stop talking about how we can't give money to people in their most dire of circumstances. >> let's talk about another remarkable moment, that was your colleague, congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez and she said in explicit terms she felt accustomed by ted yoho who came up and used some profanity with her and she quoted it. she basically said on the house floor that he called her an f'ing "b," i'm not quoting it right now, but you get the gist. here is more of what she said.
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>> i do not need representative yoho to apologize to me. clearly, he does not want to. clearly, when given the opportunity he will not. and i will not stay up late at night waiting for an apology from a man who has no remorse over using abusive language toward women. in using that language in front of the press, he gave permission to use that language against his wife, his daughters, women in his community. and i am here to stand up to say that is not acceptable. >> what did you think of that moment? >> it was an incredible speech. i hope everyone watches it. i'm really proud of my colleague. she understands something that i said right after she spoke which is that this violent sexist language is about power.
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you know, i talked ago during my floor speech, she ceded some time to me, that that word is a five-letter word that starts with a "b" and rhymes with witch, it was not that popular until 1915 to 1930. and during that time, alisyn, the use of that word in newspaper reports, articles, you know, in usage in general doubled. and the reason for that was because we were giving women the right to vote on the house floor in 1920. and so when you look at this, you have to understand that the use of this kind of violent, sexist, misogynistic language is actually about power. it is about the fact that too many men in this country -- not all, but too many don't want to see women in power, they don't want to see women of color in power. i'm one of only 79 -- alex, two of only 29 of the 11,000-plus people that have ever served in congress who are women of color.
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so this is about a way to diminish us, to diminish the voices of women and i think it's -- it's disgraceful and it's something i have experienced through my four years here in congress numerous times including on the floor of the house. >> wait a minute. you have had men call you something that profane? >> not that profane, but you might remember that a republican colleague, don young, on the floor of the house addressed me on the floor and said, young lady, you don't know a damn thing about what you're talking about. now, i was on the floor, i was speaking on an amendment. he continued to use that kind of language and i demanded that the floor be shut down, that he take down his remarks and that i wouldn't move on until i got a public apology on the floor. which i did. and so i was very encouraging to alexandria when we talked about the ability for to get an hour on the floor to address any kind of disrespect that a colleague has put forward.
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it doesn't have to be on the floor. it can be outside of the chamber. we don't do it often but i think it's very important that women across the country see us standing up and see us taking on this vile, sexist language. it isn't about just a personal hurt, that we're not strong enough that the words don't hurt us, but they do hurt the overall dynamic of who gets to make decisions in this country and whose voice is respected. it's why it's so important that we see you on tv and that we see many of us as women in congress making decisions and speaking out. >> well, we appreciate the history lesson on the etymology of that word and when it became in popular use. so congresswoman, thank you for your perspective on this. >> thank you. it's been four months breonna taylor was shot and killed by police in her own home. up next, cnn looks at the key
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miscalculation by the police officers that ended in her tragic shooting. it's pretty inspiring the way families
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this morning a cnn investigation, the louisville police operation that led to the shooting death of breonna taylor was riddled with miscalculation. a cnn review of documents and interviews says that the officers were using months' old information that led them to her apartment. cnn's drew griffin live with the results of the investigation. this was a serious dig and very revealing. >> john, thanks. you know, the questions still remains as you go back to it, not what happened the night of the shooting but what happened before and why did narcotics detectives lump breonna taylor and her apartment in this citywide sting targeting drug dealers and crack houses? for breonna taylor's family, the entire tragicic story boils down to one question -- why were police breaking down her door in
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the middle of the night? >> they should have never been there in the first place. should have never happened. >> reporter: there was key miscalculations like using months old. some facts are in dispute. these are not. police raised taylor's apartment under the suspicion she was involved with handling money and drugs for an alleged louisville drug dealer, her ex-boyfriend, jamarcus glover. police found no drugs and money in her apartment. taylor a 26-year-old emergency room technician who worked two jobs, who had never been convicted of a crime, was dead. shot five times by police. >> 911 operator harris, where is your emergency? >> somebody kicked in the door inside my girlfriend's. >> reporter: to understand the tragedy, you have to come to the door where it began, just before
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1:00 a.m., march 13th. officers arrived with a no-knock warrant but say they did knock anyway. sergeant mattingly recorded in this police interview admits he had limited information. >> they said she was probably there alone. so we determined -- predetermined to give her plenty of time to come to the door. bang on the door. no response. banged on it again, no response. at that point, we started announcing ourselves, police, we have a search warrant. >> reporter: inside breonna taylor wasn't alone. she had just dozed off next to her boyfriend, kenneth walker. walker telling police the knocking, banging at the door scared them. thinking it was the ex-boyfriend. >> she was yelling at the top of her lungs, no response. i grabbed my gun, like i'm licensed to carry, everything. i have never even fired my gun outside of a range.
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i was scared to death. >> reporter: walker says he never heard anyone say police. neither did multiple neighbors who spoke with cnn including a neighbor whose door is just inches away. what they heard was shouting, banging, gunshots. >> the door like comes like off the hinges. so i just let off one shot. then all of a sudden, there's a whole lot of shots. there's just shooting like we're both on the ground. when all of the shots stop, i'm like panicking. she's right there on the ground like bleeding. >> reporter: walker said he purposely aimed his gun to the ground and sergeant mattingly was struck in the leg and one of three officers who returned fire. >> as soon as the shot hit i could feel the heat in my leg. i got four rounds off. and it was like simultaneous like boom boom boom boom. >> reporter: mattingly is on administrative reassignment along with a second officer, myles cosgrove.
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the third police officer to fire his weapon fired ten rounds through the closed patio door. he has been fired. he is appealing. but according to the police chief his blind shooting showed a grave indifference to the value of life which his lawyers denied. >> i woke up to gunshots and it scared me. they were just going off. >> reporter: the gunshots whizzed through walls, windows. bullets were found in the kitchen, bedrooms, in a neighbor's apartment with small children nearby. multiple neighbors called 911 asking for police finding out later it was the police. one of the neighbors recorded this video of taylor's boyfriend being arrested while pleading with police to help his girlfriend, bleeding inside. all charges against the boyfriend, kenneth walker, would be dropped. >> you can tell it was brutal.
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>> reporter: breonna taylor's sister whose police apparently did not know also lived in the apartment was out of town that night. returning to find her bedroom covered in bullets and a pool of her sister's blood. >> when we had to clean up, i could show you what it looked like in there, you would be like, wow. that is very horrific. >> reporter: attorneys for breonna taylor's family say the police mistakes came before they knocked down the door. >> sloppy intelligence. getting a no-knock warrant. >> reporter: four were for the suspected drug houses, lumped into that with similar language was the warrant for breonna taylor's apartment. according to a source, police told the judge taylor was jamarcus glover's current girlfriend and that he was having drugs delivered to taylor's apartment by mail to be shuttled out to the crack houses.
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the family said it was incorrect. she hadn't dated glover in months. a package police say they saw glover picking up was a pair of shoes and breonna taylor certainly did not live alone. the family lawsuit against police summed it up as the incredibly stale nature of the intelligence. >> we just want the truth to come out and we don't want to rush anything. we know it's complicated. >> reporter: circuit court judge shaw who signed the warrants tells cnn in a statement she spent more than 30 minutes considering the warrant application and subsequently made the probable cause determination required of me by law. breonna taylor's death was a tragedy the judge told cnn. her death will stay with me forever. taylor's family wants more than sympathy and understanding. they want police officers charged with murder. >> i'm sure your attorneys have told you that is hard to do in the united states.
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>> oh, we don't expect it to be easy. we don't expect the truth to be easy to no one because it's not easy us to. but we know the truth. and we'll -- we are willing, we are, we are going to fight this to the end. you know what i mean? so i mean, she's just breonna taylor to you all, but this is our family to us. this is our baby. she's going to goat the justice she deserves. >> truly remarkable report. any response from the officers? >> we heard from one of the officers involved in this, sergeant john mattingly, who was shot, telling his through the attorney he was not involved in the planning. he followed all accomplished police procedures that night and says on that night breonna taylor was killed that he was just following orders. >> all right. drew, we appreciate all of the work you and your team did on this. coming up the federal judge scolding the justice department over its handling of michael
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michael cohen is set to be released from prison today, again. a federal judge ruled that president trump's former personal lawyer was sent back to prison as retaliation for his plans to write a tell-all book about the president. joining us now is his new attorney, thanks for being with on with us. what time will he get out, what is he going to do? >> he's due to be released at 2:00 this afternoon from his cell. he'll be picked up by his son, jake. and he'll be returned to his apartment in manhattan and there he will remain until november of 2021 when his sentence will be over. >> you called the ruling yesterday a victory for free speech. why? >> i mean, on one level it's a pure, clean victory for everyone in this country's right to speak publicly, particularly on matters of great public concern.
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on another level, i think it was a great victory the rule of law and for all of us who i hope includes all of us who are deeply concerned about this department of justice being used as both a shield to protect this administration's friends and family and also as a sword to cut down enemies of the administration. so on so many levels it was a great win yesterday. >> so to bring people up to speed here, cohen had served one year in prison and he was released to home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic and then put back in prison. the bureau of prisons and prosecutors, they claim it wasn't because he was writing a book. they say he refused to agree, he was argumentive and including
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the conditions like use of social media and other accountability measures. prosecutors said they had no idea he was even writing a book so what's your response? >> my response is exactly what the judge found. which is that that is a pretextual post hoc rationale. they remanded him to prison because he tried to exercise his first amendment rights and the judge so found yesterday. >> when's the book coming out? >> it is coming out in advance of the election. there's another chapter i think that he now will have to write. but he expects to release the book around september of this year. >> now, it is your job obviously to represent michael cohen and defend his actions, but prosecutors and the bureau of prisons said he was not the reason he was put in prison. there were the pictures of him eating out at the restaurant, living his life. what kind of message does that send that a guy who was out
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early from a three-year sentence is out on the town. is that a good message to send to the public? >> whether that was advisable or not is a question that can be fairly asked of my client. whether or not that was in violation of the rules of his furlough is another question entirely. the bureau of prisons in their papers has admitted that he was not at all in violation of the conditions of his release. he was permitted to be in the quote area of his home. and he was a stone's throw from his home at the time. so he was completely within the rules, but yeah, it's another question of whether there's a use of good judgment or not and, you know, i think those "new york post" pictures the following day did not serve him well. >> how do you expect him to go about his daily life as of this afternoon? >> look, i think he'd be well advised to watch his back. they are going to be on top of
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him and he is going to be extremely cautious. he -- the conditions of his release this time on home confinement are different than when they were on furlough. technical reasons i won't bore you with. but this time he will be confined to his home, he will not be at any other restaurant or anywhere other than within the very narrow rules that the bureau of prisons is releasing him under. >> in this whole process, what evidence if any did you uncover that the pressure to put him back in prison, if there was any pressure, was from more than just the bureau of prisons or prosecutors? any evidence it was higher up in the justice department or the president itself? >> there was certainly pressure. we put in our papers the fact that these orders, both the question of whether or not he should be released in the first instance and certainly his remand came from highers up.
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exactly how high up, we have not alleged. certainly in the certain friend of the court papers that have been filed and also i think as a matter of common sense and inference, one can imagine and it doesn't take a conspiracy theorist i think one can imagine where this fits within the pattern of conduct that we have seen from this administration and this department of justice. but for the purposes of this proceeding and this emergency order, that was not at issue. should mr. cohen decide he wants to bring an action for a civil lawsuit, i hope those questions will be answered. >> very quickly, last question. obviously, the trump family and in some cases the trump administration have worked to stop the publishing of books in the past. are you anticipating any action to keep this book from coming out? >> mr. cohen was already sent a
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cease and desist letter some months ago with a claim he had signed an nda. he doesn't recall signing any such nda, nor could mr. trump's lawyers produce one. so i would be surprised if they don't try again. certainly there's a pattern there, but i expect just as with some of the previous rulings that we have seen that that attempt will not be successful and this book will be published before the election. >> thank you very much for being with us this morning. your work may not be done here. we have to wait and see. >> thank you. now to entertainment. taylor swift gave her fans a big surprise last night. we'll tell you about it, next. hi, this is margaret your dell technologies advisor there's an art to listening. it's the ability to hear more than what's being said.
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new overnight, the city of chicago taking down a controversial statue of christopher columbus. crews used a large crane as you
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can see to remove the statue. as a small crowd gathered to watch. last week, protesters clashed with police as they tried to topple the monument. it is unclear where this statue will be taken. oak, the internet is on fire. taylor swift dropping a surprise new album called "folklore." and a self-directed new music video for the single "cardigan." let's take a watch. ♪ i knew you were playing hide and seek and giving me a weekend ♪ ♪ i knew you, heart beater, oh so many lifetimes ♪ ♪ i felt like i was an old cardigan under someone's bed ♪ >> swift says she wrote and recorded the album in isolation because of coronavirus. the stirring mellow indie album is earning rave reviews from
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critics and fans. so-called swifties celebrating the release online. remarking that it just might be the only good thing to happen so far in 2020. john? >> we actually tried to book -- for the show, because he needed to listen to this album again and again and again. >> understood. makes sense. >> yeah. >> who can blame him? the united nations reports that the pandemic could double the hunger crisis in developing nations pushing 265 million people to the brink of starvation. magnus mcfarland barrow feeds 1.5 million of the poorest children every day through his nonprofit mary's meals. when schools closed because of coronavirus, magnus and his team lost direct access to students but that didn't stop them. >> we have come up with the community leaders, the parents, to come and in a very careful way to the schools and to
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collect the food that we deliver there, to bring it back home to make sure that those most vulnerable children in the whole world are still getting enough to eat every day. because sometimes it's a very good reason to suspend schools, there's never a good reason to suspend the feeding of children. nearly all of those 1.6 million children are still being fed by many of these meals. someone asked me if that's possible two months ago, i wouldn't have believed them. but i have found a way to keep our promise. >> to learn more about how magnus is making sure more than a million children continue to be fed go to cnn it's a wonderful cause. >> what a remarkable story. i'm so glad we did that. >> have a good weekend. >> you too, john. get some rest. >> i have to do a show tonight. cnn's coverage continues right after this. cnn hero's is brought to you
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very good friday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm poppy harlow. a virus surging, the president's poll numbers falling and now he is budging as the nation tops 4 million cases of coronavirus and reports 1,000 deaths for third day in a row. the president says he's canceling republican convention events in florida. it is a striking and notable turn around from the very person who moved those events from north carolina because he wanted a bigger crowd with no restrictions because of coronavirus. but a few weeks has changed so much. >> no question. one set of rules for the convention, different set of rules for schools. just because he's scrapping the convention plans does not mean he's backing off his push for schools to reopen


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