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hello again everyone. thank you for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're three hours away from president trump's scheduled announcement of his nominee for the u.s. supreme court. source tells cnn he intends to choose amy coney barrett to fill the vacancy left by the late justice ruth bader ginsburg. justin past hour cnn cameras captured barrett and her family leaving their south bend, indiana home. she did not answer questions. you hear her them being shouted to her about her possible nomination. with just 38 days now until voters head to the polls the president claims a new justice should be seated before election
to help decide any potential disputes over the final vote. today's nomination comes as the president continues to cast doubt and uncertainty about the legitimacy of the upcoming election and whether or not he'll actually accept the results. at a rally last night in virginia, trump repeated his claims that the only way he'll lose is if the vote is rigged. president trump will hold another campaign rally tonight in battleground state of pennsylvania. we have a team of correspondents covering developments for us. we go the u.s. supreme court, jeremy diamond is at the white house. let's begin with you, arian, what your learning? >> if you hear music playing in the background that's because people are still here playing respect to justice ruth bader ginsburg but just a week ago that she died. the president has moved forward with this, with his staff, trying to vet a new nominee
during the week but only one got a hearing and that's amy coney barrett. keep in mind, she is 48 years old. she's a judge on the 7th circuit court of appeals. she would be the youngest member of this court. and she would be the fifth woman. she is a dream candidate of the religious right. they like some of her writings she did before she took the bench and also some of her opinions on abortion. conservatives also like other opinions on immigration, and the second amendment. but now, of course, fred, the fight is going t move after tonight to capitol hill. >> then, jeremy, the white house on messaging here, not just about why he thinks now is the time for a nominee, but the white house has a message that's very different from the president's message that he seems to be doubling down on, you know, sowing doubts about
election. >> reporter: yeah. there's no question that that is playing into part of this calculus. we know the president has made clear he believes a nine supreme court justice should be on the court in time for the election in the event that there's some kind of contested situation or legal challenges that, of course, the president's campaign has been ramping up to file. separate and apart from his supreme court situation what we also have is the president continuing his ongoing efforts that have been going on for weeks and months now to cast doubt on the legitimacy of this 2020 presidential election. the president has repeatedly claimed that increased use of mail in voting would lead to widespread voter fraud. there's no evidence to back that up. but the president continuing to not only claim that but to suggest essentially the only outcome that would be legitimate is one in which he is the victor. listen to the president last
night. >> that's the only way we're going to lose is if there's mischief, mischief. it will have to be on a big scale. so be careful. and we do want a very friendly transition. but we don't want to be cheated and be stupid. >> reporter: in case you have any question about what the president meant there he also at one point during the rally said quote we're not going to lose this except if they cheat. that's not only a false suggestion but a dangerous one sending a message to his supporters the only way he could possibly lose and joe biden could become president is if there's widespread voter fraud in this country. in his attempts to zoo the president has been seizing on a series of incidents including some hyped up by his own justice department and his own attorney general. bill barr briefing the president on an incident where nine ballots were thrown into a trash can in a pennsylvania county, a
county where the president won by 20 points. county officials said there's no indication that there was any wrongdoing at play here calling it an error in said made bacon tract jobs short term contractor who was work there. the justice department making this rare decision to issue a press release saying that they were opening this investigation but, of course, they as well have also not offered any evidence so far there was any kind of wrongdoing or voter fraud at play here even though the president and his campaign have been suggesting just that over the last couple of days. >> jeremy, we're learning cnn is now just learning that the likely confirmation hearing schedule in the senate judiciary committee for, if it is indeed judge amy coney barrett, will be announced by the president later on today, president donald trump expected pick just could be on the hill in october, october 12th for the opening statements to begin and then very shortly
thereafter the first-round of questioning, second round of questioning, et cetera. this according to three people familiar with the process. arian, are you still with me? >> reporter: yes, i am. >> does that sound wellistic? >> reporter: that's a tight schedule. like you said october 12th, 11th, 12th, 13th, i heard they wanted to get the vote done by october 29th. keep in mind the term itself starts october 5th and then one week after election day, fred, this court will hear one of the biggest challenges of the term and that's, of course, the future of obamacare. and between now and then, we're expecting a lot of emergency petition having to do with the election to also come to the supreme court. so this is a fraught timeline. and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. >> very intentional too if october 12th that means wall to
wall coverage of the confirmation hearings for a good two to three weeks if it's all before november 3rd election day, it would seem that's just what the president wants. there's time for nothing else to make air time exhe settlement for that confirmation hearing. of course, he's hoping that it serves well for him. that his nominee will be confirmed. thank you so much to you both. let's bring in ben ginsburg, a republican election lawyer and former national counsel for the bush-cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004. you have a lot of experience in dealing with contentious elections. you worked on the bush v gore case and boy i spent a lot of time in florida with that whole hang chad. i lost count of how many days. you also practice election law for nearly four decades. you're very critical of president trump's recent
comments regarding the election. i want to play some sound of the president recently. >> the only way we're going to lose is if there's mischief. large percentage of these votes will be lost. it will be the scam of all time. get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful there won't be a transfer, there will be a continuation. >> so, ben, what are your thoughts on that coupled with the fact that the president really want as new supreme court justice on the bench. he says just in case the supreme court has to weigh in on the outcome of this election? >> talking about our system of elections being somehow freud lent or rigged really needs to be backed up by evidence.
the president of the united states for the first time ever is going to say there's fundamental wrong way of choosing our officials. for nearly 40 decades i've been part of election day either on the precinct level or nationally. republicans have also suspected there's been fraud. you need make an honest assessment of what's been found which is nothing resembling widespread fraud that would somehow rig an election or make the results fraudulent. that's pretty irresponsible for a president of the united states to be saying because it undercuts one of the fundamental safe guards in our democracy. so if there is evidence -- i'm sorry -- >> go ahead. >> well if there served of fraud it should be investigated. that was done properly in lucerne county, pennsylvania. it turned out to be a mistake
and mistakes do happen. we have over 10,000 jurisdictions in united states with responsibility for casting and counting ballots. it is a system largely run by volunteers. there will be mistakes. if there are mistakes made that doesn't mean that the results are fraudulent or the election is rigged. it means that each state has a procedure either a recount or recontest or both to look at the allegations. what's essential is if you're going to make those charges you have to have evidence and proof. >> what are your thoughts on this october 12th date for the confirmation process to begin, this according to three source telling cnn that it appears as though there may be an october 12th date and again only a couple of hours away from the president announcing his nominee. the president has said he wants to make sure he has nine justices in place just in case the supreme court needs to weigh
in on the election. what are your thoughts, worries, concerns about all this? >> october 12th is an aggressive timeline but it's within the prerogatives of the senate to move at that speed. there will either be the votes for confirmation which it appears there will be, or they won't. so that's all in good order. i think that republican senators have looked at the confirmation as a really, once in a lifetime opportunity to put a conservative majority on the supreme court, a solid conservative majority for the next three or four generations. that's a vote worth taking on an aggressive timeline. which, unfortunately, the president's linking that great historical achievement to the more parochial concerns of wanting a justice that presume scrabbly would vote his way in an election contest coming to
the supreme court makes it a difficult vote for the incumbent senators who face re-election. >> no one could have anticipated, you know, bush v gore, and the supreme court weighing in, you know, the way hit to. but, you know, you have written and you have said extensively that any kind of legal issue that were to arise from this election would be very different from bush v gore. so what might you brace people to anticipate? >> bush v gore was a very tight election determined by one state and that state's recount procedures kicked in. what appears to be happening in this election is the incredible increase in absentee ballots. it will mean that results are not coming in, will not be known in a number of states on election night.
so if it is a tight election, and the outcome hinges on the states with a lot of absentee ballots, all the timelines that work just in nick of time in bush versus gore it will be multiple states with much tighter time frames. >> ben ginsburg, we'll leave it there for now. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. be well. breonna taylor's family still fighting for justice six months after her death. you didn't just rob me of my family you robbed the world of a queen. >> coming up the taylor family attorney joining me live to discuss what's next after this week's grand jury decision. chances are you have some questions right now here are a couple answers... lysol disinfectant spray and disinfecting wipes together can be used on over 100 surfaces.
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raid, protesters are now turning out across the country in response to wednesday's grand jury decision to not charge any officers in taylor's death. while the protests have been largely peaceful in louisville, kentucky where taylor was killed police did throw out some flash bang devices when a group refused to move on to the sidewalk. 22 people were arrested. now lawyers representing taylor's family are demanding the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings be made public. i want to discuss this with one of the lawyers for the taylor family, benjamin crump and bridgett floyd, her brother george floyd was killed after a minneapolis police officer press ad knee on his neck for eight minutes. good to see boston you sadly to see both of you. ben, let's talk first about the breonna taylor out yom this week. if the louisville district attorney doesn't release the grand jury transcripts, what
would be your next move? >> well, first of all, i'm honored to be here with bridgett floyd who is george floyd's sister and has a foundation to speak directly to these injustices. we're demanding that the transcripts are released so we can see if anybody in that grand jury proceeding from kentucky, attorney general, daniel cameron's office presented evidence on behalf of breonna taylor because if they didn't then they unilaterally made a decision to exonerate these police officers for killing her and to make sure she wouldn't have her day in court, that she wouldn't get justice. however, we still have the fbi who is investigating the civil rights violations into the killing of breonna taylor and because daniel cameron did not present the basis for why they were at breonna taylor's house in the first place and busting open the door, which was a
probable cause affidavit that had a lot on it, that it said that there were suspicious packages being delivered to her apartment and they said that the united states postal inspector said this. well the united states postal inspector then came out and said they said no such thing and they have no record of suspicious packages being delivered to breonna taylor's apartment. so did kentucky attorney general david cameron present that evidence to the grand jury? because if he didn't, then how can he say that they were looking out for breonna taylor? it was as if this black woman's life didn't matter and breonna taylor's life matters. >> you are inferring and saying this really is a cover up. you describe, you know, your colleague yesterday as your co-warrior, withjuanita baker a
she said it's customary for a full transcript to be be provided, to be shared so there's no doubt that the prosecutor was working in best interest of the community and providing everything. what is going on -- what's at the root of what's going on here as to yu think the attorney general cameron would not voluntarily release this information? >> because they know if they release the transcript we'll see that they did not present any evidence on breonna taylor's behalf. it was revealed that they were working to make sure that these police officers got away with murder, is what we suspect. and that's why we're demanding everybody to configure, to contact this office, to demand transparency since everybody says that's the most important thing. also, in breonna taylor's
boyfriend, kenny walker, you know the one who tried to defend breonna taylor because black people have a right to the second amendment, they released his transcripts. >> ah-ha. that is the case. you know, that seemed to surprise a lot of people too who didn't know that there was his fire, you know. it was return fire from fire already being sent into that apartment and his reaction was, you know, what's going on. >> exactly. >> go ahead. >> there's a lot people don't know and if this record transcript is released then people can be educated. there were so many attempts, we believe to cover up this killing of this innocent black woman in her apartment. >> bridgett floyd, brother
george floyd, our condolences because all of this, the grand jury decision, the passion that you're seeing in the streets across the country, this must make you relive so much pain, pain that has, you know, yet to be healed for you. what has this week been like for you and your family which continues to, you know, grieve the loss of george floyd? >> um, this week has really been kind of tough. i've tried to stay off the internet a little bit, but it's very hard to do so when you're curious about what these people have to say. my heart goes out to breonna
taylor's family. the settlement acknowledged that something wrong happened on the officers behalf. the neighbors received justice to me. breonna taylor did not receive justice. it also makes me think back of michael vick, when he was charged and the dogs received justi justice. my heart just really, really hurts for her family. it did spike -- it did spike something to where i thought about my brother again. and it's just really sad. it's just really, really been sad. there's no other way to relive
that. >> heartbreaking too, listening to breonna taylor's aunt who read the letter that her mother penned. that just was very, very painful. your family is now trying to turn its pain into something positive with this george floyd foundation. tell me about that. >> my brother george harry floyd jr. he was really known as a big boy and a gentle giant. he cared deeply for his family. avenues family man. he loved his friends. his passion for sports and music
motivated him to overcome many obstacles that he was going through. he used his life lessons to help empower everyone around him. he was the voice and the change in his community. that's a well-known fact. his goal was to touch the world. that's something that he stated a couple of weeks before his death in a video that he really, really wanted to touch the world. we had no idea that by him saying that what happened was going to happen. and despite his premature death, my brother left a legacy that
will continue to empower many generations to come. his legacy will live on through the foundation, which will continue to promote global awareness about racial injustices, and provide opportunities for others to contribu contribute, to you know, communiti communities. through the foundation we'll be his voice. when i say that, we will be the voice, we will be the change, and we will continue to be his legacy. >> bridgett floyd, sister of george floyd, benjamin crump, representing breonna taylor's family, thanks to both of you. this legal fight, emotional fight all intertwined in this ongoing fight for justice.
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38 days away from the procedural election and in the final countdown to the first debate in just three days president trump and joe biden will meet on stage in cleveland, ohio. the face off happening amid surging coronavirus cases, racial tension across the country and a vacancy on the u.s. court. as both campaigns spend the weekend preparing joe biden is talking about what he expects
from trump at the debate. >> reporter: joe biden and president trump are set to face off one-on-one for the first time in just three days and each of the candidates is preparing for this debate in their own ways. biden has been preparing for a few weeks, his early preparations have focused on reading briefing books and holding smaller prep sessions with aides. but biden is now turning to a more intense debate preparation. he told reporters on thursday he would start diving a bit more intensely into that prep. and in a recent interview with msnbc biden also talked about what he's expecting to come from president trump. take a listen. >> my guess is it's just straight attack. mostly personal. something knees how to do. he doesn't know how to debate facts. he's not that smart. he doesn't know that many facts. he doesn't know much about
foreign policy. doesn't know much about domestic policy. he doesn't know much about the detail. >> reporter: now one thing the biden campaign has said joe biden won't have any fact checker during this debate. they believe it will be left up to the moderator to fact check some of the president's claim. on president trump's part he has been stew dig up on possible lines of attack from joe biden and he's also one person helping him with this debate preparation is former new jersey governor chris christie who helped him back in 2016 ahead of those debates with hillary clinton. biden is also getting some help from a debate, someone who helped prepare hillary clinton in those debates back in 2016. one of the top advisors worked with hillary clinton closely as she prepared to debate then president donald trump. both these candidates honing in this weekend with that first debate three days away in
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we now have vaccine from moderna, astrazeneca, pfizer, from j&j entering phase three trials. we have very soon one from novax. so the vaccine field is getting crowded, the competition is getting quick. i think we'll have a vaccine, would be one of them or all of them, i think as dr. fauci says, we need a lot of shots. >> so dr. fauci said maybe a vaccine by november but for the masses, you know, later on in 2021. but even with a vaccine how concerned are you about conveying the message to americans to still continue to follow health guidelines? >> well, i'm going to say a couple of things here. number one, when we think about having a vaccine and a will not be like a vaccine we have
for measles or other diseases. this vaccine will have a efficacy of around 50% and have better efficacy to prevent disease infection. so for a while we have to do social distancing or wearing a maverick. not like the vaccine turns a switch, we're done and do away with masks. it's more like opening a faucet. do it slowly. slowly be able to cover. that's how you distribute the vaccines and who you give it to first and how you prioritize vaccine distribution is critical. >> let's talk sports now. the sec college football season beginning today with fans in stands at games, and you were one of the medical advisors urging against fall sports on the college level. so, what are your thoughts about this sec move today? >> well, you know, it depends where you are, right? again, the ability to have
sports depends on us controlling the epidemic. the you're in a place that has very little transmission then you have under ten cases per 100,000 population it's okay to proceed. if you are in a place with over 30 cases per 100,000 population it's not okay because you'll have more transmission bringing a lot of people together, crowded conditions, a lot of people close not wearing a mask. ideally the recipe to getting more transmission. it depends on the local epidemic and what you do then. >> then this news coming out of florida today governor desantis signing an order to allow restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity while suspending all fines and penalties for violating pandemic related mandates and variation of cities like facemasks requirements. how does all that sit with you? >> well it doesn't sit well because florida has stale problem. they still have an epidemic. i think just ignoring the
reality is like being the ostrich. there will be more inferks more transmission, people are going to the hospitals and jamel morris all theity. it's okay to say let's have some opening but let's do it rational. new york is opening restaurants 259% capacity this wednesday. so i think there's ways to do it. but you have to do it rationally. doing it irrationally will leaded to bad results. >> thank you. more americans are growing their own food. in this week's impact your world a nonprofit shares seeds compost and knowledge. >> we didn't feel safe going out.
when i first heard of victory garden they had a seed giveaway at the end of the season that gave you big bags to sift your compost. growing your own beans. i started from nothing. started from my son sift compost and now we're growing okra and kale and lettuce. >> victory garden is a nonprofit based in milwaukee, wisconsin. anywhere you can put a garden we'll build one provide education, seeds, compost all the resource we can as well as mentorship. we had many more families reach out to us this year than in previous years. >> i'm contemplating next year. i feel it brought our family closer together. it empowered us. financially we're not going back and forth to stores any more. it's therapeutic for me, you're
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kentucky where opioid addiction is rampant but two men are using the power of music and instrument making, instrument making to help turn people around. >> there's a lot of beauty in southeastern kentucky. we have a saying around here that every holler is a home to someone's weary soul. troublesome creek got its name for the most obvious of reasons. in rainy times it tears out bridges and roads when it gets really, really angry. well, it's a pretty good metaphor the downturn of the coal industry taking away all the good jobs and, of course, the opioid epidemic. i am a master luthier. luthier is the art of stringed instrument making. it's considered to be the birthplace of the mountain.
when i first came down to establish the appalachian school of luthrie in 2012, then came earl. >> when i did my first oxycontin, i thought it would ease the pain and make it easier for me. the pain from failure, not believing in myself, i was in jail for nine months. went through five different drug treatment facilities. i had a love for wood work. i knew i had a love for guitars. >> he said i need you to teach me how to make guitars. i said, well, that's no problem. that's what we do. he said, no, you don't understand. i need to come and do this. >> i was probably headed for death that time. how many more chances do you get in life? >> there was some discussion about the wisdom of bringing people in addiction into our studios.
>> he's like, we're going to give you a chance. don't let us down. what was supposed to be a one year artisan residence turned into a six-year relationship. i built over 70 instruments at this point. art releases something deep inside of you you don't know you have. in woodworking i was able to see the flaws but turn them into features. i grew in self-confidence. i'm still sober eight years later. >> we actually took our experience with earl and using that as a spring line. the staff of the appalachian artisan center created the culture of recovery program which is designed to host people in recovery in our studios, our blacksmith, pottery and lutherie studios. we don't do the difficult work that the recovery centers do. we don't take people in who need
to go through detox. they do that. and heroically. what we do is we set people into our studios when they've phased into a place where that's useful to them. >> i've never really completed anything before in my life. and it's actually turned out to be a pretty nice piece of artwork. >> with my drug court clients that participate in the program, the recidivism rate is very low, i would consider it to be 10% or less. they're learning skills. they're learning patience. they're building relationships. and they're going to have a finished product in their hand. >> troublesome creek stringed instrument company is an extension of our school that allows us to bring people from the recovery community into full-time employment. >> my life today is bigger than i ever dreamed imaginable. i went back and got a masters degrees in network security.
from an addict to director of information technology. so today i get to work with addicts. it's amazing to see people's lives change. doug believed in me. he was able to show me a lot of things i couldn't see in myself. i feel like god put doug in this town. wow that's powerful. be sure to watch "champions for change" tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. and a new public service announcement features americans who have volunteered for covid-19 vaccine trials and the psas hope to critic many more. >> i'm a flight attendant. >> i work in a grocery store. almost half a million americans have volunteered so far and stepped up to help fight
covid-19 by being a part of the vaccine clinical trials. >> i'm not a doctor but i'm a citizen. >> maybe that voice sound familiar to you. it was harrison ford the actor partnered with national institutes of health to narrate the new p sarch. thank you so much for joining me today. i'm fredricka whitfield. "cnn newsroom" continues with ana cabrera in a moment.
hello on this saturday. you're live in "cnn newsroom". i'm ana cabrera in new york. in just short time from now president trump will announce his next pick for the supreme court a nominee if confirmed will shift the balance of the court further to the right. this nomination comes just 38 days before election day. the president is once again signalling he may or may not accept the results of that vote. >> that's the only way we'll lose if there's mischief.
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