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hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world, you are watching cnn "newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, in the second impeachment trial of donald trump, democrats plan to show, not tell, in their effort to prove the former president incited a deadly attack on the u.s. capitol. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has just pleaded not guilty as he faces
corruption charges. a live report from jerusalem just ahead. new team, no problem. tom brady scores his seventh super bowl win to close out a football season unlike any other. we will have the highlights. good to have you with us. the u.s. is now bracing for what is said to be a dramatic week in washington as lawmakers kick off the historic and unprecedented second impeachment trial of donald trump. that begins tuesday with house impeachment managers set to argue before the brez that the former president was responsible for inciting last month's riot. the pretrial legal briefs are due today. still, questions remain
including how long the trial will last and if we'll hear from any witnesses. cnn's joe johns has more. >> reporter: some republicans in the united states senate say they are reserving judgment until all the evidence is in. some compare themselves as members of a jury. for whatever reason many republicans over the weekend said they were reluctant to convict donald trump in this trial that is expected to begin on tuesday. they are well aware of the support the former president has out in the country even though the latest polling suggests quite the opposite. abc news poll says 56% of respondents believe the former president should be convicted and barred from holding office. 43% say he should not be. it's not up to the response of polling, it's up to the senate.
here's what some of them said. >> if you believe he committed a crime, he can be prosecuted like any other citizen. impeachment is a political process. we never impeach a president once they're out of office. >> zero chance of conviction. it's over before it starts. >> do you think the outcome is predetermined? >> yeah. >> you know, everybody -- no, i don't. i think it depends upon that which is presented. let's face it, the house today did an incredibly poor job of building a case. the president wasn't there. he wasn't allowed counsel. they didn't amass evidence. >> clearly constitutional to conduct the senate trial. in this case the impeachment occurred prior to the president's leaving office. my job is going to be to listen to both sides of this, evaluate
the arguments. >> the leadership has all eyes on senate majority leader chuck schumer and mitch mcconnell to release the parameters of the upcoming trial, how long it will last, whether there will be witnesses, how long the former president's lawyers get to address the members of the united states senate and make their cases. joe johns, cnn, the capitol. >> joining me now is cnn legal analyst shan ryu from washington, d.c. >> good to see you. >> reporter: former president donald trump faces a second impeachment. will 17 republicans join with the democrats and convict trump. how likely is it once they receive all the evidence they will do that? >> it's looking rather unlikely. i thought they might be more open minded this time with that
attack fresh in their minds, but judging from the reaction so far, it doesn't look like there are going to be enough votes to have an impeachment. i think a lot of it will turn on exactly what kind of evidence. >> and where do you think that will be? because of course there is an abundance of evidence showing the involvement of donald trump and how he did incite this crowd. so there would be no doubt looking at that if this were in a court of law, but it isn't. we're talking politics. people will fall across party lines, no doubt, unless there's some strategy involved perhaps on the part of mitch mcconnell to change that outcome. talk to us about what those arguments would need to be on both sides of the equation. >> i think the arguments are pretty much already known.
i think the defense is going to talk about the unconstitutional proceeding. i think the house managers will rebutt that. the evidence that might change some people's minds is the actual evidence of what happened to people during that attack. i used to try violent crimes. the testimony from victims and those near the victims was particularly compelling. given that some of these lawmakers were in the capitol when it happened, hearing from police officers, hearing about the threats upon them and the injuries, that might make a difference and bring back the freshness and the terribleness of that attack. >> and so the goal of the democrats in the end is to ensure that trump never holds public office again, but if trump is acquitted, as most people will be, what other options do the democrats have to stop him for running for the
presidency again? >> none really. they can censure. that would be something that would be more easily done and i think at some points it's been discussed as a political compromise rather than seeking impeachment. there's a saying in prosecution some cases need to be tried even if you think you won't win. perhaps the only real political effect they could have is by putting the evidence out there, reminding the american public and the voters what he caused, the damage done could have been more dangerous. that might be the only real insurance but absent actually convicting him in the impeachment and removing him, then they would have to take a second vote which is only by a majority to bar him from future federal office, there is not a legal means to bar him.
>> as we discussed, this would be a slam dunk in a court of law. this is about politics and so far it's only been the judicial branch of government that has stood up. will justice only be found in a court of law when it comes to trump and all his questionable dealings? >> i think so. really impeachment is very much of a political exercise and a vote of conscience. it's up to the conscience of the senators, particularly the republican senators, when they hear it. looking at the various criminal exposures, those will come forward. the state attorney general of new york is moving forward. i don't think those are going to stop and i think he's going to face some real jeopardy along those lines.
that may be the real justice the american people get. >> it is going to be an extraordinary week, historic of course and we thank you for your analysis. >> you're welcome. ♪ ♪ >> in case you were living under a rock, quarterback tom brady powered the tampa bay buccaneers to a victory. they defeated the kansas city chiefs 31-9. he won his seventh super bowl extending his own record in his first year with tampa bay. he was named the game's mvp. fans celebrated in the streets. those attending the game were given ppe to reduce the spread of the virus. not everyone wore masks in public spaces.
cnn's andy scholes joins me now. tom brady did it again winning his seventh super bowl in the first year with the buccaneers. >> robyn, i'll tell you what. this game was built up so much. epic quarterback dual. tom brady, the greatest of all times going against patrick mahomes and in the end this game didn't live up to the hype. it wasn't close in the second half. we did get to see history. brady winning his seventh super bowl title. he has more super bowl titles than any other team in nfl history. brady moving that, well, he can go anywhere and win the superbowl. he convinced rob gronkowski to come out of retirement and join him in tampa. they put on a show. brady finding gronk for two touchdowns in the first half. they have hooked up for more touchdowns than any other duo in
postseason history. the bucs were running away with this one at halftime, you were 21-6. todd bowles and that bucks defense just relendless all game long. they pressured patrick mahomes. this is the first time in mahomes career they failed to score a touchdown. brady, meanwhile, three touchdown passes in the game. he was named the mvp of the super bowl for a fifth time in his career. bucs beat the chiefs in super bowl 55, 31-9. >> i'm so proud of all of these guys out here. everything we dealt with all year. we had a rough month of november. ba had a bunch of confidence. i think we knew this was going to happen, didn't we? we ended up playing our best
game of the year. >> that's hands down one of the greatest accomplishments in sports history. i mean, i'm not going to say it's the greatest but it's up there for sure. down here in tampa, coming to an organization that was ready to w win. come down here to players, they're all fantastic players, great guys. the story is unbelievable. definitely ranks up there as one of my biggest accomplishments ever. >> yeah, it is an unbelievable story, rosemary. gronk coming out of retirement. brady going down to tampa and in his first season with the team, getting pieces together. not having an off season to prepare due to the coronavirus pandemic, impressive. impressive win. brady said they're not retiring, they're coming back. >> brady, 43 years old. he showed everyone, didn't he?
this is temporary until we figure out the issues what are the next steps supposed to be. >> south africa's health minister announcing a pause of the country's rollout of the oxford astrazeneca vaccine. this follows a recent study showing it often reduced protection against the variant that was first identified there. from south africa, to the u.k. to the u.s., the emerging variants are creating headaches the world over. scientists race to stay ahead of them. we're joint from south africa. the astrazeneca vaccine offers only reduced protection against the south african variant but it's going to be weeks before the other vaccines arrive.
is this the best decision? >> reporter: this was the biggest fear. just what the efficacy would be for the vaccines that were produced to target the first strain of covid-19. what the research tells us is towards the end of last year there was a 75% efficacy rate. when the variant became dominant, this is when we started to see issues where the researchers said they could not replicate the 75% efficacy rate. now they're saying it does not offer protection to the same extent against mild and moderate cases of variant covid-19 in the country. here's now the catch. they are disappointed but they're hopeful it might have an impact on the severity of the illnesses. they want to do it in a wide and smart fashion so they can try to quantify whether it could have
an impact on hospitalizations. that would be the interesting turning point. they're steaming ahead on trying to get trials done with johnson & johnson, moderna, pfizer and the hope that efficacy will be somewhat better than with astrazeneca. what we know is most vaccines will have diminished protection and impact. the question is how quickly can the pharmaceutical companies come up with second generation vaccines that can target the variant. right now south africa is in the second wave. they're seeing a slight drop after the country went into a lockdown. this is the issue, just what kind of vaccine will be required to have strong impact on halting the spread. >> it's time for sure. researchers at oxford university say they are retooling the astrazeneca shot
to be more effective against the south africa variant. they hope to have it ready by autumn. cnn's selma abdelaziz joins us. they hope to have the boost aversion by autumn. that's many months away. what happens in the meantime? >> reporter: rosemary, i can tell you that this news from oxford university and astrazeneca about the limited effectiveness against the south african strain is concerning. this country is prepared to deal with any variants of covid-19. how are they dealing with that? they have a genomic sequencing program and they're making new vaccines if they need to. that's not all, you may have to have an annual shot to deal with
any new mutations. >> we see very much probably an annual or a booster in the autumn and an annual with the way we do with flu vaccines. you look at what variant is spreading and you rapidly produce it and begin to vaccinate and protect the nation. >> reporter: so future plans being made for future variants. the sense that very much this is a virus that's going to stick with us, rosemary, even if we get out of this pandemic and this difficulty. this is a virus that will live amongst the population. in the meanwhile, vaccinate as many people as possible. try to immunize yourself out of lockdown. it really is a race against time as you said, rosemary. >> certainly is. thank you so much, selma abdelaziz. france is accelerating its
efforts. they hope the recently approved vaccine will improve a nationwide shortage of doses. they are under pressure for a rollout strategy which some criticized as being too slow. the centers for disease control says nearly 700 cases of new variants have been reported in the united states. the majority of those are the strains first identified in the u.k. and health officials say it could become the predominant variant by march. they also say vaccinations are one way to help contain that. according to the cdc, more than 41 million doses have been a administered in the u.s. some are concerned existing supplies are not enough. >> the demand clearly outstrips
the supply right now. if you look at the escalation of availability of doses purely on the ability and the capability of manufacturing that, it's going to escalate and will continue to escalate as we go from february to march to april and beyond. >> u.s. president joe biden blamed his predecessor donald trump for some of those shortages, that some of those shortages criticizing the former administration's handling of the pandemic. >> one of the disappointments was when we came into office is the circumstance relating to how the administration was handling covid was even more dire than we thought. >> the trump administration? >> the trump administration. we thought it indicated there was a lot more vaccine available and it didn't turn out to be the case. that's why we've ramped up every way we can. >> mr. biden wants to see
schools reopen but it must be done safely with fewer people in the classroom and better ventilation. israel's prime mainster is back in court today. for the latest, we have the professor of emergency medicine at oregon health and science university. >> good to be with you. >> as we just saw, in his interview before the super bowl, president joe biden said they inherited a pandemic situation even more dire than they thought. when you look at where things stand right now with more vaccinations being administered and a decline in deaths, hospitalizations and cases, is this country where it needs to be right now? >> well, rosemary, we still have a bit of time to see where the dust settles between the two administrations changing hands. part of the decline in cases and hospitalizations and deaths will be us getting over the hump of
the holiday surge and of course we have quite a ways to go before we see the impact of vaccinations, but it is very encouraging to see the vaccination rate slowly start to rise, consistently over 1 million shots a day and just a plan for rapid dissemination in getting vaccine to pharmacies, to community health centers. the kind of planned distribution that we've needed. there's hope, certainly a huge lift and of course the biden administration has an outstanding team and great leadership but have only had a few weeks to make impact. >> right. of course, everyone is excited about the third vaccine that should come out very soon, the johnson & johnson option. meantime, a new study shows the u.k. variant is now spreading rapidly through the united states just as pressure
increases to return kids to school. teachers don't feel safe but the cdc says they don't need to be vaccinated before they return to school. how can this decision be decided in a safe way? >> the situation about teachers is one where there really are no absolute right answers on either side of the debate. you could argue everybody wants their kids back in school. it is not fair to ask them to go back to school feeling unsafe. we haven't clearly defined what it means to be in a safe environment. it's natural to want all of the layers of protection including testing, social distancing, plenty of ppe and if possible the vaccine. the vaccine rollout should be slow. there is an argument that teachers should be up there if we are planning to open schools everywhere. on the other hand, vaccines should be going to communities and groups like the elderly and
racial and ethnic minorities who are getting severe disease and dying at a high rate. there is a strong equity argument there. there well need to be decision making and prioritization. we cannot leave groups behind. we'll have to combine that with teachers going back. they should have autonomy to choose to continue teaching online. a hybrid model is what we should be looking at. >> these are difficult decisions to make. while there are supply issues with vaccines and also how concerned are you about the super bowl parties that we know were held last night across the country and present the potential for being super spreader events just as we're getting past the holiday season? >> yeah, these parties. the super bowl itself where it seemed everybody was treating
their masks like a chin guard. these were concerning. it is enough of a national pastime that i'm worried it could have real epidemiologic impact. this may be the next wave of covid and it occurred right as we're realizing variants are everywhere and it's more easily transmissible. time will tell, but that may be the next waive that we encounter. already 100,000 deaths just in 2021 alone. we are far from being in a place where we can feel comfortable with group gatherings. >> dr.estster chu, thank you very much. >> thanks, rosemary. israel's prime minister is back in court for the latest in a long running corruption case. more news from jerusalem next.
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israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu appeared in court just a short time ago where he entered a not guilty plea to charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. it is the latest in three long-running corruption cases that have dogged his political career. mr. netanyahu has described his indictment as a stitchup calling it an effort by israel's liberal and media release to topple him from power. cnn's sam kylie is outside the courthouse. he joins us now live. so, sam, talk to us about where this corruption trial is going and the possible consequences.
>> reporter: well, benjamin netanyahu, the israeli prime minister, appeared in court in the jerusalem district court across the green line in east jerusalem. where he entered or agreed with a previously written plea submitted by his lawyers of not guilty. he then spent some time taking notes on a yellow legal pad before leaving after about 20 minutes leaving behind, rosemary, his legal team to argue at this stage that the attorney general did not give formal written orders or instructions to open investigations and there are three cases being tried effectively concurrently in these hearings over this period of this trial for the investigations to be undertaken. the counter argument from the prosecution is that the attorney general, who has submitted a memo to that effect, said i most certainly did give instructions,
both verbal and written. this is part of the arguments being played out in the court, and particularly in the political realm to try to get this trial postponed or delayed until after the march 23 elections here in israel. very damaging politically for benjamin netanyahu. he's facing legal jeopardy over these prosecutions that could lead to jail time of up to ten years if convicted but also he's got general elections on may the 23rd. if the prosecution are able to run out their prosecution witnesses during a trial in the interim during the six-week period that israel now has ahead of those general elections, obviously there will be political damage potentially done to benjamin netanyahu at a very crucial time in his very long-running political career. the israeli premiere is now 71 years old, rosemary. >> we'll keep an eye on this.
sam kiley, many thanks to you. in just a few hours u.s. house will give a vote for a tax credit of up to $3600 for each childnd age 6 and $3,000 credit for children ages 6 through 17. it's a key part of president biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief package. cnn's emerging markets editor john defterios joins me live from abu dhabi. let's look at this. a sluggish labor market offers president biden exactly the justification he needs for his covid rescue plan. now his treasury secretary says full employment by next year might not happen if that plan doesn't pass. given all of that, how likely is it that they get this done?
>> reporter: joe biden is looking for bipartisan support. he was a senator. if not, he'll use that tie breaking vote of kamala harris as vice president in the senate. even prepared to use executive order. the latest job report we saw for january is going to give him more ammunition. let's talk about that, rosemary. they lost 140,000 in december. and then they had a package of $900 billion. the unemployment of 6.3% looks good as a headline number but that's because so many americans have stopped looking for work. and finally we still have nearly 10 million people without a job since the start of the pandemic. that's why janet yellen is saying let's not shy away from the package. let's push it out and reverse
the trend. take a listen. >> we have 10 million americans who are unemployed, another 4 million who have dropped out of the labor force, particularly women who have child care responsibilities. we need to reopen our schools, make sure that children aren't falling behind, provide help to way too many small businesses that are closing. we need to provide help to get them to the other side. >> reporter: and if you don't have this package of scale, she's saying full employment, 4% of unemployment, wouldn't happen until 2025, rosemary. she's more alarmed than the congressional budget office that we talked about last week. >> thanks so much for that. john defterios live from abu dhabi. hospitals in texas are dealing with a dramatic surge in
patients especially along the southern border. cnn's ed laf ven dairy spoke to a man. >> reporter: the coronavirus virus has held an excruciating grip on his lungs. it's clear he has one thing on his mind. >> i miss my family. >> reporter: all this anxious time alone gives a 60-year-old man time to reflect on what matters most so he thinks so much about how he loves coaching baseball teams and dressing up as santa claus for kids around his hometown of del rio, texas. he requires around the clock oxygen but the desire to reunite with his wife and three children is his motivation. >> i'm going to get out of here. i'm going to do it. >> he's a super sweet man.
he keeps me going. >> sanchez has been by his side in the medical center. he has spent the pandemic inside the icu treating the sickest patients. her eyes are often the last thing a patient sees before they're put on the ventilator. >> one of the worst things is the fear in their eyes before they get intubated. i don't know if i'm going to live. i can't breathe. that is hard to see. >> this is our icu. >> reporter: last week they allowed us inside the covid icu to document the challenges. leila ser van tez tells us they're working on moving a ventilated patient to a hospital in san antonio for more specialized care. >> his oxygen started to dip down again. we had to hold up on the transfer. >> reporter: on this day last week six of the seven beds were
filled with covid patients and in a second covid wing the number of 6 jumped from 6 to 12 in just a few days. the doctor is a battle weary veteran of the coronavirus. >> it hit us like a train. we got through it. we lost a lot of friends. we lost employees. we lost family members. i've signed so many death certificates in this past year, probably more than my whole career, and that's the worst part of it. >> reporter: the number of people hospitalized in texas by the coronavirus reached record highs. the virus is ravaging the area around the south texas town of laredo. it has one of the highest i infection rates in the country. this doctor treats covid every night. he's known as the dr. fauci of laredo. >> we have a sniper here that
has killed 600 people and it's on track to kill another 1,000 before the year is up. we don't fear it? i guarantee you, if there was a sniper with a rifle, there isn't one person who would be letting their children out. at the del rio hospital, another covid patient needs urgent care. hull perry arrived in the emergency room. he's being rushed to san antonio. >> might be the last time i see him so i asked them if i can see him. they told me i cannot get close. >> reporter: his wife said he felt fine the day before. >> i'm scared not having him come back home to me. ed lavandera, cnn, laredo, texas. iran is still enriching
uranium and challenging joe biden to make the first move. the u.s. president is saying no. in an interview, president biden said they will not lift sanctions on iran, particularly not while tehran enriches more uranium. former president trump violated the deal by leaving it and so it's up to the u.s. to rejoin it and lift sanctions. u.s. officials are in talks with european allies to figure out their next moves. despite a military coupe, thousands of protestors are out in the city streets of myanmar. we will get the latest in a live report.
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roared down a riverbed in northern india. it happened sunday after a glacier in the himalayas broke apart. search and rescue operations are underway. they say 15 people have been rescued but the death toll has risen to 19. more than 150 people remain missing. the u.n. secretary general says they are ready to assist with relief efforts. thousands of anticoup protesters are marching in myanmar. a military coup took over a week ago. they are giving the three fingered salute. that's a reference to the hunger games movie. and a recent symbol of pro democracy protests. paula is joining us from seoul. what is the latest on these protests and the police response so far?
>> reporter: rosemary, we are seeing what appears to be a picking up of momentum when it comes to protests. thousands are on the streets and it's day three we have seen in a row people are coming out onto the streets. today, monday, we did see a number of student unions. we saw teachers, engineers, nurses including monks as well and a real cross section of the society. it seems fairly good natured. they are at pains to make sure it is peaceful civil disobedience to make sure they are saying to government that they do not want this coup. they want the other leaders to be released. what we are seeing as well is some on social media also saying it doesn't necessarily have to be pro nld, the national league
for democracy, which is the party that won the democratic elections back in november before this coup actually took place a week ago. they're saying this isn't pro nld, it is antimilitary dictatorship as they're calling it. people on social media are coming out of their houses and businesses coming out and standing on the streets to show support. as of this moment we haven't seen much from the police or the military, although we did see at one point on a reuters video some water cannons were used. that is not clear whether there was anybody injured in that particular event. this is something that those inside myanmar and those outside are concerned about, what could be the response from the military? there are calls from all over the world from the military to
step down, release the detained leaders and refrain from any violence. >> we'll continue to watch this very closely. appreciate it. the super bowl may be over, but the australian open is just beginning. it is day one of the major tennis tournament. after the break we will have the latest from mel down. s, zinc, other minerals, and herbs. take on your day with airborne.
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some in masks, others not worrying. 30,000 tickets on sale for a day featuring naomi osaka and serena williams. >> really excited. we think melbourne makes this event. >> reporter: none would be possible without tough measures put in place to get on top of the virus, including one of the world's longest lockdowns last year, but now nobody is in hospital in melbourne with covid-19 so these tough rules have been pushed onto the players, too. all having to quarantine for 14 days making for a disjointed leadup to the competition. >> i would be very surprised if we don't see a few injuries, fallouts, various things like that. we knew it was going to happen. we're happy to give it a shot. >> reporter: organizers hoping fans will give it a shot with 400,000 tickets on sale, just
half of what the aussie open would attract in a year without the global pan testimony mick. it's no free for all 30,000 fans expected to come here to the australian open each day over the next two weeks. social distancing remains the watch word. they have divided it into three separate zones to keep possible. masks are optional in open areas. balls are in and out and prerecorded by front line workers. >> it's an unusual world, unusual circumstances. there are going to be some unusual results at the australian open. >> reporter: all of it will hope two weeks will restore a little bit of normalcy. the social media site reddit is capitalizing on recent
headlines by running a blink and you'll miss it super bowl ad. it starts with a car commercial and it glitches and read dit said it was inspired by the users that disrupted wall street markets in the last few weeks. thanks for joining us. i'm rosemary church. i'll be back with more news in a moment.
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you are watching "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. we want to get straight to our top stories in the hour. one of the biggest sporting events in the world wrapped up hours ago. the super bowl where tom brady and the tampa bay buccaneers dominated to top the kansas city chiefs. scenes like this are what officials urge people not to do. packed crowds and super bowl gatherings could lead to a spike in covid cases. adding to those concerns, the spread of coronavirus variants and the sprent of vaccines to fight them. south africa has just paused its rollout of astrazeneca vaccine after a study showed minimal protection against the variant first identified there. all this playing out as the country hard est hit by the pandemic is bracing for a rare political battle. the second impeachment trial o