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manger made a statement saying protecting the capitol has never been more complex and he vows tone sur officers get the support and help they need. hello on this friday. i'm erica hill in for ana cabrera in new york. it is a pandemic that by now is both predictable and frankly preventable. today, covid-19 is preying almost exclusively on those unwilling or unable to get the life saving vaccine. and that puts everyone at risk. especially children under the age of 12 who aren't jyet eligible for the shots. the biden administration is stockpiling an additional 200 million doses of pfizer's vaccine in anticipation of authorization for younger children and the possibility of a third dose or booster. and with the new school year just weeks away, more districts
across the country mandating masks in the classroom. this as concern continues to grow about vaccine hesitancy. that's prompting officials in areas with some of the lowest vaccination rates to sound the alarm. >> these folks are choosing horrible lifestyles of self-inflicted pain. >> that is it going to take people to get people to get shots in arms? >> i don't know. you tell me. folks supposed to have common sense. but it is time for to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks, it is the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. >> it is the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. terr har harry anten joining us from new york. >> look at the states that the 25 top states for vaccination versus the bottom 25 states for vaccination. look at this. new coronavirus cases in the top
25 vaccinated states, 7 per 100,000. look at the bottom 25, more than double that, 16 per 100,000. we can see this in hospitalizations, again, let's break it down, by the top 25 vaccinated states and the bottom 25 most vaccinated states. look at that. 5 per 100,000 in the top 25 most vaccinated states. bottom 25, 11 per 100,000 new coronavirus hospitalizations. more than double, again, so in cases and in hospitalizations we see the states that have more vaccinations are the ones with fewer cases and fewer hospitalizations. >> this really translates on the individual level. >> exactly right. you know, look at hospitalizations, who are the folks who are going to the hospital now? overwhelmingly unvaccinated folks, 97% of the folks in the hospitalization -- in the hospitals are unvaccinated. and then on deaths, this -- you can't find a clearer statistic than this. look at this, in june, coronavirus deaths, shared by
vaccination status, 99.2 unvaccinated, oh , my goodness gracious, you're never going to find a clearer stat than that when it comes to causation and it is right there, it was just on your screen. >> look, unfortunately people like to make everything political these days but it is interesting to look at these states in terms of vaccinations. >> exactly right. i mean, look, whether you're in a blue state like maryland, you're in a red state like tennessee, look at this, the coronavirus deaths by share of vaccination status, in june, in a blue state like maryland, look at that, 100% of the deaths from coronavirus, among the unvaccinated, in tennessee, a very red state, look at that, 98% of the deaths from coronavirus were among the unvaccinated from mid-may to mid-june. whether you're in a blue state or red state, the coronavirus vaccines work. get one. it could save your life. it could save one of your neighbors' lives. >> absolutely. and, again, for the millionth time, the virus doesn't care who you voted for or if you belong to a political party.
harry anten, a pleasure, thank you. los angeles county is seeing the highest daily count of new cases in more than five months, courtesy of the highly contagious delta variant. public officials calling this a game changer, one in five new cases there is actually in fully vaccinated people, important to point out the cases were either asymptomatic or had very mild symptoms. nick watt joining us now live from los angeles. nick, what are you seeing on the ground there? >> well, erica, the headline is frightening. more than 800 people who were fully vaccinated tested positive for covid-19 in the month of june and as you say, officials here are pointing at the delta variant. last week, 84% of new cases here in los angeles were that delta variant. now, the headline is frightening, the rest not quite so frightening as you mentioned. most of those people who suffered the so-called breakthrough infects who had
been vaccinated, most of those people either no symptoms what so ever or just very mild symptoms. very few of them were even admitted to the hospital. very few indeed. now, as you and harry were just discussing, this delta variant, this pandemic right now is really a pandemic of the unvaccinated. so, 20% of the people in june in l.a. were vaccinated, which means 80% were not and that is what is causing fear going forward. here in l.a., they're saying july could be worse than june when the numbers come in. and what they're trying to do about it, well, like everywhere else in the country, they are urging people to get vaccinated. these vaccines do work very well against the delta variant and other variants. it is not 1100%, br00%, breakth will happen. they're telling people, vaccinated or not, that now, again, once again, they should
be wearing masks indoors, but there is some pushback on that local official saying they won't enforce that. there is a very good analogy used here in l.a. and around the country now about this delta variant and the pandemic. think of the pandemic as a weather event. a heavy rainstorm. so you have an umbrella, that is your vaccine, which keeps the rain off you, but if the rain gets heavier, becomes monsoon, the winds whip up, you'll need more protection and that is the mask. so here they are saying wear masks indoors, that is how we are going to stop this delta, masks and vaccinations. that is what they're saying people need to do and they are warning that delta is a game changer, and things could get worse as we go into the next few weeks. erica? >> everyone hoping they won't, but the warning is there. nick, thank you. there is just one state that edged ahead of california when it comes to new cases and that is florida. as you see on your screen, it
leads the nation in new coronavirus infections in the seven days ending yesterday. our next guest is seeing that surge and its effects firsthand. chad nielsen, director of infection prevention at the university of florida health jacksonville. good to have you with us. give us a sense what are you seeing right now in terms of covid patients and how many of those patients are unvaccinated? >> yeah, so we have seen a precipitous rise in covid-19 admits to our hospital over the last two weeks. in fact, we have increased cases by almost 50% just this five or six days previous to now. and the vast majority, over 90%, are unvaccinated individuals. the ones who are vaccinated just to point out they have other co-morbidities or immunoexpressed conditions. we're seeing nothing but unvaccinated people pouring into our emergency departments now. >> what are they saying to you, when they realize they're sick enough that covid they have to be in the hospital, they know
they haven't had the vaccine, what are those conversations like? >> well, some of them are disbelief, others take it. they understand that they're here because they're not vaccinated. we have interviewed some patients through other media outlets where we actually asked them, do you regret not getting the vaccine and 100% of them say, yes, i should have gotten the vaccine. i know i can say that because i'm on the other side of this camera, but the patients are there, and they're serious about this. they don't want to be in the hospital and they know that the vaccine is a choice they made. >> have you seen that trickle out to their friends, their family, their loved ones now watching them in the hospital, if any of them were not vaccinated? do you think this is having an impact on their decision? >> i certainly think there is a community impact going on, the health department locally is right next to our hospital. and they're getting requests for community vaccination efforts from community members. right now i see out of my window, the public health
department has a line around the block for people trying to get tested and after they get tested, they turn right back around and get back into the vaccination line. i think that people who are in the hospital with covid right now are telling people this is not a joke, go get vaccinated, because the demand for vaccine seems to be rising here. >> you talked about how even the number of patients is rising for you. you also have staffing concerns. is this because of the, you know, the consistent increase in the number of patients? is it staff burnout? what are your major concerns there? >> yeah, it is both. it is going to be a rapidly increasing patient population, so it is putting heavier demand oz on our already short staffing ratios. the winter surge wasn't that long ago. we were trying to recover staffing from that. the staffer burned out. the morale is low, especially those who are vaccinated. and so we're also having issues of staff staying on the job too, vaccinated or not. the delta variant, being as constageous as it is, is affecting our staff members as
well. we're dealing with a lot of issues now trying to keep people at the bedside and provide the best care we can. it all starts with vaccinations. >> you know, we looked at florida leading the country in new cases over the past week. governor desantis is advocating more for the vaccine now but adamant he won't bring back mask mandates, talking especially about kids. what do you see changing for florida? what do you see changing this trend in cases in your state? >> really what we need to see is increased vaccination as well as some masking in the community. we know that roughly 50% of florida is unvaccinated right now. yet the cdc mandate says if you're unvaccinated, wear a mask. you can go to any store in town now in jacksonville and nobody is wearing a mask. so the statistics tell us we have a large number of unvaccinated people not wearing masks according to cdc recommendations. so for this to turn, we need people to get vaccinated, we need people to start wearing
masks if they're unvaccinated and we really have to start thinking that this could spill into the under 12 population in the coming months as school restarts. and so if you're not going to get vaccinated for yourself, please at least do it for your children. >> yeah, the children under 12 who aren't even eligible to get vaccinated. chad nielsen, appreciate you spending some time with us today. thank you. >> thank you, erica. the battle over investigating the insurrection, enflaming partisan tensions and sparking president trump to launch an unprecedented revenge effort against congresswoman liz cheney. delayed, controversial, but moving forward, the olympics now officially under way after the opening ceremony a short time ago in a mostly empty stadium. and here at home, some nfl stars threatening to walk away from the game after the league warns unvaccinated players could be responsible for forfeits, and some pretty significant financial losses.
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another republican could soon be added to the house committee investigating the january 6th insurrection. multiple sources telling cnn house speaker nancy pelosi is considering illinois congressman adam kinzinger. he would join representative liz cheney of wyoming, the other republican on the committee who has earned the ire of her own party. after blaming former president trump for inciting the attack on the capitol and voting to impeach him. and since then, the former president has been laser focused on cheney, which is underscored by new reporting from politico detailing that obsession. i want to bring in alex eisenstadt for politico. good to have you with us. we know there is this big push to unseat liz cheney. donald trump is all in on it.
two potential republican challengers set to meet with him next week. does any republican challenger to liz cheney really move forward without his blessing at this point? >> it's absolutely donald trump who is driving this train, going to make the decision about whom to endorse and donald trump is the most powerful figure in this race against liz cheney. he's going to endorse a candidate and he may have to encourage other people to get out of the primary in order to winnow the field and to prevent liz cheney from simply getting a plurality. he has a lot of power in this race. >> he has a lot of power. it is shaping up to be a pretty crowded primary if we look at all of the names that have been thrown around here. >> absolutely. it's a hugely crowded primary field. and that's what liz cheney is banking on. she's hoping that if you can have multiple, six, seven pro trump candidates running against her, they're all going to divide
the vote, and that means if she gets 30% of the vote, that could be enough for her to win. so what trump's goal here is to endorse one candidate and then to encourage everyone else to get out of the race, so it is a one on one race against cheney. for trump to do all that, it is going to be interesting to see how this race devolves because it is go to be interesting test case of trump's power, his ability to assert dominance over the republican party post presidency. >> and as i mentioned, you're reporting a couple of potential challengers making their way to bedminster to kiss the ring. give us a sense, what is the real litmus test there for the former president and he's looking at potential challengers? >> well, it's all about loyalty. loyalty to trump, loyalty, loyalty, loyalty. and just to give you some sense of what that means, one of the people that is meeting with trump next week, they're actually promoting the fact that they attended the january 6th
rally that preceded the capitol riot. this person is -- did not take part in the riot, did not take part in the assault on the capitol, but that just goes to show what these candidates are banking on had they try to get his endorsement. they're auditioning for him and they're presenting themselves as the most loyal trump, pro-trump person out there. >> really quick before i let rowe g you go. this could say a lot not just about the former president and his support, but the party as a whole depending who challenges here. >> absolutely. it is really interesting to look at who has been donating in this race because you look at who has been giving to liz cheney, it is a lot of people who were involved in the george w. bush administration, which makes some sense, right? her father was george w. bush's vice president. but if you see it, you can potentially see this race down the road becoming a litmus test potentially, but supporters of
former president donald trump and supporters of former president george w. bush and i think that's go to be one of the most interesting dynamics to watch in this race in the months to come. >> a lot of attention on wyoming. that's for sure. alex eisenstadt, good to have you. thank you. >> thank you. a former adviser to president trump is in court right now. tom barrack chaired the president's inaugural committee. his bail hearing was moved from monday to today in los angeles. you see him there highlighted on your screen. officials have charged barrack in a seven-count indictment with acting as an agent of a foreign government as well as obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal law enforcement agents. two democrats in congress are now calling on the justice department watchdog to investigate whether the case was inappropriately suppressed after cnn reported that prosecutors had enough evidence to charge barrack last year. keep an eye on that. after a year delay and mounting pressure to call off the games over rising covid cases, the olympic cauldron now
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after more than a year of covid induced delays, the olympics now officially under way in tokyo. and this is the moment that many thought might never happen. tennis star naomi osaka on the last leg of the torch relay lighting the olympic cauldron and officially opening the tokyo summer olympics. amid all the fanfare, protests, a significant portion of the japanese public still opposes holding the games during a pandemic. selina wang is in tokyo. what is the mood like there? >> reporter: well, erica, still intense opposition to the olympics. in fact, during the opening ceremony for hours there was a crowd of protesters chanting to cancel the olympics saying that these games are putting sport and money ahead of people's lives. there is still a strong feeling here the games shouldn't be happening when covid-19 cases are surging in tokyo, when 20% of the population is fully vaccinated and the host city is still under a state of emergency. i was talking to bystanders at
the national stadium today and there is a lot of mixed feelings. there are some who think it is not the right time to have a festival. others who say they're excited to watch this on tv. one woman said she bought 20 tickets for different olympic events and she is just bummed out that she can't see any of them. but this event overall, the opening ceremony, was toned down. there was a more somber mood. there was a moment of silence to remember all the people's lives who have been lost from covid-19 and the athletes who couldn't be there because of the pandemic and also notable there are now more than 100 covid-19 cases in japan linked to these olympics. but there were also some memorable moments from our advantage point, cowyou could s the stunning fireworks and the drone display in the sky forming the shape of a globe, but it was very surreal as well to see just about 950 vip guests including jill biden in the stands, that fits 68,000 people, erica. >> wow, selina wang, appreciate
it, thank you. for more let's bring in four time olympian renee stubb, a tennis analyst for espn. we know this is a challenging year for the athletes. but just making it to the olympic games is such a remarkable feat. let's focus on that positive. you've been there four times, the opening ceremony just wrapping up a few hours ago. take us inside the moment, if you can, what it is like. >> one of the most memorable moments for any athlete in their entire career. i had the opportunity to do it four times and many of my friends texting me, it was a very unusual way to go out this particular time, that they had nobody in the stands, but still a memorable moment for anybody, particularly somebody doing it for the first time. it is memorable because you're there with your fellow athletes. and you get to meet all the fellow athletes you don't necessarily mingle with in normal circumstances like the tennis players and the swimmers
and various other athletes. it is really truly one of the most memorable moments for them. i'm glad they had that opportunity tonight, even though there was nobody in the stands. >> speaking of not having anybody in the stands, we talked about the impact of covid, that's where you really see it too. the absence of spectators. australian tennis star nick kyrgios citing an injury, but citing the lack of spectators. the thought of playing in front of empty stadiums doesn't sit right with me, it never has. this could be different for every athlete, but that has to have an impact on performance and mentally how you're perceiving things when you have empty stands. >> no question. no athlete wants to go out and perform with nobody watching. and everybody wants to have that sort of reaction from the crowd, it gives them motivation, it gives them energy, it also makes them very nervous, but that's part of the sport. but having said that, when you have trained for almost five years for most of these athletes
where the olympics is the most important thing to them, for nick, he has the opportunity to go and play the u.s. open in a month. he has wimbledon. he has a lot of grand slams. for the tennis players, it is a little bit different. you think about swimming, you know, the gymnastics, track and field, judo you name it, all the olympic sports where this is the most important, without fans, yes, it is going to certainly not be the memories that they want, but trust me when they stand on that podium, and get that medal around their neck, they're not going to care if there was one person in the crowd or hundreds of thousands in the crowd. for the ageathletes who put in work to be here, it is so important for them, whether there is crowd or not, for them to have the opportunity to win a gold medal or a bronze medal or silver medal for their country. >> you know, we talk about what the conditions are like for the athletes there. and a sail for great britain weighed in, i want to play a little bit of what she had to
say. >> yeah, it is really terrifying, that is the reality of the olympics at the moment. and everyone has done such a huge amount to try to make it as safe as possible and i do genuinely feel very safe in here and in our environment and they have been incredible. >> little terrifying. she feels genuinely safe. as part of all of the training, and this comes into play as you were talking about an empty stadium, mentally as an elite athlete, there are certain things you're trained to block out. when you're dealing with that added stress, do you think that could impact an athlete's performance, the daily testing, the -- what if it is me, what if i'm the next one if i'm asymptomatic? >> well, i come from the tennis world and we have been living this for well over a year now and i would go as far to say most athletes had to deal with this for about the time the pandemic has hit. they're so used to taking covid tests. the only stress is waiting to
the test to come back. i think the only thing they worry about is if there is a possibility of it being a positive. we had obviously a number already in the olympic village. we had through the tennis world over the last year or so, we had positive tests and that's just sadly the epidemic that we're in. this is going to happen and everyone's very aware it could happen to them. but the olympics have gone and mitigated all of these problems, trying to put their athletes into the village, into a bubble, to try and keep them as safe as possible and unfortunately this is the way the world is now, but they're there and they're ready to compete and i'm so happy for them. i know it is a difficult situation for the japanese people. but having said that, they're going to be protected and they're going to get an opportunity to win a medal for their country. if not just perform for their country and that's the most important thing for these olympians. >> i'm so excited to watch and hear their stories and learn more about each and every one of the athletes. great to see you. thank you. >> thank you. it is twice the size of new
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the nation's largest wildfire still growing. at this hour, the bootleg fire in oregon already burned through 400,000 acres. cnn's lucy kafanov is in lakeview, oregon, where i understand firefighters have been forced to retreat into safe zones. they're trying to get this under control, but they're up against a lot. >> reporter: they are up against a lot, erica. we spent the day out with fire crews who have been battling the blaze yesterday and they do say they have benefitted from better weather conditions, for example, higher humidity, and lower winds. that's helped them contain roughly 40% of this blaze. but here's the issue, this region has been under severe drought. the forests, the trees, the brush is bone dry and that's a lot of fuel for the fire to burn. what that means is that embers from the bootleg fire could jump those safety containment lines and start new fires and that's exactly what happened overnight. i want to show you new video that we got from the crews that we were out with, that show trees torched, new evacuation
orders issued because of this new blaze. they have managed to contain the fire, but they don't think they'll be able to get a handle on it until this evening. that shows you how unpredictable this massive fire is. the other issue is this fire is so large, it is generating its own weather system, massive pyrocumulus clouds. listen to how some firefighters described seeing the weather conditions. >> it falls apart, but it falls apart much more violently than a typical rainstorm. win winds come back down to the ground. the winds go every direction and they could be 30, 40, 50 miles an hour. and that's happened several times on this fire. >> you can hear it, it sounds like a train almost. it sounds like something crashing through the forest. >> reporter: and, erica, that shows you how volatile and unpredictable this fire is.
crews are optimistic, but the weather conditions have to hold and we have to make sure the fire doesn't change direction or create more pyrocumulus clouds. >> thank you. you don't have to be close to the fires to see or feel their effects. allison chinchar is in the cnn weather center. the smoke from the blaze is traveling thousands of miles. we could smell it, we could see the smoke, here in new york city on tuesday. >> right. i think that's the point, when you think of states that are close to oregon, new york is certainly not one of them. it is very far away. but yet you have some of the impacts from those fires. here is an image of what new york city typically looks like. you can see water in the distance, all the buildings, blue skies. this was what it looked like wednesday, you really can't see much past the empire state building because of the haze, because what the smoke is causing in that area, ending up triggering the worst air quality new york had in 15 years. but it is not just new york. all of the pink and orange color this is the flow of where that
smoke ends up going. so you can see earlier in the week, really heavily focused across the northeast and the midwest, now still over the midwest, but starting to spread farther south. some of the southeastern states now starting to see a little bit of a change in the atmosphere there. not just that, but the air quality, look at this, st. louis, even nashville dealing with sensitive code orange air quality alerts which is for sensitive groups. people who suffer from asthma or allergies and elderly. they tend to be more sensitive to the drastic changes in the atmosphere and the air quality that comes with it. now, here is a look, again, just to show you this full scope, this outline area, this is all the smoke from all of those western fires. it is not just one fire and that's the problem, you have over 80 large active wildfires spread out over 13 different states. so all of the smoke from those fires ends up being moved somewhere. it has to go somewhere. it doesn't just stay contained. the biggest cause of this has been the drought.
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some players now speaking out against the nfl's new vaccination rules. so here's what's new this season. if the game is canceled because of a covid outbreak among unvaccinated players, if that game can't be rescheduled during the regular season, the team has to forfeit. this means players on both teams could miss out on a week of wages. in a now deleted tweet, d'andre hopkins saying, i never thought i would say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because i can't take the vaccine is making me question my future in the nfl. former nfl player and
neurosurgery resident dr. roll joins me now. you have this great expertise not only as a former player but also as a doctor now. what is your take on these new rules from the nfl? >> well, thank you for having me. i think these rules are good. i think they serve a really good purpose. the nfl was sort of fumbling around with the pandemic last year, and the season, trying to make sure that games were still happening, having locker rooms closed, players removed from the team, putting players who weren't typically in a particular position now play a different position to get a game on the field and it really depreciated the quality of the play. i think the rule changes now, and the guidelines, are one that lean more into the science. now the nfl is listening to public health experts, all of us who have been saying for the longest that vaccinated players and getting the vaccine is important to moving the sport more towards a sense of normalcy where we can enjoy it as fans
and spectator and the players can know they will be safe, they will protect their family, they'll protect their community and be doing something good for their team as we move forward in this game. >> you talk about that, how they're leaning into the science. it is really leaning into the team, right? this emphasizes the team aspect here. one player's decision to not get vaccinated could impact only his team's record, but they'reir earnings. >> no question. i think the nfl is doing that strategically. we have been taught from the beginning, it is not just one person the team that makes up the whole squad. you have to rely on the other ten players the field with you, it is a collective sort of group moving tort e ing toward one co. you to buy into what's happening if you want to make sure your team is in the best position to win football games to advance to the playoffs and make it to the super bowl as well. given the fact there has been so much data and so much evidence out there that this vaccine is
safe, efficacious, that it protects you and protects your family now and into the future, when i speak to these nfl teams, i try to emphasize those important points and dispel the conspiracies, the rumors, dispe disreputable sources they're getting information from. >> we've heard from health experts and officials that those are the conversations that really matter. it's having a conversation with someone in your community, whether it's a friend or a family or someone maybe who gets you, right? athletes that are playing this sport that you did before. as you're dispelling those myths, is there one thing in particular that tends to pop up in terms of why players may be hesitant? >> absolutely. the thing that keeps coming up, especially with black and brown players, is the experimentation of black individuals in that particular demographic in the past. they bring up tuskegee and other experimentation of slaves in the past. they have all this historical information, which is factually
true, but one thing i try to tell them is that, look, this vaccine was developed with black people in mind. they were sitting at the table, not only were they sitting at the table, they were influencing and informing the discussion. we were included in the trials. we were included in all the different lab results. we're included in every part of this make-up and this design, and so it was made for us to be successful and if we, as a black or brown or poor demographic, in some instances, want to really get out ahead of our health, because i've seen the national hospital, these particular population has really been suffering from this pandemic, disproportionately than other populations, so it's a way to sort of make sure we dispel these rumors and as nfl players, i know i experienced it when i was playing. you are -- you become sort of the pseudoleader for your family. you guide and lead your family in a lot of ways, and you are the repository for information, so if we can equip and arm these players with as much information as possible, i think it would be a benefit to everyone. >> doctor, always appreciate you joining us. thank you. >> thank you very much. the cleveland indians have
officially chose an new name. next season, the team will be known as the cleveland guardians. the change comes after decades of criticism from native americans. guardians draws from the city's architectural history and the large art deco statues on the bridge known as the guardians of traffic. breaking just now, we are learning a judge has released a former advisor to president trump on bail after he was indicted on illegal lobbying charges. we'll have the very latest next. . ♪ clearly, velveeta melts creamier. this is the sound of change. it's the sound of low cash mode from pnc bank giving you the options and extra time needed to help you avoid an overdraft fee. low cash mode on virtual wallet from pnc bank. one way we're making a difference. it's a wishlist on wheels.
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breaking news, a judge has just released a former advisor to president trump on bail. tom chaired the president's inaugural committee. earlier this week, officials charged him in a seven-count indictment as acting as an agent of a foreign government. paula reid joining us. the hearing was scheduled to take place on monday, moved to today. what happened? >> reporter: that's right. a source close to the case tells me that attorneys for long-time trump ally thomas and prosecutors have reached a deal to release him from prison ahead of his expected trial. now, he has been in jail since he was arrested earlier this week on charges of illegal foreign lobbying, lying to the fbi, and obstruction. now, his team has insisted he is not guilty, and he will plead not guilty, but his lawyers have really been focused on trying to
get him out of jail. now, this agreement, the hearing is still going on, this agreement still needs to be approved by a judge, but i'm told the judge is expected to approve this deal. and this is significant, because until now, the justice department has argued that he was a significant flight risk. they pointed to, of course, his vast wealth. he is a billionaire. his extensive international network. and the fact that one of his codefendants fled the u.s. shortly after being interviewed by the fbi in this case. now, it's significant that he is physically currently in california, and this case is being prosecuted out of new york. so, his legal team was really focused on keeping their 74-year-old client off the notorious con air. that is the plane that the u.s. marshals use to move people around the country, and it appears that they have been successful, and as long as the judge approves this deal, mr. barrack will be freed head of his expected trial. >> anything else we need to read into that? >> reporter: it's notable, because some people on twitter are asking, does this mean he's
cooperating as part of a deal? absolutely not. this is just the terms of a bail agreement. because of his vast wealth, this is likely going to have to be a very significant bail package. he's going to have to put up a lot to convince the court that he -- and to convince the justice department that he is not a serious flight risk. now, i've spoken to a source close to this case who tells me at this point, even though he's a long-time ally and associate of former president trump, that he has no intention of cooperating at any state or federal investigation into the former president, his businesses, or his family. now, sometimes people say that. they say, i'm not going to cooperate. it's very expensive to defend yourself in this kind of case. sometimes people realize they can't afford to defend themselves and they end up having to cooperate. but mr. barrack has enormous resources. he's a man with the money to fight these charges and defend himself. >> we'll be watching for all of it. paula reid with the latest, as this is developing. paula, thank you. thanks to all of you for
joining us on this friday. we will have much more ahead at the top of the hour. victor and alisyn picking up here. the news continues next in the "cnn newsroom." stay with us. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, everyone. welcome to "newsroom." i'm alisyn camerota. victor is off today. the unvaccinated are letting us down. that's a quote from the republican governor of alabama, the least vaccinated state in the country. governor ivey also said it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated for the covid comeback around the u.s. the country is now averaging 43,000 new covid cases a day. that's a 65% increase from just last week. just one month ago, for a point of comparison, the daily average of new cases was under 12,000. about a third of the u.s. population lives