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all around the world. it is thursday, january 6th. i'm john berman with brianna keilar. we are live this morning from capitol hill for our special coverage of the january 6th anniversary. one year ago today, the world watched madness and destruction descend on the steps of the capitol right behind us. democracy was under siege, and it unfolded before our eyes. we watched an attempted insurrection. the mob incited by the former president approximate his allies. the weaponized attempt to overturn the 2020 election in favor of donald trump, and it failed. >> and then inside the capitol, an even more harrowing picture, there were sickening attacks on dozens of officers. one was nearly crushed in the rush to storm the building. for more than three hours, former president trump refusing to call off the violent crowd that left law enforcement beaten and bruised. and on the house floor, lawmakers ran.
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they were cowering in fear of their lives. many to this day are still living with that trauma. amid the mayhem, secret service agents swiftly escorted then vice president mike pence, rioters calling for him to be hanged. and a shameful sight of a man carrying a confederate flag inside the capitol, something confederate soldiers were able to do during the civil war. the stunning images left a stain on america. >> today, 700 people arrested, hundreds more still at large, including whoever planted the pipe bombs outside the republican national committee and democratic national committee. several others face years of prosecution. merrick garland vowed to keep following leads. >> the actions we have taken thus far will not be our last. the justice department remains committed to holding all january
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6th perpetrators at any level accountable under law. >> this morning the country remains deeply divided over the significance of this anniversary today. republicans, they continue to push the big lie. trump supporters still question what happened despite countless debunked conspiracy theories. >> in three hours, we will see the president here on capitol hill. we will see the vice president kamala harris marking this first anniversary with a speech, with biden telling americans that it is donald trump, he is going to single him out, that carries the -- the person who carries single responsibility for the assault on the capitol. cnn's alex marquardt is with us now. you were outside the capitol watching all of this go down on that fateful day. >> reporter: we were on the western side of the capitol. this is where the insurrection
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started. when rioters stormed through the police barricades, one year since the shameful scenes as people started to climb the walls here. remember, this is where the inauguration of joe biden was due to take place in just two weeks' time. everything here had been set up for that. many of those rioters had walked from the rally being held by the former president not too far away from the white house where he told his supporters we will walk to the capitol, he said, to take back our country. a quick warning to our viewers that this package contains some graphic language. for weeks, president donald trump hyped the rally on january 6th. be there, he tweeted. will be wild. that day, his family and allies whipped up the crowd. >> have some backbone. show some fight. >> let's have trial by combat! >> reporter: then trump proceeded to call out his own vice president. . >> and mike pence is going to have to come through for us. and if he doesn't, that will be
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a sad day for our country. >> reporter: he lied about the election and urged his followers to march on the capitol. . >> and we fight. we fight like hell. and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: a year on from the january insurrection we've learned much more about how the day unfolded, who the players were, how they organized, kpha communicated and attacked the capitol. more video has come out revealing how dangerous it truly was. as trump spoke on the ellipse, the first clashes between protesters and police. mike pence said he would follow the law. it wasn't long before the scene quickly unraffled. >> we have been told by capitol police that the capitol is in lockdown. >> reporter: pence was rushed off the senate floor. certification halted. >> i can see at least half a
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dozen protesters scaling, literally climbing the walls of the capitol to get up to where their fellow protesters are. >> reporter: rioters smashed windows, broke down doors and rushed into the hallways. officer eugene goodman led the mob away from the senate chamber where pence was located as they shouted his name. >> treason, treason. >> reporter: lawmakers like senator mitt romney ran from the advancing crowd. >> where are they? >> reporter: others took cover, the doors barricaded. police officers' guns drawn. the day's first fatality came when an insurrection tried to break through the lobby. ashli babbitt died from his wounds. outside, our cnn team was moving to the north side of the capitol when we were attacked. >> [ bleep ] cnn.
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ooh, yeah. >> go, go, go. >> get out of here. >> reporter: we tried to get out as quickly as possible. >> there's more of us than you. there's more of us than you. >> who are you with? >> reporter: we were physically unhammered. others not as lucky. when rioters pored into a tunnel they sprayed officers with pepper spray before dragging out d.c. police officer michael fanone, tasing him and beating him with a flagpole. >> they were screaming out, kill him with his own gun. i just remember yelling out that i have kids. >> reporter: officer daniel hodges was wined down in the crush of bodies, wedged in a doorway, his mouth bleeding. >> there's a guy ripping my mask off. he was able to rip away my baton, beat me with it. he was practically foaming at
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the mouth. >> reporter: we now know as the rampage spiraled out of control, trump sat for hours, watching it all on tv before issuing a tepid message to his followers. >> go home. we love you. you're very special. go home but go home in peace. >> a curfew will go into effect in an hour's time. there is no indication they have any intention of going anywhere. no indication they have heard from the president to go home. >> reporter: they weren't done yet, descending on i a press area, destroying equipment, and talking about killing journalists. >> we're making a list. put all the names down. we start hunting them down one by one. >> reporter: with night falling and a curfew approaching, reinforcements finally arrived to flush out the rioters. >> reporter: wolf, we are back on the western side of the
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capitol. what you can hear there is a flashbang presumably from this police force that has just moved in. wolf, what you're looking at now is metropolitan police from washington, d.c. who just before this 6:00 p.m. curfew have moved in here to push out the rioters. they have been shouting, move back, at this crowd of hundreds, if not more. trump supporters on the western side of the capitol building. >> reporter: many felt victorious. their message heard. several dozen were arrested, but hundreds more slipped into the night, away from the police, a relatively quiet end to one of the most dramatic and dark days in american history. in the days following the insurrection, the fbi would launch what would become the largest investigation in the bureau's history. to date, according to the attorney general, more than 725 people have been arrested and charged for the insurrection. one man has been given a
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sentence of five years, more than five years, for throwing a fire ex extinguisher at the police, the longest so far. the department of justice is not done yet. they believe there are hundreds more people out there who need to be found, need to be charged and brought to justice. john. >> alex marquardt, thank you for telling the story this morning. and thank you for being there one year ago, living through all of that, witnessing history under extraordinary circumstances. so thank you to you and your team. >> reporter: thanks, john. >> there joining us, two people inside the capitol during the insurrection one year ago today. annie custer of new hampshire and dan kildee of michigan. it was interesting to watch that police from alex with you here. the whole time that was airing you were saying, oh, god, oh, god. >> i haven't seen that footage. we were -- i didn't know how
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they finally cleared the capitol. but dan and i were in the gallery. we were among the last members of congress to be evacuated from the building. and what i've learned since january 6th is that the insurrectionists, the rioters were literally in the hall way that i had to cross to get to an elevator to get to safety. and you look at the -- just the veh vehementce. they were 40 or 50 feet away. were they going to tear us limb to limb or bear spray us orchid nap us. . >> you were in a gas mask at one point. >> yes. absolutely. we had to wear gas masks because when they told us the rioters were coming toward the chamber, they were clearly coming to try to attack us personally as members of congress. and they said that tear gas had
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been used. they were in the rotunda, not far from where we were, and that with he needed to put the gas masks on because of the tear gas. >> congressman, you have been wonderfully open about your mental health and well-being since this happened one year ago. and you said to me one of the things that's been hard is watching all the footage in the leadup to the day. >> really tough. it was a traumatic event for us as victims of this attack. but for the country generally, this was an unprecedented attempt on the capitol. it wasn't until many hours and days later we could see the fullness of the violence being perpetrated. as annie said, watching how viciously this mob went after armed officers of the law, it re-triggered for all of us exactly what kind of danger we were in. if they had gotten to us, annie and i wouldn't be sitting here
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today. >> we wouldn't be here today. it's not just us personally, but it's our democracy. if members of congress had been killed that night, we could not have gone back to the chamber to vote on the certification of the president of the united states. >> wellive -- well, i have to tell you, president biden will be speaking behind us. it is not that common. one of the things he will say is this. are we going to be a nation where we allow participate san election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people? he's going to ask that. we're at a crossroads, he's going to say. here's the thing. there are 163 republicans running for state offices, for offices that do control the outcome of the elections that bought into the big lie. the president is going to ask, are we going to be a nation that
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does this? >> we can't. here's the reality we face. the obvious violence of this attack can be seen in video. but we have people who are more sophisticated who want to do violence to our constitution, to the rule of law, to the principles that our country is founded upon. they've become more sophisticated. here's the problem. the very same republican lawmakers that are now trying to minimize the attack on the cap capitol, who voted to overturn an election even after we were under attack by people whose sole effort was to try to stop the peaceful transfer of power. they are now coddling and accommodating these people who also want to turn back the clock on voting rights, turn back the clock on these principles we have fought for for so long. they put their names on a list with george wallace. this is jim crow rein car nate. and we have to say that and make
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it clear and not allow them to say this is a peaceful way to address these issues. they're doing violence through our constitution when they do this. . >> and every citizen has a role in this. today we are witnesses. we were victims of the attack. we're survivors. our democracy prevailed that night. with he came back to the chamber. there was glass everywhere. there was criminal tape, yellow police tape. it was a crime scene. but we voted. we left at 3:30 in the morning. when i came on the show a year ago at 5:30 a.m., the lead-in was the election has been certified. joe biden is the lawfully elected president. but every citizen needs to remain vigilant about that now. >> one year ago it didn't work. i don't want to be debbie downer. but can you sit here one year from that moment and say it's less likely to happen again? >> we're worse off than we were
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in many ways than a year ago. and it's because with each passing day we have more and more of our colleagues who try to pretend this did not happen. you know, in the few hours that followed that attack, it felt as if maybe the fever would break. in fact, naively i thought that at long last this attack would put an end to this dangerous lie that is the precondition to the attack. unfortunately, we find ourselves a year later not in better shape but in many ways at greater risk because the sophistication of this attack on our democracy is increased. and that they're doing it in state legislativers, county clerk offices. we have to make sure we don't allow this one event to stand on its own. it is of a piece of an effort to undo things, principles that we have held true for -- >> and your reporters are so
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important. journalism. the first amendment, getting the truth out. i know in my constituency, it's the misinformation that's driving this attack on our democracy that's ongoing. >> congress wapl annie custer. they helped keep you safe. >> they saved our lives and saved our democracy. >> it's a wonderful thing. nice to see you here today. >> good to be with you. >> good luck. >> thanks so much. and tonight jake tapper, anderson cooper, join them for an unprecedented gathering inside the capitol with the police, the lawmakers and the leaders. tune in tonight live from the capitol january 6th, one year, at 8:00 eastern. up next, back to the drawing board. parents around the country are frustrated with the difficulty of children returning to school if they are lucky enough to be going back to school in person. we will speak with one father on
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sophomores, president of the parent teacher organization at benjamin banneker here in washington, d.c. john, thank you so much for being with us this morning. i wonder if we could just kind of start big picture here. because i know that a lot of parents have been sort of frustrated. there's so much last-minute stuff going on when it comes to testing. but what are you feeling in your household? what are you hearing from other family members -- or other parents, i should say. >> so in your household, we are obviously feeling the uncertainty of the situation. we have a child who is anxious to get back to school and friends have been suffering in the isolation and obviously was hopeful that she would be back in school this morning. whereas there are other parents that obviously i have spoken with as pto president that were not only concerned about the safety of their kids, but we have obviously parents who are essential workers, who are
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feeling the impact of kids being home and the inact to go to work or having to give up hours to work and the impact that it's having on them. we are hearing from a lot of parents who have single kids, one child at home, and in isolation by themselves are suffering socially and emotionally and really trying to figure out how to support their child while they work and do all the other things you have to do as a parent. >> i think underpinning all of this, john, is just how tough this time has been on kids. i mean, especially with kids your -- the age of your kids, sophomores in high school. this has been a really tough time as we balance going back to school, isn't it? >> yeah, absolutely. i think for kids, for parents, you know, it's taken an emotional toll. one, you have the fear of the disease, the pandemic and worrying about whether you're going to catch it. but then you also have the lack
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so it wasn't "bill and ted's excellent adventure." that was the judge referencing a '90s movie. late '80s. she sentenced two more capitol rioters to jail time. the two friends bragged about it over text messages. and one even claimed he smoked pot in the building. the judge said the pair knew the magnitude of what they were doing so sentenced both to 30 days in jail. while the house select
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committee investigates the attempted coup, is not an easy undertaking. people behind the planning, intelligence failures, dismantling the big lie. they face many hurdles before the justice department even gets involved. cnn's ryan nobles looks at what a pivotal year it could be ahead. >> reporter: it is the most sweeping investigation yet into january 6th. but one year since the deadly insurrection that came dangerously close to preventing the peaceful transfer of power in america, the house select committee is still figuring out what went wrong and who is responsible. . >> there are a lot of things that should have occurred in a more orderly and streamlined fashion that didn't. and i'm convinced that that was, in my opinion, by design. >> reporter: on paper, the committee's mission is
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straightforward. they want to write the definitive narrative as to what led to january 6th and what happened on that day. they plan to offer up a series of recommendations to prevent it from happening again. and if they discover criminal activity in the course of their investigation, they plan to refer that to the department of justice. it's that potential for finding criminal activity and holding certain individuals accountable, like former president donald trump, that is getting the most attention. >> i think that there are a number of, as the chairman said, potential criminal statutes at issue here. >> reporter: but finding hard evidence of wrongdoing that would rise to the level of the department of justice filing charges is no easy task. the committee, made up of seven democrats and two republicans, face agriculture i number of obstacles, from fighting legal challenges, including trump asking the supreme court to block them from accessing his white house records, to the big lie of a stolen election and accusations yet again of a political witch-hunt. >> it's very clear to the
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american public this is a sham. >> reporter: many of the committee's targets are current or formerly elected leaders tied to trump. as a result, the gop questioned the committee's work from the start. for luria, a democrat from virginia, that means investigating people she works with every day. >> no one in this investigation is going to be treated differently because of their current or former position. >> reporter: with a staff of 40 people, the committee has conducted 300 interviews. they have collected 35,000 documents and issued more than 50 subpoenas, seeking phone records and even bank records as they follow the money behind the insurrectionists. their work done largely behind closed doors. >> the goal of this is not to go after a person or a group of people but rather to understand all of the contributing factors that led to the events and provide recommendations moving forward. >> reporter: and they claim they are constantly uncovering new
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evidence, including a timeline of trump's contact on that day, a "body of evidence" they say will show trump willfully chose not to quell the violence despite pleas from his own children. >> he was watching on television as the capitol was assaulted, as the violence occurred. we know that is clearly a supreme dereliction of duty. >> reporter: by winter, they hope to hold primetime viewings. a goal of wrapping up their work with a final report in the fall just before the midterm elections. a necessary deadline. because if republicans take back the house as expected, this committee will likely be shut down. but the committee believes their work rises above partisan politics. they hope it will provide a clear and silver view on what happened january 6th. >> in this great country of ours, i'm convinced that sunlight and truth is the best
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disinfectant when you're dealing with a lie. hopefully we will provide the proper disinfectant for what's happened on january 6th so that people will understand it. >> reporter: with the goal of ensuring an attempted coup never happens again. >> if someone tried to do this in the future, are there ways they could still succeed? we need to safeguard against that. >> reporter: ryan nobles, cnn, on lille. new this morning, democrats are opening up about the trust they have been struggling to find with some of their colleagues across the aisle. the january 6th hangover is acute with the republican colleagues who supported the insurrection led by donald trump to overturn the election that led to the insurrection. cnn's lauren fox is live outside the capitol. you know, it's really a tale of two parties. when you look at the reaction
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that they're having to this day. >> reporter: well, exactly. and the recovery for these members has been year long. it's not just members. people who may have nothing to do with politics recovering. for members i talked to, specifically democrats, part of that recovery has also been about do you have relationships with these republicans who voted not to certify the election? remember what they all lived through. sarah jacobs, a freshman member was trapped in the house gallery for nearly an hour. and when she came out of there, she thought there might be a moment where her republican colleagues realized had they all had gone through and might change their mind about overturning the election. that was her first week of congress. then she watches as 139 republicans vote not to certify the election. at least one state.
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and she argues that it was really difficult to make a decision whether or not she would reach across the aisle and continue working with those colleagues. she said eventually she got to a point where she needed to at least work with some of them. and her line became, do you recognize that joe biden is the rightfully elected president, or are you still arguing that the election was rigged? she said that vote became something she couldn't use as a barometer because of the sheer number of republicans. and dan kildee, another democrat who was trapped up in the gallery said he worked with a therapist the entire year to try to come to a place where he could work with republicans. he said at first he couldn't even look at those 139 republicans. and, you know, senate democrats feel the same way. not all of them. but i talked to sheldon whitehouse from rhode island. he said this is a haarer and colder place because some republicans are still rewriting history. if you are trying to overcome
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trauma and some people don't see your trauma as legitimate is pretty painful and hard every single day. >> yeah. there is a moral injury to having reality denied. and i think the democrats are certainly feeling that. i was talking to one democrat who has friends on the other side of the aisle, go figure, it does happen. and there's even a moral injury i think to a republican saying to some democrats, but i have to do this. knowing publicly and privately they are saying different things as well is also difficult for a number of people. >> reporter: sarah jacobs said she had conversations with some of those in freshman orientation and they were afraid to vote because of fear of what trump supporters could do to their families. former press secretary stephanie grisham will join us following her meeting with the january 6th committee. she was talking with them last night. we will discuss with her what she told them. next, a huge backlash over
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so, if the australian government gets its way, novak djokovic won't be defending his australian open. he flew to australia before being ordered to leave after his visa was canceled. there were questions about the legitimacy of his medical exemption to covid vaccination. the prime minister stated, quote, rules are rules, and there are no special cases.
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djokovic was favored to win because he frankly always wins. it would give him 21 major titles, which would break the tie with rafael nadal and roger fed federer. thank you so much for being with us. look, there's the tennis side of this and then there's the australia side of this. and it seems from where we are sitting here, albeit very far away, from the nation of australia was outraged that djokovic would be allowed in when everyone else has been abiding by the rules. what do you see? >> john, good morning and to everyone over there. it has been interesting. there are two sides to it. you have to remember from an australian point of view, especially victoria, that was in a heavy lockdown not long ago, they went through pretty grueling times. so it's quite temperamental,
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touchy point. and emotions are attached to obviously the covid situation that not only here in australia but globally. the things that took place over there for them, australians to see someone not be vaccinated, as we now know doesn't sit too well with the australian public. >> it looks like a little bit of a mess. how is it in your mind that the aust australian open said you can play without checking with the government? >> well, i think, first of all, they have done a good job last year and hosting internationally and moving so many internationals into the country. with that gone only by the criteria of the government, the
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state government. so that's where the that remains. then you have the visas all about border control. regardless of a medical exemption which allows you to complete at the forum. so there are two different things here. he was held up. he's taken it to the courts. and we will know now only on monday of that decision. right now there are a lot of serbians outside the hotel dancing and singing. novak has waved to them and acknowledged their presence. look, it is not a great scene, to be perfectly honest. it's disappointing.
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just days after taking office, the new hapbt d.a., alvin bragg, says he won't go
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after lesser offenses. he said he believes it will make the city safer and the criminal justice system more fair. however, he has been met by major backlash as naysayers from manhattan shop keepers argue the new policy will invite more crime. let's talk about this with laura jarrett. laura, just walk us through specifically the crimes that we're talking about that he is not going to be going after. >> reporter: guys, so it's interesting. alvin bragg, you might dismiss him as another progressive prosecutor trying to make big changes in a city. he has come in, this is the progressive platform he wanted. he's backing up his ideas with data and essentially trying to strike this balance between fairness in the criminal justice system and this need about public safety. he is telling prosecutors in his office, do not get bagged down
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with low-level petty crimes. because if you do, we cannot focus on the real serious violent crime that everyone really cares about. let's take a look at what exactly he is telling his staff. you do not prosecute any more. marijuana misdemeanors, failing to pay fines for traffic violations, trespassing, resisting arrest and that is one getting pushback, and prostitution. the police union, as you mentioned, a lot of pushback essentially saying, why should we arrest people if they are going to be back on the street. bragg is backing it up with data saying the vast majority of people out on bail do not go on to reoffend, do not committee violent crimes while out on bail. if they are in jail for three days, it has life-altering
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repercussions. you might wonder how the mayor is reacting, with him tamping down. but he seems to be backing bragg. he will meet with him in the coming days. he, too, said we should not be sending people to rikers island for petty crimes >> how does it actually work, though? you can still get arrested. then what happens to you? >> well, the prosecutor in the case will defer prosecution or find other means like community service. again, you point out, will they even be arrested. some of these cases, how this all plays out on the ground remains to be seen. >> yeah. i think practically speaking we will have to see what happens here. laura, part of the point that d.a. bragg is making is that rikers island shouldn't be a mental health facility, right? we saw a lot of deaths there in 2021. >> it is a scourge on the
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president biden capping his first year in the oval office with a record number of federal judges confirmed. he and the democrat-led senate are working quickly to appoint justices from a broad range of backgrounds as they counter republican efforts to reshape
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the bench over the previous four years. cnn's tom fm is joining us live on this. tom, give us a sense of what we're looking at here. >> reporter: what we're looking at is republicans really wanted a lot of conservative judges. they got them. now the democrats really want to counteract that. with hot-button issues roaring into federal courts, the white house is setting a blistering pace. president biden nominating more federal judges than the record number put up by president trump in his, with twice as many confirmed in the senate. like trump, he is trying to shape american justice for decades. >> in many ways, joe biden stole from trump's playbook. trump went in even before he was president and said he wanted to change the face of the courts. and after four years, he did it. >> we need it from top to bottom. >> reporter: to turn back the trump tide, biden's picks have been far more diverse and less likely to come from the ranks of
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prosecutors. trump picked mainly white men. biden's list of new judges is filled with women and people of color. . >> and more former than any administration in american history. >> i would respect the authority of every supreme court justice and all press departments without reservation. >> see, i don't believe you. i think you allowed your political beliefs to cloud your judgment. >> reporter: republicans have not made it easy. while they cheered trump loading the courts for their side and howled but democratic efforts to stop it, now they are doing the same to biden's picks. >> did you intend for violent criminals to be released early? >> the democrats have stayed united. without that, they would have failed. because every one of the court of appeals nominees got 40 ney votes. >> reporter: still, biden is racing the clock. polls say republicans could be handed a majority in the senate where outrage over what'


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