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thanks for your time on "inside politics." hope to see you back here tomorrow. you can also listen to our podcast. download "inside politics" where you get your podcasts. we'll see you back here tomorrow. anna cabrera picks up our coverage right now. hello. i'm ana cabrera in new york. thank you for being here. we're tracking a flurry of new developments stemming from the capitol attack. cnn has exclusively learned a frightening new detail. on january 6th, of last year, then vice president-elect kamala harris came within just a few yards of a pipe bomb placed outside the democratic national committee headquarters. and we've learned harris was inside that building for nearly two hours before the device was discovered and she was evacuated. you'll recall authorities found two viable bombs that day rigged to egg timers.
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both were later robotically disabled. but more than a year later, no arrests have been made. and if former president trump were to have his way, the person responsible might very well be in the running for a presidential pardon. here's the outrageous promise trump made to some of the capitol attackers over the weekend. >> if i run and if i win, we will treat those people from january 6th fairly. we will treat them fairly. and if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly. >> now during that rally trump also lied about the 2020 election. he called the people leading investigations into his actions and his businesses racist. and he urged his supporters to take to the streets. we'll break down all of these headlines. let's start in washington and whitney wild is one of our reporters who uncovered this alarming information about
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kamala harris' close brush with the dnc pipe bomb. walk us through the new details you've learned and give us a sense for why it's taken more than a year for this to become public. >> let me bring you back to january 5th, 2021. it was between 7:30 p.m. and around 8:00 p.m. that night that someone who remains at large put a pipe bomb right here. back then there were bushes here. there were benches here. all of this was caught on video here at the democratic national committee headquarters. fast forward to january 6th, around 11:30 a.m. and kamala harris' detail, her motorcade pulled right around here, pulling right into this garage which is just yards from where the pipe bomb was found. further, we know she entered at 11:30 a.m. it was discovered at 1:06 p.m. she was evacuated through an alternate route at 1:14 p.m. we're learning all this because the reality is while we know a lot, there are still so many
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outstanding details we don't know simply because it was such an enormous day in terms of the amount of protectees that needed protection from various law enforcement agencies, the thousands of rioters descending on the capitol, the degree of detail that we have about what happened at the capitol is well known but still don't know that much about what happened throughout the city. what we've learned from law enforcement officials is that the secret service which was responsible for her protection that day did sweep the driveway, the parking deck, the entrances and exits. so clearly there was some advance work done but something was missed. that same law enforcement source tells cnn that kamala harris was evacuated through an alternate route. she did not come anywhere near this type bomb but it's an example of just how much worse it could have been and further how many gaps in security there were throughout this city and the reality is the chaos of the day, the strains on law enforcement created the perfect
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environment for bad actors to exploit those security gaps. >> incredible reporting. thank you, whitney for a look at where that is and how it all unfolded. let's bring in law enforcement analyst and former secret service agent under president obama, jonathan whackrow. thanks for being with us here. we're told there was a security sweep that day. so how does a vice president-elect get that close to a bomb? was this a security lapse? >> well, no, it's not necessarily a security lapse. and i think that what we do know is we have been told the secret service who was responsible for the vice president-elect on that day, they went through their standard protocols and swept the interior of the building, the driveway, the parking deck and the arrival and entrances of the building itself. but the reality is there's always going to be this line of demarcation between secure and unsecure zones. and while it's -- this device was uncomfortably close to the motorcade of the vice president,
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what we don't know is what type of mitigation for this type of threat was put in place by the secret service. i think you have to think about the way that they conduct their protective, both advances and operations. it's really with a multi-layered approach where there's no single point of failure. so what we don't know is what type of armored vehicle was she in. any type of electronic countermeasures put into place? and then the general tactics that secret service agents deploy when arriving to sites to literally mitigate this type of risk exposure because it is -- in the trade it's alcalled the d of the deadly diamonds. the secret service is aware of how to protect that arrival point. >> we're looking at video as you were discussing there, jonathan, of actions on january 5th. it's believed that this pipe bomb was put there the night before. so it would have been in place
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prior to the then vice president-elect kamala harris' arrival at the dnc headquarters and this person in the video has not been identified or caught by law enforcement. but going back to the moments that they discovered this device and then there's this evacuation that takes place, we learned after it was discovered, about seven minutes for them to get the then vice president-elect out of there. and it happened as people were beginning to descend on the capitol. what kinds of decisions are being made in those seven minutes. >> that is seven critical minutes where, you know, information flows are rapid. decisions have to be made tactically on what to do next. you don't know if this is part of a multifaceted attack on that location, if it's a diversionary tactic. what has to happen is the secret service, they have a known threat. what they'll do is move the protectee away from that threat. they'll create distance in shielding from that explosive
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device. then they'll go through their protocols. they're going to evacuate the protectee in a very safe and methodical fashion through a different location and then bring them to a safe environment. this is something that secret service agents and officers, along with the metropolitan police, our law enforcement partners, they train for constantly is this type of, what they call emergency action. how to immediately identify that threat and then react to it. now seven minutes may seem like a long time for a lot of people but this is the process. you don't want to do anything hasty in these moments because what the worst thing you can do is move the vice president-elect from one hostile environment into something else. you have to make sure that you're going into a safe environment at all times under the protective methodology. >> thank goodness nothing happened. that device was eventually disabled but we're told it was viable. jonathan wackrow appreciate your time and expertise. let's circle back to the former president's dangerous
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rhetoric over the weekend. in addition to dangling pardons for those convicted of crimes tied to the capitol attack, trump also tried to stir up some vitriol against the people investigating him or his businesses. >> if these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, i hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protest we have ever had in washington, d.c., in new york, in atlanta and elsewhere because our country and our elections are corrupt. they're corrupt. >> that call to action already has one district attorney asking the fbi for more security. cnn justice correspondent jessica schneider is joining us. the district attorney investigating trump's election interference scheme in georgia is now taking new precautions following those comments. what are you learning? >> this is da fannie willis. she's asking for the fbi's help.
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this is a request she sent out to the fbi almost immediately after trump's rally saturday night where you heard him. he took aim at several of the officials, not only in georgia but also in new york. all three of whom are black. they're all investigating him or his allies or his business. so da fannie willis in georgia, in particular, she's very concerned about trump's rhetoric so she's asking the fbi to step in. she's even telling the fbi that she had already heard from people unhappy with her investigation into trump and his allies for possible election interference. and now that he's ramped up this rhetoric against her and others, she's asking the fbi in particular for two things. here's what she said in the letter that she sent out to the special agent in charge of the fbi's atlanta field office. she said i'm asking that you immediately conduct a risk assessment of the fulton county courthouse and government center and that you provide protective resources to include intelligence and federal agents. it is imperative that these resources are in place whether in advance of the convening of
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the special purpose grand jury. as we learned last week, that special grand jury will sit beginning may 2nd. they'll be able to subpoena people for testimony in the da's probe and compel discovery. obviously the da here very concerned about possible threats to anyone involved in that investigation, especially since presumably, they'll be sitting at that courthouse beginning in may, potentially that courthouse and the other federal buildings around there, the state buildings around there could be targeted. at least that's the view of the da and she wants the fbi to get involved. >> especially with that rhetoric and call to action. thanks so much. let's discuss with cnn's senior legal analyst former federal prosecutor laura coates smeep has a brand-new book called "just pursuit, a black prosecutor's fight for fairness." also joining us is former republican congressman and cnn political commentator charlie dent. laura, trump calling for massive protests, quote, the biggest we've ever had. specifically in the places where
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he's under investigation. how do you interpret that? does it sound like he's calling for another january 6th moment? >> he's calling for an even bigger one because he called that a protest which we know led to, including seditious conspiracy charges has been called insurrection. so if you're talking about a bigger protest than what he initially called to action in january, then the world should brace themselves for what he's saying. remember, this is the former executive, head of executive branch of government, which enforces the law. it is unconscionable that somebody would try to rile up supporters and try to get people to believe that the prosecution and investigation into matters that put our democracy in peril, that our investigations not even convictions yet or official charges, that we should be protesting that? that's not how our system is supposed to work. and he knows that. but, of course, he's trying to plant the seeds, trying to capitalize on what he saw back on january 6th.
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and it leads him into hot water in fulton county and, of course, there's a select committee looking into this very issue as well. and the doj. >> and quickly, your reaction to this claim that all these prosecutors are racists? >> it's absurd. what about them is racist? the fact that they are investigating people who are committing potential crimes against democracy? i think they are protecting red, white and blue. doesn't seem to have a color in mind other than preserving what we have in black and white on our constitution through our amendments and our codified laws in this country. that is it, mr. former president. >> congressman, at that same weekend rally, trump also suggested that he would pardon some of these january 6th rioters if he's re-elected. we did hear some pushback from a couple of republican senators over those remarks. let's watch. >> i think it's inappropriate. i don't want to reinforce that defiling the capitol was okay. i don't want to do anything that
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would make this more likely in the future. i want to deter people who did what they did on january the 6th. and those who did it, i hope they go to jail and get the book thrown at them because they deserve it. >> i do not think the president should have made -- trump should have made that pledge to do pardons. we should let the judicial process proceed. >> some push back but for the past week, congressman, republican lawmakers have talked about upholding the constitution because of the looming supreme court vacancy and yet most of those same republicans are supporting a person who says he'll reward the people who tried to violently subvert the constitution. even susan collins in that interview wouldn't fully rule out supporting trump in 2024. when is enough enough for your party? >> well, i think these comments by the former president are so out of bounds, so beyond the
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pale that he would suggest that he would party people who assaulted police officers, desecrated the capitol, tried to obstruct the congress from performing its official duties. tried to basically undermine the constitutional order. this is completely out of hand. and i think that these comments -- look, donald trump is doing enormous damage to the republican party. not to mention the country with these kinds of comments. they are so reckless and dangerous. he is simply trying to incite -- you talked about he's threatening prosecutors and grand jurors who are simply doing their jobs because of words that donald trump issued in georgia, you know, suggesting he need 11,870 votes or something to that effect. if i had done that or any other elected official said that to a county election official and had been revealed publicly, of course we'd be investigated and probably charged. when donald trump does it, he says he's some kind of a victim. so the party is well past the time where they have to step
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away from this guy and they realize he's just going to be a disaster in 2022 and 2024. >> and laura, not only did trump say he wants to pardon those january 6th attackers but also issued a statement wrongly claiming that his vice president pence could have overturned the election and, quote, unfortunately he didn't exercise that power, end quote. now couldn't all of this be evidence to prove trump's intent that day that he wanted the election to be overturned by pence and the fact that he wants to pardon these january 6th attackers, that he supports, he condones those actions? >>, it could. it also undermines any statements he may have made in those videotaped statements he released, anything that might be in the national archives, documents that were handed over. i can imagine members of the committee almost salivating to have these missing pieces. especially since they have not yet called for him to testify. so this might corroborate
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additional information. i suspect it would corroborate or amplify statements made from even vice president mike pence's inner circle. he's also wrong about the ability, lawfully, for a vice president to overturn the electoral college certification processor the election. fortunately, vice president mike pence did not do that. and his calls to protest, we don't protest due process. we don't weaponize the pardon power, and we certainly, if you actually are following any good lawyer's advice, you would be quiet because what you say will be used against you in a select committee i'm certain and a court of law if it should come to that particular state of events. it tells me he's not following anyone else's guidance but perhaps his own which could undo him in the end. >> speaking of intent to subvert the will of voters, the january 6th committee just subpoenaed 14 more people connected to that fake elector's plot in seven states, including your home state. in pennsylvania, i understand you had a bit of a run-in with
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one of these members subpoenaed. what was your experience, and are you surprised about their involvement in something like this? >> i'm not particularly surprised, but what happened in pennsylvania, we should note, is the republican leaders of the pennsylvania general assembly said that they did not, should not and did not have any authority whatsoever to offer alternative slate of electors. under pennsylvania law and opini pennsylvania constitution. these people took it upon themselves to issue this false slate of electors. they also had hedging language in there that might protect them legally, but one of them, bill, he's the chairman and he threw me out of his gun club because he was unhappy because i was not sufficiently sycophantic to donald trump. told me how upset he was with me in a letter sent to my campaign. that we couldn't have events there anymore. i'm not surprised.
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he was a supporter at one time and when trump became a president he came much more extreme and it's manifested itself by him becoming the chair of this false slate of electors. >> thank you for chairing, charlie dent, laura coates. pick up laura's book "just pursuit." now a "new york times" best seller. congratulations, laura. i don't know when you sleep. all your hard work. >> thank you. you're so sweet. i sleep when you do. what's sleep, mom, what do you mean? thank you. >> you are one busy and amazing woman. and your book is fantastic. thanks all. >> you're so sweet. thank you both of you. okay. let's talk about russia now. president biden delivering a new warning to russia as american and russian officials face off today in a high-stakes meeting over ukraine. but still no sign that moscow is backing down. plus, i'm sorry, i'll change. but i'm not going anywhere.
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that from british prime minister boris johnson today as the long-awaited report shines new light on his team's booze-fueled lockdown parties. what happens now? and spotify and joe rogan are both feeling the heat and vowing changes amid a growing outcry over rogan's covid misinformation. >> i think if there's anything that i've done that i could do better is have more experts with differing opinions right after i have the controversial ones. it's three great things together. wait! who else is known for nailing threes? hmm. can't think of anyone! subway keeps refreshing and re...
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u.s. as it tries to put pressure on russia to carve out a diplomatic solution to the crisis involving ukraine. but president biden also warned russia this morning in a statement saying, if russia chooses to walk away from diplomacy and attack ukraine, russia will bear the responsibility and it will face swift and severe consequences. a senior white house official tells cnn the u.s. has identified specific russian people and businesses that it will sanction if russia invades ukraine. cnn's kylie atwood is on top of all of this. she joins us from the united nations. this was going to be a contentious meeting right from the start, wasn't it? >> yeah, that's right, ana. and it was clear from the beginning, right, that the u.s. and russia are on completely different ends of the spectrum when it comes to the russian military build-up along ukraine's border. but after this meeting today, those divisions are perhaps even more divided than before.
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you had the united states coming out and saying that the -- this is an urgent, a very serious situation along the border. saying the consequences would be massive if russia were to invade ukraine and then on the flip side you had the russians essentially claiming that the united states is full of it here. that they are the ones who are drumming up all of this paranoia. they are creating hysteria saying they have no intentions to invade ukraine. but the bottom line from the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, she was saying this isn't about u.s. and russia. this is about the stability of europe. listen to what she had to say. >> you have heard from our russian colleagues that we're calling for this meeting to make you all feel uncomfortable. imagine how uncomfortable you would be if you had 100,000 troops sitting on your border in the way that these troops are sitting on the border with ukraine. so this is not about antics.
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it's not about rhetoric. it's not about u.s. and russia. what this is about is the peace and security of one of our member states. >> now she also said the united states has information that russia is planning to expand its troop presence in belarus to more than 30,000 troops by early february. that is over just the next few weeks here. so that is something to watch. only about 5,000 russian troops there and, of course, that border is extremely important because it's just two hours from the capital see of ukraine. >> kylie atwood, thank you for your reporting. coming up, british prime minister boris johnson apologizes after a scathing report about allowing lockdown parties while the rest of the country was under strict covid restrictions. a live report from london next. i chose safelite.
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please recall school board members collins, lópez and moliga before our kids fall even further behind. the british prime minister says he's sorry but he is not stepping down after the release of a long-awaited report on the
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boozy parties boris johnson and his staff held during lockdown. johnson went before parliament a short time ago to respond to this report which highlighted failures of leadership, poor judgment and excessive alcohol consumption at work. remember several of these parties were held as much of the unite d kingdom was under stric covid precautions. one party was held the night right before prince philip's funeral. a funeral the queen had to attend by herself due to lockdown measures at the time. cnn's selma abdulazeez is joining us live from london. johnson says he understands the anger over government parties when the country was under these lockdown protocols. fill us in on what else he's saying and the report's findings. >> if you read through this scathing report it reads almost the way you'd scold a schoolchild. have to remind this government that excessive alcohol shouldn't be drunk during -- at the workplace? that's quite extraordinary. a report that says there was
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serious failure to observe the high standards expected of the office. failure in judgments. failure in leadership. even one part of the report that says some staff felt uncomfortable and wanted to report it but were unable to do so. we are talking about not just one party or two parties or three parties. i am talking about 16 gatherings. a culture of drinking. a culture of partying. a culture of what appears to be brazenly breaking the rules. the prime minister's response? i'm sorry. take a listen. >> firstly, i want to say sorry. and i'm sorry for the things we simply didn't get right and also sorry for the way that this matter has been handled. i understand the anger the people feel. mr. speaker, it isn't enough to say sorry. this is a moment when we must look at ourselves in the mirror and learn. mr. speaker, i get it, and i
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will fix it. >> to many people in this country, ana, i am sorry means taking responsibility. means being held to account. means the prime minister should resign as two-thirds of adults in this country want. but it's not going to be up to the public to make a decision about johnson's future. it's going to be up to his own party who are right now parsing through that report and asking themselves a very important question. is this the man fit to lead this country? and it's going to get worse for the prime minister. there's also a police investigation into all the partying right behind me here that we expect in the coming days and weeks. >> selma abdulazeez in london, thank you. now to spotify and joe rogan. both under fire and now they are directly responding to the growing list of musical artists threatening to leave the platform over covid misinformation on rogan's podcast. spotify doesn't name rogan, but says it will add a content advisory warning to any podcasts that feature pandemic discussions. as for rogan, he's vowing this.
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>> if there's anything that i've done that i can do better is have more experts with differing opinions right after i have the controversial ones. my pledge to you is that i will do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints. >> cnn's senior media reporter oliver darcy is joining us. spotify is making some more changes. what is the ceo saying? >> yeah, ana, the ceo announced yesterday some tweets. not significant changes but some tweaks to how spotify deals with misinformation. i think he's hoping to quell some of the outrage that spotify has received over the past few days. and weeks. in some of the changes, one of them is going to be that ahead of covid discussions on podcasts, they are going to have a content advisory. basically redirecting users to a hub where authoritative
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information on vaccines and covid lies. and then they're going to publish. they did publish yesterday for the first time some of their content policies regarding things like covid misinformation. and they have vowed to work with creators so that they understand that these policies are in place. the ceo came out yesterday and he said this. he was very blunt and said we know we have a critical role to play in supporting creative expression while balancing it with the safety of our users. in that role it is important to me that we don't take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them. he's starting to sound like a lot of other tech ceos talking about straddling that line between free speech, free expression and having to enforce some policies. >> what about this, i guess, sort of apology from joe rogan.
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do you think he was put up to it? do you think he's remorseful? what does it tell you? >> i think it tells us that spotify is under immense pressure right now to do something. they have to quell this controversy and so you know, whether rogan comes out and apologizes, maybe that helps a little bit. but you saw in that video, he is saying he still really is interested in having these people with these contrarian takes, these frankly anti-vaccine takes on his program and that he'll maybe balance them out with some authoritative voices who are reflecting the public health consensus. and that creates this false equivalence. if you -- having someone on who is spouting anti-vaccine rhetoric and then someone on reflecting the public health viewpoints, those things are not equal and presenting them like that certainly suggests that they might be. >> and yet joe rogan has the number one podcast on spotify. millions of people listen to him. audiences are choosing him. why? what is it about him?
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clearly he connects. >> yeah, i think it's maybe that it's an unscripted conversation. he does have these people on who are not really given platforms in major media institutions. and that's because they are, you know, spouting only sort of anti-vaccine rhetoric things that are not in line with public health consensus. at cnn we have a health desk. we make sure the information that we provide viewers is accurate. most major outlets have some sort of system in place to do that. joe rogan is having a conversation with people that, you know, he finds interesting and that might attract eyeballs or ears, but they are not reflecting the public health consensus and i think that's really what's unnerved a lot of people over the past few weeks. >> oliver darcy, thanks very much. still to come, they are the only group still not eligible for a covid vaccine. up next, when kids under 5 may finally be able to roll up their sleeves.
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full approval for people 18 and older. but there's still no vaccine approved or even authorized for kids under 5. pfizer's vaccine is the closest, yet a critical question remains, two doses or three? former fda leader dr. scott gottlieb says that is what is holding up emergency use authorization here. trial data shows the two-dose regimen for this age group has been less protective at protecting infection. but gottlieb argues that's not the point. the goal is to prevent serious or severe illness and two doses gives a child under 5 baseline immunity. let's get some perspective from an expert now. dr. william schaffner is professor of infectious diseases at vanderbilt university medical center and also a former epidemic investigator for the cdc. dr. schaffner, good to see you. dr. gottlieb says if the fda moves forward with two doses, authorization could come as soon as early march. what do you think is more important?
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getting kids that baseline protection asap or waiting for more trial data on three doses? >> yeah, this reminds me of goldilocks and her oatmeal, right? the temperature had to be just right. we want that dose not too much, not too little, to be just right. and to be able to tell the public exactly what they are getting when they vaccinate their young children. and i think protection against hospitalization continues to be the big issue. and i think we'll need to give the fda and the companies enough time to get it just right. we don't want to rush into this. in the meantime, we have so many children, yet 5 years of age and older, children and adolescents who report is yet received their vaccine. i'm so glad we're interested in vaccinating the under 5s, but in the meantime, we still have a lot of vaccinating to do of our children and adolescents. >> absolutely. and we're also learning now
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about a new variant, a mutation of omicron known as ba.2. this variant is believed to be even more contagious than the omicron strain but no more severe and experts say it doesn't seem to drastically evade the vaccines or natural immunity. what's your level of concern with this? >> well, my level is of interest. we call it a variant of interest, not a variant of concern. and that's exactly as you said. because this variant seems actually to be effected appropriately by our vaccines. they seem to prevent hospitalization by this new variant, even though it spreads, if you can imagine it, even more readily than does omicron. so at the moment, we will keep people out of the hospital. reduce the stress on our health care system and keep coping and we'll be doing that into the future. >> we've talked about so many
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variants throughout this pandemic. officials now believe this new variant accounts for about 5% of new cases here in the u.s. based on last week's data. omicron still makes up almost all other covid infections. so i'm wondering, does this mean delta, which we know was, you know, more severe than omicron it appears, is that done? or could another delta surge re-emerge after omicron runs its course? >> well, at the moment it looks as though delta is indeed in our rear-view mirror. but, remember, this virus is still spreading around the world. and when that happens, there are opportunities for it to mutate and to create new variants. all of the variants of concern have originated elsewhere and then come here on an airplane. they didn't need a passport those variants. and so we're going to have to continue to keep global surveillance intact and keep helping to vaccinate the world's population while we transition
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from pandemic to endemic. >> and let's take a look at the data on how effective the boosters are. if you look at the weekly average of boosted person dying of covid was about 1 in a million during october and november. that's according to the cdc data. that's the latest data we have from the cdc. the risk is not zero, but look at this risk comparison in "the new york times." the chance of an average american dying in a car crash this week is significantly higher. about 2.4 per million. the risk of death from influenza and pneumonia about 3 per million. we know this and yet, less than 42% of americans are boosted while nearly 64% of americans are fully vaccinated. they have had those two shots. so why aren't more people getting that extra shot? >> oh, goodness, ana, i wish i knew. some of it must be vaccine fatigue. some of it is just covid annoyance. some of it is just not being
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convinced and perhaps a little confused because we keep talking about how many cases omicron is causing. of course, they're mild as opposed to hospitalizations which are starting to come down over most of the country. so we need everyone to get their booster dose just as quickly as possible. >> or maybe they are listening to joe rogan too much and the misinformation that's being discussed on his podcast. dr. william schaffner, it's good to have you here, as always. thanks for your time and expertise. >> thanks, ana. i want to take you to georgia now. federal prosecutors have reached plea agreements with travis and gregory mcmichael on hate crime charges in connection with the murder of ahmaud arbery. hear why the attorney for arbery's family is calling the agreement unlawful. r two million people welcomed bath fitter into their homes? it just fits. bath fitter. call now or visit to book your free consultation.
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have reached a plea agreement with two of the men convicted of killing ahmaud arbery in georgia. but an attorney for his family said they were blindsided by this deal. travis and gregory mcmichael were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole this month for murdering ahmaud arbery while he was out jogging. that was after being convicted in a state trial. the new plea deal is for a federal case where they face hate crime charges. nick valencia joins us now. you spoke to a family attorney for the ahmaud arbery family, what are they saying. >>er that calling this a behavior. they said they were caught off guard. lee merit, the attorney for the mother spoke to me by phone and
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he had to say in part, saying it was presented to the family that they, the department of justice, would not offer a plea deal without consent of the family. he went on to say that state prison in georgia are violent and there is no guarantee for the mcmichael safety and they know that. and not only was this a slap in the face of the family but he saids it unlawful against the crimes victim's rights act which gives them the right to be informed in a timely manner of any change in plea agreements. now we have reached out to the department of justice to comment on these allegations from lee merit but we have yet to hear back. and overnight when this court filing was released there was no mention of the third man who was also sentenced to life with the opportunity of parole william roddy bryan. he was the man that filmed ahmaud arbery's murder. we do know that according to this plea agreement that the mcmichaels, travis and gregory, would be afforded the opportunity to seven out their
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sentence in federal custody rather than state prison. the family saying these are much cushier confines, cushy being a relative term when you talk about prison. but there is a hearing for travis and gregory mcmichael to take up this plea agreement at about 2:00 and 2:45 and lee merit plans to argue the judge should not agree to this and he wanted it over turned. >> thank you. that does it for us. i'll see you back here tomorrow. until then follow me on twitter at ana cabrera. the news continues with alisyn and victor next. tools and a personalized plan that helps you build a future for those you love. vanguard. become an owner. >> woman: what's my safelite story? i see inspiration right through my glass. so when my windshield cracked, i chose safelite. they replaced the glass and recalibrated my safety system. that's service i can trust. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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hello, i'm victor blackwell and welcome into the actual literal cnn "newsroom." >> we're back. let's hope it is a sign of the times and that things are improving with covid. it is great to be back with you. >> good to be with you. >> and i'm alisyn camerota. the district attorney in georgia investigating former president trump is asking the fbi for extra security after donald


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