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the 73-year-old ivana trump ruled last week in an accidental death. to our viewers, thank you very much. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, the attorney general in his strongest comments yet about whether he'll charge donald trump, as we are getting new details about tomorrow's primetime january 6th committee hearing. and a story you will see only "outfront." tonight, an exclusive look at russia's filtration process. ukrainians rounded up and filtered before being bussed to camps. while those suspected of posing a threat don't make it through. and 6 billion tons of water from melting ice.
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that's what northern greenland is facing every day during this unprecedented global heatwave. the images are incredible, and we'll take you there live. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. we begin "outfront" tonight with garland's clearest signal yet, the attorney general going further than he's ever gone when ask if he will try donald trump for trying to overturn the election. >> no person is above the law in this country. nothing stops us -- >> even a former president? >> let me say that again, no person is above the law in this country. i can't say it any more clearly than that. >> you can't say it any more clearly than that. it is a crucial statement, because garland is in charge of the big decision. it is his justice department that will ultimately decide whether to prosecute trump. and the case against the former president, so far laid out by the january 6th select committee, which is gearing up
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for tomorrow, highly anticipated primetime hearing, has focused. and now we're going to hear it's the crucial moments, the 187 minutes that it took trump to act as a violent mob attacked the u.s. capitol. the committee is expected to show what trump was and was not doing, relying on testimony from those inside the white house with the president, along with evidence, which they say will show trump was fully briefed, he was well aware of the violence erupting in realtime. here is how jamie raskin describes tomorrow night's hearing. >> our hearing next week will be a profound moment of reckoning for america. >> a profound moment of reckoning. the witnesses scheduled to appear at that final hearing for now are former trump deputy national security adviser
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matthew pottinger and sarah matthews. both resigned after january 6th. matthews, so far we know, behind closed doors testified the white house knew the capitol was under attack, and knew that trump needed to say something. >> you know, we had all talked about at that point about how it was bad and the, you know, the situation was getting out of hand. and i know ben williamson and i were conferring and we thought that the president needed to tweet something and tweet something immediately. i remember getting a notification on my phone, and i was sitting in a room with roma and ben. we all got a notification, so we knew it was a tweet from the president. we looked down and it was a tweet about mike pence. >> so we're going to hear
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crucial details from her tomorrow. as for pottinger, abc's jonathan carl reported that he raced to the oval office when he learned that the national guard was not at the capitol as it was under attack. here's what karl writes in his book. "he could see trump wasn't there. he was still in his private dining room watching television, while the capitol was been ransacked. as pottinger stood there, other officials came in and out, including pat cipollone and his deputy and senior adviser to mike pence. they all looked anguished. but nobody could tell him what was going on and why president trump wasn't doing anything to stop the rioting. the word "anguish" stands out so much now. manu, first, what more do you know about what the committee is going to put forth tomorrow? >> reporter: it's going to be a minute by minute recount of what happened from that time on the
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afternoon of january 6th from 1:10 p.m. when trump spoke at the ellipse from when he went back to the capitol, the capitol came under attack, to 4:17 p.m. when trump tweeted out a video, telling his supporters to leave the capitol. what happened in that time period? the amount of pressure that he was under to say something, including we'll see videotaped testimony from pat cipollone, the white house counsel, that he wanted to confront the president and urged the president to say something directly to his supporters. what did cipollone say to the committee? we will potentially learn that tomorrow and we'll get a sense from the committee members themselves, bennie thompson will chair this committee remotely. he has covid, and that's how he will attend tomorrow's hearing, doing it virtually. but like every other hearing, erin, they've been promising new
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details about these -- about some of the things they revealed so far, and suggesting here that they will tell us something we have not known about why donald trump did not act, the pressure he was under to say something, and ultimately how he got to the point of telling his supporters to leave 187 minutes later. >> this minute by minute we're heal. the context is that threats to u.s. elections are very much in the present. today, a bipartisan group of senators reached a deal that would make it harder to overturn elections in the future. obviously, bipartisan. something that's significant. it is the most significant response by congress so far to what trump did. what do you know about it? >> reporter: it is a significant piece of legislation. it had a serious chance of becoming law, and a clearer response to the efforts by donald trump to try to overturn the election. it would make it impossible for a vice president who is presiding over an election to simply overturn the election
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results, which donald trump pressured mike pence to disregard state certified electoral results and it would make it harder for members of congress themselves to object to states and force votes on state certified election results that would force them to throw out those election results. and erin, there is a response here to the fake electors issue that we have learned trump allies tried to push. a number of state also make it impossible to do just that, but it still has to go through the legislative process and get the votes to become law sometime this year. erin? >> manu, thank you very much. i want to go now to our senior legal am list and former u.s. assistant attorney for district, and with emily troy, former counterterrorism adviser to mike
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pence. how important is their testimony tomorrow? >> it's critical. i think that they are going to share some firsthand accounts of what they witnessed in the west wing as this was going on, on january 6th. look, these are two very credible, firsthand witnesses. these are very loyal, i would say very loyal to the trump administration, and also very loyal to public service. you are talking about sarah matthews i know took great pride in her role. and matthew pottinger i worked with closely, because we were working national security issues together. he's a former marine, he served in a very long tenure in the national security council during the trump administration on china issues. so i can only imagine the thoughts and the feelings that they probably must have been experiencing on that day, and witnessed the conversations that they had.
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one thingly be interested to see is, whether matt pottinger sheds any light on what was happening in terms of calls for the national guard, the inaction that happened there for a long period of time. what was weighing on him as the deputy national security adviser in that role in the white house to donald trump? >> elly, the committee has said the theme is going to be the dereliction of duty, when the president did nothing. trump did nothing, that is the reality. he did nothing while the capitol was being attacked. i'm say thing separate of anything else they have shown about what he knew was going to happen. it's just a fact while it was happening he did nothing. is it a crime to do nothing is >> on its own, doing nothing is not a crime. it may well be unpatriotic, dangerous, impeachable. but without more, it's not a crime. here's why it's important. it could provide crucial evidence of criminal intent.
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so here's what i mean. if the prosecution's theory is donald trump's ultimate goal here was to obstruct congress, was to defraud the united states of a fair election, two of the federal crimes that could be at issue, this could be the proof that is what he wanted. if the proof is, he saw what was happening at the capitol, a prosecutor is going to argue that's the best evidence you can have of his intent to steal the election and to block congress. >> it becomes a crucial linchpin in that argument. these witnesses that you know well, their lives could change tomorrow. you have been concerned about the security of the witnesses that have appeared before the committee. you helped prepare them and others for what comes next, for their lives, for their security. tell me about that. >> this is something i have experienced in my own life for myself and my family.
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alyssa farrah griffin who came forward have also experienced this. and so have cassidy hutchinson and others who testified. my intent is really to provide that support and safety net. it is, you know, all these people are doing is telling the truth. that is what they're doing. they are just stating facts, based on the evidence that they saw, and they're relaying them to the american people during these days. there will be threats to their lives, their families will possibly be harassed. and it's just saying if you need the resources or you need allies, we are here and you have a support network and a system behind you. >> elie, as this hearing happens, the doj is watching. you have been critical of the doj investigation, particularly the lack of speed with which it has proceeded to summarize. today, attorney general merrick garland warned a lot of the
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conversations about the justice department's actions is speculation, saying he's not going to talk about it, but said no one is above the law and he said it clearly, knowing the implications of that. what is your response to what you heard today? >> it's good to hear him say no one is above the law. that does not mean he's going to do anything. it means he doesn't regard anyone as out of bounds, which is correct and proper. is there an element of speculation? sure. but given the fact that we have here on the ground the lack of any subpoena, the lack of search warrants, it's reasonable to conclude, here we are 18 months out, they are in no position to indict donald trump soon. if they do, it will not be until 2023. if they are looking at a trial, that will be 2024. the political implications and danger of that are obvious. if you want a contrast, look down to georgia. look at the fulton county d.a., we have been seeing news every day, things like subpoenas, target letters, things we generally tend to learn about.
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we have been learning about those day by day from georgia. they are moving at a fast pace. doj, we're not seeing the same indicators. >> no. and we'll talk about georgia in a moment. olivia, i wanted to ask you about something the former president did. trump call ed -- trump is not stopping. today on the day of his ex-wife's funeral, he said, look, let's just get through this awful, painful experience and after this, just remember, just remember what i'm telling you, 78 is not old. olivia, that's the age he would be running for re-election. it's an extremely clear signal of where he's going. >> it absolutely is. he is doubling down and sending a signal that he plans to run. that phone call to that wisconsin legislator, we're almost two years post the 2020
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election. and he's still obsessively trying to overturn this election. that republicans actually as a whole are really trying to move past from that moment. because they know it's damaging -- the party is damaging for upcoming elections. that's also him showing that he's worried, and these hearings, they are eroding. the confidence that people have in him, and i think he knows they've been damaging. so this is his way of doubling down on this narrative that continues to embolden this dangerous movement of people across the country who continue to behave and engage in political violence, and local communities, as a result of the lies they've been told by the former president. >> olivia, elie, thank you both. next, steve bannon's old social media posts are now coming back, as the prosecution in his criminal case rests. an "outfront" exclusive tonight. you are going to go and see inside russia's filtration
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tonight, federal prosecutors in the steve bannon trial resting their case after just two days of witness testimony. he's charged with two counting of contempt for refusing to comply to the january 6th committee. i want to go to our reporter who has been inside the courtroom. prosecutors are showing the reality, bannon was warned again and again about the deadlines to comply with the committee's subpoena. so what is his defense? >> reporter: well, they're trying to grasp at anything that they could with these witnesses today. there were times in court today where his defense team tried to ask about executive privilege.
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other excuses bannon could have made, they even tried to inject politics into the proceedings today. they asked a house select committee attorney and staffer about her history working for democrats in the house. they also even asked about her belonging to the same book club as one of the prosecutors on that case -- on this particular case. both of those women have not participated in this book club for a year. but at the end of the day, the prosecutors had an extensive paper trail of the house warning bannon's team that the deadlines he had missed, that they were offering him extensions, that he wasn't even asking for extensions. so that is how that really played out today. and at the end of the day, at the very end, we heard an fbi agent talk about some of steve bannon's own social media posts saying he wasn't going to comply with the committee. that is what we saw throughout the entirety of the government's
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case and where we landed when they rested. >> you've been there in every minute, but this trial moved incredibly quickly. two days of witness testimony, federal prosecutors rest. how soon do you think this could wrap up? >> reporter: well, i can't really predict that, because court can be really unpredictable. but the prosecution did rest today. there wasn't a lot of addition alleyway that they gave that kept their case very tight as they said they would. but tomorrow at 10:30, we are going to be back again, and there are three questions right now. does the defense put on a case? how many witnesses do they call? and finally, does steve bannon himself take the stand to testify in his own defense? he was asked this leaving court today. he wouldn't say whether or not he would. but if the defense case is short, which it could be, sometimes defense teams don't put on any case. it is possible that this case could go to a jury before the house committee meets tomorrow
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night in their public hearing at 8:00 p.m. >> wow, talk about speed. thank you very much. of course, she's in that courtroom every day. i want to go to ty cobb now, former trump white house lawyer. i want to start with her reporting on steve bannon's criminal trial. the prosecution rested its case. obviously, you know bannon from your time in the president trump white house. what do you make of this trial so far? >> i think it's -- this is a very simple case. as they told the court and the world in their pretrial pleadings, there really is, you know, only one -- or two issues, did he get the subpoena, and did he show up? and he didn't. i will say the interesting thing to me for tomorrow is does bannon testify? in my experience, the only two people i know who would testify
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in this trial under these circumstances if it was against them are donald trump and steve bannon. and if bannon testifies, i am assured that it will be a spectacle. >> i guess -- >> i don't believe he will testify. >> you don't believe what? i'm wondering, because he said i'll testify at the committee, as long as it's public. would he use this to grandstand to have that public platform? >> i don't think he meant that. that was part of his gambit of trying to associate himself with a nonexistent executive privilege claim with the president. but with steve bannon, anything can happen. he would be really stupid to take the stand. >> so speaking of testifying, rudy giuliani has been ordered to testify in fulton county, georgia, that's investigating
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trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election in georgia. you said trump has to be concerned about the evidence that the fulton county d.a. has, include thing line from the crucial call between trump and georgia's secretary of state . >> so why are you on this right now? do you think trump could be indicted in the georgia criminal investigation? >> i definitely do. i believe, you know, that remarkable statement, the then secretary of state, now running for his second term, i think that was -- that was a stunning comment for a president to make to somebody in the election
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process. do they have enough beyond that? they're going to show some association with the former president, and the efforts to get the phony electors involved. but that may well exist. as i understand it, those electors who were all given target letters today, as i understand it, you know, some were cooperating with the -- with the investigation before they received the target letters, the target letters themselves may be an implicit threat to try to work out cooperation agreements. if so, i expect it's highly possible they want -- on the other hand, it could send that investigation down a rabbit
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hole, because just as in the united states congress, in the georgia legislature, there is a speech and debate protection clause. >> and that just means it can go on and on. >> yeah. i think that they could -- if they stuck together, they could all litigate that up in through the georgia supreme court and perhaps higher. as to whether or not it's permissible to prosecute him or for them to be targeted, given the protection that they have. so i think -- and coupled with her indication that she may want to seek evidence from the former president, which also raises the spector of substantial delays, i think she may be imposing a couple of speed bumps on herself that she -- that she really doesn't need. but, you know, heretofore, give
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b the number of witnesses they have spoken to, in excess of 50, i don't think she has any problem shifting back into the fast plane if she chooses to do so. >> pretty amazing. thank you very much. next, we're going to take you to russia where you'll see for thrussia's filtration process for the ukrainians. and live in greenland where, in just three days, just three days, enough ice melted to fill 7.2 million olympic sized swimming pools.
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>> reporter: he was maimed, as russian forces entered his ukrainian home. his foot, shot to pieces, and his wife killed, he says, before his eyes. but now across the border in russia, alexy insists ukraine, not moscow, is to blame for his suffering. was it the russian army that did this? "the russians were just entering the city. it was ukrainian troops who shot at us as we collected drinking water," he says. no criticism of russia's military here, not from alexy nor from the other ukrainian refugees we were given exclusive access to on russian soil. [ speaking foreign language ] there's a lot of people here from mariupol. we're just across the border from that city here on russian territory. we've been brought here to this
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big old gymnasium with the basketball courts, which is filled with a couple hundred beds to cater for the hundreds of refugees that are still months after this conflict began pouring across the border into russian territory. they're given food, medical attention, and despite the fact that it's very hot outside, you know, because it's the middle of the summer, they're getting some rest from the ordeal they have gone through. it's also the first opportunity that we have to speak to these people about the sometimes horrific experiences that they have had back across the border in the war zone. but don't expect them to describe that ordeal. human rights groups say ukrainians in russian occupied areas are rounded up and filtered before being bussed to camps like these. although suspected of posing a threat, don't even make it through.
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saying the right thing here is a matter of survival, especially for those who have already lost loved ones. like this refugee, who asked not to be named. you're not angry at the russians for that? >> translator: these are provocative questions. but now i'm here, so please don't press me. i didn't say they killed my relatives. as far as i'm concerned, they're just another casualty of this conflict. >> reporter: but in russia, the freedom to speak out is a casualty, too. when we traveled away, outside of the country to neighboring estonia, the baltic port here, boarding this giant passenger ferry turned shelter for refugees from ukraine. we're in these corridors in the
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b bowels of the ship that house more than 1700 ukrainian refugees, many of whom who have escaped directly from russia and the filtration camps. at least people can speak freely and without fear about their experience. he told me how he bluffed his way through russia's filtration system by pretending he wanted to make russia his permanent home. they asked, for instance, if i knew vladamir putin's birthday, because they said he is your president now. i told them i didn't, but i promised to learn it, and they let me through, he says. others like these two had a much tougher time. transported from their homes like cattle, they said, in freezing trucks to filtration centers. she says she had to leave her elderly father behind, after he was shot and injured by a russian soldier.
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it filled her with hatred, she tells me, which she had to hide to pass through russia. now she's left with a desperate sadness. "we really want to go home," she sobs. "i can't tell you how much." even though through the tears, she admits that home may already be lost. >> matthew, it's hard to watch that and just to even try to imagine. we know what she went through, what some of those other people went through with the horrible suffering. that ukrainian man in the beginning of your report, so desperately injured. he saw his own wife killed. and now saying ukraine is to blame and doesn't have a negative word to say about russia, is this common among the ukrainians? we have tens of thousands of
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them who were sent to russia. is this common among them to have this sentiment? >> reporter: well, not among the ones who are outside of russia. but as you saw, the ones that we spoke to on russian soil were incredibly reluctant to say anything negative at all about what happened to their hometown. remember, many came from mariupol in which tens of thousands of people have been killed, reportedly, as a result of the fighting that's been taking place there. but these are survivors. these are people who have gone through the filtration system and popped out in russia, and so they know what to say to survive. as i said, saying the right thing is literally a matter of survival in circumstances like that. because they know what the filtration camps of what the russians can do. people are abused there. they're tortured, beaten. people are potentially going to human rights groups killed, as well, if they say the wrong
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thing. and these people are all very, very mindful of that threat that hangs over them, erin. >> matthew chance, thank you so much. such a dark and terrifying word, "filtration." next, the federal investigation into hunter biden has reached a crucial juncture. cnn learns investigators are now weighing possible criminal charges against the president of the united states' son. plus, the doctor who performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim laying the ground work to take legal action. find your rewards so you can reconnect, disconnect, hold on tighght and let go! stay two nights and get a free night. book now at
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tonight, cnn is first to report the federal investigation into hunter biden's business activities has reached a critical juncture. investigators are now weighing possible charges. no decision has been made, and no final decision, but possible charges. prosecutors are looking at justice department guidelines about the timing of politically sensitive cases close to an election. cnn senior justice correspondent evan perez is "outfront." so evan, let's start with how close you think we could be to a decision from the department of justice here, days, months, weeks away? >> well, the justice department guidelines, erin, say that you have to generally stay out of -- away from being close to an election, to take any steps like major investigative steps like
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serving warrants and bringing charges obviously. so you talk to former prosecutors, current officials, they say generally it's about 60 days. that puts us within weeks of a crucial kind of decision making point. now, we don't know what they're going to do. we also don't know whether they might decide to wait until after the election. but we know this is a discussion that's being had by prosecutors, this is an investigation that's going back to 2018. it's run by david weiss, who was appointed by former president trump, and kept on to run this investigation specifically. so those discussions are happening between those prosecutors and officials at main justice, the headquarters of the justice department in washington. they're going to have to make a decision whether to go forward with this. >> right. of course, obviously, lots of possible implications for other charges when you're looking at the other case with the former president trump. but when it comes to hunter biden, if he does face any
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charges, what could they be? >> we know that this was a pretty broad investigation. it looked at a lot of different things of his business activities. in the end, it's largely looking at this point, erin, like they're going to -- they're looking at bringing tax charges, as well as false statements related to a gun that hunter biden bought during a time that he has now said he was struggling with drug addiction, which would have made him essentially, you know, that he could not have been able to qualify to buy that firearm. so those are what the charges that are possible at this point. again, no decision has been made. and, you know, the -- i should note that he said he did nothing wrong. he's not been charged with anything. so that's where the investigation stands at this point. >> yeah, obviously this is a crucial moment, a critical jun juncture. thank you for breaking that story for us. next, indiana's attorney
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♪ ♪ "shake your thang" by salt n pepa the indiana doctor who performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim treated her after she crossed state lines. she's laying a definition suit against the indiana attorney general who made this baseless claim. >> we have this abortion activist, acting as a doctor, with a history of failing to report. so we're gathering the information, we're gathering the evidence as we speak, and we're going the fight this to the end, including looking at her
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licensure, if she failed to report in indiana, it's a crime for -- to not report, to intentionally not report. >> these accusations about not reporting appear to be completely fabricated. documents obtained by cnn show dr. bernard did report the procedure, as required by law. the story has been a flash point in the abortion debate, with republicans initially very loudly and clearly questioning whether that 10-year-old girl even existed. congressman jim jordan tweeting, another lie, anyone surprised. another lie? there's a suspect in custody. the police saying he admitted to raping the 10-year-old. "outfront" now, athkathleen delaney, attorney for dr. bernard. when are you going to take the next legal steps against the attorney generalsome >> well, unlike the attorney general, we are not going to
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make a rush to judgment or act rashly. we are doing our homework, gathering our facts and doing the legal research necessary before we file a case in court. moreover, we have to wait 90 days from yesterday's tort notice filing before we're allowed to file the type of case that we're talking about. so we're a few months away at least. >> and you're putting the time in to do it right. but what the attorney general said, he said he's pursuing an investigation into dr. bernard, saying that she didn't report. that's not true, obviously, in the case of the 10-year-old. he claimed she has a history of failing to report. what is he talking about? >> well, that, again, is another unsubstantiated claim. dr. bernard has never been cited for a late report. she has a completely clean license with the state of indiana. if he had done his homework, he would know that. >> well, he's the attorney general of the state. one would think before he made
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an allegation like that on national television, he would have checked some basic facts. i find it pretty shocking that the facts are there. >> there has been an incredible amount of support for dr. bernard. $350,000 raised for kathleen. here is one of her colleagues speaking out earlier this evening. >> dr. bernard is amazingly strong. i will tell you that she has been a fierce advocate in reproductive health for years. this is not new for her. it's in the a new space for her. this last week is the first time i have been nervous for her safety. >> she's not alone. i know, kathleen, dr. bernard has had to hire security in recent days. she has faced threats before we've just learned. someone had threatened to kidnap her child. she had to temporarily stop providing services during that time. i mean, this is terrifying to contemplate. how is she doing?
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>> she is a very strong, caring, compassionate doctor and she's doing the best she can in difficult circumstances. she has been bolstered by the incredible support of people all across the country and around the world including a group of obgyn doctors, including a group of lawyers and legal professionals. the former dean of my law school wrote a disciplinary complaint and filed it against mr. rapita. there are so many lawyers outraged because he's not just a politician, he's a lawyer and he's subject to our code of ethics and his legal license depends on his compliance with ethics rules. so he's made this a bigger issue than it needed to be and we just want him to stop harassing dr. bernard and let her do the work she's been trained to do and do it properly like she has always done. >> thank you very much, kathleen. i appreciate your time tonight. >> thank you for having me,
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greenland. >> reporter: off the coast of northwest greenland, the water is perfectly still, but puddling on icebergs indicate a transformation is underway. that's the sound of rapid melting triggered by a few days of unusually warm temperatures. during cnn's first three days in northern greenland, the temperature topped out nearly 10 degrees higher than normal. it's days like today, warm enough to wear short sleeves, near 60 degrees in greenland. it's a high melt day when it's this unusually warm and it's also deeply concerning for scientists. >> it definitely worries me. we are at 67 latitude on top of the world and we could just yesterday fish, not today but yesterday we could wander around in our t-shirts. that was not expected. >> it's at the melting point today. >> reporter: at a research site in northeast greenland near melt
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conditions at an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet made what's usually a frozen landing strip inoperable. >> we have a problem when it's this soft as the surface is now. >> reporter: climate scientists tweeted mini heat wave, negative 1.6 degrees cellusius in the middle of the greenland ice sheet. our planned plane is postponed. they pass the time playing volleyball in shorts atop the ice sheet. global warming, temperatures near 32 degrees at this altitude were unheard of. the national snow and ice center says from july 13th through 17th a melt surge caused ice sheet runoff of 6.7 tons of water per day. that's the volume of 2.4 million olympic sized pools.
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put another way, enough water to flood the entire state of west virginia with one foot of water in three days. >> the amount of melt from the ice was -- to us was very surprising because it was very warm air. you would hear the ice just melting in front of us. >> reporter: research scientists tell cnn this extent of melt in north greenland this last week is quite unusual and will contribute to global sea level rise which impacts coastal communities half a world away. >> so, rene, the visual here is incredible. when you talk about 6 billion tons of water melted every day over those three days this week, it is really impossible to comprehend the staggering size of that. the question is is, there more to come or is that the worst? >> reporter: well, you know, this is peak melt season and the answer is, yes, there is more to come. the national snow and ice data
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center telling cnn they're expecting another major melt event later on this week and they actually expect that one to extend to much more of the ice sheet and, erin, we've seen it in europe. many parts of the u.s. there and even here in greenland, these heat waves. we expect to see a lot more of those as the global climate continues to rise. erin? >> all right. rene, thank you very much. then of course you see that giant deluge and how does it feet throughout the whole world. thank you so much. thanks for joining us. ac 360 starts now. good evening. with the house january 6th committee gearing up for primetime finale tomorrow, we begin with a headline that makes as good a case as any for the committee's existence and underscores a threat to democracy that's not gone away. at first you might think it's a typo but it's not. wisconsin assembly speaker says trump called him this month to
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