CNN Panel SHOCKED By Trump Administration is Openly Trying to Keep America a Majority White Country


>>>THERE IS ANGER IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, OVER THE CITY’S WATER CRISIS. PEOPLE ARE FURIOUS AFTER THE CITY STOPPED HANDING OUT BOTTLED WATER BECAUSE THEY HAD EXPIRED MONTHS AGO. WE ARE LIVE IN NEWARK WITH MORE. NOW WHAT?>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING, ALISYN. WELL, SOME RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK MAY HAVE BEEN DRINKING LEAD-CONTAMINATED WATER FOR MONTHS. ADVOCATES SAY FOR YEARS. TESTS SHOWED HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD AT SOME 10% OF TESTED ADDRESSES. THE CITY TRIED TO PATCH UP THE PROBLEM BY HANDING OUT WATER FILTERS TO SOME RESIDENTS. BUT TESTING IN EARLY AUGUST SHOWED UNACCEPTABLY HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD. NOW THE CITY IS HANDING OUT BOTTLED WATER OUT OF CAUTION. NEWARK IS FAR FROM THE ONLY CITY TO FACE CONCERNS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF ITS DRINKING WATER. RESIDENTS IN NEW JERSEY’S BIG E CITY HELD LONG LINES FOR BOTTLED WATER AFTER THERE WERE HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD AT TWO RESIDENCES. AUTHORITIES SUSPENDED THE HANDOUTS FOR SEVERAL HOURS TUESDAY AFTER DISCOVERING THERE WAS A USE BY DATE OF MAY 2019 LEAVING RESIDENTS FRUSTRATED.>>THEY SAY COME BACK, GIVE YOU ANOTHER DATE, ANOTHER TIME. IT’S CRAZY. THEY’RE UNORGANIZED.>>WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO THE MAYOR?>>GET IT TOGETHER. GET IT TOGETHER. FOR ALL OF US.>>Reporter: BUT THE STATE’S HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THERE IS NO SHELF LIFE FOR BOTTLED WATER AS LONG AS IT IS UNOPENED. THE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OVER THE CONTAMINATION PROBLEMS.>>NEWARK IS A LESSON TO US ALL AND AN EXTREME KBAEXAMPLES OF T CONTAMINATION PROBLEMS THERE.>>Reporter: THE PROBLEM LIES NOT AT THE SOURCE. WATER LEAVING THE TREATMENT PLANTS IS LEAD-FREE. BUT IT BECOMES CONTAMINATED WHEN IT TRAVELS THROUGH SERVICE PIPES.>>ALL THE LEAD ALWAYS COMES FROM THE PLUMBING. NONETHELESS, WE HAVE A LAW TO PROTECT PEOPLE.>>Reporter: WATER FILTERS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A SHORT-TERM FIX, BUT THE ONLY LONG-TERM SOLUTION IS REPLACING THE SERVICE LINES.>>I HAVE THE PURIFIED WATER FILTER BUT I DON’T USE IT ANYMORE BECAUSE THEY SAID SOME IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY.>>Reporter: THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF LEAD IN DRINKING WATER. WITH EVEN LOW LEVELS OF LEAD LINKED TO SERIOUS IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO DEVELOPING BRAINS. CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE. AND NEWARKS’ CHALLENGES AREN’T UNCOMMON. THE U.S. HAS WORLD CLASS DRINKING WATER STANDARDS BUT A 2018 L INVESTIGATION FOUND A THIRD OF PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS SERVING SOME 90 MILLION AMERICANS HAD AT LEAST ONE VIO VIOLATION OF THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT. IT WILL COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO FIX AMERICA’S WATER SYSTEM.>>IT’S TIME FOR OUR POLITICIANS, IT’S TIME FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNIZE THAT EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER.>>Reporter: AND THERE COULD BE A DEVELOPMENT SOON ON THE LEGAL FRONT. THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL FILED SUIT AGAINST NEWARK. IT FAILED TO COMPLY WITH LAWS PARTICULARLY THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT. A HEARING IN THAT CASE IS SET FOR TOMORROW HERE.>>THE BASIC HUMAN NECESSITY. ATHENA, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THE STORY.>>>SO WING DING DINNERS AND CORN DOGS ARE PART OF LIFE REALLY BUT ALSO PART OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. WHICH CANDIDATES ARE GETTING THE BLUE RIBBON FROM>>>WELL, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S CRACKDOWN ON IMMIGRATION APPARENTLY WAS GOOD FODDER FOR LATE NIGHT LAUGHS. HERE THEY ARE.>>TRUMP WASN’T AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY, HE WAS AT HIS GOLF RESORT IN NEW JERSEY. SO INSTEAD OF THE SPACIOUS WHITE HOUSE LAWN, HE HELD THE PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT SIX INCHES FROM THE WHIRLING BLADES AND HE HAD THIS TO YELL ABOUT HIS NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY.>>I DON’T THINK IT’S FAIR TO HAVE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, YOU KNOW, IT’S ABOUT AMERICA FIRST. I DON’T THINK IT’S FAIR TO HAVE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER PAY FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES.>>AMERICAN TAXPAYERS SHOULD ONLY COVER THE IMPORTANT STUFF LIKE MY HELICOPTER RIDES TO AND FROM THE GOLF.>>NOT PREPARED TO TAKE ANYTHING DOWN OFF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. WE HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF BEING ONE OF THE MOST WELCOMING NATIONS IN THE WORLD.>>WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM THAT POEM. ULTIMATELY WANT TO ADD ONE WORD. PSYCH.>>IT’S ACTUALLY A LITTLE TOO CLOSE TO BE FUNNY FOR ME.>>IT’S JUST REALITY.>>I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WAS HUMOR OR JUST POLITICAL COMMENTARY.>>>ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE NEW REPORTING ON GUN DISCUSSIONS OR DISCUSSIONS TO BATTLE GUN VIOLENCE UNDERWAY BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS. “NEW DAY” CONTINUES RIGHT NOW.>>THIS WAS THE NEXT BIG CHUNK OF THE INVESTIGATION THAT WE FEEL COMFORTABLE RELEASING.>>WE FEEL IT WAS ALL DELIBERATE BECAUSE OF VIDEO WE’VE SEEN FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. >>I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS, BUT NOT TO ACT IS IRRESPONSIBLE.>>IT’S NOT LOST ON ANY OF US.>>IT’S TIME FOR MITCH McCONNELL TO STAND UP AND BE A LEADER.>>>I DON’T THINK IT’S FAIR TO HAVE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS PAY FOR PEOPLE TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES.>>SHAME ON THEM FOR TRYING TO PUSH THIS RACIST AGENDA.>>I’M NOT REWRITING. I’M INTRODUCING POLICY.>>>WELCOME TO OUR VIEWERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THIS IS “NEW DAY.” WE’RE GETTING REPORTING JUST IN ABOUT DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE UNDERWAY BETWEEN SENATORS, KEY FIGURES ON CAPITOL HILL, AND THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE EFFORT TO BATTLE GUN VIOLENCE. WE CAN REPORT THAT SENATORS JOE MANCHIN, A DEMOCRAT, SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY A DEMOCRAT, AND PAT TOOMEY A REPUBLICAN HAVE BEEN IN TALKS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON SUBJECTS THAT INCLUDE EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS. NOW ONE WORD OF WARNING, DON’T GET OVEREXCITED. JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE TALKING DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THERE IS PROGRESS. WHITE HOUSE AIDES ARE EXPECTED TO VISIT NEW JERSEY SOON AND BRIEF THE PRESIDENT ON WHERE ALL THESE DISCUSSIONS ARE GOING. NOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS CLAIMED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT MITCH McCONNELL MAY BE IN FAVOR OF BACKGROUND CHECKS EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS. BUT. HE MAY BE CONFUSED. BECAUSE REPUBLICAN AIDES SAY MITCH McCONNELL SAY HE HAS NOT ENDORSED ANY GUN LEGISLATION.>>MAYBE THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT. THIS COMES AS POLICE IN DAYTON, OHIO, RELEASE CHILLING NEW SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AND A DETAILED TIMELINE OF THE GUNMAN CARRYING OUT HIS MASSACRE. HE SHOT 26 PEOPLE IN 32 SECONDS. LET’S GET RIGHT TO CNN’S RYAN YOUNG. HE IS LIVE IN DAYTON WITH THE LATEST. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?>>Reporter: TOUGH TO WATCH. YOU CAN SEE HOW POLICE WERE ABLE TO STRETCH ALL THIS TOGETHER WITH THE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO. YOU LOOK ACROSS THE STREET, YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT ON THIS COMMUNITY. NINE PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. A HAUNTING TIMELINE OF HOW QUICKLY A KILLER SHOT 26 PEOPLE IN JUST 32 SECONDS. NINE OF THEM DIED.>>THIS WAS THE NEXT BIG, I THINK, CHUNK OF THE INVESTIGATION THAT WE FELT COMFORTABLE RELEASING. BECAUSE WE HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE THAT’S ACCURATE IN TERMS OF TIME FRAME AND LOCATION AND ACTIVITY.>>AUTHORITIES SAY THE KILLER’S NIGHT BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER 9:00 P.M. GOING TO BLIND BOB’S BAR WITH HIS SISTER AND A FRIEND. NEXT YOU CAN SEE HIM HERE AT 12:14 A.M. LEAVING THE TWO BEFORE HEADING TO ANOTHER BAR NED PEPPERS. ABOUT 30 MINUTES LATER, THE SHOOTER LEAVES THE VENUE, EVEN WALKING BY A POLICE VEHICLE.>>HE’S AWARE OF WHERE THEY WERE. YOU’D THINK HE HAD TO HAVE SEEN THEM.>>Reporter: AT 12:46 A.M., THE KILLER GOES TO HIS CAR. HE CHANGED HIS CLOTHES AND GRABS HIS ASSAULT RIFLE. NEXT WAITING BEHIND A STRETCH OF BARS FOR NINE MINUTES.>>I DON’T THINK HE COULD HAVE PUT THAT WEAPON IN ITS FULLY BUILT OUT STATE IN THAT BACKPACK AND NOT HAVE IT STICKING OUT. I THINK THAT’S PART OF THE EXPLANATION FOR THE NINE MINUTES. RIGHT?>>RIGHT. AND THAT’S NOTICING THE FACT THE BACKPACK APPEARED TO BE WEIGHED DOWN. IT’S SAFE TO SAY IT WAS PROBABLY IN THE BACKPACK.>>Reporter: SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS THEN CATCH SHE SHOOTER WALKING DOWN AN ALLEY. AFTER 1:00 A.M., THE KILLING BEGINS. HE OPENS FIRE WITH A WEAPON OF WAR. POLICE RESPONDING TO THE SCENE SHOOTING AND KILLING THE GUNMAN QUICKLY. BUT IN THOSE 32 SECONDS, HE MANAGED TO FIRE 41 BULLETS HITTING 26 PEOPLE, 9 OF THEM FATALLY INCLUDING HIS SISTER.>>THE EVIDENCE HAS BEEN DEBATED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS WITH INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION THAT ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE EVIDENCE IF THAT WAS INTENTIONAL OR NOT. IT’S INCONCLUSIVE.>>Reporter: AUTHORITIES SAY HE WAS COMMUNICATING WITH HIS SISTER BEFORE THE MASSACRE THROUGH A PHONE CALL AND TEXT MESSAGES.>>WE DON’T SEE ANYONE ASSISTING HIM IN COMMITTING THIS HORRENDOUS CRIME. SOME FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATION SEEMS TO STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT HIS COMPANION HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO, NOR DID HE HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE WEAPONS THAT WERE IN THE TRUNK OF THAT VEHICLE.>>HONESTLY, THE POLICE RESPONSE IN THIS CASE HAS BEEN AMAZING. YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE OFFICERS WHO RAN TO THE FRONT OF THAT CLUB TAKING THE SHOOTER OUT WITHIN 30 SECONDS OF THIS STARTING. REALLY AMAZING POLICE WORK FROM THERE. BUT SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE’VE KIND OF NOTICED HERE BECAUSE YOU KNOW HOW STORIES HAVE IMPACT, THERE’S THESE POST IT NOTES ALL OVER THE AREA RIGHT NOW WITH POSITIVE MESSAGES, SORT OF ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO BE THE LIGHT AND TO KIND OF MOVE ON AND BE A SPECIAL PERSON. IT’S KIND OF INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS COMMUNITY HAS RALLIED AROUND ITSELF ESPECIALLY AS NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE MOTIVE IS JUST YET. JUST PRETTY HEART BREAKING IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY’RE DEALING WITH. AT THE SAME TIME, IT’S PRETTY INSPIRING HOW IT’S COMING TOGETHER.>>BE THE LIGHT, RYAN. IT IS A WONDERFUL MESSAGE AS THAT COMMUNITY STILL LOOKS FOR SOME ANSWERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING ON THE GROUND THERE. JOINING US NOW, DAVID GREGORY, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST. JOE LOCKHART, AND BIANNA GOLODRYGA. THERE ARE STAFF LEVEL TALKS WITH DEMOCRATS AND A REPUBLICAN WHO HAD LEGISLATION THAT WOULD NOT GET THROUGH THE SENATE AFTER SANDY HOOK ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS. ALSO CHRIS MURPHY, THE SENATOR FROM CONNECTICUT WHO REPRESENTED THE DISTRICT THAT NEWTOWN WAS IN. STAFF LEVEL TALKS ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, DAVID. OUR REPORTERS WARN US, DON’T GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. WHY MIGHT THAT BE GOOD ADVICE?>>BECAUSE WE’VE SEEN IT BEFORE. SENATORS MANCHIN AND TOOMEY WORKED THIS HARD AFTER SANDY HOOK AND WERE DISAPPOINTED THEY COULDN’T GET IT THROUGH. THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD GONE A VERY FAR WAY TOWARD SUCCESS. SO THE FACT THOSE TALKS ARE GOOD, OBVIOUSLY IT’S A GOOD SIGN. BUT I THINK THE WAY I WATCH ALL OF THIS ARE TWO KEY FIGURES. THE PRESIDENT AND MITCH McCONNELL. McCONNELL I THINK WILL TEST THE WATERS OF THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS TO SEE WHO’S WILLING TO ADVANCE THIS. BUT HE’S GOING TO WAIT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SEE IF PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL PUT HIMSELF OUT THERE. AND REALLY FIGHT THE FIGHT. WITH OTHERS IN THE CAUCUS. I DON’T SEE McCONNELL DOING THAT HIMSELF.>>AND JOE, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS FLIP-FLOPPED ON THIS. AFTER PARKLAND HE SAID HE BELIEVED IN IT. THEN HE DENIED AFTER HE TALKED TO THE RKS IN RA. NOW HE SAYS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS HE BELIEVES IN IT. WHO KNOWS WHO WILL BE THE LAST PERSON TO TALK TO HIM. IT’S HARD TO TRUST WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE BELIEVES ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS. BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ACTION. WHILE I’M ON THE TOPIC, LET ME JUST PULL UP THE TEN DEADLYIST MASS SHOOTINGS IN U.S. HISTORY. THE LIST IS SHOCK BECAUSE SOMETIMES THERE’S SO MANY THAT YOU FORGET ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH. OR YOU FORGET — I MEAN, THEY’RE JUST SO ALL HORRIBLE. WHEN YOU SEE THEM ON THE SCREEN, IT COMES FLOODING BACK TO YOU, ALL THE PAIN AND TORTURE WE ALL FELT AFTER THESE. BUT FOUR OF THEM HAVE BEEN DURING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TIME. SO IT FEELS AS THOUGH THINGS HAVE ACCELERATED, NOT GOTTEN BETTER.>>YEAH. WELL, THAT’S — IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO ONE OF THESE PLACES AS A REPORTER OR AS I WAS AT COLUMBINE, YOU’LL NEVER FORGET. THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF A GAME GOING ON RIGHT NOW BETWEEN TRUMP AND McCONNELL. TRUMP IS NOT SAYING FORCEFULLY THAT I’M FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS. HE’S SAYING McCONNELL’S CONSIDERING IT. McCONNELL IS PUTTING OUT QUIETLY THAT, NO, THAT’S NOT REALLY WHAT’S HAPPENING. SO I DON’T REALLY EXPECT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN. McCONNELL WILL LOOK AT HIS CAUCUS. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH REPUBLICANS IN HIS CAUCUS AS OF NOW I THINK TO PASS THIS. SO THEY’LL HAVE THIS LITTLE CAT AND MOUSE GAME AND A LITTLE BIT OF FINGER POINTING, BUT I DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN. THE REALITY LOOKING AT THAT VIDEO IN DAYTON IS EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS ISN’T GOING TO SOLVE THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS THE WEAPONS AND THE ABILITY TO KILL SO MANY PEOPLE SO QUICKLY. AND EVEN PAT TOOMEY, THE PERSON WHO’S SUPPOSED TO BE THE REPUBLICAN WHO’S PUSHING GUN CONTROL MEASURES HAS SAID ON THE RECORD THAT HE DOESN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING WITH ASSAULT WEAPONS, BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE THEM AND THEY’RE POPULAR. SO I’M WITH THE PEOPLE WHO — I’M IN THE CAMP OF I’M NOT GETTING TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.>>IT’S NOT CLEAR THAT NANCY PELOSI HAS 216 DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE WHO WOULD SOLVE AN ASSAULT WEAPON BAN. SHE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE ALL THE DEMOCRATS ON BOARD IF SHE WANTED TO PUSH AN ASSAULT WEAPON BAN WHICH IS WHY YOU’LL HEAR PEOPLE SAY, JOE, THAT THAT’S A NONSTARTER. MAYBE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. THAT’S A DIFFERENT ISSUE. BUT IN TERMS OF IF IT’S A PASS, DOESN’T LOOK LIKELY. I WANT TO PLAY THE SOUND OF PRESIDENT TRUMP TALKING ABOUT MITCH McCONNELL. IT GETS TO THE HEART OF THE DISCUSSION.>>I AM CONVINCED THAT MITCH WANTS TO DO SOMETHING. I’VE SPOKEN TO MITCH McCONNELL. HE’S A GOOD MAN. HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING. I THINK VERY STRONGLY HE WANTS TO DO BACKGROUND CHECKS. AND I DO TOO. I THINK A LOT OF REPUBLICANS DO.>>SO THAT’S THE GAME THAT JOE AND DAVID ARE TALKING ABOUT. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SAYING MITCH WANTS TO DO SOMETHING. MITCH McCONNELL WANTS TO DO SOMETHING. REPUBLICANS TELL US THAT MITCH McCONNELL ISN’T BACKING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. ALL HE’S SAYING THE THEY SHOULD BE DISCUSSED. I DON’T KNOW WHY IT’S HARD TO SAY I SUPPORT THEM OR OPPOSE THEM. IT’D BE IMPORTANT TO KNOW.>>HE IS WAITING FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BLINK ON THIS. THE WAY HE TALKS ABOUT IMMIGRATION, MAYBE WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT A DIFFERENT SITUATION RIGHT NOW. WE CLEARLY DON’T SEE THAT EVIDENCE COMING FROM THE PRESIDENT. YOU HEAR RUMORS AND SORT OF, YOU KNOW, OFF THE RECORD STORIES ABOUT IVANKA TRUMP NOW HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH JOE MANCHIN. WE’VE SEEN THIS STORY BEFORE. THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE WANTS TO MOVE FORWARD, HE PUTS PRESSURE I.E. HEALTH CARE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AS WELL. AND YOU LOOK AT THE LEGISLATION PROPOSALS OUT THERE. I’M SO GLAD YOU PUT UP THAT GRAPHIC OF THE TOP MASS SHOOTINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. YOU LOOK AT NUMBER ONE, LAS VEGAS, THERE’S STILL NO MOTIVE BEHIND THAT SHOOTING. RIGHT? SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT RED FLAG LAWS, RED FLAG WARNINGS, WE DON’T KNOW HOW THEY WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED. BUT THERE WAS NO MOTIVATION. WE HAVE NO CLEAR LOGIC AS TO WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID. THERE’S STILL A LOT OF QUESTION AS IF TO WHETHER OR NOT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD BE AS PRODUCTIVE AS PEOPLE ARE HOPING THEY ARE. I THINK IT DOES GO BACK TO THE ISSUE OF GUNS IN GENERAL, THE TYPES OF GUNS LEGALLY ALLOWED TO BE PURCHASED IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT’S A CONVERSATION I THINK THE PRESIDENT AND NANCY PELOSI AREN’T WILLING TO TALK ABOUT RIGHT NOW.>>THE ACTIVISTS, THE GRASSROOTS GROUND SWELL THAT WE ARE READING ABOUT AND THAT HAPPENED AFTER PARKLAND IN FLORIDA LOCALLY, IT DID CHANGE THINGS. THE PARKLAND STUDENTS DID CHANGE THINGS. MAYBE THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES. IF THE SENATE WON’T COME BACK FROM RECESS, IF McCONNELL DOESN’T THINK THIS IS PRESSING ENOUGH TO COME BACK AND VOTE ON THIS FROM THEIR AUGUST RECESS, THEN MAYBE AT THE STATE LEVEL, SOMETHING WOULD CHANGE SO WE DON’T HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS, YOU KNOW, AGAIN.>>AND I THINK TO YOUR POINT, ALISYN, TO DEMONSTRATE RESULTS ON THE LEVEL. I THINK THE ISSUE WHETHER THEY COME BACK IN AUGUST IS NOT THE POINT. IF THEY DN’T HAVE THE VOTES, IT DOESN’T DO MUCH. IT TAKES TIME TO BUILD SUPPORT FROM THIS. BUT DEMONSTRATING THE RESULTS. WE SEE VIDEOS LIKE OUR REPORTING THIS MORNING. IT’S JUST SUCH COMMON SENSE. WHY WOULDN’T YOU AT LEAST TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO REDUCE THE LETHALITY OF THIS KIND OF EVENT WITHOUT INFRINGING UPON THE RIGHTS OF GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA. THERE’S SUCH BROAD CONSENSUS AROUND THAT. IT JUST MAKES SENSE. AND, YOU KNOW, TO COUNTER THE MOTION ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT THOSE THINK YOU’RE GOING HAVE CHECKS AT GUN SHOWS. NOW THERE’S A REGISTRY OF PEOPLE WHO OWN GUNS. IT’S THAT KIND OF PARANOIA THAT NEED TO BE CHIPPED AWAY AT BY EFFECTIVE LAWS.>>EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS IS A 90% ISSUE IN THE UNITED STATES. IT’S SUPPORTED BY 90%. POINTED OUT TO ME BY SCOTT JENSINGS. SO REPUBLICANS KNOW THIS. JOE LOCKHART, I WANT TO PLAY YOU SOUND OF THE PRESIDENT. HE HAS BEEN QUESTIONED ABOUT EMOLUMENTS. ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT HE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE PROFITED OFF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY. NOW, THE COURTS HAVEN’T RULED CONCLUSIVELY ON THAT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. BUT HE CAME UP WITH A NEW DEFENSE YESTERDAY, AN ABSURD DEFENSE. WHICH IS BASICALLY YEAH BUT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS A BOOK DEAL. LISTEN TO THIS.>>I GOT SUED ON A THING CALLED EMOLUMENTS. YOU HEARD OF IT? NOBODY HEARD OF IT BEFORE. THEY WENT BACK. NOW, NOBODY LOOKS AT OBAMA GETTING $60 MILLION FOR A BOOK. THAT’S OKAY. EVEN THOUGH NOBODY IN HISTORY EVER GOT THAT MUCH MONEY FOR A BOOK. $60 MILLION FOR A BOOK. NOBODY LOOKS. BUT WITH ME IT’S EVERYTHING.>>SO ONE OF THE DIFFERENCES HERE AND I’VE GOT TO SIT BACK FOR THIS, JOE. IS THAT — >>JUST RELAX.>>DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT AND CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG, BARACK OBAMA IS NOT. IS MY REASONING RIGHT THERE?>>IS THAT ACCURATE?>>I THINK THAT’S QUITE ACCURATE AND I’M GLAD OUR VIEWERS ARE CLEAR ON THAT. IT KIND OF GOES BACK TO WHAT THE REPORTING FROM ON TARIFFS. WHETHER THE PRESIDENT IS JUST COMPLETELY IGNORANT ON THESE ISSUES OR IT’S JUST LIES AND MAKES THINGS UP OFF THE TOP OF HIS HEAD. I THINK ON THIS ONE IT’S PRETTY CLEAR HE JUST DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT EMOLUMENTS MEAN. AND HE DOESN’T — EVEN IF EXPLAINED TO HIM, HE WOULDN’T THINK IT’S A PROBLEM. HE’S USED THE OFFICE TO MAKE MONEY. HE CONTINUOUSLY STAYS AT HIS OWN PROPERTIES. HE PUMPS UP HIS HOTEL. THERE APPEARS TO BE SOME FAVORS FOR PEOPLE WHO — AND COMPANIES THAT STAY AT HIS HOTEL IN WASHINGTON. AT LEAST THERE’S A PERCEPTION THERE. AND WHAT A FORMER PRESIDENT MAKES AGAIN SHOWS I THINK BOTH HIS LACK OF VORACITY AND PROFOUND IGNORANCE.>>HE HAS BILATERAL MEETINGS AT HIS OWN PROPERTIES.>>HE’S MADE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THERE’S NUMBERS OUT THERE. HE MADE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM HIS HOTELS WITH DIGNITARIES VISITING. MAR-A-LAGO’S FEES HAVE GONE UP. SO HE’S MADE MUCH MORE THAN THE OBAMAS. FEEL GREAT ABOUT THAT.>>HE’S THE BIGGEST SORE WINNING OUT THERE. IT’S ALL ABOUT POOR ME AND LOOK AT WHAT I’M SACRIFICING WHEN WE KNOW WHEN YOU COUNT THE DOLLARS AND CENTS HERE, HE’S MAKING A HUGE PROFIT.>>BARACK OBAMA, HE SHAVED ICE. IT’S AS PERTINENT AS THE BOOK DEAL. IT’S JUST AN ABSURD COMPARISON. I DID NOT MEAN TO INTERRUPT. I’M JUST NOT USED TO YOU BEING BACK.>>RIGHT. SHOULD WE MOVE ON TO THE IMMIGRATION AND CUCCINELLI AND EVERYTHING HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT? I THINK WE SHOULD. I THINK WE SHOULD PLAY IT. LISTEN TO THIS.>>– ALSO AGREE THAT EMMA LAZARUS’ WORDS ETCHED ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, GIVE ME YOUR TIRED AND YOUR POOR, ARE PART OF THE ETHOS?>>THEY ARE. GIVE ME YOUR TIRED AND POOR WHO CAN STAND ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET AND NOT BECOME A PUBLIC CHARGE.>>FIRST OF ALL, THAT GUY’S NO POET. CAN WE ALL AGREE? THAT’S NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE CHANGED. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. AND THE IDEA THAT THE MAN THE WHITE HOUSE HAS TASKED WITH OVERSEEING IMMIGRATION WANTS TO CHANGE THE SORT OF MOTTO OF AMERICA. HERE’S HOW HE TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT LAST NIGHT ON ERIN BURNETT’S SHOW.>>THAT POEM WAS REFERRING BACK TO PEOPLE COMING FROM EUROPE WHERE THEY HAD CLASS BASED SOCIETIES WHERE PEOPLE WERE CONSIDERED WRETCHED IF THEY WEREN’T IN THE RIGHT CLASS. AND IT WAS WRITTEN ONE YEAR AFTER THE FIRST FEDERAL PUBLIC CHARGE WAS WRITTEN THAT SAYS AND I’LL QUO IT, ANY PERSON UNABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF WITHOUT BECOMING A PUBLIC CHARGE WOULD BE INADMISSIBLE.>>BIANNA, YOU WERE A POLITICAL REFUGEE THAT CAME TO THIS COUNTRY. AND BY DEFINITION POLITICAL REFUGEES COME WITH THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK.>>I WASN’T THE DAUGHTER OF AN OLIGARCH. SO WE CAME HERE WITH NO MONEY. IT’S AN EXAMPLE OF ONLY IN AMERICA STORY, AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY WHERE YOUR FAMILY COMES HERE. THEY LOVE THIS COUNTRY. THEY APPRECIATE WHAT THIS COUNTRY GIVES THEM AND THEY MAKE A WONDERFUL LIFE FOR THEMSELVES IN THIS COUNTRY. WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH NOT TO HAVE TO RELY ON GOVERNMENT SAFETY NETS. WE HAD PRIVATE DONATIONS FOR OUR FAMILY. BUT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS RELY ON PUBLIC SAFETY NET. AND I THINK NOT ONLY ARE YOU CHANGING AND MOVING THE GOAL POST HERE FROM TALKING ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO LEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO THIS COUNTRY, SURE. THERE’S A LOT OF BUREAUCRACY AND RED TAPE IN GOVERNMENT SAFETY NET PROGRAMS. IN MEDICAID, IN FOOD STAMPS. PEOPLE ABUSE THE SYSTEM. IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THAT, GO AHEAD AND DO THAT. FOCUS MORE ON IMPROVING THE SYSTEM. BUT IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT STATISTICS, MORE WHITE AMERICANS RELY ON MEDICAID AND FOOD STAMPS THAN IMMIGRANTS TO THIS COUNTRY DO. ARE THERE SOME THAT ARE UTILIZING IT TO AN EXTREME? SURE. THAT HAVING BEEN SAID, THIS IS NOT A CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY AND YOU ARE INTIMIDATING PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE THAT NEED THAT SAFETY NET FOR WHATEVER REASON FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME TO GET THEM ON THEIR FEET. AND I THINK ON A LARGER SCALE, IT JUST SENDS THIS TERRIBLE MESSAGE THAT IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT WELCOME TO THIS COUNTRY SPECIFICALLY IMMIGRANTS THAT MAY NOT BE FROM EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. AND THAT IN AND OF ITSELF IS ANTI-AMERICAN.>>WHAT ABOUT THAT? BECAUSE ANGELA ARRIVE POINTED THAT OUT TOO IN OUR LAST HOUR. KEN CUCCINELLI WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO SAY SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRANTS FROM EUROPE. I’M NOT SURE I UNDERSTAND WHY THAT MATTERS.>>RIGHT. YOU KNOW, THE DARKER PART OF THIS, THE UNDERBELLY PART OF THIS IS THIS CYNICAL EFFORT BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO STOKE FEARS AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO BLAME OTHERS. WHO LOOK TO IMMIGRANTS. LEGAL AND ILLEGAL TO SAY THEY’RE TAKING AWAY WHAT I’M ENTITLED TO IN THIS COUNTRY. WHEN IT’S NOT TRUE. IT FEEDS A FICTION THAT SOMEHOW THE IMMIGRANT TO AMERICA HISTORICALLY AND TODAY IS SOME DRAIN ON THE SYSTEM. AND IS SEEKING TO REPLACE IN THE WORDS OF THOSE WHO REALLY PEDDLE THIS KIND OF STUFF. SEEKING TO REPLACE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND WHAT THEIR OPPORTUNITIES ARE. IT’S JUST NOT TRUE. I THINK THAT THE FACT AND THE FICTION OF IT SPEAK FOR ITSELF. BUT IT’S WORTH REMINDING PEOPLE WHAT IMMIGRANTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY HISTORICALLY AND TODAY. AND WHAT AMERICA AS AN IDEA IS SUPPOSED TO MEAN. I THINK WE TEND TO ACCEPT THESE THINGS BUT THERE’S A POLITICAL EFFORT UNDERWAY BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO FIGHT AGAINST THAT. TO SAY, NO. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE WHAT YOU’VE GOT. AND IT’S JUST — >>THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR THIS WIDE RANGING CONVERSATION.>>>SO LESS THAN A MONTH TO GO BEFORE THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC DEBATE. WHICH CANDIDATES ARE IN THE BEST POSITION TODAY LIVE OFF OF THE IOWA STATE FAIR. CHRIS HAS BEEN EATING SOME>>>DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS DESCENDED ON IOWA TO MAKE THEIR CASE TO VOTERS AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR. HOW DID THEY DO?>>LET’S GET THE MID-WEEK GRADES. IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GET A SENSE OF THE NOTEBOOK ALREADY, CHRIS CILLIZZA.>>IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK. I HEARD IN THE TEASE, I HEARD YOU SAY THAT I ATE FRIED BUTTER. I HAVE DONE THAT. THERE WAS A MOMENT IN MY 20s IN WHICH I TRIED TO EAT AS MUCH AS I COULD IN ONE DAY AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR. AND IT WAS ABOUT 105 DEGREES AND I AM NOT KIDDING, I WAS COVERING MITT ROMNEY. I THOUGHT I WAS SPWEATING PROFUSELY AND THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO PASS OUT. EVER SINCE THEN — >>YOU LAID OFF THE BUTTER. DEEP FRIED BUTTER.>>AND THE DEEP FRIED OREOS.>>WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE HERE THIS MORNING NOT SWEATING YET. WHO’S IN THE TOP OF THE CLASS.>>I’VE GOT A LOT OF THEM. CORY BOOKER WITH AN “A.” HERE’S WHY. THE IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS A DINNER, IT’S CALLED THE WING DING DINNER WHICH IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE NAME EVER. IT WAS OVER THE WEEKEND, LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. BOOKER I THINK ALONG WITH PETE BUTTIGIEG GOT THE BEST RESPONSE. THAT COMES HARD ON HIS REALLY, REALLY STRONG I THOUGHT DEBATE PERFORMANCE IN DETROIT. THIS IS THE MOMENT. IF BOOKER DOESN’T GET A BUMP HERE, IF HE DOESN’T START MOVING, YOU’VE GOT TO WONDER IF IT’S EVER COMING. BECAUSE HE’S DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW. “A.”>>ELIZABETH WARREN, HOW’S SHE DOING?>>OKAY. IF YOU ARE BUYING STOCK, YOU SHOULD START BUYING ELIZABETH WARREN STOCK. SHOULD HAVE STARTED BUYING IT SIX MONTHS AGO WHEN IT WAS UNDERVALUED. BUT RIGHT NOW SHE IS IN A PERFECT SPOT. EVERYTHING COMING OUT OF IOWA AND EVERYONE WHO’S IN IOWA THIS PAST WEEKEND, EVERYTHING COMING OUT OF IOWA, EVERYONE AGREES SHE HAS BY FAR THE BIGGEST AND BEST ORGANIZATION ON THE GROUND AND THE MOST ORGANIC PASSION BEHIND HER CANDIDACY. THOSE TWO THINGS ARE WHAT EVERYONE WANTS. AND I THINK THAT WHILE BIDEN IS AHEAD RIGHT NOW IN IOWA, I THINK YOU GOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON ELIZABETH WARREN.>>WE’RE GOING TO WAIT ON BIDEN. WE’LL GET THERE. IN TERMS OF THE MIDDLE OF THE CLASS, SOMEONE ELSE JUMPS TO MIND.>>BETO O’ROURKE. I GAVE HIM A “B” AND HERE’S WHY. I DROL THINK THAT HIS RESPONSE IN THE WAKE OF THE MASS MURDER IN HIS HOMETOWN OF EL PASO WAS A REALLY POWERFUL, AUTHENTIC, GENUINE MOMENT FOR HIM. HIS BEST MOMENT IN THE 2020 CAMPAIGN. OBVIOUSLY NOT ONE HE WOULD HAVE WANTED, BUT ONE THAT HE HAD AND DEALT WITH, YOU KNOW, IT IS WHERE WE ARE. THAT SAID, WHAT DID IT TRIGGER? IT TRIGGERED MORE TALK THAT HE SHOULD COME BACK TO TEXAS, RUN AGAINST JOHN CORNYN FOR SENATE IN 2020. NOT MORE TALK THAT HE SHOULD MOVE UP IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. THAT HAS TO CONCERN. SO A “B.”>>ALL RIGHT. JOE BIDEN.>>I ALWAYS STRUGGLE WITH THIS ONE. HE’S STILL THE FRONT RUNNER IN IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND GENERALLY SPEAKING. BUT THE GAFFE STORY IS STARTING TO RE-EMERGE. WE KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN, BUT HE MADE A COUPLE MISTAKES IN IOWA. SAID HE WAS VICE PRESIDENT DURING THE PARKLAND SHOOTINGS. HE HAD BEEN OUT OF OFFICE FOR 18 MONTH. HE TALKED ABOUT — HE MADE A MISSTATEMENT AS RELATED TO POOR KIDS AND WHITE KIDS. LOOK. HE HAS SAID HIMSELF, I AM A GAFFE MACHINE. THE PROBLEM IS ACKNOWLEDGING IT DOESN’T CHANGE THAT FACT. WHEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH THE FACT IT’S A 76-YEAR-OLD GUY WITH QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT HE IS UP TO THIS. WHETHER THIS RACE HAS PASSED HIM BY. THIS DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS PASSED HIM BY. THAT’S A BAD STORY LINE. A “C” BECAUSE HE’S STILL HOLDING IN THE FRONT, BUT I THINK THERE’S SOFTNESS THERE.>>THAT’S INTERESTING. MAYBE MORE OF AN INCOMPLETE. WE DON’T KNOW HAVE VOTERS ARE RECOGNIZING THESE GAFFES AS MUCH AS THE REPORTERS ARE. WE’LL SEE. BIDEN IS STILL FAIRING BETTER THAN SOMEBODY ELSE.>>TO YOUR POINT QUICKLY, YOU’RE RIGHT. VOTERS ARE NOT SUPER ENGAGED IN THIS. THAT’S HOW I KEEP COMING ON. PRAISE BERMAN. PRAISE GETS EVERYWHERE. BUT IT SETS THE TONE FOR WHEN VOTERS DO START PAYING ATTENTION IF THE STORYLINE IS THIS GUY MAKES MISTAKES, IT’S A MESS. JOHN HICKENLOOPER, A “D.” HERE’S WHY. HE’S NOW BEEN IN TWO DEBATES INCLUDING OUR DEBATE IN DETROIT. DO YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT EITHER OF THOSE DEBATES? ME NEITHER. AT LEAST AS IT RELATES TO HIM. I DON’T REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT EITHER OF THOSE DEBATES MUCH BECAUSE I WAS WORKING AND TIRED.>>WORKING.>>YEAH. WORKING. WATCHING THE TV BOX. JOHN HICKENLOOPER IS JUST — IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN FOR HIM IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. THE REASON I INCLUDED HIM IS BECAUSE “THE NEW YORK TIMES” HAS A REPORT OUT THIS MORNING THAT SAYS HICKENLOOPER IS CONSIDERING JUMPING OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE AND RUNNING FOR THE SENATE IN COLORADO. NOW, THAT — IF HE DID THAT, THAT WOULD MAKE HIM AN “A.” BECAUSE HE’S AN “A” SENATE CANDIDATE. FORMER GOVERNOR AGAINST CORY GARDNER. HE WOULD BE A VIABLE CANDIDATE THERE. SO I MENTION HIM. HE STRUGGLES IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE, BUT THE SENATE RACE POSSIBILITY IS INTERESTING.>>YOU FINISHED STRONG, CILLIZZA. STRONG.>>YEAH!>>WOW.>>OH, YEAH. I WAS ON VACATION LAST WEEK. I GOT NOTHING BUT GRADES.>>SO WAS I. BUT WE WERE NOT TOGETHER.>>ALLEGEDLY. ALL RIGHT, CHRIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>SO THE ELUSIVE MILITARY FORCE BACKED BY MEMBERS OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. CNN’S EXCLUSIVE JOURNEY INTO AFRICA EXPOSING PUTIN’S PRIVATE ARMY. THAT’SIN>>>NOW MORE OF CNN’S EXCLUSIVE REPORTING ON RUSSIA’S SWEEPING INFLUENCE CAMPAIGN IN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. THIS MORNING WE FOCUS ON CRIMINALLY BACKED MILITANTS WHO ARE TIGHTENING THEIR GRIP IN ONE AFRICAN NATION. CLARISSA WARD IS LIVE IN LONDON WITH MORE OF HER PHENOMENAL REPORTING. WHAT DO YOU HAVE THIS MORNING?>>GOOD MORNING, ALISYN. SO ONE YEAR AGO ALMOST EXACTLY, THREE RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS TRAVELED TO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TO DO A STORY ABOUT THE GROWING RUSSIAN MERCENARY PRESENCE THERE. THEY WERE AMBUSHED AND MURDERED. AND WE DECIDED TO GO AND VISIT THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TO LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM BUT MORE BROADLY SPEAKING TO LOOK AT RUSSIA’S AMBITIOUS DRIVE INTO AFRICA. WHILE THE RUSSIANS WERE QUITE WELCOMING OF US, AS OUR REPORTING GOT DEEPER, WE EXPERIENCED A CAMPAIGN OF HARASSMENT AND BEING FOLLOWED. TAKE A LOOK.>>Reporter: THIS IS BOOT CAMP. FOR RECRUITED TO A NEW ARMY IN THE WAR TORN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. THE TROOPS ARE BEING TAUGHT IN RUSSIAN. WEAPONS ARE RUSSIAN TOO. IT’S TAKEN MONTHS TO GET ACCESS TO THIS CAMP. OFFICIALLY THIS IS A U.N. APPROVED TRAINING MISSION. BUT THE RUSSIAN INSTRUCTORS WOULDN’T TALK TO US OR EVEN BE IDENTIFIED. BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY SOLDIERS. THEY’RE MERCENARIES. SPONSORED BY A RUSSIAN OLIGARCH WITH KOECLOSE TIES TO THE KREML THEY ARE THE SHARP END OF AN AMBITIOUS MOVE IN AFRICA STOKING FEARS IN AMERICA. THE MAN IN CHARGE HERE IS A FORMER MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER. HE IS NOW THE SECURITY ADVISER TO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC’S PRESIDENT.>>Translator: RUSSIA IS RETURNING TO AFRICA. WE WERE ALREADY PRESENT IN MANY COUNTRIES DURING THE TIME OF THE SOVIET UNION. AND RUSSIA IS COMING BACK TO THE SAME POSITION. WE STILL HAVE CONNECTIONS AND WE ARE TRYING TO RE-ESTABLISH THEM.>>Reporter: THAT’S NOT THE ONLY REASON THEY’RE HERE. THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC IS RICH IN NATURAL RESOURCES, GOLD, AND DIAMONDS. AND THE RUSSIANS WANT THEM. WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO ONE OF SEVEN SITES WHERE A RUSSIAN COMPANY HAS BEEN GIVING EXPLORATION RIGHTS. ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OF TRYING TO NAIL DOWN WHAT EXACTLY THE RUSSIANS ARE DOING HERE IS ONCE YOU GET OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL, THIS IS STILL A DANGEROUS AND CHAOTIC COUNTRY. JUST LAST YEAR, THREE RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS WERE ACTUALLY AMBUSHED AND KILLED WHILE WORKING ON A STORY ABOUT RUSSIAN MERCENARIES. THE DRIVE IS BRUISING AND LONG. LONG RUTTED TRACKS TO A TINY VILLAGE OF STRAW HUTS. AND THEN WE HAVE TO CROSS A RIVER. THIS HAND PULLED FERRY. LOCAL TEENAGER RODRIGUEZ AGREES TO SHOW US WHERE THE RUSSIANS HAVE BEEN ACTIVE. IT’S ANOTHER BUMPY RIDE THROUGH THE BUSH. THE LAST PART OF THE JOURNEY IS ON FOOT. WE ASKED THE WORKERS IF THEY HAVE SEEN ANY RUSSIANS. [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] SO HE’S SAYING THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR, THERE WERE A LOT OF RUSSIANS HERE LOOKING FOR DIAMONDS. RODRIGUEZ SAYS THE RUSSIANS NOW EMPLOY HUNDREDS OF WORKERS ON ARTISANAL MINES LIKE THIS ACROSS THE AREA. IN THE PIT, A GROUP OF TEENAGERS PAN THROUGH THE SAND IN THE SEARCH FOR A PRECIOUS FRAGMENT. WHATEVER THEY FIND, THEY SAY, MUST BE HANDED OVER TO THE RUSSIANS AGENT. IT’S INTERESTING. THEY’RE SAYING THE RUSSIANS WHO VISITED THIS SPOT ACTUALLY CAME FROM THE TRAINING CAMP THAT WE VISITED. IT’S CLEAR THEY’RE DOING MUCH MORE THAN JUST TRAINING TROOPS HERE. CNN HAS LEARNED THAT THE MINING EXPLORATION RIGHTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO A COMPANY CALLED LUBAI INVEST. IT IS PART OF A SPRAWLING BUSINESS EMPIRE OWNED BY THIS MAN, AN OLIGARCH CLOSE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN. HE HAS BEEN SANCTIONED BY THE U.S. FOR MEDDLING IN THE 2016 ELECTION. A CNN INVESTIGATION BASED ON HUNDREDS OF DOCUMENTS HAS ESTABLISHED THAT HIS COMPANIES ARE ALSO PROVIDING THE MERCENARY MUSCLE. HE IS BELIEVED TO BE THE MAN BEHIND VOGNER, RUSSIA’S MOST NOTORIOUS PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTOR. ON OUR RETURN FROM THE MINES, WE NOTICE WE’RE BEING FOLLOWED. WE TRY TO APPROACH, BUT THE CAR DRIVES OFF. WE CATCH A GLIMPSE OF FOUR WHITE MALES. ALL BUT ONE HIDE THEIR FACES FROM THE CAMERA. THERE IS NO LICENSE PLATE. POLICE LATER CONFIRMED TO US THAT THEY ARE RUSSIANS. NEAR OUR HOTEL, WE SPOT THE VEHICLE AGAIN. WE TRY TO GET CLOSER, BUT THE MEN DRIVE OFF. SO WE’RE BACK AT OUR HOTEL NOW BUT A LITTLE BIT SHAKEN UP. BECAUSE THAT CAR FULL OF RUSSIANS HAS BEEN FOLLOWING US FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WE DON’T KNOW WHY. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT. MINDFUL OF THE MURDER OF THE JOURNALISTS LAST YEAR, WE LEAVE TOWN THE NEXT DAY. BUT BACK IN THE CAPITAL, RUSSIAN’S GROWING INFLUENCE IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ESCAPE ON THE STREETS, EVEN ON THE ■AIRWAVES. RADIO LINGO SONGO FEATURES AFRICAN MUSIC AND LESSONS IN RUSSIAN. NO SURPRISE, PERHAPS, THAT IT IS SPONSORED BY LUBAI INVEST. AND IN A COUNTRY WHERE EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY, IT SEEMS THAT PLENTY OF PEOPLE ARE LISTENING. AMERICAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE GREATLY CONCERNED BY RUSSIAN’S ACTIONS HERE. AND THAT THEY UNDERMINE SECURITY. BUT WITH THE U.S. SHRINKING ITS FOOTPRINT ACROSS AFRICA AND WITH MINIMAL OFFICIAL KREMLIN INVOLVEMENT, PUTIN HAS LITTLE TO LOSE. FOR RUSSIA, THIS IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD BARGAIN. THEY PROVIDE THE WEAPONS AND TRAINING AND IN RETURN THEY GET ACCESS TO THE NATURAL RESOURCES. AND PART OF THE PROCESS, THEY REASSERT THEMSELVES AS A MAJOR PLAYER. IT’S A CAMPAIGN FOR HEARTS AND MINDS AND HARD POWER. . AND RUSSIA IS MOVING QUICKLY TO GET A STEP AHEAD OF ITS RIVALS. CNN HAS TRIED REPEATEDLY TO GET A COMMENT FROM EVGENY THROUGH HIS COMPANY, BUT OUR REQUESTS HAVE GONE UNANSWERED. WE SHOULD SAY THAT PREVIOUSLY HE HAS STRONGLY DENIED ANY LINKS TO VOGNER AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ALSO DENIES ANY LINKS TO ANY OF THESE MERCENARY GROUPS.>>SO DID YOU EVER FIGURE OUT WHO THOSE GUYS IN THE CAR WERE?>>Reporter: WELL, WE DID. YOU NOTICE THERE WAS ONE MAN WHO WAS FACING UP. WE WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE HIS IMAGE AND SPEAKING TO THE DOSSIER HERE WE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY HIM. WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE HIS NAME. HE IS A YOUNG TRANSLATOR WITH A COMPANY OWNED BY, YOU GUESSED IT. PREGOUSHAN. HE PUT OUT THAT PROPAGANDA VIDEO AGAINST US. SO THIS IS VERY CLEARLY A COORDINATED ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT AND INTIMIDATE US.>>WHICH ONLY GOES TO SHOW AS YOU SAID YESTERDAY, YOU’RE ONTO SOMETHING HERE. VERY IMPORTANT. TERRIFIC REPORTING. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>WOW.>>>MEANWHILE, CHILD’S TEARFUL PLEA AND NOW A GLIMMER OF HOPE. WHAT WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT THE WHEREABOUTS OF HER FATHER. HE WAS TAKEN >>>I NEED MY DAD. MY DAD DIDN’T DO NOTHING. HE’S NOT A CRIMINAL.>>WE HAVE AN UPDATE NOW FOR YOU ON THIS GIRL’S EMOTIONAL VIRAL PLEA FOR HER FATHER. HE HAS BEEN TRACKED DOWN. AND SPOKEN FINALLY WITH HIS FAMILY AFTER LAST WEEK’S MASSIVE IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN. THAT ONE WAS IN MISSISSIPPI. CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT DIANE GALLAGHER SPOKE TO HIS WIFE. SHE IS LIVE IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, WITH THE UPDATE FOR US. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?>>Reporter: ALISYN, THINK ABOUT IT. IT’S BEEN ONE WEEK SINCE THOSE I.C.E. RAIDS OF THOSE SEVEN DIFFERENT WORK SITES. THEY HADN’T SPOKEN TO THEIR FATHER IN SIX DAYS. AND THAT PHONE CALL ONLY CAME A FEW HOURS AFTER CNN POSTED AND TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY STILL COULDN’T FIND MAGDALENA’S FATHER. HER. PLEA WENT VIRAL AROUND THE WORLD. WELL, THEY STILL COULDN’T LOCATE HIM. ONLINE IT SAID HE WAS IN LOUISIANA. BUT WHEN HIS WIFE JUANA WHO IS ALSO UNDOCUMENTED STARTED TRYING TO LOOK FOR HIM, THEY COULDN’T FIND OUT WHAT SPECIFIC PLACE HE WAS IN. EVENTUALLY I.C.E. GOT TO US. I.C.E. GOT TO THE FAMILY AND SAID, LOOK, WE FOUND HIM. HE IS IN MISSISSIPPI. AND SOON AFTER, THEY RECEIVED A PHONE CALL. BUT, LOOK. THIS PROCESS, WE GOT A GLIMPSE AT WHAT IT IS LIKE TO TRY AND FIND SOMEBODY. IF YOU ARE A FAMILY MEMBER ONCE THEY HAVE DISAPPEARED INTO THIS SYSTEM, THIS IMMIGRATION SYSTEM RIGHT NOW. WHEN SHE SPOKE WITH HER HUSBAND, THE FIRST THING HE ASKED ABOUT, OF COURSE, WAS HIS FOUR CHILDREN WHO ARE ALL U.S. CITIZENS WHO ARE HOME WITH HIS WIFE. HE THEN TOLD HIS WIFE HE HAD TO GET A LAWYER. THEY THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY. IT’S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT RIGHT NOW IN MISSISSIPPI THE CONCERN IS WHAT ABOUT THOSE EMPLOYERS? YOU HAVE THOSE 680 PEOPLE WHO WERE DETAINED. MORE THAN HALF OF THEM STILL REMAIN DETAINED RIGHT NOW. WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO HIRED THEM? THE OWNERS, THE MANAGERS OF THE PLAT. WE’VE BEEN CHECKING INSIDE THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS. THERE WAS A STATEMENT YESTERDAY EVENING SAYING, LOOK. IT’S STILL AN OPEN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. ANYONE WHO COMMITTED A CRIME INCLUDING THOSE EMPLOYERS ALREADY PROSECUTING.>>WILL BE. WILL BE. MEANWHILE, ALL THOSE WORKERS HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES RIGHT NOW. DIANE GALLAGHER, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. APPRECIATE IT. SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE FISCAL HAWKS IN CONGRESS TURNS INTO

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