tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN May 28, 2015 4:00pm-5:01pm PDT
complete coverage. guys thanks very much. that's it for me. you can always tweet the show @cnn. join us tomorrow. erin burnett out front starts right now. up front tonight, we begin with breaking news. dozens of americans being treated for possible exposure to deadly anthrax. why were they fedex'd? plus a black woman eight months pregnant wrestled to the ground, handcuffed on her stomach by a police officer. we have the video. and dennis hastert indicted. why did he agree to pay someone millions of dollars in coverup money. let's go outfront. and good evening. i'm erin burnett. outfront tonight we begin with breaking news the anthrax scare. tonight at this hour, 22 people
at a u.s. base in south korea, four more in the united states undergoing treatment for exposure to lethal anthrax spores. 22 air force personnel are undergoing treatment about an hour south of seoul going through post exposure treatments. but these air force personnel received a shipment that contained live specimens of anthrax. it's a potent biological weapon. this shipment though, came from the united states military itself. the anthrax was shipped according to one defense official via fedex from an army lab in utah to the base. and commercial laboratories in nine other american states also received the deadly bioagent. they were supposed to contain what's called a dead agent of anthrax. it was a lab in maryland that was the first to report that this anthrax was not dead. it was alive and deadly.
we begin the coverage on this breaking story in seoul, south korea. 22 people exposed where you are. what treatment are they getting tonight? >> they're on antibiotics. some of them have been given vaccinations. we're told that thankfully currently none are showing signs of having been exposed and there is no threat to the public here. but this was a very serious situation as you can imagine. they were handling live anthrax. emergency services personnel moved in. they destroyed that sample of anthrax. hazmat teams came in to core don off the area and decontaminate the facility where this training was taking place. >> so i was actually just at this base a few weeks ago. i'm trying to understand why was the defense department sending anthrax of any sort to a base in south korea. i know you've got answers to that. >> the military says that it's routine training.
it's part of a bigger effort to better understand better detect any threat from anthrax precisely because it is so deadly when it's airborne it can be used as a biological weapon. we saw five people die in 2001. so the military says this is all about being prepared for any kind of attack. we know that war and terrorism do not just involve conventional weapons. in an effort to be prepared the military ended up sending live anthrax to its own base and making a serious and potentially fatal mistake. >> thank you very much. live in korea today. and how did the u.s. military accidentally the u.s. military accidentally ship live anthrax via fedex ie with commercial packages. barbara starr is out front. >> nearly two dozen shipments all potentially live anthrax and worse, for over a year, nobody knew it. the military now 1kr578bling to
explain how it could have happened. >> it's a great question. that's exactly why we brought in the center for disease control and their investigators. >> the army contracted with fedex for the shipment. the company says it's working with the federal government. the anthrax was to be shipped as dead agent. supposedly a less dangerous form. >> that doesn't have much meaning to me. anthrax can exist for decades, centuries underground in a spore form this hard crusted inanimate form that vergely can change into an active poison nous type form. >> a history of anthrax fierce. weeks after the nempb attacks, letters laced with anthrax were sent killing five americans in what the fbi calls the worst biological attack in u.s. history. this time, no indication of a deliberate act and the pentagon says no one is sick.
a growing investigation is spreading across nine states and overseas to south korea where 22 people are receiving precaution anywhere antibiotics and vaccinations after a potential exposure during a training kperds exercise. they began medical care may 27th five days after the pentagon first received word from a lab it got live anthrax from the shipments, not dead agent for research. the pentagon says it's looking into why the late notification chl the anthrax was in south korea for other a year no one knowing it was live. it all began last year on march 18th 2014, at an army base in utah. a load of anthrax was irradiated. the intent to kill the live agent before shipment. the material was divided into a number of lots and it was shipped 22 times until last friday when a maryland lab
discovered it had live anthrax. and tonight, no estimate from the cdc when their investigation will be done. erin? >> thank you very much. i want to go straight to colonel randall larson. also outfront former fbi counter terror agent whose squad led the response to the 2001 anthrax attack. 22 times, 22 times they shipped this stuff across the united states across the world. nine different states. they did it via fedex. which means live anthrax could have been next to tens of thousands of commercial packages how does this compound the risk? >> compounds it greatly. if we look back at the 2001 case we saw those affected again, there were 22 victims in that case. 11 were inhalation victims. those 22 victims not all were in
direct contact with the mail. some were in contact with other packages from the mail and were repeat exposures, means they weren't directly exposed. and the threat was so great, that if you recall the postal stations in washington d.c. and other places were completely shut down to be contaminated. so the threat was tremendous. there was no knowledge initially as to how far this thing had gone and luckily it was fairy contained. >> this is shocking in the sense of -- first of all, they're shipping live anthrax and they didn't know it and it took them a really long time to figure it out. this is the department of defense, which is charged with defending america from bioterror attacks from terrorists. but this isn't the first time the u.s. government has made a horrible error. last year in december a worker at the cdc sent a live sample of ebola to a lab that wasn't able to handle it. last spring the cdc again
accidentally sent highly contagious bird flu to another lab. i mean, this is scary. >> it is a scary issue. but both of those were civilian mistakes. i think the military has a better record. but this is a terrible mistake. and we need an investigation to find out who is responsible. we know how to inactivate anthrax. you use cobalt 60 same kind of radiation that's used to treat cancer. then it is dead. they call it inactivated, but it's not a threat. somebody didn't follow the procedures and we need to find out and correct that. >> so tim, to this issue of terror attacks, are terror groups currently actively pursuing anthrax as a weapon? >> they're pursuing every possible avenue they can for terrorism and this would be the easiest avenue. we saw where isis was talking about acquiring nuclear weapons
because they have the financial means now. that takes the most technical expertise and feasibility. it would be very hard for them to do. biological terrorism is the simplest. if they could find somebody with any knowledge of working with these types of biological terrorism weapons it's very simple to produce. can be done in a kitchen. they don't need an extensive laboratory to do it. i don't know that we have any direct threats from isis about that yet, but i imagine it's something they're pursuing great greatly as opposed to small pox which we know is a holy grail for them. colonel, you concluded anthrax poses the greatest threat to the united states. why? >> well, it's a very likely threat and a very persistent threat. we don't know how to clean it up frankly. and we know that we capture add computer from isis last year that had information on it about using plague as a weapon which
is more dangerous than anthrax because it's contagious. so the key is, we have to do the training that the military is doing right now. but we got to make sure we're doing it safely. let's don't throw out the baby with the bath water here. we got to find out where the mistake was made but we need military and civilian first responders trained. isis wants to do this and they have the technical capability and the money to make this happen. >> thanks to both. next, we have breaking news and shocking new video tonight. body cam footage of a black woman eight months pregnant wrestled to the ground on her stomach by police. you're going to hear directly from her. plus the former speaker of the house indicted for lying to the fbi. they're saying perhaps he paid someone off for millions of dollars in hush money. why? and more breaking news the head
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breaking news the woman at the center of a shocking new video speaking out to cnn tonight. michelle cooks who was eight months pregnant was arrested toppled to the ground on her stomach after she refused to give officers her full name. the incident was caught on the officer's body camera. i'll show you a little bit of it here. this is as she's being arrested. this came after a minor altercation between a black woman you see there and a white woman in an elementary school parking lot. watch what happened to michelle. after both women had a chance to
tell officers their versions of the story. >> what is your name? >> i'm not giving you my name. >> i actually do have the right to ask you for your name in this case okay? how long is it going to be for you to make sure? >> let me make sure. i'm not about to get harassed by the police. >> ma'am, i have every right to ask you for your name. >> it's michelle. >> michelle what? just give me your name please. >> i just told you my name is michelle. >> not good enough. >> i don't feel comfortable right here. >> let's go -- >> they about to touch me. huh-uh. don't touch me. don't touch me. do not touch me. i'm pregnant do not touch me. do not touch me. what [ bleep ] is going on? do not touch me! do not touch me! do not touch me, sir! do not touch me. i'm pregnant. stop it. this is ridiculous.
what are you doing! what are you doing! >> ma'am. >> please i'm pregnant! >> so why are you resisting, ma'am? why are you resisting, please? do you have your cuffs? >> out front tonight, you just spoke to the woman we see there in the video. what did she tell you? >> reporter: you can hear the terror in her voice. she says that's exactly how she was feeling. she says she was incredible pain fearing for her daughter. a minor dispute in the parking lot at the elementary school. here's what she say to the police officers who she says used too much force. >> what do you want to tell those police officers? >> you broke me. for what? you just -- you just looked at me and said oh she must be this way and i'm not that way.
you make me feel that i'm a way that i'm not. and i work so hard to provide for my family. this is not an issue that i wanted. i was just dropping my daughter off at school that day. that's all i was doing. >> she says in her opinion the difference in treatment between hers and the woman preceding her in the body cam incident is simply race. she is planning on filing a lawsuit. >> and i know she says it's race. we're going to show that woman. that woman was white. michelle cook of course is black. what are police saying, though, tonight when it comes to this issue of michelle cook saying this is about race? >> reporter: what police are saying is that they are opening an internal investigation. we did get a fuller statement, though from the city of barstow. they're saying that it is apparent that ms. cook actively
resisted arrest. the barstow police department continues to be proactive in training its officers to handle interactions with emotionally charged individuals. this incident is in no way racially motivated. >> thank you very much. obviously michelle cook now filing a lawsuit saying this was all about race. i want to bring in the former nypd officer bill stanton. you're seen this video. we showed about a minute and a half of it. it is longer than that. did police do anything wrong? >> from the 11 minutes that i saw and i watched it several times, absolutely not. what you -- what i saw was the police officers they responded to a 911 call by one female the one opposite michelle. if we're going to put labels, she's being labeled as the white woman. then they heard her side of the story and they went over to michelle to hear her side.
what i saw was someone being very aggressive not properly respecting the police officers and when they asked for her id and she said well, i don't know if i have to do that, let me check. they gave her two minutes. >> but they gave her two minutes, but within 20 seconds they had her on the ground. >> but she walked away. it's when she started walking away when she did that, that's when the cop put his hand out and that's when everything exploded. and it looks a lot more dramatic than it actually was because it's on the body. if she gave her id we wouldn't be witnessing this now. >> in the state of california she doesn't have to give her id. do you think there's any way the police officer's actions could be justified. >> well, no. first of all, if you want to understand why there's so much hostility and frustration from the black community, all you have to do is watch that entire 11-minute video. it's a classic case of an
unlawful arrest because she does not have to in the state of california show her id. and she knows her rights. the most important thing is he never asked the white woman for her id. he never asked her for anything. he goes over he holds the black woman to a completely different standard. then he -- that's racial. and then the level of excessive force. in our society, when someone says i'm pregnant there's usually a humane response hold on a second. in this case there was literally no consideration for the life of that black baby nor any r79 for that woman. one thing i want to say, you said absolutely nothing was done wrong. it is in fact unlawful to arrest someone falsely which is what happened. so there was a crime committed. the crime was committed by the police officer. not by that young woman. >> let's talk about this issue of race. race does come up in the video. we want to say on this issue of
asking the name we assume, but we do not know that the white woman gave her name when she called the police. she's never asked for her name on this actual video. we see the first woman who is white telling her side of the story about this parking lot fight. then we see michelle cook reference race. here's what she says. >> called the police for whatever reason i don't know. >> well, you know some people feel like sometimes -- >> because she white? >> what's that? >> she's white and she's making threats to me. >> so erin, you see it right there. punish not intended. in black and white she is the first one to say because she's white. by the way that woman, she was the one who called 911. if someone said because she's black, would we be saying that's racial? i got news for you, either way it doesn't work for me. what happened here was really much to do about nothing.
the way i was raised a cop talks to you and respectfully asks for your id you give the id and go on with your day. >> but you're not lawfully required. >> van, what about this issue of race though specifically? i mean, the town says this has nothing to do with race. the only person to bring up race was the black woman. she says she's afraid of the woman because she's white. she is the only one mentioning race. >> well, okay -- >> she's now suing by the way based on race. >> as well she should. if you look at the entire video, the white woman says the black woman's at fault. then the black woman says the white woman's at fault. when the officer then tells a superior what happened he completely gives an account only referencing the point of view of the white woman. he never tells the superior a single thing about what the black woman said. this is an officer who -- if
you're talking about black and white, it's right there. he has a completely different assessment of those two women -- the only difference at that point in the color of their skin. i'm very concerned, we have a police officer on the air right now saying that people should not exercise their right, that people actually should submit to an unlawful request and demand from a police officer 6789 that's in fact the problem we have right now in this country. >> i can speak for myself. >> quick final word bill. >> you know what if we're going to constantly make this about race what's the alternative, cops will no longer do their job. they'll just take reports on what happens as we're seeing in baltimore and new york crimes going up. >> all right. i appreciate both of you taking the time. that's what the baltimore police are saying tonight. they're saying that their cops are now afraid to do their jobs because of this issue. we have breaking news next. former house speaker indicted on major federal charges.
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breaking news. former house speaker dennis hastert has just been indicted for lying to the fbi. he was one of the most powerful men in washington now accused of trying to hide transactions of millions of dollars. they're saying that he paid an unnamed individual. listen carefully to this. to quote, compensate for and conceal prior misconduct. they're referencing his time as a high school teacher and coach, during that time. joe, what more are you learning about these charges against hastert? >> he's accused of making false statements to the fbi as well as trying to hide large financial transactions that the government alleges was hush money according to the indictment. dennis hastert greed to pay $3.5 million to someone identified only as individual a. the payments were meant to compensate for and conceal
hastert's, quote, prior misconduct. it doesn't say what the misconduct was. it does say the individual knew hastert most of his life. and was a resident of the former town where hastert was a coach and teacher for years. as well as using the cash to cover up past misconduct and in december last year hastert told the fbi that the withdrawals were because he did not trust the bank system. the government alleges that was the false statement. it's just a stunning turn for this former republican leader who was house speaker from 1999 until he stepped down in 2007. >> it is a stunning turn. and a lot of stunning things about these charges coming out. thank you very much. i want to bring in our legal analyst analyst, our chief political analyst is also with me who covered hastert for a long time.
start with what joe's reportering. the feds say he was paying off a subject to compensate for and conceal past misconduct and they're citing this time, they're saying it happened during the time he was a high school teacher and a coach in illinois. they say it was material to the case. what does all this suggest, then? >> it's a strangely worded indictment. usually prosecutors are very specific in these indictments. but here they're saying well, he was a coach in high school when it happened. well he was a wrestling coach in high school when it happened. and hush money is being paid to somebody i'm reading, that may be involved with his background as a wrestling coach. you follow those dots and you're going to come to a place where i think there's going to be somewhat of a scandal down the road. >> you come to a very ugly place. let me ask you why they wouldn't go ahead and be direct about it if that is the case? why did they mention this person as individual a? what could be the reason?
>> i think that's very interesting wording to say individual a, not to specify the specifics. they may be protecting the identity of this person individual a. and this may just be the start of something more than may develop as time goes on. he's charged with two things. currency transaction violations which is withdrawing $10,000 or close to from the bank repeatedly in a way that it doesn't get recorded by the bank properly. that's used to fight drug dealers and terrorists not former speakers of the house. and the second thing is lying to the fbi. which is always a crime. it's a big problem that lawyers tell their clients about. >> gloria when you put all this together, this is one of the most powerful men in washington. he was second in line to the presidency. does this shock you? >> yeah. it's very surprising. look when he was speaker of the house, he was kind of an accidental speaker of the house. he was a man they called the coach.
but he was an accidental speaker because he became speaker after newt gingrich resigned. and the man republicans chose to replace gingrich had to then admit that he had had an adulterous affair. so the next person house republicans chose was denny hastert because they considered him a good guy, and so he kind of sort of fell into that job. and then when he had that job house republicans were plagued by scandal. there was the jack abram influence peddling scandal. if you remember back in 2006 there was the page scandal in the house where congressman mark foley had made inappropriate comments to teenage male pages and ended up having to resign. and then hastert lost control of
the house. >> you know, and paul what's interesting about that point that gloria's raising, at the time a conservative newspaper, the washington times called for the resignation of dennis hastert because he wasn't doing a good job of investigating. george w. bush came to his defense at that time. saying he's a good guy. >> yeah, this is a great irony if it turns out that these lines lead back to what he was doing as a wrestleing coach at this particular high school. these money laundering charges have tripped up a number of politicians in the past. it's one of those strange charges used against drug dealers, terrorists and politicians as well. >> do you think we will get to the bottom of this actual set of charges? >> you know i think at some point, you always get to the bottom of everything like this. dennis hastert is no longer a
public official. he's a successful lobbyist in washington. but i can't imagine that this story won't unwind itself at some point and people will end up knowing what this is truly about. >> all right. thank you both very much. as we said a lot more to discover here. and possibly ugly conclusions. we just don't know all of the details at this hour. next breaking news. new video capturing baltimore police officers charged in freddie gray's death getting hugs when they were supposed to be handcuffed at their booking. this as the police union says its officers are under siege. they say they're afraid of being arrested just for doing their job. >> and inside a secret chinese military base. you will only see this here.
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jail's booking facility. now this was on may 1st. this is as they arrive. the officers include the man you see, ceasar goodson, that's the one facing a murder charge. none of the officers are handcuffed. in fact goodson actually gets a hug from somebody receiving them. this as police say they're under attack with criminals taking advantage of the situation in baltimore. >> another grizzly record for baltimore. a 7-year-old boy and his 31-year-old mother the latest murders in a city under fire. numbers 110 and 111 for the year and a record 38 murders this month. and it's not even over yet. >> what is happening in baltimore right now is just tragic beyond belief. >> and now another possible flash point. a request for a change of venue for the six police officers charged in connection to the death of freddie gray arguing they can't get a fair trial in
baltimore city. the argument the riot so horrible the entire city terrified, an emergency city wide curfew, public officials like the mayor police chief and state's attorney making comments there's no way an impartial jury can be sat, a fair trial, out of the question. a change of venue would not sit well in the neighborhood where freddie gray was arrested and the worst of the rioting occurred. >> if we have a change of venue from a predominantly african-american city of baltimore, maryland to a lighter neighboring counties where it's predominantly white, where they may seeking to get a lot of pro-police support, if that were to happen this time, we will have an uprising beyond belief. >> baltimore police under the microscope like never before. one officer telling cnn anonymously a coordinated work slowdown is in effect. and now the baltimore sun reporting arrests for the first
half of may down more than 50% from last year. even the police commissioner who recently apologized to cops for the city's response to the protests and riot says baltimore police are questioning their own work. >> they've said this to me repeating them as i get out of my car and make a stop for reasonable suspicion, that leads to probable cause, but i make a mistake on it will i be arrested for it. >> saying in part criminals feel empowered now. there's no respect. police are under seenl in every corner. the neighborhood where freddie gray arrested. what is the relations with police right now? >> very edgy. very edgy. they're being very careful how to deal with the people right now. they on pins and needles. >> this is a nearly impossible
situation for baltimore at the moment if the venue changes and the people in that neighborhood and across many neighborhoods in baltimore will be livid and upset that the venue has been changed. if it stays in baltimore, it will be difficult to see how police officers get the motivation to get back to work in a fully productive way. >> which of course is terrifying in its own given a record month for murders. i want to bring in now mark la month hill. so the baltimore sun has this video. and i want to start with this breaking video. it's pretty incredible. the officers three of them are being brought into the booking. they're not handcuffed. right there this is the hug. ceasar goodson who's being charged with murder the only one being charged with full murder here actually getting a hug from an officer as he's being booked. you see this video, what do you think? >> i'm stunned by it. i wish i could say i was surprised by it, but i'm nonetheless sickened by this.
let me be clear, i don't want those police officers to be treated like animals i don't want them to be mistreated. if law enforcement feels they are not a threat and don't need to be handcuffed i'm not particularly upset about that. the problem is that doesn't happen for everyday people. there was a young man caught on videotape during the riots he turned himself in and they gave him a higher bail on the police officers. >> and to your point, there's discretion but there's also the hug. >> right. and you take it up a notch, you're not just saying these people aren't a threat you are sending a signal to those officers and to the world that we do not respect the code of law, the code of conduct of law enforcement, and as a result we are going to thumb our nose at the people who demanded justice. >> the police union late today came out with a statement. they say -- the police union, they say there's a problem. they say there's no respect. police are under siege in every
corner. they're more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty. that is a really big problem. >> it's a really big problem that they're framing. i'm not sure that it's accurate. i'm not even sure if they believe it. police unions all around the country say this. whenever a police officer is brought in for misconduct, they always say, oh, my god, if you charge us the world is going to fall the sky is going to fall. police are going to be afraid to do their jobs. it's a way of intimidateing the public from going after officers who break the law and it's a way of making the entire system bow down to unjust laws and unjust circumstances. for me i don't want police to be afraid to do their job. but i don't think that's what happens when we bring in six officers for freddie gray for mike brown or whomever. i think it's a very different circumstance there. >> all right. thank you. out front next our
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tonight, for the first time an exclusive look inside of a top secret chinese military program. we are the first foreign agency to interview members of the chinese army that is said to be the first major threat to america. david mckenzie is "outfront." >> we are headed inside of space city. a space where foreign journalists are usually forbidden. it is the heart of the most
ambitious program, home to the elite astronauts. >> it is very difficult to dock the two spacecraft together. >> and how many hours did you have to practice? >> we trained for the docking for two years. >> three years. >> cnn has obtained this exclusive footage of the their rigorous training. all of the chinese astronauts are all community party members and spend countless hours doing simulations. they can train in this room for a decade before they get a chance to go into space. part of a chinese space program that takes the long view and has big ambitions. >> china launches the manned space program decades after the u.s. and russia. but they are making swift gains and experts say could eventually take the lead.
>> the united states and russia started their space programs early. they are the pioneers. >> presumably you wanted to be the best? >> but of course. i hope our space program will be better and better. >> the chinese program works with the e.u. and others but it is locked out of the international space station and nasa because of national security fears in congress. >> there is tremendous skepticism about china. it is viewed as a foe, it is viewed as a government that seeks to take our intellectual property and national secrets and treasure. >> china said they have peaceful means ant wants to be part of the space community, but a report said the race into space has made some consequences for u.s. military security. it is developing multiple
military intelligence in space, including a relative to gps. >> there are no protocols they are doing in space. we have to presume the worse. >> china's access to space could be limitless in terms of capabilities. it could be dangerous not just to the united states but to our friends and allies. >> what does china say to american charges about this is to attack america and things like the gps and in your car and on your computer? >> erin they said that it is a peaceful program but china has admitted they have tested satellite destruction capabilities and created debris in space by destroyed an old satellite a few years ago. but they say the manned program is peaceful. and some say you should look at
the military section and the manned program section is separate and cooperation might be useful to the united states but without transparency you never know. erin. >> david mckenzie thank you very much. live from beijing, tonight. and "outfront" next stealing the show. stephen curry's daughter. jeanne moos has the story. moved some new cars. hauled a bunch of steel. kept the supermarket shelves stocked. made sure everyone got their latest gadgets. what's up for the next shift? ah, nothing much. just keeping the lights on. (laugh) nice. doing the big things that move an economy. see you tomorrow, mac. see you tomorrow, sam. just another day at norfolk southern. ♪ (piano music) ♪ fresher dentures, for the best first impression. love loud, live loud polident. ♪ ♪
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the daughter of an nba mvp taking over his press conference. a rising star a 2-year-old toddler. here is jeanne moos. >> steph curry may be one of the best shooters in basketball but when his 2-year-old got her shot at the spotlight, reilly curry dominated the post game presser and she was on a terror.
she didn't just take a curtain call, she wrapped herself up in not once but three times. >> everybody has to be you know determined to -- whatever comes our way. sometimes he tried to shush her. >> shush. >> sometimes she tries to shush him. >> and sometimes it will be -- >> quiet. >> but she wasn't quiet about quoting the rapper. >> way up i feel blessed. >> but whatever she said the internet swooned. some of the press would have been happy to help her. help her right off the stage. this was reilly's second post game presser. after the first one, some braved popular opinion to say it makes asking tough questions difficult. >> it was counter productive
and it was cute and last night was a little less cute. do that about 38 more times. >> reilly is adorable but i've seen enough because i'm trying to listen to what stef is saying and i can't fof it. >> but i would prefer if they wouldn't bring their kids. >> it has become a thing for players immortalized online. but not immortalized the way young andrew giuliani was as he acted up as rudy was after rudy was -- after rudy was sworn in. it is cute and annoying but when reilly gave her gum to someone waiting in the wings, that is an image that stuck. joony moose, cnn. >> it was an interesting question. she was adorable. she was cute. if you were at the press
conference you probably would have been annoyed. set your dvr to watch "outfront" nu any time. meantime ac360 with anderson cooper starts right now. >> a bombshell out of washington, d.c. and speaker of the house from 1999 to 2007, now dennis hastert has an alleged felon, charged with lying to the fbi about the money they say he paid over the years to cover up an unrevealed misconduct. $1.7 million and he allegedly agreed to pay a whole lot more than that. this is, as you might imagine, sending shocking waves through washington and his home state of the illinois. we have more details now. >> the former speaker of the house once second in line to the presidency now