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i think that's a beautiful thing. >> the book is "first women." you've also written a number of others. thank you so much. thank you for being with me. "the lead with jake tapper" starts right now. >> thanks, brooke. donald trump going to battle. he's calling it the art of the steal. "the lead" starts right now. just one day until the battle in brooklyn and something that has never happened before in this campaign happens for senator bernie sanders, but will it matter when all the delegates and super delegates are counted? donald trump now waging all-out war with the republican party over rules that could keep him from hitting that magic number, but how far is he willing to go in this feud? plus, body count. the pentagon claims 25,000 isis fighters have been killed, but they offer little proof as the terror group continues to wage war on nearly every continent.
hello, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. two outsiders raging against the machines. first, donald trump, mega businessman turned republican front-runner not feeling the love i think it's fair to say. trump says the rules are stacked against him as he fights to keep delegates that he says senator ted cruz is, quote, stealing. delegates it should be pointed out the republican national committee insists are being earned completely in accordance with previously established rules. on the other side of the aisle there's senator bernie sanders. he's taking on democratic heavyweight hillary clinton. tomorrow the two will go head-to-head in cnn's debate in brooklyn. sanders is in another fight over delegates, but the ones he wants are super delegates. these are democratic establishment figures who have already pledged support for clinton whom sanders wants to change their minds. aiming to get a ground swell of
grass root supporters to make his case and today to walk the walk, quite literally, sanders this afternoon joined picketing verizon workers protesting what he calls corporate greed. let's bring in cnn's joe johns live from new york. joe, today was endorsement day for both sanders and clinton, including sanders first senate colleague to support him. >> reporter: that's right, jake. oregon senator jeff merkley came on board for sanders today, but the front and center moment for the candidate came with a union group that endorsed him months ago and now finds itself out to know strike against a telecom giant. bernie sanders out today on the communications workers of america picket line in support of the thousands of verizon workers striking over contract disputes. and competing to pull in last-minute endorsements to boost his support in new york. >> i am honored, i am grateful
to have the support of this fantastic union. thank you so much. >> reporter: sanders with the endorsement of the new york transit workers union and for the first time one of his colleagues in the senate, senator jeff merkley who talked to cnn's manu raju. >> it's bernie that i am endorsing because he has been in the battlefield fighting clearly on these issues in a way that i think is the boldest, most powerful voice. >> reporter: but hillary clinton firing back with but support of her own winning the endorsement of the "new york daily news" editorial board who had the interview with bernie sanders last week that made him look seemingly unprepared. clinton's proposals are shaped for the world in which we live. clinton also won the endorsement of two major immigration groups, announcing her plan to create an office of immigrant affairs and
once again hitting the republican front-runner. >> as i have said frequently about donald trump, basta, enough with the prejudice and bluster and bigotry. >> reporter: another key voting bloc for clinton, african-americans. she's leading sanders and trying to side step the land mines of race and politics. controversy arose in a skit she appeared in with new york's mayor where she thanked him for endorsing her and he said she was running on cp time, colored people's time. and then another wrinkle after "the new york times" called on the candidate to more fully explain her position on the controversial 1994 crime bill her husband signed while in office. but in her speech today before reverend al sharpton's national action network, mrs. clinton played it safe with wording she's used before. >> reforming our criminal
justice system and ending the era of mass incarceration. >> reporter: bernie sanders is holding a rally tonight in washington square park here in new york. it was originally scheduled for tomorrow but the campaign had to move it because of tomorrow's debate. hillary clinton also holding a rally tonight in the bronx, jake. >> joe johns, thank you. as you heard, jeff merkley from oregon is now the first sitting senator to endorse sanders and he joins me now live to explain why. senator, thanks for being here. >> you're welcome. >> so when asked why now, you explained that your home state of oregon is getting ready to start the mailing ballots process at the end of this month. your oregon colleague, ron widen, is with the vast majority of democratic senators having endorsed hillary clinton and he endorsed her before iowa. wouldn't it have made more sense to get ahead of this train a long time ago? he certainly needs help. >> well, you know, there's been a string of endorsements all the way through by senators, each choosing what moment felt right
to them. for me what felt right is when oregonians start paying attention, which is about two weeks out from the ballots to weigh in and hopefully have the arguments i'm putting forth hold some sway. >> a big question for senator sanders is what's his path to the nomination. as you know, he trails clinton by 229 pledged delegates, almost 700 if you include the super delegates. his path largely depends upon quipsing convincing a lot of these super delegates to change their minds. you know a lot of super delegates. do you think they will be convincible? will they change their endorsement from clinton to sanders? >> there's no question it's an uphill battle. if you look at campaigns in the past, sometimes events happen in the campaign and that uphill battle becomes a little easier and often successful. i think the super delegates who are not in office are more likely to consider changing
where they stand because they haven't taken such a public point of view. there's a lot of party officials around the country who should be thinking about who presents the best path on the biggest issues facing our nation. i obviously think that that's bernie sanders. >> i know you've talked about how strong he is, how bold he is. the editorial board of the "new york daily news" calls clinton a super prepared warrior realist. they describe sanders as a fantasist who's at passionate war with reality. i assume you disagree. why? >> it's completely wrong. when he was mayor, he rebuilt the waterfront, brought in a ball team, set his town on a great path, burlington. when he was in the house he passed more amendments. he was called the king of amendments. more amendments than any of the 435 congressmen. he comes over to the senate, he champions the expansion of our federally qualified health care system, our clinics that are the front door to the health care system. he got that done.
it wasn't about bernie sanders, it was about the citizens having fair access to health care. so he had a bigger vision of more affordable single payer, but he was willing to take whatever intermediate step it was towards that vision. >> but you would agree that those things that you just listed, starting with the waterfront in burlington, are very different from the very grand, very bold proposals you hear from senator sanders on the campaign trail, winning him the support of millions and millions of very idealistic and often young voters. let me just ask you this. of the big plans that you hear him talk about and you praised him for his boldness, can you name one that you think would have a chance of passing the senate? >> well, i can tell you that by laying out that vision, the likelihood of taking steps in that direction become much more significant. now, in 2010, we were one vote away from single payer from age 55 up. so we were almost there. 59 votes, we needed 60.
so was that in hand? did we make it in that moment? no. but that vision also propelled a lot of other improvements that we did in the health care system in that year. i was on the committee that helped the committee with bernie sanders. he was a key part of that effort. and then you turn to the veterans side and it was bernie sanders that brought the right and the left together behind a veterans bill that greatly increases employment opportunities, education opportunities. >> but i didn't hear -- with all due respect, i didn't hear an answer to my question. >> well, you're asking is the ultimate castle in the sdky achievable when you have a republican majority that wages continuous war on the presidency and the answer for almost anything is no. >> i'm just talking about senator sanders' campaign promises. >> well, they are a campaign vision. you can call them a promise, but they are a promise to fight for the direction we need to go. certainly take, for example, on his understanding of how middle class jobs have been eviscerated by trade agreements with countries where people are paid
less than $1 an hour. i mean he understands directly what that has done to working americans not only for those who lost their jobs, which is about 5 million americans, but what it has done for everyone else who still has a job for no more leverage in terms of benefitting from the increase in wealth or the prosperity of that company. for four decades we are now in the situation where virtually 100% of the new income has gone to the top 10%. that means for four decades, we've been leaving 90% of americans out in the cold. this is a powerful grip on the frustration and challenge facing american families who saw an america that shared in its prosperity, shared its growth in the post-war era and now isn't. >> i appreciate it. i'm sure senator sanders appreciates your passionate endorsement of him. thank you, senator merkley. you can watch clinton and sanders tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. donald trump says the deck is stacked and the republican national committee is shuffling the cards. but now as he huffs and pucffs about the republican establishment, he is entrusting a republican insider with a lot of power on his campaign. sunlen serfaty is on the trail. who is this new hire? >> reporter: the new hire, jake, is rick wiley. he was the former campaign manager of governor scott walker's campaign so now he's coming aboard the trump campaign and this comes at a time when donald trump is railing against the establishment, his disagreements with the rnc chief now boiling over. >> you're saying that you don't think the rnc wants you to get the nomination? >> no, i don't think so.
>> reporter: tonight the gop front-runner and the head of the republican party is erupting into an all-out war. >> because of all the shenanigans that goes on. >> but those are the rules. didn't you know those rules? >> i know the rules very well but i know that it's stacked against me by the establishment. i fully understand it. >> reporter: donald trump taking his criticism of the gop nominating system's rules to new heights, now accusing the republican party of conspiring against him to prevent him from winning the nomination. >> they changed the rules a number of months ago. the people in -- >> about eight months ago. >> well, not very long ago. >> but you had a lot of time to prepare a better organization. >> they saw how i was doing and they didn't like it. >> reporter: and trump is now making it personal, calling rnc chair reince priebus out by name, telling a newspaper that priebus should be ashamed of himself. the rnc chair quickly firing back, saying the trump campaign should have known the rules, tweeting nomination process known for a year and beyond.
it's the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. complaints now? and taking a shot at the front-runner, quipping, give us all a break. meantime at cnn's town hall the trump family trying to soften his image. >> i'm incredibly proud of my father. i'm amazed and truly in awe of what he has accomplished and what he's accomplished throughout the course of his life. >> reporter: though admitting they have tried to referee him at times. >> if he would only listen, i did many times, and i just say okay, do whatever you want. he's an adult. he knows the consequences. >> reporter: trump conceding that he's not ready to fully be presidential yet. >> i have two more people i have to take out and when i take them out, i will be so presidential, you won't believe it. >> reporter: and in another sign of the trump campaign seems to be trying to take steps to play the inside game a bit more. sources tell cnn that tomorrow
the campaign will start a fresh new series of congressional outreach meetings tomorrow in washington, d.c. >> sunlen serfaty, thank you so much. joining me now, mary katherine ham and donald trump supporter kaylee mcenanny. rick wiley is regarded as an insider. paul manafort another insider joined the campaign recently. ed brookover also an insider. for an outsider campaign, there are an awful lot of insiders coming into the campaign now. >> because donald trump realizes that he needs to play by the rules or at least be prepared to play by the rules in order to defeat the rules. where i live donald trump credit is hiring guys like wiley and manafort. he has to, to ensure that he gets the nomination. but i give him credit because instead of being like senator cruz and saying these are the rules, i'm going to navigate them and utilize them to my
advantage, donald trump is standing against the rules and saying you can't disenfranchise colorado, you can't disenfranchise north dakota and wyoming, those voters didn't get to vote. even if it's not in my interest, i'm going to sit here and say the american people should have a vote. he's playing by the rules by hiring guys that can navigate the system while also challenging the rules. >> mary katherine, you heard about kayleigh talk about the rules. colorado had a convention instead of a caucus or a primary and they had votes, both on the county level, the congressional district level, the state level and you hear the trump campaign continuing to say that the voters were there disenfranchised. >> if it's a washington establishment conspiracy, then the washington establishment conspiracy has this bizarre headquarters on the western slope of colorado in small towns and rural virginia. these are grassroots people involved in these county conventions. they are not overlords from
washington. i also think it's interesting for trump to say it's no good to utilize the rules and use them to your advantage when his argument for all of his crony capitalism and giving to democrats for his entire career was, look, i was playing the game and using the rules to my advantage. he should know how to play this game. he's not interested in making the rules known to himself, he's interested in complaining about them after the fact. i think hiring people whon the rules is a step towards recognizing that. >> kayleigh, let me ask you that because i've heard this point before mary katherine just made. mr. trump when talking about using bankruptcy laws and the tax code, he talks about these are the rules and i'm playing by them. why is that any different than what senator cruz is doing with county conventions and the like in colorado? >> because senator cruz is part of the political game and he's in a position where if he took a hard stand alongside donald trump saying you can't disenfranchise one million voters, it's an obvious point to
say that it's injust to deprive people of the right to vote. senator cruz is in a position where he can stand behind donald trump and unite and say we need to empower the people and not diminish them. when donald trump was playing by the rules as a businessman, he's not in a position to change those rules. in order to create a successful business, you have to play by the rules washington has created. when you get to washington, you can change those rules. >> let's turn to senator ted cruz for a second, mary katherine. marco rubio yesterday was talking about the convention, talking about ted cruz. take a listen. >> i want the republican nominee to be a conservative, and in my view at this moment of the candidates that are still actively campaigning, the only one that fits that criteria is ted cruz. >> the only one that fits the criteria is ted cruz. but when manu raju went over and asked him are you endorsing ted cruz, the answer is, no, he's not endorsing anybody. why is it so difficult for these
people who want ted cruz to get the nomination to say they're endorsing him. >> sure, this is the guy that fitscriteria. i think the right thing would be to jump out of the race and say i'm throwing my support behind ted cruz even if people are not super fond of him if they worked with him on the hill at any given point. i do think this is a symptom of what has plagued the gop is people not making those decisions, people not coalescing and that's why you have a uniquely weak front-runner who is nonetheless leading the fight here. >> kayleigh, i want to ask you about the fact that there's this story from cnn about the fact that several high-profile republicans are now announcing that they don't plan on attending the convention. this includes not only jeb bush but also senators who are up for re-election, including senator kelly ayotte likely from new hampshire and others. what do you make of that? >> that's a mistake at this point because, jake, when you look at the convention, none of us know what it's going to look like. there is a trump that donald
trump wraps this up, he goes in as the front-runner. it's a convention that unites us all, that brings us all together. that's imperative if we want to beat hillary clinton. it's imperative even in the event of a brokered convention that we come together. by having senators who say i'm going to sit this one out, that does a lot in the way of diminishing the party. so everyone needs to stand together, wait to see what the convention will look like. no matter what it looks like really to show up and unite the party. >> i think kayleigh is right, when it comes to the endorsement game and the convention this time around, things are not being played by the normal rules and politicians are allergic to unpredictability so they don't know how to deal with it. i think that's what's going on. >> appreciate it. this programming night, night three of a very special series of town halls with the republican candidates and their families. tonight ted cruz and his wife, heidi, will join anderson cooper in new york city. it all happens at 9:00 eastern. make sure to tune in. the last time some new
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of the 247-delegate pie. it's been a long, long time since new york mattered so much to both parties in the primaries. 40 years to be precise. in 1976 the contest in the empire state was as nasty, as combative and as consequential. let's bring in bryn jengrass. 1976 was the last time there was a real contested convention. >> ronald reagan gave gerald ford a good fight all the way up to the convention of that year and for den kramocrats a number were pitching for the nomination so new yorkers votes really mattered, just like we're seeing today. the fonz, bell bottoms and a bicentennial birthday bash for america. it was 1976. ♪ paul mccartney's silly love
songs topped the billboard charts and a serious political decision confronted voters across the country, including here in new york. according to politicos we spoke with, '76 was the last time the new york primaries mattered this much on both sides. ken fisher's family has been involved in new york democratic politics for decades. >> it was an exciting race for both parties in '76 because it was an open seat because the country had been traumatized. >> scarred by the watergate scandal. >> i shall resign effective tomorrow. >> the resignation of richard nixon, the u.s. pulling out of vietnam and, like today, voters struggling after a recession. >> new york was a very different city in 1976. for one thing, it was broke. the economy was in the toilet, the streets were out of control. >> among the democratic candidates, washington senator
henry scoop jackson, arizona congressman morris udall and california governor jerry brown. >> the political establishment was for scoop jackson. the so-called reform movement of the party was either for udall or brown. >> and then there was the young peanut farmer from georgia. jimmy carter's novel strategy was to make every primary and caucus count, rather than target specific strong holds. fisher's father served as carter's election lawyer during the new york primary. >> he was raising money for carter and he was giving them advice on the local politics. but carter got clobbered in new york in '76. it was really a blip on his way towards winning the nomination. >> on the republican side, incumbent president, gerald ford, who never competed in a national campaign, was in a fight with ronald reagan. >> reagan campaigned actively in new york trying to snatch the
nomination away from gerald ford, the sitting president of the united states. it was a big fight, it was a big, big deal. >> months later, their competition would boil at a contested convention, something we may see again now decades later. and of course, ford won the nomination after just one round of voting. months later, carter really built steam and beat ford in the general election and became our 39th president. jake. >> brynn gingras, appreciate it. the security on your cell phone versus the safety of you and your family. the fbi paid hackers to crack a criminal's iphone and we've learned we could see a lot more of this in the future. that story, next. and can you explain why you recommend synthetic over cedar? "super food?" is that a real thing? it's a great school, but is it the right one for her?
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. our national lead today, a stunning admission this morning by the fbi. the feds paid private hackers to access critical data from the iphone of syed farook, one of the two san bernardino terrorists. apple had refused to build software that would have enabled law enforcement to crack the device's privacy code. this created a pitched battle between the technology giant and the federal government. let's get right to evan perez. evan, how did the feds hire these hackers? >> well, jake, these are hackers who uncovered a vulnerability in the iphone and the fbi paid them for the tool to crack the terrorist's iphone. even though this one fight is over for now, the solution really only works with one limited model of iphone. so the fbi director, jim comey, says that the government will probably be tangling with apple over other phones. here's how he describes the coming issues. >> i think maybe one in massachusetts and maybe one in new york. but there will be plenty because
the nature of things is that this -- the default encryption on devices is affecting all of our lives and all of our devices. so by definition it's going to affect the work of law enforcement in a pretty significant way. >> so, jake, comey says he trusts the company or the people he hired to do this hacking. he says so people should not be worried that this is a tool that will be in the hands of the wrong people and be used for malicious purposes. >> is the fbi going to tell apple how the hackers accessed the phone? >> that's the crux of the issue. the government policy is that the fbi when they uncover a vulnerability is supposed to tell a technology company so they can fix it. comey says the minute we tell apple, they'll fix it and we'll be back to square one. because this is a national security issue, they don't have to tell them. >> interesting. evan perez, thank you so much. turning to our world lead now, an astounding claim from the pentagon.
u.s. military officials claim that american air strikes have killed more than 26,000 isis terrorists since 2014. despite the apparent battlefield successes, there is growing concern about isis expanding throughout europe, north africa and afghanistan. let's get right to jim sciutto. jim, 26,000 is a lot of dead bodies. how can the pentagon claim that they know how many people they have killed and how can they be sure that every one of the 26,000 was an actual terrorist? >> the short answer is they can't be sure. these are estimates, they're based on intelligence and surveillance and neither is perfect. the u.s. intelligence committee is comfortable with the estimate, however, it's also becoming more comfortable with saying so in public with the deputy defense secretary telling reporters a couple of days ago that it sucks to be isis. iraqi security forces fight house to house to retake the city northwest of ramadi from
isis control. as thousands of residents flee the violence, iraqi forces expect to rid the city of the terror group within days. one victory against isis among many, the u.s.-led coalition is now claiming. >> a year and a half ago we saw images of isil convoys moving freely into mosul and throughout iraq. those days are gone. our enemy has been weakened and we are now working to fracture him. >> isis says the u.s. military has lost more than 40% of its territory in iraq and syria, and millions of dollars in money blown up by coalition air strikes. the pentagon also claims more than 26 thousand fighters, including several senior leaders, have been killed. u.s. officials say that isis' fighting force is now at its smallest since monitoring began in 2014. still, the terror group remains active. in syria tuesday, isis fighters
claim control of a palestinian refugee camp, and there are growing fears that as isis is pushed back in its strong holds in iraq and syria, the group will launch even more terror attacks abroad following their recent strikes in brussels and paris. >> we must work to prevent the spread of violence in the first place, to stop the recruitment, the radicalization and the mobilization of people, especially young people. >> reporter: attempting to rally its supporters, isis' propaganda magazine praising the cell responsible for the brussels and paris attacks. the alleged european ring leader is showcased in combat gear holding a bloody knife. the magazine says lash --
laachraoui -- although there are concerns between u.s. and european intelligence officials that isis is showering praise on the terrorists already captured or killed so they may be attempting to cover for other cell members still on the run. european authorities believe they have largely dismantled this cell, but as we've said many times before, what they do know is there are many other cells out there. >> and clearly a decision by the pentagon to try to be more assertive in terms of denigrating by mouth isis and claiming more successes, even though as you and i have discussed in the past, generally the pentagon doesn't like to give body counts. >> there's a perception in the administration they haven't been getting credit for their successes and i'm sure you've heard that so they're being more public. in terms of those numbers, we've seen this go back and forth. in the vietnam war they were very big on body counts that proved to be significant in terms of winning that war. in iraq we saw them go back and
forth. early on they were into it and stopped doing it and started again. but in recent military history, a big body count doesn't necessarily equal victory and that's the risk. >> and it's not necessarily a number that's accurate. congress passes a bill to find a cure for zika but the white house says this bill is barely a drop in a bucket. are we prepared as a nation for a possibly massive zika outbreak when one in five people in one u.s. territory is expected to be infected by the end of this year. plus a supercar so super you have to apply for the privilege to buy one. wait until you hear the price tag. came out today thousands of people to run the race for retirement. so we asked them... are you completely prepared for retirement? okay, mostly prepared? could you save 1% more of your income? it doesn't sound like much, but saving an additional 1% now,
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outbreak, this legislation they say falls way short of what's needed. >> having an umbrella in a hurricane may in some situations come in handy, but it is insufficient to ensuring that our country is prepared for a situation that could have a significant impact. >> an umbrella in a hurricane, with crippling, devastating and heart-breaking side effects, better treatments could not come sooner for places like puerto rico when it comes to the zika virus. one in five puerto ricans could be infected with the virus raising threats to the rest of the united states and health officials warn it's going to be an uphill battle against zika in the u.s. territory. joining me now is the governor of puerto rico, alejandro garcia padilla. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> the centers for disease control and prevention is saying there are more than 300 confirmed cases of the zika virus in puerto rico, most of them locally transmitted.
what are you doing to stop the spread of this horrific virus? >> first i want to thank the secretary of hhs here, they are helping us a lot. we are locating people -- it's a tropical island so we have mosquitos. >> right. >> the main issue is with pregnant women or women willing to get pregnant, educate them is of key importance. they need to use deet, they need to fumigate in their houses and neighborhood. through the municipalities we are doing the same. in the streets we are trying to prevent. we are promoting the use of screens in the windows. >> and now we know that zika can cause more serious birth defects than previously thought. here's what a cdc official said during the white house briefing. >> most of what we're learning is not reassuring. we have learned that the virus is linked to a broader set of
complications in pregnancy, not just the microcephaly but also premature tee, eye problems and some other conditions. >> obviously this is a big problem, especially in puerto rico. is part of your solution preventing pregnancies for women who are not planning on getting pregnant? >> yes. we have been control on prophylactics and other measures of birth control. >> do you have enough money to deal with this problem? >> no. >> you don't? >> no. the person apply or request funds from congress. they haven't act. now he's redirecting ebola funds to deal zika. i appreciate that from the president, but we do not have enough money. the answer is no. >> governor, best of luck.
just one day until the battle in brooklyn and something that's never happened before. congress passes a bill to find a cure for zika, but the white house says it's barely a drop in the bucket. meanwhile, it was the supreme court confirmation hearing that would change the way we look at a can of coca-cola forever. now all the allegations of sexual misbehavior of the clarence thomas hearings are coming to life on film, 25 years later.
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applications to purchase the new ford supercar and prices start at $450,000, making it the most expensive ford ever. if your application is selected, you'll be able to purchase one of the 500 cars that will be built during it's first two years of production. ford has not yet said if more will be made after that. anyone who wants to buy the car can apply online. our pop culture lead now. it was the first time many americans ever heard the term "sexual harassment." the confirmation hearings for supreme court nominee clarence thomas. it had all the political drama of "house of cards" with even more jaw-dropping r-rated content. now 25 years later, hbo, our corporate cousin, is bringing it all back with an all-star cast and some of the politicos depicted in the film, well, they don't appreciate it. >> is it true? >> to hear some tell it, hbo's docu drama is almost as controversial as the actual
clarence thomas hearings upon which it's based. >> as far as i'm concerned it's a high-tech lynching. >> at its core, this debate, like that one, is about what is the truth. >> it happened to me. >> i felt that i had to tell the truth. >> anita hill's 1991 testimony against her former boss, whom she alleged sexually harassed her, was a national moment then. and it's hitting a nerve today, as washington, d.c., braces for yet another politically charged supreme court appointment in the midst of a presidential campaign. >> this is political theater and thomas just performed. >> so he got you. >> hbo director faced pushback almost immediately from some of the republican players. >> these contentious nominations sort of help us examine who we are, and i felt like so many of the issues we were dealing with in terms of gender and class on the our politics we're still dealing with today. >> no political agenda, however, laudatory justifies the
distribution of a human being. >> long-time thomas supporter and friend, senator john danforth, senator alan simpson and others were furious after reading an early draft of hbo's script saying it was an unfair and unflattering portrayal. hbo says the film has changed quite a bit since then but that doesn't mean the critics were completely quelled. >> the people who were involved can look back on it with 20/20 hindsight and maybe so we didn't look so great. but i think we as filmmakers and i as a filmmaker was interested in just the truth of that moment. >> danforth recently told cnn, quote, very little in this film reflects the devastating events as i lived them. students of history, beware of docudramas. >> what do you think students of history should take from this film? >> they should see this film as an entry point. it's not necessarily up to senator danforth or anyone else to tell us how we should speak
about that history. it's for all of us. >> former senator simpson says producers have made sweeping changes since his initial feedback but he remains wary. it makes me sick, he had. what the hell is the purpose of pulling open a sore? it's the same as it was 25 years ago, someone's lying. >> someone indeed. you can catch "confirmation" this saturday at 8:00 p.m. on hbo, our corporate cousin. chasing a magic number and celebrating a remarkable career in our sports lead now. tonight the golden state warriors led by superstar steph curry will try to win their record 73rd game which would eclipse the mark said by the bulls. at the same time the los angeles lakers will have the end of an era, kobe bryant will play in his final game. the five-time nba champion has been league mvp four times and is third on the all-time scoring list.
bryant was drafted straight out of high school in pennsylvania back in 1996 and at the time was the youngest player in nba history. a courtside seat at kobe's curtain call may cost you $20,000 tonight. top notch tickets to see the warriors chase basketball immortality are on the market for a mere $10,000. be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter or tweet the show. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, dirty trick. donald trump goes to war with the gop saying the republican national committee is out to keep him from getting the nomination and that the rules are stacked against him. trump says the republican national committee chairman, reince priebus, should be ashamed of himself. i'll talk to priebus, that's coming up. secret meeting. megyn kelly, the tv news anchor who's been the target of some of trump's sharpest attacks is spotted slipping into trump tower in new york for a secret meeting with the