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might think. thanks as always for joining us. have a great night. ac 360 begins right now. frds. good evening. thanks for joining us. a special night, a 360 town hall, a problem that is largely hidden from view. addiction to opioids, tens of thousands of deadly overdoses that follow every year, going to meet families with lost loved ones, recovering addicts, including doctors with a duty to relieve pain and yet also preserve life. prescription addiction, made in the usa. that's the topic of the next hour. we begin with donald trump, the possibility we may not see his taxes until after election day, if ever. he is building a giant, beautiful wall between america and his tax returns. it touched off political uproar, late day push back from trump. and we should mention he would not be breaking laws if he
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didn't release a single return, it is not mandatory. he would be breaking with tradition that goes back decades. more from sarah murray. >> reporter: donald trump bucking tradition again, refusing to release tax returns he says are still under audit. trump tells the associated press there's nothing to learn from them. he took to twitter to add i told ap my taxes are under routine audit and i would release tax returns when audit is complete, not after election. trump would be the first nominee since 1976 to keep all tax info under wraps. the returns shed light on a tax rate, charitable giving and income. earlier this year, trump suggested it was only a matter of months before he would release returns. >> i have one of the world's most complicated tax returns, it is a massive return. i will get it done as soon as i can. >> reporter: now the billionaire business man isn't budging, claiming he can't release them
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because they're under audit. >> i will absolutely give my returns, but i am being audited now for two or three years, so i can't do it until the audit is finished obviously. while i am under audit i am not releasing tax returns. no lawyer would let you do it. >> reporter: some say releasing returns isn't likely to cause additional problems. others say it may make sense as a legal strategy to keep his taxes under wraps. as for the irs, it says individuals are free to release their own tax information. richard nixon did that, releasing his returns while under audit in the 1970s. now hillary clinton is seizing on trump's reluctance to release returns. >> when you run for president as the nominee, that's expected. my husband and i released 33 years of tax returns. we have 8 years on our website right now. so you've got to ask yourself, why doesn't he want to release them. >> reporter: it is a sharp about
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face after he criticized 2012 nominee for failing to release returns sooner. >> i think mitt was hurt very badly by this whole thing with the income tax returns. i believe that he should have said i'm giving them april 1st or giving them soon. >> reporter: this year, the tables have turned, it is romney questioning what trump is hiding. >> i predict there are more bombshells in his tax returns. >> reporter: taking to facebook to write it is disqualifying for a modern day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters. >> sarah murray joins us from outside trump tower. hard to imagine his tax return, this issue will go away any time soon. >> reporter: i think you're absolutely right, anderson. and donald trump was just addressing this in television interviews tonight saying the reason he isn't releasing back taxes is because the audit goes so far back it would be relatively meaningless. one of the things people take
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issue with is that he released no tax information. he hasn't even released a summary with here is my income and tax rate, here is what i gave to charity for the last year or last couple years. you could release that summary without releasing a full tax return. with donald trump, we essentially have none of that information at this point. and i don't think it is going away. you already see hillary clinton jumping on this saying look, we were able to release three decades of our tax returns, why can donald trump release nothing. i think this issue will persist. >> sarah murray. thanks. it overshadows the next story. either one could add up to trouble. the rift between trump and republican establishment. trump meets tomorrow with gop leaders, including house speaker paul ryan, washington's top ranking republican. the senator overtly kept political distance from trump. joining us, manu raju. what are you learning? >> reporter: hey, anderson. house speaker paul ryan wants to make clear to donald trump
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there's one political imperative here on capitol hill, maintaining the house republican majority. he wants to be on the same page, presenting a united front against the democrats, not undermining their agenda they plan to unveil soon or not have donald trump say things that force republicans down ticket to respond to or clean up themselves. they want to create a dialogue, a continually dialogue where they can be on the same page going forward, maybe not a formal endorsement tomorrow, not expecting formal endorsement, but a positive message coming from both sides saying they're moving closer to uniting the party. >> speaker ryan met with some members of congress that endorsed trump. do we know more about that? >> reporter: that happened in the speaker's office. that was part of the outreach effort. not only did he meet with supporters, he took a call from ben carson as part of that effort to get on the same page.
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i am told after that meeting a positive reaction that this could lead to moving in a direction more positively. i should add, paul ryan is under pressure on capitol hill. a lot of republicans surprised by withholding endorsement. the longer he holds out could be problems politically from his own conference, folks that want primary season to be over and present that united front against hillary clinton. >> see what happens tomorrow. manu raju, thanks. between taxes and the cold war with paul ryan, lots to talk about, implications. joining us, sanders surrogate, and clinton supporter kristin quinn, and mark lamont hill, and alex burns, national political reporter for "the new york times." tara setmayer, and joseph perfect elly. joseph, why not have donald trump release tax returns. he says look, i am being
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audited. isn't running for president more important than his business? >> running for president is important. what he is doing is nothing illegal. this is something that's optional. he has been clear on the issue as the video showed on february 26th. he was saying he had no plans to release tax information. >> initially said he was going to, just needed time to get it together. >> he said while under audit, he is not going to do it. >> initially didn't say anything. he said yeah, i will do it once the returns are together, maybe april 1st. if it is a complex return, then the audit story. >> i guess he spoke with lawyers or someone with better information. that's fine. the american public has the opportunity to go and look at a 92 page financial disclosure he filed with the sec. most in the american public know what's in the tax return, he is wealthy. you can look it up. 92 page federal election commission disclosure. >> there's a lot not disclosed.
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>> that's been a red herring. >> that's not audited, it is unverified. he can put what he wants in that disclosure form. that's very different than a tax return. this is interesting. not only did he say that he would get it together, he said i'll release them when hillary clinton releases transcripts for goldman, sachs speeches. then it was i'm under audit. the story changsd many times. if he has been under audit goes back several years, he knew that. he didn't find out he was under audit three months ago, he was well aware of that. it is just donald trump changing his story. why doesn't he want to release tax returns. what's the problem. there could be a treasure trove of information there that could be damaging. let's not forget when he sued a "the new york times" reporter that questioned his net worth,
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the reason he went after him is because tim o'brien questioned whether his net worth was close to a million dollars. a judge said he was untrustworthy to give financial information. then appellate court upheld that same sentiment, that donald trump's information was untrustworthy. this has been an issue for years. he doesn't want people to know what's in there. maybe he is not as wealthy as he says. maybe he has money hidden in tax shelters. there's all kinds of things could be in there. >> if you google donald trump not telling the truth about network, it comes up multiple times. he has been caught lying about it. it goes to the voracity of the candidate. >> particularly when he accused others of being liars, lying ted, over and over. here i would say he is dishonest how he moved the ball down the field. if numbers in the return are
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dishonest, that blows up a rhetoric of lying ted. >> he was critical of mitt romney for not doing this years ago when he wasn't running, and now seems to be walking that back. >> people are outside the fray are able to critique those running. four years later he is in the midst of a race, if i release this, it is against my best interest. he would rather take the critique of being hypocritical than release. i don't think it is how much he is worth. you can win an election and lie about being a billionaire. i think it is his charitable giving, tax rate that make him look odd. >> he is really big on proving how riches. why he puts his name all over things. i am worth $10 billion. says it all the time. part of the narcissism he exhibits is based on how much money he has. i'll give you another example.
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he listed a property in new york worth $50 million. in a legal document, says it is $1.4 million. >> this is a bigger issue, always an issue for any candidate and to your point, not part of the law, but tradition that candidates release them. but donald trump made such an issue of how much money he has, how much he is worth, how much he has given to charity. and little known about his charitable giving, a lot is gifts from other people going to his foundation which he disbursed. there's not a lot known about monetary amounts he gives out. >> you have to look back pretty far to find a candidate that so anchored the entirety of their message and value proposition to voters on simply the fact of extreme wealth. i don't know that anybody has done it. even perot had a story about entrepreneurship, not identical to trump's. going into leaders in washington
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tomorrow, what those folks want to see and hear, is he prepared to run a disciplined, professional, and conventional campaign. this is a basic standard. >> do you think this is something voters care about? >> no, the american public has a pretty good idea who donald trump is, he brags about being rich. someone who probably like most red blooded americans tries hard as he can to pay as little tax as possible. he is the first to say that. i'm surprised to hear conservative people being critical in this regard. i think this is something that team hillary is doing in an effort to change the dialogue at a moment in time -- >> mitt romney is doing it. >> conservatives would question someone based on word and integrity, that's the hall mark of conservatism. >> i just think it is odd that conservatives are doing it. i think it is driven by team
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hillary trying to change the dialogue of the surge he has seen in the polls. it is suspect at the same time you see donald trump surging and starting to take the lead in swing states. >> you think mitt romney is working with hillary? >> one thing i am saying about mitt romney, one thing consistent about him, not many take what he is saying seriously. >> the convention hasn't happened. there has not been a nominee formally named. if there's something in the tax returns that it could undermine even a plausible nominee through the summer, they want to know now. they want to say before he is the nominee, we need that. >> let the investigation play out with hillary clinton, why shouldn't she concede to bernie sanders. >> i love that appeal to huffington post. i think we should let things play out, reasonable for voters and people in the republican party and any voter to say we want to know what's in this
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we have been talking about the divide between donald trump and republican party establishment such as it is. we should point out a gap existed with candidates gk back to barry goldwater. not since gold water has the division been so deep and loud. voices that wouldn't consider themselves members of the establishment lining up against trump, glenn beck is one such voice. he is back in the news for saying efforts to oppose trump might not succeed. glen, earlier today on your radio program you said you believe donald trump is, in fact, going to be the next president of the united states. you have been saying for months secretary clinton you thought would beat trump. what made you change your mind.
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>> first of all, the country is not the country i thought it was. we are an angry country looking for the establishment to be put in their place. we saw exit polls. west virginia is a unique place. where you have 40% of bernie sanders people saying they will vote for donald trump over hillary, you have democrats saying they'll cross the line. if you have that, i think he just might win. i'm not for that, but i think he just might win. >> is it because you believe he's seen as the ultimate outsider, even though he supported politicians of all stripes for many years. >> oh, yeah. >> and was friends with them. just he is seen as an outsider that will blow up the apple cart? >> yeah. i think that and also i think there's a lot of people in america that are just now voting
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for celebrity, and he's fun to watch and he's entertaining and hillary is not. i talked to a lot of friends who are liberals, some that have been in the past die hard hillary supporters that say i'm not excited about her. the ones i know are not excited about donald trump either, but i think you're going to have a good section of the country on both sides of the aisle stay home, especially because i think it is going to get really nasty. and i think people are going to become -- i don't like either of them, i am not voting for either of them. >> i think they're out to destroy each other, unlike anything -- like the opening scene of terminator one or two, machines against humans. just like scorched earth. >> i think you're right, and i don't think that's good for anybody. i don't think that's good for anyone. >> as you said, you were a big
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ted cruz supporter, campaigning for him, first candidate you endorsed in your career if i am not mistaken. anything trump could do between now and november to get you to support, to get you in his corner? >> not that i can think of, but he doesn't want us, anderson. the gop has made it very, very clear that, and donald trump, that they're not interested in the conservative. the conservatives don't really have a home right now. and it's a very interesting place to be. they're not courting us. donald trump has said he's not interested in a lot of the conservatives. and he doesn't want all of the people to unite with him. he is really kind of leaning out, reaching out more to the democrats than he is to the traditional conservative. and i'm fine with that. he doesn't want us, he doesn't need us, that's fine. we will find our own home, find
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our own way. >> on election day, what will you do personally? >> i'll vote, but even if i write somebody in, but i will look at the down ticket which is going to be decimated, whether donald trump wins or loses, i think it will be decimated, if you look at what happened in indiana. he is not pulling for tea party constitutionalists in the down vote. but next week i've got all of the candidates from the libertarian party on my show. we're going to talk to them. see if there's a home there. i don't know where there's a home, but i'm not going to pull a lever just because it is the lesser of two evils because at some point they're both just evil. no thanks. >> are you saddened by what you've seen, by where we're at? >> yeah. i mean, who wouldn't be. look at what you just said. it will be terminator. this is so far beneath us. i can't imagine what we look
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like on the -- across an ocean. if i were an ally, i would be freaking out. if i were somebody who held a lot of u.s. treasury bonds overseas in a sovereign fund, i would be saying wait a minute, did he say they're going to inflate their way out of debt? i said on the air, i want to be sure this is clear, i'm not saying the end of america is here. there will always be america, we'll continue on and everything else. but i think the america that i cherish, the one, the founding of the country with the constitution and the idea of america that all men are created equal, i think that chapter or book has been closed. i think the america that theodore roosevelt and woodrow wilson started, the america of statism has finally turned the page, and we're past the
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introduction and now into the chapters. i think it is a new america. >> glenn beck. always good to have you on. >> thank you. just ahead, call it the democratic dilemma, hillary clinton practically can't lose the nomination, lately can't seem to win a primary. we will look at that, and whether as glenn beck suggested she may have trouble winning sanders supporters in november. can standards find a way to win at the convention, what his path may look like according to the numbers when we continue.
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>> if we do what we need to do the next few weeks, we will have a big victory june 7th that will take us all the way to the white house. >> it is true we will have a real difference in the general election. >> she's focusing more and more on donald trump. but bernie sanders remains a distraction. his west virginia victory tuesday promises to keep the democratic race alive. today in new jersey it was all about the general election. >> i have to tell you how concerned i am with what i hear trump saying. i've said he is a loose cannon. >> reporter: from policy to personal attacks. >> i am not going to respond to the insults and the attacks coming from donald trump in this campaign. >> reporter: but her democratic
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rival is still on stage, campaigning in montana today he's talking trump, too. >> if you look at virtually every poll taken over the last month or six weeks, national polls, state polls, bernie sanders is the strongest democratic candidate to defeat donald trump. >> reporter: sanders' big 15 point win in west virginia earned him only seven more delegates than clinton. it does little to change her muscular lead in delegates. but clinton is moving left, following what voters like about him. the latest shift on health care. saying this week people over 50 should be able to buy into medicare plans. >> i also am in favor of the public option so that people can buy into medicare above a certain age. >> reporter: from trade to immigration to minimum wage, clinton is
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aligning with more liberal conditions, setting up a political test for the fall election. vice president joe biden who stayed out of the fray since deciding not to run last year offered his strongest endorsement of clinton yet on abc. >> i feel confident that hillary will be the nominee, and i feel confident she'll be the next president. >> he cannot overcome that lead in pledge delegates which isn't the same as saying he cannot become the democratic nominee. want to break it down by the numbers. chief national correspondent john king is here. another big win for sanders in west virginia. how much did it help his effort to catch up in the delegate chase? >> not all that much, that's frustrating for the sanders campaign. every county in west virginia goes to bernie sanders. he wins the state by 15 points. jeff also noted, net gain of just seven in the all important
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delegate chase. where does that leave us, tale of the tape. secretary clinton has 294 pledge delegates. 46 contests so far, states and territories. she won 26, he won 20. he won two of the last three. she still has 26-20 lead overall. here's the problem, time and the map is running out. only 11 contests, 8 states, and puerto rico and district of columbia. sanders has to start winning fast. >> it is a steep hill. how steep? >> let's look at that. this is where the math gets daunting. yes, he can do it. anything is mathematically possible in this crazy year. he needs to win 67% of remaining pledge delegates. 897 left. has to win 67 of those, then he would beat secretary clinton by one. if he won 67% of the remaining pledge delegates. that means, anderson, more than 60%, 62% of delegates are just can bernie sanders win nia.
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california? sure. ziez h do you see himt win with 67%? i won here in idaho with 78%, he has done it in a couple of states. more traditional wins like this. last week in indiana, 52%. early on in michigan, was below 50%. even a big win in west virginia, 15 points, but just over 51%. can sanders win most of the remaining contests? it is possible. but it is unlikely. >> looking beyond pledge delegates, he made an appeal to superdelegates, if i won your state in a landslide, you should be backing me. any evidence they're going to listen? >> no. senator sanders has been making that case, supporters are making it aggressively online with phone calls to congressional offices and the like. so far, zero evidence. will it happen? we'll wait and see.
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at the moment, 516 superdelegates, 516 to clinton, 41 to senator sanders. 155 left. senator sanders could win the remaining 11 contests, would some panic and switch sides? possibly. what clinton campaign thinks will happen, why she was in new jersey, thinks she will win that. hoping to win california. thinks they'll split the rest of the contest. do that, most people stay put, she picks up more, they get across the finish line. >> john king, thanks so much. you made an argument that sanders supporters make, in a head to head against donald trump, sanders does better than hillary clinton. the clinton folks say senator sanders hasn't been put under the microscope like hillary clinton has for years and years and years, haven't been attack ads like they have against hillary clinton. >> i love john king and his magic math. i want to correct the numbers. clinton is ahead by 280 pledge
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delegates. that doesn't change the steep hill. it is 280, not 294. small difference but important when you compete for delegate after delegate. bernie sanders has been vet quite heavily, certainly during the campaign. >> not a question of being vetted. >> scrutinized in the last 25 years, he has been scrutinized. he has been also been scrutinized and attacked by the clinton campaign. now, that said, there's no question that when he is the general election candidate, when he's the nominee, he will face attacks. the difference is what bernie sanders brings to the campaign. when people listen to bernie sanders, they think he is saying exactly what he believes. he can respond to those attacks more than hillary clinton who
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most feel is manufactured, espouses things she doesn't support and it has been proven by his campaign. he defined his campaign, and hillary clinton moved to be a completely different candidate. >> cnn reporting has 294 on the numbers. there's discrepancy about it. we're going to take a break. want to get responses. later, looking into the relationship between prince's doctor and inner circle. what a search warrant reveals when we continue. woman: it's been a journey to get where i am. and i didn't get here alone. there were people who listened along the way. people who gave me options. kept me on track. and through it all, my retirement never got left behind. so today, i'm prepared for anything we may want tomorrow to be.
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and now if you buy an lg g5, you get one free. before the break we heard about bernie sanders's path to victory. what is more likely, we will see hillary clinton face off with donald trump in a few months and probably heated rhetoric between now and then. alex, do you get the sense the clinton campaign has a strategy how to respond to donald trump? you heard her saying i'm just not going to respond. a lot of republicans tried that, that didn't work. >> the path to the republican nomination is littered with bodies thought they could rise above his attacks. the clinton campaign knows what
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they want the contrast to be about in terms of specific policies and who is helping who, who is prepared for the presidency and who is responsible. day to day poses an incredible challenge. she never had people at his level, level of a presidential candidate or major figure in politics hurling the kinds of accusations at her that he is delivering. and as much as you may like to say this has no place on the stage, he has the microphone. >> in a republican primary, both are playing to the cheap seats, people doing nothing or fight back like jeb bush or go toe to toe like marco rubio. it doesn't work. now you're fighting for people with dignity. >> christine, did it freak you out, glenn beck mentioned this, some of the exit polls last night show 4 out of 10 sanders supporters in west virginia might go for trump instead of
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clinton. again, west virginia is a particular state, hillary clinton talked about putting coal miners out of business and she quickly turned around on that. >> if you look eight years ago, there were huge numbers of hillary supporters said they would never vote for barack obama in states where the democrat had never won. and then in those same states obama won. you saw most hillary supporters said they would never vote for him come vote for him. we are still in a heated democratic primary. i also want to go back to what you said. you cannot in any way, shape or form compare the -- i barely use the word scrutiny that senator sanders has gotten to the cot aj industry of 30 years, attacking, dissecting, redissecting the clintons. it is not comparable. you can't say he would stand up
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under the blaring lights the way she has. >> i don't agree. >> you think -- >> hold on. >> my point was -- >> do you? >> whether he can stand up to the scrutiny i think he is capable. the problem is there are some sanders voters that feel, and are part of a revolt against party establishment, for the last quarter century. >> who would they help being for donald trump and not her. how does that move progressivism forward. >> they're not, hold on. hillary clinton reflects establishment policies for the last quarter century, particularly nafta. in most states like ohio and pennsylvania -- >> okay.
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tara, there are some stories, seems like ted cruz hasn't given up on the idea of somehow coming -- >> i think it is done. i think what he is doing, it is more about his delegates because of the platform. republican platform is important, donald trump and positions from minimum wage to protectionist is a problem for the platform. >> the never trump movement is over, was probably over before it started. >> no, it's not. >> in terms of hillary clinton. we have polls in florida, ohio, and pennsylvania. some of them say trump is within the margin of error, some say he is winning. the real take away, he is beating her in lower unfavorable, in terms of the economy, stronger candidate. >> we're going to break. much more ahead. breaking news in the investigation to prince's death.
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in just a few minutes, dr. sanjay gupta and i are hosting a town hall on prescription addiction. it has extraordinary reach and deadly consequences. it is in headlines all the time. looking into what role painkillers played in the death of prince. more on that in a moment. often addiction stories are similar. someone gets a prescription for opioids after surgery, they become dependent, then turn to her oh in which is cheaper and easier to get. yesterday at o'hare, they seized more than 70 pounds of opium from three citizens. 470 packets of powder concealed in bags of tea leaves. don't know if it was a prescription drug problem that killed prince, at the age of 57. the investigation on that is just under way. that includes the doctor that saw him twice in the weeks before his death and went to paisley park on the day prince
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died. >> person down, not breathing. >> reporter: april 21st, the day they rushed to prince's compound, new information from the search warrant shows a local doctor was also at the estate. the warrant accidentally unsealed and obtained by l.a. times states dr. michael todd schulenberg had been treating prince in the weeks before his death. dr. schulenberg seen in an unrelated video is a minneapolis area family doctor. law enforcement official tells cnn that investigators want to know more about the relationship between the doctor, prince, and prince's inner circle as they look into how prince obtained his medications. according to the search warrant, he sees prince. the same day, anxious fans in atlanta with tickets to see prince would learn two shows that night are postponed. according to fox theater, prince is ill, battling the flu. one week later, april 14th, prince takes the stage in
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atlanta. the makeup concert. two shows, 80 minute sets. publicly no illness readily apparent. but privately issues continue with the singer's health. april 15, the pop star is flying home and the private jet makes an emergency landing in moline, illinois. >> what's the nature. >> unresponsive passenger. >> he does not check into the hospital and continues home. april 20th, the day before prince's death, the search warrant says dr. schulenberg again sees prince, telling the police he performed tests and prescribed medications that were to be filled at a walgreen. the warrant doesn't describe what he prescribed. the same day, prince's representatives contact another doctor, california addiction specialist dr. howard hornfeld, who dispatches his son to the
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estate in minnesota. >> he felt that his mission was a life-saving mission. in that sense, certainly he felt it to be urgent. >> reporter: the next day, april 21st, prince is found unresponsive in his elevator. dr. cornfeld's son who just arrived called 911. dr. schulenberg also arrives to deliver test results from two visits with the musician. authorities tell cnn pills were found in the home when he died, but haven't turned up any valid prescriptions. focus on the possibility that others obtained the medication for prince. police file a search warrant at the clinic he works to seize prince's medical records. state records show he has no criminal conviction or disciplinary action and is not charged with wrongdoing. dr. schulenberg was an employee at north memt oriole clinic until yesterday. the hospital said that was dr.
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schulenberg's last day, didn't disclose why he left the facility. the doctor hasn't responded to cnn multiple requests for comment. while the criminal investigation continues, so, too, does the battle over the estate between the siblings and this man. 39-year-old carlinq. williams. he claims prince is his father, after his mother had sex with the musician in 1976. williams is asking the court for dna testing to back his claim. anderson? >> thanks very much. joining me senior legal analyst, jeffrey toobin. obviously a lot of investigators will determine, try to determine what role the doctor played here. what do you think they're looking for? >> well, this is a really complicated area to investigate because this is a private thing for anyone. so investigators have to determine what his medical problems were. when did they treat him.
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did doctors know about each other. all of that in context of someone that was a private person. and medical records are always private. so just getting the facts is going to be difficult, but that's necessary before prosecutors can make any judgments. >> and officials haven't commented on-going what killed prince. it seems to be discussing opioid painkillers. sometimes doctors don't know what others prescribed or how long someone has been using. >> that's why the facts matter so much. you could have a michael jackson situation where a prosecutor and ultimately jury found the doctor behaved irresponsibly, but that's very rare. usually you have a situation when someone dies, it is not as a result of criminal
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misbehavior, it is simply an unfortunate situation. and again, what will be determineing is which doctors did what. the doctors, you have to determine whether there was more than one doctor involved, whether they knew what the others were doing, and whether prince told them the full story. >> when it comes to wealth and celebrity, there are doctors that are willing to concede to patients' demands. >> there certainly are, that's always a risk with wealthy, prominent patients. i think it is important to say at this point we have no evidence that that's the case in connection with prince's death, but it's certainly something that investigators are looking f for. doctors want to please patients. when you have a celebrity, that
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inclination is even greater. whether any doctor violated his or her oath or the law to please prince is far from clear at this point. >> thanks. our town hall begins in a moment. stay with us. we like that. not just because we're doers. because at sheraton, we're changing. big things. small things. spur of the moment things. ♪ changes you'll notice. wherever you are in the world. changes you'll notice. you wouldn't take medicine without checking the side effects. hey honey. huh. the good news is my hypertension is gone. so why would you invest without checking brokercheck? check your broker with brokercheck.
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welcome to the 360 town hall prescription addiction made in the usa. here to talk about an epidemic that kills 78 americans every day. one death every 19 minutes from opioid overdose. we don't know if it was a prescription drug problem that killed prince. according to a source, opioid pills were found with his body. as we reported in the last hour, the investigation includes a doctor that saw him twice in the weeks before his death, went to his home in paisley park on the day the singer died. those facts, spare as they are, raise crucial questions.