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through. this is the world that zika brings and here and globally it is only beginning. nick paton walsh, cnn, recife. >> tough to watch and important that we watch what is happening there in brazil. thanks for being with me. i'm brooke baldwin. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. >> thanks, brooke. the big question, isn't prejudging judges based solely on their race, ethnicity or religion, isn't that, by definition, prejudiced. increasing blowback from republicans from his comments about donald trump's comments about the judge presiding over his trump university case. and now even a possible running mate says trump may have gone too far. the math suggests it will be very tough for bernie sanders to win but sanders tells me a lot can happen before the convention. was that a flare to the fbi
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investigation? into plus, the tone deaf plea that a rapist shouldn't have to pay such a steep price for, quote, 20 minutes of action. why did a college athlete who was found guilty get six months for raping an unconscious woman? good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. donald trump digging in on a heated and inflammatory attack. mainly, his argument that a judge's mexican heritage makes him unable to be fair in his case. never mind the district judge court gonzalo curiel has never expressed an opinion on the wall publicly or that before a republican governor assistant u.s. attorney curiel had to live under tight security after taking on a mexican drug cartel. republican officials of all stripes are strongly condemning
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trump's words six weeks before he officially becomes their standard bearer at the convention in cleveland. sara murray is joining me. >> he's taking the same tone, slamming what donald trump has had to say, saying it reflects badly on our party and our nation and even went to say, i ran for president and warned this was going to happen. but, of course, if you think donald trump is backing away from these comments whatsoever, think again even in the face of all of this criticism. he's sticking by his critique of the judge. >> i have a judge who is a hater of donald trump. a hater. he's a hater. his name is gonzalo curiel. >> reporter: gop leaders are rushing to distance themselves from donald trump. the backlash brewing after his ongoing attacks against a judge with mexican heritage. >> i couldn't disagree more with what he had to say.
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>> i completely disagree. >> it's extremely disturbing. >> reporter: as usual, trump is doubling down telling jake tapper that u.s. district judge gonzalo curiel should be recused from the case involving trump university saying that he's biased based on his heritage. >> this judge is giving us unfair rulings. now i say why. well, i'm building a wall. okay? and it's a wall between mexico. not other country. >> reporter: but he's not from mexico. he's from indiana. >> he's mexican heritage. and he's very proud of it. >> if you are saying he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism? >> no, i don't think so at all. >> reporter: trump telling cbs a muslim judge may also be biased towards him because of his proposal to ban muslims from temporarily entering the u.s. >> because of that policy of yours? >> it's possible, yes.
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that would be possible. absolutely. >> reporter: even former house speaker newt gingrich, who some view as a potential vp pick, says trump went too far. >> this is one of the worst mistakes trump made. i think it's inexcusable. >> reporter: trump says he's been taken aback by the party's response. >> i saw newt and i was surprised that newt -- i thought it was inappropriate what he said. >> reporter: still, some in the gop are holding out hope trump will tone it down as the primary season officially winds down this week. >> he's talking with people all around the country that are experts in this regard and i think they know that they are in a place where this campaign has to evolve. >> reporter: you really can't get trump to change his tone, to change his tenor. but this is supposed to be a moment of unity for the republican party. tomorrow is the last set of gop primaries and instead we're seeing some of the leaders openly disagreeing with the gop
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nominee. >> except, of course, that they will all fall firmly in line and endorse him and get behind him at the republican convention. sara murray, thank you so much. the cnn investigative team is digging into documents from another trump university investigation. this time in texas. in 2010, the state attorney general there accused trump university of using deceptive practices to recruit and train students. and while denying all of the allegations against trump university, trump's lawyer acknowledges in those documents that trump personally signed off on the course materials. cnn senior investigative correspondent drew griffin joins me live from austin, texas. what are you finding in these materials? >> reporter: jake, that what was going on here in texas in 2010 was very serious, that trump university and donald trump himself were under intense investigation and that donald trump not only knew it at the time, jake, but he also knew he was facing potentially millions of dollars in fines and
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restitution. ♪ it was a serious enough investigation that the state of texas attorney general's office were seeking $5.4 million from donald trump and trump university to avoid a lawsuit. the money to pay back the 456 texans investigators say the school defrauded, which makes this comment from donald trump in an interview with jake tapper last week seem, at the very least, completely misleading. >> do you know this case was turned down by almost every attorney general from texas to florida to many of these states? >> reporter: in texas, trump university was subject of a full-scale investigation by the attorney general's department of consumer affairs. it alleged trump university violated five different texas commercial codes and accused the school and trump himself of false, misleading and deceptive acts and practices that were unlawful. documents obtained by cnn show
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texas state investigators actually went undercover to trump real estate seminars here in texas and found the same pattern and practices going on that now has donald trump and his university defending lawsuits in california and new york. >> reporter: the pitch -- >> success. it's going to happen to you. >> reporter: -- trump university can turn anyone into a successful real estate investor. the reality, trump university was all about bait and switch. according to the texas attorney general, the free seminars were really infommercials for the three-day, $1495 course. and that three-day, $1495 course had a primary goal, to use more high-pressure sales tactics to get students to buy the gold elite package for $35,000. dozens of students told the texas attorney general's office they didn't learn anything except how to prey upon
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homeowners in financial turmoil and to target foreclosure properties. and there is this. acknowledgement from donald trump's attorney that trump personally reviewed and approved the course materials. texas state officials said they thought they had a solid, evidence-filled case but trump u lawyers told texas they would completely pull out of the lone star state never to return and the state's lawsuit was dropped leaving those texans who felt defrauded forced to pursue refund on their own. jake, this takes a little political turn here because now a retired former investigator with the department of consumer affairs has gone on record with cnn saying the whole reason the trump case in texas was dropped was political, that the then attorney general, greg abbott, didn't want to tick off donald trump. he's now the texas governor and the spokesperson called that
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allegation ridiculous saying abbott had nothing to do with trump case being dropped. well, that's a little political fight going on here in texas but the bottom line is, what donald trump told you about the case here in texas is completely false. texas investigated and literally drove him out of the state of texas. >> drew griffin in austin, thank you very much. many in the establishment party have reluctantly accepted the fact that donald trump will be the nominee but there are some conservatives still holding out hope that a white knight will come along and challenge the billionaire businessman as an independent candidate for president. among those who considered running was david french, a lawyer, conservative writer and an iraq war veteran. in an editorial last night, french bowed out of the race saying, it is clear to me that i am not the right person for this effort." david, thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. i appreciate it. >> you describe this as a, quote, national moment.
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so why are you not the right person to challenge donald trump and hillary clinton? >> well, you know, first, i think it should be clear to everyone that there is a path to defeat donald trump and hillary clinton. that much was made apparent to me in eight days of extensive study. it was 65% of americans that are willing to consider somebody else. but on the gop side, look at what happened last week. rnc chair reince priebus said it's embarrassing. senator mcconnell endorsed donald trump long ago. paul ryan endorses and it became clear to me what is needed is someone with an independent constituency, a pre-existing constituency that can step into the breach here. in fact, if i continued this effort, i may in fact block somebody who would have the kind of constituency needed to hit the ground running. not just hit the ground running but sprinting. >> is there somebody you're thinking of in particular that should run as an independent? >> you know, there are a number and i think this is an excellent
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moment for one of the many, very popular gop governors to step up and say that they have experienced uniting people, not dividing people as we just saw from this mexican judge controversy. he's an american judge, not a mexican judge. as we've seen from that controversy, donald trump is in the business of racial division. he is in the business of turning americans against other americans. this is antithetical. unless you're retracting your endorsement of him, he's still your guy. you are tainted by that and, frankly, it's embarrassing and shameful. >> you wrote in your op-ed yesterday, "never before have both parties failed so spectacularly producing two dishonest, deceitful candidates who should be disqualified from running for town council, much
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less leader of the free world." i've talked to many conservatives who say at the end of the day donald trump will appoint conservative supreme court justices, he'll be anti-abortion and on and on. why is that not enough for you? >> why would anyone believe a word that comes out of that man's mouth? i mean, honestly, is there a single, credible, rational argument that he tells the truth? he contradicts himself by the minute. let's take the supreme court issue. when he articulated his list -- and that was a pretty good list. what did he follow it up with? with a tweet saying, well, there might be more people to add. we have no idea. whatever his policy is, he makes it up on the fly and contradicts his own website. i served in iraq and we fought the precursor to isis. they called themselves the islamic caliphate of iraq. he says he's going to commit war crime, ordering americans to
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commit war crimes, he says he's going to have a secret plan that he's not going to tell anybody about. he doesn't know what he's talking about. he contradicts himself day by day. no one can believe a word that he says. why would you think that he would appoint good judges or have a rational foreign policy. >> david french, thank you. good to see you. >> thank you. it's information that might be useful to you, the voter, and the trump campaign. the u.s. state department is waiting to release some of hillary clinton's e-mails. what don't they want us to see? that story, next. (vo) what's your dog food's first ingredient? corn? wheat? in purina one true instinct grain free, real chicken is always #1. no corn, wheat or soy.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. you've seen the smoke signals coming from the white house for a while now and cnn is reporting that president obama is readying his official endorsement of hillary clinton and it could come as early as wednesday. let's get right to jeff zeleny. he's in san francisco. jeff, i assume this is welcome news for the clinton campaign and not so for mr. sanders. >> reporter: jake, it's welcome news indeed. the fact that this long democratic primary process is nearly over after tomorrow, that is the most welcome news of all here. but the clinton campaign believes this is the week that
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the conversation shifts, that the votes all come in. the president, i'm told, will not be doing a joint appearance but he will be offering his support as early as this week. they will be doing joint appearances in the future. jake, i just came from a press conference with bernie sanders. he is still pledging to stay until the end but his tone has shifted over the last couple days. >> i want to finish strong here in california. it means the world to me. >> one final day of campaigning in the long democratic primary. hillary clinton is on the cusp of becoming the party's presumptive nominee. tonight, she's still fighting hard for california. not only to finish strong and hoping to vanquish bernie sanders once and for all. >> i'm certainly going to be reaching out to senator sanders and hope he joins me in that. we've got to be unified going into and out of the convention to take on donald trump and to
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repudiate the kind of campaign that he is running. >> reporter: but sanders is still vowing to take his fight to the democratic convention, an improbable request made nearly impossible if clinton wins california. he says he's the stronger candidate to take on donald trump. >> at one point do you become a spoiler, though? >> if there are superdelegates out there who say, you know what, looking at the objective evidence of polling, looking at the objective evidence of who has the strongest grassroots campaign and can bring out the delegates that is not an insignificant factor. >> reporter: still, sanders would need to flip nearly three-quarters of clinton's superdelegates which seems highly unlikely since sanders has been unable to sway a single one. sanders winning 20 states and clinton 24, with the final six
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states weighing in on tuesday, clinton has 6 million more votes than sanders and holds a comfortable lead in delegates, only 26 away. the democratic party is slowly coming together. and clinton is embracing the history-making moment of becoming the first woman to be a presumptive nominee. >> it's really emotional. it will make a very big difference for a father or a mother to be able to look at their daughter just like they can look at their son and say you can be anything you want to be in this country. >> reporter: her supporters worry sanders will stand in the way. >> is that a serious question? >> reporter: sanders supporters insist they are settling in for a fight and hope a california victory will force the democratic party to take a second look. yet today sanders tone seemed softer, barely mentioning clinton at a press conference. >> let's assess where we are after tomorrow before we make statements based on speculation.
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>> reporter: jake, that is what i meant by a slightly different change in the tone of senator sanders. he says he's fighting until the end and deserves the space here he argued for and i think he's right in the sense that, look, let's let the six states vote tomorrow and he'll make a decision after that. his supporters gathering here behind me in this field in san francisco for a rally tonight want him to stay in so that is going to be the reconciling here, how does he sort of get his supporters on board here. a win in california tomorrow would certainly give him more fuel to stay in this race until the convention. jake? >> and jeff, i wanted to ask you, roger clinton, the half-brother of president bill clinton, he got arrested in california. what's the charge and have we heard anything from the clinton campaign about this? >> reporter: jake, the clinton campaign has not responded to this, to our request for comment about this but it's the half-brother of the former president. he was arrested on sunday evening for driving under the
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influence in redondo beach, california. he posted bond and his bail was $15,000. it's not the first time there's been a controversy there. of course, the president when he was leaving office in the final days of 2001, he pardoned him for a cocaine charge. this is totally unrelated but certainly not the type of news that the clinton campaign would like to see headlined on the day before the california primary. jake? >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. turning now to an obama administration decision that we learned about today, one that is, once again, at odds with president obama's pledge to be the most transparent administration in history. the issue at hand, hillary clinton's role in crafting the transpacific partnership, the largest regional trade deal in history brokered while hillary clinton led the state department. it's a deal which the likely democratic nominee vouched for as secretary of state. no fewer than 45 times between 2010 and 2013. and called it the gold standard
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of all trade deals. but as a candidate with harsh criticism of the trade deal coming from bernie sanders and desiring the support of labor unions that oppose the deal, clinton said she did not work on the controversial trade deal and she came out against it, arguing that congress should reject it. >> as of today, i am not in favor of what i have learned about it. i have said from the very beginning that we had to have a trade agreement that would create good american jobs, raise wages and advance our national security. and i still believe that's the high bar we have to meet. i don't believe it's going to meet the high bar. >> now, clinton's role or lack thereof in the behind the scenes formation of this trade deal has been of real interest. almost a year ago, last july, the senior editor for investigations at the international business times
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til filed a freedom of and sanders is not the only clinton opponent of the trade deal. so is donald trump. he's also critical of the trade deal. last november, state department official charlotte ducket estimated that it would be completed by april of this year. that did not happen, however. and today serota announced that his request will not be completed until the end of november after the presidential election. now, the average freedom of information request takes 111 days to process. sirota says this one, according to his calculation, will take 489 days. that means that you as a voter will not information that you want about hillary clinton and an important substantive issue dealing with jobs and trade.
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you won't have that information until after you've decided whether or not you will vote for him or donald trump. the department inspector general in january noted that the state department is particularly weak among obama administration agencies when it comes to fulfilling the obligations of this law. the ig says the responses to these requests are deficient, not enough to carry out requests and state department leaders have not played a meaningful role in making any improvements. at a certain point, one begins to wonder if these weaknesses are deliberate and these efforts to conceal information do not conceal a certain disdain for the public and you're right to know. critics calling trump's comments about a judge racist. some are refusing to use that label. should they. now a woman afraid to be alone in the dark after her rape, so how did her convicted attacker get only six months behind bars?
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welcome back to "the lead." let's stay with politics. we have a lot to talk about, including a brand-new tv ad debuting right here on "the lead." it has big money behind it. $4.5 million just this week. it will air in ohio, florida, virginia, nevada, colorado, iowa and new hampshire. it comes from a super pac backing hillary clinton. let's watch. >> i remember being in the ultrasound room and finding out that our daughter was going to be built with a disability. >> she was born 20 weeks later on valentine's day and she is a
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total blessing in our lives. >> grace is the happiest child you've ever seen. despite all of her medical challenges, she brings out the goodness in each person and that's what we see every day with grace. >> when i saw donald trump mock a disabled person, i was just shocked. >> you ought to see this guy. ah, i don't know what i said. ah, i don't remember. >> he suffers from a chronic condition that impairs movement of his arms. >> the children at grace's school all know never to mock her and so for an adult to mock someone with a disability is shocking. >> when i saw donald trump mock somebody with a disability, it showed me his soul. it showed me his heart. and i didn't like what i saw. >> just a note, any candidate, campaign, or super pac, hit us up. we want to give all sides an equal platform. joining me is ana navarro,
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senior press representative for the trump campaig, haylee bum gardener and guy cecil. haylee, what do you think? >> consider the source. hypocritical. it comes from hillary. she can't own up to it. secondly, mr. trump never met this reporter. it was taken totally out of context and a way for her to divert attention away from her and behind closed doors ideals. so it's unfortunate. >> guy, let me ask you a question about the strategy of this ad. you're putting millions of dollars into this ad. mr. trump made those remarks in november and denied, as healy noted, he went on to clock every other candidate unaring. why do you think this is going to be effective?
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>> well, first of all, donald trump is lying. everyone knows he's lying and donald trump knows he's lying because he's a divisive con man. the fact of the matter is, the reason we think these ads will work is because we're dealing with a general electorate. that is younger and more diverse and national and not just a republican primary electorate. and we know that families across the country have reached out to us to express their displeasure over his comments and we plan on telling that story starting on wednesday and continuing for the next several weeks. >> ana, as someone who doesn't particularly care for either mr. trump or mrs. clinton, what did you think of that ad? >> it hits particularly close to home. i have a brother named daniel who is 52 years old and has the mental and motor skills of a 12-month-old. when i see mr. trump mocking somebody with a disability, it makes me think of my brother and all the people like him. i think it cuts across party lines because there are so many families in america who love
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somebody who live with somebody who has got a disability and it just cuts across not only party lines but also makes the case about temperament and is this man qualified, does he have the character to unify this country and represent every american, including those with disabilities? this is the kind of action, jake, that you would chastise and scold, punish your son for. >> let's move on. guy, i'm interested in getting your perspective on something that bernie sanders said to me in an interview that aired yesterday about the clinton foundation. take a listen. >> do i have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships? yeah. do i have a problem with that? yeah, i do. >> were you surprised by that? >> no. i think the fact of the matter
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is we are in a primary. now, the primary is going to end tomorrow but i would expect that senator sanders would contend it. the facts of the matter are incorrect. it does work around the world and did so before secretary clinton was secretary of state and continues to do so today. but i expect that all of the concern and furor over the primary will end soon because every democrat knows there is no way that we can allow donald trump to ever, ever become president of the united states. >> and mr. trump has taken remarks that bernie sanders has made and used them for himself. do you think he'll take this one? >> i want to specifically address the previous comments that both of the other panelists have made. first and foremost, referring to mr. trump as a conman, he's not under investigation by the fbi. let's be very clear on that. secondly, when you're making statements about how this ad cuts close to home, again, he has spent millions of dollars in his real estate locations making
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sure that they are beyond handicapped accessible for anybody disabled, first and foremost. secondly, please, one second -- >> i think i'm entitled to say what cuts close to my heart. >> i need an opportunity to finish. just give me a second. thank you. but however, what cuts close to home for most americans and not only do i speak on behalf of mr. trump in saying this, i speak on behalf of myself as a an american, when we treat ourselves as americans and hillary clinton plays a role in benghazi and then can't take responsibility for the loss of life. these comments are i can ta enout en taken out of context. >> the trump strategy, they are called to the carpet for his behavior, mistreating a judge who is overseeing a case trying to excuse the banning of muslims from outside the country, making fun of disabled people, calling women fat slobs and then they deliver a series of nonseco
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nonsequitors. the fact of the matter is, donald trump made fun of this reporter. everyone knows it. continuing to simply say over and over and over again it didn't happen doesn't make it true. he should never, ever be our president. >> healy, guy, ana, thank you. growing danger for the american troops as more special operations forces arrive on the ground in syria. stay with us.
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isis under assault on two fronts. iraqi security forces have
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secured southern edge of fallujah which has been under control of isis for two years. as you may recall, more than 100 u.s. service member, mostly marines, were killed in the first and second battles of fallujah more than a decade ago. now, this current fight comes amid aide organizations that isis is shooting civilians desperately trying to flee the fighting. meanwhile, the syrian army rushed by russian air strikes are advancing into isis' self-declared capital of raqqa. all of this comes as isis is increasing the number operators in syria and continuing the air campaign. >> indeed, jake. u.s. special operations forces are taking on some increasing dangers. >> reporter: headed for isis
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targets in syria and iraq, the u.s. sending a message to a vital ally turkey. washington will consider supporting kurds fighting along the turkey/syria border. joseph votel is holding open the option, help syrian fighters with more weapons and ammunition. >> if i make a determination that we need to provide them with equipment beyond what we are already providing them, then i'll make that recommendation. >> reporter: the first of 250 additional u.s. special operations forces have now arrived in syria. the pentagon insists the mission is not combat. but from iraq to syria, somalia and libya, u.s. troops are now facing growing danger as the obama administration uses
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special operations forces like these to advise and assist local forces. these u.s. advisers were captured on video in northern syria carrying grenade launchers and machine guns with noise suppressers. in syria near turkey, u.s. troops are also nearby advising an increasingly brutal battle. the u.s. wants to close off this part of the syria/turkey border to keep foreign fighters from coming in to syria and also going back out. possibly able to reach europe with new attacks. but little the u.s. could do in aleppo where humanitarian disaster is emerging. the regime is pounding the city, according to u.s. officials. russia also backing syrian forces near raqqa, isis' capital. approaching from the south as u.s.-backed syrian rebels push from the north.
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the u.s. so far not openly saying it would defend the rebels against russian or syrian forces. >> they know that the engagement they have with the united states with the coalition is specific to the fight against isis. >> and in fallujah, iraq, there may be 50,000 civilians still trapped as the battle rages around them. >> barbara starr, thank you. a sad story. david gilkey and his afghan translator were killed in afghanistan on sunday. npr says the two were embedded with local afghan troops when their humvee was hit by a taliban ambush. he was an award winning photo journalist covering the devastating events from the past few decades from the wars in afghanistan, iraq, to the apartheid regime. it took him to dangerous, divided areas. he's the first american
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journalist not in the military to be killed in the war in afghanistan. in a statement, npr wrote, "as a man and a photo journalist, david brought out the humanity of all those around him and let us see the world and each other through his eyes." an afghan journalist, he reported for a variety of news agencies and leaves behind a wife and three children. america's longest war, the war in afghanistan, has been fought since october of 2001. that is almost 15 years. a tropical storm barrelling towards the united states. what areas will likely take a direct hit and when will the storm make landfall? coming up. and then a star college athlete convicted of raping an unconscious woman. the judge only sentenced him to six months behind bars. a legal look at the judge's decision coming up.
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welcome back to "the lead." in our national lead, the national outcry is growing after this man, a 20-year-old former stanford university swimmer received a lenient sentence after being found guilty of sexually assaulting an
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unconscious woman. brock turner has been convicted on three counts of felony sexual assault after raping aoman behind a dumpster back in january 2015. she was unconscious. turner was facing up to ten years in state prison but was sentenced instead to only six months in county jail. critics call it a slap on the wrist. the case has also received attention because in court, the rape's survivor described her life since the attack. "i stood there examining my body and decided i didn't want my body anymore. i wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital like everything else." she describes what it has been like since she was raped. "my damage was internal. unseen. i carry it with me. you took away my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my
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confidence, my own voice." let's bring in senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. there's outrage over this sentence. how did he end up getting only six months? what was the thought process? >> he got a lot of advocacy from powerful people. his lawyer, his father who described what his son did as 20 minutes of action. he shouldn't lose his future over what his father called 20 minutes of action. which is sort of even more repulsive when you think about it. he was a stanford student. he comes from a prominent -- not a prominent family but an economically successful family. the real contrast here is six months for this sort of violent rape and when you look at the sentences of other violent rapes from people who are for the from wealthy families, you get a very
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different picture and i think that's the real cause of the outrage. >> i want to get to that in a second. in terms of the legal process, can the prosecutors appeal the sentencing? >> no, they really can't. this was a trial. the defense is going to ask that the whole trial be overturned. the judge had the discretion to sentence mr. turner to six months. the judge had a wide range of options. there's really no legal problem that can be addressed by an appeals court here in terms of raising the sentence. >> let's read that letter that you referred to by turner's father pleading for leniency. "these verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways his life will not be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. that's the steep price for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life." jeffrey, i hate to be rude, but
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who cares? he's the guilty person. >> well, that's right. who is the victim here and who should we feel sorry for and how twisted do you have to be to describe the rape of an unconscious woman as 20 minutes of action? it's a pretty appalling letter and an appalling story. >> the rape survivor also wrote in her letter, "if i had been sexually assaulted by an unathletic guy from a community college, what would his sentence be? if accused of three felonies other than drinking, what would his sentence be? and what if it had been a black or latino man? at a less prominent college? >> that's really at the core of the outrage here. i think a lot of people believe
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that sentences are too long in general and people are worried about mass incarceration. but one thing that everyone should agree on, the criminal justice system should treat similar offenders in similar ways. so if most rapists are getting ten years, a stanford rapist should get ten years, too. >> jeffrey toobin, thanks so much. florida under a state of emergency as a tropical storm races towards the shore with landfall just hours away. a look at the forecast, next. the big hilton world sale is on honors members save up to 25% on brands like
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♪ "dinner!" "may i be excused?" get the new xfinity tv app and for the first time ever stream live tv, watch on demand, and download your dvr shows anywhere. in our national lead, the sunshine state, florida, bracing for tropical storm colin. right now, it's already pummeling parts of florida's gulf coast with rain. the main danger is flooding and isolated tornadoes. the governor of florida has declared a state of emergency urging residents and businesses
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to be vigilant. tropical storm colin was the third storm to form in the atlantic ocean and the earliest that three named storms have hit the region. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, breaking news, not backing down. despite republican leaders condemning his attacks on a judge and journalist, donald trump digs in on his heels defying his own campaign on a conference call with supporters today, trump demands that they keep up the attacks. no apologies even as he criticizes the mexican heritage of the judge in the trump university lawsuit, trump now says he has the same concerns about a muslim judge. that follows his questioning of president obama's birthplace and comments about women. trump has a long record of refusing to say sorry but with his party in chaos, has