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that's the question i get asked. in cases like this, i will tell them, i don't think they suffered one bit. i didn't see any evidence of movement or trying to struggle. like i said, when i got there on the scene, it was like everyone just stopped and laid down where they were. sanjay gupta, thanks very mu much. "the lead" starts right now. senator john mccain accuses the commander in chief of being directly responsible. >> the shooter's chilling facebook post from inside the pulse nightclub revealed as investigators looked deeper into what his wife knew before the attack. and after saying the
military campaign has not slowed isis down. in welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. startling remarks coming in a few minutes ago. senator john mccain blames president obama directly saying the current commander in chief is, quote, directly responsible for the terrorist massacre that happened here in orlando on sunday down the street from me here. senior political reporter manu raju is on capitol hill and was with senator mccain as he made those comments. manu, senator mccain made those remarks in a hallway to a few reporters and is now tweeting -- seeming to clarify, perhaps qualify what he said what did he say? >> john mccain is realizing he may have gone a little too far in his comment to reporters a while ago. i'll read to you exactly what he
said. he was asked about the orlando shooting and made some very, very strong comments. he was asked if obama was directly responsible for the shooting in orlando. what he said is barack obama is directly spon directly responsible. he said he pulled everyone out of iraq and isis is what it is today thanks to barack obama's failures, utter failures by pulling everyone out of iraq. the responsibility, he said, lies with president obama and his, quote, failed policies. now, when he was asked a follow-up question by other reporters, he didn't back down. he said because obama pulled everybody out of iraq and i predicted at the time that isis would go unchecked and there would be attacks on the united states of america, it's a manner of record, he said. so he is directly responsible. now, john mccain put out a tweet
and said he didn't mean the president. i meant his national security decisions and later put out a much more expansive statement. i'll read you just part of his statement here. he said that "i misspoke." i did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible. i was referring to the president's national security decisions, not the president himself. again, reiterating his opposition to the president's iraq policies and how he's withdrawn troops from iraq, something that led to a disaster in the region. clearly, john mccain is trying to clear it up. he's in a very difficult re-election primary in august. he should be okay there but a very difficult general election and democrats are already trying to use this against him, jim. >> manu raju on the hill, thanks very much. joining me now is the ranking member of the house intelligence adam schiff. you heard senator mccain's
initial statement blaming the president, in effect, and you've since heard a qualification, a clarification. what's your response? >> well, i was very disappointed to hear the statement. i have a lot of respect for john mccain. he's an american war hero. frankly, that statement sounded a lot more like donald trump than john mccain. i wish he would retract it in its entirety. i don't think it adds anything to the national debate and i think it was a graveous mistake. >> very quickly, he issued this clarification both on twitter and also in a more formal statement. it seemed that he was attempting to distinguish himself from donald trump's position directly blaming the president. did you hear the same thing, interpret the same thing? >> when i heard the initial statement, it sounded an awful
lot like what donald trump has been saying and an illustration of how much donald trump is coloring the debate in a very unhealthy and counterproductive way and lowers the bar before the civil discourse and in fact espouses a lot of use that are ant anti-thetical. i think just making this a much more coarse and vicious debate and it really has to stop. >> let me ask you this, congressman schiff. let's talk about direct responsibility as he claimed for the orlando shooting. there is criticism here from senator mccain, you've heard it from others, the obama administration allowed an opening for the islamic state by pulling those troops out of iraq, by not securing a deal with the iraqi government to keep some troops which some on both sides of the aisle have
said contributed to isis' ability to take over large parts of iraq. is there not a substantive criticism there that the administration at least shares responsibility for allowing that opening in iraq? >> you can certainly make the argument that the iraqis didn't want us there and president bush had trouble reaching an agreement and to somehow say the president is personally responsible, i don't think there's a link to be made and it's a gross disservice to the president and the cause of what do we need to do to prevent this from happening in the united states. >> senator murphy gave a fi
filibuster to respond to this attack, some gun control measures. do you believe, do you see a change in the political environment on the hill today following this attack? because we've seen this many times before, horrific attack, talk of some measures to respond, a week or two or days later. that feeling disappears. is there something that will draw action on the hill? >> you're right. you can always vet against congress and particularly when it comes to the gun issue, it does feel like something has changed now. maybe this is the tipping point. and the sandy hook tragedy did not result in action that was part of the powerful motivation for chris murphy to take to the senate floor in the filibuster. this does feel like something has changed, that something here in the congress, something in the national consciousness has
just snapped with this latest tragedy people are demanding a response and congress needs to beware if they stand in the way of gun reform, voters may really hold them accountable. >> congressman schiff, we know you're right in the middle of this, getting briefings from the massacre in orlando, thank you for your time today. >> thank you, jim. there are still lots of questions in the days since the massacre here at pulse nightclub about missed warnings regarding this orlando terrorist. now, is there even more evidence of this terrorist's jihadist leanings on facebook? that's right after this. more than an apparel company. we've always been an innovation company.
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laid 49 roses, one for each of the 49 victims gunned down by the orlando terrorist and investigators are continuing to dig for clues in this massacre. today, we're getting a closer look than ever before at the horrors that unfolded early sunday morning. new video capturing the terrifying moments inside the club's bathroom. >> shh. >> this video chilling. dozens of people hiding in that bathroom wondering if they'd make it out alive. meanwhile, omar mateen had isolated himself in the other bathroom during the tense three-hour standoff with the police. we are learning that both before and during the massacre, the mass murderer vented on facebook. also, for the first time, we're hearing the voice of the terrorist himself. i want to bring in cnn justice correspondent pamela brown. she's been covering this from
the beginning. i understand you have new reporting of who else he was communicating with? >> that's right. he was communicating with his wife. he left the house that day and said he was going to see a friend but she was suspicious that he was going to laurnch an attack. she began calling him frantically after the news broke that there was a shooting at pulse nightclub. she was calling him frantically. apparently, according to our sources, he didn't answer but he texted her around 4:00 a.m. when he was holed up in that bathroom saying did you see the news? and at some point she responded, i love you. the wife still claims that she didn't know about the specific plans and tried to talk him out of this and tonight she remains under scrutiny. >> reporter: in the middle of the chaos inside pulse nightclub, cnn has learned the gunman and his wife communicated by text message. according to law enforcement
sources. she has told investigators she had a suspicion when he left the house on saturday he was going to lauchnch an attack even thou he said he was going to visit a friend. we're hearing from omar mateen about the bp oil spill shows mateen working as a security guard. >> once people get laid off here, it's going to suck. they want more disaster to happen because that's where their money-making is. >> reporter: sources telling cnn in the weeks leading up to the attack, mateen ended up spending a significant amount of money, including to buy weapons for the attack. the couple shopped for ammunition together on at least one occasion and went to pulse nightclub for what investigators believe was a reconnaissance mission but she claims she didn't know of his specific plans and tried to talk him out of doing anything violent. >> i can assure you that if anybody knew that this was going to happen and was a participant and helped it, that that person will be prosecuted.
>> reporter: in the next few days, you will see attacks from the islamic state in the usa. the fbi is trying to verify those facebook accounts. we're also learning more about how police handled the chaotic situation. police say an officer who was working offduty at the club immediately exchanged gunfire with the shooter but was outgunned and had to wait for backup. >> they went in right away and exchanged gunfire with the suspect within the first few minutes and that's important because this caused the suspect to stop shooting and retreat to the bathroom where he was now isolated and contained. from that point on, until 5:00 in the morning, there were no shots fired. >> reporter: while the gunman was holed up in the bathroom, the police chief says officers were pulling victims out as fast as they could. hostage negotiators were able to make contact with him. >> we had information that he
was going to put explosive vests on four people and blow the place up in 15 minutes. by that time, we were already set with our explosive breach. >> reporter: a first responder telling cnn about the harrowing experience. >> it was kind of dark. disco lights were still going. and i just began yelling, hey, guys, come on out, we've got you. and, unfortunately, it took a minute but realized they weren't faking it. they couldn't get up. >> reporter: investigators are still trying to determine the motive for the nightclub attack and if anyone, including his wife, could have done anything to stop it. and we know a few weeks before the shooting, the gunman went to the store to buy body armor and the store owner said they didn't sell body armor. according to the owner of this
store, they called the law enforcement because they said he was actsiing suspicion. so far, we have not been able to track that call and when the interview was initially done between the atf and the store owner, there was no mention of this phone call but it is of interest if it was made and something fell through the cracks here. >> there were warning signs but the question is were they missed? pamela brown, thanks very much. more alarming signs about the terrorist. omar mateen showed violent tendencies long before the deadliest mass shooting in modern history. former classmates said he had threatened to kill his classmates, this when he was just a child. let's go to cnn correspondent brian todd in ft. pierce, st.
lucie, florida. people who have known him all along describe him as an angry person. >> reporter: yes, they do, jim. angry and violent. details dating back to his childhood. of disturbing and troubling behavior. a former classmate of him says in fourth or fifth grade, one day omar mateen threatened to bring a gun to school and kill everyone. this classmate does not remember exactly what kind of discipline he received at the time but remembers it was, quote, a very big deal at the time. again, this was in fourth or fifth grade. he would have been maybe 9 or 10 years old at the time. we have obtained documents from the school system of st. lucie shows that omar mateen was disciplined 31 times between 1992, when he would have been 6 years old, and 1999 when he
would have been 13 years old. a long history of discipline here at st. lucie county. he also attended martin high school and three former classmates have told us around the time of september 11th, he was acting very strangely, acting out essentially. he was imitating planes hitting buildings. he claimed that osama bin laden was his uncle. he got into confrontations. that was at the high school level and coming to us from three former classmates. we have outlined his disciplinary problems while he was a security guard and then, of course, the warning signs leading up to the attacks. this new information to us just with discipline and behavioral problems dating back to when at least fifth grade and possibly longer to his days at mariposa elementary school in st. lucie. >> a long history of mental problems, issues like this, i understand you spoke about his personal trainer who worked out
at gold's gym when mateen was an employee there? >> reporter: that's right, jim. this gentleman was a personal trainer and held sessions there at gold's gym and this is while omar mateen was a teenage employee. he was constantly angry, constantly confrontational with the patrons of gold's gym. he relayed one incident where he was holding a session for a female client and mateen made a very crude comment about the woman's anatomy. he was very close to her at the time physically and wanted her to hear it and he didn't end his stare. gold's gym says they don't really have any recollection of that. >> so manyarnings. brian todd, thanks very much. we're just minutes away from president obama's remarks about the horrible massacre. his words coming on the heels of
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welcome back to "the lead," live from orlando. on the day that president obama consoled victims and families here, his cia director warning that isis is hell-bent on planning more attacks like the one we saw here in orlando. barbara starr has the latest today from the pentagon. >> reporter: the orlando attack
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welcome back to "the lead." we are live from orlando this afternoon, just about a hundred yards behind me from where this horrific murder took place. president obama and vice president biden arrived here separately to do what i imagine so many americans wish they could do themselves, which is offer comfort directly to those who suffered the most from the attack on the pulse nightclub. the president and vice president spending time with grief-stricken families, survivors and hospital staff this afternoon. we're also going to hear from the president, those comments coming any minute now. michelle kosinski is at the white house nous. this was an emotional day for the president. him again playing consoler in
chief, in effect, the kind of tragedy we've seen so many times before during his administration. >> reporter: exactly. those words, once again, are the operative words here because there's the challenge here, the president has done this exact same kind of trip nine times before today and we've heard him speak as many times. sometimes easy motion nhe's emo. i think today what he sounded like was tired. tired of the fact that it keeps happening. and it was broad as well. it gets into the argument that if you're talking about trying to fight terror, then maybe you're ignoring issues of people getting their hands on guns easily at home and if you're focused on gun issues, maybe you're not focused as much on isis. well, he tried to tackle both saying tackling terrorism is something that the administration is doing but you can't ignore the fact that these last two attacks, this one and
san bernardino, were lone wolf guess, people who appeared to have been radicalized at home and they were able to get their hands on guns. it was also somewhat emotional. he talked about hugging and holding these families. the fact that they expressed grief beyond description told him that america needs to do more to stop this from happening and ask the president why it keeps happening. the president said that they don't care about politics and neither does he. in fact, he urged politicians that are trying to prevent him from taking more actions to prevent people from getting their hands on guns when they are deranged or radicalized urged them to meet with these families and hear some of the words that they said today, jim. >> michelle kosinski at the white house. before we hear from the president and his comments here just a few minutes away, i want to bring in ron johnson. he chairs the senate homeland security committee.
senator johnson, thank you for joining us. >> hello, jim. >> now, senator, your office discovered multiple facebook accounts associated with the orlando terrorist. this is key because we've now learned that he was posting to facebook and checking facebook out in the middle of this attack. i know you've now sent a letter to the facebook ceo mark zuckerberg asking for more information on posts in which this terrorist swore allegiance to isis. what can you tell us about what this terrorist did on facebook before this attack and, also, is facebook answering your requests now? >> let me first say, i really appreciate the fact that president obama went down to orlando to really offer a nation's condolences for that tragedy. it's something that we are becoming numb. these tragedies are becoming so frequent. and so i really appreciate the president going about doing that. from my standpoint, i'm chairman of the senate committee, homeland security and governmental affairs, which is
an oversight committee. we are trying to go through a very thoughtful process of gaining access to the information, what happened. particularly, what transpired before this terrorist attack so that we can accumulate that information, compare it to what happened before san bernardino, ft. hood, texas, chattanooga, tennessee, what went right in terms of the foil plot in milwaukee, wisconsin, against the masonic temple. i realize it's monday morning quarterbacking but i know this administration is doing it. this is our job to see what has happened in the past, what can we possibly do to prevent this from occurring in the future and how can we find bipartisan solutions? i'm trying to find areas of agreement to prevent these tragedies from happening in the future. >> well, let me thank you for that sentiment. exactly that kind of coming together is what the nation i think is looking for right now.
let me ask you, as you reach out to facebook, is it your fear that facebook makes it too easy for attackers like this and others to spout hate and to advertise their crimes, in effect, on facebook? is that your fear? >> let's face it, we're in the information age and social media has exploded on the scene here and people use it. 's what we need to find out, can our law enforcement officials, can we figure out how to gain access to that, monitor it so we can prevent these tragedies? i don't know what i don't know so we're just sending out a number of oversight letters to loretta lynch, secretary johnson, director comey. we're trying to accumulate that information so we can do an after-action report and see what we can do to prevent these tragedies. >> and we know social media is not a tangental issue.
i want to ask you something about something senator john mccain said earlier today about orlando. he told reporters the following. "barack obama is directly responsible for it because when he pulled everybody out of iraq, al qaeda, went to syria and became isis is what it is today, thanks to barack obama's failures, utter failures, he continues by pulling everybody out of iraq thinking that conflicts and just because you leave." so again in his words, the responsibility lies with president obama and his failed policies. do you agree with your fellow republican senator that his policies bear responsibility for this terrorist act? >> well, obviously the responsibility lies with the terrorist, the responsibility lies with islamic terrorist and, of course, isis is one of the groups that is inspiring this.
so, you know, what i want to do is support president obama's goal of defeating isis. the problem is senator mccain's frustration and most of us share, president obama stated that goal 22 months ago. yeah, we're making some progress but the analogy i use, let's say you have a beehive in your backyard. you're stirring up the hive. we have got to destroy isis and fully commit the civilized world tenaciously, find islamic terrorists wherever they reside and defeat them, destroy them, or this is going to continue. what is depressing about this is the increased frequency of these attacks around the world and here in america. >> so you're saying you need a further effort to fight isis but you disagree with senator mccain that the president is personally responsible in part for this attack? >> i believe it's a historic
blunder, not leaving a stabilizing force behind so isis could rise from the defeated ashes of al qaeda in iraq. this president's policies certainly has not panned out in the middle east. i mean, we are witnessing a genocide in syria. just a couple of years ago, we see this migration flow, refugee problem, we're seeing isis continue to exist and inspire this kind of behavior, directing it. we have information that they directed the brussels attack. isis is revolving and i certainly agree with that, we are not adequately addressing and committing to it is defeat and don't have an urgency about it. ultimately, defeating is not enough. we must urgently defeat isis. >> i had the opportunity a few minutes ago to speak with adam
schiff, the ranking democrat on the house committee. he's called for a new alert system that would notify law enforcement when anyone either currently under investigation for terrorism or previously under investigation for terrorism or terrorist sympathizing would be on some list and they are prevented from buying a gun. that in this case would have tipped off the fbi a week before the massacre to his gun dies. i wonder if you support an idea like that. >> we all agree, everybody, doesn't want would-be terrorists to have access to buying a gun. what list? what constitutional rights are we going to be denying people? how can we protect constitutional rights, due process and develop a list that will actually work? and quite honestly, what procedures are the fbi going through? this terrorist was on the watch list, they concluded the investigation and took him off the list. so we need to understand the
database and the very subsets of lists beneath it, how they are being used by law enforcement. let's not blow a particular investigation. so these are far more complex issues than what the political process is really talking about them right now. let's thoughtfully try and find the agreement on a shared goal of keeping guns and other weapons out of the hands of the terrorists but, again, the main focus, because the root cause is destroying and defeating isis and islamic terror because as long as they exist, i'm afraid they are going to find some way, shape or form of slaughtering innocence around the world. so you've got to address the root cause. to a certain extent, these other things are taking our eye off that imperative. >> senator ron johnson, republican chairman of the senate homeland security committee, thank you very much for joining us today. >> have a good day. we are just about a minute away from hearing from the
president here in orlando. i'm joined now by dana bash. as we wait to hear the president's remarks here after his emotional visit with some of the victim's families, survivors, what are you listening for from the president here? >> well, obviously it's going to be a combination of sorrow, of -- you know, his attempt to be the consoler in chief and also frustration. this is a president wrapping up two terms in the white house. having done this way too much. and he has said that time and time again. i heard a statistic yesterday that he has had more statements after mass shootings than he has state dinners, which is kind of the standard fare for a president. and the tragedy is that these kinds of shootings have become more standard fare, no matter what the politics are, that's the case. let's listen to the president. >> four days ago, this community
was shaken by are an evil and hateful act. today, we are reminded of what is good. that there is compassion, empathy and decency and, most of all, there is love. that's the orlando that we've seen in recent days that he is the america that we have seen. this afternoon, the vice president and i had the opportunity to meet with many of the families here. as you might imagine, their grief is beyond description. through their pain and through their tears, they told us about the joy that their loved ones had brought to their lives. they talked about their sons or their daughters. so many young people in their
20s and 30s. so many students who are focused on the future. one young woman was just 18 years old. another said her father was happy with so many dreams. there were siblings there talking about their brothers and sisters and how they were role models that they looked up to. there were husbands and wives who had taken a solemn vow. fathers and mothers who gave their full heart to their children. these families could be our families. in fact, they are our family. they are part of the american family. and today, the vice president
and i told them on behalf of the american people, that our hearts are broken, too, and that we stand with you and that we are here for you and that we are remembering those who you loved so deeply. as a nation, we've also been inspired by the courage of those who risked their lives and cared for others. partners whose last moments were spent shielding each other, the mother who gave her life to save her son, the marine whose quick thinking saved dozens of lives. chief mina, sheriff demings, all who responded in heroic ways. the outstanding police and first
responders who were able to, through their professionalism and quick response, rescue so many people. we also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of the doctors and all of the nurses who have worked day and night to treat the injured. save lives and prevent even more anguish. as one of the doctors here said, after the worst of humanity reared its ugly head, the best of humanity came roaring back. let me get that quote more precisely. after the worst of humanity reared its evil head, the best of humanity came roaring back. now, if we're honest with ourselves, if in fact we want to show the best of our humanity,
then we're all going to have to work together at every level of government across political lines to do more to stop killers who want to terrorize us. we will continue to be relentless against terrorist groups like isil and al qaeda. we are going to destroy them. we are going to disrupt their networks and their financing and the flow of fighters in and out of war theaters. we're going to disrupt their propaganda that poisons so many minds around the world. we're going to do all of that. our resolve is clear. but given the fact that the last two terrorist attacks on our
soil, orlando and san bernardino, were home-grown, carried out it appears not by external plotters, not by vast networks or a sophisticated cells but by deranged individuals warped by the hateful propaganda that they had seen over the internet then we're going to have to do more to prevent these kinds of attacks from occurring. it's going to take more than just our military. it's going to require more than just our intelligence teams. as good as they are, as dedicated as they are, as focused as they are, if you have lone wolf attacks like this, hatched in the minds of a
disturbed person, then we're going to have to take different steps in order to prevent something like this from happening. and those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon. the motives of this killer may have been different than the mass shooters in aurora or newtown. but the instruments of death were so similar. and now another 49 innocent people are dead. another 53 are injured. some are still fighting for their lives. some will have wounds that will last a lifetime.
we can't anticipate or catch every single deranged person that may wish to do harm to his neighbors or his friends or co-workers or strangers. but we can do something about the amount of damage that they do. unfortunately, our politics have conspired to make it as easily as possible for a terrorist or just a disturbed individual like those in aurora and newtown. to buy extraordinarily powerful weapons and they can do so legally. so today, once again, as has
been true too many times before, i held and hugged grieving family members and parents and they asked why does this keep happening and they pleaded to do more to stop the carnage. they don't care about the politics. and neither do i and neither does joe. and neither should any parent out here. thinking about their kids not being in the wrong place but in place where is kids are supposed to be. this debate needs to change. it's outgrown the old political stalemates. the notion that the answer to this tragedy would be to make
sure that more people in a nightclub are similarly armed to the killer defies commonsense. those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense. they should meet with the newtown families, some of whom we saw yesterday whose children should now be finishing fifth grade and why we think our liberty requires these repeated tragedies. that's not the meaning of liberty. i'm pleased to hear that the senate will hold votes on preventing individuals with possible terrorist ties from
buying guns, including assault weapons. i truly hope that senators rise to the moment and do the right thing. i hope that senators who voted no on background checks after newtown have a change of heart and then i hope the house does the right thing and ends the plague of violence that this causes the end to so many young lives. i've said this before, we will not be able to stop every tragedy. we can't wipe away hatred and evil from every heart in this world. but we can stop some tragedies. we can save some lives. we can reduce the impact of a terrorist attack if we're smart. and if we don't act, we will
keep seeing more massacres like this. because we'll be choosing to allow them to happen. we will have said we don't care enough to do something about it. here in orlando, we are reminded not only of our obligations as a country, we are reminded it not only of the need for us to implement smarter policies to prevent mass shootings. we're also reminded of what unites us as americans. and what unites us a stronger than the hate and terror of those who targeted us.
for so many people here who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, the pulse nightclub has always been a safe haven, a place to sing and dance and, most importantly, to be who you truly are. including for so many people whose families are originally from puerto rico. and sunday morning, that sanctuary was violated in the worst way imaginable. so whatever the motivations of the killer, whatever influences led him down the path of violence and terror, whatever propaganda he was consuming from isil and al qaeda, this was an act of terrorism but also an act of hate. this was an attack on the lgbt community. americans were targeted because we're a country that has learned to welcome everyone no matter
who you are or who you love. and hatred towards people because of sexual orientation regardless of where it comes from, it's a betrayal of what's best in us. joe and i were talking on the way over here, you can't break up the world into us and them and denigrate and express hatred towards groups because of the color of their skin or their faith or their sexual orientation and not feed something very dangerous in this
world. so if there was ever a moment for all of us to reflect and reaffirm our most basic beliefs that everybody counts and everybody has dignity, now's the time. it's a good time for all of to us reflect on how we treat each other and to insist on respect and equality for every human being. we have to end discrimination and violence against our brothers and sisters who are in the lgbt community. here at home and around the world. especially in countries where they are routinely prosecuted. we have to challenge the oppression of women, wherever it occurs, here or overseas. there's only