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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 us, americans, here
in orlando and the men and women taken from us, those who loved them. we see some of the true character of this country, the best of humanity roaring back. the fierce resolve that will carry us through not just this atrocity but through whatever difficult times may confront us. it's our pluralism and our respect for each other, including the young man who said to a friend he was super proud to be latino. it's our love of country and our unity, the outpouring of love that so many across our country have shown to our fellow americans who are lgbt, a display of solidarity and it might have been unimaginable even a few years ago.
ought of this darkest of moments, that gives us hope. seeing people reflect, seeing people's best instincts come out. maybe in some cases, minds and hearts change. it is our strength and our resilience. the same determination of a man who died here, who traveled the world mindful of the risks of a gay man who spoke for all of us when he said, you cannot be afraid. we are not going to be afraid. may we all find that same strength in our own lives. may we all find that same wisdom in how we treat one another. may god bless all who we lost
here in orlando, may he comfort their families, may he heal the wounded. may he bring some solace to those whose hearts have been broken. may he give us resolve to do what's necessary to reduce the hatred of this world, to curb the violence and may he watch over this country that we call home. thank you very much, everybody. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." very, very strong words from the president of the united states.
we're covering the breaking news. the president's very emotional statement about guns and violence just moments ago. right now we just heard it, after visiting with survivors and families of the victims of the orlando shootings. here with me in "the situation room," our chief political correspondent dana bash, chief political analyst gloria borger, jeff zeleny, senior political reporter manu raju who is up on capitol hill and our white house correspondent michelle kosinski. >> this isn't the first time we've seen the president in this role. and what was striking to me about his speech is, yes, he spoke about isis and the notion of these lone wolf attacks but he very early on in the speech
turned to the question of politics and guns and said, you know, we can't catch every deranged person that wishes to do harm but we can do something about the amount of damage that they do and that politics makes it very easy for terrorists or a disturbed person to buy these kinds of powerful weapons. so yet again, we heard the president talk about gun control and put this really very much in a political context as well as a foreign policy context. >> because he definitely spoke about this was a lone wolf attack. he said, dana, catched in the mind of the disturbed person, a single killer with a powerful assault weapon and then he spent a lot of time talking about the availability of guns in america. >> that's right. and look, this happened the same
day that the head of the cia on capitol hill and saying that isis is still a threat in big cities, maybe even here. that is on the minds of everybody. but the fact is that, according to our colleague's law enforcement sources, it's not entirely clear what the motive or string of motives that this killer had, whether he used isis as just kind of -- not an excuse, but he seized on isis as a way to funnel his frustrations and other issues that he might have been having. but it is still a very real fear in this country and as president of the united states, when you have somebody massacre almost 50 people, the biggest massacre on his watch in a line of horrific shootings and they say something about isis, he's got to try to reassure the american people and that's what he did. but there wasn't a big attempt
at reassuring. it was an angry obama speech saying we've got to -- i'm sick of telling these families that i'm sorry and i'm sick of having no answers when they come to me and say why does this keep happening. >> they said they don't care the politics and neither do i after hugging families and things. but the reality is, politics are very important here. if the senate which was democratically controlled here at the time of the horrific shooting, we can't think of anything more brutal than a gunman walking into a school. vice president biden made it his life's work. you remember that, dana. all of those intense debates. they couldn't do it. >> they lost democrats. >> they lost democrats. the politics of this i do believe is changing and some republicans up this year, this is happening every year is an election year but on the cusp of a presidential campaign.
donald trump has been talking about it and hillary clinton has been talking about it. the president is calling on people, once again, to focus on this. but you're so right, dana, on the day that this is happening. some people are going to ignore the gun control message here and go directly after the real threat. republicans have been saying, john mccain will get into this, the president, you know, deserves some blame for this. >> and michelle, you're over at the white house. the president also spent a lot of time discussing discrimination of the lgbt community. the president was very, very strong in saying that the discrimination and violence here at home and around the world must end and must end right away. this is a very important part of his speech as well. >> yeah. he really lamented all of the
terrible aspects of this. the president covered all of that and lamented all of that. at least not in his speech was he acting as comforter in chief. it sounded like he wanted to -- in the white house's point of view, wake america up. if we don't do more to stop certain people from getting easy access to guns, then we're actually choosing to let that happen. the president has delivered a similar speech many times now. we've certainly seen him angrier and more emotional. we saw him start crying when he was talking about the sandy hook shooting. here it was more broad. he laid out his argument for why it's not just about going after isis militarily, why we need to go over lone wolves, why that includes preventing people who are disturbed or deranged from getting guns and why the
argument that adding more guns to the equation is, in his view, without commonsense. i think the most emotional point that spoke out, once again, he held and hugged families who pleaded with him to do more, asked him why it keeps happening. that's why said, they don't care about politics. neither do i. he sounded less angry and emotional in this speech than he did tired. tired of it keep happening and wanted to lay out the broadest argument that he could for why it doesn't make sense to keep not changing things. >> he spent two hours with the victims' families. this was happening as john mccain, the senator of arizona, says that barack obama is to blame for the attack.
telling reporters, "barack obama is directly responsible for it because when he pulled everybody out of iraq, al qaeda went to syria, became isis and isis is what it is today thanks to barack obama's failures." later he said he misspoke and tried to clarify that the policies were responsible. manu, you're up on the hill. this has caused a huge uproar. today, senator mccain's comments. >> yes, it did. not completely, wolf. as you noted, he said that the policies created this. the president was not directly responsible. in that gaggle with reporters, mccain was agitated and made it very clear that the president was responsible for what happened in orlando. he was asked repeatedly and said, yes, the president is directly responsible. those are very, very strong
words but after he did cause that uproar of walking that back slightly, we should know john mccain in the middle of a very difficult re-election race. he has an august primary, something that he should be safe in that primary. he's wary of the challenges from the right but also has a very difficult race in the general election against ann kirkpatrick, democratic congresswoman and clearly democrats are jumping all over this, seeing this as a vulnerability. mccain has been saying this for days. he also said that the policies were responsible for what happened in orlando. clearly some strong words from john mccain not quite backing down. >> no. he said, "i misspoke, i did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible. i was referring to president obama's national security decisions, not the president himself." manu, stand by. i want to get some more on all of this, republican senator
james langford is joining us. thanks very much for joining us. i want to get your reaction as to what the presidesenator mcca. do you agree? >> he should have directly clarified that and said the president is not directly responsible for that. the problem is it's very similar to what brennan said in the cia hearing today. when i asked him personally about the caliphate in syria and iraq, how do we actually deal with this? will we slow down these lone wolf attacks. and as long as the caliphate is there and they continue to motivate people, they are going to continue to motivate the lone wolf attacks around the world. obviously the president is not personally responsible as long
as the caliphate is able to stay there and we are not taking them on as an entity, they are going to continue to prom mull gate people whether it's at a christmas party in california last year or a nightclub in orlando, they are going to continue to press and find lone wolf attacks. >> will you vote, senator, in favor of the gun legislation that's coming up early next week, one that would prevent those on the terror watch list from getting a gun and the other would extend background checks for gun shows. >> i'm looking at all of those. the first principle for me is we have a second amount and whatever we pass has to be constitutional. he with couldn't say to one of these suspected terrorists, you can no longer talk on the phone, no longer talk on the internet, no longer go in a mosque because those are protected constitution rights. we can't say because you're a suspect we take your phone away. you have to actually show something. you can't do that per the second
amendment rights as well. what i want to reiterate to you, it's already the law right now, if someone is known or a suspected as a terrorist, they cannot just walk in and buy a firearm. they have a long waiting period that actually kicks in that the system will kick them out. the fbi is pinged on that and they get options to be able to deal with it. so that's already current law. that is not correct, they are already held back and already can't walk in and buy a gun at a gun store right now. >> but they can go to these gun shows and buy guns without any background checks. >> most of the people at a gun show are licensed dealers. >> most are licensed but there are some private citizens that sell guns and gun shows. >> you're correct. >> and there's no requirements. a terrorist can go to a private citizen, buy them all, no background check, no nothing. >> that is correct. in the current system. but that's actually fairly rare.
>> shouldn't that loophole, senator, be removed? >> well, see, here's the challenge. if i buy a shotgun from my next door neighbor, right now it's one person selling another person item on that. what the gun show is, it's a group of individuals gathering together to be able to do those shows. by far, most of them are licensed dealers and most the individuals selling a high-powered rifle are also telling them through a dealer. there will be that background check. it's a legal product on that. you're not going to go through and have every neighbor if you're selling to a neighbor or grandson or their uncle to be able to have to go through these background checks. that's not how we're set up. >> what if it's an ar-15? would it be okay to purchase an ar-15 from a private individual without any background check? >> that's currently the law right now.
>> should that law be changed? >> i don't think it should, actually. if i'm selling to neighbor and someone that i know -- >> what if you're selling to someone you don't know? >> well -- >> some individual, some private individual walks into a gun show, you have no idea who this person is, he wants to buy an ar-15? >> i would say the vast majority of individuals that do that would go through a dealer and not a private individual. this is the same thing we dealt with with james comey yesterday. directly asked him if we know of any individuals on the terror watch list trying to buy weapons. he cannot think of a case where someone who is on that no fly list is actually trying to buy a weapon as well. somewhat we're chasing down a solution to something that doesn't seem to be a problem at this point. so the issue is, should that person be able to buy a weapon? no, they are a suspected terrorist. they should not be able to do that. but it's current law right now that that person cannot walk in and do that. t
the fbi is notified and it's a long process before they could actually purchase that weapon. >> senator lankford, thank you for joining us. >> you bet. we're learning the orlando gunman was exchanging text messages with his wife during the three-hour massacre. we have details of what they said. that's next. words no one even knows.
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ee allegiance to isis and there are new details. >> reporter: omar mateen on duty as a security guard and captured on hidden camera in a 2012 documentary in the spill ranting about the people there to clean up the water. >> everybody is just out to get paid. they are hoping for more oil to come out and more people to complain so they will have the jobs. >> reporter: four years later, mateen carries out the worst mass shooting in modern history. new video of the attack captured on a cell phone from inside the pulse nightclub bathroom shows frightened club goers taking cover in a bathroom stall. one of the first police officers on the scene told cnn what he saw inside. >> it was kind of dark, you know, had the disco lights still
going and i just began yelling, hey, guys, come on out, come on out, we've got you, we've got you. and just unfortunately, it took a minute but realized they weren't faking it. they couldn't get up. >> reporter: in an interview with cnn anderson cooper, john mina explained why officers waited hours despite victims shot and bleeding inside desperate to be rescued. >> our officers went in there and forced him to retreat and become a barricade a gunman in the bathroom. >> reporter: police finally made the call to blow through a wall when mateen made a threat to detonate bombs inside. >> we had information that he was going to put explosive vests on four people and then blow the place up in 15 minutes. by that time, we were already set with our explosive breach and that's when we made the decision. >> reporter: in a letter to facebook ceo, mark zuckerberg,
senator ron johnson says that the gunman searched for pulse orlando and shooting right in the middle of the rampage before and during the attack and posted, "now taste the islamic taste vengeance" and one final chilling post, "in the next few days, you will see attacks from the islamic state in the usa." investigators now continue to look at what mateen's wife noor salman knew about mateen's plans. investigators believe she even communicated with her husband via text messages during his three-hour rampage. she's now given conflicting statements. but admits that she suspected mateen was planning an attack, possibly on pulse. salman has told investigators that on the day before the shooting she tried to tell mateen not to commit an act of violence but she did not call the police.
>> president obama said that isis is losing ground, losing leaders and morale and the director of the cia testified before congress. >> despite all of our progress against isil in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the terrorism capability and global reach. in fact, as the pressure mounts on isil, we judge that it will intensify the global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda. we judge that isil is training an attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks. isil has a large western fighter who is could serve as operatives for attacks in the west. and the group is probably exploring a variety of means to infiltrate operatives into the west including legitimate methods of travel.
>> let's go to michael leiter. thank you very much for coming in. >> good to be here, wolf. >> you agree with that very dire assessment from the cia director? >> i think i do. although we're making some progress in syria and iraq, it's not enough and even if you're disrupting them overseas. the movement has spawned and they are really not being affected by that and maybe even driven more as they see isis lose ground in the middle east. >> clearly his words, the cia director, were much more ominous than what we heard earlier in the week from the president of the united states. how do you explain that? >> i think they were and that comes from john brennan being an analyst who has been doing counterterrorism analysis for many years. we have to defeat them in iraq and syria but whether it's in libya, western europe or people who are not directed but still inspired by isis here in the united states.
>> is the president putting forward too rosy a picture? >> i wouldn't go that far. i think the president was speaking about the situation in iraq and syria. again, i think we need to do more there. the fact is, there's no single place that we have to defeat them. we have to defeat them in plane places and that's going to require multiple pools. i think john gave a more strategic view of what the threat really is. >> and these words really impacted me because of the debate that you're hearing right now with donald trump saying you've got to have a temporary ban on muslim refugees coming into the united states when tci director says they are infiltrating operatives into the west including refugee flows, smuggling routes and legitimate methods of travel if they have a european passport they could just come over for business or pleasure or tourism without any background check whatever so. >> that's absolutely right. you have to look out and
terrorists are going to use any path they can. this is really no different from al qaeda. al qaeda used all of these methods and others to infiltrate the united states. in my view, there's no single way that you stop that either. you really do, again, require a multitude of tools, of screenings, vescreening refugee doing law enforcement here and intelligence here in the united states for people already here. it doesn't shock me that they are looking at all of these methods and we can't turn this into a simplistic silver bullet that will solve all of it. >> so when trump says to have a temporary ban, you don't agree with that? >> not only do i disagree on it, it certainly feeds the narrative that isis is trying to spew already to find more. >> what is your analysis of what happened at the nightclub in orlando? was this isis really at work, whether a direction from isis or simply an inspiration from isis? was this isis at work? >> this is absolutely isis.
and this question of direction versus inspiration that we've been so absorbed by al qaeda and plots over the last 15 years, it's really less relevant for isis. in many ways, we should be more worried about what happened in orlando, which was no connection to isis but inspiration by isis. simply that inspiration without the communication and connectivity, makes it that much harder to detect and disrupt these plots. >> if this is isis, how does the united states stop it? >> well, as i said, it requires every piece, an offensive piece with military and special operations overseas and deepen gangment with european allies in the west. it requires law enforcement here in the united states and vastly more than what we've been doing today in terms of resources and importantly, it requires deep engagement with the muslim communities. they are harmed by this as much as anyone and muslim communities that know their own community.
we partner with every community. we need to do the exact same thing with muslim communities here as in western europe. >> you were in the white house situation room when the killing of bin laden took place. you know him well. when you hear senator mccain initially saying that the president was directly responsible for what happened in orlando and then clarified and said i misspoke, i did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible, i was referring to president obama's national security decisions, not the president himself. how much blame do you think the president has for what happened in orlando? >> well, i was lucky to work with president obama and i've been lucky to work with senator mccain on several occasions. i think senator mccain's criticism of president obama and the removal of troops from iraq, i don't think there's any doubt that the removal of troops from iraq allow isis to do better. on the other hand, that's not the only problem that we have here.
i think it has to be addressed domestically and internationally and president obama, truthfully, was more aggressive in going after al qaeda than was his predecessor, president bush. i hope we can move it away from democrat and republican. >> more terrorists have been killed under president obama than bush? >> that's true in pakistan. but in the last eight years we've seen the emergence of isis in ways we hadn't before. >> michael leiter, thank you. >> thank you. the gunman described as verbally abusive and rude in elementary school. details of what may have been early warning signs. that's next. to 4 times a week. i'd always get asked if i was asian or moroccan or something else. so i jumped at the chance to take the dna test through ancestry. and my results ended up being african, european and asian.
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in we're following the breaking news in the orlando massacre. there were warning signs going back several years. brian todd is on the scene in orlando. what else are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, tonight we have new accounts from former classmates and these documents that we have just obtained from the st. lucie county school system showing a lifetime of red flags from omar mateen. along the way, no one from the school system that he came up to was able to stop the progression of the pulse nightclub.
this behavior extended back to his childhood even as young boy. omar mateen was troubled. a classmate tells cnn that mateen once threatened to blow everyone up when he was 9 or 10 years old. documents obtained by cnn from the st. lucie county schools show he was disciplined 31 times describing mateen as rude and aggressive and noted he talked frequently about violence and sex. robert rode the same bus route during high school. he says in the days following accept 11th, mateen claimed
osama bin laden was his uncle and made light of the attacks. >> he was making a plane noise and he would made like a boom sound, an explosion type of sound and was laughing about it like it was a joke. my friends and i were like, if you don't stop, it's going to be a problem. >> reporter: as a teenaged employee at gold's gym, he was to be avoided. >> he had that kind of aura that i don't think people wanted to engage him. >> reporter: stefan held personal training sessions. >> one of my clients was completing her set on the spot rack and was in full stride all the way down and he made a derogatory statement about her anatomy which was completely unacceptable and loud at that. like he wanted her to hear it. >> reporter: staff members at gold's gym could not recall any disciplinary issues with mateen. a few years later, he was transferred from a job as a
security guard at a courthouse after making inflammatory comments about terrorism. that's when the fbi started investigating him. >> he said he hoped that law enforcement would raid his apartment and assault his wife and child so he could martyr himself. >> reporter: his first wife said that her family had to rescue her to get her out of the marriage. >> emotional stability, sickness, mentally, he was mentally unstable and mentally ill. that's the only explanation that i could give. and he was obviously disturbed. >> reporter: now, these school records show that omar mateen repeatedly had intervene with school psychologists and since the shootings his father has repeatedly said that he thought his son was normal. wolf? >> was there a warning signal from a local gun store several weeks before the massacre? >> reporter: there was, wolf. according to the gun store owner
himself, robert abel, the owner of lotus gun works, he said that about six weeks ago after mateen came in trying to buy level three body armor and a bulk ammunition and asked odd questions, that his staff became concerned and contacted authorities. according to law enforcement officials, federal officials have no record of the lotus gun works or any other store contacting them about omar mateen during that period and the sheriff office says the same thing. they don't have a record of it. the distinction could be that they didn't get a name associated with any call because when they called authorities, they did not have a name omar mateen. they just reported his odd behavior. >> brian todd on the scene for us in orlando, thank you for that report. joining us now here in "the situation room," former fbi assistant director tom fuentes, shadi hamid for middle east policy, author of a book, "how
the struggle over islam is reshaping the world" also with us evan perez and counterterrorism terrorism analyst phil mudd. evan, what are you learning about the communication that took place during that three-hour massacre between the terrorist and his wife? >> somewhere around 4:00 a.m., about two hours after the massacre began, it appears that he began exchanges text messages with his wife. now, we don't know at this point whether she knew exactly what was happening. he said, have you seen the news? at some point she becomes aware and she knows that there's a massacre and she suspects her husband is behind it and she starts frantically making these phone calls. he does not pick up. that's also part of the picture that the fbi is still trying to put together of exactly what she knew when she knew it because, as you know, there's an investigation focused on that. >> there were apparently efforts by this terrorist to go online
to search information about the san bernardino terrorist, to search information about abu baghdadi. >> i would say it's impossible. one of the keys you want to look at in this case, wolf, is whether he's interacting with somebody, especially an fbi informant, and indicates an interest in violence. in this case, about searching about san bernardino, there's got to be tens and millions who have done that. when the fbi was investigating him, let's look at the timeline, 2013, 2014. san bernardino happened in december of 2015 after the case was closed. so the fbi isn't even looking at this guy anymore. i think the chance they could have picked up on these signals is zero because they were not investigating him anymore and they are not searching through the tens and millions of americans simply showing an interest in the san bernardino killings. >> what kind of role should
companies like facebook or twitter play in helping law enforcement if they suspect something is wrong. >> well, the problem is to get them to suspect in the first place and i think phil is exactly right. tens and millions of people search those sites. i searched personally for information about san bernardino and al baghdadi and isis. we all do that as investigators and reporters look at what happened to try to get information from other sources online. so that's impossible for the bureau to sort that out. as far as facebook and the social media, i think it depends how closely they are actually looking at the messaging. they are looking at the system and how many people are online and how many use their service but for them to actually look at all content all the time, i think that's going to -- >> very easy in retrospect. >> keep in mind, these companies do a very good job in co
copyrighting and there is more, it seems like, some of these companies could be doing. >> it's been several days now since the attack at the nightclub. isis originally claimed responsibility but they have been relatively silent since then, haven't they? what has been their reaction? i'm wondering because there's been a lot of reporting out there that perhaps this terrorist himself was gay. >> yeah. so i think first of all this was an isis-inspired attack. isis central does not seem to have been involved and this is in the new scary era that we're in. someone can want to commit a terrorist act and then pledge allegiance to isis at the very last minute and then invest their act with more meaning and that's exactly what's happened. in that sense, isis has gained from this because we are now having a national debate in a way that we wouldn't have been if it were just some regular shooter, right? so that's one thing. in terms of his sexuality some
people might say, would isis really want to have the allegiance of someone who might have been guy? they don't have a problem with that and in some sense it might be preferable in that here's someone who actually tried to redeem himself, redeem his quote/unquo quote/unquote sinfulness through an act of violence. they are quote/unquote, sinful or not very observant before they commit their act and then there seems to be an aspect of guilt and then they are trying to redeem themselves to an act of martyrdom. i think that's the way that we can better understand this. >> he was trying to repent? >> in a way, yes. >> they would interpret it that way. stand by. more coming up. also, donald trump celebrates the anniversary of his entering the race for president but some worried republicans are looking for a
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just the beginning. cnn political reporter sara murray is in dallas. the statement makes no mention of the republican establishment's growing doubts about trump. what's the latest? >> reporter: imagine that, wolf. and that's not the only back lash donald trump is facing. he was being deposed in a case where one of the chefs pulled out of his hotel in protest of comments he made about mexicans. in response, donald trump is suing the chef. in addition to navigating the issues dealing with his visit, he is trying to navigate the alarm from members of trump's own party about his candidacy. after a year as the ultimate outsider, donald trump says he is happy to stick with his go it alone strategy. >> we have to have republicans either stick together or let me do it by myself. >> reporter: following a string of fire storms, trump just might
have to. from criticizing a federal judge. >> i have a judge who is a hater of donald trump. >> reporter: saying the president sympathizes with terrorists. >> we are led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or he's got something else in mind. >> reporter: doubling down on his muslim ban. >> we have to stop people from pouring into our country. we have to stop it. until we find out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: trump's outbursts have republican leaders openly airing grievances with the presumptive nominee. >> either there's going to be dramatic change or i can't find my way there. >> i distance myself including the muslim ban a long time ago and specific issues. >> i am not commenting on the presidential candidate today. >> reporter: it has driven some republicans to discuss extraordinary options, however far fetched, even talk of orchestrating a convention coup before trump is officially anointed in cleveland. among the ideas on the table,
finding a way to free delegates through a new convention rule or conscience clause, to allow them to vote for whoever they prefer rather than be bound by the will of the voters. trump offers this advice to gop critics. >> please be quiet, don't talk. >> reporter: paul ryan's response to those comments? >> you can't mix it up. we represent a separate but equal branch of government. >> reporter: ryan says he still plans to support the presumptive nominee. >> do you imagine any scenario in which you rescind your endorsement. >> that's not my plan, i don't have a plan to do that. we are going to agree to disagree on some things. >> reporter: with the gop in turmoil, hillary clinton is making early moves to define her opponent as a bully. all while painting herself in a positive light. >> for hillary, one thing never changed. helping children has been a cause of her life. >> reporter: airing ads like
this one across eight battleground states. we are expecting donald trump in dallas in a couple of hours. the deep red state of texas is not a traditional battleground state but a cash cow for gop politics. trump is holding a fund-raiser here and two others tomorrow. sources say they expect to raise north of $6 million with the three events combined, a help to the trump campaign when they're struggling to catch up in the money race ahead of the general election. wolf? >> good report. sara murray reporting. coming up, the chilling text messages between the orlando gunman and his wife. we are learning what they were saying to each other during the three our killing spree. you both have a
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happening now. breaking news. the killer's words. we are hearing the orlando attacker for the first time and final messages, tlug threatening his wife. president obama grieves, he visits orlando to honor shooting victims and comfort families. he is venting his frustration with america's gun politics and donald trump's proposals. isis intensifying. the cia director warns the terror group is tepg up efforts to attack the west. is that at odds with the president's claim of significant progress against isis? political panic. some republicans are privately talking about ways they might be able to stop donald trump from officially claiming the
nomination. this as trump tells critics of his party to be quiet or he'll dump them. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i am wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." the breaking news this hour. we're learning about the orlando gunman's final communications with his wife during the hours he was hold up in that night club where he committed a massacre. a u.s. official telling cnn that oh march mateen texted his wife asking if she knew about the attack. she texted back she loved him and tried to call him but didn't answer his cell phone. in orlando, president obama says victims, relatives pleaded with him to do more to prevent furn carnage and violence. speaking awhile ago, the president said politics made it easy for terrorists or mentally
ill to buy weapons legally. the president is pleased a democratic filibuster set the stage for new gun control votes. senator chris murphy says he has assurances republican leaders would work toward making those votes happen. senator murphy is standing by live, we will talk about if anything will get passed. and we have full coverage of all of the breaking stories. let's begin with pamela brown on the keen in orlando. pamela, what are you learning? >> reporter: we learned from law enforcement sources that the wife of omar mateen was frantically calling her husband during the shooting after news broke and she suspected that her husband may be responsible for it. she claims she tried to dissuade him from going to launch an attack, as we know, she did not call police and during the three hour attack, wolf, we learned the couple exchanged text
messages. tonight chilling new video captured inside pulse nightclub. club goers hiding in the bathroom, trying to keep quiet as the shooting was taking place. in the middle of the chaos, the gunman and his wife communicated. according to law enforcement, she was frantically calling him after news broke of the shooting. around 4:00 a.m., he texted asking if she saw the news. she responded i love you. she told investigators she had a suspicion when he left the house saturday he was going to launch an attack, even though he told her he was going to visit a friend. and we are now hearing from omar mateen for the first time. this documentary from big picture ranch about the bp oil spill shows mateen working as a security guard. >> once people get laid off here, it will suck. they want more disaster to happen. that's where the money making is. >> reporter: sources tell cnn in weeks leading up to the attack, mateen began to spend significant money, including to
buy weapons used for the attack. a letter from senator ron jon son to facebook says he searched the site during the rampage for news on the shooting. in the next few days you will see attacks from the islamic state in the usa. officers were pulling out victims, hostage negotiators made contact with him. >> there was speculation he had explosives and that he would come out of bathroom with explosives. >> what was running through your mind. >> will the breach work, can you get everybody out, that kind of thing. the main concern is trying to get the people out. >> reporter: a first responder talking about the scene. >> it was kind of dark. had disco lights still on. i began yelling hey guys, come on, come on, we got you. it took a minute to realize that
they weren't faking, they couldn't get up. >> reporter: investigators are trying to determine motive for the attack and if anyone, including his wife, could have done anything to stop it. wolf, we know a few weeks before the attack the gunman attempted to buy body armor. we learned from the owner, he called the fbi office because he acted suspiciously when he went in there. they didn't know it was omar mateen, they learned that after the shooting. that's something that the fbi wants to look into, the fact that the fbi was learning. also we learned from law enforcement sources that the gunman went on a spending spree in the weeks leading up to the shooting. as we know he bought guns used in the shooting and other items. all of this is under investigation. the question remains why didn't anyone speak up. why wasn't the gunman prevented
during the rampage. >> important questions. pamela brown, thank you. now to the president's emotional trip to orlando and renewed call for action against gun violence in the united states. he said the idea lives could have been saved if people in the nightclub were armed defies common sense. that's something donald trump suggested. let's get more on the trip to orlando. michelle, the president says he held and hugged the grieving family members. update our viewers. >> reporter: right, wolf, he spoke of indescribable grief and pain. met with survivors, first responders, families of victims, then took their plea to the american public saying that not doing more to prevent certain people getting access to high powered weapons is the same as choosing to let it happen again. >> 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 that we do more to stop the carnage. they don't care about the politics. neither do i. neither does joe. neither should any parent out here. thinking about the kids not being in the wrong place but places where kids are supposed to be. this debate needs to change. we have outgrown the old political stalemates. the notion that the answer to
this tragedy that more people in the nightclub are similarly armed to the killer defies common sense. those who defend easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet the families and explain why that makes sense, should meet with newtown families, some of you saw yesterday, whose children would now be finishing fifth grade on why it is we think our liberty requires these repeated tragedies. that's not the meaning of liberty. i am pleased to hear 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 those that votes against background checks after newtown change their mind. end the violence these weapons of war have on so many lives. >> reporter: we have seen the president make similar trips after mass shootings nine times before today. we heard him angrier and more emotional. what we heard today was disgust that yes, this happened again. he used broad language about how it is more than fighting isis, you look at these shootings and others, these are lone wolves, and made the point that requires some different approach. wolf? >> michelle kosinski from the white house. thank you very much. president obama is urging congress in his words to do the
right thing, on track for new gun control votes after a democratic led filibuster. chris murphy ended a 15 hour marathon when he got promises from republican leaders that they move toward votes on two measures. there are right now no guarantees anything will get passed. thanks for coming in. >> sure. >> will there be two votes next week? >> two votes, monday night or tuesday morning. we will have two votes, one closing the terrorist loophole so individuals on the terror watch list cannot buy guns, and the second one, expanding reach of background checks to penetrate not just sales at brick and mortar stores but online sales and gun shows where today about 40% of all gun sales are happening. the reality, if you want to stop a terrorist from getting a gun, first make sure those with terrorist connections are on the list of those prohibited. then make sure the lists are not
just in gun stores but in all the other forums where would be terrorists are trying to buy a dangerous assault weapon. >> 54 republicans, 44 democrats, how many votes are necessary. >> it is a deep frustration that want rules reform, this is another 60 vote requirement. >> do you have 60 votes to pass either of these measures? >> i am skeptical that we have 60 votes. >> for all of it? >> i am skeptical we have 50 for background. >> 60. >> 60 votes. we may have 60 to pass the measure, make sure people on the terrorist watch list can't buy guns. 90% of americans believe if you are so dangerous that you're not allowed to fly on a plane in this country, you probably also shouldn't be able to walk into a store and buy -- >> you think you have 60 votes. >> i know in the wake of
orlando, a lot in congress are reassessing laws to the ability of would be terrorists to get expensive and dangerous weapons. >> i spoke last hour with a republican senator langford of oklahoma who said i want to work with democrats and come up with a bipartisan piece of legislation. have you been speaking with him? >> there are discussions right now happening relative to a compromise and that would not have happened if we hadn't gone to the floor and force this filibuster. let's be honest. we came to the senate this week, leadership had no plans to debate any legislation that would have addressed the shooting in orlando or made shootings in the future less likely. we forced a debate this week into next week on these measures. maybe we end up with a compromise. that only happened because there were 40 u.s. senators that went to the floor for 15 hours to demand this debate happen. >> you know what critics are saying, even if what you propose
in this legislation had been the law of the land, the terrorist in orlando would still have been able to purchase that weapon, semi assault weapon that he got and the pistol. >> first, we can't get into the trap in which we have to design a piece of legislation that is an exact answer to the latest mass shooting. there's no doubt if you expand background checks, there will be less carnage on the streets of america, that's what data shows us. but let me say this. if senator feinstein's amendment, it is her amendment that's relative to this issue of stopping terrorists from getting guns, it would give broad jurisdiction to the attorney general to put on the list for those confined from buying weapons anyone that's a threat to the nation. omar mateen may not have been on this specific list today, but the totality of his contacts may have led the attorney general to put him on the list of prohibited buyers. i think the amendment we'll consider monday may have, if it was in effect prior to this weekend, stopped omar mateen
from getting the weapon. >> even if this passes the senate, still has to pass the house of representatives where there's a significant republican majority. i want you to listen to what speaker of the house paul ryan said today because he has concerns. >> the fbi director told us the other day, i think he said this publicly, if we do this wrong like the president is proposing, we can blow the on-going terrorist investigations. >> do you want to respond to the speaker of the house? he says that you can tip-off potential terrorists out there if he wants to buy a weapon, he won't be allowed to buy a weapon, he will then know he is under investigation and there could be problems as the fbi is investigating that individual. >> so there's two responses to that. first, department of justice supports the amendment we are voting on. senator feinstein worked with them. >> you heard the fbi director comey's reservations. >> he had reservations, they support the bill before the senate next week.
second, i never heard those reservations by speaker ryan raised with respect to the no fly list. if you are trying to get on a plane and are a known terrorist, if you're denied that ticket, maybe that's a tipoff you're on one of the lists, the alternative is not getting on the plane. the alternative is to get the gun. yes, there may be danger that you got prohibited buying the assault weapon, you may think why am i denied this purchase, but theal terptive is perhaps more slaughter. >> there are 3 million guns out there around the united states. the argument is there are so many guns out there, there's a problem no matter what you do on capitol hill. >> that can't be the answer. data shows city after city, less guns in the community, less gun homicide. there's a small number of purchases attempted by people on
the no fly list, 200 or so purchases. that's not infringement on anyone's right. >> senator murphy, stand by. there's more to discuss. other developments are happening now. we will take a quick break. be right back. blat blatch. your doctor should monitor your weight and may stop treatment. include diarrhea, nausea, upper respiratory tract infection, and headache.
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cia director said does that mean it is really losing ground? it is on the road to being defeated? clearly in his view the answer is no. the orlando attack was not directly connected to isis but the head of the cia said today isis wants to encourage more. >> as we have seen in orlando, san bernardino and elsewhere, isil is attempting to inspire attacks by sympathizers who have no direct links to the group. >> reporter: in blunt language, john brennan warned isis is work to go attack the west any way it can. >> they have a large cod ray of fighters that can serve as operatives for attacks in the west. and they're probably finding wait to infiltrate into the west, smuggling routes and legitimate methods of travel. >> reporter: astonishing assessment. >> despite progress against isil
on the battlefield, efforts haven't reduced the group's terrorism capability and reach. >> reporter: brennan called them resill yant, adapting to efforts to stop it. >> it will probably rely on guerrilla tactics and outside the territory that it currently holds. >> reporter: the republican chairman of the senate intelligence committee calling for more action. >> isil's global battlefield includes the united states and we cannot stand idly by. >> reporter: after thousands of air strikes, and loss of territory, isis maintains key advantages. >> the group would have to suffer heavy losses on territory, man power and money for its capacity to decline significantly. >> reporter: they estimate tens of millions through intimidation and oil sales. and the spread of isis across the world is ensuring its
capacity for conducting more attacks. numbers far exceeding al qaeda. in iraq and syria between 18 and 22,000 down from as many as 33,000 last year. in libya, its most dangerous affiliate, 5,000 to 8,000 operatives. in egypt and sinai peninsula, perhaps up to a thousand. >> there are hardcore fighters, adhere ants, specialists, facilitators and others. numbers are significant. >> reporter: answering all this criticism today, the pentagon said it has been warning for months that military action, air strikes and military advisers on the ground alone would never be sufficient to defeat and destroy isis. wolf? >> barbara starr, thanks very much. we are with chris murphy. i assume you agree with that dire assessment from the cia
director? >> i agree in the sense there are two narratives that are important to continuation of isil and their growth. one, their supposed caliphate in the middle east is inevitably expanding, second that the east is at war with the west, the muslim war at war with the christian world. the first rationale, the geographic center of control is being reduced by efforts there, so the second narrative that's now most important to them. that's why they're trying to export the fight and hoping we react in ways that further radicalize populations at home that may listen to calls for lone wolf attacks. >> senator john mccain cause add stir when he uttered these words about the president of the united states and his responsibility for isis and for what happened in orlando. listen to mccain. >> barack obama is directly responsible for it because when
he pulled everybody out of iraq, al qaeda went to syria, became isis, and isis is what it is today thanks to barack obama's failures. >> later reissued a statement saying i misspoke, i didn't mean to imply the president was personally responsible. i was referring to president obama's national security deegtsz, not the president himself. basically he was saying the decision by the president to remove all u.s. troops from iraq helped create isis. your reaction? >> that's a tried and true republican fiction. it wasn't president obama's decision, it was president bush's decision. it was president bush that signed the agreement that set timetable for withdrawal of troops. in fact, president obama tried to reverse that decision but couldn't get an agreement with the iraqi government. and you have to reverse further back in time to understand it was the invasion of iraq that set the chain of events that
created the terrorist force. so this is something that republicans have tried to proffer for a long time, it is just not based in fact. >> we know president bush set that deadline, but assumption was some troops would stay. argument mccain and lindsey gray a.m. makes is the president didn't try to convince the leader of iraq to let the troops stay there and they would have immunity from iraqi prosecution. >> the president tried to keep troops there. the prime minister of iraq wouldn't give us conditions upon which we could keep troops there and we had to pull them out. but this is only a piece of the story line. the fact is whenever our troops left, the prime minister of that country was determined to conduct internal affairs in a way that marginalize sunni populatio populations. >> senator, thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me. more on the breaking news, the orlando killer's texts with
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was going on, a source saying omar mateen texted his wife to see if she had seen news reports of the slaughter. we are joined by dr. lisa vansusteren, justice correspondent evan perez, tom fuentes, and national security analyst peter bergen. what are you learning about the wife, noor salman? >> in addition to text messages that came around 4:00 p.m., about two hours into the massacre, wolf, in addition to those texts he also -- she tried to reach out to him when she realized what was happening, when she learned there had been this attack at the pulse nightclub, she had been there with him. she realized that he might be involved. she frantically tried to make the calls, he did not answer. at the same time he's also posting on facebook, making comments about isis and pledging
allegiance, declaring we are going to see attacks from isis in the coming weeks. you see a lot of activity he is doing while in the club in a standoff with authorities. >> the wife, second wife, noor salman apparently changed her story in various interviews with the fbi. i assume that's some sort of red flag if you were part of the investigatory team? >> the problem, wolf, is that everything she says will possibly be recanted later at a later time. her claim could be in the future she's under such duress and trauma after learning what her husband has just done that she's trying to sort it out in her mind. the other aspect, if you have text messages where he tries to tell her basically it is me, i am here, i am doing it, if that's any surprise to her, that adds credibility to her not knowing he was on the way to commit that at that time. there's still things to sort out. what the authorities need, what
the fbi needs is for someone else to say that she told them that she knew he was going to do an attack, that she told them it would be the pulse and possibly that day. just the statements she's made to the fbi during interviews i don't think is enough for conviction. maybe enough to bring charges, but i don't think enough to convict her. >> see what evidence they have. the fbi director james comey says he was not directed by isis specifically but he was inspired if you will. during the course of the massacre he repeatedly pledged allegiance to isis, to the leader of isis. what does that say to you? >> seen it before, saw it in san bernardino with 14 dead in december, paris monday with police chief dead and his partner, and people around the world eating the coal in the holy month of ram dan. it speaks for itself. >> we are learning and it is
very interesting, lisa, that during the course of the massacre itself he was searching facebook, other websites to see what the reaction was. he put in a word like pulse or shooting to see if people were talking about it. >> this is the fantasy of being powerful. so his alliance with isis, i am a big shot, i am a member of this important terrorist group. this is all part of what he is saying, people with suicide vests and others, all part of this fantasy of being a warrior and brave hero. and of course all nonsense, but that's what's going through his mind likely. >> see if people were talking about him. >> absolutely. >> the chairman of the senate homeland security wrote asking facebook for assistance to try to determine, learn lessons to see if this could have been prevented if they had more
information about what he was posting in social media. what more do you think facebook should be able to do? >> the problem, wolf, if people monitor facebook, that should be the intelligence community and law enforcement authorities. i think asking a private company to monitor every posting is a little more difficult. usually in the past when people put offensive material on there, someone reports it to their management, they take a look at it and remove it. to ask facebook to monitor their own systems would have a chilling effect on anybody using it. >> evan, what are you finding out about spending in the weeks leading up to the attack. >> we see it in many cases. you saw it in san bernardino, the terrorists moved money, tried to prepare themselves for their final act. in this case this shooter started to spend a lot of money in weeks before. he bought stuff for his wife, spent thousands of dollars on
firearms and on ammunition. you can see in the weeks before, in addition to his violent behavior and his moods changing and speaking out about jihad and so on, you see he is starting to spend money and his wife is noticing some of this. >> it is interesting, lisa, this couple, the terrorists in orlando had a three-year-old child. the san bernardino couple had a little child as well. you would think with a little child, we have seen the pictures, this would stop someone wanting to go out and kill people knowing they were about to die. >> you would think that if the person was normal. this man was anything but normal. there's murderous rage in his heart, there's not love in his heart. he isn't thinking about his son. if he looked into the eyes of almost 100 people, murdered 49, injured 53 more, this is not a man that has in his heart empathy, paternal love to keep him from doing something. >> how unusual is it that
terrorists have little kids and still go out and want to engage in jihad, become martyrs? >> more than 300 cases since 9/11, found a third of the perpetrators in the united states were married and had children. it is not unusual at all. >> shocking stuff no matter how many times you hear about this. all right, stand by. still ahead, another update from orlando on the terror attack investigation. and a year after donald trump launched his presidential candidacy, anxious republican leaders are talking behind closed doors. could it lead to a coup at the convention? fight heartburn fast. with tums chewy delights. the mouthwatering soft chew that goes to work in seconds to conquer heartburn fast. tum tum tum tum. chewy delights. only from tums.
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tonight, some of donald trump's republican critics are rejecting his demand for them to be quiet. instead, they're privately plotting ways to potentially stop him from officially becoming the party's presidential nominee. chief political correspondent dana bash has been looking into this. dana, trump's latest controversies are raising anxiety. >> it is hard to believe one year ago today he started his presidential campaign. despite winning primaries and caucuses, he is far from unifying the republican party behind him. i am told one group formed in the past several days calling themselves delegates unbound will try to convince republican delegates to the convention that
they can and should vote for somebody other than donald trump. donald trump rolled into d.c. to be deposed in a lawsuit involving a former employee. exhibit a of the kind of political distraction causing some republican strategists and donors to quietly discuss ways to dumb trump. a source familiar with the discussion tells cnn talks are ramping up. >> we have to have the republicans stick together or let me do it myself, i'll do it well. >> reporter: despite that new warning, concern about trump has grown from angst to panic. >> the judge who happens to be mexican. >> reporter: not just the comments but how voters are reacting. he is trailing clinton and his favor ability rating is a historic low. a new "the washington post" poll shows clinton is hardly well
liked with 55% unfavorable rating, but that pales in comparison to trump. discussions about cutting trump loose are focused on the republican convention, finding a way to free delegates for trump to vote for someone else. one idea to use the gop rules committee to unbind trump delegates. another cnn is told is dust off a rule from 1976, the last contested gop convention called a conscience clause, allowing delegates to vote for a new candidate if they disagreed with something theirs said or did. even those involved in discussions underscore the moves would be unprecedented and extremely hard to execute. former rnc chief of staff mike shields agrees. >> delegates are bound now under rules to nominate donald trump. that's the rules of the
republican party. they would have to unbind themselves, go through a process of changing rules actively to say we want to go against wishes of voters. >> has that ever happened? >> that's never happened and i think it would be a difficult, heavy lift. >> reporter: cnn is told neither the rnc chair nor congressional leaders are taking part in strategy talks to oust trump, even after his new taunts. >> our leaders have to get a lot tougher and be quiet, just please be quiet, don't talk, please be quiet. >> can't mix this up sometimes. i'll just say we represent a separate but equal branch of government. >> reporter: as for the clinton campaign, they're reveling in the discord, marking the day, one year anniversary of the trump campaign with this video. >> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. >> reporter: for the most part, republicans who don't like donald trump still say they believe they're stuck with him,
not just for technical reasons but perception and political reasons, that any move to oust him feeds into the sentiment that helped him get elected in the first place that the system is rigged. >> stand by, we have a lot to discuss. bring in gloria borger, senior correspondent jeff zeleny, senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. gloria, among everything else, senator john mccain caused a stir when he blamed the president of the united states for what happened in orlando. listen to this. >> barack obama is directly responsible for it because when he pulled everybody out of iraq, al qaeda went to syria, became isis and isis is what it is today thanks to barack obama's failures. >> caused a big stir, and issued a misstatement, i didn't mean to imply he was personally responsible, i was referring to
his national security decisions, not the president himself. it underscores the angst out there now. >> right. and look, john mccain if he's been consistent on any issue through the last decade it is this question of isis and iraq and how we needed to be more muscular in response. he has been critical of this president throughout. he clearly got his gander up in the hallway interview, dana is laughing, we know john mccain can do that, and he did. he had to kind of take it back, say i misspoke. what he didn't want to do and it sounded like he was doing it in this statement was to blame the president personally somehow for orlando. i think in a way he wanted to distance himself from remarks that trump had made earlier in
the week somehow questioning the president's motives here. i think john mccain knew immediately he needed to correct it. >> senator harry reid, minority leader in the senate put out a statement right away responding to senator mccain. senator mccain's unhinged comments are latest proof that senate republicans are puppets of donald trump. you heard that. >> i mean, john mccain threw that right over harry reid's plate, he swung and hit iand hit a political homerun. in that, that's the name of the game for democrats trying to retake the senate. one of their prime targets is john mccain. he has a tough re-election campaign, maybe one of the toughest. one that wasn't expected and it is in part because of the pretzel that he and others up for re-election on the republican side are tied in and how
especially facing a republican primary. >> that's how much independence. >> jeff, how far-fetched is this notion there could be a coup? the rules committee at the convention meet before a convention, come up with a rule saying pledge delegates can abstain both their conscience. is that totally far-fetched? >> a talked to a republican today involved in another presidential campaign earlier. he said two words, it's wishful thinking. and that's the reality here. donald trump won 13.4 million votes. he comes in there with more pledged delegates. as dana smartly pointed out in her piece, it is technically possible they could change the rules before the delegates arrive and change it to require a two-thirds majority of delegates. but it really would fuel the suspicions that the system is rigged, and, in fact, it would be rigged. so it is -- >> and you can only imagine how
the trump supporters would react. >> but that said, for the next five weeks if the polls keep getting worse and worse and worse for him, for donald trump, that's possible. i mean, 70% of people say they don't like his in terms of approval. 55% say they won't vote for him at all. >> never. >> all that said, it would turn cleveland into a huge mess. i don't see how it's possible. >> and a clear majority of republicans, i think 60 or 70%, believe that donald trump ought to be given the nomination, because he won it. >> he did win it. >> so they would be working against their own party. >> jeff, the speaker of the house, paul ryan, has endorsed trump, says he has no plans to rescind that support. but other high-profile republicans, mark kirk of illinois, for example, they have done just that. do they actually have any leverage over trump? because he seems happy to wage the campaign with or without party elites supporting him. >> no, i mean, his brand, his -- his -- the way he has appealed to voters, at least in the
republican primary, has been by running against the establishment. so the fact that he is not popular with many elected officials is not -- is not really that big a problem. the real problem is if he's not that popular, apparently, with voters. and, you know, that could be a real problem. and just one of the things -- we keep talking appropriately about, you know, the rules and could you change the rules. one thing we haven't mentioned, which is, okay, if it's not donald trump, who is the candidate? >> exactly. who -- >> you know, is it mitt romney? is it paul ryan? >> jeff walker. >> you cannot beat somebody with nobody. at the moment, the never trump people don't have a candidate. >> exactly. and that is one of the many, many hurdles that these people who are talking about just doing this it at the convention have to deal with. because if you approach these delegates, and i'm told they could get money for advertising to try to not just call delegates on the phone, but to try to reach them through their
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editor, nick robertson, joining us with the very latest. nic this is a shocking attack. tell our viewers what happened. what do we know? >> reporter: wolf, it's absolutely shocking for this community. it sent shock waves across the whole country. jo cox had been an mp for a year and people we talked to say in that short time, she had done so much more for community here than mps have achieved over many, many years. she was meeting with her constituents just around the corner from here in a library around midday today. a man armed with a gun and a knife attacked her, fired two shots and stabbed her and an air ambulance flown in, the medics couldn't save her. she was pronounced dead within an hour of that shooting happening. this is a young parliament aryan. the police investigate is going on tonight. they have in custody a
52-year-old man who they believe is solely responsible for this. his name, tommy mare, his house being investigated and searched by police tonight. neighbors describe him as a quiet man who did a lot of gardening. everyone here asking the question, why is this happening. the brutal murder at a time when it is high. members of parliament accused of lying about the facts and figures involved in this debate. jo cox, she wanted britain to remain part of the european union. is this in any way related to her death? we don't know. but both the in and the out campaigns today suspending their campaigning, tributes paid by the british prime minister, a member of the labor party. a hugely popular mp, killed, shocking the last time a member of parliament killed in britain was over a quarter of a decade ago.
that was by the irish republican army from northern ireland. this is rare. guns here absolutely rare. >> totally, totally horrific event. thanks very much, nic, for that report. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. cnn's breaking news coverage of the orlando terror attack continues right now with erin burnett noufrt. "outfront." "outfront" next, breaking news. the man behind the orlando massacre texting his wife during the attack. this as the gun shop owner says he alerted the fbi to omar mateen before the shooting. plus, a stunning accusation tonight, senator john mccain says president obama is, quote, directly responsible for the orlando massacre. and the hunt for the alligator that killed a 2-year-old boy at disney, his parents speaking out tonight. do they blame disney? let's go "outfront."