tv Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield CNN August 16, 2016 9:00am-10:01am PDT
waiting for a live press conference from the governor and from fema officials. we'll watch this carefully and go to it as soon as they begin. in the meantime, we'll show you what it is they're talking about. these floods have now cost the lyes of nine people. more than 20,000 people have been rescued, many of them swift water rescues. the sheriff of livingston parish says more than 100,000 people in his parish have now lost everything they owned. this flooding was triggered by more than two feet of rain and sadly, there is more to report in the forecast. so it is a crisis of epic proportions there. we're going to just tune in to find out exactly what this latest news conference will tell us in terms of the emergency response and the state of emergency there. in the interim, as we wait for that live update, and watch those pictures, we are also watching the election story.
donald trump calling himself the law and order candidate and arriving today in a city facing some serious unrest. trump is making a stop in milwaukee following violent protests there. the demonstrations following the shooting death of an armed african-american man by a black police officer. we're going to get more on the story from cnn's anna cabrera who's live in milwaukee. we're told there's just about to be a meeting between the mayor and the police officers. is there anything behind the strategy of it? >> reporter: we're working to get insight into this meeting, but we know he had an event previously scheduled in lacrosse today, arriving in milwaukee this afternoon, on the heels of all of the past 48 hours unrest led to several buildings being destroyed, major clashes with the police, the bp, right behind
me is one of those burning buildings, we're seeing atf investigators on the scene right now and what you're hear behind me is them doing their investigative work. we'll be meeting with law enforcement and veteran's groups, but again, the dynamics of that and what he's hoping to accomplish, we're hoping to get that information. he has some funding raising this afternoon and then he has a town hall before he concludes his day in a suburb of milwaukee where he plans to hold a rally. i can tell you we have been talking with the folks who live in this community about what they feel and what they think about this visit from mr. donald trump and the people we have talked to on one hand say it really doesn't matter to them. they don't feel like he or any of the other political leaders out there are really listening to what they meet and so in many ways they feel hopeless that what he can say or do here today
would benefit them in any way. but they would encourage him to meet directly with the community and as we know, he is needing some of those african-american votes in the general election. so it will be interesting to see here what the dialogue is in milwaukee today when trump visits, ashley. >> keep an ear there, anna cabrera live for us in wisconsin. meanwhile hillary clinton is returning to the city where she made history, she's in philadelphia today for a voter registration event. yesterday, hillary clinton and joe biden jointly attacking donald trump. we're interested in whether they're going to make a big deal about what donald trump said last night. he didn't step into it himself.
so it's up to the clinton camp to do any stepping if there's going to be any stepping. >> reporter: it looks like the clinton campaign is focuses on that, and a statement came out last night from the campaign which appeared to be an artful attempt, if you will, to try to accuse donald trump of flip-flopping as we tries to tone down some of his divisive rhetoric, the campaign putting out a statement last night and also a web ad as the clinton campaign sees as the incongruities between what donald trump was saying back in the primaries and now, as he more or less tries to install this notion of extreme vetting. so he also put out a statement, i think, and again, the important idea, though, is suggesting that donald trump is trying to impose the kind of test he himself would not be
able to pass. back to you, ashley. >> i'm going to interrupt you because i want to get down to baton rouge where the mayor is speaking of the terrible flooding there. >> the people behind me will be answering your question. i want you to know that the administrator and i just met, we got -- we are also going to meet again very shortly, to discuss not only how we wrap up the response phase, which we're nowhere close to having that finished, but we're going to transition into the recovery as well. and the recovery itself is multidimensional with things we have to do near term and long-term. i want to remind everybody, this is a historic flooding event. and when you have a storm that is unnamed, it wasn't a tropical
storm, it wasn't a hurricane, a lot of times people underestimate the impacts that this would have. but this is unprecedented, it's historic and we're seeing unprecedented flood levels as the waters move south. as you know, sunday i requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government for 21 parishes. the president was very quick and i want to thank him for approving the first four parishes that were requested and those parishes were east baton rouge, tash ma hoe parish, livingston and san lena. i'm happy to say that eight attentional parishes have been added to that major disaster declaration, those eight parishes are arcadia, ascension, east louisiana, st. landry and vermilion.
we have been traveling extensively over the last seral days with fema individuals, jerry stoller from fema region six, and yesterday tony robinson who is the administrator there in region six. i am confident that more parishes are going to be added to the list of currently declared parishes as we move forward. and we're working around the clock to make sure that every available resource that would help us to respond and to recover will be available to the people of louisiana. i want everyone who's been impacted by this storm, regardless of where they live and whether they live in a parish that has been added to the declaration list, to register for disaster assistance. that is extremely important, even if you are not in a parish that has been declared, when
your parish is declared, that registration will roll over, you will not have to do it again. and i want everyone -- and i'm going to give you some information on that. and i want everyone out there to understand nobody has been forgotten. this is a very difficult situation to get response out as quickly as we would like to. we fully understand that now that the sun is out, it's hot, we still have about 34,000 meters without electricity, that's customers, homes or businesses. we understand that there's still a lot of people who are suffering and those people who have been evacuated, they're not entirely comfortable in their circumstances either, although we're doing our dead level best at the shelters to make sure that we're taking care of them. let me get back to the registration for disaster assistance.
i'm asking everyone out there who's been impacted by this storm, if you haven't done it yet, please register for disaster assistance, at disasterassistance.gov online, or you can call 1-800-621-fema. that's 1-800-621-3362. so far we have had right at 40,000 individuals register for disaster assistance in this manner and we're asking that individuals continue to do that, it is important to remember, fema never charges for services that they deliver. if someone shows up at your house, if someone contacts you and says they're a fema representative, and they've got some assistance for you, but they're asking you to pull out your wallet or your checkbook or your credit card, tell them no thanks. that's not the way fema operates, and while i'm on that topic, i want to alert everyone
that there are folks who are unscrupulous, they will come in and try to take advantage of folks, especially elderly people, that they will for some amount of money make repairs or render some sort of assistance. please be careful that you're not going to be a victim of any kind of scam and if anything happens like that, please contact the attorney general's office. so while we're beginning to get into a recovery mode, especially on the west side of the mississippi river, and the north side of the florida parishes on the east side of the mississippi river, we're still very much in an emergency search and rescue response mode for much of the florida parishes. saving life is the most important priority that we have. we're going to dedicate every available resource to that
effort until it's no longer required. i would like to update the shelter numbers last night we sheltered 8,988 individuals. this number is changing rapidly, some people were able to move out of the shelter and into their home or into the home of family and friends, but other people are being moved out of their homes and into the shelter so this is going to change. we have rescued, local first responders, state agencies and certainly just individuals being good neighbors have rescued well over 20,000 people thus far across louisiana. and well over 1,000 pets. i am sad to tell you that i have to update the fatality number, we have aeight confirmed fatalities that were storm related. we have 40,000 homes that have been impacted to varying degrees thus far with the floodwaters.
i'm going to ask for everyone's continued patience and i'm going to ask everyone to join their prayers to mine that the suffering of our people will be quickly diminished and we will be able to deliver to them the assistance they need in a timely manner. as i said, nobody is going to be forgotten. we're going to work around the clock and we're going to do everything humanly possible to render aid. and with that in mind, i am proud to be followed by administrator fugate who's going to share some information with you on the response that we're going to be able to deliver now with fema, based upon the expanded declaration and so administrator fugate, thank you for being here. >> thank you, governor. >> as the fema director gives some of the technical announcements, i want to take you down into those waters right now. because this story as it unfolds
is truly the people who are being affected and what it looks like on the ground is very different than what you see from the air. our rosa flores is there on the water, can you describe just how devastating this flooding is rosa? >> reporter: it's devastating, as you can imagine. we have just gone through multiple communities and all of those homes areompletely under water. so are their vehicles, so are their belongings, and normally, we would be on dry ground, what we have been doing is we have been out with these first responders, knocking on doors, they have been doing welfare checks, making sure that people are okay. they're logging all of that information, because that ee's important information when people call in looking for their loved ones. and all day long, we have seen a
lot of neighbors helping neighbors, they get on boats, they noknock on doors to, they t their neighbors out of their house and on to dry ground. so you see a lot of these people, just kind hearted louisiana people who are out there helping their neighbors. i'm in ascension parish, you just heard the governor talk about how this parish was added to the disaster declaration, and you can see why, because a lot of these areas are now completely under water. where are the -- where is this water coming from? well, you know, i checked the river gauges, and just north of here, where this gauge is, the flood stage is at 29 feet. right now it's at 38 feet. so that gives you a sense as to why these waters are so high. >> rosa, can i ask you -- >> gives you a sense of why these waters are so high and moving.
go ahead. >> i'm just curious, it looks like you're on a river, are you actually on a road right now? >> reporter: we have been going through roads, we have been going through people's backyards, through county roads, the only way that we know we're on a road is when we see the street sign above the water. and again, here you're taking a look at just a lot of local people, we have seen a lot of these guys actually on the highway, literally making a line on the highway, offering their boats, offering their help to first responders so they can have plenty of resources to go out and look for people. and so you can see them communicating, letting them know where they have been, a lot of them call in information as well. but i want us to flip around this camera. because you'll be able to see, now we're getting closer to one of these neighborhoods, and you can see the water levels. now on some of these, you probably see some of the wake of the boats that have been going by, because again, boats have been going to these homes,
knocking on homes, making welfare checks, asking to see if people are okay, then they take them on these boats, like the ones we're in now, to higher ground, we just saw people on the road here, probably about five minutes from where we're at, with their belongings, with their suitcases, plastic bags, where they literally just grabbed what they could and left. overnight last night, waters started rising here, and the first responders tell us is where we're going to next, is a place where water rose so quickly that they had to flee their homes. >> please, if you could, if they're able to, and i don't want to impede their work. can you just ask them if they can tell you what it is specifically they're on the look out for right now. i'm not sure they're able to do that and talk to you at the same time, but it would be great to
hear from them. >> reporter: we can talk to john here, he's a firefighter out of monroe, louisiana. john, what is it exactly in rescues like these, that you're looking for? >> so we're actually looking for people who are stranded or physically incapacitated, and are unable to get out so they can get where they can get medical attention. >> reporter: you were talking a moment ago how quickly the water rose and how quickly they had to grab what they could and get to safety. >> yesterday this was dry ground, so all that water rose, they went to bed, and it was dry, and they wake up and there's water in their house. they're grabbing what they can, jumping in a boat, a truck, however they could leave. now they're coming back to get
medicines, anything they might need for their day to day lives. >> reporter: i know we have seen these pictures, these trucks right here, can you explain to us what these guys are doing and how you use these resources? >> these are great vehicles, they can get through really, really high waters. we have got a lot of areas here where we'll go from water to a high elevated area where it's land locked and then there's water. saturday night we evacuated 120 people out of a nursing home using these exact vehicles. so they're a huge, huge asset. >> reporter: john, thank you so much. you guys take a look at these pictures, these high water vehicles are used to transport supplies, not just people. a lot of the times, the rescue crew also gives supplies to the people that don't want to leave
their homes. we just talked to a family, the luke family a little while ago, they didn't wan to leave their home, so what these guys do, they ask them, do you have provisions, do you have water and food for a few days? because until the water recedes, they're on an island, their home is an island, they can't leave that place. one of the marvelous things we have been able to see here is the cross use of resources, both human power, vehicles, boats, all of these resources coming together to go check on families to go check on the welfare of people and also to do rescues. to get people to higher ground and to safety. >> rosa s we have to get a break in, but this is so incredibly compelling, watching this all happening live. when we come back from the break, could you ask your crew that you're with, how they're deciding where to stop and where to check, because there's water
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we're going to return to rosa flores down in louisiana, but this is a very big day on the campaign trail. donald trump is set to meet with police in milwaukee after all the unrest on the streets there. at the same time hillary clinton is heading to a voter registration rally in philadelphia, p.a. cnn politics reporter, eugene scott, cnn political commentator. i want to start with you, errol if i can, donald trump talking to police in milwaukee, a violent couple of nights, there's a curfew in place for teenagers there. what do you make of that plan?
>> i don't kno if the plan is intended to really sort of do anything as far as his chances in wisconsin or certainly for anybody else on the ballot, they have got a hard fought senate race going on there as well. but the realty is, i got to tell you, ashley, i mean i think it was the fourth republican debate was in milwaukee. and they never said anything about the local conditions there. we should note that the local conditions are dire, the conditions were dire before the violence broke out. you're talking got a city that routinely comes up for a number of years now the number one most segregated city in the united states. this is a city where poverty is dire. the poverty rate in milwaukee is something like 24%. by poverty, we mean $25,000 for a family of four. it's been an emergency situation for a long time. it would be a shame if he does what the normal republican conservative playbook would be, to go in and decry any kind of violence without saying a word
about any of the conditions. there was a black officer, there was a black decedent, person who was killed. it's not really about that. this is a case where, and believe me, i am not a root causes kind of guy. i understand that people have to take responsibility for their own actions, but there are some severe, dire, underlying problems here that if trump wants to be successful and be of help to republicans in wisconsin, he will speak about some of the underlying causes too. >> not to say that these are apples and apples. however, one of the more recent mcclatchey polls has trump with supporters who are african-american 2%? >> one of the reasons is that black voters believe that the republican party and trump specifically are not addressing things that concern them, one of
the issues is the relationship between minority communities and law enforcement, but shortly after the republican national convention, we had newt gingrich on the air saying donald trump would visit detroit and baltime and other cities where there are high numbers of black voters who are disenfranchised economically in terms of law enforcement but we did not see him talk specifically about that when he was in detroit. so the question is will he talk about that tonight in milwaukee. >> the other thing he's chosen not to address, is this conservatism in the republican party. kelley ott has had her disagreements. i'm standing by the things i said in the primaries, which were none too pleasant, i'm voting for him. is it a wash? is it confusing? you know what?
to hell with the establishment anyway? >> one of the things we're seeing play out, especially since the conventions is the conservatism between donald trump and the republican party, one of the reasons that donald trump is not doing as well is that republicans are not as on board with trump's candidacy as democrats are with hillary clinton. i think there's a sense that long the lines of what we were just talking about, donald trump is not doing a good job of broadening the coalition of support for republicans and we have seen part of the problem that he's having in the polls is that he has this core base of support and has no way of expanding it outward, and some of the comments he's made specifically about the latinos are afraid -- at the same time not wanting to tie themselves tee closely to trump. republican voters are happy to
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>> the time is overdue to develop a new screening test to the threats we face today. i call it extreme vetting. i call it extreme, extreme vetting. those who do not believe in our constitute or who support bigotry and hatred will not be admitted for immigration into our country. >> joining me now, ali velshi, the global affairs economic analyst, trump campaign senior advisor kelly ann conway and cnn analyst general mark hurtling. i'm going to ask you, are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party? >> this ideological vetting is problematic because it doesn't work. people learn, anybody who wants to get into any country, learns
what you're suppod to say or what you're not supposed to say. if you ask if you support the constitution, that makes sense, we have bigots in this country and they're actually americans, we have homophobes in this country and they're americans. it's a talking point, it's not an effective strategy. >> kelly, how do you combat that? that does sound kind of anti-american, like that "snl" skit, like the candy gram outside the door, and she didn't believe it until she finally opened the door. >> i'm one of the 81% of americans who feel less safe than i did seven years ago, it's a very serious topic and mr. trump covered a lot of ground in
45 minutes. >> is that silly to the ask are you dangerous? >> that wouldn't be one of the questions. when he says extreme vetting, he's talking about the countries that are known for exports terrorists, and in this country we don't have a vetting process that takes place. that's evident in what we saw in san bernardino, and the man who killed 49 americans in a club in orlando. >> the killer in orlando was a new yorker, how would you vet someone who's already here, who just is in his basement looking at the internet? >> that's not what i'm talking about, it's that people feel less safe now, because everyone coming in on a visa, and shooting up your co-workers in san bernardino or the fbi falling down on the job with a lone wolf domestic terrorist. in orlando just looking the other way. i think many americans are tired
of just looking the other way when we see evidence. but trump covered other things yesterday, you have how isis since 2003, but 80% of that has happened since the 2013 birth and growth of isis, so it's created a vacuum in countries like libya, iraq, egypt, syria. and arica agree with that and i think this new, him laying out a pretty specific solution on combatting the war on terrorism is going to resonate with many americans who put national security at the top of many polls including cnn. >> i want to talk about nato, and donald trump originally said that he thought nato was somewhat obsolete, and that some countries are not paying their fair share and now he's walked that back saying he will work
very closely with nato. it will really be a wash? does it matter what we ultimately outline as our strategy with nato? >> having spent 12 years of my career in europe, ashleigh, no i don't want to speak for the american people in terms of understanding or not understanding nato. it is challenging to understand the full implications of the things nato does, but how they have been helping on the terrorism front in the last 16 years since they first declared article 5 after 9/11, they have been in the fight alongside u.s. soldiers, as a matter of fact, we're a third of the force in afghanistan fighting terrorism. so i just have never really understand what mr. trump is saying, when he condemned them a few weeks ago and right after saying he was going to be friends with russia included nato, and maybe he took share
suggestions in their counter terrorism actions was just cl s ridiculous to me. but i'm also sure that it made the 26 european nato countries out of the 28 countries trying to scratch their heads to figure out what he's saying because he was support tiff of nato, but now he says russia is now his new best friend. i'm confused and even going into the fact about vetting, it was ant good speech yesterday, there was no outline of specifics, as a military guy, i'm looking for that to say how do i execute my plan. and i think you could debate any area of vetting, nato, russia, fight against isis, the other interesting piece was the seven point plan or six point plan mr. trump put out yesterday in terms of fighting, i would love to debate him on that because president obama has a seven point plan in terms of his lines of effort against isis and he's been executing it very well over the last two years.
>> one of those things you mentioned, russia has become a more complex story. each of the campaigns is accusing the other of being too cozy with russia, and yet last night donald trump said he believes we would find common ground with russia and in fact the russian are now saying that they are working closely with the americans in terms of how to deal with syria. is or is not russia a bad word when it comes to this campaign? >> the truth lies in the middle here. without russia, we wouldn't have had the iran deal. and some people say we shouldn't have had the iran deal, but we can't do it without russia. there are a lot of places where russia is a key influencer a key power in the discussion. we have got to have russia to this day, our military has high level relations with russia, so if someone were to actually do something, some senior military man, maybe somebody like the general, could make a phone call to someone and said sort of stand down, we'll handle this, we don't have that kind of
sophisticated relationship with china, certainly don't have it with korea or other places or iran or syria. so we continue decide russia is the enemy on al fronts, we do have to decide in certain areas, particularly our nato alliance, russia is a threat and it's expansionist. russia is neither your closest ally or your friend, nor is it your greatest enemy, it's somewhere in the middle. >> and the one thing we know about russia was that hillary's reset about russia was unsuggest saysful. the idea that president obama's seven point plan against isis is in the true. you have hillary say -- a lot of americans look at them as -- they have struck again in new
york, my job is public opinion, and many people in the public feel this is a growing threat and i think in the polling, when you look at get out of the horserace for a second, and look at how isis affects their own lives. i'm stunned how many americans say they are fearful of these random attacks continuing, abroad and in our country. >> it's just a plan on how to eliminate it, it seems to be tricky. thank you to all three of you. donald trump and hillary clinton will not be the only options on the ballot. jill stein and her running mate as well, here tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. we have a report on hillary clinton's email investigation and the notes they took when they did their interviews with her and some of those who work with her, those notes are on
we're following this breaking news, just within a couple hours, congress is expected to receive a report. it's the fbi's investigation into hillary clinton's private email server. all of the investigative materials, or the notations of them. what's so interesting about this is the mechanics of how the fbi did its work, did its investigation, decided not to charge, but now is handing over so much of that material.
can you sort of explain how this is happening and what it's going to look like? >> i'll answer the last part of your question first, this is including the 302s, which are basically fbi agents memos of the interview, including the 3 1/2 hour interview that hillary clinton did with the fbi before the end of this investigation last month and it also will include this report that the fbi prepared to the justice department prosecutor where is they recommended no charges be brought. you remember jim comey, the fbi director describing a very unusual interview. but the first part of your question, the unprecidented nature of this. i have been doing this for a while and quite frankly it's not done, usually the fbi does not close the investigation without charges and then send over all of the investigative materials over to congress. especially one that is so
charged and part of what will be the 2016 presidential race. they're going to provide it in a classified setting. and members of congress are going to be able to go view this material, and ostensibly they're not going to be able to talk about it. that's the weird part of it, e congress gets to see it and then we don't get to see it. evan perez, great reporting, thank u for that, appreciate it. coming up, donald trump's anti-terror tactics are getting boos from opponents and lou cheers from his supporters. what better to ask than legal experts who know the answer, that's next.
you just heard some pretty good military analysi on donald trump's plan to defeat isis, but how does his plan stand up to that very strong united states constitution. because there's a notion of extreme vetting which could be seen as screening out by bigotry or hostile attitudes, and since this is a legal show, our attorneys have something to say about that. danny, i want to start with you, all of that sounds like -- do you really get the protections of the constitution if you're not an american? >> i think the supreme court has held for over 100 years that noncitizens who are located abroad and applying to be taken in, the constitution does not apply once you leave the united states and you're no longer a
citizen. we think in the united states, discrimination is bad and in many cases it's illegal, but number one, the president has broad authority and can by simple proclamation can prevent people seeking asylum from outside of the united states cannot let them in blased on their threat to national security. presidents have this power and president obama has already used it. so this isn't a settled area of the law, beyond that if congress were to back this up, there would be even more of a case of the constitutionality of excluding nonresident noncitizens from entering the united states. >> so if you're trying to class this into code or practice, if you were to ask a question, what's your religion, sir, but the practice of this, doing this in customs and immigration, is
actually crafting code in the united states where the government asks you what your religion is and what your thoughts and feels are, if that part could be considered unconstitutional? >> before we start professing to have others agree with our constitution and say if you don't agree with it, you can't be here, we should start enacting the measures of our constitutions that represent americans and what we're about. we have an amendment that speaks to the issue of religious freedom. we don't have a government that dictates what religion we should practice or what religion we shouldn't practice, so on that ground, it's a problem, equal protection in this country is very strong. everybody should be treated equally and fairly regardless of who you are or where you come from, so yes, it is in cause of act, as dany mentioned, whether you get constitutional protection largely depends whether you're in the borders of the united states. >> if you're not a resident, if
you're a tourist, if your feet are on the ground, you get the constitutional protection. >> and in talking about that, congress for one moment. yes the president has brought authority, but all this debate about immigration and what the immigration laws are going to be depend upon whether congress will act. we have a congress, we don't have in this country a king, we don't elect a monarch, we elect a president, and that president otherwise enforces the law that congress enacts. >> when you think of discrimination, discrimination should not be allowed in law enforcement or employment. but for that same reason, excluding people who seek to enter the united states based on those same factors is not constitutional. and it never has been. the president has some broad authority in this area and congress arguably has even more. >> dany, joey, thank you, guys.
and thank you everyone for putting up with me, especially with this terrible voice today. i can assure you that brianna keeler sounds much better than i do and she eeshe's subbing in ff and she starts right now. i'm brianna keeler in for wolf blitzer, it's 1:00 p.m. here in washington and wherever you are watching around the world, thank you for joining us. we are beginning with breaking news in the race for the white house, we have just learned new information about donald trump now working with ousted fox news ceo roger ailes to assist with his debate preparation, cnn senior media reporter dillon buyers is joining us live with more on this development. what do you know about the role that ailes will play? >> sure, brianna, what we dwhoe is that roger ailes who was ousted from fox news amid sexual