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president putin issuing a statement which included an invite to the children of american diplomats in russia to christmas and new years shows at the kremlin and then came this tweet from the kremlin's twitter account reiterating that festive sentiment that has left a lot of people scratching their heads. it's apparently from putin who "offers his new year greetings to president obama and his family, also to president-elect donald trump." let's go live now to moscow and cnn international correspondent matthew chance. matthew, how unexpected was this lack of retaliation from russia when the conventional wisdom was that there would be tit for tat? >> it was completely unexpected and we were all anticipating that there was going to be a tit for tat response. we thought there was going to be 35 american diplomats expelled just like the russian diplomats expelled from the united states. the russian foreign minister appeared looking very solemn on
russian state television saying "i am recommending to the kremlin these 35 american diplomats are expect pelled sa for tat response and putin stood up and made a statement saying i'm not going to do that, it's the holiday season, i won't create more problems for american diplomats, no one is going to be expelled and he went on to offer that -- extend that invitation to the children of u.s. diplomats here in moscow to be entertained at the kremlin, effectively, by celebrations for the new year here. he used this as an opportunity to reach across the obama administration which is in the last few weeks of its term and talk directly to the trump administration and say, look, we're going to build a better relationship and if we're going to build one it will be on the basis of the policies of donald trump when he becomes president so that was a significant, i think, move by vladimir putin, the russian leader.
>> matthew chance, thank you so much. joining me right now, a man who has been inside one of the now shuttered suspected spy compounds on long island, new york, thomas pickering, former u.s. ambassador to russia and distinguished fellow at the brookings institution. trump just tweeted, as you have probably heard me earlier saying putin is "very smart." in your view, this kind of response, great move on delay by v. putin, i always knew he was very smart. those are the words from donald trump via twitter. what's your thought about his reaction? >> i think his reaction was a predictable reaction to what was the unpredictable reaction of president putin to the sanctions and the expulsions but i think it's important for us to look ahead. u.s.-russian relations are important. we have serious differences and we're going to have them both with president putin and russia
but the opportunity to see whether, in fact, we can move from a declining spiral of serious differences to some improvement, even small improvement i think would be a useful course of action now, there are big problems out there, ukraine is certainly a problem, syria is a problem, despite the cease-fire and we all wonder whether that will hold or not. it should and we hope it will and the u.s. needs to play a role in that particular area and president putin invited that to happen when president trump is inaugurate sod let's look and see where this process might go. it's unpredictable but both sides are doing something important. they're both shutting up about attacking each other which i think is a helpful move and secondly they're looking ahead perhaps in a useful way to first
avoid doing any harm to each other in this process and that can set the stage. it's not a stage for collapse of opposition or compliance of one side with the demands of the other but it is an opening door for perhaps thoughtful positive moves that can bring us out of a downward spiral. >> so you see real promise potentially between a president trump and a vladimir putin u.s. russian relations despite the sanctions, the shutting down of russian compounds on u.s. soil, despite the obama administration's latest actions, retaliation for there cyber attack by russia. >> i think it was important give russia the message that we were not going to sit back and have other countries interfere with our electoral processes.
this is the largest expulsion since 2001 after the hansen affair in which 50 russians were expelled or during the reagan administration when several hundred were expelled. this is a measure of the concern that the russians have been doing. president putin is looking ahead at seeing where process will go and his refuse toole go for a tit for tat was a surprise to all of us but it's something that maybe can be built on. one can only hope because at this stage the unpredictable is certainly what mr. putin seems to be learning from mr. trump. can they get together and do something? we won't know until mr. trump has an opportunity, obviously, to develop his policy. but it's better in my view than a downward spiral of tit for tat getting worse and worse and adding to the difficulties between the two countries. >> at the same time do you, mr. ambassador, trust the public display of a vladimir putin to
refrain from retaliation or do you believe there is something else behind that that his actions behind the scenes are far different from the public demeanor that we are now seeing illustrated? >> it's difficult to know but his economy is not doing very well despite what people are saying in russia, but i think they're saying that because the costs of saying negative thing have gone up recently. ukraine is not a model success in terms of where things are going. mr. putin is not widely successful in building a new relationship in europe, despite the fact that several individuals running for office seem to be tilted a little more in his direction and if they win that may change. so is this an opportunity? i think for president putin it
looks like a potential opportunity. he's acting as if it is. we ought to give that a chance to work out. president-elect trump has said on numerous occasions i'm not going to tell you what i'm going to do because keeping that quiet is something that's in his interest, presumably, in his vision about deal making, well, there may be an opportunity to see if things can be pushed forward. >> so you're underscoring there are some similarities in the two. next week donald trump will be meeting with intel officials in these intel briefings ooze it pertains to the evidence, as it pertains to russia and its cyber hacking. do you believe in these meetings it will bring him closer to acceptance of intelligence he's been casting doubt on for weeks now? >> let's hope so. we have seen a move from a total rejection of all intelligence briefings and disparaging of
them to a situation now where it's reported he's been meeting three times a week with members of the intelligence community and where he has now suggested that rather than if i could put it this way shoot from the lip on this particular question he wants to know and understand a little more clearly what is going on and give the intelligence community a chance to lay out their sense of the case, their analysis and the reason why they feel quite confident that russia was involved in the hacking. and i think that that's okay, a useful method. someone once said not too long ago, i think it was dr. kissinger, we ought not to spend our time trying to in one way or another tear mr. trump apart if he's doing the right thing and let's hope that this is a move in that direction. i have my doubts but everybody, i think, one way or another listening to mr. trump may have their doubts but at this stage let's see where it takes us and
the fact he's moved in that direction is one more small move, i think, in the direction of moving from what i would call the dominance of television to hopefully a preoccupation with real cogovegovernance. >> former ambassador thomas pickering, thank you for your time. >> thank you very much. let's go live with athrena jones with obama in hon lieu and also david jones from reuters. talk about the reaction, david, reaction from donald trump via tweet calling vladimir putin or at least his lack of retaliation as very smart and, of course, vladimir putin who says he's not going to retaliate, at least not right now. >> look, i think donald trump has this window of several weeks until he's the president to make a decision. the easiest thing for him politically would be to keep the sanctions in place. the danger here and i agree
largely with what ambassador pickering was saying is that if trump comes into office and reduces these sanctions in a sense putin will have gotten away with what -- there's a unanimous agreement of intelligence agencies with an unprecedented hacking, an unprecedented effort to undermine the credibility of an american election so, again, if putin -- if trump waits, he can sit tight but there might be pressure on him, he might want to reduce these sanctions so the tweet is a simple statement, the real test comes on january 20. >> and so athena, russia took the unpredictable route. the predictable route would have been putting sanctions or at least removing american diplomats as many thought he might do as a result of the foreign minister who said that was the recommendation but preemptively, would the white house have still requested american intelligence or
american personnel to leave russia, anticipating that that country might be expelling them? >> i don't have any information about that, fried redricka. the white house has no response to russian president vladimir putin's non-response. they pointed us to the state department and the state department official told cnn "we have seen president putin's remarks, we have nothing further to add." i would note that you'll ren when they put out all of these actions yesterday the white house said some of the actions the u.s. will take will be covert, they won't be announced so while we're not seeing president putin responding in a public way, that doesn't necessarily mean he's not going to respond in a non-public way. we know the white house expects these cyber attacks or attempted cyber attacks will continue. we know white house officials expect some sort of reaction from russia, it is unusual to
see president putin responding in this way but i doubt that's the end of the story. one more point we should make here is that you have people who have been backing trump, people like former new york mayor rudy giuliani who has been one of trump's most vocal defenders who are continuing to raise questions about the conclusions reached by multiple u.s. intelligence agencies about russia being behind this hacking. here's what he had to say about that that on fox. >> you get your own people to review it, there's no question that the intelligence that president obama has been getting has either been incompetent or politicized. i would urge the president trump, when he becomes president trump have his own intelligence people do their own report, let's find out who did it and bang them back really hard. not some moving a couple of this ones around and that ones around. they're not hacking from those places, it's totally absurd.
>> and so you hear those statements from mayor giuliani but i have to tell you, fred, a lot of members of trump's own party, republicans on capitol hill, don't appear to agree with him, they don't appear to be questioning the validity of the conclusions reached by these many u.s. intelligence agencies. we heard from house speaker paul ryan, we heard from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell not questioning those conclusions instead saying the sanctions the white house has announced are appropriate if even they criticize the white house for acting too late or these sanctions being overdue and i should mention senate arm services committee chairman john mccain has called for hearings next week on this whole cyber hacking issue and of course there's the full review that president obama has called for of hacks going back in years, those results are expected before president-elect trump becomes president trump and the hope here i think is that with more information, more briefings
perhaps trump will reach a a different conclusion. >> david, how concerning is that u.s. intelligence from giuliani as well as donald trump, he's said it time and time again over a masser of months now. how concerning is that message 21 days before swearing in? >> it's very concerning. you know, for -- there have been debacles in american foreign policy when intelligence is politicize sod there's a decades-long tradition now where the director of the cia just presents intelligence to the president, he does not or she does not recommend a specific policy and that's a critical thing. we had the invasion of iraq based on faulty intelligence, the bay of pigs disaster so this is a long tradition, these are 17 agencies, many of them are career people and to have -- and, again, mr. trump isn't saying this, mr. giuliani said
this but to have a comment that this intelligence is either politicized or incompetent i wrote a long story about the cia this summer and there was confidence in the summer that the russians were behind it. there was frustration that the obama white house was moving too slowly so he should get the briefing, i was told by a u.s. official he could have had the briefing already. he's only had limited briefings, he requested a briefing on nk but not russia so let's see what happens next week but it's a dangerous thing when intelligence is politicized or perceived as politicized. >> all right, david rhode, athena jones, thanks to both of you, appreciate it. >> thank you. up next, the number of shooting deaths in the city of chicago is the worst it has been in 20 years, coming up i'll speak to the parents of hadiya pendleton, a young girl who became the face of the effort to combat violence there.
welcome back, i'm fredricka whitfield. as 2016 comes to a close, the violence plaguing america's third-largest city is at a nearly 20-year high as of today, 771 people have fallen victim to homicides in chicago. that's more than new york and l.a. combined. another 4,000 were wounded in shootings according to the "chicago tribune." take a look at this. this is one american city in just one year. my next guest knows all too well about the violence there in chicago. their daughter, hadiya pendleton, became one of the most recognizable faces of the
effort to combat gun violence in chicago. almost four years ago the 15-year-old honor student was mistakenly targeted and killed by a gang member near president obama's chicago home. days earlier, she had performed at his second inauguration. hadiya's parents were at the white house in january when the president announced executive actions on gun control. nathaniel pendleton and cleopatra pendleton join me from chicago. good to see you aunder such sad circumstances. how does hearing these extraordinary numbers make you feel? does it heighten the trauma that your family is still feeling? cleopatra, you first. >> absolutely. i have a very difficult time with watching the news because my heart goes out to the families that have to endure the
same pain that we've had to endure. i mean, it's -- it is absolutely heartbreaking. it just is. >> and nathaniel, how do you place blame on this? what are the sources of blame? what should be tackled? why this spate of violence, in your view? >> well, i do believe that this state of violence is a lot of kids out near have no direction. they're living on the streets, they're practically raising themselves. and if you commit a crime, the crime should -- the punishment should be just for the crime. and the thing is, a lot of these people that are committing these crimes, they are not being held accountable and it just becomes like my wife said heartbreaking
after a while that after these three years, three, almost four years that my daughter has been gone there still hasn't been any movement, positive movement in trying to get guns out of people's hands. >> and that's frustrating, isn't it? >> that shouldn't happen. >> so when i talk to a lot of chicagoans, i hear them placing blame on gang violence running rampant, territorial battles, city involvement, lack of jobs, resources, and hope particularly on the south side of chicago. are are these things you wish the city government or white house should do to be addressing more? >> i'll say this, everything you listed is not new and it's part of the issue but it's not just part of the issue for the south side. i think the south side alone gets a bad rap. i think it's a city wide issue. >> country wide.
>> well, yes, that, too. and it's not just in the cities, anymore, it's in the suburbs. this is an epidemic and something needs to be done but it doesn't -- no one person has the answer. it's a matter of everybody coming together and really farming out what needs to be done in specific communities because not every community requires the same effort towards resolving this issue. >> you've had contact with the preside president. the first lady attending hadiya's funeral. when the president makes reference to chicago many times, when it's visible the pain your family is experiencing, it's a pain he and the first lady can relate to and are expressing their pain. do you feel like more can be done from the white house, from that level? >> i think personally that the white house is doing what they can do. i think this becomes a grass-roots problem. this is embedded in our own
neighborhood, policing our own kids, watching our own neighborhoods. we cannot keep putting blame on politicians in the white house or the mayor. we can't keep putting blame on them. this has a lot to do with us. >> so as you mentioned, nathaniel, it's been almost four years now. what do you tell people, whether it be in your community, there in chicago or across the country, other families who are -- who have been touched, who have been pained by this same level of violence that your family has experienced? >> there's nothing really that i can tell them. the only thing i can do is sit with them and i know the pain they're feeling. we're both very familiar with the pain and this pain does not go away. it's here. it stays. you just learn -- you have to
learn how to live with an open wound. >> right. we're not a product of what happens to us, we're a product of how we respond to what happened and, you know, it's a very sick feeling and there's no one way to navigate through this. we're not over anything it doesn't feel like four years, we can tell you because the calendar states so but it will feel like it just happened yesterday and it's a matter of figuring out how to navigate through the rest of your life that way. that's why when nate said we need punishments that fit the crime, i support him in that perspective because we have life sentences to serve. as long as our eyes are open we're going to hurt. and every other family that has expected the illogical happening is experiencing the same thing. we need these people out mere who are taking life for granted to suffer the consequences of
their actions. it's not fair to families and the extension of our family and friend for us to hurt and take way we do on a daily basis and have that feeling of hopelessness. >> and this other person gets to live forward and move their life happily. it hurts. it hurts bad for both of us. >> and our son. so let's not forget that we have our son that that willian who is now a freshman in high school who has to navigate through the rest of his life like this. so it's sad that every year this is continuing to grow and that these theme don't realize that it's not just the victims' family, it's the perpetrator's family that cause victims too. everybody loses in this situatio situation. >> our hearts go out to you and prayers to your family collie patry cowley-pendleton and
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emergency legal steps being taken in north carolina right now. the incoming governor, a democrat, is suing the state's general assembly over plans to limit his powers once he takes office. this comes after roy cooper had a bitter fight to win the governorship in the first place. the republican incumbent refused to concede for weeks and state gop lawmakers struck back by vowing to strip cooper of his executive powers. cnn correspondent polo sandoval joining me live right now. polo, what's going on? >> reporter: fred, this is a
political back arou-and-forth t has gone on in north carolina emt. today it went on in a state courtroom where a judge essentially blocked a state of republican laws that were signed about two weeks ago that pretty much curbed the authority of the governor. today that temporary restraining order was proved by the judge and now the incoming governor roy cooper is set to take the oath of office one minute into the new year. >> pole he sao sandoval, thank much. a newly released dash cam video is raising questions about a shooting in texas. police say officers shot a man they misidentified as a suspect. the man survived but is paralyzed. officers said they thought he had a pistol and was pointing it at them. but the man's attorney says you can clearly see the man walking away. cnn's nick valencia joining me now with this. walk us through it, nick. >> it's a case of mistaken
identity that could have been fatal. we have to take you back five months the ago to july, 2016, the initial 911 call was about an apparent robbery. the suspects, two black teens and the officers that responded, both were off duty working a private security detail, one from tarrant county, the other from fort worth police department. that's when the video picks up. they pull into an apartment complex and say they mistake david collie, the man you see spotlighted on your screen, for one robbery suspect. they say what you don't hear in this dash cam video are the demands from the officers to comply, to drop what they say was a silver object in his hand. the police would say it was a box cutter however the attorney of david collie says that wasn't his client's and his client never posed a threat. also in this police report which we have asked for the officers apparently say collie lunged at them and what adds questions to this whole thing is in that video you can't see collie lung at the officers at all. you see him walking away from the officers. to add insult to injury, for 61 days david collie was handcuffed
to his hospital bed as he waited for a grand jury to decide whether or not to indict him on aggravated assault charges against the officer. that didn't happen, a rare move by the grand jury to not go forward with the recommend charges. david collie and his attorney say they may have charges of their own pending against the fort worth police department for the officer who fired the shot. for now the attorney for collie says fort worth police department must do better. >> we don't live in a police state. and officer does not have the right to stop and detain anyone is. a officer is supposed to be the person who deescalates. the officer is the professional. the officer is the one with the training and the officer is the one with weapons strapped to his hip. the officer has to be better. >> there that attorney for david collie giving his perspective. the fort worth police department releasing their own statement which read in part "we saw what you saw, we heard what you heard, we have received your phone calls, e-mails, tweets,
messages, reviews, your concern over what occurred and your demand for answers and actions, we do hear you." the officers have not been named and apparently this internal investigation by fort worth police department lasted two days. the officer was immediately out back on the streets again after being cleared of wrongdoing but this still could be taken to a grand jury. the district attorney has the case right now and is deciding whether or not to bring that case to face charges for these officers. >> 234ik, what do we know about why this video was released now? >> five months later, we talked about this happening this summer. a big part is what happened recently with the fort worth police department. there was a woman tased by one of the officers there, a video that was viral, viewed over a million times earlier this month. the attorney for david collie, the man in this case, said that's not an isolated incident and what happened to collie shows there are more problems, systemic problems within the fort worth police department that need to be addressed. fred r
fredricka? >> nick valencia, thank you. up next, the british prime minister is slamming secretary of state john kerry for his comments on israeli settlements. we'll tell you what she said. plus parents of an american journalist who went missing in syria are speaking out. what they hope the incoming trump administration will do to help find their son. you're watching cnn.
welcome back, i'm fredricka whitfield. breaking news, president-elect donald trump weighing in moments ago on putin's response to russian sanctions, tweeting "great move on delay by v. putin, i always knew he was very smart." that tweet from donald trump. this after the u.s. hit russia with some of the toughest sanctions ever imposed and to
many people's surprise, putin announced he would not retaliate but would instead wait to see what trump does once he takes office in 21 days. britain's prime minister is the latest world leader to attack john kerry for his speech this week condemning israel's settlement program. a spokesman for theresa may says may does "not believe it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally." the prime minister's stance is drawing surprise from kerry's state department and confusion over where britain stands on the issue of israel's push for settlements. sara sidner is in jerusalem. >> more diplomatic fallout after the u.n. security council vote that condemned israel for the settlement activity saying it is a real hindrance to the palestinian israeli peace process. now we're hearing from the british prime minister theresa may who has criticized secretary
john kerry for his comments after that vote and particularly about the israeli palestinian conflict saying she believed he focused too heavily on settlements. well, they have basically clapped back. we're talking about the u.s. state department reacting to that saying hold on a second. they're surprised to hear this from may whose government has wholly supported the u.n. security council resolution 2334 this condemned israel for settlements and that it's long been their standing policy that settlements are an impediment to a peace deal here. we're also hearing, of course, from benjamin netanyahu after the speech and resolution. he was very angry with the united states who actually abstained from the vote. the uk voted for the resolution but saying basically he feels like it's all about israel's security and that, again, he pushed back saying he believes that the peace process, there's more to it than just settlement activity, that this is about
israel trying to defend itself all the time against palestinian attacks. the palestinians have responded and they said look, we like what we're hearing from mr. kerry. we like this u.n. resolution, we feel settlements are a huge impediment and as soon as settlements stop we'll come back to the table to try to resolve things. all in all, there has been a lot of talking back and forth and some diplomatic rows over this very issue but, of course, a lot of folks here realize there is a strong relationship between the uk, the u.s. and israel. but there's a lot of talk going on now and this administration here in israel is hoping things will be better and has said things will be better when the next administration in the united states comes in and that is donald j. trump. fredricka? >> sara sidner, thank you so much. meanwhile, in syria as the cease-fire there holds, parents of a journalist who went missing during the war in that country are speaking out. they haven't heard from their son but the u.s. government says
there is reason to believe he is still alive. cnn's brian stelter sat down with austins t tice's mother an father and how they hope the trump administration will work to find their son. >> refred, reporters in syria he been killed and kidnapped and vanished. that's what happened to austin tice, an american journalist in syria reporting on the conflict in twelve. one day he disappeared and his parent have never heard from any captors, any group holing him, any group demanding ransom but deborah and mark tice remain optimistic they will be reunited with their son and the u.s. government says it has high confidence austin tice is still alive in syria. i spoke with his parents about what this means to see the end of another year without their
son and why they're hopeful that the income trump administration will continue to work as the obama administration has in trying to find tice and bring him home to the u.s. >> we've had credible report ever since austin was taken that he is alive. we have hung on to those messages. >> his captors have not reached out to us, we have no way of completing this solution to bring him home because only half of the equation is working here and that half is, you know, the efforts that we've done, the efforts of the united states government and all those people and organizations that have been supporting us but it was extremely comforting and -- uplifting. >> uplifting. >> to hear and for the office of
the special presidential envoy and the united states government to hear that they say their assessment is he's alive, we have every reason to believe he's reasonably well so we continue to press that there's every reason to do everything possible, keep doing everything possible to bring him home. >> so hard to imagine what these past four plus years have been like for those parents. they know the statistics all too well. according to the committee to protect journalist, once again in 2016 syria was the deadliest place in the world for reporters. that's been true for five years in a row. these parents hoping for a much happier outcome for their son, hoping 2017 can be the year they will be reunited. fredricka, back to you. >> all right, thank you so much, brian stelter. coming up, what the u.s. senate is planning to do in response to cyber threats and russia interfering with the u.s. election. this as trump and russia
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welcome back, i'm fredricka whitfield. back in the 1950s they said rock 'n roll was just a passing fad. tell that will to legendary rock group chicago. on new year's day, cnn trace's the band's windy city roots all the way to the top of the charts in the new cnn film "now more than ever, the history of chicago." here's a sneak peek. >> i will say one thing that i got that i remember and i remember jimmy told me and i forgot this, we were in indianapolis with hendrix, 20,000 people there and they're yelling "bring on hendrix, bring on hendrix." i got so fed up, i got on the mike and said "shut the bleep up and listen." ♪ ♪
♪ listen >> a.m. radio was still a baby. you know, it was top 40, but it was bubble gum stuff. they weren't ready for what we were doing. f.m. radio was commercial free in those days and played whole albums. >> and a.m. radio still hadn't played one of our songs. we released "beginnings" we released "does anybody know what time it is" and they wouldn't play it because they said we hadn't had a hit. catch-22. how the hell are you going to have a hit if you don't play something? >> there was a certain amount of frustration because the singles this had been released and weren't successful, besides the fact that we were doing a fair amount of drugs and partying and being young musicians on the road and young musicians will burn the candle.
joining me right now, the director of new cnn film. peter, you have toured with chicago before for a previous project. did you learn anything new or surprising through this historical documentary? >> yes, i did. you know, i learned that -- i learned what it took to be successful for 50 years. and i see so many people who don't -- who are trying to figure out the keys to success and i was able to watch these guys night in and night out perform and the audiences reacting the same way no matter where we are. and it really inspired me to want to be as good as them one day in terms of their work ethic. >> and, you know, i was in the audience one of their shows last year. they toured with earth, wind, and fire. incredible. just that, people of all generations, particularly those who remember them from 50 years ago. you know, we're wondering like what is the secret of their sauce, that they're able to
continue to play together, sound so amazing, impeccable, even though the band has gone through a lot of changes over the years? >> absolutely. i mean, they've gone through so many changes but the music's remained the same. it's the same thing people tell me when they see the shows that they're not only remembering the song and the lyrics but they're remembering events from their life that, you know, they heard the songs at so, whether it's their wedding or their prom. like my mom said she remembers hearing "color my world" at her prom. there's personal stories behind each song. >> so one of the moments that, you know, really did deep hi affect the band, original guitarist terry taft dieing from an accidental gunshot wound. do some of the members open up about that in this documentary? >> they do open up about it. that was a very difficult question to ask because you don't know, a, you know, they've been asked about it so many times before, but you want to be, you know, very sensitive to how to ask that question. but i think people are going to see, you know, a different side to chicago in this movie and they'll be able to see
especially how important terry was to the first 11 years of their career and how someone like robert lamb says he still thinks about him every time he performs "saturday in the park." >> thank you so much. do not miss it, folks. cnn film "now more than ever: the history of chicago," sunday night 8:00 eastern time only here on cnn. so from bowie to prince, 2016 lost quite a few music legends. here's a look back at some of the greats. ♪ a bright sunrise will contradict the heavy fall that weighs you down ♪ for good d time's really over
it comes a day after roof, who will represent himself in the penalty phase, said he would gift an opening statement but not call witnesses or submit any evidence. the competency hearing is set for monday. roof faces the death penalty for killing nine black parishioners at a charleston church last year. in this week's "beyond the call of duty," nick survived being shot in baton rouge back in july and hi recovery is nothing less than miraculous. cnn's ed lavandera has the remarkable story of the deputy's struggle to heal from his injuries and his family's hope about his future. >> head forward to the right for yes and for no. show me no. good. keep going. real big. >> five months after the sheriff's deputy was shot three times by a lone gunman, this is where he is now.
>> follow the mirror. >> but when you consider how far he's come you'll understand why this image is astounding. >> great job, nick. >> reporter: the sounds of a vicious ambush pierced through the heart of baton rouge on a quiet sunday morning in july. a gunman killed three officers, but as the story faded from the headlines, nick, one of the officer who is rushed to the scene, was left fighting for his life. >> we believe in him. he believes in himself. he's not ready to go. >> he was in a coma for four months, emerging in mid-november. he survived more than a dozen surgeries after he was shot three times, once in the head and twice in the abdomen. >> his heart stopped four times in the e.r. and so they brought him back four times. >> reporter: his father, james, says doctors first told him his son wouldn't survive the day. then it was two days, then five.
now he's awake, fighting. he's defied every odd. >> all the way up. >> reporter: he can't speak yet, but he's moved from baton rouge to tear memorial herman hospital in houston, the same rehabilitation facility where u.s. representative gabby giffords was treated. he undergoes four hours of physical speech and occupational therapy every day. doctors say he will never completely recover, but his family says the progress so far is amazing. >> he's the fighter. he's the strong one. and he's pushing. he's pushing through hurdles. that's how he's done in life. >> reporter: but his son struggles with the questions that have no answers. >> what's going to happen in the future? like am i still going to have a father that's going to be able to, you know, have conversations with me? are we going to be able to hang out anymore and just, you know, chat? >> there you go. keep going. >> nick tullier is literally
learning to write his name again but for his family and friends, these are the initials of a superhero. >> rocklavandera, cnn, dallas. >> see you again tomorrow beginning 11:00 a.m. eastern time. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. thanks, fredricka. vladimir putin says new year means a new start with a new president. "the lead" starts right now. after president obama kicks out dozens of russian operatives, vladimir putin says the americans are can stay in moscow and bring the kids. what's behind his move? i'll ask a former cia director. a tennis court, a wine cellar, a fur vault? all a front for stealing america's secrets? the mansions the u.s. just closed down and a look at the spy game that's been going on for decades. plus, after a bitter election and allegations of a power grab and incoming democratic governor sues his own legislature just