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save the country $60 billion in energy cost. they will facilitate the switch by offering subsidies until the cars pay for themselves. some are skeptical that india will achieve such a lofty goal, but we have to wish them well. thank you for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. hello, everyone. thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. u.s. attorney general jeff sessions getting ready to be in the hot seat this week testifying tuesday before the senate intelligence committee. sessions will lyingly face tough questions over his alleged contacts with the russian ambassador. the big question now, will that testimony be public or private? cnn has learned the attorney general testimony will likely be in a closed session, but the committee will make the final determination. the move comes as the white house continues to deal with the fallout from james comey
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testimony. on thursday. just this morning the president launching another attack on the former fbi director tweeting this. i believe that james comey leaks will be for more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. totally illegal. very cowardly. this from the president. well, this as politicians on both sides push the white house to release any tapes it may have of the president's conversations with comey by june 23rd. another question that remains, who is telling the truth? the fired fbi director or the president of the united states? this morning on cnn state of the union dianne feinstein and susan collins both say they take comey's word over president trump. listen. >> at this point i believe the fbi director. i know him the best. i've observed him the longest. i know he has his own band of
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integrity. disagreed with him on the e-mails. let him know that. but in this kind of thing, he's not going to lie. >> i found director comey, former director comey's testimony to be candid, to be thorough. and he testified under oath. so i believe that the information that he gave our committee is what he believed happened. that doesn't eliminate the possibility that there was a misinterpretation. >> cnn white house correspondent athena jones joining me from new jersey where the president is spending his weekend. president trump has suggested that his conversation with comey was taped and today the course is getting louder to trump to release the tapes if they do exist. >> it is. that's right, fred. this question of whether there are tapes or some other sort of audio recording, perhaps on a cell phone, or really any record from the white house of these
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conversations between the president and the former fbi director, the question of whether they exist is the question of the year. the president said friday that we learned the answer in a short period of time and one of his lawyers who is on his legal team said today on abc that answer will come in a matter of days. watch. >> the president said he's going to address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week. that's a decision that the president will make in consultation with his chief lawyer marc kasowitz and the president said he'll address it next week. >> so there you have a lawyer on the president's legal team setting a deadline of next week. hopefully this is what happens. what's important to know here is that it's been nearly a month since the president posted that tweet suggesting that tapes. he put them in parentheses, maybe exist of his conversations with comey. yet in all this time despite repeated questions no one from the house is able to say if they exist or not.
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this is something that has frustrated members of congress. they talked about also this morning on "state of the union." >> if there are tape, please, and the president's equivocal on this, bring those tapes forward. >> this is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference. he should give a straight yes or no to the answer -- to the question of whether or not the tapes exist. and he should voluntarily turn them over. >> if he doesn't, in a subpoena would be necessary to find this out, you support that? >> i would be fine with issuing a subpoena. >> now, senator collins went on to say that a subpoena would most likely come from the special counsel, bob mueller, but it could come from a congressional committee. bottom line here is hopefully he's right, we'll get an answer. one more interesting thing the
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president said on friday is that we journalists would all be disappointed when we learn the answer of if there are tapes. unclear exactly what he meant there. >> still the big question mark. appreciate it, athena jones there traveling with the president. let's talk more about all of this. joined byron brownstein, cnn political analyst matthew whitacre. good to see all of you. the president has not given a straight yes or no about these tapes and these conversations with comey. is he making this entire process harder for himself by most recently saying you will soon see and you may be disappointed? >> look, the whole thing has been kind of absurd from the beginning. given that the original tweet threatening the existence of take place is somewhat what set in motion all of the activities from director comey and the
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revelation of his contemporaneous memos? i think we've got clarity on two big points. one is that while there is division in the legal community, there are a number of legal experts, former prosecutors, former watergate prosecutors, who believe that what former director comey has testified already provides the basis to at least begin an obstruction of justice investigation of the president without conclude wrg that might lead. on the other hand, the other thing that we equally learned is that is not an -- >> right. many of the legal community have called it everything from a building block to being a part of a mosaic. matthew, comey talked about what he felt were inappropriate interactions with the president during those phone calls or even a face-to-face meeting. this morning former u.s.
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attorney also said for him it's like deja vu just listening to comey's testimony and that opening statement that many read the day before. he said that he experienced something very similar. that the president called him a couple of times when he was president-elect and then when he called him as president that's when he said he felt really uncomfortable and refused to return the phone call. listen in his entirety what he had to say. >> so they're very unusual phone calls and when i've been reading the stories about how the president has been contacting jim comey over time, it's like day sheja vu. the call came in. we thought it was inappropriate to return the call. then i was asked to resign along with 45 other people. >> that was the point after inauguration he got that call and said it's inappropriate for him to return it. so these calls, the deja vu, you
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have meetings with comey. they say the president just didn't know the things were inappropriate. preet says that doesn't make a whole lot of sense and campaigned on loretta lynch and former president clinton meetings so he is not buying that. are you? >> well, you know, i watched preet this morning and what i saw was somebody that is of politics. all of these folks serve at the pleasure of the president. that's the way we have the executive branch set up. and anybody right now, and i think ron makes a really good point, anybody right now in any former prosecutors like myself that sit here and say that a case has been made based on one witness's testimony, i think it's been very reckless. there's a lot to be known. but fundamentally, this is a case of using legal terms in the court of politics. and so like you said, this is more going to play out in congress than it is in any kind of investigation or court of
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law. so we need to be very careful that, you know, the jury is the american people at this point in time and is not going to ultimately be -- >> sure. but on the issue of whether the president just didn't know any better and that he's on a learning curve, i mean, your response to that? >> i saw paul ryan say that as well and i think, you know, there is some unsophistication on this president, especially early in his term. i know that some have, you know, used his own political statements during the campaign to suggest otherwise. but this is also a president that didn't know preet. nor did he know jim comey much. and this is a person that has dealt in a business with personal relationships and i'm certain that he probably wanted to know whether these are people he wanted to continue on with in his administration or that he would, you know appoint their successor. >> he said he felt those initial phone calls when he reflected on it that the president-elect trump was trying to cultivate a
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relationship with him. once he called out the president, the red flag went up that it was inappropriate. so mr. ambassador, we saw, you know, that tweet from the president this morning. he's back to it calling comey cowardly. senator lindsey graham weighed in on the president's statements just this morning. listen to this. >> here's what's so frustrating f for republicans like me. you may be the first president in history to go down because you can't stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that if you just were quiet would clear you. >> all right. so two things on. that your response to what graham had to say and is it, you know, is it threatening for the president to now call what could be a chief witness cowardly? >> fred, thanks for having me. i agree with senator graham that the president has, through his tweets, and otherwise, brought a world of trouble upon himself
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and he's added a second profoundly dangerous charge to bob mueller's investigation. we already have the question of whether or not the president or those around him colluded on the russian take on our democracy. now the president has created an obstruction of justice investigation. and then, you know, i do have to agree, i think, that -- i do agree with former u.s. attorney that the comey was credible. this is a pattern. i don't think there's any sense to saying that trump is unsophisticated or didn't know what he was doing. sessions and kushner both tried to linger behind in that meeting, fred, and trump ushered them out. they knew it was wrong. he knew it was wrong. that's evidence of intent. he's very sophisticated. he knew exactly what he was doing. >> so sessions -- and sessions,
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sorry to sbriinterrupt, session likely to be asked about that. if you were the a.g., if you felt it was appropriate to stick around and that you didn't, wasn't it your job as the a.g. to tell the president it's inappropriate that i leave right now? and why didn't you do that? won't that be one of the questions? >> yes. and sessions has been bullied by the president. sessions was supposed to be recused from this investigation. yet he ended up helping fire comey. so this is another example of the a.g. not standing up for the law, but unfortunately serving the man, not the constitution. >> so ron, how potentially brb m problematic as you look for jeff sessions to answer these things? >> there are two braided investigations that are going to produce revelations on a steady basis. you have the question of whether there was collusion and cooperation during the campaign. now you have the separate but connected question of whether -- what once in office there was
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obstruction of justice. and i think both of those are going to produce a steady stream of revelations that are undoubtedly going to be headaches for the white house. i would amend one thing that matthew said. i think the legal and the political processes are now intertwined. because as i said, it is congressional republicans have signaled they are not going to move forward beyond a general investigation. they are not going to take this as cause for any kind of discussion of impeachment or even, you know, serious inquiry the law.er the president broke the only thing i think that can change that will be judgments by the special counsel when he ultimately produces his report. whether or not he chooses to challenge the justice department internal guidance. you can't indict a sitting president. whether or not he does that he will be presenting his evidence to the congress. while republicans have tried to push this off their plate, likelihood is it will be back in their late before the elections.
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requesting that it be open. cnn's washington correspondent ryan noble joining me now. ryan, what doles you knelse do about the request? >> it's important because he sits on the intelligence committee. he is a democrat. but you tell by wyden's response that they're thrown off a bit by this decision by attorney general sessions to not testify in front of the senate sub committee on proerp yaappropria instead in front of the intelligence committee. he was in a position where he had to appear in front of senators to answer questions about the justice department's budget. but with that sub committee of the senate appropriations committee. but when they were going to ask questions about the russia investigation and firing of james comey, in that hearing sessions made the move to change things up. instead his deputy a.g. is going to go the appropriation
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committee hearing and sessions has offered his testimony upto the intel committee. he sent a letter informing them he's available to testify on tuesday and he believes the intelligence committee is the better venue for that testimony. the justice department officials have said their expectation is that the hearing will take place behind closed doors. but some of the senators are involved are hoping that it takes place in open session and while they welcome his testimony to the intelligence committee, both republicans and democrats believe he should testify in frop front of the judiciary committee as well. take a listen. >> don't know whether it will happen and whether it will be public. i believe the judiciary committee has the oversight responsibility for the justice department. and therefore it is very fitting for the attorney general to appear there. >> but the attorney general's office has become a political office. that's bad for us all. i want to get to the bottom of
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that. >> now, at this point the senate intelligence committee has not formally announced plans for the hearing or whether it will be open or closed session. but that decision will be the committee's. it won't be the attorney general's to make. and among the issues that sessions may need to confront, the cnn report that investigators are looking in to a possible third undisclosed meeting that sessions may have had with russian ambassador sergey kislyak, the justice department has repeatedly said that meeting never happened, but fred, sessions himself has yet to answer a direct question on that topic. and if he appears before the committee, he'd need to answer that question under oath. >> all right. ryan noble in washington. thanks so much. let's talk about all of this now. my panel is back with me. ron brownstein, matthew, and norman. that little bomb comey dropped that there was a third undisclosed meeting with the russian ambassador and jeff sessions, what are the implications if indeed sessions
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testifies oh yeah, about that meeting, let me tell you a little bit more about it. >> i'm trying to remember. i don't think comey specifically g said a third meeting. he said there were other reasons he would have to rekiecuse. if there is a third meeting it fitz in fits into a broader pattern. from jeff sessions already at least once that had been undisclosed and were only disclosed subsequently after initial affirmations to the contrary. if there is another meeting that he did not zis clodisclose to t committee, you already have figures who are raising serious questions. i do think you will hear a growing c growing chorus of democrats demanding his resignation if there is another meeting. a reminder that both fronts, the collusion question from the campaign and the possible obstruction question from after
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the election that there is just -- there is an assembly bli li line of revelations that continue coming. the odd point this is not necessarily derailing the agenda. to some extent it is cloaking the agenda. as they move toward repealing the affordable care act it's getting very little attention. >> we were talking to someone yesterday who talked about the number of items that actually are getting accomplished but under the cloak so to speak of the cloud that continues to form over the white house and we'll delve into that later. for now, though, senator chuck schumer was interviewed earlier today saying that he had several questions that he wants the attorney general to answer. listen. >>. >> there is some questions about sessions that have to be asked. did he interfere with the russian investigation before he recused himself? second, what safeguards are there now so that he doesn't
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interfere? third, it says he was involved in the firing of comey and the president said comey was fired because of russia. how does that fit in with his recusal? it doesn't seem to stand up well to me. and fourth, he's been involved in the selection of the new fbi director. did he talk about the russian investigation with them? >> all right. mr. ambassador, will this testimony potentially resolve that issue or that question that schumer had about whether sessions is using his office as attorney general for political purposes? >> it will advance the ball if attorney general sessions is examined. it should be done like the comey testimony, fred. if there's going to be a closed door session, that should be after a public session. say what you in public. this is too important to hide. and the senate shouldn't rollover for sessions. there's a fifth point that leader schumer left out. and that is sessions has already testified under oath.
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he omitted russia meetings. he had to correct his testimony. if it turns out that there's another meeting that was left out that he didn't correct the record as towards, i think you're not just going to see democrats who start applying public pressure for him to resign. i think some republicans are going to say this is too much. and i think he's at real risk of p perjury if that third undisclosed meeting exists. >> how would that potentially unfold in your view? because we know that sessions had already offed red to the president once upon a time he was willing to resign. the president really dismissed that and said no, you're staying on and apparently even the president doesn't take kindly to the fact that he recused himself from all russia's investigation. >> well, the revelations about the meetings that he failed to answer to the senate when he was
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questioned previously and then him having to update it triggered the recusal. that came right before the recusal. i think president trump as annoyed as he is reported to be at sessions is going to be horrified at the thought that the acting attorney general is going to be rod rosenstein who appointed the special counsel and who has a chip on his cho d shoulder because they wrongly lied about rosenstein being the precipitate or for the firing of comey. he was reportedly very angry about that. that's not a happy situation for the president. but the pressure is going to get hot if the third meeting happened and sessions dnidn't disclose it. >> also at issue is the discussion allegedly with jaim a james comey and the president according to the testimony asking him i hope you see your way clear to letting this go meaning michael flynn, to letting flynn go. and president trump has had his
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version of events, although everyone still wants to hear in detail how they square with comey's testimony. but it was donald trump, jr., who took to the air waves and had some explanation about what did or didn't or could have potentially happened. listen. >> did say under oath that you told him to let the flynn -- you said you hoped the flynn investigation you could -- >> i didn't say that. >> so he lied about that? >> well, i didn't say that. i mean, i will tell you i didn't say that. >> so he said those things under oath. would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of -- >> 100%. >> when he tells you to do something, guess what? there's no ambiguity in it. there's no hey, i'm hoping. you and i are friends. i hope this happens, but you've got to do your job. that's what he told comey. >> okay. so matthew, what does that mean? >> well, what it means is first of all, let's look at the
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constitution which is where i always start when we talk about american political system. that is that the president if he really wanted to could have done like george herbert walker bush did and pardon him before he went to trial. >> we don't have to talk about hypotheticals or comparisons. we're talking about whether this meeting transpired the way it did. one person's account over the next. now the son is saying this is how my dad operates. this is likely what he said. actually defending the notion that comey spelled out. >> well, it's going to be very interesting. i thought schumer should mention that jeff sessions was in the room before he was allegedly kicked out. i think his testimony this next week is going to be give jim comey more credibility or less credibility. as a trial lawyer and someone that evaluates witnesses, at this point in time, jim comey has given his testimony. and we haven't heard the rest of the story yet. so jeff sessions is going to provide some very interesting color and detail to sort of what happened and also be able to answer the question how did you
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feel about the director of the fbi not reporting through the channels in the department of justice this meeting and what was said? >> okay. except we did hear comey say that he did report it to the a.g. and asked the a.g. it shouldn't happen again that i am with the president alone. and that he didn't get the support. so we will hear jeff sessions version of events because i assure you it's going to be asked on capitol hill this week. gentlemen, thanks so much. ron, matthew and norman. uk prime minister theresa may said there is no change to the invitation issued to president trump. but the state visit later this year could still be in jeopardy. we'll explain that after this. people confuse nice and kind
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she was criticized in the british media for the hand holding and the travel ban, 1.8 million people signed a petition saying president trump shouldn't or the queen shouldn't have to meet president trump. the leader of the opposition who is supported by "the guardian" newspaper, he has used a security issue saying that britain is not going to have its security dictated or left in the hands of a trump white house. so president trump has become an election issue. then there was a climate change agreement. prime minister theresa may criticized for not being stronger in her criticism of president trump pulling the united states backing out of the paris climate change agreement. and then last week with the attack in london president trump's twitter comment about the mayor of london, that went down for badly. that also reflected badly on theresa may. today the leader of the opposition has tweeted if
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president trump isn't coming, that's a good thing because of these issues i've just mentioned here. so that is something that is, you know, if president trump does come there would be protests in the places that he was visiting. people in britain, some of them feel very strongly about him. as far as the -- as far as theresa may forming a stable government, the leader of the opposition has been saying he thinks there will be elections within another year. jeremy corbyn, this is what he said. >> i think it's quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year and that might be a good thing because we cannot go on with a period of great instability. we have a program. we have support. we are ready to fight another election campaign soon because we want to be able to serve the people of this country. >> of course theresa may is trying to use the ten politicians here and the
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. welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield. 18 penn state flat brothers are accused in the hazing death will face a judge tomorrow. timothy piazza, 19 years old, died after a hazing ritual on his first night of pledging a fraternity. they were forced to binge drink dangerous amounts of alcohol when he fell down a 15 foot flight of stairs and then fell several times more. police weren't called until the next morning. our what is likely to happen when these 18 men appear in court? >> the most significant thing that could happen tomorrow at the hearing is the prosecutors could show the surveillance tape from inside that fraternity, the 12 hours in which tim piazza struggled and declined from when he turned ashen and unresponsive
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until they called the police. i spoke to his parents last month about the details on that surveillance tape which are now in that grand jury indictment. they talked about the last hour of their son's life and why they believe what happened to him was criminal. take a listen. >> they killed him. they fed him lethal doses of alcohol 1and they killed him an they treated him like road kill. like a rag doll. they slapped him around. they threw water on him. one punched an area that was visible. >> they said the spleen was shattered. >> it was chilling. as a parent, it was chilling. in my mind, it was murder. they let him suffer for 12 hours. they let him die a very slow death. it's not any way anybody should ever be treated. >> tomorrow's hearing is a hearing for a judge to determine if these 18 different members of the this fraternity plus the
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fraternity itself can move forward to trial on these charges. most of the attorneys in this case have remained tight lipped about this. but a couple of them have spoken out. one of them telling me that he plans to fight the charges. that he believes that gathering the pitch forks, this is a quote, and taking aim at these young men is extremely disappointing. he went on to say, quote, the government assumes that these young men, many of whom were intoxicated themselves, should have been able to differentiate symptoms of extreme intoxication from symptoms of a life threatening head injury. that is an impossible burden to place on them. >> wow. all right. horrific allegations. horrific situation for so many involved. sarah, thank you so much. we'll be right back. safelite a, you get time for more life. this family wanted to keep the game going. son: hey mom, one more game? tech: with safelite, you get a text when we're on our way. you can see exactly when we'll arrive.
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today cnn kicks off a week
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long special series called champions for change. a dozen cnn and hln anchors headed out to spend time working alongside people whose cause z are close to our hearts. these are truly special individuals. we want you to meet them. our champions for change learning about the challenges they face every day and see firsthand the real differences that they are making in the lives of others. i feel very fortunate. while spending my school age years in montgomery county, maryland, i benefited from fantastic public schools with remarkable athletic programs helping me and a number of my former sports teammates. you're seeing one of them i'm walking with right there. elise thomas. we became together self assured, self confident and aspirational, all while having fun. >> i think we all became very strong-willed people. >> oh, yeah. >> we're already strong-willed, but even stronger as a result of
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doing sports together. >> yes. i agree. it was a situation where, you know, we just -- we just wanted to participate. it didn't matter who was better, who wasn't better. >> right. >> we pretty much supported one another because we were a team. >> right. >> more of a family. >> and family forever. i know today not every american public school kid has the same kind of access to a variety of sports and the amazing building blocks that come with athletics, which is why i want you to meet some extraordinary people who are inspiring girls to reach their athletic and personal potential through a national nonprofit group called girls on the run. and i caught up with a d.c. chapter. >> there's something about lacing up, gearing up, the start line. and how for so many girls sports launches dreams. so it's thrilling to see these young ladies in girls on the run
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d.c. get a head start. >> kennedy and mia, how are you guys feeling? >> good. >> how does that run make you feel? >> confident. >> confident. >> and afterwards a little tired. but it makes me feel like i know i can do it. >> awesome. >> and that's exactly what i recall. from my school days on the track and field, basketball and gymnastics teams. >> i think i learned how to swim before i learned how to walk. we played tennis. we got lessons right away. we were running. we were walking. we were playing soccer. we were doing everything. i think sports helped me with a sense of belonging, that i can fit anywhere, anyplace. to this day, i compete in triathlons or play sports for the thrill of it. all of it a driving force. just ask graduates of my alma mater in maryland. >> sports allowed you to have a
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dream for yourself and be able to envision yourself doing something and attaining it. then when you do attain it, you're like i can do anything. >> now you're in dental school and you think in large part being a track athlete helped to have that kind of aspiration? >> for sure. you learn there's no limit to everything you accomplish. >> athletics made me a stronger gil and i didn't even know it. >> i want all girls to feel this same way. i want all girls to feel like there's nothing that i can't do. >> the girls on the run athletes show that with each step. >> all right. this feels good. >> sports are only for boys, but they're for girls too. >> tatian na, kennedy, ania, andrea and rihanna, ages 8 through 11 running it out and talking approximate through. >> we've talked a lot about the
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way we think about ourselves. what we're going to do is we're going to take a look at a couple pictures. is this a healthy message for girls? >> yeah. >> does it make you feel good about yourself? >> yes. >> and has it also helped you look at yourself differently when you look in the mirror? >> yes. >> what do you think? you care for yourself more? >> yes. >> even though you're not beautiful on the outside, you're still beautiful on the inside. >> and you're beautiful on the outside and you're beautiful on the inside. >> awesome! >> for ten weeks on the way to their first 5 k race they run together and build friendships. >> girls on the run d.c. is committed to serving any girl and all girls in all eight wards of washington, d.c. so any girl that wants to be part of this program we're committed to providing the access and removing the barriers. >> they're gaining confidence and character that they're going to be able to take out into their life as they move on and these girls are the next
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generation of our future leaders. >> oh, hey, mom, she's doing great. >> it does build teamwork. they're not judging one another. they're more or less encouraging one another. soy feel like that's a good thing. >> i had lots of kids. i just love coming and running with them. when they first start to run and it's really hard because they don't have the endurance at the beginning, sometimes we hold their hands and run with them. when they finish, they see that oh, i really did do that. i just did that.
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>> yeah, baby. >> after two and a half months training, girls on the run 5 k here in the nation's capital. how are we feeling? >> good. >> feeling strong? >> yes. >> whou runs the world? >> girls. >> all right. let's go. >> arms up. did you have a favorite part of the race? the end. >> these young girls are now equipped with the power of saying yes to certain opportunities and no to certain obstacles. i am so impressed by these little girls. to hear them pat each other on the back or just whisper some words while running by, you do it. that's so great. they inspired me.
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and i love that. great girls. great project. profiles in our champions for change series. resumes tomorrow bright and early beginning at 8:00 a.m. then check out all the champions for change at our website at cnn.com/championsforchange and we'll be right back.
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hello again, everyone. thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. u.s. attorney jeff sessions spec'd to face a grilling on capitol hil

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