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you are watching cnn's special live coverage here from our nation's capitol. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. in a couple hours from now, republicans and democrats will come together to play baseball despite the vicious attack on so many republicans here just yesterday morning, including the number three republican in the house, congress steve scalise, who actually just under went his third surgery. but we're going to pull away from that story in a moment. we're about to be briefed by doctors in cincinnati, ohio, taking care of american man otto warmier. let's listen in. >> dr. jordan bonovo with the neuroscience institute, uc
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associate professor and director of the uc department of emergency medicines division of critical care. and dr. brandon foreman, neurointensive care specialist with the uc garden neuroscience institute and uc professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine. before we begin, we want to make clear that the comments will focus on what we know today regarding otto's medical condition. we will begin with dr. cantor who will provide a summary and then we'll accept questions and will conclude this gathering in approximately 20 minutes. at that time, we will then accept questions regarding fact checking and you can talk with
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kelly martin who is down in front here regarding any facts or information contained in the press materials you've received. our physicians will not be granting individual interviews and a copy of the remarks will be provided to you as you exit today. dr. cantor? >> good afternoon. our purpose today is to describe the medical and neurological condition of mr. otto warmbier who arrived at our medical center approximately 40 hours ago. the warmibier family has given s permission to discuss his medical condition. he sarrived on june 13th. the transport team met the aircraft and assumed care of the
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patient at the airport. he was transported to the neuroscience intensive care unit at the university of cincinnati medical center where dr. brandon foreman and his team were waiting. an extensive series of imaging and diagnostic tests began immediately upon arrival at our hospital. throughout this process, the warmbier family has been at their son's bedside and information has been continuously shared with them. his vital signs have remained stable. he requires no supplemental oxygen or respiratory assistance. he has no signs of infection or dysfunction of the major nonneurological organs. his neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness. he has spontaneous eye opening
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and blinking. however, he shows no signs of understanding language. responding to verbal commands or awareness of his surroundings. he has not spoken. he has not engaged in any purposeful movements or behaviors. his exam shows a spastic profound weakness and contraction of the muscles of his arms and legs. the most important diagnostic test thus far was a magnetic residence imaging scan of the brain. this study showed extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain. we have no certain or verifiable knowledge of the cause or circumstances of his
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neurological injury. this pattern of brain injury, however, is usually seen as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest where the blood supply to the brain is inadequate for a period of time results in the death of brain tissue. we received copies of brain mri images from the medical personnel in north korea. the earliest images are dated april 2016. based upon our analysis of those images, the brain injury likely occurred in the preceding weeks. at the request of the family, information regarding his prognosis, prospects for improvement and future care and treatment will remain confidential. throughout this ordeal, the warmbier family has shown
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remarkable courage, strength and compassion. on behalf of the medical staff, nurses and associates of the university of cincinnati medical center, i can say that it is our privilege to care for their son and brother. thank you. >> at this time, we will accept questions. please raise your hand and kelly martin, to my left, your right, will acknowledge you and bring a microphone to you so that everyone may hear your question. >> hi there. the sunday times of london. you spoke about cardiopulmonary
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arrest. what kind of things might cause cardiopulmonary arrest? i mean, because it sounds to me like, you know, physical abuse might be something that could bring that on. do you know more about that? >> we have no certain or verifiable information about what happened to otto prior to his departure from north korea. but in general terms, one of the more likely causes in a young person would have been a respiratory arrest. >> miguel marquez from cnn. on your mri and scans that you did of mr. warmbier, was there any indication of trauma? was there any fractures, anything in the head or other parts of the body and would you know if he were in a coma for quite some time if he had
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suffered a heart attack or something that would cut off blood supply to the brain, would you be able to tell at this point that he suffered botulism, took a sleeping pill, had some other cause -- some allergic reaction or some sort of reaction to something he took there? >> well, there's several questions put together there. dr. foreman will address the botulism question. among the batteries of tests we performed, we examined all the long bones of the body, skeletal survey. we've looked at the bony structures of the ribs, the pelvis, the skull and he's had ct scans of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. in those scans, we see no evidence of an acute or healing fracture, including the skull. the botulism question -- >> as it relates to botulism, as
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you know, it's a toxin that causes nerve injury. and so as part of his evaluation with us, we performed nerve conduction studies. those tests did not reveal any evidence of active or chronic nor any repetitive stimulation that would suggest that at this time. >> [ inaudible ]? >> it tends not to. we didn't find any evidence of that. >> excuse me. sorry. cheryl stol berg of "the new york times." can you talk about how long a patient in this kind of condition might be expected to go on? >> at the request of the family, issues regarding his future, his prognosis, are a subject of ongoing discussion.
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they wish us to keep those discussions private and confidential. so we will refrain from speculating about what might happen in the future to him. it would overlap with our private conversations with the family too much. >> ron mott, nbc news. you spoke a little about botulism. in your professional opinions, what's the likelihood that botulism plus a sleeping pill led to this result? have there been cases similar to this where that particular combination, it seems very rare and sort of random. i wanted to get your opinion about that from the north korean g s. >> it would be hard to speculate about his condition prior to north korea at this time. it would be difficult for us to say. we have limited information about that time period.
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>> christina corbyn, fox news. dr. foreman, you didn't find any evidence whatsoever of botulism at all? >> that's correct. yeah. >> okay. >> lindsey janice, abc news. you said something about a respiratory arrest. what would trigger that? >> there are many causes of respiratory arrest. they can stem from intoxication to trauma. there can be other causes in a young person but, in general, respiratory arrest in a young, otherwise healthy person, it's a rare event and likely caused by a toxication or traumatic injury. >> for any three of you, what he is suffering from in his brain, are we talking reversible
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damage? what will his brain go through long term? >> as i delineated, there's severe injury to all regions of the brain but because of the family sensitivity, we're going to refrain from discussing what the future holds for him. >> ann from the cincinnati inquirer. given his condition, can you tell if he's been given good care in the last year plus since he's been in this condition? >> we still, of course, don't know for sure what transpired before he arrived. we can describe his condition upon arrival. his skin was in good condition. and he was well nourished when he arrived at our facility. >> amanda kelly at wlwt. i was wondering how difficult it is for all of you to treat a patient that has such a gap in his medical history.
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i know that that's very important when anyone goes to the doctors. what's it been like for you? >> certainly it's been a challenge. i think one of the things that we did as part of his care team is we really performed a very comprehensive set of evaluations and diagnostics up front within the first 24 hours. we had a great deal of information that allowed us to make a lot of inferences about his condition. and so working with a great team, i think we had a lot of information that we weren't able to get with the missing records and missing information that you pointed out. >> [ inaudible ]. >> we have no ongoing relationship. these scans were present on a
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disk of material and they came with the air transport service. there are two scans on the disk. they are dated april and july 2016. that's the notation. of course, we can't verify that. his current scan is consistent with evolution of changes that were visible on those scans. the word "extensive" in his case relates to severe loss of tissue. so -- >> [ inaudible ]. >> so the final common pathway is the lack of blood flow to the brain for long enough to destroy brain cells. this can occur with the blood stopping pumping blood or a
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respiratory arrest at which point the heart stops functioning correctly. it's difficult to determine which of those occurred, of course. >> and how does it work -- miguel at cnn. how does it work, so if one suffers that sort of event, where the blood stops flowing to the brain, is the damage done all at once or what was the evolution of change as you saw from march to july and then presently? did it get progressively worse or was all this damage done in one go? >> the evolving changes on the mri are consistent with tissue -- tissue evolution, not new damage. so as the tissue is initially damaged, the body tries to remove the damaged tissue. those are the kind of changes that we're seeing, is the removal of the damaged tissue by the body's own internal
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housekeeping mechanisms. but the damage occurs within minutes of inadequate blood f w flow. >> [ inaudible ]. >> we do see respiratory arrest from medication overdose, intentional and otherwise. it would be inappropriate for me to speculate about the intent or whether this was a misadministration of a medication. again, we have very limited information about what happened to otto prior to his departure from north korea. >> two quick questions here. one, mr. warmbier in his press conference today criticized the north korean regime about withholding top-notch medical
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care from their son. i want to get your opinions about whether in this ordeal you think he has had access to top-notch medical care and the second question, the term you mentioned, unresponsive wakefulness, that he does have some eye movement from time to time. can you tell if there's any recognition on his part about h his surroundings? >> in terms of his medical care while in north korea, we have no information about the care he received there. so there's no way i can speculate on his care there. what i can tell you is here we've really taken a lot of effort to make sure we've addressed any problems he may be having, including his comfort and symptoms related to the extensiveness of his brain injury. with regard to the state of unresponsive wakefulness that he's currently in, the way that we evaluate him, to be able to determine that, is based on a lack of consistent and
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persistent responses to stimulation within his environment. so as we attempt to interact with him, give him verbal cues, he has no responses to those. in our evaluation, based on standard recovery scale scores and those sorts of things in addition to our imaging and diagnostics, we don't feel at this time that he has any consciousness awareness in this unresponsive wakefulness state. >> one other follow up. were the scans that you got from the north koreans the entirety of everything that you got from them? were there any other files and are there any signs of choking or brownidrowning or anything t soft tissue from the scans? >> there was a ct scan of the soft tissues of the neck performed as part of our series of tests. at the present time, the study
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looks normal. we did receive a few pages of laboratory value reports from north korea, which are numerical values of various blood tests with dates. they did not, however, shed light on the circumstance of his injury or the exact cause. >> anne thompson here in cincinnati. so, of course, the speculation was that he was badly beaten. what, if any, evidence did you see on the mri of any injuries like that? >> as i said previously, the type and pattern of damage that we see on the mri is not the type we normally see with traumatic brain injury. it's the type we normally see with cardiopulmonary arrest. >> dave from the associated press. just wanted to ask, it sounds like there are various kinds of
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information. i know it's patchy. from the north koreans, including these blood tests, these disks with the scans. i wanted to know if there was anything and everything they may have told you, all kinds of files, what did they tell you? what is the totality that they've told you, the information that you've received from them. >> we've had no contact with the north korean medical authorities. >> we're going to take two more questions. >> all right. so you've been listening to this massive press conference. this is all about otto warmbier. he was a university of virginia student who had gone over to do the study abroad in hong kong, wanted to pop in and see north korea. he apparently tried to steal some sort of political poster, banner at his hotel and ultimately the north koreans found him guilty of committing a hostile act. he has been there since january 2016. he's now back. so his family has him back here stateside. the big question is, how is he
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doing? i have our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta, our real-life brain surgeon to translate what we've been hearing from those doctors. i can't even imagine. they have no idea what happened to him in north korea, how to put the pieces together almost backwards. >> yeah. that's exactly right. they are dealing with very limited information. they obviously really described how he's doing now and they use this term unresponsive wakefulness. that's how they describe it. it's a syndrome where someone -- their eyes may be open, they may be blinking and looking around but they have no awareness of their surroundings. they just have no recognition. they don't speak. there's nothing that is sort of voluntary in terms of movements even though their eyes are open. in the past, this sort of state, some refer to it as a persistent vegetative state. that's sort of what they are describing. they also pointed out, brooke, as you heard, that the north
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koreans did provide a scan dating back to april of 2016 at which point they said that the mri findings of the brain at that point indicated that the injury to the brain, which had already occurred by that time and they said they speculated that it was sometime within the previous few weeks at that point. as you point out, they did not say, you know, exactly what caused this. when asked about that, they said this seems to have been some sort of respiratory arrest. meaning that for some period of time, he wasn't getting enough air into his body, not getting enough oxygen to his brain and that caused the injury to the brain. why he had that respiratory arrest, they don't know. there's nothing else within the testing that can answer that question definitively, brooke. >> so many questions for these doctors and for his parents, his family. at least we know he's back here stateside and in excellent care there in cincinnati. dr. gupta, thank you so much. >> thank you. coming up next here, we are
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live here on capitol hill in washington. we're going to talk politics. legendary journalist carl bernstein weighs in on this newa new "washington post" report that the president is under investigation for obstruction of justice. plus, how the president has reacted to that. also ahead, new details of the condition of the number three republican in the house of representatives, congressman steve scalise. president trump visited him last night, says he is in some trouble. that's a direct quote. this, as the gates get ready to open for tonight's big congressional baseball game. it will go on despite the bloodshed on the field yesterday morning. your insurance company
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the focus of this obstruction of justice investigation led by the special counsel bob mueller. the president tweeting, quote, they made up a phony collusion with the russian story. found zero proof so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. nice. and then, "you are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt in american political history led by some very bad and conflicted people." developing now on capitol hill, cnn is learning that the senate intelligence committee will not look into the matter regarding the president. instead, leaving the criminal inquiry to robert mueller himself. so i've got carl bernstein standing by. you know, cnn political analyst and pulitzer prize journalist who broke that story wide open for "the washington post." so it is your former employer, sir, who is breaking this story
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today, basing this on the five sources. we were talking to adam in the last hour. to you, big picture, carl, how significant is this that the president of the united states is now under investigation? >> it's very significant and at the same time there is an inevitably about it that the fbi investigation was inching its way to investigating the president. there has been a cover-up in the white house about all things russians inexplicably. the president has tried to impede and obstruct and i don't mean in the terms of obstruction of justice in the legal sense but obstruct in the practical sense. impede, demean, undermine all of the efforts to find out what happened and his own relationship and those of his family and those of his aides with russians and russian institutions. and so it was inevitable that he would become the focus of an fbi
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investigation. that's now happened because partly he fired the head of the fbi investigation and we only know a small part of the picture of what the fbi is looking@this point. >> right. >> incidentally, they could exonerate him. >> absolutely. this is just the beginning. this is the inquiry. we're months and potentially years out from any -- >> he could welcome this if really there is no "there" there and he could help the fbi establish that there's no "there" there but he's done just the opposite throughout. >> what about dan coats and admiral rogers? these intel chiefs who will be interviewed by bob mueller, the special counsel, i want you to remind everyone what roles they play here. >> well, they, too, had discussions apparently with the president of the united states in which it has been reported the president asked them to put pressure or if not pressure to the move the fbi away from what
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it was doing to characterize the investigation a certain way that would be innocuous. again, we haven't heard from them publicly. we'll find out -- >> well, we have, sort of. they just didn't say much. >> no. no. we heard -- that's right. we heard publicly but not substantively what that conversation or what those conversations were because they refused to detail them. one of them did in closed sessions. i think we need to look at all of this not in isolation but think of it as a big mosaic that the fbi is putting together, both about a cover-up and whether or not there was an obstruction of justice in the cover-up by the president and those around him but also to try and establish what happened with the russians in our elections and so far the white house has been making it very difficult for institutions to find that out. and that's partly what this is
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about. >> well, you have all of these investigations and they are searching for the facts. you have the president of the united states and you've alluded to how he's responding. he's calling this a witch hunt, phony reporting. >> let's stop on witch hunt for a minute because this statement is quite extraordinary, because he ought to know if he's read american history, though he sometimes talks about how he doesn't read much, he ought to know that when we had real witch hunts in this country in the 1950s under joe mccarthy and others, these were terrible scorched earth events that ruined the lives of people who were hauled before congressional committees and other places simply because they belong to certain organizations or did not belong to certain organizations. total apples and oranges. one of the darkest moments in our history and the president of the united states, any president, ought to know the difference between what we're looking at here.
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we now have serious allegations con firped confirmed by the u.s. intelligence community that the russians, a hostile foreign power, tried to undermine our free elections. instead of the united states getting up and saying, i want everybody in my campaign and my white house and my counsel to get to the bottom of this and help the fbi, help the congress find what happened here, he's done just the opposite. and that's why he's in the precarious legal position that he's in. it's why he's in the precarious political position he's in. and meanwhile, republicans, you know, in watergate republicans were the real heroes because they said this is not about party. this is about the rule of law. and hopefully we will start to see that from republicans in this instant, too, rather than the kind of statement that the republican national committee put out today just calling it a witch hunt. >> the words carry power and
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history behind them, as you point out. carl bernstein, we'll talk about. thank you, sir, very much. just in to cnn, sources are telling us that president trump is expected to reverse part of former president obama's cuba legacy. the president is set to travel to miami tomorrow to announce his plan to a receptive crowd of cuban ex-pats and their families. how far is president trump planning to go with this? >> reporter: i think it's fair to call this a partial rollback. the embassies in washington and havana will stay home but there will be more targeted efforts to go after tourism and businesses in cuba. strictly enforcing the guidelines and rules of who can travel to the island nation. on business, you're going to have businesses that are prohibited from doing any commercial with the military arm of the cuban government and the commerce arm of the military
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government. you're going to have secretary of state rex tillerson start a task force to try to improve human rights and expand internet rights on the island and the president will speak on the need for human rights reform on the island and will also talk about the opposition to any efforts to end the embargo through the united nations. the campaign promise that trump made throughout the 2016 election, especially when he was in florida, it's also the latest example of the president trying to really take a sledgehammer to the obama legacy. obama spent two years at the end of his presidency doing this and trying to make this happen and this is another example of president trump trying to undercut that legacy. >> dan merica, thank you. >> thank you. breaking right now, the jurors deciding the fate of bill cosby are still deadlocked and the judge telling them, get back in there. continue deliberating. we'
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they're trying to decide if he drugged and sexually assaulted andrea constand some 13 years ago. here's a look at the jury panel. seven men, five women. they've been deliberating for more than 30 hours. bill cosby faces up to 30 years if he's convicted. i've got areeva martin and mark geragos here. 30 hours. what can be the reason so far? >> because it's a hung jury. i said during jury selection that this was going to be a deadlocked jury. it does not surprise me in the least given the racial and gender composition in this case, i think it was -- and given the weakness of the prosecution's case, it does not surprise me in the least. today, the judge when they announced they were deadlocked, the judge gave what's called the allen charge, which we call the dynamite charge which is supposed to tell you or those who are in the minority to rethink their position.
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the fact that he gave that and they're still out leaves me to believe that it's not a case of 11-1 but there is a greater split than that. i'd be surprised if he keeps them beyond tomorrow afternoon because he's been very solisitous before. they've given it their all. there's nothing wrong with a hung jury. it's just as legitimate as a guilty or not guilty. so at a certain point, i think that he's go the to declare a misindustrial. >> mistrial. >> areeva, if they come back and continue deliberating and can't arrive at this consensus, what does that mean for andrea constand and for bill cosby. >> the prosecution will have to decide, do they want to put the resources and time into retrying this case? constand had to travel here from
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canada. does the prosecutor want to put the witnesses, the 12 witnesses or so through another trial. that's why the judge is trying so hard to force this jury to come to a consensus. there's been a lot of time and injury invested. that's why you keep hearing the judge give these wonderful compliments to the jury about how wonderful they are and great and unique and what an opportunity they have to bring this matter to conclusion but the judge can't cross the line. he can't coerce them and no juror can go fwoback to that deliberation room and put force or pressure on each juror. they have to come to this because of their own accord and because of the decision they make individually. >> but if you're bill cosby -- mark geragos, you've represented a many clients. if the jurors cannot at least so far come to some sort of consensus, what are you thinking or his legal team, what are you
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telling bill cosby? >> look, i'm telling you right now, you're hanging on by the skin of -- your bare knuckles and skin. this is the difference between life and death for him in the sense if he gets convicted, if the jurors convict him, he will get automatically remanded. he'll spend the rest of his life in prison. if he doesn't get convicted, it's entirely likely this case won't get retried. this is really the big game. this is it. if you're the legal team and i've been there so many times when a jury has been given -- the allen charge or the dynamite charge in a lot of jurisdictions, including california, that's been declared unconstitutional, that it is coercive. it still exists in other state jurisdictions but i think it's outrageous. they've spent a lot of time. jurors have watched the evidence. they know better than we do what went on in that courtroom and
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they take it seriously. so why do you have to get in there and ram their heads together in order to get to a verdict, there's nothing wrong with a hung jury. >> that's what they're doing. 30 hours and counting. areva and mark, thank you so much on this bill cosby trial and what will happen next. we are here in washington. we're here in d.c. where we're right about three hours from the first pitch tonight down at the nationals ballpark. this is a charity baseball game, the congressional baseball game tonight that will go on as scheduled despite the bloodshed yesterday morning. two of the congressmen who will i playing ball, we have a democrat and a republican, they will join me live. also, new details about the man who opened fire on those republicans at baseball practice yesterday morning. we'll talk to the former mayor of alexandria, virginia, who actually saw him multiple times, had conversations with him at the local ymca. his thoughts, coming up. here's to the safety first...
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. new today, investigators say the two weapons used to carry out the attack were purchased legally. they are now taking a closer look at these electronics and we've learned that the shooter frequented this ymca from the ball field. with me now, the former mayor of alexandria, virginia, mayor william euille. i'm so sorry that this happened in absolutely beautiful slice of this country. let me begin with this gunman. i understand you saw him, you had conversations with him a couple of times at the y. >> yes. glad to be with you today and certainly a sad state of affairs not only here in alexandria but for our nation, particularly
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anytime elected officials are being attacked but certainly had an opportunity over the past almost month and a half to have almost daily conversation with this gentleman. i first met him, like i said, about a month and a half ago after he became a member of the y and as i would finish my exercise routine around 8:45 a.m., come upstairs, get a cup of coffee, he'd be sitting at a table near the coffee area. coffee, laptop. this was a daily ritual for him. >> why did he even catch your eye, sir? >> not the first day, not the second day but, you know, the third day because it's not normal for particularly men to end up after their exercise to just sit back and relax on their laptops and even retirees, they exercise and leave and go home. and -- but he kept overhearing folks acknowledge me as the mayor, good morning, mr. mayor,
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how are you doing, we miss you, stuff like that. and i think about the fourth day he actually approached me and said so people call you the mayor. are you really the mayor? and i said, yes, i'm the former mayor bill euille. a couple days later he asked me to recommend places for him to go for breakfast or lunch and i did so and he took me up on some of those referrals and then a week or so later, hey, i'm new in the area, i'm looking for a job. do you know anybody hiring. and i said, you know, as a mayor, former mayor, people come to me for all kinds of help and assistance and i said i don't know about any job openings at the moment. i said, what do you do? he said, construction. i said, i'm in the construction but what's your skill set? he said, well, i'm a home inspector. i said, well, certainly i'll
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keep my eyes and ears open for you. >> so you're -- if i can jump in, you're having conversations with him about breakfast spots and how he can get work in alexandria. he had been in town pretty much since march. did he ever ask you about these republicans playing baseball or chat about politics with you? >> not at all. on the tv -- it's on for public viewing right at the entrance to the y. no matter what station was on, there was always some conversation or program or news report about the white house, the president, or the issue of the day. other people would be sitting around after their exercises and probably make comments pro or con. he never engaged himself in any of those types of discussions, not even once he got to know me very well, he never discussed politics with me, to any great extent. >> so bizarre.
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>> and so -- >> i know you found his bag bizarre, because he had so many items in his bag. almost felt like he was living out of his beg. last question, when did you put two and two together, when you heard about the shooting at the baseball park, when did you realize this guy you had multiple conversations with was the gunman? >> i learned about noon -- shortly after noon yesterday. and then when i started adding up the pieces, you know, with his oversized gym bag, not really exercising, but just really using the "y" as a place to hang out and to probably live throughout the day, not knowing that he had a vehicle in the parking lot and that he was living out of his vehicle, but the mere fact that he was probably also using it as a launching point to just scout out the area by the baseball scene, which is directly a bird's eye view across the street. but, i would have never concluded this gentleman to be someone to do what he did yesterday. he didn't express any type of disappointment or concerns at all. >> all right.
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former mayor of alexandria, bill euille, thank you so much for being with me on the shooter. but let's move away from that and talk about these members of congress who are going to play a ball game in just a couple of hours, despite this tragedy. the gates of nats park will be opening soon. members of congress, we've got democrats, we've got republicans. they will square off in this legendary charity game. so i have with me congressman from each team, republican representative jack bergman and republican thomas swazy. >> and i'm a democrat, actually. he's a republican -- wait, what are you? >> this is washington heat, gentleman. you're a dem, you're a republican. gentleman, forgive me. i'm melting. >> it's hot out here, we know it. don't worry about it. >> first of all, the decision, i want to ask you about the game in a couple of hours. but the fact that we've heard from the president himself, who saw steve scalise last night, he said, specifically, that he's been -- this whole thing has been much more difficult on scalise than people thought, going to be okay, we hope.
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do we know anymore about congressman scalise, either of you? >> the short answer is, no, but he is in the hands of the best medical professionals in the world and when you have a wound like he had, it requires multiple stages. but he's under the best care in the world. >> i went to a bipartisan prayer breakfast this morning, it's a nondenominational prayer breakfast and he's facing a tough time. and we're all praying for him and we pray to god that he and the doctors take care of him. >> this baseball game, was there a moment in either of your minds that thought, maybe we shouldn't play? >> never. >> i've -- i'm excited we're playing, i'm happy we're playing, i'm scared, but i'm more scared that i'm not going to get a hit. that's what i'm worried about. >> and i'm scared he's going to get too many hits. and the reality is, for those of us who have been practicing, dems and republicans, it's been a great adventure for me as a freshman on the baseball team.
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i love to say that. >> tom's a freshman, too. we're freshman. and the idea to be able to go out there on a professional field, to represent in this case our parties, but more importantly, tonight, to represent unity in america. >> we were saying earlier, something like $600,000 had been raised prior to this and now how much money? >> we've been told it's up over $1 million. we are selling 500 tickets every hour. the game was exciting for us and people who were paying attention before this happened, now it's taken on a whole new meeting. this is a chance for us to demonstrate how much we love our country and how much we're going to try to work together. >> you were there yesterday. we talked yesterday and you were telling me about how everyone was headed into the third base line dugout to seek shelter from the gunshots. have you had a moment to talk to either of those capitol police officers just to say thank you? >> the short answer is, no, because they've been on their own recovery right now and we will talk to them as soon as we can get face to face. >> what would you say? >> thank you.
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and i love you. >> the baseball glove. tell me about it. >> the baseball glove, we hope, is en route. the glove is 50 years old this year. the last time i used it in baseball, i was a junior in college. it's part of me. just like a rifle is part of a marine. i don't go to the game without it. >> it's been part of the crime scene, but you're hopie ining te it by 7:05 tonight. >> yes. >> from you, sir, from the democrats, seeing that photo of everyone gathered around in prayer from your practice yesterday morning, can you tell me about it, because so many people watch and follow congress and it's all the bickering and lack of civility, all kinds of conversations people have been having. what does tonight symbolize and how can we take this and use it to move forward? >> you know, i'm a freshman. jack's a freshman, maybe i'm missing something, but i have found my colleagues on the republican side as well as the democratic side to be incredibly civil. i've had a great relationship with a lot of colleagues, on
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both sides of the aisle, including jack. and i think that, you know, when we get outside and we wash television and listen to the road and social media, it deteriorates. i think that this is a special time in history. because people are so sick of politicianed and politics, they want us to get stuff done. and this is a chance for to us take that fertile ground and really try to come together and try to get things done. >> congressman -- >> could i add on that? >> please. >> we, as members to have the freshman class, democrats and republicans, signed a contract of civility. it did not make a high enough priority in news. we are saddened by that in the short-term, but we're new here, but we're going to set standards and we will. >> congressman bergman, congressman swazy, thank you so much. >> good luck, buddy. >> i love you now, but you're in
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the game. watch out. >> i'll still love you as i put you out. >> also, please tune in tonight. watch erin interview at 7:00 eastern, both, she has the house speaker and minority leader, nancy pelosi, first joint interview in history. that's happening. we'll be right back. thank you. thank you! so we're a go? yes! we got a yes! what does that mean for purchasing? purchase. let's do this. got it. book the flights! hai! si! si! ya! ya! ya! what does that mean for us? we can get stuff. what's it mean for shipping? ship the goods. you're a go! you got the green light. that means go! oh, yeah. start saying yes to your company's best ideas. we're gonna hit our launch date! (scream) thank you! goodbye! let us help with money and know-how, so you can get business done. american express open.
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the investigation now reportedly inside the oval office. "the lead" starts right now. closer to the president. a new report says the special counsel has questions about the president of the united states and whether he followed the law. and president trump might only have himself to thank for that. long fight ahead. president trump today saying shot and wounded congressman steve scalise is in some trouble as congress tries to heal itself at the ballpark this evening. plus, his son came home from north korean captivity in a coma. and today, otto warmbier's dad did not have kind words for president obama. good afternoon, i'm jake tapper with "the lead." it's no longer just circling around the president of the united states. according to the "washington post," president donald trump himself is now under investigation. "the post"