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this is "cnn breaking news." >> breaking news. tempers rising inside the justice department tonight. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. sources telling cnn deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and the russia investigation are at the center of the friction. we will explain why in a moment. president trump admitting in a tweet that he is under investigation but once again slamming the russia probe as a witch hunt. they've been at it for about five days now, but jurors deliberating the case against comedian bill cosby unable to reach a verdict. they're back at it in the morning. we are outside the courthouse in this broadcast. a lot to get to in this hour ahe. i want to begin with david rohde, michael isakoff, for
yahoo! news and cnn political commentator david swerdlick. i'm going to start with you, david rohde. tension is building tonight in the justice department with a lot of people feeling it wasn't necessary for deputy attorney general rod rosenstein to bring in special investigate mueller, at least not yet. there's also a question on whether he has to recuse himself on this. what is your take? >> i think it is a sign that trump's effort to pressure rosenstein is working. if he recuses himself or resigns it goes to the number three official in the department, kelly brand i believe is her name. and there's a view that she's maybe more malleable, she will maybe try to shrink the scope of the russia investigation. >> how much further can we go down the chain at the justice department? >> there aren't a lot of people left. >> that's a serious question. >> right, yeah. i mean, look, of the trump nominated, confirmed people at the justice department, jeff sessions is recused, it is rod rosenstein, it is rachel brand and i think the solicitor
general, that's it. but look, the rosenstein recusal, i'm not sure how -- why that would make any difference at all. mueller is the guy in charge of this investigation. it is true that mueller ultimately reports to rosenstein, but the whole point of the special counsel regulation is that he is supposed to be independent and operate on its own. that's historically the way it's been. >> what if he fires him? there's no one -- >> if trump fires mueller, yeah, but then he will have to face the political consequences of that which will be enormous. but the idea that getting rid of rosenstein is going to affect mueller, it is hard to follow the logic of that. >> david swerdlick, did you want to weigh in on that? >> no, think michael is right. all of these officials risk getting embroiled in this the same way director comey did, in
the way that deputy acting attorney general sally yates did, unless they get fired which seems to me like in a sense if you are rod rosenstein would almost be merciful at this point. because if he's not fired, then he either has to recuse himself or partially recuse himself or maybe explain why he isn't recusing himself or be a recused deputy a.g. like attorney general sessions is right now, sort of half on the sidelines and half not, or basically do the bidding of the president as far as this goes. rosenstein, i think if you go back to his may 9th memo where he outlined reasons why director comey was ineffective for the fbi, he still is operating under this cloud, not because of anything about his own integrity but because he prepared a document for the president which was then used as a pretext to get rid of comey only to have
that pretext overturned by the president himself. it is a mess. it is a mess, don. >> okay. i need a graph and i need you to draw lines. i mean seriously, david rohde, every day i look at this, i get the updates, i read the papers and i'm like, "is this actually happening?" if you're someone at home and you're just sort of following along, you know, not as closely as we do here in the news, i'm sure it is very confusing and in some ways people may tune out because they may just be like i have no idea, there's so much happening. >> that's where the messaging that it is a witch hunt, there's nothing there. i think if you push rosenstein behind and if the number three official were to fire mueller, you know, the narrative is that mueller is bias, he wanted to be the fbi director, he didn't get the job and then he becomes the special counsel, you know, and then rosenstein is conflicted. you know, the narrative i would think at least to his base is getting through, that there's no merit to this investigation.
>> but won't people understand just because he's maybe -- maybe he didn't get the job, i don't know if he's upset or not, but he doesn't appoint himself as a special counsel, someone who is under donald trump, the president actually appointed him? that makes -- >> it is all the deep state. it is all the deep state and that could work for him. >> can i ask you guys this about john dow, the president adding him to his legal team, a well-known d.c. based attorney. >> yeah, i do, and he is well-respected. >> what does it tell you? >> he has been around a while. he needs the help. look, marc kasowitz, his main lawyer, is not an experienced washington criminal defense lawyer. he's a new york civil litigator who has had very little, if any, experience in this kind of arena, dealing with the politics of congressional investigations and the intricacies of a criminal, a major justice department criminal investigation. it is worth remembering, remember, that the president couldn't get his -- you know, he approached four top criminal defense lawyers in washington and was all turned down because they didn't want to work for
him. >> yeah. >> so -- >> they felt that their -- they or their firms may be tarnished by -- >> that was one of the factors, and also the question of whether he -- >> he went on and had another round of tweets that potentially don't help his case today. here is latest. i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director! witch hunt. i mean does this help or hurt? i mean legally it doesn't help him. >> no, legally it doesn't help. i think david rohde is right, that this does help the president send a message over the heads of us in the media to his base that he's fighting, that what the narrative coming out of mainstream media is sort of fake news or whatever, witch hunt, whatever tag line he wants
to put on it. >> but he is confirming he's under investigation in the tweet. >> well, that's the other part of this. he's confirming he's under investigation, or at least from his perspective he's under investigation. i decided today i'm not going to go too far into trying to psycho analyze what the president is really trying to communicate with each tweet and just take it at face value. but the problem for the president with the tweets is that even though he's communicating to his base, he's also digging a deeper hole -- >> right. >> -- where the entire legal establishment has to dig in further and further on all of these issues and he's only reaching his base. don, the other thing is that he's undercutting the message he put out in the campaign that he would hire the best people. he hired rod rosenstein. he was the best business manager, the best ceo, but he's managing sort of semi chaos right now. that message is -- >> he's also contradicting himself. remember, he told lester holt he
fired comey because of the russia investigation. >> he was going to fire him regardless. >> right. and he told the foreign minister the same thing. he is going back to the original story the white house put out which they then contradicted or took back a day or two later after trump gave the interview. so it is bizarre that the president by tweeting is contradicting his own words. >> yeah. >> and it is a pattern where he's creating legal problems for himself. you know, he tweeted that this was a muslim ban. that undermines his defense of his -- >> david, can i ask you though, after a while -- and i speak to trump supporters, they will come up and talk to me and there are some, you know, who will say, nothing has happened, we're not getting the tax cuts, i have a business, i'm becoming worried about that, everything is defensive, everyone is out to get him. they don't think that everyone is out to get him. most rational people don't think
that everyone is out to get the president, and if they supported him they're wondering where the things that i want, he's looking out for himself and not necessarily looking out for me. how long before they say, all right, i'm done? >> well, you can see the numbers are sort of -- his core supporters and the enthusiasm of their support is sort of dropping and he barely won this election, it was by a very, very narrow margin. so if there's a higher democratic turnout in the mid terms that could really harm him. i guess i don't want us to underestimate the potential effectiveness of this messaging. it is bad for our institutions. it is making everyone cynical about law enforcement, you know, all of these really important, crucial things to our country, but people might believe it. >> we're going to talk more about this. that has to be the last word. up next, what do his supporters think about all of this. we're going to talk about that when we come back. new neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair with the proven power of retinol. reduces wrinkles in just one week. neutrogena®
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madison is here. contributor selena zito and john fredricks here as well. happy birthday. 29 i think you are. >> well, no, 39. a little younger than you. >> oh, okay, great. yeah, i wish. john, we'll get to you. another round of tweets today from the president, and you can put it up, at admitting he's under investigation, calling it a witch hunt. you talked to a lot of supporters. are they concerned about the widening investigation or not? >> let's calling it for what it is and stop the nonsense, john. by the way, joe, happy birthday. >> thank you, john. >> this is a soviet style inquisition against the president with one objective, get him out of office, remove him from office. in some way it is like the malcolm x strategy, by any means possible. >> necessary. >> make him resign, make him quit, fatigue him, get him out of there, impeach him. i mean this inquisition by robert mueller, who has all of
this power with unchecked power, unchecked resources, hiring now clinton era big-time lawyers who were big-time clinton donors to do what? there's no evidence of anything. there's no evidence of any crime. no collusion. no obstruction of justice. no nothing, and yet we have this ongoing, crazy investigation against this president who's objective is to remove him from office. it isn't going to work. >> we don't have the evidence, we don't know what's there so we don't know if there's any evidence. >> because there is no evidence, don. >> we don't know that, john. there could be nothing there, but to say it for sure is not the truth. >> well, there's nothing there today. >> go ahead, joe madison. what do your listeners think. >> i think malcolm x rolled over in his grave to hear john try to
equate and put in context what he was saying. look, you said it. first of all, i am amazed how two weeks ago mueller was the cat's meow. he was the most qualified person. the vast majority of people on both sides of the aisle thought so. the reality is that it is an investigation. clearly prosecutors think something is there to look at, and that's exactly -- so i think we ought to just calm down. let's see what mueller comes up with. he may come up with nothing, but the reality is these are seasoned prosecutors, law enforcement officers. they're qualified. they're looking at it, and we'll know at some point when we come back on this show whether they have something or not, but it is irresponsible to say this is a witch hunt. >> all right. selena, you interview a all right of people who support the president, trump country as we call it. the fact that he's admitting he's under investigation, that he has hired an attorney, that mueller is hiring more investigators, is that concerning to them at all? what do they think? >> you know, the voters i talk
to -- and i try to focus a lot on people who voted for obama twice and then voted for trump because it is an interesting new coalition. for now, you know, these voters, they look at him as this sort of creature that is getting things done and he's disrupting the system, and they look at the processes around him and, you know, some of them sort of understand that he's gotten himself into some of this trouble on his own, mainly through his tweets, but they also believe that at the end of the day that he's going -- there's no there there, and that as long as they see him doing things like, you know, i was just in a coal mine in western par pennsylvania. 70 jobs were there, were created. most of these jobs pay between $50,000 and $100,000. so in an area where the median income is 29.9% -- or, you know,
$29,000, this makes his supporters happy. they sort of tune out the other things that are going on. they think that's sort of washington politics, sort of part of washington partisanism. there's a portion of them that understand he's gotten himself in a little bit of his own trouble through his way of communicating and that's through tweeting. >> john, the twitter storm today is a sign that he's -- this is what a white house official said, that he's taking matters into his own hands and he thinks he is the best person to deliver his message. to salena's point, i hear it from trump supporters as well, like just stop it with the tweets. but is he right? do you think he's his own best messenger when it comes to tweeting stuff out? >> his followers believe in his message, his agenda, why he ran for president and what he's attempting to do.
they also see this as a beyond-the-pale major effort by washington d.c. elites who -- >> listen to me, you've established -- the question was specifically about taking the message into his own hand in his tweeting. >> i think he has to do that. i think right now he has to do that. he knows he's innocent. he knows he didn't do anything. he knows that he's being railroaded, and we have to just be honest with ourselves. >> can i ask you something, john? >> this is an attempt to remove him from office. >> let me ask you a question. >> for no reason. >> you said that a number of times. thank you. if you were in trouble and being investigated and you hired the best attorneys possible that you could hire and their advice to you was to shut up and stop talking -- >> i would shut up. >> so, john, what would you do? >> if i was advising president trump right now, if i was in the white house, i would tell him to keep tweeting. >> that wasn't my question though.
>> keep facebooking. >> i didn't ask if you were advising him. i said if you were his attorneys. if you were under investigation and your attorneys were telling you -- take donald trump out of it. your attorneys were telling you, john fredricks, shut up, stop tweeting, stop talking, what would you do? >> if i was john fredricks radio talk show host i would shut up because i don't have the resources or the power. if i was the president of the united states, donald trump, i would continue to do exactly what he's doing, because without that he can't get the truth out because the mainstream media is never going to give this guy a fair shot or a break or anything else. >> okay. so what you're saying in that is that the truth lies -- >> that's the only way to communicate. >> -- in the message and not with the law and the evidence, is that what you're saying? >> well, there's no evidence of any wrongdoing. >> so then if -- >> zero. >> if there's no evidence. >> it is an attempt to get him out of office. >> if there's no evidence and he's innocent, then how does that make sense?
if there's no evidence. >> it makes sense for him -- >> -- he will be found innocent and everyone will move on. so then how does it make sense, what you're saying then, the only way he's going to get the truth out is through his messaging. >> are you kidding me, don? >> not going to get the truth out by having the investigation come to an end -- no, i wouldn't be asking the question if i was kidding you. >> don, this investigation is going to go on for what, 18 months, 20 months, 17 months? he can't get anything done. the only way he can get through this mammoth investigation with all of these lawyers in search of a crime is for him to get his message out directly to the american people, which is this, i've done nothing wrong, this is an inquisition, a soviet-style way of trying to get rid of me and trying to railroad me out of office. >> i've got to take a break. >> they want to wear us down so i would keep doing exactly what he's doing. i wouldn't change a thing. >> with the russia investigation, that's just me, i wouldn't keep doing it but it is
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all right. the panel is back. joe madison, what do you think about the messaging? i was asking -- john says the best way for the president to get his message out is to ignore what his attorneys and advisers are saying. >> that's a foolish position to take, and any good attorney listening to this show will tell you that. then you protest too much also. the other thing you have to keep in mind, everybody who starts to investigate just to find out what the truth is, they seem to get fired, and we know that for a fact. now, the final point that i will make, and with all due respect to john, i want this audience to understand, john doesn't know anymore than any of us sitting here. that's the reality. let the prosecutors do their thing, and then at some point -- and i have said this before -- we'll know what the truth is, but let's not pretend sitting up here on a tv set that somehow we
have inside information that this is some kind of soviet style. let's find out what's out there. let the investigators do their job. >> okay. two years ago today, let's play it, the president -- or he was a candidate then, candidate donald trump, a real estate mogul, rode down that escalator at trump tower to announce his candidacy. did you ever think we would end up here? first joe. >> that was my birthday. my goodness. no. but, you know, i think it is symbolic, he is going down. >> wow. oh, that was -- okay. john, did you ever -- you thought -- did you think we would end up here or were you -- you weren't on the trump train early on, were you? >> me? i was the first one on in the united states. i was there that day
broadcasting live when he came down the elevator. i was the first media person in america to predict he was going to win and to back his candidacy back when he was at 1%. so i thought he was going to win. i didn't think we would be in this position right now with the inquisition obviously. >> so, listen, salena, you covered the trump campaign extensively. you predicted trump would win when many people didn't think it was possible. and i'm sure you remember on this show when i said, listen, people are telling me they like him, think it is possible they're underestimating him. what is your take two years later on this? how do you stand on this? >> well, i understood by july of 2016 that it was going to happen. i drove from the republican convention to the -- in cleveland to philadelphia on a back road, and that -- between those two states, right, these two very critically important states, and i saw the major enthusiasm -- i'm not talking about regular signs. i'm talking about things, you know, hand-painted signs. >> when you start to see
homemade signs, then you realize just how passionate people are. >> really, yeah. that takes a lot of extra effort to do that, right? i mean that takes a lot of passion, and that was a sign to me that something different was going on and that we needed to pay attention more. >> yeah. yeah. i agree. so, john, the president made a lot of promises on the campaign trail that he hasn't implemented as president. for example, today his administration announced continuing the policy that grants a reprieve to so-called dreamers, people who arrived here in the u.s. as children. as a candidate the president said that he'd end this policy. i want you to take a listen and then we'll discuss. >> we talk about the dreamers, we talk about illegal immigrants who, by the way, are treated better than our vets. you know, our vets are incredible. where is the sanctuary for american children? where is that sanctuary? the dreamers, we never talk
about are the young americans. why aren't young americans dreamers also? i want my dreamers to be young americans. >> john, you were the virginia co-chair. do your listeners or do you see this as a broken promise? >> yes. it is very simple. he made promises, he needs to follow through on them. this is one where he's hedging his bet. not good. he needs to rethink it. he just allowed general mattis to put another 4,000 troops in afghanistan. he campaign to get out of thinks middle eastern wars. there's no amuf from congress. there's no declaration of war. there's no authorization for these troops. so he's got those two promises this week broken, and he's got to address that and deal with it. if you say you're going to get out of the middle eastern wars,
i don't think it means putting another 4,000 troops in afghanistan. >> joe, less than 30 seconds. go ahead. >> well, only thing i can say is that i don't think that donald trump is expanding his base. that's reality and that's what he really has to do, and he's not taking advice from me. and if he's not careful, he's going to shrink his base because he's kicking a lot of his supporters like with health care under the bus, under the bus. chamber of commerce, under the bus. >> i have to go. happy birthday again. thank you all. >> thank you. >> when we come back, still no verdict. the jury deciding bill cosby's case deadlocked for the fifth day. we will go to the courthouse next. wrinkles? your time is up! new neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair with the proven power of retinol. reduces wrinkles in just one week. neutrogena®
they've been deliberating for five days and requested answers to 12 questions. the jurors in bill cosby's trial have not come to a unanimous decision on the three charges against the legendary comedian and they're done for the night. cnn's gene kosaris has more for us now. jean, you are live at the courthouse where jurors went
home. what happened tonight? >> reporter: first of all they will be back tomorrow morning at 9:00. they've got a few hours of sleep. don, the jury has been deliberating at this point 52 1/2 hours and the defense just made another motion for mistrial, saying the duration of the deliberations, the length of the days, the read backs that are continual at this point, that enough is enough and that jurors are finally going to compromise their values just to get out of here. the judge fired back and he said there is no case law precedent, the jury is deliberating, they're trying to reach a verdict, we have to let them continue. the prosecution did not join in that request for a mistrial, so, don, tomorrow's a new day. >> jean, bill cosby spoke tonight as well. what did he say? >> reporter: well, this is a big moment because bill cosby does not speak but he did tonight. listen to what he had to say. >> i just -- i just want to wish all of the fathers a happy father's day, and i want to
thank the jury for their long days and their honest work individually. i also want to thank the supporters who have been here and, please, to the supporters, stay calm, do not argue with people. just keep up the great support. >> how you doing? >> thank you. >> reporter: and there have been some moments where alleged victims, the accusers have verbally gotten into it with bill cosby supporters but, don, all is calm and tomorrow is a brand-new day here in montgomery county at the courthouse. >> get some rest because you will be covering it all. thank you, jean casaris. i appreciate it. >> reporter: thank you. >> i want to bring in attorney gloria allred. thank you for coming on. >> hi, don.
thank you. >> these jurors are been deliberating over 51 hours now, they've asked a dozen questions and wanted to rehear several parts of the testimony and what dow think of that? >> and the defense is objecting and objecting again and suggesting there should be a mistrial and the defense has done it numerous times and the court has indicated, look, they're in active deliberations. proof of that is they're asking numerous questions. so he said provide me with a case where i should essentially interrupt the jury deliberations when they're conducting them. it does not appear to be that there is any case that would stand for that proposition, and so the jury is going to return tomorrow early, 9:00 a.m. >> all right. let's talk about some of the questions they asked because three questions had to do with reviewing what bill cosby said and another two are about the testimony of one of the accusers, andrea constand. the jury asked the court to define a phrase in one of the charges. they wanted the know what "reasonable doubt" meant.
from a legal perspective what does it tell you? >> well, it is not unusual for juries to seek the court's advice and direction on defining what reasonable doubt is. but higher courts have always indicated exactly what a court should say when posed the question by a jury, "please help us understand what reasonable doubt is." i think tonight was also very interesting. i just left the courtroom a few minutes ago, and the jury had asked yet another question, which is they wanted to hear a read back of the testimony of andrea constand's brother-in-law who was the one who told her to go to the police in the first place. he was at the time, don, a police officer himself in canada, and when he heard from
his sister -- excuse me, from his wife who is andrea's sister that she alleged she was sexually assaulted, he advised her to go to the police. he meant where the incident occurred. she ultimately went to the canadian police and then he accompanied her down to pennsylvania to speak ultimately with those -- the police down here. so that was interesting testimony, and he told her to tell the truth and, you know, i have every reason to believe she did. we'll have to see what the jury decides. >> let's talk about the jury, gloria. we know the jury is made up of seven men, six white, one black, five women, four white, one black. what do you think is keeping them from reaching a decision? do you think it has to do with ethnicity, gender, or they're just going back and forth about the case? >> well, they keep asking for
the read backs of testimony. they also asked to see some telephone records today. so, you know, it's been a trial that's had a great deal of testimony and perhaps they're asking for read backs of certain testimony because they can't recollect exactly what it was, and so that's why they've asked for mr. cosby's admissions under oath, which they don't know but we know is from his testimony in the civil lawsuit that andrea constand had filed against him. they asked for the read back about the quaaludes that in that civil lawsuit deposition he admitted to giving quaaludes, providing them to young women with the intent to have sex with them. and so they want to know what -- what all of this testimony is. maybe some of the jurors are using it to have a healthy debate with other jurors who have a different point of view than they do, to try to persuade them to come over to their side to vote, because we know there has to be a unanimous verdict, unanimous for -- for acquittal. >> or just to understand, make
sure they understand what's going on. i have to ask you, gloria, you represent a number of clients. you've been talking to them i'm sure. what are they saying about this? >> yes, i represent 33 accusers of mr. cosby. you know, one of my clients is at the courthouse this evening, but i have also been chatting with some of the other accusers. everybody is really on edge. it is difficult to go through this very long 12, 14-hour days and, you know, they think it shouldn't be that difficult for the jury to reach a decision but they do understand that this jury is working really hard. they like the fact that they are asking for testimony so that they can better understand what verdict they should reach and make an informed decision as to how they should vote on the jury. >> gloria, in the short time we have left i want to get your reaction to cosby thanking his supporters and tweeting out the
photo montage. what do you think of that? >> i haven't seen the photo montage. day think the public has been singing a different tune. maybe learned from what i said yesterday, which was respect the jury. they can deliberate as long as they need to deliberate. >> right. >> there's nothing special that's going to be done because mr. cosby is a celebrity. >> gloria allred, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> when we come back, an amazing new cnn report showcasing people changing the world. i'm going to tell you about a charity i think is doing incredible things. ready to take control
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cancer is a very special way. they bring together thousands of people in the community for a fashion show starring the children. pediatric cancer is particularly tragic because it attacks the most vulnerable and innocent, but i learned that these kids aren't victims, they're fighters no matter what their age. >> at 3 years old it is hard to imagine anyone more innocent than elena. >> she is so full of life. she is a talker. she doesn't ever stop talking, even when it was the worst. you know, she is always smiling. >> elena's mom jenny is a pediatric nurse. >> one, two, three. >> she and her husband ron started noticing bruises on elena and became alarmed on a family vacation. >> she bumped into a wall and immediately her whole head went black and blue within 30
seconds. weal had gone to take her to the doctor and they drew her blood and he looked at the slide and he said, i don't have to tell you what this is, you know that this is leukemia. so she gets chemo every single day. >> now we're just going to give it some juice. >> that's not juice. >> she also has iv chemo once a month. >> a lot of times as a parent and as a mom and dad, your first concern is what can i do to fix it and there's nothing coy have done. >> but mark and josie decided there was something they could do. seven years ago they launched "runway to hope" a charity that raises money for pediatric cancer, for research, new technologies and to help families with needed cash. >> you can't appreciate what they go through until you see it and then you still are not experiencing it. so you do the best you can to empathize.
so many families are in economic chaos anyway, it is hard to balance their budgets and checkbooks and bank accounts and all of that. really the dynamics are just something you never really can imagine until you see it and experience it. and that's why the dollars do make a difference. >> one of the scariest things about childhood cancer is it is so random. one day you are learning to walk -- >> your arms up. >> the next you're fighting for your life. i met grayson at florida hospital when he came in for a radiation treatment. >> one of the guys here -- >> he has his own youtube channel, loves video games and most of all baseball. >> his cancer came out of nowhere. >> it was like, mom, there's a giant lump in my neck. it was like a lump the size of a golf ball and she's like oh my goodness, so we went to the e.r. and they said hey, you have hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer. my mom and dad were like ehhhh! i thought oh, my, this is not good. >> grayson taught me about friendship. >> my friend caden, when i go to his house he makes me smile every day. he's just the best friend that i
could ever have. >> wow. you love him, right? [crying] >> he's just the best. [crying] >> you're a pretty cool kid, man. thank you. you all right? >> uh-huh. >> he's dealing with this awful thing, and what he cherished the most in life is friendship. i it really sort of touched my soul because all he wants is just a friend, he wants human contact and i became his friend in that moment. grayson just celebrated his last radiation treatment. but survivors always fear their cancer could come back. that's what happened to hanna. she was diagnosed with a kidney
cancer when she was just 21 months old and eight years later, she relapsed. news from hanna's doctor hit hard. >> i remember her talking to me and not hearing a word she said. the mouth is moving. i see the motions and not connecting the two. and they repeat it. it's back. and at that point i was on the ground. literally on the ground. >> but as powerful and deadly as cancer can be, no one gives up without a fight. >> you have two minutes to cry. two minutes to feel sorry for yourself and then you have no time but to get to your child, explain it, wrap your arms around them and then it's game on. >> game on. >> yeah. >> hanna finished her chemo and is waiting for her first scan. >> i feel great because my energy is back and i can runaround and play.
>> we talk about these kids and their parents being warriors. >> each year runway brings together local leaders and celebrities for a fashion show starring the children. >> over a million dollars a night when we have the big event and we'll have 160 kids walking the runway tonight and we'll have about 2400 guests. >> 5,000. do i hear six? >> the millions raised helped orlando's three pediatric hospitals fund a brain tumor program and pediatric oncology unit and direct aid to families to help with monthly bills. >> everyday working people just living their lives and then cancer happens and all of a sudden, there is all these bills and not enough money and what do you do because your sole purpose is to take care of your child. >> runway to hope is a chance to party and put on fancy clothes and get hair and makeup done and do what makes them happy. >> give it up for avery. >> this is the runway to hope
where they get on stage and walk the runway and strut their stuff and you can just see their confidence building. they get closer and closer to the stage and get out there and get excited. >> up next, our friend and fellow co-host don lemon, anchor of "cnn tonight." he is walking grayson and hanna. >> it's amazing to witness and i know we throw around the phrase this is life changing and life altering but it is. these kids literally are fighting for their lives and yet, they are so happy. >> and elaina who is 3 years old. >> the question i ask myself at the end of the night was what did the children teach me? i think i learned from them to be positive. at the end of the day, no moment is promised to anybody. live your life. enjoy every single moment. be present and in that presence,
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in the united states, more than 100,000 children live in homeless shelters. this week's hero was teaching in baltimore and noticed a toll shelter life was taking on students and she went to help. meet jennifer cox. >> kids are never going to learn in school. they are never going to be successful if they don't feel good about who they are. i think that's a great answer. children don't have a lot of space in shelter life to truly be kids. they are experiencing very stressful situations. >> what we are going to learn here today. >> the best way to better the situation is to offer them opportunities to feel empowered.
>> to see how jennifer cox is helping kids in shelters create a path to a brighter future, go to cnnheroes.com and nominate someone you think should be a 2017 cnn hero. that's it for us tonight. thanks for watching. an american cargo ship and destroying collide. a search for missing seven crew members. a frustrated president trump at the investigation of u.s. meddling of the u.s. election intensifies. reports from washington and moscow this hour. grief turns to anger. people demanding answers and justice after the building fire that killed dozens of people. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george