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breaking overnight, a van slams into a crowd out a mosque in london. police investigating this attack as terrorist. mixed messages from the white house and from president trump. >> it's that simple -- the president is not under investigation. >> the president's only lawyer contradicting his boss. how the trump legal team is explaining the president's claims he is under investigation. good morning, everyone, and welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans.
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good morning, june 19th, 4:00 a.m. in the east. at least one person is dead, eight others injured after a van ran over muslim worshippers outside a north london mosque. this incident now being treated as an act of terrorism. take a look at the pictures the aftermath taken just after midnight london time. witnesses describing a chaotic scene with people screaming for help from police and medics. at least one person has been arrested. a 48-year-old. a man described as the driver of that van. you see him in this video. he was detained at the scene by members of the public. >> listen to this witness -- sayid hashid. he pulled a victim from the vehicle. >> i suddenly turned right from the mosque. i was shocked, and we were screaming. and he -- first a woman, an old
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somalian woman, in her 60s, and an algerian guy. he drove a bus, hit another three, four, five, six, seven. then the car stopped. we went after him. we managed to get him out of the car. >> authorities are not saying if muslims were specifically targeted, but london's mayor is calling the incident a "horrific terrorist attack." let's go live to london and get the latest from phil black. good morning to you, phil. what are we hearing this morning? >> reporter: hardshii, dave. yeah, after midnight the white van, according to witnesses, swerved into crowds to of people who were just emerging from a mosque, having observed prayers during this holy season of ramadan. you heard the witness account there. a truly terrifying moment as it plowed through people. that man you heard from was among a few who wrestled the man to the ground and held him there for about ten minutes until the police arrived. now while they were holding him down, he was fighting back, we're told, punching, kicking,
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swearing, and kroushl crucially things like, "you deserve it. you guys deserve it." authorities are considering this terrorism because it includes the characteristics. they're talking about the attack near the parliament building, the attack on london bridge earlier in june where the driver mowed down as many as possible before using knives. in this occasion, police are keen to stress no one suffered any knife injuries. they are treating it as terrorism. they say, however, they are keeping an open mind as to the motive behind this. the local muslim community, they believe that they were targeted specifically by a crime and attack motivated by hatred of them. back to you. >> phil black. we'll check back with you in about 30 minutes. thank you. here at home, more confusion and contradictions from the white house over whether president trump is being investigated for obstruction of
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justice. the president's lawyer says he is not under investigation, and that directly contradicts the president who was tweeting that he is being investigated. cnn reports special counsel robert mureller is looking into whether enough evidence exists for a full probe. the white house says a full probe is already underway. who's right? would the president necessarily know? we get more from athena jones. >> reporter: good morning. mixed messages are something that have come to define this white house. numerous times we've seen the president contradict not only his aides or others who work for him but also himself. this is a case in point. on friday, he tweeted what seemed to be a confirmation of a "washington post" report from wednesday that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. something the president thursday called a phony story. on friday he seemed to confirm
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it. now one of the president's lawyers is saying, no, he is not, in fact, under investigation. the president was citing the report when he sent out the tweet on friday. here's more of what his attorney had to say about this on "state of the union." watch. >> should we take that tweet from the president as confirmation that the president is under investigation? >> let me be clear, the president is not under investigation. >> the president said, "i am under investigation," even though he isn't under investigation? >> that response on social media was in response to the "washington post" piece. >> you're saying that the president when he said that was not accurate? >> no. the president wasn't -- it was 141 characters. there's a limitation on twitter. >> the president thinks -- >> there should be no confusion. no confusion. the president is not under investigation. >> but it is confusinconfusing. >> reporter: so after months of white house officials telling us we should take the president's tweets at face value, we should consider them presidential statements, now his lawyer is
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arguing something different. it's also important to note here that the president's allies, his lawyers and the folks at the republican national committee who have been defending him, have repeatedly pointed to now-fired fbi director james comey's testimony that he told the president on three occasions that he was not personally under investigation. the problem there is that comey has not been in charge of the fbi since the beginning of may, nearly six weeks ago. a very long time in washington and in the news business. the other thing that's important to note is that the president himself and his legal team wouldn't necessarily know whether he's under investigation because the fbi and special counsel's office wouldn't necessarily notify the president of his -- and his lawyers of that fact. so you have one of the president's lawyers here asserting as fact something that he's not in a position to know. christine, dave? >> athena jones, thank you.
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meanwhile, senate democrats are threatening a blockade this week or perhaps next week to protest the gop health care plan. right now, the bill being crafted behind closed doors by republicans. democrats demanding a fair and open hearing. stop me if you've heard that before. if they don't get one, the plan is to bring the senate to a crawl by mucking things up, if you will, with speeches and parliamentary procedures. cnn's ryan nobles has more. >> reporter: good morning. democratic senators want to make it hard for republicans to schedule votes and bills considered noncontroversial. they would keep nominees from the trump administration from getting confirmed. that could create a glacial pace of work in the senate in a body that's already pretty slow. among the techniques they may employ, preventing committees from conducting routine business, and even stopping committees from extending their hearings when the senate is in session. the goal here would be to force
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republicans to open the debate on the health care bill which at this point's been doing behind closed doors. all democrats and quite a few republicans have yet to see what is in this bill despite the fact that republican leadership has promised a vote before the fourth of july holiday. on sunday on "state of the union," senator bernie sanders, an independent but who caucuses with the democrats, endorsed this move. >> i am in favor of the american people and members of congress doing everything that we can to defeat that horrific piece of legislation that will hurt tens and tens of millions of people in our country. what kind of process is it that when you deal with an issue that impacts tens of millions of people any country republicans don't even have the guts to allow it to go to a committee where we can have an open hearing, where questions can be asked. >> and democrats are prepared to put this plan in place as early as today. they could potentially hold the floor of the senate through midnight tonight.
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and during that time, members could come up and give speeches where they talk about their constituents who have been benefited from the affordable care act. democrats would prefer not to go down this route, especially in the wake of unity displayed at the congressional baseball game after the shooting last week. and minority leader chuck schumer has called for an all-senators meeting to hash out their differences. this a last-ditch effort to make the process more bipartisan. at this point, republicans have not agreed to participate. dave and christine? >> all right. thank you for that. a syrian warplane shot down near raqqah by the u.s. coalition. military officials say the action comes after a syrian army jet targeted a u.s.-led force in a bomb attack earlier in the day. syrian regime forces claim one of their warplanes was attacked while carrying out a combat mission against isis. they're condemning the action, accusing the u.s. of supporting terrorism. louisiana congressman steve scho alaska tees's condition --
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scalise's condition upgrade from critical condition to serious after he was shot at a republican baseball practice. the hospital released a statement saying he continues to show signs of improvement. a tweet on his page sunday read, "this father's day has special meaning for the scalise family. take the time to be close with the ones you love." another one of the victims, lobbyist matt mika, expected to make a full recovery. >> good news. president trump earned hundreds of millions last year according to the closest look yet at his finances. this report lacks the details ethics watchdogs would like to say. according to a financial disclosure released by the government office of ethics, the trump administration made at least $529 million since january, 2016, that includes trump golf courses, hotel, and book sales. an exact total is not possible since income on these forms is reported in a range. this disclosure only provides a
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glimpse of the president's finances. it's nowhere near as detailed as the federal tax return. trump refuses to release those. and they would reveal the specifics ethics experts want to see. for example, if the president benefits from his own tax proposals and the identity of any foreign business ties. they're concerned money from foreign governments could influence policy. the president has not yet disclosed the sources of any foreign money to his business empire, prompting democratic lawmakers to file a lawsuit against him last week in the hopes that in the discovery process they'll be able to see those tax returns. >> don't hold your breath. how many times have i said that? >> yep. bill cosby's legal team claiming victory. >> mr. cosby's power's back. it's back. it has been restored. the jurors, they used their power to speak. >> what's next after a mistrial is declared in the comedian's trial?
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the navy has identified the seven sailors who died when a missile collided with a container ship off the coast of japan saturday. it ripped a gaping hole in the "uss fitzgerald," flooding sleeping berths where divers found the bodies. these are the men who lost their lives in the incident -- the sailors rank in age from just 19 to 37 years old. they were from all over the country. we have more live from tokyo on the latest. a sad event, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a severe emergency occurred off the coast of japan. this is how the u.s. navy described the situation in the early hours of saturday morning when the "uss fitzgerald" collided with a container ship. the seven bodies of the missing seamen were identified earlier on this morning, and they were found by the divers who went in
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good to the berth -- went into the berthing area where this occurred. there was flooding in the berthing area, machine room, right in the ship's captain's quarters, as well. they called it a severe emergency that required a heroic effort just to keep the ship afloat. the commander was airlifted and taken to hospital. he has been released from the hospital earlier on today. we still don't know how this collision took place. a collision between one of the most technologically advanced ships off the coast of japan. there will be investigations by the u.s., the navy, the coast guard, and japanese authorities, as well. this could be a very complicated process, especially if some crucial data is deemed ads classified by the u.s. -- deemed as classified by the u.s. navy. if it were just two commercial ships, jurisdiction would fall to the japanese side because this is in japanese waters. but, of course, there are
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statutes in place. if the u.s. navy as most analysts believe want to lead this investigation, they will have the jurisdiction. it's going to be months probably before we have a final verdict on how this collision lapped. >> and by all accounts -- collision happened. >> and by all accounts, it's amazing that the ship was able to limp into the port with all the damage there below the waterline. thank you very much for keeping us up to speed on that. bill cosby's legal team preparing for round two after a judge declared a mistrial in the comedian's aggravated indecent assault trial. jurors in the first trial deadlocked after six days of deliberations. the result, cosby spokesman andrew wyatt considers it a major victory. >> mr. cosby's power's back. it's back. it has been restored. the jurors, they used their power to speak. the legacy didn't go anywhere. it has been restored. for all those attorneys who conspired like gloria allred, tell them to go back to law
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school and take another class. >> gloria allred, of course, is one of the attorneys representing cosby accusers. cnn's jean casarez spoke with the entertainer's lawyer about the trial and the road ahead. >> reporter: brian mcgonagle has been the lead attorney for bill cosby since the very beginning and tells me he was prepared for a hung jury. the judge has declared a mistrial. is that a win for you? is that a loss for you? >> it can't be a loss. having said that, there are no winners here. we tried a case for a week. the jury deliberated for 50 some hours without a verdict. as i've said before, as long as you can leave the courtroom with your client presumed innocent as he began, then i'm satisfied. >> reporter: this was a
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drug-facilitated sexual assault case. did you pause at all? >> i never pause when i have the opportunity to defend someone like him who maintains his innocence. and i'm a trial lawyer. my job is to go in and defend people who are accused of a crime and require that the prosecution be put to the test. no matter what's written or said outside a courtroom, i require people who make accusations to be put to the test. i welcomed that opportunity here. i've been a fan of mr. cosby's forever. now i get to opportunity to call him my client and my friend. >> reporter: mcgonagle tells me to when the jury filed in saturday and sat down, he saw two female jurors crying. the night before, one of those late nights when there was all the read-back testimony, saw a juror sleeping and says that if bill cosby asked him to be part of this retrial, he will consider it.
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to offer emergency payments to grieving families. angry tenants claiming the disaster could have been prevented years ago. phil, we understand some insulation banned is now the center of the investigation. good morning to you. >> reporter: that's right, good morning. a senior official did say that over the weekend. the chemical used was not for use on buildings at that height. it was for use 50 feet high, nothing more than that. the investigation will take that in. obviously the presumed dead toll of 58 people, that is also possible to climb. we've heard that from officials over the weekend. what they're saying, what they are asking, they're appealing for people who, appealing for
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friends, witnesses, to come forward if they have a reason to believe that someone who wasn't registered to be normally living in the building was in the building. police saying they're not going to follow up on why that information wasn't made immediately available abu they're saying it's important if anyone has information to come forward. residents have been angry at the way they've been treated, angry at the way the government and local services have not stepped up quickly to find them accommodation. the government has authorized the disbursian of $7 million, that's $7,000 per person. and that is to go to meet the immediate needs for hotel accommodation, food, clothing, those needs for the families. this is a very big point of anger and convention still in this country, particularly that the cladding may have been incorrectly fitted. >> just a devastating story.
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nic robertson live, thank you. staying in london, a van crashes into a crowd of pedestrians leaving one dead and eight injured. our breaking news this morning. we'll have the latest on the investigation into what's being called a potential terror attack.
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breaking overnight, one dead, at least eight injured after a van plows into a crowd of pedestrians outside a london mosque. police treating the deadly incident as a potential act of terrorism. president trump's own lawyer contradicting his boss. >> it's that simple -- the president is not under investigation. >> but the president claims he is under investigation. how the trump legal team is explaining yet another mixed message from the white house. there they are on their way to camp david this weekend.
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welcome back to "early star start", i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. in breaking news, one dead, eight others injured after a van ran over muslim worshippers outside a london mosque. it's been treated as an act of terrorism. look at the pictures taken after midnight london time. [ sirens ] witnesses described a chaotic scene with people screaming for help from police and medics. at least one person has been arrested. a 48-year-old man described as the driver of the van. you see him in the video. he was detained at the scene by more of the public. >> listen on this witness describing the carnage and how he personally pulled the driver of that van out of his vehicle. >> i suddenly turned right to the mosque. i was shocked, and we were screaming. and he -- first a woman, old somalian woman, in her 60s, and
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a two moroccan or algerian guy, with a bus, hit three, four, five, six, seven, stopped. we went after him. we managed to get him out of the car. >> authorities are not saying if muslims were specifically targeted. london's mayor is calling this incident a horrific terror attack. let's go live to london for the latest developments from cnn's phil black. good morning, phil. >> reporter: good morning. once again, a car has been used seemingly as a deadly weapon in london. it's why police are treating this as a likely terror attack because it bears all the hall marks of the recent attacks the city has seen at the houses of parliament on london bridge when cars were used to bowl people over. that's what happened here just after midnight last night as crowds of people were leaving a local mosque following prayers. this is the holy season of ramadan. people were attending late-night prayers. n they came on to the streets. that's when witnesses say this
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van swerved into the crowd. witnesses as you've heard, some of them, intervened, reveled the driver to the -- wrestled the driver to the ground and held him there for about ten minutes until police arrived. the people who fought him said he resisted the whole time, he punched and swore at them and said things like, "you deserve this, you guys deserve this." it has left the community here, the muslim community here, in no doubt they were the deliberate, specific targets in this attack. they do not think that was a coincidence. the police have acknowledged that all of the injured, eight people, plus a person who has died, they are all muslims. so far he is being held for attempted murder. not under the terror act. police say they're still investigating, keeping an open mind. back to you. >> still investigating, keeping an open mind. all of those people leaving a mosque last night, ramadan, horrific. thank you very much for that, phil black. come back to us when you have more details. here at home, more confusion and contradictions from the white house over whether president trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice.
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the president's lawyer says he is not under investigation. that directly contradicts the president who is tweeting that he is being investigated. cnn is reporting a special counsel, robert mueller, is looking whether enough evidence exists to launch a full-scale obstruction probe. the "washington post" is reporting such a probe is already underway. who's right? would the president even know necessarily? we get more from athena jones. >> reporter: good morning. mixed messages are something that have come to define this white house. numerous times we've seen the president contradict not only his aides or others who work for him but also himself. and this is a case in point. on friday, he tweeted what seemed to be a confirmation of a "washington post" report from wednesday that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. it's the same report that the president on thursday called a phony story, yet on friday he
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seemed to confirm it. now one of the president's lawyers, jay sec low, is saying, no, he is not, in fact, under investigation. the president was citing that "washington post" report when he sent out that tweet on friday. here's more of what sekulow had to say on soviet uni"state of t" >> should we take the tweet as confirmation that the president is under investigation? >> let me be clear, the president is not under investigation. >> the president said, "i am under investigation" even though he isn't under investigation? >> that response on social media was in response to the "washington post" piece. >> you're saying that the president when he said that was not crowd? >> no, the president -- it was 141 characters, there's a limitation on twitter. >> the president thinks -- >> there should be no confusion. the president is not under investigation. >> it is confusing. >> reporter: after months of white house officials telling us we should take the president's tweets at face value, we should
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consider them presidential statements, now his lawyer is arguing something different. it's also important to note here that the president's allies, the lawyers and folks at the republican national committee who have been defending him, have repeatedly pointed to now-fired fbi director james comey's testimony that he told the president on she separate occasions that -- on three separate occasions that he says not personally under investigation. the problem is that comey has not been in charge of the fbi since may, six weeks ago, a very long time in washington and the news business. the other thing that's important to note is that the president himself and his legal team wouldn't necessarily know whether he's under investigation because the fbi and the special counsel's office wouldn't necessarily notify the president of his -- and his lawyers of that fact. so you have one of the president's lawyers here asserting as fact something that he's not really in a position to know.
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christine, dave? >> athena jones, thank you. meanwhile, senate democrats are threatening a blockade as early assed to to protest the gop -- early as today to protest the gop health care plan and its tactics. the bill is being now crafted behind closed doors by republicans. democrats demanding a fair and open hearing. if they don't get one, the plan is to bring the senate to a crawl by mucking things up with speeches and parliamentary procedures. don't you love congress? cnn's ryan nobles has more. >> reporter: dave and christine, good morning. democratic senators want to make it hard for republicans to schedule votes and even on bills considered noncontroversial. they'd also keep nominees from the trump administration from getting confirmed. that could create a glacial pace of work in the senate, in a body that's already pretty slow. among the techniques they may employ -- preventing committees from conducting routine business, and even stopping committee was extending hearings when the senate is in session. the goal here would be to force republicans to open the debate on the health care bill which at
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this point's been done behind closed doors. all democrats and even quite a few republicans have yet to see what is in this new bill, despite the fact that republican leadership has promised a vote before the fourth of july holiday. on sunday on "state of the union," senator bernie sanders, an independent but who caucuses with the democrats, endorsed this move. >> i'm in favor of the american people and members of congress doing everything that we can to defeat that horrific piece of legislation that will hurt tens and tens of millions of people in our country. what kind of process is it that when you deal with an issue that impacts tens of millions of people in this country republicans don't even have the guts to allow it to go to a committee where we can have an open hearing, where questions can be asked. >> >> reporter: democrats are prepared to put this plan in place as early as today. they could potentially hold the floor of the senate through midnight tonight. during that time, members could come up and give speeches where
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they talk about their constituents who have benefited from the affordable care act. now democrats would prefer not to go down this route, especially in the wake of unity displayed at the congressional baseball game after the shooting last week. and minority leader chuck schumer has called for an all-senators meeting to hash out their differences. this a last-ditch effort to make the process more bipartisan. at this point, though, republicans have not agreed to participate. dave and christine? >> all right. ryan nobles, thank you very much for that. as senate republicans craft a health care bill behind closed doors, news flash, obamacare is still the law of the land for 2018. and many americans will pay for washington's uncertainty. the affordable care act was in trouble before president trump took office, but the request to dismantle it is causing many insurers to hike rates or leave the exchanges entirely. companies hate uncertainty and are not sure if the government will keep two key rules that everyone must have health insurance, the mandate, and that it will share the cost for lower
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income americans. and that is responsible for two-thirds of the 2018 rate hikes. some insurers will charge as high as 50% more to offset the cost of sick esicker-than-expec policyholders. humana, aetna, and anthem have already pulled out of the ex-changes. they blame lack of information on top of millions in losses. more insurers may pull out this week. companies have until wednesday to let state regulators know if they plan to stay. i would encourage everyone to go to "cnn money" this morning, laying this out exactly how county by county you could have vastly different -- different offerings and one thing notable about this story, as well, it says that some companies are starting to find that it's stabilizing where they are. the obamacare -- the obamacare -- >> still need fixes. it's surprising that the democrats haven't stepped forward with the fixes and put republicans in a difficult spot. >> you wonder what the politics are of that, you know. we'll see. >> right. bill cosby's team cheering a
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mistrial. >> mr. cosby's power's back. it's back. it has been restored. the jurors, they used their power to speak. >> breast canceprosecutors say y cosby again. what his defense attorney is saying ahead. ready to take control
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they were from all over the country. we have more live from tokyo on the latest. by all accounts it was something that they could get the wounded vessel back to port after how it was being flooded under the water line. >> reporter: yes, it was a severe emergency, according to the u.s. navy, when this collision took place in the early hours of saturday morning. the seven missing sailors were all found as divers had to wait until the ship was towed back to home base in order to get to the areas that were severely flooded. the missing bodies, the missing were identified later in the day. the ship's quarters smashed into as this major collision occurred between the "uss fitzgerald" and a container ship on saturday, and president commander of the "uss fitzgerald" had to be airlift out and taken to hospital. he has been released, we are told, earlier on in the day.
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we still don't know how this collision could have happened. it was a very clear night that saturday morning off the waters of japan. and there will be a number of investigations to try and get to the bottom of that. there will be a number of investigations by the u.s. navy, the u.s. coast guard, and a number of japanese authorities. it's really unclear yet who was going to have the jurisdiction in leading this investigation, christine. >> certainly so many questions, how such a high-tech piece of equipment could have just been, you know, rammed by a container ship. thank you very much. we know there are a lot of questions to be answered still. bill cosby's legal team preparing for round two after a judge declared a mistrial in the comedian's aggravated indecent assault trial. jurors deadlocked after six days of deliberations. a result cosby spokesman, andrew wyatt, considers a major victory. >> mr. cosby's power's back. it's back. it has been restored.
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the jurors, they used their power to speak. the legacy didn't go anywhere. it has been restored. for all those attorneys who conspired like gloria allred, tell them to go back to law school or take another class. >> gloria allred, of course, one of the attorneys representing cosby accusers. cnn's jean casarez spoke with the entertainer's lawyer about the trial and the road ahead. >> reporter: christine, dave, brian mcgonagle tells me he was prepared for a hung jury. the judge has declared a mistrial. is that a win for you? is that a loss for you? >> it can't be a loss. having said that, there are no winners here. we tried a case for a week. a jury deliberated for 50-some hours without a verdict. but you know, as i've said many times before, as long as you can leave that courtroom with your
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client presumed innocent as he began, then i'm satisfied. >> reporter: this was a drug facilitated sexual assault case. did you pause at all? >> i never pause when i have the opportunity to defend someone like him who maintains his innocence. i'm a trial lawyer. my job issing to n and defend people -- is to go in and defend people who require that the prosecution be put to the test. no matter what's written, no matter what's said outside of a courtroom, i require people who are going to make accusations to be put to the test. i've been a fan of mr. kobcosby forever, and now i get to call him my client and friend. >> reporter: mcgonagle said when the jury filed in and sat down, he saw two female jurors crying. the night before, one of those
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late nights when there was all the read-back testimony, saw one juror sleeping. he says that if bill cosby asked him to be part of this retrial, he will consider it. christine, dave? >> all right, jean casarez. thank you very much. 51 minutes past the hour. rising housing costs squeezing family budgets. do you pay more than you should? i have the magical number that you need to stay below. ♪
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tragedy could have been prevented years ago. cnn's nic robertson live with more. why is it they say this could have been prevented, nic? >> reporter: well, the residents had complained about many aspects of the building, not least their concerns about fire risk. the gooding was supposed -- the building was supposed to be designed ed ted tomen ed ted t fire, not allow it to spread. over the weekend, a senior official said it was possible that the cladding that had recently been put on the building last year, that that cladding did not meet current fire regulations for a building of that height, that that type of cladding could be used on buildings lower than 50-feet high. that is something that is still subject to an investigation here. the country will mark a minute's silence in about an hour's time as a moment of respect. theresa may, the prime minister, is under a huge amount of pressure.
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she's been criticized for an helping the residents. she is expected to make a speech at downing street in the next hour or so. that will likely be connected to the incident overnight where a van was driven into a crowd of people. that is the type of pressure the british prime minister is under. the country feels as it is going into brexit negotiations that this is a very, very difficult time politically. dave? >> sure is indeed. thank you. just about the top of the hour. let's check on money now. global stock markets higher today after a mixed ending last week on wall street. still the s&p and dow finished with gains. the dow hit a new record high. investors have been shrugging off the turmoil around the world and in washington. today investors will tune in to the start of brexit negotiations. they'll be watching for a meeting of all these folks.
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major tech leaders come to the white house. the good lists includes apple's tim cook and amazon's jim bezos. silicon valley has been at odds with many of the trump administration's decisions, particularly the passage of the travel ban and its break with the paris accord on climate. very key to watch this evolving relationship this president has with business leaders. amazon helped kill the american mall, and now it's coming for grocery stores. amazon's effect on retail has been dramatic. department store sales are down while retail bankruptcies are rising. now that the company is buying whole foods for $13 billion, grocery retailers will have to compete with this behemoth, amazon. until now walmart has been the biggest threat to grocers. it's become the biggest seller of groceries in the u.s. walmart's stock fell 5% on the news. amazon rose 3%. that's great news for ceo jeff bezos, by the way. the latest surge in amazon shares puts his net worth just
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$5 billion shy of becoming the world's richest person. and that amazon/walmart food fight literally is going to be one of those epic business stories for the ages. 39 million households pay more on housing than they can afford. 39 million. that's according to a new report on the state of u.s. housing. experts recommend spending only 30% of your income on housing. one-third of american households spend at least that much, and nearly 19 million pay more than 50%. that means you are house rich, and you are one job loss away from financial catastrophe. look, there is tough. you have less -- this is tough. you have less to spend on food, health care, and transportation when you have so much in their house. tight inventory and high demand are causing home prices to rise higher here. so it's not necessarily the cost of other things going up but the cost of housing that's going up. it's good -- value of your home is going up. for many that means they

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