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>> hopefully something can work out. aaron, thanks very much. that's it for me. thanks for much for watching. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. eastern in the situation room. meanwhile, the news of course continues right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> wolf, thank you so much. i'm brooke baldwin, you're watching cnn. we do have some breaking news here. the fbi is now investigating whether an attack on a police officer in a michigan airport was, in fact , an act of terrorism. the officer here at this airport was stabbed in his neck and back at the bishop international airport in flint, michigan. right now, the airport has been evacuated. it's been shut down. the suspect is in custody being questioned right now. we've also just learned that president trump has been briefed on this ongoing situation, so let's begin with our crime and justice reporter. what exactly happened?
>> reporter: so just in the last sort of 20 minutes or so, we've learned that the fbi is now investigating this as a possible act of terrorism because of some -- the nature of the attack and we've also learned that the suspect here shouted some words during the attack, you know, words -- other jihadi sort of like other terrorists use, "allahu akbar". it was words to that effect that witnesses have told police they heard, which is now leading some to believe that this may have been an act of terrorism. the police officer that was hurt here, he's now in stable condition, expected to survive. we're told he was in the public area of the airport when the suspect came behind him and attacked him, stabbed him in the back and then was taken into custody. there were other people around this police officer, and they were able to subdue him and the man was eventually taken into custody. police and the fbi are still
working through his identity, trying to figure out exactly who he is and why he was at the airport. but all signs right now leading to that -- this man, the suspect, was targeting this police officer, came to the airport to target him, and pulled off this attack, you know, just suddenly came at the officer, it seems, from behind where this officer had no way of even defending himself and stabbed him in the neck and back and really it's just, you know, pretty remarkable that this officer appears to be okay now. the fbi right now is interviewing witnesses, talking to other police officers on the scene, trying to get a better sense of what happened here. some of these witnesses, as i said, did hear the suspect say some of these words, and they're still really trying to figure out, you know, to really make a determination on whether this was terrorism. you're going to need a couple of other facts here and the fbi is trying to work through that now. >> still very early in the investigation. thank you so much for what we know.
now, let's talk more about this with former new york police department detective tom, a law enforcement consultant. so you just heard the news that they are investigating it as an act of terrorism because of the nature of the attack and also he mentioned the color, some of the words that were used by this assailant. your initial read. >> this is what we generally will go to first. this is the world we're living in, as unbelievable and perilous as it is, and looking at what we see happening in europe, this is not surprising to me. it's not surprising it hasn't happened sooner. not surprising it hasn't happened more often, not that it does, but i hope the officer has a speedy recovery. law enforcement nowadays is not just cops and robbers. it's cops, robbers and terrorists. what we would advocate to people is to keep an eye out for our cops. they do not have eyes in the back of their heads so we would hope that if someone sees a crazed maniac like this, whether
it's terrorist-related or just your garden variety maniac coming towards a police officer with a weapon, they would alert them to that danger. >> we talked, you know, heaven forbid this were to continue happening here, we keep reporting on these instances over in europe, london, paris, something entirely separate but also being investigated, brussels, you know, but where law enforcement are specifically being targeted. it sounds like this happened in the public area of the airport, pr perhaps this is pre-screening, pre-tsa, so security-wise, fairly easy to pull off. >> i mean, i would have to imagine that airport security at all airports at this moment is being stepped up. that's my guess, right? so, you have an incident like this, you don't know if there's -- if this person is involved in a larger group. we don't know if there are copy cats or other people in other cities looking to do the same thing. so we're going to have to, you know, go on the side of being very cautious at this moment to make sure that in other airports, large and small, that
there isn't someone like this with the same ideology looking to do some kind of damage. >> they have got this guy. they are questioning him. and hopefully he will talk and answer some of those questions and of course we wish the officer well. tom, stand by. we'll keep an eye open on this one. meantime, turning to capitol hill now and a critical meeting in the investigation of trump campaign ties to russian officials, it's quick but here is special counsel robert mueller arriving this afternoon to talk to leaders of the senate judiciary committee. this is the only congressional panel thus far specifically looking into when the president tried to obstruct justice. the suv you see him, and then he's gone. ryan nobles, you're live for me on capitol hill this afternoon. this is all about, what, making sure this committee, this special investigation staying in its own lanes? what's going on? >> reporter: that's a pretty good way to describe it. you have a myriad of investigations up on capitol hill and in the judiciary department, all looking into russia's attempt to intervene in the u.s. election and what role the trump administration may have played in that.
and this is a kind of get to know you meeting. this is what i'm working on, this is what you guys are working on, let's make sure we're not stepping on each other's toes and robert mueller's been a frequent visitor to capitol hill. he was up here yesterday talking to the senate intelligence committee. right now he's meeting with the judiciary committee, and brooke, you mentioned obstruction of justice. this is something that the ranking member, diane feinstein specifically wants her committee to look into and that's one of the questions they'll likely have for robert mueller today. in fact, our manu raju caught up with chuck grassley and asked them what are you going to talk to robert museumer about and this is what the chairman said. >> each one of the committees have to have the same objective. i do, the special counsel is a very important position. there's -- he's got his job to do, we've still got our job of oversight to do. and we need to know what -- where he thinks his work ends and make sure it doesn't interfere with us and for us to make certain with him that we're
going to continue to do our oversight work. there's some areas that i won't go into that i think are very definitely that he can't interfere with, probably some he'll tell us that there's some that we can't interfere with. >> reporter: is obstruction oneovone of those areas, possibly the president obstructing justice? >> i think everything's on the table. >> reporter: that's an important point by chuck grassley that obstruction of justice is not off the table, particularly because the senate intelligence committee has said they're not going to look into obstruction of justice so that's one of the many topics likely being discussed right now in that closed door meeting between the senate judiciary committee and special counsel robert mueller. >> that is the piece of the probe that senate judiciary is tasked to look into. thank you so much. also from the hill, congressional testimony that goes against the white house about russia's meddling. keep in mind this is one day after the white house would not
say whether it believes that it was russia who meddled in this election. several former and current national security officials put it on record that the russian hacking is a fact. what is more, jay johnson, homeland security secretary under president obama had to defend why the administration took so long to announce the unprecedented infiltration, the hacking first became known -- >> a lot of considerations that went into it, this was an unprecedented step. there was an ongoing election and many would criticize us for perhaps taking sides in the election. so, that had to be carefully considered. one of the candidates, as you recall, was predicting that the election was going to be rigged in some way. and so, we were concerned that by making the statement, we might, in and of itself, be
challenging the integrity of the election process. >> in another hearing, those currently at the top level in homeland security revealed that russian hackers potentially targeted the election systems of 21 states. let's talk about all of this. i have cnn national security analyst steve hall, retired cia chief of russia operations. steve hall, you heard jay johnson's defense there on why it took so long. what did you make of that? >> i sort of take him at his word on that, brooke. this was a politically fraught situation whereby, you know, if the president were to have, at that time president obama were to have come out and said, look, we have serious questions about the russians and then trying to affect the outcome of this election, specifically hacking into voter databases, it would have caused an uproar and political fingers would have started pointing but the fact of the matter is that there's growing evidence that they were indeed deeper into these voter databases, not just the dnc part
of it but the actual voter databases, than we had previously seen, which is extremely concerning given that we've got another election coming up in 2018. >> right. i mean, what's clear when you listen to the testimony from today is that russia will hack another election. my question is, are we prepared to handle it? >> you know, it's -- no, i think, is the answer in short. i was reminded by a former colleague in an excellent article that was written over the weekend about this is not actually new. the russians have done -- have tried to influence american elections, you know, going back decades. what is new is this cyber, you know, electronic database internet piece of it. and even under the best of circumstances, it's extremely difficult to protect systems that are designed for the open exchange of information. now, it can be done. the u.s. government does it. other sensitive parts of our government do it. but it's extremely difficult to do unless you're prepared to
basically toss everything out and just say, look, we're going to go back to paper balloted, which is extremely secure but also inefficient. we have a relatively short window to get this right and it's really going to be tough, especially given the decentralized nature of how we run our elections, state by state, as opposed to a federal, you know, overlay on that. >> still going back to paper. that's what senator king told me this morning ahead of his hearing this morning. he was like, hey, if that's the back-up we need, then that's the back-up we need. let me turn the focus to this piece of the "new york times" this morning. renewed focus on cia director mike pompeo. the times points out three weeks, pompeo briefed the president on the nation's most sensitive intel, and sitting around that table also included the now-fired but at the time, you know, in that seat, the national security adviser, michael flynn. and apparently, you know, there were concerns about whether or not he was vulnerable to russian blackmail and the fact that he was sitting there listening to everything, does that concern
you, or he was nsa so he should have been there? >> this is a really tough one. if you ask the age-old question, what did pompeo know and when did he know it, but we already know the second parking lt, acc to the "new york times." we know that before he was in the room with flynn, there were some questions with regard to flan and some concerns. the question is, what were the na nature of those concerns. the first option, which i think is less likely, is that somehow pompeo had been given sensitive information or a briefing that essentially flynn was a russian spy. under those circumstances, you know, it's difficult to imagine him having briefed with flynn being in the room. i think a much more likely explanation is that pompeo was probably briefed, look, there's questions, concerns about some contacts that flynn had with the russian ambassador, mr. kislyak, and it's possible, i would say, that pompeo said, look, there's a lot of politics involved there, people are pointing fingers and trying to throw this
administration under the bus vis-a-vis russia. i'm not sure those are true and i haven't seen a whole lot in that regard so i'm going to go ahead and have the briefings with him there. my guess is it's probably the second option that pompeo exercised. >> steve hall, thank you so much. >> sure. why won't the white house flatout say president trump believes russia is behind the election meddling? why not? let's talk about it. also, serious new concerns that north korea may be gearing up to make a big move. what u.s. spy images are now showing as tensions have risen over the death a american otto warmbier. and just days after a jury acquitted the police officer involved in the death of philando castile, disturbing dash cam footage shows what happened. i'm brooke baldwin and this is cnn. ege football. now you drive 300 miles to watch this. yes, nice pop toss!
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but the white house still can't quite get on board. >> there should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. the russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. they did it with purpose. they did it with sophistication. they did it with overwhelming technical efforts, and it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government. >> it's pretty clear about what took place here, about russian involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on american democracy. this is very real. it is growing. it is not new in that sense. but this was an aggressive action taken by the senior leadership inside of russia. >> in 2016, the russian government at the direction of vladimir putin himself orchestrated cyber attacks on our nation for the purpose of influencing our election. that is a fact, plain and simple. >> does president trump believe that the russian government interfered in the 2016 elections? >> i think i have not sat down
and talked to him about that specific thing. >> so this is where we start. crystal ball, executive director of the people's house project and betsy mccoy, former lieutenant governor of new york. welcome to all of you. lieutenant governor, just first up to you, we played the sound. former, current intel chiefs all on the same page, yes, russia meddled. no one is stuttering over this, it seems, other than the white house. why is the white house not coming out and saying yes, definitively, russia did it. >> i think what the white house is concerned about is the hindsight fallacy, the innuendo that because the hacking occurred and then president trump won the election, that somehow he was involved in the hacking or illegitimately benefitted from the hacking. if mrs. clinton had won, i guess the question is, would people be saying president clinton, what was your role in encouraging or benefitting from this hacking.
>> so you're saying the white house maybe feels like talking about it feels like they would undermine his victory? >> his legitimacy. exactly. >> but he won, and it's fact that they meddled so why doesn't he come out with it. >> that doesn't mean that the president was involved in the hacking, approved of the hacking, or even benefitted numerically, that somehow the hacking increased his victory in some way. all we know so far from the testimony is that the hacking occurred. so let's not fall victim to the hindsight fallacy. >> but you say the hacking occurred, crystal ball. >> the hacking occurred. we should remember, too, that this president did publicly, now he claimed it was a joke, he did publicly call on the russians to hack into hillary clinton's e-mails, so let's keep that in mind. but it really is astonishing that this president, according to betsy's comments and i think this is right, is more interested in saving face than in protecting our democracy. i mean, director comey said -- former director comey said that
they were here and they will be back. we have elections ongoing. we have to figure out, not only what happened but what we can do to protect ourselves in jurisdictions across the country. and it is shocking, no matter what you think of whether this president colluded and his campaign and all of that -- >> we don't know. >> it is shocking that this president is not more concerned about a fundamental attack on our democracy. >> i want you to respond to that. saving face. >> yes. i don't think that's the issue. the real issue -- >> isn't that what you just pointed out. >> but the real issue here is the word that was just used. collusion. in other words, there's a difference between saying a foreign government attempted to interfere with the election and linking it somehow to illegitimate, illegal, even impeachable actions. >> but i don't think anyone's sitting here and linking it to collusion and that's why we have a lot of different people investigating all of this. that's not what we're talking about. >> but this ongoing witch hunt. >> hang on. i'm just asking, i'm trying to stay on point on the meddling
specifically and that is fact. you've admitted to it. i think the point from krystal is, i think the president is trying to save face when really the priority should be democracy and saying, yes, russia did it. >> there are many investigations going on. i don't think that's what the president's concerned about. let's all admit that there's this, quote, resistance going on, this effort by the democratic party to somehow delegitimize, obstruct, sabotage the trump administration. you hear schumer talk about it all the time. >> they don't need our help. they're doing us all the time. >> this is on a multitude of subjects, sean spicer with a very similar response. >> i've not asked the president since the last time we spoke about this. and i haven't spoken to him on it about the reason. i honestly haven't asked him that specific question. i said i have not had a discussion with him on the question. i haven't talked to the president specifically about this. i have not had an opportunity to
have that discussion. i have not asked the president. i haven't asked him. i can get back to you. >> okay, so, we've all been to the white house. we know that the press briefing room is like a stone's throw from the oval office. we know that sean spicer communicates with the president. so, what's up with those responses? >> well, you know, maybe if we give him another 120 days, maybe it will come up. i think the answer here is just what you alluded to before, which is that politically, the white house hasn't decided to take the lead on this. it is a little bit shocking, one would expect them to. on the other hand, they have a lot of different options. they could ask congress to look into it. they could do a little blame sharing with the prior administration. it's a little startling to hear jay johnson talk about all this going on, on his watch. and it would be fair to raise all of these issues. the reality is, for all of us going forward, you cannot leave it to a politician who's feeling a little bit nervous. you can't leave it to democrats who want to take back the house.
you have to -- we really have to collectively decide what the standard will be the next time this happens. we don't want anybody to keep this a secret. >> let's hone in on the democrats and let me play a part of this exchange. this is between jay johnson and also, this is, i believe, this is senator angus king, back and forth over why didn't the democrats want the help on the hacking. here you go. >> with the benefit of hindsight, perhaps i should have camped out at the headquarters of the dnc, but at the time, knowing what we knew, and wrestling with all the considerations we had, i can tell you that this was a very much a top priority for me. i was not pleased that we were not in there helping them patch this vulnerability. >> why did the democrats not want the help? >> i have no idea. i mean, i think you have to chalk it up to incompetence. they just didn't seem to take it seriously at first. and i would also say that i found jay johnson's testimony to be fairly defensive, because i think people are going to start
to raise the question of, this was all going on on the last administration's watch. why didn't we know more and why didn't we do more and we know partly from the president's perspective, he didn't want to say more about what was going on because he was afraid of the politics of it. he didn't want to seem like he was jumping into this messy election where donald trump was claiming it was rigged and putting his finger on the scale, but ultimately, i don't know that that was the right call in terms of people being really -- >> it's not like this was brought up in the back and forth, that this was some republican administration looking to try to impede and the dnc said no. >> no, no, not at all. it was a vulnerability that among all of the other issues that they had to deal with, you know, i mean, it's possible that this was part of the same bundle of overconfidence that led to their defeat in certain states where they said, oh, we've got wisconsin, oh, we always get pennsylvania, not a problem in michigan. >> we know what we're doing on this computer stuff. >> overconfidence. >> don't get excited. and this was a case where, yeah,
organizational management classes are taught about this all the time, about when an important piece of really vital information can't make it to the top, to the decision makers, you've got a broken organization, and you can have catastrophic results. >> betsy, and krystal and errol, thank you so much. on both sides of the aisle issues there. coming up next, north korea. is a north korea nuclear test imminent? u.s. spy satellites have detected that's raising concerns. also i'll talk with an american who was held captive in north korea for six months. his reaction to the death of former detainee, american student otto warmbier. and days after an officer's acquittal, family, friends and the public now reacting to this police dash cam video showing what happened in the final moments before philando castile was shot and killed. >> this video was so egregious in terms of the officer's
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a tweet, which i'll read for you. "while i greatly appreciate the efforts of president xi and china to help with north korea, it has not worked out. at least i know china tried." meantime, the circumstances surrounding the death of otto warmbier just days after his release from north korea may remain a mystery. warmbier's family deciding against an autopsy on the 22-year-old's body. but kenneth bay, the u.s. citizen detained by north korea for two years, says he believes warmbier may have been tortured. >> do believe it's possible. it didn't happen to me, but they did threaten me a few times. so, for, you know, for 21-year-old, not really knowing what to expect, i think it's probably, he was very terrified. there could be a possible that he may be threatened or he was actually physically, you know, tortured or attacked. >> earlier, i spoke with someone
else who knows what it's like to be imprisoned in north korea. here's part of our conversation. >> joining me now, jeffery fowl, an american who was held in north korea for six months in 2014. jeffery, thank you so much for being with me. >> thank you. it's my pleasure, brooke. >> how did the north koreans treat you? were you beaten? were you harmed physically at all? >> no, i wasn't. i was treated okay, physically, by the north koreans. i had plenty to eat in both places i was housed were decent quarters. the first place, for three and a half weeks, was a four-star, supposedly, hotel, and then after that, it was at a guest house. both places were nice, especially by north korean standards. i was never beaten. physically mistreated. but the mental strain and emotional strain just under the circumstances, it was pretty rough. just not knowing what was happening back here in the united states, and questions about my future and that was --
that took the biggest toll on me. >> so, you would wonder about what was happening back in the united states. i'm wondering about just your family. i mean, you have a wife and at the time when you were detained, you had three school age kids. were you allowed to contact them ever, be in touch? >> i was allowed to write letters after a while. about halfway through the ordeal there, i was actually encouraged to write. some letters didn't get there and some of their letters didn't get to me. but that was some line of communication. about two and a half months into the detention, i was allowed to make a phone call, and that was the only verbal communication i had with my wife. but that was -- that was helpful emotionally as well. >> i keep thinking about otto's parents and not knowing if their son is okay for 17 months. and so, you know, your own family, when you finally -- >> and then to have it turn out like this. >> no, no, but your own family, coming home to them, what did
they tell you? what was it like for them? >> for my family, oh, they were very happy to see me. >> no, but i mean, the time of waiting. >> great reunion. oh, the waiting -- the six months that i was in detention, it was pretty rough. kids didn't have a dad and my wife didn't have a husband and i was worried about my job situation during that whole time, and just a lot of black questions on the horizon for me. and for them too. >> jeffery, on otto's case, you know, when you heard the news that he had been released, hatted come hohad come home and days later died, what thoughts went through your mind. >> well the first thoughts was for the family and the anguish that they must be experiencing. they definitely need our prayers during this hard time of adjustment for them. and my heart went out to otto, what he must have gone through during the 17 months he was over there. i think at times, there but for the grace of god go i. that could have been me.
>> jeffery fowle, thank you so much. appreciate the time. >> my pleasure, brooke. take care. coming up here, we have disturbing new video in the death of philando castile, showing those moments leading up to the shooting and his death, including hearing his final words. plus, we are waiting on a news conference to begin from police there in flint michigan, an airport police officer was stabbed in his back and his neck at an airport where he appeared to be targeted because of the uniform he was wearing. is terrorism on the table? we'll take it live when it happens. t's naturally beautiful, fresh and nutritious. so there are no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives in any of the food we sell. we believe in real food. whole foods market.
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bullets, deadly one piercing the heart of minnesota driver philando castile. we're now seeing the police dash cam video showing the moment his 2016 traffic stop ended in his death. the video has reignited anger, reopened painful wounds, and deep seated frustrations in this country. all of this just four days after the police officer involved was acquitted on all charges. we're going to play this video for you now but i need to warn you, it is tough to watch. it is graphic. it is unsettling. >> hello, sir. >> good, how are you. >> good. the reason i pulled you over, your brake lights are out so you only have one active brake light and that's going to be our passenger side one. your third brake light and on this one back here, it's going to be out. do you have your license and insurance?
>> sir, i have to tell you, i do have a firearm on me. >> don't reach for it. don't pull it out. >> i'm not pulling it out. >> don't pull it out. [ gunshots ] >> he wasn't reaching. >> don't pull it out! >> he wasn't. [ bleep ] >> oh my god. >> don't move! >> oh my god. >> don't move! >> oh my god. >> don't move! >> don't move, baby. >> get the vehicle out of here. [ bleep ] don't move. code three! shots fired! >> stay with me. >> code three. >> he got pulled over for a
broken a taillight in the back. >> castile girlfriend reacted to the verdict at a community forum, telling the crowd she and her daughter are in therapy. >> it's just unfortunate that i put myself and my daughter's life in jeopardy to record something so traumatic, only for a verdict to be told it was not guilty. >> the officer will lose his job. many say he should be behind bars. that includes my next guest, a castile family friend and the president of the minneapolis naacp. he's also a criminal justice professor. so jason, thank you so much for taking the time. >> thank you for having me. >> when the verdict came down friday, i know the naacp's legal defense and education fund said that the message in this verdict was that people of color, and i'm quoting, are second class citizens, if not fully dehumanized in the eyes of the law.
i mean, you've seen the dash cam video. now the statement. what does all of this mean for you? >> it just means, you know, black people have no refuge here in the united states. you know, we're under attack. you know, that was murder. what i saw. that was clear, flatout murder. he posed no threat to the officer and his life was taken. we saw that law enforcement are not held accountable in the courts in minnesota and beyond. so, what we're asking for is officers to be held accountable for the courts to be held accountable and for corrections to be held accountable because we believe the entire system from top to bottom is guilty. they don't care about black life. they don't have a sanctity of black life policy, and they need to create one. they're killing us for no reason. philando did everything right. he had a baby in the car. he had his seat belt on and you traum traumatized his fiance, the kid, the community and we're asking that the government and everybody who has positions of power to step up and use it for
the right things. philando shouldn't have died. he should still be here working with children. >> i can't begin to imagine what the family is going through but on the other side, the jury disagreed with you, the officers defenses were essentially that he thought if philando castile had the guts to smoke pot in front of this little girl, castile could shoot. also said he naturmatched the g description of a robbery suspect. >> he racially profiled. he said he had a wide-set nose. he changed up his story so many times. there's a number of things we can look at to pick apart this case. the fact of the matter is this. america is a racially biased society and it allows law enforcement officials like this to be able to execute and be able to go on vacation and tend to their family and to be able to go on and live great lives. black people have no form of justice in the united states. a lot of people across the country thought this was the
case. this was the one where we would see an officer charged and convicted with manslaughter in the state of minnesota. and we were let down once again by the system. so what that tells us is we got to figure out on our own what we need to do, because the united states and the government doesn't care about us, and it's working against us in all cases. that 4-year-old baby shouldn't have had to deal with that. they shouldn't have had to go through that. the castile shouldn't be mourning and grieving and be dragged through a legal process only to be let down again. we feel like they were victimized on a number of occasions when this happened. we need it to stop. convict the killer cops. >> jason, what do you -- help us understand. what do you think, in this specifically in the dash cam video that the jurors obviously saw in the courtroom, that we're only now seeing publicly, what do you think the jurors saw differently than you? >> i think they were -- i mean, i think the jury selection created a problem. there were some jurors that shouldn't have been, you know, handling this case.
you know, i mean, if you look at the profiles, you know, i'm not saying that tells us everything but it tells us something. if you look at the profile of the people who were placed on the jury, there was one juror who actually had some pro-police verbiage on a facebook post, and she was still allowed to be on the jury. so, i think on some levels, they were thrown off with a number of different elements, but i think most of them walked in with a decision already made. and i think because they've grown up with law enforcement officials close by or around them or in their family, they automatically sided with law enforcement. you don't usually see police officers in court as the defendant. you usually see them in court trying to convict someone. the system works really well to hurt, harm, and convict black people and other people of color. but when it's time to convict the police officer, they struggle. so that's what happened with the jury. they're not accustomed to being in that situation where they see an officer on trial for manslaughter. that was the first case in the state of minnesota. so many of them were caught up
in a number of different feelings and thoughts, and it showed out with the verdict. >> that police officer out of a job, but acquitted. jason sole, thank you for your time and your voice. >> thank you for having me. just ahead, was the cia director aware of suspicions about michael flynn as he briefed the national security adviser at the time with the white house. new details out today. igh proten it's intelligent nutrition with 15 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. boost® the number one high protein complete nutritional drink.
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funeral services are underway for the muslim teenager who was broughtutally attacked killed with a baseball bat. police say 17-year-old nabra was walking with friends when this man, 22-year-old darwin torres, allegedly chased them with a baseball bat and beat her to death. he now faces murder charges but members of this muslim community say they believe the suspect should also be charged with a hate crime. cnn senior national correspondent joins us live from sterling, virginia. tell me what you're hearing. is hate crime on the table as
far as the investigation is concerned? what are you hearing from the victim's family? >> well, hate crime certainly is on the table. we spoke with the prosecutor a short time ago, who says that they are not ruling it out. so far, there has been no evidence offered by the police to indicate that this was a hate crime. for his part, the father of nabra hassanen told cnn that he 100% believes this is a hate crime. there is a profound sense of grief here. the muslim community here is shocked. they are stunned. they are saddened. that funeral wrapping up just moments ago. you can see people lining up behind me to get on to buses to go to the burial. shortly before the funeral, we were able to speak with some of the mourners. here's what they had to say. when you heard the news on sunday, what was your reaction? >> i couldn't believe it. i mean, me and my family, we were just -- >> prayers.
they come for prioayers here sot was very shocking. this area is never dangerous or anything. >> reporter: the fear now is that even if this specific attack was not against a muslim in particular, that in general, muslims here in america are much more of a target these days. brooke? >> awful, awful, all the way around. alex, please stay on it for us. coming up next, a police officer stabbed in the neck and back by an attacker at a michigan airport. why the fbi is investigating this as a possible terror attack. we're waiting for a news conference. should begin any moment now. get. because ready gives a pep talk. showtime! but the readiest gives a pep rally. i cleared my inbox! holiday inn express, be the readiest. holiday inn express, ready or not, here i come.ek.) ♪
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the officer was stabbed in his neck and back at the bishop international airport in flint, michigan. we're told the offer is in stable condition, but the airport has been evacuated and shut down. the suspect is alive. he's in custody, being questioned. the fbi says based on what it knows right now, the attack appears to be an isolated incident and we're told president trump has been briefed president trump has been briefed on the situation. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> we hope to hear more within the hour. we're expecting a press conference with the fbi and some of the local officials and the police there. hopefully within the hour. i think what you said, brooke, is key there, that right now the fbi believes this was an isolated incident, not part of any larger plot, not part of any sort of cell and that this appears to be a, perhaps, lone
wolf, one person acting on his own who targeted this police officer in a just sudden attack inside this airport. we're told by officials that he attacked the officer from behind, leaving him, perhaps, you know, there was no ability to defend himself. the officer is in stable condition. we're also told that during the attack, the suspect allegedly uttered some words, you know, these are words that are commonly used by terrorists and have been used in other terrorist incidents, so that obviously is playing a role in this investigation also. and really, i think, also, the fbi right now is trying to learn more about the alleged stabber here, the suspect. they're still working through his identity through his contacts to see what he was doing in this area and that is all still part of the investigation. but hopefully, you know, within the hour, we will at least have some basic facts, some sort of timeline, perhaps, surrounding these ev