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support her airing of dirty laundry, many ordinary people relayed to her. >> she had huge support saying you've done a pretty good job. >> was she concerned, at all, about how this might affect the boys? >> i think she was mostly concerned that she kept being crushed, as she saw it, by the system that would have been more damaging for them. >> the war is on. >> we're talking about the trouble in the royal house of windsor. >> from the summer through the fall, every day seems to bring a new revelation. >> diana's tape confessions, can life at the top get any worse? >> maybe fairy tales don't come true after all? >> privately insiders say they meet and decide to separate.
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the queen will not allow it, a period the palace will not comment on. >> it was a difficult situation to try and maintain a happy face and business as usual. >> early november 1992, diana and charles arrive in seoul south korea. >> is that -- they look like two people not that they want to be in each other's company, but they don't want to be in korea, either. >> it's clear, things must change. >> with regret, the prince and princess of whales have decided to separate. >> it was as if a weight had been lifted from them. backstage, both of them could define pathways and do what they needed to do. >> the princess of whales would like to make a short statement. >> december 1993.
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>> when i started my public life, 12 years ago, i understood the media might be interested in what i did, but i was not aware of how overwhelming that attention would become. >> diana makes a surprise announcement. >> at the end of this year, when i've completed my diary of official engagements, i will be reducing the extent of the public life i've led so far. >> she retreats inside kensington palace. >> i think, for her, a lot of time it did feel like a cage. it was usually paparazzi down by the gates of the palace. very difficult for her to have a normal, social life. >> they'd follow her everywhere,
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to the gym, to the store, even to the alps on skiing vacations with her sons. >> excuse me. i'm a parent. could i ask you to respect my children's space. >> back then people would be appalled if they knew. >> prince william reflects on those times in a new documentary on itv. >> i sadly remember most of the time she edified about anything was -- >> by letting the press into her private life, diana has opened pandora's box. it is spring, 1994, prince charles decides to go public with an authorized biography and interview. >> this is what happens when you get into a pr war.
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it's a race to the bottom. >> making television history and dropping a bomb shell. >> did you try to be faithful and honorable to your wife when you took on the vow of marriage? >> yes. absolutely. >> and you were? >> yes. until it became irretrievably broken down. >> on the night the interview airs, diana fires silently back with quite a dress. >> that picture spoke a million words. >> what was she saying with that picture? >> anything you can do, i can do better. >> including a television interview. a little more than a year later, diana sneaks a tv news crew into her home for a tell-all interview. >> what was your reaction?
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>> silly woman, was my immediate reaction. you've done your dirty washer with morton in '92, why do it all again? >> it was device in the middle of the house of windsor that blew up and nothing was ever the same again. >> just one month later, buckingham palace announces the divorce. putting diana in the cross hairs more than ever before. that, when we come back. i expec. and so should you. on struts, brakes, shocks. does he turn everything to gold? not everything. at midas we're always a touch better. book an appointment at
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it is summer 1997, exactly one year after charles and diana's bitter divorce. [ applause ] >> and diana is in the mist of the a reinvention. >> i remember one of the last dresses she had made, i said i'm sure men will like it, it's far too low and far too high. >> less formal, more revealing. >> she was a beautiful woman, why not show people, this was me. instead of hiding it away, show it. >> diana is free from loveless
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marriage, royal responsibilities, and a rigidly-controlled way of life. >> she tried to withdraw and take some time out, because she was trying to focus on really what was her life about. >> she scaled back her public role, staff and scotland yard security detail. butler paul who is one of the few who remains close. >> she dismissed her body guards because they were running tales and stories back to prince charles. she wanted her freedom. she wanted a life. >> it's a dangerous move, some say reckless. but diana wants a simpler life focused on her boys, a few select charities, and her new romance. >> the love of her life, really, after charles was a pakistany
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heart surgeon. >> diana met khan while he was treating a close friend. >> she was instantly submiten with him for sm reason, an unlikely guy, nondriescript. she became so enamored with khan. >> khan doesn't like the limelight or want the pressure of being di's guy, while diana keeps khan hidden from the press, she publicly promotes charities close to her heart. like the trust that advocates against land mimes. arthur edwards photographs diana's trip to aftrica in 1997
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>> she was highlighting this -- the awful thing about land mimes and then get dressed mind field. to do that knowing it would get massive publicity. i think it was commended. >> diana has an extraordinary gift for comforting those in pain. >> she said, i found myself being more and more involved with people who were rejected by society. >> she was the ultimate outsider. here is the most adored, celebrated, and in many ways, beloved woman on the planet. and yet she never felt like she belonged. i think that's why she had this affinity, this need to connect with people periphery of society. >> but the attention angola brings is a reminder of the
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media circus that comes with dating diana. while diana wants to get married, khan isn't so sure. >> she wanted to get married, so much so that she went to pakistan to meet his family twice, without being invited by him. >> diana confides in close friends about the trip. >> i call her and she sounded dreadful. i said you've been crying. she said, yes, but i will tell you when i come back into angola. and as they say, the parents were very against her because they said she will ruin the life of their son. >> because of the media frenzy that surrounded her. >> he's pakistany, he's another color skin, she was going to be the future mother of the king of
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england. it would have created problems. >> diana sees it differently. >> she delivered an ultimatum. when she did that, he stormed out. >> i remember princess coming back and telling me that it was over. he was saying, but if i marry you, i'll become a nobody and i've worked all my life to be a heart surgeon, it's what matters most to me. you can't just dismiss that. but diana was diana. and she wanted it her way. >> was she devastated by the break up? >> i think she was. she was. she really liked the man. and i think that after charles, that was it. >> it isn't the first time diana
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has had her heart broken. and days later, she is on the rebound on the french riviera. >> she was invited to spend the summer atvy l -- on his yacht. >> he's a wealthy egyptian businessman. >> he was, in fact, trying to arrange a meeting between his son and diana, and he did. >> and it turns out his son they have a lot in common. >> he, too, was caught in the middle of his parents' horrible divorce in a custody battle. he often felt like an outsider and quite painfully shy. sh shy, yes, surrounded by body
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guards. he can give diana everything she needs and wants. >> the fact that she was a divorced mother of two growing young men who was unable to offer them anything like the kind of holiday activities that their father could. so the attraction of a man and his family who had jets and limousines and all the trappings of royal life, i would think that played a pretty big part in it. >> friends say, he also gives her unwaivering love and loyalty. >> she demanded people give up everything for her. she was needy in that sense. >> she was needy. >> terribly needy, absolutely, no question about it. very draining and very demanding. he was willing to give up everything for her. he was there constantly. >> over the next six weeks,
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they're practically inseparable, meeting up in london, paris and back here on the riviera. >> they've gone sunbathing, swimming, taking trips into little bays. >> debby, now a yacht broker. >> is about chief stewardess. >> better watch out, because i've met somebody else. >> was it an attempt to make him jealous? >> absolutely, it was. i have no doubt of that because the princess played out this new romance completely in the public eye, knowing that those pictures would be splashed on the front pages of the british tabloids. it was like the dream story. it was the most photographed
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women in the world, new lover. >> su is a professional photographer. >> i had heard stories about my colleagues flying on private jets, hiring speedboats, helicopter, any media outlet will give you anything you wanted because they couldn't get enough. >> what was the picture that everyone was looking for that summer? >> kissing. it was a picture of her kissing somebody who wasn't prince charles. >> diana, allegedly, tips off a photographer about the yacht's location. and days later, the kiss is splashed across the sunday mirror's front page. paul bennett was the executive editor of the paper. >> they sold off the shelves. >> was it true that this photographer made more than a million dollars? >> absolutely, probably made a
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million dollars in the first week. >> the papers want more, the photographers will do anything to get it. >> it was like media outlets didn't count. they were splashing the money around. they just wanted to shop. >> the game is on. and there's no turning back. diana's former secretary jet son is watching from london and grows concern. >> i know two very contrasting pictures. one was of -- yes, free and liberated and rather determinely happy. but another of a woman who is not nearly as grounded as she had been or needed to be. she chose the company of people who were rich, jetsetters, who tended to follow fashion rather than principle.
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>> when we come back, tension mounts with the paparazzi. >> there were times when diana would be upset and started crying on occasion. >> and then a high-speed chase on the streets of paris. >> it felt like the whole situation was building up into something that was not going to be a good ending. and up to 70% off on outdoor life for him and simply styled for her! plus hot deals on jeans for kids, starting at 8.99. hurry - sale ends september 4th. w...i was always searching for ways to manage my symptoms. i thought i had it covered. then i realized managing was all i was doing. when i finally told my doctor, he said humira was for people like me who have tried other medications,... but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease.
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♪ the french riviera, a playground for the rich and famous and in august 1997, the backdrop for summer romance between princess diana. >> i saw particularly in the pictures of her, playing games with boat loads of photographers, somebody who found maybe a terrific new freedom. but she lost a lot, too.
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>> diana's relationship with khan has recently ended. >> he told me, he tried to reach the princess. he wants to tell her, sorry. come back. >> if diana was trying to get his attention, it worked, but it came at a cost. she and dodi are in a risky game of hide and seek on the mediterranean with the paparazzi. >> there was a lot of media around, small boats, big boats, big lenses, small lenses. >> the couple is protected by his two body guards, but it's no replacement for the elite british security team diana had given up. >> there were times where diana would be upset and started crying on occasion, he was irritated. it was starting to get to him.
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>> on saturday august 30th, they flee to paris, but the photographers followed. >> that drive from the airport was fast and furious. the car was swerving through the streets of paris. >> debby is traveling with the couple and riding in the car behind them. >> there was so much tension, it felt like the whole situation was building up into something that was not going to be a good ending. >> later that night, diana and dodi leave his paris apartment for dinner at the restaurant. >> when they tried to go to the restaurant, it was impossible. hoards and hoards of photographers. >> so they change plans and go to the ritz hotel, which is owned by his father.
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photographer pierre su is standing outside. >> when they arrived at the ritz, the car stopped in front of the entrance, then it went up to the car window and i took a picture of them. >> did you ever have a sense that you were invading these people's privacy? >> not really, because, as i said, she was the most photographed woman in the world. she was expected to be photographed every day. and she had been playing with the press all summer long, you know. >> playing. >> yes, she used the press a lot. >> a dangerous game without diana's usual army of protection, even after they get inside, he remains tense. >> he was growing more and more upset hearing stories of how the press and gathered right in front of the hotel. they weren't going to move. they weren't going to leave. >> the hotel's acting head of
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security is off dude, but returns after diana and dodi arrive. >> we came up to the hotel and talked to me, he was very reassuring in terms of, do not worry, you will get your shot. and there was range rover, so you can easily imagine they would come out. >> but, it's a ruse. inside paul is seen on the hotel security camera talking to diana, dodi and body guard trevor reece jones as they plan to escape through the back door and avoid the photographers. paul will drive the couple to dodi's apartment. >> i watched some of the footage of diana from the ritz hotel.
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i could tell from her body language and the way she was holding herself and actually her interaction, she wasn't happy. she knew something was wrong. >> they leave the hotel a little after midnight, few photographers out back are immediately in pursuit. >> diana and dodi and the driver are all not wearing seat belts. >> he's now speeding through the streets of paris, trying to lose the photographers behind them. >> the car is now hurdling into the tunnel, surrounded by the press on motorcycles, cars and he lost control of the car and then it slams into a pillar. >> pierre su is still with the decoy car in front of the ritz
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hotel. >> i decided to call a friend of mine who i know was following them. and i could hear in the tone of his voice that something was wrong and very wrong. >> american tourist, robin and jack fire stone, happened to pass the crash site in a taxi. >> and there was already police -- certainly before the ambulance got there. >> they see some of pierre su's colleagues taking pictures. >> what i saw was six, eight, nine ten people taking photographs of the outside of the car and running around taking photographs of the inside of the car from every angle that they could possibly get their flashes and their cameras into. >> i was just saying to myself, what are they doing. they can't possibly be anybody
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in the car, at this point, because clearly if there was, somebody would be helping. >> fire chief and his team of paramedics arrive at the tunnel minutes after the crash. >> so the front of the car was in the opposite way of traffic. it was very much smashed in. >> dodi and driver are pronounced dead. the first responders worked to say trevor reece jones and diana. >> when i get close to her she was waving her home and saying, what happened. >> diana's body is facing backwards and sitting on the floor of the car. as they remove her from the vehicle, she goes into cardiac arrest. >> so we administer cpr and her blood flow started running, again.
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>> as first responders frantically worked to save diana, trevor reece jones has to be cut out of the car. they're both taken to the hospital where diana under goes emergency surgery, but her injuries are too severe. at 4:00 a.m., princess diana pronounced dead. >> we are getting word that the french government has informed all of us that princess diana has died. >> she's suffered severe internal injuries. >> trevor reece jones is the only survivor. at the castle in scotland, prince charles is woken with a call from paris. >> charles is told that diana has died. one of the people working said that charles let out this howl of anguish. he was devastated. of course, his first thoughts
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were for the boys, what to do. >> when we come back, heart break and anguish. >> she was 42 years old. it's like somebody shot your hand or shot your leg. >> and then what really happened to princess diana. >> she went to her lawyer and said they're going to kill me, it's going to be helicopter accident or a car crash. it's the sears semi-annual blowout event! save 10 to 70% off on all clothing and shoes. and up to 70% off on outdoor life for him and simply styled for her! plus hot deals on jeans for
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august 31, 1997, the morning after princess diana's tragic death, her brother, charles spencer, makes a bold statement. >> this is not a time for incrimination, but for sadness, however, i will say that i always believe the press would kill her in the end. it would appear that every editor of every publication that
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paid for exploited photographs of her, encouraging greedy and ruthless individuals to pursuit everything has blood on his hands today. >> nine photographers are under investigation for manslaughter and failing to render assistance to the victims while the french investigate what happened, the world comes to grips with the loss of an icon. >> i feel like everyone else in this country today, utterly devastated. we are today in a state of shock, in mourning, in grief, that is so deeply painful for us. >> thousands of mourners gather around and outside kensington palace in a public display of grief unlike britain has ever seen before. >> this nation lost all control
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of its census. everybody was flooding to these different centers around the country and laying flowers and signing these books of condolences. >> while a nation known for keeping a stiff upper lip, the royal family remains in seclusion at the castle in scotland, where william and harry have just been told their mother was killed. >> two boys up there, age 15 and 12, respectfully, lost their mother in most tragic circumstances, and the grandparents were doing the best they could to support the two young men. >> princess william and harry recently spoke about their mother's death for the first time in a documentary on itv. >> losing someone so close to you is utterly devastating, at a
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special age. >> i think it's sort of really spins you out. you don't quite know where you are, what's you're doing and what's going on. family came together and tries to get -- it's very difficult to communicate, to understand your feelings. it's very complicated. >> so their grandmother, the queen, the best course is to soldier on. london is in an up roar, dema demanding the queen speak and show us you care. >> i can remember thinking or sensing, even, because i've done a lot of royal work over the years, come on, guys, do something. people had naturally thought they should gravitate to the home of the monarchy. then there were thousands of them in the dark and i don't
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think there was a single light was on, everybody was away at scotland. the people had come and the monarchy was not home. >> this set it off, tony blair was impressed into the fight by charles and the two of them made it clear, unless you did something and fast show the people how much diana went to the world, the monarchy could be in jeopardy. >> seeming disconnected, queen elizabeth is facing a crisis of image and sensitivity. >> the night before diana's funeral, she gave this speech of her life because it was the speech she knew almost everything depended. >> as your queen and as a grandmother, i say from my heart, first i want to pay tribute to diana myself. she was an exceptional and gifted human being. >> do you think that the queen, perhaps, under estimated or
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didn't realize right away what an enormous out pouring of grief there would be. >> there's not just the queen's under estimation, everybody under estimated. >> the next day, two-and-a-half billion people watch on tv and on the streets of london as diana's coffin is carried to west minister abbey for her funeral. her young sons walking solemnly behind. >> diana was the very essence of compassion of duty of style, of beauty. someone with a natural mobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal to continue to generate a particular brand of magic.
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>> we all clapped so hardly, i've never seen any church anything like that. any 29 years of my life, the english once said they're very cold blooded, but my god, they showed the world they are not. that day, the days before the funeral, the world was full of english people. >> charles spencer also has a world about the paparazzi. >> perhaps the greatest is this, a girl in the name of the an comment godess of hunting was in the end the most hunted person of the age. >> after the princess is laid to rest, the world wants answers. >> everybody is blaming everybody else. >> for the next two years, investigators in france try to determine what really happened.
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>> will we ever know exactly who or what was responsible for the death of diana? >> the french investigation finds that the driver was speeding and intoxicated, deeming him solely responsible for the accident. the photographers are cleared and the case is closed. but for years afterwards conspiracy theories linger, especially with dodi's father. >> muhammad believes and will always believe that his son and the family's very dear friend, diana princess of whales, were murdered. >> when we come back, an alarming new piece of evidence. >> i have a letter which says, next few months are the most difficult of my life, i fear i'm going to be killed in an automobile accident. ♪ bed. it senses and automatically adjusts on both sides. the new 360 smart bed is part of our biggest sale
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pursuit of a young beautiful woman. >> there was about 40 outside, i don't know if you remember the picture, they pursued her down the street. >> but this time it isn't diana, it's kate middleton, prince william's girlfriend. >> they chased her down the street just like they chased diana down the street. it angered william so much. it angered him because he couldn't protect her. >> the paparazzi are on the hunt for kate, a question to what happened to diana is set to begin here, at the royal courts of justice. it's been ten years since diana's death, be u the conspiracy theories -- but the conspiracy theories lived on. >> i had a team. >> stevens was commissioner of the metropolitan police. >> the allegation that was made
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was that prince together with mi 5 and mi 6 had conspired together to kill and princess >> if diana had married dodi, if they'd had a couple of children, who would be the press be focusing on in this country today? >> michael cole was mohamed al fayed's long-time spokesperson. >> they would be focusing on what princess diana was doing, and in effect, you would have had an alternative royal family in this country. >> the murder theory is
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far-fetched to some, but a real fear for diana. one she shared with her butler, paul burrell. >> i have a letter which says, the next few months are the most difficult of my life. i fear i'm going to be killed in an automobile accident. in order that charles can re-marry. >> and it turns out burrell wasn't the only one diana shared her fears with. >> diana was completely convinced that the royal family, or the men in gray, who really run the operation, or british intelligence would kill her, if she came too big of a problem. she went to her lawyer, lord michigan, and said, they're going to kill me and here's how. it's going to be either a helicopter accident or a car crash. it will be staged to look like a car crash. her lawyer took notes, detailed notes.
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>> patrick jephson was diana's private secretary and attended the meeting with her lawyer. >> and i can remember how shocked lord mish con was by that. >> did she give any details as to why she was concerned for her safety? >> not enough. the trouble was, those last few years, from '93, '94 onward, was a very, very unsettled time. >> but lord mish con's notes from the meeting were never shared with french investigators, even though they were given to british police just weeks after diana's death. at the time, british police didn't believe they were relevant to the french investigation. >> if you have a note like that and somebody does end up dead in the way they predicted, the first thing you do is get the note, examine the note, and investigate. >> michael mansfield represents mohamed al fayed during the british inquest. >> but of course the powers that be felt that it shouldn't be handed over.
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why? because, of course, it would involve investigating the royal family, investigations by the french police. >> lord stevens' investigation does look into mish con's notes and over 600 other pieces of evidence. >> we started with totally open minds. there's no point going into an investigation like this and saying, oh, there's no evidence for this. prove the point there isn't. we had to go and see 300 witnesses. at the same time, we had to negotiate bringing back the car from paris. we even examined the blood in the car. >> after three years of detective work, lord stevens' team presents their findings to the high court. >> the finding of the investigation was, it was an accident, the car had been driven too fast, the driver of the car had been drinking, lost control of the car going down the ramp and that was our conclusion. >> did you find any indication whatsoever that the princess and
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dodi were murdered? >> no. no evidence whatsoever. >> no evidence of murder or any involvement by mi5, mi6, or the royal family. >> what about reports that the princess was pregnant? >> those were totally disproved by her closest friends, and of course we brought the car back from paris, analyzed the blood by the latest techniques at that time and found out that she was not pregnant. >> what is the truth behind the reports that dodi had bought diana a ring that day in paris? >> he may well have done that, but we don't know what he was going to do with that ring and neither does anyone else. >> stevens also investigates the role of the paparazzi. >> they followed them around, but we didn't know how close they were up to the car, whether they actually played a part in the deaths of the people in that car, it's difficult to say. >> it would be speculation? >> it would be speculation, and we don't get into speculation. we deal with the evidence.
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>> but you have said previously, i believe, that they were a link in the chain. >> no doubt about that. if the paparazzi hadn't have been in front of the ritz, they'd have gone off in the normal cars, without having henri paul taking over that duty. >> while french investigators cleared the paparazzi of criminal charges, the british jury believes the photographers share some responsibility. >> they deliberated carefully and they produced a careful and reasoned decision. >> sir scott baker was the judge overseeing the british inquest. >> this was caused by a combination of the following paparazzi and the manner in which they were driving, and a driver who was under the influence of drink and driving too fast into the tunnel. >> no one was ever charged for the crash that killed princess diana. >> are there any lingering
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questions in your mind as to what happened that fatal night? >> absolutely none. it seemed to me that it was a tragic accident. >> do you believe that mohamed al fayed was flat-out lying then? >> no, mohammed fayed had lost his son, and he genuinely believed, i think, that there had been some conspiracy to murder his son and princess diana, and that's his right. >> did he strike you as a man who was shattered? >> yes, he was shattered. >> he never recovered from the loss of his son. >> if you lose a son 42 years old, he's part of you, like somebody chop your hand or chop your leg. >> he still believes that the truth is out there and will come. and i hope it happens in his lifetime, but it might not. >> the focal point of the royal
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family. >> many who knew diana best say the crash never would have happened if she had not given up her security detail after the divorce. >> the truth is that the paris paparazzi didn't kill diana. incompetent travel arrangements killed diana. a failure to do up a seat belt killed diana, and the paparazzi only became an actual nuisance or a threat to diana after she had chosen to get rid of her bodyguards. if charles spencer or anybody else wanted to see the cause of diana's unhappiness, or ultimately, the circumstances in which she died, they should look at the royal organization, which had taken responsibility for her at a very, very young age. >> just 19 when she became engaged to prince charles. and dead at the age of 36. leaving behind two young boys. >> never really talked about
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losing my mum at such a young age. >> william was 15, harry just 12. >> but even harry and i over the years, have not talked enough about our mother. >> never enough. >> i always thought to myself, what's the point of bringing up the past. it ain't going to change it, it ain't going to bring her back. when you start thinking like that, it can be really damaging. what must happen with us, you have to prioritize your mental health. somebody has to take the lead and has to be brave enough to force that conversation. >> william and harry have forced that conversation, addressing mental health openly and often in a way that was difficult for their mother. it's just one example of the change she brought to the royal family. >> without diana, i don't think we'd have the monarchy today in its present form. diana dragged the royal family, kicking and screaming into the 20th century. she said from the moment she set foot in that family, there was never any feeling in it, and that she really wanted to lead from the heart and not the head.
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good evening again from houston. a week after hurricane harvey came ashore, the reminders that this is not over keep coming and there's a new one that just happened. explosions and a massive fire at the chemical plant 25 miles northeast of houston. it began with flooding, followed by a power outage, and the equipment to keep explosive chemicals cool shut down. early yesterday morning came the first fire. late today, a large explosion, followed by the large fire that has thankfully died down again. for obvious reasons, cnn's brian todd is not here but joins us with the latest. what do we know exactly about this fire? >> reporter: we can tell you
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that officials have told us for most of this week they expect that incidents like this to occur and they just posted a statement moments ago saying that the redundant refrigeration systems that cooled those toxic peroxide chemicals that they knew those systems had failed and this was all heating up inside as a result of massive flooding inside. they had about 40 inches of water. but they just posted a statement saying as agreed with public officials, the best course of action is to let this fire burn itself out and they said we'll likely see additional incidents. so you'll see more fires like this at the chemical plant there in crosby, texas. they had evacuated a 1.5 mile zone around that plant. anyone who lived within that perimeter was taken out about two or three days ago, anderson. they also had an 11-person team that was there when the hurricane hit friday night. they were there through the
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weekend and they basically became aware of the fact that this plant was heavily flooded and the cooling systems for those organic peroxide chemicals were going to fail. and they did fail. this is what was expected. the company is treating this as if, look, we all expected this. there are going to be more incidents like this. we're just going to let it burn out. >> brian, just to be clear, i know the area has been evacuated, but people seeing this, they hear chemicals and fire, are going to be concerned about the effects of that stuff in the air. >> reporter: absolutely. what is interesting is a couple of days ago, they sent some local deputies to the scene to check things out and make sure people were out of there. some of the deputies were treated for smoke inhalation, but they did determine the smoke they inhaled was not toxic. so they were treated and released. but you see images like this and
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you know what's inside that plant and they have to be concerned about a toxic emmination there that could affect areas even beyond the 1.5 miles. another fortunate thing, there hasn't been a lot of wind in this area. it's heavy air around houston and points east. so not a lot of wind after the hurricane, so whatever is burning there doesn't spread very far. >> the company is saying there's no danger from what's going into the air, correct? >> reporter: they have said that. they have not indicated at all there's any danger. now, i have to say also they haven't given a whole lot of other information other than to say we expected this, and we're going to let it burn out. and they at one point did apologize for a lack of information on this thing. but we're not getting a lot of information tonight other than to say they're going to let this burn out. >> brian, i appreciate the reporting. joining us now is retired general russel honore, who led
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the military efforts in katrina 12 years ago. when you see a fire like this, it raises concerns but it tells a story of what happens in a disaster like this, where there's all these ripple effects and sometimes you can't predict at the outset and a lot of people don't think about it, whether it's beaumont last night running out of drinking water or now this chemical fire. >> that's why they're disasters. you lose control of what's happening. in this particular case, anderson, the company is the main spokesman, opposed to the epa who we pay a lot of money to control this, which is region six out of dallas. they should have a representative there, an incident commander, supervisor. yet we got a french company public affairs officer informing the people of texas what's happening. don't worry about it, be happy. i get concerned when there's a
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equal 1.5 mile circumference. because even with little wind, there's a jet stream that will carry that chemical to a certain direction. and that's what the federal government should be telling the people of texas, where is the plume and what direction that chemical is going in once it burns. the easy way to tell it is to see what direction the smoke is going, because it's getting in a jet stream, and it's going somewhere in the four different directions. so if it's concerning, when they talk about toxic, it's toxic, and they operate with an exception to the clean air act. >> in a situation like what we're having here, where does the buck stop? who is in charge, the governor of the state? >> he's the senior elected official in the state who has an
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equivalence of the texas department of environmental quality. >> so fema is reporting to the governor? >> fema brings in a part of the epa with them. they have an epa team with this. but there's no spokesman. we're leaving this to this french company to tell the people of the united states don't worry. and there's a mile and a half circumference. we heard the sheriff talk earlier. he deferred to the fire chief. even this could be beyond the fire chief's scope. and where is the texas epa? where is the region six of the epa out of dallas? where is mr. pruitt? this is a tear drop of what could happen south of the city where we have what we call a chemical corridor. and if we can't handle this one in clear communications to the american people, it should leave us rise for concern. i can tell you this plant operates with an exception to the clean air act, because
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they're allowed to release certain amount of toxins into the air, because it is a toxic chemical. you heard the public affairs office say earlier, it's relative to concentration and how close you are to it. the sheriffs got sick. >> again, just to tell folks, i believe that's a coast guard helicopter. i see red, so i assume that, passing overhead. it's a common sight even in houston now. even though there's not the same kind of rescues on roof tops we've been seeing and other parts. it's one of the things that surprised me yesterday is how much -- how many air assets are flying over beaumont, port arthur, and how difficult it is -- there is central command from the ground. a lot of it is just the pilots turning around, looking up, looking left and right to know where all the air traffic is. >> a senior army officer once told me, fly your airplane, son.
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if the instruments are not working, we had over 200 aircraft in new orleans without instruments, because all the instrumentation was broken until the "iwo jima" got there. when navy ships get here, they'll be able too provide air command for those helicopters. this is just good training and a tribute to our pilots who are flying the airplanes. >> and hovering spot on, 150 feet up. incredible. general honore, appreciate it. at this time last night, our gary tuchman was at baptist hospital in beaumont, and they had begun airlifting patients out because the drinking supply had gone down. it's going to be several days at the soonest before they get it back, we're told. hard to imagine that. the river east of the city was expected to crest only today. today 80 patients were still in the hospital, including 11 preemies in the nic-u. the hospital says every one of them has been evacuated and only
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14 patients remain. that is certainly welcome news. the water system is still down, and that remains a huge concern tonight. a helicopter now circling over this area. and actually, you can't see it, but again, just as we were talking about a lot of times the choppers just circle. and it's a flight mechanic, the rescue swimmer, even the pilots just looking, reading what's happening on the ground and trying to see if there's anybody in trouble. at one time they can pass and there's nothing. two minutes later they pass and a car has gone down a road and they're in deep water and they need to do a rescue. gary tuchman is near beaumont. what do we know about the water system, any word when that will be restored? >> reporter: firstly, anderson, there's a lot of stress here in beaumont and port arthur. we have evacuations going on. the military jets behind here. you also have continuing
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searches and yes, you have this water situation. here's what we know. we are being told that the water service to the city of 118,000 people could resume very soon. we don't know how soon. engineers from exxonmobil and other companies have devised a temporary pump. the idea is to divert waters from the swollen rivers and put it in the water system. so it's very difficult for people here not to have water. when they do get back, you can't eat it, you can't cook with it, you have to boil it first. >> from the airport, which is where you're at. >> reporter: right, anderson. this is a very unusual situation. you have people come to this airport between beaumont and port arthur. a lot of them thought this was the shelter they would be staying at, but this is only a temporary facility. it's not big enough to hold all the people. so hundreds came here, most of them stayed on the buses that brought them.
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because they're air conditioned, it was too hot inside the terminal. they're telling people on the buses, okay, would you like to fly to dallas? they have big center there is where you can take it easy and decide what to do with your life. so they're boarding the plane that you can't see behind the bus. it's a c-130 military airplane. they're boarding the plane and flying to dallas, texas, where they'll start the next part of their lives. we talked to a lot of people aboard the buses. we talked to this very nice couple that lost their house. listen to what they said to us. >> we feel lucky, you know. i went through stage four breast cancer not too long ago. and my scans come back good all the time. >> reporter: so this is not much of a problem compared to that. >> and my husband just broke his hip. so we're just like, yeah, you know. >> reporter: you both have remarkable attitudes. >> that's all you can do. if you get down, you're not
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helping yourself or anybody around you. >> reporter: two of the people we met today. we talked to dozens of people, all suffering greatly, but all extremely kind to us. and they're all going to a place where they have an unknown future. >> gary, appreciate that. joining me now is beaumont's fire chief. i appreciate you being with us. i know how exhausted you must be. chief, tell us what is the latest situation in beaumont. are the residents without water tonight and how are they getting water? >> well, we are without water at this time. our emergency operation senter is working on distribution point pods to give drinking water out. they still are working on that, as you had your previous guest state, trying to have a fix for the water system before the water goes down. not sure when that's going to be ready.
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but the situation here actually is pretty good, considering. we're all counting our blessings. we have a number of people displaced. we've done a lot of rescues. but we're a resilient people. we've been through rita and ike, and we learned lessons from those. we're in for the long haul. >> so there are a lot of folks who, as you said, very resilient, who have been sticking it out, they had supplies. if they're not able to get clean drinking water in the coming days, do you expect the number of people seeking evacuations to rise? >> well, i don't expect any disturbances to develop. if people over the next -- over the coming days want to evacuate, we don't have any mandatory evacuation. we are trying to get people who have been displaced, making
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shelter, longer-term shelter available to them. at this point, i think we're -- the community is stable. everybody is pulling together and our teams are doing a great job trying to get the city back up and running. >> and just in terms of flooding, do you know how much of beaumont is still flooded? >> i don't have any numbers on that right now. we had some heavy flooding in our north end of town, and along the river. and in a west end section along walden road. i'm not sure about the square mileage of those numbers. we did have one of our firestations, firestation five flood, and had to relocate those crews. >> chief, i appreciate your time tonight. thank you very much. even as recovery efforts continue here, another potential threat is over the horizon.
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no one should be going to red alert just yet over it. hurricane irma has a lot of forecasters watching very carefully. our alison is in the weather center tracking the storm and joins us now. it's a long way off, but what is the latest in terms of strength, location and possible landfall? >> the most recent thing to happen is it's now back up to a category 3 tomorrow. it had been there this morning, then went through a weakening staz, going back to a category 2. but right now where it sits, it went through a eyewall replacement cycle where it's trying to regroup and reintensify, and it did just that. so winds are back at 120 miles per hour, putting it back to a category three, looking like a relatively healthy storm at this point in time. but it's over the middle of the atlantic. no land anywhere in sight. so the question is, where does it go in the short term? you'll see it starts to take a dip down to the south. inning so so, it's going to encounter some warmer water.
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that's going to allow the storm to intensify even more, perhaps up to a category 4, if not stronger than that. this is just what it's going to do in the next five days. >> so where do you see long-term? obviously it's hard to model something this far out. >> right. so after five days, that becomes the big question. we'll take a look at two of our top models. in the short term, the next five to seven days, they really don't vary all that much. it's once we start getting towards the caribbean. that's where you see them spread. this reddish pink color, this is the american model. the european model takes a southerly and west track. if this one poses true, this takes it towards florida and the gulf. the american model takes it much further north and a little further east into the atlantic. this would have a much better chance impacting the carolina
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coast or the northeast. but again, we're talking a timeline of next weekend at the earliest. so a lot can change. but it's nice to know what some of the models are saying so we'll have an idea of what to expect. >> yeah. alison, thank you for that. reports of food and water running low in west houston. we'll get a live update on the situation there next. and a lot happening in the white house, including the departure of one of the president's closest aides dating back decades. details ahead. andre is confident. but when it comes to mortgages, he's less confident. fortunately, there's rocket mortgage by quicken loans. apply simply. understand fully. mortgage confidently. t-mobile announces zero down for all. now, get the whole family the hottest smartphone brands like samsung galaxy for zero down. plus, get 4 unlimited lines for 40 bucks a month,
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even though some parts of houston are drying out, the situation is getting worse in parts of the city, including west houston where food -- reports of food running low. nick valencia joins us with the latest on that. i understand people are starting to run out of food and water. what are you seeing and are there plans to get supplies to folks there? >> reporter: barker cyprus is still under water a week after hurricane harvey hit here. this situation is almost as desperate as ever. the mayor is telling people to get out while they can, but in some cases they remain stranded. that's why people are taking matters into their own hands. we joined a group of first responders that came here from washington, d.c. to help those stranded. as you mentioned, running out of supplies, basic essentials, food and water. one of the people that we saw them rescue on one of the two
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rescue missions was an elderly man who was standing at a gas station in flooded water, just aimlessly walking around. he was waiting for help. another person was terry gay, who was running out of food and water. he had been stranded in the apartment complexes back there for over a week. it was just now that he was emerging, because he was running out of supplies. anderson? >> if you could just show us what's going on, have your cameraman push past and show us what's going on. are some of the people who are now leaving, were they trying to ride out the storm? >> reporter: that's right. they're just now coming out. part of what's going on -- steve, if you want to zoom in there -- the rescue missions are wrapping up. this cue of people here, the crowd was swelling, dozens of people were here waiting to try to get back in. part of these civilian boats dipping into this water here, taking individuals that hadn't
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been back to their home since hurricane harvey hit, a lot of people hoping they could find medication, documents, important records, things like that. this is the last of what remains of those people hoping to catch a ride. one thing the residents said when they got on that truck, one of the things there's an airboat going back there accelerating and causing wakes and pushing this flood water to places it hadn't been before. so people who are coming to help in some situations, they're making the situation even more complicated. anderson? >> yeah, i know, from being been on those airboats they kick up a wake. you see a lot of signs of people saying slow down. most of the airboat operators are aware of the wake issue and they go through these neighborhoods and try to go through slowly. but they're powerful boats.
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particularly when they're backing up, and that can cause issues. you may have noticed gasoline prices have risen, an average of almost 17 cents a gallon since the storm. texas governor greg abbott tried to reassure texans today there's plenty of gas in the state. so alison, lines were wrong and stations were closed yesterday. i understand lines were long and some stations were closed yesterday. has it gotten any better today? >> reporter: it really hasn't. these long lines continue. this line wrapping around the corner. and if you drive around dallas, if you didn't see a line at the gas station, it was probably because the gas station was out of gas. in fact, this one that we're at is almost out of gas completely. it's only got two pumps working. so some of these drivers may be out of luck. one other thing i saw different today, the frustration and the tension building. one driver in a red camaro was waiting, running out of gas, right there in line, and having to push his car to the pump. another driver getting in a fight with a gas attendant about
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his place in line. that gas attendant having to spray him with pepper spray just to break up the fight. i shot that with my iphone today. you know, as long as we see these refineries shut down, we'll see these gas supply disruptions. but exacerbating the problem, anderson, is a lot of drivers are feeling panicked. they are feeling the need to fill up their tanks and the canisters. that's really just making the problem worse. anderson? >> you know, we also heard reports, we talked about the rising prices, average of 17 cents. even price gouging in some places. >> reporter: yeah, and prices legitimately are rising because of this supply crunch. but yes, the texas attorney general has said that its office has received hundreds of complaints and phone calls about gas stations around dallas even, gas stations gouging consumers,
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charging $6 to $8 a gallon for gas. that's way too much. and these gas stations certainly opening themselves up potentially to some hefty fines. anderson? >> alison, thank you very much. ahead, one woman's homecoming, a lot of people are trying to get back to their homes for the first time. we went out with one woman who went to her house by canoe. we'll tell you what she saw ahead. ♪ fitting into my skinny jeans again? that's cool. feeling good in slim fit? that's cool. looking fabulous in my little black dress? that's cool. getting the body you want without surgery, needles, or downtime? that's coolsculpting. coolsculpting is the only fda-cleared non-invasive treatment that targets and freezes away stubborn fat cells. visit today and register for a chance to win a free treatment.
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today, houston's mayor, the governor, they all spoke to the numerical dimensions of the you disaster. at the end of the day, a week after the storm, this isn't just a situation about trillions of gal 'ins or rain or 72,000 rescues or 136,000 homes and buildings flooded, it's a situation unfolding person to person. some of them now just returning home. susan peterson has to use a canoe to get to her house. >> it's probably a quarter of a mile from here.
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>> she's waited all week for the water to recede, but she can't wait any longer. she needs to see what's happened to her home. she invited us to go with her. the water too deep and dangerous in some spots to walk through. that's quite a current. so this is your house if in her front yard, one of her cars is completely submerged. only the roof visible. that's one of your cars? >> it's a '91 cavalier. >> from the outside, the house doesn't look too bad. so are there stairs here? >> yeah, there are stairs under here. >> but inside is another story. >> the kid's bedrooms and bathrooms are down the hall. i mean, that was ground level. >> the two lower levels of the house are under water. the garage, her office, and
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three bedrooms. mold is already visible on the ceiling. susan looks for her four cats, but finds no sign of them. >> guys? >> does it help to see it, or does it -- >> no. i think i probably would have been better waiting till the water was down. >> so that's an original? >> yeah. oh, well. >> after about 15 minutes inside, she decides to leave. she's not sure how to begin to rebuild. she'll come back later with her kids to search for the cats. for susan and so many others here, the difficulty of the days ahead is all too clear. it's overwhelming? >> yes. thank you.
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thank you. >> well, anyone returning to a flooded home or staying put in one faces a set of potential hazards that most people don't ordinarily plan for, which is why we're glad to have the expertise of dr. david purse, the houston department of health and human services public health attorney and houston's ems director. thanks for being with us. a lot of folks just like susan are returning to their homes. there's water in it, they're already seeing mold. what are the potential hazards? what should people do? >> there's lots of potential hazards. one thing to worry about is what's in the water or what's not in the water. if there's a missing manhole company. so i warn people walking through the water. >> even if it seems shallow, if there's a drainage ditch that's open and you can't see it. >> right, if it's just a couple feet deep, especially if there's a drainage port there, there could be a tremendous force of water that could suck you in.
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>> it was interesting just canoeing with her. it seemed really waum, then we were in this current and got pushed into the bushes. >> there's a lot of dangers people can't see. those are the physical dangers, much less the chemicals and organisms we worry about. >> inside a house, mold. we were talking before, there's a lot of different kinds of mold. >> right, right. >> what do people do? >> well, there's lots of different mold, but you can't tell the good mold from the not bad mold. there's no such thing as a good mold. there's not bad and there's bad mold and you can't tell them apart. but everything is wet, you just got to get rid of it. documents and photographs you can try to save them. carpeting, bedding, that all needs to go. >> dry wall. >> dry wall. and wherever the water line is, you take the dry wall a foot higher. you just get it all out of there. and as best you can, dry everything. fans, dehumidfier. that will minimize the mold
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development. you have to clean it, too. so clean it with soap and water to get the mud and muck out of it. but after that, you have to go after it with a bleach solution. if it looks like a clean surface, one part of bleach to five gallons of water. at least. if you see mold, it needs to be one cup of bleach to one gallon or stronger. but there's a couple of gallons and people want to make it stretch. so that's the minimum concentration. >> for the longer the water stays in a house, the more difficult it is to deal with it afterwards. >> this woman was only out of her house a week, and she already had mold. so it doesn't take long for it to develop. >> that is just from the rain that came in through the roof. >> that's right. there's going to be a lot of getting rid of the mold, not just cleaning. >> just in terms of, you know, sort of -- some people try to live in the house because there's just water is in the
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first floor. there's still electricity in a lot of places, so they're trying to live on the second floor. is that a wise idea? >> i would recommend against it. housing is an issue. your homes are really dirty, and there's all -- you have power in the house that still has water in it, everybody knows that's dangerous. so strongly recommend people to get alternative housing. the city has programs to help with that. but staying in a house with water in it, not a good idea. >> i really appreciate it, doctor. much more on hurricane harvey when we come back. but first, news out of washington, d.c. cnn has learned that robert mueller now has a key piece of evidence that gives an idea why president trump fired his fbi director. find out that, next. i kept looking for ways to manage my symptoms. i thought i was doing okay. then it hit me... managing was all i was doing. when i told my doctor,
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we're going to come back to hurricane harvey shortly. tonight, we have two big stories out of washington, d.c. we wanted to get to. first, there's new reporting from "the washington post" and "the new york times" that robert mueller has an early draft of the letter president trump wrote with aide teach miller that laid out why president trump wanted to fire jim comey.
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according to "the times," the white house counsel cautioned against sending that version, because the contents could be problematic. and one of president trump's longest serving aides keith schiller is leaving the white house. cnn broke that news after serving as president trump's right hand made for two decades, schiller is leaving. reportedly due to financial reasons. one cnn source did say that he was frustrated with john kelly's organizational structure, which restricted his access to the president. i want to break this all town with dana bash, david gergen, and jonathan turley. dana, multiple reports on this draft letter. how much does this ratchet up questions about the special counsel investigation, the extent to which the white house could have some explaining to do? >> i'm not sure how much it ratchets it up, but for those of us not on the inside, it gives a little more of a window into what the special counsel is working on, which is a big danger zone for this white house and this president.
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because the notion of getting this letter, the content of this letter suggests that the inquiry is, at least in part, looking at obstruction of justice. the reasons for firing james comey, what were the president's bases for it, and the idea that this letter was written, which clearly the white house counsel, according to this report and cnn has confirmed, was not comfortable with the kind of the rambling explanation that the president and steven miller initially put forward, which suggested maybe in a more -- in a too honest of a way that it was about the russia investigation. >> professor turley, the caveat is obviously we have not seen this letter. maggie maybe -- maggie haberman
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of "the new york times" says it was described as a screen pertaining to the russia case. do you think this is a big deal? >> it could be. this type of evidence is a contemporary record that appears to be a lawyered draft. so it comes with a certain degree of credibility, authenticity because of when and how it was created. it was remarkably incautious. you shouldn't be looking for catharsis by sending off this kind of letter to a guy you just fired. i'm sure the white house counsel was dead set against it, as has been reported. there's issues of privilege. there's issues of being incautious. but it may be valuable. it may also exonerate the president. the account indicates he talked about comey's mistakes during the clinton e-mail investigation and there is one reference to the russia investigation. those types of mixed motivations are not going to make for a strong obstruction case.
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>> right. david, the other thing is if this draft letter contradicts the president's actual termination letter of james comey, saying nothing about what the president told us about comey's firing, that would be another sort of angle to this. >> well, i think that's right. listen, we need to be cautious. we don't know what's in the letter. we shouldn't over interpret it. but it does raise questions whether mueller will find it helpful if he wants to build a case about obstruction of justice, if there are revelations about what the president's true intent was, and the president's obsession with comey and why he wants to shut it down. that's the case, i think it could be -- as i say, it could add weight to a case against the president. but professor turley is right, it's possible it could exonerate. we have to wait and see. but you would think that the white house counsel, having objected to the letter, wouldn't destroy it.
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i don't understand why it's still floating around. >> that's the interesting thing, this is the first we've heard from the white house counsel. it's like getting a radio signal from unoccupied space. until now, we haven't seen any evidence of lawyering or a lawyer's presence in these early days. it does appear the white house counsel reached a point where he drew a line. >> but remember, anderson, cnn reported -- we reported a month and a half ago or so that this special counsel's office was very clear in a notice to the white house counsel that they must not destroy anything. that they must keep everything and turn everything over. you know that's standard operating procedure. and perhaps at that time, you know, it was too late to destroy it. >> it would also violate federal law. >> exactly.
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or don mcgann is doing what he is supposed to do, and that's not destroy documents. so let's be glad he didn't destroy it. >> it is the first time we've heard steven miller's name mentioned as part of any kind of russia investigation. >> it is. and i think that this really does give another window into more of the politics and the personnel and the disagreements that we reported, some of real time when comey was fired. and this suggests that steven miller, who was with the president in bedminster at his resort there the weekend he decided to fire comey, was on the side of firing him along with jared kushner and ivanka trump. whereas others were very much against it. and there was a big clash. we know who won out, that was steven miller and jared kushner. but the fact that he was
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involved is not great news for steven miller, because it means that if he hasn't already gotten a lawyer, he will have to get one now, and he will be asked to come to the committees on capitol hill, in addition to appear before the special counsel's office. >> yeah, professor turley, he could be subpoenaed, correct? >> he can. that issue was litigated during the clinton impeachment. i litigated that with ken starr. these privilege issues went to court, and the clinton white house lost. bruce lindsey, an attorney who argued attorney-client privilege laws. but they lost across the board, even with a secret service agent. so yes, he can be forced into a grand jury. one of the benefits of the president bringing in private counsel is that they may have a privilege that government counsel would not.
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>> dana, keith schiller who worked with the trump organization before going to the white house, is reportedly telling people he's leaving the administration for financial reasons. the white house denies this. but if it's true, it's another departure of a close aide at a time when the president is being more and more isolated. >> that's right. that's why when we at cnn heard this and got the information and reported it, we thought it was significant. this isn't just that your typical director of white house operations, this is somebody who has been by the president's side for decades. he was his bodyguard in the private sector and on the campaign and now in the white house. and has become a very close confidant. you nailed it, anderson. the idea at this point in time that someone like keith schiller potentially leaving the president's side at this point in time when the channels of communications the president has
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are very limited because that is what the white house chief of staff is trying to do, to try to make some order in the chaotic atmosphere may not be so good for the president's psyche at this time. >> you know, president trump is going to be traveling back to texas tomorrow and will visit houston, which he didn't do tuesday because operations were still in the thick of things, as well as lake charles, louisiana. the president is going to meet with storm survivors and volunteers. there's at a lot of questions about president trump's promise to donate $1 million to hurricane relief. today, sarah huckabee sanders couldn't answer whether the money would come from the president personally or the foundation. that foundation has come under scrutiny before on allegations that it don't come through with promised donations or the money came from other people's foundations to his foundation. and it's not been decided which charities will get the money.
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dana, again to you, this is a continuation of something that has been reported on a lot, a lot of reporting on the david farenthold and a lot of others have done a lot of reporting to the charities that donald trump has given to over the years and how that money often seems to come from other people's foundations going to the trump foundation that is then forwarded on. >> that's right. the white house today said this was a pledge and didn't have in answers where the money would come from. because of that reporting, there's a history in that it provides a road map for reporters to follow. and certainly you can bet that everybody is going to be on it to see when and if the president does pledge that million. hopefully it will happen, it will happen soon and it will be noncontroversial because the people down there sure could use it. >> dana bash, david gergen,
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breaking news in the fundraising effort for harvey relief. michael dell founder of the dell computer announced a new effort called the rebuild texas fund. he pledged $36 million toward it. $36 million. mr. dell and his wife issued a statement saying the money will come from their foundation. of course countless volunteers have stepped up to help survivors recover from the devastation. among them j.j. watt who launched an online fundraiser going for $200,000 when he launched it. the response has been overwhelming. i spoke to him last niglast. when i stalked to him, his fund raised more than $12 million. 24 hours later, and now the number is up to $16 million. and incredible. last night i spoke to j.j. watt about what he is doing. >> first of all, when you see a neighborhood like this, what goes through your mind? >> devastating. i think that is the only word that you could describe when you drive through the city and the floods and what you see on tv, what's happening. devastating is the only word you can use.
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but i think inspiring is the next word that comes to mind. >> because of i don't what you cy see neighbors doing. >> because of the police men and firemen and the helicopters and what people do when they come together in a time like this and that's is most inspiring part of it all. >> do you have a goal in mind or it is open ended? >> this weekend my teammates and i have semi-trucks rolling in and we have those all filled with stock supplies, water, food, clothing, everything. so we're going to give that out this weekend. that is the first step. and then i want to regroup after this weekend because like i said, i was planning for 200,000 and now with a new plan for multi-millions, i'm going to make sure i get with the people that did katrina and learned from katrina so that i can make sure i do it right. because with these people trusting me with their money i don't want to do it haste illy, do it exactly the right way. >> do you think you would see a response like this? you always wonder what would happen if i lived through something like this. do you think you would see people come together like this. >> i always hoped so. but to see it coming to a
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reality is a whole different ball game and it is so sweet and beautiful to watch. you see lines of volunteers where you are like is that a line for the food or is that a line and then all of a sudden it is a line of volunteers and it is so special when you have that many people wanting to help and that many people willing to give what they can. >> and by the way, i was squatting down during that interview which is why i look to tiny standing next to him. sadly that is not the case. i was trying to look at tall as possible but he is huge. i want you to meet jose andreas. he is one of the great chefs of the world. he started a nonprofit called world central a kitchen, and i worked with him in haiti and he responded to a lot of natural disasters in a lot of different places. i want to know what brought you down here this time and what you've seen. >> well, i'm one more guy that when you watch on tv what is -- what is happening, and especially when you know what is about to happen, that you are -- your body is telling me, i have to get ready and go down to help.
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and what i've seen is every single person in houston ready to help. and especially my fellow cooks, my fellow chefs. >> that is so interesting. because people help in whatever ways they can. some people it is in a boat. you are one of the world's great chefs. for you, you know food, so that's what you're focused on. >> it's great, the stories. like this guy, edward de la garza at the convention center. it is one guy that nobody knows but he is in charge of feeding the over 10,000 people that arrived at the convention center. >> every single day. >> every single day. or, for example, these restaurant beloved here in houston, reef, where his wife and the chef brian caswell, they closed the restaurant and they are doing thousands of meals every day, calling every single chef to help, every single food company to help and donate. and in talking to red cross in -- where do we need help. who needs to be fed and start reacting to any problem that they may happen. >> a lot of people don't think about the food needs. and not because -- it is not just the immediate food needs but it is -- there is people who are still leaving their homes
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because they've tried to ride it out and now the water is still there and be there for maybe days or weeks. >> so there you have great stories. one of the stories that america is not very aware is i'm fascinated with is the southern baptist church. they have like 17 chapters. and these men and women ready to feed people after an earthquake, or any issue that may happen. a hurricane in this case. >> and we are not talking about feeding kits. we're talking about massive. >> 10, 25, 25,000 people a day. today they are behind the convention under the highway. and you see there men and women retired and many of them 70 and 80-year-old and working 12 hours a day feeding everybody in need. every time there is a hurricane. southern baptist church is there. this is a story that needs to be told because those are the real heroes sometimes of these events. and america needs to be aware. >> you and i were in haiti recently for a story. you worked there, again, focusing on food and women's health issues.
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how do you -- and i don't like to compare one disaster to another, but what you've seen here, how does it compare to others you've seen? >> i've been in two hurricanes already in haiti. and here in the states i've been part of sandy and now watching what is happening here. it is kind of very different. for obvious reasons. red cross, they work unbelievably well overseas an america should be proud of the help they give overseas. but in america we are learning. we remember what happened in katrina, the superdome compared to what is happening here in the convention center. i would say the convention center has been handled very well. you see a lot of organization. you see police. you see doctors. you see food. so i think the learning curve is there but it is obviously room for growth and for learning. so next time something like this happens, we are ready to be -- for example, feeding everybody in the right way. >> i know you've had a long day and a lot of kitchens. >> more to cook tomorrow. se more to cook tomorrow.


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