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making land fall somewhere along the u.s. gulf coast sunday morning. i'm brooke baldwin, thank you so much for being with me here in new york. we're going to go to jake tapper. the lead starts right now. thanks brooke. we're more music festivals in the las vegas killers cross hairs? the lead starts right now. chilling new details and the las vegas gunman and the other rooms he may have booked and why this may not have been the first giant outdoor event that he wanted to terrorize. and, in the wake of the vegas massacre, a new gun control proposal picking up steam in congress, and it's republicans leading this new effort. plus, deadly ambush. three of america's elite warriors killed in the african in addition of niger. what were u.s. troops doing there and who might be behind this attack? this is cnn breaking news.
good afternoon everyone, welcome to the lead, i'm jake tapp tapper. we have breaking news just in. president trump planning to decertify president obama's iran nuclear deal next week. declaring the obama era pact as not in the interest of the united states and launching a congressional review period. that is according to two senior u.s. officials talking to cnn. we're going to have more on that story in a moment, but we're going to begin today with our national lead, new clues suggesting that the gunman responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history may have even been planning more carnage. police say he may have intended to escape alive and had 50 pounds of explosives and 1600 rounds of ammo in his car in the hotel parking lot. new questions today after authorities say the gunman booked a room at a nearby hotel during an even larger music festival in las vegas last month. and a person under his name reserved a room near the lal plu za music festival in chicago
this morning according to hotel staff. martin savage is in las vegas for us. martin, now authorities are openly considering that the gunman may have had to have had help at some point. >> reporter: right. that's at least the theory that the sheriff has. there was so much planning, weaponry, training that was required, he believes there had to have been help for some way for the gunman. meanwhile, they continue to look back at where stephen paddock has been, sort of tracing his footsteps, trying to get to the answer to the question everybody wants answered, which is why? new video shows chaos at festival exits. >> keep your heads down, go! >> reporter: concert goers fleeing. >> run, keep your head down! >> reporter: as the shooter kept firing from high above. firefighters say even the nearby airfield was used for cover. >> we also had people jump the fence, break through the fences, and get into the airport property. they were laying in between the runways trying to take cover
because those areas were carved out between the runways and taxi ways. >> reporter: the harvest festival turned concert-killing field was just the latest big music event stephen paddock had loomed over in recent weeks. he booked at the augdon in las vegas. during the large life is beautiful festival. annual attendance, more than 100,000. weeks earlier, the guest by the name of stephen paddock booked a room overlooking lalapalooza in chicago but never checked in. attendance there, north of 300,000. >> it's concerning that an individual like this was thinking about intentionally carrying out an attack like this in chicago. >> reporter: it was from this suite on sunday where the gunman executed his attack on country music fans. not only did he shoot out of these broken windows, but unleashed more than 200 rounds into the hallway injuring a security guard.
police believe paddock's whose body is seen on the floor of the suite planned to survive and leave the building. >> he was trying to figure out how he could escape at that point. his concern was personal concern versus what was occurring down below him. >> reporter: police confirm paddock carried his arsenals in ten suitcases. but kept another lethal cash in his car in the parking lot. 1600 additional rounds of ammunition and 50 pounds worth of explosives. specifically ten rant seen here in a demonstration. all of this leading to one key question, did paddock act alone? >> do you think this was all accomplished on his own? >> face value, you've got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point. we to want ensure that that's the answer. >> reporter: we're also learning more about his wealth. paddock's home in mesquite, nevada, was paid for in cash in 2014. the price, more than $369,000.
on the application paddock said he earned his income by gambling, waging about a million dollars a year. police say he was at the casino again sunday night. all the while, planning this rampage for later. it was just so, so stunning. the clark county coroner is now confirming, jake, they have finished identifying all of the victims and notifying all of the next of kin, which of course is the hardest task of all, jake. >> all right martin savage in las vegas for us, thank you so much. i want to bring in counterterrorism expert phil mott to get his reaction. what do you make of the reports the gunman may have been casing other music festivals, in fact someone with his same name reserving a room in chicago. >> i'm looking at this, what we didn't hear yesterday. we saw the sheriff speak yesterday, the cia agent in charge in the las vegas office got on the podium, said nothing. that's telling to me in
relationship to this. why? the fbi's responsible for digital data, looking at his laptop and cell phone. that the point, they've got things like credit cards, they're starting to piece together where he was, where he was in chicago, whether that corresponds with other information like whether he was speaking to friends and family at the same time. they're starting to put together the digital trail and the exposure of the fact that he was in chicago suggests to me that that's starting to bear fruit, unless somebody in the interview told him that. >> and while this is all going on and the police are sharing with us very limited amount of what they know because understandably so, the sheriff said that the killer had to have had help at some point. that unless he was super, somebody else played a role in this. >> well, let's look at want difference between whether someone was complicit, whether they assisted or whether someone knew. whether someone encouraged. i'm looking at that, looking at this and the number of people he knew. he was not isolated. he was participating with his family. with his girlfriend.
he had a job. and the amount of time during what which he was acquiring weapons and planning, remember the chicago event, that's a while ago. that's back in august. so this isn't a snap judgment on his part. the acquisition of weapons isn't a snap judgment. to suggest to me as he's talking to friends and family over years, acquiring information, making reservations, traveling to lalapalooza that nobody has any information that's relevant, i can't believe that. they knew something about when the behavior was changing for example. >> phil mud thank you so much. we are still continuing to learn the names of those senselessly murdered. theresa, nicole, pastor said her laugh was infectious. carrie calvan was a devoted wife and mother of three. laura ship, smart as a whip with a huge heart. patricia, her family said she was bubbly and energetic. brett swanbeck. he would drive 500 miles to help
you if you needed him to. she was a hard-working supermom. four children, including a six week old baby. just a few of these 58 innocent lives senselessly slaughtered that day. and now some people are looking for answers what could have prevented this gunman from taking so many lives. if anything. republican office holders typically resist measures to further regulate any gun ownership, but apparently hearing the rapid fire from mandalay bay and seeing how this was carried out has many republicans today ready to look at one possible measure. today republican congressman carlos said he would introduce a bill to ban bump stocks. that's an accessory to let a gunman fire off in rapid succession, certainly making it into an automatic weapon. cnn's phil matingly is live. democrats were first out of the gate and they are pushing similar bills about bump stocks.
there's no vote set, but even the house speaker and other republicans say they're open to discussion and the nra issued a statement that might surprise some people. >> yeah, you don't often see the nra seed any ground when it comes to government regulation. look at this, pull this up from the statement. in atlantay statement about las vegas, specifically about bump stocks, the nra believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. why would the nra come off the sidelines? well listen to what speaker paul ryan had to say earlier today. >> look, i don't know what they were until this week. and i'm an avid sportsman. i think we're quickly coming up to speed with what this is. fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time. apparently this allows you to take a semiautomatic and turn it into a fully automatic, clearly that's something we need to look into. >> the speaker echoing what you're hearing from republicans in the senate and the house. obviously you noted the bill to actually ban these issues, but i
wanted to be kind of specific about what the nra said today, jake. they said they believe the atf should look into imposing additional regulations here. they were not calling for legislation, they were not supportive of legislation that has been put forward. and i can tell you from talking to sources on capitol hill, that would be the preferred route for republican leadership as well. they are very concerned about what a legislative debate could turn into, what it would mean about other agenda items. if there's a way for them to handle this, this would be the preferred route. this is what the national rifle association is looking for right now. and that's what when the trump administration says it is open to a conversation about this, what people are looking towards at the moment, jake. >> a lot of reasons for that, one of them being the nra does not want a big debate about gun violence in america. phil, thank you so much. will any of these proposals on capitol hill, even if they make it through prevent another massacre? we'll talk about that next. stay with us.
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now we're back with breaking news in the politics lead. embattled republican congressman tim murphy of pennsylvania we are told will resign his seat effective october 21st. murphy previously announced he was not going to seek reelection. we'll bring back phil matingly on capitol hill right now, and phil, congressman murphy, a proud member of the pro life caucus, but some text messages emerged recently, tell us more. >> that's right, text messages where he was alleged to have urged determination of a pregnancy with a woman that he had been having an affair with. a very pro life member, very outspoken pro life member and this has been an issue that's plagued the entire republican conference this week. speaking paul ryan just putting out a statement saying quote, this afternoon i received a letter of resignation from dongman tim murphy effective
october 21st. it was dr. murphy's decision to move on and i support it. again as you noted, jake, he initially said he was going to work out his term and retire at the end of this term. that's been moved up an enormous amount and when you talk to republican members and several whom i've spoken with, this is certainly their preferred route. this was a very bad scene, bad news for them and their conference and they kind of wanted to rid themselves of it. the congressman now doing that on his own capacity now, jake. >> all right, phil matingly, thank you so much. i want to bring in my panel. so s.c. cup, let me start with you, congressman murphy was on the show a number of times. he would visit service members at bethesda, that said, this is obviously very disappointing news for people who liked him. >> well, disappointing personally. for people who liked him, disappointing from pro life groups who want to believe that our loudest advocates believe
what they say. and believe it not just in politics, but in practice. so very disappointing, but he did the right thing by stepping down. and leaving now. so that republicans can sort of move on from this. >> mike, let's turn on to some of the bigger news. obviously right now we have on capitol hill, the nra and some republicans trying to get ahead of this issue when it comes to this device that can change a semiautomatic weapon into a essentially an automatic weapon. how do you see this playing out? >> i think they'll pass something. i think it's a smart thing to do. i think the nra moving will then give some republicans who might have not voted for that legislation a pass. i think it's the bare minimum probably of what we could be doing right now. i do think there is a lot of emotion in the aftermath of one of these events. and often people jump to solutions that may not in fact be solutions or that may not in fact be effective, but in this
case, taking a device that makes a illegal weapon essentially legal and in the hands of people that does mass damage was the smart thing to do. >> you're a gun enthusiast, what's your take on this? >> well, the nra is not prone to to legislative and policy solutions that they do not believe will solve a problem and curve gun violence. this tells many e two things. they think this will. and they think that there is the political will to do it. now, the question for me is, will democrats accept this or will they move the goal post because a lot of democrats have been asking for this, i think it's sensible. i know a lot of sensible gun owners believe that bump stocks should not be legal or regulated more seriously. we'll see if democrats take, take this and accept this as the appropriate response. and response that will actually, maybe help curb gun violence unlike so many other legislative suggestions.
>> earlier today, president trump tweeted why isn't the senate intelligence committee looking into the fake news networks in our country? i don't know why that's -- oh, our country as opposed to russia i suppose. to see why so much of our news is just made up. fake. and here is sarah sanders' response to that tweet. >> with the first amendment, with those freedoms also come responsibilities. and you have a responsibility to tell the truth, to be accurate. >> that is true. yep, we have a responsibility to tell the truth and accurate. does president trump have that same responsibility? >> apparently not, the president feels as though he is in the unique position of verifying news. we saw it when it came to the rex tillerson quote. i didn't verify it, he also wasn't in the room. and we had multiple sources confirming it. that's the way american journalism works.
>> and that president trump knew about it. >> this is a much bigger problem as we know. president trump has been trying to undermine the stability and the trust of the free press. and he's done that not just in the press, but in a lot of institutions and it's a tactic to make the american public, american citizenry paranoid, afraid, distrusting. that way he can be the voice. and only he can be the voice that most people trust. so, it's deeply, deeply disturbing and dangerous when he says things like this because people believe him. >> and what i wonder, mike, is after the trump presidency whether that's in 2021 or 2016 is this going to be how politicians behave? is there a new standard being set here? >> i hope not. look, i would say that the device of attacking the media as an institution -- >> that's old. >> that's old. it's not new and it will keep going on. and i understand the utility of it. the problem, there's two problems with it, one is right now we have a real fake news problem.
okay. this country and our democracy is under threat right now from countries that are, you know, hostile to us who are seating unrest and discontent in our electoral process. we don't the extent, but we're investigating it. coming out and blurring the lines about what's real and not real at a time like that is dangerous when it should be in president trump's interest as in miest to make sure we know what's real and what's not. the second thing is, sarah's response in, you know, having us, small violins playing for the coverage that this administration has been get organize not getting about their tremendous achievements and again, i have trouble pointing to those achievements, let's for the sake of the argument she's right, it's their own doing. an tag miezing the media, the war with the media, the constant process arguments that are going on are the reason why their skovrge o out of balance. taking a step back label the from that war, which again is use informal some circumstances might serve them well. >> where do you think this ends
up? i mean, do you think, i'm sure you get asked this all the time -- >> i do. >> uh-huh. where does this war with the media and the fake news thing end? does it just end when president trump is no longer president or at some point does he just not get off? the demonstrable facts that we report, and that he is at odds with, at some point, well already, most of the american people understands what's going on. at some point even more will. >> well the optimist in me wants to believe that this will make reporters better, will do our jobs better. and will grow from this and we'll come out emerged from this stronger and better as a community. but when there's record distrust in the media and the president is praying on that and -- preying on that and trying to take advantage of that. i know a lot of people believe him. people i would consider rational people. i would consider smart, intelligence, believe him and you hear them parroting what he
says. i think it's a real problem that we in the press have to take very seriously. >> absolutely. thanks so much. and be sure to tune in to s.e. cup unfiltered, which is on weeknights at 7:00 p.m. eastern on our sister channel hln. great to see you again. three american special forces troops killed in africa. the situation is still unfolding on the ground. the hunt for the attackers, the terrorists going on right now. and that story's next. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs.
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consequential punt. it's a punt because this now goes to congress and it is congress that would actually vote or have to vote to reimpose sanctions on iran and therefore break up the deal. so it really puts the ball in the court of congress, that said, it is causing genuine upset including with u.s. allies that are also party to this deal. remember of course, this is not just a deal between iran and the u.s. but between the permanent five members of the u.n. security council, china, russia, france, uk, they're all involved and they have a very different view of this. i spoke to a european diplomat who is partied to this agreement and told me this. one, that iran is complying with the agreement, and two, that it is vital to our national security interests and those of our allies. so you have u.s. allies, not just iran who's upset about this, no mr. president, this is in our national security interests. which of course echoes what the president's own defense secretary james mattis said earlier this week.
so, really, the question is, what happens next. i will add one thing that at the u.n. general assembly here that i was able to meet with the iranian president, rouhani, and he left the door open to more talks on other issues situation ballistic missiles, et cetera. so you do have that door open. on the deal itself, no action today, but at a later date it could be extremely disruptive. >> the republican chairman of the house foreign affairs committee says he does not want that deal torn up. he said that the united states should enforce the hell out of it, but keep it. nals our world lead today. a deadly ambush attack against u.s. special forces in west africa. officials have confirmed to cnn that three green beret were killed and two others wounded near the mali border. now the hunt is on for the attackers. barbara star has the story. >> reporter: the army green berets and local forces were
walking on patrol when they were suddenly ambushed. initials indications are up to 50 fighters, likely affiliated with isis sprang the attack. three u.s. troops were killed, two wounded. >> clearly there's risk for our forces in niger. >> reporter: green berets typically operate in a 12-man team, often facing significant danger. >> they'll have only the small arms that they can carry with them. >> reporter: french military superpuma helicopters moved in to provide covering fire as they evacuated the dead and the wounded. french, u.s., and nigerian forces continued military operations to hunt for the attackers. it happened near the border with mali, a critical cross roads for terrorist activity. there are approximately 800 u.s. troops in niger, first deployed during the obama administration. >> they've been there for many years, frankly. and what they're trying to do is
help support the nigerian government and other governments in that region. >> reporter: in west africa, groups like al qaeda and isis are actively trying to increase their own cash flow to fund future attacks. u.s. intelligence agencies believe isis is attempting to infiltrate the gold mining industry in niger to sell on the black market and use smuggling routes north to get easier access to europe and the west. >> we are working with a multinational joint task force located in the niger to enable regional cooperation and expand partner capacity to ensure book hah ram and i.c.sis do not furt stabilize the region. >> reporter: cnn visited a new $100 million drone base being built by the u.s. in niger to better collect intelligence and fight terrorists. that facility underscoring the trump administration's also commitment to keeping troops in
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and we're back with the politics lead after a somber trip to las vegas, president trump is back on his phone trying to paper over tensions with a top cabinet official by, what else, attacking the media. cnn washington correspondent ryan nobles filed this report on the president and his secretary of state. >> reporter: tonight, president trump is doing his best to convince americans that his relationship with secretary of state rex tillerson is intact. tweeting quote, rex tillerson never threatened to resign. the president's aserngs comes in the wake of an nbc news report that tillerson considered stepping down this summer. a claim the secretary of state rejected in a press conference
wednesday. >> the vice president has never had to persuade me to remain a secretary of state because i have never considered leaving this post. >> reporter: the secretary of state did not deny reports he referred to the president as a moron during a visit to the pentagon this summer. >> i'm going to deal with petty stuff like that. >> reporter: though a state department spokeswoman later said that the secretary never used that language to describe the president. with tension between the president and tillerson at an all-time high, melania trump is ramping up his -- mr. trump is ramping up his criticism. >> total confidence in rex. >> reporter: today president trump took it a step further tweeting quote, why is the senate intel committee looking into the fake news networks in our country to see why so much of our news is just made up? fake. sarah sanders defending the president's statement, arguing the media should be held to a higher standard. >> with the first amendment with those freedoms also come responsibilities. and you have a responsibility to
tell the truth, to be accurate. >> reporter: the attacks on the media aside, senior white house advisor admits the friction is real. intensified by the paris public differences on policy issues like north korea. the president continues to approach the north korean showdown with an aggressive tone. tillerson and james mattis have pushed diplomacy first, the difference in viewpoint led bob corker to announce plans to retire at the end of his term to suggest that the cabinet secretaries are the ones keeping the administration on track. >> i think secretary tillerson, mattis, and chief of staff kelly are those people that helped separate our country from chaos. and i support them very much. >> reporter: the chair of the senate intelligence committee today says he has no plans to investigate the news media, but he did say reporters should be held accountable. jake, he was talking about the public holding reporters
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we're back with our politics lead. there is so much news out there these days including today at times it might feel like a year's worth of headlines crammed into a week long cycle. there's no shortage of outlets either. broadcasting, pod casting, tweeting, posting information, 24/7. joining me now is legendary bob sheaver, he's out in a new book titled overload, finding the truth in today's i did luge of
news. we're honored to have you here. i appreciate it. i want to get to your book in a second, but first of all, i want to get your reaction to this tweet from the president, quote, why isn't the senate intelligence committee looking into our country to see why so much of our news is just made up. fake. now speaking of made up and fake. according to to the washington post fact checker, president trump has made 1,145 false or misleading claims in his first 232 days in office. but you heard sarah sanders talking about how with the first amendment comes the responsibility for us. what about for the president? >> i'll put our record up against his. i mean, i really do. and i say that with respect, but you know, jake, one of the reasons that donald trump got elected was the way he ran his campaign and whether he knew it or not, he was employing this old strategy that lyndon crosby, who is an australian political consultant came up with the answer for this, and it was
called the dead cat theory. and his theory was, no matter what the conversation is, if you're having a dinner party, if you throw a dead cat in the middle of the table, people are immediately going to start talking about the dead cat. we saw this time and again during the campaign. the narration, the conversation would be going in one direction and he'd get on the radio or tweet out early in the morning, throw another cat on the table, and here we are, they're talking about it for the rest of the day. so i kind of look at this as kind of maybe one more dead cat thrown on the table. >> yes, but it also, you would agree, i'm sure, and you talk about it in your book, there is a clear effort to discredit the media, let's talk about the tillerson, trump story. nbc reported, they broke the story, that tillerson in a private meeting at the pentagon called president trump a moron. cnn and i know cbs as well also matched that and also reported that president trump knew about it. shortly after it happened. major garrett at your network broke that and caitlin collins
at cnn. and yet he's out there calling it fake news, but white house and administration sources are giving this to us. >> you know, i felt -- i almost felt sorry for secretary tillerson. i mean that presentation he made yesterday when he called that news conference, it was more like at hostage tape than it was like something we would normally get from a secretary of state. i mean, let's stop and think about this. the secretary of state calls a news conference to announce that he is loyal to the president. >> yeah. >> i mean, i don't understand how he could have any credibility left. you know, when word gets around that the president doesn't like you, that the president doesn't trust you, that he has no confidence in you, and that is the word all over washington, you're hearing that, i'm hearing that, we're all hearing that, there's no question about that, how can he have any credibility and deal with foreign governments in an effective way? they're not going to pay any attention to him. i thought it was interesting,
the washington post, and their story today, and they number of sources they said 19 sources in and out of government had told them that mr. tillerson is a short timer. >> yeah. president trump playing the role of consoler in chief twice this week. puerto rico, he did that, many locals were offended as you know by him throwing the roles of paper towels into the crowd. then a very different kind of tone when he went to las vegas, praised the first responders, very somber, emotional tone. and in many ways it's tough to reconcile the two different trumps. >> well, you know, one day, glenn thrush is a reporter for the "new york times" that i quote in this book, in several places, i asked him one day, the president had done something or other, and i said what does this pretend for the future? and he said you know the one thing i've learned, he said you can't say what happened today
will have any impact on what happened yesterday. or what is going to happen tomorrow. he said, we talk about the 24/7 news cycle, but he said in trump's mind, it's a 15-minute news cycle. and said what he says in this 15 minutes don't make any bets that that's going to have anything to do with what he's going to say in the next 15 minutes or in the previous 15 minutes. i think glenn thrush is a smart guy. >> he is a smart guy. let's talk about your book. there's been an explosion of fake news, especially after vegas. in the last few years, inaccurate information, let's define, inaccurate information and made up stories. you refer to it as a clear and present danger. you wrote quote, it is easier and faster to make up stories than to correct them. and as we learned once a story, true or false, becomes public, it is all but impossible to remove it from the national dialogue. what's the lesson for the media? >> we have to remember that when
the invention of the printing press came along, it changed everything, but it took a while for it to settle in across europe. this stuff happens now with the now that everybody who has a phone is a publisher. it goes around the world and back, you know, in a matter of seconds. and we have to recognize where we are here. we're losing newspapers, 126 newspapers have folded in last 12 years. one reporter in three now lives in washington, new york, or los angeles. >> wow. >> in big parts of the country, there's no access to accurate information from the traditional sources. 67% of us now are getting a lot of our news from facebook. that's a great thing. it's a wondrous things what facebook can do, but we have to remember that things that appear on facebook don't go through the same vetting process that things go through when they're printed by the "new york times" and the washington post or broadcast on
cnn or cbs. some of this stuff is just wrong. and now we see that the russians are meddling in it, and there's no question they're doing it. and in an effort to destabilize and destroy the credibility of the press. you cannot have, jake, in a democracy, as we have it unless citizens have access to independently gathered information that they can compare to the government's version of events. and that's what we do. that's what the founders -- that's the assignment they gave us. and when people try to undermine that, they're undermining one of the foundations of our democracy. >> the book is overload, finding the truth in today' deluge of news. it's a pleasure to talk to you. coming up, he's one of the biggest names in hollywood. he's behind movies such as the silver linings playbook, bad santa, so much more. now the "new york times" that harvey weinstein is being
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welcome back. turning to our pop culture lead today, he is very powerful in hollywood. a heavyweight, but now producer harvey weinstein is facing multiple sexual harassment accusations that span 30 years ago according to to the "new york times." the co-founder reached eight settlements with various accusers. one of the biggest names speaking out, actress ashley judd who says she was sent to weinstein's hotel room years ago where he offered her a massage or to watch him shower. in a statement to the times, weinstein said in part, quote, i appreciate the way i've behaved
in the past has caused pain and sincerely apologize for it. i'm trying to do better. i have a long way to go, unquote. also said he was taking a leave of absence. joining me now is the entertainment news site, the rap, sharon, thanks for joining us. these accusations span over his career. i guess, it's an open secret in hollywood, how did he get away with it for so long? >> well, i think hollywood has had a very permissive culture for a long time. harvey weinstein has been a powerful figure far long time and i think a lot of money was paid to make it go away. but you are right, it has been an open secret in hollywood far long time. >> what do we know about the other women accusing him? >> i think the one that's most remarkable lauren collins who wrote this memo. i will point out first of all that i have known harvey for a very long time. i consider him somebody we
cover, but also a friend, but at the same time in the way that things kind of work in this business, i also did an investigative story for the "new york times" about ten years ago when i covered hollywood for them. and the story basically got killed. but it was many of the same kinds of things that i discovered in my reporting in rome, in london, and it ended up being turning a different way and a lot of pressure was applied to not let that story appear. and a lot of money has been paid over the years and there are nondisclosure agreements. so we don't really know a lot of the details been when you have an employer, former employee who goes on the record and writes a memo and says, this happened to me, or this happened to my colleagues and this is not something that's acceptable, that's a much more substantive accusation. the other thing that's going on is the culture has changed. and the culture is not as
accepting, except i guess in the case of our president who got elected despite going on audio and saying that he grabs women's private parts, but in general, i would say the culture does not accept this kind of behavior anymore and women are much more emboldened to speak out whereas they were afraid to in the past. >> this is obviously a man who presented himself as a progressive champion of women, not the first progressive to be accused of not walking the talk when it came to respect for women, but really a glaring hypocrisy. >> well, i think he's going to get that from all sides. and people are complicated and harvey weinstein is as complicated as a lot of people. he has veracious appetites across many categories, business and apparently this one as well. and, you know, he has a beautiful and wonderful wife who's not only gorgeous, but
accomplished businesswoman on her own. it's complicated. i think that him owning up to it, finally, and taking a leave of absence and saying, recognizing, i need to fix my behavior is significant. >> yeah, but while he's owning up to it to a degree, he has attorneys and your site is now reporting that his lawyers are preparing a lawsuit against the times over their story. what can you tell us -- >> yeah, well that's charles hearther who took down gawker because he has a problem with the first amendment and generally harvey weinstein is very vocally in favor of the first amendment. i'm not sure -- i am not a lawyer, i don't know how you sue when he's admitted in his apology that i behaved badly and i'm going to go get help for it. i'm not sure what they're going to sue them over. >> sharon waxman, thank you so much. good to have you on the show. good to see you. >> thanks. be sure to follow me on facebook and twitte twitter @jaketapper.
that is it for the lead today. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in the situation room. thanks for watching. happening now, get away plan. police believe the las vegas gunman planned to survive and slaughter and then escape. he had 50 pounds of explosives in this along with 1,600 blults. what was in the note he left at the scene of his driem? dry run. police say the gunman rented a condo overlooking another concert in las vegas and a room was rented, but never occupied near a huge chicago festival. did he plan other attacks? walking away. president trump plans to decertify the obama era nuclear deal with iran. which he railed against on the campaign trail. he'll drop the matter in the lap of congress, which will then have to come up with a way forward. will iran restart it's nuclear weapons program? and churning off the