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news out of washington, a major step forward in special counsel robert mueller's investigation into russian meddling into the 2016 election. thank you for joining us. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. first this news reported first on this network. sources telling cnn first charges have been filed in the
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robert mueller probe. >> at this point we don't know the precise nature of the charges nor who could be charged. evan perez has more for us. >> reporter: a federal grand jury in washington approved the first charges in a special investigation led by robert mueller. the charges are sealed under by order of a federal judge. it's unclear what the charges are and at this point it's not clear whether those under indictment have been notified. mueller was appointed in may to lead the investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 u.s. elections, and under the regulations governing the special counsel investigations, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who has the oversight of the russian investigation would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury. on friday top lawyers who led the mueller probe were seen
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entering the courtroom at the d.c. federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the russian investigation. after more then a year of investigation first began by the fbi, this is a big moment all involved have been waiting for. evan perez, cnn washington. for more on this i'm joined by an attorney and cnn legal analyst. thank you for joining us. >> thanks. >> here we go. first charges in the mueller investigation. so it will be unsealed next week. does that necessarily mean someone will officially be charged. >> from what we've been told someone will be charged. we don't know if the special counsel has worked out some kind of arrangement with that person's counsel. perhaps they have been notified and negotiating whether that person will turn themselves in on monday or tuesday. it could be a raid that happens possibly where there is law enforcement that goes to this individual's home or individuals. we don't know if it's one or
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more people and there's some kind of arrest made. but we're told that by monday or tuesday someone is likely to be in custody, someone will either come forward and turn themselves in or be arrested by law enforcement. at that point we should know more about what the actual charges are that are contained in that indictment. >> so, many people have been investigated. this has been going on for months. we don't know if this particular indictment will, in fact, shed light do we on the russian involvement in the election. >> it's too early to tell. lots of speculation who has been indicted and what the indictment is. our best estimate is this is probably the low-hanging fruit. this indictment is coming pretty early on in the mueller investigation. it's not likely at this early stage that this is one of the indictments that's related to the complex relationship between russia and the trump administration. speculation is that this may be
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a banking transaction or a failure to register as a foreign lobbyist, something easy to prove. something where the investigation doesn't have to be as expansive as the collusion allegations that we know that are out there that are being investigated by the special counsel. so not clear and also some speculation this may be someone that mueller wants to use to flip, to put pressure on to then give him someone higher up on the food chain. >> that's something that's not unusual to happen, right? >> happens all the time in these kinds of investigations particularly where there are numerous potential targets of an investigation that they use an indictment against someone, let's called at the bottom of the running, of the ladder and y pressure that person to help them get information for people at the top. at the top of this entire investigation is president donald trump. >> i want to ask you, is there any credence given to a grand
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jury indictment? some say that a grand jury will indict anything. is that fair? >> oftentimes, you know, the statement is made that you can get a ham sandwich or a sandwich indicted. clearly the standard is not as rigorous as that of beyond a reasonable doubt which is the standard if the person is tried in a court of law. we know special counsel mueller, his integrity, his experience -- i don't think an investigation that is as sensitive and as important as this is going to be presented to a grand jury unless there's substantial evidence to support the claims that are being presented. so i don't think this is going to be something that was done without a lot of thought, without a lot of strategy, and unless this investigative team, this really experienced team of lawyers believe that they can successfully, you know, find
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this person can be prosecuted and they can get a guilty verdict at a trial. >> last question, james comey the former fbi director he came before cameras and held news conferences when he needed. what about robert mueller. how do you expect he'll handle this next week. >> what we know about robert mueller he's the ultimate professional. he's not been grandstanding. he's not held any press conferences. he's been playing his cards pretty close to the vest. i think he'll continue to do so. this is the beginning of this investigation. and this is the beginning of indictments. this is not the end. so i don't expect mueller to do anything differently than what he has done to date which is to continue to be extremely professional, to investigate this with the utmost integrity and to continue to move forward with the investigation. and as i said, i think this is one or perhaps a couple of beginning indictments and if the investigation is as broad as it appears to be, there may be more
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indictments coming as this investigation continues. >> all right. thank you for your comments. president trump has yet to comment on the mueller investigation, the story we've been breaking but he's speaking out on other controversial issues. >> his critics say he's more interested in distraction than disclosure. >> reporter: president trump weighing in onion going justice department investigation, the white house insists it's all a push for transparency but some are wondering is this just an effort to take off the attention from another russian investigation. president trump weighing in on a justice department investigation. >> i think the uranium sale to russia and the way it was done, so underhanded with tremendous amounts of money being passed, i actually think that's watergate modern age. >> reporter: raising questions about his intervention and
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approach to judicial matters. sources tell cnn trump made it clear he wanted a gag order lifted so an fbi investigation could speak to congress. the probe was looking into russian efforts to gain influence in the uranium industry in the u.s. under the obama administration. trump's allies are coming to his defense insisting the president was well within his reits. >> it's not unusual for a president to weigh in. he believes as many others that the fbi informant should be free to say what he knows. but this was made -- let me repeat the judiciary chairman in the u.s. senate chuck grassley made this request of the justice department last week. >> reporter: grassley the chairman of the judiciary cincinnati committee sent a letter to the justice department last week asking the agency to lift the nondisclosure agreement that was preventing the informant from speaking to congress. but trump's comments raise the question already he's looking for transparency or looking to
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draw attention away from other russian matters like potential collusion between the trump campaign and russia in 2016. >> they made up the whole russia hoax. now it's turning out that the hoax has turned around and you look at what's happened with russia and you look at the uranium deal, and you look at the fake dossier, that's all turned around. >> reporter: trump's remarks despite the fact his top security officials agree russia tried to interfere in the u.s. election. today trump once again denounced the russian probes tweeting it's now commonly agreed after many months of costly looking that there was no collusion between russia and trump, or collusion with h.c. but no consensus whether collusion occurred. the uranium issue is merely the president's latest foray into
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the latest allegations. >> i want jeff sessions to be much tougher on leaks from intelligence agencies. >> reporter: now trump weighing into judicial matters was his decision to fire james comey, something well within his authority but the president paid a steep political price. it was that move that led to the naming of a special counsel to head the russian investigation. cnn contributor carl bernstein said president trump is taking the wrong road when it comments to commenting on the russian investigation. here he is. >> what we've seen all week, though, is once again the president of the united states instead of encouraging this special counsel to get to the bottom of the russia investigation and what happened and what russia did and whether or not there were any members of his entourage, trump's entourage
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involved encouraging the russians to interfere the president of the united states sought to muddy the waters once again making hillary clinton the issue instead of the conduct of the president himself and those around him. it's very conspicuous. we have a long way to go. let's sit back and see what develops. >> a lot to talk about this. let's bring in our associate professor from the university of london live in our london bureau. a pleasure to have you. we've seen the president and his staff refer to the russian probe as costly, unnecessary. describing it as unfruitful. over the week the white house moved the goal post to his rival for the presidency. let's listen. >> congress spent a great deal of time on this, a better part of a year. all of your news organizations have spent probably a lot of money on this as well which we would consider probably a pretty big waste. i think that our position hasn't
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changed since day one and i think we're seeing now if there was any collusion with russia it was between the dnc and clintons and not our campaign. >> just a moment ago we saw the president working to reframe this saying it's all coming back on clinton the democrats, the increased drum beat on uranium one, the dossier. given the fact we now know charges have been filed does that move the goal post back to the central theme, questions about russia and possible collusion? >> it does. i think, of course, this explains a lot of president trump's efforts to divert once again the attention towards hillary clinton, calling on the state department to release her emails, looking at the uranium question. and the diversionary strategy i don't think plays to his advantage. what the president would be best placed to let the integrity of the investigations go forward to remain silent until he needs to
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speak about these, to wait and see what happens. one of the very interesting things here is president trump as we know is about to go on a very long, very important, very extended foreign trip to asia and if you remember back to his first foreign trip the investigations he did just as he was leaving, a lot happened while on the road and very unsettling i think for the people of the united states to have a lot going on over the question of russia, when the president is abroad and when the president is actively seeking to deflect and move the conversation away from the essential question about russia's collusion, the trump campaign's collusion but especially russia's campaign to unsettle the u.s. elections. >> critics describe it as an attempt to muddy the water politically. if that's happening, indeed, what action do you expect the president will take now that we know things are moving in this
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investigation? >> well, again, the president is in a funny position. he's trying to push very hard domestically on tax reform. he wants one legislative win before the end of the year and this is his best hope. it's very complicated. there's some momentum around it. he's about to get on an airplane and deal with the most important foreign policy crisis which is north korea. he's going all across asia. of course he's going to have because of the gravity of this issue, because of the extent to which he takes it tremendously personally he'll have this question of russia and what happens on monday if indeed somebody is charged, depending on who that is and how he interprets that he's going to be very, very distracted by this issue when in his mind should be on asia and his tax reform legislation. >> again this news we're talking about first reported on cnn the fact we now know charges are
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forthcoming. important to point this out too. we don't know the nature of these charges and we don't know who could be charged in this investigation. if this does come close to trump world do you expect the administration will be cooperative or might we see what we've seen historically a series of distractions? >> i think, you know, what we've seen since yesterday, right, with the renewed calls for hillary clinton's emails to be released and the statements that have come out of the white house, inevitably the tone that's been set the pattern that's been set we'll see a lot of efforts to distract, to shift the conversation, to deflect and divert any focus on president trump and those people who have worked with him. but i suspect that internally within the white house there will be some effort to try and, to collect and direct the focus. but i don't hold a great deal of
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hope for that happening. the one thing that changes the game, of course, that the president will be in asia. >> we appreciate your time today. thank you. more news from around the world coming up. a new day in catalonia bring more uncertainty. spain has dissolved its government. directv has been rated #1 in customer satisfaction over cable for 17 years running. but some people still like cable. just like some people like banging their head on a low ceiling. drinking spoiled milk. camping in poison ivy. getting a papercut. and having their arm trapped in a vending machine. but for everyone else, there's directv. for #1 rated customer satisfaction over cable switch to directv. call 1-800-directv. when i feel controlled by frequent, unpredictable abdominal pain or discomfort
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. welcome back. spain's prosecutor general is preparing rebellion charges against the catalan president and his government and many catalans are waking up to an uncertain future. they partied hard on friday when the region declared independence. >> the central government in spain, in madrid imposed direct rule. they also dissolved catalonia's parliament, fired its president and the regional police chief who is being investigated for sedition. new elections are set for december. mariano rajoy brey calls separatists for the crisis. >> we go live to barcelona for the mood there as people realize what's happened and with the news and how it's playing out there. >> reporter: well, it's
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relatively quiet here in barcelona outside of the central government headquarters, quiet compared to the scenes of jubilation from last night. a couple of new developments to talk about this morning. madrid has announced that mariano rajoy brey will appoint spain's deputy prime minister to oversee catalonia during this period of emergency. also announced by the interior ministry they are effectively sacking the head of the local police here in catalonia. he's already under investigation on allegations of sedition. as part of that investigation too the catalan activists already in prison relating to activities in the build up to the october 1st referendum which was deemed illegal. so now it has been officially sacked by madrid. joining me now to talk about what all of this means going forward is michael reed of the economist. michael, what do you make of
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mariano rajoy brey's latest emergency measures, the appointing of the deputy prime minister to oversee catalonia, the calling of elections for december 21st. >> it's what we expected. the aim of the government is to undertake surgical intervention here to start by dismissing the catalan government and president carle puigdemont, 150 people in all. a couple of ministers and senior advisors and the police and they will go on, i think, to take control of finances and so on here. now, the interesting thing of that he announced a snap election for december 21st, which is the day after carle puigdemont -- the day that carle puigdemont almost called for election for on thursday and didn't. so that i think is aimed at
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keeping the intervention as short as possible and keeping the independent fors off balance. >> not a lot of time until december 21st especially when you consider the catalan government as far as they are concerned they are forming an independent country at this point. how do those two ideas reconcile? >> well, i think they know deep down that they don't have the strength to form an independent country and what they did yesterday was a gesture and it was a gesture partly directed at the world, partly directed at their own faithful this very powerful, very well organized independence movement. by calling this election so swiftly, mariano rajoy brey has put them off balance. they now have to decide immediately about something else do we take part in this election or not. and the independence movement involves people from different parties. will they stay together or not. that's a whole different discussion. so i think they will continue to
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try to resist some of these measures. >> so fromr perspective, what is the next smart move for carle puigdemont? >> well, i assume that they will try and organize passive resistance, civil disobedience, strikes and so on, but i think their margin for maneuver has been narrowed by the calling of this election. remember, that in all probability the prosecutor general of spain on monday will file in court charges of rebellion against carle puigdemont and his team, and that, i think, will become for them the focus. critics will say there's almost been a desire for martyrdom here and i think that if he's jailed, for example, i think that will
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become the focus and mobilization here. >> still remains to be seen how people of catalonia will react to this. thank you so much. back to you. fast-moving developments in this story. thank you. the u.s. state of florida is dealing with the memory of hurricane irma and another tropical storm is about to have an impact there. >> meteorologist ivan cabrera has the latest. >> we are going to have the "p" storm, felipe, tropical storm number 18. before you panic, this will be just a little rain for you this weekend, some gusty winds but nothing like irma. here's the area of low pressure. thunderstorm activity now beginning to coalesce around the center. this is getting better organized. the rain well out ahead of it. it will rain for the next day and then shoot off towards the
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north and east pretty quickly. look at the winds. again 40, 45 miles per hour and then 50 heading up to the north and east. south florida is in that cone. however, with this particular storm it's kind of lopsided. so the strongest of the winds will be on the eastern side. so that miami isn't even in a tropical storm warning. western cuba is. the bahamas are. northwestern bahamas. tropical storm watch for the central bahamas. but look at the winds here the. 10, 15, 20 miles per hour. we can handle that in florida. in the bahamas there's the eastern side of the storm, there's the center right there, you see those colors indicating anywhere from 45 to 50 miles per hour. bigger event for the bahamas they will both have the wind and rain. for florida and cuba mostly heavy rain and a lot of it by the way. cuba specifically four to eight inches of rainfall, some higher totals. two to four inches generally in this south florida. sometimes you get that in the
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thunderstorm in the summer. again you have a cone on top. don't panic. i think you'll be just fine. in fact this tropical moisture will get pulled into a front. a coastline low will develop here what we call a nor'easter in the winter. you can get a nor'easter without the snow. it will be heavy rain but a mess of a weekend. we'll have some very strong winds. this coastal low will be stronger than tropical storm felipe in that i think we'll have 50 to perhaps even as high as 70 mile-per-hour winds across portions of the jersey shore heading up into new england, certainly the cape and islands up in massachusetts and then down east maine. as far as the rainfall two to four inches and four to six inches across interior portion of new england and new york. that combined with gusty winds can make for a nasty weekend coming up here i'm sorry to say. we'll keep an eye on felipe and keep you updated on the advisories. >> few slaps in the face by
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mother nature. >> it's cool too. >> coming up here ahead of donald trump's visit to east asia, north koreans have a message to the u.s. president. >> plus a state of uncertainty in kenya. the opposition calls thursday's presidential election a sham and vows to press on with its resistance. cnn newsroom live from atlanta, georgia, simulcast in the united states and cnn international worldwide this hour. stay with us.
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sources tell cnn the first charges have been filed in u.s. special counsel robert mueller's investigation into meddling into the 2016 election. they are sealed so we still don't know what the charges are or who may be accused but preparations were made on friday to take anyone charged into custody as soon as monday. >> story first reported here on cnn. the u.s. senate heard from former trump campaign adviser carter page. "the washington post" reports page knowingly gathered intelligence from moscow. page denies the accusation. spain's central government is seizing control of catalonia's government and firing its president after supporters went into the streets by declaring independence. prime minister mariano rajoy brey announced new elections for catalonia in december. spain has also fired catalonia's police chief who is being investigated for sedition. >> we're learning much more
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about the convoy of u.s. and nigerian soldiers ambushed earlier this month when nine lives were lost. sources tell cnn the u.s. team split up when they came under fire in an effort to counter attack. >> but the two groups eventually lost communication. the patrol was described as outnumbered and outgunned by dozens of isis linked fighters. >> david mckenzie following the story in niger this morning. what more have you learned about the latest about this ambush? >> reporter: well, george, you can imagine this ambush with a superior force in terms of numbers that came across these u.s. green beret led special forces and their nigerian counterparts. a few hours from where i'm standing right now and u.s. officials describe this desperate attempt to counter attack. the group that was traveling the u.s. group split up from each other as several u.s. soldiers according to defense officials
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getting out of their vehicles, attempting to outflank the isis linked militants in this heavy fire fight, they had just small arms and at least one machine gun while the isis linked militants had a great deal of fire power, including mortars and rpgs. so they were really, the odds were stacked against them. we heard from a nigerian soldier who was deployed to the scene after the ambush, how the american soldiers and nigerian soldiers were back-to-back trying to fight off until the end. so those details coming out of this ambush. still many questions including why this lightly supported american team went to that danger zone on the border of niger and mali when there have been many attacks in the region in the last year. >> let's talk more about that region and wide-open spaces government not in all of those areas. what more can you tell us about the different terror groups that are operating throughout?
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>> well, our viewers may not be as familiar of the situation in west fredrick as the middle east. what you have here is a significantly different situation. you have these small, relatively small terror groups linked to isis and al qaeda, loosely linked it must be said. two intelligent sources i spoke to in the region said this ambush was more likely a target of opportunity. that it wasn't necessarily a command and control situation, that they were hoping strategically to hit american forces. but that they might have been in the area and then got their tip off according to our sources possibly from local village that the americans were in the region. so this is not a command control al qaeda central-like operation. these small groups often fighting national war, national conflict but also building up their capacity in this region
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that they could eventually threaten the united states. george. >> david mckenzie on this story live for us at this hour. thank you for the reporting. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations is speaking out on extremism and its spread across africa. nikki haley is visiting three african countries in the wake of the deadly attack in niger. she spoke about stopping attacks before they start. >> it's so important everybody not just talk about the middle east and how we have to be careful of the middle east. you see the actions that the administration has taken and the middle east is because we want to deal with the situation there so we don't have to deal with it in the united states. same thing for africa. we have to deal with the situation here on the ground so that we're not dealing with it in the united states. what you have to look at is these african countries and all countries, if they take care of their people, if they respect the voices of their people, then you get true democracy.
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if they don't listen to the voices of their people, conflict will erupt. extremism will happen. the united states will have to deal with it. this is all about making sure we don't get to that point. >> nikki haley speaking in kenya. highly contested presidential election is under way this hour in two constituencies. earlier voting took place across the country on thursday. the opposition considers the election a sham and many people boycotted the polls. in some places deadly clashes between police and protesters took place. >> the independent election commission says only a third of registered voters had cast a ballot so far. kenya's opposition leader thinks that number is even lower. he spoke exclusively with cnn a bit earlier. >> this is just a sham, because it moves the lid off the can,
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because hardly 5% of the people turned up to vote yesterday. they are now trying to doctor the figures. but to i've the voters, only 3 to 5 million people participated in the voting yesterday. that's just about 20% of the total registered voters. it shows that people don't have confidence. it's a vote of no confidence. >> government officials, though, have a much different view from the opposition leader. listen. >> let me make two quick points. one, that in elections the turn out is usually low. you've just seen that in romania, 36% this year. you saw that in kosovo, 41%.
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european parliament, 42%. those elections just referred to did not have a boycott and they did not have the type of capricious weather we witnessed. the president has reminded the supreme court said the election should be held within 60 days. those elections have been held within those 60 days. if you look at what the tallies at the moment are, the president has just above 7 million votes compared to the 8.2 million he got in the last election. so the numbers aren't too far from what he got the last time. if you factor in the fact the opposition leader chose to stay out of this election, i mean these are choices people have to headache. he chose to stay out. kenyans have voted. they have voted for the president. >> it's not clear when final
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results will be tallied since authorities have indefinitely postponed voting in communities where risks is high for viles. >> next week at this time u.s. president donald trump will be on a trip including stops in vietnam, japan and china and include south korea. >> ahead of the president's trip the defense secretary james mattis is already there. he went to the demilitarized zone on friday and wrapped up a series of meetings with south korean officials. he reiterated the united states desire to stand side-by-side with south korea and he had a very strong message for north korea. >> years of nuclear weapons by the north will be met with massive military response effective and overwhelming. due to north korea's aggressive and destabilizing actions we have taken defensive steps as an alliance, steps such as deploying the highly effectually
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thaad anti-missile system. >> with nuclear tensions on the korean peninsula the highest they have been in decades north korean leaders are focused on this and many people in north korea have a message for mr. trump ahead of his trip to the region. >> will ripley is in north korea's capital. here's his report. >> reporter: as asia prepares for president trump's landmark visit north korea has been uncharacteristically quiet. no missile launches in a month and a half. no nuclear test at least not yet. only north korea's promise to send a clear message after trump's menacing speech at the u.n. last month when he threatened to totally destroy north korea. at the time north korean leader kim jong-un vowed to tame the u.s. president with fire. the chief engineer of a baby food factory trying to maintain production levels despite
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sanctions. but he says the nukes are here to stay. president trump knows nothing about the korean nation he says. now he's asking us to give up our nuclear weapons. ask anyone on the street and they will say he's a lunatic. his words echo north korean propaganda. anti-trump posters are all over. u.s. and north korean officials say diplomacy has broken down as the rhetoric has revved up. pushing two nuclear powers further down a dangerous path. both sides not ruling out talks all together, but their positions couldn't be farther apart. on a visit friday to the demilitarized zone dividing north and south korea, u.s. defense secretary james mattis said america's goal is not war. but for a nuclear free korean peninsula. but with pyongyang closer than ever to achieving what it considers a nuclear balance of power with the u.s., giving up nukes is a nonstarter.
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to have each other and now matthew is an only child. >> 18-year-old dustin and 19-year-old joseph abraham had so much potential. >> his football jerseys are up there. >> he had the graduation. going camping with his girlfriend. he was in a great place. >> he was a very sensitive young man. funny. he had a big heart. >> in this neighborhood on the outskirts of atlanta in america's south, a dark story shared by two families. at 6:09 a.m. on may 26th paramedics called to this house. dustin was found dead. less than an hour later same situation, joe abraham found dead on the floor. two teenagers, childhood friends, both victims of the opioid crisis. >> started yelling and yelling and yelling, joe, joe, wake up,
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man. >> as i walked through that door it was almost surreal. he was on 911 on the phone call. i just came back to him and said we can't fix this. >> when i opened the door he was crouched over on his bed. it looked like he was tying his shoes, almost. >> i went over to him. i touched him and he was cold. >> reporter: dave and kathy abraham and greg and lisa manning share the same pain. their families torn apart. their sons teammates in little league, boys started dabbling in drugs in middle school. what drove him, do you think, to the drugs? >> he told us that the drugs was
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what gave him the out. it made him not feel whatever the depression was making him feel. >> giving these opioids to kids getting wisdom teeth out and they get them and like them and then they have like, you know, the pain ain't there they makes them feel good. >> reporter: both set of parent got their sons into treatment centers. the night before they died dustin of at a treatment meeting while joe was at a friend's place. so just to be clear the boys weren't out together the night before but it appear that they may have bought these drugs by the same dealer. >> exactly. >> so it looked like the same pill essentially the same wrapping. >> yes. >> reporter: toxicology reports show both teams ingested fentanyl and heroine. >> you've done your research. you know how much fentanyl it took to kill him. explain it for us.
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>> according to the coroners, the amount that was in his system was about three grains of salt. >> that's it. >> the equivalent of that. >> that's all it took. >> that is all it took for fentanyl to kill our son. >> it happened pretty quickly. >> in 20 to 30 seconds after he sniffed it he was gone. >> they welcome president trump's declaration of a public health emergency which will allow the federal government to waive some regulations, give states more flexibility in how they use federal funds. >> i think it's a step, maybe a small step but a step in the right direction. >> this is happening to middle class america teen our, this generation of children. i never thought i would ever get to see him grow old. it's not the natural order of things. and that's been a real hard pill
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