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but we have cool photos for you to take a look at on tv. it's perfectly safe. a satellite capturing the incredible phenomenon from space as did a russian charter plane flying over the arctic. twitter lit up with pictures of the total eclipse which has not been seen in nearly two years. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." have a great weekend. happening now, isis massacre. suicide attacks rocking a country that has been a key u.s. ally in the war against terror. isis now claiming credit for two deadly assaults on two continents this week. are the terrorists right now coordinating attacks around the world? students targeted? growing questions about a bloody arrest and now we are learning this is not the first controversial incident involving state agents and uva students. there is a pattern of excessive force? and monica lewinsky's comeback. she re-emerges with new high
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profile talks and interviews. is she trying to reclaim her image from the scandal that rocked the white house or is she making trouble ahead of hillary clinton's expected presidential campaign? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we are following an ominous twist in a horrific attack. two suicide bombings that have reportedly killed more than 130 people at two mosques in the capital of yemen. now isis is claiming responsibility. it would be the first large scale isis attack in the country that's been a critical u.s. ally in the fight against al qaeda. this comes just hours after isis said it was also behind the deadly attack on western tourists in tunisia. 23 people were killed in that massacre. we are covering all of that much more in this hour with our correspondents our guests including senator ben cardin key member of the senate foreign relations committee. let's begin with our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. what's the latest you're hearing
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about these latest suicide bombings? >> reporter: look wolf right now the u.s. is not ready to endorse and say that it can validate isis' claim of responsibility for either attack. in yemen right now, things are critical because this is a country where the al qaeda affiliate has vowed repeatedly to attack the united states. any unrest any instability in yemen causes a lot of concern that al qaeda will have free room to maneuver. it is isis that is claiming responsibility for these mosque attacks that killed hundreds and wounded hundreds more. vicious, vicious attacks of people at prayer. the u.s. again looking at the evidence but not ready to say that yes, it was isis. there is so much unrest in yemen, there are so many warring factions they simply aren't sure. if it proves to be isis that means isis has a significant stronghold in a country where one of its rivals al qaeda, has vowed to attack the u.s.
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wolf? >> what are you learning about that massacre of foreign tourists mostly europeans, some asians at the museum in tunis, tunisia? >> reporter: there is new video that cnn has obtained showing the chaos of this attack as people literally ran for their lives. again, this is an area an attack where isis is claiming responsibility. there have been some arrests by the government there. again, the u.s. not ready to officially say it believes the isis claim, but the government saying that some of the perpetrators had trained at isis camps across the border in libya and we do know that isis has its stronghold in libya. so again, let's talk about this just a little more broadly and what it really means from tunisia to libya to egypt to yemen, you are beginning to see isis at least claim and establish some strongholds in countries where the central
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government is either weak or nonexistent. these are the places where isis is beginning to flourish. wolf? >> looks like yemen, the government there is nonexistent. certainly in libya as well. thanks barbara. barbara starr at the pentagon. let's bring in our senior international correspondent, nick paton-walsh. i know you spent a lot of time in yemen. you were just there a few weeks ago before the u.s. had to in a panic evacuate the entire u.s. embassy there in the capital of sanaa. these latest attacks on this friday at these mosques in yemen killing well more than 100 people, what does it tell us? >> reporter: it tells us that there's a potential lurch here towards sectarian violence in yemen. the country has been chaos for years. the collapse of the government happened because a shia group called the houthis swept into the capital, kicked out the president that the west recognized. they have been very successful many say, in sweeping across the
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country because of iran's backing but they face a lot of sunni tribes and a lot of those are backed by extremist groups like al qaeda, also like isis. today, it's particularly important because we haven't seen this kind of sectarian violence in yemen before. across the middle east but less so in yemen. this kind of brutal attack was something that al qaeda said they weren't behind. they issued a denial of responsibility. it was isis who stepped forward and said yes, it's us. the key concern here is isis trying to establish its presence in yemen by fomenting this kind of blood shed to try and get sunni and shia against each other in yemen in that already messy country and perhaps mirror the violence we are seeing across the region. wolf? >> nick al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, they are based there. wasn't that long ago that president obama was suggesting the fight against the terrorists in yemen was a success story. clearly hasn't worked out at all, has it?
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>> reporter: well certainly not, no. as you mention, the u.s. embassy having to evacuate its grounds and houthi tribesmen roaming across it. it will be hard really to get the drone operation that was targeting al qaeda leadership in that country back to the kind of pace it was just a year ago. the british have closed their embassy. many other allies no longer functioning there. the government barely functioning. the houthis not really having a replacement government of their own. a real sense of that whole fight for power across the middle east now. so often between iranian backed shia and gulf backed sunnis that playing out in yemen but the real troubling issue here the more that chaos swirls the biggest space it potentially is for a group like isis. for them to potentially get a foothold in yemen, too. >> it's emerging as another
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failed state like libya or civil war like syria. the white house tone amidst all of this toward the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, is growing sharper tonight. the anger over his preelection flip-flop on a palestinian state clearly evident over at the white house. let's go there. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta is working this story for us. the words coming out of the white house, public words and certainly private words as you well know, jim, are really tough. >> reporter: and today was another sign of just how damaged this relationship has become. it doesn't matter how many times israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu wants to reassure the u.s. he wants a two state solution with the palestinians the white house is refusing to take him at his word. netanyahu has said in at least three interviews now that he still believes in a palestinian state, despite that preelection flip-flop on a two state solution in a desperate appeal for votes. but that is not good enough for the white house. white house press secretary josh earnest declined to even say whether or not netanyahu
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clarified his position in that phone call he had with the president yesterday. here's what josh earnest had to say. >> did the prime minister tell the president he believes in a two state solution in his phone call? >> that's something you can ask my israeli counterpart about what the prime minister said in his phone call. >> don't you know what the president heard? >> i'm not saying i don't know. i'm just saying i will allow my israeli counterpart to describe the views that his boss conveyed in that phone call. >> reporter: the israelis aren't clarifying that, either, by the way. despite those tensions between the white house and netanyahu, house speaker john boehner, he plans to visit israel at the end of the month. while the speaker's office says this trip was planned well before the prime minister's re-election, it will come around the deadline for an initial nuclear deal between the u.s. iran and other world powers and the white house we should note they did say before netanyahu's victory that the president would not meet with the prime minister just weeks before an election. now with the voting over aides to the president say they won't rule out a future meeting, noting they have a lot to discuss. i guess that is a glimmer of
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some sort of progress at this point. >> deep irritation though, no doubt about that. jim acosta thanks very much. let's get some more on all of this. joining us the democratic senator ben cardin of maryland. he's a key member of the senate foreign relations committee. thanks for joining us. what do you make of this deteriorating relationship between the prime minister of israel the president of the united states the white house now formally announcing it's going to quote, reassess the u.s. relationship with israel. >> well first of all, it's good to be with you. second of all, the relationship between the united states and israel is critically important to the united states and israel. it's strong it's going to remain strong. israel is our only democratic ally in that part of the world. we rely upon israel for security information. we share a lot of intelligence information. so that relationship's important to israel. it's also important to the united states. so i understand what happened during this election process. i think we all understand that
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the only way for the solution between the palestinians and israelis is two states side by side living in peace and both the israelis and the palestinians need to negotiate the terms of a two state solution. >> you have heard white house officials, both publicly and even more so privately, senator, suggest they don't trust this prime minister anymore. they don't trust what he's saying after the election. they are inclined to believe what he said on the eve of his election when he said there would never be a palestinian state on his watch. >> they have held their election they elected their leader. mr. netanyahu will be the next prime minister of israel. he is the one who will speak with israel. we will work with the prime minister. that's the way democracies work. >> i know you are a strong supporter of israel have been all your years in public life. are you comfortable with the way the president of the united states is dealing with the prime minister right now? >> i think the relationship between hourour two countries is
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important to the united states and israel. i think we have two individuals who understand the importance of that relationship with president obama and prime minister netanyahu. i know that there is a close relationship at different levels of government between our two governments. we are going to work out our differences. the question is can we help the israelis and palestinians work out their differences. did we work with israel so that the middle east is a safer place for all of us. that's the critical points. the critical points let's get the palestinians and israelis back to the bargaining table and work out the agreement. >> i have to take a break. quickly, are you comfortable with the way the president is dealing with the prime minister right now? >> yes. i think the president is speaking for our country and i think the prime minister of israel is speaking for israel. >> stand by senator. we have a lot more to discuss, including the latest isis suicide attacks, the massacres unfolding in tunisia and yemen. much more with senator ben cardin after this.
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we are back with democratic senator ben cardin of maryland member of the senate foreign relations committee. senator, it looks like isis now not only claiming responsibility for that massacre at the museum in tunisia, but now this massacre at these mosques in sanaa, yemen. is isis really dramatically expanding its reach right now? >> first, our prayers go out to those who have been victimized by these terrorist activities. what happened in yemen today is
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absolutely horrific and terrible. clearly where governments are not functioning the way they should and in yemen, they do not have an effective government there's a void and isis is moving into that void. that's what we saw happen in iraq we are now seeing it happen in yemen. yes, i think we need to be concerned that isis is trying to expand its operations into yemen. >> here's what really worries me about yemen, among so many other things senator. i'm sure it worries you. this report we saw in the "washington post" this week that when the u.s. evacuated the embassy, pulled out all americans from sanaa, yemen, the capital of yemen, the pentagon apparently left behind close to half a billion dollars, $500 million worth of u.s. military weaponry in yemen, weaponry that presumably is now in the hands of either these iranian backed shiite houthis or al qaeda in the arabian peninsula or other terrorist groups. that must make you crazy.
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>> well it does. we saw the same thing in iraq. some of the military equipment that we provided to the iraqis ended up in the hands of isis when they overcame the parts of that country. so yes, it is very frustrating. we want to make sure that our military and our allies have the type of support that they need. we have to do it in a way that we can have the maximum protection that that equipment won't fall into the wrong hands. that's why we are very particular in vetting who we help in the opposition in syria and we have to do the same thing in yemen. >> you are absolutely right. the u.s. did lose a lot, tons and tons of sophisticated military hardware tanks, armored personnel carriers weapons, to isis because the iraqi military simply abandoned its positions in mosul and elsewhere and fled as these isis terrorists were moving in. yemen as you know had been a very close u.s. ally in the war on terror especially working with the u.s. to try to go after
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aqap al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, which is based in yemen. what happens now without any u.s. diplomats or military personnel or any americans there right now? >> well what i think our game plan must be is to work with the government and the opposition to try to get a functioning government in yemen. we need the two sides working together both want to make sure their country is not overtaken by these extremists. so we have to work with them to figure out how they can have a functioning government that can protect the rights of all the people of yemen so that groups such as isis don't get broader support. then we need to work and help the security issues there as it relates to al qaeda, as it relates to isis. >> less than a year ago, president obama was citing yemen, yes, yemen as an example of where the u.s. counter terrorism strategy was working, was a success. clearly that has not worked out as a success for all practical purposes.
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now it's being ruled by a bunch of shiite houthis supported by iran and aqap. what happened? >> well, the government fell. the truth is that the government could not function and did not have an effective way to reach out to get broader support within that country. so it's easy to second-guess now but we knew the situation in yemen was very tenuous. we never felt very comfortable about the security arrangements there. we knew al qaeda was functioning in yemen. i think the circumstances have gotten much worse. >> they certainly have for all practical purposes yemen is a disaster right now, as is libya, which of course the u.s. helped liberate from gadhafi. it's turned out to be a disaster, far cry from the great hopes of the so-called arab spring. senator cardin, thanks very much for joining us. >> wolf, good to be with you. thank you. coming up there are new allegations in the wake of the university of virginia student's bloody arrest. are students sometimes targeted
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breaking now, we are just getting word about another teenager facing terror charges after getting caught while allegedly trying to join isis. this time it happened in canada. let's bring in our terrorism analyst paul cruickshank. our middle east analyst, robin wright. cnn justice reporter evan perez. a 17-year-old, evan charged
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trying to leave canada to join isis. what do we know? >> that's right, this is another example of the recruitment isis has been able to -- foothold it has been able to gain both in the united states and in canada. this case comes out of edmonton and this 17-year-old is charged by canadian authorities with trying to leave canada to try to join isis. edmonton apparently has been a bit of a hot bed for isis recruitment. they are three teenagers, three cousins last year who died fighting with isis after leaving the country and so this is something that the canadian authorities are very much keeping an eye on something akin to the hot bed we have had here in minneapolis with the recruitment of shabab and more recently with isis. >> you know paul our friends in canada they've got some serious problems up there when it comes to canadians being recruited, young ones and heading off to try to join forces with isis. >> that's absolutely right.
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about 130 canadians believed to have traveled overseas to join jihadi groups many of them going to syria and iraq to join isis. more generally in the west younger and younger teenagers are going off to fight with isis or to join isis. we saw that case recently in the uk with those young teenaged school girls, just 15-year-old girls disappearing off into syria. we have also seen a recent case here in the united states a 17-year-old from north virginia who was accused of facilitating travel towards syria. >> there are some very disturbing words coming out of europe today about more attacks that are likely to happen there. what are you learning? >> a very big warning coming from the french prime minister. he is saying that never in the history of europe has there been such a big terrorism threat but it's a matter not if but when there will be more attempted attacks in europe. the european intelligence
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agencies very concerned that isis is pivoting towards attacking europe planning to attack europe. we saw that isis directive in january from the group against belgium and european officials believe that more is coming, unfortunately. >> unfortunately indeed. robin, i know that you have been studying this for a long time. isis is now saying what they have done in tunisia, the massacre at the museum what they have done at the mosques, is the tip of the iceberg. do you believe them? >> we are now seeing the globalization of isis in a way we once feared would happen to al qaeda. and did happen. i think when you look at just the trends the fact that the united states has managed to kill something like 8,000 of the isis fighters in syria and iraq and yet they still are able to recruit 1,000 per month, this is a threat a danger, a phenomena that's not going away any time soon and we have to take quite
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seriously. whether they actually carried out the attacks in tunisia or yemen is still to be verified. but the reality is that across the region today, you see a common phenomena of radicalization among young people whether they are members of isis, al qaeda ansar al islam, there are a slew of groups that have emerged in this political vacuum that is so fragile across the region. tunisia, the most hopeful country in the arab world of 22 yemen and libya the two most vulnerable the two failed states and we see this in all of them. >> we see the failed states developing somalia has been a failed state for a long time. syria, is there any progress at all against isis in syria? i know the u.s. officials say in iraq they are making some progress against isis although it's limited right now. what's your analysis? >> i think we made limited progress in syria. the problem is united states wants to fight one war. there are two wars in syria. we are willing to take on isis
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but you can't take on one half of it without finding a solution to the other. that's where the void is. that's why this iraq first strategy is likely to slow down any progress on syria. >> what are you hearing, u.s. officials you are in touch with them they are worried about the isis threat right now, especially these teenagers. how worried are they that more american kids are going to be recruited and try to get to syria or iraq join forces with isis? >> the alarming thing is that all the measures that they are taking all the steps they are doing to try to reach parents to tell people in the community this is what you look for to try to prevent your young people from going over those things don't seem to be ringing through. part of the problem appears to be the white house had this big conference recently to try to do counter radicalization but the problem is the people that you try to reach aren't necessarily going to listen to some of those people that the white house invited. i think they are going to have to recalibrate but they try to reach out to those people. >> i want you all to stand by. we have a lot more coming oup this escalating terror threat. stand by.
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tonight we are following two big stories, including fresh allegations in the wake of a university of virginia student's bloody arrest. first, though we have some new details about the mysterious death of an african-american man found hanging from a tree in mississippi. 54-year-old otis byrd was a convicted murderer he had been paroled. authorities don't know whether his death is suicide or a lynching and the fbi has been called in. let's go to mississippi. cnn's on the scene. what do we know ed? >> reporter: we know investigators have spent the day interviewing otis byrd's family members and going through his belongings trying to figure out if he had a reason to kill himself. today we were able to get to the very spot where otis byrd's body was found. the ghost of the confederacy still looms over port gibson, mississippi. so the news of a black man found hanging in a tree stirs the dark past back to life. just a short drive from this confederate soldier memorial,
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54-year-old otis byrd was found hanging from this tree with a bed sheet around his neck. it's not clear yet whether byrd killed himself or was murdered but as soon as sheriff marvin lucas saw the scene, he called in federal and state investigators. that is your biggest fear this was racially motivated? >> yes. i don't want to community to get excited saying it was a white on black thing. that's the worst thing that could happen is people making it into a race issue. >> reporter: on thursday search teams found his body in this thickly wooded area. they found him hanging from this tree 500 yards away from where he lived. otis byrd's body we are told was about two to three feet off the ground. he was fully dressed, had his work boots on his hands were not tied together. the sheriff says there were also no stumps or chairs around the area that would have helped him prop himself up. the sheriff says that if he did commit suicide, he would have had to have climbed the tree on his own. johnny baker owns the land where byrd's body was found.
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>> to get back there, that's not an area where people just go. >> no. huh-uh. no. no. >> reporter: byrd was last seen on march 2nd. a friend drove him home from a casino that night. a week later his family officially reported him missing. a relative of byrd says he seemed fine nothing out of the ordinary. relatives won't say if he had money troubles. in 1980 otis byrd was convicted of murdering and robbing a woman in claiborne county. he was paroled in 2006. investigators say results from the preliminary autopsy report on otis byrd won't be complete until next week which means it's still not clear whether the death of otis byrd will become a murder investigation. >> the community deserves answers, specifically the family deserves answers. we are doing everything in our power to be transparent, to talk about what's going on. but we want to reiterate that individual single pieces of information and bits of rumors we are going to hold off on speaking to those until we can collectively come to a
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conclusion. >> reporter: great deal of sensitivity based on just the way otis byrd's body was found in that wooded area. it's interesting as you talk to many people around here predominantly african-american in this town they believe already that otis byrd was murdered. wolf? >> we will see what happens. i know the fbi as you point out is on the scene. representatives from the civil rights division of the u.s. justice department are part of the investigation as well as local and state police. we will get more on this story as it comes in. we are also following new allegations that students at a major prestigious university sometimes are targeted by what are described as poorly trained agents who aren't necessarily following the rules. this comes just days after an african-american honor student was bloodied when alcohol control agents arrested him, provoking outrage and accusations of excessive force. brian todd has been on the campus and joins us live from
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charlottesville. what's the latest over there? >> reporter: the outrage is only growing on the university of virginia campus and there is new and very intense pressure tonight on that alcohol enforcement agency that arrested martese johnson. the arresting agents described him as agitated belligerent and intoxicated. but martese johnson says he did nothing wrong, that virginia's department of alcohol beverage control agents used excessive force. his attorney says johnson had a valid illinois state i.d. but when asked for his zip code johnson gave his mother's current address, different from his i.d. card. >> how does this happen you [ bleep ] racist? >> reporter: johnson suffered a head injury requiring ten stitches. on the university of virginia campus outraged students press officials for answers about the arrest. martese was at this forum but didn't speak. neither did senior abc agents
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who were there. virginia's top safety officials who oversees abc says he doesn't know if this is about race says the accusation of excessive force is being investigated and -- >> any of the officers involved in that arrest had any disciplinary measures taken against them in the past? >> we are allowing the investigation to -- that type of information's important to gather and we have asked the state police to gather that information. >> reporter: tonight, a top virginia legislator is putting immense pressure on this alcohol enforcement agency. >> they are not appropriately trained. they don't have the proper protocols and they don't implement them appropriately. here's another example of them being overzealous in their enforcement. >> reporter: david toscano says it's time to consider taking weapons and the power to arrest away from abc agents. contacted by cnn, abc officials would not comment. but this isn't the first time abc agents have been accused of excessive force. in april of 2013 a young
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university of virginia student was swarmed by abc agents outside this harris teeter. they surrounded her car. at least one of them pulled a gun. they thought she was buying alcohol underage. turns out she had sparkling water and cookie dough. on the 911 call from inside the student's car, fear and confusion. >> we're freaking out. >> does somebody have a gun or something? >> oh, my god, oh, my god oh, my god. >> reporter: elizabeth daly was arrested that night but later got that taken off hr record and settled a lawsuit for more than $200,000. following that incident the virginia abc department disciplined those agents and reformed its practices. there could well be another round of that in the weeks ahead. >> brian, thanks very much. brian todd is working his sources over there. we will get more. in the meantime let's bring in our analysts. joining us our cnn justice reporter evan perez along with our law enforcement analyst tom
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fuentes, former assistant director of the fbi and cnn anchor don lemon. i know you have been getting some new reporting on the arrest of this young 20-year-old martese johnson. what are you learning? >> this is just in wolf. i just spoke with a source close to the family and what they are telling me is we had hoped to get some new information to possibly be able to speak to martese this afternoon. in the process of doing that, that had to be halted because martese had to be taken to the hospital. again, this is a source close to the family that is saying this. they say it is for they believe swelling he started to swell. at this point they don't know if it is external injuries which means the bruises and ten stitches that he had, or if it's internal injuries meaning brain swelling or a possible concussion. but at this moment he is in the hospital being treated by doctors trying to figure out what those complications are. again, martese johnson taken to the hospital being treated by a doctor now. a source close to the family is giving us that. >> that's a very very sad development indeed. he's an honor student, grew up
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in the south side of chicago, single mother and got accepted to the university of virginia one of the best schools in the country, and now this is all going on. let's hope for the best for him. evan i know that one of the issues was that the allegation he was drunk, he was not 21 years old, they accuse him of having fake i.d.s, says they asked for zip codes, what was on the i.d. his mother had moved so it was a little complicated. his lawyer says he was not drunk and it was not fake i.d. >> what this points to is all this could have been just a misunderstanding. you give the wrong zip code or what someone thinks is the wrong zip code and gives them the impression you are using fake identification. according to the lawyer it was his real i.d. he just gave the wrong zip code didn't give them one they could see on the identification. so that really does show that perhaps these officers either they didn't have time to figure this all out, perhaps because there was an altercation, there's stuff we don't know what
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happened before this video was shot but it really does leave us with this impression that this all resulted from a terrible misunderstanding. >> even if you have fake i.d. you shouldn't be looking like that after a few minutes, right? >> you have to believe that these police officers, this alcohol control group, that i have never heard of before frankly, you have to believe they come across hundreds of students even with fake i.d.s and they get into these kind of discussions all the time. so we don't know what happened from the time they were discussing his zip code until the time he's on the ground bleeding from his head wound. we just don't know what brought that about. >> i understand you had a chance to speak with martese johnson's roommate, is that right? >> i did. i have also had the chance to speak to other sources there. i can give you the background and again, this is just what they say. what they say is that people obviously he's 20 not 21 so the drinking age is 21. but they believe perhaps he knew someone at the bar, someone who may have been at the door and that person would not let them
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in because -- or let him in because it was st. patrick's day and they were very busy and the alcohol control board was outside, and as he turned to leave, it is believed that the owner or one of the owners of the bar is the one who wanted to know his zip code then the altercation started from there. so that's that part of the story. i did speak to his roommate and his roommate as everyone else who has spoken about this young man, again, i preface this by saying we don't know what led up to this and it still must be investigated but everyone who has spoken about this young man has said he is a man, young man of good character, and they had been having a great time before they went to the bar and he was shocked once he saw the video and saw the pictures of exactly what happened and then afterwards yesterday and today, they have been trying to cheer him up and try to pretend this did not happen. that's what i'm hearing from the roommate. >> let's hope he's okay. as you have reported you broke
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the story here he's in the hospital getting treatment for swelling. let's hope he's okay. evan i understand you have been working your sources, you've got new information. we heard ed in mississippi, they found an african-american man there hanging from a tree. they can't determine whether it was suicide, at least not yet, they are not saying suicide or a lynching if you will. what are you learning? >> i will preface this quickly by saying that this is still early in the investigation. they are waiting to do laboratory tests on the body of otis byrd but the indications they are getting, the law enforcement tells me that this is not foul play. they believe that again, the operating theory they are going under is that this is likely a suicide. obviously it's terrible news for this family and -- but perhaps it will give them -- help give them some closure as to what exactly happened here. they are still doing a lot of investigative work. there's still a long ways to go. they don't know what else they will find. >> we know you are working your sources. we will get more on this coming up. we will take a quick break.
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with former president bill clinton. that is causing anxiety for fans of hillary clinton who believe she's ready to launch her presidential bid and doesn't need ghosts in the room. far from the hounded 20 something who became infamous with her involvement with former president bill clinton, monica lewinsky appears as a poised confident 41-year-old transforming herself into an advocate against cyber bullying. >> anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing, you can survive it. i know it's hard. it may not be painless quick or easy but you can insist on a different ending to your story. >> for more than a decade she was almost completely silent about the scandal. then last year she emerged with a splashy article saying it was
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time to bury the burreret and burn the blue dress. then she popped up in a mini-series talking ingtalking. >> a lot was the fact that i was a woman to be called stupid and a shut and a bimbo and ditto be taken out of context. >> with pop stars making reference to her -- ♪ he popped my buttons and ripped my blouse, he monica lewinsky's on my blouse ♪ >> she spoke about bullying. >> when i ask how best to describe how the last 16 years has felt i always come back to that word shame. my own personal shame. shame that befell my family and shame that befell my country, our country. >> at the time of the scandal,
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according to one friend's account, hillary clinton called lewinsky a narcissistic looney tune. last year when "people" asked about her rising profile and the scandal, she said that was a long time ago. i certainly have moved on. we asked for a response from clinton about this new. got nothing. right now, as so many people are saying it's hillary's moment it appears to be monica's moment too. lewinsky's desire to confront the past poses a challenge to clinton who would clearly rather forget it. >> thanks very much tom foreman reporting for us. terror attacks days apart. we're learning new details. bring us your baffling. bring us your audacious. we want your sticky notes, sketchbooks, and scribbles. let's pin 'em to the wall. kick 'em around. kick 'em around, see what happens. because we're in the how-do-i-get-this-startup- off-the-ground business. the taking-your-business- global-business.
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happening now, day of terror. worshipers are massacred in a country that was until recently a key u.s. anti-terror ally. are extremists fighting each other using american military aid that has gone missing? is the u.s. losing its grip on this war against terror? time to reassess. after israel's leader hints he is giving up on the peace process, president obama tells him the u.s. may move in a different direction. is the relationship permanently damaged? police brutality? an urgent effort to calm tensions after the arrest of an african-american student. new information on the identity check that started the incident and triggered national outrage. we want to welcome our
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viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." blood and horror as isis claims a new front in its campaign of terror. at least 135 people are dead after suicide bombers attacked two mosques during friday prayers in yemen. they were mainly supporters of a shiite rebel group, toppleing a government that had worked with the united states. new video of the attack on the tourists at a museum in tunisia. isis claimed responsibility for that massacre. today, tunisian officials say two of the gunmen were trained at terror camps in libya. i will speak with senator james riche. let's begin with the horrific
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massacres at the mosques in yemen and warnings from isis that this is the start of a new campaign of terror. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. >> reporter: some of the attackers pretended to be disabled. they were wearing casts and apparently they had explosives hidden inside. the horrifying aftermath. hundreds killed and injured after suicide bombers attacks mosques in yemen. isis websites claiming responsibility. saying this is the tip of the iceberg iceberg. u.s. officials say they cannot verify the claim, cautioning militants may be affiliating with the organization knowing spectacular attacks attract fresh recruits. >> there is not at this point clear evidence of an operational link between these extremists in
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yemen and isil fighters in iraq and syria. >> reporter: yemen is a top worry because al qaeda there has continuously vowed to attack the united states. yemen, once a showcase for the u.s. strategy trained government forces to fight militants. but the government collapsed, millions of dollars in youu.s. military equipment may be in rebel hands. >> the restoration of a government there that will cooperate with us is very important. >> reporter: few signs of that. relying on drone strikes and u.s. fire power no longer sufficient. >> the u.s. should be and must be concerned about the spread of jihadist activity in these areas. >> reporter: fragile governments across the region are giving way to violent extremism, now spreading in tunisia, libya and equip. in tunisia, people are taking to the streets. after terrorists at a museum
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killed nearly two dozen. cnn has obtained new video of the chaos of the museum attack. two of the terrorists training next door in libya where there is no central government in firm control. egypt, one place where the government did respond. warplanes pounding the isis camp camps in libya after militants ss ss ss slaughtered laborers. >> it's a problem in several countries is political and economic. they do not have governments that are capable of providing basic security. you can strike targets in these areas. but until you have a reliable ally on the ground, a lot of this is like mowing grass. >> reporter: across east and north africa governments without any central control very weak governments providing isis with massive room to maneuver.
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wolf? >> some of the states clearly failed states. thanks very much. the relationship with america's closest middle east ally may be growing rocky right now. personal ties between president obama and benjamin netanyahu were pretty frosty. things have taken a turn for the worst after harsh rhetoric from israel's leader. now president owebama seems to be reaching out to iran even as he is threatening to reassess the relationship with israel. jim acosta has more on what's going on. it's getting confusing. what's the latest? >> reporter: wolf this relationship is on ice at this point. for now it doesn't matter how many times benjamin netanyahu says he still warnltnts a two-state st. louis, solution the white house is refuseing to take him at his word. if there's one thing that's clear after owe clear, it's that a single conversation won't repair a damaged relationship.
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netanyahu has said that he believes in palestinian statehood despite his flip-flop on a two-state solution in an appeal for votes. i haven't changed netanyahu told npr. that's not good enough for the white house. >> why not take him at his word on that? is there -- >> which one? >> his latest? >> reporter: josh earnest declined to say whether netanyahu clarified his position in his phone call with the president. >> did the prime minister tell the president he believes in a two-state solution? >> that's something -- you can ask my israeli counterpart. >> don't you know what the president heard? i'm not saying i don't know. i'm saying that i will allow my israeli counterpart to disdescribedisescribe the views his boss conveyed. >> reporter: john boehner plans to visit israel at the end of the month. the speaker's office says the trip was planned well before the prime minister's re-election, it
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will come around the deadline for an initial nuclear deal between iran the u.s. and other world powers. >> this moment may not come again soon. i believe that our nations have a historic opportunity to resolve this issue peacefully. an opportunity we should not miss. >> reporter: in a video message to the iranian people the president urged leaders to come to an agreement and later released a statement calling for the release of americans either in prison or missing in the country. secretary of state john kerry, who spent the week working on an agreement sounded optimistic as he left the talks. >> we will be back next week. we made a lot of progress. >> reporter: the white house has said before netanyahu's victory that the president would not meet with him weeks prior to his election with the election. aides now say they would not rule out a future meeting knowing they have a lot to discuss. it is very chilly right now between these two leaders. >> thanks very much jim acosta at the white house.
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let's get more from a key member of the intelligence and foreign relations committees, republican senator james riche is joining us. what do you make of this tense relationship between the president of the united states and the prime minister of israel senator? >> wolf i think it's time for people to stop and take a breath and relax for a bit. to my friends that are watching in israel i want to say that our constitutional form of government provides for three equal branchs. although there's a spat between the prime minister and the chief executive of the second branch of our government there is no deterioration between the first branch of our government and the people of israel and the government of israel. other than perhaps a handful of the 535 members, we remain strongly committed to israel. we understand that do you have ups and downs from time to time. but overall, the expression that the members of congress gave to
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the prime minister two weeks ago gave him a thunderous applause and standing ovations as he explained in clear detail how strongly the bond is between the united states of america and israel that relationship remains solid today. for israel's enemies who are watching i would tell you, do not take solace and do not take comfort in these news reports you see that there's a spat going on. there is a bond that continues and will continue between the united states of america and israel. >> but you know senator, that even in the aftermath of prime minister netanyahu's victory, getting himself re-elects, the white house is saying that they will reassess this u.s. israeli relationship because they are more inclined to believe what he said at the eve of the election that he would never allow a palestinian state to be created than what he said that he believes in the so-called
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two-state solution. they are saying they don't trust him anymore. >> well you know wolf the statement that they are going to reassess does not apply for the first branch of our government. there are very few people in the first branch out of the 535 members, i believe, who share that view. as far as what the prime minister said, i think there may have been something lost in the translation. certain certainly, he did refer to the fact there would be no state solution. he said -- i believe the exact words were today. he certainly is right that today that's a long ways away. having said that he has been firm for a long long time and committed to a two-state solution. he has reaffirmed it over and over and over again since the media reported that there was some weakening in that position. i'm surprised -- i think a lot of people are surprised that the
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white house reacted the way it has to this. i'm wondering if it isn't something else that's causing them to have the feelings they have. >> i'm sure they were irritated by his visit to washington. they didn't like what he had to say. is that what you are hinting at? >> well that clearly was expressed by the white house, which seemed -- because of the magnitude of what we're dealing with here it seemed rather juvenile the way this played out. the president had the opportunity to meet with him while he was here. the president declined. there is -- there's no question that on a personal level, there are issues between the two gentlemen. that is so small compared to the overall issues that we are facing in the middle east and particularly with the relationship that we have one of the best relationships if not the best relationship of any country in the neighborhood.
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breaking news. president obama speaking out on the senate holding up the confirmation of his attorney general nominee, loretta lynch. we're back with senator james risch. republicans are insisting the senate finish work on another bill before bringing up the lynch nomination for a full vote on the senate floor. listen. here is president obama,
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speaking to a reporter for the "huffington post." >> you don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues. this is our top law enforcement office. nobody denies that she's well qualified. >> is eric holder prepared to stay? >> yes. the republicans really dislike mr. holder. if they really want to get him of him, the best way is to get loretta confirmed. >> what do you say about that senator risch? what's your reaction? >> you know, this just amazes me. i don't know what he thinks we're holding her hostage for. what is on the floor of the united states senate right now is a human trafficking bill that the democrats support. they voted for it unanimously in committee. now they're filibustering the bill. once that's over, we're going to vote on that bill up or down. the next moment there's a vote on attorney general nominee.
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why they're doing this is absolutely beyond me. i'm surprised somebody in the media hasn't asked for a clear explanation from the democrats why they're filibustering a bill that they want and is also standing in the way of getting to the vote on the attorney general nominee. i don't get it. i don't understand it. >> they don't like the provision in that sex trafficking legislation that bans -- that has restrictions on abortion rights for women. >> problem is that was in there when they voted for it unanimously. and the language is identical to the language that is in every appropriation bill that they always support. >> will you vote for -- will you vote for the -- let's say you get over that hurdle and she comes up for a final vote in the house -- in the u.s. senate. will you vote to confirm this woman who has been widely respected as the u.s. attorney in new york? >> i will not vote for her. my reason is very clear. i disagree vehemently with her
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view of what the president can do by executive action. however, she is going to be confirmed. all democrats are going to vote for her. there are enough republicans that bill vote for her that will confirm her. we knees toneed to get on with it and move on. >> can't do you two things at the same time? deal with the sex traffic deal but let her nomination come up for a vote? >> wolf not when the democrats are filibustering. all they got do is sit down shut up and call the role. the next vote will be the attorney general vote. >> we will see what happens. let's get back to the breaking news we have been following on the isis deadly massacres in yemen and tunisia. what's going on? you are a member of the intelligence committee. is isis -- they're saying this is the tip of the iceberg. are they right? >> well i don't know if that would be a good way to characterize it. there is very good reason to be concerned. you and i have talked about this on a number of ocean scasions.
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these attacks are being carried on by people who are not operationally connected with isis. although isis takes credit these are simply or more likely just isis-inspired. what does that mean to the average american? this can happen anywhere in the world. it can happen as it did today in yemen or earlier in tunisia or it could happen in philadelphia. these are -- this is very troubling, because they are not connected operationally, only inspirationally. >> here is what is very troubling, "the washington post" report that the pentagon has lost track of half a billion dollars in u.s. weaponry aircraft equipment, machine guns tanks, all sorts of other sophisticated weaponry $500 million worth of stuff left behind in yemen as the u.s. evacuated the embassy. that was supposed to be used by
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a friendly yemen government but that government has collapsed. you must be really worried about that. >> well i am. i'm troubled by whoever made that decision. because it was obvious long before we left and long before there was a collapse of the government that they were probably going to be incapable of standing up standing up to the rebels who, as you know are backed heavily by iran. it was pretty evident that the bottom was falling out long before it did. >> it's not just in yemen. think of the billions of u.s. weaponry left behind in iraq now in the hands of isis as the iraqi military abandoned their positions in mosul and elsewhere. this is extremely dangerous stuff. senator risch, good to have you here in "the situation room." thanks for joining us. >> good to be with you. >> thank you. isis calls it just the tip of the iceberg. horrific massacres, killing and wounding hundreds in what had
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let's get back to breaking news. isis says it carries out the bombings in yes, ma'aming which killed more than 135 people and it's warning the latest violence is in their words the tip of the iceberg. let's dig deeper with peter
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bergen our military analyst, general mark hertling. peter, i assume you believe isis is really dramatically gaining ground in yemen. >> if this claim of responsibility is true. generally speaking when isis claimed responsibility for something, it has turned out to be an accurate claim. it's not just yemen. we have seen tunisia, egypt, libya. in fact obviously, you have iraq and syria. many countries in the middle east. >> the u.s. is evacuated the embassy in yemen. they are out of there. the u.s. military is basically out of there. there's a little war going on now between the iranian shiite houthi rebels who have taken over and al qaeda in the arabian peninsula there in yemen. that's what's going on? >> right. then you have the al qaeda and isis are also in competition. they are opposed to the houthis.
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it's a complex situation. >> sounds like syria. how did this unravel so quickly? the situation in yemen. less than a year ago, president obama was suggesting that the counterterrorism strategy in yemen was a model, was working. >> you saw the uninsurgency grow through the houthis. that has allowed problems at the embassy. we deserted the staff. we had to withdraw our people from there. i think that has taken the lid off the al qaeda potential in the state and the emboldenment of them -- of some of them to claim association with isis. now you have the issue today of the same kind of thing we saw in iraq that started the civil war between sunni and shia there when the mosque was destroyed by al qaeda. you are going to see the same kind of things -- the potential
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for a civil war in yemen now that that's happened. >> i assume -- you know this region really well. as concerned as the u.s. is u.s. friends in the region whether the saudis, emirates they are more concerned than the u.s. is right now, because it could spread. >> i think the region is consumed by what's happening. the 22 arab countries, this is the poorest, that has been the base for al qaeda of the arabian peninsula, which used to operate out of saudi arabia what was pushed into yemen. the destabilization of yemen opens up the gulf region which is a property oil rich western industry depends on the fuel from this region. so the destabilization of yemen and the dangers it spills over into other gulf countries, across into eastern africa into north africa is a danger. >> the real danger for the u.s. in yemen, peter, is that aqap
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they made no secret they want to use that as a base to launch terror strikes against the united states. >> which they have done unsuccessfully on at least two significant occasions, christmas day bomber who tried to blow up the detroit flight the plane over detroit on christmas day 2009, also a plot to blow up u.s. cargo planes to the united states. i mean they are still trying to do this. they haven't changed that. by the way, they have -- trained people in syria. they are propagating bomb making skills. >> how worried are you about the half a billion dollars worth of u.s. military hardware left behind for the yemen government but there is no government. there is terrorists ruling the country. >> it's concerning. the types of equipment that was left behind helicopters, about 160 humvees, 200 m-4 weapons, a lot of ammunition. it's not that significant from a
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military standpoint. it is in terms of whose hands it falls in. this is concerning. but it's part of doing business when you have to contribute to the potential security of our partners in the region. as you know yemen was a partner until a few months ago. they were doing well under the rebels. >> that military equipment could kill a lot of people. >> sure it can. that's the one danger we saw in afghanistan, wherever we get involved wherever we help we want to help with equipment as well so the locals can fight the war. the problem is if you can't account for weaponry you become a target. >> multiply what's happening in yemen many times in iraq. a lot of u.s. military equipment abandoned by the military abandoned in the hands of isis. stand by. if you want to find out more about the escalating battle against isis also specifically what you can do to help protect iraqi children affected by all
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the bloody arrest of a university of virginia student triggered by an identity check has sparked national outrage. there were efforts to try to calm tensions. questions about excessive force are growing. brian todd is in charlottesville, virginia. he is working the story for us. what's the latest? >> reporter: wolf you can't call this residual anger. the anger is fresh and growing every day here on the campus of the university of virginia. all stemming from the takedown and arrest of martese johnson early wednesday morning.
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agents at the alcoholic beverage control agency pinning him to the ground with their knees, according to he and his attorney they slammed his head to the ground causing real outrage for the last several days here. protests in the streets. a short time ago, wolf there was a forum on campus where student leaders pulled together all the top law enforcement owe officials of the state. a lot of the students were out in force. they hammered the officials with very very tough questions. they walked in chanting black lives matter. there was a lot of anger toward these officials. there were officials from the virginia abc agency here. they refused to take questions. they didn't sit on the podium with the rest of the law enforcement officials. outside of this arena, i pressed virginia's top law enforcement official. by the way, he oversees the abc agency. i pressed him. take a listen. response to the problem they have here the accusation this was excessive force, that this
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never should have come to this? >> the reaction is one that the governor observed the pictures of mr. johnson and he immediately contacted me to have the state police conduct an investigation, because he was concerned. i share his concern. we have asked the state police to conduct the investigation. they are. they are working on this. >> reporter: that investigation, by the way, is a criminal investigation into the conduct of those abc agents early wednesday morning. also wolf pressure tonight from a top legislator in the state of virginia who i interviewed. he is pressing for the power of arrest and the power to continue to carry weapons, pressing for that to be taken away from the abc agents. he believes it should be handed over to the state police or some other law enforcement authorities. wolf? >> brian in charlottesville, thanks very much. breaking news on the 20-year-old martese johnson.
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don lemon has been working his sources. tell us what you are learning. >> reporter: according to a source close to the family that martese had to be taken back in for observation. just a few -- a few moments ago, he was at student health center being checked out. family members are concerned they may have to send him to the emergency room. they are not sure at this point. they said that this all happened because the swelling that you see the injuries on his forehead and to his head, they thought they were getting bigger and that there was -- the swelling was getting bigger and they weren't sure it was external it might be internal. they are worried about the internal injuries and the possibility of a concussion. it's odd to me because they also say that they are concerned that they may get a c.a.t. scan. one would think they would have done that early on in the process considering what the injuries look like. >> they have to check that out.
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internal bleeding or whatever concussion that's very, very serious. stay with us for a moment. i want to bring in our justice reporter he haven perez. nhe have -- evan perez and john gaskin. this investigation, you are learning it could take weeks? >> wolf it could take weeks. the question that brian todd raised of why this agency even has this type of power, it's a very unusual situation in this state. a lot of states have alcohol beverage control agencies. most are focused on the bars and that's where their energy is focused open not on people who might be carrying fake i.d. or getting into the establishments. that's left usually for the local police. >> you know john gaskin in that video, which is so disturbing you hear johnson, the 20-year-old college student, repeatedly crying out, i go to %-puva. i go to uva.
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i go to the university of virginia. what does that say to you? this is a kid who is -- on the honor committee there, a very elite competitive university grew up in the south side of chicago. a single mother. makes it to the university of virginia. no criminal record at all. what do you think was going on here? the fear is that the suspicion is that he would have been treated differently had he been white. >> you know wolf sadly in this country, it does not matter what institution you go to or what income bracket you come from police brutality does not make you exempt especially when you are an african-american male in this country. the statistics show us that unfortunately for being a black man in this country, your run-in with law enforcement can cause you to face bodily harm or very severe situation as you look at the video. things escalated rather quickly. one thing that i'm so happy that
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my generation is beginning to address this issue, because sadly in this country, a police brutality is one of the few civil rights issues that has never been resolved. it has never really been an issue that we found adequate solutions for. >> let me get tom fuentes to weigh in on this. you became an fbi agent. you worked up to become assistant director of the fbi. you hear these suggestions of police brutality, that maybe a white kid at this university would have been treated differently than a black kid. what goes through your mind when you hear that? >> you would like to believe that's not true when you hear something like that. you know, again, it does happen so frequently that you don't know for sure what happened in this case. the problem here is that they go from checking his i.d. and asking him a zip code to the next minute he's on the floor -- on the sidewalk bleeding from the head profusely. what happened in between? we don't know. i think what surprises me this many days into it is are there no witnesses to this?
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did nobody see the altercation that started with the police and the argument with the police and him? >> there are. >> i haven't heard -- >> let me get don lemon. >> there are witnesses. there are people -- some people don't want to come forward because they don't want to inflame the situation. there are people out there who say that martese may somehow have made things worse for himself. we don't know. i would caution everyone here we don't know what happened before the videotape. he appeared to be a great kid. we just don't know. what we're -- what i'm doing is reporting on the information that i have gotten. i don't know what happened what precipitated this. there are witnesses and there is videotape videotape. there are businesses that had surveillance video. i'm sure that will come up as this investigation plays out. remember what brian todd -- what brian todd reported earlier, there was a young white girl a student, surrounded by the abc officers at the same
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university and she settled a lawsuit for $200,000. it's not -- it happens more frequently to young black men but it's not just young black people. it's the students on the campus saying these people are going too far. >> what are your thoughts jeffrey, from the legal perspective about what's going on now? >> first of all, you have to ask, why does virginia have this police force? most states do not regulate alcohol in this way. this seems like a recipe for disaster which seems to have unfolded. obviously, as tom fuentes says the most important thing is to fine out what happened here. it is not -- the facts are always the most important thing. the other point i would like to make is that even though we have focused on several of these really terrible incidents, crime is down in the united states dramatically. all over the country. and i just sometimes worry that we give people a somewhat of a misleading impression when crime
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all across the country, all sorts of violent crime is down. it's a safer country than it used to be. >> tom, what is this virginia alcohol beverage control unit in the first place, these agent snzs? why are they hanging out at a bar? >> that's a great question. have i no idea. i know in virginia hard liquor is sold in liquor stores. they're not sold in private liquor stores. i didn't know they had a uniform uniformed police department checking i.d. the notion of having -- the state police must be cringing. the elite police of virginia are going to check i.d.? >> why not local police? local police should do this. not some state agency. >> agreed. >> i think this is coming from the south, there are -- i think virginia is not the only one that does this. it comes from prohibition. they regulate the bars, the liquor stores and what have you
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just like in places -- i think it's here in new york that you can not sell alcohol and groceries in the same place. i think basically, they are just the liquor police. that's it. >> that's it. we see what happens in the investigation. guys thanks very much. let's take a quick break. much more right after this. he spilled a little soda on his shirt, but that wasn't the big deal... this story had 30 minutes left. the like really big deal was that he was with jessica. until kim realized that stouffer's mac and cheese is made with real aged cheddar. so, what about jessica? what about her? stouffer's. made for you to love.
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even though our new cnn poll of democrats shows hillary clinton almost 50% ahead of joe biden. we're starting to track others who are considering primaries against hillary clinton. you've been looking into this jeff. >> republican candidates are tripping over one another out there. there are governors and senators eyes the white house, but we're starting to see a bit more movement on the democratic side. it's a good reminder hillary clinton underestimated barack obama. her advisors tell me they aren't expecting a coronation. >> reporter: the loudest liberal voices are urging senator elizabeth warren to run. >> i'm not running for president. >> i am not running for president. >> i am not running for president.
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>> reporter: this week a new draft movement surfaced trying to persuade joe biden to jump into the race. he's not entirely ruled it out even fueling the speculation with recent trips to iowa new hampshire and south carolina. >> reporter: as clinton prepares to launch next month, the question remains. will anyone join her? 68% say the parties are better with clinton on the ticket but 30% they say are looking for an alternative. as democrats get ready for hillary, a handful are quietly saying not so fast. call them campaign long shots. there's martin o mall leeey and jim web, a former senator and decorated war hero from virginia. this weekend o' malley is off to
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iowa. >> it's wonderful to be here. >> reporter: he may be better known on this stage. armed with a guitar and his own band that performed last night at a washington fund-raiser. he's not only warming up these crowds he's reminding democrats they have a choice. he called for wall street reform in an op-ed, a recurring theme of a potential candidacy. >> instead of offering up dodd-frank light so not to offend. >> reporter: so far he and other potential democratic hopefuls are tiptoeing around the elephant in the room. they're warring against a coronation but fearful of criticizing clinton. >> you'll remember in the 2000 campaign when al gore was the sitting vice president, bill
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bradley stepped up. he's heading to iowa in may to fire up the activists about global warming. >> is that -- >> al gore. >> possible that al gore might think about running against hillary clinton. >> i don't think al gore has done anything to encourage us to believe that he is eager to leave his life right now and get back into politics. democrats generally like the shiny new thing. they don't like going back a generation. hillary clinton is the exception because there's a sense in the party, because she's a woman that she can unite the various factions of the party and she becomes the new thing by vir shoe chew of her gender. will the democrats want to go back to a gore or john kerry?
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i don't think so. >> he's doing stuff he hasn't done over the past several years. >> he is. he's sienggning up activists at a conference to support him on his global warming effort. a friend said he's enjoying the speculation giving interviews but i'm with gloria i don't think we'll get a gore. >> you also mentioned john kerry's name. >> he hasn't ruled it out. >> he hasn't ruled it out. if hillary clinton stumbles falls or god forbid has bad health or something, there are all these people who are sitting out there. i think joe biden is in the same situation. he sees all the kids in his pool, one of his advisors said he's like why don't i jump in and have fun. they're saying the waters have never partied this way for somebody. at this point, are any of them serious aside from folks you mentioned in your piece?
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i don't think so. >> when you say he hasn't ruled it out, he was asked about it. >> he left open the possibility. it would be crazy for them not to. what if something could happen to secretary clinton but he's not doing anything actively lyly pursuing this. >> the house collect committee on the benghazi hearings. he's asked her to submit her server to a third party. it will remain private where she deleted her personal e-mails. she said he handed over the government related e-mails to the state department. what do you make of this? >> i think it's predictable that he would be doing that. he said that's what's he's going to do. in terms of the democrats we were talking about, they don't want to touch it. o' malley was asked about that and he said he might run against her and showing real interest. he was asked about the e-mail
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situation and he said he's a little sick of the e-mail as he put it. didn't want to go near it. joe biden was asked about the clinton foundation he didn't want to go near it. the democrats don't want to jump on her for that because they know it's likely she'll be their nominee. the republicans will. >> they have a shot of getting that server? >> it's going to be a legal battle. she said she has no plans to turn it over. she said it at the press conference. this could end up a judge may decide this. right now voters probably don't care. if this is still going on a year if now into the general election it does feed into the sense of what's she hiding. republicans can always overreach. we've seen that so many times. this will be a court fight. >> every clinton person i talk to and i talked to one today who said the public doesn't care about what server you use or what e-mail you use. i will tell you that i believe that transparency will become an issue.
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she can turn around and throw back at republicans. she can say to jeb bush you didn't release all of your e-mails. she could say to chris christie where are your e-mails and what about governor romney's e-mails that were deleted from when he was governor. i think this is an issue that is going to cut both ways. right now republicans are enjoying the advantage but i think you the flip it right around. >> still believe she will announce in april and open up her campaign headquarters as you broke that story in brooklyn. >> we do believe she'll announce in april. a lot of campaign staffers are quitting their job this week and moving up to brooklyn. >> important notice to our viewers, gloria will be back this sunday morning, 9:00 a.m. eastern as well as noon eastern. "state of the union" with gloria. remember you can always follow us on twitter. go ahead and tweet me.
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join us monday right here in "the situation room." watch us live or dvr the show so you won't miss a moment. have a great weekend. erin burnett outfront starts right now. tonight, breaking news isis suicide bombers reportedly pretending to be disabled hiding explosives in makeshift casts killing more than 135 people wounding hundreds more. a live report coming up. new details from the fbi about the mississippi man found hanging from a free and the horrific story of a woman lured to a home by a craigslist ad brutally beaten. her baby stolen from inside her. tonight the warning signs that were ignored. let's go outfront.