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looked to for guidance. i'll talk to the congressman who brought a copy of the journal to capitol hill. violence erupts after an african-american is shot and killed in charlotte. protesters clash with police their anger fueled by a similar shooting in tulsa days ago. racial politics. the presidential candidates react, with hillary clinton decrying what she calls systemic racism. donald trump says it's troubling and goes on to say black communities are in the worst shape they've ever been. can trump broaden his support among african-americans? i am wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news. the search for two potential witnesses to the new york city bomb attack. the fbi is seeking two men seen on surveillance video removing one of the explosive devices
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from a piece of luggage. investigators are stressing they see the men as witnesses and they're not accused of wrong-doing. new clues to the case emerging from the journal the suspect was carrying when he was captured. you can see a bullet-hole in the pages which are soaked with blood. the entries contain praise for isis and al qaeda leaders as well as talk of jihad, bombs and u.s. oppression. we're also following the tense situation in charlotte, north carolina. bracing for a possible repeat of violence that rocked the city overnight. clashes with police broke out as hundreds of people protested the deadly shooting of an african-american days after a similar incident in tulsa, oklahoma. the issue is front and center on the campaign trail as donald trump and hillary clinton both court black voters. we're covering that with our guests. including mike mccaul. he held up a copy of the bomb suspect's journal during a hearing on terrorism today.
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our correspondents and our expert analysts are also standing by. beginning with cnn national correspondent deborah feyerick for more on the investigation into the new york bomb attack. deb, what's the latest? >> reporter: wolf, we want to update you on the status of the terror suspect. he remains unconscious and intubated. fbi agents are with him 24/7. it doesn't appear he'll be going anywhere anytime soon. he is still healing from wounds he sustained during the shootout he began with police on monday. meantime, his wife is expected to sit down and speak with fbi agents by the end of the week. all of this as a thorough investigation continues. the fbi is eager to talk to these two men, described as potential witnesses. surveillance video shows the two men walking along west 27th street in chelsea when they saw a carry-on bag, which they took after first removing its
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contents. a doctored pressure cooker, which was in fact a terrorist's bomb. >> we have no reason to believe that they're connected. that's why, as i have said, and i can't stress enough, they are witnesses at this time. >> reporter: two minutes after the first bomb detonated. surveillance video shows ahmad khan rahami four blocks away. the bldevice was covered with rahami's dna. >> that evidence includes 12 fingerprints recovered from the undetonated bomb from the 27th street location in chelsea. including on the pressure cooker duct tape and the triggering cellphone. >> reporter: writings from the terror suspect show he wanted to die a martyr. >> this is a copy of mr. rahami's journal. >> reporter: the blood-soaked journal with a bullet hole was recovered following a shootout with linden, new jersey, police.
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he writes inshallah, god willing in arabic. the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets. gun shots to your police. he talks about the holy warriors in afghanistan, iraq, sham, syria and palestine. he praises isis chief al adnani along with al qaeda terrorists. >> the journal found on rahami at the time of his arrest talking about among other things jihad, pipe bombs, a pressure cooker bomb, and the sounds of bombs heard in the street as well as laudatory references to anwar al awlaki and osama bin laden. >> reporter: prosecutors say this summer rahami purchased several bomb components on ebay, shipping them to a new jersey business where he worked. rahami may have tested the explosives two days before the attacks. the family's back yard shows what appears to be scorched earth, and prosecutors say video from a relative's phone shows
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rahami with a container partially buried in the back yard. then the lighting of the fuse, a loud noise and flames followed by billowing smoke and laughter. rahami then reenters the frame. and, wolf, we can tell you that authorities believe that rahami entered new york about two hours before the bombing and he left two hours after it was all over. nypd detectives scouring video surveillance cameras trying to trace every single step of his whereabouts that night, and meantime, 100 tips -- more than 100 tips have poured in. the one they really want right now is those two men, hoping they can provide evidence and hoping they still have that bag in which that bomb was carried. wolf. >> deborah feyerick in new york. thank you so much. more on the investigation. our justice correspondent evan pérez is joining us.
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evan, first of all, what more is known about these two men? >> wolf, the remarkable thing about this is the nypd is trying to make it clear that these men are not suspected of being any part of this whatsoever. it looks like what they've done is scoured as much as they can any kind of connections and found no reason to believe that these men are connected to rahami. what i am told, however, from looking at the surveillance cameras right in front of this business where this bomb was placed is a surreal scene of people who essentially step over this bag containing a bomb for minutes, for frankly for about an hour, people stepping around it. party-goers. ordinary people going about their lives on a saturday night in new york city. it's a wonder that this thing did not go off. i asked chief waters of the nypd counter-terrorism division today just about that. and he said these people are
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very, very lucky, wolf. >> what more are you hearing about the contents of this journal that was found and how it was recovered? >> well, the fact that it was -- that it was on his body and it got damaged in the firefight, it had bullet holes and it has blood as you see from the picture. they are now trying to piece together as much as they can to try to put together what exactly he was thinking before carrying out the attacks. they want to see if he has any other writings. they found some writings in the backpack that contained the pipe bombs in elizabeth, new jersey. they're also scouring other places that he lived, where he worked, to see if he had other writings to try to explain this. they describe it as rambles really. at this point it's still a very early picture of what he had in mind. >> just restate what you are hearing, ahmad khan rahami is unconscious now, in the hospital? is that right? >> that's right, wolf. he is unconscious. it appears to be medically induced because, obviously, he had several surgeries to repair,
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you know, the injuries from those bullet wounds he was injured, in his shoulder as well as in his leg and arm. we expect that the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york here in manhattan will have him moved as soon as possible so that they can try to present him in court to face these charges. >> evan, thank you very much. let's get more on all of this. the chairman of the house homeland security committee mike mccaul of texas, is joining us. thank you for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. >> first of all, to the mystery of the two men that the fbi released their images, seeking information, unknown individuals, referring to the explosive device they apparently saw a bag on the street outside what would have been the second bombing. they took the bag but left the bomb, the pressure cooker bomb in a plastic bag there. what do we know about these two individuals. >> i had deputy commissioner john miller testify before my committee. he was asked about these two
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persons of interest, i guess you could say. i think they were found on 27th street looking at the duffel bag, opening it up. seeing a pressure cooker was inside, dropping that, and then taking the duffel bag with them. i don't, in my judgment, think they were connected to this. but of course, you know, the fbi and new york police department have to run down every lead and interview any potential suspect or person of interest. these two persons obviously have some connection to the pressure cooker because they took it out of the duffel bag. >> because that duffel bag potentially has a lot of evidence. fingerprints, wheres it was purchased, who was purchasing it, for example, and it's been several days, four days, since the incident. no one has come and showed up with that duffel bag and it's been now several hours since the fbi released this bulletin. has anyone come forward and said, hey, by the way, we're these two guys and we were curious about the duffel bag?
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>> as we saw with tamerlan tsarnaev. when you put these things out you can find suspects in the process. you're right. this is the best evidence left behind. it had fingerprints on it that led us to the suspect, rahami. >> the bomb that was left behind had fingerprints. >> the unexploded i.e.d., pressure cooker. it also has dna material. the same individual -- same dna linked to the new jersey explosive devices. i think that's important because, what we want to find out is, is the dna mr. rahami's or another potential suspect in this terror attack. that could lead us to some --bo ybd the current suspect. the two are linked because the dna on the unexploded device in new york also appears on the device in new jersey. >> one more thing about the bulletin. they said if anyone has any information, call the fbi,
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toll-free tip line as it's called. called your local fbi office. it also says, or get in touch with the nearest american embassy or consulate, which suggests that maybe there are some people overseas in various countries who may be familiar with these two individuals and may be able to provide a tip. normally in a bulletin like this they don't tell you to call the nearest u.s. embassy or the nearest u.s. consulate. >> it may be an attempt to get them to the consulate for protection purposes. we want information from them. don't forget, rahami had several trips to afghanistan and pakistan, claiming he had family, relatives over there. he was submitted through secondary screening coming back into the united states. he also married a pakistani woman who we believe is still in pakistan today. >> you don't think she is -- supposedly she was in the united arab emirates and cooperating with authorities there. that's what we heard. >> the latest i had was that her whereabouts were not exactly
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known but that, at the time, they thought she was in pakistan. >> that's interesting. she is originally from pakistan, and we know that he had spent, what, almost a year near quetta in pakistan in the not too distant future, rahami. talk about the journal. you brought it up to capitol hill. he was keeping this journal. you have the images there. a lot of it soaked in blood because he was shot. but what he writes in there is so disturbing. >> well, i think what we found in this journal, wolf, is that -- is the best evidence. it's almost like a confession when you read it. he talks about wanting to set off bombs in the streets of new york. he talks about wanting to set off explosive devices before a 5k run. in addition, i think there is a lot of specspeculation, right a this happened, was this an act of terrorism? people jumped on board quickly. some people didn't. trying to speculate what the motivation behind this act of terror was. i think this journal answers
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fully all those questions, particularly when you look at the references to bin laden, to the cleric al awlaki who has radicalized so many people with his sermons. when he talks about the isis spokesperson killed in an air strike, mr. adnani. he says in the journal that his guidance came from the lead isis spokesman, adnani, who is the chief of external operations within the isis organization. what that tells me, wolf, as a counter-terrorism expert, is that now we can definitively say this was an inspired -- an isis-inspired terrorist attack. >> other elements he praises bin laden, anwar al alauki. it could be both isis and al qaeda inspired, if you read all that journal writing. >> i don't think a lot of these terrorists really make a lot of distinctions here. we find it in a lot of these
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cases. chattanooga, fort hood. al awlaki was inspiring them but then they latch onto isis as the winning team for that inspiration. stand by. more breaking news coming into "the situation room." appears there has been a chemical weapons attack on u.s. troops in iraq by isis. barbara starr is getting new information at the pentagon. we'll share that with you right after a quick break. what i love most about tempur-pedic mattresses is that they contour to your body. it keeps us comfortable and asleep at night. (vo) soft, firm, or hybrid... our three collections pair up to create the perfect bed for two. there's more than one tempur-pedic.
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iraqi forces by isis. let's get the details from our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what are you learning? >> at this hour u.s. military experts are testing the shell that landed at this air base in northern iraq, a place called kiara, south of mosul. u.s. and iraqi troops located there. on tuesday u.s. troops are not hurt. there is no indication of any u.s. troops exposed to this mustard agent this they believe was in the shell that landed on the base. some u.s. troops did as a precaution go through decontamination. they saw the remnants of the shell and a suspicious substance. they tested it. the first test came back positive, the second test negative. that is why tonight they're going through more intensive testing. why do they believe it's isis? isis operates in the area and has staged mustard attacks in the past and isis is desperate to hold on to this area. mosul in northern iraq.
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it's the center of their claim they have a caliphate. thanks very much. mr. chairman, your reaction, first of all, to this report. >> it demonstrates that isis is willing to use chemical weapons to kill americans, whether it be over in iraq and syria or in the homeland, which is what we're always concerned about. >> is that realistic, that isis elements in the united states could use this kind of mustard agent against american civilians? >> they certainly have the intent. do they have the capability? probably not. they'd have to get it into the united states. but they do have the intent. they demonstrated that. it also shows how they're becoming more desperate in the fight. remember, mosul, as barbara starr talked about, is really going to be kind of the fight. mosul and raqqa are what they are holding onto to still maintain this caliphate. and they'll use everything they have in that fight. i think they've had this for
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quite some time. now you'll see them unleashing it. >> hope they don't unleash it here in the united states. bad enough that they're unleashing it against u.s. forces to iraq and potentially syria. fear of another night of violent protests following a deadly and racially charged police shooting. plus, donald trump reaching out to african-american voters and claiming that black communities are, quote, in the absolutely worst shape ever. you pay your car insurance premium like clockwork.
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we're following a tense situation in charlotte, north carolina. police are bracing for possible violence while leaders appeal for calm following the deadly police shooting of an
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african-american man, the second such incident in recent days. brian todd has the very latest for us. brian. outrage over the shooting. certainly rocked the city overnight. >> it certainly did, wolf. the city of charlotte tense again tonight following a night of rioting and looting which left more than a dozen police officers injured last night. the shooting deaths of two african-american men in charlotte and tulsa, oklahoma, leaving two more american cities struggling with the after math of police shootings. in charlotte, protesters throw rocks and water bottles at police, stomp on and damage vehicles, block traffic on a major interstate and then grow in intensity. >> they broke into the back of a tractor-trailer and started setting items on fire. >> reporter: 16 police officers were injured, one hit in the face with a rock. the riot, sparked by the fatal police shooting of 43-year-old keith lamont scott tuesday afternoon. in an emotional facebook live stream, a woman who says scott
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was her father, didn't have a gun and if he did the police planted it. >> what gun he had, in the damn car reading a book. >> reporter: police say a gun was recovered and no book. >> mr. scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun, as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it. he stepped out, posing a threat to the officers, and officer brentley vinson subsequently fired his weapon, striking the subject. >> reporter: the officer, who like scott is african-american, was not wearing a body camera. other officers were, but no video or a photo of the gun has been released. the incident comes days after a fatal officers-involved shooting in tulsa, oklahoma, that has also drawn scrutiny. officers came upon terence crutcher beside a vehicle stopped by the side of the road.
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his hands were up. when an officer orders him to the ground he instead returns to his car. officer betty shelby shoots him. >> shots fired! >> reporter: the officer's attorney says she was afraid he was behaving oddly and reaching for a weapon. police say no weapon was found. only the drug pcp. family lawyers say his car window was not even open. >> we see on the video terrence never made a sudden movement towards the officers for going inside the vehicle. when can see the officers were not in any imminent harm. >> reporter: both shootings raising the question under what circumstances is police use of force allowable. if an officer thinks a person has a gun. >> someone who has the intent to use that gun can use it in less than a second and bring fatal harm to you or another officer or somebody nearby. so the officer will respond to that potential threat with a threat of their own. >> even if it's not pointed at the officer. >> absolutely. an officer does not have to wait to have that gun pointed at
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them. >> reporter: the officers in both charlotte and tulsa are on paid administrative leave pending investigations. a law enforcement expert says, of the two cases this officer, betty shelby in tulsa, oklahoma, is the one most likely to face possible charges because there is no dispute that the man she shot and killed was unarmed. now we look ahead to tonight in charlotte where an activist group planning to hold a protest rally in less than two hours from now. the mayor and police chief there appealing for calm. we'll see what happens tonight. >> brian, thank you. on the campaign trail, the presidential candidates are speaking out about these controversial police shootings. our senior political correspondent brianna keilar is working this part of the story for us. they're issuing very strong statements. >> that's right. certainly both of them are trying to attract support recently from african-american voters. or as some observers think, donald trump is trying to attract support from white voters who are uncomfortable
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with his support from white supremacists but these shootings have brought the issue of race and law enforcement to the forefront again and the candidates are responding. on the campaign trail, police killings of black men in oklahoma and north carolina are dominating the conversation. >> there is still much we don't know about what happened in both incidents, but we do know that we have two more names to add to a list of african-americans killed by police officers in these encounters. it's unbearable. and it needs to become intolerable. >> donald trump specifically addressing the killing of terence crutcher in tulsa. >> that man was hands up. that man went to the car. hands up. put his hand on the car. i mean, to me it looked like he did everything you're supposed to do. >> stressing his law and order message he also defended police but questioned if the female
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officer who shot crutcher may have, in his words, choked. >> you have somebody in there that either makes a mistakes that's bad or that chokes. people that choke, people that do that, maybe they can't be doing what they're doing. okay? they can't be doing what they're doing. >> trump made the comments before a largely black audience at a church in cleveland where he invited controversial boxing promoter don king to introduce him. king using language unheard of in modern politics from the podium of a presidential nominee. >> if you are intelligent intellectual you're intellectual negro. if you are dancing and sliding and gliding [ bleep ] -- i mean negro -- >> trump did not acknowledge king's word choice. his trip to ohio, part of his latest pitch to black voters, with whom he has historically low support. >> our african-american communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before, ever, ever,
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ever. >> a false claim that vastly defies all of the facts of american history. trump's comments spawned outrage, including from congressman john lewis, a civil rights movement icon. >> i don't know where this man is coming from. is he saying that the conditions are worse than slavery? >> leading overwhelmingly with black voters, clinton is still struggling with younger african-americans. many of whom supported bernie sanders. and are now considering a vote for a third-party candidate. in florida, pitching her economic plan, clinton talked about inclusivity, hoping to draw a contrast with her opponent. >> say loudly and clearly in this country, no one is worthless, no one is less than. we are all of value. >> just a short time ago at a town hall, wolf, we learned that donald trump talked more about his law and order message, and he said that he is for stop and frisk, which, as you know, is a practice that was used in new
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york city. he said it worked well there. you need to be proactive. it's something that after challenges was abandoned in new york city because of the disproportionate number of african-american and hispanics stopped by police there. >> brianna, stand by. our political panel is here joining us. not only brianna keilar but senior political analyst of cnn and senior editor at "the atlantic" ron brownstein and cnn politics executive editor mark preston. all of you stand by. more information is coming into the "the situation room." we'll discuss, review right after this.
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and start gathering the information you need to help you keep rolling with confidence. go long™. ♪ following the reaction to a pair of officer involved shootings in north carolina and oklahoma the presidential candidates there weighing in as well, thrusting the issues of race and justice to the forefront of the campaign. let's get back to our political experts. ron broinstewnstein. a new poll. hillary clinton 43%, trump, 37%. among likely voters choice for president. gary johnson, 9%. jill stein, 3%. a healthy lead at least for her right now. >> right. the key number for me in that, wolf, is donald trump at 37%. i mean in national polling he has trouble getting above the low 40s in any poll. the principle reason for that is reaffirmed in the new poll. not only facing historic deficits among minority voters
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including african-americans but he is underperforming with college white voters. poll out today losing college whites by 18. in new hampshire by monmouth, losing by 23. if he is going to get from where he is in the roughly 40% or slightly above range into the mid 40s where he needs to win he'll have to reverse doubts among college whites. two principle doubts. not qualified. racially biased. >> he is making a major effort to attract african-american support. once again today he was at an african-american church. he spoke about the tragic shootings in tulsa and charlotte. he also said that -- these words. he said african-american communities in his words are in the worst shape they have ever been. he repeated ever, ever, ever. and one of the supporters, don king, actually used the n-word in introducing him today.
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how is this outreach being received? >> it's a jumble, wolf, right? i mean, it's notable, i think, that he used the word "tragic" because it signals at least that he sees the pains that african-americans particularly feel about this series of incidents that are on tape where african-americans are, you know, in these violent encounters with police. it goes back, again, to back in july when he first declared himself the law and order candidate, he said -- i'm going to quote here -- that in his administration everyone will be treated justly and without prejudice. that's a message that resonates. the problem is he doesn't stick with it, and the other problem that he has is that it gets messed up with his birther controversy and with some of the other statements that he makes that don't resonate with the vast majority of african-americans. and that's why you see it reflected in the polls. >> he has a lot of history. he wasn't born in this campaign. >> right. >> he doesn't start on a blank slate. >> today he said he would use stop and frisk. that won't resonate.
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>> mark preston. more of this drip, drip, drip by the "washington post." more information on the charitable foundation, the trump foundation. "washington post" reporting, what, a quarter of a million dollars of the foundation's charitable money used to settle legal problems. is this going to hurt him? >> as a stand alone, no. we haven't seen anything that would be really damaging to the conventional candidate from previous elections such as this. be hurtful to donald trump. this one of these issues. i think what we'll see, though, over the next couple of weeks and certainly on that debate on monday night, you're going to see hillary clinton and certainly her campaign in the days of following up is to try to build that dossier, the argument, to pull together the disparate acts that show he is, a, not competent and, b, a liar. this is be one of the pieces of the puzzle that the clin campaign tries to put together to try to disqualify donald
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trump in the eyes of the voters. >> you've covered trump and the candidates for a while, brianna. trump used to complain about hillary clinton not doing news conferences with reporters who travel with him. it's been a long time since he's done a full-scale news conference. his campaign manager kellyanne conway last night that when he goes to a rally that's press availability even though he is not answering questions. does he need to do news conferences right now to get back into that groove? >> all i know is that he's not. and that is not press availability. to go to a rally. >> 56 days since -- >> 56 days. he is on the other side of this argument now. he hit hillary clinton for not having a press conference. his surrogates did left and night for not having one for nine months. it's been two weeks. she has had six availabilities to the press. multiple press conferences. and he has not. he has had a few things in a row
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that look pretty bad in terms of press accessibility. getting to an event. because he is extraordinary in that his press corps does not travel with him. the only candidate recently to do that, hillary clinton just started doing that, he made fun of them, actually, when they didn't get to his event. he didn't wait for them. they only saw two minutes of his event. this is the pool. it's pretty extraordinary that the pool does not get to see the candidate at an event. also describing some of these events, basically as proiess conferences when they're not. from the press perspective he should be more available to the press. it could also help him. we've seen hillary clinton been able to reassert the narrative when she has that opportunity. donald trump does do that a lot through rallies. but, no, it's certainly no press accessibility. >> one thought. this race is close because voters have a lot of doubts about hillary clinton. but it's a mistake to say all
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these controversies have not hurt donald trump. the level of resistance he is facing, the share of voters who say they have an unfavorable view of him who gives him marks no higher than hillary clinton on honesty and integrity are extraordina extraordinary. roughly 60% of voters view him negatively on that. he is stuck somewhere around 40%. it adds up. it isn't spinal tap. there isn't another 8% out there. this is 100% of the electorate. his challenge in the debate is more to change those perceptions than even to deepen the negative perceptions of hillary clinton. >> she'll spend the next several days getting ready, practicing, going through questions. he seems to be a bit more aloof when it comes to that debate preparation. >> i am still wondering whether this is a bit of a rope a dope, if he's preparing more than he is letting on and trying to work the lower expectations that he won't be as good of a debater as hillary clinton. i think without a hillary clinton it will be a challenge. she is not as good of a retail
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donald trump's care table -- charitable foundation is facing scrutiny following a report. jim acosta has been digging into the story for us. what are you learning, jim? >> reporter: the trump campaign is hitting back at reporters asking questions about his charitable foundation. and trump advisers argue it's the clinton foundation that deserves the scrutiny. but the questions about the trump foundation aren't going away. even as more questions are surfacing about his foundation, donald trump is keeping up the attack that it's hillary clinton who can't be trusted. >> if hillary is president, it will be a disaster. >> reporter: themissing accusaty have violated tax laws to settle legal disputes at his businesses. chris christie warns it's a
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subject clinton should avoid. >> be careful what door you open, mrs. clinton, because you're not going to want people to be talking about the clinton foundation and comparing it to anything that donald trump has done, including giving away tens of millions of his own personal money. >> reporter: tax documents show the trump foundation directed $100,000 to a veterans charity group instead of trump using his own money to pay a fine. >> the way they settled it is for mr. trump to donate $100,000 to a veterans group. >> reporter: much of the trump foundation's money comes from private donors, not trump himself. at a campaign rally tuesday, trump bragged he's good and
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spending what he called opm. >> other people's money, there's nothing like doing things with other people's money. because it takes the risk. you get a good chunk of it and it takes the risk. >> reporter: the trump campaign attacked t"the washington post" saying there was not and could not be intent for the trump foundation to make improper payments. all contributions are reported to the irs and all donations are disclosed. >> the tax law says if you run a charity, you can't take the money out of your charity and use it to buy things for yourself or help your own business. it's against the law. >> reporter: the controversy irl swirling around the foundation comes after this. >> it is impossible where the clinton foundation ends and the state department begins. it is now abundantly clear that
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the clintons set up a business to profit from public office. >> reporter: we should note tax records show the trump foundation donated money to the clinton foundation. it's clear the trump foundation is no ordinary charity. when you call the number listed, a person at the trump organization, not the foundation, answers the phone. i know, because i did it today. >> what did you hear? >> you talk to somebody who works for somebody that works for the trump organization. when i asked to be transferred to the foundation, i was transferred to the spokesman for the campaign. breaking news straight ahead. new information about the probe into the new york and new jersey bombings. what are investigators learning right now from the suspect's blood soaked journal?
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happening now. breaking news. fbi search four days into the new york bombing situation. authorities are asking for help finding two men spotted on surveillance video. what information might they have?
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bloody journal. was the terrorist inspired by the isis or al qaeda leaders he praises? protesters versus police. officials are urging calm after two african-american men were killed by police officers in separate shooting incidents. one in north carolina, the other in oklahoma. we have new details on the investigations tonight. race in politics. both nominees respond to the new police shootings, a civil rights icon is calling donald trump on the carpet for claiming that black communities have never, ever been in worse shape. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." ♪ this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news this hour. a new search by the fbi in connection with the terrorist bombings in new york and new jersey. inveigor


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