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eight inspiring stories. showing us how the drive to push ourselves in the face of physical limits and life's challenges can help us go further than ever before. the we hope you've inspired you to get out of your comfort zone and start a race of your own. welcome to the cnn news room. i'm boris sanchez in new york this week. we hope you're enjoying your veteran's day and thank you so much for joining us. we start with judge roy moore coming out swinging fiercely denying bombshell allegations that he sought romantic relationships with underaej girls decades ago. here he is arriving at a veteran's event. he was immediately heckled by protesters.
listen. >> moor e is refusing to drop ot of the election despite being accused of assaulting a girl back in 1979 when he was in his 30's. during today's event he forcefully denied all the accusations. >> to be attacked for allegations of sexual misconduct contradicts my entire career in law. i want to make it clear to the media present and to people present, i have not provided alcoholic beverages, beer, or anything else, to a minor. i have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone. these allegations came only four and a half weeks before the general election on december 12th. why now? >> but the hits keep coming and more people are coming forward to corroborate some of the
stories. the ex-boyfriend of moore's accuser is also speaking out. and he told cnn that his ex-is a quote very truly, honest person and that her allegations are pretty much to a t what she told him years ago. joining me now from birmingham is cnn's alex marquardt. judge moore's denying all these accusations. many republicans are saying they want the process to play out before they back away from him and his campaign, but what exactly happens next? what is that process? >> reporter: well, we don't really know. for now, we know that roy moore is standing firm, and staying very much in this race. the he has rejecting any calls from washington or otherwise to get out of the race. this event today was a veteran's day event and he spent the first part honoring the veterans and thanking service men and women for the service. at the back end he did address these accusations and this was a full throated rejection of all of those allegations. he tried to paint it as a
liberal conspiracy theory that was being spearheaded by "the washington post." he said it's absolutely unbelievable that these allegations are only coming out now with just a month before the special election. and almost 40 years after the fact. take a listen. excuse me. sorry. i thought we were going to a sound bite there. but when we are hearing is what you noted in the introduction there. we are hearing from the ex-boyfriend of lee corfman. she was the woman who alleged the most serious allegations against him. she said at 14 years she met him at the courthouse and he twice picked her up from her home and took her back to his house and inappropriately touched her. she was found by "the washington post." moore supported her asking why now? why are they coming forward? well the fact is that corfman
and the other women were found by the washington post and told their story. cnn has spoken to an ex-boyfriend of corfman's. they dated between 2009 and 2011 and he say, as you mentioned briefly that her story is pretty much to a t exactly the way she told it to him and he did indeed call her a very truly honest person. now, at the same time, we're also hearing from people who knew roy moore from that same era, specifically a woman named teresa jones. the she was a deputy district attorney when moore was an assistant district attorney. she tells cnn it wwas common knowledge that roy dated high school girls. everyone we knew thought it was weird. we wondering why someone his age would hang out at high school games and the mall but you really wouldn't say anything to someone like that. as you mention, the hits keep on coming. how will affect the campaign and
supporters, that remains very much to be seen. >> thank you. so with roy moore refusing to get out of the race in alabama, despite a growing chorus of republicans sharing their views, some calling him to step aside, let's discuss with a prominent alabama opinion columnist. thank you so much for joining us. first off, what is the impact here on moore's loyal base of supporters from previous reports, we've heard many of standing by him. does this galvanize them or do you think this might lesson the enthews yachl of some to support him? >> well, right now, it looks like it's actually galvanized him and motivated them tore more aggressively in favor of roy moore. the whether that translates on election day to coming out and voting i guess we have a ways to see. but vocally there's a lot of support and skepticism about the reporting, there's questions of
whether it's a conspiracy by democrats or a conspiracy by republican establishment in washington. but there are a lot of denial. >> john, i want to point out something that you wrote, because i think it's worth discussing. you write, quote, these allegations are horrifying regardless of the spin, but we can't know if they are true without a serious investigation, and that may never happen. it's certainly won't before election day. so how do you suggest that alabama voters then make up their minds about this senate race if there's likely not going to be any proof before election day, possibly even beyond then? >> well, of course we have four women who have come out and been named and 30 other sources that confirm this. i mean anyone who reads the story carefully, can see that it is good traditional solid journalism. that was really written in reference to the defenses by people like alabama auditor jim
ziegler who said essentially it doesn't matter if this is true, we still support him because we would rather support someone who did this than a democrat. and while we may never know for sure, with 100 degree certainty before the election whether this was true, we can know that defense is some what skewed. >> what does that tell you, gt fact that in theory, they say that they would vote for a child predator over a democrat? >> right. i don't think it's in theory. i think it's absolute truth that -- we're not talking about everybody in alabama. we're not talking about every republican in alabama. you're talking about these local hard-core moore supporters who generally believe that even if every word in that is true, he would be better in the u.s. senate than any democrat. >> is there a way for democrats to play this to their advantage
in so try to capitalize on his troubles or is that making politics out of a tragic situation if the allegations are true? >> right. it's a very fine line. of course the democrats here in alabama really are more motivated at least more vizably motivated to back doug jones than really any race i've seen in the last quarter century. this obviously nomotivates thems well. while people like me have for weeks said that interview is something but doug jones really doesn't have a chance to win. it does give him that puncher's chance come december 12 that no one would have seen coming. >> one last question, john. moore has suggested there are going to be revelations over the next few days, in his words, evidence of collusion between the accusers. have you gotten any idea or hint about what he might be talking
about? >> i don't, other than there's been a lot going around on social media and elsewhere that people claim that to somebody from the post had gone to solicit people to make these charges, and offered to pay them and there was a tape, and et cetera. and the district attorney in the county where roy moore was from is supposed to have this tape. our reporters have gone to that divts attorney who says no, no such tape exists, there's a lot of effort in a lot of ways to discredit what has been reported. so far, very little of it has stuck. >> all right. thank you so much for joining us. turning oversee seas now where trump president trump is not going to ask vladimir putin if russia meddled because he has accepted his answer. the two men got the chance to
speak a few times during the asia pacific summit in vietnam. the president says putin denied any involvement in the election and he feels it is incutting to the russian leader to keep asking. he feels they have bigger things to address. in short, he says he is moving on. the u.s. intelligence committee is not moving on. cnn asked the cia today if the agency's position on russia's meddling had changed since a january report that sustained so, the answer, it has not. intelligence agencies have concluded that russians did work to effect the results of the election last year tilting it toward donald trump. the ranking for the house unl-- schiff, the california congressman writes mr. president trump simply can't bring himself to put america first. cnn politics reporter is in
vee vietnam today. with congress too, what's his response? >> reporter: good morning, boris. that's exactly right. president trump is here in hanoi, vietnam, where he touched down yesterday night and he had indinner with the president of vietnam leice vietnam last night. it's really his comment earlier in the day around the apec summit that have wrangled both democrats and republicans alike back home. president trump met with vladimir putin three times brief meetings during the apec summit in the coastal city south of here, and there was one meeting according to a white house official around five-minute meeting and president trump told reporters he addressed election meddling and president putin denied meddling. let me read to you exactly what the president said.
he said every time he sees me, referring to vladimir putin, he says i didn't do that. and i believe, i really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. >> now, it's no the a surprise that president trump is you knowk taking the question, or questioning whether the intelligence community is correct. he had done that in the past. what the remarkable is the fact he's basically saying he's taking vladimir putin's word, over this intelligence community. he also said that the former intelligence officials that help put together that finding are political hacks, and as you mentioned, he basically said he's taking his word, and this is a finished conversation between him and the president. the they spoke about it earlier in germany, when they met earlier this year, and there was a similar reaction. they addressed it, he brought it up twice, and that was that. but, boris, as you mentioned, the cia asked about the president's statements,
basically said they stand by the findings in that report. >> we should also point out, the director of the cia is mike pompeo who was actually appointed by donald trump so he's contradicting people he has appointed. thank you. top figures in the american intelligence community including the director of the cia, as i just mentioned have long gone on the record saying they're confident russia had some involvement in president trump's election. watch this. >> i am confident that the russians meddled in this election as is the entire intelligence community. >> is there any dissent on the question of whether the russians initer feared with the american election is it h. >> there is no dissent and i have stated that publicly. >> no doubt at all. i stand behind it. >> i think it's publicly known and accepted that russia did try to influence the campaign.
to what extent they were successful, i don't think we know. >> you and the russian government did -- never tried to influence the outcome of the u.s. presidential election, and there will be no evidence found. >> translator: ronald reagan was debating about taxes and said watch my lips. he said no. match my lips. no. >> i didn't win because of russia. russia had nothing to do with me winning. >> i want to introduce our panel. cnn political analyst april ryan. also alice stuart, and national security analyst july yiette. april, first to you, there's no possible way to misinterpret what the director of the cia and national intelligence and those other officials you saw. they believe the russians meddled in the election you but
the president says he believes vladimir putin when he says otherwise, in part because he says he feels that vladimir putin means it. did everyone that we just hear from not mean it? april? >> um, everyone that you heard from in the intelligence community definitely meant it. words matter. and this intelligence community from this country understands the significance, when they say something, it's real. not only that, i've talked to some intelligence people who have said anything that happens of this magnitude in russia, vladimir putin knows what's going on. so this president wants to believe vladimir putin when he says he did not meddle, because it would lead to -- if this were true, it would lead to the fact that he may not have won on his own standing, not only that, there's an investigation. the president just wants to continue to say it's not right. it's just an effort to make --
to smear him. so the intelligence community is not always fool proof, but they have evidence -- they have evidence that this is real. >> alice, to you, at one point during his discussion with reporters, the president said the whole thing was set up by democrats. why is it so hard for the president to acknowledge what so many others already have accepted as fact? >> he has said from the very beginning that he has feared that too much focus on russian interference would minimize his victory. the reality is he won, the he won the electoral college and he is the president of the united states. it would be heavilpful if he wo embrace that idea. there is universal acceptance that russia z interfere. to what degree it interfered with the vote we may never know. it is clear vladimir putin doesn't want to admit he's involved. i think the situation the president was in with him today,
at a photo op in the summit, it wasn't the right place for him to really push and push and push on this issue. i think it was right that he did ask him if he meddled in the election. i think he clearly asked him a few times and vladimir putin denied it repeatedly. i think the problem is when he says that he believes what vladimir putin said e maybe he didn't directly do it or directly oversee it, but clearly we all know they did. i think a bigger takeaway from the little conversation he did have with putin was that they did make some headway and move the ball down the field with regard to isis specifically in se syria and at the president said he got russia to pull out of syria. so i think we all knew what was going to happen with russia, we wouldn't get any further on that but the fact woo he did make progress with regard to defeating isis, that is the big
takeaway from the conversation. >> juliette, a couple of questions for you. initially what was your reaction to seeing the president say this today? >> i mean just how really disruptive it is. i no he alex was talking about isis i don't think the russians agreed to any changes on the isis policy. i think trump gets very weak when he's confront the directly. you can go back to his approach to mexico. while he doesn't actually demand anything of the chinese and russians, but i think it's actually more dangerous in this regard. le we're talking about our democracy. if you wanted to be worried about 2018 and 2020, today was the day to be worried. because what president trump said was he essentially enabled or em powered russia to continue what they're doing. so here you have the intelligence agencies, law enforcement, state and local voting app par rat tus trying to
protect democracy. the this is democracy. and you have a president essentially enabling russia by excusing them and throwing our intelligence agencies under the bus. so i am not benign about what donald trump did today. i think it was incredibly disruptive for our democratic norms, not just in the past, but in the future. that was a welcome mat, and all i can say is hold on because who knows what russia whose in store in 2018 and 2020. >> president trump also called out the former head of the cia, former director of national intelligence, james clapper. former fbi director james comey, saying he would rather trust p vladimir putin. >> i know how they see it. first of all, let's remind everyone that brennan clapper and comey have either worked for
democrat the and republicans or republican the only. so, the idea that -- until he was appointed by obama. the idea these are political hacks, these are men and leaders in their field whose political identity in this world of extreme partisanship, their political identity was not how anyone would have ever defined them. so clearly, one of the reasons why pompeo, the cia director came out quickly today is they are afraid of losing their troops. that every president needs support from the law enforcement military to support american interests. i think pompeo coming out that strongly, pompeo being a trump 130er9 supporter early on, the president is losing our safety and security. essentially losing the base in terms of national security. that's very, very scary for all of us, because no one ever has viewed any of these people as part san. they're pro-america. and trump sees that as part san,
that's a shame. >> april i want to make sure i get the numbers right. earlier this summer congress voted overwhelmingly in almost s -- the house -- senate, 98 to 2. many republicans. don't republicans have to respond to these claims that the president is making if it contra dicts what they believe about russia and meddling in the election last year? >> in is just indicative of what's happening. the president is snubing his nose at the nation, this country's intelligence agency. basically snubing his nose at his own republican party. this is one of the reasons why there is infighting with -- within this party, and the fact that some people have come out, yes, the ones who are hearing mostly from the ones who are leaving, from leaving on the hill, talking about the
president. but there is a grumbling going on about what this president is doing. it does not bode well for these leaders who have, in his own party, who have basically said russia is a problem. we have to sanction them. we have to really take a strong stand because they have impeded upon our democracy. and for the president of the united states to basically say, to snub his nose at them, there is a problem. and we're going to continue to see this play out as it relates to russia, and his own party on the hill, and all that's happening as relates to russia. >> alice, very quickly to you, do you agree with april that the president is thumbing his nose at his own party? >> i think the fact we have such universal consensus that russia has interfered we need to take some kind of action and sanctions have been approved by congress, i do think they need to be executed by the president. he needs to impose those
sanctions on russia in order for them to get the message that would be the best way for-vladimir putin to understand that we do mean business, but clearly, one of the things the president continued to stress when talking to reporters it had it's in our best interest if we get along. right now i think he's doing the best he can to try to make that happen. hopefully at some point we get along and make progress, or realizes that's not going to happen and i flexes his muscle, right now what summit was was an opportunity to work on building relationships and flexing muscles hopefully will come if that's needed. >> we will have to end it there. thank you for joining us. ium coming up a new report says the former national security as vieder and his son hatched a not to force a cler ic out of the country on behalf of turkey. it's a remarkable story.
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he's already secured two indictments and one guilty plea, but special counsel robert mueller is showing know signs of slowing down. he's moving in on the white house. we've learned investigators have interviewed steven miller making him the top trump aide still working in the white house to be questioned so far. according to a source familiar with the investigation a special council asked him his role in the firing of james comey. miller it said to have helped president trump draft a letter explaining why he was firing the now former fbi direct ef. white house counsel refused to let the president send the ler saying it would be to problematic. we're also saying he wanted to know about this trump campaign
meet held last march. you see in the middle of the picture george papadoupolos apparently setting up a meeting there between then candidate trump and russian president vladimir putin. steven miller was at this meeting. along with attorney general jeff sessions, he's on the lower left. this is still just a piece of what robert mueller is looking into. "the wall street journal" reports the special counsel is also investigating former national security add adviser michael flynn and his son, michael flynn jr. according to the journal the flynns were offered as mitch as $15 million to forcibly remove a muslim cleric from the united states and deliver him to turkey. this plot was allegedly discussed during the presidential transition at the 21 club in new york. flynn's attorneys deny these allegatio allegations. we're joined now by frames grem malddy. the helped break the story. thanks so much for joining us. you revealed you'd before
working on the story for several weeks maybe several months if i remember correctly. what was it that finally led you to publishing this report? >> well you want to make sure what you have is some corroboration for what you're hearing. the it's really, pretty, as you pointed out, a pretty extraordinary set of events and circumstances. i think when we were able to kind of confirm that the fbi was investigating, they interviewrd a number of people about this h, because we may have actually known about people who were aware of it before the fbi started questioning people. so, we felt like if the fbi thought that this allegation was potentially worth pursuing, that then therefore made it news worthy, but, i think when you're dealing with something really quite, i mean as mr. flynn's lawyer said last night, he called it prejudicial, i think, and outrageous, and, you know,
it's a pretty strong charge. we wanted to make sure we thought we had enough sources to go with the story. >> his attorney said these allegations were false, as you said, the fbi's apparently investigating this meeting. do you know how far along that investigation is? what evidence they might have? >> well, they've talked to several people about it. i have to say there's already plenty of circumstantial evidence that's on the record. we know, for example, that mike flynn received half a million dollars for a contract that involved efforts to try to return mr. guggen. not this forcible type is that ir yo we're talking about, but to try to lobby. we know after he received that money or his part of this contract, he -- while he was working for the trump campaign, he wrote a very strongly worded almost inflammatory article for
the hill newspaper in which he compared mr. gul lon to a terrorist, said it was a terrorist network, called him a cult leader and said a lot of very, very strong things. which seemed to be setting et predicate for trying to push a government to try to extra indict him. or maybe even a lay the ground work for something extra legal. >> we should point out to the viewers that part of the reason that turkey and you are dough wan wanted this is he blames them for the failed cokoop attempt. >> these allegations ultimately play into that? >> well, it shows how thorough that they're being in looking at all things that are out there. i'm sure that part of the reason they began investigating is because "the wall street journal" reported this earlier
september reading, and we reported it in march, at the same time cnn followed up with an interview. we had it on the record participant in that meeting, jim, who was kind of shocked at what he was hearing when the discussions took place. of course, this latest story says they have another meeting in december during the transition, which really places it sort of much more front and center. so i think they build slowly, build up a case, if they feel like they've got potential charges like they had in the manafort case, maybe they'll bring those forward and continue to investigate. but, as you know, it's like a pyramid. they work their way up the chain until they find -- see how far up they can possibly go. and see what kind of evidence they will bring for their bosses. >> all indications there will be more charges in this investigation in the future. thanks so much for the time i sir. coming up, new details on
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when his body was recovered and turned home, his pregnant widow and mother of his two children could not have an open casket service. it's what happened between a phone call and president trump and sergeant johnson's widow made head lines for weeks. congresswoman feddwilson took i with the way he addressed it. rosa, are you been able to speak with congresswoman wilson? is she aware of these eyewitness reports coming in? >> reporter: you know, i just talked to her office and they tell me the congresswoman is aware of these reports. the now, she's expected to ari in about 30 minutes and we're expected to talk to her in about two hours. we're going to make sure to ask her that question. what i can tell you is she has been very adamant from the get-go about getting answers regarding this attack and she has made her questions very public. she wants to know what happened to sergeant la david johnson and
the circumstances around that attack, and she has been very clear, boris, about her insistence that this needs to be investigated, and that she needs to be briefed. so it's going to be interesting to know if she was briefed before this report was released. >> rosa, several lawmakers saying they received contradictory or incomplete information about the ambush, but tell us about this prayer service that you're attending, who organized it and why? >> reporter: you know, it's all connected. as you mentioned, there was a lot of contro versy after the president of the united states had that conversation with myesha johnson, the widow of sergeant la david johnson, and how congresswoman wilson was critical of that conversation. after that, she received thousands of threats, not only just here in miami to her offices here, but in d.c., so this prayer service is organized by the pastors of this community. there's going to be about 50 pastors that are going to be
president. i talked to one of them. they said they were outraged by how the president of the united states treated the congresswoman. they felt she was being belittled. she grew up here. a lot of the pastors know her and have for years. some of them went to school with her. so they want to shower her with prayers of course because some of these threats were very chilling and they want to make sure they cover her with prayers for her safety. >> we look forward to seeing what she has to say about what she knew about these details. thank you very much. coming up, amid yet another accusation of sexual misconduct in hollywood, one actor is now admitting he is guilty. we'll tell you why critics tell you his apology wasn't really an apology. you're live in the cnn news room. people would ask me in different countries that we traveled, what is your nationality and i would always answer hispanic. so when i got my ancestry dna
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entertainment and sports world are now aimed at another hollywood name. comedian lewis ck said the allegations brought against him by five female comics are quote true. a admitting irresponsible behavior. films have been canceled. and ck will not receive compensation for any of those now shuttered productions. i want to bring in cnn entertainment reporter. chloe, it's been a stunning week when it comes to allegations about sexual misconduct being leviy levied against people. specifically his apology was different than some others we've seen. the though a lot of people felt like it wasn't enough. >> yes. so on first glance you see he releases this very lengthy
statement. he waited almost 24 hours after the "new york times" bombshell report. some criticized for not summing out ahead. there also had been rumblings for years maybe he had been involved in issues involving sexual misconduct. in his apology, though, when you read it a couple times later, you realize like myself, he didn't say i am sorry. that did not come in the mix at all. he just says i'm reforceful. he did name check all the accusers in the first sentence which people gave him kudos for but said his apology seemed self-serving. >> he also repeats -- and it received a lot of criticism that these women admired him. does he have some kind of point though? at least acknowledging unlike some of these other men, that he took advantage of his position of power over these women? >> it was great that he did
acknowledge these things, and he was very introspective, but at the same time this is very different than what harvey weinstein did which was deny, deny, deny, then you look at kevin spacey, who gave kind of a sorry not sorry apology, came out as gay in the apology that he got white spread criticism and now has gone silent. i will say, though, that it is very interesting to see home companies distance themselves so quickly from lewis ck faster than any other celebrities. i think they're kind of learning as they go that they have to cut ties quickly. >> we have to finish this conversation. it seeps like there's a tipping point now where women or men that are victims of sexual feel more comfortable coming forward. justin lost his sight after a teenager and after couple years he took up rock climbing. he's now on his way to compete
in his rock climbing world cup. >> i like to interact with rock in a way very few people get to experience. climbing has taught me how to navigate the world in h a completely different way. >> justin is a professional rock climber. he's also legally blind. >> being a young teen boy and losing your vision is one of the hardest things i could have imagined. i was about to get my learner's permit. that was just robbed from me. >> despite years of tests, doctors couldn't determine the cause of his vision loss. >> i spent probably two or three years just not doing anything at all. until a frepiend of mine that worked at the local gym that i needed to see the rock climb and i was hocked. >> justin can't see anything straight ahead so relies mainly on his peripheral vision. >> when i look at a wall, i don't see holes most of the time. it's just a feel or muscle memory or having a site guide call for me. >> that's where matt frederick
comes in. he directs justin up the wall. >> i learned a lot about how he climbs and i think what would he want to do here. based on that i'll call holds in a specific order. >> together, they're headed to the 2017 ifsc world cup where justin will climb against other visually impaired competitors. this first climb was disqualified. >> sorry. but, he regained climb for the second climb and qualified for the finals and coming just short of finishing first. >> i had no idea i was going to
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