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and a source tells cnn aides believe they are closing in on exposing the writer. this chaos unfolding as former president barack obama unleashes jabs on president trump, breaking with tradition after months of silence. and in just a few hours, obama will take center stage for round two. this time at a rally in california. >> it did not start with donald trump. he is a symptom. not the cause. [ applause ] he's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years. they're undermining our alliances. cozying up to russia. what happened to the republican party? >> i watched it but i fell asleep. i found he's very good, very
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good for sleeping. >> cnn's jeremy diamond is at the white house right now. trump claims obama's speech put him to sleep, but we know it's keeping them awake, you know, who is at the center of this op-ed. >> the effort is still under way at the white house to root out the senior administration official who penned this op-ed in "the new york times" which really does not portray the president in a positive light. it portrays the president as somebody who makes reckless decisions, whose impulses must be constantly checked by the advisers around him. and the white house is still trying to figure out who this person is. a source close to the white house telling cnn the list has been whittled down to just a few people. one senior administration official who's already denied writing the op-ed is out with a rebuttal, nikki haley, the united states ambassador to the united nations. she writes in "the washington post," i, too, am a senior trump
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administration official. if i disagree with something and believe it is important enough to raise with the president, i do it. and he listens. sometimes he changes course. sometimes he doesn't. that's the way the system should work. the american people should be comfortable knowing that's the way the system does work in this administration. what's more she says by throwing gas on a fire of endless distraction, the reaction to the op-ed have hurt all of us trying to do our jobs for the country. that is nikki haley who we know at times has broke within president trump on policy, particularly when it comes to her forceful position with regards to russia. here she's saying look, if i disagree, i raise it with him in person. we know the president is still obsessed with this notion of figuring out who this anonymous administration official is, in fact, yesterday, he said he wants attorney general jeff sessions to launch an investigation to uncover the identity of this official, degs spite the fact that the president has not identified any
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crimes that have been committed. that's typically required for the justice department to get involved. "the new york times" did respond to the possible investigation. they say we're confident the department of justice understands the first amendment protects all american citizens and it will not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power. fred, back to you. >> jeremy diamond, appreciate it. as president trump intensifies his search for this anonymous writer, he now wants the u.s. attorney general jeff sessions to launch an investigation to find the author. >> i would say jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was because i really believe it's national security. >> with me now is surmichael pemberton, a political
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strategist. and greg bauer, a former u.s. attorney. greg, you first, do you see anything in this op-ed that would warrant an investigation by the u.s. attorney general, were there any crimes committed? >> on the face of it, no, there doesn't seem to be any indication that the writing and the publication of the op-ed was in any way criminal. i have to believe that doj based upon my experience, doj is likely simply ignoring the comments by the president. it will be interesting to see if the president continues to talk about a doj investigation and i guess what will be more interesting is to see whether or not general kelly or don mcgahn or someone else from the white house actually calls over to doj and asks for an investigation. i have to believe at this point doj is simply ignoring it. >> you prefaced it by saying on the face of it, so you're saying potentially there could be an area? >> well, i just don't see it. i've read it every which way and
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i can't imagine how doj might see any evidence of a crime there. no, i can't believe this will actually ever turn into an actual criminal investigation. >> okay, so it is clear, however, that, you know, the hunt for this writer is all consuming for the white house and this is how senator lindsey graham put it. >> i've talked to him a bunch, yes, absolutely. well, he's pissed off. he feels betrayed. i don't blame him. >> so feeling betrayed, he doesn't necessarily blame him, you know, is that enough to precipitate trying to get the attorney general engaged here, involved, snuffing out whoever may be responsible for this op-ed? >> right. i'm not sure, fred, that the ends justify the means here. but i do think that said individual should be found and they need to let that person go. i think it's extremely troubling to have individuals within the white house essentially sglirnding the president.
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that is not the way our system -- >> what's the troubling part? that someone would feel that way or the troubling part is they would write the op-ed, make it public? >> well, no, no, it's okay to have dissent i think within any organization. if what they're alleging is true, they should resign publicly and bring those things to the american people so we can all have the dialogue about what our next steps should be as a nation. but to essentially undermine the president by taking documents off of his desk, et cetera, i am just not certain that is the best way to move forward here. i think president obama talked about this and others on all sides, pretty much agreed, at least on this, that it's not the way our democracy works, by undermining the president. even if you disagree with some of his worst instincts, resign and bring those things to the public fold so we can have that dialogue. >> kellyanne conway told cnn she believes the writer is someone
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in national security and not in the white house and believes that the person will likely out themselves. this is her sentiment. >> i'm not interested in investigating. those who are investigating, great. i hope they find the person. i believe the person will sus himself or herself out though. because that's usually what happens. people brag to the wrong person. they brag that they did this or they did that because i assume part of this -- isn't the goal here not what the op-ed pretends the goal is, isn't the goal here really to sow chaos and get us all suspicious of each other? >> is that what's happening, getting suspicious of each other? >> if the person announces themselves, if they brag or if someone is to find that person out, isn't the issue or unissue is there's some real common denominator to the sentiment in the op-ed? you see it in books. in bob woodward's book that is
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coming out that really describes this white house's president as being impulsive, potentially reckless? >> consensus among the left, certainly the people i know and work within the white house don't feel that way at all. >> but those people quoted even with bob woodward. it's not a left or right. it's certainly not a left -- these are people who were in there, who are being quoted as expressing the same kind of sentiment. and they're collectively on the right. >> remember, bob woodward has made a career out of quoting mr. anonymous in this town. ronald reagan actually called him a liar which reagan never did -- barack obama said he willfully uses willfully wrong information. president clinton, president bush, both bushes have all criticized bob woodward for having a real loose relationship with the truth when it comes, again, to his beloved character, mr. anonymous -- >> the question and the issue is about the common thread of the complaint of being impulsive and reckless --
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>> let's just -- >> you read that in this op-ed and we're seeing that expressed sentiment in books that have been written about inside the white house. >> well, let me say this -- >> what about addressing that is really the question. >> well, this cowardly peep squeak who is probably not even a staffer. it could be a staff turf battle for all we know. i've seen those in washington where people take to tactics like this. if they really were a serious person, if this person was a patriot, if this person was an adult, he or should we step forward and say look, i was there when the president did some irrational act. we got to evoke the 25th amendment immediately. it's a matter of national security. i took an oath not to the country but to the constitution. they're not going to do that because the case is not there. i can tell you, they would be a hero if they could say i saw the president do something wild, weird and wacky, but they're not going to do it because that's not what has happened. >> so i wonder, greg, you know, is this op-ed or those who
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decided to, you know, express themselves, maybe they're revealing themselves or not. is this really a challenge to being constructive or a challenge to the institutions of checks and balances? >> in some ways, i believe it is. i do believe -- i agree with jack, this person should come forward and likely will be identified at some point. it's hard to remain anonymous with respect to something this significant and this explosive in washington for very long. but i think the focus really should be on the substance and not the form of what has happened here. the substance suggests a dysfunctional white house in some significant ways. i think it is incumbent upon congress in terms of checks and balances within the system and coming upon congress to at least take these allegations and suggestions and indications of dysfunction seriously and do some serious oversight, ask some serious questions about what is going on in the white house. and if nothing else, this op-ed
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has sort of teed that up for the first branch of government to take a hard look. >> we find out who, you know, who penned this, but then what? >> well, look, i mean, as the author of the piece states throughout, there are other individuals within the administration and throughout the government agencies that do find many of the president's directions to be problematic as it relates to the national security of the country but, again, i think, come november, if democrats do indeed take back the house, and i think you may actually begin to see more of a public movement on trying to have hearings about the president's ability to actually lead and continue to be president. >> all right, greg brower, jack kingston, surmichael, appreciate it. stumping for seven democrats looking to flip congressional seats in november. will we see another stinging
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critique of president trump by the former president obama? plus, the east coast closely watching a tropical storm gather strength as it heads towards the carolinas. forecasters saying it could be a major hurricane by the time it arrives. and this puzzling story out of dallas. a police officer shoots and kills a man after walking into his apartment, believing it was her own. the department and community now asking how could this have happened?
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tropical storm florence's path has shifted and puts areas of the east coast in the strike zone. in the next 12 hours, it could strengthen into a hurricane, bringing a serious threat of flooding to some states still dealing with the remnants of gordon. cnn's allison chinchar is in the weather center tracking this. >> we're continuing to see the
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system strengthen. officially the latest winds are 65 miles per hour but we actually have even newer numbers from that. noaa has sent out reconnaissance flights to get data from florence. they've just picked up a 70-mile-per-hour wind gust out of this particular storl. we're starting to see that strengthening continue to take place. we expected it to do this. because it's going to continue to ent near a much more favorable environment, especially when you talk about those really warm ocean temperatures that are out there. it is expected at this point the national hurricane center forecasting this to be a category 4 at landfall. now, landfall is expected to be around the carolinas. if that happens, this will be the first category 4 storm to hit the carolinas in nearly 30 years. the previous one being hugo in 1989. we talk about where it's going to make landfall. the models are really starting to come together much better. it looks like now that consensus really kind of puts it between georgia and north carolina.
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now, keep in mind, landfall time is still estimated to be very late in the day thursday. so we still obviously have at least five days before that takes place. so there may be some changes. so pretty much if you live anywhere around the east coast you want to be paying attention because even if you don't take the main landfall point, you're still likely to have impacts. even if it's just large swells or rip currents around the water. we reference the g ifs, the american model in red and the blue in the european model. the blue is favoring more of a south carolina landfall. the american model is pushing further north into north carolina. the thing is this is only one of three systems that we're watching. we actually have two more that are going to be taking place. now what we have already is tropical storm helene. the next one, td-9, that one is likely becoming tropical storm isaac within the next 12 to 24
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now. we saw a little taste of what we can expect during a speech in illinois. >> we're supposed to stand up to discrimination. and we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to nazi sympathizers. [ applause ] how hard can that be? saying that nazis are bad? what happened to the republican party? it's central organizing principle in foreign policy was the fight against communism and now they're cozying up to the former head of the kgb. a healthy democracy, there's some checks and balances on this kind of behavior, this kind of inconsistency. but right now there's nothing.
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>> all right, cnn's dan merica is at today's rally in anaheim, california. so what is the expectation as he stumps for what, seven house candidates? >> good morning, fred. the expectation from obama aides is this speech will mirror the speech he gave in illinois. but if that was the professorial obama, this will be the more direct obama. this is going to be the distilled version of that. where he will be referencing that speech, the themes of that speech, but he also touts these candidates, these seven candidates that he will be stumping for here today in anaheim, california. now, these seven candidates are really the front line of democrat candidates here in california. they all come from districts that hillary clinton won in 2016. democratic operatives believe this is the best chance they have to flip districts red to blue. all these districts are represented by republicans in the house and these democrats
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are challenging those republicans for control of these districts. now, many democrats have been worried, frankly that obama has spent so much time away from the campaign trail. he has avoided criticizing president donald trump directly for, you know, the first year and a half of his presidency. now that ended yesterday cleeshclearly with this direct takedown where he listed off a number of concerns he has with the trump administration. you heard from that sound bite. he sounded incredulous at one point, asking what happened to the republican party. you're sure to hear some of that today when he takes the stage behind me. you'll see on the sign behind me, that sign says "take it back." that's in reference to taking back the house that president obama and his aides hope to do that. there is a bit of a risk for some of these democrats. while hillary clinton won all of these districts in 2016, there are four districts that candidates will be stumping with obama today that obama actually lost in 2012. now, democratic operatives who
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have organized this event say they're pretty confident the democrats in this district will be rallied by seeing obama with these candidates. but there's an open question to see how republicans will respond to obama coming back to the campaign trail. the head of the republican congressional campaign committee said yesterday that he welcomed obama's return because it will also rally republicans. that all remains to be seen, fred. >> all right, from anaheim, thanks so much, dan merica. first lady mel hundred ania comes out swinging, accusing the writer of, quote, sabotaging the country. why such a strong statement from the usually quiet first lady?
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welcome back. melania trump is defending her husband against the op-ed that criticizes his fitness to be president. the first lady with stroke words for the anonymous senior white house official or we should say administration official who penned the letter, saying, in part, to the writer of the op-ed, you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your coward lly actions. joining me is white house reporter kate bennett. this is rather unusual, is it not, for melania trump to issue her own sentiment and defend her husband on something like this? what compelled her to do it? what's the feeling of the genesis of this, how it came about? >> well, interestingly, i asked for this statement and got this answer. i was curious as to whether she would weigh in. we heard a lot of denials from other administration officials.
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and, you know, it's always sort of a crap shoot with the first lady's office. will she say something, won't she say something? will it be via her spokesperson or via her? i was rather taken aback and somewhat surprised that i heard directly from her in this statement. i think it's interesting, too, that the statement does, at the end, as we just showed there, say this person is sabotaging the country and she aligns with her husband. but she opens her statement by saying freedom of the press is very important. it's one of the founding pillars of our nation. so certainly there is a bit of a divergen divergence, i would imagine, with her husband, who rallies against the press, et cetera. she also said anonymous sources are writing the history of this country. which i also found very interesting. she's very much -- it was a long statement for her calling for this person to attach their name to the op-ed. it is curious. i think she's fighting back a bit more these days. i think she wants to weigh in
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and be a participant in these national debates. >> it's interesting, because oftentimes statement comes from the office of the first lady. a distinction is being made here that it's her statement. but then what does that tell us about the differences? i mean, do we now need to reflect and think that past statements that were coming from the office were not really her sentiment but that is different? i mean, help me out here. >> it is, i mean this is the first lady's office that operates differently from the ones we've been used to seeing in the past, you know, the modern era quite frankly. this is an east wing that does not need to run its statements, its tweets or anything by the west wing. the first lady's office has a very small staff. she has a communications director and one other person in her coms office but that's about it. she works closely with her communications director. i imagine that was crafted with the first lady with the advisement of her communications director. that's typically how it works.
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again this is not checks and balances with the west wing. this not, hey, guys, heads up, or vice versa. sometimes that does get her into trouble, does sort of call out some criticism. of course, we've seen her be best platform be criticized, you know, choosing cyber bullying and the hypocrisy of that along with her husband's attitude on twitter. we've seen her weigh into things like lebron james, and that controversy. i think it's interesting here in this instance that she is defending the philosophy and what her husband is saying, what the east wing is saying, about this op-ed. however, she's also adding her own voice. again, i feel like this is maybe a tide shift. she wants to weigh in more, policy is becoming an important part of what she does. >> and perhaps she's indicating she's feeling more comfortable, you know, with her role and her
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place and perhaps even the power that comes with her place and her role. >> could be, very much so. i mean this is -- again, she's heading into her tenure here, we're approaching year two, she might be getting more comfortable, but certainly i think this op-ed had everybody in the white house, both wings, back on their heels, wanting to weigh in. this is something she felt strongly about. this was a statement we got. now it's making some news. >> all right, kate bennett, thanks, appreciate it. all right, meanwhile, president trump is not just furious about the op-ed, he's fuming about an explosive new book that details an oval office in crisis. the white house has launched a search to find out who has turned against the president, even reportedly tossing around the idea of lie detectors. indera lacksiman is the washington clumt folumnist for
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boston globe." you wrote, quoting now, if even half of the stories of donald trump unfit for office are true, it's the nonfiction horror story of the year, end quote. what does it mean? >> as i went on to say for the column for "the boston globe," what's even more terrifying is the idea what if everything that bob woodward wrote is true? i think we don't have much reason to doubt bob woodward. i mean, look, he's written eight books about previous presidents. he's never been accused of fabrication the way he works is meticulous. he takes hundreds of hours of taped interviews. he does it on the basis of what we hear in washington refer to as deep background, meaning you can use the material, you can even use in the case of how he works direct quotes, just without saying who was the source, who told you that. but it had to have been someone who was in the room who overheard it. one thing i thought was striking after the excerpts, the early excerpts or reviews of bob
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woodward's book, is that both ari fleisher, who worked for bush, and paul begala, who worked for president clinton, immediately came out sand, hand hey, we didn't like the books he wrote about our president but they weren't false. he certainly knows who they are and, you know, has the tapes, one assumes, from the way he works to prove it. >> and let's look at how extraordinary all of this really is. you have what's described as a senior official within the administration talking about undermining the actions of a sitting president deemed to be a moral reckless, you know, just too impulsive. and then you've got that with this theme, recurring theme, from other published books, whether there's anonymity or whether there's really, you know, named sourcing. there's a really -- there's a common thread here. so what's your view on how potentially damaging this is or
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is it really just adding to the chorus? >> i have a couple of thoughts here. first of all, bob woodward's book and his account, it echoes many of the themes we saw in michael wolf's fire and fury and omarosa manigault's "unhinged." he's a much more credible narrator than either of them. we know along with his two pulitzer prizes, his work with bernstein helped bring down eventually the nixon presidency by exposing watergate. i think he has a lot more credibility coming into the gate. on the question of anonymous sourcing, though, i have to say, you know, i have worked on journalism ethics. and i think that in an ideal world, we would use fewer and fewer anonymous sources because it's important to build public trust in journalism, to restore to previous levels and even, you know, to make the public trust our work and the way we do it, our processes, more, and
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anonymous sourcing doesn't help that. >> yes, but help people understand why -- >> right. >> there are conditions and cases in which your sourcing has to remain anonymous. >> that's right. >> and it doesn't just mean, you know, somebody hands over some information to "the new york times" or cnn or any other news, "boston globe," and says i want to give you information but please don't say who. there are layers -- >> that's right, absolutely. >> -- you know that take place before any publication or outlet makes that agreement. >> you're right. there's a whole vetting process. when i speak publicly about this, you know, people who are not journalists but are very smart in other ways which often say to me, how can you use anonymous sources, you don't even know who you are. i have to stop and say, i know exactly who they are and i have vetted what they said. it's not just someone randomly calling me on the telephone and whispering something through a sock. that's not what anonymous sources are. we have vetted them. we know who they are. we know where this information comes from. because either their lives are in danger, their jobs are in
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danger, or they have some legitimate reason for needing to protect their identity, that's when on a case-by-case basis we decide as journalists or op-ed page editors whether or not to print these things. "the boston globe" editor who edits my columns is one of many op-ed editors that said if they carefully vetted it, printing it anonymously, given the unique and extenuating circumstances. i think it would be better, all considered if someone who felt this way comes out and attaches his or her name to it. it's not the way the democratic process is supposed to work. this is what elections are for. we the voters get to decide on things as opposed to people stealing things off the president's desk so that he doesn't sign them. that is incredibly troubling to hear those kinds of stories. >> indera lakshaman, thank you.
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us. >> a current and former u.s. official are telling me and my colleague elise labbott that u.s. officials met secretly with venezuelan military officers to discuss a possible coup against venezuelan president maduro. meeting with these military officers in several overt meetings over the last year, and these meetings happened abroad. washington ultimately decided against supporting this coup against the venezuelan president. we know this white house has sent a very firm stance against venezuela. they've issued numerous sanctions. we know the president has said in the past that he is still considering a military option. he has kept open that possibility. we also reported earlier this summer that the president had previously talked to aides about the possibility of invading venezue venezuela. we also now know this coup that
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u.s. officials discussed did not happen. the united states ultimately decided against providing these military officers with know support for this possible coup and that coup ultimately did not become a reality. but this is of course a pretty significant new thing that we're learning in terms of how seriously the trump administration was considering action against the current venezuelan government. given the troubled u.s. history of involvement in coups in latin america, this certainly would have been very, very significant. >> still important to know whether it would have been part of a coalition or whether it would have been something, you know, lateral. all those details we can't wait to learn. all right, jeremy diamond, thank you so much. still so much more straight ahead in the "newsroom." first, meet this week's cnn hero, a woman who is working to bring children to the u.s. for life-changing medical help. >> we're empowering them because we're giving them back what they lost, a chance to stand on their
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dallas police are planning to charge one of their own with manslaughter. a patrol officer shot her 26-year-old neighbor after she, the officer, entered his apartment, allegedly mistaking the apartment as her own. police say they will identify the officer once she is officially charged. joining me right now is cnn law enforcement analyst james gallano. at first police thought this was an officer involved shooting but then they realized this is something very different. so what we know is this one officer mistaked the apartment for her own and then shot the man who actually lived in that apartment. i mean, how did they investigate this? how did they get about what went wrong here?
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>> just a horrific tragedy all around. you've got one innocent bright young life snuffed out. and this officer, her life will be irrevocably changed as well. there's a difference between murder, meaning malice, premeditation to take a life, and manslaumanslaughter, which really the killing of another person without any prior intention to bring them to harm. we don't know the details yet, fred. >> factors like trying to figure out things like fatigue, you know, whether, you know, the time in which this happened, the circumstances surrounding it, if any of that explains, you know, how mistakenly going to an apartment ends up in the death of someone? >> fred, you just pointed out mitigating factors. i'm going to go on the other end and say there are also extenua e extenuating factors.
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let's surmise that the officer had been drinking or was under the influence or had any predisposed notion. maybe she had a beef with this neighbor. those are all extenuating factors. you pointed out the mitigating factors and that's what the district attorney has to get to the bottom of. this officer is entitled to due process. but those are the things detectives and investigators are looking at now to determine whether or not she can be charged. >> and then issues of eyewitnesses, if there were any. because reportedly the 26-year-old was, you know, at his home and, you know, we don't know if there was anyone or even surveillance cameras or anything like that in the hallways. i mean, what's the likelihood of that? >> well, you and i talked about this many, many times, fred. we live in the 21st century. in this 21st century, there is an abundance of technology. let's pretend that there was a
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beef between these two people. investigators can certainly go to their social media platforms. they can look at the digital exhaust from, you know, telephone calls, things like that. they will use everything. travel patterns. easy pass. license plate scanners. and then investigative work, talking to human intelligence, talking to family members of the deceased, talking to other residents in that little enclave and finding out whether there's any predisposition here. >> very perplexing. i'm sure it was very difficult, too, for dallas police to respond to this, to now try to investigate and then now try to reveal, you know, what has been pieced together. >> it's awful. and this is at a particular time in our history, fred, as you and i discussed before as well, where relationships between police communities of color. they're very heightened right now. you know, you want to make sure.
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accidents happen. mistakes happen. this officer is certainly entitled to do process and the benefit of the doubt. but those questions have got to be asked. the investigation's got to continue. hopefully we'll know answers soon. >> you bring up color because we're talk about the officer, white, and the 26-year-old who was in his apartment, black. >> yes, ma'am. >> all right, jame gagliano, thanks so much. we've got so much more straight ahead in the "newsroom" and it all starts right now. all right, hello again, everyone. thank you so much for being with me. i'm fredricka whitfield. a source telling cnn president trump is obsessed with finding the writer of the anonymous op-ed who claims to be part of the resistance inside the administration. trump is now calling on u.s. attorney general jeff sessions to investigate and a source tells cnn aides believe they are closing in on exposing the writer of that "new york times"
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op-ed. this chaos unfolding as former president barack obama unleashes jabs on president trump, breaking with tradition, after months of silence and, in just a few hours, obama will take center stage for round two, this time at a rally in california. >> the claim that everything will turn out okay because there are people inside the white house who secretly aren't following the president's orders -- that is not a check. i'm being serious here. that's not how our democracy's supposed to work. [ applause ] these people aren't elected. they're not accountable. they're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90% of the crazy stuff that's coming out of this white house. and then saying don't worry, we're preventing the other 10%. that's not how things are supposed to work. >> i watched it but i fell asleep.


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