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sunday. the white house still in panic mode scrambling to uncover the mystery op et writer claiming to be the resistance in the trump administration. the parade of denials and rebukes reaching the highest levels of the white house. mike pence and presidential counsellor kellyanne conway fiercely defending themselves and the president while floating the possibility that criminal activity could be involved. they are showing the great lengths they would go to to prove they are not the mystery writer. >> should all top officials take a lie detector test and would you agree to take one? >> i would agree in a heartbeat and would submit to any review the administration wanted to do. >> do you think the administration should do that? >> that would be a decision for the president. look, i think -- the honorable thing to do here is for this
individual to recognize that they are literally violating an oath. if they are that senior administration official, that they are violating an oath not to the president, but to the constitution. >> treason? >> look, it's unamerican. i think that's why you have seen republicans and democrats condemn this. >> cnn's ryan nobles is live at the white house. the goal of the author was to create chaos. is that what's happen something. >> for the fact that we are still talking about it, four days since this op-ed was dropped shows a category of concern by the white house and it is forcing them to respond on a daily basis. what you are seeing is a level of spin from this administration that goes first to attack the author suggesting there may be criminal activity at play and at the least there is a lack of respect for the office of the
presidency. they are taking it a step further suggesting it's not just the fault of the op ed writer, but the media as well. >> what are does western me apart from everything they said is that for a media that is constantly talking about facts, accuracy, transparency, authority, the authoritativeness to this writer was viewed automatically because of the contact. the messenger has credibility and they have a person that should resign if the person truly is an appointee who has taken an oath to the constitution. >> it's important to point out that they are making this assessment as to what the "new york times" used as the credibility of this author without knowing who the author is or what they brought to the table. it's difficult for her to draw
that assessment at the very least, bee know the president is obsessed with figuring out who that person is. they narrowed it down to a few individuals. as many as 25 different officials said they had nothing to do with this obed. tough does this administration take this? they suggested that perhaps they should get involved or echoed the comments again this morning by throwing it out there. perhaps criminal activity was involved, but they provided no evidence to back up the claim. >> already, ryan nobles at the white house. the white house argued against the credibility of the op-ed. listen to this exchange between kellyanne conway and jake tapper. >> i'd like to ask you on behalf of the white house, would you feel comfortable granting
anonymity of a mid-level staffer. >> it's a good question. >> i see people upset with this that if it's not a senior staffer -- >> i don't know who it is. if it's somebody significant than printing it is responsible. if it's something irrelevant and powerless. >> why are we giving this person authority. >> as an anchor, i gave the story more attention after vice president pence and secretary pompeo and the cabinet came out and gave the op-ed credibility. it never crossed my mind that it was vice president pence until vice president pence was out there saying it wasn't him. he and the administration gave this op-ed credibility. >> i want to say something else. this person is obviously mod vated by conceva motivated by this.
>> do you think the white house is giving credibility to the writer by these high level officials coming out and saying it's not me? >> i think each one of the people has to do that. the media, the new york times in particular set that up. the writer, i believe is a coward. also, i believe they are diabolical. the way they wrote that op-ed, they dropped in words like load star to indicate it might be mike pence. to throw shade at him and dropped in that off the rails comment that comes from the book that is attributed to general kelly. that's to me gaslighting the president. into believing it's one of the key agents. it's really plotting against him. >> if it's insignificant, why is it the white house keeps talking about it and throwing out the
top level folks to say or comment about it. it wasn't me. i don't know anything about this. it's a terrible thing. but they keep bringing it up which only gives this writer more power. does it not? >> i'm not one of the ones who believes this is insignificant. i have been screaming from the top of my lungs that we will lose the house of representatives and the democrats will take over and they will impeach the president in the first quarter of 2019. this op-ed is part of that strategy. this person i believe is in the senior ranks wrote this to dampen turn out of the deplorables to vote for the president's candidates. the republican candidates for congress in particular to maintain control of the house. lead me tell you. i'm fairly certain i know who it is. i have been going through the parlor games like everybody else has. i am 100% certain that the person who wrote this is on the list of people who said they
didn't write it. >> what do you think it is? >> i'm not going to go into that. my attorney tells me it's a bad idea. i believe, first of all -- >> you talked to your attorney and consult and said i think i know who this is based on certain language that was use and you consulted your attorney and won't reveal it? >> based on language and the fact that i believe these kinds of people leave a trail of crumbs when they are trying to deceive people around them. that's the way it always is. the president looks at the key departments of the government that has been purged of all trump supporters. that's a good place to start. that exists. trump supporters have been purged for 18 months. last week i spent the evening with several friends from the trump campaign and all of them have been forced out of the administration. from my perspective, what's more important here is to -- it's not the parlor game. what is the author's connection to other people?
we all talked about people in the white house now telling the president don't worry about the house? you can campaign against a democrat and win election. there people saying don't worry about impeachment. >> as you dissect that op ed and since you feel like you know who it is, is it the language? is it something about certain details about the parameters of the criticism that allows you to place that person? do you place them in the white house or in a particular department or division? >> i don't believe this person is in the white house, but also jake said earlier today, this person really has to be pretty high up. it has to be a deputy secretary level. >> do you believe it's someone who has taken an oath? >> i believe so. if i can just continue my thought, the white house political office and others shrugged about the idea of losing the house and being
impeached because the senate won't convict the president on the charms of impeachment, but we find out who this person is and the president's team should find out, we will find out this person has deep and abiding ties to congress and this president is step closer to impeachment and conviction. >> do you believe the white house figured it out? >> i believe the white house is getting closer to it. >> how come you know and they don't? >> i believe they are getting there. i have my opinions. i started with this. who is the person who i believe hates the president the most? who is the person in the administration who has screamed about him in their own private office and gone forward and purged their entire office of trump people. the language of the op-ed is useless because it's a ghost writer. remember when primary colors came out and they compared the
writing through a software program and discovered kline wrote that book. i believe that is useless in this regard because ghost writers write for dozens of people. it won't get us closer. we will identify the ghost writer, but they have to twhols this person is. >> are you thinking it's a matter of days, weeks, or months? >> i think first of all this person will never admit it. in my mind, the author of this op-ed believes that she is a hero to the american people. >> she? >> she should be president instead of donald trump. in my mind i believe the president should move forward with a team of people. the president himself should focus on the mid-terms. we are going down a rabbit hole by gaslighting the president into believing his closest aides with the clever words are plotting against him. they are sending him down a
rabbit hole where he should be campaigning for republican candidates so that we keep the house and embolden the senate in support of the president's policies. if he focuses on this instead of the campaign trail, we are in real trouble. >> all right. we will leave it there. michael caputo. good to hear from you. thanks so much. still ahead, the east coast bracing for a major hurricane as people prepare. we will have the latest on the path of the storm next. controvercy on the court as serena williams is slapped with a $17,000 fine at the u.s. open.
strength over the atlantic ocean. florence is making landfall as a major hurricane possibly a category three or higher as early as thursday. states in the storm zone are preparing for the worst. governors in virginia and north and south carolinas have all declared states of emergency. kaylee hartung is in north carolina where it looks beautiful right now, but what are folks bracing for? >> reporter: it does, fred. with landfall not expected until thursday, many folks on carolina beach saying they are taking today to enjoy these beautiful beaches before the weather does turn ugly here. surfers are thrilled to see the waves, but people understand the threat that hurricane florence poses to the area. as one long time resident of carolina beach told me, he wakes up every morning prepared for a storm to hit and that's the risk
you run when you choose to live on the coast. the signs we are seeing of people taking their precautions come at the super market. people are stocking up on water and bread and milk and badries and flashlights, but no one is ready to board up their homes. people remember hurricane matthew and preparations were made and that storm turned and didn't affect the area. you are hearing a lot of optimism and people crossing their fingers and knocking on woods in hope that is the hurricane will avoid them. the memories of hurricane floyd in 1999. the costliest storm to hit the state of north carolina. they learned a lot of lessons and you have to get ahead of it, but it's a day at the beach today for a lot of people living in the area. >> thank you so much. meanti meantime, we learned that serena williams has been hit with a $17 thousand fine a day after losing
to thatnaomi osaka. she was visibly upset after viewing hand signals and smashing her racket, but she was docked an entire game following her heated exchange from the umpire in which she called him a thief. >> very unfortunate. you kidding me? you are a thief. because you stole a point from me. i'm not a cheater. i told you, apologize to me. >> cnn sports anchor is at the u.s. open in flushing meadows. what has been the reaction thus far? >> reporter: fred, the reaction
to the fine is pretty similar to the reaction we got from a lot of fans last night. many people think that carlos ramos was out of line, giving serena three code violations and even the broadcasters during the match to go as far as to say they never have seen anything like this in the grand slam final. they broke up like this by the u.s. open tournament referee. $4,000 for the coaching violation and $3,000 for the racket abuse and $10,000 for the verbal abuse. despite getting the code violations, after yesterday's loss, serena said she was proud of the way she acted. >> i'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality. for all kinds of stuff and for me to say thief and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. he's never taken a game from a
man because they said thief. for me it blows my mind. i'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal -- they should beaible to take a shirt off without getting a fine. this is outrageous and the fact that i have to go through this is an example for the next person that has emotions and want to express themselves and want to be a strong woman. they are going to be allowed to do that because of today. maybe it didn't work out for me, but maybe it will for the next person. are they sparked a debate on social media. former male tennis players that serena was treated unfairly. they said worse to umpires during their playing days and did not receive a violation for verbal abuse. on the other side of things,
there are many people think serena was acting out of line and think if she was winning this match she would maybe not have reacted the way she did. she was having a frustrating time out on the court and losing that first set and things were not going well for her. this has been a heated debate and i'm sure it will continue to go on. >> is there a feeling at the usda or u.s. open or any of those bodies that are willing to tackle the issue? >> the usda put out a statement saying that the decision is made on the court. that was final. no reversing those. you can see that this is the referee distributing these fines to serena. they are not reversing any of the decisions made by the umpire, carlos ramos. all that being said, serena took
home a check for $1.85 million. a $17,000 fine in the grand scheme of things doesn't mean much, but -- >> it's not the money, it's the double standard that some are citing. you said male players said i said worse and no fine. unresolved potentially. thank you so much, andy. president trump will answer questions in a defamation suit brought by a former apprentice contestant, but not face-to-face with his accuser or her lawyers. we will explain, next. (vo) this is not a video game.
les moonves is stepping down as the head of cbs as part of a corporate settlement fight for control of the network and follows a series of accusations by women of sexual harassment and assault going back as far as the 1980s including claims of physical violence and forced sex. brian explains why this case takes on so much stature. >> fredricka, this is the 50 time we have seen a fortune 500 ceo stepping down amid allegations of harassment and assault in this almost year that has passed, we talked about the me too movement. we have seen many hollywood stars and journalists and others lose their jobs. this is differently. a ceo who runs a giant company who makes hundreds of millions of dollars. >> thanks so much.
cbs is likely to announce the deal by tomorrow morning. president trump has agreed to provide written answers in the defamation lawsuit that's according to court documents obtained by cnn. she say former contestant and said trump defamed her after she accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2 thousand 7. cnn is following the developments.07. cnn is following the development07. cnn is following the developments. >> they have until september 28th to submit the answers. both sides have to respond to the questions and answer to them under oath. that means any potential false answers could lead to charges of perjury. something to watch out for, but overall this is just another
step in the ongoing defamation la lawsuit between the parties. with the president and his attorney that did submit a letter to the judge recently. basically saying that the other side, president trump's attorneys were basically being difficult to work with here and submitting some of these responses late and what this does is highlight that is the trump defense team is planning to fight the charges every step of the way which they have been doing. denying the allegations from the very start. though this is a fairly process-related development here, it is something to keep an eye on here. finally we should mention that even though these pleadings will be exchanged back and forth between both sides, that doesn't eliminate the possibility of depositions being taken down the road. even though they have until later this month, that doesn't mean either party could be in front of a camera as part of the
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man who lived there. amber guyger, a four-year veteran of the department was off duty at the time. according to police, she shot 26-year-old john. we are learning the texas rangers have taken over the investigation and postponed pursuing a manslaughter warrant for officer guyger. police say the rangers are waiting now until they can follow-up on information they received from interviewing the officer. the mayor of dallas is joining me now on the phone. mr. mayor, what can you tell us about the postponement of these charges. what does it tell you? >> it tells us we don't have all the facts yet. that's what is important in this situation. it's a terrible tragedy. he was a model citizen. we have a police officer that had a great reputation. something happened.
we know something terrible happened. we don't know the details of that. i think the chief of police was very right in bringing in an outside law enforcement agency to investigate and now we have to make sure it's done correctly and we get to all the truths so we can know what happened. >> still so curious how is it that this was a mix up of an apartment. she lives there and allegedly she went to the apartment that is not hers and that's how the shooting took place? that sounds very curious. how does it hit you? >> bizarre, no question. i haven't spoken to folks firsthand, but allegedly the parking lots, you walk from the parking lot to your apartment floor. her apartment, she parked her car on the wrong floor.
we don't know how she got into that door. as i said, we have to get to the bottom of this for everybody. >> there was also a vigil for him last night. what has been your message to the family. >> yeah, there was a vigil and then we had church services this morning. i worshipped with them and met his wonderful mother. she told me i'm not angry, i just want answers. she deserves those answers. she was a great mother. a leader in st. lucia, a governmental official there for 30 years. in fact, the prime minister from st. lucia is flying for toronto tomorrow and i will be meeting with him, the ambassador is coming here. he is a great international notoriety and they loved her
son. he was a favorite son of that country. and a great executive here already in the city of dallas. what we are trying to do is lift him up and be more like bo in everything we do. >> so many have said those who knew him, he was a model citizen and a model neighbor. really contributed significantly to the community. what do you say to community member who is said the story is very confusing. >> i can relate to them. on the surface, it's confusing to all of us. that's why having a set of independent eyes and being thorough about this process is important. in moments of tragedy, we all want to know exactly what happened realtime. good investigation takes a little bit of time and i want to get to the bottom of it.
i want it to be very transparent. i call for patience here. but making sure that we honor and stand up for the victims's rights here. >> mayor, thank you so much. our hearts go out to the family of mr. jean. coming up, we take a closer look at the amazing life story of u.s. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg and how she has become a pop culture icon. elvesn making it easy for you to get your windshield fixed. >> teacher: let's turn in your science papers. >> tech vo: this teacher always puts her students first. >> student: i did mine on volcanoes. >> teacher: you did?! oh, i can't wait to read it. >> tech vo: so when she had auto glass damage... she chose safelite. with safelite, she could see exactly when we'd be there. >> teacher: you must be pascal. >> tech: yes ma'am. >> tech vo: saving her time... [honk, honk] >> kids: bye! >> tech vo: ...so she can save the science project. >> kids: whoa!
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one reopened an important station. the old station was destroyed during the terrorist attacks when the world trade center collapsed above it. the new station pays tribute to its history with words of freedom and inspiration along the walls. the opening comes just days before the 17th anniversary of the attack. professor, litigator, role model, decenter. ruth bader ginsburg earned countless titles and accolades in her groundbreaking career on both sides of the bench. now the new cnn film rbg takes an intimate look at the personal and professional life of justice ginsburg became an unexpected
pop culture icon. here's a preview. >> i'm proud to nominate this path breaking attorney and judge to be the 107th justice to the u.s. supreme court. >> we may be in trying times, but think how it was. in those days the judges didn't think sex discrimination existed. >> ruth knew what she was doing in laying the foundation. >> it put women on the same foundation as women. >> the goal was civil rights. ruth bader ginsburg changed the way the world is for american women. >> what are has become of me could happen only in america. ♪ >> she has become such a rock star. >> she really the closest thing to a super hero i know. >> she known to fans the world over as the notorious rbg. >> all i ask are our brethren is
that they take their feet off our necks. >> with me to discuss this is a cnn supreme court reporter. you covered justice ginsburg and the supreme court for years and on top of being a supreme court justice, she has become a pop culture phenomenon. why is she having such a moment right now? >> in recent years, her dissents have become scathing. that's in part because justin john paul stevens was the most liberal and he retire and she stepped into his place a few years ago and that means she chooses who writes some of the the dissents and takes on the bigger ones herself. she wrote one about hobby lobby. the case for a for profit company department want to provide contraceptives out of religion. her colleagues ruled in favor of
hobby lobby and she wrote a scathing dicessent and a young n put it to music and we see that the younger generation is looking at her as a pop icon. she carries a bag called i dissent with her. it's amazing to see that transformation, fred. >> is there something in particular that may have happened in recent years that made her so much more outspoken? >> i think in a lot of ways, she saw what was happening and now, of course, what we are seeing is with kennedy, justice kennedy announcing his retirement, she only gets more aggressive. kennedy was the key vote on those issues of affirmative action, lgbt rights. now those issues could turn and we are seeing trump administration policies come to the court. we saw the travel ban, right? we are going to see things like the dreamer, daca. we will see the affordable care
act and the trump administration wants to narrow that. she is 85 and said she is going to maybe serve until she's 90 even and really going to have to continue with these dissents. >> the contentious and combative nomination hearings for brett kavanaugh this week has caught so many's attention. do you suppose she was watching it closely or has strong opinions about just how contentious it was? >> she would have been very disappointed. the reason is because we look at brett kavanaugh as someone who takes the bench for decades to come. he was not commenting a lot. instead what came up was politics. the trump administration was asking does he think a president can pardon himself and a
subpoena and indictment? and you saw the republicans on the committee needling justices on the supreme court and ruth bader ginsburg don't like that because they think then the general public is going to think the supreme court is a political branch. and they say that's bat for the court. and if she was watching it, she would have been disappointed. as would other members of the court who worry about the who litization of the process. -- politicization of the process. >> she has risen up as a supreme court justice. how do you suppose she's hoping her legacy will be shaped? >> well, i believe she'll be one of the rare justices who may be remembered more for the work she did before she took the bench. because we're all talking about her as this supreme court justice, but as you see in the
film which is so important is that as a young lawyer, she graduated from law school and couldn't get into any law, any firms. so she became a professor. and she took on gender discrimination as an issue across the country, trying to strike down laws that discriminated between men and women. and that changed the landscape for women and for gender equality. i believe that is really one of her most lasting legacies. and that's how she's going to be remembered. >> ariane de vogue, thank you so much. be is sure to tune in, "rbg" airs tonight right here on cnn. still to come, the ceo of tesla smoking heroin on camera. elon musk's bizarre podcast appearance comes amid scrutiny surrounding his attempt to take his company private. the fallout straight ahead. when we were dating, we used to get excited about things
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tesla and spacex chief elon musk is not taking a break from creating the hair-browsing headlines. just two weeks after changing tesla from a public company back to private, he spent more than two hours talking to the podcast host joe rogen while smoking marijuana. tesla's stock fell 6% on friday. and cnn's dan simon picks up the rest.
>> reporter: he's one of the world's most successful ceos with a net worth estimated at more than $20 billion. so when elon musk started smoking a joint on comedian joe rogen's podcast, people nolgtsed. noticed. >> probably can't because of stockholders, right? >> i mean, it's legal, right? >> totally legal. >> how does it work, do people get upset at you if you do certain things in there's tobacco and marijuana in there, that's all it is. >> reporter: it's just the latest bizarre incident for the high-profile ceo of tesla and spacex. >> alcohol is a drug. it's been grandfathered in. >> reporter: on the same day the podcast was published, tesla's c chief accounting officer announced his resignation and did not cite the incident. he said that 120-hour workweeks were taking a toll on his physical health. i've had friends come by who are
really concerned, he said. some of tesla's board members have raised concern about the use of his promotion drug ambien that musk admits he takes to sleep. a little red wine, vintage record, some ambien and magic he tweeted last year. the 47-year-old engineer has been called the real life tony star, better known as ironman, but his reputation taking serious hits. >> he's a great technician vary. it's not clear he's necessarily a great business leader. and i think that's the fundamental problem he's running into right now. >> reporter: musk's judgment was also questioned when he announced to take tesla private. the company lost merely $2 billion last year and has never earned a profit. amid a chorus of criticism, he reversed course saying tesla will remain public. and even his admirers were dumbfounded when he attacked one of the british divers who rescued the 12 boys trapped in a thailand cave.
after he proposed using a submarine to rescue the boys, the diver called it a pr stunt. musk called the man a pedo, short for pedophile. musk later apologized but then last week in an e-mail to buzz field escalated the attack calling him a child rapist. buzzfeed said musk did not provide proof of the claims. the diver is reportedly planning to sue. while announcing a slew of management changes, elon musk e-mailed his employees saying, quote, there's going to be a lot of fuss in the media. just ignore them. in the meantime, tesla shares have lost a third of what they were since august. the latest incident is not likely to help. what will help is profitability and musk says the future quarter looks bright. it can't come soon enough. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. happening now in the newsroom, vice president mike pence saying today he'll take a lie detector test to prove he did not author the anonymous new
york times op-ed. >> i would agree to take it in a heartbeat. >> the trump team rebuking the author inferring it may be criminal. >> from what i understand, there could be an investigation if there's criminal activity behind it. >> there doesn't appear to be any. >> i think you know that and i don't know that. it really depends on what has been divulged by an individual. >> we'll find out if there was criminal activity involved. >> there was no classified information. >> well, we'll see. >> "cnn newsroom" starts now. all right. hello, again. thank you for joining me this sunday. i'm fredericka whitfield. the eastern united states is in the path of hurricane florence. the storm is the first major hurricane expected to make a direct hit on the u.s. this season. florence is currently churning in the atlantic as a category 1 storm. and it's likely to grow to at least a category 3 hurricane before making landfall.