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assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter, and you're going to let people who do these things into power. that's what you're telling me. when you vote for him. >> they were more than emotional. they were demanding and they were informative. after hours of heartbreaking testimony on thursday, senators like flake could no longer ignore the deep divide hanging over kavanaugh's confirmation. >> did the protesters that you encountered play a role at all? >> i think everything that i've seen and viewed and experienced in the last couple of weeks has had an impact. but it's been everything. just seeing yesterday, today, just the, you know, this is ripping the country apart and calls i've been getting, e-mails, attacks, it's just, you know, it's been rough to see and we haven't had a process we can
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be proud of and we can do it better. >> all right, so now what, where do we go from here? cnn's supreme court reporter ariane devogue joins me with that. what can you tell us about the scope of the investigation? >> well, we know that flake and a couple of other of the republicans, they decided that they wanted to reopen this. they wanted a background investigation. they think this could be very limited in scope. they're limiting it to credible witnesses. so they told the white house and the white house then orders it. but one issue we'll have to watch carefully is that -- did they specify particular people or is it really who is credible? >> how do you define that? >> that's exactly right. they firmly believe this could happen in a week. but, for instance, the "new york times" is reporting today the fbi may be in contact with one of the women, deborah ramirez -- >> went to school with kavanaugh back at yale and she claims he exposed himself to her. >> correct, if she's one of the
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ones, in that article, there were unnamed names. does that lead to the fbi going further into it? one thing's important to remember, we're not talking about a huge fbi criminal investigation here. we're talking about the fbi doing what it does, which is a background investigation. they go, they gather statements and then they get it to the senate. so we'll see where we are. but there are issues that could -- >> so traditionally these background checks go back as far as the age of 18 for most candidates in which they're looking into. these allegations are spanning, including kavanaugh, at the age of 17. so now will the fbi be using this like an extension of what they've already done and just probe a little bit earlier, or, you know, is it all completely new territory from bottom up, different team teams? what do we know? >> that's a good question because kavanaugh and the president and the republicans kept saying, look, this man has had these background investigations all the way back in his career.
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don't forget, he sat on the circuit court. he worked in the administration. he worked in the white house. so they're all saying these investigations have -- these background investigations have come up and -- >> except that nobody made an allegation, then they wouldn't have a reason to look into certain things. >> exactly right. so now that you have these three are saying, look, we have these allegations, let's look into this. maybe the main allegation is from christine ford. talk to her. she alleged that three people were at the party. talk to them. and go from there. >> all right. we'll see. ariane devogue, thank you. president trump still unwavering in his support for his supreme court nominee. we'll hear from the president perhaps in a few hours when he holds a campaign rally in west virginia. let's check in with cnn's ryan nobles at the white house. do we know what his message might be? >> no, we don't, fred. it will be very interesting to see how the president responds tonight in west virginia because this state is an example of a group of states where there are democrats who are up for
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re-election in states where president trump won. west virginia's a state that he won handily in 2016. the incumbent there, joe manchin, is in a tough race against patrick morrisey and you can bet that is who he's going to stump for. and use this supreme court battle as an example of how manchin isn't always on the same side as president trump. manchin has been a part of these discussions with a bipartisan group of senators to try and find some way forward through this process. and it is that process that led to the delay in judge kavanaugh's vote. in this week long extension in kavanaugh's -- the investigation by the fbi into kavanaugh. and the president is sticking by kavanaugh. he did tweet about him late last night. the president saying, quote, just started tonight on our seventh fbi investigation of judge kavanaugh. he will some day be recognized as a truly great justice of the
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united states supreme court. so the president saying there, reminding americans, particularly his supporters, that brett kavanaugh has undergone quite a few background checking by the fbi over his lengthy career on the federal bench and also that he is sticking by him, despite all the criticism that has come his way. of course, fred they', there's that can happen, but that is when the senate is finally set to vote on the nomination. >> ryan nobles, thank you. all right, the decision both sides have been weighing, just what this means for this country and how this ordeal may be harming it. take a listen. >> we are hearing those folks who have come forward with allegations of sexual assault that we are respecting them and investigating, this thing is tearing our country apart. >> -- just seen yesterday, today, just the, you know, this is ripping the country apart. calls i've been getting,
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e-mails, attacks. it's just, you know, it's been rough to see. >> so after all of that yesterday, senator jeff flake gave an interview to the atlantic where he talked more about what happened, saying, in part, i'm quoting now, i don't know if there was any one thing, but i was just unsettled. when i got back to the committee, i saw the food fight again between the parties, the democrats saying they're going to walk out, the republicans blame everything on the democrats, and i thought if we could actually get something like what he was asking for, an investigation, limited in time, limited in scope, we could maybe bring a little unity. we can't just have the committee acting like this. the majority and minority parties and their staffs just don't work well together. there's no trust. in the investigation. they can't issue subpoenas like they should. it's just falling apart.
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well, the staff writer for the atlantic interviewed jeff flake. he's joining me right now. good to see you. did it seem in your view, flake was eager to explain the sequence of events beginning with, you know, that very tense elevator moment? >> yes, it was interesting, i mean, he called me just before midnight. had been a long day, week for him and a lot of people on capitol hill. he was exhausted but he also saw the need to explain himself, since he had had a pretty, you know, jarring about-face. and the thing that he told me was that, you know, no one thing changed his mind. when it came to deciding we needed to delay the investigation. but it was a combination of these things. the protesters that he encountered on capitol hill. the way senators and the judiciary committee were kind of sniping at each other. even he said, you know, watching cable news and seeing bun de iio
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back and forth, he said he came to the conclusion that this whole affair was ripping the country apart. one thing i've learned about jeff flake as i've covered him and written about him over the past year, above almost all else, he really cares about things like institutional authority and, you know, bipartisanship and decorum. he felt like he had an opportunity here to maybe create a little bit of bipartisan space where even if democrats didn't agree with the confirmation of this supreme court justice, at the very least, they could feel like the process was fair. >> so then that was by the afternoon when he was reflecting on all of that and just prior to that, you know, the elevator, you know, moment in the morning. but then, even before that, senator flake, you know, telegraphed. he told everybody that he was going to be voting for the nomination of brett kavanaugh. did he expression why he had
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such certainty seemingly after that statement, but then there was this space where he was receptive to these women in the elevator, and then he seemed when he was sitting in the committee so conflicted. i mean, you could visibly see on his face. sometimes his face was in his hands. what was going on with him before he got up and tapped coons, senator coons, on the shoulder and senator klobuchar also soon followed. i know that's a lot, but it just seems like there was such a sequence of events. >> there was a moment there, absolutely. what he told me is the night before thursday night he had a sleepless night trying to figure out what he was going to do and while he had his office kind of put out this statement in the morning saying he was planning to vote for confirmation, he told me that in private he still was very conflicted about it. and being at that -- after encountering those protesters and then being at the hearing and seeing the way that this was just so divisive and the
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committee was kind of losing respect by minute, he said he just couldn't, you know, take it anymore, and that's when he reached out to his friend on the other side of the aisle, chris coons, and said, you know, let's go talk, let's see if we can figure something out. there was a mutual trust there. they've known each other for a long time. to me jeff flake said this is an example of why we still need these bipartisan relationships to exist because change can actually happen when there's a mutual trust there. that's not wide spread on capitol hill these days. >> is it too much to say these really kind of exemplifies, you know, a conflict between his heart versus the party? >> yes, you know, jeff flake has been somebody who's kind of been out of step with donald trump's republican party from the get-go. he's never been in line with trump. and i think this was a moment where, you know, he talked a lot about the need to put conscience over party and principle over partisan loyalty and he
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thinks -- at least he sees this as a moment where he did that. >> mckay koppens of "the atlantic," thank you so much. >> thank you. >> all right, so how will the latest investigation into kavanaugh's past play out? and what key evidence will the fbi be looking for? and what will they discover? we'll discuss next.
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> welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield in washington, d.c. the fbi's latest investigation of u.s. supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh is under way. we know the probe will be limited to one week and limited in scope. it will include christine blasey ford's allegations from when they were in high school. and a cording to "the new york times," the fbi will also look into accusations by former yale classmate deborah ramirez who says kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were in school at yale.
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so how will this all play out? let's bring in cnn reporter cara skinow, attorney ariva martin and cnn analyst ross garber. good to see you all. we keep hearing this terminology limited in scope. what does this mean exactly? >> well, it's limited in scope meaning it is not a complete revisionist history of kavanaugh's life where they go and they look into all the past activities of him, his life in full. this is limited in scope and that is focused on these allegations that have been revealed through the allegations by christine blasey ford and as "the new york times" reporting into deborah ramirez. so looking into these fresh allegations. it's a lot to cover in this week period of time. >> these investigators will not just be making phone calls, they will show up on the doorsteps of and based on what they hear from anyone who might have any knowledge about these accusations involving these two
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women, they could potentially -- that could potentially lead them in other directions, reaching out to other people, but then where's the limited in scope part? just that it involved these two ladies that are accusing kavanaugh? >> well, that's for the fbi to decide with any sort of direction or guidance from the white house. these two women's allegations are the heart of it. like you were saying, once they track down people, three of the individuals who ford said were at the party, their lawyers are willing to talk. that could be so illuminating to the fbi investigators. at the end of the day, they might end up where they were, where many of them said they don't remember this party, this event. but, you know, that's different than a legal document or a declaration that you submit to congress. this is going to be a one on one interview. you know, they might jog some memory. they might learn something from one interview they want to run down by seeking out another student who was at the school. these allegations is also likely to include the yearbook entries,
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the calendar. that then entered a lot more people they might want to talk to. >> does limited in scope also mean geology? while these alleged incidents happened in new haven, connecticut, or montgomery county, maryland, people move over a 30-year span, so it may mean it's going to cost a lot of money and resources to reach people who are at other places on the map. >> and the time to find them because people do move so not everyone is going to be sitting here in montgomery county, maryland, where they were in high school. >> okay, all right. so now we know that christine blasey ford, deborah ramirez, you know, accusations, the investigation will stem from them. but then now we also receive a statement coming from attorney michael avenatti of, you know, stormy daniels fame. the lawyer who is also now representing the third accuser, julie swetnik. he is saying he has not received add phone call. his client has not received a phone call from the fbi and he is waiting. you see his tweet right there. we have yet to hear from the
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fbi. when and if we do, we will promptably disclose them. all information and witnesses in our position. we continue to request this opportunity. my client is telling the truth and deserves to be heard and not shamed. when we hear limited in scope, credible accusers, would she fall into that category? >> oh, think absolutely. there's no reason to determine -- for there to be a determination that julie swetnik should not be a part of this investigation. she's come forward with a statement that she signed under the penalty of perjury. she signed an affidavit, according to her attorney. i think her allegation deserves to be investigated just like deborah ramirez and just like dr. ford. i think this whole process, one thing that the gop senators and trump, they don't want to do is continue to say to women that your stories don't matter. and think that was such a defining moment for senator flake, when he raised his head in that elevator, when the women
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asked him to look at them in the eyes. i think that what's they're saying, look at us as women. listen to our stories. believe our stories. give us an opportunity to be heard. so i can think of no legal reason. obviously there's some time constraints. but there's no legal reason that julie swetnik should not be included in this investigation. >> how problematic is it if she is not included, given that the president has already expressed via tweet and other ways his disdain for the attorney, michael avenatti, who is representing swetnik? if she is not included in this scope, how could it not look political? >> i imagine at some point avenatti will get a call. but it's really for the fbi at this point to decide if an allegation is credible or not. i think the limited in scope piece means that in this kind of situation, it's not unusual for, you know, lots and lots of people, for lots and lots of motivations, to kind of come out
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of the woodwork. think that's the thing that republicans in the white house were concerned about. is that for political reasons, people would be coming out of the woodwork and raising all sorts of issues to try to slow it down. i think the notion from the republican senators and the white house is we don't want the fbi sort of chasing down every single lead that comes out of any place now. but in terms of the credible allegations that have already been made, you know, follow those up, get to the bottom of those, ask the questions. >> can it be done in a week? is a week enough? >> a week is a long time. the fbi has substantial resources. they've got people who do this for a living. i do internal investigations for companies. this is a relatively, you know, limited fact set. a relatively limited set of witnesses, you know, with enough resources, think a week can accomplish a lot here. >> ariva? >> i wish there were more time. i don't see -- there's an arbitrariness about this
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one-woone one-week process. glad we got the week process, at least slowed for the investigation to take place, but dr. ford's attorney put it best when he said there's no reason for this arbitrary time period of one week. if the leads take them to creditable information and other credible witnesses that may require them to go past the week, i can think of no good reason why they should not. that's one thing we should to keep in mind. once they start interviewing witnesses, those witnesses testimony might lead them to other credible information. there's so many points brought up during dr. ford's testimony as well as -- we've talked about the calendar, the yearbook, the allegations about drinking. some of the yale classmates of kavanaugh has now come forward to say he misrepresented the facts during his testimony about his time at yale. so those allegations deserve to be investigated. because we're not just talking about the sexual assault,
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although that's the develcentra point now we have the issue of veracity. did he lie to senators when he lied about his drinking during high school and college? both of those leads deserve to be followed up on. >> a lot on the table. i know you've already said there is a possibility. you never know. the fbi or someone may say let's extend it past that one-week mark. all right. thanks to all of you, i appreciate it. >> thanks, fred. >> sure. >> all right, this very contentious confirmation process also comes at the height of the me too movement. coming up, we'll talk to the creator of that campaign to find out what all this means to young women around the world. when you rent from national... it's kind of like playing your own version of best ball. because here, you can choose any car in the aisle, even if it's a better car class than the one you reserved. so no matter what, you're guaranteed to have a perfect drive. [laughter]
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christine blasey ford's testimony on capitol hill has inspired women to speak out. one of the most powerful moments came friday when two protesters confronted senator jeff flake in the elevator. >> their names came up during the testimony of christine blasey ford and brett kavanaugh. two other kavanaugh accusers. one is julie swetnik. >> she recounted seeing kavanaugh engage, and i quote, in abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls. >> that allegedly occurred in the early 1980s. in a declaration released through her lawyer, she also claims kavanaugh was present at a high school party around 1982 where she was the victim of a gang rape.
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she did not identify kavanaugh as one of her attackers. >> from what i experienced firsthand, i don't think he belongs on the supreme court. i just want the facts to come out. and i want it to be just and i want the american people to have those facts and judge for themselves. >> reporter: then there's deborah ramirez. in an interview with the new yorker, ramirez accuse ed kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party at yale university in the 1980s. >> she recalls pushing him away and then seeing him laughing and pulling his pants up. >> reporter: kavanaugh vehemently denies both women's allegations. >> i've never sexually assaulted anyone. not in high school, not in college, not ever. the swetnik thing is a joke. that is a farce. >> reporter: lawyers for both swetnik and ramirez sparred with republicans on the senate judiciary committee over whether they would testify. the republicans accusing the women's lawyers of stone-walling reqefrt quests for information. >> they've made no attempt to substantiate their claims.
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>> reporter: the lawyers for the women denying that. michael avenatti represents sweat nick. >> we have been asking for an opportunity for her to not only testify but to sit down with fbi agents and disclose what she knows together with witness identities that have witnessed many of these events. >> reporter: analysts say senate republicans have viewed ford as the more credible accuser. >> they believe the other ones are full of holes and potentially even lies. >> reporter: swetnik was herself accused of domestic violence in florida in the early 2000s. the case was dismissed. michael avenatti claims the ex-boyfriend has no credibility. avenatti told cnn because the judiciary committee wouldn't have her testify, swetnik will tell her story in an interview before the full senate vote on kavanaugh. do these other women have an effect on this whole thing in some way? >> the allegations about judge kavanaugh's conduct and
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behavior, the fact that he was at parties where people were very drunk, had friends that were very drunk, that they became very aggressive and rowdy and irresponsible, that is part of a collective cumulative sort of portrait of judge kavanaugh's conduct in those days and could loan credibility to the being an sayings. >> reporter: there's another woman whose information could shed new light on these allegations. a lawyer for an ex-girlfriend of mark judge who was allegedly in the room when the alleged incident between kavanaugh and christine blasey ford took place said that raiser was willing to share her information with the fbi and the senate judiciary committee. raiser told the new yorker that judge told her of an incident where judge and other young men took turns having sex with a drunk woman. raiser says judge regarded the incident as conscienensual and says she has no information that brett kavanaugh took part in that incident. neither raiser nor mark judge
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civil rights professor. and richard herman, a criminal defense attorney. good to see you both. richard, do you think this fbi probe can get to the truth of these allegations from three decades ago and really potentially sway any of the senator's votes? >> fred, can you imagine, do you know what you had for dinner three weeks ago wednesday night? just what you had for dinner? i mean, the fbi will reach out to people, they're going to ask people their recollection of events that took place 36 years ago and they're going to rush and do this in less than a week. can you imagine if the president said, finish the benghazi investigation in less than a week and give us your report. you can't do this in less than a week. you do it for the amount of time that's necessary. it's a farce, fred, the whole thing is a farce. they're going to vote kavanaugh in no matter what. dr. ford could have produce ad
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videotape, it wouldn't have mattered. all because of this, get your pen out, tribalism. this is what controls politics today. behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one's own tribe or social group with strong negative feelings for people outside the group. that's it, fred. he's in. there's nothing that's going to change that. no fbi investigation. and the three votes, those republicans, flake, murkowski and collins, they're absolutely going to vote for kavanaugh, 100%. >> so avery, during the clarence thomas and anita hill, the three-day fbi investigation, this one, a week, is it your opinion that it just won't be able to produce enough information, perhaps some corroborati corroboration, but not enough information, that would constitute a thorough investigation? >> no, i think they can do it. look, you had 21 witnesses in
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anita hill and clarence thomas. you got a week. actually, i believe it's going to be sufficient. i think important information, new information, will generatjg. i think what's very important to focus on, and credibility is critical. that's what most people are talking about. as one that's appeared before federal judges appointed by ten u.s. presidents, i must tell you, the focus now, i think, should be on judicial temperament. and what we saw in that testimony reflects a real problem with temperament. frankly -- >> actually, you read my mind. i thought, you know, i was thinking if it's not enough to learn about these allegations, will at least senators be weighing the temperament of this individual composure? all of those things are really important, avery. >> well, those are two issues. credibility and temperament. most of the focus has been, as you say, on credibility. but without judicial temperament, that's the difference between a judge, a
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good judge, and a great judge. if you're going to be on the u.s. supreme court, you need temperament. the hearing proves to the entire united states that judicial temperament is absent. that shows that this is a candidate that should not be on the supreme court, fredricka. tribalism notwithstanding. that's political. legally, i think its temperament. this case should rise or fall on the question of judicial temperament. >> so then, richard, where are you on that? because the flip side to that is he's fighting for his, you know, political personal life. his judicial life. and so people can understand that, you know, he was very emotional and upset, flip side to that is so many years, you know, on the bench as a judge, don't you have to keep your cool? >> yes, you have to keep your cool. i've been before many federal judges who have lost their cool. and yet, you know, i have respect for them. they're still very good judges.
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he's look toing to be a supreme court judge. he attacked senator's questions. asked them questions about their drinking history which is not relevant. >> that's right. >> go important points. judicial temperament is critical. two other points. one, when the investigation -- when the fbi does their investigation, if they come knocking on your door, you can tell them, no thank you. i don't want to speak to you. and they have to leave. there's no grand jury. they can't subpoena you. you can just decline to speak to them. that's number one. >> that's right, sure. >> and number two, what you're going to get if people would do agree to speak to them is the classic what lawyers tell their clients all the time, just, if you don't know, i don't recall. and that's what you're going to get in these interviews. don't recall. but the most important thing that goes into it in addition to judicial temperament is the judge be independent, not a puppet of the president. >> that's true. >> if you don't know the words that were said and you read what
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kavanaugh said to the senate, when you read him saying that this is revenge for trump winning the 2016 election and that this is clinton revenge, and that this is a political hack job, if you close your eyes, that's trump talking. he's being trained in the white house. he's babbling trump stuff -- >> right, so -- >> if he wins, what does he owe trump if he wins? >> did he just defy his eligibility because of those statements? >> yes. >> yes, i think -- >> i think there's no question about that. i mean, it seems to me, fredricka, once he's committed to a partisan position, the whole issue of judge being neutral, the whole issue of a judge being impartial goes right out the window. credibility notwithstanding, there's no imparchialty. i think that's one of the stick a fork in it moments. that's what's happened here. >> how do you see all that's transpired thus far? and whatever happens, you know,
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whether there's a yea or nay, you know, on his confirmation, how do you see this shaping, coloring, if in anyway any, you know, nominations in the future of the supreme court, avery? >> oh, my goodness, there are so many wonderful potential nominees, candidates, for the u.s. supreme court. if this individual is confirmed, i'm not sure i can answer that question, fredricka. but, frankly, if it isn't, there are superb candidates out there that will do well that have temperament that have credibility, that will maintain the majesty of this great institution of our country. >> and, richard, how does this shape future nominations? >> fred, it's -- we're in such a crossroads right now with our democracy and our political partisanship. you can guarantee, if he does get it, and i do think they're going to vote him in, if the democrats take over the house in the midterm elections, they're
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going to institute impeachment proceedings against him. this story is not over. u.s. supreme court -- >> i don't know about that. >> -- judges can be impeached. they will bring impeachment charges. then to the senate. if he doesn't win the senate, he will not be. but this story isn't over. what it says for the future is, you know, we have to get our stuff together because it's just disarray and it doesn't do any party any service and it doesn't do the american people any service, fred, it's horrible. >> we'll leave it there for now. it's been an intense week. it ain't over. >> you bet. >> richard herman, avery freeman, good to see you both. >> nice see youiing you. people dead after a tsunami rushed through parts of indonesia. now a frantic hunt for survivors. the very latest next. vestment a. from insurance to savings to retirement, it takes someone with experience and knowledge
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all right. welcome back. dramatic video of the moments a tsunami comes ashore following a devastating 7.5 earthquake in parts of indonesia. incredible moments as it happened. at least 384 people now are dead and hundreds injured. before and aftershots of a bridge in peru show the ledvel f destruction. joining me now, alexandria, how
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difficult is it going to be to find people and those affected? >> reporter: we cannot overstate the difficulty at this point and frankly officials have no idea about the scope of the devastation brought by not just this hurricane, also the tsunami. you see that wall of water slamming into coastal areas. we're see you now the city of aal al -- palu. they also can't reach other areas, population there another 300,000. with certainty that expect the death toll to increase. search and rescue teams, they face a number of obstacles. they're trying to sift through debris, find people trapped in homes. thousands of buildings destroyed and trying to get through the heavy water to find people who could still be alive, trapped and in need's help.
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reaching this area, also difficult. the airport shut down, of course. the next closest airport some 10 to 12 hours away by car. roads are compromised, landslides made travel difficult, bridges down and the fact you have power out and communication down is slowing the process. incredibly difficult work for rescue crews to do, but they're trying to reach the affected areas and frankly, fred, we have to prepare for the fact it will take days to understand exactly how much damage has been done here. >> a terrible situation. alexandra field, thank you so much. let's take a look at our top stories now. other top stories. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein agreed to meet with house republicans in the next few walks. he will talk about reported comments where sources say he discussed wearing a wire while talking to president trump and he reportedly also talked about recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to remove the president from office.
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house republican leaders struck an agreement to hold the meeting to avoid a potential impeachment voes again vote against rosenstein. and clearing the way to sue president trump over the running of his businesses. at the center of the lawsuit a provision of the constitution called the emoluments clause k.p you cannot do business with foreign diplomats without getting permission by the president. not seeking approval for his businesses, specifically his hotels, to receive payments from foreign governments. when the president took office, the president removed himself from the day-to-day operations of his businesses, but remained an owner. media mogul and cnn founder ted turner revealed in an interview set to air on cbs tomorrow that he is battling a brain disease known at louisbody
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hello again everyone. thanks for being with me this saturday. i'm fredricka whitfield in washington, d.c. the fbi's background investigation into u.s. supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh is now underway. the "washington post" reporting that the fbi has already started to reach out to people including debra ramirez. the second woman accusing kavanaugh of misconduct. and delayed another week


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