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with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> we want to welcome our viewers ain the ruts and around the world. happy friday. it's another busy morning because breaking overnight, jussie smollett to the show of his show empire late last night. cnn has learned that smollett called a meeting with the cast and crew and one person who was at that meeting says to the surprise of everyone, smollett defiantly stuck to his story proclaiming his innocence. the star is accuse by police of filing a false police report after orchestrating an attack against himself. they say smol lieutenant paid two brothers, $3,500, in order to stage this assault in order to advance his own career. chicago's police superintendent was outramed in a preged and he him to apologize to the city. roger stone silenced.
he posted a picture on instagram showing the judge's face in what appeared to be crosshairs behind her head. we have nebraska nw detailed fre the courtroom. also new this morning, forget the 2020 election, 2018 is still going open. overwhelming evidence of election fraud at a north carolina congressional race has now led to an order to do it all over again, complete redo. how will this work? and the dramatic father/son face-off that led to this decision. we are busy to say the least. let's start with ryan young on the jussie smollett case. ryan. >> reporter: this is playing out almost like a tv show, maybe a reality show. but in any case, jussi went to work yesterday. now we're told he's on holdtor tod hold for today's shoot. empire actor jussie smollett
digging in after being accused of filing a false report. his legal team i sifgt nsisting innocent. today we witnessed a spectacle. the presumption of innocence was tram' willed on at the expense of mr. smollett. his cast and crew are expecting him to come clean, but after apologizing for any embarrassment caused by the incident, the source says smollett asked the show team for their support and, again, insisted that he's innocent. >> eye am not one of those people who have been attacked. >> the visit coming after chicago police laid out their case against the actor saying smollett paid the brothers $3,500 to stage the attack and prosecutors say police have a copy of the check to approve it. >> he wanted abel to attack him
but not hurt him too badly and to give him a chance to appear to fight back. defendant smollett also included that he wanted ola to place a rope around his neck, pour gasoline on him and yell this is maga country. >> reporter: police say smollett gave the brothers $100 in cash to buy supplies they later baht at this bought that the beauty supply store. >> he turned on a surveillance camera on the corner which he believed would capture the incident. >> reporter: the injuries seen in this photo allegedly self-inflicted. they say he came up with the plan after this threatening letter he allegedly sent to himself threatening to garner attention. >> he took advantage of the pain and anger of races toix promote his career. >> reporter: the super intentd of police was strong with his words and you can understand this after a thousand hours were wasted in investigating this case. we know the actor had $100,000
bond and he has to be back in court in three weeks. >> ryan, thank you. joining us now, cnn legal analyst joey jackson. joey, the big news overnight is that he is maintaining his innocence. his lawyers are and smollett son the cast of empire. what's the defense strategy here? >> well, listen, sometimes the defense -- there's two things you can do. the first thing is to do a mia culpa, to come out and go to the people who embraced him and love him and support him and say you know what in this just was not so. it not only worked from a public relations perspective, but it could work from the court of law. it likes contrition and remorse and when people own up to things. but it seems the other defense a scorched earth defense. and the facts are not all known, we're hearing things bit by bit. everyone's entitled to the presumption innocence, i get it.
but what happens is many people perceive a defense attorney's job you got to get your client off. no, it's tho to mitigate oftentimes the pain your client could endure. the theory is if you're going down one path where the evidence seems to be so contradictory, you can hurt him. we're hearing evidence about phone calls to the brothers an hour before the attack, a half an hour after the attack. they have the check apparently that he paid. the brothers are talking, you have the surveillance video. so to maintain your innocence in the faces of that could ultimately compromise him in the end. >> we haven't seen the whole case, we've only seen what the police have told us. if this is true, what is the most damaging evidence? >> it's all damaging. remember that when you empanel a jury if it goes that far. we're not there yet. maybe there will be a mia culpa in the event i didn't do this, i hurt a lot of people, i'm really so sorry. but you look at the evidence in total. i mean, you could point to so many damning pieces.
first, the actual story itself. when you go to court and talk to a jury, you talk about common sense and good judgment. 2:00 a.m., you're on the phone with your manager, you have this noose around your neck. any got this receipt that suggests it was purchased. you've got the surveillance video, phone records, all of it in total would suggest it's damning, it didn't hathe way he said it happened. >> a lot of people were paying attention to the police chief yesterday. well smollett's defense said this spectacle has no place in the legal system. was it unusual what chicago police did yesterday? >> i don't think was unusual nifrpgt these are police officers who were hurt personally. and, look, the fact is when you have a thousand man-hours that are out there, people hours, when you have detectives who are investigating, 12 detectives going and scouring everything and their indication is it's just not so, it represents really a black mark on ta police
department. it represents a mark upon the city. i think they take it in a way that's not appropriate, particularly in this level discourse where just we're in tough times. >> we are. we're going to talk a lot more about how this maintaining of innocence will affect the political and social discussion going forward. thanks. roger stone uncharact characteristically quiet. the judge ordered him to stop talk about his case or else. sarah, what happens? >> he said he was sorry, he was kick himself for his own constitution pid ditty and the judge, she said she wasn't buying it. president trump's former adviser roger stone leaving court thursday after federal judge amy berman jackson placed him under a strict gag order for posting this picture of her on instagram. appearing to show the crosshairs of a gun behind her head. stone insisting he is heartfully sorry but repeat peteedly
condrablinco repeatedly -- stone describing the crosshairs of a logo of an organization, then a celtic symbol. jackson rejecting stone's explanation saying there's nothing ambiguous about crass hairs, noting mr. stone could not even keep his story straight on the stand much less from one day to another. judge also questioning stone's sincerity saying his apology rings hollow after he's defend the the post despite removing it from instagram and signing his lawyer's letter to the judge apologizing. >> i threatened no one, i intended to threaten no one. i never disrespected the judge or the court. >> judge jackson stating i have serious doubts about whether you've learned me lesson at all. last month he was arrested as part of a special counsel's investigation and charged with seven felony counts of obstruction, making false
sfaimts statemen statements and witness tampering. judge jack song son warng him if he violates her order she'll have him thrown in jail noting this is not baseball, there will not be a third chance. >> he's free to talk publicly about literally anything else, just not his case. alisyn. >> thank you very much. joining us to discuss this is laura coats. laura, he put cross harshairs o the judge in his case's head in the is beyond harassment. this is an overt threat. why didn't she revoke his bond and send him to jail? >> well, unlike roger stone she didn't make it about herself. she tried to make it about the underlying case. i think she was trying to balance the first amendment and also balance the idea of him being able to publicly speak about her and other cases. but also about the idea of it
was a threat. but i think by not making it about herself, she really just made sure that the people understood and roger stone in particular, this is not about me, this is about making threats and impeding justice and this is a probable. >> i think that's laudable. but what about sending a message to other people that you can't threaten a judge? i mean, he claims that this -- he thought this was a celtic cross, which she basically suggested was laughable. >> and it is laughable and think you're right, it is laudable. it's not the course many other judges would have taken. many would have said you're already here for lying, witness tampering, trying to influence a prosecution in some form or fashion and investigation and now you're threatening the court. many would have thrown him in jail based on that alone. in addition to the fact that just six days ago there was a contemplated gag order that gave him a lecture about not talking
about the case at all. i think her ultimate conclusion was frankly he may mess up again and i'm sure she expects that he will do so and now will have more than enough basis and grounding to throw him in jail. >> in fact, she said today i give you a second chance, but had is not baseball, there will be no third chance. so now what is it? he can't breathe a word of this. he can't say anything about this case or what? >> and remember, before six days tag was about you can't say anything within the certain feet of the courthouse. now it's you can't say anything because you have proven that if i give you an inch you'll take a mile and probably to your own detriment. remember, the gag order is not simply because the judge doesn't prefer to have publicity. it's oftentimes to help the defendant as well, to save himself from himself. if he can't speak about the case, does he not provide the prosecution with more evidence they can use against him. it's almost a way of telling a defendant, look, you've got this right not to testify, so don't do it in the court of public opinion either. on the other hand, the fact that
he has this order shows that the court is trying to potentially seat an impartial jury and the more he talks, the more he tries to have a deep-state offensive against this case and the conspiracy theory, then the less likely it is that they can actually seat an impartial jury. and that's also a problem for justice. >> oh my gosh. laura coats, thank you very much for explaining all of this to us. john. a stung turn of events in north. the elections board decided to toss the 2018 results and hold a new vote in the state's ninth congressional district amid allegations of rampant election fraud. diane gag ger live in raleigh with these new details. diane. >> reporter: yeah, john, stunning might be an understatement here. we were starting to plan our hotel rooms for next week due to some of the testimony, and then suddenly the candidate himself got on the stand, said that he'd had some difficulty in the morning recalling things and maybe had given some incorrect answers to questions. and then, well, you read this
statement. take a listen. >> neither i or any of the leadership of my campaign were aware of or condoned the improper activities that have been testified to in this hearing. through the testimony i've listened to over the past three days, i believe a new election should be called. >> reporter: now, the whole reason why this all went to hearing is because harris wanted to be seated because he felt that he had won. but the testimony over this past week detailed explicitly very obvious election fraud, including workers who admitted to diagnosis it on the stand. the board, though, before they vote dd indicate that voted did thatton harris, his testimony basically stating that he had warned his father beforehand about this operative that helped push their decision. it was a 5-0 bipartisan decision. it was celebrated by harris's democratic opponent in that 2018
election, dan mccready, saying this is what the people deserve. the election board will set a new primary and a new general election in the coming weeks, john. the people of north carolina are going to get to redo 2018 in the ninth district. >> not over yet. dianne gallagher, thank you very much. want to bring in john avlon. john, we've heard so much from the president ootthers about vor fraud. i had is election fraud and those working for a campaign harvesting and farming absentee ballots. it's stunning. >> it's stunning. it's about as blatant as you can get. the north carolina gop and candidate tried deny it but the testimony has been crystal clear including his on son saying this guy is a bad deal, don't get involve. he was known this guy dallas for for ballot fraud. >> what we do not know, if mark harris the republican candidate will run again now that there will be a new election there. is it guaranteed? people will say now the democrats will get one more
victory is. that a guarantee? >> not at all. this district is drawn to be friendly to republicans. it's been in republicans hands since the mid-1960s. fact that the democrat was so close was a function of that blue wave midterm election dynamic. republicans are really hoping that they can -- they've got an edge in what will presumably be a lower turnout special election. no guarantees. >> especially if they put a cleaner candidate in the republican race. the president, what's his response to this given his deep concern over the last few years about voter fraud? surely he's made states about this? >> crickets, tumble weeds, there's been no comment because the president who's warned against voter fraud, demonized that, hasn't dealt with the fact that you've got corruption on the republican side of the aisle here, he's going to try to pass it sblon he said nothing about this? >> i haven't seen anything that the president has weighed in on this issue. >> thank you very, very much. alisyn. michael cohen testify before
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and then again behind closed doors on thursday. what will he tell lawmakers? let's bring in anne milgram, and joe lockhart, the white house press secretary for president clinton. okay, guys, if you believe michael cohen's attorney, lanny davis, this is going to be a blockbuster, okay. so listen who to what lanny davis says michael cohen is going to reveal. >> you're going to hear impersonal, frontline experiences of memories and incidents and conduct and comments that donald trump said over that ten-year time period behind closed door that, to me, when i first heard michael tell me all this even as much as i knew about trump that was negative was chilling. >> and is michael cohen publicly going to be able to say chilling details about his former boss? >> i think yes. one of the things we've seen is that he's had these broad concluess sorry statements
saying president trump directed me do it and these meetings with ami and michael cohen together but we've had no details. imagine a conversation if the questioning is good where they literally could take us piece by piece when did you talk to donald trump? what did he say? how many conversation disease you have? who else was in the room? what else was the president trying to do? why was he trying to do it? we haven't had any of that detail. think so we know from the high-level conclusions it's essentially the southern district has accused the president of committing an election fraud crime and now we're going to hear michael cohen talk us through what the inside was like. i think it could be explosive. >> that's the legal side of it. i think we can't overlook the political side of this too, joe. and we're undersettling political spec stick cal here. if i told you a year and a half ago the president's fixer, right hand man was going to appear before congress as a cooperating witness to the majority democratic party, you have would have been no way. >> i would have said i hope so. but, i mean, i think it was --
when we heard the tapes first, we thought, wow, i mean, and i don't know that we ever thought we'd get more than that, but we will. i think it will be really interesting to see where he can talk and where he can't. i think all of the things that he's pled guilty to we're going to hear about, and that's going to be fascinating. that's going to be the hush money, maybe the moscow project. >> i don't think russia. >> maybe the moscow project, but not the russia collusion. but there's -- if you believe, as i do, that trump was running a criminal enterprise out of the trump organization, that's really where the mother load is. it's going to be interesting to see what he can talk about because he doesn't want to implicate himself in anything that he hasn't been charged yet. >> it's the $64,000 question to you, who directed the payment of the hush money some because in the documents, that is still somewhat a.m. big cue with us. >> and then you have michael
cohen going on tv after he pled guilty talking about the president's role in that. what i think is going to be amazing about had is that when you plead guilty in front of a judge, even when you aloe cute it's five minutes, it's ten minutes and there's no detail about how does that come to put -- how does that come to happen? who orchestrates it? joe makes a great point about seeing that phone call. that's a sliver of what went on between them. i think if he answers the questions, it's going to be fascinating. >> can we put the calendar up because also interesting is the timing of all of this. you see cohen testimony there, it's a cohen sandwich around donald trump, the president of the united states summit with north korean leader kim jong-un. joe, when i saw this, i was -- it made me think is positively clintonian. you would have crafted something like this. if there's scandal surrounding the president, get him out of the country, have him to do
something official like the north korean summit. >> i don't know that any had this foresight. i can't remember what year it was, '94/'95, but you had the split screen of the o.j. verdict and the president's state of the union and the o.j. verdict was bigger in the picture than the state of the union. think you may have this here because the summit will be pageantry, there will be arrival pictures, handshake. you're not going to know what happens until the end and maybe for weeks on end in the is going to be live, gripping testimony. and it's going to be the story of the day. and, you know, it's -- it's very -- my advice for the president could be to focus on the summit, to focus on north korea, focus on keeping the country safe, and from his staff to take his phone from him. because he can blow this whole thing like he has done every single time by tweeting and making himself small at a moment where he should be big. >> anne, why can't all of michael cohen's testimony be
public? why is it only the house oversight one that's public? because the intel committees they're afraid it's too sensitive? >> there's two things. first is that the intel committee, they always go behind closed doors. so that's the normal practice. so this is not unusual. nor was it unusual for michael could hen to go in yesterday and potentially review whether it was his prior testimony or classified information, that's what people do. why -- one of the things that i think is interesting here is that they have taken russia off the table for the public testimony. that either means that mueller has asked them to take russia off the table or cohen's lawyer has said he's not -- there's other information he's going to provide so we would not testify to that publicly. but that's the interesting part of the story. >> anne brought this up point, joe, and i think you can illuminate a little bit more. if the questioning is directed, if the questioning is solid, then there might be some drama. there's no guarantee of that. because if we learn one thing from congressional hearing, people that ask them the questions, they kwo use a little
advice on being concise. >> i think these are the first couple of what could be a year of explosive hearings and it's certainly my hope that the congressional committee's -- particularly the democrats -- learn the lesson of, you know, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat from someone who is just made to look like a victim by questions. and if you look at the more serious congressional inquiries overtime, it's always been done by majority counsel and minority counsel. watergate, iran-contra, the 9/11 post more the tam. i don mortam. he said no one's going to give up their five minutes. but i think they have to get more serious about getting to the bottom of this, and the way you do that is by having counsel. >> is there any thinking that robert mueller will time his report to the after michael
cohen's testimony so as not to eclipse one or the other? >> think robert mueller is on his own time schedule. this is going to be, i think, noise for him and he's probably gotten what he needs from cohen. other weis otherwise we wouldn't be going forward with any russian testimony. mueller is on his own schedule. >> it's cowince denltal that we think mueller's report is coming next week, he's testifying this week. >> the last time the report was delivered, it was delivered to congress and made public. the attorney general could sit on this for a month. he has all the leeway he needs to time it when he wants to time it. >> i agree. >> so i expect there to be a flurry of discussion, but it won't be informed by a lot. >> it's not going to be delivered on one day and go out that afternoon, there's no question. and so we can't -- it would be -- hard to control that. >> but we'll still talk about it. >> yeah. >> all right. joe, anne, thank you very much.
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the weekend is here and for many democratic presidential hopefuls, both declared and you declared, that means sweeping trips through iowa and new hampshire. but can any of these candidates defeat president trump? this is the subject of a new piece in time magazine that has a phenomenal cover. joining us now is one of the writers behind the piece. molly, this is a terrific series with granular details that people should read. one of the most interesting is me is you get into this notion that there's a leftward lurch among the democratic voter primary base. and the conclusion, you look at the data, it may be more moderate than you think. >> yeah. democratic party is more liberal than it's been historically. but historically it hasn't been that liberal a party. i think this is a misconception a lot of people have. the republicans are an
overwhelmingly conservative party in the terms of the way their voters describe themselves when you ask, do you think you're a conservative, moderate or liberal 'the democratic party is not a mirror image of that. and even now with self-defined liberals at a historic high in the democratic party, they're only about half of democratic partisans and democratic primary voters. the other half of that democratic electorate is people who consider themselves moderate or even conservative. and when you go out in the early primary states and you talk to voters, these are, you know, you have to think they're hard core activists. they're going to presidential candidate events a year before voting even starts. they're very enthusiastic committed democrats, and yet a lot of them will tell you, you know, certainly many of them will say oh, yes, i'm very liberal, i want a candidate who supports a liberal agenda. or a lot of them will tell you, no, i want someone who can speak to the middle, who can bring the two parties together. and so there is an opening in that field for someone who isn't
on the far left. >> but, therein lies the conundrum for democrats. we've been talking about it for weeks here on this show. pragmatic versus progressive 'if the a pragmatic candidate is being seen as represented by amy klobuchar and appropriate gressive is being represented by, say, elizabeth warren, which one do worvoters want? >> and that's a question that will define part of this primary. this piece touches on a lot of the different factors that will defiant race. we have no idea which candidate will cup out on top, but we're trying to set the playing field for what are the factors that are going to defiant atmosphere ibs atmospherics of this race. you talk to historians, political scientists, there hasn't been a primary like this since 1988 in terms of how big the field is going to be, how unsettled the field is, how many candidates there are likely to be. and then just the unusual factor
of the incumbent that they're racing to take on. so it's anybody's guess who's going to win, but there's a few different lanes in this primary. i would also say the division dollars aren't only ideological. you have a lot of demographic divisions within the party. the resurgent movements of women and people of color who all want to be represented and to have a voice. and there's a big generational divide, i think, too where younger democrats who have really flooded into activism, particularly in the trump era, they see the world pretty differently than the older generation that has previously had a hold on the party establishment. >> you know that older voters still make up the significant mart of the democratic voter base. when you talk about the new different playing field, that playing field means a new different cal dore as well with big states moving up like california earlier in the process. what's the impact here and which candidates are best positioned to deal with this shift?
>> well, part of the issue here is that we don't even know what the calendar is. we don't know what the rules are going to be for next year's primary. and part of that is normal because every state gets to decide when they hold their primary or caucus. and sometimes they drag their feet a little bit or they look at each torother to figure out n they want to go. but you hear activists complaining about the democratic committee that's prevented some stuff from gelling, and that's a big obstacle for them trying figure this out and what their strategy is when they don't know the rules of the road. we expect it to be what it has been in the past, iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, and you see the candidates emphasizing those traditional early states. even though there are questions about, you know, will those states be as relevant as they've been in the past in political and media environment that's changed a lot in the past four
years especially? but then after that, as you say, you know, the first votes -- early votes are going to be cast in california at the same time voting is happening in iowa under the calendar that we think we have now. you see candidates going to places like texas which also has moved up to super tuesday. so i think we're going to see people all over the map. there's an idea that there may be an advantage for candidates who are strong in california, particularly kamala harris. >> very quickly, the republican governor of maryland, larry hogan, is considering a primary challenge -- >> he hasn't ruled it out. >> he's planning a trip to new hampshire, i think, soon. >> which tells you everything. >> which tells you all you need to know because who gees to new hampshire in the winter? >> ever. >> come on. >> here's what he has to say about fellow republicans. typically they try to be fair ashtors of a process and i've never seen anything like it. in my opinion, it's not the way we should be going about our politics. tpt undemocratic and to say
we're not going allow a debate, we may not say primary and the question is what are they afraid of? he thinks that republicans are closing ranks around donald trump. >> yeah. and they are afraid of a strong primary challenge to president trump when you talk to people in the rnc's orbit, it's more about the prospect that trump could be weakened in the general election than he might actually lose the primary at this point given his strong ratings among republicans. but you do see the rnc trying to shift the playing field in trump's favor. now they would say this is actually normal for ann come bent president, it's normal for the president's party to sort of be his political april rat tipa. and he's gotten an outpouring of support from members of the republican and donor establishment who would like to see the presidential lengthed. >> terrific work. thanks so much for being with us. appreciate it. >> thank you. we have a programming note.
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yes girls, i'm totally free this thursday. tell kat, to call carla, to confirm katrina is still coming. olly. senator elizabeth warren demanding answers from the pentagon on how u.s. weapons ended up in enemy hands in yemen. senator warren learned of this through an exclusive cnn investigation. we broke this story and our reporter joins us from london with more. tell us about this. >> reporter: morning, alisyn. senator warren becomes the third member of the armed services committee to address secretary of state mike pompeo and the department of defense with regards to our findings and raised concerns about what this means when key u.s. allies are disregarding their arms sales agreements with the united states and making arguably american lives less safe. i want to read you a little bit. she says if this report is true, it raises serious concerns that
saudi arabia, the united air rack emirates and other governments have violated their end user agreements with the united states by diverting american weapons to terrorists and other violent extremists without prior authorization from the united states government. she goes on to say that congress needs to look into putting in place greater reporting restrictions. the backdrop of all of this is this growing impasse between lawmakers and the trump administration regarding relations with saudi arabia. even trump ally lindsey graham is putting forth his own saudi arabia and yemen accountability act. we've seen the war powers resolution that seeks to limit u.s. support for the saudi-led war in yemen. that's now passed the house and it's due to go through the senate. most of the activists that we've spoken to, most of the yemenis that we've been talk speaking to
for years seem to think that congress is finally moving forward on this. >> thank you so much for your reporting which always leads to new questions and action. appreciate it. from chicago to hollywood, the world talk about the case of jussie smollett. van jones how this could have long lasting effects in the united states for years to come.
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through his shoe wednesday night. nike said they're investigating how this could have happened. now, no question zion is going to be the top pick in june's nba drft. even if he got injured, the 7 footer would still likely go number one. but many like warrior star demarcus cousins who played in kentucky said zion shouldn't risk playing further basketball. >> college is [ bleep ]. college basketball incident is bull [ bleep ]. you've proven you're the number one pick coming out, you've proven area tam lent. you know, you're ready for next level, it's happening. that's my opinion. knowing that i know now. >> i don't ever want to see anybody get hurt. this kid looks like he's going to be a fantastic player. but i get so mad when people act like money's the only thing that matters in the world. oh, dude, you're going to go in the nba, don't play. >> no word yet if zion will play tomorrow against syracuse. now, if he was a few years
younger the 18-year-old may have never even stepped foot in college basketball. according to usa today, they have submitted a former proposal to the players association to lower the draft eligible age to 18 from 19. the plan is to nut in place for the 2022 draft. so this of course would put an end to that one and done rule that's been in place since 2005, guys. so we would once again be seeing players like lebron james go straight from high school to the nba. >> there's no easy, although one easier assistance maybe these players that are making a fortune for these colleges should see a little bit of that money. >> yeah. >> thanks very much. >> all right. let's have some late night laughs, shall we? >> along with everyone else in america, the president is mad at jussie tweeting@jussysmollett, what about maga and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments? after all, racist and dangerous comments kinda my thing, all
right. >> this is one of the scariest sko stories of 2019. and it's a reminder that this current political climate is going to drive people to do crazy things. crazy people, but still they're going to do crazy things. it's also a reminder that your search history will screw you over every time. yeah. that's why when i search something embarrassing i make sure to throw them off the trail. i'll be like where can my friend buy male spanx? >> the officer in question once wrote a letter i'm a long time white nationalist having been a skin head 30 plus years. 30 years, that say long time. he is close to skin head retirement. soon he is cash in his 401 kkk. >> i didn't see that coming. >> i didn't either. thanks to your viewers for watching. we have new details as jussy
smollett moupts a new defense. new day continues right now. >> he was dissatisfied with his salary so he concocted a story about being attacked. >> i have never known him to misrepresent himself. if he lied, it's a gut punch. >> what he said happened is not the character of our city. we should take a pause and get the facts. >> it just shows there's more to something. we just have to see what happens. >> this is way beyond i accidentally stepped over the line. this was a dangerous attack on the judge. >> putting a gag order on his social media makes sense. she handled it right. >> if he screws up again she's going to yank his bail and throw him in jail. >> announcer: this is new day with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> good morning, everyone, welcome to your new day. we do have breaking news from overnight. jussie smollett, he insists he is innocent. 20th century foxconn -- fox