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support prince harry in a charity polo match. i'm ana cabrera, thank you for joining us. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. we soon will know, maybe, where every congressman and woman stands on the matter of impeaching president trump. "the lead" starts now. breaking news this hour, the house of representatives could vote on an impeachment resolution against the president. what are democrats saying constitutes grounds for impeachment? also this hour, president trump on his way to a campaign rally as we find out that his trump card in 2020 could well be the race card. plus, trump's tell. the one word that our fact-checker said is a tell tale sign the president is in the middle of a whopper. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin with breaking news. this hour we expect a vote on the house floor over whether to
impeach president trump after congressman al green of texas for whom this has been something of a cause since december of 2017 introduced the impeachment resolution against him, not for any russia-related reasons, but over the president's racist tweets. in which the president told four democratic congresswomen of color, all u.s. citizens, three of the four born in the u.s. to go back where they came from. >> this is about bigotry and racism and that racism that is infused into policy. >> are racist tweets a high crime and misdemeanors. >> his tweets can incite people to do harm. >> congressman green going rogue there telling cnn that he did not speak with speaker pelosi and she's not sure what they will do with the resolution but she personally opposes it. this decision on how to vote comes while some moderate house democrats were privately experiencing concern because of the racist tweets against the four colleagues have been put in
the position of embracing members of congress who have said and done things they disagree with, controversial things, even anti-semitic sentiments. more over as one congressman told me this afternoon, the president's words and actions speak for themselves we need to focus on what got us here. jobs and health care, instead of the issues the president brings up deliberately. everything bread and butter is playing into his hands. phil mattingly is on capitol hill. and sources tell you that congress wants to kill the impeachment solution. >> reporter: democratic leaders from nancy pelosi on down have made clear they want no part of this effort by congressman al green and the reasons are two-fold and they believe and speaker pelosi made clear there is a set pathway that democrats can take and are taking related to investigating the president and that investigation focuses on obstruction which as you noted this resolution doesn't but there is the political element.
democratic leaders have been very weary of forcing members into an up or down vote so what they are doing is using a procedural mechanism to kill this without having an actual vote on impeachment itself. keep in mind, while there are 80 democrats, more than 80 democrats who support opening an impeachment inquiry, that is less than a third of the democratic caucus, the vast majority of democrats right now are backing speaker pelosi effort in terms of investigations, not moving forward with impeachment, democratic leadership trying to keep the peace here. they have to deal with this but will do the best to dispatch with it as quickly as possible. >> and, phil, we're heard a lot about the squad, the four members of congress just elected, what are hearing from more moderate democrats, especially the ones who were elected in november from more swing districts and are the reasons why democrats retook the house. >> reporter: there is probable frustration. it is been there -- to be frank from the beginning of congress there is a sense that progressive democrats with the large social media following and big picture, big sweeping proposals have garnered much of
the headlines and the attention to the frustration of the democrats who are keenly aware that they're the reason democrats are in power in the u.s. house and the reason that speaker pelosi is the speaker and there is frustration in the course of the last couple of days. the fact there was a lengthy and boisterous debate on the floor related to a resolution condemning the president and the fact they have to hold the impeachment proposal vote in a couple of hours here. they're not here to do this was what one democratic member told me. echoing what the democratic lawmaker told you, said, bleptly, i wasn't sent here for this kind of stuff and the frustration is given the party needs to unify going forward, how do they rectify that and we'll have to wait and see. >> phil mattingly on capitol hill. let's chew over all of this. we could talk about the squad in the next block and i want to focus on impeachment. is it a mistake for pelosi and the democratic leaders to try to squash this impeachment
resolution. >> i think they should let one of the resolutions see where the votes are going to come from. let's get on the floor and let people express themselves and maybe let some of the air out of the balloon but there are people in the base of the democratic party that want to hold the president accountable and it might just take having a vote to make them feel better about. >> it and congressman green has been introducing this since december of 2017 back when republicans still controlled the house. but now democrats are in control. and i think about a third of the democratic caucus, a third of the house members are on the record saying they support impeachment and a lot of them not giving any answers. >> you saw a slew of democrats publicly embrace at least an impeachment inquiry after special counsel or former special counsel robert mueller gave what is so far his only public statement on the mueller report just a couple of months ago but you saw that talk really taper off for a little while and what is frustrating for house democratic leaders in this moment is what this vote does is
it casts a spotlight back on some of the internal divisions within the democratic party when you really saw is unifying moment over the course of the past couple of days where the party came together to defend the so-called squad and it kind of then took the conversation away from this back and forth you've had between the more progressive members of congress demanding action from speaker pelosi and her efforts to say we're not there yet on impeachment. >> let's talk about squad if we can. i've been spending the day talking to a lot of democratic house members. they are very frustrated with the squad. they are very fruftd rated with them for any number of reasons. you heard in the introduction one house democrat saying we need to be talking about bread and butter issues not the president's tweets. but others say they don't want to be in the position of defending things they disagree with from, say, congresswoman ilhan omar. >> this is exactly what -- this is the position that the president and the republican party who is backed him up on
this has forced democrats into. they are painting the entire democratic party with the same brush. they're even parting the entire squad with the same brush which is a simplification of what is happening here. not everybody in the squad has made controversial comments frankly. so that is part of what has become the strategy from the president. and it is what will make this really tricky for democrats. on the one hand the president has unified the democratic party in opposition to him which has been the key -- the key yoonfier for the last two and a half years but on the other hand there is heart burn and rightfully so they won't be able to control the simplicity of the president's message which is that democrats are embracing socialists and communities and anti-semites, all of that is inform over-simplification and this is in tweet-size bites and things he could take to his rally tonight which we'll see and make this about, do you love america or do you hate america.
that is a hard argument for democrats to counter. >> i think what surprised me is despite trump unifying the democratic caucus over the past couple of days, it is till clear that -- and i'm surprised by it, that pelosi doesn't have a lot of control here and this impeachment vote is another sign of that. i would not predicted that when the house democrat over and i thought she would rule with an iron fist like she does and it gets worse the more high-profile the squad becomes and this fight is elevating them which is not trump's strategy because he has no strategy but it is a consequence of the fat they're having and democrats will have to come to the aid loudly of folks who are policy-wise not in the mainstream with american voters. so that is going to be an issue for them, while trump continues to suffer from his own very big problems. >> one house democrats told me speaking on anonymity that what trump has done is brilliant and he's won this one and what he's established is first of all, now
the squad is the face of the democratic party instead of nancy pelosi, and also that nancy pelosi had gotten all of her lieutenants on board to try to marginal the squad and then he did this racist tweet and now she's had to do a 180 and defend them and people -- a lot of people don't like what they stand for. a lot of democrats don't like what they stand for. >> a lot of people don't. but the challenge for the quote/unquote squad as people call them is they have to decide how much they're going to participate in the institution of the house. and i think there are people who are in the house who say, listen, when the president attacks you, we'll come to your defense and look out for you but that means you have to come to our defense and be there for us too, and not challenging incumbent members who haven't done anything wrong and don't organize to challenge them and the people in the squad, progressive members, are thinking about the long-term vision direction of the democratic party. not passing legislation this year necessarily, but thinking about where does the democratic
party go, what does it stand for. nancy pelosi is a counter. how many votes do you have this week and how do we pass this piece of legislation and yes or no and that determines whether or not you stand with -- you are a part of the caucus and be reveered by her. >> stick around. we'll keep talking about the subject. the branding plan that president trump hopes will stick after his rally tonight in the great state of north carolina. plus tonight, what could be the largest protest yet in the streets of one u.s. city in the wake of alleged corruption and scandal. stay with us. this is the couple who wanted to get away who used expedia to book the vacation rental that led to the ride ♪ which took them to the place where they discovered that sometimes a little down time can lift you right up. ♪ flights, hotels, cars, activities, vacation rentals. expedia. everything you need to go.
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our politics lead now, president trump will hour will depart for a rally in the tarheel state of north carolina. a state key to the 2016 victory and his 2020 re-election campaign and president trump left no doubt today that he will target those four democratic congresswomen of color who he told to go back to their home countries, tweeting, quote, i'll talk also about people who love and hate our country, mostly
love this evening. the president insisting that his racist comments were not racist but he might want to consult the u.s. equal opportunity manual that skates that harassment based on national origin includes, quote, insults, taunting or ethnic ep tatds such as making fun of a person's acsent or comments like go back to where they came from whether made by supervisors or co-workers. the president and advisers believe it is to his political advantage to brand the four democrats as the face of the democratic party. >> it is my opinion they hate our country. >> reporter: that is the message president trump plans to test drive at his rally in north carolina tonight. >> they shouldn't hate our country. >> reporter: the president will be in friendly territory surrounded by supporters but before he left washington he made clear he'll bring his fight with four democratic congresswomen of color with him. in a tweet he'll talk about people who love and hate our
country. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: the rally coming one day after every house democrat plus four republicans and an independent voted to condemn trump's racist attacks on the four lawmakers whom he labelled visual young socialist congresswomen and a message he hopes to help him win in 2020 sources say as he hopes to cast the democratic party as left-wing and unamerican. >> this is what is happening to the party and feeding in our hand and i hope they keep on doing it. >> reporter: the president's son made the strategy clear today. >> and the reason my father is going to win again, this isn't the party of jfk any more, this isn't the democratic party. this is literally a radical socialist party that does not relate to every day americans. >> reporter: but the women trump will portray is the face of the democratic party are pushing back. >> this is a distraction. this is a person that really wants to vilify and demonize not only immigrants but communities
of color as many of my sisters have been talking about. >> reporter: publicly democrats have rallied around the four women. days after the group sparred with house speaker nancy pelosi, tensions the members downplayed today. >> that does not mean there is a fundamental fracture or eye dehumanizing going on within our caucus. >> reporter: but congressional sources tell cnn some democratic moderates are not happy with being dragged into this week's drama and forced to defend the so-called squad who themselves have been accused of controversial actions and statements including anti-semitism now, jake, now that the shock has worn off, the president isviewing them as a success and will use them as a political strategy including here tonight at the rally in north carolina and the question is going to be whether or not that is a strategy that works. >> kaitlan collins in beautiful greenville, north carolina.
thanks so much. abby, when push comes to shove, the president's advisers thinks that going after the four women will be good for his re-election and i would see how it would play well in north carolina but there are other states, other battleground states where it might not play well, florida for example. >> i think we need to make a distinction of the strategy after the fact and after he tweeted it and what the president intended when he tweeted it. there is no way that anyone is going to seriously make an argument that a racist attack against four democratic women of color is a campaign strategy. on the other hand, it has played into the president's campaign to paint the entire democratic party with the quote/unquote socialist brush and that is the strategy from the beginning. they thought that they would use bernie sanders to do that and now i think they believe they could use the squad to do that. so that is just happens to be where they have landed. but the race part of this has nothing to do with a campaign
strategy and, in fact, that could actually hurt the president in all of the places that he needs to actually improve upon in his 2016 performance, particularly in the suburbs. >> mary catherine you are from north carolina, from the research triangle area. >> durham. i lot to be specific. >> and democrats and republicans you know there. will this work and help him get voters he didn't get before? >> well there is always an upside and a down side and the downside which is large is that it will turn off suburban college-educated female voters and you need some of those to pull a state like north carolina, that is a little purplish and this is the exact kind of thing that seems calculated to turn them off. on the other hand, many of those voters are not policy-wise or rhetorically on the same page with the squad and the squad is not historically careful about the way it uses the rhetoric of
the left and their ideology to keep it sort of tamped down and appeal to those voters. >> speaking of which -- >> it goes both ways. >> jamal you heard kaitlan and phil report about house moderates upset about how they're being portrayed as embracing the squad when they have some issues with them. take a listen to what a different member of the house, a democrat told me this afternoon. everybody was completely outraged by what the president said and everybody thought it was appropriate to criticize him but this is the first time the house has taken action to criticize and we couldn't bring ourselves to condemn anti-semiti anti-semitism -- uttered by one of them. and some of us are getting pushback from jewish supporters and the member notes that the squad will boycott israel, the bds resolution next week, quote, so we'll hear a tirade of attacks from the same group and
hopefully not anti-semitic. so the unity of support behind the scenes is different. >> this is what i was talking about a second ago. there are a lot of people in the democratic caucus who look at this and they say, listen, we'll be there for you but you have to be there for us too and don't put us in a tough spot all of the time. you talked about north carolina and some of the things, let me give you a little bit ofain sent haeflt in. 2002 i worked for a senator in the re-election race and what was very concerning and we didn't understand was why saxby chambliss was not spending time in the atlanta suburbs because he was on a anti-confederate flag removal campaign throughout the rest of the south and he turned out more voters in a rural county that no democrats expected to show up. i'm convinced this is not a strategy by the president to find a bunch of voters and say i'm only at 48% in the existing electorate and i have to change the nature of the electorate and i'm not convinced they are trying to change that by finding
people animated by attacks like this. >> i think you're absolutely right about that but that worked for him in narrow margins in 2016 a victory in the electoral college and in 2018 there is not a lot of evidence that worked out well for republicans. >> does he care about other republicans? >> but at least as an open question, is this a strategy that will work beyond just that one election. we've only had one case study of this strategy for president trump and will it work again. >> i think the president has shown he's willing to exploit race or identity for political gain. that was very much at heart of his strategy in 2016 and he's showing a willingness to do it again. the challenge for democratic leadership is that he has seen in the squad an opportunity to exploit their own backgrounds, particularly with ilhan omar and rasheed tlaib and the white house talked about they see omar as the perfect foil for someone like president trump and as the democratic party leadership is
reckoning with some of the ways in which they are challenging business as usual or the long-standing policy positions the party held in washington, how do they not then have that exploited by trump and republicans as a conversation that really becomes much more about race and identity rather than the underlying issues where they are trying to act as agents of change. >> there is also another open question which is how do 2020 democrats trying to run against him deal with this kind of thing which will happen over and over again. the squad like you said, whether they are part of the team here, they're sort of happy to engage in this back and forth. but that may not work for the 2020 candidate, whoever that person may be. and don't know what the secret formula is for knowing when to engage and when not to but democrats have to figure it out. because he tends to not get dirtied by his oeb dirt but other people do around him. >> and it is interesting to see what the democrats will say about the bds, boycott and sanction bill against israel. stick around.
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for all, which would get rid of all private health insurance and he's calling out his rivals who disagree with him, including perhaps especially joe biden who sander as cused of lying about what the sanders plan would do. ryan nobles is live at the sanders' event and the senator not just talking policy, he's lauding some pointed attacks at his opponents. >> reporter: yeah, you're right about that, jake. and bernie sanders usually goes out of his way to avoid a direct attack on any of his democratic opponents but this week he is naming names. and it is not a surprise that it is his signature issue of health care that led him to do so. in a week when health care is dominating the 2020 democratic primary, bernie sanders is reminding voters where he stands. >> we cannot continue with the current dysfunctional health care system. >> reporter: sanders, whose popular 2016 campaign included medicare for all, is now testing the position of his fellow democrats, calling on them to reject donations from lobbyists
or executives of health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. >> you're looking at an industry which has spent in the last 20 years hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign contributions. >> reporter: his campaign also releasing a video accusing joe biden of lying about medicare for all. >> we won't mention his name but it might be a former vice president of the united states. >> reporter: sanders was responding to biden's claim that the transition to medicare may leave some without coverage and biden wants to build on the affordable care act proposing a public option to allow people to buy into a medicare-like program. but he warned that medicare for all goes too far, too fast. >> now there are a lost people running in the party who want to get rid of obamacare and start over with something new. well, folks, ike not for that. >> reporter: the future of obamacare is at the core of the debate over health care. kamala harris, who supports medicare for all, believes the single-payer system does not
dismantle obamacare. >> so it is moving on from obamacare. and making improvements on it. and president obama himself said that there are improvements to be made. >> if that is kamala harris's position and think you could keep obamacare and medicare for all, well then that is -- maybe something i'm unaware of. i didn't know that was the case and i don't think it is possible. >> reporter: but unlike sanders, he argues medicare for all could be implemented without a tax hike on the middle class. >> i'm not in support of middle class families paying for taxes for it. >> my guess is that people in the middle class will be paying somewhat more in taxes, but they're going to be paying significantly less overall in health care. >> reporter: and there is some argument that the democrat primary is just a lot of different shades of same color and this health care debate shows there are some stark differences and that is part of the reason that bernie sanders is giving this speech here today and, jake, we should also point out that joe biden was asked multiple times this week to
respond to sanders' claim he's lying about medicare for all. biden either refused to comment or just flatly did not answer the question. jake. >> thanks so much. appreciate it. so abby, let me start with you. is biden lying or is there an argument to be made that medicare for all would result in the consequences that he talks about? >> there is probably an argument to be made. i think the fact of the matter is we don't really know and i think joe biden's strategy is predicated on the idea that this is not a policy that come the general election will be advantageous to democrats because when you get beyond the democratic primary, it is going to be harder to convince people that they -- that they are willing to take that kind of risk with their health care. something that is incredibly personal and important to voters as per all of the polls that we've seen recently. so it is hard for bernie sanders to say this is absolutely not going to happen. because he really doesn't know and the places where it is been attempted it is not really
resulted in the actually consequences that bernie sanders said that it should result in. so i think there is an open question and i think this is going to be joe biden's central strategy going forward. he's staking out that middle lane and if he survives the democratic primary, we will see whether he's right about the general. >> and jamal, bernie sanders accusing biden of not only lying about medicare for all but using, quote, lies straight out of the playbook of donald trump, mitch mcconnell and the health care industry. what do you think of that strategy? >> there is that quiz that he put up, the online quiz where he said who does this sound like and it is one of the choices that you just named. which is pretty tough. if i were another campaign, i would be ready for this at the debates. because i feel like the bernie-biden debate on the same stage is worth watching. >> and sabrina, kamala harris trying to position herself somewhere in the middle here. she said there is, quote, very little role for private insurance under her plan but also claiming she's absolutely not moving on from obamacare.
does that offer the clarity that a lot of people have complained harris has struggled with? >> well i think it is trying to have it both ways in some respects. one of the challenges for the major democratic cob tenders behind medicare for all is staking out on the issue of private insurance. are they eliminating the role of private insurance providers altogether and moving entirely do -- toward government-run health care or supporting a supplemental coverage and that is where the contenders have trying to grapple to stake out ground and it doesn't seem that perhaps going too far and at same time embracing the more bolder progressive ideas that a lot of the base expects of them. the obamacare question is interesting because this goes back to what joe biden is trying to do which is bank on the popularity of the affordable care act within the democratic party. and so for those who are not, like biden, ready to embrace medicare for all the counter to
that is well embracing medicare for all would mean the end of obamacare which is something that the party fought so hard to preserve over the last couple of years. and so it is interesting where voters land in terms of who they ultimately choose. >> and mary catherine, you're somebody who had obamacare for the last few years, a faithful reader of yours and viewers of the show will know that you have had problems with obamacare. does medicare for all sound like the kind of -- obviously you're conservative so i don't expect you'll say yes, but does medicare for all -- is that more appealing because you always talk about how much you don't like obamacare which you actually have. >> so the pitch is hard for a couple of reasons. one, because it is hard to answer how you finance this without admitting, yes, we'll have to raise taxes on people and how to sentence h-- how to people won't go out of business and hard to tell people as we should have learned during obamacare that we'll make giant regulatory changes to this market but the market is not going to change and all of the people who like what they like will keep what they like.
and that is not true before and it was a lie and people lost the things they liked and people who didn't lose what they like are very protective of it because their trust has been betrayed on this issue and they've seen it happen to people. and there were winners and loses and in any change you make to this market so you should be honest with people about it and bernie is saying even in this four-year transition period, nothing will change, but things will change because the market will change becaus of the new part or mechanism and biden using the exact same verbiage as obama just blows my mind. blows my mind. >> especially after what we've been through. >> democrats like the idea of this being another public option. that is something we heard a lot during the obamacare debate. where is the public option. >> which is basically optional medicare. >> right. this mean make medicare available to everybody so if i don't qualify or like the private plans, i could get in the medicare and i could use that plan.
that is something i think may have real possibility even into the fall of the general election campaign. >> and abby, governor steve bullock the governor of montana also running for president, he told "the washington post" on medicare for all, quote, if barack obama got beat up for saying if you like your doctor you could keep it, well who knows what would happen in this instance so basically what mary catherine just said. >> yeah, this is -- when i say we don't know what is going to happen, it is because with our best predictive ability and the analysis of all of these things, the markets might do things we don't expect. people might lose things they want to keep and things might change about the market that the candidates are not preparing people for. and so what he is voicing is probably having watched the obamacare debate saying we shouldn't bother to go there because we know that if that turns out to not be true, we'll pay the price. maybe not in this election but the next one down the road. >> and sanders in a quote,
people not ready to reject money from health care should explain to the american people believe their campaigns are a good investment. he's trying to up the ante here and so he's saying i want medicare for all and if you're taking money from pharmaceutical companies or health insurance companies, you're basically corrupted. >> this goes back to what bernie sanders has said even in 2016, one of his central points about hillary clinton had to do with corporate influence and politics and removing money from politics. so i think you're seeing him kind of revive the same arguments as he's now trying to hold on to that progressive mantle where he's set the agenda. >> absolutely. >> there is no question he's made the imprint on where the candidates stand in terms of policy but because of that he also has less potential to distinguish himself and that is another area where bernie sanders is trying to draw a red line and have everyone else line up behind it. >> and watch the candidates
our 2020 lead, the president is leaving the white house shortly to head to a campaign rally in north carolina during what has been a rather dramatic and controversial few days, even for him. and nights like this typically have fact-checkers in a frenzy and according to our calculations trump regularly makes 20 or more untrue comments per rally and in pennsylvania in august the last year he set a
record making 36 false statements in one speech. let's bring in cnn reporter daniel dale who fact checked every single word president trump has said since taking office. daniel, thanks so much for being here. what are you expecting to fact check tonight. >> you watch enough, you know that there are certain subjects he's dishonest about, immigration, health care, trade, his own record and predecessors record but i'm looking for whether he continues about ilhan omar claiming that she had praised al qaeda. this is a gross misinterpretation of a comment on a bps show in 2013 so will he add to that and continue that. we'll see. >> and talking about immigration as you noted is almost a given at these rallies and honestly his main topic that he loves to talk about. >> it is. and i could quantify that having fact checked everything he said. it is his number one subject of dishonesty throughout his presidency and at rallies when he sees it as red meat to throw at his base. just yesterday he made a series of false claims about
immigration. he claimed that human trafficking cannot happen through legal ports of entry and it is women in the back of cars and taken over unwalled areas of the border and much does happen through ports of entry and claims that his wall is being built quickly and propagated about the government in guatemala and honduras and el salvador saying they are forcing caravans on the united states and so false claim after false claim and i expect that to continue tonight. >> and as someone that is a learned disciple of president trump's lies and mistruths and fibs and all of the rest, you've noticed a tell -- a specific thing the president does and when you hear it, you're like, here comes a whopper. >> yes. and it is the word "sir." so you may notice the president tells story in which he recounts someone telling him and i found that the stories in which that unnamed person usually doesn't have a name calls him sir, that story is almost certain to be inaccurate in some way. >> and a take a listen.
here is a montage we made for you. >> i have people come up to me, sir, we want to follow you. they don't let us on. >> and they said, sir, we don't want subsidies. >> they said, sir, we've been trying to get it passed for 44 years. so i was good at getting things passed. >> a lot of people saying sir to him. >> a lot of people calling him sir and people do call him sir and reporters do but when we fact check the sir stories they are almost always wrong. so it is a tell tale sign that rather than reaching into his memory to tell us something that happened he's conjuring something from his path -- from his imagination, in poker terms it is a tell. >> good luck tonight. a lot of coffee. >> come up, protesters calling on a governor in the u.s. to step down. my experience with usaa has been excellent. they really appreciate the military family and it really shows. with all that usaa offers why go with anybody else? we know their rates are good,
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and national lead now, in just minutes a fifth day of protests will begin in san juan, puerto rico, where allegations of corruption and scandal have taken over the island. the governor ricardo rossello is
defying calls to resign and apologizing for his role in what is now been dubbed ricky leaks. nearly 900 pages of chat messages leaked. the governor and his top aides caught using homophobic and misogynist language to describe the public and journalists and after his cabinet was arrested on alleged corruption charges, accusing of misusing money meant for hurricane maria. carlos lopez is in puerto rico for us. and today in law enforcement
issued a summons who participated in the ricky leaks scandal. are they coming forward? >> reporter: well, some of them are lawyering up. the governor rossello condemned this but he was one of the administrators of the group. and as you said, this is part of a wide number of corruption scandals on the island that have
people really fed up. now if you look at conversations, the tone and what they said, they have a different image of the one governor rossello had before the scandal as a very straightforward politician. one of those exchanges is with what his chief financial officer and one adviser where they talk about the mayor of san juan, carmen cruz. now the aide in the text messages which were edited, it is not a continuous chat said i'm salivating to shoot her. the governor replies on the chat, you would be doing me a grand favor. now he apologized and went to a church and said that he was elected. but the chats don't make him or
his government look very good. even though there are investigations advancing and in puerto rico local law says that fie -- that phone communications are not-free action of the government and it is an edited chat leaked to -- as a sort of revenge against the governor and his advisers. >> and juan carlos, celebrities such as ricky martin were mentioned and now ricky martin will be amongst those protesting this evening, right? >> reporter: yes. they were very insulting homophobic messages in the chat. saying ricky martin was such a male chauf industry. he is openly gave and calling for the rallies today. thousands are expected. now what we've seen today is a mix of tourists and protesters and mostly peaceful but the only violence is when the police -- and we'll show what you is going on now, when the police have
decided to either fire teargas or rubber bullets. but this is what you see and this is what we saw last night. it is just people coming. that blue and white building at the end is the -- where the governor lives. there is no access after this corner and this is where they all come and they yell and they scream and that is as far as it has gone so far, jake. >> juan carlos lopez in san juan, puerto rico. >> thank you. one major fact you will not hear president trump mention this evening when he's talking about the economy. stay with us. sir, you're a broker. what do you charge for online equity trades? uh, i'll look into it. (phone rings) lisa jones! lisa: (on phone) hey carl, what are you charging me for online equity trades? (nervous chuckle) lisa: and do i get my fees back if i'm not happy? like a satisfaction guarantee? ugh. schwab! lisa: oh right, i'm calling schwab. thanks, carl! wait, lisa! lisa... are you getting low costs backed by a satisfaction guarantee? if not, talk to schwab. a modern approach to wealth management.
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