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the president. that's what this lawsuit is about, brooke, andrew mccabe saying he was unlawfully terminated, because he didn't agree with the president. brooke? >> got if for the update, jessica. appreciate it. i'm brooke balance win. thanks for being here. "the lead" with jake tabor begins now. a massive i.c.e. raid. "the lead" tarts now. the president bragging about his crowd sizes to el paso medical staff who just respond to do a racist mass murder. how and why the white house is celebrating the trips today. >> he's not a criminal. families torn apart, children absolutely terrified, as hundreds of suspected undocumented immigrants are ripped out of their places of employment. with latinos already living in fear. plus buttering up the
voters. it's opening day at the pivotal iowa state far, a big-time surge for one of the 2020 contenders, who is it? well, we'll tell you. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin with the either politics lead. after the president's wake for unity, right after his claim that his rhetoric bridges people together, decided to publicly complain about media coverage, attack his political foes, and he discussed the size of his crowds in the middle of visiting an el paso hospital, treating victims of that city's horrific racist terrorist attack. moreover in this newly obtained cell phone video, showing the president talking about how many people came to see him speak in february in el paso, at the time commented to crazy beto, a reference to beto o'rourke, who is running for president. the press was notably not
permitted to accompany the president to his visits to these hospitals. the white house saying this is not a photo op, and while it's true that these sensitive moments do many times happen behind closed doors, it did become pretty clear the white house had no actual opposition to photo ops, they just wanted to control the photos. the president yesterday posting on twitter and highly produced video, featuring this triumphant cinematic soundtrack, and images of the president meeting with hospital staff recement also a political ad, certainly not what one might expect in the wakeof 31 innocent people being gunned down in a horrific weekend of mass shootings. pamela brown has more now from the white house. >> two scenes of mass murder. he greeted some of the recovering victims, the heroes, the first responders, receiving
ovations, as well as criticism. it was meant to unite a grieving scared country, president trump partly used the trips to boost his own morale, too. >> as you know, we left ohio, and the love, the respect for the office of the presidency. it was -- i wish you could have been there to see it. >> during one hospital visit, he praised the medical staff. >> it's an honor to be with you. look at this group of people. >> reporter: then boasted about his last rally in el paso. >> we had twice the number outside, and then you had this crazy beto. beto had like 400 people in a parking lot. they said his crowd was wonderful. >> reporter: all this as 31 victims who lay dead. none of the eight victims trump visited agreed to meet with him, but two who had already been
discharged came back to meet the first couple. the dual mass akearse reenergized national calls for gun control. trump said yesterday he'll consider background checks. >> i think we can bring up background checks like we never have before. >> reporter: but he had multiple conversations with wayne la pierre this week, he sources say he told the president more restrictive gun measures may upset voters. then tweeted -- none of the background proposals would have prevented these tragedies. a source tells cnn almost all of the patients at del sol medical center also declined to meet with the president. the white house ultimately decided not to set up a visit there. we're also learning, jake, trump was unhappy with the coverage of his trip, who went on to blame the media, but it's worth noting
that the white house blocked journalists from covering most of the trip. >> he thank you very much. joining me is mac mazie hir. i want to see to how we can curtail these incidents, but before that, what's your response to the president's trip to dayton and el paso. >> as usual, everything he experiences, he brings it back to himself. while he was suppose d to be ar to be there, he always acts like the victim. >> so, another thing i want to ask you about, yesterday we broke on the show, ko rgd to many officials they were pushing the white house to make domestic terrorism a higher priority in the strategy, and the white
house kept pushing back. what's your reaction? >> well, apparently he doesn't like to hear the words "white supremacist" in anything, so they cut back on any references to domestic terrorism and acknowledged that as a growing problem. as you know, chris wray only a couple months ago, acknowledged that domestic terrorism is a growing concern and that much of that is associated with white supremacy actions. >> sources tell cnn that the house judiciary committee is considering come coming back early to work on gun-related legislation, including perhaps red flag legislation, perhaps even a ban on some kinds of semiautomatic assault weapons, semiautomatic weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines. is there anything in there that i mentioned that you think could get through the republican-controlled senate? >> not as long as mitch mcconnell is in charge. we can't even get the law that was passed -- the bill that was passed by the house, which is just a background check law.
so there are two people who are holding everything up. it's mitch mcconnell and the president. when the president starts talking about he's going to take on the nra, he'll stand up to them, that's such b.s. by the way, when all of this tragedy occurred and veronica escobar, when the president was talking about going to el paso, she had wanted to talk to him -- >> the congresswoman from the el paso area. >> he didn't have time, but he had all kinds of time to talk to the nra, who got to him immediately. >> what can senate democrats do, if anything, to try to bring this legislation that has passed the house, has overwhelming support among the american people, probably would not have had any impact on these two shootings, but would have closed a loophole that's been obvious for many years. >> as you say they loop holes have been huge for a long time, but also a banning of assault weapons, any kind of weapons
that can fire dozens of bullets at one time what can we do? the election is one opportunity. we need to defeat mitch mcconnell. he is very focused. in fact he prides himself as being the grim reaper. he's happy to hold back all these bills that the house has sent to us. one way is to defeat mcconnell. the other way is to hear of republicans raise voices out of the senate, and you hardly hear a people out of them. if you're talking about banning, how do you envision? a mandatory buyback? confiscati confiscation? a restriction on sales of new ones? >> you start with the sales of new ones. when you start talking about configures indicating guns, you run into i would say some legal challenges, but i think there are ways to encourage people to
turn in their firearms. first and foremost, let's not keep selling is new sales that. we can stop. >> all right, senator mazi mazie hirono. thank you for being here. >> good to be with you. a call to police from a concerned mother about her son possibly owning these assault-type weapons. a cnn exclusive, potential warning signs, next. children sobbing and hysterical, not sure where their parents are and when or if they will ever see them again. the i.c.e. raid that has i.c.e. agents scrambling. om your aller? stwus. lyour worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances. most pills only block one. flonase. who used expedia to book the vacation rental which led to the discovery
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not be mature enough to handle it, but police say she never gale police her name or her son's dame. in the dayton killing, we're learning more as well. and warning signs that may have been missed. >> reporter: the mother offal el paso walmart gunman called police in allen, texas, because she cause western her son owned a ak-style of gun. police in the dallas suburb propatrick crucias lived, they say they have no documentation of the call from the mother. the lawyers also say the mother was worried about her son's maturity to handle the weapon, but that he was not showing volatile or erratic behavior. el paso police say it will take another 20 days for forensic teams to finish processing the parking loss, where an emotional
gathering spot has -- >> i don't want to get gory here, but the scene is picking up human remains, actually there. >> the dayton gunman's past is equally troubling, with a history of violence going back to high school, a friend to the gunman's sister, remembers a night where he was fully violent. another friend of connor betts tells cnn they would visit the local shooting range together. he knew he owned an ar-15 type of gun, did you -- 911 calls from the night of the shooting show just how violent he was. >> we ran inside are, bare indicated the door. >> everybody is laid down, and i don't know where my friends are.
>> reporter: jake, the sadness continues here in el paso, as funerals are under way in juarez, mexico, where one of the victims is being laid to rest, as well as the beginning of the funeral process here on the u.s. side of the border. so tough days ahead for everyone affected by in massacre here. >> ed lavandera, thank you so much. fear in america, children inconsolable after their parents were arrested and detained as part of a massive immigration raid. >> governments, please feel your heart, let my parents be with everybody else, please, don't leave the childs with crying and everything.
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some families have been reunited today. we are not sure in magdalena and her dad are among them. a few weeks ago when president trump announced more raids, he said the focus would be on violent criminals. that's obviously not what happened here. dianne gallagher records. >> reporter: parents taken away on buses. >> her mom is the only one she has. >> i need my dad. [ crying ] he's not a criminal. >> reporter: many children left behind in schools and day cares. one gym offering to how and fees children who were separated from their parents. >> i understand the law and how everything works, and everything haz a system, but everybody needs to hold the kids first and foremost in their minds.
>> anxious family members are drying to locate their loved ones who were arrested. >> there's a website we were told that we could find anyone that's been processed and detained. i haven't found a single person. >> reporter: one woman telling cnn her husband with a hard condition was arrested leaving her and her 5-year-old child with no one to help. >> translator: i tell him he's not here. i told him they took him, and he starts to cry. he needs him. >> reporter: a told of 680 detentions across six cities, officials calling it the largest single state immigration enforcement operation ever in the u.s. >> while we are a nation of immigrants, more than that, we are first and foremost a nation of laws. >> the raids on the heels of the el paso shooting where latinos were purposely targeted also came on the first day of school for the children. an i.c.e. official telling cnn they did considering the impact
and worked with school administrators, addings, quote, this was planned for months, well before el paso. this is business as usual for us. some detainees released overnight with ankle monitors like this, as white house officials tell cnn i.c.e. is cram bling to reunite some parents with children because of child care issues, many placed with volunteers and strangers. we just got information, 271 of the nearly 700 people have been released. we also learned that they found 18 juveniles, one as young as 14 years old working in those plans. i can tell you that cnn has also learned from a senior immigration officials that they used these plant employees as informants, one employees was paid between $500 and $800 for each unauthorized worker. we still have no word from any
of the owners or managers at these facilities are being charged. dianne gallagher, thank you so much. president trump signaled these raids in july. take a listen to what the president said and who they would primarily target. >> we're focused on criminals as much as we ask before we do anything else. >> so ms-13, people who committed horrible acts, but that's what these people are. these are families. >> we know this administration has been looking to target the undocumented communities in the united states, more broadly beyond those priorities as they are carried out, including the preceding one under president obama, to prioritize these individuals who committed crimes other than simply crossing the border illegally. obviously because of how this is coming just days after this mass shooting that started latinos because of this shooter and his
manifesto which laid out how there was an invasion in texas, you do have to wonder how hispanics are feeling, undocumented hispanics in particular. this, doesn't do anything to help ease those pains from this week at all. >> and you saw the i.c.e. official there saying this is business as usual, this is what happens, they've been planning this for months. i don't know that a previous administration -- bush deported people, clinton deported people, obama was called the deporter in chief. >> i can't ants that, either, but when the obama administration did carry out some deportations, they responded when latino lawmakers
reacted and said you can't be carrying out aggressive mass raids like this, and obama instead if they were trying to build a case against certain companies, would audit those companies and carry it out that way as opposed to these shows up force by raiding and sting operations. >> raids like this didn't just start under the trump administration, but it feels like the timing is suboptimal. probably the best rye sources to focus on those that are violent criminals, not people just doing jobs in the u.s., but it is not the entirety of their job. one of the things that seems to be suggested in a lot of it is is entry and enforcement off the table? because we're in a time when that is somehow inappropriate. look, there was an antifa guy killed who was trying to fire bomb an i.c.e. facility, and two
domestic terrorism incidents that have to do with this issue. i don't think the federal government's plan for dealing with a law enforcement issue should be dictated by those events, if it was indeed in the works, it should be handled with the utmost sensitivity, which is not the trump administration's strong sued, but i rejected idea that interior enforcement is just somehow not appropriate. >> i was very critical of the obama administration when they -- the way they handled the situation with undocumented immigrants, whether it was them sending back the unaccompanied children, deporting people who really had done nothing more than try to get a better life in the country. i think that's the point, when they say they're criminals, you don't know what i.c.e. ever means when they say that. it could mean they just crossed the country, it could mean they're a violent criminal. it could mean they sold a dime bag of marijuana.
they have a history of overcharging immigrants and deporting them. often people who have no connection to the country, they moved here as a child, and they're sent back to a country where they don't even speak the language. i think the biggest issue is the use of resources going after a mother working in a plant when they have a domestic terrorism problem in this country, right? it's like -- doesn't the u.s. government have better things to be doing than this? >> the other question, of course, is they plants and the plant oranges. we see the people being punished right now are kids, and cook foods, which owns one of the plants raided yesterday, told the times, quote -- the chicken industry uses every tool in the tooling box to ensure the workpores and we've been strong advocates, but the truth of the matter is, and i think we all know, these companies generally speak ko dot stead -- even if
they've been, let's face it, exploited, who lives in the shadows, they can't organize, they can't collective bargain. you heard the report from dianne that some of these kids working there were 14 years old. i mean, the owners get off scot-free quite often, it seems. >> right. the question is whether or not this case that the administration seems to be hinting at that it's bringing is actually takes any action against they companies or not and whether or not the south impact is on these children and on these families. >> they shouldn't get off scot-free. the problem is many of these companies is a magnet for the illegal immigration 2349 first place, but i think also that people are not crazy to think that the outrage is selective here, despite kirsten's le jet consistency on this issue. it's not like there were sad children in the wake of obama's
deportation, and there was a reason for that. >> i would also point out this is the biggest single state raid of all time -- >> at least in a decade. everyone stick around. we have breaking news about the man in charge of carrying out the immigration policies. what sources saying the white house did that almost drove him to resign. stay with us. can my side be firm?
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felt underhe did not resign. pamela brown and jeremy diamond have this breaking news. he was prepared to resign. what happened? >> you may recall that the president was tweeting a vague threat to deport millions, and at the same time dhs was preparing to conduct an operation that would essential round up and focus on deporting migrant families in particular. that is when dhs secretary mcle evenen went to the white house to make his case, because he was concerned that the operation was half-baked, too broad in scope and felt undermine by some subordinates, mike morgan was speaking directly to the president, and when he went to the white house, he was speak with the chief of staff, and his deputy. this is the latest incidents in
which you acsaw mcaleenan felt undermined. the president -- -- but that allayed some of his concerns, but nevertheless one of the touch points in the tumultuous tenure of mcaleenan. >> and your reporting points out the struggling. >> that puts into view the tension within dhs and the hot and cold relationship that he has with the president. he's been surrounded by loyalists and has been frustrated that people go around him.
mcaleenan began his career under president bush. given how tenuous this position is under the trump administration, we'll see how long he can survive in the acting role as secretary. as one source put it, it's one of the most politically charged jobs in government right now, but i can tell you even though the relationship has been tumultuous, he has gained favor among top officials here, including jared kushner, who he's work closely with. >> thank you both so much. appreciate it. politicians, butter sculptures, deep-fried or i don'ts, the candidates are descending on the iowa state far now as a brand-new poll shows one candidate surging, who is he or she? stay with us. to severe psoriasis,
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in our 2020 lead, brand-new polling numbers showing former vice president biden maintaining his lead, elizabeth warren surging and bernie sanders falling. this at a time when nearly all candidates are descending on the state of iowa for the iowa state fair, where between the fried butter and meat on a stick -- you should avoid that, candidates -- candidates will be using the soapbox as an opportunity to win voters in one of the most crucial states where
caucuses will be held on february 3rd, less than six months ago. yikes? a we have a report from des moines. >> hi there. >> how are you? >> reporter: on the opening day, joe biden laying out the stakes to voters. we really are in a fight to restore of soul of this country. we've led the world in the past, because not just that we're the most powerful nation in the world. >> reporter: the former vice president at a must-stop for the 2020 candidates, making his pitch to the so-called soapbox. we said to restore the backbone of this country. it's the middle class. steve bull lox also taking a turn on the stake this after. you may me the nominee, i will win california, massachusetts, vermont. i don't know if those senators can make the same guarantee that they can win montana, iowa, michigan, wisconsin, pennsylvania. >> reporter: from the funnel cakes to the pork chops, the iowa state fair is a rite of --
right of passage. with fair-goers and check out the famous butter cow. iowans are get a dose of candidates on the air wave s came camera, elizabeth warren in western iowa, explaining wise she's labeled the president as a white supremacist. >> it's just one piece of evident after an. >> i believed everything the president says is done to encourage white supremacists. i'm not sure there's much of a distinction. >> as the 2020 field descends on the hawkeye state, a new poll of likely caucus-goers shows biden leading on to his lead. he's trailed by a rise iing war.
while he's still at the top of the polls, joe biden acknowledges it's still early on. six months ago, and while biden has a spotlight here at the state fair today, his competition is close behind. jake, between now and sunday, 18 other democratic contenders will hit the fairgrounds to talk to iowans and probably sample that fried food. >> hopefully not the meat on a stick. thank you very much. the latest poll has biden at 18%, sanders taking a hit drochb seven points down to 9% as well. >> what's going on? warren is showing that her
method of slow and steady seems to be paying off. she has a really big ground g e game. he's still with a commanding lead. >> when you look at just poll after poll, people are saying the number one thing is they want somebody who can beat trump. for some reason they look at joe biden and they say he's the one. i don't think this is sustainable, though. i think elizabeth warren has distinguished herself. i think what she has going for her over bernie, even though he has -- his supporters do love him, she's not a socialist, and
when people are looking at somebody who can beat trump, that is a concern for them. they feel like to have the socialism name associated with a candidate would be something -- >> what do you make of this all? >> i think people are making that calculation, that they think he's essential a crossover, that he can go to pennsylvania, michigan and make these arguments. >> do you buy it? >> i -- i think in the pool they have thus far as far as couching his message that's a great example of how he answers the white supremacist question, on purpose. he knows he has to talk to people who voted donald trump, so he doesn't want to call them all the names in the books -- i think he still goes too far, but we can talk about that later. nobody has really taken him out. that other lane keeps getting filled by another person now and then. i prefer the rando-land with the
yangs of the world, but that's not not getting much time now. >> what are they going to learn about biden that makes them change their mind, or is there somebody they see in these new candidates. despite the hits from last debate, his numbers haven't dropped. it doesn't seem like any he attacks hit their marks. >> kamala harris when she had that moment, but it seems like she's plateaued. she just released a tv ad in iowa, six-if ig buy. look at this little snip et. >> after we have fed and in bed, our mother would sit up trying to figure out how to make it all work. that's what i'm fighting for, real relief for families like yours. not in 20 years, not in 30,
starting my first day as president, because you've waited long enough to get a good night's sleep. >> still introducing herself to voters still. >> i think it's effective. it's great for iowa. she's focusing on a story that a lot of americans can relate to, giving a little biography, but i think that's good. i had said before, whenever you have one of those rocket ship kind of things, it's often not sustainable. the slow and steady is more what elizabeth warren has been doing, but i also think for biden, he's really occupying that blame, you know, the -- the electability. >> moderate, white guy lane. when you like at the other people, they're divided up among a lot of different people. even if you were to take sanders and add him into warren -- once people start dropping out of the race, i think you'll see it shift a bit. >> six months is a long time,
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to bla-- >> reporter: even the president casting count to whether or not the humans can help stop it. >> i it's it's more good not having severe regulations, you know. one size fits all does not felt agriculture -- >> reporter: he still embraces wind in, cover crops and soil conservation. >> as we farm differently, as we sequester nutrients and carbon, we're doing the right thing. that's what it's about. we all want to do that. it shouldn't be political. >> reporter: amen, brother. it's a great sentiment. elizabeth warren put out her big farm plan yesterday. it will be interesting to see how many other candidates have farmers at the table as they
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