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and switch to x1. only with xfinity. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield and welcome to "legal view." we'll begin this hour in a corner of the trump empire that no longer exists. except in lawsuits. trump university which never was a university at all but was a program that claimed to share donald trump's real estate secrets in exchange for fees that ranged from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. over the strong objections of the lawyers representing the now presumptive gop presidential
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nominee, a federal judge in california has made public reams upon reams showing how the university was managed. and sold and to whom it was sold to. and cnn senior investigative correspondent drew griffin joining me with eye opening claims and with us also, legal analyst and former new york prosecutor, paul callan. lay out what we find in these previously sealed documents made public. >> the declarations are declarations of people who worked at trump university were hired by trump university and were involved in selling what these attorneys that are suing alleged is a scheme. and that's why i think they are most damning and i will give you a declaration from ronald smeken berger from october 6 to may 2007 and said i resigned from my
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position in 2007 because i believe it was engaging in misleading, fraudulent, and dishonest conduct. in my experience, virtually all students who purchased a trump university seminar were dissatisfied with the program they purchased. it preyed on the elderly and uneducated, he said, to separate them from their money. and later on, explains, ashleigh, about a couple that he was told to sell a $35,000 elite program to. he didn't think that they could afford it. he writes this. they had no money to pay for the program. but would have had to pay for the program using his disability income and taking out a loan based on equity in his apartment. he says he refused to talk into buying the seminar but actually were buying the seminar from somebody else. he was just -- >> another salesperson here. another quote. what did the other salesperson
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do? >> the other salesperson stepped in, sold this couple $35,000 program and that's when this guy said he was so disgusted, he quit. let me give you a little example of how this was done from a perspective of one of the trump university students. bob said he would go into these seminars and motivational speakers will get you excited about buying properties and explained how he was set up to buy a $35,000 elite program by what he now says is deceiving means. take a listen to what he said. >> and one of the things that james harris told us to do was to use our cell phones if we had them or down to the lobby in the hotel and call up our credit card companies to increase our credit limits because we might be able to buy some property that might be available during this three-day workshop. what that was for was to
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increase our credit limits to pay $34,995 for the trump gold elite membership that was a 12 month membership program with retreats in various hotels throughout manhattan and every one of these retreats, they tried to up sell us for more and more money. >> all part of our continuing trump university which the allegations nothing but up sell and no really real estate experts teaching this and motivational speakers and in one case, a jewelry salesperson was teaching real estate courses and all part of these three lawsuits that are ongoing and marching on towards trial. >> so paul callan from a legal perspective, there are always two sides in a case. we are hearing a lot from these depositions, from the former students and employees. but trump's lawyers who are working on this california case have said that they've got depositions that show the testimony was, quote, completely
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discredited. they were pushed by reporters to release those depositions but they're not doing that. is there a good reason why you wouldn't release those depositions? >> well, yes. in litigation like this and i've been involved in many class action cases, you don't release depositions because while a witness might be discredited, there might be some negative things about your own client in the deposition. deposition is sort of a general fishing expedition for evidence limited that gets presented to a jury at trial. it's rare prior to trial that depositions are released. it's why, probably, a lot of business people don't go into politics because their lawsuits, most of which are quietly settled out of court and records are sealed are never brought to the public eye. in donald trump's case, of course, all of this is going to be looked at. >> paul callan, thank you for that. drew griffin, i'm sure you're working your way through the documents and continue to get your reporting as we look through this issue as well. thank you to both of you.
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joined live in dallas by trump campaign spokeswoman, katrina pierson. thank you so much for being with us. i know it's a busy day for you having to fend off a lot of these criticisms all over the press. this is really tricky stuff. these are depositions of students and teachers who have said under oath things like this was a facade and a total lie. that's reported in the new york times. someone else said these things were just things people could not afford. how do you respond to this? >> well, first of all, i'd like to say i appreciate you mentioning earlier that there are two sides to this story. because the way i've been hearing this reported mostly is theren't wasn't a single person and in fact, there were people successful afterwards. and look, this is about equal outcomes. this was a seminar. this was a way for people to buy and sell and these were marketing practices. this is standard operating procedure when you're looking for your market and you do your
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research on that market. but at the same time, these depositions also show some of the people that are now complaining were also saying great things about their experience with the classes they were in, so there are two sides of this story. >> okay. i want to move on to the story that's also been big in the headlines, that is the press conference about the veterans money from yesterday. one of the things that donald trump said, really, at the outset of the press conference was ask how much the clintons had given to veterans. they've given them none. nothing. and as it turns out, there's quite a robust list of veterans causes that the clintons themselves to a tune of $208,000 donated to and actual legislation and actions that senator clinton did with various other senators, john mccain being one of them. so the work for the vets is pretty clear and the money that she's given to vets is pretty clear.
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so how do you defend donald trump by saying those words, ask how much the clintons have given to veterans. they've given them none. >> it's all relative. if you're talking about 100 some odd thousand dollars where bill clinton was president, twice, hillary clinton was a senator in the state of new york and secretary of state and that's it, that's all the clintons have to show for the work they've done for the veterans, are you kidding me? she was just talking about the v.a. is okay when we have veterans dying, waiting in line for health care. >> you agree it's not nothing. >> i personally couldn't afford to give $108,000 and other causes, charity causes but nothing, that's what he said. they've given them nothing. that's not nothing. >> in the relative position -- >> all of those actions, secretary clinton, they resulted in millions upon millions of dollars in benefits for veterans. so personal donations plus her legislative actions actually was
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worth a lot of money. >> the relative position, both of the clintons have held, the veteranles shou veterans should not be in the position and the number of people that have gone to war in the last 15 years even under hillary clinton's lack of leadership have been detrimental to veterans in this country and to say that the v.a. is doing okay is completely absurd. so when things are relative, it is nothing. >> let me ask you this, i know donald trump is very frustrated with the media. and he's not the first politician who has been frustrated with the media, angry with the media. certainly not the first to use invectives against the media but first to use them as publicly as he is. but i do have to take issue with why the media has been dogged in this particular story. it seems that may 24th has become a very critical date in this story. it is the date that donald trump held up yesterday of his check
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for a million dollars. that's last week, may 24th. his check for a million dollars. very benevolent dated last week but it's the same date that the "washington post" sort of had the big story saying donald trump's million dollars hasn't come in yet nor has according to the associated press, $1 million in donors fees and happening on the same date. $1.8 million in checks went out in the mail in overnight mail on the same day that the "washington post" story broke. so you can understand why the press would be dogged saying it took the press to push you to release that money after four months after saying you'd already done it. >> not at all. it wasn't that he had already done that in four months and wasn't because of the press. again, this was an event that was scheduled within 24 hours. mr. trump was just going to hold an event and said, let's not raise some money for veterans and he had pledged donations. it takes time to get the money
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in and the organizations vetted and mr. trump had already said he was going to write a million dollar check. just because he didn't do it that night doesn't mean he didn't have the attention. >> i understand you 100%. i can't repeat enough how nice it is. >> not only that, but the organization that he donated to that somehow is this just happened because of the "washington post" had been an organization he had been contributing funds to over the last few years. >> i'm aware of that and i think that's great as well. he's done things in the past as well for vets, but he was asked repeatedly and he had said on the campaign trail repeatedly, i had done it, and corey lewandowski one week, or two weeks before the check was actually dated said it was done. he had given the million dollars. so i think the bigger question here is, to attack the press for asking the question, you understand more than anybody being in the business you're in that when you're running for public office, you're going to
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be under the microscope, when you are in public office, that microscope is infinitely more acute. so why is he so angry about that? >> because when you're a republican running for office, the microscope is drastically more different than it is when you are a democrat running for office. we didn't see this microscope on barack obama for that matter twice. it was infinitely different. >> a democrat i know, two of them, hillary clinton and month e-mail update from the state department. that's a pretty acute microscope. i don't think it's fair to say that it has been not commensurate with the kind of microscope that donald trump has been under. >> well, it's definitely not because it's not 24 hours, seven days a week with the same thing all day every day. everything you just mentioned are things that are completely relevant but you don't see that in the 24 hour loop like things
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having to do with mr. trump and that is the difference. and maybe you have talked about these things but in the grand scheme of things with mr. trump talking about the majority of the media, that is not occurring and it is different for mr. trump. so he will absolutely defend himself. he does feel like this type of skepticism wasn't warranted because, yes, i understand politicians are corrupt. they pocket money. they steal. they do terrible things. mr. trump isn't like that. they have been donating for a long time for worthy causes, so this idea somehow and there was a headline that said that the organization which is going to keep the money, of course mr. trump was offended by that. >> i am not going to report that. i don't think that's fair reporting at all and i certainly wouldn't put that to you but he's lucky to have you. you do him a service in working for him and doingkatrina. >> great to be here. thank you. up next, breaking news, confirmation that the french navy has detected signals from
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a military thumbs up officially from the cockpit of those search crews who were looking for the plane that crashed nearly two weeks ago carrying 66 men, women, and children. it is over the mediterranean and a french search team said they're zeroing in at least one of that plane's black boxes. the flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder, whichever one it is, it will hopefully tell them what brought the plane down. we're talking about the data recorders at this point but not the greater signs of the wreckage itself. 66 people were on board that egyptair flight when it crashed may 19th and mari schiavo we turned to after these tragedies in the air. used to be the inspector general at the transportation department. thank you so much for joining us. i always come back to the issue of once you find the black box,
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you may be able to find the rest of the wreckage but will you find the answer to the mystery. what happened? >> i think you will on the black boxes. this is indeed, good news. the navy ship will be able to determine and have already determined that it's the right ki kilohertz. it is the underwater locator beacon from a black box, not the elts we were talking about before and that means they're probably within one to three miles. that is the distance that these beacons can broadcast so they are literally almost on top of them and should be together. i think they certainly will have them very soon. then the real work starts because while you can download them very quickly, once you download the flight data recorder, looks like an ekg.
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lines of data across the graph and takes experts to decipher what that means. the cockpit voice recorder. all the sounds and everything the captain said. so you might have your answer right there. but as for the wreckage, there in the tail, should be within the bulk of the wreckage and finally got the right beacon, the right location and a lot of answers. >> if and when they can bring up more pieces to the wreckage, they are destined for egypt. i'll give you a multi-part question. how equipped is egypt to do the things that are necessary, the analysis on the parts, pieces, and data and how transparent might be if and when they get the answers? >> i worked on egyptair 990 many years ago. it was the egyptian pilot suicide case. there's a problem with transparency and also a problem with experience. however, we have a lucky, not a
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break but a lucky assistance and that's with the french investigators. the vea. they obviously were the lead on air france 447 pulled up from the atlantic and they will be there because it's an airbus. they have the right to be there in the investigation and france will be in the mix of it. they're very experienced and they do know how to download and read those black boxes and if anybody has any trouble, australia's very experienced. united states is very experienced. so many people can do it and the important thing is more than one nation will be there. >> cooperatively without question. thank you. appreciate it. we'll touch base with you when we know more about what's making the pings. which it might be and when to get it. thanks so much. coming up next, how is that little boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure? how is his health at this point? and wihile we're at it, the
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question dogging so many of us. how on earth did he get there in the first place? now three different investigations going on. the zoo and the people behind the family as well. you're going to find out where they are next. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®. because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. try zyrtec®. muddle no more®.
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a boy face to face with a massive gorilla over the weekend is happy to say doing well and not seriously physically injured. that's according to the boy's family who said people are offering the money but they do not want it and they will not take it.
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officials are now investigating the boy's parents as well as the cincinnati zoo trying to work out how that boy got into the gorilla habitat prompting the zoo officials to take the extraordinary step of shooting and killing that gorilla. also involved in the investigation, the non-profit group that gives american zoos their accreditation. also, the federal government too since the agricultural department inspects all zoos and aquariums. the goal here is to prevent this tragedy, obviously, from ever happening again. cnn's jessica schneider at the zoo in cincinnati and live from the u.k. is ian redmonredmond. a researcher who spent his lifetime with the gorillas and mentor was the legendary diane faci. i want to hear you thoughts in a moment about what happened over the weekend but first to the facts and the latest in the actual case. so jessica, walk me through where everything stands today and what the latest developments
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are. >> reporter: ashleigh, for right now, the family is keeping quiet they are the target of the cincinnati police investigation. police are honing in into what happened in those minutes before that three-year-old got past the barriers and got into the gorilla enclosure where she was essentially held captive by that gorilla harambe. we've seen online, the mother in the case has come under intense scrutiny. people wondering how her little boy got away. well, while the family isn't commenting directly on the fact that they are the target of this investigation, they have released a statement though and they say in part, we are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us. some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept. if anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the cincinnati zoo in harambe's name and in part, they're grateful for the zoo and the fact that the zoo came to this quick
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rescue. now, many people are wondering how, in fact, this 3-year-old got past this barrier. that the zoo says is very secure. take a look at some of this video. it was actually shot one day before this incident. you can see as you walk up to the barrier it's about a 3 foot high railing. behind that is some bushes and also, protective wiring. that 3-year-old got through that and climbed on to a small wall that he was able to plunge them 10 feet or so below the moat and the woman who captured this on video essentially said, well, where there's a will, there's a way. >> the little boy was a typical little boy like at a candy store. can i get this, can i get that and he wanted, jokingly, and bantering, to go in and see the monkeys and the mother was, you know, no, you're not. no you're not. and i think as they got ready to
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leave that to tend to the other children, gather them up, get them in the stroller and move everyone along, i think in the 60 seconds he got away. >> reporter: so this cincinnati zoo has stressed that the parents are the only part of this investigation. the zoo is actually under the purview of the usda and the federal government and the usda did have an inspection here at the zoo back in april which the zoo did pass. ashleigh? >> jessica, thank you. if you can hold those thoughts for a moment, i want to bring in ian redmond. ian, one of the issues that have come up and not getting as much media attention is all of the sound and the noise coming from the spectators who were ten feet above the scene playing out. a lot of screaming. a lot of angst and fear among all of those adults and at one point, it seemed like that massive gorilla was acutely aware of what was happening above him and i know you have some thoughts on the presence, on the actual physical architecture of having people
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loom over an enclosure. what are those thoughts? >> simply that when gorillas feel threatened in the wild, they will try and get uphill, above the threat. so they're in a dominant position and looking down on it. so the ability to have an enclosure where they're looming over the top of gorillas, they are in the, the humans are in the dominant position, it's going to be a constant low-level stress for the gorilla and little. so when the people start screaming and shouting and yelling, yes, of course, that's going to cause a lot of stress in the gorilla. >> so there are competing thoughts of those who are experts in your field watching this video as to what the behaviors meant of this gorilla at these critical moments. there is one former zoo keeper who cared for gorillas that said
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these drag things about, large branches and barrels, heavyweighted balls around to make as much noise as possible but not an effort to hurt anyone. although we know that that could certainly hurt a child where it wouldn't hurt a branch and the former head of zoo atlanta, that person wasn't sure whether this was an aggressive display towards the crowd or whether it was a playful interaction. did you have insight in the video that you saw of what the gorilla was doing with the child? >> it's difficult from a shaky video. the gorilla in and out of view, but it looked like a stressed gorilla display. the other observers are quite right. they will drag anything to hand and to show their strength and assert their dominance. so this gorilla was suddenly presented with a small human in his enclosure that's never happened before. lots of shouting and screaming
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and i think he would be both fascinated by the arrival of a small human and at the same time, wanting to assert his dominance and dragging the child someone way of doing that. and when you are dragged by a gorilla, as i have been on a number of occasions in a forest, it doesn't hurt. in the moat, it probably didn't hurt and might be frightened for the child but had he done that over the rocky enclosure, which does have no soft substrate, that would be dangerous for the boy but then seemed to be interested in and concerned for this small child. especially when the child cried. >> i'd love to show people. you said you've been dragged before, i want to show people that you have shown us about your remarkable interactions in the wild. literally mere inches away from these gorillas and there is no barrier between the two of you.
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so you know of what you speak. there is still this controversy about the tranquilizing possibility. some saying it could have worked and others saying it might have taken too long but also that the gorilla may have fallen and drowned in the moat or worse, pinned the child and drowned the child. is that a legitimate thought to how the zoo keepers might be thinking before they gshot? >> i express my agreement, that wasn't the right course of action. a tranquilizer darting in the bottom is a painful and startling experience. and when a gorilla is standing over a small child, you don't want to startle it. so i don't know what happened after the end of the 2.5 minute video, and between then and the end of the event which we're told took about ten minutes, i hope that people who knew harambe and he trusted were trying to calm the situation by
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talking to him, offering him treating, by trying to negotiate, handover of the trial and in return for something he might find interesting but we have no information as to what was happening in the 7.5 minutes of the 10 minute event. >> all we know is they tried the treats, the female gorillas responded and that harambe did not but i so appreciate your insight, ian. thank you so much as we continue. >> i'm glad that the little lad's all right. >> i know. >> the parents being a bit hasty. any parent knows their heart is to keep hold of kids all the time. >> amen to that. i live in that glass house. my children get away from me on a regular basis. thank you, do appreciate it. coming up next, while donald trump's critics question the timing and the motivation behind the money he doled out to veterans groups in the millions, the fact remains dozens got huge checks. i'll talk to one of the
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marie callender's with a crust made from scratch. because when it's cold outside, good food and good company... ...keep you warm inside. marie callender's. dozens of veterans groups are getting some brand new for the foundation and one getting part of the $5.6 million is the bob woodruff foundation started by and named after the abc news journalist that was injured by a roadside bomb covering the war in iraq a decade ago. it was a tough road to recovery but bob's result has been amazing. and now alongside his wife, lee, who cofounded the organization with him, the two dedicate the efforts to helping veterans and
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their families and i am thrilled that lee can be with us today. dwraet to s great to see you. >> you too. >> big surprise, you had no idea this was coming and hear about it. did you ever get the calls about the vetting process that we hear was why it took so long to get this process going? >> to my knowledge, we didn't get any calls. so they have must done it with third party sources or seeing our information online. >> but no one would bite the hand that feeds them. this is a remarkable amount of money. >> it takes a lot of work. we're thrilled, to have a wind fall like that come in and put it to good use, we're excited. yeah. >> some people say that, how does it feel to be a political pawn and others were protesting outside of trump tower, and others in the background saying, this is phenomenal, donald trump himself saying i've never been so criticized for doing so much good and some saying we have to criticize you to get that good. i can assume in a situation, you don't want to be political about this. >> i don't see it as a political
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issue. i see he raised money. people donated to give to vets. and he sent us a check which we'll be able to use in a different million ways. if he wants to send a few more zeros, we'll take it. what i love about the pawn part, that's what america is about and the person has the right to the free speech is the reason the veterans are raising their hands going into areas of conflict to uphold those democratic principles and so how great. you know what, somebody has wanting to give us a check, if no restrictions, which there were not, we'll take it. >> you and bob worked tirelessly for the last decade. a decade. and just in the last couple of months, bob put out an open letter to all candidates on all sides of the aisle but got a response from one and what was the open letter and the response. >> there was a wonderful report passing the baton from ceenus
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and the challenges for the next commander in chief. looking at the entire landscape of 2.2 million veterans, i think i got that wrong and figuring out long-term issues. so people live longer, we've got health care issues. the va, obviously, is overloaded and backlog, how we deal with mental health. he asked the candidate to consider, i think, five different issues that they're going to be inheriting from this last administration. and we wanted to know, what are you going to do about it? think about it. hillary clinton was the only person who responded. and it was really almost sort of the best wisdom of the field. so it's a nice encapsulation of what our next president will have to deal with. >> bob is well? >> he's great. a walking miracle. >> and a great guy. by the way. i met him. >> thank you for coming.
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appreciate it. how do you hold a job as a security guard when you are simultaneously accused of war crimes? war crimes. this man is a former somali military commander accused of torture and mass executions. that's next. they work fast and don't taste chalky. mmmm. incredible. looks tasty. you don't have heartburn. new alka-seltzer heartburn relief gummies. enjoy the relief.
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one of the most talked about issues this election campaign is immigration's role in national security. how do we know who exactly is coming into this country and being welcomed? that's what makes this next story so disturbing. an alleged war criminal accused of torture and murder is living in the united states. and he is working as a security guard at one of the nation's busiest airports. here's cnn's investigative correspondent, keira phillips. >> bones are all that remains of ethnic clan members slaughtered in a vicious civil war in the 1980s. evidence of the brutality carried out by the government regime in somalia.
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now cnn has learned a former military commander accused of some of the worst atrocities is living in the united states and working near our nation's capital. his name is youssif abdi ali. he and soldiers under his command accused of terrorized the people, torturing them, burning theirville l villagevil carrying out mass executions. in 1992, somali locals told a canadian documentary team what they experienced under colonel tieucay. a reign of terror. >> two men were caught tied to a tree. >> he caught my brother. he tied to the vehicle and dragged behind. that's how he died.
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>> if you've seen him do that with your own eyes? >> yes and many people around who saw it. >> he oversaw some of the most incredible violence that you can imagine. >> kathy roberts is at the non-profit dedicated to bringing war criminals to justice. now representing an alleged torture victim in a lawsuit against ali in civil court. >> he tortured people personally. he oversaw torture. >> but now yusuf abdi ali lives in the united states and we found him working at one of the nation's largest airports. he is a security guard at dalas international and started a conversation with our producer. >> what's your name? >> ali.
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yusuf ali. >> are you originally from? >> somalia. >> a couple weeks later, we approached him as he left his apartment. >> mr. ali, i'm kiera phillips with cnn to ask you questions about your time in somalia. as commander of the fifth brigade? >> no comment right now, but go to my lawyer and then answer your questions. >> it's all baseless and all false? >> no comment. >> what about violating immigration law, mr. ali? and lying about your past, sir? did you murder any innocent people in somalia, sir? if it's not true, then tell me none of this is true. >> we talk to my lawyer. i tell you. >> reporter: while mr. ali said he would talk to us, his attorney said no, insisting his client is innocent.
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>> how dare anyone call him a war criminal. those are just allegations. if he is indeed a war criminal, take him to the hay or if he's a war criminal, take it up with the immigration authorities. my client deserves to live in the united states just as any other legal permanent resident deserves to live in the united states. >> reporter: but right now, there is no criminal court in the world where ali can be tried for war crimes because the international war crimes court didn't even exist during somalia's civil war. however, the u.s. government says it's been aware of ali for years. based upon allegations that he had been involved in human rights violations. but wouldn't answer any of cnn's detailed questions. i think it's really hard for the average viewer to listen to this and the fact that he is working
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in an airport that we all fly through on a regular basis. >> it's deeply disturbing in part because that is a position of trust. you abuse that authority terribly in somalia, in my opinion, he should be in jail. >> ali ended up in the u.s. after being deported from canada because of his past. he got a u.s. visa through his wife, a somalia woman who became a u.s. citizen. adding to the outrage, his wife was convicted of immigration fraud for lying. she claimed she was a refugee from the same somali clan ali is accused of torturing. and ashleigh, as of this morning, been taken off the job because of the investigation and security guards are hired by master security. they said they didn't know about the accusations against ali until cnn contacted them and
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they told us, quote, due to the serious nature of the allegations, we have placed mr. ali on administrative leave. >> so that's great. but how did he get this job from square one? i thought the security guards at airports have to undergo background checks. >> great question. absolutely they do and we asked that question. the washington airport's authority in charge of the area's three airports said that all security guards are, quote, subject to full federally mandated vetting including a criminal background check by the fbi and a security threat assessment by the tsa. they told us, quote, we have verified that all of these processes were followed and approved in this instance. but, you know, here's a simple thing to point out. if you do a google search, okay, yusuf abdi ali's name and all the accusations are there against him and aware of him, so we're not sure how that was
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missed or why he was even hired. >> very odd that a background check wasn't more exhaustive than the google. thank you for that. appreciate it. we'll continue to follow with you. in a few minutes, bernie sanders is expected to speak live at a stop during a busy campaign day in california just days ahead of the primary there. and hillary clinton also expected to speak in the next hour. you're going to get both of those events live coming at you right after this. ♪ amazing sleep stays with you all day and all night. sleep number beds with sleepiq technology give you the knowledge to adjust for the best sleep ever. it's the semi-annual sale! save $500 on the memorial day special edition mattress with sleepiq technology. know better sleep.
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wherever you're watching from around the world, thank you very much for joining us. up first, bernie sanders and hillary clinton in a sprint to the finish line. sanders is out on the campaign trail in california this hour ahead of tuesday's primaries holding a news conference in spreckels trying to defeat hillary clinton. and hillary clinton in newark, new jersey primary could give her enough delegates to clinch the nomination but hoping to fend off sanders in california. we're watching both events. we'll keep you updated. hillary clinton is also keeping her eye out on donald trump. she took to twitter to slam him over the trump university lawsuit. she tweeted this. quote, new documents confirm trump university was a scam preyed on families. caution-may cause nausea. and she tweeted this from mitt romney. here's what i .


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