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information about the attack on the saudi oil facility, where the missiles came from "new day" continues right now. this is cnn breaking news. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, this is "new day," and we do begin with breaking news. new details about the attack that crippled a saudi oil field, a source tells cnn it was carried out by low altitude cruise missiles, and that there's a very high probability that they were launched from an iranian base near the iraqi border. u.s. weapons experts are on the ground assisting the saudis in tracing the weaponsme. this comes as president trump all of a sudden is toning down the rhetoric on a possible military response and sparking criticism for deference to the saudi royal family. meanwhile, democrats on the house judiciary committee begin their first impeachment hearing today. it will feature the president's former campaign manager corey lewandowski. the white house is asserting immunity or attempting to. they're trying to limit his
testimony and that of two other former aides. on the senate side serious questions are being raised about the fbi investigation into supreme court justice brett kavanaugh. in just moments we will speak with a top democrat on the senate judiciary committee who says he tried to alert the fbi about these misconduct allegations, the newest one against brett kavanaugh. let's begin with cnn's nic robertson in riyadh with the breaking news. tell us the breaking news, nic. >> reporter: what we are learning from a source familiar with the investigation is evidence, if you will, that seems to correlate with the official lines that we've heard from secretary of state mike pompeo that iran was responsible. the saudis saying the weapons systems they've discovered so far were iranian manufactured. the additional details that we have here really give insight to how those analysis were made. what we're being told is not all
the missiles fired at these sites hit their targets. that some of the missiles fell short of the target in the desert to the north of these sites, the because they fell in the desert not all of these weapons systems exploded, which allowed investigators both u.s. and saudi weapons expert investigators to make a more detailed forensic analysis of the undamaged parts of these systems concludes that they are iranian manufacturer, that they do appear to be cruise missiles, low flying cruise missiles that are enhanced by drone capabilities, a most significantly saying that they took off from bases inside iran close to the border with iraq, but were flown over iraq, then kuwait, then into saudi arabia in an effort, it appears, to disguise where they originally
took off from. a very sophisticated attack. the bottom line or, if you will, the line that we have, the official line from saudis so far is that they are still investigating precisely where the weapons were fired from, that they say they have the resolve and the capability to respond forcefully to this type of aggression. >> nic, thank you very much for breaking all of that news with us. joining us now is democratic senator chris coons, he serves on the judiciary and foreign relations committees. senator, it's great to have you here. now that you've just heard that breaking news that nic robertson reported in terms of the intel suggesting that iran was behind this, iran, the iranian manufactured missiles, the geographic area from which they were launched, again, iran. you said yesterday on fox that you felt that if the intelligence suggested that iran was behind it, that you thought that military action could be warranted. do you still feel that way now? >> well, notice the two
conditions in that statement. you know, first we in congress need to be briefed on the intelligence. while it is important what's reported on the news, we need a detailed briefing on the intelligence, and i've asked for that and i'm hoping to get that. what you've just reported was certainly strengthened the evidence if confirmed by intelligence to members of congress that this was a direct attack by iran on saudi arabia. second, we need to have a conversation as a country and as a congress about whether or not this is an attack so directly relevant to america's interests as to justify military action. diplomatic action is what's called for first and our president should come to congress and make that case if he has determined this is what calls for military action. my concern here, alisyn is that iran is an aggressive power, is a regionally disableizing power that is clearly willing to use additional resources if that's what this intelligence bears out
to carry out more direct attacks that are more destabilizing against its regional opponent saudi arabia. iran has projected force into syria, into lebanon, into iraq, into yemen and this latest incident could well be the next step in the escalation of challenges. i appreciate that president trump's most recent statement on this was that he is not seeking war with iran, and it's my hope that after an intelligence briefing those of us here in the senate who serve on foreign relations, intelligence, and armed services will have the opportunity for a meaningful debate about what is the best course of action going forward. >> well, i think that the reason your comment got so much attention yesterday was because you didn't say that you were calling for diplomatic action first. this may well be the thing that calls for military action against iran, if that's what the intelligence supports. so do you want to amend that statement from yesterday? >> i think i just did, alisyn. >> so you're saying now that
what you should have said or what you meant was that first you support diplomatic action and then you'll see? >> look, we are always going to be better if we consult with our regional allies first, and if we consider whether there is an alternative to military force, particularly against iran. i frankly also think that they are testing our resolve and part of why i made that abbreviated statement yesterday without having been briefed on the intelligence yet as i said, was that if this sill signals a willingness on the part of the islamic republic of iran to be more aggressive this may project a willingness to -- that's not proven out by this attack on an oil facility, but it is concerning to me that iran in the region has mostly used proxies may now be willing to step up and use its more advanced military directly
against american interests in the region. >> and just to be clear, you're saying if they are getting more aggressive, you think that may warrant u.s. military action? >> that's what we need to debate here in congress. iran is testing our resolve, and my concern, frankly, is that in saudi arabia we also -- we have a challenge in that we have an uneven partner as you well know, the murder of khashoggi, washington-based reporter who was dismembered in a turkish consulate at the direction of the leadership of the saudi kingdom really has strained our relations as well as a number of other recent actions. we have a decade's long partnership with the saudi kingdom, but this is not a treaty ally like a nato country where we are obligated to respond with force if they are attacked. this is a long-time close partner, but one where that relationship has recently been tested, particularly by saudi conduct in the war in yemen. so there have been a number of attacks on the saudi kingdom by the houthis.
that's who initially claimed this attack, and frankly, we've stood by the saudis for a long time even when their own conduct in terms of supporting very questionable actions has strained the limits of our relationship. so we should be treading carefully here, but i am concerned that iran is testing the limits of our resolve. >> senator, i want to move on to these new revelations about the investigation into judge brett kavanaugh. there's a third allegation that has come to light in this book. there's a new book about brett kavanaugh's background, and a third allegation, so not the one about christine blasey ford, not the one about debbie ramirez we had all heard about during his confirmation hearings. it sounds as if you knew about, a man well respected, a washington figure named max steyer, and he tried to bring to it sounds like congress and the fbi's attention that he witnessed something that happened in college. you wrote a letter to that is
effect, i think -- is it true, did you write a letter to senator chuck grassley try to get him to investigate or look into this? >> i've been told by chairman grassley, senator grassley was the chairman at the time of the judiciary committee to direct credible allegations to the fbi because that's who was investigating. mr. steyer had tried repeatedly to contact different folks who he knew he reached out to me late that week a second time and asked for my help. he was very concerned about not having this public because he runs a nonpartisan organization that does great work here in washington. so i sent a letter directly to the director of the fbi, but i copy ed that letter to both the majority and minority -- the republican and democrat leaders of the senate judiciary committee. as you well remember, alisyn that week of that additional
background information that senator flake's dramatic action made possible was a somewhat chaotic week where it was difficult for many folks who were trying to get information into the fbi to contact them. ms. ramirez's attorneys gave over a dozen names at least to the fbi who were not contacted or followed up on. that's my understanding or my recollection, and mr. steyer was one of them. >> yeah. >> and then several days later he reached out to me to say i am trying to be helpful here. i'm trying to offer some testimony, and so i simply passed on his contact information to the director of the fbi. i got a confirmation from the fbi they had received it, but to the best of my knowledge they never questioned or even contacted him. >> do you know if senator chuck grassley received that letter? because he says he didn't. >> i know that the judiciary committee, his counsel according to my counsel, that's a fancy word for attorney, got it, but i expect we'll probably be debating that in the press
today. >> basically here's the bottom line, senator, they didn't interview the people who came forward, as you know, the fbi didn't do a fulsome interview. they didn't interview people you're talking about, they didn't interview people who were calling their hot line. do you believe the fbi investigation was a sham? >> the fbi investigation was deeply disappointing and troubling. they did not conduct what i would consider a by the book background investigation. they did not handle the tip line to the best of my knowledge in the way that tip lines typically are. senator shelton white house and i sent a letter to the director of the fbi august 1 saying please clarify why you didn't follow what we understand to be standard investigatory procedure and at whose direction. the question that we don't have answered is given that that investigation is a sham, the fbi doesn't make these things up. they were acting in response to a client, whether they considered that white house counsel or the senate judiciary committee majority, this is, i
think, a break from past practice where the republicans and democrats on the judiciary committee came to agreement about how investigations ought to happen. in this confirmation overall that broke down, and i suspect this is the result of that breakdown. >> but who did direct it? was it the white house? >> i don't know. >> you don't know who directed them? >> yes, i don't know. >> given this new information that has come to light, do you think that judge kavanaugh should be on the supreme court? >> look, i want this question answered at whose direction was this narrowed? why didn't a more fulsome investigation happened? i think frankly judge kavanaugh and the american people and certainly dr. ford and ms. ramirez deserved the sort of fuller investigation that was entirely possible within a week, and i'm hoping that's what will happen next. >> okay. senator chris coons, thank you very much for all the
information. >> thank you, alisyn. new this morning in just a few hours, former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski will testify in what is being billed as the first official impeachment hearing into president trump. lewandowski was a central player in two instances of possible obstruction of justice outlined in the mueller report. overnight we learned the white house wants to limit his testimony exerting privilege, even though lewandowski never worked for the administration at all. joining me now cnn chief legal analyst jeffrey toome. let's start with lewandowski, what information he could provide. he in the mueller report is reported to have been told by the president to go talk to jeff sessions to get sessions to unrecuse himself and then announced he was limiting the mueller investigation. so what will the democrats get out of lewandowski? >> that is potentially an act of obstruction of justice by the president, by telling lewandowski to take steps to limit the mueller investigation
just to benefit donald trump. that is potentially an obstruction of justice. however, as you just pointed out, the letter that the white house counsel wrote to the judiciary committee yesterday suggests that lewandowski's not going to testify about any of that which is just an astonishing legal claim to me, the idea that a conversation between a private citizen and the president of the united states and everyone a conversation between the president -- a private citizen and other white house advisers could be covered by executive privilege seems well beyond any assertion of executive privilege the courts have ever approved as far as i can understand. >> the white house is claiming privilege for everything beyond the information provided in portions of the report that have already been disclosed to the committee. presumably lewandowski will be able to answer questions for things that are in writing in the mueller report, just nothing beyond that. but to your larger point, jeffrey, is there any precedent for any kind of executive
privilege over anyone who doesn't work for the government? >> not that i'm aware of. i think it's are frankly outlandish and inappropriate and legally unjustifiable. i do think that the democrats, even if they get a description of what's in the mueller report, that would be a lot more progress. you know, they spent weeks now in this ridiculous semantic debate about whether they're in an impeachment inquiry or investigation. i think that's been sort of embarrassing and a waste of time. now at least they are turning to the substance of the allegations against the president. >> a wise man, i believe, jeffrey toobin told me the best way to investigate is to actually investigate and the democrats need to start hold hearings where people answer questions. >> here finally they have someone who is an actual witness to conduct that at least mueller thought was obstruction of justice. >> now corey lewandowski wants to run for senate in the state of new hampshire. there's all kinds of reporting he wants to make a scene today before the congress. it doesn't hurt him to be seen
as confrontational with the democrats. it may even help him. >> in a republican primary. i'm not sure it will help him get elected senator from new hampshire, but certainly it will help him in a republican primary. >> how do you see that playing out, and how do you think democrats handle that in the hearing room today? >> that's why i think it's going to be an extremely entertaining hearing. lewandowski is going to be very combative and we'll see how many questions he actually answers on the substance, whether he really does repeat what he said to mueller's investigators. but certainly his surrounding comments will be denunciations of mueller, denunciations of everything the democrats have done to try to thwart president trump. >> very quickly, when he doesn't answer certain questions today, it then goes to court? how long does it take? what happens? >> this is the great advantage president trump has in this entire impeachment investigation. if people refuse, as to many people have refused to even show
up. at least lewandowski is showing up. the democrats will have to vote on contempt in the committee, vote on contempt in the full house of representatives, and then begin the legal process in the district court, in the circuit court. we are talking about these legal processes taking months, not weeks, and that's what's going on now. >> jeffrey toobin. good to have you on this morning. >> good to see you both. day two of a massive general motors strike with no end in sight. we'll talk with two gm workers on the picket lines right now about their demands and how the strike is impacting their lives and their families. and that comes on our newest signal. no signal reaches farther or is more reliable. so you can... share more sunsets. stream more videos. and stay connected with friends while you slide into fall. all for just $30/line. and for a limited time,
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negotiations continued late into the night between general motors and the united auto workers union in hopes of ending the country's largest strike in more than a decade. so far the talks have been described as, quote, very tense as both sides work to resolve wage and benefit issues. so joining us now from the picket line are two gm workers. we have shantay mcmichael and ray carter wilson. thank you for being here and taking a break from the picket line. you say the fact that this strike is even happening, quote, blew your minds. what is so mind blowing about this? >> well, it's very mind blowing. i never thought we would have striked. they threatened to strike back in 2007, when we walked off two days in a row, but nothing this
big. i'm fearful. i want it to end very soon. >> what are you afraid of, shantay? >> just being out here too long. i just want them to really agree on something, fair contract, just fairme. we stood up for gm for the bailout, and i feel like we're strong now. we're going to stand and we're going to be -- >> yeah, i mean, you're a single mom as i understand it, so how is this affecting your life? >> well, if i'm out here took it's going to affect it tremendously. just like we're getting 250 a week when we're normally making 250 to 270 a day, so that right there is very mind blowing. >> that has a big effect on your life for sure. so ray, what is it that you all
want? >> hey, how are you doing? >> great to see you. what is it you want? can you encapsulate it in a couple of sentences on why you're striking? >> improvements on wages, health care benefits and profit sharing across the board. a lot of things we sacrificed during the recession of 2007, 2008, we want to be compensated for it now as the company is making record breaking profits. >> so ray you also as i understand it are a single dad, and so what time did you show up? what time did you have to show up today to strike? >> 6:00 a.m. >> okay. and so tell me the effect that this is having on your home and your life. >> well, being a father the health care benefits are tremendously important and trying to surf avive off of a reduced income is very difficult. going back to work with a fair wage is very important for all of us, you know, company wide. >> as we understand it, this is just this morning, there are
still doz ens of sticking point. how does that make you both feel? >> for me personally, i understand the difficulty of the negotiations and the importance of them, so this being a lengthy strike, i'm fine with that being the case as long as everything is ironed out and is fair for everyone. i understand the position of the company as well trying to go forward and being profitable and being on the cutting edge of new technology and being the leader across the board with the auto industry. also on the back side of that, the workers who sacrificed for the company to get ahead today and be profitable as it is today, we want to be compensated as well. we took a major sacrifice over the years. >> shantay, how long can this go on? >> i think it can go on for 70 days or longer, so i'm hoping they get back to the bargaining
table and for the company and the workers. hopefully they come up with something very soon. >> ray, how long can you do this personally? >> given the time that i've been with the company and the sacrifices i've made along the way, with this being such a pivotal point in the contract, i can do it as long as necessary because it's sacrificing the time i've put in thus far. this is a long-term thing for me. >> shawnte have you been showing up at midnight, or do you plan to show up at midnight? >> yes, i've been showing up at midnight, midnight to 6:00 a.m. >> and what does that do to your life and for your child's life and your schedule? >> it really messes it up because i'm on days, and that works for me and my child. now i have to get him a sitter so i can come out here and
strike. yeah, it's really -- it's really inconvenient for some stuff. i know we're standing, and we're standing strong as our solidarity, and we're going to fight. hopefully we come out on top. >> shawnte mcmichael, and ray carter wilson. thank you very much for explaining what you want and your personal sacrifices to us. obviously we're watching very closely and hope that this comes to a good resolution for everyone involved. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having us. >> thank you so much. some new details just in to cnn. the woman accusing star receiver antonio brown of rape, we're learning she met with nfl investigators for ten hours yesterday, ten hours. what does that tell us about the investigation or whether or when the nfl will take action? that's next. spending time together, sometimes means doing nothing at all.
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new reporting just in to cnn. a source tells us that the woman accusing patriot's wide receiver antonio brown of sexual assault and rape, britney taylor met with the nfl for ten hours until late last night, ten hours. this comes as a new claim of sexual misconduct has surfaced from an unnamed woman in a sports illustrated report. now brown denies both sets of allegations. joining us now to discuss cnn spor sports analyst christine brennan and dan shawn see. i've been asking you this every day, where we are this morning britney taylor met for ten hours, ten hours with nfl investigators where presumably she told them everything we've heard in public and much more about her allegations against
antonio brown and yet, as of this morning, antonio brown is still an active player for the new england patriots. what message does that send? >> it's not a good one, if in fact that she -- if britney taylor said what we believe she said for ten hours, that's a long time, then it becomes a he said/she said, which is what we thought all along. and so far anyway it sounds like they're not acting on what she said. now, now, i will say the positive here for women, for #metoo, for the culture in general believing women is that six years ago this would never have happened. the ray rice punch, which was five years and one week ago, the video that we saw that horrified so many people, did lead the nfl to know that it needed to investigate itself, and so we saw that today. that's the positive. the uncertainty yet is what will happen. obviously it's only tuesday morning. they play sunday. there's a long time yet to go to see if, in fact, antonio brown
is put on the commissioner's exempt list, which is, i believe, exactly where he belongs. right now as you said here's no there. >> dan i want to read to you from your column on this where you talk about the patriots and their role in all hoof this. the patriots know what to do when they're charged with cheating or ethical bankruptcy, just win baby. take no prisoners. fire all your guns at once, deny, deny, then accuse. give everybody the finger and march towards another super bowl sunday. unleash members of your fan boy nation as born again civil libertarians, righteous in their pursuit of touchdowns or everything else. you write deny, deny, then accuse. in this case the patriots aren't denying the substance of the allegations. they say they've heard them. what they are denying is any agency or responsibility to take action. what they're saying is it's not up to us. it's up to the nfl. so what message does it send to you in boston when the patriots are just saying hey, it's not
for us to decide. couldn't they step in here and take action on their own? >> no, they're running out the clock here. they will do nothing until they are told they have to do something by the nfl, which we know they already hate. they hate the league telling them what to do. in this case the league issing it them a favor. the patriots have done nothing. coach belichick when they acquired the player, when asked if he knew about the lawsuit that was coming, he said he would not answer that. then he said we need to gather more information. you don't need to gather more information to tell us if you knew or not. that's not a gathering information item. it's yes or no. won't answer that, and nothing else to say about antonio brown regarding his off the field stuff. the owner has been completely silent, and this is after a lifetime track record of bob and jonathan craft talking about their family. all the stuff they've said, we're different. it's our family name. bob craft after his latest charges in florida last january.
i treat women well. i let my actions speak for themselves. now he's standing there and saying and doing nothing but having his media cartel put the word out that had bob known about these charges they wouldn't have taken on the player. what's stopping you now? >> that's a good point. there is nothing actually stopping them now from taking actions. the patriots could have cut him the minute the story came out. they could say they weren't going to play him. what are you hearing from boston fans? i heard a lot of cheering from the stands in miami which was filled with new england fans during the game on sunday. >> you read my words afterthe ga game there, patriot fans, it's the laundry. if you're on their team, they love you, and that's that. the same guy they were trashing ten days ago they now love. and hey, he played great. we know he's a good football player. that was never in doubt. now he's their good football player and they're taking on the college town atmosphere, twisting themselves into
pretzels to make this, like i said, they're all now civil libertarians in search of touchdowns. >> you noted it's only tuesday, sunday's a long time away. if you were a reporter in that press room with bill belichick and tom brady heading into sunday, what would you be asking each and every day when they decide they are going to take questions? >> dan and his fellow colleagues at the boston globe i'm sure will do a great job on this as they always do. i would pepper them with questions about this. if you weren't going to sign him, why do you still have him on the team. of course there's the sports illustrated reporting which alleges another incident of sexual misconduct, different woman, different place, different time. so there's a lot there. i would just ask these questions. they don't want to answer them, i'd keep asking, and it doesn't look pretty sometimes when you do that as a journalist, but that's our job. dan is right, i mean, i don't see any -- and dan you probably don't any -- see any season ticketholders throwing their season tickets into boston harbor or burning them downtown
boston. there right now are no repercussions for the nfl to continue to do what they're doing. but let's see, there is also the march of history and the conversation of our culture and #metoo, and that is the larger view is how will history look back on these moments and will roger goodell do what i believe he should do and put antonio brown on the commissioner's exempt sfllist. >> antonio brown will also have his opportunity to answer questions before the nfl. he has so far denied all of these allegations. christine brennan, dan shaunassey great to have you on. a brutal robbery scheme caught on camera, why police say they're having a hard time stopping these crimes. our 18-year-old was in an accident. when i called usaa,
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court documents say this group assaulted this man for his cell phone. they threw him to the ground, repeatedly jumped on him, and even ran him over with a bike. this is just one of dozens of robberies reported in downtown minneapolis over a three-week stretch last month. cnn's omar jimenez joins us live with more. what's happening in minneapolis? >> at this point the minute minneapolis police department would not go so far as to call it a crisis, but did say a shortage in officers that they have been seeing at the very least has contributed and could be a factor, i should say, in the spike in robberies we've been seeing in the city. >> reporter: daylight robberies, some of them violent, according to the hennepin county minnesota attorney's office, one victim jumped on, even run over with a bike in the aftermath of a robbery. through nearly nine months and one downtown minneapolis precinct there were 240 robberies. that's up nearly 54% from the
same time last year, and over the course of one week in august alone 23 robberies. police say they followed a similar pattern. they finessed the victim, looking for an easy target, someone intoxicated, alone, looking at their cell phone at times, but these incidents as shocking as the video may be, aren't happening in a vacuum. it's within the context of the police department saying they need more officers. over the summer, the police chief said it's hard to even keep the slots they've filled. >> because our staffing needs have not been properly addressed over many years, it has result instead our current mpd resources being strained to capacity, and quite frankly, we're hemorrhaging. >> reporter: according to the police department, between july 1st, 2018 and june 30th of this year, there were 6,776 times when someone picked up the phone and called 911 for a priority one call, which includes robbery, homicide, and rape, and there wasn't an officer available to immediately
respond. the department admits recruiting is down. it's part of why the police chief and mayor are working to add 14 more officers to next year's budget. >> through trust, accountability and professional service the goal is to provide public safety for all of our city. >> it's something the city council is currently wrestling with. the council president arguing they have to look at more than just policing, tweeting mpd is only one way we support public safety. another councilman writing in an op-ed for the star tribune, now is the time for our city to insist we expect better before we fund more. arguing the system could be more efficient. regardless of the solution they end up working toward, there's no mistaking what's passed. between two incidents in august alone, there were 20 arrests and 18 people charged. it should be noted that after some of those arrests, robberies did drop to three during one
week earlier this month. the president of the police union says they're likely to get smaller before they start trending in the opposite direction. >> thank you very much for explaining that crime spree. >> the video is shocking. >> oh, god, it's appalling. republicans canceling state primaries left and right all to smooth the road to the nomination for president trump. the president says nothing to see here, and parties do this for incumbent presidents all the time. >> is that really true? >> jlook, no president likes getting a primary challenge, but president trump's republican party has taken the unusual step of trying to block his challengers from even getting in front of voters. now to date, republicans in south carolina, nevada, arizona, and kansas have decided to cancel their primaries entirely, while michigan changed its rules to make it virtually impossible for any challenger to get a delegate. team trump says this is all perfectly normal. the president's trying to dismiss his three challengers,
former governor bill weld, mark sanford and joe wialsh as nothig but a publicity stunt, a laughing stock. there are plenty of times when channelers got on the ballot. when primaries have got on the balance, it's often do to the lack of anything resembling credible opponents. ronald reagan challenged president ford to the right, suffered a series of defeats, until he went on to win ten primaries, including texas, georgia, california taking the fight to the convention. ford went on to lose to jimmy carter. again the fight went to the convention. ted kennedy conceding defeat. >> the work goes on, the cause endur endures. the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. >> and in 1992, president george h.w. bush faced a primary challenge from reagan staffer and cnn host pat buchanan. he ran a conservative populist
campaign, won 40% in new hampshire, enough to continue his campaign, gaining almost 3 million primary votes and scoring a prime time speech at the convention, which critical sized as probably sounding better in the original german. you can see a pattern here, presidents who got primaried between 1976 and '92 lost the general election, but president bill clinton, george w. bush and barack obama didn't face any serious interparty opposition. while several states did cancel their primaries in those areas it's because there were no credible candidates running against them. broem g-- this year president trump is facing three credible challengers, all of whom have held elected office. they're long shots to be sure. struf trump is very popular among republicans. because of that you'd think he wouldn't shy away from a fight he's likely to win. on the flip side these candidates can make a credible case trump has abandoned core principles on free trade, fiscal
discipline and foreign policy. the conservatives cheered on these primary challengers against ford and bush in the past now seem to want to shut down the debate because they have a populist in power. in 2016 candidate trump complained about rigged primaries. don't believe the hype that all this is normal. by shutting down primaries, republicans aren't following precedent, they're revealing a discomfort with democracy. and that's your reality check. >> very important context. >> discomfort with democracy. >> thank you, john, for all of that. there is a book that is at the center of all kinds of controversy this morning. it reveals a new allegation against judge kavanaugh that didn't come out during the hearings. the way this book and reporting has been released is equally controversial. the reporters behind this book, they join us coming up. for just $30 a line for 4 lines.
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president trump heads to california today where he's expected to call attention to the state's homeless crisis. a quarter of the country's homeless population lives in california with nearly 60,000 homeless in los angeles county alone. cnn's dan simon joins us live from san francisco with a very closer look, very much of a closer look at this plague, dan. >> hey, john. no question california is experiencing a major homeless crisis. president trump apparently wants
to crack down. and as officials debate what he may or may not do, it's important to not lose focus of the people directly impacted by these issues. i spoke to a guy on the streets of los angeles who is a living case in point that the roots of homelessness can be difficult. ever since he was a young boy in texas, shawn pleasant's had promise. a valedictorian in high school, he got into harvard but chose yale, majoring in economics. wall street beckoned. then came his own business. >> my own -- all my decisions and choices, good and the bad. >> today he is homeless, living on the streets of los angeles. >> it means it can happen to anybody. >> it can hab to anybody. it's not someone else's problem. it's a problem we all could face. >> reporter: amid squabbles with his co-founders, the income dried up. then he lost his rock, his mother, and the problems got worse. he's one of 60,000 homeless in the county of los angeles. >> you'll find musicians,
photographer over there. the problem is with the cost of housing. >> reporter: they all live in a small tent city in the korea town neighborhood, dwarfed by gentrification that's taken over the area. a quarter of the homeless now live in california from l.a.'s skid row to the streets of san francisco. drug needles litter the sidewalks and crews are dispatched to clean up human waste. mere blocks away from some of the biggest tech companies in the world. >> what they are doing to our beautiful california is a disgrace to our country. >> reporter: president trump may be on the verge of a major crackdown. according to "the washington post," he is considering a directive to have the tents swept up with the homeless moved to an unused government building. critics point out such an action would not only be illegal but counterproductive. >> the idea that we're going to force people into a facility that's probably located in a very remote area is not a solution.
>> reporter: mike dickerson co-founded a homeless advokearse group. he says a better solution for trump would be figuring out how to build more affordable housing and providing better services whether it's mental health or expecting people to jobs. >> often it's not framed as an issue of compassion of getting people housed but more we need to get these tentss off the street. >> how would it strike you if all this was removed and you folks were taken to some other place. >> i would leave that other place immediately. >> reporter: sean, 52 years old and married to another homeless man, doesn't want to be confined to the rules of a shelter. >> you just stretch your body. this is where you sleep? >> reporter: he has a laptop and cell phone. he's been occupying this space for six years and has been homeless for a decade. he admits to being a regular meth user, but he still possesses that intellectual curiosity that took him to the ivy league. >> i prefer to be somewhere where i can go to the library
when i want to and go there and do the things i need to do. >> reporter: then the reality of life on the streets. >> every time you sleep, that's when you lose. that's when people come and take your things. i'm a heavy sleeper. i lose a lot. >> reporter: i spoke to sean pleasant's family. they've repeatedly tried to help him over the years but he's rebuffed those efforts. shows you what a complicated situation for the hole homeless and their families. what state officials tell you is they welcome those efforts and resources but simply cracking down and not adding more housing is not a tenable solution. >> it's going to take compassion. darngs thank you for that look and introducing us to deem who are suffering. really appreciate it. thank you to our international viewers for watching. for you, "cnn newsroom" with max foster is next. >> we have breaking new details on the attacks on the saudi oil fields.
"new day" continues right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning. welcome to your "new day." tuesday, september 17th. 8:00 in the east. we have breaking news because a source tells cnn there's, quote, a very high probability, end quote, that this weekend's attack on a saudi oil field was launched from an iranian base using low-altitude cruise missiles fired from the north. they're on the ground with the saudis investigating the origin of the missiles. the technology and who possesses that type of cruise missile. hours from now, what's being billed as the first impeachment hearing into president trump begins. they're investigating whether the president obstructed justice. former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski is set to testify but the white house is trying to limit what he says. exerting a privilege even though he never worked in the white house. breaking news on the saudi
oil field. nic robertson joins us from riyadh with all the new details. what have you learned? >> reporter: what we're hearing from a source familiar with the investigation gives us some understanding of why secretary of state mike pompeo may have said very quickly that iran was responsible. and perhaps gives more understanding as well why the saudis officially said yesterday these weapon systems were made by iran. now what we learned from this source is that some of the missiles that were fired at this plant fell short. they fell in the desert to the north of this petroleum facility. that gives the indication the weapons were coming from the north, not from the south as the houthis said. because they fell into the desert, they didn't explode properly which is giving the u.s. and saudi investigators good, quality evidence. unexpled