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hello, everyone, i'm koib. it is less than one week since the inauguration. this morning the administration is facing the first big test with congress. the president's $1.9 trillion covid relief package is running into resistance from the very republicans that it needs to get over the finish line quickly with bipartisan support. republican senators like mitt romney and susan collins already voicing concerns about the size and the scope of this package. all of this as the second impeachment trial for donald trump looms over everything and takes a major step forward today. later in evening, the house of representatives will deliver the article of impeachment to the
senate and two weeks from now the trial begins. clearly most of the focus is on the hill at this very moment for the biden administration. but president biden is rolling out more executive actions today and in this hour he and the vice president kamala harris are meeting with the new defense secretary lloyd austin and mark milley. so where are things headed as we kick off this new week. cnn's john harwood is joining frus the white house and manu raju on the hill. manu, where do things stand with the covid relief package this morning. >> reporter: there is definitely resistance among the republicans in the senate, in order to get the bill through the regular order it would require at least ten republicans to join with 50 democrats to overcome any efforts to try to derail the legislation to get 60 votes and advance through the senate. but on a bipartisan call that happened yesterday, a number of senators raised concerns about the scope of the $1.9 trillion
legislation, like susan collins of maine, someone whose vote is critical in trying to get this bill passed. what the concern is about how that relief legislation is structured and whether or not the money is going to peoplelelo need it most according to people who are on the call told me about it afterwards. so the big question for the biden administration and for the democratic leaders in congress is whether they try to continue to court republican support in the senate or try to move it on their own under a budget process they could try to fast track legislation and avoid getting republican support because that process could not be filibustered in the senate. so that means a simple majority of 50 senators plus kamala harris breaking the tie could get the legislation through but the question for the biden team is do they want to make this part the initial push, doing something on a party line basis which is why they're still reaching out to republicans and nancy pelosi is indicating there
is a push to go that route for the budget process and questions about whether they break off any pieces including money for vaccine distribution which is a bipartisan priority. so those decisions still have to be made but certainly resistance coming from the overall price tag here, kate. >> and how do they plan to get reluctant republicans onboard. are they confident they can. >> reporter: they want to try. and joe biden is better positioned than almost any other democrat by virtue of his experience and personal qualities and the nature of his agenda to make the attempt. there are various ways they could try to bring republicans on board and democrats honestly, there are some not ready to affirm this plan in total. you could break parts out, the $15 minimum wage for example, there is separate legislation moving on the child tax credit and you could break that out and adjust the deadlines, one of the things that package does is extend some of the federal unemployment benefits longer than is existing in current law.
you shorten some of the deadlines, you reduce the price tag and the checks for individuals, the $1,400 added on to the $600 from december there are democratic economists who think that is not well targeted just like some republicans are complaining about that. you could turn that dial down to get the cost down. there are a lot of approaches they could take. >> and manu, this evening another major moment is about to play out when house lawmakers walk over the article of impeachment to the senate about the former president donald trump. what is going to happen here. >> reporter: we'll see the democrats that plan to prosecute the case in the senate formally take the article of impeachment charging donald trump with inciting a insurrection that led to the deadly capitol riot more than two weeks ago, they want to bring the article over and then jamie raskin will read allow the article of impeachment and tomorrow is the formal summons issued to the former president,
also the senators who are jurors in the case will take their oaths and then after that, there will be much efforts that will happen behind the scenes. pretrial briefs will be written on both sides before the actual arguments happen in public on the week of february 8th. the question is how long does it last? do democrats bring in witnesses. there is expectation it won't go as long as a 20 to impeachment trial that lasted 21 days because in large part democrats want to move on the biden agenda and get them confirmed in the impeachment trial will eat up almost all of the time absent cooperation from republicans so the question is how long will it go and will 17 republicans break ranks and vote to convict donald trump with 50 democrats preventing him from ever holding office again but those 17 votes are clearly not there. maybe a handful but outside of that, certainly not 17, kate. >> and as manu points out, john, there could be a huge wall in the way of the biden agenda in the short-term. so do you have a sense how big
of a test the white house views this covid relief effort against the back drop of what manu just laid out. >> reporter: it is an enormous test and the most important thing for the begin of his presidency. because getting on top of the covid pandemic is the key to re-energizing the economy and getting unemployment down and getting growth ratcheted up and there is a tradeoff. it is clearly a promising political message if you could say i got democrats and republicans to work together. and if do you that by having parts of it and trying to pass it separately, that is one approach. on the other hand, if you think you can't get what you need on ate for state and local governments on testing and to get control of the pandemic, you're submarining your own prospects for surviving the economy, that is the argument for cutting bait on the effort to get republicans going with an all democratic approach. it is not optimum from a political messaging point of view, but the key thing is can
you get the substantive progress on the pandemic that you want and need to get the economy back in shape and that is going to be something that the biden team is going to have to figure out after exploring the bipartisan option for at least a couple of weeks. >> we'll see how much time they actually have on that. thank you so much. so president biden isn't waiting for congress to get everything done. today he's continuing to lean on executive power to push forward some of his priorities. let me bring in jeremy diamond following this for us. what are we going to see today? >> well, we just got a press release from the white house that president biden has used his authority to revoke the transgender military ban. so this executive order that president biden just signed according to the white house, this will allow all transgender service members to serve openly in the milt and allow any transgender who want to list to do so including those acively
transitioning. that is something that president trump had revoked. a discriminatory policy to be clear he had put in place and now that is revoked under this executive order signed by the current president. that is one of the executive orders that we expect to see from president biden today. the president is also expected to focus on increasing the forward government's purchases of goods that are made in america. this will be a buy america executive order from the president and a few key top lines will be that it will change the amount of content that has to be in a product for it to be considered made in america. there is a position added at the office of management and budget to enforce these regulations and essentially it is tightening the rules so that the federal government purchases more goods that are made in the united states. that is something that president trump also tried to do but the biggest provision that he had put in place in regards to that didn't actually take effect until a couple of days before
president trump left office. but to be clear, as you said, more executive actions are on the way. we're seeing the white house approach the first week in office -- and we saw the first day focus on legislation related to the coronavirus, the next day focused on the economic crisis and going forward you're going to see health care, immigration and climate in the coming days. one more piece of executive action coming today from the president will be an executive order reinstating travel bans on the european union and the united kingdom and adding south african to the list. and he had revoked the travel restrictions put in place. they were set to take effect tomorrow in terms of revoking the restrictions and they now will stay in place effectively, kate. >> a lot going on. jeremy, thank you for running through it. i appreciate it. coming up for us, the new cdc director said she doesn't know how many vaccines are available in this moment. we're going to get a status
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putting it pretty bluntly that the vaccine rollout across country is still not where it should be. >> the process of getting that vaccine into arms, that is the hard process. that is where we're behind as a country. and that is where we're focused in the biden administration on get tag ramped up. >> i would say one of the biggest problems is i can't tell you how much vaccine we can't and if i can't tell it to you, i can't tell it to the governors or the state health officials. if they don't know how much vaccine they're getting not just this week but next week and the week after, they can't plan. >> no kidding. one new update this morning, cvs has announced they finished the first round to nearly 8,000 stilled nursing facilities across the country in charge of 40,000 facilities nationwide. joining me now is the chief medical officer for cvs health dr. troy brennan. thank you for coming back in.
with the aunnouncement, when do you think cvs will be complete with the vaccine program for all of the care facilities that you're under contract to service? >> well, kate, it depends on when we started the process. each of the states designated when they wanted us to basically going into the skilled nursing facilities and the assisted living facility and they pause after the skilled nursing facility started. what we're seeing, it takes us about three weeks, three and a half weeks. so we've completed the first round of all of the skilled nursing facilities and about half way there on the assisted living facilities. many of the skilled nursing facilities will be done in two to three weeks with a second dose and go back a third time to catch new people in the facility and also to catch the staff who still haven't gotten their vaccinations. so i would say the entire process will probably take us through mid-february. to the end of february. but the lion's share of those in
skilled nursing facilities will be finished within two to three weeks. >> we've talked throughout this process, some from the beginning of the contract to this point. and i noticed there are governors voicing frustration by the pace of cvs and walgreens. new jersey governor said he thought it was going to slow and let me play what utah's governor said to cnn the same day. >> that walgreens and cvs partnership with the federal government, that is is where all of the backlog is, in virtually every state right now. they've gone through 85% of the long-term care facilities in utah. and they have way too much vaccine. we estimate they've 15,000 to 16,000 extra doses that they don't need and can't use now and so we're taking that back and giving it to our local health departments and it will be gone next week. >> utah governor, doctor, said that you were given way too much shots. are shots going to waste. >> no, they're not going to
waste. we were given the shots based on the number of people in the skilled nursing facilities estimated by the state and the number of people who work at the skilled nursing facilities. the sense of the skilled nursing facilities is lower than the state expected on the first pass the workers are not getting as many vaccinations we thought that te would. so we did end up with excess and with a number of states where we're giving that back so it could be used for general purposes. because we've got our own cap cl -- calculations we need and how many we still have to go. with regard to the job that we were supposed to, we identified what the schedule was and we kept to that schedule. each governor knows we've been posted exactly how many shots we've given and where we are. we're finished with the skilled nursing facilities now and on the first run and starting the second run right away.
>> so, doctor, do you think the frustration is misplaced? why do you think they're kind of coming after you? >> well i think everybody is under a lot of pressure and especially the governors. so you could understand that they want to try to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. we all do. but this is all part of the program that's with well understood by everyone who was involved from the state department to the public health and federal authorities. we're certainly not with holding or wasting any vaccine and being very careful about the use of the vaccines in the individual skilled nursing facilities so i think you could rest assure the job is getting done and that we're going to complete the task on this schedule that we were set forward by the states. >> walgreens has said that up to 80% of staffers are declining to get the shots offered. are you seeing that same, really i think it is an astronomical rate of people saying no to shots? >> i no, i would say we're at
the 40% to 50% range on the first one. >> but still. >> well on the second run, what we're seeing is that there are more people coming forward. i think there with -- i think they knew we would be there three times and the vaccine, moderna and pfizer and both take two doses so a lot of people waited to see what the reaction was from friends who did get vaccinated and who are coming forward. so we're getting more and more people on the second. i'm hopeful that we're going to see reasonable completion rate as mong the workers. >> in early november, when you were on, you hoped by late february or the beginning of march that the general population would be able to be making appointments and getting shots at your local cvs pharmacy retail location. is that realistic at this point? >> it's going to depend on how much vaccine is available. you heard the cdc director saying that the federal government was trying to sort of assess exactly how much vaccine
is available. we are now providing shots in stores in certain states that have asked us to do it on the so-called state based program. so any state that wants us to begin to vaccinate in stores and we talk about which stores and how much vaccine they're going to allocate from the state based allocation like the utah governor was talking but there is a federal program opening up and the biden administration is trying to decide when to open up the program and you want to open that up as a a reasonable supply available and we don't want to say there is a vaccine and only a few per store. so it will all depend on how much vaccine is available from the manufacturers and they are working as hard as they could be. >> so should i not make my appointment come early march. >> so you're a young, healthy
person so you're back toward the end of line if i could be presumptuous about that. people over the age of 65 i think we'll begin to see it in the local retail pharmacy. and as we've seed in the past we feel we would do 20 to 25 million vaccinations per month at our pharmacy and other retailers are set up to the do the same thing. once there is enough vaccine supply, think it will start rolling. >> thank you for coming on. >> thank you for having me. ousting the acting a.g. and plotting with a doj attorney and threatening to take his election fraud lie to the supreme court and the desperate attempts to over turn the election, that is next. er aflu hot liquid medicine. powerful relief so you can restore and recover. theraflu hot beats cold.
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donald trump's efforts to overturn the election went further and farther than anyone really knew. the details of what he tried to pulloff are just now coming to light. and cnn confirming trump plans to fire the acting attorney general jeffrey rosen and replace
him with an official who dever viced an plan to force georgia to overturn the election results and the reason wasn't put into action was the threat of mass resignation by other top doj officials and that is not all. jessica schneider is here with
all of it. and it is a lot. walk us through everything that came out in the past couple of days. >> reporter: this is an extensive and weeks long effort by then president trump and a top justice department official that took other leaders at doj completely by surprise. so much so that they agreed to band together and resign if the president's plot went into effect and it is starting on december 14th when the "new york times" said that electors secures joe biden's win and bill barr announced his resignation and that is when trump started prodding the new acting attorney general jeff rosen to file legal briefs to over turn the election and appoint special councils to vest the nonexistent voter fraud and wanted a special council to investigate dominion, the elections equipment company that falsely said changed votes. and he wouldn't do it.
and jeffrey clark was secretly meeting with trump and that cascaded to days before that insurrection at the capitol when trump had to be convinced not to fire jeffrey rosen. he didn't. but this
is all coming out now about this big plot that trump tried to replace him so he could get what he wanted when it came to the election. >> and you mentioned dominion. they are one of the biggest victims of the president's conspiracy theory and they filed this enormous defamation lawsuit against rudy giuliani. >> for $1.3 billion, with a "b", and it is all comes down to the conspiracy theory that the president or former president trump and rudy giuliani had been repeatedly railing about. they said that dominion, the maker of this elections equipment, they said they were somehow working in conjunction with the venezuelan government to change votes.
that is completely false. dominion sued sidney powell and now suing rudy giuliani. they're terming it this big lie that giuliani has been propagating. so this is what they said in their lawsuit this morning. they said just as giuliani and his allies intended the big lie went viral as people tweeted and re-tweeted and ranled that dominion had stolen their votes and while some little lies die with the next news cycle, the big lie was different. the harm to dominion's business and reputation is unprecedented and irreparable because of how fervently millions of people believe it. and one thing that dominion is pointing out is that rudy giuliani made the false claims on his podcast, on tv shows, but never actually in court filings because of course the repercussions for that would be severe. he could be sanctioned and even disbarred. so they are suing him for $1.3 billion. >> thanks, jessica.
we're going to get more on this. harry litman is joining me now former assistant attorney and it is good to see you. >> you too, kate. >> and first, it is either shocking or not shock when you consider it is coming from donald trump. but a former deputy assistant attorney general, what is most jarring to you? >> it is beyond shocking. jeff clark had to have taken completely leave of his senses for anyone who is not the attorney general to be communicating furtively with the president would be an instant firing offense. he might as well as have shown up at the 8:00 a.m. meetings without his pants on. this is such blatant dereliction. it is hard to know what he could possibly have been thinking and, of course, now that has been revealed it is ruinous for him, one more road kill for somebody
would tries to do donald trump's bidding. >> and harry, with all of the details that are coming out, what trump was considering doing, how many special councils, how he wants to take to t to the supreme court even though this didn't happen, do you think this new reporting plays into the senate impeachment trial? >> yes, i think so. first of all, they carefully left room for details like this to be considered and what they want to be focusing on in the impeachment trial is his state of mind. so if you take an episode like this, he is ready to sack the entire justice department andin tall someone who is only credential is that he will believe and try to advance the big lie, improperly to georgia and the supreme court, that shows trump, i think, quite desperate and determined to do anything at all to try to advance the bogus claim. i think that does play in to the
impeachment trial because it tends to show exactly what he was doing. it is not a sort of casual enterprise at all. he's pulling every string possible to reverse the election. >> that is interesting. tell me what you think about the dominion voting, this lawsuit against rudy giuliani now. $1.3 billion. what is going to happen with this case? >> right. you know, kate, i think it is pretty serious. so it is the right thing. there has been so many lies bandied about like officials like trump who have certain degrees of protection. but this is what defamation out is for. and giuliani was out there and the big problem for him it wasn't opinions, dominion is shotty, he said they're created in venezuela to help hubo chavez and claims of fact and that is what defamation is for
$1.3 billion huge price tag but imagine the damage that dominion has absorbed. so this is a deadly serious lawsuit i think for him and i don't see how he is escaping without a serious verdict. it is on the facts and it really, really harmed them. >> wow, good to see you harry, thank you very much. >> you too, kate. coming up for us, republicans are skeptical about biden's covid relief plan. how much longer will democrats push for a bipartisan support around this before going it alone? (dad vo) life doesn't give you many second chances.
the new democratic majority has a huge question in front of them. how long are they willing to negotiate with republicans over covid relief before going it alone? some republicans, most likely to be open to compromise, are already expressing skepticism over the price tag and details of the package. listen to this. >> i'll take this early stage, just having pass over $900 billion in relief, that before we were to pass a new program, we need to understand where the money is going. if there are areas where in our $900 billion package we didn't recognize a particular problem, why we should focus on that and provide the additional resources that are necessary. >> republican senator susan collins put out this statement following the weekend call with the white house.
this in part, it seems premature to be considering a package of this size and scope that concern which i had prior to the briefing remains a concern of mine. joining me now is john yarmouth. thanks for coming in. so everybody knows, you and your committee are central to the path forward. in republicans pull the plug on bipartisan talks your committee must kick in the path known as reconciliation. how long are you willing to hold hout for bipartisan talks? >> well, kate, good to be with you. we don't have to wait at all. as a matter of fact, we could look at this as a two parallel track. we are prepared to go to the floor as early as next week with our reconciliation resolution. and the committees that are involved are all working this week. we'll be ready to go. those negotiations that are happening now could continue. we could pass our budget
reconciliation instructions and get them over to the senate and then if they reach an agreement, which could be great, we would all prefer a bipartisan agreement, then we could just withdraw those reconciliation instructions and use that process for something else down the road. but we're going to move ahead. >> do you think that -- that helps or hurts the kind of spirit of bipartisan negotiation if you're saying, this is sitting in the background, boys? >> we're not really worried about which path we take. what we're worried about is suffering of the american people right now and the urgent need to get help getting the vaccine distributed and put into hundreds of millions of american arms. we can't get this money out overnight. and some of the provisions for instance the extending the unemployment insurance supplement, that expires in mid-march. so we can't wait around for negotiations very long because we have to get help out
urgently, again if we're going to get the vaccine distributed efficiently and get the american people vaccinated and get help to the millions of american people still suffering a lot, what we're seeing now, 900,000 additional people filing for unemployment the last couple of weeks. they need that help. >> do you need to move ahead one way or the other before the senate impeachment trial begins? >> well, obviously the house is not affected by the impeachment trial so we're going to do the work that we have to do. and i think it would be great if the senate could act on this before the impeachment trial begins. realistically, that gives them about a week and a half now to get that done. which probably wouldn't happen. but, again, i hope the negotiations are fruitful and successful. i think that you could make a case for virtually everything in president biden's proposal, the
$1.9 trillion that it actually does relate to covid virus and the economic fallout from that. so, i think we have a very strong case and i think the american people are behind us and, again, there are a sense of urgency here. we can't wait two months. we passed a bill, a major bill last may, and republicans said let's wait and then in october, they said let's way and then we got the $900 billion plan in late december and we said at the time and virtually every economist said the same thing, that wasn't enough. we need to do more. we need to do more rather than less and that is what we're going to do. >> there is a question, maybe a debate, on what could be done, or allowed if you go the reconciliation process. and this gets into the weeds that makes everyone's eyes glaze over. but if you move through that process, do you think a $15 minimum wage meets the criteria
of reconciliation? >> to be very candid with you, i think that is a stretch. i think we'll have a problem clearing what is called the bird rule in the senate which means that you can't make policy and you have to have more than incidental impact on the budget in order to include it in the reconciliation instructions. eventually that decision is made by the parliamentarian so we'll see. but we're going to put that in there, the instruction, and see what the parliamentarian says. >> thank you for coming on. >> coming up for up, kevin mccarthy pulls another u-turn. he has now argued almost every side of the question does donald trump bear responsibility for the insurrection. ade of doing what's right, not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage.
the top republican in the house is congressman kep mccarthy. he is not knew to congress but does he have an idea what he stands. he's tieing himself up in knots to say something while saying nothing about the violent insurrection on the capitol. not a topic that is hard to take the correct stances on. mccarthy is now in the span of a couple of weeks said donald trump bears responsibility and
then denied that he said that and then denied that he denied it and now said it is everyone's fault. >> the president bears responsibility for wednesday's attack on congress by mob rioters. he should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. these facts require immediate action by president trump. >> that was the week after the insurrection. only . >> i don't believe you're provoked if you listen to what he said at the rally. >> then this weekend he tried for the double axel backflip. >> i thought the president had a responsibility when it came to the response. if you listen to what president trump said at the rally, he said demonstrate peacefully. then i got a question later about whether he did incite them. i think everyone across this country has some responsibility.
>> this isn't hard to get right. if you have the moral conviction to get it right, and if you're not trying to test the political winds with every statement you make, here are a couple examples. >> what happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the united states. >> there is no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. >> the mob was fed lies. they were provoked by the president and other powerful people. >> joining me right now, cnn political director david chalian. i think it's important to put it all together there, david j, ju in stark relief. why is this so hard for kevin mccarthy? >> he's standing firmly and squarely in the crossroads of what his donors are sort of asking him to say, what republican party-based voters are looking for him to say, what members of his conference with
looking for him to say, and that's why you see him all over the place, because we know he is facing pressure from the donor community on the republican side to apply real accountability to president trump in this scenario, and yet we see across all the polling and where a majority of his conference is, that the republican party is not at all interested in assigning blame to donald trump in terms of the majority of the base voters or majority of his conference on this episode. so, i mean, remember, kevin mccarthy was one of the people who joined with the vast majority of republicans to still vote to challenge the electoral vote count after the capitol had been attacked in that insurrection a few weeks ago. >> this does speak to the choice and struggle that the republican party at large faces right now. where is the party headed? what kind and what level of hand wringing do you hear is happening amongst republicans in
this very moment? >> i mean, you're seeing, kate, right, some of the splinter ing but we shouldn't suggest it's splintering in half or equal parts. you see as you play mitt romney's comments or liz cheney's comments, but they're in a small minority. we saw ten republicans vote to impeach president trump, and that's more than a year ago, but nowhere near the majority of republicans. the party is still donald trump's party in many ways. what you're starting to see is that with donald trump displaced from power at the moment and no longer sitting in the oval office, there are some members of the party with big megaphones, admittedly, who are trying to point the party in a different direction on a path forward beyond donald trump, but, again, that's just not where the vast majority of the party is at the moment.
>> this morning is kind of a test case of it, if you will, maybe. trump's former press secretary, sarah huckabee sanders, announcing she will run for governor in arkansas. on the flip side, you have a well-liked more moderate senator, rob portman in ohio, saying he will not run for re-election in 2022. taken together, what does it say? >> i think a big political story line of 2021 and into 2022 and into the midterms next year is going to be this battle inside the republican party. and it's won, by the way, that's not new right now. we saw this play out from the bush years through the obama years, the advent of the tea party, the rise of sarah palin. that all transformed into donald trump harnessing that populism in a way that could be successful electorally, gets him to the oval office. but now that he, the unique individual leader, is not currently in an elected office, the party is once again trying to figure out how does it move forward from here if, indeed,
they lost the presidency and the senate and the house all in the trump years? are there lessons to be learned here that that's not just the only path for the party to pursue? looking at how sarah huckabee sanders' primary plays out in arkansas or the primary that will play out in ohio due to portman's retirement, it will be important to the party. coming up still, president biden's covid relief plan could be heading for a major roadblock with some skeptical republicans standing in the way right now. what this first major test with congress could mean for the rest of the biden agenda.
hello to our viewers in the united states and around the world. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. thank you very much for sharing this busy day with us today. president trump puts coronavirus travel restrictions back in place. and the president and vice president meet with pentagon chief as the country reverses the ban on transgender americans serving in the military. the first week in the administration is a big week for the biden agenda. the president will