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the resolution is adopted. >> i was allowed to believe things that weren't true and i would ask questions about them and that is absolutely what i regret. >> what she said was before she was a member of congress. it's unprecedented what the democrats have done here. >> there should be a very, very high bar from removing somebody from committee, but this was not a hard call. we've requested the president's testimony. apparently he is refusing. >> they should issue a subpoena for the president. he'll go to court. he'll tie that up in knots. >> in his four years in office, donald trump never once testified under oath. and i think they're showing that
donald trump is not willing to back up his bluster. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day," friday, february 5th, 6:00 here in new york. republican congresswoman marjorie taylor greene has been stripped of her committee assignments. on thursday night, she was rebuked for peddling dangerous conspiracy theories. but the overwhelming majority of house republicans voted not to remove her. 199 republicans were apparently just fine with her extremist, violent rhetoric that she has never apologized for. only 11 republicans sided with the democrats to remove her. just a reminder, greene questioned the 9/11 attacks, she harassed a school shooting survivor, she spread anti-semitic conspiracies, and she supported nancy pelosi, barack obama, and hillary clinton being assassinated. finally on thursday, greene admitted that qanon conspiracies are, quote, lies. but she made the argument that somehow her mind was controlled
and she was made to believe these things. quote, allowed to believe things that were not true. >> "allowed to believe things that weren't true." that's a master class in deflection. what even is that? i was allowed to drive 115 miles per hour. i was allowed to break and enter into your house and steal all your stuff. i was allowed to lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. shame on everyone but me for that. i can't believe you all let me do that. why did you let me peddle the idea of jewish space lasers? meanwhile, some major maneuvering before the former president's impeachment trial. in a surprise move, house managers asked him to testify. he refused. and this morning, there are a number of new questions about whether they will issue a subpoena for him and what they plan to do about other witnesses. it is just days before this trial begins and there is so much we do not know about how it will proceed. more on that shortly. first, marjorie taylor greene, a member without a committee, but with a party. lauren fox joins us live from
capitol hill. lauren? >> good morning, john. that's right. an historic vote yesterday in the house of representatives. democrats taking this unprecedented step of holding a vote in order to strip marjorie taylor greene from her two committee assignments. now, this was a moment where greene went down to the floor and tried to plead her case. she denounced some of her past comments, but she didn't really apologize. on capitol hill, a strong statement from house democrats this morning. voting to remove freshman congresswoman marjorie taylor greene from the education and labor and budget committees. >> the line in the sand has to be the promotion and elevation of violence directed at your colleagues or other americans. >> reporter: the decision after greene's last-minute efforts to save her assignments. >> i never said any of these things, since i have been elected for congress. these were words of the past. >> reporter: speaking for over
ten minutes, attempting to walk back hateful comments and conspiracy theories she promoted before running for office. >> there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the pentagon. >> i also want to tell you 9/11 absolutely happened. >> you see, school shootings are absolutely real. >> reporter: the georgia lawmaker also making this claim about her belief in qanon. >> in 2018, when i started finding misinformation, lies, things that were not true in these qanon posts, i stopped believing it. >> reporter: but in december, after being elected, greene defended qanon supporters in an interview with cnn. >> i don't think there's anything wrong with people looking up information and not believing things in the news like the russian collusion conspiracy lie. >> reporter: house majority leader steny hoyer using a giant picture of a facebook post, with greene holding an ar-15 next to
members of the so-called squad. >> i have heard too much of process and not enough about accountability. no member ought to be permitted to engage in the kind of behavior that representative greene has and face zero consequences. >> reporter: following hours of debate on the house floor -- >> so who's next? who will the cancel culture attack next? >> reporter: conspiracy theories and hate are malignant. they do not fade away. we must stand up to them and say enough. >> reporter: 11 house republicans joined democrats in voting to remove greene from her committees. most, like house minority leader kevin mccarthy, deciding against punishing their colleague. >> this partisan power grab is not only cynical, it's hypocritical. >> reporter: the house vote, just one day after mccarthy and the house gop declined to take action against greene in a private meeting with party members. >> i wished they'd come to the right conclusion, though. which is that they need to stop enabling and repeating lies.
>> reporter: on thursday morning, house speaker nancy pelosi saying she's not concerned about the precedent democrats may be setting for wanting to remove a sitting republican member from her assignments. >> if any of our members threaten the safety of other members, we would be the first ones to take them off of a committee. that's it. >> reporter: and some breaking news from the u.s. senate. just minutes ago, the senate breaking a tie, a 50/50 tie by vice president kamala harris, passing narrow budget resolution. this essentially unlocks their ability to start writing their covid relief bill and pass it with just 51 votes. a long road ahead. and we should note that this vote came after 15 straight hours of amendment votes. i saw senators leaving in the rain. they're absolutely exhausted after that marathon budget v vote voteorama. >> yes, the voteo-a- -a-rama la
all night. >> all right. joining us now, cnn political analyst, margaret talev, the managing editor of axios. and charlie dent, he's the executive director of the aspen institute congressional program. great to see both of you guys. charlie, remember when republicans used to say they believed in personal responsibility? you know, marjorie taylor greene yesterday in her explanation, i guess, she took no personal responsibility. she didn't apologize. she tried to suggest that somehow she doesn't have free will. i guess something's controlling her mind. here is what she said. >> i was allowed to believe things that weren't true and i would ask questions about them and talk about them. and that is absolutely what i regret. because if it weren't for the facebook post and comments that i liked in 2018, i wouldn't be
standing here today and you couldn't point a finger and accuse me of anything wrong. >> so who's controlling her? the almighty "q"? i mean, i didn't understand this -- this is what passes for an explanation or an apology nowadays? >> well, alisyn, this is a disgrace. and you know, i was chairman of the ethics committee and i was responsible for enforcing standards of conduct. when members brought discredit upon the house, they could be sanctioned. in this case, when a member becomes such an embarrassment and such a distraction, and we've had many of these cases. i can remember about 11 resignations. usually a member feels shame and they end up resigning on their own or the leadership forces them to resign. that's how these are usually dealt with. republicans should have never allowed themselves to be put in this predicament. you know, they should not have -- they should not have allowed the democrats to do to them -- do to marjorie taylor greene what they should have done themselves. they should have simply taken on this challenge and just removed
her from the committees, kicked her out of the conference, and we wouldn't have set a precedent, and by the way, good luck arguing process and precedent if you're a member of congress defending your vote to allow her to stay on her committees. it's not going to work. democrats are going to tag republicans with her. now they have a recorded vote on the record, defending her. they're going to call the extremists -- and they're marjorie taylor greene republican. it's just a huge error on the part of republicans. >> margaret, one of the things that interests me is what happens now going forward. and our friend, jeff zeleny yesterday said something that really stuck with me, is that kevin mccarthy now owns marjorie taylor greene. kevin mccarthy has now bought into this completely. and if she does anything -- i mean, if one more post comes out from her post november 3rd -- not only that it wasn't a lie about disavowing qanon and all
this stuff, but that's on him. he's got this completely now. and i'm not sure i would want to be the one holding the debt for marjorie taylor greene. >> yeah, well, good morning, john. i think, you know, for the republican leader, for kevin mccarthy, this has just been such a quick reversal of fortunes in the number of weeks. we were writing only a few weeks ago how he was trying to, you know, put the republican coalition back in order to win and become house speaker in the next midterms. and now you see, you know, what underlies all of this is this huge leadership contest pressure on him from two sides. steve scalise on one side, liz cheney on the other side. and what's the other song? it's not donna summer, "stuck in the middle with you." this is the position he found himself in. but now you're right. this is this vote, this house vote with the democrats took place because he wouldn't take the action himself internally with his caucus. i can't tell you how many
republicans in the house are tremendously relieved that she is off of those two important questions. and is not going to be a spokesperson for the committee, but still a member of congress. there are 11 republicans who voted with the democrats. look at where they're from. these are in some cases republicans who voted from the impeachment of donald trump or just swing district republicans. these are also republicans from places like new york and new jersey and florida that were at the epicenter of 9/11 or the parkland shooting. these major, undeniable american tragedies that in her, not that long ago past, she really questioned the validity of or scoffed at or went after or made fun of victims in a way that grossly offended the voters in those states. so this is a real problem. and she is kevin mccarthy's problem now. >> we'll have one of those victims or survivors s s comin
in the program. david hogg, who she chased after and harassed, obviously, a survivor of the parkland school shooting. we just put up the faces and names of the 11 who voted to remove her, charlie. josh kinzinger -- adam kinzinger predicted ten, he got one more than he predicted. but nowhere near the number of republicans who voted to remove liz cheney from leadership. there were 61 of those. and so going forward, what are we to expect? what will we see from the republican party? what should we brace for, now that they've really drawn this line in the sand of who they are and who they support? >> well, the party's in a terrible place. it's in a deep, dark place, actually. and i think you're going to see a rise or a real faction at some point within the party. clearly, adam kinzinger is leading it. but there's going to be some pushback against these forces that have embraced trumpism and trump to such a degree, this
cultive personality that manifests itself in the form of marjorie taylor greene today. and i think there's going to be a fight. and if that faction i just talked about doesn't prevail, i can see an ultimate fracture within the party, where some center-right voters say, enough. i can't stay here any longer. this is just too many bridges, too far. so we're in a hell of a bind. and poor liz cheney. by the way, the good news on the liz cheney thing is, these guys said they had 125 votes to take her out of leadership. well, you know what? liz cheney, she called their bluff. she said, okay, let's have a vote. and you know what, they had 60. so she really smoked them. i think this is a bigger victory than people realize. she put them down. they blustered, they said they were going to take her out and she beat them by a 2-to-1 margin. so she's striking back. >> it was a secret vote. the celebration could be a little bit more boisterous if
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developing overnight, former president trump rejected a surprise request from the house impeachment managers to testify at the impeachment trial which begins next week. margaret talev is back with us. also joining us, eli honig. he's a former federal prosecutor. and when i heard that the house manager sent the letter to request that the former president testify, i went, oh, my, that's interesting. i never believed that he would do it, but it's an interesting question.
why do you think they made it? what's your big takeaway? >> john, i think what they're trying to do here is play hardball. i think they're trying to put donald trump to his proof, to his claims, to his denials and say, okay, you want to make wild claims about the election. you want to deny responsibility for what you did? come on in here and tell us about it. the move now that donald trump said, i respectfully decline your invitation to come in and testify. if they're really playing hardball here, the tactical move is to issue a subpoena. because what that does is it puts donald trump in a tough position, where he's only got three options. one, he can comply. he can come and testify. no lawyer will let him do that. number two, he can try to fight it in the courts, that's going to cause delay, but he's going to lose and he might get the one rule he doesn't want, that this is a constitutional process. and three, he can take the fifth. we know he doesn't want to take the fifth. we'll see how serious the house impeachment managers are, if they follow up with a subpoena. >> interesting maneuver, but do
they really want him to testify? what good would it be having donald trump coming in -- we know what he'd say. he's said it a million times. he was spout all of the nonsense and the lies again. so why would they want him there? >> if i'm in representative jamie raskin's shoes, yes, i want him to testify. because as it stands right now, it looks unlikely, not impossible, but unlikely that he'll be convicted. you need some sort of dramatic action. and if donald trump comes down to the well of the senate, the beauty of it is, he doesn't just -- this isn't twitter. he doesn't just get to say whatever he wants and that's that. he gets cross-examined. representative raskin would get to confront him with the actual that there was no fraud. that he did lose the election. that he is responsible for what he said january 6th. that could be a game-changing moment. i would want that. >> what they're going for, did you order the code red? you're damned right i did. they're looking for that kind of moment. they're not going to get it,
largely because the republicans aren't thrilled to have the president as a witness, but the democrats aren't. joe manchin said he thought it would be a dog and pony show. democrats, why wouldn't they -- democratic senators, why wouldn't they want something like this to take place? >> nobody thinks that donald trump is going to testify. and i don't see senate democrats deciding to go ahead and try to force him to do it. coons is is a decent barometer. he's a great fan of president biden, shares the same home state, is in touch with president biden and his team. when i heard chris coons come out and say, it would be a disaster, it was additional confirmation, okay, that's not going to happen. there's a couple of reasons. one is, i don't think that they think that they'll get anything much better than the evidence that already exists of what president trump said that day
and what happened. and even with that evidence, republicans have made pretty clear, they don't have the appetite to go forward with this. so when you ask the president to -- former president to show, and his lawyers say, in a fixed statement like that, that's sort of evidence in and of itself, that he had the opportunity to testify, he chose not to. and then they'll just move forward. i think that is what they were trying to get out of it. i don't expect them to want this to turn into the spectacle that it would. but i think if president trump had said that -- former president trump had said he wanted to testify, they would have to let him. if other republicans or defenders of the president were saying that they wanted to do it, i think the democrats would have to let him do it. but now they've made their point and i think this is just going to go forward without president trump now. the question is, he going to do some kind of counterprogramming? if he were still president, you know we would see a strong response. what would we see from him next week? and will it make any difference?
>> his lawyers will lock him in a room. you know what the lawyers want, to put him far away from a camera or keyboard or anything as they humanly can. >> i want to move on to this jaw-dropping lawsuit from smartmatic against fox and against fox's personalities. maria bartiromo, rudy giuliani, fox news channel, lou dobbs, janine piero, sidney powell. i think this -- here's my theory, elie, you tell me if it holds legal water. i think this is a game changer. i think that this is what can move the needle on disinformation. not removing marjorie taylor greene from a couple of committees. this is what could stamp it out. the threat of something this huge, a $2.7 billion lawsuit in court, where you have to go and tell the truth, this is finally what gets the peddlers of disinformation, this is what gets their attention. do you think it has merit? do you think smartmatic can win this case? >> yes and yes, alisyn.
and look, money talks. there are big names, fox news and some of the anchors there, and there are big dollar amounts attached to. but this is really sort of a textbook case of defamation. right, you have to prove that the statements were false. that shouldn't be too difficult. that there was either -- fox either knew they were false or was reckless about finding out if they were false. this is a pretty straightforward case, i think. not to say smartmatic is definitely going to win, but fox has a difficult decision to make here. do they settle this, which will carry certain implications, or do they go all the way to trial, which is expensive and risky. this is an area where we could see some real consequences for nontruths. >> you know, you talk about how the world will change or is changing. money does talk. you know, look at wabc radio. people are having to take into account what the former president and his followers, how they talk and the legal and financial consequences of what they say. this is the beginning of rudy giuliani's radio show yesterday. listen to what the radio station
had to do here. >> the views, assumptions, and opinions expressed by former u.s. attorney, former attorney to the president of the united states, and new york city mayor rudy giuliani, his guests, and callers on his program are strictly their own and do not necessarily represent the opinions, beliefs, or policies of wabc radio. >> now, it's former new york city mayor, rudy giuliani, on new york's talk radio 77wabc. >> i would have thought they would have told me about that before just doing what they just did. that's rather insulting. and gives you a sense of how far this free speech thing has gone. i also think putting it on without telling me, not the right thing to do. not the right thing to do at all. >> he's miffed. >> margaret, wabc has to put a disclaimer that the radio show they're putting on with the personality they're putting on, they can't be responsible for what he says.
it was really stunning. >> really stunning. and here's what's going on right now. technology and social media has changed so fast, the law hasn't come up with it. the legal cases yet haven't yet met up with the pace of changing media. media organizations have a responsibility to do due diligence and push back against unfactual statements. and here's the thing. like, sidney powell, rudy giuliani, in our reporting, in axios' reporting in our off the rails series, the people in the white house knew that their claims and their case for then president trump were spurious, and were trying to get them out of the white house, out of their ear. they knew this stuff was nonsense. so if you are a media organization with reach on the airwaves, it wasn't too hard to figure out how much of this stuff was conspiracy theory and nonsense. and this is not just about financial punishment, to send a
message. the companies, the voting systems companies themselves lost millions of dollars, based on these claims. so this is going to be a really important test for the modern media era. and what your responsibility is about who you're putting on your air and what stories you're telling. >> i mean, rudy giuliani, and he's like a walking disclaimer. there needs to be someone -- >> i like they didn't tell him. like, oh, he'll go ape about this. let's just put it on. >> unbelievable. elie, margaret, thank you very much. we have do have breaking news. the senate with a tiebreaking vote cast by vice president kamala harris passes a critical resolution that moves the country one step closer to a huge economic relief package. when might you see a relief check, next.
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kamala harris cast a tiebreaking vote to pass a budget resolution that allows president biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package to go forward without republican support. cnn's jeremy diamond is live at the white house with more. what do we know, jeremy? >> after 15 hours of debates and votes on a slew of amendments, the senate finally passing that budget resolution, with the vice president sitting in the chair there in the senate, to break the tie. her first and most significant tiebreaking move that she has had to make to date. you saw her there, breaking that tie and allowing this to move forward. this allows democrats to write biden's package into law. and it really negates the need at this point for any republicans to actually join onboard. as long as the white house can keep moderate democrats like senator joe manchin of west virginia onboard with this package, they can move forward without the need for republicans. now, that being said, president biden has still made clear that he wants to keep those channels of communication open with republicans. and he is open to some
compromises, if it will help him get republican votes. but it's also clear her now than ever before that president biden doesn't need those republican votes. now, later this morning, president biden is expected to meet with house democratic leaders and the chairs of several of the key committees involved in passing and writing this budget resolution and ultimately, this $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. we will also hear from the president later today, once the jobs report comes out. and that will be interesting, because it will give us the clearest sign yet of the state of the economic recovery, whether that slowdown from the winter is continuing. and that could obviously help or complicate biden's pitch for this very large relief package. al alisyn? >> jeremy, thank you for bringing us that breaking news. now this, a third coronavirus vaccine is one step closer to being available. how soon could it be approved? that's next. eeps you centered. this valentine's day, tell them with a gift from the center of me collection.
effective in preventing the most serious illness. no one who got the vaccine died from covid or needed hospitalization. joining us now, dr. paul offit, the director of vaccine education center at the children's hospital of philadelphia and a member of the fda's vaccine advisory committee. dr. offit, you're the perfect person to speak to. we're obviously in a race against these variants that are cropping up. so how soon could this j&j vaccine be available to the general public? >> well, if past is prologue, when we recommended the fda vaccine advisory committee recommended pfizer's vaccine on december the 10th, that vaccine then was available, was shipped out five days later. the same thing really happened when we recommended the moderna vaccine on september 17th. that vaccine then rolled out five days later. so assuming that this vaccine is recommended by the advisory committee and the fda and then it goes to the cdc, which will
be reviewed by the advisory committee for immunization practices, one would assume roughly the middle of march. >> that's not that long from now. you're talking about 6 or 7 million doses of a single-dose vaccine that may be able to shipped in four weeks. what impact will that have, doctor? >> it will help. right now we have a production problem. initially, it started out as an administration problem, where only 20% of distributed vaccine doses were administered, then 30%, 40%, 50%, now it's 60%. we're learning how to mass vaccinate. i think what now you have a lot of mass vaccination sites are just standing back and saying, we need more vaccine. we need to produce more vaccine. >> because this one has a different efficacy, basically, it's 72% effective against moderate and severe, is there any talk or should there be of giving it to a different demographic? giving to it a different population rather than, you know, elderly people who are most vulnerable.
>> well, again, i like -- the fda sort of warns us not to make comments about what they think about whether we're going to recommend this vaccine or how it will play out. so until we see all the data. but i will say this. what you want from a vaccine is you want it to protect you against severe disease. you want to keep yourself out of the hospital, out of the icu, and out of the morgue. there are advantages to this vaccine in that it is, it's a single dose, it's shipped and stored at refrigerator temperatures. that makes it much easier. you could argue then, because the storage and handling characteristics are much easier, it would do better in a rural community, where there's not a retail pharmacy nearby and you're not asking as much in terms of shipping and restoring and handling. and also, once it's in the refrigerator, it can last for months, where you have other vaccines that will only be able to last for five days, and once the rubber stopper is violated, it only lasts for five or six hours. there are advantages here. and we need to look at the data and see. and sometimes what will happen is the acip, the cdc will say,
it seems to work better for one group than another. let's really recommend it for that group. but we need to drill down on the data. >> i was interested to read overnight, dr. offit, that the fda is working now to put a plan in place to deal with the new variants. basically, as these variants become more dominant, and maybe vaccines not as effective against them, the fda is trying to put a system in place to handle that. what exactly wdoes that mean? what would they do or change going forward? >> here's when a line gets crossed. a line gets crossed when you have people who have received two doses of the vaccine that nonetheless are hospitalized with disease caused by one of these variants. that's when you know that we need that second generation of vaccine. the question is, how are you going to work on that second generation of vaccine in terms of allowing it to be used, say, through eua. and i think the more likely model will be the influenza model. where the vaccine would have to be tested to make sure that it's safe in a few hundred people and
it induces the immune response you think it should induce to protect you. but you're not going to ask for another efficacy trial like the moderna trial of 30,000 people or the pfizer trial of 44,000 people. that's im th impractical. so hopefully we won't need the second generation vaccine. hopefully these vaccines can still protect against severe disease, which it looks like from topline data, the j&j vaccine did in africa. we'll see how it plays out. >> is that the difference between weeks and months in terms of getting approval? >> yes, absolutely. the -- you can't -- actually, if you're expecting an efficacy trial, it would be many months. it would be a matter of a few weeks, absolutely. >> dr. offit, i want to pull up for people where we are in this country right now. i think that we obviously get conflicting information, whether or not things are getting much, much better or things are about to get much worse with the variant. i know it's hard to know the
answer for that. the light blue, close to white are places where the positivity rate has just come down. that's between 2 and 8%. that's where you want it, you know, under 5%. but then there's these patches of dark blue, idaho, iowa, kansas, mississippi, south dakota. they're above 20%. i don't know if you have a theory on this, but are these places that never got their arms around what was happening a month ago or is this the new variant or what's happening in those dark but lue places? >> i don't think it's the variants. i think it's the degree to which we're willing to participate in this cultive denialism, and not willing to wear a mask. but things are getting better. you have vaccines that are working well. you have three vaccines that are right around the corner. and you have, you know, we say on your site that 26 million people in the united states have been infected. but that's probably off by a factor of three, when you look at antibody surveillance data.
it's more like 75 million people have been infected. those people are essentially immune. that's 20 plus percent of the population. and we've got 30 million plus doses out there. first doses, which are not going to provide long-lasting protection or complete protection, but it's a start. probably 7 million people have already had two doses of vaccine. you have an administration that cares, that's modeling correct behavior in terms of masking and social distancing. and the weather is going to get warmer. and when that happens, it makes it less easy for this virus to be transmitted. i think we will get on top of this by summer or late summer. i think everything now is moving in the right direction. >> i hope you're right. dr. paul offit, thank you so much for being with us this morning. >> one way to get there is to not have a giant super bowl party, right? >> what are you going to do? >> i always watch the games alone. i want to be alone with him. who wouldn't want to be alone with him. >> why do i ask? >> as tom brady takes the field in search of his seventh super bowl win, bleacher report, next. at t-mobile, we have a plan built just for customers 55 and up.
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the australian open is set to begin on monday after a major coronavirus scare threatened to derail the tennessee tournament. more than 500 players, officials, and staff had to quarantine after a single case at their hotel. cnn's will ripley joins us now with more. so what happened, will? >> reporter: this is the headline, alisyn.
one case in melbourne, australia, led to 22,000 covid tests. they checked the sewage water. they suspended the warm-up matches. and when all of those tests came back negative, only one person had the virus, they allowed tournament to continue, but to continue in a way that we can only dream of in most other places around the world. no mask, no problem. at this year's australian open, huge crowds, unimaginable in places like the u.s. nearly 400,000 fans will pack melbourne's tennis center over the next two weeks. >> i had goose bumps coming into the court, playing in front of the fans again. >> reporter: australia won't even begin vaccinations until later this month. how are they packing stadiums in the middle of a pandemic? every player arriving in melbourne had to quarantine for two weeks in a state-monitored hotel. if anyone on their plane tested positive, the rules got even tougher. possible exposure meant 14 days
stuck in a room. no fresh air, no outdoor practice for dozens of players. >> we are in a pandemic. this is not going away tomorrow. in fact, i think we'll be doing this again next year and potentially the year after. and we have to manage through it. we've got to find ways to do it. but we have to get going. and this is a way to show you can do it. >> the uncertainty of the pandemic is forcing organizers to be nimble. a new case connected to a hotel hosting athletes suspended play on thursday, more than 500 people had to get tested. melbourne is a city that knows how to handle an outbreak. as huge american crowds celebrated the fourth of july, melbourne endured one of the world's toughest and longest lockdowns. 111 days, masks, mandatory for everyone, in phase 1, a strict curfew at night. by day, only essential travel within three miles of home. breaking the rules meant hefty
fines. the harsh lockdown worked. cases dropped from more than 700 per day to zero. >> i think we got to eradication by default. we always talked about aggressive suppression. but we actually got to eradication. and i can tell you, leaving with eradication, it's pretty nice. >> reporter: pretty nice may be an understatement for many around the world, wondering when they can hug their families again, let alone pack a stadium. australian experts say other nations can do it, too. with the right mix of restrictions and now vaccines. a possible test run for the postponed tokyo 2020 olympics in july. >> you can take the small sample we have here, which will probably be about 12, 15% of what it is over there, and you can just replicate it. and i believe if you do, it will be a success. >> reporter: success in melbourne meant short-term pain for long-term gain. giving hope to others around the
world, waiting for life to get back to normal. so to underscore this, alisyn, not a single person in australia, in melbourne, anywhere, has been vaccinated yet. they haven't even arrived yet, but everything is open, life is back to normal, you don't have to wear a mask. they had to go through 111 days of pain in that city. but look at what they are doing now. >> it's fascinating, will, to see the different approaches that countries have taken and the different results. thank you very much. and "new day" continues right now. no member ought to be permitted to engage in the kind of behavior and face zero consequences. >> the number of republicans who voted to strip marjorie taylor greene from the committee was only 11. >> these were words of the past. and these things do not represent me. >> she talked about things the way you talk about something you've done wrong when you get caught. it didn't have a lot of conviction.
>> trump's spokesman is saying, no, the former president will not be testifying. house impeachment managers wanted the former president to testify. >> i think this whole effort seems to be an appeal to the president's ego. >> i know that jamie raskin will make the decision that's right for the country and hold the president accountable. >> reporter: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> reporter: welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day" and marjorie taylor greene is a congresswoman without a committee, but still with a party this morning. the house of representatives took the unprecedented action of stripping a sitting member of congress from her committee assignments. the vote was bipartisan with 11 republicans joining democrats to remove greene from the education and budget committees. 11 was a bigger number than house republican leadership thought they would lose, as they decided to stand behind greene and the violent, outrageous things she said and supported, including endorsing the killing of top democrats. greene never apologized, to congress or anyone, includin