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trump on trial again. the senate gears up for a historic second impeachment proceeding but with republicans backing the former president, conviction looks unlikely. tom brady leaves no doubt he's the greatest of all time, quarterbacking the tampa bay buccaneers to super bowl victory landing a 7th win for himself. >> plus protest in myanmar,
a military coupe and people demanning the release of aung san suu kyi. for welcome from new york to viewers in you united states and around the world. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. this week americans will be witnessing a first in presidential history when donald trump faces an impeachment trial for a second time. the senate will have to decide whether he's guilty of inciting a mob of his supporters resulting in a deadly riot at the u.s. capitol last month but with democrats with only slim majority it seems unlikely he will be acquitted for a second time. the trial begins on tuesday but many senate republicans are dismissing it as a waste of
process. we've never impeached a president once out of office. this is a very bad idea. >> zero chance of conviction, it's really over before it starts. >> do you think the outcome is predetermined? >> oh, you know, i -- everybody -- no, i don't. i think it depends upon that which is presented. let's face it, the house did a incredibly poor job of building the case before their impeachment vote. if the president wasn't there, he wasn't allowed council, they didn't a mass ecvidence. >> i think it's clearly constitutional to conduct senate trial with respect to the impeachment in this case the impeachment occurred prior to the president's leaving office, but my job is to listen to both sides,e va e e value -- evaluat argument and make a decision. >> reporter: so all eyes chuck
schumer and mitch mcconnell to release the parmtds of the trial -- parameters how long they expect it to last and how long impeachment managers and former president's lawyers will get to address the members of the united states senatend make their cases. joe john, cnn, the capitol. joining me now to discuss is cnn politic at analyst ron brown steen and legal analyst ellie boeing. let's begin with you ellie the president's attorneys are make the case that the president's words on the day of the riot are protected by the first amendment and they're arguing it is unconstitutional to impeach a former president. >> the first amendment argument would apply in criminal case but this is impeachment, a different thing all together. even if we're talking first amendment are his words protected, trump's lawyers are saying, looking in a vacuum it's
not over the line of inciting criminality but house impeachment managers will say you have to look at the whole picture from efforts to over turn the election weeks before culminating on january 6th. that will be a point of contention. on the argument you can't try a former official we don't have a specific answer from the supreme court for example, but that doesn't mean this is 50/50 prop situation, the great weight of the law is you have to be able to try someone after they leave office otherwise they could do what they please with no consequence. >> a top wall street lawyer wrote that you can in fact indict and impeach a president on these offenses and said it defies logic to suggest senate is convicting former office holders this is something democrats will
embrace, one of the house republicans is speaking out after being cents sored in wyom, congresswoman liz cheney, third ranking republican in the house, here's what she said about the backlash against her. >> people in the party are mis mistaken, they believe blm and antifa were behind what happened at the capitol, that's systimpl not the case. it's not true. we have work to do, people have been lied to. the president for months leading up to january 6th spread the lie that the election was rigged and people need to understand that and we need to understand we as republicans are the party of truth. >> so there's nothing many her tone, nothing in her word that's have changed from what she said after that insurrection january 6th, let's contrast that with
house minority leader mccarthy because axios is reporting he tried to get cheney to apologize how she handled her vote to impeach former president trump. what's that say about where things stand inside the g.o.p. right now? >> yeah, well, look, it really underscores the way in which mccarthy has finessed a short-term problem and seated much longer-term difficulties for the republican party. essentially what he's done by asking liz cheney to apologize and by arguing that she should not be s sanctioned and paralleling that with asking marjorie taylor greene to apologize and saying she should not be sanctioned by the caucus he is establishing a moral equivalence between someone to hold the president what he did january 6th and someone who spouted the most vial conspiracy theories.
in effect, it's striking at this point that liz cheney and then sas are being sensored by censored by their party but not marjorie taylor greene. so mccarthy is saying we have a big enough tent to include both liz cheney and marjorie taylor greene but in the end i think he is legitimizing a place for extremism in the republican party. >> yeah marjorie taylor greene got a standing ovation, round of applause, and kevin mccarthy seemed to convince nobody when he played like he didn't know what qanon was. clearly as liz cheney said there's no room for crazy and conspiracy in the republican party. ellie, new evidence is emerging listen to what the so-called qanon shaman said after he left
the capitol rotunda. >> what's the message now? >> donald trump asked everybody to go home. >> why? >> because we won [ bleep ] day. >> i mean. ellie, he says it right there. trump told us to leave and so we left. we went home. we saw it in the president's tweets after he had been pressured to do something to do the videos strength the democrats argument that he incited the insurrection. >> yes they do and it's a bit premature for members in the congress to say it is over, a foregone conclusion. the more evidence comes out, there's plenty more videos of people saying fight for trump, storm the capitol, responding directly to donald trump's word, strengthening the argument they
did exactly what he told them to do, whatever his intent, this is certainly the impact of his words, his words drove people down pennsylvania avenue into the capitol and to rip the place apart. i think that kind of evidence is powerful and persuasive in the trial this week. >> i am curious what role mitch mcconnell plays in all this. in the days and hours of the insurrection you could feel the visceral anger from him directed towards donald trump. he did believe this was an impeachable offense yet told his caucus to vote their conscious. he could have said a lot more and we haven't heard a lot since. what do you think his objective is going into this week? >> look, i think his objective immediately after was clear. he saw this as a moment to sever the party from trump's dominance and in fact it is the best chance republicans have to diminish his influence over them by going along with his
unfounded claims that the election was stolen and by failing to really hold into account -- what he did. they are signing themselves up for years more of his influence over them and cementing his position in the party. to me, it's striking. it's going to be hard to get 17 republicans to con victim him, obviously, but the trial could have the same effect, in effect it's making it very difficult for donald trump to ever again hold public office if democrats and republicans are willing to fully examine the evidence and if the evidence shows the kind of accocomplicity that seems li not only from trump in advance, what he said, and in the hours after what he did and did not do. will be very difficult to come back from that to be a serious canadian candidate in 2024. candidate in 2024.
stakes are very high is regardless if there's 17 republican votes to convict. the evidence will come out -- >> yet again, another unprecedented week. thank you both for your time. ron have a great night. ellie, i will see you in the next hour. thank you so much. you can catch our special live coverage of donald trump's second impeachment trial throughout the day on tuesday right here on cnn. well america's premier sporting event has wrapped up with the tampa bay buccaneers diva defeating the kansas city chiefs 31-9 in the super bowl. quarterback tom brady clenched his 7th championship overall and his first with tampa bay. he threw 3 touchdown passes and was named super bowl mvp. now because of the pandemic the game was played in front of a limited crowd of 25,000 spectators in attendance, all were given mask even those who
had already been vaccinated. but outside the stadium an entirely different scene, streets have been packed with thousands of fwans, very few masks, almost no social distancing. we're live in atlanta with more. andy, let's start with the game, it was billed as one of the best super bowl match ups of all time. i will stand by my word, i don't think tom brady broke a suede -- sweat tonight. he made this look so easy. did this game live up to the h hype? >> : the game definitely didn't live up to the hype. it was not close in the second half. we didn't get the epic finish between tom brady and smmahomese were hoping for. but we did get to see tom brady winning his 7th super bowl, 43-year-old with now more super bowl titles than any other team in nfl history and brady proving, you know what, he can win anywhere.
he convinced his old buddy rob gronkowski to come out of retirement and join him in tampa they put on a show, brady throwing to gronk for two touchdowns in the first half, they've hooked up for more touchdowns than any other duo in post-season history. bucs with the lead 21-6 at halftime and defensive coordinators todd bowles and bucs d were relentless all game long. got patrick mahomes more times then in quarterback history. this the first time in mahomes career failed to score a touchdown. brady with three touchdowns in the game. named mvp in the super bowl for the fifth time in his career. bucs winning it easily over the chiefs, 31-9. >> it seemed as though he was just not gelling there getting
the support he needed from the offensive line. and each time you see a sack coming and your heart started palpitate ating for the guy those he's 25, he's got a beautiful career ahead of him. he is a superstar right now. i'm excited to see what will happen to him in years to come. let's talk about bruce arians, 68 years old, the oldest coach to win a super bowl. his 95-year-old mother was in the stands. this was really a memorable night and season for tampa bay. >> it certainly was, all the way around. tom brady goes down there, bruce arians convinced him to go to tampa to join the bucs and then it was kind of just, it snowballed because brady got gronk to come out of retirement to join him in tampa. and leonard fournette the running back who scored a touchdown, he played amazing.
brady convinced him to join after he was cut from the jacksonville jaguars. and antonio brown, brady encouraged bucs to sign him. it all comes down to tom brady if he didn't go to tampa the buccaneers wouldn't be super bowl champions. it's just incredible that a 43-year-old can still be out there doing what he's doing. he's coming back for sure. >> oh, i have no doubt about that at all, especially from what we saw tonight. i like the exchange at the end between patrick mahomes and tom brady where tom brady said stay in touch, maybe it's code for, see you next year. andy schultz thank you so much for joining us. great to see you. >> ah. the new coronavirus areaian the is spreading quickly in the united states and soon could become the dominant strain. what could be done, an expert weighs in.
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way forward. meantime, in the u.s., another variant first detected in the uk appears to be spreading quickly, a new study suggesting overall cases are low but doubling every week and a half. experts are demanding action to slow the spread. >> cdc projected by march uk variant 117 is more contagious and could be the dominant strain here in the u.s. just to remind everyone, something more contagious doesn't spread in a linear fashion it spreads explosively, exponentially, 50% spread will have much more infection. this is what happened in the uk, netherlands and denmark where hospitals became very quickly overwhelmed. that could very well happen in the u.s. i think that should be a call to
action to double down on the measures that we know to work, like masking and avoiding indoor gatherings. >> president biden meantime has promised to reopen most schools in the first hundred days of his administration. in an intthe an interview with cbs news the president acknowledged getting students back to in-person learning. >> about 20 million american children have not been in the classroom for nearly a year. there's a mental health crisis. >> there really is. >> women are dropping out of the workforce. is this a national emergency. >> it genuinely is a national emergency. >> do you think it's time for schools to reopen. >> i think it's time for schools to reopen safely. safely. >> the centers for disease control is expected to issue school reopening guidelines this week. chicago's mayor says the city has reached a potential
agreement with teachers union to return to in person you know why but not yet ratified the deal. -- now the superintendent from oakland unified school district joining us now from oakland, california. thank you so much for coming on with us. this is potentially a big breakthrough some 49,000 public school students in oakland may finally be returning to the classroom. in the past you've criticized the state's proposals for reopening schools, what's different this time? >> first of all, thank you so much for having me this evening. i think what is really different really has been what's been the issue all along, the urgency of trying to get our students back in the classroom as safely as possible. >> i've been covering education in covid since may and i have to tell you what i know you know
and those families in your community know as well, this is not only an academic setback, you have emotional, psych logical, you have food resources not available for students that need it, parents not being able to go back to work.students tha not being able to go back to work. in terms of getting the schools up to speed with preventing and mitigating strategies what's that been like for you and do you have the supplies you need? do you have the funding and resources that you need to get schools open safely right now? >> could the work to get schools safely reopened has been work that actually has started since the shutdown given the complexities so we do have the ppe, we're working on and have plans in place to have our facilities properly ventilated. we've been operating learning hubs, so just small in-person
opportunities for our most vulnerable students, special education, unhoused foster youth. we've been able to try out, refine our staff, testing and tracing mechanisms, even with all of that we know because of the learning loss, we know because of what we're seeing with our students in terms of the pressing need around mental health support we're going to continue to need a lot of funding to meet the academic and socioemotional learning challenges for our students. >> my question is, if you've been working on this since the shutdown last month, i know teachers are a godsend and should be treated that way. parents cannot do what teachers do, cannot replicate that. but that aside there's this narrative that teacher's hesitation to return to the classroom, despite you having
the resources you need to properly mitigate the schools despite health experts and cdc suggesting schools can be reopen even without vaccinations is this something that worries you? i mean, what is it that's going to take teachers to feel at least somewhat comfortable. nobody can be during a pandemic fully comfortable, but comfortable enough to return to get our students back to where they need to be. >> it's going to take continued urgency, conversation, continued planning and two-way conversation just around the safety measures that our school district has in place, many school districts have in place across the country and i believe even though it has been very challenging, many different districts, that it's the right thing to do to really press forward to have our schools
reopened as long as it's safe. in terms of safety, vaccination absolutely plays a critical ass -- aspect in the equation. we're going to continue -- aspect in the equation. we're going to continue to invest in the campaign around importance of mask and social distancing. going to be all those things together to create the safe conditions for students to return to school safely. >> when do you think you will have schools reopen for students and teachers to come back and is it solely dependent on vaccines? because that could still be weeks, if not months. >> i think it can't just be dependent on vaccines. again, we have to continue to look at the distribution of vaccinations and having the masks, the social distancing, and regular testing available for our students and
our staff. we are hoping that we can -- would love to be able to give a date, that i can not do. we are working to be able to have in-person available for our student some time this year. we're watching the numbers and seeing a slight dip in the case rates where we are in california and we will continue to plan and be in negotiations with our labor partners. >> seeing that slight dip is a bit of good news we all have the same goal with kids in the classroom and everybody health and safety as well. great to have you on thank you so much. >> thank you. a frantic search is now under way in the himalayans looking for survivors after a glacier triggered deadly floods, a i live report from india right after the break.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around world iran is still enriching uranium and challenging joe biden to make the first move towards cooperation. the u.s. president is saying no. president biden said the u.s. will not lift sanctions on iran, particularly while tehran enriches more uranium than allowed in the 2014 deal,
by leaving it. it's up to the u.s. to rejoin and lift sanctions of u.s. in talks guys european allies to figure out their next steps. china is taking a hard-line stance with the u.s. the biden administration will continue to promote human rights and democratic values in the region. president biden has said china is america's most serious competitor and plans attack -- >> we may not have a conflict but there's going to be extreme competition. i'm not going to do it the way trump did. we're going to focus on international rules of the road. >> some major sources of tension between the two countries
include the autonomy of hong kong, and tibet and persecution of minority groups and the u.s. wants to condemn the coupe it myanmar. thousands across myanmar are raising voices in pro-democracy protests announcing the military who seized power a week ago. activists are calling for more shows of civil disobedience. you're looking at dramatic video the moment a flash flood roared through the canyon in northern india after a glacial broke apart. search and rescue operations are currently under way. we're following the story from delhi. tell us about the search and rescue operation, it went on through the night, obviously
impacted without daylight, what are we seeing this morning. >> reporter: well dramatic visuals indeed. this unfortunately took place 10:00 a.m. locate at time and rescue efforts were quick to get there, we're talking about the indian army and rescue operations an personnel, they've been there since sunday . now the latest like you just pointed out there was, you know, the process was not as quick as it was during the day sunday because of the dim light but through the night rescue efforts have been on unfortunately the casualty figure now has hit 14 and over 150 people are still missing. now there were settlements along these rivers and em bankments as well, about 13 villages have been cut off due to these glacial burst that took place in the himalayan region. and of course when that glacial burst took place there's a lot
of debris and gush of water going down on both sides of the water body so water levels did rise when it comes to other water bodies around the place. adjoining states have been put on alert. there are two tunnels also that we got to know about where people have been trapped. a lot of people have been pulled out but rescue efforts are ongoing to pull out people trapped in those tunnels. we don't have the complete figure as of now. other projects have been damaged. the prime minister of the country have been keeping a close watch on the rescue efforts and updates come from there at this point in time. as i said this avalanche destroyed a lot of property but too soon-to-be certain how far and wide is this damage as i speak to you. more details will come by this evening. also head of state did address press conference where he spoke of the damage and
rescue efferents. we're hoping to hear from him again today. as of now a very bleak situation. all efforts are put in by every possible army personnel and people who get together for rescue missions as big as this one. also environmentalists have been concerned about this himalayan patch that we're talking about, it's eco logically highly sensitive, there's been a lot of construction work happening in this area and has become quite fragile. it's uncertain the region for this huge disaster that has taken place but environmentalists have been raising red flags for construction for quite a while. >> we know why they were raise the red flag in fears like this over a hundred people still missing. thank you for following the story for us. >> thank you. >> and "cnn newsroom" continues after a quick break.
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toll. >> the emotions are very blurred. you don't know when to be the doctor, or the family member to most people. >> this doctor has a simple message for those who think covid-19 is only severe in the northern hemisphere or that vaccines are only urgently needed in europe and the united states. >> now it's a lot harder. so going to be a long year. >> follow her around in one of the langerestle -- the largest hospitals where shifts are measured in days not hours. >> this tent is used to disinfect the dead bodies, i think that's one of the most traumatic things. we see people die all the time but not like this, not at this rate, not this many people who
are well just a week or two ago. it can get quite brutal. >> in the last available space outside plastic tents are being erected to handle this and future waves. these are the extra resources. >> we have basics. we don't have fancy treatment. we don't have the capacity to vent late. >> and there's no one else to step into the wards just she and her fellow doctors who for months have battled the virus that now because of a new variant is getting worse. >> i don't remember feeling like this. >> doctors without bored hes is fighting to get vaccines to malawi and at the very least into the arms of health care workers like piri one of three remaining specialists covering four wards the other five all out six with the virus. >> people are dieing and all of
the systems are still with is this particular wave. >> some countries are ordered many times the number of vaccine and size of their population what impact could that have? >> the issue right now is more a time issue than quantity issue. the health system, you know, it's not only people zieing from -- d dieing from covid but excess morality from other diseases. >> hope is still alive if only because of the doctor and nurses and workers constantly delivering precious oxygen tanks to the ward. but piri says to survive here also means being a realist. >> you have to accept our situation is a bit different. you have to come in mentally prepared and tell yourself i'm going to be well, i'm going to look after myself and we'll do with what we have, we'll do our best. >> after all, her skills as a
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among some of the fans lucky enough to be at super bowl lv, nurses got to cheer on their hometown team tampa bay buccaneers. here's nfl commissioner commission roger goodell making a surprise invitation to the group.goodell making a surprise invitation to the group. >> in the last year you've been america's real mvp's, most valuable people, the reason i want to get up here is to thank you y'all and tell you i want your team to be there. you're able to swing it, i want to invite each member of your team, the entire unit, to be our
guest at the super i don't know if that means you accept or not. >> yes! >> we accept! >> oh, my gosh. >> kind of hard to hear the cheers on a zoom call, but what a moment that was. 24 heroes from sarasota memorial hospital had some of the best seats in the house thanks to the nfl, and, man, did they deserve it. and of course the icing on the cake was getting to see their team, the bucs, win the championship. well, sarah thomas made u.s. sports history on sunday as the first woman to officiate at the super bowl. thomas served as the down judge on the eight-person officiating crew, but it's not the first time she's made headlines. in 2015, thomas became the first permanent female national football league official. and in 2019, the first woman to officiate an nfl playoff game. for more, i'm joined by christine brennan, cnn sports
analyst and sports columnist for "usa today." christine, i'm so excited for this segment with you. let's talk about the role of women in football and what we saw today on the sidelines as well. you have women coaching football. you have women officiating the games. how monumental is this change that we're seeing, and will we see more of it? >> it certainly was a first, bianna. obviously sarah thomas being the first woman to officiate an nfl super bowl game, and she was the first to be in the playoffs, and she was the first full-time referee back in 2015. and so that's fantastic. and by the way, she did a great job. if a referee, an official is basically invisible and doesn't call any attention to themselves, they've done their job, and she did that. especially at that goal line call early in the game in the second quarter. again, the right call when kansas city was able to stop tampa bay. there she was, and she made the
exact right call, as you would expect from someone who is 47 years old and who has been doing this for a long time and is a real veteran. so a great win for her and for all women in terms of, as you were discussing, the idea of women getting a chance to play football, to referee football, to be in charge of football teams. we're just seeing the very beginnings, baby steps basically. but if you think of sarah fuller, who kicked those extra points with vanderability, and as you mentioned, two women as sideline coachels for the tampa bay bucs. this is, as i said, just the beginning because women are the future of sports not only in terms of playing and being in charge of sports teams but also the fan base, the untapped fan base for all of these leagues. and almost 50% of nfl fans are women. so it makes perfect sense that
the nfl would be starting to make these steps at this time. >> yeah. should have been making these steps quite a few years ago in my opinion, but better late than never. in terms of the game itself, it wasn't really a nail-biter, right? you had kansas city behind the entire time. nonetheless, history is made. tom brady at 43 years old, the oldest to win a super bowl. the second was tom brady at 41 years of age. what do you make of his legacy now and his future in the nfl? >> you know, we throw around the term g.o.a.t., greatest of all time. in sports, we're always attaching it to someone as quickly as we can. often we might be a bit premature. not in this case. tom brady is certainly the greatest nfl quarterback. to do this, to come to tampa bay in that first year and win the super bowl is extraordinary, and at 43 as you mentioned. he is doing what no one has ever
done before, and he's obviously going from one dynasty, a fantastic franchise with the patriots and leading them to all those super bowl wins, six of them, and then getting a seventh this time. so i think it is a remarkable achievement. and when you sit there and you watch history, i've been lucky enough to cover ten super bowls, i was not there this time. but when you watch history, the biggest game, when that person rises to the occasion at the most important moment of their career, certainly at the most important moment of the season as tom brady just did with the tampa bay bucs, it's really something to behold, and it's remarkable. by the way, that's the most diverse coaching staff in the nfl. you mentioned the two women but also coaches of color, and look at what they've achieved. in this year of all lives, black lives matter and such social unrest, i think it is a fitting achievement that it would be tampa bay, not only with tom
brady but with all of these other factors mixed in. >> and rue sayrian is also the oldest coach to win a super bowl. so you have the oldest mvp and now the oldest coach as well. i love that his 95-year-old mother was? the stands. i want to ask you quickly about the role of covid throughout this season and how the teams have addressed the pandemic and which teams got it right and which ones had a few missteps because i was really floored that the seattle seahawks did not have one case of covid throughout this season. i want to get your take on what they did right and what other teams can replicate. >> you know, anthony fauci back in the summer said he thought, bianna, that for the nfl to have a full season, they'd have to have some kind of bubble, and we knew they weren't really going to be able to have a bubble like the nba or the wnba. and what seattle was able to do, with no covid tests, no positive tests, you know, having no covid really within the organization,
was that they created a bubble for themselves, and they moved -- they had sensors on the players and all the staffers, so they were able to see how much time each was spending with someone else, moving them along. a chime went off in their offices every 12 minutes to encourage people to keep moving. and i think those were some of the things that we saw and that's why the nfl was able to pull it off and seattle in particular was able to have such an exemplary record. >> there's never been a time that we've realized how much we appreciate sports, at least from my perspective, than living in a pandemic and looking forward to one of our favorite pastimes. so it was wonderful to see a super bowl come together. it's great to see teams manage around the pandemic as well, and it was great to see so many of these players wearing masks. christine brennan, always great to have you on. thank you so much. >> thank you, bianna. my pleasure. >> well, that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm be back in just a moment with more news.
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