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welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm bianna golodryga. ahead on "cnn newsroom," washington prepares for a historic impeachment trial, putting democrats and republicans in control of former president donald trump's political fate. title number seven for the so-called g.o.a.t. of football.
the tampa bay buccaneers dominate over the chiefs in super bowl. and later, russia's opposition leader is in prison. so has his sentencing silenced putin's critics? it will be an unprecedented moment in american history when former u.s. president donald trump's second impeachment trial begins tuesday. but senators on both sides are hoping for a speedy trial, and many democrats say they want to get back to focusing on the covid relief bill. trump is accused of inciting a mob of his own supporters, resulting in the deadly riot at the u.s. capitol last month. democrats are planning to show a lot of video evidence to build their case. however, there appears to be no doubt about the ultimate outcome of the trial, that trump will be
acquitted once again by the senate as it will likely be impossible to get 17 republicans to cross party lines to vote to convict. we also still don't know how long the trial will last or if any witnesses will be called. here's what some republican senators are saying about it. >> do you think the outcome is predetermined? >> do i -- you know, everybody -- no, i don't. i think it depends upon that which is presented. >> i think it's clearly constitutional to conduct a senate trial with respect to an impeachment, in this case the impeachment occurred prior to the president's leaving office. but, you know, my job is going to be to listen to both sides of this, evaluate the arguments, and macke a decision. >> a zero chance of conviction. 45 republicans have said it's not even a legitimate proceeding, so it's really over before it starts. >> cnn legal analyst elie honig joins me now.
elie, let's pick up with what we just heard from senator rand paul, that this was not a legitimate proceeding to begin with, because we do see a top republican and conservative lawyer breaking were that argument, saying that, in fact, he can be tried for impeachment. and here's what he said. i'm talking about a lawyer, charles cooper, who is a stalwart of the conservative legal establishment, and he says, quote, it defies logic to suggest that the senate is prohibited from trying and convicting former officeholders. how much of a setback is this for republicans given that this is a dominant argument for them? >> so i think what republicans are doing here, bianna, is being legally opportunistic. i think when you look at rand paul, i think he knows where he wants to end up. he knows that he wants to have this escape hatch to vote not guilty while still being able to distance himself from donald trump's actual conduct. now, we don't have a specific answer to this question in the constitution or from the supreme court. but as the editorial that you reference, i think, makes clear, by far the stronger legal
argument is of course you can charge and impeach and try a former official. otherwise, it would just be sort of a free-for-all in those final days of the presidency. also keep in mind the constitution gives us a specific punishment for this of disqualification. the article makes a good point that if the only possible punishment was removal, maybe then there would be an argument that you can only do it for a current officer. but the fact that you can disqualify, that's the punishment that applies to a former official like donald trump. >> and let's talk about the other argument that the president's lawyers will make, and that is that he is protected by his first amendment right, freedom of speech, and that should vindicate him from any further questions about the role that he may have played in inciting this insurrection. does that have legs to stand on? >> well, we'll definitely here that this week on the floor of the senate. that first amendment argument, that free speech argument, really relies on a very myopic
view of the law. what the lawyers are trying to do is say, let's look at each individual sentence that donald trump said to that crowd. he said, you've got to fight like hell. you might say that at a football game, they argue in one of their papers. yeah, it's different standing in a stadium with a bunch of people in pads playing a game versus standing in front of that crowd waving confederate flags and some wearing nazi gear and saying we're going to go down to the capitol. the house impeachment managers are going to say look at the conduct that led up to it. look at the reason donald trump calls them down to washington, d.c. on january 6th. that's the day the electoral votes were being counted. look at what donald trump says to them right before they stormed the capitol, and look what he did after. he praised them. he said you're great patriots after they stormed the capitol and destroyed it. i think the argument is going to be if you look at all the conduct, it definitely crosses the line of first amendment free speech. >> in terms of the house managers and what we'll hear
from them, they only need look back one year to the last time that president trump was on trial and was impeached and went before the senate. he wasn't convicted then, but i'm wondering from what you saw from impeachment managers then as to how they put together their argument and their case, will we see similarities this week, or do you think they're going to take a different route? >> so the biggest difference now is this is a much more straightforward fact pattern than the ukraine scandal last year, right? the ukraine scandal involved dozens of players, lots of sort of conversations that needed to be interpreted and linked up. it was a complex fact pattern. what we have here, i think, is much more straightforward. donald trump called this group together, riled them up using the big lie of election fraud, and then inspired them, incited them to go down to the capitol. so i think we're going to see a different case. i think it's going to be more compact. i don't think it's going to last 21 days like last year. i think it will be in the 5 to
10-day range. i think you'll see a lot more video evidence here of what happened in the capitol. so while it is crazy to think we now are about to have two impeachment trials in a little more than a year, i think they're going to be very different in how they look and feel. >> especially with the video that we all saw with horror and shock just one month ago, the insurrection at the u.s. capitol. it's quite different from a conversation between two presidents, right? >> yeah. >> so this will be a different trial that's going to rely a lot more on video. nonetheless, it's going to be riveting to watch this all unfold this week. we'll be covering it live on cnn. cnn legal analyst elie honig, thank you for joining us. >> glad to be with you. >> as i mentioned, 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 defeating the kansas city chiefs 31-9 in the super bowl.
quarterback tom brady clinched his seventh championship overall. he took home his fifth super bowl most valuable player award as well. because of the pandemic, the game was played in front of a limited crowd. only about 25,000 spectators were allowed in the stands, but it capped a successful season for the nfl. they weren't forced to cancel one single game because of covid-19. cnn's andy scholes is live in atlanta with more on the game. andy, let's pick up on that because everything else aside, this has been a successful year and season for the nfl given that not one game has been canceled, and once again we have tom brady, the oldest ever to win a super bowl at 43 years old, well deserved mvp. >> bianna, it's fitting. in a year where most of us had to stay at home, tom brady is the first quarterback ever to win a super bowl in his home staid yumt. you know, this game, it was
built up. it was going to be this awesome matchup between tom brady and patrick mahomes. was it going to be the passing of the torch? well, the game didn't really live up to the hype. it wasn't close in the second half. we didn't get any kind of epic finish, but we did get to see history with brady winning his seventh super bowl title. the 43-year-old now has more super bowl rings than any other team in nfl history. brady just proving, you know, he can go anywhere and win, and he convinced his old buddy ron gronkowski to come out of retirement and join him in tampa. they put on a show in the super bowl. brady finding gronk for two touchdowns in the first half. they've now hooked up for more touchdowns than any other duo in postseason history. the bucs building up a big lead at halftime, up 21-6.
this was the first time in mahomes' amazing career that the chiefs failed to score a touchdown. brady, three touchdown passes in the game. he was named your mvp in the super bowl for the fifth time in his career. bucs victorious over the chiefs 31-9. >> i'm so proud of all these guys out here. everything we dealt with all year, we had a rough month in november, but b.a. had all the confidence in us. the team had a lot of confidence. we came together at the right time. i think we knew this was going to happen tonight, didn't we? we ended up playing our best game of the year. >> and brady also adding that he is absolutely coming back, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he was in the super bowl again next year at age 44. >> and we would love to see that given the performance that we saw tonight. it was interesting at the end of the game, you saw him and patrick mahomes sort of hug it out, and patrick congratulating
him. and brady said, stay in touch. and i'm curious to get your take as to what went wrong with patrick mahomes' game today. was it just that the offensive line wasn't there for him? i felt for him every single time i saw a sack coming on. >> his left tackle eric fisher was injured earlier in the playoffs and he wasn't there for this game. that's their best offensive lineman. and the tampa bay bucs defensive line, one of the best in football, and they've been peaking at the right time. just think about the quarterback they beat to get to this point. they beat drew brees. they beat aaron rodgers. now they beat patrick mahomes. one of the best runs we've seen in a defense in a very long time. they put it all together, and mahomes, i mean, really had no chance all game long. >> yeah, look, he's 25 years old. he is a superstar, and we will see him for years to come. i am sure of that. but for now, tonight, it is tom brady who we are celebrating.
well deserved win. andy scholes, thank you. we appreciate it. >> all right. well, the crowds of the super bowl fans who gathered in tampa's nightlife district are the real concern right now. there were very few masks and social distancing appeared to be the last thing on anyone's mind. cnn's randi kaye was there. >> reporter: well, it was quite a game and certainly quite a crowd here in tampa. there is a mask mandate for people who are in the entertainment zones and the entertainment areas. you have to wear a mask if you can't safely social distance or face a fine up to $500. but a lot of people are ignoring that mask mandate. in fact, we have video of an area known as ebor city where hundreds of people were lining the streets. they were going to bars and restaurants, many of them maskless. they were inside the clubs. certainly the city is being asked why they didn't do more to enforce the mask mandate. we called the mayor's office today, which sent me to the police in tampa.
when i asked them, the spokesperson said they are very disappointed certainly about one gathering, one event at a bar and grill at a hotel here in tampa. they're very concerned about that. the spokesman for the police telling me that they have a level of responsibility that must be followed or risk being shut down. now, that particular event was supposed to have a mask mandate and temperature checks in place, but it's unclear if any of that was followed. in terms of citations or fines that were issued, the tampa police would not say how many, if any at all, were issued here in the city. randi kaye, cnn, tampa. >> our thanks to randi for that. well, parts of europe can breathe a bit easier thanks to falling covid cases. but fears of new virus variants are pushing the uk to consider the future of its vaccines.
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manufactured. >> you're president of the united states, commander in chief. can you do something in terms of going to moderna, going to pfizer, saying, we need more production? >> yes, i think, because we've already done it. but the idea that this can be done and we can get to herd immunity much before the end of this summer is very difficult. >> and then there's this disturbing news. that highly contagious variant first detected in the uk is spreading rapidly in the u.s. a new report estimates it's up to 45% more transmissible than earlier strains and doubling about every ten days. the cdc predicts the variant could be the predominant strain in the u.s. as soon as next month. and new cases of the coronavirus are dropping in parts of europe. the uk, spain, and germany have seen a steady fall in new cases over the last seven days. but new virus variants mean some
approved vaccines must reformulate to stay effective. the uk's vaccine deployment minister says getting covid-19 booster shots later this year followed by annual vaccinations could be a possibility. so far, the uk has given over 12 million people their first vaccine shot and is on track to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups by mid-february. and south africa has paused its rollout of the astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine. it comes after a study showed it offered minimal protection against mild and moderate infections from the variant first detected in the country. cnn's salma abdelaziz joins me from london, cnn eleni giokos is live from south africa with more. eleni, south africa just received those doses. what are they going to do with them now? >> reporter: yeah, look, 1 million doses. the plan was they would have an aggressive rollout specifically targeting essential workers and health care workers.
the astrazeneca vaccine, however, has now shown to not be effective against the variant that has emerged in south africa. the trials that were conducted up until the end of october 2020 showed 75% efficacy rates in minimizing the contraction of covid-19 but substantially diminished its efficacy against the variant. in fact, they say it offers minimal protection against contracting covid, mild or moderate cases. they say, however, they are hopeful it might have an impact on severe illness, but that is still very much a big question and unknown. now, the government says that it's halting, it's pausing the rollout of astrazeneca vaccine. what they'll be doing with these doses, still they are discussing at this point in time. but they have alluded to the fact that perhaps they would still go ahead and roll out the astrazeneca vaccination to protect against the first strain of covid-19 and then focus and
expedite the trials and usage of other vaccines that might be better equipped to deal with the variant. even the pfizer and the moderna vaccine showed diminished efficacy rates against the variant, however slightly better than what we're seeing with astrazeneca. this is a highly transmissible variant that has emerged in south africa. it's gone south africa's borders. the country is now firmly in the second wave, and we're seeing big concerns about what it would mean. the big question with all these variants is just what the efficacy will be of the vaccines that have been produced, and right now we're sitting with the problem. >> yeah, no doubt this was a beat setback from astrazeneca, eleni. thank you. variants like the one in the uk are a major issue of concern, especially here in the u.s. right now. how do officials plan on keeping any new variants from spreading? are vaccines the answer? >> reporter: very good question,
bi bianna. just as you heard from my colleague, vaccines are not always the answer, but so far all we are the vaccines. the plan here is to make future plans for future variants. so the government as a genomic sequencing program. they're working on changing these vaccinations so they can deal with future variants. for example, oxford university and astrazeneca say they'll have a new vaccine by the fall to deal with that south africa variant because of that limited efficacy, and also making plans for possibly annual vaccinations. take a listen to what the vaccine minister said yesterday. >> we see very much probably an annual and a booster in the autumn and the way we do with flu vaccinations where you look at what variant of virus is spreading around the world. you rapidly produce a variant of vaccine and then begin to vaccinate and protect the nation. >> reporter: so the authorities here have already made agreements with manufacturers around the world to try to be
prepared to create these future vaccines for these future variants. in addition to the vaccines, of course, there's very tough travel restrictions. you can't come into the uk unless you show a negative test. you can't leave the uk unless you have an essential travel reason. this is the first country hit hard by one of these variants and they don't want to live that nightmare again. >> huge headache for all of these countries as the vaccines are being shipped out as well. eleni giokos in st. francis bay, south africa, and salma abdelaziz in london, thank you to you both. pro-democracy demonstrators march in cities across myanmar for the third straight day. video from reuters shows police in the country's capital turning water cannons onto a crowd. it appears some people were injured, but reuters reports police stopped the cannons after
protesters appealed to them. across the country, tens of thousands have been turning out against the military coup just one week ago. marchers are demanding the release of aung san suu kyi and other civilian leaders. paula hancocks is monitoring events from seoul and joins us now. so, paula, we know this is the third day of protesters. they are getting bigger now in the streets. the junta hasn't stepped in to stop them at some point, but is that the next concern, that this could become more aggressive and we could potentially see violence? >> reporter: well, bianna, i mean that's certainly a concern not just within myanmar but also from leaders around the world, which is why we're hearing the call from so many leaders saying that the military should refrain from violence. but we are seeing these protests pick up momentum. we are seeing more and more people coming out onto the streets. monday, for example, today there
were many student unions that were leading the protests, but on top of that, you had teachers, engineers, some nurses came out as well. we're seeing more participation by monks within these protests as well. and we're seeing people outside their homes or their businesses coming out onto the street as the march is going past and applauding, cars driving past and honking. so it really feels like this is building momentum. many of the organizers do say that they want this to be nonviolent, that they are calling for the military dictatorship as they call it to step down. they're calling on aung san suu kyi, and the other officials that were democratically elected last november to be freed from detention as well. we know that aung san suu kyi is still in detention as we understand it. we don't know exactly where she's being held. but this is really starting to become bigger. now, as you say, there was that reuters video of water cannons
being used in one instance. on sunday there was an instance, we understand, just on the thai/myanmar border where police actually shot to try and disperse crowds. it's unclear if the guns that were shot actually injured anybody at this point. but apart from those two instances, we haven't seen any widespread crackdown by the military. but of course it is one of the concerns, and we have been hearing, as i say, from leaders around the world. we've been hearing from the u.s. ambassador to myanmar saying that the military should not carry out any violence, and all detainees should be let go and also even hearing from pope francis, saying he stands with the people of myanmar. >> the turnout and the crowds there in protest really speaks to the popularity of aung san suu kyi as well. as you mentioned, the whole world is watching. president biden here in the states says he's paying close attention to this as well. paula hancocks, i know you'll be
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workers. let's remember we all can do our part to save lives. wear masks. stay socially distanced. get tested. get vaccinated when it's your turn. and most of all, let's remember all those who we've lost. >> president joe biden there thanking frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic and urging americans to wear masks. the president is hoping to fulfill his campaign promise and go big on a much needed covid relief package. he's still hoping for bipartisan support to push his nearly $2 trillion plan through though admits republicans don't seem willing to go as big as he wants. u.s. treasury secretary janet yellen is warning that if congress doesn't act soon, the unemployment rate will likely stay above 4% until at least 2025. cnn's emerging markets editor john defterios joins me now from abu dhabi. john, does the latest jobless report provide momentum for the
biden administration to see a larger stimulus bill completed. >> reporter: well, bianna, it's almost that the bad news now could provide a bigger package and faster from the biden administration although, as you're suggesting in your lead gin there, there's a lot of pushback from the republican party because this nearly matches what we saw in march of last year in the first stimulus package. but biden was responding to the fact that the unemployment report friday had some pretty dire news. let's take a closer look at the full tally. just 49,000 jobs created in january after losing 140,000. so this is well below average as you know. the unemployment rate looks promising at 6.3%, falling from 6.7%, but that's because millions of americans are no longer looking for work. they just don't see the opportunity. and we have nearly 10 million americans out of a job since february 2020. we saw that record low unemployment rate below 3%. so janet yellen, the treasury secretary, was suggesting with this level of dislocation, you have to have something that has
both scale and focus to help the american worker. let's listen to her. >> we have 10 million americans who are unemployed, another 4 million who have dropped out of the labor force, particularly women who have child care responsibilities. we need to reopen our schools, make sure that children aren't falling behind, provide help. we already have way too many small businesses that are closing. we need to provide help to get them to the other side. >> reporter: now, the argument yellen's making, if we get this package through, we could get back to full employment by the end of 2022. the congressional budget office was suggesting it could take to 2024. she was saying without something, the scale could be as long as you're suggesting there, 2025, bianna.
>> of course janet yellen prior to her position as the treasury secretary was the fed chair as well, so this is an area she knows very well and deep. there does seem to be a robust debate about the wider implications of perhaps overdoing this round of spending, most notiably about sparking inflation. what did secretary yellen say about that? >> reporter: i'm glad you flagged she was the fed chair chief and said she's very aware of inflationary threat. but the pushback wasn't coming from the republican party this time. it came from the democrats. lawrence somers, who was u.s. treasury secretary under bill clinton and also served in the obama administration said this level of spending of $2 trillion could unleash inflation we haven't seen in a generation. i remember studying it late 1970s, early 1980s. it took paul volcker who was the fed chair at that time to stamp it out. she said she's aware of all the risks but the biggest risk right now is having this permanent
dislocation of the workers. she seemed to get pretty decent backing from the imf, she's an experienced banker. she'll watch inflation. but it is the threat of not getting jobs again that has to be priority number one. >> kind of comical to see so many republicans citing larry somers of all people in their defense. john defterios, thank you so much. israel's prime minister is returning to court. benjamin netanyahu denies any wrongdoing. ahead, the charges that he'll be facing. plus russian opposition leader alexei navalny has been sentenced to prison and is facing more charges. but his supporters plan to put pressure on the kremlin for the long haul. that's coming up next. help cup. and make love shine even brighter. say hello to valentina. it's the valentine's day gifting event. get 25% off everything.
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supporters of jailed russian opposition leader alexei navalny are hitting pause on protests for now. this weekend has been quiet in russia, but just last weekend we saw huge nationwide demonstrations and police crackdowns. more than 5,000 people were arrested in the biggest show of force the country has seen in years. alexei navalny has been sentenced to more than 2 1/2 years in prison for charges he says are politically motivated, and he was back in court friday
on more charges. here to discuss how this impacts his plan to take on putin and how this all is playing out in russia, i'm joined by the anchor and correspondent at rain tv. that's the only independent news network now in russia covering non-state-run news. and the executive director of navalny's anti-corruption foundation. welcome, both of you. i know that navalny had anticipated a prison sentence was likely upon his return. you said that your plan is to play the long game here, which could be even five years down the road. explain how that will work given what's happening in russia right now. >> the regime of vladimir putin, which is based on economic and political corruption, may seem stable, but it's cracking in different parts, and we believe that discontent of people is
growing. and our strategy is to be the most organized political force when this regime starts to change. and we're gaining support. we are doing investigations. we're turning ourself into a media outlet. we train in organizing mass protests, and that's what will get us there. >> well, your videos have seen record numbers of clicks. the latest video about putin's alleged palace has seen over 100 million clicks, and it has been viewed over 100 million times on youtube. so clearly you have hit a nerve there with russians. but you have actually suspended future protests now until the spring and summer, focusing instead on the upcoming parliamentary elections in september. this comes as you said the income is hurting, incomes are down. so is putin's image in the minds of millions thanks to the navalny videos that you put out.
explain the significance of these elections, especially for putin's party, united russia. >> even though political system in russia is quite oppressed and controlled from kremlin, elections are still a pressure point, an uncertainty point for the authorities, and we plan to use it for chaiampaigning, for trying to get independent candidates into the parliament, and to create awareness of the injustice and corruption of the current regime and the alternative we present. >> this is picking up in cities across the country, we should note. katia, i was glued to your programming over the past few weeks, ever since navalny's arrest. you were covering his arrest, that farce of the trial, his sentencing, all of the protests, including the brutal actions taken by the police. i have to say the reactions from you and your colleagues was what
jumped out at me. it seems as if it took you by surprise. can you describe how so and how these protests seem to extend beyond just navalny? >> yeah, it's not about navalny at all. yeah, of course he is the person who is the hero in russia right now because he's the only person who could be brave enough to come back to russia after he was poisoned and after he understood and it was absolutely clear for him that he would be detained. and he knows, and he understands that he may be poisoned or someone can try to kill him again, and now he's behind bars, and we understand that he is in terrible danger. that's why he is some kind of a, you know, russian new century, new kind of a hero, a new myth and symbol in this country. but, you know, a lot of people, including my friends and lots of people around me, journalists, political analysts, just citizens, they really are
fighting now not for him, but for him to have an opportunity to be on the elections. and to vote against him, for example, the problem is that he is banned from the elections during this, you know, years and years, and he's fighting and nothing happens. and other opposition leaders are -- you know, some people are forced to leave russia. and now the people who are trying to go outside of their rooms and comfortable spaces, they think that this is the time just to say that we are not okay with putin staying in power during 20 years. he's been here for 20 years. can you imagine? and he's planning to stay here in power during, you know, up to 2036. so it's going to be 16 more years, 15 more years.
and people are just trying to say that we need to have a choice, and we need to have an opportunity to vote for navalny or someone else, but to have free elections. that's why it's not just about navalny. it's about the whole system, which is corrupt and which is old and which is, you know -- it's not -- it's not a normal system for millions of russians, including new generation of people who were born after putin became the president already, and this is ridiculous. >> and perhaps navalny was just the catalyst here. but i watch you, and then you contrast that with your counterparts on russian state media. they're barely touching any of this, if at all. it's the final few moments of their hour-long programs and of course they give it a kremlin-endorsed propaganda spin. putin is still quite popular with the older russians who are watching the state news. can you talk about the dynamic among younger russians who are the ones who are coming out to
the streets, as you said, who are saying enough's enough. this is the only president we've known. and those older russians who may say, you know what? we don't have war. i have food to put on the table. let's not rock the boat because who knows what could happen if it's even worse than putin. >> the idea of the propaganda is that remember '90s. the '90s is the period of time for russians which is dangerous, no food, no money, no nothing. and the level of, you know, the criminal level in russia was just terrible in that period of time. so vladimir putin's idea and idea of propaganda is that if you don't vote for putin, if you don't want for stability that putin represents, then you go back to the scales, and dangerous, terrible period of time. so it still works for the people who lived there, who lived in
'90s, but it doesn't work anymore for people who were born, as i said, after putin came to power. so this is the new challenge for vladimir putin's advisers, for his team in the administration of the president because they really don't understand how to talk about this and how to talk with this new generation. they try to be active on tiktok, for example, on instagram and facebook and everywhere, but it's some kind of ridiculous often because, for example, minister of foreign affairs of russia has just posted a new video on tiktok. this is the first video of the minister of foreign affairs, and all the people who watched it, most of them, they really laughed. i mean they don't know how to create this communication. it's really -- it's really complicated for them on the stage. >> it didn't land well. i saw it as well, and i was
embarrassed for them almost that that was the video they put out. quickly, vladimir, how is navalny doing? from what we see when we presents himself in court, he presents himself as having a lot of courage. he even exhibits some sense of humor. how is he doing? >> he is visited daily by his lawyer. he cannot see his family yet. of course we worry for his safety. but from the videos, from the appearances that he had in court, he really is very courageous, and he sends out brave messages to the whole of russians. and the message is don't be afraid. don't put up with injustice and corruption, and we will win. >> well, i will tell you we will continue to follow this story closely. thank you so much for this conversation. really appreciate it. well, israeli prime minister
benjamin netanyahu has arrived at the courthouse this hour to enter a plea in his corruption trial. prosecutors accuse the prime minister of abusing his position to accept and solicit gifts from wealthy friends. they also allege that he tried to influence the media with regularity favors. he has denied all charges. sam kiley has the latest from jerusalem. so, sam, what are the lawyers set to present today? >> reporter: well, essentially today what we're going to see is benjamin netanyahu and his co-accused will be confirming pleas that they've already entered in writing by their lawyers. of course benjamin netanyahu, the israeli prime minister, expected to enter a not guilty plea to three sets of charges relating to essentially the trade, if you like, of political influence through the media is the main case in return for
regulatory favors, which the prosecution will allege led to undue profits of some estimated 280 million u.s. dollars. no allegation that benjamin netanyahu benefited in a pecuniary sense but rather in a political sense. that really is the issue here because not only does he face jeopardy within the courtroom in terms of his trial, but the issue will really be as benjamin netanyahu faces, once again, a general election, here, on march the 23rd. it could be potentially damaging for his election campaign, if a number of prosecution witnesses are wheeled out, whilst he is trying to campaign for re-election. brianna. >> all that and we still have yet to have a phone call between netanyahu and president biden. so, we'll be waiting for that, as well. sam kiley, in jerusalem, thank you so much. well, the weeknd didn't quite
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live, from cnn center, this is cnn "newsroom" with robyn curnow. >> hi. great to have you along. welcome to our viewers here, in the united states, and all around the world. i'm robyn curnow. you are watching cnn. so, from growing covid concerns to an upcoming milestone in american history, we are following several, developing stories across the u.s. but first, in the last few hours, the tampa bay buccaneers have become super bowl champions led by quarterback tom brady. they beat the kansas city chiefs, 31-9. but, before and afte