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children characterized their final moments together. >> it's an epic love story, you know, that they went together in the same day. >> well blanka and juan rodriguez were both 67 years old and our best to their family. in accordance with the adjustment of the senate as follows -- >> now former president trump's finances and freedom are at threat as his legal issues mount. plus after the acquittal is trump's grip on the republican party and the extremism in its ranks here to stay? that is big question. and also tonight the debate on safely reopening schools and whether or not teachers need to be vaccinated before kids can get back to class. i'm pamela brown in
washington. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you are live in the cnn newsroom on this sunday evening, and tonight a source tells cnn president donald trump has been flying under the radar because he's worried about facing charges for his action surrounding the insurrection at the u.s. capitol. but he's already on the radar of the december attorney general as the mountain of evidence continues to grow. let's go straight to cnn crime and justice correspondent jimoan prokupecz. shimon, what are you learning about this? >> yeah, so you have the d.c. attorney general here in the district of columbia here in washington, d.c. that's been looking at some of what the president had said on the day of the insurrection, at the ellipse when he was speaking. the attorney general had said that they were going to be looking at it, but the attorney general has already been investigating the inauguration. remember they've been looking at the finances back from the donald trump inauguration where ivanka trump had to sit for a
deposition. so you have the washington, d.c. attorney general and you also have the new york state attorney general which is conducting a civil investigation into the former president's finances and real estate dealings and some of his loans. you also have civil lawsuits that have been filed against the former president while he was in office. and he used the excuse because he was a sitting president he couldn't be sued, he couldn't face any kind of action as a result of him being the president. that's all gone now. so you have those civil lawsuits. eventually he could be deposed in those civil litigations. but the most important and probably the one investigation that if you talk to people close to the president and you talk to investigators, probably the one that could cause him the most harm is the one being conducted by the manhattan district attorney's office, which is vast. it's wide. it's very complicated and complex investigation because it involves at least 8 years of the former president's finances. it also involves the trump
organization, people close to the former president, his family. they're looking at finances that go back for years with the organization. they're also looking at some of his real estate dealings. they, too, from a criminal perspective are looking at some of his loans and some of the ways in which he used perhaps some of his real estate deals to get some of these loans. so it's complex. it's going to take some time. that is still very much ongoing. that investigation is so complex, pam, that the manhattan da's office hired outside forensic accountants to look at that investigation. and remember the supreme court has yet to rule and decide on finally whether or not the manhattan da's office can get the former president's tax returns. so we're still waiting for that. i mean, when you think about it we could spend hours talking about how much the former president is facing in terms of civil investigations and that manhattan d.a. criminal probe.
>> so basically he didn't face political punishment with a convictions, but he could face legal punishment. we shall see. shimon, i know you'll be staying on top of that. thank you so much. well, beyond further potential fall out for donald trump what comes next? for a clearly divided republican party. cnn's suzanne malrow is following developments on capitol hill tonight. after mitch mcconnell scorched president trump yesterday lindsey graham rushed to offer support to the former president. where are things headed? >> reporter: there's definitely a period of reckoning in the gop at this time. senator lindsey graham minority leader mitch mcconnell is going to have to answer to that speech he gave, saying that he was practically and morally responsible for the u.s. capitol attacks, that being trump and he said this is the kind of thing going to be used for campaign advertisements in 2022.
he said trump is the future of the party. he spoke to the former president and says he'll be visiting mar-a-lago. interestingly enough, pam, graham sl of the mind there should be some sort of independent commission, bipartisan commission similar to the 9/11 commission to investigate what are the facts in the unanswered questions. there are democrats also agree what did trump know at the time the violence was unfolding? why didn't he do anything to protect his vice president? why didn't he immediately call for reinforcements when u.s. capitol police were in trouble? graham believes the answers to those questions in a commission will exonerate the former president. senator chris coons believe it will be a different story. >> there's still more evidence people need and deserve to hear and a 9/11 commission is the way to make sure that we secure the capitol going forward and that we lay bare the record of just how responsible and how abjectly violating of his constitutional oath president trump really was.
>> reporter: now, a commission of this sort would be independent. it would be able subpoena witnesses, videos, all kinds of things to try to come up with this common narrative that the public could essentially trust. now, having covered the 9/11 commission report back in the day, there were two challenges there. first, the commission always came back to congress asking for more time and more money. would this congress be willing to give what is necessary to do that type of investigation? and secondly, it was a time when the country was united after the september 11th attacks. it is a very different type of atmosphere here, wlorgt you could get those kind of independent and bipartisan folks to be part of such a commission. and pam, i should let you know i just spoke with representative david cicilline, one of the house impeachment managers who said, look, he too believes there should be a 9/11 commission. but the democrats when they come back from their recess they're going to be focusing on covid relief and economic stimulus package and getting people back to work. >> and of course a commission
like that would just keep trump front and center. live for us from capitol hill, thanks. and joining me now with more is cnn senior political analyst ron brownstein. also with me former republican congressman from utah mia love. mitch mcconnell made that fiery speech condemning trump just moments after voting to acquit him. are harsh words like at a time like this effective, or is it a time for more action from party leaders? what exactly was he trying to accomplish there? >> look, there's no doubt in my mind knowing mitch mcconnell, working with mitch mcconnell he's incredibly smart. and i believe his number one job is to do everything he can to gain majority back in the senate. i think that's what he's trying to give people a path to do to say, look, you need to go in your districts and listen to
your constituents, and it's okay if you move away from the president. your job is to make sure that you gain a seat in the senate. and i think that that is where his focus is. as opposed to maybe someone like lindsey graham who either feels like he wants to run for office and needs those supporters or feels like he has got something to do to make up to the president for not -- for voting to certify the election. so i think that there are two different priorities there, but i would not count out what mitch mcconnell was doing. he doesn't do anything just for the sake of doing it. >> yeah. it's interesting, too. lindsey graham right after the riots he said something to the effect of trump is part of the problem not the solution, now he's running to go be with him in florida saying he's the future of the party. ron, you wrote this really interesting piece on cnn.com in the wake of trump's acquittal asking a very pointed question. is the gop's extremist wing now too big to fail? how worrying is this?
>> look, i think you have to look at the decision by 43 of the 50 republican senators and virtually all of the republican house members not to sanction trump after his instigated, incited and really kind of pointed the fuse of a riot aimed at them. you have to look at that in the context of what house republicans just did on marjorie taylor green, where they accepted into the caucus someone who's not only said the things she's done, but harassed david hogg and in all of these ways as counter terrorism experts have said to me, they are normalizing extreme political behavior, the tolerance of violence, the tolerance of conspiracy theories. you see in the new polling out from the american enterprise institute this week that half of republicans say it was antifa that stormed the capitol, and more than half of republican voters agree that the american way of life is disappearing so fast we may have to use force to save it. i think all of this, pam, adds
up to a very ominous conclusion. republican leaders have concluded they are too dependent on voters drawn to these kind of conspiracy theories and kind of extreme actions to fully confront them. and mcconnell's cynicism in basically saying we can't convict trump because he's out of office after he himself delayed the trial until trump was out of office really underscores that point. >> mia, what do you think about that? >> well, there's a lot to say about that. but i do think that where i think all of us are correct here is that the extreme parts of the party, the representative greens, their voice will continue to be loud. and they'll continue to have a presence as long as people aren't talking about what republicans actually stand for. if they do not get away from president donald trump and start talking about fiscal discipline, limited government, personal responsibility, all of the
things that republicans usually talk about, what they stand for the reason why i put an "r" behind my name when i ran for congress, those voices will be completely drowned out by the extreme ends of the group. so if it were up to me people like liz cheney really should be actually just praised for standing up and saying, look, we're independent thinkers. i think that he was absolutely wrong, i'm going to vote for impeachment instead of being chastised for her, i believe, the vote she felt was the right vote. >> but, ron, from what i gathered from your article it's that the direction of republicans of the base is moving more away from the liz cheney types, the more mainstream republicans. it seems as though they're moving away from them. you talked about the polling and the data about, you know, the american way of life, they feel
like they're losing it so they need to do something. it seems as though that's kind of the direction this is headed for republicans. >> right. the treadmill of the republican party is on, as i've said, is donald trump has addicted the entire party to the drug he's pushing. it's not only donald trump but republicans everywhere who's been losing ground among white collar suburbanites who now look at this party and question whether they belong in the same party as marjorie taylor greene. and virtually all republicans running for office as lindsey graham is reflecting needs massive turnout among the trump base. and the trump base includes a lot of voters drawn to conspiracy theories, open to violence as a way of advancing political goals. and as a result they i think have become much more leery about making a clear stand, a drawing a bright line against the influences of those forces in the party. look at kevin mccarthy based on the evidence that we have as the rioters were rampaging through the capitol, he called the
president looking for help. and the president scorned him, basically said i'm more with the rioters than i am with you, and yet he still felt the need to go down to mar-a-lago and bend a knee to trump. and i think that is inic-dive of where the bal offence power in the party is heading if they don't find a way to re-establish barriers between themselves and this kind of extremism. they've done it before. they did it in the '60s, but right now there's simply not the will in the republican party. you can really see that i think in these twin decisions on trump and marjorie taylor greene. >> given that reality, how does a republican like you survive politically given where the base is going, what ron just laid out? >> look, i think that we just need a place for the base to go. i believe that -- i refuse to believe the republican party's over. this country needs a two-party system to debate ideas, to make
sure that our country functions correctly. we do not want a one-party system. so it is to all of our benefits that we do preserve the republican party. but with that being said, i think that as long as as there are people that are willing to stand up and say, hey, by the way this is wrong, this is what we believe in, by the way we are not what you saw on january 6th, we are much better than that, much more compassionate than that, we care about people. and when it comes to the house of representatives, which was attacked, when it comes to the capitol which was attacked, that house doesn't belong to donald trump. it doesn't even belong to the legislators. it belongs to the people. it's time for us to get back to taking care of people and getting away from both extreme ends of parties. >> all right, ron brownstein, former congresswoman mia love, thank you very much. >> thank you. and join us tuesday night when president joe biden joins anderson cooper live in milwaukee for an exclusive
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well, today cdc director dr. rochelle walensky said that all americans should be able to get the coronavirus vaccine by the end of the summer. so far nearly 53 million doses of the covid vaccine have been administered in the u.s. and today's total makes for a se seven-day average of about 1.6 million doses per day. well above biden's baseline of a
million daily shots. and in another promising sign hospitalizations continue to decline. on saturday just under 70,000 patients were hospitalized with covid nationwide, but that is still above the spring and summer peaks. deaths are also down but remain at an alarming level. yesterday the virus claimed 3,313 lives here in the united states. that is still so high. i am joined now by infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist dr. celine gounder. she was also a member of the biden transition covid advisory board. i'm wondering as you look at these number trending down -- they're still too high but they're trending down -- do you think that's here to stay potentially? we just keep going, down, down on the numbers? we're finally a good spot with the pandemic in that regard? >> pamela, i think this is really a reflection of the behavior from a couple weeks ago. we know there's a lag between the time when people are
exposed, transmit and later when they develop illness or hospitalize and die. so what we're really seeing is the surge from thanksgiving, from christmas, from new year's, that is settling down so we are seeing the numbers trend down. now, how things look in the future really does depend on what we do. so if we go back to socializing with family and friends the way we did over the holidays, you'll see another surge. >> even with the vaccines and everything you still think so? >> we are nowhere near herd immunity right now. 53 million shots in arms is amazing, don't get me wrong. and the current administration is really on track to meet its goal and then some of 100 million shots in arms by 100 days, but that is still nowhere near the 75, 80% of americans who need to be vaccinated for herd immunity. so we should not confuse the trends we're seeing for an effect from the vaccine. >> okay, i see what you're
saying. don't put your guard down because you're seeing this trend. reopening schools is obviously one of the most contentious pandemic issues. here's the cdc chief this morning on teacher vaccinations. here's what she said. >> so i am a strong advocate of teachers receiving their vaccinations, but we don't believe it's a prerequisite for schools to reopen. >> do you agree with that approach? >> yeah, i do agree with dr. walensky. we've seen and learned a lot over the last year, what works, doesn't work. we've learned a lot about the virus. so we feel pretty confident at this point as long as you can support schools with the resources they need to mask, to enforce mask wearing, to appropriately ventilate classrooms and distance kids in the classroom, we've seen that schools have been able to reopen safely, and that's even without mass testing, without vaccination. the big if there is whether we are supporting schools the way
they need to do this safely. >> so it was interesting because if you look through the guidelines of what we heard from walensky today, they're safe with the proper precautions, that was a key phrase that we hear about schools. but actual implementation is very inconsistent. the cdc's weekly report says only about 60% of high school and middle school students are reliably masked. she talked about mask breaching. it seems like there are no good answers, though, for parents who want a simple answer. that doesn't exist right now in terms of schools reopening. >> i think one of the challenges we know that schools are not funded at the same level across this country. a lot of school funding comes from local property taxes. so some school districts are going to have a lot more funding available to do these things than others. and that's not equitable. there is going to need to be additional resources from the federal government to help support this. and then to your point about compliance with mask wearing, this is where parents really
need to step up because they need to be telling their kids, look, i want you in school and you're going to have to mask to make that happen. if you really want your kids in school, that needs to be the message. so this is really a joint effort. >> i want to ask you, too, given all the variants and everything that's come about that if you go out now with a mask on and you practice social distancing and so forth, how much more likely are you to get covid, to come down with one of the variants than before the variants? if you compare before the variants came before now how much more likely are you to get covid? >> the u.k. variant spreading quickly and widely in the country right now that's the one in a sense we're most worried about. it's about 50% more infectious than the old school coronavirus that we've seen transmitting. and this new u.k. variant is on trend to become the dominant strain here in the united states by the end of march. and that means we are going to
see very likely a new surge at the end of march and into april of new case, hospitalizations and deaths. and this is precisely way regardless of what's happening with vaccination we really do need to be doubling down right now on mask wearing, social distancing, ventilation, all the things we've been talking about for the past year. >> so what i hear you saying is it's a lot riskier now going to the grocery store even if you're masked than it was before the u.k. variant, for example? >> this is right. that's why dr. fauci, dr. walensky had been talking about this double mask wearing to help make sure you're properly protected. >> dr. celine gounder, thank you so much. and coming up in just a few minutes from now i'm going to talk to a 12-year-old boy who's now taking part in a new trial to test the effectiveness of the vaccines on young kids. and i'm going to ask him why he wanted to participate. well, only seven republican
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well, seven republican senators cast a guilty vote against former president trump drawing another line in the sand for this standoff within the gop that revolves around trump and the future of the party. but believe it or not there's another group of seven republicans in congress who once took a similar stand.
joining me now is william cohen. he served as secretary of defense under president bill clinton, but before that he was one of seven republicans on the house judiciary committee who voted to impeach president richard nixon for abuse of power. nixon resigned, of course, before the white house could vote -- or the whole house, i should say, could vote. so thank you so much for coming on. you decided that impeaching president nixon would be the right move. despite the fact that he was the face of your party. what is your message to the 43 republican senators who didn't vote to impeach trump? >> i think you need to be loyal to your oath and that is to protect and defend the constitution not any one person certainly not any one president. with richard nixon in retrospect was almost a petty thief in comparison to donald trump who i think is guilty of grand larceny at the minimum. but i want to say that the republican party likes to
portray that it's a party of law and order. it is anything but because former president trump bent or broke virtually every law on the books or changed the rules to accommodate his own desires. i just want to take a second to praise jamie raskin in particular along with all of the house managers. they made a case that was persuasive. it was passionate. it was powerful, and it was persuasive. they made a case that i think was overwhelming. and yet the republicans in the senate majority voted against them. and it reminds me of law school. first day of law school the dean said to us any connection between law and justice is purely coincidental. and i saw evidence of that this saturday because justice would to have convicted president trump and not to have found him not guilty. >> you don't buy the constitutional argument that,
oh, yeah, his behavior was bad, it was deplorable but we can't because of the constitution, we can't convict him? >> only one person said that that i can recall on the floor and that was senator mitch mcconnell. and i agree with almost everything senator mcconnell said in terms of his condemnation of donald trump. what i didn't agree with him was that he has not gotten away with it. donald trump has gotten away with every single thing he has done in four years including calling upon putin to help him in 2016. including calling upon president zulinsky to dig up dirt on his opponent joe biden, including the secretary of state of georgia to commit a crime. he's gotten away with every single one including calling on his mob to storm the capitol in order to overturn the government. he's gotten away with all of that, and those republicans who refuse to speak out -- i didn't hear anyone else other than the
seven including susan collins, my good friend and leader in this respect -- i didn't hear any other republicans coming out and condemning his actions. and he's gotten away with breaking the law consistently, paying hush money to stormy daniels -- >> i just want to be clear, though, did you want more republicans who voted to convict to speak out like mitch mcconnell? or do you think that they should have voted to convict and that the constitutional argument had no bearing, that that should have been put aside and they should have voted to convict? i just want to make sure i understand correctly. >> the weight on that issue is congress has the power under the impeachment clause to punish or not even punish, to purge the congress, to purge this country of the kind of behavior represented by donald trump. that was the reason for the impeachment. not to punish but to purge. and they had failed to do that,
so now he's lining up to run again. well, they're going to stand with him or let's say with susan collins or mitch mcconnell or others. and i just want to say if i were running a campaign i would do two things. i would take a portrait of eisenhower on one slide with the storming of omaha beach and then i'd put a picture of donald trump and the storming of the capitol and say to my republican friends you pick which candidate you want to be for or be like. which republican are you, one who believes in law and order or believes like donald trump in trying to overthrow the government? make that choice which way the party goes. >> i get a feeling of sense of urgency from you about this. how much of the votes of those 43 republicans was about political survival, what they thought was best for their political futures versus what they thought was actually the right thing to do? >> i think there were two things. some of them were complicit in
the sense they agreed with what trump has done. others were simply fearful he's going to organize his supporters to go after them either politically or in body. they have a lot of threats that have been made to individuals. i think some of them fear for their families and their lives. others believe that donald trump represents the future of the republican party, if he does and if that's going to be the party i think it'll be smaller and narrower and probably more violent than ever before. >> and would you still consider yourself a republican? >> i consider myself a bob dole, howard baker, colin powell, john mccain, that kind of republican. not a cult republican. >> former secretary robert cohen, thank you so much. >> good to be with you. as the u.s. ramps up vaccinations, kids are not yet widely getting these critical shots, but that could change soon. i'm going to talk to 12-year-old kaleb chung who's part of a new trial when we come back.
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well, so far the u.s. has given more than 38 million people at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine. but that doesn't include young children. astrazeneca now plans to test its vaccine on kids as young as 6, and right now duke university is testing the pfizer vaccine in 2,000 children between 12 and 15 years old. and one of those children is caleb chung, and he joins me now along with his father who's also a pediatrician, dr. richard chung. welcome to both of you. thanks so much for coming onto tell us your story. >> thanks for having us, pamela. >> so caleb, let's start with you. how did this come about, when did you get the vaccine and how are you feeling right now? >> well, earlier i think in early december my dad told me about the vaccine trial and gave me some insight into how it
would play out, and just him telling me about this really motivated me to participate in it. >> and so you've had both of your shots. how are you feeling now? >> i'm feeling perfectly normal. after i got my two shots i felt a few symptoms for about like a day or two, like some light pain and arm pain and like some headaches. but other than that, not really much long-term. >> so dr. chung, tell us. you're a doctor, you're a father obviously. what went your decision to let caleb take part in this trial? >> like caleb said it was early december and some of my colleagues actually at duke as mentioned are participating in the actual clinical trial site, and we heard they were moving the age group down to 12 to 15 age group.
as i heard about it as a pediatrician throughout the pandemic we've been advocating for kids to be front and center in a lot of the planning and really ushering the vaccine for kids as soon as possible as well. i would say particularly as a dad i think throughout this year i've seen caleb weather the storm of this pandemic quite admirably. it hasn't been easy for sure, but it's been something he's gotten through. but i really wanted him to feel like he could do something specific? you know, it's a very dis-empower thing this pandemic particularly for a 12-year-old kind of going through a critical time period in life, so this seemed like a wonderful opportunity for him to push back specifically, in fact literally no adult could do for him. only kids can make these trials work. so i brought it to him, we talked about it. took about a day to kind of think on it, and pretty quickly he was onboard. >> so did it feel empowering to
you, caleb? >> yes, definitely a great opportunity for something that i could do during the pandemic since i'm usually just cooped up at home just werorking on onlin school. and just having the burden oof the virus over all of us, just being able to participate in this vaccine trial was definitely something amazing that i could do to help out. >> that's amazing. were you nervous at all? >> only a little bit. like i didn't really at first know how the vaccine trial worked or, like, how i heard this vaccine is a little bit different. like the trials were a little bit different and the vaccine itself works a little bit differently than others in the past. but after studying up more on, like, the side effects and just how the things i'd be required
to do, i just decide today go ahead and proceed with doing the vaccine trial. >> and what do you hope your contribution will have, what kind of impact do you hope it will have? >> well, i really hope that other kids hopefully around my age group or even younger will be motivated to get the vaccine once it becomes more widely available because i know some people and maybe some kids and maybe their parents as well don't feel comfortable with them having the vaccine. but, like, if they see people like me and all the other kids participating in these kinds of trials maybe they'll be motivated to get their own kid to get the same vaccine. >> wow, you are a remarkable young man, caleb chung and dr. chung, thank you. thank you so much for coming onto share this really important story, and we wish you the best. >> thanks for having us.
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