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they think there could be a fourth wave? why? the variants. they've seen 20 cases of different strains just last week, and that number has already doubled. a sobering warning tonight. thanks so much to all of you for being with us. "ac360" starts right now. good evening. john berman in for anderson. we begin with the latest on tiger woods and his condition after a car crash that authorities say could have easily been fatal. fortunately, it was not. but even a cursory look at the wreckage shows how bad it was, and how close one of the game's greatest came to losing it all on a dangerous stretch of california road. nick watt joins us. go ahead. >> reporter: we don't know what went wrong. he was driving down the road,
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hit the curb, flipped, and ended up behind that bush. the sheriff points out that between the point where he crossed the median and where he landed is a few hundred feet. which suggests he was going at a greater speed than normal. but the sheriff points out, this is a downhill, windy road, and accidents around here are not unc uncommon. early morning, a winding, downhill stretch of road. tiger woods was alone in the suv, trapped. >> the first contact was with the center median, went across a lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there were several rollovers. he was alive and conscious. >> it was my understanding that he had serious injuries to both legs. >> reporter: the first call came in just past 7:00 a.m., pacific
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time. emergency personnel on the scene within minutes. >> we used an ax to pry him from the vehicle. he was taken from the vehicle with a collar and backboard. he was transported in serious but stable condition. >> reporter: less than ten miles to the hospital. no sobriety test due to his injuries. >> no evidence of impairment at this point in time. >> reporter: woods lives in florida. so why was he on the west coast? you can almost read the words genesis invitational on the door of that crumpled suv. woods was hosting that tournament, just a few miles up the coast. it ended sunday. he wasn't playing, but spoke about his chances of making it to the masters in april. the scene of his most famous triumphs. >> seven weeks from today, his final round of the masters. are you going to be there? >> god, i hope so.
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i have to get there first. >> yesterday, woods was back on the golf course. dwyane wade posted this video. >> got tiger, thank you for teaching me something. how good am i? or how bad am i? >> good. >> reporter: tuesday morning, this. not life-threatening, we're told. but a blow to all the world of sports. golf legend jack nicklaus tweeting, barbara and i just heard about tiger's accident. and like everyone else, we're deeply concerned. we want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers. please join us in wishing tiger a successful surgery, and all the best for a full recovery. >> nick watt is back with us. you're the first reporter i've had a chance to talk to at the scene itself. can you show us around a little bit more, and give us a sense of
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the distances and where the car ended up? >> reporter: yeah, it's actually kind of staggering to see just how far this car traveled. i was on the other side of the bush before the package. looks like the car flipped and rolled multiple times. through this whole area. we see all of this devastation through here, where the car has rolled. knocked this tree down, and where the car eventually ended up is just down over there where that other reporter is standing. i'm going to walk over here now. this is where the car eventually ended up. that is a huge distance. as i say, the thing that really sticks in my mind is that the sheriff said it rolled multiple times. multiple times through this undergrowth before eventually coming to rest just over there. john? >> how far away is the road from where you are? >> reporter: so the road is
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about 20 feet over this way. so he was heading down, crossed the median. it is a few hundred feet. i would be really interested to know how many times this car rolled. but, yeah, it is a long way that tiger woods was alone in this car as it was rolling. spinning through this undergrowth, landing up down there. >> it's so helpful to see this. one thing to point out, we heard from law enforcement investigators, they found no skid marks on the roads there. so if he was traveling at high speeds, there's no physical evidence they've seen yet that he jammed the brakes or anything, right? >> reporter: that's right. the sheriff said there were no skid marks on the road. and he was choosing his words carefully, but he said based on this distance, he did say that it would appear that mr. woods was traveling at, i think his
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words were, a greater speed than normal. but this is a downhill stretch, your car will pick up momentum and speed, perhaps without you realizing it. >> and this is a stretch where they do see accidents, and we have heard from drivers saying they find themselves going faster than they even realize, right? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. and, you know, listen, i'm a fast driver. it is easy to see on this road how you could be tempted to drive fast. it's a perfect, flawless su surface, it was downhill, early in the morning. it's easy to see how you could without knowing it end up going faster than you realize. but as i mentioned before, we still don't know exactly what the initial reason was for him to, for tiger woods to somehow lose control of his car. the sheriff said it may be a few
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weeks, the investigation is ongoing, before we figure out what went wrong. and you can imagine they will be talking to tiger woods himself to try to figure out what exactly happened. >> in fact, the press briefing, the first one, ended not long ago. what did learn from the first deputy on the scene? >> reporter: well, it was fascinating. carlos gonzalez was the first person here. and as in often the case, the first few people talked to the victim to try to keep him calm. carlos said he asked the man hushis name, and woods said, tiger. he said woods didn't seem particularly concerned by his inj injuries, he mentioned that could be just shock. but looking at the car, at woods, all of this i've just shown you, he said mr. woods is very fortunate to have come out of this alive. >> nick watt, we'll talk to
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sanjay in a minute to talk about that level of response from tiger woods means for his medical condition. thank you for being there for us, and giving us a sense of what the scene looks like. it really paints a picture of just how much worse this could have been. terrific reporting, thanks so much. you saw dwyane wade, and tiger woods with that glorious smile. wade spoke minutes ago. >> i had an unbelievable opportunity this weekend, and i picked up the golf club, like many in the black community, because of tiger woods. i got that opportunity yesterday to get out there and he taught me a few things. hopefully it translates. but to be out there with the g.o.a.t., in my eyes, in the sport. and to talk to him about sam and
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charlie and his father, it was a great day. i woke up today so proud to be able to post that moment for the world. and give a little snippet of our moment together. and i took a nap, i woke up and i woke up to the news. and so, just like everybody out there, my thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. we were all shaken at that moment, not knowing, you know, what happened with tiger. so just my prayers go out to him. and hopefully a speedy recovery for him. and hopefully he'll get a chance to get back to doing what he loves, the game of golf. and i'm thankful he took the opportunity to play with me yesterday. >> and josh, what are you learning about the extent of woods' injuries? >> reporter: very serious injuries. he was brought to this level one trauma center, which serves the
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south bay area in los angeles. we were reporting earlier that woods had received compound fractures to one or two legs. we're also hearing that the injuries include a shattered ankle, two broken legs, and two leg fractures. so very serious injuries, obviously brought here for medical care. and i want to go back to something you were pointing out, when you look at everything that transpired, a vehicle going downhill, across oncoming traffic, into this area with all these trees and vegetation. it's a mereiracle that the injus weren't worse or even fatal. and tiger woods is no stranger to injuries. just last month, he had back surgery, that was the fifth surgery of his career. it's worth noting that over the weekend, he was talking to cbs and said he hoped he would be well enough to take part in the masters at augusta in april.
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of course now, this accident raises serious questions about what his condition will be after the crash this morning. >> my eyes keep glancing down at the pictures of the car being raised up by the crane there. there's no front to the car anymore. you get a sense of how much worse this could have been. the extensive damage to the car itself. which leads to tiger woods and his condition. josh, thanks so much. let's turn to dr. sanjay gupta. first of all, you know, it's good news compared to what i think we all feared earlier today. let's just say that. and we hope as the evening progresses, we learn more about tiger woods improving. but what is most concerning about his injuries so far? >> you know, they described his condition as being serious condition. which typically means that while it's not critical, he's having
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these periods of time where his vital signs may have become unstable. usually when you're talking about significant fractures like this, that's because of the bleeding that is associated with that. a significant amount of bleeding from the bone fractures in the legs. and also, they described them as a compound fracture, which is an open fracture, and the bone protrudes from the skin. that is something that would have been noticeable at the time of the injury. and that needs to be treated very quickly. but as you point out, there were lots of other clues. i was listening to the news conferences today, the deputy who arrived was talking to tiger woods, described him as calm and lucid. he checked him for his orientation to person, place, and time. he could tell him who he was, knew where he was and what time it was.
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and his ability to breathe, they were able to get him out, extricate him through the windshield, and put him on a spine board, and probably put a neck collar on him. these are things you do as a precautionary measure. and it sounds like, we don't know for sure, we only know at that point in time what the ems sort of saw, and what the hospital's assessment revealed, we don't know. but his fractures, possible nerve damage, we'll find out. >> what are the types of things that might be found later? >> you know, when someone has a car accident like this, and the car crumpled the way that it's supposed to. it decelerates more slowly because the front end absorbs more energy. he was wearing a seat belt, the
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airbags were deployed. but you still have to do a full assessment, scanning his brain, checking for any other broken bones or organ injuries. was there an injury to the spleen or the liver? anything else, any other broken bones. when someone is removed from a vehicle like this, you have this scoop and run mentality. you do some assessment at the scene and you stabilize, but then most of the assessment is done at the hospital, looking from head to toe to see if there are any other injuries. you have to assume there are more injuries given the mechanism of the accident. hopefully there's not. i think we know from josh's reporting that tiger woods went into surgery shortly after he arrived at the hospital. most likely, if it happened that quickly, it was to address significant bleeding, which
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would have also been the reason his vital signs were fluctuating a bit. >> we keep seeing extraordinary pictures from the scene. this is investigators measuring, and the vehicle being lifted up. and nick watt gave us a tour of the scene. he pointed out how far the vehicle rolled, well, well off the roadway, into the brushes and the bush here. the front of the car, completely crushed. the cabin itself was relatively intact. that may be what saved tiger woods' life. the jaws of life, despite what was first reported, not necessary. they did use some kind of device to pry him out. one of the things they said at the news conference, and i could tell this was of great interest to you, is the fact that tiger woods, when they reached him, was conscious and talking. how much can you read into that? >> yeah, quite a bit. you know, again, i think you're
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getting a snapshot in time. and we always talk about this in trauma care, that, you know, what was the situation at the time, knowing full well that people either because of injuries that have not yet been assessed could have periods where they just decompensate. you always have to be thinking about that. but it was interesting to hear, and i paid pretty close attention. a call came in at 7: 12 a.m. and the deputy arrived at 7:22 a.m. people were saying, he wasn't standing. that is not surprising at all in these situations. you wouldn't ask someone to stand. you have to assume there are all these other injuries, including
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spinal cord injury. that's why someone would go straight on to the backboard, and the collar. and there are a couple of other clues. they transported him by ground, this gives you some indication of their level of concern. they took him to a trauma center. harbor ucla, which is a little further away from a closer hospital. it's a trauma center, but further away. they're saying he can tolerate the transport to the trauma center, that's a better place for him to be, and we're not worried about the extra transport time. all of those things give you a clue about how the medical professionals are thinking. then he gets to the hospital, and that's where you have the full assessment. c.a.t. scans, a blood assessment, how quickly does he
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need to get to the operating room? that all happens pretty quickly after he gets to the hospital. >> sanjay, thank you so much for helping us understand the bits of information that have come through. and now, bob costas joins us. it's an honor to speak with you. i wish it was better circumstances, but it's better tonight than i think it felt for a lot of us this afternoon. when you first heard that tiger woods was in this accident with this scant information that we had, and the pictures of the mangled car, what went through your mind? >> yeah, when you see those pictures and the car and the condition it was in, and this was even before we had nick watt and what you just showed us, and we got a sense of how long a distance was traversed, tumbling over and over from the road into the woods where they found the car. but even just looking at that visual initially, and hearing
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erroneously that they were talking about having used the jaws of life to extricate tiger. at that point, we didn't know whether he was conscious or not. we now know that he was. we now know that the injuries are not life-threatening, but they most surely are career-threatening, if we're talking about him ever again playing competitive golf at anything like his previous level. >> it's sometimes cliche to say that someone or something transcends sport. but tiger woods does more than transcend sport. it's an icon, and for three decades now in one form or other, has just been a huge figure in our culture. >> well, if he didn't transcend sports, then this would be an item, it would be no less significant on an individual human level, but it would be an
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item on the news instead of the lead for hours and hours on cnn and elsewhere. when there's news elsewhere. people are intensely interested in this, not just because of his exce excellence, it's a combination of factors. it's a combination of factors. it's his excellence. but it's also the charisma and compelling presence, something he has in common with someone like michael jordan and just a few others. and his story, athletically and personally, with this being the latest chapter, has all kinds of drama, all kinds of peaks and valleys to it. so it's a compelling story, you need not know the difference between a sand wedge and a 3 iron to be interested in tiger woods and to know who he is. >> no, it's his strength on the golf course that made him famous. it's his occasional weakness and
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frailty that makes him human. and i think more interesting and more relatable in many ways to the american people. and we saw it, and we lived through it. it was 2009, obviously, when he had a failed marriage, and had to apologize to his family and to the world. what he went through. then it was ten years until he won another major. but that comeback was one of the most remarkable things in sports, bob. >> yeah. and people love a comeback story. generally speaking, they love a comeback story in sports. they love it on a personal level if the person's story is dramatic enough. and widely understood, as tiger's was. it had all those elements. there was a time just from a strictly golf standpoint when it seemed almost certain he would go past the great jack nicklaus. he had won 14 majors in the
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space of barely more than a decade. and even then, hobbling on a bad leg, he was hobbling around in the playoff round against mediate, which was a drama in and of itself. it's often the greats who give the lesser lights their moments. taking nothing away from rocco mediate. if there was someone else he was battling to win the u.s. open, it was compelling. but mediate, going stroke for stroke, into a playoff round against the great tiger woods. that was tiger's 14th. then he goes, as you say, a decade, when he was once rattling them off, multiple majors in the space of a year. now he goes a decade before winning his 15th. what was once a foregone conclusion, now he's almost certainly stalled at 15.
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and nicklaus is safe. >> mediate said he almost made a deal with the devil, but tiger had already done that. and the video from dwyane wade, golfing with -- the smile that rad radiated, to hear dwyane wade say that he took up golf like so many african-americans because of tiger woods. that's pretty remarkable. >> he broke the course record,
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as i remember, with the tournament record in 1997. augusta national had only admitted its first african-american member several years earlier, 1990. and now it's 1997. think of the symbolism of him walking up the 18th fairway. for all the majesty of augusta, all the history, and it's set apart from every other course and tournament. but it embodies in many ways, especially then, the antebellum south. all the caddies fwere black, noe of the players were black, all the members were white men. they didn't admit women until many years after, into the 21st century. think of the symbolism when tiger woods wins at augusta for his first major in 1997. it didn't spark as much of a
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widespread interest in golf in the black community, so far as we can measure it, there were academies in inner cities and outreach. and there was some increased interest. but certainly among those with the means, and it's as much sometimes about class as it is about race. people like dwyane wade and michael jordan have the means. but those with the means can play golf more readily than those without. but i certainly understand what dwyane wade is saying. he sees tiger woods, he sees someone on tv at the tournament that he can more readily relate to than someone else. so there you go. >> bob costas, let's hope someday that we talk about a ben hogan-like comeback. and even if we don't, let's hope that tiger woods gets his life back. that's more important. thanks so much for being with us. >> okay, john. as we've been talking about, tiger woods was professional golf's superhero at his zenith.
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but in 2019, he couldn't imagine playing all five rounds at the then-upcoming ryder cup. >> i don't play five sessions anymore. i just don't. that's a young man's game. i couldn't move. there were times when i couldn't stand up. when i did, i saw a guy that couldn't move very well. hunched over, and needed help to get around the house, to go to the bathroom. and just anything. and that was a long period of time. so very thankful that those dark days are behind me. >> here's "360's" randi kaye talking about tiger woods. >> reporter: he's one of the greatest golfers of all time,
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and perhaps one of the greatest athletes, too. it all started before he even turned 2, when his father began teach him golf. around that time, he putted with bob hope on the mike douglas show. tiger woods first turned professional in 1996 at the age of 20. less than a year later, he was number one in the world. in all, he has won 15 major golf tournaments. trailing only jack nicklaus, who has 18. he was also the youngest player to achieve the career grand slam. and is expected to be inducted into the world golf hall of fame this year. tiger's fame kept him in the headlines, but not all of it was positive. his image took a hit in 2009 when his suv struck a fire hydrant outside his florida home. a neighbor called 911. >> okay, is he trapped inside of the vehicle?
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>> no, they're laying on the ground. >> reporter: his wife had taken a golf club to the back of the suv's window. she said it was to free him. there were rumors that tiger had been unfaithful. and he left this voice mail for the las vegas waitress he had been seeing. >> hey, it's tiger. i need you to do me a huge favor. can you please take your name off your phone? my wife may be calling you. >> reporter: he later apologized for infidelity. and later, back pain sidelined him. in 2017, police found him asleep at the wheel on a florida road. his car was still running. his speech was slurred, the police report said. and pain pills were in his
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system. he would later say he didn't know how strong the medication was, and pled guilty to reckless driving, and took full responsibility for his actions. tiger fought his way back. going on to win his first major in 11 years. the 2019 masters championship. >> there was a time where i didn't think it would happen again, until this last procedure. i don't know how long i'm going to do it for. i'm going to enjoy it every step of the way. >> reporter: but his back pain returned, leading to yet another surgery last month. but he went golfing with dwyane wade monday. >> got tiger, thank you for teaching me something. >> reporter: as tiger woods fights to recover in the hospital, family, friends, and fans can only hope there are more good times ahead. randi kaye, cnn, west palm
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beach, florida. >> and for more on what happened at the accident scene, i'm joined by los angeles county fire chief, darrell osby. you said when tiger was found, he was in serious condition, but stable enough to get to a trauma center. can you tell us a little bit more on how he was situated when your team got to him? >> yes. thank you for the question. when my personnel arrived at the scene, they arrived and the vehicle was turned over on the passenger side, with significant front end damage. tiger was unable to extricate, so we helped try the metal from around his legs. they also used an ax to break out the windshield at the same
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time they were taking precautions for potential neck and back injuries. they were able to get him on a backboard, splint his legs, and transport him to a trauma center. the reason we took him there is because the mechanism of the injury, it was a turned over vehicle with significant injuries, and that requires a trauma center transportation. the reason we did not take him to the nearest hospital, he had significant injuries, but they weren't life-threatening. if they were, if we were unable to control his airway, then we would have taken him to the nearest hospital. >> at what point did they realize tiger woods was in the car? >> a deputy from the sheriff's department arrived first, and he spoke to mr. woods, and he had identified himself as tiger. but then it was also brought to
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my attention, once my responders arrived, because we know tiger woods is a very famous golf player, they recognized him immediately. >> and despite the first reports, the jaws of life were not eused. but your team had to pry him out of the car, and i understand an ax was used. what was the nature or details of the conversation he was having? >> you're right about the jaws of life. we had that set aside as a potential tool to utilize, but it wasn't necessary. we broke the windshield open with an ax, and we pried the car open to extricate his legs. i don't have the details with the type of dialogue he was having with my personnel, but he was aware of his surroundings. >> any more information on the nature of his injuries?
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>> initially, like i indicated before, they were really concerned about potential spinal cord injuries. they put him on the backboard, and carefully removed him through the windshield. it's my understanding he had minor lacerations and potential broken bones in both legs. he was transported to the trauma center, where there was an emergency operation conducted by the physicians. >> chief, thanks so much for being with us and bringing us up to speed. as we see the remarkable pictures from the crash scene. thank you. >> thank you very much. next, day one of hearings on the january 6th insurrection. the campaign by some to pretend it was something else. and a congressman and former army ranger who saw exactly what it was, up close. keeping them honest.
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senate. in what should have been purely a search for answers, that was a key theme in today's opening hearing about january 6th. the case for amnesia and from one senator a bogus argument pretending it wasn't what it really was. taken together, they speak volumes about how committed some in the republican party are to pretending some of these scenes look different by gaslight. [ screaming ] >> the problem is, we all saw it happened, and have since learned it was worse than this. cops crushed, trampled, beaten, maimed, and killed. and the capitol overwhelmed by a
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ragtag army fed lies and whipped up further by the commander in chief. >> we're going to walk down to the capitol. >> yeah! >> you have to show strength. >> yes. >> invade the capitol building. >> do the right thing. >> let's take the capitol! >> take the capitol! >> take the capitol right now! >> we saw what happened next.
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and what did not happen. most notably, any backup in the moment from the national guard. today's hearing, with testimony from the former top security and law enforcement officials today, was supposed to focus on that. and to the credit of democrats and some republicans, it did. part of the proceedings still had to be devoted to debunking right-wing falsehoods like this one. >> there's no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on january 6th. that's a lie. >> it's only a lie if you give more credence to a cable -- they had this to say about it today. >> based on what we know now, do
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you agree that there is now clear evidence that supports the conclusion that the january 6th insurrection was planned, and it was a coordinated attack on the u.s. capitol? does everyone agree? >> yes. >> okay. would you agree that this attack involved white supremacist and extremist groups? >> yes. >> yes. >> that, and a look at the arrest records should have been enough. but it's never enough for wisconsin senator ron johnson. who recently said the attack didn't look like an armed insurrection to him. he is a serial spreader of election lies, saying that left-wing agitators and fake trump supporters were responsible. >> a very few didn't share the jovial, friendly, earnest
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demeanor of the gathering. plain-clothes militant, agents provo p provo provocateurs, i think these are the people that probably planned this. >> needless to say, that account resembles precisely none of what we saw that day, and none of what we've learned since then. and many of the republican members did in fact take their testimony and the proceedings seriously. senator ted cruz, on the other hand, was caught on camera playing with his phone during opening statements. as you know, he's another election lie spreader and more recently a texas climate fugitive of sorts. maybe he was checking flights. as for missouri republican josh hawley, he was at the hearing as well. afterwards, he had this to say when asked about whether he was
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complicit in the attack. >> that's outrageous. i would say it's absolutely outrageous, and an utter lie. and no one who knows any of the facts alleges such a thing. >> i'll show you outrageous. it looks a lot like this. shortly before airtime, i spoke with jason crow, who was pinned down with other members in the house gallery during the assault. congressman crow, thanks for joining us. what did you make of what you heard today? a lot of important information was discussed, but there was also fingerpointing and conspiracy theories. >> some conduct was disgraceful. they need to be held accountable for their involvement in helping to lead us to january 6th. but largely, you know, there are
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still far more questions than there are answers to those questions. failures at multiple levels. what is very clear after today's testimony, what i want to know is why that intelligence assessment, the threat streams that were conducted by the fbi didn't make it to the capitol police. there are also questions about the responsiveness or lack thereof by the national guard. why weren't they prepared and ready to respond as well? we need to do more investigation, and that's one of the reasons i'm leading the investigation, to conduct that more robust review. >> after the insurrection, you told "rolling stone" that this was a catastrophic security failure. did you hear anything today that convinced you that officials understand and accept why this was such a failure of
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intelligence and security? >> no, i didn't. and i stand by what i said several weeks ago. it remains true, it is catastrophic. this was a devastating security failure. when you have a situation where the attack was actually being planned in the open, anybody with a facebook account or twitter feed could have told you there was going to be a problem. and they had to have resources available to respond to that problem and violence. but they didn't do it. so we need to figure out where it stopped, who didn't know what was going to happen, that needed to know what was going to happen, and why were the preparations not made in advance? ultimately, the rank and file police officers that responded in a courageous way, overwhemingly, the response of the capitol police was incredibly courageous. and several lost their lives. those folks deserve much better than this. >> you talked about prep
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preparedness. you're an army ranger. do they have what they need to repel this kind of attack? >> the answer has to be no, right? it was devastating on january 6th. we still don't have answers. the fact that we don't have answers tells you all you need to know. if there was a process in place to assess intelligence and threats, and disseminate them down to the operational level quickly, we would have answers to the questions that we're still searching for. but we don't. which tells me there's larger structural problems that need to be addresses, in terms of the organization for security forces for capitol hill, the relationships between the national guard, the fbi, the department of justice, and the u.s. capitol police and others. we need to figure all of that out. and there may need to have to be major changes. >> the fact that you see so few
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answers indicates there's a lot more work to do. and one of the ways it may happen is a 9/11 style commission. and liz cheney wants to see a commission that goes beyond just the security failings. she wants to it to look into what role the former president may have played. do you agree with that? >> i don't see any other way to do it right and not to have that large of a scope, right? because you just can't look at what happened on the 6th. this actually started months ago, with the president's rhetoric, him telling the big lie over and over again. enablers helping him move that lie forward over a period of several months. and then of course lighting the match on january 6th. so you have to look at the entire environment that led to that attack. you can't look at the events of the 6th, you have to look at the
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relatively smooth running nomination process for his cabinet picks is no more. several who could have sway over key areas of the biden agenda now facing the prospect of defeat or at least a lot less easy confirmation. a reminder of the razor's edge his agenda rests upon with that 50/50 senate split. our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins joins us with the latest. let's start with neera tanden, because her confirmation seems to be the most in jerpardy. what's the latest on that? >> it certainly is the most in jeopardy. the white house is standing by her publicly saying they feel like they're going to find the votes to get her confirmed but it seems unlikely at this point based on what we're hearing from people on the hill. that still remains a pretty big question. we should note there are several crucial republican and democratic senators who have come out and said they're not going to vote for her. there are still a few more that the white house is waiting to hear from. what they said today is neri tanden has rolled up her sleeves and is making a lot of calls
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herself, whether or not that's directly to these lawmakers is still remains to be seen, but she is the most in jeopardy of actually failing. if she does, it would be president biden's first casualty among his cabinet picks. right now, the white house is counting on a republican to come out and say that they will support her. so far, none of them have, but there is going to be a committee volt tomorrow, and the white house press secretary told me earlier they plan on neera tanden being his budget pick when the vote is scheduled to happen tomorrow. >> so interior and health and human services, congresswoman deb haaland and xavier becerra. what do the prospects for their nominations look like because they're not complete smooth, either? >> they're not, and you heard contentious hearings on capitol hill. a lot of the republican senators got tough when it came to these two nominees. they seem more likely to get confirmed even if it's only on party lines and you have the vice president come in and cast the tiebreaking vote. but becerra is a notable one
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because if he's confirmed he's going to be running a critical agency that is tasked with dealing with this pandemic that has killed half a million americans. what you heard from today from republicans is they were concerned he doesn't have enough experience as a direct health care professional to really take over that job. of course, there have been nominees and health secretaries in the past that have not had vast experience that have made it through confirmation, so that remains to be seen. he also got into a back and forth with senator romney over a vote he had previously on partial abortion. but deb haaland over at interior would be the first native american to be confirmed to this post. she's the first to be nominated to a president's cabinet, but she was facing really tough questioning as well. as far as past criticisms she's made not that long ago about republicans, one tweet saying that republicans don't believe in science. and of course, she was being questioned by several doctors on that committee, including one republican doctor who was saying, you think we don't believe in science. so you saw some contentious, some tense exchanges. they are more likely to get
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confirmed than neera tanden, but we're waiting to see how all of this is going to shake out. >> kaitlan collins. thanks so much. >> perspective from david axelrod, senior political commentator and former adviser to president obama. it is worth noting that i can't think of a president who got everyone he first wanted confirmed, correct? >> yeah, you'll remember back in 2009, we lost tom daschle, who was going to be -- who was going for the position that becerra is hoping to fill now. and because of internal disputes within the senate, we weren't able to get him through. there was a tax issue that probably wouldn't have tripped him up but for those internal issues. so you know, these things happen. and i believe that neera tanden's nomination is in jeopardy. largely because of her tweets. kind of ironic because many of the people who are raising
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objections about her tweets had very little to say when the previous president was lighting people up on an hourly basis on twitter. but nonetheless, she's antagonized with those tweets, she antagonized people on both the left and the right, so it doesn't -- you know, it looks like an uphill fight for her. i believe the other two are going to get nominated and these hearings are a chance not only for people to probe the candidates but also to go on record in opposition to elements of the president's policies. some of the senators don't like joe biden's climate policies, for example, so deb haaland is hearing a lot of that in these hearings. senator romney on late-term abortion. so you know, this is, i think, a normal part of the process. the thing that has slowed it down more than anything is that there was an impeachment hearing in the middle of it. >> neera tanden, how long can the white house hold on here? >> well, i think we're coming to a critical juncture. these committee votes are going
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to be important. and look, they can count, and i think they will know pretty quickly whether this is a doable thing or not, and if it's not, i suspent they will withdraw her before it ever gets to a vote. but you know, they're committed to her to this point. i know her very well. she's very talented. she's been a very fierce partisan at times, and that is catching up with her here, but she's also very bright and very able. so i'm sure that if she doesn't get this position, she may turn up somewhere else in the administration. but right now, you would have to say if there was one who wasn't going to make it across the river here, it would be her. >> very quickly, just talk about joe manchin for a second here, because he is that 50th democratic vote, and he faces a lot of criticism from the left for saying he opposes neera tanden, but that criticism, i imagine he wears as a badge of honor when he goes home to west virginia. >> yeah, and on that one, let's point out, bernie sanders hasn't been exactly friendly to her
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either because she wasn't friendly to him in his campaign against her patron, hillary clinton, so you know, it's not just a left/right thing there, but there are other issues on which i'm sure manchin is very happy to be hectored by the left because he comes from a state that overwhelmingly supported donald trump, and he prides himself on being a moderate and an independent, and so no, it doesn't hurt him at all. >> david axelrod, great to see you tonight. thanks so much for being with us. >> ahead, more on the breaking news this evening. reactions from some people who know tiger woods best when we return. if she can retire sooner, she'll revisit her plan with fidelity. and with a scenario that makes it a possibility, she'll enjoy her dream right now. that's the planning effect, from fidelity.
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an outpouring of prayers online for tiger woods in his recovery by his fans and also his friends and other who know him best. fellow pga golfer phil mickelson said, quote, we're all pulling for you, tiger. we're so sorry you and your family are going through this tough time. >> olympic skier and woods' former girlfriend lindsay vonn said praying for tw right now.
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then actress jada pinkett smith who said she golfed with tiger yesterday, prayered up for the g.o.a.t., tiger woods, i was just with him yesterday. don't take not even a moment for granted. i know you're good because your tiger within is a beast. breaking now, a tweet from former president obama, quote, sending my prayers to tiger woods and his family tonight. here's to a speedy recovery to the g.o.a.t. of golf. if we learned anything over the years. it's never count tiger out. the news continues, so let's hand it over to chris for "cuomo prime time." >> welcome to prime time. we're about to talk live with the first man to come upon tiger woods after his car accident. tiger is now in a trauma center, after this morning's horrific rollover crash in his suv south of los angeles at about 7:00 a.m. woods suffered compound fractures in his legs. compound is bad. it means the break came through the skin. it can create