tv At This Hour With Kate Bolduan CNN August 18, 2022 8:00am-9:00am PDT
hello, everyone. at this hour, a florida judge will soon be deciding whether to reveal key details that led to the search of former president trump's mar-a-lago home. and the white house is unveiling a new plan to fight the monkeypox outbreak. plus, the war over books in texas. school librarians pulling challenged books off shelves, including the bible. this is what we're watching at this hour. thank you for being here. i'm kate bolduan. today is a decision day, a day that the public could learn key details about the fbi search of donald trump's mar-a-lago estate. in hours a federal judge will hold a hearing to consider unsealing the affidavit used to justify that search. the justice department does not want that to happen. arguing that making the affidavit public would compromise its ongoing criminal investigation. on top of that, cnn has learned some people close to trump are now urging him to release
surveillance video of the actual fbi search of his home. now, in a separate case, moments ago, allen weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of trump's family business, he pleaded guilty to a 15-year tax fraud scheme. we'll have more on that in just a moment. let's begin with katelyn polantz. katelyn, set the scene for us here. >> reporter: this afternoon, kate, we're going to be listening for justice department prosecutors and how much they're willing to say about this ongoing investigation into the handling of classified material, potentially kept at mar-a-lago after the trump presidency. it is going to be about this affidavit, but this say court hearing over secrecy. the justice department says that this is a serious ongoing criminal investigation. it implicates highly classified materials, and that they need protections of confidentiality to keep their investigation going, to keep doing the work that they need to do to decide whether there should be a charge
here. on the other side, media organizations are fighting for transparency, including cnn, and have written to the judge saying there is a public interest here. there is a historic importance regarding this search, not since the nixon administration has the federal government wielded its power to seize records from a former president in such a public fashion, so that's the perspective about what is going to be argued in court today. we don't know if the judge will decide today or what the judge will do. the trump team has not said what they will do either. so we're watching to see if they show up in court as well. kate? >> katelyn, thank you for that. this just in, allen weisselberg, long time chief financial officer of the trump family business, pleads guilty to a years long tax scheme. cnn's kara scannell is outside the court in new york with the details on this. what happened in court? tell us. >> reporter: well, kate so this court hearing which began just at 10:00 a.m., allen weisselberg entered guilty pleas to 15
counts, tax fraud and related charges, according to prosecutors allen weisselberg was receiving corporate benefits including company apartments, tuition for two of his grandchildren, and a pair of mercedes-benz. weisselberg admitted in court today he purposefully admitted these from his tax returns an he said he did this in working with the trump organization. so he directly implicated the trump organization in his guilty plea today. he spoke in very hushed tones, answering the judge's questions as he ran through the elements of each of these 15 counts. just saying repeatedly yes, your honor. he did not give any other statements, but the manhattan district attorney alvin bragg calling this today -- calling out allen weisselberg's testimony today saying he directly implicates the trump organization, saying this is invaluable testimony that they can use against the former president's company at trial. that trial goes -- that begins in october. and weisselberg is required to testify against the trump organization where he's worked
for more than 40 years. kate? >> kara, thank you so much for that. joining me now for more, cnn legal analyst and former prosecutor paul callan, cnn law enforcement analyst peter lacotta, and cnn's senior political analyst nia malika henderson. first with weisselberg, he pleads guilty. the point of how this -- the focus on weisselberg all along is to try to get him to cooperate in a broader investigation into the trump business. he's apparently not going to be -- not willing to cooperate with them. though as kara mentioned, he'll be required to testify in court. what is he doing here? what happens? >> well, he's been entirely unwilling to testify specifically against donald trump. and in negotiating this plea, he worked out this special deal where he will testify against the trump organization. but not against the former president himself. so i think that's a defeat for prosecutors. this is -- it is a big deal because somebody from the trump organization and he's a key
figure, he's a central figure at the trump organization, has pled guilty to this 15-year scheme of tax fraud. but we have no agreement that he'll say anything about the former president. >> so, i want to ask you real quickly on this hearing that will be happening in that katelyn polantz was telling us about. do you think it will? >> i don't think it will. and i read the department of justice's 13-page memorandum of law to the judge. and it is very persuasive this is what they say. they basically say we have an ongoing investigation here. we have witnesses who came forward to give important information. we used, quote, special investigative techniques in this investigation. all of these things are revealed in the affidavit. and it simply would be totally
disruptive of an ongoing criminal investigation to release this information to the public. and they add something else. they think it will actually endanger the lives of agents and potential witnesses who may be listed because a lot of threats have been made to people and even to fbi agents who are involved. so i think doj makes a very persuasive case that these documents should remain sealed. >> peter, that is the perfect question for you. what do you think will happen if the affidavit is released? >> i don't think a lot is going to happen as paul said. and i'm not too sure it will. generally affidavits are not made readily available. there is reasons for that as paul indicated. it is generally sat out by the prosecution to protect sources and techniques, whether it is confidential human sources or electronic techniques in a method to gather information. so even if the affidavit were released this afternoon, it would be extremely redacted, which those are those black sharpie marks across most of the
page, so they wouldn't -- you wouldn't see a lot or be able to glean a lot out of it. >> i want to get your take on what you think this new reporting from cnn that donald trump is considering releasing the surveillance footage of the fbi executing the actual search warrant. there seems to be some debate amongst his inner circle, if it is a good idea, or if it could back fire. what advantage does he get with that, do you think? >> well, listen, if you heard from donald trump and his allies, they're trying to portray this as a giant overreach, by the fbi, by the doj, essentially saying that there was this raid, that they ransacked this beach house that donald trump has. and even planted evidence which there is no evidence of. donald trump himself watched as this search of his premises was going on. so the idea that somehow something went on, planting evidence just makes no sense. they think that this will raise
the temperature around this, this will enrage his supporters, and that sort of make them a rally even more around them. the danger here, i think, is it will raise the temperature around fbi agents, we have seen already that names and information about some of the fbi agents who did conduct that search had been revealed. we have seen already that there have been attempts at violence against fbi acts and concern all around that agency because of the way that donald trump and his allies are portraying this search. i think one of the things that this search, if they revealed this, it was probably a fairly orderly search. they didn't go in, in those jackets, there was in battering ram to get into the beach house. it was conducted in a fairly orderly and professional way. so in that way, it could back fire because it would show, listen, this wasn't the way donald trump tried to portray it as a kind of unlawful search and seizure and raid that he has
tried to make it seem like. >> and this also potentially fits with the pattern we have seen with the former president over time, which is floating, like, i could release it if i wanted to or it is coming and then it doesn't. and in regard to many topics. but, peter, same question though to you, if donald trump would release this surveillance video of the fbi search, what do you think that kind a release would do? >> well, let's say that i hope, you would expect that the fbi would encourage the release because we would hope that the agents that were there, conducting a legal search by the way, and not a raid, as our colleagues have said, that they did everything in accordance with best procedures and operations. in the highest tradition of the fbi. so you know, the planting of evidence, 21 years in the fbi, law enforcement i work with, public safety squads as well, so you would hope the fbi would encourage it.
kind of like go ahead and show it and you'll see -- by the agents on scene. that's what you would hope and that's what i would expect as a former fbi agent of 21 years, just that. >> interesting and great point. go ahead, do it. let's see what it shows. good to see you all. thank you very much. appreciate it. coming up for us, the white house announcing now new efforts to get a handle on monkeypox. what they're trying now to make vaccines easier to access next. o make sleep feel cool. so, no more night sweats... no more nocturnanal baking... ...or polar ice cap air-conditioner mode. because the tempur-pededic breeze° delivers superior cooling... from cover to core. helping you sleep cool, all night long. don't miss our best offer of the year, with savings up to $700 on select* adjustable mattress sets, and experience the deep, undisturbed rest of tempur-pedic. learn more at *tempurpedic.com. riders! let your queries be known.
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vaccine supply and a greater focus on getting shots to those most at risk. jeremy diamond is in wilmington, delaware, where the president is traveling and joins us now. what are the details coming from the administration? >> reporter: well, kate what we're seeing from top administration health officials is that they are accelerating their fight against this monkeypox outbreak and in particular accelerating the timeline for the distribution of additional monkeypox vaccines. 1.8 million doses of that vaccine becoming available starting monday to state and local jurisdictions. that's two weeks ahead of schedule in terms of when they were anticipating putting more doses on the market and available for these state and local jurisdictions. in addition to that, what we're also seeing is efforts to launch a new pilot program to make the vaccines available at lgbtq events. we already have seen several state health departments including in north carolina, georgia, and louisiana set to
make some of those vaccine doses available at some of those lgbtq events. and making 50,000 courses of this monkeypox antiviral medication available to state and local jurisdictions so that those doses can be prepositioned in places where they are expecting higher case loads of monk monkeypox. a lot of the additional doses of the vaccine in particular are going to be going -- becoming available to states and jurisdictions that have already reached 90% of their current supply and that are admi administering the doses in the new intradermal way rather than the subcue taneous way. >> jeremy, that nk you so much r that. joining me now, richard besser of the robert wood johnson foundation. more vaccines available to the public is a very good thing. i'm wondering why, though, they didn't move this way sooner considering it is clear that the administration public health in general does not have a handle
on this monkeypox outbreak yet. what do you think of this? >> i think, kate, it is a good thing that additional attention is being put to this. in particular attention to helping people understand where the risk is the greatest and what needs to be done. this is an outbreak that is primly affecting men who have sex with men. so focusing on those events, focusing on messaging so people know what they can do, what to look out for, to help protect their health is really, really important. one of the things that i think is exciting here is that the fda stepped up and looked at the current vaccine supply and said is there a way to make this vaccine supply go further in a way that is safe and is effective. and so as we're hearing from jeremy, the change from injecting the vaccine under the skin to injecting it into the
skin allows them to get five times the number of people protected as they could have before with the existing vaccine supply. >> being more nimble, in the midst of an outbreak, is something then. this dove tails to what we're now hearing from the cdc, announcing pretty big changes, as it has been described as a sweeping reorganization of the agency. and the aftermath of the covid pandemic, rochelle walensky, the cdc director, in their announcement of these big changes coming to the cdc said this, for 75 years cdc and public health have been preparing for covid-19. in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations. so the new focus is on responding faster and communicating more clearly with the public in real time. the reorganization is right now somewhat light on specifics. but what -- do you think it is needed? >> well, you know, i think the
announcement from dr. walensky has been a long time coming, and is very welcome. what i really like in her announcement is the importance of focusing on communication. getting information to people faster, getting it to people in a way that is clearer, that people can use. i look forward to seeing the full report. it is hard for me to judge whether these changes will be enough without seeing what were all the findings that came out of that report, what were the recommendations, and are there changes that are being lifted up like to learn more about is really what cdc is doing to ensure that everyone in our country has what they need to be safe. covid, as you know, has affected the entire nation. but it had a disparate impact on black communities, latinos, indigenous communities, lower income communities. what is cdc doing to ensure the issues of equity are built into
everything that cdc does? there is an office being built, but what will that do and how will we ensure that with the next crisis everyone will have what they need to be protected? >> do you think the agency lost its way? yeah, i don't think use the phrase lost its way. i think it is too late it change the narrative around covid. it is not too late to change how the cdc is perceived in response to monkeypox, to polio, to whatever the next crisis will be. it was very challenging for cdc to be in a role at the beginning of covid where public health recommendations were not the drivers for the governmental response. and i don't think the agency has recovered from that. i also don't think the agency has recovered from the chronic
underinvestment in public health that the federal, state and local level. and as dr. walensky lays out, there are certain things that congress needs to change if we want cdc to be the kind of agency that it needs to be. one of those is cdc has to be able to require states to report when there is a public health crisis. right now it is voluntary. the best information we are getting during covid on the number of cases around the nation wasn't coming from cdc. it was coming from johns hopkins. and we deserve and need to have a public health agency that can require reporting, public health agency that has discretionary money so that they can put towards the new health crisis. right now the cdc director's hands are tied in terms of what she can do when there is a new health crisis without congress providing additional money. and that just isn't the way to have an agency that needs to respond in a crisis. >> absolutely. and i think a lot of people would even today be surprised to
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there is currently lots of talk around new nuclear talks with iran. but is there real action and progress? the united states is reviewing iran's response to an eu proposal for revived nuclear deal right now. iran in doing so is making several demands. for one, an iranian diplomat tells cnn they want compensation if a future u.s. president pulls out of the pact. kylie atwood is live at the state department tracking all of this for us. where do things stand with negotiations? >> reporter: the biden administration continues to say they are reviewing what the iranians have put on the table here. we're sort of left reading the tea leaves because they're not describing what they think of that iranian proposal at least
at this point. the fact they have n't outright rejected it is significant. there could be some momentum here. when it comes to the things that the iranians are saying, these assurances that they want, maybe they are economic, maybe political to keep this deal in tact, those assurances that they want from the biden administration will be extremely hard for the biden administration to actually give and that's because of the constraints on the u.s. political system. there could be a future president who could try to get out of the deal, like we saw with president trump. we should also look to congress because congress' support here will be key in the biden administration being able to maintain the assurances that are part of this deal. and congress on the whole has been incredibly critical of the iran nuclear deal there, some democrats who are supportive of the biden administration continuing to pursue these talks, but a lot of democrats were not and of course a lot of republicans who are highly critical. kate? >> kylie, thank you for that.
joining me now for more on this is democratic congressman gregory meeks, the chairman of the house foreign affairs committee. thank you for being here. another one of iran's demands has been removing iran's islamic revolutionary guard from the designated terrorist list in the united states. and lifting sanctions, which could require congressional approval as kylie is laying out. could you get behind either of these if it meant stopping a ran from getting a nuclear weapon? >> my number one goal is to make sure iran does not have a nuclear weapon. that's for sure. that being said, there are some times that provisions that could prevent this from happening. but i hope that we can figure out a way to get back into the agreement because what is clear is that iran was further away from having a nuclear weapon, we were part of the deal. us pulling out, trump pulling us out has made us less safe and reduced the time it could produce a nuclear weapon.
so there is a lot of negotiations taking place. and i think there is a push back and forth that will continue to take place but my hope is that we do end up to an agreement because an agreement prevents iran from having a nuclear weapon, gives us eyes into the nuclear program that we would not have and we have not had since we moved out of the program. so the program provides being part of the agreement, provides us an opportunity to take the timeline further out, and understand what they are and are not doing. it is not perfect. i don't expect to have a perfect agreement, the original jcpoa was not perfect. but the purpose is iran cannot have a nuclear weapon under any circumstance. >> also seeing iran is floating an idea of a prisoner swap as part of a deal. there are a handful of americans being held, wrongfully detained in iran right now. one is ahmad sargi.
prisoner swaps worked with other countries, every circumstance is different, of course. do you think a prisoner swap should be part of a nuclear deal with iran this time? >> i don't think it needs to be part of a deal. we need our american citizen returned home. it could be paralleled. it shouldn't be something necessarily for the deal. i think we need to have our american citizen returned. he's been held by iran, i believe illegally. and so therefore the administration and i know they are working to do everything they can to get our political prisoners in iran and elsewhere in the world let's get them back to their families in the united states of america. >> yeah. this also around the anniversary of the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan. we have been covering it closely this week. the top republican on your committee, he was on the show talking about the report that republicans just put out about the withdrawal.
they called biden's handling of the withdrawal a strategic failure and i asked mccall why this is not a bipartisan report. let me play for you what he said. >> we wanted this to be bipartisan. but there is no april tide on the democratic side. there was initially, kate, in fairness to my chairman, chairman meeks, who i have a lot of respect for, but they got word from the administration this is not a good news story, and stand down. so they stopped having any hearings on this. >> what is your response? >> my response to mr. mccaul is we work together, but his statement is inaccurate. we continued to have hearings. we have had over 14 hearings and briefings specifically on this matter. but the deal is that they refuse to look at the afghanistan withdrawal and the context of the 20 years we were there. they don't want to talk about the doha agreement that was under donald trump.
so it is a cherry picking of ideas which they wanted to look at, as opposed to looking at the doha agreement and those things that led up to where we were at the point of withdrawal. and so i would cherish if we really are serious about it to work in a bipartisan way, but looking at every aspect of what took place because surely those 20 days of what they were looking at seems to be politically motivated so that you don't have to look at what took place with the doha agreement and trump and in fairness, if you want to be fair, the obama administration and the bush administration also. all of which is how you determine what took place and how we can make sure that we don't ever get into that space ag again. >> they're big mistakes over 20 years in afghanistan and multiple administrations, but also big failures in preparing for the final 20 days.
>> there are things that you can look at, but you can't look at the last 20 days without looking at the doha agreement. that's just not possible to do because there is a lot of things that were put in place with the rules and regulations for withdrawal that was agreed upon in that doha agreement that did not include the afghan government, which puts everybody in a funny position so you cannot say and take away the doha agreement that trump made because those were the conditions that led -- that the biden administration, some of it was confined to do for -- in those 20 days. now, are there things, it is messy. and i can't see any situation given what took place, that is not going to be messy. but when i do ask myself is are we safer today, are americans safer today, than we were a year ago? and i think that answer, when we see what just took place with
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now to the climate crisis. monsoon rains are easing the actual short-term drought fears in the southwest. but the region's long-term water crisis is far from over. a new drought forecast shows that 90% of the colorado river basin is still in drought, meaning critical water shortages still remain in several states. cnn's stephanie elam joins me now from los angeles with a look at this. stephanie, the rain this past week seems to have helped, but, i mean, what does that mean for the water crisis? >> it doesn't mean a lot, kate. unfortunately. it is good you think about farmers and ranchers they got their dirt ponds out there, water in there, they can provide
that hydration to their animals and their crops for a bit, but ultimately we would need several years of good snow pack and rain for us to see some real big improvement here. so you take a look at the colorado river and see how dramatic it is there. of the numbers we have got, these monsoon rains have helped out arizona the most. we have seen their numbers improve a bit now. only 3% of the state is in extreme drought. that is the lowest in two years. so good news for arizona. that dramatic improvement short lived. and then look at texas, which has the most expansive area of extreme drought right now, more than 70,000 square miles, larger than the entire state of missouri, really concentrated in the middle of the state. however, they're expected to get about 5 inches of rain over the weekend. that's bringing new fears because this land is so dry, that there could be flooding. so that's another scare there. but if you look across the country right now, kate, it is not just the southwest, you look at new england, you can see that
they also have flash drought there, all of massachusetts is now in some level of a drought, where none of it was just two weeks ago. so shows you like here in california, where the entire state is in a state of drought, that this is a problem that is really something that the states have to focus on to fix because we need to figure out how we're going to share our water going forward. >> yeah, and almost immediately. good to see you, thanks so much. joining me mao for more on this is lauren sanchez, senior climate adviser to california's governor gavin newsom. thank you for being here. stephanie lays it out perfectly, just the crisis at hand. lake mead is the largest reservoir in the u.s. in terms of water capacity, and a key water source for your state and others in the west. if this doesn't get better, what is that going to ming to mean f california? >> thank you for the question and for having me on this morning. the startling images we're seeing out of lake mead right now, the latest reminder for
californians and americans across the country of the fever that our planet is running and the crisis that our climate is really in. as stephanie laid out, we're experiencing unprecedented challenges across the entire region as it relates to drought. in california, the worst drought in 1200 years, which is impacting the colorado river basin and our water supplies across the state. but this moment calls for solidarity. we need to work together closely with our water agencies and california with our neighboring states and with federal partners to find solutions to stabilize water supplies in the colorado river basin and across the west. it is why we're so appreciative of the recent climate action and climate investments coming out of our federal government partners which included specific funding to address the drought and as you know here in california, we're not just on the front lines of water crisis and drought, but we're also dealing with unprecedented wildfires and extreme heat. so we're really thrilled to have federal investments that can
help us create that resilient to the climate impacts hitting californians right now. that -- those funds are on top of $8 billion that the governor proposed, worked with the legislature on, to make sure we're able to store, recycle and conserve water at levels, you know that we have never been able to achieve before. last week the governor actually unveiled a new strategy that really moves californians toward adapting to a hotter, dryer climate. we know that this is now the new normal in california and across the west, we have to fundamentally rethink how we're investing in water storage, water supplies, and technology to help us monitor and, you know, manage water better going forward. >> governor has laid out some ambitious goals on how to try to protect your state in the long-term. most recently he was preaching the benefits of water recycling and what desalination can mean for california. that also, for being quite candid and honest, that requires
time, a lot of time, and a lot of money. how do you do that without requiring people to cut back in a big way in the meantime? >> yeah, great question, kate. i would say that there a lot of money on the table that we have invested in the last two year and will continue to invest in this priority issue for the governor. he also asked our water users to achieve a 15% reduction in water use compared to 2020 level and we have seen a lot of progress. in june, we know the conservation numbers are 7.5% reduction in water use, so we're getting close to 15, but we know there is more that we all need to do together, individuals, california businesses, and large water users are all at the table with the governor and the whole team in terms of how we can achieve even deeper cuts and conserve enough water to help the state going forward. >> why hasn't the governor put in a state wide reduction mandate? i know he's put it on the local jurisdictions to do it, but why not if the threat is so real, as it is, why not place a state
wide reduction mandate in place? is it because it is not politically popular? >> well, kate, as it relates to the politics of climate change has in the been shy in terms of taking on a number of fights we know we need to wage to protect californians from this imminent threat. as it relates to water, mandatory water cuts, i would say, you know, all tools are on the table and we continue to evaluate what the state needs to do going forward. and it really, you know, illustrates the governor's approach to tackling the climate crisis more broadly, which san all of government, all of society mobilization. i mentioned the $8 billion he's spending specifically on water and drought, but across the board he's spending $54 billion to make sure that our vehicles are moving to zero emission, our energy grid is getting to 100% clean as quickly as possible. we're protecting californians from oil drilling and a variety of other priorities. and kind of climate opportunities for the state. >> yeah. so much that goes into this.
lauren, thank you for coming on. lauren sanchez, appreciate your time. much more to discuss with you going forward. >> thank you, kate. coming up, a texas school district pulls dozens of books from the shelves including the bible. details on the battle over banning books next. but, first, the time you spend stuck in traffic can impact your well-being. dr. sanjay gupta has tips on how to take care of yourself while on the road in today's "chasing life". >> i'm dr. sanjay gupta. this paster eer eer in summer i reminded there is nothing better than hitting the open road and nothing worse than traffic. in fact, i was told in 2021 american drivers lost an average of 36 hours to traffic. all of that time in the car can take a toll. resulting in lower physical activity, higher blood pressure, and, of course, lots of stress. traffic psychologist dwight hennessey says that's why it is important to feel comfortable,
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the titles include the bible and an adaptation of ann frank's diary. >> reporter: the book banning controversy is once again swirling in the state of texas. this time in the city of keller, a suburb just north of ft. worth. last year, the keller school district created a community committee that essentially was allowed to review complaints and challenges from community members and parents in the school district that were complaining about various books. the committee looked at 41 different books. they were pulled off the shelves. they included a lot of books dealing with lbgtq issues. but also included in that review was the bible, a graphic adaptation of ann frank's diary, "the bluest eye" by tony morrison. of those 41 books, about 2/3 were allowed to be put back on the shelves or adjusted for more
appropriate grade levels like high school or middle school. but what has since changed is the day before school started, principals were told those 41 books had to be pulled off the shelves. that included those same books that were reviewed last year. what's sparking this change? well, in may, a right wing christian organization political action group helped elect three new school board members. now this school board adopted new policies by which books that have been challenged by parents are reviewed. once again, these 41 books are back under the microscope. so all of the principals across the district are told those 41 books needed to be taken off the shelves. so even though this was done last year, this review process is happening once again in this texas school district. ed lavandera, cnn, dallas. >> ed, thank you so much for that. thank you for joining us at this hour. i'm kate bolduan.
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