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other broward county sheriff's deputies also remained outside, pistols drawn, but hiding behind their vehicles. >> as a police officer, you've made a vow. you've made an oath to protect the people that you are policing. they didn't do that for us. >> i don't want a person that's never handled a gun, that wouldn't know what a gun looks like, to be armed. but out of your teaching population, you have 10%, 20%, a very gun-adept people. former trump campaign adviser rick gates pleading guilty today to two criminal charges. >> does paul manafort have something he can offer robert mueller that will allow him to not spend the rest of his days behind bars? this is "new day weekend," with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> good morning to you. always appreciate spending our saturday morning with you. want to tell you about another senior trump campaign official flipping in the russia
investigation which makes him the third known trump associate to cooperate with the special counsel robert mueller. rick gates, we're talking about, took a plea deal yesterday in exchange for testifying against trump's former campaign chairman, paul manafort. >> and what were they waiting for? cnn learns that a total of four broward county sheriff's deputies waited outside the florida high school as the students inside were being shot at, some of them killed. law enforcement facing tough questions this morning about what more could have been done to stop the massacre. again, we have not heard from those deputies. we'd like to hear from them, as well. >> we'll be covering that all morning, of course. we want to start with the developments in the russia investigation. cnn's abby phillip is at the white house for us. >> the spotlight is on the trump campaign this morning. how do white house officials and lawmakers respond? >> reporter: that's right. yet another trump campaign associate charged and pleading guilty to charges of lying to
the fbi in relation to the special counsel investigator. this investigation continues to march on, putting pressure on both the white house and also, more importantly for this particular instance, on paul manafort, former chairman of the trump campaign who also faces charges and is being progressively squeezed by the mueller investigation as more and more of his associates are charged and wrapped up in this investigation. rick gates, a longtime business associate of manafort's, his right-hand man during the campaign, has decided that this investigation is too much for him. he's pled guilty and is likely to be working with mueller in an effort to continue push forward on this investigation. what gates can likely provide for mueller are documents relevant to the investigation, but also potential testimony against his former business associate. paul manafort maintains his innocence in all this and
remains ready to fight these charges against -- that mueller has brought against him. but at the same time, the pressure is clearly building. rick gates is one of three trump associates who have been charged and pled guilty in this case. one of the things the men have in common is they all have been charged with lying to the fbi. michael flynn, trump's former national security adviser, george papadopoulos, a campaign adviser, and now rick gates. the white house is saying, of course, that all of these guilty pleas and indictments don't have anything to do with the president specifically because they deal with business dealings and perhaps alleged money laundering that went on before the campaign even began. however, lawmakers see this as more evidence that the mueller probe is really closing in on a key person, paul manafort, who knows a lot about the trump campaign and can help them advance their case on the underlying issue here which is
russian meddling in the 2016 election. >> thank you. i want to give a quick reminder here, the important of rick gates and how we got here. he was a key member in the trump campaign serving as the right-hand man to paul manafort. even before the campaign, he worked with manafort for at least a decade working as a business associate, focusing on projects in eastern europe. gates was brought in to the trump circle as deputy campaign chair and was there to assist with delegate counting. he was privy to most if not all of manafort's activities during the campaign, even stayed with the campaign team in a limited capacity after manafort himself left in august of 2016. remember yesterday he pled guilty as we were saying to conspiracy to defraud the u.s. and making false statements. the charges unrelated to his time on the campaign team, although mueller could add additional charges. joining me, amy power, cnn analyst and senior correspondent for "the hill."
cnn national security analyst and former senior adviser to obama's national security council. and jack kingston, former senior adviser to the trump campaign. good morning, everybody. >> good morning. >> so amy, let me start with you. put this into context of the larger investigation. what do the charges that we saw for manafort and the guilty plea from rick gates mean in this larger investigation? >> i think it means that robert mueller is zeroing in on some big things. and he thinks that gates can provide him with these details going forwards. what remains unclear is if he has -- he can clearly provide information on manafort, on paul manafort. but i think because he has had these close ties to the trump campaign even after 2016, he was in on this key meeting, he knows a lot of the trump associates very well, and was even on the campaign plane for quite some time in 2016. i think he can kind of connect the dots for the trump -- for
mueller and kind of see -- paint a bigger picture. i think it's -- you know, while the white house is saying, oh, this isn't a big deal, i think it's actually a pretty big deal because he has these close ties to a lot of these trump associates. >> yeah. let's go to jack. is there a big deal? i want to put up the three paces. george papadopoulos, michael flynn, rick gates. the campaign, the white house tried to dismiss papadopoulos as a coffee boy. put that aside. you can answer that question for yourself at home. flynn and gates were not. you concerned, jack? >> i'm not concerned. i think if after all this time if there was collusion that certainly bob mueller would have put his finger on it. when you think about the progressive group think of the left that has always been saying, oh, collusion, collusion, collusion, if that was the case, certainly baseball mueller would be covered up with -- bob mueller would be covered up with it by now. >> the investigation isn't over.
>> it's not over, but this was 2006. this was decades' old stuff. not all of it that far, but this had nothing to do with the trump campaign. i'll tell you something that all of us as americans should be sad and worried about -- here's a man with four kids who in october pled not guilty. realizing the financial burdens he had no choice but to change and say, okay, i'm guilty. that's pragmatic, but it also shows he doesn't have the pocketbook too compete. i think we as americans who like justice under the law to be thinking about, you know, what does it mean if a federal prosecutor with an unlimited checkbook goes after you, the facts didn't change. he went from a non-guilty plea couple of months ago to now saying guilty. i just -- >> what you're suggesting is one possibility. the other possibility is that he's guilty. and pleaded guilty. samantha, let me come to you. what we've learned from these new charges against paul manafort is at least he's
accused of paying off a former european chancellor to advocate on behalf of ukraine. that goes back years. >> indeed. i have to say this, i'd like to ask a question, jack. going into 2020, if the democratic campaign hired a former lobbyist for china, what would you be saying right now? would you be saying that that was an appropriate person to be running a campaign? >> well, it would depend on if you knew it or not. no one knew anything about paul manafort. as you know, somebody who follows politics, highways been in -- he's been in washington, d.c., for 30 years and had a pretty good reputation. i'm appalled to see what he did -- >> i think it was open source information that he did lobby for the ukrainians, though, right? >> it was. as you know, so did tony podesta have foreign ties. that's not unusual. james carvelle has run campaigns in other countries. these washington wheeler dealers do that type thing.
what's appalling to me is there was so much money -- i don't know why they didn't do it legally. if they -- you know, from what i understand, it was really -- >> right. >> i don't know why $75 million went through overseas accounts, why couldn't you pay the right people and make sure your books were clean? >> right. and victor, to your point, i think that gates could be a pandora's box for foreign relations, and not in a good way. that gates had two intimate, long-term relationships. one is with russia, via ukraine. the other is with paul manafort. and based upon that, i think there are a lot of open questions for me just from a national security perspective about whether russia was invited on to the campaign. did gates and manafort's, again, long-term relationships with russia in some way influence the way that they ran the campaign, the way that policy was done, meetings that were scheduled, and financial transactions. >> and of course there are still the questions about the
softening of the approach to russia and the republican party platform. amy, let me cut back to you. part of the expectation from prosecutors is that rick gates now cooperating with the investigation will help in some way to flip paul manafort who could offer information about the campaign or the president. do you expect that despite the statement of denial from paul manafort that he will flip? any indication that this is just a front for something that's to come down the road? >> i don't know. it seems that he's holding firm from everything i've heard from sources. i don't think he feels the need to plead guilty. so i think that kwocould be one the reasons why we saw things happen so quickly with gates, that mueller's trying to get him to do that. if anyone can, i think rick gates can because he knows he's been his long-term business partner. i think he knows enough to bring him over. there's something going on
behind the scenes, something is brewing. it remains a mystery. i think it's pretty clear if there's one person who can flip him, it's rick gates. >> samantha, the charges that were handed down against paul manafort in october essentially were -- i believe october -- were enough to guarantee if he was convict ed that paul manafot would spend the rest of his life in prison if he was convicted. what then is the value, what are we learning about why these additional charges are coming? if he didn't flip or cooperate then, would these be enough? >> i don't think we know. i think that manafort has maintained his innocence for a long time, and he is innocent until proven guilty. but what we do know from what gates pled to is that manafort and gates have path logically swindled the u.s. government for at least nine years. and we don't know exactly when their contacts with ukraine stopped, whether those were ongoing during the campaign.
i think that what we're all taking away from this week of indictments and charges is that robert mueller's just getting started. and with each person that pleads, there's more information coming, there's more details coming out publicly. and i think it will likely lead to more charges going forward. >> thank you all. >> thanks. a missed tip line warning a month before the shooting. deputies who stayed outside on the day of the parkland shoot g shooting, students returning to school wednesday where the massacre occurred. some asking if they'll be any safer when they do so. plus, a disturbing post on a former nfl player's instagram account prompts a california school to close. and after this, taking to twitter to take on the nation's most powerful gun lobby. they're calling on big-name corporations to end ties with the nra. copd makes it hard to breathe. so to breathe better, i go with anoro.
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17 minutes after the hour. we are learning more about the missed opportunities and breakdowns in the response to the shooting in parkland, florida. a woman called the fbi last month to warn them about the shooter, but the case was closed within an hour with no followthrough. then on the day of the shooting, four armed sheriff's deputies stayed outside the school instead of moving in. this wednesday students are scheduled to return to marjory stoneman douglas high school, but some say they will not feel any safer. joining us cnn correspondent caylee hartung live in parkland. i've heard from students who say they're not ready to go back. >> reporter: it's true, victor. i've heard the same sentiment. what we're learning today, a different type of sentiment coming from those kids and teachers who were on campus that day. as the broward county sheriff described it, he was sick to his stomach when he first saw surveillance video that showed one of his deputies, the man
tasked with protecting the people on stoneman douglas' campus. when he saw video of that man take position outside that 1200 building last wednesday, take up a defensive position, wait for upwards of four machines befobefore -- four minutes going into the building. he wasn't the only one who failed to do his job. we're learning of three other broward county deputies who didn't take the opportunity to go bo the building when they knew there was a shooter inside. according to sources with the coral springs police department, when they arrived on the scene, they were surprised to find four of these broward deputies outside. coral springs police officers entered the building at the direction of broward county, and their surprise continued when those deputies didn't appear to follow them in that moment. tapes are being reviewed, and our source cautions to wait for a report that will reveal what's shown on those tapes later in
the week. this news also coming as we're gaining more insight into the life of the killer. let me take you to november of this past year. the killer's mother had just died. he'd moved in with family friends. there was an altercation between the killer and the son of this family. he left the house. two 911 calls were made. one by the mother in this home from the family who had voluntarily taken him in, and another call from the killer. listen to them both. >> 911 emergency. how can i help you? >> yeah. there was a fight in my house with a kid and my son. >> okay. >> he left the house, but -- i need somebody here because i'm afraid he comes back and has a lot of weapons. >> what kind of weapons, ma'am? >> let me ask my son. what kind of weapons did he get? that he's going to get? a remington.
>> okay, and who did this? >> nikolas cruz. it's not the first time he's pointed a gun at somebody's head. >> 911 emergency. >> hi. i was just assaulted now. someone tried -- someone attacked me. i don't know where i am. i'm in the area -- >> all right -- >> i'm new in the area. the thing is, i lost my mother a couple of days ago. so -- i'm dealing with a bunch of things right now. a kid [ bleep ] at me. i threw him on the ground. and he started attacking me and he kicked me out of the house. >> reporter: we heard of the emotional outburst that the killer experienced through his fellow classmates and neighbors. that there, that call, the first time we're hearing his mental state described by him. >> kaylee, thank you very much.
and tom fuentes with us, former fbi assistant director. tom, i want to be clear here that we have not heard from any of these officers, particularly the latest we're hearing, the three officers that had their guns drawn but were behind their cars. they didn't enter the building. i want to ask you, is there any instance in which not going into that school would have been protocol? >> ever since columbine, every police department that i'm aware of is now taught to not wait for up about or wait for a s.w.a.t. team to come and get dressed and equipped but to go right in -- especially while the shots are still being fired. immediately go in and try to find where the person is and neutralize them one way or another. stop the bullets from being shot. in this case you have now possibly up to four deputies that did not go in while the
shooting was occurring. that comes to light because the neighboring police department responding goes right in. and they're shocked to discover that the broward county deputies didn't go in with them or behind them. i think that now what has to be examined is not just why those deputies did or didn't do what they did, but what training are they given, what is the protocol for that department? if you have one officer that maybe didn't go in like the school offer that didn't go in and was taking a defensive position. when you have four officers from the same department not going into the building and have a neighboring department go in, it does raise the question of what were they taught, what is their protocol, what drills have they had to try to find out why they didn't go in. >> let's listen to president trump yesterday speaking at cpac. he had this to say about it --
>> we protect our airports and sites and other buildings, but not our schools -- >> right! >> right! [ applause ] >> it's time to make our schools a harder target for attackers. >> it was muffled there. he said why do we protect our airports and banks, government buildings, but not our schools. do you think, tom, that schools get overlooked somehow? >> no, i don't. i think it's definitely almost impossible to completely harden a school. if you have a large high school that has multiple buildings, each building has multiple entrances, and you're talking about a small arm to even protect one campus like that. that's a big problem. you can control and funnel all the people going into an airport from gate area to the boarding areas from the ticket counters to the boarding areas, that's
easier done. banks have limited front door access into a bank facility. when you're talking to schools, go to the school. i would tell the president, go to a school and visit and see which doors you'll leave closed all day long or a movie theater -- movie theaters have the panic doors in case of fire. these multiplexes with ten theaters inside, that means at least 20 doors that will exit directly to the outside. you can try to lock them, and they'll stay locked while a movie is playing. if somebody decides to go out the door and press a barks they go out the -- a bar, they go out the door. the idea of hardening these targets is very problematic. >> tom fuentes, always appreciate your perspective, sir. thank you. a number of big-name corporations have cut ties with the largest gun lobby. this as the hash tag #boycottnra is gaining traction on twitter. the first national bank of omaha will stop issuing a credit card
backed by the nra. car companies including alamo are ending discount deals for nra members. former details player jonathan martin who accused ex-teammates of bullying is being questioned by police. two law enforcement sources tell cnn martin was detained over a picture on his instagram account which showed a rifle and a message that said, "bullying victims had only two choices -- suicide or revenge." it also named harvard westlake, the private high school that he attended in los angeles. officials closed that school yesterday. they now say there is no imminent threat. so the question that the people have been asking since the shooting in parkland -- how do we end mass school shootings? the president says give teachers trained and guns. and -- teachers chaining and guns. and while that answer has drawn criticism, one school in texas feels it's working for them. >> i feel protected. i don't feel that they're going to threaten me in any way.
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we are always so glad to have your company. welcome back, i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. good morning you to. president trump has suggested that arming adept and highly trained teachers with guns would prevent future school massacres. and as incentive, he proposed giving out bonuses to teachers who undergo the gun training. >> the idea, as you know, has been met with criticism and praise. there's a school in texas, though, who's already putting the president's proposal into
action. here's cnn's ed lavandera. we'll do whatever's necessary to protect our kids and staff. >> reporter: this is the stark message that greets you when you walk in to one of the two school buildings in cal isburg, texas. the superintendent oversees what is called the guardian program. a small force of volunteer school staff allowed to carry a concealed firearm, and klugston says they're equipped to confront an active shooter. >> we don't want to be at the mercy of somebody that's intent on doing harm. we refuse to be -- to be that person. >> reporter: in the wake of the marjory stoneman douglas high school shooting, the idea of arming teachers has sparked outrage. >> am i supposed to have a kevlar vest? am i supposed to strap it to my leg or put it in my desk? >> i don't believe teachers should be armed. i believe teachers should teach. [ applause ] >> reporter: in some mostly rural communities across the country, the idea of arming teachers is welcomed even by
some students like this freshman and junior at callisburg high school that asked we don't identify them. >> i feel like if someone came in that i know they're going to handle it. i feel protected. >> i feel really safe knowing that i can like come to school, and if there's like an incident that does happen, they'll be able to like protect us. >> reporter: out of the roughly 1,000 school districts across the state of texas, there are about 170 that have a policy of allowing teachers or administrators to carry a firearm on campus. here in the small town of ca callisburg, the guardian program was implemented four years ago in large part because the city doesn't have a local police department. they rely on county sheriffs. in a county this large, it can take many minutes for those deputies to respond to something like a shooting scene inside a school. klugston says the guardian force
undergoes active shooter scenario training once a year and routine target practice at gun ranges. critics say that isn't enough. the school officer at stoneman douglas who was trained far more extensively waited outside the building as the gunman unleashed a deadly massacre. steve klugston is con fins fds highs guard -- confident if his guardians face the same ordeal, they won't flinch. >> we want them to be better equipped to protect their kids. i have complete faith in our team that they're willing to stand up and protect our people. >> reporter: the armed teachers here haven't faced the worst case scenario, so the question remains -- how will they react if they're forced to face a killer? ed lavandera, cnn, callisburg, texas. joining me is executive director of the safety and security at atlanta public schools. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> let's start here where ed
left off. will armed teachers, that's the proposal from the president, do you believe they will make schools safer? >> i think the conversation around arming teachers is a much deeper conversation than just a yes or no. i would hope that we would want to arm our teachers with the tools that they need to become -- to become the experts that they need to be on the subject matter areas of teaching and learning and not making them public safety officers. we need to leave that whole public safety response to law enforcement personnel who are trained to deal with emergencies. >> and some teachers say they have enough to do already in addition to now the president and many who agree with him want to make them, as you said, public safety officers, as well. i want you to listen to brandon huff, he is a senior at stoneman douglas high school. he survived the shooting that happened on wednesday. here's what he said. >> despicable.
you didn't do your job. you were trained for this, you were armed, you had a bulletproof vest. you were protected more than anybody else who died, who lost their lives. and you did nothing. you froze. you got scared. you know, you did nothing at all. you could have saved a lot of lives. >> the message to the broward county sheriff's deputies who reportedly waited outside as the shooting was happening. we have not heard from them yet. what's your response to what you heard from brandon? >> very unfortunate. law enforcement officers are trained to go directly to the threat and to address the threat. while i can't speak to what happened on that day, what i can say is that when you have a well-trained unit, law enforcement officers, then you have -- they are prepared to go and address that threat. and it -- it all really comes down to training. >> to training. >> yes. >> so, so speaking of training,
the president yesterday at the white house suggested that the reason you should arm the teachers and not potentially invest more in school resource officers -- and you were a school resource officer -- is that the teachers love their students. here's what the president said -- >> a security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children. this man standing outside of the school the other day doesn't love the children, probably doesn't know the children. the teachers love their children. they love their pupils. they love their students. >> again, you were an sro. did you know the children? did you love the children? >> of course. sros know their children. part of their job is to build relationships working with students and staff. they know their children. they know that environment. and they do love the children. you have to love the job in order to be a school resource officer. very hard work. it takes dedication and
commitment to public service in order to do the job. >> so what are some of the solutions? i'm not asking you to solve the entire problem of mass shootings. but are there some incremental changes that can make schools safer? >> i think so. i think it all begins with a conversation ensuring that school safety is at the top of the educational agenda, first of all. secondly, making sure that all systems are working collaboratively together to support school safety. so systems, plans, resources, protocols all working together across all of the support functions and business units to support schools is what builds a comprehensive strategy for school safety. >> you absolutely need the resources. a plan means nothing if people don't execute. >> absolutely. >> thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you. >> all right. ivanka trump is in south korea now to re-up u.s. pressure on the north to stop its nuclear
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prohibit illicit transfers on the high seaings. they go to -- high seas. they go to places they think no one's watching and sell coal and things to countries like russia. they sell the materials and don't disclose that they're from north korea. now all eyes will be on the ships, and that any companies no matter what country they're from, if they're caught doing business with north korea, they will be sanctioned. their banks and financial institutions could be sanctioned. an economic war that the united states is unleashing all of its economic firepower trying to stop north korea before they develop this first-strike nuclear capability. some chilling words coming out from the president of the united states. >> if the sanctions don't work, we'll have to go phase two. it may be very, very unfortunate for the world. hopefully the sanctions will work we have tremendous support around the world for what we're doing. it really is a rogue nation. if we can make a deal, it will be a great thing.
if we can't, something will have to happen. >> reporter: president trump not specifying what phase two would be, but we heard perhaps a preview over the last week from senator james rich, gop senator from idaho, talking about a potential strike on north korea. president trump willing to strike first before north korea develops nuclear capabilities. the senator saying if that could happen, it could trigger -- his words -- one of the worst catastrophic events in civilization with mass casualties, the likes of which the planet has never way, he said, "possibly biblical proportions." if the united states decides that economic action, diplomatic action doesn't work and they decide to take military action against kim jong-un. >> all right. thank you very much. let's stay there in pyeongchang. ivanka trump is also there ahead of the closing ceremonies for the winter games in pyeongchang. >> and cnn white house reporter kate bennett is with us to talk about that. i think there are a lot of
questions specifically about what is the intention of this trip for ivanka, kate? >> reporter: it seemed before she left as though it was -- she was touted as a winter sports enthusiast by the white house. to many she has a celebrity and branding factor. in other ways, certainly she's a senior adviser to the white house, to her father. she's acting as an emissary and diplomat in the korean peninsula. and so there's sort of this hybrid that's happening with r her. the white house said she met with president moon. they discussioned the sanctions before the -- they discussed the sanctions before the american public knew about the sanction against north korea. she's playing a role that's celebrity -- they call her just "junction junctioivanka "ivanka" like madonna. at the same time handling sensitive time with the relationship between north and
south korea and the united states. >> we know that she briefed the south korean president about the new sanctions. with the security clearance and protocol in the white house, does she have the security clearance to do that? >> reporter: according to the white house, yes. certainly under the new rules of security clearances, she's still awaiting her final clearance. but the white house and secretary mnuchin yesterday said in the briefing room that ivanka is prepped and ready. and she has the available security clearance to understand what's been going on and read in on these issues. outwardly perhaps not full clearance, but the white house says she's prepared to handle these talks. >> kate, north korea announced their delegation officials that will be at the closing ceremony. we know initially there were no official plans according to the white house that ivanka would be meeting with any of them.
but how -- do we know what the preparation is if she does happen to have some sort of informal interaction with somebody from north korea? >> reporter: well, you know, that's sort of a wait and see. the white house saying that she likely will not have the interaction. that there won't be any chatting or meeting or -- physical space that ivanka trump will share with anyone from the north korean delegation. as we know, it's a wait-and-see situation. i don't expect her from what we're hearing to have any interaction there. she's supposed to attend the closing ceremonies. i think we all remember the pictures of vice president mike pence sitting so close to the north korean delegation during the opening ceremonies. i don't know whether that's an optic that the olympics or white house or the countries want to continue for the closing ceremonies with ivanka. i think it's going to be -- it will be stunning and likely a rare opportunity that the two countries will sort of >> so beyond the close beising
ceremonies, what is on her schedule? >> she was at more games today. she was taking in the snowboarding competition last night wearing a red jump suit, dressed in very patriotic colors. she will attend more games today. and she will be at the closing ceremonies and then head back to washington on monday. and continue on her role and her portfolio which includes apparently everything from diplomacy to paid family leave. she has a broad swathe of influence over her father and she continues in her role as senior adviser. >> all right. kate bennett, thank you. all right. the missed signals, we'll talk about those this morning in that awful high school shooting in florida. a guilty plea and new charges in the russia investigation. and new reporting that the white house knew a couple weeks ago that the president's son-in-law jared kushner was facing significant issues over getting a white house security clearance. that is all coming up. one thing.
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