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who got access to their letter. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm george howell, the cnn "newsroom" starts right now. at 5:00 a.m. here on the u.s. east coast a key trump white house official is said to be cooperating extensively with the special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation. in fact, he's been cooperating for the last nine monies. and so what extent it is just now being revealed publicly. according to "new york times," white house counsel don mcgahn has talked to investigators no less than 30 hours and he's said to have given information that they wouldn't otherwise have. u.s. president insists in a tweet he let mcgahn do it and allowed other staff members to fully cooperate with the special counsel. the times also reports mcgahn
feared being set up as the fall guy if any wrongdoing was found and a source tells cnn the relationship between mcgahn and the president is now akin to, and i quote, an old married couple complaining about each other. the president trump's attorney rudy giuliani also reactsing to it. listen. >> i think the best -- the best analysis would be that the mueller team is panic. they know they don't have a case. there was no collusion. there was no obstruction. they can't prove it and they are trying to get the president to testify. and they're hoping that if they put out a story like this in which they suggest that mcgahn is cooperating against him, but don't say it, they don't say that, that he'll want to come in and explain himself. now, the president wants to testify. the president wants to be open and transparent, otherwise he wouldn't have encouraged 30 witnesses, including mcgahn to testify. >> rudy giuliani there speaking on a conservative commentary
show. our ryan nobles is traveling with the president and picks up the story from here. >> reporter: president trump is reacting to the news that don mcgahn, the white house counsel, has sat down for a series of interviews with the special counsel robert mueller saying that it was his idea, that he had no problem with mcgahn doing so because he essentially has nothing to hide. "the new york times" reporting that mcgahn spent more than 30 hours with the special counsel revealing everything he knows about president trump's role in their investigation and perhaps his attempt to obstruct justice as they try to find out information as to whether or not the president's campaign was colluding with russia during the 2016 campaign. and make no mistake, there's a lot that don mcgahn knows about the last year and a half of the trump administration. he was there during the lead-up of the firing of fbi director james comey, knows all about the president's comments and actions during that time. he also knows about the president's obsession with putting loyalists in charge of probe. and of course he also knows about the president's at least thought process as it relates to
perhaps firing the special counsel robert mueller. and there was even a showdown between mcgahn and the president where he warned the president if he took that extraordinary action of firing robert mueller that he was going to step down. now, don mcgahn's attorney william burke, he has a personal attorney representing him in this case, he put out a statement to cnn saying, quote, president trump through counsel declined to assert any privilege over mcgahn's testimony so mr. mcgahn answered the special counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly as any person interviewed by federal investigators must. and the president's lawyer rudy giuliani also responding to these -- this news saying that mcgahn was sanctioned to do it, that this was the legal team's idea and that the president had no problem with it because he essentially has nothing to hide. and so both sides attempting to try and spin this to the benefit of their public relations plans. but it's important to keep in mind, this story tells us more than anything that as much of the information that has come out about the robert mueller probe, there's still so much
that we don't know about what robert mueller has uncovered. ryan nobles, cnn, berkeley heights, new jersey. >> to talk more about this, let's bring in cnn legal analyst areva martin joining from los angeles this hour via skype. areva, thank you so much for your time.
the u.s. president has chimed in on twitter saying that he, quote, allowed white house counsel don mcgahn and all other requested members of the white house staff to fully cooperate with the special counsel, adding in addition we readily gave over 1 million pages of documents most transparent in history. no collusion, no obstruction. witch-hunt, the president says. though as face value what do you make, areva, of this claim of full cooperation? >> well, one thing we know, george, is that the president's previous personal legal team were very much in favor of the president cooperating with the special counsel's investigation. their thought was if the president cooperated, that the
special counsel could wrap the investigation up rather quickly. we see that hasn't happened. the president has changed lawyers as it relates to his personal attorneys. he brought on mr. rudy giuliani to lead up his personal legal team. and we see giuliani has a very different approach to the special counsel and the investigation. and his approach has been to really play cat and mouse with the investigators as it relates to cooperating, particularly when it comes with the -- comes to the president actually sitting down and being interviewed by the special counsel. we've heard him say repeatedly on cable news that the president wants to sit down, that he plans to sit down, but yet there doesn't seem to be any real intention by giuliani and the new team's approach to cooperating with the special counsel. >> let's talk about the amount of time that mr. mcgahn spent cooperating. three days, some 30 hours.
as an attorney yourself, what does this tell you? >> it tells me that mcgahn has a lot of information. we know he has been involved with trump in very serious meetings, conversations. he was a part of the comey firing. he was apparently involved in conversations with jeff sessions about him recusing himself from the russian investigation. involved in conversations regarding the possible termination by the president of rod rosenstein. so it says that mcgahn has a lot to tell the special counsel. and the special counsel wanted to hear what mcgahn had to say. so 30 hours is a substantial amount of time for someone to be interviewed by federal prosecutors. so is he apparently a pretty important and significant witness for the special counsel. >> areva, i have to ask you, do you see any similarities between mcgahn and john dean? you'll remember that john dean flipped on the former president
richard nixon even spending time in prison but, in fact, is credited for exposing the watergate scandal. do you see any similarities there? >> well, that's an interesting question, george. and john dean himself weighed in in an interview where he said that, you know, he thought that there was some similarities and he encouraged mcgahn to be truthful and to participate with the special counsel. what we do know is that there are allegations that mcgahn may be concerned about being blamed for the comey firing and for other acts that the president has taken and that a part of why he went in to talk with the special counsel is so that there would be no mistake about what his role and his involvement has been in some of these critical decisions that we know the special counsel is looking at. so it may be that be don mcgahn has some critical information that could lead to impeachment or some kind of charges being brought by the special counsel
that would make him a pretty good parallel to john dean. >> areva martin, we appreciate your time and perspective. thank you. >> thanks, george. and now to southern india. thousands of people there stranded or trapped, many waiting on their rooftops for help. in fact, it is the worst flooding to hit southern -- the southern state of kerala in nearly a century. at least 345 people have died since the monsoon season started in may. the prime minister of india modi is promising to said more troops and more helicopters. and you can see in this video soldiers have been dropping air packages from helicopters, but it is an uphill battle. >> we are trying rescue, initially we are get be people and right now we're supplying food and water supply to the people there. and as you're seeing right now, it's difficult, water flow is very difficult for them to go to waters that -- we saw that -- so
we're trying to provide food and water to them so they can at least survive through the water recedes. >> but during this disaster, a show of national solidarity. vide volunteers are stepping in to help donating food, medical supplies and and many other things to send to kerala. we get more details now from our affiliate cnn news 18. >> reporter: carol la is witness to unprecedented floods this year leading to loss of life and devastation. i'm in one of the worst affected districts in the state. this is completely unindated until yesterday. the water was to the roof of all of these buildings. but now as you can see the water levels have receded. rescue and relief operations were going on for the last couple of days and people have been evacuated from several buildings, in fact, people had been trapped in many buildings inside these buildings as water
got into their homes and they were seeking help. and several people, several officials from the center, several agencies, be it the army, navy, all the india and local police officials and fishermen were helping in the rescue operations and therefore thousands were rescued from here and taken to nearby relief centers. this is the situation across kerala and several other districts, several agencies were helping in rescue and relief work. most of the places were completely under water, but now things are looking slightly better because the rains have subsided, the water level have come down in most parts of kerala. yesterday, prime minister modi in fact individuavisited the st asired all the help possible for the state of kerala and promised 500 -- for relief of operations. now at this point water's really going to be a challenge for the
state is the epidemic, the outbreak of epidemic that will follow after the water levels recede. so that is going to be the next challenge that the state will have to deal with. for cnn news in india. >> in reporting in the water there, she's done that for the last several days and it does give you a sense of how bad this is. our meteorologist derek van dam here to tell us what to expect ahead. >> there are 14 districts in kerala, 13 of them were described as submerged. and it just really puts it into perspective of how bad this flooding got. now, there's over 16,000 roads -- kilometers of roadways that have been submerged as well, so making it very difficult for people to move about, obviously, and for the search and rescue operations to happen. but check this video out because this say stounding to sis astou
mudslide and how quickly it came tumbling down the side of the hill. no wonder people are so anxious to be rescued. i want to show you another incredible picture sent to us from the indian navy, just one moment, a quick description of how a landslide forms. we get this heavy rainfall into the side of a mountain. the mountain is destablized. eventually gravity takes over, the slope fails, and we get this torrent of mud, rock, debris ar and it basically obliterates everything in its path because it can travel over 45, 50 miles per hour at times. this is the image i was talking about moments ago. here's an individual being plucked from the second story of their birlding, watuilding, watp to the second story of this home and they're anxiously waiting for helicopters or boats to rescue them. in fact, over 82,000 rescues alone took place on friday. rainfall totals in excess of their entire monthly average, just in the five-day period for
some portions of the kerala state. the good news is and the reporter just talked about it a moment ago, we are starting to relax the heavy rainfall across southwest india the. monsoon rains look as if they'll start to shift a little further towards the north closer to mumbai. you can see the rainfall totals across that region in excess of 150 millimeters over the next couple of days. still rain in the forecast for cowhich i and the kerala state, however, we don't expect it to be as heavy as what we've experienced the past week or so. >> thank you. now in indonesia, an island there, where he want to tell you about this earthquake that has struck again each of bali, not far from a volcano. this 6.3 earthquake rocked the island of lom bah on saturday. there was no tsunami warning issued in this indicates and there are no reports of casualties so far. this is the same island that was
hit by a powerful earthquake that killed 436 people two weeks ago. you're watching "newsroom" and still ahead after decades apart, a few lucky south koreans will get to reunite with their relatives in north korean but here's the thing, only for a few days. plus, a sex abuse scandal in the united states rocks the catholic church. cnn is live in rome following the story. stay with us. ♪ introducing elvive extraordinary oil. in just 1 use, elvive revives your driest hair without weighing it down. with luxurious camellia and golden sunflower oils... it leaves your hair healthier, shinier, and 10 times more nourished. elvive revives dry hair. because you're worth it. i've been making blades here at gillette for 20 years. i bet i'm the first blade maker you've ever met.
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thousands of venezuelans could be stranded after escaping a crisis. many of them escaping to countries further south in latin america. but ecuador is now requiring a valid passport for venezuevenez cross. peru is saying they need passports also. both countries say it's needed for security purposes. but getting a passport is a long process and many there who cannot afford to pay for a passport or wait for one. near the border between south and north korea excitement is starting to build for several families. a select few are preparing for reunions with their families on monday. they will certainly be all too short. just 89 people are participating in this first round of meetings.
tens of thousands of families were separated by the korean war and many have little or no contact since the fighting ended in 1953. cnn correspondent paula hancocks following the story from south korea. i know you've been speaking with people there. these rare and delicate few days ahead certainly emotions will be high. >> reporter: that's right, george. they are inside at this point this hotel behind me they're having a dinner before first thing tomorrow morning they'll wake up, get on buses and they'll drive across the dnz into north korea to a resort where these reunions are held. there has been a huge amount of excitement here this evening as these elderly people realize that they will be seeing their loved ones for the first time in decades. now, of course, it is very difficult for those who are not going to be selected, there's about 57,000 people who wanted
to be part of this, just 89 have been selected as there is a very small amount that they are able to accommodate at each reunion. and in fact a tragic example of how time is running out for many, four of those, it was going to be 93, four had to drop out because of deteriorating health. so it really shows how important it is to have more reunions and quickly. this woman is 92 years old. she has an outfit to buy for a very special occasion. on monday, li will meet her son for the first time in 68 years. li and her husband were among many north koreans who fled south as the korean war took hold in 1950. she recalls walking for days carrying her 1-year-old daughter, her husband carrying her son. she left the road to breast feed her baby, slipped and sprained
her ankle. when she returned she couldn't find her husband. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: as the fighting caught up with them, li had to take a train and then a ship and waited in south korea for her husband and son to catch up. they never did. these reunions happen only when relations between the two crazy a -- koreas are good. it is a highly controlled three days in north korea.
[ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: this man is still waiting. he's one of thousands who can only wonder if their chance will ever come. he's 85. his two brothers, one older, one young drer not manage to escape the north during the war. he has heard nothing about them since. [ speaking foreign language ]
>> reporter: i says even though he is bitterly disappointed not to be part of this round of the reunions, he does still have some hope that he could be part of a future session of reunions. this is what the head of the red cross has been telling me. he said it's important to have more reunions, to have more people within these reunions and he's negotiating with his north korean counterparts to try to make that happen. george. >> paula hancocks following the story live in south korea. thank you, paula. as yet another clergy abuse scandal rocks the united states, the drum beat for accountability, it is getting louder. and the one man who could make that happen, who could call for that accountability, the man you see right there, pope francis.
in the next 30 minutes he's set to deliver his sunday prayer. he's been under increasing pressure to address the newest allegations in a pennsylvania grand jury report that details decades of sexual abuse by priests and coverups by bishops. the vatican has called the accusations, quote, criminal and morally reprehensible. following this story live from rome, cnn contributor barbie is here with a closer look. barbie, the pope has spoken out about the genoa bridge collapse, he's been vocal there speaking about the lives lost. the question now, will he speak about this? >> reporter: well, george, it's hard to say. we don't have any expectation that he's going to offer up the victims of sexual abuse. we expect him to address the bridge collapse again when he gives his prayer this morning. but this is a moment that he gives a prayer, he addresses the people that have gathered in the crowd of saint peters square
that want a glimpse of him. so there really is no pressure on him to address it at this home. we can expect, though, that he will have more pressure when he goes to ireland, that's going to be much more of an opportunity for him to speak about that. today within the half an hour or so we'll know what his intentions are about today, george. >> and let's talk about the people who will all come together in the square because it's important to note are these people who be clambering about a response for accountability? >> the people who will gather today are devout catholics on their way to mass or tourists who are trying to get a selfie in the square with the pope behind them, things like that. it's not going to be a group and a gathering of clerical sex abuse survivors. we don't see any indication that they're gathering there today. but this message, the prayer, does go out to the world. the pope knows that it's not just those people in the square listening. so if he chooses to make some sort of statement to address
this horrific sex abuse scandal in pennsylvania, he knows that the world will be listening, george. >> cnn contributor barbie following this story live in rome. thank you. now, as the world waits to hear what the pope may or may not say in his address, one of the victims from the pennsylvania abuse scandal has a message for him. he spoke to my colleague anna cabrera earlier. listen. >> the pope needs to step up and take control of his church because it's fairly obvious that the church is run by the cardinal of colleges had or the college of cardinals, i'm sorry, and the bishops. he doesn't -- he needs to step up and take control and tell these bishops to stop lobbying, stop moving these predators around. if you do we will turn you over to law enforcement and you're gone. they don't get it. they're not understanding the swear t severe weather of this problem. and this abuse was decades ago. it was.
but for victims and survivors like me, it's fresh, it's every day, it resinates through my life every single day in the is not old to me, it's always new. >> delaney also tells cnn that he no longer attends the catholic church. the u.s. president and the power of irony slamming social media on whereas, twitter. what the head of twitter, though, has to say about that. plus, google's slogan was don't be evil it's now do the right thing and its employees wants to make sure it's doing just that especially when it comes to ai and censorship. that story still ahead. stay with us. you're watching cnn "newsroom" live from atlanta. siness. so that if she has a heart problem & the staff needs to know, they will & they'll drop everything can you take a look at her vitals? & share the data with other specialists yeah, i'm looking at them now. & they'll drop everything hey. & take care of this baby
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good morning from coast to coast across the united states and to our viewers around the world this hour, you're watching cnn "newsroom" live from atlanta. i'm george howell with the headlines we're following for you. in india thousands of people are trapped in the worst flooding in nearly a century. this happening in the southern state of kerala. rescue crews struggling to reach some of the flooded areas and those trapped are running out of food and drinking water. at least 345 people have died since the monsoon season started in may. new images that we're getting from damage in indonesia. this where a 6.3 earthquake has hit the island of lombok. there was no tsunami warning and there are no reports of casualties so far. this the same island that was hit by another earthquake that killed 436 people two weeks ago. they're coming together near the country's border for a rare opportunity to reunite family
members in north korea. many have been separate ford decades. the three-day reunion starts monday. the countries agreed for the meetings in april. new information about the white house counsel don mcgahn is cooperating extensively with investigators in the russia probe. the noc times reports he's been interviewed for some 30 hours over the past nine months. the white house says it wanted him to cooperate. the times reported mcgahn also feared he was being setup to take the fall if wrongdoing was found. the u.s. president turning to twitter to rail against social media companies and you heard that right, the president is tweeting about that in part. he says social media is totally discriminating against republican and conservative voices speaking loudly and clearly for the trump administration. we won't let that happen. they are closing down the opinions of many people on the right while at the same time doing nothing to others. twitter did recently suspend far right conspiracy theorist alex jones among other things, he's
claimed falsely the sandy hook school shooting is a hoax. so, does the president have a point? and what about his tweets? twitter's ceo jack dorsey sat down with my colleague brian stelter to set the record straight. listen. >> reporter: you've been public about the policy about world leaders, keeping accounts up that otherwise might guess suspended suspend suspended or blocked. what would president trump have to say on twitter to get blocked? >> stepping back, we think it's really important for the world to see how global leaders think and they act and they treat the people around them. we think that's important. we think it's important to get into their minds and actually see how they think. because it can be more pretickettipr predictive how they're going to act. it could be informative as to if you should vote for them in the future or not. >> if a dictator called for a
minority population to be killed, would you delete their account? >> anything that would incite violence or illegal or against our terms offer is ris, we're going to consider and consider taking action. but we have to take it in a context of where they are, of who they are, of the global conversation and whether it does serve the public conversation or whether it detracts from it. >> jack dorsey there speaking with brian stelter. google is trying to reassure its employees that the company isn't compromising its values so the employees won't have to do so either. this comes after more than a thousand workers are reportedly pushing back on the possibility that the company could launch a sensor sensered version on friday. our zain asher explains. >> reporter: in the bustling
marketplace of the most populated country on earth, u.s. tech giants are struggling to get in because working in china means playing by chinese government rules. but is google ready to do just that? the intercept reports the company has been planning a sensered version of its software for china in order to kaps a peetion of its audience. >> it's a big market, 1.3 billion people there. they want these kinds of services so companies like google, yeah, they won't to get in there. >> now google's plans may be facing their biggest roadblock yet. a display of internal activists against a censored app that would block terms like human rights and religion. according to the "new york times," more than 1,000 employees signed a letter called dragon fly. it raises urgent morale and ethical issues. it goes on appearing to demand
more transparency. to make ethical choices geeg will needs to know what we're building. right now we don't. >> the employees are saying we don't want this, this isn't how we want the company to work are, it doesn't follow our beliefs. >> google's ceo tried to reassure employees at a town hall meeting. he said we are not close to launching a search product in china and whether we could do so or could do so is all very unclear. google declined to comment on the town hall meeting or to confirm the authenticity of the employee letter. >> somebody, some whistleblower inside the company basically decided to put that out there and basically put it into the press which forced the ceo to respond. and you know that he was thinking about it, but the timeline was something -- is something that's not public and he's saying it's a long way off. but he didn't say no. >> reporter: google suspended search services in china in 2010 following a dispute between beijing and washington over
hacking. at the time, one of the companies cofounders reportedly objected to toe tal tear nix in the country. eight years later jumping back into china may mark a shift for the tech giant which has long advocated a free and open market. zain asher, cnn. >> all right, zain, thank you very much. up next you'll hear from caroline odonovan. she's a tech reporter for buzz feed and the first journalist to get access to the letter signed by hundreds of google employees who are demanding transparency from the company's leadership. in a recent interview with caroline, she told me those employees have significant expe expectations. listen. >> what was important to understand and what was interesting for me in reporting this story and learning more about the company is that googlers have an unusual level of expectation compared to companies in general and also other tech companies in silicon valley for transparency from their executives. you'll hear the current ceo talk about that. it's baked into the culture.
i think that's feeding into the current ranker that some employees are feeling inside the company. >> you mention mentioned the google ceo and you wrote in your article that he's always expressed interest in returning to china since pulling out for political reasons back in 2010. clearly china is a big market for that company's growth. but does google change china and make it more open or does it simply aid seinsorship by returning? >> i think that's something they're talk about in the company right now. there's an employee who's post i talked about in the article who is from beijing originally and said he felt it was naive to think that google's technology or any technology company would change the current political situation if china. and there's other that feels if we enter the market there's a possibility we could do some good, that we could bring more information, there could be some kind of leverage in that situation for sure. you're right, china's a giant
market and google's a company, it seeks profit naturally and i think that's something the company is thinking about. there are certainly plenty of employees who realize that and were not entirely surprised by dragon fly. while there are some who are upset about the project and demanding transparency. i think there are others who weren't surprised it was happening especially given the comments the ceo has made publicly. >> and again that was caroline, senior technology reporter for buzz feed. kofi annan wasn't without criticism or controversy, but the late former u.n. chief is being praised by world leaders as a champion for peace. how he is being honored. stay with us. following you everywhere? it's time to take back control with stelara®. for adults with moderately to severely active crohn's disease, stelara® works differently. studies showed relief and remission with dosing every 8 weeks. woman: stelara® may lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections and cancer. some serious infections require hospitalization.
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are remembering kofi annan the former u.n. secretary general died on saturday. kofi annan was 80 years old. the former u.s. president george w. bush writes this. kofi was a gentle man and a tireless leader of the unite the nations. his voice of experience will be missed around the world. the president of russia, vladimir putin, also praising annan saying this. i sincerely admire his wisdom and courage and his ability to make balanced decisions even in the most complicated and critical situations. and the president of annan's native ghana says he was the first from subsa hairian africa to okay ny kmaulted position. he brought considerable renown to our country through this position and his conduct and comportment in the global arena. it wasn't just dignitaries paying tribute. sesame street tweeted annan visiting the kids on ha show along with its condolences tweeting this. we mourn the losses of kofi
annan. a relentless champion for peace and passionate ambassador for sessa if i street and the world's children. here's a bit of annan's is hamy street appearance. >> is there a problem i can help you with? >> that depends. who are you? >> my name is kofi annan i'm the secretary general of the united nations. >> elmo is elmo and this is will you -- lou lou and that's toby, we're the general masters of sesame street. >> and earlier i spoke with the current u.n. chief about the life and legacy of his predecessor. he says annan was a guiding force for good. >> i met him for the first time when i was in portugal and when i could witness his commitment and his success in contro
verting to solve the problem and to guarantee the independence. and i could see a fantastic diplomat and a man truly committed to values when those values were difficult in the context of the environment, the international community at that moment. and then i was annan invited me for commission for refugees and i could tell you i could witness permanently from him guidance, solidarity, very strong commitment to human rights, to humanitarian cause, but also an enormous political understanding of the problems of the world and an extremely important contribution to solve those same problems and to avoid human suffering. he is, for me, a true inspiration. i do believe that we are feeling an enormous loss not only at the level of the united nations are but the international community as a whole. one other thing if i may say, he was not only a statesman, he was
not only a leader, he was a warm person that would support his friends, that would comfort them in difficult moments that he could feel as a true friend and this is something i will never forget. >> kofi annan is survived by his wife and three children. funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. tehran is not backing down in the face of are you newed u.s. sanctions. country's defense minister says it's already ready to reveal a new fighter jet. this video from last year shows some of the aircraft they already have in its arsenal. the new jet's debut is set for iran's industry day, that's on wednesday. the minister said in a tv interview, people will be able to see it, fly if, and examine it. he added iran's defense priority is now to develop its missile program. iran's government is reacting harshly to renewed u.s. sanctions and sore everyday
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happening here? >> no. >> reporter: no, he says, because the hungrier the people get, the more they're going to hate him. if trump acted properly, trump might even have liked him. behind every car say family and -- is at the heart of the matter. he can't afford the part to repair his taxi but that hasn't stopped the monthly repayments on it, and that's led to stark changes at hoim f-- home for hi family and his children. their fancy refrigerator in their plush but tiny two-room apartment is suddenly empty. the price of an egg has doubled, he says rss, just like the price of fresh fruits and vegetables. milk is about 40% more expensive. these are the middle class that barack obama wanted to win over by lifting sanctions under the nuclear deal. but on to whom donald trump wants to pile pressure hoping to
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