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. happening now, police officer fired. the nypd should take action against one of its own five years of eric garner's death in a choke hold helped spark the black lives matter movement. i'll ask presidential candidate bill deblasio. fed up. the president tries to act as though he's not scared of a recession, while blaming any downturn on his federal reserve chairman as mr. trump blames new conspiracys whose forecasts can we believe. authorities say they've thwarted potential gun massacres in three states. we'll till about what we have learned about an apparent white nationalist in court on charges he threatened to attack a jewish center. and summer scorcher. if you are sweat touth month of
august, you are not alone. 60 million people are feeling the heat as temperature and humility levels soar. we want to welcome people around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm breana kieler. you are in the "situation room." [ music playing ] five years after eric garner told police i can't breathe, the new york police officer accused of fatally choking him has been punished. the nypd commissioner announcing he has been fired and will not receive his pension. eric garner's death, while in an illegal chokehold helped put a spotlight apolice brutal against unarmed african-american men. also tonight, president trump is trying to downplay the threat of recession as he privately worries about potential impact on his re-election campaign. he's also still obsessing about losing the popular vote in 2016. mr. trump is now claiming without any evidence that google manipulated millions of votes for hillary clinton.
this hour, i'll talk with new york city mayor and democratic presidential candidate bill de blasio. and our correspondent and analysts also are standing by. first let's go to cnn national correspondent in new york. britain, it took five years over the fire the officer. >> reporter: this was the case that made the city erupt and made it all the way to the democratic debate stage last month, if you remember. it's been five years leading up to today when police commissioner james o'neill made the decision. he made it, himself, he recognized it wouldn't go over very well with the rank and file. >> it is clear that daniel pa pantaleo cannot serve as a police officer. >> reporter: tonight the nypd is firing one of its own? it is not an easy decision.
it's not something that i could make over a few hours. i have been thinking about this since the day i was sworn in as police commissioner. >> reporter: an internal nypd investigation found grave misconduct by the officer, that report which factored in the commissioner's commission, characterized his use of force as reckless and a gross deviation from the standard of conduct. a federal investigation and grand jury proceedings began against him in 2014. no charges were filed in either case. tonight, garner's family is praising the nypd's decision but says this isn't the end. >> i thank you for doing the right thing. i truly and sincerely thank you for firing the officer. regardless or however you came up to your decision. you finally made a decision that should have been made five years ago. we will be going for the congressional hearings. we will be trying to reopen the case. we will be going after the rest of the officers involved,
because it's not over. >> reporter: pantaleo's attorney says he will appeal the firing. >> obviously, he's disappointed, upset, but has a lot of strength. we're looking for him to get his job back. >> reporter: garner was approached for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in july, 2014. the arrest was caught on camera, sparking city wide protests as people took to the streets using garner's last words as their rallying cry. >> i can't breathe. you can't breathe. >> reporter: now, the police union accused commissioner o'neal of using commission and self interests over the police and added oover t-- owe over th weekend they were working out a way for him to resign and keep his pension, but that offer was pulled in the final hours. now, the mayor who i know you will talk to essentially responded at his press conference saying don't believe anything the pda president says. it is clear there was a lot of
emotion and possibly politics wrapped up in this entire case. >> thank you so much for your reporting on this all day. and on this story now for quite a long time. now, to the white house where the president has been lashing out as he attempts to indicate recession fears are overblown and not his fault. jim, the state of the economy is clearly weighing on the president and he wants someone to blame. >> reporter: that is clear, we haveian nevada and president trump is playing the economist in chief this week insisting there is no recession on the horizon, but one of the president's top economic advisers, larry kudlow, is expected to hold a call with business leaders and local officials to offer reassurance on the economy. as the president is trying to get the message across, he is spreading some wild conspiracy theories. amid growing concerns about a looming economic downturn, president trump and his top aides are busy swatting away the "r" word, recession.
>> i don't see a recession. i mean the world is in a recession right now and although that's too big a statement. >> reporter: a new survey, the nation's fiscal health finds most economists do expect a recession by the end of 2021. >> everybody wants to talk about pessimism, recession. what's wrong with a little optimism? >> reporter: one of the president's top advisers larry kudlow says there is no recession of fear. less than one year before the 2008 financial crisis, kudlow wrote in the national review you can't call it a recession. this sort of fiscal and monetary continuation will continue the bush boom for years to come. >>ion that anybody saw that kind of crash. but look, this is not then. this is not then. >> reporter: the president and administration officials are blaming the federal reserve. >> i very much hope that chairman powell goes forward and does lower the rate this next time around report. the president is also suddenly
downplaying talk of new gun control. >> i'm also very, very concerned with the second amendment, more so than other presidents would be. people don't realize we have very strong background checks for guns right now. >> reporter: they are coaching republican lawmakers on how to answer questions about the gun show loophole, high capacity magazines and whether white nationalism is driefgs mass shootings. senator joni ernst faced a testy town hall when se tried to blame it on mental illness. >> a lot of the incidents we see do come back to mental illness. >> reporter: the president is still fighting with his director anthony scaramucci tweeting he's a highly unstable nut job. i barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence, despite bragging he only gets the best people. scaramucci is talking about a challenger for mr. trump in 2020. >> this is not a never trump
situation. this is not just screeching rhetoric. this is, okay, the guy's unstable. everyone inside knows it. everyone outside knows it. let's see if we can find a viable alternative report. the president is out with a new unproven conspiracy theory accusing google of manipulating 2 million votes in 2016, adding his victory was bigger than thought. that's not true. there is no evidence of a google conspiracy to change votes, the search engine is denying manipulation of its data. the president thinks fox news may be out to get him, too, after one of the network polls found mr. trump's approval rating changing. >> fox has changed and my worst polls have always been from fox. there is something going on at fox right now. i'll tell you right now. i'm not happy with it. >> reporter: there are new white house talking points, claiming the economy will be the best in the world until the 2020 election. they take issue with democratic contenders calling the president a racist, accusing them as
labeling mr. trump supporters as racist as well, getting back to the president's bogus conspiracy theory google manipulated votes in the 2016 election, we can put this up on screen, hillary clinton, his opponent in 2016, she's child in on twitter, she claiming, i should say she is noting the claim has been debunkered. the debunked theory was based on 21 undecided voters, for context. that's about half of the people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. >> jim acosta. thank you. joining me now is new york city mayor and democratic president candidate bill de blasio. thanks, for coming on. >> thank you, breana. >> i want to begin with the erake i rick garner case and the officer involved in his death. you said justice has been done. the garner family is calling for more action, as you know. i want to dig in here to specifics. can you be specific?
what comes next in new york and also on the national scale to stop this from happening to someone else? >> yeah, breana, the whole core i made today. this needs to be the never again moment. this need to be the last time we see one of these tragedies and that can be done because after the tragic loss of eric garner, we changed a lot of this i think so in new york. now every officer on patrol has a body camera. they've gone through deescalation training so that an exact same situation as that, they would try to tone it down, wait for more backup, handle it differently. on top of that explicit bias training. we are all humans, we have bias. it helps to weed it out so they make decision force the bigger reasons the, the right reasons. that's all changed. i believe if we do that consistently all over this country that we can end this horrible history that's holding us back and actually start to bring police and community closer together.
this was justice today. rihanna, it's important to know, the united states department of justice did nothing. the local district attorney did nothing. the first time there was a full public trial in this case was the new york city police department doing its own trial and one after another officials of the police department said based on the facts, this officer needs to be terminated. that's an immense show of impartiality and justice that the police department, itself, said something has to change here. >> that might not have happened not so many years ago. it's happening today, because a lot of reforms have been made. which gives me hope we can do that all over this country. >> before this decision was announced today. before that announcement of that internal investigation of the judge's finding inside the police department. you had indicated publicly at the debate that you wanted this officer to be terminated. did that impact commissioner o'neal's decision? >> no, i said i wanted to be very specific. i said i believed justice would
be served because i knew there would be a fair and impartial process. i never opined on what exactly should happen. i tried to be careful to say i believe there will be justice because the nypd will do things in a fared and impartial manner. there would be a trial for the first time. it's a painful things. >> you made it clear you wanted justice. it's not a giant cognitive leap to figure out what that would mean. something needed to happen, right? this was the question? >> no, i want to be specific about it. i believe there had to be accountability. someone died who shouldn't have died. what is important is to have a fair trial. i believe that to itself would yield justice and it did. >> was there any private communications between you or someone else at city hall on your behest from the commissioner's office about what your preferred outcome was, what you saw as justice? you said this is justice today?
>> no, the idea here. the way the law works in new york, the police commissioner is the only person that can make that decision. we honored that and in the end, look, i think commissioner o'neill was really honest. i thought that statement today was extraordinary in its openness and he looked at the facts that were developed very clearly. the fact that a choke hold is not allowed. just not allowed in new york city by our police officer and there it is on video and someone died because of it and he followed those facts and made that decision. >> and the judge also found that pantaleo was untruthful when he was talking to internal affairs. would you have considered replacing the police commissioner if this had not been the decision that was made? >> breana, look, i had faith in the process. i had faith in my police commissioner. he's led extreme reforms. i believed all along there would
be a fair process and accountability. look, i think what people are seeing all over this country is the post-revered, renowned, police department in this nation just had the strength and had the sense of justice to say, you know what, one of our own did the wrong thing. it was proven. it was factual and there is going to be accountability in action. >> that actually happened. i believe that is important in moving forward not just as this city but this whole country. >> an attorney for officer pantaleo said there was an offer on the table, he would have resigned but he would have kept his pension. his attorneys say that offer was later revoked at the last minute. is that true? >> i don't know which conversations each person had with another person. i just know that any inference that something was agreed to, obviously, was false. i'm used to hearing a lot of statements that are false from that union -- >> was it possibly in discussion, though, do you know -- >> again, i don't know who
talked to who. i don't know what they talked about. unfortunately, you saw it today, a very divisive statement from that union literally encouraging officers not to do that job. up fortunately, that leadership has been divisive for a long time. the new york police officers are do their job and we will move forward as a city. >> would it have been justice if pantaleo was allowed to resign but keep his pension? >> you will forgive me, for someone that leads the most largest city, i don't get into hypothetical decision. what we have is an actual fair and impartial process. now we have an opportunity to move this city forward and get police and community closer. the job is to make sure this never happens again. with in finally behind us, we can get back to work bonding police and community for the good of all, for safety of all. that's what i'm focused on.
>> i do want to talk to you about another important issue. obviously, you are running for president. so as you are watching the president. president trump, backing away from calls for universal background checks for gun purchases, do you think if elected and of course, you may not have a democratic congress to work with, it's extremely unlikely the democrats would have a filibuster approved majority of 60 votes in the senate, what would be your first executive order to address gun violence? >> well, look, i think right now in this country, we have a clear majority of americans and a shockingly high number nra members who believe in more extensive background checks, waiting period, banning assault weapons. this is a majority american view right now. i think it's two things. i think it's using every executive power of the presidency to move a gun safety agenda. here in new york, speaking from experience, the safest big city in america and our law enforcement officers are safer
because we have gun laws. i want every executive tool used. at the same time, we're sitting on top of a situation where a majority want these changes and a small number of senators on the republican side, if they flip, we get those changes. they're signature on top of states where they're under tremendous pressure from their own constituents to address this issue. i think a part of this is for a president to lead. if i were president, i would go to those states, those swing states and i would energize the people of those states to demand their senators switch their position. i actually don't think it's impossible to get to the 60 vote, given how angry people are in this country. now it's every day people worried about their child going to school. this wasn't true a few years ago. now i hear it from parents here in my city and all over the country. now it's gotten so bad, parents are worried about their kids going off to school in the morning. god forbid, there is a mass shooting. something is changing. those senator versus to answer that. in florida, they said nothing
could change. but after parkland, those young people spoke up and actually the florida legislature did make major changes. it can happen in washington. too. >> mayor, thank you so much. mayor bill de blasio of new york city, we appreciate you coming on. >> thank you. just ahead, ohio one of three states where authorities say they just prevented potential mass shootings. we will tell you what we are learning and the cold hard facts of the long summer of 2019. are we supposed to dance? ♪ boy boy bands without dancing are just ok. get a better than just ok unlimited plan with spotify premium included on america's best network. only from at&t. more for your thing. that's our thing.
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you know, in ohio tonight an apparent white supremacist has pleaded not guilty after he allegedly threatened to open fire in a you irish community center. jessica, please say that the ohio suspect is one of three potential mass shooters who have been arrested here in three states. >> that's right. in all three cases, breana, officers were able to move in and then make those arrests after tips from concerned citizens and people close to the defendants and the arrests really show law enforcement is moving quickly to thwart threats and they're looking to the public for help. tonight, 20-year-old james patrick reardon is behind bars being held on $250,000 bond. he's charged in connection with what police say were threats to carry out a shooting inside a jewish community center. he's pleaded not guilty.
reardon presented his proposed plan, police say an instagram account showed himself fireing a gun and he labeled himself at a potential shooting at a jewish center. a girl set the arrest in motion. reardon attended the you fight the white rally in charlottesville, in 2017 and spoke about his white national stance in this nat geo documentary. >> i want a whiteland for white people. >> reporter: reardon's was one of tefrl e several where people were tipped off to young people in their 20s to plot weapons and mass attacks. in connecticut, brandon wagshol was arrested after an anonymous call to an fbi tip line revealed he was trying to purchase large amounts of pittsburghs from out of state and expressed interest
on facebook in committing a mass shooting. in florida, 25-year-old tristan scott wix was arrested in a parking lot after his ex-girlfriend alerted police he had sent her several texts, allegedly threatening a mass shooting. experts say it shows the power of people stockpiling ammunition. >> people are getting more and more larger magazine holders. most importantly, they're telling people about it, bragging about it. that's where we can catch them. that's where we feed people to help us. >> reporter: reardon is a self-described white nationalist. there are no indications others share those beliefs. fbi director christopher wray says there have been almost as many arrested of terrorists as international terrorists. >> i will say a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we have investigated are motivated by some version of what you
might call white supremacist violence. but it includes other things as well. >> reporter: tonight, terror expert is warning while white young men seem to fit the profile for mass shooters. people should be on the alert of collecting weapons and violence. >> it's the behaviors, because it isn't, if you just look for who you think, you probably have the wrong information and we know that these shooters are, you know, 12 to 88-years-old. they come from all demographics across the country. >> reporter: and that terror expert also made the point that even the tiniest tip can be crucial in helping police secure an arrest warrant or a search warrant and it could eventually help crack a case or in these cases, breana, put people behind bars in these potentially drank russ plots. >> it does illustrate that. thank you for that. just ahead, the president walks back a talk on tighter background checks for guns. should anyone be surprised,
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we see the president back pedaling. we've seen this before, though, so should we really be surprised? >> no, we shouldn't be surprised and the president telegraphed this two fridays ago when he said he was only thinking about meaningful background checks. meaningful was the tell, letting everybody know the nra had been in his ear. they reminded him. for mcconnell reminded him. he relies on the rural voters that resonate stronger with gun rights than gun control. now he's done almost the full walk back and this suggests when congress comes back, we're not going to get a lot done. >> it was not only the nra but senator mcconnell on the hill saying we won't vote for anything like this. the political will just isn't there. >> it's interesting it isn't there? in so many ways republicans will be very careful to not break with president trump and yet he says something on guns like he's said and there is no way they're
getting in line with him. why is that the case with this one issue? >> well, the president hasn't put his full force behind this issue. he's tip toed out. he's never stuck with it. i do wonder. this is a president that when he decides to leave, the gop usually follows in one way or another or at least enough to pass something and he hasn't been willing on this issue to put his neck out and probably is exactly why david said. it's not only the nra. it's their grass roots mobilization. people who are second amendment advocates, they vote on that issue. we haven't seen the same. in some cases in 2018, we did see some possiblization. we haven't seen that full huge mobilization that we've seen with the anti-gun movement. >> that's right. no, we've seen moments. right. their a prince moment we have seen when republican senator joni ernst was facing this angry crowd, really, as she pointed to mental illness as the cause of mass shootings. let's listentohis. >> a lot of the incidents that we see do come back to mental
illnes illness. >> we are short counsellors. we are short psychologists. >> we are short congress to take action. >> there are a number of things out there not followed. some people shouldn't have weapons gaining access to weapons. and the laws we are trying to make sure the laws are being followed. >> i remember in the wake of virginia tech, which i covered and was awful, that there was a lot of talk about mental illness and there seemed to be i don't want to say a broad agreement on it, but there seems to be now just no agreement on the mental illness piece of this rebecca. it seems this is being dismissed as an entirely republican talking point. so where does it go from here? >> right. it's interesting when you look at the divide between what are the root causes of these shootings, it's completely a partisan flip as is this entire
issue. fox news had a poll out last week that asked the question, what is the root cause of this, democrats by a huge majority say access to guns. white nationalism. many of them say donald trump. on the republican side, mental illness still is the most prevalent response followed by bad parenting, access to guns, only 32% in that poll. so have you this stark partisan divide which i think is driving this lack of passion among republicans to get anything done on this i think what is interesting to watch are going to be these suburban voters. where do they go on this issue, is there a shift. >> are they passionate? >> especially suburban women. key block to watch. joey, the president has said we already have quote strong back checks. are the laws currently on the books effective at protecting communities from gun violence using back checks as they are? >> you know, breana, great question. i think the answer is resoundingly no that's obvious based upon what has been exacted
upon in this country and continues repeatedly. it is becoming the norm. >> that when we cake i wake up, we hear about this mass violence and nothing is done. it's time for leadership. we don't feed moments office when something happens. we need enduring happening this. meaning they have to take action. so what about the background laws? when you have a significant loop home, yes, licensed dealers, if you are purchasing it from a licensed dealer, there is a brackground check. what about the other 22% that it's not licensed dealers, it's private sales and it's gun shows. what about that? how easy of a fix it would be in the event that background checks would be applicable to that let's not limit the discussion to background checks alone. we talk about red flag laws. what are they? they give the ability of people of law enforcement perhaps of teachers, we could expand it to like new york has and others who are in that position of saying you're not well and as a result of that, we're going to petition the courts to take your gun away
until you could become responsible. last point. second amendment is huge. it's big. i believe in it. i believe in the bill of rights. we have to protect responsible gun ownership. the fact that there is not the political will to do this, based upon all wear seeing now, it's so disheartening that in our democracy we can't come together to stop them as violence to protect people and moving forward ensure the safety of americans. that's just a shame. >> you all stay with me. we have this new anthony scaramucci business ahead. he is gathering a coalition of excabinet members to denounce the president ahead of the 2020 election. will it make 18 e any difference? we will talk -- will it make any difference? we will talk about that. ancestrydna has new features and richer stories. ...and it's now on sale for just $59.
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we are back now with our political and our legal experts and we're going to talk anthony scaramucci, because he now is of course the former white house communications director. how long was he? >> 11 days. >> learn days. so he is gathering, he says, a coalition of excabinet members to denounce the president ahead of the 2020 election. who do you think is on this list? >> sure. i have to say, if you have a list, it's probably more impactful to release the list as opposed to talking about the list in ab tract. right. if he actually had the list ready. >> sure. >> let's say there is a list. these are people who have
grievances against the president. who most likely weren't fired in a ceremonyious way. i wonder if this would have any impact at the end of the day, because we've seen some leaders who have spoken out against the president who have worked with the president, antony skaur much is not a leader. he is close with the president and speaking out, people dismiss it out of hand. >> two big problems with the list. one you will have a list of people who the president can attack and say these are the winners and losers who couldn't get it done. you should will happy i kicked the faux elitists to the curb. its being led by antony scaramucci a guy until last year was touting the president's genius. he said in his book that the president was fundamentally suited to being president. what did he observe in the last year-and-a-half that he didn't observe from 2015 to 2018 in that context, he may be sincere.
it's hard to take anthony scaramucci seriously. >> there is an alternate view, though. >> go on, joey. >> that's this. when are you up close and personal with someone, perhaps your view can change. yes, we lawyers always attack on bias. you were unceremonious dumped, isn't that right? you have a grievance with the president. isn't that fair? i saw how he acted. i you a how is he led, boy was i none too pleased with that. as a result of that, ki tell you he's fought fit so that's the alternate view to the attacks that will come on scaramucci. >> joey, i tip my hat to you for seeing the glass half full in this situation. the problem is, scaramucci was dumped as white house communications director. it was at least a year-and-a-half ago, if not two years ago. the other problem is again you will have a situation where all these people who would not presumably be on this list and saying, we worked with the president. as you say, observed him first hand and, whoa, is this guy off
the rails? except that's what 50% of the country was saying the whole time. >> he lasted a long 11 days, though, david. a long 11 days. >> it's beyond me. >> who is saying? >> on the 11th day, joey rested. >> joey, let's talk about, the president has been trafficking in a number of conspiracy theories. there is an uptick right now. the is accusing google of manipulating both in the 2016 election. he wrote, google manipulated 16 million votes for hillary clinton in the election. gook him should be sued. my victory was even bigger than thought. hillary clinton, the first thing she points out, which is true, the debunked study are you referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. her context is about half the people associated with your campaign have been indicted. is there any evidence to this? because it really seems like there's not. >> love her comeback.
that was pretty good. now, here's the point. the point is what is it now, we used to have a senator highly regarded in new york money hasn moin han chlt /* /- moynehan. when you have a study that says the president has made 12,000 or more misrepresentations, why should facts get in the way. if you want to talk about election meddling. if you want to talk about ewill exinterference, let's not deflect. we know what the real interference was and that was russian interference. it's not google's interference, so, no, in response to your question, breana, there is not a scintilla of everyday that would suggest this is ac rat. it's, in fact, based on a study that has been debunked. but why should that matter? >> this is one conspiracy theory he is tracking in. there are others. what does it tell you what the president is worried about right now? >> it tells you he's not worried
about facts, representing as president of the united states the truth. he's not worried about the impacts this might have on people's confidence in our country and our institutions. but he is worried about his re-election. that's what this is all about. so he's doing everything he can to bolster his own standing. it shows you, you know, he's worried about obviously he lost the popular vote last time. that's a concern for him going into this election. he's not polling well. the economy could be teetering on the brink here. so he has some concerns. >> does this work, does this charge you work to garner him support, jackie? >> forever 2016. it's never going to end. we will always be stuck there. whether it works or not, i don't think we know right now. right now the president is getting hit on the issue that he cares about the most, that he is putting basically all of his eggs in the economic basket and you have lots of qualified people saying that a recession is coming, which is why the president is talking about everything but blaming everyone but, you know, maybe some of his policies that are problematic.
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