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good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is wednesday, june 8th. i'm john berman with brianna keilar. and cnn has learned that the most powerful republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell, has expressed an openness to raising the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic ar-15 style weapon from 18 to 21. he said that in private. but the majority leader has not and will not, it seems, say it in public, and it is highly unlikely this will be part of any agreement on gun safety as the talks intensify between democrats and republicans. >> two weeks ago, republican senator cynthia lummis of wyoming said she doubted any ideas to curb gun violence would be welcomed in her very pro gun state. well, now she's signaling an openness to finding legislative solutions because her office has been flooded with calls from
constituents demanding an end to mass shootings. as negotiations continue, cnn chief congressional correspondent manu raju pressed lawmakers about ar-15s and why people need them and he got a range of responses. here it is. >> why do you think that people need to have ar-15s in this country in. >> you're talking about a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. people who are law abiding citizens are in good mental health and aren't a threat to the public. >> in my state, they use them to shoot prairie dogs and other types of varmints, so i think there are legitimate reasons why people would want to have them. >> that's used for sporting events, for sporting activities all the time. >> why not raise the age to 21 for people buying semi-automatic rifles? >> we're talking about a lot of things, and what we're talking about most are background checks, juvenile records, the areas where we can get
consensus, that came into the discussion. but right now we're trying to work on things where we have agreement. >> why don't you have agreement on that? >> that's a -- we got a lot of people in the discussion. we got to get 60 votes. hopefully we get 75 votes on this. >> you want to look at two things that could have prevented this. an age requirement would have prevented an 18-year-old, and basically a red flag law that is basically intended to try to help a person get some mental help. >> do you think there should be a ban on assault weapons, a ban on ar-15s? >> talking about bans, i wouldn't have a problem looking at some of these things. what is the necessity? tell me what the purpose is and let's use it for those purposes. >> joining us, abby phillip and cnn political analyst and reporter for "the new york times" estead harman. good discussions about where exactly they are, but it is pretty revealing. >> it is. two things stuck out at me. one, the fact that joe manchin,
who has absolutely no reason to, you know, to talk about some of these issues is pretty clear. he doesn't think that, you know, ar-15s should be allowed to be purchased by 18-year-olds. that tells you one big thing about where he thinks the politics are on this issue in the american middle. but also republicans are stumbling over their words to try to explain what you do with this gun and why just a simple age requirement shouldn't be on the table. i think a lot of times in republican politics they don't want to even talk about it because just the fact of a conversation invites criticism on the right. criticism from their constituents and i won't even say from the nra, because it is from the constituents who are culturally, you know, gun absolutists in some cases, about maybe 30% of the american electorate or less. >> estead w, what do you hear there? >> the nra is a weakened organization now. they created a real culture among the grassroot sides of
conservatives where giving any inch, any compromise is seen as something the politicians can't do. we have seen some openness in recent days, right. and i think that shows what the real momentum that is coming out of these horrible tragedies to really put pressure, but it is about that waiting period. we have seen republicans have this before, where they do these type of negotiations, maybe in good faith, maybe in bad faith, but when that pressure relents, they won't -- we won't find the place for compromise and consensus. that pressure has to continue and we're going to have to see republicans speak up over that 30% of the population that abby is talking about. that's a real group who really feels that any type of infringement on where the gun laws are is something that has really been a legacy of the nra and other lobbyists to put that fear on those. they do better. they sell more guns when they do that. >> i remember when after the parkland shooting a former -- then president trump at the time made a lot of statements indicating he was willing to look at a lot of gun regulations, including dealing with ar-15s.
>> including raising the age. >> including raisinge ie ing th. within days, the nra came to him and said you can't go there. his aides said you can't go there. a lot of remembers privately, they understand the reasonableness of these proposals, but they know the politically they can't go there. >> instead of looking at the glass half empty view of this, the glass half full view is there does seem to be an openness, as you said to the discussions right now. one thing is that democrats seem more willing to accept something. anything. and then republicans seem to understand that refusing all may not be as tenable. does that allow for something? >> i think so. i mean, i really think that that is the reality is that the american people believe that there should be an all of the above approach to gun violence. and that includes all of it.
the mental health piece, the school safety piece, the guns piece, and democrats have strengthened their position by saying we want to talk about all of it and leaving it to republicans to say which parts they don't want to talk about, the guns part. the folks in the room, they are talking about the guns part. it is narrow, but they're talking about it. >> they are. the idea of adding a waiting period of sorts for people between 18 and 21 to buy ar-15 style weapons. that would be a big change. i want to mention astead, the cnn reporting that says mitch mcconnell would be open to raising the age, period, to 21 to buy the weapons. won't say it in public, which is notable. but for him to allow it to get out there that he's open to it in private is also interesting. >> we know how the politics on this stuff works. there is that float moment to see where the testing of the waters are. i think we're seeing that with republicans. there has been an increasing openness, there has been a light treading of rhetoric saying
we're open to some of these more moderate compromises and we know that public support is actually robust on these type of things, even if when you get into specifics some of that public support changes. the question will be, will that continue, will it -- and i think you're right, democrats are willing to do a kind of middle of the road approach they weren't willing to do previously. partly because this is what -- a party that has pressure coming up on the midterms and wants to be able to go back to voters saying we did something. and they know on a lot of issues they won't be able to say that come november. republicans are going to offer them -- what republicans are offering them now, they may have to take. >> astead, abby, great discussion. thank you for being here. >> thank you. the prospect of the u.s. supreme court overturning gun restrictions in new york has city and law enforcement officials across the state bracing for a spike in crime. this is a ruling that could come down as early as today. cnn's jason carroll is here with more on this. we don't know obviously what they're going to decide, and they have a range of options
that could determine the outcome here, jason. >> range of options, but even so a lot of eyes on this. gun rights advocates say what this comes down to is their right to legally carry a handgun. but both city and state officials say this is about keeping a law that keeps the public safe. new york city, iconic for its crowded streets and packed subways, but with violent gun-related crimes on the rise this year, the city's mayor warned the violence could get worse if the u.s. supreme court overturns a state law and makes it easier for someone to carry a gun. >> this keeps me up at night. this right to carry goes through the supreme court and becomes a law of the land, can you imagine being on the 4 train, everyone on the train is carrying? this is not the wild, wild west. >> reporter: at issue is a century old state law that gives
local officials the power to require anyone who applies for a permit to carry a concealed handgun to show proper cause, such as a need for self-defense. the new york state rifle and pistol association, along with two other plaintiffs, says having to show proper cause to carry a concealed handgun is unconstitutional. during oral arguments in november, the attorney representing the plaintiffs explained it this way. >> carrying a firearm outside the home is a fundamental constitutional right. it is not some extraordinary action that requires an extraordinary demonstration of need. >> reporter: legal experts say there is a strong possibility that conservative-leaning cord will side with gun rights advocates. justice brett kavanaugh said this during arguments. >> why isn't it good enough to say i live in a violent area and i want to be able to defend myself? >> reporter: if the law is
overturned, it could make it much easier to legally carry a handgun in new york, and it could have implications elsewhere. several other states have similar proper cause requirements including california, maryland, and new jersey. back in new york city, law enforcement officials say overturning state law could deal a serious blow to efforts to fight crime, at a time hwhen th new york city police reported gun arrests are at a 28-year high. new york's governor said she would take legislative action if the law were overturned. >> i'll do whatever i have to do to protect people in the state. >> reporter: this as the state is still healing from last month's mass shooting in buffalo, where ten people were killed. the victims' families saying now is the time for tougher gun laws. >> it is not about republicans, it is not about democrats. it is about people. it is about human life. >> reporter: stanford rubenstein agrees, he represents one of the
victims severely injured during a mass subway shooting in new york city in april. >> if this statute is declared unconstitutional, it will put more guns on the street. >> those who are gun advocates say this is about their right to carry a gun whether it be in new york city or chicago or los angeles. wherever. >> public safety requires the control of guns for the public good. >> and, brianna, late yesterday manhattan's district attorney sent a memo to his staff warning them to get ready in case this is overturned, saying they should expect a number of challenges from lawyers who are looking to have cases on gun-related charges overturned. brianna? >> a lot hanging in the balance here, jason carroll, thank you for that report. happening today, the house is expected to vote on a protecting our kids act which has a number of measures aimed at reducing mass shootings including requiring safe storage of guns in residences and a tax
credit for people to purchase them. that part of the bill is being credited to democratic congresswoman elissa slotkin of michigan, making a push for safe storage since the oxford high school shooting which happened in her district in november. she also serves on the homeland security committee. congresswoman, thank you for being with us. we should note that in the oxford case, the parents actually, they bought the alleged gunman a weapon, they did not secure it, and i would also note that here in recent days a 2-year-old accidentally shot and killed their father in orlando with an unsecured gun. how big of a problem is this? >> yeah, i mean, it is a significant problem and also, i mean, it is important that we have some sort of deterrent on the books so that people who want to buy weapons, who want to have weapons in the home, think twice about leaving it unsecured in the house where there is young people. and basically the law -- this bill came directly from what happened in oxford where the parents left the weapon in the home, the child had mental
issues, mental health issues they knew about, the child took the gun to school, and murdered four students in his high school. and i think the fact of the matter is there is no law that really says that the parents can be held criminally liable for allowing that weapon to get in the wrong hands and we just wanted to put some law down on the books to change that. >> many people will look at what you're trying to do and say, yes, that makes sense. your bill is part of a larger gun safety package the house democrats are moving and senator cornyn, a republican in the senate, has made it clear that it is going to find no future in the senate. why aren't house democrats engaging with senate negotiators in a way to move forward to get what you want and in some sort of bill. >> we actually -- a group of us are and we have a zoom meeting, a number of us today, with some of the senators in the negotiation. i think frankly there is some division on this issue, even within democrats. there is some who wanted this big giant package like we always
do, that kind of puts the kitchen sink together in one gun bill and there is those of us like myself who wanted each individual bill to be taken separately so that in the best scenario there is some republicans who would vote on some of the bills, like background checks, but then also it keeps them in and holds them to task when they don't vote for these things. when it is a big bill, they say i didn't like one corner of it, i'll vote against the entire thing. we had a disagreement, a debate about how to handle it and for me, the real negotiation is in the senate, and whatever we can get out of that is going to be better than nothing. >> who is your zoom with in the senate? >> i'm not going to talk about those internal conversations. but there is a bipartisan -- >> it is bipartisan. it is democratic and republican senators that you're speaking with? >> there is a number of house members, both democrat and republican, who are having robust conversations with our senate counterparts. >> senate counterparts meaning democrats and republicans? >> and republicans, indeed, of
course. of course. that's how you make laws in this country, yes. >> i wanted to be clear about who is talking to who here. so cornyn involved? >> i'm just -- i'm not going to get into internal negotiations. >> i had to try. >> you had to try, but i also -- there is -- >> let's look at the contours of the senate discussions here because they're discussing in the senate a couple of things that are really getting a lot of attention. i think there is some tension in these discussions, but there could also be a breakthrough. one is incentivizing red flag laws at the state level. what do you think about that provision? >> i think that's good. my -- i come from the military side of things, my husband is 30 years in the military. and just watching what suicides do to the veteran community and we in many states don't have laws where you know someone has a weapon, they're unstable, they talked about hurting themselves and others and you can't remove the weapon from the home. so incentivizing states to make those laws has to be approved by a judge before you can remove anyone's weapon from their home,
that's a high standard. not neighbors ratting out neighbors on things. and i think that's just important, we know that mental health is deeply connected to these suicides and these mass shootings and so we have to be able to identify people who need a weapon removed from the home. >> this idea of a waiting period for ar-15 style weapons, purchases for younger buyers, so under 21, before it was 18, now it is up to 21, you would have to wait to have for instance juvenile records reviewed. do you think that would prevent some of these needless shootings from happening considering the shooters in buffalo and uvalde were both 18? >> well, look, the data doesn't lie. so many of these mass shootings are committed by people who are between the ages of 18 and 21. at a minimum raising the age to 21, but i mean i'm supportive of a waiting period, of course. you look at what happened in uvalde, this person turned 18, went and bought a weapon and turned around and committed a horrible mass shooting. a waiting period to cool off and
research the background of younger people, i just -- again, i think that there -- i come from a state where we have a tradition of hunting, of sportsmanship with weapons, i grew up with 20 guns, i carried a weapon in iraq for three tours. it is not about your access to a weapon. if you are a law abiding reasonable responsible citizen. >> do these shooters, as you understand it, would those kinds of reviews have turned up records that would have made it impossible for them to get weapons? >> i think -- i don't know the details of every single case, but i think it is possible. that's why a waiting period is also interesting. you want to take someone out of the heat of the moment, they're going to buy an ar-15, take them out of the heat of the moment, let them wait if they want it that badly at this point. raising the age and waiting period i'm supportive of. >> congresswoman slotkin, we appreciate your time this morning. thank you. >> thank you. happening now, boris johnson getting boos and some cheers as he answers questions from
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quite a morning for boris johnson. the uk prime minister is fielding questions from parliament after narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence earlier this week. bianca nobilo joins me now in the united states, came all the way over for this discussion. >> just for this. >> quite a morning for boris johnson. >> first time we're seeing him face the house of xhcommons. most of the lawmakers are on the government payroll in some capacity, it is like three-quarters of his own mps wanted him out. the ones that were against him were hoping to see some signs of contrition today. some humility, and signs he's going to change as he continues, but let's listen, because that's not exactly what we saw. >> this week's events, mr. speaker, have demonstrated just how loathed this prime minister is. and that's only in his own
party. can the prime minister explain if 148 of his own don't trust him, why on earth should the country? >> a long political career so far, and, of course, picked up -- i of course picked up political opponents all over. and that is because this government has done some very big and very remarkable things which they did not necessarily approve of. and i want everyone to know is that absolutely nothing and no one, least of all her, is going to stop us with getting on with delivering for the british people. >> now, it might seem like a strange concept in one of the oldest and most advanced democracies in the world boos, cheers, whether or not people have their arms crossed and look annoyed is one of the key barometers that we're looking at in terms of the health of the democracy and the prime minister. but based on that performance,
we heard cheers from a slice of his party. but a lot of people looking extremely unhappy. and that quote there, nothing or no one will stop me continuing as prime minister, it says it all to many who believe that they tried to oust him, now they have to come up with a very creative way to do it because technically he's safe for a year from another confidence vote. >> something of an escape artist and the question is will he emerge from this unscathed enough to continue? >> well, he's built his political brand on being able to bob and weave through any kind of political scrape. this has been the worst to date. his next existential crisis as prime minister is the two bielections coming up at the end of the month which are damaging the party brand. one is because one of his own lawmakers was found to be watching pornography in that chamber during a session that we were just looking at. he said he was looking for tractors and something went wrong. he's stepping down. >> different view of tractors. >> i think so, john. and the other mp is one that had -- he was arrested and is
now going to spend 18 months in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. both of those seats are up. and neither are expected to be won by the prime minister's party. they should typically be safe seats, so the conservatives are now in this identity crisis, they don't know whether or not to agree on backing boris johnson for the short or medium term, but what is helping the prime minister here is there still isn't any obvious co coalcoa coalescing support. >> great to see you. thank you for coming in and explaining this to us so we can understand it. brianna? a horrifying scene in berlin this morning after a car left the road and plowed into pedestrians in a busy shopping area. officials say one person died here. eight others were injured. large numbers of rescue vehicles and first responders are reportedly on the scene. police say they arrested a man believed to be the driver. investigators working now to learn whether this was a tragic accident or a deliberate attack. brand-new cnn reporting, january 6th committee is about
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this just in to cnn, tonight the january 6th committee will get access to 159 new emails from right wing attorney john eastman, who helped draft plans to help trump overturn the 2020 election. and this comes as the committee, of course, is set to hold its first televised primetime hearing tomorrow evening. let's bring in cnn political correspondent sara murray, and cnn chief legal analyst jeffrey toobin. why is this significant? >> well, significant because the house is going to get 159 new emails from this right wing attorney who was working with trump to try to block the certification of the 2020 election results.
at least one of those emails the judge said could be evidence of a crime. but it is also significant because of how far back the judge is looking into these emails. the judge said that as far back as december of 2020 it was clear there were already steps in place to try to block the certification of the election results. the judge also said that eastman was talking to high level white house staff, and sympathetic state legislators as they tried to figure out this alternate elector plan, one we now know is under investigation by the justice department. >> what does this tell you, jeffrey? >> this is really important because we have known a lot about the riot in the capitol. hundreds of people have been arrested. but what was actually going on at the white house? and what was donald trump's precise role in terms of fomenting this insurrection? there is not a lot of specific evidence. eastman was at the center of those efforts. and emails don't lie. they're not the testimony of people about what went on. they are contemporaneous records
of what people were thinking and doing at the time and that's why it is important to find out what they say. >> could it be a smoking gun? >> it could be. it could be not. i mean, that's why it is important to look at the emails themselves. >> the other thing my colleague kaitlan palance pointed out, we know who the white house staffers were, we know there is a lot of information that they haven't gotten out of dan scavino for instance. it is possible that some of these emails could shed light on the what was going on in the white house from witnesses who did not cooperate fully. >> east bman was not the peripheral figure. he was the brains of the operation. he was giving them the legal justification, all of it seemingly wrong, but he was giving them what legal justification they had to do what they were doing. that's why he's so important in this. >> it is a very good point. let's talk about steve bannon now. while fighting contempt of
congress charges for defying a subpoena, he is now subpoenaing members of congress, sara. >> yes, his legal team is subpoenaing 16 members of congress, and staffers, the entire house select committee, staffers on the house select committee, nancy pelosi, others in democratic leadership, steve bannon wants to put on a defense that essentially says, you know, aim being unfairly targeted, the lawmakers had a nefarious motive for targeting me, the house select committee isn't a legitimate committee, this isn't even a legitimate subpoena and so that is why he wants to fly to haul all these lawmakers to testify at his trial and hand over documents. the odds of this happening are extremely low. there is something called the speech and debate clause. it protects lawmakers doing their legislative activity from having to go and then appear in court and explain what they were up to. so when i was talking to legal experts about this, they said there is very, very slim chance any of these lawmakers or any
documents will be appearing at trial. >> the key legal concept here is circus. steve bannon wants to turn his trial into a circus, where he puts nancy pelosi on trial. as you say, the speech and debate clause is one reason why this will fail. the other reason is just relevance. the issue in steve bannon's trial is did he get a subpoena, and did he show up? it should take two days as a trial. there is just no factual issue if this is a normal trial, because the facts are just so clear. but bannon, perhaps, understandably, given who he is, and what his perspective -- he wants to try to put the democrats in congress on trial. it is just inconceivable to me any federal judge would allow it. >> presumably his lawyers are aware of the speech and debate clause, right? >> right. >> so what they're trying for is actually just -- >> having us talk about it on cable news. >> got it. okay. >> i think that's the -- the motion has won in that respect.
>> there you are. jeffrey, sara, thank you so much to both of you. this just in, former and current olympic gymnasts including simone biles are among dozens who are seeking more than $1 billion from the fbi for failing to stop the abuse by sports doctor larry nassar, adding investigators could have ended his sppredation and could have protected other victims. joining us now is jean casarez who has been with this story for so long. this is a big development. >> a very big development. it is highly unusual also. it is called the federal tort claims act. and according to john manly, the attorney for these olympians and world champions and other gymnasts all over the country, the fbi should be receiving this administrative filing any minute now. and what it says is that you let us down, fbi, you knew that our
olympians, that our gymnasts across this country, for team usa, knew -- were being abused by larry nassar. you were told in july of 2015, and you actually interviewed some of them, including mckayla maroney who pulled her heart out and the inspector general's report showed that what you did with that information was you put it in a drawer, you made a few phone calls, didn't write a lot of notes, and that is why we had the congressional hearing last fall, you might remember that, highly emotional, where mckayla maroney, simone biles, maggie nichols, they testified of what they went through and they pleaded, they begged for the department of justice to investigate this, they wanted criminal charges. well, it was just weeks ago that the department of justice said they would bring no criminal charges against their own fbi agents, and john, what this is doing here is that they are
asking for monetary damages. this is really notice. it is not a filing. it is a notice. and the fbi, you harmed us, and they're concerned about the young women who were sexually abused by larry nassar, between the time that the fbi knew about it, did nothing, and then finally he was brought to justice. so they're asking for actually probably over a billion dollars in total, about 90 claims. >> this gives them a civil route, now that doj has closed the criminal route. >> it is against the fbi saying you wronged us. >> right. a big development as we say. it will be interesting to see how the fbi responds. >> and we're speaking out to them and they should be receiving it shortly. >> okay. so stand by for that development to come. jean casarez, terrific reporting. thank you. six members of the haitian delegation are missing from the special olympics in orlando. we have the latest on an investigation ahead. and in an unprecedented
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a small cancer drug trial is showing just extraordinary results. the trial, which was led by researchers from memorial sloan-kettering's cancer center treated patients with rectal cancer with an experimental drug called dostarlimab. in all 14 cases, the cancer vanished. every single patient now in remission. joining us now is dr. andrea sercik, a part of the research team that conducted this study. i should mention this sample size, it is not huge, but have you ever seen anything like this in the history of cancer research? >> no, we have never seen consecutive complete responses like this before, really in the the history of oncology that we
can remember, where every single patient that received this drug had a complete response, meaning the tumor completely disappeared with the drug alone. that's what's most remarkable is the fact that though it is small, it is every single person in a row consecutively that is getting the same response. >> it is really amazing. and obviously you more research to do. tell us a little bit about this drug, which i'm not sure i pronounced correctly, please correct me if i pronounced it incorrectly. it is an immune checkpoint inhi inhibitor. what does it do? >> it essentially takes the brakes off of the patient's natural immune system. so this subset of rectal cancer we treated is called mismatch repair deficient, they lack a gene that repairs dna. so their tumors look unusual, they have a lot of mutations which acts like flags for the immune system to recognize the cancer. so the patient's immune system is already interested in fighting this cancer, and when we give a checkpoint inhibitor
such as dostarlimab, which is the drug we used, it takes the brakes off of the immune system, it recruits a lot of immune cells and they start fighting the cancer. in this case, they fought it so well in every single patient that the cancer is completely gone, just with the checkpoint inhibitor alone. >> so they don't need surgery, which can be incredibly debilitating in the case of rectal cancer. >> that's correct. typically for rectal cancer, treatment, we do chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. both radiation and surgery can be very debilitating. they change bowel habits, affect sexual function, fertility, and then about 30% of patients because of the location of the tumor when they have surgery need a permanent clofolostomy, t changes the patient's life and survivorship. >> this preserves their lifestyle. what does this mean for other cancers? could this mean something
positive potentially? is this a breakthrough that isn't just maybe for rectal cancer but could be helpful for fighting other cancers? >> so this gene is present in about 3% to 4% of other solid tumors that are early stage. so what we hope to do is we hope to be able to replicate these findings in other tumors that are mismatched or repair deficient, like stomach cancer, bladder cancer. if it works, we could potentially spare patients surgery or radiation in those tumors as well. >> tell us about these cases, were these caught pretty early or were these advanced? >> all of these cases were early stage. so we staged tumors one, two and three, those are considered early stage. and then stage four is considered advanced or metastatic. all of these tumors were early stage. and this was the first time that this treatment was used in the
early stage. we saw such incredible responses really much, much more profound than what we saw in advanced disease. >> yeah. look, i know you have more research to do, but it is so incredibly exciting to be talking to you about this potential breakthrough. and we certainly wish you luck ahead in the additional research you're going to do. dr. cercek, thank you. >> thank you so much. comedians joining forces weeks after both were attacked while on stage. and ukrainian president zelenskyy says russia is starving the world, calling the block on grain a threat of global magnitude. >> tech: when you have auto glass damage, trust safelite. in one easy appointment... ♪ pop rock music ♪ >> t tech: ...we can replace your windshield and recalibrate your advanced safetety system. >> dad: looks great. thanks.s. >> tech: stay safe with safelite. schedudule now. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelilite replace. ♪
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universe and say we need a tour, not just a special. if they called it slapstick, i think it would be hilarious. and so i think it is really, really smart of the two of them, they're already two of the biggest names in comedy, it is really smart for them to join forces together and to do the special in london. >> as you said, they're friends, they also both had some controversy in their career, though very different. >> very different. people may not remember back in the 1990s that chris rock got into a bit of trouble when he did a bit about black people versus the n word during one of his comedy specials and dave chappelle has come down hard upon because of his jokes about the trans community. the two of them are no strangers to controversy. and they both have been supportive of each other's careers in the wake of not only the controversy, but also the attacks. it is great to see them getting together and doing this for the fans, people are so excited about it. >> it will be interesting to see, lisa france, thank you very much. >> thank you. phil mickelson speaking out
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all right, time now for the "5 things" to know for your "new day." cnn has learned that senate minority leader mitch mcconnell privately has expressed openness to raising the age limit to buy a semi-automatic ar-15 style weapon from 18 to 21 but will not say it publicly and it is not likely to be part of any agreement on gun safety as talks heat up on capitol hill. >> pro golfer phil mickelson says he does not condone human rights violations while speaking at a news conference for the saudi-backed liv golf invitational. mickelson confirmed his plans to play the u.s. open next week, saying he has earned the right to participate. >> ukraine's president volodymyr zelenskyy says the russian blockade of its grain is a threat of global magnitude. the turkish foreign minister is meeting with his russian
counterpart on creating a secure food corridor to transport grain products from ukrainian ports to markets around the world. >> authorities are searching for six members of haiti's special olympics delegation, who have mysteriously gone missing from the games in florida. a news release says they turned in their room keys, but left behind their belongings. officials say foul play is not suspected. >> new this morning from moderna, the company says that its updated covid-19 vaccine booster that targets the omicron variant showed a stronger immune response against the variant than the original vaccine. >> those are "5 things" to know for your "new day." we have more on these stories all day on cnn, and cnn.com. and don't forget to download the "5 things" podcast every morning, go to cnn.com/5things and find it wherever you get your podcasts. >> so just moments ago, attorneys for johnny depp speaking out for the first time since more or less winning the multimillion dollar defamation
case for the actor against his ex-wife amber heard. they were in the spotlight as the trial gripped social media attention during the six-week proceeding in virginia, it is significant considering the jurors were not isolated during the trial. >> i don't think there is any reason to believe that the jurors violated their oath. >> they were admonished every single night, and they had a tremendous amount of respect, i think, for the court. and the process and they were doing the best that they could. >> do you see any larger message beyond the case you tried? >> no. i mean, frankly we don't. we're here to talk about the case that we tried, right? we encourage all victims to come forward, have their day in court, which is exactly what happened in this case. >> the law firm also announced tuesday she just has been promoted to partner. high profile success to be sure.
>> certainly she got a lot out of that, a lot of notice out of that. it is interesting, she said this is just about the case that they prosecuted. obviously a lot of people looked at this and said they thought this was a step back for the me too movement. she is saying this is one case that should be judged on its merits. >> cnn's coverage continues right now. top of the hour, good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. in the next hour we are likely to see a moving, probably even quite sad hearing on gun violence on capitol hill. parents of victims from the buffalo and uvalde mass shootings, as well as an 11-year-old survivor from robb elementary school, they're going to testify before the house oversight committee. in just the last 24 hours, we have heard from a teacher who lost all 11 children in his class. a son whose mother was killed while shopping for groce