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>> just as summer temperatures heat up, thousands of kids could be left high and dry. why thousands of pools and summer camps may not open. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. the wife of a supreme court justice could be dragged to the forefront of the investigation into the january 6th insurrection. ginni thomas, the wife of supreme court justice clarence thomas says that she is willing to meet with the house select committee investigating the capitol attack. the request for her interview comes after the committee says they have emails between ginni thomas and former trump attorney john eastman. eastman, of course, the architect of the delusional, unconstitutional theory that vice president pence could single handlely have overturned the election. while the contents of the emails between the two have not been revealed, eastman in emails to a different trump lawyer, according to "the new york times," seemed to have insight
and knowledge that supreme court justices were in a, quote, heated fight over a possible 2020 election case. so how would he have known that? and how is ginni thomas tied up in all of this? thomas suggested to the daily caller that this is all just a misunderstanding and she cannot wait to clear it all up. meantime, there is another problem facing the committee. sources are telling cnn the panel is striking out in their efforts to get two witnesses to testify in person for one of the upcoming hearings. the hearing is set to focus on president trump's efforts to use the justice department to support his election lies. remember, so far, the justice department has arrested more than 840 individuals for the capitol attack and has officially charged 255 of them with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers. today, a capitol rioter who carried a gun with hollow point bullets and assaulted police officers with their own batons, today, he pleaded guilty to charges and he showed no
remorse. he told the court that he regrets not having run into speaker nancy pelosi during the insurrection. claiming if he had, he would be before the court for a very different reason. that does not sound like the peaceful protests, the tourists that some gop lawmakers insist actually were there on january 6th. wisconsin republican senator ron johnson saying the rioters were in a, quote, jovial mood. the country is also marking 50 years since the break-in at the watergate complex, what stood for decades as the biggest presidential scandal in u.s. history, one that eventually led to the resignation of richard nixon. we'll talk to two of the reporters who broke the story, but first, let's get caught up on the present scandal with jessica schneider who is piecing together new details on the january 6th committee's plans for the next week. >> i ask those who might be on the fence about cooperating to reach out to us. >> the january 6th committee
still looking to talk to some key people, including ginni thomas, the wife of supreme court justice clarence thomas. chairman bennie thompson telling reporters the committee wants to know about her communications with trump attorney john eastman. eastman devised the scheme to pressure then vice president mike pence to block the certification of biden's 2020 electoral win. >> it's verified, appeared to be regular in form and authentic. >> something pence ultimately refused to do. >> we have sent ms. thomas a letter asking her to come and talk to the committee. we look forward to her coming. >> ginni thomas issued a one-line response to the committee via the conservative publication daily caller saying she can't wait to clear up miscommunications. eastman denying he ever discussed litigation that might come before the supreme court with ginni thomas or justice clarence thomas. eastman writing, we can verve in
gauged in such discussions, would not engage in such discussions and did not do so in december 2020 or anytime else. while the committee is requesting cooperation from outstanding witnesses it's so far refused to share full transcripts of all of its interviewwise the justice department. the doj seeking to gather all available evidence as they pursue cases against hundreds of people who stormed the capitol. >> we're not going to stop what we're doing to share the information that we have gotten so far with the department of justice. we have to do our work. >> the tension comes as cnn has learned the panel is running into problems securing witnesses for an upcoming hearing about trump's efforts to pressure the justice department to support and promote his false election fraud claims. while jeffrey rosen and richard donohue, the top two officials at doj in the final weeks of the trump administration, are expected to appear, the committee is so far striking out with pat cipollone. he's the former white house lawyer credited with talking
some sense into trump by threatening to resign. sources say cipollone is not expected to join the hearing in person, despite already talking to the committee privately. trump took to the stage in nashville friday afternoon to blast the committee. >> meanwhile, the committee refuses to play any of the tape of people saying the good things, the things that we want to hear. it's a one-way street. it's a rigged deal. >> and our team has just learned that georgia secretary of state brad raffensperger and his deputy, they will both testify tuesday at the next hearing. that's when the committee will focus on trump's efforts to pressure officials in key battleground states to change the election results. in the meantime, "the new york times" is also reporting that the committee actually could start sharing transcripts of witness interviews with the justice department as soon as next month. jake. >> all right, jessica schneider, thanks so much. with us is zoe lofgren of california, a member of the january 6th committee. congresswoman, thanks for joining us. your committee chairman bennie
thompson says he's sent a letter to ginni thomas to testify. she told the daily caller she would like to testify to clear up misconceptions. have you heard from her directly that she will meet with the committee? >> well, i haven't personally talked to her, but we sent a letter, it was privately sent, and she made a decision to disclose it publicly. and to say publicly that she will meet with us. so i'm glad for that, and we look forward to talking with her. >> what are you hoping to learn from her? >> well, i'm not going to go into all of the details, but as you know from the letter she released, the email exchanges between her and dr. eastman led to questions that we had, so we will be exploring various elements of that as well as other information in the committee's possession. so we'll leave that for the interview. and i'm glad that she's going to come in. >> did she play a role in the
conspiracy that the committee is saying happened to undo the election? >> i'm not in a position to explore all of that with you now. i think the proper course would be to wait for her to come in, and we will go through these issues with her. >> we're learning that the georgia secretary of state brad raffensperger and his deputy gabe sterling will testify at the next hearing on tuesday. what are you hoping to establish with them? >> well, the next hearing is going to go through the efforts that the president made to pressure officials in states, including georgia, but not just georgia, to overthrow the results of the election and appoint electors for the losing candidate, president trump. and i think we have all heard the infamous phone call where then-president trump was trying
to force raffensperger to find votes, essentially just make stuff up, so he could become the president again. but we'll go through a variety of issues that we think will be revealing. not everything has been out in the public so far. >> we're hearing from justice department sources that they're very frustrated your committee has not been sharing transcripts and all relevant information with them as soon as possible to help them with their prosecution efforts. congressman schiff said that the problem was the breadth of the request. i don't understand this problem. why not just send them over the data, just give them a zip file or usb? what is the issue here? >> well, there are a couple issues. one, to ask for every piece of information, some of -- not very much, but some information has been provided on a confidential basis to expect to respect the
safety of a few individuals. but it's really not the way the doj is supposed to work. i mean, they have known about all of the wintnesses we have hd for over a year. they could subpoena them. they could open up grand juries. we're certainly going to engage with them and provide necessary transcripts and information that might be necessary, but you don't have the executive branch tromping in to the legislative branch and essentially turning our investigation upside down. that's not the way things have proceeded. but we will engage with the doj. we will provide what's necessary in an orderly way. >> specifically, what we're hearing from prosecutors is they say some of the proud boys, for example, that they had to delay their trials because of this issue of documents. they're saying they need the witness transcripts, not only
for trials but also future prosecutions and in fact they also need to turn over any potential exculpatory evidence that your committee has found, and they have deadlines to turn that over, the brady evidence. >> that's legally false, jake, because they have to turn over under existing rules. the evidence that they have. they don't have to turn over evidence they don't have. and the testimony received by congressional committees is protected under the speech or debate clause in the constitution. so that's just, you know, a serious misunderstanding. but let's cut to the chase. we're going to provide what we can that's necessary for them. it just makes me wonder, though, what have they been doing over there? they have a much easier way to compel testimony under their subpoenas than we do under ours.
so hopefully this shows that they're gearing up. we're going to make sure we're doing what we're able to do to assist. but we're not going to let our investigation be disrupted. >> all right, congresswoman zoe lofgren, democrat of california, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> you bet. >> joining us to discuss, carl bernstein and bob woodward, out with a brand-new book "all the president's men" to mark the 50th anniversary of the break in at the democratic headquarters and the watergate office building. thank you so much for being here. always great to have you. carl, let me start with you. you just heard zoe lofgren. what do you think, let's just focus on the ginni thomas part of this. what do you think is going on there? >> i think you have got the very tricky situation where the wife of a supreme court justice is very obviously involved in some way in a conspiracy in which
there really is a conspiracy to overturn, try to company a coup to overturn the election results. i think the committee feels they have to go very carefully when you have the wife of a supreme court justice who may be involved. i mean, let's look at what happened in watergate where you have a unanimous decision of the supreme court to compel richard nixon to turn over his tapes, and now you have this whole question of donald trump trying to subvert the constitution, prevent the lawful transition of power to his successor, and now you have a record of correspondence in which clarence thomas, a supreme court justice, his wife is obviously involved through documentary evidence that we know already that bob woodward wrote about, in some way, her handprints are in this conspiracy, whether benign or not. so we're going in to an area we have never been before in
history of the united states that might involve conversations between the justice clarence thomas and his wife involving a conspiracy to defraud the government and perhaps seditious conduct such as the proud boys have been charged with. >> what do you think? >> the question is why would ginni thomas, who has been married to clarence thomas, the justice, for a long time, is a big supporter of his and somebody who very much believes in him and the conservative point of view. she sent 29 text messages to mark meadows, trump's chief of staff. why is that going on? whether it's a conspiracy, whether it's -- i mean, you said benign. i don't know if there's a benign conspiracy. i think the question is, the jake tapper, what's going on here?
what's this about? and they're in the process of investigating. and she's also exchanging at least one text with, you know, the very famous leader of the plan to subvert the election after trump, john eastman, the lawyer. and so i think they would like lots of time to look at this. but where do you draw that line between did he know that she was doing this, did he support it? is that something, how relevant is that? what actions were taken? i think one of the most remarkable things in all of this is meadows' answer to ginni thomas in one text message saying, this is a fight between good and evil. about overturning the election.
namely, who is going to be certified as president. that's a pretty strong stand for the white house chief of staff to make. >> and carl, "new york times" reported, maggie haberman and his colleague reported emails that john eastman, the architect of this crazy theory that pence could overturn the election, he sent about the supreme court before january 6th. and one said so the odds are not based on the legal merits but an assessment of the justices' spines and i said there's a heating fight under way. he added for those willing to do their duty, we should help them by giving them a wisconsin cert position to add to the mix. eastman seems to have insight, insight that it was not common knowledge at all. >> the obvious suggestion but we don't know if the suggestion is true or not, is that there was a discussion between clarence thomas about what the court may be doing and his wife. so what did the justice know,
and what did his wife know? and when did each of them know it? that's a really relevant question. in watergate, it was about the president. this is about the president, but it's -- ex-president, but it also at this point is about a supreme court justice and it needs to be investigated, and it will. >> what do you think when you hear people say that if richard nixon then had today's republican party, today's supreme court, and fox news, that he would have survived the watergate scandal, that because he didn't have that infrastructure, he suffered, but that trump, for example, is lucky that he has it. >> no, i think the answer is, the republicans 50 years ago exemplified barry goldwater, stood their ground and said, wait a minute, this is unacceptable behavior. and as we know, goldwater, i
mean, this is one of the great reporting moments for you and myself, after nixon resigned, goldwater, we're doing the second book on nixon's last days in office, the final days, and goldwater invites us up to his apartment to read his diary. i mean, tell the story. >> we got to his apartment. goldwater pours himself a big tumbler of whiskey and pours a big tumber for each of us. reaches into a cabinet, and pulls out his diary of the last days of president nixon's presidency. and he says, i'm going to read this to you. and what he reads to us is how he and the leaders of the house and senate, the republican leaders, marched to the oval office, met with richard nixon, and nixon knew he was going to be impeached by the house, and he thought he would be acquitted by the senate in a senate trial. and nixon looked at gauldwater
and said, barry, how many votes do i have? and goldwater is reading this to us. nixon says how many votes, barry, do i have for acquittal in the senate? fully expecting goldwater is going to tell him, you have enough to prevail, mr. president. and goldwater looks him in the eye and says, mr. president, right now, you may have four to six votes, and you don't have mine. and he's reading us this. and the next day, nixon announced he was going to resign, because he knew from goldwater and those other leaders, he was through. >> that's an incredible story. >> and this is an emotional convulsion for nixon. i mean, he's abandoned. and he did announce his resignation the next night. but as we found out and have in the final days, that nixon had kissinger up to the lincoln sitting room.
and nixon was drinking and so distraught, he said to kissinger, henry, you and i have to get down on our knees and pray. and they got down on their knees and kissinger is going, what is this? and nixon is pounding the carpet. and kind of giving the shakespearean speech of, what has happened to me? what have i done, henry? and kissinger is trying to console him. and kissinger goes back to see his two aides. and they have never seen him like this. they said, what the hell happened up there? and kissinger is sitting there dazed and the phone rings. it's nixon, and he says, henry, please don't tell anyone that i cried and i was not strong. >> oh, my god. >> and of course, kissinger did
tell people. and the result was we found out and put it in the book. >> in the final days. amazing. i want to sit down and have a bourbon with you guys right now but i can't. i have to go to a commercial. carl bernstein and bob woodward out with a new version of their book, all the president's men. i read it in hard cover, of course. >> ukraine's president calls them the dead cities, but cnn found out there is life there. however thousands of people are barely hanging on. >> then, staff shortages are making a big splash, causing a summer bummer for thousands of kids across the country. stay with us.
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during a speech today. in a dig at the united states, putin declared an end to what he called the unipolar world. he also claimed western efforts to crush russia's economy have failed. he has a point there, earlier this week, "the new york times" cited a study showing that russia's oil revenue is soaring despite western sanctions. putin additionally insisted his military will achieve all of its goals in ukraine and if those goals include reducing almost everything to rubble, he's also on target with that assessment. an adviser to the mayor of mariupol calls conditions there medieval. only 2% of households in the southeastern ukrainian city have running water and people are washing their clothes in puddles on the streets. conditions seem nearly as dire in eastern ukraine where ben wedeman went looking for signs of life in cities on the war's front lines. >> a portent of things to come. a city that has been in the line of fire for months.
a school basement serves as shelter for dozens of residents. tatiana shows us where they sleep. the only light provided by our camera. everyone is outside now, she says, because it's too dark and hard to breathe down here. outside, they wait as soup cooks over a fire. there's no gas, no power, no water, lydia tells me. we have nothing. most are old, tired, terrified, and beyond despair. i'm alone, says 82-year-old mosha. my legs are tired. i can't go anywhere. liudmila is leaving. we thought it would calm down, but it only gets worse and worse, she says. i can't take these sounds anymore.oken, she says.
there's a huge crater by my house. it's the end of the world. the sunny weather belies what has become a post apocalyptic existence. residents line up for unfiltered water so they can wash and flush toilets. almost four months of war with no end in sight, frustration flares. where's our mayor, where's our governor? they should have come here at least once. just across the river, savage street fighting rages in severodonetsk. this isn't near the front, it i shelter for people. three were killed, and it really goes to show there is nowhere here that is safe.
liudmila was in that building. her husband injured in the strike. yesterday, he was crushed under the rubble, she says. she can do nothing but weep as she waits for a ride to see him in hospital. and negotiations are under way apparently between the ukrainian and the russians to evacuate civilians from severodonetsk. the only condition ukraine has is that russia observes a complete cease-fire when that evacuation takes place, but the track record of russia respecting such cease-fires isn't very good. jake. >> ben wedeman in ukraine for us, thank you so much. coming up, a third person has died from that church shooting in alabama, as we learn more about the 71-year-old suspect. stay with us.
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75-year-old sarah jaeger who died at the hospital. the third victim, an 84-year-old woman, died at the hospital friday. the ordeal leaving the community in disbelief. >> you see it in places you have never been to. people you don't know. and then now you're thinking, that could have been one of my friends down there. >> former u.s. senator doug jones has lived in the neighborhood for nearly three decades. >> i think it just goes to show that no community is immune from this kind of gun violence that we see playing out across the country. no one is immune. >> so far, investigators have not released a motive but say the suspect who is in custody acted alone. police praising the bravely of the person who held down the suspect. >> the person who subdued the suspect in my opinion is a hero. >> earlier today, parishioners packed a prayer vigil at a church about six miles away. >> i think the church has a lot to mourn. >> so the mayor here in this town says this was simply a
senseless act of violence, he says that there are chaplains providing grief counseling to the victims free throw families and first responders. as you know, churches, places of worship, are not immune to gun violence. today marks seven years since nine people were gunned down in their own church, immanuel ame church in charleston, south carolina, seven years today. jake. >> nadia, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> this river crossing is the site of eight deaths in just one week. and now a u.s. border patrol agents are undergoing new training to try to save lives. stay with us. and that your new car ought to come with newfound happiness and zero surprises. and all of us will stop at notothing to drive you happy. we'll drdrive you happy at carvana.
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signaling a grim outlook for the summer as migrants' journey to the border in extreme conditions. the canal here intended to get water to farmers poses a unique danger with higher water levels and a fast moving current. >> chris menendez, captain of the el paso fire department water rescue team is bracing for more rescues and potential drownings. >> we can throw a rope, throw the marine, and they can rescue themselves off that device. but a lot of times that's not the case. we come in when it's too late, they're deceased. >> rescues already outpaced last fiscal year. since october, there have been more than 14,000 searches and rescues along the southwest border. according to u.s. customs and border protection. that's compared to over 12,800 in fiscal year 2021. border officials are on high alert, iessuing warnings about
the swelters desert heat and crossing dangerous waters. migrants will also try to cross over the border wall and fall in the process. in the el paso sector, there have been over 229 injuries since october from those falls. agents will try to render aid or take migrants to the hospital if necessary. >> a lot of people at the shelter have been deported. >> dylan corbett in el paso says built-up pressure and insecurity has driven migrants to make risky decisions. >> it's an index really of desperation, an index of pain. an index of frustration, of not being able to access asylum at our border. >> a trump era restriction is still in effect at the border allowing them to turn away migrants, and thousands continue to wait in mexico. >> had you come last week, the whole place was full. >> reubeueuben garcia runs a sh here. >> over the last several months, the numbers have consistently been at 3,000 per week.
3,000 per week. so there were nights where we had close to 400 people sleeping here. >> southern border cities are adjusting to the reality that migration flows won't slow down. el paso is now considering a processing center to alleviate stress shelters. so what does this say about where we're going? >> i really believe that this is the new world that we're going to be experiencing, and it's not going to be a temporary situation. >> jake, as you mentioned earlier, cbp stopped migrants nearly 240,000 times last month. that's a number that's going up month by month. it raises serious concerns by authorities here in el paso, texas, and across the border as the temperatures hit the triple digits. jake. >> all right, priscilla alvarez, thank you so much. >> no lifeguards would mean no public pools. the summer staffing shortage that is leaving thousands of kids quite literally high and dry. stay with us.
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in our money lead now, plans to cool off at pools or beaches this summer could be completely ruined because of the current u.s. labor shortage. simply put, there are not enough lifeguards. the american lifeguard association says about a third of public pools will not open this season due to the scarcity of staff.
vanessa yurkevich is in philadelphia with the struggle to attract summer workers. >> had you ever been a lifeguard before? >> i was a lifeguard when i was 16. >> how long ago was that? >> i'm 70 now. >> this summer, robin is taking the plunge. getting back in the pool in philadelphia to be a lifeguard. 54 years later. >> i want to do something and feel worthwhile, purpose or something. >> she found her calling after she heard the philadelphia parks and recreation department wouldn't be able to open all of their 70 pools this summer. they're facing lifeguard shortages, and so is the rest of the country. one-third of the 309,000 public pools nationwide will not open. how many do you think you realistically will be able to open this year? >> about 80% of the staff we need, so we're hopeful we're going to get to about 80% of pools we're able to open. >> part of the fierce competition for workers in a red hot summer job market. fueled in part by the lack of
foreign workers following covid immigration restrictions. there are 11.4 million unfilled jobs with an unemployment rate of 3.6%. and despite raising wages, a marketing campaign on tiktok, and free certification, the philadelphia parks and rec department can't find enough lifeguards. >> have people saying to us all the time, target is offering $18 an hour, i'll be in the air conditioning and i get a discount. >> how do you fight that? . it's hard. >> when public pools don't open, it leaves some neighborhoods without an escape from the heat and crime. >> we're experiencing a huge uptick in violent crimes, specifically gun violence. critical for us to have safe spaces like this. >> across the country, ymcas which typically serve lower income families have 75% of the 250,000 staff members they need to operate.
>> we have competition in our maintenance, cleaning, and cooking staff with anything that would fall under the hospitality industry. >> those camps, more than 1700 of them nationally, also act as child care when kids are out of school. critical so parents can work. >> we still have most of our camps, a need for more staff to be able to take children off the wait list. >> as orlando waits for philadelphia's pools to open by the end of this month, she now sees her role as more than just a lifeguard. >> how do you thing it's going to be different this time around? >> i'm hoping that being a mother and a grandmother, i'm hoping i'm a little wiser now. and that's what i want to bring, just natural, just that warmth that don't test me, though. >> and for families who may not be able to afford big summer vacations this year because of inflation, everything costing so much more, public pools, beaches, and day camps become so critical, so when you don't have
the staff in these places and they can't open, it really limits activities for families, and right here in new york city, the new york parks department announced there will be no swim lessons this summer at public pools. that's especially important for the american lifeguard association who's concerned and says when kids don't learn to swim, it shrinks the pool of candidates who go on to become lifeguards, only prolonging the shortage, jake. >> vanessa yurkevich, thank you so much. >> in our national lead, four military jets flew low over arlington national cemetery as a final tribute for charles mcgee. he was one of the last of the highly decorated tuskegee airmen. the first squadron of black aviators in the segregated u.s. military in the second world war. over the koersz of his career, he successfully completed 40 nigh missions in world war ii,
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