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thousands-year-old ceramic artifacts t. sunken city is believed to date back to the bronze age, and it was excavated earlier this year after water levels dropped, allowing it to the briefly see the light of day. it is now back underwater. researchers continue to look for clues about who built the city. thanks so much for joining us tonight. erin is back tomorrow. erin is back tomorrow. "ac 360" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- good evening, tonight members of the january 6th committee and their staffs are preparing for the fourth hearing tomorrow. they'll zero in on what they call donald trump's plan to overturn the election. we'll here witnesses testify about pressure they felt from the former president and his allies to decertify president biden's wins in those states. we'll also hear the most detailed account to date, the attempt devoid of any legal basis to get alternate and imaginary slates of electors installed from seven states to
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swing the election to the former president. this is what it looked like in michigan back in december when those fake electors actually showed up at the state house and tried to talk their way past police. >> the electors are here. they've been checked in. >> we're electors. we're electors. >> all 16 electors are inside. the elector college has been checked. >> but these are the rest of the electors. >> he said the rest of the electors. there's no such thing. it may seem ludicrous watching that, but according to testimony that we'll hear more of tomorrow, this was part of a multi-pronged scheme by the president and his allies to overturn the results of the election. it is unprecedented in our history. the seriousness and the risks are important to remember. adam kinzinger tweeted a letter
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he said he received at his home. it was addressed to his wife and mentioned how she and her husband and their child would be executed. he warns it's a vision of what's to come in our politics in our country. >> there is violence in the theater, i'm going to tell you. and until we get a grip on telling people the truth, we can't expect any differently. >> over the weekend, republican dan crenshaw, retired navy seal, was harassed at a texas republican convention. one individual used a crude remark to make light of the eye crenshaw lost during his service. one female staffer was pushed aggressive into a pillar. extremism is on the rise, and some candidates are trying to use it to their advantage. case and point, eric grieden, a former governor of missouri who is running now for senate. he's put out an ad that we're not going to play but we'll show a still from it. he is holding a firearm talking
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about going rhino hunting. you can see smoke in the background. rhino is an acronym for republicans in names only. he cobs the gun in the ad. he bursts into the home and talks about bagging a r.h.i.n.o. a report by missouri state house alleged he subjected a woman to non-consensual sexual contact and violence. earlier this year, his ex-wife who is in custody battle for their children alleged he was physically abusive toward her and her children. she grew so afraid of her former husband, she began to limit his access to weapons and began sleeping in her children's room out of concern for their safety. now he's staging a political come back talking about hunting for republicans who are not as
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extreme as i guess he would like them to be. i'm joined by another member of the january 6 committee, zoe lofgren of california. congresswoman lofgren, when you hear the threatening level he says he received to his family, it's extremely disturbing. in a larger picture, though, how concerned are you about our inability as a country, it seems, or in our politics to not get into this extremism. it seems like the extremism is on the rise not just in these kind of physical confrontations but also just in rhetoric. the extremes get all the attention. the extremes seem to make it um e poss impossible to get things done. >> well, most people in america don't intend to engage in violence around politics. so, i think we need to look at where is the missing leadership
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here, where elected officials of both parties will stand up and say, this type of rhetoric activity is not acceptable and condemn it? you know, the ad where the candidate is apparently with assault weapons going in to bag so-called r.h.i.n.o.s, i haven't heard anybody today from the republican leadership condemning that. i think it's important that that happen. and i think we've got to get back to the kind of country that we all expect, where you can have a disagreement on a policy issue. it doesn't make the other person that you don't agree with your enemy. it means that you and another american might have a different point of view. >> yeah. >> that's -- that's the way we need to deal with things. >> i want to talk about tomorrow's hearing. it's going to focus on state and local officials who claim they were pressured by members of the trump campaign, including rudy giuliani and the former president himself to support false slates of electors.
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are there new details that americans -- that we will hear tomorrow? >> yes, as always. there are some things that are known and then some things that i think people will see new. i'm not going to step on the committee. that's why we're going to have the hearing tomorrow, to lay out the information that has been collected. but i think -- i think it's worth watching, and i think people will learn from it. >> select committee chairman bennie thompson recently said the committee was, in his words, engaging with former vice president pence's lawyers. do you believe there's a chance pence would speak to the committee? would you support a subpoena in order to get him to testify? >> i would love to have him come in. whether he would or not remains to be seen. we have learned a lot because so many of his people came in and spoke very robustly to us. but we could still learn a little more if he came in.
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at this point, you know, we have to weigh whether if we issue a subpoena, do we end up in a six-month court fight, or do we get someone to come in? we have to weigh all those issues. but i wish he just would come in. i think it would help us fill out the entire picture. and i think it would be good for our country and therefore good for him. >> you've said previously, the committee would release more information about fundraising efforts by the former president and his campaign, the so-called official election defense fund, that there wasn't such a thing, it went into the former president's superer pac. you're calling it the big ripoff. when is that going to be released? do you have more to say about what it is? >> the staff is working to put together a document that we'll release that will fill out the details. and i'm hoping that will be done in the next few days. there was more interest in this than i had anticipated. and of course in a two-hour hearing, you can't lay out all
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the information that you've gotten. so, we'll fill out a little bit more, i hope, in the next few days. >> congressman zoe lofgren, appreciate your time. >> any time. >> i want to get perspective from u.s. capitol police officer harry dunn who was attacked by the rioters. former republican congressman from virginia. and cnn chief political analyst gloria gorge borger. the gross tonnage of all the rhetoric, this extremist rhetoric we're seeing, whether it's january 6th, kinzinger, this ad of grieden, where does it say about where we are right now and where our politics, our country is heading? >> well, i think that tup of extremism is starting to get a little bit baked in to certain portions of the gop. i mean, i saw it really here with the amount of death threats i had after i did the same-sex wedding in august of 2019. and even after my appearance with you on june 1st, we've
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actually had to shut down our company email. we actually got so many emails that were talking about pedophilia. they were talking about killing people. they were talking about bounties. that at some point my wife and daughters actually called me and said, we're getting so many emails now, we need to shut down the link on the website. when you're listening to what's happening to adam, what's happened to people in the party, what's happened to democrats, what's happened to all these individuals, it seems like a go-to that either these type of threats -- it's just -- it's just one of those things that you sort of live with. but we're to a point now, we've seen so much violence that these threats aren't empty. and that's the problem that i have with all this. and anderson, at some point, you know, we're going to have to have some kind of leadership address this. right now you're not seeing it. if eric grieden can go out and do a video about hunting r.h.i.n.o.s, the issue is he's talking to live action
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lawmakers. any idiot can pull a trigger and do something stupid. you have a problem of people being radicalized by this ridiculous buffoonery and somebody who thought through polling the second amendment was so important he has to threaten other individuals. >> a guy who according to tried to kill a supreme court justice at his home. what does it say to adam kenzing ger, dan chen shaw, kind of figures who once upon a time the republican party would have embraced and celebrated, and understandably so, that they are such targets of such vitriol. >> i can add liz cheney to that list. i mean, look, the republican party right now is in a very dark, dark place. and i think what's going on is that the leadership of the republican party, such as it is, is holding its breath because they don't want to do anything to rock the boat because they can win over the congress in the midterm elections. they figure they are going to control the house. they have a good shot of
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controlling the senate. and they don't want to do anything that shows the american public how split and divided and angry parts of the party are. and so, you know, congresswoman lofgren was saying, where's the leadership. why aren't we hearing from them? i think she asked a very good question. you need to hear from the leadership on both sides when things like this happen. and we are not hearing it right now on the republican side because they're just waiting to take control of the congress, get what they want from the american electorate, and then maybe -- maybe -- they'll start to deal with this. >> problem is officer dunn, as you know all too well, this isn't something you kind of control. once this gets out of hand, it's not as if suddenly political leaders can say, okay, now that we're in power we're not going to do this stuff anymore. you have people starting to attack their own. you have, you know, folks in the republican party in texas going after dan crenshaw, you know, calling him a globalist.
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you know, it's -- to be this far past january 6th, officer dunn, and to still have this political climate, does it concern you? >> it's very concerning. you've got to think about it like nobody -- nobody, dan crenshaw, adam kinzinger, nobody, liz cheney, deserves the threats on their lives, the threats just because they have a specific policy view or disagreement with somebody. and early in the segment you showed something about adam kinzinger talking about that's why it's important to get the truth out. the truth doesn't matter to a lot of these extremists. they don't care. you literately had a sitting member of congress complain that they will get you for lying to them. a sitting member of congress said they will get you. >> yeah, that was louie gohmert, yeah. >> yeah. that's why it's very important for the justice department to do their job and do their roles. there's so much only congress can do. there's so much only law enforcement can do. the justice department has to step in and do their job now
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with the facts out there. the facts matter to the justice department. seems like a lot of the american public or at least the extremists don't really care about the actual facts about it because they'll just say they're lying. so, the truth doesn't really matter. it's falling upon deaf ears. >> when the hearings reconvene tomorrow, what do you think the committee needs to accomplish? and how important do you think the witnesses are from georgia, which was central to the former president's efforts to overturn the election? >> i think they're very important. and you know, you heard zoe earlier. this is going to be a very important hearing. i think it's not only those georgia officials. i think it's also every layer of individuals that were involved in pushing an alternate elector scheme or trying to pressure people to do things that they knew were out of bounds or illegal. we can talk about raffensperger, all these individuals, but what you think the committee is going to surprise people with are the number of people involved at every level. you're not just talking about
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high level officials. you're talking about people in specific parties. you're talking about activists. i think what people need to understand again is that one word. people need to look for coordination. they need to look at where it's happening at every layer. they need to see if president trump was aware that coordination was happening. and they need to look at the second lay right underneath president trump and how many individuals they were contacting. then you've got to look at the documentation and the data that supports it. tomorrow, again, i think the committee is going to surprise the american people with the evidence they have about how they have interweaved the data, taking a complete story of how these individuals were pressured and how the schemes came to be. >> gloria, if one of the goals directly or indirectly is to build a case for the department of justice to prosecute the former president or some of his allies for the events of january 6, how could tomorrow advance that effort? >> well, i think it's going to be very important because what you always look at is what was the president's intent? and when you talk about what went on in georgia, for example,
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or what went on with the fake slate of electors, what i think the committee is going to try and show us all tomorrow is that the president not only knew about this illegal activity, but he was involved in the planning of it and in the pressuring of state officials to do what he wanted. remember the infamous phone call with brad raffensperger, just find me 11,000-plus votes, et cetera. and you're going to find a president of the united states who was very involved in planning a coup. and in great detail, i think, that we have not seen before. but, again, it goes to his intent. what was his intent? to stay in office no matter what. >> officer dunn, you tweeted recently that people in right wing networks spent time attacking you. you said it doesn't really bother you anymore. did the level of vitriol after you started talking about your experiences january 6th, did it -- did it surprise you? i think people who have not experienced that level of
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vitriol, it's kind of hard to imagine the impact it can have on somebody. >> yeah, it's hard to wrap your head around it. you know, nobody goes in expecting that somebody's going to hate somebody who's doing their job and doing what they think is right and serving their country. it's hard to imagine that somebody can hate you for doing that or speaking out that, you know, what's happening out there is wrong. it's hard to imagine that. but once you realize that, hey, this is the country that we're in and a lot of -- the extremists, like your previous congresswoman just said, it's not a lot of people. it's just the extremists. they're the loudest and they take up the most attention. but majority of americans aren't like that. just the ones that stand out the most are the extremists. >> yeah. >> yeah, it bothers you. it used to bother me, but you accept there are more good people out there than bad ones. and you focus your time and attention and energy on those people. >> yeah, harry dunn, i really appreciate it. gloria borger as well.
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still to come, new video evidence reviewed by austin media of how well-armed police were when they initially arrived at the mass shooting at robb elementary school in uvalde, texas. could also undercut once again some of the narrative that police and authorities have given about their response. we'll have a live report from uvalde next. also tonight an update on the missing americans who went to fight for ukraine now believed to be held by russia or russian-backed separatists. their status and who may be holding them next. so she starts a miro to brainstorm. “shoot t it?” suggests the scientists. so they shoot it. hmm... back to o the miro board. dave says “feed it?” and dave feeds it. just then our hero has a breakthrough. "shoot it, camera, shoot a movie!" and so our humble team saves the day by working together. on miro.
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statesman, officers arrived at uvalde school with rifles, a ballistics shield, nine minutes after the gunman. that means in theory, police had the gear they needed to storm the classroom nine minutes after this started, not 70-plus minutes. tony -- excuse me, tony. from the austin american statesman joins me now. this just crossed. we are just getting you on right now. what more can you tell us about the documents and images you're reporting about? >> anderson, of course this is all being compiled as part of a huge investigation into what happened that awful day. but one of the things that is so striking about this image that we were able to obtain late today is that it shows in the minds of at least some investigators reviewing what happened that day is that authorities had adequate fire power and adequate protective equipment to take down the
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shooter long before they did. as you mentioned, they arrived at the scene. several officers did early on. this photograph was taken at 10:52 a.m. it's a screen grab from video from inside that school. of course we now know that the gunman entered that elementary school around 11:33 in the morning. but anderson, 58 minutes passed from the time we see these officers in that video, in that screen grab, to when they ultimately breach that classroom and took down the shooter. >> so, we were late in putting up the pictures. if you can just explain what it is we're looking at here. we're just getting the images now. this is the hallway inside the school. on the right, it looks -- on the left, it looks like there's a police officer. and on the right, is that a shield sitting there? >> that's exactly right. on the lower sort of right-hand part of the photograph. and then of course you see an officer with a rifle there as
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well. i think one thing that is also so haunting about what we're seeing in this photograph as well, anderson, is that this is the first time we are actually seeing the inside of robb elementary school, a school that's very similar to the ones i know many of us went to across the country. and how in that very moment, in these few minutes, that school was transformed from an innocent place to one of an unimaginable massacre. >> yeah. let me just zero in here. so, the time here is 11:52: 28. how long into the shooting is this? >> so, the gunman walked into the building at 11:33 in the morning. that is the time that he walked into the elementary school. there were calls, obviously, for police officers to descend on
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the scene. one of the things, though, that is so striking, and anderson, i want to point out that much of this information is going to be made public in a senate hearing here in austin tomorrow. but one of the things that is so striking is that we also have obtained a transcript of a phone call that the school police chief, pete arredondo, made to the uvalde city police at 11:40 a.m. obviously about 10 to 12 minutes before this screen grab was taken. but anderson, one of the things that he said in that phone call -- again, i was able to review a transcript of it earlier -- is that essentially all they have according to him in that moment were pistols. so, he's saying in this phone call, we need more fire power in order to try to take down this gunman. >> at this point, in the image, we're just seeing one shield. there were reports earlier -- i spoke to somebody earlier who said that it seemed like there
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were calls out for -- they'll get one shield and then they'd wait for another and some more shields would come in. it's unclear at this point , i mean, how many shields you actually need to storm a classroom. again, this is completely against all active shooter training, the idea of waiting for equipment, waiting for this kind of stuff to arrive. >> and anderson, we're still unpacking the timeline. i was able to, again, review it a short time ago. it is going to be made public, it is my understanding that much of this information is going to be made public tomorrow. but you can see, there are notations in the timeline when additional ballistic shields are arriving. and they are arriving well before authorities there in that hallway essentially decided to breach the classroom. so, again, another sort of
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devastating picture here that really only deepens questions about what happened that day and why. >> it's so disturbing. tony, stick around. i want to bring in our shimon prokupecz in uvalde, who has been reporting there on and off for speaks. i wonder, shimon, from all you know, what do you make of this new image, this new reporting from the "austin american statesman"? >> it's certainly significant, anderson, because you're seeing officers there with long guns, with the type of fire power they would need to storm through that classroom and what they call neutralize the gunman. the ballistic shield wlrks they had it or not, i think the bottom line is what you're going to find from every law enforcement official that they should have gone in and should have gone in sooner with whatever fire power they had. and with this new information -- and you know, anderson, in the last couple of days, new information is starting to come out. and part of what's happening here in this town is that this is politically becoming untenable certainly for the politicians who are running this
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investigation. everything is being done behind closed doors. the public does not have access to any of this testimony right now. as we know, the police have been providing no information at this point. they went from providing wrong information to fixing some of it up to continuing now to provide absolutely no information. so, we're starting to see information come out. and what we're seeing is that it is a really a bungled response, a response that should have been better, that should have been more aggressive, that should have really went after this gunman. and i can tell you, i was just -- behind me here, anderson, i'm at the high school where family members are attending a school board meeting. and this is what you're hearing from them inside. they want accountability. they say the police here didn't do their jobs. and that's what they want. they want accountability. and there's also this feeling where they are not getting answers to the questions that they have about this response. and how is the school and the
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police department here going to keep their kids safe in the days and weeks and years to come? and there's still a lot of grief here. so, there's still so many questions, right, anderson? and i think what we're seeing now is it starting to come out. and it's not going to get better for the police. clearly, as you see by this. >> yeah, and tony, did police comment to the "austin american statesman" because i mean, you know, the lies that have been said, the misstatements, the incorrect information that's been given out time after time, is really, really, i mean, shocking. >> which is to the point of at this time they just need to release everything. we know that there are hours and hours of video that helps tell the complete story. and because there is so much distrust not only in that city but frankly across the state and the nation at this point,
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investigators simply should just release as much information as they can, the video, as much as they can. anderson, nothing in state law here in texas is prohibiting that. this is a choice that they are making at this point. but i think as more information continues to come to light, it ultimately is going to make it impossible for them to hide behind any aspect of state law that allows but does not require them to withhold this information. >> yeah, and we know arredondo, shimon, in the interview, he reluctantly -- or the comments he reluctantly made to you after you showed up at his work, he hid behind grieving parents, saying, you know, once parents stop grieving, then he'll say something, which is just deeply unfortunate statement for -- nobody is going to stop grieving the death of their children
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desantis faces re-election campaign this year. in the republican party he's considered one of the primary challengers for the 2024 race. in reporting, our next guest asks if desantis can replace the former president as the gop's combatant in chief. he channels the same rage as the former president but with greater discipline. dexter, it's really fascinating, your article. your profile describes desantis as someone who sounds like the former president, but, quote, speaks in complete sentences. how is he trying to convey that about himself without criticizing the former president? >> that's -- anderson, that's a really good question because the kind of -- the dance between trump and desantis right now is very complicated. they both live in florida. on the surface, they're both making nice. but desantis, you know, he radiates ambition. i mean, he wants to be president. and so it's totally clear.
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and i think we haven't seen, you know, this thing, this -- the two of them, what exists between them, hasn't been resolved yet. it just hasn't. it's like, is trump going to run? you know, unclear. does desantis want to run? absolutely. he wants to run now. he's only 43 years old, but he's very, very impatient. >> i mean, what -- his background is really interesting. he went to -- you know, a lot of people, maybe the only thing they know about him is he does seem to go after these hot button issues. and you talk about this in the piece, like criticizing dr. anthony fauci over covid safety measures, pushing what's been coined the don't say gay bill in florida, things that get clicks, things that make headlines. but he's also got, you know, he went to harvard law school. he went to yale undergraduate. this is a guy who has had -- and was described -- you talk to
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people who went to school with him as incredibly, incredibly smart guy. >> yes. he really is. i mean, what's interesting about him is that he's from a working class family. i talked to his father in the piece. i went to their house. it's just a very modest house. ron is really smart, the governor. when he was young and he played baseball and he was really good and he got into yale and he went to harvard. i think he's got, you know, this is my -- i'm playing sigmund freud here, but i think he's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder being around all the ivy leaguers. but he's really smart. everybody i spoke to, including people that hate him, told me his iq is not in question. he is really, really smart. it's just that when he gets in front of a crowd, he does his best to act like trump basically. >> it's interesting that he would choose to do that because obviously -- often times governors are dealing with stuff
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which national politicians don't have to. it's people -- they've got to -- when there's a storm in their state, they're the ones on top of it. he clearly seems to have national ambitions and has for a long time. >> yes. yes. and he has -- you know, basically from the moment trump left office began the flourishing of his relationship with cnn -- sorry -- with fox news. so, he is -- he's been on fox numerous, numerous times. they call him virtually every day to be on. and they've kind of -- they've given him this kind of national platform. you know, he's very articulate. he kind of radiates this kind of populist anger, which i think -- which i think plays very well there. but it kind of -- they made him -- fox made him a national figure i think it's fair to say. and now it's -- you know, now
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it's just off to the races because he -- he knows -- he feels it. you can tell when you hear him talk. he feels like he's ready. he's ambitious. he's ready. the question is -- really, what is trump going to do? and then depending on what trump decides, what is desantis going to do? >> if trump does say he's running, does desantis still run? >> i don't know. you know, i talked to former president trump last week, and i was -- i was listening to every kind of inflection in his voice, and i -- one moment i would tell you, i think he's going to run. the next moment, it was like, i don't know. and so i don't know what he's going to do, what president trump is going to do. with desantis, it seems to me -- i think he wants to run, but it seems to me unlikely if trump does because -- because they're
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competing for the same constituency. it's the same -- it's the same people. it's kind of the, you know, half the population is kind of anti-elite and kind of angry about the last 30 years and, you know, thinks and feels disdained by the kind of liberal establishment. that's his constituency. so, it's hard for me to imagine that desantis would take trump on. >> he would also then be facing attacks from trump that would turn that very constituency that he wants in the future against him. so, again, that's part of the calculus as well. dexter fill kins, fascinating article in "the new yorker." appreciate it. >> thank you, sir. new details on the missing americans fighting for ukraine, where they're purportedly being held, and what russia is saying about them. our hottest summer , steak anand lobster! it's lit! d don't miss red lobster's seafood summerfest.
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we have new details tonight on the missing american volunteer fighters in ukraine. russian president putin's spokesman, dmitry peskov, said russia can't guarantee they won't face the death penalty. >> they're soldiers and they were involved in illegal activities on the territory of ukraine. and they were involved in firing and shelling our military personnel. they were endangering their
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lives, and they should be responsible. they should be held responsible for those -- for those crimes that they have committed. >> according to russian state media, the fighters were captured last week and are being held by russian backed separatists in donetsk. sam kiley is in kharkiv tonight with the latest. what more are we learning about the americans who are being held? >> reporter: well, it's a very sorry tale. according to the descriptions that they've given, a serbian tv station that interviewed them, and the interviewer let slip they were in donetsk. that's the first confirmation they were in this break away republic in the east of ukraine. alex drueke said that he had been captured, as indeed did andrew huynh on their first day
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in combat. they said that they were both fighting for something called task force baguette, which was, they said, part of the ukrainian armed forces. but a mixture of ukrainian and foreign fighters. i have spoken myself to another american, who is with them on the ground during that battle in a village about 25 kilometers outside to the northeast of kharki kharkiv, where i am now, anderson. he said that they fired a shot from an rpg, a rocket-propelled grenade, advancing russian armored personnel carrier. they said in their interview that they had missed it, and then they went missing, as the group withdrew. clearly now they've been captured. so, the good news from the families' perspective is that they are alive. the bad news is that the last people to be accused of being soldiers of fortune or mercenaries in this break away republic were two britons and a
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moroccan who were captured in the southeast of the country around mariupol. they have all been sentenced to death in a judicial process, if you could call it that, in this republic area, which is of course recognized only by the kremlin and one or two kremlin-supporting other states. it's a part of ukraine. so, under international law, there's no doubt that if they were part of the ukraine armed forces, they were not mercenaries. but that is not a defense that would appear to be accepted. >> so, in kharkiv, where you are right now, there's a buildup of russian troops. that's an area where russian troops had left previously, been retaken. what's going on there now? >> well, over the last few days and indeed in the early hours of this morning, which it is now, there's been an increase in the level of artillery strikes and missile strikes against the environment of kharkiv, the sort of greater. there's been a substantial troop
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buildup coming in from the russian border, which is on 30 kilometers or so from where i'm standing. and that band of territory still in russian hands. the ukrainians pushed the russians back from the city, capturing a number of villages. some of them have already been recaptured. and the anticipation is that over the next week or so, the russians are likely to launch another assault, which would add to the burdens the ukrainians are already dealing with, when they're very tied up further east around severodonetsk, to the north of kramatorsk, in battles that foreign and ukrainian fighters i've spoken to there are describing as a meat grinder, anderson. >> sam kiley, i appreciate it. be careful. up next, republican dan crenshaw accosted, something we talked about at the top of the hour. adoptees were -- attendees adopted a far right platform. also rebuked and booed, another republican senator, john cornyn.
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over the weekend, texas republicans adopted a new far right platform at their convention in houston. several got approval, including one that states biden didn't win the 2020 election. and two republican lawmakers in texas faced opposition from attendees. one of them was congressman dan crenshaw, who is under fire in part for supporting aid to ukraine. the other is john cornyn, who was helping with bipartisan gun legislation on capitol hill. >> reporter: in a stinging rebuke, texas republican senator john cornyn booed at his own party's convention in his home state. >> gun-grabbing wish list off the table. >> reporter: cornyn, the top republican leading the gun negotiations on capitol hill in the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in texas, interrupted repeatedly. >> they tried to get a new mandatory wait period for all
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gun purchases. i said, no. universal background checks, magazine bans, licensing requirements, the list goes on and on and on. >> reporter: as he attempted to explain the emerging deal to a disapproving crowd of republicans. >> that's the worst booing i've ever heard, but he deserves it. he should quit working with the democrats to figure out ways of taking guns away from people based on mental health. >> in a separate incident at the same event, dan crenshaw faced this angry crowd of right wing protesters. >> reporter: forcefully confronting the war veteran, calling him a r.h.i.n.o., republican in name only, for refusing to go along with the unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen and for his support of ukraine, among other things. >> you're a globalist. >> reporter: these tense moments pitting republicans against republicans is tangible evidence of the broader divide within the
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republican party. the more extreme elements of the party emboldened, pushing to approve a series of new resolutions this weekend to be included in the official gop platform in texas. non-binding resolutions that serve mostly as a mission statement and do not carry force of law but do move the texas gop even further to the right. >> no red flags! no red flags! >> including measures falsely declaring that president biden was not legitimately elected, that homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice, condemning any second amendment restrictions, rejecting the bipartisan gun agreement as a whole, and specific elements of the emerging deal, like incentivizing states to adopt red flag laws. and officially rebuking the ten republican senators, including cornyn, for their support of the gun deal on capitol hill.
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>> i will not, under any circumstance, support new restrictions for law-abiding gun owners. that will always be our red line. >> reporter: now, there has been no official reaction from senator cornyn or his office about all of this. but according to a tweet from a local reporter in texas, cornyn later that night went on to tell some of the attendees at the convention, quote, i've never given in to mobs, and i'm not starting today. and certainly it is notable, anderson, that the official twitter account of senator cornyn went on to retweet that quote. >> appreciate it. thank you. we'll be right back. what if you could change your surroundings
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