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good morning to viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. it is wednesday, june 22nd. i'm brianna keel wilar with joh berman. a compelling and disturbing day four of the january 6th committee hearings, and it directly linked former president donald trump to all of it. in the end, trump's allies could not produce any evidence of election fraud. something that they openly admitted. >> at some point, one of them make a comment that they didn't have evidence but they had a lot of theorys? >> that was mr. giuliani. >> and what exactly did he say and how did that come up? >> my recollection, he said, we have got lots of theories, we just don't have the evidence. >> the pressure campaign on state officials was relentless, even dangerous, it included ugly threats and intimidation by trump supporters and the former president himself. leaving one georgia election
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worker too scared to even say her own name out loud in public, a steep price for those who defended democracy and did their job. >> the committee unveiled new information about previously unknown activity involving wisconsin's republican senator ron johnson. his aide offered to hand deliver fake electors to vice president mike pence on january 6th, now, johnson claims this is a nonstory. cnn's manu raju pressed him on this. >> reporter: why was he even asking for that? >> because somebody delivered this to our office and asked to deliver that to the vice president. >> reporter: who is the person that delivered it? >> i have no idea. >> and new reporting this morning on ivanka trump, this is a reminder of what she told the january 6th committee in a taped deposition when asked about bill barr's conclusion that there was no widespread election fraud. >> i respected attorney general barr, so i accepted what he was
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saying. >> barr made those claims on december 1st, 2020, but nine days later, ivanka trump told a documentary film crew that her father, quote, will continue to fight until every legal remedy is exhausted, and that's what he should do. here with us, maggie haberman who broeg ke this story for "th new york times," senior political correspondent for "the new york times." you have actually seen this video. explain what it is and where what ivanka trump says fits in all of this. >> john, she was shown testifying before the house select committee in that video clip you just played saying that bill barr's statement, which was december 1st, 2020, affected her thinking. she really respected bill barr, bill barr said there is no widespread fraud. nine days later she sat with this filmmaker who was doing some kind of a documentary, legacy project, about donald trump, and he asked her her take
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on her father's claims about the election, which by then were still that it was stolen, that it was fraudulent, he was trying to get the results overturned and she said part of what you just showed that he should keep fighting, that he should exhaust every legal remedy, that people were questioning the quote, unquote sanctity of the elections process and she says this without acknowledging that part of why people were questioning it is because her father kept saying they should question it. i suspect what she said under oath is what she actually believed, but what she said in the video was at odds and a real reminder of how little people were saying to donald trump's face about what they thought about what he was doing. >> if she's saying that on video, you're left to infer she may not have been saying the truth to her father during that time period. maggie, what is this video that all of a sudden we have learned the committee is going to speak to the filmmaker and take a look at all of the footage they have available. it seems people within trump world were a little bit surprised by this revelation. >> john, there was a very small
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group of people that was aware of this film crew being around in first place. a bunch of them didn't even know, remember there had been some interviews with someone who was british, who turned out to be the filmmaker. a lot of campaign officials had no idea of what was going on and they were stunned when they learned from politico this footage had been subpoenaed and it turns out the filmmaker is going to meet with the committee as you said tomorrow. he has three interviews with donald trump, two were before january 6th, one was after at mar-a-lago, which means that was after the riot, after everything that we saw on that day, and it will be an interesting question as to what it gets to his mindset. what else could be on these videos, we don't know. i don't know they had any significance in terms of whether people were talking about the elections, specifically, and plans, but, you know, the committee wants to know what's there. >> you say people you talked to were stunned. are they worried at all? >> well, the people that i talked to are not worried because they're not in it.
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my understanding is that there is some anxiety among some family members about what might have been said. again, not necessarily for legal reasons, but just because there are things like what we just discussed, which are at odds with other statements that have been made. i think that the people i spoke with, i know the people i spoke with who, you know, worked on the campaign, senior officials among them, couldn't really believe that people were bringing in a documentary filmmaker to just follow people around, sort of with no clarity or visibility by a lot of people about what was happening. this is not typical in a campaign to say the least, without it being a broader preplanned effort and it just speaks, john, to the degree with which there are rooms within rooms in trump's orbit. >> melanie zanona reporting on how the president is not happy with the way the hearings are going on, the way they are, without somebody not defending him in the room.
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you have similar reporting, maggie. what are you hearing on that front? >> exactly the same, john. he has been -- there are other republicans who were feeling this way well before he was. he has a small group of allies in his ear about this for the last couple of weeks and it has occurred to him as he's watching these hearings that there are none of his -- what he sees as his fighters who are on this committee. he now blames kevin mccarthy, as do other republicans, for not negotiating further when his two picks, jim banks and jim jordan, were not allowed on the committee by nancy pelosi. it has meant that basically the presentation is entirely from people, you know who have been very critical of donald trump and that is very frustrating to him, especially because as you know he consumes all this through television. >> maggie haberman, great to see you, sharing your reporting which you broke. great to see you. joining us now, we have cnn senior legal analyst and former federal prosecutor laura coates and also with us, former republican congresswoman from virginia, barbara comstock.
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how much more legal jeopardy is donald trump in today, right now, than he was 24 hours ago? >> even more. you have more evidence he may have in fact known what he was doing was fraudulent. last week we knew he was told multiple times by his attorney, john eastman, at one point, he didn't necessarily know this was going to be or have any weight to it. he was told by his campaign advisers, the council for vice president mike pence, all of these people were talking about how this was not a legitimate exercise. you have certain laws on the books, federally and at the state level in georgia in particular that say, look, if you're trying to interfere with an election, by deception, by trying to procure or tabulate nonexistent ballots, for example, you have legal jeopardy. maybe trying to find them. if he knew there was nothing to find, you got more and more exposure here. having said that, there is still some work to be done to make that bridge complete. the idea of whether it is just people who were in the capitol who said i believe this, so i
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acted on that, that's not going to be enough unless he has a direct interaction. >> do you think he looks worse in all of this, especially considering what we just heard from maggie there, with the fact that donald trump was getting some encouragement, perhaps, from people telling him what he wanted to hear including his own daughter, perhaps. >> no. i think it is clear from the record and every day it becomes more clear that his own campaign told him he lost, his justice department told him there was not fraud to the degree that it could change anything, and they threatened to quit, that will be hearing, if he didn't, you know, if he tried to fire people to pursue this and his own vice president, all the legal counsel, the serious lawyers, everybody was there, yet he went out and sought the clown car as bill barr called it of lawyers. so, no, he didn't have people who were telling them this is all legitimate. he knew what was false and i think our long tape in georgia
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is one of the most damning pieces of evidence of trump testifying against himself. >> you saw what manu was asking senator ron johnson yesterday outside of the capitol. i wonder if you find it believable what ron johnson is saying that he didn't know what his chief of staff was doing when he was trying to deliver fake electors from wisconsin and michigan to pence's staff, just before this whole process on january 6th. do you believe him? >> i think there is a lot more that was going on with this fake electors. because, you know, you have all these states they were reaching out to, and, again, it was donald trump directly, remember, he brought in people from pennsylvania, we haven't even heard what went on there. people hiding out in michigan, as we heard a little piece of it. i think there is going to be a lot more of that, say, if a grand jury were looking at that, there would be a lot more information on that front and the idea that people are coming in with made up fake ballots and
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give them to this guy and pass them over, again, a clown car show, but a very deliberate effort to get them to overturn the election. that is the whole effort that he's involved in that i think every day the case gets so much stronger. >> the idea of a member of congress just willy-nilly handing over documents to the vice president, the second person in line, is bizarre. it is -- >> to be clear, he was the chief of staff in the text. my question is it believable that the senator, the chief of staff, that the senator wouldn't know or that the chief of staff would be doing this without his boss telling him to do it? >> do it to the vice president, you check that out. i think there will be more. >> to your point, congresswoman, you know, you named pennsylvania, michigan, georgia. the testimony yesterday of bowers and others suggests there was a coordinated effort to try to interfere with individual states outside of georgia.
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the pressure exerted on things like the secretary -- the house speaker in arizona, the idea this is only a centralized focused defined 11,000 or more votes as opposed it trying to put your thumb on the scale in various jurisdictions, that makes this a broader investigation, outside of the realm of federal law. there are state laws in each of these areas that suggest that you cannot try to interfere with an election or try to remove somebody's ability to have a fair and free election. remember former attorney general eric holder tweeted out immediately, a criminal code that talked about if you try to interfere with the fair and free process of an individual state and the federal election, you've got problems. each of those states talks about it. >> we were reminded yesterday, gabe sterling in early december said, you know, stop doing this, the danger and the violence that was coming out of this, this is what was going on in arizona. that was known in real time. and so when you're able to have, i imagine, a grand jury and you're able to show them, be
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able to read a lot of these vile texts people were getting, things were known. if you look at your own coverage, i'm sure day after day after day there were threats of violence, here in washington, you know, there were arrests and things going on in december, donald trump was aware of this in that whole time. gabe sterling, that got a lot of attention at the time and he talked about the noose that workers were, i guess in the office or whatever happened there, and all the threats that were coming in, in real time, and he ignored it. remember, on january 6th, you're saying, maybe these people are more upset than you are, kevin. and he said the same thing about mike pence. well, you know, maybe he deserves it. this was a state of mind he had early on that, you know, unlike speaker bowers who said i'm not going to cheat to win, donald trump made it clear from the start he was happy to cheat to win. >> yeah, and this process revealing -- >> and asked people to do it. >> revealing the data set that donald trump was working with at the time.
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with a late night procedural vote, the senate has taken a major step toward passing a bipartisan gun safety bill. the bill closes the so-called boyfriend loophole, which allows unmarried partners access to guns, even if they're found guilty of violence. it also includes millions of dollars of investments in mental health and school safety programs, and incentivizes red flag laws and enhances background checks for young gun buyers. joining us now, chris coons of delaware, part of the bipartisan group working on this legislation. nice to see you this morning. i want to talk policy before process here, if i can. now that the text is out, what's in here that you think has the potential to make the biggest difference? >> well, there is a number of things you just referenced that i'm so glad we were able to move ahead last night in the senate.
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we had 14 republicans join in supporting this bill. the billions of dollars of investment in community mental health, obviously strengthening background checks for 18 to 21-year-olds, closing the so-called boyfriend loophole. there is also additional penalties for trafficking in guns, for so-called straw purchasers, that i think will be important and one of the things important to my home community and many others is $250 million for violence interruption programs, something that has been proven around the country to help prevent a cycle of gun violence at the community level. >> i want to focus on the so-called boyfriend loophole for a second. because one of the things that is interesting about this is this -- people have tried to get this closed before, this loophole, and haven't been able to. so why now? what made the difference this time? >> well, frankly, persistent engagement and i'm so grateful to a wide range of senators, senators murphy and blumenthal
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of connecticut, senator sinema of arizona, senators cornyn and tillis, who republicans who helped lead this, senator klobuchar of minnesota long led efforts on closing the boyfriend loophole. and this time it was difficult. it nearly dropped out several times. there is a way that one can appeal to get their gun restored. there was a tragic case in delaware, involving a so-called red flag law, where someone had their guns removed and then on appeal had them returned and used that exact weapon in a murder/suicide. so these are always contentious issues. how we strike the right balance between making sure there is due process for the potential restoration of a firearm and yet making sure that those convicted of domestic violence, whether it is against a spouse or simply a dating partner are prevented from buying weapons when they demonstrated a propensity for violence and have been convicted for it. >> just the headline, bipartisan
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gun safety legislation, it feels unusual. >> it does. >> this is something that hasn't been possible before. what is the secret sauce? people might look at this and say, okay, bipartisan things can happen. so what is the secret sauce here that maybe you can take forward? >> well, look, ten years ago when sandy hook happened, that incredible tragedy at an elementary school in connecticut, senators toomey and manchin worked very hard to try and get universal background checks. and that fell short partly because of ferocious, fierce lobbying by the nra and by the time that it took to negotiate the details. here i think building on prev experience, a core group of senators moved quickly, took advantage of the fact that the whole country was sickened, was shocked by the massacre of black americans at a grocery store in buffalo on a weekend, the massacre of elementary school students in uvalde, texas, and
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so many other incidents of mass gun violence that have happened over the last few weeks, let alone the last few years. and moved quickly to negotiate text, to come to a framework agreement, to get the text to the floor, because if we waited weeks and weeks more to negotiate the details, i suspect the same thing would have happened this time. so coming together around a few things that we have had hearings on, we worked on, where we all know each other and where we all know what the core issues are, that's what the group that has really led this over the finish line has done. and i'm so encouraged that we had a strong bipartisan vote in the senate last night. >> it passes this week? >> i think we don't leave this week until this passes the senate and then i hope i expect that the house will take it up and pass it when they return. i believe this gets to the president's desk by the end of july. >> end of july, not end of june. >> well, the end of june would be the end of this week. and so that's when i think it will get out of the senate, i think it will then go to the
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house, the house will be on a fourth of july recess, it could be as early as the second week of july, but i'm giving a little cushion, things do move slowly here in the united states congress. >> i heard that before. senator chris coons, nice to see you this morning. thank you. >> thank you, john. we are getting information just in on a devastating earthquake in afghanistan. at least 1,000 people are dead. that number is expected to climb. this was a 5.9 magnitude quake according to an emergency official and this was south of kabul, near the border with pakistan. i want to go now to cnn's vadika sud for the latest on this. what do you know at this point? it sounds like it is very bad and bound to get worse. >> absolutely, brianna. this earthquake hit eastern afghanistan at 1:24 local time, when most of the people in the region were fast asleep in their homes. now, like you pointed out, more than 1,000 people are dead and
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injured stand at 1,500. but, brianna, this number has gone up in the last six hours. but six hours ago, the officials said the casualties stand at about 260 and now it has gone up to a thousand. we're expecting more casualty figures to come in over the next few hours. let me just tell you about the two worst impacted regions, one of them is the patika region and the other is the coast region. both of these regions are near the pakistan/afghanistan border. we're talking about remote mountain villages here. you can imagine what the health officials are there, they would be very basic. what you're seeing in videos is people -- is a lot of people there are scrambling really to help others and take them to safer ground. you also see a lot of rubble around the place. most of the homes in this region are made of mud. the indian monsoon has already impacted these homes. weakened them. they already are quite unstable at this point.
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when the earthquake hit, it really reduced them to rubble. and what made it worse is the fact that the depth of the quake was 10 kilometers, so quite to the surface, because of which the casualty figures have gone up. we all know this region has been home to conflict for decades. they haven't had the money really to put together an infrastructure, to protect themselves from natural calamities and earthquakes. and this comes at a time, brianna, when afghanistan is in the midst of a humanitarian and economic crisis. brianna? >> this is making it so much worse. vedika sud, thank you for the update. we'll continue to follow this. the election lies pushed by former president trump and his allies now becoming a huge legal problem for the media outlets that repeated them. in a new move by the biden administration to make cigarettes a little less addictive.
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president trump's lie about election fraud. this comes as the january 6th committee continues to debunk conspiracy theories related to the 2020 election. joining me now, anchor of "reliable sources" brian stelter. what is going on with these lawsuits? >> think of this as a parallel track to the hearings. this is another form of accountability for the election lies and it is happening basically on multiple tracts at the same time. last week a judge denied news maxes motion to throw out dominion's lawsuit against news max. it is a big voting technology company that helps run elections in the u.s. and around the world. and it says it was defamed by a lot of the rhetoric. dominion is suing some networks. yes, smartmatic won a victory. yesterday oan, one america news, a right wing fringe network, lost another motion by dominion
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to reject another lawsuit by dominion. you have two companies suing these three right wing networks and the networks keep losing. the voting companies keep winning. >> how much concern is there within these networks about how big this could get? >> this is still in the preliminary stages. these lawsuits typically will take years unless there is a settlement. the fact that these networks keep losing their motions to dismiss, do increase the likelihood of a settlement. just last week in new mexico, where there were republican commissioners, suggesting they were not going to -- not going to approve the election results and claim they were valid, dominion was called out there too. there are lots of lies about dominion and they said, look, it is still happening. the lies about our company are still hurting our company more than a year and a half later. so dominion and smartmatic may have strong cases here. what we have seen from the right wing networks is a pullback on actually naming those companies, of course the general conspiracy
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theory stuff is still going on, but i think fox is more careful not to mention the companies. >> it is interesting how conservative media has come up in the january 6th hearings, there was an interesting moment where in the committee hearing they played sound from a trump rally where the trump campaign played a clip of conservative media. watch. >> hidden cases of possible ballots rolled out from under a table, four people under a cloud of suspicion. >> so, if you just take the crime of what those democrat workers were doing, and by the way, there was no water main break. they said -- this was no water main break. that's ten times more than i need to win this state. >> you can see the circle there. >> the snake eating its tail, and at the time during that disputed period, after the election, there was so much chaos, right wing media loved the story of the suitcases. loved it. ran with it as you see there.
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right now they hate the hearings story. they hate the hearings story and will do anything not to talk about it. oan, for example, goes and interviews lawyers of accused rioters who were in jail instead of talking about the hearing. tucker carlson obsesses over stephen colbert's group being detained at the capitol, claim that's an insurrection to mock the real insurrection. i can't express enough how right wing media is burying what is going on at the hearings. and that affects politicians as well. you have senators, lawmakers, saying they're not watching and proud to say they're not watching because the viewers aren't either. if you look at the ratings, the audience literally cratered during the hearing and came right back afterwards. that's the reality of the republican party bubble, thanks to the gop media. >> brian stelter, nice to see you. >> you too. a trump-backed candidate wins in alabama, but two of them lose in georgia. what's the takeaway from these primary runoffs? plus, fresh outrage in uvalde, texas, as damning new
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outrage erupted last night at the uvalde, texas, city council meeting where members of the public pleaded for the chief of school police, pete arredondo, who also serves on the city council, to resign from his seat. one of the speakers included the grandmother of 10-year-old amerie jo garza, one of the 19 students and two teachers who were murdered inside robb elementary school. >> he failed us. do not make the same mistake he did and fail us too. go forward and make it right. make it right for everybody in here. we deserve better. our children deserve better! and those teachers deserve better! and all these kids and all the families here deserve better! please, please, we're begging, get this man out of our lives! >> joining us now are family
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members of amerie jo garza, her father angel garza and her grandmother berlinda who you just saw making that passionate speech at the city council meeting. i want to start just by talking about where you guys are right now. we're about a month out, you have been mourning amerie. can you tell us starting withbe and what is on your mind? >> it is getting harder and harder every day. as far as missing her, the hurt that we feel, but also with the anger that is unfolding before our eyes. the -- everything that is coming out, everything we're finding out, it is just getting harder and harder by the day. and we have to speak for all these children, all these families. we have to make things right. we need to get down to the bottom of everything that has happened and find out the truth.
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>> angel, what's on your mind? >> amerie. it is so hard to focus on any of this. just so hard to do anything because we just miss her so much. it's -- we want to, you know, advocate. we want to get her story out there. just it is so hard to talk about her and -- >> she's a beautiful little girl. we heard you speak so much about her. >> thank you. >> i didn't mean to interrupt you there, angel, you were saying, we just --
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>> no, you're fine, you're fine. we just want them -- we want this -- we want -- we want nobody to feel this again. there is nothing in the world that is going to satisfy our, you know, needs, our wants. we want amerie back. but if there is something that we can get out of this, it is trying to make sure that no parent ever feels this. i would not wish this on my worst enemy. >> we learned so many upsetting things here, in the recent days, and the director of dps, colonel steve mccraw, putting some of that into context at the hearing yesterday, when he said this. i want to listen to what he said. >> three minutes after the subject entered the west
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building, there was sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract and neutralize the subject. the only thing stopping the hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children. >> what was it like knowing that, learning that? >> it was such a disappointment. it was, again, reliving that nightmare, all over again. and making it twice as worse because they had time. they had time to save so many people. so many children. teachers. if they hadn't been shot, they wouldn't have been shot. if they were shot, they -- they
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had maybe a chance to live. but because they made a simple mistake, it turned out to be 19 children and 22 -- i'm sorry, 3 teachers, 3 teachers and the husband, because he too is included in this nightmare. and it could have been prevented by one little check. why didn't they check the door? why? i just don't understand it. and i don't get it. that should have been the first thing anybody did. three minutes turned into 77 crucial minutes. >> and, angel, we have all of these questions. none of which can bring amerie back. but we have been hearing from
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families including yours about as you're trying here just to get through the day, there are some things making life more difficult and one of those things is chief arredondo still being on the city council. ber berlinda, we heard you say that. angel, he has to show up to city council meetings or he has to step down or be pushed out. what if he does show up to sit in city council meetings? what would that be like for you and your family? >> i don't even know. you know, there is other officers that were in there. i just don't get how you can hear these kids, you know, crying and asking for help, but
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you're scared to enter because your commander doesn't want you to go in. and somebody said, somebody said at the school board meeting the other day that -- the kids were probably lying there, just thinking where their parents were, and we were right outside. i was trying to get in. i was put into handcuffs. i was, like -- but the ones who told me to trust them didn't save my daughter. or any of the other kids. >> angel, you said that amerie has just been on your mind and
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obviously it is hard to think of anything else, which i don't think is surprising for anyone to hear. how has she been in your thoughts? what are you thinking about? what do you miss? >> i just miss having a normal life. i miss waking up, dropping her off at school, going to work, picking her up, taking her to baseball practice. >> berlinda? >> i miss her sassiness. i miss the -- i miss her calling
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everybody hey, queen! that's what she said, all the time. hey, material girl! those were her words. and the first time she called me that, walked in the door, she said that to me, hey, material girl, i'm like, excuse me, because i'm supposed to be grandma, not material girl, but, of course we laughed it off, she said, i call everybody that. she was always full of life. and seeing her made everybody smile. if you would have got to meet her, you would have just fell in love with her too. the whole world did. >> i just miss my family. >> that's the main thing we all miss, is our family back, having that. >> i miss my son being the way he was. i miss their mother being the way she was. >> angel and berlinda, i thank
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