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>> police tackled the gunman, you can see there, described as a man in his 40s, state broadcaster nhk quotes police who say he used a homemade gun. we will be live in tokyo in just a moment. >> we are also keeping a close watch this hour on what's happening in washington. former white house counsel pat cipollone expected on capitol hill for closed door testimony today. he'll speak with the january 6th select committee. again, watching that closely as well as the latest jobs report, just out a short time ago, which shows the economy added 327,000 jobs in the month of june. the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.6%. a lot going on this morning as you can see. but we do want to begin with this breaking news out of japan, the assassination of former prime minister shinzo abe. blake essig is in tokyo this morning. what more do we know about this suspect and also what is the reaction throughout the country.
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>> reporter: hey, you know, jim, erica, i apologize, i cannot hear you right now. let me tell you about what we just learned, just moments ago. police have confirmed that the man believed to have shot former prime minister shinzo abe is a 41-year-old man, his home has been raided. he's unemployed. and police say that he went after the former prime minister because he believed that he was part of a group that he didn't like. while a controversial figure here in japan, and around the world, for his policies, abe really an incredibly important figure, and news of the shooting has absolutely sent shock waves across the nation and around the world. and the hours following the shooting, many have taken to social media to say they hoped he would pull through, and some calling today's shooting a barbaric act that shakes the root of democracy, saying that whether or not you agree with abe's political stances,
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violence to suppress poli political -- any political stance is unacceptable. now, during a press conference shortly after the shooting, current prime minister fumio kishida really encapsulated the feeling of the people here in japan. he appeared emotional, almost in tears, while speaking to the press and said that this is not a forgivable act, and that we will comprehend the situation and take appropriate measures. abe's brother and current minister of defense nobuo kishi addressed the media calling the an attack an affront to democracy, and excuse me, suppression of freedom of speech. excuse me. and we have seen pictures of shinzo abe's wife looking down at the ground as she entered the hospital where her husband was fighting for his life, simply put there has been an overwhelming sense of sadness and shock across japan, and really around the world, and those emotions will likely only deepen with the news that former
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prime minister shinzo abe has died. and what we know that abe was shot twice and as a result has died from those injuries, again, you know, still trying to figure out exactly why prime minister shinzo abe was targeted. jim, erica? >> blake essig with the updates for us. blake, thank you. this morning the white house putting out a statement saying it was both shocked and saddened to hear the news, keeping the former prime minister's family and the people of japan in their thoughts. joining us now to discuss is shahoka goto at the wilson center. first, if you could describe the rarity of this in japan. gun deaths in japan on a yearly basis, practically in the single digits, this must be a shock in any country to lose a leader under these circumstances, but particularly in japan where this kind of violence is to rare.
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>> absolutely. it really is unheard of. this whole debate about gun violence, it does not simply exist in japan. gun deaths in japan top out at about 10 a year. gun ownership is incredibly tightly controlled. so there really hasn't been this need to look into gun violence as something that politicians or any public figure should be exposed to. and this is probably going to change that dynamic as well. >> there is also in terms of the dynamic, i feel we heard so much this morning too about just how culturally this is hitting too, in a country that is known as being so safe. for this to now happen, we just learned from this press conference police say that when they raided that apartment, there were also several handmade pistol-like items that were confiscated, a handmade weapon as it has been referred to. that has really got to leave
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people on edge. >> right. so there is still a lot of unknowns. this is obviously breaking news. but from what we understand is that the gunman was acting on his own, he is a former self-defense force personnel, and that that is expected to have led him to actually obtain a gun. so we can already trace where this gun is coming from, there isn't any expectation he is acting on behalf of a bigger group, but, yeah, there is this whole conversation about gun ownership, fighting against terrorism, and ensuring that democracy prevails, and bear in mind that japan is actually having an upper house election on sunday. there will be this front to make sure it happens safely. >> let's speak about abe's leg su. one of the longest serving prime ministers in recent japanese history, also pushed for a more robust japanese foreign policy, including lifting some of the
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limits that had been in place since world war ii on japan's military, the self-defense forces as they're known. can you discuss for a moment his legacy, and what a loss this is for the country? because he maintained his popularity out of office. >> yes, at the beginning tokyo reporter described him as controversial. certainly there were many opponents to abe as much as supporters. but what question can say is this, he was a strong leader who had a clear vision for japan, especially on the foreign policy front. he had been japan's longest serving prime minister, and with that he had a vision to have a japan that was relevant in the 21st century, worked closely together with the united states to confront some of the challenges that asia in particular is facing, regarding the rise of china, but also to have a more broad role for japan in ensuring that japan answers
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cross border challenges from environmental security to democratic rule. >> there is so much there. i want to hit quickly too in terms of the legacy it fascinating if you look at how he worked with different leaders here in the united states, obama and trump, two excellent examples. >> yeah. so he is very noteworthy for being the first foreign leader to have met with president trump and he came bearing gifts, the gift was a golden golf clubs. but he also was very good with previous presidents as well, both past and present. he really did play up this role of statesman, which was quite lacking in japan until previous prime ministers, so he really was able to play to the global stage, which is a challenge that subsequent prime ministers in
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japan have been facing. >> yeah, maintaining that close relationship with the u.s. through very different administrations, frankly, and making sure he was the first foreign leader to meet with trump after his election in 2016. i want to bring in former secret service agent jonathan wackrow. a homemade gun in japan, very hard to get a weapon, and that's why firearms deaths there are a tiny fraction of what we see in this country, that say threat that extends far beyond japan to the u.s. and around the world, the idea that with information and designs you can get on the internet, you can make your own, in effect, and we see the catastrophic effects here. >> yeah. jim, this is a stunning and brazen attack, and as i said earlier, this reinforces that the threats that our political leaders face every single day don't end when they leave office. especially if they stay within the political environment. so typically we do see the threats reducing over time, but they're never eliminated. and as such, that's why there is
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a level of protection around them. and, again, to focus in on the gun here, it is so anomalous to have a weapon used in japan for any type of criminal activity unless an assassination of -- that was so brazen in public. it just speaks to the level of sophistication and planning that this attacker went through to really look at how are they going to, you know, execute on this attack and make sure that it was successful. >> yeah. we do, i see, have a statement in just now from president biden on abe's assassination and death. i'll read it now briefly here. this from the president. i am stunned, outraged and deeply saddened by the news that my friend abe shinzo, former prime minister of japan, was shot and killed while campaigning. this is a tragedy for japan and for all who knew him. biden goes on to say, quote, the united states stands with japan in this moment of grief. i send my deepest condolences to
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his family there. back to you, if i can, shahoka for a moment, the u.s./japan relationship, close for decades, particularly close now in light of the rise of china. and abe has been one of those leaders in terms of making a more robust japanese foreign policy, and not only engaging with the chinese president xi jinping but ensuring his country can stand up to what he, like the u.s. sees, as a growing threat, a challenge from china. >> yes, abe was carving out a role for japan as the regional and global stabilizer. we have this great power competition emerging between the united states and china, but many countries including japan really need to find a balance navigating these two large powers. and so what abe has done is focus on bringing in other countries across asia, reaching out to the indo-pacific countries, bringing all the
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united states to embrace that idea from even the trump administration which has been carried on by the biden administration. and moving forward the expectation is that the japanese government will continue to do that, and abe's assassination, dramatic assassination, will presumably give it more legitimacy that there is this need to carry on the abe legacy of promoting japan as a regional stabilizer. >> shihoko goto, jonathan wackrow, thank you. in just a few hours, president biden is set to speak about steps he is now taking to protect abortion rights in the wake of the supreme court ruling overturning roe v. wade. how far can he go? that's just ahead. an interview with the january 6th committee, what we know about the closed door meeting that took months of negotiations. and heart breaking new
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right now, former white house counsel pat cipollone is on capitol hill, there to sit down with the january 6th committee investigating the insurrection. this could be one of the most critical interviews to date. the panel expected to ask, of course, what he witnessed in the waning days of the trump administration. >> for more and on the significance, let's speak to cnn political analyst and washington bureau chief for the daily beast, jackie kucinich, and norm eisen. norm, first to you, what specifically in this investigation has changed since cassidy hutchinson's testimony regarding the former president's potential legal exposure and how might cipollone's testimony
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contribute to that? >> jim, thank you for having me back. what cassidy hutchinson added was the -- really the missing link in the alleged criminal conspiracy. we knew trump had pushed to overturn election outcomes, we knew he was involved in phony electoral certificates, then we got the proof of his violent intent, knowing that mob was armed, wanting to march with them, and putting out that tweet against mike pence and then agreeing with the mob, according to cassidy hutchinson, that pence should be hanged. so cipollone's going to corroborate all that, but not just that. he goes throughout the entire conspiracy including the so-called murder/suicide pact as cipollone put it of trump wanting to corrupt the doj and use them to attack the election. he's a critically important
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witness. >> critically important. look, this took a lot of negotiating to get to this point, jackie, as we know. this testimony, there are certain parameters around it as i understand. how tight lippe ped do you thin folks are going to be in the wake of this testimony? are we going to have to wait to hear a little bit more about what was said until perhaps tuesday when the next hearing is scheduled? >> i don't think that will be -- i don't think i would be surprised if they did keep their mouths shut today. we might get some kind of broad outlines of a readout potentially. however, i mean, this is being taped. and we have seen the january 6th committee run several hours or several clips of their testimony from their witnesses behind closed doors, so i don't think it is that much of a reach to think we will actually get to see this testimony. we just might have to be a little patient. but norm mentioned some of the things that she testified last week and you have to imagine that he's going to be asked about what she said about them
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having criminal exposure, if trump is allowed to walk to the mall, about that exchange she overheard between him and mark meadows, where he was asked -- telling mark meadows that trump had to do something and mark meadows said he doesn't want to do anything. i think those critical -- those are critical moments in her testimony and i wouldn't be surprised if he is asked to verify that and perhaps give us a little bit more. we'll see if he does. >> norm eisen, a particular detail from hutchinson's testimony was that the president, then president knew the crowd was armed, but still was encouraging them to march to the hill, you have that line saying, they're not going to threaten me with the implication that they might threaten someone else, but not me. how essential is that particular detail and how might cipollone fit into piecing the pieces of the puzzle together if they do fit together? >> cipollone was an opponent of trump participating in that
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march to the mall, jim. as jackie points out, he said if trump is a part of that, they -- it opens them up to being charged by -- with every crime under the sun. and then, of course, hutchinson gave us the additional information which will see if cipollone corroborates that trump knew the mob was armed. so that really changed everything. and i think the exposure on these crimes, obstruction of an official proceeding in congress, conspiracy to defraud the united states, and the state crimes, jim, cipollone's testimony, that video will also be usable in the georgia investigation, which is going forward. this is likely to be a jump forward in trump's criminal exposure. >> you talk about the jump forward in terms of criminal exposure. i'm curious, jackie, being there in washington, we talked so much about is this breaking through, certainly in certain circles, it does seem that securing this
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interview today, knowing that we have this next hearing coming up as well, is there a sense in washington, specifically since cassidy hutchinson's testimony as well, that things are changing, that the conversations are changing, that there is -- people are sort of perking up and paying attention a little bit more? >> well, i mean, the committee itself says her testimony in particular kind of opened up more witnesses, more people coming forward, saying, you know, i did hear something, we know that deputy press secretary sarah matthews testified publicly in front of the committee, perhaps as early as next week. so this -- you definitely are hearing more about it, there is an acknowledgement that this is real. and there is an acknowledgement that, you know, trump might be in trouble. now, whether he actually, is charged with anything at the end of the day, we don't know that. norm mentions the georgia investigation. we know that that is also ramping up, there are all sorts of subpoenas sent out, rudy
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giuliani, lindsey graham, you know, even bill barr's testimony could have opened trump up because it goes to whether he knew that the -- there was no election fraud in georgia. if he knew that, and he still pursued it, that could be a big problem in that particular investigation. >> yeah, and the timelines on those still uncertain. jackie kucinich, norm eisen, thank you so much to both of you. still ahead this hour, the father of highland park illinois gunman defending his decision to help his son purchase five firearms. why and what the state's attorney says about any potential liability he faces. that's coming up. ned calm. because with miro, they could problem solve together, and find the answer that was right under their nose. or... his nose. ♪ this...
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we're watching the white house there, where in a few short hours president biden is expected to sign an executive order protecting abortion rights. >> this comes amid pressure from democrats for the president to take a stronger stance to codify abortion access, following the supreme court's landmark decision to overturn roe v. wade. jeremy diamond joining us live from the white house. what more do we know about these plans and what they will actually do? >> reporter: it has been two weeks since the supreme court overturned the roe v. wade fundamentally changing the landscape of abortion access in the united states. and now we're seeing president biden will today sign an executive order taking steps to
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ensure that women can have access to abortion in parts of the united states. many of these steps in this executive order, frankly, are codifying things we have already seen president biden talk about. or the hhs secretary javier becerra pledge to do. there are four key components here, the first of which is safeguarding access to reproductive healthcare services including protecting access to medication abortion, that's something we have heard the hhs secretary talking about, protecting the privacy of patients at a time when there are fears in some of these states where abortion is now illegal that data from cell phones could be used in prosecutions in some cases, promoting a safety and security of patients and also coordinating the implementation of federal efforts by establishing a new interagency task force led by hhs and the white house's gender policy counsel to coordinate effort tons reproductive healthcare. all of this is going to require the hhs secretary xavier becerra
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to submit a report to the president within 30 days on his efforts on all of these fronts, and again there are not a lot of details. a lot of these are broad strokes where the white house talks about additional actions, for example, to protect and expand access to medication abortion, not exactly clear what these are. what is also clear is that many of these steps being taken now don't go as far as what many democrats have been clamoring for the president to do, over the last two weeks, since that supreme court decision. for example, this push to have abortion clinics open on federal lands, that's something the white house has said could potentially have dangerous ramifications and they effectively ruled out at least for the moment. erica, jim? >> it is happening as many states have passed or are passing laws to block access, you know, battle here on multiple fronts. jeremy diamond at the white house, thank you so much. this news just in to cnn, perhaps good news, the u.s. economy added 372,000 jobs in the month of june, that number beat expectations as the federal reserve is working to cool off
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the economy, the labor market as well, to help bring down inflation. >> cnn's rahel solomon joining us in new york with more on this latest jobs report. the job market is red hot there are concerns about a looming recession. we were talking briefly in the break. we live in this world where a good jobs report is almost bad. how does that work? >> well it a very nuanced jobs report. so what the report tells us is that the labor market is still very strong, some might say too strong. so we came in at 372,000 jobs being added last month. the expectation was 100,000 less than that, the unemployment rate remaining steady at 3.6% for the last four months. the gains were broad-based. we saw it across industries from professional services, leisure and hospitality, healthcare, all adding more than 50,000 jobs over the last month. the reason that we need an asterisk to this jobs report is because there is so much demand for workers right now, we have about 1.9 open jobs for every one person looking. and while it is great for
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workers to have that sort of flexibility and the options to move if they would like to move, the issue is that companies can't find workers, and so they're raising wages to try to incentivize people to work for their company, which is also great news for workers, except if you're making more but you afford less because inflation is so high, some vicious cycles, it doesn't even matter if you're making more, if you can afford less. the fed is trying to tame inflation, hoping to sort of cool some of the wage pressure so that people can actually enjoy making more. this is a jobs report that was certainly a lot hotter than most people expected. and at any other time, erica, this would be a great jobs report. but in this environment, it makes the job of the fed much harder. >> it adds to that challenge. rahel, appreciate it. thank you for put it in layman's terms. thank you. stay with us next hour. we're going to speak with labor secretary marty walsh for more on this latest report and what is ahead for the economy. also new this morning, the state attorney in highland park, illinois, says the shooter's
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father may not be directly liable for vouching for his son's firearm permit, but prosecutors continue to explore, quote, all possible options there. >> there is not a criminal liability that is directly attached to quote, unquote vouching for somebody else, but we're looking at all the evidence. there is a mountain of evidence to go through in terms of who knew what when, there is different ways to look at potential criminal liability in this case. i don't want to say much more other than that. but there is not a -- there is not a per se violation of law if you vouch for somebody with a foid card and they end up doing something terrible like this. >> well, a recent interview with the new york post, robert crimo jr. says he made the decision to sponsor his son's foid card because he thought his son would only use the gun at the shooting range. josh campbell joins us with more. you heard the father speaking
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out, saying he stands by what he did, but we're learning a little bit more about that purchase as well. what have you learned? >> reporter: that's right. we're learning about how that -- those weapons were obtained. going back to 2019, we have been reporting on these encounters with law enforcement, between the shooter, his family, family members called police and said that we believe the suspect is trying to harm himself, is trying to harm members of the family, despite that police contact, which did not result in any type of charges, the family didn't actually file any complaints that would allow the police to take further action, later this year, the father sponsored this card, this permit for the shooter to actually obtain this weapon and he's speaking out now, the father saying he feels no culpability for the massacre that happened here. serious questions for the family. if you knew the shooter was troubled, why would you then sponsor his ability to obtain a firearm? the suspect's father spoke to abc news, defending himself, talking about what happened.
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take a listen. >> i still don't -- background checks, whatever. i'm not exactly sure. neither approved or denied. he was approved. >> reporter: authorities still have a lot of questions for the father. that investigation is ongoing. we're also learning new details about how authorities were able to quickly identify the shooter. i spoke with a police official yesterday who said that it was a possible mistake by the shooter that led to that identification because when he was fleeing this area right behind me, on video, you see the suspect according to this official get spooked by someone who he ran into, he drops the firearm that was wrapped up in a blanket, and authorities were able to make that quick identification from the serial number. now, at the same time, local business owners here were scouring their own surveillance footage to see if they could actually find something that could help authorities, our colleague spoke with one property owner who found a key
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piece of information in his own video files, you see this image here of the suspect, we know, dressed in women's clothing, police say that was in an effort to try to disguise himself, but, again, you have that firearm, a key piece of information, and a lot of help from business owners here gathering that cctv quickly getting that to authorities. we know that this manhunt went on for several hours before the shooter was eventually taken into custody without incident. jim and erica? >> perhaps before he could have fired again. josh campbell there, thanks so much. this is particularly sad to learn this morning, we are finding out about the condition of an 8-year-old boy hit by a bullet in highland park. there is a picture of him there. >> cooper roberts was shot in the chest as he was there to watch the july 4th parade. the bullet severed his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the waist down. a spokesman for the roberts family discussed cooper's condition just a short time ago. >> cooper is still recovering
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from his most recent surgery, which was on wednesday night, where they finally were able to close up his belly. and then we did get the prognosis that he would be paralyzed from his waist down. he is still on a ventilator. last i know he was still he is date sedated and we're hoping he'll wake up and have some consciousness today to see if we can eventually next step would be to get him off the ventilator. >> cooper's family remains hopeful he will regain consciousness as you heard there today. a lot of folks pulling for that little boy. >> poor little guy. >> yeah. we want to return to our news out of japan, shocking news out of japan this morning, former prime minister shinzo abe assassinated. we're learning more at this hour about the gunman, a 41-year-old unemployed man who used a homemade gun. what we know about his possible motive, we'll also take a closer look at abe's legacy. that's next.
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said abe was a truly great man, and leader. president biden just moments ago called abe a champion of the alliance between our nations and went on to say abe's vision of a free and open indo-pacific will endure. let's speak to chris johnston, senior adviser at japan chair at the center for strategic international studies and former director for east asia on the national security council. thank you for joining us this morning. can you help people at home understand the shock? you leived in japan for a numbe of years. this would be shocking in any country, but particularly in japan where guns and gun violence is so rare. >> yeah, that's right. again, thank you for the opportunity. this is a sad day in japan, a sad, very sad day in the u.s./japan relationship. and, yes, this incident is shocking, both for the significance of the figure involved, but also because of the rarity of gun violence in japan.
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this is a country where it is virtually impossible for a private individual to obtain a firearm. there is something like ten shooting incidents in the entirety of 2021. so very rare, very difficult to get a gun, and that magnifies the impact of this incident for the japanese public. >> let's speak to abe, a transformational figure, longest serving prime minister, but one with a very different, more robust view of japan's position in the region and on the world stage than previous prime ministers. tell us about the changes he made and what legacy remains. >> yes, sure. he was the most significant leader in japan in more than a generation. served for eight years until he stepped down in 2020. he actually had an initial run as prime minister in 2006 that lasted only a year and wasn't very successful. he stepped down for health reasons.
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but he came back and he came back with a plan. a plan that was really focused on moving japan beyond a legacy of world war ii and restoring what in his view was japan's proper role as a leader in the world, diplomatically, economically, and militarily. on the defense side he did a number of significant things. he created a national security council for the first time, he pushed to loosen constitutional restrictions on the self-defense forces. he passed legislation expanding the self-defense forces' ability to cooperate with the united states. these are all very significant steps that he led. on the economic front, jim, he brought japan into the trans-pacific partnership, the trade agreement that was so central at the time. and he held the agreement together after the united states withdrew at the beginning of the trump administration in 2017. so he was a leader on the
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economic front as well. and diplomatically he was ahead of the curve in my view, in recognizing the potential challenge of china, posed by china, to the international order. and really took it upon himself to undertake much more active japanese diplomatic role in the re region. as you noted up front, he refer to it as his free and open i indo-pacific strategy, this is language that the united states has since begun to adopt. >> yeah, he was ahead of the curve as you say at a time when you still had u.s. officials of both parties frankly saying that engagement is -- engagement is the way forward with china and recognized the threat and changed policy as a result. christopher johnston, we appreciate you sharing your experience here on truly shopping news out of japan. >> thank you, jim. i appreciate the opportunity.
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the u.s. economy added another 372,000 jobs in june, according to newly released data from the labor department. and that isa i robust jobs market with that number, despite growing fears recession is brewing. let's take a closer look with a democrat for california, deputy whip for the progressive caucus, he also sits in the oversight committee. congressman, good to have you with us. before we jump into headlines of
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the day, as you and i were talking briefly about the as is nation of prime minister shinzo abe, your -- assassination of prime minister shinzo abe, your thoughts on his legacy and the ties between japan and the u.s.? >> well, he made a great contribution to strengthening the u.s.-japan relationship. it's just shocking and sad that something like this would happen in japan. it's a culture, as you know, that doesn't have gun violence, and to have a political assassination is just deeply disturbing and suggests the increase of violence and polarization not just in our country but around the world. >> it certainly give you pause. there is a lot -- and thank you for your thoughts and your reflection there. there is so much going on here at home, as you know. we look at this jobs report today, very strong. we're also starting to see a dip in gas prices, a dip even in mortgage rates. those are good things. i know you've said in the past that you would like to see some
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more of the administration pointing to more concrete examples of how things are perhaps going better, instead of just saying that they are. why do you think there's still in persistent messaging problem? >> well, first i think the president deserves a lot of credit with the american rescue plan. these jobs numbers aren't happening by accident. that was significant investment in the country. it was a significant boost on consumer demand, and it's led to record job creation. i also think it's helpful that gas prices are starting to come down. of course the president released strategic petroleum reserves. there is massive investment in states like ohio of new factories, it's being held up by the republicans in congress to be able to do that even more. so i'm pleased that at least the numbers are being reported, and we are making progress. >> all right. i'm hearing maybe you don't think there's a messaging problem there. what i found interesting was there was cnn reporting, which i
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know you saw this week. in terms of what is and isn't working and frustrations in washington among democrats with the president, with this administration, you've encouraged people with constructive ideas that they need to reach out, right? they need to be a part of the solution. you've talked specifically about having an economic council. i'm curious, when you've reached out, part of what we heard in that reporting was that people can't get a call returned when they want to help this administration. are you having that same issue? >> i just can't find that to be true. i have been at times suggestive that the president should be more aggressive on what he could do to lower gas prices, lower food prices, on baby formula. when i wrote an op-ed, i often get calls from everyone from the white house chief of staff to the economic advisers. they are emailing back at midnight -- you can criticize many things about the white house, you can't criticize them on a lack of responsiveness. ron cline, others are doing an
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extraordinary job in reaching out. and i would encourage people who have criticisms to reach out directly to the white house. and i guarantee you that they will hear you. >> i do want to get your take on this quickly. senator schumer is pushing for an up or down vote on the ica bill. this is innovation and competition act. i know how important this is to you, to your constituents. you're in the conference committee. would you support that move? >> i'm open to it. i of course was a co-author with senator schumer, todd young, mike gallagher on this. it is one of the most important things we can do. it's to make sure that semiconductors are made in the united states. it's going to increase our production. it's going to invest in new technologies to give us a competitive edge over china. obviously i prefer the house version. but i'm open to compromising to getting something done and getting it to the president's desk. if that's the only path, i'm open to it. >> we will be watching to see what emerges there. congressman, appreciate you
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very good friday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm erica hill. we are following several major stories this hour. first, a stunning assassination in japan. former japanese prime minister shinzo abe is dead after being shot during a campaign speech outside of osaka. that moment actually caught on video. i do want to warn you, what you're about to see is disturbing. [ speaking foreign language


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