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DNC Chair Won't Speak at Convention Amid Email Leak; Clinton Prepares for Official Nomination; Munich Shooting: Policy Say Teen Gunman Was "Bullied", Mentally Ill; Soon: Olympic Committee Decision on Russian Athletes; Soon: Tim Kaine to Attend Church in Richmond; NYT: FOX's Harassment Issue Goes Beyond Roger Ailes. Aired 7-8a ET

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SEN. TIM KAINE (D), PRESUMPTIVE VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: I could not be anymore honored to stand by Hillary's side.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: We will offer a very different vision for our country.

[07:00:03] One that is bout building bridges, not walls.

POPPY HARLOW, CNN ANCHOR: These e-mails do appear to show some collusion among some DNC staffers in favor of Clinton and against Sanders.

MARK PRESTON, CNN POLITICS EXECUTIVE EDITOR: They are extremely damaging. Bad for the Democratic Party. Bad for Hillary Clinton. Bad for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They could threaten the truce between Sanders and Clinton.

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: We're going to get a lot of the Bernie voters, because they didn't treat Bernie right.


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Well, good morning and happy Sunday to you. We're so grateful for your company. I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you.

PAUL: All right. Controversy is brewing on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Thousands of e-mails, as you know, released by WikiLeaks, some suggesting that the party played favorites during the primaries.

Well, the head of the DNC now, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, no longer has a major speaking role at the convention this week. Remember, Bernie Sanders and his campaign were furious at her for what they believed at the time was favoritism to Hillary Clinton during the primaries. Now, Sanders' campaign manager is saying someone needs to be held accountable.

BLACKWELL: All right. Let's have the conversation now. We've got A. Scott Bolden, former head of the D.C. Democratic Party, and Sally Kohn, CNN political commentator.

Good to have both of you with us this morning.



BLACKWELL: So, Sally, you initially in the primary season, you endorsed Bernie Sanders. You're now backing Hillary Clinton as she prepares to accept the nomination.

For months, the Bernie Sanders supporters said that it was likely that the DNC had their thumb on the scale in support of Hillary Clinton. I want to read one of the e-mails released as part of this 20,000 e-mail trove that was leaked by WikiLeaks. This is a May 3rd e-mail from the DNC national finance director to a former DNC official after Sanders won the Indiana primary. And one of the lines here is, "What does her loss mean last night other than he raised $4 million and is more obnoxious."

It appears that the DNC was treating him like an annoyance on the way to what Sanders supporters called a coronation of Hillary Clinton.

KOHN: I mean, look, there's no question that the -- some of these e- mails, timing of the e-mails is embarrassing and unfortunate. And, I do think -- by the way, one of the more unexplored parts of this story, these leaks were done by Russian hackers and looking at the connections between Trump and Russia and Putin, you know, as Tim Kaine pointed out, Putin being the only person Trump hasn't criticized. And the fact that these leaks help, or it seem intended maybe even to help Donald Trump. So, I think, first of all, we should point that out.

Second, look, they're unfortunate, they're embarrassing. The reality is twofold. First of all, I'm sure my Bernie friends are going to hate me for saying this, but if we looked at the other side, there would be ugly and unfortunate e-mails coming out of the campaigns as well if look at those as well.

I mean, it's just -- and they, by the way, are, I've read them in the DNC e-mails, there are emails that show they were trying to create a very fair process going over and above to try to make sure the process was fair, number one. You can cherry pick. But let me just --

BLACKWELL: Do these e-mails validate those concerns?

KOHN: Well, the other thing is here, you can complain about the rules, complain about the super delegates, complain about the process, complain about, you know, a two-party system, all of that. The fact of the matter is the rules were the rules and he did lose. And that hurt for me. It hurt for a lot of people.

But if you don't like it, keep playing the game, change the rules, you know, engage with the party. And I think that's also a fair point to make here.

BLACKWELL: Scott, let me come to you. There was something you said last hour in the discussion with Scottie Nell Hughes. You said that these Bernie Sanders supporters are not going to go to Trump, they're not going to go to a third party. Essentially you said for them, you're the only game in town. They will be good Democrats.

What is your -- what is your degree of concern that they're just not motivated by Hillary Clinton as the nominee and just won't show up at all in November?

BOLDEN: Well, I don't think that's going to be the case because these are party activists. These are folks who want a more progressive agenda.

I think my colleague is absolutely right. Stay involved, stay active. The DNC is, I wouldn't say bending over backwards but is working with them on a regular basis.

Listen, I've headed a Democratic state committee. There are always interparty fighting. There are people who work with our organization, our committee, as well as the DNC who supported different individuals during the primary.

So, you're going to have that. These e-mails were kind of individualistically driven -- boy, is that a word.

[07:05:03] But the fact of the matter is, they probably wish they had them back, especially the chair herself, which in Washington, we should all know better, because of the whole email scandals over and over them.

But I'm not concerned about them going to the Trump campaign because that would be regressive, if you will, and make it more difficult for them to get a progressive agenda. The vote for a green party or libertarian candidate is a wasted vote and one less vote for Hillary Clinton. And Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are our best shot at continues to move America forward, stronger together --

BLACKWELL: We're going to hear them this week. Sally, let me come to you. Should -- is it possible or even credible to think that this convention can now go on as scheduled without having one of the headliners address the elephant in the room?

KOHN: You know, I don't know. That's not for me to say.

BLACKWELL: Would you like to hear from them on this topic?

KOHN: You know, what's interesting here is, again, and I don't want to minimize their concerns. There is a percent of Bernie supporters in particular -- I'm sure Democrats across the board may be concerned by some of these e-mails, but there are a percent of Bernie supporters in particular who are worried about this.

Look, but they were already upset. There's more probably that the party and the Clinton campaign need to do to continue to build those bridges. But the larger point here, a larger percentage of Bernie supporters now are backing Hillary Clinton than Hillary supporters backed Barack Obama in 2008.

So, this timing of this is incredibly unfortunate. It's also incredibly strategic for whomever helped to leak those documents because the party actually is coming together. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have far more in common than they don't. We've seen Hillary Clinton move toward Bernie Sanders. We saw the Democratic Party platform move toward Bernie Sanders.

We're going to see this convention be a unified, progressive, bold, visionary, positive agenda for this party, for the country in stark contrast with the hate, xenophobia and regression of the Republican. That's going to happen, WikiLeaks or no WikiLeaks. Yes, it should be addressed, but let's keep our eye on the larger prize here.

BLACKWELL: OK. Important to say that we're talking here to Hillary Clinton supporters. I wonder if we had a Bernie Sanders supporter who support her all the way to that acceptance on Thursday if they would have a different look at it.

Scott Bolden, Sally Kohn, thank you both.

BOLDEN: Thank you for having me, Victor.

KOHN: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: And be sure to watch CNN for full coverage of the Democratic National Convention live from Philadelphia, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Monday, right here on CNN.

PAUL: Senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns is also following this story for us.

Joe, we just got some insight there from some people who are in Philadelphia getting ready for the convention. But what about where you are in Washington? What is the buzz about these e-mails?

JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: I think the buzz in Washington is that this is not the way Democrats wanted to get started. The party continues to make concessions to the Bernie Sanders camp, hoping to keep the peace. The rules committee, we know, agreed on what sounds like a task force or whatever to try to reduce the number of convention super delegates. That's something Sanders has been pushing for.

Sources in the party leadership widely acknowledging, though, how awkward the situation is right now thanks to WikiLeaks, the decision not to have Debbie Wasserman Schultz speak is more than just the chair of the party sacrificing herself for the good of the process. DNC chair was criticized by the Bernie Sanders campaign as showing favoritism toward Hillary Clinton. And though she and other top Democrats denied it, the leaked e-mails are evidence of the bad blood that was boiling behind the scenes.

So, you have that e-mail from May, Debbie Wasserman Schultz appearing to be very upset with public statements by Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver criticizing the Nevada Democratic Party. She writes, "Damn liar. Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred." And then you have that email quoting Weaver saying, I think we should go to the convention with Wasserman Schultz saying, "He is an ass."

So, I mean, it's very tough language, very frank language. The kind of language you hear in politics all the time, but these are Democrats talking about each other and just sort of plays into the narrative that the Bernie Sanders people have been pushing for some time, Christi.

PAUL: The fact that these have been leaked, again, we get into this conversation about how safe are the things that we say in e-mails and online. Are you sensing any anxiety in Washington since this has happened that more could be coming?

JOHNS: You know, there's been constant anxiety in Washington about e- mails, particularly with WikiLeaks hanging over your head, as it were.

[07:10:02] But in some ways, it also keeps people more honest or more reluctant to write things down and send them across in an e-mail. Yes, there's constant concern about that, and that's probably only the beginning of it, Christi.

PAUL: All right. Joe Johns, always good to see you. Thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right. Donald Trump says now that he's expanding his list of people who cannot enter this country, according to his policy proposal, telling NBC News this week that people who thought he was rolling back his so-called Muslim immigrant ban were wrong. Watch this.


TRUMP: I actually don't think it's a pullback. You could say it's an expansion. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim, oh, you can't use the word "Muslim". Remember this -- and I'm okay with it because I'm talking territory instead of Muslim. But just remember this. Our Constitution is great. But it doesn't necessarily give us the right to commit suicide.


BLACKWELL: Also in that interview, Trump went after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling McConnell 100 percent wrong after McConnell called Trump's NATO comments a rookie mistake.

PAUL: Well, Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's America is not a democracy as well. The DNC, her big moment, put out her own message. We're going to talk about that with our Stephen Collinson. Stay close.


PAUL: Hillary Clinton's moment in the spotlight is less than a week away from the former secretary of state being the first woman ever to be nominated for president of the United States. She's ready to take on Donald Trump, likening the GOP nominee to a dictator. This is what she said yesterday in Miami Beach.


CLINTON: When someone says, "I alone can fix it" --


[07:15:02] CLINTON: -- that should setoff alarm bells in not just Democrats' minds, but Republicans, independents, people of all ages and backgrounds. That is not a democracy.


PAUL: CNN senior political reporter Steven Collinson with us now.

So, Stephen, as we look ahead of what's going to happen this week, is this going to be the DNC, to some extent, a Donald Trump hate fest?

STEPHEN COLLINSON, CNN POLITICS SENIOR REPORTER: I'm not sure it's going to be a Donald Trump hate fest. We saw the RNC in Cleveland last week, a Hillary Clinton hate fest. I think the Democrats are going to try to put on a more optimistic vision of America. They're certainly going to criticize Donald Trump and say that he's not prepared to be president, is not fit to be president. But I don't think that's going to be enough.

What you saw in Donald Trump's convention was a very dark, scary picture of America, a place that's living in fear of crime, of violence, of terrorism, where people are struggling economically. I think the challenge for Hillary Clinton is to acknowledge those fears which have really sort of struck a cord in the electorate, particularly among Republicans, but to try to frame an alternate vision of the country.

I think that's what you saw in her appearance with Tim Kaine yesterday. She said politics should be about building bridges with people and not walls, which was a clear reference to Donald Trump. So, we're going to see from the Democrats an attempt to try and have a more optimistic vision, a more inclusive vision, a sort of more racially diverse picture of the country.

After all, they have to convince voters that what's happening in the world, and what's happening in the United States is not the fault of the Democrats, not the fault of President Barack Obama, because Hillary Clinton is trying to do the very difficulty thing of winning a third consecutive White House term for her party, Christi.

PAUL: You know, we've heard for months now analysts and surrogates saying we need to get off all of these topics that don't matter and that are superficial and we need to talk about the policies. How much specifics do you believe we're going to hear this week?

COLLINSON: I think we're going to hear more specifically the Democratic convention than we saw the Republican convention. I think that's partly due to the character of the nominees themselves.

Donald Trump paints sort of broad brush strokes. He's not an experienced politician. He doesn't have great depth in policy. Hillary Clinton would rather talk about policy than anything else, I think. She's going to portray herself as a kind of manager that can take the country and implement policies that can actually make things better. She has to show that at a time when many Americans are very skeptical about the role of government, about the fact they believe that government in both parties have failed to make things better, that she can take the existing political system and make it work, improve people's lives.

Donald Trump's entire political position basically is, we've got to blow this whole thing up, politicians haven't fixed this, people like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and even some Republican leaders have been unable to make things better, so we need a complete change, we need an outsider.

So, in that sense, I think we're going to see more policy, but conventions are also about conjuring up a vision of a country. You have to get people to buy in of your vision and narrative of the country. That's what election is about. I think this year particularly, and as we saw last week and we're going to see this week, we're going to have a sharply different view of America that voters are going to get to choose from in November.

PAUL: All righty. Stephen Collinson, appreciate so much your insight here. Thank you.


BLACKWELL: German police share insight into what may have caused a teen to go on a shooting rampage in Munich. Atika Shubert is following that story -- Atika.

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Victor, I'll have more details for you when we come back, as you can imagine, an outpouring of grief here. But we're learning more about what may have motivated the shooter, when we come back.


[07:22:16] BLACKWELL: Twenty-two minutes after the hour now.

CNN has confirmed the identity of the gunman in Germany who police say opened fire on a McDonald's restaurant, then a shopping mall killing nine people. An eighteen-year-old was a dual citizen of Germany and Iran. Officials say he was mentally ill and bullied. Police have identified him as Ali Sonboly. He's the man seen in the video firing a handgun, shouting, cursing foreigners, and intentionally aiming at teenagers and children.

Atika Shubert joins me live now from Munich with details.

What else are we learning about him?

SHUBERT: Well, we're getting a little bit of better picture into who he was. I've spoke within friends and neighbors who said he was quiet and respectful, but really kept to himself. Take a listen to what one neighborhood said.


SHUBERT (voice-over): "I saw him all the time delivering flyers," his neighbor said. "He worked really hard. I thought, he's such a hardworking kid. It can't be. It's just so shocking."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He don't talk too much. Sometime a lot of people are made aggressive. He's not aggressive. He's respect to everybody. He say hello.


SHUBERT: There's one neighbor in particular we spoke to. She went to school with him. She did not want to appear on camera. But what she told us he was a loner and he was always bullied at school. She specifically said he wasn't popular and everybody made fun of him.

Now, this, police believe, may have been the motivation for the attack. In fact, I'm going to ask my camera to swing around. We're actually right by the McDonald's where the shooting happened. You can see, they've sort of cordoned off that area there, so you can't see. But in that area outside of the McDonald's, is where some of the tables where a lot of teenagers were sitting.

Most of the victims were teenagers. Police and prosecutors now believe that he may have intentionally lured teenagers there in the hope of targeting them specifically. So, we're still waiting for more details. We will have a press conference from the prosecutor later today.

But the picture that we're getting here is of a -- really a teenager who felt bullied and was seeking some sort of revenge and this rage took the form of this horrific shooting. But it really has shocked the community here a great deal -- Victor and Christi.

BLACKWELL: All right. Atika Shubert for us there, as she said, right out in front of the McDonald's where this all began -- thank you so much.

PAUL: We are getting word that the IOC is meeting right now to make a decision about these Russian athletes and whether the will be allowed to compete in the Olympics in Rio.

[07:25:00] We want to go to Jill Dougherty right now and find out what she's learning -- Jill.

JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Not a lot. Not yet. It's the calm before the storm, you could say. The IOC hasn't said anything. The Russians obviously at this point

are not saying anything. Really, you have this debate between whether there should be a blanket ban on the Russian team, which would be huge, or it could be that the IOC allows these smaller organizations -- I should say federations, individual federations for each sport to make that determination. So, we still don't know exactly what the IOC is going to do and how it would do it. But whatever it does, it's going to be huge news here in Russia and obviously around the world.

PAUL: Jill, real quickly, we've got the world anti-doping agency, more than a dozen leaders and numerous athletes urging this ban to the IOC. How influential are these organizations? How much pressure is the IOC feeling based on the urgings they're getting from these organizations?

DOUGHERTY: They're feeling a lot of pressure that is definitely true. But that said, this is a major decision. I mean, Russia is a power house, always has been at the Olympics. And to ban the entire team would be a major decision.

So, they're not taking this lightly. They're looking at all the legal aspects of it. And you can bet that both sides are lobbying them very furiously.

PAUL: All right. Jill Dougherty, we appreciate the update. And we continue to wait to find out what that decision will be. Thank you so much.

BLACKWELL: Hillary Clinton's new running mate is spending his first full day as a presumptive nominee in church.

Chris Frates is there with the preview -- Chris.

CHRIS FRATES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, guys. Tim Kaine returns to his hometown of Richmond, as Hillary Clinton's running mate and he comes back to the church he's been going to for 30 years. We'll tell you all about it next.


[07:30:31] PAUL: Thirty minutes past the hour. So grateful to have you here. I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not be speaking at the Democratic National Convention. This comes after WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 e-mails, some of them from DNC staffers, that apparently show the DNC was trying to undermine Bernie Sanders.

Ambassador Chris Stevens' mother has sharp some words for Donald Trump. She's telling him to stop exploiting her son's death in the Benghazi attack to attack Hillary Clinton. Writing in "The New York Times" that her son would not have wanted it.

And this morning, Clinton's new running mate center Tim Kaine will be in church in Richmond, Virginia. Kaine has been attending the same church for 30 years.

PAUL: And let bring in CNN correspondent Chris Frates. He's right outside St. Elizabeth's Church.

Chris, what a weekend. I'm going to go and become the vice presidential candidate, but you know what, I'm still going to make it to church service.

FRATES: That's exactly right. You nailed it. We are in the Highland Park neighborhood of Richmond. It's a section -- a working class section of the city.

And as you can say, we're right across the street from St. Elizabeth's. It's where Tim Kaine has been going to church for more than 30 years. It's a predominantly African-American Catholic church and it's one that's important to who he is.

We heard him talk yesterday when he introduced himself to the nation, next to Hillary Clinton in that very emotional speech in Miami. And he talked about family, he talked about work, and he talked about his faith.


SEN. TIM KAINE (D), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Ann and I got married 32 years ago at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in the Highland Park neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. That is -- that's the parish that we still belong today. Hey, St. E's folks, I hope you're watching. We will be there at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Marrying Ann was and remains the best decision of my life.


FRATES: Now, the church congregation, of course, very proud of Tim Kaine tweeting out their congratulations. This might just be another Sunday service for Senator Kaine, certainly not just any other Sunday. He returns of his home town of Richmond here as the vice presidential candidate on Hillary Clinton's ticket and, of course, infuses politics into everything. And the Clinton campaign says today, you know, it gives them a chance to highlight a couple of things, in particular his faith and his work with minority communities.

His faith, very important. He was Jesuit educated. He went on a mission to Honduras as a young man, came back here to Richmond, married his wife, as you heard, and went into civil rights work, working for African-American against housing discrimination before becoming this city's mayor.

And, of course, Richmond is a half African-American. So, he has those ties. He speaks fluent Spanish. So, he really can connect as well with the Latino community.

And the Clinton campaign says that dovetails with Hillary Clinton. He was inspired to public service by her Methodist minister and, of course, she always does very well, very popular with African-Americans and Latinos. She always polls better than Donald Trump. Donald Trump in the single digits when it comes to African-Americans. Does a little bit better with Latinos.

And they point out, of course, Tim Kaine is not Latino. He is not African-American. But they hope because he understands their issues, he's been working and serving their communities and the state of Virginia his entire life, they hope that will start to come through.

Of course, it is just a church service today, guys. And I'm told they will be able to find Tim Kaine in the third pew on the right-hand side.

PAUL: Maybe they had a special seat for him today, for the vice presidential, you know, selection. Thank you so much, Chris Frates.

BLACKWELL: Let's go now to CNN White House producer Kristen Holmes.

Kristen, good morning to you.

Tim Kaine, Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, very different politicians obviously. There are some policy differences. We know those for sure.

But tell us what Tim Kaine brings to the table, first, for Hillary Clinton, then we'll talk about Mike Pence.

KRISTEN HOLMES, CNN WHITE HOUSE PRODUCER: Well, you know, Democratic operatives are saying the obvious is the state of Virginia. This is going to be a crucial state in the general election. Both of these parties are fighting hard for it.

And Tim Kaine, the senator, has a fantastic record there. He was the governor, lieutenant governor, he was even the mayor of Richmond. He's built an entire life there with his wife.

[07:35:01] We just heard Chris Frates talking about that. He was married there. He still attends the same church. So, he has deep, deep roots in Virginia.

In addition to that, the fact that he speaks fluent Spanish. That is something that the Democrats are hopeful really helps with the election with the Hispanic vote. They have been painting Trump as anti-Hispanic. They have said the wall is racist against Hispanics.

But this actually helps them with that. He speaks fluent Spanish. He has lived in Honduras. He did volunteer work. So, those are two things that he brings to the table.

BLACKWELL: So, let's turn now to Mike Pence. The Trump VP selection. What does he bring as it compares to what we're seeing from Kaine?

HOLMES: Well, they actually have some similarities, just in terms of record. They're both governors. Senator Kaine was a governor he before he became senator. They both served in Washington. They both are highly respected by members of their own party as we have seen as soon as Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine, senators, congressmen in Washington came out in support of that decision.

Mike Pence, he had supported Ted Cruz. He is a strong evangelical. He has tied to the Republican community.

So, I think that there is a lot there, you know, a lot of what they bring. But one of the things they truly have in common is that they are both safe choices. We know this is an election with two big personalities. We have Hillary Clinton. We have Donald Trump. And neither of these two vice presidential candidates are going to overshadow that.

I think that was important in picking both of them with somebody who would stand by each of these candidates' sides, but also not take away from the message they're trying to put forward.

BLACKWELL: All right. We'll see if they actually bring to the table what their running mates hope they will. Kristen Holmes for us in D.C. -- thanks so much.

HOLMES: Thank you.

PAUL: Well, more damning allegations surrounding FOX News and ousted CEO Roger Ailes. According to a new report, revelations of sexual harassment go beyond him.


[07:40:29] BLACKWELL: The City of Brotherly Love becomes the center of the U.S. political universe in one day with the kickoff of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And that means lots of security preparations.

PAUL: CNN's Miguel Marquez is there talking about how the city of Philadelphia is getting ready for whatever could happen.


MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The city of Philadelphia is preparing for 50,000 protestors every day while the DNC is on.

This is what it looks like here at the Wells Fargo Center. This is about the area where the protestors will be able to get to. Through the barriers on the other side is the Wells Fargo Center. We are on Broad Street in South Philadelphia.

If you kept going up that way, you'd get right into the center, the heart of Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Independence Hall. You're seeing these trucks everywhere now on the areas going into this area to prevent a sort of Nice like attack.

With so many protestors in this area, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park. This will be the main place for protesters, but they won't see a lot through these barricades.

There will be protests throughout the city, though, is what the city is dealing with. That presents them with two problems. One, they want to keep the protestors themselves safe so they can protest and have their say, but they also don't want them to get out of control. They also want the delegates to be able to go about their business.

An enormous undertaking, 6,000 police officers from the city of Philadelphia alone, thousands more from across the country will be in here to help secure it. Everything from no e-cigarettes inside there, to the I-95 right down here, no commercial traffic. Anything over 5 tons banned during the DNC.

Back to you.


BLACKWELL: All right. Miguel, thank you so much.

Let's turn to this ongoing fallout at FOX News. You know, Roger Ailes is out there now. There are more accusations of sexual harassment surfacing. According to "The New York Times," more women have come forward accusing the former FOX News CEO of unwanted sexual advances, and according to the report, the accusations go far beyond Ailes.

Our senior media correspondent and host of "RELIABLE SOURCES", Brian Stelter has been all over this since former FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed that lawsuit.

And, Brian, there are some damning details in this new report.

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Yes, that's absolutely right. Now, the attention is turning not just to Roger Ailes and his alleged behavior, but also to a wider issue of workplace culture inside the television news room at FOX News.

Let me show you what the "New York Times" says in their front page of Sunday morning story, interviewing more than a dozen women about the conditions in the workplace. Now, here's the couple of things they said. They said these women described forms of sexual harassment or intimidation at FOX News and its sister network FOX Business.

Two of them actually cited Mr. Ailes directly saying Ailes was the instigator of harassment. But many of the other woman said it was other supervisors who were involved. In some cases, these were inappropriate comments that were made. In other cases, managers tried to set up employees on dates with supervisors.

The story has a number of allegations, some of them backed up by "New York Magazine" which publishes similar report last night. All in all, this is an issue for 21st Century Fox, for the Murdoch family that actually owns FOX News, because Mr. Ailes has been removed. Roger Ailes, the CEO ever since its founding in 1996 was removed on Thursday. He resigned effectively immediately.

But many of the other top executives at the network are still in charge, are still running the ship. So, there are more and more claims of harassment, and other inappropriate behavior inside FOX News that it wasn't just limited to Roger Ailes. That could be a wider problem for the company going forward.

BLACKWELL: All right. Let's talk about Gretchen Carlson again. She filed this lawsuit that began this. She's now speaking. What is she saying?

STELTER: Yes. In some ways, this is a celebratory moment for her. But in other ways, it is not, because she is alleging pervasive sexual harassment by Roger Ailes. To see Ailes be removed, to see him forced out under pressure from the Murdoch was in some ways a victory for her, at least that's what commentators and analyst have said.

However, her lawsuit is going forward, is moving forward. She has said on Twitter that she is proud to see other women stepping forward, other women speaking out. At the end of the day, she's still out of the job. She lost her job, she says, because of retaliation for not engaging in sexual behavior with Roger Ailes.

Ailes, by the way, vehemently denies these charges. I think it's really important to understand that he says that what Gretchen Carlson is saying is not true and did not happen.

[07:45:05] However, as I mentioned from "New York Times" story and other places, we've now seeing other stories of other harassing behavior inside FOX News.

BLACKWELL: All right. Brian Stelter for us there at the DNC -- Brian, thank you so much.

STELTER: Thanks.

PAUL: Well, incredible images of a California wildfire that's spreading across 20,000 acres now and it's burning out of control. Take a look at what we're getting in here.

Meanwhile, there's this major heat wave scorching the nation. Allison Chinchar has more on that.

Hi, Allison.

ALLISON CHINCHAR, AMS METEOROLOGIST: That's right. Over 114 million people, including 27 states under some type of heat advisory, watch, or warning. We'll have details on all the latest and how long it's going to last.


PAUL: Look at these pictures here. What a scene. These huge flames that are sweeping across parts of California. This is a massive wildfire and it's igniting everything in its path they say. So far, we know that at least one man's body has been found in that area.

This is the Sand Fire. It's near the Sand Canyon north of Los Angeles, only 10 percent contained this hour and it's burned at least 20,000 acres. This is just since Friday. Several buildings we know have been destroyed and about 300 people have evacuated. We're talking 1,500 homes that are threatened now. So we've got this -- we've got this extreme heat that's fueling the


[07:50:02] But that extreme heat I know you're probably feeling because 111 million people are dealing with these sweltering temperatures, which are now, we should point out, being blamed for the deaths of at least five people in a southeast Michigan town, this is according to police.

Our Allison Chinchar is in the CNN weather center.

So, your map does not look good t that. Is that how expansive this heat source is?

CHINCHAR: Absolutely. Yeah. We want to emphasize this isn't just a few cities here and there, this really stretches from California all the way over to the Carolinas and really everywhere in between. And the reason for this -- well, we can blame it on the dome of high pressure. You hear that term, heat dome.

But what exactly does that mean? Let's break it down for you. Here you can see we've got our city all laid out for us in the dome of high pressure that is built over top.

Now, you have the sun that begins to heat the surface of the earth. As it naturally does, especially in summertime. But here is the thing, naturally hot air rises so that heat begins to lift, but the high pressure dome traps it and basically sends it right back down with the sinking air back down to the surface and that's how you get that heat that builds around a lot of these cities that we see.

We're talking New York, we're talking Chicago, we're talking Cleveland. A lot of these places.

But the big threat, guys, going forward is that the heat is going to be relentless, it's not really going to give up. Taking a look at Monday as we start off the workweek, we have about a dozen cities that will be looking at breaking some record high temperatures, that includes Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and countless others up and down the East Coast.

So, again, the problem really is that it's going to be an extended heat wave and not really giving any folks some relief that they need.

PAUL: All right. Allison Chinchar, thank you for the heads up.

BLACKWELL: One day away from the start of the Democratic convention and tension within the party forces the DNC chair to the sidelines. We're going to look at the fallout between Sanders and Clinton supporters, next.


[07:55:35] BLACKWELL: Well, the Republicans had their turn and now it's the Democrats' time to head to the stage. We are just hours away from the start of the Democratic National Convention where on Thursday Hillary Clinton will accept the nomination of her party.

PAUL: "STATE OF THE UNION" host Jake Tapper live in the host city of Philadelphia.

So, Jake, one of the things I'm sure people will be watching is Bernie Sanders and I know he is on your show today.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR, "STATE OF THE UNION": He is, and we have some big questions for him after this DNC leak. As you know, somebody hacked into the DNC computer and WikiLeaks just recently published a bunch of these e-mails and there which senior officials of the Democratic National Committee can be seen conspiring against Bernie Sanders, talking about how his faith should be asked about before the Kentucky or West Virginia primaries, talking about hit pieces to pitch to reporters about his campaign allegedly being in disarray.

It is ugly and, you know, as they say, it ain't paranoia if they're actually out to get you. The effect of this is going to be big. We need to see what is Bernie Sanders going to say, how is this going to impact the millions of Americans who voted for Bernie Sanders, one of the reasons for which was because they hated what they saw as a corrupt political system and -- voila, here is evidence of that corrupt political system.

It is a potential bombshell and we'll see how it impacts the Philadelphia Democratic convention.

PAUL: You don't think there is any chance that, especially since there have been some concessions made we should say regarding super delegates' role at their convention, there is no -- there is no chance that Bernie Sanders is going to pull out of his role at the convention, he is still solidly behind Hillary, yes?

TAPPER: I think so. The Sanders campaign, the Sanders apparatus put out a statement this morning saying that Bernie Sanders is going to be speaking, I believe, Monday night and he still stands very much behind Hillary Clinton.

So I think that was trying to show people that Sanders, despite the DNC leak, still on board, but do you know something? I have no idea what's going to happen. Even if Sanders does express full-throated support for Hillary Clinton, there's no whitewashing the fact that these e-mails really reveal something very untoward and if you are a Sanders supporter, something very disturbing.

Senior officials at the Democratic National Committee conspiring against somebody pursuing the Democratic presidential nomination, despite the fact that the DNC insisted the whole time that they were staying neutral.

These e-mails show they were not staying neutral. They were openly conspiring against a Democratic presidential candidate and that could really make some ugly headlines here in Philadelphia.

PAUL: Yes. It's interesting because I think a lot of people came out of -- out of Cleveland thinking, boy, that was a roller coaster with the Republican National Convention, look at what we're heading into with the DNC.

Who else are you talking to this morning?

TAPPER: Well, we'll be talking to Bernie Sanders. We'll be talking to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook to talk about this and also the convention and then we are also going to talk to Donald Trump Jr. about his father's convention, how he thought it went and some other issues.

PAUL: All righty. Jake Tapper, appreciate it. Looking forward to the show. Thank you, sir.

TAPPER: Thank you.

PAUL: Sure.

Jake, as you see there, live from Philadelphia with some of the party's biggest names, as you heard there. After four days of surprises at the RNC, what can we expect from the Democrats? "STATE OF THE UNION" this morning 9:00 Eastern.

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