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Iraqis Push Toward Mosul Where Battle Looms; Trump Postpones Major Speech On Immigration; Court Rejects Russia Paralympics Appeal; President Obama Visits Flood-Ravaged Louisiana; Tensions High Between U.S. And Turkey After Coup; Officials: FBI Investigating Hack On News Outlets; Trump Accuses Clinton Of Selling Influence; Foundation Plans To Limit Donations If Clinton Wins; Trafficking Survivor Seek Healing Through History; Lottery Funding Credited With Team Great Britain Resurgence. Aired 3-4p ET
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[15:00:22] HALA GORANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. I'm Hala Gorani. We're live at CNN London. Thanks for being with us this
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In Northern Iraq, the fight against ISIS is a battle of inches. Iraqi forces retake a village. They blow up a bridge. They secure a road. For
months, they've painstakingly fought back the extremists in this way. But now they're eyeing a larger prize, the city of Mosul itself.
CNN's Arwa Damon filed this extraordinary report from the front lines.
ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Under apocalyptic skies blackened by thick smoke is (inaudible), the next target
for Iraqi forces. ISIS used to move around 100 oil tankers of crude a day out of these fields, now set aflame by ISIS fighters to decrease visibility
We are some 65 kilometers or 40 miles south of Mosul, lands Iraqi forces have not stepped in since ISIS took over more than two years ago, their
corpses left to rot in the sun. And the commander tells us that ISIS appears to be weakening.
GENERAL NAJIM AL-JOBOURI, NINEVEH OPERATIONS COMMANDER: Before, as I told you, the majority of fighters attacking us were foreign fighters. Now they
put some foreign fighters with local fighters. Now I think they have lack on the foreign fighters.
DAMON: On display, weapons troops found in residential homes. Among them, homemade mortar tubes and mortars larger than anything the Iraqis have at
their disposal. Another significant gain in this area, the (inaudible) air base, the third largest in Iraq, much of it destroyed by ISIS fighters as
they withdrew, leaving, we are told, explosives under piles of dirt on the runways that need to be cleared.
This will be a vital forward base for the Iraqis and, potentially, U.S. forces. Families wearily haul what they can, stumbling away from the
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): They took half of our men. They forced them to fight for them. They killed my father.
DAMON: Tears for all that they lost, loved ones gone in a war that few can fully comprehend. The lives they knew and loved disintegrated years ago.
To the southeast of Mosul, the Kurdish Peshmerga have pushed their front line forward as well. Their defensive berm snakes its way along the east
The villages controlled by ISIS visible in the distance. Here too they have noticed ISIS weakening, showing us how ISIS moves within nondescript
buildings like this.
(on camera): The Peshmerga fighters did initially drop down and take a few steps into what appeared to be some sort of tunnel. But rather than take
their chances they decide to withdraw and seal off the entrance.
(voice-over): The chokehold around Mosul is tightening and the government's pledge to liberate the city by the end of the year is still
the goal. The battle there, with over a million civilians, will potentially be starkly different from the ones out here. But success will
be defined in land gained, not lives destroyed or lost.
GORANI: Well, Arwa Damon joins me now live from Irbil, Iraq. And of course, the government is saying by the end of the year, but this is going
to take a lot of time to achieve, isn't it?
DAMON: It really is. The other critical issue here too, Hala, is that a lot of times military operations can and should be based on conditions on
And as we know only too well at this point in time, ISIS is an enemy that tends to continuously change its strategies and tactics and therefore
conditions on the ground are quite likely to drastically change as well.
Earlier in the day, we were at the Gayada front line, the town where you saw those images with the black smoke rising above them. And as Iraqi
forces were trying to enter it, they were once again confronted with roadside bombs.
[15:05:01]They had at least five suicide car bombs trying to target their positions. And there were around 10,000 families that were still stuck
inside, going through what one can only imagine is a nightmarish situation, given that historically we've seen ISIS using civilian populations as human
When we talk about the city of Mosul, we're talking about a population that still there, that people estimate could be as high as 1 to 1.5 if not more
So when they do actually reach Mosul, there are a lot of dynamics that could potentially be drastically different than anything that they're
confronting as they try to push towards the city itself. It's certainly going to be a very difficult and potentially unpredictable battle.
GORANI: OK, Arwa Damon in Irbil, Iraq there with that report from the front lines, as Arwa was mentioning there, really a battle that is measured
in land gains that will take a lot of time before Mosul is retaken. Thanks very much, Arwa Damon in Irbil.
We're going to have to wait a while longer to find out if Donald Trump is revising a key promise of his presidential campaign. He has postponed a
major speech on immigration after his campaign manager said his stance on mass deportations is now, quote, "to be determined."
But there could be another reason for the delay, as well, something strategic from the Trump camp. As Jessica Schneider reports Trump's
campaign doesn't want to take attention away from Hillary Clinton because she's currently having to fight a few battles of her own.
JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump once again attempting to capitalize on ongoing scrutiny of Clinton's e-mails and the
Clinton Foundation. In his strongest language yet, accusing his opponent of fostering a pay for play culture when she served as secretary of state.
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The amounts involved, the favors done, and the significant number of times it was done require an expedited
investigation by a special prosecutor, immediately, immediately, immediately.
SCHNEIDER: Trump claiming the FBI and the Justice Department white washed Clinton's e-mail scandal.
TRUMP: It has proven itself to be really, sadly, a political arm of the White House.
SCHNEIDER: This charge coming as a judge orders the State Department to review an additional 15,000 e-mails and other documents the former
secretary of state did not voluntarily turn over, a development Clinton brushed off Monday night.
HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Jimmy, my e-mails are so boring, I'm embarrassed about that. We've already released, I don't know,
30,000 plus, what's a few more?
SCHNEIDER: Trump also continuing his outreach to black and Hispanic voters, raising eyebrows with his tone yet again.
TRUMP: What do you have to lose? I will straighten it out. We'll get rid of the crime. You'll be able to walk down the street without getting shot.
Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.
SCHNEIDER: Clinton's campaign blasting Trump's overture to the black community, accusing him of doubling down on insults, fears, and stereotype
that set our community back and further divide our country. This appeal to Hispanics coming as Trump's campaign continues to attempt to clarify his
stance on the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants after postponing a big policy speech.
TRUMP: We'll get rid of all the bad ones. We have gang members, killers, bad people who have to get out of this country. We're going to get them
out. The police know who they are.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He will deport those who have absolutely committed of a crime, being convicted of a crime.
SCHNEIDER: This change coming after Trump advocated for mass deportation for months.
TRUMP: They're going back where they came.
SCHNEIDER: As for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee forced to address unfounded conspiracy theories over her health.
RUDY GIULIANI, FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: Go online and put down "Hillary Clinton illness," take a look at the videos for yourself.
CLINTON: I don't know why they are saying this. I think on the one hand, it's part of the wacky strategy, just say all these crazy things and maybe
you can get some people to believe you. On the other hand, it just absolutely makes no sense.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you open this jar of pickles?
GORANI: All right, Phil Mattingly joins me now. So as we heard there Donald Trump calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to look into
this e-mail issue. What is the Hillary Clinton campaign saying about all of this, have they responded?
PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, they're responding primarily on the Clinton Foundation, Hala. That's what the special prosecutor that
Donald Trump has called for, it's what he thinks they should be focused on.
[15:10:08]That they are pay to play allegations. That their allegations that Clinton staffers over the State Department were talking with Clinton
Foundation staffers and allowing favors to go through.
Now the Clinton campaign is pushing back on this idea, but what we're hearing actually more so is from Clinton surrogates defending the Clinton
Foundation's work, trying to make the point that this is a charity, this is what the millions of dollars they were raising were going to.
But Hala, as you know quite well, this has been an issue that has been inflammatory on the campaign trail really throughout the course of Donald
Trump's targeting of Hillary Clinton. It's not going to go away anytime soon.
The special prosecutor issue is a new line last night. I've been talking to Trump officials all day. They like this line. They're going to
continue to press this line, and it's something that Hillary Clinton is going to have to defend herself from repeatedly in the days ahead.
GORANI: All right, so Donald Trump asking for a special prosecutor to look into the Clinton Foundation donations. But what about the e-mails? The
FBI looking over almost 15,000 e-mails. So that means that new revelations will be coming out just a few days, potentially, before the debates, before
the election itself. How concerned is the campaign about this?
MATTINGLY: Look if they're being candid, they don't appreciate all of this. They haven't appreciated anything about the e-mail server up to this
point. The reality is they don't feel like there are going to be any bomb shells in there.
A lot of times when you talk to the Clinton staffers, they are not totally sure what they're going to find, but as Hillary Clinton noted on Jimmy
Kimmel last night, 30,000 plus have been released and there haven't been any major smoking guns.
But what you're looking at with these 15,000 documents, Hala, is just more opportunities for threads to attack on, for embarrassing moments, for
issues to kind of give Donald Trump more ammunition, if you will, and that's what the Clinton campaign is afraid of.
They certainly don't like this schedule. They certainly don't like that these are all going to be released in that timetable that you're mentioning
GORANI: Is there a sense that this speech on immigration is being delayed because the Trump campaign is sitting back for a little bit and watching
this all play out against or not in favor in any way of Hillary Clinton politically right now?
MATTINGLY: There's a piece of that. But I don't discount the fact that going on behind the scenes in Trump Tower, at least according to advisers
I've been speaking to in the last 24, 48 hours, is a recognition that Donald Trump needs to change his tone if not maybe on policy, then
certainly on message when it comes to immigration.
They recognized that they need to figure out the way to put the best foot forward, if you will, to give Donald Trump a chance to win November. When
it comes to immigration, that means they need to shift some things, those are the conversations that are going on behind the scenes.
But no question about it, they love the fact that Hillary Clinton has been on defense this week and they don't want to steal that spotlight from her
by any means -- Hala.
GORANI: All right, we'll see how that affects her perhaps in the polls. Phil Mattingly, thanks very much for joining us for the very latest on U.S.
politics and the race.
Back to sport now, the paralympic games kick off in Rio on September 7th but Russia will not be taking part. That's because the court of
arbitration has thrown out their appeal against a blanket ban of their athletes, this was all imposed following allegations of state sponsored
Let's go live to Moscow, CNN's Matthew Chance is there. Is it over now for the paralympic athletes, there are no more appeals, they will not be
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, I think it's pretty much over in terms of their ability to compete in Rio. Their
lawyers for the Russian Paralympic Committee, for instance, have said they will appeal this to a higher court in Swiss Supreme Court to try and get it
overturned or at least get some different outcome.
But that appeal, they admit, will take between one and two years to get through. When it comes to the actual Rio games, there's pretty much no
chance at this point of the Russian Paralympic team from taking part.
And of course, that's in stark contrast to the situation the regular Olympians were in, 271 of them were cleared to compete in the Rio games and
of course, they finished fourth in the medal table.
But it's the same kind of allegations that were levered against both, the same issue of state-sponsored doping that affected both Paralympic athletes
and Olympic athletes as well. There's been a very approach for the two different Olympic committees into how to deal with this.
GORANI: But why have the approaches been different then? If it's the same scandal at its source, at its origin here.
CHANCE: Well, I think critics would say that the International Olympic Committee sort of backed out of confronting the Russians head on and they
offered this compromise deal in which they allowed the individual international sports federations to decide for themselves which Russian
athletes would be allowed to compete.
Of course, it resulted in more than 271 athletes being cleared to compete. The Paralympic Committee took a much more hard line stance. The head of
that committee saying he was disgusted by what he called the medals over morals approach of the Russians towards the games.
[15:15:11]And so that was his very hard line stance. That stance was uphold in the Court of Arbitration for Sports earlier today, angering
Russians very much. It's been a furious response here from Russian officials.
GORANI: All right, so upholding that blanket ban. Thanks very much, Matthew Chance live in Moscow for us.
A lot more to come this evening, President Obama arrives in Louisiana under a cloud of criticism, some say he should have visited a region devastate by
flooding much sooner.
And the president's second in command arrives in Turkey tomorrow. Joe Biden is on a mission to repair relations with a key American ally at a
time of high tension. We'll be right back. Stay with us.
GORANI: The American president, Barack Obama, is defending the timing of his visit to a southern state ravaged by flood. The president has been
touring Baton Rouge, Louisiana after declining to cut his family vacation short last week.
More than 106,000 residents and households have registered for assistance from the government agency that deals with disasters in the U.S. The flood
waters damaged more than 60,000 homes and killed 13.
CNN's Polo Sandoval joins me live from Denim Springs, Louisiana with more on the president's visit. Hi, Polo.
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Hala. You can see behind me what all of that rainwater left behind. You can see a tremendous amount of
devastation and damage. President Obama is preparing to fly from the state of Louisiana back to Washington.
He didn't travel to Denim Springs, which is perhaps one of the hardest hit areas. He did travel to some of those neighborhoods that were hard-hit by
the floodwaters. He met with several residents, talking to them, sharing a few moments.
Of course, again, assuming that role of consoler-in-chief as he has done several times before obviously arriving after some criticism that he
perhaps did not get here in time.
However, in all fairness, we have also heard from local officials, including the state's governor, saying that had we seen a presidential
visit before today then that could have perhaps redirected some of those badly needed resources.
The president's message here, several different themes here, one of which was the need for greater attention to what's happening on the ground, not
just across country but around the world, today and for weeks to come.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Sometimes, once the floodwaters pass, people's attention spans pass. This is not a one-
off. This is not a photo-op issue. This is how do you make sure that a month from now, three months from now, six months from now, people are
still getting the help that they need.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
[15:20:03]SANDOVAL: President Obama also updating some of the latest sobering statistics here, some of the numbers. We now understand that
60,000 homes have been damaged in and around the Southern Louisiana area.
Also Hala, we do understand that over 100,000 people have already filed application to try to get that federal assistance. Because as we've
discussed before, many of the homes here did not have flood insurance.
So much of their hopes for rebuilding hinge on any potential government assistance plus any volunteers that come into the area from across the
GORANI: Can you show us a little bit what's around you there? Because you said the area where you are was one of the hardest hit. Can you allow us
to take a look there behind you and around you?
SANDOVAL: Absolutely, I'll step out of the shot so you can look down the street. You can see pile after pile of what appears to be trash. We have
to remember those were people's belongings at one point. This is what they could not save.
I have seen everything in these piles, Hala, from children's stuffed animals, toys, furniture, appliances, a canvas painting, a few moments ago
as well. It just goes to show that people here lost their homes and everything in it.
But for the family of those 13 individuals who died, obviously they're going through an even stronger pain. At the same time is a community is
coming together, people leaning on each other, we've seen the worst from mother nature followed by the best of humanity.
GORANI: All right, as often as the case during these disasters and after them as well, you see so many heroic acts and acts of generosity. Thanks
very much for your reporting. Polo Sandoval is live in Louisiana.
Now it was the worst terrorist attacks on Turkish soil this year. The military is fighting back. It is escalating its attacks on ISIS. The
military has gone after some of these targets in Northern Syria now for two days running, according to a senior Turkish official.
And this follows not just the terrorist attack of a couple of days ago, but rocket and mortar assault on Turkish towns from Syria. On Saturday, a
suicide bomber targeted a wedding in Gaziantep, Turkey killing 54 people.
When you look at the ages of the victims, 10 years old, 11 years old, 5 years old, 54 people in all killed, most of them children in another act of
senseless terrorist violence.
Speaking of Turkey, the American vice president, Joe Biden, arrives in the capital on Wednesday. His visit, of course, comes at a serious low point
in the relationship between Washington and Ankara.
Ben Wedeman explains what sparked the current tensions and what kind of reception the vice president could receive from Turkish officials.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The violent coup attempt to overthrow the Turkish government last month, which
left more than 200 dead, has ignited a crisis between two old allies.
Ankara insist this man, exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, living in the United States since 1999, master minded the failed coup.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding the U.S. extradite Gulen without delay. Turkish officials say Gulen will top the agenda when Vice
President Joe Biden comes to Turkey Wednesday.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The west has failed the sincerity test.
WEDEMAN: Analyst Ahmet Han has followed the ups and downs in Turkish- American ties for years. He insists U.S. cooperation on Gulen is key right now.
AHMET HAN, TURKISH ANALYST: Washington has to understand the weight of that single issue for Turkey's relations with the United States. And has
to show in some sense that it is taking those demands seriously.
WEDEMAN: Gulen insists he had nothing to do with the failed coup. U.S. officials say they await clear evidence of his alleged involvement. But
for many Turks imbued with a deep sense of their country's place in history in the region, a snub from the Americans won't be taken lightly.
They should give Gulen back, says Fatima, out on a stroll with her boyfriend. If they don't, it means the U.S. is protecting him. Nadir, a
carpenter fishing for sardines in the (inaudible) on his day off makes clear what he would like to see as Gulen's fate.
No translation need. Bringing the coup plotters to justice is a Turkish priority. But so is fighting ISIS, the prime suspect in this weekend's
bombing of a wedding party in Gaziantep that killed more than 50, many of them children.
[15:25:04]And in June, struck Istanbul's international airport. Turkey is also fighting a low-level war against the PKK, the Kurdish Workers Party,
which has been fighting to carve out a separate state for more than 30 years.
Grappling with the messy aftermath of a failed coup, terrorism, and war, Turkish officials will have scant patience for small talk when Biden comes
to town. Ben Wedeman, CNN, Ankara, Turkey.
GORANI: Now to a story that has many on the internet talking. You may remember last week's champion football game last week. A number of fans
held up Palestinian flags en masse. This is not allowed and it caused controversy.
Obviously they were playing an Israeli team. This was a message they were perhaps trying to send. It did anger Europe's governing body. They
charged the Scottish club.
A group of fans from Celtic set up a website to raise money to pay any UEFA fine that comes their way and donate it to Palestinian charities. The page
has raised 125,000 pounds, about $140,000 in two days.
The two teams are currently playing their second leg right now. Israel, from what I understand and have been told, Celtic fans did not put up any
Palestinian flags so far.
Still to come, Donald Trump is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and her family's charitable foundation. Where
did the money come from? A senior CNN investigative reporter will take a closer look at what the controversy is all about. We'll bring you the
latest. We'll be right back.
GORANI: Welcome back. A look at our top stories. Iraqi forces say they will liberate the city of Mosul by year's end but that it won't be easy.
ISIS extremists set fire to oil reserves in Northern Iraq in a bid to hamper visibility. Mosul has been held by ISIS for two years now. It's
Iraq's second largest city.
The Russian Paralympic team will not be competing in Rio this year. The Court of Arbitration for Sports dismissed Russia's appeal against the
blanket ban on the team.
It was imposed earlier this month amid allegations of state-sponsored doping. Of course, as you know, many of the Rio games athletes were
allowed to compete. The Paralympic games begin in Rio on September 7th.
The American president, Barack Obama says his visit to Louisiana is not just a photo op. The president has been touring areas devastated by
historic flooding last week.
[15:30:02] The massive influx of water damaged more than 60,000 homes and killed 13 people.
News just in now, we are hearing that the FBI is investigating reports of a cyber-attack on news organizations including among them, we understand, is
"The New York Times."
According to U.S. officials, hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence carried out the cyber-breaches, which took place in recent
months. A spokesperson for "The New York Times" would not confirm the attacks.
Let's get the latest details from CNN's U.S. justice correspondent, Evan Perez joins me now live from Washington. So what kind of cyber-attacks are
we talking about here? Is this against the "New York Times" servers or individual journalists? Do we know?
EVAN PEREZ, CNN JUSTICE REPORTER: Well, Hala, right now what we know is that these were definitely targeted against the reporters. There is still
some work to be done by the investigators, but they do believe that these systems were breached and hackers were able to get access to sensitive
Obviously the immediate concern is not only contacts that reporters might have, people who they talked to in the government, but also their
communications, their e-mails, and works that they've been working on, stories that had not been published as yet. Those are all top concerns.
Really what we're seeing according to U.S. intelligence officials is a broader picture here of Russian intelligence stepping up this type of
activity. They're going beyond the normal targets in U.S. government agencies.
They're also targeting some think tanks here in Washington who they know have very good contacts within the U.S. government. There appears to be
sort of a big operation to collect information from all these places -- Hala.
GORANI: But I wonder, I mean, do we know what reporters? Are we able to pinpoint what stories, what Russian intelligence, if indeed this happened
and they are behind this, what they're interested, what type of information they're interested in gathering here?
PEREZ: We don't know exactly the reporters that have been targeted. But again, the picture that certainly U.S. intelligence is getting from all of
these attacks is that the Russians seem to have a -- they want a lot of details about the U.S. political system.
Obviously they've already been blamed for hacking the DNC, the Democratic National Committee, as well as other organizations affiliated with the
Democratic Party. The question is why.
Obviously Hillary Clinton's campaign has said that it appears to be a function of Vladimir Putin's government wanting to help the Donald Trump
campaign. That's not something that we're hearing from intelligence officials. It's more of a question of why exactly this stepped-up level of
activity. Again, that's something that the investigators are still trying to figure out.
GORANI: Here we're just talking about e-mails, right, not other forms of communication?
PEREZ: Right. We're talking about the computer communications. So that would be not just e-mails but if they got into your computer, they would be
able to see if you're working on stories that had not yet been published, for instance. That's the big concern.
Because a lot of times that contains a lot of sensitive information before publication. This is something that's very valuable for Russian
GORANI: Also potentially contacts. I mean, this is really a big issue for journalists. So sometimes you have contacts, confidential sources. You
certainly don't want intelligence agencies of any country getting ahold of those.
PEREZ: Right, exactly right. That's exactly the big concern because you could talk about -- you're talking about the people reporters are talking
to, their contacts, people whose safety could be put in danger obviously if there are reporters working overseas, that's always a top concern. That's
at the top of the minds of the people investigating this issue.
GORANI: Yes, we know "The New York Times" had a big expose on some of the state sponsored doping allegations in Russia, et cetera, et cetera. So
we'll see if we learn more about exactly who was targeted, whether or not that gives us an idea. Thanks very much, Evan Perez, as always.
Donald Trump says you can't trust Hillary Clinton, the Justice Department or the FBI he says. He's zeroing in on a Clinton weak spot after a federal
judge ordered the release of 15,000 more e-mails from her private server before Election Day.
Trump is now calling for special prosecutor even to investigate Clinton's time at the State Department as well as her family's charitable foundation.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Her foundation took in large payments from major corporations and wealthy individuals, foreign and
domestic, and all the while she was secretary of state. The foundation donors included corporations and individuals with significant matters
before the State Department. Not good.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GORANI: Strong allegations there from Donald Trump. How do they stack up against the facts? CNN's senior investigative correspondent, Drew Griffin,
has been digging deeper into the story.
[15:35:05]Let's talk a little bit about the Clinton foundation -- here we go. Before we get to Drew, here is his report. We'll get to Drew after.
DREW GRIFFIN, CNN SENIOR INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is a map of the world some of these are the specific countries in this world
that have given millions to the Clinton Foundation over the years.
Ten million to $25 million from Australia, Norway, and Saudi Arabia, $5 million to $10 million from the Netherlands and Kuwait. Between $1 million
and $5 million from Oman, United Arab Emirates and Brunei.
And it's not just countries, individual foreign donors and foreign groups make up a huge share of donations to the Clinton Foundation. The campaign
now says if Hillary Clinton becomes president, any foreign donations like these will no longer be accepted.
CNN's Dana Bash asked Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, why wait?
DANA BASH, CNN GUEST ANCHOR: Why not do it now? Why wait until the idea of her being president? Why not do it when she is running for president?
ROBBY MOOK, CLINTON CAMPAIGN MANAGER: Well, the foundation is doing an enormous amount of work. It takes time when you're in a number of
countries around the world, to retool, refocus the mission, and adapt.
GRIFFIN: At the heart of the issue is conflict of interest or even the appearance of one. Namely, would a President Clinton give favorable
treatment to a company or a country or a person who donated millions of dollars to the foundation? That's how Donald Trump sees it.
TRUMP: They've made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts, and I mean hundreds of
millions of dollars.
GRIFFIN: Despite that claim, there are no definitive examples of what Trump says, but that doesn't mean there aren't questions. Like long time
Bill Clinton pal and mining magnate Frank Justra. Justra's foundations have given more than $50 million to the Clinton Foundation.
He's allowed Bill Clinton use of his private jet. When a company he founded merged with another that became part of a Russian business deal
that needed government approval that deal got the OK from the State Department run by Hillary Clinton.
Justra says he sold his stakes in the company years before the Russian deal. So, anything wrong? No. All above board, says the State
Department. Other government agencies approved the deal. All the rules were followed.
As they were in all cases involving Monsanto. The food giant has donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, and it has had
multiple partnership projects with the Clinton Global Initiative.
In 2009, when Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state, Monsanto was actively lobbying the State Department for helping promote open markets
for its bio-agricultural projects across the globe, and it all coincided with Secretary Clinton's global policy to promote agricultural
According to Clinton, she was promoting U.S. agriculture and especially the U.S. farmer, much like her Republican predecessor did. But there is no
doubt one of the big winners was the big agricultural giant and Clinton Foundation donor Monsanto.
Hoping to put the potential pay to play allegations especially with foreign donations to an end, it was Bill Clinton who tweeted this afternoon, if
Hillary becomes president, the foundation will only take in money from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations.
And the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation will change its name to just the Clinton Foundation. In other words, no Hillary.
GORANI: Well, Drew Griffin joins me now. Drew, it's not just pay for play or access. It's also the idea, and we saw this in leaked e-mails, that the
Clinton Foundation and the Hillary Clinton camp when she was secretary of state were very close, that they were asking for introductions, for some
access to State Department employees. That's also an issue, isn't it, potentially, going forward?
GRIFFIN: It is. It's all this kind of wink and nod activity that critics point to, to say that this whole thing smells even though there's no smoke
or fire that we can find, it's just all very circumspect.
That the idea that somebody is going to give the Clinton Foundation $10 million gratis with absolutely no expectations in return, that's a silly to
think they may just want a handshake or a photograph or they may want something else.
GORANI: Right. We've seen requests from the Clinton Foundation, top people asking for introductions to people at the State Department, so that
has happened in some of those leaked e-mails.
I have to ask you about this idea that foreign money that the Clinton Foundation won't take foreign money if Hillary Clinton is elected
Then how do they justify the Clinton Foundation having taken foreign money when she was secretary of state? How is that not an issue?
[15:40:08]GRIFFIN: Well, that is a tricky little pickle they have gotten themselves into, because if it's going to be wrong going forward, why
wasn't it wrong going backwards, as you say, when she was traveling around the entire world and her actual mission for the United States government
was to deal with foreign governments.
The Clinton Foundation is still deeply involved in many, many different international projects. They have many, many international donors. Quite
frankly, Bill Clinton still has lots of international friends that sometimes pay him lots of money to give international speeches.
It is a very tangled web they have woven and it will take them, by their own admission, a long time to extricate themselves from these different
It's not clear if the health angle of all of this Clinton Foundation will be exempt from this, quote, "self-imposed ban." That was kind of left to
the side to figure out later. So they still may bring in foreign donations for specific missions such as aids missions in Africa.
GORANI: In what countries has the Clinton Foundation taken money from that have caused the most amount of say questions or controversy?
GRIFFIN: Well, I think money from the Canadian investor, the mining company, that got them into a lot of trouble. But, you know, there's
nothing, like we said in our report, that you can say, look, this country, the United Arab Emirates, gave x amount of dollars and they got something
It's just the idea that these governments are giving so much money, and there are various problems in some of these countries with humanitarian
rights, et cetera, that have them now trying to rethink how they collect all of this money. And Hala, it is a lot of money, $172 million just last
GORANI: All right, great reporting as always, thanks very much, Drew Griffin joining us from Atlanta.
Some news from the Trump camp, the Republican candidate's wife is threatening to sue at least ten different news outlets for defamation.
Melania Trump's lawyer says "The Daily Mail" and others have made, quote, "false and defamatory statements" about her supposedly having been an
escort in the 1990s.
Her lawyer says he put "Politico" on notice for false and defamatory statements related to its reporting on Melania Trump's immigration history.
This is THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. In Canada, indigenous women are most vulnerable to sex trafficking, but they're finding hope in the same
heritage that can make them targets. That story when we return. We'll be right back.
GORANI: Well, it's a pretty shocking statistic because Canada's population is just 4 percent indigenous, but the group makes up more than half of all
sex trafficking victims in the country. It's a problem with deep roots and a complex history of racism laced with poverty.
Today on CNN's Freedom Project, we'll introduce you to a young, indigenous woman who suffered terrible abuse as a child. Paula Newton tells us how
she's fighting though to overcome her past.
PAULA NEWTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): With every stroke of the drum, Tanay Little (ph) finds resounding strength. Flashbacks to her past
painful life fade ever faster and the soothing beat of the instrument reminds her she's safe.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: While you're drumming, your spirit, it feels safe. You feel connected.
NEWTON: Tanay is now visiting that safe place. Little Sisters in Winnipeg, a transition home for sex trafficking victims that sheltered her
when she first came off the streets.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love this place. I love being here. Knowing that this place helps women change.
NEWTON: Tanay calls it change, but it was nothing short of salvation.
(on camera): How old were you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Eleven.
NEWTON: You were 11?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
NEWTON: Already introduced to drugs?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
NEWTON: What kind of drugs?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Crack cocaine.
NEWTON: At 11?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At 11.
NEWTON (voice-over): Tanay takes me to the streets where it began. An older girl, someone who pretended to be her friend, was actually preying on
Tanay, luring her with drugs, and trafficking her for sex.
TANAY LITTLE, SEX TRAFFICKING SURVIVOR: One time that she put me in a room. Two guys, one -- not together, but one would come in and then I
would have sex with him, and then the other guy would come in and then I would get high after that.
NEWTON (on camera): What would happened if you refused to have sex with anybody?
LITTLE: You would get beat up or ripped by a few of them at once.
NEWTON (voice-over): As an indigenous girl in Canada, the nightmare Tanay lived on these streets is hardly rare. Canada's indigenous population is
very small, just 4 percent. Yet more than 50 percent of all sex trafficking victims there are indigenous. A huge overrepresentation and
just like Tanay, they're copying with a legacy of poverty, racism and abuse.
DIANE REDSKY, MA MAWI WI CHI KATA CENTER: There is a debt bondage that between $1,000 and $2,000 a day that these girls must hand into their
trafficker or else.
NEWTON: Diane Redsky can't help but feel anger. She runs Ma Mawi, a center that advocates for indigenous women and children specifically sex
trafficking victims. She says the history of their racism against this population feeds into the cycle of violence and exploitation against them.
REDSKY: It's really difficult to be able to fight those stereotypes such as indigenous women when a whole society is targeting indigenous women and
girls particularly for violence and abuse. And that spills over into sex trafficking.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thanks for coming to the circle. We'll start with a smudge. I'm very honored to be sitting in circle with you today. Thank
you for inviting me.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm honored to sit here with my survivor sisters today.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm glad it's being brought to attention. It's been hidden for far too long.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It is an amazing thing to open your hearts.
NEWTON: Elder Mae Louise Campbell leads a traditional sharing circle.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you to each and every one of you.
NEWTON: It's a spiritual connection with an indigenous culture and a unique path to healing for victims who say they've never felt worthy.
(on camera): They don't feel sacred. They feel worthless.
MAE LOUISE CAMPBELL, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY ELDER: The only way they will feel whole again is to reconnect to their traditional ways, through the
ceremonies, listening to the elders, coming back to believe, to believe they are not all that has happened to them. They are not that. They are
LITTLE: You need to know your strength for sure to get through it.
NEWTON (voice-over): Tanay says that connecting with her native culture has empowered her to heal and to understand how and why as an indigenous
child in Canada she was both vulnerable and exposed. Paula Newton, CNN, Winnipeg.
GORANI: All right, we'll have more tomorrow. We'll introduce you to a community who is confronting the issue of child exploitation head-on. Take
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The first step in rebuilding our community is to say enough and enough.
[15:50:05]NEWTON: Both community leaders trained by the Manitoba government to create a curriculum based program where kids hear how and why
child sexual exploitation has impacted their community.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't think it's even been talked about that way. It's more like, let's not talk about it, let's leave it under the rug and
let it stay there.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GORANI: We'll have more in our special series called "Canada's Stolen Daughters."
Coming up, it has been a very successful games for Great Britain's Olympians. We'll tell you about a decision made nearly 20 years ago that
could explain why they're celebrating today. We'll be right back.
GORANI: All right, well, there's one video in the U.K. that everyone is talking about. It has even the Virgin boss, Richard Branson, hitting back
against allegations of overcrowding on this train. Here it is. It was posted by the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Take a look.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JEREMY CORBYN, U.K.'S LABOUR PARTY LEADER: This train is completely packed. The staff of the train are absolutely brilliant, working really
hard to help everybody.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GORANI: It shows Corbyn sitting on the floor on a Virgin train. Corbyn says he's sitting on the floor because he couldn't find a seat and he
suggested the service would be better if it were nationalized.
But Branson tweeted this picture saying, "Mr. Corbyn and team walked past empty, unreserved seats, and then filmed a claim that the train was ram
packed. A Corbyn spokesperson said the Labour leader could not find an unreserved seat when he boarded, but that later he was offered a place by a
Staying in Britain, it's been a remarkably successful Olympic Games for the country's athletes. They arrived back at Heathrow Airport after coming in
second in the medal count. Great Britain, which is a small country relatively-speaking, won 67 medal in all, including 27 golds.
That is a huge difference from Atlanta 1996 when they finished in 36th place with just one gold. A decision taken after the Atlanta games is
being credited for bringing this latest success.
Let's get more from business correspondent, Samuel Burke, who joins me in the studio. It was a humiliating performance in '96 in Atlanta, and today
they're coming back as winners.
SAMUEL BURKE, CNN MONEY BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Totally different. In 1996, they came in behind North Korea, Algeria, and Ethiopia. But then
conservative Prime Minister John Major was not going to have it. He came up with a plan to use the money from the national lottery here in the
United Kingdom and divert those funds from other programs, and use them in sport.
Today, 75 percent of that money is now spent on sport that comes from the national lottery or rather 75 percent of the budget comes from the national
lottery alone. Some people are celebrating, and not to reign on the U.K.'s parade.
But of course there are people who find it morally reprehensible that lottery money is used on sporting event because so often the people who buy
these tickets are of course the poor and the people who really need the money the most and end up spending it on lottery tickets.
GORANI: But in the end you had a very good performance, it raises kind of like the national mood after a tough time they had this summer.
[15:55:00]They didn't do well with the European Cup. I mean, Brexit has gotten some people may be depressed. Now here you have a very, very
BURKE: It's interesting because if you look at this, you might say it's great that they're building gyms and all different types of sports, but
it's actually a very specific program, only the winners get more money. They had a basketball program, you might think, great, lottery money is
being used that way. They didn't perform very well.
GORANI: You can't just bounce the ball around, Samuel. You have to win some medals and fly home with them.
BURKE: But it's interesting. I saw a statistic, 60 percent of all lottery tickets were purchased by people with very low income. So you have a
society where we place so much emphasis on sport. They get huge endorsements, then they're getting government money as well. It is
interesting, lots of the athletes can't afford to pay for their gold medal.
GORANI: How much is a gold medal if you win it?
BURKE: It's something. It's hundreds of dollars.
GORANI: Not everyone has that money handy and they can't buy their medal. Anyway, hopefully they can get some help from the national lottery. By the
way, here we go, this is actually -- you found this a very interesting story about lottery money and a generational difference.
Now at the Edinburgh French Festival, a classic knock, knock joke is not going to win Dave's funniest joke of the fringe. This year's winning joke,
so apparently every year at the Edinburgh Festival, they have the fringe performances, and they vote for the funniest joke. So here it is.
BURKE: Let's hear it. You're going to say it or we're going to play the clip?
GORANI: I'm going to say it, Samuel. Do you have a problem with that? My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He's a man after my
BURKE: That's good.
GORANI: Not very good. Submitted by (inaudible), he said, "Winning the award is an incredible honor." Other jokes in the top 15 include, "I've
been happily married for four years out of a total of 10" and Hillary Clinton has shown that any woman can be president as long as your husband
did it first.
BURKE: That's kind of sexist.
GORANI: Yes, kind of.
BURKE: Totally. You called me sexist on this show once.
GORANI: You know what I suggest, we should all go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, write a couple of jokes, submit them, see if we make the top
BURKE: We can do THE WORLD RIGHT NOW live from Edinburgh.
GORANI: Thanks very much, Samuel Burke for that. This has been THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. Thanks to all of you for watching. It's been a pleasure. I'm
Hala Gorani. "QUEST MEANS BUSINESS" is up next.