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More Arrest in Turkey Attack Probe; "Joey No Socks" and Trump; Shooting Underlines Turkey's Violence, Turbulent Year; Turkey Extends State of Emergency Three More Months; Ford to Cancel Mexico Plant, Create 700 U.S. Jobs; U.S. Intelligence Agencies Blame Russia for Hack; Republicans Reverse Ethics Plan After Trump Tweet; Assange, Russia Was Not Source of DNC Leaks; U.S. Military in S. Korea Prepare for Possible Conflict. Aired 2-3a ET

Aired January 4, 2017 - 02:00   ET

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[02:00:26] MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone, this is CNN Newsroom live from Los Angels.

And ahead, this hour, more arrests in Turkey but the gunman in the New Year's attack still on the loose. We'll have the latest for you from Istanbul.

Donald Trump takes on big issues on Twitter again. Now, the targets are U.S intelligence, House Republicans and a pair of automakers.

Plus, we'll tell you about the convicted felon nicknamed "Joey No Socks" who partied with the president-elect a few nights ago.

Thanks for your company everyone, I'm Michael Holmes. Newsroom L.A. starts right now.

Turkey says it has detained five ISIS members in connection with the Istanbul nightclub shooting. The terror group has already claimed responsibility for the attack. And authorities have detained 16 other people including at least two foreign nationals.

Police of course will still hunting for the shooter himself who killed 39 people during New Year's celebrations. Hundreds of protesters rallying outside of the nightclub on Tuesday condemning this and other violent attacks across Turkey.

CNN's Ian Lee joins us now from Istanbul with all of the very latest and let's starts with these ISIS members apparently arrested.

IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPODNENT: Yeah, Michael, this is what we are hearing from the state run media quoting officials saying the five ISIS members were arrested in Ismir. This is a city in the western part of Turkey on the Aegean coast, a not much else is given about the five members.

This brings the number of people who've been detained in connection to this nightclub shooting at 2:21 including as you said those two foreigners. But, Turkey has been in the crosshairs of militants for quite some time. Take a look.

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LEE: At least 39 killed revelers at a nightclub on New Year's Eve, just the latest deadly attack in Turkey. In 2016 alone, 45 people killed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport in June. No one has claimed responsibility though the Turkish government blames ISIS.

An explosion at a wedding in Gaziantep on August killed closed to 50 people. Tourist targeted the Russian ambassador assassinated. Who are Turkey's enemies and why do they keep attacking?

SIMON WALDMAN, AUTHOR: Turkey's borders are with that of Iraq and with Syria. Both, home to large Kurdish populations. And there's instability in both of those states which have allowed the rise of militant groups such as none Islamic state to really gain momentum and then attack Turkey in turn.

LEE: Kurdish separatists have long held Turkey in their sight, their tactics at times brutal. Twin bombings killed dozens at Istanbul soccer stadium last month. Claimed by the Kurdish separatist group hacked and offshoot of the banned Kurdish worker's party.

The government responding carrying out regular and deadly attacks in Turkey's Kurdish region. On Turkey's borders, the civil war in Syria has given Turkey another front to fight.

ISIS, with its stronghold in Syria, claimed this latest nightclub attack. At a point when Turkey has immersed itself deeper in the Syrian question. Battling both ISIS and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria and working closely with Russia to come up with a peace proposal.

But, this alignment between Turkey and Russia also leads the questions about where Turkey sees its relationship with the United States which backs those same Kurdish fighters in Syria. All of this, against the backdrop of Turkey's own internal political struggle.

Last's July, the attempted coup and subsequent emergency measures not just resulted in thousands of civil servants and military personnel being detained.

WALDMAN: Where individuals who have had years of experience and dealing with terrorism, are no longer there instead, replaced by people who have less experience. And that is quite frankly a vacuum (ph) within Turkey's domestic security operations.

LEE: And led to claims that President Erdogan is essentially forming he's own autocracy where opposition, political or otherwise is not tolerated. But, the government has been quick to push back at critics.

[02:05:05] NUMAN KURTULUMUS, TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (Through Translator): Some are car bombs, other suicide bombers that many may have been prevented.

LEE: A country that seems to have enemies on many fronts, the question is, can it fight them all and win?

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LEE: Michael, with today's public enemy number one still on the loose. Turkey has hundred of security officers scouring the country for him.

But, there is the real risk that if he is an ISIS operative as the group claims that he might try to make it back to Syria. So, we are four days into this manhunt. They still haven't gotten him. And really, it could be at this point, a ticking clock, Michael.

HOLMES: Indeed. Ian thanks so much for your reporting on this, CNN Ian Lee there in Istanbul.

Donald Trump taking something of a victory lap in his fight to bring jobs back to the U.S. Automaker Ford announcing on Tuesday, it's canceling plans for a factory in Mexico. Instead, it says it will create 700 new jobs in the U.S. state of Michigan.

Ford CEO says the company didn't make any deal with Trump. But, says it is encouraged by his vision for the country.

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MARK FIELDS, CEO, FORD MOTOR COMPANY: We look at all factors including what we view as a more positive U.S. manufacturing business environment under President-elect Trump. And it's literally a vote of confidence around some of the pro-growth policies that he has been outlining. And that's why we're making the decision to invest here in the U.S.

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HOLMES: Meanwhile, Trump is threatening, rival automaker G.M. tweeting on Tuesday, "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers, tax-free across the border. Make in USA or pay big border tax."

G.M. says it, however, makes the Chevy Cruze Sedan, not in Mexico but Ohio. And the Cruze hatch backs made in Mexico are for global markets. It's only a small number sold in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump taking a new swipe at the U.S. Intelligence community saying -- on his word, so-called, Russian hacking delayed has been delayed until Friday suggesting the agency's need more time to build a case to put to him. U.S. intelligence officials both denied there is any delay.

I spoke early with CNN Senior Political Analyst, Ron Brownstein.

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RON BROWNSTEIN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: I think the underlying substance here is more significant. I mean, the so-called hacking again, you know, continuing to cast doubt here. And it's important for people to recognize, that yes we are waiting for a final report with all of the details from intelligence agencies but as far back as October 7th, the entire U.S. Intelligence community issued a statement saying that high confidence the term of art that Russia had hacked the DNC and John Podesta in an effort to influence outcome of this election.

HOLMES: And let's put up the tweet because you said, you made the point about that, you know, supposed -- so-called hacking. But, the other thing when you look at the "Intelligence Briefing".

BROWNSTEIN: Yes.

HOLMES: Now, I mean that in itself is saying something. What is the impact of the soon to be president, basically saying "Intelligence Committee" that he is going to be heading this 17 agencies all say it was Russia. He says supposedly.

BROWNSTEIN: So many, you know it feels like in so many different spheres of this transition we could just, start with the phrase, in an unprecedented development, look this is an unprecedented development to have an incoming president so openly at war with Intelligence Community and raising the concern that when intelligence is presented him.

It doesn't fit his agenda or his preconceptions. But, he simply is going to dismiss it and ay I have other sources. We don't really know exactly where this is going to go. Except, the only I thing I would say, one thing we learned Intelligence Community can make life difficult through leaks to the press and Congress. And you do wonder exactly how this relationship is going to unfold.

HOLMES: The one answer that nobody seems to have. I certainly don't expect you to have it is why is he so Putin friendly. Why is it that 99 senators can say it was Russia.

Seventeen intelligence organizations can say it was Russia. And he doesn't. He says, Putin is a smart guy? Why is that?

BROWNSTEIN: I think there are couple reasons for that. I think first, it is backward looking reason and forward looking reason. The backward looking reason is that he seems to believe that any acknowledgment of Russia's role in trying to disrupt this election in some ways undermines the validity of his victory. He clearly views this as an attempt to kind of smudge his, you know, his --

HOLMES: -- but that's an ego thing.

BROWNSTEIN: And also I think political thing in the sense that he, he worries that it kind of reduces his credibility.

[02:10:00] But, I think there is forward looking reason too which is that he views this as a threat to his desire to reset relations and to change relations with Russia. You know as we talked about a lot of the populous parties, a lot of the kind of populist parties in Europe. Certainly Steve Bannon who was close to him in the White House have argued that whatever you think about Putin there is a bigger threat, Islamic radicalism. And we need to kind of subjugate or submerge our concerns about Putin to try to work with him on that.

And I think there is an element of that as well. He clearly views this as both a threat to him politically backward looking. And the threat to his agenda with Russia.

HOLMES: Yeah.

BROWNSTEIN: Forward looking and as a result, he is systematically downplaying what is a very serious threat, not only in the U.S. but the potential of this model could be replicated this year in European elections, in France and Germany.

HOLMES: But one other quick question just generally I want to get your thoughts on the Twitter aspect anyway. If he keeps doing this, as president, the problem being in the North Korean one really got me because, you know, he was saying, it won't happen when it comes to--

BRWONSTEIN: Yeah, correct.

HOLMES: -- intercontinental ballistic missile headed for the United States. It won't happen. The problem when you do foreign policy in 140 characters, the South Koreans took it as a threat. Others thought he meant, well, they're not going to be able to do this technically. Nobody knows what he means.

BRWONSTEIN: Yes, no one knows what he means. And we -- what we above all don't know is what is the process, you know.

HOLMES: Right.

BRWONSTEIN: Normally, before a word comes out of the president, the mouth of the President of the United States there is an extensive process. There are deputy committees, principle committees, there are policy. We don't know if anyone is kind of filtering Donald Trump.

There was one tweet, tweet where he misspelled unprecedented as unpresidented, which made you wonder if anybody else had read it before he sent it out. So I think this is going to be something that is going to be very difficult for the government to adjust and even more difficult I think for other governments around the world, being unsure how much of this actually translates into policy and what it translates about.

So one thing though, if you look at kind of the confrontation he had with U.S. auto companies in the last few weeks. You know, that is where these tweets that many people thought were just posturing he is following it up in policy. So it may be a mistake to simply assume that anything that comes off his smart phone at 3:00 in the morning is simply going to be, you know, kind disappear by 7:00 a.m. the next morning. So of these may in fact signal where he is going.

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HOLMES: Ron Brownstein there. Well, Trump also took aim at House Republicans and then move off to gut a congressional ethics watchdog.

Senior Political reporter, Manu Raju reports, they reversed course after an angry tweet.

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MANU RAJU, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER: Tonight House Republicans abruptly reversing course scrapping a plan to gut a key ethics watchdog after an outpouring of criticism from voters and even Donald Trump.

The President-elect expressing his opposition on twitter, writing with all that Congress has to work on do they really have to make the weakening of the independent ethic watchdog, as unfair as it maybe their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, health care, and so many other things are far greater importance.

#draintheswamp less than two hours later, House Speaker Paul Ryan, would oppose weakening the watchdog convening an emergency meeting where his conference changed course, unanimously voting to keep the ethics office intact. Republicans in top districts were concerned by the proposal.

MIKE COLFMAN, U.S. HOUSE REPUBLICAN: This was the wrong message to Senate, to start a session and I don't really agree with that.

RAJU: I mean (inaudible) how concerned are you about the way this makes Republican, the Republican Congress look?

COLFMAN: You know, very concerned. I mean, I think it's a terrible mistake.

RAJU: The surprise move began Monday night when Congressman, Bob Goodlatte proposed a change to House rules behind closed doors to rein in the office of congressional ethics which was created nearly a decade ago in the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

The proposal would given the very House members who might be investigated greater control over the office of congressional ethics. Critics of the ethics panel say it has overreached in its pursuit of headlines. And the GOP conference voted 119-74 to make the changes.

KEVIN CRAMER, U.S. HOUSE REPUBLICAN: I supported (inaudible). I think it's first of all, I think it's duplicative they have but at the very lease in my view it requires greater oversight that in has.

RAJU: Yet, the proposal put Republicans in an awkward spot with some refusing to say if they wanted to weaken the panel. Did you vote for that?

RANDY WEBER, U.S. HOUSE REPUBLICAN: That was a voice vote. It was not a recorded vote. Quite frankly I sat there and observed.

RAJU: Now the reason why we don't know how the congressman voted with that Monday night vote, actually happened, behind closed doors in a private setting. But if it became a public vote, if they move forward with the rules reform package. They have to vote in the public setting in members of Congress, the public would know exactly how their members voted, which is one reason why after such backlash, decided to drop it suddenly, yesterday afternoon.

[02:15:15] Manu Raju, CNN Capitol Hill.

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HOLMES: Coming up next on Newsroom L.A., the founder of WikiLeaks refusing to say who hacked Democratic e-mails during the U.S. election. But he does say it wasn't Russia. Plus, see how U.S. military families in South Korea are preparing for the worst in the face of escalating nuclear threats from North Korea.

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HOLMES: Welcome back. The founder of WikiLeaks says Russia was not the source his group used to leak e-mails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. Julian Assange making those comments on Fox News. The Obama administration says Russia was behind the cyber attacks meant to interfere with the U.S. election. Then Assange says that's not true.

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JULIAN ASSANGE, WIKILEAKS FOUNDER: We can say -- we have said repeatedly over the last two months that, our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.

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HOLMES: Meanwhile, the U.S. president elect Donald Trump tweeting that his intelligence briefing on what he calls so-called Russian hacking was delayed until Friday. In his words, perhaps more time need to build a case. But U.S. and intelligence officials say the meeting was not delayed. It just hasn't been scheduled yet.

Internet Security Analyst Hemu Nigam joins us now with his perspective. I suppose, start with Julian Assange. You would expect him to say it wasn't the Russians because the Russians aren't going to deliver stuff like that to him from the embassy in a FedEx envelope either.

HEMU NIGAM, INTERNET SECURITY ANALYST: Well, I absolutely expected what he said because bottom line is, if I do want to give you something, I'm not going to tell me it's me.

HOLMES: Yeah.

[02:20:08] NIGAM: I will give it somebody, who will give it to somebody, who will give it to somebody and eventually it will end up in his hands. So when he is speaking he is being accurate so to speak.

HOLMES: What do you make of the evidence? Donald Trump is not satisfied there is enough evidence. There are others who say there is not enough evidence. What is enough evidence?

NIGAM: Well, I think what we have is a battle between what America is trained to do, which is look at the things from our court system which is, well beyond a reasonable doubt. Do we have the evidence to say you are guilty of a crime or something like that versus what the intelligence community does? It doesn't do law enforcement investigations. It does things to protect the interest of the U.S. In this case unfortunately, the intelligence community cannot give the full source of information they have. If you do that you may have a spy who dies.

HOLMES: Yeah.

NIGAM: That's a very dangerous part of it and that's why we should have been doing is focusing on what the protectors that is rather than politicizing security. And the more we politicize security, everyone in Hollywood, everyone is going to have a narrative. They will take snippets of the facts that are coming out and fit the Trump narrative, the Putin narrative, Obama narrative. And in this case also, the Assange narrative.

HOLMES: And how have you seen this unfold during this debate. I mean, I remember from President Obama's position to Donald Trump's to Vladimir Putin's.

NIGAM: Well, let me give you a perfect example of the two narratives.

HOLMES: Yeah.

NIGAM: You see snippets of evidence, there was Russian signatures in the hacks which frankly all of us in this security community are kind of sitting back and laughing and saying snippets, hackers use each others in code all the time. Of course there is going to be snippet of other hacks and if you want to blame the Russians, of course you cannot leave it. That's one narrative.

Now I can say on the other side while there snippets of Russian things they made mistakes. It is definitely the Russians. So I just choose which narrative to go by. And I think that's what is going on.

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HOLMES: And so on don't convince you, the digital fingerprints.

NIGAM: The digital fingerprints fit in and of themselves do not point to frankly anything. They have suggestions. They have things that hackers may have left behind. They have hackers who are borrowing things from other people. But that's why I don't actually question so much this intelligence community. They may know things, we will never know. I'm one who had top secret clearance in the past in the private and the public sector. And there is thing that you just cannot talk about because it will cause serious danger to lives or ongoing investigations.

So in what in some sense, if you politicize what they're allowed to tell you, the snippets of it, which is what's been happening here, you're going to create all sorts of chaos.

HOLMES: Yeah.

NIGAM: And for us in the security company can communicate the question of, why are we talking about this? And not what we should be talking now which is, what are we going to protect ourselves given we are all in the digital cold war of hackers.

HOLMES: Yeah, and everybody is hacking everyone.

NIGAM: Everyone is hacking everyone.

HOLMES: Hemu Nigam, thank you very much. Yeah, Internet Security Analyst and founder CEO of SSP Blue.

NIGAM: Thanks for having me.

HOLMES: Good to see you.

Well dozens of flights are being grounded as heavy smog and fog blanket parts of northern and eastern China. The poor visibility resulting in major freeways closing as well. Air quality alerts have been declared in eight provinces. Not clear when conditions will improve as the cancellations keep piling up.

South Korea condemning North Korea's claim that it is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. The U.S. already takes steps to ensure the safety of its soldiers. But, in the CNN exclusive, our Alexandra Field rode along for a military evacuation drill involving the troops' families.

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ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: For Brianna Martinez (ph) home is a place that still technically at war.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Again, this will protect your child for chemical and biological agent till up to 12 hours so that--

FIELD: The Martinez are in American military family currently based in South Korea where U.S. forces could one day be called to respond a threats from North Korea. A looming possibility that could leave American civilians on the peninsula looking for safety.

Do the girls understand what kind of emergency they're practicing for?

NICHOLE MARTINEZ, U.S. MILITARY VETERAN: We told the girls that Korea was at war at one point. So we come over to defend what we fought for.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you're set, let me know.

FIELD: The South Korean and U.S. military regularly run joint drills to maintain their readiness. But this drill is for American military families. It shows them how their soldiers could help them evacuate if tensions between the north and south turn into conflict. Nicole Martinez and her family volunteered for the practice run that also helps the army prepare.

[02:25:07] Families learn where to assemble in case of emergency. Man leader or otherwise they're shown what they will be allowed to pack and how the military will keep track of them.

The drill sends them south. They spend two days hop scotching by bus and by helicopter between U.S. installations, before reaching a South Korean airfield, and flying out.

In the event of a real threat, the U.S. state department would decide how many Americans and their families would need to evacuate. In order to get off the peninsula quickly, the army says it would likely send families to safe havens right here in the region. Places like Okinawa, Japan. So this is somewhere the families could take shelter before planning that much longer trip back to the States.

Real world lessons for American children seen at a different part of the world.

Your kids know the name Kim Jung-un?

MARTINEZ: They don't with haven't touched on that. But our military kids are. This is what they learn in school. They know what is going on. They know they have to keep up with current events that are going on around the world.

FIELD: Raising a family in South Korea, Martinez, was a veteran, says she feels safe. She doesn't worry about a threat. She knows it's possible. She wants her children to learn how to prepare.

Alexandra Field, CNN, Seoul, South Korea.

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HOLMES: The pop star, Janet Jackson has a new role. Mama, the 50- year-old gave birth to a baby boy, Eissa on Tuesday. The rep says Jackson had a stress-free and healthy delivery. The singer married Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana in 2012, and little Eissa is their first child together.

Time for a quick break. State of America with Kate Bouldwin is coming up next for our viewers in Asia and next here on CNN newsroom L.A. Hear how a wounded husband and wife, escaped the massacre at Istanbul nightclub.

Plus, Donald Trump raising eyebrows after ringing in the New Year with a convicted felon, details on the president-elect's relationship with "Joey No Socks" coming up.

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[02:30:20] MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: You are watching CNN Newsroom live from Los Angeles. I'm Michael Holmes and the headlines this hour are, Donald Trump casting doubt again on the U.S. intelligence community. He says a briefing on so-called Russian hacking, his words has been delayed until Friday suggesting the agencies need more time to build a case. U.S. intelligence officials deny there is any delay.

The hunt is on for dozens of inmates who escaped a jail in the southern Philippines. Armed men storming the compound early on Wednesday morning. And as many as 158 prisoners, breaking out during a gunfight. At least 14 of them now back in custody. Six were killed.

Turkey's foreign minister says authorities have identified the attacker behind the Istanbul nightclub shooting. He did not give any more details. Turkey also says it has arrested five ISIS members in connection with the attack. 16 other people have been detained for questioning including, two foreign nationals shown in this video.

A dinner date turned into a struggle to survive for a husband and wife wounded in the nightclub attack. CNN Sara Sidner spoke exclusively with the couple about how they made it out alive. Here is their story.

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SARA SIDNER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The sound of rapid gunfire captured from afar. The moment of terror, as a gunman began massacring people inside Istanbul's Reina nightclub. Naif Sarcardia al-Wasan (ph) and his wife were inside the Reina nightclub having dinner. Their video shows the excitement before the New Year arrived. It was supposed to be the honeymoon they never had. Instead, they both ended up pierced with bullets. Naif, too exhausted to recount the story. His wife too shy to show her swollen face, speaks for the both of them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When the song says OK, let's go. After OK. Let's go. After this statement, I hear like shooting.

SIDNER: She says her husband begged her to crawl toward an exit. But it was difficult, a young woman had grabbed on to her shoe.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was dying. And she was like asking me, cover me. Don't go. Cover me.

SIDNER: Naif knew they couldn't stop. He was watching the gunman's every move.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He said to me, shh, don't say anything. He is going to every table and shoot the people.

SIDNER: Then a gaping wound appeared on her knee. She had been shot. And Naif knew then survival meant running. They tried. But the gunman responded. Just as he had done outside the club, he aimed to kill. Naif was hit, a bullet entering his shoulder and exiting his back. He couldn't run anymore.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He said to me, sorry, I can't. And he was like saying, if I die, just be with my son until he gets older. And after that, live your life. I love you. You know how much I love you and he just give me his ring. And his ring were like filled with blood. And he just give it for me. He said to me, keep it with you and remember me if I hurt you someday. Don't, it's not me.

SIDNER: Her husband surprised her with a trip to Turkey. They left Saudi Arabia with excitement. It was their first trip away from their young son. But their New Year's Eve was interrupted with one terrible thought inside that club. They may never see their son again.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I were like seeing people, bodies, and thank God, thank God, that's where like a dream, dream. I was like saying to him, can you just catch my hand and tell me if we were in a dream and we were going to open our eyes again? Are we alive?

SIDNER: She began dragging her blood soaked husband. They made it just outside the club. Finally, relief, a taxi driver arrived and helped hoist them to safety.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If he hear me now, that taxi guy, if he hear me, I say to you, thank you so much. I really appreciated everything you do, you did for us. You saved my, my life, me and my husband.

SIDNER: Sara Sidner, CNN, Istanbul.

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HOLMES: Powerful report. Still to come here on the program, Donald Trump shares the stage with a man known as "Joey No Socks".

[02:35:04] The president-elect history with the convicted felon after the break.

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HOLMES: Welcome back, everyone. A protest against Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General has ended with six arrests in Alabama. The president of the NAACP was among the activists who sat in at the office of Senator Jeff Sessions. The African-American organization is one of the country's oldest civil rights groups. Sessions is a former Alabama State Attorney who is being accused of making racist remarks. He denies those allegations.

And president-elect Donald Trump facing questions over one of his New Year's guests, a convicted felon nicknamed "Joey No Socks" it turns out the two men share a long history.

CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

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MIGUEL MARQUEZ: Joseph Cinque a.k.a "Joey No Socks" convicted of a felony in 1989 for art theft, celebrating next to the president elect on New Year's Eve.

JOEY CINQUE, CONVICTED FELONY: Well, thank you very much. It's a great honor.

MARQUEZ: Cinque's current lawyer insists the art was legally owned by Cinque, but the New York Supreme Court says "Joey No Socks" pled guilty and his conviction still stands. He was given conditional discharge and served no jail time. Trump and Cinque go way back in 2008. They shared a stage at the Miss Universe contest. Trump calling him Joe.

DONALD TRUMP, U.S. PRESIDENT-ELECT: By the way, Joe is probably one of the most important men in the hotel industry.

MARQUEZ: In 2009, Trump was given an award by Cinque, one of many bestowed on Trump and his properties by Cinque over a decade.

TRUMP: I would especially like to congratulate and thank Joe Cinque, the head of the academy for the unbelievable job that he does.

MARQUEZ: In last year at Trump's Mar-a-Lago New Year's Eve celebration.

TRUMP: Thank you very much, Joe. The American academy is an amazing place.

[02:40:01] MARQUEZ: Again, "Joey No Socks" Cinque front and center with Donald Trump. Last May Trump told the Associated Press, he didn't k now Cinque well and wasn't aware of his conviction.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, AUTHOR, "THE MAKING OF DONALD TRUMP": Let's assume Donald Trump doesn't know who this guy is. Wow, Donald Trump is so unaware and doesn't have people around him to warn him that you are standing next to a convicted felon.

MARQUEZ: David Cay Johnston for 30 years, covered Trump's rough and tumble rise mostly for "The New York Times", his new book, "The Making of Donald Trump" pulls no punches.

JOHNSTON: I was absolutely shocked that Donald Trump, president- elect, would stand at a public forum next to a convicted felon who claimed to be connected with John Gotti, credibly enough that New York City prosecutor's office thought that was a real connection.

MARQUEZ: The U.S. Secret Service declined to comment on the matter referring CNN to the Trump transition team which also refused to comment on the relationship between Trump and Cinque. Several Mar-a- Lago members and guests who attended the party tell CNN there was no secret service background check prior to it but they did go through metal detectors.

The Trump-Joey "No Socks" connection rooted in the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences an organization that over the years, Trump has been listed as ambassador extraordinaire.

JOHNSTON: Donald Trump proudly hangs at least 19 awards. You'll notice they're signed not just by "Joey No Socks". They are also signed by Donald J. Trump as chairman of the board.

MARQUEZ: Trump's signature is on some of the awards. It's like Trump giving himself an award.

The secret service says it is their job to protect the president-elect and president not to control the guest lists and referred CNN to the Trump transition team, which refused to comment about the relationship between Donald Trump and Joseph Cinque.

Miguel Marquez, CNN New York.

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HOLMES: A new Republican congressman's son may be in a bit of trouble after trying to upstage his dad at the swearing in photo op with House Speaker Paul Ryan. And you can see him now. He is going to sneak in the dab while everyone was focused on the cameras.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My hand up looks this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah you can look at her right there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you going to sneeze?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's sneezing.

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HOLMES: The dab is a dance move featuring a raised arm and was everywhere back in 2016. Rappers, football players, even -- Hillary Clinton were dabbing at one point. But House Speaker Ryan tweeted this, just finished swearing in photos. Just finished the swearing in photos. Nearly 300 members, countless cute kids still don't get what dabbing is though. And the boy's father, Congressman Marshal tweeted, just so you know, Speaker Ryan, he's grounded.

Thanks for watching CNN Newsroom live from Los Angeles. I'm Michael Holmes. World Sport up next.

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[02:45:36] RILEY: Hello, welcome along to World Sport. I'm Kate Riley at CNN Center. Premier League Big Guns Arsenal where in action on Tuesday away to Bournemouth. Now, eight years ago today, the Cherries boss Eddie Howe took charge of its first game. At Bournemouth, they lost 2-1 that day to Darlington on set 23rd in League Two. That's effectively the 91st team out of 92 in the English Football Pyramid. It was a very different story.

Today Bournemouth really causing all sort of blasts for the visitors. Just for the hour, Ryan Fraser made it 3-0. Arsenal need a miracle here, Olivier Giroud was able to find Alexis Sanchez for the first. A few moments later, it was the Frenchman once again, who created Lucas Perez with the goldest time injury (ph). It was done there, an point were shared. He would also get a goal himself. Nice scorpion kick this time though, but this game really did have a sting in it's tail. The North Londoners come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3. Now elsewhere, an intriguing clash between two struggling teams who have just appointed new managers, Angel Rangel scored the winner, just two minutes from time. The Swans to beat Crystal Palace 2-1, awesome sight. However, they have just hit the ejector seat and Mike Phelan has been sacked after only three months. Has their full-time manager. He succeeded Steve Bruce on a temporary basis. After Bruce left this summer, he was then made permanent back in October. But he is now looking for a new job.

So, Tuesday wrapped up. Attention now turns to a massive match on Wednesday. When Chelsea will travel to North London to face Tottenham. The Blues will take their 13th game winning streak to White Hart Lane. It's a date with destiny.

For Antonio Conte's been they could equal Arsenal's 14 game streak from 2002. A premier league record in fact, this would be a new record because Arsenal run with cross two seasons. It's not very often that Spur will want to that, bet on North London rivals Arsenal any favors but there will be no shortage of meditation (ph) and the Spurs dressing room here.

They want to win the game obviously and close the gap on the leaders. But they want to avenge November's 2-1 defeat to the Blues. And of course they won't forget what happened when they played last season. That it will temp to clash, sounds of bridge in May, when Chelsea and the Tottenham hope of winning the league title.

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ANTONIO CONTE, CHELSEA MANAGER: It is greater achievement us because to win a 13 games in a row is not easy. And over in this league and all now is very difficult and yeah, we play. We are pleased to forum for this and after tomorrow we all know to all that we'll have a tough game. A, really tough game and yes (inaudible) and for sure is a good team. A very strong team.

This is -- an important to play great attention and to try to continue our run. But for sure that tomorrow, the game, it could be very tough.

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RILEY: So there is talking about Pep Guardiola post match reaction on Monday wasn't bad enough. Now one of city's players could find himself in trouble, too. Bacary Sagna has being ask himself to explain to the football association after his captain (inaudible) was sent off. He took to Instagram and posted at 10 against 12. But still fighting winning as a team.

The play suggested that the opposition had an extra man. Does he really mean the referee or the crowd? He later removed the post about but the F.A. have asked a clarification. He could be charged and up in later date.

Now elsewhere in Leicester's a fairy tale run to the Premier League titled seemed like a long time ago now doesn't it? They obviously won't be repeating last year's heroics. But they don't want to become the first team in the modern era of the game to be relegated as defending champions. And to that end they snapped up a new midfielder today.

The Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi is joining from the Belgian side. Racing game kind of 5 1/2 year deal worth more than $80 million, Leicester has been looking for someone to replace (inaudible) and N'Golo Kante he joined Chelsea the summer.

[02:49:52] Right then coming up on the show, we've got more from the world champion Nico Rosberg the newly retired Formula One driver speaks to World Sport here. What's in store for him in 2017.

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RILEY: Welcome back to the show. You may remember story of the Chelsea fans on Paris Metro almost two years ago. They were on their way to see the blues play, Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League when a group of supporters repeatedly pushed a black commuter off the train.

The incident was filmed and the footage formed the basis of a criminal case which was completed on Tuesday. Four men have been convicted of racist violence. And given suspended prison sentences. Only two men were in court. Two were tried in their absence. All have denied their actions were racist.

OK, moving on to Formula One now, and the fans are still in the dark as to who will replace the retired F1 Champion, Nico Rosberg and partner Lewis Hamilton for 2017. Speculation however, has been mounting over the holiday season that Valtteri Bottas could be that man. Now you won't find Rosberg himself fueling the rumor mill. Now that he's out of the game.

But he has been reflecting on his emotional pursuit of the title with Amanda Davies.

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NICO ROSBERG, 2016 F1 WORLD CHAMPION: It's being together with my family. With my wife Vivian, and my mom was there, and my dad, and all my best friends and my team.

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORT CORRESPODENT: Was that at the circuit or?

ROSBERG: Yeah, at the circuit, yeah. So, it just those celebration moments. Because even crossing the line it wasn't look I was happy. It was more like relief in that first instance, because it was extremely tough. Mentally in those last couple of laps.

DAVIES: Do you think it hit you yet, how much this season has taken out of you?

ROSBERG: Oh -- um, has it hit me? I do feel a bit tired. It's just incredibly intense to fight for a world championship at the highest level of our sport. You know, there is so much going on, you know? And there is so much intensity on the racetrack. With the battle with Lewis, you know, and with all the other guys. Then it goes beyond that. There's the whole team. The 1,500 people around us who are building these two race cars. All the media. You know, media is massive. And that also has an impact because it is just so big. So, there is so many different levels to it.

DAVIES: Did you ever think starting out last season it would be your last?

ROSBERG: No, no, not at all. I never had, I never had any such thoughts. It really -- because I never had the title within my reach in such a manner. It was the first time ever in my Formula One career that the title was in my control. And it was mine to lose. All I had to do, with certain results, not even win any races, and then it was mine. Thanks to the job that I had done prior to that.

[02:55:01] And that's when just thoughts started to come that actually it would just feel awesome and the right thing for me if I do win this and achieve my childhood dream to then call it a day at that point. And because I just -- I would feel so fulfilled in terms of my career. That I take all my boxes. And it would be such a great way to end it.

DAVIES: Is there anything looking back that you wish you had paid more attention to or done differently or appreciated more given that you didn't -- given that you didn't expect it to be your last season?

ROSBERG: I really feel fulfilled. So even the difficult moments, I'm well aware that first of all, I am enjoying it more now thanks to the difficult moments. They make it all the more sweet now to have the success. If it would have been all plain sailing and easy, then it wouldn't have been as sweet now the success, but since there were some really hard moments along the way. Just makes it all the more awesome.

DAVIES: What was the toughest moment?

ROSBERG: There's many in sports. Always. But, yeah, I mean just examples. I mean, taking each other out in Barcelona us two teammates in such an extreme manner. It was the first time that ever happened and last time also. But that was so intense. You know internally. Because I need my team to succeed, you know.

DAVIES: Yeah.

ROSBERG: So, we need to be sticking together. And then you do such a thing. Where we both had our part in that, you know, and very, very difficult. And then even just result wise to lose to Lewis, the two championships prior to this year. It's very, very tough. I mean specially in the way it happens some times. I mean not easy to handle.

But even that I wouldn't change for anything. Because if I know it is the struggles that make me stronger, you know, as long as I'm able to turn it into positive power and really reap motivation from it, which I have managed to do. I am very proud of that. To really become stronger every time and come back. And that's worked well. So even the difficulties, very, very happy for them to be there.

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RILEY: And the Dakar Rally is a marathon and not a sprint. And while it's good to win stages, the most important thing is making sure that you have a car that's in one piece and able to get past that ultimate finish line.

Now more than 300 vehicles have set off on this year adventure from Paraguay to Argentina, and the two-time winner, Nasser Al-Attiyah had an exciting start. He stormed to victory in the prolog. But an oil leak caused a small fire to break out when he was just over the finish line. And he did well to contain it and save his Toyota Hilux car.

Yeah, exciting stuff and that brings this edition of "World Sport" to a close. Thank you for watching. From the team and me, I'm Kate Riley, stay with CNN. The news is next.

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