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President Trump to Visit Texas Again; Building Structure on Fire in Midst of Flood Waters in Houston; Fuel Shortages Causing Gas Price Spike in Texas; Detective Arrests Nurse for Refusing to Take Blood Sample from Unconscious Patient Per Hospital Policy; Smoke Observed Coming from Russian Consulate being Shut Down in San Francisco. Aired 10-11a ET
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[10:00:07] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, thank you so much for taking time to be with us today. I'm Christie Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Victor Blackwell. CNN Newsroom begins right now.
President Trump and the first lady are on Air Force One. They're returning to the Gulf coast a week after Harvey slammed into Texas. Thousands of homes have been ruined. The city there is still without running water, and we know now that at least 50 people have been killed.
PAUL: We also know the president and the first lady are boarding Air Force One at a rainy Joint Base Andrews. In fact they did this just a short time ago. Here's some video coming into us. They are set to meet with survivors of the storm at an airfield just outside Houston in just a couple of hours. They'll also survey the damage in Louisiana later today.
BLACKWELL: The president promised a swift government response to the disaster. It could be coming soon. The White House is requesting almost $8 billion in disaster aid. That's a couple billion more than initially expected. A vote on the aid money has been scheduled for late next week in the House.
PAUL: We've got our team of correspondents covering the president's visit to the Gulf coast and the latest with the ongoing recovery from Harvey. We want to start with CNN White House correspondent Athena Jones who is live in downtown Houston. Athena, good to see you. Earlier this weekend the president, he stayed away from the disaster area. But we're going to see a very different president today we assume?
ATHENA JONES, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Christi. I think we have an opportunity to see a very different president. The White House explained the reasoning behind the president meeting with state and local officials, touring emergency operations center when he came on Tuesday, but avoiding the hard-hit areas. And they said he did that because he didn't want to divert resources that could go to search and recovery efforts. He didn't want those resources going to protecting him or providing infrastructure for his visit. So now he has an opportunity to come down here and to meet directly
with storm victims. We saw, you can see he's tweeted just in the last couple of minutes saying he's on his way down here. This is part of the president's wanting to show how engaged he is in dealing with this storm. It is of course his first big test when it comes to dealing with a massive and still unfolding natural disaster. He's also going to be joined by the first lady. And listen to what she had to say about this yesterday in the Oval Office.
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MELANIA TRUMP, FIRST LADY: I just want to tell them to be strong, and everything will be OK.
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JONES: And so we don't know yet how much we'll hear from the president. But we know that he's going to be meeting with storm victims. He's going to be talking with volunteers who are helping out in the rescue and recovery efforts. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says he'll meet extensively with these folks, which is something that he didn't do earlier.
And what's interesting here Christi is that just a couple of days ago we saw Vice President Pence come down here and fulfill the role of comforter and consoler that we're used to seeing presidents do. We saw Vice President Pence praying with the Texas Governor Greg Abbott and praying over the victims of hurricane Harvey. We saw him even rolling up his sleeves and clearing debris from a house that was affected. So this is the sort of -- we also saw him hugging a lot of people. So this is the kind of thing that a lot of folks want to see from President Trump. We're not so far used to seeing him emote in that way and show his empathetic side. And that is what a lot of folks are hoping to see from him today.
PAUL: Athena, thank you so much. We have some new pictures we want to bring you as well. This is a house on fire in Houston. Look at this. The building on fire, and yet there it is, surrounded by floodwaters.
BLACKWELL: This courtesy of KTRK, our affiliate here. You see some of the firefighters there up to their knees in water. And just the juxtaposition of in the center of all this water you've got a house on fire. The question is, what access do these firefighters have to hydrants, to be able to get to put some water on these flames?
PAUL: And how does it happen that a house that is flooded is on fire? Did somebody get in there and something happened? Did something -- you know, we have no idea. But the biggest concern here, as you see this seeming to get even larger, is where maybe it's just because they're zooming out. But we're seeing how this is taking over and engulfing this home. I feel for the people who may be at home watching this and this may be their home, because you think, what more can I take?
BLACKWELL: Let's go to Stephanie Elam, because you've got people, and we pray that no one was inside this home as these flames and this smoke is kicking up, Stephanie. But you've got people who had to leave their, their home, although the size of this building maybe it's something else, but had to leave this building because of the flood. And now they go back and they see that their house is on fire. Stephanie Elam at the NRG Center in Houston. Give us an update what you're seeing there. It's 9:00 local time there. I'm sure people are up and trying to figure out the next step after this storm.
[10:05:09] STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right. And what we've been seeing here for the last few days is this evacuation center opened up late Tuesday night. They were able to get it open within six hours when they realized the need was there as there are other shelters. But this one is really huge. They can accommodate up to 10,000 people here. Right now at the max they have about 1,600. At the max they've had over 4,000 people here.
But what you can see going on behind me are volunteers. We just saw a big rush of volunteers coming in, checking in, figuring out where they could be most useful to go in and help these people who have been displaced.
Some of these people will never ever go back to their homes. They will not have that comfort back. So it will be a new normal. Trying to help these people figure out what they're going to do here. So from this one location, while they are finding cots and being able to take showers and there's food here, there are other resources here to help the evacuees that are here, such as FEMA. They do have some lawyers that are on site. They also have computers on site to help people, and some creature comfort as well, as far as pet care and a kid zone to keep the kids busy while people go through the paperwork and try to figure out the steps.
There's a lot of shock of dealing with something like this, like a natural disaster and losing everything that you own. So the idea here is to equip the people that are here, to equip them with as much information and help as they can get while they're in this transitional period to help them get back on their feet long after Harvey is a memory. But right now they're still very much in the throes of it here, Victor and Christi.
BLACKWELL: It's important to mention the children there because you want to keep it as normal -- if that's even possible -- as you can. We saw that there were mascots of the local teams going to some shelters, some of the sports stars as well trying to cheer those kids up. Stephanie Elam there at the NRG Center, thank you so much for being with us.
And we've got pictures on the screen of this fire, this structure fire, I'm going call it a structure fire until it's confirmed that it's a house because we see some other, we see some other buildings in the area. The focus here, although we haven't seen a lot of water come from hoses or hydrants here, they've got to focus on containment at this point.
PAUL: And hoping that there's no way that that fire could jump to another nearby building. But you can see the struggle that firefighters have just trying to get to this thing. And we're going to continue to obviously keep our eyes on it. We'll try to find out what kind of building it is. The KTRK says that it is in the neighborhood off Memorial Drive if that gives anybody an idea of what we're talking about there if you know the area.
This morning one of the other things we're talking about is such a concern is all about the water that you see. We talked to Dr. Peter Hotez, a specialist in tropical diseases, about the risks that people are really threatened by when it comes to Harvey and all of the water they've seen around them. Take a look.
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DR. PETER HOTEZ, DEAN NATIONAL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: The floodwaters if you have wounds, you want to get those medically treated because that's how the flesh-eating vibrio could enter, staphylococcus. If you have systems of diarrheal disease, you want to seek medical attention because you might need antibiotic therapy. But then also you want to minimize your exposure to mosquitos because the mosquitos are going to start ramping up in the coming days and weeks. And so minimizing exposure to mosquitos is going to be very, very important.
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PAUL: Lieutenant General Russel Honore, the man who led the military response after hurricane Katrina, also talked to us about some of the biggest challenges they have today.
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LT. GEN. RUSSEL HONORE, AUTHOR, "LEADERSHIP IN THE NEW NORMAL": Some of the biggest concerns now are people balancing, letting people go back in to their homes after the waters recede. And at the same time, the mayor eloquently directed a mandatory evacuation last night, so we got mandatory evacuations going on. We've got people wanting to go back and check on their homes. And we've got the city of Beaumont still isolated in many places without clean drinking water.
The infrastructure is very fragile, and we've got a chemical plant on fire. This is a dynamic, moving environment. And at the same time they're going to play baseball in Houston today. So much of that is going to put a strain on the transportation system as well as the availability of fuel for people to go check on their homes. And the traffic is going to be a nightmare.
So at the same time we got people in shelters, and we're playing ball next door.
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PAUL: The Centers for Disease Control has activated its emergency operations center to help with Harvey recovery efforts as well.
[10:10:03] BLACKWELL: Russia has summoned the American diplomat in Moscow to protest what it calls illegitimate aggressive action by the U.S. That's after it was told to shut down three properties including this trade representation in Washington, D.C. The Kremlin says the FBI's plan to raid the building is a violation of international law. Moscow warns it may retaliate.
Meanwhile, its' deadline day for Russia to leave this consulate in San Francisco. And look closely here, black smoke coming out of the chimney there on Friday. And when firefighters showed up to investigate, this is what greeted them. A man there, hands up saying, nothing to see here.
The U.S. and Russia have been locked in this diplomatic back-and-forth since last year. You'll remember that the U.S. seized two Russian compounds in retaliation for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
PAUL: "The New York Times" reporting this morning Special Counsel Robert Mueller has new details about the reason President Trump fired former FBI director James Comey.
BLACKWELL: Plus President Trump's decision on an Obama-era program protecting young, undocumented immigrants from deportation could be just days away, while House Speaker Paul Ryan is telling the president to hold off on ending that program.
PAUL: And the pretty disturbing moments captured on camera here. A police officer arresting a nurse, slapping cuffs on her for refusing an order, even though she was following hospital policy.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Stop holding me! Stop!
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[10:15:49] BLACKWELL: Welcome back. We're watching this structure fire. This is west Houston. Which street is this, Christi?
PAUL: It's in the neighborhood off Memorial Drive according to KTRK.
BLACKWELL: So we've been watching this for a few minutes now. And I guess the juxtaposition of the flooding around this house, and now this house being on fire. We've just in the last couple of minutes see the firefighters there be able to get some water on to this, the effort here of course to contain this to just one building. But there have been reports of low amounts of water still in west Houston. And we don't know if anyone was in this home at the time. But you can only imagine -- our hope is that no one was there. But to now see on television potentially after being forced out of your house because of a flood to flip on the television and see that your house is now burning down.
PAUL: And to see how it's grown in the last five minutes.
BLACKWELL: Really quickly. PAUL: I mean, all of a sudden the roof collapsed and we're seeing this thing completely engulfed at this point. So we're going to keep our eye on this, hopefully get some more information, and as Victor said, certainly hoping that nobody was in that house at the time. You can see the fire crews doing everything they can but obviously limited with their resources and their ability to get real close.
OK, another revelation here in the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
BLACKWELL: According to the "New York Times" Special Counsel Robert Mueller now has a draft of a letter President Trump wrote revealing his reason behind firing former FBI director James Comey and providing insight into his motive. The report says that the White House counsel did not use the president's letter publicly because it was, quote, "problematic."
PAUL: This comes as the fate of dreamers across the country is in jeopardy. President Trump heavily considering scrapping DACA, an Obama-era program, of course, designed to protect people brought here as children, undocumented immigrants, and to try to protect them from deportation.
BLACKWELL: CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson joins me now. Stephen, good morning, to you. And first, I think it's important to say that "The New York Times" in their report highlights that they have not seen the actual letter but have spoken, I think the account was more than a dozen people who are aware of the contents. This seems to be an important, tangible element. Up to this point we just had the interview with the president, with Lester Holt after the story about A.G. Rosenstein recommending Comey's firing. But this now is something they can touch, something that lists out the president's reasons.
STEPHEN COLLINSON, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Yes, I think so. I think there have been a couple of important developments, Victor, this week in the Russia investigation that hadn't really sort of sunk in, if you like, just because of the coverage of hurricane Harvey. And this is one of them.
Now one of the questions that the special counsel will have to probe in looking at the firing of James Comey is whether the president had any corrupt purpose beyond his power to have who he likes serving as the FBI chief. Now we don't know exactly what's in this letter, as you say. But it could sort of advance his understanding, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, into exactly why the president and what the real motives were for firing James Comey.
We also learned this week that the president's lawyers have made a representation to the special counsel in memos arguing that the president is well within his powers to fire the former FBI chief, basically arguing that there was no ulterior motive for doing so and he was simply exercising his presidential power.
So we only know these two nuggets. We don't know exactly what the special counsel knows and what the president's lawyers know. But it's difficult to look at this, these developments and not sort of come to the conclusion that there's, you know, a serious obstruction of justice investigation going on, you know, into the president's motives.
BLACKWELL: The president's lawyers making the case that there was no obstruction of justice here. I want to go to one element of the write from "The New York Times," some remarkable reporting here, is that Don McGahn, the White House counsel, explained to the president that even by firing James Comey, that would not end the Russia investigation.
[10:20:08] And according to the "Times," the president's response there was that he knew that but he still felt that he had to fire him. Could that still be one element of the defense for the president that there was no obstruction of justice, that he acknowledged that by firing Comey he wasn't going to stop the Russia investigation?
COLLINSON: I think that's one of the arguments the president's lawyers would use in the event that this became a big issue. But there's also a great deal of confusion that was bred from the chaos in the early days of this administration, remember, the administration first came out and said that the reason that Comey was being fired was because of the way he handled the Hillary Clinton investigation, which was in that memo from Rod Rosenstein. So this really gets, this letter that's been unearthed by "The New York Times" really gets to the credibility of the White House and any subsequent arguments that the White House makes as to why this actually went ahead could be undermined by these revelations.
BLACKWELL: Let's turn to DACA now and the decision that the president says he'll announce on Tuesday whether or not to end this program that protects about 800,000 young people who came to this country as undocumented immigrants, as children. The president is considering whether or not to end that program. And this is what we heard from the Republican speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, about the president's potential ending of the DACA program.
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REP. PAUL RYAN, (R) SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: I actually don't think he should do that. And I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.
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BLACKWELL: So what's the potential that Congress will weigh in, that this will buy the administration some time, and that this will be taken up by the House considering all that they have on their plate?
COLLINSON: I think that Paul Ryan is clearly wary of another huge issue piling up on his plate in an already very packed and crucial September. The problem with this is if the president decides to go ahead and rule out DACA, which he said he would do during the campaign, saying that it was an unconstitutional use of power by President Barack Obama, around 1,000 Dreamers a day will start to lose their work permits and will be out of work. And that is going to turn out to be a huge problem for the Republican Party. On the one hand, there are people in the leadership of the Republican
Party who want to expand the party's base and fear that this will be a very damaging sort of stain on the party going forward. But if you put yourself in the shoes of a Republican lawmaker who is in a district where Donald Trump did very well based largely on the issue of immigration and undocumented migrants, you have a very difficult vote to take if you're going to vote to give protection to people who some of your voters believe should be deported. So that's why it's such a difficult political issue.
BLACKWELL: This one does not fall neatly along political lines. We've explored that this morning. Stephen Collinson, CNN White House reporter, thanks so much.
PAUL: Well, hurricane Harvey survivors, obviously they're dealing with enough already. But now they're being hit by price gouging in gas that's in short supply. Alison Kosik is in Dallas watching that this morning. Good morning, Alison.
ALISON KOSIK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christi. Yes, I am seeing shorter lines today in Dallas, but that could be because in part because there are lower supplies of gasoline. I'm going to explain when we come back.
[10:28:07] PAUL: We're always grateful to spend Saturday morning with you. Welcome back, I'm Christi Paul.
BLACKWELL: And I'm Victor Blackwell. Good morning.
PAUL: President Trump has quite a busy day today. He is on his way to Texas and Louisiana to visit survivors of Harvey, and also pushing Congress for nearly $8 billion in a first round of recovery funding.
BLACKWELL: So far 50 people have died in and after Harvey, and 72,000 people have been rescued. The president has said he will donate $1 million for recovery efforts, but it's not clear whether it's going to be his own money or coming from somewhere else. Watch.
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SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I'm happy to tell you that he is would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we've seen across this country do. And he's pledging $1 million of personal money to the fund.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is that going to be his personal money or money from his foundation?
SANDERS: I haven't had a chance to do that. But I will.
(END VIDEO CLIP) PAUL: I want to show you some live pictures right now. As though Houston has not -- has not taken enough at this point. Look at that fire. We believe it to be a home that is just engulfed. The roof has collapsed now and it's surrounded by water. You can see the firefighters are on the scene. They have not obviously been able to really put a dent in that fire that's burning, but we're going to keep watching this and we'll bring you more details as we learn. And our hope of course is that nobody was inside at the time.
BLACKWELL: It looks like they're taking a containment strategy here. We don't see them putting water on it as they were just a couple of minutes ago. As Christi said, we'll continue to watch it.
Hurricane Harvey survivors dealing with enough, and we just showed you some of it there. One of the elements they're dealing with, a shortage of gas, CNN's Alison Kosik is at a gas station in Dallas, actually. And Alison, the gas lines, even this far away, are they as long as we've seen over the last couple of days?
[10:30:00] ALISON KOSIK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So this is day three of this perceived gas shortage. And this morning we are not seeing lines. You're seeing cars here filling up, and the thing is they're filling up with regular gasoline. This gas station has got a shipment of gasoline today. But the thing is it has no premium gas and it's getting low on diesel fuel as well. So what you're seeing is supply, actually yes, coming in. But it's not coming in fast enough and it's not coming in in a complete fashion.
Some gas stations in and around even just this area, from just looking at an eye shot, the one there, the 7-Eleven gas station, that has been out of gas for two days. There's a Texaco next to it. It got a shipment yesterday, but now it is running low on fuel. And on the second day, yesterday, of this perceived gas shortage, I did see frustrated drivers getting even more frustrated. One driver actually running out of gas while waiting in line, he had to push his red Camaro to the pump. So he ran out of gas just by waiting.
And then I also saw one driver actually get into a fight with a gas attendant over his placement in line. They came to blows. The gas attendant actually had to spray the driver with mace to break up that fight. But this is the kind of situation. It's tense when people feel like there's a supply shortage. Ironically it's not necessarily a raw supply shortage. It's more of a production and a distribution issue because the gasoline that's actually at refineries can't get out because the refineries are closed. Victor and Christi?
BLACKWELL: All right, that really wasn't worth fighting over, your space in line at the gas station.
PAUL: It depends on how low your tank is, I guess they would say.
BLACKWELL: I guess. Alison Kosik there for us in Dallas, thank you so much.
PAUL: Let's talk to Douglas Brinkley here, CNN presidential historian. And he's also the author of "The Great Deluge, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast." So Douglas, I know you wrote an op-ed that Texas needs to learn from Katrina. First of all, do you think they have? And what do they need to learn?
DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN: Well, they have learned, Housten in particular learned, and so did FEMA. FEMA under Michael Brown during Katrina was a disaster. There was nobody there. FEMA now under Brock Long seems to be operating fairly well.
I'm afraid Houston, though, might be falling into the same problem that New Orleans did, which is trying to get back to normal too quick. When you have possible people trapped in houses, there still may be more people dead found. You have fires going on, on memorial right in the middle of town, and you're coming back to have a baseball game this evening, encouraging people to come into downtown, you got to be careful with that because it's still a hazard zone.
CNN has been doing great reporting on how dirty and filthy that water is. There's a natural inclination for business to come back, come to our hotels, Houston is recovering. But the recovery is not there yet. So I think that we all have to go on a day-by-day basis and fix the problems without trying to say where the worst is passed.
PAUL: Speaking of that baseball game, General Russel Honore, lieutenant general, was none too pleased it sounded like when we talked to him earlier today that they were going to go ahead and try to have that game as scheduled. But you have to think that maybe they're just trying to give some sense of normalcy to people at that point. Go ahead.
BRINKLEY: Remember when George W. Bush after 9/11 famously went to Yankee stadium and became a great healing moment and he threw a strike and all of New York cheered. And after hurricane Katrina and the Superdome had a hole in it, the Saints came, and the opening game of the Saints, I went to it. And it kind of pulled the city together. So I think Mayor Sylvester Turner and city council and the rest thinks this is a good thing to do. And it very well might be for morale point of view, but, boy, it is still a very dicey situation in southern Texas. And you got to watch you don't try to gild the lily too quickly.
PAUL: It could be really tough logistically, no doubt about it. Of course President Trump is visiting Houston today, a lot of criticism about his earlier visit. What do Houstonians, what does Texas need to see from him today?
BRINKLEY: I'm glad you asked. I think Donald Trump came up short on his first visit. There was that lack of empathy everybody has been talking about today. He needs to meet first responders, real citizens who are heroes of the past week. He needs to go to a shelter, he needs to walk a street and really inspect the floodwaters and be seen engaging with citizens.
He ran as a populist person, meaning you like people. But he seems to always be at arm's length with them. It might be part of that germaphobe thing where he doesn't want to hug or shake people's hand. We saw that on the campaign trail. He's got to get over that. He was representing all of the American people as their sort of grief counselor or healer. And I think he's coming back this time to probably try to be a little more human than he was. He was too much of a bureaucrat last visit.
[10:35:11] PAUL: Just a couple of minutes ago we aired some footage of Sarah Huckabee Sanders offering up that the president was going to offer $1 million of his personal money. On Thursday she said that. On Friday she couldn't clarify that it was his personal money. How important was it for him to clarify that point to the American public?
BRINKLEY: It's very important. He should clarify that once. Why wouldn't you? Why play games with people? It's sort of like saying I'm going to release my taxes after I get my audit, and then you never release them. If you're giving $1 million, say where you're giving your million to. Talk straight. Don't play games. People just want the real facts right now, and the president did a good gesture of giving this million, but by not telling people where it's coming from, from himself, from the foundation, he's going to start getting an unnecessary wave of criticism.
PAUL: David Axelrod on Wednesday tweeted this, "Wondering if Harvey might call POTUS to rethink his proposed nine percent cut in FEMA funding?" And then we had Houston mayor, Sylvester Turner, say we need an army of FEMA agents. He said that just yesterday. Any indication that this natural disaster has swayed the president to rethink that policy?
BRINKLEY: You just asked the key question that we should all be asking. How does President Trump look at himself in the mirror knowing that he is slashing FEMA, and now we need FEMA more than ever? He's trying to cut the Environmental Protection Agency, you know, by 30 percent. And we now have an environmental disaster going on in the Gulf south. This idea of slashing, slashing, but then we're going to need billions of dollars of appropriations, you know, at some point you can't believe the B.S. of your own campaign trail.
Federal government is there for a reason. FEMA needs funding, the EPA needs funding, we need big infrastructure money for the Gulf south. They need a Marshall plan for the waterway system around Houston. You're seeing the high gas prices. Houston ship channel there, it's very vulnerable to things. This whole area has been neglected, and we need more FDR-like new deal projects, proper dams, proper waterways, not slashing the government.
PAUL: Douglas Brinkley, so appreciative that you can take the time to talk to us today with everything that's going on. Thank you so much for the insight.
BRINKLEY: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: And take a look at this video of a police officer shoving a nurse out of a hospital and then arresting her.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, we're done. We're done, you're under arrest. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can't be under arrest.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Stop!
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BLACKWELL: So this nurse was just doing her job, following hospital policy. But the arresting officer says the nurse was interfering with the police investigation. We'll explain the story.
[10:42:09] BLACKWELL: The Salt Lake City Police Department is apologizing after an officer arrested a nurse who was really just following hospital protocol.
PAUL: The thing is the nurse refused to allow the officer to draw blood from an unconscious crash victim without legal consent. This is tough to watch, folks. Our Dan Simon has what happened next when that arresting officer suddenly became angry. He is live for us here. So the first thing I think a lot of people think is the nurse taking legal action.
DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know Christi, when you look at that video, I think a lot of people think that is a lawsuit waiting to happen. But I have to tell you that the nurse right now is holding off. Right now she's satisfied with the apology that she's gotten from the Salt Lake City Police Department. She has worked at the University of Utah hospital for eight years, and before that, she was an Olympic alpine skier. And of course to be an Olympic athlete you've got to have some mental toughness. What you see in that video, she is not afraid to stand up to the police officer who she says is trying to obtain blood without going through the proper channels.
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ALEX WUBBELS, NURSE: No! No!
SIMON: The disturbing video comes from the inside of an emergency room. And the woman screaming, a burn unit nurse who is being arrested by a salt lake city police officer.
WUBBELS: Please, sir. You're hurting me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Then walk.
SIMON: The incident captured by police and hospital cameras happened in July. But now the district attorney says he wants a criminal investigation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Salt Lake City police. SIMON: University of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels says she was just doing
her job, following hospital protocol by refusing to let police take a blood sample from an unconscious patient.
WUBBELS: Is this patient under arrest?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
SIMON: Wubbels says detective Jeff Payne demanded a blood sample from a car crash victim who was in a coma and severely burned, his truck smashed by a car racing from police, according to local media. Wubbels calmly explains the policy for obtaining blood.
WUBBELS: There's three things that allow us to do that are if you have an electric warrant, patient consent, or patient under arrest, and neither of those things -- the patient can't consent.
SIMON: She gets her supervisor on the phone who backs her up. The tension only escalates.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's the one that has told me no.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, sir, you're making a huge mistake right now. You're making a huge mistake. You're directing a nurse --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, we're done. We're done, you're under arrest. We're done.
WUBBELS: I can't be under arrest. Stop! No!
SIMON: Salt Lake City's police chief apologized and said what happened is unacceptable.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was alarmed by what I saw in the video. I want to be very clear, we take this very seriously.
SIMON: For now, Wubbels isn't filing a lawsuit.
WUBBELS: I feel very strongly in giving people the benefit of the doubt, and I truly believe he was honest in his apology and sincere in his willingness to try to make change and make things better.
[10:45:08] SIMON: Police released Wubbels without charges that day after she sat in the police car for 20 minutes. Detective Payne said in a written report that his watch commander advised him to arrest the nurse for interfering with a police investigation. Payne and another officer now on administrative leave as internal investigators look into the startling incident.
SIMON: And the mayor of Salt Lake City has also apologized. The bottom line here is the nurse, Alex Wubbels, says she was just trying to do the right thing, trying to follow the proper policy, and really the law is on her side. The Supreme Court has ruled in the past if you want to obtain blood you need to get a warrant or of course you need to have patient permission. As for the officer in this case who was involved, efforts to reach him or his legal representative thus far have been unsuccessful. Victor and Christi?
PAUL: Dan Simon, thank you so much for bringing us that story. It is something else.
BLACKWELL: So Russians say there is nothing to see here. Well, except black smoke rising from the chimney of the consulate in San Francisco hours before they're kicked out. Now there's a warning about possible retaliation.
PAUL: Also mandatory evacuations under way in Los Angeles, in that area. Wildfire is blazing through thousands of acres in a matter of hours. Take a look at this. We'll tell you what we know.
[10:50:52] PAUL: Well, Russia has just summoned the American diplomat in Moscow to protest what it calls illegitimate aggressive action by the U.S.
BLACKWELL: That's after it was told to shut down three properties, including the trade annex in Washington, D.C. Now the kremlin says that it may retaliate. A former CNN Moscow bureau chief Jill Dougherty is in Moscow for us live now. Jill, there's a lot happening here. You've got smoke coming out of a building that's unexplained. You've got this summoning of the U.S. deputy chief mission there for the Russian foreign ministry. Kind of outline what is happening here.
JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, let's remember, that this week, at the end of the week, there was an order by the United States, Russia had to shut down those three buildings, the consulate in San Francisco and the two annexes by today which is Saturday. So as it has created a furious response here in Moscow.
As you indicated, the foreign ministry did call in the deputy chief of mission of the United States embassy here in Moscow. They handed him a very strongly-worded note, diplomatic note, and saying that they were, they were very angry, especially over what is supposed to be, they said, a search, presumably by the FBI that annex in Washington, D.C. And they called it a gross violation of international law.
And then on the other side of the country, San Francisco, the foreign ministry spokesperson said that the fact that the Russians who were living in that consulate have to leave that building, and again for another apparent search, is actually a threat to their security and safety.
And then finally, you have what you talked about, which is the smoke coming up from the building, actually from a chimney, that consulate in San Francisco. Originally people were saying is this a fire, but the San Francisco Fire Department said no. Apparently it was a smoke alarm. But why the smoke? There was one American lawmaker who said, well, obviously they're burning documents. There's no confirmation of that, but this gives you the feeling of this cold war feeling that's emerging. And then finally the spokesperson for the foreign ministry said, went
on to Facebook and said this is unbelievably embarrassing. It's a circus, and then another round of bullying. And she said, Maria Zakharova said all that smoke was part of shutting down the consulate. So in a way it sounds cold war, but it's getting much more serious in terms of what could happen next.
BLACKWELL: We'll see what the potential retaliation is. Of course this is the third element in this back and forth of expulsion of Russians in the U.S. and employees at American facilities in Russia. Jill Dougherty for us breaking it all down. Jill, thank you so much.
PAUL: Thank you, Jill.
So 3,000 acres have burned now in the Burbank area as this wildfire is threatening hundreds of homes. We'll tell you what we know this hour. Stay close.
[10:56:15] BLACKWELL: So when a combat veteran returns home, sometimes the transition is pretty tough.
PAUL: This week's CNN Hero is a marine who experienced brain injury and PTSD from his service in Iraq.
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ANDREW MANZI, CNN HERO: When I got home I really didn't have any urge to be around any veteran. I pushed myself so far away from it. And then I started surfing and teaching how to surf.
We're going to arch our back. You want to try to be centered on your board.
I started meeting veterans on the water. Out there it's different because we're also focusing on the present and the future.
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PAUL: You can watch Andrew and his fellow vets conquer the waves at CNNHeroes.com. And while you're there, a reminder that this is the last weekend to nominate a 2017 CNN hero.
PAUL: Mandatory evacuations ordered for nearly 200 homes in the Los Angeles area because of this. Some of the newest pictures that we're getting in there. Firefighters working to protect homes from the growing wildfire you see. It's now burned more than 3,000 acres and is burning in the mountains above Burbank. We understand it is moving downward. So firefighters say strong winds are not helping them today.
BLACKWELL: As they return to their homes, Texans are now trying to gauge the level of devastation left by hurricane Harvey. We've already seen the pictures and the video of people carrying pets their through the waters and rows of family spending nights in the cramped evacuation centers. And we're going to see more of these pictures as people try to rebuild their lives after this tragedy.
PAUL: And our thoughts and prayers certainly with all of those folks.