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[15:00:14] ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: We want to welcome our viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm Ana Cabrera in New York, thank you for being with us.
Right now some people furious at their California Police Department are showing it. In Sacramento this hour a crowd is beginning to rally as new details emerged in the police shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark.
I'll take you there live in just a moment, but first I want to bring you the new details. We're learning that on the night of March 18th, Clark was hit by eight police bullets, six of them in his back, and that he may have lived as long as 10 minutes afterwards.
Here is the police helicopter footage from that night.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shots fired. Shots fired.
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CABRERA: Again, this was the night Sacramento police officers say they opened fire on Clark in the backyard of his grandmother's home believing he had a gun. He didn't. He was unarmed.
CNN's Ryan Young joins us from Sacramento where people are making their voices and their outrage heard today.
Ryan, what do the people behind you want their police officials to know?
RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Ana, they've definitely been making their voices heard throughout the community for the last three days. In fact they've had several protests that they feel have been very successful in terms of getting everyone to know they are upset about what happened in the shooting.
But first I have to go back to the police narrative. They believe that the police said that Stephon Clark was actually charging towards officers when those shots were fired. Officers firing 20 shots, of course like you said, eight of them hitting the 22-year-old father of two. Now when we talk to the family attorney yesterday and the pathologist
that they hired, they said he was actually hit once right here on the side, and it turned his body, and in the six shots hit him in the back, and then once in the leg. So you can understand how angry people were in that room when they heard this extra bit of information. We actually heard people in the background saying murder, murder, murder, so you can understand how people in terms of their emotions are starting to rise.
CABRERA: Ryan Young in Sacramento for us, thank you.
Let's head across the country now. Different case, different circumstances but similar emotions stirred. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graphic newly released body cam video of a deadly police shooting there has led to an officer's firing and this all happened in just 90 seconds from when officers arrived to when Alton Sterling was fatally shot.
This shooting happening in 2016, but the video was just released. And officer Blane Salamoni was fired just this week, another officer was suspended for three days without pay.
Kaylee Hartung joins us from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Kaylee, the officers were not charged after both local and federal investigations, but the video that's now been released is so disturbing to watch. Why did it take so long for this video to come out? And what has been the impact of its release?
KAYLEE HARTUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Ana, you are making the point, first there was a federal investigation last May, the Department of Justice announced they didn't have enough evidence to warrant civil rights charges against the officers. Then there was the state's investigation, the state attorney general saying Tuesday that he wouldn't be charging the officers criminally either. And then you have the administrative investigation by the Baton Rouge Police Department which is less about their justification for the killing, more so about their conduct and their behavior through the incident.
Now with the announcement by the Baton Rouge police chief that Blane Salamoni would be fired and that Howie Lake would be suspended for three days also came the release of this new video. Body cams from both officers as well as surveillance video from that convenient store so we now have a more complete understanding of what happened on July 6th, 2016.
I want to warn you again this video is disturbing.
HARTUNG (voice-over): Graphic and disturbing new video.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What did I do? What did I do?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don't (EXPLETIVE DELETED) move or I'll shoot your (EXPLETIVE DELETED). Put your (EXPLETIVE DELETED) hands on the car. HARTUNG: Showing the controversial shooting death of Alton Sterling
in July 2016. The Baton Rouge chief of police announcing Officer Blane Salamoni, who shot Sterling six times during a struggle with him, will be fired over his actions.
CHIEF MURPHY PAUL, BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT: The violation of command of temper has been sustained. Officer Blane Salamoni has been terminated from the Baton Rouge Police Department effective today.
HARTUNG: This week, Salamoni refused to answer any questions during a disciplinary hearing, the chief said, while Howie Lake, the other officer involved, answered them all.
Lake, who the chief said, made mistakes but controlled his temper during the encounter, was given a three-day unpaid suspension.
PAUL: Two different perspectives and one officer did not follow the tactics training, professionalism, and organizational standards.
HARTUNG: The police chief making it clear their administrative investigation was separate from the federal criminal charges both officers were already cleared of.
[15:05:06] The police department released four videos from the night of the shooting, including this surveillance footage from the Triple-S Convenience Store. That's Sterling at the front of the store, sitting at a table where he's selling CDs. Minutes into the tape, he's seen conducting a transaction with an unidentified man. Here he removes what appears to be a gun from his front pocket followed by money from the same pocket.
Within seconds, Sterling is seen jokingly making a shooting motion towards the man. That night police were initially called to the Triple-S Convenience Store responding to a 911 call from a witness who saw a man with a gun.
Watch closely as things escalate quickly. From Salamoni's perspective, you can see a brief struggle, then his gun is trained on Sterling's head.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don't you (EXPLETIVE DELETED) move or I'm going to shoot you in your (EXPLETIVE DELETED) head. You hear me? Don't you (EXPLETIVE DELETED) move.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. All right. Hold up. Hold up. You're hurting my arm.
HARTUNG: Sterling then was pinned to the ground and tased twice.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get on the ground. Get on the ground.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pop him again, Howie.
HARTUNG: Before being fatally shot.
Previously released cell phone videos recorded by bystanders show at this point in the encounter Salamoni believed Sterling was armed. A gun was recovered from Sterling's body. But the federal and state investigations determined that the officers' actions were reasonable and couldn't prove that Sterling wasn't reaching for a gun.
HARTUNG: A source within the Baton Rouge Police Department tells me they wanted their administration investigation to be methodical and meticulous, and that they felt there was some value in putting time and space between that controversial shooting and determining the officer's fate.
Blane Salamoni's attorney tells me, Ana, he will be appealing that decision.
CABRERA: All right. Kaylee Hartung, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, thank you.
Another story developing this afternoon, reports that another member of Trump's Cabinet could be on his way out. A source tells CNN EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's goose is cooked. That is a quote. Pruitt has been a focus of several scandals recently, questioning how much money he spent on travel and security, and now he's under scrutiny for renting a D.C. apartment owned by a husband and wife who were energy lobbyists.
They got a pretty sweet deal on that apartment. Only 50 bucks a night, significantly lower than the market rate according to Bloomberg.
Let's talk it over with CNN political analyst Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for the "Washington Post," and Chris Whipple, the author of the "Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency."
Josh, President Trump has fired three top aides in the past four weeks. Is Pruitt the next one on the chopping block?
JOSH DAWSEY, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, it's hard to know at this point. People in the White House have not given me any indications that it's imminent, he's departure. Pruitt has certainly had a cascade of negative headlines in recent days, his relationship with lobbyists, apparently his door was beaten down when he was found unconscious under murky situation, or maybe he wasn't unconscious, reports are still kind of conflicted there. And the president certainly does not like Cabinet officials who have bad headlines or scrutiny.
That said, Pruitt is very popular among conservatives for his deregulatory actions. A lot of people on the right who's the president is close to and listens to see Pruitt and what he's done at the EPA, rolling back the regulations, kind of and changing the game, as one of their favorite Cabinet members, so it's really hard to know at this point. I think it's very fluid.
CABRERA: The White House reportedly first learning of this new housing controversy with Pruitt from media reports, not from Pruitt himself, Josh. Was that a significant mistake on Pruitt's part not to be transparent about it?
DAWSEY: Well, it's hard to know at this point. I mean, a lot of the -- a lot of the Cabinet secretaries in the Trump administration, when the media reports start trickling out, at first there is a tendency to stand by them and then as they, you know, escalate as we saw with David Shulkin, we saw frustrations with Ben Carson, as they escalate, you see the frustrations from the president grow.
I know with David Shulkin, for example, the ousted Veteran Affairs head, a lot of the White House officials were infuriated that he -- they did not feel he was honest about an inspector general report that was damning. So in a lot of ways, I think telling the chief of staff, telling other senior people in the White House what's happening and not letting them see it on TV is probably beneficial.
CABRERA: So, Chris, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly scolded Pruitt among other Cabinet officials for some of these embarrassing stories that have come out, questionable ethical behavior by multiple Cabinet members, and this was before this latest development with the housing controversy.
What does Pruitt's current scandal say about Kelly's ability to influence or demand good behavior among other members of the administration?
CHRIS WHIPPLE, AUTHOR, "THE GATEKEEPERS: HOW THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEFS OF STAFF DEFINE EVERY PRESIDENCY": Well, it's troubling, and he was right to scold him if he did. You know, it's a constant drip, drip, drip, and the level of the swamp just keeps rising and that has to take a political toll at some point.
[15:10:02] You know, I'm not a lawyer so I can't tell you whether his housing -- Pruitt's housing arrangement was legal or not, but I go to Washington all the time and let me tell you 50 bucks for a room is a sweetheart deal. I've never found a deal like that. The other thing is, all of these first-class travel that is -- in some of the --
CABRERA: In the name of security, by the way.
WHIPPLE: And one of the explanations was that he had to fly first class because of a, quote-unquote, "toxic political environment." Well, what does that mean? Does that mean everyone hates me so I have the fly first class? I mean, it begins to get ludicrous at the end of the day. And so I think Kelly needs to deal with it.
CABRERA: Let me ask you about this "Washington Post" reporting, Josh, reporting today of the White House office that recruits and vets thousands of political appointees is suffering from inexperience and staff shortages and yet the president has made this boast.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I read where, oh, gee, maybe people don't want to work for Trump, and believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House. So many people want to come and I have the choice of anybody. I could take any position in the White House, and I'll have the choice of the 10 top people having to do with that position. Everybody wants to be there. The White House has tremendous energy, it has tremendous spirit. It is a great place to be working. It's just a great place to work. The White House has a tremendous energy and we have tremendous talent.
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CABRERA: Josh, do you agree with the president's assessment?
DAWSEY: Well, our reporting today indicated that the Office of Presidential Personnel which is essential to staffing the entire government, the vast array of agencies, has really struggled from day one. There's been significant infighting inside. Two of its top officials, you know, have previous criminal record, lots of happy hours during work, pranks in the office, and not a lot of focus and certainty in that office to get things done, according to our reporting.
And that folks in the White House point out as well that, you know, there are a lot of Democrats on Capitol Hill that have really stalled the president's nominees and have tried to make it harder for him to put people in place, but by all accounts the personnel office from day one has really struggled. And that's why you see a lot of key agencies have 10, 15, even more openings, and some of them are top official, you know, 16 months in, 15 months in now.
So it's certainly an aberration from the previous presidencies to have these many open jobs in an administration this far along.
CABRERA: You know, we also learned this week that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been excluded of some phone calls with foreign leaders, certain policy decisions, and in executing some of the recent personnel shake-ups.
So, Chris, what's your read on this?
WHIPPLE: Well, you know, one of the trial balloons that's been floated is the notion that Donald Trump might get rid of Kelly and not replace him, and in my mind that would be completely insane. You know, I've been really critical of John Kelly and Reince Priebus, but the only thing worse than a White House with a flawed chief of staff is a White House with no chief of staff.
CABRERA: Which has been done before, right, under President Jimmy Carter.
WHIPPLE: It's been done and every president who's tried it has learned the hard way, that you can't run the White House without an empowered White House chief of staff. Jimmy Carter tried it, in two and a half years in, he realized his mistake and he appointed a White House chief of staff. Jerry Ford tried it, it lasted one month. It was a disaster. You just can't run the White House the way you run the 26th floor of Trump Tower. CABRERA: All right. Guys, thank you very much for the insight, the
expertise and our analysis, Josh Dawsey and Chris Whipple. We appreciate it.
Coming up, the biggest TV show in America is a reboot from 20 years ago, "Roseanne," and now in 2018, she is a Trump supporter. What does the show's newfound success say about our political divide.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Look, she promised she would get along and knowing the both of you I am guessing you're the one keeping this feud alive.
LAURIE METCALF, COMEDIAN: What's up, deplorable?
ROSEANNE BARR, COMEDIAN: I don't have time for this.
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[15:18:03] CABRERA: If there is one thing we know that impresses the president, it's TV ratings. So when the reboot of "Roseanne" imagine the lead character as a Trump supporter, and the premiere episode smashed expectations, actress Roseanne Barr found the show had a new fan. The most important man in the world.
Here's Tom Foreman.
METCALF: What's up, deplorable?
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voiceover): For conservative America the return of "Roseanne" is a triumphant charge in the culture wars. The debut pulling over 18 million viewers to the Trump loving lead character.
BARR: Thank you for making America great again.
METCALF: How could you have voted for him, Roseanne?
BARR: He talked about jobs, Jackie. He said he'd shake things up. I mean, this might comes as a complete shock to you but we almost lost our house the way things are going.
METCALF: Have you looked at the news because now things are worse.
BARR: Not on the real news.
METCALF: Oh, please.
FOREMAN: The president always watching the numbers.
TRUMP: Look at Roseanne, I called her yesterday. Look at her ratings. Look at her ratings and it was about us.
BARR: It was just a friendly conversation about working and you know television and ratings.
FOREMAN: But real politics are at work. Republicans have long raged against what they see as a Hollywood bias against conservatives and Christians.
BARR: First, let's say grace. Jackie, would you like to take a knee?
FOREMAN: And the new "Roseanne" has already spurred some fans to demand the revival of "Last Man Standing" with Tim Allen.
TIM ALLEN, ACTOR: Trump is like family to me, believe me.
FOREMAN: ABC said politics played no role in canceling that popular comedy, but Allen suggested Hollywood was intolerant of his real-life Republican views.
ALLEN: You've got to be real careful around here, so you don't get beat up. If you don't believe what everybody believes, this is like '30s Germany.
FOREMAN: Roseanne is also a real Trump supporter and has hammered Democrats, including Hillary Clinton.
JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE": I think you accused her of being a murderer on Twitter, didn't you?
[15:20:02] BARR: I did not.
BARR: What? Yes.
KIMMEL: And then you know I'm going to find that tweet in less than 40 seconds, right?
BARR: I deleted it. (EXPLETIVE DELETED).
FOREMAN: And while others may have their say on her show --
BARR: So what's up with the girl's pose?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This just feels like me. I like colors that pop, it's more creative.
FOREMAN: The star on the right gets the last word.
METCALF: I should have tried to understand why you voted the crazy way that you did.
BARR: And I should have understood that, you know, you want the government to give everybody free healthcare because you're a good hearted person who can't do simple math.
FOREMAN: Tom Foreman, CNN, Washington.
CABRERA: Joining us now is CNN political commentator and senior columnist for the "Daily Beast," Matt Lewis.
So, Matt, obviously that was entertaining to just see the few clips, the show drew in a bunch of viewers, already been renewed a second season. When you are look at the markets where this show rated the highest after that first season or the first episode of this season, Tulsa, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, is it possible that "Roseanne" could become a rallying point for Republicans just as John Stewart's "Daily Show" was for Democrats?
MATT LEWIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Possibly, by the way, let me just say I'm glad you and I both also like colors that pop very clearly in the way we dressed.
CABRERA: We are Easter egging, right?
LEWIS: That's right. I hope that doesn't happen. Yes, it totally could happen. That's really like two Americas. Right? One America -- I think it's pretty obvious that middle America is underserved in terms of entertainment. TV shows are made in Hollywood and New York, and so the people who are making shows often don't have the sensibilities of middle America, but I hope that doesn't happen.
I hope that what happens instead is what's happening on the show where you have people who disagree. Aunt Jackie and Roseanne, who still love each other and they're still friends, but they disagree, you know, starkly about politics.
CABRERA: Let's take a look at the numbers here. The "Roseanne" premier got more than 18 million, the Stormy Daniels interview on "60 Minutes" meantime got 22 million viewers, both huge numbers here. What does it say to you, Matt, that the most watched TV moments this past week are still related to Trump?
LEWIS: There's no doubt that Donald Trump drives the conversation nowadays. You just can't get away from that. He likes it. He likes to dominate the headlines. He likes to dominate the news. If we started talking about something else, he would tweet something and try to reclaim our attention, but he is a fascinating figure, and I think that people are really interested in it.
I would say with this new "Roseanne" show, that I found it a bit cathartic. You know, when I watch cable news as someone who talks a lot about Donald Trump, that tends to stress me out. I found this show, even though Trump was certainly a big part of the show, I -- it was more relaxing to me and comforting to see people who disagreed but love each other. We don't always see that on cable news.
CABRERA: Yes, you are laughing instead of pulling your hair out which I know is sometimes the reaction that our guests have amongst themselves during the discussions that our viewers at home, too, and I -- when I asked my husband what did you think.
Well, I also want to ask you about Trump's new nominee for VA secretary, another timely topic this week. The personal physician, Ronny Jackson, the White House physician. He had that press conference, we all recall, that helped him get the nomination. Let's refresh.
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DR. RONNY JACKSON, NOMINEE FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY: There is no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues. The president, you know, he's very sharp, he's very articulate, a lot of energy and a lot of stamina. I looked at his vision, I mean, he's -- you know, he is 71 years old and he can drive if he wants to without glasses. I mean, he washes his hands frequently. He uses, you know, Purell. The president's health is excellent. His overall health is excellent. He has incredible genes, I just assumed. I think he'll remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term and even for the remainder of another term if he's elected.
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CABRERA: And he has been the White House doctor for multiple administrations now, Matt. Nobody is questioning his ability to be a medical doctor, but the bottom line is he doesn't have any experience on his record that he is able and has already run a major organization. This is the second biggest governmental enterprise. Further proof that heaping praise on the president particularly on TV takes you far?
LEWIS: Sure doesn't hurt, and by the way, Mr. President, great job. No. Yes, I think very clear that the way to Donald Trump's heart is by sucking up to him and it worked. And look, you can be a great doctor, doesn't mean you can run a large bureaucracy.
This is a pattern with Donald Trump, though. We saw he wanted to make his -- he floated the idea of making his personal pilot head of the FAA. He was actually on the short list.
[15:25:10] Right now Dan Scavino who started off as Donald Trump's caddie, golf caddie, is rumored to be the next communications director, and here we have this latest example of his personal White House physician now going to head the VA, a huge bureaucracy. This isn't necessarily the best and the brightest. This is not necessarily a meritocracy, these are people that Donald Trump likes, he's comfortable with, and they've demonstrated loyalty.
I don't know if that's the best way to staff an administration, though, if you're looking for competence and experience.
CABRERA: Matt Lewis, thanks as always for the conversation. Good to see you and Happy Easter.
LEWIS: Thank you.
CABRERA: Stormy Daniels' lawyer says no amount of money will make her go away. Coming up, famed attorney Gloria Allred joins us live with her take on the case and whether the porn star's public battle with the president is having any impact on other Trump accusers. Next.
[15:30:30] ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, insists there is no amount of money President Trump or his legal team can pay Daniels to make her go away.
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ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN ANCHOR: If President Trump, today, called you and said, you have been a thorn in my side. This is annoying to me. I have bigger business that I'd like to move on to. How much do you want? I'll write you a check.
MICHAEL AVENATTI, ATTORNEY FOR STORMY DANIELS: I don't think there's a number. I really don't. I mean, that's not what this is about.
CAMEROTA: There is no -- I just want to be clear. There is no number that you and your client, Stormy Daniels, would take from Michael Cohen or the President to make this go away? There is no amount of money?
AVENATTI: A number that would allow him to continue to hide the truth, is that the question?
CAMEROTA: Yes, for you to go away.
AVENATTI: No number.
CAMEROTA: No amount of money?
AVENATTI: No amount of money.
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CABRERA: Stormy Daniels is suing the President, trying to get a hush agreement thrown out so that she can discuss the details of an alleged affair with him without threat of retaliation.
My next guest represents Jessica Drake, one of the women also listed in that nondisclosure agreement as having information about the President's relationship with Daniels.
Now, like Daniels, Drake is also an adult film actress. And while Daniels says everything was consensual, in her case, Drake has accused Trump of unwanted advances.
Attorney Gloria Allred is joining us now.
So, Gloria, this week, a judge denied a motion from Daniels seeking to depose the President and his long-time attorney, Michael Cohen, under earth -- under oath, I should say.
Her lawyer maintains -- and he is still very vocal about this while the President has stayed very quiet.
Has this ruling changed your strategy at all regarding either Jessica Drake's case or the other Trump accusers you're representing?
GLORIA ALLRED, ATTORNEY FOR JESSICA DRAKE: Just to be clear, I do represent Jessica Drake. But also, Jessica Drake does not have any settlement agreement with President Trump or prior to his becoming president. And (INAUDIBLE) --
CABRERA: Gloria, we're going the come back to you. I thought it may have just been me but, apparently, we have some issues with your mic. We're going to fix that.
We'll take a quick break and bring Gloria back on the other side.
[15:37:11] CABRERA: Before the break, we were discussing the latest in the Stormy Daniels' case, the impact a new ruling could have on other cases regarding the President's accusers.
And I want to bring back Attorney Gloria Allred who represents Jessica Drake, one of the accusers of the President, as well as other women as well.
So, Gloria, we mentioned this ruling this week, a judge denying Stormy Daniels request to depose the President and his attorney, Michael Cohen, under oath.
Has that impacted your strategy in your cases going forward?
ALLRED: Well, I represent Jessica Drake, and Jessica Drake does not have a case going forward but neither does she have a nondisclosure agreement because she's never made any kind of settlement with President Trump in reference to her allegations against him that she made prior to the election.
CABRERA: So let me just bring up those allegations. She has accused Trump of grabbing her, kissing her, offering her $10,000 for sex. This is a decade ago.
You said she doesn't have a case going forward, so she has just put all of that to rest?
ALLRED: Well, I wouldn't say that she's put it all to rest, but I will say that she has not filed a lawsuit nor has she entered into a settlement with him. It may be that, soon, she will decide to tell all of the details about what she encountered.
She is a person who is listed in Stormy Daniels' settlement agreement with the shell corporation and with, it appears, President Trump. She lists Jessica as a person to whom she provided confidential information, in other words, about what she alleges was her relationship with President Trump.
But since she is not a party to Stormy's agreement, in fact didn't even know until recently that her name was listed there, she is free to talk about what she knows.
CABRERA: OK. Let me ask you about another case. You're no longer representing former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos who has accused the President of unwanted kissing and groping.
Zervos released a statement yesterday saying, quote, I decided to part ways with Gloria Allred purely for personal reasons having nothing to do with her work as my attorney. I look forward to having my day in court with my current team.
So, Gloria, what is the real story behind that?
ALLRED: Well, all I can say is that I wish Summer the very best in her pursuit of justice. I cannot state the reasons for our withdrawal.
[15:40:04] But I think what is really important, and has not been discussed publicly, is this very important decision and victory that we won in the case of Summer Zervos versus Donald Trump in the Supreme Court in New York, in Manhattan Supreme Court, wherein Judge Jennifer Schecter wrote a very, very important and well-reasoned and thoughtful decision denying President Trump's motion to dismiss this case.
And also, she also denied President Trump's request to stay the case, to put it in abeyance, until he completes his term as President of the United States.
This is a defamation case. And Judge Schecter cited the case of Paula Jones versus President Clinton, wherein the United States Supreme Court argued that and opined, designed, that no man is above the law, including the President of the United States for unofficial acts.
Certainly, a defamation case is an unofficial act. That's what Summer Zervos is pursuing. And the court allowed her to proceed with her defamation case, which is very important.
As far as we know, this is the first case, perhaps the only case, involving a lawsuit against President Trump for defamation filed in state court. And the court has allowed this to proceed --
CABRERA: Right. Just a --
ALLRED: -- and is not going to stay this case from proceeding.
CABRERA: Oh, just a quick follow on that, Gloria. Do you think, because of that ruling, it is going to empower, potentially, other women to take the same path as Summer Zervos, other accusers of the President? We know there are more than a dozen now.
ALLRED: Yes. I do also represent other accusers of President Trump, but at this point, we have no lawsuit pending or filed. And at this point, we don't have any plans to file lawsuit for the individuals that we represent because that is not what they intend to do. At least at this point.
CABRERA: OK. Gloria, stick around because there is another big case I want to ask you about here in just a moment.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial. The judge has hinted he may ban Cosby's prior testimony specifically about giving women Quaaludes before sex and that could hurt the prosecution's plan to portray the 80-year-old comedian as a serial predator.
But in addition to star witness Andrea Constand, the judge will allow testimonies from five additional Cosby accusers. Constand accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her in 2004. She is just one of more than 50 women who have lodged complaints against Cosby.
And tonight, CNN's Jean Casarez has an in-depth look at this case against the man once known as America's dad and the accuser at the center of this trial. Here is a preview.
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JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Diana Parsons is Andrea's older sister, knows her better than anyone else. And she spoke exclusively with CNN about her sister, who she describes as private and centered.
DIANA PARSONS, ANDREA CONSTAND'S SISTER: She is very spiritual and she's calm. She's humble. She's honest.
CASAREZ (voice-over): And she is also a lifelong athlete.
PARSONS: She played soccer and she played basketball.
CASAREZ (voice-over): She chose to focus on basketball as she grew taller.
PARSONS: Andrea is six feet.
CASAREZ (on camera): Six feet.
PARSONS: Yes. Her basketball skills are unbelievable. I think she was in Grade 12, and different universities started coming forward, offering Andrea scholarships.
CASAREZ (voice-over): Andrea Constand played four years of division one ball at the University of Arizona. It was followed by two years of pro ball in Europe. Her goal, to play for the WNBA, but it didn't happen.
CASAREZ (on camera): How traumatic was that for her?
PARSONS: I think it was something, yes, she really did want. But that path did not work out for her, and she moved along to the next path.
CASAREZ (voice-over): In 2001, she decided it was time to make a career off the courts, so she accepted an administration job with the women's basketball team at Philadelphia's Temple University. A path that led her to the very center of Bill Cosby's world. (END VIDEO CLIP)
CABRERA: Jean Casarez is joining us now.
So, Jean, let's dive in. What can we expect from Andrea Constand's testimony?
CASAREZ: Well, she's the star witness for the prosecution. And I can tell you from watching in the courtroom the trial last time, she is quiet. She has a presence. She has a strength. She has a confidence.
[15:44:58] She just answered the questions, never got, you know, overly emotional or aggravated at all. And she is just sort of a calm person. And that is what her sister portrayed her as.
And I wanted to know a little bit more about Andrea Constand, so we went to Toronto. And Diana, her sister, decided she would speak out about the person she sees in her sister.
CABRERA: As mentioned, this is going to be a retrial. The jury was deadlocked the first time around.
In that first trial though, the jury did hear previous testimony that Cosby gave Quaaludes to women before sex. This time around, the judge is hinting he may not allow that. What could be the antithesis (ph)?
CASAREZ: Well, this is interesting. It was an argument late in the day yesterday. Becky James on the defense actually argued very eloquently that you already have five prior bad act witnesses, other women coming in to testify that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them too.
And although the prosecution is trying to say this is an admission by Bill Cosby about Quaaludes, that he used to give Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with -- that's from the deposition in 2006 -- Becky James argued that that's another prior bad act.
And so, therefore, you've got overly prejudicial evidence here, and the probative is not outweighed by the prejudicial impact.
CABRERA: We'll see where it goes. Thank you, Jean Casarez, and we look forward to your special tonight. It's going to be at 8:00 p.m. Eastern here on CNN.
I want to bring back Attorney Gloria Allred now, who is representing 33 of Bill Cosby's accusers.
So, Gloria, the jury for this retrial is interesting. It's going to come from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. That's where Bill Cosby is the hometown boy who achieved amazing success. Do you that will help him?
ALLRED: Well, it's difficult to say. In the first trial, which I attended, it appeared that the defense did not want that, did not want jurors from Montgomery County. And in fact, they moved to have jurors from the Pittsburgh area instead.
Now, there is a new defense team. And now apparently, they're just fine with jurors from Montgomery County where they didn't want jurors previously.
I might add, as to the five prior bad act witnesses that the prosecution wanted to call that the court has now permitted them to call, I do represent a majority of those potential prior bad act witnesses.
And I said, at the end of the first trial, that I thought it was really important and that I hoped that the prosecution would renew its motion to allow other accusers, other prior bad act witnesses, to testify in the second trial.
ALLRED: Because in the first trial, the court only allowed one. I represented that one. She -- I thought she was an excellent prior bad act witness. Having said that, the jury did deadlock, and there was no decision for either acquittal or conviction.
CABRERA: Right. Can I ask you a follow on the bad act witnesses because we've heard Janice Dickinson is among the five? Who are the other women that you represent who've been called to testify as the others?
ALLRED: Well, at this time, I do not feel that it's appropriate for me to name the witnesses who may be called by the prosecution to testify and whom I represent. I have no doubt the defense is well aware of the names and, in addition, that I represent them. But I don't feel that --
CABRERA: Are they names the public would recognize?
ALLRED: Well, I don't know whether the public would recognize them or not.
ALLRED: They're not celebrities. They are, you know, allegedly, victims of Mr. Cosby and accusers of Mr. Cosby. And I believe that they are very brave in their willingness to testify.
CABRERA: I hope we can stay in touch as this trial moves forward.
ALLRED: We will.
CABRERA: Thank you, Gloria Allred. Good to have you with us.
ALLRED: Thank you.
CABRERA: And tune in tonight, again, for the "CNN SPECIAL REPORT, THE CASE AGAINST COSBY" at 8:00 p.m. Eastern only on CNN.
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CABRERA: More than 40 percent of kids and teens sent to juvenile detention in Texas once will be back within a year. So a Dallas chef opened a cafe with a built-in training program to make sure these kids, these teenagers, get the opportunity to serve meals instead of more time.
CNN Hero Chad Houser describes his "Aha!" moment.
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Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is recovering today after open-heart surgery. The 70-year-old action star had to replace a heart valve that was originally replaced back in 1997 due to a congenital heart defect.
A spokesman for Schwarzenegger said in a tweet the actor is in good spirits, and his first words after surgery were, "I'm back!"
[15:54:57] Coming up, unarmed and shot eight times, mostly in the back. The results of a private autopsy on Stephon Clark sparking outrage in Sacramento. A rally underway at this very hour.
CABRERA: We made it to the weekend, and you are live in the CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Ana Cabrera in New York. So good to have you with us.
Right, some people furious at their California Police Department are showing it. A crowd is rallying again in downtown Sacramento right now, protesting as new details emerge in the police shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark.
I'll take you there live in just a moment, but first those new details.
[16:00:00] We're learning that on the night of March 18th, Clark was hit by at least eight police bullets, six of them in his back, and that he may have lived as long as 10 minutes afterward. Here is the police helicopter footage from that night.