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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): One senator had a change of heart. Now Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is uncertain. We'll tell you more about what happened and what happens next.

GEORGE HOWELL, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): This is the sea in Indonesia. Hundreds of people lost their lives after a deadly tsunami. That number of dead likely to rise.

ALLEN: Chilling video there.

And later, a security breach impacting 50 million users. Facebook confesses it was hacked again.

HOWELL: Live from CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta. We want to welcome our viewers here and all around the world. I'm George Howell.

ALLEN: I'm Natalie Allen. CNN NEWSROOM starts right now.


HOWELL: At 5:00 am on the U.S. East Coast we start with the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the vote that could have happened but now is instead delayed, all because of a senator's change of heart.

ALLEN: President Trump ordered a new FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, delaying a final Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

HOWELL: Republican senator Jeff Flake demanded the probe. He threatened to withhold his support for Kavanaugh. Democrats and other Republicans considered to be swing votes support the move. CNN's Phil Mattingly has the latest now from Washington.


PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Tonight Republican senator Jeff Flake pivoting...

SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R), ARIZONA: I will only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already. It may not take them a week. I understand that some of these witnesses may not want to discuss anything further.

But I think where we are -- we owe them due diligence.

MATTINGLY (voice-over): -- telling colleagues he will only support Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation on the Senate floor if the floor votes are delayed and a one-week FBI probe into assault allegations is commenced.

FLAKE: The Democrats who have been, I think justifiably, uncomfortable moving ahead could publicly, in an effort to bring this country together, say that we would feel better. I'm not expecting them to vote yes but not to complain that an FBI investigation has not occurred.

MATTINGLY: That pronouncement coming after more than an hour of dramatic and secret closed-door talks between Flake and the panel's Democrats starting right, as Flake departed the hearing in order to meet with Delaware Democrat Chris Coons, who later praised Flake's move.

SEN. CHRIS COONS (D), DELAWARE: It is my hope that we could work together on a bipartisan basis to diligently pursue an FBI investigation within the next week, not for the purpose of delay but for the purpose of investigating further either allegations made by Dr. Ford or others, with a goal towards demonstrating a bipartisan commitment to diligently investigating these allegations.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you, Senator Flake.

MATTINGLY: Moments later, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley called for a vote.


MATTINGLY: The whole affair a stunning turn, given Flake just a few hours prior announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, with the first floor vote scheduled to take place Saturday.

But in between that statement, those secret conversations and the committee vote, this:

ANA MARIA ARCHILA, PROTESTER: Look at me when I'm talking to you. You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter and that you're going to let people who do these things into power.

That's what you're telling me when you vote for him. Don't look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me.

MATTINGLY: Flake, cornered in an elevator by woman who said she was a sexual assault survivor, something that made him visibly shaken when he entered the hearing room and throughout the meeting.

FLAKE: This country is being ripped apart here. And we have got to make sure that we do due diligence.


ALLEN: In a statement Friday, Kavanaugh said he would continue to cooperate with the FBI.

HOWELL: And an attorney who represents Christine Blasey Ford welcomed the new investigation but said there should be no artificial time limits. For more than a week, President Trump repeatedly dismissed the need for an FBI probe.

ALLEN: Now he said he's willing to do whatever Republican senators deem necessary to move forward on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. For more, here's CNN's chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta.


JIM ACOSTA, CNN SR. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: President Trump is ordering a supplemental investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh's background as a result to the compromise that was hatched by Senator Jeff Flake over at the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in the day.

The president telling reporters that he was open to whatever Senate Republican leaders on that committee decided and that means that this investigation will go forward and a vote will be delayed on Judge Kavanaugh's fate. Here's what the president had to say.

TRUMP: Well, I'm going to let the Senate handle that.


TRUMP: They'll make their decisions and they've been doing a good job and very professional. I'm just hearing a little bit about it. I'm sure it will all be very good.

Whatever they think is necessary is OK.

ACOSTA: The president went on to say that he found Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser's testimony to be both compelling and credible. That is a big turn of events after he had been raising doubts about her allegations days earlier.

The president going on to say that he wasn't really considering any replacements for Judge Brett Kavanaugh but of course that could change -- Jim Acosta, CNN, the White House.


ALLEN: Well, Republicans Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are among the few senators considered swing votes who may not vote for Kavanaugh to be on the top court. As a result, protesters from their home states are turning up the heat and they're turning up in numbers, demanding the women, the senators vote no on Kavanaugh. HOWELL: What you're seeing in Anchorage, Alaska, people came together to tell Murkowski they believe Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault story. They don't want Kavanaugh to hold that office.

The same message being conveyed by demonstrators in Collins' home state in Portland, Maine, just outside her office.

ALLEN: You can see what the Kavanaugh nomination has turned into. Let's talk more about with Natasha Lindstaedt. She's a professor of government at the University of Essex. She joins us via Skype from Cardiff, England.

Natasha, thank you. Bottom line, it came to this: two female sexual assault survivors confronting one senator in an elevator and that changed the course of this Supreme Court nomination and there will be an FBI investigation.

What are your thoughts on how this played out Friday?

NATASHA LINDSTAEDT, UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX: It was just incredibly shocking what happened and so dramatic because, earlier in the day, Senator Jeff Flake had said he was going to vote with the Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh.

But what happened in the elevator was incredibly compelling, raw, powerful, particularly when you were hearing the second woman speak, who had been a victim of sexual assault, asking him to look at her and to say please tell me, if someone decided to come forward and they're a victim of sexual assault, that no one's ever going to listen to them.

You would have to be made of stone to not have been moved by that. He told a reporter later that that was not the main factor in his decision-making and it was really about talking to the other Democratic senators and realizing that they needed to take some time to take a step back and actually have an FBI investigation, because it would be the right thing for the country

ALLEN: And you've got to wonder where the other senators were on this. The country was riveted to the testimony. People were on the streets, on both sides, of course, protesting. Yet the Senate just sailed Kavanaugh right through to the nomination (sic) from the full Senate.

So one has got to wonder how this came down to that and whether the senators were listening to their constituents. Why it took this situation in an elevator. It's really bizarre.

LINDSTAEDT: It is bizarre but I think for the Republican senators and their constituents, they were actually moved by Kavanaugh's testimony. It was a very polarizing testimony but they felt that he came across as sympathetic, emotional, defiant and they liked that and they have been incredibly determined to get his confirmation through as quickly as possible.

ALLEN: A lot of people were questioning his testimony now. He cried, he was livid. He really put down the process. He was hostile. He wouldn't answer some senators' questions, even a Republican senator.

And some are questioning his honesty in his testimony, his lack of restraint, perhaps dignity about, does a Supreme Court nominee act like this?

So the question is where this investigation goes now. It's not just the sexual assault allegation and the investigation but it is perhaps his honesty on the line.

LINDSTAEDT: There were a lot of problems with his testimony. One was his temperament that you've already mentioned. He didn't really appear to be very judicial, let alone like a Supreme Court nominee because he just couldn't regulate his emotions.

Another factor was the fact that he might have been lying about how much he actually drinks, that he engages in excessive drinking and it's really critical to know whether or not he was drinking to point that he was blacking out, whether he would be experiencing amnesia or difficulty remembering what happened while still remaining conscious.

And then the other factor of his testimony was he appeared to be --


LINDSTAEDT: -- a partisan -- incredibly partisan and like a political operative for the Republican Party.

So there are a lot of questions about whether or not he's fit to take the Supreme Court seat. But hopefully the investigation will uncover a lot more information by actually being able to question key people, including Mark Judge, the one person that was actually in the room at the time.

ALLEN: And it looks like that investigation is already underway. So it will be interesting to see what happens next as we hear about it. Thank you so much for your insights and your analysis, Natasha Lindstaedt for us, thanks.

HOWELL: Hundreds of people have been killed. Many more are missing after a powerful earthquake leads to a deadly tsunami in Indonesia. And now rescue workers are having a difficult time reaching people in need of help.

ALLEN: Plus you are looking at pictures that purport to show the aftermath of rocket strikes near the U.S. consulate in Basra. We'll take you live on the evacuation of U.S. personnel out of that southern Iraqi city.




ALLEN: More than 380 people were killed in Indonesia and you're looking at the aftermath here after a devastating earthquake and then a tsunami swept Sulawesi island.

HOWELL: That's what left from all of this. Indonesian's disaster management says the death toll will rise in the coming days and as they get more information from neighboring regions, they'll have a better understanding of all the damage.

Right now, rescue workers are trying to find survivors in all that wreckage. Indonesian military units are helping with the search and rescue. Hospital workers are also asking for help. Power and communication lines have been knocked out so far.

ALLEN: Indonesia's disaster management says thousands of homes have been destroyed. The pictures coming from the devastated area give us a look at how desperate the situation is.


HOWELL (voice-over): Scenes of chaos as a nearly 10-foot tsunami sweeps over the beach and into buildings on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. The result of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rattling northwestern Indonesia on Friday.

You can hear the sound of people screaming, running to the streets, coming to grips with the damage and loss. The surveillance camera shaking as the earthquake strikes a local shop. Hundreds killed and hundreds more injured, the numbers expected --


HOWELL (voice-over): -- to climb. The power is out and phones down all over the region, including at the main hospital in Palu. The director of that hospital desperate for any help possible, calling for tents, supplies and even nurses.

Several aftershocks followed the big earthquake, damaging and destroying thousands of homes in the area. Indonesia's president tweeting that he's monitoring the situation, quote, "May our brothers and sisters remain calm and be safe. Help is on the way."

The Indonesian military is sending in emergency supplies, medical and search and rescue teams. A tragedy the country is all too familiar with. Just a month ago another earthquake struck Lombok, taking the lives of 430 people.


ALLEN: We're going to talk more about it now with Jan Gelfand, joining us on the line from Jakarta, Indonesia. He's the head of the International Federation of the Red Cross in Indonesia.

As we see these pictures, this story is slowly unfolding but it's looking worse and worse.

What can you tell us?

JAN GELFAND, INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS: Well, yes, it is. And unfortunately it's kind of the nature of these kinds of events. You had major large earthquakes; it was only 10 kilometers deep and only 27 kilometers off of the coast.

So that coupled with a massive tsunami, it's just a recipe for disaster. We don't even know; all we're seeing right now is because communication is cut and the transportation infrastructure is so destroyed that it's hard to get into the area.

So we don't even know what's behind all those images that we see in the major urban areas. But the earthquake has affected a large part of that central part of the island and so we're waiting for perhaps a little bit worse news.

But we have people who are already from the Indonesian Red Cross in action, moving, bringing in water, bringing in medical, supplement what others are doing to address some of the needs as quick as we can because that's (INAUDIBLE). It's just a bit frustrating because it's so hard to get to and get in there.

ALLEN: I can absolutely understand that.

What are the most pressing needs right now?

We just heard in our report there that hospitals are asking for immediate assistance.

GELFAND: Yes, I mean there's a wide range of needs that are there. There's still the need for search and rescue. There's medical needs, people are (INAUDIBLE) food, water systems have been affected. You can imagine (INAUDIBLE) those terrible images, the trauma that people feel and there's some ongoing tremors that are following this.

And so people are in the streets. They're scared to go into homes. So there are all those kinds of things around medical, water, sanitation and shelter needs are paramount right now.

ALLEN: And how large is this area?

How far do you know that this -- did this tsunami penetrate this region?

How many people potentially could be affected?

GELFAND: Well, according to some of the mapping that we used to help us gauge that a little bit, the area is large enough. It's very large. But (INAUDIBLE) there could be upwards of 200,000 people that could be affected.

That doesn't mean that all those people are affected. But that's the kind of catchment area that people could have been affected. And what's worrisome is that a lot of those people are in very remote areas. So we have teams from Indonesian across there, trying to get back to do those assessments into those communities because they're hard to reach. They're not communication, transportation's hard. So we not suggested, it's not just the people that are in the large urban areas. ALLEN: Right and, Jan, what about getting in there?

Are rescue teams, are -- is the Red Cross able to get into the airport, to land there?

GELFAND: No. The effort in Palu has been the tower is not working so the closest that we can get is about 10 to 12 hours by road, which we already have people en route. But you never know what kinds of infrastructure down (INAUDIBLE) roads might have happened.

So there's lot of unknowns right now. It's quite normal to just happen in the first few days of an event like this and then in the next 2-3 days things will become clearer. And with the help of all of the humanitarians, we'll be able to hopefully get (INAUDIBLE) quick and efficient manner so we can (INAUDIBLE).

ALLEN: We appreciate you talking with us. We'll talk with you again, we hope. Jan Gelfand with the Red Cross there in Jakarta, thank you.

HOWELL: The United States is pulling staff from its consulate in Southern Iraq, in the city of Basra.

ALLEN: The State Department says the consulate along with the U.S. embassy in Baghdad came under indirect fire from Iran-linked militias.

HOWELL: Iraqi news agency posted the images that you see here. It says they show the aftermath of rocket strikes near Basra International Airport, though CNN cannot confirm the authenticity.


HOWELL: The U.S. consulate is near the airport.

CNN's senior international correspondent following the story live this hour from Beirut, Lebanon.

Good to have you with us, Ben. Let's talk about how serious, how credible this U.S. claim that Iran is linked to these attacks.

Your thoughts?

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SR. INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's not altogether clear. If these missiles were targeting at the U.S. consulate in Basra, which is within the perimeter of Basra's international airport, which is about 10 kilometers outside the center of the city. These missiles did not land within the perimeter of the airport nor did they land within the enclosure that contains the U.S. consulate, which has about 1,000 employees there, mostly service and support staff, just a minority of them are actually diplomats.

But, of course, we did hear U.S. secretary of state Pompeo saying that he believes that Iran, specifically the Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force was behind this attack. Keep in mind, this alleged attack took place in a city where, since July, there have been frequent and sometimes very large and sometimes violent protests against the deteriorating infrastructure there, which has left -- sent, for instance, the contamination water that comes out of the taps there, sent tens of thousands of people to hospital.

So during those protests, for instance, part of the crowd did go and torch the Iranian consulate in Basra, which is, in fact, inside the city. But in that case Iran, four days later, resumed its consular activities and didn't pull its people out.

Now it appears that the United States says they are temporarily relocating this staff from Basra. It's not altogether clear whether this is just -- this is permanent or not. But certainly this is a diplomatic outpost that is very important.

Keeping in mind that Basra has a large number of U.S. oil companies working in that area. That's where much of Iran -- Iraq's oil comes from.

One last point I should point out is that "The New York Times" is reporting, that over the last year, there has been an internal debate within the U.S. State Department over the wisdom of maintaining the U.S. consulate in Basra, which, according to "The Times," costs anywhere between $200 million and $350 million a year.

We know that the Trump administration is very eager to cut costs when it comes to the work of diplomacy and we also know, at the same time, since the U.S. pulled out of the U.S. nuclear deal, it has adopted a very hostile stand towards Iran -- George.

HOWELL: Ben Wedeman live for us in Beirut, thank you for the reporting.

ALLEN: Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says increased U.S. pressure on Iran is being welcomed across the Middle East. Tehran's nuclear capabilities were a major focus for Israel at this week's U.N. General Assembly in New York.

HOWELL: Mr. Netanyahu even claimed that Tehran had, quote, "secret" nuclear facility and warehouse but offered no proof or details to support that claim. He sat down with CNN's global affairs correspondent, Elise Labott, and told her the policy of accommodating Iran is over.


ELISE LABOTT, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: U.S. officials are saying publicly that their policy on Iran is not regime change.

Should it be?

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL: It I think what it is, is growing pressure on Iran to cease its aggression in the region and its secret efforts to achieve a bypass for their nuclear program.

I think that's very wise. Where it'll end up is a different matter but the idea is to get Iran back in the box. Iran has used the billions and billions of dollars they've got from the removal of sanctions in the Iran deal, not to better the lives of its citizens but to actually extend its empire and its campaign of conquest and blood throughout the Middle East.

And the people in Iran are demonstrating against them and they're saying, hey, stop. Leave Syria, leave Gaza, leave Iraq, leave Yemen, come back and take care of us.

And I think that the fact that there's this economic pressure is increasing the pressure. The people aren't rallying around the regime. They're not saying, oh, well, the regime is right. They're saying, no, the regime is wrong. Stop this exporting this Islamic revolution and start looking inward and take care of us. That's a good thing.

LABOTT: There's a hope, though, that if you're putting pressure on Iran, whether it's on the nuclear front, the economic front, the sanctions front and even with the diaspora --


LABOTT: -- that maybe the regime implode like the Soviet Union did, for instance.

Is that what you think will happen?

NETANYAHU: It's too early to tell. I don't think anyone would shed a tear if it happens. But I think the first thing they want to see is this cessation of this tremendous capitalizing of terror throughout the world.

The ones who'll be happiest if that happens for the people of Iran -- and they're amazingly brave, just amazingly brave, these young women who bare their heads and the bazaar merchants who go on strike and the truckers who say enough of this, these people are amazingly brave because this is a totalitarian regime that periodically shoots them, makes them disappear, hangs them from craves, whatever, you name it.

These are brave people.

So would they be unhappy if the regime changes?

They'd be very happy.


HOWELL: That's Elise Labott there reporting for us.

ALLEN: President Trump orders a new FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, delaying the confirmation vote. Here's how one Republican senator forced Mr. Trump's hand.


SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R), ARIZ.: I can only say that I would be only comfortable moving forward on the floor or move it out of committee. But I will only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already. It may not take them a week. I understand that some of these witnesses may not want to discuss anything further.

But I think we owe them due diligence.


HOWELL: When we return, why Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court is suddenly thrown into doubt. Stay with us.





HOWELL: To our viewers around the world and in the United States, welcome back to CNN NEWSROOM. I'm George Howell.

ALLEN: I'm Natalie Allen. Here all our top stories.


HOWELL: So the question, how did we get to this point in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process.

ALLEN: Here is a look at some of the key moments from the Senate Judiciary deliberations and the debates.


SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D), CALIF.: Candidly, in the 25 years on this committee, I have never seen a nominee for any position behave in that manner. Judge Kavanaugh used as much political rhetoric as my Republican colleagues and what's more, he went on the attack.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), S.C.: I've been doing this legal stuff most of my life. I've never heard a more compelling defense of one's honor and integrity than I did from Brett Kavanaugh. He looked me in the eye, everybody in the eye and he was mad and he should have been mad.

SEN. CORY BOOKER (D), N.J.: She shared a raw and visceral, incredible, a profoundly powerful testimony with this committee and the world and she was believable. I believe her.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D): If we want to show Dr. Ford respect, we give her the respect of having her case heard and the evidence looked at. I look at it as what are you hiding?

What would it hurt?

GRAHAM: I think an FBI investigation isn't going to do nothing. So I'm going to tell you any more than we know now. It's going to just keep it going and going and going until he breaks.

SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R), UTAH: Frankly we've had enough time on this to choke a horse. And I just have to say let's be fair about this. Let's vote which ever way we want to. And let's move on this.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST: The vote in the committee, whether to confirm or reject the confirmation of the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, was scheduled for 1:30 but there are apparently developments happening behind the scenes right now.

ACOSTA: They are not sure over here if they have the votes. Obviously, they were breathing a sigh of relief last night after Judge Kavanaugh's performance. But to have all of this riding on Jeff Flake at the moment, Wolf, I think is very interesting.

BLITZER: Jeff Flake is now back in the room. The other senators, the Democratic senators are walking back. There you see Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat. That's Jeff Flake who's going to go to his seat. Let's see if he makes a statement, delivers a speech.

SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R), ARIZ.: I've been speaking with a number of people on the other side. We have conversations ongoing for a while with regard to making sure that we do due diligence here.

And I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI continue to do an investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Since you're the deciding vote here, we'll vote and then if there's any sort of discussion, we'll go do that after the vote. Call the roll.





















FEINSTEIN: On the nominee, no.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On the nominee, no.








UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On the nominee, no.

FLAKE: But I do think that we can have a short pause and make sure that the FBI can investigate.


FLAKE: My understanding is that some of us would have to -- and I'm prepared to do it -- make a request to the White House to ask the FBI to do that investigation.

It would be short and limited in scope to the current allegations that have been made.


FLAKE: But I would just encourage the Democrats, who we talked to before, to endorse that kind of thing, that we can then move on.

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R), IOWA: There's a two-hour rule. We're adjourned.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When did we come in?





UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. We did. Yes, the two-hour rule.


ALLEN: The top trender on Twitter right now is #delay the vote. Certainly so many people have an opinion on this situation, the delayed full Senate vote, of course, the result of that last-minute change of heart by Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

HOWELL: And you see it's not like there's a little confusion right there at the end. But certainly we know where things stand now. This will be delayed a week. An FBI investigation will take place.

Something changed Flake's mind. It may have had something to do with this moment in an elevator.


ANA MARIA ARCHILA, PROTESTER: Look at me when I'm talking to you. You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter and that you are going to let people who do these things into power.

What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit in the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable. You have children in your family. Think about them.

I have two children. I cannot imagine that, for the next 50 years, they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl.

What are you doing, sir?


HOWELL: Keep in mind that moment played out on live television. People saw Jeff Flake in an elevator, couldn't go anywhere. The doors wouldn't close and he heard face-to-face these stories of women demanding that he listen to them.

One of the women who confronted Flake later came on to CNN to explain exactly what she was thinking.


ARCHILA: Honestly, I had literally just read the headlines of his statement. And we saw him running to the elevator and we ran behind him. It was a very intense moment of really wanting to talk to him.

And I was not really prepared even for my own emotions, but I felt like he really needed to hear, like he needed to understand that women feel incredibly enraged about the thought of our stories, of our experiences of surviving sexual violence being dismissed, laughed at, disbelieved.

And I think we -- I just felt a great sense of urgency --


ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: Did you feel that he was listening?

ARCHILA: -- I saw in his face that he could not escape the emotion.


ALLEN: Senator Flake would not tell reporters whether the two women changed his mind.

HOWELL: But his Democratic friend, Senator Chris Coons, explains to our colleague Chris Cuomo how Flake made that decision.


SEN. CHRIS COONS (D), DEL.: Some of the sharpest partisans on the committee came back and really leaned on Senator Flake very hard to say this is ridiculous, this process is over. The FBI has closed the investigation. There's absolutely nothing for them to investigate.

And there were others who were arguing forcefully, the other side and then accusations started going back and forth about what Democrats were really trying to do, what Republicans were really trying to do.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: How did Flake take it?

COONS: Chris, there were a couple of encouraging moments.

CUOMO: How did Flake deal with that kind of pressure?


COONS: You know, Flake was very stoic. You know, you saw the result which was that he came out and stood firm. You know, this really, frankly, is all hanging on his willingness. He voted to move forward with the committee process to show good faith with his caucus.

But at the end of the day, what will keep this week a week is his willingness and several other undecided senators to be clear that they're not going to vote for cloture or Kavanaugh until we get the report back from the FBI. (END VIDEO CLIP)

HOWELL: So for one week, an FBI investigation will take place for that investigation. Now we heard from CNN's counterterrorism analyst, Phil Mudd, who explained how federal agent will investigate the Supreme Court nominee.


PHILIP MUDD, CNN COUNTERTERRORISM ANALYST: Clearly they're going to talk to people who those people have spoken with. For example, schoolmates from back then saying not only did you see this or not see this but what was the environment around these events?

What was the judge's character?

There's a second issue that I think we're missing, though, and that's the issue of credibility.

When that --


MUDD: -- investigation starts, the judge has portrayed himself, especially early on in this process, as very clean. That investigation over the next week is going to get deeply into who was he in high school?

Was he possibly so drunk at various points that he can't remember what happened?

If there's a stark contrast between what he said over the past week or two and what investigators find about his life 35 years ago, that's a story.


ALLEN: And you can follow more of this story on our website

Still ahead protests and controversy. Turkey's president is in Germany, trying to mend ties. But not everyone's quite happy about his visit there. We have a live report from Berlin.

ALLEN: Also what Facebook did after a security breach allowed access to the information of tens of millions of users.




HOWELL: Welcome back. A big day for Turkey's president in Germany. In just a few hours, he's set to open one of the largest mosques in Europe. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is wrapping up a state visit to Germany which has seen protests against him and his policies. ALLEN: The trip is aimed at repairing ties between Germany and Turkey. They have frayed in recent years in part because of Mr. Erdogan's harsh crack down on journalists and critics of his regime, including imprisoning a number of German citizens. Our Atika Shubert is following the story from Berlin.

We just saw, Atika, Angela Merkel shaking hands with Erdogan.

How has their visit gone during this trip?



SHUBERT: -- supposed to help repair but it's not clear that's exactly happened yet.

This was a full state visit. What that means is it comes with all the pomp and circumstance. So yesterday for example, President Erdogan was received by Germany's president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with full military honors. There was a state dinner. So it had all of this happening. And there were these very grand gestures.

The problem is that there are still a lot of diplomatic strains between them, particularly on the issues of human rights, freedom of the press. And it appears not only were there protests in the streets but clearly there were strains between the two leaders and the government.

So when he showed up for a press conference with Chancellor Merkel, it became a bit of a diplomatic sparring contest where she said, we want Turkey to release five German citizens that remain as political prisoners in Turkey.

He in turn said Germany needs to hand over what he considered terrorists, members of the opposition and journalists who had spoken out against him, who are now here in Germany. And in the midst of all this, a Turkish journalist was hauled out of the press conference because he was wearing a T-shirt that said freedom of the press in Turkey.

Then it all got worse at the state dinner that President Erdogan was attending. A number of people did not attend, even though they were invited, including Chancellor Merkel. And she really face-to-face criticized by a member of the Greens Party, in fact, who said he was unhappy that he did not decide to follow democratic reforms there.

So it all became something of an embarrassment for President Erdogan. And it clearly got to him because, in the middle of the speech, he went off script at the state dinner and said frankly that he'd had enough of this talking about human rights.

He tried to end it on a good note, saying that Turkey and Germany would always be friends but it's clear that this visit has really put a strain on the relationship. ALLEN: Right, the opposite of what he hoped for. It seemed to have backfired on him. Atika Shubert, following it from Berlin, thanks.

HOWELL: A top government official from Myanmar is defending his country's policy toward the Rohingya Muslims before the United Nations.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: International attention has been focused on the outflow and overlooked the broader picture of the various reasons. (INAUDIBLE) as well as long standing that brought about the displacement of these people.

Nevertheless the government has persisted in its sincere effort to address as a whole the need for stability, reconciliation and development of all communities in Rakhine.


ALLEN: The International Criminal Court is investigating whether Myanmar generals are guilty of the forced deportation of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to neighboring Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Amar Clooney is asking the Myanmar government to release two reporters imprisoned for investigating abuses against Rohingya Muslims.

HOWELL: Reuters journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison for the official charge of revealing state secrets. They pleaded not guilty. And Clooney, who was part of their legal team says their case is a deflection by the government.


AMAL CLOONEY, HUMAN RIGHTS ATTORNEY: What this case is really about is the fact that they were brilliant investigative reporters who went to Rakhine state where the U.N. says the Myanmar military is committing the gravest crimes under its national law and they exposed evidence of a massacre, including a photograph of 10 men kneeling in front of a shallow grave, the men kneeling and then the photos of the bodies in the grave, hacked to death, shot to death.

And when officials found out that this story was going to come out, they did everything they could to silence it.


ALLEN: Clooney is asking Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to consider a pardon for the journalists.

Facebook shut out millions of users after their accounts were hacked. Just ahead, expert advice on how to keep your account safe if you found yourself pushed out by Facebook. More about that in a moment.





ALLEN: Facebook says it took the unusual move to forcibly log out more than 90 million users from their accounts because of yet another security breach.

HOWELL: The social network say attackers gained access to millions of accounts at other sites that were logged in through Facebook. CNN's Alison Kosik explains.


ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Another security issue for Facebook users. An attack has potentially exposed the information of nearly 50 million accounts. The company says its engineers spotted the attack on Tuesday, but the social network didn't alert users until Friday.

Facebook says the attackers exploited a feature known as "view as" that allows users to see what their profile looks like to someone else. They saw what are known as access tokens, which keep a person logged into their Facebook account for over long periods of time so they don't have to keep logging in. So the hackers could take over accounts and use them as if they were the account holders.

More than 90 million users were forced to log out of their accounts Friday for security reasons. The company says it doesn't know if the affected accounts were misused or if any information was accessed.

The company says it has fixed the issue and contacted law enforcement. Facebook also temporarily turned off the "view as" feature while it investigates. This is just the latest major hurdle for the social media giant which has struggled with security breaches and privacy issues in recent years -- Alison Kosik, CNN, New York.


ALLEN: Earlier I spoke with privacy expert Andrew Hunt about the security breach and what users can do to safeguard their accounts.




HUNT: Facebook and there is a setting in the privacy area where you can log out everywhere. So you want to go in first and click that. And that will log you out of all the devices that you use Facebook to log you in through. So you will do that first. And then second, if you've used this Facebook login feature, you will

want to go through each different app that you utilize that feature for and log out of that as well.

And to be extra safe, you might want to disconnect that entirely and just use the native login feature for each of those different apps so you are no longer connected through Facebook.


ALLEN: Good luck with that. Facebook has offered rewards for help to stop hackers but apparently they need more help to keep users' information safe.

HOWELL: That's so important, something to keep a watch on for sure.

Scientists in Mexico think they can help the world with its plastic problem. They want you to actually eat the cutlery. And they say it's a healthy idea, too.

ALLEN: Yes, by using chaff is what it's called. That's a by-product of discarded husks from corn or other grains. These prototype spoons are high in fiber, iron and vitamins. And unlike plastic utensils, they don't need to be recycled. So go ahead, eat your fork.

HOWELL: I think we did a similar story on the avocado. Interesting. It makes forks and spoons out of avocado.

ALLEN: Why not? Or just eat with your hands. That's even easier, isn't it?

HOWELL: I suppose.

ALLEN: On the environment.

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