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Schools Closed as Storm Pounds Northeast; Carter Back in the Hospital; Impeachment Weighs on Trump; Seahawks First in NFC West; Prince Andrew's Accuser Speaks Out. Aired 6:30-7a ET

Aired December 3, 2019 - 06:30   ET




ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN ANCHOR: The snow is still falling in New England as a powerful winter storm moves through the northeast U.S. Schools are closed in the greater Boston area.

And that's where we find CNN's Miguel Marquez. He is live near Boston with more.

Oh, that doesn't look good, Miguel.


MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's gorgeous. Can't I have a school day? Why can't I have a school day?

Look, it has been snowing -- we're in Waltham, just west of Boston. Schools throughout the area are closed. Not all of them, but a lot of them are closed, so they're dealing with that.

This is what the streets look like downtown Waltham right now. The snowplows have been out all night aggressively getting after it and keeping the roads clear.

There is a snow emergency as well, which means that there's no parking on the side so they can really get in there and move it around.

This is what the common here looks like in Waltham, which is absolutely beautiful. The gazebo and the lights. They've had probably about a foot of snow. It's very, very heavy stuff. This is the good stuff for snowball making. So it's been compacting quite a bit.

Boston Logan has had a handful of flights affected, already canceled into and out of Boston Logan. New York area airports may have problems later in the day because of wind and snow as well.

It was pretty good for most of the evening yesterday, the thruways, but as that temperature dropped below freezing, that's when the roads really started to pack up and the freeways started to have problems and that's when the snowplows really came out in towns like Waltham to keep the roads clear. Employees for the -- state employees are also being told to come in

later today.


So they are dealing with it. Several more hours to go before this one is done.

Another storm headed for California later this week.

Back to you guys.

BERMAN: All right, Miguel Marquez in Waltham. True story, my parents' first home together was in Waltham, Massachusetts.


BERMAN: Yes, it's true.


CAMEROTA: Think of the coincidence there.

BERMAN: It's a good story. I know. Who could have predicted.

CAMEROTA: That's just crazy (ph).

BERMAN: New this morning, former President Jimmy Carter is back in the hospital. The 95-year-old suffered a new medical setback.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins us now.

Sanjay, what happened? And you seem to think this isn't cause for enormous concern this morning.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, yes, I mean, look, I mean he was two weeks in the hospital, former President Carter. You remember this. He had this brain operation that was done. He got out of the hospital this past Wednesday just in time for Thanksgiving, which, I'm sure, was the goal. But then we heard that he was admitted back to the hospital closer to his home this time in -- near Plains, Georgia, for a urinary tract infection.

Now, look, these can be serious, and these can particularly be serious in the elderly. But the Carter Center, they released a statement specifically sort of saying that he had been admitted to the hospital. But I think, most importantly, the last line of the statement said that he is now feeling better and they anticipate him going home sometime soon.

Look, you know, he's had a lot going on these past few months, and you've got to keep in mind, he's 95 years old. Up until 2015, he was pretty healthy. He really didn't have much in the way of significant health problems. So much of this has sort of happened over the last few years. You remember, John, back in 2015, when he was diagnosed with cancer, I

spoke to him at that point. He thought that this cancer, which had spread, was going to cause the end of his life at that point. He recovered from that. Surgery for a broken hip. He broke his pelvis. And then, obviously, that brain operation. When you layer on top of all that a urinary tract infection, it can be somewhat concerning.

But, again, the Carter Center saying recovering well, expected to go home. We'll keep an eye on it.


CAMEROTA: Sanjay, that medical history is really stunning what he has endured and recovered from. Really interesting to see all of that. Thank you very much.

GUPTA: You got it. Thank you.

CAMEROTA: OK, so this morning, the prospect of being impeached is on President Trump's mind while he is on the world stage. So how did President Clinton handle this 20 years ago when he was overseas? Joe Lockhart is here to tell us.




DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: They have no case for impeachment, so they want to go to censure. I don't want them to go to censure. I did nothing -- I don't mind being censured if you do something wrong. I did nothing wrong.


CAMEROTA: That was President Trump criticizing the impeachment inquiry while on the world stage this morning.

The Trump administration has been critical of Democrats' proceeding with the impeachment process while he's meeting with NATO leaders. But this is not the first time impeachment has invaded a foreign trip.

Joining us now is CNN political commentator Joe Lockhart. He was President Clinton's press secretary during that impeachment process.

What do you remember from that time, Joe?

JOE LOCKHART, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well, I remember there were a series of foreign trips where impeachment played a role. There's a contrast between how Donald Trump is handling it and Bill Clinton handled it. We didn't criticize the Republicans for continuing with the impeachment process because we were overseas or accuse them of what Trump is. And President Clinton basically batted away questions about impeachment when he got them, particularly when he was on foreign soil. BERMAN: You have some proof of this?

CAMEROTA: I do. And I think that it is such an interesting video to dig out of the archive and watch. The context, Joe, you were telling us, this is the moment when you have told him, or somehow overseas in Jerusalem he finds out that he is being impeached. So let's watch this.


QUESTION: Mr. President, what is your reaction to the decision of the Judiciary Committee of the House yesterday? Do you intend to resign, as did President Nixon?

BILL CLINTON, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT (December 14, 1998): I have no intention of resigning. It's never crossed my mind.

QUESTION: Are you planning any particular kind of outreach additional to lawmakers or the public?

CLINTON: I don't think it's appropriate for me to be personally calling people unless they send word to me that there's some question they want to ask or something they want to say. I don't think it's appropriate.


CAMEROTA: He doesn't think it's appropriate for him to be calling lawmakers to state his case. How different a world we are in now.

LOCKHART: Yes, listen, I mean, for context, we were in Jerusalem. It was an historic trip. He had -- the day before he had been in Ramoa (ph), the first U.S. president to visit that area. And the morning when we woke up at the King David Hotel in Israel, the vote counting overnight had put the Republicans over the top. So at that point he knew that the Republicans had the votes.

And, you know, I think a couple of us went in to tell him. And it -- you know it -- he had about 30 seconds of processing it, and then said, OK, we've got to go see Netanyahu. Let's go.

BERMAN: I will tell you, there's a contrast not just between 1998 and '99 and today, there's a contrast between what's happening with the president and Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi's at a climate summit. She was asked about impeachment. She said she won't talk about it.


BERMAN: She wasn't going to comment on it or the president while she's overseas. The president called the Democrats unpatriotic this morning. He's sitting in London at a NATO meeting and he's calling the Democrats unpatriotic because of the impeachment inquiry.

LOCKHART: Yes, well, I mean it's just -- it's hypocritical at -- you know, at best because there was no thought at all from the Republicans in 1998 that while the president was overseas they needed to back off. And it stems also to the Starr investigation. I remember that the video of the president's testimony before the grand jury was released while he was at the United Nations.


And in one room this was playing live on CNN, and in, you know, a room, you know, 20 yards away, he had six or seven meetings with other world leaders. And he just put his head down and did the job. When he was asked about it that day, he said, you know, I'm not focused on that today, I'm focused on the work I'm doing here.

CAMEROTA: So fast forward to today. How do you think the Democrats are handling this versus what you all lived through?

LOCKHART: Well, it's a -- you know, it's a completely different set of circumstances.

So let's take censure for a second. They're -- we -- we had some hope in the White House that we could negotiate a censure deal short of impeachment, but that needed bipartisan support. That -- why would you not, you know, go to impeachment if no one's going to vote with you on the other side. Democrats were willing to do that. Republicans were not.

You fast forward to now and there's not a single Republican, based on what they've said, who is going -- you know, they put out a report saying he did nothing wrong. So censure is not an option if there's no way for Republicans to get behind it. So, you know, we'll see how, you know, Congressman Nadler handles the impeachment hearings. I think they'll be a little wilder than they were in 1998 where they were, I think, professionally done. You know, Henry Hyde (ph) was a partisan, but he ran the committee in a way that was professional. You know, I think we're going to see, you know, a lot more of, you know, some of the Republican craziness.

CAMEROTA: Joe Lockhart, thank you very much for that trip down memory lane.

Thank you.

BERMAN: All right, so new this morning, Prince Andrew's accuser is speaking out in an explosive new interview.


VIRGINIA GIUFFRE, PRINCE ANDREW ACCUSER: He knows what happened. I know what happened. And there's only one of us telling the truth. And I know that's me.


BERMAN: Wow, the accusations she's making against the embattled Duke of York, next.


BERMAN: As Alisyn well knows, a great matchup on Monday night football. The Seattle Seahawks came away with their fifth straight win beating the Minnesota Vikings.

Andy Scholes has it all in the "Bleacher Report."

Hey, Andy.


You know, most of the talk and attention in the NFC this year has been paid to the San Francisco 49ers, and rightfully so. They've been really good. But after a win last night, it's Russell Wilson and the Seahawks with first place ownership in the NFC West. Wilson just continuing to make his case that he's the MVP this year. It wasn't his best game last night, but made some big plays, including this 60 yard touchdown pass to David Moore.

Then check out the team's choreographed New Addition dance. It's pretty good. Here it is next to New Addition. I wonder how many times they stayed after practice to work on this because they had it down.

Seahawks had a 34-17 lead at one point in this game and Kirk Cousins had the Vikings in position to win this one late in the fourth, but they would turn the ball over on downs right here. Cousins now 0-8 on Monday night football in his career. That's the worst in NFL history.

Seahawks now 10-2 on the season after the 37-30 win. We have five teams now in the NFL with a 10-2 record. The 49ers and Saints are going to play this weekend. That's a big one. Also got Ravens and Bills, Chiefs and Patriots. It's going to be a big Sunday in the NFL this coming weekend.

I know where you're going to be, Alisyn, glued to that couch.

CAMEROTA: OH, I can't -- I cannot wait for that.

BERMAN: No, I -- I will tell you, all the 10-2 teams, the tiebreaker is actually the New Addition dance. So Seattle is considered to be in first because of the dance.

SCHOLES: the Seahawks have it. Yes.

CAMEROTA: That's the best part I've seen in football in years. That's right, we should do that at the end of the show.

BERMAN: Well --

CAMEROTA: We should do our -- a dance.

SCHOLES: Better work on it.

CAMEROTA: OK, I'm -- thank you, Andy, we will. All right, now to this, an explosive, new interview with the woman who claims she was forced to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew. Virginia Giuffre tells the BBC that Prince Andrew is lying about this and CNN's Max Foster has more.


MAX FOSTER, CNN ANCHOR AND CORRESPONDENT (voice over): The allegations made by Virginia Roberts Giuffre put Prince Andrew under more pressure.

VIRGINIA GIUFFRE, PRINCE ANDREW ACCUSER: He knows what happened. I know what happened. And there's only one of us telling the truth. And I know that's me.

FOSTER: In an interview with the BBC aired on Monday, she doubled down on claims that she was trafficked to the Duke of York at the age of 17 by Jeffrey Epstein, later a convicted pedophile. Giuffre says they met at a London nightclub in 2001 with Epstein and his then girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

GIUFFRE: He asked me to dance. He is the most hideous dancer I've ever seen in my life. I mean it was horrible. And this guy was sweating all over me.

FOSTER: She was forced to have sexual relations with him in London, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands, she says. Prince Andrew denies all the allegations made by Giuffre, as does Maxwell.

Buckingham Palace told CNN on Monday it's emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.

The queen's son gave a now notorious interview to the BBC last month.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you saying you don't believe her? She's lying?

PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORK: That's a very difficult thing to answer because I'm not in a position to know what she's trying to achieve. But I can tell you categorically I don't remember meeting her at all.

FOSTER: He even questioned the authenticity of this photograph of them together. The prince was criticized for the interview and has since had to stand down from royal duties.

But a new allegation raises more questions for him. David Boys is a lawyer for five Epstein accusers. According to BBC Panaroma (ph), his clients have alleged the prince saw young women getting massages at Epstein's home. He says he's drafted subpoenas for the prince's testimony. The prince told the BBC last month he didn't see, witness or suspect any suspicious behavior. Epstein died in August while awaiting trial on sex traffics charges. The New York City medical examiner's determined he'd died by suicide.


GIUFFRE: I implore the people in the U.K. to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK.

FOSTER: One of Epstein's accusers determined to keep Prince Andrew and his relationship with Epstein in the spotlight.


FOSTER: President Trump is here at the moment, of course. He was asked about this story. And he replied in the last hour or so, I don't know Prince Andrew. It's a tough story.

It's raise a few eyebrows here because he spent quite a lot of time with Prince Andrew during the last state visit when Prince Andrew showed him around Westminster Abby. There are also images out there of him with Prince Andrew and Epstein in the background.

Either way, President Trump won't be meeting Prince Andrew today. There's a big reception at Buckingham Palace for him and the other NATO leaders. Prince Andrew is not invited, though the queen has asked him to step back from public life. So he won't be there.

Also another tidbit, a royal tidbit for you, and that is that President Trump will be having tea with Prince Charles ahead of that reception. I'm told they've developed a very good working relationship, which has also surprised people because they're very different characters.


BERMAN: Right.

The president, no doubt, remembers meeting Prince Charles, even if he does not recall having a relationship with Prince Andrew, for now.

CAMEROTA: We'll see. We'll see.

BERMAN: Max, thank you very much.

A hard turn here. The comics, the late night comics, they have a lot to talk about these days.

CAMEROTA: Yes, they have a lot of material. I think that's true.

BERMAN: All right. Here are your "Late Night Laughs."


JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE": The idea that Trump is innocent because the guy he shook down said so is ridiculous even for him. This is like if he tweeted, breaking news, kid whose lunch money I stole says he gave me his lunch money because he admired my fists. Case over.

TREVOR NOAH, HOST, "THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH": Wow, Michael Bloomberg has already bought more TV ads in one week than anyone in history. I guess those are the perks of being a billionaire. But he's got to be careful, because TV ads are a great way for getting noticed, but too many TV ads can turn people against you. Yes. Like the first time I saw that Kars4Kids ad, I thought it was cute. And now my life's mission is to destroy that organization.

Is Joe Biden's slogan really going to be, no malarkey? That's your slogan? Yes, we can, make America great again, no malarkey. What does that word even mean? Like, it sounds like the dish your vegan cousin serves at Thanksgiving, you know? It's not turkey, it's malarkey. The main ingredient is mold, not maste (ph).


CAMEROTA: That is funny. But, I mean, no malarkey is such vintage Joe Biden.


CAMEROTA: Yes. So --

BERMAN: No, he's famously said that, you know, in debates and (INAUDIBLE).

CAMEROTA: Right. So how -- who -- how -- who's to quibble with his quirkiness?

BERMAN: Quibble with -- no one quibbles with malarkey, ever.

CAMEROTA: No one quibbles with quirkiness.

All right, very good.

Meanwhile, President Trump speaking out before the big NATO leaders meeting.

And NEW DAY continues right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is CNN breaking news.

BERMAN: Welcome to our viewers in the United States and all around the world. This is NEW DAY.

Just a short time ago, President Trump railed against the impeachment inquiry and the president of France. And, in some ways, honestly, they may be connected. As we speak, the president is at a NATO leaders meeting in London. He just wrapped up this rambling question and answer session with the NATO secretary-general.

Impeachment is clearly on the president's mind. He proclaimed his innocence and insisted he will not even accept being censured. And he went after the French President Emanuel Macron in language we have not heard before. Why? What caused this? And what will happen when these two men meet in just hours? Stand by. We'll bring that to you live.

CAMEROTA: The American people will soon see the Democrats' case for impeaching President Trump when the House Intelligence Committee makes their report public today. It is expected to conclude that the president abused the power of his office by leveraging Ukraine to investigate his own political rivals. It will be voted on tonight by that committee and then sent to the Judiciary Committee for the next set of impeachment hearings starting tomorrow.

So let's discuss all of this, let's bring in CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, just getting a message (ph) on his phone, it's breaking news.

JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN CHIEF LEGAL ANALYST: Yes. It -- sorry. Very important.

CAMEROTA: And CNN political analyst David Gregory.

Great to have both of you.

Kaitlan Collins will join us from London as soon as she is freed up.

Jeffrey, so things are heating up. The president is overseas. He doesn't think that this should be happening while he is overseas. But the impeachment proceedings continue apace as they did in 1998 as we just heard from Joe Lockhart. President Clinton had to deal with the same thing, as you remember. And so, here we are.

TOOBIN: But -- but what I thought was so interesting about what Joe said and what I remember from that era is how completely different the approach of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have been to the impeachment proceedings.

Bill Clinton basically ignored it. He said, from the first day the Monica Lewinsky story broke, I'm going to go back to work for the American people. He talked about school uniforms. He talked about the v chip which nobody remembers.


He talks about -- he talked about, you know, the economy that was booming at the time.