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Panel Can't Find Ex-Trump Aide to Serve Subpoena; Arbery Suspects Wants Evidence Banned; Biden Floats Nuclear Option for Debt Fight; Cargo Ships Sit Idle at U.S. Ports; Women's Soccer Coach Accused of Misconduct; Red Sox Eliminate Yankees in Wild Card Game. Aired 6:30-7a ET

Aired October 06, 2021 - 06:30   ET




JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: The House committee investigate the January 6th insurrection want to talk to former Trump aide Dan Scavino, his literal Twitter fingers at some times. They issued a subpoena last month, but here's the rub, they can't find him to serve him.

CNN's Laura Jarrett, co-anchor of "EARLY START," and our attorney, you know, at hand here, joins us now.

Is this a case of Scavino on the lam, Laura?

LAURA JARRETT, CNN ANCHOR, "EARLY START": So, as you mentioned, John, Dan Scavino is probably best known for being the man behind so many of the former president's tweets. That's precisely why House investigators want to talk to him about the January 6th insurrection. They want to talk to him about what was Trump's mind-set, what was he talking about? What was the communication strategy?

The problem is, is that Dan Scavino is MIA. Even though, I should mention, he is, in fact, still tweeting on his private accounts at least. So we know that he is out there somewhere.

The question is, how far do House investigators want to go? They don't want this to drag on. They could try to go into court to try to get this subpoena enforced, to try to say, hey, he's dodging service here.

I should also mention, they have other people that they want to talk to who apparently haven't dodged service, people like Kash Patel, Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, other very close allies of the president. So they do have other people to talk to. But Scavino is essential. So it remains to be seen how far House investigators want to up the ante on this.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: Service by DM maybe one day.

BERMAN: Yes, exactly.

KEILAR: I don't know. Maybe -- maybe that would work. That certainly would work here. JARRETT: I don't think that's been tested in the courts yet, but I'll

have to get back to you.

KEILAR: All right.

So, separately, one of the men who was charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery, we're watching this case very carefully, has asked the court to ban evidence of his support for the confederacy from his upcoming trial. What can you tell us about this?

JARRETT: Yes. So this is what lawyers would call a very bad fact. If you've been accused of killing an unarmed black man who was simply jogging while black in Georgia last year, where a case where motive is going to be key. This is all going to come down to what their intent was. And at the same time, at the time of this killing, you happened to have a vanity license plate with the design of the confederate battle flag on it. So that's what Travis McMichael's lawyer wants to keep out. He has pled not guilty. But, of course, the lawyer knows this is going to be an uphill battle. This is going to be a really tough case for his client. So they want to try to keep out any evidence that could try to make the jury think that he came to this -- to this event with -- with a bad motive.

The judge is going to be the one who -- that's going to have to decide whether this vanity license plate comes in. I should note -- mention, he's going to have to decide pretty soon because jury selection in that case begins on October 18th, guys.

KEILAR: All right, very quickly approaching.

Laura Jarrett, thank you for that.


KEILAR: President Biden is floating a major change to Senate rules as the U.S. is facing potential economic disaster. Will moderate Democrats get on board with this?

BERMAN: And a Christmas crisis even before Halloween. CNN with the images showing why the items on that shopping list might be so hard to get.




QUESTION: Are Democrats considering using the nuclear option to raise the debt limit? Using a carve out of the filibuster to raise the debt limit?

JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Oh, I think that's a real possibility.

(END VIDEO CLIP) KEILAR: A real possibility, he says. President Biden there suggesting a major change to Senate rules amid the standoff with Republicans over a potentially catastrophic debt default.

Getting rid of the filibuster rule would lower that typical 60-vote threshold for passage to 50. And then Vice President Kamala Harris could break a 50 50 tie, which would allow Democrats to push past Republicans.

CNN's Arlette Saenz live for us now at the White House with more.

This would be specific to the debt ceiling, Arlette.

ARLETTE SAENZ, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: It would, Brianna. And Democrats, right now, are really scrambling to find ways to avoid a potential debt default as Republicans are standing firm against raising the debt limit. President Biden, as you heard last night, said that it's a very real possibility that Senate Democrats could use a one-time carveout to address the debt ceiling.

What Democrats haven't discussed is possibly using the nuclear option to blow up that Senate rule that requires 60 votes in order to clear a threshold to pass a measure.


Instead, allowing just simple a -- a simple majority for that procedural vote.

But many Democrats -- some Democrats disagree with eliminating the filibuster. So one option right now that is on the table is possibly just creating this one-time carveout, a one-time change to the rule.

Senator Joe Manchin is one of those senators who opposes changes to the filibuster. But specifically on that carveout, he has not answered just yet whether he would allow for that.

Now, a little bit later today, here at the White House, President Biden will be hosting business leaders and CEOs as he's trying to ramp up that public pressure campaign to address the debt ceiling because if the country were to default, it would have major economic consequences across the board.

Now, the president has also suggested he could, at some point, call Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. So far the president has called Republican's moves irresponsible as Washington is barreling towards that October 18th deadline on the debt ceiling.


KEILAR: Yes, it is almost upon us.

Arlette, thank you.

BERMAN: So if you are wondering why you are paying more for certain things or why you can't get them at all, the answer might be floating off the southern California coast. Dozens of cargo ships clogging the two biggest ports in the country, just sitting there because there aren't enough workers to help unload them.

CNN's Kyung Lah got a ride-along with the Coast Guard to look at this. She joins us now from the Port of Long Beach.

Kyung, this is really interesting. What did you see?

KYUNG LAH, CNN SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, basically we know that there is a slowdown in the U.S. supply chain. And what we talk about a lot, John, is that every time you click and you buy something like furniture or clothing, it comes through a place like this. This is where usually it will come through. Long Beach, along with Los Angeles, make this the busiest ports in the entire country.

But the slowdown doesn't start here. The most visible part is at sea, where we got a bird's-eye view.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) we've got a (INAUDIBLE) crew passengers.


LAH (voice over): To understand the problem on the ground --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Five four three is ready for takeoff.

LAH: You first need to see it from the air.

COMMANDER STEPHEN BOR, U.S. COAST GUARD: We're flying right over the anchorages, just south of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

LAH: This is where the global supply chain meets the U.S. economy, says Coast Guard Commander Stephen Bor.

BOR: This is record-breaking. It's unprecedented. There are more ships than there are parking spots. We are effectively operating as (INAUDIBLE) waiting lot in the Pacific Ocean.

LAH: This bottleneck of container ships as far as the eye can see carries more than half the made in Asia items purchased by the American consumer.

BOR: You're looking at all of the electronics. You're looking at all of the home goods. You're looking at all of the things that people are looking for to buy this coming holiday season.

LAH: Zero ships usually stay parked here. But on this day, Commander Bor accounts 55 in the ports and more drifting further out in the Pacific. While worst here, the backup is at all West Coast U.S. ports.

LAH (on camera): What does that indicate to you about what's happening in the supply chain?

BOR: You know, I think everybody can see that things are slowing down.

LAH (voice over): Slowing down and piling up at sea, and at the ports of entry. This is what happens when a global economy snaps back after the COVID slump of 2020. American consumers are back, buying with force, but the supply chain is struggling to catch up.

MARIO CORDERO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PORT OF LONG BEACH: We need to have an Amazon state of mind in this industry. And by that I mean Amazon changed everything.

LAH: While shoppers click 24 hours a day, factories in Asia are still stopping due to COVID. Then in the U.S., national labor shortages and limited work hours. The Port of Long Beach is just now experimenting with round-the-clock operations.

CORDERO: What this is, is a wakeup call for all of us in this industry to realize you can't operate with the model of yesterday.

LAH: The goal, cut the wait time for truck drivers, the next link of the supply chain, moving containers out of the port.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every day, five, six hours in the harbor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We had to wait like six hours.

LAH (on camera): Six hours?


RUBEN PONCE, TRUCK DRIVER: I was in there for nine hours.

LAH (voice over): Nine hours Ruben Ponce lost that he could have been moving merchandise.

PONCE: That means I'm making less money, yes, because I can't do as many rounds.

LAH: National data shows there is a truck driver shortage, but Ponce says the problem is even more basic than that.

PONCE: So now the port is backed up. Us, we're backed up. The truckers were backed up. Everyone's backed up. And it's just a big problem.

LAH (on camera): So it's like a chain reaction then.

PONCE: It's a -- exactly. Exactly.

LAH (voice over): Delayed trucks means delays at warehouses, like Canton Food Company in Los Angeles.

CHO KWAN, CEO, CANTON FOOD CO.: I have about eight containers out in the harbor somewhere from China and Vietnam.

LAH (on camera): Filled with food?

KWAN: Still just waiting. LAH (voice over): That means, for this warehouse, empty shelves with

no date to fill them.


Basic economics are at play. Scarcity drives up prices.

LAH (on camera): So it's almost doubled in price?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would say maybe at least 70 percent.


LAH (voice over): Prices for ingredients restaurant owner Ricardo Mosqueda has to pay.

MOSQUEDA: All the different products that you have to substitute, and you have to change, now at 30 percent more or 50 percent more, 100 percent more.

LAH: This La Taqueria Brand location operates in a renovated shipping container. The supplies Mosqueda needs sit out at sea in the same medal bins. A cruel irony after barely keeping his restaurant open through the pandemic.

MOSQUEDA: We -- we worry as far as -- because you don't know what's going to happen, right? You don't know what's next.

LAH (on camera): How long are these ships going to be floating out here?

BOR: I really can't say how long they're going to be like this. I think we're all going to wait and see how long this shakes out.


LAH: Yes, very few people have the answer, the exact answer for how long. The consensus from the Coast Guard, to the experts at the port, to the drivers and workers themselves is that this is going to last at least through the holidays, if not longer.

What does that mean for you, John? You better start your Christmas shopping early. The truck driver I interviewed, he says he's already going through his Christmas list because he wants to make sure his nephews get what they want this holiday.


BERMAN: Yes, that's why I'm resort to crafting. I'm just going to be crafting because I can't count on the stores at this point.

LAH: Yikes.

BERMAN: Kyung Lah, thank you very much for that report.

Go ahead.

LAH: Take me off the list.

BERMAN: Yes, no one wants to be on the list when they hear it's going to be crafts.

All right, soccer players speaking out about a sexual misconduct scandal, calling their former coach a predator.

KEILAR: Plus, what a new study says about who is at higher risk of coronavirus breakthrough infections.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What would you want them to know about the Paul Riley that you encountered and had to deal with?

MANA SHIM, FORMER PLAYER, NATIONAL WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE: He's a predator. He sexually harassed me. He sexually coerced Sinead. And he took away our careers.


KEILAR: That is former National Women's Soccer League player Mana Shim, who's speaking out against her ex-coach, Paul Riley. He was fired last week from the North Carolina Courage following a report in "The Athletic" in which Shim and another former player, Sinead Farrelly, accused him of sexual misconduct. Riley has denied the accusations in the report.

CNN's Adrienne Broaddus is joining us live on this story.

Adrienne, tell us what is alleged here.

ADRIENNE BROADDUS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Brianna, first I want to say, some of the details of this report may be tough for our viewers to hear. But these two former players are speaking out, hoping to use their voice, use their pain for change. And we have seen some change. We'll get to that in a moment.

But, first, one former player, Mana Shim, is alleging what she says that her former coach, Paul Riley, quote, sexually harassed and psychologically abused and manipulated her. Her friend and former player, Sinead Farrelly, says that she was cohered into having sex with her former coach, Paul Riley, who has been fired by the league following this report. We also saw the commissioner, Baird, step down. The players say they are grateful for the overwhelming amount of support, but still say more needs to be done.

Listen in.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MANA SHIM, FORMER PLAYER, NATIONAL WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE: I -- I want more. I want more justice. I want better policies. I want players to be protected. And, at the same time, I feel like we're on the right path.

SINEAD FARRELLY, FORMER PLAYER, NATIONAL WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE: The support and the validation of the story by everyone globally has just been -- it has blown me away and really has felt like it has given my pain purpose. And that has been a liberation for me that I have not been able to feel for almost 10 years.


BROADDUS: And as you can imagine, these players have held onto their secrets for years. Even saying it seeps into every aspect of their lives.

Now, in "The Athletic," Riley denied the allegations. And CNN still was not immediately able to reach the league for comment.


KEILAR: Adrienne Broaddus, thank you for that very important report. We appreciate it.

Mark Zuckerberg breaking his silence after damning testimony from a former employee. His response to allegations that the social media giant isn't doing enough to protect children.

BERMAN: Also, everything is different this morning. Everything. The Red Sox and basic goodness win and why Yankees fans on the Internet are demanding I apologize.

KEILAR: I am sure they are.



BERMAN: A moment in sports history overnight. Make it world history. The Red Sox beat the Yankees in the American League wildcard game.

Andy Scholes has this morning's "Bleacher Report."

Andy, I've been criticized for being too negative on Yankees fans this morning, and I'm sensitive to that, even though I guarantee you they would be 10,000 times worse if the situation were reversed.

But -- but, nevertheless, I'm going to be positive now and only say this was glorious.

ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know what, John, you know, if you were born in Boston in 2004, for your entire life the Red Sox have owned the Yankees in the post-season, since that Aaron Boone home run in '03. The Red Sox how now knocked out the Yankees three straight times, 2004, 2018 and again last night. And the Yankees, they had their ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound for

this game. Bottom of the first, runner on. Xander Bogaerts comes to the plate. He had been struggling bad, but he crushes a home run to center. Red Sox would go up 2-0. Cole, who the Yankees paid $324 million for didn't even make it out of the third inning before being pulled.

Big spot here in the sixth. Three to one, Red Sox. Giancarlo Stanton hits one off the green monster for the second time in the game. Red Sox, though, the perfect relay to get Aaron Judge at the plate. Boston crowd just goes wild. And they party the rest of the night as the Red Sox send the Yankees packing, 6-2.


KYLE SCHWARBER, BOSTON RED SOX OUTFIELDER: You feed off that energy. You thrive for that. And Red Sox -- Red Sox Nation brought it tonight.


And we needed it. And you can't say enough about the crowd tonight.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The guys are crushed, you know? And tonight was another tough one to