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Biden Meets With The World Leaders At First G7 Summit As President; Vaccination Rates Lag In Some States As More Cities Reopen; Bipartisan Group Of Senators Announce Infrastructure Plan; DOJ Watchdog To Investigate Trump-era Leak Investigations; Report: Wife Of Georgia Secretary Of State Got Threatening Message Saying "You And Your Family Will Be Killed"; Teenage Migrant Tased By Deputies At Texas Shelter; Eat Your Cruciferous Vegetables. Aired 7-8a ET
Aired June 12, 2021 - 07:00 ET
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AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning everyone and welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Amara Walker in for Christi Paul.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Boris Sanchez. Right now, President Biden is meeting with world leaders at the G7 in England as Biden sells his America his back message to allies. It's his meeting with a world leader that is not in attendance that is looming large over the summit.
WALKER: As vaccinations among children rise, there are new questions over just how soon kids should be vaccinated amid new studies showing a possible link between vaccines and heart issues in children.
SANCHEZ: Plus, forced into hiding. How Georgia's Secretary of State, a repeat target of President Trump's election lies felt the need to go into hiding after facing death threats and breakings.
WALKER: And a major heat wave is building across parts of the country with more than 20 million under heat alerts where temperatures will soar well into the triple digits.
SANCHEZ: Good morning and welcome to your NEW DAY. It is Saturday, June 12th. We are glad that you are with us. Amara, same goes to you, happy to see you.
WALKER: Thank you for having me back. I wasn't sure if you'd have me back.
SANCHEZ: Oh, why? Of course, we'd have you anytime.
WALLER: All right, well, thank you. And we got a lot of news to get to today and underway right now. The world's major economies are meeting for day two of the G7 summit. On the agenda, building back the global economy post-pandemic, plus a focus on competing with China, and signing a global health declaration to make sure another crisis like the coronavirus never happens again. SANCHEZ: Joe Biden's first outing on the world stage as president, a chance to put his "America is back" mantra into practice. And so far, the visuals match the message especially in comparison to his predecessor. The ally's side by side for so called family photos. Very chummy. Even arm in arm with French President Emmanuel Macron. Those two leaders holding a bilateral meeting and just a few hours, very serious disagreements on the table over China and trade and other issues.
WALKER: But looming over at all, presidents, President Biden's first face to face with Vladimir Putin in Geneva next week. The Russian president is laying out his view on the state of us Russia relations.
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VLAMIR PUTIN, PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA: We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.
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SANCHEZ: So, let's get to our CNN team in England covering the summit right now. CNN is Jeff Zeleny is in Falmouth, and CNN, Nic Robertson joins us now live from Carbis Bay. Jeff, let's get to you first walk us through what is on President Biden's agenda today and how he's being received?
JEFF ZELENY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Boris and Amara. President Biden and other leaders of the Group of Seven nations are involved in the second day of meetings happening right now on a beautiful day here in Cornwall, England. Of course one of the topics of the agenda items, China. Of course, not a seat at the table here but a key topic of discussion, competitiveness with China. Of course, there is not a unanimous view here inside the summit.
President Biden of courses have been talking about the existential threat that China really forces on the rest of the world, but the European leaders do not see it in the same way. Of course, they sell many of their goods to China, need much of their funding for infrastructure. But today there is going to be likely a communique which is a joint statement at the end of the session about how these, these nations, the Group of Seven will be speaking out in one voice, and really about the threat that China faces.
But key also here, really trying to strengthen the alliances between the U.S. and the rest of the European world that have been fractured really over the last four years and beyond. And how these countries can move out and grow out of the, the global pandemic that really has crushed the economy here and around the world. But also, some other lighter moments, including last evening at a reception when Queen Elizabeth flew here with other senior royals, to meet leaders of the Group of Seven.
There was a family photograph, and also a cocktail reception and we got the brief sound from the Queen. Let's take a listen. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ELIZABETH II, QUEEN OF ENGLAND: (INAUDIBLE) as if you're enjoying.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, definitely. We have been enjoying ourselves in spite of appearances.
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ZELENY: So, clearly, the Queen there asking folks if they're having fun and shouldn't they be enjoying themselves. So, just a bit of a moment of history really. I mean, President Biden, of course, is the 13th American president. She has met over the course of her life. 12 have been sitting presidents while she has been, been a Queen. Of course, the first was Harry Truman back in 1951, during a visit to Washington when she was a princess.
There will be a larger, more formal meeting with the President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden tomorrow in Windsor Castle with, with Queen Elizabeth. But here several key items on the agenda yet for a business meeting, including a key one on one meeting with President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. That's coming up here later this afternoon in Cornwall, Boris and Amara.
WALKER: All right, Jeff Zeleny, thank you for that. To Nic Robertson now. And Nic, I know you have covered so many of these summits, the G7, the G8, and you know what goes into these agendas. I know you watch very carefully the nuances of the body languages between the world leaders. Can we just first have you talk about, I guess, the optics and the substance here, the change that we're seeing, now that we have President Biden trying to bring back America to the global stage?
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Boris Johnson called it a breath of fresh air. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, said that multilateralism was back. Of course, this is really a repost to President Trump's America First Policy. So, there is a real sense here that President Biden is back, that America is ready, again, to lead on the world stage on important issues, like the pandemic.
Getting a really strong read of what's going on here in this G7 is tougher than those in the past because, you know, the COVID restrictions mean that there are a few reporters available and the leaders aren't sort of walking paths, and you don't have a bunch of reporters, holding out microphones. You know, every sort of end of every session asking questions, that's just not happening, you have quite a lot of advanced, you know, releases from the White House or from Downing Street, that are giving you an idea of what's coming up.
That you know, the White House or downing street's vision of how these agreements should be read that it's difficult to get into that detail when you don't have that same contact. And I think that's one of the fallouts of COVID, perhaps this will be different at the next G7. So, that's, I think one of the difficulties of trying to read the behind- the-scenes situation as much as we used to be able to do it. But you know, what we've seen so far from the family photographs, from
the, from the light touches with the Queen there, it's going well. I have to say, both Boris Johnson So from what we understand Justin Trudeau as well are both taking a swim in the sea. And I can tell you, it's more mean that it is florid in the ocean there.
WALKER: Very interesting. Nic Robertson, thank you for your analysis. Appreciate it.
SANCHEZ: Thanks, Nic.
WALKER: Just in time for summer. More cities and summer attractions are reopening and dropping COVID-19 restrictions but lagging vaccination rates across the U.S. could leave some areas vulnerable to potential outbreaks and new COVID-19 variants.
SANCHEZ: Yes, the country averaged just over one million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per day over the last week. That's actually down from over three million per day in early April and it's happening as more businesses are looking to return to normal, including Disney. Beginning next week, masks will no longer be required in most areas at Disney World for vaccinated guests.
CNN's Polo Sandoval reports on the efforts to reopen across the country.
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POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Restrictions continue being lifted across the United States as more cities and states start fully reopen. On Friday, Chicago's mayor announcing Windy City has dropped pandemic era regulations, no more masked mandate or social distancing requirements, even offering some free tickets to its famed Lollapalooza music festival to vaccinated fans.
MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT (D-IL), CHICAGO: Now, it's time for you to get up, get out of the house this summer and fully and safely and enjoy the events of the best city on the planet, our beloved city of Chicago.
SANDOVAL: This week, other major cities like Seattle and Denver across the Biden administration's goal of having 70 percent of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose by the Fourth of July. New York State on the cusp of reaching that goal, it's a threshold the state's Governor Andrew Cuomo has said it will trigger the end to all of the state's COVID-19 restrictions.
New Yorkers can also plan on the return of the famed Macy's fireworks for Independence Day, according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The vaccination rates in certain states remain relatively low, including in states like Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming. While adults and children over 12 continue receiving vaccines across the United States, nearly 62 percent of that population has at least one dose so far, and experts are split on how urgently children under the age of 12 should receive their vaccine.
DR. RICHNA BICETTE: They are still at risk of hospitalization, and they are still at risk of having adverse side effects. Kids have been isolated for a large proportion of time, but as he starts back in the fall, and they're in classrooms, they're in group activities and school sports. It's going to get colder, so people are going to start moving inside. Their risk is going to increase if they're not vaccinated.
SANDOVAL: Another concern among experts, the mental health of adolescents during the pandemic. Emergency room visits for suicide attempts rose and alarming 51 percent among teenage girls during the pandemic, that's according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Friday, but there remain signs of optimism and the global fight against a pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of two batches of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that were produced at a troubled Baltimore lab, concluding they're safe to use. Polo Sandoval, CNN, New York,
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WALKER: To Capitol Hill now and a new deal is on the table. After weeks of stalled negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators announcing an agreement on an infrastructure package that does not include raising taxes.
SANCHEZ: Yes, A senior Biden administration official tells CNN that the White House believes this is a deal worth exploring, but some Democrats say it is not good enough, and it is time to pull the plug on bipartisan talks. CNN is Daniella Diaz joins us now live from Capitol Hill. Daniella, walk us through the details what is in this deal?
DANIELLA DIAZ, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Boris, Amara, there are still a lot of details part of this package that are being ironed out. But look, the White House is optimistic about this. You know, some senators are optimistic about this as well. And right now, this is the only bipartisan package on the table for infrastructure.
I want to talk a little bit about what this package promises. It will be $1.2 trillion of spending over eight years, $974 billion over the first five years. The plan also calls for $575 billion of new spending. And this spending will be focused more on core physical infrastructure and will be paid for without tax hikes, which is something Republicans really, really wanted.
Look, this bipartisan group: five Democrats, five Republicans negotiated this deal this week. And you know, some progressive Democrats really want to move forward, along with the infrastructure package. A sweeping larger package using, using budget reconciliation, to pass it along party lines. They don't want to negotiate with Republicans anymore. And some Republicans actually believe that this price tag for this bipartisan proposal is too high.
So, there's still a lot of differences between these two Democrats and Republicans on an infrastructure proposal. But look, bottom line here is that right now, this is the only thing on the table for an infrastructure package. And there's still a lot of hurdles that this group needs to overcome in order to try to make this infrastructure package law. Amara, Boris.
SANCHEZ: Daniella Diaz reporting from Capitol Hill. Thanks so much.
Ahead this hour, the Justice Department launching an investigation into secret Trump era seizures of data on democrats and their families, was this an abuse of power?
WALKER: Also seven months after the presidential election, why election workers and officials are still facing an onslaught of death threats that reports ahead.
SANCHEZ: Some updates now on an explosive story, we brought you earlier this week. We're learning more about former Attorney General William Barr's role in the Trump administration is targeting of Democratic members of Congress.
WALKER: Sources say, Barr pushed investigators to finish probes that included secret subpoenas on House Democrats perceived to be Trump's political enemies. Now, the Justice Department is investigating. Here's CNN's Manu Raju with more.
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MANU RAJU, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Former President Donald Trump's Justice Department under intense scrutiny after new revelations suggested he employed the department's awesome power to investigate his enemies. The Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, asking the department's inspector general to begin an investigation after news broke that Trump's Justice Department sees records of House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Committee Democrats Eric Swalwell, along with staff and even their family members.
REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): I can't say that it was extraordinarily broad, people having nothing to do with within you know, the intelligence matters that are released being reported on. It just shows what a broad fishing expedition it was and, and so many norms were broken in connection with this.
RAJU: Sources tell CNN the ever began in February 2018 when Attorney General Jeff Sessions ran the department. The subpoenas related to leaks of classified information regarding contacts between Russians and Trump associates. More than 100 accounts were affected casting a wide net that even swept up at least one minor. It included a gag order, which was renewed three times before expiring this year, and it wasn't until May that Apple notified customers that the records had been seized.
On a private conference called, sources tell CNN that committee Democrats were animated about getting to the bottom of who was behind this effort, and are now asking Apple to provide them with more details about whether additional members were targeted. A source tells CNN that Sessions was not involved in the subpoenas, even though it began under his tenure. And the effort continued under Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr, who had this exchange with them, Senator Kamala Harris in 2019.
BILL BARR, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL: Can you repeat that question.
KAMALA HARRIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I will repeat it. Has the President or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? Yes or no? Please, sir.
BARR: The president or anybody else?
HARRIS: Seems you would remember something like that and be able to tell us?
BARR: Yes, but I'm trying to grapple with the word suggest.
RAJU: Barr told Politico that he was "not aware of any congressman's records being sought in a leak case." Barr adding, "I never discussed the leak cases would Trump." In the Senate, the top two Democrats want Barr to save that under oath, threatening to subpoena him, along with Sessions and other officials to compel their testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Now, when most Republicans in Congress have been quiet, one of them has spoken out that Senator Chuck Grassley, he's the lead republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he issued a statement saying, in part, "Investigations of members of Congress and staff are nothing new, especially for classified leaks." Now, his position is important because on the Senate Judiciary Committee they require requires bipartisan support in order to issue a subpoena.
So, all Republicans could deny Democrats from issuing a subpoena for the testimony. That's different than on the House side and what they could do it unilaterally. The Democrats win the majority there can do just that, and they want to hear from Merrick Garland, at least get him to provide information to their committee because they're frustrated. They have not got enough information from Biden's Justice Department about the investigation that happened under Trump. Manu Raju, CNN, Capitol Hill.
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WALKER: OK. A lot to talk about here. Let's talk about it with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Ele Honig, a Former Federal Prosecutor; and CNN Legal Analyst, Elliot Williams, a Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, perfect panel to have this morning. Thanks so much, gentlemen, for joining me.
All right. So, first question, Ele, 73 phone numbers and 36 e-mail addresses from Apple, and at least one subpoena to Microsoft. I mean, does it feel to you like, we're just now scratching the surface on the scope of the government's leak investigation?
ELE HONIG, CNN SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST: Yes Amara, those are huge numbers. And you hear this expression, we just heard it in the package that preceded us fishing expedition. What does that mean? That means when you're a prosecutor and you issue a subpoena, you have an awful lot of power over who you subpoena, and for what reason? But you're supposed to have what we prosecutors call predication.
You're supposed to have a specific reason for issuing this specific subpoena to this specific person. When you start when you fire out 73 subpoenas, that suggests you're not doing that, that suggests you're just sort of casting them about everywhere, wanting to see whatever you may turn over, whatever you may discover, that is what we mean when we talk about an abuse of power.
WALKER: And just quickly, Ele, to follow up, what kind of information was in this data that was obtained?
HONIG: Right. So, it's important that people understand. Prosecutors are not getting actual recordings or the substance of conversations. But what they are getting is a listing of who spoke with who, what phone numbers were in contact with, what phone numbers, at what times on what dates and how long those phone calls lasted.
So, it's not as bad as if they were getting the actual content of those phone calls. But still, think about it. Think about your phone, right? This is private personal information. You're calling friends, you're calling relatives you're calling maybe people you don't want people to know about. So, prosecutors can get that information, but they still need to be very careful and mindful of people's privacy rights.
WALKER: And as Manu Raju mentioned, Republican Chuck Grassley released a statement and I want to read more of it. It says, "Both classified lease and abuses of power are serious offenses that must be met with strict consequences. We know that the Justice Department is capable of abusing its power as it did when a secretly spied on and ran intelligence operations against the Trump campaign. We also know that classified information in Congress's possession can lead to the press as was the case with the classified Carter Page FISA, the product of that abuse. We do not know whether the effort to investigate such leaks was another example of an abuse of power by the Justice Department."
OK, a lot of this statement. We don't need to get to all of it, but who is comment, Elliott, that investigations into lawmakers and staff are nothing new. Well, seizing the records of political opponents and journalists is something new, isn't it? I mean, that's extraordinary.
ELLIOTT WILLIAMS, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Well, that's extraordinary, but not as extraordinary as a former president of the United States, specifically identifying his political opponents by name via social media, via press conference, via whatever and suggesting that they ought to be targeted. Senator Grassley Ranking Member Grassley is exactly right, and we should get off the narrative that members of Congress can never or should never be investigated, then their staff can commit crimes, right?
And so he's perfectly right, that there's nothing new here. What is new is the behavior of President Trump and the grossly inappropriate behavior of the Justice Department and appearing at a minimum to help carry that out. Now, Congress ought to be the body to be investigating any of this wrongdoing.
Another statement that got issued just yesterday, Amara, was Senator Schumer and Senator Durbin, the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, calling for investigations and potentially subpoenas into this. That's the way Congress ought to be working.
They are the body with the authority to investigate an issue subpoenas when there's wrongdoing in the Justice Department. The problem as you see from Senator Grassley's statement is the rank partisanship that has hurt Congress's standing in the country to be an impartial body.
But really, you know, if I had to if I if this were a boxing match, I would say point Schumer and dupe Durbin, they are right there. They oughta call in the former Attorney General to testify and negotiate over his testimony. And if he doesn't come in if she was subpoena to make him come.
WALKER: So, Elliot, I mean, looking to the future, do you think that that we could actually see Bill Barr or Jeff Sessions testify? And could there be prosecutions as a result?
WILLIAMS: Well, I mean, the challenge is it will be hard. As the tea's as modern as reporting said, it'll be hard to subpoena Bill Barr, because unlike the House of Representatives, the Senate just doesn't have unilateral subpoena authority. And I have a really hard time seeing how the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee agree, the testimony now, there is a long history of negotiation between the Justice Department, the White House and Congress over testimony and appearances, you know, do they issue written testimony?
Do they come in for a deposition? Whatever? I would like to think that they will, they should, at a minimum, you know, the house can bring them into and Schiff or Jerry Nadler and House Judiciary Committee does have authority to issue a subpoena for the Attorney General. And I think you're far probably far more likely to see that.
WALKER: So, what is President Biden saying about all this? White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, she spoke to CNN and she had this response to the leak investigation.
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JEN PSAKI, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: First of all, an I.G. investigation looks into how this happened, how could possibly happen? And let me be absolutely clear, the behavior, these actions, the president finds them absolutely appalling. He ran for president in part because of the abuse of power by the last president and by the last Attorney General. (END VIDEO CLIP)
WALKER: So, Ele, I mean, what will the Department of Justice under Biden do differently? I mean, do we know if similar investigations are still ongoing?
HONIG: Right. Amara, so, I want to I want to praise and criticize the current administration. I want to praise them first, because it is clear that there is a wall of separation that is truly being observed between the White House and the Justice Department. We have seen various stories over the past couple weeks where it's clear, DOJ and the A.G. are not consulting with the President nor should they either way.
Here's my criticism though. The current Justice Department under Merrick Garland needs to do more. They need to do more on this. Opening an inspector general, which is an internal investigation is absolutely necessary, but there's more Garland can do. He can figure out right now, are there more of these cases out there? Are there more of these gag orders out there still pending that maybe have three months, six months left to go?
He needs to find those gag orders, he needs to review them and he needs to decide, are they necessary and if they're not necessary, he needs to go back into court on Monday and say to whatever judge approved them, OK, Judge, we don't need these anymore. We need to lift them. We need to notify the carriers. They need to notify anyone whose privacy rights have been interfered with here.
WALKER: Yes, good point. It's really stunning and saddening just to see how politicized the DOJ has become over the past several years rather than remaining independent. Ele Honig, Elliot Williams, great conversation. Thank you both. Thank you.
WILLIAMS: Thank you, Amara.
SANCHEZ: Next, this is a very important story. The wife of Georgia Secretary of State reveals the threats that she and her family have received because of Trump's big lie chilling messages like, "We plan for the death of you and your family." More of these messages and how they are responding just ahead, stay with us.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (on camera): We were just about half past the hour, and we're hearing from more of the rioters involved in the January 6th Capitol insurrection. Some of them are shifting blame to former President Donald Trump for their actions.
AMARA WALKER, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR (on camera): Rioter Anthony Antonio sat down with CNN on Friday, to discuss why he came to D.C. that day. And what he believed he was doing.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ANTHONY ANTONIO, CAPITOL RIOTER: I went because he asked everybody to. Because the president of the United States stood up there and said, come to D.C. And then, every media source that I could possibly see credited and said, yes, this is what the president said.
I mean, they even put up a map showing, like, this is where the stage is going to be. This is where you stand. I mean, everything about it looked official.
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WALKER: Now, as you may know, the State of Georgia was subjected to President Trump's repeated and false claims of voter fraud after losing the 2020 election.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger spoke with CNN last night about the threats his family received and their decision to temporarily go into hiding.
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BRAD RAFFENSPERGER, SECRETARY OF STATE, GEORGIA: We didn't know how many people were going to show up that weekend, but it seemed apparent to us that they were basically casing our house, seeing what kind of security measures we had. And so, we just decided that we take an early Thanksgiving vacation, and that's what we did.
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WALKER (voice-over): So, his wife Tricia is now speaking out about the death threats and harassments that the family received -- that she specifically received, including text messages sent as recently as April.
"You and your family will be killed very slowly." "We plan for the death of you and your family every day." And a warning that a family member was going to have a very unfortunate incident.
The death threats came by text to Tricia Raffensperger, wife of Georgia secretary of state detailed in a Reuters interview. The messages coming in April, many months after Donald Trump lost the election.
Earlier threats even forcing them into hiding for nearly one week. Tricia Raffensperger telling Reuters. "Brad and I didn't feel like we could protect ourselves." She said she canceled weekly visits at her home with two grandchildren, 3 and 5 years old.
"I couldn't have them come to my house anymore." "You don't know if these people are actually going to act on this stuff," she said. She described to Reuters how intruders in late November broke into the home of their widowed daughter-in-law.
Secretary Brad Raffensperger spoke about the threats to CNN in December, as Trump attacked him incessantly for standing by the election results in Georgia.
DONALD TRUMP, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: He's an enemy of the people.
WALKER: Where Joe Biden won by a slim margin.
RAFFENSPERGER: Tricia got the first ones. For some reason they targeted her. I think that, you know, the first one was like tell Brad to step down, you know, and that type of thing. But then, they just really, you know, ramped up. And then, went to stage two, they just got vulgar and rude.
WALKER: Trump's baseless accusations of voter fraud in Georgia also led to an election worker getting threatened with a noose.
GABRIEL STERLING, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, GEORGIA'S SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE: A 20-something tech in Gwinnett County today has death threats and a noose put out saying he should be hung for treason.
WALKER: These incidents led Gabriel Sterling, a Georgia election official to angrily call on Trump and Republican leaders to stop the disinformation and condemn the threats.
STERLING: Someone is going to get hurt, someone's going to get shot, someone's going to get killed, and it's not right.
WALKER: Still, during a speech before the North Carolina Republican Party last week, former President Trump didn't skip a beat, still promoting false claims of election fraud.
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TRUMP: I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy.
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WALKER (on camera): Now, federal judges overseeing the January 6th insurrection cases have shared concern that Trump's rhetoric could inspire more threats of violence. There's also worry about how trump's false claims could impact election workers and officials during the 2022 midterms.
In the meantime, Trump is being investigated here in Georgia for alleged election interference, including a call he made to Secretary Raffensperger in January, pressuring him to overturn the election results.
SANCHEZ: Authorities in Texas are investigating newly released body camera footage showing a sheriff's deputy tasing a migrant teenage boy at a shelter. We'll show you the disturbing video and you'll hear what the sheriff is saying about the incident in just a few minutes. Don't go anywhere.
[07:43:19] SANCHEZ: A San Antonio sheriff's office is under fire after video surfaced of a 2020 incident at a migrant shelter where law enforcement officer's tased a 16-year-old for more than 30 seconds.
WALKER: As CNN's Martin Savidge shows us the tasing continued even after the teen was already on his knees.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): This body camera video obtained by the nonprofit news agency Reveal was recorded on May 12, 2020, in a Bexar County Sheriff's deputy's respond to the Southwest Key Casa Blanca shelter.
The sheriff's department saying they received a call about an angry and uncooperative migrant juvenile doing damage to property. The first deputy is met by a staffer.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of our youth acting really crazy. He's been breaking stuff and, I mean, it's already past the point he's super aggressive.
SAVIDGE: The unnamed 16-year-old is in a bathroom. Another staff member tries to reassure the teen law enforcement is not here to scare or harm him.
The deputy asks a staff member why the boy is so upset and is translated to the teen who is then defiant and heard cursing.
I don't care what you tell me. I didn't care what you tell me.
SAVIDGE: Moments later, after a second deputy arrives, one of them can be heard saying, ready, I'm going to tased this kid. Then, seconds before the tasing, he orders the team --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stand up, turn around.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Turn around. Turn around now.
SAVIDGE: The tasing continues even after the youth appears to be on his knees on the bathroom floor. This deputy has take him into custody, he could be heard shouting, where are you taking me?
Tell me where are you taking me? Tell me, where are you taking me? Just tell me!
SAVIDGE: One of the deputies can be heard referring to the youth as el stupido (PH). This video has triggered outrage Congressman Joaquin Castro, whose district includes the shelter calls the incident, "Horrendous, and a clear example of excessive force and over-policing." He's demanding a full investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that oversees the shelter, as well as a review of shelter employee training.
In a statement, Castro says, "No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect by law enforcement. The incident reaffirms the importance of quickly placing these children without their parents into the care of family relatives or sponsors in the United States while their asylum cases are adjudicated."
Even though the incident occurred more than a year ago, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office says it only became aware of it last month, giving this statement to CNN. "After BCSO learned of this incident, Sheriff Javier Salazar immediately initiated an Internal Affairs investigation to investigate any wrongdoing that may have occurred."
The office says one of the deputies has been placed on administrative leave. As of June eight, there were 16,250 unaccompanied minor children in Health and Human Services care.
So far, neither the Department of Health and Human Services or Southwest Key, the facility operator have responded to CNN's request for comment.
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WALKER: And that was Martin Savidge reporting.
Just ahead, over 35 million people on the west are under some sort of heat alert this weekend. We're going to have details on that and more of your weekend forecast, coming up next.
SANCHEZ: There's some really frightening moments in the sky to tell you about. Delta says an unruly passenger forced a flight to be diverted overnight. Delta Flight 1730 was traveling from L.A. to Atlanta when it had to be diverted to Oklahoma City.
Police say a man was going to "take the plane down", and started walking towards the front of the plane. There was a confrontation near the cockpit too.
WALKER: Yes, that would be frightening to hear someone say that. And according to police, two flight attendants were injured when they tried to stop him, and other passengers jumped in to help.
Well, the flight eventually landed in Atlanta three hours late. And this is the second time in as many days an unruly passenger has forced a Delta Air Lines flight to be diverted.
Gosh, just let's just travel and be grateful that we can travel.
SANCHEZ: Right, agree.
WALKER: The first -- yes. Well, the first major heatwave of the season could set records this weekend in the west, bringing life-threatening heat and temperatures that could skyrocket into the triple digits throughout next week.
Over 35 million people are now under some sort of heat alert from now into much of next week.
SANCHEZ: Yes. CNN's meteorologist Tyler Mauldin is joining us live from the CNN Weather Center. Tyler, on the bright side, it looks like it could be a good weekend for the beach.
TYLER MAULDIN, CNN METEOROLOGIST (on camera): Yes, it most certainly could be. We are looking at temperatures that could get up to about -- oh, you know what, you're on the -- you're on camera two over here, we should be on camera one actually.
So, I -- the temperatures are going to heat up to about let's say getting up to 20 degrees above average, Boris. We'll get up to 100 degrees in some parts of the -- of the southwest where temperatures will get up to 111 degrees.
This is -- again, this is record-breaking, and we do have more than 30 million people under heat alerts right now. Especially out here across the west, wherein Utah going to let's say Southern California, all the way into portions of Arizona and Texas, we could see temperatures get up to 100 degrees, and I'll feel like it's above 110 degrees. And it's going to last all the way through the upcoming week. And, in fact, Phoenix will get up to 117 degrees, normal high as 104 degrees.
So, this is well above average, Boris. And in terms of record-breaking temperatures, we could see more than 130 records be broken over the next five to seven days. Guys?
SANCHEZ: Yes, that's probably going to be a bit too hot for the beach. Tyler Mauldin, thank you so much for that.
MAULDIN: Yes, just a little bit.
SANCHEZ: Still ahead, today marks the five-year anniversary of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. A day that devastated and united the Orlando community. Remember, 49 people were killed.
In the next hour, I'll speak with the former owner of Pulse about their plans to honor the victims. Stay with us.
WALKER: Kids and even some presidents don't always like broccoli and cauliflower. What? In today's "FOOD AS FUEL", CNN health reporter Jacqueline Howard shows us some ways to prepare those cruciferous. Did I say that right? Vegetables, so that the whole family will love them.
JACQUELINE HOWARD, CNN HEALTH REPORTER (on camera): Cruciferous vegetables are among the most healthy foods out there, and they might be some of the most beneficial in reducing the risk of cancer.
HOWARD (voice-over): But they're also among the most divisive. So, if someone in your family doesn't like them, try these tricks. Cauliflower is easy to make into a crust, and most grocery stores carry frozen pre-made versions. Top with marinara and some cheese, it can become a kid favorite.
You can also try crumbling cauliflower florets into small pieces and substituting them for the macaroni and mac and cheese. Or try coating cauliflower in a buffalo sauce for a healthier and vegetarian version of buffalo wings.
You can also buy or make broccoli tots or cheesy broccoli bites for kids who just won't touch the veggie otherwise. And also baked Kale Chips, they are low-calorie nutritious snack and they're easy to make.
Finally, many people don't know this. Wasabi is a cruciferous vegetable too. So, don't forget Wasabi the next time you go out for sushi.
SANCHEZ: Good morning and welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Boris Sanchez.
WALKER: And I'm Amara Walker in for Christi Paul.
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