Kerry: ISIS 'is on the run' despite recent terror attacks
July 17th, 2016
11:49 AM ET

Kerry: ISIS 'is on the run' despite recent terror attacks

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Secretary of State John Kerry ,joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the recent attack in Nice, if the US had intelligence of the coup in Turkey before it happened, the latest on the fight against ISIS and more.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

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Kerry: We have ISIS on the run

 

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Kerry: ISIS 'is on the run' despite recent terror attacks

 

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Kerry on the fight against ISIS: What we believe this indicates, however, is that Da'esh, ISIL, in Syria and Iraq is under great, great pressure.  And people are acting out in various places.  But they are not growing in their ability to do things.  They are shrinking.  We have taken back 40 percent, 45 percent of the territory they held in Iraq.  We're squeezing town after town.  We have liberated communities.  We're making progress now advancing on Mosul.  In Syria, likewise, they're not able to attack and hold towns.  They are on the run. And I believe what we're seeing are the desperate actions of an entity that sees the noose closing around it.

 

Kerry if ISIS had a role in the attack in Nice: [TAPPER]...Does the U.S. have any intelligence to back up this claim by ISIS that it, at the very least, inspired the attack? [KERRY]  Well, there is public information that has been leaking out from France from the investigation itself regarding a - quote - "very rapid period of radicalization."We know, obviously, what everybody now knows publicly, that he was a Tunisian who was given permission to live in France.  But we have - we had no knowledge of him as a radicalized individual.  And, at this point in time, we're waiting for the investigators, and we're helping the investigation in any way that is possible. Our hearts go out to everybody in France.  This is the third major terrorist attack in France.  It's very, very difficult for the French people.  We understand that.  There are 85 people in the hospital now, 20-plus in the intensive care unit. So, we are working with the French to try to put the pieces together, but, you know, this is one of those things, Jake, it's worse than the needle in a haystack.  If you have no indications of somebody, and you don't have any track record of radicalization, and, all of a sudden, over a week or in some period, somebody with apparent mental problems anyway decides to go do great harm to people, it is not hard to do that.And governments and law enforcement have to be able to get this right every hour, every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  If you're a terrorist, and particularly of - of, you know, one or two days' vintage, you can just go out and do something very easily.

 

Kerry on if the United States would extradite Fethullah Gulen: [TAPPER]  As you know, on Saturday, the president of Turkey, Erdogan, demanded that the U.S. arrest or hand over one of his enemies, Fethullah Gulen, the person he is holding responsible for this coup, who is living in self-imposed exile in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. Is the U.S. going to comply with this demand for extradition?  [KERRY]  Well, first of all, we have not had a formal request for extradition.  That has to come in a formal package.It has to come with documentation for the request and go to the Justice Department.  And we will deal with it.  I made it very, very clear to the foreign minister of Turkey yesterday, the United States is not harboring anybody.  We're not preventing anything from happening.  We have never had a formal request for extradition, and we have always said, give us the evidence.  Show us the evidence.  We need a solid, legal foundation that meets the standard of extradition in order for our courts to approve such a request.  So, we're waiting for that.  They tell us they are putting it together and will send it to us.  But we think it's irresponsible to have accusations of American involvement, when we're simply waiting for their request, which we're absolutely prepared to act on if it meets the legal standard.

 

Kerry on if the U.S. had any intelligence that the coup was going to happen:  I don't think anybody's intelligence had information, particularly the Turkish intelligence.  The answer is no.  This is - the nature of a coup, you rarely have indicators that something's about to happen.

 

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JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST:  I'm Jake Tapper, live in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, where the state of our union today is, frankly, in turmoil.

 

With the major security event about to get under way here, the global landscape is quite turbulent.  Eighteen people are hovering between life and death in France after that deadly attack in the coastal city of Nice that killed 84 other innocent people.  French officials now saying that the man who murdered them all texted an unknown recipient just before the attack, saying - quote - "Bring more weapons.  Bring to C" - unquote.

 

Four of his associates were arrested over the weekend, this while Turkey is roiling after a violent and confusing weekend.  Turkish President Erdogan saying he is back in control after an attempt to overthrow his government in the middle of the night.

 

He claims his rival Fethullah Gulen, who is living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania masterminded the entire thing.  He says that without preventing any evidence of what now he's demanding, that President Obama turn him over.

 

Gulen responded by suggesting that the coup may have been staged by Erdogan himself.  It is a messy situation in a country that is a vital U.S. ally in the war against ISIS.

 

And joining me now is Secretary of State John Kerry, who is Luxembourg, on his way to Brussels.

 

Mr. Secretary, thank you so much for joining us.

 

Let's start with the attempted coup in Turkey.  More than 200 people have been killed since the uprising began.  Operations at the U.S. air base have been halted.  Power's been cut.  Our troops there are operating off of military generators.  Five military facilities in Turkey have been placed at the highest alert level.

 

This seems to show a huge level of disrespect.  Who is responsible for this?  Is it Erdogan?

 

JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE:  Jake, we don't have all the details of what has happened with respect to the coup.

 

What we do know is this.  I talked three times yesterday with the foreign minister of Turkey.  They assure me that there will be no interruption of our counter-ISIL efforts.  It is a fact that there were difficulties at Incirlik.

 

But, apparently, there may have been some refueling that took place with the Turkish air force with planes that were flying in the coup itself.  And I think that has something to do with what's taken place there.  It's not focused on us.

 

They have absolutely assured us of their commitment to the fight against Da'esh.  Their foreign minister will be coming to Washington with their defense minister in three days for a major conference that we have with 45 countries, foreign ministers, defense ministers, to keep pushing forward on the strategy against Da'esh.

 

So, Jake, I expect that operations will get back to normal very quickly.  But we don't know the details of the coup.  And I think the Turkish government itself is trying to figure out the full measure of who was involved and how.

 

TAPPER:  Has this affected the fight against ISIS, or, as you call it, Da'esh?

 

KERRY:  No, it has not.

 

According to our commanders, there might have been a minor delay here or there or something, but it has not affected the fundamental direction or commitment to the fight.

 

TAPPER:  As you know, on Saturday, the president of Turkey, Erdogan, demanded that the U.S. arrest or hand over one of his enemies, Fethullah Gulen, the person he is holding responsible for this coup, who is living in self-imposed exile in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.

 

Is the U.S. going to comply with this demand for extradition?

 

KERRY:  Well, first of all, we have not had a formal request for extradition.  That has to come in a formal package.

 

It has to come with documentation for the request and go to the Justice Department.  And we will deal with it.  I made it very, very clear to the foreign minister of Turkey yesterday, the United States is not harboring anybody.  We're not preventing anything from happening.

 

We have never had a formal request for extradition, and we have always said, give us the evidence.  Show us the evidence.  We need a solid, legal foundation that meets the standard of extradition in order for our courts to approve such a request.

 

So, we're waiting for that.  They tell us they are putting it together and will send it to us.  But we think it's irresponsible to have accusations of American involvement, when we're simply waiting for their request, which we're absolutely prepared to act on if it meets the legal standard.

 

TAPPER:  Did U.S. intelligence have any idea that this attempted coup was about to happen?

 

KERRY:  I don't think anybody's intelligence had information, particularly the Turkish intelligence.  The answer is no.

 

This is - the nature of a coup, you rarely have indicators that something's about to happen.

 

TAPPER:  Let's turn now, if we can, sir, to the terrorist attack in Nice on Saturday.  ISIS claimed responsibility for inspiring that horrific truck attack that killed 84 people, wounding more than 200.

 

Does the U.S. have any intelligence to back up this claim by ISIS that it, at the very least, inspired the attack?

 

KERRY:  Well, there is public information that has been leaking out from France from the investigation itself regarding a - quote - "very rapid period of radicalization."

 

We know, obviously, what everybody now knows publicly, that he was a Tunisian who was given permission to live in France.  But we have - we had no knowledge of him as a radicalized individual.  And, at this point in time, we're waiting for the investigators, and we're helping the investigation in any way that is possible.

 

Our hearts go out to everybody in France.  This is the third major terrorist attack in France.  It's very, very difficult for the French people.  We understand that.  There are 85 people in the hospital now, 20-plus in the intensive care unit.

 

So, we are working with the French to try to put the pieces together, but, you know, this is one of those things, Jake, it's worse than the needle in a haystack.  If you have no indications of somebody, and you don't have any track record of radicalization, and, all of a sudden, over a week or in some period, somebody with apparent mental problems anyway decides to go do great harm to people, it is not hard to do that.

 

And governments and law enforcement have to be able to get this right every hour, every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  If you're a terrorist, and particularly of - of, you know, one or two days' vintage, you can just go out and do something very easily.

 

What we believe this indicates, however, is that Da'esh, ISIL, in Syria and Iraq is under great, great pressure.  And people are acting out in various places.  But they are not growing in their ability to do things.  They are shrinking.

 

We have taken back 40 percent, 45 percent of the territory they held in Iraq.  We're squeezing town after town.  We have liberated communities.  We're making progress now advancing on Mosul.  In Syria, likewise, they're not able to attack and hold towns.  They are on the run.

 

And I believe what we're seeing are the desperate actions of an entity that sees the noose closing around it.

 

TAPPER:  Well, with all due respect, sir, I'm not sure that it looks that way to the public, that ISIS is on the run.  In just the last few weeks, we have seen...

 

KERRY:  Well, obviously.

 

TAPPER:  ... a series of ISIS-inspired attacks, 49 killed in Orlando, 45 killed in Istanbul at the airport, more than 200 killed in Baghdad, 84 in Nice.

 

This is just the last five weeks.  I don't think ISIS is on the run.  They might be expanding.

 

(CROSSTALK)

 

KERRY:  Well, Jake, it depends on where you mean ISIS.

 

I don't know if this guy was actually ISIS, and nor do you.  And we don't know that the guy in Orlando was fundamentally ISIS, nor even told what to do by ISIS.

 

If people are inspired, they're inspired.  But ISIL, which is based in Iraq and Syria, is under huge pressure.  And that is just a fact.  Now, there are thousands of fighters, some of whom left the area of the fighting years ago.  And they are sitting in some community somewhere in the world.

 

And if you're saying that one person standing up one day and killing people is a reflection of ISIS moving in Iraq and Syria, I think you're dead wrong.

 

Now, are - is it capable for people to be inspired by them and go out and do great harm to people?  I said that.  I acknowledge that.  Yes, there is that danger.

 

But the core of ISIS is in Al-Raqqa, and it's in Manbij.  It's in Syria.  It's in Iraq.  And we are doing everything in our power to put additional pressure them.  And I believe their days are numbered.

 

TAPPER:  You are doing everything you can do?

 

I mean, I think there are a lot of people in the United States, in the Pentagon, in the national security apparatus who have a number of suggestions as to what more could be done to put pressure and to eliminate the threat of ISIS.

 

KERRY:  Correct.  And we - a lot of people have talked about American troops going in, et cetera.

 

Congress displayed absolutely zero willingness to vote to do that.  And if people have a willingness to show that now that has changed, the administration will listen to any legitimate plan, any legitimate way to do more.

 

But I believe that the pressure is mounting on a steady basis, with more and more being done on a consistent basis.  And we welcome additional thoughts from members of Congress, from anybody in the intel community, in the defense community who knows or suggests.  President Obama is open to any legitimate ways of moving faster that meets the test of our security needs and of what the Congress is willing to support.

 

TAPPER:  Mr. Secretary, I'm being told that you have to go, that you have a meeting with the prime minister.

 

We always appreciate your time.  Thank you so much.  And good luck out there, sir.

 

KERRY:  Thank you.  Thank you, Jake.  Appreciate it.

 

###END INTERVIEW###

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CNN Libertarian Town Hall at Time Warner Center in New York, hosted by Chris Cuomo.
June 22nd, 2016
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CUOMO: Good evening, and welcome to the CNN Libertarian town hall. This is your chance to get to know the candidates behind a party and a movement that's not only alive this election season, but growing.

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Johnson tries to draw distinction between supporting and endorsing Trump
June 19th, 2016
12:08 PM ET

Johnson tries to draw distinction between supporting and endorsing Trump

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) Chairman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, joined CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash, to discuss endorsing/supporting Donald Trump, the letter he penned to Facebook and more.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com
 

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Johnson on delegate uprising “anything can happen”: [BASH] And joining me now is Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.  First question, senator, is do you support the idea that convention delegates should be able to vote their conscience, be unbound if they are currently bound to vote for Donald trump? [JOHNSON] Well, good morning, Dana.  I'm not a delegate.  I really do not know.  Nobody can really predict what's going to be the outcome of our nomination process.  I know there's a number of movements afoot. I'm not part of that process.  I have my own race here in Wisconsin.  I’m going to concentrate on the areas of agreement, growing our economy, strengthening our military, defeating ISIS, securing our borders, making sure that we have judges appointed to the Supreme Court.  So those are the issues, you know, economic growth so that we have - create better opportunities for the American public for the folks here in Wisconsin.  I mean, that’s the think I’m going to concentrate on.

Johnson on if he will support Donald Trump: [BASH] According to a paper from your home state you said just before an event last month "I’m going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump." Have you endorsed him? [JOHNSON]  It has been my intention to support the Republican nominee.  And again nobody can predict the outcome of this thing.  So I think things remain reasonably uncertain.  But is my intention to support – [BASH]  So are you endorsing Mr. Trump right now? [JOHNSON]  I intend to support the Republican nominee and certainly support the areas of agreement, growing our economy, defeating ISIS, strengthening our military, securing our border.  I mean, those - no two people agree 100 percent on everything.  So I'll support the areas of agreement? [BASH]  Support but not endorse, what's the difference? [JOHNSON]  Well to me endorsement is a big embrace.  It basically shows that I pretty well agree with an individual on almost everything.  That's not necessarily be the case with our nominee, so I’ll certainly be an independent voice where I disagree with a particular nominee.  I'll voice it, whether it's Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or anybody else.  I'll voice those disagreements and I’ll certainly support the areas of agreement.

Johnson on Facebook’s cooperation on terror investigations : [BASH] And senator, three days after the Orlando shootings last week you wrote a letter to Facebook to CEO Mark Zuckerberg - Zuckerberg, forgive me - and you asked the company to turn over material relating to the accounts linked to the Orlando shooter because he was posting on that site during the attack.  Has Mark Zuckerberg or anybody from Facebook responded? [JOHNSON]  Yes.  I’m sure Facebook is going to be cooperative.  They've been cooperative in the past.  They've been doing very innovative - taking very innovative efforts trying to counter ISIS' vile and barbaric use of social media.  So I view Facebook as a real partner in this.
 
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Trump ally Senator Sessions; ban immigration from countries like Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria
June 19th, 2016
12:05 PM ET

Trump ally Senator Sessions; ban immigration from countries like Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) joined CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash, to discuss how to implement Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, the speculation that Trump’s nomination will be blocked at the Republican convention and more.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

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Sessions: Trump's immigration ban 'not unreasonable'

Sen. Sessions: I haven't discussed VP with Trump
 

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Sessions on how to implement Trump’s proposed Muslim ban: He simply said - and the way I understand it, and what I think is that we should slow down.  Let's have a pause and begin to analyze where the threats are coming from. We have a toxic ideology, hopefully very small, within Islam.  Certainly, most people, Muslims don't agree with this violent jihadist approach.  And we need to figure out a better way to identify that. We have written the president, Senator Cruz and I, months ago, saying give us a background of the 580 terrorists that have been convicted since 9/11... [BASH]  But... [SESSIONS]  ... and see if we can't see a pattern, so we can do a better job of blocking the entry of those.  So, slowing down, I think, is a good idea.[BASH]  What does that mean?  Are you going to look specifically at certain countries?  Are you going to look at certain religions?  How would that actually work in practical terms? [SESSIONS] Dana, I think you - first, you look at backgrounds.  Look at the countries where we have a - of this 580 terrorists, about 95 percent or so are from Islamic countries. [BASH]  So, for example, give me some names of countries that you would look at first. [SESSIONS]  Well, all I can tell you is, the public data that we have had indicate that there are quite a number of countries in that region that have sent a large number of people that have become terrorists.  And so...[BASH]  Are you talking about Saudi Arabia?  Or are you talking about.. [SESSIONS]  Well, it all depends.  A lot of it is on population.[BASH]  Iran? [SESSIONS]  Like, Pakistan has a number, people from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen. [BASH]  So, you would consider and Mr. Trump would consider banning immigration temporarily completely from those countries? [SESSIONS]  Not completely. I mean, you have got diplomats and businesspeople who have been traveling for a long time.  But tightening up that, pausing on the normal flow here until we get a good database the administration has refused to give us and protect the American people, that's not unreasonable. You don't have a constitutional right to come to America.  We respect your religion in this country.  We will defend your right to free exercise of religion, but a person with an ideology that goes beyond normal religion that believes you can kill gays, that kills people who change their view about the religion they have, that is a dangerous thing, and we do not have to admit people like that.

Sessions dismisses the idea Trump’s nomination will be blocked at the Republican convention: [BASH]  Let's talk about politics and the fact that there is a movement among some delegates to the Republican Convention to try to get Donald Trump off the ballot, to make sure that he is not the nominee. Do you know of any effort inside the Trump campaign to call these delegates and stop them?  [SESSIONS]  Well, I don't think that has any chance whatsoever. Somebody said they could have as many as 30 people.  Well, they are 2,400 delegates.  He's going to win this nomination, clearly. What I would say to my people that are seeking unity, you need also to listen to the American people.  Why don't we acknowledge that these trade deals haven't worked so well, as Donald Trump says?  Why don't we acknowledge that immigration is now in a lawless state and needs to be restored [BASH]  But is the campaign making.. [SESSIONS]  I think our leaders need to be paying attention also to the people, not just complaining about things that Donald Trump might say. [BASH]  But a fight at the convention is - is not good for anybody inside the Republican Party who is looking for the kind of unity you're talking about. Is the campaign making calls, trying to stop kind of a revolt at the convention? [SESSIONS]  Well, there's not going to be a revolt. But I would say that the administration, that the Trump campaign is definitely reaching out.  We have had a number of meetings, a number of meetings with the Republican Senate leadership, House members, Congressman Ron, Mitch McConnell, multiple phone calls and discussions. But I would just urge them to watch what happened in this election.  The American people don't want another 5,000-page trade deal.  They want an end of lawlessness and immigration.

Sessions on Senator Collins proposed gun measures:  [BASH]  So, one of your colleagues, Senator Collins, is working on a compromise, which would limit the lists to a no-fly list and a selectee list.  So, it would apply to about 109,000 people, as opposed to what you were talking about, the broader one million people or so who are on the terror watch list. Would you back that compromise legislation?  [SESSIONS]  Well, Susan is so careful about those things.  And she's worked really hard to figure out the differences in various lists and what kind of proof it takes to get on that list.  [BASH]  Exactly.[SESSIONS]  So, I would be willing to listen to what she said.  I am open to the details, Dana.  I agree that, somehow, some way, we should be able to make this work. 

Sessions is open to being Trump’s running-mate: [BASH] I can't let you go, Senator without asking you about being Donald Trump's running mate.  You are on every single list that we see. Are you being vetted? [SESSIONS] I certainly expect not. I have not been discussing that with them.  And I don't even - even know if anybody is being vetted, but I think you will be... [BASH]  Would you like to be vetted? [SESSIONS]  I - I have only said.. [BASH]  And considered?  [SESSIONS]  ... if I were asked, I would consider it.  I don't expect that to happen. [BASH]  But the vetting process hasn't started at all? [SESSIONS]  I don't know.  I have not - I have no idea what - what they're doing. I suspect that people are thinking about it.  But it will be an important decision.  He needs somebody who can really be a great president if something happens to him, somebody who can advance - help him advance an agenda that I think is the American people's agenda. 
 
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Orlando shooting 911 call transcripts to be released Monday
June 19th, 2016
12:01 PM ET

Orlando shooting 911 call transcripts to be released Monday

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, joined CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash, to discuss, the 911 transcripts between the Orlando shooter and the police, if Disney was a potential target and more.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

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Orlando shooting 911 call transcripts to be released
 
CNN STORY
Lynch: Authorities to release limited transcripts of calls with Orlando shooter
 
 

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Lynch on the transcripts between Mateen and the police: [BASH] First, let's start with the news that you're going to deliver tomorrow, these transcripts.  Can you give us a teaser of what exactly we're going to learn in these transcripts about the killer?  [LYNCH] Well, good morning, Dana, and thank you for having me. Yes, we are going to be releasing tomorrow more information about this investigation.  It's been our goal to get as much information into the public domain as possible, so people can understand, as we do, possibly what motivated this killer, what led him to this place, and also provide us with information. So, tomorrow, we will be releasing limited transcripts of the calls between the killer and the Orlando P.D. negotiators in the nightclub that night. [BASH]  And what will the transcripts tell us? [LYNCH]  They will talk about what he told law enforcement on the ground as the events were unfolding. [BASH]  And what did he tell them?  [LYNCH]  You know, as we have said earlier, he talked about his pledges of allegiance to a terrorist group.  He talked about his motivations for why he was claiming at that time he was committing this horrific act. He talked about American policy in some ways.  The reason why we're going to limit these transcripts is to avoid revictimizing those who went through this horror.  But it will contain the substance of his conversations.  And there were three conversations between this killer and negotiators. [BASH]  And he was, of course, in a gay nightclub.  Did he talk about his feelings about gay Americans? [LYNCH]  You know, he didn't get into that.  And so we're still exploring why he chose this particular place to attack.  We're asking people who have information to come forward.  People have.  We greatly appreciate that. We are trying to learn everything we can about this individual's motivations.  As you note, he was in a gay nightclub.  This was an act of terror and an act of hate, targeted against a community, the LGBT community, the Latino community.  And, of course, the LGBT community is so far - far too often the victim of these types of crimes. 

Lynch on if she believes Disney could have been a potential target: [BASH] OK.  Let me ask you about a place that all of America and the world is familiar with, and that's Disney. According to a law enforcement official, the Orlando killer visited Disney Springs the beginning of this month, just a couple of weeks ago, and also may have visited Disney World in April. Do you believe that the shooter had Disney in his sights as a potential target? [LYNCH]  You know, we don't know the answer to that right now.  That is, of course, one of the things that we are trying to determine.  Were there any other locations he was focused on, but, also, why did he pick this particular location?  Why did he target the LGBT community, and on - particularly on Latin night? Are there connections to that as well?  Because, of course, those are two communities that are often victimized by crimes of hate, which, of course, this - this also included.  So, we're trying to find out everything we can about his motivations. 

Lynch responds to Michael Hayden’s comments about “political correctness” influencing investigations: Is that a concern that you have seen and you have heard or that you particularly have, too much political correctness to be able to investigate? [LYNCH]  Well, I can tell you - I can tell you how we handle these investigations now. We handle these investigations by looking into anything, everything, and everyone.  But that also includes reaching out to the Muslim community for information that they may have.  In many of the investigations that we do involving individuals who have been radicalized here or individuals that we learn of overseas, a lot of the information that we gain is from the Muslim community. So, what I would say is that, certainly, we investigate these cases aggressively.  No stone is left unturned.  There is no backing away from an issue, there is no backing away from an interview because of anyone's background, because, for us, the source of information is very, very important. And what I will say, though, is that it is very important for to us maintain our contacts within the Muslim community, because, often, individuals, if they're from that community and they're being radicalized, their friends and family members will see it first.  They will see activity first.  And we want that information to come to us. Also, those communities are targeted as well.  They are often swept up in this.  And so we want to make sure that every community in the United States knows that they are under our protection. 
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Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
June 3rd, 2016
06:30 PM ET

Tapper to Trump "...is that not the definition of racism?"

Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, joined the program, to discuss Hillary Clinton’s attacks, invoking a judge’s Mexican heritage and more.

**The full interview will air on State of the Union with Jake Tapper, this Sunday 06/05/2016**

Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

Visit http://www.cnn.com/shows/the-lead for additional information.

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VIDEO:

Donald Trump hits back at Clinton's 'thin skin' comment

Donald Trump rails against judge's 'Mexican heritage'

 

CNN Story:

Trump defends criticism of judge with Mexican heritage

 

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Trump on Clinton’s “thin skin” comment: “Well, first of all, I don't have thin skin, I have very, very strong, very thick skin.  And when somebody is right about me, I always - you know, if you do a report and it's not necessarily positive but you're right, I never complain. I do complain when it's a lie or when it's wrong.  But I have a strong temperament and it's a very good temperament and it's a very in control temperament or I wouldn't have built this unbelievable company, I wouldn't have built all of the things that I've been able to do in life. I mean, number one best-sellers, one of the best-selling books of all time, tremendous television success...[TAPPER]  I don't think anyone is... [TRUMP] I've been successful. Well, wait a minute, Jake. I've been successful in every business I've been in, if you think, real estate one of the most successful.  Uh, television, "The Apprentice," which is, forget it.  I mean NBC came to me.  They wanted to renew so badly you have no idea. [TAPPER]  But what does that have to do with temperament?...... [TRUMP] Oh, you can't have that success without good temperament. And I will say this.  I was thinking about the word temperament.  And we need a strong temperament in this country.  We have been led by weak people, weak ineffective people.  Countries have taken advantage of us, whether it's militarily or otherwise.  We have been taken advantage of by everybody.  We have people with weak temperaments. I have a very strong temperament.  But I have a temperament that's totally under control.  And, you know, you - she - she mentions that I'll bring us into war.  She's the one that wanted to go into Iraq.  I mean she raised her hand.  She didn't know what the hell she was doing.  She raised her hand. I said, I don't want to go into Iraq, Iraq is going to destabilize the Middle East and I was 100 percent right.”

 

 

Trump responds to criticism of judge with Mexican heritage “….[TRUMP] Do you know that these people went to every attorney general, practically, in the country that they could and do you know this case was turned down by almost every attorney general, from Texas to Florida to many of these states? [TAPPER]  Is it not, when Hillary Clinton says this is a racist attack and you reject that, if you are saying he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism? [TRUMP]  No, I don't think so at all. [TAPPER]  No? [TRUMP]  No.  He's proud of his heritage.  I - I respect him for that. [TAPPER]  But you're saying he can't do his job because of that. [TRUMP]  Look, he's proud of his heritage, OK.  I'm building a wall.  Now, I think I'm going to do very well with Hispanics. [TAPPER]  He's a legal citizen... [TRUMP]  You know why I'm going to do well with Hispanics? Because I'm going to bring back jobs and they're going to get jobs right now.  They're going to get jobs.  I think I'm going to do very well with Hispanics. But we're building a wall.  He's a Mexican.  We're building a wall between here and Mexico.  The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings, rulings that people can't even believe.  This case should have ended years ago on summary judgment.  The best lawyers - I have spoken to so many lawyers, they said this is not a case, this is a case that should have ended. [TAPPER]  I have... [TRUMP]  This judge is giving us unfair rulings. Now I say why? Well, I want to - I'm building a wall, OK, and it's a wall between Mexico, not another country...”

 

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June 3rd, 2016
06:29 PM ET

Clinton "I'm happy to put my record up against his comments, his rants, and his outright lies anytime"

Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, joined the program, to discuss Hillary Clinton’s attacks, invoking a judge’s Mexican heritage and more.

**The full interview will air on State of the Union with Jake Tapper, this Sunday 06/05/2016**

Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

Visit http://www.cnn.com/shows/the-lead for additional information.

Please credit all usage to CNN

 

VIDEO:

Donald Trump hits back at Clinton's 'thin skin' comment

Donald Trump rails against judge's 'Mexican heritage'

 

CNN Story:

Trump defends criticism of judge with Mexican heritage

 

Text Highlights

 

Trump on Clinton’s “thin skin” comment: Well, first of all, I don't have thin skin, I have very, very strong, very thick skin.  And when somebody is right about me, I always - you know, if you do a report and it's not necessarily positive but you're right, I never complain. I do complain when it's a lie or when it's wrong.  But I have a strong temperament and it's a very good temperament and it's a very in control temperament or I wouldn't have built this unbelievable company, I wouldn't have built all of the things that I've been able to do in life. I mean, number one best-sellers, one of the best-selling books of all time, tremendous television success...[TAPPER]  I don't think anyone is... [TRUMP] I've been successful. Well, wait a minute, Jake. I've been successful in every business I've been in, if you think, real estate one of the most successful.  Uh, television, "The Apprentice," which is, forget it.  I mean NBC came to me.  They wanted to renew so badly you have no idea. [TAPPER]  But what does that have to do with temperament?...... [TRUMP] Oh, you can't have that success without good temperament. And I will say this.  I was thinking about the word temperament.  And we need a strong temperament in this country.  We have been led by weak people, weak ineffective people.  Countries have taken advantage of us, whether it's militarily or otherwise.  We have been taken advantage of by everybody.  We have people with weak temperaments. I have a very strong temperament.  But I have a temperament that's totally under control.  And, you know, you - she - she mentions that I'll bring us into war.  She's the one that wanted to go into Iraq.  I mean she raised her hand.  She didn't know what the hell she was doing.  She raised her hand. I said, I don't want to go into Iraq, Iraq is going to destabilize the Middle East and I was 100 percent right.

 

 

Trump responds to criticism of judge with Mexican heritage “….[TRUMP] Do you know that these people went to every attorney general, practically, in the country that they could and do you know this case was turned down by almost every attorney general, from Texas to Florida to many of these states? [TAPPER]  Is it not, when Hillary Clinton says this is a racist attack and you reject that, if you are saying he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism? [TRUMP]  No, I don't think so at all. [TAPPER]  No? [TRUMP]  No.  He's proud of his heritage.  I - I respect him for that. [TAPPER]  But you're saying he can't do his job because of that. [TRUMP]  Look, he's proud of his heritage, OK.  I'm building a wall.  Now, I think I'm going to do very well with Hispanics. [TAPPER]  He's a legal citizen... [TRUMP]  You know why I'm going to do well with Hispanics? Because I'm going to bring back jobs and they're going to get jobs right now.  They're going to get jobs.  I think I'm going to do very well with Hispanics. But we're building a wall.  He's a Mexican.  We're building a wall between here and Mexico.  The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings, rulings that people can't even believe.  This case should have ended years ago on summary judgment.  The best lawyers - I have spoken to so many lawyers, they said this is not a case, this is a case that should have ended. [TAPPER]  I have... [TRUMP]  This judge is giving us unfair rulings. Now I say why? Well, I want to - I'm building a wall, OK, and it's a wall between Mexico, not another country...”

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Topics: CNN • Transcripts
April 15th, 2016
12:03 AM ET

Final RUSH Transcript//CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate– Brooklyn, NY

Unknown

BLITZER: Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders, you can now move to your lecterns while I explain a few ground rules. As moderator, I'll guide the discussion, asking questions and follow-ups. You'll also get questions from Dana Bash and Errol Louis. You'll each have one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions, 30 seconds for follow- ups. Timing lights will signal when your time is up. Both candidates have agreed to these rules now. Opening statements, you'll each have two minutes.

Let's begin with Senator Sanders.

(APPLAUSE)

SANDERS: Wolf, thank you very much. CNN, thank you very much. Secretary Clinton, thank you very much.

When we began this campaign almost a year ago, we started off at 3 percent in the polls. We were about 70 points behind Secretary Clinton. In the last couple of weeks, there were two polls out there that had us ahead.

(APPLAUSE)

Of the last nine caucuses and primaries, we have won eight of them, many of them by landslide victories.

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Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
March 30th, 2016
12:10 AM ET

Full Rush Transcript: Gov. John Kasich, CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

RUSH TRANSCRIPT, Mandatory credit: CNN 

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(APPLAUSE)

COOPER: And welcome back.  There is history all around us here at downtown Milwaukee's Riverside Theater, which opened in 1928. It was nearly destroyed by fire in 1966. It was lovingly restored in the 80s and has been at the heart of this city's cultural life ever since. It is a magnificent theater.

We're here in the mid of a history-making Republican presidential campaign, bringing voters face to face with the candidates, showcasing their questions and bringing it all to you at home.  Joining us now is Ohio's governor, John Kasich.

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Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
March 29th, 2016
11:20 PM ET

Full Rush Transcript: Donald Trump, CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall

RUSH TRANSCRIPT, Mandatory credit: CNN 

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED

COOPER:  And welcome back.  We're coming to you tonight from the Riverside Theater in downtown Milwaukee with the "360" townhall.  The three remaining Republican candidates campaigning hard with the primary here just a week away.  We heard so far from Senator Ted Cruz.  Right now the GOP front-runner, New York businessman Donald Trump.

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