Trump commutes Ex-Illinois Governor's sentence, pardons Ex-New York City Police Commissioner and junk bond king; Sanders leads new Democratic poll; Bloomberg rises to second
Happening now pardon. President Trump commutes the sentence governor and celebrity apprentice contestant Rod Blagojevich and party several others including New York City. Commissioner and Giuliani ally Bernard Kerik total confidence. President trump insists. He's the country's chief law enforcement officer even as DOC's man who actually is the attorney general bar and the President says he's allowed to get involved in Roger Stone's case but chooses not to gaining momentum Bernie Sanders leads the democratic pack by double digits in a brand new national poll just days before. The Nevada caucuses and Michael Bloomberg rises coming in second and qualify for his first debate. Tomorrow night and Dr Dangerous for her run. A virus claims the life of a second key doctor as the number of cases near seventy five thousand tonight new concerned about the risk. Medical workers are facing. I'm Wolf Blitzer. You're in the situation room former Illinois governor a former New York police commissioner and our former junk bond king are among a group granted clemency today by President Trump. Who proclaimed himself the country's top law enforcement officer tonight? He's also voicing confidence in his embattled. Attorney General William Bar and the President says he's allowed to be involved in Roger Stone's case adding that stone was treated unfairly. We're also following the Democratic presidential campaign and a new national poll that has Bernie Sanders with a double digit lead over the second place candidate former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg his son. You're is qualified him for tomorrow. Night's debate just days before the Nevada caucuses our guest. This hour include centers campaign senior adviser. Jeff Weaver and Senator Chris Van Holland and our correspondents and analysts are also standing by first. Let's go straight to the White House. Chief White House correspondent. Jim Acosta. Debbie by Jim The president announced these pardons as he was leaving for a west coast. Swing as president. Trump is flexing his muscles in the American judicial system declaring himself the chief law enforcement officer of the US and announcing pardons for high profile convicted criminals who are connected to his friends. The president is using his pardoning powers just as he is pushing for shorter sentences for two of his own convicted former associates Roger Stone and the former national security adviser. Michael Flynn but today. The president's sprung from prison former Illinois Governor Rod. Blagojevich was convicted after attempting his own. Quid pro quo beating his chest over the US justice system. President trump is standing by embattled attorney. General Bill Bar who's coming under mounting criticism for his involvement the cases against convicted dirty tricks Roger Stone and former national security adviser. Michael Flynn but I think he's doing actually job. He's a strong guy. I never spoke to him about the Roger Stone's situation I think Roger Stone's been treated unfairly. I think General. Flynn has been treated very unfairly. President insisted he wasn't involved in the stone case before going on to clear himself. The top law enforcement officer in the country even though that's the job of the Attorney General. The attorney general is a man with incredible integrity. Just so you understand. I chose not to be involved. I'm allowed to be totally involved. I'm actually I guess. The chief law enforcement officer of the country. Mr Trump is flexing his presidential powers announcing he's commuting prison sense for disgraced Illinois. Governor Rod Blagojevich as well as offering pardons for former New York police. Commissioner Bernard Kerik junk bond trader Michael Milkin and for football team owner. Eddie debartolo junior. If I look at you appeared on the trump reality show. Celebrity apprentice was convicted of trying to sell the Senate Barack Obama after he became president a crime the FBI caught on tape got hit the person and even took a jab at former FBI director James Comey claiming he had some sway over the Begovic conviction. But that's not true just Komi became. Fbi Director Years after the BLAGOJEVICH CASE. It was on for a short while. The apprentice years ago seemed like a very nice. I don't know but he served eight years in jail. It was a prosecution by the same people. Call Me Fitzpatrick. The same group as for pardons for stone and Flynn. The president said. He's nowhere near a decision as a process that people are going through. These are unrelated situations where people have done a great job with very strong recommendations. But we haven't thought about that yet while he's looking for leniency. For his friends the president is hinting. He's ready to punish more of his enemies like the mysterious writer of a scathing op. Ed In the New York Times known as anonymous together as much I I know who to tell you that. I know the President is team also straining to take all of the credit for the US economy. As Mr Trump's trade adviser claim. The Obama record was quote horrible. Even though more jobs were created on average during the last three years of the Obama Administration then the first three years of Mr Trump's presidency is a horrible economy during the Obama years we had. We had the new normal. We were sending our jobs. Offshore and and Barack Obama himself said you need a magic wand to bring half a million manufacturing jobs back and guess what President? Trump was the magic wind. Because that's what he did. Now for those pardons and commutations. The president is already getting some pushback on his decision to commute the glory of ascends with the current governor of Illinois as well as GOP lawmakers in that state slamming. Mr Trump's move in making his decision. Mr Trump said he was leaning on recommendations from high profile friends and conservative media. Figures like his outside attorney. Rudy Giuliani and Rupert Murdoch. Who Owns Fox News? It should also be known as the president said. He knew he was making life more difficult for his attorney. General as you continue to insist. He has the right to intervene in criminal cases wolf lots going on Jemma Kosta at the White House. Thank you. Let's bring in our senior justice correspondent. Evan Perez Evan. Rogers Tony's what a couple of days away from being sentenced. What's the latest on his F- I is legal teams efforts to delay the proceedings? That's going to have to wait wolf. The judge today ahead of had a conference call with prosecutors and his defense team. They wanted to go ahead and they wanted to try to get through his request for a new trial right now before he ascends the judge decided that she was going to ignore all those issues. Go ahead with sentencing on Thursday. She has yet to even react wolf to all of the things that happened last week with the president's attended intervention with the Justice Department essentially overturning the decision by the original trial team and recommending a more lenient sentence. None of that has she touched. She says she's GonNa look at the trial issue after sentencing. You also have some new reporting oven on a new team of prosecutors assigned to deal with any of the cases involving Ukraine. What are you learning? Yeah this is a very curious thing. The Justice Department today released a memo that they had issued last month. And according to this memo will fare created They've they've appointed a new US attorney in Brooklyn. Who's essentially going to be in charge of traffic copying making sure that they're no jurisdictional issues on everything having to do with Ukraine. Now this is normally the job of the deputy attorney general. This is the job of Maine Justice headquarters. It appears what this person The the prosecutor in Brooklyn is going to be doing is the the effect of this is to perhaps put some fences around what prosecutors in. Manhattan have been doing essentially making sure that no there are no more surprises that come out of the investigation. You know that Rudy. Giuliani is under investigation. There Wolf obviously the big question is what does this mean for politically sensitive cases. These are the cases that everybody's watching to make sure that bill bar or the president doesn't do they don't do anything that appears that brings political interference into the Justice Department so this the job of this new prosecutor perhaps is to perhaps make sure that none of this gets back to bill bars Fingerprints but again. It's something we're all going to have to watch because we don't know exactly what this person is going to be doing. Good point indeed. Our Evan Perez. Thank you very much. Well let's get some more and all of this Democratic Senator Chris Van Holland Barrel is joining. Us senator thanks so much for joining us. What what message do you believe? The president is sending with all these pardons and commutations in particular the commutation of Rod Blagojevich. Well Wolf. It's good to be with you This is president. Trump totally unleashed After he got out of the impeachment trial and what we're seeing is president trump despite what he said during the campaign is now the ultimate swamp monster. He's using the power of his office To help other people who were convicted of political corruption charges To help very wealthy and powerful people And he's using the Justice Department to reward his friends and punish enemies. That's what that's what banana republics do That's what we go around the world asking other countries not to do not to engage in that kind of political corruption and cronyism but that's what president trump is doing. He's again abusing the powers of his office. You expect the president to ultimately pardon Roger Stone. Maybe some other associates. I think that is part of what he's doing here. Wolf. I think he's laying the groundwork so when it comes to Roger Stone and some of the others like Michael Flynn I. It looks like this is just a continuation of a series of pardons. This is such a gross abuse of power. It's very dangerous moment. for our country In the aftermath of the impeachment trial you had Republican senators saying the president had learned his lesson. You Damn Right. He learned his lesson. He learned the lesson that he can abuse his power with punitive impunity. So this is a a very dangerous and rocky time For the country especially when it comes to the administration of Justice where president trump has an attorney general Who Acts Like he's the the president's You know the Justice Department is the president's personal playground. The president today called himself and these are his words the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. What does that tell you about his mindset? Well it tells us that. He thinks that he is King That he can call all the shots at the Justice Department. And what what that means and why. That's so dangerous. Is Lady Justice supposed to have a blindfold? You're supposed to administer impartial. Justice without fear or favor and what the president is doing is wielding the Department of Justice as a Cudgel to go after his enemies. I mean they said they're they're open to receive materials. That Rudy Giuliani Rudy. Giuliani may be bringing from the Ukraine. As part of a political opposition effort and at the same time Saying to the Attorney General and others go laid on Kgo laid on my friends go light on people like Roger Stone that is a total abuse of power Those are exactly the kinds of reasons that the president got himself in trouble to begin with But with the Senate's action After a totally. Rick Trial This president thinks he can do anything he thinks. He's above the law. The only way we're going to be able to hold them accountable at this point Is in the November elections. All this comes as you know. Senator as a group of more than a thousand federal judges called an emergency meeting to address recent interventions from the president and various criminal cases. How significant is that development unprecedent over two thousand judges People two thousand former political parties. Atarot prosecutors official to the Justice Department but now a group of thousand federal judges has also come forward right and again on unprecedented to see so many people involved in The administration of Justice coming forward to call upon Attorney General Attorney General to to resign He has to resign In order to preserve whatever shred of legitimacy is left in the Justice Department of the problem? We've got of course Is that the president will just look for somebody else. like Bar To do his bidding And that is why it's very important for the Senate If to weigh in on this But what we saw was the Senate Just totally Disregarded its constitutional responsibilities So we were at a were at this moment. Where the president is you know. Raging free And as I said earlier the only way to hold them accountable now is for the American people people of all political persuasions to recognize. This is very dangerous. You do not want a president in an attorney general using our justice department to exact political revenge on people. They don't like and to provide political favors to people they do. That is the opposite of what justice is all about and for every American. Who's in any kind of trial before any kind of judge a hoping to get a fair shake They should understand that what this president is doing is undermining that entire system of justice. Senator Chris Van Holland. Thanks so much for joining us. Good to be with you up next a very big day. In presidential politics as brand new poll shows Senator Bernie Sanders alone in first place with a double digit lead and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg rising to second and qualifying for the next Democratic presidential debate will discuss all the developments and more with Sanders campaign senior adviser. There you see him Jeff. Weaver he's standing by live ever been locked down. You know suffered a setback. Fired left out. It happens it happens a Mike. Bloomberg middle-class kid worked his way through college got a job started. Family boom fired at thirty nine. What did Mike do or a lot of us? Do we got backup dove back in. He had an idea design a new computer able to crunch data and process information in a unique way he built it. He sold it. He built more. He sold more. He built a team. You built a company created twenty thousand jobs. Bloomberg is a doer. This is Michael Douglas. I've played a president and movies. This is real world. This is our World Mike. Bloomberg has what it takes to win unite the country find some common ground between Democrats and Republicans and then lead the way a leadership. Mike will get it done. I'm Mike Bloomberg candidate for president. And I approve. This message paid for by Mike Bloomberg Twenty Twenty as we countdown tonight. Cnn presidential town halls. We're following several major developments in the presidential contest. A new national poll of Democrats show Senator Bernie Sanders alone in first place with a double digit lead with former New York mayor. Michael Bloomberg rising to second place. Let's bring in our CNN. Political CORRESPONDENT MG Lee. She's joining us from Las Vegas Right now. What's the latest I'm Jay. What's the latest where you are well? Wolf. We are just one day away from the next Democratic debate here in Las Vegas and all the debates h tomorrow night. We'll be a new face. Michael Bloomberg a candidate who is not even competing here in the state of Nevada and the democratic establishment is getting nervous tonight Bernie Sanders feeling the momentum on the eve of the Nevada debate a new national poll showing Vermont Senator. Rising to thirty one percent with a double digit lead ahead of his Democratic rivals. And they're trying to figure out all kinds of ways how do we stop Bernie and the movement but they are not going to succeed and there is another White House candidate gaining traction billionaire Michael Bloomberg the former New York City mayor placing second in the NPR PBS. Newshour mayor's poll at nineteen percent qualifying for his first twenty twenty debate Elizabeth Warren already. Taking aim at Bloomberg's debate inclusion writing on twitter. It's a shame Mike Bloomberg Com by his weight into the debate but at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on. Donald trump can live demonstration of how we each take on an ego maniac billionaire sources telling CNN Bloomberg's top advisors are playing his rivals in mock debate sessions including Sanders Warrant and Pete Gouda j.j Bloomberg advisors expecting to be targeted on numerous policy positions. His record as mayor and allegations of sexist and misogynistic remarks. He's going to talk about his work record. Brianna. He's GonNa talk about what he has done to fight for gender equality for thirty years. Mike has never tolerated discrimination or harassment at his company as tensions rise between the two men Bloomberg's campaign releasing digital video. Slamming the aggressive online tactics used by some sanders supporters. It is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse and sanders hitting Bloomberg's record as mayor to miss the Bloomberg. You're certainly not going to win when you have a record in New York City that included racist policies like stop and Frisk. Meanwhile the Twenty Twenty. Democratic candidates delivering their closing pitches. Nevada voters. Thank you for being in this fight. I want to beat Donald Trump. And I need your help to do it. As the State's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the chaos that plague. The IWA caucuses revealing very confident. You know we've had our heads down working around the clock on the last three weeks and we feel very good very confident. Now as the Nevada Democratic Party is making preparations to make sure that everything goes smoothly over the weekend early voting is already underway. Here in Nevada ahead of Saturday's caucuses Wolfgang. I'm Jay LE- in Las Vegas. I'm Jay thank you very much also joining us from Las Vegas Right now Senator Sanders Campaign Senior Adviser Jeff. Weaver Jeff. Thanks so much for joining us. I just saw some of the attacks that Michael Bloomberg is launching at your candidate senator. Sanders is certainly going to have a target on his back after this latest polling showing his number one at least in this latest national poll. How cutthroat is this going to be on the debate stage tomorrow night? We'll look why don't think it's GonNa be cut throat but I think the voters are entitled to a vigorous discussion of the issues. We saw today learn something new about a Mike Bloomberg today. We learned that he said that. In order to defend defense spending we had to cut social security Medicare and Medicaid We learned that he thinks farmers don't have a lot of gray matter We've learned that. He's opposed the minimum wage as opposed raising taxes on the rich and on and on it goes stop and Frisk. Gentrification thinks that the ending red line ending redlining racist policies that kept credit black neighborhoods by ending that led to the Great recession we had in the two thousand seven two thousand eight time period. This is not in line with Democratic voters. And I think we'll get on that stage this week. People are going to be really shocked to find out what Mike Bloomberg is really trying to sell them just to point out some of those positions. You just spelled out. He said years ago and some of them. He's already apologized for you. Don't necessarily believe he still believes all those things do you. Well what the what you're telling me. Wolf is that he's changed on all those things that people really have to think about you. Know candidates can evolve on an issue or two or have a different way of looking at something over time but candid who is completely remaking himself so that virtually every position he's ever had he's now repudiating. You folks gotta worry about what they're being sold and I think they're being sold a bill of goods here and look the answer to truck trump's right wing. Reactionary politics is not a hostile corporate takeover of the Democratic Party or of the White House. That's not the answer is attacking Senator Sanders for how some of his supporters go after his critics online. That does that behavior reflect on sanders ability to bring the country together. You've seen all those reports I have and you know Wolf. As you know Bernie. Sanders has spoken out quite strongly against those few people online. Who are acting in a way that is that is offensive. A you know. He has told them he does not want them to be part of the movement of. Let's be clear. Those people aren't running for President Bernie Sanders and running for president and Mike Bloomberg is running for president and others are running for president. And I'll tell you Mike Bloomberg would much rather talk about a people online. Who are who are offensive then talking about his own record. That farmers don't have a lot of gray matter to do their jobs. I you know I think somebody who's grossly out of touch. With much of America one person who does appear to sympathize with Senator Sanders as president trump? But Watch what he said earlier today. Listen to this. It just seems unfair. What's happening Bernie Sanders to be honest with you? I watched it happen for years ago. It seems if being taken advantage of for years ago it worries some out there. Some voters that the president president trump seems to be so eager to run against Bernie Sanders. What does that saying? What do you say to them? Well what I say is look look at those private remarks. He gave to a group of funders when he thought no one was listening a where he talked about the danger that Bernie Sanders poses to his presidency. He knows very well that the working class voters many of them that he allied to and tried to tell them that he would be their friend He knows that when he's in a general election Bernie Sanders. Those folks are GonNa come home to the candidate who actually does give a damn about working class voters and that's not Donald Trump and frankly it's not Michael Bloomberg after the chaos of the Iowa caucuses. Do you trust the Nevada Democratic Party to deliver accurate results Saturday. Well we were just at a meeting with the Democratic Party folks here in Nevada a few hours ago going over there process. I needless to say a lot of us are concerned As I know a lot of folks in the media are as well we want to make sure that the will of the voters is accurately reflected in the voting results and those are produced in a timely manner. So you know. We're watching it as are a number of other campaigns. Frankly and I know the media is as well time will tell. Well we'll be covering and every step of the way on Saturday. The data is coming up. Jeff Weaver thanks so much for joining us. Thank you wolf We have a quick important programming note for our viewers. There are five presidential town halls coming up on CNN. Starting Tonight Bernie. Sanders is first at eight PM. Eastern followed by people to Judge Amy Klobuchar Thursday night at eight. 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I mean it's good to be the king right in this moment in time we asked the ability to do so but the message is clearly sending. Is that on a case by case basis if you have rubbed elbows with the president or regularly Guiliani or someone you know you may get the grace of a pardon. The umbrella umbrella. Here's clemency and the president can say as the head branch of government what he would like to excuse what he'd like to lessen as his sentence but think about the theme here lying tax fraud the idea of people trying to sell a Senate seat all things around the integrity of office. He is now emboldened to say it doesn't matter I believe unfair in the problem here. Wolfe's if he believes the rangers unfair or the length of bear while the guideline range is the appropriate mechanism to attack not in a case by case basis depending upon preferential treatment. The curious what's behind the timing of this announcement right now because this suspicion is he sending a message out there to To Roger Stone Michael Lim perhaps others sure the president is saying I can do whatever I want. And he's also sending a message to the Attorney General that I'm not gonNA stop doing whatever I want and I don't really care about all those people in the Justice Department. Who thinks that? I shouldn't be doing things like this or I shouldn't be tweeting about my friends. But if you look at these if you look at these pardons a we know that Roger. Stone's sentencing is coming up on Thursday. This is not a coincidence. If I were Rudy Giuliani. I'd probably be a little bit worried less worried about what the southern district of New York might have in store for me given These presidential pardons if I were flying. I'd feel the same way. Maybe even Manafort who knows but this is a president who clearly feels unbound now after his He was acquitted by the Senate. He can do whatever he wants. And by the way the Democrats can complain about it but what are they going to do? And the Republicans may complain about it. But they're all in with him. So what are they gonNA do so this is Donald Trump on bound John? Harwood you cover the White House for us. How do you see this playing well? First of all I don't think we can forget the psychological element of this as well. People often say donald trump projects. What is his reaction often? When wealthy powerful people get in trouble? That's so unfair. There being put upon. He's a wealthy powerful person who consistently gets into trouble so I think he's identifying with some of those people but I also think he is flooding the zone with this kind of action. So that if he eventually takes the action of Pardoning Paul Manafort Mike Flynn Roger Stone. It's going to be in the context while I do that for a lot of people. And you know you think most presidents. They don't do it till the end of their term. Donald Trump does whenever he wants when the timing works for him. Maybe he wants someone to raise money for him. There are a lot of wealthy contributors who were supporting the parts of some of the. I think we've ever had a president who incorporated clemency and pardons as part of a re-election reelections. Yeah good point about psychology of it because Wolf of course he tied Rod Blagojevich and some Wayne is my into something like James Comey and thought about the idea rogue prosecution in a theme here and again. This is the week where he's undercutting the convictions by a jury by the way of Somebody. Roger Stone undercutting the power and the autonomy of prosecutors and finding the same vein. You know what even those who have pled guilty. Even you pled guilty. It seems like it's unfair taking responsibility. You've had a conviction and even they're getting community as well and there's a whole pardon office by the way whose job. It is looking over arching. Where are they in this? I'm wondering well. He says also that he is the chief law enforcement officer in the country. Last time I checked I think that was the attorney general of the United States. And you'll have to wonder what the Attorney General is thinking. Now he already publicly said. The president is making it impossible for him to do his job. Well has it gotten any easier and finally on the projection point One of the things. He has reacted to with rich as well. He didn't do anything all that different. From what other politicians to. That's the same reaction that's the same reaction he had when people said. Why did you take the meeting with the Russian? Any politician would take that a lot of that is about what's Donald Trump said what he might do in a similar situation. Are we got a lot more to discuss there's development unfolding as we speak? We'll take a quick break. We'll be right back. I'm Tony Shabani and I'm Aubrey Edwards. And we are the hosts of w unrestricted the official podcast of all elite wrestling. Join US each week as we go in depth with eighty team from superstar of the ring to the brightest up and coming talent to the referees and broadcast team worked talking to everyone if he w unrestricted coming Thursday February. Twenty eighth. Subscribe today. Wherever you get your podcast welcome back. We're joined now by more of our political experts including David Challinor. Cnn Political Director. In Las Vegas. Getting Ready for the first night two nights of CNN presidential town halls this new NPR PBS Newshour Mirrors Poll. As you know David Has Bernie Sanders with thirty one percent. Bloomberg One Thousand Nine Hundred Percent Biden Fifteen Warren Twelve Club. Issur nine footage eight. How significant is this right now? How strong Senator Sanders Position? Yeah we'll NBC. Wall Street Journal. Poll just came out showing similar numbers a double digit lead for Bernie Sanders nationally in this democratic race. Right now that is a substantial and significantly. It is largely built on a very strong base from younger voters from Liberal voters. And he's getting a significant chunk of the African American. Vote as you know. Joe Biden had that as his calling card but he's losing some of that critical constituency both to Bernie Sanders now ended Michael Bloomberg. Who's making gains in these polls so Bernie Sanders is in the driver's seat of this nomination battle right now after a very strong showing in Iowa and a win in New Hampshire heading into the Nevada caucuses where folks on the ground believe he is very well organized and and perhaps positioned to come away with a win here too. He is in the driver's seat. Of course there's a whole new element getting introduced to this race tomorrow. And that's when Michael Bloomberg takes the debate stage tomorrow night and Gloria. How much of a threat is Michael? Bloomberg to Bernie Sanders and the other Democratic presidential candidate. But he's a huge threat. First of all he has unlimited resources. I think the only person right now who is funded well enough to really go toe to toe with him for a while is Bernie Sanders. Who's raised an awful lot of money? I say raised an awful lot of money. It hasn't come out of his of his own pocket. But I think Bloomberg takes an if you just look at both of these polls he takes from Joe Biden Amy Klobuchar who is getting a head of steam and sort of a moderate alternative in the race and Buddha judge also as as a moderate alternative in the rice and so I think you see that these people are struggling and tomorrow night. It'll be really important to watch how Bloomberg gets attacked and whether anybody else Kloba Shar can gain traction the way she did in the last debate and distinguish yourself so much. Bring your think this potentially could wind up as a two man race Bernie Centers Michael Bloomberg. Well I think as Gloria pointed out this is still a very crowded field and there are a number of candidates who are vying to be that alternative to Bernie Sanders and they're not about to step aside having competed now for nearly a year for someone who jumped into the race at the last minute in November and who has largely gained traction in part because he has spent his own money and roughly three hundred and eighty million dollars into the race having said that Buddha judge despite leading the overall delegate race going into Nevada and South Carolina more diverse states might hit the first real stumbles of his campaign because he has failed to really gain traction with non White Voters Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren Down but not entirely out. They're going to need another breakout moment in order to still remain competitive and I think really Joe Biden his failure in both Iowa. New Hampshire has paved the way for Bloomberg in the national polls. You are seeing some of those candidates also now effectively go. After Bloomberg on the stump in a preview of what's to come in tomorrow's debate and that is also a sign of the fact that the of them seeing Bloomberg increasingly as a very real threat when it comes to the race for the nomination and a hand it over. I want to to listen to the president. President trump way again today on the Democratic race. Listen to this. It just seems unfair. What's happening to Bernie Sanders to be honest with you? I watched it happened four years ago. It seems you're being taken advantage of for years ago are actually a little smaller your face. What's what's your thought. Well my thought is. The president. Likes to sow discord in the Democratic race. He wants there to be sort of chaos and confusion and by the way. I think he'd be pretty psyched about facing off against Bernie Sanders. I think he's developed a pretty clear message against him. I'm not sure everyone in this camp feels that way but my got he is trying to get discord on the democratic side. Our guys standby there's more news. We're following including this top. Doctor Dies from the corona virus raising serious concern about the risks to medical work at the making of CNN presents. A story of the world's most famous royal family the windsors inside the Royal Dynasty Sundays at ten on CNN tonight. China's reporting more deaths from corona virus including a senior doctor C. N. N.'s. Brian Todd is working. The story for US Brine medical experts they clearly are worried they are wolf medical experts in the. Us are worried on a couple of fronts over this concern about whether the Chinese have the right equipment to fight this virus. And whether the manpower is there tonight on the front lines of the war against Corona virus there has been a heartbreaking and costly casualty tonight. Chinese officials say Dr Liu Jiming Director of a hospital in the city of Wuhan. The epicenter of the Corona virus outbreak has died of the virus. Lee was a neurosurgeon. The most senior health care worker known to have died during the epidemic. Experts say Dr. Leo's death is sounding more alarms over the dangerous faced by caregivers who are treating corona virus patients directly. It's dangerous because the patients who are ill are the ones who are at the greatest risk of transmitting the infection. When they breathed out there the air they breathe out is full of this virus. Doctoral used death comes a couple of weeks after the death of another doctor. Li when Liang the man who warned of the corona virus early on and was vilified by Chinese officials tonight. Medical experts are worried that appropriate equipment to treat corona virus may be in short supply in China that some health care workers. There may not be properly trained a key concern whether the deaths of the two prominent doctors will scare other doctors off from the crucial fight against the virus. It may provide a caution to some doctors but I think the vast majority whether in China or here will live up to that oath that they've taken and want to take care of the patients so far there are more than seventy three thousand confirmed cases of Corona virus worldwide and nearly nineteen hundred. People have died if this spreads more diffusely throughout the world is the possibility we may actually have a global pandemic in the US about three hundred fifty people airlifted out of Wuhan and quarantined at to California basis. Were released after two weeks. Doctors say they pose no threat of transmission very transparent so I feel very comfortable an American woman who tested positive for corona virus on board the cruise ship. The diamond princess has been isolated at a hospital in Japan. It messes with your mind and I never really felt so alone I haven't actually had physical contact with anybody outside of somebody. You know taking my blood pressure or checking right lunch with the stethoscope and twelve days. In China Kalina virus has caused some seven hundred eight million people to live under some kind of restrictive movement. That's taking a significant toll on China's economy and America's apple has told investors its profits are down and for the moment it's not making or selling as many devices as it usually does in China apple makes almost all of its products in China and the problems for the rest of the world are part. You know China's a key component of the supply chain system. This is a big headwind for the global economy I think it's going to take off. A couple of tenths of a percentage point from the global economy. Meanwhile there's news tonight about that ill-fated cruise ship the diamond princess in Japan which had hundreds of people test positive for corona virus. Some passengers on board who tested negative for the virus are set to sort leaving that vessel within hours. They will start to transition to shoreside facilities to be checked out further and some are going to get on chartered flights tomorrow but ask the Americans who are leaving that ship tomorrow. The State Department has told them they still have to wait two weeks to return to the US all right Brian. Thank you Brian. Todd reporting coming up. A flurry of presidential pardons plus the sentence commuted for former Illinois governor celebrity apprentice contestant contested Rod Blagojevich.