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[Music] OUTFRONT necks breaking news governor virginia confirms he’s in an extremely racist and offensive picture one person in a KKK costume calls growing for his resignation tonight will he step down so far the answer is no and Roger stone threatened with a gag order the judge warning him tonight and the family behind the painkiller oxycontin the one that is causing addiction and killing countless Americans new court documents allege that family is fueling the opioid crisis in this country and making billions of dollars off of it let’s go out front and good evening I’m Erin Burnett OUTFRONT tonight the breaking news a city Democratic governor admitting tonight he is in the photo you’re about to see okay you see a person in blackface next to a person in a black robe and then as we zoom out you see the name Ralph Shearer Northam one of those people is the Democratic governor of Virginia Ralph Northam and he admits that one of those people is him and I want to be clear this is his medical school yearbook not his high school yearbook hers College yearbook this is his medical school yearbook and the picture is on his page the quote as you can see about beers moments ago the governor admitted he is indeed one of those two people and in a statement he makes it clear he thinks that he can apologize and keep his job as governor of Virginia Suzanne Malveaux is out front and she’s on what is the governor saying Aaron it’s an extraordinary development governor Ralph Northam four hours after these racist photos emerge facing now this ugly reality of what he did for all the public to see tonight confirming trying to explain and apologize this is part of the statement that he issued saying earlier today a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that that decision has caused then and now this behavior is not in keeping with Who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military in medicine and in public service but I want to be clear I understand how this decision shakes Virginians faith in that commitment and Aaron as you had noted this was a photo from 1984 he was 25 years old at the time clearly an adult this is from the Eastern Virginia Medical School he doesn’t say which one eeeh he was if he was the Klan’s man or the one that was in blackface but either way both horrible and under the photo Lissa’s alma mater you see it there Virginia Military Institute interns Pediatrics this quote as well there are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer now how did this all come about well the photo was first reported by big-league politics it’s a conservative outlet a news outlet earlier in the afternoon I was followed by the Virginia GOP caucus calling for an explanation and then his resignation and it comes at a time a controversial time a tricky time for the governor he was coming under fire this week for backing a bill that would have loosened restrictions on abortion in Virginia and this just kind of emerged and you might recall that the Democratic governor he beat a very well-known Republican at Gillespie 54 45% in the in the gubernatorial election in 2017 we’re gonna see if Democrats are still gonna back him my colleague nia-malika Henderson she reported that Virginia’s black lawmakers this hour will be holding an emergency meeting to figure out what are they gonna do next I mean he’s one year into a four-year term Virginia law only allows governor’s to serve one term but are the people of Virginia gonna be able to stomach three more years of this it’s certainly unclear tonight all right thank you very much Susan and of course as these things are in the world that we live this isn’t something that can just stay in Virginia people outside Virginia have to weigh in as they did in Alabama and in other places where the track record of people who are governors or senators has come out how far now Keith Boykin Democratic strategist even more in former White House adviser an April Ryan White House correspondent for American urban radio networks April can governor Northam survive this no not at all Aaron he called for President Trump to come down to step down after Charlottesville and Charlottesville is now a verb it’s not a noun Charlottesville is in the state of Virginia this governor also when he was a candidate and when he was lieutenant governor he wanted to relocate to a museum these Confederate statues you cannot go against Donald Trump or other persons for racism and call for them to step down when you have something a yearbook these yearbooks and beer I mean I don’t know what it is that’s this is that year but you can’t call for someone else to step down and there’s something you’re acknowledging you’re one of two of these ugly racist characters depicted in this yearbook the next thing for him to do is to apologize step down and elect his lieutenant governor who is african-american take this place I mean it’s incredible it’s not that not that that picture there there’d be any situation in the world where one could imagine it being on a page but there’s four pictures on that page three of which right there’s the one individual one there’s three pictures that’s what he chose medical school 25 years old I mean Keith look context here what we’re talking about which is that these things don’t stay in the States anymore and this is national Cory Booker stumped for Ralph Northam you know I remember right before the that this was a huge campaign Gillespie versus Northam Cory Booker went down there the night north and won Kamala Harris sent out a tweet congratulations to out Ralph Northam and his team for showing that Virginia won’t stand for hatred and bigotry where are they tonight Keith yeah I think it’s it’s important to understand that nobody knew this about Ralph Northam apparently until today it’s the tragedy that this is a this is the man who’s now the governor of the state of Virginia I think April is right I don’t think that he’s gonna be able to survive this I think he should step down as the governor I think Justin Fairfax the lieutenant governor should take his place I think Democrats will wait for the information to come out which is starting to come out now his response his apology or response but we can’t hold the moral high ground and expect to hold Donald Trump or break Calvin our Roy Moore or any of the other Republicans with criticized over the past year or two accountable we don’t hold Iran leaders accountable so as much as he may be doing good things for the state of Virginia or being trying to do those good things it’s still important that he acknowledge the responsibility and move on the people of Virginia deserve better Steve yeah I live in Virginia Aaron I’ve lived there for thirty years and and it’s it’s contemptible and I agree with April and Keith that I don’t see that him even surviving this for 24 hours you know there was a tweet that came out from one of the leading Democrats in the legislature that that said something to the effect that well gee this happened thirty years ago so maybe we shouldn’t hold them responsible which I think we’d all agree is pretty hypocritical given what happened there’s a whole night again I like know that you want to get into this right I know it was medical school and he was 25 he was an adult right as April let me just make one other quick quick point if I may because I live in Virginia so I follow Virginia politics and you know he was this you want to talk about a politician who has had a bad week I mean you kind of didn’t exactly report what happened this week when I think it was quoted as relaxed the abortion restrictions I mean this was basically a bill that he supported that literally loud I mean almost literally allows an abortion up until the time you cut the case that was an even worse offense than than this picture okay now let’s talk about racism and yeah I know you would like to divert the issue to the conversation is more comfortable for you provide abortion or something but the reality and and as I said before Roy Moore was out there defending slavery and the Confederate flag you have Rick to Ron de santis in in in Florida who is out there saying racist and offensive things Democrats have been very critical of Republicans for things that they have said presently and in the past that had been racist and offensive and I think that we have to be we have to speak with moral clarity speak with one voice and say this is wrong and we don’t have double standards I said the same thing we were talking about other issues in the past you’re not having one you know and this is happening today and and and this is happening over the next couple hours right as Suzanne said you’ve got that emergency meeting right now happening in Virginia the story is going to move very quickly April I want to make the point though that when you talk about race in this country now the president has come at the center of that you talk about Charlottesville right and and and Democrats call the president a racist regularly here are three of the ones that our viewers know best it gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist Donald Trump is a racist bully do you believe President Trump is a racist yeah so April are they gonna call on Northam to resign do they need to to not be hypocrites they would have to to not be hypocrites I mean you know when we go back to are you a racist mr. president I was the first one who asked that in January just a year ago and some days ago mr. president you’re racist you’re me shall sindoor asked him in November mr. president are you a white nationalist I mean we keep asking you don’t need to ask you just watch by the actions but the bottom line if you hold the bar high for the President of the United States you’ve got to hold the bar high for the governor of Virginia he was an adult he was not questionable as a high schooler going into college he was an adult who was dealing with heavy cerebral issues being in medical school he knew better the question is when did he change but see the the the issue is he’s guilty as guilty can be because he has not said what person he was in that in that photo you cannot go out against the President or anyone else and talking about race and then you are pictured in a book why would you even bring it up so if you are in a book knowing that that picture people have can I ask you a question cuz I know you know I made the point that most of those people that those are hugely racist images but can you explain it why you feel it does matter which one that he what is whether he’s the Klansmen or the black face he’s scared to say whichever one had it okay first of all when you put someone in blackface you’re taking you’re objectifying black people making them a character we are not characters we are real people we have helped build this nation on the backs of slaves without getting paid generations we’re 50 years in from being franchised in this nation after being here for 400 years do the math we didn’t get our rights until really 50 50 some years ago so now when you talk about the Klansmen they have terrified us terrorized us since we were brought to this nation in the bottoms of ships to today it is not right either way both of them are racist both of those pictures or both of those people that the characters are racist and they are an offense to black people and any people in this nation it’s about humanity Keith do you think though that the governor’s decision to not say which of those he was is out of cowardice or that he did what other reason could you think um but he wouldn’t say which one it was I don’t understand why he wouldn’t say it I mean if you’re gonna be accountable and and say you’re responsible and you apologize you got to be fully accountable and explain who you are what you’re doing is hide behind I don’t know which one it is and let people try to figure it out that’s unacceptable and that that apology I think is that it was it was a failed effort I understand I appreciate that he was trying to make amends for his past I appreciate that he has done good things recently but again if you’re not willing to be completely contrite then you can’t expect absolution I always say there’s no absolution without contrition there was not full contrition in that apology then there should not be full absolution I feel that it’s time for the state of Virginia to move on all right and I will say here as we end our segment huling Castro is the first Democratic candidate for president who’s announced to come out and call for the resignation of Governor North on which he just did as we were all speaking as the story develops thank you both very much all three of you I’m sorry very much a next president Trump weighs in on the latest Democrat to join the 2020 race which was not rolling Castro it was Cory Booker he’s got no chance no chance I said why plus a federal judge threatens Roger stone with a gag order warning him to stop arguing his case on the talk show circuit and a top Republican governor says he is leaving the door open to running against Donald Trump who is he and does he stand the chance Erin Burnett OUTFRONT tonight no chance President Trump tonight as this to say about Senator Cory Booker just hours after Booker says he’s running for the White House he’s got no chance no chance I said why because I know him I don’t think he has a chance up front now a member of trumps 2020 we elect Advisory Council Rob Astorino and national affairs correspondent for the nation Joan Walsh all right Joan no chance for Court yes chance I mean that’s ridiculous the president doesn’t get to pick the Democratic nominee Cory Booker is an enormous ly appealing charismatic person of substance he will he enters the race in the in the top-tier I would say I don’t know what the president is talking about it’s also sad because I believe Booker worked with him on his only bipartisan accomplishment which was the justice reform so like that that’s an unnecessary poke in the eye to someone who tried to work with you decently just-just-just the president only say that about people that he thinks are legitimate no I think Kamala Harris is I can consider him Cory Booker I don’t I agree with Joanie’s charismatic I disagree that he’s of substance I mean here’s a guy and I’ve seen him because I grew up in this area and newer it was a bad city he really took on a democratic machine in Newark went after the corruption yes he did a lot of bipartisan stuff was pragmatic and then he did a 180 he actually defended bain capital and private equity charter schools and then all of a sudden he ran from everything and then he got paid $750,000 to leave the law firm that he was with who by the way had city contracts 1.3 million dollars in public speeches while he was mayor and I don’t know what other than his Spartacus moment he’s done in the Senate really did he do that for the years while he was in there no Bobby it was really hard but Republicans blocked it when Obama Obama almost have the same deal but Republicans blocked it they gave it to trump look I think I mean Rob raises an interesting point around Bain Capital his defense of being capital it back in the 2012 election team Obama was not happy with him he’s a little bit too close to Wall Street to Big Pharma for the left of the party he’s gonna have to answer for that he was close to the charter school movement which has fallen out of favor among progressives corporate Dems still like it so he’s gonna you know he’s probably probably occupies more of a center lane certainly than Warren or even komlin Harry what’s interesting here though when you you look at Cory Booker and Kamala Harris right you have two african-american in this race and today he senator Booker was asked directly about that and specifically how was he gonna get the support of african-american women because kamo Harris is in the race and here’s what he said well my life has been defined by black woman I was born took two black parents I look from my elders to even in my community I would say I got my BA from Stanford but my PhD on the streets of Newark and anybody who knows our communities know that it’s black women that often lead sustained nourish and empower us how important of a group is this in this election I don’t know if I would call it definitive but one of the most important black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party they are the most reliable Democratic voters and the party is finally starting to show them some open respect rather than just respect their work behind the scenes knowing that they’re gonna be they’re gonna do it no matter what you say I mean black women have been voting for men for their whole lives so it’s not like cory booker doesn’t have a possible claim on their votes but i didn’t hear a lot there that was that affirmative claimed to their vote was gonna need to do more than that okay so this is interesting though when it comes to press Trump Brady Slams Cory Booker he slams Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas and you know how much he wants her in the race cuz he thinks he can he can beat her okay the New York Times asked him who his toughest opponent would be and he said and I believe he answered this very honestly I would say the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris which he pronounced Camila I would say in terms of the opening act I would say would be her I just think she seemed up a little bit better opening act than the others pretty interesting by the way she raised a million and a half dollars in her first day or two it was in the first two days you know is he right I have said from the beginning I think she offers a lot you know one they have to start getting into her record and I think her past with Willie Brown in San Francisco and how she got through the Machine and worked her way up that’s gonna come back to haunt her a little bit for prosecutions now that the Democratic Party the way they’re going but you know with Cory Booker – I can’t wait for him to start campaigning with his imaginary friend T Bone who of course he had a Newark this drug deal or t-bone who didn’t exist google it please t-bone and Cory Booker you’ll learn a lot about Cory Booker these candidates are gonna get scrutiny before we go John I have to ask you though you know Hummel Harris jumped in quickly on some issues at bars you know best attorney general she has jumped quickly so far tonight she not at least at unless it’s happened in the past five seconds has not weighed in on governor Northam neither has cory booker he campaigned for him and she said congratulations for showing Virginia won’t stand for hatred and bigotry right do they both need to stand up and stand up fast on this issue I think probably I think we would probably hear from them I think they’re probably both talking to other folks in Virginia I’m very curious as to what – just not to put him on the spot but lieutenant governor just in Fairfax if for any reason just in Fairfax came out and said I think the governor should stay I think he would be able to survive this if he doesn’t do that hmm that then why do you think the lieutenant governor has that bad American American lieutenant governor did not stand for the that did not honor robert e lee that would be very i had known no no information that he’s going to do that aaron so nobody take it that way but if he did do that I’m waiting to see what he does and I’m sure they’re trying to talk to him I shouldn’t think a moment about tweeting right now that he should resign north of right I mean seriously well and I think we know look I don’t know what they’re doing I’m simply gonna say that pullian Castro was the first yes and he did so before before either one of them to tell you what to do there will be more yeah over I’m sure right yeah all right thank you and next a top Democrat calling for Jared Christopher security clearance to be revoked ted Lieu is my guest and Maryland’s popular Republican governor says he could challenge primary challenge Trump not ruling it out should Trump be worried from the right tonight a federal judge threatens Roger stones don’t appearing in court today and a judge warning she’s considering a gag order on the president’s longtime friend telling stone quote this is a criminal proceeding and not a public relations campaign telling stone to stop arguing his case quote on the talk show circuit because that is exactly what stone has done over the past seven days take a listen this indictment is thin as piss on a rock President Lee wake up this is a speeding bullet heading for his head to storm my house with a greater force than was used to take down bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar it’s unconscionable it’s also not true I mean bin Laden Robert only all the Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden tweeted you BL would disagree if he could okay Evan Perez is out front live in Washington Evan the very thought of a gag order must terrify stone because he thrives his oxygen his moments like those we just heard right exactly I mean this is gonna be like solitary confinement for him because we’re talking about over a dozen of his friends that have been brought in to be interviewed by the Muller investigators so if what this judge has just described today in court Aaron that he can’t have any contact with any potential witnesses or anybody who could be called a victim the judges said that the prosecutors would give him a list of people that he cannot get in contact with via text or cell phone or Instagram or even through intermediaries you can see what’s gonna happen the Roger stone so the idea that not only would he not be able to talk to his friends these are his close associates that have already been called into this investigation but also that he would have to essentially be shut down from talking about anything other than the Super Bowl and and and Tom Brady it’s unconscionable for him and look he’s already kind of addressed this because he’s he I think he knows that this judge is known for gagging the mana Ford in the mana Ford case she put a gag order on the mana 14 so they could not reach out to anybody as well and he actually talked about this in an Instagram post recently he said I will fight and the deep state is worried so he’s basically saying that you know even if if he was given a gag order by the judge that he pretty quickly would probably would probably violate it and I think that’s why the judge is considering this all right Evan Perez thank you very much and I want to go now to Democratic Ted Congress that a Democratic congressman ted Lieu sorry who sits on the House Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees congressman Lew good to have you with me tonight should stone be allowed to defend himself in the court of opinion at this point do you think Thank You Aaron for your question I’m a former prosecutor and I have a different take on this I actually would want Roger stone going around talking about his indictment on as many TV shows as possible prosecutors like it when defendants keep on talking because Roger stone doesn’t actually know the evidence that special counsel Moeller has whatever Roger stone says now can and will likely be used against them in a trial and it just gives more opportunities for Roger stone to make a mistake and to say things that you to confirm or help the special counsels prosecution so I don’t even know how hard ball is gonna fight this interesting all right what President Trump was asked about Roger stone by the New York Times and the stone indictment of course as you’re aware says that a senior campaign official was directed to contact stone about WikiLeaks right and we’ve all been saying well who’s more senior than a senior campaign official right all right so who directed that person to do that let me play you the exchange when the president was asked of course if it was him no I didn’t never did do you believe him congressman I don’t know I can’t tell in this case what the evidence is I do know that Donald Trump has lied thousands of times according to a Washington Post fact checker that tracks all his lies I also know that if you look at the number of people that could have ordered a senior campaign official to take any action it’s not a lot it certainly wasn’t Melania so there’s only a limited number of people left and we’ll see what the evidence shows on whether it was Donald Trump or someone else in his family or proton gjirokaster right right all right son-in-law all right comes when you send a letter to the White House acting chief of staff move staff Mick Mulvaney and you asked to revoke Jared Kushner security clearance and you did this after an NBC report which said Kushner had been rejected for clearance by two White House security specialists after his FBI background check raised concerns and then you know so they said don’t do it their supervisor overruled them president Trump was also asked about this by the New York Times and let me play that exchange with Maggie Haberman I’m not sure but I wouldn’t I wouldn’t do it Jared’s a good I was I was never involved with the security I know that he you know just from reading I know that there was issues back and forth about security for for numerous people actually but I don’t want to get involved in that stuff do you do you believe him on that then he would never get involved with Jared Kushner is I do not Congressman Don Beyer and I have been working on this issue for over a year when we first learned that Jared Kushner omitted material information about all his foreign contacts not once but twice on his security clearance forms Kirchner also has these deep financial ties and problems with issues like 666 Fifth Avenue a property that is in debt and career specialists said he shouldn’t get a top security clearance he was then overruled by the White House I think Donald Trump had something to do with it but the fact is you these career specialists were overruled there’s no reason for that Jared Kushner should not have security clearance it should be revoked and I certainly hope our intelligence agencies are not giving him any top-secret information to see congressman I also want to ask you about the Virginia governor Democrat Ralph Northam we saw the photo today from his yearbook he has now responded and admitted that it is not just on his yearbook page that he is indeed one of the two people in this picture one is wearing blackface the other is in a KKK robe and hat should the governor of Virginia remain the governor of Virginia no governor Northam should resign there is no defense for that shockingly racist photograph I note that Republicans sectors state Michael Oher tell resigned recently for being in blackface this is a picture of blackface next to a KKK figure that is far worse northern should no longer be in office thank you very much congressman Lee I appreciate your time thank you next the buzz building around a popular Republican governor to take on president Trump who is it and will he I’ve said you know you never say never you know who knows what’s gonna happen a new court documents alleged one of the richest families in the United States is making billions of dollars by getting Americans addicted tonight never say never those are the words of the Republican governor Larry Hogan of Maryland he is considering a 2020 primary challenge against President Trump does he have a shot Jessica Dean is out front let’s keep changing Maryland for the better and continue setting an example for Washington fresh off his 2018 reelection victory in deep blue Maryland Republican governor Larry Hogan has some in the party wondering if he should challenge President Trump in 2020 I’m flattered that people are are saying that and including me in those discussions my folk my plan right now is to stay here for four years and do the best job I can in Maryland but I’ve said you know you never say never you know who knows what’s gonna happen you’re listening I’m listening and you’re thinking about it I would say I’m listening I’m not sure how much thinking we’re doing but I haven’t I haven’t closed the door from the beginning Hogan has made no secret of his opposition to the president my thoughts about Donald Trump are very clear I believe I was the first governor in the nation Republican to say I wasn’t gonna support Trump I’m not protesting every day about every issue but when I stand up and certainly let people know when I disagree or when I think something is going on that I don’t think is right and I’m kind of surprised there haven’t been any tweets yet but you know I’m glad opposing a sitting president in his own party is something Hogan shares in common with his beloved late father representative Lawrence Hogan senior it isn’t easy for me to align myself against the president the first Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to call for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment Hogan jr. credits his success working with a Democratic legislature to a bipartisan approach signing new gun control measures pushing to lower health insurance rates and addressing climate change it’s not easy it’s it’s not easy to overcome you know differences and and partisanship but you can and it’s what people want just months into his first term doctors diagnosed Hogan with an aggressive form of cancer he continued to work while receiving treatment and ultimately beat it second inauguration former Trump rival Jeb Bush praised him larry’s at the top of a list of leaders that I admire today because what’s happening here in Annapolis is the antithesis of what’s happening in Washington DC these days if Hogan challenges the president it would be a long shot from approval stands at 81% among Republicans in the latest CNN poll he’s already raised nearly a hundred and thirty million dollars for his reelection bid and the Republican National Committee recently committed its undivided support to the President as Hogan keeps an eye on Trump’s numbers I think the latest approval of the president is in the 30s so you can’t win a national election being in the 30s his eyes remain wide open about the odds and the possibility I wouldn’t be on some fool’s errand just to run some suicide mission I would only run if I thought that that I could actually win as Governor Hogan washes those numbers here’s one that may have caught his eye this week a new Washington post/abc News poll shows among Republicans and GOP leaning independents nearly 1 in 3 say they would like to nominate someone other than President Trump to be their party’s candidate for president in 2020 Aaron very interesting all right thank you very much Jessica and update now on our breaking news senator Kamala Harris has just tweeted about the Virginia governor democratic Ralph Northam who admits to being in the racist photo from his yearbook he is not said which of those individuals he is but he is one of them and Camille Harris tweeting leaders are called to a higher standard the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government the governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together she follows the other Democratic candidate Julio Castro who earlier this hour called for north of ignition up front next one family allegedly making billions of dollars by fueling the opioid adem epidemic they are ruthless people who are just out for money at the expense of our children and the Super Bowl house Tom Brady getting ready tonight new court documents allege a powerful family made billions of dollars in oxycontin and pushed doctors and pharmacists to keep patients on the painkiller longer now the Sackler family is one of the richest families in the United States of America and according to new court documents that family has been fueling the opioid epidemic which of course has killed hundreds of thousands of people and they’ve made billions of dollars doing that Miguel Marquez is OUTFRONT 23 year old Corey Merrill started on the opiate oxycontin after surgery he eventually turned to heroin and overdose killed him eight years ago his mother says he’d still be alive except for a Purdue Pharma the company that makes oxycontin they are ruthless people who are just out for money at the expense of our children Meryl was one of thousands in Massachusetts alone whose lives were destroyed by opiate abuse his mother Cheryl Joe heir and now the state of Massachusetts slays much of the blame at the feet of Purdue Pharma for practices they say not only deceptively marketed the drug but pursued a strategy of selling oxycontin and the treatment for addiction to it according to a lawsuit Purdue called the plan project tango there’s an outrage but they’re gonna come down the whole empire is going to fall it’s just a matter of time the Empire is that of the Sackler is one of the country’s wealthiest families known for its global philanthropy funding museums in institutions worldwide among others New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre in Paris the Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma and their main drug oxycontin has made them tens of billions of dollars since it was introduced in the 1990s the lawsuit contends that from 2008 to 2016 alone members of the Sackler family paid themselves more than four billion dollars in opioid profits for Purdue it was all about the money and it was profits over people among other things the newly unredacted complaint points to a strategy allegedly employed by the company to blame the addict in a confidential 2001 email Richard Sackler then Purdue chairman and president wrote we have to hammer on the abusers in every way possible they are the culprits and the problem they are reckless criminals there were lies about the efficacy about the safety about the supposed non-addictive nature of their product in a statement Purdue Pharma said the Massachusetts Attorney General’s decision to release the full complaint is quote part of a continuing effort to blame it for the entire opioid crisis and try the case in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system Massachusetts seeks to publicly vilify Purdue its executives employees and directors while unfairly undermining the important work we have taken to address the opioid addiction crisis Massachusetts wants the company to pay possibly billions of dollars to communities the state and families devastated by addiction the complaint initially filed last summer had large sections redacted the full lawsuit shows why Purdue may have fought to keep the redactions page after page of information showing the sackler the company executives and the massive amounts of money they made stricken from public view until now now eight members of the Sackler family are named in lawsuit as well as current and former executives of the company in the woman we spoke to today Sheryl Joe Eyre says she hopes this is the beginning of the end of the Sackler name on those institutions worldwide Aaron all right thank you very much Miguel and that name is something you see on museums after museums all right Joey Jackson’s with me now criminal defense attorney CNN legal analyst Joey could we see members of this family go to jail I really think we will now just backing this up this is nothing new in fact we saw with the last generation of Sackler is really we saw criminality there right back in 2006 we saw that the actual corporation at that time had a guilty plea three members of their board pleaded guilty based upon the same thing lying and deceiving so what did they do they created a whole new company to do what they’re doing now this is outrageous put it in perspective 42,000 deaths from overdoses in 2016 close to 50,000 in 2017 this is an epidemic and they’re preying upon the most vulnerable they were looking at elderly because Medicaid funds it right easy bucks let’s get them on this looking at veterans same issues but as we see from our Kel Marquez it Miguel Marquez piece it doesn’t discriminate you have young people dying as well so when you engage Aaron in this type of deception where it’s not even that they’re negligent oh I didn’t know that it had addictive value I had no idea it would have these effects you know it you bury the science and you do it anyway understand these are allegations in the complaint but if proven ultimately this company is looking at criminality and they’re looking civilly to be taken down with just ruinous lies of it I mean possible jail time as you’re saying you think we are going to see billions and billions of dollars which which they’re laying out was made even over the past few years yeah when everybody in this country knew that this drug could kill people and was addictive well it’s problematic because they have the sales force going out and they’re talking to doctors and they’re uh they’re saying to the doctors no no you know what this is not really addictive and apparently they’re packaging it and they’re sending out marketing materials to doctors and others encouraging them to prescribe it knowing it’s wrong but to the point I mean the doctors don’t know or understand right that this is an addictive medication and so at the end of the day I think heads are gonna roll here from a criminal perspective and I think the company’s going down civilly because remember Aaron Attorney General’s across the country are suing them and others are suing them as well 30 states they’re being sued and you can see their ads every day in the paper when they say they’re part of the solution part of the problem or the problem that they created all right thank you very much 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