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was the white house involved in changing to the republican memo alleging abuse at the fbi? changes were made after the committee saw it. how significant were they? the president once again blurring the line on royalty with law enforcement. cnn learned mr. trump the deputy attorney general if he was quote on my team. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm rene marsh in for christine
romans. >> i'm dave briggs. pyeongchang is where things are starting to move ahead for the olympics. and the house intelligence committee chairman accused of making changes to the classified memo. a memo's release which could have implications for the russia investigation. the ranking democrat on the intel committee devin nunes sent a version to the white house that was materially different than the one approved along party lines. >> schiff says this is not the document the committee approved. the democratic committee source tells cnn the changes tried to quote water down some of the stronger gop assertions. >> congress member schiff is demanding the committee vote
again on whether or not to release the memo. saying quote in the increasingly strange attempt to thwart publication of the marilyn monroe -- publications of the memo he the committee minority is now complaining about minor edits. >> what is not clear is what changes were made in the memo. why schiff's staff pushed for alterations and whether the white house had any hand in the changes. >> and where the republicans voted to publish the memo, nunes refused to say if his staff talked to the media. >> he is with a few staff, i think, acting as an agent for the white house. this is the president of the united states acting to defend himself legally and politically
at the expense of our national security and complicit in that is the speaker of the house and chairman nunes. >> last year nunes was forced to step aside from leading the russia investigation after he reviewed classified evidence at the white house. before congress member schiff, he argued that the memo crossed a line. stating the house speaker lacks the courage to stop nunes. schiff writes, ryan seems not to understand the central bargain after watergate in exchange of the committee for the intelligence community to reveal closely guarded national secrets to a select group of members and staff for the purposes of oversight. they pledge to handle that information responsibly and without regard to politics.
>> and chris wray clashing with donald trump over the nunes memo. the fbi issuing a rare public warning, pressing material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy. the comments from president trump's fbi chief coming after two days of private talks where top justice department officials tried to convince the officials not to release the memo. here is chief of staff john kelly on the document's release. >> our national security lawyers in the white house work for me and the president. they are slicing and dicing it so we know what it means. >> did you see it? >> i did. it will be released quickly and the world can see it. >> president trump was overheard after state of the union telling a republican congressman he will quote 100% release the memo. >> despite the fact that sarah
sanders stated he did not read it. and nunes is a key figure in the president trump asking for loyalty from an fbi official. cnn reporting deputy attorney rod rosenstein visited the white house in december and asked the president for help fighting off document requests from nunes. mr. trump wanted to know where the special counsel investigation was heading. our sources tell us the president asked rosenstein if he was quote on my team. >> we are told the deputy attorney general was actually surprised by the president's question and responded of course we're all on your team, mr. president. that conversation could raise further questions whether the president was seeking to interfere in the investigation by special counsel mueller. no comment from the white house this morning. special counsel mueller is training his sights on hope hicks and her role in the
aftermath of the trump tower meeting with the senior aides and russian lawyer. the new york times reporting that hicks allegedly told donald trump on a conference calls in an e-mail to trump junior would never get out. >> three sources tell the times that former trump legal spoke person was concerned that hicks was having an issue with the obstruction of justice. hicks lawyer, however, denied she ever said that or suggested that the e-mails would be destroyed. another republican house member trey gowdy calling quits. a former federal prosecutor. he says he plans to return to the justice system. there has been a spike in the republicans heading for the exits ahead of the mid terms.
38 are leaving their seats. unlike republican colleagues, gowdy was not facing a tough campaign. the gop retreat in west virginia is going on as planned today. that after the train carrying dozens of republican lawmakers hit a truck on wednesday. the driver of the vehicle was killed. four people remain in the hospital this morning. all members of congress, though, and their family members are said to be okay. minnesota congress member jason lewis was taken to the hospital for a potential concussion. we know the ntsb is sending its go-team to the scene to investigate what happened. the president will make his first remarks at the retreat today. check on cnn money. deadline to raise the debt ceiling moved closer. if congress doesn't raise it by march, the treasury department will run out of cash.
the budget offices estimated it will run out of money in april. workers will pay about $15 billion less in payroll taxes each month. that is great news for you, but with less money coming in, the special accounting measures the department uses will tap out sooner. steve mnuchin said they can fund the government through february. if they don't, it will prevent the u.s. from paying its bills on time and defaulting will be chaotic and likely delay social security checks or other government payments. president trump is breaking with tradition and will not do a super bowl interview. sources at nbc say the white house has rejected their interview request. they say the president still has an open invitation if he changes his mind.
a pre-super bowl sit down with the commander in chief has become tradition over the past decade when fox televised the game last year, mr. trump want interviewed by bill o'reilly. >> the game is on nbc. that would be lester holt. the winter olympics eight days an aw s away. activity in pyeongchang. with the arrival of the north koreans. we are live with an update next. ♪ i'm jimmy, this is my definition of fresh since 1983. ♪
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hancoc hancocks. >> reporter: good morning, ren.e we are expecting to see the delegation arriving at the airport close to here. i'm here in pyeongchang where the games are taking place. we are 50 miles away from the demilitarized zone. that splits north and south korea. what we are expecting is ten athletes and three coaches and 18 supporting staff. we already have north korean athletes here in south korea. the women's ice hockey team have been here since last week. they are training with the south korean counterparts as they are having the joint team. it is unusual for the plane to fly from north korea to south korea. it is highly unusual. although they are is so close. two countries which are technically at war. this is a significant moment to have the north korean athletes come here. culmination of the weeks of intense necessigotiations with
north and south. and on the plane south korean skiers at the ski resort in north korea. the one where kim jong un opened himself as part of a culture joint he -- event. >> thank you, paula. the missile test on wednesday failed. the pentagon is not commenting, but several officials said the defense system failed to target it. the missile tested is designed to intercept the range missile that north korea is threatening to launch against the united states. the trial was designed to test new contecepts with the missile launch from shore rather than navy ship. sources tell the defense department is considering a ban on cell phones. it is part of the revelations
that the fitness tracking app could pose a risk to soldiers. we have more from ryan brown. >> reporter: good morning. james mattis is reviewing whether the united states is banning cell phones from the pentagon. the largest office building. the review has been going on for some time. officials say it was reinforced after recent revelations regarding fitness apps proper tensionally re -- potentially revealing locations overseas. this is a concern with the security risk with the personal cell phones. these cell phones are able to get information from classified areas and transmitted. this is what led to a similar ban being imposed last month for white house staff. now this is all coming as secretary mattis is reviewing smartphones and apps. this issue with the pentagon
with 25,000 military and civilian staff work here makes the ban difficult to implement and it is casting doubt whether a full ban will take place. people would have to leave their cell phones outside the building. that's a lot of lockers they have to install. many employees come via public transit. this is part of the review which we are told no final decision has been made. >> ryan, thank you. homeland security officials announce the protected status of 7,000 syria nationals is extended for the united states because of the ongoing civil war. protections were announced in 2012. they shield from deportation and authorizing them to work in the u.s. syrians who arrived here after august of 2016 will not be eligible for the extension. the first time since protections were created for syrians that
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the cdc mission. she also invested in pharmaceutical companies as well as health insurance company hum humana. the justice department filing to dismiss charges against bob menendez. the corruption trial resulted in the hung jury for the democrat. the prosecutors accused the senator of accepting bribes from a wealthy florida doctor in exchange for political favors. charges against the doctor were dropped. menendez expressed gratitude for re ree rehe v rehe val -- reevaluating his case. and a doctor from michigan is expected to be released today. dr. lukasz neeze was taken into custody by i.c.e. agents in
january. he came here from poland and became a legal resident. he had one child abuse claim against him and found to be unsubstantiated. his family has launched a legal fight to keep him in the united states. in san francisco, they will dismiss all misdemeanor marijuana convictions. the decision stems from the decision in the california law that just legalized recreational marijuana. they plan to review all felonies recorded during the same time period and resentence them as misdemeanor offenses. the move affects thousands of people, but does not happen automatically. a person convictioned of a
marijuana must petition the court. fema first halting food and water to puerto rico has not taken action. fema has stockpiled 46 million litres of water and meals and snacks. distribution will continue. supplies will hold out until normalcy returns. many are still depending on fema aid. some are skeptical. former first lady michelle obama reliving an awkward moment in the first television interview since leaving the white house. she plain explains to ellen wha was thinking when melania trump handed her the tiffany box. >> there is all of the protocol. they say this is a state visit. never before do you get a gift. i'm like, okay.
what am i supposed to do with this gift? everyone cleared out. no one would come and take the box. i'm thinking, do i take the picture? and my husband grabs the box and took it back inside. >> we were all wonders what was in the box. she said inside the package was a lovely picture frame. the full interview with mrs. obama appears today on "ellen." >> always an awkward moment there. nice gesture. >> now we know. >> you are happy to get the blue box. >> tiffany's. you know it is good. republican memo alleging abuses at the fbi was changed after the intel committee saw it. did anyone help devin nunes and will the revelations stop the president from releasing the memo as soon as today?
a standoff with the president and the fbi. new questions raised about a republican memo that alleges abuses at the fbi. we know the document was changed after the intel committee voted to publicly release it. did the president once again blur the lines on loyalty with law enforcement? cnn had learned that mr. trump asked the deputy attorney general if he was quote on my team. what does that statement feel like after the state of the union which feels like months ago? i'm dave briggs. welcome back to "early start." >> i'm rene marsh. it is 31 minutes past the hour. the escalating feud with the fbi and president over the classified memo which the president could release as soon as today. fbi director chris wray clashing with the president over the memo pushed by republican devin nunes. chairman of the house intel
committee. wray issuing a warning expressing grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accura accuracy. >> the comments from president trump's fbi chief coming after two days of private talks where top justice department officials tried to convince the white house not to release the memo. here is john kelly on the document release. >> the national security lawyers in the white house work for me and the president. they are slicing and dicing it and looking at it so we know what it means. >> did you see it? >> i did. >> what did you think? >> that will be released quickly, i think, and the whole world can see it. >> president trump was overheard after the state of the union telling a republican congress member quote he will 100% release the memo as we learned the following morning the president had not yet read the memo when he said that. >> chairman nunes now accused of secretly making changes to the
classified memo. the ranking democrat on the house intel committee says nunes sent a memo to the would you y say -- memo to the white house quote was voted against along party lines. >> the nunes spokesman does not dispute changes were made, but how significant they were. he says quote, this strange attempt to thwart publication of the memo. the committee minority is complaining with minor edits to the memo. two edits requested by the fbi. >> what is not clear this morning is exactly what changes were made. why schiff's staff pushed to check for changes and whether the white house had any hand in those changes. >> nunes refused to tell if his staff spoken to the white house.
mike quigley talked to us. >> he is with a few staff acting as an agent of the white house and has for the last year. this is the president of the united states acting to defend himself politically and legally at the expense of the government. >> nunes was forced to step aside last year after it was revealed he went to the white house to review classified evidence. >> and schiff says the nunes me memo crosses a line. he said paul ryan has not stepped in because he lacks the courage. he said ryan seems not to understand the central bargain. in exchange for the willingness to reveal closely guarded
national secrets to a select group of members and staff for the purposes of oversight, the committees and the congressional leadership pledged to handle that information responsibly. >> and nunes is a key figure in the episode of president trump asking for loyalty from the fbi official. cnn reporting deputy attorney general rod rosenstein visited the white house in december to ask the president for help fighting off document requests from nunes. mr. trump wanted to know where the special counsel russia investigation was heading. the sources tell us that he was asked if rosenstein was quote on my team. >> the deputy attorney general was surprised by the president's question and responded of course. we're all on your team, mr. president. questions if the president was seeking to interfere in the
investigation by special counsel robert mueller. no comment from the justice department or the white house. >> the special counsel robert mueller is training his sights on white house communications director hope hicks and her rope -- and her role in the trump tower meeting with the russian lawyer. hicks allegedly told president trump on a conference call that e-mails by donald trump jr. quote will never get out. the e-mails proved the purpose of the meeting with the russians was to quote get dirt on hillary clinton. >> three sources say former trump spokesperson was concerned that hicks could be thinking of obstructing justice. the special counsel will learn about the call. hicks lawyers denied she said that or suggested the e-mails would be destroyed. will is fbi agent removed from robert mueller's russia
probe actually played a role in the series of events that may have cost hillary clinton the election. peter strzok was removed from mueller's team after the anti-trump texts he wrote. e-mails obtained by cnn show he wrote what appears to be the first draft of james comey's letter informing lawmakers they were reviewing hillary clinton e-mails days before the election. >> strzok supported reopening the clinton investigation once the e-mails were discovered, but had reservations about comey making a public announcement so close to election day. this new information painted a complicated picture of strzok and lisa page and showing their intent to go easy on hillary clinton. another day. another retirement. republican house member trey gowdy is calling it quits.
the south carolina congress member will not run for a fifth term. a former federal prosecutor and he plans to return to the justice amousystem. there has been a spike of republicans heading for the exits ahead of the mid terms. 38 have announced they are leaving their seats. unlike others, gowdy is not facing a tough re-election campaign. the gop retreat in west virginia going on as planned today after a train carrying dozens of republican lawmakers hit a truck wednesday. the driver of that vehicle was killed. four people remain in the hospital. all members of the congress and family members on the train are okay. minnesota congress member jason lewis was taken to the hospital for a possible concussion. the ntsb is sending a go-team to the scene to see what happened.
president trump has decided not to do a super bowl interview this weekend. the white house says they rejected the nbc request, but nbc says the president has an open inn i havi nbc says the president has an open inn i havtation if he chan his mind. the interview has been a tradition. when fox televised the game last year, donald trump was interviewed by bill o'reilly. janet yellen's time at the federal reserve is over. jerome powell takes over on friday. janet yellen jump started the economy and dealing with low inflation. the fed expecting inflation to speed up this year and it will have to raise interest rates to keep it in check. at yellen's final meeting, it
pyeongchang. >> reporter: good morning, dave. they are here now. the north korean athletes have touched down at airport 50 miles from here. it is very unusual for the flight to go from north korea to south korea. we are 50 miles from the demilitarized zone. yet, there are simply no flights. still two countries technically at war. we are seeing a different situation ahead of the pyeongchang winter olympics. we understood there would be 32 members of the delegation that were going to land. ten athletes and three coaches and 18 supporting staff. we have not seen images of them yet arriving. hope to see those soon. there are a number of women's ice hockey team players here this week. they he aare training with the h koreans with the joint team. a lot of excitement in pyeongchang from the officials and from the president moon
jae-in. he billed it as the peace olympics. we are told it will be the biggest olympics ever. the u.s. will have more athletes than any team in any winter olympics. it is going to be a significant olympics, we're being told, by the south koreans. the fact they have the north koreans is part of this makes it important for the officials who pushed so hard for this. >> should be unique optics at the opening ceremonies. paula, thank you. the u.s. conducted a key ballistic missile defense test on wednesday and it failed. the pentagon is not commenting, but several officials confirmed the missile failed to intercept the incoming target. officials are trying to determine what went wrong. missile being tested is designed to intercept the type of missile north korea is threatening to launch against the united states. the trial was designed to test
new defense concepts with the missile launched from shore rather than a war ship. homeland security officials announcing the protected status of 7,000 syrian nationals in the u.s. extended for 18 months because of the ongoing zcivil wr in the country. protections were enacted in 2012. it shields from deportation. syrians arriving after august of 2016 will not be eligible for the extension. it is the first time since protections were created for syrians that new immigrants cannot apply. ahead, mark zuckerberg working to fix facebook. that's hurting facebook's numbers. investors are not happy. cnn money stream next. hey, man you okay?
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the director of the centers for disease control and prevention resigning in the midst of a deadly nationwide flu outbreak. dr. brenda fitzgerald stepping down one day after politico reported she purchased tobacco stock after taking the position. that investment is clearly at odds with the cdc's mission. according to politico, dr. fitzgerald invested in pharmaceutical companies merck and bayer and insurance company humana. and filing to dismiss charges on bob menendez. the corruption trial resulted in a hung jury last fall. he was accused of accepting
bribes from a florida doctor in exchange for political favors. charges against the doctor also dropped. menendez expressing gratitude and coming to the appropriate conclusion. a polish born doctor detained by immigration officials after living in the united states for nearly 40 years. he is expected to be released today on $10,000 bond. dr. lukasz neeze was taken into custody in mid-january by ice agents. the michigan doctor was 5 when his parents fled poland in 1979. he received a temporary green card and became a lawful resident. dr. neeze came under scrutiny because of 18 encounters with police, most of them traffic violations. one child abuse case against him
was unsubstantiated and dropped. san francisco will immediately dismiss all misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1975. the city district attorney says the decision stems from the provision in the california law that just legalized recreational marijuana. it will review marijuana felonies reported in the same time period and resentence. the move affects thousands of people, but doesn't happen automatically. a person convicted of a marijuana crime must petition the court. fema is trying to ease concerns of the report of halting shipments of water and food to the island. fema has stockpiled 46 million litres of water and 4 million meals and snacks. distribution will continue.
the supplies should hold out until normalcy continues or is returned. many puerto ricans are depending on the fema aid and is concerned if the stockpile is enough. former first lady michelle obama reliving an awkward moment in the first television interview since leaving the white house she explains to ellen what she was thinking when melania trump handed her the blue tiffany box on inauguratio. this is like a state visit. they will stand here. never before do you get a gift. i'm like okay. what am i supposed to do with this gift? everyone cleared out. no one would come and take the box. i'm thinking do i take the picture? then my husband grabbed the box and took it back inside. >> she said inside the box was a picture frame.
the full interview airs today on "ellen." >> i love that story. >> it was an awkward moment. another arctic blast blowing across the east coast today with temperatures more than 15 degrees below normal. meteorologist derek van dam joins us from the weather center. good morning, derek. >> good morning dave and rene. here is a good indication that winter is not over. you can see across the eastern half of the country below average temperatures from the climate prediction center from february 5th through february 9th withcross the western u.s. this is allowing a blast of arctic air. there is rain and snow associated with the system. it stays mainly liquid across new york and washington this afternoon. check out the deep, dark red and purple coming in from canada. that means temperatures will drop. today, 23 for chicago.
45 in the big apple. 54 for the nation's capital. look at the nose dive into the weekend. temperatures barely squeaking above freezing for new york city. of course, we have groundhog day taking place tomorrow. punxsutawney phil. will he see his shadow? it will be 23 degrees when he comes out of his burrow. back to you. and a check on cnn money stream. wall street rebounded after a sell off. it closed slightly higher. the concern is interest rates. the fed reserve left rates unchanged. signalled it will boost them next month. there are three hikes pencilled in this year. the era of low interest rates may be coming to an end. a case of chicken collusion. two lawsuits accuse the largest poultry producers of working
together to jack up prices. the suits were filed bydistribu. they accuse tyson and pilgrim's pride and perdue. the 17 companies control 90% of the chicken market. mark zuckerberg working to fix facebook. that's hurting facebook's numbers. users spent 50 million hours less per day on facebook mainly due to fewer viral videos in the news feed. daily users declined for the first time ever. that sent stock down 5%. it rebounds after investors said the ad business was still making money. facebook faces harsh criticism for enabling fake news and election meddling. it is working to prove to have a
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moment promised in the state of the union feels like years ago. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm rene marsh. it is thursday, february 1st. it is 5:00 a.m. east and 7:00 p.m. in pyeongchang. >> right on the edge of the olympics. are you excited? >> i'm excited. sports guy. escalating public feud with the fbi and the president over a classified memo which the president could release as soon as today. fbi director chris wray clashing with the president with the memo pushed by devin nunes. chairman of the house intel committee. wray issuing a rare public warning expressing grave concerns about material omiss n omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy. >> the comments from president trump's own fbi chief coming after two days of private