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safe. it comes with a fire extingui extinguish extinguisher? >> that does not sound safe. "early start" continues right now. republican memo alleges abuses by the fbi is set to go public. the president refusing to stand in the way despite loud objections from intelligence and law enforcement. the head of the cia is defending meeting top russian intel officials on american soil. why was mike pompeo welcome being somebody banned from the united states? good morning. i'm ryan nobles. this is "early start." >> i'm rene marsh. president trump is poised to allow the release of the house intelligence memo alleges abuses at the fbi. the president hopes the memo may undermine the russia investigation. the move to release it sets up a clash with the white house and intelligence officials warn the
documents distorts facts and could jeopardize national security. on cnn last night, joe manchin of west virginia slammed house intelligence chairman devin nunes. >> we don't come from the senate side unless we have agreement in bipartisan way. they are working in the house intelligence strictly on partisan participation. devin nunes, pardon the pun, he has neutered the confidence that people could have in the house intelligence committee. >> the president reviewed the memo wednesday, the day after he was picked up on a hot mic telling the congress member he was 100% determined to release it. there was never any hesitation by the president. according to the post, the president believes it will help build a case for firing deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who oversees the russia investigation.
"the post" reports the director of intelligence, dan coates, expressed reservations of the memo release. our coverage starts this morning with jeff zeleny. >> reporter: good morning, rene and ryan. memo appears to be on the verge of being released. the president read it and reviewed it on wednesday. this sets up a huge confrontation with the white house and fbi. the fbi director whom the president appointed said he had grave concerns of the release of the memo. the white house appears to be going ahead with this. the president on thursday gave his final go ahead to his advisers. now this, of course, is the latest episode in the long running russia investigation. we know the president was calling friends and associates saying he believes the release of the memo will discredit the investigation. it will show in his view bias in the top ranks of the fbi. democrats are crying foul. they believe it should not be
released given a matter of national security. the fbi and justice department believe the same thing. the committee is expected to release that some time today. this is not going to necessarily change anything except the rhetoric around it. the investigation still going forward with bob mueller as special counsel here. big day with the president and fbi director appointed six months ago. today is a busy one here at the white house before the president flies to mar-a-lago tonight. rene and ryan. >> busy day indeed. cnn has learned top white house aides are worried that director chris wray will resign if the memo is released. wray has not directly threatened to step down. his predecessor james comey offering support. all should appreciate the fbi speaking up. i wish more of our leaders would. take heart, american history shows that in the long run
weasels and liars never hold the field. so long as good people stand up, not a lot of schools or streets are named for joe mccarthy. the fbi agents association also publicly thanking director wray expressing appreciation for his willingness to stand shoulder to shoulder with them as they work to protect the country from security threats. house speaker paul ryan says the memo does not target law enforcement. listen to his argument. >> the memo is not indictment of the fbi, of the department of justice. it does not impugn the mulvanel investigation or the deputy attorney general. what it is is the congress' legitimate function of oversight that the fisa process is used correctly. if it is not used correctly, that needs to come to light and people need to be held
accountable. this does affect our civil liberties. >> joining us live this morning is cnn political analyst julian zelitzer. thank you for joining us. all indications is that the president is going to release the memo. what is the fallout here? will the head of the fbi quit? does this discredit the russia investigation and does it at all back fire on the president? >> i think it is helping to discredit the investigation with the supporters of president trump. that is the intention of the memo. that is the intention of the discussion of the memo. it has accomplished its job. we don't know if wray will resign. it is not watergate era anymore. partisan loyalty is strong. people may stay where they are. >> it is great we have historian here. there is obviously historical
implications. we saw james comey's tweet. how unprecedented would it be for the white house to defy its intelligence community and own fbi and release a memo? >> there is always tension with presidents and the fbi. that's historic. they fight over policy. they often have personal disagreements. the way this is happening in the public in front of the american eyes where the president is working with republicans to syst systemically to discredit the operation is unprecedent. that is why some law enforcement officials are upset and concerned. "the washington post" has a stunning op-ed this morning. they talk about the issue of going after institutions like the fbi. you saw it. what is your take on this and the strategy behind, you know,
republicans going after the fbi? we have a portion of "the washington post" op-ed. once a bipartisan responsibility that lawmakers treated soberly, as they still do in the senate, oversight under mr. nunes is another an -- affront in mr. trump's assault on law enforcement. >> those are strong words. this is not oversight. this is a partisan attack. this is an effort by the republicans with the republican memo to discredit the investigation. that's why you hear are strong words from "the washington post." when the president supports this kind of attack, it is hard to take it back. it will affect other operations that the fbi conducts. i think that is why you are hearing that.
it is generally on target. this is a partisan memo. the republicans have coalesced behind the memo. they are pushing with the president's support to release it as if it is some kind of serious oversight. this is a partisan talking point. >> although the president has done everything he can to discredit the investigation into russia. his ambassador to the united nations was tough on russia in the speech yesterday. listen to what nikki haley had to say. >> russia is not, will not be our friend. yes, russia did meddle in our elections. there is no reason to think the russian interference made a difference between who won and lost in the u.s. elections. but the very fact they did it is an outrageous thing and something the administration is taking steps to prevent in the future. >> this is one of the president's strongest allies, julian. she said something the president never said.
russia did meddle in our elections. do you think everyone would view the investigation differently if the president would concede that russia played a role in meddling in the election? >> absolutely. if president trump said that machin months ago or the last few weeks, it would change the tenor of the press covering the white house. he rehe fufuses to say the word the way she did. it raises suspensions and brings up the questions. he should repeat her and what she said. that would really change the narrative. he doesn't want to do so. >> he could say they meddled. we need to look at this and just we cannot ignore. >> that is at the heart of the investigation. that is what people are concerned about. not that he won because of that, but there was the interference. that's where it started. >> could it happen again. julian, thank you so much for joining us.
we have more with you on the back half of the hour. cia director mike pompeo defending recently revealed meetings he had with top russian security officials on u.s. soil. one of the officials the head the russian intelligence service is the official sanctioned and barred from coming to the united states. >> a u.s. official says it is no accident that russia announced the meeting and target was sowing discord in the united states. on wednesday, pompeo defended the meetings to chuck schumer. he declare he and others met with russian officials to keep america safe. he told cnn yesterday if this administration is ignoring sanctions, schumer said that is serious. >> the spokeswoman says sanctions can be waived in cases of national security. last year, russians revealed an
oval office meeting with the president and then ambassador sergei kislyak. it is fair to note that past administrations have also met with russian intelligence offici officials. in a headline that should not get lost in the russia news, the u.s. government is set to run out of money next week. the house will vote on another short-term spending bill through march of 22nd. the beltway version of groundhog day. this is hopes to give enough time to strike an immigration deal, but there is not much movement on the issue. >> the president tweeting about it last night. he tweeted the democrats just aren't calling about daca. nancy pelosi and chuck schumer have to get moving fast or they'll disappoint you again. we have a great chance to make a deal or blame the democrats. march 5th is coming up fast. march 5th is the president's deadline for a deal.
take a lyisten to remarks he mae from the gop retreat in west virginia. >> some people call it dreamers. it's not dreamers. don't fall into that trap. i said the other night we have dreamers too. we cannot forget our dreamers. >> president trump told republican lawmakers they notic need to work with democrats or they will lose a lot of seats in 2018. police now say a school shooting in los angeles was an accident. a 12-year-old girl is facing charges this morning. we have more coming up. [ click, keyboard clacking ]
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american soil. welcome back to "early start." i'm rene marsh. >> i'm ryan nobles. it is groundhog day. thank you for starting your day with us. president trump is set to release the house intelligence memo. the president hopes the memo might undermine the russia investigation. the relentless move to release it sets up a clash with the white house and intelligence officials who warn the document distorts facts. on cnn last night, democratic senator joe manchin of west virginia slammed chairman devin nunes for pushing the memo 's release. >> we don't come from the senate side unless we have agreement in bipartisan way. they are working in the house intelligence strictly on
partisan parti partis partisan participation. devin nunes, pardon the pun, has neutered the confidence of the committee. >> the president was picked up on a whohot mic saying he was determined to release the memo. there was never any hesitation by the president. according to "the post" the president believes this will build a case for fire deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. the post reports director of national intelligence has expressed his reservations of the release as well. our coverage starts this morning with jeff zeleny at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, rene and ryan. today is the day that the classified controversial house gop memo appears to be on the verge of being released. president trump gave that order on thursday saying he read it and reviewed it. of course, this setting up a
confrontation with the white house and the fbi. the fbi director whom the president appointed said he had grave concerns over the memo. the white house appears to be going ahead with this on wednesday. the president on thursday gave his final go ahead to his advisers. this, of course, is the latest episode in the long running russia investigation. we know the president was calling friends and associates saying he believes the release of the memo will discredit the investigation because it will show in his view bias in the top ranks of the fbi. democrats are crying foul. they believe it should not be released and a matter of national security. the justice department and fbi believe the same thing. after the president signs off on it, the house intelligence committee expected to release it today. this will not necessarily change anything except the rhetoric. it has been a distraction. the investigation, of course, still going forward with robert mueller as special counsel. a big day as confrontation with the president and fbi director
appointed six months ago. today proves to be a busy one at the white house before the president flies to mar-a-lago tonight. rene and ryan. >> jeff, thank you. cnn has learned that top white house aides are worried chris wray will resign if the memo is released. wray has not directly stated he will step down. >> and his predecessor is speaking up. comey with the tweet. i wish more of our leaders would. take heart. american history in the long run, weasels and liars never hold up. >> the fbi agent association publicly thanking director wray expressing appreciation for his willingness to stand with them as they work to protect the country from security threats. house speaker paul ryan says it
does not target law enforcement. listen. >> this memo is not indictment of the fbi, of the department of justice. it does not impugn the mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general. what it is is the congress' legitimate function of oversight to make sure the fisa process is used correctly. if it wasn't used correctly, that needs to come to light and people need to be held accountable. this does affect our civil liberties. >> a lot to break down this morning. we will talk about political analyst julian zeltizer. julian, people have been saying this is a bombshell and blow the lid off the fisa process. the intelligence community and the fbi. now we are starting to see maybe this isn't as big a bombshell as
we once thought. people close to the white house concerned that maybe it will land with a thud if it is releas released. is there a chance it will be much ado about nothing? >> i think it will land with a thud. meaning we talked so much about it and the white house is suggested what is in it. that was the point. the message that something went wrong and some shady activity within the fbi. that is all out there. i'm not sure how much more there will be with the actual release at this point. >> julian, i just want to zero in on the fact that this is the president's own hand picked head of the fbi, right? saying this document is simply not accurate. it is false. so for people watching this all play out here in washington, d.c., to be very clear, despite the fact that intelligence community says there is a potential risk to national security and the document is
false and president and members of congress release it. there are no ramifications for the president or members of the congress legally because he is the president and he can do it. what are the ramifications? >> the president has the authority to do this. the ramifications have to do with the reputation of the fbi and reputation of the investigation into russia and simply the character of both republican party and administration for allowing this partisan memo which is what it appears to be to be released under congressional oversight or fisa. that is what speaker ryan is saying. this is simply a memo aiming to discredit an investigation into the administration. >> i want to pivot to immigration. lost in all of this russia c conversation is the deadline of march 5th for another spending
plan and deal on daca. it seems unlikely at this point especially when you hear the president's rhetoric on it. listen to what he told the members in west virginia. >> some people call it dreamers. it's not dreamers. don't fall into that trap. i said the other night. we have dreamers too. we have dreamers in this country too. we cannot forget our dreamers. i have a lot of dreamers here. >> i should say the spending bill runs on thursday. with this talk, julian, we know where democrats sit on this issue. how will they come up with the deal in the short timeline? >> on daca, it is unlikely. democrats are unhappy with the restri restrictions. democrats are in the box. they are in a position where they have to save daca. they talked about how great the program is and how important the people. it is very hard for them to say
no. the real question is can president trump mobilize the right? can he tell conservatives i'm going to use the presidential pulpit to keep you on target. >> we actually have on the screen in response to that sound we just played from the president. david duke, former grand wizard of the kkk. he then tweeted thank you president trump. americans are dreamers too. it will be hard to come up with a deal. >> it is hard. there are many of them who are profoundly unhappy if the democrats sign on to this legislation. this is antithetical to what they stand for although they want daca restored. they are in a difficult political position having said that. they are in the position of
having to say no to daca. that is how the president boxed them in. with that tweet and that sentiment there is a possibility you will see a deal. >> all tied up in it, potential of another government shutdown. julian, thank you for being here. >> thank you. cia director mike pompeo defending revealed meetings he had with top russia security officials on u.s. soil. one of those officials is the head of the russian foreign intelligence service is the target of u.s. sanctions and barred from entering the u.s. the meeting came to light in a january 30th tweet from the russian embassy. >> a u.s. official says it is no accident that russia announced the meeting and the target was sowing discord in the united states. on thursday, pompeo defended the meetings in a letter to chuck schumer. he declared he and other members who met with russians quote did it to keep americans safe. schumer kept up his criticism
telling cnn yesterday if this administration is ignoring sanctions, that's very serious. >> a state department says sanctions can be waved in cases of national security. russians revealed an oval office meeting with the president and then ambassador sergei kislyak last year. past administrations have also met with russian intelligence officials. can america's job market stay strong in 2018? that is the question after 87 consecutive months of the jobs gains. the labor department will release the jobs report in three hours. expect another healthy month. predicting 175,000 jobs added. the unemployment rate should remain at 4.1%. and wage growth should tick up. wage growth has been sluggish for years. a weak spot in a strong labor market. globalization and more part t-te workers kept wages in check.
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her husband robert wagner. the sheriff's office says it does not have enough information to make an arrest, but wood's drowning remains suspicious. the investigation was reopened in 2011. u.s. olympic committee report edly told of sexual abuse complains of larry nassar as early as 2015, but failed to intervene. the former head of usa gymnastics steve penney made the allegations. during that time, nassar continued to abuse patients in michigan. >> an attorney for penney refused to comment to cnn. a spokesperson importafor the u committee learned in 2013 a doctor was accused of abusing an athlete, but claims it was reported to the fbi. nassar is due back in the michigan court today as the sentencing continues for his abuses at a gymnastics club.
he has been sentenced up to 175 years in prison on earlier charges. police investigating the shooting of the los angeles middle school thursday say it was not intentional. the 12-year-old girl was booked charged with negligent discharge of a firearm. four students and adult were hurt in the shooting. one 15-year-old boy was shot in the head with significant wounds. doctors were able to stabilize him saying he was lucky. officials say classes at the middle school continued on thursday after a lockdown was lifted. a fired hawaii state worker who started the false alarm of the missile attack is planning to sue the state for defamation. officials have not formally identified him, his attorneys say enough information has been confirmed that residents in oahu know who he is and some have
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officials estimate if water levels continue to fall as feared south africa's second most populous city will run out of water by april 15th. a changing climate and rapidly growing population have made mer matters worse. residents have not been doing enough to curb water use. and good news. all of the miners trapped underground at the south african mine have been rescued. the company said the violent storm knocked out power wednesday night. more than 1,000 miners were stuck underground until the power was restored to the lift to bring them to the surface. the oldest son of fidel castro has reportedly committed suicide. the cuban state media said the 68-year-old suffered from depression in recent months. he was the only child of the
cuban revolutionary leader and his first wife. his relatives went into exile becoming prominent figures in the cuban community. and a check on cnn money stream. global markets are lower after the wild day on wall street. u.s. stocks wobbled with gains and losses with the dow swinging 300 points before ending up 37 points. nasdaq and s&p 500 closed lower. strong earnings helped stocks rise. investors are worried about interest rates. concerned of the low era of low rates coming to an end. hollywood's tech earnings party on wall street yesterday with three big names. apple and amazon and alphabet reporting after the bell. apple posted a record $88 billion in sales, but it predicted iphone sales this quarter will be well below
expectation. amazon reported its biggest profits if h s in history nearl billion. google's annual sales topped $100 billion for the first time. however, it also reported a rare loss. a one-time $9.9 billion charge on foreign earnings. result of the new tax bill. tesla founder elon musk has an announcement. he sold out of flame throwers. confused? this was a stunt to raise $10 million for the musk's tunn tunnelling business the boring company. they offered the flame throwers four days ago and had to stop taking orders because they sold 20,000 of them. the boring company says they are safe, but it appears that flames do come out of them. it comes with a complementary fire extinguisher. musk tweeted when the zombie
apocaplyse happens, you will be happy with the flame thrower. it doesn't mention anything about it doesn't mention anything about burning your house down, though. do you feel like you need a flame thrower? >> i want to know who bought one and why. thanks for joining us. i'm renee marsh. >> have a great day. "new day" starts right now. president trump expected to defy the fbi and release the nunes memo today. >> this memo seeks to torch every floor of the fbi to protect the president. i think it's very important that the american people have access to the information contained in this memo. >> devin nunes neutered the confidence anybody could have in the house intelligence committee. >> this memo is going to be a guy january particular belly flop.