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and villanova rolls to its second college basketball title in three years. the hero of the game came off the bench. still celebrating in philadelphia this morning. congrats to all those fans. rene, they had to grease the light poles with after they could not identify. it may have been crisco or something else. philadelphia eagles fans showed they need to do that. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm rene marsh. it's tuesday, april 3rd. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. breaking news. a classified memo reveals for the first time special counsel robert mueller is authorized to pursue collusion charges against the president's former campaign chairman paul manafort. the documents highlights payments to manafort from the
ukrainian government which have links to russian politicians and operatives. the memo says the link compels investigators to examine russian efforts of interference in the 2016 election. >> the payments from ukraine to manafort is the basis for financial crimes charges he faces. manafort wants the charges dismissed claiming beyond mueller's scope because ukraine is unrelated to the campaign. the declassified memo was written in august by deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. it shows rosenstein's strong backing for the special counsel despite attacks from the president. let's discuss this with julian selzer. good morning. >> good morning. >> the constant attacks against the word collusion. the word he said the most in the first 14 or 15 months. how significant is this development? >> it doesn't seem there are any new findings here, but it shows
there is legitimacy to looking at the financial ties with officials in the trump orbit and russia. this just provides credibility for mueller looking into the area. >> there are reports that the white house is considering potentially meeting with putin at the white house with the president. what are your thoughts of that and how significant would that be? >> this is an initiative with any other president that would maybe be seen in a positive light and attempting to create a connection regardless of what putin has done. president trump doesn't have much credibility. this is the area he has undercut himself in diplomacy. there is very little trust. he takes the bad side of what russia has done very seriously. >> given all that has gone on, the president's focus on daca
and dreamers. he is blaming democrats. he said daca is dead because the democrats did not care or act and now everyone wants to get on to the daca band wagon. no longer works. must build wall and secure borders with proper legislation. democrats want no borders, hence drugs and crime. jim sciutto asked him about this yesterday. >> the democrats have left them down. let them down. they had the great opportunity. the democrats have really let them down. it's a shame. now people are taking advantage of daca. that's a shame. should have never happened. >> didn't you kill daca, sir? >> whose is this? >> that's the other jim. acosta there. let's talk about the president's sole focus.
why is returning to the focus in the courts? the deal fell apart because neither side came to agreement. you have had to have lived here since 2007. why is the president focused? >> when the going gets tough, you get tough on immigrants. it was the story of the presidency and campaign. this was the red meat he knows he can throw out there and illicit a lot of excitement. it is not shocking this is what he is talking about right now. to be clear, he was the one who ended daca. he created the crisis and the deal fell apart. he owns this. i think the democrats in some ways are secondary to what happens to the program at this point. >> so we want to switch gears to the president and focus on amazon. you know, he has been bashing them. second day in a row here. we are seeing the stock market tumble. we are seeing amazon tumble. his claim to fame has been the
stock market is good. you know, republicans want to run on the economy. if we continue with this trend, won't this work against him? what is his strategy here? >> i'm not sure there is a strategy. this is a political red zone. you can see the effects on the stocks both with this and with the tariffs. he can't afford to lose the strong economy and tumbles in the stock market or bad job numbers that may unfold as a result of the anti-trust position which is what this is here. i think a lot of republicans are uneasy. this was the foundation in many ways of his success. if the economy is doing well, many people are willing to sit tight with whatever he says. this tweet is very different. >> not only are republicans unhappy with giving away the gains, but this is not conservatives. they do not go after individual companies. they don't pick winners like the
coal industry and now pick losers like amazon. we will check in with you in 25 minutes. thank you. >> perfect. coming up, president trump is also targeting his own justice department claiming its dragging its feet handing over documents related to republican-led congressional investigations. he tweeted so sad the department of justice, end quotes, and the fbi are slow walking or not giving the unredacted documents requested by congress. embarrassment to our country. the timing of the tweet is a little odd considering fbi director chris wray promised around the clock shifts to speed up document production. the congressional requests seek documents related to the fbi probe of hillary clinton's private e-mail server and possible fbi abuses of surve surveillance warrants targeting
former campaign aide carter page. the wife of andrew mccabe is speaking out about the president's attacks on her family. jill mccabe said the taunts aimed at her husband just shy of his retirement are tiring. many centered on her 2015 run for the senate in virginia. she writes to have my personal reputation and integrity and those of my family attacked this way is beyond horrible. it feels awful every day. it keeps me up nights. i made the decision to run for office because i was trying to help people. instead it turned into something that was used to attack our family and my husband's career and the entire fbi. the president claimed donations to jill mccabe's from then governor terry mcauliffe. those donations came before andrew mccabe had oversight of the e-mail investigation.
his work on clinton came after she lost that election. epa straigadministrator sco pruitt's job is in jeopardy according to a white house open efficiently because the president is -- white house official because the president is angry over the ethics issues. a source says the president is upset over bad publicity. pruitt is facing criticism for travel expenses and bringing his security detail on personal trips. no official comment from the white house. talking of a dynasty is well deserved for jay wright. villanova is national champion for the second time in three years. they just routed michigan 79-62. villanova led by dante
divincenzo off the bench. he was named the outstanding player. they were dominant winning all six of the games by double figures. the best dressed man in college basketball is jay wright may be the best coach as well. congrats to all the folks outside philadelphia. and coming up, thousands of teachers in two states walking off the job in protest. more on their demands up next.
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oklahoma city schools will be closed again today as more teachers there and around the country push for better pay and school funding. thousands of teachers in oklahoma and kentucky walked off the job in protest yesterday taking a cue from the successful strike in west virginia. here is nick valencia in oklahoma city. >> reporter: dave and rene,
thousands of teachers and students showed up at the state capitol. they said teachers were asking for the $10,000 raise and the legislative bill gave them a $6,100 raise. they asked for revenue appropriated to education funding and they got less than half they requested. it is difficult to be an educator in the state which ranks 49th of 50 states. 25% of the work force left the b profession in 2016. some have gone to four-day workweeks so teachers get jobs on fridays or school cannot keep the lights on. teachers i spoke to say it is especially difficult and more and more so by the day. >> it is getting increasingly harder to meet the needs of our students. it is important to us and tied to the funding we're requesting. >> we are asking secretary devos to come to oklahoma and see how
badly needed funding is for the classrooms. we are doing this for the kids today. it is not about us. it is about the kids. funding classrooms and getting adequate textbooks and highly qualified teachers and resources to do our job more effectively. >> reporter: the organizations i spoken to say there is another rally planned later this morning outside the capitol. dave. the congresswoman elizabeth esty of connecticut will not run for re-election in november. following reports it took her three months to dismiss her chief of staff after he allegedly harassed and threaten t ed a former aide. on monday, she announced she was ending her time in congress. adding too many women have been harmed by harassment in the workplace. in the terrible situation in my office, i could have and should
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breaking overnight. special counsel robert mueller cleared by the justice department to investigate whether former trump campaign chair paul manafort colluded with russia. president trump on the attack ripping democrats and dreamers while not protecting dreamers and the fbi is an embarrassment to the country. and villanova rolls to its second college basketball title in three years. the hero of the game came off the bench. welcome back to "early start." i'm rene marsh. >> i'm dave briggs. christine romans on spring break. she will be back next week. we start with breaking news. a classified memo revealing special counsel robert mueller is authorized to pursue collusion charges against the
president's former campaign chairman paul manafort. the documents highlights payments to manafort from the ukrainian government which have links to russian politicians and operatives. the memo says the link compels them to examine russian efforts of interference in 2016. >> the payments from ukraine to manafort is the basis for financial crimes charges he faces. manafort wants the charges dismissed claiming beyond mueller's scope because ukraine is unrelated to the campaign. the declassified memo was written in august by deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. it shows rosenstein's strong backing for the special counsel despite attacks from the president. >> president trump on the attack as the white house pushing for an immigration bill. white house officials called immigration laws loopholes to allow immigrants to cross the border illegally.
loopholes they said must be closed. the officials admitted these were largely the same proposals they had been pushing since last fall. the white house easter egg roll where the president blamed the failure of daca protections and dreamers on democrats. >> the democrats have let them down. really let them down. they had the great opportunity. the democrats have really let them down. it's a shame. now people are taking advantage of daca. that's a shame. it should have never happened. >> didn't you kill daca, sir? >> no response from the president there. let's bring in julian zelitzer. julian, good morning. >> good morning. >> we are seeing the president return to the hard liner on immigration. similar to candidate trump. usually the candidate slightly different than president.
we're seeing the reverse here. he is reverting back to what we saw on the campaign trail. what do you make of that? >> he has never let go of the issue. attacks on immigration and demands of tighter immigration policies and his warnings that there is all kinds of chaos resulting from unauthorized immigrants in the country is a consistent thing he talked about. i think in his heart of hearts, he believes this and he likes to talk about it. i think he knows his supporters love this issue. this is red meat for the base. >> the other story dominating his twitter feed is his attack on amazon. they are side by side. it is strange to see him attack democrats on daca and then solely elsewhere focused on amazon dragging down the market and giving back the gains the president made in the first year. why do you think the president is solely focused on amazon? what problem does this present for conservatives? >> it is hard to see this as
disconnected from politics. it is not as if he is a pure ant anti-trust person. many see this as a political attack and a lot of "the washington post" and jeff bezos. that is why the stock market is tumbling. they are concerned with where the president will go with it. many republicans are quiet of actions of a democrat. they would be arguing about the winners and losers in the economy. >> that is strange turf for obama picking winners and losers. the president propping up the coal industry and attacking amazon. this is politically motivated. >> and staying with the economy. when do the republicans jump in before the bleeding gets bad. one item they want to run on is the corporate tax cuts and the
economy. if they don't have that and if the economy erodes and the stock market continues to tumble, what do they have to run on for 2018? >> they have a political disaster on their hands. i think there are two things prop up president trump politically. one is strong partisanship leads republicans to support a republican president no matter what. second is a strong economy allows them to keep saying whatever you think economic times are good. if that falls away, you will have a lot of republicans understanding there will be a wave in 2018 and 2020 can get ugly. this is one area of tweets i don't think the president can afford and the stock market numbers will scare a lot of republicans. >> it is interesting. he meets with the cable news personalities at mar-a-lago. we don't hear about meetings
with the congress. i want to talk about a piece you were for cnn.com. one thing you said struck me. the presidential instability has been stunning. there are so many stories. drip, drip, drip. we are zsipping from a fire hos here. what is missed among the chaos? >> i think the checks we assumed on the president and taking actions that could be dangerous don't exist. what we are seeing if we step back is a series of activities and tweets and political actions which can be very dangerous and can have big affects on the economy or overseas. no one is saying no. no one is really stopping it. i think that is what we are learning during the trump presiden presidency. >> he has long had a flood the
zone a approacpproach. >> even with all of the chaos and members of his cabinet, do you feel there is any one geopolitical issue that is pressing the president is not leaning into as much as he could or should be because he is distracted with the chaos at home? >> sure. nuclear disarmament is a big issue. there are a lot of nuclear weapons out there. we don't have a strategy. cyber warfare is connected with the investigation and political confidence. we are not talking what is the country doing and what are we doing internationally to curb the threat. the nuclear threat of 2018. this is not a lot of discussion about it. i think these issues in some of the chaos and day-to-day fascination with his latest tweet. >> let's hope they are planning for the meeting with kim jong un
in a couple of months here. that could be relatively pivotal. julian, thank you. president trump is also tar good evening the justice -- targeting the justice department claiming it is handing over documents and drags its feet. the president tweeted so sad the justice department and the fbi are slow walking or not giving the unredacted documents requested by congress. an embarrassment to our country. the teiming of the tweet is odd considering director chris wray promised around the clock shifts to speed up document production. the requests seek documents relating to the fbi probe of hillary clinton's e-mail server and fbi abuses of surveillance warrants with former aide carter page.
the wife of the former director is speaking out. jill mccabe says the taunts at her husband fired days before his retirement have been a nightmare. many centered on the 2015 run for the state senate in virginia. she writes to have my personal reputation and integrity and those of my family attacked this way is beyond horrible. it feels awful every day. it keeps me up nights. i made the decision to run for office because i was trying to help people. instead it was used to attack my family and my husband's career and fbi. the president claimed donations to jill mccabe from the then governor after an example of hillary clinton trying to sway the investigation into the e-mail server. those investigations came before andrew mccabe had oversight of the investigation. epa administrator scott pruitt's job is in jeopardy. according to a senior white
house official who tells cnn the president is angry over pruitt's ethical questions. another administration source says there is nothing the president despises more than his own officials getting bad publicity. pruitt is under scrutiny after the decision to rent a room in a condo below market value from the wife of a washington energy lobbyist. he is also facing criticism for travel expenses and bringing his security detail on personal trips. so far, no comment from the white house. all right. after a march full of upsets, a number one seed dominates. villanova wildcats are national champs for the second time in three years. >> andy scholes is in san antonio and joins us for the "bleacher report." i know you are struggling. >> i did not get much sleep last night. that's the price i pay for going to the cool sporting events.
villanova sure does like the state of texas. they won it all two years ago in houston. now they are champions here in san antonio last night. the fourth team in past 40 years to win two titles in a three-year span. michigan was giving them all the they could handle in the game. that was until dante divincenzo to come off the bench to have the game of his life. he had 18 alone in the first half. he finished with 31 for the game. it was the most ever by a player off the bench and championship game history. villanova wins 79-62. divincenzo the most outstanding player in the final four. i caught up with him during the celebration on the floor. >> how amazing is this moment?
>> i >> we have been up and down this year. we competed every day in practice. we will share this for the rest of our lives. >> is this the moment you dreamed of since you were a kid? >> since i was born, honestly. the biggest thing for me is sharing it with these guys. >> and here are some of the pictures from philadelphia last night. fans taking to the streets to celebrate their second title in three years. of course, just the second title in the span of three months for the city of philadelphia after the eagles won the super bowl. they are becoming the city of champions in philly. guys, i have to say an impressive run by villanova. they won every single one of their games by double digits in the tournament. something which had not been done in 50 years. hat hat's off to the wildcats. jay wright has multiple titles
joining mike krzyzewski and mike williams. >> are the fans still out there? >> i think so. >> you know they grease the p e poles, but they still climb them. all the stuff they put on it not working. >> it is a challenge. >> it is. philly can conquer all challenges. thanks, andy. a career decision from a democratic congresswoman. under fire for how she handled a staffer accused of abuse. her story is next. ♪
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we have cnn's frederik pleitgen on the ground with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, dave. the u.s. is losing influence here. especially after president trumgz trump announced america could be pulling out soon of syria. you can imagine the ground forces are angry. especially the kurdish forces. they thought america would stand by their side after isis is defeated. the big winners in this appear to be the russians. look at the situation in today mass cast wheustomer where i -- damascus where i am right now and it is essentially the russians who have negotiated the withdraw of the rebels from the territories. you have russian president vladimir putin going to turkey today with the turks and russians and iranians the next couple days hacking out a plan
that they hope will determine the future of syria and once again america is not at the table as many here in syria wonder what america's long-term strategy is for the country. dave. fred, thank you. and tens of thousands of teachers in kentucky and oklahoma flooding state capitols and refusing to back down. in kentucky, fuming over a pension reform bill and demanding lawmakers add school funding. here is polo sandoval. >> reporter: dave and rene, this is more about pay and pensions here in kentucky, but funding the academic year. reform bill passed by legislators last week brought educators across the state here to frankfurt, kentucky. what is keeping them here is the push for legislators to not make any of the cuts for different education components. teachers say that is what brought them here and the
message that they want legislators to hear loudly. >> teachers will have to get second jobs in order to make ends meet. my husband even has told me he said you may have to get a second job to afford insurance. that is sad. >> reporter: what is helping is the majority of the school districts were closed for spring break this week. however, a handful of districts, including the teachers you heard from actually work at the locations where class is still in session. that begs the question what will happen come next week for the entire state if the teachers feel they are certainly not getting much from lawmakers, will they stage a walkout? in the meantime, many conservatives in both chambers here at the capitol maintain these cuts and reform is necessary to prolong the life of the pension plan. dave and rene. polo, thanks. sinclair broadcasting group and
the president defending the promo. the video went viral this weekend. >> false news has become too common on social media. >> alarminalarming. >> it was written to sound like an opinion, but mandate from management. sinclair is pushing back who call it pro-trump propaganda. the research initiative was done by the broadcasting group. the tweet stating so funny watching the networks criticizing. sinclair is far superior to cnn. even more fake nbc which is a total joke. we should note most of sinclair stations are cnn affiliates. a 13-year-old boy who was stuck in a sewage pipe for at least 12 hours is recovering this morning. authorities in los angeles say he was playing in griffith park when boards covering a pipe
opening gave way and he plunged 25 feet underground. cnn's nick watt has more. >> reporter: dave and rene, horrific story with thankfully a happy ending. jesse hernandez, a 13-year-old kid, in griffith park in los angeles on sunday afternoon playing with friends and fell into the sewage system. he fell 25 feet in the pipe of 4 feet in diameter with 2 feet of liquid flowing at 15 miles an hour. we had firefighters and park rangers and police officers search for him for over 12 hours. in the early hours, a sanitation crew found him when they opened a manhole cover between two freeway s here in los angeles. he was 11 feet down and lucid and talking. they dropped a hose to him and pulled him out. the first thing he asked for was a cell phone to call his family
who were obviously very worried. rescue workers said they hoped they would get him, but they knew the window was closing. dave and rene. back to you. amazing story. amazing survivor. thank you, nick. the sacramento county sheriff is blaming professional protesters for the trouble at a protest vigil in which a deputy struck a woman with his patrol car and drove off. sheriff jones said the video shows people were repeatedly kicking and banging the deputy's suv. he said the officer did not likely know the car had been hit by a protester. emotions have been boiling over after police shot and killed stephon clark, an unarmed black man. the woman struck by the vehicle is 61-year-old wanda cleveland. she was treated at the hospital for bruises. the california highway patrol
>> just a quick check of the president's twitter feed. nothing yet today. the question is what does he tweet about today? will he stick with amazon and will he go back on immigration? interesting thing he hasn't tweeted about the markets since march 26th. he's been the cheerleader of the markets all along. since march 26 close, they're down 2 plus percent on the s&p. he also has to answer questions from an actual reporter today. >> that's right. >> that will happen. yes, it will happen. >> thanks for joining us this morning. i'm renee marsh. >> i'm dave briggs, "new day" starts right now. we'll see you tomorrow. bob mueller understands and i understand the specific scope of the investigation. >> new evidence that the special counsel is investigating collusion allegations against the president's former campaign chairman. >> are there any ties between mr. trump, you or your campaign and putin and his regime? >> no, there are not. democrats have really