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tuesday night, thank you so much for being here with us and good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. this morning as republican leaders praise the prospect of impeachment, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein hits back saying the justice department is not going to be extorted. new reporting that robert mueller discussed the idea of subpoenaing president trump during a meeting with his lawyers. and his former doctor making headlines again in an nbc news exclusive. he says his office was raided by trump aides who took the president's medical records. good morning, everyone. wednesday, may 2nd.
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i'm ayman mohyeldin. we begin with rod rosenstein, who is saying the department of justice will not be intimidated. the president had articles of impeachment draft against him related to the e-mail probe. rosenstein said the department would be guided by the law, not political pressure. >> any reaction to news that the house is drafting articles of impeachment, despite best efforts to comply with document requests? >> they can't resist leaking. there are people making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time. i think they should understand by now, the department of justice is not going to be extorted. we're going to do what's required by the rule of law. any kind of threats anybody makes are not going to effect the way we do our job.
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we have a responsibility. we take an oath. that's the point. you take this job, you are appointed by the president, confirmed by the senate, and that's actually a pretty thorough process, and then you raise your right hand and swear an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, bear true faith and allegiance, and you take it freely, and that's your responsibility. everybody in the department takes that oath. we have 115,000 employees. if they violate it, they know they're going to be held accountable. those folks know i am not going to violate my oath. >> in response to chairman of the house freedom caucus, mark meadows tweeted if he believes being asked to do his job is extortion, then he should step aside and allow us to find a new deputy attorney general, preferably one interested in transparency. this as republican goodlatte
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urged them to probe obama era. jerry nadler responded it is may of 2018 and house republicans are still chasing hillary clinton, doing everything in their power to distract from president trump's legal troubles and discredited department of justice as the head of the next round of indictments. the white house didn't endorse efforts to impeach rosenstein but didn't defend him either. >> there are allies of the president who are drafting articles of impeachment for rod rosenstein. is it the president's belief he committed a high crime or misdemeanor? >> i am not aware of that. >> the president doesn't endorse that drive, has the white house called on members to pursue that? >> i haven't seen the specific document, we don't have
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personn personnel announcements and continue to move forward. >> mueller reminded president trump's legal team he has the power to subpoena testimony from the president after they suggested the president could refuse an interview with investigators looking into obstruction of justice and meddling in the 2016 election. his former attorney told associated press that mueller's prosecutors broached the subject during a meeting with trump's legal team. "the washington post" was first to describe the tense meeting that took place march 5th in which trump lawyers insisted he had no obligation to talk to federal investigators, according to four people familiar with the encounter. mueller responded that he had another option if trump declined. he could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury. his attorney replied this isn't some game. you are screwing with the work of the president of the united
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states. dowd quit two weeks later over disagreements in strategy, and negotiations mueller were delayed by the raid of his offices. and more reporting suggesting president trump was criticizing notes that came from his own legal team. monday night, "new york times" published questions robert mueller would have for the president, said to come from the president's lawyers or notes. "the washington post" reports in march mueller's team agreed to provide the president's lawyers with more specific information about the subjects the prosecutors wished to discuss. trump lawyer combined 49 questions the team believed he would be asked. he tweeted so disgraceful the questions concerning the russian witch-hunt were leaked to the media. donald trump's for adoctor says
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office was raided by his bodyguard and two other men. nbc news national correspondent peter alexander has the details. >> reporter: donald trump's doctor more than 35 years. details about the raid as he described it that ended that relationship. >> what exactly were they looking for? >> medical records, pictures, anything they could find. >> reporter: he says two weeks after the inauguration, president trump's long time bodyguard, head of oval office operations, and top lawyer for the trump organization showed up unannounced at his office and took all the president's medical records. >> i feel raped. raped, frightened, and sad. >> reporter: the incident happened two days after he provided private medical information to "new york times," revealing for years he
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prescribed him a hair growth medication. that disclosure violation of medical privacy laws that bornstein is defending. >> what's the matter with that? >> reporter: the white house denies his office was raided. >> as was standard, the white house medical unit took possession of his medical records. >> reporter: they handed over documents in violation of privacy laws. >> he felt intimidated, this was not routine, he never received a medical release form signed by the president. >> reporter: his veteran doctor that praised him as the healthiest individual, says he was asked to remove this framed photo from the wall. the times article has him saying he told his long time assistant he should be the white house physician. after it was published, he received a curt phone call.
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>> she said you want to be the white house doctor? forget it, you're out. >> reporter: lawyers declined comment and nbc news couldn't reach the former bodyguard. we confirmed they took the original medical records, leaving him without copies. >> thanks to peter alexander for that. federal prosecutors and defense attorneys representing former national security adviser michael flynn suggested that he give them another 60 days before sentencing is scheduled. they say the matter is not ready to be scheduled for status of the special counsel investigation. flynn is cooperating with special counsel robert mueller, according to documents released as part of his plea agreement. he admitted to lying about conversations with the russian ambassador to the united states. two u.s. intelligence officials say despite the drama, benjamin netanyahu's presentation on monday on iran's past nuclear program did not
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contain any big surprises and has been largely known by u.s. intelligence agencies for years. other u.s. intelligence officials add nothing alters that they're abiding by the deal. bob corker says the information is nothing new and not ground breaking. we've known of this for some time. france and germany say the information is further proof of the on-going need for the accord. uk foreign secretary asked if the iran nuclear deal is not based on trust about intentions but based on verification. an israeli air strike targeted arms delivered from iran and killed at least two dozen iranian soldiers, adding to growing worries that israel and iran are getting closer to warfare in the war torn country. joining us, eugene scott.
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good to have you with us. lots to talk about. start with special counsel. we heard robert mueller floated the possibility of subpoenaing trump to testify before a grand jury. what does this tell you about the focus of the investigation and where it is. >> it communicates that mueller wants to get from the president himself. we have early reports of being some compromise between in person conversation and maybe questions being answered in written form. mueller wants to make sure people need to figure out what trump knew, when he knew it, how he was involved, and believes the best way to get that is to talk to the president himself. >> talk about rod rosenstein. he is not a public guy. doesn't make a lot of comments. yesterday he raised some eyebrows with his strong defense of department of justice in response to some republican lawmakers who have threatened him with impeachment. what do you make of his public rebuke if you will of the
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documents, threats privately and publicly coming out against him? >> it was certainly understandable. many lawmakers especially from the house freedom caucus are attacking his credibility and integrity, suggesting he is doing things that perhaps are either illegal or not in good standing with the law, and him, rosenstein, giving his experience and knowledge wants to make clear that's not what's happening at all. in fact, he was pointing out how incompetent many conservative lawmakers have been in trying to attack him. >> finally before i let you go, eugene, another head scratcher, trump's personal doctor here in new york. he is saying a bodyguard and lawyer for the president raided his office, took the president's medical records. what do you make of the story? it seems bizarre. how do you explain it? >> i think there are concerns
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about the legality of what happened in terms of violation of privacy acts, in terms of forcing yourself upon a private citizen without providing documentation usually required to do so, that people should pay more attention to than details and what was found in the files. the president should be concerned someone close to him or knew private information is in position he may be more willing to disclose information about the president trump would not like made public. >> want to see if there's a legal reaction to what took place. stick around, talk to you in a bit. mitch mcconnell targeted in a provocative campaign ad released by a republican senate candidate, believe it or not. and later, amid on-going investigations, scott pruitt loses two top aides. those stories and a check of
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welcome back. despite president trump's pledge to drain the swamp, only a quarter of americans believe he changed anything in fifteen months in office, according to the latest monmouth university poll. 25% said he made progress training t draining the swamp. one-third said he made worse, and nothing changed down one percentage point from december. candidate don blankenship hit the air waves with this ad. >> they blew up the coal mine, put me in prison.
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there's no surprise there. one of my goals as u.s. senator will be to ditch cocaine mitch. when you vote for me, you're voting for the sake of the kids. >> so he is a former coal mining executive defending that ad, alleging ties between mcconnell and chinese shipping company owned by majority leader's father-in-law. the release says the company was implicated recently smuggling cocaine from colombia to europe, hidden aboard a company ship carrying foreign cool and was $7 million of cocaine. the ad was replaced with new video that removed the line mentioning mcconnell. meanwhile, during the fox news debate, west virginia senate candidates tried to distance from the senate majority leader. >> please raise your hand if you
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would support mitch mcconnell for republican leader in the senate. california filed a lawsuit tuesday to defend national clean car rules against the environmental protection agency proposed plans to weaken them. the suit comes as the epa considers rolling back obama era fuel economy standards that requires them to 15 miles a gallon. the drive proposal would free standards well below targeted levels and challenge the ability to set its own stricter fuel efficiency rules. a right the state has held since the 1970s. the lawsuit argues the epa actions would be unlawful violation of clean air act, accuses the agency of failing to follow its own regulations. california joined by 16 other states and district of columbia. that coalition represents about 43% of the u.s. automobile
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market. let's switch gears, bring in bill karins with an update on the weather. bill, i have to be honest, felt like we skipped spring, went from winter to summer. >> a lot of the east coast. wait until this afternoon. some areas hitting the 90 degree mark around washington, d.c. first, all of the concern for the middle of the country. yesterday, kansas and nebraska, 18 reported tornadoes, some big ones like this. thankfully mostly over open farmland and plains. didn't have a lot of structural damage, didn't have injuries and no fatalities. got lucky yesterday. today is more interesting. storms are hitting more populated areas. this is yesterday's map showing the storms. this is kansas city, st. joseph. thunderstorms went through overnight, but weren't severe. here's the radar tracking storms in wisconsin. not severe, just quick downpours. rolling through missouri, some lightning strikes, small hail at
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worst. going through this afternoon, we do it fweagain. this is a three day severe outlook. today we have 30 million people at risk from chicago to rio, texas. area of enhanced and moderate risk, where the best chance of tornadoes is through oklahoma, cans city to st. joseph, southern portion of iowa. that's late this afternoon. thursday, we do it all over again. same areas. kansas city, des moines, back into oklahoma, arkansas, even dallas, fort worth. two days in a row. story on the east coast, the heat. 89 in d.c., 86 in new york and boston. warmest day since last summer. >> time to turn on the air conditioning. >> already, yes. still ahead. steph curry returns and puts on a show like he never left.
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i'm ayman mohyeldin. bottom of the hour. start with the morning's top stories for you. donald trump's doctor more than 35 years speaking out about how his relationship with trump came to an abrupt end after what he described as a raid of his office. in an nbc news exclusive report, harold bornstein says february last year, three men including trump's long time personal bodyguard showed up at his new york office without notice and took the president's medical records. bornstein says it took place two days after he told "new york times" he had prescribed hair growth medicine for trump for years. >> i don't know what to make of the whole thing. i couldn't believe anybody was making a big deal about a drug
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that grows hair which seemed to be so important, and certainly is not a breach of medical trust to say they took that for hair. what's the matter of that. >> what exactly were they looking for. >> medical records, pictures, anything. i feel raped. that's how i feel. raped, frightened, and sad. >> asked about dr. bornstein's comments, press secretary sarah huckabee sanders denied his office was raided. >> as is standard operating procedure for a new president, the white house medical unit took possession of the president's medical records. >> it was characterized as a raid, is that what happened? the doctor seemed upset about it. >> no, that is not my understanding. >> this is not the first time he made headlines. in the 2016 campaign, bornstein
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released a statement that ended by stating if elected, mr. trump, i can state unequivocally will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. in 2016, bornstein said he wrote that note while a memo sent by the dnd was outside the office. he says the letter came from trump. >> i will also tell you the letter that showed up in the times, you know that he wrote it himself. me from where i come from, the end of it was just black humor, wasn't meant to be a serious comment. i guess people don't have that sense of humor, but i have that sense of humor. epa scott proouitt stepped
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down. he praised them, they ran the superfund program. they didn't give reasons for departures. one of the groups reporting his excessive spending. kelly is an old friend of his from oklahoma as "new york times" reported. the bank he was in charge of loaned money to pruitt several occasions, including for a home purchase and stake in a minor league baseball team. new reports from times and "the washington post" claim that pruitt's controversial trip to morocco was partly arranged by long time friend and lobbyist, citing internal communications. the paper says he went along with the epa chief to meetings and social events during the trip which has drawn scrutiny from lawmakers and the inspector general for the $100,000 price
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tag. times says that he has since been hired by government of morocco as a foreign agent. he was a lobbyist almost 13 years for comcast, parent company of msnbc. he left the company in july and comcast said they were not involved in the morocco trip. the times reported that he did not respond to requests for comment. the same report says that the head of a prominent conservative judicial group helped organize some of pruitt's trip to italy last year. he joined him for a private mass at the vatican during the trip in july. the times cites three people involved in that trip. he also reportedly attended a dinner with pruitt and top aides at a restaurant in rome that cost several hundred dollars each person. the newspaper didn't say who paid the bill or report any response from mr. leo.
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a group of senators seeking answers. feinstein, brown, along with independent senator bernie sanders sent a letter to u.s. office of special counsel yesterday asking for the probe into whether mulvaney violated the hatch act. mulvaney who is director of the office of management and budget told bankers last week when he was a member of congress he had a hierarchy, would only consider meet white gold -- meeting with lobbyists that donated to his campaign. the letter comes one day after a government watchdog group requested a separate investigation into mulvaney. back at the white house, despite accounts of 8 current and former white house officials, the white house
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pushes back at reporting from nbc news that chief of staff john kelly eroded morale in the west wing by portraying himself as the country's savior and openly insulting the president's intelligence. the white house denies reports kelly is considered as candidate to lead the va. >> no, he is not being considered as the va secretary. both the president and chief of staff are very happy with his position that he currently holds which is chief of staff to the president at the white house. i would refer you back to general kelly's statement put out yesterday specific to comments, allegations about comments he made. >> the press secretary then read chief of staff statement, calling the allegations in the report, quote, bs. joining us now, reporter for "the washington post," eugene scott. good to have you back with us again. >> thanks. >> let's talk about john kelly a moment. after our reporting about him calling the president an idiot
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and kind of demoralizing or eroding morale within the white house, is his role in the west wing now in jeopardy? >> i mean, it was before, seems like many people's roles are in jeopardy in the white house. important to remember the president continues to side with john kelly and have confidence in him publicly. larger concern for kelly is staffers and people that work with him that continue to leak conversations that make his reputation and future with the white house look as if it is not certain. >> talk about one of the most embattl embattled agencies, the epa. had two abrupt departures of top aides. there's on-going ethics investigation. do you expect to see more departures from the epa? how much blame rests on the shoulders of scott pruitt for how the agency is right now embroiled in so many
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controversies? >> we can expect more departures. scott pruitt is under 11 federal investigations. many people working for a department perhaps don't want to be affiliated with one where the head is being looked at so suspiciously and repeatedly. we should not be surprised if people are looking for opportunities to be in a workplace that has less of a cloud or no cloud over it at all. >> another hot spot for the president, this one coming from nick mulvaney, he is under fire for comments he made and possible violation of the hatch act. what are we likely to see happen with congress on the nick mulvaney front? >> democrats will press for investigation, but if they don't get the votes, that probably will not happen. mulvaney did reveal something that many americans, regardless of political leanings, find problematic about lawmakers, and believe to be true, that who gets the ear of lawmakers is based on how much money is provided to them. i think that's going to be a
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concern for people regardless of their tribes. >> every day at least there's a new investigative front opening up against this white house. eugene, thanks. rapper kanye west facing backlash over new controversial comments. his remarks over slavery and real time push back he received for them. and bill karins is back with a check of the forecast, including potential for severe weather in parts of the country. stay with us. ♪
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like he was there for 400 years? >> while you are making music, being an artist, living the life you earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. we have to deal with marginalization that's come from 400 years of slavery you said for our people was a choice. >> west defended his comments tweeting to make myself clear, of course i know slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. my point is for us to stay in that position even though numbers were in our side means we were mentally enslaved. they cut out our tongue so we couldn't communicate. i will not allow my tongue to be cut out. he tweets those in support of president trump caused uproar among his fans. he has two albums out later this spring. let's switch gears, bring in bill karins, back with a look at
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some weather across the country, including severe weather. >> severe weather and heat. the big storm causing the severe weather is bringing all of the warm air up the east coast. soaring highs, warmest day since last summer in areas of the northeast today. 86 in boston. richmond, near 90 degrees. d.c., a shot at 90 today. you go immediately from the heat to blasting the ac in the car. chicago, very warm. continues into thursday. d.c. should be at 91 degrees, almost 20 above average. it will be warm, too, as far as northern new england goes this time of year. friday is not cooler either, still in the 80s to mid-80s from richmond up i-95. as far as severe weather goes, getting a break. waves of severe storms in the next two days. currently some storms rolling acro across missouri and wisconsin. 18 tornadoes yesterday, probably similar to that today. and it is large tornadoes that usually kill the most people, do
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the most destruction. we have a chance for a couple of those. 30 million people at risk from texas to chicago. it is this little area of orange, enhanced risk in red, moderate risk, that's the greatest risk from wichita to kansas city to st. joseph to manhattan, kansas. those areas are where you need to pay attention late this afternoon, potential for not just storms but strong storms with large tornadoes. here's the timing. storms explode near wichita, 7:00 p.m. this evening. that's the timing, right before sunset, ayman, we could see some of the largest storms. that's the kind of area, oklahoma city, even the helicopter pilot in wichita, they'll be up in the sky flying. putting up live pictures of tornadoes on the ground later today. >> thanks for that update. still ahead. apple enjoys a massive stock buy back on the heels of republican tax cuts. gibson announces it is filing for bankruptcy.
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xfinity. the future of awesome. welcome back. let's turn to business. apple reported strong revenue gains in their fiscal report tuesday, surprising wall street and easing investor fears about iphone sales. now the company is flexing financial muscle, record breaking stock buy back plan, around a billion dollars.
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so bill, good to have you with us. how happy should shareholders be now? >> ayman, i was told money will buy your happiness. 100 billion. this is the biggest shareholder -- there's a few things they're watching to digest over the years. remember, they released three iphone models late last year. that makes it difficult to judge sales ahead of time. they've not sold as many as people hoped, but made more money from service business, relatively new for them. we now have less money to spend on services, but sitting on a cash pile, $276 billion, a company with a lot less cash sadly is gibson, guitar maker. they're filing for bankruptcy protection. going to be handed over to kkr.
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about trump's escalated fight with bob mueller. he's reportedly triggered by the leaks about the questions mueller has for him and we can expect him to become more aggressive because he's feeling more threatened by the leaks in the investigation getting closer and closer to him. a source close to the president told axios that trump's instinct is to be on the offensive and we can expect him to sort of punch back at mueller and his team because of that instinct. >> sources are telling axios that despite the threat of legal issues facing the president, even this report about a possible subpoena, it doesn't seem to faze the president at all. why is that in what is his rationale on all of this? >> trump has basically spent all of his entire adult life in litigation. he threatens lawsuits at any chance he can get. we saw it multiple times throughout the campaign against various different people. he did that as a business man in new york. what we can expect him to do is not take the legal threats seriously, even though we're told that he feels triggered and threatened by the leaks in the investigation overall. instead we can expect him to
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move forward by sort of continuing to try to discredit the investigation which we have seen him doing for months. >> so is the likelihood that the president sits down for an interview with robert mueller completely out of the question at this point? we know that's been a central debate among his legal team. >> so it is not impossible, but it is highly unlikely that the president will sit down for an in-person interview with bob mueller. if we learned anything from the comey memos, it's that trump loves to ask close-ended questions and instead dominate the conversation and ramble on. if he says anything misleading in an interview that could make him the target of the investigation and not just a subject. and james comey told mike allen of axios in an interview that this is not a normal time. and a normal times, it would be hard for a president not to sit down. but things aren't normal. this is not normal and we will expect that it will be highly unlikely for the president to do an in-person interview.
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instead he might submit written responses to the questions. i want to ask you about something that axios has had some new reporting on, facebook taking new steps to address allegations of bias. walk us through what the company is doing over this specific matter. >> facebook has been alleged to have bias against conservative voices by trying to silence them. and being a negative space for communities of color and people of color. so now they have committed to a civil rights audit and a political bias audit. in which they're bringing in top legal experts to sort of help them walk through and do an investigation and a subsequent report about how and whether they are in fact disquieting or sort of discrediting these voices in this community. >> will this be enough to satisfy critics who have said that social media giants like facebook have shown an anti-conservative bent? >> i think it all depends on the subsequent report that comes out, as well as a few things
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including how long this investigation is and how in-depth it is. i think facebook certainly is of the understanding that going, undergoing this audit will help them be viewed as taking this issue seriously and they certainly are taking it seriously. it's one step in what i imagine will be a lengthy process in sort of convincing their critics that they are taking it seriously and taking steps to address the issue properly. >> give us what you're looking at for today as we begin to wind down the week what are the big stories you're tracking? >> one thing i'm working on is looking at the amount of money that the major parties are spending in special elections as a way to sort of talk about the bellweather many people expect to happen in the november election. and there are daily stories that are happening. one way we can sort of look at this overall is how much money campaigns are spending per vote in these elections, what it could mean for democrats and their chances to take back the house in november. >> that's always been a central question. the role of money in our politics and where it comes from, alexi mccammen, thank you
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very much. we'll be reading axios a.m. in just a little while. to all of our viewers out there, you, too, can sign up for the newsletter at axios.com. now before we go, we don't like to get scooped on "morning joe" or "first look," but halle jackson's team broke some news yesterday and they had a pretty good source, that's 10:00 a.m. producer theresa gianotti who is now engaged to our very own producer. that does it for us on this wednesday morning, i'm ayman mohyeldin, "morning joe" starts right now. donald trump made a major announcement today via twitter after months of refusing to release his medical records which is something most of the other candidates have already done. trump tweeted as a presidential candidate i have instructed my long-time doctor to issue within two weeks a full medical report. it will show perfection.
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or my doctor will be fired. >> he wrote the medical report himself. you know that. >> yeah. >> he wrote it himself. >> that's kind of awkward. >> who saw that coming? >> no one saw that coming. >> it's like marcus welby. >> like a lot of people back in 2015, jimmy kimmel wasn't kind of sure what medical letter we'd be getting from donald trump's doctor. fast-forward three years and that doctor now says trump wrote the report himself. >> he also says the president's bodyguard raided his office after revealing that he prescribed a hair loss drug for the commander-in-chief. >> you send your bodyguard in to raid the office just because you have male pattern baldness?

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