tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN January 11, 2017 1:00am-2:01am PST
♪ developing overnight -- classified documents presented to president-elect donald trump with allegations that operatives of russia claim to have compromising information about him, the president-elect, both personal and financial. we have exclusive details. all of this ahead on a very big day for donald trump. perhaps the biggest day yet. he's getting ready for his first news conference in six months. and his secretary of state nominee and attorney general are
had will face questions on capitol hill. and barack obama givers his farewell speech overnight with how he wants the country to go moving forward. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> busy day ahead. so much to talk about already. i'm christine romans. it's wednesday, january 11th. it's 4:00 a.m. in the east. all right. new developments this morning on explosive claims you heard first here on cnn. we have learned that the nation's first intelligence officials provided information to donald trump and president obama last week on russia's compromise on the president-elect. cnn's jim sciutto brings us the very latest. >> john and christine, multiple u.s. officials with direct knowledge of the bris tell cnn that classified documents presented last week to president obama and president-elect trump
included allegations that russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about mr. trump. the allegations were part of a two-page synopsis based on memos sfieled by a former operative whose past work consider credible. the fbi is investigating the credibility of the allegations based primarily on allegations from russian sources. but the fbi has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about mr. trump. the classified briefings last week were presented by four of the most senior intelligence chiefs, james clapper. the fbi director james comey. cia director john brennan and michael rodgers. the two-page synopsis included allegations that will was a continued explaining of information during the complain between trump surrogates and intermediatiers for the russian government.
this according to two officials. cnn has confirmed that the synopsis was included in the documents presented to mr. trump but it cannot confirm if discussed in those meetings with the intelligence chiefs. now, the transition team has declined to comment formally to cnn as did the office of intelligence and the fbi, but we do have donald trump tweeting apparently in response to the story calling it fake news. john and christine. >> john, thanks so much. now, neither intelligence officials nor the trump transition team has offered any wife formal statements on these revelations. but trump senior adviser and former campaign manager kellyanne conway was on with seth meyers overnight where she did give this immediate reaction. >> cnn had a report that the intelligence community briefed both the president and president-elect with allegations that the russian government has compromising information on president-elect trump, both business information and personal information.
i know this just happened. you can confirm or comment the fact that the intel against community has presented this? >> well, guess what hasn't happened, seth, nobody has sourced it. they're all unnamed unspoken sources in the story. and it says it was based on a russian investigator. >> and mi-6 british versus. >> one of those and then it may have originate with a russian versus. it also said that groups that wanted hillary clinton to win may have been behind the investigations itself. and most importantly, it says that the fbi is trying to confirm it. nothing has been don firmed. i have to say as an american citizen regardless of your party, if you don't like politics at all, we should be concerned that intelligence officials leaked to the press and won't go and tell the president-elect or the president of the united states of united states, mr. obama what the information is. >> but the press report was about them going to the
president. >> and it says that they never briefed him on it. that they appended to two pages on the bottom. >> i believe it said that they did brief him on it. >> he has said that he's not aware of it. >> okay, that concerns me. [ laughter ] >> okay. that's okay. >> no, i understand -- >> and it's not true. >> what is thought true? that i'm concerned? >> no -- >> i assure you that i am. [ laughter ] >> to be clear what we're reporting jim sciutto has mentioned that cnn has confirmed that the synopsis of the claims was presented to the documents presented to the president-elect. we cannot confirm that the information was actually discussed in the meetings with the intelligence chief. but again, it was added to that report given to the president-elect. >> officials with the briefing tell cnn that there was another reason that the intelligence chiefs included that synopsis in
their briefing documents. they believe it showed that russia had compiled information potentially harmful to both political parties and campaigns but only released information damaging to hillary clinton and democrats. the synopsis was not part of an official report of russian hacks. officials said it added to the evidence that moscow intended to harm clinton's candidacy and help trumps. one told cnn, quote, i have a sense that the outgoing intelligence community is setting down the pieces so this must be investigated seriously and run down. the official added i think the concern was to be sure that whatever information was out there is put into the system so it is evaluated and should be and arched upon as necessary. >> james comey was asked if the bureau was looking into possible
links between the russians. >> did you answer senator widen's question that is an investigation underway as to issues between political campaigns anded russians? >> i didn't say one way or another. >> you didn't say -- >> that was my intention at least. >> you didn't say one way or another whether even there's an investigation under way? >> correct, especially in a public forum, we never confirm or deny a public investigation. >> the irony of you're making that statement there, i cannot avoid. >> well, we sometimes think differently about closed investigations. >> so the irony that senator kaine mentioned there was the decision to go public. to tell that the fbi was once again reviewing hillary clinton's e-mails. concerns about russia will be on capitol hill again this
morning. the senate committee is taking up the nominee for secretary of state rex tillerson. now as the ceo of exxonmobil, the energy giant, tillerson did extensive business in russia. but this morning, he's scheduled to give an opening statement saying russia poses a danger and russia must be held to account for its actions. also in the spotlight, the second day for attorney general nominee jeff sessions told the senate judiciary committee hears unprecedented testimony against sessions nomination from a fellow senator, new jersey's cory booker and michael ma casey and naacp president michael brooks who was arrested at a recent set-in. ved, sessions defended himself against charges of racism, admitting he didn't handle himself well when allegations first surfaced naum napted in 1996. but the room fell silent some
sessions was asked this question. >> is grabbing a woman by her genitals without her consent, that sexual assault? >> clearly, it would be. >> if a sitting president or any other high-federal official is accused of committing what the president-elect described in a context in which it could be federally able to prosecute, would you be able to prosecute and investigate? >> the president is subject to certain lawful restrictions, and they would be require to be applied by the appropriate law enforcement official. >> also, tuesday, general john kelly, trump's pick to lead the department of homeland security appeared to avoid security. he did break from trump's platform on waterboarding, kelly saying he'd abide by u.s. laws
prohibitsing torture. >> jeff sessions said he was against torture yesterday. pretty much everyone testifying splits from the trump campaign. trump said he listened to general james madis choice. >> and on the campaign trial, trump said he would use waterboarding as well. >> look. i've got to say today is a huge day. the russian intelligence that iput out there, it's going to be in the hearings on capitol hill. >> right. it's interesting to see a glimpse of what the opening statement will be from rex tillerson as well. talking a little more hawkish. for the first time, cnn will host a news conference right here at 11:00 a.m. eastern. it was originally scheduled for december 15th, remember? everything was postponed. the big question we expect to be answered, how will trump separate himself from his businesses? trump has said he will not sell his assets but will transfer them to his sons and that will
be complex. trump owns some or all of 554 companies, this is according to his most recent disclosure filed in may last year. 144 of those do business in 25 foreign countries. trump as has full or partial ownership of 52 pieces of real estates with $1.4 billion. we're talking hotels, golf courses and homes and businesses. the nature of trump's businesses require a full separation, trump said he will not go that far. but he will not be acting in the good of his businesses while in the white house. president-elect will make a statement and then take questions. when you look at the overlapping, i guess, the tentacles of these businesses, some of these properties are held by multiple partnerships. limited liability companies. i mean, it's almost very difficult to unravel at all. >> this is the first time he'll
face extended questions on this. we don't know how far he'll go on separating his businesses. >> right. i'm not sure he'll satisfy those critics. >> again, you have that issue, that new report from cnn on russian intelligence. and you also have health care. what is the president-elect going to say on the time frame on obamacare. because he seems to be at odds with the republicans in congress. that will be fascinating. so, with all of that going on, president obama who still has a few more days in office. he delivered his farewell address. with the president urging citizens to stay vigilant in values. that we rise and fall as one. as you can see here, he got emotional. he teared up when he talked about the first lady and how she has taken this journey with him. >> reporter: hi, john and christine, there was so much energy that this hometown crowd for president obama. the cheering and stomping so thunderous, that it took him a few minutes to even get started. and his speech in fact went on
about twice as long as expected. it was a thank you. a good-bye. but it was a very big cautionary tale. the president going into great detail into what he feels a major threat to democracy itself right now, including inequality. national division, complacency, and people retreating in their own bubbles. he went off on what he called naked partisanship as well as fake news. listen. >> politics is a battle of ideas. that's how our democracy was designed. in the course of a healthy debate we prioritize different goals and the different means of reaching them. but without some common baseline of facts, without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent might be making a fair point, and that
science and reason matter, then we're going to talking past each other. and we'll make common ground and compromise impossible. >> reporter: despite these multiple pointed warnings, the president did try to keep this optimistic. tried to be inspiring. urging americans to talk to each other. listen to each other. get involved. he said he still very much believes in the power of ordinary people to work together. and effect change. and he said if you don't like the way politics is going right now, then you need to run for office. john and christine. >> michelle kosinski in chicago. talking about president-elect trump what does he feel about a time line in repealing and replacing obamacare? is he in line with new
president-elect trump is calling on congress to immediately repeal obamacare and replace is very quickly or simultaneously. the president-elect tells "the new york times" he will not wait years for a replacement and even weeks will be too long. trump calls the affordable care act a catastrophic even. trump spoke hours after house speaker paul ryan with leadership to tackle the repeal and replace simultaneously. but acknowledged it would be complicated and a multiprong effort in election on tuesday. six senior pentagon officials have been asked to stay on the job during the early stages of the trump administration to assure that the u.s. can respond quickly. the most senior official to receive the request is deputy defense secretary robert rourke. he was now sworn into office quickly. general madis needs a waiver
from congress to be confirmed. the trump transition team denying roberts that robert f. kennedy jr. is picked to head up the vaccine commission. he was asked to chair a commission on safety. >> they have not made a final decision whether they actually have such is a committee. president-elect trump's transition team is trying to tamp out rhetoric to build a ball. trump officials met with hispanic leaders who say trump's message is the war is over. transition officials made it clear they're ready to collaborate on an array of issues including deportation. dylann roof will receive the death penalty for the killing of nine people in a charleston
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this morning, the man who gunned down nine people inside of an historical black church will be sentenced to the death penalty, dylann roof murdered nine people in the church in charleston in 2015. he defended himself during the sentencing phase of the trial saying he had no choice but to kill and that he feels no remorse. a brother of one of the victims says he feels conflicted about roof's punishment. >> it's a hard thing knowing that someone's going to lose their life.
but when you look at the totality of what happened, it's hard to say that this person deserves to live, when the nine others don't. how do you justify saving one life, and he took nine? and in such a brutal fashion. with no remorse. he just took them away from us. >> roof is the first person convicted of a federal hate crime to be sentenced to the death penalty. a $100,000 reward now being offered to the information leading to the arrest of suspect cop killer markeith loyd. loyd is wanted for the shooting death of a police sergeant on monday, as well as the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. debra clayton's funeral is scheduled for saturday. muslim parents in switzerland will be required to send their children to coed swimming classes.
the european court of human rights said a familiar case was brought, where the case was brought, allowing girls to wear burkinis. the court acknowledges its decision does interfere with freedom of religion. but it says the law is designed to protect foreign students from social exclusion. a warming trend building in the east this morning. do you hear that rain? >> it's pouring. it's pouring. >> meteorologist allison chinchar joins us with the latest. >> john and christine, folks in the northeast are going to be dealing with very breezy condition today. take a look at wind gusts. we're talking about 50-mile-per-hour gusts off the cape. portland, maine, 53. new york in the low 40s. keep in mind, that may cause possible delays, jfk and even laguardia. then as we go into thursday, we've got this next system coming in. and that's also going to bring
us pretty intensive wind gusts as well. same thing along the cape, 15-mile-per-hour range, again, around new york, into the low to mid-40s-mile-per-hour range. the reason for this, it's dealing with the next system that's going to be moving forward. now, the next system to come through is really going to be a rainmaker for much of the folks in the mid-atlantic and into the northeast box the temperatures are going to warm up. we're talking 53 in columbus, 60 tomorrow. even philadelphia going from 45 today into 60 tomorrow. >> and we still haven't had a bad snowstorm yet. it's actually the middle of january. >> in my front yard, we've got enough snow that this rain means it's a mud pit. white sox fans with president obama will host chicago cubs at the white house. the president invited the world series champs the night they defeated the cleveland intdz yans in the world series. the team is expected to head to the white house next monday, just four days before the president leaves office. 26 minutes past the hour.
developing overnight -- classified documents presented to president-elect donald trump with allegations that operatives from russia claiming to have compromising information about trump, both personal and financial. we have exclusive details. really, today might be the most significant day for president-elect trump since the election. he holds a news conference facing reporters on questions on this russian intelligence. also on how he will separate his business from the oval office. and not just that, more confirmation hearings in congress as well. and president obama case good-bye, speaking nostalgically in his hometown. he urged the effort of cooperation and shared emotional
words from his family. a tear was wiped from the stage and a lot from the audience. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. we do have developments on the big story you heard here on cnn. cnn has learned that the nation's top intelligence officials provided information to president-elect trump and president obama last week, on claims of russian efforts to compromise president-elect trump. cnn's jim sciutto is on the team. the to first report the story. >> john and christine, multiple u.s. officials with direct knowledge on the briefings tell cnn that classified documents in the 2016 election presented last week to president obama and president-elect trump included allegations that russian operatives claim to have compromising, personal and financial information about mr. trump. the allegations were part of a two-page synopsis based on memos compiled by a former british
operative whose past work u.s. intelligence officials consider credible. the fbi is investigating the credibility and about creation of the allegations which are based primarily on information from russian sources. but the fbi has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about mr. trump. the classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior most intelligence chiefs. director of intelligence, james clapper. james comey, cia director john brennan and michael rogers. it also included allegations that there was a continued explaining of information during the campaign between trump surrogates and intermediaries for the russian government. this according to two national security officials. cnn has confirmed that the synopsis was included in the documents that were presented to mr. trump. but it cannot confirm if it was discussed in his meeting with those intelligence chiefs. now, the transition team for trump has declined to comment
formally to cnn as as did the office of national intelligence and the fbi, but we do have donald trump tweeting apparently in response to the story calling it fake news. john and christine. >> neither have offered any formal statement. kellyanne conway was on "late night with seth meyers" overnight. and she offered this immediate reaction. >> cnn had a report that the intelligence community briefed both the president and president-elect with allegations that the russian government has compromising information on president-elect trump both business information and personal information. i this just happened. you can confirm or comment on the intelligence has presented this. >> well, guess what hasn't happened, seth? nobody has sourced it. they're all unnamed unspoken sources in the story. and it says it was based on a
russian versus to begin with. >> it was based on an mi-6 investigator. >> right. one of those and then it said it may have originated with a russian investigator. and it also said hillary clinton groups that wanted hillary clinton to win may have been behind the allegations itself. most importantly, it says that the fbi is trying to confirm it. nothing has been confirmed. i have to say regardless of your party, if you don't like politics at all which is many americans we should be concerned that intelligence officials leaked to the president that won't go and tell the president-elect or the president of the united states himself, mr. obama what the report was. >> report was about them going to the president. >> it says they never briefed him on it and appended it to two pages on the bottom. >> i believe it says they did brief him. >> he has said that he's not aware of it. >> okay, that concerns me.
[ laughter ] >> no -- >> no -- >> that's okay. and it's not true. >> what is not true? that i'm concerned? [ laughter ] >> that, i say. >> i assure you i am. [ laughter ] >> all right. here's what we know. as jim sciutto reported, cnn has confirmed the synopsis of the claims was included in the documents presented to mr. trump. but we cannot confirm, if the information was actually discussed in the president-elect's meeting with those intelligence chiefs. >> again, what the focus on here, the fact that this was included in the synopsis, the two pages were included, it shows some concern among the intelligence officials. not necessarily what was in them but the transfer was interesting. officials acknowledge there was another reason that the intelligence chiefs included the synopsis. they believe it showed that russia had compiled information potentially harmful to both. but only released information
damaging to hillary clinton and the democrats. the synopsis was not important about the hacks, but showed that it intended to hurt clinton's candidacy and help trumps. the official added i think the concern has to be sure that whatever information was out there is put into the system so it is evaluated, as it should be and acted upon as necessary." >> topic of the russian hacking investigation came up on capitol hill. at a senate intelligence here the fbi director james comey was asked whether the bureau was looking into links between the trump campaign and russia. comey refused to say, leading to this explaining with independent senator angus king. >> mr. comey, did you answer senator wyden's question that there is an investigation underway as to connections
between either of the political campaigns and the russians? >> i didn't say one way or another. >> you didn't say that -- >> that was my intention at least. >> you didn't say one way or another, whether even if there's an investigation underway? >> correct. i don't -- especially in a public forum, we never confirm or deny a investigation. >> the irony of you you're making that statement here i cannot avoid. >> well, we sometimes think differently about closed investigations. >> the irony that senator king was talked about refers to comey's decision to keep mum yesterday versus his announcement in the 2016 campaign to tell the investigators that the fbi was reviewing hillary clinton's e-mails. >> this is going to come up again on capitol hill in a very crucial way. the senate confirmation hearing is taking up the nomination of president-elect's nomination for secretary of state, rex tillerson. as ceo of exxon, tillerson did
substantial business with russia and vladimir putin. also in the spotlight the second day of confirmation hearings for attorney general jeff sessions today. the judiciary committee hears testimony against sessions from a fellow senator, this is unprecedented. new jersey governor's cory booker. ryan brown live in washington. ryan, i have to believe that the tenor of the hearing today may be different given this new reporting on russian intelligence? >> that's right, john. i think with rex tillerson, we were always going to hear a lot of questions about russia. he did receive an order of friendship back in 2014 from vladimir putin and did have ties that were cancelled in the annexation of crimea. there were always going to be a
lot of questions about russia. the senators are moving in that direction. expect that today. yesterday, we'll be hearing about other witnesses who speak. you mentioned cory booker. and others from the naacp and those supporting him like former attorney general mukasey. and one question in particular from vermont senator patrick leahy got everyone's attention. >> is grabbing a woman by her genitals without consent, is that sexual assault? >> clearly, it would be. >> if a sitting president or any other high federal official is accused of hitting what the president-elect described in a context in which it could be federally prosecuted, would you be able to prosecute and
investigate? >> the president is subject to certain lawful restrictions. and they would be required to be applied by the appropriate law enforcement official. >> and again, that was sessions yesterday. and also yesterday was general john kelly, who is trump's pick for heading the homeland security department. he kind of broke from trump a little bit on things like waterboarding and the idea of a registry for muslims. he also said that a wall on the southern border wouldn't necessarily be enough to secure it. and that other measures were needed. and democrats expressed support for him. so it looks like he'll be approved and confirmed for that position in a short period of time. >> it's interesting to hear the nominees on capitol hill. none of whom feel particular allegiance to donald trump. ryan, great to have you, thanks so much. oh, but wait, there's more. for the first time since the election, donald trump will host a news conference today. you can watch it right here on
cnn at 11:00 a.m. eastern. this was that press conference originally scheduled for december 15th. it was abruptly postponed. the big question, how will trump separate himself from his many overlapping businesses. now, trump has said he will not sell off his assaults. he will transfer them to his sons. that will be quite an undertaking. trump owns some or all of 564 companies. this is according to his most recent disclosure. 144 of those do business in 25 countries. trump has full or partial ownership of 52 pieces of real estate. sean spicer said the president-elect will give questions at this presser. that's really a true press conference. we'll likely hear his thoughts about repealing and replacing obamacare and the timing on that. he told "the new york times" he wants that done quickly but there's tension on what a
replacement will look like. at the same time, more people are signing up for obamacare, 11.5 million americans have enrolled on exchanges. that's up from last year. fewer people are paying the penalty for that having coverage. the average fine is 330 bucks down from $8 million from the year before who paid about $95 each. that fine jumped, right? this is meant to be something that pushes you into the insurance market. the fine jumps to $695 for those who didn't have coverage last year. now, it becomes, you know, it becomes more inexpensive to get the coverage than to pay the fine and go uncovered. >> i'm very interested to hear what the president-elect says about obamacare and the time frame he would like to see. because it's uncertain for right now, something that republicans have promised for a long time a great deal of uncertainty. >> there are some republicans that say repeal, repeal, repeal. we promise that. there are others that say if you
own or repeal and replace it with something right away, then the republicans own that problem. >> with all of this going on, president obama delivered his farewell address. this was emotional. he urged americans to come together insists we rise and fall, and you also see here he teared up when he thanked the first lady for taking this journey with him. cnn's michelle kosinski is there. >> reporter: hi, john and christine there was so much energy in the hometown crowd for president obama the cheering and stomping so thunderous that it took him a few minutes to get started. and the speech went on twice as long as expected. it was a thank you, a good-bye, but it was also a very big cautionary tale. the president going into great detail on what he feels are major threats to democracy itself right now.
including inequality. racial division. complacency, and people retreating into their own bubbles. i mean, he went off on what he called naked partisanship, as well as fake news. listen. >> politics is a battle of ideas. that's how our democracy was designed. in the course of a healthy debate, we prioritize different goals. and the different mean of reaching them. but without some common baseline of facts, without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent might be making a fair point and that science and reason matter, then we're going to keep talking past each other. and we'll make common ground and compromise impossible. >> reporter: despite these multiple pointed warnings the president did try to keep this
optimistic, tried to be inspiring. urging americans to talk to each other. listen to each other. get involved. he said he still very much believes in the power of ordinary people to work together and effect change. he said if you don't like the way politics is going right now, then you need to run for office. john and christine. >> so, where was sasha and that was a big question during last night's farewell address. michelle and malia were there. the younger daughter, a no show. mystery solved. senior officials tell us sasha has a big exam this morning. and guess what, studying for a test is more important than seeing your dad. >> good luck. >> eat a good breakfast. >> that, and eat a good breakfast. >> the president-elect met with a noted anti-vaxen. and the question is did he offer
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secretary if general james madis is not sworn into office by the time mr. trump becomes president. madis needs a special waiver from congress to work. and roberts f. kennedy jr. is denying the meeting to head up the vaccine safety commission. he met yesterday and told reporters he was asked to chair a commission on safety. again, it's not made a final decision on whether there's a committee and who will head it up. the transition team is trying to tamp down rhetoric with hispanics, in a call to build the wall. get with hispanic leaders who say the trump team message was the war is over. officials made it clear they're ready to collaborate on an array
of issues. publishing giant harpercollins has decided to stop selling a book by monica crowley after a cnn k-file uncovered 50 passages that were plaguerized. crowley's 2012 book "what the bleep just happened" appeared to lift work published by columnist news reporters and think tanks. 51 minutes past the hour. volkswagen close to reaching an enormous settlement. we'll tell you how much the company will pay for that horrible emissions scandal and the rare move it's making to accept responsibility. that's next. take one.
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dylann roof to death in the massacre at the ame episcopal church. he feels no remorse. a brother of one of the victims says he feels conflicted about roof's punishment. >> it's a hard thing to know that someone's going to lose their life. but when you look at the totality of what happened, it's hard to say that this person deserves to live, when nine others don't. how do you justify saving one life, when he took nine? and in such a brutal fashion, with no remorse. he just took them away from us. roof is the first person convicted of a federal hate crime to be recommended for death. a $100,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspected police officer killer markeith loyd.
loyd is wanted for the shooting death of an orlando officer monday as well as the murder of his own pregnant ex-girlfriend last month. there was a candlelight vigil for debra clayton in the walmart where she was shot and killed. parents in switzerland of swiss muslim students are now required to send their children to swimming class. girls required to wear burr keanes. and not to take swim lessons in the pool at the same time as boys. the court ago knowledges that it does interfere with freedom of religion and but it says the law is designed to protect students from social exclusion. we focus on donald trump. stock futures are ticking slightly higher.
the nasdaq riding a four-day streak of record highs. stock markets in europe and asia are mix. >> what happens if we never get to 20,000? >> you know, we need one more piece of news before it gets to 20,000. it just sits below 20,000. >> i'm getting antsy. >> you're getting antsy. all right. gm stock popped 4% tuesday. the automaker with a surprisingly good upbeat outlook for next year. overall, all the toe sales are expected to level off after two straight weeks of record gains. but gm says it's still growing in china and other emerging markets. meantime, volkswagen is negotiating a settlement with the u.s. justice department over that horrid scandal. it will require the carmaker to pay $1.43 billion in fines.
it would require volkswagen to appoint an independent monitor to oversee its operations for three years. volkswagen executive was arrested earlier for his role in the alleged cheating. alleged attempts to cover it all up. current and former employees of hardy's and carl junior went to capitol hill to blast their former boss. who is their former boss? the guy for labor secretary. >> i gave more than 20 years of my life and mr. puzder took a business that i love and turned into a business that takes money from its investors. >> other former employees says the company has taken their wages, overtime pay and vacation day. cpe is the parent company of hardese's and carl's jr.
he posed the $15 minimum wage. he's a critic of obamacare. he has automatic been accused of labor violations and face complaints about sexist commercial. a trump aide said puzder has first hand experience. >> just to be clear along with the rest of the president-elect nominees he is likely, he is likely to be confirmed. "early start" continues right now. developing overnight -- classified documents presented to president-elect donald trump with allegations that operatives of russia claim to have compromising information about the incoming commander in chief. both personal information and financial. we have exclusive details. >> just minutes ago the russians weighed in. all of this ahead of a very big day for donald trump. his first news conference in
more than six months. he will face questions on this report about russian intelligence. also about obamacare. and as his personal finances. that as more nominees face hearings on capitol hill. and president obama says farewell in a speech that bass both forceful and knonostalgic. he urged emotioned words for his family. >> very nice to see you, i'm john berman. wednesday, january 11. huge day. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we have new developments on the big story you heard first on cnn. cnn has learned that the nation's top intelligence officials provided information to both president-elect trump and president obama last week on aims to compromise president-elect trump. jim sciutto gives us the latest. >> john and christine, multiple u.s. officials with direct