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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
knowledge of this 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 compiled by a former british intel against operative whose past work u.s. intelligence officials consider credible. the fbi is investigating the credibility and accuracy of the allegations which are 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 director of national intelligence, james clamor. the fbi director james comey. cia director john brennan and nsa director admiral michael rogers. the two-page synopsis included allegations that will was a continued explaining of information during the complain 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 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 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 intelligence officials nor the trump transition team has offered any kind of formal statement, formal response about these revelations. but a trump senior adviser and campaign manager kellyanne conway was on "late night with seth meyers" overnight. this is her 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. can you confirm or comment on the fact that the intelligence 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. to begin with. >> it was based on an mi-6 british investigator. >> right. and is may have originated with a russian investigator. 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. so nothing has been confirmed. and i have to say that as an american citizen, regardless of your party, if you don't like politics at all, which is like many americans, 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 of his intelligence report. >> 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 ] >> no. >> i'm concerned. i just want -- that's okay. >> no, i understand -- >> and it's not true. >> what is thought true? that i'm concerned? [ laughter ] >> no -- >> i assure you that i am. [ laughter ] >> to be clear what we're >> here's what we know as zwrim chu jim sciutto reported that the synopsis of the claim was reported to mr. trump. we cannot confirm if it was actually discussed in the president-elect meeting. >> a really good discussion on both fronts, seth meyers and kellyanne conway. and more breaks news, reaction from russia to the latest reporting. a spokesman for vladimir putin
saying the claims that donald trump was compro milesed with russian intelligence are, quote, pulp fiction. clearly there are those who are creating hysteria who are trying to support this witch hunt. and president-elect trump himself zriebldescribed it like. meaning a witch hunt. the russian spokesman quoting donald trump. >> this is the not the first time that the russian government or kremlin has used the same language as the trump transition to describe the same thing. by the way, not surprising that the russians denied it -- i'm not saying it's true or it may not be true. we don't know. but denied hacking at all. >> the kremlin officials say they do not collect -- there's even a russian word for that. >> by the end of the day given
will know what compro-mot means. the senate confirmation committee is taking under the confirmation of rex tillerson. agency the ceo of exxonmobil he does extensive business with vladimir putin. this morning, he said russia poses a danger. in quotation marks and as that russia must be held to its actions. he's going to say that. and also the committee will hear unprecedented testimony from a fellow senator against jeff sessions. cory booker will be part of this hearing. joining us with the latest on the schedule, cnn international security reporter ryan brown live in washington. and i think the tenor of today's hearings may be very different, based on this new cnn reporting overnight. >> well, that's right. i mean, john, russia was going
to be a big topic today with rex tillerson, especially, you know, as you mentioned, he's done a lot of business in russia. he was awarded an order of friendship by president putin. and his business deal in russia kind of fell through when russia militarily intervened in crimea and ukraine. and he expressed doubt how effective sanctions were. and bipartisan group of senators are moving to place new sanctions on russia for its interference. so russia is going to be a hot topic. i think tillerson tried to get a little ahead of that with that statement. but we also heard yesterday from jeff sessions who endured hours and hours of testimony. he covered a lot of different topics, everything from same-sex marriage to legalization of marijuana. he defended himself against past accusation of racism but there was one exchange with senator patrick leahy which grew a lot
of attention. >> is grabbing a woman by her genitals without her consent, is 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 the 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. >> now, the second round of hearings today will not feature sessions himself but witnesses as you mentioned senator booker but also marine general john kelly, trump's pick for homeland security secretary. he actually went away from trump on the issues of waterboarding and targeting muslims for
surveillance and questions about the wall itself for securing the southern border. and democrats including the ranking mechanic mccaskill expressed support for kelly. >> a busy day, ryan. thanks. another busy day for donald trump. this is probably the busiest day yet of this incoming administration. no question, absolutely. donald trump will host a news conference right here on cnn. >> you should watch it right here on cnn. >> it was originally scheduled for december 15th. it was postponed, you'll recall. the big question, how will trump separate himself from his sprawling businesses. trump has said he will not sell his assets. he's going to therefore them to his sons. that's going to be a tall order. trump owns some or all of 554 companies. this is according to his most recent disclosure filed last near. 134 of those do business in 25
countries. 52 properties with hotels, golf courses home, commercial buildings value of everything from $1200 on one of these entities to upwards of tens of millions. there's a growing course of ethics experts who say the complexity and nature of these businesses require a full separation. trump said he will not go that far. will he go far enough, though, to ensure lawmakers that he will not be acting for the good of his businesses while in the white house. trump spokesman sean spicer said the president-elect will give a statement and then take statements. a traditional q & a. i'll tell you why these businesses are so different. you know, we've had very rich people run for office before. they've put all of their assets in a blind trust. meaning they don't know what they hold. maybe they note parameters. maybe they know it's in blind stock market funds but donald trump -- these things have his name on them. so the actions he makes with --
it will enrich his businesses things that he does. >> we should not expect a blind trust. i think that much is clear. >> no. >> what he will say and how much depth he will provide one of the things scheduled to come up on the news conference. also the cnn reporting on the synopsis, the russian intelligence that perhaps russian officials and delegations wanted to find compromising information on him. and then obamacare. what does he want to do with obamacare. >> let's discussion all of this and the president's farewell address. we haven't even got into that yet. we're going to bring in our political panel -- next. >> per roll
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obamacare and about this explosive report that first aired on cnn about the allegations that maybe the russians wants to collect compromising information on president-elect trump. all of that is happening with more hearings on capitol hill. joining us to talk about all it cnn digital editor greg valor, chief strategist for horizon investments. let's get to the questions. you saw a taste of it yesterday when independent senator angus king from maine was talking to james comey, the fbi director,ing does him if the fbi is investigating alleged ties between the trump campaign and russia. listen to this. >> mr. comey, did you answer senators wyden's question that there is an investigation as to if there is an investigation understand way between the
russians? >> i didn't say one way or another. >> that was my intention at least. >> you didn't say one way or another whether there was an investigation under way. >> correct. especially in a public forum we never don firm or deny an investigation. >> irony of your making that statement here i cannot avoid. >> but we sometimes think differently about closed investigations. >> greg valor, what you see there, not just the questions that are important, not just the outrage from democrats on the left which i think we'll see across the board in some cases but also the nonanswers, which is where we are on this story. >> this morning, there's so much stuff as christine says will make this a very important day. i think there's rumors, it may be fake news, about what the russians may have on trump. i think the bigger more troubling allegation is that trump surrogates may have had contacts with russian officials before the election.
that's a really troubling story. and i have a hunch that's macombmy is looking at. >> to be clear, all of that is going to need to be reported, zach wolf. so many reporting angles, and investigating angles to follow here. the question is what dominates the day in your view? is it a donald trump conference that overshadows a rex tillerson connell firmation hearing. is donald trump talking about his businesses are reporters only asking about russia? >> this is his first press conference something in the orlando of six months. he's done plenty of speeches. a couple interviews here and there. this is the first time the press has had chance to ask him questions. i think that that, despite the importance of rex tillerson, people are going to be looking at that hearing for some days to come. in hindsight whatever trump has
to say is going to dominate things. >> he's released sort of his opening statement. we know at least sort of what he's going to say at least at the outset today. he said russia must be held to account for its actions on the global stage. >> and it may be different from reporting overnight. greg, obamacare, i'm fascinated president-elect trump answer what may be tougheri inquestion than he's faced in a news conference. i wonder if we're going to get more specificity. what are you looking for? >> in the financial market where i do most of my work and talking to investors there's a growing uneasiness that they don't have their act together. do they really want to replace it with something immediately? can they? is there an option? do you have to replace it
immediately? there's if they're that together on obamacare what does this say about obamacare and infrastructure and stuff that lies ahead. >> you know, there some that privately said they knew there were problems with obamacare and hope they're able to fix them but if republicans want to take this and not have something to repeal it with, it's almost as if you break it, you buy it, then it becomes the republicans' problems. >> it's also no secret that republicans have viable alternative, they have to play to replace it at least in the way i've seen in the near term. there's a piecemeal approach they could upend things. they have been extremely careful with the decisions. >> and this dob an area where
congress acts slowly. but president trump pressures them and turns up the political heat. he could win political points there even if he's not finding solutions. greg to your last point here, this news conference is sort of like the one we thought we were getting december 15th where the president-elect trump promised to tell us how he's going to disentangle his businesses from the government business. how much specificity, again, do you think we'll hear today? >> probably not a lot. one thing i'll be looking for is big differences between trump and his key people. yesterday, you heard sessions say he doesn't believe in waterboarding. he doesn't want to have bans on muslims coming into the country. abraham lincoln had a cabinets of all rivals. is it intellectually
stimulating? >> you look at the budget hawk sand somebody that wants a big infrastructure. all of those things at odds with one another. it's fascinating. >> the homeland security guy giving full support of the wall. and the wall was pretty important to donald trump. with all of that going on, preltd obama delivered his farewell address last night. an emotional farewell with the president urging citizens to stay vigilant in the protection of basic american values. he also teared up when he thanks the first lady for taking on a job she didn't campaign for. making a strong push to avoid fake institution and other divisive topics in the spirit of progress. >> and we should reject the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the west. or to feebal and sacred ties.
that people aren't not willing to enter into public service. we weaken those ties when we define some of us as more american than others. when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt. >> there were a few tears in place last night. he had said a few tears. >> that message about no american being more american than another. i think that's important. i think we talk about which part of america is the heartland. it's interesting to hear that. >> i'm not hearing that. >> because you're from iowa. >> and i'm coastal? >> yeah. dylann roof sentenced to death for the murders of nine people in a racially driven massacre in a church. reaction from one victim's family next. ... pens? pens, magnets, luggage tags, bumper stickers.
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developing overnight -- classified documents presented to president-elect donald trump include allegations that operatives from russia claim to have compromising information about donald trump, both personal and financial. how are the russians responding. we have a new response just minutes ago. stay with us on that. today may be the most significant day for trump since he won that election. he's going to face reporters for the first time since december. his nominees are getting ready to hear from congress. and president obama's farewell address. a call to action in support of democracy. his emotional words for supporters, for all citizens and his wife. welcome back to "early start," everyone. i'm john berman. >> and i'm christine romans. it's 31 minutes past the hour. new developments, explosive claims you heard first on cnn. we've learned that the nation's top intelligence officials
provided information to president-elect donald trump and president obama last week on claims of russian efforts to compromise president-elect trump. the team on cnn first reported the story, good morning, evan. >> good morning, the clarified documents of russian interference of 2016 election presented last week to president obama and president-elect trump included allegations that russian operatives claim to have compromising personal information and allegations about mr. trump. the allegations were part of a two-page synopsis based on memos that were compiled by a former british intelligence officer whose past work u.s. intelligence officers at least considering to credible. the u.s. is still investigating the credibility and about creation of the allegations which are based primarily on russian sources. but the bureau has not confirmed many essentially details in the
memos by mr. trump. the two-page summary also included allegations that there was a continuing explaining of information during the explain between trump surrogates and intermediaries for the russian government. course to two nsa security officials we get information from national security officials. now, these intelligence officials included the summary in part to make the president-elect aware that such allegations involving him were circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of congress and other officials here in washington. several officials acknowledge at the briefings tell cnn that the information was also included in part to demonstrate that russia had compiled information potentially harmful to both political parties but only released damaging information on hillary clinton and the democrats. the synopsis was not an official part of the report from the intelligence community on the russian hacks. but some officials said it augmented evidence that moscow had ended to harm clinton
candidacy and to help donald trump. donald trump last night responded on twitter calling it fake news. and a spokesman for vladimir putin has now responded for the russian president says, this is all fake. the kremlin does not have compromising information on trump. he called it an could be use attempt to harm a bilateral relations. >> what's not fake is your reporting which is rock solid that the president-elect was given this two-page synopsis. that is what cnn is reporting. he was given this two-page synopsis. >> right. >> with allegations that were based on this 35-page memo which cnn is not publishing, this memo by his british intelligence operative. what was he doing? why did he write this memo? >> he was hired, it appears by enemies of donald trump. first republican enemies of donald trump people who opposed his candidacy. and later on by democrats. people who were supporting
hillary clinton. that's all all of this began, this opposition research. so even though he's a former research operative, he runs and operates a private firm overseas. he runs and uses contacts of his that he had used previously when he was in the intelligence business. when he was working for british intelligence. so again, the providence of this begins with opposition research. the type that you have here in washington a lot. on every candidate. and so, that's one reason, and one reason why we spent a lot of time trying to verify some of the stuff we haven't been able to verify it. but the fact that this was included in the briefings last thursday and friday for the president and president-elect i think is very significant. >> let's talk about the russian response. you mentioned, evan, the russians responding with the statement. clearly there are those who are trying to create this hysteria
who are trying to support this with the hunt and president-elect trump himself described it like this. from dmitry peskov. interesting he is quoting donald trump own words, witch hunt. i don't know if he is part of the organization that dumped the whole 35 pages out there. or witch hunt the very word that the kremlin has. they say they don't have any word about hillary clinton either. they say they don't engage in compromat. interesting that there's an actual word for that. >> compromat and a lot of the salacious details getting attention overnight. particularly more serious allegation in the last hour, greg was talking about this, that the trump campaign was in communication, explaining information with russian operatives during the campaign itself, evan. and james comey, the fbi
director, was asked whether or not the fbi is investigating this. and he wouldn't answer that question directly. explain that situation to us. >> well, that's right. and that's, i think, what drew a lot of attention yesterday at this intelligence hearing. the senate intelligence hearing on capitol hill. comey was testifying along side the senior officials, the officials who actually briefed donald trump and president obama last week. he was asked by ron wyden, the senator, when he was indeed looking into these contacts. and one of the things that happens with ron wyden, he often asks questions based on information he already knows. he already knows what the answer is. comey refused, as you mentioned. and then angus king, the senator from maine, followed up and tried to get comey to answer. again, comey said it's not something i can answer in an opening setting perhaps i can provide information on a classified briefing. we have known from sources that
the fbi is taking a look on exactly that. again, they haven't proven anything. they haven't brought any charges. we don't know how far it goes. but we do know that the fbi has been interested and looking at contacts between surrogates associated with the trump campaign and intermediaries for the russian government. again, hasn't been proved. no charges have been brought. but it is still something ongoing with the fbi. >> let's listen to what kellyanne conway said last night. we don't have a transition statement. but kellyanne conway was on with seth meyers last night. let's listen, evan, to how she addressed this cnn reporting. >> 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. can you confirm or comment on the fact that the intelligence
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. to begin with, so where are these -- >> it's based on an mi-6 british investigator. >> right. one of those and then it says it may have originated with a russian investigator. 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. so, nothing has been confirmed. and i have to say regardless if you're an american citizen, if you like politics at all, which is many americans, 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 report was -- 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.
to the bottom of his intelligence report. >> 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 ] >> no. >> i'm concerned. >> i just want -- >> no, i understand that -- it's okay. and it's not true. what is not true? that i'm concerned? >> no -- >> i assure you that i am. [ laughter ] >> does it matter, a distinction about a difference if, for example, he received the material but was not briefed on the material? >> it's amazing how eliminating late night talk shows can be. i mean, it's amazing. well, look, there's a lot of things that you can impact from kellyanne conway's response on that show last night. part of it the initial response that he may have gotten from the president-elect is that he doesn't remember being briefed on it. he doesn't remember reading this. so, that's part of it. but we also know that this was
included in the briefing. and it was because the intelligence agencies think it's zbl explosive enough. it's important enough for them to present to the president-elect. and the other part of this is, is that it is without a doubt something that the fbi and others are trying to verify. and she's right. you know, it is something that was paid for by opposition research, as opposition research. so, that's where we're at this point. we're going to see what the president-elect says when he has his press conference. i'm sure he's going to be asked. >> evan perez, thank you for your report, as well as jim sciutto. it's worth looking at for yourself. >> a blockbuster story. and there is more. for the first time since the election donald trump will hold a news conference today. you can watch it right here on cnn at 11:00. this was the press conference originally scheduled for december and postponed.
and the question at least at that time how will trump separate himself from his businesses. he said he will not sell his assets. he will transfer them to his sons. that will difficult. he owns 564 companies. 144 of those do business in 25 country it's. trump has 52 pieces of real estate. spokesman sean spicer said trump will give a statement and take questions on the economy and job creation. and will likely hear his thoughts on repealing and replacing obamacare. he told "the new york times" yelled he wants it done quickly. there's tension between lawmaker what is a replacement would like like. meantime, 11.5 million americans have enrolled on federal exchanges up 300,000 from last year. fewer people are paying penalty for not having coverage. 6.5 million americans were whacked with fees, fines on their 2016 tax return. the average fine was 330 bucks down from $8 million who paid
95%. the fine is jumping to $695 for people who don't have coverage. that's how the law was designed to get people on. >> the most important day of transition today. with all of this going on president obama who still is president for a few more days delivered his farewell speech last night. this is an emotional farewell tearing up, when he thanked the first lady for taking the journey with him. the president made a push to avoid fake news and other divisive topics in the spirit of progress. >> we should reject the first dawning of any attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the west. or to infeeble the sacred ties that make us one. marc, we weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people are good character are not even willing to entire public service. we weaken those ties when we define some of us as more american than others.
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political career. cnn new reporting on russian operatives possibly holding compromising information on the president-elect dominating the headlines. what are a whole lot of headlines. let's break them down, zach wolf and political economist greg valliere. greg, last time we were talking to you a few minutes ago, you were talking about the big story line, the questions about whether there's any contact between representative donald trump's campaign and russian officials. and that was something that came up on something on the hill. i want you to listen to angus king, the senator, and mr. comey of the fbi. >> mr. comey did you answer the questions as to connection either way between political campaigns and the 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 there's an investigation under way? >> correct. i don't -- especially in a public forum, we never confirm
or deny a pending investigation. >> irony of you're making that statement here i cannot avoid but i'll move on. >> well, we sometimes think differently about closed investigations. >> greg, your thoughts. >> well, for the sake of the country, i hope that this didn't persist for the next four years. i think it's really damaging. i think it's very unnerving if there was contacts before the election. nothing is proved -- all of this stuff overnight, nothing is really truly proved. again for the country, not just the financial market which is i cover, but for the country as a whole, i hope we don't have four more years of this. >> the three big things will be the russian thing. number two, donald trump's empire, how he will disentangle it from the white house. what do you expect here? >> you know that was the original reason to have the press conference back in december. it's been six months since we had a press conference.
he was going to have this one to tell us essentially how he was going to divest himself from his business empire. that's such a key question. we've almost forgotten about it so much other stuff has gone on between then and now. but it really is, so many interests across the country, across the globe, how is he going to divorce himself from that stuff so he can lead the country as an honest broker? >> you know, greg, that was the big story. including obamacare, how do you resolve his promises about repealing obamacare, he wants to repeal and replace right away. what do you think is the headline for mr. trump's press conference today? >> well, that's going to be a big one, christine. everyone talks about the differences between republicans and democrats. on obamacare, the difference is between republicans and republicans. they don't have their act together, they don't know what they want to replace it with. and a lot of people i'm talking with in the financial markets say if they can't get their act
together on this, what does it mean for other issues. >> greg, i think that's why the dow hasn't hit 20,000. around the world people want to see what happens next. >> at the same time, my new year's resolution was not to underestimate donald trump. we all made that mistake in 2016. i'm not going to do it again. the main thing we can overlook, on issue over issue, he has the votes. >> zach wolf, we've got 45 seconds left right now. it's interesting to see the level of specificity at which he discusses anything. what has he done in the last six months since the news conference? what has he done to transition or bone up or study up on the issues that he'll be dealing with in nine or ten days? >> absolutely. rime not holding my breath to see a new donald trump. we did that through the campaign. this is the same guy. he's not going to change. >> greg, zach, so much to talk about. >> the biggest day of the
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officer. markeith loyd. he's wanted for the shooting death of an orlando sergeant on monday. as well as the kill of his pregnant girlfriend. there was a vigil for debra clayton, the officer shot and killed last week. investors focusing on that big news conference in new york state from donald trump. stock futures ticking higher. stock markets in europe and asia rising as well. current and former employees of hardee's and carl's jr. taking to little blasting their former boss. he's the labor secretary nominee anthony puzder. >> i gave more than 20 years of my life to cke. and mr. puzder took a company that i loved and turned it into a business that makes money by stealing from its workers. i honestly can't think of anyone less qualified to enforce the laws that are supposed to protect employees. >> other former employees
testified. they said the company has taken their wages their overtime pay and their vacation days. cke is the parent company of hardee's and carl jr.'s, he opposes a $15 minimum wage. he's a critic of obamacare. the company he runs also has been accused of labor violations and favored complaints about sexist commercials. a touch aide said puzder, quote, has first hand experience saving and creating thousands of jobs and has an extensive record for fighting for workers. we're watching shares of gm today. general motors the stock popped almost 4% yesterday. issued a surprisingly upbeat outlook for next year. a 4% gain. in your mutual fund or 401(k). overall auto sales are supposed to level off.
gm says it's still growing in china and other emerging markets. meantime, rival volkswagen is negotiating a settlement with the u.s. justice department over its emission scandal. it would require the carmaker to pay $4.3 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing. that's rare in these kind of settlements. it would appointment volkswagen to appointment an independent monitor to oversee its operations for the next three years. an official was arrested in his alleged role in the cheating to cover it up. >> it's a big deal. >> thanks for joining us on "early start." i'm christine romans. >> yes, so much going on what is the most important day in transition of president-elect president-elect. i'm john berman. "new day" starts right now. >> the nation's top intelligence officials provided information to president-elect donald trump
and president barack obama about claims of russian efforts to compromise president-elect trump. >> 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 himself. >> i am ready for this job. >> this is one of the most consequential appointments, rex tillerson with russia in the spotlight on capitol hill. >> i have a very close relationship with him. >> i leave the state tonight even more optimistic about this country. yes, we did, yes, we can. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. you're watching "new day." it's wednesday, january 11th. 6:00 here in new york. it's a very big news day. we begin with donald trump facing a day of major tests that could shape the course of his presidency. this morning, the
president-elect will hold his first news conference in six months where he's expected to release reports that russia could have compromising information about him. >> and will he address what we know for sure that the president-elect has serious all this as the confirmation hearing begins today for the secretary of state. lawmakers are going to grill him over his ties to vladimir putin. we're now just nine days away from the inauguration. let's begin our coverage with cnn justice correspondent live in washington. what do we know? >> classified documents presented last week included allegations that russian operatives claimed compromising personal and financial allegations about mr. trump. they were part of a two-page summary based on memos compiled but a british intelge