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good morning. welcome to early start. i'm dave briggs on the national mapping day. >> i am a. >> napper. >> i would love ten minutes with a good nap. it is monday, march 13th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. as much of the white house will advance the agenda on health care and other issue, the spotlight is on the wiretapping claims. the justice department is asking for evidence over the phone tapping during the campaign. >> a week after trump tweeted the claim, the white house has offered no evidence to support it. he ahead of the deadline, one is demands information. we have athena jones with more. >> reporter: the house intelligence committee sent a letter to the department of
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justice lapt week asking the agency to provide all issue over the wiretapping allegations against president obama. there is no indication that the white house or the department of justice is prepared to offer up any such evidence. this is something that members of congress not just democrats, but republicans very much want to see. here is what arizona senator john mccain had to say about this on state of the union. >> our director of national intelligence clapper testified there was absolutely no truth to that allegation. i think the president has one of two choices. retract or provide the information that the american people deserve. >> reporter: one thing that is interesting to note here. it is the department of justice being asked to provide the documents. it was a week ago the fbi director james comey asked the department of justice to
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publicly refute the president's baseless claims saying they were not true. the department of justice declined to do that. it is note worthy this is the agency tasked with providing this evidence. evidence that several officials say simply doesn't exist. christine. dave. >> athena jones at the white house. thank you. long time trump associate roger stone not only admits with contacting guccifer 2.0, but defending. the online persona claiming to hack the dnc. stone says he did have a few brief exchanges and insists they occurred last august after the dnc had been hacked. stone says this proves he did not collude with the russians. the abrupt firing of 46 u.s. attorneys finding out they were
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dismissed through media reports. sources telling cnn the firings could not have been handled worse with dozens of court cases hanging in the balance. the case of preet bharara in new york, which includes manhattan, getting the most attention. bharara refusing to resign and engaging in a standoff with the president. told by the administration on saturday he was fired. listen to bharara talking to reporters in november after meeting with the president being told he could keep his job. >> we had a good meeting. i said i would absolutely consider staying on. i agreed to stay on. i expect to continue the work of the district. >> the administration source tells cnn the president originally offered to keep bharara on as a favor to chuck schumer. the white house now views schumer as an obstructionist. joining us now is justice reporter laura jarrett. here in new york. it is nice to see you here. give us context on how unusual
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it is to have all of these u.s. attorneys replaced. >> i think this weekend's events were nothing short of stunning. it wasn't because president trump can't do this. he is within his purview. the issue was bharara says he was promised he could stay on. back in november, we saw he went in front of the cameras and made this very public showing. the issue is what changed? his circumstance and why was he not allowed to stay on. >> it is unusual in how he handled it. they usually go quietly. to back drop, bush and clinton have done the exact move in terms of cleaning house. >> that is right. we have not seen the same public standoff with someone as high profile as bharara. if you want to do this, you have to fire me. >> he issued a tweet that got a lot of attention. this tweet where he referenced the moreland commission.
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by the way, i know what the moreland commission felt like. >> this raised eyebrows. the moreland commission was set up to investigate public corruption in 2013. when he says now i know what they must have felt like, well, are you talking about a specific piece of public corruption or talking more broadly? we might have to wait and see. >> there is no sense of what investigations he was already working on. >> they don't typically talk about investigations until they are finished. we are certainly looking into seeing what exactly he was referencing here or a broader statement of the process instead of a particular case. >> he sees himself as a watch dog. he is very high profile in cases. he must have a docket full of cases. senator schumer in slamming this move, he says it could interrupt
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key cases. >> so the issue there is there are tons of career prosecutors around the country in all of these districts. they will take the reins and pick up the slack. it is not like preet bharara is there by himself. the question is the u.s. attorney has a lot of say in the tone and direction. to the extent, somebody else comes in here and they can take the office on a new road. >> what is the process in filling all of the vacancies? who may replace bharara? >> we are looking to see who replaces him. there are 46 u.s. attorneys across the country that president trump will pick who he wants. remember, these are senate confirmed positions. this could be a fight. especially given now how senator schumer feels. >> the other big story. the travel ban version 2 goes live on thursday. so far, it has been quiet. they have a challenge from hawaii they need to deal with.
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what can we expect? >> they have a slew of challengchalleng challenges. a race to the court house in the cases. we will finally hear from the first time from the justice department about what their position is on the new travel ban. we will see cases in maryland and hawaii on wednesday. just hours before the travel ban is set to go into effect. we have to wait and see. >> any indication of this one being more able to pass legal muster? >> they certainly cut back on the categories of people who -- >> religious exemption. >> green cardholders and visa holders. >> laura jarrett. nice to see you in the house. hope you brought your snow boots. after months of calling the government's jobs data fake, phony and a hoax, the first monthly reading under president trump is strong. the trump administration officials and president offered
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a confusing analysis of the data. >> i talked to the president prior to this and he said to quote him clearly. they may have been phony in the past, but it is very real now. >> the economy is doing very, very well and generally speaking, we're doing really well. we really had a mess. we had a mess. believe me. it is getting straightened out. >> we thought for a long time, i did, that the obama administration was manipulating the numbers in terms of the people in the work force to make that rate look smaller. >> the budget director said the bureau has not changed methods since trump has taken office. the agency has used the same method since 1940. the bureau offers lots of different ways to calculate the unemployment rate. it is not just one rate. no evidence the bureau fudges unemployment data.
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there is evidence that trump is in the white house and president, he will believe the numbers as long as they are going in his direction. >> perhaps he has learned. >> we'll see. the speaker of the house setting the stage for rough news from the congressional budget office. how will the so-called score effect the republican strategy? you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages, all the services of the post office right on your computer. get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale.
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all eyes on the congressional budgets office and score on the republican health plan. let's bring in political reporter eugene scott. >> hi. >> we are excited for a cbo score. we are nerds. listen to what budget director mick mulvaney said. >> if the cbo was right about obamacare to begin with, there would be 8 million more people on obamacare than there are today. i love the people at cbo.
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they work hard. sometimes they do stuff they are not capable of doing. estimating a bill of this size is not best use of their time. >> republicans in the past talked up the cbo. are they not capable of providing an estimate with something this grand? >> they are supposed to provide an estimate. no one said it was exact. i think what republicans should do is respond with clear information showing that what they believe will actually happen with the plan won't happen. there are real concerns in terms of whether or not people who don't have a lot of money will lose health care. i think what republicans who have a problem with the estimate need to do is show actually these are the numbers that we have that push back on what you presented. >> with or without a score. you are seeing the big groups lobbying against this. the aarp has the #agetax. i have been watching trump supporters sharing the age tax
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videos that aarp is doing. it is interesting to me how this could effect the choice of how you deliver choice care. could affect trump supporters. listen to paul ryan about the choice. lack of a mandate. that is what republicans want. >> the one thing i'm certain will happen is cbo will say not as many people will get coverage. you know why? this is not a government mandate. this is not the government makes you buy what we say you should buy and the government thinks you will all buy it. there is no way you can compete with on paper, a government mandate with coverage. >> sos these are the world views you are talking about. the republican world view. >> it is about choice. we heard repeatedly many republicans say people need to make the right choice. we have aarp saying and insurers saying and conservatives saying
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and people like older americanss and lower income mentiamericans cannot make those choices. >> those choices will cost more. >> it is not just choice, but access. you will have universal access to care. a different world view. they are saying everyone will have access. obviously not everyone is on board, including senator tom cotton. here is what he said to the bill push back this week. >> do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the senate and have to face the consequences of the vote. i'm afraid if they vote for the bill, they will put the house majority at risk next year. >> so his criticism is premiums are sky rockets. there is nothing in the bill to prevent premiums from sky rockets.
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that is the biggest obstacle they have? >> the biggest obstacle they have is communicating to supporters this is significantly different from many of the problems that they say exist in obamacare. there are many kifr conservatio say this doesn't go far enough and it will be the same problems that many people campaigned against in the republican primary. so if they don't present an alternative, what has changed? >> we also need the conviction of lowering premiums and cost of delivers health care. you point out. this is 1/5 of the economy. you cannot do this with the costs going up in health care. does this plan lower costs or stop the cost of inflation. i don't see that. >> i don't think the republicans have made it clear to the american people yet how it will do that for us and for as many people they hoped. i was reading cnn money, this
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will provide taxes according to analysis for people who make $1 million or more. >> tax cuts. >> and another high income earners. how will this improve the lives of every day americans. they have not clarified. >> i will tweet out that story. it is a fascinating story. two taxes on the rich to pay for subsidies under obamacare. >> one aspect of the role is selling this. time to fill out your brackets. it is bracket monday. the field for the ncaa tournament all set. who are your top seeds? which team is this year's cinderella? coy wire has the bleacher report next. nt. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing. and that unlimited 2% cash back from spark means thousands of dollars each year going back into my business...
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course on preet bharara's job? softening ahead of the congressional budget office score on the republican repeal plan. now the republicans are venting in paul ryan's direction. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 5:30 eastern time. we are awaiting a cbo score. has there ever been so much anticipation? as the white house is advancing the agenda on health care, the spotlight returns to the unfounded wiretapping claims. the house intelligence committee asked the trump justice department to hand over evidence to back up the president's allegation that president obama ordered his phones tapped during the campaign. >> more than a week after president trump tweeted out that claim, the white house has still offered zero evidence to support it. ahead of the deadline, one lawmaker is demanding an explanation. our white house correspondent
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athena jones has more. >> reporter: the deadline looms today. a letter septembnt last week regarding the explosive wiretapping allegations against his predecessor president obama. no indication that the white house or the department of justice is prepared to offer up any such evidence. this is something that members of congress, not just democrats, but republicans, very much want to see. here is what arizona senator john mccain had to say about all of this on state of the union. >> our director of national intelligence clapper testified there was absolutely no truth to that allegation. i think the president has one of two choices. either retract or to provide the information that the american people deserve. >> reporter: one thing is interesting to note. the department of justice being asked to provide the documents.
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it was only about a week ago the fbi director james comey asked the department of justice to publicly refute the president's baseless claims saying they were simply not true. the department of justice declined to do that. it is note worthy this is the agency tasked with providing the evidence. evidence that several officials say simply doesn't exist.athena. growing resentment of the firing of 46 u.s. attorneys. many officials finding out they were dismissed through the media reports. now dozens of court cases are hanging in the balance. the case that includes manhattan and preet bharara is getting the most attention. he refused to resign. he engaged in a standoff with the president. he was told on saturday he was fired. listen to bharara talking to reporters in november after
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meeting with the president and told he would keep his job. >> we had a good meeting. i said i would absolutely consider staying on. >> an administration source tells cnn the president offered to keep bharara on as a favor to chuck schumer. the white house now views schumer as an obstructionist. joining us now is cnn reporter laura jarrett in the studio with us. let's talk about context here. is this atypical to get rid of the attorneys? it is something we have seen. >> this is something we have seen before. president bush did it. president clinton did it. the issue is how president trump went about it and the fact that bharara says he was promised he could stay on. back in november, we saw him at trump tower going out in front of the cameras saying i plan to stay on. this is not just any u.s. attorney. the most high profile u.s. attorney we have in the country. he does terrorism cases.
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he does securities fraud cases. this is somebody everyone knows. >> would his jurisdiction include a case involving spying by russia on the u.s. election? >> it could depending on where that happened. so his reach is really broad and he was known as somebody who was non-partisan. he went after democrats and republicans alike. >> some suggested he may have been looking into potential high li violations of the emoluments clause. he mentioned the moreland commission in a tweet. why is that so important? now i know what the moreland commission must have felt like. >> in 2013, this commission set up in new york to investigate public corruption. to say i know what that felt like. are you talking about the
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process of being abruptly shutdown by governor cuomo or a specific case? >> it was sort of obscure that a lot of people were chattering about it. what is the process of replacement here? >> that will be in trump's court. he has to say on the 46 positions. the question is what will the senate confirmation hearing look like? how this went down is not well received by senate democrats. that could be a fight. >> can i backtrack on preet bharara and all of the attorneys that are let go. do you have to sign a massive confidentiality clause or are you able to talk about what you are investigating once you are out? >> you don't have to sign anything. there is an ethos of confidentiality when you are a prosecutor. you don't typically talk about active investigations. you can talk about something after it closes. >> would you be disbarred?
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all right. what is the score?
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the official score from the congressional budget office on the republican health care plan. new numbers showing the tax cuts that could be coming to the wealthy americans. the score we think we know for sure. the non-partisan committee shows americans making more than $1 million would save $165 billion in taxes over ten years. why the big tax cut for the rich? obamacare taxed the rich to pay for obamacare. two taxes on the wealthy. they cover individuals making $200,000 a year. families making more than $250,000. the first is a tax on the incomes to pay for medicare. both of the taxes were used to pay for subsidy. the gop plan gets rid of the subsidy ands uses tax credits. we have to wait to see how much this will cost the government and the replacement plan will pay for the tax credits. let's bring in eugene scott.
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good morning. how are you? >> good morning. >> on the health care stuff. we get the cbo number maybe today. already you have seen folks downplaying how important it will be. maybe they know there will be more people uninsured and some benefits cuts for the poor on elderly people. >> it is the common attack on the current plan. nobody is not responding saying that is not true. there is no promise or guarantee that people won't lose health care. >> the complication here has been the opposition from the right. not just from the left. they have friendly fire here. breitbart calling what tom price said yesterday an early frontrunner for lie of the year. here is what he told chuck todd. >> i firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process we're going through. understanding they will have
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choices that they can select the coverage that they want for themselves and family. not the government forcing them to buy. >> aarp running #agetax for older americans, they will be worse off. >> absolutely. we are having insurers saying low income americans can be worse off and hurt by the new plan. this seems to be different messages about the impact in the replacement plan. >> the notion is you have access to affordable health care. they have an argument to make. it is going to be more affordable. a better plan. tailorred to your needs. >> that is the argument being made. whether or not the people in the insurance community and organizations have studied it like the american medical association agree with that is not the case yet. >> the risk is the sound like that comes back to burn you.
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>> keep your doctor. >> let's switch gears to the house intelligence committee. it is supposed to get today whatever this evidence is the white house has about wiretapping claim on obama. what happens if we don't get that today? >> adam schiff who met with james comey to discuss the situation has said if it doesn't present evidence, just exposes donald trump as making a huge accusation against president obama is not true. whether that has an impact on support and approval ratings with his base is not yet clear. i think we have to remember how huge the president's original statement was. he called this bigger than watergate. >> some say this is the president who cried wolf. what what happehappens? >> what happens when iran broken
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the nuclear deal and suggest why you need nuclear action? let's go back to health care. a lot of meetings with congressional leaders. a lot of back door meetings. that's what president obama did not do. he has the personal touch with lawmakers. bringing them in. he has done nothing public. no tweeting. no rallies. what does it say to you of the embrace of the bill? >> he said i want 100% embrace it. he has not responded to the criticism. he said we need to pay attention to if this plan doesn't pass, we will let obamacare stay in place and if it fails, we blame the democrats. whether the american people will buy that is just doubtful because if this plan doesn't pass, it seems some of the most vocal criticism is coming from republicans. >> rand paul said this is a binary choice.
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that is how he characterizes it. he rejects that. >> it is interesting to see what comes after the summit. if there are any changes. >> bowling summit. >> steve king will be on "new day" later today. >> is he in the news? >> here's a tweet from the iowa congress member. quote what do you mean? this is referring to wilders. understands that culture and demographics are our culture. we cannot restore civilization. here is the problem with somebody else's baby. this is about a far right, some say, white nationalist political leader. he got into a squabble on twitter with chelsea clinton. >> this will hurt with constituents. >> he has a conservative con the
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city constituency. >> there are people who support his world view. that is why he continues to get elected. what we are seeing in the republican party is people approaching the itssue differently. we had carlos on friday. he said he is introducing a piece of legislation to give citizenship to undocumented children. >> there is carlos curbelo's tweet. do i qualify as someone else's baby. >> there are democrats in iowa who feel they are in the wilderness. a republican governor. they voted enthusiastically for donald trump. democrats don't like it. everything he says. they have a whole bunch of shirts in iowa about him.
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america's favorite potatoes, and donating to local charities along the way. but now it's finally back home where it belongs. aw man. hey, wait up. where you goin'? here we go again.
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christine romans, we were duped. we were fooled. the crocus were popping up. now a huge winter storm is on the way to the east coast.
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a winter weather rolling into the northeast starting tonight and extending into tuesday. storm warnings to virginia to massachusetts with a blizzard watch for four states. >> 12 to 18 inches. >> that means school closings, flight cancellations and delays with rough commutes. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, dave and christine. conditions with over 100 million people under advisories and alerts. impressive. 1 in 3 people dealing with the conditions in the next 24 hours. snow coming down in chicago at this hour which is the first time all year we have seen decent snow come down. arctic blast in place. system from the plains will interact with the system from the southeast. you put the energy together and bring the times into monday and tuesday, the potential for a significant amount of snow coming down is very high across
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the region. in fact, over 50 million people could see at least a foot of snow on tuesday afternoon. you take a look. parts of new york city could see higher totals and points in the east expand into connecticut and massachusetts as well. over 18 inches possible for tuesday afternoon. of course, what is making this the most impressivemarginich be. 12 to 20 inches through tuesday afternoon. very interesting 24 to 36 hours ahead of us. >> that will be some commute. thank you for that, pedram. 26-year-old jonathan tran faces arraignment in u.s. district court this afternoon after allegedly breaching white house security friday night with a backpack with mace and letter to president trump. he was discovered by a secret service agent near the south especially tra entrance. his letter to the president
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claimed he had information about russian hackers. the president calling the situation sad and praised the efforts of the secret service. this despite the fact that tran scaled the white house fence undetected. time to break out the brackets. selection sunday in the books. ncaa tournament field is all set. defending champ villanova number one overall seed. joining them, kansas, north carolina and gonzaga. the first four games play tomorrow night in dayton, ohio. who is cutting down the nets? >> i picked iowa state. that's as far as i got. >> a very good team. good sleeper. i'm a duke fan. cutting down the nets. let's get a check on cnn money stream. stock futures -- i don't know what that means. a sports phrase. i know stocks. edging lower. wall street gearing up for a big week. stocks in europe mixed.
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ahead of a vote on brexit. shares in asia finishing with gains overnight. federal reserve start a two-day policy meeting tomorrow. this is a major test for the stock market. trump rally slowed a little since the start of the month. averaging up slightly. high profits for banks, but average americans. are they ready for a rate hike? it will make mortgages and adjustable rate loans expense sich sif. taking out a car loan is more expensive. the fed is looking at two things. this is why it is raising rates. labor market and inflation. both improving. many believe this is now the time to hike rates. all that controversy over ivanka trump's fashion brand translated into a big boost in
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sales. u.s. sales of ivanka trump products on amazon up 332% from the same time last year. that's according to slice intelligence. macy's, sales jumping 148%. this is doing well overseas. it is associated with the glamour of the white house. in asia, interesting. she is so popular. especially among millennial women. they think she is what they want to be. >> kellyanne conway. well done. >> i guess you are right. thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. >> if he is making that up, it say problem. if it is true, it is a bigger problem. >> he has to pick up the phone. they should know if the former
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president of the united states was wiretapping trump tower. >> roger stone admits messages with the former dnc hacker. >> or the one who says let's talk. >> the relationship with russians cries out for investigation. >> when you are a governing party, everybody doesn't get what they want. >> i firmly believe nobody will be worse off financially. >> we are looking at 15 million americans losing insurance. >> if they vote for the bill, they will put the house majority at risk next year. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome to viewers in the united states and aroundme the world. this is monday, march 13th. we have poppy harlow with us. up first, lawmakers demanding evidence of president trump's claim he was wiretapped by former president obama.
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senator john mccain calling on mr. trump to prove his claim that phones at trump tower were tapped during the campaign or e retract that claim. >> the house intelligence committee is giving the justice department until today, the all of this is the battle over obamacare until it heats up. how many americans will lose coverage with their replacement plan. we are now 53 days into the trump presidency. let's begin our coverage this morning at the white house. good morning. >> good morning, poppy. plenty of doubt and skepticism here in washington d.c. this morning about whether the justice department is going to be able to come up with anything responsive to this request because past and current officials of the government who should have access to the right information have already denied the president's claim but it is an important m

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