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will the chair of the intel house committee recuse himself. revelation of a private meeting before the president. >> a top trump aide and russian official, this time it is trump's son-in-law. questions about why he met with a banker appointed by vladimir putin. >> and we have details on the president's next executive order
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coming today. >> good morning, i'm dave briggs, and i'm christine romans, let's begin with two democrats saying the time has come for chairman devin nunes to recuse himself. the demand comes after a series of revelations the nights before he told trump that his aides communications were picked up by u.s. intelligence. >> nancy pelosi and adam schiff both say nunes must step aside. his behavior has tarnished that office. here is what schiff told cnn. >> it would be very difficult to maintain the credibility of the investigation if the chairman did not recuse himself
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formatters involving involving either the trauump campaign or transition team. there's no reason to have gone to the white house at night and late ar shari later sharing it with the white house instead of sharing it with his own committee. >> son-in-law jared kushner volunteered to testify before the senate intelligence committee. now the latest development on that, kushner is facing questions about a russian banking official. coverage begins with manu raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning, christine and dave. the partisans standup on the house intelligence committee intensify after the chairman of the committee made the surprising revelation yesterday saying he met with a source on white house grounds to discuss information pertaining to the incidental collection of information regarding president
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trump's associates during the time of the transition with foreign officials. now this came of course as the house intelligence committee has been investigating any trump ties with russian officials and democrats were outraged by nunes move to brief the president of the united states on this issue and now has led democrats adam schiff in particular to call on nunes to recuse himself. he suggests he's not going anywhere telling wolf blitzer yesterday this is all very common. >> needed a place that i could actual actually finally go because i knew what i was looking for and get access, i'm quite sure that nobody in the west wing new i was there. i go there a lot for briefings
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and meetings. >> reporter: he's saying he has full confidence in nunes moving forward and also came under fire for abruptly canceling tuesday public hearing on the interference of russia, and instead called on mike rogers, but tuesday meeting abruptly cancelled itself. the committee struggles to find its way forward. >> might have had some more information today but not. manu asked him whether he plans to recuse himself from the investigation, and he declined to comment. but reitated quote this has nothing to do with russia. he says he was at the white house complex though not in the white house itself. and you just heard him say he's quote quite sure no one in the
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west wing even knew he was there. >> but a former government intelligence official says they are treated like anyone else and must have been escorted in by a current white house staffer, and he needed a secure facility to view information. there are dozens of such facilities many not at the white house complex. democrats are punting all those questions back to the congressman. >> jared kushner under scrutiny after a revelation with a meeting of a top russian banking official appointed by vladimir putin, met with gorkov, a state run bank -- sanction -- >> the meeting was a routine part of kushner's job during the
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transition. >> jared did a job during transition in the campaign where he was a conduit to leaders, and that's until we had a state department functioning place for people to go. remember we had a delay in some of these things, and that was his role. >> the russians however have a different view. veb said he met as head of kushner real estate empire. he's been trying to vie for a building project in manhattan, this is all that he used his perch to conduct private business with a sanctioned company. >> this all came after agreeing to testify at a hearing, the time of the testimony still being worked out. we know he met once with the
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russian am babassador kislyak. >> the sanctioned banks very well known there's a long list of banks sanctioned by the u.s. government for the ukraine situation, that's an interesting development to me, why meeting with a sanctioned bank? >> there might be a perfectly proper excuse but why would you meet with a sanctioned bank? let's go live to moscow and bring in cnn's international correspondent fred -- lean back on who exactly this bank is? >> reporter: first of all, good morning, it really is the economic development bank of
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russia and a bank very close to the kremlin and vladimir putin first of all the bank is state owned, financed a lot of russias very big and glitzy project. the entire infrastructure around the sochi olympics. the bank also in the past couple years bailed out some -- fairly throws putin as well. this is very much aligned with the kremlin under control of the kremlin and under sanctions since 2014, it has as a lot of financial assets or had them in the east ukraine where a lot of fighting is taking place and heavily hit by the obama administration in 2014. one of the first slapped with sanctions when the ukraine crisis really started to escalate there in that part of the country. it's interesting because we got
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in touch with the bank last night and to add what took place in that meeting they claim that the meeting between garkov, was at the same time they met with business executives, and one was jared kushner but didn't want to elaborate any more as to what exactly was said in that meeting, dave. >> thank you, fred. >> so lucky to have fred in moscow to unravel it for us. president trump firing up the twitter account insisting his meetings with the russians are a hoax and now dragging the clintons into it. tweeting this.
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>> reading tweets at 140 characters can be difficult. >> the state department under hillary clinton was one of nine agencies participating in a deal that allowed stakes in a you'urm company, the nonpartisan fact organization "politifact" rates pay to play claim as mostly false with lack of power or this deal by herself. a measure rescinds eliminating carbon emissions. >> the white house says the
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order prioritizes jobs, and focuses more on clean air and clean water and less on regulating global warming and my signal the exit from the u.s. paris climate agreement. listen to this exchange from a recent interview. >> what's a movie that we should see? >> well i'm not allowed to promote anything i'm involved with so i want the legal disclosure, you have asked me the question and i am not promoting any product but you should send all your kids to "lego batman." >> it was a spin off of the movie. mnuchin's company financed it.
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he pledged to not knowingly participate in anything that would affect the company's financial interest until he has sold the share. senator ron widen is crying foul asking the committee to review it saying it is shows a blatant disregard to which it serves and says it was a light hearted moment and comment. he directly under the ethics law. >> what do you think? >> odd question. it was an odd interview for those of you who have watched it or read about it it was an odd moment, but why ask that question? >> i'm more interested in tax reform, but that's just me. >> the secretary of defense with a staunch defense amid accusations a coalition
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airstrike killed civilians in mosul, the death toll is rising a live report is next.
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the death toll growing in mosul where 120 bodies have been recovered described as being the as a result of a u.s. airstrike. ben wheatman recently in mosul joins us live. good morning, ben. international attention being focused on this story. any more answers yesterday as to what happened? >> reporter: not really david. at this point the facts seem to be fairly clear, at least nobody is denying anything the unite acknowledges on the 17th of march it did conduct an airstrike and the iraqis concede they requested an airstrike.
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the question is their target which was an isis truck bomb. was it hit by an airstrike or did it go off debt nadtonated b itself? at least 112 people were killed in a home in that neighborhood. now, we did hear the u.s. secretary of state -- rather defense james mattis coming out, put out a statement. he said we go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce the loss of life and injury among innocent people. the same cannot be said, he concluded, for our adversaries, amnesty international has put out a report on this incident. it did say the iraqi government perhaps overdid it when it told civilians in mosul to stay in their homes if they felt safe.
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the whole purpose was to avoid a humanitarian ka catastrophe. amnesty international did condemn isis for using civilians as human shields. >> so the search for answer continues. thank you. a cyclone has hit parts of australia, officials say more than 150 homes along the queensland coast do not have electricity, thousands of evacuations, no deaths have been reported. you can see the huge area this category 4 storm covers. after being shot hours after an oklahoma police officer lost his life.
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details on that next.
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breaking overnight two under cover police officers from miami dade's homicide task force shot in an ambush attack. they will not comment on the injuries until their families are notified. the suspects still at large. oklahoma police named the suspect they plan to charge in the shooting death of a police
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officer. byron scheff. he was 22 years old and only been on the job for a year. the driver of the vehicle is in custody. a murder suspect from baltimore facing upgraded charges after admitting coming to new york to kill black people. now charged with terrorism and hate crime murder. police say the 28-year-old army vet plunged a sword into timothy kaufman's chest. they say he had been prowling the streets for three days. >> a settlement over flint's contaminated water. must be replaced by 2020.
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and independent authority will be hired to test the call of the homes water. and will be reviewed by a district judge. >> president's top aide and son-in-law met with a putin appointed russian bank chief. was this as a transition official or a private developer? was this for government or business? is there a difference?
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will devin nunes recuse himself from the investigations into trump-russian investigations, democrats say he must following new revelations about his own intelligence gathering. this morning questions emerging after word of a meeting between the president's son-in-law and a russian
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official. was jared kushner's meeting about the transition or his private real estate? >> and major changes to american policy on climate change being rolled out todayme. details on the president's next executive order. another rejection of obama era policy. >> trying to wipe out entirely the obama administration policy. >> two top democrats say the time has come for devin nunes to recuse himself from the investigation into contacts between russia and the trump campaign. they come after a serious of revelation thr revelation that nunes was on the white house grounds before his aid aides were picked up by intelligence. >> nancy pelosi and adam schiff
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saying he needs to step down. and pelosi says he has a serious responsibility to the congress and to the country. here is what schiff said to cnn. >> it would be incredibly difficult to -- there's no legitimate reason to have gone to the white house at night to obtain information and then later share it with the white house instead of sharing it with his own committee. >> all this came just hours after trump advisor and first son-in-law jared kushner volunteered to testify before the senate intelligence committee and now the latest development on that front. kushner is facing questions about a previously undisclosed meeting with a russian banking official. more on that in a moment. manu raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning.
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the stand on the house intelligence committee after devin nunes made the surprising revelation yesterday saying he met with a source on white house grounds to discuss information pertaining to the incidental collection of information regarding president trump's associates during the time of the transition with foreign officials. now this came of course as the house intelligence committee has been investigating any trump ties with russian officials and democrats were outraged by nunes' move to brief the president of the united states on this issue and now the discussion of happening on white house grounds has led adam schiff to call on nunes to recuse himself. he is suggesting he's not going anywhere telling wolf blitzer yesterday this is all very common. >> i've been working this a long time with many different sources and needed a place i could go and knew what i was looking for
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and could actually get access to what i need today see. i'm kwequite sure that people i west wing had no idea i was there. i go there often for meetings and briefings. >> reporter: nunes came under fire for canceling tuesday public hearing on the issue of russia and russia meddling in the elections instead wanting to have a private meeting with james comey and mike rogers the nsa director but that tuesday briefing abruptly cancelled itself. now nothing will happen today as the committee tries to struggle to find its way forward after a very bitter several days. he asked chairman nunes whether he would recuse himself,
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but didn't comment. loose ends and big holes. >> you just heard nunes say he's quite sure no one in the west wing knew he was there, but a former intelligence official says he must have been cleared in and escorted by a current white house staffer and nunes also says he was on the white house grounds because he needed a secure facility to view these documents but there are dozens of these facilities in and around washington. >> lots of questions and very few answers. >> jared kushner under scrutiny after revelation of a meeting with a top russian banking official appointed directly by vladimir putin, he met with sergey gor'kov, a state run bank under sanctions over meddling in
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ukraine. >> in what capacity did kushner meet with gor'kov? >> jared did a job during the transition and the campaign where he was a conduit into leaders and that's until we had a state department function place for people to go. remember, we had a delay in some of these things an that was his role. >> the russians have a different view. veb says he met as head of kushner real estate empire, a business meeting not a political meeting, kushner has been trying to attract financing for a building project in manhattan. all this raises the questions of using -- with private business with a russian state owned company sanctioned by the u.s. government. >> this all came hours after
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kushner agreed to testify to senators investigating ties between the trump campaign and russian officials, because of his role and the russian ambassador to the u.s. the timing of that testimony still being worked out. we already knew kushner himself once met with ambassador kislyak, we now learned that he asked for a second sit down and kushner sent an aide in his place. >> live to moscow and bring in cnn international correspondent. there's a lot of parts to this drip, drip of rush connections hereunder a l here and a lot of questions we can't answer. tell us about this veb bank and those so closely tied to vladimir putin? >> reporter: yeah, some to have characteristics of that bank and
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sergey gor'kov will raise eyebrows, it is appointed by vladimir putin, the chairman of that bank was himself appoint bid vladimir putin and before that he was actually in senior management at spare bank rush's biggest government owned bank. this is someone who is very close to the russian state, very close to vladimir putin and the bank itself, the russian development bank is one that funds big projects here in russia, funded a lot of the infrastructure that went around the sochi olympics in 2014 and bailed out oligarchs quite close to vladimir putin, so this is a bank very close to the state and vladimir putin and does things for the state when it comes to larger projects. gor'kov graduate from the the
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intelligence academy here in russia in 1994 and went on to a banking career and at some point worked his way all the way up to the top of the economic development bank and then as far as this meeting is concerned, the bank itself says yes, that meeting took place but say it was part of a road show the bank was conducting at the time, christine. >> interesting. thanks for that. >> so in what role was that meeting? president trump firing up the old twitter account insisting the latest revelations about his son-in-law's meeting with the russians is a hoax and now dragging in the clintons, tweeting this.
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>> context here about all those things that the president is tweeting about. under hillary clinton the state department was one of nine agencies partying in a deal that allowed stakes in a uranium company with u.s. holdings to be sold to russia, at the time -- paid bill clinton for a speech and -- the claim of pay to play as mostly false citing her lack of -- of that deal. >> new details about the executive order president trump plans to sign today dramatically rolling back climate change. it end the moratorium of coal mining on federal land and
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removes the kwoorrequirement of them -- >> it focuses more on clean air and clean water less on global warming, it may signal a exit from the u.s.-pairs climate agreement. it shows the direction we are moving here. >> the trump administration also threatening to cut off funding for sanctuary cities, jeff sessions saying they quote put dangerous criminals on the streets and make cities less safe. sessions warns a crack down is coming soon with billions of dollars in funding being pulled but did not specify which cities will be targeted. the nuclear option is looking more and more likely in the battle over supreme court nominee neil gorsuch.
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right now 14 democrats say they will participate in a filibuster on monday. six democrats say they will not support gorsuch but not committing to a filibuster, right now they need 60 votes to confirm gorsuch, g.o.p. leaders say they will change the rules in the senate so only 51 votes are needed to push the nomination through. >> republican lawmakers are looking to quickly move on from the failure of health care and moving to push tax reform, it is often used interchangeably with tax cuts. tax cuts are an easier sale, that's time that happened was under george w. bush in 2001, president obama kept those in place, real tax reform is
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different, harder, restructures or rewrites the entire tax code to make it simpler, the last time congress pulled off reform was in 1986. regardless of what they decide it has to be revenue neutral for ten years. they are back to the drawing board to figure out what kind of tax reform they can do. >> there's the repatriation. it's going to be a lot of work to do. >> it's interesting because it looks like there's a plan emerging out of the house and white house, and very different. how do they merge those? meanwhile the secretary of defense fighting back amid acquisitions a coalition airstrike killed civilians in mosul, live next.
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the death toll growing in mosul where 112 bodies have been recovered from the sight what iraqi officials call a devastating sight. on the ground live, we can see the devastation from a different airstrike. the big questions american officials are facing right now about civilian casualties, bring us up to speed arwa. >> reporter: it is still underway at this stage. people that we have been talking to bearing in mind there are not
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that many civilians that have stayed behind they're saying that the fighting has been very intense as iraqi forces advance. there was a lot of artillery, suicide car bombs going off, you can see the crater right there presumably caused by an airstrike, also it possibly could have been some sort of car ar truck bomb. we still have explosions happening on the other streets around us, but even this area that's an area considered to be liberated you can imagine being a civilian trying to stay here rnd the under these conditions, it's terrifying. we spoke to one woman who stayed behind and when asked her why she said the day before the area was liberated her husband was ta taken away by isis, these are
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civilians, a city that's been through so much. you do really get the sense that not only is the fighting more intense and challenging because the roads here that go off to the -- road for example -- there's also been quite a few attack helicopters and various burst of gunfire you hear here, they are very narrow albly ways that make it difficult to navigate down but the fight for western mosul has been intense, imagine in most of these buildings, most of the homes on the side streets still had civilians in them because even though the iraqi government toll them yes, to stay put, even if they wanted to leave, isis would not allow them to leave and the destruction in western mosul
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does feel that it is much more vast and widespread than what it was in the east because of the nature of the fight. due to the incidents, the iraqis are saying they are changing their tactics, calling in less airstrikes, asking for less airstrikes and trying to move more forward on foot trying to use their sniper teams and endurance to try to push forward and if not minimize the destruction of this city itself at least try to minimize the civilian casualties. >> such a densely packed area, shows how the strategy is just fraught with peril. one day isis is in control taking away husbands and sons and the next day the military is rolling in. arwa, stay safe.
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we really appreciate you taking time and keeping us informed this morning. thanks. >> meanwhile the white house leading nearly 40 nations of a boycott of talks to ban nuclear weapons, scheduled to begin monday. nikki haley calling to call it quote unrealistic. she says as a mother she would welcome a world with no nukes but asked is there anyone that would north korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons? >> the girl by the bull, staying put at least for now. there she is the fearless girl sta staring down capitalism.
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the oakland raiders are vegas bound. the raiders expected to remain in oakland for the next two seasons until a dome stadium is ready. mark davis the owner calling the move bittersweet saying the team will always be in the -- city will be in the team's dna. that is so tough for the people of oakland this morning. tough pill to swallow. >> let's get a check on cnn money stream. one month ago the dow hit closing highs in the row, now things have changed on a losing streak. right now the worries are coming from washington, tax reform is
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in the mark. a big spend in infrastructure, is the trump bump slowly turning into the trump slump? global markets are rising. >> the fearless girl will be staring down the wall street bull for a few months. she will stay until her temporary permit expires, it represents a girl refusing to quit. it is to advocate more women on corporate boards. more than 28,000 people have signed a petition to keep her there. we told you yesterday about airline flights removing two young girls for wearing leggings, the families can fly for free but they have to follow
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a dress code. this one might sting. delta tweeted flying delta means comfort. that means you can wear leggings. >> i'm sure when the rules were written they were meant that you were representing the company. >> people wear i donyoga pants church. >> you don't. >> i don't. >> i can not get the picture ou of my mind of dave taking communion in yoga pants. >> yoga pants on right now. >> the chair to have house intel committee recused himself on the intel investigation?
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democrats say devin nunes needs to step aside due to his whereabouts before a private meeting with the president. >> this time it's trump's son-in-law about questions why he met with banker appointed by va vladimir putin. >> details on president trump's next executive order coming today. good morning everyone. welcome to early start i'm christine romans. >> aim dave briggs. not wearing yoga pants, i don't own leggings, two top democrats say the time has come for house intelligence committee chairman to recuse himself of the investigations between trump ties with russian officials. he was on the groun

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