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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 grounds tonight
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before addressing the president. >> adam schiff and nancy pelosi says he must step aside. here is what schiff told cnn. >> it would be very difficult to maintain the credible of the investigation if the chairman did not recuse himself from matters involving either the trump and the waycampaign or te no reason to go and later share it with the white house instead of staring it with his own committee. >> hours after trump advisor jared kushner offering to testify. our coverage begins with manu
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raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning, the partisans stand up on the house intelligence committee has intensified. as 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. this came as the house intelligence committee has been investigating any trump ties with russian officials and democrats were outraged by his move to brief the president of the united states on this issue and now the revelation that some discussions happened on white house grounds has led some democrats including adam schiff the top democrat on the committee to call on nunes to recuse himself. nunes is suggesting he's not going anywhere telling wolf blitzer this is common.
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>> -- needed a place i could finally go because i knew what i was looking for and could actually get access to what i ne needed to see, i'm quite sure nobody in the west thing knew i was there. i go there a lot often for briefings and meetings. he's saying he has full confidence in nunes moving forward, paul ryan, but under fire for canceling the tuesday public hearing on russia, and russia meddling in the investigations, the tuesday briefing abruptly cancelled, now nothing will happen as the committee struggles to find its way forward after a very bitter few days. >> jared kushner under scrutiny
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after meeting with a top russian banking official appointed by vladimir putin, he met with gorkov in december. he is chairman of veb a state run bank under sanctions after meddling in ukraine. >> jared did a job during the transition. in the campaign where he was a conduit and to 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 and that was his role. >> the russians have a different view, veb says kushner met gorkov as his role as head of the real estate empire not as a trump aide. he's been trying to attract financing for a building project
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in manhattan, all raised that he used his perch on transition to conduct private business with a sanctioned company. >> more context on the trump administration widening entanglement with russia let's go to russia. fred, good morning to you, the key question here this morning, is this russian bank in a position to finance a kushner real estate project in new york? >> reporter: good morning, dave. theoretically they certain would be in position considering that's one of the things this bank does is fund infrastructure projects mostly on behalf of the government but also dealing outside of russia as well. however we have to keep in mind they are under sanctions by the united states and have been
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since 2014 which would make it all but possible to conduct any such business in manhattan or the unite -- united states. part of a road show conducting new business opportunities around the world. they say they met with several financial officials and business leaders and listed jared kushner being one of them, but this is very close to vladimir putin and appointed by the russian pointed, vladimir putin himself and his name is sergey gorkov the one who had the meeting with jared kushner, he graduate from the the intelligence academy from the fsb intelligence service in 1994 and went into a career of banking and on the
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board for the largest bank before going to this bank which does fund a lot of infrastructure projects here in russia. >> thank you. sbr intrigue. >> let's break it down. the author for the metro papers. a lot of intrigue. >> yes. >> let's start with jared kushner, very close to the president, in the tran additisi guy. >> married to the president's daughter. >> also a businessman, real estate developer in new york, so was this role he was doing government, business or both or half or what? >> well, it's that murkiness in the middle that makes it so complicated. if you are using your power to tract financing for a real estate deal, that's the definition of conflict of interest, so we don't know.
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we have to unwind it. >> that's where there's conflict though. >> you play your connections that's why people voted for donald trump because he gets things done. >> well. well. >> you did not like that. >> not that kind of connection i hope. >> the role in the trump transition team says he was meeting with them as a trump transition member, if that's the case what's the problem? >> it is not inherently wrong to have a meeting with someone even a banker at a sanctioned bank in russia. it's not illegal i don't think but you just wonder what is it they're doing there? >> it's not illegal? >> not having such a meeting. >> at all? >> no, i don't see how it would be. >> if you went to bed and missed the president tweeting about russia.
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>> there's some this morning saying donald trump doesn't put things to rest when he brings back up hillary clinton. don't look at this, let's look back at hillary clinton. that uranium deal was enforced by a bureaucratic soup of agencies, hillary clinton didn't necessarily have a role in that. does it show trump is insecure? what does it show. >> i would use the word like deflection. it's not my russia problem it's somebody else's. >> everybody has a russia problem is what it sounds like to me. >> even if you want to relitigate the uranium deal, hillary clinton should have done something -- she's not the president. >> does he not have a point. is there not a lot of smoke
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there, if you put rex tillerson and all those in there seven figures to speak, there's a lot of smoke there is there not? >> if you want to go back and litigate all that that's fine but we have a new administration with an awful a lot of ties with a government we have really tense relationships with who probably was deeply involved in trying to affect the outcome of our election, we would kind of like to get to the bottom of that, wouldn't we? >> it's like he promised to drain the swamp, now he's saying look how swampy before, it was swampy before i got here. >> that's why you got elected, man. that's a full time job, by the way. >> as we look forward to what this team is going to do, republican house freedom caucus was able to snatch the jaws of victory, the democrats will make a deal with me on health care as
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soon as obamacare folds. not long. do not worry. we are in very good shape. >> i hope he's not cheering for obamacare to crash and burn, that's not good for our country. will democrats work with the trump administration on anything? >> yes. >> who is that democrat to step forward? >> i think chuck schumer already has offered to do that. >> chuck schumer said he will block a imminently qualified supreme court candidate. >> yes, they will continue to fight about a lot of things, but let's get to work on things they may agree on even the obamacare improvement. let's not call it a replacement. if you want to protect those people, absolutely what could be more trumpy telling those
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freedom caucus we're going to work with you on the deal. let's make it work better. they're not going to throw those folks off the insurance. >> we are going to talk about congressm congressman nunes and the page turner going on. >> the spy novel in real life. >> did you take your kids to see "lego batman" one democratic lawmaker is very upset. next.
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new details about the executive order president trump plans to sign today. the measure rescinds at least six obama executive orders to regulate carbon emissions, removes the requirement federal officials make on impacting decisions. it prioritizes jobs over the
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fight over global warming, it focuses more on clean air and water. >> the treasury steven mnuchin allegedly violated his own rules. >> i'm not allowed to promoting anything, you have asked and not promoting the product, but you should send all your kids to "lego batman." >> he was an executive producer, his company financed the production and states he would divest his holdings and not knowingly participate in a
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anything financial interest so senator ron widen is asking the committee to review it. m mnuchin saying it was a light hearted approach. >> why did he ask him what movies we should see? >> none. >> and second, why were there 19 beverages on the table? did they run a marathon. is it senate confirmation hearings? >> i love the detail. >> look. >> it's sponsored by tropicana. >> oh. >> it must be product placement. everything is a business deal. >> glad to clear that up. silver and black leaving their fans blue. the raiders moving to las vegas.
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bleacher report, tough news for oakland next.
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wedem nfl ripping another team out of town as the oakland raiders soon to be the las vegas raiders. there nfl owners having their meeting overwhelmingly voted 31-1 in favor of raiders moving to vegas. this is the commission that said in october quote it remains very much opposed to gambling on.
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you can imagine fans in oak lands understandably upset with owner mark davis moving the team after the city refused to use public funds to build his team a new stadium in oakland. they offered up $750 million in public funds and paved the way for the move. >> it's an important step to try to get stability for the radars long term. they obviously are going to need a few years to get the stadium built but in the meantime we plan to play in oakland. >> my father used to say the greatness is in the future and number one entertainment of the world gives us the opportunity to achieve that greatness. >> it is set to open in 2020.
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until then the team is going to have to play in front of fans in oakland at least next year. the yukon lady huskies, continue to move on after plucking the feathers out of the oregon ducks, they have now won 111 straight. incredible. they will face mississippi state friday, asor south carolina mee stanford. -- >> watch this -- she reaches near the coaches and leaving tim walton hanging and he appears to shove her shoulder as they pass by so they have words back and forth. these two have history. two of her older sisters played
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together after transferring after being kicked off the squad. no word yet from the school or the player in this matter. we'll keep that -- >> it was subtle but you saw it. a little bit of a bully move there. >> coy, my co-host could win these brackets? >> she's showing up and we're the sports guys? >> i'm still alive for this thing. >> i'm not going to say anything to jinx it but it's a miracle. president trump's top aide and son-in-law met with a putin appoint appointed bank chief, was this for government or business?
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will devin nunes recuse himself as the investigation into trump investigations connections. top democrats saying he must amid his own intelligence gathering. and question of words of a meeting between president trump's slon-in-law and a russin banker. >> we have details on the president's next executive order. welcome back to early start.
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two top democrats say it's time for devin nunes to recuse himself. the demand comes after a series of revelations the latest that he was on white house grounds the nights before he told trump aides -- picked up by u.s. officials. now nancy pelosi and adam schiff saying he must step aside. saying the choir has a serious responsibility to congress and the country. and 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 from matters involving either the trump campaign or trump transition team, there's no legitimate reason to have gone to the white house at night to obtain information and then
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shart wi share it with the white house instead of his committee. >> also this morning senior white house advisor jared kushner under scrutiny after revelation of meeting with a top russian banking official appointed by vladimir putin. he met with sergey gorkov, a state run bank under sanctions. >> in what capacity did he meet with gorkov? >> jared did a job during the transition and the call pampaig where he was a conduit to leaders and that's until we had a state department function place for people to go. remember, we had a delay in some things and that was his role. >> the russians have a different view however, veb says kushner
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met gorkov as role of kushner real estate empire not as a trump aide. he's been trying to attract financing for a building project in manhattan. all this raises the prospect that kushner used his perch to conduct provide business with the sanctioned company >> this all came hours after he agreed to testify. >> i want to dig in and get more context on the trump administrations widening entanglement let's go live to moscow. let's get to fred plain kkiplai. is this russian bank in a position to finance a project in new york? >> reporter: good morning, christine, on the face of it it
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certainly would be. they don't do that just in russia, they do it in other places around the world as well. we have to keep in mind when that meeting took place it was under u.s. sanctions and had been since 2014 so it would have been nearly impossible to do business with this bank. we asked what this meeting was about, they didn't tell us but did say it was part of what they call a road show where they were looking for new business opportunities and say they met with several financial officials and from the business community and jared kushner was one of those people they met with. however, we have to point out this bank is very closely connected to the kremlin and vladimir putin. the head sear gay gorkov was
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appointed by vladimir putin. all the infrastructure around the sochi 2014 olympics the bank supported. sergey gorkov the chairman, graduate from the the intelligence academy from the federal security service the fsb in 1994 then went into banking before being head of this state bank here in russia. >> drip, drip, drip on the russia connections every day. >> indeed. helping us break it all down political analyst, author of trump's american column. to christine's point it is a lot more drip, smoke, fire what's the heart of the problem here? >> let's agree on this mr.
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gorkov and kushner were not discussing the -- it would be very difficult for the russian bank to finance a kushner family real estate deal. but one of the great hopes of vladimir putin and business oligarchs in russia is that the trump administration would remove those sanctions, so if you can get together with the son-in-law and advisor and range that you have a lot of progress. >> veb says it was part of a road show. >> potential business. >> when they do that it about vesting in borrowers, not government sanctions. >> which is part of what raises the question, we are back to what we continually face about the ties, also doing provide bu
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business. how do you make sure you're not in one roll? still needs untangling. >> jared kushner had not stepped away -- this is a multibillion dollars real estate empire, so a lot of questions need to be answered as they do on this devin nunes, why was he at the white house the day before giving this information to president trump about some type of surveillance? listen. >> i've been working this for a long time with many different sources an needed a place i could actually finally go because i knew what i was looking for and could get access to what i needed to see, i'm quite sure that the people in the west wing knew i was there. >> to be clear he was on the white house grounds, not in the white house, but what type of problem does this present?
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>> it's a strange defense. this is i needed a room defense. >> right. >> hasn't anyone ever told you get a room? >> i'm not how difficult it is to find a secure facility. >> there are as many as there used to be phone booths. >> it wasn't russia, wasn't surveillance related to russia, so something else -- when are we going to get the big reveal of what's this all about? >> you're right. i will say this, there's an awful a lot of suspicion on both republican and democratic members on the house intelligence committee. why deliver it to the potential targets of the investigation before it is you're telling your fellow committee members? >> do you think he will step down? >> i think it's pretty unlikely.
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>> do you think he should. >> i think it would be much better to have an independent investigator on all this stuff but not holding my breath. >> the president tweeted this. >> does he help himself? >> it seems like deflection to me. i don't know. there may be stuff you can poke around on hillary's relationship with somebody, but. >> you made a point if that were rex tillerson. >> all republican names in that situation, wouldn't that be investigated by democrats? >> fair enough. i think you're right about that. the one thing i would say is it's a whole lot more interesting with the current president and what his people are doing then what someone from a past administration is doing.
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>> some would disagree with that notion. >> no, these are the guys who are running the joint. dave. dave. we have to pull him back from the edge on this. >> it's a big country. >> lawmakers are looking forward to move on from health care failure and move on to tax reform, they are used interchangeably with tax cuts. that are used to lower the cost of -- remember in 2001 president obama cut those in place and they were changed in budget negotiations. it rewrites the entire tax code. special interest groups will loudly defend. the last time congress pulled off real we form was in 1986
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regardless of what lawmakers decide the general rule is that the plan has to be revenue neutral for ten years. that will be difficult. i've been watching this moving goalpost. we're going to have a 15% tax rate for companies, a 20%, something around 20%. and a lot of companies don't pay 35% corporate tax rate. >> sure. those large corporations really do. i think the effective rate is 19% ballpark. >> if you lower the tax rate to twenty 20% some might have to play more. >> the white house disagrees on both notions, so hopefully whatever it is they get on the same page before unveiling a bill, but it's a massive tax.
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>> it sure is. >> the secretary of defense fighting back criticism amid acquisitions a us-led coalition airstrike killed civilians, we are live on the ground in mosul next.
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new details a about the executive order president trump planning to sign. designed to curb claim change and carbon emissions and removes the requirement of -- measuring the impact. >> adding the executive order focuses more on clean air and clean water and less on
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regulating global warming. it may signal the exit of pairs u.s. climate agreement. >> 14 democrats say they will participate in a filibuster on monday. six other democrats say they will not support gorsuch but not committing to a filibuster, right now they need 60 votes. if they filibuster, g.o.p. says they will change the option so only 51 votes are needed. the trump administration is threatening to cut off funding for sanctuary cities. they limit cooperation with federal immigration officials, sessions warns a crackdown is coming soon with billions of dollars of funding being pulled. he did not specify which cities
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will be targeted. a powerful cyclone hitting australia at this hour. check out the debris. officials say more than 50,000 homes along the queensland coast, with thousands without electricity. no deaths reported. you can see the huge area the category 4 storm covers. unbelievable. >> wishing them well. >> the girl by the bull is staying put at least for monow. so you're having a party?
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how nice. i'll be right there. and the butchery begins. what am i gonna wear? this party is super fancy. let's go. i'm ready. are you my uber? [ horn honks ] hold on. the biggest week in tv is back. [ doorbell rings ] par-tay! xfinity watchathon week starts april 3. get unlimited access to all of netflix and more, free with xfinity on demand. the death toll growing in mosul where 112 bodies recovered at a sight iraqi officials say are a us-led airstrike, and --
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pushing back amid criticism. no military force in the world proven more sensitive to go out of our way to do everything humanly possible to reduce loss of life or injury among innocent people. >> more on the situation on the streets of mosul. let's bring in arwa, good morning to you. world leaders focussing on what happened to the civilian casualties, anything more? >> reporter: no there's all sorts of different explanations put out there, we heard it was an airstrike called in against a suicide truck bomber, airstrikes called in that particular neighborhood against sniper
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positions. one that needs to bear in mind looking around here you get an idea of the devastation. that in fact is a massive crater left in the middle of the road quite possibly by an airstrike also could have been by a suicide car bomb or truck bomb but when you look at the devastation you gain a little bit of appreciation as to how intense the fighting has been but also how americay thmurky t battlefield is, as the artillery is being fired, gun battles unfolding the vast majority of the neighborhoods still have their populations living in them. this is a much more densely populated area, isis was more entrenched in these areas and you have these very narrow ally
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ways, and the iraqis are saying they're going to try to advance more on foot, calling in less airstrikes, using drones sniper teams, and we have been hearing quite a bit of artillery fire, gunfire, very much still an active battlefield which makes it all the more difficult. the incidents among those being investigated referred to, in that particular case we spoke to an eye witness in the same neighborhood who was there when this all happened living a few houses down and said civilians were screaming underneath the rubble save us, but took rescue workers a couple of days to get to it. it's almost eerily quiet, one woman we spoke to was still waiting in her house because the day before this neighborhood was liberated she said isis took her
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husband away and she is hoping he is going to come back. >> stay safe. let's get a check on money stream this morning. one month ago the dow hit 12 record highs, today a streak of a different sort, an eight session losing streak, longest since 2011. tax reform is priced into the stock market along with hopes of deregulation and infrastructure, and the big question now is the trump bump slowly tumpirning in the trump slump? the girl will be staring down the bull, the mayor says it's a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit. it was put up earlier this month to advocate for getting more
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women on corporate boards. more than 28,000 people signed a petition to keep her there. the twitter backlash after a united airline removing two girls for wearing leggings, so a deep discount or free travel for employees families, there was a lot of good tweets on both sides of the issue, arrival delta tweeting delta means kofcomfort that means you can wear leggings. >> chrissy teigen really lit up. >> what did she say, i think she reported she didn't wear pants. knew day starts right now.
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welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. it's 6:00 in new york. and although the white house tries to say there's nothing to any questions about russia, the questions continue to grow. most recently another major development. the chairman of the house intelligence committee now admits that he did go to white
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house grounds the day before making his big acknowledgement that there may have been surveillance that caught up donald trump and other members of the white house. he says he will not stand down from the investigation. more democrats demanding devin nunes step aside from that probe. president trump responded to the firestorm in a series of tweets dismissing the russia story as a hoax and railing against clintons. all of this as a meeting between jared kushner and a russian banker. let's begin our coverage. suzanne malveaux from the hill. what's the latest? >> a growing chorus into continuing investigation into trump's ties with russia. this as we learn day by day, more about the behavior of the intelligence house committee. there's very little appetite for


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