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. the senate intelligence committee holding first public hearing today as questions linger whether chairman nunes should step down. >> president trump's revised travel ban dealt another blow. a hawaii judge imposing an indefinite ban. >> the assistant to the president for ivanka trump, continuing to haunt the trump administration. >> a rare show of bipartisanship
on capitol hill. at least a glimmer of hope. this morning the senate intersection committee holds its first public hearing on hurussi meddling on the u.s. elections. burr and warner laying out their plans side by side. they say there are 20 witnesses on their list focussing on alleged russia efforts to spread disinformation and fake news during the campaign. >> the deepening stalemate on the house side. democrat adam schiff says he will meet today with chairman devin nunes after he called on him to recuse himself amid growing acquisition of collusion. >> the chairman is going to have
to find a way to lift this cloud otherwise we're going to need someone else to preside over this. i think we really do need someone else to preside over this if we are going to do this credibly. >> manu raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. a contrast, there's gridlock on the house side a partisan fight over devin nunes and whether he should go forward leading the investigation. democrats accuse him of being too close to the white house. nunes saying he's not going anywhere, the question is how. the senate side leaders are moving forward in a bipartisan manner. i asked whether they will look into the issue of the russia collusion and do you believe
whether there's nothing there? >> we would be crazy to try to draw conclusions where we are in the investigation. i think mark and i have committed to let this process go through before we form any opinions. and i would hope that that's what you would like us to do as much as we would like to share minute by minute even the snap sho shots we get are not always accurate. >> reporter: really leaving open the possibility there could be some collusion between the trump campaign and russians. the white house has said it's a hoax, says nothing there, say it's made up, fake news, but the white house intelligence committee taking it seriously to make it part of the interview they're going to interview jared kushner, and a total of 20
people planning to be interviewed right now. there's a lot of interest about the possible ties that may exist. christine and dave. new information on jared kushner's volunteer appearance before the senate intersection committee. he plans to describe his role in meeting with the russians during the transition of a point man looking for a back channel vladimir putin. a source says neither the meetings with the russian ambassador or owner of a state owned bank concerned kushner's business. a federal judge in hawaii granting the state's request for an indefinite suspension of the ban. converting a temporary injunction to a preliminary injunction. hawaii's attorney general
praised the decision calling it an important affirmation of the values of religious freedom enshrined in our constitution's first amendment. ivanka trump is about to become a official employee of the federal government. she will serve as an unpaid assistant to her father with top security clearance. she is required to file financial disclosure forms and bound by ethics rules. the white house released a statement saying we are closed she is taking the step and in support of the president. now from jim acosta. >> reporter: we're seeing the white house confirm she will be serving as an unpaid employ. she released a statement saying she decided to take on the role to avoid questions of conflict
of interest. i will serve as an unpaid employ in the white house. throughout this process i have been working closely with the white house counsel and my personal counsel. this may be an issue whether they would be violating nepotism rules. thanks, jim. fbi director james comey staunchly defending his agency. he spoke out. he's been the target of criticism of handling the hillary clinton investigation and the possibility of collusion between the trump campaign.
>> i've never been prouder of the fbi. what makes it easy is we're not on anybody's side ever. we're not considering whose ox will be gored by this action or that, we just don't care and we can't care. we only ask what are the facts? what's the law? what's the right thing to do here? >> a trump university student from florida wants her day in court even though the president has agreed to settle lawsuits for $25 million. a florida attorney is still not satisfied. she said she paid $19,000 for the program in 2010 and wants to continue litigation to expose his alleged fraud. the president wants called judge cure relly a so-called judge
because of his mexican heritage. >> the government could shut down if congress does not pass a spending bill. it's the next big money fight and four things that could sometime my it. first funding for a border wall, second, boost of defense spending, this tinkers with the smallest part. third planned parenthood. if republicans reintroduce the idea it could be a non-starter for democrats. the gorsuch nomination finally. that's a leading indicator for a government shutdown. the most recent were 2013 and 1995. one thing clear from those experiences a shut down is waste of time and money and also can hurt the economy. we saw it twice.
steve mnuchin said he would like to raise the debt ceiling. there shouldn't even be a debt ceiling. that's the stuff that the government has already paid for, plus you have to have a spending bill that goes through here. >> but there are some concerned that it fits the world view of steve bannon that deconstruction of the administrative state if there's a government shut down. >> he's a disrupter. >> we hope not. >> an agreement in north carolina to repeal house bill 2. a measure that criticized lgbt. it goes before the legislature in a matter of hours. if it is not repealed today the ncaa is prepared to pull all of its events out of the state through 2020. governor roy cooper says the
agreement though not perfect begins the process of repairing north carolina's reputation. the economic damages to north carolina have been front and center, in the billions of dollars. this morning as senate intersection committee prepares for its first public hearing how is the kremlin reacting? we are going to take a trip to moscow next.
accusations of collusion preaching a fever pitch as the senate intelligence committee prepares to a launch a hearing. in a matter of hours, so how are the russians reacting. good morning, matthew. what is the reaction in moscow? >> reporter: well, it may be familiar to you. they're saying it's about the dishonest media, it's about fake
news and it's a witch hunt, so exactly the same kind of terminology being used by the trump white house. that's how they say described as this poisonous and toxic issue. there is though a lot of interest in them. and i think from our point of view in moscow watching these hearings unfold the recent issue of the meeting between jared kushner meeting with the head of the russian development bank is a really interesting one because there's a discrepancy between what the house says the meeting was about and what the bank says. the white house says this was just part of kushner's role as a member of the trump transition team reaching out to foreign leaders. the bank says it was about business dealings, they said
they met about the global road show about future investments and development, so it's going to be interesting if we do finally hear it what exactly was discussed between these two key figures. >> that certainly is probably the most intriguing angle to watch. matthew, thank you. democrats and republicans reaching a cross roads to confirm supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. the path to 60 votes appeared to be blocked. the republicans vowing to push him through even if it means changing the rules. >> it will all come down to the math. he needs 60 votes for confirmation. yesterday featured duelling press conferences. senate republicans came to the
steps to praise the nominee, but two hours later chuck schumer called him out of the mainstream candidate. senator joe mansion a democrat from west virginia says he doesn't think he will vote. behind closed doors, he took another meeting with gorsuch. he says if democrats do filibuster, he will call for a vote to change the rules and make it easier for supreme court nominees to be confirmed. as things stand now a committee vote is expected next monday and a senate confirmation vote is scheduled next friday the 7th. gorsuch is expected to produce more answers to questions that have been submitted by senators. dave and christine. >> that's a real battle to tauctauc watch. a devastating bus crash that
killed 13 seniors in texas. a truck veered into the bus's southbound lane. the governor sent condolences to the families. authorities say the cause of the incident is still under investigation. just a terrible story this morning. all right. 18 minutes past the hour. secretary of state rex tillerson in turkey as the isis issue reaches a -- point.
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welcome back, this morning rex tillerson is in turkey. he has meetings all day long. this comes at a critical juncture with the fight against isis in iraq. clearly it is an example of just how important turkey is to the united states and what's happening in the middle east, no question that rex tillerson is there so early in his administration? >> reporter: good morning. you're absolutely right. this is going to be a crucial test for rex tillerson for coming into a quagmire. the yooirunited states is worki with kurdish groups. that's progressing and the united states and backed forces just retook an airstrip outside
the city of raqqah. they need turkeys cooperation to finally put an end to isis and turkey objects very strongly. they blame them for some of the terrorist attacks and for a separatist movements. so rex tillerson has to go into the meeting and explain why having the kurdish forces on the ground partnered with united states forces are so important. many are saying this is by far his most important trip to date simply because the relationship between the united states and turkey has been strained over the last year, not just by isis but accusations that the united states is harboring that turkey believes was a result of a
fail failed coo attempt. >> keep us posted on any developments out of that meeting. thank you. good to see they are traveling with pool reporters. breaking news out of baghdad overnight a suicide truck bomber kills at least 13 people. more than 24 others were wounded when a tanker was loaded with explosive. the senate intelligence committee preparing for its first hearing into russian meddling. will it reveal any new intersection? that's next.
hearing today on whether chairman nunes should step down. >> a hawaiian federal judge imposing an indefinite suspension of the travel ban. >> and ivanka trump joining the white house as an assistant as questions of conflicts of interest continue to haunt the trump administration. nice to see you all this morning. it's 30 minutes past the hour. the senate intelligence committee holding its hearing today. burr and warner laying out their plans at a side by side news conference. they say there's 20 witnesses on their list including cyber experts. >> the senate's plan in stark contrast of the deepening stalemate on the house side.
adam schiff says he will meet today with chairman devin nunes, days after schiff called on nunes to recuse himself amid growing acquisitions of possible collusion between nunes and the white house. here is congressman schiff on cnn yesterday. >> the chairman is going to have to find a way to lift this cloud otherwise we're going to need someone else to preside over this. i think we really do need someone else to preside over this if we are going to do this credibly. >> let's bring in manu raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. a contrast between the house intelligence committee and senate intelligence commission. there's gridlock on the house side. a fight over chairman nunes and whether he should go forward. they do not like the way he briefed the president last week. nunes saying he's not going
anywhere, he's going to continue to move forward, the question is how? leaders say they're moving forward in a bipartisan manner. and asked them yesterday will you look into this issue of russia collusion with the trump campaign and do you believe there's nothing there as the white house has suggested over and over again? >> we would be crazy to try to draw conclusions where we are in the investigation. i think mark and i have committed to let this process go through before we form any opinions. and i would hope that's what you would like us to do as much as we would like to share minute by minute even the snapshots we get as a team going through it are not always accurate when we find the next piece of intelligence. >> reporter: really leaving open the possibility there could be some collusion between the trump campaign and the russians. the white house has said it's a hoax, made up fake news but the
intelligence committee taking it seriously. they're going to interview jared kushner, potentially michael flynn, paul manafort, 20 people total they're planning on interviewing right now. we will see which one becomes public. there's a will the of interelot the possible ties that may exist. >> we are learning that when jared kushner appears, he plans to describe his role as that of a point man as a back channel to vladimir putin. a source says neither of the meetings with the russian ambassador or state owned bank were about sanctions or kushner's real estate business. >> a federal judge in hawaii granting the state's request for
a definite suspension of the travel ban. a preliminary injunction is blocking the executive order. it likely violates the constitution by disadvantaging muslims. the hawaii attorney general praised the decision. the justice department can now appeal watson's ruling to the ninth circuit. ivanka trump is about to become an official employee of the federal government. she will serve as an unpaid assistant to her father in the white house and top security clearance. she is required to file financial disclosure forms and bound be white house ethics rules. a statement was released. more this morning from jim acosta. >> reporter: the white house
confirmed that ivanka trump will be serving as a assistant to the president. she decided to take on the role to avoid any questions about conflicts of interest adding i have heard some of the concerns some have, i serve as an unpaid employee in the white house subject to all the same rules as other federal employees. i've been working in gaood fait with the white house counsel and my personal counsel. it raises questions whether she could be violating nepotism rules. jim, thank you. fbi director james comey staunchly defending his agency as always non-partisan.
he's been the target of criticism for his handling of the hillary clinton investigation and possible conclusion ties between russia and trump campaign but comey says he's not afraid of political backlash. >> i've never been prouder of the fbi. what makes it easy is we're not on anybody's side ever. we're not considering whose ox will be gored by this action or that action, we just don't care. and we can't care. we only ask, so what are the facts? what's the law? what's the right thing to do here? >> a rare sight in d.c. a prompt speech from melania trump. she usually stays in new york, but made these remarks to the state department calling for women's empowerment and celebrating diversity, they are
a stark break from some of the campaign rhetoric we heard from her husband. >> we must continue to work toward gender empowerment and respect people from all backgrounds and ethnicities remembering always that we are all ultimately members of one race, the human race. >> she has been seldom seen in and around d.c. and taxpayers are taking notice. a new petition is going around saying make her stay in the white house or pay themselves. >> i think a lot of people watched that speech yesterday and she hosted the senators who came tonight before, it was kind of a rare mid-week appearance by the first lady.
>> seems a bit reluctant to embrace the role. but when just a private citizen president obama, when they traveled separately he and michelle there were a lot of political tweets about how much that's costing there so a bit hypocritical there. the government could shut down if congress does not pass a spending bill. it is the next big money fight on capitol hill and there are four things that could stymie it. first funding for a border wall. democrats will oppose the bill. the proposed boost to defense spending funded by cutting other programs. this tinkers with the smallest part. third planned parenthood. if republicans reintroduce the idea it could be a non-starter for democrats. finally the gorsuch nomination.
if republicans are forced to change the rules to push him through, one budget expert tells us it's a leading indicator for a government shut down. the most recent were painful, in 2013 and 1995. one thing clear from those experiences. a shut down is a waste of time, money and can also hurt the economy and plus it will stall this president's already shaky agenda. >> that gorsuch nomination is something to watch. there's been agreement by supreme court justices, the last four or five have gone pretty smoothly and this might show the gridlock. >> merrick garland. that's the name. >> that's who they keep bringing up. north carolina repealing house bill 2. widely criticized by the lgbt. it goes before the north carolina legislature in matter
of hours. if hb 2 is not repealed today the ncaa is prepared to pull all of its events through 2020. governor roy cooper says the agreement is not perfect but does begin the process of repairing north carolina's reputation. billions of dollars in economic damage because of this bill. the ncaa is a big one. >> all kind of companies have spoke out. >> the ncaa sports at the center of the story. >> as the intelligence committee prepares for its first public hearing today into russian meddling. how is the kremlin reacting? we're going to moscow next.
welcome back, accusations of collusion between the trump administration and russia are reaching a fever pitch this morning as the senate intelligence committee prepares to launch a public hearing within a matter of hours. how are the russians reacting? let's bring in matthew chance. i can just imagine the reaction. let me guess. fake news, america overreacting and afraid of its own shadow. >> reporter: yeah, witch hunt, all of those phrases that have become familiar to you have become par for the course here. there's a lot of frustration in russia of what they call a toxic political atmosphere, they see these senate and house hearings into conclusion as being part of
that toxic russia issue and russians are disappointed and quite angry but galled by the fact that they believed the trump administration was going to be positive for washington and moscow. trump campaigned on a platform of biddiuilding a better relationship with russia. even cooperating with syria and russia on the issue of international terrorism, but none of it has come to pass. when the russians look at what's going on in washington, they see a much worse situation than what they had originally, they can't predict where he's going and don't like it at all. the russians like to use disinformation to change the topic. many critics on capitol hill would say undermining democratic
institutions. it looked like they were going to have more of a say, and in fact this sort of hit them back in the face. >> reporter: yeah. look, we don't know whether for sure the americans -- the russians orchestrated this, but if they did they certainly didn't get what they bargained for. there's a certain amount of circumstantial evidence that points to the fact that hillary clinton -- they didn't want her in power, but perhaps supported trump because he was an alternative to her but the fact he's so unpredictable is something that the russians are having a hard time dealing with. >> thank you. meanwhile democrats and republicans reaching a critical cross roads in the battle to confirm supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. democrats are threatening to filibuster him and appear to
have the 60 vote blocked. more from arian. >> reporter: we are at a cross roads now with the nomination of judge neil gorsuch. it will all come down to the math. he needs 60 votes for confirmation. yesterday featured duelling press conferences. chuck schumer leading the effort for a filibuster called gorsuch an out of the mainstream candidate. 27 democrats have suggested they would vote for the filibuster, but senator joe mansion a democrat from west virginia said he doesn't think he will. he took another meeting with neil gorsuch. mitch mcconnell said if democrats filibuster he will call to change the rules to make
it easier for supreme court nominees to be confirmed. a committee vote is expected next monday and for gorsuch, he's expected as early as today to produce more answers to questions that have been submitted by senators. >> thank you so much for that. a texas city in mourning following a devastating bus crash that killed 13 people traveling home from a senior church-goers retreat. it occurred when a northbound truck severed into the bus's southbound lane. the governor sent condolences saying we are saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to those affected. american airlines safe on the ground after the copilot
become incapacitated and died in new mexico. it happened when the aircraft was two miles from the airport. the aircraft landed safely. paramedics were standing by and performed cpr on mike grubs. he was pronounced dead at the hospital. blocking internet privacy rules. there's outrage on this from the left to the right. civil libertarians are mad privacy experts are mad, everyone is mad. we'll discuss it next.
to collect and share your important data about your browsing habits. the president is said to support this move despite widespread anger. cnn business and technology correspondent samuel burke joins us, what is the technology group saying? we are hearing from groups and this is one of our most widely read stories on cnn.com. >> reporter: good morning, when you mess with people's privacy they get upset. it has "the new york times" editorial board as well as breitbart news on the same page. they're both against this. what's at stake here is about rules approved under the obama administration that would have prevented your internet provider from collecting and sharing your
web browsing history. christina i know you have nothing to hide but david and i, what apps you use and geo-location. why the change? well, there's a new president in town. and republicans have argued an ifs factual the fact that these rules never would have applied. these rules only would have applied to internet service providers not to the silicone company valleys like facebook and google, i think the tech companies are happy for now because nothing has or would have affected them. >> and the president supports this. he supports rolling back almost anything president obama did. >> reporter: a lot of privacy advocacy groups are saying make these rules apply to all companies. right now the telecon companies
are celebrating. the republicans who pushed this vote wouldn't have had the argument that this bill was unfair. it only applied to one industry not the silicon valley groups. >> samuel, thank you. stay on this for us. meanwhile, nearly 48 million people threatened by severe weather. let's bring in meteorologist david van dilldillen. >> this is moving eastward slowly but bringing in a chance of severe weather wit. let's look at our storm reports for the day on wednesday. we have had dozens of hail and wind damage report with four confirmed tornados across parts
of texas and arkansas, now tennessee and ohio river valley, a flarup of thunderstorms, so later in the afternoon and early evening hours we're expecting another round of severe weather. look out indianapolis, bowling green, tupalo, large hail and damaging winds. new york city you're going to cool down this weekend into the 40s. the nation's capitol, 64 tomorrow. stock futures basically flat. the nasdaq is riding a four-day win streak. stock markets in europe are edging higher. move over warren buffet, the amazon founder jumping over him yesterday.
i like that visual im package of him jumping over. he's worth $75.6 billion. he's got a way to go to catch up to bill gates. amazon stock is at an all-time high. the stock has surged 47%. amazon stock isn't the only thing he has to brag about. the first look inside the space capsule. it has the biggest windows, and test flights are set for the end of the year, if that goes well, the first space tourists are set to go next year. >> are you in? >> i am not. i'm afraid of heights. more news about leggings this morning.
despite several big purchases by dave briggs, warns over all sales this quarter will drop. the new lineup of leggings are too boring for consumers. the ceo says their styles are lacking depth and color for spring, so it's rushing more colorful options to its website, but facing tough competition fr nike and old navy. >> early start continues right now. the senate intelligence committee holding its first public hearing on russian today. whether chairman nunes should step down. president trump's revised travel ban dealt another blow.