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tv   Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs  CNN  March 31, 2017 2:00am-3:01am PDT

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an extraordinary day in politics. >> it's friday, march 31st, 5:00 a.m. in the east. last night, a lawyer for former trump national security adviser michael flynn says his client certainly has a story to tell but will only tell it if granted immunity from prosecution. he was asked to step down after it came out that he misled vice president mike pence about his contacts with russia ambassador kislyak. three former aides have said they will testify freely without immunity. paul manafort, roger stone and carter page. so far this morning, the white house is refusing to comment. the latest now from cnn's jessica schneider. >> reporter: general flynn's
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lawyers putting the offer out there that he will talk to congressional investigators if he is offered immunity. a statement saying general flynn certainly has a story to tell an wants to tell it should the circumstances permit then going on to say no reasonable person who has the benefit of advice from counsel would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution. a spokesman for the house intelligence committee saying they haven't gotten any requests from general flynn yet. the senate intelligence committee refusing to comment. general flynn resigned after it was revealed he had not disclosed his communications with the russian ambassador sergey kislyak. will general flynn testify? will he be granted immunity?
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no details forthcoming. he had spoken last year in reference to hillary clinton's staffers, secretary of state as well, putting it this way saying when you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime. so could those words come back to haunt him? at this point the white house not commenting on this. >> another bombshell rocking the trump administration, this according to "the new york times" it was two white house officials who gave house intel chairman devin nunes reports that allegedly backed trump's claims about being wiretapped. the senate intelligence committee opened hearings and senator marco rubio made the surprising revelation that he has been personally targeted by coordinated cyberattacks. >> 10:45 a.m. yesterday a second attempt was made again against former members of my former
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presidential campaign team who had access, again targeted from an i.p. address from an unknown location in russia and that effort also was unsuccessful. >> look, it shows that it's still on going and what's so critical here and that the russians are learning from this process and adapting an changing and still meddling. i want to bring in josh rogen. he's a columnist for the "washington post." let start with this. >> good morning. let's start with sound from last september. about the kind of people who ask for immunity from prosecution. listen. >> her aides took the fifth amendment and her ring leaders were given immunity. and if you're not guilty of a
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crime, why do you need immunity for, right? >> so take that and can put a statement from the attorney from michael flynn saying he would want assurances against unfair prosecution. >> he said you only need immunity if you're committed of a crime, it's coming around to bite them but not the case. what is true is that the immunity deal only works if you have something to give, to trade. when we see flynn's lawyer saying he's got a story to tell, he's trying to bargain in the public for that immunely deal. the offer has not been taken up yet. no one is biting. so he has to create this illusion that flynn has something to sell. nobody will know until they
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actually take the deal. you don't find out what he's got until you have given him the immunity. but to the president's own question, why ask for immunity if you're not guilty? >> but the bottom line is why wouldn't you ask for immunity, you don't know what the other side has, why would you testify under oath, give something up in return, if you're compelled. these guys are offering to testify without immunity, probably because their lawyers aren't as good, so it looks bad for flynn, very bad, but we can't just assume he did something wrong because he wants immunity, we can assume he wants to put himself in the best position and hopefully he has something on these guys. the trump transition team treated him terribly, they threw
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him under the bus, ran other him, backed the bus up and ran over him again. nobody knows if he's got something except them and him. >> congressman nunes what is going on? >> when i face these especially in national security world, it comes down to conspiracy or c p competency, most of the time it's the latter. if you read the tea leaves it's the white house was giving him something that was brought back to the white house -- it's possible that one part of the white house is leaking to devin nunes, he's misrepresenting it. i could believe either one, that it a conspiracy or just chaos.
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>> let's show the timeline. we have made a full screen of the timeline. first trump suggests that the wiretap evidence might come up over the next two weeks that was on fox. then he briefs the press on intel. and we're like what? basically all we know is he saw something he didn't like and didn't have to do with russia. then we've been getting kind of weird clues from sean spicer the press conferences about maybe two, three people, they can't say who checked him in. it's been a remarkable couple of weeks. >> but neither of the scenarios look good for devin nunes, sean spicer said you guys are looking at the wrong thing, but how important is the process they followed? >> it's extremely important.
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it speaks to the head of the house intelligence committee and both of those people have much lower credibility now that we found out the things they said about the source of this information are turning out not to be true, okay, so the white house press secretary, but if the house intelligence committee chairman is saying it's a whistleblower, which is technically true but misleading and then find out it's the white house, it calls into question the viability of his investigation, which i think everyone can see is not salvageable. >> you look at the information, not how we got the information. i don't know what the information is. i don't know what the information is. >> right. we haven't been presented with that information. >> and that's the core of the whole problem is that the white house is intentionally conflated this information with the president's tweets about wiretapping and even devin nunes says they're not necessarily
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related because it has nothing to do with russia or wiretapping, so in their attempt to muddy the waters now they're accusing us of not being able to see clearly, which is a soup of their own recipe. the house freedom caucus is fighting back against president trump. don't go anywhere. >> you have a way with words. you should write for a living. >> everyone wants to hire me t e do that. i'm ready. at least 22 people killed and 57 injured along pakistan's boarder in afghanistan, the bomb went off in the city at a shia mosque, pakistan's prime minister condemning the attack
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and vowing to eliminate the threat of terrorism in the country. america has a major issue no one in america is talking about. america's debt is likely to double over the next years. it is at the highest level since world war ii, if current law remains in effect it will jump to 150% by 2047. medicaid will quadruple and the growing pile of borrowed money, spending and revenue are projected to grow, spending will far outweigh revenue. one thing that could help is if the president achieving his goal of 4% economic growth.
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an average gdp rate is expected of just over 2%. the president promised 4%, latest numbers on the fourth quarter they were about 2.1%. >> long way from those projections. >> maybe another government shut down we're always solving the crisis right now and never looking to the long term. it's interesting sitting down with china, china thinks in 100 year increments and americans think in presidential cycles. hours before the president signs two executive orders aimed at reducing america's deficit. quoting that the next meeting with china's president will be a difficult one. >> we'll find out next live in beijing.
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president trump plans to sign two executive orders today to combat and reduce the trillion dollars trade deficit. this comes one week before meeting with the china's president. the latest tweet, quote the meeting wi meeting china will be a difficult one. american companies must be prepared to look at other alternativ alternatives. good morning to you, will, president trump says the meeting next week will be a difficult one. is that how the chinese see it? >> reporter: the chinese are hoping for business-like discussions but preparing themselves for a worst case scenario, president trump has
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accused china from currency manipulation, to abusing the u.s. lenient enforcements of -- far cheaper than american products. they're worried about the u.s. putting higher teariffs on products. china says it's market conditions that's the reason the trade surplus is so high because they're a lot cheaper to manufacture here which is mi americans buy them. >> does the united states have any leverage an how much will this come up? >> reporter: the big question is what north korea is going to do during this very important
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meeting between president xi and president trump. he could push the button on the nuclear test, that would be a huge test. their six nuclear tests would be a provocative act. north korea will be on the agenda as well as trade. add the backdrop of mar-a-lago on this, we could talk for hours. it's interesting that it's at mar-a-lago not on the weekend. president xi hates golf. they call it a war on golf in china, closed hundreds of golf courses. >> playing psychological. >> certainly looks so. >> negotiating strategy from the commander in chief. will the tar heels take home another title?
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andy scholes with the bleacher report next.
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tomorrow night the final four teams florida and arizona, last year it was heartbreak for unc, made it all the way back to try to avenge the loss. >> i was there, and as exciting it was for villanova, it was more devastating for the tar heels and the coach says that moment was tough to get over. >> in the locker room was the most inadequate feeling i've
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ever had in my life. and it's hard. it's hard to think about. it's hard to talk about it. what i did was try to tell them to focus on using this fuel as motivation to work extremely hard in the off-season and that's really what i used it for. >> whatever motivation williams used it. he has a team in the final four for the eighth time in 12 years. they will take on oregon tomorrow night in the late game. be sure to join us 2:00 p.m. tomorrow for all access. getting you ready for all the action. lebron james passing shaq for seven place, king james with tw26 points. the cavs are now trailing the celtics for the top seed in the eastern conference. a little over two weeks left in
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the season. check out shaq's reaction when he found out lebron passed him on the all-time scoring list. great acting job by shaq because i doubt he was really that mad about it. this is part awesome, part terrifying, a giant swarm of bees made an appearance during the rockies game. everyone had to hit the deck. it looked like a bank robbery taking place on the field. eventually the bes gathered on the radio mic and the game was able to end peacefully, have you ever seen that before? everyone hitting the deck waiting for a giant swarm of bees to stop by. >> is that what you do? stop, drop and -- drop? i would be running around doing this. the rockies, not a good look. >> we needed that so much today. thank you, andy.
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>> former national security adviser michael flynn wants immunity, his attorney saying he has a story to tell. more on that next.
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when you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime. >> will former national security adviser's words come back to haunt him? >> and did the white house
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collude with devin nunes, a "the new york times" articles warns that just might be the case. >> get on board with the g.o.p. agenda or lose in 2018. coming up on all these stories on an extraordinary day in news. breaking news first three 22 people killed, 57 injured in a bomb along afghanistan. it happened at a shia mosque -- claiming responsibility. at least 22 killed and many, many more injuries. in the probe of russian meddling in u.s. elections a
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lawyer for former trump national security adviser michael flynn says his client quote, certainly has a story to tell but will only tell it if he's granted immunity from prosecution. it came out he misled vice president pence about contacts with russian ambassador kislyak. >> three aides have said they will testify freely without immunity, paul manafort, roger stone, and carter page. so far the morning the white house refusing to comment. >> reporter: general flynn's lawyers putting the offer out there he will talk to congre congressional investigates if offered immunity. he says he has a story to hell
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and wants to tell it but says no reasonable person who has the benefit of advice from council would submit to questioning in such a highly political sized witch hunt without assurances against unfair prosecution. general flynn resigned shortly after president trump took office when it was revealed that general flynn hadn't disclosed his communications about his communications with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. will general flynn testify? will he be granted immunity? no details on what might be coming. it's interesting to note that general flynn spoke last year in reference to hillary clinton's campaign staffers, secretary of state as well saying when you are given immunity, that means
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you probably committed a crime, so could those words come back to haunt him? at this point the white house not commenting on this. dave and christine. thank you, jessica. another stunning report rocking the trump administration. according to "the new york times" it was two white house officials who gave house intel chairman devin nunes those intelligence reports that allegedly backed president trump a a 's claims about being wiretapped. senator marco rubio made the surprising revelation that he himself has been personally targeted by coordinated cyberattacks. >> within the last 24 hours 10:45 a.m. yesterday a second attempt was made again against former members of my presidential campaign team who had access to our internal information again targeted from an i.p. address from an unknown location in russia and that
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effort was unsuccessful. >> let's bring in cnn political analyst josh rogen. good morning to you, josh. >> reporter: good morning. >> sometimes we have to work real hard to find the question, and other times candidate trump actually asked the question in florida when talking about hillary clinton. listen. >> her aides took the fifth amendment and her ring leaders were given immunity. and if you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for, right? >> he asked you if you haven't committed a crime, why do you need immunity? >> why wouldn't you want immunity, you're going in front of an intelligence committee under oath. general flynn is not just subject to criticism of what's going on in the russian -- he
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didn't file the proper legal paperwork for being a foreign leader, he's got much bigger issues, so once he gets in that chair all bets are off, he might as well try. i don't think he's going to get the immunity. when we see his lawyers projecting this, that's the lawyer trying to pressure the committee in public. >> trying to sell something. >> why don't you think he will get it? >> without knowing exactly what he's going to say they're giving him something for nothing and the senate intersection committee and the fbi investigation are two separate things, so is the senate going to give him im mmunity and the i is going to coordinate that. and they're not exactly working together. it's too complicated and a big ask, and unless he has something
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really, really good to say off the record okay, here is what you're getting in exchange for immunity, it's going to be difficult. >> it's not exactly the move of an innocent person as well. >> if i had a dollar for everything donald trump said on the campaign trail i would be a very, very rich person. the president going after the freedom caucus. more escalating signs of civil war. some of them hitting back. he wants to do other things, infrastructure, tax reform, and other stuff. >> he threatened them publicly, all right. they called his bluff, okay, if he backs down now, he'll have no ability to threaten anybody for the rest of his four years, so he's got do something, it's sort of the lowest common denominator threatening them on twitter. is he really going to fly around
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air force one and challenge them, can he primary freedom caucus on the right on something they didn't look in if first place. the whole threat didn't seem credible, and not any more credible now than when he first levelled it. >> moest of them ran for a highr than the president in their districts. but to give you a little contekcontext the president tweeted. you can read it to yourself, but then just in a mosh, the biggest lash back, what he said to reporters on the way out. >> it's constructive in fifth grade, but it may allow a child to get his way but that's not
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how our government works. >> it's not how government works. is that how legislation will work for the president? >> it's not how politics works. these guys know their districts better than donald trump knows. they knew the political downside was greater than the political upside. that calculation is still the same. if the first priority of any member of congress is to stay in power they have already made the calculation. >> or the democrats? >> what's the role if your opponent is failing? do nothing. their best play is just to stay out of it and let the civil war and in-fighting play out. there's no reason for them to inject themselves into this. >> will they for neil gorsuch? >> how far they want to go out on a limb to make a point about
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60 votes is a tough calculation, the further they push it the riskier, at the end of the day he's likely to get confirmed. they're trying to figure out when to exactly fold. >> they're going to need six more before the nuclear option becomes their only option. >> graeat to have you. how the trump administration will renegotiate nafta looks like nothing -- a draft shows the administration won't withdraw, will not ask for sweeping changes, some are comparing it to what hillary clinton proposed, but there's one section, that states this. translation the government will tax imports from mexico and
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canada, and put u.s. companies at a disadvantage. the president ripped nafta as the worst trade deal in history. and constantly pointed that america is losing to other countries, the office offered no comment on this draft. white house press secretary sean spicer had the draft. >> in not even close. president trump just hours of signing two executive orderers, is turning his sights on china, tweeting that the next meeting with the chinese president will be difficult. why will it be so difficult? next live from beijing.
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trump planning to sign two executive orderers, the goal is
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to reduce the trillion dollars trade deficit. it comes a week before chinese president xi comes. he tweeted it will be a difficult meeting, american companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives. >> you have such great contacts because you make it clear that twitter is banned in china. which is just the beginning of our differences with these countries but the president says that meeting will be difficult. is that how the chinese see it, will? >> reporter: yeah, can you imagine if president xi was tweeting, it would give a mindset into them, but that's noe never going to happen. they don't agree that they are
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engaging in unfair trade actions. one is going to look into $347 billion of half a trillion is with china. the chinese say it's market conditions, cheaper to manufacture goods here which is why they export so many. but the anti-dumping laws could be a big one if the u.s. penalizes it. >> what kind of leverage does china have. we need china on the north korea issue. what kind of leverage do you think the chinese could use to come back at president trump? >> reporter: china has as a lot of leverage, because there are u.s. companies operating in china that rely on this country for a large part of their bottom
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line. they could make it difficult to do business, they could cut exports of electronics, prices could go up, they could buy fewer u.s. goods, anything from ago ag cultural items. it can be very damaging for both economies if a trade war were to escalate. this economic relationship is hugely important but also the looming issue of north korea hanging over all this and the u.s. needs china's cooperation if their strategy against kim jong-un's -- >> this would promote the making of goods in the united states and already a lot of pushback that would raise prices for
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consumers, we'll see how it works out. thanks so much, will ripley. >> such a massive pivotal meeting. secretary of state rex tillerson in brussels this morning. will he express the president's message that nato is quote, obsolete. we'll go live to brussels next.
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secretary of state rex tillerson is having a meeting with nato this morning. the president suggesting they would not protect members if they do not increase military spending. good morning to you, sir, you have heard from rex tillerson,
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what have you heard from him today? >> reporter: we have heard what he believes the key points are going into the meeting. he can expect some pushback from european members, 2% of spending gdp committed to spend only five of the 28 nato nation members meet that level. the united states spends by far the most and some of the countries are way way down, but these are the priorities that secretary tillerson spelled out. >> i'm very pleased to be in this meeting in brussels with my nato colleagues. three areas to talk about. first ensuring that nato has all the resources financial and otherwise necessary for nato to fulfill its mission.
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secondly, we want to discuss how we can build on nato's already important involvement in the fight to defeat isis and other counter terrorism actions that nato can provide. ultimately bring stability to the middle east. >> reporter: so that nato resource really is a euphemism. what you're going to hear from perhaps germans and others is they want to increase the spending, they are increasing their spending but hope to do it over a number of years and not as speedily as president trump wants because it isn't easy for them to turn around huge budgets an want to do it efficiently. likely to hear from the french as well. they want to hear more about the united states' position on syria. they feel that may be changing an want details on that. as we often hear with these
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meetings, trump administration officials trying to reassure our allies, seems to be the word we use every time. >> the president has said nato was obsolete not doing anything. futures right now taking a little bit lower, so you could have a end to a rainy week, today marks the end of the first quarter. the dow up almost 5%. s and p almost 6% gain. sales for sears is plunging. they sold the craftsman brand to black and decker to raise cash. stock at an all time low and this week a big turn around. shares are up 56%.
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in part because a ceo and board member have been buying up huge chunk chunks of the stock. mcdonalds says all of its quarter pounders will be served with fresh beef. the change will be done by the middle of next year, they recently unveiled two knew sizes, even delivery services. >> they are touting against wendy's of never using frozen beef. >> i don't do fast food but i do do quarter poubders. spacex making history, using a previously used rocket
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capsule. the same time it's been used in two separate missions. it dropped off a satellite off about 22,000 miles in space and returned at and landed on a drone ship in the atlantic ocean. i heard nothing after quarter pounder with cheese. i apologize. >> thanks for joining us, i'm christine romans. >> what a big day it is, new day starts right now. michael flynn is taking the fifth. refusing to testify without immunity. >> when you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime. >> do you have a deal to cut? >> did you meet with the president or his aides while were you there? >> no, i'm sure people in the
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west wing had no idea i was there. >> two white house officials provided it to mr. mununes at t white house. >> we invite the chairman to review that material. >> the timing looks fortuitous. >> it looks like a coverup. i don't say it lightly. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." it is march 31st. john berman is here. chris is off. president trump's former security adviser is willing to talk to investigators if they give him immunitimmunity. his lawyer quote says he has a story to tell about the interference and election into the ties of the campaign. >> all this with the staffers
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saying the classified reports given to the chairman. we have a lot going on on day 71 of the trump p presideresidency. we begin with our coverage with sara murray at the white house. >> reporter: another twist and turn of the saga with the ties of the trump campaign. now the former national security adviser's offer to testify comes with fine print. president trump's fired national security adviser michael flynn offering to testify before congressional investigators if he gets immunity. flynn has a story to tell and he wants to tell it should the circumstances permit. no reasonable person with the benefit of advice from counsel would submit to

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