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comey? >> because he wasn't doing a good job, very simply. he was not doing a good job. >> the roping, hm, sounds simple enough. new details this morning about the president's rationale for firing james comey and it has nothing to do with hillary clinton. plus michael flynn subpoenaed by congress. we'll he finally hand over documents to his lawyers who declined to provide. what does that mean for this russia vest sghags wow, it is coming out as fast and furious, getting back to the rock. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. so many developments. >> it's alison companikosic. a stunning picture of a scorned president trump increasingly consumed by a now-former fbi director whose russia investigation was picking up too much steam nor for the president's comfort. a source close to comey telling jake tapper comey was fired for two reasons.
>> first comey never gave the president assurance of personal loyalty. second, investigation into possible conclusion by team trump into russia was accelerating. that may explain the timing. sources tell cnn comey was fired a week after asking for more resources to investigate the russia connection. the white house for its part denies comey made that request. regardless, there's progress reported in that probe. a senate committee issuing a subpoena. first the white house doggedly defending its rationale for comey's firing. deputy press secretary huckabee sanders using blunt language to describe the investigation into the handling of hillary clinton's e-mail. >> i think one of the big catalysts that we saw was last week on wednesday. director comey made a pretty startling revelation that he had essentially taken a stick of dynamite and thrown it into the department of justice by going
around the chain of command, having a letter like the one that he received, and having that conversation that outlined the basic just atrocities in circumventing the chain of command in the department of justice. >> okay, so the circumventing that sanders is referring to is a news conference comey held about clinton's e-mails without informing his boss then attorney general loretta lynch, informing her what he was about to say. >> so today the new acting director of the fbi, andrew mccabe, set to testify to a senate committee after meeting face to face with the president on wednesday. it's likely he'll face questions about comey's firing as the white house intensefies its search for a new fbi director. james comey refusing to dwell on his dismissal in a farewell letter to his former colleagues at the fbi. comey writes, "i have long believed that a president can fire an fbi director for any
reason or for no reason at all. i'm not going to spend time on a decision or the way it was executed. i hope you won't either. it is done, i will be fine, although i will miss you and the mission deeply." >> sources inside the white house tell cnn president trump kept his decision to fire comey very close to the vest in the 48 hours before dropping the bombshell. he did not seek a wide range of viewpoints. and he grew increasingly angry with the fbi director after reaching the conclusion comey was "his own man" and could not be trusted. a long-time friend who spoke to the president over the weekend describes him as "white hot" and complaining repeatedly about "russia, russia, trump and russia." that friend says the president has regularly expressed frustration that they can't make this all go away. he was apparently referring to comey and his staff, among others. the president also particularly angry with comey for testifying he was mildly nauseous about the possibility
that he himself influenced the presidential election. the president also upset that comey was not putting enough emphasis on investigating leaks. also developing, the white house closely monitoring the performance of deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders. she's been filling in for sean spicer, who was out for naval reserve duty, but multiple administration sources say spicer has actually been benched and could, in fact, be replaced. >> so much to talk about. to discuss the growing fallout from the firing of fbi director comey, cnn politics reporter todd copin live for us in washington. looking at the papers, "the daily news" saying trumper tantrums. that's their cover. you look at some of these articles coming out in newspapers. "the new york times" reporting that comey told associates trump was "outside the realm of normal and crazy." "wall street journal" saying comey was getting daily updates on the russia investigation
showing possible evidence of collusion. you know, you wonder what's going through the president's mind. i mean, could he be throwing another trumper tantrum hearing about how he's being described, a president who doesn't like leaks? >> yeah, i mean -- it's pretty clear that the white house sort of miscalculated how this would all go. you know, we even heard sanders say from the podium yesterday, he didn't think that this would be quite as big a deal. you know, it definitely exposed that comey still has plenty of enemies in washington. there were lots of lawmakers who didn't exactly jump to defend him. but the white house seemed to sort of not factor in how much this could really reverberate just as a decision and as a move. and you know, one of the really interesting things is the running theme in a lot of these narratives that are coming out based on sources in the white house, based on sources sort of in the administration writ
large, is this notion that trump was really frustrated with comey sort of not being under control. and that is not a narrative that is going to help tamp down the concern from even republican lawmakers that there's some sort of interference with an independent investigative body. >> yeah, you talk about your backfires. you just mentioned, he wanted to tamp down on this russia investigation. russia is on the cover of all six newspapers we have in front of us this morning. a tweet-storm is coming. but in the house and in the senate, no real support for moving this forward, because mitch mcconnell tamped down on a special counsel or independent investigation. here's what paul ryan said to fox yesterday about this russia investigation. >> james comey, who is a worthwhile and dedicated public servant, i think he had just basically lost the confidence of a lot of republicans and democrats based upon his conduct, his actions, and some of the comments he had made.
and most importantly, he lost is confidence of the president. it is entirely within the president's role and authority to relieve him and that's what he did. >> so until mitch mcconnell, paul ryan, or any majority of congress, the republicans, call for a special counsel or an independent committee, does the president have political cover for what's on the cover of every newspaper this morning? >> there's a lot to unpack there. so as you mentioned, there are a few options. the justice department could appoint a special prosecutor, special investigator, to manage the investigation separate from any political appointee in the administration. there's also the possibility that congress itself could set up some sort of select committee to specially investigate this particular issue. remember, they stood up a special committee to investigate the benghazi situation with hillary clinton. so something sort of along those lines. but just because right now mitch
mcconnell and paul ryan are not supporting a select committee and not joining the calls for a special prosecutor, their reasoning is that there are already several investigations happening on the hill into this and they don't want to short circuit that process. so no, i don't think that this is going away for the president. i don't see how it possibly goes away, you know. the senate intelligence committee is full steam ahead. the house intelligence committee has regained its footing after a little bit of controversy with its chairman. and there are plenty of members in congress, in the president's own party, who are very keen to see this through. and now more than ever, if there's any indication that the justice department is moving away from its investigation, i think you'll see congress move to pick up the slack. >> they almost feel empowered and emboldened to go ahead and continue these investigations in earnest. one thing i want to mention, back to the papers, the "washington post" reporting that deputy attorney general rod rosenstein threatened to resign
because he was essentially made kind of the fall guy, the hench man in this whole comey firing. >> yeah, and you know, right now we don't have our own reporting on whether or not that's the case. but certainly it's put a lot of attention on this individual who's just recently confirmed by an almost unanimous margin. there were a few, a handful of democrats who voted against him. now he's under the limelight. and you know, again, in terms of the white house miscalculating this rollout, there was not a clear communication strategy put in place. and so we've seen them say multiple things throughout the week. you know, they released the memo from rod rosenstein. they sort of implied that that memo was the instigator for all of this and that the president didn't ask for it. and that already seems to have been walked back and not clearly the case. and you've seen now discussion, they say, well, the president was thinking it since election day, he had lost confidence in recent weeks, he was increasingly upset after
testimony. and so, you know, they're no longer sort of implying that rosenstein came in and did this all by himself, but there's still quite a bit of heat on this man who, remember, jeff sessions recused himself from the russia investigation, so this man is certainly in the spotlight going forward. >> a lot of questions about that. did jeff sessions really recuse himself? when he was really in charge of the whole thing? signing off on the firing of the man investigating this russia story. a lot to get to in 30 minutes as well, thank you. >> seems to be a selective recusal. >> yeah, at the very least. education secretary betsy devos getting quite a reception at a commencement speech in florida. we'll explain the reaction and what devos is saying about it next. and crunchy bites ended up together. that's just what happens when cats call the shots.
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he was not doing a good job. >> that's what the president says. but we have new insight this morning into what he was really thinking and it didn't have much to do with hillary clinton's e-mails. plus michael flynn told to hand over documents to the senate. will he respond to the subpoena, and how will it change the russia investigation? good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosic. >> i'm dave briggs. it is national twilight zone day, did you know? it feels like twilight zone in the nation's capital with all the developments coming out regarding the firing of james comey. let's start with new details this morning painting a startling picture of a scorned president trump increasingly consumed by a now-former fbi director whose russian investigation was picking up too much steam for the president's comfort. a source close to comey telling cnn's jake tapper james comey was fired for two reasons. >> first comey never give the president any assurance of
personal loyalty, and the investigation into possible conclusion by team trump into russia was accelerating. that may explain the timing. sources tell cnn was fired a week after asking for more resources to investigate the russia connection. the white house for its part denies comey made that request. regardless there is progress reported in that probe. a senate committee issues a subpoena to former national security adviser michael flynn. more on that in a moment. first the white house doggedly defending its rationale for comey's firing. 10ty press secretary sarah hawk ka besanders using blunt language to describe the fbi director's handling of the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail. >> i think one of the big catalysts that we saw was last week on wednesday. director comey made a pretty startling revelation that he had essentially taken a stick of dynamite and thrown it into the department of justice by going around the chain of command.
having a letter like the one that he received, and having that conversation that outlined the basic just atrocities in circumventing the chain of command in the department of justice. >> the circumventing sanders is referring to is a news conference comey held about clinton's e-mails without telling his boss, then-attorney john letter rote that lynch, what he would say. >> today the new acting director of the fbi, andrew mccabe, is set to testify in front of a senate committee after being face-to-face with the president on wednesday. it's likely he's going to face questions about comey's firing as the white house intensifies its search for a new fbi director. >> james comey refusing to dwell on his dismissal in a farewell letter to his former colleagues at the fbi. comey writes, "i have long believed
that a president can fire an fbi director for any reason or for no reason at all. i'm not going to spend time on a decision or the way it was
executed. i hope you won't either. it is done, i will be fine, although i will miss you and the mission
deeply." >> sources inside the white house tell cnn president trump kept his decision to fire comey very close to the vest in the 48 hours before dropping the bombshell. he did not seek a wide range of viewpoints. and he grew increasingly angry with the fbi director after reaching the conclusion comey was "his own man" and could not be trusted. a long-time friend who spoke to the president over the weekend describes him as "white hot" and complaining repeatedly about "russia, russia, trump and russia." that friend says the president has regularly expressed frustration that they can't make this all go away. he was apparently referring to comey and his staff, among others. >> the president also particularly angry with comey for testifying he was mildly nauseous about the possibility that he himself influenced the presidential election.
the president also upset that comey was not putting enough emphasis on investigating leaks. also developing, the white house closely monitoring the performance of deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders. she's been filling in for sean spicer, who was out for naval reserve duty, but multiple administration sources say spicer has actually been benched and could be replaced. >> there's intense reaction from both sides of the aisle. some criticism from republicans including congressman jason chaffetz, a trump supporter, he's calling for a full review by the justice department. chaffetz says, previously i asked inspector general history owe withes to review the fbi's actions in advance of the 2016 election, today i sent a letter urging ig horowitz to expand the scope of his review to include the decision to fire director comey. i look forward to receiving the
ig's findings." >> other top republicans coming to the president's defense, house speaker paul ryan in his first comments since the firing. >> james comey, who is a worthwhile and dedicated public servant, i think he had just basically lost the confidence of a lot of republicans and democrats based upon his conduct, his actions, and some of the comments he had made. and most importantly, he lost is confidence of the president. it is entirely within the president's role and authority to relieve him and that's what he did. >> democratic senator richard blumenthal, who trump personally targeted on twitter yesterday, suggesting this could become a crisis along the lines of watergate. >> it is a looming constitutional crisis because it involves a potential confrontation, as did watergate, between the president and other branches of government. it may well produce impeachment proceedings, although we're very far from that possibility. >> meantime, president trump
hanging tough on his decision. taking to twitter last night to post a video of democrats who have been credit careful comey, tweeting this. the democrats should be ashamed, this is a disgrace, #draintheswamp. >> whoo. to discuss all the fallout from the firing of fbi director comey let's write in cnn politics reporter tal koeppen. a tall task for you this morning. "the new york times" by the way quoting 30 administration, department of justice, and other officials. so that will drive the president nuts. "the washington post" says rod rosenstein, the number two at doj, threatened to quit after being made the fall guy. we could go on and on. "the wall street journal" says comey was getting daily updates on the russia investigation showing possible evidence of collusion.
how does the president get out from under this? >> i don't see a path for that to happen. it's interesting how the white house made its decision on this. you hear our reporting that the president kept this close to the vest, that's entirely understandable, if you're considering something like this i understand being very concerned about leaks. but at the same time, when you make that decision with such a close circle of advisers, i have a feeling if they had floated this on the hill with just a few republican senators, they would have had a barometer of how swift the pushback was going to be. instead, it seems they miscalculated. and their goal was to try to tamp down the fire and subdue the investigations into russian meddling in the u.s. election last year, all this has done is poured fuel right on that fire. and as you mentioned, it's dominating every newspaper, every newscast, and that's entirely because this move just raises so many questions. and we're still getting the answers to many of those questions.
>> and speaking of the investigations under way, the fact that comey's out doesn't mean those investigations are going to slow down any. we know the senate intelligence committee subpoenaed mike flynn requesting documents for him to hand over. his lawyers refuse to do that in april. now he's got the subpoena. you've also got republican leaders, you know what, they can call for an independent commission. it really doesn't sound like they have interest. mcconnell says it will only serve to impede the current work being done. >> today we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation which could only impede the work to be done. partisan calls should not impede the considerable work of chairman burr and warner, too much is at stake. >> is it possible a special counsel could be set up to have
a special investigation or is this a pipe dream at this point? >> there are two ways you could have sort of an independent investigation. one is that the justice department itself could appoint a special prosecutor, a special investigator, to look into things, then congress could decide to collect a select committee, think of sort of the benghazi committee that was formed to look into hillary clinton and the decisions that were made in the obama administration. that's another option. you know, right now we'll say the idea's sort of picking up steam but not really getting off the ground. so you're seeing more republicans who are sort of bucking their leadership and saying they'd be interested in some sort of select committee. some people who are calling for it from the beginning. but we're not yet seeing leadership relent. and their point is that as you mentioned, senate intelligence committee full steam ahead. house intelligence committee regaining its footing after some stumbles of controversy over the chairman. those investigations are definitely still under way. and so the argument is, let those run its course.
as soon as you start picking and choosing senators to be on a select committee, you open up a whole new can of worms in terms of the politics of this investigation. >> loyalty is always huge for donald trump, president trump, loyalty at the heart of the firing of james comey according to jake tapper's reporting. could loyalty be part of his downfall here? >> what's interesting about the notion of loyalty is the fbi director is specifically designed not to be loyal to any administration. that is why they specifically serve 10-year terms which by definition, if you serve that out, you would straddle at least two administrations. and so, you know, the notion that somehow james comey was supposed to show loyalty kind of runs counter to all the things we ask of the fbi, which is to be an independent investigation that follows facts where it leads. think of the absolute outcry that would have come out if it was reported that president obama had demanded james comey's
loyalty in the investigation of hillary clinton. i mean, it would be absolutely torn apart. so i don't know if it's an undoing, but certainly there are parts of the government that are designed not to be loyal to any politician. and you're seeing a little bit of chafing now. and in fact, myself and some of my colleagues reported this has rippled through fbi morale because there are a lot of agents who really appreciated comey's independence and are now very concerned about what comes next. so the biggest thing here is who they appoint and that is going to be a spectacular show on the hill. when they actually give us a name of who is going to go through some confirmation hearings. >> will it be a trump loyalist? that would cause some outrage. >> questions about jeff sessions, did he truly recuse himself from this russian probe? a lot of questions as this story continues to avolve. great to have you, thank you.
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outline. investors though want to know more details. and they want a guarantee that the white house is going to go ahead and work with lawmakers to pass reform. and the president's commerce secretary is blaming congress for the holdup. he spoke to righters and said this. wilbur ross says 3% growth won't happen this year because congress has been slow-walking everything. ross added that target growth could happen next year if all the administration's policies get passed. it's not so far off the mark, you're going to see lawmakers hold lots of legislation hostage trying to get that special counsel in place. >> even without that it's clear that the senate wants to take a ton of time with health care, wait for the cbo score, craft something they can get through the house. you're looking at a long way out. they need health care to get tax reform. long way out. betsy devos no doubt hoping her next commencement speech goes better than her first as secretary of education. devos addressing the hostile
crowd of graduates at the thune cook university, a historically black college in florida. >> director jackson, board of trustees, thank you very, very much for this great honor and privilege -- [ audience booing ] >> graduates booed, standing, turning their backs on devos as she spoke, drowning out some of her remarks. the rude reception prompting the university president to intervene. >> if this behavior continues -- your degrees will be mailed to you. choose. choose which way you want to go. >> students had petitioned school officials to choose another commencement speaker.
the primary reason for protesting devos' appearance is her statement which she later recanted that founders of historically black colleges and universities were "real pioneers of school choice." after the speech devos tweeted, i have respect for all those who attended bethune cookman, including those who demonstrated their disagreement with me today." coming up on "new day," alison camerota joining us this morning. we know trump yells at the tv when he sees russian reporting. what's he going to do this morning? >> i suggest perhaps potting down his television. there's going to be a lot of yelling in that case. we have all of the new threads on the james comey firing. and there's so many developments. what we've decided to do on "new day" is to book all the reporters from "the new york times," from the "washington post," from cnn, who got all these big scoops, so they can share all of their new reporting
and developments with us. we also have a very interesting guest, roger stone, long-time trump ally. he's going to be on to tell us how often he speaks to the president, when he last spoke to him what his connection is to james comey's firing, as well as all the russia threads. so yeah, there might an lot of yelling at the television when chris and i start at the top of the hour. >> i see cuomo somewhere back there, tell him to keep his eye on twitter. because a tweet storm is brewing in the west wing. >> first he's fighting with phyllis for some reason. i don't know why they're arm wrestling. but after you're done -- >> he's like putin. >> keep an eye on twitter, they think you should be monitoring it this morning. >> what is twitter? >> yeah. >> the guy who never gets off twitter. all right, alison, thanks. we'll be watching. >> see you in a bit. oh, snap. snapchat's first earnings report wasn't good. now it's watching investors disappear. we'll tell you how bad it is on "cnn money stream" next. (micro)
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happening right now, crews in new orleans taking down the statue of jefferson davis. president during the civil war. the second of four confederate monuments that the city council voted to remove in 2015. overnight, supporters held a vigil and hoisted confederate flags. people who want to see the monuments go, cheered the sight of the cranes moving into place. the two sides chanted as police kept them apart with barriers. the which could include all flights from europe to the u.s. officials are meeting today with representatives of the airline industry to discuss security
issues. the initial ban on laptops and tablet devices, they applied only to u.s.-bound flights from ten airports in the mideast and north africa. it was based on fears that terrorists had found a way to convert laptops into bombs capable of bringing down a commercial airliner. the aclu protesting the arrest of a reporter in west virginia who shouted questions at health secretary tom price, calling it a direct assault on the first saemt. public news service reporter dan heyman tried to get a comment from price on the effort to replace obamacare after persistent questioning and reaching over secret service agents with his recorder. he was charged with willful disruption of government processes. heyman spent eight hours behind bars before being released on bond. he could face up to six months in jail if found guilty of a misdemeanor here. heyman says he was just doing his job. secretary price commended police
for doing what they felt was appropriate. >> let's check cnn money stream. u.s. futures are down, global markets slightly higher after wall street finished mixed. the s&p and nasdaq, do you slipping lower as investors digest the firing of fbi director james comey. investors want the white house to focus on passing policy, they don't want the white house focusing on politics. good luck with that. the market is essentially waiting to make a move until that happens. on deck today, more earnings as wall street gets close to the end of a strong earnings season. in fact, the best since 2011. good news from the housing market. foreclosures are hitting levels that we haven't seen since the housing boom. filings in april are at their lowest levels since november of 2005, that's according to a report from adam data solutions. why the drop, you ask? the report credits seven years of low mortgage rates for bringing foreclosures to pre-recession levels. i'll say it again, oh, snap.
snapchat's parent company losing $2.2 billion last quarter. investors aren't happy about it. in its first report as a public company, snap announced that staggering loss and weak user growth, this is its worst in two years, we saw shares plummet as much as 25% overnight. it erased all of the stock gains that snapchat had since it went public in march. a big contender in this is instagram stories, it's a big competitor for snapchat, similar to snapchat where you've got the videos, at least instagram stories, the video got away after 24 hours. >> i don't get any of it. >> i don't either. >> you can see my glazed look. we're going to try snapchat in just a moment. >> do pay attention to our twitter feeds. is that where you can put it on twitter? it disappears. >> that will do it for us. i'm dave brigs. "new day" is going to have the latest on the trumper tantrums and the firing of james comey.
the most p respected person in america, you better have a good explanation. >> we have a duns constitutiona crisis. >> to look into the firing of the james comey. >> were those investigations getting too close to home for the president? >> he had been considering letting director comey go since the day he was elected. >> it was clear it is time for a special prosecutor. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome to the viewers from around the united states and world. it is 6:00 in new york. the firing of james comey has ignited a firestorm in washington. we have details of what led the president to the decision as the white house changes its explanation. >> among the explanations
because of the russian investigations, the probe grinds on. senate intel committee with a subpoena for fired national security adviser michael flynn and they will question the man who took comey's place in a public hearing. we have it all covered. let's start with joe johns at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, chris. that firestorm over the firing of james comey only intensifying here in washington. new reports suggesting that the president was stewing for weeks over comey and very much wanted him out. new details emerging about donald trump's closely held decision about firing james comey. a long time friend of the president says he was white hot over the russian investigation. the anger has been mounting over the unproven