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is an intentional act to make them in a one on one deniability situation. all of this doesn't look good from a prosecutor's standpoint, as you look at what is the intent of the actor here and was there a benevolent explanation for it. everyone, let's stand by. why don't we get to the stop of the hour right now. president trump has just fired the embattled fbi director james comey. >> skramds comey was fired for being too mean to hillary clinton. does anyone believe that? could anyone believe that? >> he wasn't doing a good job, very simply. he was not doing a good job. >> did you at any time urge former fbi director james comey to back down or close the investigation into michael flynn? >> no. next egquestion. >> james co a wrote a memo that the president asked him to end the investigation into general michael flynn. >> the possibility of this
testimony opening a door to an obstruction of justice charge. >> the most anticipated congressional testimony in decades. >> this is guy with a story to tell. if i were donald trump that would scare me a lot. >> do you swear that the testimony you're about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you god? >> i do. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good morning, and welcome to a very special edition of "early start." >> we are just hours away from what promises to be a riveting case on capitol hill. he will testify about his interactions with president trump. even before he takes the oath, comey has already changed the dynamic. intel releasing comey's opening statement a day ahead of time. it confirms the president asked
comey to help lift the cloud created by the fbi investigation. >> it also confirms president trump demanded loyalty, and it contradicts the president's claim he never asked comey to back off on investigation of former national security advisor michael nin. it supports the president's clime claim that comey assured him he was not personally under investigation. >> comey said the president brought that subject up over the course of multiple conversations. today is the first time comey has spoken out at all since president trump unceremoniously fired him last month. manu raju begins it this this morning on capitol hill. >> reporter: he will take the senate intelligence committee after weeks of anticipation. this coming after he released his testimony he's going to deliver in his opening statement, laying out in vivid detail his interactions with the
president trump, some interactions which he said, frankly, caused him some alarm, made him uneasy as the president asked for loyalty from the fbi director, an agency that of course is supposed to act independently and one of which is investigating the trump campaign connections, any that may have existed during last year's elections. president trump also according to james comey's testimony asked him to drop the investigation into michael flynn, his former national security advisor. we expect a number of centers, especially democratic centers to push comey into saying whether or not there was anything illegal or improper in trying to interfere in any way with an ongoing fbi investigation. now, this comes a day after the testimony before the same committee before current intelligence officials testified but would not reveal their own interactions with president trump. this causing great frustration
not just to democrats on the committee but republican chairman richard bur who lashed out at witnesses for not having enough information. the question today is how much more detail will he give in his opening statement that he did not release yesterday? >> the president stating he's completely cleared with this statement released by comey. his lawyer putting out this statement to the press. the president is pleased that mr. comey has finally publicly con23r78ed his private reports that the president was not under investigation in any russian probe. the president feels completely and totally indicated. he is eager to move forward with his agenda. >> the strategy today is simply to pack the president's schedule. officials are trying ensure he has no time to tweet about comey's testimony. rapid response is being handled by the republican national
committee. the president's decision to fire comeys a self-less move that might hurt him, but he did anyway for the good of the country. it does appear his schedule and totally clear for the beginning of this series. >> let's go to a retired fbi agent and a professor at good stn university. good morning. i want to talk about comey and how he felt. this is remarkable. it's seven pages of remarkable testimony. he will say in his own voice today, which will give give a different impact. this is what comey says about trump asked him to lift the cloud. he described the investigation as a cloud that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. he said he had nothing to do with russia, had not been
involved with hookers in russia and had always assumed he was being recorded when in russia. as someone in the fbi what does that same to you, the president of the united states asking the independent leader of the fbi to lift the cloud? >> well, christine, when i read through the former director's statement for the record that was read in congress yesterday, i was struck by how brazen the attempts were. as you just pointed out, it was almost like it was nuanced how he went about it. the president is a very smooth operator. and the words he chose i think he chose them purposefully and carefully. but the intent, i think it's impossible not to understand or glean the intent from it. >> how do these seven pages change anything, change the dynamic here? >> well, the question is in terms of congress, how do members of congress feel after reading this? how do members of congress feel after seeing what they will see
today? and i'm not talking about democrats. i'm talking about the republicans. >> because that's all that really matters. >> that's for this political and potential impeachment discussion. but it's a pretty devastating memo. and of course the memo and the conversations lead up to him being fired. i think that's the action that ultimately triggered all of this and is at the heart of lot of concern. >> when i read all these pages where i see sort of a bureaucratic nerd that is putting down for the record every single detail, right down to color of the wuls, what was being served for dinner. they have this private meet, just the two of them in the greenroom at the white house. although, critics of mr. comey will say she's a grand standard, a showboat, what is it, from the spectator of someone putting him down for the record or what's the story here?
>> i'm not sure he put everything on the record. and it seems these conversations were bothering him in particular. i don't know if he did the same with meetings with president obama, for example. something different was happening. he's also known for being a grandstand and politically savvy. he caught the administration by surprise yesterday. he didn't allow them to control the narrative when they were going on attack against him. and the hearings that were going on yesterday where the administration officials were being less forthcoming. so he's a very politically savvy guy, and i think that's going to be important today. >> but the opinions are all over the map here, whether it's obstruction of justice. he had a very good day, she was vendicated, by his lawyer. >> dave, i think james comey is involved in a high stakes game of chess. when the president made his move
yesterday, which caught a lot of us flat-footed and unaware, james comey delivering of this bombshell, and i say bombshell because this is not typically done on the hill. you don't typically get a statement before the record before its read before the cameras. >> when i had he do it? >> i think for a couple of reasons. one was he wanted it be cleared by secretary mueller. and the second was he wanted them to go through it with a fine-tooth comb, and he led them in the direction hooechted to take them. >> that's exactly right. and now the reportsing he released this because he wanted people to see it, be an import of the words and they'd have plenty of times to ask questions that would move the conversation forward. so he happen today make sure this was out there and on the record. let's talk a little bit about
this honesty loyaltiy. when trump was demanding loyalty -- not sort of. he was demanding loyalty from the fbi director. president trump then said i need loyalty, james comely writes in this document. i replied, you will always get honesty from me. he paused and then said, that's what i want, honest loyalty. i paused and then said you will get that from me. as i wrote in the memo i created immediately after the dipper, it is possible we understood the phrase unhast loyalty differently, but i decided it wouldn't be productive to push it further. the term honest loyalty helped end a very awkward conversation. should james comey, in your view, have gone further and said no, no, no, i'm not loyal to you -- >> i think he was put into a difficult position. you're there with the president of the united states. and i truly believe he was probably so shocked at what the request was, that sometimes in
realtime your response is not what it should be, because you go back and think about it you say wow, i should have said this. i think he was very careful. and when i was a young fbi agent in the early '90s, if i had an interaction with a mobster, i immediately went back to my car with a small microcassette and i recorded it. and then i immediately typed it up in my notes. and james comey did that. >> but what he did not do is arguably the largest question that looms over this. on may 8th he said under oath the president did not ask him to halt any investigation. why did he say that under oath? why did hee not pull this further up the chain? >> well, look, i can't read into what comey was thinking. and i can't read into the words of president trump. kriefb tried, but it's difficult. there's part of me that suspects he was investigate at this
point. i think he was watching comey, and i don't know why he didn't say that. he might not have felt he had the evidence yet to prove that's what the president was doing. but he certainly was taking a lot of notes and in some ways building a case of what he was observing as he was doing this investigation into the big stor eof potential collusion with the russians. so my guess was that's what he was doing, and not removing himself from the game yet. >> in direct reference to what you just said, i'm trying to stop something for political reason. those are dammening words. and my question is has the director boxed himself in a certain manner that he now has to be very careful because he's going to be questioned about that. >> absolutely, he will. that's one of the first questions that's come up today. we've got a lot more questions for you, gentleman. plenty more to get to on all of this as the russia investigation
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in cnn's clarissa bashen. good morning, to you clara. good morning, dave. >> reporter: according to comey's testimony donald trump described the whole russia investigation as a cloud over his presidency. now, you could argue the same with russia. certainly a lot of plitices here about how that whole controversy is preventing trump about carrying out his pro-russia policies he had on the campaign trail. it's flipped the narrative here. france, cata, just this week -- it's called russo-phobia or fake news. and people here view this as ridiculous and offensive. it's really important to remember there's a presidential
election next year where putin is widely expected to run again. the signs of political chaos elsewhere as the public views it that way, that is no bad thing for him. and another thing, russia is ramping up its own outside allegations of russian meddling. so there's a real sense here, dave, that while the chaos and confusion over russia rages in washington, the kremlin is really using this opportunity to get things done, to work toward its own political agenda. >> they sure are. 10:25, thank you. james comey ready to testify about his conversations with president trump. he'll directly condrikt the claims from the president.
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president trump has just fired the embattled fbi director james comey. >> james comey was fired for being too mean to hillary clinton? does anyone believe that? could anyone believe that? >> he wasn't doing a good job, very simply. he was not doing a good job. >> did you at any time urge former fbi director james co a close or back down the
investigation into michael flynn? >> no, next question. >> jim comey wrote a memo that president trump asked him to end the investigation into general michael flynn. >> the possibility of his testimony opening the door to an obstruction of justice charge. >> the most anticipated congressional testimony in decades. >> this is a guy with a story to tell. if i were donald trump, that would scare me a lot. >> do you swear that the testimony that you're about to give shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you god? >> i do. a big day in the nation's capital. well cam back to "early start," everybody. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. the fired fbi drergt james comey will testify to the senate intelligence committee about his interactions with president trump. even before he takes the oath, comey has already changed the
dynamic. the intel committee releasing comey's entire opening statement a day ahead of time at his request. it confirms the president asked comey to help lift the cloud created by the fbi's russia investigation. >> it also confirms president trump demanded loyalty, and then contradicts the president's claim he never asked comey to back off his investigation of former national security advisor michael flynn. comey's statement does support the president's claim that comey assured him he was not personally under investigation. >> comey said the president brought that subject up over the course of multiple conversations. today marks the first time he's spoken out at all since president trump fired him last month. manu raju begins our coverage this morning from capitol hill. >> in just a matter of hours james copy will finally take the seat before the senate intelligence committee after
weeks of anticipation. this coming after he suddenly released his testimony that he's going to deliver and his opening statement, laying out in vivid detail his interactions with president trump, some interactions he said, frankly, caused him some alarm, made him uneasy as the president ask for loyalty, an agency that is supposed to act independently and one of which is investigating the trump campaign connection, any that may have existed with russian officials during last year's election. president trump also, according to james comey's testimony, asked him to drop the investigation into michael flynn, his former national security advisor. expect a number of centers, particularly democratic senorsters to push director comey to say whether or not he thought there was anything illegal or improper in trying to interfere in any with an ongoing fbi investigation. this comes a day after the testimony before the same
committee before current officials testified but would not reveal their own interactions with president trump is causing great frustration not just with the democrats on the committee but also republican chairman richard bur who lashed out at them for not giving information. christine and dave. >> all right, manu, thank you. for his part, president trump declaring himself completely cleared by comey's opening. the president's personal lawyer, marc kasowitz putting out this statement. the president is pleased mr. comey has formally publicly confirmed his private reports that the president was not any under russian probe. he is vindicated completely and ready to move forward the his agenda. . >> he has no public events this morning, but republicans close
to west wing says officials are still trying to ensure he's still too busy to tweet. rapid response, we're told is being handled by the republican national committee. new talking points casts the president's decision to fire comey as a self-less move he knew might hurt him politically but he did it anyway for the good of the country. >> all right, with info on all of this, good morning to both ow you. james, i want to ask you the former fbi special agent, a couple of questions that will certainly be directed at james comey this morning. and one is regarding this honest loyalty. this is january 27th, dinner between the president and james comey. quote, i need loyalty, said the president. james comey replied you will always get honesty from me. he paused, and said that's what i want, unest loyalty. i paused and then said you will get that from me.
this goes on and on. but why would james keep pledge, quote, unesty loyalty to the president of the u.n., and why would he assure him three different times he was not personally under investigation? >> dave, two things of impact there. first of all, honesty and loyalty, first of all not necessarily mutually exclusive, they're two separate constructs. one only, number 45, was not a prior politicians in a presidential cabinet or a general. i think this is just the president not understanding ethics in the government. i raised my right-hand and i swore an oath of failty to the u.s. constitution, not to the director and not to the president who were all in my chain of command in the executive branch. i think where director comey where he quote, unquote, told president trump he was not under investigation, when you begin an
investigation into an enty like russian collusion, this nebulous kind of construct, you're not targeting someone. you go br the evidence takes you. that's what you do as an fbi investigation. the investigation is into russian collusion, if it involves you and that's where the evidence takes us, that's where you're we're going. >> so that was appropriate? >> i think that was entirely appropriate. it was a counterintelligence investigation, i think having a conversation with the president, i don't think it was praept for him to ask that, not that it's illegal, but it wasn't appropriate. >> when we look at this document and we see this remarkable commentary about this january 27th inner in the greenroom and you have the fbi director, the former fbi director how he got a lunch phone call, and it's just these two men with the two navvy
stewards. the color is amazing here as he wrote this all done down. and i want to read a part of this particular january 27th greenroom dinner. my ininstincts told me the one-on-one setting and the pretense this was a discussion about my position, that the dinner was at least in part an effort to have me ask for my job and create some kind of patronage relationship. that concerned me greatly given the fbi's traditionally independent status in the executive branch. that's not what it's supposed to be at all between the director and the president of the united states. how concerning is this construct to you? >> it's extremely concerning. there's no way to read this memo and not walk away feeling there was something improper going on. and the fact he was noting this in itself is a problem. he should not be feeling this pressure. hiss loyalty is not to the
president, it's to the constitution. and at the same time it's not just an fbi director. it's an fbi director conducting an investigation into the election and whether there was collusion with this administration. so we shouldn't have a memo like this. and, you know, this creates the kind of atmosphere that we've seen in presidencies that are not at the top of great presidential lists, like the nixon administration. >> his supporters have said we've elected an outsider. he's not going to go in there and know the protocol between differentagies. you hired him to clean it up. his supporters will dismiss this as hyperventilating among liberals. >> it's still a problem. if he did this intentionally, that's one kind of problem where he is conscious sly trying to obstruct this investigation and threaten fbi director comey. and there's a case he did that. because again, this culminates comey being fired. if he didn't, though, it
suggests a president who doesn't understand the boundaries of presidential power. and that's not someone we want in the oval office. >> that was clear before thisomeo and certainly clear after. after the january 14th oval office meeting when the exchange went like this. i hope you can see the way clear into letting this go, he's a good guy, flynn. comey replied he is a good guy. i gid taught say i would let this go. >> great question. i think in law enforcement in jurisprudence, there's a thought it's often not what you know what what you can prove. i'm not an attorney, but in this incidence you have to be able to prove intent. they would argue his statements were ambiguous or there was no
there there. you can look at this from the outside and say the detail here, this is a classic case of someone being careful of being how he spoke to him, making sure he was alone with comey so there wasn't someone saying no, it didn't happen this way. but in this case of he said, he said, his honor is impeachable, and then you've got the president. the president has been reckless, and he's had instances on the campaign as well as while president where he misremembered things. the biggest thing coming out of today is james comey is going oo be led down this path proving this case, prergt it's a legal case or whether it's public case. >> let's play this. this is what chris christy, long time friend of the president, why he says we just don't get it. >> what you're seeing is a president who is now very publicly learning about the way
people react to what he considers to be normal, new york city conversation. >> now, i lived in new york city for 20 years. and i've got to tell you, i don't know how normal that conversation is at least enmy circles. but is it maybe washington -- beltway ears are hearing things that, you know, maybe we're just overblowing it? >> no, first of all when you have governor christy defending you, you already have something of problem given governor christy's own record. but that's not normal. and we can't just excuse all kinds of presidential statements and all kinds of presidential interactions of being that just of an outsider or being new york talk. this is something very different. again, this all stems from a very serious investigation into our democratic mechanism, the election and the possibility with now a trail of evidence from someone whose voracity is not really under question.
there's many problems many people feel with former director comey, but that's not one of them about him trying to intimidate and even just stop this investigation. that's not new york talk. that's a legitimate presidential -- concern about our presidency. >> given the concern about bridge gate, that's a surprising statement chris christy would make on television. >> there's washington talk, new york talk. who knows what other kind of talk there could be. james comey's testimony, already affecting stocks. it gave investors a suite of facts here. but they still worry about new revelations with the president's russia allegations that could del delay. investors have been cautious, all week, actually. stocks trading mostly lower
moving intoing into safe havens like oil and gold. two reasons that rift between catarrh and four arab states could aderholt a deal. now, that's good news for u.s. driver folks. gas prices usually spike during the summer. they fell about 2 cents from last week. and phil's been trying to tease out why stocks been trying to jump. i think it's just a new piece of information, and you're moving this ball forward. it's more facts that maybe you can get more people behind you. >> so what do we do today is the million dollar question? >> i don't know. i think you've got the stall over here because they want to see the progress. this is struck week, and we're not talking about infrastructure. >> this is infrastructure week. >> it is, it is. >> okay, are multiple
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suicide attacks. they cut ties with catarrh accusing it of supporting ironian backed terror groups. the president announcing in a tweet the selection of a fofrmer assistant attorney general and former prosecutor christopher wray to lead the bureau. wray recently defended crist christy in the bridge gate case. calling him a, quote, impeccable fraud investigator. >> boy, did james comey bury the news of his successor with the release of his -- the golden state warriors now one win away from the golden state title after staging a
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fbi director james comey preparing to testify before the house intel committee in a matter of hours. in addition to all the political drama, russia's meddling in the u.s. election will certainly be in play. and that issue has taken the focus off of other potentially significant issues involving the kremlin. i want to go to moskow right now andbri in cnn's clara sebastian. good morning, clar. >> reporter: comey saying he wanted to lift the cloud of the russian investigation. and it seems in some respects russia would like to do the same, if nothing else to sort of lift the paralysis when it comes to acting on some of his more
pro-russian policies. the kremlin has really flipped the narrative here. so every new acquisition that comes out about cyber meddling, and that in france, in monte hp negro, that has created the political climate here where ordinary russians view it as ridiculous and political chaos elsewhere. less than a year ago from a presidential election in russia, is no bad thing for president putin. he is widely expected to run for a another six years in office in those elections next spring. so this could be politically useful for him. and there's another aspect where advance of those are ramping up its efforts in its own affairs.
just weeks ago parliament here agreed to setup a commission to prevent interference in russia's foreign affairs, like controlling mgos. so there really is a sense that while this is raging in washington, the kremlin is really harnessing that. >> and we know that has worked for vladimir putin in the past. clar, thank you so much. mean when i will, polls are open in the united kingdom as voters deciding between the conservative party led by theresa may and jeremy corbin's labor party. security certainly a very hot topic in the wake of recent deadly terror attacks in manchester and in london. she's standing by live at a polling station in london. good morning, to you leana.
>> reporter: good morning, dave. people can cast their votes until 10:00 p.m. local time, which is 5:00 p.m. your time, eastern time, dave. there's going to be about 47 million people who who can vote in this election. the registration numbers are quite a bit higher than the last time britain's went to the polls. remember they went to the polls omlast time in 2015. we haven't had the usual five-year window between national votes. it's always a figure people look at immediately. last time it was about 66%, so just over two-thirds of those eligible to vote turned up. when it comes to the youth vote, though, there's been big efforts to mobilize that. only 43% in the last election. there's been an unprecedented interest in signing up between 18 and 24-year-olds. more than 1 million of them have decided to sign-up for this key
alection. and this is also because they feel they want a seat at the election and a say, too. you mentioned some of the keyings o ishes and ones that come up time and time again. the health of the healthcare system, the state of the economy, more sensitive issues like security and immigration, and also a new topic on the agenda, which is, of course, brexit. >> nina, thank you. >> let's get a check on cnnmoney stream. global markets are mixed. that meeting of the european central pank and testimonies -- did you know that testimonies by former fbi director comey? >> i hadn't heard. >> yeah, in fact u.s. stocks popped. they still worry about new revelations about the president's possible interference could hurt his economic agenda. comey testifies later this morning. for home buyers, listen to this,
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republicans. "early start" continues right president trump has just fired the embattled fbi director, james comey. >> james comey was fired for being too mean to hillary clinton? does anyone believe that? could anyone believe that? >> he wasn't doing a good job, very simply. he was not doing a good job. >> did you at any time urge former fbi director james comey to close or back down the investigation into michael flynn? >> no. next question. >> jim comey wrote a memo that president donald trump asked him to end the investigation into general michael flynn. >> the possibility in his testimony of opening the door to an obstruction of justice charge. >> the most anticipated congressional testimony in decades. >> this is a guy with a story to tell. if i were donald trump, that would scare me a lot. >> do you swear t