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if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and i would have picked somebody else. >> president trump on a tear against the officials connected to the russia investigations. his comments both undermining his attorney general and warning the special prosecutor. donald trump jr. called to testify before congress. what this all means after revelations of their secret meeting with a russian attorney and others. >> god knows how this ends, not e me. i do know this. this disease has never had a
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more worthy opponent. >> and words of hope and encouragement across the political world for senator john mccain diagnosed with brain cancer. we have reporters this morning in washington, virginia and nevada on all of these top stories. our thoughts and prayers are with senator john mccain this morning. you will be hard pressed to find anyone who sacrificed more for their country. >> toughest goi out there. >> welcome to "early start." >> this is thursday, july 20th, 4:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin with the president. president trump lashing out at a trio of top current and former officials with connections to the russia investigations. in an interview with "the new york times" the president says he would have pick ed someone else to be attorney general if he knew jeff sessions would accuse himself on russia-related matters. the president attacking james comey saying he tried to leverage a a das ya of
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compromising material in order to keep his job. >> robert mueller saying it would be what he called a violation for mueller to start looking into trump family finances. the president said, quote, look, this is about russia. jeff zeleny begins our coverage this morning from the white house. >> there's no question that today is going to be filled with questions about the president's own words about his own attorney general. in an extraordinary interview posted last night on "the new york times" website, president trump was really deliverance with strong words for jeff sessions, who was one of his earliest supporters. in fact, the earliest republican to sign on to his campaign. the president expressing in no uncertain terms his displeasure for recusing himself in the russia investigation. >> sessions should have never
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recused himself. if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and i would have picked somebody else. so jeff sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself. i then have -- which frankly i think is is very unfair to the president. how do you take a job and then recuse yourself. if he would have recused himself before the job, i would have said, thanks, but i'm not going to take you. >> the president going on to say in that intervow that i'm not under investigation. i have not done anything wrong. but the russia investigation is at the top of his moind. it's what he spent a lot of times in that it interview talking about. >> jeff zeleny at the white house, thank you. we recommend reeding the entire
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transcript. a source familiar with jeff sessions thinking says he has no intention of stepping down in the wake of the comments to "the new york times." >> joining this morning to discuss these late developments, we have ellis hengan. let me ask you first. you heard some of the sound bytes from the president and read the transcript and saw the stories about the interview. what do you make of his demeanor and what's your head line? >> wow, you gois are going to have trouble the next two hours fitting all this in. there's sujust so much here. the russia stuff is the thing to focus on. it's what's top of mind for the president. pretty much whatever the topic is, he's somehow or another ends up back with russia and he's deeply troubled by it. >> he did talk health care, but only in relation to how he stacks up to hillary clinton and president obama. it was about me primarily when
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you look at the overall theme of this. let me bring in on jeff sessions. he was the first u.s. senator to come out in support president trump. i have talked to a lot of conservatives now and during the campaign that said he was the sole reason they came on board with president trump. he gave them legitimacy in conservative circles and now he's turned on his attorney general. where does that leave the a.g. and every other employee of the trump administration who he demands loyalty from? >> this is something that it we have been hearing for some time now. trump has been steam iing a bit. over the decision to recuse himself from the russia investigation. although it's pretty amazing when you think about all the things that an attorney general does and has not it recused himself, inclouding implementing the agenda as it relates to
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immigration to e seeing this steamed to not offer the job in relation to the russia investigation. certain certainly you mentioned other folks in the administration i think it sends shock waves. you're absolutely right when you talk about not just conservatives, but a particular type of conservative that really makes up trump's base. jeff sessions is their guy in the administration. and so undermining his relationship with the white house can send some very scary concerns through the base. >> he did not speak very highly of james kocomey. he thought the james comey used a dossier of dirt on him to ktr to keep his job when the view from the comey side when this stuff was out there. he drew a red line for bob mueller, the special counsel about what is fair game and not
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fair game in this investigation. listen. >> they were looking at your family's finances. is that a red line? >> that would be a breach -- >> i would say yes. >>en don't look at my family finances. i think it's pretty fair to say that they can look at anything. these investigations can lead anywhere. you look at the white water investigation. they started investigating before monica lewinsky even came into the white house. >> you wonder what's the psychological here from trump's point of view. the minute you tell a prosecutoren don't look here, where o do you think they are going to look. we already know that it there is some poking around by mueller and his team into trump family finances. e we know that the bank is asking questions. the question of money laundering is lerking out there. the more he talks about it, the
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more bob mueller will be poking into that very topic. >> is this the e kwquivalent of telling the police officer, b don't look in the trunk? >> that's absolutely true. when you think about what might actually be solutely make the c that the family finances are fair game if someone is looking into whether there was a a relationship between russia and the campaign and the family members and surrogates of the campaign and trying to figure out what point did some of these relationships start. the trump organization is where you look. it's not even that far field, but christine is right. the special prosecutor goes wherever the facts sort of lead them. that's the hallmark of a special prosecutor. it probably gets back into why trump is so steamed about jeff
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sessions' recusal because that's part of what led to a special prosecutor in the first place. >> he talked about the second russia meeting that was just respiel veal ed. where he sat down and talked to vladimir putin for some 55 minutes at the end of that dinner at the g-20. he did not have a translator. it was just these two leaders. it caught a lot of people in the room by surprise. here's how he explained that meeting with vladimir putin. >> she's sitting next to putin and somebody els. and toward dessert, i wept hi to melania and while i was there i said hi to putin. really pleasantries more than anything else. it was maybe 15 minutes. just talked about things. >> that's been down playing the
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specifics of that meeting for the past couple days now. the president says he just went down to talk to his wife and was seated next to vladimir putin. do you buy that? is that ample explanation? >> it's like look who is sitting next to you. i don't care so much about the time. i have had 15-minute conversations that might have been an hour. that doesn't worry me. that's a little odd that we have somewhere approaching three hours of conversation between these two. not a sing is l foreign policy aid there. no talking points. no real idea of what was said between these two. as we mentioned there, the special counsel at the acting fbi director, at james comey, as we mentioned. do you sense a common thread here. is there concern for party? concern for country?
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or concern for something else entirely? >> i'm not going to get into what may or may not be in his head or heart, but certainly it's another sort of example of you get what you were promised. throughout the campaign, trump characterized himself as aen koupt puncher and he may have pledged to be so presidential he's now coined modern presidential. but the thing we keep seeing is when he feels attacked, he doesn't sit back and take it as most politicians do and let it roll off their shoulders. he attacks become. so whether or not these actually are people attacking him, he feels threatened by the investigation. he feels like it's undermining his agenda. anyone he associates with being the cause of that, he's clearly lashing out against. >> thank you both. we will check in with you throughout the morning. we're also following breaking
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news this morning on senator john mccain diagnosed with brain ka cancer. lab results to remove a blood clot confirmed a malignant brain tumor. >> surgery showed the cancerous tissue has been complete ly removed. dr. sanjay gupta spoke with the 80-year-old senator's doctors. >> christine and dave, i was able to talk to his doctors with his permission. got a better of idea of what's transpired with his care. he had an operation this past friday to remove a blood collection within his brain. we now know that that blod collection was caused by a type of brain tumor. this is a primary brain tumor that's quite aggressive and will require further treatment in the form of e chemo and radiation. we know the senator had been feeling fatigued for the last several months, had complained
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about an intermittent bout of double vision and that's what caused doctors to get the scan of his brain in the first place. they have found this information out about what cause d this bleeding. discussions now taking place between senator mccain and his doctors as to how to proceed next, when to proceed, what type of therapy and how that's all likely to happen. back to you. >> thank you. john mccain recovering amazingly well according to a tamt statement from his office. his doctors said he showed no neurological problems before or after this operation. the news drawing stunned reaction across the political spectrum. president trump saying, senator john mccain has always been a fighter. we send our thoughts and prayers to snarm mccain and their entire family.
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>> barack obama, he's an american hero ask one of the bravest fights identify ever known. cancer doesn't know what it it's up against. give it held hell, john. >> we talked about five minutes. it's going to be a tough way forward, but i have been through worse. and basically we started talking about health care and literally it went five minutes until he turned away from what i think most people would have a hard time absorbing and focused on what he loves the best. so pray. i don't know, god knows how this ends, not me. but i do know this. this disease has never had a more worthy opponent. >> senator mccain's wife posting their wed iding picture on her instagram account. he's my hero and i love him with all my heart. just a terrific american. >> john mccain has really been
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vintage john mccain in recent weeks. he's been the maverick once again. willing to buck his own party indeed. >> get well son. new details about the meeting with donald trump jr. and a russian lawyer. live from moscow, next. only tylenol® rapid release gels have laser drilled holes. they release medicine fast, for fast pain relief. tylenol®
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run by familiar names. a lot of those was the one who originally requested that meeting at trump tower last june with donald trump jr. and the russian lawyer. but the lawyer for him says that he was simply there as a staffer. to make sure that meeting happened and to provide logistical support. the reason this is raising eyebrows because it wasn't disclosed until a week after the news broke and because he has been in the u.s. government sites before. an accountability office looked into the shell company and bank accounts. the senator behind that now former senator says that that investigation uncovered 2,000 shell companies set up which moved more than a a billion dollars through the united states. he called him a a poster child for this practice of using hidden ownership of american
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companies to move money. now it should be noted he himself has denied any wrong doing. he was never charged with any crime. his lawyer has said that he is now cooperating with special counsel. investigators in washington who are seeking more details from him, but he hasn't no lengths to the russian government, so it's unclear how his presentation in the meeting would alter the significance of it going forward. >> tangled web we we have, thank you. 21 minutes past the hour this thursday morning. will o.j. simpson get to leave prison early? we'll find out today. a. parole hearing is on the schedule. in nevada with a preview from carson city. then add a hotel, or car, or activity in one place and save, where would you go? ♪ expedia.
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turning to health care. president trump pushing senate republicans not to give up on obamacare repeal urging them toedly the august recess if necessary to pass a health care bill. at a white house luncheon, trump told republicans they must deliver on their promise adding this any senators who vote against starting debate are are really saying they are fine with obamacare. two days after tweeting that congress should repeal now replace later, trumpen went back to call iing for repeal and replace simultaneously. listen. >> we can repeal it, but the best is repeal and replace. let's get going. i intend to keep my promise. i know you will too. we should repeal and replace and we shouldn't leave town until
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this is complete. >> the president took half joking shots at particular senators. one source says the president invited rand paul golfing thinking it would keep him off tv. listen to the president seeming to taunt nevada's dean helder, who was an early hold out against the republican bill. >> the other night i was very surprised when i heard a couple of my friends, my friends, they really were and are, they might not be very much longer, but this was the one we were worried about. this is the one we were worried bt. about. he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he? >> republican senators met to breathe life back into health care reform, but gop aids are urging caution one senior aid told cnn be very skeptical. >> in the meantime the replace only bill is still headed toward
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a vote next week. unveiled yesterday, it would effectively repeal obamacare giving lawmakers until then to hash out a replacement. what would happen if they can't? the congressional budget office estimates 32 million more people would be uninsure d by 2026. premiums would double and here's the real stunner. by that time, three quarters of the population would live in areas where no insurers would participate in the individual market. >> by the way, three months to go until open ene rollment for obamacare. it's the law of the land and in three months people will be getting their open enrollment information in the mail and have to get coverage for next year. we'll find out today if o.j. simpson will leave prison early. he was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and kid. napping. it stemmed from a confrontation
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with dealers at a las vegas hotel. ashleigh banfield from hlm nn ha preview for us. >> big day here in carson city, nevada. this is where the parole commissioners of nevada meet every day. they hear thousands of cases of prisoners who want parole. but today it is one very special prisoner. it's o.j. simpson, who will be pleading his case to them. after nine years of living at the correctional facility 100 miles from here, he will sit down in his prison blues and he will beg to be let out. and say i have done everything right. i have never had an infraction here. i have done all the programs. i have taken the education. i have admitted many i guilt for that robbery and kidnapping in las vegas. back nine years ago. that's really effectively exactly what prisoners are supposed to do if they want
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parole. it will take four votes of yes for those commissioners to actually be a unanimous decision and be the majority on the board. those commissioners deliberate in private and secret. it's not on the record what they discuss. their vote is on the record. it should come about 20 minutes later and we should be all. wrap ped up within ab hour. that's all it will take to decide whether o.j. simpson should walk among us and maybe come to a golf course near you. back to you. >> wow, astonishing. the latest on this startling interview with the "new york times" when "early start" continues right now. if he's going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job. >> president trump on a a tear against officials connected to the russia investigation. his comments both undermining his attorney general and warning the special prosecutor.
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>> donald trump jr., paul manafort and jared kushner all called to testify before congress. what this all means after revelations of their secret meeting with a russian attorney and several others. >> god knows how this ends, not me. but i do know this. this disease has never had a more worthy opponent. >> words of hope and encoura encouragement across the political world for john mccain. the senator diagnosed with brain cancer. we have reporters this morning in washington, moscow, virginia and nevada on all our top stories. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. i got to say, john mccain, to h toughest guy out there. he says he's faced worse and he's going to face this head on. but we wish his family well. >> everyone here at cnn offering our thoughts and prayers. we are with you, senator mccain. we start with president trump lashing out at a trio of top and current officials.
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in a an interview, a staggering one, the president says he would have picked someone else to be attorney general if he knew jeff sessions would e recuse himself on russia-related matters. the president also attacking former fbi director james comey telling the times he thinks comey tried to leverage a dossier of compromising material on him in order to keep his job. >> president trump also took aim at special counsel robert mouler saying it would be what he called a violation for mueller to start looking into trump family finances. the president said, quote, look, this is about russia. jeff zeleny begins our coverage from the white house. >> there's no question that today is going to be filled with questions about the president's own words about his own attorney general. in an extraordinary interview posted last night, president trump was really deliverance with the strongest words yet about someone who works for him
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jeff sessions, who was one of his earliest supporters, the earliest republican to sign on to his campaign, the president expressing in no uncertain terms his displeasure for jeff sessions recusing himself in the russia investigation. >> sessions should have never recused himself. and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and i would have picked somebody else. >> e he gave you no heads up at all? >> zero. so jeff sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself. i then have -- which frankly i think is very unfair to the president. how do you take a job and then recuse yourself. if he would have recused himself before the job, i would have said, thanks, jeff, but i'm not going to pick you. >> the president going on to say in that interview that i'm not
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under investigation. he said i have not done anything wrong. clearly this russia investigation is at the top of his mind. it's what he spent a lot of time in that "new york times" interview, about 50 minutes or so, talking about this. >> jeff, a source familiar with sessions saying he has no intention of stepping down in the wake of president trump's comments to the times. pretty remarkable a sitting attorney general to be so -- >> and jeff sessions will speak at 10:00 a.m. how will they explain this away? we shall see. joining us to discuss this is political analyst ellis hengan. good morning to both of you. let's start with the criticism of jeff sessions. it makes no sense because he ed
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a mitted to all this after he was appointed attorney general, but where does this leave you if you are the first? if you were the first senator to come out and support donald trump, who gave him conservative legitimacy and you're trying to go about your job. where does this leave jeff sessions? >> i think it leaves him dangling in the wind a little bit, if you want to be specific about where he is. jeff sessions speaks to a very particular kind of conservative who makes up really the most strong part of trump's base. especially folk who is are very stringent on enforcing immigration laws. jeff sessions is emblematic of that line of thinking. you talk about loyalty and him being the first to come out, but sessions also represents a very important element of the administration for a lot of trump space. he's playing a a trick itty game here. we have heard now for awhile that trump is a little bit
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steamed and has been fuming over this decision to recuse himself, which as you point out, came because sessions did not disclose some meetings with russian officials when he was going for the job. and so it seems that not only was the president upset about it, he continues to be upset about it and now that's all public. >> you make that point about a meeting with russian officials was not disclosed. another meeting with russian officials now causing all kinds of blowback for the administration. and the president was asked about donald trump jr. and that's what the president was asking about. let's listen to this. >> look at it closely. i heard there was an e-mail requesting a meeting or something that they have information on hillary clinton. i said that's standard political stuff. >> did you know?
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>> i didn't know anything about it. it must have been important because i never heard about it. >> no one told you a word? >> sounded like a very unimportant meeting, but it has had very important blowback and ramifications for this administration. >> so unimportant. there were eight people there. clearly, this pushes this conversation on to aen different level. it involves campaign aids, relatives of the president and right at the heart and the center of this investigation of the russian involvement in our election. i adopt see how you get away from it. >> all three principles in that meet willing testify next week. >> they have been asked to testify. they haven't all agreed to testify. but yes, kushner, manafort and
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don jr. have been scheduled to testify. >> does that. put that story to bed or give the story new legs? >> put that story to bed. that is an unbelievable panel if you're talking about having don jr., manafort together testifying before the committee potentially in public, which we understand that mueller has cleared the way for. but there's no way it gets put to pedestrian. some of this is not of the trump campaign's making. there's some things youen can't control. but a lot of this is. a lot of it has to do with transparent is si. and this is the same issue that hillary clinton ran into when there was some investigations into. her private server. it was an effort to conceal that in many ways gets you more in trouble than what actually happened. and just adds to more suspicion about why for a a year this
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meeting was not disclosed when it seemed relevant to the massive investigations going on. so i have very little expectation that this hearing puts anything to bed and is we still wait to e see what we find out next. >> you mentioned bob mueller and the president had what you might call some words of warning, a red line for where this investigation should not go to "the new york times." here's what he told them. >> poouler was looking at your finances unrelated to russia. is that a red line? >> that would be a breach. >> i would say yes. >> ellis, what do you make of that? >> it's not a red line, it's a red cape in front of a charging bull. i think when you tell bob mueller don't look here, where do dwrou think he's going to look? >> the president has not revealed his tax returns or been transprnt about the family finances. there's a a lot we justen don't
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even know about. of course, the fbi director would look into that. >> the word that keeps coming to my mind is grievance. the tone of each of these things really is a president who feels picked on. now we don't -- most people find it uncomfortable with the most powerful man in the world spends so much time on it. >> the grievances towards the former fbi director and acting fbi director and special counsel, that's a lot of grievances. e we'll check in with you in the block hour. we are following breaking news this morning. that's senator john mccain diagnosed with brain cancer. lab results to remove a blood clot last week confirmed the presence of a malignant brain tumor. >> brain scans following surgery to remove a blood clot chose the cancerous tissue has been completely removed. cnn chief medical correspondent
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dr. sanjay gupta spoke excleesively with john mccain's doctors. >> with senator mccain's permission, i was able to talk to his doctors at the mayo clinic and got a better idea of what's transpired with his care. he had an operation this past friday to remove a blod collection within his brain just above his left eye. we now know that it blood collection was caused by a type of brain tumor known as a glee yo blas toe ma. this is a tumor that's quite aggressive and will require further treatment. a form of chemo and radiation. we know the senator had been feeling fatigued for the last several months and complained about a bout of double vision. that's what caused his doctors to get the scan of his brain in the first place. just over the last day now, they have found this information out about what caused this bleeding again. discussions now taking place between senator mccain and his
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doctors how to proceed next, when to proceed, what type of therapy in the form of chemo or radiation and how that's likely to. happen. back to you. >> thank you so much. senator john mccain recovering amazingly well according to a statement from his office. he showed no problems before or after this operation. the news drawing stunned reaction across the political spectrum. president trump saying, senator john mccain has always been a fighter. melania and i second our thoughts and prayers to john mccain and his family. get bellwewell soon. >> barack obama tweeting john mccain is an american hero and one of the bravest fighters i've ever known. lindsey graham became emotional describing a phone call with john mccain. >> we talked about five minutes.
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he says i've been through worse. and basically we started talking about healthcare and literally it went five minutes until he turned away from what i think most people would have a hard time absorbing and focused on what he loves the best. so pray. i don't know, god knows how this ends, not me. but i do know this. this disease has never had a more worthy opponent. >> senator mccain's wife posting on her instagram account. he's my hero and i love him with all my heart. toughe esest guy out there. a great legislator, we wish him all the best. president trump is promising u.s. manufacturers to protect their workers by slashing regulations. >> we have gotten rid of regulations and a lot more are
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coming. we have some statutory requirements where we're not allowed to do it until certain dates, but they are coming as fast as those dates come. >> he pledges to give a level playing field by renegotiating trade deals. his opposition was a core campaign promise and the first round of talks finally has a start date. the renegotiating nafta begins august 16th. the white house's wish list includes lowering the trade deficit and high eer labor standards making it more expensive for firms. they railed against the company for shifting production to mexico, laying off 1400 workers. the president struck a a deal to save a big chunk of the jobs. now the victory wasn't 100%. they will lay off workers and still olympians to shift some work to mexico. so the president wasn't able to
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save all those jobs. we knew they were going to be going, but it's a reminder that that victory while important at the time, there's still several hundred families. >> and polling this week showed this was the number one issue that resinated with trump supporters. save issing american jobs. it turns out the eighth person in that undies closed meeting with donald trump jr. faced federal investigation before. we are live in moscow with more about his past, next. aving bett? at blue apron, we work directly with more than a hundred family farms. so instead of spending on costly middlemen and supermarkets, we can invest in the things that matter most: making farmland healthier. cutting down on food waste. and bringing you higher quality, fresher ingredients for less than you pay at the store. because food is better when you start from scratch. get $30 off at blueapron.com/cook
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welcome back to "early start". the russian lawyer tells cnn she is willing to testify before the u.s. senate. in a text message, she tells us i'm ready if i will be provided the gauarantees for my safety. it comes a as more details emerges about the eighth person.
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we are live in moscow with the very latest. >> gorng, good morning, the real estate firm a lot of the names because as we heard from in the e-mails that were release d, he was the one who initially requested that meeting a at trump tower. and now he says he was there and he's a staffer for them. he was there as an envoy to make sure the meeting happened and to facilitate any logistics. it was more than a week after the meeting broke for his name to come out. host been in the u.s. government
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sites. there was an investigation in the year 2000 in the shell company. and according to a former senator he was basically revealed in that investigation that he set out around 2,000 companies in the united states on behalf of people from russia and eastern europe. linked to those shell companies calling it it a poster child for using hidden ownership to move money. now denied any wrong doing. he was never charged with any crime. his lawyer has said he's cooperating with special counsel verdi investigator who is have requested more information. >> viewers were voe shoeing the video standing close to the president of the united states. that's video from las vegas a
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few years ago when they were announcing the mous cow miss universe. you can see he's controversial looking into why he was in that meeting. but you can see he's been in the same room for the president of united states as well. that's the back story on that video there. nice to e see you. thank you. a lot of connections. o.j. simpson back in the news. will he get to leave prison early? we'll find out today as a parole hearing is on the schedule in nevada. we'll have a preview from carson city, next on "early start."
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find out today whether o.j. simpson will leave prison early. the former football star has a hearing before the nevada board of parole. he was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and kidnapping
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stem iming from a confrontation with dealers a at a las vegas hotel. ashleigh banfield from our sister network hln has a preview. >> a big day here in carson city, nevada. this is where the parole commissioners of nevada meet every day. and they hear thousands of cases of prisoners who want parole. today it's one very special prisoner. it's prisoner o.j. simpson, who will be pleading his case to them after nine years of living at the correctional facility. he will sit down likely in his prison blues and will beg to be elet out and say i've been a model prisoner. . i have never had had an infraction here. i have done all the programs. i have taken the education. i admitted my guilt for that robbery and kidnapping in las vegas back nine years ago. that's exact ly what prisoners
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are supposed to do if they want parole. it it will take four votes of yes for those commissioners to actually be a unanimous decision and be the majority on the board. those commissioners dhibt in private and secret. it's not on the record what they discuss. their vote is on the record and should come 20 minutes later and should be all wrapped up within an hour. hard to believe after nine years of being an inmate. that's all it will take to decide whether o.j. simpson should walk among us and come to a golf course near you. back to you. let's get a check on cnn money stream. a big corporate profit. the dow and nasdaq, record highs. stocks have never been higher in history. the earnings season has been strong and that was expect ed i the profit growth. we can expect more information today the company faced a huge
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