tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN September 19, 2017 1:00am-2:00am PDT
overnight hurricane maria slamming the island of dom minute ca. >> president's former campaign manager wiretapped under secret court orders. it occurs a time when paul manafort was known to speak with president trump. >> the president getting ready for his first speech at the u.n. officials say it will be quote, deeply philosophical. we have all our top stories covered around the world as you can see this morning, we are
live in puerto rico straight ahead. good morning everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm kries teen romans. good morning everyone. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin with hurricane maria this hour battling the caribbean island of dom minute ca. heading straight for puerto rico as a category 4 storm. went from a category 1 to 5 in just 15 hours. that makes it the most powerful hurricane to ever make landfall in do minute ca. >> this areas swied spread. >> he says his greatest fear is finding out about injuries and fatalities later today and securing the procedure medical assistance. puerto rico now bracing for a direct hit on wednesday. the national hurricane center
warning maria is likely to cause life threatening conditions. >> what is coming? >> it's not looking good. this is a storm system we have not seen impact puerto rico in 8 decades. it pushed right across the domenica. compare that to areas ever around barbuda where irma made landfall home to 2,000 people. but you take a look at the storm system. it is on a beeline for the virgin islands. strong category 4 at 155 miles per hour. from 80 miles per hour on sunday to 160 on monday night. an incredible intensity.
landfall sometime in the early morning hours of wednesday say around 2:00 to 3:00 in the morning for the u.s. virgin islands and eastern puerto rico afternoon on wedsdays a he category 5. last time was 1932. we know the population across it island has increased three fold since the 1930s. that's one element. the other was 20 inches of rainfall wide spread across puerto rico and of course the storm surge threat. it is not good news when you're talking about a 5, maybe a 4 at landfall but right over san juan puerto rico on wednesday narch. >> still a lot of people without power in san juan from irma. thanks. >> as hurricane maria barrels
towards puerto rico, president trump declaring a disaster. only once has puerto rico taken a direct hit from a category 5 hurricane. that was 85 years ago. nick, what are you seeing this hour in an juan? >>reporter: there's a lot of noi us people. the winds have started to pick up. our light stand here is starting to shake and we're more than 24 hours away from hurricane maria a landfall. what's adding to the anxiety is the short amount of time that's elapsed between hurricane irma and now hurricane maria. there's still debris not roads, homes, livelihoods wereffted and irma didn't even make a
direct hit. how it's rapidly intensified over the course of the last 24 hours there's a lot of very anxious people here on the island. >> all right. certainly very anxious people there. keep us posted and stay safe. meanwhile cnn has learned paul manafort was wiretapped before and after the election. sources say the surveillance continued into early this year covering a period in which man fort was known to be talking to president trump. the fbi's interior deepening last fall. now pamela brown part of the team that broke in exclusive cnn report. she has more from washington. >>reporter: well good morning dave and christine. sources tell us that the anybody got permission from the secret surveillance court to monitor paul man fort both before and
after the election. this is an extraordinary step for the fbi to do surveillance of a high ranking official. we're told they are intercepting communications that raised concerns about whether man fort was encouraging russians to help with the campaign. other source told us it was inconclusive. they have these communications in their hands. we did not get a comment from paul manafort's spokesman but he has previously denied he ever knowingly communicated with russian intelligence operatives during the election and also deniedelpi russia undermine s. interest. the order went into at least early this year. what's interesting here is that in the same time frame that there whereas a pfiz--
communications between the president and manafort it's unclear if the president was ever picked up as part of the surveillance. back to you? >> great reporting there from pamela brown and her team. new details about the early morning july raid of paul manafort's virginia home. reporting he was in bed when agents with a search warrant picked the look on his front door and entered without warning. they seized documents and copied his computer files. special counsel robert mueller's prosecutors following that up with a report they plan to indict him. >> today president trump's attorney will appear behind closed doors with the intelligence committee. pitching a -- they're interested in his attempt to pitch a russian ukraine peace plan.
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>> welcome back. president trump taking center stage. his first major address to the united nations set for 10:30 eastern time. on hamonday he was a little mor measured than usual. did not mince words. in recent years, the united nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. while the united nations on a regular budget has increased by 140% and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment. >> we're now learning more about what he's going to say. here's jim acosta. >>reporter: christine and dave, president trump is expected to use what aids are calling a
united nations.alkinge officials describe the speech as philosophical. contrast that with his tweet about north korean leader, describing him as rocket man. the president suggested during the meeting with netanyahu that he's considering scrapping the deal. he told french president he's thinking about staging a military parade in washington on the 4th of july. we should point out it already has one. >> as jim mentioned president trump met with benjamin nett-- there's a good chance he'll achieve mid east peace during his presidency. a good chance for mid east
peace. that's been the holy grail for what now? h 50 years? >> reporter: 5 years. president tru 50 years. it was interesting to see the dynamic of that bilateral meeting. netanyahu talking about iran. he's made it clear he wants trump to either cancel or change the deal in some way. we expect a very similar message from netanyahu's speech which comes a few hours after trump. he'll keep that focussed on iran. the problem is iran seems to be not as big an issue as the entire world, trump included, focuses on north korea. on the side lines of the general
assembly natten ya huh met with with -- either the egyptians or israelis. the peace process, security over-sinai and the latest developments on gaza. as for the pal less tin yens, the president will speak tomorrow. that is expected to much more heavily focus on the peace process. 2017 marks 50 years since israel's occupation of the west bank and east jerusalem. >> all right thank you. keep us posted. good chance there's peace. are you betting on that or no? >> i think the president uses words in ways other presidents have not. he can be hyper bollic, so when you're trying to report, really trying to gauge his optimism is can be difficult. just for the republican efforts to repeal and replace seemed all but forgotten, a new
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all right. senate republicans making a last ditch attempt to repeal and replace the affordable care act. being led by senators lindsey gram and bill cas siddy. puts the onus on states to decide how to spent grants. >> arizona governor releasing a statement in support of this plan. that's significant since senator john mccain who killed the last bill has indicated his vote will
rely heavily on what his governor says. mccain says he is considering the new bill but still unhappy with the process. >> the process i still am deeply disturbed about. we should go through the committee. it will be 80-some. that's because we went through months of hearings, markups, debate, a whole week on the floor. that's what we should be doing with health care. and we're not doing it. just like the democrat the didn't do it in '09. >> congressional budget say it may take several weeks to release analysis. if senate republicans plan to act they have to move qukly. phil mattingly has more. >>reporter: the worou heard in the weeks leading up to last week were dead, buried, gone. mechanic we'll try it again next year or the year after.
no longer standing that way. the effort right now is very real and serious on a very compressed timetable. considering a new proposal. they only have 11 days to do it. by september 30th, they need to get this done if they want to, under budget rulesby able to pass something with a simple majority vote. the big question now is what's in this proposal. what it would do is a dramatic shift in how the u.s. has health care. one sixth of the economy -- there are some similar elements, like ending the medicate expansion in 2020. instead of keeping a less generous version of the obamacare tax subsidies, this would take all of the revenue and put them in block grants for specific states. this is a very real effort to get this done at the last
minute. wait and see over the next couple of days how this progresses a big meeting tuesday after. republican senators all behind closed doors. trying 0 get a better idea of where things are. >> thank you for that. the equifax. is admitting to a second systemwide hack in march, months before publicly disclosing its huge security fail. it's separate than the more reese lent breach. that occurred in july. bloomberg reports the two are related. the same intruders allegedly carried out both. equifax denies this. the still they only anounged the data bridge recently. especially for for insider trading. the justice department is reportedly launching a criminal investigation into three equifax
executiv executives. equifax previously told us the executive didn't know about the leak when the shares were sold. these are top executives of the company you would think they would be in the loop, and if them weren't, it raises even know questions about what's happening. you're not equifax customer. we're the product. they are making money off of your information and my information. >> people came to ask what they are. >> we are just the product and you have no control over that. that's maddening. >> it appears they went to the -- protest erupting last night on the campus of georgia tech in atlanta after the deadly shooting of a student. a planned vigil for 21-year-old scott shelultz turning violent.
georgia tech ordering all students to stay inside and lock their doors. two officers suffered minor injures. three people arrested for inciting a riot and battery. >> video shows officers telling him to put down the knife. >> t family says scout was in the middle of a nervous breakdown. they're aqueccusing the officer overreacting. >> over night hurricane maria inens tying to a dat goer 5 in just a day. now puerto rico bracing for impact. building a website in under an hour is easy with gocentral...
the governor says it is unlike anything that island has ever seen. >> and the president as former campaign manager wiretapped. secret court order that includes a time when paul manafort was known to speak with president trump. >> president trump getting ready for his first speech at the united nations. officials say it will be deeply philosophical after his blunt talk on day one of the general assembly. we have all these top stories covered around the world. welcome back to "early start." >> deeply juvenile on twitter to deeply philosophical in front of the u.n. should be interesting. i'm dave briggs, it is 31 minutes past the hour. it's 4:30 in san juan puerto rico. hurricane maria battling the island. category 5 force heading straight for puerto rico as a category 4 storm now. went from a category 1 to 5 in a
mere 15 hours. that makes it the most powerful hurricane to ever make ldfall domenica. reports from the caribbean island are grim. the prime minister posting on facebook there is quote, white spread devastation. >> he says the greatest fear is finding out about injuries and fatalities later today, securing the procedure medical assistance when they can get in there and help people. puerto rico now bracing for a direct hit on wednesday. national hurricane center warning it is likely to cause life threatening flash floods and mudslides. the you can see the virgin islands are in the path. let's get right to the meteorologist. just this early report from the governor of that island, and domenica, not very optimistic. >> no. nault.
this is just getting started. think about an ice skate ier spinning quickly. this being so tight in the center has that dreaded pinhole appearance in the center makes it intensify extremely quickly. that is a concern here across this region as it already sits there just 2 miles per hour shy of a category 5 right into the eastern caribbean right now. the concern is the place and track of the storm is right over the u.s. virgin islands sometime into the early morning hours across the u.s. vi on wens and by wednesday after makes a category 5 across eastern puerto rico, an island that has seen its island triple since the last time they had a storm of this caliber make land fall. then towards the north towards turks a caicos. the damage change is significant. when you go from a cat 3 to a cat 4, it's not a one fold
increase. it's a 5 fold increase in damage. and get up to a category 5 you go from a 500 times damage increase you would see versus a category 1, and with these sort of storms, we saw it with irma and halvevrvey. the damage is catastrophic. it would leave an area with loss of communication for a period of weeks or months and uninhabitable for that same time period. national weather service in puerto rico issuing a statement using the same words saying the area to lose communication for a period of weeks or longer. >> i worry so much about the virgin islands because they've got all these piles of debris. there's a lot there to be very -- dangerous situation. really sad. continue to watch that. powerful hurricane. thank you. as hurricane maria barrel rs
towards puerto rico, president trump declaring a emergency disaster. only once has puerto rico taken a direct hit from a category 5 hurricane. that was 85 years ago. will he's brirn in cnn's nick valencia live in san juan. good morning to you. i understand tens of thousands are still without power from irma. >>reporter: that's right. irma didn't evenake a direct hit here. i think thahyt's wo many people are nervous here. we're already starting to feel those wind gusts and we're more than 24 hours away from the worst of it. but that anxiety and nervousness is very much apparent hee among the residenting we've spoken to. i started covering hurricane harvey, and irma and maria. in in those trips i have not seen the tone be as nervous and scared as what i heard yesterday with the governor here and the
municipality officials. they're very scared. the governor here in the island saying that we can't hope for a miracle. but things will change here. this is expected to make landfall perhaps a category 4, even a category 5 hurricane. yesterday we saw late last night people frantically putting up plywood along local businesses. we spoke with residents who said they ill are without power. shelters are opening up, as many as 5 hung 14e00 shelters. generators being brought in, but even still, it's not enough. those long lines we saw in some of these convenience stores and supermarkets people rushing to get basic food and water. dave? >> thanks so much. >> keep a close tabs on the developing weather story. meantime cnn has learned u.s. investigators wiretapped paul manafort before and after the november election.
sources say the surveillance continued into early this year. covering a period in which manafort was phone to be talking to president trump. the anybody h. fbi's interest in his communications with specd russian operatives. pamela brown is part of the team that broke this report. >>reporter: good morning. sources tell us that the fbi got permission from the secret surveillance court to monitor paul manafort, the former trump campaign chairman before and after the election. this is an extraordinary step for the fbi to do the surveillance of a high ranking official. we're told there are inser accepted communications that raised concerns among investigators about whether manafort was encouraging russians to help with the campaign. the now other sources told us that the intelligence was not
conclusive, special council robert mueller has been provided all of the communications. we did not get a comment from paul manafort's spokesman but he has previously denied he ever knowingly communicated with russian intelligence operatives during the election and also denied helping russia undermine u.s. interests. the secret order went into at least early this year according to our sources. what's interesting is that in the same time frame that there was a communications between the president, president and manafort is unclear if the president was ever picked up as part of the surveillance. back to you. >> very important last point there. pamela brown thank you. new details this morning about the early morning july raid at paul manafort as virginia home. "new york times" reporting the president's former campaign chairman was in bed when agents with a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and
entered without warning. they seized binders stuffed with documents, copied his computer files in their search for evidence of secret offshore bank accounts. especially prosecutors following up by warning manafort they plan to indict him. today president trump's personal attorney will appear behind closed doors. senate committee interested in his attempt to pitch a russian ukraine peace plan to michael flynn. >> facebook sti has key information about russian's meddling. why isn't the company closing it? facebook admits to selling $100,000 in ads to a pro kremlin group. citing the federal stored communications act, facebook says it won't turn over content without a search warrant. that's why a special counsel robert mueller got access to the
ad with a warrant. but members of senate and house intelligence committees did not. what about the millions of americans on facebook? here's what we don't know about the ad's content that was floating around on this flat perform. at least 3,000 ran between june 2015 and may 2017 from fake accounts. of those accounts were run by a pro kremlin group. what the adds look like, what information they contain, how the americans interacted with these fake accounts, how many american voters were targeted and where, geographically they live. that information could be important. sources tell cnn still isn't sure how extensive it was in h 2016 and unidentified ads may still exist on facebook today. we look at some of the sources of these, some the reporting on this is so fascinating. it could be an account that looks like a guy with his two daughters and dog in pennsylvania and it's really a russian troll farm.
>> hopefully the american people have learned to be suspicious of what you read and share on facebook. >> i actually don't think they have. >> not from what i see. >> it's not the free flow of information. trustee a free flow of disinformation. we're getting new details about what to expect when president trump makes his debut before the general assembly today. can he find a new tone? hi, i'm johnny bench.
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nations has not reached its full potential, because of bureaucracy and misimagine pt. while the united nations on a regular budget has increased by 140%, and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment. >> we are now learning more about what the president plans to say to world leaders today. here's cnn's senior white house correspondent jim acosta. >> reporter: he's expected to use what aides are calling a harsh tone. speaking to reporters, senior straegs he administration officials describe it as deeply philosophical. contrast that with his tweet describing the north korean leader as rocket man. meanwhile on monday he sat down with the israel president and
another moment raisingyebrows came when he told the french president he's thinking of staging a military parade on 4th of july. we should point out it already has one. >> thank you, jim. as he mentioned president also had a meeting with the french president. most critical topic they discussed the paris climate deal whether the u.s. plans to pull out of t out of the agreement. president saying it's unfair with china getting a better deal. le let's go live to paris. good morning to you melissa. they have stood aligned on several issues but appears when it comes to climate and iran they differ. good morning to your. >>reporter: good morning, save. they did disagree on those two crucial topics and the french president's tactic it is to
continue talking with him. believes the this very warm dialogue that's been established since donald trump's visit to paris when he so admired the bastille day parade. this france's foreign minister said on arrival, look, we don't believe any of this is acted on the climate change front. this is this sense among european officials and particular french ones that perhaps what we heard in the rose garden back in july was rhetoric and that something can be done to continue the negotiation and keep the united states in. whether or not that is the case clearly remains to be seen. for the time being as the two men e heard a great deal about donald trump's insistent on fact that american interest needed to be protected but he was open to negotiations to finding ways to do that. the verdict is very much out as to whether donald trump will shift his position on this. whether what we heard on paris
so far has been most live rhetoric or whether indeed it is the path he wants to go down. he wants to continue talking to the american president, some rm for maneuverer that would allow the united states to stay inside the paris deal. >> in a notion of fairness on both the u.n. and the climate. president continues to stress. melissa bell lye for us in paris. >> did you know there are just 97 shopping days until christmas? >> did not cross my mind. >> did you know that toys 'r' us just filed for bankruptcy? >> i did. >> we've got the details for you next. before shipstation it was crazy. it's great when you see a hundred orders come in, a hundred orders come in, but then you realize i've got a hundred orders i have to ship out. shipstation streamlined that wh the order data, the weights of , everything is seamlessly put into shipstation, so when we print the shipping ll everything's pretty much done. it's so much easier so now, we're ready, bring on t. shipstation. the number one ch
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senator republicans making a lost ditch attempt to repeal and replace the affordable care act. the plan calls for the elimination of several obamacare mandates and put the the onus on states to decide how to spend block grants. >> arizona governor releasing a statement in support of the plan. that is significant because mccain, who killed the last bill says his vote will rely level on what his governor says. he says he is considering the bill but still unhappy with the process. >> the process i'm still deeply disturbed about. we should go through the committee. it would be 80-some. that's because we went through a whole week on the floor. that's what we should be doing with health care. we're not doing it. just like the democrat the
didn't do it in '09. >> what a mess. the congressional budget office says it may take several weeks to release an analysis. it remains to be seen how many people could lose coverage. if they plan to act they have to move quickly. phil mattingly has more from capitol hill. >> reporter: the words you heard in the weeks leading up to last week were dead. buried. the gone. maybe try it again next wear or the year after. that's where it stood. no longer. the effort right now is very real and serious. and by the way on a very compressed timetable. republicans considering a new proposal to replace the signature dom stake achievement of president obama. they need to get this done if they want to, under budget rules, be able to pass something with a simple majority vote. the big question is what's in this. that is exceedingly important because what it would do is a dramatic shift in how the u.s. does health care.
there are some similar elements to past plans. things like repealing the -- but how it would actually fund things is significantly different. instead of keeping a less generous version of the obamacare subsidies, this would take all of the revenue from the taxes and put them in block grants for specific states. this is a very real effort to get this done. something that seemed completely out of the realm of possibility just seven or eight days ago. a big meeting tuesday afternoon. lunch republican senators behind closed doors. try to get a better idea of where things are. >> all right. thanks so much for that. donald trump junior looking to scale back his protection. he asked to travel without protection during a family trip to the bahamas in late june, a request reluctantly accepted by the secret service. now he wants the full tim
protection terminated as well. >> considered a quote huge risk and a stupid decision, according to sources we spoke to. cnn has also learned white house counsellor kellyanne conway no longer has secret service protection which is based on threat assessment as well as guidance from the chief of staff. >> emotions over running high as nancy pelosi is shouted down by dozens of proteste protesters. >> she was speaking at an event in san francisco. that group which included undocumented immigrants took issue with her talks about president trump. asuzing democratic lead ares of using dreamers as a bargaining chip. let's get a check on cnn money
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they have to compete with amazon. >> it's reminiscent of a sport rs sort. sports authority, they're gone too. dic k's still floating around. >> "early start" starting now with the latest projections for hurricane maria. >> overnight hurricane maria slamming the caribbean island of domenica. intensifying as he heads for puerto rico. a new update from the national hurricane center is just moments aa. >> president's former campaign manager wiretapped under secret court orders including a time when he was known to speak with president trump. >> and president trump getting ready for his first speech at the u.n. the he officials saying it will be deeply fill sop