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happening as soon as today, the first arrest may be imminent in the russian investigation after a federal grand jury has approved its first charges. the trump administration bracing for the first arrest in the mueller probe, but the president is shifting focus to none other than hillary clinton. good monday morning, everybody. welcome to "early start". i'm on dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. 4:00 a.m. in the east. astros won a wild game 5. >> one of the wildest we have ever seen. we'll talk about that in a moment. washington on edge waiting for
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arrests in the mueller probe. a federal grand jury has approved the first charges in the russia investigation. that indictment is still sealed. we don't know what the charges are or who they target. >> they have examined former lobbying by paul manafort and former or national security adviser michael flynn. they are also looking at whether the firing of fbi director james comey resulted in obstruction of justice. >> this as "the wall street journal" editorial board calls on mueller to resign. >> the trump administration should let the mueller probe take its course. those targeted by special counsel should take it seriously. >> anybody who has been advised by special counsel's office that
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they are targeting the investigation, which i'm sure he has done to those people, should be concerned. >> give him a chance to do his job. the results will be known by the facts, what he uncovers. the personalities are much less important to me than the underlying facts. i would say give the guy a chance to do his job. >> the latest now from cnn reporter shimon. >> reporter: we expect to learn later today what charges were filed in connection with the special counsel investigation. once a federal judge unseals the indictment, a federal grand jury has approved robert mueller's probe. the charges are sealed, so we don't yet know who will be charged. we are told the expectation is that it was going to happen monday. now, anyone who is facing charges will be arrested and taken into custody by fbi agents and at some point will face a judge here in washington, d.c.
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now, this indictment, once it's unsealed, will give a window into what special counsel has been looking at is and how it potentially relates to the russia investigation. dave, christine. >> all right. seu mope, thank you for that this morning. no surprise president trump has been pushing back hard taking aim at hillary clinton on twitter. >> we have never seen such anger and unity as i have concerned of lack of investigation on the clinton-made fake dossier made $12 million. that's the speculation on the cost. the 33 plus deleted e-mails, comey, and so much more. instead they look at phony trump russia collusion, which doesn't exist. it is bad for our country. witch-hunt for evil politics. but the r's are fighting back like never before.
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there is so much guilty by democrats/clinton, and now the facts are out. do something. lots of luck. now laura sanchez at the white house. >> reporter: no public events. fired up over what he calls a lack of investigations into hillary clinton and the democrats in a series of tweets he specifically cites self allegations that he has made in the past about clinton, including about that now infamous dossier that was put together by fusion gps, the company at one point hired by the clinton campaign to produce opposition research against then candidate trump. he also mentions this uranium deal, the allegation that hillary clinton as secretary of state took bribes from russian officials in order to give them more favorable deal for uranium.
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we had a chance to ask ty cobb about the president's tweets and whether or not they were coming because of recent news of robert mueller's russia probe. ty cobb said the president's statement hs nothing to do with that, but it is difficult to imagine these investigations are not on the president's mind. he's clearly unhappy about being investigated. officials in his campaign being investigated for allegedly colluding with russians to help the trump camp win the 2016 election. the interesting thing about this is the timing. he's attacking an opponent that he defeated almost 12 months ago. christine. boris, thank you for that. the house awaiting financial
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documents from fusion gps. they have reached a confidential agreement over the weekend. it assessed the terms for the subpoena of fusion's records. >> it comes amid revelations that the clinton campaign and dnc paid fusion to conduct research on then candidate trump. separately on capitol hill, facebook, twitter, and google all preparing for hearings tomorrow. lawmakers want to know how russia exploited the web giants during last year's elections. this week tax reform gets wheel. the house gop finally unveils its bill wednesday. they have backed off one of their most controversial proposals, the full repeal of the state and local tax deduction. it will now allow a deduction for property taxes, a concession to lawmakers in high-tax states like north carolina, connecticut, illinois, california, new jersey, new
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york. expect some outcry over that. speaking of outcry, the national association of home builders is planning to fight the legislation because it doesn't contain a new tax credit for home ownership. and the sparring is just beginning. listen to trump adviser kevin hasset and larry summers. they clasp on fareed zakaria on gps. >> that the tax cut will pay for itself, raise incomes more than anything else that's happened in the country in many years, that the tax cut isn't skewed toward helping rich people, those are fake facts. >> the fact is if you think we did something wrong, accuse us of making an error. but accusing of us is being dishonest is beyond the pale.
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>> you heard that fierce battle on what this tax plan means. >> hassett said it will mean a $4,000 pay raise. all the industries fight to keep their goodies. >> hence the desire for speed. kick that debate. questions mounting in puerto rico where 70% of the island still without power. over $300 million contract from a small montana energy company the latest through san juan next. wonderful. ♪ ♪ i'm goin' up the country, baby don't you wanna go? ♪ ♪ i'm goin' up the country, baby don't you wanna go? ♪ geico motorcycle, great rates for great rides.
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this morning puerto rico's electric company is said to cancel its huge power contract with a montana-based utility company at the request of the island's governor. questions have been is raised about the hiring of a company
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called whitefish energy. it had only two full-time employees on the day the contract was signed. underlying many of the questions is the fact that whitefish is based in a small hometown of u.s. interior secretary ryan zinke. leyla santiago has the very latest. >> reporter: dave and christine, puerto rico's power authority wants to cancel the controversial contract with montana-based utility company whitefish energy. this comes on the same day that the governor of puerto rico has not only said this contract should be canceled, but he also says there should be a full investigation into the $300 million deal. the contracting process behind it. and the details that led to where we are today. remember, this is a controversial contract that many believed was a big task for a company that just perhaps wasn't ready to take it on, to restore puerto rico's very vulnerable power grid, a company that is
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only two years ago and with very few employees. the contract is not canceled just yet. puerto rico says it plans to exercise that cancellation clause in the contract. it will let whitefish carry out its work here in the meantime. as i have been on the streets just today talking to puerto ricans, there is a sense of frustration that is just palpable. it has been a month and many are still without power. frustrated because many have lost their jobs because of businesses that cannot open at this time. on a day when only 29.7% of the power generated capabilities is up and running. puerto ricans continue their frustration with the power system. christine, dave. >> yeah. leyla santiago, thank you so much for that. you can say this is a scrappy company that say we can get this done. guys up there hanging off
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helicopters getting the work done. so you could say they got in there quickly. on the other hand they're like, no, no, no. was too quit. we need more scrutiny. you're damned if you do, damned if you don't. >> a rush to judgment on one direction and now it seems a rush to judgment the other way. settle down, slow down and take a look at this deal. >> they are out there doing the work. >> do they have what it takes to get puerto rico back on the grid? okay. two members of the famed s.e.a.l. team 6 of the killing of an army green beret in mali. an "ncis" investigation is is under way in the june death of army staff sergeant logan melgar. the "new york times" ruled that his death was ruled death by strangulation. >> he was special forces engineer sergeant with the third special forces group. that's the primary unit
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responsible for army special ops in northwest africa, including mali and niger. the four american soldiers killed in niger earlier this month were part of the same group. >> more on that. mattis and tillerson expect to testify today. lawmakers looking at whether there is a need for a new, more specific authorization of the use of military force. it comes amid mounting questions about the extent of military operations in niger following that ambush that left four american soldiers dead. cnn's david mckenzie live in niger. good morning to you. lawmakers continue to question what happened in niger. what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, dave. yes, the latest is that you have the situation that these details are slowly coming out, sometimes kopcontradictory of what happen in the ambush. a few hours from where i'm standing now in october.
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what we are learning is special forces, led by the green berets, were in fact, split up in that deadly ambush. they were a much superior force in terms of numbers of militants who took them. those groups weren't able to contact the remainder of that conv convoy. that might have led to possibly some of the soldiers being more in harm's way. three of the dead were in that group that did split up. as you said, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state in the open hearings on capitol hill later today, that has taken a much more intense focus because of this ambush in niger and the question surrounding america's presence in africa. they have 6,000 groups scattered across the continent. some senators questioning whether they knew about that deployment. it has to be said they have been close on 20 years. they play a key role, say the
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pentagon, in fighting the threat of terror in west africa and ultimately the threat to the united states. dave? >> the authorization of military force examination long overdue. dave mccitizen ki, thank you sir, live in tphaoeupblg he nig. astros are one win away from the world series championship. we'll show you this wild ride. i put the gele on my head and i looked into the mirror and i was trying not to cry. niger. astros are one win away from the world series championship. we'll show you this wild ride. tt important hat i've ever owned. discover the story only your dna can tell. order your kit now at ancestrydna.com. parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company.
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the team owner after his controversial remark about players protesting the national anthem. he said, "we can't have the inmate running the prison," regarding the ongoing protests. all but 10 players either took a knee or sat during the anthem in what was by far the largest single team protest yet. by the way, the president did not tweet about that protest. stunning. kevin spacey apologizing to fellow actor anthony rapp and coming on out as gay in the process. rapp stars on "star trek: discovery" says spacey came on to h to him when he was 14 and spacey was 26. he said he was horrified. he he said he did not remember
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the encounter. he said if i did behave as he describes i owe him the sincerest apology. >> he said i have had relationships with both men and women. i now choose to live as a gay man. i want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior. in other news, two women from hawaii who were lost at sea for five months with their dogs saying they would have been dead if the crew of the uss ashland had not rescued them. the women thanked the crew who found them 900 miles off the coast of japan thousands of miles from their intended destination of tahiti. listen. >> had they not been able to locate us, we would have been dead within 24 hours. these fine young men and women behind us took us into their care, brought us under their wing, gave us safety, took care
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1:30 in l.a. where they are hurting from the game of the world series is, which we will show you in a bit. washington on ejiofor the mueller probe. cnn first to report on friday a federal grand jury has approved the first charges in the russia investigation. that indictment is still sealed. we don't know what the charges are or who they target. >> special counsel's team has examined foreign lobbying by paul manafort and former national security adviser michael flynn. they are looking at whether the president's firing of fbi director james comey amounted to obstruction of justice. >> many are wondering whether the president might pardon some or all of mueller's targets or might fire mueller himself. >> some republican leaders say the trump administration should let the mueller probe take its course. those targeted by special counsel should take it
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seriously. >> anybody who has been advised by special counsel's office that they are targeting the investigation, which i'm sure he has done to those people, should be concerned. >> give him a chance to do his job. the results will be known by the facts, what he uncovers. the personalities are much less important to me than the underlying facts. i would say give the guy a chance to do his job. >> the latest now from cnn reporter shimon prokuecz. >> reporter: we expect to learn filed inonnectiowith the were special counsel investigation. once a federal judge unseals the indictment, a federal grand jury has approved the charges in robert mueller's probe. the charges are sealed, so we don't yet know who will be charged. we are told the expectation is that it was going to happen monday. now, anyone who is facing
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charges will be arrested and taken into custody by fbi agents and at some point will face a judge here in washington, d.c. now, this indictment, once it's unsealed, will give a window into what special counsel has been looking at and how it potentially relates to the russia investigation. dave, christine. >> all right. shimon, thanks. no surprise president trump has been pushing back hard taking aim at hillary clinton on twitter. >> we have never seen such anger and unity as i have concerned of lack of investigation on the clinton-made fake dossier made $12 million. that's a reference to wild speculation online about the cost of the dossier. the uranium to russia deal, 33,000 plus deleted e-mails, the comey fix and so much more. instead they look at phony
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trump/russia collusion, which doesn't exist. the dems are using this terrible and bad or our country witch-hunt for evil politics but the r's are now fighting back like never before. there is so much guilt by democrats/clinton and now the facts are coming out. do something. lots of luck. now boris sanchez at the white house. >> reporter: no public events. fired up over what he calls a lack of investigations into hillary clinton and the democrats in a series of tweets he specifically cites self allegations that he has made in the past about clinton, including about that now infamous dossier that was put together by fusion gps, the company at one point hired by the clinton campaign to produce opposition research against then candidate trump. he also mentions this uranium deal, the allegation that hillary clinton as secretary of state took bribes from russian
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officials in order to give them more favorable deal for uranium. we had a chance to ask ty cobb about the president's tweets and whether or not they were coming because of recent news of robert mueller's russia probe. ty cobb said the president's statement has nothing to do with that, but it is difficult to imagine these investigations are not on the president's mind. he's clearly unhappy about being investigated. officials in his campaign being investigated for allegedly colluding with russians to help the trump camp win the 2016 election. the interesting thing about this is the timing. he's attacking an opponent that he defeated almost 12 months ago. dave and christine. >> that's true. it is the trump administration not the clinton foundation.
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>> they have backed off one of the proposals, a full repeal of state tax deduction. there is no tax break for state and local income taxes or general sales tax. expect some outcry over that. speaking of that, the home builders says it opposes the bill and is planning to fight the legislation because it doesn't contain a new tax credit for home ownership. that's just the beginning. when the bill drops it will look like corporate hunger games. every single one of these tax breaks has a constituency and a lobby with that. the president tweeting as usual, the obamacare premiums
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will be up. the dems own it. they have taken steps to undermine the efforts. despite them, open enrollment season does begin this wednesday. >> it is is still the law of the land, folks. former house speaker john boehner unleashed in a profanity laced interview with politico. he said we've got some of the smartest people in america who serve in the congress, and we've got some of the dumbest. boehner said we're cleaning this up a bit. tkpwoudy, that's my guy, even though he doesn't know how to dress. f jim jordan. f ji son chaffetz. they're both a holes. tell us how you really feel. who sources tell cnn trump
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is leading to jerome powell. janet yellen's term ends in february. she would be the first fed chief in nearly 40 years not to serve a second term. the president seems to have warmed to yellen recently, he talked about wanting to make his own mark on the central bank. okay. ahead, questions mounting in puerto rico where 70% of the island is still without power over a $300 million contract made with a small montana energy company. we'll have the latest from san juan next.
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this morning puerto rico's
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electric company is set to cancel its huge power contract with a montana-based utility company at the request of the island's governor. questions have been is raised about the hiring of a company called whitefish energy. the company is two years old. it had only two full-time employees on the day the contract was signed. underlying many of the questions is the fact that whitefish is based in a small hometown of u.s. interior secretary ryan zinke. cnn's leyla santiago is in is san juan with the controversy. >> reporter: dave and christine, puerto rico's power authority wants to cancel the controversial contract with montana-based utility company whitefish energy. this comes on the same day that the governor of puerto rico has not only said this contract should be canceled, but he also says there should be a full investigation into the $300 million deal. the contracting process behind it. and the details that led to where we are today. remember, this is a controversial contract that many believed was a big task for a company that just perhaps wasn't
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ready to take it on, to restore puerto rico's very vulnerable power grid, a company that is only two years ago and with very few employees. the contract is not canceled just yet. puerto rico says it plans to exercise that cancellation clause in the contract. it will let whitefish carry out its work here in the meantime. as i have been on the streets just today talking to puerto ricans, there is a sense of frustration that is just palpable. it has been more than a month since hurricane maria and many are still without power. frustrated because many have lost their jobs because of businesses that cannot open at this time. on a day when only 29.7% of the power generated capabilities is up and running. puerto ricans continue their frustration with the power system. christine, dave. >> on the one hand criticizing
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too much bureaucracy and red tape. when there wasn't enough bureaucracy and red tape, criticizing that. no question they aren't doing the work. they are doing the work. >> a rush to judgment in both directions. two members of the navy's famed s.e.a.l. team 6 are under investigation for the killing of a green beret in mali. an "ncis" investigation is is under way in the june death of army staff sergeant logan melgar. the "new york times" was the first to report that it was ruled his death was ruled death by strangulation. >> he was special forces engineer sergeant with the third special forces group. that's the primary unit responsible for army special ops in northwest africa, including mali and niger. the four american soldiers killed in niger earlier this month were part of the same group.
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defense secretary jim mattis and secretary of state rex tillerson set to testify today before the senate foreign realizes committee. lawmakers looking at whether there is a need for a new, more specific authorization of the use of military force. the hearing comes amid mounting questions about the extent of the military operations in niger following the ambush that left four american soldiers dead. cnn's david mckenzie live in niger. good morning to you. lawmakers continue to question what happened in niger. what's the latest on the investigation there? >> reporter: christine, good morning. some of the questions might be posed on open session on capitol hill later today. but here in niger, certainly those questions are we continuingment the answers are trickling out slowly. a dramatic scene of course during this awful ambush of these american soldiers led by green berets.
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several of those u.s. special forces were separated from the rest of their convoy when that vastly superior, in terms of numbers of force, attacked them several weeks ago. now that zone of danger is just a few hours from where i'm standing here in the capital. and those militants threaten both that border region and of course the whole of niger where there are several hundred u.s. forces kept. that investigation by the pentagon certainly will be methodical. it will take more than a month potentially with investigators here on the ground both from the defense department and from the fbi trying to piece together exactly what happened and why those soldiers got into harm's way in what was initially thought to be advise is and assist role. i have to say, christine, there have been many attacks in that region.
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just recently 13 military police were killed by suspected militants. so it is a dangerous area. and u.s. forces are here on the ground. christine, dave. >> they certainly are. all right. dave mccitizkenzie, thank you. the defense department identifying 36-year-old jacob simms from juneau, alaska. he was killed when a chopper went down in afghanistan on friday. six other u.s. crew members were also injured. they're undergoing medical treatment. the pentagon said the crash was not the result of enemy action and is under investigation. an investigation under way in london after a man said he found a usb memory stick on the street belonging to heathrow international airport. it held security files including the route the queen takes when she uses the airport and maps pinpointing is surveillance cameras. it included a network of tunnels
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gurriel tying the game with this three-run home run. dodgers fired back with another grand slam but the astros weren't done. another three-run home run by altuve. >> all 5'6" of him. by the 9th, 12-9. two-run shot by puig. and this hit to center tying the game. then comes the astros alex br he egman sealing houston's victory in the 10th with the walk-off. astros lead the series 3-2. justin verlander on the hill for houston. >> houston texans players sending awe message to the team owner after his remark about player protests on friday became public that the team owner said,
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weinstein's inner circle as women were about to start coming forward against weinstein. >> all right. 55 minutes past the hour. a little bit of weather here. more than a quarter million of people lost power as a big storm hit the northeast sunday. i should say lost power, still don't have power. >> me either. >> 45 million people under a flash flood watch. a tough morning commute on the fifth anniversary of superstorm sandy. meteorologist karen mcginnis has the latest. >> we saw it right across rhode island, connecticut, eastern massachusetts. this an amalgamation of systems. leftover energy coming from tropical storm philippe. the frontal system swept along the eastern seaboard. look at some of the wind gusts. still wow, 124 miles per hour. otherwise, we typically saw
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those wind reports between 60 and close to 70 miles per hour in tauton, massachusetts, providence, rhode island. numerous wind reports. downed trees, downed power lines. rivers and streams filling up. we have already seen two, three inches of rainfall with an additional two to four possible. the storm system does begin to pull away. you will see the rain taper off, the wind taper off. that will be the good news. but there's going to be plenty of damage in the early morning. we can see what damage is left over. new york city, 50s to 60s by thursday. back to you guys. >> all right. karen, thank you for that. cnn "money" stream, global stock markets are mixed. u.s. futures looking, i'll call that flat. stocks may take a breather after the power rally on the nasdaq. it jumped 2%, it's biggest one-day gain in a year.
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investors cheering strong quarterly results from alphabet. maryland is investigating one of the kushner family real estate businesses. poor conditions at some of its properties there. kushner companies said it is cooperating. they are in compliance with allstate and local laws. jared kushner stepped down when he joined the white house in january. he is president trump's son-in-law and top adviser to the president. kushner recused himself on certain policy issues. but they remain under increased scrutiny given his proximity to the president. new steps to make ads more transparent comes amid russia used ads to influence last year's election. it will require political advertisers to verify their identities and labeled who paid
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for the ad. you can click on the discloche tore see more information about the advertisers. they are building an archive of ads. facebook, twitter, google will head to capitol hill to answer questions about russian meddling in the election. they all acknowledge they sold political ads to russian agents. >> you need users to scrutinize things. are they going to click on a link that gives them transparency? >> i'm so surprised just how much false information i see people sharing. and people get fired up about it. >> "early start" continues right now with the latest. the special counsel investigation. happening as soon as today.
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the first arrest may be imminent. a federal grand jury has approved its first charges. the trump administration bracing for those first arrests in the mueller probe. the president shifting focus -- he is shifting focus to none other than hillary clinton. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start" this monday morning. i'm christine romans.

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