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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.
much less important to me than the underlying facts. i would say give the guy a chance to do his job. >> dave and christine, 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, as reported on friday, has approved these charges in
special counsel robert mueller's probe. we don't know stim who will be charged. the expectation was that it was going to happen monday. anyone 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. this indictment, once unsealed, will give us a poeupbd into what has been looking at. dave, christine. president trump frustrated about the russia probe. no surprise he's been pushing back hard, taking aim at hillary clinton on twitter. >> here's what he said, wrote, or tweeted. never seen such republican anger and unity as i have concerning the lack of investigation on clinton made fake do's area. now $12 million? that's a reference to
speculation -- wild speculation on the cost of the dossier. uranium to russia deal, 33,000 deleted e-mails, the comey fix and so much more. instead they look at phony trump/russia collusion which doesn't exist. the dems are losing this terrible, and bad for our country, witch-hunt for evil politics but the r's are now fighting back like never before. there is so much guilty by democrats/clinton and now the facts are pouring out. do something. joining us is senior political analyst ron brownstein at the atlantic. good morning. 5:00 a.m. in the east. do something. >> telling the republican congress this is where you should be. kind of moving in this direction. look, this feels much more like
talking points to kind of mobilize their core supporters, which has been the essence of communication strategy, at least the communication strategy involving the president since the beginning. it is a serious attempt at a deal that's coming. i paraphrase churchill. sit not the beginning of the end but probably the beginning of the ending of the indictments happening today. it will move to a new stage. >> we don't know anything other than first charges have been filed. we don't know who or what. what will it give a sense of where we're headed? >> i think the big question we don't know, and you're right, close to the core issue, these indictments will be connected. whether this is behavior not related to the main line, activity that predates the
election or is about the work as a foreign lobbyist, most interpret it as increasing the pressure on them relative to the central issue. we really don't know. i felt all along it is very hard, and i think you will agree, to handicap or analyze a political campaign because it is an iceberg. most of what's happening is happening outside our view. today maybe we will get the beginning of a window into what they believe and know. >> fired by the president, by the way, talked a little bit yesterday how we should watch his reaction. his reaction will be telling. let's listen to that. >> i would look nor a couple things. one, whether or not he talks in a way that could be used in the future because he would do that. the second thing is to see if the president of the united states sends some kind of
message to the potential defendant or other witnesses. >> some is kind of messages as he has done with sheriff arpaio. >> the offer to pay legal fees. that raises the same questions for people who are going to be potentially testifying. look, i think if republicans on capitol hill do not want to be in the 2018 election defending a firing of the special counsel, they have to make very clear it is unacceptable, especially if we get a strong reaction from the president. there is nothing that happened so far that gives the sense that he accepts the normal boundaries, the informal boundaries. for example, directly interviewing potential u.s. attorneys which is a change, including for including mr. bharara's job. they have to be clear in is saying that is unacceptable. it was kind of a mixed message yesterday, as it has been all
the way through. >> trey gowdy said give the guy a chance to do his job. what if he does want to fire mueller. what can he do other than just give lip service to it? how can they protect? >> they can certainly pass legislation, reauthorizing the statute. veto-proof majority. we don't know. i don't think we know. that is a critical question. certainly you have seen in the last week or so republicans kind of really -- more republicans rally this idea we should be really investigating hillary clinton. and they are in a very difficult position. as we have seen, we have seen the last three republican nominees, mitt romney, john mccain, george w. bush, regarding his behavior at home and abroad. maybe 60% of their agenda does overlap.
there are things they both want to do. not everything. not on trade. there is differences on immigration, foreign policy, other areas. but on a big tax cut, they all want to do that. even susan cole since is saying he is the president. what are we going to do. as i said, if they do not believe that whether it is good for the country or good for them, either one. if they don't want to be in a position having to explain to voters while they stood by why the president dismissed special counsel they will. they need to send a clear message if he does that they will find a way to continue the investigation. >> it rolls out wednesday. maybe tax cuts, not tax reform. >> it is is a different beast. >> it definitely is. >> the president will name who his new fed chief will be. and he goes to asia on friday. >> where the midst of the north korea. the funny thing about this, i
have felt increasingly if the president's communication strategy is almost a completely different plain than the policy agenda. what the president has shown is he can dominate the news cycle with analyst succession of personal and cultural conflicts. he hasn't shown he can move public opinion. what was the approval of the bill. 20% to 25%. 60% still oppose building the wall. and the tax cut is starting under water. he can generate a lot of controversy and move us around the axle. >> ron brownstein fresh off 5 hours and 17 minutes of baseball, still informing and educational. 22 home runs, ron. >> back in a few minutes. >> questions mount anything puerto rico where 70% of the island is still without power.
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all right. this morning puerto rico's electric company is set to cancel its huge power restoration 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. 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 laila sanity is awe going is in san juan with the 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 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. leyla santiago for us in san one. 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" was the first to report 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 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. meanwhile, defense secretary
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derek fisher slides into home to score the game-winning run. they win an absolute thriller, 13-12. >> it is high pressure out there. >> we're going to fight to the end. and we're one win away from being world series champions. >> hopefully we can win one more game and take a break because this is hard on me. >> astros lead 3-2. they could win their first ever world series title as the series shifts back to l.a. for game six. >> houston texans taking a knee and linking arms during a national anthem after a controversial comment made by the team's owner. during a discussion about the recent anti-protests bob mcnair said, "we can't have the inmates running the prison."
a lot of emotions running through the team. >> a huge sense of unity. forget everything else. once people started trying to block out any objedistraction wy have had and go to work. >> he initialed two apologies saying i'm truly sorry is for how this affected them. he said he was referring to the relationship between the owners and the league in that controversial remark not the players. the game was a thriller. watson, amazing again, throwing four touchdowns. he has an nfl record 19 in his first seven games. but the seahawks would rip out the hearts of the texans scoring with seconds, 41-38.
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a russian investigation after a federal grand jury has approved its first charges. >> the trump administration bracing for the first arrest in the mueller probe. the president is shifting focus. where else? hillary clinton. thanks for getting your "early start" with us. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. 30 minutes past the hour. washington is on edge looking for possible arrests in special counsel's robert mueller's probe in russian interference in the 2016 election. cnn was first to report that a federal grand jury has approved the first charges in the investigation. that indictment is still sealed. we don't know what those charges are or who they target. >> special counsel team has examined foreign lobbying by chairman paul manafort and national security adviser
michael flynn. they are looking at whether the firing of fbi director james comey amounted to obstruction of justice. >> many are wondering whether the president might pardon some or all of his targets or whether he might fire phaoeurl himself. "the wall street journal" editorial board calls on him to resign. >> the trump administration 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 they are targeting the investigation which i'm sure he has done, should be concerned. >> i will encourage my republican friends, the guy has to do his job. the result will be done by the facts, by what he uncovers. the personalities involved are much less important to me than the underlying facts. and i would say give the guy a chance to do his job. >> all right. we have the latest from cnn crime and justice reporter
shimon prokupecz. >> 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 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 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. simone, thanks. joining us is ron brownstein and fresh 5 hours, 17 minutes of baseball. >> 5 hours and 17 minutes ago.
>> as much as i want to talk about baseball. >> i say yes. >> we have to talk about how the president might react to whatever these charges are in this special counsel investigation. where else? twitter. the president went on this tweet. we will put it up for you on the screen. it started with -- >> we have never seen such anger and unity as i have concerned of lack of investigation on the clinton-made fake dossier made you can read the rest. how key is that? >> look, i think it is going to be fascinating. the lawyers have tried to push him towards a posture of at lea least. he is trying to undermine the credibility of the investigation itself and shifting the focus to democrats. i think particularly that second message about hillary clinton, who is not the president, we
should underscore, goes with the larger communication strategy we have seen since day one. at least from the president himself has been focused overwhelmingly on general his base. >> real policy stuff is happening too. a bill weapons on tax reform. you say tax cuts not tax reform. >> what they said was they wanted permanent tax reform. it requires them to raise money to offset the tax cuts. they're not going to get anywhere near that. there is no remote indication this white house has the dexterity and the political kind of wrapbg ngling skills to do w they did in 1986. this is a big tax cut. part of the problem they've got is distribution tables and early analysis show that it provides minimal benefits to people
actually raises taxes on a majority of families between 150 and 350 who many are on cultural and behavioral grounds. 80% of the benefits in the framework, the people in the top 1%. as i said, raising taxes on the upper middleclass, particularly high class states and local jurisdictions, that is a very tough political equation. >> a lot of pushback about the tax policies in a wopbe wonky w. he doesn't like the format. >> he said it will trickle down. they will put out a specific bill wednesday. it will be another round. >> we are calling it corporate hunger games. all the lobbyisting fight toing to save -- the president wants 15% tax rate but 20% is what's in this bill. they will all be fighting over
how that happens. >> national association of homeowners, which wins a lot of fights on capitol hill, are against the bill. this is a bill that the offsets are still leaving them $1.25 trillion short. if you do a tax bill that enlarges the deficit that much, there will be more on entitlement programs when the majority of donald trump's votes is whites, voting republican. they will face pressure. >> that's how the companies are making more money than ever before. the argument that you must reform the tax code immediately to juice the economy. the economy is doing great right now. >> where do you see the numbers
slipping? >> you're seeing it on both ends of the coalition. you can compare him to most other presidents. he is only in the 30s among college educated white voters. they were skeptical to begin with. more skeptical around behavior. what has to be more worrying. you look at fox and nbc wash journal poll, among white voters without a college degree. that was his core. he won 67% of those voters. >> why? >> i think it is more policy. the big decline was around the health care bill around noncollege white women. they voted for him over the first white woman nominee. they are down 40% in the nbc/washington street journal. they did not like pulling back on the government attempts. these are economically strained voters. they're hoping that the tax cut will bring back a lot of these
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questions have been is raised about the hiring of a company 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 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.
lawmakers are looking at whether there is a need for authorization of military force. the ambush in niger left four american soldiers dead. davidmorning in niger. lawmakers seem to have questions about what happened there i niger. what's the latest on the investigation? >> reporter: well, details are coming out day after day. but still many questions, christine about what exactly happened earlier in october. close to where i'm standing now. it was on the border region of niger and mali. those u.s. special forces led by the green berets came in a sustained ambush attack. that convoy split up during that attack. american soldiers trying to get out to out flank the enemy when they were up against superior
fire power. the niger ien soldier said they had support on the way out to the scene. we shouldn't read too much into that. multiple attacks by al qaeda and isis links. why is the solution to this within this region of africa? the u.s. africa command said it is is vital to have american forces on the ground. many say it needs to be held to get this out of stability. christine, dave. >> thank you so much for that. all right. it's been all over the authorization of use of military
force. chris cuomo with a look at what's coming up on "new day". good morning, my friends. look, this will be an important process today. you know, the way this was supposed to work isn't the way it will play out right now. this is all going to happen kind of first. you will see there will be hearings held in the committee where military leaders will come in. they will talk about niger, what's going on. that is supposed to, supposed to start a process of looking at the broader question, the bigger question, do our lawmakers know what the strategy is? have they voted on it? the answer to that is no. and should they? the answer to that is yes. we'll be following that. and big boxes we need to check. what's going on with mueller's investigation. we'll take you through the timing of how we got to where we are right now and what could be expected. we won't speculate too much about it because that's a waste
of time, guys, let's be honest. here's the main point. two big ways that prosecutions start at a place of where we are right now. there are two ways you can go. big and small and build. so we're going to talk about which made more sense in this situation. >> jeffrey toobin, a lot of questions for him, on "new day". why the state's attorney germ is looking at certain apartments. cnn "money" stream next. ...has grown into an enterprise. that's why i switched to the spark cash card from capital one. now, i'm earning unlimited 2% cash back on every purchase i make. everything. what's in your wallet? ( ♪ ) ♪ one is the only number ♪ that you'll ever need ♪ ♪ because one is the only number ♪
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>> had they not been able to locate us, we would have been dead within 24 hours. these fine young men and wen behind us took us into their care, brought us under their wing, gave us safety, took care of our animals, gave us toothbrushes, things that we didn't even think about bringing with us when we left. >> five months at sea. >> toothbrush? >> they had enough food for a year but no toothbrush. >> i don't mean to get sidetracked. a huge storm hit the northeast today and right now about 45 million people under a flash flood watch on the fifth anniversary of superstorm sandy. a tough commute across the
region. meteorologist karen maginnis with the latest. there are going to be a lot of frustrated business travelers this morning as our powerful storm system continues to pull away from the northeast and new england. in its wake, boy, have we seen quite a bit of damage with the high winds, the heavy rainfall. here are some of the wind reports. mount washington, winds gusting up to 124 miles per hour. charleston, rhode island, taunton, 70-mile-per-hour mark. the rainfall is still persistent across this region. as of late, 2 to 4 additional inches of rainfall expected in coastal regions of massachusetts. so kind of a soggy start to the workweek. take a look at the winds. some of the winds gusting up near hurricane force. but as it pulls away, we will start to see it begin to taper off. the temperatures will start to
rebound. new york city, you go from 50s to the 60s towards the end of the workweek. for atlanta, back into the low 70s. back to you guys. >> all right. a million without power. check the school listing, folks. you might have late starts. cnn "money" stream this morning. u.s. futures looking flat here. expecting stocks could take a breather after friday's power rally. nasdaq up 2%. the biggest gain in almost a year. great, strong quarterly results from some of the big tech names like amazon, microsoft, google parent alphabet. s&p 500 hit a record high as well. maryland is investigating one of the kushner real estate businesses. they said there were poor companies at some of the properties there. kushner properties is cooperating with the maryland attorney general and said it is in compliance with state and
local laws. jared kushner stepped down from kushner properties when he joined the white house. he has recused himself on certain policy issues. his family's real estate business remains under increased scrutiny given his proximity to the president. facebook is outlining new steps to make ads more transparent. the move comes amid ongoing concerns that russia used facebook to influence last year's election. social media giant will label who paid for the ad. users can click on the discloche tore see even more information about the advertisers. facebook is building an a archive of collection ads. it will be tested in canada next month. twitter and google are set to appear on capitol hill to answer questions about russian meddling in the election.
there has been criticism that they have been slow to police their own platform. >> we need more scrutiny. >> we'll see where it came from. there is an old saying, don't believe everything you read. >> unfortunately people do and will continue to. "new day" starts right now. we'll see you tomorrow. the first arrest in special counsel robert mueller's investigation could happen as early as today. >> anybody targeted should be concerned. >> it is is likely to be either mike flynn or paul manafort. >> we still don't have any evidence of collusion. >> the president fired up over what he calls a lack of investigations into hillary clinton and the democrats. >> he is doing everything possible to distract s. and now this under