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a guilty plea, two indictment the and a lot of tension fblt the first big moves by the russian special counsel. just a widening net. could more dominos be lady to fall? good morning. >> really nice to see you here today. nice to see you. i'm christine romans. good morning. it is tuesday, october 31, halloween. the white house this morning in full damage control mode after robert mueller is focussed on collusion. a republican close to the white house says president trump is
quote seething. aides are warning the president not to lash out after the indictments of paul manafort and his lieutenant rick gates. >> those charges weren't a surprise but what was a shock was the revelation that george papadoupolos pleaded guilty earlier this month makes statements to the fbi. he admitted to lying to agents about the timing of his contact with russia. the complaint against papadoupolos outlines a meeting he had with a rauussia linked professor. >> it also lays out the attempts for him to set up meetings between the campaign and top russian officials. despite white house attempts to down play. he was e-mailing with a campaign manager. >> the revelation this papadoupolos is cooperating with
the fbi is heightening the unne unneu unease. >> good morning, christine and alec. monday's charges show the mueller investigation is zeroing in on collusion. george papadoupolos, a former foreign policy adviser to the trump campaign pleaded guilty on october 5 to making fault statements to the fbi about his contacts with russia, and according to records undealed monday, the fbi alleges he falsely described his interactions with a certain foreign contact who discussed dirt related e-mails concerning hillary clinton. one. court documents describes an emt sent by papadoupolos to a high-ranking campaign official who a source says is paul manafort. request for -- it went on to say russia was eager to meet with the candidate and had been
reaching out. the documents allege he forwarded that e-mail toe another official, rick gates. that said we need someone to commune date dt is not doing these trips. in another e-mail campaign supervisor allegedly tells papadoupolos i would encourage you and another policy adviser to the campaign to make the trip if it is feasible. that trip to russia never happened according to the officials. >> okay. thank you so much for that. paul manafort and his aide rick gates now under house arrest. a federal judge also ordering the passports confiscated setting bond at $10 million for manafort, $5 million for gates. the indictment gejs the men contains 12 counts including tax fraud. documents say some of the charges stem from millions manafort earned, much of it lobbyi lobbying. >> both men pleaded not guilty
on monday denying any wrongdoing. the charges stretch from the mid 2,000's. the accusations do not relate to the trump campaign but it is possible the special counsel could add more charges later. the sources say manafort and gates discussrd e-mails from papadoupolos encouraging that outreach to the russ. itself fr. these guys are bad guys when they started. they were bad guys when they left. the president also tweeting, sorry, but this is years ago before paul manafort was part of the trump campaign. why aren't crooked hillary and the dem's the focus? also adding there is no collusion. >> that was before the news of the george papadoupolos's guilty plea. white house response since then, a rare day-long stretch of
silence on the trump twitter account. white house lawyer says he has not responded because he quote doesn't know him. admits the two men may have been together one time in ristry. >> that one time at a nation security meeting during the campaign. few days earlier, candidate trump had this to say about the man his lawyer says he doesn't know. >> george papadoupolos is an oil and energy consultant, excellent guy. >> white house press secretary working to minimize his role in the campaign. >> can you just explain what george papadoupolos' role was? >> it was extremely limited. it was a volunteer position, and again, no activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign in that regard. >> what about the outreach to the campaign officials to try to put together this --
>> the outreach that was repeatedly denied? we're not going to take any action on that? >> despite sand ders' claim that papadoupolos court filing suggests he was acting with the campaign's blessing. a campaign e-mail urges him to go ahead with the propose the august meeting with russia officials saying i would encourage you and another foreign policy adviser to make the trip if it is feasible. washington post reports that e-mail came from trump campaign national cochairman. >> steve bannon weighing in on the russian probe. a source close tell cnn he is pushing president trump to fight back addrea-against robert muel. >> among bannon's suggestions press republicans to cut funding to the special council and publicly debate the mandate. go on a massive pr campaign and
generally try to get capitol hill to engage. the source tells cnn that the play nice strategy being pressed is quote an epic failure. some mentioned the pocket of firing mueller but one of the president's attorney tells cnn there are no plans to do so. russia's reaction, let's bring in our reporter from moscow. >> reporter: christine, we're seeing a bit of the first reaction from russian officials. compli meanting "fox news's" coverage. saying there's no evidence of collusion. "fox news" bafrpgly dismissing everything else. also a little bit from the foreign ministry spokes woman pointing to a half line where it
references the position of the uk cranian president, a position she didn't hold. dismisses that line and by extension dismisses the rest of the investigation. and the indictments there. that's likely to continue to be the russian position. they've never admitted or acknowledged any election meddling despite unanimous agreement by the u.s. intelligence agency that is russia did meddle. they say there's never been any collusion. that position not likely to change. we will have a chance later on today to speak with the kremlin spokesperson. it's not likely to change from russia's position. they're not about to say yes, we did it. so they'll continue what has been a repeated denial. they're also likely to point out that george papadoupolos never actually, according to his guilty plea, spoke with russian officials. we'll have a better sent of that after we speak to the kremlin
spokesperson. >> so many new details from the investigation. also tech companies will be heading to capitol hill this week to talk about russian ad buys and patrol farm the that work in social media. fascinating picture. get back to us if you get response. thanks. president putin has shown very little indication in the past of wanting to get involved. just letting it play out. all right. democrats are also feeling the ripple effects of the first criminal charges in this mueller investigation. democratic power broker tony pod des ca said he is stepping aside. tony podesta representing a range here in the u.s. and abroad. >> cnn reported the firm failed to disclose its group with a group with ties with manafort.
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farm. 29 million saw the post directly. 126 through sharing. meanwhile, twitter identified about 2700 accounts linked to the same troll farm. now facebook and twitter stress this reps a tiny fraction. both companies face criticism. facebook is being called a haven for fake news. the russian posts promoted divisive campaigns on issues like race immigration and begun rights. the goal, to amplify political discord during the 2016 presidential campaign. now, the white house chief of staff saying a lack of compromise was the route cause of the civil bar. in a fox interview he was asked about removal of historic but controversial plaques honoring george washington and general robert e. lee. >> he was an honorable man.
he was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which in 150 years ago was more important than country. it was always royalty to state first back in those days, now it's different today. the lack of an ability to compromise led to the civil war. and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand. >> on both sides, kelly said strikingly similar to president tru trump's charlottesville. >> house of cards crumbling down. sexual misconduct allegations against kevin spacey factor in that decision. you wouldn't do only half
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all right. breaking kproefr nite in salt lake city, one person shot and killed just off the campus of the university of utah. police say the suspect the gunman is considered armed and dangerous. our affiliate says police have been combing the foothills around the university into the early morning hours. the victim was in a vehicle when the fatal shots were fired. we'll bring you more detailing as they become available. the fbi is looking into a $300 million contract with whitefish energy struck with puerto rico's power authority. now members of congress have raced concern over the way the contract was awarded to the small montana firm. it turns out that the company has ties to the trump
administration. cnn's leyla santiago has more. >>reporter: christine and alex, the fbi now wants more answers on this. they have opened a preliminary inquiry to find out more about that $300 million deal between whitefish energy and puerto rico's power authority. now the governor is still standing by his decision to call for the termination of that contract. he says he has no evidence of any wrongdoing but he says this is all become a district shn. a distraction, he say said because of controversy. many have questioned how a 2-year-old company based out of montana with very few employees landed such a big deal with such big responsibilities to restore puerto rico's power grid. i got to tell you, as we were out and about, talking to people today, we definitely sensed the frustration. we even talked to somebody contractors of white fish and
they tell us they're frustrated because of what any believe are politics getting in the way of what they believe are delays in the progress and for so many on this island, a 3.5 million u.s. citizens, now the question is where do we go from here. so many are waiting to see what will happen next when it comes to restoring energy and power for the people on this island, nearly 6 weeks after hurricane maria struck. christine? alex? >> all right. we know you'll continue to follow that for us. news here on the second suspect in the benghazi attacks was custody this morning. he was captured for his alleged role in the incident. they have video of him present at one of the two sites of the attack. >> an official tells us that he has since been flown to a u.s.
navy ship and expected to be transferred to the u.s. to face federal prosecution. it's unclear at this time when that will take place. his capture comes as the suspected master mind of the attack is currently on trial in washington. the defense resting its case in the corruption trial against new jersey senator bob menendez and a wealthy doctor after a judge refused the lawyers request to grant a mistrial. that means neither will testify. the case to go to the jury later this week. the attorneys and judge are expected to meet today for a conference dwrout side the presence of the jury. prosecutors say menendez accepted extravagant trips in exchange for getting the as administration to help the doctor. >> house of cards is being canceled after his sixth season less than a day after kevin
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the president is seething. his former campaign manager indicted. a former campaign advisor pleading guilty and now helping the feds. what's in store for the special counsel and the white house. welcome back to "early start" this morning. >> i'm alex marquardt. it is 30 minutes past the hour. the white house in full damage control after the surest sign yet that special counsel robert mueller is focussed on collusion in his investigation of russian interference in the 2016 election. president trump is quote seething. aides are warning the president not to lash out at mueller. >> those charges were not a surprise. but what was a shock wa the revelation that campaign foreign policy advisor george papadoupolos pleaded guilty earlier this month to making false statements to the fbi. papadoupolos admitted to lying
to agents about the timing of his contacts with the russians. the complaint outlines a meeting he had with a russian-linked professor. >> it also lays out his attempts to set up a meeting between campaign and russian officials. despite white house attempts to down play, he was e-mailing with paul manafort and also another campaign manager, cory lieu an do you ski. >> revelation he is cooperating. our coverage begins with cnn's pamela brown in washington. >> reporter: good morning. monday's charges show the mu mueller investigation is zeroing in on the collusion as well as crimes committed before the campaign. george papadoupolos, a former
foreign policy advisor to the trump campaign pleaded guilty on october 5 to making false statements to the fbi about his contacts to russian. and according to records unsealed monday the fbi alleges he falsely described his interactions with a certain foreign contact who discuss issed dirt related e-mails concerning hillary clinton. one of the court documents describes an e-mail sent to a high ranking official. and the e-mail had the subject line request from russia to meet mr. trump. it went on to say russia was eager to meet with the candidate and had been reaching out. the documents allege that that manafort forwarded them to another. we need someone to communicate, someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal. in another e-mail a campaign
supervis supervisor i would advice you to make the trip if it is feasible. that trip to russia never happened according to the officials. >> thanks to pamela brown. now paul manafort and his aide, rick gates are under house arrest. a federal judge ordered their passports confis kated and set $10 million and $5 bonds. 12 counts including conspiracy to launder money and tax fraud. some of the charges stem from millions manafort earned, much of it for lobbying for ukraine's pro-russian government and then laundering through offshore accounts. >> both men pleaded not guilty. charges stretch from the mid 2000. the accusations do not in fact relate to directly to the trump campaign.
as familiar la mentioned sources say they discuss the e-mails encouraging outreach to russians. the west wing is quickly distancing itself from all of these vmts. a source says these were bad guys when they started, they were bad guys when they left. the president also tweeting sorry, but this is years ago, before paul manafort wars part of the trump campaign. but why aren't crooked hillary and the dems the focus. that is five question marks there. three minutes later adding also, there is no collusion. >> that was before the news of george papadoupolos's guilty plea. since then a rare day-long stretch of silence on the trump twitter account. the president's lawyer says there's no response because he doesn't know them. he says the two men may have been together, one time. >> that was at a nation security meeting at the campaign.
a few days earlier candidate trump had this to say about the man his lawyer says he doesn't know. >> george papadoupolos is an energy consultant. excellent guy. >> white house press secretary also working to minimize papadoupolos's role in the campaign. >> can you just explain what george papadoupolos's role with the campaign was. >> it was extreme limited. it was a volunteer position and again, no activity was ever done in an official capacity. on behalf of the campaign in that regard. >> what about the outreach to the campaign officials to-- >> you mean the outreach that was repeatedly denied? where. >> despite the claim, the campaign e-mail urges papadoupolos to go ahead with the proposed august meeting with russian officials saying, quote,
i would encourage you and another foreign policy adviser to make the trip if it is feasible. washington post reports that e-mail came from is this man, trump's campaign national cochairman. >> steve bannon, another big name weighing in on the russian probe. a course close to the former white house chief strategist telling cnn that ban non is pushing president trump to fight back what he called aggressively against robert mueller. he wants the white house to launch a campaign against the special council. >> among that cut finding. he's also pushing to slow document production, go on a massive pr campaign and j generally try to get capitol hill to engage. this source tells cnn the play nice is quote an epic failure.
>> one of the president's attorneys tells cnn there are no plans to do that. >> for russia's reaction to these develops let's bring in cnn's reporter live in moscow. >> have we heard anything? >> reporter: we haven't heard from the kremlin yesterday but do expect a daily call later on from the spokesperson. we will be able to ask a couple questions. we are seeing other reaction including from an outspoken politician. here's what he had is a say. he points to "fox news." he says they note there was no confirmation between the collusion. the adherence of the conspiracy theory screwed up once again. forcing that same type of reaction from the foreign ministry spokes woman who pointed to a mistake in a half a line and used that mistake to
essentially dismiss not only the indictment, but essentially all of yesterday's findings. that's what we expect to see from the kremlin. at the charges and guilty plea from papadoupolos doesn't have him meeting or speaking with russian officials, just trying to. the idea any sort of collusion will still dismiss. what could give us more insight is when we find out who the unnamed contacts are in the indictments and in the guilty plea from papadoupolos. if they have keks to roupgs officials, that may change the story, but for now, it's more of what we're seeing which is a continued russian denial of any sort of russian meddling despite u.s. intelligence agreeing there was and any sort of denial of collusion. >> thanks. it will truly be a busy day over there as well. democrats also feeling the ripple effects of the first criminal charges.
democratic power broker tony podesta says he is stepping aside from the podesta group, the washington lobbying firm he founded. tony represented a range of clients here in u.s. and abroad. >> cnn reported earlier the firm failed to fully disclose its work to are a ukrainian group. podesta's firm has since amended that paperwork. it also shows up in the manafort indictment unsealed on monday described as quote company b. >> 39 minutes past the hour. everyone knows slavery was the cause behind the civil war so why did the white house chief of staff say this? >> the lack of ability to compromise led to the civil war and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand. >> on both sides. comments from john kelly. next. oh, look... another anti-wrinkle cream
all right. president trump will reveal his pick for fed chair tomorrow. it looks like current chief janet yellen may be out of a job. leaving the u.s. central bank as one of the most powerful posts in the world. the current frontrunner fed governor jerome powell. sources warn he to still change his mind. he's been on the federal reserve board appointed by president obama. he will be the first individual not an economist in more than 40 years. he was supported yellen's agenda so there probably won't be a major shift in monetary policy. trump's decision will end months of speculation about yellen. she was appointed by president obama in 2013. the her term expires next february. if she is not renominated.
she would be the first fed chief in nearly 40 years to not get a second term. white house chief of staff john kelly says a lack of compromise was the root cause of the civil war in a "fox news" interview. he was asked about removal of historic but controversial plaques honoring george washington and robert e. lee. >> robert e lee was an honorable man. he was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which in 150 years ago was more important than country. it was always loyalty to state first back in those days. now it's differnt today. but the lack of an ability to compromise led to the civil war. and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand. >> on both sides. kelly said strikingly similar to president trump's charlottesville comments.
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house. to be fair, you could say the same thing about trump on any given day. >> wow, he allegedly laundered $1 million through a rug store and the rug he bout wasn't even convincing. he added also there is no collusion. so bad at this. it's like getting pulled off and saying i wasn't speeding officer and also, there's no cocaine in the glove compartment. the first indictment. who's our first lucky winner, why it's former trump campaign manager paul manafort seen here looking innocent before proven guilty. now i know it's almost halloween but it really feels more like christmas. paul manafort, you're just the first of many ♪ >> we also learned about an fbi
investigation into former trump foreign policy advisor and groomsman offering you ecstasy at the koer moan. george papadoupolos. he tried to arrange a meeting. you can't do that. that's don jr.'s job. >> steven colbert having way too much fun. the fbi is looking into a $300 million contract whitefish energy struck with puerto rico's power authority to rebuild the island's power grid after hurricane maria. concern was raised how it was awarded. turns out the company has ties to the trump administration. cnn's leyla santiago has more. >>reporter: the fbi now wants more answers on this. they have opened a preliminary inquiry to find out more about that $300 million deal between
whitefish energy and puerto rico's power authority. now the governor is still standing by his decision to call for the termination of that contract. he says he has no evidence of any wrongdoing, but he says this is all become a distraction. a distraction, he say, because of controversy, many have questioned how a two--year-old company based out of montana with very few employees landed such a big deal with big responsibilities to restore the power grid. i got to tell you. we definitely sensed the tru frustration. we talked to subcontractors and they say they've frustrated because they believe are politics getting in the way. so many on this island, 3.5 million u.s. citizens now
the question is where do we go from here. so many are waiting to see what will happen next when it comes to restoring energy and power for the people on this island, nearly six weeks after hurricane maria struck. >> now, breaking overnight in salt lake city, one person is shot and killed just off the campus of the university of utah. the police say the suspect the gunman austin boutain is considered armed an zain dangerous. the victim was in a vehicle when the fatal shots were fired. we will bring you all the details as they become available. the defense is resting its case in the corruption trial against new jersey senator bob menendez and a relty doctor. this after a federal judge refused the lawyer's request to declare a mistrial.
that means neither will testify. >> the attorneys and judge are expected to meet today for a conference outside the presence of a jur i. prosecutors say menendez accepted extravagant trips. >> house of cards is being canceled after its sixth season, the announcement coming less than one day after star kevin spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by anthony rapp. he says he was just 14 years old at the time. sources tell cnn the decision to end the series and the allegations facing spacey are not related. >> netflix did not offer an explanation but did address the allegations in a -- saying executives travelled to baltimore to make sure the cast
and crew feel safe and supported. as scheduled, spacey is not working on the set. >> halloween forecast calling for cool ghouls across the country. christine and alex good morning. how about the colder air here locked into portions of the midwest. temps you would see maybe in december or january. chicago 43, detroit 42. maybe morning snow somehow ares. 70's down around the south. chilly air confined toward the upper midwest. notice the lake effect snow machine is on in full effect. isolated pockets of moderate snow come down throughout the afternoon but generally the story will be the breezy weather left from yesterday. expect the winds to begin to die down through the afternoon
andeeing hours especially come wednesday afternoon. climbing up to the 70's in new york and washington, closing on 80's in parts of the south. even st. louis could touch 70's. thank you very much. that's your weather. let's talk about money this morning. check on moin stream. global stack markets are higher after wall street retreated from record territory. u.s. stocks dropped after news the long awaited tax cuts to be gradual. considering a progressive rate. pharma company merck, announcing a setback to its key cancer medicine. sprint and t-mobile edger seemed to be over. they're calling off negotiations. the concern was over the ownership structure of the combined business.
reps for all three companies did not immediately comment but marks the second high profile effort to combine. the head of the top u.s. consumer watch dog has a message for president trump. veto this bill or you will hurt consumers. the bill in question, repeal the rule that bans arbitration clauses. final companies use those to stop customers from filing class action suits. a last ditch plea to preserve this rule. white house applauded the bill which he acknowledged many have told me i'm wasting my time writing this letter. adding that the rule protects people who want to take action together to right the wrongs done to them. he's an unpopular fact ure among republicans. many have called on trump to fire him. >> that rule got a lot of attention when the senate decided to roll it back. >> all right. well "early start" continues
right now. -- captions by vitac -- . >> a guilty plea. the first big move by the russian special counsel suggests a widening net. lot to get to this morning. welcome to "early start." >> i'm alex marquardt. it is tuesday, october 31, 5:00 a.m. in the east. the white house is in full damage control after the surest sign yet that special counsel robert mueller is focussed conclusion in russian interference a republican close to the white house says president trump is quote seething. his aides are urging the president not no lash out at mueller after the indictments monday. >> those charges weren't necessary a surprise, but what
was a shock was the revelation this the campaign foreign policy advisor, gorge papadoupolos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the fbi. he admitted to lying to agents about the timing of contacts with russias. the compliant outlines a link he had with a russian professor. >> also attempts to set up meetings between the campaign and top russian officials, despite white house officials down playing, he was e-mailing with the campaign chairman, paul manafort. he was also e-mailing with another senior campaign official, the national campaign manager, cory lowen do you ski. >> the revelation that papadoupolos is cooperating with the fbi heightening the unease among trump allies, we begin with cnn's pamela brown in washon