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the much talked about memo, the u.s. president approves its release. republicans say it shows the fbi and justice department abused power. democrats say it distorts the truth, is an attempt to undermine the russia investigation. >> we'll break it down the hour. plus, a father's unspeakable pain facing the sports doctor who abused his three daughters. he loses control. the battle of the bands. advertisers hoping to win big this coming super bowl sunday. some of us watch it for the
commercials. welcome to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world, we are coming to you live. i'm natalie allen. i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts right now. it's 4:00 a.m. here on the u.s. east coast. a lot of people find the story confusing. a lot of details. we want to break it down. it is that much talked about memo and the question, does it discredit the russia investigation? the u.s. president, donald trump, being accused of doing just that, allege the fbi improperly obtained a warrant to spy on a private citizen, in this case, carter page. >> the content of the controversial memo is highly disputed. critics say it only shows part of the picture.
jim acosta explains, the memo should not be public. >> reporter: as all of washington expected, the president green lighted the release of a memo that portrays mr. trump as the real victim of the russia investigation. the president poured it on from the oval office. >> i think it's terrible, if you want to know the truth. it's a disgrace, what's going on in this country. the memo was sent to congress. congress will do whatever they are doing to do. i think it's a disgrace what's happening in our country. when you look at that and see that and so many other things, what's going on, a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that. >> the memo drafted by devin nunes characterizing a politically compromised dossier to obtain authorization to spy on carter page's interactions
with the russians. >> people are con flating a lot of details and jumping to conclusions. >> reporter: the white house released the memo saying there was interest in the document. the steele dossier wasn't part of the surveillance warrant, alleging steele was desperate mr. trump not be elected. christopher wray saying it expressed grave concerns about the facts. the president's decision to release the memo was all too clear in the morning. he lashed out at the gop team. the top leadership and investigators at the fbi politicized the say credit investigative process in favor of democrats and against republicans, something that would have been unthinkable a short time ago. rank and file are great people. it raises questions about whether mr. trump would fire rod
rosenstein and remove bob mueller. >> you fig your that one out. >> reporter: he was praising rosenstein, as well as another colleague. >> they are har vavard graduate. rod has 27 years in the department. rachel a number of years in the department previously. they both represent the quality and leadership we want in the department. >> critics blasted the handling of the memo from all signs. senator john mccain said the latest attacks on the fbi serve no american interest. former fbi director, james comey tweeted, that's it, describing it as dishonest and misleading. the ranking democrat, adam schiff disputed the finding
saying this ignores that the investigation did not begin with or rise with khris fear steele or the dossier. democrats have their own memo that disputes the republicans findings, but republicans on the house intelligence voted to block its release. the president would not answer whether he would release that memo. the white house issued a statement saying it could. the administration stands ready to work and accommodate oversight requests. the white house tried to clean up the comments from rosenstein saying there's no conversation about firing the deputy attorney general. jim acosta, cnn, the white house. well, again, the main allegation in this metrodomo th they tried to fire carter page. >> how does carter page fit into
all this? we asked tom foreman to explain. >> reporter: in the long investigation into possible russian meddling in the u.s. election, carter page has become a flash point, not because this one-time adviser to donald trump had a long relationship with russia or he traveled there during the campaign, that is true. instead, some republicans believe the justice department improperly used a fisa court to wiretap carter page. now, fisa stands for the foreign intelligence surveillance act. this is what is used when investigators want to spy on, e sp sensually somebody on u.s. soil. they go to fisa, present information why they believe this person is suspected agent of the foreign government and the fisa court gives them permission, if it's approved properly to go forward with
this. the fisa court did that. they approved an extension three times. analysts say because there was something coming out of this that gave them reason to keep approving this. but, some republicans are saying the real problem here is that there was a secret political hand at work that the court was not told about, that the original information on carter page, some of it, came from an investigation that was partially funded by democrats and the democrats were feeding it into the justice department, fisa court didn't know about it. if that's the case, why not say, look, we have other sources to tell you about. the reason that would not happen, according to many intelligenceage cysts is there may be other sources. there may be other avenues out there that they do not want to make public because that could somehow imperil the further
investigation of all of this. whether or not that's true, we don't know. the secretive nature of the fisa court is the reason it may be hard to come forward and say here is what's happening and why they think the memo is wrong. >> tom foreman there. the man behind the memo, republican devin nunes wrongly criticized. he's so overly partisan, he's hurting the investigation. >> the first interview he gave after the memo came out was to fox news network, slamming democrats. let's listen. >> these are not honest actors. they know they are not honest actors. i get tired of playing whack a mole every day with the democrats on this committee who never wanted to start this investigation in the first place. there's clear evidence of collusion with the russians, it just happening to be with the hillary clinton campaign and the democratic national committee that the news fails to talk
about or fails to investigate. >> the top democrat on the committee says the memo was not meant to help the investigation, but rather to hurt it. listen. >> the goal was simply to get a misleading piece of information before the public, help support the president, help discredit the mueller investigation and the fbi, help the white house. that's all that's going on here. >> adam schiff there. he called the memo a reckless abuse of the classification process and will result in long lasting damage. >> we hope to explain this to you. to do that, we bring in stephen, the chief diplomatic correspondent for "the new york times" joining us from belgium. good to have you was. a lot of details to talk about here. a lot of people i have spoken to find it confusing. we want to go through it point by point. the memo was supposed to prove that russia, this investigation
that it was tainted and the fbi is bias against the u.s. president. critics say it's misleading and shows part of the picture. given what we know, there is a lot we don't know. was this a hit or a miss from republicans making this information public? >> well, i think what's behind it are two things, let's be fair. one is the midterm elections in november, republicans want to win, they want to hold on to the house. two is a white house under threat from the robert mueller investigation into alleged links, the campaign with russia. so, that's the basis of this. the memo said little we didn't know, to be honest. it is true that the investigation into carter page began before the christopher steele memo came out. so, that is fact. we also know that british and
dutch intelligence have both warned the united states that there were communications about manipulation of election campaign, efforts to harm hillary clinton coming from russia to people who are involved with the republican trump campaign. so, we know that to be true. the big question is, how does this memo work politically because it's an intensely political document, it doesn't reveal very much. the only thing it reveals are secrets about the fisa court, which normally isn't discussed. as you said, the fisa court did renew the warrant to listen in on carter page more than once. apparently something told that court it was a productive listening tap. so, you know, the details are difficult, it's true.
but they are intensely partisan, intensely political. what worries some people, even if, you know, they love donald trump and love and are deep republicans, the way america's justice system and the fbi are being dragged into an intensely partisan fight. this is, i think, going to have detrimental effect among americans friends abroad and possibly to the american justice system itself. >> you bring up interesting points. let's push into those two points. let's talk about the question about whether people are asking, does this at least provide the ground work for the president to fire the deputy attorney general rosenstein? >> well, you know, the initial idea of the memo, as i understand it, was to find a way
of showing that ron rosenstein had been negligent or careless in his job, he had little to do with the fisa warrants, except one of them. the white house insists they have no intention of firing ron roadenstein. i think it would be a tremendous constitutional crisis, comparable to the saturday night massacre under watergate when nixon fired cox. should ron rosenstein be fired because that firing would be the initial step to firing robert mueller? i think that would be a step too far for quite a few republicans as well. the republicans have warned the white house not to do it, but when you can feel a crisis emerging out of the deeply emerging political fight going on around the trump
investigation into russia. rosenstein vaguely implicated in this memo, but we hear from the white house there are no plans to change any personnel at the justice department at least at the moment. that's what we are hearing at the moment. we'll have to wait to see how it plays out. the other question that you brought up, the point about fisa is a very secretive process, to see it in full display here or parts of the process on display, it is unprecedented. the fbi warned the president against releasing this information. what impact on the intelligence community will all of this have, given the hyperpartisan nature of the release that other nations might pause about sharing delicate details with the united states? >> well, it's very hard to say. i mean, fisa is secretive, by definition because it involves tapping americans in america.
i mean, personally, it's very personal view. i mean, i think there's too much secrecy surrounding all of this in general. i mean, i do worry about government overstepping in a secretive process where you are a subject for surveillance, but don't know it and have no way of defending yourself against it and don't know why you might be surveilled. now, this memo gives you some insight into that process, so, that doesn't bother me so much. i don't think intelligence services are so worried about this but i do think the justice department is worried because as your own reporter said, it is restrained from discussing what led to the fbi investigation because of intelligence. it came out of intelligence. my understanding is it came out of british and dutch
intelligence, not from this christopher steele memo. it's difficult to go public on things like that because that gives away methods and confirms to the people who have been tapped abroad that they have been tapped and how they have been tapped. so, i think that's really the danger here. i think that pales, quite honestly, compared to the partisan nature of this release, as if, you know, intelligence secrets, justice department working the identity and integrity of the fbi all are supposed to be subject to this bitter fight between republicans and democrats. that's, i think, we all ought to be worried about. >> for the viewers who have been following this story, we have not seen the testimony of andrew mccabe. again, democrats saying the democratic memo important as counter point to the republican
memo. thank you so much for your time today. >> thanks, george. stocks collapsed on wall street on friday. investors are glad a turbulent week is over. plus, a father enraged as he hears the details of the sexual abuse of his daughters. the judge's message to the parents. we'll have that after the break. stay with us. you got this, jimmy! you know what's easy? building your website with godaddy. pick a domain name. choose a design. you can build a website in under an hour. now that's a strike! get your domain today and get a free trial of gocentral. build a better website in under an hour. i love you. i'm mark and i quit smoking with chantix. i tried, um, cold turkey. i tried the patches. i was tired and i was fed up.
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their raw and painful stories. >> for the father of three girls abused, the weight of their words in court on friday was too much to bear. we have what happens. we want to warn you, it contains graphic testimony. >> you son [ bleep ]. >> reporter: this father's anger. >> as part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon. >> reporter: aimed squarely at the man who abused his three daughters. >> would you give me one minute? i'm going to have to -- >> reporter: from this angle, you can see the court bailiff quickly get larry nassar out of the room. more than 200 survivors in two different courtrooms over two weeks provided victim pact statements in the case against nassar, enraging and disgusting the country. randall listened to two of his
daughter's publicly shared details of the abuse. >> because i have back pain, he would need to put the needles on my vagina, under we are and parents. i was exposed to him. >> when i was 13, just a kid, laying on a table at msu, and you put your ungloved hands all over my rear and slipped your thumb into the most private area of my body. to my parents, thank you for all your love and support through all of this. you have done everything that a parent could ever do. i feel my entire family has gone through hell and back because of what larry nassar did to my sisters and i. my parents are heart broken and filled with regret. the guilt they have will never go away. >> reporter: the outburst prompted praise on twitter, calling him a hero, parents
saying they would have done the same thing. compassion and understanding, too, from the judge, who oversaw the civil contempt hearing in the same courtroom. >> i cannot tolerate or condone vigilanteism, but, as for the direct contempt of court, there is no way this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case. i do, my heart does go out to you and your family because of what you have gone through. >> i appreciate it. i would like to apologize to you and the courtroom. i'm embarrassed. i'm not here to up stage my daughters, i'm hear to help them heal. >> reporter: in a press conference, an apologetic man tried to express hit. it was the first time he heard the details on nassar's assaults
on his daughters. >> when i had to hear what was said and i have to look over at larry nassar, shaking his head, that's when i lost control. >> reporter: nassar, who was sentenced up to 175 years in prison for similar charges in another michigan courtroom is expected to be sentenced in this hearing early next week. atlanta, georgia, cnn. >> people have reacted to the father's actions. they kind of understand how he did that. there's more evidence north korea is violating international sanctions. a new u.n. report says north korea made $200 million last year by exporting coal and other banned goods. >> the report indicates the coal went to countries like russia and china. investigators suggest north korea supplied weapons to syria and myanmar. north korea is participating in the south korean olympics.
they are almost here. the games kick off next friday in pyeongchang, south korea. paula newton is there. paula, hello. >> reporter: hey there, natalie, good to see you. hello, and good to see you. they are getting under way in a few days. the news cycle is so short. a few weeks ago, we were talking about whether or not the u.s. team went here given security concerns. nick kay hailey putting on the table they may not come here. we have come so far. we have 22 north korean participants. moon jay insaying he thinks it will come to fruition. it may, actually, end up getting something between north and south korea. skeptics say that is not what it is about. olympic organizers will take what they can at this point. they are putting the finishing touches on the events here,
having a lot of things to do, still. we were out in bitter cold. sunshine helped a bit. they were putting up the ticket booths, rehearsing for the opening ceremonies. in general, people believe these will be the biggest winter olympics, ever. many, hoping now, everything is in place for these to be uneventful in terms of politics. everyone hopes so. natalie? >> certainly do. thank you paula in south korea, can't wait. still ahead, after the fanfare and build up of the nunes memo wharks is next? we'll take a look. plus, the fired worker who sent out hawaii's false missile alert is telling his side of the story. why he thinks he is being treated unfairly, coming up.
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welcome back to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world, you are watching cnn newsroom. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. members of congress who support the president say the fbi abused its powers against a citizen that was a trump associate. he is in a congressional memo. democrats dispute the claims and will push to put out their own report. the dow fell 665 points on friday, the steepest decline since 2008. they are fueling fears of inflation and higher interest rates. the political turmoil in washington is adding to the uncertainty.
no charges against a father who tried to attack a former u.s. gymnastics physician, larry nassar in court. randall's outrage came after he heard the graphic testimony from two of his daughters describing sexual abuse by that doctor. nassar faces a jail term and several life sentences. >> the father is not going to be punished. dozens of migrants may have drown thursday when their boat capsized. the international -- three survivors have been found so far, just three, but the search continues. now, more on the controversial republican memo, the story we are following. it was released on friday. it has become the talk of washington because of what it might mean for the trump presidency. the memo alleged the fbi abused
surveillance powers in targeting a former aide in the trump campaign. >> democrats say it is not an accurate representation of the facts. fired fbi director james comey called it dishonest and misleading. it was meant to undermine the mueller investigation. >> reporter: in the wake of president trump's decision to release that controversy yawl house intelligence memo, now there is a fight brewing between the white house, the justice department and the fbi. president trump declined to say if he had confidence in rod rose enstein, who oversees the russia investigation. none of this changes special counsel robert mueller's investigation. this is still going along full speed. one of the next things is to find out if the president will sit down with an interview with him. the release of this memo, they believe helps discredit the russia investigation. many said that was not the point of it. that is not the case.
it is separate from that. the reality here is the president goes into the weekend, he'll be spending it in mar-a-lago, florida. will he make a decision to have a change either at the justice department with rod rosenstein or fire mueller? most advisers say the president knows that would be explosive and continue and draw out the investigation. the mind set of the president on this is unclear. again, he declined to say if he has confidence in the deputy attorney general and his own fbi director said he had grave concerns about the memo. the memo was released, anyway. as this moves forward into the coming weeks, the russia investigation going full blast. the question is, now, if the white house can move beyond it and get to the point of legislating. so much work to be done here in washington. republicans believe it has overtaken their agenda. they want to get back to legislating. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white
house. the fired government employee who triggered the false alert in hawaii says he's being treated unfairly. he feels terrible but he did what he was trained to do now. we have more from hawaii news with the report. >> systemwide t, the failure, unannounced, unplanned drill, during transition time during shifts is a very vulnerable time. people weren't ready. >> employee one, as the state identifies him says he just logged on to his computer, saturday, january 13 at the hawaii emergency management agency when the phone rang. i was supposed to be on speakerphone, but someone picked up the receiver and the first part of the message exercise was
not heard. >> reporter: what he did hear, instead, was not part of any language he heard before during an exercise. >> the message i heard was that this is not a drill and i did not hear exercise in the message, at all. >> reporter: he pushed the proverbial button, an option senting out the alert to hawaii cell phones that a ballistic missile was on the way. >> i was 100% sure it was real. did what i was trained to do, based on the information i heard. >> reporter: employee one says he realizes the alert caused panic across the state, but he thought he was doing the right thing, trying to give people time to find shelter. >> no, we weren't ready and we could have been trained more. documentation could have been better. the system, the software could have been better.
a lot of things played into it. it was a big failure. >> this is a change in shifts and the supervisor is not there at the time. people are logging in and here comes this phone call. he thinks it's coming from the base, the military base. they have so many minutes before there's nobody left in the state. >> reporter: employee one says the minutes that followed were chaotic. they had no way to instantly correct the message. it took 38 minutes while leaders tried to figure out what to do. hawaii news now. still ahead, capetown south africa is running out of water. how residents are dealing with the approaching disaster. plus, hisry in argentina as floodwaters wash away homes and cars. we'll have that next. - [narrator] introducing a breakthrough
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the 4 million residents of capetown are staring down a painful reality. in a little more than two months, the south african city could run out of water. people are waiting in long lines stockpiling for the so-called day zero. some are building rationing systems for their homes. >> the city restricted residents to 13 gallons, about 50 liters of water a day from mu nnicipal sources. the industrial area around johannesburg could face shortages because of low levels in the reservoirs. >> we have a research fellow at south africa's university of the free state. he joins us from capetown. thank you for joining us. first of all, the reservoirs, which are almost empty were full about three years ago. how did this crisis happen? >> that's correct.
i mean, we are facing a nearly three-year drought down this side. it's pretty severe. it's historical drought being experienced. parts of africa are experiencing drought. >> other cities watching this, if it could happen there, it could happen anywhere where there's drought. >> correct. folks need to prepare. we live in a changing environment. now is the time to prepare. look at sustainability measures to come up with and ensure we have a longer term vision in mind. >> it's really astound thing tha city can run out of water and there hasn't been an innovation. what can capetown do? talk to us about the long term. where does this innovation need to go? >> there's a multitude of
factors for the situation. we are faced with the changing climate down here. there's also issues of rapid urbanization and migration. also, folks are using too much water in some instances. on to your next question, in terms of the short term, folks really need to ration their water supplies, be smart when using a tap. don't let it run too long. in terms of longer term vision, look at the organization, water systems, but, yeah, also put development on hold until the situation improves. >> right. this is the people's story and a climate story, economical story because businesses, many business zs need water to run. what do you think the overall effect, as far as just from a business standpoint and the psyche of the people in capetown? what effect could that have?
>> we are going to see cascading effects. folks are going to work less hours. that's going to cause a cascading effect where, on the long term, we'll have health issues, family issues that can arise. so, yeah, it's pretty severe. >> you attribute this, you know, it's a climate related story, it's not just a city that didn't have, you know, capable system or water system for its people. >> correct. yes. definitely. yep. >> we thank you so much for joining us. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> let's talk with derek van dam with more on capetown's water dire crisis. he has lived there, has family there and is concerned about the story. there's not a long-term solution now. >> certainly a crisis. how long. >> well, day zero is april 16.
do the math. 4 million people in capetown. once day zero comes and goes, 200 water allocation points will be set up across the city where people, 4 million people will go and retrieve their allocated water. 25 liters. the math is 25,000 persons per day at 200 allocation points. how do you handle that? how do you control that? especially when talking about finite resources. this is a deep story. let's get to the details. i'm going to put up this graphic to show you what's going on down there. 71 days, 12 hours, 14 minutes, 50 seconds. that's what we have until day zero arrives in capetown, south africa. remember, this is not just a capetown story, it's a western cape story, eastern cape story and other parts of south africa. we want to highlight the 4 million people in capetown directly impacted once the taps are turned off on april 16th.
i want to show you dramatic satellite imagery from nasa, just released. if you are in capetown, you know these names, of the dams. those dams, all outside capetown, supply the city with its drinking water. look at the progression from 2014 to 2016, taken just about a week ago, the dam and the depletion in the water of the reservoirs is incredible to identify each of these and the slow and steady and gradual decent in the water levels present. here is the river dam. i have hiked this. beautiful part of capetown. the difference is astounding. from 2013-2017. look at the ring around the reservoir. that is where the water should be. city of capetown getting very, very tight. level six b, with we all know
about this, 50 litering per day or 300 gallons. we consume about 100 gallons of water a day as americans, to put it in perspective. if you leave the tap or faucet on when brushing your teeth, that is six gallons. 20% of the dams feeding capetown is water. that is down nearly 1% from this time last week. remember, the last 10% of water very difficult to extract. so, in essence, we have less than 15% of usable water in the city of capetown. that is why day zero is rushing forward quickly. capetown, unfortunately, has no rain in the next seven days. if you look at the extended seasonal forecast, south african weather, university of capetown, you will see a drying trend and a dry autumn. remember, the seasons are complete opposite to what we are
experiencing here in america. they expect a drying trend to continue in the winter rains. >> this is unprecedented. >> it really is. we are in the midst of unchartered territory. >> what are family and friends saying? >> they are doing everything they can to get by and ration and doing their part to save water. >> all right. we'll stay in touch with you. >> six gallons of water you waste if you leave the tap on while brushing. >> things people need to know. >> we need to get smarter. >> thank you very much. still ahead, we received dramatic video that shows cars and homes washed away by raging floodwaters in northwestern argentina. >> reports say 10,000 people were forced to leave their homes with heavy rains. some residents had to be pulled from the water. coming up here, a couple days away from the biggest extravaganza in the united states. what could that be? we'll tell you why viewers tune
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a controversial declassified memo seeking to discredit the russia investigation creates a major political rift in washington. >> we'll explain it. plus the dow seeing its worst one day point drop in ten years making it the touch ets day fgh markets. >> and meantime president trump wishes south korean president a successful winter games. live from cnn world headquarters, we welcome our viewers here and all around the