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...well almost anything. leave no room behind with xfi pods. simple. easy. awesome. click or visit a retail store today. president trump and russia, it's the murky connection president trump can't get away from. and stunning new reporting suggests his relationship with mus cow would run deeper than we think. and in the meantime a top diplomat visiting and mike pompeo promising to press the crown prince on the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. and a new look for answers. a second black box has been found in indonesia's sea and it might explain why a flight
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crashed into the ocean last october. hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and of course all around the world. i'm rosemary church. and i'm george howell from cnn center in atlanta. newsroom starts now. a pair of explosive articles over the weekend got the president as well as republicans and democrats buzzing. >> and here's what we're talking about. the u.s. president slamming "the new york times" after it reported that the fbi was so concerned about the president's actions following the firing of the former fbi director james comey that it began investigating whether mr. trump was working on behalf of russia. >> he also hid out over later "the washington post" that he concealed the details of his meetings with president putin. one reporter says regardless mr.
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trump's actions show she is being tough on russia. >> in the end i'm going to judge this president based on his actions. as you said earlier we have increased sanctions, we have begun providing lethal defense weaponry to ukrainians so they can defend their territory. in the end you just have to basically judge him on his actions. we defeated basically isis. we've taken away that caliphate. we were all derned about a precipitous pull out. we can attack isis. again, i will wait to see, but i've seen pretty strong actions on his part against russia. >> our boris sanchez takes a closer look at the white house response. >> reporter: the white house is dismissing reports in both "the new york times" and "the washington post" this week with press secretary sarah sanders putting out two statements that
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were eerily similar. in both of them the press secretary dismisses the details of the. in one of them suggesting that the report is absurd, and the other making the case that the liberal media is out to get president trump. in both of these statements she actually compares president trump to former president obama saying that trump has been tougher on russia than obama has. we know at least publicly that's not the case. let's not forget president obama publicly confronted vladimir putin over the issue of russian election meddling, pressing the election leader in 2016. president trump has simply not done that. the president during that press conference in helsinki failed to really press the russian leader. further president trump was asked about these two reports on fox news over the weekend. he called them insulting. listen to this. >> i think it's the most insulting thing i've ever been asked. i think it's the most insulting article i've ever had written. and if you read the article you'd see that they found absolutely nothing. >> reporter: though, new cnn
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polling found that a majority of americans blame president trump for the partial government shutdown, the president went on twitter this weekend and attacked democrats over this shutdown again, suggesting they should return to washington trootry to hammer out a deal as he waits for them in the white house. meantime we're hearing that there is tension during these back and forth negotiations to reopen the federal government. not just between democrats and republicans but also between president trump and his acting chief of staff mick mulvaney. a white house staff confirming that the president not only cut off his chief of staff but also cussed at him while mulvaney was trying to negotiate for border security funding. we're told the president said, quote, stop, stop, just stop, what are you doing, your effing it all up, mick. according to the source there was no reaction from anyone else in the room. and apparently we're hearing democrats are giving the acting chief of staff an earful as
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well, suggesting he wants the government shutdown and wants it to keep moving forward. >> let's more on all of this with former cia operative and cnn intelligence and security analyst rob we are and cnn security analyst shawn turner who's a former director of communication for u.s. national intelligence. thanks to both of you for joining us. >> thanks for having us. >> first of course "the new york times" reported that the fbi was so concerned about the u.s. president's behavior that it began investigating whether he was secretly working on russia's behalf. then "the washington post" writes that mr. trump allegedly went to extraordinary lengths to conseal details of his five face-to-face meetings with russia's president vladimir putin. what is your response to these two incredible reports? >> while you're right, rosemary, there are explosive, you have to look at trump's history with the russians which go back to 1986,
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connections with the kgb, money going into trump properties, russian money and on and on and on. we know the whole story, but the fact the fbi opened an investigation is extraordinary. >> and shawn turner, why would there be no details from any of the five meetings, face-to-face meetings between the u.s. and russian presidents? how would that even be possible? >> yeah, you know, it's extremely unusual and it's a very good question as to why there wouldn't be any details. if the reporting is correct on this in that the president took deliberate action to make sure that none of the details from those meetings came out, then that's particularly troubling. look, there's a significant amount of intelligence value in understanding what happened in these conversations between president trump and vladimir putin. for the first part, you know, it is a case that if we know what vladimir putin said to the president that it gives u.s. intelligence community and the president for that matter an
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opportunity to understand whether or not what putin says is consistent with what we know he says and does based on our own intelligence collections efforts. that would give the president to at least know whether or not he could trust him. but essentially what the president has done here, and this is unfortunate, is he has decided that he will trust vladimir putin without any verification. anyone who knows anything about the kremlin and vladimir putin knows that that is at best naive. >> and president trump responded to reports in "the new york times" and "the washington post" when he went on fox news saying the suggestion that he had ever worked on behalf of russia was the most insulting thing ever said about him and he wasn't hiding anything. now, i want to just listen to a portion of that interview. let's bring that up. >> why not release the conversation that you had with president putin in helsinki along with some other stuff that might involve fisa, bruce ohr,
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and the whole lot of them? >> well, janine, i don't care. i had a conversation like every president does. you sit with presidents of various countries. i do it with all countries. we had a great conversation and i'm not keeping anything under wraps. i couldn't care less. it's so ridiculous. >> so far if mr. trump says he's not hiding anything, he couldn't care less, then why not release the transcripts from his conversations with mr. putin? will any effort be made to force him to do that or could the translator perhaps be questioned about this? how likely is it that any of this is going to happen? well, i don't think it will. first of all, he took the translators notes from the meeting which is unusual. you have to go back to what shawn said and this is humiliation of the intelligence community and the state department for the president to trust an adversary like putin but not his own employees, not
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the federal government. who's side is he on? i find this all disturbing and frankly if i were in the government and he weren't president, he would not have a security clearance. it's amazing this goes on and on and on and there's no -- no one's, you know, coming up -- you know, i can't wait until the mueller report comes out. that's really going to tell us, but so far what we've seen, it's damning his relations with russia. if he sits down with putin and has a one-on-one conversation, hides the notes, he's hiding something and we all have to be suspicious. >> shawn turner, we just heard there bob doesn't think we're going to see any of this. we won't see the notes from the translator. there won't be a push to get any information on this. what sort of revelation should be made here? what push should be made to actually gets some of these details from these five face-to-face meetings between mr. trump and mr. putin?
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>> well, rosemary, i think was certainly the case of what the president said he's going to get the opportunity to prove whether or not he really believes that because i do think that members of congress are certainly going to want to talk to that translator and certainly are going to want to push to get this information. so i don't know that it will ever come out. i tend to agree with bob on that, it's unlikely it will. but i think the president also has concern for because there's an optics issue here. we think about what we've seen here, you have vladimir putin and you have the president of the united states sitting down together and because there's no one else there, you essentially have the president and putin who have secrets with just each other. secrets that the intelligence community doesn't know, that his senior advisers doesn't know and certainly that the american people don't know. and considering everything that's happened with regard to people in the president's atmosphere, people in his circle
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who have been found to be engaged with russians, that is startling revelation at this particular period in time. i think for anyone looking at this objectively, at a minimum we understand the president has every right to meet one-on-one with a world leader but certainly considering the case of everything that's going on, we don't want president trump and vladimir putin having secret conversations we don't know about. >> that is extraordinary. thank you for joining us and shawn turner, we appreciate the conversation. >> thanks. well, meantime we are watching riyadh, waiting for a meeting between the top u.s. diplomat and the saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman. secretary of state mike pompeo is in the region looking to shore up support for u.s. policies. now, he will likely focus on iran and syria, but he's being dodged by questions about the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. >> and on that issue he's vowed to raise the issue with the
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saudi officials is says u.s. policy has been consistent, that is despite the white house questioning intelligence reports saying the crown prince was behind the killing. secretary pompeo's tour through the region has been to reassure allies that the u.s. withdraw from syria will be orderly and not premature. equipment is being rotated out of the country, but the 2,000 u.s. military personnel there will remain. >> meanwhile, president trump tweeted a message to turkey, don't attack the kurds. mr. trump says the u.s. will devastate turkey economically if it doesn't comply. >> turkey considers subkurdish groups to be terrorists. the president adds the u.s. doesn't want the kurd to provoke turkey either. turkey's spokesman responded telling plump, it was a mistake to equate syrian kurds with kurdish militants. live in the region cnn's ben wedemen following the story in cairo, egypt. and the president's threat to
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turkey, a nato ally, keep in mind, warning them not to attack the kurds or to face economic consequences. what is to be made of turkey's response to this and how that nation will move forward regarding kurds? >> reporter: george, it's early in the day so we haven't yet heard from the turkish president erdogan who reportedly has an explosive temper. what we're hearing so far is from simply that tweet from one of his top advisers. but this is -- really underscores the challenge posed to anybody who works in the trump administration. secretary pompeo is out in the region trying to sort of explain america's policy in the region. at the same time you have a president who is throwing out explosive tweets, threatening to devastate the economy of a nato ally, which really underscores
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just on what thin ice the u.s. is walking right now in this region. secretary pompeo is trying to cobble together an alliance against iran. at the same time the president of the united states is antagonizing a key nato ally. turkey is not a small gulf arab emerate. it's a country of 11 million people with a big army, a large economy, it's a regional powerhouse. at the same time, the u.s. president is openly hostile to iran, another regional powerhouse with a large economy, large oil reserves and a population of 80 million people and a very large military as well. so even though this was supposed to be this visit by secretary pompeo, an attempt to clarify the american position, it's not
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happening. it really is just he is dealing with a region where, yes, the u.s. has some very pliant client states like we have, like it has in jordan and in the gulf, but really what we are seeing is lining up against the united states is some very large and powerful countries that are obviously not happy with the trump administration's policies. >> with regards to turkey and to your point, an explosive tweet to meet an explosive temper. we'll have to see where that goes from here. regarding the discussions, though, around the murder of jamal khashoggi, what more can the u.s. secretary of state say given the firm support of this white house for saudi arabia? >> well, we've heard secretary pompeo say repeatedly that the united states expects saudi arabia to hold those responsible for the murder and dismemberment
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of jamal khashoggi in the saudi consulate on the 2nd of october. now saudi arabia on the beginning of january began a trial of 11 individuals, five of whom the prosecution has asked for the death penalty. but we don't know who those individuals are. we know that the hit team that was sent to saudi arabia had 15 members. now, the cia has said it has it believes with high confidence that the individual who actually issued the order to murder jamal khashoggi is probably the crown prince mohammed bin salman. but we saw on the 16th of october when secretary pompeo met the crown prince it was all smiles and handshakes. so we shall see what sort of greeting the secretary has with the crown prince today. but there is not much in the way of expectations that the united states is really going to push
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to get to the bottom of this murder. george? >> your right, as far as the optics coming out of that, our teams of course following this. and we'll bring you images as soon as we get them here. ben, thank you for the reporting and the context. a new wall street journal report claims the national security council asked the pentagon for military options to strike iran last year. a newspaper says the request followed a september attack by iranian linked militants near the u.s. embassy in baghdad. national security advisor john bolton reportedly led the talks. >> in a statement to cnn a spokesman for the council says this. quote, we continue to review the status of our personnel following attempted attacks on our embassy in baghdad at our basra consulate. >> and we will consider a full range of options to preserve their safety and our interests.
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here in the united states the partial government shutdown showdown it lingers on. so many americans continue to struggle to carry on with the day to day business without a paycheck. it is the longest government shutdown now in u.s. history, and it seems a majority of americans are putting the blam n for the impasse squarely on donald trump. >> 32% blame democrats in congress, and the president's disapproval rating has climbed 5 points since last month, now up to 57%. with no sign of a break in the sa stalemate the possibility remains that president trump could declare a national emergency to use military funds to build his wall. >> but republican senators are still looking for alternatives
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to end the impasse. listen. >> before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and i think we're almost there, i would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time like three weeks before he pulls the plug, see if we can gets a deal. if we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off. see if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers. that's my recommendation. but i think the legislative path is just about shutoff. >> beyond that, assuming that the shutdown still continues, would you support president trump, yes or no, declaring a national emergency? >> i would hate to see it. you know, using that act, it would be in this instance would be a far larger act than has ever occurred in the past. so i prefer not. primarily because if we do that it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built. so i actually want to see this wall get built, so i want to keep pressure on democrats to actually come to the negotiating table in good faith and fund
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what they supported in the past. >> well, one town in the western united states is especially hard hit by this shutdown. >> and so many people there who live in utah work for the federal government and they're running out of ways to simply pay their bills. scott mcclain has their story for you. >> reporter: the sign says it pays to live, just not these days. it's caught in the middle of a partisan battle being waged in washington. it has one of the highest concentrations of federal workers in the west. right now it's hurting. whitney is one of 5,000 federal workers affected in augden alone. most work for the irs service and most are furloughed. no money but still bills to pay, a gas tank to fill and two kids to feed. >> i don't think that we should
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be held captive, like our paychecks should be held captive just because of something that they need to like brawl out. >> reporter: with no money on the way she plans to ask the bank for a loan and likely the food bank for help. she's hardly alone. a local catholic pantry says 50,000 workers per day are relying on its shelves for the first time. laura thompson is a long time federal worker who never imagined she'd be here. >> i pay my taxes, i do what i'm supposed to do. i shouldn't have to be without a job. >> reporter: with her savings already gone she's registering with the food bank and lining up for the basics. she voted for president trump but not for this. >> i agree with the wall, but it shouldn't be on us federal workers' banks. >> we're not volunteers. >> reporter: adding insult to
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injury workers suddenly find themselves without pay in a city that's found a rising of 69% in just the past five years. and those rippleeris are spread. it's now almost empty. at this bookstore the owner says sales are down by half. and this restaurant has cut back its hours. other restaurants are just scraping by. waitress holly has seen her lunchtime tips drop by two thirds since the shutdown started 21 days ago. >> i have to penny pinch. i have to decide which bills are prioritized, cut out all the extras. >> reporter: president trump has suggested workers are willing to sacrifice their pay to secure the border. >> so this really does have a higher purpose than next week's pay. >> reporter: an immigrant
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herself, she agrees. are you willing to sacrifice personally for it? >> i'm okay for the safety of this country to do what needs to be done. >> we want to work. we want to work. >> reporter: that view wasn't shared by furloughed workers protesting the shutdown in ogden. many say they're getting des pr prt. >> prfb enough for one more mortgage payment and then i'm going to go sell my car tomorrow. >> reporter: you're going to sell your car? >> i have to. >> we just want our jobs back and we want them to make it right. >> reporter: she wasn't able to sell her car so instead she asked the bank to defer her next mortgage payment, which it did. stragden is one of the very few federal employees who's found a temporary job. the irs is planning to require a significant portion of its work force to return to work to process tax refunds.
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that is actually the worst-case scenario for many of these employees because they're not eligible for unemployment because they're working even if their next paychecks are still a long way away. scott mcclain, cnn, ogden, utah. >> rosemary, politics aside, you know whatever side of this you're on, the reality for people and these proud americans who project the country, who help the country, serve the country, having to find ways to pay their bills, they can't. they become late on their bills, they have to find ways to sell their assets, this is reality that people are facing and there's no end in sight. >> none. and that's the thing, there might be another paycheck they will miss. nobody knows at this point and it is a real concern. i think we all understand. all right, well it is the start of a critical week for britain's prime minister and the future of brexit. theresa may is fighting against nearly all odds to keep britain's divorce from the eu on track. we'll have more for that when we come back.
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simple. easy. awesome. click or visit a retail store today. a warm welcome back to viewers here in the united states and all around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from atlanta. i'm george howell. >> and i'm rosemary church. let's check the headlines for you this hour. donald trump and his fellow republicans are on the defensive against the latest article from "the washington post." the paper reports the u.s. president went to extraordinary lengths to conseal details from his meetings with russia's president. one republican senator, ron johnson, says mr. trump's actions not his words show he is and he has been tough on russia. the united states has started its withdrawal from syria. pulling out some of its equipment there. the u.s. president has tweeted a
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warning to turkey not to attack the kurds. turkey considers the kurds to be terrorists. their militia has stepped up attacks in isis held territory. president trump says turkey will face economic consequences if it doesn't comply. 12 people have been aressed in connection with the kidnapping of american businessman in costa rica. police detain said nine suspects in the central american country and three others who had fled to spain. his whereabouts are still not known. in the united kingdom brexit is the issue at play. britain's prime minister scrambling to save her deal as the clock ticks down to a critical vote come tuesday. in just a few hours time lawmakers will be debating in parliament. >> theresa may will make a last ditch attempt to convince them that rejecting her plan would be
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catastrophic for the united kingdom. she will say all this in a speech monday. she joins us now live, good to see you. so not looking good for theresa may right now. will her warning to parliament be enough to scare lawmakers into supporting a brexit plan or is it just doomed? >> that's the question on everyone's mind today is whether her words today can somehow convince enough members of parliament ahead of today night's vote on the deal she's negotiated with the european union for brexit, which is supposed to happen on march 29th of 2019. theresa may as you noted will be in the pro-brexit city. and she's also expected to give a speech later this afternoon at the house of commons. this is all part of her attempt to convince members of parliament to support her deal. she's going to warn in a few hours if members of parliament vote down her deal, not only are
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they voting down her deal, they're risking brexit not happening at all. and theresa may says this would cause people to lose trust in the foundation of british democracy because they voted in 2016 for brexit. she will say in parts, i want to quote for you from this speech, that what if we found ourselves in a situation where parliament tried to take the u.k. out of the eu in opposition to a remain vote? we all have a duty to implement the results of the referendum. now the reason that she says voting down her deal would cause brexit not to happen at all is because it is likely there will no confidence vote in cureesa may and the conservative party that could possibly cause a general election. all of those things could cause a delay. so she's trying to say you have to vote for my deal or else brexit won't happen at all. >> yeah, it's looking like there aren't a lot of options here.
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all expectations of course is that prime minister may will fail in her effort to pass a brexit deal. there's talk of a possibility of a second referendum. how likely is that and what will come next? because of course she'll get her result tuesday and then have to come up with some options. >> right, what should happen should she win the vote then brexit will go on and there'll be a transition period. but in the more likely event she'll lose the vote, a few things will happen. first she has to come back by monday with a few plan. that's according to actually a very recent amendment that was passed by members of parliament. what will happen is we'll actually see a lot of things moving at the same time. one of those is that jeremy corbin, leader of the labor party of the opposition will likely table a no confidence vote in theresa may. that could lead to a general election. there's also talk of other members of parliament trying to pass some special votes that would give them more control of the brexit process.
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all of that as theresa may has been warning could lead to a delay of the brexit vote happening. >> the great unknown and we shall see in a few days. >> let's put this into focus now with ryan heath, a senior eu correspondent for politico live this hour via skype from brussels. pleasure to have you on the show. so in this critical vote set for tuesday, what are the impplications for parliament as expected fails to approve theresa may's plan? >> what we're headed for there is a constitutional reckoning because the u.k. doesn't have a written constitution. the way it changes its constitution is through actions of this. the parliament maneuvering to seize control over the executive downing street and theresa may's team in the prime minister's office there. and essentially what they're saying is that they don't believe that the u.k. government
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has negotiated effectively and they don't believe the referendum filled in many of the blanks of what is supposed to happen after people expressed their intention to leave the eu. and so they're going to fill in the blanks themselves. how that is going to end up is anyone's guess at this point because we've seen vote after vote come down to just a margin of about 10 out of 650 mps. >> if this vote fails which is widely expected, there are a sense theresa may will have any recourse with brussels? can she buy more time, and do you think eu members would even go for that? >> yeah, there is a possibility that there could be an extension to the brexit time line. and that's something that worries members of the european parliament and probably worries brexiteers as well because they think that as long as there's extra time to stop the brexit, that there's an increasing chance that it actually won't go ahead. but if things like that happen,
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there's real questions. can the european barlment even seat itself after its elections in may 2019 because it would be unconstitutional for that parliament to meet without br british mps for example. brussels and other national governments in europe, they're not willing to renegotiate. they're going to send a letter today that further clarifies what has already been agreed between theresa may and the other 27 governments. but they're in the clarification mode not in the revision mode. and then enter another variable. jeremy corbin threatening to enter a no confidence vote. what would that mean for the u.k. as this deadline again to exit the eu is getting much closer? >> now, the important thing for your viewers to understand is that jeremy corbin has never been a fan of the eu. so even though most of his mps
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believe the eu is good thing and they would like to see a calm and orderly brexit or they'd like to reverse brexit jeremy corbin really isn't in line with most of his mps. his whole line is to destabilize theresa may. that's squaremjeremy corbin's e. so that's why you'll see him gamble everything to try to get rid of theresa may rather than play at the edge of do an amendment here or there that might get him the support he wants. >> the clock is ticking down. there it is, 74 days, 15 hours, 16 minutes and 13, 12, 11 seconds. for those still holding out hope to remain in the eu is there a path for them
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>> there is a path and the path is via a second referendum. but the chance is dwindling. let's say there was a significant amount when it was at that point clear theresa may didn't have support for this deal in parliament but there wasn't a clear sense of which amendment might change, there wasn't a clear sense how a no deal brexit could be prepared for. and at the moment i think that's a reasonably small chance that would be a second referendum. you're likely to see some kind of no confidence vote or some kind of successful series of amendments just not the one that theresa may wanted. >> we appreciate your time and context. thank you again. >> thank you. we'll take a short break here. still to come, more than two months after a deadly crash off indonesia investigators now have one of the biggest clues they've been looking for from lion-air
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there's been no let up in the violent anti-government protests taking place in sudan. police again fired bullets and tear gas to break up crowds of protesters sunday. >> crowds were chanting for freedom and calling on the president al bashir to resign but quickly grew into a larger movement against the president. dozens of people have been killed in the unrest. u.s. and latin-american officials condemning the detention of venezuelan opposition leader. intelligence agents stopped his car and briefly detained him on sunday. days afterward he said he was prepared to temporarily replace the current president nicholas maduro. >> he was later released and appeared at a political rally. his party called the detention a
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kidnapping. a swvenezuelan official says th agents who saw him acted on their own. divers have found the cockpit voice recorder from a lion-air flight which crashed in indonesia in october. all 189 people on that flight were killed. now, this recorder was arguably the most important piece investigators were hoping to recover. >> the flight data recorder had already been found, that back in november, november 1st. it showed the pilots who fought to override a safety system which kept that plane from pulling the nose down. live in hong kong and ivan, if you could tell us more about the information that might be gleamed from this cockpit voice recorder and what insight it might provide. >> well, george, we know the plane was in this turbulent ten minute flight after it crashed from its take off in jakarta and
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the pilots appeared to have been battling with an auto pilot function when the plane is getting some incorrect data on its speed and altitude it sends the plane into an automatic dive, and the pilots were pulling up from that automatic dive and that this back and forth happened more than 30 times in just ten minutes. what we don't know is why the pilots didn't turn off this auto pilot function and perhaps from the conversations that hopefully were recorded by this cockpit voice recorder, we'll get some understanding about what the pilot and copilot were saying and why they didn't turn this function off, which could have perhaps saved the plane and the 189 people onboard. >> ivan, okay, so very important to see what comes of this recorder. but again how difficult was it to actually recover it, to find it because it's been some time. >> yeah, it's been 2 1/2 months since the actual crash and the
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disaster. the indonesian nave announced they foundhis in the morning and that the cockpit voice recorder was buried in meters of mud at the bottom of the java sea, some 30 meters below the surface. so this was a tough effort. and you see some of the initial photos released by the indonesian navy shows the divers celebrating this recovery. but of course that is because it will hopefully unlock some more answers about why this brand new plane crashed so soon after take off, and there are certainly accusations swirling around, a number of lawsuits have been lodged by families of the copilot for example and some fa families of the victims against the plane manufacturer itself against it building a faulty plane. there'll be questions about lion-air and whether or not the crew were adequately informed
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and trained about how to handle the auto pilot functions of a brand new boeing 737 max 8. >> this is important to learn what is recovered from this recorder. ivan watson, live in hong kong, thank you. well, heavy snowfall is creating a different type of shutdown in washington. ahead, the crippling storm that's suspending transportation services and closing down federal offices.
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well, it looks beautiful, but it doesn't feel so good. a major winter storm that has blanketed much of the u.s. midwest has now reached washington. it has already left seven people dead and put 35 million others under winter weather alerts. >> now all that snow is forcing federal offices at the u.s. capitol to close down today, along with washington's bus service. >> more on the wintery weather. just how bad will this likely get and how long will it last? >> the good news is for the northeast we're seeing this system gradually pull away from the coastline. the worst certainly over for this system. what's left on the ground,
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pretty impressive. we had 4,000 flights delayed or cancelled across the americmidw u.s. again, the system on the move, pushing away from the eastern seaboard of the united states. go back toward the western corner of the u.s. that's an impressive system across portions of the golden state. southern california, about 11 million of you across this region under flood watches. the amount of rainfall forecast in this region pretty remarkable. up into the mountain this is translates to snowfall above 5,000 feet, as much as a foot of snow into southern california possible in those higher elevations. notice the consistency and the widespread coverage of this rainfall from not only most of monday, but also into most of
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tuesday across this region. in fact, the forecast over the next seven days into los angeles puts rainfall in the forecast, at times very heavy rainfall into that region for about four consecutive days. pretty good run here of wet weather in what is the wettest time of year. the next five days, pick your spot from the north oh the south, as much as 4-6 inches. one area of concern is into santa barbara county on into ventura county. that's indicative of 4-6 inches of rainfall. these were areas just a few months ago we were talking about significant wildfire activities. you're going to have runoff, flash flooding and of course the threat for mudslides becomes very, very high across this region. one of those things where you want to see rainfall, but when you see it sometimes they come in quite a bit of doses there. this time of year is when you
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two reports suggest closer ties between president trump and russia. but mr. trump says even raising such a question is down right insulting. saudi arabia hosts the top u.s. diplomat as the kingdom continues to face outrage over the murder of jamal kashoggi. >> plus, her biggest battle yet. teresa may facing a make or break vote on her brexit plan as she plans to make one more speech to win over opponents. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. >> i'm rosemary church. "cnn newsroom"

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