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good night from new york. the senators i have spoken to on both side of the aisles have been shaken by the constant stream of revelations, each one of them in and of itself dramatic and historic. i think most senators are shaking their heads saying is this going to end soon? >> new twist in controversy over president trump's firing of james comey. a memo from the former fbi director claims the president asked him to drop investigation into michael flynn. as lawmakers react to the latest bombshell, one top republican is calling on the fbi to hand over all documents on the matter or face subpoena. more than two dozen tornadoes in parts of the country leaving at least two people dead as more communities
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brace for another round of severe weather today. good morning, everybody. it is wednesday, may 17th. less than a week after president trump fired and warned the fbi director james comey about tapes of their conversations, a paper trail inside the bureau of investigation is emerging. multiple sources with firsthand knowledge tell nbc news saying he wrote a memo saying trup asked him to drop an investigation into michael flynn. comey wrote the memo which nbc news hasn't seen on february 14, the day after flynn resigned, following reports he mislead vice president mike pence about lifting sanctions with the russian ambassador. comey wayne the office for a count counterterrorism briefing.
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he asked comey to stay behind after the meeting was breaking up. according to "new york times," trump claimed comey had done nothing wrong. i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, letting flynn go, he's a good guy, i hope you can let this go. the memo said comey didn't say anything replying i agree, he is a good guy. the white house responded saying it is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation, saying while the president has repeatedly expressed his view that general flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked mr. comey or anyone else to end any investigation. now the republican chairman of the house oversite committee is demanding answers and evidence. congressman jason chaffetz is asking for all communications and later suggested in a tweet
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he would issue a subpoena for materials if need be. >> on the surface that seems like an an extraordinary use of influence to try to shut down an investigation being done by the fbi. i don't know if it's true yet but i want to find out if that's actually out there. >> newspaper articles are not admissible in any courtroom in the united states. i'm not knocking the reporter. the reporter does good work but we're a long ways from a conviction, the fact that we have a head line in "new york times." >> and he calls for more information, a number of lawmakers say they want more details, including from james comey himself. republican senator jeff flake yesterday tweeted congress needs to see the comey memo. chair of the house republican conference, kathy mcmorris rogers tweeted of course
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director comey should testify. i believe open, transparent government is most effective for the people we represent. and lindsey graham wants to hear from him as well. >> if mr. comey is alleging the president did something inappropriate, open invitation to come to the committee and tell us about it. i don't want to read the memo, i want to hear it from him. >> concerns about or national security, the rule of law, the independence of our nation's highest law enforcement agencies are mounting. the country is being tested in unprecedented ways. i say to all of my colleagues in the senate history is watching. >> and then there's this. senator john mccain reportedly said the growing list of scandals hitting the trump white house are reaching watergate size and scale.
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mccain said that at a dinner last night. saying senator mccain's comments were meant to convey the constant revelations of events surrounding rush's interference in the 2016 election are reminiscent of past scandals. the fallout continued after it was revealed he released information in the oval office. according to three government officials familiar with the matter, naming the country as key partner which provided isis related information. and israel's ambassador said israel has full defense in intelligence sharing relationship with the u.s. once more, the national security advisorier did not directly dispute content of the report, instead saying the president was not only empowered to share intelligence but wasn't in the loop about where it came from. >> are you denying he revealed information given to the u.s. by
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intelligence partner? >> so what we don't do is discuss what is and isn't classified. what i will tell you is in the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to the conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged. the story combined what was leaked with other information and then insinuated about sources and methods. so i wanted to make clear to everybody that the president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation. he shares information in a way that is wholly appropriate. i should just make maybe the statement here that the president wasn't even aware of where the information came from. he wasn't briefed on source and method of the information either. >> was this information shared with the russians the same
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content shared with our allies? >> i don't want to get into specifics of what exact information is shared with what exact allies, but information on this topic of the threat to aviation was shared with multiple allies. as you know, there are already policies in place to protect against that threat. >> but "the wall street journal" is reporting officials familiar with the matter that israelis source was considered so sensitive that the u.s. hadn't shared with its closest allies in the so-called five eyes group, which includes the uk and canada. mom pompeo briefed them on the meeting with lavrov. and the president was cheering during a joint appearance with another ally under strain, the president of turkey. >> we had a very, very successful meeting with the foreign minister of russia. our fight is against isis as general mcmaster said. i thought he said and i know he feels we had actually a great meeting with the foreign
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minister. so we're going to have a lot of great success over the next coming years. >> the white house and at least one intel committee republican are concerned how the president's conversation even got out. >> i think the real issue and i think what i would like to see debated morris national security is put at risk by those violating confidentiality, those releasing information to the press that could be used, connected with other information available to make american citizens and others more vulnerable. >> the real story here is there's a weasel here. that is the person that reported about this conversation. this is a person who is a traitor. this is a good act he did, not a bad act he did. but there was a bad act here. somebody ought to go to the people who printed this and say look, you're an american, i'm an american, tell us who did this so we can put them in jail. >> let's talk about this.
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joining us from washington, white house correspondent john bennett. thanks for joining me. want to start with mcmaster saying president trump was not briefed on source of intel on the alleged isis plot. is this normal for the president not to be briefed on source or does this speak to what's not shared with the president, what's being shared and not being shared with president trump now? >> i think you hit the nail on the head there. we've had questions back since the president was elected during the transition period about, you know, reports questioning how seriously he was taking intel briefing, if he was taking it every day, was general flynn giving him some version of an intel briefing. some of my colleagues traced back tweets and lined it up with the president's schedule when he was supposed to be getting intel briefing, but he is tweeting about different matters.
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there are questions about what he is being told and the level at whichesque briefed, how deep in the weeds are they getting on threats and this is what a lot of people feared with the president. would he slip up and say something and if the intel folks in his own staff, maybe not giving him full information or roots of intel, would he say something like this. someone remarked to me this is kma exactly what we feared all along. >> is this more about what he is not being told or he is not listening when he is told things? >> we don't know yet. that may come out in the process here that we seem to be in, figuring out exactly what he told the russian officials last week in the oval office. lawmakers want to know a lot more about that. i think we're going to learn about that in weeks to come.
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very well could be that he's just not being told. there are reports out there i have been told that the intel officials have scaled back the level, the robustness of the intel from his predecessor, barack obama, and even presidents before that. it is just a different kind of briefing and doesn't have the same level of detail. that may have to change. >> want to know how people on the hill of reacting, across the aisle, republicans and democrats, what are they saying? >> i thought the most telling thing last night is we had the reports of the comey memos, that democrats went hard in calling and renewing calls for an independent counsel to take over the russia investigation, get it out of congress' hands,
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depoliticize it. republicans were quiet for several hours, they were really rocked by this. you talked about chairman chavitz saying he may subpoena to get the memo. the most telling thing, speaker ryan put out a short, telling statement and fully backed chairman chaffetz trying to get the memos, saying the american people have a right to know what the former fbi director and the president talked about. for speaker ryan who has surprisingly stood behind trump, that is a big moment in whatever is about to happen. >> people wondering was this the straw that broke the camel's back. big question today is what's next. john bennett for us, thank you. >> thank you. tornadoes across the plains and midwest. this is a massive tornado in nebraska, more than 26 reported
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sightings. two were deadly. one estimated by a pilot to be five to seven miles long, left widespread damage, numerous structures were destroyed. look at that. in elk city, oklahoma, one person died in the storm, and schools cancelled all classes for wednesday. another storm left one dead and at least 25 more injured when a possible tornado touched down in wisconsin. causing major damage to a mobile home park there. wisconsin and northern miscellaneous, illinois, and weather shifts with the possibility of tornadoes and threat of large hail and damaging winds. >> more on the severe weather when bill karins joins us in a moment. and chelsea manning, soldier that leaked thousands of military and state department documents is expected to leave a prison. why her troubles are far from over. golden state takes advantage
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the billboard music awards. sunday, may 21st eight seven central only on abc. following news from kansas where chelsea manning is expected to leave prison today. the former intelligence analyst found guilty of leaking military and state department documents in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison. before leaving office, president obama commuted her sentence calling it disproportionate to the crime. should note she didn't get a pardon and is appealing her conviction. she says she will remain on active duty. as mentioned earlier, president trump hosted the turkey president at the white house. they announced plans to arm syrian kurdish forces which the u.s. considers a key ally in the fight against isis, although turkey considers them threat and extension of the terror group.
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>> i look forward to working with president erdogan for peace and security in the middle east, confronting shared threats and working toward a future of dignity and safety for all of our people. >> meanwhile, fighting broke out outside the turkish embassy on embassy row in washington wag between proerdogan supporters and protesters. saw people bloodied and battered. d.c. police gained control of that situation. at least one person had to be transported to a local hospital, a dozen others had minor injuries. one person was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer. that's unreal. let's check the weather and update on severe weather hitting parts of the country today. for that we bring in bill karins. what have you got for us? stunning pictures of tornado damage from yesterday. >> we were afraid that could
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happen. the wisconsin one was a bit of a surprise, knew we were in trouble in oklahoma, kansas and texas going into yesterday. now the storms died off at least. by the time they made it to dallas, forth area, they were considerably weakened. here's the recap of yesterday. 26 tornado reports, preliminary reports. we also had a lot of hail pictures out there. some hail big as soft balls. get to the threat today. two more dangerous days before a break friday. nine million at risk today. bulls eye over iowa, into des moines, areas of wisconsin. a few tornadoes, one or two strong tornadoes during the day today. tomorrow it looks like a bigger event, possible tornado outbreak, this is thursday. 26 million people at risk from kansas through the heart of tornado alley. similar to areas we saw yesterday from western kansas. this red area is a moderate risk. that's pretty significant.
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yesterday we were enhanced risk, had 26 toernlds. moderate risk for the region. thinking the possibility of not just a tornado but a strong, violent tornado tomorrow afternoon. today's forecast, the other story, notice when you walk out the door, warm air made it up the east coast. today into the 80s and 90s, this is thursday's forecast. 92 in boston tomorrow. that's impressive. usually boston doesn't hit 90 until second week of june. it will be early. >> look forward to this, i have already toiidentified myself as weather complainer. i am one of those that says it is too hot. a close call for josh harrison. lewis has a look at his show stopping play on the diamond. look at that and other highlights in sports next. just like the people who own them, every business is different. but every one of those businesses will need legal help
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welcome back. i tracking more severe weather after a dangerous 24 hours in the plains and midwest. in wisconsin, at least one person was killed and 25 injured after a powerful tornado tore through the area. oklahoma was also hit by one of 26 reported tornadoes. we're told one person was killed in that storm. you can see the damage completely extensive there. bill karins says 9 million people are at risk for severe weather today. we will check in on the forecast in a bit. convicted army private chelsea manning expected to leave prison today months after president obama commuted her 35 year sentence. former intelligence analyst found guilty in 2013 of leaking military and state department documents. she did not receive a pardon and is now appealing that conviction. we're told she will remain on active duty. few hours ago, new orleans
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removed one of last two monuments dedicated to the confederacy, the only monument standing is dedicated to robert e. lee. despite calls for the statues to remain, they come down next week. less than a week after president trump fired james comey and warned about tapes of conversations, a paper trail in the fbi is emerging. multiple sources say comey wrote an internal memo saying trump asked him to drop investigation into michael flynn. comey wrote the memo which nbc news hasn't seen, the day after flynn resigned following reports that he mislead mike pence about his conversations about lifting sanctions. trump told comey flynn had done nothing wrong. president trump saying i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting flynn go. he is a good guy.
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i hope you can let this go. the white house responded saying it is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation, stating while the president repeatedly expressed his view that general flynn is a decent man that served and protected our country, the president has never asked mr. comey or anybody else to end any investigation. comey's memo said the president wanted to put pressure on journalists. "new york times" reports he began the discussion with comey condemning leaks to the media, saying mr. comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information. president trump has repeatedly complained about leaks from the intelligence community, suggesting it is the most important story. president trump's alleged request for the fbi director to kill an investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn may have begun when acting head of justice
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department, attorney general sally yates, informed don mcbegan that he mislead the public and could be compromised by the russians. take a look. >> following the meeting, white house counsel immediately informed the president and senior white house personnel when she first came here late on friday the 27th, yates and white house counsel met again to discuss certain issues that she had left unclear at the time. >> then on the night of january 27, president trump had dinner with jim comey where he reportedly asked for the fbi director's loyalty. and comey refused. three days later, attorney general yates was fired for not defending the travel ban, hours after "the washington post" reported that yates warned the white house about flynn, president trump fired the national security adviser on february 13th. in the oval office on the following day, february 14th, trump asked comey about, quote, letting flynn go, according to
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the fbi director's memo. through it all, comey continued to show his independence. on march 4, trump tweeted accusing obama of wire tapping him. next day, "new york times" reported comey asked department of justice to dejekt those accusations. march 8th, comey said he would serve his full term as director, less than two weeks before confirming the fbi investigation into russia. >> you're stuck with me for about another six and a half years. i would love to be invited back again. i have been authorized by department of justice to confirm that the fbi as part of our counter intelligence mission is investigating in the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government. >> that came before the house intelligence committee on march 20th. jump ahead to may 2nd, in a phone call russian president putin asked president trump to meet with sergei lavrov.
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the next day, president trump was reportedly angered by comey testifying he was uncomfortable with the idea his actions swung the election back in november. >> it makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election and i could be wrong but we honestly made a decision between those two choices that even in hindsight, this is one of the world's most painful experiences, i would make the same decision. >> mildly nauseous. the following week, may 8th, told the head of senate intelligence committee he asked for more resources in the russian probe from justice department. day after that, tuesday may 9th, he fired jim comey before he met with the russian foreign minister and ambassador whose conversation ensnared flynn and reportedly shared sensitive intelligence. latest black eye for the white house has republican lawmakers expressing frustration publicly with a simple request. no more drama. >> i think we could do with a
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little less drama from the white house on a lot of things so we can focus on our agenda. >> susan collins of maine said can we have a crisis free day? that's all i'm asking. i would say it doesn't seem very likely. >> joining us from washington, john bennett to follow up on this last story. you see jason chavitz. isn't there a changing attitude for hill republicans and the white house that you're seeing? >> there seems to be, at the very minimum they want james comey to testify before multiple committees in both chambers. republicans before they were
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kind of lukewarm, said the president had the authority and was very much in the role of president see to fire the fbi director, even if it is very rare. my colleagues on the hill definitely picked up a new odor in the air with republicans wanting to hear from james comey. they want to get to the bottom of this. like chairman chaf et cetera and speaker ryan, they want to see the memos. >> why not comey reveal the information sooner if there was a possibility that the president was trying to obstruct the investigation? >> it very much appears that comey was playing the long game. he also did not want to go public before he got fired with the memos and seems like that was an attempt to allow the russian investigation, there's also maybe a separate
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investigation now of general flynn. he didn't want to directly effect those while still in the job, probably thinking he could keep an eye on the president you're no longer an official, this is his only recourse is to go public with the memo. >> talk quickly about the possibility of obstruction of justice in regards to the president. how does one figure out what his intentions were here? in figuring out obstruction of justice, they have to figure out were his intentions to impede the russia investigation or were they in fact to sideline flynn and say let the guy off here. >> right. the president is a very loyal guy. flynn was loyal to him during the campaign. the two just became close by all
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indications as individuals, so you hit at the crux of this. was he trying to help a man that became a friend and trusted confidant or was he trying to stop a federal investigation because there may be something else there that could effect him, other associates, his family's brand, the businesses. there are lawyers on both sides of capitol hill. patrick leahy, lindsey graham in the senate, lawyer colleagues in the house on all these relevant committees who are going to be looking at exactly that, the intent of the president. but also keep in mind that senior fbi agents and officials when they keep these kinds of memos, there's a long history of court precedent that judges will take those documents almost as gospel, take them very seriously. that's why legal experts are saying the president could be in real hot water here. >> want to get their eyes on the
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memos. john bennett, thanks again. appreciate it. >> thank you. according to associated press there were also concerns with how trump's transition team handled classified information. two former obama administration officials tell the ap highly sensitive materials were being copied, moved from secure locations, carried between buildings without permission. ap says alarm bells went off when obama administration in late november when a member of the transition team on behalf of boss michael flynn requested classified profile of the russian ambassador. according to ap, he seemed concerned flynn did not fully understand he was dealing with a man rumored to have ties to russian intelligence. the outgoing administration was taken back by comments coming from trump's own team. that concerned transition official was former pentagon provision marshall billingsly, current nominee for a high level post at treasury department.
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nbc news learned manafort has been subpoenaed by federal investigators. a document saying how he repaid a loan was never filed, and his company appears to have not paid the 36,000 in taxes due on that loan. a manafort spokesman said it was repaid in december, paperwork shows repayment wasn't filed until after nbc news inquired. a separate source tells nbc news that the attorney general is taking a preliminary look at his real estate transactions. this on top of a "the wall street journal" report justice department requested his bank records as part of a probe related to whether the trump campaign callused with russia interfering with the 2016 election. still ahead. we will tell you where the markets stand and more on the severe weather outbreak. more than two dozen tornadoes reported in the last 24 hours
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or an allergic reaction, stop taking cialis and get medical help right away. ask your doctor about cialis. welcome back. want to get to the severe weather outbreak, bring in bill karins. what are you seeing? >> everything quieted down from last night. there were a lot of pictures of damage, elk city, oklahoma, some of the worst damage was, one fatality. wisconsin, a mobile home park was hit, a lot of those structures were destroyed, too. a dangerous day going into it, and exactly as bad as expected. for today, there's 9 million people at risk. it is not as large an area as yesterday. over the state of iowa, extreme southern portions, it will go into wisconsin. looks like more wind damage threat there and into the quad cities. kansas city, st. louis on the southern fringe, areas to the north highest at risk. tomorrow is one of the classic dangerous days. this is already potential for
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not just tornado outbreak but strong tornadoes. there will be hundreds if not thousands of storm chasers out here. this is rural areas of kansas and oklahoma where visibility is great, there will probably be a lot of pictures coming out of this region. very impressive storm. hopefully be over farmers' fields and miss everyone. 26 million people at risk. dallas, fort worth will see stronger storms. let's get to the mini heat wave. hot air arrived. summer like temperatures from great lakes through the mid-atlantic and into new england the next two to three days, then cool off for the weekend. typically first 90 degree temperatures of the year in may, baltimore to d.c. about average for us. june and end of june, further to north and nooeew england, 93 ine capital. could be one of the warmest days. new york city you wait for your
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90 degree day tomorrow, boston up to 90. considering how cool recently, 90s feels hot for all our friends in new england. >> i like what you're saying. let's turn to business where stock futures tumble. investors are concerned about turmoil going on in washington. bill marks joins us live from london. the markets at record highs, appear to be hitting a speed bump here. >> yes, worth pointing out, haven't nose dived in the past week, but traded, particularly five of the last six sessions, closed slightly in negative territory as did s&p 500. nasdaq was up. news about director comey and his memo and president trump broke after markets closed. futures in trouble this morning. all three major indexes open slightly lower. dow off more than 100 points. looking at the currency markets, dollar trading weaker against
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euro, yen, british pound. there's something to do with the chaos out of white house cited by a number of people. another story we're looking at involves amazon and the company attempts to get into the pharmaceutical business. it is a crowded space, with all of the proposed shakeups to health care in the u.s., seems to see an opportunity there. reporting there's a new general business manager hired by amazon to lead that new sector. >> thanks so much. one more story. baltimore ravens almost lost their home due to a computer error and nine month delinquent water bill totalling over $5,000. two real estate investors were able to clean it in a tax sale where they buy to buy an owner's debt and lean. they paid the water bill, agreed to pay $21 million for the stadium if reached foreclosure. before anything could happen,
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the maryland stadium authority jumped in. apparently the city doesn't have the right to place a lien on state owned property. still ahead. controversy awaits the president ahead of his trip to israel next week. a live report on that next. there's nothing more important to me than my vacation. so when i need to book a hotel room, i want someone that makes it easy to find what i want. gets it. and with their price match, i know i'm getting the best price every time. now i can start relaxing even before the vacation begins. your memorial day weekend is very important. that's why makes finding the right hotel for the right price easy. find great deals now at booking.yeah! dry mouth can affect how your mouth feels and how you feel. discover act dry mouth, specially formulated to soothe and moisturize your mouth. and try new act dry mouth spray for relief when you need it.
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everyone's talking about, tonight. and the bill you need to pay? do it in seconds. because we should fit into your life, not the other way around. go to welcome back. one week ahead of president trump's first official visit overseas and to israel, there's a quickly escalating continue
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v controversy with the trump administration and who controls the western wall. >> no israeli leaders will join president trump to the western wall. he's going mainly in connection with the theme to connect three of the world's great religions. >> -- the western wall being part of israel? >> that sounds like a policy decision. >> refusal to say whether the western wall is? israel or not. can you explain why you can't answer that question? >> the western wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in the jewish faith, clearly in jerusalem, but there's been -- it's an issue that has had serious consideration. it will be a topic that's going to be discussed during the president's trip between the parties that he meets with. >> i don't know what the policy of the administration is, but i believe the west even wall is part of israel. i think that's how we've always seen it and that's how we should
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pursue it. >> this all started after a u.s. gip diplomat preparing president trump's upcoming visit stated israel does not have jurisdiction over that area, that statement, quote, was received with shock according to netanyahu's office. a top member of netanyahu's cabinet said whoever fails to say that shouldn't come here. david friedman met with netanyahu yesterday, the prime minister said friedman's visit to the site was a strong gesture of solidarity. joins us from london lucy cavanaugh. trump is set to become the first sitting president to visit the western wall next week. until now he's had unwavering support of israel. with this intelligence sharing information that israel may have been the source of the information he shared with russia in regards to isis, are there signs of a dark cloud over his visit? >> absolutely, yasmin. there is a dark cloud over this
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visit. israel has been one of america's closest allies, relations were somewhat frosty under president obama. there was a sense of a new page being turned when donald trump entered the white house. these controversies emerging over the past few days do not bode well for the relationship. let's start with the intelligence on isis that president trump shared with the russians. it's believed to have come from israel, considered so sensitive, yasmin, the u.s. reportedly hadn't shared it with its closest allies including the uk and canada. sharing this with the russians is a major concern for israel because russia is closely aligned with syria and iran. nobody eggs pekts the israellys to confront trump in public. prime minister benjamin netanyahu needs this trump visit to project a sense of a tight bond with the united states. we've seen the israeli ambassador trying to quiet it saying they have full cooperation in their intelligence sharing with the u.s. we can expect tough conversations behind closed
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doors. it is a breach of trust. the israelis are extremely concerned. this, of course, comes on the heels of the diplomatic spat over the western wall visit. the relationship is obviously not going to be derailed over these two issues alone. there's simply too much at stake in terms of security interests for both countries. the optics of this do not look good, yasmin e specially ahead of mr. trump's first visit to israel. >> israeli having one of the largest intelligence gathering efforts in the world. oh, to be a fly on the wall of the conversation between netanyahu and trump. coming up next, the writer behind the latest "new york times" bombshell, michael schmidt and his reporting . congressman adam schiff and jim himes, another jam packed edition of "morning joe" just moments away. you don't want to miss it. hey allergy muddlers
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i imagine it went something like this. >> president trump revealed some classified information regarding isis that according to the report in "the washington post" wasn't exactly -- >> according to a quote from h.r. mcmaster -- >> don't worry, buddy. it will all be over soon. >> don't try that at work. >> do not try that at work. before we toss it over to "morning joe," i want to get a check on the stories you'll hear about in the day ahead. >> president trump will leave washington today and head to london, connecticut, to deliver the commencement address to the coast guard academy graduation. he delivers the address at one of the military service academies every year. chelsea manning set to be released from prison, his 35-year sentence from leaking a trove of military intelligence records was commuted by president obama back in january. manning will remain on active duty during that time.
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the 70th annual cannes film festival kicks off today, the first since the terror attack in nearby nice since last july. ishmael's ghost has been picked as the opening film. >> that does it for us on this wednesday. i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside louis burgdorf. "morning joe" starts right now. >> the senators i've spoken to on both sides of the aisle have been shaken by this constant stream of revelations, each one of them in and of itself dramatic and historic. and i think most senators are shaking their heads saying, is this going to end soon? i think we could do with a little less drama from the white house on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda. >> are you getting tired of this level of chaos from the white house? >> it would be n


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