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flair, comey admitted he leaked material from the memos that he says he kept he asked specifically of loyalty in the context of asking me to stay. as i said what was odd about that is we already talked twice about it by that point and he had said i very much hope you'll stay. my common sense told me what's going on here is he's looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job. i created records after conversations and i think i did it after each of our nine conversations. i knew there might come a day when i would need a record of what happened not just to defend myself but to defend the fbi. i was concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting so i thought it was important to document. it was my judgment that i was fired because of the russia investigation. i was fired in some way to
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change, or the endeavor was to change the way the russia investigation was being conducted. the administration then chose to defend me and more importantly the fbi by saying that the organization was in disarray. that it was poorly lit. that the work force had lost confidence in it's leader. those were lies, plain and simple. so i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. i didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons but i asked him to because i thought that might prompt the appointment of a special council. i very carefully chose the words. i have seen the information about tape. lord i hope there are tapes. >> comey revealed in a closed door session right after that that there may have been a third meeting between attorney general jeff sessions and the russian ambassador. a look at what's next in the
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investigation. >> good morning, the question is where does this go from here? democrats and top republican on the senate intelligence committee do plan to meet with bob mueller the second council next week to discuss how to move forward on their investigation and see where it conflict with the special council investigation and one thing the senate intelligence committee wants are any taped communications. comey's communication with president trump. i had a chance to talk with warner about that. >> it would be great if the president, well one of his many spokesperson would at least acknowledge whether they exist or not. i am amazed that they have not even answered it. there is the existence of a secret taping system in the white house. we have seen in past history secret taping systems used by presidents don't end up in a very good position. >> you can see issuing a
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subpoena for those tapes but the white house still not saying whether or not there are any tapes or that any device set up in the white house to tape communications between president trump and anybody else. but that is a question investigators will continue to probe on capitol hill and the special councils office. boris and christine. >> thank you. president trump known as an graeszive counterpuncher but he was keeping an unusually low profile in the wake of comey's testimony. his lawyers and alabama lice come out swinging but they're all claiming the president feels vindicated while attack the credibility of the former fbi director. here's trump's personal attorney. >> the president never informed or substanced directed or suggested that mr. comey stop investigating anyone including the president never suggested that mr. comey, vote, let flynn
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go. the president also never told mr. comey, quote, i need loyalty. i expect loyalty, closed quote. he never said it in form and he never said it in substance. of course the office of the president is entitled to expect loyalty from those serving the administration and from before the president took office to this day it's overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government that are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. mr. comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers. >> kasowitz claims comey's
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testimony concludes he did not try to obstruct the investigation. >> jared kushner is expected to meet with the senate intelligence committee as early as this month. it's not clear when he might meet with the committee members. federal investigators are looking into his handling of the president's voter data operation during the campaign as well as his relationship with michael flynn. they're also exploring if and how kushner attempted to set up the back channel to communicate with russian president vladimir putin. >> let's bring in michael moore, former u.s. attorney for the district of georgia and of course political analyst josh r ogen. good morning to you. james comey was asked point blank, why do you think you were fired? here's his response. >> the president said i had
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dinner with him. he wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on. is this an accurate statement? >> no, sir. >> in one case i called him and in one case he called me. is that an accurate statement? >> no. >> did you ever call the president. >> no. >> and in the press conference on may 18th the president asked whether he had urged you to shutdown the investigation into michael flynn the president responded quote, no, no, next question. is that an accurate statement? >> i don't believe it is. >> you guys know that comey said that he believed that the president wanted to put pressure on him to try to change the way the russian investigation was going and something the president admitted in an interview. what would it take for that kind of political pressure to cross the line and become obstruction
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of justice. >> >> that's something he will have to decide whether it crossed the line but you're looking to see an obstruction case whether or not somebody puts with ill intent and motive pressure to act a certain way or have an effect on the investigation. in this case it's pretty clear we're getting close to that place. the fact that the president cleared the room when he tried to put the pressure on comey. he took that and recognized that and record it in his memo so that gets close what i heard is without a doubt he felt the president was trying to exert pressure on him as his superior to kill off an investigation that ultimately had some impact
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on people close to trump or trump himself. >> that doesn't mean that he directed him to do anything saying he hoped this flynn thing would go away. how does that play in? >> that has no penalty when they make that argument. when the president clears the back room and he says i sure hope you can help me out. that's an indication that that's what he wants to happen. when your job gets you in trouble you take them into the back room and you're going to have a talk with them, i sure hope you adjust your attitude today. you're sending a message. straighten up this is what i
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expect. >> i hope you get those numbers in by tend of the quarter, you get the numbers in by tend of the quarter. >> so there's one narrative here that yesterday we heard the tale of the bragger or the bully versus the boy scout and james comey is the boyscout. then you hear from the rnc that says nobody thinks more about james comey than james comey and from others that say this is all too good to be true. you elected an outcider to try to get things done. where is the reality? >> you have two different public figures here. one with a very long track record of telling misstatements and falsehoods and lies and one
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with a long track record of higher standards of truthfulness and conduct and one who documented these so there's clearly an effort to buddy james comey's reputation lead by the president himself but the truth is that in a contest of credibility there's really no contest at all so, you know, in the sense that this comes down to a he said he said the president is in a much worse position and james comey is both statements now carry more with the american public. we'll see attempts to paint the president as more credible than
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james comey but it doesn't hold water. >> we're interested on getting your thoughts on the political implications of this. you gentlemen will be back in the next half hour. we thank you for being up for us. thank you. >> a trump ally faces uncertainty. what a gridlock in parliament means for u.s.-british relations just ahead. af right away. a leaf is a hint that is connected to each person in your family tree. i learned that my ten times great grandmother is george washington's aunt. within a few days i went from knowing almost nothing to holy crow, i'm related to george washington. this is my cousin george. discover your story. start searching for free now at ancestry.com
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election. >> boris, you are absolutely right and of course it's official. it say hung parliament. in this brilliant building behind me we still do not know which party is going to be able to form a government. teresa may will get an option to try. to get together a coalition with the smaller party and if she fails to be able to do that it will go to the opposition party to try to do what they can to try to form a minority government. as you said, this was an on goal. teresa may had a majority. she didn't need to call a snap election. in fact she called one having said she was not going to call an election. there were fixed terms to parliament in this country and she said let's go. she thought she could get a stronger mandate, a bigger super majority and that would propel her into secure party leadership and negotiations on her terms with brexit. that's now all up in the air. the one thing that we can say
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and that will interest american viewers and viewers around the world is that it is considered that this result puts a hard brexit, in other words britain getting out of the single market and customs unit falling off of the edge and getting out of the eu puts that project back on hold. the question is where does britain go next. as for relation with the united states britain always had good relations. a special relationship with the united states under a labor government throughout it's history so that's not in jeopardy. >> reporting live from london, we'll see you again shortly. >> the pound dropping against the dollar overnight. low $1.27. the u.k. election result what is they need for the future of brexit. britain voted to leave the eu, the exact terms will determine the economic future. prime minister teresa may began that process in march.
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negotiations are set to start in ten days and the eu won't agree to anything if there's no clear governing party. that could push back the planned march 2019 exit. the hung parliament could also impact the final deal. may promised a clean break from removing britain from the eu's trading area but u.k.'s labor party called for a softer strategy. they want to keep the market. this political uncertainty won't help the economic slow down. first quarter growth was the weakest in europe. investors want to know the access they'll have to europe in the future. not everyone is weight. some banks are moving jobs out of the u.k. over fears of lost business. >> if you were planning on going now is the time to do it. >> yeah. >> an nsa contractor accused of leaking pleading not guilty in court. details about her appearance before a judge next. the future isn't silver suits and houses on mars,
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led coalition. they took out the drone after it dropped a weapon near coalition personnel. they were there training and advising ground forces in the site against isis and syria. >> the big story of the week, the bombshell testimony from former fbi director james comey. what his statements mean for the russia investigation just ahead.
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tinch >> the russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. >> the russia probe after james comey directly contradicts president trump's claims. what will comey's statements change? welcome back to early start. >> pleasure to be here with you.
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i'm boris sanchez. we are 28 minutes past the hour and with james comey's explosive testimony in the history books the big question becomes what happens next in the russia investigation. how will it effect the senate probe for the work of independent council mueller as he builds a possible obstruction of justice case. >> but first comey testimony. laying out his meetings with president trump in stunning new detail all under oath describing with dramatic flair the president's demand for loyalty and his desire to influence the russia probe. comey accused the president of lying multiple times and comey admitted he leaked material from the memos he says he kept to protect himself and the bureau. listen. >> he asked specifically of loyalty in the context of asking me to say. what was odd about that is we already talked twice about it by
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that point and he said i very much hope you'll stay. i could be wrong but my common sense told me what's going on here is he's looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay in the job. i created records after conversations and i think i did it after each of our nine conversations. i knew there might come a day when i would need a record of what happened not just to defend myself but the fbi. i was concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting so i found it important to document. it's my judgment that i was fired because of the russia investigation. i was fired in some way to change or the endeavor was to change the way the russian investigation was being conducted. the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the fbi by saying that the organization was in disarray. that it was poorly lit. that the work force had lost confidence in it's leader. those were lice plain and simple so i asked a friend of mine to
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share the content of the memo with a reporter. i didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons but i asked him to because i thought that might prompt the appointment of a special council. i have seen the tweet about tapes. lordy i hope from are tapes. >> we're hearing new information from capitol hill sources. comey revealed a third meeting between attorney general jeff sessions and the russian ambassador. a meeting he did not disclose. what's next in the investigation, we go to capitol hill. >> good morning, the question is where did this go from here? top democrat and top republican on the senate intelligence committee do plan to meet with bob mueller, the special council next week to discuss how to move forward and see where it conflicts with the special dow joness investigation and one thing that the senate intelligence committee wants are any tapd communications that
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comey's communication with president trump. i had a chance to talk to warner the top democrat about that yesterday. >> that would be great if the president and his spokes people would at least acknowledge whether they exist or not. i am amazed that they have not even answered the press with there is an existence of a secret taping system in the white house. i mean, we have seen in past history that secret taping systems used by presidents don't end up in a very good position. >> you can see they did not issue a subpoena for those tapes but the white house still not saying whether or not there's any tapes or any device set up in the white house to tape communications between president trump and anybody else. but that is a question investigators will continue to probe on capitol hill and the special councils office. >> thank you for that. president trump keeping an unusually low profile in the wake of testimony but his lawyers and allies come out
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aggressively and all staying on message claiming the president feels completely vindicated while attacking the credibility of the former fbi director. here's trump attorney. >> the president never in form or substance directed or suggested that mr. comey stop investigating anyone including the president never suggested that mr. comey, quote, let flynn go. the president also never told mr. comey, quote, i need loyalty. i expect loyalty, close quote. he never said it in form and he never said it in substance. of course the office of the president is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving the administration and from before this president took office to this day it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be
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those in government actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. mr. come wrry has now admitted he is one of these leakers. >> comey's testimony proves the president did not collude with the russians or attempt to obstruct that fbi investigation. >> we also learned that the investigation will continue. president trump's son-in-law an adviser is expected to meet with staff members of the senate intelligence committee as early as this month. it's not clear when he might meet with committee members but federal investigators are looking into his handling of the president's voter data operation during the campaign and as well as his relationship with fired national security adviser michael flynn and they're exploring if and how kushner attempted to set up the back
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channel to communicate with russian president vladimir putin. >> so much to go over. let's bring in the cnn political analyst and princeton history professor and cnn political analyst, columnist for the washington post. josh let me start with you. i want to get your response to something that i think gets lost sometimes frankly when we talk about it. james comey said the russians interfered and it's attack on the democracy and it's something that's the core for all of this and it's sometimes good for us. >> a agree with you 100% and this is the big sort of missed story of yesterday.
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>> that's true. that's much more significant in my view than any meeting he had on the sideline of the speech and any conversation that the president and the fbi director had about this or that. that is a challenge to our country that's being neglected by this on both sides.
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but it prevents us from having an all of government approach to responding to this attack on american democracy and american election systems. i was talking yesterday after the hearing that the former head of u.s. forces in europe and he said that, you know, this is happening all over the world and that effort is totally missing and he just blamed both sides. we were here in washington and the politics of this administration and it prevents us from sort of seeing the forest for the trees which is that the only real way to prevent this from happening again is to protect the
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integrity of our political system is for at some point for both sides to come together and say okay this is a threat to all of us and we're going to have to do something about it and in order to do that we're going to have to first get on the same page and admit this happened and admit it's profitable and then come up with a plan to put it back. >> you can make a case that russian interference isn't the only thing. it's actually infrastructure week believe it or not. donald trump jr. was on fox news yesterday saying now with this testimony behind us the cloud is gone. we can focus on the agenda but the cloud is not gone. there's still an investigation on going. they are connected. if there's intervention in the election which there was and there were connections to the
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winning administration that's a pretty serious issue so this investigation will continue. we're at a point where we have the administration that has united government and the policy problems for the nation are not being addressed and right now republicans have burdens. they control government. the democrats do not so as people keep score politically and value what this president is doing the russia scandal is absolutely consuming this period in american history. >> there's multiples. not one. wlaps to you specifically when it comes to the attorney general jeff sessions? now there's accusations that he had another undisclosed meeting with that russian ambassador that everybody seems to forget me
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meeting. >> they're saying some of these meetings don't matter. they're arguing that it is a witch hunt. i don't think we can ever address the possibility of interference in an election until we see about this administration. we have the president of the united states that is so mistrusted by the director of the fbi that he has to take notes because he thinks he's going to come back and telltales. ted cruz's father was involved in the assassination and barrack obama was not born here. he just spews things out of his mouth so i think that some of the statements that have been
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made, i think people closest to trump, he may start to see this investigation and then the fact that they need to try to make excuses for it or be. >> thank you for being here. nice to see you. have a great weekend. >> the house passed the financial choice act. it effectively guts the obama era wall street. some financial institutions from limits on risk taking. it offer ace new way to deal with failing banks and weakens the consumer financial protection bureau. that's a consumer watchdog agency created under dodd frank. it's gone after parts that have never been regulated ver that a
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budget and allows them to fire the agency's director. they criticize him for anemic growth and strangling small business. this is a step backward toward the financial crisis. the bill passed only with republican support and now heads to the senate where it hast wil not pass in it's current form. >> from the u.s. to overseas, political turmoil with surprise election result names for trump ally teresa may and brexit coming up next.
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>> may suffering a stunning election set back that defied all the polls. she is now also in jeopardy of losing her job. there are already calls for may to step down. the conservative party hemorrhaging seats in thursday's snap election. what does this mean for britain
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and for relations with the united states? let's go back to london and bring in chief international corresponde correspondent. this is another election in britain with surprising unexpected results. >> who would have thought it. this country known for calm and collect and carrying on has done a political earthquake again after last year's referendum for brexit and here the prime minister thought she was going to call a snap election. get a bigger majority than she had to toughen their hand to strengthen their position going into the most consequential negotiations this country faced in generations since world war ii and it hasn't happened. we have the chance to get a
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coalition and that will be as it stands now with a small party in northern island. but beyond that what does it mean going forward? the people have voted. and some austerity that we had in this country. particularly in a hard way being proposed by the hard right wing of the tory party including the prime minister getting out of the biggest economic block in the continent and the eu and not having any idea of where they were going next. all of that in playwright now but when it comes to relations with the united states of course this has been as everybody says a special relationship for centuries so obviously teresa
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may met president trump. she probably has more in common with him than jeremy corbin but in general in a normal situation the relationship should continue as it always has. >> i have to ask, few people have covered the intricacies of your politics the way you have. in the past month britain has seen very violent and bloody terror attacks. how could they have weighed into this election? >> that's a good question. normally when you have this dreadful security situation it favors the party considered strongest on security and generally that's the conservatives. it didn't work in this case and god forbid with these tragedies that we had but what happened is that teresa may that had been prime minister for a year that had previously been home secretary, that's the government cabinet minister that deals with
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internal security and deals yes with immigration and other such things, she came under a huge amount of fire. that was something like 20,000 police on the street. 20,000 of them were cut over the last 7 years and that caused a deep anger among many, many people and people say perhaps if that hasn't happened we might have had a better street level intelligence gathering over the last several years. maybe it might have warded off some of the terrorist attacks. it's important to know that counter terrorism forces or resources were not cut but, you know, this is a country that's gone through so much hardship over the last many years. whether it's austerity, whether it's the terror attacks, whether it's the fall out from the brexit vote last year and now we're waiting to see how the
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next government whatever it might look like is able to shepherd this in some very turbulent but critical and consequential times. >> turbulent. thank you. >> despite the surprising election results that no one can tell you about and comey's testimony nothing can stop the bulls on wall street. we'll get a check on how stocks are reacting.
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a not guilty plea from the 25-year-old nsa contractor accused of leaking documents. denying bail for her. downloaded and transmitted illegally information about russian hacking in the election. she faces ten years in prison. prosecutors aren't trying to
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link her to terrorism but she wrote in a notebook that she wanted to burn the white house down. >> mild weather will give way to a big warm up folks. we have the weekend forecast for you. >> good morning, it's almost like mother nature but a blow torch on the mid-section of the u.s. because we have a lot of heat building in across this area and that's going to spread to the midwest by this weekend. heat is going to build through places like chicago, milwaukee, grand rapids, detroit, temperatures soaring 5 to 15 degrees above normal and we even see some of that heat starting to move east ward as well. more on that in a second. middle 90s by sunday and monday. check and make sure they're ready for the summertime weather and we talked about how it's going to heat up along the east coast as well. you have to wait toward the first part of next week and you can see though they climb through d.c. as well as the big apple. you have a chance of severe weather today across north dakota. keep an eye to the sky, damaging
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winds, hail and isolated tornadoes are a possibility. we have sunshine dominating the south. we have a few scattered showers near miami. a few thunderstorms near central texas and rain showers for the pacific northwest. back to you. >> that's your weather. here's your money forecast for the weekend. despite the turmoil it looks like nothing can stop the bulls from running. global markets and u.s. futures higher today after wall street finished higher yesterday. the dow hit a record during comey's senate appearance. why a record high? it didn't convince investors that it's going to delay the things they care about. mainly tax reform but wall street is still betting it's going to happen. tech sals having a break out here. nasdaq is at record highs and more than a third of the games in the s&p 500 are from these five stocks. two of those stocks are about $1,000 a share. another big question on wall street will the fed raise interest rates soon and the answer, overwhelmingly, yes.
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in fact a 96% chance it will happen at next week's fed meeting. that will be the 4th hike since the financial crisis. what will that mean for your wallet? higher borrowing rates on auto loans, credit cards? mortgages? mortgage rates are at historic lows after less than 4% nationwide. in fact the lowest they have been all year. if you're looking to buy a house and refinance that's important information right there. >> now is the time. >> now it is. >> have a great weekend everyone. new day starts right now. waited all day for some big shoe to drop and there just wasn't anything. >> there's no doubt he was fired
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because of the russia investigation. >> refused to pledge loyalty to a president and for that he got fired. >> the president also never told mr. comey i need loyalty. i expect loyalty. >> a cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a lot darker. >> this is new day with chris cuomo. >> good morning, welcome to your new day. it's friday june 9th, 5:00 here in new york. there's two major stories shaking up the political world. here is our starting line. the cloud of russia looming larger over the white house and president trump's credibility. james comey told senators the president lied about why he fired him. comey says the president wanted him to drop the investigation into michael flynn. president trump's lawyer disputes that claim. says the president never demanded loyalty from comey.
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the president wasn't personally being investigated and didn't obstruct anything. >> meanwhile everyone saw this hearing differently. republicans defending president trump arguing that he is new to the job and james comey concerns about president obama's attorney general loretta lynch and why she tried to down play the hillary clinton investigation. and teresa may's c conservative party losing their lead in parliament. let's begin with joe johns. he is live for us with the laits. >> good morning, allison. president trump is expected to hold a joint news conference today at the white house. it will be the first time the president has spoken with reporters in three weeks. likely only to take a

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