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frustration boiling over for president trump after the latest indictments in the russia probe. anger and mounting questions after the fbi admits it failed to act on the tip about the florida gunman. now survivors are lashing out at the president for suggesting the bureau was distracted by the russia probe. welcome to "early start." i'm rene marsh. >> i'm alex marquardt.
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it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. a gale force storm each ven by president's standards. special counsel robert mueller on friday indicted 13 russians for meddling in the 2016 u.s. election. the indictments focused on social influence from moscow, not collusion or obstruction. the president tweeted the indictment proved no collusion. >> the president avoided the golf course this weekend at mar-a-lago as a sign of respect after the florida school shooting. he watched tv and got riled up by eric and donald junior who urged him to take a harder line on the fbi. he did. as you can see, the president quoted the deputy attorney
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general culla general and all in an effort to downplay collusion. and tried to talk about the russia investigation as a hoax. >> the president finished up with this, quote, if it was the goal of russia to create chaos within the u.s., then with the committee hearings and party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. they are laughing their asses off. >> as you can see with the fbi indictment, the evidence is now really inn con tro vertable and available in the public domain. >> the president tweeted general mcmaster forgot to say the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the russians.
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he then slammed hillary clinton and other democrats. somehow are the new indictments and developments in the special counsel investigation going in russia? we have cnn's matthew chance in st. petersburg where the russian troll pharfarm farm iis based. what are they saying, matthew? >> reporter: rene, this is the city where the troll factory is based and this is the building where it is said to carry out the work after the latest indictment of the justice department to sow discord in the political system in the u.s. it is the four floors where paid hackers and inserted themselves in chat rooms and posed as american citizens and organized anti-islam and pro black rights rallies on the streets of the united states as well.
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you can see, they are saying the big red sign saying the building is for rent. we have been watching people going in all day. at least two of the floors are occupied and expected to be occupied for the next 30 days according to the estate agents dealing with the rental of the building. from the russian perspective, this is all deniabiabldeniable,. russians have been denying that. they have been doing that over the weekend as the latest indictment which indicted 13 russian individuals has been digested over here in russia. the russian foreign minister basically leading the denials saying he hasn't seen anything factual and just in his words blather. the russians are taking this traditional denial response. >> matthew chance, interesting you are right in front of the building where they are
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operating and you are seeing people going in and out. they are still working clearly. thank you. a growing number of questions for the fbi after it acknowledged it failed to act on the tip about the florida gunman. the bureau saying the person close to nikolas cruz contacted the fbi on january 5 antth. the caller provided information cruz's gun ownership and desire to kill and potential for him to actually conduct a school shooting. the fbi admit it is did not stick to protocols for following up. >> that revelation led to the president's outrageous tweet of the weekend. here is the tweet. he said very sad the fbi missed all of the many signals sent out by the florida school shooter. this is not acceptable. they are spending too much time trying to prove russian collusion with the trump campaign. we should note the florida tip and russia investigation would be handled by totally different
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divisions within the fbi. >> that tweet from the president has sparked outrage online. including among survivors of th. 17 friends and classmates are gone and you have the audacity to make it about russia? have a damn heart. you can keep all of your meaningless thoughts and prayers. trump will have a listening session with students and teachers. >> it is not known if he will meet with parkland students. some say they have no interest in meeting him and focusing their anger at the president and congress. take a listen. >> we have seen a government shutdown. we have seen tax reform. nothing to save children's lives. are you kidding me? you think we should focus on the past and not future to prevent the deaths of thousands of children? you sicken me. >> politicians sit in the funded
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seats telling us nothing can be done to prevent this. we call bs! >> strong words there. the parkland students say they plan to organize a march in washington for gun control. there are signs the shooting may be a tipping point for some with influence. a top republican donor al hoffman vowed to stop funding dru candidates that do not support an assault weapons ban. >> and james langford is open to deeper background checks. axios expects another background check bill that senator john cornyn pushed last year in sutherland springs shooting. funeral for 15-year-old victim luke hoyer is today. 14-year-old alex schachter and
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14-year-old jaime guttenberg and teacher scott beigel were all laid to rest yesterday. four shooting victims remain in the hospital this morning. the red flags missed by the fbi are not the only warning signs now getting another look in the aftermath of the shooting. "the washington post" says problems with cruz started in middle school. they cite outbursts and drawings of stick figure was guns and threatening statements on his homework. including references to killing president obama. >> the family who took in cruz last year did not know they had a monster living under their roof. cnn's martin savidge has more. >> reporter: there is information that cnn has been able to obtain from the
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department of children and families. the state welfare group. they became aware of problems with nikolas cruz in september of 2016 on snapchat. showing him cutting his arms and getting a gun. investigators were disturbed and talked to his mother who was alive at the time. talked to nikolas at the time and mental health experts. after all of that, they came out and essentially made the assessment he was a low risk of doing any harm to himself or anyone else. that was 18 months before he carried out the attack at the high school here. then lastly, there is kimberly and james sneed. the family cruz was living with up until the day he carried out the attack. there was no indication. yes, he was quirky. he was odd. nothing to insinuate he was about to carry out a tragic attack. they knew he had guns and a restriction is he locked them up
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in the gun safe giving them the key. it now appears there was more than one key. rene and alex. >> thank you, martin. a new report this morning that former trump campaign aide rick gates agreed to testify against the former chairman paul manafort. special counsel robert mueller will have a revised plea deal within the next few days. cnn first reported that gates was finalizing a plea deal. satellite/radra murray has more. >> reporter: good morning. rick gates has struck a deal with special counsel robert mueller according to the l.a. times, gates will plead guilty and testify against paul manafort in the criminal case they were charged in. this had to do with financial crimes unrelated to the campaign. they had both pleaded not guilty. apparently as part of the deal,
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according to the times, rick gates could serve 18 months in prison. that is shorter than what he would have served if he had gone to trial and found guilty. he was looking at up to ten years in prison. if you are paul manafort or the co-defendant in the case, this is worrisome news that your business partner is testifying against you. it could put more pressure on paul manafort to cooperate. it is not clear what robert mueller is building up to or if the cooperation could be a building block to something larger. if this is an effort to build a case against trump or other trump associates. the white house has downplayed the deal saying this all has to do with the activities prior to the campaign and transition. they don't believe it has anything to do with the west wing and won't come near the president. back to you. disgraced white house aide
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rob porter's two ex-wives says his former boss sent letters of apology. he released a second statement saying he was heart broken by the allegations. the letter described to cnn as a sincere apology for the pain he may have caused us. hatch saying he was unaware of the nature of the article and thought porter's political enemies were mounting an attack. porter's first wife, colbie holderness says she appreciates his apology. porter has denied the allegations. a drug to help euthanize your pet ended up in dog food shipped nationwide. recall information and what to look for coming up next. - [narrator] introducing a breakthrough
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police in atlanta are searching for an uber eats
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driver suspected in the shooting death of a customer this weekend. the victim, a 30-year-old man, met the driver and received his order and walking away from the vehicle. the victim and the delivery driver apparently exchanged words and shots were fired from the vehicle. uber eats is working with police. adding our hearts go out to the families involved. and now there is a voluntary recall of canned dog food this morning that may contain a drug used to euthanize animals. fda says low levels of the drug pentobarbitol were detected in gravy train dog food. it is most commonly used as a sedative anesthetic or for u euthanasia. the smucker company identified
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the root cause as a single supplier and minor ingredient at one facility. a big fight across the pond for the film "three billboards outside ebbing, missouri." it won five statues at the british academy film awards, including best picture. the film also won best actress for frances mcdormand and best supporting actor prize for sam rockwell. the british equivalent for the oscars can be unpredictable. just like at the golden globes, many stars wore black in support of time's up and me too movement aimed to improve treatment of women in the entertainment and other industries. it was a star-studded night in the nba with the all-star
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game. with two hand picked teams. team lebron and team steph. team lebron won with 148-145 finish. and fergie delivered a slow and you could say sultry rendition of the national anthem. ♪ o'er the ramparts ♪ we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets ♪ >> you can see the players and chance the rapper on the sidelines laughing. steph curry liked a tweet that mocked her performance.
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not very nice. >> she soupnded good to me. the u.s. women's hockey team setting its sights on the gold medal. we have coy wire with all of the action from pyeongchang, south korea, next.
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u.s. women's hockey team heading back to the gold medal game for the third straight winter olympics. >> and coy wire has more for us from pyeongchang. how are you this morning? >> reporter: alex and rene, it is warm this morning. it's 32 degrees. i feel great. good morning. the u.s. women have medaled in hockey in every winter olympics. they have not won gold since '98. facing finland. they jumped to an early lead. a goal from gigi marchand. they scored two goals in 34 seconds at one point. back to the gold medal round they go for the third straight olympics. having lost to canada the last two games. they face them again or the olympic athletes from russia.
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now 13 days after the emergency appendectomy, justin olsen pushed and piloted an 800 pound bobsled down the track with his teammate. they are currently 12th. three days after justin arrived in south korea, pain sent him to the ground. olsen is back. the two-man final runs are later this morning. olsen's best shot at a medal in four-man competition this week. that's the u.s.'s best event. new sport in the olympics making debut. snowboarding big air. down half a football field and rocketing in the sky with as many twists and turns before trying to land upright. pyeongchang has the biggest ramp in the world.
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two-time olympic immediamedalis the way for the finals which is later this week. time for an "early start" on medal count. norway still leading the way. 26. germany with 18. canada has 16. netherlands with 13. olympic athletes from russia has 11. united states still outside of the top five. the ten medals overall, but half gold. we will see if the u.s. women's hockey can add another gold to the list. >> i love when they add new sports. >> thanks, coy. new indictments in the russia investigation spark a twitter tirade from the president and now he is facing backlash for his tweets that claim the russia probe is why the fbi missed a big tip about the florida shooter.
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frustration boiling over for president trump after the latest indictments in the russia probe. he is claiming vin difficult tak -- vindication, but could troubling brewing? anger and mounting questions after the fbi admits it failed to act on the tip about the florida gunman. now survivors are lashing out at the president for suggesting the bureau was distracted by the russia probe. welcome to "early start." i'm alex marquardt. >> i'm rene marsh. a gale force storm even by the president's standards. responding harshly after the latest indictment from the special counsel robert mueller investigation. mueller indicted 13 russians and 3 russian companies for the
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meddling in the 2016 u.s. election. the indictments focused on social influence from moscow, not collusion or obstruction. the president tweeted the indictment proved no collusion. >> the president avoided the golf course this weekend at mar-a-lago as a sign of respect after the florida school shooting. instead, a source tells us he watched a lot of tv which he does and gold riled up by his sons eric and donald junior who urged him to take a harder line on the fbi. as you can see, the president quoted the deputy attorney general and all in an effort to downplay the claims of collusion with russia. and tried to talk about the russia investigation as a hoax. >> the president finished up with this, quote, if it was the goal of russia to create chaos within the u.s., then with the committee hearings and party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. they are laughing their asses off.
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get smart america. he took exception to this remark of meddling from his national security adviser h.r mcmaster. >> as you can see with the fbi indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain. >> iron con tro vert -- incontrovertible. the president tweeted general mcmaster forgot to say the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the russians. he then slammed hillary clinton and other democrats. somehow are the new indictments and developments in the special counsel investigation going in russia? we have cnn's matthew chance in st. petersburg where the russian troll farm is based. what are they saying, matthew? are the russians laughing their asses off as the president said?
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>> reporter: they have created such a lot of chaos and want of another word discord in u.s. politics. it was that expressed objective according to the indictments that organizations like the internet research agency and infamous troll factory located in this building behind me was set up to achieve. to pose as americans and to infiltrate blog and chat rooms and skew the debate toward the russian point of view to campaign and buy political advertising to support one candidate or the other. even to stage protests and divisive protests on the streets of the u.s. that was organized from inside that building. we are told the building has been cleared and no longer operates. we have seen people go in and out this place, this office, on the outskirts of st. petersburg
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all morning. we have doubts as to whether it is completely vacant. in terms of the russian reaction to the indictments, they he adod the stance they do all along which is denial. the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov has seen no facts even after the indictments. it is all in his words blather. we are getting colorful language from trump and the white house and russian officials as well. back to you. >> no doubt. russia is enjoying this debate over here in the states. thank you, matthew chance in a snowy and chilly st. petersburg. a growing number of questions for the fbi after it acknowledged it failed to act on the tip about the florida gunman. the bureau saying the person close to nikolas cruz contacted the fbi on january 5th. the caller provided information
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of cruz's gun information and his desire to kill and erratic behavior and his desire to conduct a school shooting. the fbi admits it did not stick to protocols for following up. >> that revelation led to the president's outrageous tweet of the weekend. here is the tweet. he said very sad the fbi missed all of the many signals sent out by the florida school shooter. this is not acceptable. they are spending too much time trying to prove russian collusion with the trump campaign. we should note the florida tip and russia investigation would be handled by totally different divisions within the fbi. >> that tweet from the president has sparked outrage online. including among survivors of the shooting. one tweeting, oh, my god. 17 friends and classmates are gone and you have the audacity to make it about russia? have a damn heart. you can keep all of your fake and meaningless thoughts and prayers.
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trump will hold a listening session on wednesday with high school teachers and students. >> it is not known if he will meet with parkland students. some say they have no interest in meeting him and focusing their anger at the president and congress. >> we have seen a government shutdown. we have seen tax reform. nothing to save children's lives. are you kidding me? you think we should focus on the past and not future to prevent the deaths of thousands of children? you sicken me. >> politicians sit in the funded seats telling us nothing can be done to prevent this. we call bs! >> parkland students plan to organize a march in washington at the end of march. there are signs the shooting may be a tipping point for some with influence. a top republican donor al hoffman vowed to stop funding candidates that do not support an assault weapons ban.
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>> and senator james langford is open to deeper background checks. axios expects another background check bill that senator john cornyn pushed last year in sutherland springs shooting. funeral for 15-year-old victim luke hoyer is today. yesterday, 14-year-old alex schachter and 14-year-old jaime guttenberg and teacher scott beigel were all laid to rest. four shooting victims remain in the hospital this morning. the red flags missed by the fbi are not the only warning signs now getting another look in the aftermath of the shooting. "the washington post" says problems with cruz started in middle school. they quickly intensified.
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they cite outbursts and drawings of stick figure was guns and threatening statements on his homework. including references to killing president obama. we are hearing from the family that took in nikolas cruz after the death of his mother last year. they did not know they had a monster living under their roof. cnn's martin savidge has more. >> reporter: there is information that cnn has been able to obtain from the department of children and families in the investigation. this is the state welfare group. they became aware of problems with nikolas cruz in september of 2016 on snapchat. showing him cutting his arms and getting a gun. investigators were disturbed and talked to his mother who was alive at the time. talked to nikolas at the time and mental health experts. after all of that, they came out and essentially made the assessment he was a low risk of doing any harm to himself or
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anyone else. that was 18 months before he carried out the attack at the high school here. then lastly, there is kimberly and james sneed. the family cruz was living with up until the day he carried out the attack. there was no indication. yes, he was quirky. he was odd. nothing to insinuate he was about to carry out a tragic attack. they knew he had guns and a restriction is he locked them up in the gun safe giving them the key. it now appears there was more than one key. rene and alex. a new report this morning that former trump campaign aide rick gates agreed to testify against the former chairman paul manafort. "the los angeles times" reports that special counsel robert
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mueller will have a revised plea deal within the next few days. cnn first reported that gates was finalizing a plea deal. he can expect a reduction in his sentence. a guilty plea would increase pressure recent on manafort to cooperate. disgraced white house aide rob porter's two ex-wives says his former boss sent letters of apology. he released a second statement saying he was heart broken by the allegations. the letter described to cnn as a sincere apology for the pain he may have caused. hatch saying he was unaware of the nature of the article and thought porter's political enemies were mounting an attack. porter's first wife, colbie holderness, says she appreciates
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his apology. porter has denied the allegations. a drug to euthanize your pet ended up in dog food shipped nationwide. recall information and what to look for coming up next. you won't see these folks at the post office
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welcome back. police in atlanta are searching for an uber eats driver suspected in the shooting death of a customer this weekend. the victim, a 30-year-old man,
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met the driver and received his order and walking away from the vehicle. the victim and the delivery driver apparently exchanged words and shots were fired from the vehicle. uber eats is working with police. adding our hearts go out to the families involved. and now there is a voluntary recall of canned dog food this morning that may contain a drug used to euthanize animals. fda says low levels of the drug pentobarbitol were detected in gravy train dog food. produced by the j.m.smucker company. it is most commonly used as a sedative anesthetic or for euthanasia. the low levels found were unlikely to pose a health risk to pets. the smucker company identified the root cause as a single supplier and minor ingredient at one facility.
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brawls erupting on the carnival cruise line overseas. police had to remove a 23-member family. cell phone video shows passengers tussling with each other and security guards. among shouting and screams. the cruise line says we have a te zero tolerance. no one is saying what started the brawl or how many were hurt or if charges were filed. a big night across the pond for the film "three billboards outside ebbing, missouri." it won five statues at the british academy film awards, including best picture. the film also won best actress for frances mcdormand and best
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supporting actor prize for sam rockwell. the awards can be hit or miss when predicting the academy awards next month. just like at the golden globes, many stars wore black in support of time's up and me too movement aimed to improve treatment of women. a record-breaking debut for "black panther." it raked in $192 million at the weekend box office. the fifth biggest opening of all time and biggest ever for a film in february. shattering the mark by "dead pool" in 2016. "black panther" is the first film directed by an african-american for disney marvel. the film will total $218 million in the u.s. over the four-day presidents' day weekend. >> high expectations. they met them.
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impressive. >> it is really like a movement. not just a movie. if you go on twitter, it is trending. it is more than a thrill. a nail biter at the nba all-star game. lebron james had 29 points on the court and one big point for a tv host who told him to shut up and dribble.
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welcome back. lebron james caps off the big all-star weekend with the strong perform acknowledgance on the c controversy on the sidelines.
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we have andy scholes with the bleacher report. >> reporter: alex, the first time ever the all-star game was not the eastern conference and western conference. the teams were drafted by lebron james and steph curry. we had a fantastic finish to the game. the stars were out for the game in los angeles to watch the nba's best. we saw drama in the fourth. kevin durant to russell westbrook made it a one-point game with three minutes to go. fast forward to 1:30 left. lebron with the step-back three to tie the game. under a minute to go. down one out of the time-out, team lebron drawing up a fantastic play. lebron with the lay-in to take the lead. from there, team lebron with amazing defense. they get the win. 148-145. lebron james is the mvp for the
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third time in his career. lebron wasn't only taking on team curry this weekend, but firing back at fox news after one of the hosting laura ingraham said he should shut up and dribble after discussing polit politics. he said he doesn't think the president understands or cares about the people. that prompted ingraham to say on her show lebron should shut up and dribble. i asked lebron what he thought about her comments. >> we will definitely not shut up and dribble. i will not do that. i mean too much to society. i mean too much to the youth. i mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don't have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they're in. for me to sit up here and the greatest weekend of the nba all-star weekend and i get to
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sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to shut up and dribble. so, thank you. whatever her name is. i don't know her name. >> lebron added the reason he started uninterrupted is to have a platform to discuss things they believe in and not cut in small sound bites. as long as he has a platform, he will speak out on social issues. >> thanks, andy. he has a huge platform. >> as you can see, he is determined to use it. he will not let anyone stop him from using it. >> i don't know how smart it is to take on lebron james. he is more popular than laura ingraham. the u.s. women's hockey team is cruising into the gold medal game in dominating style. >> that's right. coy wire has more from pyeongchang. good morning, coy. >> reporter: top of the morning to you, rene and alex, or the
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night from pyeongchang. team usa needed this despite a number of record olympians here, the u.s. is not in the top five of the medal count. the women's team loves this after the men's team got blown out. facing finland, the women jumped out to an early lead. they absolutely dominated as you mentioned, rene. they scored two goals at one point in 34 seconds. it's back to the gold medal round again for the third straight olympics. they lost to canada the last two games and they could face them again or it would be the olympic athletes from russia. figure skating. ice dance short program. all three american teams qualified for the free dance competition. the reigning u.s. champs lead the way, but hot on their heels
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is a brother and sister duo. maia shibutani and alex. they started to skate when maia was 4 and alex was 7. imagine skating on the world stage with your sibling. they are known as the shib sibs. listen. >> in some cases in sports, siblings compete against each other. we don't. we are on the same team. we know all of the work we individually put in goes into something we enjoy. >> i would say it helps that she is really talented and that she puts up with me and we're best friends, right? >> yes. >> whoa. i was nervous about that. we have a great relationship. >> reporter: it was their mom's idea to pair them up when they were young. their coach said as long as they don't kill each other. it hasn't happened yet. they have a bronze here anch anchoring the team he veevent.
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>> awesome story. >> nice. you have to enjoy it more if you get to share it with your sibling. >> thanks for bringing that, coy. see you in a little bit. "early start" continues right now. frustration boiling over for president trump after the latest indictment in the russia probe. he is claiming vindication, but could trouble be brewing with the former adviser set to plead guilty? now anger and mounting questions after the fbi admits it failed to act on a tip about the florida gunman. now survivors are lashing out at the president for suggesting the bureau was too distracted by the russia probe. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alex marquardt. >> i'm rene march. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east.

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