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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.
a gale force storm even by the 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 general and all in an effort to downplay collusion. and tried to talk about the repeated dismissal of the
russian investigation which he calls a hoax. >> the president finished up with this, quote, if it was the goal of russia to create chaos and disruption within the united states with all an of the committee hearings and party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. they are laughing their asses off in moscow. get smart america. >> as you can see with the fbi indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain. >> incontrovetible evidence, he called it. 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. a new report over former
campaign aide rick gates agreed to testify against the former campaign chairman paul manafort. how are the new indictments going over in russia? we have matthew chance live in st. petersburg where the russian troll pharfarm accused of wreak havoc is based. matthew, the russians are really getting what they want. sowing that chaos. >> reporter: look, i think there are two ways of looking at it. on the one hand, yes, i think there is a degree of satisfaction that the old cold war rival, the united states is in a point of crisis and is somewhat chaotic. that is the view from this vantage point. there is also a lot of concern as well about what that means for the future relationship between russia and the united
states. russia, remember, is under crippling sanctions from the european union and u.s. it wants the sanctions lifted and it is, i think, you know, worried that there could be a much stronger reaction against it in the congress and elsewhere because of the continuing allegations of u.s. election meddling. by the way, that meddling took place allegedly according to the indictment, not just here in st. petersburg, but actually inside that building behind me. the internet research agency known to us as the russian troll factory here. it is from inside that building that, you know, russian internet hackers posed as american citizens and bought up advertising space and tried to sow discord in u.s. politics. back to you. >> and groups here in the states say they expect russia to meddle in the 2018 mid-term elections.
thank you, matthew chance. a growing number of questions for the fbi after it acknowledged that it failed to act on a tip about the florida gunman. the bureau saying the person close to nikolas cruz contacted the fbi on january 5th. the caller provided information cruz's gun ownership and desire to kill and potential for him to actually 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. 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 meaningless thoughts and prayers. on wednesday, president trump will hold a listening session with high school 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 seats telling us nothing can be done to prevent this. we call bs!
>> the students in parkland say they plan to organize a march in washington for gun control next month. 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. >> and axios is reporting that congress will take another look at the background check bill that senator john cornyn pushed last year after the texas church massac massacre. funeral for 15-year-old victim luke hoyer is today. 14-year-old alex schachter and 14-year-old jaime guttenberg and teacher scott beigel were all laid to rest yesterday. four shooting victims remain in the hospital this morning. with all of that in mind, who should be held responsible
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welcome back to "early start." president trump is trying to tie the ongoing russia probe to the florida school shooting. the fbi admitted it failed to follow through protocol with the investigation and tips. let's bring in the special agent from the fbi this morning. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> the president has attacked the fbi again. this time he is linking the florida school shooting with russia. the tweet says very sad the fbi missed the signals by the florida school shooter. this is not acceptable. they are spending too much time trying to prove russian collusion with the trump campaign. there is no collusion.
get back to the basics and make us proud. he is talking like they cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. >> sure, alex. it is important to make a distinction which is to attack senior leadership. we can argue if that is appropriate or not. he was clear at least to say i'm not attacking the rank and file. ? th -- file. in this case, he is going after the fbi as an institution. not just processes and protocols, but the people that do the work. i was in parkland, florida. it hit us like a gut punch on friday to learn that there might have been a mistake made. not there might have been. the fbi director came out and said there was a mistake. i applaud his transparency. the fbi has 35,000 employees. it is an institution which has a proud and fierce history.
it is made up of human beings and humans are the fallible. whether it is a system failure and we need to fix that to make sure it doesn't happen again or individual failing. i'm certain the fbi director will get to the heart of it and fix. i say this. leaders set the culture of the agency. the federal government and executive branch is made of 2 million people. if you want to hold somebody accountable, if any of the 2 million people did something wrong, the president should be held being abccount. i think governor scott's call for removing the director of the fbi is wrong. congress will look into it and let's move on from there and make sure it doesn't happen. >> before we move on, we want to be clear. people handling the tips and calls coming into the fbi is separate than people involved in
the russia investigation which is an independent operation. >> rene, there are 450 odd violations the fbi works. they can walk and chew gum at the same time. >> we know in the florida shooting case there were failures. the school was aware of the problems. we know florida's children services were aware. even closed an investigation. the fbi got this tip. we know local police had been to the house more than 30 times. how do all of these people who seem to have received so many signs essentially do nothing? is this an issue of there is no vehicle connecting these agencies? what do you see as to how this was able to fall through the cracks? >> i think we need to make sure we don't, as some people look at it in a vacuum. each of the things are independent. the second amendment. first amendment protections for
free speech. hippa considerations. the right to privacy. if you get mental health counselling on counsel ing ing or in school and those are protected. sometimes you cannot share that information with parents. i respect and understand the right to privacy. just as with the second amendment. i understand the utility. i think we need to take a look at these things and understand they don't operate in a vacuum and try to connect them better. yes, the fbi, state and local law enforcement need to do a better job of connecting the dots. we unduendured that after 9/11. >> turning quickly to the russia investigation. the president alluded to the fact there was no collusion to
the campaign. we he don't know what else was coming. do you have any sense of what could come down the pike? >> to the president, i would caution him to say this proves anything. i think rod rosenstein made it clear. we don't know what special counsel robert mueller and his team have. i will say this. i have been a cautious skeptic of the russian investigation from the beginning. not that we don't need to look into this, but if you go back to the 1950s, j. edgar hoover wrote a book of "masters of deceit of the russians interfering in the political system." this was under president truman and eisenhower. the russians goal and other hostile foreign state actors goal is to prove that democracy
doesn't work. it is a dysfunctional entity. that is what we are showing with the fighting. i think that is what we are proving. >> are you clear this has nothing do to with the trump campaign? >> i'm not fence sitting, but something else could come. in the document, unwitting accomplices intent. a crime is two things. it is the act itself and the mens rea. the mental state of the crime of the intention. it doesn't mean it is not coming. >> thank you so much. >> thanks. the u.s. women's hockey team has set its sights on the gold medal again. coy wire has all of the action from pyeongchang next. hap
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a half a football field long to see how many tricks they can do before they land safely. pyeongchang has the biggest ramp in the world. should be jaw dropping moments. jamie anderson leeads the way fr the three americans. let's get an "early start" on the medal count. norway with 26 overall. germany has 18. canada with 16. netherlands sitting with 13. the olympic athletes from russia round out the top five with 11. no golds, though. the americans still trying to crack into the top five. half of the medals of the ten are gold. we will see if the u.s. women can get the job done later today and round up the total count for the u.s. >> we are counting on the women. >> the u.s. trailing from the russian athletes who don't perform under their flag.
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president trump after the latest indictment in the russia probe. he is claiming vin difficult tak -- vindication. could trouble be 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 rene marsh. >> i'm alex marquardt. a gale force storm even by the president's standards. the president responding harshly after the russian probe investigation. 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. instead, a source says he watched tv and got riled up by his sons eric and donald junior who urged him to take a harder line on the fbi. and he did. as you can see, the president quoted the deputy attorney general and all in an effort to downplay claims of collusion. and he tried to clarify about the russian 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 in moscow. get smart america. he also took exception to the russian me tremark with this
statement from h.r. mcmaster. >> as you can see with the fbi indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible 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. he then slammed hillary clinton and other democrats. new this morning, rick gates agreed to testify against the former campaign manager paul manafort. special counsel robert mueller will present a revised plea deal in federal court within the next few days. how are the new indictments going over in russia? for that, we have cnn's matthew
chance with the latest on the troll farm which is based behind you. matthew? >> reporter: that's right, rene. this is the building here in st. petersburg where the internet research agency as it was called better known to us as russian troll factory carried out its work and intent to sow discord in u.s. politics. they posed as american citizens and organized rallies on the streets of the united states. they were advertising and one supporting one candidate or the other. it was paid internet pr provoceteurs. there was been a daily conference call with the press and the russian spokesperson. he was asked about the u.s. indictment. the first reaction we had from the kremlin. he said, quote, it was no
substantial evidence seen in that indictment that he saw in that indictment i mplicating th russian state. there were 13 individuals. three privately owned opens i c indicted in the report. no evidence, the kremlin says, of any indication the russian state was involved. that is important because one of the reasons these places were set up was because there was a high degree of deniability. they are privately owned and denying is what the kremlin is doing when it comes to the allegations. >> thank you, matthew chance. a growing number of questions for the fbi after it acknowledged it failed to act on the tip of the florida gunman. the bureau is saying the person close to nikolas cruz contacted the fbi on january 5th. the caller provided information about cruz's gun ownership and
desire to kill, erratic behavior and even the potential for him to conduct a school shooting. the fbi admits it did not stick to protocols for following up. >> that revelation led to the most 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 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 meaningless thoughts and prayers. on wednesday, trump will hold what is called a listening
session with high school 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. >> 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 by the nra 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 candidates that do not support an assault weapons ban.
>> and axios is reporting that a top official says congress will take another look at the background check bill that senator john cornyn pushed for last year after the sutherland springs church shooting. funeral for 15-year-old victim luke hoyer is today. 14-year-old alex schachter and 14-year-old jaime guttenberg and teacher scott beigel were all laid to rest yesterday. four shooting victims remain in the hospital this morning. with all that in mind, who is responsible for the fbi failure on the florida tip? that's next. dial ybinge-watching up to eleven. join the un-carrier right now, and get four unlimited lines for only thirty-five bucks each. woah. plus, netflix for the whole family. on us. prrrrrrr... so, they get their shows... let's go, girl! you're gonna love this bit!
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fbi failure to act on a tip about the gunman in last week's florida school shooting. the fbi did admit it failed to follow protocol, but does the president's explanation make any sense? let's bring in analyst james gagliano. retir retired supervisor for the fbi. what do you make of the tweet? i don't think before that tweet anyone else was tying the russia probe to the florida shooting. the president did. what was your reaction when you saw that? >> rene, the fbi works 450 different federal violations. they have the ability to focus in different areas and doing a good job in all of them. no resources were diverted. if you are working an investigation which the russia probe started as, it doesn't impact a criminal investigation which this mass shooting. the fbi is capable of working
different violations. i'm confident they will pursue the investigations without moving resources around or i ineffecti ineffective. >> you got back from florida. obviously a horrific scene. >> yes. >> we met after the massacre in las vegas. now we have seen the church shooting in sutherland springs after that. an a l a lot of people said after sandy hook and after these kids were killed that nothing change od o gun control, nothing will change. do you feel things are changing now? this is a moment where the outrage from the students and around the country is actually going to move the needle on some gun control measures? >> alex, first of all, just like the me too movement has taken the nation and world by storm and people are saying this behavior of people of the sexual predators is no longer okay. we will do something. we will out you. the folks that are accused of
things are entitled to due process. we have to find the balance. it is the same here. the words gun and control. when you put them in the same sentence, that is the third rail of our political system. people retreat to their i positions. i don't think we have a view of nothing nothing can be done. i don't think we should have the knee jerk reaction. there is a number of things we can do. i think people are afraid to do them. look, since 700 ad, we had gun powder. in the mid 14th century, guns were invested. in 1892, the first automatic weapon was developed. the second amendment in 1791. the founding fathers did it for the right reasons. we found it on a revolution. break-away from oppressive government. for us not to discuss this is ludicrous.
>> a small number of states have the so-called red flag laws to give law enforcement as well as families if they see someone as potentially dangerous and should not have a weapon, they can get a judge's order to prevent them from getting a weapon. do you feel that could be the answer? >> absolutely it could help. in the earlier segment, rene, we cannot look at these in a silo. we have to look at them as connected pieces. as a criminal specialist, the fbi gets red flag calls on any number of days. they are all checked out with the extensiception of the egreg error here and failure to act on it. we had an action abable lead. the call came in and it was screened by support employees and gives it to an fbi agent to
do a triage. does this look like something of reasonable suspicion? it did not happen. the system was set up we should have responded. i can tell you how pained being in florida on friday and getting that news hit us by a gut punch. innerconnectivity needs to happen. when you have police responding to a residence 39 times, that is now from a red flag to a full one. >> do you devote resources to keep an eye on that person? if i can ask, who should be held responsible? >> sure. the first point shows 330 million americans. 1 million sworn law enforcement officers. when you think about it. it is impossible. unless we want to live in a police state. in the united states, we cherish
civil liberties. unless you want a police state, there is no way that will happen. we cherish civil liberties. should heads roll after this? again, leaders create the culture. there are 35,000 fbi employees. do i think there was a culture created at the fbi by director wray or other predecessors? eight led to an agent and looking at the information and saying not important. no. i think there was a breakdown. we know it is investigated. i don't think the fbi director should step down. if somebody made an error and we will get to the bottom of this, sanctions should happen. >> you think it is an anomoly. >> of the culture or the way the fbi -- i spent half of my life in the fbi. i can report to you it is not the culture. >> james gagliano, thank you.
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'yeahhh.' yeahhh! try directv now for $10 a month for 3 months. no satellite needed. welcome back. lebron james caps off the big all-star weekend with the strong performance on the court after controversy on the sidelines. >> we have andy scholes with more in 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. for the first time in a while, we had a fantastic finish to the all-star 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. those two looked like they repaired their friendship. 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 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 hosts laura ingraham said he should shut up and dribble after discussing politics. her comments after lebron saying president trump was critical. 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 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. >> and he is very vocal.
a supporter of hillary clinton's campaign. >> and trayvon martin. he showed up with the hoodie on. >> and recently called president trump a bum. >> i remember that, too. >> he's not stopping anytime soon. the u.s. women's hockey team is cruising to gold medal game in dominating style. >> and coy wire has more from pyeongchang. good morning, coy. >> good morning, rene and alex. the thing that jumped out to me for team usa over finland. four of the five goals scored by golden gophers. gophers gone wild in pyeongchang. put the puck in the net early in the match. davidson had one as well. and two scores on the board for team usa. hilary knight was the only former non gopher goal for team usa. the u.s. face the winner of the
canada match versus olympic athletes from russia which starts in an hour from now. the u.s. looking to capture the first gold since 1998. figure skating. ice dance short program. all three american teams qualified for the free dance. the reigning u.s. champs hubbell and donohue. but then there is the shibutani siblings. mana imagine dancing on the world stage with your sibling. listen to those known affectionately known as the shib sibs. >> in spots, siblings have to compete against each other. we don't. we know all of the work we individually put in goes into something we both really 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: shibutanis have captured bronze in the team skate. the next event is coming up later today. >> thanks, coy. a record-breaking debut for "black panther." the film raked in $102 million. the fifth biggest opening of a film of all time. "black panther" will total $218 million in the u.s. over the four-day presidents' day
weekend. >> huge haul. impressive. that's great. a real moment. >> it is. that's going to do it for us. thank you for joining us this morning. i'm rene marsh. >> the evidence is inc incontrovertible. >> the president is adamant he didn't collude. >> with someone like putin he is only together go stop when with. >> i think sit an absurd statement. absurd.