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is going to be safer and that these forests can be sustained and enjoyed by the community in the future. good morning everyone. john berman here. breaking news. moments ago right here on cnn, a lawyer for adult film actress stephanie clifford, aka stormy daniels says she's been physically threatened to stay silent about what she knows about president trump. she alleges they had an affair and was paid hush money to stay
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silent. this physical threat is a new piece of information. let's call it pending breaking news at the white house. reports that the president has decided to fire the national security adviser general h.r. mcmaster. this seems to be a question of when now. there is no question about the extraordinary level of turmoil at the white house. remember, the president began the week by firing the secretary of state on twitter, and his personal assistant was marched out of the white house for gambling. this is a statement overnight from press secretary sarah sanders. she says, just spoke to the president and general h.r. mcmaster. contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the national security changes. notice the present tense, 10:00 p.m. last night. let's go to abby phillip at the white house. it is 11 hours from "are." are we 11 hours closer to
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mcmaster being gone? >> reporter: the winds of change are certainly blowing here at the white house. it's still unclear about this timing. there are a lot of open-ended questions here about mcmaster and several other officials in the president's inner circle. as for mcmaster, sources tell cnn that the president has decided to remove him from his post, but there are still questions about where he would go if he were to leave the white house and who would replace him here at the white house. a top contender could be john bolton, former u.n. am balances door and fox news contributor. someone we know the president is fond of. at the same time, mcmaster would have to decide whether he returns to military service or retires and goes elsewhere. it seems very much that the timing of that move, that potential move is still uncertain as of today. there's also been some chatter about john kelly, the white house chief of staff and his future in this building, and several other cabinet members who are believed to be on thin
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ice with president trump including the va secretary, david shulkin, who has been 'em broid in a lot of controversy at the agency and several others dealing with controversies and scandals within their agency. right now this is all about president trump. when will he decide to make these moves. if he decides to make these moves, will it be today? there's so much uncertainty here in this white house. a lot of aides here still don't know where this is all going. at the same time there's still one additional change that we are looking at right now, and that's the future of the former deputy attorney general andrew mccabe who was set to retire in just a few days formally, even though he resigned several weeks ago. it could be that the attorney general jeff sessions makes a decision to actually fire him today, causing him to lose his pension and retirement benefits. all of these decisions pending here this morning at the white house. we'll be keeping you updated with every development, john.
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>> cnn has reported it's the president who decides on the timing here and everyone else inside that building watching and wondering when it will all happen. abby phillip, thank you very much. also new this morning, you heard moments ago a very serious claim by the attorney for adult film ak stress stephanie clifford, also known as stormy daniels daniels, the lawyer saying she has been physically threatened to stay silent after her alleged affair with donald trump. >> the fact is that my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about donald trump. >> you heard it right there. m.j. lee is with me. again, that's a serious claim and also not the only new development that the lawyer just had with chris there. >> that's right. these are bombshell accusations. up until this point, we knew, because michael avenatti has been saying all along that stormy daniels was consistently
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threatened going back to the 2016 campaign and also continuing until today. but we didn't have a reason to think until this morning that these threats were physical, but now michael avenatti explicitly saying that stormy daniels was physically threatened. to be here, he doesn't say who made the threat, he doesn't say what kind of physical threats they were. he just says on the "60 minutes" interview with anderson cooper that will air on march 25th, she'll be able to provide specific details as to what happened. michael avenatti also saying on cnn that other women with similar stories have come to him about potentially taking legal action. take a look at what he said. >> we have been approached by six separate women who claim to have similar stories to those -- to that of my client. two of those women, at least two have ndas. we're in the early stages of
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vetting these stories. >> do these women, in terms of what their allegations are at this point, before you vet them, do they all involve the president of the united states? >> yes. >> obviously he's being very careful there. he says he has not vetted these women yet. he has not vetted these stories or even the ndas, though at least two of them he says appear to have ndas. you heard them say there, all six of the women have stories specifically related to the president. >> m.j. lee, thanks very much. let's talk about this. these are significant developments this morning. we're expecting more developments. joining me cnn political commentator errol louis, eliana johnson. we've been watching the stormy daniels story, the drip, drip, drip for some time. people have been asking all along, if this was a consensual
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relationship between the president and another person, what's the big deal here. well, if there's a threat of violence here, if there is a physical threat involved here, that's series. >> that is very serious. the white house so far has tried to avoid these questions. they've tried to refer reporters back to michael cohen, the president's personal lawyer. i don't think that's a tenable strategy at this point when this is no longer about whether or not the president had an affair while he was married before he started running for president. this is about hush money, about potential threats of violence against a woman. this is about a story who wants to tell her story about the president. as the allegations come out day after day and lead newscasts, it's not going to be a smart strategy for the white house to remain silent and deny these reports. there's going to be an interview in a couple weeks where stormy daniels is going to be talking about her story and if the white
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house continues to pretend like this is a story that's going to go away, they'll be in for a rude awakening. >> we have to be crystal clear. the lawyer, michael avenatti did not say who these physical threats came from. however, the only people we know in the efforts to keep stormy daniels silent are michael cohen, the president's personal attorney. he was the one who set up the llc, paid the hush money he claims out of his own pocket way back before 2016 and tried to file the restraining order. again, it's people within the president's orbit that have been directly tied to this. >> reporter: that's right. i think we only know about a couple of people within the president's orbit tied to this. it's already enough to be a damaging story for the president. there's a reason that stormy daniels or stephanie clifford wants to be released from her non-disclosure agreement. it's clearly because there's
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more to the story that she wants to tell. at this point, i'm honestly somewhat puzzled why the president and his attorneys don't simply release her from this non-disclosure agreement. it's hard for me to imagine that whatever she has to say could be more damaging than the slow drip of this story which seems to me to be tremendously damaging to the president and to the white house. >> very slow, deliberate drip i might add. michael avenatti clearly understands how to operate in the world of politics. the way he's brought this information out surgically is of note. errol louis, it will conclude or culminate on march 25th where we believe "60 minutes" will air this interview that anderson did. that's going to be now a very interesting moment. >> sure. it was going to be an interesting interview anyway. as we know, anderson cooper is a great interviewer. i think we're reaching a point where the nda that binds stormy daniels is getting chipped at
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from different angles. the buzzfeed angle as part of a defamation lawsuit that michael cohen launched against buzzfeed, they think they'll depose her and drag information into that unrelated case. i think we'll have to expect the white house should be preparing a vat gee for whatever it is that stormy daniels wants to say. she's going to probably figure out a way to say it. we've already seen in one of these interviews that she's bursting at the seams with explosive information. >> this is just one thing hanging over the white house. toluse, it's friday which can mean a lot of things. stories that the president decided to fire m.r. mcmaster, we believe sometime soon. now there's reports that general kelly could be in his final days as well? >> if you listen closely to
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statements the president has made over the last couple days, he says he's been in washington for about a year and he's met a lot of people. that's a signal he's ready to make signals, he feels comfortable and confident to get in his own team and people he likes and will agree with him. there have been areas where general kelly and general mcmaster have had disagreements with the president and have tried to push back against some of his more controversial impulses. the president doesn't like that and it's clear he's ready to make some changes. it's not yet clear whether he wants to make those changes right away. we saw in "the washington post" an article that said they wanted a soft landing spot for general mcmaster because they don't want the impression that whoever goes to work for the president leaves with their reputation badly tarnished. the president is taking his trial to try to make sure the people who leave his administration have a nice landing spot and he can bring in new people so it doesn't look like complete turmoil.
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>> our friend maggie haberman also notes that the president likes to be contrarian. if he hears the press reporting something, he won't do it just to stick a finger in the i yoo. maybe all the reporting on mcmaster leaving will delay the departure. one other thing that maggie wrote overnight, contrary to the notion that mr. trump is responded by sick fants, that tells us if the president is sick of people saying no around him. >> i think john kelly, the new chief of staff that replaced reince priebus last july was somebody who was willing to tell the president know and that was something the president initially respected. his social circle was increasingly cut off and his ability to control his work environment was increasingly constricted, and he has become frustrated with that. that being said, i think there are other people who tell the
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president no. i would point to defense secretary jim mattis who the president hasn't gotten as frustrated with. with the president it's an interesting case of who the nos are coming from and how frequently he gets them. it's very difficult to predict when and how the president will become frustrated with people contradicting him and cuttingoff his access to his social circle. >> errol, the big question here is what does this all mean? what will the impact of this be? there are some people who look at tillerson being gone and now mcmaster on the way out, maybe kelly. they'll say these were forces for restraint on the president. do you believe anyone has actually restrained president trump up until this time, and will there be a perceivable impact going forward? one hopes that we don't get the kind of change that can put the nation in danger. let's keep in mind that the national security adviser isn't just one more administrator.
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this is somebody who is working at the head of our national security apparatus, gathering the work of hundreds of people, some who have put their lives in danger, to get all kinds of information, pull it together and remain ever vigilant and give them a briefing every day about where things lie. when you start to let things go by, you go back to the history of how 9/11 unfolded, signals can be missed, important information can be missed. with all the turmoil of this palace intrigue, we have to hope we don't miss something really, really important that can put the nation in danger. >> let me read you something, jim acosta, our chief white house reporter has a source telling him amidst all the speculation, quote, everyone loves a season finale. as you let that sink in, the source says the president is contemplating moves other moves.
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i'll give you the last word. everyone loves a season finale. >> this reminds me where the president invited the reporters into the cabinet room and says welcome to the studio. he sees his presidency as an extension of his reality tv style approach to politics. that's something we're seeing play out with the way he dismissed rex tillerson via tweet, the way he got rid of his former chief of staff via tweet while the cameras were rolling. this is a president who sees this as a grand production. he's likely to make some changes and he's going to do so with a lot of fan fair and likes to keep everyone on their tows and guessing. that's why these reports are flying out about who is going to be the next to go. >> someone is going to be going and probably pretty soon. thanks so much for being with us. i do appreciate it. special counsel robert mueller, the next subpoena
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the rescue crews still there with the bodies trapped under the rubble. robert mueller, the special counsel going right where president trump does not want him to go, issuing subpoenas for records from the trump organization. we have new details. stay with us. as you can clearly see,
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interesting development to say the least. our shimon prokupecz live in washington with the details. >> reporter: it's not exactly clear why this escalation by robert mueller. the issuing of subpoena is a big deal. we know many subpoenas have been issued in this investigation, certainly this subpoena to the trump organization brings the investigation closer to the president's business dealings. "the new york times" is reporting that mueller's team is asking for russia-related documents and the trump organization says they've been cooperating with mueller's team, voluntarily providing information. one person close to the president downplaying the entire thi thing, saying it's a cleanup subpoena, signaling that things could be coming to the end. this as the president's lawyers are are trying to arrange for a sit-down interview. they say his personal finance
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would be a violation and something he would have issues with. >> shimon prokupecz, thanks very much. the question now is what does it mean? cnn legal analyst and former federal prosecutor laura coates. laura, let's start at the tail end big picture with something shimon just said, some people close to the president suggesting this could be a cleanup subpoena, indicating maybe they're close to being done. common sense and legal experience might tell you the opposite, the trump organization wouldn't get subpoena for documents potentially related to russia if this were close to being over. >> that's correct. talking about it as a cleanup. if you mean they want to make sure that what they have received from the trump organization voluntarily is comprehensive. i guess in that respect it's a cleanup document. it disnot indicate that it accelerates the end of the actual probe. it would seem very prudent that you would trito look into the finances of the overall umbrella organization because remember, the clock didn't start when he
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went down the escalator back in 2015. it started when there was an opportunity for undue influence. we've got to go back in time and see all those things. it's expected he would actually have this subpoena because this subpoena makes it so they can't destroy documents. they're on notice to preserve them as well. >> okay. that brings up my next question here. what is the significance that there is a subpoena here and not just a nicely written letter that says, hey, do you mind giving us these documents. they could just ask nicely. a subpoena is beyond that. >> they could ask nicely. of course, it's not a gentleman's agreement where everyone says in a federal grand jury, you say, i'm going to ask you a question and whatever answer you give me, i'm going to take you at your word and probe no further. that's not how it works. the healthy skepticism is required for an actually great investigation. so the subpoena is actually trying to say, well, it's very assertive, very aggressive. there may be a level of distrust between the mueller
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investigative team and the people that provided the documents. also remember, the biggest power that mueller has in the criminal investigation is the federal grand jury subpoena power. without that grand jury to get those subpoenas out there, he doesn't have as much power as he would like to have. he has to capitalize on that now, to be clear it lays out exactly what they want and when they want it. if they fail to provide it, you could have more avenues for obstruction. >> now, another big issue here is we don't know exactly what the special counsel is looking for here. it's possible that this has to do with the collusion issue in which case maybe it is a mopup thing at the end here. they're dotting their is and crossing their ts. however, it's also possible that the special counsel is digging into financial issues, digging into some of the money involved in the trump organization and possible deals that may or may not have taken place, or even just sought by the trump organization. if it's the latter, if it's the
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money issue, that gets right on that red light the president brought up of, he doesn't think the special counsel will be delving into his businesses. >> well, the president's views on the red line are wholly irrelevant. he has no power on the mueller investigation except he could fire rod rosenstein, sure. but the idea that he can dictate the terms of the length of the investigation was about exercising bravado and barking with no bite. if they are to be comprehensive, they've got to figure out if there was an avenue for undue influence. that requires you follow the money trail. it may mean nothing comes of it. this may be a rob bit hole or simply one of crossing t's and dotting i's. you have to believe they're doing what the house intel committee is unwilling to do, we're going to ensure we're thorough, will uncover every stone, we're following all the avenues for potential undue
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influchblts mueller indicated last week he's interested in weren't any foreign country's money is involved. he's always been following the money trail, even outside of russia. >> laura, if i can, i want to ask you about the developments that just happened about 30 minutes ago having to do with stephanie clifford also known as stormy daniels. her attorney this morning, including here on cnn, suggested stormy daniels had been physically threatened to stay silent about her alleged relationship with then donald trump. he wasn't president at the time. i think we all understand the implications of that the other thing that the lawyer said was that he has had six women come to him and suggest similar patterns having to do with donald trump including two who claim to have non-disclosure agreements, signed non-disclosure agreements to stay silent. any legal implications in that? >> obviously if she was physically threatened, he's arguing there was duress involved, another reason he says
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she can get out from this contract. no signature, then whether michael cohen speaking about it voided the contract. all those things are what a court will consider about whether to throw out a contract or not to honor it. they're all pretty uphill battles in their own way. on the issue of the other women, remember i think what you're seeing here is avenatti playing out his case a little bit in front of the court of public opinion that are not going to be as strong in the civil court. the reason i say that is he hasn't fully vetted those six women according to himself, hasn't looked at the ndas to figure out who are the parties to them. we're waiting for that information to catch up. what it does indicate to you, there is a thematic pattern. if there was the trump organization or michael cohen on behalf of either, to execute or facilitate contracts that are over $2700 -- that's the key
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word for federal campaign finance laws. if they're all similar to the $130,000, even $3,000 payments, you've got to compilation of federal campaign violations, that's what they're taking seriously. the american people are less concerned with the marital vows issue and additional peak coming forward. the person in charge of the executive branch halls an oath of office and there may be a violation for that. >> laura coates, thank you very much. who doesn't love a great season finale? a source close to the white house says the president is contemplating moves involving chief of staff, national security adviser and other members of his cabinet. that was a source close to the white house telling jim acosta who doesn't love a season finale? this is the white house we're talking about, folks. stay with us. more light.
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cnn president trump has decided to replace his national security adviser h.r. mcmaster. this move could happen as early as today. joining me now is democratic senator chris van holland of maryland. secretary of state fired earlier this week. the national security adviser could be close behind. do you think america is safer? does this make america better off? >> no, it does not, john. what it tells the world is we are in chaos here at home even at the time when there's a lot of chaos around the world. that's a recipe for trouble for the united states and our leadership. we have a hole load out state department as it is. that means diplomats have been sidelined. now you've got the president trying to put more yes men in places like the state department. i any this is a very volatile time for the united states and puts us at greater risk. >> you use the word volatile there. our jim acosta reporting a
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source close to the white house said to him moments ago, who doesn't love a season finale. what do you make of that depiction? >> exactly. it's that kind of thing that i think really creates more risk around the world, because when you've got a state department that doesn't have an ambassador to korea at the same time you're having talks between the president of the united states and north korean leader, it really raises the stakes. obviously there are some opportunities in having a summit, but there is also potential for catastrophic failure. i mean catastrophic because the temperatures get raised, expectations get raised and then nothing happens. these summits require lots of preparation and we don't have the team right now to do the preparation. >> you co-sponsored a bill with marco rubio to put harsh sanctions on foreign interference in u.s. elections.
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you said yesterday's sanctions, i think you support them as being a step but didn't go far enough. why? how? >> well, it was too little too late. remember, congress on an overwhelming bipartisan vote passed legislation really requiring the president to impose sanctions on russia because it interfered in the 2016 elections. they dragged that out for a long time. at the end of the day they imposed sanctions on people who had already been sanctioned by president obama or people who had already been named in the mueller indictment. it was really a minimal statement. the president really never talked about russian interference in our elections. i'm glad you mentioned the deter act. what the deter act is focused on is not punishing russia for past behavior but making sure russia or other foreign governments don't interfere in the 2018 elections and beyond. it sets up a very simple mechanism. it says 30 days after the election, the director of
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national intelligence will make a determination, did russia interfere in our elections. if the answer was yes, it has automatic, very tough penalties, not just on a couple oligarchs, but on the russian oil sector, the banking sector. if you're putin and thinking about messing around in our 2018 elections, you will know there will be a very, very high cost if you get caught. >> senator, if i want i want to talk elections. your second job is electing democrats to the senate. you did it in the house as well. there was a fascinating special election in pennsylvania where conor lamb seems poised to win. there may be a recount. it's likely he'll win the race. he didn't really run against president trump, not at all. he ran more against nancy pelosi. what are the lessons democrats should take from his apparent victo
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victory. it's different than saying the democrat in this case, conor lamb ran against the president because he dodged any questions from the president. >> what conor lamb did is what many members will do which is said where they disagree with the president, where the president is bad for their district or their state, they will fight him. but where the president is proposing something that's good for their state, they'll support him. in the case of pennsylvania, for example, he supported the president's tariff proposals. he also focused on core economic issues, protecting social security, protecting medicare and pointed out that paul ryan and the republican congressional budget actually goes after medicare and cuts medicaid, even as it provides these huge tax breaks for corporations. he did focus on those bread and butter issues. as you know, the republican effort to make this about the tax cuts ended up being a total failure. so i would say focus on those bread and butter issues.
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that's what happened down in alabama where doug jones won the seat there, the senate seat as a democrat, even though trump went down there to the alabama-florida border and campaigned against him as well. >> would you advise democrats running around the country -- you know many are obsessed with the president frankly, i don't think there's any other way to put it. when you say, warn them, don't make your campaign all about donald trump? >> oh, look, every campaign is different. that is of course true in house races, also true in senate races. i would say in many of our senate races, our candidates are taking this approach that lamb did in pennsylvania which is again on core economic issues, that's what counts and they are going to work with the president if the president supports issue important to their state, but they will fight them on these other big issues. if you look at tennessee, for
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example, there's a two-term governor running as a democrat. he's been very focused on those economic issues and sort of common sense. that's what doug jones did. that's what others are doing. >> senator, if i can, because there is breaking news that has to do with stephanie clifford also known as stormy daniels, the adult film actress who alleged she had an affair with the president and was paid hush money to keep silent. this morning her lawyer says she's been physically threatened to stay silent. at what point does this become something that you as a senator should be asking questions about? >> well, i think when it gets to the questions of what was done by the president or his proxies with respect to trying silence stormy daniels -- >> but the one thing that's agreed on, her lawyer says he paid her $130,000 to stay quiet.
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so we know happened. >> that's right. as you know, there may be a campaign finance issue involved in that depending on where the money came from. but look, as i understand it right now, you've got an individual who wants to be able to tell her story. it's kind of difficult for the president and his team to take the position that nothing happened and at the same time say they don't want her to tell her story. if nothing happened, why not allow her to tell her story? so this is going to be an ongoing saga in an administration where there is chaos in the white house and throughout the campaign. and i will say just where we started here, it does create i think a very sort of dangerous environment, especially with respect to our conduct of foreign policy. you see the president's comments regarding the canadian prime minister trudeau, bragging about
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lying and then the next day claiming he wasn't lying. it is just total chaos, and that is trouble for america in a troubled world. >> senator chris van hollen of maryland, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. the british say it is overwhelmingly likely that russian leader vladimir putin personally called for the nerve agent attack on a foreign spy. we're live in london.
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this morning, the british foreign minister says it is overwhelmingly likely that russian president vladimir putin personally gave the order to use a nerve agent to attack a former
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spy. british officials say it is the first time since world war ii that a nerve agent was used on the streets of europe. our correspondent nic robertson in london with all the details. nic? >> reporter: what we're hearing from the british foreign secretary sounds like a diplomatic hand grenade. while britain fingered them as being responsible for the use of this chemical nerve agent in salisbu salisbury, they haven't provided the evidence so far to back that up. and what we're seeing at the moment is president putin really sort of slowing this process down, getting russia back in the driving seat. britain announced a couple of days ago throwing out $23 diplomat, sanctions coming from the united states, the expectation it is going to do something. now everyone has to wait and see what precisely that is. so when you hear the foreign secretary today say that putin is most likely responsible, it sounds like a diplomatic hand grenade. here's what he said.
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>> our quarrel is with putin's kremlin and his decision. we think it overwhelmingly likely it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the uk, on the streets of europe, for the first time since the second world war. >> reporter: what president putin is able to do at the moment is project a position of strength, all of this, these kind of -- as the kremlin has taken it -- insult, diplomatic insult coming from boris johnson, that's how they take it. water off a duck's back to a degree. >> nic robertson, thank you very much. new details this morning about the u.s. military helicopter that crashed in western iraq, near the syrian border. pentagon correspondent barbara storr jo starr joins us with the latest on that. what have you learned? >> reporter: all seven souls on board that helicopter in western iraq did perish. they are deceased. their helicopter crashed
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yesterday. all the indications are according to the u.s. military it was not hostile fire. there was another helicopter flying alongside as they always do. it reported seeing no signs of enemy action. an investigation under way to find out exactly what did happen. and it is a reminder to everyone, of course, that even if you are not on a combat mission in a war zone, serving in the u.s. military is incredibly dangerous business, very tough, and the -- sadly the routine we know is now under way. teams are fanning out to the hometowns of these service members, where they live. notifying their next of kin and after all of that takes place, in the coming hours, we will learn their names, we will learn what units they belong to. but still, seven souls, so important to recognize their service, their family sacrifice to the nation and we will learn exactly who they are and more about what they were doing in iraq in the coming hours. john? >> very quickly, barbara, a few
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more seconds, you keep mentioning the helicopters are flying in pairs. is that because of any new particular danger in the region? >> reporter: it is a great question. and it is good to remind everybody that typically in the u.s. military aircraft do fly in pairs for the very reason that the other helicopter can keep its eyes out to see if there is enemy action, if there is action on the ground, something that everybody needs to be aware of. it is pretty standard procedure in a combat zone and that is what was happening yesterday. they were not on a combat mission, but as we know, combat can come to them. john? >> indeed. combat zone, very important reminder that is where all these men and women are currently serving. barbara starr, thank you very much, appreciate it. we have our eyes on the white house this morning. could there be new turnover today, talk that the president's national security adviser could be on the way out. and, look, he might only be the beginning today. we do whatever it takes to fight cancer.
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