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breaking overnight. president trump tweeting his reaction to the james comey memos just turned over to congress and leaked to the media. rudy giuliani joins the trump legal team. he plans to give the mueller investigation a little push. >> what do you think happens when you demonize law enforcement? the sheriff in florida not holding back after the death of his deputies. a bank about to be slapped
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for a $1 billion fine for fees they should not have paid and insurance they need didn't. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. friday, april 20th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. 11:00 a.m. in moscow. we are live shortly from that location. christine, the memos took 45 minutes to leak to the media. that is where we are in 2018. we will talk about them shortly. we talk about that now. president trump tweeting on the reaction of the declassified versions of the memos from james comey. the president wrote, james comey memos just out and show clearly there was no collusion, no obstruction. also he leaked classified information. wow. will the witch hunt continue? the critics find the assertions questionable. >> many were written by james comey hours or minutes after several conversations with pr z president trump. the memos add what comey said
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already, but add remarkable details. we have more from justice reporter laura jarrett in washington. >> reporter: the memos are out and almost read like unedited pam pages from comey book in how comey interacted with the president despite the so-called cloud of the russia investigation. discussions of loyalty. former national security adviser michael flynn and the salacious rumors of trump's visit to moscow in 2013 got under his skin. according to comey. in one of the unclose tied memos, it includes a famous conversation where trump allegedly told comey quote i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go. to letting flynn go. there is new information, including a claim, that president trump told comey at a dinner at the white house in 2017 that he had quote serious
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he serious serreservations about comey. and lawmakers jumped on the news. nancy pelosi tweeting the release of the comey memos are further proof of trump's contempt for the rule of law. they are more indicative of what they don't say and former director comey never felt obstructed and never wrote he felt threatened. >> thank you, laura. as for the salacious details, those details about the visit to moscow that bothered him so much. here is just one quote. he went on at great length explaining he has nothing to do with russia. has a letter from the largest law firm in d.c. saying he has got even know income from russia. was not involved with hookers in russia. can you imagine me? hookers? i have a beautiful wife. it has been very painful.
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>> in an interview with jake tapper, comey admits he has no evidence the president was compromised by the russians, but it is possible. >> constantly bringing it up to me to deny it and in my experience as an investigator, it is not an iron clad rule, but it is tryiis striking for someo bring something up like that. i have been struck that he would not criticize vladimir putin even in private which struck me as odd. those are not conclusive facts. the reason i'm saying it's possible is there are things that lead my common sense to believe it is possible. >> #it'spossible. james comey also talking to jake tapper about the case against andrew mccabe. moments before the i hope aft i the ig sent the information on to the u.s. attorney's office
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for possible prosecution. mccabe is accused of lying to internal investigators. comey was cautious with the comments. >> if they ultimately bring a case against andrew mccabe, would you be a witness? >> potentially. i don't know if the reporting is accurate. i know cnn reporting. i don't know it of my own accord. given the ig report reflects interactions with andrew mccabe with me and other senior executives. i could be a witness. >> shortly after, the tweet from president trump. james comey just threw andrew mccabe under the bus. ig report is a disaster for both of them getting a little/lot of their own medicine. rudy giuliani is joining the personal legal team for the president. the former u.s. attorney says he will help push the russia investigation to a conclusion. giuliani says he has known robert mueller a long time. he will ask the special counsel for a list what have he needs
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and checking off that list may go as quickly as a couple of weeks. the president never indicated to rudy giuliani his intention to fire mueller because he knows it is counter productive. giuliani said bob is the best we can do. sources telling cnn deputy attorney general rod rosenstein informed trump last week he is not a target in the investigation in the personal lawyer michael cohen. rosenstein was not referring to the robert mueller investigation which is separate. mueller's team told mr. trump that the president is not a target of the russia probe. the justice department says cohen has been under criminal investigation in new york for months because of his business dealings. mike pompeo now has one democrat in his corner in his bid to become secretary of state. north dakota senator heidi heitkamp. pompeo still faces an uphill
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battle and may need more democratic support. senator rand paul opposes him. john mccain battling brain cancer and jeff flake remains undecided. >> you said watch the red state support. setback for the efforts to pressure sanctuary cities. a federal appeals panel blocked the justice department from blocking immigration enforcement if they want to continue receiving immigration grants. jeff sessions demanded local jurisdiction to give access to jail facilities and 48 hours notice for releasing immigrants who are wanted by federal authorities. president trump lashing out at governor jerry brown. threatening to pull funding for california's national guard deployment unless the troops help with immigration enforcement at the mexican
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border. governor brown will not allow them to round up immigrants or help build a wall. president trump thanked the governor last week, but now calling it a thcharade. cnn's correspondent sam kiley is live in moscow with the latest. bring us up to speed. >> reporter: this is the latest overture from the russian minister saying vladimir putin would be happy to meet donald trump. given the impression this is the offer of the recent meeting coming from the white house. this is not. this is an offer of the meeting off the cuff when trump congratulated putin on the re-election as russian president back in march. it is being reheated at this time in an attempt, i think, by lavrov, to try to warm relations
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with the united states. particularly at a time when they are very, very cold indeed with the u.s. other major ally the united kingdom with a super committee to monitor what they perceive to be russian aggressive influence operations on the united kingdom. >> interesting. sam, it looks like the president invited the russian president to the u.s. and said he would be happy to visit moscow himself? is that what we are reporting? >> reporter: yeah. essentially. donald trump in congratulating putin said why don't you come over and have a visit. it was positively received. no planning behind this. this is not a formal offer. there is no diplomacy. it is sergei lavrov saying we love to send vladimir putin over at some state. it would look great for the russians to suddenly have the president pop up in the white house right now at a time when
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the united states and allies have been close at times to some open conflict over syria. >> absolutely. sam kiley, thank you for that. ten minutes past the hour. wells fargo facing $1 billion in fines for selling unnecessary products to consumers. the penalty could be announced today. the financial protection bureau says this is punishment for forcing 575,000 customers to buy car insurance they did not need and charging unfair fees. this is another blow to the wells fargo reputation. still trying to recover from the sales scandal two years ago. the bank opened 3.5 million accounts without customers' knowledge. this prompted unprecedented action in february. it barred wells fargo from growing bigger than it is now until it cleans up its act. this is the toughest action yet by the trump administration against a wall street bank.
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it is note worthy for a cfpb under mick mulvaney. he tried to abolish the financial watch dog for consumers. under the leadership, the agency delayed pay day loan rules and weakened a fair lending division. this is actually a case of mick mulvaney led cfpb doing something on behalf of consumers. interesting. >> perhaps much to the relief of elizabeth warren and some on the left that he would gut. >> i'm not sure how this is seen. some in the community grumbling it is too much pressure on wells fargo. it was already slammed by the fed. those consumers with fake accounts don't think so. just ahead, two sheriffs deputies ambushed as they sat in the restaurant eating lunch. you will hear from the sheriff next on "early start."
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two sheriff deputies ambushed and killed in a small town 50 miles southwest of gainesville. the two deputies were having lunch yesterday in trenton when a gunman walked up to the restaurant window and opened fire. deputies responding to the scene found the shooter identified as 50-year-old john shubert dead outside the restaurant. >> what do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it has been demonized with every type of hate and every type of putdown that you can think of, these only thing these men were guilty of were protecting you and me. >> the sheriff calls the two fallen deputies the best of the best. in texas, the so-called killer granny who was the
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subject of the nationwide manhunt has been captured. lois riess is accused of gunning down her husband and then a woman in southwest florida. authorities believe she shot the woman who resembled her to take her identifity. in criminal charges filed in the connection of the death of prince. he was taking counterfeit vicodin pills. no evidence of how prince got the fake pills. this video shows prince arriving at the office of the doctor. the doctor saw the singer twice in the weeks before his death. he agreed to pay $30,000 to the government to settle civil allegations he prescribed drugs to someone else knowing they were prescribing them in the
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name of his body guard to protect prince's privacy. you are not supposed to do that. president trump will not attend tomorrow's funeral for former first lady barbara bush. former presidents clinton and obama and their wives will attend the funeral. former president carter and his wife sent their regrets. more than 1,500 people are expected to attend the private funeral. there is a public viewing today at st. martin's church in houston. students from more than 2,500 schools across the country plan to walk out of class demanding lawmakers take action against gun violence. this launched by a connecticut sophomore held on the anniversary of the columbine d anniversa anniversary. students plan to walk out of school at 10:00 a.m. to observe a moment of silence for all
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shooting victims. -- >> a day i'll never forget. this comes at a time when the parkland students are the most influential in the world. the voter registration drive has fallen flat. stay tuned for how they do in that. a plane in trouble. a passenger did not hesitate to help. you will hear from him after what happened in the southwest flight after the engine he cexpd in mid air. next.
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recommendation to perform you will -- ultra sonic inspections on the planes last year. the recommendation came from the manufacturer itself. a snapped off fan blade triggered the engine failure killing a female passenger who was partially sucked out of the plane. jennifer riordan could not be saved. two tried to pull her back into the cabin. >> the events that took place on the flight are -- they are what they are. god created a servant heart in me. i felt a calling to get up and do something. stand up and act. >> some of the passengers on southwest flight 1380 are receiving $5,000 checks and a
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$1,000 travel voucher along with the letter from the airline asking for an opportunity to restore their confidence. speaking of confidence. lance armstrong is making peace with the postal service. the disgraced cycling star agreed to pay $5 million to the u.s. government. he denied using performance enhancing drugs for years. the government sponsored his team between 2001 and 2004. the contract he had had an anti-doping clause. he won the tour de france seven times, but was stripped of the titles following the doping revelation. tammy duckworth making history as she is the first senator to cast a vote on the senate floor with her newborn by her side. she thanked her colleagues for allowing newborns on the senate
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floor and breast feeding during votes. she gave birth to the second child less than a month ago. >> how does it feel to be here? >> it feels great. about time. >> how does it feel? >> this is terrific. i think it is amazing. i want to thank my colleagues for the unanimous consent vote. >> she is young to be making history. >> she is. i hope we are not setting expectations too high for her. >> what a story. >> love it. >> she tweeted a picture of the outfit for her baby. i made sure she has a jacket so she doesn't violate the senate floor dress code. bravo. >> the duckling onesie. why does james comey believe trump may have been compromised by the russians? >> it is amazing someone bring up something constantly that you
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breaking overnight. president trump tweeting his reaction to the james comey memos just turned over to congress. rudy giuliani joins the trump legal team. telling cnn he plans to give the mueller investigation quote, a little push. what do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement? >> the sheriff in florida not holding back after the death of his deputies. a bank about to be slapped for a $1 billion fine for fees they should not have paid and insurance they need didn't.
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>> 20,000 of those people with auto loans through wells fargo got their cars reposessed. >> it is friday morning. president trump tweeting his reaction to the classified versions of the comey memos. the comey memos just out and show no collusion and no obstruction. also, he leaked classified information. wow. will the witch hunt continue? the critics find the assertions questionable. >> many were written by james comey hours or minutes after several conversations with president trump. the memos add what comey said already, but add remarkable details. we have more from justice reporter laura jarrett in washington. >> reporter: the memos are out and almost read like unedited
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pages from comey book in how comey interacted with the president despite the so-called cloud of the russia investigation. discussions of loyalty. former national security adviser michael flynn and the salacious rumors of trump's visit to moscow in 2013 got under his skin. according to comey. in one of the unclassified memos, it includes a famous conversation where trump allegedly told comey quote i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go. to letting flynn go. there is new information, including a claim, that president trump told comey at a dinner at the white house in 2017 that he had quote serious reservations about comey. and lawmakers jumped on the news. nancy pelosi tweeting the
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release of the comey memos are further proof of trump's contempt for the rule of law. republicans say the memos are more indicative of what the memos don't say. they don't say and former director comey never felt obstructed and never wrote he felt threatened. >> thank you, laura. as for the salacious details, those details about the visit to moscow that bothered him so much. here is just one quote. he went on at great length explaining he has nothing to do with russia. has a letter from the largest law firm in d.c. saying he has got no income from russia. was not involved with hookers in russia. can you imagine me? hookers? i have a beautiful wife. it has been very painful. >> in an interview with jake tapper, comey admits he has no evidence the president was compromised by the russians, but it is possible. there are two reasons why. >> constantly bringing it up to me to deny it and in my experience as an investigator,
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it is not an iron clad rule, but it is striking for someone to bring something up like that. to deny something you didn't ask about it. i have been struck that he would not criticize vladimir putin even in private which struck me as odd. those are not conclusive facts. the reason i'm saying it's possible is there are things that lead my common sense to believe it is possible. >> james comey talking to jake tapper about the case against andrew mccabe. moments before the interview, the ig sent the information on to the u.s. attorney's office for possible prosecution. mccabe is accused of lying to internal investigators. comey was cautious with the comments. >> if they ultimately bring a case against andrew mccabe, would you be a witness? >> potentially. i don't know if the reporting is accurate. i know cnn reporting. i don't know it of my own accord. given the ig report reflects
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interactions with andrew mccabe with me and other senior executives. i could be a witness. >> shortly after, the tweet from president trump. james comey just threw andrew mccabe under the bus. ig report is a disaster for both of them getting a little/lot of their own medicine. rudy giuliani is joining the personal legal team for the president. the former u.s. attorney says he will help push the russia investigation to a conclusion. giuliani says he has known robert mueller a long time. he will ask the special counsel for a list what he needs and checking off that list may go as quickly as a couple of weeks. the president never indicated to rudy giuliani his intention to fire mueller because he knows it is counter productive. giuliani said bob is the best we can do. adding mueller is fair. sources telling cnn deputy attorney general rod rosenstein informed trump last week he is
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not a target in the investigation in the personal lawyer michael cohen. rosenstein was not referring to the robert mueller investigation which is separate. mueller's team told mr. trump that the president is not a target of the russia probe. the justice department says cohen has been under criminal investigation in new york for months because of his business dealings. russia foreign minister is saying that the president putin is ready to meet with donald trump. we have the latest with cnn's sam kiley. >> reporter: this is the latest overture from the russian minister saying vladimir putin would be happy to meet donald trump. given the impression this is the offer of the recent meeting coming from the white house. this is not. this is an offer of the meeting off the cuff when trump
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congratulated putin on the re-election as russian president back in march. sergei lavrov reheating this saying vladimir putin would be happy to accept that. he is not giving details of the date because there is no formal invitation. this comes among the sour relations with russia and many countries in the west. notably the united kingdom whose parliament established a super committee to investigate what they perceive to be russian attacks and influence in the cyber sphere. dave. >> should be interesting to see if moscow has any reaction to all of the comey interviews and memos released last night. sam kiley, thank you. the historic hotline with north korea and south korea now connected so the leaders of the
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countries can speak ahead of the summit for april 27th. this as north korea dropped demand for u.s. troop withdraw from south korea that it initially imposed. we have paula hancocks live in seoul with the details. good morning. >> reporter: christine, this hotline is certainly interesting. the first time there has been a hotline between the leaders of north korea and south korea. it was connected a couple of hours ago. they tested it. north korea and south korea speaking to each other over the phone. they talked about the weather and other things they did not disclose. the leaders themselves have not talked yet. they will talk. kim jong un will speak to the south korean president moon jae-in before the summit a week from today. this phone is on the desk to moon jae-in. he can talk to kim jong un whenever he needs. we have not heard where it is hooked up to on the other side.
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an interesting development there. we also know as you say, president moon jae-in believes north korea is willing to denuke. it has been a demand in the past that the u.s. troops leave the peninsula. it has been a massive sticking point. the u.s. has said no. they will not move the troops out. potentially they are trying to make some concessions. on the other side, some experts say they are trying to keep hold of that in the back pocket for negotiations when they feel they can use it. >> that is a big change. u.s. troops off the peninsula. now that is not on the agenda for this meeting. paula, thank you. cia director mike pompeo has one democrat in his connrner in the bid to become secretary of state. senator heitkamp.
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pompeo faces a real uphill battle and may need more democratic support because senator rand paul opposes him. john mccain is battling brain cancer and arizona's jeff flake is undecided. a setback for the trump administration's efforts to pressure sanctuary cities. a federal appeals panel blocked the justice department from requiring cities to grant policing. jeff sessions tried to add new conditions to the grants. he demanded they give dhs access to jails and 48 hours notice before releasing undocumented immigrants who are wanted by federal authorities. the attorney general's move is a usurpatio ne usurpation of power. president trump threatening governor jerry brown unless the
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troops help at the border. governor brown agreed to deploy 400 guards members. president trump thanked the give in the tweet last week, but is now calling the deployment a charade. tech companies in the trade battle with china. blocking a bid by american chip maker qualcomm for nxp. this needs regulatory approval. qualcomm needs to do more to make sure it doesn't have an unfair market advantage. this is not first blow to qualcomm. the trump administration blocked a takeover by broadcomm. the deal would help china win the race to 5g. this week, qualcomm lost the bid to sell to customers. banned u.s. customers from selling to chinese maker zte. the government accusing zte of lying to employees who flouted
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u.s. sanctions against north korea and iran. tech is the at center of the trade battle. the u.s. accuses china of stealing trade secrets and forcing companies to hand over sensitive technology to do business in china. ahead, two florida sheriff's officer s dead this morning. ambushed as they sat in the restaurant eating lunch. you will hear from the sheriff next.
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two sheriff deputies ambushed and killed in a small town 50 miles southwest of gainesville. the 30-year-old sergeant and 25-year-old deputy were having lunch yesterday in trenton when a gunman walked up to the restaurant window and opened fire. deputies responding to the scene found the shooter identified as
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50-year-old john shubert dead outside the restaurant. no official word on the motive. the sheriff has suspicions. >> what do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it has been demonized with every type of hate and every type of putdown that you can think of, these only thing these men were guilty of were protecting you and me. >> the sheriff calls the two fallen deputies the best of the best. in texas, the so-called killer granny who was the subject of the nationwide manhunt has been captured. two federal deputy marshals arrested lois riess. lois riess is accused of gunning down her husband and then a woman in southwest florida. authorities believe she shot the woman who resembled her to take her identity. she is currently being held in jail.
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no criminal charges filed in the connection of the death of prince. he died of the accidental fentanyl overdose with vicodin laced with the painkiller. no evidence of how prince got the fake pills. this video shows prince arriving at the office of the doctor. the doctor saw the singer twice in the weeks before his death. he agreed to pay $30,000 to the government to settle civil allegations he prescribed drugs to someone else knowing they were prescribing them in the name of his body guard to protect prince's privacy. you are not supposed to do that. president trump will not attend tomorrow's funeral for former first lady barbara bush. the white house says melania trump will attend the service without the president to avoid disruption and show respect for the former first lady's families. former presidents clinton and obama and their wives will attend the funeral.
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former president carter and his wife sent their regrets. more than 1,500 people are expected to attend the private funeral. there is a public viewing today at st. martin's church in houston. students from more than 2,500 schools across the country plan to walk out of class today demanding lawmakers take action against gun violence. this launched by a connecticut sophomore held on the anniversary of the columbine anniversary. it will happen at 10:00 a.m. in each time zone. the famous fearless girl statue has a new home after staring down wall streets charging bull. where will they put her now? "cnn money" is next.
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not be saved. >> the events that took place on the flight are -- they are what they are. god created a servant heart in me. i felt a calling to get up and do something. >> some of the passengers on southwest flight 1380 are receiving $5,000 checks and $1,000 travel voucher asking for an opportunity to restore their confidence. lance armstrong says he is making peace with the u.s. postal service after years of legal issues. he agreed to pay $5 million to the u.s. government in the breach of contract. the battle stemmed over the use of performance enhancing drugs which he denied for years while the postal service sponsored the team to the tune of $31 million. between 2001 and 2004.
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the contract had an anti-doping clause. armstrong won the tour de france a record seven times. it was stripped of all of the titles following the doping revelation. tammy duckworth making history again an gain as she th senator casting a vote with her newborn by her side. she gave birth to her second child less than a month ago. >> i'm a baby evangelist. love it. let's get a check on "cnn money." global stocks falling after tech and tobacco dragged down wall street. apple shares fell 3% on the slow demand for smartphones. phillip morris plunged 16% after the drop in cigarette shipments. that raised alarm sending other tobacco companies lower. p&g fell 2% on slow sales.
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it is tryiis struggling to rais prices. at&t called the final witness in the anti-trust trial. the doj is suing the purchase of time warner. the ceo defended the deal to keep pace with tech companies. the media industry is facing disrupti disruption. netflix can tailor content to consumers. it will allow them to combine the knowledge of customers with the time warner content. the famous fearless girl statue is moving to a new home. after more than a year staring down the charging bull on wall street, she will face the new york stock exchange. she is a few blocks away. that means the statue with a temporary permit has a permanent home. they installed the statue to honor international women's day. she has become a symbol of
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empowerment and the push for gender equality. >> despite your effort to move her to your front yard. >> she will not be in my front ya yard. she will stare down the front doo door. "early start" continues with the comey memos just released and leaked last night. breaking overnight. president trump tweeting his reaction to the james comey memos just turned over to congress. rudy giuliani joins the trump legal team. telling cnn he plans to give the mueller investigation quote, a little push. what do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement? >> the sheriff in florida not holding back after the death of his deputies. a bank about to be slapped for a $1 billion fine for fees they should not have paid and insurance they need didn't.
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good morning. welcome to "early start." a busy breaking news day. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. noon in moscow. 6:00 p.m. in seoul. we will be live in both of those cities. president trump tweeting his reaction to the classified versions of the comey memos. the comey memos just out and show no collusion and no obstruction. also, he leaked classified information. wow. will the witch hunt continue? the critics find the assertions questionable. >> many were written by james comey hours or minutes after several conversations with president trump. the memos add what comey said already, but add remarkable details. we have more from justice reporter laura jarrett in washington. >> reporter: the memos are out and almost read like unedited

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