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tastes and change to what the consumer wants. >> and malls on the decline to say the least. "early start" continues right now. new controversy surrounding the president's son-in-law. how did jared kushner land a top secret security clearance. >> they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety. the president says he had to walk away. now north korea's pushing back on the sticking points. democrats in congress are not done with michael cohen yet. they think his dramatic testimony left a number of new leads to follow. this man just signed the richest sports contract in north american history. bryce harper is headed to philly. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." you've been talking about that since you walked in. >> he took the an newity. he wanted the long range 13 year deal. could have gotten more cash
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probably up front. friday, march 1, 5:00 a.m. in the east. we start with major news from the "new york times." and the "new york times" reports that president trump personally ordered a top secret security clearance for jared kushner. the "times" says the president's command to then chief of staff john kelly came the day after the white house counsel's office urged him not to grant kushner the clearance. so too did the cia. here is the president just a few months before that. >> so that will be up to general kelly. general kelly respects jared a lot and general kelly will make that call. i won't make that call. i will let the general who is right here make that call. >> the "times" says that the directive prompted two internal memos, one from kelly on being ordered to grant the clearance. here is the president about a month ago. >> did you tell general kelly or
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anyone else in the white house to overrule -- >> no, i don't think i have the authority to do that. i'm not sure i do. but i wouldn't do it. jared is a good -- i was never involved with his security. i know that he -- just from reading i know that there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people actually. but i don't want to get involved in that stuff. >> the "washington post" reports the president's daughter kushner's wife pressured the president personally about kushner's clearance. she was asked about that clearance controversy on abc just last month. >> the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance. there are literally close to a million people in the federal government who are in the
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pipeline to get their permanent clearance and are on temporary status. so no special treatment. >> a spokesman for kushner's lawyer says in 2018 white house and security clearance officials affirmed that mr. kushner's security clearance was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone. that was conveyed to the media at the time and new stories if accurate do not change what was affirmed at the time. meanwhile president trump and the north korean government now disagree about what caused that abrupt end to the hanoi summit. according to kim jung-un's foreign minister, north korea was willing to permanently dismantle its uranium and plutonium production facilities at the yongbyon nuclear site if the u.s. was willing to partially lift sanctions. apparently that is not what the president heard. >> basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that. >> let's go live to hanoi and bring in will ripley.
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good morning to you. so it is interesting to see that north korea held a rare moment actually to have this news conference just to dispute the reason for the breakdown in negotiations. >> reporter: it is very unusual for north korea to hold a news conference with the foreign press. but that just goes to show hows misrepresented they felt their position was when president trump took the podium. north korea saying they didn't want all the sanctions lifted, just maybe five out of the 11 which could have probably been negotiated down frankly. they were expecting xwoenegotias but the president walked away and particularly the fact that he snubbed the lunch. the dignity of the supreme leader is everything and to snub him like that, it is one of the biggest insults that you can imagine which may explain why we heard such sharp words from the north koreans here in the late night hours saying this is a
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missed opportunity. and saying that kim jung-un might have lost his will to negotiate. but then this morning north korean state media put out a news article with a are more positive spin. obviously kim jung-un wants to make it looks like a win for his own people even though it has to be incredibly disappointing to walk all the way empty-handed. he is on an official state visit now before departing in his train. >> and i'm looking at these pictures and for propaganda purposes for kim jung-un, it is priceless, isn't it. >> reporter: absolutely. they can still spin it as a win by showing that the meeting with the u.s. president, article in the newspapers saying great 3r0g was made and that the two leader have committed to a third summit even though president trump said that he is not sure if he will have a third meeting with kim jung-un. >> okay. will ripley, thanks so much. sticking with the summit, the president once again under
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fire from democrats and republicans for taking the word of a brutal dictator over his own intel agencies. the president says when he met with kim jung-un in hanoi, he discussed the injuries suffered by otto warmbier while in north korean custody. injuries that proved fatal. here is the president. >> i don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen. just wasn't to his advantage to allow that to happen. he felt very badly. he knew the case very well, but he knew it later. he tells me that he didn't know about it and i will take him at his word. >> nikki haley however former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. says that americans know the cruelty that was placed on otto warmbier by the north korean regime. our hearts are with the warmbier family for their strength and courage. we will never forget otto. and this from mitt romney -- >> i think there is no question
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but that the government of north korea has been responsible for a whole host of human rights abuses and atrocities. i've never heard somebody who did something wrong jump up and say yeah, i did it, i did it. they typically blame somebody else. >> here is the reaction from ben shapiro who tweeted fing pathetic. michael cohen returning to capitol hill on march 6 to finish closed door testimony to the house intelligence committee. intel chairman adam schiff announcing cohen will come back next wednesday after trump's former lawyer and fixer finished part one of his testimony yesterday. >> he was able to shed light on a lot of issues that are core to our investigation and we were able to drill down in great detail. none of the questions that we had for him went unanswered. >> we don't though exactly what was said, but cohen's attorney lanny davis appeared last night on tv and he offered this
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explanation. >> today new information was developed that really could be game changing. and chairman schiff and everybody in the room who wasn't a partisan republican praised him for his honesty and fort t forth rightness. >> davis saying the new information was not about russia collusion but about lying and obstruction. this after cohen's blockbuster appearance on wednesday. under pointed questioning from alexandria ocasio-cortez, cohen claimed president trump inflated and deflated his assets to suit his business needs, something that could amount to financial fraud. >> to your knowledge did the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company? >> yes. >> who else knows that the president did this?
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>> allen weisselberg, ron lieberman, matthew calamari. >> and where would the committee find more information on this, do you think we need to review his financial statements and tax returns in order to compare them? >> yes, and you'd find it at the trump org. >> we period weisselberg's name more than a dozen times. weisselberg is the trump organization cfo, among the associates the committee plans to question. >> cohen may also be facing a perjury problem. into of the president into of the president's clothes allies have referred him for possible criminal prosecution. they claim to have evidence cohen knowingly made false statements to lawmakers. among the areas of cohen's public testimony they want the justice department to investigate, this claim --
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>> i was extremely proud to be personal attorney to the president of the united states of america. i did not want to go to the white house. >> cnn has repeatedly reported to the contrary that cohen eagerly pursued and expected to get a job in the white house. congressman jim jordan and mark meadows point to court filings from federal prosecutors in manhattan, the documents state that cohen privately told friends and colleagues including in seized text messages that he expected to be given a prominent role and title in the new administration. cohen will soon start serving a prison sentence for previously lying to congress. president trump's economic adviser larry kudlow has thoughts on how the green new deal would affect the economy. listen to what he said yesterday. >> the green new deal would literally destroy the economy. literally. it would knock out energy, transportation, airlines, jobs, businesses.
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we'd probably lose 10% to 15% of our gdp. >> kudlow slammed the proposal recently introduced by alexandria ocasio-cortez and senator ed markey. the legislation is aimed at addressing climate change and economic inequality. the green new deal proposes providing all people with high quality health care, affordable safe and adequate housing, economic security and access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food and nature. the green new deal has been heavily criticized by many on the right. kudlow called universal health care and ending private insurance crazy ideas citing high costs. senator markey tweeted climate change is literally destroying the planet. according to the trump administration's national climate assessment, with no action climate change will result in 10% gdp loss by 2090. a green new deal addresses this
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welcome back. a serious blow to benjamin netanyahu's chances for re-election in april. after israel's attorney general announcing that the prime minister will be indicted. accusations of bribery and breach of trust stemming from three separate investigations. netanyahu says the impending charges are political while his main challenger is calling on him to resign. oren liebermann is joining us live from jerusalem. we are seeing net running for a fifth term in office. here is a question for you and what has been plaguing me, if he is reelected, can a sitting prime minister be indicted? >> there is nothing barring the
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attorney general in israel from in-fightingdicting a sitting pr minister but it would be a momentous occasion because it has never happened before.the best analogy is ten years ago, that prime minister was going to be indicted but he saw the writing on the wall and resigned. however netanyahu is not going to do that, he has vowed to fight these charges. he has called them political persecution saying it is an attempt by the media and left to pressure the attorney general for issue the indictments against him. so certainly no indication that he has any intention of stepping down. the big announcement of course coming late last night, the attorney general saying that he intends to indict the prime minister on charges of breach of trust in two smaller cases and in a much larger case on charges of bribery and breach are of tr. netanyahu is entitled to a hearing but that hearing won't be until after the election and his complaint is that he won't
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walk away. now north korea's pushing back on the sticking points. democrats in congress are not done with michael cohen yet. they think his dramatic testimony left a number of new leads to follow. welcome back to "early start" on a friday. >> it is 30 minutes past the hour and the "new york times" reports that president personally ordered a top secret security clearance for his son-in-law and senior advise her jared kushner. the "times" says that the president's command to then chief of staff john kelly came last may a day after the white house counsel's office urged hm not to grant kushner the clearance. it prompted two internal memos, one from kelly on being ordered to grant the clearance. here's what the president told the "times" about a month ago.
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>> did you tell general kelly or anyone else in the white house to -- >> no, i don't think i have the authority to do that. i'm not sure i do. but i wouldn't do it. jared is a good -- i was never involved with his security. i know that he -- just from reading i know that there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people actually. but i don't want to get involved in that stuff. >> the "washington post" says that kushner's wife pressured the president about kushner's clearance. she was asked about it on abc just last month. >> the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance. there are literally close to a million people in the federal government who are in the pipeline to get their permanent clearance and are on temporary status. so no special treatment. >> a spokesman for kushner's
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lawyer says in 2018 white house and security clearance officials affirmed that mr. kushner's security clearance was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone. that was conveyed to the media at the time and new stories if accurate do not change what was affirmed at the time. meanwhile president trump and the north korean government now disagree about what caused that abrupt end to the hanoi summit. according to kim jung-un's foreign minister, north korea was willing to permanently dismantle its uranium and plutonium production facilities at the yongbyon nuclear site if the u.s. was willing to partially lift sanctions. apparently that is not what the president heard. >> basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that. >> let's bring in will ripley. no reason to trust the north koreans, but even if they were right, that is still a bad deal by american standards.
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>> reporter: i think one thing that everybody can agree on, this was a dud of a summit here because both sides walk away empty-handed and there has been absolutely no progress on moving the ball forward on denuclearization. north koreans say they wanted 5 of the 11 sanctions lifted. they have other secret sites. president trump knows that. but this would have been a first step and they could have negotiated down the number of sanctions perhaps. but it seems president trump wasn't having it, he didn't feel it was the deal for him on so he walked away and he is scoring political points in the u.s. for doing so. kim jung-un is scoring points with vladimir putin who called the united states' position in-flexible. i would imagine the north koreans were pretty inflexible too. when president trump decided to cancel the lunch, that mortified north koreans. snubbing kim jung-un is about the biggest cardinal sin and they won't forget that slight
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dig. >> kim jung-un doesn't miss many meals, does he. will ripley live for us in hanoi. we'll stick with the summit. president trump under fire for taking the word of a brutal dictator over his own intelligence agencies. the president says when he met with kim jung-un, he discussed the injuries suffered by warm oth -- by otto warmbier, injuries that proved fatal. here is the president. >> i don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen. just wasn't to his advantage to allow that to happen. he felt very badly. he knew the case very well, but he knew it later. he tells me that he didn't know about it and i will take him at his word. >> here is the reaction from mitt romney. >> i think there is no question but that the government of north korea has been responsible for a whole host of human rights abuses and atrocities. i've never heard somebody who did something wrong jump up and
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say yeah, i did it, i did it. they typically blame somebody else. >> took far fewer words for ben shapiro to express his opinion. fing pathetic. joining us here this morning, new yorker website executive editor, cnn global affairs analyst. great to see you, sir. our colleague at the "post" says that his approach has failed. pyongyang is happilily reaping e awards. how goes the trump personal diplomacy? >> it failed. this was the first major test. he tried rattling sabres, mocking kimmock mocking kim jung-un, and i agree that trump got played. and the statement on otto
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warmbier, it is simply outrageous. if you look at that video, otto was terrified. he was being shown on north korean tv, kim jung-un is responsible for his death, period. >> so why then does the president take his word for it, why did he take putin's word for it, why did he take mbs' word? >> does he want a deal that bad? >> he wants a deal that badly. he is used to falsehoods frankly. and what is interesting here the american intelligence community continues to push back against the president. they predict that had north korea did not want to give up its nuclear weapons in the last major hearing.that had north koa did not want to give up its nuclear weapons in the last major hearing. trump mocked them saying they needed to go back to school. but the intelligence community was right. and i hear this from officials in the intelligence community, they are not going to lie for this president, they are not going to back down from their assessments. >> and let's switch gears to the top secret security clearance for jared kushner. what is your reaction first of
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all and we'll get to the nepotism in a minute, but what is your reaction to this. >> again, it is the intelligence community -- i'm writing a book on trump and the cia and fbi and they were raising questions about jared kushner's business dealings and did that make him open to influence from gulf money or saudi arabia. and even china. and again, the president appears to have made yet another false statement. his daughter did as well. the new yorker ran a story earlier this year about how the children, ivanka in particular, would exaggerate sales in buildings that they had sold many more units to drive up prices. so this isn't a new thing. again, i want to be fair, but these are -- it seems clearly false statements. >> but this isn't just a lie. this could put the country in jeopardy. >> and it is not easy for the the fbi or cia to defy the president of the united states about his son-in-law and potentially his daughter. so these career officials i think stood up to the president and he just pushed on ahead and
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forced them -- forced the security clearance forward. >> this is a major story and some people get numb to all the scandals. but this is just a stunning story. it is his son-in-law against the word of the cia. and in perspective, the president wants to take away the cia clearance of john brennan. so what is this indicative of? >> of how divided we are because i think his supporters, you know, half the country will believe him. he will call it the deep state, emmock the cia and fbi and that is a sign of how divided we are. i think it is a pattern of trump failing to deliver on diplomacy, trump making false statements, trump risking national security. he has to start delivering because the steam of lies and corruption and nepotism will hurt him in 2020. it will be a close race no matter what. >> exactly.
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michael cohen returning to capitol hill on march 6 to finish closed door testimony to the house intelligence committee. intel chairman adam schiff announcing cohen will come back next wednesday after trump's former lawyer and fixer finished part one of his testimony yesterday. >> he was able to shed light on a lot of issues that are core to our investigation and we were able to drill down in great detail. none of the questions that we had for him went unanswered. >> we don't know exactly what was said of course, but lanny davis appeared last night on
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msnbc and offered this explanation for cohen's return. >> today new information was developed that really could be game changing. and chairman schiff and everybody in the room who wasn't a partisan republican praised him for his honesty and forth are forth right nths aness and develop of this new information is the ron that he is coming back next wednesday. >> davis saying his client's new information was not about russia collusion but about lying and obstruction. under pointed questioning from alexandria ocasio-cortez, cohen claimed president trump inflated and deflated his assets to suit his business needs, something that could amount to financial fraud. >> to your knowledge did the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company? >> yes. >> who else knows that the
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president did this? >> allen weisselberg, ron lieberman, matthew calamari. >> and where would the committee find more information on this, do you think we need to review his financial statements and tax returns in order to compare them? >> yes, and you'd find it at the trump org. >> weisselberg is the trump organization cfo, among the associates the committee plans to question. >> cohen may also be facing a perjury problem. two of the president's closest allies have referred cohen to the justice department for possible criminal prosecution. they claim to have evidence cohen knowingly made false statements to lawmakers. among the areas of cohen's public testimony they want the justice department to investigate, this claim -- >> i was extremely proud to be personal attorney to the president of the united states of america. i did not want to go to the white house.
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>> now, cnn has repeatedly reported to the contrary that cohen eagerly pursued and expected to get a job in the white house. congressman jim jordan and mark meadows point to court filings from federal prosecutors in manhattan, the documents state that cohen privately told friends and colleagues including in seized text messages that he expected to be given a prominent role and title in the new administration. cohen will soon start serving a prison sentence for previously lying to congress. joe biden criticized after he called mike pence a decent guy. biden's comment came at a foreign policy forum while discussing the reaction of world leaders to pence at a conference earlier this month. >> it was followed on by a guy who is a decent guy, our vice president, who food before this group this -- stood before this group of
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allies and said i'm here on behalf of president trump. and there was dead silence. dead silence. >> actress and activist cynthia nixon a lesbian called out biden saying you've just called america's most anti-lgbt leader a decent guy. please consider how this faults on t falls on the ears of our community. biden says i was making a point in a foreign policy context. under normal circumstances the vice president wouldn't be 2k3wibe ghi given a silent reaction, but there is nothing decent about being anti-lgbtq rights and that includes the vice president. tells you a hlot about 2020. >> joining us now, rebecca buck live in washington. thank you for joining us. the democratic field for president
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presidential field growing more and more crowded. another 15 expected. are we seeing the democratic party cannibalize itself? >> we're not seeing that yet. most are focused on their own messageing, not attacking each other. but the question is how long is that sustainable in such a crowded and competitive field. i would predict by the time we get to the first debates in june and july of this year, it is going to be a much different story, we could see these democrats starting to go after each other and it will be game time, game on. but the question is, is that necessarily a bad thing. a crowded primary process is complicated, it could get very competitive. but that would lead us to believe that the strongest candidate emerges from this process. and so i don't think that you will see any of the democrats holding back. >> they will have enough to
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fight about given the prospect of impeachment, the "green new deal," medicare for all. but how indicative of what is ahead, is it that joe biden had the audacity to call someone a decent guy and gets hit for it, does that tell you just where the energy is in the party? >> no question about it. and it all shows us what could be a very difficult challenge for joe biden in this democratic field, in this political climate. one of the big questions is, is there an appetite among democrats, democratic voters, in the base, democratic activists for a candidate like joe biden who is in so many respects an old school politician, who enjoys working across the aisle, prides himself on his ability to cut deals with republicans. but this is a moment when democratics are very angry at republicans and the administration in particular. and don't necessarily want to hear a message of comity and cooperation from their
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democratic candidate. so it is a major question with joe biden in particular, can he bridge that divide and come across as a consensus builder in such an angry political environment. >> just yes or no, do you think he is running? >> you know, right now i do believe he is. he made some comments this week saying that his family is behind him and urging him to run. and that was one of the big questions, would his family support a bid for president. and we know that joe biden does want to be president. he has run in the past and considered running in the past. so he hasn't made a final decision, but it looks like he is moving in that direction. >> and michael cohen is coming back for march 6. i want to roll to this bite from lanny davis, his attorney. listen. >> he gives people the signal using codes what he wants. and then it is carried along. and by the time it reached the final draft, the absolutely that everybody knew was a lie,
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including mr. trump, is that he did nothing after the iowa caucuses because that is when the campaign began. and that is for sure everybody knew it was a lie. and he was in the oval office and spoke to mr. trump. and he was given a good job even though people knew it was untru untruth. today new information was developed that really could be game changing. and chairman schiff and everybody in the room who wasn't a partisan republican praised him for his honesty and forth rightness and the development of this new information is the reason that he is coming back next wednesday. >> okay. what do you think they are looking for? >> you know, there are so many threads that need to be tied up when it comes to what michael cohen has said about the president, what he said in this open hearing that we saw this week, and what he would have said in the closed heari ings a
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well. but it is clear despite the credibility questions around michael cohen, democrats are valuing what he has to offer or else they wouldn't be asking him back. >> and we will all be watching. rebecca, thanks so much. cheaper version of the tesla model 3 finally available, but it comes at a cost. cnn business is next. ♪ ♪ t-mobile will do the math for you. right now, when you join t-mobile, you get two lines of unlimited with two of the latest phones included for just one hundred bucks a month.
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here in the u.s., the green arrows before we begin the day of friday for trade. even after the economy posted solid growth for the fourth quarter of 2018, u.s. markets closed lower thursday. all the major indices in the red despite the good news. but all the major averages still finished february on a positive note. the dow increased close to 4%.f nasdaq higher more than 3%. tesla has been promising a paired down version of its model 3 for more than a year. tesla announced that the cheaper version is finally available, it will cost $35,000. elon musk says tesla will have to lay off workers to make it financially sustainable to produce the cheaper car. the cheapest model 3 on sale before the announcement was $42,900. tesla declined to say how many of its stores will close or how many jobs will be affected.
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of course he was quick to take to twitter and let everybody know what was coming and the s.e.c. i'm sure did not like that one bit. >> he needs to stay off of it all together. >> thanks for joining us. >> here is "new day." . jared kushner's background check has been a problem. the president ordered john kelly to give one. >> the president had no involve meant per taping to my husband's clearance. >> there's no way to defend "the new york times" story. those are things that should be very disturbing to people. >> new information was developed that really could be game changing. he's coming back. >> there was new material that took me by surprise, enough so that one day of testimony was not enough. >> he lied so much and yet he said when it came to collusion, he said no collusion. >> announcer: this is new day with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is new day. it's friday. >> you say that with a lot of
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excitement. >> i think the louder i say it the more convincing i am they'll believe it. it's friday, march 1st, 6:00 here in new york. new this morning, blood is thicker than intelligence. a report that broke in the "new york times" says the president personally his then chief of staff john kelly to give jared kushner, his son-in-law, a top security clearance, and he did it over his own intelligence officials and despite the recommendations of white house lawyers. general kelly was said to be so disturbed by what was going on he wrote a contemporaneous memo which is washington speak for i need cover. the report confirmed by the "washington post" directly contradicts the president's public denials that he had any role in kushner's security clearance. so this morning you can bet that congress has new questions about what, according to these reports, are a new round of lies fro the president to the american people.

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