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i felt the system was raping me alloff when. over again. and a stunning admission from senator martha mcsally. she says she was raped while serving this country. i plan to beat the low survival rate. >> alex trebek diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, but he says he is not going anywhere anytime soon. certainly wish well. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is thursday, march 7. we start in the nation's capital where after 30 hours over four day, michael cohen's testimony to congress is over. three major revelations emerging. first, sources tell cnn president trump's former lawyer and fixer provided documents to the house intelligence committee, they show edits made
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to the false statement cohen made before congress in 2017. >> cohen handed over the new documents to help explain his public testimony last week. he told lawmakers one of mr. trump's lawyers had a hand in editing that false statement. these and other rev layings could give ammunition to republicans attacking his credibili credibility. manu raju has more. >> reporter: michael cohen delivering a second day of testimony. and the big question democrats had going into the hearing was whether the president's attorneys were involved in editing that false statement that he delivered to congress back in 2017. back then in a classified setting he lied and later acknowledged lying to the committee about the pursuit of the trump tower moscow project. and he also said that trump's attorneys edited that statement. >> there were changes made, additions. jay sekulow for one. >> were there changes about the timing? >> the gentleman's time has expired.
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you may answer that question. >> there were several changes made including how we were going to handle that message. which was -- >> were you finished? >> the message of course being the length of time that the trump tower moscow project stayed and remained alive. >> reporter: that was a subject of discussion in the long day of testimony. cohen provided documents to that committee showing edits that were made by trump's attorneys. the question is what were those edits. we don't know all the specifics quite yet, but there were some edits to try to further explain what he meant. >> all right. thank you. according to the "new york times" at least some of the edits appeared to play down ivanka trump's knowledge about the trump tower moscow project. and two sources tell cnn white house lawyers had no indication cohen's original testimony was
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even wrong. the second big reveal wednesday, cnn has learned cohen himself authored the false line in his 2017 testimony to congress, that means it was not a change made by president trump's lawyers. >> revelation number three. the "washington post" reports cohen told the house intel committee he personally discussed the subject of a pardon with jay sekulow and rudy giuliani. that doesn't mean that he asked for one, but did discuss one. sekulow denies that. giuliani tells cnn he has been asked about pardons by attorneys but would not comment specifically. but now lanny davis seeming to contradict the "washington post" and his own client. michael cohen said this last week -- >> i have never asked for nor would i accept a pardon from president trump. >> lanny davis now tells the "wall street journal" after cohen was raided by the fbi last year, he directed his attorney at the time to explore the possibilities of a pardon at one
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point with rudy giuliani as well as other lawyers advising president trump. cnn asked davis to square that with cohen's testimony, he claims cohen was referring to the time after his joint defense agreement with president trump's attorneys collapsed. so what is next for cohen? the president's former lawyer begins a three year prison term on may 6. former trump campaign chairman paul manafort will be sentenced today in virginia federal court. manafort was found guilty of defrauding banks and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars he earned as a political consultant in ukraine. prosecutors have asked for up to 25 years in prison, potentially a life sentence for the 69-year-old. and tens of millions in financial penalties. the case was the first brought to trial by robert mueller as part of his russia investigation. democrats are divided over controversial remarks made by freshman congresswoman ilhan omar of minnesota and that is testing nancy pelosi's ability to unify her party.
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democratic sources tell cnn that the debate surrounding representative omar is messy, and tempers are flaring. it is now unclear whether a resolution condemning anti-semitism will come to a vote. >> many expressing sympathy, but others remain offended by her suggestion that jewish money is the reason for israel's widespread support in congress. >> i want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. >> this morning there is still no agreement within the democratic party on the final language for the resolution. democrats say they will not hold any of their primary debates on fox news. the democratic national committee citing a report in the "new yorker" about the mutually helpful relationship between fox and the trump white house. the story includes new details about fox news essentially
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catching and killing the stormy daniels story before the election to protect mr. trump. and candidate trump being tipped off about debate questions. >> democratic party chairman tom perez says fox news is, quote, not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate. the network saying it hopes the dnc will reconsider. president trump weighed in, democrats just blocked fox news from holding a debate. good. i think i'll do the same thing with the fake news networks and the radical left democrats in general election debates. noting the president on his own cannot prevent the debates, those are set up by a commission jointly sponsored by the republican and democratic parties. martha mcsally revealing she was raped while serving in the air force. the arizona republican speaking at a senate hearing wednesday on sexual assault in the military. mcsally the first american woman to fly in combat says she did
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not report it because she blamed herself and did not trust the system. >> i was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer. i stayed silent for many years but later in my career as the military grappled with scandals and their wholly inadequate responses, i felt the need to let people know i too was a survivor. i was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences were handled. i almost separated from the air force at 18 years over my despair. like many victims, i felt the system was raping me all over again. >> almost 6800 sexual assaults were reported in the u.s. military during the last fiscal year according to the pentagon, a 10% increase from the previous year. in january joni ernst, an army
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combat veteran, revealed she was a survivor of mental and physical abuse by her former husband and also she said she was raped by a boyfriend in college. president trump's trade policy is predicated on his belief that trade deficits represent failure. new numbers show the trade deficit last year was the worst in a decade. $621 billion. overall deficit in goods was the worst in america's 243 year history, $891 billion. the deficit with china also the worst on record. the president detests trade deficit. he very simplistically sees them as a loss of money from the u.s. to its trading partners. >> the trade deficit very dear to my heart because we've been ripped off by the world. $60 billion, $69 billion to $100 billion a year. a number beyond anything what anybody would understand.
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the days of the united states being taken advantage of are over. >> in his two years in office, the trade deficit has swelled by well over $100 million. he has called himself tariff man, but the tariffs brought retaliatory tariffs that made u.s. exports more expensive. and tax cuts in this country also made more imports into the united states. no comments yet from white house officials. the numbers coming in after the treasury department said the budget deficit soared to $310 billion in the first four months of the year, up 77%. mark zuckerberg laying out his plans to transform facebook and his number one priority, privacy. the founder and ceo posting a long essay to his facebook account saying the company's focus will shift to encrypted content, that means data will be
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scrambled so outsiders and even facebook can't read it and content would disappear after a short period of time. the post says people should be comfortable being themselves and should not have to worry about what they share coming back to hurt them later. so we won't keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people want it. >> it shows how the company is positioning itself for an uncertain future marked by coupler distrust frankly after several privacy scandals. it could cause upheaval in facebook's business model of mining your information to show you relevant ads. encryption will also make it harder of detecting misinformation operatives and other bad actors on the company's platform. long time "jeopardy" host revealing that he has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic history. on average it has a five year survival rate of 9%, but the 78-year-old is defiant. >> i'm going to fight this and
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i'm going to keep working. and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, i plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. truth told, i have to because under the terms of my contract, i have to host "jeopardy" for three more years. so help me. >> we hope he serves every bit of that contract. trebek has been host of "jeopardy" since 1984. fellow game show host pat sajak one of the many expressing support for trebek. and the wheel of fortune host says there is no one i know who is stronger and more determined. and i would never bet against him. we and the entire country are pulling for you. a college professor quits her job over chick-fil-a.
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i plan to beat the low survival rate. >> alex trebek diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, but he says he is not going anywhere anytime soon. ken jennings who won more than $2.5 million on "jeopardy" i think put it best, alex trebek is in a way the last cronkite, authoritative reassuring voice you hear every night almost to the point of ritual. you can almost close your eyes and listen to trebek's voice and trust it. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. let's begin with after 30 hours over four days of testimony, michael cohen's testimony to congress is over for now. three major revelations emerging. first, sources tell cnn president trump's former lawyer and fixer provided documents to the house intelligence
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committee, they show edits made to the false statement cohen made before congress in 2017. >> cohen handed over the new documents to help explain his public testimony last week. he told lawmakers one of mr. trump's lawyers had a hand in editing that false statement. these and other revelations could give ammunition to republicans attacking cohen's credibility. manu raju has more. >> reporter: michael cohen delivering a second day of testimony. and the big question democrats had going into the hearing was whether the president's attorneys were involved in editing that false statement that he delivered to congress back in 2017. back then in a classified setting he lied and later acknowledged lying to the committee about the pursuit of the trump tower moscow project. and he also said that trump's attorneys edited that statement. >> there were changes made, additions.
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jay sekulow for one. >> were there changes about the timing? >> the gentleman's time has expired. you may answer that question. >> there were several changes made including how we were going to handle that message. which was -- >> were you finished? >> the message of course being the length of time that the trump tower moscow project stayed and remained alive. >> reporter: that was a subject of discussion in the long day of testimony. cohen provided documents to that committee showing edits that were made by trump's attorneys. the question is what were those edits. we don't know all the specifics quite yet, but there were some edits to try to further explain what he meant. >> all right. thank you. according to the "new york times," at least some of the he had iedits appeared to play dow ivanka trump's knowledge about the moscow project.
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two sources say that the white house had no indication that the original testimony was even wrong. the second big reveal wednesday, cnn has learned cohen himself authored the false line in his 2017 testimony to congress, that means it was not a change made by president trump's lawyers. >> revelation number three, the "washington post" reports that cohen says he personally discussed the subject of a pardon with jay sekulow and rudy giuliani. that doesn't mean that he asked for one, but did discuss one. sekulow denies that. giuliani tells cnn he has been asked about pardons by attorneys but would not comment specifically. >> cohen testified last week he has never asked for a pardon, but now his attorney lanny davis tells the "wall street journal" after cohen was raided by the fbi last year, he directed his attorney at the time to explore possibilities of a pardon with rudy giuliani as well as other lawyers advising president trump. >> let's bring in our white house correspondent.
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good to see you, sir. i can't help but think of the aforementioned alex trebek who we can just close our eyes and we trusted that these were going to be the facts. but with this trump and cohen and lanny davis and rudy giuliani thing, it is just lying upon lying. everyone is lying here. we can just trust that no one is telling the truth. so it comes down to documents. it comes down to actual evidence. what do you is the biggest takeaway from the last 24 hours? >> i think the biggest takeaway is that republicans are going to seize on the idea that michael cohen maybe misled congress, definitely in their words they believe that he did. while democrats will seize on the fact that the president was talking about pardons with a convicted felon who is about to testify against him. that is test case type of obstruction of justice in the eyes of several democrats who are already putting out several requests for documents to build a case of obstruction of justice and many other cases against the president. so this latest revelation is going to give democrats more
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fire to call on the president to prove that he did not commit obstruction of justice and republicans will use this to further undermine the credibility of michael cohen. so you will have both sides sort of sticking to their talking points, sticking to their messages. and as you said, there has been so much deacceptindeception, ha who to believe. but this will give both sides ammunition. >> and let's talk about the democrats on another subject, this division within the party over what has turned out to be a divisive subject of this resolution against anti-semitism and freshman congresswoman omiln omar and how to handle her comments within the party. it is showing a real generational divide how they are handling this. what is nancy pelosi thinking trying to contain this drama? >> yeah, the older establishment democrats are seeing the u.s./israel relationship the way it has always been seen, the ironclad commitment to israel
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and support is a bipartisan issue. but some of the younger more progressive members are saying that they feel they should have the freedom to question the relationship with israel and call israel to task for some of the things that have happened over there and for the fact that there hasn't been a peace deal. and i think you're starting to see that division really open up and in-several o think several democrats would get this behind them but now a huge division, several top 2020 candidates are coming to the defense of representative omar, several racial issues as well involved. so this is a huge sblit in tpli democrat being party as a time where they want to call president trump to task and want to be focused on not only investigating trump but also passing a progressive agenda. and so this is not what they wanted to be doing, focusing all of these divisions. >> how indicative of it is the split within the entire party
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even with issues likes "green new deal" and medicare if afor . they won back majority in the house and they can't really decide are they going with the pelosi strategy that helped them win the house, moderates focused on health care and pre-existing conditions, or will they allow the progressive wing, younger democrats really take control? is this indicative of the entire democratic debate? >> yeah, there is a huge split within the party and they are trying to get control of it. a couple of my colleagues reported out from a meeting that happened yesterday behind closed doors, and there was a big fight basically. there were several democrats who were concerned that there was so much tweeting by some of the newer democrats who are using social media to really build their platform and go around the traditional process. and they are getting a lot of attention, a lot of focus on their agenda items and they are pulling the party to the left. and some including the house speaker do not want to be pulled too far to the left because they
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know that they have to protect some of their more moderate members. they were able to win the majority in part because several moderate members were able to defeat republicans in districts that trump won. so there is a huge debate within the party and it doesn't look like it will be solved anytime soon because the progressives are not shutting up, they have the social media and ability to have a big platform. and the moderates are hoping that they can tamp down some of that fire on the left. >> probably can't settle any of it until they coalesce around one voice in 2020. and who that will be, it will be fascinating to watch. thank you, sir. . >> and the white house calling it socialism. >> and loving this debate. >> absolutely. 38 past the hour. democrats say they won't hold any of their primary debates on fox news. the democratic national committee citing a rourke in the "new yorker" about the mutually helpful relationship between fox and trump. the story includes new details
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about fox news catching and killing the stormy daniels story before the election. and candidate trump being tipped off about debate questions. >> you see that at the highest levels of fox news, they have infiltrated the news. it is dog bite story that sean hannity and some of the higher ups are collaborating all the time. but this isn't about the other side, the lou dobbs, the sean hannity side. this is about -- and in new yorker report was about interference at the highest levels of fox news in the news side. >> the eithnetwork saying it ho the dnc will reconsider. the president tweeting i think i'll do the same thing with the fake news networks and radical left democrats in the general election debates. worth noting the president could not on his own prevent outlets
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from hosting a general election debate. those are set up by the commission on presidential debates jointly sponsored by the republican and democratic parties. freshman senator martha mcsally revealing she was raped while serving in the air force. she was speaking on sexual assault in the military. she is the first american woman to fly in combat and says she did not report the rape because she blamed herself and shall i did not trui- i-she did not trust the system. >> i was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer. i stayed silent for many years but later in my career as the military grappled with scandals and their wholly inadequate responses, i felt the need to let people know i too was a survivor. i was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences were handled. i almost separated from the air force at 18 years over my despair. like many victims, i felt the system was raping me all over again.
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>> almost -- this number is staggering. almost 6800 sexual assaults were reported in the u.s. military just during the last fiscal year. that is according to the pentagon. that is a 10% increase from the previous year. long time "jeopardy" host alex trebek revealing he has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. on average it has a five year survival rate of 9%. he has host ted "jeopardy" sinc 1984. >> i'm going to fight this. i'm going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, i plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease. truth told, i have to. because under the terms of my contract, i have to host "jeopardy" for three more years.
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so help me. >> we will indeed. pat sajak one of many expressing support for trebek. he says there is no one i know who is stronger and more determined. and i would never bet against him. we and the entire country are pulling for you, alex. >> we are too. facebook planning a big shift with a focus on privacy amid a series of scandals. the up side and down side next. you'll make my morning, but ruin my day. complicated relationship with milk? pour on the lactaid, 100% real milk, just without that annoying lactose. mmm, that's good. to take care of yourself. but nature's bounty has innovative ways to help you maintain balance and help keep you active and well-rested. because hey, tomorrow's coming up fast. nature's bounty. because you're better off healthy. looking to lose weight this year? nature's bounty.
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891 build. the deficit with china also the worst on record. in his two years in office, the trade deficit has swelled by well over $100 billion. no comment from white house officials, but it is getting a lot of attention because this president has waged a trade war in part because he believes the trade deficit numbers are the best way to measure america's success or failure on the global trading stage. and those numbers are getting a lot worse. >> couldn't help but think of janet yellen being asked if they shout trump had a grasp of economic policy and she said no, i do not. mark zuckerberg laying out his plans to transform facebook and his number one priority, privacy. the founder and ceo posting a long essay to his facebook account saying the company's focus will shift to encrypted content, that means data will be scrambled so outsiders and even facebook can't read it and content would disappear after a short period of time. the post says people should be
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comfortable being themselves and should not have to worry about what they share coming back to hurt them later. so we won't keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people want it. >> it shows how the company is positioning itself for an uncertain future marked by distrust frankly after several privacy scandals. it could cause upheaval in facebook's business model of mining your information to show you relevant ads. encryption will also make it harder of detecting misinformation operatives and other bad actors on the company's platform. prs's pick to be u.s. ambassador to saudi arabia claims he will hold the saudis accountable for the murder of jamal khashoggi. retired general john abizaid calling the death a senseless killing in his confirmation hearing on wednesday. but when pressed about how he plans to do that, here's what abizaid told lawmakers. >> ambassadors don't hold countries accountable. countries hold countries
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because of the chain's opposition to lgbtq rights. but cynthia newman, dean of business administration, sees it another way. she says it was a judgmental statement about chick-fil-a's values that reflect the christian faith. so newman resigned as dean. the university says they respect her choice but the decision was, quote, in no way a judgment on religious values. r. kelly is in trouble again. detroit police are looking into sexual misconduct allegations from 2001 involving a 13-year-old. the singer jailed last night for failing to pay $161,000 in child support. he was indicted last month on ten counts offing a g ing a gl criminal sexual abuse. he defended himself in an interview with cbs. >> i didn't do this such. i'm fighting for my [ bleep ] life. y'all killing me with this
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[ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. >> robert -- >> y'all trying to kill me. you're killing me, man. y'all don't want to believe the truth. you don't want to believe it. >> gayle king just a model of professionalism there. >> she didn't blink. >> r. kelly's next court date is march 22nd. let's get a check on cnn business. trade concerns kind of dogging global markets here. on wall street, futures are leaning a little lower after the record breaking trade deficit numbers. stocks closed wednesday lower. investors looking for movement on u.s./china trade negotiations. the february jobs report is the next big event, that is due tomorrow morning. investors looking to see if the jobs market remains strong. the economy added $304,000 jobs in january. that was the 100th straight month of gains.
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on the trade front, huawei is suing the u.s. government fighting back against accusations its technology poses a global security threat. new this morning, huawei said it has filed a lawsuit in texas challenging the national defense authorization act. >> that signed by president trump in august, the law bans federal agencies from buying its products. the deputy chairman accused congress of acting as judge, jury and executioner by imposing the ban. quote, this ban not only is unlawful, but also restrincts huawei from engaging in fair competition. u.s. government officials weren't immediately available to comment. and brown forman says sales grew 3% in the three months ending in january, but that missed expectations. tariffs on american spirits had a 1% drag on its sales and cost it $125 million last year. tariffs the company says a
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substantial burden on the business. shares fell 5% on the news. we've all made mistakes in public speaking. the president probably more than most. and his latest slip did not %-p. >> during a meeting of president trump's business advisers, donald trump referred to apple ceo tim cook as -- well, see for yourself. >> you've really put a big investment in our country. we appreciate it very much, tim apple. >> i think i'm done. i think that is it. i'm out. that's it. he calls tim cook tim apple. and i guarantee you this means that trump calls himself donald
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president. >> tim apple has a ring to it. >> ain't bad. tim apple did not blink. >> no, he did not. i think they all prepare for those meetings and keep stone faced. thanks for joining us. >> and here is "new day." . he has provided additional documents 'the members found enormously productive session. >> there, several changes made, including the message of the length of time that the trump tower moscow project remained alive. >> everything that mr. cohen says you have to look through the prism of is he telling us the truth? >> there will be a vote. there's no place in this world for anti-semitism. >> we want to make sure that we don't allow republicans and others to divide us in the caucus. >> he is legitimating anti-semitism in america, but at the same time i'm frey frayed the democrats are giving up the moral high ground. >> announcer: had is new day with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the
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world. this is new day, it's thursday, march 7th, 6:00 here in new york. and it was empanada morning here. if we don't tell them they're going to find out eventually. >> it's a real high at first and then you crash somewhere during the show, so we'll keep you posted. >> like i said, if we didn't tell them they would have found out eventually. new this morning, on a possibly unrelated note, pardon me or is it pardon you? michael cohen had his former lawyer talk to the trump team including rudy giuliani bay possible pardon, that's according to michael cohen's current lawyer confirming reports overnight in the wall street juournal and "the washington post." he says also spoke to sekulow about a pardon. there are at least two significant issues this raises. number one, how did this does this align for with his testimony last week that he never asked for a pardon, and number two was the trump team open for business when it came to the

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