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breaking overnight, damaging details from a whistleblower complaint about the president. capitol hill gearing up for the acting spy chief to testify. >> no push. no pressure. no nothing. >> the president defiant, despite asking ukraine for a favor, investigate joe biden. and he offered to get the attorney general involved. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." i'm christine romans. >> good morning. good morning to all of you, i'm dave briggs. thursday, september 26th, 4:00 a.m. in the nation's capital, a busying event, leading to the
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whistleblower report, on president trump's call, to the ukrainian president has been declassified. it will be released as early as this morning. one lawmaker called it alarming. it contains more dimensions than first reported. and it will likely lead for calls for trump aides to testify. t"the washington post" reported new details of the complaint. cnn has lerned the anonymous whistleblower has agreed to testify, provided h h ed his la get security clearance to attend. trump repeatedly urged the president zelensky to
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investigate joe biden. the acting national intelligence, thrust before into this custody before lawmakers. mcgwire denies that. >> reporter: good morning. joseph mcgwire set to testify before the house judiciary committee. this follows the release of the white house rough transcript of the phone call between president trump and the ukrainian president. they released that on capitol hill, as well as the classified whistleblower complaint. that was released last night to the senate and lawmaking
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committee. the lawmakers couldn't discuss the substance. democrats emerged and said they are more concerned an they were before the complaint. >> i found the allegations disturbing and credible. >> the complaint itself is another five-alarm. >> there's other witnesses that need to be talked to or interviewed or brought before our committee to understand the full extent of the misconduct here. >> reporter: one notable comment from a republican who read that report. senator ben sass, he repeatedly called the complaint troubling. thi they are scheduled to go behind closed doors, this time, in front of the committee. the transcript does not
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contain a quid pro quo. that the u.s. asked the ukraine for a favor, though. he says, there's a lot of talk about biden's son. a lot of people want to find out about that. whoev whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. there's no evidence of wrongdoing, by biden or his son. >> president trump mentions biden three times and attorney general, barr, six times. barr refused to open the investigation. that is igniting concerns that barr's justice department is serving as a shield for the president. barr has minimal involvement and
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career prosecutors made the decision. a defiant president trump, with diplomacy as the brountd of t background of the u.n. painted himself a victim of the vicious democrats. >> it's a hockes, folks. it's a joke. impeachment for that? >> he has some support. a "wall street journal" op-ed, by 19 members, including the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, they say, this attack on the president could have far-reaching implications for policy and damage their ability to speak candidly with any u.s. president. a new quinnipiac poll refeels, only 37% of the voters%
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he should be removed from office. there's a partisan divide. 4% of republicans and 72% of democrats supporting impeachment. amid the impeachment frenzy, president trump and ukraine's president zelensky met. matthew, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. that's right. this was the pinnacle of this hysteria, that's been surrounding the situation with president trump and his phone call on july 25th, with president zelensky. they talked about national security. they talked about ukraine getting its territory back. the diplomatic support that the
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united states had been given the ukraine, in term of those issues. president zelensky said, he didn't feel there was any pressure placed on him by the u.s. leader. >> we had, i think, good phone call. it was normal. we spoke about many things. i think and you read it, that nobody pushed it. pushed me. >> nortin other words, no press. >> he said there's no quid pro quo, but ukraine sees this as a disaster. it depends on the united states, for diplomatic support and ongoing support for russia. and the concern in ukraine right now, is that bipartisan support,
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by the democrats and republicans supporti ining ukraine, may hav been shattered because of this scandal. >> matthew chance, live, thank you. and then, the talking points on the scandal, were e-mailed to nancy pelosi and other democrats. the white house talking points were sent to democrats. it urged republican allies to argue there was no quit pd pro . joe biden, spoke about all of this overnight with jimmy kimmel. >> how does this rank as far as on the outlandish scale, watching this transpire? >> 18 out of 10. >> uh-huh. >> it's hard to avoid the
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conclusi conclusion, that it is an impeachable offense and a violation of constitutional ability. i'm confident in the ability of the house and senate to deal with this. my job is just to get out and beat him. [ cheers and applause ] and so, what i can't let happen, i can't let this distract me in a way, that takes me away from the issues that are the reason why i'm running. >> he said in that interview with jimmy, if it weren't president trump, were you run? and he said, i probably would not be. it's a pretty strong admission. a shocker in the israeli elections. benjamin netanyahu will get another chance to form a government. cnn live in jerusalem, next.
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israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, has been given the first chance to attempt to form a government, after the joint government failed. but avoiding a coalition and another election will be impossible to navigate. oren leibermann joins us from jerusalem this morning. oren? >> reporter: there is certain uncertainty, as the process moves forward. but it was benjamin netanyahu who was given a chance to form a
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government. why did netanyahu get the first chance after he didn't win enough party? he has he has the 55 seats, closer than his rival, benny gantz. rivlin had tried to get these two to work together and form a unity government. that seemed all-but impossible. me you gets the first crack. and that doesn't seem that great. netanyahu has up to six weeks to form a government here and get this country out of the politic 58 mess it's in. there's three more weeks where they have a chance to come up with somebody else. if that doesn't work, new elections are triggered.
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million a day. while you were sleeping, late night reacted to the tweeting. >> there's no president in the history of our country that's been treated so bad that i have. he tweeted it from the abraham lincoln room in the john f. kennedy library. >> it makes you question whether it's actually bad. it's how kanye can walk around in rags, he does it so confidently, i guess that's a style now? >> i would like you to do us a favor. >> our contestant said the secret word, the phrase that pays. the ukrainian in exchange for political favors. tell the president what he's won? it's intracted impeachment
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capitol hill gearing up for the acting spy chief to testify. >> no push. no pressure. no nothing. >> the president defiant, despite asking ukraine for a favor, investigate joe biden. and he offered to get the attorney general involved. welcome back to "early start" on a thursday. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. a dizzying series of events. the whistleblower account for the call from the president, has been declassified. it will be released as early as this morning. one lawmaker called it alarming. it contains more dimensions than first reported. and it will likely lead for calls for trump aides to testify. "the washington post" reported new details of the complaint.
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cnn has learned the anonymous whistleblower has agreed to testify, provided his lawyers get security clearance to attend. >> the white house released the transcript of his call to zelens zelensky. trump repeatedly urged the president zelensky to investigate joe biden. the acting national intelligence, thrust before into the spotlight by this controversy before lawmakers. cnn's sunlener serfaty. >> reporter: good morning. joseph mcgwire set to testify before the house judiciary committee. this follows the release of the white house rough transcript of the phone call between president
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trump and the ukrainian president. they released that on capitol hill, as well as the classified whistleblower complaint. that was released last night to the senate and house committee. the lawmakers couldn't discuss the substance of what was in the report. but more broadly speaking, democrats emerged and said they are more concerned an they were before the complaint. >> i found the allegations disturbing and credible. >> the complaint itself is a five-alarm concern. >> there's other witnesses that need to be talked to or interviewed or brought before our committee to understand the full extent of the misconduct here. >> reporter: one notable comment from a republican who read that report. senator ben sass, he repeatedly
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called the complaint troubling. they are scheduled to go behind closed doors, this time, in front of the committee. the transcript does not contain a quid pro quo. that the u.s. asked the ukraine for a favor, though. he says, there's a lot of talk about biden's son. a lot of people want to find out about that. whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. there's no evidence of wrongdoing, by biden or his son. >> president trump mentions biden three times and attorney general, barr, five times. that is raising questions about what barr knew and when.
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barr refused to open the investigation, even though the attorney general for the community asked d.o.j. to look into the matter. that is igniting concerns that barr's justice department is serving as a shield for the president. barr has minimal involvement and career prosecutors made the decision. a defiant president trump, with diplomacy as the background of the u.n. painted himself a victim of the vicious democrats. >> no push, no pressure, no nothing. it's a hoax. all a hoax, folks. it's a joke. impeachment for that? >> he has some support. a "wall street journal" op-ed, by 19 republican house members, including the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, they say, this attack on the president could have far-reaching implications for policy and damage their ability to speak candidly with any u.s.
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president. house speaker nancy pelosi, told democrats she wants to focus the impeachment inquiry on the president's comments to the president of ukraine. it could be an uphill battle. a new quinnipiac poll reveals only 37% of the voters think he should be removed from office. there's a partisan divide. 4% of republicans and 72% of democrats supporting impeachment. a few cracks over the president pushing ukraine's leader. mitt romney was a lone voice of concern. he offered more last night. >> this remains deeply troubling.
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we'll see where it leads. the first reaction is troubling. >> why do you think your fellow republicans have been quiet on this subject or actively defending the president? >> i think it's human nature to see things that is consistent with your own world view and your sense of what's necessary, for the preservation of your position of power. other republican senators chiming in with their reactions. pat toomey said it was inappropriate. and rob portman said it did not surprise him but he shouldn't have done what he did. amid the impeachment frenzy, president trump and ukraine's president zelensky met face-to-face for the first time at the u.n. general assembly. matthew chance is live for us. good morning, matthew. >> reporter: that's right.
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zelensky was hoping to talk to president trump to ask about the support it provides. that was overshadowed by the controversy. and president zelensky was asked if there was pressure applied by president trump. take a listen to what he had to say. >> we had, i think, good phone call. it was normal. we spoke about many things. i think and you read it, that nobody pushed it. pushed me. >> in other words, no pressure. >> reporter: it was a good phone call. no one pushed him, he said. the yukrainians are mortified they have been sucked into this american political crisis this way.
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the other concern is that they maintain bipartisan support for the rebels in the eastern country and the support for c e crimea. when the political debate is so completely divided. >> matthew chance in kiev for us this morning. and there's this, the white house stalking points of the ukraine scandal was e-mailed to nancy pelosi and other house democrats. the white house tried to recall the e-mail. it urged republican allies to argue there was no quid pro quo. and what the president talked about with ukraine's leader was entirely proper. joe biden spoke about all of this with jimmy kimmel. >> how does this rank as far as on the outlandish scale, watching this transpire?
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>> 18 out of 10. >> uh-huh. >> it's hard to avoid the conclusion, that it is an impeachable offense and a violation of constitutional responsibility. i'm confident in the ability of the house and senate to deal with this. my job is just to get out and beat him. [ cheers and applause ] and so, what i can't let happen, i can't let this distract me in a way, that takes me away from the issues that are the reason why i'm running. >> it will be fascinating for the candidates. are they going to talk about health care or gas prices and the economy? >> they're going to try. >> there is a drum pete of impeachment progress. >> they will talk about it, will that resonate. ahead, finally some progress on the biggest u.s. labor strike in 12 years.
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♪ the u.s. and japan signed a limited trade deal wednesday, opening up japanese markets to american farm goods, as the u.s. struggles to make a deal with china. >> japanese tariffs will be eliminated entirely for beef,
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cheese, corn, wine, and so much more. this is a huge victory for america's farmers, ranchers and growers and that's important to me. >> president trump says japan will open up its doors to 2 million ag products. the u.s. will reduce or eliminate tariffs on japanese industrial goods, like bicycles and musical instruments. the american farm bureau says it's a positive step for farmers and ranchers. president trump said more comprehensive deals would be worked out with japan, in the future. botswana, where prince harry is to support conservation efforts. david is traveling with the prince. good morning. >> reporter: we're here on the
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banks of the toby river in botswana. he raised up an extraordinarily large tree. it's probably the biggest tree that the members of the royal family have put up. he spoke passionately about climate change and young people striking around the world. he said, we couldn't deny science. and i asked why it gets so stuck in the middle of conservation issues. you have been so hands-on for years with conservation. why do you want to be in the middle of it? >> middle? we're all in the middle of it. it's a race against time and one that we are losing. everyone knows it. there's no excuse for not knowing that. the most troubling part of it, i don't believe there's nobody that can deny science. science and facts that have been around for years. and it's only getting stronger
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and stronger. >> reporter: prince harry spoke about his connection to botswana. he came here when princess diana died, as to escape. but he's developed friendships and connections. especially issues of climate change. this was close to the prince's heart. >> dave mckenzie live for us in botswana. authorities in italy, inspecting homes after they warned that ice could break away from a glashglacier. it could freeze up the crack and prevent a massive avalanche.
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the first reported vaping deaths in florida and georgia, bringing the total to 11. the cdc reported 530 illnesses by the use of e cigarettes or vaping products. health officials will update those numbers today. rhode island is the latest state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products.
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it comes a day after massachusetts temporary banned all vape sales. the u.s. military plans to remove vaping products from the exchange stores by tend of the month. as the vaping crisis grows, juul has suspended all u.s. advertising and removed its ceo. he is being replaced by the chief growth officer at altria. the move rejected by several organizations. they say hiring a tobacco executive shows juul prioritizes profits over everything else. negotiators for gm and the ua involving the strike say they are resolved or close to resolution. but the national benefits for 30,000 employees are not.
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more than 3,200 workers are furloughed, including 500 here in the u.s. this strike is costing the automaker about $2 million a day. a heartbreaking postscript to hurricane dorian in north carolina. 28 of the outer banks named wild horses, half of one herd were killed in that storm. they were swept to their deaths on the outer banks. some of the surviving horses managed to swim to safety on other islands. summer temps are hanging around. 15 degrees above average. we have more from pedram j javaheri. >> temperatures in boston, 81 degrees. the average high, closer to the upper 60s for this time of year.
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this unseasonably warm pattern continues for a few more days. there's a frontal boundary that will bring in showers later this evening. and with it, slightly cooler temperatures going into towards friday. that is about it. we rebound rapidly. and we bring in the month of october. the first week of the month of october, well above-average temps on the eastern half of the u.s. below-average temps on the northwestern corner, as well. here's what's left of karen, very unorganized and weak system here. quite a bit going against it. models suggest it will loop around over the next up tole of days. potentially weaken further. if you look at what's happening upstairs, and the wind shear, and dry air ahead of the storm, we expect it to rain itself out before it arrives across the bahamas. while you were sleeping, late night took on president
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trump's reaction to the inquiry. >> there is no president in the history of our country that's been treated so badly as i have. he tweeted it from the abraham lincoln room in the john f. kennedy library. >> it makes you question whether it's actually bad. it's how kanye can walk around in rags, he does it so confidently, i guess that's a style now? >> i would like you to do us a favor, though. >> our contestant said the secret word, the phrase that pays. the ukrainian in exchange for political favors. tell the president what he's won. it's protracted impeachment inquiries. let's look at the business
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news. asian markets closed mostly higher, after president trump signed a trade deal with japan and said this about a trade deal with china. >> they want to make a deal very badly. could happen. could happen. it could happen. sooner than you think. >> that sooner than you think, got a lot of attention. whether arguing if it's a turn of phrase, or if he meant, sooner than you think. stocks finished higher for the best day in weeks. the dow closed up 163 points. the s&p was shy of 1%. something to watch for today, is the third revision of second quarter gdp. economists looking at how much the economy grew in the second kwo quarter. home sales close 7.1% in ha august. one economist said the trade war
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and explicit version. you can opt for either one. "early startstart" continue right now. >> breaking overnight, damaging details about a whistleblower complaint by the president. >> no push. no pressure. no nothing. >> the president defiant, despite asking ukraine for a favor, investigate joe biden. and he offered to get the attorney general involved. welcome back to "early start" on a thursday. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday, september 26th. ite is 5:00 a.m. in the east. a dizzying series of events. the whistleblower account for the call from the president, has been declassified.
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it will be released as early as this morning. one lawmaker called it alarming. it says the pressure put on president zelensky will likely prompt trump aides to testify. "the washington post" reported new details of the complaint. cnn has learned the anonymous whistleblower has agreed to testify, provided his lawyers get security clearance to attend. >> the white house released the transcript of his call to zelensky. trump repeatedly urged the president zelensky to investigate joe biden. the acting national intelligence, thrust before into nte spotlight by this

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