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mr. president, in all due respect, you're making a very big mistake. >> i regret that took place. the president does have that authority. >> a whirlwind of developments in the wake of president trump's firing of fbi directo james comey. what's next and where does that leave on going investigations? >> more passenger turbulence with an infight flight and judge ruling on the situation that sent hundreds of passengers into a frenzy over canceled flights. >> the senate group tasked with health care reform is missing one huge component, women. why are none of the five female republicans asked to join? >> important new results from the latest automobile crash
test. >> is the country ready for shaq the sheriff? "early today" starts right now. good morning, i'm gigi stone woods. >> i'm frances rivera. explosive developments over the white house overnight and now fired, that's what's spread on headlines across the country. president trump making the abrupt and startling decision to terminate fbi director james comey effect thif immediately, installing andrew mccabe as acting director in the aim of, quote, restoring trust and confidence throughout the bureau. the news broke as fbi director comey learned of the firing from tv news reports blaring on the screens behind him. the president notified comey with a hand delivered letter. when asked of comey's dismissal this morning, attorney general sessions made a comment on the matter as he headed into work.
he made no comment. the reason given for the firing, comey's handling of the clinton e-mail case, the very same case trump praised on more than one occasion. >> it took a lot of guts. i really disagreed with him. i was not his fan. i tell you what, what he did, he brought back his reputation. he brought it back. he's got to hang tough. there's a lot of people want him to do the wrong thing. what he did was the right thing. >> not mentioned in the president's letter or in any supporting documents released by the white house, the fbi's investigation into russia's interference in the 2016 election and their nearly year-long investigation into trump associates. investigations trump's own deputy press secretary said should be shut down. >> a lot of the analysis concerns the russia investigation. how will the firing of comey affect that? >> i don't think it affects it at all in any capacity whatsoever. i think the bigger point on that is, my gosh, tucker, when are
they going to let that go? it's been going on for nearly a year. frankly it's kind of getting absurd. there's nothing there. we've heard that time and time again. we heard it in the testimonies earlier this week, heard it for the last 1 months. there is no there there. it's time to move on. >> the white house cited bipartisan criticism against comey as the racialization of his firing. overnight reaction against the ousting was swift and fierce. >> president trump, with all due respect, you're making a big mistake. >> comey was not fired because of hillary. he was fired because of the russians. >> this sent the message that this president believes he's above the law. >> the president of the united states just fired the chief investigator who has him as a target of the investigation. >> this administration who says there's no there there, in terms of our investigation, boy, oh, boy, there is so much smoke here, and we'll still have to determine how big the fire is.
>> nbc's peter alexander spoke to white house press secretary sean spicer regarding the blow-back. >> is this a coverup? >> of what? >> people are wondering if there's any coverup here? >> of what? the president made a decision that should be applauded by all members of congress. the public would agree that he had lost the ability to lead the fbi. >> former nsa contractor edward snowden is weighing in, this fbi director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. if i can oppose his firing, so can you. several democratic and republican lawmakers issued a series of biting statement. one senator calling the firing a constitutional crisis. several others labeling the move nix nixonian. the nixon library overnight, not even nixon fired his own fbi chief. bill clinton was the first and up until yesterday, the only president to oust a director of
the fbi. we're joined by nbc's tracie potts. good morning. you're hearing unprecedented moves in the senate this morning. >> reporter: democrats have been told to be in their seats at 9:30 a.m. to hear what the majority has to say about this. they are meeting to figure out what their next step is going to be. they've been pushing for a special prosecutor, someone independent to oversee this russia investigation. now they think they've got the fuel, the ammunition to make that happen with the firing of director comey. democrats are saying, at least their leadership saying they will not support confirmation of a new fbi director. they'll try to block it with the votes that they have if a special prosecutor is not appointed to oversee this russia investigation. the white house says this was about the clinton e-mails here on capitol hill. lots of questions about russia. speaking of russia, russia's foreign minister, foreign minister lavrov will be here to meet with president trump today. first thing this morning,
supposed to be talking about syria and a number of other issues in what the president has described as a deteriorating relationship wean the two countries, but certainly if they have a public appearance today, there are going to be a lot of questions about russia's involvement in the campaign and now about who is going to be in charge of investigating that. >> certainly that coupled with the timeline of how we led up to the firing of comey in the first place. nbc's tracie potts, thank you. certainly lots of questions. nbc will delve into them with lester holt interviewing president trump on thursday with highlights on "nightly news" and right here on "early today." violent brawl caught on camera aboard a sweft fight from dallas to los angeles after it landed. it began when passengers started to get off the plane. the victim claims it started when 37-year-old chase cable made a comment about the woman behind him. that victim tried to help the won ma get off the aircraft when
cable allegedly threw a sucker punch and the brawl began. flight attendants and another passenger would eventually break up the fight. afterwards cable was arrested on suspicion of battery. the victim suffered only minor injuries including a facial cut and chipped tooth. we have an update on a melee from the ft. lauderdale airport yesterday after hundreds of spirit airlines flights were canceled. spirit blamed the cancellation on a labor dispute with the pilots who the airline accused of an illegal work slowdown. now the federal court ordered the pilots back to work at a normal pace and the pilot's union says they'll fully comply with that order. charges dismissed against two louisiana police officer ending with three people on fire. the november incident was caught on police body cameras. we have to warn you, the images, as you continue to watch, will be disturbing. >> can i talk to you? >> get out of here. >> get out of here. the newly released video
shows police checking on a 75-year-old man whose face was blurred by the department. police say he was armed with a knife. they're seen knocking down the man's door and tasing him. watching, not knowing he was holding a cup of gasoline. that happened, ignited into flames. the sparks set the man ablaze along with two other officers. deputies rushed to save the man but the house was a total loss. a grand jury indicted two officers for negligent injury. the district attorney threw out the indictment citing lack of evidence that the officers intended to hurt the man. >> horrifying to watch. more severe weather spawning texas-size hail, windshields paying the price. cracking under the barrage of hail for the storm chasers. as part of the same weather system, darkness descended in the same area of texas with funnel clouds with multiple tornadoes. >> nbc meteorologist bill karins is tracking the storms impacting
millions today. a lot of the storms carryingover through the mother's day weekend. >> this is the same storm that impacted california over the weekend. a slow mover, still dealing with strong storms in north texas pushing into oklahoma. if we're going to get the bad storms today, most likely it's this little section of western oklahoma and north texas. these extend into areas of the midwest and into the ohio valley, a slow mover even tomorrow. anyone traveling across the country in the middle of the country has problems now. for many of our friends in denver, cool and cold behind the storm system, but not bad, salt lake city, boise and seale doingtt temperature there as it is in areas of oregon and washington state. coastal areas a little cooler than that. >> we'll give you a little peek
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what's going on? >> good morning to you as well. the global markets and u.s. futures appear to have a muted reaction today to president trump's firing of fbi director james comey. traders say the move will likely not impact stocks as investors focus more on earnings reports to gauge whether indices such as the nasdaq can push past record highs we've seen recently. however, they say comey's firing could raise concerns that the president's pro growth agenda including stacks reform could slow further. meanwhile, the world's most valuable company is now worth even more. apple stock closing at all-time highs pushing the market cap above $800 billion. that's a first for any u.s. company. shares have been boosted by news of a big investment by warren buffett and anticipation for the tenth anniversary iphone expected later this year. you want do watch shares of disney today. shares are down in pre market trading, the media giant reporting quarterly profit that beat wall street forecasting to
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