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having something to do with paying some stormy daniels woman 130,000? i mean, which it's going to turn out to be perfectly legal. >> new revelations over that stormy daniels payment. where the money came from and did presidential attorney rudy giuliani just undermine his boss or reveal their legal strategy? nine people are dead after a national guard plane plummets to the ground. this morning investigators are searching for answers. and another plane crash. this one involving a small craft in arizona, where six people perished in the accident. after passing national signing day for accepted college students the question, is it really worth all the money?
and big changes ahead for america's boy scouts. "early today" starts right now. good to be with you on a thursday. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. we begin this morning with breaking news overnight on the continued battle between president trump and porn star stormy daniels. after rudy giuliani, the former mayor of new york, and current attorney for the president, made a stunning revelation while speaking to sean hannity. giuliani revealing what happened after that $130,000 hush payment to stormy daniels was facilitated by mr. trump's then lawyer, michael cohen, days before the 2016 election. he said cohen was reimbursed by the president himself. take a listen. >> that moneyas not campaign money. sorry. i'm giving you a fact now you that don't know. it's not campaign money. no campaign finance violation. >> they funneled it through a law firm. >> funneled it through a law firm. and then the president repaid it. >> at one point the fox news
anchor even tried to interject into giuliani's revelation as giuliani claimed payments mr. trump made to cohen for his services each month were in fact reimbursements for that $130 thousands hush agreement. >> when i maerd cohen's retainer of 35,000 when he was doing no work for the president, i said that's how he's repaying -- that's how he's repaying it, with a little profit and a little margin for pag taxes for michael. >> but do you know the president didn't know about this? i bleeb that's what michael had said. >> he didn't know about the specifics of it as far as i know. but he did know about the general arrangement that michael would take care of things like this. >> giuliani's jaw-dropping admission comes just one month after the president said the exact opposite when questioned about that $130,000 payment by reporters. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no. what else? >> why did michael cohen make it if there was no basis for her
allegations? >> you have to ask michael cohen. michael's my attorney and you'll have to ask michael. >> do you know where he got the money to make that payment? >> no, i don't know. >> and the revelation wasn't lost on stormy daniels' attorney. he reacted in real time just moments after giuliani wrapped up his interview. >> this is an outrage what has gone on here. the american people have been lied to about this agreement, about the $130,000, about the reimbursement, and this is consistent with what we have been saying now for months that ultimately was going to be proven and ultimately was going to come out. we just didn't know that rudy giuliani was going to go on the sean hannity show and admit it on national television. >> so far this morning the white house is declining to answer questions related to giuliani's comments. instead referring us to outside counsel. for his part giuliani says his admission wasn't a misstep. he tells the "washington post"
overnight that he and mr. trump had discussed the fact that he planned on disclosing the information. giuliani says, "he was well aware that at some point when i saw the opportunity i was going to get this over with." >> but that was not the only headline giuliani made. he also had these strong words for robert mueller and his russia probe. >> this is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. you can't possibly not feel as a citizen of the world that his negotiations with north korea are much more significant than this totally garbage investigation. do they have the power to is not? and i think they lost that power. this is a completely tainted investigation. >> those comments coming as the president's legal team goes through yet another shake-up. with attorney ty cobb now out and former clinton impeachment attorney emmett flood in. the moving coming amid signs the trust team is shifting its tactics preparing for battle with reports mueller might try to force the president to talk by issuing a subpoena.
so what happens if that does happen? it would be up to the president whether or not to comply and he'd have four options to consider. he could testify and answer questions like the president said he'd be willing to do last summer. he may plead the fifth and answer no questions. he could fight the subpoena. or ignore the subpoena. which would put the president in unchartered territory. nine members of the puerto rico national guard were killed in georgia when their cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff on a busy roadway near savannah, bursting into flames. miraculously, no one on the ground was hurt. officials say the c-130 had been decommissioned because it was one of the oldest in puerto rico's inventory. nbc's gabe gutierrez razz has more. >> reporter: this surveillance video captured the moments the cargo plane plummeted to the ground. >> and it went all the way on its back. flat on its back it went down to the ground, boom. >> everything was in slow motion. he disappeared behind the tree line, you saw it go nose down and the explosion came, a fireball went up. that's when i knew something was real but it still didn't seem
real. >> the fiery crash could be soon for miles. >> highway 21 zbuflstream road a military jet crashed. >> thick black smoke billowing near savannah, georgia's airport. >> there were no cars hit in this crash. it is an absolute miracle. at that time of day and that intersection. >> reporter: the c-130 hercules plane from the 136th airlift wing out of puerto rico took off around 11:30 this morning bound for arizona. eyewitnesses say its nose shot up shortly after takeoff before it came crashing down. james levine says his car was just 25 yards away. >> looked like it was stalling out. and it started just freefalling backwards and crashed in the middle of 21 and there was a huge ball of fire and a huge explosion. >> it's been a particularly deadly period for military aviation. in the first week of april here in the united states three crashes left seven people. investigators are trying to find out what caused this crash.
but so far few answers. the puerto rico national guard says this plane had been decommissioned and had been undergoing maintence and repairs here for the past month. frans? >> all rit, gabe, thank you. a traffic camera in arizona caught the final moments of a small plane crash in scottsdale that killed six people. you can see the lights of the aircraft starting on the right side of the screen then quickly moving to the left. the plane then makes a rapid descent before the lights disappear and seconds later an explosion. the crash happened last month but police just released this video. stay tuned. president trump says three americans currently debated in north korea could soon be free. 9 detainees have been held captive for months. detainee tony kim's son tweeted "we look forward to all the families being reunited very soon." the trump administration had pressed for their release ahead of his potential summit with kim jong un. janis mackey-frayer is in beijing with the very latest.
>> reporter: good morning, frances. it is widely speculated the release of these three americans will happen even before the details are confirmed of a summit between president trump and kim jong un. it's seen as a prerequisite at this point, part 69 choreography ahead of such a historic meeting especially when the trump administration will want to appear that they've won something even before the meeting gets under way. at this point, though, nothing is confirmed or clarified. much of it is being based on speculation by a south korean activist. no south korean officials contacted nor any u.s. officials we've contacted are willing to go on the record with anything just yet. it was about a year ago that otto warmbier was released from a north korean prison in a coma. he died just days after returning to his parents in the u.s. his family have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the north korean regime. but again, at this point for
these three detainees all we're hearing is it's possible they've been moved from labor camps to a hotel in pyongyang but nothing yet on why they might be freed. frances? ? all right, janis, thank you for the update. breaking news out of connecticut this morning where a s.w.a.t. standoff ended with an explosion. you can see flames and smoke billowing from the scene in north haven. investigators say officers responded wednesday to reports that a man was holding his wife hostage. while negotiating with the man a blast from a barn on the property shook the neighborhood. up to eight officers were injured. a town official says the suspect's wiefr escaped before the explosion. police would not confirm if the suspect is in custody. >> the treatment of nfl cheerleaders is once again under scrutiny. several washington redskins cheerleaders tell "the new york times" they had to pose topless and escort male sponsors to nightclubs. five woemt tell the "times" the team invited several men, sponsors and suite holders to 2013 photo shoot in costa rica where the cheerleaders were required to pose in little to no
clothing. afterwards several were told they had to take the men to a club. the women say while no sex was involved they the team was "pimping us out and parading us as sex objects." one woman says she's worried nothing will change snl someone is assaulted. each cheerleader is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment. the report comes as two former nfl cheerleaders filed discrimination complaints against the league, citing sexual harassment and also gender discrimination. >> you've got to wonder if this is going to change the game now. >> yeah, more and more we're hearing about that. let's take a look at our weather and see how we're shaping up with some storms popping up. here's bonnie schneider. >> good morning, frances and phillip. we have an update for you. we have an even larger more widespread area of severe weather as it expands across the country. yesterday was a dangerous day. today the same. 40 million americans at risk for severe weather.
this could include tornadoes. be careful if you're out in kansas all the way to you will and i will down south toward texas. eventually these storms will push east but in tas theyex 90s again. could see some record-breaking numbers. cooler conditions across the west including colorado and into nebraska. so we're watching for the storm system eventually to push to the east. but heavy rain on friday. frances? >> all right, bonnie, thank you. one nba mom just had a huge day during an episode of "the price is right." check this out. >> all she needs is a car. >>. let's go, go, go, go, go. she got it. >> that is lisa beverly, the mother of l.a. clipper guard patrick beverly. after a big day on the wheel she walked away with two cars and
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rudolph giuliani, former mayor of new york and current attorney for the president, is making headlines after he made a stunning revelation when speaking to fox news's sean hannity. giuliani revealing what happened after that $130,000 hush money payment to stormy daniels was facilitated by mr. trump's then lawyer, michael cohen, just before the days 2016 election. cohen was reimbursed by the president himself. >> that money was not campaign money. sorry. i'm giving you a fact now you that don't know. it's not campaign money. no campaign finance violation. >> they funneled it through a law firm.
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-dublin good thursday morning. 4:30 right now. )m mar take a live look out in dublin. it is friday eve and we're getting ready to start our day. thanks for joining us. >> let's check in with kari. >> we'veve ep"d joyed amazing weather around the bay area. no different today, we start with clouds.s. here is a look at the shark tank. as we go to santa clara, temperatures in the low 50s. a few clouds in the mix at 6:00 and low 50s. at noon we'll be at 66 heading into the 70s again for th