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russia's use of the social media site to influence american elections. special coverage of that, continuing coverage of all of the offices of michael cohen were raided by the fbi. president trump is calling it disgraceful. >> plus the president is condemning the suspected chemical attack. the administration will soon make major decisions about how to respond. >> and mark zuckerberg will be back on capitol hill today. he'll be facing off with senators and he's planning to apologize. >> good morning, everyone. it's tuesday, april 109. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside nv
and louis burgdorf. >> the personal lawyer michael cohen's offices raided. they obtained the search warrant in coordination with the special counsel's office after receiving a referral from robert mueller's team. a payment cohen arranged to stormy daniels is only one of many topics being investigated. the fbi also seized e-mails, tax documents and business records, this according to the person that spoke to the new york times. cohen is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations according to three people with knowledge of the case. federal prosecutors, collected communications between cohen and his clients including those between the lawyer and mr. trump, this according to two sources. in a statement cohen's lawyer
said prosecutors decision to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary adding it resulted in the unnecessary seizure of attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients. >> there was a notable difference in the white house -- how the white house reaboutedct this. this time it did not issue a statement of no comment and pledging cooperation. two administration officials telling nbc that the president was informed about the actions sometime in the afternoon after the raid began, but prior to the news breaking publicly, the president was reportedly watching cable news' coverage of the raid. the president spent much of monday afternoon glued to the television before he opened a meeting on syria with a lengthy scathing response. watch this. >> so i just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, good man,
and it's a disgraceful situation it's a total witch hunt. i've been saying it for a long time. i've wanted to keep it down. we've given i believe over a million pages worth of documents to the special counsel. they continue to just go forward and here we are talking about syria, we're talking about a lot of serious things with the greatest fighting force ever, and i have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now, and actually much more than that. you could say it was right after i won the nomination it started. and it's a disgrace. it's frankly a real disgrace. it's an attack on our country in a true sense. it's an attack on what we all stand for. >> wow. >> two sources close to the white house tell nbc news that president trump is furious over the cohen raid. the new york times reports trump
is angrier than he has been at any point in the many fuming news cycles. what that ultimately translates to is unclear, but both trump and cohen believe this is really mueller and that farming it out to the southern district of new york was a fig leaf. both sources say that this has crossed the red line that trump laid out for mueller going outside his purview in an interview with the times last july. >> mueller was looking at your finances and your family's finances unrelated to russia. is that a red line? >> would that be a breach of what his actual -- >> i would say yes. >> last night the president would not say directly whether the jobs of mueller or the person overseeing the investigation which is actually rod rosenstein were safe. >> no, i'm not. >> why don't you just fire mueller? >> why don't i just fire mueller? i think it's a disgrace what's going on.
we'll see what happens. many people have said you should fire him. again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that's a big statement. so we'll see what happens. i think it's disgraceful and so does a lot of other people. this is a pure and simple witch hunt. >> will rod rosenstein keep his job? >> thank you all very much. >> last week stormy daniels' lawyer asked the treasury department to hand over information on that $130,000 hush money payment. it comes after the bank that was used to make the payment flagged it as suspicious. cohen says he used his own money and home equity loan. >> when he took out the home equity loan, he had to have provided a purpose to the bank for that loan. i doubt that he said it's to pay $130,000 to a porn star that we
don't believe and she's lying. i'm fairly certain he didn't tell the bank that. the second potential trip wire is when he established the accounts for essential consultants, when he opened those accounts at the bank and you have to tell a bank when you open up a business account for a new business what it's going to be used for. again, i seriously doubt he told first republic bank i'm using it to send $130,000 to a porn star that we think is lying. >> okay. let's talk all about this. i can't wait to talk to dave about all these new develops. legal analyst joining us early this morning. >> love waking up at 5:00 a.m. >> they're raiding his residence, his to held room, his offices here just a couple of floors below us it seems. they've got to have something major on him. how boxed in is he right now? >> i think what's more significant is the fact they opted for a raid as opposed to just a subpoena for documents.
a subpoena allows the attorney or whoever receives the subpoena to do the collecting himself, to sift through and if he's an attorney, take the privileged stuff, put it aside, take the stuff that's responsive and bring it to the fbi. when the fbi uses a raid like this, that tells us that they believed and considered a subpoena, but thought we don't trust this individual with a subpoena to look for the documents himself. we need to do it ourselves and go in there without notice so that documents don't have a way of poof, vanishing. so. >> so a lot of imly occasiplica the mueller investigation, but let's talk about what this means for the civil litigation for stormy daniels case. what's the significance of that as to avenati.
>> if the fbi was able to convince a judge that there's probable cause that fruits of a crime exist at say his office, related to the stormy daniels case, then that tells us that there is some very suspicious activity afoot even in the civil case of stormy daniels. and when things like this happen, a civil lawyer sits back, relaxes and waits to see what the criminal investigation uncovers, because that's often something that can be used in the civil case to make out his burden of proof. sometimes the government does your work for you. >> how rare is it for an attorney's office to be raided? >> it's rare, but it's not unheard of. the u.s. attorney's manual has a specific section addressing what to do when you raid or execute a search warrant on the offices of an attorney. because attorneys have clients who are protected by privilege
and while a search warrant doesn't -- while the attorney/compliaattorney client privilege itself, if they interfere with the attorney client privilege, that is a constitutional right. they have a group of attorneys and fbi agents that are separate from the underlying investigation and they go in sort of surrounded by this bubble and the idea is they can look at these privileged documents, they will keep it away from the agents on the underlying investigation and they will make a determination whether or not this document is privileged, this document is not privileged, this document is a maybe, and they'll sift through it and try to figure out which documents the government shouldn't have. but it's sort of a circular argument when you think about it. the whole idea of privilege is that you can keep certain documents and kucommunications
away from third parties, particularly law enforcement. so how does law enforcement review those same documents to determine what documents they never should have seen. >> and make sure to read danny's piece on attorney client privilege. fascinating stuff there. >> it is winding up. >> good to have you with us. we'll talk to you in a little bit. president trump spoke out about the situation in syria yesterday first during a cabinet meeting and later with his senior military aids. a quote, major decisions as commander in chief while discussing america's options. >> i'd like to condemn begin by condemning the heinous attack on syrians with banned chemical weapons. it was an atrocious attack. it was horrible. you don't see things like that as bad as the news is around the world.
you just don't see those images. we'll be making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours. we are very concerned when a thing like that can happen. this is about humanity. we're talking about humanity. and it can't be allowed to happen. >> we're going to make a decision on all of that, in particular, syria, we'll be making that decision very quickly, probably by the end of today, but we cannot allow atrocities like that. >> u.s. military action, is it off the table? >> nothing's off the table. nology's o nothing's off the table. the generals will figure it out over probably the next 24 hours. >> the president labeled some blame on his russian counterpart. >> if it's russia, if it's syria, if it's iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure
it out, and we'll know the answers quite soon. >> does putin bear responsibility for this? >> he may and if it is, it's going to be tough. everybody will pay a price, he will, everybody will. >> everybody will pay a price. some serious words from the president. more on the key takeaways from the fbi's raid of president trump's personal attorney michael cohen. >> and an e-mail that contradicts scott pruitt's accounts of controversial raises given to some of his aides. and of course a check on your weather when we come back.
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raid of president trump's personal attorney michael cohen. what do you think is the biggest takeaway from all of this? >> i think there's two parts here. the first is the fact that you've got at least a referral from mueller's team to prosecutors in new york. this new attention focused on michael cohen who really can't be overstated how significant michael cohen is in the president's orbit. they're very close. michael cohen is known as the guy who is trump's fixer. he's the one if there are any issues including stormy being the ultimate example he's the one who knows all of the president's dirty secrets. i think on the other side though is the impact that this is going to have on the president and on the white house. sources tell the ap that the president is fuming, he's furious. he feels like this is mueller's team going past that red line that we talked about earlier today and we're at the point now where if there were ever questions about whether the president was seriously
considering attempting to get rid of mueller, i think we're at the point now where that reality is more likely than ever. >> i don't think anybody could actually predict what the real implications are for the white house on this so far. i think we're going to have to wait and see on that in the coming days. so what do you make -- let's go with this sort of mueller line. what do you make of president trump sounding off on bob mueller, attorney general receive jegss asessions and do think he's going to push rosenstein to fire mueller? >> that was the president sounding on everything he's been saying behind the scenes. he spent most of yesterday stewing, watching television and what was so incredible about that moment last night, i don't know if you could quite tell but it wasn't as though reporters w walked in there and asked the president a question. the president just went off. he came in there with a plan of delivering this diatribe railing against the witch hunt complaining about jeff sessions.
again, this is something that homicide just infuriated the president now for more than a year. the fact that sessions recused himself and going after rosenstein by name. everyone knows the president can't actually fire mueller. it would be up to rosenstein to do this and the president is increasingly frustrated and this is a president who is incredibly hard to predict. he can go back and forth and think about things and make decisions very rashly. >> we've heard from senators before they've been trying to push legislation in order to safeguard the firing of robert mueller before. it hasn't yet gotten through but maybe after seeing what took place yesterday, something like that will take place. >> live for us in washington, d.c. great to have you with us. >> we're following breaking news. yulia skripal has been discharged from the hospital in the uk. yulia and her father have been in the hospital since early march after being poisoned by the extremely toxic nerve agent novichok in the town of
salisbury. hospital officials also say that sergei skripal is recovering more slowly but they hope he can also be discharged in due course. >> and back here at home state governors are sending u.s. guard troop to the u.s./mexico border as the plan to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. it will boost the number of troops it will send to 338 from 225. now, texas governor greg abbott said his state would commit at least 1,000 national guard troops. new mexico governor's office said more than 80 of the state's national guard soldiers would deploy later this week. the soldiers will be first of an anticipated 250 from that state. california has not yet decided whether it will send national guard members to the border. on monday a spokes person for the governor said that trump's request is still under review. trump said last week he wanted to send 2 to 4,000 national
guard members to the southern border. let's get a check on your weather now with michelle grossman. michelle, still a little chill in the air this morning if you walk out of the house. >> oh, my gosh, yes, mid april, temperatures below freezing in many spots and walking out the door in the northeast with some snow. i drove through it last night. those are the flurries. light snow, but still we're going to see that as we go throughout the day even in parts of new york city. the reason is we have that jet stream, almost like a door that's opening all that cold air from canada allowing it down and that will stay in place today and also tomorrow before things finally begin to change. but take a look at these temperatures today. 44 degrees in minneapolis. that's 10 degrees cooler than what we expect this time of year. better than the 20 degrees colder yesterday. 52 in st. louis. nashville 58. and that's the same story as you head out through the northeast. but here's the good news. warmer air back to the west. above average temperatures. 16 degrees above average in
denver at 78. feeling summer like in albuquerque and this will slide to the east so that jet stream really lift to the north and allows all that warm air to come in finally and we'll start warming up as we head throughout the next several days. and by the weekend we're going to feel more like june. so right now we're feeling like june. we're going to fast forward over the next couple of days. >> what a big jump. still ahead, a complete game shutout in washington, d.c. and some snow angels in the windy city. all the highlights from major league baseball coming up next in sports.
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welcome back, everybody. i president trump is lashing out blasting the fbi's raid on the office of his long time personal lawyer michael cohen. >> it was not immediately clear why investigators were targeting cohen, but the raids follow from robert mueller. >> reporter: a dramatic fbi raid at the new york office and hotel room of michael cohen. the president's personal attorney who paid off adult film
star stormy daniels for her alleged affair with the president 11 days before the election. they're investigating that payment to daniels which watchdog groups call a campaign violation. they retrieved e-mail, tax documents. federal prosecutors obtained search warrants after a referral from special counsel robert mueller who found evidence of a potential crime but determined the matter didn't involve the russia investigation. cohen's attorney lashing out calling the move completely inappropriate and unnecessary saying the fbi seized privileged communications and arguing cohen has cooperated completely the all government entities. >> this means that prosecutors have probable cause to show a crime has been committed and that he'll find evidence but what crime and who committed it, that we do not yet know. >> the president sounded off on
the fbi raid. >> so i just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, good man, and it's a disgraceful situation. >> reporter: and on special counsel robert mueller. >> a real disgrace. it's an attack on our country in a true sense. >> reporter: because this search was inside a lawyer's office the department of justice had to sign off on it. in this case legal sources say it was deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who gave the approval. now, rosenstein as you remember oversees the russia investigation, but this latest probe is separate. ayman? >> all right. thanks for that report. michael cohen is reportedly being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations. the wall street journal reported that the bank flagged his $130,000 hush money payment as suspicious. as the journal notes quote, under federal law banks are
required to flag transactions who have no business or lawful purpose or that deviate from a customer's normal bank activity. on october 17th of 2016 records show that cohen created essential consultants, the company used to make the payment. an e-mail provided shows that nine days later on october 26th, first republic bank e-mailed cohen alerting him quote, the funds have been deposited into your checking account. the very next day, the wall street journal reports that first republic bank required $130,000 into the account of the porn star's former lawyer, cohen says he made the payment using a home equity loan. >> joining us here our legal analyst, great to have you back with us. let me pick up on a point that she made at the end of her report was that the department of justice had to sign off on this because it involves a raid of an attorney. you have a piece up on nbc news.com about the attorney/client privilege in
which you write that trump and cohen's relationship or privilege goes only so far. explain why. >> yes, the attorney/client privilege is a protection that can be stripped away if it's being abused. under what's called the crime fraud exception and it makes sense. i mean, the attorney client privilege of communications about past crimes, it hay involve communications about sensitive, embarrassing information, but the privilege ends and can be removed if it's used for advice about ongoing and future crimes or planning a future crime or fraud. those are reasons that -- that the attorney client privilege can be removed. it was never contemplated as a tool to help people commit crimes. not every communication between an attorney and his client is privileged communication that can be shielded forever from law enforcement or other third parties.
>> at what point is that decided, the removal of that attorney/client privilege. >> it's interesting because now that the documents are in the possession of federal agents, they are the ones that will review the documents for privilege and they have to. they have to separate them into three piles. privileged, not privileged and maybe privileged. so as this goes on, the strange thing is that the very people inspecting these papers for privilege are the people that the attorney likely never wanted to see in the first place. so that's why the government typically uses what's called a privilege team or a tank team and these are lawyers and fbi agents who are separated. there's a wall between them and the agents and lawyers in the underlying investigation. and theoretically, they can protect the privilege, review the documents and make that determination, but i should tell you, courts have been very skeptical of this process and have often suggested that the better -- the better entity to review these documents is a
neutral court, not obviously attorneys and agents from the same doj conducting the investigation. >> let me ask you quickly about michael cohen. how would you rate how he's been doing so far? stormy daniels' lawyer said michael cohen had a lot on his shoulders and felt he was making a lot of mistakes. >> from the beginning of this stormy daniels matter, michael cohen has been set up to be, if there is a fall guy, the fall guy. because he is the only one who has acknowledged involvement with this contract. he's the only one who apparently is a member x officer or otherwise associated with ec, essential consultants. so if there is something illegal about the contract, something illegal about the payment to stormy daniels or something ethically suspect about the attorney entering into an agreement such as this from the beginning on both sides including trump and michael cohen, it's been michael cohen who takes central
responsibility. so if there is to be a fall guy in this case it's been set up from the beginning to be michael cohen. >> that's some dedication to a client. >> he said heed take a bullet for president trump. and facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is set to go before lawmakers on capitol hill to testify about the privacy policies in the wake of that cambridge analytica data breach. ahead of his appearance zuckerberg made the rounds on capitol hill yesterday meeting with top members of each committee. he will also testify before the house energy and commerce committee tomorrow. ahead of that appearance the committee released his prepared remarks in which he's expected to admit facebook made mistakes on privacy and combatting fake news. zuckerberg says in part we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake. it was my mistake and i'm sorry. i started facebook, i run it and i'm responsible for what happens
here. >> switching gears now for a moment. the troubles for embattled epa administrator scott pruitt continues to grow as an e-mail contradicts his claim that he was in the dark for pay increases for some agency employees. top epa officials have discovered an e-mail in which a senior member e-mailed pruitt saying he had approved her pay increase. pruitt's secured raises for top aides by using an obscure provision of the safe drinking water act even after the white house rejected his request for those pay bumps. pruitt denied knowing about those pay raises but the atlantic says they began to collect files that appeared to contradict his statements. now, one source added that the perception that pruitt had gone on tv and lied was what really
scared people inside the agency. meanwhile the white house yesterday addressed president trump's recent tweets defending his embattled epa chief. take a listen. >> can you explain what the president meant when he said it was about market rate, security spending, somewhat more but it was okay? how -- why did he say that. >> he was referencing a report done by the epa which we are continuing to review. but in that it cites that the apartment was at market value and goes into other details and that was what the president was referring to. >> $50 a night on capitol hill? >> joining us now once again, so troubles obviously as ayman was talking about continuing to mount for scott pruitt with another controversy it seems e-mails telling the real truth. could we hear more members of
congress calling him to step down? are his days numbered, you think? >> yeah, i mean, look, we've seen that happen. we've seen a slew of democrats and republicans calling for his dismissal at this point. it's also i think just this latest development with this e-mail pretty extraordinary the fact that it's very clear that you've got people who work for pruitt, epa staffers who are so frustrated with him, who have seen these allegations and are leaking these e-mails to reporters as they try to piece together what happened. leaking internal hr e-mails about conversations that happened between top aides and other folks there. so there's deep anger kind of brewing in the agency at this point as well. but we have seen the president go back and forth and back and forth when it comes to staffing decisions like this. the president can be really mad at somebody because he sees a negative news report, he feels like it's distracting from something else that he's doing and he can decide this person is under attack, he feels for them,
he feels like it's unfair and he'll choose to side along with them for at least a little bit longer. sources at the white house right now have been telling us it doesn't seem as though pruitt is immediately going to be dismissed but we'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. >> let's turn omoment to trump's temperament in all of this. it's getting a lot more attention with his tweet storms, some of the comments he's made yesterday. it seems that he increasingly wants to go it alone at times ignoring the advice of aides and advisors, this is according to various reports, one suggesting this is the post hope hicks crisis that the white house is dealing with and that may have a huge impact. is there anyone inside the white house who can help reign the president in or even wants to reign the president in? >> that's a big problem right now and a question that people who work in the west wing have. who does the president trust enough to actually listen to? who does he feel like is an honest broker who's going to tell him look, mr. president trump, this is bad for you because of these reasons.
the president met with his lawyers. he seems to have some trust in those people but you've got the chief of staff john kelly who has been increasingly sidelined. a number of people in the white house don't trust him anymore and a bunch of new members in there including bolton whose first day was yesterday and it will be interesting to see over the next couple of weeks as these now staffers start to establish different power relationships. who winds up if anyone filling that void. >> all right. thank you. all right. still ahead, speaking out on president trump's antics on the justice department. former u.s. attorney general lo rhett that lynch's conversation with lester holt on that and the firing of jim comey. >> and the taste of spring on its way reportedly and whether the warm weather will actually stick around. dear great grandfather,
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in an exclusive interview, loretta lynch is responding on the fbi attacks. she also addressed the controversies that occurred during the end of her tenure particular her tar mac encounter with president trump. >> was comey wrong? did he usurp your authority? >> it certainly was an unusual move. it was a different way to deliver a recommendation to the attorney general. i'd not had any of my other law enforcement agencies deliver a recommendation in a case to me in that way. >> unusual, but it was either right or wrong, was it right or wrong? >> i think he's going to have to speak to why he took those actions. >> what was your reaction when you heard comey had been fired? >> well, you know, i was -- i think i was as surprised as any american. i don't know the circumstances behind it. >> and james comey is expected
to address that episode in his career in his upcoming book. >> let's get a check on your weather now with nbc meteorologist michelle grossman. >> at least we're going to get the warm weather and we have had such cold weather over the past couple weeks. it's been the coldest april and look at what's happening right now. we are waking up to some snow in the northeast. not a lot of snow but light snow and we have this jet treem that's allowing this cold air to come down in canada and take a look at these temperatures. 44 in minneapolis as we go throughout the amfternoon. st. louis 52 but here is the good news. here is the promise. we have that warm weather to the west. 78 degrees in denver, so above normal. above normal in many, many spots. you can see the colors indicating that warmer air. this is going to lift to the north finally. that's the roadblock that's
going to allow all of this warm weather to come up and finally change our weather closer to the weekend. so as we go throughout today it's going to be a chilly one. temperatures in the midwest, 44 in minneapolis. 46 in chicago. they had the snow yesterday. the northeast, same story but then by the weekend we're looking at temperatures right around 80 degrees in some spots so jumping from february straight to june. >> all right. thank you very much for that. it's going to be welcome news. still ahead, president trump expressing opttism over a deal to avoid a trade war with china. >> why he's going to reach an agreement on the matter and the concessions beijing may offer. ns are pretty much the same. but while some push high commission investment products, fisher investments avoids them. some advisers have hidden and layered fees. fisher investments never does. and while some advisers are happy to earn commissions from you whether you do well or not, fisher investments fees are structured so we do better when you do better. maybe that's why most of our clients come from other money managers.
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welcome back. joining us from washington, d.c. with a look at axios a.m. political reporter for axios alexie mccammen. what's the one big thing for snus. >> towards one big thing is a look inside the west wing featuring an enraged president trump. the political dispute he has going on between himself and special counsel robert mueller, is becoming more personal and more visceral and we saw this unfold yesterday. after reports came out that the fbi raided his personal attorney, michael cone's office in new york. and we saw this in the way he characterized this by saying the fbi broke into the office of one my personal attorneys. we're seeing his mood shift regarding the russia investigation into real-time. >> we are seeing a mood shift here. the yquestion is who's there to rein him in we saw the departure of hope hicks, there's no one to calm the president we saw him
working his fury out real-time yesterday what are administration insiders telling you about the mood inside the west wing? is there any sort of calming wing inside the white house for the president? >> hope hicks is gone and this is the first big crisis after her departure. and a source close to the president told my colleague, mike allen that this is what we can expect from trump moving forward. he is untethered, unvarnished, unrestrained. he's feeling emboldened to act out in ways we have seen him do so. because he doesn't have these checks and balances against him or these people like hope hicks in the west wing to talk to him when he's going through these major scandals. i think we can expect without that person to keep him in line he will do what he did yesterday, which was have these press conferences about one topic, like foreign policy in syria and instead talk about how he's unhappy with the doj, he thinks the russian investigation is biased against him. >> if we were to use the rant
that the president had yesterday, the ten-minute rant as an indication about the raid, he used the word "disgrace" a number of times, can we expect the president wrap up his comments about the justice department in the coming days? >> i don't think so he's been increasing unhappy and turning on attorney general jeff sessions, the lead of the doj. until that changes, which i don't thing it will, he'll continue to attack the doj and he views this russia investigation as a political witch hunt and a personal affront against him. that's how another source characterized it to my colleague, mike allen. until that changes,y think we can expect him to change his mood or views on the doj and this investigation at large. >> we heard the president talk about bob mueller yesterday. the big kwu qew now, is he willing to fire him now. is he going after mueller personally? close aides recommending that he does not. do you think that the warnings even matter to the president?
>> with hope hicks gone, who was a gut-check gone on him and now that trump is 15 months in, it's clear that he wants to do what he thinks is best, even if it's against the advice of those around him. he signaled yesterday that he is not unwilling to talk about this idea of firing bob mueller. he said that people close to him have told him to fire bob mueller. but we're harg the exact opposite, that he's being advised not to fire bob mueller. so i think we can expect trump to do what he thinks is best. yesterday he quadrupled down on the firing of james comey. which remain as very controversial decision. that signals that he's willing to do whatever it takes to make himself feel personally vindicated especially when he thinks bob mueller and his team have crossed this red line relating to financial matters. >> people on capitol hill expressing concern that the president should not fire bob mueller. i want to ask you about something axios is looking at
and a term that they're describing of this new era for big technology. cooling down the relations between washington and silicon valley. what's changed in this relationship in terms of how capitol hill views tech companies? >> so it's been about decade plus in which big tech has been viewed as a cool entity. something that people worshipped, us in washington and that's now changed. and silicon volley is largely dismissive of washington. what we can can expect is silicon valley and ceos going to visit washington to constantly engage with washington and capitol hill to talk about regulation moving forward and what any can do to make their platform safer and free of being weaponized from foreign entities or other people in malicious ways. >> thank you very much. we'll be reading axios a.m. in a little bit.
to all of our viewers you can sign up for the newsletter at axios.com. that. does it for us on this tuesday. "morning joe" starts right now. you have to ask michael cohen. michael is my, an attorney and you'll have to ask michael cohen. >> last week the president said to ask his lawyer, michael cohen about the payment to porn star stormy daniels and yesterday, the fbi raided cohen's office and residence for documents. and an action that president trump called quote a break-in. nine times he described it as a disgrace. and when asked if he'd fire robert mueller he wouldn't give a clear answer on that. it is probably not where his staff wants the president to be focused. as he weighs whether to strike syria for waging chemical warfare. that's where we begin "morning joe" this tuesday april 10th, along with joe, willy and me,