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u.s. lawmakers are looking the to this man for some answers monday on the fbi's investigation of russian meddling in the u.s. election. we will have a preview of what's at stake. north korea showing no signs of being cowed by the u.s. administration, instead claiming greatly forward. she lived through the holocaust, what this survivor has to say about the rise of antecementism happening today. >> live, welcome to our viewers here from united states and around the world i'm george howell. >> i'm rosemary church, thanks for joining us. this is "cnn newsroom."
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a public hearing that could be pivotal to the white house is just hours away. fbi director james comey will testify before the house intelligence committee. he'll pose questions about mr. trump's claim that former president barack obama ordered his phones tapped about russian's alleged involvement in the election. >> in january a u.s. intelligence report included russian president vladimir putin was to under mine public fate in the u.s. democratic process, and harm her elect blt and potential presidency. the report said mr. putin had cleared preference for donald trump. >> the allegations got the start for an event back in june of last year when the server at the democratic national committee was hacked. cnn ryan nobles takes it from there.
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>> reporter: the initial hack was soon connected to the russian government and wasting little time, hillary clinton's campaign manager linked the hack to donald trump. >> they possessed that they were feeding the e-mails to hackers for the purpose of helping donald trump. >> reporter: then just adds the democratic national convention was about to start, unloaded a troll among them damaging private conversations. it does not take long for the republican nominee to embrace the hack and russia's potential involvement. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are mising. >> as the clinton campaign worked to contain the political damage, trump refused to back down from his kind words about russia and its controversial leader vladimir putin. >> i already said he's much of a
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leader, far more than our president has been a leader. >> days before the presidential debate, two major bomb shells, first the director of national intel jeps issued a statement blaming russia for the hack and second wiki leeks released more. at that debate trump attempted to take the focus off russia. >> she doesn't know if the russians are doing the hacking. maybe there is no hacking. >> more e-mails were released, the next night a new president. >> i pledge to every citizen of our land that i will be president for all americans. >> as he started to build his new administration trump still resisted blaming russia. >> it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace, they have no idea. >> president obama ordered a full review on how russia meddled the election that concluded it was helping to --
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working to help russians. >> the russians were responsible for hacking the dnc. >> 22 days before trump took office, he imposed new sanctions. on that same day incoming national security adviser spoke on the phone with russian ambassador. it was later revealed he texted the ambassador and met with him in person at trump tower an administration official told cnn. trump associates including mike pence called the meetings introductory. >> they did not discuss anything having to do with the united states' decision to expel diplomats or impose eccentric interrupti interruption. >> that turned out to be -- not to be true. he specifically spoke about the sanctions, but flynn wasn't the only one, trump associates held meeting with the ambassador but insist they were only introductory gatherings.
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then senator jeff sessions was one of them. but appearing before senate hearing on his confirmation, he said this when asked about possible contacts between the trump campaign and russian officials. >> i did not have communications with the russians and i'm unable to comment. >> reporter: but after taking office, sessions, now attorney general, admitted that he too as a senator met with him twice during the campaign. he said it was in his capacity as a senator, not a member of the trump campaign. sessions decided to rekuz himself from any investigation related to the campaign. amidst all of this president himself took to twitter making this shocking claim. "how low has president obama gone to tap my phones during this have sacred election process. this is nixon/water gate. bad or sick guy. the accusation was made without any evidence to back it up but led the white house to ask congress to add this wrinkle
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into broad investigation into russian's role. >> i don't think there was an actual tap of trump tower. >> monday congressional leaders will attempt to unpack the layers of this controversial, the goal of making the situation clear. the white house continues to insist there was no collusion, setting the stage for monday's hearing, high ranking officials such as james comey and national security agency will testify. ryan nobles, cnn, washington. >> despite the eagerness to get some answers, cnn senior legal analyst warns the fbi chief may not offer any definitive conclusions. >> he is conducting investigations as we speak. and one possibility is that we will not hear a dispositive answer from comey tomorrow, that
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he will say this is a pending investigation, i can't comment on everything, so the expectation or the hope that we're going to have a neat closure of the trump accusation may not be totally justified. >> all right. let's talk about it and bring in scott lucas live from birmingham england, professor of international politics and the founder and editor of ea world view. scott, always a pleasure to have you with us, look this all depends upon what james comey will or will not say. how critical is this testimony for the trump administration at this point. >> look, this is just -- as jeffrey said, the first act of what's going to be long running. the easy part today, will be expect clear away any idea that there's evidence that president obama or britain's gchq wiretap
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trump tower in 2016, hopefully finally pointing out so story from the president. the more important but more difficult part is going to be the extent of russian interference in the 2016 election and to what extent the trump administration knew about it. that's where it came at different levels. one is did trump administration know about the russian interference. two, did they have contact with russian officials about that. three, did they try to cover up the contacts, and four did they coordinate with the russians at any point. as you can tell from that layered scenario. there's a lot of evidence that has to be gone through, comey, i think, will hold the line pending the investigation and that will set us up, to be honest with you, more speculation, with the fbi, cia, and nsa will swift through the hard work. >> the fbi director set to
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testify publicly in this hearing in just a mar of hours. we don't know what he will or will not say, but let's say hypothetically he does, you know, show that there is some sort of a tie between the trump campaign or administration and russia and play it forward, scott, how would that effect the trump administration. >> yeah, at one end, and this is what those who criticize trump are hoping. it's going to be help, they were talking all along and then they tried to cover it up. we're not talking about the resignation of national security. we're talking about something that could extend to the president. let's be blunt, that's impeachable. at the other extreme, trump supporters is that comey comes out and says no evidence, collusion, also it leaves it to the knowledge of the russian intervention, which would put the administration in a much better position. as i said, i don't think we're
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in that scenario. i think we're going to get the hold the line statement for comey. to be honest there's so much circumstantial evidence that there may be a link that it will take some time to go through. >> the other topic is wiretapping, we heard from top lawmakers that there is no evidence really to support the president's unsubstantiated claims that a trump tow we are was wiretapped as he has pleaed out before. if indeed the director comes out and says there is no evidence to back this up, as we've heard before, then what is the president to do? >> the president will just move on. look, you heard in the package of your correspondent, trump is not known for accurate statements, calling the russians to hack computers, remember that one. or making wild statements in other areas, for example, regarding, for example, the chinese and their threat to america. so that, you know, trump says things off the top of his head and try to do it with the
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aftermath and then move on. so i think it will last for a few days that trump may get another unsubstantiated statement. but we are going to be in this russian trump question and getting into the -- let's be honest, the serious questions about obama care, confirmation of supreme court nomination, that. >> scott lucas live, thank you so much for your insight, we'll stay in touch as all eyes on what the fbi director has to say here in a matter of hours. meantime the kremlin will jinx -- just last week the russian government told cnn they won't be watching monday's hearing at all. joins me now from moscow with more on this. despite what russia has said, clearly someone in moscow will be monitoring this hearing to see how far director comey might go on the question regarding
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russian's possible involvement in the 2016 u.s. presidential election, right? >> yes, officially, they're not watching, they're busy. don't expect any more details. the kremlin spoke and said referring to this as quite a broken record futuristic song. there will be russian officials pouring over whatever it is that james comey actually says. he'll be under pressure. i mean, the scope and, frankly the potential ramification of the allegations being made of such he's been under pressure to come up slightly more evidence. of course he may choose to hide behind the vail of what is not and what is classified information that can be given out, but certainly in moscow, here, they will be facing that pressure to respond certain details, it will be interesting to see exactly how far james
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comey. rosemary. >> yeah, there's no doubt director comey will be careful about what he says. what are we to make of the various meetings between trump aids and russian officials as well as the intelligence report released january that claimed ordered an influence campaign and what's being said about all of this in russia, so far? >> well, it distanced themselves from them and they said they had nothing to do with it. they said the allegations are like a broken record. it's not a official position. previous meetings have been down to suggestion, that's just normal, frankly, for the russian ambassador to meet the officials there. the question comes down to what was said, that anything untoward occurred. the speeches that trance spires he was paid about $30,000 for to give at russia today functions,
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at key state funding broadcaster here and around the world, they were back in december 2015. it's quite a stretch to suggest that, a, the kremlin would have known donald trump would win the election and they would go into national security adviser. the question you have to yourself is what's going on what behind the scenes and what he comes up with washington is willing to throw out there as suspensions, rosemary. >> nick payton joining us live. it is 10:14 in the morning. many thanks to you. the view from the united kingdom, leaders will likely have some interest in the intelligence committee hearing. the white house press secretary cited an unconfirmed media report that the former president barack obama used british intelligence to spy on mr. trump. max, the reaction from across the pond when that came out, wasn't too pretty. >> no, and gchq which is the spy
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surveillance agency both saying the claims from donald trump, that they were involved in any sort of wiretapping is ridiculous and it's continued to rum you believe on as real frustration here. the that no one in official circles under the trump administration is apologizing for these unsubstantiated comments, now we have a comment, an article in the garden newspaper from the former ambassador to the u.s. until only last year, still very well connected in diplomatic circles here. this is a dangerous game. this is -- the intelligence relationship between britain and america is unique and precious. it's critical to our shares efforts to counter terrorism,
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gra tu it wo this is close liaison between the intelligence agencies between here and the uk and the u.s. that hook today. they work together against global threats and that's being put at risk because of this throw away tweet, as they said t from donald trump. >> mr. trump has been upset british intelligence. he has knocked his own u.s. intelligence in the past, now we're expecting to hear the fbi director to testify pubically about possible ties of russia and also this bogus wiretapping claim that has no fact to support it at this point. what is the reaction about what is set to happen with this hearing. what were the expectations. >> well, ideally, will like to hear that there's no evidence that this took place and it goes against the principles of gchq than anything else and british intelligence would do something like this. issued to visit the trump
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administration or later on this week talk about isis, i'm sure this will come up, as well. they just want to make it very clear that they do not operate like this, there's no evidence for it. it might harm their position in their relationships around the world as well. i think they want an i polg as well. >> max foster live in london. max, thank you for the report. >> there are fears, the simmering north korean nuclear trip could boil over. >> how the trump administration is responding to the latest conversations.
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on sunday the north announced yet another provocation claiming it has successfully tested a powerful rocket engine. >> in fact, that technology could help the regime to reach its goal of developing a long-range missile. on sunday the u.s. president donald trump did not give details on how he plans to deal with north korea. >> he's acting very badly. he's acting very badly. >> and cnn will riply joins us
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now for beijing. no specifics from the new u.s. administration, clearly china is concerned about what the trump administration might do in response to north korea's latest provocation, what is it saying? >> reporter: well, you're right, rosemary, there is concern because one thing that secretary tiller son did say is that the military option is on the table and days of strategic patience are over. that has to make beijing nervous, there's one thing they prize above else, stability, especially when it comes to the great peninsula. they're saying all sides need to have cool heads. they want to see the united states engage. they want to see united states stop the joint military exercises with south korea which the they say is not going to happen. they conveyed this to counterparts here in beijing. the u.s. wants beijing to use
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its economic leverage to try to reign them in. both sides pretty far apart. no specifics. and when secretary tillerson was asked about the approach to north korea, he didn't give any, he ignored reporters' question not only here in china but south korea and japan, as well. it leads me to believe that perhaps they're trying to come out with a plan. the past 20 years where multiple, everything from sanctions, cyber war fair reportedly, to economic and diplomatic isolation, nothing has seemed to slow down him in developing these nuclear weapons. >> and, will, given that the military option is now on the table, according to united states, what is china doing to try to influence him in some way, or does it no longer have that influence over north korea that it use to enjoy?
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>> reporter: that >> that is the big question, everybody thought for a long time, china had the ability if it wanted to reign in north korea. the united states because it's only meaningful trading partner, if they were to cut off trade for north korea, that will have a very severe economic impact. and yet you see him continue to order these missile launches, two nuclear test last year, more than 20 launches last year. so far five ballistic missiles launched during the trump administration. it has to be irritating to china and it continues out of north korea. how much leverage do they really have, that's what needs to be assessed. >> watching this game of brink manship there. will riply joining us where it's 3:24. in the state of colorado, a wild fire is raging on, threatening several homes near the city of boulder. at this point the flames are
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near the edge of that city, some people leaving that area. they snapped the picture that you see here, you see all of the heavy smoke billowing help. let's brick in our meteorologist to follow the situation there in colorado. ♪ ♪ >> you know, guys, this is really a sad story because you consider it this part of the united states and boulder in particular, it's amongst the happyiest cities, it's often given that distinction, the fire cig nef cant taking parts over western. here we go with your monday 15 cities can set record temperatures in parts of the southern u.s. where temperatures are running 20 degrees above what is considered normal. denver, particular, south of boulder about 21 degrees, for seven straight days we've had had this sort of trend
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continues. you'll notice -- pushing close to 100 degrees in a few spots, first day of the spring season, here is what's going on, look carefully, north of denver, indicated that's where deveer drought is it's in place, it doesn't take much to spark a off the flyers. the speeds they typically tend to double with a ten-degree increase in slope. when you think about colorado, there's tremendous slope. you take for sake of simplicity, a 20 degree slope if the fire is traveling and you increase that slope just a little bit, up to 38 degrees, you're talking about it going up to 40 miles per hour. it's so difficult for these firefighters to get control of these flames across parts of colorado. 6 # 0 acres have been consumed. ray decisional 4,000 homes received evacuation notice. the perspective was like this in
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and a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world, you're watching "cnn newsroom" i'm rosemary church. >> i'm george howell, good to have you with us this hour, the headlines we're following for you. the u.s. president says north korea's leader is acting very badly. after the latest provocation on sunday, media announced the successful test of powerful rocket engine. north korea says the world will soon witness that the test was a great victory. >> malaysia wants to arrest more people, including some north koreans with the murder of his half brother. he was the es changed half brother. investigators say he was poisoned with a nerve agent, considered a weapon of mass destruction. swearing in of hindu priest
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has many questioning india's political future. the chief has made hateful comments about muslims in the past. he'll be responsible for running a state where muslims are a large majority. very important day for the trump administration, the fbi director is set to testify at the public hearing with the u.s. house intel jeps committee. in a matter of hours james comey will face questions about wiretapping and alleged russian involvement in the u.s. election. multiple allegations of russian ties, trump, have dogged that new administration. >> it started last august when the "new york times" reported on a $12.7 million cash payment earmarked for campaign manager paul manafort. it came from a prorussian political parts sher, they did not deny the story but resigned a few days later.
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they intercepted investigates between trump's pick michael pence and the russian ambassador. they included calls on the same day the obama administration posted sanctions on pos cow the interference with the 2016 campaign. >> phil the white house and kremlin said it was not discussed, but on february 13th, michael flynn resigned after admitting giving the vice president elect incomplete information. jeff sessions rekuzed himself from the russian investigation because of indisclosed contacts with the russian ambassador. >> now russia said it's not paying attention to the u.s. house intelligence committee hearing but top kremlin officials will keep an eye ourt for the new allegations and facts. >> some people want the discussion to go away.
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>> does president trump have any ties to the russian government? did russia really meddle in the u.s. election? questions that persist in the u.s. but that many russians wish would go away. >> we got unnerved reactions on the streets of moscow. no, of course we're not interfering in any elections this woman said. this russian says in russia we have an old saying, bad dancer always has an excuse. they blame russia for everything, it's not true. >> translator: i like americans, he says, they're normal people, but this is just crazy. if they say all of this, it means that russia is more powerful than the u.s. russia mostly state run media has been casting out of dry energy especially at cnn. >> when you look at the timing. >> vladimir putin saying what he called america hysteria.
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>> all of this after they expressed mutual admiration during the campaign. >> he is a brilliant and talented person without a doubt. in terms of leadership, he's getting an a. >> they acknowledge they were pleased when donald trump beat hillary clinton in the u.s. election. but they also expected results, better u.s. russian relations and possible an easing of sanctions slapped over russia over the ukraine crisis, now that hope is fading one expert says. >> they were giving him a chance. they're still giving him a chance. but they're becoming more realistic about trump and about united states and more generally. and i think that, basically, they're not looking for major break through. >> some russian officials compare the current mood in the u.s. to the days of mccarthyism and many say they believe their country is being demonized at a time they were hoping relations
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with america would improve. st. petersburg, russia. >> joining us now is senior political analyst mark preston in washington, mark, good to have you with us. talking about what is to come on monday, this will be very telling, whatever the fbi director has to say. >> no doubt about that, not only will we see james comey come out to capitol hill. he's been up there behind closed doors, this will be the first time we'll see him testify in public and specifically he's going to be asked the question was there any connection between the fbi or any other intelligence agency in the united states doing some kind of surveillance of trump tower in addition to that, we're also likely to get the question, george about whether there was any ties between the trump campaign in the russian government or russian operati s operatives. >> talking about the trump administration, talking about
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the trump campaign itself, how important will this be for officials to determine whether there were, in deed ties to russia? >> i like to say this is will be the book will be closed at some point. i don't think that's necessarily the case. we don't know what comey is going to say. we've been led to believe to say there was no wiretapping of trump tower. there is an ongoing investigation, not only within the justice department of any ties between associates of donald trump on the campaign and the russian government. but also on capitol hill, there's these ongoing investigations not only in the house but united states senate. i don't think there thereby finality to it. but i think there's a lot of headlines to be out there tomorrow. >> from paul manafort to michael flynn, we've been covering this story to look and see whether there are any types of really won't go away, again, tomorrow
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crucial day for the trump administration. have we heard anything from officials there on the eve of this very important moment of the fbi director speaking publicly. >> well, they haven't said anything publicly, but i did speak to add main strags, and they seemed very at ease what's going to happen on monday. they're sticking by the line that donald trump believes there was some kind of surveillance, which is a term that he decided to use, as we all know, after he initially accused former president barack obama wiretapping, deciding that it needed to be wiretapped, he has moved on to the words surveillance. when he decided to do that last week, he said that within the next two weeks we'll see some information that will open our ey eyes. so what you're seeing is they're pairing what their boss is telling them. there's not much more they can do to see what happens in
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tomorrow's hearings and see if there is any truth, if there is anything to what president donald trump says about surveillance of his campaign. there is one thing to keep in mind, if there is nothing, no smoke or fire there between immediate advisers to donald trump or their folks connected to his campaign that were working with the russian government or, you know, at least having discussions with them. i mean, that in itself would still be pretty damning. >> all eyes will be on what mr. comey has to say. thank you so much for the insight. >> thanks george. >> big question, there could be answers, stay with cnn for live coverage for the house hearing on russia. our coverage begins at 9:00 a.m. eastern time here in the united states, that's 1:00 p.m. at london and 1:00 p.m. in hong kong. we want to paris now where test show drugs and alcohol
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played a part in saturday morning's attack at orly airport. a man grabbed a shoulder's rifle and said he wanted to die in the name of ali. he was shot and killed by french troops. so, jim, what more are we learning about the suspect in this attack and what is his family saying about his likely intentions? >> reporter: well, this is still a mystery, to some extent. the fact is that this -- it was a common criminal. he had a police record, a very long police record, denied infractions for various sorts of things, including armed robbery and a lot of things. he was in prison several times, including from 2011 and 2012, which is when the police believe he was radicalized and they followed him after that. he was not the subject of an s
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file, which is a surveillance file that intelligence services use to detect it under surveillance. the questions are raised about that in 2015 they searched his home, found nothing, but they kept him under surveillance. but still not to be subject of a radicalization file that would have kept the police on alert. why he suddenly went into action is still a mystery. his father told europe one of the big -- the radio networks here yesterday that, in fact, he had called him in the midst of this whole operation, basically, started off by striking a policeman and after he struck the policeman in a routine traffic stop, his father said he called his father and said i just committed a real idiotic thing and i'll see you soon. and in fact he didn't see him soon, he went to the airport, stole a couple of cars in the process. went to the airport and tried to
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wrest him one day and saw it with the shoulders at the airport. after was able to hang on and the other soldiers with her shot him dead. it's still a mystery about why he suddenly went into action, he did say as he was struggling with the shoulder. he was committing this fact in the name of ali and he was going to have die for ali. that was indication that this previous cherish that. >> rose mary. >> we'll see, thank you for bringing us that live report from paris, where it is 8:41 in the morning. just ahead celebrating the 1 hundredth birthday of holocaust survivor. students now and how the idea of never again never gets so old. stay with us.
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israel's defense minister is threatening to destroy syria's air defense if they fire at israeli aircraft again. this warning comes after syria fired antiaircraft missiles at an israeli jet last week. >> the countries are arguing back and forth over this, syria said it opened fire after israeli struck a military site. israel claims it was targeted a shipment heading to hezbollah. the question is why do people hate? it's a question she posed to students at the u.s. holocaust memorial museum recently. >> it comes against the backdrop of new wave of antesemitism. here is more from washington. >> we were scared to death. >> an auditory yum of teenagers.
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>> nine minutes on the clock, 100 people were dead. >> the students crowd around wanting to say hello at washington's holocaust memorial museum. but now at 100 anti-semitism is back in her life. you know that happened and now today you see things like the jcc. >> yeah. >> what do you think about that? >> it kills me. >> more than 80 jewish community centers in schools across the country have received bomb threats in a wave of anti-semiti anti-semitism. >> they will take out the tool, warnings about the bomb. that's next to where i live. >> explain to people what you
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think about all of this. >> i'm afraid to because i'm too honest. >> tell me. >> no, it hurts me. i said of all the places in the world. >> for elderly holocaust survivors, struggle once again to understand why. >> so why don't you stop it? if you don't have the authority today and america to it's the biggest power in the world, so why don't we do anything about it? >> diane works with survivors at the museum. >> the reaction you're seeing is, refusing to give up. >> there's determination and even some defiance that they're not going to stop. their message is really important. >> fanny's life is testimony to that when the nazi's invaded belgium in 1940, she had to send her daughter into hiding. she wouldn't see her for years.
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she said the decision to separate was unbearably hard. >> how do you put the child away, that's the only thing i had. >> she joined the resistance hiding jus and working as a courier before she was exposed to the nazis and surviving medical torture, the family eventually reunited in coming to america. today she and other survivors struggled to understand a simple question, why do people hate? >> i tried to make people understand, you cannot love each other, but you could -- >> barbara star, cnn, washington she's got natural stevia, ', no bitter aftertaste and she's calorie-free. so that's it? we made you a cake. with sugar? oh, no. (laughing)
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. [ applause ] and shed the light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this. it helped draw straight that will enable everybody to -- >> hillary clinton said getting back out there. >> disney's live reaction "butte and the beast" it made an estimated $350 million globally over the weekend, much more than anyone expected. >> the musical has all the classic songs that you know and love from the animated version and brand new surprises, as well, david den yal has a closer look. ♪
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♪ ema watson and dan steven star in "beauty and the beast". >> why remake? >> it's a great and classical fairy tale. >> it was definitely a yeah yeah for me i was completely obsessed with the original when i was growing up. >> something sweet and almost kind and he was mean and unrefined. >> i was like, you know, what are we going to ask. what is going to remaking it worth doing. >> you can talk. >> with all the other dozen. >> i thought, well, of course they want to try and reimagine it because they have the technology to do it in live action form. why not go to that frontier. >> for much musical theater veterans, it was a special joy. >> it was a gift for both of us,
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i think we both coming from musical theater and loving it as much as we do, we were 10 and 12 when this movie came out. we saw it in the theater. we were the generation that was inspired by this, you know, renaissan renaissance, this disney renaissance. ♪ ♪ >> in hollywood, i'm david daniel. ♪ beauty and the beast >> stunning images. >> yeah, that is definitely want to see. >> we thank you for being with us on this hour of "cnn newsroom." early start is next for viewers here in the united states. >> for everyone else stay tuned for more news. you're watching cnn, the world's new leader, have yourselves a great day.
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the head of the fbi on capitol hill today testifying about russian interference in the election and the president's unfounded claims he was wiretapped by president obama. a crucial week for trump. his supreme court pick facing tough questions. we break it all down. good morning. monday morning. a lot going on. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is monday, march 20th. the first day of


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