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attention. maybe it calls for an eye exam for the entire week. anyway, crazy stuff going on. that's it for you guys this morning on your "bleacher report." >> he just got tossed on that one. >> he's okay, though. >> good. >> thanks. >> you're welcome. law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior, that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of russia against american interests. >> investigating a president of the united states to see if an american president is working for the russians is just -- it's almost too much to wrap your mind around. >> i can just imagine the reaction from the president. i'm sure he's composing the witch hunt tweets right now. after 88 days, 13-year-old jayme
closs alive after escaping captivity. >> i saw a young woman coming towards me, saying "i'm lost, i
don't know where i am, and i need help." >> announcer: this is "new day weekend" with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> so glad to have you here with us. it's official at midnight, you're now waking up to the longest federal government shutdown in u.s. history. >> yes, but the white house is now fighting another battle as news breaks that the fbi opened an investigation into whether actions by the president of the united states were a threat to national security. first reported by "the new york times," this counterintelligence probe was happening at the same time as the obstruction of justice investigation. this all started after the firing of former fbi director james comey. the question behind both parts of the investigation was, was the president helping russia against u.s. interests.
>> so, i want to get an inside look at how this part of the investigation started there.
>> josh campbell is working for james comey at the fbi at the time. listen to what he said drives this investigation like this. >> i think, first of all, it's important for the viewer to understand the mechanics. so, so for the fbi to open an investigation of any kind, the threshold is actually quite low. you need information or an allegation that there's been some type of violation of federal law, which is a very threshold. you can't go on fishing expeditions. you have to have something concrete to point do, but again, you're just gathering information in order to get to the bottom of what happened. if you look at what happened here, again, let's take ourselves back in time to that place where have the fbi director, or excuse me, the president of the united states, who was removing the fbi director, the person who was investigating him which he knew about because comey was on the record in public testimony indicating he was investigating the trump campaign, this is obviously that the president knew about.
and people inside the fbi knew there was a russia investigation. the deputy attorney general himself knew that russia was on the president's mind when he got rid of comey. so, as you start to piece together these elements of the puzzle, people inside the fbi would say is there a problem here as it relates to national security. >> let's talk with cnn law enforcement analyst james goi gogliano about this. >> he's a retired special agent. the fact that nothing came of it that showed a breach of security means they found nothing. this has been the argument, it's gone on so long, that there can't be anything there. is that valid? or the opposite? it's still ongoing which could equate to something substantial? >> well, first of all, good morning, victor and christi. former mayor rudy giuliani who
is now a surrogate or counsel to the president. he has his opinions. and obviously his job is to push back on it. the investigation has been going son a long time but that's the way investigations tend to go. now, we know there have been a number of indictments. a number of convictions. most of it related to process crimes which was a hurricane cross fire, which was an investigation into potential collusion between russia and obviously the trump campaign. look, i took apart "the new york times" article last night. i read it paragraph by paragraph. i then talked to adam goldman who is one of the really great "the new york times" reporters who reported on it. adam knows a lot about the fbi. he's got the inside skinny. my takeaway in that article was, there wasn't a lot new there in regards to the president. whether or not he was a winning or unwinning accomplice with the russians, trying to influence the election. or whether or not he's possibly guilt of obstruction of justice
charges which we will find out very soon from the report from mueller. my biggest takeaway, the chaos that was going on the seventh floor of the fbi. i understand james comey is referred to that period of time in 2016 as a 500-year flood. and i agree with him where there were decisions made where they don't have the benefit of 2020 ki hindsight like we do now. with agents saying you should have done this, you should have done that. that's wholly unfair. i said that up front. but i think there are decisions made that deserve scrutiny. and i think the impending ag report and tcross-fire hurrican comes out. >> "the new york times" article references several times, caution, reluctance, on the part of the fbi agents, about even going down that road, potentially, of investigating,
if the president was acting, as you said, knowingly. you can bet your last dollar that president trump somewhere on probably twitter will react to this story. we might even hear corruption there of the fbi. help us understand what it takes to get that point. head off preemptively some of these deep state corruption conspiracy tweets, statements, defenses that will come. >> sure. so, victor, let's go back to what josh campbell the former special assistant to james comey and a cnn law enforcement colleague said earlier. you played the sound on that. yes, you need an allegation to open up an inquiry, okay? they're very different. the standard for opening up a criminal inquiry and a counterintelligence inquiry are very, very different. now, what i'll say about this on the criminal side. it's not just the mere
investigation. the level of sensitivity for an investigation to be opened up into a sitting president or a pret president-elect, the standard is so high, the signoff at the levels, is he senior level of the doj and the fbi. yes, the fbi is making a decision there. anytime you're investigating a journalist, clergy member or politician, it takes so many layers of approvals and authorizations to make that happen. now, here's what i say on the criminal side, it is going to be damn difficult to prove obstruction of justice here. why? well, obstruction of justice requires intent. donald trump as we now know is one of the most unconventional president. he says things recklessly and says things of untruth. he did that purposely, he fired james comey because he wanted to stop the russia investigation, it's going to be hard to prove. why? because everybody knows that the
deputy does not run the investigation. andy mccabe, that's the person that oversees the investigations. james comey doesn't oversee the operations. there's only been one fbi director in the 110-year history of the fbi, that was willie freed. and it doesn't stop the investigation. that might have been what the president thought and if that can be proven, we'll find that out when the report comes out from mueller. >> i just want to review the tweet of
president trump. a couple minutes ago. >> he wrote, wow, just learned in the failing "the new york times" that the corrupt former leaders of the fbi almost all fired to leave the agency because of very bad reasons opened up an investigation on me for no reason and no proof after i fired lying james comey, a total sleaze.
"the new york times" laid out the reasoning why they had to begin an investigation. to all of us, was it overreach, or was it duty? >> again, christi, i read through that "the new york times" piece and it was pai painstakingly reported. and two pieces in that piece where the authors of the piece pointed out they interviewed people close to the investigation and people inside the fbi and outside the fbi. i'm outside the fbi. there were groups of people that feel, former fbi agents that there anyway have been ov overreach. when i say overreach, does that mean there was a cabal of leaders trying to bring it down? no, but i think all of those things were happening. going back to 2016, early 2017, we know bad state actors like russia, iran, north korea, china are constantly meddling in our
elections. going back to the '50s when jay edgar hoover pointed that out. it's not needed to determine whether or not the fisa application against carter page or the george papadopoulos, whether those were appropriate. the i.g. is going to determine that. but i do think the fbi in matters like this has to be the calm of the chaos. we cannot let emotions get in the way. we heard there was chaos on the seventh floor of the fbi. and that's not our job as many thing as i can criticize this president for, that's not our job. i think president trump has given them things to look into, absolutely. >> we'll see if the president continues to respond throughout the morning. james gagliano, thanks so much.
the white house is pushing back strongly on the news, we should point out now from the white house now, cnn reporter sarah westwood. we just heard from the president in the last couple minutes. you're also hearing from the president secretary, is that right? >> reporter: that's right, christi, last night, the white house began pushing back aggressively, sarah sanders releasing a strongly worded statement friday evening saying this is absurd. james comey was fired because he's a disgraced partisan hack and his deputy mccabe who was in charge at the time is a known liar fired by the fbi. unlike president obama who let russia and other foreign adversaries push america around, president trump is actually tough on russia. and they reported that the new inquiry was opened after trump twice tied the firing of comey to the investigation. and news of this investigation that took place in 2017. we're not sure if it's still
ongoing. according to this report, it was folded into the mueller investigation, once a special counsel was appointed. but the news comes on the heels on the revelation that michael cohen president trump's fixer is set to testify next month. more news that could potentially wrangle this white house. cnn has learned that the white house legal team has added 17 lawyers in preparation for what could be a fight, in part, over keeping that mueller report private. sources say the white house would like to see that report covered under executive privilege, perhaps kept from being released entirely. or if it is released, make it partially redacted. democrats fighting to make that public there there's a lot going on in the russia front for the white house including the latest "the new york times" report which as you mentioned president trump is already up early and
pushing back against it on twitter. >> sarah westwood, appreciate it as always. during the campaign and after donald trump became president there were a series of russian-related red flags. let's talk about a few of them that sparked the inquiry by the fbi. may 19th, 2017, president trump fired then fbi director james comey. and shortly after, he drafted a letter thanking comey telling him he was not the subject of the fbi investigation. a couple days after the firing there was the interview with lester holt. and president trump then tied comey's firing to the russia investigation. >> regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey. knowing there was no good time to do it. and in fact, when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. it's an excuse by the democrats
for having lost an election that they should have won. >> that was a tipping point for the fbi. then they started looking into connections between trump and russia, leading up to the election and after. here's part of what they found, as candidate for presidency, the fbi found those close to trump held meets in trump tower with russians closely connected to russian president vladimir putin. that was june 9th, 2016. during the campaign, trump himself, he called on russia for help. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> that was in july 2016. and then there was the steel dossier. the memo that gave a window into possible conclusion between the trump campaign and the federal government. james comey wrote about that in some detail on the dossier, december 6th, 2017. and months before president
trump fired comey he asked comey for a loyalty pledge asking him to end an investigation into the national security adviser. that takes us to may 17th, 2017, a little more than a week after president trump fired fbi director james comey, special counsel robert mueller was appointed, his job, to lead the investigation of russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. we have some breaking news for you this morning. police in paris have just confirmed four people have been killed. two of them firefighters, after a massive gas explosion. cnn's melissa bell is live from paris. these picks, melissa, are just so riveting. and we're just so sorry to hear now that there are deaths that are a result of this. help us understand what happened there. >> reporter: that's right, christi, we just had the confirmation of the deaths. four people lost their lives in that explosion, as you say,
impressive images from this street. this is the scene behind me now. of course, that fire was brought under control. the sfashl fire caused by the explosion. and the explosion so strong, it projected car, tipped cars over, threw them aside. people were projected off their feet. windows in buildings were broken. what we understand happened firefighters were actually called to the scene just before the explosion took place, because of that gas leak that somebody obviously smelt and reported. hence, the wounded firefighters among those injured. sadly, christi, two of them were firefighters believed to be here on the scene when the explosion took place. >> melissa bell, thank you so much for the update. we appreciate it. we have new details in the case of jayme closs. she's the teenage girl who disappeared for three months but was found alive. what police are saying about the suspect. and the steps he took to hide
his identity. and we are into this morning, a record 22 days of a partial government shutdown. no sign the president or democrats are ready to compromise here. the government employees now suing president trump to get their pay. and former nbc anchor megyn kelly is leaving the network, but she's take something cash with her. how much nbc is paying her to stay off the air. we'll have that next. don't let cracked skin tell you what to wear. new aveeno® cracked skin cica ointment.
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21 minutes past the hour right now. and we are learning new details about the suspect that allegedly kidnapped 13-year-old jayme closs and killed her parents. according to police, james patterson took steps to plan their death. jayme closs, i'm happy to tell you, is reunited with her aunt and her dog molly. cnn's jean casarez is in barron,
wisconsin. jean, first of all, do we know how she's doing? >> reporter: we know she's reunited with her family, as you have said and that it was a joyous moment. her aunt has said, and there was one picture that was released to show her with her dog and her aunt. and she looked wonderful. of course, that doesn't tell the whole story of three months in captivity, allegedly, with jake patterson who is in custody in the local jail here in barron county. the sheriff of barron county told me that this morning, they will continue to process the crime scene. the home that he allegedly held her at. we also do know that he was arrested on two charges of criminal intentional homicide in the first degree, as well as kidnapping. and the complaint should be filed on monday, because that is the initial court appearance right here in the building behind me. but this all started thursday, 4:30 in the afternoon. and let me tell you, it is cold
here. it is so icy in that area where she was being held where the neighbor was walking her dog. but at 4:30 in the afternoon, as this neighbor was walking her dog, this young woman, we know, 13 years old, appeared from the forest. and she was disheveled. and she was cold. and her shoes were way too big for her. she said, i'm lost. and that neighbor said she recognized her immediately because this area has been plastered with pictures of jayme closs since october. and so that neighbor took her to the nearest neighbor's house, knocked on the door. they answered. and the homeowner who then called 911, her initial look at jayme closs, listen to her reaction. >> absolutely knew it was her. we've seen her picture a million times around here. she looked exactly the same as she did in her picture. a little bit thinner, i would
say. and then she looked really tired like she'd been fighting a battle for weeks. >> reporter: so, 911 immediately called the suspect immediately pulled over and arrested. and, christi, the very sad twist in all of this it began when jayme closs' parents both of them, james and denise, were brutally murdered in their home. jayme was there, but jayme was then gone. and that began that three-month pursuit. everyone in this community is beyond overjoyed that she's alive and home, christi. >> a lot of people. jean casarez, we appreciate it. thank you. >> we're learning more about what happened after jayme closs escaped. the woman who found her spoke to cnn last night and described the moment when she was walking her dog. >> i had walked my dog about a
mile and a half, the area where our cabin was. it's like a loop. i just finished the walk with henry. and i was at the end of my driveway, and i saw a young woman coming towards me saying "i'm lost, i don't know where i am, and i need help." and so i went towards her. the roads are very icy. and i knew right away when i first encountered her that she was in trouble because she wasn't dressed for the weather. it's very cold here. she just had on leggings and a sweatshirt. and shoes that apparently were not hers and i thought wherever she had come from she had left in a hurry. when i got close to her, she leaned into me and said "i'm jayme." i knew right away who it was, because if you live in wisconsin, you've seen so many pictures of jayme. i just walked quiet with jayme.
and told her everything was going to be all right. i kept saying to myself, just be calm. you don't need her to get upset or excited. i didn't ask her any questions about anything, except i wanted to know if the person she had been with, was he gone? was he in a car or whatever. she said, yes, she was gone in a car. i said, what color is the car, because if -- i wanted to be aware, if i saw a car of that color coming towards us, we needed to do something different. >> that's so smart there. now, police haven't revealed a motive, but they say closs was the expected target that night. it's been a record 22 days now since the u.s. government was fully funded. we'll tell you how the air traffic controllers union is fighting back. joining us with the details of the lawsuit filed against the federal government.
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we're pushing forward on the breaking news out of washington this morning. we've learned the fbi opened an inquiry into whether the president of the united states' actions were a threat to national security. >> and that counterintelligence probe was prompted by the firing of former fbi director james comey. "the new york times" broke this story last night. the fbi tried to figure out, the "times" says, if the president of the united states was acting on behalf of russia, and if he was putting u.s.' interests at risk. the president responded to the reporting with a tweet this morning, claiming the fbi opened up an investigation for, quote, no reason. and then this morning, president trump has reached a bleak milestone. he is presiding now over the longest government shutdown in american history. >> day 22 now. for more than three weeks,
lawmakers have failed to find a compromise to reopen the government. but it's the 800,000 federal workers from across the country who are paying the price for the inaction in washington. >> democrats, who control the house, want to pass a bill to fund the government one at a time. and the president saying the deal for the mexico border has been to be part of the deal. 30 furloughed workers meanwhile must have been shocked when they received their full paychecks yesterday. but listen to this, according to "the washington post," they were paid due to a clerical error and were quickly told not to spend any of the money. >> can you imagine getting the money you're owed, that you're due, on payday, and the government says, give it back? a union representing thousands of air traffic controllers is fighting back after being forced to work without being paid, filing a lawsuit against the federal government, joining me
now, dan mccabe, with the air traffic controllers association. dan, let's start here, your group said the federal government unlawfully deprescribed your members without due process. what's your case? >> we did file the case yesterday in washington, d.c., three fair labor standard act violations, one our membership that's working is not working for minimum wage. the other is overtime has not been paid promptly, and the one you just addressed which is actually a fifth amendment violation saying they're deprived of their wages without due process to go get them. >> essentially this is on behalf of your members but could affect all of the people working? >> i mean, it's got big implications out there. and this really goes to the ones we call excepted employees. the ones forced to go to work and not getting a paycheck for
it. >> and let's talk about the moral, those going in, doing their job, the essential workers agency the president says, are not getting paid. what's it like? >> we came in last week, we talked about it, everybody was fearful of the unknown. it's real now. it happened yesterday, people opened their pay stubs on thursday, saw zeros which is like pouring salt in the wound. morale is as low as i've seen it in 13 years. and getting worse. so, i'll bring up a little statistic we figured out, some 400 people work in the building that i represent just south of atlanta. so, we'll say, just for the sake of arguing that the average pay check was $10. some people got money in a paycheck for overtime they worked prior to the christmas holiday. that's $4,000. 400 employees times 10. our traffic count in 314 facilities in this agency, the
atlanta air traffic control center worked 8,636 airplanes thursday, two days ago. meanwhile, the 400 people that worked seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to work those airplanes, $4,000 for two weeks of work. >> by your math, that's 50 cents a plain for two weeks' work. >> something's wrong with that. it's broken. >> let me ask you, there are projects, there's training, there were efforts stopped cold because of the government shutdown. by your count from the organization, 6,000. what does that mean? what do those projects mean to the people who pass through this airspace? >> so, i lot of these projects, the majority of these projects, you never know about, getting on an airplane, sitting on the taxiway, you never know. these are things, many of them safety-related, that already make an already safe system redone dance, safer. and datacom, something that
we're working on, essentially text messages between the air traffic controllers and the pilots. that's stopped. we were in the process of implementing it. supposed to go live in march. we will now have to retrain the entire facility on it which means more overtime. more people off the operation. more people working six-day work weeks. >> the president says the people who are not being paid support him and say that what he's doing is the right thing. now, the white house has not been able to provide any evidence for that. what's your message to the president? >> end the shutdown immediately. it's not worth it. we are tired of being pawns in the shutdown. >> all right. >> there's too much at stake. >> dan mccabe, thanks sorc s so. representative steve kane
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timing of this, wesley. because this is not the first time steve king has said something racist. why do you think this moment is gaining so much attention? >> certainly. i mean, it is really fascinating. steve king, representative from iowa, has long made comments that were clearly racist. you think of comments about how we can't repatriate the country with somebody else's babies. and a comment, if diversity is so great, name great things we've gotten from nonwhite people, i'm more or less paraphrasing. but in this moment, in this particular case, right, very often in the past, conservatives and republicans have played a nuanced game of steve king's comments. saying, well, if you interpret these comments in the best
possible light maybe they aren't actually racist or discriminatory. what happened, steve king made comments in "the new york times" saying what's so wrong with being a nationalist, or a white supremacist. there was something explicit in the terms with modern politics, we all know what it means, what those are signaling. and it forced some folks to grapple with history in terms of these comments. now, could folks come out and condemn similar comments from him maybe perhaps a few months ago when he was up for re-election, well, certainly. but now, there's less of a political backlash to him, i'm sorry, less of a chant for anything to really happen with this, as opposed to just a few months ago when he was facing re-election. this kind of backlash for republicans could have had electoral results in terms of his house race. >> for senator scott, he yot in
the . wrote in "the washington post," some in our party wonder why republicans are constantly accused of racism. it is because of our silence when things like this are said." do you see a turning point here, a shift, that there might actually about a consequence for this type of language from the republicans? >> sure. well, we've yet to see a consequence. i think it's notable that people like tim scott are speaking up. even to the point he's making, it's notable that tim scott seems to be the only people speaking up, one senator to be the voice on this, after charlottesville, sand after last year, the president attempting to appoint a nudge frjudge from carolina involved in voter suppression. it fell on tim scott to stand up. as to issues of race, and as the senator noted in that op-ed in
the post yesterday, there are very few willing to call a spade a spade. while we have seen additional backlash at this moment. and national reviews against steve king and other folks. this is very low-hanging fruit. and steve king has been open and clear about who he is and what his beliefs are for years. and it was laid out and it takes something this explicit for a lot of republicans to acknowledge who he is and what he believes speaks to how reluctant most republicans are with that knowledge. that there's a sizable portion of their base, even their supporters, even their elected officials who old really racial discriminatory beliefs. >> we know they don't speak up against them. wesley, thank you very much. very good point. former new york mayor michael bloomberg has not said if he will run for president in 2020, but he said, if he did, he would self-fund his campaign.
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. it's 51 minutes past the hour. the way we dress, it doesn't reflect our taste in clothes. it reflects what's going on in the world around us. world war ii, the woman movement. looks at the past 100 years have defined america's unique style and identity. here's a preview. >> '40s and '50 were definitely america finding itself. >> americans felt very second rate when comparing ourselves to
europe. >> sport wear became the defining style of the united states. >> the bikini was the biggest thing since the atom bomb. >> through the '60s and '70s, our style and fax represents freedom. >> when you look at hippy culture, it's oppositional to the vietnam. >> it's very important in terms of people being free to express themselves. >> in the ''80s, it was access in every way. >> we had our calvin cliens, donna laurens. >> it's wond wear that stopped traffic in time's square. >> by the '90s and 2,000s, things have become less formal. >> supermodels brought fashion into every household. >> now what is embraced at being yourself. >> style gives you a voice. it's freedom. >> now, earlier this week, a costume designer sat down with cnn's kate baldwin.
listen to this. >> as we saw in the clip, american style is constantly evolving, constantly changing. i wonder, how do you define american style? what makes it unique? >> you know i think that america's style is as individual as our country and regions are, really. i think that america's style is really about vidality and having a freedom in dressing and being able to express yourself in how you feel the best the most beautiful and, you know, i also think that there is like a real rebellion in american style as well. there are no rules and you know that's what i love about it. >> be sure to tune in the all new cnn original series, american style premiers tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. only on cnn. still to come, snow, sleet, freezing rain, powerful winter
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. a powerful winter storm is making a mess across parts of the country this morning. kansas, all the way to the east coast. millions are under winter alerts. >> in the mid-west, already a foot of snow has been reported. cnn allison chinchar tracking this storm. >> we know this time of year, it happens, but it's still dangerous. >> yeah, it's been record breaking for some cities. normally you pick bad traffic on a monday or wednesday. this is saturday. take a look at this, from kansas
city to indianapolis, interstate 70, both directions, pretty much a no go. even other cities are dealing with poor traffic right now. it's all because of this. very heavy snow lines the northern edge of this particular system. have you heavy snow for st. louis, indianapolis, even cincinnati. >> that system is stretching from the east from kansas towards new jersey some of this will be snow some will be freezing snow and sleet baltimore, you have the potential to get snow out of this. four to six additional inches. ice is also going to be a concern for places like virginia as well as the carolinas. take a look at this over a foot of snow has been reported for
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