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explosive and detailed descriptions of encounters just revealed by fired fbi director james comey in his no-holds-barred book about donald trump and hillary clinton. the republic kansas national committee is all but declaring war. >> now we have to make some further decisions so they'll be made fairly soon. >> president trump on syria holding his power for now. deciding among several military options while russia is standing in strong opposition. >> today teachers in oklahoma finally end a walk-out over funding and pay while in kentucky a statewide teacher sick out closed many school districts. >> following this yanks and sox melee. >> the team getting paid to play
video games. "early today" starts right now. good friday morning. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. we begin with those bombshell allegations hurled at president trump from former fbi director james comey, the very man he fired last year. comey's forthcoming new book leaked to the press overnight effectively slams the president's character. painting mr. trump as a man akin to a mobster who cares very little about the truth and is obsessed with disproving specific lewd details from that infamous russia dossier. >> here's how a.p. reporter jonathan lemire described parts of the tell-all. >> in his epilogue he says, donald trump's presidency threatens much of what is good about this nation. he holds little back. >> the book hits store shelves on tuesday, but nbc news was able to obtain a copy. >> when it comes to those lewd details in the steele dossier, trump is reportedly fixated on shooting them down. comey writing, he again strongly denied the allegations, asking rhetorically, i assume, whether
he seemed like a guy who needed the services of prostitutes. he brought up what he called the golden showers thing, repeating much of what he had said to me previously adding that it bothered him if there was even a 1% chance that his wife melania thought it was true. >> on trump's character comey writes, his leadership, his transactions, ego driven and about personal loyalty adding, ethical leaders never ask for loyalty. those leading through fear like cosa nostra boss require loyalty. >> when it came to the clinton e-mail investigation, he defended his actions. if i could do it all again, i would do it again. >> he manages to take a couple cheap shots at trump. he appeared slightly orange when they first met. as he extended his hand, he made a note to check his hand. it was smaller than mine. the rnc will defend the president amid the continuing council probe.
nbc's kristen welker brings us up to date. >> reporter: in his explosive soon to be released book, former fbi director james comey calls the president untethered to the truth, unethical, ego driven and even compared him to famed mob hit man sammy the bull. the book, a higher loyalty, gives new details about interactions comey had with the president, including that now infamous dinner where comey says mr. trump demanded his loyalty. comey writing, the president said, quote, i need loyalty. i expect loyalty. comey was pressed on capitol hill about the dinner. >> because i was playing in my mind because i remember every word he said. i was playing in my mind, what should my response be? that's why i very carefully chose the words. look, i've seen the tweet about tapes. lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> reporter: comey also reportedly writes that he regrets some of the wording he used in the press conference in which he announced his decision not to prosecute hillary clinton for her use of a private e-mail server. the president fired comey last may which led to the appointment of the special counsel robert mueller.
this week mr. trump musing about firing mueller, infuriated by the fbi raid of his personal lawyer, looking for documents about pay outs between a porn star and play mate. >> we'll see what happens. >> reporter: turning down the heat, tweeting, i have agreed with the historically cooperative disciplined approach that we have engaged in with robert mueller. even as his allies work to undermine the entire investigation, focusing their fire at deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who is overseeing mueller. rosenstein was at the white house meeting with the president over routine business, according to an official. hours after lawyer joe digenova, who almost joined the president's legal team, said this. >> rod rosenstein is so incompetent, compromised and conflicted that he can no longer serve as the deputy attorney general. >> reporter: former chief strategist steve bannon telling the washington post, the president should fire rosenstein, but establishment republicans warning. >> bannon ought to stay out of this, and certainly rosenstein has a reputation of honor and integrity.
>> reporter: as for comey and his regrets about some of the language used during the investigation into hillary clinton, comey says ultimately he believes he did the right thing. and the excerpts show comey describes president trump as obsessed with that russia dossier full of unfounded, but salacious claims. frances? >> a lot to delve in that book. kristen, thank you. >> we have exclusive developments when robert mueller's russia probe with our white house unit reporting the president is no longer expected to sit for an interview with special counsel robert mueller. and it could have a dramatic impact on that obstruction case that mueller has been working on. let's now bring in nbc's tracie potts for more. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: hi there. we can tell you this may be coming to an end at this point with the white house team reporting that the chances of the president doing an interview with the mueller team dropped after that raid on his attorney's office. it looked like now the mueller team, without that interview, may be able to finalize their
report sometime between may and late july. two sources telling our team that they can close this more quickly now without doing the president's interview and without the follow-up that would be required for that. three sources telling our white house team what this mueller investigation is focusing on. the comey firing, a misleading statement on the president's son, donald trump, jr. and his meeting with the russian lawyer, whether the president dangled pardons to grand jury witnesses who testified against himming and pressure on attorney jeff sessions not to recuse himself from the russia investigation. so, the question this morning, what's next. they wrap up the investigation. that confidential report would go to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who, of course, is overseeing this investigation. rosenstein would then decide whether or not to make it public, whether to send it to congress, and congress could decide whether impeachment proceedings are in order.
phillip? >> so many possibilities. tracie, thank you. >> meantime president trump is still weighing his options on syria, meeting with advisors to determine the best course of action after last weekend's suspected chemical attack. u.s. officials say those options range from targeted tomahawk strikes on syria sites similar to last year's, to something wide ranging to a sustained campaign affecting military operation ands multiple targets. the president promising a decision fairly soon. this is compelling new evidence emerges chemical attacks were indeed used in the attack. american allies now say they are prepared to act as well. nbc's ali is live in tehran. ali, good morning. >> reporter: that's right, frances. president trump and prime minister may of britain who spoke yesterday on the phone agreed to find an international response to deter the use of chemical weapons in syria. british cabinet members agreed it was highly likely the assad
regime was responsible for the attack. and chemical weapons mustn't go unchallenged. giving the prime minister the green light to go ahead with military action. while french president emmanuel macron said he had proof they used chemical weapons. russia's american ambassador warning a strike on syria could spark a war. it is hard not to believe russia wouldn't strike. the timing of the strike seems opaque. with the president's mix the messages and russia calling for another meeting at the u.n. security council today to discuss the possibility of a western coalition military action. also, the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, the opcw, the main chemical weapons watch dog says their experts are traveling to syria and will start an investigation tomorrow. that could delay the possibility of any actions in syria while
the opwc carry out their examination and submit a report. back to you guys. >> a lot of moving parts there that would affect the timing. ali, thank you. >> check out this scene in france. it is a wall of snow that wooshed down an alpine hill without warning. workers there were trying to clear a previous avalanche when they were surprised by that burst of snow. you see the video here capturing several people running for cover as the avalanche closed in on them, submerging a road. no casualties are reported. >> as far as our weather here, seems like a mix for everybody in the country from snow to summer-like temperatures and severe weather in between? >> you got it. it is busy today. typical spring set up. we have the snow, severe weather. in the northeast we're looking really nice, a summer like day. very summer like in the central plains, though. that is going to be the price to pay with the severe storms. we're looking for the chance for tornadoes, hail, flash flooding in some spots. on the cold side of the storm we're looking at the potential for heavy storms, blizzard conditions and high winds near
70 miles per hour. some spots could see over 20 inches of rain. now, back to the southwest we're looking at extreme fire threat with vy dryertemperatures chill england, but the mid-atlantic finally feeling summer like with temperatures right in the low 80s in some spots. so, here in new york, we can't complain it's going to be a beautiful week at least friday a and saturday. but we're look for storms. >> michelle, thank you. baseball league announced punishments for their roles in this bench clearing brawl that happened in fenway park on wednesday. kelly will get a six-game suspension while austin will only get five. both are fined but they won't tell us how much yet. red sox manager alex, yankees coach, were all punished for their roles in that brawl.
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state capital. nearly 50 schools will remain closed. >> it looks like a bumpy confirmation road ahead for president trump's nominee for secretary of state. current cia director mike pompeo facing a barrage of questions and a range of hot button issues from iran and north korea to the war in syria. but it was the russia investigation that was front and center, even more than foreign policy. pompeo is refusing to say whether the president had asked him to block the investigation of former national security advisor michael flynn. the leading democrat on the panel jumping on the dodge. >> i'm not going to talk about the conversations the president and i had. >> did he ask you to do anything as it relates to that investigation? >> senator, i don't recall. i have to tell you, i'm with the president an awful lot. he has never asked me to do anything that i considered remotely improper. >> officials in cincinnati are launching an investigation into the tragic death of a teen found pinned under a folding chair in a mini van. police say 16-year-old kyle's father found his body more than
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it's time now to check in with willie geist to see what's coming up on sunday today. >> good morning, guys. good to see you this week on a special second anniversary edition of sunday today. my guest sr. bill murry. i sat down with the eccentric film and tv star. we talked about his early days. in this building on snl, his roles in some of the most quotable comedies of all time, caddy shack, ghost busters to name a couple. and what it's like to work with wess anderson who directed his latest film, isle of dogs. i asked about his mythology, he's famous for interrupting people's everyday lives in wild and hilarious ways. our two-part sunday sit down with the great bill murray plus the news and politics this
weekend on sunday today. catch us in the morning or set the dvr and watch us any time. for now we'll send it back to you, frances and phillip and we will see you on sunday morning. >> all right, bill murry, we'll be watching. >> nbc news has confirmed president trump is planning a controversial move, pardoning louis scooter libby according to administration official. you will remember libby was the former chief of staff to vice-president dick cheney. he was convicted in 2007 of like to the fbi and obstruction of justice in covert cia operative valerie plame. >> at the time george w. bush commuted libby's sentence. the president signing off on the pardon. here's nicolle wallace who served as bush's communication director during bush's conviction. >> he thought the crimes of obstruction of justice and lying to the fbi was serious enough he wasn't going to pardon him.
there are kinds of crimes, rick gates, people around donald trump have been charged with, pleadsed guilty to or are vulnerable of being charged with. what happens next could be nothing because i think that fox news is conditioning the country to accept a pardon for someone like scooter libby to prepare them for the pardoning of everybody in donald trump's seemingly corrupt criminal enterprise. >> now to the former substitute teacher who is under arrest after allegedly running a fight club at a connecticut school, 23-year-old ryan fish was caught on cell phone video encouraging students to fight during class. he denies facilitating the fight saying he didn't know how to handle the situation. fish was fired in october after school officials first learned about the fight club. he faces multiple charges including reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor. >> being a cool teacher goes way too far. >> what happens in fight club stays in fight club. play is a good thing, too. we hope your friday is off to a great start. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm phillip mena. we leave you images with this
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