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it's being reported that the cia believes russia influenced our presidential election in favor of donald trump. >> this comes after president obama ordered intelligence officials to produce a full review on russian efforts to influence the presidential election. the review will be conducted by just looking at vladimir putin. >> donald trump has only been to a couple of the daily intelligence briefings since wink the election, but mike pence has been to like six a week. pence is like the wife reading the ikea instructions and trump is like, yeah, it's supposed to
be wobbly. he's dismissing a report that russian hackers handed him the election. plus, trump's reported pick for secretary of state, rex tillerson is facing bipartisan scrutiny over his ties to russia. and a wicked snowstorm leading to canceled and delayed flights. now the northeast is bracing for the same storm. hey, there, good morning. president-elect trump is rejecting the idea that russia
helped litt helped tilt the election in his favor. the cia report says russian hackers helped tilt the election trump's way. another source telling nbc news that they have identified certain russian actors they bri believe played a role. trump's team quickly challenged the cia's findings saying that the same report came from the same people who said saddam had weapons of mass destruction. >> do you think that the cia is trying to overturn the results of the election to weaken you in office? >> if you look at the story and you take a look at what they
said, there's great confusion. nobody really knows. and hacking is very interesting. once they hack, if you don't catch them in the act, you're not going to catch them. they have no idea if it's russia or china or somebody, it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. >> so why would the tcia put ou the story that the russians wanted you to win. >> i don't think they're putting it out. i think the democrats are putting it out. if you read the stories, the various stories, there's disputing, they're disputing. and certain groups don't necessarily agree. personally, it could be russia. i don't really think it is, but who knows. i don't know either. they don't know, and i don't know. >> someone hacked. we don't like that. i don't like it. no one wants it. we want to protect american interests. it's america first. i don't want the dnc hacked.
i don't want anybody hacked. but i don't know who did the hacking. >> you dispute 17 different intelligence agencies that have assessed that russia agents were behind this. you dispute this? >> chuck, this is insane, in the same article about those 17 agents says the report was inconclusive. you're forgetting the most important piece. >> now the "new york times" also roared that the cia assessed that rnc computer systems were also hacked but that no material was leaked. top rnc officials disputed those reports. >> the intelligence is wrong. it didn't happen. we offered the "new york times" conclusive proof that it didn't happen. they refused to look at that. they ignored it because it didn't fit the narrative. the bottom line is that the intelligence is wrong. >> and the man reportedly under consideration for the number two job at the state department is offering a markedly different take on the united nations.
john bolton believes it could have been a diversion from the obama administration. >> it's not clear to me just pi peering in from the outside that this was not a false flag operation. let's remember what james comey said dealing with hillary's home brew server. he said we found no direct evidence of foreign intelligence service penetration, but given the nature of this, we didn't expect to. so the question that has to be asked is why did the russians run their smart intelligence service against hillary's server but their dumb intelligence services against the election. i believe that intelligence has been politicized in the obama administration to a very significant degree. >> reactions to the allegations of russia's involvement have varied. john cornyn of texas responded all of this quote, news of russian hacking has been going
on for years. serious but hardly news. but fellow republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina said you don't have to be sherlock holmes to figure out what russia is up to. they're trying to undermine democracies all over the world. while senator john mccain reputed those who claim russia might not have been involved. >> facts are stubborn things. they did hack into this campaign, and they did it, i think, with some, at least what seem to be effective of sort of every week or so there was new information. and were they hacking the republicans the same way? the republican national commit snee a ee? and if so, there's a whole lot of issues out there. it requires a lot of investigation. >> chuck schumer and jack reed rhode island, schumer says it should not become a partisan
issue. >> the goal is to find out how extensive this is, how deep it is, which countries are doing it, it won't be limited to just russia and to come up with conclusions how to stop it. we should not turn away from any facts that might be uncomfortable. but we should move forward and not jump to conclusions until we have the facts. >> president-elect donald trump confirmed yesterday that he is receiving the highly classified intelligence assessment, the presidential daily brief, only about once a week, saying the routine is excessive. >> i don't have to be told, you know, i'm like a smart person. i don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. now in the meantime, my generals are great and being briefed and mike pence is being briefed. i'm being briefed also, but if they're going to come and tell me the exact same thing, you know, it doesn't change necessarily, now there will be times when it might change.
i'll be there every day but more than that. but i don't need to be told the same thing every day, let's go over it again. i don't need that. >> trump also expressed his skepticism about the intelligence community's findings, saying that he expects different assessments once new leadership is in place. >> these are the folks you're going to have to rely on to know what's going on in the world. >> we're going to have different people coming in, because we have our people, they have their people, and i have great respect for them. >> the criticism from the new administration is raising some concerns on capitol hill. ron widen who sits on the select intelligence committee is saying in part, quote, when the president-elect's transition team is attempting to discredit the entire intelligence community, it has never been more important for them to guard against possible political pressure or retaliation against intelligence analysts.
in 2014, trump mocked president obama erroneously claiming, fact, obama does not read his briefings nor does he get briefed in person by the dod or department of defense, too busy, i guess. >> as he gets ready to take office in less than a month, he is still focussing on his business. he has yet to announce his plan on how he will separate himself from his businesses. he has said he has already sold off his stock in june. during an interview yesterday, trump revealed he had been discussing business deals as recently as last week. >> if i were going to do new deals right now, i am turning down billions of dollars of deals. i'm not going to be doing deals. at all. now that would be. i don't even know if that's a conflict. i have the right to do it.
you know under the law i have the right to do it. i just don't want to do it. i don't want to do deals, because i want to focus on this. but by my not doing deals, i turned down seven deals with one big player, great player, last week because i thought it could be perceived as conflict of interest. >> trump adding that rather than sell-off his businesses he will instead have executives and his grandchildren manage his businesses. a snowstorm is pushing east this morning. more than 3,000 flights were canceled or delayed on saturday and sunday. chicago lid the paed the pack. more than 1400 flights canceled. parts of upstate new york and new england are bracing from anywhere from three inches to a foot of snow and bitterly cold temperatures have been forecast.
we'll have the bad news coming up in a bit. and john kennedy has been elected the newest u.s. senator, he fills david vitter's vacant seat, beating democrat foster campbell, that means the republicans will have a 52-48 hold in the u.s. senate. trump rallied with a few thousand people saying the system had been rigged against him in the primaries where he won the popular vote but lost delegates. >> we're going to build the wall. well, if john's not there maybe we can't build the wall. so now i know you're going to come back. we're going to build the wall. [ crowd chanting "build that wall" ] and by the way, i don't need the hat, either, right? who wants a hat? all right. nice-lookin' tall guy. give it to that kid.
come on. >> hats and everything. while there, trump ao spoke about concerns over early voting and claims of rigged and fraudulent elections in chicago. and he touted his growing bond with the sitting president barack obama, though not all were pleased, alex. still ahead, the new york giants end the cowboys' 11-game winning streak. plus president obama gets a putting lesson from comedian bill murray. that should be fun. that and the chilly weather when we come right back.
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noon yesterday. passengers were safely deplaned and bussed to the terminal. the exact cause is under investigation. the heavy snowfall affecting the area is certainly suspected. all passengers and crew are said to be unharmed after that incident. i suspect that's not going to be the last time we see something like that. >> chicago had about six inches of snow. it will take a while for that to melt. this morning what was in the great lakes, and by the way you're clear in cleveland and chicago and detroit. we started out with light snow in areas of new jersey, new york city, that went over to rain overnight. so the roads are dramatically improved from last night, but the cold air is still sitting in areas of the hudson valley, through massachusetts, notice hartford up to 33. now your roads will start improving here. the secondary roads will be the ones a little treacherous.
boston's up to 34. it's going to be interior and northern new england that days icy and snowy today. 1.2 million people are under winter warnings. warnings mean harsh conditions. the white is one inch, the light blue is two inches. it's not until you get to the pink that it's four to six inches. that's mostly new hampshire and maine. everybody else is mostly done with their accumulating snows. it's only areas of northern and eastern maine that are dealing with the snow and ice, so it's going to be in and out of here in a hurry. the worst of it here, it improves. and there's still some cold air
in chicago, but i tell you what, it's going to get a lot colder later this week. do the cleanup now. because you're not even going to be close to this warmth by the end of the week. the southern half of the country's doing pretty good. all eyes will still be on the next cold outbreak. tuesday, wednesday, friday's not going to be fun in the northeast. >> i like that you're pointing at chicago that has a 23 and you're saying that's not going to be anywhere close. >> that's going to feel good. president obama's played plenty of golf in his time in office. and in a new video, comedian bill murray gives him a run for the money in a putting contest. >> generally, i don't let cubs fans into the oval office. >> it's probably not a coincidence that your popularity is at an all-time high. so i would just stick with this. i would just ride this baby. >> it's not going to happen. >> it's going to happen long
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for doug martin. >> here is matt ryan, loads of time and all alone as taylor gabriel for the touchdown! >> here's montgomery, hesitates. drives, touchdown! >> what a weekend for football and sunday night's matchup was no different. giants hosting the cowboys who were on an eleven-game streak. he finds terrance williams giving the cowboys the early lead. and in the second half, giants down 7-3, and eli manning hits odell beckham jr. brandon carr keeps the pedal to the metal. it would prove to be the
difference, new york wins it ten to seven are we headed for another deflategate? they sent footballs used in last sunday's game to the league offices saying they felt under-inflated. now the nfl not wanting to relive the original deflategate saga quickly earn ey lly issue saying that the footballs were all in compliance and that a complaint hadn't been filed. and a protective glove will need to be worn after the first quarter, here's hoping stafford has better luck this time around. he last played with a glove in
2011 and threw four four interceptions. the lions are currently on the top of the nfc forth. anchd corps -- cardale hayes wa found guilty. he faces up to 40 years behind bars. hayes maintains smith had a gun at the time and that he didn't fire the bullets that hit smith. >> let's say good for the jets. >> it was a good new york football week. all right, here we go. still ahead, donald trump's potential secretary of state pick, a number of lawkers raise concerns over that. and then air force one. we'll continue on this monday morning. on tuesday, donald trump
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then on i-84 in oregon, truck drivers frozen in place, some forasmuch as three days after being iced in on the highway. and authorities in lake tahoe have recovered the body of a man briefed to be a missing skier. he was reportedly trapped in an avalanche. the body recovered near mt. rose was under more than eight feet of snow. and romney mcdaniel reported to be tapped as the next rnc chair, though top trump staff says that has yet to be decided. mitt romney's niece and reportedly the top choice of reince priebus. she was at the stump in grand rapids. >> nbc news has learned that exxonmobil's rex sitillerson is
expected to be named the next secretary of state. trump's top aides remain concerned about his relationship with vladimir putin. some are urging that the choice be delayed. tillerson has spent his entire career at exxon. his rise was marked by ambitious projects with russia. in the 1990s, he oversaw the sack lynn island project. five years ago, exxon signed a multi-billion dollar deal with the russian-owned oil company to drill in the arctic, something the russians couldn't do without american expertise. the deal led to tillerson receiving the order of friendship declaration and later a billion barrel oil discovery off russia's northern coast in 2014. they were about to start drilling, but the project was halted when the u.s. and
european unions levied sanctions against russia for its aggression against ukraine. exxon said those sanctions were costing the company $1 billion. tillerson has fought against the sanctions saying in may 2014, we don't find them to be effective, unless they are very well implemented. we always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who they really are harming with sanctions. alex? >> and of course the possibility of rex tillerson being selected to li lead the state department, marco rubio tweeted being a friend of vladimir is not an attribute i'm hoping for for secretary of state. john mccain said tillerson would have to face some tough questions. >> vladimir putin is a thug and a bully and a murderer, and i
brief that the relationship between mr. tillerson and vladimir putin she hads needs t examined. it's a matter of concern to me that he has such a close relationship with vladimir putin and obviously they've done deals together, and that would color his approach to vladimir putin and the russian threat. but that is a matter of concern. we will give him his chance. that's what the confirmation process, that's what advise and consent is all about. >> and the president-elect defended the potential choice. >> why does a business executive make sense as the chief diplomat? >> well, in his case, he's much more than a business executive. he's a world class player. he's in charge of, i guess the largest company in the world. he's in charge of an oil company that's pretty much double the size of his next nearest competitor. it's been a company that's been
unbelievably managed. and to me, a great advantage is he knows many of the players. and he knows them well. he does massive deals in russia. he does massive deals for the company. >> and president-elect donald trump has narrowed his search for the next energy secretary down to four candidates, with the leading contender someone who once fay pussly proposed to scrap the department only to forget its name. r . >> it's three agencies of government that are gone when i get there, commerce, education and what's third one. i would do away with education -- commerce. and let's see. >> oh, my. >> i can't. the third one i can't. oops. >> that's right. former texas governor rick perry is your candidate for the top energy post.
also heidi heitkamp and joe manchin along with ray washburn. now if trump chooses any of the four aforementioned candidates, he will break with recent tradition of having a scientist hid the department. >> i don't know, resurrecting that tape kind of painful to watch again. in an interview this weekend, president-elect donald trump denied he was planning a shift in policy with china. this after taking a call from taiwan, but he said he would not be bound by a policy. >> i took the call. i heard the call was coming probably an hour or two before. i fully understand the one-china policy, but i don't know why we have to be bound by a one-china policy unless we make a deal with china, having to do with other things, including trade. look, we're being hurt very badly by china with devaluation, taxing us heavy at the borders when we don't tax them, with building a massive fortress in the middle of the south china
sea, which they shouldn't be doing, and frankly not helping us at all with north korea. you have nuclear weapons and china could solve that problem, and they're not helping us at all. so i don't want china dictating to me, and this was a call put in to me. i didn't make the call. and it was a call very short call, saying congratulations, sir, on the victory. it was a very nice call. short. and why should some other nation be able to say i can't take a call. i think it actually would have been very disrespectful, to be honest with you, not taking it. >> and this morning, officials in beijing are expressing serious concern about trump's comments with the spokesman for the chinese foreign ministry saying u.s./china relations would be badly affected by a change, adding that the one-clinton policy is t one-china policy
. i think what options we have are much more than you think. many more. and i'll talk about them. >> like what? >> quite a few, actually. >> if you put sanctions back on, the other signatories won't. >> you have something in your mind. >> yeah, i have about five things. >> give me one. >> i'd like to talk to the president before i talk to "60 minutes." >> netanyahu who tried to brock t block the deal in the first place. >> getting rid of it got a little harder. donald trump is continuing to apply pressure to boeing over the cost of the new air force one order. and over the weekend he called for tougher restrictions on the procurement process. >> i have great respect for boeing, by the way, tremendous respect, but i said to myself, you know, the people who spend all this money, you know, when you're talking about $3 billion
and $4 billion for an airplane, which is, who knows, but when you're talking about the kind of money, i said who gives these orders out? but i think i'm going to impose a ban that anybody who gives out these massive military contracts should never, ever be allowed to work, i don't mean in five years in ten years. should never be allowed to work for the companies that make the equipment. >> and now dominating the headlines, a massive deal between the jet manufacturer and tehran. more on this, i want to bring in our tehran bureau chief, this is a watershed moment in the wake of the iran nuclear deal. iran has been doing business with other countries since the deal was in place, but not like this with an american company. >> reporter: not since the revolution in 1979. america was iran's biggest
trading partner which virtually ground to a halt after the revolution. and the iranians here are touting it as a big victory. because they've been complaining that there's been no tangible results since the nuclear deal was inked a little over a year ago, and now they've got a deal with boeing for 80 planes as you said, over ten years, worth $17 billion. so it's a really big deal for the iranians, and it has been criticized in the states. there are groups saying boeing shouldn't have made the sale to iran. president-elect trump has also been very critical over iran and it will be interesting to see how he navigates their deal with iran, but it's a big deal for iran and something that iran really needed, ali, because their aging fleet has one of the worst aviation records in the world. >> and it's got a very big air traffic industry. competing airlines. i notice a deal has a lot of triple sevens, which are not
usually used in the country, that means for international flights. it's worth noting they're also working on a deal with boeing's main competitor, airbus. >> reporter: that's right. they're almost playing the two against each other to sigh what ki -- see what kind of a good deal they can get. iranians can't get enough planes, their planes are in really, really bad shape. the hat racks have fallen off mid flight. it's had a terrible safety record. so they really do need an abundance of planes and parts which they were unable to get during the sanctions. >> our bureau chief in tehran. good to see you. thank you. oil getting a huge boost this morning after opec and non-opec oil producers agreed on a deal to cut oil production. last i checked up almost 5% this morning. >> yes, that's right, moving at
a range of 4% to 5% higher this morning. and it is the first deal between opec and non-opec members since 2001. so you can't play down the significance of this one. yes, there are some fears over full compliance, when you talk about the level of the cuts that were agreed. but i was just speaking to an analyst from energy aspects. he told me not overly concerned about it, because even without full compliance, he still sees prices going to $60 a barrel for u.s. wti crude in the first half of next year and in the second half of 2017 getting to $68 a barrel. nevertheless, the consensus seems to be that this deal will continue to push oil prices even higher. elsewhere, president-elect donald trump is expected to hold a round table meeting with the biggest names in tech on wednesday. recode has reported that apple ceo tim cook and sheryl sandberg are among the guests expected to
be attending that round table. the microsoft ceo should be in attendance as well. there have been mixed reports over whether or not tesla ceo elon musk will be there. but nevertheless, this is a big meeting when you consider that the president-elect has had a bit of a mixed history with silicon valley thus far. we did hear from oracle ceo saying that he wants to talk to the president-elect about tax changes that he thinks could be encouraging r the tech sector as a whole. another big name to check out is whether amazon ceo bezos will be attending. >> he's still trying to get him there, but he's got other commitments that he's trying to change. we'll see whether elon musk shows up. thank you so much. still ahead, we have more big business news. another big investigation involving wells fargo and claims
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all right, here's one for you. just two months after federal regulators said that wells fargo had set up millions of phony accounts, the company may have found itself in hot water again. new allegations say that the company may have been involved in life insurance fraud in partnership with prudential. gadi schwartz has more. >> reporter: it was one of the most wide-spread cases of consumer abuse and fraud in history. employees fired after the los angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit which alleged bankers set up customers for millions of unwanted accounts to meet aggressive sales quota.
now a new whistle-blower report aimed at prudential, saying they found accounts linked to unmanned kiosks set up in wells fargo banks. >> they did set clients up without their knowledge or consent. >> reporter: the investigators say think found evidence that spanish-speaking customers and others may have been pushed into policies by wells fargo. >> they wanted to go to wells fargo first. perhaps they could just sweep us under the rug and not have to report it or let it be known to the public. i strong lly believe that we we terminated because we were raising the red flags to senior management. >> reporter: prudential released a statement saying these employee terminations were entirely unrelated to wells
fargo's business with prudential. saying they are still reviewing the my term product offering to reimburse premiums in some cases. they also said if we identify any instances where a customer received a product they didn't ask for we will make it right. now more accounts under review. the lawyer for the whistle blower saying she will seek a class action lawsuit for consumers, expected to be filed next week. >> gadi schwartz reporting there. let's get a check on the weather with bill karins. put out your comforters. >> a lot of people are shoveling and scraping cars. a lot of schools closed. this dumped six inches in chicago and three to five around detroit. the pink is where the mix is, the sleet and icy stuff is. right now that's moving through the hudson valley, almost all of connecticut. looks like your snow is just about over with, rhode island
your snow is about over with. any treated roads will quickly improve. hartford looks like two inches of snow overnight. now you're at 33 degrees. secondary roads will still have issues. we're still cold enough in northern new england for additional snow. we still have a couple winter storm warnings, and everyone in white is under the advisory. this is the additional snowfall map. and you notice the totals in vermont, new hampshire and maine. the mountains here in the berkshires of massachusetts, that's where we still could get another two to four inches. that's about it. but the storm is going to be out pretty quickly this morning. 9: 9: 9:00, 10:00, a.m. the rest of the people dealing with it will be in northern portions of maine like bangor. still plenty cold where you have
to do the shoveling in chicago and detroit from the storm yesterday. the southern half of the country is pretty mild. and the good news for the southern half of the country, the piece of the polar vortex has broken off. it's really going to be confined to the northern half of the country. that's going from siberia over the north pole and heading our way, it looks like the cold air will reach us in the northeast on friday. northern plains on wednesday. these are some of the temperatures. we're talking toward the single digits in a few spots. >> we need to get to florida or california clearly. >> that's the time of year when snowbirds are hegd south. just ahead, a gruesome scene in egypt. a bombing near a main coptic christian cathedral. many of the dead are women and children. we're going to get a live report next. beyond is a natural pet food
welcome back. the syrian army is continuing to retake rebel-held portions of aleppo. the army released new video of fighting yesterday as its forces carried out more shelling and raids. the associated press reports that the syrian military claims it is now in control of 98% of aleppo, while reuters reports that syrian rebels had received a u.s.-backed proposal to leave aleppo along with civilians with safe passage. meanwhile, syria's government has reportedly allowed the
islamic state group to retake the city of palmyra. isis was forced from that city back in march. meanwhile, turkish-based rebels have claimed responsibility for bombings in istanbul. two bombs explode near a soccer stadium shortly after a match ended. officials say the first explosion was caused by a car bomb via a remote control. 30 of those killed are police officers, and they say the attacks targeted security forces. at least 25 people are dead after a bombing at a coptic christian cathedral. a bomb was thrown into the chapel just at the end of sunday mass, this part of st. peter's church. for more on this, let's bring in
kelly cobiella. what a terrible story. >> good morning. it really is heartbreaking. this was the deadliest attack on egypt's coptic christian minority in at least five years. the funerals taking place this morning as well as the burials for 25 people, worshippers, killed at the church next to cairo's main cathedral during sunday mass. 49 more were injured. the bomb, from what we understand, did explode inside. you can see the aftermath in those pictures we showed you a few minutes ago. a church employee, who was not at the mass but next door at the time, told our producer in cairo that someone walked into the church. left a package and walked out. and there are unconfirmed reports that a woman left the bomb, then detonated it remotely. again, unconfirmed reports. authorities have been battling extremists since the military takeover in 2013, that's when the democratically elected president mow haumen mohammad m
elected. they've faced a violent backlash. six police officers were killed at a bomb attack at a check point in cairo. a group called the hossum movement carried out that attack. they did not carry out the church bombing, no claim of responsibility yet. still ahead, a look at the top stories making news today. we'll be back in just a moment. . compared to oral-b 7000, philips sonicare flexcare platinum removes significantly more plaque. this is the sound of sonic technology cleaning deep between teeth. hear the difference? get healthier gums in just 2 weeks vs a manual toothbrush and experience an amazing feel of clean. innovation and you. philips sonicare. save now when you buy philips sonicare.
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come on now. before we toss over to morning joe, we're going to get a check on the stories you'll be hearing in the day ahead. attorney general loretta lynch will make her first visit to a mosque. and this comes after figures from the fbi showed an increase in hate crimes against muslims last year. and fans will show their respect to mcknight. ronald glasser was charged with man slaughter over mcknight's
death. and six months since a gunman killed 49 it into a memorial. >> "morning joe" starts right now. ♪ >> good morning. it is monday. for some of us, a snowy monday. december 12th. welcome to "morning joe." we're getting close to christmas. with us on set, we have former ted cruz campaign communications director and now an msnbc political contributor rick tyler. "the new york times" reporter jeremy peters. msnbc political analyst and professor at the university of michigan school of public policy, former democratic congressman harold ford jr. >> harold and i are -- >> matchy, matchy. >> it's sort of a