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good night from our headquarters here in new york. ♪ this morning, president trump is expected to approve the release of the controversial memo by congressman devin nunes, but a handful of republicans are urging caution. plus, with the 2018 midterm thes approaching, the president gives republicans a pep talk on their annual retreat in west virginia. and a 12-year-old girl in custody after two students were shot inside a los angeles middle school. police now say they believe it was unintentional. good morning, everybody. it is friday, february 2nd. i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside
louis burgdorf. the white house is expected to release devin nunes's classified in memo despite the objections. a senior white house official told nbc news yesterday, quote, i doubt there will be any redactions. republicans say the memo shows the fbi relied on an opposition research dossier funded by the democrats to surveil trump ve adviser carter page who the trump campaign ultimately embraced and then distance themselves from. democrats say it distorts classified materials to undermine bob mueller's problem into russian involvement in the 2016 election. the president has three options for getting the memo out there. the first is to simply declassify it and release it. the second, declassify it and send it to the house for release and the third is to not declassify, but tell the house they won't object if they do.
house speaking paul ryan yesterday said he does not view the memo having a broad impact. >> let me tell you what this memo is and what this memo is not. what this memo is congress doing its job in congress doing its job in conducting legitimate oversight over a unique law fisa. fisa involves american civil liberties. if american civil liberties he were abused, then that needs to come to light so that that doesn't happen again. what this is not is an indictment on our institutions, of our justice systems. this the memo is not an indictment of the fbi, of the department of justice. it does not impugn the mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general. people should not be drawing lines or implicating independent issues. this does not implicate the mueller investigation. this does not implicate the --
this is about us holding the system accountable. >> so you heard that from paul ryan. but there's reporting from "the washington post" and axias of concern within the trump administration that the memo is not as compelling as some congressional republicans have made it out to be. take a lisp ten to this. >> showing misconduct on the part of people at the top of the doj and fbi. you'll see a need for a change for certain practices up there. there will be a need for a change of certain personnel towards the top. >> meanwhile, john thune of south dakota said the memo should be shared with the senate intel committee chair richard burr before its release. burr has been blocked from reading it. jeff flake wrote that the memo, quote, undermines u.s. intelligence gathering efforts. last night, senator lindsey graham said it is fought good for a part is an memo to come out when no one in the senator
has seen it and those senators haven't had access, republican congressman carly dent of pennsylvania was able to look at the gop and democrats memos and said they need to remain secret. >> i've read both of the memos and i don't think we should use this for any advantage, either side. i think we should take a step back and not do anything that could -- if a partisan advantage that could risk a sensitive source or method. > >> and a republican senator old the justice department that he has a list of employees names and he is demanding to see the entirety of their communications. in a letter, the homeland security senate chairman ron johnson says he's investigating 16 officials who investigated hillary clinton many of whom overlap with the trump russia probe. johnson is asking for all communications not limited to e-mails, text messages, iphone instant messages and voice
mails. among those on his list are former fbi director james comey and all but one of the five people he told realtime about his interactions with president trump which are currently under investigation by the special counsel. >> two dwompevelopments in as m days raises more questions than answers about what is ahead. the attorneys representing rick gates withdrew as counsel in documents filed under seal in federal court. just yesterday, there's been speculation that gates might be seeking to cooperate with mueller. both the special counsel and gates' attorney declined comment on that one. in a special filing yesterday, attorneys for michael flynn say they're not ready for the national security adviser to be sentenced because of the current status of the investigation. sentencing hearings are commonly delayed until the government believes a person has fully cooperated. and president trump spoke at the gop retreat in white sulfur
springs, west virginia, yesterday where he touted his view of the state of the republican party. you know, paul ryan called me the other day and i don't know if i'm supposed to say this, but i will say that he said to me, he has never, ever seen the republican party so united, so much in like with each other, but literally, the word united was the word he used. ite the most united he's ever seen the party, and i see it, too. in a very spectacular man, orrin hatch. where is orrin? orrin, i love listening to him speak. he said once i am the single greatest president in his lifetime. he's a young man, so it's not that much. and he once said i'm the greatest president in the history of our country. i said does that include lincoln and washington? he said yes. i said i love this guy. >> senator hatch's office later
clarified the senator never said trump was the greatest president, but that he could be. trump discussed future messaging from the gop including some possible policy positions. >> and then we got hit with these cooperations giving tremendous bonuses toerve that nancy pelosi called crumbs. that can be deplorable. those two words, they seem to have a resemblance. i hope it has the same meaning. i've been hearing about daca for years. some people call it dreamers. don't fall into that trap. it's much different than dreamers. i said the other night, we have dreamers, too. we can't forget our dreamers. i have a lot of dreamers here. but daca, we want to take care of daca and i hope we will. we need the support of the democrats in order to do it and they might want want to do it. >> orrin hatch's office is in
for the clarification. president trump's approval rating got a little bit of a bump, stands at 42% now according to the latest poll. that's a ten-point bump since last month's low of 32%. half of americans say they disapprove of trump anticipat's performance. with midterms just around the corner, democrats have seen their edge narrow. 47% of registered voters said if midterms were held today, they would vote for the democrat candidate, down four points from last month. 45% said they would chose the republican candidate, up nine points. democrats lead on the generic ballot may be narrowing. at least 45 democratic challengers in 34 districts have raised more money last quarter than republican incumbents. democrats across the country are seeing a wave of cash as the party ames to win the 24 seats
they need to tie back the houake of representatives. let's talk about all of this. joining us now from washington, senior writer for roll call and cq now, neals wisnewski. thank you for joining us. we're seeing a lot of different projections about what the release of the nunes memo might do. we saw a lot about a possible resignation from christopher wray. what are you hearing and what do you think is going to be the impact here? >> there's two buckets of potential impacts from the memo being released, which i think we're all expecting to happen sometime today barring a change. but really, what with is it going to do for the relationship
between the intelligence committees and the fbi and the white house? particularly because -- and you said the this in the lead into this segment that richard bur, the chairman of the senate intelligence committee as best as we know has not had an opportunity to review in this memo. the senate committee which has been doing this investigation into russian election meddling that seems way more bipartisan than anything going on in the house or anywhere else. the fact that they're not involved in this memo's release, as best as we can tell, is maybe the most disturbing sign of all. >> and it seems as you're saying there's a major split amongst people's views of whether or not this memo can be released at all, a lot of senate republicans, they seem to be die verging from their house colleagues on whether the memo should be released as you're talking about. we're seeing a difference on
immigration and raising the debt ceiling, as well. you heard from the president that the republicans have not been more united than they are now. but from what we're seeing, are we seeing a divide within the republican party? >> there's this unity that we had on tax reform doesn't seem to be necessarily carrying over. and i think the next test, as you're saying, is coming into next week. there's another government funding bill that's going to need to pass by thursday otherwise we have a government shutdown on our hands again. and the question is whether or not you're going to get any sort of agreement on this immigration matter which the president says you should not be calling it the dreamer issue now, whether or not that issue is going to have any resolution at all before february 8th which doesn't look likely. then in that case, do the republicans in the house and senate come together to come away with a bill that will avoid
a shutdown? >> right. or are we going to have anotheren continuing resolution until we can figure this out whole thing out. all right. i'm going to talk to you again at the bottom of the hour. thank you. thank you. a 12-year-old girl is in candidate after a gun went off inside a los angeles school yesterday. shot rang out just before 9:00 a.m. local time. according to police, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl was shot in the arm. both are luckily expected to make full recoveries. three others, including a 30-year-old woman and would more students, ages 11 and 12, suffered minor injuries. >> a lot of kids are injured and i feel really bad for them. >> we all had to come out with our hands up just in case because they didn't know who the suspect was at the time. so they had to have everyone take their shoes off, frisk them down. los angeles police say they do not believe the shooting was
intentional. investigators are looking into how the 12-year-old was able to get the weapon in the school and why that weapon went off. still ahead, the top democrats in congress call for the removal of devin nunes as how committee speaker chair. and house speaker paul ryan is weighing in. decades after her death, new witnesses are casting .suspicion on natalie wood's drowning. a check on the weather when we come back.
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screen icon -- ♪ i feel pretty oh, so pretty ♪ >> renewed interest in the mysterious death of actress natalie wood. in a new interview, la investigator john carena says actor john wagner, matly's then husband, remains a person of interest in her death, now more than ever. >> as we've investigated the case over the last six years, i think he is more of a person of interest now. >> he bases that on new interviews with two people on a nearby boat. >> the coroner at the time the noted bruising on the body. wagner, who is now 87, hasn't commented in years. >> we came to the conclusion that she slipped on the step on the aft end of the boat and hit her head and rolled into the
water. tragic, tragic night. >> what happened on that boat remains the source of speculation. >> people love a mystery. this is a great quintessential hollywood mystery. >> the only other people on board, actor christopher walkin and captain dennis davern. >> i made mistakes by not telling the honest truth. was he responsible for her had death? >> yes, i would say so, yes. >> an old hollywood mystery that remains just that. blake mccoy, nbc news, los angeles. let's get a check on your weather now with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, some rain and snow is in the northeast, but what we're looking out for is what is punxsutawney going to say in in pennsylvania or do for that matter? we would love that forecast for the early spring. let's get through had this morning first and then we'll talk about fill. very cold air spilled through the great lakes.
it spills through now the interior of new england and it's about to arrive in the big cities of the east. so rain overnight. whatever is left out there, puddles, sidewalks, everything will turn to black ice shortly. that's why we're telling people there are some school delays out there, too. the snow wasn't really a big deal from new york city southward. cold air didn't arrive soon enough, so it's mostly just rain. now north of long island through connecticut and areas of massachusetts, there's reports of 1 to 2 inches of snow. so you had the rain, then the snow, and now it's getting really icy out there. especially southern new england is kind of the worst of it. the in and around boston right now, snowing pretty good. 6:00 a.m. this morning, snow left, poreland, maine, boston down to providence, ending in areas of southern new jersey. by time we get to the heart of the rush hour, it's gone, it's done. it's an early, early morning event here. during the day, the cold air pours in and it will get colder as we go throughout the day. be prepared in the east. it's a bundle up day.
the is additional snowfall, maybe an inch, boston swartz. this is lake-effect snow here near syracuse. currently, the windchill is 3 where the party is ongoing for punxsutawney. phil is going to come out. will he see his shadow? we'll have to see. 7:25 a.m., we'll find out if we have an early spring or six more wee weeks of -- >> you didn't open the door. someone else in the graphics room opened the door. do you think phil recognizes the magnitude of his celebrity. >> i think so he does. he's cocky. >> let's just hope no one drops him. >> or he bites someone, yeah. >> that would be bad. still ahead, it is a brand new start in the motor city for one nba all-star. plus extra time out on the ice. all the highlights coming up next in sports. luckily, office depot® officemax® is here to take care of you. ♪ taking care of business
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no. i mean, yeah, if -- it's kind of like that thing where my main objective is that he become a great person and if he wants to get into the arts or sports then yeah, i mean, i would fully support that. >> maybe trying to smooth that knee jerk reaction back over just a little bit. all right. and make sure to tune into nbc this sunday for the super bowl lii with the eagles looking to win their first championship in franchise history and new england looking to win their sixth with tom brady and bill belichick. the two franchises previously faced off with the patriots getting the better of the eagles. coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. with kickoff set for 6:30 eastern time. very exciting stuff. >> you can't help but root for the underdog. >> you got it. you got it. >> with the with eagles. we'll see. we have some people in the
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welcome back, everybody. i'm yasmin vossoughian along with louis burgdorf. the white house is expected to release the white house memo. while the security review of the memo is only a few days old, new reporting says president trump has been fighting to make it public for at least two weeks. house freedom caucus chair says he and congressman jim jordan brought his attention on january 18th during a call about the government shutdown. a presidential adviser tells the post, quote, there was never any hesitation. the president was resolved on this. he was not go to be persuaded. he wanted it out saying people familiar with his discussions, trump told aides and confidants he believes the memo would vindicate his claim early last year about the russia investigation that was being
overseen by bob mueller which was, what he says, a witch-hunt. the president says he thought the release of the memo would help with build a public argument against rod rosenstein's handling of the case and suggested the memo might give him the justification to fire rosenstein or make other changes at the justice department which he complained was not sufficiently loyal to him. and the top two democrats in congress are calling on house speaker paul ryan to remove congressman devin nunes as house intel committee chair, chuck schumer and nancy pelosi both sent letters to ryan yesterday. in his own letter, senator schumer told speaker paul ryan, quote, simply, under yo ur leadership, dangerous part is anship among many house republicans seems to have taken a precedent over the oath we all take to protect our magz. adam schiff also called for
nunes to step aside. take a listen. with respect to the chairman and should he step aside, i thought he already had. >> i did, too. he seems to be back. >> actually, i knew that he hadn't. i mean, he said that he was going to step aside or recuse himself, but never really did. throughout this whole time, he continued to make the most consequence yantal decisions in our investigation. >> shumer achumer and nancy pele called on you to remove nunes. what is your response? >> i think they're just playing politics and looking for a political drakz istraction is w get out of that.
>> the top democrat, democratic congressman adam schi if ff made a comment while speaking at the university of pennsylvania and warned that he's more worried about the president firing the deputy ag rod rosenstein than special counsel bob mueller. >> the president is looking for a reason to fire bob mueller. the president is looking for a reason to fire rod rosen sateen. the bigger concern i have right now is for rod rosenstein. why? the white house knows it would face a firestorm if it fired bob mueller. what's more effective is to fire bob mueller's boss. why is that more effective? rod rosenstein decides scope of bob mueller's investigation. >> the occupant of the oval office is not the least bit a
champion fors democracy. the threat from russia to our democracy is now far less than the threat from within. and tragically, that is, i think, so plainly the case. there is nothing russia can do to us the that rivals what we are doing to ourselves right now. >> as the russia investigation continues to heat up, an overwhelming majority of americans say trump should talk to special counsel robert mueller under oath. in a new poll, 71% of americans say trump should agree to be interviewed by mueller about the russia probe. 22% said he should not. 51% of republicans, 74% of independents and 85% of democrats are among those who say trump should agree to sit down with the special counsel. and 8 in 10 americans say if trump does speak with mueller, he should do so under oath. that includes 67% of republicans, 85% of independents and 93% of democrats.
amid the ongoing bashing of republicans, james comey is speaking out. he took to twitter yesterday writing all should appreciate the fbi speaking up. i wish more of our leaders would. but take heart: america's history shows that in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field. so long as good people stand up. not a lot of our schools or streets named for joe mccarthy, referring to the wisconsin senator who claimed high ranking government officials were soviet spies in the 1950s. his latest tweet comes after one on monday in which comey defended recently removed fbi deputy director andrew mccain kab saying he stood tall when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on. >> with back with us, neals wisnewski. so we have the house intel committee, the senate intel
committee and the special counsel led by bob mueller. where do those all go from here? and do you think russian meddling in our election has been lost amid all this conversation surrounding the memo and the release of that? >> the that last point is the greatest challenge. we expect the senate intelligence committee is going to come up with some sort of report, at least, on steps that should be taken before 2018, the midterms are coming up in november. but the timeline for that is not entirely clear. and the more time that is spent talking about the scope of thing investigation, about things like this memo with the thought about what russia has done or is trying to do going forward. of course, we haven't had them as best we know actually manage
to manipulate election results yet, but that may be the next thing they try. >> yeah. let's switch gears here and talk about immigration reform. we have this march deadline approaching with daca. you hear from the president that they want to get daca figured out, they want to get immigration reform figured out. but we also know with daca comes the attachment to the border wall funding, which a lot of democrats obviously are not on board with. do you think we're going to see a fix on this? >> well, the fix that seems to be available is a fairley narrow one in which he gets some border security money. president trump can call it a wall if he wants to. and you get the daca situation resolved, the legal status, the young children who came here without legal status, that all gets resolved. but if the continues insistence, what i hear from the senate is
if you get this continued insistence on these other provisions, on this so-called chain migration matter which basically most republicans did not stand and applaud in the senate during the state of the union address the other day, the more you get that, the more unlikely it gets that we get a deal by march. >> all right. neals, thanks very much for joining us. very much appreciate it. >> thank you. america's top career diplomate is stepping down under secretary of state tom shannon. the state department's third ranking official said yesterday he is retiring as soon as his successor is nom mated ainated confirmed by the senate. he has worked in the state department for nearly 35 years and was the most senior official to stay on after the obama administration. he says he is retiring for personal and not political
reasons. rex tillerson highly praised shannon for his distinguished service and he hopes shannon leaves his phone number just in case. shannon holds the rank of career ambassador and of the five career ambassadors on the job when the trump administration began only one remains and that person is currently on sabbatical. and vice president mike pence will return to pittsburgh to stump for congressional candidate rick saccone. america first policies is a nonprofit created by former trump campaign staffers with the goal of advancing the president's agenda. he has been described as the first in a series of tax policy discussions and will focus on tax cuts. pence is partnering with a group for cross-country campaign to talk about achievements in the trump administration's the first year ahead of the midterms. a federal judge has found florida's process reviewing and restoring voting rights of
felons unconstitutional. under the current system, governor rick scott leads a panel of officials who review each voting rights. in a sharply worded decision, the judge wrote the panel was, quote, arbitrary, alarming and had no standards in its decision-making process, saying it wasn't hard to find examples of the partisan and at times racial scheme in action. the judge is now requiring the state and group who filed the lawsuit to submit suggestions on how to fix the system by february 12th showing the state's estimated 1.5 million ex felons to restore their voting rights in limbo. that would automatically restore voting rights to felons after they complete their sentences. the eldest son of fidel
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sirens since last month's false missile alert. the test seemingly conducted on the first business day of every month as part of hawaii's three component emergency notification system. i'm sure a lot of hawaii residents had a little bit of the ptsd when they heard that test. let's get a check on your weather now with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, obviously, the big story today, what is punxsutawney phil going to do? is winter going to continue on? tell us what you know. >> he has his own group of poem that bring the scrolls out, they'll read at 7:25 a.m. we'll find out if he thinks. the problem is that now we have fought just punxsutawney phil, we have general lee in the south, staten island calk, there's a big huge one in austin, texas. we'll have to wait and see how it all pans out today. in southern portions of new england, a coating of snow is greeting you when you head out
the door. reports of 1 to 2 inches from boston to hartford and everywhere the in between. a little coating of snow on long island, but it hasn't been bad at all from d.c. to philly to battle pore. the roads there are just wet now. temperatures are falling quickly. today, very cold in the great lakes. 21 in chicago. minneapolis, windchill is still about negative 15 right now. high of only 13 today. snow tomorrow and cold again for the super bowl. so let's take a look at your weekend forecast. saturday is kind of quiet. a little bit of light snow as i mentioned. also through wisconsin. a little bit of rain will develop. these two are going to combine for our storm on the east coast on sunday. thankfully, there's not a lot of cold air to work with. there will be some snow, but it's not going to be a huge storm. the poconos, cat skills, heading.up through the berkshires, northern portions of new england, and western new york are the best chance to get
plowable snow. maybe a little bit of snow in the mountains through virginia and central appear laborenans there in north carolina. >> i was hoping to get the groundhog graphic one more time, bill. >> no, we don't want to overdo it. >> what about staten island chuck, do we have his graphic? >> no. >> we're getting some dramatic pictures out of mexico has officials keep an eye on one of the country's most iconic volcanos which has been very active this week. this has been the scene at the site of the volcano the last few days as it spews ash. officials at mexico's disaster prevention center say that the explosion was recorded at the site of that volcano wednesday which was apparently heard in three neighboring areas. the kol veino has been erupting periodically since 1994, yasmin.
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it is the commercials and this year many are looking to avoid controversy and just make you laugh. nbc news's jolynn kent has a sneak peek. >> from sign heros to titans of industry, big names are going tore big laughs this super bowl sunday. and advertisers are forking over big bucks. >> wow. >> with an estimated 110 million americans tuning in, there's no bigger audience anywhere. this year a single 30-second spot went for $5.05 million.
this year's major theme? unity, steering clear of polarizing politics and a sexier ads of years past. >> advertisers are playing it pretty safe. you know that they're leaning towards either humor or kind of trying to touch people and make them feel good as opposed to getting anything that could be a third-rail topic. >> some companies are using the big stage to show off their charitable side, providing water to disaster-ravaged areas at home and abroad. other advertisers are going off the beaten track, skittles is promoting an ad that won't be shown on tv at all. >> they're only showing it to one single person? >> they say they'll screen it to a teenager in california, and tweet his reaction to facebook. >> so that's why we're seeing a lot of gimmicks roll out. >> a play for your tv and smartphone with your attention
as the end zone. jolyn kent, nbc news. let's turn to business after a lull in december, economists are predicting a strong start to 2018 with the january jobs report. cnbc's bill marks joins us live from london. what should we look for today? >> economists expecting to add around 180,000 jobs to the economy that might not change the unemployment figure of 4.1%. not a lot of people think the tax overhaul will create new jobs, but they think it will increase wages, it could hit as high as 2.6%, partly due to increased minimum wage threshholds in 20 states from maine to california. investors will be looking at the hourly wage number. if there's a spike in that number it could trigger interest rate rises. investors have been watching the
big tech stocks, apppretty well. amazon share price soared last night after announced high revenue numbers, especially cloud computing. and google was the slight disappointment at shares fell as a consequence of that. >> and bill in 12 years after parting ways, it looks like cbs and viacom are taking steps to reunite. how will the merger affect consumers? >> i can tell you in terms of share prices, both the companies saw their stock soar yesterday in after-hours trading. the companies have said they're going to have these merger conversations, they say the talks are no guarantee of any deal. as mentioned, more than ten years ago, sumner redstone split the companies. essentially worth noting that his family still owns both companies, just to make it nice and simple, through a third holding company. kind of a reuniting of a family there as well. >> bill marks, live from london, thank you so much. coming up next on "morning
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welcome back. everybody, before we toss it to "morning joe," let's check the stories for the day ahead. the cdc will release new figures on the crept flu season that's been hitting this country. officials say this year's flu season is more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. 37 people have died from the flu so far this season. meanwhile, former first lady michelle obama will help honor the 2018 school counselor of the year during today's ceremony in washington, d.c., kristen perry of longdale community academy in chicago is the recipient of this
year's honor. you're going to see live pictures pop up. the country is going to be watching the festivities as you see there, gobbler's knob, in punxsutawney, pennsylvania, the lewis says the big news of the day, punxsutawney phil is slated to make his annual weather prediction at 7:25 a.m. eastern time. the cloudy weather expected to make it more difficult for him to see his shadow. >> that's a good thing, i think. >> no, not necessarily. that mean winter goes on. >> thanks for joining us this morning, i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside lewis bergdorf, "morning joe" starts right now. >> paul ryan called me the other day, i don't know if i'm supposed to say this, but i will say he said to me he has never, ever seen the republican party so united, so much in like with each other. but literally the word "united" was the word he used. the most united he's ever seen the party and i see it, too.
president trump has the backing of roughly 33% of americans, but suggests he's got 100% support from the republican party. point democrats likely will be repeating in the lead-up to the mid terms. a classified politicized memo will likely go public over the objections of the fbi. >> with us, veteran msnbc contributor mike barnicle, and catty kay, donnie deutsche is here with us, former fbi special agent msnbc contributor clint watts is here and former assistant director of counterintelligence at the fbi, frank fegluzzi. mika will be back with us on monday. joe, this could be the day the momento is released and the day the public sees the memo. we're not sure if that's the case yet. we