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with future president trump. at the white house, meanwhile, a growing sense that one or maybe two or maybe several top staff and/or cabinet members might not make it through the day. our abby phillip is there. we're watching every sound, every liwhisper, every sign fro the white house. who are you hearing? >> reporter: we know that change is coming. the question is when. and that's one that is circulating inside this building and outside of it. no one really knows what's going to happen. the decisions are all in president trump's hands. but what we do know is that the president wants to see his national security adviser h.r. mcmaster gone and wants to replace him with someone else in part because those two have never really gelled on a personal level, the president has some issues with mcmaster's style, the way he briefs him, for example. but the problem is who to replace him? there are questions about whether mcmaster might go back into the military service,
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perhaps get another star or perhaps go into the private sector and leave government altogether. >> hey, abby, i'm going to jump in here and take you to miami right now. we're hearing about the bridge collapse. let's listen. >> -- thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families. late last night we transitioned from a search and rescue mission to one of recovery and investigation. with that transition, our police department, along with their investigative and law enforcement partners, are now in charge of the operation. our primary focus is to remove all of the cars and all of the victims in a dignified manner, and not compromise the investigation in the process. the investigation is vital because we want to ensure that this type of accident doesn't happen again locally or anywhere in this country. with that, i'm going to turn the mike over to juan perez, the director of the miami-dade
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police department. thank you. >> good morning. i'm juan perez from the miami-dade police department. as you just heard, late last night, approximately 10:00 when the determination was made that this no longer was going to be search and rescue mission, and now it is a recovery and investigatory mission. so at that point we transitioned and we became incident commanders. that means -- what that means is our priority, which is the most critical thing is to get to the victims, get to the remains of the people that are under beneath that bridge so that we can take them to a proper place so that their families can have the appropriate burial and ceremonies that they want to have, that last chance to have the opportunity to have with their family members. this is a tragedy that we do not want to recur anywhere in the united states. so with us today here, actually, got here last night, it was
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osha, ntsb, going to assist us through this process and work with us and do the parallel investigation with the homicide investigators. and in addition to that, yesterday i had been in communication throughout the day with our state attorney, kathy fernandez rundel. today, she has a team of state attorneys here on the scene to help us move forward with the investigation. but please do not jump to any conclusions, okay. it is important that we understand, this is a homicide investigation. that's all it is. that means that somebody died. that is it. it does not mean there is criminal charges looming or pending or anything like that. is there a possibility for that? there is always a possibility for anything like that to occur. but it does not mean, i already read headlines, possible criminal charges. there could be possible criminal charges anywhere. so we're not there yet. we're not there yet. and we don't even know if that's going to lead to that.
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right now we just want to find out what occurred, what caused this collapse to occur, and people to die. we want to get to the bottom -- the bottom line of what occurred so that we can bring closure to the families, bring closure to the investigation, and so that doesn't happen again. that's the most important thing here. now, if we find something on the way, that is why the state attorney is here with us, just -- they are monitoring this investigation along with our investigators, just in case that occurs. that is it. so there are a lot of moving parts. we mentioned yesterday about the reunification center with our victim advocates. the key thing here is to provide as much comfort and show as much compassion to our victims which are also the family members that lost somebody. so we have here with us our police chaplains that have come out to provide support to the family members. that's why it is also key and i keep reminding you to please, if
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you happen to find out names of victims, just because you guys are very good at what you do, please do not disclose that unless you know for a fact we have notified next of kin to confirm that their loved ones are the ones that are in those vehicles. we know that there is people missing. the family members know that they're missing. and what we can tell them is that we can assume that they're in there. but we cannot confirm identity of who's in there. we're caught in a bad place right now. so the last thing we want to do is disclose names and all of that so that, you know, let us do that, we're trying to navigate through some difficult times, you know, that has -- that has arisen because of this tragic event. this is a tragedy. and there is nothing that we can probably do to fill the gap that has been created in the souls of the family members and friends. so it is very difficult for us to do that. so -- >> all right, you've been watching a news conference at florida international university, the site of that
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bridge collapse. we believe six people dead as of this morning there was still five bodies believed to be trapped under the rubble. last night it transferred from a search and rescue to recovery and investigation operation. the police, or law enforcement, now in charge, a homicide investigation, but we have been warned don't read too much into that. it is a homicide investigation because people have died. they say it is not at all clear at this point there will be any criminal charges for this, but that is what they are now investigating. we'll bring you more information from this news conference as it comes in. there is more breaking news this morning. a very serious claim by the lawyer for adult film star stephanie clifford, also known as stormy daniels, on "new day" an hour ago, the attorney says that someone physically threatened stephanie clifford to stay quiet about her alleged relationship with donald trump. >> the fact is that my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew
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about donald trump. >> all right, joined now by cnn's mj lee who has been following this story from the beginning. that's a very serious claim from any attorney to make, and not the only one he made. >> extremely serious and very new. up until now, michael avenatti has been saying that stormy daniels has received repeated threats from michael cohen and others. i mean, legal threats, for example, restraining order taken out against stormy daniels last month. but this morning was the first time that stormy daniels' lawyer said she had physical threats made against her. he doesn't say who made the threats or what kind of physical threats they were. but he did say in the 60 minutes interview with anderson cooper he now says will air on march 25th that she is willing to provide very specific details about what happened. now, the other thing that michael avenatti said this morning is that other women with similar stories have come to him
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to explore potential legal action against president trump. take a look at what he had to say. >> we have been approached by six separate women who claim to have similar stories to those or to that of my client. two of those women, at least two, have ndas. we're in the earl stage early vetting these stories. >> before you vet them, do they all involve the president of the united states? >> yes. >> he's obviously being very careful here in saying that he hasn't vetted the stories, hasn't vetted the ndas, the big question is going to be are these two ndas going to be similar to the michael cohen stormy daniels ndas and were they part of a bigger hush agreement? >> mj lee, thank you for being with us. these are significant new allegations developing just this morning. here to discuss, cnn political analyst matt visor and alice stewart and brian fallon. matt, first to you, again, we
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have been dealing with the stormy daniels story, for several months now, one of the first questions is, well, why should people care if the president had a sexual relationship with someone before he was president, you know, nine, ten years ago, what does it matter? well, then there was the issue of was hush money paid the week before the election? and now there is this allegation that physical threats have been made. this is significant new development, matt. >> it is. and, you know, it is a cliche, but the cover-up is worse than the crime. that seems to be the case a lot in this. there was a consensual affair according to stormy daniels, but a lot of what we're learning is about what was done to try to stifle her from telling her story in the leadup to the election. and it has been, you know, should be said they have -- stormy daniels and her attorney have done quite a masterful job at keeping this story in the front and center.
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it has been two months now and we get drifts and drabs of new information, this latest being the most troubling, but we don't know the full story. we don't know, you know, what the allegations were, what the threat of violence was, who it was coming from, and those are important details that hopefully we learn more about in the next couple of days. the other shocking thing here is president trump's silence so far. usually he pushes back very aggressively on allegations with these -- he's not gone to twitter, he's not made threats himself. he's left most of that to his white house staff and his attorneys. and that is an unusual development and unusual reaction for president trump. >> alice stewart, brian fallon, you are both communications experts. first to you, alice, what we're seeing now isn't just a legal battle being waged by stormy dan daniels, michael avenatti.
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you're seeing a communications battle being waged where there is a drip, drip, drip of new information leading up to the "60 minutes" interview which he indicates will air on march 25th. this is now becoming a major event. not just, you know, politically, but also, again, communications wise. >> sure. and i think the problem here is that, look, as matt said, the cover-up is worse than the crime here. donald trump in a situation like this will never admit it, will never acknowledge he engaged in this activity, he will deny it and try to denigrate the women. the problem here is from a communications standpoint, if i were to offer my two cents, get it all out there, tell the whole story, get all the mess out there, let's pray there are no photos for us to have to look at. but get it out there and get it over with and let's focus on the business of running this country because as it stands now, avenatti, stormy's attorney, is going to continue to try this
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case in the court of public opinion. drips and drabs. they're not going to honor the nda, they're going to talk about the details of this and throwing out that there are other women in this same situation that have approached him and now talk of physical violence, that is going to be disturbing. and the best thing is to get it all out there, tell this story and let's get past that. i don't care if he took her services 12 years ago with an adult film star, the problem is if he paid $130,000 to keep her silent, and during -- in the midst of a campaign, shortly before the election, and now we're hearing about threats of violence. that's the problem here. let's just get it out there and get it behind us. >> you keep on saying -- the fact of the matter that everyone agrees to is that the president's attorney, the personal attorney, michael cohen admits to paying her $130,000 a week before the election to keep her quiet. what is so fascinating is that's the one thing everyone agrees to. you say get it all out there. brian fallon, the get it all out
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there part that is already out there is pretty significant. >> between his failed casinos in atlantic city and trump vodka, the trump organization had a lot of failed ventures. this $130,000 may be the most failed investment of all because it is not succeeded in buying her silence. as alice was explaining, she's already telling her story. already sat down with anderson cooper in an interview that will air on "60 minutes" i guess later this month. there is a lawsuit. there will be a hearing later this summer. her attorney is wall to wall on cable. at this point, the story is not contained. the nda is worthless at this point in terms of trying to achieve silence from stormy daniels. i totally agree with alice. at this point, you have to ask, what story does stormy daniels have to tell that donald trump is so intent on keeping her silent that they potentially broke election law with that $130,000 payment, that they're compounding the lies by continuing to insist that donald trump had no knowledge of this, that they're even potentially allies of the president
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resorting to threats of violence against stormy daniels? what possible texts, images or story can she tell that donald trump is continuing down this road? because it is a very damaging path. >> tune in to the next episode. lightning round if i can on the other major story that i guess we should say we're expecting today, which is that something seems to be going on at the white house. overnight, the reports that h.r. mcmaster, the president decided to fire him, we just don't know when. john kelly could be on the rocks. other cabinet secretaries. very quickly, to each of you. matt, what should we be watching for today? >> i think, you know, even by trump's governance by chaos it has been an extraordinary week. and there is not a cabinet member that seems safe. so i think watch for the next shoe to drop, who is the next to leave. and also the replacements. i think that's a key point of who is go to replace these people. who does trump have in mind? >> alice, is there anything positive to be spun from the fact that i keep looking down at my computer to see if someone was honestly, literally just fired? >> it can be positive, you can
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look at your phone and find out you won't be fired on twitter. that's one good thing. in talking with people at the white house, they view this as some people look at this as chaos in turn. they view this as synchronization and streamlining the team. the president feels emboelldene with recent departures and firings. he's now going to bring in people that share his world view and are loyal to him and loyal to his policies. that's exactly what he's doing. and we know everyone is safe in their job security at the white house until they're not. >> until they're not. very quickly, brian fallon, people are looking at this as a second presidential transition, except this time you're not coming off of an election with that post election glow. in some i was you're com ways t pennsylvania election. what will happen to possible new nominees as they go to congress in. >> i think they're going to face a tough road. i'll throw a game of thrones reference at you, i think we're
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living through the era of the mad king. this president has enemies all around him. he perceives slights everywhere. there has been some attempts to spin it as this is empowering of trump, he's getting the team in place he wants. this is trump unbridled. i think the president is isolated as a result of all of this. he's about to hit a really rocky patch where it is going to hit the fan with bob mueller and the people that have been around him the longest, the closest allies, they're all gone. this is a very isolating thing for the president and it is a horrible way for him to go into this critical period where he's going to be facing off with bob mueller. >> brian fallon, matt visor, alice stewart, thank you for being with us. a subpoena to the trump organization for documents in the russia probe. is this over the president's so-called red line in war of words? officials in the united kingdom and kremlin trading shots in the nerve agent attack and now saying vladimir putin himself was likely behind the order.
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this morning, a new chapter in the russia investigation. robert mueller issued a subpoena to the trump organization for documents including some related to russia. shimon prokupecz live in washington with the details here. what are you learning? >> reporter: what is not clear is why the escalation by robert mueller and his team here and the issuing of this subpoena, which is a big deal. and though we know that many subpoenas have been issued in this investigation, this subpoena is quite different. and that it requests information from the trump organization, which brings this investigation closer to the president's business dealings. the new york times reporting that the mueller team is asking for russia-related documents and
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the trump organization says they have been cooperating with mueller's team voluntarily providing information. and one person close to the president is completely downplaying the issuance of this subpoena, calling it a cleanup subpoena. and this comes at a time when the president's lawyers are negotiating a sit-down interview with mueller's team and as you recall, the president has said the investigation certainly of his personal finances would be a red line violation. >> shimon prokupecz in washington with that. thank you very, very much. joining me now, chris stewart of utah, a member of the house intelligence committee. always a pleasure to see you, thanks so much for coming in. >> good morning. >> let me ask you about the sanctions that were issued by the treasury department yesterday. you came out in praise of them. you actually used the word finally in your praise. do you think the administration was slow to act and do these go far enough? >> yeah, they have been slow to act. that's been frustrating to me. congress passed these sanctions several months ago and that was
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after a very deliberate and thoughtful debate. and i thought they should have been implemented very quickly. i talked with treasury secretary mnuchin and others. they were trying to be thoughtful. trying to do this in a deliberate way, but i did reach a point where i was frustrated. but the good news is they have been implemented and after some of the activities that we have seen in england, some other places, i think we should look at other perhaps sanctions or other things we could do to say to vladimir putin the way you're acting on international stage is simply not acceptable. >> what do you make of the fact that all of the entities listed in the indictments issued last month by special counsel robert mueller, all the entities and individuals in that indictment are now part of this sanctions list. what does that tell you? >> well, once again, it is appropriate. it shows that mr. mueller's doing a thorough investigation, that he is being thoughtful, it kind of coincides with congress and our thinking and the targets we had. and once again, these people
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came to interfere, we have known that for a long time. and they shouldn't be able to do that with impunity. there should be some cost to not only these individuals, but more broadly as i said earlier to vladimir putin and his leadership that they just can't do this without some type of repercussions to them. >> very first entity listed in the sanctions yesterday was the internet research agency, which is also the first entity listed in the indictment for this special counsel robert mueller. if you read that indictment, it says that the internet research agency, let me read this to you, by early to mid-2016, defendants operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then candidate donald j. trump, trump campaign, and disparaging hillary clinton. those words were in the indictment. do you have any reason to doubt that this was the case? >> no, not in this particular case. and you know, it is clear these 12 individuals that were around that particular activity, that seems to be -- or to have been their focus.
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there, of course, were other individuals and other entities that weren't included in that indictment, that we're aware of. mr. mueller may get to them as well. but they weren't the only ones doing that is what i'm saying. russia's activities were much more broad than just those individuals. >> but i think you know the reason i'm asking here, because the indictment makes clear that ultimately by that date, mid-2016, that this group and others listed in the indictment were trying to help then candidate donald trump and hurt hillary clinton. the house intelligence agency, republicans came out and said you see no evidence of that. so you say that mueller's right, but you're right. how can both things be true? >> and we don't say that we don't see evidence or we see no evidence of that. this is a very -- i hope you'll give me a moment to explain. this is really a bit -- i want to say complicated, but it is nuanced. i agree with you that these individuals and frankly as i said others wanted to hurt hillary clinton. there is no question about that. but by doing that, they end up
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helping donald trump. and the question is what comes first. what is their primary motive. it is a little bit about, you know, can we climb into vladimir putin's mind and really understand what his motives here and my objection with the fbi and cia saying so definitively, we say with a high degree of confidence that they were trying to help donald trump when i think they should have been more careful in that and said, perhaps with low degree of confidence or we speculate, because once again, if you're attacking hillary clinton, you are by extension helping donald trump but which was their primary motive? i just don't think that we know that. >> well, the statement you guys put out said you have seen no evidence that the russians were trying to help donald trump. and, again, it is just spelled out clearly here in this indictment that the operations including supporting the presidential campaign and if you read through the indictment, it is all the hash tags, all pro trump, setting up pro trump
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rallies during the campaign, setting up anti-hillary events during the campaign, putting hillary, you know, in a cage there. it just says very specifically help donald trump, do you regret at this point that you guys came out with that declarative statement? >> no, i don't. once again, earlier we said that these individuals were trying to hurt hillary clinton. and it comes to this degree, once again, i hate to repeat myself, i just think this is -- this is the key to this. and that is that statement of -- with high degree of confidence, that's the thing that we seem to ic in this case really miss. and that's to say declaratively with definitive, like we know this is true and i don't think we had that kind of clarity on this. i think there is much more ambiguity than they indicated. >> and not it belabor the point, but it is great that you're getting your views out here right now. you know the standard for criminal charges is higher even than intelligence assessments. and the criminal charges here,
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the indictment here says that these operations including -- included supporting the presidential campaign of then candidate donald trump. that's a declarative statement from the special counsel. and you don't think that's wrong. >> look, i'm not going to comment on the special counsel other than what i said. i don't really know, i haven't been in his -- i haven't been in his offices, i have no idea what he and his prosecutors, the conversations they had, i don't even know the evidence necessarily that they looked at. it might be similar to ours, might be identical. there might be some, some more or some less. i really don't know. but, you know, something else you indicated about just again to show the ambiguity about this, you're right, they did organize some rallies to support trump. we also know that they organized some rallies and there was social media against trump. >> mostly after -- mostly after he was elected. >> but some before as well. >> and also, just finally, just finally, when you say -- you're trying to differentiate hurt hillary clinton as being
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different than helping donald trump, it was pretty binary choice. they weren't trying to help john or hurt jill stein -- >> but the council also says, special counsel says they tried to help bernie sanders at some point. they did try to help other candidates. you bring up a question that i think is a great illustration. this isn't just one side of the coin. there say lot of dimensions to this, trying to help mr. sanders, for example, is that because they wanted to hurt hillary or did they actually support mr. sanders? i don't think most people think, yeah, they wanted mr. sanders to be the next president. >> all right. congressman chris stewart of utah, always a pleasure to speak to you. we appreciate you coming on. look forward to speaking to you again soon. >> thank you. this message not just the elections that americans need to worry about, what else russia might be meddling in?
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facilities as part of their overall cyberhacking campaign. let's go through a couple of the items that the u.s. is saying that the russians were trying to get into. and what the u.s. is listing is energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors, all things that the u.s. now contends the russians have been trying to hack into since march of 2016, all against the backdrop of this hacking, meddling in the u.s. election through cyberactivity. the u.s. department of energy putting out a statement about it, saying they worked very hard to stop the russians before they could get into any of this. not entirely clear whether there were any credible verifiable examples of the russians being successful in their efforts. but it very much continues to lift that veil on what u.s. experts say the russians have been up to for the last couple of years and no indication,
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absolutely no indication, that the russians are letting up on it. john? >> all right, barbara starr, important warning there, appreciate it. so who is in, who is out? we'll have the very latest on the west wing turmoil ahead.
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all right, it is 10:42 on the east coast, also at the white house, where they might be asking this question, do you know where your job is? joining me now, cnn political analyst and white house reporter for the "washington post," josh dawsey. a dramatic reading from your twitter account from moments ago, senior white house person messages something is going to happen today, i just don't think anyone knows what it is. what does that mean? >> reading my twitter might be dangerous. no. there are lots of people whose job do not seem safe in the white house. several member of the cabinet, david shulkin, veterans affairs, to ben carson, to ryan zinke, all sorts of members of the cabinet we have written about the president is frustrated
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with. h.r. mcmaster, the president reportedly last night decided to push his national security adviser out, though there is no timetable defined on that. and lot of speculation on chief of staff john kelly and if he's safe for the long-term. the president is in a time of upheaval. on tuesday, he fired his secretary of state via tweet. his personal aide was walked out of the building, escorted out of the building by the secret service and pushed out his communications director left recently, his top economic adviser quit over tariffs and frustration with the president, it is a time of great upheaval in the white house. i sense from talking to people in the building and close to the building, there is more of that to come. >> josh dawsey, your specific reporting in the washington post, i think this is important, the verbiage is the president has decided to push out h.r. mcmaster, the national security adviser. and no one at the white house disputed that, did they?
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>> reporte >> no, we took our reporting to the white house hours before it was published, there was no pushback from the white house. after the story was published last night, you saw a tweet from sarah sanders where she didn't directly contradict the story but said we have a good working relationship and no changes for now. we are all impressions that the president wants to remove his national secured adviser and that has not changed. >> sarah sanders issued what is called a nondenial denial about your story last night. you said the president has decided to remove h.r. mcmaster, never denied that. one other quote from inside your story very quickly, the mood inside the white house in recent days verged on mania. what does that mean? >> well, you see on tuesday the president decides to fire his secretary of state via twitter, if you're a senior white house official, how do you handle that? it is a top diplomatic post on the government, one of the
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highest ranking jobs in the united states government and he decided to just push a tweet out. firing them. you have the mueller investigation that is going to hone in on the white house, a lot of frustration there. you have a lot of personnel changes, and you have a president who has decided he's going to do things his own way for now and is not listening to those around him. there say mix in the white house of some just resignation to this is what the reality is for now, the president is doing a bit of a reshuffling, a bit of a reset or maybe doing things entirely differently and just not telling anyone. this is a perfect example, earlier this week, we reported larry kudlow would be his new economic adviser, the president later confirmed that. but he gave the job to kudlow before he told others on the staff that he was doing that. he is a one man band at times. >> i get the sense, josh, you're not going to get very far from your keyboard today. get ready to keep on working. appreciate it. josh dawsey, thanks so much. >> thank you for having me. did vladimir putin call for the nerve agent attack? did he personally call for it? the uk thinks so. stay with us.
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nic robertson has more. >> reporter: the fact that we're seeing the investigative team there back at the site where the two people were found, sergei
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skripal and his daughter yulia found sunday two weeks ago, this is now 12 days and still back searching around that same park bench, really gives you an idea of just the intensity and the scale and the scope of what's going on. we're told some of the business premises that they visited, a pizza restaurant and a pub may remain closed to the public for months because of apparent contamination concerns. that coming today as we heard from the british foreign secretary saying that he believes and i think we have to understand that he probably had briefings from british security officials but he believes that the order for this attack could have come all the way from the top. vladimir putin. >> our quarrel is with putin's kremlin and with his decision and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the uk, on the streets of europe, for the first time since the second world war. >> reporter: boris johnson has a bit of a track record in the uk
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for tossing diplomatic hand grenades and that's what that appears to be. that's the way the kremlin is responding to it. spokesman for vladimir putin calling this shocking and unpardonable, diplomat iic misconduct. that has to be taken on balance with what the british -- the white house, the french and the germans are saying, that actually russia was responsible for the unconscionable use of chemical weapons on the streets of britain. but the narrative here at the moment is that the kremlin has slowed things down, putin has not yet expelled any british diplomats as the foreign ministry said that they might, and still no response to those sanctions coming from the united states. putin has things where he seems to want it, slowing it all down, john. >> nic robertson, we're watching closely. thanks so much, nic. shock and heart break kick off the first full day of march madness. that's next.
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bulls' heart and spirit stopped arizona's talent. the school's first ever ncaa tournament win. no more pac-12 teams remaining in the tourney. all three of them eliminated by teams from upstate new york. there it is. buffalo, baby. the players, they let a certain former president know they saw who he picked in his bracket. >> i seen that president barack obama, he picked arizona to beat us. and i just want to say, president obama, i'm sorry, but i had to. >> should have chose the handsome guys. >> looking good, guys. the cold in buffalo didn't stop fans from celebrating. smashing tables for the bulls, just like they do, bills mafia for the buffalo bills. sister jean, team chaplain for loyola.
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some people had them going to the elite eight. but a buzzer beater for loyola, chicago daunte ingraham, a prayer thrown up, backed up by a lot of faith and hard work from the fans from loyola, prayer answered. showing respect for that competitive greatness of loyola chicago. for sister jean as well who may be the early pick for tournament mvp. >> when we were in the locker room ahead of the game, we just knew we would do this. our team is so great. and they don't care who makes the points as long as we win the game. and i said we want to win the big -- get the big w up there and we did. >> how sweet is she? and how sweet a victory for chicagoans everywhere celebrating the big win, just like the folks at the student center on campus. or at the bar, standing on top of pool tables, even former president obama tweeting his love for the team and sister jean saying that he had faith in
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his pick. that was their first tournament game in 30 years. >> i don't care. i didn't have that game. sister jean, she's the best. coy wire, thanks very much. buffalo, by the way, hasn't had much to celebrate since you lift the bills. thank you. thank you for joining us today. a lot of news. that's it for us. "at this hour" picks up right now. hi there, i'm brianna keilar in for kate bolduan. the trump administration is awash in reports of a cabinet shake-up and high level officials being shown the door. in the words of one source close to the white house, everyone loves a season finale. the latest insider facing the prospect of an apprentice-like firing, his national security adviser h.r. mcmaster and he's not alone. a source close to the white house says the president is considering other moves as well. keeping in mind the week began with the president firing his secretary of state with a

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