tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN December 12, 2018 2:00am-3:00am PST
it was "weekend at bernbernie's some say. "early start" continues right now. former trump attorney michael cohen set to be sentenced in just hours. what the president's former right-hand man faces today. former national security adviser michael flynn's attorneys revealing new details on what led flynn to lie to fbi agents. why they believe he shouldn't spend a day in prison. i am proud to shut down the government for border security, chuck. >> president trump taking all the blame for a potential shutdown ahead of next week's deadline. more from this heated exchange with democratic leaders. i will contest that vote with everything i've got. >> breaking news on brexit. conservative members of parliament triggering a vote of no confidence in theresa may. now she's vowing to fight back.
whose democracy do you want this morning? live to london where it is 10:00 a.m. welcome to "early start," i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we're going show you this photo that we just showed on late night broadcasts of mike pence, what exactly happened here? was it "weekend at bernie's," it was madame tussauds rolled into a version of mike pence in this office spat? you compared it to watching grandparents argue -- >> squabbling over maybe a bing old game. there were funny analogies on social media but a very serious situation. you have nancy pelosi who's trying to set the agenda about keeping the border -- keeping the government open, and the president trying to see this isbois about border funding. a clash. >> america lost. >> t
>> the stock market went up 368 points. you could watch the stock market start to get rid of its gains. michael cohen about to learn the price he must pay for his loyalty to president trump. the former lawyer and fixer will be sentenced in new york's southern district. he's requesting no prison time in exchange for cooperation after pleading guilty to campaign finance and business crimes and lying to congress. >> but in a sentencing recommendation last week, southern district prosecutors said cohen's description of the efforts is overstate in some respects and incomplete in others. for these reasons the office respectfully requests that his court impose a substantial term of imprisonment. special counsel robert mueller's team will appear in court and are expected to tell the judge cohen has helped their investigation after meeting with them seven times. the president's former lawyers faces up to four years in prison. president trump's former national security adviser michael flynn is also asking a judge to spare him prison time
because of his cooperation with the special counsel. in a memo last night, flynn's team described the meeting in 2017 with fbi investigators. his lawyers in this memo say that peter strzok and one other fbi agent visited flynn in the west wing after he first made those false statements about his contacts with the russians. flynn did not have a lawyer with him. and according to his attorneys, he should have been warned he could be prosecuted for making false statements. >> they go on to claim the bureau decided the agents would not warn flynn that it was a crime to lie during an fbi interview because they wanted him to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the report. special counsel robert mueller has told the court flynn provided substantial assistance to the investigation and should be spared from going to prison. the judge overseeing his sentencing makes the final call on tuesday. lawyers for former trump campaign chairman paul manafort say they may not challenge claims that he violated his plea
deal by lying to prosecutors. last week robert mueller's team claimed manafort lied about five major issues including his contact with administration officials. in a court hearing tuesday, a judge said the mueller memo was too much of a summary and doesn't provide sufficient information to make factual findings. a hearing on the disputes over the plea agreement scheduled for january 25th. president trump claims he's not concerned about being impeached. in an interview with reuters, he defends the hush-money payments made to two women by michael cohen claiming they do not violate campaign finance laws. the president goes on to say it's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and created the greatest economy in the history of our country. i'm not concerned, nope. i think that the people would revote if that happened. he was asked about all of his staffers who took meetings with russians before and during the 2016 campaign and replied, "the stuff you're talking about is, quote, peanut stuff." a government shutdown is
looming in time for christmas. president trump making the threat over funding for his border wall during an extraordinary televised clash with the top house and senate democrats. >> one thing i think we can agree on is we shouldn't shut down the government over a dispute. and you want to shut it down. you keep talking about it. >> no, no. the last time, chuck, you shut it down -- >> no, no, no. >> yes, if we don't get what we want, one way or the other, whether it's through you, through military, through anything you want to call, i will shut down the government. fair enough, we disagree. we disagree. >> i am proud to shut down the government for border security, chuck. the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. so i will take the mantle. i will be the one to shut it down. i'm not going to blame you for it. >> if you watched tuesday's spectacle in the oval office, you got a preview of what will happen when the democrats take over the house. listen to him exchanging taunts
with minority leader chuck schumer and house minority leader nancy pelosi. >> i also know that nancy's in a situation where it's not easy for her to talk right now, and i understand that. and i fully understand that. we're going to have a good discussion, and we're going to see what happens. >> mr. president -- >> we have to have border security. >> mr. president, please don't characterize the strength that i bring to this meeting as the leader of the house democrats which w.h.-- who just won a big victory. >> chuck schumer is urging the president to accept the bipartisan agreement to spend $1.6 billion on border security. as he life the white house, the senate minority leader told reporters if the president sticks to his position of a $5 billion wall, he will get nowallino wall and will get a shutdown. more from jeff zeleny. >> reporter: the ekeows from the meeting inside -- echoes from the meeting inside the oval office reverberating across washington. it was the first time in more than a year that president trump met with the democratic leaders. but of course so much has
changed in that time. particularly the fact that democrats won the house of representatives. it was an extraordinary exchange in the oval office. the president decided to bring the cameras in to try and if not put democrats on the spot, to try and frame the debate. well, they did not blink at all, at least in that session. and there is a sense that washington is moving closer to a shutdown than people certainly thought earlier in the week. of course we have seen this movie before. of course it's been averted before. but no question that the president doubling down on the border wall and saying that he would, in fact, own a shutdown. now many republicans aren't nearly as confident and aren't interested in owning that like he is. so again, there is a week to go here in this debate. we got a sense here at the white house and, indeed, across town here of what divided government will look like in washington. we saw the president challenged for the first time on his facts and his substance. and his ideas inside that oval office. something he has rarely experienced from republicans and certainly members of his staff.
so perhaps a window, an ugly one perhaps of a civic lesson that was short of civility. dave and christine? >> thanks. the dow was 300 points before that. before that public exchange. then closed down after the tense public exchange with the president in the oval office. nancy pelosi met privately with house democrats and mocked the president's desire for border wall funding saying, "it's like a manhood thing for him, as if manhood could ever be associated with him." policy also revealing in their private -- pelosi also revealing in their private meeting that mexico would pay for the wall and the house democratic leaders suggested they gained the political upper hand with president trump taking personal responsibility for a potential government shutdown. a federal judge in california ordering porn star stormy daniels to pay nearly $300,000 in legal fees to president trump's lawyers in connection with her failed defamation suit. they had asked for more than twice that amount. nightclub -- none theless, the
president calling it adotal victory. the defamation suit was separate from the original lawsuit concerning the nondisclosure agreement daniels signed with former trump attorney and fixer michael cohen. the suit was brought after trump accused daniels of fabricating a story that a man threateneder in a parking lot -- threatened her in a parking lot if she didn't leave things alone. things just got a lot worse for british prime minister theresa may. we'll go live to london next.
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unsparingly. i stand ready to finish the job. >> let's go live to london and bring in nic robertson. a new politics in what's been a complicated process for the european union. >> reporter: a long process. 2.5 years that theresa may has been prime minister. that's been the number-one job on her plate day in, day out. she's been lambasted, criticized verbally, cut down in parliament for hours on end some days criticizing her handling of the brexit deal. she's said all along that she is delivering the best brexit deal that she can get from the european union for the people on the issues that they vote on. border control being one of those big issues. and the biggest stumbling block in all of this has been the new land border between the european union and britain. that is along the border of northern ireland and ireland and a so-called backstop arrangement
had been entered into with the european union. and that's what theresa may has had the most pushback on. the fact that this is something that the british government can't get out of unilaterally could last a long time. potentially sort of separates northern ireland is not palatable. the vote on the motion of no confidence will take place this evening. it will be a secret ballot. all the conservative members of parliament will take part. all theresa may needs to win is a simple majority. 158 votes. of course she needs a lot more than that if she wants to seem like she got a resounding victory. >> nic robertson in london. thanks. france, meanwhile, has raised its national security threat level after a suspect opened fire near a christmas market in the center of straws bourg killing two and -- strasbourg killing two and injuring 14 others.
the motive unclear at this hour. melissa bell live where a manhunt is underway. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this manhunt doesn't appear to be focused on strasbourg where the rampage took place last night after 8:00 p.m. local time. you see the police are taking up the police cordons that have cordoned off the parts of the city. there were several of them where the victims fell. the death toll which has been changing over the course of the morning from police. and now confirmed at three people known to have lost their lives. this gunman attacked this christmas market. one of europe's biggest, dave, one of its oldest, as well, and one that had already been the subject. terror threats including a foiled attack in 2000. this christmas market was the focus of the attack. we don't know much about the man's motives. we do know that he was known to
authorities. we know he spent time in prison, particularly in germany, before being deported to france in 2017. according to authorities, it was during his time in prison that he became radicalized, and that that radicalization became known to french authorities which is why he was on this watch list for those believed to pose a threat to the french state. at this hour the manhunt continues. it is unclear whether he is still in france or may have crossed the border into germany nearby. >> okay. melissa bell, three dead there in strasbourg. thank you. president trump says he's open to using the arrest of huawei's ceo meng wanzhou as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations by china. when asked by reuters if he would intervene he said, quote, whatever's good for the country i will do. quote, if i think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made, which is a very important thing, what's good for national security, i would certainly intervene if i thought it was necessary. a judge granted meng bail tuesday after three days of
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security adviser michael flynn to lie to fbi agents and why his legal team believes flynn should not serve legal time. i am proud to shut down the government for border security, check. >> trump tantrum. the president taking all the blame for a potential shutdown ahead of next week's deadline. more from this extraordinary and heated oval office meeting with democratic leaders. i will contest that vote with everything i've got. >> breaking news on brexit. conservative members of parliament triggering a vote of no confidence in theresa may. now she is vowing to fight back. messy divorce simply gets messier. welcome back toari "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. we'll get to the "fight house" in a moment. i not the "new york post" has it right. what a mess in the oval office. we'll start with this -- in a matter of hours, michael cohen will find out the price he must pay for years of blind loyalty
to donald trump. at 11:00 a.m. eastern time, the president's former lawyer and fixer will be sentenced in the southern district. he was requesting no prison time in exchange for his cooperation after pleading guilty to campaign finance and business crimes and lying to congress. >> in a sentencing recommendation last week, a southern district prosecutor said cohen's description of those efforts is overstate, and in some respects incomplete in others. for these reasons the office respectfully requests that this court impose a substantial term of imprisonment. special counsel robert mueller's team will appear in court today. they're expected to tell the judge cohen has helped their investigation after meeting with them seven times. the president's former lawyer facing up to four years in prison. president trump's former national security adviser michael flynn also asking a judge to spare him from serving prison time because of his cooperation with the special counsel. in a memo released last night, flynn's liam team describe -- legal team described his meeting in january of 2017 with fbi
investigators. they say peter strzok and one other agent visited flynn in the west wing after he first made false statements about his contacts with russians. flynn did not have a lawyer with him. and according to his attorneys, he should have been warned he could be prosecuted for making false statements. >> going to claim the bureau decided the agents would not warn flynn that it was a crime to lie during an fbi interview because they wanted him to be relaxed. they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport. special counsel robert mueller has told the court flynn provided substantial assistance to the investigation and should be spared from going to prison. the judge overseeing his sentencing makes that final call on tuesday. let's bring in ellie hoenig, analyst, former u.s. aattorney with new york, and former director of the new jersey division of criminal justice. good to see you, man. you're the right man to have here. what will we learn, and how long do you expect michael cohen to be sentenced center. >> michael cohen is going to go jail, i think for multiple
years. i know he's requested no jail time. when you take the number and seriousness of the crimes he's committed and the lukewarm at best sentencing letters that these got from the southern district in particular, mueller's is a little better, i don't think this judge -- i know this judge, i've been in front of him many times. he's tough -- is going to go down to no jail time on cohen. >> will we learn anything from mueller's team when they go to the sentencing today? any more about how he may have helped the mueller investigation? >> it's possible. they may flesh out some of the things that are in the memo. the memo was fairly broad. it says he provided information about coordination between campaign and russia. they could get into that a little more. a lot of it, the tone is going to be set by cohen's team. how much are they going to contest, you know, whether his cooperation was useful or not. how much are we going to get into the specifics of the cooperation. typically in a sentencing you wouldn't get too deep into the specifics of the cooperation. if they say, no, my guy was forthcoming, that could open a can of worms. >> if cohen does four-plus years
in jail, which some believe he will, and michael flynn does no prison time, what does that say about the lack of collusion or conspiracy with russia? >> well, there's two big differences between cohen and flynn that i think will lead to them getting very different sentences. i think cohen's going to jail. i don't think flynn is. one, cohen pled guilty to many more and more serious offenses. they both pled guilty to false statements offenses. that's all flynn pled guilty to. and cohen pled guilty to campaign finance, tax fraud, bank fraud. that's what's driving his sentence under the federal guidelines. the second piece is the cooperation. cohen, again, we talked about, gave this halfway cooperation. southern district does not do was -- do halfway cooperation. i know that. flynn got a full endorsement from the prosecutors. they said he fully cooperated. gave us everything we needed. they allude to 62 hours of briefing, and he gave us thousands of documents. i think those will lead to the differential outcomes. >> my point is regardless of the
cooperation, if the special counsel believes michael flynn was part of a conspiracy to collude with russia you believe he would suggest no prison time? >> yeah. i'm not sure the special counsel has drawn that conclusion. clearly what cohen did do was lie about his contacts with the russian ambassador about the sanctions. i'm not sure -- i don't know that mueller has evidence linking him directly to campaign coordination. >> right. and that falcon -- flynn's attorneys released a memo talking about how when he was in the west wing and the fbi came, peter strzok and others came to talk about the meetings he had had with the russians, how the fbi had not told him that he might need an attorney present. doesn't the national security adviser know not to lie to the fbi? >> yes -- >> without being reminded? >> i don't think the national security adviser and decorated veteran and general should need that. i think the subtext of what flynn's lawyers were trying to say is that he was kind of set up or -- it's hard to swallow with an experienced government
servant. the question he really has never answered is why did he lie to the fbi. he didn't have a good reason -- sometimes people lie for reasons that can kind of understandable. maybe protecting a spouse or something like that. here he's lying about crucial conversations with the ambassador about sanction obama had imposed. there was no excuse in the filing i saw as to kwlwhy he di that. >> let's talk about the president's evolution of the explanation to the hush payments made to these women. in the beginning he came back on air force one and said he knew nothing about any of the payments. it has evolved over time to telling residenters late -- reuters last night, if it's civil there was no violation based on what we did. okay. what does that evolution say to you if you are a senior. >> i have about five things that i can spot wrong with -- with the president's statement.
>> right. >> the evolution's very important. if you can stand in front of a jury and say, first he said this. then he completely changed his story that. first he said, never happened. then he said it happened but it was fine. it's the same argument you would make, just common sense talking to someone in a bar. on the street. well, which is it? he's lying then, he's evolving his explanation. he's not being truthful. common sense, totally fair game in a criminal case. the argument that it's not a campaign contribution would be the battleground. if this were a trial we would see similar turmts that of the john -- arguments to that of the john edwards case in 2011. the question is was the payment made for the purpose of protecting a candidate in the election or was the payment made for some other purpose, protecting a family from humiliation or embarrassment. here i think there's evidence that trump wanted the payments made with an eye to the election. i'll give you a couple of reasons why. >> sure. >> one, the affairs happen good a decade before, both of them. they don't make the payments in september, october of '16.
the timing. >> right. >> two, remember the tape that michael cohen made secretly of the president. legally but -- sort of -- >> discussing the payments. >> yeah. discussing this. and the president says, there's some discussion on the tape. we just need to hold them over until the election day. i think there's a very strong case that why he made the payments was primarily to protect himself for the campaign. >> all right. elie hoenig, nice to see you and get your expertise as we go through a busy day legally for people who used to be close this president. >> a long week. >> thank you. a government shutdown is looming just in time for christmas. president trump making the threat over funding for his border wall during an extraordinary televised reality clash with the top house and senate democrats. >> one thing i think we can agree on is we don't need to shut it down over a government disbutte. >> no, you shut it down -- >> no, no, no. >> yes, if we dent gon't get wh
want through you, the military, anything you want to call, i will shut down the government. >> fair u.n. we disagree. we -- fair enough. we disagree. we disagree. >> i am proud to shut down the government for border security, check. the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. so i will take the mantle. i will be the one to shut it down. i'm not going to blame you for it. >> that was something. if you watched tuesday's spectacle in the oval office, you got a preview of what to expect in 2019 when democrats take over the house. listen to the president exchanging taunts and threats with senate minority leader nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. >> i also know that, you know, nancy's in a situation where it's not easy for her to talk right now. and i understand that. and i fully understand that. we're going to have a good discussion. and we're going to see what happens. >> mr. president -- >> we have to have border security. >> mr. president, please don't characterize the strength that i
bring to this meeting as the leader of the house democrats who just won a big victory. >> chuck schumer is urging the senate to accept the senate's bipartisan agreement to spend $1.6 billion on border security. as he life the white house, the senate minority leader told reporters that the president sticks to his position of a $5 billion wall, if he sticks to it, he will get no wall and will get a shutdown. after that tense public exchange with president trump in the oval, nancy pelosi met privately with house democrats and mocked the president's desire for border wall funding saying, quote, it's like a manhood thing for him, as if manhood could ever be associated with him. pelosi also revealing in their private session the president returned to a familiar campaign promise that mexico is going to pay for the wall, and the house democratic leader suggested they gained the political upper hand with the president taking personal responsibility for that potential government shutdown. the first lady will be spending this morning visiting
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confidence in theresa may. the british prime minister vowing to fight to keep her job. >> the agenda i set out in my first speech outside this front door delivering the brexit people vote for, building a country that works for everyone, i have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since i became prime minister, and i stand ready to finish the job. >> let's go live to london and welcome in nic robertson. where are we headed? >> reporter: to a vote in about eight hours' time. prime minister theresa may just getting ready to leave number 10 downing street. of course there's time, the moment in the week where politicians get to ask theresa may questions. no doubt will be just as cutthroat as it has been in recent weeks. she will it seems be going there a little early for this question time session.
perhaps because she still has a few m.p.s to convince. what must she achieve tonight in that vote? she needs a simple majority of all the conservative m.p.s, the magic number is 158. if he gets that, there cannot be another challenge to our leadership contest for a year. the brexit-eers, the hardliners who want britain to get out of the european union without a deal seem to be trying to bring down her leadership. but what she has warned today if they manage to do that and bring about a leadership contest, that will delay and delay the negotiations with the prune and potentially put britain in the position of leaving the european union without a deal and significantly hurting the british economy. she says she's ready to fight, she's been prime minister for 2.5 years. and she says she's ready to continue to try to get this deal. dave? >> boy, leaving the eu without a deal would be disaster. and just 107 days if that happens. nic robertson live for us this morning. thanks. let's get a check of cnn
business this morning. global stock markets so far shrugging off news that uk prime minister theresa may will face the no confidence vote on wall street, futures higher, as well after that bizarre 2% roundtrip for the dow. the dow closed down 53 points. giving up an early rally of 368 points. the s&p 500 ended little changed. the nasdaq gained .2%. that gain evaporate after the public meeting between the president and democratic congressional leaders. investors did not like that. that squabbling over border security and keeping the government open. the president taking full credit for a strong u.s. economi, and he makes this remarkable claim in an interview with reuters -- "it's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and who's created the greatest economy in the history of our country." want? the greatest economy in the history of our country some
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