tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN December 13, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PST
. the president's long time personal lawyer is going to prison. the president that shielded donald trump in 2016 is now cooperating with the feds. nancy pelosi strikes a deal. she's get the speaker's gavel, but time in power is limited. another canadian citizen now missing in china. the u.s., beijing all digging in over the latest diplomatic tensions. would you pay an extra tax to text? california could start charging more. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i hope not. i'm dave briggs. that is more than 1,000 texts
per month for our teenager girls. 4:00 a.m. in the east. we start with the massive news from the capitol. a three-year prison sentence for michael cohen. another bombshell for an already shaken white house, prosecutors striking a non prosecution agreement with ami. the national enquirer parent company. >> in exchange, ami admits making $150,000 to silence karen mcdougal. >> i have spoken to allan about how to set the whole thing up with funding. yes. and it's all the stuff. >> news of the deal with ami
came moments after cohen's sentencing for crimes which included arranging payments and lying to congress about the trump tower project in moscow during the campaign. cohen's false testimony was shared with the white house and it's possible president trump knew cohen would make false statements under oath. >> not a peep from the president on wednesday, but behind the scenes, we are told the president is seething and assuring associates cohen is a liar. we have athena jones with more. >> reporter: good morning, dave and christine. this is the first time a prison sentence has been associated with the russia probe. there was a pattern of deception by cohen. the u.s. district judge agreed saying cohen thrived on the access to powerful people. cohen told the court he took full responsibility for his
crimes and speaking about trump, he said time and time again i thought it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds. orchestrating hush payments to karen mcdougal and stormy daniels, cohen implicated the president in felonies. saying donald trump directed him to make those payments. trump has denied affairs and denied anything about the payments. cohen admitted to lying to congress and special counsel investigators about contacts with russia. cohen pledged to continue to cooperate with the mueller investigation. dave and christine. >> thank you. alleged russian spy maria butina is set to plead guilty in federal court in washington. she has been offering information on how she was able to inn fill straight circles.
the 30-year-old russian national pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. nancy pelosi striking a deal to get the speaker's gavel. the long time democratic leader negotiating with the group of democrats who lobbied against her. this would guarantee two more years as speaker, but could she serve no more than four on the job. >> as part of the agreement, pelosi is backing an agreement of three-term limits for the top three leaders. anything beyond that would require 2/3 of the caucus rather than simple majority. lawmakers revamping the way sexual harassment claims are handled on capitol hill. for the first time, they will be libel for paying out of their own pockets instead of using
taxpayer money. that is right. a taxpayer funded slush fund for members of congress to settle sexual harassment claims against them. they all have to be made public when made. members of congress will be identified by name if they are personally libel. all settlements will be referred to the ethics committee for review. >> this does not apply to other forms of discrimination like pregnancy or gender d discriminati discrimination. other bills would have expired if congress did not reach agreement before the end of the year. congress member mark meadows is out of the running for the chief of staff. meadows is a great friend of the president and doing an incredible job in congress. the president wants him to continue the work there. meadows says whoever is chosen will have his support. president trump is considering steve mnuchin and mick mulvaney
and bob lighthizer. several candidates said they are not interested. lighthizer is negotiating with the chinese over thorny trade issues. moving him to that position would be complicated. bruised and battle tested. prime minister theresa may has survived a leadership challenge by other own party. her battles are not over. she tries to convince european neighbors to reopen the dialogue over the brexit withdrawal treaty. we have nic robertson live in london. theresa may sticks around, but she is weakened by the vote. >> reporter: she knows and everyone knows 1/3 of her mps are against the deal she is working for. if she gets the deal through parliament, she needs considerable concessions from the european union.
they smell the possibility of calling a vote of no confidence in the government and having a general election. when she goes to brussels, the politicians there don't have the power to give her what she needs. what the vote did yesterday was to throw into sharp focus the depth of division and how far apart everyone is on the brexit negotiation which makes it possible that britain will leave the eu without a deal and with all of the huge economic consequences for europe and britain and trading partners around the world. the vote yesterday, she survived it, but it is an absolute wake-up call for everyone involved in the process. the deal is far from done. that's a concern. there's a real possibility when theresa may gets whatever she gets or not from the european union, she brings back to
parliament for a vote, that vote will go down and where will britain be then? it will be left with less time to figure out a new deal. that means not getting a deal at all. >> an economic disaster ahead. nic robertson live for us in london. republican senator james i am im -- james imhoff pushed for more military spending. his disclosure report lists $50,000 in raytheon stock. >> he agreed to the defense budget of $750 billion for 2019 after the meeting with imhoff. the senator's transactions are handled by a third party adviser. she says imhofe said reverse the transaction. first lady melania trump
opening up about time in the white house. she spoke to fox news. she is critical of the media. here is what she said about being asked about being first lady. >> opportunity seekers using my name to advance their name. >> does it hurt? >> it doesn't hurt. the problem is they are writing history and it is not correct. they like to focus on the gossip. i would like to have them focus on substance and what we do. not just about nonsense. >> mrs. trump said if she is not going to shy away from promoting her objectives and doing what is right for the country. one would argue the media would like to focus on the substance. >> if there wasn't so much
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china furious. starts to take it out on canada warning of grave consequences. the price canada will pay if they do not release wanzhou. accusing her of evading sanctions on iran to the tune of millions of dollars over five years. nine days after the arrest involving canada, the united states requested it. you have two canadians that china detains on the same day. one is a businessman and other is an ex-diplomat. one was based on the border with north korea. i traveled with the same group. he was famous for traveling with dennis rodman in 2013. he was charged with activities that endanger the national security of china. the same language when china detained michael spavor. you have these two canadians known in china who were taken
into custody a week after the arrest of the darling of the chinese government. the daughter of the founder of huawei. a pillar of the chinese economy. china warning canada there will be more consequences. i can tell you, american tech firms operating there must also take a close look at the movements of their own personnel because although canadians are targeted now, if this is retaliation and we don't know, this could be coincidence. certainly a lot of nervous executives in china right now. >> suspicious. will ripley live in hong kong. thank you. optimism range in the trade saga. the enthusiasm cooled toward the end of the trading day. dow ended up 157 points led by gains with companies with exposure to china. apple, boeing, caterpillar.
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another canadian citizen now missing in china. the u.s., beijing all digging in over the latest diplomatic tensions. would you pay an extra tax to text? california could start charging and we will tell you why. good morning. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. we start with the massive news from the capitol. a three-year prison sentence for michael cohen. another bombshell for an already shaken white house, prosecutors striking a non prosecution agreement with ami. the parent company of "the national enquirer." >> in exchange, ami admits making $150,000 to silence karen mcdougal. part of the effort to bury bad press about donald trump. michael cohen recorded a conversation he had with the then candidate about that
payoff. >> i have spoken to allen about how to set the whole thing up with funding. yes. and it's all the stuff. >> allen weisselberg is the cfo of the trump organization. he was granted immunity. news of the deal with ami came moments after cohen's sentencing for crimes which included arranging payments and lying to congress about the trump tower project in moscow during the campaign. cohen's advisor speaking out stating cohen's false testimony was shared with the white house and it's possible president trump knew cohen would make false statements under oath. not a peep from the president on wednesday, but behind the scenes, we are told the president is seething and assuring associates cohen is a liar. we have athena jones with more. >> reporter: good morning, dave
and christine. this is the first time a member of the president's inner circle received prison time sorted with the russia probe. there was a pattern of deception by cohen. the u.s. district judge agreed saying cohen thrived on the access to powerful people. he became one himself. cohen told the court he took full responsibility for his crimes and speaking about trump, he said time and time again i thought it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds. admitting to orchestrating hush payments to karen mcdougal and stormy daniels to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the president, cohen implicated the president in felonies. saying donald trump directed him to make those payments. trump has denied affairs and denied anything about the payments. cohen admitted to lying to congress and special counsel
investigators about contacts with russia. cohen pledged to continue to cooperate with the mueller investigation. dave and christine. >> athena, thank you for have a. alleged russian spy maria butina is set to plead guilty in federal court in washington. she has been cooperating with investigators. she has been offering information on how she was able to infiltrate circles. the 30-year-old russian national pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. russians are calls for her swift release. nancy pelosi striking a deal to reclaim the speaker's gavel when the democrats take the house next month. the long time democratic leader negotiating with the group of democrats who lobbied against her. this would guarantee two more years as speaker, but she could
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and no accountability. that now starts to change. bruised and battle tested. prime minister theresa may has survived a leadership challenge by other own party. her battles are not over. she tries to convince european neighbors to reopen the dialogue over the brexit withdrawal treaty. we have nic robertson live in london in front of parliament for us. she survives, but this process is murky and still rife with potential missteps. >> reporter: sure. i think it was a real reality check in that vote yesterday. what theresa may recognizes is 1/3 of her party, 117 oppose her. any sense that she can easily get some simple concessions from the european union to swing against her or get behind her
brexit deal. that idea is in the political wilderness right now. why? the concessions she needs from the european leaders and the meeting today an wiwith the iri prime minister. this is all over the irish and northern ireland border. the concessions do not go far enough to implicate all of the people in her party or the opposition in parliament. really what has happened here is theresa may survived yesterday, but that's all. the reality in a few weeks or a month's time, there will be a vote in parliament that she is very, very likely to lose. what will that mean? will it bring the government down? will it mean a general election? will britain leave the eu without a deal? that seems the most likely
political reality at this time. with all of the economic consequences for britain and europe and trading partners around the world. that is what that vote really brought into sharp focus yesterday. >> nic, quickly explain what is the sticking point about the ireland issue? why that has been such a problem for her. >> reporter: i wish i could explain it in a couple of words. the difficulty is that is the new land border between european union and britain. that border in the 1998 good friday peace agreement, i warn this is long, the end to the bloodshed in northern ireland that has to remain open. you cannot have an open border at the same time as you have britain not part of the european union and customs union or single market. it is that square peg in a round
hole which is the conundrum. it is completely overlooked and planning to have britain leave the european union in the first place. it is divisive for her to try to fix that. the eu doesn't have it really in their gift to give her politically what she needs. >> well done, sir. well done. hat's off. that was well cdone. thank you. translation, it is a mess. melania trump opening up about her life in the white house. she spoke to fox news visiting troops. she spoke about being first lady and lashed out at the media. >> the opportunists using my name or family name to advance themselves from comedians to journalists. >> does it hurt? >> it doesn't hurt. the problem is they are writing the history. it is not correct.
they like to focus on the gossip and i would like to have them focus on substance and what we do. not just about nonsense. >> mrs. trump went on to say she is not going to shy away from promoting her objectives and doing what she thinks is right for the country. a partial government shutdown is days away as congressional democrats and the president spar over $5 billion in border funding. during the meeting with democratic leaders with nancy pelosi and mike krzyzews-- demo with nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, the president spoke out with the wall. >> do you think we will pay for it. >> -- for it? >> i don't see the mexican government paying for it. >> do you think mexico will pay
for the wall? >> i'm willing to pay for the wall. i never said mexico would pay for the wall. i believed it is in our national security interest to secure our border. i'm not looking for mexico to pay for it. i'm willing to appropriate money to get the border more secure. >> do you get a shutdown over this? what does the government shutdown look like? the health and human services department is funded and feels the impact of the shutdown? social security and medicare. benefit verification and issuing of cards could cease. in the 2013 shutdown, the national park service turned away tourists. the shutdown could be avoided if an agreement could come with a short-term funding bill on december 21st. >> i'm not optimistic. are you? >> no. all i hear is who will get the blame? the politics of it.
how do you craft and frame who gets the blame? not how to avoid it. >> and lessening the impact of the partial shutdown in this case. ahead, canada and the united states tell the president do not leverage the arrest of the chinese executive to make a trade deal. now two canadians appear to be caught in the middle of the diplomatic standoff. so lionel, what does being able to trade
you're not gonna say it are you? a warning from canada to president trump. do not use the arrest of the chinese executive as a bargaining chip in trade talks with beijing. the president said he might intervene in the cfo of huawei meng wanzhou. if it helped reach a trade agreement. the timing is suspicious. we have the latest from will ripley from hong kong. it was surprising when the president said he would intervene in the issue with the
huawei ceo if it meant success on the trade deal. >> reporter: given he denied knowledge of the arrest across the table at the g20 hammering out the trade truce. on the same day, a darling of china's tech industry, the daughter of the founder of huawei arrested in canada at the instruction of the united states. of course, in china they are saying she is a political pawn. she is being used and kidnapped, essentially, for the u.s. to gain leverage in the trade war. when the president makes a comment like that, it plays into the narrative that the u.s. is playing dirty. after after china warned canada there would be consequences and heavy price if wanzhou is not released, you have two canadian
citizens detained on the same day in china and facing the same charges. activities endangering the national security of china you have michael spavor and michael covret with high level connections. these two are facing serious charges. is it retaliation? is it coincidence? we don't know. china in the past, when they are angry, they find ways to target companies doing business in china. apple and qualcomm have to be nervous to there are retaliatory efforts aimed at them. >> you have to consider essential travel and the risks. will ripley, thank you. breaking overnight. a deadly train crash in the turkey capital.
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>> wait, wait. how did you find me? >> you put your name on the cabin. >> it's a strange situation when you have to laugh at a man who is a father going to prison. that's their job. "early start" continues right now. incarceration. the president's long time personal lawyer is going to prison. and the company that shielded donald trump in 2016 is now cooperating with the feds. nancy pelosi strikes a deal. she's get the speaker's gavel, but time in power is limited. another canadian citizen now missing in china. the u.s., canada and beijing now digging in over the latest in diplomatic tensions. would you pay an extra tax to text? california could start charging and we will tell you why. good morning.