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the state department's watchdog headed to capitol hill to give an urgent briefing on ukraine-related documents. what information must he deliver. >> house democrats slamming the secretary of state. mike pompeo says the democrats are bullying state department officials. >> north korea firing a missile from an underwater launch platform. coming one day after they agreed to nuclear talks. >> the key figure in a college admission scandal says he'll plead guilty.
cnn live in seoul, kiev, and istanbul. welcome in the united states and around the world. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. the state government watchdog heads to capitol hill after make ang urgent request to brief several house members and committees. sources tell cnn the secured meeting between them is connected to documents on ukraine. >> the i.g.'s request came hours after mike pompeo accused house democrats of, quote, intimidating and bullying state department officials by calling them in for depositions, pompeo saying his officials would not have had time to prepare, all of this related to the whistle-blower complaint of accusing the president to investigate his potential 2020 rival joe biden and his son.
there's no evidence of wrongdoing by joe biden or hunter biden. good morning, christine and dave. an urgent request to speak with congressional aides. they will be meeting with them today. we don't know many specifics, however, of what they're going to scores but they say they were coming because they had received documents from the legal adviseder at the state department. now we should note that the congressional aide also described this request to me as highly unusual, really not laying out many details of what the inspector general wanted to talk to congress about, but it came just an hour after secretary pompeo called out house democrats for what he said was bullying state department officials. he said that they weren't following procedure that would be traditional for those they
had asked to come forth to congress and talk to them about ukraine. but the key question here is what does the state department inspector general have that's new, and how if at all does it impact this impeachment inquiry that's ongoing in congress. >> all right. kylie atwood, thanks for that. the chairman of three key committees writing any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with congress including state department employees is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. >> they say pompeo appears to have an obvious conflict of interest because he is now a witness. more now from cnn's sunland
serfaty from capitol hill. >> good morning, dave and christine. despite the back and forth, congress will likely still hear from some of these key players in the whittle blower's complaint. he's still scheduled to testify on thursday. aides tell cnn that's set to happen behind closed doors. volcker is no longer a state employee after he resigned last week after being named in the whistle-blower's report, the whistle-blower alleging volcker had involvement in the conversations with the ukrainian president. he was one of people on the hill he wanted to speak to over the course of the recess. in the meantime the testimony of a former u.s. ambassador to
ukraine, scheduled for today, that's pushed into next week, likely next friday. both potentially important in the impeachment probe. parliament is back in session. a former prosecuting attorney is facing criminal sanctions. vi he met with rudy giuliani. matthew? >> reporter: that's right. ukrainian officials have been tightlipped about this. they don't want to be sucked into this. president trump in the white house transcript with him on july 25th was talking about digging up dirt on his presidential challenger was from
appeared yo. that relates to when joe biden was vice president in 2016 and he was in conversation with poroshenko. i got a chance to confront poroshenko about what vice president biden had to say to him at that time. take a listen. did you know your prosecutor general was meeting giuliani? >> no. >> did you send him? >> no. i had no information. >> had you ever met giuliani? >> yes, i met with him in the year 2001 as the mayor of new york and then in the year 2017 immediately after the election. it was through a friend of a friend. we talked about political support and investment and don't talk about any other things with giuliani. >> thank you. >> reporter: former president poroshenko, he adeed at no tim
discussed hunter biden and ukraine and did not urge the firing of his prosecuting general because he was investigating the gas company hunter biden was working for. >> great get. nice reporting, math you chance in kiev. senator grassley is directly criticizing president trump. grassley is the most senate senior republican. he's a longtime defender of whistle-blowers and has spent his career fine-tuning the whistle-blower laws here, the iowan protections, stating this person appears to have followed the whistle-blower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. when it comes to weather someone qualifies as a whistle-blower, the distinctions being drawn between first and secondhand knowledge aren't legal ones.
it's just not part of whistle-blower protection law or any agency policy. >> for the record, the main point of the whistle-blower's complaint have been proven to be true. >> president trump recently suggested shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down once they cross the mexican border. "the new york times" reports the president floated the idea during a meeting in march and also called for the entire border to be closed. the "times" quoted experts from the new book "border roys: inside trump's assault on immigration." it says this. privately the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench stocked with snakes or alligatoring, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. he wanted the wall electrified with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. he talked about shooting
migrants. he was told that's illegal. he wanted them to shoot them in the legs to slow them down. that's not allowed either. kirstjien nielsen and jared kushner eventually persuaded the president to extend his shutdown of the border until friday. he then banned the idea and instead imposed tariffs on mexico. >> even though he has operational control, he does not have control of his public face of the didn't. he admits it has become a powerful tool for a partisan immigration agenda. mcaleenan told the "washington post" what i don't have control over is the tone, the message, the public face, and approach of the department in an increasingly polarized time.
that's uncomfortable as the accountable senior figure. mcaleenan told the post the didn't's internal policy at the border was well intended, meant to stop smuggling but said child separation went too far. we're just learning about a falsehood from president trump and the remarks he made at the united nations in new york. it happened to involve this network. bloomberg made public comments. see there. he claims the media buried the news of republican dan bishop's special election victory in north carolina's ninth district last month. >> the president said in part cnn who had built the most beautiful $2 million they had spent, they had a studio. the studio was going to stay up for weeks, and toward the end of the night they were taking it down, their so-called stars were leaving and they didn't want to report it.
facts here, cnn never built a studio for north carolina's ninth district coverage. none of the journalists did. the coverage aired on this show and several other cn programs. president trump, the republican national committee raised $125 million during the july to september fund-raising quarter and they plan to spend large chunks of that by running ads on facebook and television ads, focusing on impeachment. some democrats planning to succeed president trump also raised big bucks. bernie sanders rayed just over $25 million, mayor pete beaut tej, $19.1 million, kamala harris, $11.6 million, and senator cory booker, $6 million. new data shows america's
manufacturing powerhouse still struggling. it shows manufacturing activity fell again in september, dropping to this level, 47.8. a level above 50 represents growth. this is the lowest reading since june 2009, the last month of the recession. it's shrinking because of the higher costs of the tariffs and slowing growth of the trade war. the president attacked jerome powell saying fed rate too high. they're their own worst enemies. they don't have a clue. pathetic. this is another broader sign for president trump. there's no end in sight. wondering if this could turn dovish.
this is typical of the president to turn around and blame the fa fed because he's put so much stock into the public stock market. a former dallas police officer facing life in prison after she was found guilty of murder for shooting her unarmed neighbor in his apartment. more details ahead. take prilosec otc and take control of heartburn. so you don't have to stash antacids here... here... or, here. kick your antacid habit with prilosec otc. one pill a day, 24 hours, zero heartburn. $$9.95? no way.?
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we the jury unanimously find the defendant amber guyger guilty of murder as charged in the indictment. >> it took a texas jury less than 24 hours to convict former dallas police officer amber guyger in the fatal shooting of her unarmed neighbor bo than jean. it happened inside his apartment which guyger mistook for hers. the family celebrating afterward. amber guyger could face life in prison. more now from ed lavandera. >> reporter: it was a shocking verdict. she now faces anywhere between five years and life in prison. the sentencing phase of her trial started shortly after the conviction, and the verdict was read here in the dallas county courthouse. the first person that testified in the sentencing face was
botham jean's mother who talked about how much she misses her son, what a hole in her life this tragedy has left. they also detailed what a beacon of light this young man was in his community, the charity work he had done, the philanthropic efforts. prosecutors showed offensive text messages and social media posts that were rather scathing. amber guyger if she decides to testify on her own behalf will have to answer to and be seriously questioned about. anticipate that here on wednesday morning as the sentencing phase continues. we expect to hear from defense attorneys who are trying to minimize the amount of time that amber guyger will spend in prison. dave and christine? >> ed lavandera. thank you for that. a key figure in the college admissions scandal plans to
plead guilty. he allegedly had their s.a.t. and other exams fixed. he took the bribe. he allowed a text fikting fraud to continue for years. he faces up to 30 years in prison. prosecutors say they would consider a lesser sentence if he provides assistance. the latest aggression coming day after north korea agreed to resume nuclear talks with the u.s. paula hancocks live in seoul, south korea, with the latest. paula, what are you learning? >> reporter: dave, as you say, we did understand from a u.s. official this was a launch from an underwater platform, so it was potentially to be used by a submarine when used for real. that was not involved in this
significant test. it's a significant test in that it's pushing the envelope more than we've seen in recent months. this is the 11th test we've seen from pyongyang since may, so certainly you can see that they are trying to test more than just those short-range ballistic missiles and also the guided weapons systems that president donald trump said he's not too concerned with. we heard from japan it was one missile. they believe it broke into two pieces. one of the pieces landed in the economic zone of japanese waters as well. so they say this is against u.n. resolutions. we also heard from a state departments spokesperson just in the past half hour or so saying they want north korea to refrain from any kind of provocations, saying they have to abide by their obligations on the u.n. security resolutions, a little more than we've seen in recent
months. of course it comes right after north korea and south korea agreed to meet. a question mark why they would do it now. they're saying the short-range missiles are off the negotiating table and are they showing they've been emboldened by the fact that the u.s. president donald trump is not concerned. >> almost daring the united states again. thank you. remembering murdered journalist kamal khashoggi outside the place where he was murdered. that's next. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again.
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a moment of silence, but they're describing this as a moment of unsilence because they say silence is what the killers of jamal khashoggi wanted. the one-year anniversary, of course, is coming at a time for this renewed call for justice and one push for justice cnn has obtained a pe tension drafted by two washington attorneys in july on be f of the national interest foundation. 's a washington nonprofit that's critical of u.s. policy in the middle east and they're pushing for the international criminal court's chief prosecutor to investigate the crown prince of saudi arabia mohammed bin salman for what they allege is the kidnapping, torture, and killing of jamal khashoggi in addition to other crimes against humanity. of course, he has denied his role, but there have been calls to further investigate the crown prince. but any move like this, christine, is going to require
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government watchdog headed to capitol hill today for an urgent meeting. the topic, ukraine. secretary of state pompeo accusing house democrats of bullying. house democrats saying pompeo may be trying to hide inform joogs a former dallas police officer facing life in prison after she was found guilty of murder for shooting her unarmed neighbor in his apartment. prince harry and the duchess of sussex suing. we are live this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> good morning. i'm dave briggs. today the state department's government watchdog headed to capitol hill after making an urgent request.
. >> this unusual i.g. request came just an hour after secretary of state mike pompeo accused house democrats of, quote, intimidating and bullying state department officials by calling them in for depositions, pompeo saying his officials would not have time to prepare. all of this related to the whistle-blower complaint accusing the president of pressing ukraine to investigate the president's potential 2020 rival joe biden and biden's son. there's known eviden ee's no ev wrongdoing by joe biden or his son. cnn's kylie atwood has more on these stunning developments. >> good morning, dave and christine. they will be meeting with them today. we don't know many specifics, however, of what they're going to discuss, but the inspector general, according to an aide on the hill, saud that they were coming because they had received documents from the legal adviser at the state department. now, we should note that the
congressional aide also described this request to me as highly unusual, really not laying out many details of what the inspector general wanted to talk to congress about. but it came just an hour after secretary pompeo called out house democrats for what he said was bullying state didn't officials. he said that they wshlts following procedure that would be traditional for those where they had asked to come forth to congress and talk to them about ukraine. but the key question here is what does the state department inspector general have that's new, and how if at all does it impact this impeachment inquiry that is ongoing in congress. >> kylie atwood reporting. thank you. house democrats responding to secretary pompeo's accusation of bullying with a warning of their own. the chairman of three key committees writing to pompeo that any effort to intimidate witnesses o or prevent them from talking to congress is illegal and will constitute evidence of
obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. in response congress inferred any effort it would constitute information that corroborates it. >> they say pompeo has a conflict of interest. we have more from sunlen serfaty on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning dave and christine. congress will likely still hear from some of these key players in the whistle-blower's complaint. the president's former special envoy to ukraine, kurt volker, he is still scheduled to testify on capitol hill on thursday. aides tell cnn that's set to happen behind closed doors. volcker is no longer a state department employee after he abruptly resigned his position
last week after being named in the whistle-blower's report. the whistle-blower alleging volcker had an involvement in the conversations with the ukrainian president about navigating the demands that the president had made of him, and he was one of five people that these committees up here on thehill had wanted to speak to over the course of this two-week recess. now, meantime the testimony of a former u.s. ambassador of ukraine which had been scheduled for today, that likely pushed into next week, likely set to happen next friday. both potentially significant voices in the democrats' impeachment probe. daveed a christine? >> sunlen, thank you. parliament is back in session since the whistle-blower complaint was made public. the former prosecuting attorney is facing criminal investigation for alleged abuse of power. you might recall that he met with joe biden and his son.
mal matthew chance live in kiev. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. that's stringently denied by the bide abouts relating the a period in 2016 when vice president biden he was then had a meeting with the then president of ukraine, petro poroshenko. earlier i had a chance to have an encounter as the parliamentary session opened with mr. poroshenko. i asked him whether he had fired his prosecutor because of the investigation into the gas company. he categorically denied that. he also denied ever having a conversation with vice president biden who he met, of course, on numerous occasions about anything to do with american company and hunter biden or any individuals related to corruption. i also asked him whether he was behind the sending of another prosecuting attorney to meet
with rudy giuliani, offering incredible stories about alleged interference and the bidens' conduct in the country. he said, look, i had absolutely noy of this and i certainly did not send him to meet his personal lawyer. >> thank you. president trump recently suggested shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down once they crossed the mexican border. this is from "the new york times." "the new york times" reporting that the president floated the idea during a meeting in march and also called for the entire border to be closed. the "times" quoted "border walls: insiwall walls." quote, privately the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench stocked with
snakes. he wanted a wall-e electrified with spike on top that could pierce human flesh. later he suggested they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. that's not allowed either. >> nothing normal here. according to providers including kirstjen nielsen and son-in-law jared kushner eventually persuaded the president to postpone the shutdown until the next friday. he then imposed tariffs on mexico. president trump and the republican national committee raised $125 million during the july to september fund-raising quarter and the trump campaign plans to spend a large chunk of that running facebook and television ads focusing on impeachment. others also raises big bucks,
senator bernie sanders topping the list with $25.3 million. pete buttigieg, $19.1 million, senator kamala harris, $11.6 million, senatorbooker, $6 million. mark zuckerberg tells what he thinks an elizabeth warren president presidency. >> i bet we would win the legal challenge. does that still suck for us? yeah. i don't have to have a major lawsuit against our own government. >> according to the audio it comes during two meetings, the same time it agreed to pay a $5 billion penalty. warren who's been a strong critic of big tech she said what
would really suck is if we p don't let big companies liies l facebook engage in illegal anti-competitive practice. facebook now faces a number of anti-trust probes including one from the ftc. >> very interesting stuff. sentencing hearing's under way for a former dallas police officer convicted of murdering her neighbor bo than jean, and she could face life in prison. >d
the defendant amber guyger guilty of murder as charged in the indictment. >> it took a texas jury less than 24 hours to convict former dallas police officer amber guyger in the fatal shooting of her unarmed neighbor botham jean. it happened inside his apartment which guyger mistook for hers. the victim's family celebrating the verdict. the trial sensing phase began immediately that morning. guyger could face life in prison. we get more from ed lavandera. >> dave and christine, it was a shocking verdict, the jury convicting amber guyger. she now faces between five years and life in prison.
the sentencing phase of her trial started shortly after the conviction and the verdict was read here in the dallas county courthouse. the first person that testified in the sentencing phase was botham jean's mother who talked about how much she misses her son, what a hole in her life this tragedy has left. they also detailed what a beacon of light the young man was in his community, the charity work he had done, the philanthropic efforts. prosecutors also showed offensive text messages and social media posts that were rather scathing. amber guyger if she decides to testify on her own behalf in the sentencing fade will have to answer to and be seriously questioned. anticipate that here on wednesday morning as the sentencing phase continues. we'll hear from defense attorneys who are trying to minimize the amount of time amber guyger will spend in
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consequences, a ruthless campaign that's escalated throughout the past year throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son. max foster has within along the way, joins us live from johannesburg. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, david. what they're talking about here are letters written from meghan to her father which were published in the "mail" on sunday. the palace said those letters were edited and they misrepresented what she was trying to say. mailed on sunday, the parent company said they stick by the story and didn't edit it in that way. it was a clear reflection of what she was saying. this is going to show up in the courts and be a big story, but it's not just about one publication. it's about a wider battle with the uk media, propaganda, harry calls it.
it all goes back to his childhood as well, the suffering he felt when his mother was pursued in a similar way. take this quote from a long statement. it was certainly from the heart. though this action may not be the safe one, it's the right one because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. i see what happens when someone i love is come mod advertised to the point where they're no longer treated or seen as a real person. i lost my mother and now i watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces. i will point out, dave, this wasn't a statement for us, the media. it wasn't a press statement. it was directed to the public. it's a standup to bullying in his terms. >> tough battle with the tabloid press there. max foster live for us in johannesburg. thank you. the bronx zoo responding.
a woman climbed over a safety barrier saturday at the lion exhibit. the bronx zoo called it a serious violation and stated the obvious. it could have resulted in serious injury or death. it's not known how long she was in there. whether she was removed by the zoo staff or left on her own. >> the story is he gave a mighty roar and she high-tailed it back over the security fence, but clearly that should not happen. let's take a look at markets around the world. you can see everything is leaning low. european shares is opening down at 1%. on wall street, the mood a little bit grim here, about half a percent. this is why. a key economic report showing. trade activity was the worst in a decade. investers did not like the news.
the dow ended down 47.8%. the s&p 500 closed down 1.2%, the nasdaq, 1.3% lower. grim news for the auto industry. toyota and hyundai dropped in september. two selling days and an early labor day slowed down sales with calendar tricks here. toyota sales fell 16.5% and hyundai declined by 9%. higher car prices kept shoppers away. analysts expect lower interest rates will boost car sales for the rest of the year. ups one step closer to making drone deliveries nationwide. the faa has granted a certificate to ups to operate delivery drone services across the country. now they've been testing this. over the past six months, ups
has made 1,100 medical sample deliveries in a government pilot program. it plans to expand to hospitals for the next 20 years. the faa is still developing drone delivery including a way to remotely identify them. some of these medical campuses are sprawling. it could take ten minutes for a ups truck to get from one side to the other, but a drone can fly over. thanks for joining us. have a good rest of your day. for the rest of us, "early start" continues right now.
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