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this much fun? we are in for it. buckle up. thanks to our international viewers for joining us. for our u.s. viewers "early start" continues right now. this is about 2020 to help him get the next four years? >> that was the way everybody viewed it. >> breaking overnight, an associate of rudy giuliani implicates president trump and top aides in the ukraine scandal. will it force mitch mcconnell's hand on witnesses at the impeachment trial? history today on the senate floor. 100 senators will take an oath for the impeachment trial. we'll tell you what to expect. >> a liar on national tv? >> it looked tense, it sounded ugly. what the rift between progressive senators means for the 2020 race. well, good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm laura jarrett. >> i'm christine romans. it's thursday, january 16th.
5:00 a.m. in the east and 18 days to go until the iowa caucuses. we begin with the indicted rudy giuliani associate lev parnas is naming names. she's directly implicating president trump in the ukraine affair along with high ranking officials in trump's inner circle. parnas describing how he helped orchestrate giuliani's plot to pressure ukraine, to dig up dirt on former vice president joe biden and his son hunter. he tells anderson cooper the effort had nothing to do with corruption. it was all about keeping the white house. >> that's how you personally viewed it, this is about 2020 to help him get the next four years? >> that was the way everybody viewed it. i mean, that was the most important thing was for him to stay out for another four years, and after rudy would speak with the president or come from the white house i was the first person he briefed. >> so giuliani knew everything you were doing. you're saying vice president pence knew? >> i don't know the vice president knew everything we were doing -- >> but he knew the quid pro quo?
>> of course, everybodygue. >> bolton, mulvaney? >> bolten, mulvaney. i don't think bolton agreed with it. i think between me and bolton we could fit in all the dots. i think because i was on the ground there and he was over here. >> and you'd be willing to testify? >> i would be very willing to testify. >> a new revelation from parnas also suggests the pressure campaign started long before volodymyr zelensky was elected president of ukraine. >> so the first quid pro quo again was when we met with president poroshenko -- >> former president. >> former president poroshenko. >> so what was your message to poroshenko? >> he would make the message that he would get -- trump would either invite him to the white house or make a statement for him but basically would start supporting him for president. >> parnas' information is key because under a new house resolution impeachment managers have the authority to submit new evidence.
the president has repeatedly tried to distance himself from parnas and his business partner despite pictures of them all together. all parties involved here have denied pressuring ukraine. but acting wous of chief staff mick mulvaney did say last year quid pro quos happen all the time in foreign policy. mulvaney is one of several witnesses democrats want to hear from at the trial. pa parnas' full interview airs tonight. newly named house managers who will prosecute the case delivering articles to the senate wednesday. one notable change from the clinton trial in '99, cnn has learned the senate's on whethe from witnesses. there's growing pressure on mode witnesses and other evidence. pretty remarkable split screen moment on wednesday. president trump signing his lon
agreement with china. right there you can see. hours before house speaker nancy pelosi signed impeachment articles designed to remove trump prom office. what will we see on capitol hill today has not happened in 20 years. >> with the permission of the senate i will now read the articles of impeachment. >> history unfolds in just hours. cnn's phil mattingly is on capitol hill for us. >> reporter: well, christine and laura, after months of closed door depositions, of public hearings, of house votes, of house democrats deciding to hold onto the two articles of impeachment for a number of weeks, here's the bottom line. this is now in the senate's court. the senate is now responsible for two articles of impeachment and for deciding whether or not to remove the president of the united states. what happens on thursday is this. at noon you're going to see a similar procession, all seven house managers bringing those articles back over again. at which point when they reach the senate floor they'll go to the senate floor.
after they're completed right around 2:00 p.m. the supreme court, the chief justice of the supreme court john roberts will come from the supreme court, be sworn in to preside over the senate impeachment trial. after that all 100 u.s. senators will be sworn in for the trial as well. here's some kind of interesting tidbits to keep in mind here. these senators over the course of how many weeks this trial takes are not alloyed to speak during the trial. they're not allowed to have electronics inside the chamber during the trial. they're not allowed to have any type of reading material outside the scope of the trial itself. they are locked in and they're going to be watching the presentation from the house managers, from the president's defense team, questions from any senator that wants after that point in time. it is going to be a lengthy process. many senators have told me they believe it is going to be an arduous process but it's a historic process nonetheless. one of the questions going forward is will there be enough votes subpoena documents or subpoena witnesses?
a simple majority of the 100 member senate is all it will take to potentially dictate the way this trial will go. democrats have made clear they want to hear from witnesses, they want documents subpoenaed. they only control 47 seats in the chamber. that means they need at least four republicans to join them in that effort. will they follow through with votes, and who would they actually vote for to come testify? that remains an open question. that icy post debate encounter between bernie sanders and elizabeth warren sounded just as intense as it looked. >> i think you called me a liar on national tv. >> what? >> i think you called me a liar on national tv. >> you know, let's not do it right now. you want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion. >> any time. >> you called me -- >> i don't want to get in the way. i just want to say hi, bernie. >> good, okay. >> after the debate cnn found the audio recordings on backup
recordings from the microphones. the warren camp didn't respond to our inquiry. the exchange kept days of escalating tension between the progressive senators. on monday warren con2 meeting during 2018 a woman couldn't win the presidency. sanders denied saying that including on the debate stage. big picture here, the two democrats are basically out of time to repair this rift in public before votes are cast. both are back in washington for the impeachment trial of president trump. that's expected to last about two weeks or so. the senators may not be back on the trial again before the iowa caucuses. >> i've watched that video so many times. the hands and okay we'll do this later. we talk about do they have time to repair the rift? do they want to repair the rift or is it, you know, progressives have to pick? they have to pick who they support, right? >> there's not much time left. why did the state department, pentagon and fbi scrap four briefings on the recent iran crisis?
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of economic justice and security for american workers, farmers and families. >> so what's in the deal? china promises to buy an additional $32 billion in farm goods over the next two years, $12.5 billion in the first year and $19.5 billion in the second. the commitments don't go much further than making up what was lost during the trade war. remember $28 billion has already been spent bailing out farmers. that bail out is double the size of the 2009 auto bail out. the pledge by china to buy more foreign products is part of a broader $200 billion package which includes manufactured goods and energy exports. in exchange the u.s. agreed to cut in half tariffs on $120 billion of chinese goods. >> we're leaving tariffs on, but i will agree to take those tariffs off if we are able to do phase two. >> the deal also includes better protection for u.s. intellectual property and some inroads for u.s. financial services into the chinese market. the u.s. trade representative
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down there. >> we went back and found the backup audio. good morning, this is "early start." >> 30 minutes past the hour here in new york, and we start with this. indicted rudy giuliani associate lev parnas, he's naming names. he's directly implicating president trump in the ukraine affair along with a slew of high ranking officials in trump's inner circle. parnas describing how he helped orchestrate giuliani's plot to dig up dirt on joe biden and his son hunter. he tells anderson cooper the effort had nothing to do with corruption. it was all about keeping the white house. >> this is about 2020 to help him get the next four years? >> that was the way everybody viewed it. i mean, that was the most important thing was for him to stay out for another four years. and after rudy would speak with the president or come from the white house i was the first person he briefed. >> so giuliani knew everything you were doing. >> everything. >> you're saying vice president
pence knew? >> i don't know if vice president knew everything we were doing. >> but he knew about the quid pro quo? bolton, mulvaney? >> bolton i don't think agreed with it. i think bolton is a very important witness because i think between me and bolton we could fit in all the dots i think because i was on the ground there and he was over here. >> and you'd be willing to testify? >> i would we very willing to testify. a new jerevelation suggests the pressure campaign started when the previous president of ukraine was also lobbied. >> the first meeting started with former president poroshenko. if he would make the announcement that he would get -- trump would either invite him to the white house or make a statement for him but basically would start supporting him.
>> the information is key because under a new house resolution impeachment managers have the authority to submit new evidence. acting white house chief of staff mick mulvaney did say last year quid pro quos happen all the time in foreign policy. mulvaney is one of several witnesses democrats want to hear from at the trial. it airs tonight an ac 360. for just the third time in u.s. history americans will witness an impeached president facing trial in the senate. newly named house managers who will prosecute the case delivering the articles to the senate on wednesday. one notable change from the clinton trial in 1999, cnn has learned the senate impeachment resolution guarantees there will be a vote on whether to hear from witnesses. there's been growing pressure on moderate republican senators who could shape the trial with votes on witnesses and other evidence. a remarkable split screen wednesday, president trump signing his long promised phase one trade agreement with china
hours before house speaker nancy pelosi signed impeachment articles designed to remove trump from office. the last time an impeachment trial began on capitol hill was over 20 years ago. >> with the permission of the senate i will now read the articles of impeachment. >> history unfolds in just hours. cnn's phil mattingly is on capitol hill. >> after months of closed door depositions, of public hearings, of house votes, of house democrats deciding to hold onto the two articles of impeachment for a number of weeks, here's the bottom line, this is now in the senate's court. the senate is now responsible for two articles of impeachment and for deciding whether or not to remove the president of the united states. what happens on thursday is this, at noon you're going to see a very similar procession. all seven house managers bringing those articles back over again. at which point when they reach the senate floor they will go to the senate floor and start to read those articles of impeachment. after they're completed around
2:00 p.m. the chief justice of some the supreme court john roberts will come from the supreme court and preside over the senate impeachment trial. after that all 100 u.s. senators will be sworn in for the trial as well. here's some interesting tidbits to keep in mind here. these senators over the course of how many ever weeks this trial takes are not allowed to speak during the trial. they're not allowed to have electronics inside the senate chamber. they're not allowed to have any type of reading material outside the scope of the trial itself. they are locked in, and they are going to be watching the presentations from the house manages, from the president's defense team, questions from any senator that wants at that point in time. many senators have told me they believe it is going be an arduous process but a historic process nonetheless. one of the questions going forward is will there be enough votes subpoena documents or subpoena witnesses? how do you get to 51. a simple majority of the 100 member senate is all it will
take. democrats have made clear they want to hear from witnesses, they want documents subpoenaed. they only control 47 seats in the chamber. that means they need at least four republicans to join them in that effort. four republicans at least have opened the door to the idea of witnesses. will they follow through with votes, and who will they actually vote for to come testify? that remains an open question. guys? >> thanks, phil. more ahead on all this plus the white house releases $8 billion in aid to earthquake ravaged puerto rico but certain conditions were placed on the money first. we'll tell you what and why. we made usaa insurance for members like martin. an air force veteran made of doing what's right, not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage. that's how you do it right. usaa insurance is made just the way martin's family needs it - with hassle-free claims, he got paid before his neighbor even got started. because doing right by our members, that's what's right. usaa. what you're made of, we're made for.
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important witness because i think between me and bolton we could fit in all the dots i think because i was on the ground there and he was over here. >> and you'd be willing to testify? >> i'd be very willing to testify. >> he said he helped execute rudy giuliani's pressure campaign in ukraine. now lev parnas is directly implicating the president and several of his right-hand men. >> let's go to washington and bring in the congressional reporter for "the washington post." thanks so much for getting up this morning for us. >> good to be with you. >> it seems like every week we get a new set of documents that sort of fill out the ukraine picture here. and now we hear from lev parnas, the indicted associate of rudy giuliani. he's naming names. he's pinged everybody from bolton to mulvaney saying everyone knew what was happening. he's also talking about how basically this went back all the way to the previous administration for poroshenko, so not just zelensky which shows how long it was.
i think the question here for mitch mcconnell doesn't this mounting pressure make it impossible newt to call witnesses in the upcoming senate trial? >> it puts new pressure on the moderate republicans especially and by extension on mitch mcconnell because he is the one who has to kind of balance his caucus and decide whether or not he's going to make a deal with those witnesses. it's very significant parnas is basically saying trump knew absolutely everything and mike pence knew absolutely everything. and he was in on this idea if you don't do these favors, announce these investigations of ukraine we're going to hold things back. whether it's the meetings we're supposed to be attending, the inaugurations, the diplomatic gestures and aid as well. in one of ininterviews he did on msnbc he said it's not just the military, it would be all aid. these are serious allegations. and parnas because he was on the ground does have some first person experience. and he said he has a first-hand
witness account because he was there. this kind of goes to the -- he has become another one of these potential material witnesses that never made it into the house' inquiry because he was involved in the southern district of new york investigation at that time. but whether it's parnas or bolton or mulvaney or others the democrats have named, it seems like they have relevant information if the republicans want to hear it. but of course the gop's argument to this point, of course these interviews started to come out last night so we haven't talked yet to members again for their fuller reaction that has been if the democrats aren't confident in their case, that's their problem, why should we be hearing from more witnesses at this point? >> speaking of the sdny investigation i think people are wondering about why all of this is coming out. and it's worth noting the doj actually seized all of parnas' material phones and everything. and just recently this week did the judge approve it releasing
it oo the house committee. that explains some of the timing here and he's taking advantage of going on every single stage to talk. >> this remarkable current split screen yesterday in washington had the president signing his trade one phase deal with a lot of pomp and circumstance. he really rebranded that thing as something i would say bigger than it really was. but he had that moment and commanded the moment. and nancy pelosi signing the articles of impeachment. i thought trump and his event and 30 minutes of talking and working the room in front of the cameras, it seemed like he was trying to be relaxed and control the narrative, but he doesn't have control of the narrative. >> no, look this is -- i think you're probably going to see a lot of split screens like this as the president tries to divert attention away from the fact he's under the gun of an impeachment trial. but the president doesn't have full control of the narrative
because things keep coming out about impeachment and the yes the president's defense will be part of that but not the entire thing. and also as we know the president has oftentimes remained perfectly poised and congeneral for limited periods of time. but then he gets upset and he starts to spew fourth whether it's the four reporters in front of his helicopter or twitter and it's a long time to get there. and so can the president keep a smiling face that whole time, he's never really done that before. >> he hasn't cracked much about jim comey. >> there were a lot of topics that have nothing to do with trade. >> he had some cracks in there. >> i want to turn to 2020 and switch gears a little bit turning to bernie sanders and elizabeth warren. cnn dug up the audio of course from the debate this week. and we knew from the body language that it was bad at the end of the debate, their interaction, but it's ugly.
she says you basically called me a liar on national tv. where do they go from here? i mean, they don't have any time to sort of repair this. >> i'll play it so we can hear it all again. >> i think you called me a liar on national tv. >> what? >> i think you called me a liar on national tv. >> you know, let's not do it right now. you want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion. >> any time. >> you called me. >> i don't want to get in the way. i just want to say hi, bernie. >> yeah, good. >> how does this get resolved before iowa? >> i don't think it does. when you start to take your gloves off then it can snowball, and they are competing against each other, and they're competing against each other for some of the same parts of the democratic electorate. i think they are pitting themselves against each other with the punches they're throwing right now. and yes, they both feel like the other one has called them a liar, and it's going to be this finger pointing. we'll see if this is something
they actually bring up with their supporters as they're campaigning or they leave it to just settle in the news articles and the debate that followed. but i think we're looking down the stretch of not just iowa and these are both top tier candidates and they may last several primaries behind iowa. they're not going to be a big old bear hug like they were for the opening rounds of the debates and people are going to have to start choosing. even the people attracted to both of them are going to have to make decisions and that's what primary season is. >> nice to see you this morning. thank you. >> thanks so much. well, the trump administration abruptly canceling four classified congressional briefings on the iran crisis. the state department called out two briefings on embassy security and the use of force on wednesday. the fbi also canceled a counter intelligence briefing, and the pentagon has now shelved a briefing planned for today for the house armed services committee.
lawmakers mostly democrats continue to question the administration's justification for killing qassem soleimani. senators, however, appear poised to rebuke president trump in the coming days by voting for a war powers resolution to limit his military options in iran. the deal is signed. president trump and chinese vice premier inked the trade trade deal leaving the bigger issues for later. >> we are righting the wrongs of the past and delivering a future of economic justice and security for american workers, farmers and families. >> what's in the deal? china promises to buy an additional $32 billion in farm goods over the next two years. $12.5 billion in the first year, $19.5 billion in the second. now, the commitments don't go much farther than making up for what was lost during the trade war. remember $28 billion has already been spent bailing out farmers. that farm bail out is double the size of the 2009 auto bail out. the pledge by china is part of a
broader $200 billion package which includes manufactured goods and energy exports. in exchange the u.s. agreed to cut tariffs on more than $120 billion of u.s. goods in half. >> we're leaving tariffs on, but i will agree to take those tariffs off if we are able to do phase two. protection for u.s. intellectual property and some inroads for u.s. financial services into china. robert lighthizer said this is, quote, a massively good first step. he said are we in an ideal spot, no. trump said the next round of negotiations will start soon. we'll be right back. i can. the two words whispered at the start of every race. every new job.
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prince harry set to make his first public appearance since he and his wife meghan shocked the world by saying they're stepping back from their royal duties. cnn's max foster is live for us in london. and i saw meghan out and about at a womens shelter in canada. what's harry up to today? >> and she had a pig smile on her face which a lot of papers have picked up on despite all the crisis the family has been through in buckle ham palace today where prince harry will peer to draw the teams for the 2021 world rugby league world cup. so everyone's out there to see how he's doing after all of this.
when will the couple be reunited? actually we don't know because i heard last night harry's got some meetings next week which presumably is linked to the meetings he'll have with the family. so trying to work out how these traditions will look out of these senior palace roles. presumably he'll be heading off to canada some point next week. we spoke earlier in the week about all involved with transferring to canada, the tax implications, citizenship implications. so all that's being worked through as we go. we'll bring you the pictures of harry as we get them here. >> all right, max foster as the palace turns, thanks so much. a record number of guns were seized at u.s. airports last year. tsa officers confiscated more firearms than ever before. almost 4,500 in total, a 5%
increase from 2018. 87% of the firearms were loaded. hartsfield-jackson in atlanta topped the list of airports with the most weapons. followed by dallas if theworth, denver and sky harbor in phoenix. the trump administration is lifting a hold on $8.2 billion in aid to puerto rico but is placing some severe restrictions on how the money is spent. the white house said it wanted to ensure the money was being spent properly. according to "the washington post" there will be a limit paid to contractors working on disaster relief. they'll get less the minimum wage of $15 an hour. puerto rico is reeling from a series of recent earthquakes, hurricane maria in 2017 and a corruption crisis that led to the governor resigning last year. jeffrey epstein allegedly transported underage girls to his homes in the u.s. virgin islands and forced them into sexual servitude from 2001 all the way to 2018. that's according to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of
the virgin islands. the suit alleges epstein used a system of private planes, helicopters, boats, and vehicles to bring in the young women and girls to his island residence on little st. james. the lawsuit targets epstein's estate. several llcs and corporations controlled by epstein as well as unnamed john and jane does. let's check in on cnn business this morning taking a look at markets around the world. narrowly mixed here this morning. on wall street, wall street futures also barely moving right now. it was a record day on wall street after the phase one signing. doesn't take much to make a record these days. the dow climbed just 91 points and that was enough to close about 29,000 for the first time in history. and the nasdaq closed up just slightly. some transparency here. citi group still has some murk to do. a slight improvement from the
pay gap it reported in 2018. they said the raw gap numbers are not adjusted for seniority, job title and location. with you adjust for all of that citi says women there earn less than 1% than men. it's going to take 40 years for women to achieve equal pay. for women of color it would take even longer. the transparency in these numbers i think is really important. once you start laying out that data and managers see what's really happening i think you can address it. well, imagine working as long as bob volmer. he's a surveyor for the department of natural resources. he joined the agency in 1962. he'll report for work for the last time february 6th. the world war ii veteran says his body is finally telling him it's time. bob plan tuesday do a lot of reading and farming in retirement and wants to visit
some of the south pacific islands where he served in the navy. >> i would be head today the beach. >> i think there are some people who just love to work and want to keep working keeps you going, you know? >> absolutely. >> that and your bills and college education and all of that. >> new day starts right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it's thursday, january 16th. it's 6:00 here in new york and the breaking news this morning, we're hearing for the first time from a central player in the scheme which ultimately led to th the impeachment of president trump. an explosive new interview which we're playing for you for the first time this morning on cnn of lev parnas, the indicted associate of rudy giuliani. in our interview with anderson cooper youl ar