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5:00 a.m. in the east. major breaking news to tell you about overnight. a new twist for the white house. the texts show how the u.s. leveraged a possible meeting between president trump and ukraine cnn president zelensky to push for an investigation. it was provided by special envoy to ukraine kurt volker who testified behind closed doors yesterday. >> on july 25th volker texted a top zelensky convinces trump he will investigate get to the bottom of what happened in 2016. we will nail down date for visit to washington. point man here rudy giuliani. giuliani said it did not go far enough and suggested adding
references that would imply investigations of joe biden and his son, hunter, and the 2016 election. >> a u.s. top diplomat was concerned president trump withholding hundreds of millions of military aid would result in a quid pro quo. bill taylor texted the u.n. ambassador. taylor wrote this, are we now saying security assistance and a white house meeting are conditioned on investigations? suthland responded, call me. >> on september 9th, as i said on the phone, i think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign. 4 1/2 hours later sondland said i believe you are incorrect. the president has been crystal clear. no quid pro quos of any kind. >> he urged ukraine not to interfere in u.s. politics. "the washington post" reports volker warned giuliani that
ukrainian claims were unreliable. today the inspector general for the intelligence committee will testify to the house panel behind closed doors. world wind day on developments on the impeachment front most shocking president trump under investigation to ask a secret government to interfere in elections is that he did it for all the world to see. jim acosta at the white house. >> dave and christine, a remarkable moment, one for the history books as president trump stood outside the white house and the president asked china to dig up dirt on former vice president joe biden, unlike his conversation with ukraine's president. no call transcript is necessary here. the president said the quiet part out loud. >> china should start an investigation into the bidens. because what happened to china is just about as bad what happened with ukraine.
>> it's become more difficult for the white house and its defenders to accuse the whistle-blower complaint of relying upon hearsay to accuse the president of asking a foreign government to interfere in the upcoming election as the president did that in front of the cameras. dave and christine. >> jim acosta, thanks, jim. the president saying yesterday he has not spoken with china president about investigating conspiracy theories about the bidens. that is not true. cnn learned exclusively president trump did raise joe biden with president xi in a june phone call. thrust his political grudge into the world's most complicated and consequential relationship. kylie atwood part of the cnn team that broke that story has more for us. >> christine and dave, now, during a phone call between president trump and president xi in june we are learning that trump did mention joe biden, the former vice president.
now his most formidable democratic opponent leading up to 2020. he also mentioned elizabeth warren according to sources familiar with this phone call. it was in the political sense that they were doing well in the polls and that they were the ones opposing him when it comes to 2020. we are also learning that the transcript of that call was put in the highly sensitive server. the same server that the ukrainian transcript was put in to that we consistently reported on in the last few weeks. i did speak with one chinese diplomat who said it was chaotic, but also said china wasn't interested in getting involved in the domestic politics on the u.s. but we are still waiting to see how the chinese government officially reacts to those statements from president trump today. >> thank you for that. big slow downs in u.s. manufacturing and the service sector made for another day on
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in a way others don't. and it relieves my symptoms fast for real migraine relief. more evidence of cracks in the american economy. another damaging economic report and rising odds of a rate cut from the fed after two terrible days of losses to start the fourth quarter. the dow closed up more than 120 points. but that really doesn't tell the story. look at all that red at the beginning of the chart.
the dow is down more than 300 points earlier in the day and balances lost more than 700 points since tuesday. the sell-off began after the institute of supply management reported a slow down in the u.s. service sector. let's bring in matt eagan lead writer for cnn business. many people saw the lead in manufacturing and many people thought it was isolated. american manufacturing the smaller part of the economy and then this. >> happy friday, guys. we made it through another pretty crazy week. >> almost. >> almost. and, christine, your point is spot on. right. manufacturing we know it's in contraction and that's because of the trade war and this global slow down. and now we're learning that the service sector, restaurants, hotels. that's really the biggest part of the economy. and now it's growing at the weakest pace in three years. employment growth and services is also slowing. that is certainly adding to these concerns that we could be dealing with some sort of severe
slow down or maybe even a recession. >> jobs numbers come out in a few hours. what do you expect and what does that tell us? >> investors are on high alert for any manufacturing slow down and really contraction is spreading. certainly anything to do with manufacturing jobs. i mean, they've certainly slowed down the growth. does that go negative? that would be a concern. also there are these temporary jobs that are added because of the census. that is sort of boosting things. also, overall, how is private sector job growth holding up? it has been slowing. i think investors and economists can live with a slow down there and we're hoping it's not any more than that. nothing severe. >> we heard the president and the surrogates saying because this is because of the democrat impeachment concerns and you take away president trump and the economy and the stock market will fall apart. this is about trade war and global trade flows. am i right? >> you are right.
just look at the weekly chart of the dow. we saw the market take a hit at 2:00 a.m. tuesday morning. that had nothing to do with impeachment or politics that is when this ism manufacturing report came out showing it was the worst month for factories since the end of the great recession. i think impeachment does pose another uncertainty. but right now it's really just noise. i think investors are really squarely focused on the economy and they're not really paying attention to that side show in washington, at least not yet. >> president focused on the fed as that war continues to escalate. meeting at the end of the month. jerome powell between a rock and a recession. what do you expect him to do? >> he is put in this impossible position and already a really tough job and i think he's going to be under more pressure to lower interest rates and that's because of these concerns about a recession. i mean, we saw yesterday one of
the reasons why the market appeared to bounce way off the lows yesterday was because the odds of a rate cut in october have sky rocketed. they have gone up to 90%. a week ago they were at 50%. people were worried about the economy. jay powell will have to respond to that. when it gets around 90%, 100%. they don't have a choice but cut rates. >> you made this point in your stories. the fed can't fix a trade war? >> no. no magic war for trade war. borrowing costs are already really low. they could extremely soften the blow and it is helping on real estate and help with autos, as well. if you're a manufacturer and rates go a little bit lower, i don't really think that changes anything if you're worried about the trade war. if you're a restaurant owner and losing customers because of the factory layoffs, i don't think going lower changes anything.
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mvp. the seattle quarterback threw for four touchdowns. starting with this amazing pass to tyler lockett in the back of the end zone. wilson placing the ball only where lockett can get it. concentration keeping both feet in bounds. ending his night with this. a juggling near drop to give seattle the lead with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining. nice little play there. russell wilson just looking phenomenal. rams offense showing some signs of improvement, as well. 15 seconds on the clock and kicker greg zuerlein made his previous three kicks and the agony of defeat. the mlb playoffs two juggernauts going head to head. cardinals rallied in the eighth against atlanta.
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in hollywood. the nationals and dodgers in game one of their series. gavin lucks making the most of his first ever playoff at-bat. pinch homer to left field that drops into a trash can no less. l.a. cruising 6-0 in game one. playoff baseball just getting started, by the way. two games on our sister channel tbs and plan according for that. everything gets under way just after 2:00 eastern. a very, very busy time, dave ask christine, if you are a baseball fan. >> ten hours of baseball. >> good to see you, thanks for coming this morning. breaking overnight, a quid pro quo between the u.s. and ukraine. what each side wanted, quite different.
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text messages released by house democrats. the texts show how the u.s. leveraged a possible meeting between president trump and vladimir zelensky to push into an investigation. the texts were provided by kurt volker. >> on july 25th, volker texted a top zelensky adviser. head from white house, assuming president z convinces trump he will investigate get to bottom of what happened. the statement ultimately made it to president trump's personal attorney rudy giuliani. giuliani said that statement didn't go far enough and suggested adding references that would imply investigation of joe biden and his son, hunter, and
the 2016 election. the newly released text shows a u.s. top diplomat was concerned. president trump was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars of military ad would amount to a quid pro quo. bill taylor texted gordon the u.s. ambassador to the european union. are we now saying security assistance and a white house meeting are conditioned on investigation. sondland responded, call me. >> there it is. on september 9th taylor spelled out his concerns. as i said on the phone, crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign. four and a half hours later, sondland said i believe you are incorrect. the president has been crystal clear. no quid pro quos of any kind. >> sources told volker yesterday he urged ukraine not to interfere in u.s. politics. "washington post" warned that he warned giuliani that ukrainian
claims were unreliable. michael atkinson will testify at house panels behind closed doors. >> the text kept a worldwind day of impeachment front. perhaps most shocking if president trump under investigation for secretly asking a foreign government to interfere in u.s. elections. he did it, again, for all the world to see. cnn's jim accoosta is at the whe house. >> dave and christine, it was a remarkable moment, one for the history books as president trump stood outside the white house and called for foreign interference in the 2020 election. dig up dirt on former vice president, joe biden, unlike his conversation with ukraine's president no call transcript is necessary here. the president said the quiet part out loud. >> china should start an investigation into the bidens. because what happened to china is just about as bad as what
happened with ukraine. >> it's become more difficult for the white house and its defenders of allying upon hearsay of asking a foreign government to interfere in the upcoming election as the president did that in front of the cameras. dave and christine. >> jim acosta there at the white house. the president also saying yesterday that he had not spoken with chinese president about conspiracy theories about the bidens. that is not true. cnn has learned exclusively mr. trump did raise joe biden with president xi in a june phone call. suggest that the chinese investigate the bidens into the world's most complicated and consequential relationship. kylie atwood part of the team that broke the story has more. >> christine and dave, now, during a phone call between president trump and president xi in june, we are learning that trump did mention joe biden, the former vice president.
now his most formidable, democratic opponent leading up to 2020. he also mentioned elizabeth warren according to sources familiar with this phone call. it was in the political sense that they were doing well in the polls and that they were the ones opposing him when it comes to 2020. we are also learning that the transcript of that call was put in the highly sensitive server. the same server that the ukrainian transcript was put in to that we have constantly reported on over the last few weeks. i did speak with one chinese diplomat today who said it was chaotic as they saw these media reports coming in, and also said china wasn't interested in getting involved in the domestic politics of the u.s. but we are still waiting to see how the chinese government officially reacts to those statements from president trump today. >> all right, kylie, thank you for that. amid the avalanche of ukraine-related news. new damaging information about
vice president mike pence. two sources tell us the vice president was told about the july 25th call between presidents trump and zelensky the day after it happened. those two and a third source prove that pence was provided a transcript of the call. not certain if the vice president had read it. but pence prepares and relies on briefings before meeting with foreign meetings and did meet with president zelensky weeks after the call. secretary of state mike pompeo says he intend to respond to a subpoena calling for documents related to ukraine by today. house democrats plan to subpoena the white house if it fails to comply with broad requests for documents. but the white house may have another idea. axios reports the white house is planning to send house speaker nancy pelosi a letter later today arguing president trump and his team can ignore lawmakers demands until pelosi holds a former house vote approving a house inquiry. a letter has been drafted but
new text messages released by house democrats overnight by u.s. diplomats reveal, but officials in the two countries seem to have different understandings, shall we say. political post senior political reporter great to have you here on another head spinning day. how do these text messages broadly speaking change the impeachment inquiry? >> certainly evidence in its favor. i think that the big take away from these text messages is that
it was broadly understood from these ambassadors and envoys that were serving in eastern europe and ukraine specifically that there was some kind of condition here. the text message from kurt volker referred to how he had just spoken with the white house and then referenced how a meeting was conditioned upon pursuing these investigations. it's not a coincidence that all these people seem to understand these things as condition. whether it was the meeting. whether it was specifically the military aide, i think we need to find out more. kurt volker said some important things on thursday. >> bill taylor the top diplomat to ukraine and this text message that he sends, as i said on the phone, i think it's crazy it withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign. it seems, though, at least someone there was seeing what was happening behind the scenes and alarmed. >> there were two text messages
from bill taylor to this effect. it almost seemed like he was gathering evidence or trying to cover his back side when it came to what might come out of these text messages one day. and then you see the response from gordon sondland european union and also a big trump donor who basically respauponds in a he knows the isis part of a record and very carefully worded, defending the president saying there was no quid pro quo. i think everybody understood that there was something objectionable going on here and a lot of covering of their back sides. >> the president yesterday right out there in front of the cameras, 30 seconds apart. first he says, i have a lot of leverage. i have a lot of options with china in terms of a trade deal. exactly 30 seconds later he says, china should pea investiga be
investigating the bideens. in the soup of the last week that is something that investigators must really be focused on here. the president out loud calling for another country to investigate his political rivals. >> yeah, certainly. and the timing of that that you just mentioned, the 30 seconds apart. the president was talking about the trade war with china when he mentioned the leverage that he could have on china. then he was asked about ukraine. he was not asked about china investigating. and he brings up china investigating the bidens on his own. i think it's pretty clear from the president's comments that he understands what leverage is. he understands how to use it. the fact that he would associate those things so closely together, he would bring up china investigating on his own. i think, you know, the totality of his comments from that call with the ukraine president and now these public comments about china suggest that he knows how to at least implicitly get his message across. that maybe these countries should do him a favor, if they want favors in other areas that he can handle from an official
perspective. >> okay. so on the republican side, minority leader mccarthy calls pelosi reckless and calls on her to suspend the impeachment. funding off the impeachment vowing to stop it and any cracks in the republican firewall for the president? >> i think republicans are probably very happy to be on recess right now. if they were in the halls of congress being chased down by reporters, this would be a much more difficult situation. look, their go-to after the release of the ukraine call was to basically say nothing. they said they were very concerned about potential corruption with joe biden, but they didn't generally address the substance of the president apparently asking for a foreign country to do something that could play in an election. i think in this case, it's going to be similar. those members also have to be asking themselves, if they don't speak out or do something about this, will the president keep taking this further and further as he seemed to do on thursday
with china and really have the situation get out of hand? it's clear they are uncomfortable with this entire situation. >> how does the vice president mike pence get through this? we know he reviews transcripts of calls to prepare, briefings to prepare for meetings and he met with the ukrainian president and given a transcript of that phone call between the president of the united states and ukraine. where does mike pence fit into this? >> mike pence throughout the trump presidency has been a background figure and not involved in the major controversies. in this case, i think he is inuvl vaed. it is impossible not to involve him. also very difficult to believe that he didn't understand what kind of pressure was being applied and what the specific investigations that they were pressing for were. given that he had a representative on that phone call on july 25th. given that rudy giuliani to a large extent and president trump, too, to a lesser extent, were publicly pushing for these investigations beforehand.
if you are mike pence and you have that planned visit to ukraine and then you have zelensky in september, i think it's understood just as during the trump tower meeting that, quote/unquote adoption is not about adoption but sanctions. this is something that would be understood at somebody at mike pence's level. >> how quickly do you expect a vote in the house? >> i am surprised they are saying they want to move through this quickly. this is something that is going to have to drag out because the white house is going to put up a fuss about this and fight the subpoenas and depositions. i don't know how democrats can rush through this without trying to get every piece of evidence they possibly can about ukraine. judging by what we saw thursday the more they push and more evidence they gather, the stronger their hand can be. >> aaron blake, thank you so much. >> thanks. unearthed a letter from 2016
that shows republican senators echoing calls by then vice president joe biden to address corruption in the prosecutor general office. the bipartisan letter undercuts a baseline attack made by president trump. the president claims biden pressured the ukrainian government to fire the prosecutor general to stop investigations into a company that his son hunter biden on its board. signed by rob portman and ron johnson. just last week johnson asked attorney general william barr to -- another whistle-blower complaint, this one coming from the irs. an irs official alleges he was informed of one political appointee at the treasury department trying to interfere with the audit of president trump or vice president pence's tax returns. the president, of course, never released his. "the post" reports two officials
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providing poor families with a basic monthly income and we've just heard from a representative of the council of iraqi shiite scholars saying that it's time for the government to do its job. it has to do a better job at improving public services. keeping in mind that in much of iraq daily prolonged power cuts and in some parts of the country, the water is simply not potable. he also called for more job opportunities for young iraqis. of course, given that the youth unemployment in iraq is about 40%. that's definitely one of the main complaints of these protesters. and they also called these shiite scholars for the formation of a committee of impartial nongovernment individuals to come up with ways to deal with corruption, which is really what has drained so much of the resources of this
otherwise very wealthy country. >> rich in natural resources and really struggling. ben wedemen from beirut, thanks, ben. >> when you bring me out, can you introduce me as joker? this weekend's opening of the movie "joker" prompted a warning from fbi. social media threats called for mass shootings. officials flagged local enforcement out of an abundance of caution and no specific or credible threat. fears are heightened because of the 2012 mass shooting in aurora, colorado, at a midnight showing. the cdc says 1,080 cases reported in 48 states and the u.s. virgin islands. 19 deaths in 16 states. additional deaths are under investigation. this week, the mayo clinic reported the lung damage in some victims resembles a chemical burn.
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story. they've been lower earlier in the morning. investors are concerned about cracks forming in the american economy and the dow and s&p shaping up to be the worst week since early august. the september jobs report that comes out in 3 1/2 hours, 2 1/2 hours. the alternative meat craze is growing quickly and one of the industry leaders is beyond meat. mcdonald's is testing a beyond meat patty in canada. grocery stores are adding it to the shelves. disney announced plant-based option added to every location in theme parks. advocates say it's better for the environment and doesn't kill animals. during a cnn event business series ethan brown told me that is one of the biggest misunderstandings about the industry. >> we're fwhanot trying to hide anything from you. we take protein directly from the plant and run it through heating, cooling and pressure. that's our process.
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investigating the 2016 election and bidens. one text from a senior ukrainian aide to kurt volker says once we have a date outlining vision fo that hired joe biden for its board. another text from a senior diplomat referenced the hundreds of millions of dollars that was withheld from ukraine. here it is. quote, are we now saying that security assistance and white house meeting are concernditionn investigations, end quote. a source tells cnn the ukrainian government went so far as to draft a public statement about its commitment to carry out these investigations but never released it in part because rudy giuliani did not think it went far enough. >> i give you this, you give me that. that is the essence o