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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The memo was sent to Congress. It was declassified. I think it's a disgrace what's happening in our country.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The president of the United States is willing to trash his intelligence community.

REPRESENTATIVE DEVIN NUNES (R-CA), CHAIRMAN, HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: There's clear evidence of collusion with the Russians. It just happens to be with the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), MINORITY LEADER: It's about a distorted memo that the Republicans decided to put forth.

MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Serious concerns about the integrity of decisions that were made at the highest level of the department.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is a red herring, an attempt to confuse everybody.

ERIN BURNETT, CNN ANCHOR: There is a lot of fear in Washington that the president is gearing up to fire the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. The president was asked about it today.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: You figure that one out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The firing of Rob Rosenstein in my view would be an act of obstruction of justice.


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, and thank you very much for spending time with us here because this morning, the build-up is over, the memo is out. The question is, will the leaders of the FBI and the Department of Justice, previously held in high esteem by members of both parties, lose any jobs over this heavily hyped document? VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Now the president refuses to say whether if he still hs confidence in the man supervising the Russia probe after the release of that controversial memo yesterday.

Let's get now to CNN's Abby Phillip in Washington live. Abby, is there a risk of now more people leaving the Department of Justice?

ABBY PHILLIP, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, good morning, Victor. There is always a risk in this Trump White House that things like that could happen and that's why there's been such heightened concern this week. Now that this memo is out, we've seen exactly what it says.

But what we are focused on is what the president is saying. He's been tweeting attacks on his own Department of Justice and FBI all week, and yesterday when asked about the fate of Rod Rosenstein as a result of what the memo unveils, this is what the president had to say --


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you still have confidence in him after reading the memo?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: You figure that one out.


PHILLIP: Well, that was a pretty vague response. Hours later the White House seemed to want to pull that back. Look, Rod Rosenstein, as you mentioned, is in charge of this Russia probe, and there are fears in Washington, on Capitol Hill, and elsewhere that if the president moves to do that, it will really up end his own presidency. You saw the principal deputy press secretary, Raj Shah, go out on CNN last night and said this, pulling back what the president had to say.


RAJ SHAH, WHITE HOUSE PRINCIPAL DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I'm saying it on behalf of the White House, and that's that, you know, no changes are going to be made at the Department of Justice. We fully expect Rod Rosenstein to continue on as the deputy attorney general.


PHILLIP: So, of course, we're still waiting to see. In the past, President Trump is obviously the decisionmaker in this White House and even while aides say that there are no plans to fire Rosenstein, we know through our reporting that the president has directed so much of his anger toward this individual, viewing him as sort of a gatekeeper to a biased probe.

We've also heard a little bit from Senator John McCain who, by the way, is weighing in on some of this stuff from his treatment for cancer. He had sharp words directed directly at President Trump. He said that the American people deserve to know what went on with Russia's interference and the special counsel's investigation he said must proceed unimpeded.

Our nation's elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan side shows. So, John McCain there seeming to direct this at President Trump and also at Devin Nunes and this memo, which has been derided by people on both sides of the aisle as simply not all it's cracked up to be, and also not fully baked analysis of what happened as it relates to the origins of the Mueller probe -- Victor and Christi.

BLACKWELL: All right. Abby Phillip for us live in Washington. Abby, thanks so much.

[06:05:07] All right. Here to break down the memo, let's go to Errol Louis, CNN political commentator and anchor for Spectrum News, Sarah Westwood, White House correspondent for "The Washington Examiner," and Walter Shaub, CNN contributor and former director for the Office of Government Ethics. Good morning to all.

Errol, let me start with you. This was billed as bigger than Watergate. Now 18 hours out from the immediacy of the release, and anyone who wanted to resign has now had more than those hours to do so. Does it live up to the hype?

ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well, I think where it does track quite alarmingly with what happened during Watergate, which I do remember from when it happened -- I was a kid, but I was following it -- look, you've got a constitutional crisis in motion.

You add up all of the things that we've heard over the last couple of weeks, we know that the White House counsel threatened to resign, that he was told to fire Mueller. We can see exactly where this is going.

The president is trying to shut down the entire investigation of what he keeps insisting is a witch hunt where there's no evidence. Of course, if there's no evidence, he wouldn't be so busy, one would think, trying to fire everybody involved with it.

This is leading to only one place which is to try to end the investigation or cripple it. His own hand-picked deputy attorney general, his own handpicked director of the FBI had been trying to reel him in, tried to do their jobs, trying to hold the system together.

And we have a White House that is determined to undo all of that. The question, of course, behind all of it is why.

BLACKWELL: Sarah, to that point, sources have told CNN that the president on phone calls with his friends has said the release of this memo will help to support his -- memo will help to support his view that he's being targeted by law enforcement, that this will undermine the Russia investigation. Has this release swayed anyone, changed any minds, or just kind of hardened people where they are?

SARAH WESTWOOD, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, "WASHINGTON EXAMINER": I think you hit the nail on the head. It's sort of hardened people where they are. If you were already predisposed to believe that the Russia investigation is a witch hunt and that president Trump has been a victim of unfair scrutiny of the Justice Department, then you probably saw this memo as a bombshell revelation.

If you were already predisposed to believe that the Russia investigation is a legitimate inquiry, then you probably seized on the fact that there isn't much in this memo that has to deal with the investigation at large or the genesis of the investigation.

It mostly focuses on one specific allegation of FISA abuse that dates back to October, 2016. I think it's why you've seen some Republicans including Speaker Paul Ryan, including Congressman Trey Gowdy, who are trying to limit the criticism of the Justice Department to just this one instance.

But making clear that they don't support any efforts to undermine Robert Mueller. I think that strengthens the credibility of Republicans argument that there should be more scrutiny applied to this one instance that they may clear the distinction that they're not trying to go after Robert Mueller.

BLACKWELL: Yes. Congressman Gowdy tweeting that out pretty clear statement yesterday supporting the Mueller investigation continuing as it is. Walter, let me come to you. The White House says that this declassification was in the interest of transparency.

Put that into context of what we know about denials and refusals from this White House to disclose certain elements, visitor logs, tax returns as we know, and the justification for transparency as the reason for declassifying this.

WALTER SHAUB, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Yes. Don McGhan's cover letter that declared that this was being released in the interest of transparency may be the single most cynical thing to come out of Washington this past year in this administration.

We are talking about a memo that was cherry picked by a man who didn't read the underlying material, Devin Nunes, and who suppressed a competing memo over the objections to of the Department of Justice and FBI.

It's just preposterous to say this has anything to do with transparency. This is a blatant partisan attack. Fortunately, it fell flat yesterday, much, I think, to the chagrin of the president.

This memo was a complete dud, but it was a strange hill to choose for democracy to die on because as they're twisting the national security apparatus to try to attack an investigation of a president, they did it for a memo that achieves nothing.

And they caused a lot of harm because there is a relationship between Congress and the Department of Justice and the national security apparatus. And I've seen members of Congress bemoan the government's resistance to release sensitive material to them precisely for the reason that they can't be trusted to guard it. And now they proved the worst fears of the executive branch true by pushing for the release of this memo.

[06:10:06] BLACKWELL: Yes, and you've argued -- I've seen some of your statements that this continues to erode the relationship between the Department of Justice and Congress. Errol, back to you, if this is in the interests of transparency, then one would argue that the president would have to declassify the Democrats' memo after -- does anybody expect that's really going to happen?

LOUIS: I don't expect that to happen or if it does happen, it will be, you know, on a holiday weekend, you know, the day before Memorial Day weekend or something. It is clear that this is transparently political. I think Walter is exactly right. They're playing politics here with all of the facts that are involved.

Again, the striking thing about this for me is that it is so transparent. There's not really an attempt to even dress it up with -- bring an academic in. Act as if some professor looked at this, as if there's an objective analysis here. There's none of that.

It's also driven by the desire to stop the investigation which really could happen. If Rod Rosenstein leaves, if there's a replacement of him by somebody who wants to slow up the investigation, de-fund it, slow it down, misdirect it, we might not find out what was going on with this very important underlying question of meddling in our election by a house-style foreign power.

BLACKWELL: All right. Walter Shaub, thank you. Errol, Sarah, stick around for us. We've got a lot more to talk about including the distraught father restrained after charging former USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar in court.

PAUL: We'll talk about it and show you what happened leading up to that, what happened in court when he charged at the doctor and what happened to that father afterwards.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He will be escorted to one of the deepest, darkest, hottest pits in hell --


BLACKWELL: Plus, the emergency worker that hit that missile alert button in Hawaii and sent thousands into panic, we're hearing from him now. He says that he thought the alert was real in those last few moments leading up to the incident. That's ahead. Stay with us.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was 100 percent so sure that it was real.



[06:16:27] BLACKWELL: Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, author of this disputed memo, has a controversial history with the Trump White House. Nunes is member of the president's transition team or was. He was forced to recuse himself as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee as it relates to this investigation.

But he never really relinquished power. In March, this is where it all started. He told reporters he had seen evidence that the intelligence community had gathered information on high-level Trump aides and officials. Watch this.


NUNES: What I saw has nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with the Russia investigation, has everything to do with possible surveillance activities. The president needs to know that these intelligence reports are out there.


BLACKWELL: So, his choices around this time really confuse some lawmakers and cause them to question his motives. You see the night before, Nunes received a mysterious phone call, suddenly left his staff, and headed to the White House grounds to meet a source.

"The New York Times" later reported that a pair administration official were his contacts. The next day came this infamous news conference. Nunes later briefed president Trump in person before sharing the details with the bipartisan committee colleagues.

Now by the end of the week, Democrats were in open rebellion. Nunes apologized to the Intel Committee privately but then defended his actions on Fox News.


NUNES: It's clear that I would be concerned if I was the president. That's why I wanted him to know and felt I had a duty and obligation to tell him because as you know, he's been taking a lot of heat in the news media, and I think to some degree there are things he should look at to see whether he thinks the collection was proper or not.


BLACKWELL: So, he received information from White House officials and then went back to the White House to brief the president. Follow us on this. Nunes is now one of the president's most effective allies on Capitol Hill, and he's now in direct conflict with the country's top law enforcement agencies.

PAUL: So, Errol and Sarah are back with us now. Also, you notice there Tom Fuentes, CNN senior law enforcement analyst and former FBI assistant director. Thank you all for being here. We appreciate it.

Let's jump off of that whole story on Nunes. Errol, the fact that he admitted last night he didn't read anything, let's look at that again. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ROBERT BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Did you read the actual FISA applications?

NUNES: No, I didn't. There is one of the bogus news stories that have been put out. The agreement we made with the Department of Justice was to create a reading room and allow one member and two investigators to go over and read the documents. I thought the best person on our committee would be the chairman of the Oversight Committee, Trey Gowdy.


PAUL: Errol, important for him to read them himself? Yes or no?

LOUIS: Well, sure, and if you don't go out, maybe you don't go and out Trumpet before the world that you know what's in the documents that you've never seen. I thought it was a nice sort of summary that Victor did showing that this person has been acting more as an employee of the Trump administration than as an independent member of Congress.

This is somebody who has been putting the interests of the White House, the political interests of the White House, above every other consideration. And what's important to keep in mind here is that when the Justice Department and the FBI and the Democrats on the committee are all saying don't do this, what they're talking about is not engage in partisanship for the president.

[06:20:06] Anybody who wants to support the president can certainly do it, but don't do it in this manner. Don't act as if information that you've never seen was involved in organizing the surveillance of a guy, Carter Page, who clearly should have been watched by the intelligence agencies for years, even before this campaign began.

PAUL: Sarah, as I understand that the historical protocol here is for the House Intel Committee to release the Republican and the Democratic memos in concert. Let's listen here to Representative Adam Schiff.


REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA), RANKING MEMBER, INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: Could they have vote ours out at the same time since ours was equally ready? Yes. But that wasn't the goal. That's not the goal here. The goal was to get a misleading piece of information before the public, help support the president and discredit the Mueller investigation and FBI, help do the bidding of the White House. That's all that's going on here. Of course, the damage they're doing is going to be very long-lasting.


PAUL: We don't know what's in the Democratic memo, which he says there is equally ready, we don't know that either. However, had the two memos been released concurrently, Sarah, would that give us more clarity as to what's happening here?

WESTWOOD: You know, I kind of doubt it just because the House Intelligence Committee has been one of the most politicized committees when it comes to all things Russia since the very beginning, since that Devin Nunes made that infamous trip to the White House in March of last year.

Adam Schiff has been blanketing the air waves, being, you could argue, equally as partisan as Devin Nunes. They sort of cancel each other out in terms of their credibility and partisanship on the committee.

And the Democratic memo is equally as disputed as the Republican memo. It's going to be equally as partisan. Really there's going to be pressure on the committee to release more of the underlying materials that they're drawing conclusions from.

Not necessarily the FISA application which is highly classified, but certainly the testimony from Andrew McCabe. Nunes claims that in this testimony, for example, Andrew McCabe said that the FBI never would have sought the FISA application for Carter Page without this dossier that the Clinton campaign paid for.

Democrats are claiming that's a lie, that McCabe never said that in the testimony. It's pretty easy to go back to the transcript and check and see which side is correct. Perhaps there will be pressure on the committee to release everything that they can to sort of back up the claims they're making --

PAUL: Without compromising information that is not privy to the public. Tom, one of the other things that Representative Schiff said was that the damage they're doing is going to be very long-lasting. What do you believe that damage might be? Is it about the relationship between or trust between Congress and the intel community?

TOM FUENTES, CNN SENIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: I think the longest lasting damage by the time all of this is over, if it's ever over, is going to be damage to the Congress with the American public because what this has proved is -- and as Sarah mentioned that I would agree with -- is the hyper partisanship where every Democrat on the committee is saying, let's say, that McCabe never said that the dossier was the entire or the principal reason for the submission of the FISA affidavit.

That's a critical point. I've been involved in the personal submission and then oversight as a manager and later as an executive in hundreds of affidavits and criminal cases. And a couple dozen in intelligence cases, and I can tell you that what goes into that isn't going to be a dossier or a newspaper article or any simple thing.

There is a great deal of information that goes into it. What's really unfortunate here is the FBI can't fight back in any way. Any of the substantiating information they might want to put out as to what was in the affidavit is going to be classified now and probably forever. That's the nature of FISA and intelligence investigations. So, they're not going to be able to defend themselves and that's the problem here.

PAUL: We need to point out that FBI Director Wray did address the FBI staff yesterday in an internal video saying that he knows it's a tough time, it's been unsettling. The last few days made things worse, but he's inspired by the FBI and the works that they do. You know, as a former FBI assistant director, are those the words you would to hear? Is there something else the intel community needs to hear that they haven't heard yet?

FUENTES: No. I think for the rank and file that they appreciate that. The FBI Agents Association finally came out yesterday and supported Wray saying that they appreciate his standing by the FBI and making his concerns known.

And unfortunately, being put in the position of making them publicly known. You know, I think that it helped but is not going to matter. I think the people have to understand no matter how upset FBI agents and analysts may become, they are never going to reduce the effort that they make to keep everybody safe.

[06:25:14] And I don't care if it's organized crime investigations or counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyber, financial crimes, corruption, civil rights, these cases, the agents that are working those cases right now will work just as diligently tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.

And there's nothing spoken by a president, a member of Congress, or anybody that's going to demoralize them to a point where they don't work as hard as they're working now.

PAUL: All right. Tom Fuentes, Errol Louis, Sarah Westwood, always appreciate your insight. Thank you.

BLACKWELL: While President Trump was dealing with the Russia investigation and the fallout of the Nunes memo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Mexico talking about immigration, DACA, and the danger Russia poses when it comes to election meddling.


REX TILLERSON, SECRETARY OF STATE: We know that Russia has fingerprints in a number of elections around the world. We hear this from our European counterparts as well. My advice to Mexico would be to pay attention.


BLACKWELL: This morning, Secretary Tillerson is in Argentina as he continues his Latin American tour.

PAUL: It's 666, that's a scary number for a single day stock market drop, right? Listen, that number may not be as bad as it looks. We'll talk about it.


[06:30:35] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: So good to have your company today. I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Happy Saturday to you.

All right. Three numbers for you, 6-6-6. 666 points in a single day. Yesterday's stock market dip was the steepest drop for the Dow since President Trump took office.

PAUL: Yes, and as far as point drops go, it ranks among the top 10 of all time. It was edged up by several rough days in 2008 during the Great Recession. That was a different time with a much weaker economy, of course. But if you use that same list and adjust for percentage of the market, it might help put things into perspective here. Just 2 percent. It wouldn't even make the top 10 list in terms of the percentage drop there.

A truly dark day for Wall Street, though, would be, say, Black Monday back on October 1987. Only a 500-point drop but back then that was enough for a 22 percent crash, just to put it in perspective.

BLACKWELL: Now the economy is in such good shape, right, why the drop? Well, here's CNN correspondent Alison Kosik with a look at the numbers.

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Victor and Christi. America finally got a raise. In January wages grew at the fastest pace in eight years. Up 2.9 percent versus a year ago.

The U.S. economy also added 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low.

Job gains were across the board. Construction, health care, and manufacturing. Those were some of the strongest sectors.

Under the first 12 months of the Trump administration, the economy added 2.1 million jobs. The pace is slightly slower than the last 12 months of the Obama administration when the economy added 2.5 million jobs. But it's not really surprising because job growth tends to slow the closer we get to full employment. There are simply fewer unemployed workers to hire.

Big picture, the economy has now added jobs for 88 months in a row, that's the longest streak on record. But a robust economy could force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster. And that's why the stock market fell on Friday after the jobs report -- Victor and Christi.

PAUL: Alison, thank you so much.

Also, higher interest rates means bonds are paying better which means a lot of investors want to sell their stocks to buy bonds.

BLACKWELL: All right. Does that mean, though, that the market will continue to drop?

Joining us now Tim Anderson, managing director of TJM Investments. Tim, good morning to you.


BLACKWELL: All right. So what we saw on Friday, is that just a little stumble? Are we about to really fall off a cliff here?

ANDERSON: Well, we never know for sure, but it certainly feels right now like it was just a little stumble. As you -- just mentioned, the economy is trending higher. And interest rates are trending higher. And it's very likely that when the 30-year bond got to 3 percent on Thursday, that that triggered some very, very large asset managers to shift some funds from equities into fixed income or bonds, and we certainly saw that continue into Friday when the -- when the 10-year and the 30-year got to yields that they haven't seen in over four years.

PAUL: So, Tim, for people who are sitting at home today and they're saying, do I want to look at my 401(k) or do I not want to look at my 401(k) in what's going to happen next week? Do you anticipate that this could be the beginning of a full correction, or -- you know, what would you say in layman's terms to somebody sitting at home going what does this mean for me?

ANDERSON: I would certainly not look at your 401(k) every day, week in and week out because the -- what the market has going for right now is that the economy is picking up steam, wage growth is starting to kick in a little bit. Some of the job adds that have been announced and some of the pay increases that have been announced probably aren't even reflected in the numbers that we've seen the last week and a half. And corporate earnings are still very strong. And we anticipate that that trend will continue as some of positive implications from the tax reform plan work its way through the economy.

[06:35:01] Now that being said, the market has had a very, very strong run for over the last year. The last leg of the rally really kicked into full gear in mid-November when it became clear the tax reform plan was going to pass. So it wouldn't be surprising to see the market consolidate some of those gains.

We reached all-time highs just a week ago Friday, on January 26th, if you can believe it.


ANDERSON: It's a very, very heavy news cycle, and we're right in the middle of a very heavy earnings reporting period. So some companies, if their earnings aren't absolutely perfect, you may have some investors selling on the news a little bit.

BLACKWELL: All right. Tim, I think you have assuaged some of those fears, you've calmed some people down. And we will not look at our 401(k)s for at least a couple of days.

ANDERSON: At least every hour of every day. BLACKWELL: All right. Thank you.

PAUL: Yes. Thank you, Tim.

BLACKWELL: TJM Investments, thanks so much.

All right. Still to come, did you see this? This distraught father tries to attack the doctor Larry Nassar in court after hearing detailed accounts of how his daughters were sexually abused.

We'll explain more about this ahead.


[06:40:18] BLACKWELL: We'd like you to learn more about this father of three daughters who were abused by former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. This father tried to attack him in court.

Now for two weeks, you know, we've heard from these young women who detailed in really specific information here how this doctor abused them over the past two decades.

PAUL: Now this is a father, you see him there, who was restrained before he could actually get to Nassar and that dad did apologize for his behavior, but you know what, listen to the message has for the doctor.


RANDALL MARGRAVES, FATHER OF NASSAR ABUSE VICTIMS: I believe in God Almighty. I believe in heaven and hell, and I can only hope when the day comes that Larry Nassar has ended his days on this earth that he will be escorted to one of the deepest, darkest, hottest pits in hell.


PAUL: You know, this is a dad who was praised a lot on social media for what he did. And we're going to show you that with CNN correspondent Kaylee Hartung. I do want to give you a heads up that some of what you're about to hear is very pretty graphic.




R. MARGRAVES: As part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon.

HARTUNG: Aimed squarely at the man who abused his three daughters.

R. MARGRAVES: Would you give me one minute? Well, I'm going to have to --

HARTUNG: From this angle, you can see the court bailiff quickly get Larry Nassar out of the room.

More than 200 survivors in two different courtrooms over the past two weeks have provided victim impact statements in the case against Nassar, enraging and disgusting the country. On Friday, Randall Margraves listened to two of his daughters publicly share details of their abuse.

MADISON MARGRAVES, LARRY NASSAR VICTIM: He said that this meant, because I had back pain, he would need to put the needles on my vagina. With no coverage, no gloves, underwear and pants down to my thighs, my entire vagina was completely exposed to him.

LAUREN MARGRAVES, LARRY NASSAR VICTIM: When I was 13, just a kid, laying on a table at MSU, and you put your ungloved hands all over my rear and slipped your thumb into the most private area of my body.

M. MARGRAVES: To my parents, thank you for all your love and support through all of this. You have done everything that a parent could ever do. I really feel that my entire family has gone through hell and back these last few months because of what Larry Nassar did to both of my sisters and I years ago.

L. MARGRAVES: My parents are heartbroken and so filled with regret. And the guilt they have will never go away.

HARTUNG: Margraves' outburst prompted praise on Twitter calling him a hero. Parents saying they would have done the same thing.


HARTUNG: Compassion and understanding, too, from the judge who oversaw Margraves' civil contempt hearing a couple of hours later in the same courtroom.

CUNNINGHAM: I cannot tolerate or condone vigilantism, but as for the direct contempt of court, there is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case. And I do -- my heart does go out to you and your family because of what you've gone through.

R. MARGRAVES: I appreciate it. I would like to apologize to you and courtroom. I'm embarrassed. I'm not here to upstage my daughters. I'm here to help them heal.

HARTUNG: In a family press conference later in the day, an apologetic Margraves tried to explain his emotional reaction, saying it was the first time he'd heard many details of Nassar's assaults on his daughters.

R. MARGRAVES: When I had to hear what was said in those statements and I have to look over at Larry Nassar shaking his head, that's when I lost control.

HARTUNG: Nassar, who was sentenced up to 175 years in prison for similar charges in another Michigan courtroom last week, is expected to be sentenced in this hearing early next week.

In Atlanta, Georgia, Kaylee Hartung, CNN.


PAUL: Just an incredible example of the courage of these girls.


PAUL: And these parents for sure.

[06:45:04] All right. Still to come, the worker who hit that missile alert button in Hawaii and sent thousands of people panicking. He's talking about it now.


BLACKWELL: A new U.N. report on North Korea says that Pyongyang made nearly $200 million last year by exporting banned goods in violation of U.N. sanctions.

PAUL: The report goes on to say North Korea exported coal to China, Malaysia, Russia, and Vietnam by falsifying documents and supplied weapons to Syria and Myanmar.

BLACKWELL: Let's talk about this new information in the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people, injured hundreds of others. A man from Arizona, Douglas Haig, has been arrested for selling 720 tracer rounds of ammunition to the shooter.

Now according to the criminal complaint, the unfired rounds found in the gunman's room had Haig's fingerprints on them. Now Haig did not have a license to manufacture or sell these bullets. But he insists he had no other dealings with the gunman and never saw anything suspicious in their interactions. He's due in court again in two weeks for a preliminary hearing.

[06:50:09] PAUL: Do you remember that false missile alert in Hawaii last month, you know, where everyone was in panic mode? Well, the guy who set it off is talking now and he says he was 100 percent sure that that missile alert was real. According to the official account, the call that initiated the drill began with a person saying, "exercise, exercise," but the worker says he didn't hear that part.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was supposed to be on speaker phone. But someone picked up the receiver and the first part of the message, "exercise, exercise, exercise," was not heard. The message I heard was, "This is not a drill." And I did not hear "exercise" in the message at all.


PAUL: Now according to his lawyer, he's considering a defamation lawsuit against the state for making false statements about what led up to that incident.

BLACKWELL: All right. One day now until Super Bowl LII. The freezing temperatures in Minneapolis are not stopping the Eagles and Patriots' fans or Coy Wire.

We're live in Minneapolis next.


[06:55:39] PAUL: Listen, the Eagles and the Patriots, they're used to cold weather.

Coy Wire, that could be a question.

BLACKWELL: I don't know. Coy Wire in Minnesota. We're having trouble with his camera because it was freezing.

And Coy, you don't even look like you have a full coat on. What is this?


COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Yesterday I came out here, it was negative 4 degrees. Today, it warmed up, it's like 13. So it's balmy out here in the streets of Minneapolis. I'm really living it up it. Haven't had my coffee yet but this will get you going.

It's still pretty cold. And this Super Bowl could smash the record for coldest Super Bowl ever. It would be somewhere around three degrees on kickoff. And the current record is 16. That was in Detroit in 1982. That game was indoors like this one will be.

Listen to this, for the first time ever at the Super Bowl, there's a remote security check-in. So fans can get checked in at the Mall of America about 20 minutes away and then be transported to the game where they can walk right in. Good for security at the stadium. Likely not many large crowds waiting to get in. But also good for those fans who would have to be standing outside in that record- breaking cold.

Now once inside, fans will get to witness in person what an expected 100 million-plus television viewers witness, the greatest quarterback of all time in action, Tom Brady, going for a sixth Super Bowl title. And whereas the Eagles franchise, they have only ever been to three Super Bowls, haven't even won one.

So I caught up with a couple of current NFL stars including two-time Super Bowl champ, Eli Manning. Both of his wins came against Tom Brady's Pats. And I asked him, how did you do it, and he said basically like Shaggy, "It wasn't me."


ELI MANNING, TWO-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION: A great defensive team. You know, I think that was the key both times. You know, when you're going against Tom Brady, you got to get some pressure on him. You can score with, you know, 25, 30 seconds left in the game and don't give him another chance with the ball because he's pretty good when he has the ball in his hands.

LARRY FITZGERALD, ARIZONA CARDINALS WIDE RECEIVER: He just has it. He has it. He just has the ability at the biggest moments to be calm and collected and be able to execute it like nobody does in history.


WIRE: All right. It's almost game time here. And that means also it's almost time to talk some football. We would like you all to tune in to "KICKOFF IN MINNESOTA," a CNN "Bleacher Report" special. I will join my bald brother Hines Ward, two-time Super Bowl champ, and with "EARLY START'S" Dave Briggs hosting.

We're going to break down some of the most intriguing story lines surrounding the big game. That's today at 2:30 Eastern right here on CNN.

Victor, Christi, I'm kind of wishing you were here with me right now. We're in the middle of the streets of downtown Minneapolis and they have built a ski slope here, all kinds of activities for fans to enjoy. The streets will really pick up here in a couple of hours. Families can -- you know, they can go and view some ice sculptures. You can go to warming stations which is really nice. Seeing the cute little kids and the families bundled up, traveling from all over the nation, to be here, part of this Super Bowl LII in Minnesota.

BLACKWELL: You know, I have never skied, never ice skated or anything like that.

PAUL: You're from Baltimore.

BLACKWELL: It does -- well, we don't just ice skate around Baltimore.

PAUL: Well, I know that, but you're from a cold climate.

BLACKWELL: It just doesn't make sense to put all this man.

PAUL: Oh for god's sakes.

BLACKWELL: On a blade on ice or on snow.


WIRE: I think we need you to come on over. We have the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang coming up. Opening ceremony subway night.

Victor, come on over. Christi, you too. You've got to get Victor on some skis.

PAUL: I want to see Victor on that ski slope right there.

BLACKWELL: Ain't going to happen. Ain't going to happen. But you made a Shaggy reference a couple of minutes ago?

PAUL: Yes. Yes. He did.

BLACKWELL: Shaggy, really?

WIRE: You caught that? It's morning, it's Super Bowl. This is like Christmas for me, you know, as a football guy.

BLACKWELL: Shaggy doesn't even make Shaggy references anymore.


WIRE: Shaggy is here. He's collaborating with Sting. They're going do a pregame show. They're releasing a new album, it's like a rock island Caribbean inspired fusion album. So yes, he does. I've heard him say it. It wasn't me, Victor.

BLACKWELL: That's exactly why he doesn't make Shaggy reference anymore. All right.

PAUL: You're awesome. Have a great time.

BLACKWELL: Thank you, Coy.

WIRE: Thank you, guys.


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