Transcript for FBI reportedly warned Hope Hicks about Russia
We want to move to politics and president trump heads to Jackson, Mississippi, this morning to the opening of a new civil rights museum, a visit that is drawing a lot of controversy. Yeah, meanwhile, the president held a defiant rally in Pensacola last night pushing back on his opponents and highlighting economic gains and David Wright joins us from west palm beach. David, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Tom and Paula. This was a campaign-style rally held here in the sunshine state but it's aimed at least in part at the voters just over the border in Alabama. President trump giving a full-throated battle cry. Defiant even as the Russia investigation presses on. Let me begin by wishing each and every one of you a very merry Christmas. Right? Reporter: This was the Donald Trump who once claimed he could stand on fifth avenue and shoot someone and still not lose voters. And I can think of no better Christmas present for the American people than giving you a massive tax cut. That's what's happening. Reporter: This crowd still very much behind trump. Look at these guys, blacks for trumps. I love you. Reporter: Even as some prominent civil rights leaders including congressman John Lewis are skipping today's opening of the new civil rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi, because the president will be there too. In Pensacola trump beauforted he has singlehandedly transformed American politics. Big media, special interests, phonies all, they're not here to protect you, they are only here to preserve and to protect themselves and you're finding that out. Reporter: The Russia probe is not going away. Former aides Paul manafort and Rick Gates are due in court Monday for a hearing. Court documents filed Friday give a preview of the mountain of evidence FBI agents seized after executing 15 search warrants in the case. More than 400,000 items in all including financial records and e-mails, plus dozens of laptop, phones and thumb drives. One of the president's closest aides, hope hicks, was questioned this week by the special counsel's team. "The New York Times" reports the FBI tried to warn her that Russian operatives were trying to contact her during the transition. Even taking the unusual step earlier this year of briefing her in the white house situation room. There's no indication that hicks did anything wrong. Just last week, the president vowed he would not be coming to Alabama to campaign for senate candidate Roy Moore and he kept his word, but this event in the Florida panhandle took place less than 15 miles from the Alabama border and inside the mobile media market, Tom and Paula. All right, David, thanks for your reporting from west palm
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