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good evening. we begin tonight with the president yet again saying something that turns out not to be true and the white house scrambling to cover for him. a white house official has confirmed that the west wing tried to expedite condo lessons letters after the president said this at the rose garden last week. >> i've written them personal letters. they've been september or they're going out tonight, but they were during the weekend. >> well, that was monday. on tuesday the president said this in a radio interview. >> but i have called i believe everybody, but certainly i'll use the word virtually everybody where during the last nine months something has happened to a soldier, i've called virtually everybody. >> keeping him honest he hadn't. in an e-mail exchange after the president said that the white house rushed to get contact
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information from the pentagon. senior white house aides knew that the president had said something that was false, so they tried to reverse engineer to be true. the reported says the white house asked the pentagon for contact information for the surviving family members of all service members killed during the trump presidency so second contact them all. that was tuesday night. the next day this happened at the white house press briefing. >> the president said he has called every family of someone who has died. is that true? >> the president has made contact with all of the families that have been presented to him through the white house military office. >> there have been families that have since come forward to the "associated press" who say they've not actually heard from this white house in any capacity. >> all of the individuals that the president has been presented with through the proper protocol vk contacted through that process. >> just to follow-up on that, so
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are you saying that if the president has been contacted the family members of every servicemember who has been a casualty since he came to office, because of the prot kols of that office? >> that's my understanding. >> that was wednesday, october 18th. that was also the day that a ups package with a letter from the white house was sent to the father of u.s. servicemen. until then he hadn't heard anything from the president. the white house admitting it tried to rush out letters to fallen service members after the president made those statements last week. jim akwosa joins us now from the white house. you got some more information on the all right. and their timing. >> that's right, around sop. as you said, a white house official told us earlier this evening that, yes, they were trying to rush out those condo lessons letters last week and it was during that process that they discovered there was a bureaucratic reason as to why there was a delay. they said in many cases there was a hold up because the
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soldier who was killed in action who had not had a letter go every go out to a family member, that that soldier had been involved in what they call a multiple casualties incident and it was believed to me the dod has to do an investigation to determine why that took place e so in those cases the letter did not go out soon enough to some of these family members. and as soon as they discovered that bureaucratic delay, they decided to go ahead and expedite toes letters. of course, anderson, that zplangs does not answer all the questions that the widow of la david johnson has which is essentially why is it that she hasn't been able to see her husband ae body yet. why is it that it took 48 hours for the military to find her husband after that ambush in niger. to this family member and perhaps others this is starting to sound like a cover-up and the white house better get some answers quickly. >> as you said the widow of la david johnson was on abc in
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morning talking about her conversation with the president. i want to play part of what she said. >> the president said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts any ways. and i was -- it made me cry because i was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said -- he couldn't remember my husband name. the only way he remember my husband name was because he told me he had my husband report in front of him and that's when he actually said la david. i heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband name, and that's what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risk his life for our country, why can't you remember his name? and that's what make me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier. >> i know the president tweeted in response. explain what you said. >> that's right, anderson.
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and first of all, we should point out we tried to ask the president this question all day long to respond to the widow of sergeant la david johnson. he had no comment at multitimes throughout the day. he did put out this tweet earlier this morning almost as soon as the interview was over. he said i had a very respectful conversation with the widow of la david johnson and spoke his name from the beginning without hesitation. anderson, it goes without saying, it's highly unusual, almost unprecedented, i can't recall a time in which a president has disagreed with a gold star family member in this fashion. it is just and that is unheard of when it comes to the way the president deals with the family members of fallen soldiers. as we saw last year with the way candidate trump dealt with the kahn family, there is no critic that elnot respond to and this was another example today.
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>> aides had to make sure what he had said. ha exactly was the rakz of the white house is this what did staffers do? >> well, the president in particular on tuesday morning he did a radio interview where he said the quote that you ran about virtually all the families had been contacted. well, that very day president's aides and the national security council aides contacted the defense secretary's office and asked for the names of those who have died in the line of duty and their contact information. so implicitel he had not contacted them all and then subsequently accident as you pointed out, the other news organizations have found about almost half of the families that the reporters have reached out
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to have said we have gotten neither a call nor a letter from the president. the president's under no obligation to do this, by the way, but he's the one who made the claim that he had done it. >> general hurt ling, you and i talked about this last week, one of the things that's so, i don't know -- i mean, the reason this story continues, frankly, this story would not have been a story had the president himself not created it as a store when to avoidancing a question about niger, he went down this road of praising himself or his response to the family's of the fallen, criticizing former presidents. it's entirely a story of his making. >> i agree with you, anderson. and what's concerning to me is it gets to some leadership principles of developing trust with people by doing what you're saying you're going to do and the ability to show empathy and hugh millty. we haven't seen that yet, so i think in these kind of minor
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things that continue to build and we've seen them over and over again where the president says something and then makes excuses for why what he said wasn't true and then, you know, he's found out later on, i mean, in this case it's gold star families. in previous cases it's been donations to the veterans. it's just a recurring theme. and i'm sure that people are starting to lose trust in smaller areas. and if they start losing trust in small areas, they're going to lose trust in big areas. >> this administration did not recruit former white house officials to work in the current administration. are these the kind of things that happen when you have a lack of experience in the white house. >> sure. one of the families of the fallen told the atlantic that in fact they had heard from the secretary of defense. they had heard from john mccain but they hadn't heard from the president. so there's clearly a problem here, and it may be bureaucratic. it may being the white house doesn't have the back up that it needs to figure out how to do
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these things appropriately. and on top of that, of course, you have a president who can't help but brag on himself and say i did it better than obama and other presidents where i made calls and they didn't and of course they did. you have the white house scrambling to make the president a truth material when in fact he isn't in this case and it makes a bureaucratic problem become a real political problem. not to mention the personal problem it is for mrs. johnson who felt heard by the president of the united states and he continues to get into an argument with her. >> just explain how the white house staff tried to fix this. if your piece you write about how they scrambled to try to make what the president said true. >> well, they just wanted the information about the 65 americans that sung to the e-mail was condo lessons letter since 20 january, 2017.
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they want the information, the notices of death for each of the 65 who had died, not just killed in action but also in on duty accidents. and they said we want to get this so that the president can contact people. so, you know, the people who should be most concerned about this are president trump's fellow republicans, but if you want his agenda to advance, he's just shooting himself in the foot and really hurting his ability to do so. >> general, one of the white house officials said that one of the reasons there was this delay was because a number of these deaths were part of multiple casualty incidents of the does that complicate things? >> it doesn't make sense to me, anderson. there may be something i can't figure out in terms of how you process letters with multiple casualties, and i'm sure what they're talking about is some of the ones that died aboard the ships, that had accidents at sea. i've got to tell you, in combat
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i had mass casualty exercises. i had one where eight soldiers were killed in a suicide attack. yeah, it's tougher when there's that many together. i just don't understand why it's being blamed on a bureaucratic snafu. it doesn't make sense to me but maybe i don't know all the details. >> there probably wouldn't be any outcry even from the are family members if the president was waiting several weeks to call or in order to write. it's the, again, it's the fact that the president sort of brought this up, sort of bragging about how he handled this and the speed with which he handled it that made this a story that reporters are going to started to look into. >> true. here is the thing, anderson of the the president is the commander in chief. a commander can choose whatever way they want to reach out to people who suffered these kinds of losses. i've got to tell you, i saw mrs. johnson this morning on the news and it brought back a lot of memories for me. this is a young woman who is
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going through the toughest time she'll ever go through in her life and to have this kind of crap thrown on top of it where she's at the center of the storm because of someone saying different things that just aren't true isn't fair to her. she's going through the stages of brief and she's a young woman. it really brought me back to a time where i've been to so many memorial services and seen young spouses who are mourning their southerly and it's just not fair to do these things. >> whatever shelves, the only important thing is that she feels this way. it's not whether the president feels he was inaccurately pour tried. all any of us should care about is she felt slighted in some way shape or form and was made to cry. for the life of me i can't see why the president can't say i'm sorry you feel this way, i'm
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sorry we had a miss ukz kmoo. your husband is a hero and i'm so sorry for your loss. i just don't get it. >> has he every said i'm sorry? >> that's the thing. i was just going to say. we go back to the campaign and there was a time when he asked have you ever apologized for anything and he said no. unfortunately, now, it's having some real dell to herous effect on the moral of not only those in our military but perhaps the country as well. >> thank you all. appreciate it. up next, the focus of the president's first controversy involving gold star families dating back to the campaign. mr. cane, he joins me. later, senator john mccain takes a thinel veiled strike at president trump's lack of service during the vietnam war. and now, i help people find discounts, like paperless, multi-car, and safe driver,
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summer. but i just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield, i just thought that that might be sacred. >> well, the gold star father spot lighted at the democratic national convention was cane. president trump went after him and his family after he spoke on behalf of hillary clinton. he joins me now. thanks so much for being with us. >> thank you. >> first of all, when you heard general kelly make those comments, i wond what you nout? do you think he was referencing you? >> i don't know what he was referencing to, but he was doing exactly the same thing what he was complaining about? >> how is that. >> bringing gold star families, their tragedy, their sacrifice to this political expediency. his appearance in defense of donald trump, at that moment, moment of tragedy in america with my four braves sons so
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bravely lost their lives under very difficult circumstances, instead of honoring them and restraining from political exspeed yaens, citizen john kelly now, we honor his service, we honor his family's service, but now he is a citizen of this nation, he was using those examples for political expediency in defense of donald trump. >> he was there in a political role and making a political statement. >> exactly. >> it's interesting, you said your four sons. you're referring to the four service members who were killed in niger and you call them your sons. >> they are all my son. i don't wear this gold star just on behalf of my son. i wear this on behalf of thousands of my sons and daughters that have sacrificed their lives in defense of this country to keep us safe, to protect us, protect our values. that is what i wear this pin
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for. >> you feel that in your heart, that they are your sons. >> they are my sons. these families i have used two words and i use those two words again, dignity, privacy. >> that's what they deserve. >> that is what they deserve. we would have called it that. we received the most dignity, most respect and privacy. we spoke at our own option, but we were granted the privacy. and same thing should be granted to them. that was not. >> you know, we've debated how to even cover this entire situation over the last couple of days because of that very reason, and i keep coming back to this would not even be a topic of discussion because it is such a private matter had the president himself not used this as a way to avoidancing a question about niger and to praise himself about how he handles the families of the
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fallen and go after a former president. >> that is what i am indicating towards the chief of staff. everyone knows this nation knows how political expedient this president is. he usually every moment that he gets to self grand eyes. they know his weakness. they know this flaw. they should have put a script in front of him to read from or should have advised him this is not the moment for political expediency. that should have been the advice. that isment given. when they realize he has misstated, misquoted, misspoken to this family, they should have immediately said most dignity, most respect for the family and privacy and we will talk about that some other day, but not now. that was not done. >> instead the president just today tweeted out this morning.
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>> this is not ending. it is sad. it indicates something really serious, and that is that there is no compass in the white house. it is compassless ship on sale. whoever thinks we were told other day in the white house that we cannot, our media, our press, the fourth pillar of democracy cannot question a retired military officer? why not? that is not the tradition of the united states' democracy. the military officers when they serve honorablyel, they retire, they go home and they collect their pension. but not in these cases, especially john kelly. he has come to defend -- first he goes to dhs to implement the unconstitutional executive orders of donald trump that are challenged in the court system now. then he comes from there white
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house and the rest of the nation was hoping there would be some sanity, some direction, some compass to this white house. but then he gets colored in the color of donald trump, miss at a time stating things, political expediency. this is very unfortunate. >> you've written this new book. you've spoken now, i think, some 160 times since the convention to groups all over the country. are you optimistic about the future of this country, about where this country is at? >> we just celebrated # 230 years of celebration of our constitution, of the values that are enshrined in these documents. i have stood in front of the hopeful nation. i have gone community to community, enter faith communities, other communities, political communities. i have stood in front of them. they're hopeful. this is an anomaly that has
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taken place in 2016. this is not our character. this is not our dna. this country, this nation is made of goodness, beacon of hope for the rest of the world, as ronald reagan has said, this is the city shining city on the hill with the wall around it, but that wall has doors. and doors are open to those who come who have courage to come, who bring something to contribute to this nation. it is that nation that welcomes immigrants. i read the declaration of independence in 1972 and i was awe of the spirit of the declaration of independence. there are 1337 words in the deck lirgs of independence.
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number seven is my most favorite as an immigrant. we complain to our con onists that he's hampering our immigration. then and this administration practices that. that grievance and they practice, they make executive orders out of that, laws, policies. yes, to manage immigration, but to demonize the community. that is not america's dna. >> appreciate talking to you. thank you. wish you the best. >> thank you. >> when we come back, more breaking news. new details in the attack in ni je that left four americans dead and why so much is still not known. casual fridays at buckingham palace? surprising.
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joint chiefs says that the ambush came despite intelligence that enemy contact was not likely. >> u.s. forces accompanied that nigerian unit on a reconnaissance mission to gather information. the assessment by our leaders on the ground at the time was that contact with the enemy was unlikely. early in the morning the patrol began to take fire. >> troops first requested air support a full hour after initial contact with approximately 50 isis affiliated fighters. >> my judgment would be that that up it thought they could handle the situation without additional support. what we'll find out in the investigation exactly why it took an hour for them to call. >> a u.s. drone already in the air nearby reached their mission within minutes. french jets responded next, arriving about two hours after initial contact. those none conducted airstrikes. in response to criticism that the military has not been
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forthcoming, dunford promised honest answers to the families and the public. >> i think we do owe the families and the american people transparency in incidents like this and we intend to dlif just that. >> as she had her final good-bye to her husband this weekend the widow of la saved johnson told abc as he "good morning america" that she's still waiting answers as well. >> i don't know how he got, where he got killed or anything. >> still to be explained, why was johnson's body recovered 48 hours after the attack and how did it end up nearly a mile away from the saep of the ambush. >> i can tell you once we found out that sergeant johnson was missing, we brought the full weight of the u.s. government it bear to try to recover his body. >> now nearly three weeks after the attack, lawmakers are still demanding details. >> america should know what's going on in niger. >> what the american people need to know is with a relatively
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smul footprint we are enabling local forces to deal with these challenges before they become a threat to the american people. and to help them deal with the chal lengsz that they soent further destabilize their local area or region. >> the widow aus said she wasn't allowed to see his body. what's the military protocol. >> in that press conference this afternoon one of the most sew berg moments was when we asked him this question and his answer was a subtle one, careful one and said there are times when the military sugds and he used that to word to family members that they not view the body and it's a subtle way of him conveying that sometimes they convey to the families the body, whether due to the nature of the injuries or the time since the body was recovered or any host of conditions would be difficult for family members and loved ones to see. and that appears to be his message here. now, to be clear, and we've asked the pentagon about this, that by policy and practice they
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never tell a family you cannot view the body. they would not order them to do so. and in fact, legally the family maintains custody of the body throughout the whole process. the family always had the right to see the body, says general dunford, though at times they might be counselled that that's not something they want to do. that's one of those sad and tragic facts of the nature of war far, right, often it would be a difficult thing to see. >> thanks. i appreciate the clarification. earlier today i spoke to congressman kins iner who is a veteran of the air force. >>. con man, what are the most important questions that you think need to be answered about what happened in niger. >> well, there's a lot of important questions. first and for most, what was the mission, why was there a lack of support. there's things that the military needs to come forward with and it seems like they're in the process of doing that. i do think it's important in all of this to note, however,
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especially with green ba raise, these are people whose job is to go to a land up supported and work with indigenous forces. so the idea that weigh may have green berets out on a mission without support is not actually new. that it is what they're trained for. >> nor john mccain has been critical of how -- are you happy with how this handled. >> no. i think with the pressure building up we are hearing -- i don't doubt that the military was going through their own internal investigation. i think that's essential and i think we're going to find out when this is all said and done what actually happened. its kind of a mix. we have a right to know, deserve to know because these are our men and women who were equipping to do this important mission. soernd we have to always remember, and i think this is essential, being in the military and he is special until special
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forces is an inheshtel dangerous game and these men and women do the kinds of things that most shouldn't have to do. >> what do you think about the president continuing to tweet about the situation with the family of sergeant la david johnson. as you know the widow backed up the congresswoman's account about how she felt about the phone call today and the president then essentially said that what the widow felt happened did not happen. >> i wish the whole thing would go away. i mean, what bothers is everything has become political now. the only thing not political is where you go out to eat on friday. that's probably going to change. up until now the one thing that we had kept sacred was this idea if somebody gave their life for this country, that wouldn't be political. there's plenty of blame. i wish the president had never addressed this on twitter. big better. if the call was interpreted
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unlike you intended it to be interpreted maybe issue a staple and move on. the congresswoman, saying general kelly calling her a racist, that's a bridge too far. right away coming out on national news and making this an oi was wrong to. there's plenty of blame to go around. when this settle says down i hope we can get back to respecting on all levels on soet sides those who have zbin the ultimate sacrifice for this country. >> nor mm mccain seemed to take a shot at the president. obviously president trump had five draft defer wants, one of which was due to bone spurs. you're a veteran. do you think mccain's statement was fair? >> i don't know if it was fair or want. i know a lot of people that deferred.
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there were a lot of people that fled back to canada and came back after that. i think there are a lot of fooks who could say maybe they wish they made a bad decision. maub the bone spur is bad enough. i think we need to treasure those who do step forward. it's time to move forward. >> appreciate your time. >> you bet. >> when we come back, more on his thinly veiled swipe against the president's draft dwermts and later another sexual harassment claim against bill o'reilly is revealed. he paid $32 million to make it go away and then got a new contract from fox news. over the course of 9 days... steve chooses to walk 26.2 miles,
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president trump without ever mentioning his name. he was on c-span and said this about the draft. >> in one aspect of the conflict, by the way, that i will never ever count enanswer is that we drafted the lowest income level of america and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur. that is wrong. that is wrong. if we're going to ask every american to serve, every american should serve. >> now, again, he didn't mention the president by name but it is a fact that the president did not join the military during the john mccain. receiving five deferments for bone spurs. >> people thought you were talking about president trump because he had a doctors note that said he had bone spurs. >> i think more than once, yes. >> more than once. >> i don't think bone spurs.
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>> do you consider him a draft dodger. >> i don't consider him so much a draft dodger as i feel the system was so wrong that certain americans could evade their responsibilities to serve the country. >> well, the larger point about the inhe can questionty of the draft system is a fair one. one particular case of one particular person only because the person himself doesn't seem to remember much about it. this is actually the same day that he said john mccain isn't a -- >> because i was going to college, had student deferments and ultimately had medical dwermt because of my feet. i had a bone spur. >> whether the bone spur or spurs were legitimate or not, plut did not serve his country. although he told a reporter that
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he felt like he did because he went to a military school. cnn chief political analyst is back. i want to play a clip from an interview you did with donald trump at the end of 2014 where you asked him about the medical dwermt. >> you did have a medical dwermt. >> feet. >> what was -- okay. the medical dwermt was heat. i had bone spurs on the back of my feet, which at the time prevented from walking long distances. >> so you couldn't march. >> so it would be very difficult to march long distances. you can see it. that's spurs. >> that's a real thing and a lot of people got medical
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deferments. >> right. and a got a dwermt. not an out. >> so you actually took his shoes off to show you. >> yeah. i inspected both of his feet. i didn't see any spurs. >> do you know what spurs look like. >> he thought he was pointing to them. i was sort of looking for a claw of some sort. there was nothing there. part of what i was getting at that i said to businessman trump was a lot of people get deferments. is i was trying to get him to claim the other thing that he said about his draft number. he said i got a very high draft lotteryy number and i didn't have to serve. the lottery was 18 months after he graduated from college and the story is i was watching the draft lottery in my apartment at college. >> that cooperate have been the case. >> it could not have been the case. and a lot of this doesn't make any sense. and after i spoke with him on
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the campaign trail, he then went bag to the lottery number story. it's almost as if he wants to stick very closely to the original zorgs because that's what he can keep straight in his mind and he chose that zorgs for a reason of the and he doesn't want to give it up. >> gloria, john mccain not wanting to call the president a draft charger. it does seem to be a shift -- >> i think this watching him smile a little bit on the view it's kind of like he's enjoying trolling the president a little bit these days. and certainly this is one of those areas. i think what we're seeing with john mccain is mccain unbound to a great degree. and the president has said you're not a war hero and he never -- mccain never said anything about that because he
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didn't want to dignify it, obviously, but this is a president who has warmed i'm going to punch back, and we haven't seen that yet. and i think mccain is kind of saying well, okay, here, i'm difg you a little bit of opportunity here. and i think he's just trolling him. >> well, he also threatened -- he said, look, i've held back, but it's going to be ugly if i do p spopd, words to that effect. i want to play something else that citizen trump said at the time a military example of the it's not a college. it's a boarding school. >> fist grade through 12th grade. it's not a university. it's not like the sit adell. >> i was never in the military as search and i always felt that i was in the military because i had a way had more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military because that was a very hard
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education at that time. you know, that was when military schools were at their all time peak. >> i mean, it is fascinating that he sort of believes he was in the military in some way. >> it's like somebody who was a crossing guard in held men tri school and then set out as a police officer. it's ridiculous. i think one of the things that's kind of appalling about all of this is that during the vietnam w war. >> more than 7,000 people were brought into the military, sent to vietnam and died. so this is not a fliflous matter, his name to military experience from being in a high school and then this inside that,up, i really did -- >> it does harn enback to during the campaign when he was very
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critical of generals saying at one point that he know more the generals. >> it's incredibly disrespectful to the men and women who serve. >> up next, "the new york times" reports that former knocks news anchor bill o'reilly paid $32 million to a colleague who accused him of sexual conduct. he calls it all crap and that's not all. how he's firing back when we continue. flash ...website using gocentral, did it in under an hour, and you can too. build a better website - in under an hour. with gocentral from godaddy. you're more than just a bathroom disease.. you're a life of unpredictable symptoms. crohn's, you've tried to own us. but now it's our turn to take control with stelara® stelara® works differently for adults >
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harassment allegation against former fox news anchor bill o'reilly has come to light. "the new york times" reports he settled with an accuser for $32 million. that was just before renewing his tv contract for $25 million a year. weeks later, you'll remember, with all the allegations against him from several women, advertisers fled. o'reilly was fired from fox news. with this latest allegation, o'reilly is firing back. even against his former coworker, megyn kelly who spoke out against him and fox news. brian stelter has all the latest. >> what on earth would justify
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that amount? what awfulness went on? >> that's what so many people are asking. now that "the new york times" has revealed that bill on ril'ry >> stopped right here. >> paid $32 million to stop former fox news legal analyst lease wheel from suing i am from all the settlement payments from fox news, this is the largest by far. >> this morning, the stunning new report and what he is saying about it. >> the new bill o'reilly bombshell, reportedly paying $32 million. >> on monday, o'reilly told glenn beck his enemies are behind this, plotting to keep him off tv. >> the end game is let's link o'reilly with harvey weinstein, let's make him that so we take him out of the marketplace forever. >> there's new scrutiny on fox news, which can't seem to shake these sandals. there are new questions about o'reilly's behavior. >> my conscience is clear. >> he says he has not mistreated
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anyone, despite at least five settlements with other women in the past. he defended himself on nbc news last month. >> you were accused of sexual harassment. you said at the time you did absolutely nothing wrong, do you stand by that? >> i do. >> what we didn't know then that o'reilly struck a $32 million deal back in january. wheal, a regular guest on his show was threatening to sue. >> she made allegations of a nonconsensual sexual relationship, and her allegations included that he sent her pornographic material that included guy pornography. >> in this affidavit, wheal said she had no claims against o'reilly. with the secret safely buried, or so they thought, fox renewed o'reilly's deal, worth an estimated 25 million a year. you already know the rest,
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fox booted o'reilly in april after "the new york times" investigation revealed other settlements. but he was welcomed back on the air last month. >> bill, come back. will you come back? >> maybe, i'll be fishing first. >> i have to hawk this book, man. >> it's outrageous. >> gretchen carlson viewed roger ailes last year and settled for $25 million. >> nobody pays $32 million to anybody for false accusations, nobody. i don't care how much money you have. >> now o'reilly has tens of millions less. he's vowing to fight on, saying the times story is part of a plot to take him down. he told the "times" reporters -- >> we have physical proof that this is bull [ bleep ]. bull [ bleep ], okay? so it's on you if you want to destroy my children further. >> brian joins us. now, he always brings his children into this -- >> he does. >> into this discussion. he's not -- so far he has not denied the payment of
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$32 million, correct? >> no. he's essentially confirm ed he did pay that amount. he says he cannot share why but keeps blaming the media instead of taking accountability for his own conduct. >> and fox, did they know about the $32 million settlement before they rehired him? >> they knew about the settlement but not the price tag. they were aware he had just settled, but not for how much. apparently o'reilly didn't want the network to know, perhaps he was concerned it would leak out or something. he thought this would be secret and it didn't remain secret. at the core of this, it's a rotten network, something rotten there, not now, but the beginning. a network founded by a man who was preying on women in his office, rog er-ailer ails. they built him as a star and looked the other way. the president's feuds and ongoing battle against mccain who's firing back. and the wife of fallen soldier la david johnson. the white house comes clean on the condolence letter sent to the four families of the soldiers who were killed in
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within five minutes. i am grateful we all made it out safely. people you don't know care about you. it's kind of one of those things where you can't even thank somebody. to protect what you love, call 1-800-adt-cares details in a moment. the president publically contradicts the widow of a fallen soldier. and the white house admits it scrambled to send condolence letters for the families of fallen service members after the president stated he contacted virtually everyone. these are the president's battles on a monday, all battles of his own making. we begin with myeisha johnson, the widow of sergeant la david johnson, one of four soldiers killed in niger. today she spoke about the president's conversation with her in an interview. >> the president said that he knew what he signed up for, bu