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>> lou: good evening, everybody. attorney general jeff sessions recused himself from the investigation of the russian investigation. the national lef wing media despicable democrat and some members of the gop engaged in what is a political witch hunt over revelations that sessions had a meeting with the russian ambassador last year. the meetings contradicting session's testimony before congress in january. listen to senator sessions
remark are and senator al frankin absurd moment about the trump's ties to the russian government. >> cnn published a story and i am telling you about a new story that has been published and i am not expecting you to know whether or not it is trau or not. cnn published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president last week that included information that quote russian operatives claimed to have personal and financial information about mr. trump. these documents allegedly say quote there was a continuing exchange of information between trump surrogates and intermediaries for the russian
government. now again, i am telling you that just came out, you know. but if it is true, it is obviously extremely serious and if there is any evidence that any one affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator are frankin, i am not aware of combf those opportunities. i have been called a surrogate in that campaign and i didn't have communications with the russian and i am unable to comment on that. >> the senator are had two meetings with the russian ambassador in july and september of last year when the senator was a member of the armed services committee meeting with foreign ambassadors.
he went on to say he did not have a political discusonnd the to recues himself. >> i asked the honest opinion of what i should do on certain investigations. and my staff recommended recusement and that since i had involvement with the campaign i should not be involved in any campaign investigation. i have studied the rule and considered their recommendation. they are right and just and therefore i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump campaign. >> lou: the attorney general recusing himself in the investigation as pertaining to the campaign. what is most surprising and most
depressing about all of this, at least 14 republicans joined the democrats in calling for the recusal of the attorney general. senator susan collin and rob portman. jason chaffetz andidarit issan and tom cole and paul labrador. democrats calling for session's resignation. >> he's proved he's unqualified and unfit to serve in the position of trust. >> for the good of the country attorney general sessions should resign. >> i will reserve judgment until i look at what he said. if if he did this wilfully he is step down.
>> lou: our guest said the dems have no credibility and the this is one of the most honorable men. joining us a forme trump campaign and deputy manager and citizen's united. david, good to have you with us. this is something quite to witness. people have a awful low view of washington d.c. and to watch this attempt to exploit politically a man of immense character and integrity and stature is gut wrenching. >> it is troubling, lou. i disagree with with his staff that told him that he is recuse himself. he's done nothing to put himself
in a position of of not overseeing the investigation. it is a dire contrast to what happened in the last administration. this man is saying that the appearance, just the sheer appearance of impriority. >> lou: there is no appearance of wrongdoing. and the point of fact in each of those two meetings, one in public and his own office other people were present and there is an independent record of what was discussed in both instances. and so this is how far the slippery slope took us in one day as the democrats try to exploit t moment. >> it is democrats have been unhinged since president trump won in november. chuck schumer, these men and
women in the united states senate when their last attorney general and the democrats loretta lynch was meeting with with president clinton. and there were conflicts of interest abounding, they did nothing and they sat on their hands and covered for the attorney general. and that was fine. >> lou: eight instances in which they refuseed to it reare accuse and also refused independent counsel. and turn to this claire mccaskill tweeting this. >> i have been on the armed services. put it up for the audience, please. i have been on the armed service and no call with or meetings with with the russian ambassadors. ambassadors call members of the committee. but turn to 2013, the senator
claire mccaskill said this. on the way to meeting with russian ambassador. upset about the end of russian adoptions. 2015 mccaskill. calls for british and russians and german ambassador, on a deal. hash tag doing my home work with. now we need to be know more about the senator from missouri. this is outrageous with what the democrats are doing. this is how the people react as they cross pathses in the isles of the senate. >> they never let the factses get in the way of the good story. they believe if p they continue to attack donald trump and his cabinet they will win back the
house and senate. they are political tactics by the left to get head wind to try to win the elections. they are decimated and president trump shocked the nation and now his cabinet is getting to work. that's all it is. >> lou: another distraction paul ryan who seems to oppose the agenda with the president again. and to do so with the leaked legislation, not final. but what we see of the leaked repeal legislation, this is a contradiction on his part of the president's agenda and his promise on the repeal and replacement of obamacare. what is to happen? >> first of all, we need to legislate in the daylight. we need to make sure all members
of the republican party in congress are able to participate in the repeal and replace process. and so it is the president's agenda and it is reare peel and replace. and it will not happen overnight. they need to put forward the bill. >> lou: where is tom price? >> why are we having a process. some members of the congress are not getting information. i want repeal and replace and high quality health care and that's what president trump ran on and promised the american people. >> lou: i am simpler than that. i want the american people to have this president's agenda in front of the congress and have the speaker of the house and his leadership team supporting that agenda fully and forth rightly and as you say in the light of day and not sequesters as it has
been so far in this david, we are out of time and always great to it have you here. >> thank you. >> lou: we are coming right back. there is a lot more. we'll bring that to you within just moments. be patient, we'll be right back. the trump administration standing behind attorney general jeff sessions. >> he is 100 percent straight and the people are playing partisan politics. >> lou: we'll talk about the cowardly attacks from the left and some on the right. former attorney general mike mukasy joining me tonight. and the heroin epidemic. we'll take up the trump's efforts to break up the criminal
is it appropriate? >> it is appropriate but not because of impriority. there is a rule if you participated in the campaign and that campaign is ufrnd investigation you can't participate in the investigation. no question. >> lou: he did so forthrightly. and did so keeping that bright twinkle in his eye as he upheld his principles and the regulations of the department of justice. now where do we go. and there doesn't seem to be any convincing evidence of an investigation. and doesn't seem to be any evidence of anything improper having occurred? >> that is is an interesting point. when congressman shift was calling on more investigation by the congress.
he blurted out he wanted to hear from the counter intelligence agents of the fbi. now the fbi is not only a crime- investigating enitiy. they also collect intelligence and started collecting intelligence under regulations in 2008 under the guidelines that we put in. done at the suggestion of the 9/11 commission. it is an investigation they are simply gath aring information on our foreign compet outers the russian and chinese and british and israelis. they gaerth on everybody. if this games from an intelligence. there is no criminal investigation to be recused and attorney general sessions was not pointing out there was
a criminal investigation. >> lou: the justice department is not in the business of confirming or denying. it was an awkward moment. the aclu getting in the left wing nonsense led by senator schumer on calling for a resignation. and they said it should be a investigation of perjury based on his response to senator frankin. we ran that question. there was no preparation and seized the focus of the moment for senator frankin and attorney general then senator jeff sessions. >> the focus of the investigation was on continuing contact with the russian and people in the trump campaign. that is continuing contact and with respect to the election. that was the focus of the election and point that alfranklin was making and to say
that he is have thought i did meet with the ambassador as i met with 25 other ambassador in a different connection is ridiculous. there is no reason it would have occurred. the focus was on the breaking news that the senator was disclosing at the time. >> lou: it is awful to behold the political expediency of the democratic party. it is awful to watch members of the republican party attack this man of principle is just stunning to me and it is craven. it is despicable. >> i hope there haven't been republicans attacking him. i also hope there haven't been republican ares calling for an independent counsel or independent prosecutor, because there is no indication of what it is of what that person would
prosecute or charges being investigated. >> lou: this is close as it came because of congressman darril issa. the puttin government is a bad actor and actions should be carefully executeinized and regardless of which aisle you sit on. quote we have a vested interest of understanding why it happened and keep it from happening again. that is a cute little remark. >> and congress contact hearings. let them contact hearings. >> lou: he has worn us out with his hearings, darril issis a. up next, despicable dems attacking the trump administration and the political witch hunt. >> there can't be a doubt about the impartiality of the attorney
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what's in your wallet? s>> lou: a few thoughts on on attorney general jeff sessions who recued himself from the investigations on the campaign. the white house slammed the democrat and adding that it is no surprised that the story is push ped by the national left wing after president trump's successful session of the joint session of congress. president trump has total
confidence of his attorney general. and he is a man of principle and great integrity. they shamelessly rushed to pounce on their colleague to exploit him. and a few of the fellow republicans besmirched themselves as well. 14 republicans called on himself to recues himself. democrats demanded his off thor. that charge led by the head clown as the president calls senator chuck schumer, the craven and senate minority leader who is doubling down on his calls for a special prosecutor. i would like to remind the
senator that the obama administration rejected all calls for a special prosecutor including on benghazi. do we remember benghazi, operation fast and furious and leaks of classified medical on targeted terrorist and the internal revenue service targeting conservative and conservative groups. we know what the dems are. their conduct today entirely in keeping. but to watch a dozen republicans craven and awful as the left to attack attorney general sessions is unfathomable. even in these times that without question try our soulses. our quotation of the evening on the mob that the dems became under the head clown leadership. from wilpen. passion is the mob of a man that
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does not mean true and compeete plete repeal of obamacare in the minds of many, your thoughts. >> lou, you you are spot on. partial repeal and replacement is not what the american people want us to do. president trump said he will repeal it and replace it and that doesn't mean keep the taxes or create a new entitlement program. my concern we have to get it right. the president wants to get it right and make sure there is a safely net for the people who need it. but we can't raise taxes on on the manufacturing workers across the country. >> lou: the speaker of the house, once again, it is within his control and power to bring this into line with the 2015
repeal that you voted on and president trump vetoed. why not as so many of your colleagues have said, why not just move that legislation and be done with it? > lou: you are right. we voted on something and passed it in the house and senate and sent it to president obama he vetoed it. let the this president sign it. i am in favor of putting a replacement plan on the the floor. we are making it not really a replacement or repeal. it becomes a big government program that it will replace one that doesn't work any better and defying history and we have to get it right. i have been working with my colleague and chairman brady on way and means to see if we can
find something that makes fiscal sense for the american people. >> lou: that don't include taxes on the american people and wouldn't include income credits. i mean, we go through this. it is deeply troubling to me as i watch it from affair, i will tell you, because this president promiseed to drain the swamp. it is his agenda that is responsible for the election, not only his but so many in the house and senate and to defy, to defy the american people on this, is a big mistake for speaker ryan and his leadership and there would be an accounting and very damaging to the president. >> the president is committed to doing it right. i believe him to be a man of his
word are and he wants to do it right. we in the house. >> lou: i am being clear. i am not talking about him could be the architect but i am saying paul ryan is. it has to stop. >> it is it a leadership plan at this point and what we have to do, lou to work to make smur no tax. one of the issues thas a refundable tax credit and a check come from this federal government that goes to those who make 250,000 a year and million a year. they get the same amount as someone getting 40000. >> lou: does it go to the individual or insurance company? >> it would go to the insurance company the way they are talking about about. you have all kinds.
>> lou: it would be a subsidy for the insurance companies. these games are played by a leadership who think that the we are foolish as the democrats were in 2010. >> we are not. i am hearing for a lot of people in the country who said what we have to do is repeal it. we did it in 2015. we need to do the same thing today. senator rand paul has a good proposal that i believe is better than the one we are asked to consider from our leadership. and perhaps we find a way of some of what dr. rand paul has done and provide a better safety net. i think we have to get it right. but we have to do is quickly and we have tax reform and fix the va, and make sure our military
is there and get it done before august. >> lou: if the leadership of the house is going to try to keep the american people in the dark and play game with tax credit and subsidies or whatever you call them and at the same time bring further a cadillac tax on certain plans, i mean, this is a disast are -- disaster in the making. and i salute you and the freedom caucus and the study group who are trying to make the leadership accountable and appeal to their honor if they have any reare maining and do the right thing for the president and themselves and the country. what will the outcome. >> i appreciate your kind remarks and mark walk are, the chairman of the republican study committee and came out and made a bold stand.
there is no consensous today. we have are to get a real bill that repeals, replace and make sure we handle those preexisting conditions that we are committed to do. >> congressman mark meadows, thank you for all you do and thank you for being here tonight. we appreciate it. >> lou: we'll be right back. stay with us. president trump vowses tougher immigration laws. >> we'll raise wages and save billion and billions of dollars and make our communities safer for everyone. >> lou: it is america first.