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at i'm bob massi. i'll see you next week. [ woman vocalizing ] and looking ahead to a general election showdown, donald trump revisits the scandal of the '90. will either line of attack work with workers? find out after these headlines. live from america's election headquarters, i'm arthel neville. tropical depression bonnie drenches south carolina this memorial day weekend. bonnie coming ashore early this morning, bringing heavy rain,
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flooding a major interstate highway and packing winds of about 30 miles an hour. up to 8 inches of rain falling in some areas. and in iraq, kurdish forces launching a major offensive against isis. their mission to recapture a series of villages near the islamic state stronghold of mosul. thousands of troops are said to be taking part in the operation supported by air strikes from the u.s.-led coalition. this new push coming a week after iraqi forces launched an offensive against fallujah, another hub of the islamic state. i'm arthel neville. i'll see you at the top of the hour alongside gregg jarrett. right now, we'll get you back to "journal editorial report." and for the latest, check out welcome to "the journal editorial report." i'm paul giggone.e new trouble for hillary clinton, a scathing report from the state department inspector general.
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it concludes that the likely democratic nominee violated federal rules, both by using a private server as secretary of state and by failing to turn over those e-mails before leaving government service. the report reveals that clinton never saw it and did not receive permission for her off-grid server and repeatedly ignored security concernser raised by other state department officials. mrs. clinton addressed the report thursday in las vegas. >> i thinkrs the report is consistent with what i have been saying, that, the use of personl e-mail was a practice by other secretaries of state, and the rules wereer not clarified unti after i had left. and as i've said many times, if i could do it over again, i would have done it differently. >> joining the panel this week, "wall street journal" potomac watch columnist kim strassel, associate editorial page editor james freeman, and editorial board member joe rago. so, kim, the former secretary of state says the report merely corroborates all that she has
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been saying all along. is that true? >> s it's the exact opposite, paul. i mean, the importance of this report is it demolishes the two central claims that she has made since the beginning of this ha scandal. and the first claim was that this was entirely allowable. the report, in fact, comes out and says that, flat out says that she violated federal recordkeeping rules that were very clear when she was in he office. >> right. >> and her other claimim was th this was all okay because it was all secure, the e-mail was fine, nothing bad happened. what we also find out in this report is that she was warned by many people in the state department involved in security that this was not a safe thing toto do, and she bulled ahead a did it anyway. >> and she was warned, her staff was warned about the risks from hackers, explicit risks from hackers. the secretary of state took that warning and sent it out under her signature to all diplomatic posts, and then she ignored that advice in her own case.
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>> yeah, and i think that this gets to the most possibly damaging and problem of this report for fher, which is this question of the fbi investigation. >> right. >> which is obviously looking at whether or not she was willfully negligent in the handling of classified material. and i think in that regard, one of the most important aspects of t this report is a line that says that she did not seek permission, and had she sought it, she would not have been given it because of the security concerns. >> and joe, that gets to this question of intent, which is central to the comey investigation, which is did she know what she was doing? did she know she was violating rules and did it anyway? >> there's actually a remarkable exchange on this point where one of her aides tells her, you know, this is a problem for you. and she says, no, we're not going to do anything. i don't want to take any risk of the personal being accessible. so, in her own words and in an e-mail exchange that was not turnedn over in the initial document disclosure, she's
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essentially conceding the question of intent. >>'s well, and james, she didn' meet with the ig. she refused to do it. that's awfully strange behavior for a former secretary of state whoo wants to be president, andt therefore, hold -- in that role, have to hold the rest of the government accountable, and you're not cooperating with an investigation? >> yeah, this is really what the clintons have been doing for decades is somehow managing to rewrite political rules for themselves. can you imagine anyone else getting awayse with the idea th i'm seeking a running for president while i'm refusing to cooperate with a federalhe investigation into my conduct in public office. as ace threshold question, it's kind of amazing that she goes on. but i think getting back to this intent question, what we now have is we know she lied when she said this was done simply for s convenience. given that e-mail exchange showing this was specifically to prevent disclosure, i think the
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question now for mr. comey at the fbi is what more does he need to bring a criminal case for at least mishandling classified information? >> so, you think this is a hi roadmap for comey in essence, what this report is? >> just only on what's been disclosed now publicly. i imagine he's got more than hasn't been disclosed, but just on what wesn know publicly. we see these intent with this report. we see the deceptions. and we already know numerous classified e-mails on the server, despite what she had said earlier, i don't understand what else he would need to bring a case. >> joe, what about the response clinton that, well, colin powell did it, everybody else did it, nothing major different here? >> we know colin powell had a personal e-mail, which he used for personal business. he also had an official e-mail that he used for official business. >> and it was pretty limited? >> limited. he didn't set up his own private server, and it was just a different technological era with the threats of hacking and cyber
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security far less sophisticated than they are today. > so, kim, what's the largern let's leave comey aside for a second. what is the larger impact among democrats? we've still gotri the californi primary coming up. is this goingur to hurt her amo democrats? >> all>> it does is backs up th idea that she is untrustworthy. and this has been her biggest problem all along in this election, those numbers and polls saying americans don't believe what she has to say. now you've got a report in which the ig demolishes everything she said over the last year, and she's still out claiming and spinning that it is something other than it is. >> all right. when we come back, hillary clinton and donald trump sharpen their attacks as they look aheaa to the a general election. trump is rehashing the clinton scandals of the 1990s, while hillary istr focusing on her rival's record as a businessman so, will either strategy work?
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as donald trump and hillary
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clinton look ahead to the general election, the lines of attack are beginning to emerge with the republican nominee intent on reminding voters of the clinton scandals of the 1990s. the trump campaign released an instagram ad this week focusing on the sexual assault allegations against former president bill clinton with trump tweeting "is hillary really protecting women?" his camp has also reportedly asked the rnc to work up information on the whiteware real estate scandal. we're back with kim strassel, "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan eddinger and columnist bill mcgern also joining the panel. you were chronicling this in the 1990s, the whitewater scandal, travelgate, all the rest of it. is this relevant to the current moment? >> it is relevant in the sense that this is big-time politics, it's hardball politics, and donald trump knows that the clinton camp is doing opposition research on him.
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he's got a past. it's been documented in the new york tabloids over the years with women and his business relationships. and what donald trump is engaging in here is mutual assured destruction, the old atomic weapon theory from the cold war -- you want to escalate, i'm going to escalate, too, and he's firing the first salvo and telling them don't go there about my past. >> but bill, the question is -- the clintons will want to suggest to people and voters, old news. all of this stuff. who cares? you all knew that. it was litigated before. i was impeached. it didn't work then. you elected me as senator after this, if you're hillary clinton. >> right. >> is it really relevant? >> it is, because you know, it's not the past, it's the present. the same hillary clinton that parlayed money into cattle futures, the same hillary that went on television to support her husband's lie about gennifer flowers, the same hillary clinton involved in the whitewater scandals. this is the same hillary clinton under investigation by the fbi today and who as secretary of
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state allowed her husband to rake in millions of dollars from people overseas. this is a woman who never tells the truth when a lie will serve her purposes equally well. >> so, kim, particularly the women response that trump has -- he's used this. he's raised bill clinton's women issues, all the accusations against him. why is he doing that? >> look, i think this is smart, because for years now democrats have been using this war on women theme against republicans. they say that women don't -- i mean, that republicans don't care about women, they put them on the defensive, and republicans have never had a good answer to this. go back and remember the best mitt romney could do was talk about how he had delivered to him binders full of women, as this was sort of proof. so, what trump is basically saying is you want to talk about women, fine, let's talk about bill. and then going through some of this behavior and linking hillary to it.
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it is not necessarily answering the charges against himself, but he's saying that the clintons do not have a leg to stand on in making those accusations and hoping to make it uncomfortable enough that they stop. >> donald trump gave an energy speech this week, okay? big policy. actually pretty good policy. >> right. >> i'll bet you you can't find five people that knew what happened because they weren't reporting it, focusing on other stuff. >> but donald trump has been rising in the polls by ignoring all of us. he beat 16 pretty professional candidates. >> but this is the guy who -- he gave the speech, we didn't. he's the one who said -- >> but i think what he's doing, further to what kim says. you know, clearly, mrs. clinton was going to run the war on women theme against him. and it's hard for traditional republicans. and he's not a moralist, you know. he's not a rick santorum. he's basically bill clinton without the really bad allegations, you know, of exposure and so forth, against him. and he's just taking -- he's just taking the fight away from him. he's making hillary live by her
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own code. >> in some weird way, he's making them fight on policy. >> how so? >> because he's saying don't go into all this personal stuff because i will overwhelm you with mud. let's talk about what i want to talk about, which is building a wall against mexico, talking about whether trade is doing anything good for the united states anymore, or his energy policy or his tax policy. the problem is, trump himself tends to step on his own message by getting personal. >> would it be better if he linked all that past behavior to the clinton foundation business and to the e-mail scandal so you can make it look contemporary? it's not just about the 1990s, this is how they governed in between time in office and when she was in office, and this is how -- this is what they will take to the white house. i mean, that kind of a systemic case trump doesn't make. about the e-mail scandal, all he said this week was "not good." okay, why can't he make a more sophisticated case? >> well, he's going to have to. and i think he'll have to get into details, like the clinton foundation, though it's always ultimately, as we said back in
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the '90s, a question of presidential character. that was our complaint about bill clinton back then. the question is can donald trump make that argument? >> all right, dan. thank you. when we come back, hillary clinton developing her own attack strategy as she looks ahead to a november race against donald trump. so, just how big a vulnerability is the new yorker's record as a businessman? and will it resonate with general election voters? yorker' a business man. i'm billy, and i quit smoking with chantix. i had a lot of doubts going in. i was a smoker. hands down, it was, that's who i was. after one week of chantix, i knew i could quit. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. chantix definitely helped reduce my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse or of seizures.
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hard-working families in california and across america to lose their homes, all because he thought he could take advantage of it to make some money for himself. >> hillary clinton this week testing out her own attack strategy against donald trump, going after the new yorker's record as a businessman. we're back with dan, james, and joe. so, james, you've looked into donald trump's business record. how vulnerable is he politically? >> i don't think he's vulnerable, especially not on the issues she's raising. the atlantic city stuff, atlantic city is a mess. his casinos did especially badly there. >> that's not a vulnerability, bankruptcy? >> well, look, he's got some big failures, but he's got some successes. he's got his roughly 16 golf courses around the world and they have their fans. he's got a building that he owns much of down here on 6th avenue, another in new york, other places in the world.
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so it's a mixed record. the bankruptcies are a bad blot on that record, and atlantic city, but i think it's all about the comparison, which is the theme of this whole race. the clintons have amassed this enormous pile of wealth and there's not an honest nickel in the pile. it's all basically leveraging government connections and shady overseas deals. >> but joe, this strategy is a lot like the democrats tried against mitt romney. they almost put bane capital on the ballot in 2012. and they're going to try to put donald trump's businesses on the ballot. you think that has a better chance of working than james does? >> i think it might have a good chance of working. donald trump is not mitt romney, right? he's not embarrassed by his wealth. >> he flaunts it. i'll make you a billionaire. >> when she talks about him bankrupting the country like he bankrupted his countries, it does have a certain resonance. trump has said i'm going to pay
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down the u.s. debt by convincing u.s. creditors to take a haircut on treasury bonds. so it does raise i think real issues of how he would manage the feds. >> let's get donald trump's response. >> she goes, and donald trump is a terrible person! and he wanted to buy housing when it was at a low point! who the hell doesn't? he went bankrupt with his casino company. i made so much money in atlantic city, but, you know, i'm a business guy. we all use the laws. >> what do you make of that one, dan? >> well, that's trump, isn't it? look, mitt romney, bane capital personified a certain idea, which was that wall street and companies like bane were shafting the little guy. donald trump is trump. there's no bane capital, there's just trump and his businesses. one guy, and this one guy who is operating at the level of media
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personality, stands there and just pounds back. so i think this innuendo that hillary is filtering out is going to have a tough time. >> trump is ahead by about ten points in the polling, head-to-head. on economics. and it's part i think because people look at him as a businessman and say, you know what? he knows how to run the economy. that's why i think clinton is going to try to undermine his record on company, just like the bush campaign tried to undermine the war record. when you make something central to your candidacy, it becomes a target. >> that is definitely not the way to do it, to accuse him of wanting to buy low and sell high. two years ago, they heard exactly the same warren buffett, who told timothy geithner after the bailouts of the banks started in 2008, i wish he hadn't done that, because when the prices went down, i would have been first in line to buy. this is what business people do. they try to buy assets when they're cheap. >> what about its associations
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with some unsavory characters in organized crime, which i thi think -- no, we're going to hear that. is that a vulnerability? >> it's weird. because he bought a lot of concrete from companies controlled by the mob in the 1980s when he was building his buildings in new york. what he's going to say is look, i really didn't have a choice. there are only a few companies that do this. they can do three floors a week. he's going to say there's really no other game in town. but i think he can be helped by federal trial in the 1980s, which essentially said that, that the mob controlled it. there was really no way. in fact, one of the trump buildings was portray in the federal case as the victims. >> i think all of this is part of a general attack line the clinton campaign is going to make, that donald trump is unfit to be president. they don't want to fight over ideology as much, because that's a conventional republican attack. they're going to take him on personally.
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>> look, if you don't want to believe in the mystique of trump, there's plenty of evidence to find it, for years and decades. but he still has this appeal. so this is attack really going to work? i have my doubts. >> all right. we have to take one more break. when we come back, hits and misses of the week. after a long day,
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time time now for our hits and misses of the week. start us off. >> bernie sanders just won a battle to have five of his people put on the democratic party's national platform writing committee, and what a crew it is, paul. >> among the people bernie has chosen to author the party's official positions this summer are the infamous professor and social justice activist cornell west, and extremist who want to stop all oil and gas drilling, and james zogby. they say honesty is the best policy. if that's the case, i want to
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give bernie a hit for being totally up front about the agenda he wants to put on his party. >> big miss for yale. the associate master of one of the residential colleges sent out an e-mail questioning a university notice washing students against culturally unaware costumes. the e-mail was followed by protests, followed by the president defending free speech, followed by capitulation. how do we know it's a capitulation? this week, the husband and wife resigned his masters from the college. >> this is a hit to the american battle monuments commission, which was founded in 1924 and maintains american cemeteries in 16 foreign countries. this is memorial day. it's a holiday, but it's a rather solemn holiday and we're glad this commission is out there honoring the people who sacrificed so much for the american people. >> if you've ever seen those cemeteries overseas, they do a brilliant job of maintaining them just as good as arlington cemetery. >> remember, if you have your own hit or miss, be sure to
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tweet it to us. that's it for this week's show. thanks to my panel. thanks to all of you for watching. hope to see you right here next week. we begin with a fox news alert out of houston, where a gunman and at least one other person are dead in a shooting. police saying that two gunmen were involved. one of those suspects apparently shot and killed the other. the second suspect was wounded. police finding another person dead inside of a vehicle. many others hit by gunfire. their conditions are not known. streets in the area are shut down as the investigation continues and we'll bring you details as you get them. i'm greg jarrett. welcome to america's election headquarters. >> i'm