tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News May 31, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PDT
as american troops assist iraqis in an effort to drive isis terrorists out of fa lucia, americans at home remember their heroes who never came back. this is "special report." welcome to washington. i'm in for bret baier. it is a solemn, but calm memorial day here in the nation's capital. president obama paid respects to the fallen, a half world away, it is anything but calm. americans are, again, engaged in conflict. in conflict where the bullets are just as real. kevin begins the coverage tonight from the white house. >> reporter: for president obama, it was the final time as
commander in chief to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown on memorial day. each year, different from the last. solemn duty, punk waited by appreciation and deep reflection. >> here at arlington, sounds of combat have given way to silence of the hills. >> hills covered in marble and the memory of more fallen heroes since his last visit here. >> in iraq, our fight against isil, three americans have given their life on our behalf. i ask you to remember their stories as well. >> reporter: stories of heroes like master sergeant josh wheeler who died in iraq leaving behind his wife and baby, david. >> he deployed 14 times, earned 11 bronze stars, four for valor. last october, isil terrorists
prepared to execute 70 hostages. josh, fellow special went in to rescue them. they went free. >> reporter: iraqi security forces are engaging the terror group in fighting tonight. in an attempt to regain control of fallujah. it's a hot spot with stronghold in syria, iraq and afghanistan. now, some 5500 americans are in iraq. over 9800 in afghanistan and up to 300 expeditionary forces in syria. experts say the battle for fallujah won't be easy. if the coalition triumphs, that's only half the battle. >> they are in rubble. it's how they handle that, how the iraqi government handles the
rebuilding of fallujah. >> reporter: the souls of the loss remind us of the cost of freedom. >> they continue to tout the administration accomplishment. the ending of two wars, despite the fact that america's involvement continues to deepen, including the ongoing fight for fallujah. shannon? >> kevin corke live at the white house. thank you. we continue our memorial day coverage with a look at some of the heroes still here with us. here is concerned doug. >> reporter: 16 million american who is served in world war ii, 800,000 survived. a handful in wheelchairs or canes came to washington's world war ii memorial where they were greeted as celebrities and heroes. >> means a lot. i get to meet new friends. number front ends, new people. i love that.
>> reporter: they were all eager to share their memories. john had an extraordinary one. he stormed the beaches in italy, 7,000 allies died there, 30,000 wounded, pinned down by artillery weeks and weeks. >> we were surrounded on three sides, mediterranean in the back. wipe us out. back into the sea. they tried. our orders were to stand and fight and we did. we held our ground. but, we were on that beach for four months. may 25th, we got an all out attack, broke through the german lines, ten days. >> reporter: blocks away at the vietnam veteran memorial, another replaying and new etchings on the wall. the names of nine servicemen are added, status changed from missing in action to killed in
action. solemn ceremonies like this were repeated town after town for the heroes of vietnam, the gulf war, the war on terrorism and what was, at the time, police action. korea, the veterans knew it was so much worse than that. >> every winter, when we get snow and ice, i think about it. reminds me of how cold it was, 30 below zero. weapons freeze up. it's something that should be remembered by generations after we are gone. >> reporter: taking that message to heart, a rural community in illinois. it became veterans memorial. >> a tribute to friends. >> reporter: friends, school maits and others who served in iraq and afghanistan. >> i didn't lose any friends. i know people that lost friends. >> reporter: that is the story of war and ultimate sacrifice.
as the heroes of this war, world war ii fade back in history, so, too, will their memories. 400 of them are dying, on average, each and every day. it reminds us of the cost of freedom. shannon? >> doug, thank you very much. the white house was placed on lockdown shortly after president obama returned from arlington cemetery. an object was thrown over the fence. a woman was detained and placed in handcuffs. two of the three remaining presidential candidates are taking the holiday off from campaigning events. bernie sanders will be at another later. hillary clinton is limping to the primary finish line trying to keep sanders at bay. james rosen has tonight's report. >> flanked by her husband, hillary clinton marched in the
memorial day parade where supporters seemed to buck up the spirit of the democratic front-runner. >> so far, anyway. >> reporter: senator bernie sanders trailing took part in san francisco's commemoration hours after a leading democratic senator urged him to drop out of the race. >> i know the passion of a campaign. i know when you are in it and you just keep go, go, go until the last hour is there. well, the last hour is close by. >> reporter: sanders disagrees, leaving republicans to consolidate around their presumptive nominee, donald trump, who is promising to define the advantage democrats had in the electoral college. >> the path is tougher. i'm putting 15 states in play that i think i can win. i was in the state of washington recently. we had record crowds, the biggest ever. i was in other states. let them big your out what they
are. >> he disclosed two other such states. >> we want to focus on the states. we are going to focus on new york. we are going to play heavy in california. >> reporter: trump vowed victory or close contact in three states, michigan, new jersey and illinois. >> the home state of barack obama is definitely not in play for donald trump. in a place like florida, which is a state he has got to win to make that claim credibly, hispanics across the board view him unfavorably. how do you win florida with that? >> reporter: some say the importance is overstated. >> everybody is chasing the woman vote forgetting the man vote exists. donald trump is killing hillary in that. the white vote is a bigger portion of the population. donald trump will lose the general election if he doesn't turn that around. don't make life the massive base he has.
>> intangible qualities that make it imprudent to count him out. >> he can and will bring new people into the process. we don't know how many. people find him very likable. people find him very entertaining. we don't know what the limits on that are. >> reporter: bill kristol who tried and failed to get the likes of myth mitt romney -- an impressive one with a strong team. that individual will have no chance in texas for more than three dozen electoral votes are up for grabs. >> very cryptic. we are going to talk about that with the ponl to see what name we get and what chance they have. >> maybe it's bill kristol himself. >> we'll find out. thank you. >> all right. let's take a closer look at the clinton e-mail scandal from a new perspective.
kathryn is here to talk exclusively with the last inspect inspector general at the state department. during secretary hillary clinton's term, there was no senate confirmed inspector general. >> there was no sheriff in town. >> they are not necessarily popular for the reason you just said. they are the people who enforce the rules. and, there was no one enforcing the rules at the time. >> reporter: general howard was the last person to hold the job before secretary clinton took office. speaking publicly, he shreds clinton's primary defense that practices were like the old boss. >> secretary rice did not have his own server. >> can you -- >> i would have been stunned. she sent one to me, i probably would have started an investigation. >> on the same day the 83 beige
inspector general report was released, mrs. clinton told univision -- >> like previous secretary of states, i used a personal e-mail. many did. it was not unprecedented. >> reporter: the debate got heated when they made comparisons to former secretary, colin powell. >> does that mean they didn't use similar practices? >> we have shown it is different. secondly, it's a red herring, sir. i expect more from you. >> reporter: on claims the e-mails were not classified they cast more doubt. >> i don't understand it because it was either classified by the creator or classified by reason of where it came from. >> reporter: moving information from classified to unsecure personal server is a deliberate act. >> it could be with a screen shot, with a photo, a camera. it could be summarized or copied from a secure copier.
>> doesn't happen by accident? >> no. >> a senate republican investigating the clinton e-mails made another ak vacation. >> you have to assume our enemies had access to every e-mail over her private server. >> reporter: he believes classified information and sources were made vulnerable. >> accessed by so-called bad guys. they are subject to enough risks, they don't need additional risk. the man who was the top law enforcement officer said the traitor performs a public service. former attorney jenn-airgeneral holder said snowden harmed american interest by leaking classified documents. snowden should return to the u.s. to face consequences, but a judge should consider his
positive contributions. just 12% of republicans think the party is responsive to ordinary voters. that kind of disconnect is certainly a factor in the shocking rise of donald trump. two of the presumtive g.o.p. nomination. tonight, why many republicans are refusing to climb on the trump bandwagon. >> reporter: on the power of the presidency and issuing of executive orders, some republicans worry this -- >> a lot of right things. >> reporter: sounds a lot like this. >> i have a pen and a phone. i can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward. >> the freedom caucus. the republicans who cried executive authority from orders on immigration and gun control and transgender locker policies. they have legislative efforts by
the obama white house. caucus members say their colleagues object to trump's use of executive authority. >> the republican president who tries to overreach using executive infringements, republicans will be here to push against him. >> when it was bush, the republicans did everything that bush wanted him to do without questioning everything. and vice versa. the same democrats who were whining about overreach of the executive. when bush was president, are allowing this president to go above and beyond what bush did. >> they will support trump. congressman justin amash opposed trump. jim jordan says he will vote for trump and enthusiastically work to defeat hillary clinton. they acknowledge their claims to vote for the nominee. some refuse to comment. on this issue, trump finds himself in a familiar situation, clarifying earlier situations to
appeal to skeptics. >> there is a negotiation. i would like not to sign too many executive orders. that's not what the founders had in mind, sitting down and signing executive orders. >> reporter: members say they would like trump to meet with the board of the caucus in the coming weeks. some tell fox they would look forward to a confrontation with a republican president over executive powers. they want to demonstration their belief in principals. they believe they have violated boundaries. shannon? >> thank you, rich. up next, hundreds die in less than a week trying to get to europe. first, here is what some of our fox affiliates are covering tonight. fox 29 in philadelphia, nearly 40,000 striking verizon employees plan to return to work wednesday. a union official says the contract reached friday reaches 1300 new call center jobs.
11% in raises over four years and the first contract for verizon wireless store workers. the state national guardsman names after bo biden, the son of joe biden. he died a year ago of brain cancer at age 36. this is a live look from fox 19 in cincinnati. a vigil at the cincinnati zoo for a 17-year-old gorilla killed after a 4-year-old boy fell into his exhibit. zoo officials had to put him down because he was violently dragging and throwing the child. tranquilizing the gorilla would have taken too long. the boy's family says he is doing well. that is a live look from outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back.
continue to escape to europe and continue to die. hundreds o feared dead in mediterranean sea wrecks. amy kellogg has that story from rome. a representative called it a massacre. 700 people are believed to have died at sea. that number is based on interviews with survivors. the death toll, may be higher. only some of the bodies have been retrieved. others remain trapped below deck in sunken vessels. the worst incident, a boat filled beyond capacity, towed by another. that tragedy represents a terrifying level of cynicism. >> the reason so many people have been at sea and risking their lives, they have no option. the possibility to travel legally. >> they are starting to speak of the ordeal.
>> translator: it was very hard. the water was coming from everywhere, from down and up. we tried for more than six hours, then said it isn't possible anymore. >> reporter: the ships departing from libya. the italian coast guard rescued 13,000 people last week. 40 infants drown. hundreds watched their parents parri parrish. many are stepping up, offering to adopt them. pope francis agreed to do more for the refugees. they showed the life vest of a syrian child that died at sea saying, quote, migrants are not dangerous, they are in danger. despite the tragedy, the route from libya to italy is expected to get busier as the weather gets warmer. the route has been effectively shut down with turkey blocking sea departures. shann
shannon? >> amy kellogg, thank you, amy. a suspected killer on the fbi's most wanted list is in custody tonight. he was arrested last night by custom's agents crossing into the u.s. from tijuana. he's wanted in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child. way overdue. that's how many feel about a new memorial to those who thought in world war i. you will meet
officials searching for a 21-year-old man who disappeared in north carolina while swimming in rough surf. in a few years, there may be a new veteran's memorial for people to visit. it would honor those lost in world war i. many people feel it's been a long time coming. >> reporter: it is said a national memorial to the americans who served in world war i is a century too late. the man designing it has only been alive for a quarter century, saying he had nothing to lose, he entered a contest to design the memorial, a stone's throw away from the white house and he had never been to d.c. now his work will need to measure up. each of the designs stood up to a tradition of political, aesthetic and agenda. >> you are 25 years old, you think you can handle national
scrutiny? >> probably not, but, you know, i'm going to deal with it the best i can. >> reporter: the critics weighed in the design would discard the existing but neglected memorial. he led allied forces in world war i, the weight of sacrifice it's a wall with sculptures telling stories from the war. he intends it to be built around the flow and usage of the park. >> great bone structure. yes, it needs renewal. at the end of the day, we believe and said from the very beginning the park with a memorial. >> reporter: the sculptor is old school. he pours the bronze. he does nothing digital. the only modern step he takes is recruiting models after craigslist, puts them in authentic uniforms and films them. >> i feel like what i have done
up to this point is training, 30 years of training. now i'm ready take on the challenge like this. >> the finished product will follow him the rest of his career. however, what intimidates him is knowing it will be part of the national landscape long after his young career has ended. >> that one is the harder part and something that, you know, i haven't fully wrapped my mind around, the fact that it is going to be a permanent fixture. >> it will be nine months before ground can be broken. in that time, the parks commission and the commission on fine arts can review and criticize the design. they can send him back to the drawing board. in chicago, fox news. >> looking forward to that. a frightening statistic as we honor the war dead. the military times says 4200 veterans who are not dead were declared dead by officials and
benefits cut off over a five-year span. it's from lingering errors in the social security sharing with the v.a. there is a business side to memorial day. all the traveling, cooking and eating adds up to a significant economic boost. lauren of fox business network looks at the numbers tonight. break out the brewski's. the unofficial start of summer is here. >> enjoying hot dogs on the grill. >> the first cookout of the year calls for hot dogs. they estimate people will eat 200 million hot dogs this weekend. 38 million americans plan to go somewhere over the long weekend. the u.s. travel association says we'll spend $12 billion on trips, just over 300 bucks each. memorial day travel is going to seem busier than ever at the
airports especially with the tsa back up we are seeing. the biggest piece of advice i can give travelers is to do the one thing under your control and get to the airport three hours early. >> that could be why more americans will drive. look at the roads within a five-hour drive. hotels where you can get a promo code for 15% off and a short weekend get away. cheaper gasoline is helping. >> gas prices are 48 cents lower than they were same time a year ago. these are the lowest summer prices since 2005. it's inspired a lot of people to take a road trip. >> memorial day weekend is a good time to go shopping. experts say you will find the best deals on mattresses, appliances and clothing. memorial day was celebrated on may 30th for decades. 1971, congress established the holiday as the last holiday in may to ensure a long weekend.
♪ >> in iraq, in our fight against isil, three americans have given their lives in combat on our behalf. today, i ask you to remember their stories as well. whether they stood up in times of war, signed up in times of peace or called up by a draft war, they em bodied the best of america. >> the president memorializing memorial day. let's bring in our panel.
julie pace, the white house correspondent for the associated press and charles hurt from the washington times, good to see all of you. as the president was speaking, we have thousands of men and women around the world who are serving. george, that was the first time i heard them say there are american who is died in combat fighting isis. >> this must be a difficult memorial day for the widows, orphans and caregivers of american soldiers and marines who were wounded or killed in falujah. over and over again. that said, the president has talked about ending region. american participation is harder than it seems. what happens there doesn't stay there and we see the blowback in migrations coming from the torn region. the president is doing all that the country will permit him to do, that is air support and
lodgist cal support. beyond that, they will put up with very little, except people are still getting killed. they are supposedly advising and assisting. conflict where there are no static lines like in world war ii and the world war i, in a fluid situation like that, the idea you can put people close to combat and not in combat is -- >> we talked earlier about valerie jared saying this administration ended two wars. there are thousands in the hot spots. 5500 americans in iraq, many in afghanistan and hundreds more in syria. >> the numbers in afghanistan are striking to me. before this year, we had far more troops in afghanistan. there's been this war that really hasn't been on the public's radar, yet so many americans serving there for so
long. those are the people i think about on this memorial day. they have given such a sacrifice without a lot of americans appreciating what they have been doing. >> george, you mentioned falujah, there's an operation under way to retake it. i want to play a bit of a navy s.e.a.l. who spoke earlier on what it's going to be like for iraqi forces, with the help of others to try to do that. >> if iran continues to be an antagonist, you are going to leave iraq divided and continue this longer. anytime there's passive support for the isis fighters in an area or active support, that is going to slow advances of progress that the army is going to make. fallujah is going to handle that. how the iraqi government handles the rebuilding of fallujah. >> that's the key.
even if they are successful in the difficult fight, it's the aftermath of how you sustain it or create it. that's the tough thing. >> this president successfully ran twice on the promise to end these wars. you know, what i think about is, as difficult as it is, as you mentioned the soldiers and families, the sacrifices they have to make, to make those sacrifices in a situation like this where you have a commander and chief who ran twice against, you know, promising to end the wars, he says he ended the war. we have people dying over there. i can't imagine a more appalling situation under which our troops could be fighting. >> well, george, what is left for the next person, be it a president clinton, sanders or trump? >> they are going to find they have inherited conflicts. we can't end conflicts. they are conflicts we can't say
will never touch our interest. obviously, we are going to pick up there. the question is, is there any longer any reservoir of support for those -- for american participation on the ground? you mentioned afghanistan. that's the longest war in american history. granted, it's a low grade fever war but people died and we're not going back. >> the reason why a lot of people find donald trump so appealing is that he has an isolated message. you know, they don't want to be over there fighting in the wars, but they also don't want the threat coming here. >> there's an isolationist message except he says he's going to get rid of isis quickly. i don't know how he's going to do that without intervening and he's going to take their oil. i don't know how he does that without boots on the oil-soaked ground. >> many of them. >> telling people what i think they would want to hear.
everyone likes the idea you could go into a country in the middle east, quickly depose of a leader or terror group and walk away. it's not how it works. what this president has come to find and plenty of previous presidents as well. >> we didn't end in libya, but we went over it. for eight months, the most attractive situation in history, we chased out and killed gadhafi. you we see the fruits of that in the capsized votes. people failing a scaled debate. >> the countries, it's a different world literally. they don't operate putting in place a constitution. it's a very difficult fight. >> general mcchrystal in afghanistan spoke of bringing in a government in a box. the difficulty of a government in a box. >> so many competing interests there. iran, russia, china.
it's complex beyond measure. >> very complex, which is why, you know, these solutions really never work out. this president, you know, i think of his foreign -- as if there's going to be an obama doctrine, surrender without peace. >> how much do you think it's going to factor in the election? >> i think right now they are on people's minds, not the forefront. as we often see in the elections, something can very quickly change the situation. >> george? >> the first beheading issue changed the republican running. it eliminated rand paul. something like that, events, have a way of intruding. next up, donald trump strategy to find a path to victory in november. [vet] two yearly physicals down.
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good-bye to the second amendment and your rights. if mitt romney gets in, he's a failed candidate. he failed twice. if he runs a third time, he'll fail again. >> just a heads up, there will be an independent candidate, an impressive one with a strong team and a chance. charles, do you have a name for it? >> no, i don't. it's a real head scratcher because i don't know, it seems like it is a suicide mission. but, corey is right about it. you know, somebody on the republican side puts forth a candidate. anybody other than bernie is going to be a disaster for republicans unless the goal is to, you know, prevent republican donald trump from getting the white house. i think there's a good sized number of republicans who,
that's exactly what they would like to do. >> as was pointed out in the reporting, there are a number of states where it's not possible to get on the ballot at this point. >> the lodgist cal challenges are enormous. tough have someone who would declare their candidacy -- if this happened five or six months ago, you could possibly see this as an actual, realistic fath. charles said, it would be a suicide mission. it would be to stop another candidate from getting in the white house, not to win. >> does such a person exist as julie described? with the name? >> since we can't think of a name, it's hard to imagine who it could be. 1968, george wallace, with no
infrastructure. not making this up. he got on 50 state ballots because of a spontaneous combustion on his behalf. we were fighting with an army, cities in flames, very different times. >> what i'm going to do is focus on 15 or so states because we have to win. i want my energy to be put in states where it could go either way. >> we saw a couple weeks ago, a poll out of pennsylvania, florida and ohio. if he is --
appeals that much in a place like pennsylvania. he very well could do in a place like michigan and completely overturn the chess board the democrats and republicans have been playing on. >> he has done things his own way so far. >> he has. i think he will continue to do things his own way. when you talk about taking a state who hats voted for democrats the last four or five elections; you do need to do some work on the ground. you can have energy. you can have people behind you. you do need to do work in terms of voter registration. do you need to get out the vote operation. these general elections are just a massive operation. and democrats, frankly in the last couple of elections have really mastered this ability to take voters who are not likely to come out and make sure that they do.
and he have to do at least some of it. i really dent think you can just ride rallies and energy alone to a victory. >> all right. one of the things that will benefit him is this continued possibly continued chatter about former secretary clinton and her email server. the scathing report from the inspector general last week. it is something that continues to be the talk of the sunday shows and beyond. but, george, does it really cost her points? does it cost her in the electoral map, this conversation? short of being indicted? >> well, it might have if some months ago the senator from vermont, mr. sanders had not said i don't want to hear any more about your damn emails. well, having, for a large group of disaffected democrats, he essentially delegitimated that issue. gas has gone out of it you called it a scathing report. it wasn't a positive contribution to her campaign, particularly if you read the fine print which money does. what the public heard was
she violated state department rules. violated policy, no one heard violated the law. and until that happens, i don't think it matters very much. >> does anybody think it will? do you think about the internal conversations and deliberations that may be going on with jim comey at the fbi and loretta lynch, the attorney general? >> it's the background noise that tiny little layers makes people, you know, reinforces the idea that she is untrust worthy. i think that's a big problem for her. but, "wall street journal" poll out over the weekend that showed the number of bernie sanders supporters who are willing to turn their support to her has dropped in half and we're talking, you know, maybe 17%. but, the fact that 17% of bernie sanders supporters today say they would switch their vote to donald trump, if it's a clinton/trump matchup, i think that's kind of significant. at the very least it means
he might be able to keep some of those people at home. >> i think that the best argument that trump can probably make against hillary clinton in the general election is casting her as someone who is of the political establishment, who plays political games. who is trying to deceive the public the way politicians have done forever, basically. because the country is just not in the mood for that right now. and i think the email scandal such as it is, is part of that more than just an individual thing that voters will care about. >> all right. that is it for the panel. stay tuned as we honor the men and women that you at home are remembering this memorial day.
grandfathers, uncles, fathers, cousins, sons, and so many more. some were old men and some were really just boys. some were stationed in afghanistan. others fought in world war ii. but all of them together are the bedrock on which we celebrate this national holiday. and they are the reason for the invaluable gifts we now enjoy of freedom and liberty. so for that and for your sacrifices, as a loved one, we say thank you. thank you all tonight for watching "special report." i'm shannon bream. good night from washington. greta is next with a special heroes in blue. ♪ >> it is tuesday, may 31st, an explosion of anger growing by the hour. the decision to kill a gorilla holding a child. now a brand new public push for the parents to face charges.
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this tuesday morning. thank you so much. i am heather childers. i am abby hunts man. the boy falling into the gorilla exhibit forced zoo officials to kill the animal. 1,000 sign ago petition in support of the gorilla. sgloot's response. >> the zoo is defending its decision to kill the gorilla. what happened over the weekend created a sad day for everyone. the zoo saying it mid the right call killing a gorilla after he drag add 4-year-old boy through the motor into his exhibit when the boy fell in. >> we do not take the shooting of him