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>> "special report." a terrorist conspiracy and a massive manhunt. officials in turkey and berlin search for attackers, accomplices and answers. after a pair of deadly terror incidents. this is "special report." good evening, welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. in a holiday season that's supposed to be about life, love and redemption, there is death, anger and calls for retaliation. after a monday before christmas that featured two deadly terror attacks in europe. russian investigators are in turkey where the russian ambassador was assassinated by a gunman who may have had help. this afternoon, isis claimed responsibility for the attack in
berlin that left 12 victims dead, many people including president-elect donald trump had already assumed that connection to islamic terrorism. we begin tonight in germany, where the search is on for the truck driver and critics are already blaming chancellor angela merkel's controversial open-door immigration policy. senior foreign affairs correspondent is in berlin tonight. good evening, greg. >> reporter: hi, bret. the word from the police chief of berlin to the residents of this city tonight, be vigilant. the question is, though, did slipups via authorities hurt the effort to find those responsible for the carnage? berlin sis on high alert tonigh amid new information the person responsible for last night's attack at a christmas market in the heart of the german capital is still at large. 12 people consider killed including 6 germans, 48 injured including 18 seriously, when a 25-ton truck loaded with cargo
rammed into crowds of people. >> translator: the truck drove in there and simply drove over people. >> reporter: authorities today said they are certain the act was intentional and they're working under the assumption it was terror. the attacker shooting and stabbing to death the driver before hijacking the truck. >> translator: we don't have any doubts that the horrendous deed yesterday was an attack. >> reporter: they also know the man they arrested last night said to be fleeing the scene, a 23-year-old pakistani asylum seeker in germany for just a year, did not do it. he was released on insufficient evidence. now they're looking anew for a cold-blooded killer try to figure out what group is behind it. late today it was announced through the isis propaganda arm that the so-called vehicular attacker was a soldier of the so-called islamic state. the act has all the hallmarks of an isis-linked attack similar to one in nice, france, where a
truck rammed into crowds kill 86. isis has been planning another attack and washington has been warning about it. >> translator: we can't make conclusive claims and statements regarding the definite background. >> reporter: what's certain is german chancellor angela merkel is on the hot seat. her policy of allowing in 900,000 refugees last year is seen by some as adding to insecurity here. today she acknowledged that terror had struck her country. >> translator: even if it's difficult at this hour, we will find the strength to live life the way we want to do it in germany, free, united and openly. >> reporter: germans tonight dealing with their first mass casualty attack are trying to take to heart. >> we thought it wasn't going to really happen but, like, now it did and, yeah, just heartblokro, you know? >> whatever happened is terrible and terrible that so many people died. >> reporter: the response of one german official tonight, "we are in a state of war."
if that is the case, then the opening shots were fired right here. bret? >> greg palkot in berlin, thank you. swiss authorities have found, they say, no terror connections for the man up a zurich mosque monday. three people were hurt there. the suspect was later found dead. officials say he killed himself. no links to radical islam or far-right groups have been detected so far. the suspect reportedly killed an acquaintance during an argument a few days ago. the big question in ank ara turkey, tonight, did the off duty policeman who gunned down the russian ambassador yesterday act alone? one senior turkish government official tells the "associated press" it is unlikely this was a one-man job. the gunman shouted warnings about syria and allahu akbar before he was killed by police. the future of syria was the subject of a meeting today between negotiators from turkey, russia and iran. president obama's administration
was conspicuously absent. at the state department tonight, correspondent rich edson tells us why the u.s. was left out in the cold. >> reporter: russia, iran and turkey, three nations negotiate in moscow for a proud ebroader cease-fire in sere wra. ya. . >> the secretary doesn't see it as a snub at all but another multilateral effort to try to get a lasting peace in syria. we're not going to turn up our nose to any effort to try to get to a better outcome in seyrisyr. if that effort, by design, or by accident, isn't going to include us, but it can lead to a better result that obviously, you know, we would support that. >> reporter: in downplaying the u.s. exclusion from these talks, the state department says the turkish and russian governments are updating secretary of state john kerry on the negotiations. however, foreign policy analysts say this is another demonstration russia is in control in syria. >> the united states is in an
uncharacteristic position right now because for the last 40 years, we've been at the center of all the middle east peace negotiations as the strongest outside power, but for a variety of reasons, the united states no longer has that position. >> that's not in our interest, it's not in the interest, i think, of the syrian people to have the russian government, which has just been bombing the people of east aleppo, in the driver's seat in this conflict. >> reporter: russia and turkey have improved their relationship after turkey shot down a russian jet last year over the turkish/syrian border. russia and turkey also say they will continue their relationship, even after an off-duty turkish police officer assassinated russia's ambassador to turkey, andre karlov. he shouted "don't forget aleppo, don't forget syria" after killing karlov. it also further emulates russia's treatment of citizens. turkish president recep erdogan
continues -- in one month, the trump administration will be responsible for managing these relationships. >> early priority for president trump should be to try to develop a more trusting relationship with president erdogan and try to de-link this new relationship between turkey and russia. that's not at all in our interests when russia is such a vaunted stated adversary of the united states. >> the state department is also addressing criticism the obama administration has presided over a decline in u.s. influence as it has withdrawn from the region. officials here say that is untrue and they say the united states is more engaged, involved and sought after that any time before. bret? >> rich edson at the state department. thank you. the u.s. africa command says it has concluded its campaign against isis terrorists in libya. the american air bombardment began in august in support of local militias. the pentagon says it carried out 495 care strikes against militant vehicles and positions.
the effort ended after the announcement that isis forces had been vanquished. the afghan-born u.s. citizen accused of setting off bombs in new jersey and new york in september is pleading not guilty. ahmed rahimi made his first in-person court appearance today. he's facing attempted murder charges. authorities say 31 people were hurt by his pressure cooker bomb in new york. no one was injured by his pipe bomb in new jersey. two defense officials tell fox there is an effort under way to transfer up to 22 guantanamo bay detainees to other nations before president obama leaves office on january 20th. there are currently 59 detainees remaining. 27 are deemed too dangerous to transfer. 22 have already been approved for transfer to other nations by an interagency task force following the expected transfers over the next month, the trump administration will likely
inherit roughly 40 detainees at gitmo. president-elect trump is renewing his promise to eradicate islamic terrorists following yesterday's attacks and he's engaging in another twitter battle with a high-profile person. correspondent peter doocy is covering the trump transition from palm beach, florida. >> reporter: a future president and a former president are squabbling over an insult told to a small town newspaper. this morning, president-elect trump used his fwtwitter handleo write "bill clinton stated i called him after the election. wrong. he called me with a very nice congratulations. he doesn't know much, especially how to get people even with an unlimited budget out to vote in vital swing states and more. they focused on wrong states." with this pair of tweets, mr. trump is pushing back on a quote clinton gave to an upstate new york newspaper where he says this. "he doesn't know much. one thing he does know is how to get angry white men to vote for him." today, clinton conceded trump was actually right in one of his
tweets and the newly elected president never dialed the 42nd president saying, "here's one thing @realdonaldtrump and i can agree on, i called him after the election." this back and forth follows weeks of democratic efforts to find a loophole that would take the presidency away from trump, something transition team officials hopes stops now that the electoral college has spoken. >> at some point they need to stop, look in the mirror, face reality, understand that it was their campaign, their message, their candidate that was the problem. >> reporter: some on the left are also crying foul about the possibility for conflicts of interest as foreign dignitaries schedule events around the inauguration at the new trump hotel in d.c. kuwait's embassy recently booked some space there, but the kuwaiti ambassador to the u.s. says it's not to try to curry favor with the new administration, telling the "washington post," "i heard some positive feedback from those who attended event there. nobody contacted me. nobody pressured me at all." there are also new questions about the pentagon's priorities
under the next commander in chief because "foreign poglicy" magazine reports, a memo outlining the threats doesn't have russia on it, although officials tell fox news the memo of a readout of a single meeting. whatever the priorities, a top trump adviser said today she'll be moving to the capital with him but kellyanne conway is not ready to print out new business cards just yet. >> my family is going to move to washington, d.c., and i'll either stay outside and run the political superstructure or go into the west wing and take a position next to the president. >> reporter: tonight a spokeswoman for the transition team poured cold water on reports that donald trump jr. and eric trump are somehow involved with an inauguration weekend event that appears to offer access to the newly sworn in president in exchange for donations to a conservation effort. she says while both trump's support conservation, they're not involved. bret? >> peter doocy in palm beach. peter, thank you. north carolina state lawmakers are expected to hold a
special session tomorrow. a deal between them and the incoming democratic governor would facilitate the repeal of the state's controversial law requiring transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate. yesterday charlotte's city council repealed its anti-discrimination law as part of that deal. families of three of the victims of last summer's orlando nightclub massacre are suing facebook, google and twitter, claiming the killer was radicalized through propaganda found on social media. the complaint says the company should do more to stop isis from using their platforms. 49 people were killed during the rampage at that nightclub back in june. shooter omar mateen pledged allegiance to isis. a similar lawsuit against twitter was dismissed in august. the dow once again flirted with 20,000 today. it came up short, but it did achieve another record close. the industrial average gained 92
to finish just shy. 25 points shy of the 20,000 mark. the s&p 500 was up 8. the nasdaq picked up 26 1/2. fox business network senior washington correspondent peter barnes has been watching the markets all day. oh, so close. >> oh, so close, bret. the dow getting within 13 points at one point in trading today of the magic 20,000 mark. analysts project that the dow will close above 20,000. at some point. maybe tomorrow. who knows. 20,000 is partly a psychological milestone, a nice round number. it took 17 years to get here from dow 10,000, however. but no question, stocks have been on a tear lately especially since the election and donald trump's victory. the dow is up 9% since election day. up 15% year to date. mr. trump has proposed deregulation, tax cuts and tax reform to help spur growth in the economy. investors are betting it's going to get done. >> but that hasn't happened yet.
so this is a classic buy the rumor, sell the fact environment, but if you stand in front of that and sell now, that's not going to work. you have to go with the trend right now and you know what, the only thing that's going to stop this rally dead in its tracks is if u.s. interest rates really, really continue higher. >> now, one of the president-elect's top priorities is a cut in corporate tax rates. that could help boost profits at large publicly traded companies like those in the dow and small private ones. it's on his list of things to initiate in his first 100 days. every weekday in washington, d.c., these food trucks line up on massachusetts avenue to serve lunch to nearby workers. many of the trucks are operated by small businessowners, entrepreneurs like triana, who serves indonesian food, $80,000 in meals each year. she knows what she would do with a cut in her business taxes from president-elect trump. >> we can certainly invest in more equipment, you know, newer
equipment and the truck, itself, the engine, generator. there's a lot of things we can do with that. with newer equipment and everything, we certainly can run the business smoothly, you know? >> reporter: mr. trump has proposed a big cut in corporate taxes as part of his plan to stimulate business investment, the economy and job creation. >> we're also going to lower our business tax rate from 35% all the way down to 15%. that's going to be great. going to prime the pump. going to prime the pump. got to get the jobs. >> reporter: that could save triana thousands in taxes each year. she estimates that as a sole proprieto proprietor, she's paying 20% of her income in tax annually. many democrats including president obama have supported lower corporate tax rates, too, but the issue went nowhere because of partisan wrangling over difficult details.
stumbling blocks included proposals that might hurt some industries and companies over others, such as eliminating companies' ability to deduct interest payments on debt from their profits. but with republicans in control of the white house and both chambers in congress next year, reform of some kind may finally happen. >> we are killing jobs and competitiveness in america because of our tax code. tax reform is central to fixing this problem. >> we're talking about doing the big business tax cut possibly first. that would include the tax cut for the small businesses. i mean, every meeting i've been in with donald trump, he has said when we do this business tax cut, i want it to be for the 26.5 million small businesses in this country. >> reporter: mr. trump and his team have not projected how much new investment or how many new jobs his plan might create, but the tax foundation estimates corporate tax cuts and reform would create about 900,000 new jobs, though it would add about $2 trillion to the budget deficit over a decade. even with better gdp growth.
a rival group says the trump plan would provide a short-term boost but would hurt the economy and job creation in the long run because of higher deficits. >> a lot more borrowing will take place both by the public sector and by the private sector to fund the new investment. and that's going to drive up interest rates and crowd out capital. so that has a negative effect. >> reporter: triana, who runs her food truck only with her husband, wants to wait a little longer before expanding. >> this is small business, so we -- i don't plan to hire a lot of people yet. so we can just do everything on our own, just two of us now. >> mr. trump has to find common ground on corporate tax cuts with republican leaders in congress. speaker ryan, for example, wants to cut the top rate to just 20%, not 15%. other leaders insist any corporate tax reform must not increase the deficit. bret? >> one to watch. peter, thank you. well, tomorrow in our
series, we look at donald trump's plans for policing in the first 100 days. what's going to happen there. and a reminder, watch all parts of this 15-part series on our home page, foxnews.com/specialreport. volkswagon has reached a deal with u.s. regulators and attorneys covering the remaining 80,000 vehicles caught in the company's emissions cheating scandal. . the settlement includes the option of a buyback for at least 20,000 vehicles along with repair costs and other compensation. v.w. previously reached a deal covering almost a half a million vehicles. the scandal erupted last year when the company admitted it fitted many of its vehicles with software designed to fool emissions testing. up next, president obama pushing through some last-minute environmental regulations late this afternoon. we'll bring it to you here. first, what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 2 in detroit with more criminal charges in the flint water crisis.
two city employees and two state-appointed emergency managers are the latest to be accused. nine other people are facing charges relating to flint's lead-tainted water system and outbreak of legionnaires disease. fox 4 in dallas says a new york-based charity pays off mortgages for two widows of dallas police officers killed during a july shooting rampage that left five officers dead. the steven siller tunnel to towers foundation was formed to honor a 9/11 firefighter who died running into the towers. it raised more than $600,000 for those 2 families in dallas. and this is a live look at philadelphia from our affiliate, fox 29. one of the big stories there tonight, a really big tab for an uber ride. the company is blaming a computer glitch for a handful of overcharges including a nearly $29,000 bill for a philadelphia customer. uber says the woman's bank was never charged, but a hold on that account was placed for that amount.
china has returned the american underwater drone that it took out of the south china sea last week. the incident sparked a diplomatic tussle with the obama administration. president-elect donald trump tweeted that the chinese should just keep the device. china is said to be out of sorts over trump's phone call with the president of taiwan and his questioning of the u.s. one china policy. while president obama continues his holiday vacation in hawaii,'s teaming up with canada's prime minister to try to cement his legacy with environmentalists in a much colder climate.
correspondent kevin corke reports from honolulu, the president's successor may not approve. >> reporter: for a president who's made fighting climate change one of the pillars of his presidency, it's a watershed moment, a joint agreement with the canadian government to suspend and in some instances impermanently, new offshore oil production from large swaths of the arctic ocean. the president said the agreement would, "reflect the scientific assessment that even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill and the region's harsh conditions is limited." for its part in the deal, canada has also agreed to cordon off large areas from development and to suspend new offshore leasing for at least five years. to accomplish his goal, the president used provision 12-a from the outer continental shelf lands act which sets the framework for leasing u.s. coastal waters for oil, gas and other mineral development, specifically it empowers the
president to, from time to time, withdraw for disposition any of the unleased lands of the outer continental shells. the new law will also end some new energy development off the southern atlanta coast. environmentalists hail the move. green peace saying in a statement, "millions of people around the world will be grateful to president obama for permanently protecting the arctic and the atlantic coasts from catastrophic oil exploration and development." >> president obama has aggressively blocked oil production of oil and national -- you know, you just take a look, every single move he's made is to block the production of oil and natural gas. >> reporter: it remains unclear what, if anything, president-elect donald trump could do to reverse the decision, that's because there's scant legal precedent on the matter. less than one oftenth of 1% com from the arctic. the plan does little to protect the environment and certainly
won't protect jobs. >> we need to move forward with policies that embrace u.s. energy production rather than push it off to other areas of the world where those jobs will move to. >> reporter: bret, keep in mind, this is still an executive directive which is ironic when you consider the president has been warning donald trump not to overuse executive authority once he takes office. i should also let you know that legal experts tell us while there is no repeal provision within the statute, congress could ultimately, bret, intervene. back to you. >> kevin corke traveling with the president in hawaii. kevin, thank you. obamacare is once again getting burned by a government accountability office sting. the gao says it created 12 fake identities and was able to obtain coverage for nine of them during the special enrollment period. the affordable care act requires state marketplaces to validate application information. we're getting our first look tonight at the search warrant
the fbi used to resurrect its investigation into the hillary clinton e-mail scandal right before the election. correspondent doug mckelway is here to tell us what we're learning tonight. >> reporter: good evening, bret, it was 11 days before the november 8th election jim comey threw a curve ball into the race with his letter to ranking members and chairmen alerting them to "the existent of e-mails that appear to be pertinent to the completed hillary clinton e-mail case. "two days later the fbi sought and received a search warrant to examine if any classified e-mails were stored in a dell laptop computer, huma abedin and former husband anthony weiner, the search warrant held in secret ever since, but today district court judge kevin castell released a heavily redacted copy of the warrant, public interest in the case overrode any privacy considerations. the warrant showed the laptop was "never authorized for the storage or transmission of
classified or national defense information." 27 e-mail chains containing classified information exchanged between clinton and abedin and investigators wanted to see what was on the abedin/anthony weiner laptop. he wrote, the investigation uncovered no new evidence of wrongdoing. a california lawyer who petitioned the court to publicly release the warrant said he is appalled by what it shows. "the e-mail on the laptop seemed very likely to be nothing of consequence which is how it turned out. so why did someone think there was probable cause? i really wanted to know." clinton's lawyer says it highlights the impropriety of comey's letter. reminded fox news a judge did sign the search warrant and agreed there was, indeed, probable cause. bret, back to you. >> doug, thank you. all the coverage and commentary leading up to yesterday's electoral college
vote, you could be forgiven for imagining the outcome of that vote was somehow in doubt. the recount effort that went nowhere fast, but got a ton of attention. tonight, chief washington correspondent james rosen explores the possible motivations behind the news media treatment of these post-election pseudo-events. >> all of this dampening what was otherwise a very bright day for donald trump as he crossed that 270 electoral vote threshold, the last ceremonial hertl p hurdle from preventing him to coming to the white house. >> reporter: the electoral college vote was seen as anything but ceremonial. >> is there any scenario where this could change the outcome of the election? >> so the electors could be doing their patriotic duty on monday by voting against trump. >> reporter: suddenly everyone was an expert on the federalist papers. >> a glimmer of hope on the constitution. >> reporter: at "the new york times," the drum beat began
december 5th with an op-ped by a texas elector planning to defect from donald trump. the next day the paper explored how would the electoral college dump donald trump and published a letter to the editor entitled "a plea to the electors: vote your conscience." explained why gop electoral college members can vote against trump. >> i think a lot of this is the press. we love a narrative of tension, and the idea that somehow this could get thrown open at the last minute, while very titillating, and a great story, is just not going to happen. >> reporter: when it was all over with more faithless electors elect ers deserting hillary clinton, the paper said it settles donald trump's victory but little else. >> an abuse of the american vote. >> reporter: it was the same with green party nominee jill stein whose candidacy garnered all of 37 seconds on the broadcast network eegs evening shows. >> the clock is ticking. >> reporter: but whose longshot recall effort drew 12 times as
much coverage. >> word came today from the hillary clinton campaign that it will back the statewide election recount effort. >> if a recount could change the outcome of the election, then hillary clinton would become president. >> these are razor-thin margins and could change things. >> reporter: ultimately the recounts boosted donald trump's margin of victory in wisconsin by 131 votes and uncovered in the democratic stronghold of detroit of 782 more votes than voters, th er voters. >> anything could happen. it was 2016. but i think that the democrats are suffering through some denial and some pressure from their ranks on the left that is forcing them to continue to resist the outcome. >> reporter: other analysts see the news media promoting a, quote/unquote mit doethodology >> in fact, what they're really upset about is they didn't defeat donald trump and now they are working overtime to make up
for that. >> reporter: and there are, in fact, two final ceremonial hurdles to donald trump becoming president of the united states. a joint session of congress will convene next month to certify the results of the electoral college vote. and then, bret, mr. trump has that final formality, the oath of office. >> we'll be there for all of it. james, thank you. so what do you think? do you think hillary clinton and her supporters will finally accept the outcome of the election? do you think democrats will try to work with a president trump? at least at the beginning? let me know on twitter @bretbaier. use #specialreport. or facebook.com/bret baiersr. we may use your tweets or posts later in this show. the outgoing president takes another shot at the energy industry and fossil fuels. with more restrictions on offshore oil drilling. we'll talk about that with the panel when we come back. why do some cash back cards make earning bonus cash back so complicated?
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president obama has aggressively blocked oil production of oil and -- you know, you just take a look, every single move he's made is to block the production of oil and natural gas. he's taken huge percentages of the alaska petroleum and you take the reserve, he's taken it off the table. he's taken it completely off the table. >> it is clear and there is no authority for subsequent presidents to un-withdraw. that's not the authority that was granted. i can't speak to what a future congress or future congresses may do. >> well, the white house, their senior adviser, brian deese talking about on a phone call, action of a joint agreement with
the canadian government to suspend and in some cases end permane permanently, they say, new offshore drilling and production from large swaths of the arctic ocean. you can take a look at the map on the arctic side, huge areas that are prevented under this deal from drilling and then in the atlantic canyon, also a withdrawal here from those spots. obviously, environmentalists very happy about it, but others not so much. >> decision like this fundamentally is removing very important well-paying job opportunities from our economy. we need oil. we need natural gas. and it's important for us to recognize if we're not going to produce it here, those investments could move to other parts of the world and that's not what we need as a country. >> what about this? let's bring in our panel, political reporter jonathan swan. editor in chief of lifezette, laura ingraham. syndicated columnist, charles krauthammer. can we talk about this permanent
thing? can't congress go in and pass the law? i mean, they're talking like this is -- >> a royal decree, like the emperor has spoken, there's no challenging the emperor. of course, congress can change this. this is a several decades old law that the president used in the waning days of administration in a very cynical move. this, again, represents another reason as to why so many people are tired of washington. this is taking executive action that will be challenged in court or changed by congress. executive action at a time where the country has said, we need job growth, we need change. we don't want to destroy the environment. no one wants to do that. there's responsible technology that is in place now to drill very effectively, very responsibly, a lot of it in shallow waters which can be done. and, again, in the last days of the obama administration, he's worried about burnishing his legacy which on foreign policy is in that eatters, domestic po he'll say he delivered a great
economy to obama which a lot of us will take issue with. this is just giving a christmas gift to the environmentalists. you're right, they are very happy. the native people in those regions who need jobs, i bet are not happy. >> green peace, statement out today, "we now know more clearly than ever that a trump presidency will mean more fossil fuel corruption and less governmental protection for people on the planet. decisions like these are crucial. president obama should do this to stop infrastructure that would lock in the worst effects of climate change." there is something about that this administration, this president, perhaps, jonathan, didn't think he had enough positive with the environmentalists that going out the door this is one of the things he does. >> well, he's so keenly aware that so much of his agenda is going to be, including, of course, obamacare, so he's trying to build these fortresses around certain elements of it. now, talking to people in the trump orbit on this issue, one is, there's no doubt, this is
going to be opposed and attempted to overturn. the question is how that's done. whether it can be done through executive action. the obama team doesn't think that's, but there's already lawyers looking at this in the energy sector. that's one part of it. congress will have a tougher time overturning it because it may need 60 votes but they're going to oppose this. they believe this land public deserves and will benefit them for jobs. >> charles? >> this is so egregious, it's perfectly revealing of the fact that obama as he leaves the white house, he's trying to nail everything to the floor so it can't be moved. of course, it can be moved. first of all, he's interpreting this 50,60-year-old law, in a wildly different way. it was intended to protect the feeding areas of the walrus. it was supposed to be specific narrow, small tracks, not this gigantic locking away. second, they can't even defend it in its own terms. the idea that because we're not
going to drill here, the oil and natural gas is not going to be produced, is ridiculous. it's going to end up being produced in nigeria, places all over the world, where there's standards, environmental standards and protections are infinitely less than they are in the u.s. so even in terms of the environment, you're increasing the danger. it's fairly obvious all they're trying to do is prevent american production of hydrocarbons and it's futile. the indians and the chinese are opening a coal-fired plant every week. it is not going to stop. what we don't do, they will do. all we're doing is exporting jobs, exporting the waste and exporting the danger. >> laura, i guess the two picks that have the left's head exploding are rick perry at energy secretary, and scott pruitt, epa administrator. today, not a fan of donald
trump, per se, jeb bush had an op-ped in which he defended pruitt. he said "the epa has become a one-agency job killer putting working people out aftof a job. the far left tried to distort pruitt's views in a lame attempt to make him into an anti-science boogeyman. the scott pruitt i know is far from it, unlike liberals who want to shut down rational debate about climate change, pruitt has acknowledged human impact on the climate and supports a robust discussion about its effects and what the government should and should not do to address it." jeb bush there writing that. laura, what do you think the environmental policy of the trump administration is going to look like? >> i think it's going to be a lot more pragmatic. i think people may be disappointed if they think it's going to be just -- it's no holds barred on the environment, that they'll be able to do anything anyway. probably not, but i think in areas like this, which carl's exactly right, the law as it originally intended, this is why
the supreme court picks are going to be so important, as originally intended, should be narrowly interpreted. that's the whole point of originalism. we don't want these lawses to just give a president cart blanche to do whatever he wants to stop localities, states to be able to create jobs and growth. my goodness, we need economic growth in this country and i'm glad jeb bush is, you know, kind of coming around on this and the op-ped was terrific. the name calling and the demonization of good people who are, themselves, sacrificing a lot to go into government, it's -- again, this is why people hate washington. they want fairness and they should fairly keep obama -- keep trump in check when necessary, and fairly kpem lly examine the lts ground. >> quickly, jonathan, scott pruitt was an attorney general. a lot of people forget to talk about the attorneys general pane what they were doing to pressure and take these cases to court and in a lot of case on the conservative side, winning these
cases. >> yeah. so much of this has been happening beneath the surface of the national discussion and he's a perfect example of that. next up, what we learned from the electoral college vote and the coverage of it. achoo! (snap) achoo! (snap) achoo! achoo! (snap) (snap) achoo! achoo! feel a cold coming on? zicam cold remedy nasal swabs shorten colds with a snap, and reduce symptom severity by 45%. shorten your cold with a snap, with zicam.
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defeat donald trump and now they are working overtime to make up for that. hence, giving oxygen to every single democratic complaint, no matter how unreasonable, no matter how ridiculous, this electoral college debate was a ridiculous story, never a story to begin with. >> well, the coverage going into it, you wouldn't think that, there was a lot of time, a lot of angst, a lot of space given to this story. the electoral college vote, the final, donald trump 304. he lost two of the state's 38 electors in texas. one voted for john kasich. one voted for rand paul. hillary clinton was down five. one of the four state electors in hawaii voted for bernie sanders instead of clinton. and four of the state of washington's 12 electors broke ranks. three voted for colin powell, one for faith spotted eagle.
that was the most faithless electors deserting someone. they deserted hillary clinton, since 1872. we're back with the panel. charles? >> justice, she should set the indoor record for the most faithless electors. look, it was a joke from the beginning. what we heard in the first sound bite, it is our responsibility to stop a man who could be a demagogue. the fact is that's why you have elections. that's why you have a year and half of campaigns. that's why you have one primary after another. and in the end, you count up the delegates and get a nominee. in the end, you count up the votes and you get a winner. that's how it's done. you don't stop them after the game. after the game, the score is determined. i mean, this is simple. i think it was just a lull in the transition, most of the big cabinet slots had been
allocated. it was a sort of a slow news week or two. so why not stuff it in? and, of course, there was also the motive. anything that appears to delegitimize or minimize the trump victory. i wasn't a fan of trump but he won fair and square and it's over. >> laura? >> the twisted fantasies of the they went on and on. remember and the media fed this and fed it to elite consumers. remember now ted cruz and john kasich's deal in indiana was going to turn the tide. then there was going to be rebellion among the electors. convention and bill cross toll was going to deliver the magic candidate edwin mcif yomcmuffin mullen. the media has to get things right more often than wrong. last year we had example after example after example when they fed their mostly elite consumers bad information. so i would suggest they stop engaging in this sick
twisted fantasy and actually start reporting on america. that would be nice. >> jonathan, on the recount, led by dr. jill stein, a green party candidate, michigan was the closest. the michigan election results trump by 10,704 votes. the recount really wasn't finished completely in michigan but it was eventually called off because in detroit, for example, you could not have a complete recount because in detroit, which obviously favors the democratic candidate, 248 precincts, there were a total of 782 more votes than the number of voters listed in those precincts. in the poll books. so here's this recount that was getting all of this attention in wisconsin he picked up 131 more votes after the recount and michigan they find that detroit had more votes than actual voters. >> i'm sure they were all donald trump.
see, i mean, two parts to this. one is you're an assignment editor in a newsroom. you have a limited number of reporters. you have a limited amount of money. you have to decide what your reporters cover. and at newsrooms all across the country they say we are going to chase down the story of the moan shot scenario 37 electors flip their votes and hand the presidency to hillary clinton. that's insanity. that whole element of it. the serious element which electors flipping votes. was it 7? was it 8? in a close election that could mean something. down the track, this could actually be a serious issue. it's something that as a matter of democracy we need to discuss. in this election it was absurd. >> right, when it became news that more electors flipped for hillary clinton than donald trump it became less a ceremonial hurdle that was cros crossed. not the big thing.
no big deal. >> also the bias element also comes in here. i don't think we would be talking about the russians if hillary won. if hillary clinton had won, you know, a lot of this would go away. they were pressing trump to accept the legitimacy of the outcome and they had to get that -- they tried to get that in blood from him. he didn't give it to them. he said "we'll see." the public doesn't trusted media today. again they can keep going on this fanciful quest for the stories that are never going to happen but i think over the last 18 months we saw them get issue after issue, major media figures. we had pollsters saying that donald trump was going to lose and hillary clinton was going to have 400 electoral votes. that's what someone told me before i went on fox election night. and i was like wow, that's a pretty big victory for hillary. >> election polls were way off too what we saw originally. let me press you on the russian thing. if you have these intelligence agencies and they come to a determination that russia was trying to
interfere, is that in and of itself disconcerting, a problem, no matter your party, no matter your who you wanted to win? >> i think it should be investigated. i think the trump folks quickly should get to that point if they already haven't. we should have impartial investigation. i would separate this out from again that's another fantasy that's what drove people in leesburg virginia 1:00 in the morning where i was waiting for donald trump to finish five state tour to land in the sixth state two nights before election night. they didn't care about the russians. they cared about the fact that the country isn't working. the russian thing, i think they should investigate it and putin is a thug who should be dealt with as such. but the idea that that flipped the pennsylvania voters, i don't think so. >> charles? >> it's important because of the fact that we live under a president obama who did nothing about this. if we're ever going to prevent this in the future, and we must and we should, who knows what the power of the cyber technology is
going to be in the future. it could actually flip a close election. we're going to have to have a statement from the united states overt or covert that if anybody ever tries this, we're going to shut down the lights in their ten major cities. there has to be a consequence or something that is less visible the way the stutz net virus the way we introduced into the iranian nuclear. it was silent. it destroyed thousands of centrifuges there are things we can do overt and covert to send a message. obama did nothing. he waited and extremely upset. he should have been upset earlier and should have sent a message earlier. trump, when he is in office, he is going to have to send a clear message to his friend vladimir putin, friend salad that this can't be done without consequences. >> as we wrap up and people are heading to holiday vacations, the poll, did you
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