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♪ >> sean: thanks, welcome to "hannity," this is a fox news alert. house intelligence committee chairman, monica crowley, lou dobbs will all be here in just a few minutes. tonight james rosen is reporting that sources are now telling fox news that there is potentially a smoking gun that proves the obama administration spied on the trump team. but first, a vote to repeal and replace obamacare in the house of representatives has now been postponed until tomorrow, we know there's a lot of anger, a lot of frustration in washington around the country. unless we learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it. right here on this program, i have promised you that i will
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hold washington accountable and tonight, we are doing just that. where did this process go so horribly wrong? that's tonight's opening monologue. believe it or not, we have to start with a basic fundamental civics lesson as most of you know, our federal government consists of three branches, the executive branch, the legislative branch end of the judicial branch. all three under the constitution have enumerated powers and share a duty to use these powers in the best interests of view, the american people. president trump, we can see the checklist, he's been working hard to keep his promises for the promises he made it to you the american people checking them off one by one. we have a problem in the legislative branch it's a very, very different story. the reason that we are here tonight in this position held a vote to repeal and replace obamacare is because this legislative process has been beyond contentious, unorganized, and disjointed. you've seen the infighting, used
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in the miscommunication you've seen the squabbles on tv, right here on fox come on radio. all because the legislative branch did not do their job properly. for seven long years, the g.o.p. ran on repealing and replace them obamacare, the set give us the house they got that in 2010. they said give us the house of the senate, they got that in 2014, then said to give us the house, senate and the presidency and on november 8th, they got that wish. frankly, in spite of many republicans not even supporting the nominee of their party which to me was nothing short of disgraceful. in a perfect world, they work on repealing and replacement of obamacare that would have begun on november 9th but that didn't happen. in a perfect world, the g.o.p. would've built consensus among the different factions within the g.o.p., meeting the moderates, the conservatives, the freedom congress, the study group before ever unveiling the bill. that too never happened. instead it in the two weeks
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leading up to the release of the spill, , and house members sayig they were dissatisfied with the legislative process, they were being left in the dark. they had concerns that this bill would not work for their constituents. by the way, they never got to see it. once the american health care act was revealed, inviting ensued in a public civil war, we've been watching that unfold. this bill was quickly labeled ryan care, obamacare lite, president trump didn't write this legislation, which by the way is not his job. he was then tasked with bringing all these different groups, these special interests together. respected groups and think tanks like the heritage foundation, the club for growth, freedom works, americans for prosperity and every major conservative radio talk show host in the country and the american people were all confused, angered, and frustrated. that's why we are here tonight. the legislative branch was clearly in spite of all of this talk for seven years ill
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prepared for this moment to lead. they have not failed for president and its starting to look like they're the gang that can't shoot straight. bottom line, president trump was not served well by his party in the house of representatives, and he has been put in the position now to do their job and do all the heavy lifting on their bill. it's no wonder that according to real clear politics and their average, congressional approval is at an embarrassingly low 20.8%. tonight, here we are. we find ourselves at a crossroad, a stalemate. instead of ranting and raving i'm thinking all right, how do we solve this problem and to fix this mess by tomorrow? my sources are telling me that president doesn't get this bill tomorrow it it's over for this session of congress. my advice tonight for the legislative branch is to do what you should have done from the beginning. that is bring a coalition of your party, all the different
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factions, bring them into a room. take away everybody's phones, lock the doors. order pizza, get some beer, whatever you need to survive for however long it takes. the meeting should include moderates, the g.o.p. study group, the freedom caucus, members of the u.s. senate. the white house should be represented, including the vice president. health and human services secretary. in other words, it's time to start working with a sense of urgency that most of america works with every day. it's time to fix this mess that you have made for the president and it's time for you to give the american people a bill that you have now promised them for almost eight years. i would argue tonight, failure is not an option for the president of the united states and his first major piece of legislation. if you don't succeed, you will have nobody to blame but yourselves. at this hour, there's still time. if there's hope for success.
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secretary perez, vice president mike pence have both assured me that the president's letter to the freedom caucus is 100% locked in cement and those changes will be made in phases two and three which we didn't find out about that until after the bill was released. i have it on very good authority that at this health care bill will die in congress tomorrow and will not be brought up this session. i was told by very high sources in government. i'm arguing tonight that should not and cannot happen. here's my message to you people in congress, for the love of god after eight years, can you please do your job? can you please find a way to work together? can you please find a weight to serve your country, not yourselves, not your reelection. it is time to serve your president and the people he represents. it's time for you to fix this and it showed the american people that they did the right thing by giving you the power and the authority to lead because you don't look like you're leaving right now. joining us now with reaction
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fox news business anchor, our friend lou dobbs. >> i feel frustration at your disappointment, what we have witnessed is a travesty, there's no sugar sugar coating mess it's also an opportunity for the president to stand up and lead from here. ryan has shown he's not the leader. he is as ineffective as you have described him, disappointed, failed in his imagination, failed as the steward and the shepherd in the house of representatives, for many of the reasons that you cite plus a host of others. this is a man who is the speaker, who has done nothing in two years, he hasn't even been speaker for two years. his only pass three pieces of legislation in his entire career, were talking about 18 years in congress. he is emblematic of many of the failings of congress and the senate, frankly, this president has established a new normal.
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stepping into the white house, he is working 24/7, he is -- >> sean: i don't want to interrupt what you're sparking more frustration. building a wall, extreme bending, fighting in the courts, getting rid of burdensome regulation, he wants to move forward with a bill it's going to create jobs he's negotiated with companies, keeping companies here in america, it remember in the forgotten men and women. they've had eight years. >> i listen to congressman mark met us. the chair, i listen to jim jordan. i listen to senator rand paul. if these are men who are working their tails off right now on the president's behalf. to finish the point, congress is working one week out of a month, are you kidding me?
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>> sean: i'm working 18 hour days i don't know what that life is like. >> most people watching us too. who do these arrogant incompetents think they are? this leadership of this house is setting a horrible example lead, follow, or get out of the way, i think it's time for them to get out of the way secondly i think it's time for president trump to acknowledge he's got to take on another burden. he's got to lead the legislative agenda. it's not his job but it is his country. he is the only one who can save this. a >> sean: am i wrong in saying all these guys who can support the president during the election i remember talking to the speaker. if i remember that then candidate trump is going three weeks before the election to the state of wisconsin at paul ryan wasn't going to meet the nominee of his party. >> he finally agreed to campaign with him and cancel it. in october, this is a man who
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has been anti-trump, never trump, i don't know his motivation, and i don't care. if i'll tell you this. he is not supported the president of the united states and that is appalling. if >> sean: you agree with me, the president has not been served well. is it wrong for me to expect that you don't hide the bill from your caucus, your conference, they didn't show anybody. there are all rumors flying around, and this group doesn't like it, that group doesn't like it. aren't you supposed to as a speaker build consensus? >> you're also as president, the only one of these people everyone talks about they were elected to do this or that. this president was the only one elected by all of the people at his vice president. >> sean: i talked to the vice president tonight and i hope he doesn't mind me revealing this. he believes, this is what he said. what second price wrote as a sidebar for stage two and three
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is written in gold. that was the request of the region caucus. freedom caucus. the vice president to standing by it. >> the issue that has been before the president, the speaker in in the house freedom caucus isn't likely to happen. they want one and a half elements to move into the first phase. this was a tragic and stupid mistake on the part of the speaker and his leadership team. >> sean: here's the problem it's going to either die tomorrow or it's going to be -- >> i want to speak to that. the president of the united states may feel that way tonight and i wouldn't blame him one damn bit, he has to be awfully disappointed. his team has got to be awfully disappointed in speaker ryan. >> sean: the words are pissed
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off. >> that's a fair characterization, i speak irish too. of the president doesn't have a choice, working at $3 trillion in market camp, the people who have elected president trump have faith in him, his judgment, his leadership, his values which are all american. and americans and leaders never quit. i don't know what he's saying tonight, but tomorrow, those markets are not going to like to hear that the president of the united states said i'm picking up my football and going home. that isn't donald trump, that is a disappointed i'm sure angry as hell donald trump. the leader that he is will emerge from the white house. it >> sean: i don't doubt that either. always good to see you. we have so much news tonight, coming up tonight a blockbuster report, our own james rosen reporting sources telling fox news that there is possibly a smoking gun of that will prove the obama administration expired on the trump team, were going to get that back in to issue
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tonight. the house intelligence committee chairman devon nunez who dropped a bombshell just two days ago, guess what? he sent shock waves through washington after confirming the trump team was surveilled including the president-elect, he'll join us in just a few minutes. first, tonight. white house senior advisor steve bannon telling reporters tonight that the president is looking for a vote tomorrow on the obamacare replacement plan. will the bill get enough votes to pass? monica crowley checks and next along with matt and mercedes mes schlapp, straight ahead
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[report a questioning] >> sean: that was white house chief strategist steve bannon earlier tonight, the president wants about tomorrow, conservative chairman matthew schlapp and conservative commentator monica crowley, where are we? >> i think voters are incredibly disappointed by what we're saying, they've had eight years to get their act together on
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this. voters expect the republican party to do a few things well. tax reform into the economy, repealing and replacing obamacare. when you're talking about obamacare, not talking about the specifics of health care reform which we do need. it gets to the core issues of individual freedom and the role and scope of government. that's what made it so important to barack obama and the left. the first things i did when he came into office and they had huge majorities. in 2010-24, it was primarily driven by a reaction against obamacare, and replicants promised to repeal and replace it. >> sean: let me move the ball and i agree with all of that, this was so poorly managed from the get-go because no consensus was built. nobody saw the bill beforehand. frankly, the person who ended up
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having to do the heavy lift was a president and that really was job of the speaker and legislative branch in the leadership leadership. with that said, can this be saved, the press of making a side agreement in phase two to give the freedom caucus the things that they want and need to get to the bill passed. is that good enough in your opinion? will that get it done? >> surely you must give credit to president trump for time and time again bringing in these conservative members to the white house, getting to a point where although they are not all quite there yet moving the ball forward. i think it shows two things, can the conservative caucuses incredibly powerful and moving legislation, shaping this legislation. with a case being led by the freedom caucus in the republican study committee. it's imperative for republicans to decide to find compromise,
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find consensus and pass this legislation. this is good to be critical for the president to have this victory, this legislative victory, and that will determine how his future legislative agenda will shape out, if he can bring republicans all to agree and make this significant change and get rid of obamacare. >> sean: i've know the president for over two decades, i've found him always to be a person of his words. that's my experience, and i would say this to every freedom caucus member. to if he gave you his promise, his words, i absolutely believe him. if it was the leadership in congress, if it was mcconnell or any of these other guys, i'd be squarely. matt, how does this get done from here come the freedom caucus' meeting right now as we speak. they're discussing the president's letter and their disk discussing whether or not that is enough for them, they're going to be the deciding voice at the end of this process, they have moved the ball forward in a lot of different ways, is it
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enough, do you think? >> i think the freedom caucus has done a spectacular job, they have made great improvements in this bill. you're right, people like me who run conservative groups were not consulted, we were not brought in, conservative members of congress were left out in the cold. this was hatched in the leadership office, it's offensive to the heart and soul of the republican party which is the conservative movement. that being said, this is merely the first step, this will bill will not become law, all this does is advance the process. the question about what secretary press can and cannot do as you know. >> sean: are 1,142, the secretary shall, the secretary may within the bill. there is very broad discretion in the current bolded he would have the ability to make the changes. i think where the conservatives -- i agree with you. i think the president, if this has any chance of passing it's because of his hard work, his being open to talking to all these groups, he deserves all
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that credit but that should have been done before him, before it was ever rolled out. he was put in the untenable position in my opinion. with that said, we always get the tax increase, we never get the spending cuts. we always get the amnesty, we never get the wall built. i think there's always a trust issue but i trust the president. that's my experience with him for it >> i trust the president too, i just worry about this process being phased in over three different phases. i think the american people have been burnt by leaders especially in the republican establishment, when they say were going to give you our word on phases two and three, forgive the american people for being very skeptical. leftward, we have about 20 seconds. >> pastries going to the most complicated, this is where we'll go to see president trump or he's going to have not all of the art of the deal, but try to negotiate and bring in democrats into the fold, that's good to be
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difficult. >> sean: even chuck schumer who said they're going to filibuster? >> i'm thinking about my moderate democrats. >> sean: think all three of you for being on this. up next, house intelligence committee chairman at devin nunes will join us exclusively to talk about the briefing he gave the president yesterday. chairman says he has seen reports that prove that president trump himself and president-elect and transition team were in fact surveilled. also later tonight we have a breaking news story from james rosen that sources are telling fox news tonight there is potentially egg smoking gun that will prove the obama administration did spy on the trump team. jay sekulow, sara carter from circuit news are here come also later tonight, michelle malkin.
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committee chairman devin nunes dropped a bombshell and all the news following the november election that the trump transition team and their communications were captured by intelligence community surveillance. after being briefed by chairman spee 25, president trump said he felt somewhat vindicated by this revelation, check this out. >> reporter: do you feel vindicated by chairman nunes ? >> president trump: i somewhat do, i very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found, i somewhat do. >> sean: joining us now, the chairman of the house intelligence committee devon nunez, a congress man from california, thank you for being with us. let's go over what it is you said the other day which is now gotten a lot of play, that is in fact surveillance took place in november, december, and in january of the president-elect, his transition team a. what else do you know? >> what bothers me is what i was able to review. it looks like it was in
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november, december and january, those reports are concerning to me and i briefed the speaker and it spoke to the news media publicly. and then went to brief dominic briefed the president on what i saw because i think it's important that he sees it. >> sean: the president said he felt vindicated over his claims that he was wiretapping, but surveillance, wiretapping and my view, we're just parsing words. he was picked up at least in an incidental way. can you give us more detail about it? >> was tough for me to get into it so i've only read to the report so i don't know all the intelligence that went into it. it's clear i would be concerned if i was the president. that's why i wanted him to know and i felt like i had a duty and obligation to tell him because as you know, he's been taking a lot of heat in the news media and i think to some degree, there are some things that he should look at to see whether in fact he thinks the collection was proper or not. >> sean: what about this process, we've got to go back.
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i think you would agree with me that the unmasking, if we have our intelligence community doing their job and i want to emphasize that i have great faith in our intelligence community, they provide this country with safety and securit security. it is a necessary evil in an evil world. but in the process of surveilling anybody from any foreign country, which they have a right to do and it obligation to do, if an american is picked up on that call, isn't it standard operating procedure, sir, that they don't unmask the identity of the american? does it matter who it is? when they write up the report, they usually would not include the name of that person, or details? they would minimize what the american was saying, isn't that standard operating procedure? >> i think there's a couple different issues at play here. names for sure if there picked up in an incidental collection of any kind, they should be minimized. the other issue you're bringing up is unmasking. so if there was an unmasking of
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a name, additional names, we need to know who requested that unmasking, what was the purpose for unmasking because it should be pretty rare that american names are unmasked and that's what we're trying to get to the bottom of and hope that we can solve the information tomorrow so that the rest of our committee can review it. >> sean: that would also mean in the case of general flynn, not only did unmasking take place but also on intelligence leak which as i understand it never happens in a case where signal intelligence such as this is in fact obtained, is that correct? >> i've never heard of that happening before, as i've said many times, the only crime that we know that has been committed is that one it's quite clear that it was a crime. i think you said it right, these programs are vitally important to the security of our country and that's why we take this seriously here in congress to conduct our oversight and clearly when i see a problem, i'm good to pointed out.
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>> sean: in the case of any type of leak that would be a violation of the espionage act, that would be a felony, that would be five years potentially in prison? >> that's correct. it appears that happens, we won't know till we get all the details, but from my perspective, it appears like that was a crime. >> sean: that raises another question, you talked about it being widely dispensed within the intelligence community meeting many people saw the surveillance of the president-elect and his transition team and they were identified, then it goes to the issue to how many people have access to it two weeks before president obama left office he modified executive order 12333 which allowed in the sharing of this type of intelligence which had never happened before with 16 other agencies. is there a possibility that was done so leaks could be covered up? >> in the reports that i read, they were clearly disseminated far and wide. i don't think it has anything to do with the change in that
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procedure. what i saw it was disseminated pretty far and in many cases you have to wonder why which is why i raised the question. >> sean: prior to that the modification of executive order 12333, it was not usual practice to widely disseminate. if this happened in november and december, that didn't happen until january, the alteration of 12333, is there anybody you saw that had dissemination of these documents? >> i don't want to get in the weeds here. i don't believe that change impacted what i saw. with that said, i will say that the dissemination was pretty far and wide and like i've said before, i think it appears to me that it was all legal. the question is should it have been done on the first place, did it have foreign intelligence value? were any other american names unmasked, and i have information that says that there were paired >> sean: do you question
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whether or not it was necessary for surveillance? when you read it -- so-and-so was talking to so-and-so. do you get the impression why this was surveilled in the first place? >> i think there isn't a lot of what i saw, a lot of foreign intelligence value. our analysts do a really good job, our intelligence agents to a great job. what it was was on the margins, i'm just not sure she would have been included into an intelligence report, and then surely there shouldn't have been an unmasking of an additional american's name. a >> sean: did you see any legal issues that would worry the president in any way, shape, or form? >> no, what i saw had nothing to do with russia, this is nothing to do with the russian investigation. it was important enough but i thought the president a year of the united states should know what is being said about him and in his transition team. a spill in the fbi director did confirm, it is usual practice and i heard it james comey saying himself they don't comment on potential or ongoing investigations. he did confirm an investigation
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into russian influencing the election but he wouldn't confirm whether or not there will be an investigation depressed him hard on the issue of whether or not to those people leaking intelligence, whether that's being investigated. it seems to be that the fbi director should be able to have it both ways. >> the leak investigation or lack of the leak investigation is quite concerning. we need to make sure that these leaks are being tracked down and it's part of our investigation to make sure that we do try to find who was at least knowledgeable of the information that eventually got leaked. a >> sean: one last question, in terms of the ability, we look at the leak of general slim, do agree that's a felony? is it something that would have to come -- could this happen at a low level or is this something that could happen at a very high level or a director or just below a director. who would have access to this type of intelligence?
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>> if we do expect that his name was unmasked, i think the key would be able to figure out who unmasked the names and who requested that unmasking, there has to be a record of that. once we get a hold of that, we'll know a lot more from there. >> sean: yeah, do you suspect that people go to jail over thi this? >> once you understand who did the unmasking, then you have to know who it was pushed down to, what's the complete audience of people that would have had the name, then you know at least the initial folks that would know about it. >> sean: i think that goes back to 12333 because it could have been 16 other agencies involved, maybe something hand-delivered and not sent over electronic devices. i appreciate your time, thank you for being with us. coming up, we'll get reactions to our interview with house intelligence committee chairman devin nunes, james rosen reporting that sources are not telling fox news that republican congressional investigators are expecting a smoking gun to come out this week related to the
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president and surveillance. jay sekulow and sara carter from circa news, then later michelle malkin weighs in on all things washington end of this health care bill. i have heartburn. alka seltzer heartburn relief chews. enjoy the relief.
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congressional investigators they expect this week to receive a potential smoking gun, one that will prove the obama administration spied on the trump transition team in the weeks following the november election. rosen in an article posted up on fox news.com writes "intelligence is said to leave no doubt that the obama administration and the closing days was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on president-elect trump. according to sources, here now with reaction from circa news, sara carter for the american center of law and justice, i see you smiling because every day, everything you said is coming true. i expect this is going to come out tomorrow. based on my interview, what did you think of what devin nunes said and what do you think about this rosen report? >> on the rosen report first, i think that it's going to be an accumulation of evidence, not just one little piece of evidence but an accumulation of
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evidence it's going to expose what's been going on. we are going to have more facts tomorrow when the information is delivered to the chairman. if you're looking at the scope of this, i think the most important thing that chairman's p25 said, you brought up the expansion of 12333. the question we have to be asking ourselves is what changed? if it is legal to collect this evidence, not the unmasking of all of these names if this is collected legally, whether something else happened before this that were not aware of yet? i saw chairman's be 25 dancing around that a little bit. >> sean: you've confirmed that stuff happened before that and that was the faisal warrant and of the separate criminal wanted. jay, from your perspective i'm trying to get to what you think of all the spirit >> i'll tell
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you the biggest take away from your interview and it was a great interview with congressman's b25, he said some this was not 12333, it was the change to allow broad dissemination of the material, he says it doesn't advocate that which means this information could well have been disclosed without any cover of legitimacy under at an executive order, not that that executive order was legitimate in my view, that executive order may be gone. you know what i think we got here? i think we got a constitutional crisis of james comey's making. this is a constitutional crisis from comey and he was an administration official also under president obama. the idea that he did not order it does not answer the question of was the obama administration responsible for this because the fact is, and this is clear, they were the administration and power. this surveillance that we now know was going on, the responsible, period. >> sean: it gets to what he
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knew and what others knew and what did they know it when they knew what? he told us where he think it's going, where do you think it's going? >> i think the expansion goes way beyond comey, i think it goes straight to the highest levels of the obama administration. that's where these answers need to come from, we need to find out who unmasked these names. it wasn't just director comey. there were other people that had access to this. the nsa unmasked these names, who requested that? that's one of the most important questions here and why. i think what those questions start to get answered just like chairman nunez said, was the political espionage? if there was, this is the greatest civil liberties violation that we have seen in our country in a long time. it >> sean: this would make watergate look like kindergarten? >> oh, yeah. here's what i would tell you. you want to get to the answering this question? subpoena a couple of people
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including the former president of the united states. what did not write out what he knew and what knew it? as compared especially if this is not something outside of the scope of legitimacy. if this is legal surveillance but they unmasked this information which is not, ask the president directly, as compared to >> sean: the bottom line is, they were surveilling the president, you believe before the election and i were getting it confirmed by james rosen, you also said after the election, getting more specific. there should be ways to determine who had access to this intelligence, the fact that devin nunes said it was widely disseminated before 12333 was amended, that tells me maybe that in and of itself was wrong, it would have to be the highest level of intelligence agencies that had it because nobody else would otherwise have access, right, sarah? >> that's absolutely correct, every time you go into these secured compartmentalized
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facilities to view this information, you have to swipe in. you have to swipe income i have to sign the log. it doesn't matter if you're an analyst working on a case or if you're john brennan, the former director of the cia. you have to swipe in. there are logs out there and there is evidence out there, some of that's classified, but they are able to get a hold of it. if chairman's b5k get a hold of the information he could start finding out. >> sean: i'm running out of time, what should nunes be doing and which of the internal general be doing? >> i think the attorney general needs to have a grand jury that's what needs to happen. as of this investigation. you can find out who did this. let's number one, number two for the and chairman of the intelligence committee, he needs to get the background data, what he saw in those reports shocked him obviously. not just because it named president trump potential he and his associates but also the
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nature of the dissemination itself. that unmasking can well be a crime. need to get the background data. president trump can get this information, he's got the highest security clearance, he is the president of the united states and the commander-in-chief, he can get that information and they did to get it and jeff's hesitancy to be working on it. >> sean: one must point and we gotta go, james comey needs to tell the american people what he knows, he cannot leave this out there hanging any longer. we'll have a lot more, will have you back both of you tomorrow to talk about it, thank you. up next, michelle malkin will join us live to weigh in on tomorrow's house boat and much more, straight ahead.
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>> 47 and a half years, we have been promising the american people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it is collapsing and failing families. and tomorrow, we are proceeding. >> sean: that was speaker of the house paul ryan vowing that tomorrow they will vote on the g.o.p. bill to repeal and place obamacare, they have the votes. joining us now with reaction, michelle malkin on sie rtv.com, as of now, i know the freedom
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caucus, i don't know the media don't make the meeting is continuing, i don't know if they're meeting at the start of this program it seems to know all come down to them and an issue that is important to them, that the president given them a letter ensuring him, the things they were specifically asking for. my big problem with all of this is the way it was rolled out, the secrecy involved, they had eight years to get this together, what are your thoughts? >> if you lie down with dogs, you get fleas. if you lie down with paul ryan, you get fleeced. if that is the lesson that grassroots conservatives have learned over and over and over again, unfortunately donald trump is on it now. for seven, eight years now, paul ryan and the establishment g.o.p. have promised as he seems to brag with great self unawareness over and over again, how many dozens of show votes
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did the establishment g.o.p. members hold on the full repeal which they fully never were committed to come that's what we are seeing. this is not full repeal, it's faux appeal, it's fake. now we see the negotiations going on over things that are important, the house freedom caucus pushing on something that is important, repealing the essential benefits for example. that's nibbling at the edges. the fundamental problem is this entire structure of the guaranteed issue plus the community rating, plus the medicaid expansion, plus the millennial benefits mandate, all of it, the whole kahuna, you cannot just settle for half the loaf when the entire loaf is poisoned. >> sean: is there anything you see from your perspective, i don't understand how the president was put in the position after republicans in
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congress give us the house, give us the senate, give us the white house, will get this done. they unveil a bill that nobody saw, many people -- many criticisms that they have and they handed off to the president to do all the heavy lifting, should tell mike shouldn't have the consensus have been built after eight long years, shouldn't have been prepared and written and agreed upon and ready to go? it seems to me that it should have been such a consensus bill by that point that the president could have gone out and said here's our replacement bill and by the way he could have done it in front of every republican house member and every republican senator but they weren't prepared. how was that possible? >> it's not about preparation on the part of members of the house freedom caucus for example, the people who truly work committed to full repeal. it's not that the president trump doesn't have good -- the problem is that he trusted
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paul ryan. he let paul ryan lead, mark meadows has been the one consulting primarily with president trump. the solution is here for this thing to go down inflaming flames and for them to start over with a clean slate and put paul ryan in the back of the bus, that's what should happen. >> sean: if this dies tomorrow, it's over and they will move on to eight issues of national defense, that's my prediction. based on knowledge. i've got to roll. >> bulges voted for donald trum donald trump. >> sean: coming up next, more "hannity" right after this. wow. nice. strength and style. it's truck month. get 0% financing for 60 months
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>> sean: time for our question of the day. who do you plan for the g.o.p. health care mess? go to facebook.com/seanhannity, @seanhannity on twitter. let us know what you think. would you think is responsible?
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that's all the time we have. "special report," especially dish and coming up with red bear right after this. ♪ ♪ >> bret: tonight, repeal and replace, now desperation. >> i'm desperately trying to get to yes. the republicans 's when the reps health care bill on life support. the president said if the vote goes down, he's moving on. >> mr. mulvaney made it clear, the president is done negotiating. >> bret: wavering lawmakers still getting the white house arm twisted. >> at some point, you've got to say, that's it. we are at this point. >> there are plans. it's going to be terrific. you're going to

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