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there is nothing there. time to get back to the country's business and the trump agenda. >> sean: thank you so much for being with us. that's all the time we have this evening. stay tuned. tonight
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after a highly anticipated day of testimony from former fbi director james comey who said that the president asked for some special considerations when it came to the investigation. comey later fired by the president. he said that the administration
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lied about him and the fbi and said that he was fired because of the russia investigations. the white house perspective, as you can imagine, somewhat different. we have fox team coverage, john roberts has the president's side, start out with catherine herridge, she was in the hearing today about what comey said. good morning, catherine. >> thank you, brad. at the trumps legal team confirms to fox news that tomorrow they will file a complaint at the justice department as well as a letter of complaint with the senate judiciary committee, the leaks to the media. the legal team is importing whether he violated the fbi employment agreement that bars the disclosure of records of classification. earlier today on capitol hill, he testified about why he drafted those memos in the first place. >> i was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, i found an
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important document. speak with the senior democrat on the intelligence committee wanted more information on the first encounter with the incoming president. >> what was it about that meeting that led you to determine that you needed to start putting down a written record? >> the circumstances prior to the subject matter, and the person that i was interacting with. >> publicly the white house said that james comey was fired over his handling of the hillary clinton email investigation. a loss of confidence in the fbi. but the former director said otherwise of the motives. >> i was fired up about this home this some way i was doing the russian investigation. >> in mid-february after a briefing, comey said that the president asked him to stay behind. he thought the attorney general and kushner lingered, but were told to go. >> you mentioned that jeff sessions said he was never left alone with the president, but did you ever consider why
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attorney general sessions was not asked to stay in the room? >> oh, sure. i did. and i have. and in that moment -- >> have you talked to him about it? >> no. >> you never had a conversation with jeff sessions about it? >> no. >> once alone he wanted to let go of the probe and michael flynn. >> at that time did you say anything to the president about it not being an appropriate request? >> identity. >> why? >> the circumstances were that i was stunned. >> democrat it's called and a pattern. >> each time clearing the room of the attorney general, why would you do that unless you are conscious that what you were about to do was wrong? >> after a media report that the president asked comey for a pledge of loyalty, he tweeted about possible tapes of the conversation. extending into motion a chain of events that led to the special counsel appointment. >> look, i've seen the tweet about tapes, i hope there are
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tapes. >> i was up to him to set the record straight. >> i asked a friend of mine to share the content with a reporter. i did not do it by myself for a variety of reasons. i asked two right. the mind to do it. >> members of both parties question comey's actions. >> you did not consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document? you consider that to be your own personal document that you could share with the media as he wanted to? >> i understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president as a private citizen. i felt free to share that. i felt a very important to get it out. >> a lot comes down to who should we believe. do you want to say anything as to why we should have believe you? >> i try to be open, fair, transparent, accurate. >> on trump's request as pulling out crime, comey said it would
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be up to the special counsel. >> bret: catherine herridge, thank you. no tweets, no statements, nothing from the president directly about comey's testimony, but he is getting his message out in other ways. there is some breaking news even earlier this morning. chief white house correspondent john roberts has that story from the north along pretty good morning. >> good morning. it has been eerily quiet in the twitter feed for the last 18 hours or so. but a source familiar with the matter tells me that the president felt good about the testimony today, he finally publicly said that the president was not under investigation in connection with the russia matter, and the fact that comey outed himself as a leaguer. proving to the president's mind that he was right all along. >> i understood this to be my recollection. >> while the president may have seen a few minutes of thursday's hearing on the tv in his private dining room, he was all about business. meeting with his national security team, then even as
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comey was still testifying, addressing the freedom and faith coalition. >> you did not let me down. i will never, ever let you down. you know that. >> the president personal attorney marc kasowitz launched it in the dining room, took to the microphones to proclaim what he saw as good news. >> mr. comey has finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told president trump privately. that is that the president was not under investigation as part of any probe into russian interference. >> some aspect of the testimony marc kasowitz took issue with. comey's assertion that the president was ordering him to drop the investigation into michael flynn and president trump demanded a pledge of loyalty. >> the president never informed or substance directed or suggested that mr. comey stop
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investigating anyone, including the president never suggested that mr. comey "led to play and go." the president also never told mr. comey "i need loyalty. i expect loyalty." he never said it in form. he never said it in substance. >> the president's team also came down hard on comey's revelation that he leaked the details of the february 14th meeting in the oval office in order to prop the appointment of a special counsel. marc kasowitz claimed that it formed retaliation against the president. >> we will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all the others that are being investigated. >> comey says that his leak was prompted by the president's tweet that there may be tapes of the conversations. neither the president or in any one on his staff will confirm that there are tapes. a fact that the senate minority leader finds puzzling.
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>> it is awfully curious that no one from the president's team will either confirm or deny the existence of the tapes. when the tapes are the only way to prove that mr. comey's testimony, which came under oath are false or misleading. >> in his testimony, comey says that he found it highly unusual that the president would shoo everyone out of the oval office to speak with him alone. paul ryan put that down to political inexperience. >> the president is new at this. he is new to government. so he probably was not steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between doj, fbi, and white houses. he is new to this. >> source familiar with the manner tells fox news that in the president's very first meeting with james comey, that was an intelligence briefing january 6 at trump tower, at the end of the meeting comey asked the rest of the participants to
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leave so that he could speak privately with the president. because of that precedent, the president may have seen nothing in the unusual or wrong about meeting privately with comey after his meeting in the oval office on february 14th. >> bret: john roberts, after a long day at the white house, thank you. up next, james comey takes a bite out of the media. and breaking news as we have mentioned out of the u.k. we are keeping an eye on the big election over there. big upset, a big night with some even bigger consequences around the world. >> u.k. voters don't want brexit, they want change credit they want somebody who stands up and speaks for them. i'm afraid that theresa may just represented the establishment. whatever happens theresa may is toast. it is just a matter of time. it is just a matter of time. ♪ did you know slow internet
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♪ 's boom in the media made a very big deal of the comey hearing. we did too. a former fbi chief took his pound of flesh from the press corps, here is fox news media analyst and host of media buzz, howard kurtz. >> president trump was not the only target for james comey, he also took direct aim at the press. the former fbi chief was especially critical of "the new york times" story from february, trump campaign aides had repeated contact with russian intelligence. >> so the american people can understand that, that report was not true. is that a fair statement? >> in the main it was not true. >> comey did not specify what was untrue about the times article, but many media reports are off the mark. that's because in his view most sources cited by journalist are uninformed. >> i'm not picking on reporters, but people talking about it,
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often don't really know what is going on, and those who actually know what is going on, we are not talking about it. >> in a broad in his indictment of the press. >> you were stunned about how wrong they got the fax. >> yes, many stories based on classified information about lots of stuff, but especially about russia that are dead wrong. >> comey says that the fbi does not call the press to correct inaccurate stories. also reports with cnn and abc that comey would say today that he never told the president he was found under investigation as a part of the russian probe as mr. trump had insisted. >> he will say that he never ensured donald trump that he was not under investigation. if there would've been improper for him to do so. >> he did confirm that he had given the president assurances three times. that prompted cnn to correct a story that comey expected to recruit trump. but his only to "the new york times" reported last month, the president had
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asked him to shut down the investigation of former national security advisor michael flynn. the story had quotes from comey as part of the conversation including the president telling him, i hope you can let this go, which a comey plan friend led e paper. >> why don't you give those to somebody yourself rather than through a third party? >> i was afraid that the media was camping at the end of my driveway. and i worried that it would be like completing seagulls at the beach if it was i who gave it to the media. so i asked my friend, make sure this gets out. >> all of this put comey in the position to say it was inaccurate while saying he has been a high-level leaguer himself. still no question that the media's reputation took a hit at the hearing that the broadcast on cable news networks carried life. >> bret: how he, thank you. let's get some news tonight from judiciary member rhonda santos, republican from florida. he joins us from florida.
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thank you for being here. your take on today and the overall view? >> well, look, the most important thing was that comey told him on three separate occasions that the president was not under investigation. so we have had the media, particularly "the new york times," "washington post" talk about this impending crisis between trump and the russians and there may have been a conspiracy, and it turns out that that was not even being investigated, and so i think the president was frustrated and rightfully so, because the hysterical media coverage during this time, and he has he knew that he was not under investigation. i do not think that comey handled it very well. and i think that he really kind of fueled some of the fire by being coy in front of the congress as this was unfolding in march, april, may. >> bret: some questioning from senator blunt to jim comey about this leaking of the memos to memos and memos that he gives to a friend to give to
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"the new york times," take a listen. >> it did not dawn on me originally that there might be cooperation for our conversation that could be a tape, and i needed to get that out into the public square. so i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with the reporter. i thought that might prompt the appointment of the special counsel. >> so you did not consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document? >> i understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president as a private citizen, i felt free to share that. >> the director was as concerned that this evidence might not be preserved or the true story gets out, i think the director should have come to the public directly himself or to congress and made those statements and clarified the record and not gone through a third party. >> your thoughts on all of this?
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>> well, look, you want a director of the fbi, granted, fired at that point, leaking information, probably not the first time that he has leaked information, we like to see people ask him what else he has leaked, so i also thought it was odd that he admitted, hey, i wanted to trigger the special counsel, then you have to ask yourself, if you thought there was reason to trigger a special counsel, why after you had this conversation with the president in february did you withhold it from the attorney general, jeff sessions. you had a duty to report it. his answer is, well, i thought that sessions was eventually going to recuse himself, so i just decided to keep it as close to the vest as insurance, effectively. but in the military if you withheld information from your commanding officer because the commanding officer was going to change duty stations in two weeks, that doesn't fly. so comey has a history of
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coloring outside the lines when it suits him. and i think it is tough the more that he tries to indict the president for acting improperly, the more that you have to indict him, because he never took action. >> bret: democrats are pointing to an obstruction of justice case because of that moment where he asks everyone to leave the oval office and leaves director comey inside. he tells him, he hopes he can find a way to move on from the michael flynn investigation. he said that he was very uncomfortable with that. what to say in response to that? >> well, comey admitted in other conversations with the president, the club president said, look, if there are people and my orbit had to have done something wrong, i want them to be held accountable. it would be good for me, good for everyone if t happening. the president never tried to shut down the investigation, so the question is whatever he said about plane, did he have a corrupt intent?
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you have to have a corrupt intent. it seems to me at worst for the president, he was frustrated because flynn got a raw deal and thought he was a good guy. the president's team has disputed the conversation, so it is not clear to me whether comey's version is 100% true. >> bret: i have ten seconds, congressman. where does this go? >> the committees need to bring this to a conclusion. this has been dragging on. i think that smaller needs to do his job quickly. we cannot have this drag on. no evidence of collusion, so let's just get a resolution so we can go on with the american people's business. >> bret: ron desantis from florida, congressman, thank you. the leaker has her day in court, congress will specs, wall street regulations. another update from the shocking election in the u.k. breaking down the comey testimony, how we got to this point and where we could be headed next. >> at that time, did you say
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anything to the president about it not being an appropriate request, or tell a white house console? so many needs to tell the president that he cannot do these things? >> i did not, no. >> why? >> in the moment it did not come to my mind. what came to my mind was, be careful what you say. i agree
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♪ >> bret: an air force veteran is still in jail in georgia, she will not be getting out anytime soon. reality winter, she was denied bail after being indicted by a federal grand jury for leaking state secrets to the media. live with the latest on that story, and some of the other headlines. good morning. >> hello, d.c. police are investigating how and why two on duty officers in a traffic
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control raid were hit by a speeding truck. one is in critical condition, the other is stable but still in the hospital. the two people have been arrested. and given the recent terror attacks in london and paris, reporters on the scene had questions. >> at this point can rule out terrorism? >> we have to look at that very closely. we do not have a motive at this time. >> the police chief would say was that a weapon when has recovered. leaking classified documents to a news organization was denied bond after pleading not guilty in court. prosecutors argued that she might have more intent and leave the country. her stepfather insists that she is not a flight risk. >> if she made this mistake, and needs to be balanced against what she has done in the past. how she has served the country. >> a former air force linguist lead is working as a contractor
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at the nsa during his playmaker time of the arrest. at the house passed a bill that will rollback many of the dodd-frank regulations signed into law by president obama after the 2008 financial crisis. a near party line vote house republicans approved the acta that they say will help small banks and small businesses. the democrats argue that it is just another handout to wall street. >> it is just a money fight between the many and the money, and the wrong choice act stands on the side of those who would line their pockets in 1%. it takes steps to end the failure of excessive and bureaucracy and giving our entrepreneurs the opportunity to access the start up capital that they need to grow and thrive once again. >> the bill now faces a steep climb in the senate. and finally tonight in the u.k., and election still too close to call, but already having a major
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impact on the market. the british sterling fell two cents within the dollar after exit polls predicted a hung parliament with no clear winner. the prime minister theresa may calls for the sample election several weeks ago because she wanted a more resounding mandate to strengthen her hand. she heads into brexit talk. while tonight, her opponent, jeremy corbyn use that mandate against her. for prime minister mae, this was a huge gamble that now she could lose. and president trump could lose his strongest european ally along with it. >> bret: thank you. it has been a long and strange path that brought us to this point. the senate testimony from fired fbi chief james comey. mike emanuel shows us how we got here. >> good evening. former director james comey had his moment with the nation watching. comey lost his job about a month ago after he -- becoming a very
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controversial figure in the heat of the campaign. >> we are expressing to justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case. >> from closing the investigation into hillary clinton's mishandling of classified information -- >> bret: a presidential campaign for the ages has taken an even more bizarre turn than anyone could have ever predicted. >> to the shocking decision that tells congress days before the election that the fbi was opening it again. after a trump victory, questions continue to swirl about ties between the campaign and russia with the director of national intelligence releasing a report that concluded hacking had taken place to help president-elect terms -- -- >> he has become more famous than me. >> behind closed doors, things took a turn.
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surfacing between the president and comey where mr. trump asked him to drop the investigation into mike flynn who had submitted his resignation as national security advisor. a comey retained a memo of the encounter recalled the president, i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go. letting flynn to go. he is a good guy. i hope you can let this go. in march of testimony, comey confirms that the fbi was investigating the russian government effort to interfere in the 2016 election. >> this includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals has associated with the trump campaign government. and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. >> less than two months later, comey was gone. >> bret: the biggest worry today, president trump firing the director james comey. >> in a letter dismissing comey, president trump wrote i greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that i am not under investigation.
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the very next day the president met with russian foreign investigator and russian ambassador at the white house. an interview with nbc news -- calling his links between team and russia are made up story. >> did anybody from the white house asked him to investigate? any surrogates on behalf of the white house? >> now that i know of. i want to find out if there was a problem with had an election having to do with russia. or by the way, anybody else. any other country. >> the president and then took to twitter ramping up its rhetoric writing, james comey better hope that they are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press. former fbi director was appointed to oversee the russia pro. and comey said that mohler will get to the truth. >> i do not think it is for me to say that whether the conversation i had was to obstrt
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the special counsel will work towards to understand what the intent was there and whether that is an offense. >> richard blumenthal was asked about comey's revelation today that he leaked his own memo to the columbia university law professor. there will be further questions about it and he had no clear options on how to make it known, and he chose that one. >> florida republican senator marco rubio said that the president was let down by his team. >> my hope is that there are people in the white house that i've advised the president about what is appropriate and what is not. when you are working with the fbi, that is not clear why you did not happen sooner. >> some suggestive director comey was so troubled by his interactions with the president, it is puzzling why he did not resign before he was fired. >> bret: thank you. a superstar's all-star panel joins me after the break to weigh in on all things coming, and we will also do do a round on what is happening in the u.k.
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♪ >> a really significant effect to me is, why did he kick everybody out of the oval office? why would you kick the attorney general, the president, the chief of staff out to talk to me if it was about something else? so that to me as an investigator is a very significant fact. >> it is not obstruction of justice, not even close. it is in my view inappropriate for some of these things to have been said if they were said. but we have to distinguish between what is a crime and what is impeachable and what is bad form. you do not get indicted or
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impeached because you are clueless or because you are rude. or because you say unguarded, ill-advised things. >> bret: jonathan turley earlier, you can talk like tony soprano and not to be tony soprano. one look at the james comey testimony, one element of that. we will bring in the panel, guy benson, mollie hemingway, caitlin collins white house correspondent. and olivier knox. yahoo! news, chief washington correspondent. okay, tell us. >> i do not think you can spend today as a good day for the white house, right? you have the former fbi director calling the president a liar. heavily suggesting that the special counsel is looking into obstruction of justice which would involve the president and also comey characterizing the ask for the president allegedly said that he hoped to that plan would be essentially left off the hook. he called that in his own mind
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of directive. so that is a rough day down at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. but i do think at the same time that several of the major narratives from the nt trump left sustained significant body blows from comey's own testimony that the president was in fact told three times by the fbi director that he was not under investigation. that trump did not interfere with the russian investigation and in fact supported it. and a few others. if you are a trump supporter, you have a few things to hang your hat on today. but to me, the ultimate question is going to come back to you why was comey fired? we have not gotten a good or consistent answer from the white house. that is an open question. >> the white house, president trump assignment today on twitter? >> complete silence. this is the longest donald trump has gone without tweeting since he became president. if he makes it until tomorrow morning, it will be the longest since he declared that he was running for president. this is not normal.
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he has stayed silent. and james comey made all of donald trump calling him a liar, saying that he defamed him. it defamed fbi. interfered with an investigation. fired him because of russian investigation. the only person who can contest that is donald trump. we have not heard anything from him except for a statement from his lawyer. >> it is funny how much people want donald trump to tweet, but there is a lot that donald trump could be happy about today. did naturally change her opinion on donald trump have you thought it was reckless, you definitely felt that way after the comey testimony. we did get a picture that his dislike of comey was rooted in the fact that the fbi was ready to look bleak for formerly release information about how literally everything except for the one thing that was really important that the whole nation has been subjected to per month after month which is donald trump is not the investigation of collusion. this is where it began. we were led to believe that the
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hysteria is about donald trump and the agent of russia sitting in the white house, and now we are discussing whether this was a directive or whether you say hope is a bad thing, or not. that is a major come down from what we were starting out with. >> bret: so the president was not live tweeting, but his son was alive tweeting, and donald trump, jr., appeared on sean hannity's show earlier. >> this is the head of the federal bureau of investigation. if i was a stronger man, i mean, who are we kidding? what kind of responses that? >> maybe i should let him know that this was happening, but he decides to this. he leaked some notes to a friend, because he does not have the guts to do it himself. he has to leak it through a friend. where does this stop? is he nuts? >> the leaking thing will he raise some eyebrows in washington?
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>> it did, absolutely. i raised a lot of eyebrows, because the parallel conversation to other or interfered in the election, whether or not there was collusion with the trump campaign, they are in a parallel conversation of how we get the conversation and how there are so many classified leaks of information. >> bret: the question is why did he do it, and he answers the question. >> it is not the leak itself, d.c. is a city of leaks. by the why was striking. when he said explicitly to advance the possibility of a special counsel being appointed. that was extremely notable. >> bret: john roberts is reporting that the white house is going to request the doj look at this. and see if this is right that he can do it and use it. >> was it illegal? improper, there might be some irony, because one of the things
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that comey is famous for talking about is intended to. that's with mrs. clinton, and potentially with president trump as well. as you just said, president explicitly stated what his intent was. i had this time i had the memo, i get back to my buddy to give to "the new york times," my wife and i were leaving town to avoid the press prior to the goal was special prosecutor, but that remarkable candor. >> we also had evidence of leaking when he was fbi director. his information with loretta lynch, how it made him feel according to him, she has disputed this. told him to lie about the nature of the criminal intent in hillary clinton, and that occurred in april. the fbi director in april, we had evidence that the leaking did not only take place when he was in office, but a pattern. >> this is what he alleges she
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told him. >> i wanted to know whether she was going to authorize an investigation. and she said coming at us, but don't call it that. call it a matter. that concern me, because that language tracked the way that the campaign was talking about the fbi's work, gave the impression that the attorney general talked about our work the way that the political campaign was described in the same activity which was inaccurate. we had a criminal investigation (that gave me a queasy feeling. >> bret: queasy feeling? >> yes, it showed that he did not think that she could be independent in her job. she said bill clinton's meeting is what set him off. and she wanted it to be "a matter" not an investigation. but i think what we have seen today with a special counsel a revelation that james comey made, how destructive the tweets can be to them, because james comey said that the tweet about the tape of their conversations implying that there are recordings of the conversation is what led him to leak the memo
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to his friend at columbia who leaked it to "the new york times" ." and that was the employment of the special counsel. >> that statement from donald trump, that tweet came a day after "the new york times" had a story about a leak that was that donald trump has demanded loyalty and comey had demurred. he was leaking prior to the point of trump tweeting. >> if there was one up out of a conversation with the president? >> he was sharing information. it was damaging to the president. >> but the leaking of the memo? >> you can argue with that, but if it is coming from government documents, and we still do not have -- you have random professors at columbia having the information, but not the reporters. >> they are not that random, right? it is a friend of james comey. i thought actually, one of the things about today was how much some of the information that we
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the media, not to be on this panel, are promoting it. we already had. so for example the idea that the tarmac meeting with bill clinto bill clinton, and loretta lynch was generated the james comey public statements on hillary clinton investigation. we knew that. he said that in a hearing in early may. the interesting parties, we appear to admit, probably have missed a little bit of a moment yesterday. that was when the acting director of the fbi refused to characterize his conversation with james comey, and when he was asked by senator jack reed of rhode island, are you not characterizing this because you think that the conversation with the president and james comey either are or could become the subject of a criminal investigation? the active director of the fbi said "yes." that was a much notable moment then what happened the day. >> bret: the breaking news, sky news now that theresa may cannot get a majority in the
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parliament in the u.k. that is a huge story. we have been following it all night. it is going to have ramifications all across the world. including here in the u.s. some final thoughts about all of some final thoughts about all of that when we come if you have medicare parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. medicare doesn't cover everything. and like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, these help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. so don't wait. call now to request your free decision guide.
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>> the bad news for the tories, they blew a massive fleet over the final month. at the good news for the world is no prime minister corbyn, he has a radical and truly scary. it was very close prey to speak of the people keep telling the elite that they need to spread the wealth around, they are so good at creating and spread it around better, but this is another message of that. >> this is an election that is supposed to be about brexit, and we had two terror attacks that have happen in manchester and london that people were not expecting. we saw tonight with the conservatives that the town plummeted. >> what happens with the red united states and britain, >> friday, june 9th, fired, james comey testifying before congress. the latest of the investigation.
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heather: james comey said the president did not collude with russia and that is not all. >> many stories based on classified information that i did wrong. the president tweeting friday after i got fired that i hope there is not tape so i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo. i hope there are tapes. >> the president at any time ask you to stop the fbi investigation into russian involvement in the 2016 elections? >> not to my understanding, no. rob: we could hear from the president himself today. live report from washington. good morning, you were watching "fox and friends" first. >> thanks for starting your day
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with us. a fox news alert. british prime minister teresa may suffering a major setback as her party failed to secure a majority in parliament but despite the pressure, sources saying she will not redesign. benjamin hall live in london. >> a staggering result in the uk, the conservative party were up 20 points a few weeks ago and they have thrown that away. they won the most seats but cannot form a majority government and we have a hung parliament meaning 9 -- the 3266 needed for majority. conservatives are projected to win 319 and labor, 251 so both parties have to begin talking about the coalition with smaller parties meaning political uncertainty. teresa