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>> it is a very busy day. it will be back later for special coverage. >> 2:00, we'll get ready for jeff sessions together. have a great afternoon, we'll see you then. bye-bye. >> jon: fox news alert on an action-packed day on capitol hill. rod rosenstein is testifying right now, just hours before lawmakers hear from his boss in the nation's top lawyer, jeff sessions, the attorney general. good morning, i'm jon scott. >> heather: fasten your seat belts, i'm heather childress. jeff sessions, one of many getting ready to face some rough questions about the recent controversy plaguing the trump administration, including the russia investigation and the firing of fbi director james comey. that is set for 2:30 p.m. eastern time. right now, rod rosenstein is on the hot seat and as that hearing
begins, patrick leigh he said that ag sessions should be there instead and not rosenstein. he had some tough words for sessions. >> i do have questions for the attorney general. i want to know why he has provided false testimony to me and to senator franken. i want to know if why he's recused on the russia investigation, he played any role in the dismissal of fbi director comey. >> jon: herridge is live from the heart skybox on capitol hil capitol hill. >> the last few minutes, we've had to change locations from the skybox because we are getting security sweeps in anticipation of the attorney general's testimony just a few short hours from now. we are one hour into the testimony of his deputy, rod rosenstein.
he has tried to keep his testimony very focused on these budget issues, so things like immigration, the opioid crisis, the phenomenon of going dark, that's when terrorist suspects use encryption to hide their communications. what we've seen so far in the hearing this morning is that the senators have brought the questioning back to the russia investigation, pointed questions about why his boss, attorney general jeff sessions is not at the appropriations hearing this morning. he is only appearing this afternoon before the senate intelligence committee. within the last few minutes, we've had a critical exchange which has to do with these media reports that the president was considering firing the special counsel, robert mueller. here's an exchange. >> has the president ever discussed with you the appointment of the special counsel or discussed the special counsel in any way? >> no, he has not. >> if president trump ordered you to fire the special counsel, what would you do?
>> i'm not going to follow any orders unless i believe those are lawful and appropriate orders. under the regulation, special counsel or meal or may be fired only for good cause and i'm required to put the cause in writing. that's what i would do. if there were a good cause, i would consider it. if there were not, it would not matter what anybody says. >> close members to the president say this is just a media reporting. we will be moving back up to the skybox just in a few minutes, once at security sweep is over. >> jon: catherine herridge, busy day ahead. thank you. >> the best thing to do is let robert mueller do his job. the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independent land thoroughly. that is the smartest and best
thing to do, and that's what i think hopefully will happen. >> heather: that was house speaker paul ryan on a report that president trump might consider firing robert mueller. he is investigating russia, the trim campaign, and the election. that information came from christopher ruddy, a friend of the president who runs a conservative media organization. the administration insisting that roddy does not speak for them. john roberts following this and he has more. >> good morning. you heard catherine herridge refer to a just a second ago, one person. adding -- parroting another person and adding to that and getting it utterly and completely wrong as well. the president, pushing back this morning and asking for an apology for all of the news reports that he has considered
firing robert mueller. the president saying fake news is at an all-time high. where is their apology to me for all of the incorrect stories? many media outlets, democrats going crazy over a statement from chris ready is the ceo of newsmax and the president who said this on pbs's news outlet last night. >> i think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. i think he's weighing that option. it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently. >> representatives are saying that he got his information on abc's this week this past sunday in which he said this in response to a question as to whether or not the president
would seek to fire robert mueller. watch here. >> i can't imagine that that issue is going to arise, but again, that's an issue that the president with his advisors were discussed at there was a basis. >> he never said that the president was considering firing mueller. as the white house points out in the trump legal team points out, he is not a member of the trump legal team, he is not an attorney for the president and he is not in a position to know whether or not the president was thinking about firing mueller. this whole thing seems to be almost the very definition of fake news in that one person saw another person talking on tv and misinterpreted what that person said, then went on tv and seven he thought that person said. now everybody is trying to beat this thing back. the president will be heading to wisconsin for a workplace development week event. there is some 6 million jobs across this country but are going unfilled because people don't have the skills to fill them. at the very same time as the
president is winging his way there, his attorney general jeff sessions will be on capitol hill testifying. the president firing a preemptive strike this afternoon on what he thinks is important, tweeting attorney general lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes. gave hillary clinton a free pass and protection. totally illegal. the president telling the country what he thinks is important for people to keep in mind this afternoon. so much happening. >> heather: ed like that old game of telephone. the original conversation all the way down the road ends up being something completely different. thank you. >> jon: meanwhile, the top democrat on the house intelligence committee says firing robert mueller could light a fire under congress. >> i think it would be the last straw for many republicans who have staved their hand and not been willing to speak out if you were to take this echoes of
watergate. i hope that congress would take up an independent counsel law. maybe one that would give definite light to end up in, but authorize this investigation so that bob mueller could be appointed. i don't think the congress would stood still. >> jon: i'm joined by the politics editor of the national journal. that was an interesting sound bite from adam schiff. he is talking about reappointing a guy who hasn't even been fired yet. this thing is moving very quickly on a bunch of speculation, isn't it? >> it is a lot of speculation. you can sense the political heat in washington. if trump did decide to fire mueller, the politics would change pretty markedly. the question is, will republicans continue to defend the president? if donald trump fired special
counts are miller, it would be like waving a white flag and saying surrender. it would really detach the republican support for trump and make these democrats in congress smell blood and try to go after the administration more aggressively. >> jon: if that firing were to take place, it would have to go through the acting attorney general rod rosenstein. he said to susan collins this morning that it isn't happening. >> has the president ever discussed with you the appointment of the special counsel or discussed of the special counsel in any way? >> no, he has not. >> if president trump ordered you to fire the special counsel, what would you do? >> i'm not going to follow any orders unless i believe those are lawful and appropriate orders. under the regulation, special counsel mueller may be fired only for good cause and i'm required to put that cause in writing. so that's what i would do.
if there were good cause, i would consider it, if there were not goodldn't matter what anybody says. >> jon: what does that sound like to you? he seemed to say that there is not good because right now. >> it sounds like if president trump gave him the order to fire the special counsel, he would not do it and perhaps he would resign instead of carrying out those orders. there is a political track in a legal track. this is all speculative. this may not ever come to fruition. if trump did want mueller to get out, if you wanted to fire him, he would have people like rosenstein resign, he would lower level officials at the justice department also deciding to step down instead of carrying out the president's orders. it will really create the prospect of a constitutional crisis. of the politics which are not be favorable for the administration, but the legal side of it would also be very, very uncertain and volatile. >> jon: this all started when christopher ready when on pbs
news hour and said the president was considering firing robert mueller. sean spicer put out a statement that reads mr. ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue with respect to the subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment. as "the washington post"'s fixed report points out this morning, there is no denial in there that the story isn't true. it's kind of interesting. >> on the one hand, this is a game of telephone and we don't know who has a good read on what president trump is thinking. on the other hand, the fact that you don't have anyone from sean spicer on down the medications team actually denying chris ruddy's comments really raises the question of what he really is thinking and whether this is more real than people are giving him credit fo for. this is what we are hearing on capitol hill. a lot really do fear that this is a possibility that is being considered. >> jon: if he were to fire robert mueller, it would raise
the biggest political storm the semesters and has seen yet on capitol hill. >> it would be devcon one. this will be the only story we were talking about for days and weeks on end. that's why i think cooler heads in the white house have urged president trump not to push that button. >> jon: >> jon: thanks very mucr coming on with us. >> heather: still to come, attorney general jeff sessions gears up for his day on the hot seat. he has just hours away from testifying before the senate intelligence committee. >> we want to get his side of it, get all the facts out there. of a lot of unnamed sources in the media come out to make statements about jeff sessions. it would be very good to get it directly from him e, tomorrow is not a given. but entresto is a medicine that helps make more tomorrows possible. ♪ tomorrow, tomorrow... ♪ i love ya, tomorrow in the largest heart failure study ever, entresto helped more people stay alive and out of the hospital
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administration's top lawyer. here's what judge napolitano had to say. >> this is a very dangerous position for him to be end. he is not testifying at the chief law enforcement officer. he is testifying as a witness because he doesn't run the russian investigation. for more, i'm joined by the federal investigations expert who actually worked for comey when he was u.s. attorney of the southern district of new york. thank you for joining us. first of all, i want to begin with your general impression of comey's testimony last week, having worked for him. >> i think anyone that's worked for jim weather when he was u.s. attorney or fbi director or at the department of justice would tell you the same thing about the guy, that is that he is as straight as they come and as devoted to public service and not as the administration has been saying a nut job, a coward,
a showboat, or a liar. i find it hard to believe that anybody watched jim testify and came away thinking any of those things. >> heather: a lot of people came away thinking that he is a leaker because he did leak those memos that he wrote in order to have a special counsel appointed. when you heard that, when he heard he was a leaker, what did you think? >> i'm not sure leaker is the right term, he did convey to the media through a friend those memos. i don't know why he did that. there are things that he has done in the past year, including publicly talking about the hillary clinton investigation running against that reasonable people can disagree with. i'm talking about the man's character and what motivates him. in a lot of ways, he is anti-trump. for why he saw fit to provide that to someone who would provide it to
"the new york times," i can't really say except for the fact that president trump had already teasingly tweeted that comey better hope there are not tapes. there was already developing into a he said, he said situation. >> heather: one who would have happened to you having worked for him if you had done that while he worked for him? >> i was an assistant u.s. attorney and he was u.s. attorney. if i had provided information to the media or anybody else that was confidential that was part of an ongoing federal investigation, i would have been fired and should have been. i'm not sure you can equate the two. jim was asked about ongoing investigations, he did declined to testify. >> heather: let's move on to what's happening today. what do you hope to hear and what you expect to hear from jeff sessions. >> i hope to hear all the answers to questions he's asked.
there are witnesses like coates and rogers who declined to answer certain questions. i don't know whether the attorney general will do that, i assume he is going to answer questions about his meeting or lack of third meeting with the ambassador from russia. i assume he's going to be asked about the interaction he had with jim after jim met with president trump where jim asked sessions not to leave him alone with the president again. i assume he's going to corroborate that jim comey made that request. i assume he's going to be asked a lot of tough questions about what the four corners of his recusal from the russian investigation were and why he seemed to be involved in jim comey's firing if he was refuse refused. >> heather: do you think
mueller should be recused? >> of course not. i think bob mueller is a great choice to be the special counsel and i think the deputy attorney general was very smart to appoint him. >> heather: okay, thank you so much for joining us. a very busy day as we continue to watch all of us unfold and we appreciate your insight. be sure to tune in this afternoon as we been telling it for a special edition of america's newsroom. we will have live coverage of the jeff sessions hearing today at 2:00 p.m. eastern time so stay tuned for that. >> jon: meantime, there is a new threat to america's national security. the electrical grid, how hackers have a new weapon that could put out the lights in your home and homes across the country. plus, the top man at the pentagon says our armed forces are in no shape to fight. why and who does he blame? >> while nothing compared to the heart it caused by the loss of our troops, no enemy in the
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city into darkness. >> heather: secretary of defense, jim mattis on capitol hill looking for money. he and james dunford are testifying before the armed services committee. secretary matus says the military is not ready to fight. and he blames congress. the >> i retired from military service three months before sequestration took effect. four years later, i returned to the department and i've been shocked by what i've seen about our readiness to fight. >> heather: jennifer griffin is life force from the panic on with more. >> defense secretary mattis and dunford testified for 4 hours. they are back at it this morning. many of the questions today focus on russia's interference in the election. mattis responded to a quote from
today's bloomberg report that russian hackers entered databases and 39 states. >> i think our organization right now is ill adapt into this domain. we have to do new things. i also assume in something like this that what you just outlined is not the whole problem, it's worse. >> max thornberry hopes to get the focus on readiness, giving a starch assessment of how budget cuts since 2011 have hurt the military. only 3 of 58 army brigade combat teams can fight tonight. more than half of the navy's jets can't fly, the air force's short 1500 pilots and 3,000 mechanics. a stark reminder that the war is not over.
john mccain open the hearing this morning with a peak question. >> i'm sure the three names i just mentioned in my opening statement, their parents and their wives and their husbands, their families, the members of their family are very aware that we have no strategy. let's not ask these families to sacrifice any further without a strategy which we can then take and implement. >> mattis said he will present a strategy by mid-july. several thousand more troops have been requested. >> heather: thank you. >> jon: while members of the trump administration testifying in several hearings on capitol hill today with the
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>> heather: breaking at the manslaughter trial of a young woman accused of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself. the psychiatrist testified about the defendant state of mind saying she was on meds that impacted her decision-making and impaired her ability to be empathetic. the prosecutor said that carter pressured her boyfriend and text messages to commit suicide, which he did. >> she knew he was depressed and she knew he needed a friend, and she knew what that felt like. she would know how much -- her comfort would mean to him. as june turned into july, she took that feeling that he felt for her and he was relying on her and she turned that into i love you, kill yourself. >> heather: molly is live from
massachusetts with more. >> the testimony is complete and the trial. michelle carter did not take the stand and her own defense. her lawyers have argued that she was struggling with her own mental health issues and recently sought care for her eating disorder. this is a troubled 17-year-old at the time was under the influence of antidepressants at the time that her 18-year-old boyfriend committed suicide. it was argued that she was voluntarily intoxicated by the drug, suffering a psychotic delusion during the time that she was encouraging konrad roy
the third to take his life. his body was discovered in his pickup truck in july of 2014. he died as a result of karma monoxide poisoning. carter's texts showed that she aided roy's research into how to commit suicide, mocked him when he delayed his death, instructed him to follow through, promised to console his family, and then played the grieving girlfriend in the days that followed. when exchange from the day of roy's death reads. you can't think about it, you just have to do it. you said you're going to do it. i don't get why you weren't. conrad's reply, i don't get it either, i don't know. i guess you are going to do it then. all that for nothing, i'm just confused. you are so ready and determined. i'm going eventually. i don't know what i'm waiting for. citing the revealing text read later. carter told him over the phone to get back in. the defense argues that carter's words were free speech and she was not responsible for another troubled teen's actions. that roy had made several prior attempts to take his own life. carter's lawyer says that death
was a suicide, but it was not a homicide. closing arguments are set for later this afternoon. the judge is hearing this case. if convicted on that charge, she faces up to 20 years in prison. >> heather: troubling. why for us, molly, thank you. >> jon: back to our top story, capitol hill, the action on the russian investigation and the firing of james comey. as lawmakers prepare to question attorney general jeff sessions just hours from now. less than a week after comey testified before the same committee. >> it confused me because the president and i had had multiple conversations about my job, both before and after he took office. he had repeatedly told me i was doing a great job and he hoped i would stay. i repeatedly assured him that i did intend to stay and serve out the remaining six years of my term. he told me repeatedly that he had talked to lots of people
about me, including our current attorney general. >> jon: julian epstein, and brad blakeman. julian, you know summing about questioning people in these situations, what would your question before jeff sessions? >> i think the overarching question is -- and watergate, the question is what to the president know and when did he know it? here the question is why does this administration keep trying to impede the investigation? we had the comey firing now which a lot of people think is a classic obstruction of justice. we have constant efforts, constant statements that are false about their contacts with the russians. when houck suggestions
we now have suggestions about the firing of mueller. he clearly said he would recuse himself from the russian investigation as a result of those false statements and results of those contacts, and then he was engaged in what many people think is the obstruction issue which is the firing of comey and how does he explain that after he recused himself? >> jon: and fairness to the now attorney general, he answered a long and rambling question from senator al franken that seem to be talking about other people on the campaign and did they have contacts with the russians? he said he didn't know of any. >> he was asked a direct question about his contact with the russians. he said he didn't have any. the correct answer would have been to put those contacts on the record. >> jon: will try to get that question called up.
senator franken's question was not very clear. >> jon: let's go to brad. are there answers to some of the questions that are being talked about? >> yeah, but the answers have been made time and time and time again. when he was being nominated and going through the process of confirmation, he said quite clearly at the time that it was likely he will recuse himself and nothing's likely what he did. the president can fire comey for any reason. those aren't my words, those are james comey's words. we also know from his testimony and others at the justice department under oath that no investigation has been impeded by any person in the administration, including the president. there has not been any collusion, there has not been any type of interference with an investigation. what is there to be had? the fact that senator sessions had contact with the russians as a united states senator during a time he was serving as senator, with all the contacts he had, there's nothing there.
by the way, they've been investigating this for over a year. you would think with the surveillance that our country has on the russians, there would be something there, but there is not. >> the problem with the two things that brad just said, and brad is a fantastic attorney and, there was no involvement in the obstruction. there was. the president consulted sessions on the firing of comey and many people, many legal experts including republicans think the firing of comey was classic obstruction of justice. >> it is in and here's why it isn't. the >> you tell an inferior that he stands down from an investigation and comey took that as a directive, that would be considered by many people to be a classic obstruction. >> here's why it's not. by comey's own testimony, the fbi was involved in thousands of investigations. this is one. his job is not solely the russian investigation or any others. it's all the work that the fbi
does in the president lost confidence in him because of his job as fbi director, not because of his work on any particular case. >> the president said shortly after, contradicting the white house that he didn't like the job that comey was doing on russia. >> and his testimony before congress when he was befuddled and couldn't remember the facts of the investigation that he has been questioned on. he had to corrected. >> jon: julian, as you well know, people like chuck schumer called for the firing of james comey and then he gets fired and all the sudden, the heavens are falling. >> there's a difference between saying that you don't like how he handled an investigation in terms of politicizing something before an election, which under the justice department rules, he ought to be doing and then calling for the firing of an fbi director while he's in the middle of an investigation that's close to the president
and the president himself, the president who is comey's superior telling comey to stop the investigation, which again, most people would think is obstruction of justice. we can argue that back and forth, but i would venture that a majority of experts most country would tell you that was obstruction of justice. comey took it as a directive. >> that was after he was fired. >> if your boss calls you into an office and says brad, i hope you can see your way to do x, y, and z, you're going to take it as a directive. don't play naive. it doesn't mean there wasn't an attempt to do it on behalf of the president, that's the point. and sessions was supposed to be recused and he wasn't recused, he did not recuse himself, he did not follow that recusal. whether or not you think he was acting as a u.s. senator, the question was clear enough that sessions should have been clear that he did have contact with
the russians and he should have put that out there. >> jon: the statement that director comey quoted was was e you come at goal, meeting the investigation into former national security of director general flynn. in brad's view, that is obstruction of justice, is it? it >> it is not. he's feeling sorry for a decorated general who he felt was through enough. the president was talking sympathetically about the general, he wasn't directing comey to do anything. when comey left, he didn't do anything. when he did was he went and coupled with his senior staff to cut out the attorney general and when he was fired, he leaked about it. comey is no choir boy or eagle scout like you want somebody to believe. that's clear. >> i sympathize with brad because this was a very difficult case for them defend.
this is not about going easy on a friend, this was about an expanding criminal investigation into people very close to the white house, not just a flynn, but potentially questionnaire, potentially sessions, who may have been involved in illegal contacts with the russians, illegal counterintelligence activities of the russians. the president want to put a stop to this. the question is, if there is nothing to hide, as the president says, why does he keep trying to impede the investigation? >> what was this president's final admonition to comey? if there's anybody in my satellite who is guilty of anything, i wanted to go after them. that's what he said. >> jon: and the investigation goes on.
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>> jon: it you're a very early, so you must be a bazillion error. the worm is back in pyongyang. dennis rodman has arrived and another trip to north korea. his last one was in 2014. he told reporters in beijing, he hopes to open a door with a rogue nation's leader, kim jong-un who is apparently a rodman fan. now within hours of his arrival, north korea has released an american prisoner who has been held since february last year. benjamin hall has more. >> bittersweet news today, the 22-year-old student who is being held by north korea. on the one hand, he is currently flying back to ohio to see his parents. on the other, we just heard from his parents that he is in a coma and has been that way for much of the last year. as we go back, we heard he was arrested in march of last year, accused of trying to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel while on a trip to the rogue state.
he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor and filmed giving a teary confession which many believed was forced. little was heard following that, but his parents never stop to lobbying the government for his release. it appears according to "the wall street journal" that he fell into a coma caused by botulism and has been in that state ever since. whether it's coincidence or not, this happened just as dennis rodman traveled to pyongyang for his second visit to the country. he told reporters in a cryptic way that he was going to open doors in the country and that president trump was probably happy he was there. >> i think he's happy at the fact that i'm over here. >> rodman last visited the country in 2013 when he took a harlem gold trotter team there. on that occasion, he was seen exchanging jokes and vodka, singing happy birthday and called him a friend for life.
whether rodman had anything to do with this release, we're not sure. visitors have helped secure the release of visitors. there are three americans still being held there and of course, this bittersweet news that not only is he released, but that he's been in a coma for much of the last year. >> jon: what a sad story for that young man's parents. benjamin hall, thank you. >> heather: coming up, hundreds of people suffering from a massive food poisoning incident, where the opera cap, will take you that. plus, a tornado caught on tape and it wasn't the only twister in the area. the damage left behind is up next whoooo.