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>> fox news alert, new details on an attack on one of the busiest boulevards in paris. >> jon: french officials say the driver had been flagged and was no stranger to security forces. we are covering all the news, "happening now." >> there has been no indication of any investigation, nothing has changed since james comey said the president was not a target. >> jon: the president's legal team in damage control mode after mixed messages on the russia investigation. now russia issues a warning for american aircraft in syria.
judge declares mistrial in the bill cosby sexual assault case but the prosecution says the fight isn't over yet. it's all "happening now" ." ♪ we begin with london on edge after another deadly attack, welcome to the second hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. >> julie: i'm julie banderas, good afternoon to you. at least one person is dead, a van plowed into a crowd of worshipers leaving a mosque this morning. the fourth attack in england in just three months. amy kellogg is live in london. hi, amy. speak with the metropolitan police have just named the suspect, 47-year-old darren osborne and not only is he facing charges of murder and attempted murder but also he is facing a host of terrorism
charges. preparation, instigation, planning of a terrorist attack and it is the counterterrorism police who are investigating this attack. osborne drove that van right after prayer into a crowd of worshipers. he was pummeled by people in the crowd until they were ordered not to harm him, to wait for police. police ultimately arrested him at the scene. this is what the mayor of london had to say about what happened last night. >> the attack on london bridge, the attack on manchester, all of these are attacks on our shared value of freedom and tolerance. terrorism is terrorism, whether someone is inspired by an islamic narrative or other forms of inspiration. >> julie: one man
>> one man was killed. the van appears to have come from all welsh company, whether it was rented or stolen is unclear. searches are being made right now in cardiff, wales. authorities are looking into whether this was a crime of opportunity or whether it was a premeditated attack. they are saying they will definitely up security around mosques, which are particularly busy right around now as the holy month of ramadan is coming to a conclusion. >> julie: amy kellogg, thank you so much. >> jon: in the meantime, president trump's team is out in full force after this tweet by the president on friday -- now the president's lawyer jay secular saying he has no knowledge of president trump being investigated.
speak with the president has not been notified by anyone that he has under investigation. that tweet is under the response of the "washington post" story saying that the president was in fact under investigation. >> jon: we have live coverage. we begin with kevin, he is at the white house for us. >> is he or is he not under investigation. the answer depends on who is talking about it. critics will simply say "how can he not be under investigation, especially in the wake of former fbi director james comey's testimony which suggest the president was asking him to back off the michael flynn case. a key member of the president's legal team says that is not so. >> after receiving a memorandum from his attorney general, a letter from his attorney general
and memorandum from his deputy attorney general. there is recommendation for the removal of james comey. he takes action that they recommend to remove james comey. according to "the washington post" theory, he is under investigation for taking the action that the department of justice told him to take. >> shorthand for all of that, don't believe the hype. some are wondering if it is a time for lawmakers to question loretta lynch about her handling of the clinton email probe, including allegedly telling comey how to frame the ongoing investigation. it has been a very busy morning here at the white house, the president welcoming that another head of state here to the white house, panama as president and first lady here. in case you are wondering it is
almost time for the briefing, right? not exactly. we do not have a formal briefing, we will hear from sean spicer, off-camera, no audio. if we get anything juicy, the press wants the details. >> jon: we are going to miss that briefing. >> julie: anything juicy. special counsel robert mueller moving forward in his investigation into russia meddling in the 2016 election. of the former fbi director expanding his team, hiring an additional 13 lawyers to help in the case. taking a look at who exactly he has hired. >> in legal circles there is a big question these days but whether prosecutors have unchecked power. "the actual decision whether or not to charge a person of a crime is almost completely unconstrained." it's that belief that has alarmed many of president trump's supporters about the investigation of russian collusion and
obstruction of justice. their concern is heightened by some of the recent hires by special counsel robert mueller. >> >> the first four names are l democrats, two of them have a record of hiding the defense. in in a justice department were% of the investigations went to hillary. excuse me and explain why i should relax. >> newt gingrich is attacking robert mueller, the reality is members of congress on both sides of the aisle find him to be a man of incredible integrity and courage to serve his country but with bravery in vietnam. it's going to take a lot more than a few presidential tweets or newt gingrich to try to smear this very good man.
>> among the mueller hires to date, a former u.s. attorney in the eastern district of virgini virginia. a watergate assistant special prosecutor, has been a democratic contributor. also another democratic donor and deputy assistant attorney general and lisa paige, who serves in the fbi office of the general counsel. when i asked the office of special counsel this morning whether these hires are compromised by politics, a representative noted that federal law prohibits a special counsel from taking political affiliation into its hiring. julie, back to you. >> julie: thank you very much. >> jon: still ahead, a top democrat in the house saying the president wants to take down robert mueller but is criticizing the special counsel the right move? we will debate. plus, g.o.p. senators meeting behind closed doors to craft a
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♪ >> jon: president trump in a slew of tweets over the weekend hinting that he could fire robert mueller who is overseeing the federal investigation of russia meddling into the 2016 election. while some like senator marco rubio believe the president won't do that, a top house democrat disagrees. >> the president wants to take down robert mueller, his lawyer wants to take down robert mueller and the question is why, and i think the answer is they want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever robert
mueller comes up with. they are essentially engaging in a scorched earth litigation strategy and trying to discredit the prosecutor. >> jon: joining me now, former justice department official robert driscoll. is there any question if the president has the power to fire robert mueller he wants to? >> he can fire him through the chain of command just like any other employee of the department of justice. clearly he could do it, whether or not to do it would be much more debatable question. >> jon: it seems like the guy hasn't even really begun his investigation yet, there wouldn't be a good cause for it at this point, with there? >> theoretically he wouldn't need good cause. the political blowback from firing him would presumably be great. and at the end of the day, what serves the president most is to have an investigation that vindicates him. presuming he didn't do anything wrong, he would prefer to have an investigation of his conduct and someone conclude that he
would do that violated the law. preventing that what happening by firing mueller and presumably congress would try to get another special prosecutor appointed would slow down that training. >> jon: you seem to be suggesting that the president should let robert mueller just do his job. >> that would be my advice. i think allies of the president will always criticize the prosecutor, that is straight out of the clinton playbook, the clinton administration spent years demonizing ken starr and it pretty effective. i'm just saying that legally, i would tell the president to simply let the investigation go forward and let his allies do whatever criticism they want to do. >> jon: what about the fact that robert mueller is staffing with a lot of lawyers who have made significant contributions to democratic politicians? >> again, i think allies of the
president can berate that point kind of preemptively, it is a little weak going from president trump who himself made numerous donations to democrats in the not so recent past. i think he is an example of donating democrat, doesn't necessarily mean they are democrat now. it's fine for allies the president to raise that point. i think it's something the president should not focus on. he should be focused like a laser on saying he didn't do anything wrong and the investigation will conclude that when it's done. >> jon: he has said that in the past, that raises the question as to why the president seemed so concerned with the direction that the investigation might be heading. clearly if he hasn't done anything wrong, didn't collude with russia and he says he did not, what is there for him to worry about? >> like a lot of people that aren't lawyers, in some ways they feel for the president. he reads the paper and the paper has bad implications in it.
saying he is guilty, he sees his name in the paper with russia, he wants to push back against that. that is the instinct of a lot of clients when they are under investigation. i think in reality, he needs to take a deep breath and let the process play out and let his lawyers handle it. that is easier said than done especially for a man like donald trump who has overruled his lawyers a lot in the past. >> jon: part of the problem is the fact that there is an investigation underway is going to make headlines and he'll be proven guilty. robert driscoll, formerly with the department of justice, thank you. >> julie: the people of london reacting to yet another terror attack on the streets of the city. what can authorities do in the face of this ongoing threat? we will have new insight and a.
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doesn't even know what is in that legislation, my understanding is that it will be brought forth just immediately before we have to vote on it. this is completely unacceptable. >> julie: that is senator bernie sanders calling out his republican colleagues as they hammer out a health care bill behind closed doors. secrecy behind the ledge legislation raising some serious concerns. democrats will be taking new action against the health care bill tonight. let's bring in our panel. first of all, you hear bernie sanders, he is angry at republicans for holding a secret meeting and not revealing exactly what is in the bill. it is similar to what democrats did when they went ahead and through obamacare on republicans
lapse without necessarily allowing them time to know what's in it or have a chance to fight it. >> the affordable care act was argued in front of the american people for over a year. this is absolute secrecy which is why americans are so fed up with congress. 74% is the number that disapprove of the job congress is doing. they don't want something to be argued over the american people to have input, they want to do the same thing they complained about was nancy pelosi. that is a terrible way to gover govern. >> did the government give the american people a chance to weigh in about how they felt about obamacare? >> they did not as a matter of fact. this fact is, they never read
the bill. the republican bill in the house was 185 pages. contrast that with the size of obamacare, which they never read and unfortunately i am one of those people who spent weeks breaking it down and reading it. they're going to argue about it and have a sit in tonight is how because a sit in is how you advance your policies. by the way, they can claim secrecy. you come out and have a debating committee, bring it out to the floor and take it from there. bernie sanders has no basis her here, and obamacare has failed. we have rate hikes of 21-33% requested for 2018. multiple states, 10 million people, 12 million projected, that's all that his joined obamacare. something needs to be done about
this. >> julie: the approval rating according to some polls actually have obamacare rating higher than it has in the past. perhaps people fear change. but nonetheless, the democrats, let's talk about their plans tonight. senate democrats according to a senior aide are basically coming up with a defense to pose health care, and that begins tonight. what do you make of their plans, which include objecting to all unanimous request from the senate, to making a series of parliamentary inquiries to highlight the difference between the open process use to pass the affordable care act in the process that are but republicans are using right now. >> i support them in this case, it has been since woodrow wilson that we have had this level of secrecy passing legislation. our government is absolutely true and if you look very carefully, this is bad for america. as bernie sanders rightfully
said, one-sixth of the american economy is the medical business right now. it's not health care, i think that is a misnomer. it is a medical industry, a profit making for a lot of companies on the backs of people who need help, who maybe don't have the financial wherewithal to get these things done on their own, to take care of living and health. we focus on -- >> julie: i am going to let david go ahead and weigh in on that. >> you have not read it so you can't tell us what is in it. senator sanders has not read it. >> no one has read it. >> julie: let's let david finish. >> they have not read it, they can't tell you what's in it and what is not in it. by the way, this is the process, this is how it's working out. the democrats did not argue it
for a year around the country. as one of the tea party founders, we argued against the principles. ethan likes to put it up there as we are having this debate. let me ask the democrats something, what will a sit in tonight and congress do but gin up your base and give people absolutely nothing like the empty promises of obamacare? it will leave you with nothing to advance a debate. >> julie: ethan and i will let you reply and then i have a quick question for you. >> everything was a non sequitur or factually untrue. six years of democrats trying to revise obamacare, republicans said no to that. the 185 pages bill is a revision, not new bill. >> julie: let me just go back to the house bill. the president visiting capitol hill last week actually referred to the bill as mean and he is talking about how it might
hurt the elderly, might hurt those with pre-existing condition, might hurt the young people who are relying on their parents coverage. we talk about obamacare and what it was supposed to do. what it was supposed to do is lower premiums, make health care more affordable. it has not done that. >> i actually agree with you, i think it needed help, it needed revision. it was six years of no to any revision or repairs, and now we have something that is not a revision or repairs or repeal, it is something that the president says -- it is downright mean to older people, people of lower socioeconomic status, it will encourage states that have a history of abuse to those who are less well represented to be subjugated again on the --
>> julie: we've got to go. >> we can't go down this road, ethan is going into the world of leftism. things that are abusive to those that are less on the socio-and economic -- you are telling the same leftist nonsense. the facts are that we do need to have something done about this, we have premium hikes and costs through the roof. north carolina and other states, 20 to 30% rates, that's not helping anyone. by the way, you are subsidized on the back of taxpayers which is not a savings, it is simply a shift in the cost. >> julie: all right. >> that is bad economics, it doesn't work just like socialist tendencies. >> julie: i'm going to have to ended there. thank you. >> jon: tensions escalate in
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♪ >> the threat remains very grea great. it is also an organization that continues to direct attackers. the challenge for french authorities and british and german authorities is that you have to deal with individuals in these type of attacks. >> jon: that was tom of the "washington examiner" in our last hour on the threat of lone wolf terror attacks. a man using his vehicle as a weapon plowed into a group of worshipers leaving a mosque. one person died, several more were injured. authorities are investigating this incident as an act of terror.
it must be the kind of thing that keeps you up at night, how do you prevent this kind of thing from hitting one of your clients, from hitting anybody. >> whether it was this latest incident in london, it is pretty clear. possibly in response to the previous extremist attack that took place in london. >> jon: why don't they call it a hate crime? >> technically it is. any incident like this creates terror and gets a certain result. on a theoretical level, it is terror. you can also call it a hate crime. it's horrific and what we don't want is for that to escalate because quite frankly, something like that that just occurred plays right into the hands of
the jihadists. it is not helpful in any way in terms of combating this overall problem globally. >> jon: it plays into their hands in what way? >> just like in iraq and syria and elsewhere, looking to create this incredible violence that wells up in this partisan sort of environment. also the same thing here. the more chaos and hate that they can generate, that is a win from their perspective. it sounds bizarre but it is pretty clear at this point, that is what they are looking to do. that's how they thrive. how do you stop it? the unsatisfactory answer is that you can't. you do everything you can to minimize, you talk about possibly an individual who had very little warning or
communication with others, decides to perpetrate an act of violence. whether it's the incident on the london bridge, think about what that means. somebody who is close to those people who is willing to call the authorities and say there is a problem. >> jon: this attack in london was low-tech, of anna plowing into pedestrians. in paris, there was another attack which is a lot scarier. >> it's more in line with what we have been thinking about, it is apparently fairly well planned out, a vehicle slamming into a police convoy, packed into gas canisters for explosive effect. we've got -- >> jon: he was shot dead, the driver. >> yes, he was.
there's a sense of frustration that has been growing. of these types of attacks are not necessarily new. we have been living with vehicular attacks for decades now. the frequency with which they are happening, the apparent ease that they are carrying these out with his enormously challenging and frustrating for both the intel as well as the general population. people want this to end, i am just being honest when i say you can't stop the sort of attack unless you lock society down. you want to monitor and carry out investigations on every possible individual, you got to change the laws to allow a broader playing field for security services to operate. that's a massive decision. you have to give up a lot of privacy and civil liberties to get to that point. >> jon: mike baker.
>> julie: russia threatening the u.s. after an american war planes shoots down a syrian fighter jet. the jet reportedly dropped bombs near the u.s. moscow warns it will consider u.s.-led coalition planes as targets. hi, connor. >> the already dangerous situation in syria becoming all the more so this weekend, the pentagon says a syrian jet dropped bombs near the u.s., those troops say that the regime has regularly been targeting them. in retaliation, the u.s. military aircraft shot down a syrian jet. the pentagon saying that it
wasn't self-defense essentially, russia also condemning the move and saying that they are now going to cut the communication channel between the u.s. and russia that has been established to prevent these types of incidents. russia saying they didn't not consider any aircraft a potential target. this really speaks to the problem, just how tight a space, how many different aspects of isis are fighting each other. they were ultimately restored, this is the type of situation that people have been looking at. this could really begin to escalate with a lot of planes flying around, a lot of bombs being dropped. the concern is that this could escalate further not only on the ground but tensions between the united states and russia as wel
well. >> jon: back here at home, republican lawmakers working on and ambitious legislative agenda ahead of some recess with health care topping there to-do list. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel keeping an eye on it live from capitol hill. >> pressure is building as senate republicans try to hold the vote on health care reform before the fourth of july holiday. setting a deadline and congress can sometimes produce results. >> that's a pretty quick deadline but we are trying. we made the promise, people in arizona are really hurting. in terms of those on the exchange, completely unaffordable. i do think that we will get tax reform this year, we have two.
>> according to a senior democratic aide starting tonight, democrats will begin objecting to all unanimous request to slow down almost everything. trying to force republicans to publicly defend their strategy, make a series of parliamentary inquiries to highlight differences between obamacare and now. and debate health care on the floor late into the evening in a series of speeches. >> the american people would really like to see us work together on health care and there are plenty of changes that we need to make to the affordable care act, like bringing the prices of prescription drugs down. doing this behind closed doors is actually not what we did with the affordable care act. >> republican leaders insist there will be an opportunity for all senators, both republican and democrat to offer amendments. they need to finalize the bill that could be a consensus and
then pass the senate. >> coming up, we are waiting for alexandria, virginia, police where it we expect to learn more about the gunman who targeted republican lawmakers on the baseball field. practicing for a charity baseball game. injuring congressman steve scalise and other people. prosecutors say they plan on retrying bill cosby on sexual assault charges after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict this weekend. >> if the court allowed your accusers to testify next time, it might make a difference. in other words, it's too early to celebrate, mr. cosby. around two may be just around the corner. and this time, justice may prevail. from the first moment you met
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>> jon: we are awaiting a news conference in alexandria, virginia, 15 minutes from now, police are expected to release more information on the gunman that targeted republican lawmakers on the ballfield that week. the lobbyists expected to make a full recovery, congressman scalise is also recovering, his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. doctors say he shows more signs of improvement, there will be a blood drive from him next week on capitol hill. >> you've probably heard by now, a mistrial in the bill cosby sexual assault case. after six days of deliberation, the 79-year-old comedian spared
from possibly spending the rest of his life in prison. >> the jury did what they were asked to do, which is review the evidence before them and there simply was not enough. >> they came here and deliberated long and hard over the case. the justice lives here in montgomery county. >> criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, all right, let me start with you. this was a very difficult if not impossible case for the prosecution. they had no evidence. this comes down to credibility. they need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this in fact did happen, that she was sexually assaulted, who dropped the ball here? >> there was never a ball to
drop, the only evidence here is the word of the accuser. imagine we are in that jury box, we are tasked with the responsibility of taking a word of a woman from what she remembers from 13 years ago and potentially putting a 79-year-old man in prison for the rest of his life based on her word alone, it was an impossible task which leads me to my next point, why is there going to be a retrial? i think the prosecution should rethink that decision. the prosecution needs to know where the jurors a stand. there was not a unanimous agreement here that bill cosby is guilty of these acts. how do they go into a second trial without knowing exactly where the jurors sit. why aren't they digging and getting inside their heads in order to actually have a successful second trial if that is what they are intending to do, i would assume so. >> they are not allowed to start approaching jurors, jurors can
certainly speak. he campaigned on getting this, he campaigned to elect prosecutors. it was clear the jury was not buying the case, they were asking her read back on virtually all the testimony. the killer, can you give us a definition of beyond a reasonable doubt. the admission of the testimony of ms. johnson, is what we call bad act evidence. that testimony, the appellate courts do not like. if i was a defense, don't be surprised if they don't sit there and tell you that it was so prejudicial that cosby can get a fair trial. you hear lawyers saying now on tv that the judge should admit more. the rules of the game are as follows. you've got to bring the prosecutor over the goal line, you lose the case. >> there is one thing that bill
cosby denied and never admitted. that none of these acts happen, he never drugged anyone of the 60 plus accusers. but here is what they did admit and maybe this was a smart tactic. to sort of win the trust of the jurors, if you will. they admitted that he had an affair, that this affair did happen. how much of that help the defense, knowing that his wife remains by his side, has come forward and announced all these accusers, despite the fact that her husband cheated on her? >> i don't think it's a far stretch for a jury to believe that a celebrity is unfaithful to his wife, i think they are actually okay with that. what is more interesting to me is the fact that his defense was a 6 minutes. they knew that if the 12 people did not believe her hook, line, and sinker they were not getting a conviction and they were righ
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>> hello everyone, i am sandra smith. we are awaiting a press conference on new details of the shooting that injured steve scalise. plus, should congress cancel its summer recess? we will debate that, let us know what you think. and some changes are coming to youtube in an effort to fight online extremism. we'll tell you what those are on
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change that we tried to implement. so far, i have found exactly the opposite. today we've been working with hundreds of talented civil servants, men and women who want to serve their country and see their government do better. we have challenged ourselves to pursue change that will provide utility to americans far beyond our tenure here. together, we have set ambitious goals and empower interagency teams to tackle our objectives. it's working and it's very exciting. we began by analyzing and auditing our current infrastructure. it turns out that federal agencies collectively operate 6,100 data centers. the vast majority of which can be consolidated and migrated to the cloud, something you will know a lot about. many of our federal systems are decades old with our ten oldest being between 39 and 56 years
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deliver. civilian agencies maintain over 1.6 million email addresses beyond credit servers which are made by over 30 different contracts paying on average $20 per user per month. agencies that have migrated to cloud-based email have seen these costs are reduced to as little as $3 per user. our goal here is that simple. we are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen. that is a core promise and we are keeping it. together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before. we will foster a new set of start-ups focused on government technology and be the global leader in the field, making government more transparent and responsive. we are encouraged by the enthusiasm and collective desire to succeed and we have already begun to see many improvements. two weeks ago, secretary shelton
announced a plan to unify the electronic medical systems of the va and the dod. as the two systems incompetence the same set of users, this merger is obvious. however, this has been a major issue for veterans and despite 60 years of failed efforts, the trump administration got it done in less than five months. additionally, the va has already been able to reduce the average wait time for claim establishment from 25 days to eight. he has done an outstanding job and many more great announcements are coming soon. they have eliminated more than 30 outdated and unnecessary technology policies. >> jon: there is the president's son-in-law talking about the administration's efforts to drag the federal government kicking and screaming into the 21st second century,
technologically at least. >> julie: they want to bring focus to that officially when they are debating the health care bill and tax reform, that holds them together, democrats are going to be putting pressure on republicans night. >> sandra: fox news alert but all depressed comments about the baseball practice shooting last week. but she wasn't including steve police. demand. the first allison barber is here with the latest. as barbara, what do you expect to hear from the police say? we expect for them to start seeking any minute. the press conferences can happen in this room over my shoulder here. waiting to hear from the alexandria police department, the fire department, and the shares office. we expect them to discuss their initial response to wednesday's