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again, we are 5-0. meanwhile the congresswoman extended the olive branch to democrats. >> know my commitments extend to everyone of you as well. we may have different beliefs, but we are part of one communit community. the community of the sixth district. >> bill: we are live now in atlanta. >> this raise the profile of this race to the national level. many people are viewing this as an early referendum of the trump administration. this was saturated with political ads. a lot of these ads were very negative. both campaigns received anonymous threats. >> no one should ever feel their
life threatened over their political beliefs. and i say that in regards to both sides. of the political aisle. >> we showed them that we can still build a coalition. we find common ground to move forward. and that's the only way this party will move forward. >> because this special election fills the remaining term, karen handel has a little more than a year to prepare for a potential reelection.
and will have to start campaigning on day one. this will show how serious of a challenge democrats will mount. >> bill: what went wrong with the democratic strategy? >> there's gonna be a lot of monday morning quarterbacking. the strategy began with "make trump furious" a cost of millions of dollars to his campaign. the message made across the district was with a platform of creating jobs. that didn't resonate enough with voters to get elected. >> democrats spent more than $30 million in the sixth district. hillary clinton barely spend a dime on that district.
>> democrats knew they faced an uphill battle in the sixth congressional district. it's been in the republican hands were nearly 40 years. >> bill: thank you. >> shannon: g.o.p. on a winning streak in special elections. another win in kansas and montana. and also south carolina, and georgia. >> washington times opinion editor, we are going to eat you there. if the media portrays donald trump as unpopular, surely the democrats could've won a seat. but no. not once were the democrats able to turn a g.o.p. seat blue. why do they win? >>ç i think the main reason she won was so much money was spent
there. because so much money was spent there, it meant that nobody in the georgia district had any doubts. more people turned out, everybody turned out. and when you have everybody turn out, what you wind up with is a republican in congress. >> bill: the question is what happens next. how do democrats buoy a spirit and press on? they fought for it fiercely. democrats came up empty-handed. they were sorely demoralized in november, and demoralized yet again. and i trump passion visible in protests, marches, money and new volunteers isn't just some theatrical, symbolic abstracting. that's quite a lot.
>> i think it's devastating to them. you can't beat something with nothing. what democrats have right now is this and i trump rhetoric. it's effective in rallying some subsets of democrats. it's not enough to actually win something. you have to stand for something. you have to be more than just the opposition movement. say what you want about donald trump, that's all donald trump won. and that's how barack obama won before him. in donald trump has been very effective that, as well. and the idea that democrats will sneak in there just by being
anti-trump, just look at the health care fight. the republicans are trying to fix obamacare and democrats are refusing to do anything to help fix the bill and system that they created. that's not a recipe for success, and i think the sourcing more than anything else. >> bill: is there an effect on this and republicans in congress? >> i don't know if there is a positive affect. if you didn't have a lawsuit in the media it completely going overboard, the fact that you won't be hearing all that gives republicans a little bit of breathing room. i think it allows them to go back to the negotiating table and try to figure out some of these things. tax reform, they have to get that done.
>> bill: thank you. >> shannon: much more of that coming up in the second hour in the "america's newsroom" ." they're continuing to have these winds, excellent news for the g.o.p. the gap was really close, so was their momentum on the other side? >> bill: i thought yesterday she was really reserved and cautious. mark it down, she's going to win by five points in that district. >> shannon: president trump preparing for a big day today. the president plans on giving remarks on agriculture technology, all part of the administrations technology week. and then, off to in make america
great againç rally. he'll have similar visits to nearby states and ohio and wisconsin. >> bill: we have a jampacked show today. we will talk about the house until committee, that will be talked about one hour from now. we have house carolina republican as a guest. >> shannon: plus the health care bill expected to be ready tomorrow. what's in it? >> bill: and there is more follow after the death of warmbier. one saying the president did not enough.ve y
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>> bill: were awaiting testimony from homeland securit security. that committee continues its own investigation into what happened between russia and the trump campaign. good morning to you. i want to cut through all this first. where are we in where are we going? >> all things criminal, that is the special counsel. that is mueller and not congres congress. we've been asked to answer four questions. what did the russians do in 2016? and whom did they do it with? what was the response during the attacks, and then. most importantly, part of the
intelligence community, when did we know what russia was doing and what was our response? it was clearly before the november election. >> bill: was the fourth thing is not responsible for chris mark >> i be shocked if we asked questions with respect to leaks. i never heard his name connected with any leaks. and i be surprised that that question was asked. >> bill: what happened with the members of the committee yesterday? >> that is an effort to make arlene's completely clear. i want to stay away from what mueller is doing. i don't want to get involved with committee discussions. he has a critically important role to play and i want to get out of his way.
>> bill: did you want to share with us content or context of that conversation? >> i have a lot of respect for him. he did a really hard job in a hyper political environment running a serious investigation. if anyone can do that, i think it would be bob mueller. >> bill: heavy seen evidence of collusion? >> no. he said that he's seen evidence that is more than circumstantial but not direct. he saying there is evidence that doesn't rise beyond reasonable doubt. bob muellers investigation and investigations in the past, we
tend to politicize almost everything. we are 10% into the witnesses that we are going to interview. and we have people saying they seen evidence.ç nothing undercuts the competence of your viewers quite like someone saying i know more than you do. and i'm not going to tell you what it is. >> bill: obstruction of justice, does that stand up today? >> i have no way of knowing. there are key witnesses, one is comey and the other is president trump. >> bill: so you're leaving the door open on that? >> i never closed door until the last one has been interviewed. i think it's reckless to do so. why would i prejudge the outcome of the investigation until it's
over? >> bill: jay johnson will say the following, the government at the direction of the russian government, organized attacks on our nation in order to influence our election. he will also say that there's no evidence of both were changed. this is the key. russian tried to hack and influence, but we don't know how far they achieved their goal. >> that's a really good summary. there is no evidence where voter tallies or voter outcomes were changed. and if russia was successful in their efforts to infiltrate our infrastructure. if we knew this was going on, what did we do about it? all they were doing no is
retrospective. if we knew the russians had done it in the past, and we knew they were doing it in 2016, what was the u.s. government's response? >> bill: clearly you have to ask him that and figure it out. labor day last night, he said you would hope to have this wrapped up. >> we are picking up the pace. there's a number of witness interviews that's already been scheduled. we were a little slow out of the gates, but i think we have that corrected. most important thing is that we agree on the witness list. then you can start constructing the order of the witnesses. during the questioning, we are willing to come up early and stay late. i think we owe it to the american people to do this, and
as sufficiently as you can. >> bill: where are we and where are we going chris mark answer the second question now. >> i hope your viewers can have confidence in answering those questions that we just asked. i'm not qualified to speak to that. >> bill: thank you for your candor. we will see you in 45 minutes. >> shannon: will he be credited in doing what many people thought was impossible. we will tell you who he's going to meet with and the expectation for that trip straight ahead. >> president trump: we are going to fix the military so it is so strong, so big and so powerful that nobody will mess with us. >> bill: now president trump reinforcing his commitment to beef up the military.
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that replaces the nephew as first air. now washington and riata has drawn closer. president trump was just in saudi arabia a month ago. more from the white house coming up shortly. ♪ ç >> president trump: we are going to build our military bigger and stronger than ever before. going to make our military so strong is so powerful, you have no idea what were going to do. nobody will play games with us. they'll be nothing like it, what we can do. c2 president trump has plans to rebuild the u.s. military. many say that cannot come soon enough. north korea is making alarming progress in their nuclear program.
president trump inherited a situation that is dire. this is more serious and complex than it was in more and any time in the last 75 years. thank you for joining us this morning. what do you think, that this is to blame on the past administration? >> we lost a large number of good troops, and we lost the current political climate to fight this war. the fact is, it was a morale issue. when you have the united states military doing things like nationbuilding, the u.s. military's job is to go after bad guys. not nationbuilding. when you put them to a task, you lose morale and motivation. you lose morale and in the chain
of command. we were in dire straits and hopefully president trump can get them back on track. >> shannon: defense secretary matt is said to lawmakers, no enemy in the field has done more harm to comment then sequestration. it took a lot of dollars and cents out of what you can spend, now looking at the army and air force, they are at their lowest resource levels ever. >> what he did was stop providing maintenance costs to equipment, helicopters can no longer fly missions overseas. the prior administration say we had to bring everybody home. the pentagon was saying that over $120 billion was wasted.
spend the money wisely in technology. speak >> shannon: they were sayg that the military did not ask for enough money. now it's up to congress. a lot of people say, congress agrees to this sequestration. they have to turn it around. providing for the defense of america is the most sacred constitutional obligation of congress. if congress fails in this, no entitlement will matter. nothing else they do will matter. >> the defense got 54 billion more dollars into their budget. you can't have an economy, schools, or anything without a
good, strong defense. now we are facing iran, isis, north korea. we are hosting the olympics in south korea soon. >> shannon: there is a piece by the chair of hillary clinton. he is saying that a lot of debate. he says there are authorization issues that need to be revisite revisited. does this mean more to the public? >> i think congress needs to authorize an overall strategy. operation around the world. we don't have a clear definition of the desired end result. we need to define it openly. the american public does not
have the right to know about our war activities. if you want to join the militar military, join them on the battlefield. there are too many opinions out there and oversight. that's why we lost the war on terrorism. >> shannon: we are thankful for the folks that have done that and served. thank you. >> bill: russian relations, are running hot right now. the provocations continued from the kremlin. what this means were a standoff between our president and vladimir putin. also the treatment and death of warmbier. >> we were advised to not upset the north koreans.
>> bill: there's a lot moving at the moment. the hearing on russia and the election of 2016. the fbi and department of homeland security will go on the record in that hearing. then at the top of the hour, will testify on the russian probe. and then we will have more on the shooting last week on scalise. and then we will have paul ryan, who was our guest yesterday on tax reform and health care reform. all of that coming up on this addition of "america's newsroom." >> it's a total disgrace on what happened. if you are brought home sooner, i think the result would've been a lot different. he should've been brought home that same day, the result would've been a lot different.
c2 present >> shannon: the studd captive returns to the u.s. in a vegetative state. also on how china has been trying to help out with north korea. it has not worked out. we will bring in some guest speakers to talk about these issues. thank you for joining us this morning. you are part of the state department at the time, what is your take that you can give us? >> i can assure you that we in the obama state department worked very hard to get warmbier home but tragically we were not able to do so.
we repeatedly raise the issue with the chinese. i'm not sure of the chinese did all the could to get him home. that's one of the big places we need to focus now. he was very involved in this case. tragically we were not able to. and finally the north koreans did send him home because his health took such a turn for the worse. the blame for what happened to warmbier lies with the north koreans and that awful regime this week. >> shannon: so we are talking about if the strategy was the right one and if more or less was done to get him home. >> i would never want to second-guess anything they say
or what the parents were going through. we at the state department were working incredibly hard to get him home. we established this channel to talk with the north koreans, and we wanted the chinese to use their influence to get him home. didn't happen. now we need to talk about the other american still being held. we don't have a lot of leverage to bring on north korea, which is a crazy regime in a lot of ways. >> shannon: we know it was a different strategy with president obama and how that administration handledç this. >> we have to make sure that the mistakes of the past are repeated. we don't have a policy of handling appeasement of
dictators. that's not happening with donald trump. the north koreans were emboldened into taking americans. i don't think he actually committed a crime. we have to learn from mistakes of the past to make sure there are no more of these incidences. congress and the president needs to pass a bill to ban americans from entering that country. there is no good reason for americans to be in north korea. we had to make sure we limit the explosion of americans to be taken hostage. >> i agree with the second part of what he said appeared americans should not be allowed to go to north korea. we do not have a diplomatic presence in the nature of the regime. we are not able to provide the
services to american citizens that we would like to be able to. it is a very dangerous place. i don't think we should play politics with american citizens overseas. there are still three americans being held there, and we'll see how what the plan is to bring them home. >> shannon: here is what he had to say about the issue. >> when the president trump, can help me to bring peace to my land the same way the cold war ended. >> he lays it out exactly for what it is. he stands on principle for what
ronald reagan did. democrats and people in power said that he is a warmonger. it's time for american written leadership, for americans to stand shoulder to shoulder on the principles that we live by, as well. >> shannon: >> russia pushed inn into the previous administration. as the rhetoric heats up, i don't want to what happened yesterday where president trump cannot even say the russians meddled in our election which they did. we haven't seen that yet. when you think about the three americans still there, that is still a huge issue. especially with the way that
warmbiers case unfolded. suffered bruises for their car service. wilbur will announce news and we'll find out what they do. >> shannon: i met him years ago when he was starting the business. he was bold and aggressive. confidence helps in this situation. g.o.p. senators talking about the new health care bill rollo. the sender will join us next. will they get the votes to pass it? >> bill: democrats now 0-4 and specialç elections. what that means, next.
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failing, and not working for people. we want a better system in place. >> bill: paul ryan yesterday saying that about the health care bill. of all could happen in about a week's time. welcome back to the "america's newsroom." you have not seen the bill, correct? >> no. i've been involved in all discussions about it. we know what the issues are. we've been studying this issue for the past seven years. i serve on the senate finance committee, and since obamacare, we've had over 30 hearings on the issue. we've been deliberating this for a longtime. now we are putting it in writing and turning the page on a failed law.
>> bill: i remember a similar claim by republicans seven years ago. legal we are having meetings and working through the policy issues and trying to make decisions. we are trying to get a consensus among republicans. democrats have expressed no interest whatsoever in participating in this. we have higher costs, fewer choices for people around this country. that's what obamacare is brought today. so we believe we have an obligation to try and fix this mess. we are moving forward and have a bill tomorrow. we are hoping to have the american people see what's in that bill, and we been debating these issues are for a longtime so there's nothing new here. see >> bill: how will this make
health care in america better? how will this fix the problems of obamacare? >> it will stabilize the market markets. we have a large portion of this country with few options. there is no competition when you have one option. also we need to approve affordability of health care in this country. we seen the rates more than double for some people in the last four years. for people in south dakota, we want to offer affordability, and preserve the protections for pre-existing conditions. we want programs that will benefit their population and protect the people who really need it. those are our objectives and all this. i think we can get there. it's a process, and it's not
easy because we have members in different places. these issues that i mentioned, people have different views and perspectives. we are trying to bring those issues to the service, and i hope that when we vote on his bill, we have the 50 votes that are necessary to pass this. >> bill: i'm looking at senators in states where medicaid expansion took place, what does failure to repeal and replace mean to the reporting party? >> to me is not an option. we have to get this done. the house has passed their version of this, and now it's up to the senate to do our work. and get a bill on the president's desk. that's what this is all about. it's rescuing people from a failed system that's led to
skyrocketing cost and fewer options. it failed and is unacceptable. we have to get done. >> bill: that's a binary choice then, it's either obamacare or another system. >> it's either the alternative or this current system that isç collapsing. those are the alternatives and from us. >> bill: thank you. please come back. >> shannon: the leadership is pushing an ambitious deadline and trying to get this bill done. if it does, there's potential trouble leading in the house. we will discuss what the senate will kick back to the house.
>> shannon: the trump administration and barks and intensive round of middle east peace making. arriving in jerusalem to meet with israeli prime minister. in an effort to revive peace efforts. joining us live from juneç the. >> he'll be meeting with prime minister right now. he's meeting with him right now. before he met with the israeli
or palestinian officials, he met with the arab-israeli police of. like previous convoys, kershner is walking into a volatile atmosphere. israeli prime minister discusses new settlements in the west ban bank. both palestinian authorities and the trump administration blasted the israeli move. israeli construction there is not helpful in the peace process. the present is moving forward with the ultimate deal, and that's where kershner is here to try to bring to the table. and what exactly they are going to talk about in terms of a new deal. it is not really clear, neither
israeli or palestinian officials don't have a lot of information from the white house. in terms of what they are looking for. there are a lot of questions that need answers. and as far as how it will look like for the trump administration leading the process. they're likely to and in the same failures that we've seen here. the real question is what exactly will this bring? >> bill: there is a lot of movement in the next hour waiting on the russian investigation. speaker ryan after his party one back to races last night. plus, we will talk to the rnc chair, house freedom caucus member. it will talk about the senate health care bill, and how the
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>> shannon: an action-packed morning in our nation's capital. the fbi is about to give an update on last week attack on republicans at the baseball field. also the testimony about testimony on russian interference on the election. also the republicans weekly news conference. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom." >> bill: here we go as we monitor all of these events this hour. the fbi in front of the microphones. it was a week ago at this hour that we were still absorbing the news as far as what happened to steve scalise.
and now we have more information as far as what they discovered in their investigation. >> standing with me are my colleagues, the fbi member. chief mike brown of the alexandria police department. and the chief of the united states capitol police. and that special agent in charg charge. first and foremost, we continue to wish those who sustained injuries and affected by the shooting. also we want to commend the first responders. who came on scene while he was still dangerous to provide medical assistance and transport the injured.
i want to underscore that the investigation is active and evidence collection is ongoing. we are investigating the shooting in alexandria, and we will share as much information as possible without compromising the investigation. at this time, the fbi has assessed that the deceased shooter hodgkinson acted alone. also there is no evidence of terrorism. this wasn't assault on a member of congress and an insult on an officer. we provide the fbi's update >> thank you, and i just want to reiterate on all of those that stand behind me, our thoughts
and prayers are with the families on the victims they continue to recover. i am the special agent in charge of the washington field office. in the past week, the fbi and law enforcement partners have actively worked to get a greater understanding of the movements of the deceasedç shooter james hodgkinson. in march 2017, the shooter told a family member that he was traveling to washington, d.c. he did not provide any additional information on the travels. fbi analysis shows that he google searched areas in the greater virginia area. prior to the travels, local police were called to his residence due to complaints of target practice on his property.
however, law enforcement determined that he did not violate any state laws at that time. the shooter prior criminal record includes a charge of domestic violence in 2006. while the shooter was not known to have a history of diagnosed mental illness, she is known or it was known to have a anger management problem. evidence collection so far indicates that the shooter has been in the alexandria area in march 2017. on the morning of wednesday jung in his vehicle at the ymca. he exited his vehicle with two weapons. one being in rifle, and a 9mm
handgun. the shooter approached the baseball field, where practice for the congressional game is taking place. acting alone, the shooter and his weapon in the vicinity of where members of congress and staffers were standing. immediately adjacent to the field were to united states capitol police special agents who were detailed to a member of congress and who engaged the shooter. alexandria police department officers responded to the scene of shots fired, and also engaged the shooter who was reported down at 7:14 a.m. the fbi and acs has determined the shooter purchased his weapons in march 2003 and is 9-millimeter handgun in novembel
firearms licenses. our investigation determined that there are magazines in the rifle, and showcasing for that rifle on the scene. the rifle was found to have been modified. we have processed property at three separate locations on and in the shooter. the vehicle, a storage unit is home in illinois. the shooter, we found a piece of paper with six members of congress. note content was obtained on this paper, but a review of his web searches found two of those members. a second document with a rough sketch of several streets in washington, d.c., was found on
him, as well. we have determined this was not of investigative significance. in april, 2017, the shooter rented a storage unit in alexandria in which we found a laptop computer, in excess of 200 rounds of ammunition, a receipt for a november 2016 gun purchase and an additional rifle component. through a review of activity log in the storage facility, we determined the shooter visited the unit more than 43 times between april and june. everyç day between june 4th and june 14th. the morning of the shooting, he arrived at the storage unit at 6:23 a.m. and departed at 6:35 a.m. in the shooter's vehicle, located at the scene of the
shooting, we found another laptop computer, a cell phone, and a digital camera. fbi analysis of the electronic media discovered, which i will know it is still ongoing, we did not reveal that the shooter posted anything online of threats or references to members of congress or the congressional baseball game itself. the shooter made numerous posts on the social media accounts about anti-republican views, however those posts appeared to be under first amendment protection rights. the morning of the incident, the shooter asked if they were republican or democrat's on the baseball team. it was responded that this was a republican event appeared in the shooter remained at the baseball field. analysis of the shooter laptop
computers showed online activity the night before the shooting. no internet searches were discovered on the morning of the shooting. the internet searches included google maps of alexandria and his home in illinois. and the google search showed the 2017 republican convention. the shooter access to one of his online financial accounts and one of his facebook accounts which he visited two local news highlights appeared he frequented libraries in alexandria, however, he was unable to use the library computers as he was a nonresident and therefore not eligible for a library card. analysis of the shooter's phone
showed that he checked email and utilized text messages. family members stated that the shooter contacted them on monday, june 12th. on the shooter's phone, maybe i found photographs and videos taken between april 11th and april 26. >> bill: critical statements by the fbi. we've been waiting for details for weeks now. while that's happened, we have jay johnson's testimony now as to the russian election and what the previous administration was doing once they knew russia was trying to metal with things. >> shannon: we understand that he went straight to questions and answers underway.
>> the crime, law enforcement and fbi felt vulnerability in the system. the way i would like to explain it publicly was when i was in office, james comey, on a personal level with jim, we worked well together. i knew him for 28 years. on a personal level, on the top of those agencies, we worked well together. we were always fully coordinate coordinated, can i say, no. the process seemed to be working well. the fbi briefer there was with me, gave his assessment and what the fbi came back with was. i spelled out in my opening
statement, my prepared statement, thw first time i recall hearing about the hack into the dmc, i recall that it's been some months before i was learning of this, that the fbi and dnc have been in contact with each other about this. and i wasn't very happy to be learning about this several months later. >> there's two things going on. the dnc hack. what was the delay in the hacks, and the various voter registration systems. who discovered that, and how long was there a delay between that and your analogy? how is that the way between the infrastructure that we are
concerned? >> the fbi first discovered the intrusion into the dnc. and i recall very clearly that there was a delay between that initial contact with the dnc and when the report got to me. it may have been that there were others at the staff level that knew about this before filtered up. that's my recollection. >> that's ignore the dnc at the moment. when was the russian infiltration discovered, and who discovered it? >> my recollection was that the initial discovery of the voter
registration was discovered in late august, in my mind. and my recollection was that when it was discovered, that information came to me and other senior people pretty quickly. >> it's one thing for the director and secretaries to have working relationships, institutionalizing that is what we are about. is the system of notification between the fbi, is there any pediments to that working? >> in my observation, it works pretty well. but it could be improved very definitely. when it comes to leaders of both organizations, i think it works
pretty well together, in my three years but there were glitches. there were emphasis that we did not communicate as effectively as we could. >> so as we assure the american public with respect to the election, and what we do going forward, he said in her opening statement, that to your knowledge there was no vote tallying changes, no one's vote was skewed. is that your opinion with respect to the election and intrusions did not affect the voting itself? >> based on everything i know, that is correct. i did not know votes were altered or suppressed in any way. >> in elections moving forward,
you mentioned that the voting system is critical infrastructure, and why that is important in your mind. >> critical infrastructure receives priority, and the cyber security that's number one. there's a certain level of confidence and0confidentiality that goes into that department. and when you are part of critical infrastructure, thou shall not attack critical infrastructure in another country. those were the principal reasons to do this. they are 16 sectors already considered critical infrastructure. and in my opinion, this was a no-brainer. this probably should have been done years before. >> does that include the parties
related to the infrastructure related to the candidates hashtag >> ? >> it's related to the political infrastructure and itself. >> thank you mr. chairman. in the late summer of last year, it was apparent that the russians were doing more than just a gathering foreign. they were in fact dumping it away designed to affect outcomes. not to affect machines necessarily, but affecting american opinion. so that happened in late summer, mid to late summer. why did take the administration so long to realize that the
russians were meddling with the election? >> i'm going to disagree with your premise that there was a delay. this was a big decision, and there were a lot of considerations that went into i it. this was an unprecedented step. first as you know well, we have to carefully consider whether d classifying information and sources and methods. secondly, there was an ongoing election. that had to be carefully considered. one of the candidates as you recall, was predicting that the election was going to be rigged in some way. so we were concerned that by making the statement, we might in of itself, challenging the integrity of the election process.
this was a very difficult decision but in my personal view, it's something we had to do. we had careful consideration on the discussion. my view was that we needed to do it, and need to do it before the election as far as what we knew and saw. and i'm glad we did it. every congressman, every big decision i've made in my time, somebody always criticizes you for doing it, and somebody else criticizes you for not doing it sooner. so when we made the statement on october 7th, i'm glad we did. i think the larger issue is that it did not get the public attention that initiative. the press was focused on the release of the access hollywood video, so that made our news below the pole news.
>> there were certain allegations by one of the campaigns that the process was rigged. the allegation wasn't that it was being rigged by a foreign power. why wasn't it more important to tell the american people the length and breath of what they are doing to interfere with the election? didn't the public have a compelling need to know, notwithstanding the claims made by the campaign of a different kind of rigging? and the need to rebut the idea that this was deliberately influencing theç outcome. >> we were in a position to tell the american public everything we knew at that date. we were not then in a position
to attribute, we did say he was coming from a russian platform at that point. at that point we told the public everything we believed we could tell them, and i'm glad we did. so the priority of informing the american public did override, which is why we did. >> >> bill: so a warning came o, and they made it public and a thought hard about it. he did not get the public attention it was looking for, because that was the evening that the access hollywood tapes came out. so that testimony is critical right now. we do >> shannon: we will be discussing the house elections yesterday.
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an eye on the house republicans leaders, coming to the podium at any moment now. meanwhile republican leaders confident that they will hold a vote on the health care bill next week. so far nobody has actually seen it. and there are issues awaiting on the other side if this bill passes. thank you for being with us. you're also a member of the republican committee, and they sent a letter to mitch o'connell saying that they want to see it. they have great concern. if some of those concerns that you have in the senate come to fruition, can this thing pass in the house? >> i think people are rushing to judgment. with the administration and some of our senate colleagues. in less than 24 hours, we will see it.
when that happens. there will be great debate. we need to make sure that we prioritize a few things. we cover pre-existing conditions. i am concerned of some of what we are hearing at this point. i think it's too early to put a fork in it and say it's done. i'm optimistic that after it's rolled out tomorrow, that we will have a whole lot of discussion. we will talk to some of our senate colleagues about adding in last minute things. >> shannon: let's talk about a couple of things in play here. waivers which are critical. if those are stripped out or in some way watered down by the senate, how does that fare in the house? >> i think that is problematic if we don't address it in another way.
that's one of the main drivers, to drive down premiums. i can tell you that senator cruz as something that is called a consumer choice option. if that were in there, then we could work at the waivers in a different light. so we are not tied to one particular vehicle as much as the result. we need to make sure we get that resolved, and americans moms and dads on main street that their premiums come down. >> shannon: how would they vote on a measure, that is critical for them as well. the senator was with us, saying that this is going to be binary
chores, either you vote for what is in front of you or keep obamacare. how contentious is the issue of planned parenthood funding? >> we've had to binp choices before, and neither one was binary. i can't say that if planned parenthood was pulled out of there, that we would lose too many votes on the house. the message needs to be clear for us our senate colleagues. one senator voted on this already, so that should not be the litmus test as to whether this will pass. >> shannon: so seven years of promising the voters of something will be done. yet the senate, the house and the white house. there are some who would say that if this doesn't get done in the next couple weeks, the
health care repeal effort would be abandoned. how do you answer those voters if something doesn't get down to obamacare? >> one, something will be done. in the next seven weeks, we will put something on the president's desk to make sure we repeal and replace obamacare. we are laser focused on that, on tax reform, making sure we build a wall on our southern border. those three things have to get done. that's our commitment to the american people. we are going to help the president accomplish that. i would suggest that any people were saying that were not going to get it done, are not really listening to the reality on capitol hill. i'm optimistic in the next seven weeks that the president will be able to sign something. >> shannon: all right, thank you for your time. we will check back. >> bill: meantime, big talks today with either u.s. and china
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>> bill: talking about syria, this is a thick matter now. good morning. thank you for your time today. russia, u.s., ironic, isis, we are going to show our viewers what we are picking up. go on and correct this analysis if necessary. the thinking right now is the headquarters for isis today, on the bank of the syrian river. don't flight west of the euphrates river. our field of operations is now starting to squeeze itself down to the southeastern part of syria. and it's starting to confront iranian forces. and the reason for that is because if you go to the east of northern iraq and off the map into iran, iran's sphere of influence, they can go to iran
and iraq through syria, and lebanon where we have been operating for decades now. so if you look at that and take it a bit further, you can see the influence that iran is trying to have. tell us about this and what we need to understand about that strategy and how we fit into that. >> you made it out exactly righ right. it is, the most important thing that we in the west have to recognize is that they have their strategy, and they have a master plan. we look at syria and worry about the russia, u.s. confrontation, that's very important. russia really doesn't want conflict, they're trying to bluff. who wants us to fight, the iranians do.
iran has been masters of manipulating russia. their vision is for us to be out, the russians in them to be under control, and that sphere of inference that you described very well. >> bill: it appears that we give russia a lot of credit. from hacking our elections and who knows what. it appears that we give iran a lot of credit. is this justified? >> yes, because they play weak hands very well. we keep getting backed into a corner because we are not thinking long term. the iranians past a certain point, will show common sense, we hope. but the iranians want us in the russians shooting at eachç oth. that betters their interest. look at what happened in the last several days.
that syrian plane that we shut down, yesterday we had to shoot down an iranian arm drone approaching u.s. armed forces. before that, we shutdown other iranian objects. so they want to push us to retaliate against the syrian government. >> bill: the back story here is iran. we want to illustrate that for our viewers. you wrote this in "the new york post" this week. it doesn't sound like the cold war that i remember. it sounds worse. again and again over the past decade, russian core is balding for the world championship. you also just said that russian
interests do not want that. >> the russian military, at least in the open media, prudent controlled media is allowing things to be said. that might be part of the bluff, but the problem is that things can spin out of control very quickly. one trigger pulled, and think single while. so the russian leader is playing a multilevel game. so they are much more upfront, and there's so much that can go wrong here. look beyond the russians, and iran. iran is at the forefront. >> bill: thank you, thanks for being back.
>> it's a tough day for democrats and the losses that we have realized. but we are hopeful and looking at these results, and all of the special elections thus far has seen dramatic shifts in the percentage of losses that we've taken in the past. that is really turned around dramatically. >> shannon: big victories for republicans in the white house and crushing defeats in georgia.
the most expensive races in history. thank you and good to see you this morning. >> great to be here. >> shannon: so we are playing a bite there, we noticed that nancy pelosi didn't come today. not a good day for her. >> yeah, i listened to what he said. they were rejected solemnly in georgia. spending $23 million being invested in a race, they were all in and came up short. republicans in georgia sent a message that they want people to come to washington and work with this president and help his agenda.
>> shannon: so the gaps have tightened in these special elections. trump won that state by 26 points. in georgia, he won significantl significantly. now is the seed that tom price came up in last year. in south carolina last night, that was a lot closer than what we expected. a three-point when there. last year, he won by more than 21 percentage points. does it were you in 2018? >> i don't interpret that closing gap, and special elections, you don't have other races driving the ticket. if you look at the margins at
anything other than the circumstances of that special election. republicans won in every single one. the democrats competed, they came, they brought $23 million into georgia and they lost. all they are talking about right now is obstruction, resistance, and going against the president. republicans are talking will jobs and wages, and helping president trump, and repea&ng and replacing obamacare, and that's what voters want across the country. >> shannon: fox and viewers had this piece on foxnews.com. i want to say what he said, they were continue to serve the people well moving i had elections.
this put democrats in prime position, specifically speaking, how do you see them in 2018? >> in georgia, we had a robust ground game. we were knocking on doors every day. we know our voters, and continue to build on that, and we think we can pick up senate seats in 2018. what voters or the media needs to recognize that donald trump message is resonating. he is saying we need to improve our economy and add jobs and wages. and fix the health care system that is falling apart and crumbling every day. that is what's resonating with voters. they are sending republicans to washington to help the president. and they're going to continue to do that and continue working on behalf of the american people. democrats have no vision, and
that's the reason they've lost these last elections. >> shannon: we talked quite a bit about the senate and the bill they are going to put forth tomorrow. there is real concern whether a measure will actually make it to the president's desk, primarily because division within the g.o.p. how much do you worry about that impacting in 2018 if they cannot get that across the finish line? >> i'm optimistic about the senate bill being put out. there's going to be ample time to review it. i think everyone should organize this, republicans and democrats. by 2018, you can have 40% of the colonies in america with only one insurer. that gives insurers the ability to raise premiums. this is something that has to be fixed. republicans are working on it every day. democrats have walked away from
any negotiations and not helped fix the problem that they created. this is something we have to get done. our voters needed and are concerned in the states are suffering. we are going to have to lead and solve this problem so americans can find some relief. >> shannon: so you had to oversee these efforts related to the special. how does it feel waking up this morning basically 4-4. >> she's a great candidate and will represent that district well. it was a team effort. our parties working really well together in the special elections, and karen is the first woman republican to ever represent georgia. i'm thrilled to have her come to washington and lead with us and represent her state. >> shannon: and having one won
one of the most expensive races in u.s. history. >> bill: what are you working on john? >> we have testimony from former director of homeland security. saying that russia did not alter any ballots in election, but did affect the u.s. with talk to senator john mccain about russia, the dangerous situation in north korea, and health care vote coming up in the senate. >> bill: police are on theç scene, responding to something we do not know. an officer in critical conditio condition. the airport's calls and has this story develops, we will give you the information. also a new debate over your
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>> bill: there is an ivy league controversy at harvard university. apparently students and what they posted during an online chat. all of this sparking debate on free speech. join us live in cambridge, massachusetts, . that's a pretty serious matter, but wed led to this? >> one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in america, harvardç university, they were caught exchanging
images in the chat room summit being homophobic and anti-semitic. harvard's own professor of law, describes the punishment being jay corneas. >> since i got to harm her stomach harvard, i think this violates the first amendment spirit. >> harvard declined a request to speak publicly. however the school does hold the right to withdraw the admissions, including moral character. >> bill: this doesn't happen often. >> researchers say that is pretty rare for the university
to have her stomach the offer rd it. we had a chance to speak with the cofounder of sparks admissions, and she said that this does not surprise her. she wouldn't be surprised if other institutions do the same. it is not about free speech, it's about character and a lot of these elite institutions have a code of conduct. >> bill: thank you, and the lesson here is watch what you d do. >> shannon: and the leading doesn't really do anything, does it? okay, we are keeping a close eye on homeland security testimony on russia. that going on now. in the latest news and that as we get it. ç
the >> shannon: another busy. democrats came out and said don't read too much into last night's loss in georgia. we did see nancy pelosi. >> bill: and paul ryan was out. jay johnson still taking questions about the election. >> shannon: it never ends. >> bill: see you tomorrow. bye-bye. >> jon: meal ticket from here with a fox news alert. the former homeland security saying clearly that russia tried to sway the election and that vladimir putin clearly ordered it. >> julie: i'm julie banderas. that is the focus of former homeland security jay johnson's testimony. the house-senate intelligence community holds hearings into russian interference in the 2016 election. the former secretary saying there is no doubt in his mind about moscow's intention. >> the russian government