Skip to main content

tv   The Story With Martha Mac Callum  FOX News  October 25, 2017 4:00pm-5:00pm PDT

4:00 pm
. >> digging up dirt is part of what campaigns do. it's a dirty truth of politics. the 2016 presidential race, first the gop paid a firm called fusion gps for dirt on candidate trump. after the primary, the clinton camp started paying them. that's when the project went international. they paid a british spy. even the fbi led by james comey considered paying fusion gps for more dirt on mr. trump. president trump commented on the revelations today from the white house. >> don't forget, hillary clinton totally denied this. she didn't know anything. she knew nothing. now they found out.
4:01 pm
what i was amazed, it's $6 million that they paid and totally phony. i call it fake news. it's disgraceful. >> but perhaps the biggest question in all of this, did the obama administration use that unverified dossier as the basis for launching the russia probe? good evening. from washington d.c. tonight, i'm martha maccallum. that is where this story begins. chief national correspondent ed henry joins us now with more of the story. hi, ed. >> martha, good to see you. that's the big question. did this dossier funded by republican and democratic opponents of president trump lead to the special counsel probe of the trump campaign? we don't know the answer but getting closer thanks to devin nunes that issued a subpoena for the bank records of fusion gps run by glenn simpson. that led to the law firm perkins
4:02 pm
couey revealing the firm worked with the dnc and hillary clinton's campaign to fund that unverified set of allegations against the president during the general election. now all eyes are on the fbi and james comey. last october at the end of the campaign, the former british spy hired by fusion gps, christopher steele, approached the fbi with this dirt. "the washington post" said that steele reached an agreement with the fbi for the bureau to pay him to continue his work. there have been reports the fbi ended up not paying steele. republican charles grassley has been pressing the fbi to answer questions about why comey briefed president-elect trump on the dossier. ultimately leading to the naming of robert mueller to investigate the team of the president who is
4:03 pm
lashing out at all of this. >> it was made up. i understand they paid a tremendous amount of money. hillary clinton always denied it. the democrats always denied it. now only because it's going to come out in a court case, they said yes, they did it. they admitted it. they're embarrassed by it. it's a disgrace. >> now the president and his allies are less eager to talk about another key fact. the dossier was initially paid for by an unnamed republican candidate challenging the president in the primaries. today the president acknowledged that this may have started with a republican rival. pressed on which republican dirt paid for it? he says he has one name in mind but wouldn't share that just yet. martha? >> that will probably come out eventually. thanks very much. as ed henry said, the big question about the dossier is was this questionable research used as a basis for the fbi's
4:04 pm
russia investigation. here now, peter king, member of the house intel committee. congressman, good to have you with us in washington. obviously all campaigns do opposition research, right? that's what democrats are saying. >> in one way or another, yeah. >> so nothing wrong with it? >> what is totally wrong about this here, whether or not it was used by the fbi or the justice department as a basis to get warrants, listening in on phone calls, whether or not that was used -- >> do you believe it was? >> we're not getting an answer from the fbi. we're being stone-walled. that is very, very suspicious. as to why -- they tell us right out no but they're not saying that. raises serious questions. the fact that james comey was pedalling this around. when he showed this to president trump and hours later it was leaked, this seems like part of a contrived effort -- the irony is, when they talk about the russian influence of the trump campaign -- i'm on the
4:05 pm
committee. there's no evidence of that. but he didn't have personal ties to the kremlin or russia, steele being the author of this phony dos yeah and every fact we can check turns out to be untrue. we have michael cohen in. he's rebutted everything on this. he has a passport showing that he wasn't there. totally phony. it was being -- james comey took this seriously. they were going to pay him. he showed us the president-elect of the united states knowing that it was going to be leaked out? >> do you know if when he showed that information to the president he said, you know, this was paid for by opposition people originally by somebody that was a never trumper and later, when they brought in christopher steele with the democratic chapter, it was paid for by them. do you think that was mentioned to the president? >> no. i think he gave it to him -- >> as if it's the real deal. >> he said you should know this
4:06 pm
is what people are saying about you. if kennedy did that or johnson, they said that was his way of blackmailing the president. >> but now you have a new attorney general, new fbi director. why are they not being forthcoming -- >> i hope that will. chairman nunes has been meeting with people. cute be a bureaucratic resistance built in. they have to. we should. there's no reason not to. no political reason, no legal reason, no moral reason not to give all of the facts certainly to the intelligence committee about this dossier. >> so you say you're part of the investigations going on. you mentioned michael cohen who you have spoken to. where do you think this is lead something is there more to this investigation than perhaps violations by paul manafort or michael flynn? >> yeah. but that has nothing to do with the campaign. and general flynn and paul manafort whatever they get accused of -- right now it's beyond the campaign, this is about their own lobbying efforts
4:07 pm
or lack of reporting. has nothing to do with the trump campaign. i said michael cohen, his public statements. nothing that we heard contradicted anything he said publicly. >> good to know. >> thank you. >> good to see you, sir. so once this story broke, democrats were very quick to jump on it and down play the findings. >> i think it's important to remember that a, opposition research happens all the time in campaigns. >> all of this to me is unfortunately a distraction from the things that we need to be doing. >> we have a lot of work to do in terms of a lot of the claims in the dossier. but i don't think it really adds much value to know who paid for it necessarily. >> here now with more, caley and zach. first up to bat here, you listen to those democrat responses. the same people that are very
4:08 pm
fired up about seeing if there's any connection between the trump campaign and russia seems to think this is no big deal and shouldn't be a focus when the shoe is on the other foot. >> we need to look at -- there's a lot of hay being made out of this. i think the reason is very clear, this is an attempt to undermine the fbi at a time when the special counsel investigation is picking up steam. they're getting closer and closer. we believe indictments are coming down soon. >> how do you know that? >> every indication we have from the special counsel and from the reports coming out, that's what it feels like. i could be wrong. the increased activity from republican partisans say this investigation is heating up, not cooling down -- >> let me ask you something. so the question is whether or not there was influence, attempts to influence the united states election, right?
4:09 pm
>> yes. >> why does it matter if the influence was pressed upon the democrats or on the republicans? you seem to be very concerned about it when it's the potential of a republican connection, but not so concerned when it's a democrat connection. >> there's a massive difference between collusion between a campaign and a government trying to help someone win and sources that are trying to blow the cover or blow the story up about how the russians are trying to collude with the campaign to help them win. those are two very different things. there's only -- >> kristin, let me ask you. are they different? what do you through? >> yeah, zach is playing this game democrats have played the last eight years where they point to the trump campaign, allege collusion falsely. dianne feinstein said this was based on rumors and newspapers. that's the truth. zach, i can't let you down play this. for a year, the democrats, hillary clinton, the dnc lied to us.
4:10 pm
magg maggie haberman said i was lied to by the funders of this dos yeah for a year. they lied. why? we need to get to the bottom of it. >> i wasn't in the room when the decision was made about whether or not to talk about this. i didn't know about the dossier until after the campaign. if i did, i would have advocated for a press conference and hire a sky writer to every line in the sky about it. the underlying premise of the dossier is that. the russians intervened in the election to help donald trump win. this is not a controversial fact. this is trump's own cia director, the director of national intelligence agreed to this fact. >> so collusion -- before i let you guys go, i need to ask you, why the rnc put out a statement with part of "the washington post" story and neglected to include the part that said originally this was paid for by a never trumper, one of the
4:11 pm
candidates that was going up against donald trump in the primary? >> the rnc were limited by a clause that said we can't send out full articles. we picked the highlights. the fact that the clinton campaign likely lied. by the way, zach, i have to say, if you and brian fallon said you would have been screaming from the rooftops about this, the facts are, you didn't. the facts are no one didn't. you lied. nobody screamed -- >> i'll do a dramatic reading in front of trump tower right now. let's meet there. >> okay, zach. >> thank you, guys. >> thank you. >> good to see you. so coming up tonight, this -- >> he did the smart thing for himself. he can get out gracefully. >> so senator flake is out and now it's a show down at the o.k. corral in arizona. steve bannon and mitch mcconnell
4:12 pm
backing different horses in that race. expect this around the country. who will win? plus a big vote for tax reform. congressman steve scalise is the whip. are the votes there? he joins me next. it's the worst drug crisis in the history of our country. the people at the center of fixing it next. >> you know the implication of what you're saying, that these big companies knew that they were pumping drugs into american communities that were killing people. that's a fact. that's exactly what they did.
4:13 pm
hi. so i just got off the phone with our allstate agent, and i know that we have accident forgiveness. so the incredibly minor accident that i had tonight... four weeks without the car. okay, yep. good night. with accident forgiveness, your rates won't go up just because of an accident. switching to allstate is worth it. youjim! you're in! up justmaking tough choices.nt. but when you have high blood pressure and need cold medicine that works fast, the choice is simple. coricidin hbp is the only brand that gives powerful cold symptom relief without raising your blood pressure. coricidin hbp. our guests can earn a free night when they book at and stay with us just two times?
4:14 pm
fall time. badda book. badda boom. pumpkin spice cookie? i'm good. book now at
4:15 pm
don't put off checking out your medicare options until 65. now is a good time to get the ball rolling. medicare only covers about eighty percent of part b medical costs. the rest is up to you. that's where aarp medicare supplement insurance plans insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company come in. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they could help save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. taking informed steps really makes a difference later. that's what it means to go long™.
4:16 pm
call now and request this free decision guide and explore the range of aarp medicare supplement plans. all plans like these let you choose any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp. call now and request your free decision guide... and start gathering the information you need to help you go long™. >> he was against me from before he ever knew me. he wrote a book about me before i ever met him, before i heard his name. his poll numbers in arizona are so low that he couldn't win. i don't blame him for leaving. he did the right thing for himself. >> martha: that was president trump earlier today firing back at senator jeff flake after the republican stunned congress by announcing he will not seek
4:17 pm
re-election in 2018 speaking out about the president for him is a matter of duty an conscious. pundits on the left say the quartet of mccain, flake and corker speaking out about the coarse politics of the trump era is a huge wake-up call. but is it really? if you cannot get elected, you can't effect change. here's katie pavlich, austin goul goulsby. there's been a lot of outcry and eloquence of people that stepped forward. the problem is, if there's not in sync with what the voters want in their state and they can't get elected, it's going to be tough for them to be effective. >> a lot of talk about the feud between donald trump and jeff flake. yes, that exists. there's a personality conflict there. at the end of the day, the
4:18 pm
people of arizona did not approve of jeff flake and the people of arizona didn't want to re-elect him. i made some phone calls to ask people why they don't like him. some of the responses they got is he ran as a conservative and abandoned us as soon as his plane hit the ground in d.c. he's spoken critically against president trump than he did about president obama. that's something that people don't like. there's guilt by association. jeff flake is part of an establishment senate that has failed to repeal obamacare. and obamacare is failing in arizona, this is coming from the people there. although it's been playing out in a public space. >> it has. >> martha: austin, what do you make of that argument? >> you know, i think katie makes a decent point. if you can't win the republican primary, you can't go to the senate. that's the reality. >> martha: that's the bottom line. >> there is a wake-up call
4:19 pm
potentially here though for president trump, too. on one hand, i bet president trump is feeling good. he's like look, this guy criticized me and i crushed him. but the thing is, if he generates either a, sufficient opposition to his policies among all of these senators that are going to retire, that they block his agenda or if actually he generated sufficient anger that flake or kasich or something that decided to run against trump in the primary, challenge him. but believe me, from the history of the democratic party when your party turns on itself and challenges the sitting president, you'll have a hard time. >> martha: we remember that scenario. jeff flake he said he doesn't think president trump should be removed from office after all that. >> if he's dangerous for democracy, do you think he should be removed from office? >> i don't think those remedies
4:20 pm
are justified. i don't. high crimes and misdemeanors, people talk about impeachment on the left. i don't think that's the direction to go. >> martha: that led to a lot of outrage from people on twitter. one blogger saying you should make your mind up, jeff. either he's a threat of likely causing world war iii or he's not. trump is the new mccarthy but let's not impeach him. >> to go from retiring early to we should ask jeff flake to leave the charge of impeaching the president, even though there's no crime is absolutely ridiculous and will draw more people towards donald trump because again, the left is on 110% outrage scale all of the time, which means things are serious. so in terms of the policies here, this is a personality conflict. if you look at jeff flake's voting record, he voted 91% with donald trump, this isn't about policies. if you look at what the
4:21 pm
president has done, lines up with the agenda of the republican party on capitol hill, the problem is that people in arizona and other places like tennessee with bob corker don't believe they've got ten the job done and they promised them when they were elected if they didn't, they would throw them out and try with someone else and that's what they're doing. >> martha: interesting. austin, last words. your thoughts. >> if all of the opposition party plus a third of your own party, plus the polls of the american people ain't the judicial system say that your decisions are unconstitutional, unwise, sending us on the wrong track, you should at least consider whether you're headed the wrong direction. >> martha: i think you look over and over at what happened in actual elections and the voice of the people across the nation, that's what we'll watch. austin, thank you from chicago. good to see you tonight. katie, thank you. so coming up next, breaks news in the las vegas massacre.
4:22 pm
the big item police did not find in stephen paddock's hotel room. and a big vote comes tomorrow on the hill behind me. will republicans get on board with president trump's tax agenda? house majority whip steve scalise is one of the people tasked can getting that through. he will tell us whether or not he's got the votes next. >> the tax plan is going to be incredible for this country. trusted battery for your son's favorite toy?t maybe not. maybe, you could trust he wouldn't leave the upstairs water running. (woman screams) or, you could just trust duracell. ♪
4:23 pm
i'm in the kitchen. i need my blood sugar to stay in control. i need to shave my a1c i'm always on call. an insulin that fits my schedule is key. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪ (announcer) tresiba® is used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes. don't use tresiba® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis, during episodes of low blood sugar, or if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. don't share needles or insulin pens. don't reuse needles. the most common side effect is low blood sugar, which may cause dizziness, swtiting, confusion, and headache. check your blood sugar. low blood sugar can be serious and may be life-threatening. injection site reactions may occur. tell your prescriber about all medicines you take and all your medical conditions. taking tzds with insulins like tresiba® may cause serious side effects like heart failure. your insulin dose shouldn't be changed without asking your prescriber. get medical help right away if you have trouble breathing, fast heartbeat, extreme drowsiness, swelling of your face, tongue, orhrhroat, dizziness, or confusion. ask your health care provider if you're tresiba® ready. covered by most insurance and medicare plans. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪
4:24 pm
when it comes to molding sarah is ayoung minds, teacher. nobody does it better. she also builds her own fighting robots. destroy. but when it comes to mortgages, she's less confident. fortunately for sarah, there's rocket mortgage by quicken loans. it's simple, so she can understand the details and be sure she's getting the right mortgage. apply simply. understand fully. mortgage confidently.
4:25 pm
4:26 pm
>> martha: breaking tonight, a new twist in the las vegas massacre investigation. there's reports that the laptop that was recovered from stephen paddock's hotel room is mysteriously missing the hard drive. leaving investigators with yet another dead end in the search for his motive. paddock reportedly remove the hard drive himself just before he opened fire on the country concert a month ago killing 58 people. it also comes as his brother, bruce paddock, who you may have seen quite a bit after the massacre, has now been arrested in california on charges of child pornography. police are telling us the two are not related and that that investigation of the killer's brother began months before the
4:27 pm
october 1 shooting. boy, more to know there. also tonight, the house gearing up for a big vote tomorrow on the senate's budget bill. approval could pave the way for the president's tax reform plan. mitch mcconnell says every republican needs to get on board. >> we're watching our friends in the house with anticipation as they consider the comprehensive responsible budget that cleared the senate last week. we anticipate they'll pass it by the end of the week. once they do, we'll have important legislative tools to move tax reform forward. >> martha: the pressure is on steve scalise. good to be with you. >> great to be back. >> martha: can you get it passed tomorrow? >> we're going to get it done. this is really important as we begin to cut taxes for american families and rebuilding the economy. we're working hard with president trump who is all in to
4:28 pm
rebuild the middle class. cutting taxes is the best way to start. we've complained about the big companies moving tens of thousands of jobs overseas. good high-paying jobs. it's time to bring them back. our bill will bring the jobs back, rebuild the middle class and lower taxes for families. >> let me ask you about passing the budget. there's some suggestion that the sticky wickets in the tax deal might bog down the passage tomorrow. one of those is whether or not states will be able to deduct the state and local taxes from the federal taxes, this is an issue that affects a third of all filers. they've had this benefit since 1913. will that be taken away from new york, new jersey and california? >> we've been negotiating with the members from the states that are the most affected. states like new york, new jersey, illinois, california. very big utilizers of that deduction. we're working with the members to try to find some kind of
4:29 pm
agreement where we can protect them, but also make sure we cut taxes or the family as cross the board. the real focus of the tax cut plan is to simplify the tax code. over 90% of american families under our bill will do their taxes on a postcard. so just imagine what that means to families that don't have to go hire a cpa. >> martha: are you saying that you're getting closer to an agreement on that salt issue and whether or not they'll still be able to enjoy that deduction? you getting closer on that? >> we've had a number of meetings and we'll have more that is more focused on the tax reform bill. it's not part of the budget. >> martha: is anybody looking for assurance on that before they vote tomorrow? >> there's some members that would like to see it solved. we're not there. but you look at members from the new york delegation, new jersey, california, illinois. >> martha: republicans don't care about them. >> these are republican members. we have a lot of republicans
4:30 pm
from those states. they're still more overwhelmingly democrat but still really good members that want a solution and we're going to keep working with them throughout this process. we're just getting started. the bill hasn't been filed yet. we have to get the budget done first, this is a bill that only needs 51 votes in the senate. president trump is all in. this would be the biggest win for the american families in terms of actually getting the economy back on track. details matter. >> martha: tell me about the 401(k) issue. people are used to deducting up to $18,000 tax-free. the word is it could go as low as 2,300. is that true? >> i haven't seen the details. i know president trump has weighed in on this. look, this is an important benefit to so many middle class families to invest in 401(k)s. savings are a good things. encourage that. you'll see more opportunities for people to save. it was cut taxes for families across the board and make america competitive.
4:31 pm
you can bring tens of thousands of jobs back. >> martha: one of the concerns is that don't use them -- >> it's a great program. >> martha: thanks, steve. good to see you again. >> great to be here. >> martha: take care. coming up next, still ahead, new fallout from a bomb shell report on the opioid crisis in this country. >> this is an industry that is out of control. what they want to do is do what they want to do and not worry about what the law is. if they don't follow the law in drug simply, people die. that's just it. people die. >> up next, a close around personal look at the prescription drug crisis raging in neighborhoods all across this country. we'll speak to a father that lost his son to it and a lawmaker that is trying to stop it. dramatic new testimony in the bowe bergdahl case. will it put him behind bars? >> may as well go back to
4:32 pm
kangaroo courts and lynch mobs. they got what they wanted. the people that want to hang me, you'll never convince them. ind. my 30-year marriage... 3-month old business... plus...what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i made a point to talk to my doctor. he told me about eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. not only does eliquis treat dvt and pe blood clots. eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis had both... ...and that turned around my thinking. don't stop eliquis unless your doctor tells you to. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding. don't take eliquis if you have an artificial heart valve or abnormal bleeding. if you had a spinal injection while on eliquis call your doctor right away if you have tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness. while taking eliquis, you may bruise more easily... and it may take longer than usual for bleeding to stop.
4:33 pm
seek immediate medical care for sudden signs of bleeding, like unusual bruising. eliquis may increase your bleeding risk if you take certain medicines. tell your doctor about all planned medical or dental procedures. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots. plus had less major bleeding. both made eliquis right for me. ask your doctor if switching to eliquis is right for you. you know win control? be this guy. check it out! self-appendectomy! oh, that's really attached. that's why i rent from national. where i get the control to choose any car in the aisle i want, not some car they choose for me. which makes me one smooth operator. ah! still a little tender. (vo) go national. go like a pro.
4:34 pm
4:35 pm
4:36 pm
>> we're going to be doing a very, very important meeting sometime in the very short -- very near future on opioids. in terms of declaring a national emergency, which gives us power to do things that you can't do right now. >> martha: that was president trump as he said expected to make a big announcement possibly as soon as tomorrow on the nation's opioid crisis. it's a dire situation summering best from dr. sanjay gupta. he says we find ourselves in the middle of an opioid epidemic that is the worst drug crisis in american history. it's a self-inflicted wound and one made in america. we consume more than 80% of the world's supply of opioid pain pills. even though we're less than 5% of the world's population.
4:37 pm
many of those prescriptions have led to heroin use, three out of four new heroin users started with prescription narcotics. this comes on the heels of an explosive cbs news report. >> i don't understand why congress would pass a bill that strips us of our authority in the height of an opioid epidemic in places like congressman reno's district and congressman blackburn's district. why are these people sponsoring bills when people in their back yards are dying from drugs that are coming from the same people that these bills are protecting? >> martha: 1 1/2 weeks after that first first broke, congress is turning the tables and demanding answers from the dea. >> you heard the frustration with this panel for not getting information we need from the
4:38 pm
dea. >> i'm going to recommend to the chairman that we bring the wrath of this committee down on dea. >> i think that subpoenas may be considered in this point. >> do i need to issue a subpoena? because we're done waiting. >> martha: joining me now, the chair of energy and commerce, greg walden from oregon. he's joined by don flattery who lost his son to opioid abuse. gentlemen, thanks very much for being here today. don, i want to start with you. the numbers that i just read for you, they're not just numbers. they're personal. >> they are indeed. thanks for having me and thanks for covering this story. they are very personal. if i could begin with a description of my son. my son is the new face of the addiction epidemic. he had all of god's blessings, was raised in a stable
4:39 pm
two-parent family home, attended an all boy's jesuit prep school in washington d.c. and a graduate of the university of virginia. a talented writer and film maker and pursued his passion in hollywood. while suffering from depression and anxiety, began self-medicating with a prescription opioid oxycontin. people like my son represent -- and his journey represent the new face of addiction. because they are -- their losses and their lives, they're real people and the public needs to understand that it's affecting a whole generation of people. >> martha: i think people are starting to understand that we're not talking necessarily in all of these cases about people in inner cities, with the crack epidemic decades ago. this is a different situation. representative walden, you know, this argument that the dea, that legislation was passed in
4:40 pm
congress, that actually impeded the dea from closing down some of these pill mills in places like small towns in west virginia with hundreds of people in the town and they have hundreds of thousands of pills going there. is that true? >> no. in fact, in the hearing today, we showed the chart going back to 2011 where the dea stopped using the authority that they say was taken away from them. they went from 65 cases down to 8 before the bill was ever passed. we asked the dea, if this is a problem, we'll change the law. our duty is to look at laws that were passed and say what do we need to do as a team to get after this. let's talk about west virginia. a town of 400 people. nine million pills went through there in two years. we asked the dea for months and months, who are the distributors? they say we have to check and see if there's a criminal case. then they came back and said there's no criminal case. >> are they protecting these distributors? >> i have no idea.
4:41 pm
i'm fed up with it. >> martha: that's what their argument was on "60 minutes." >> you heard in the comments from the committee meeting today, i have the authority to issue subpoenas. i'll do that if we don't get cooperation. we should be on the same team. we're losing lives. >> martha: is it pharmaceutical lobbyists causing the problem? >> not that i'm aware of. if they are, we'll go after them, too. the issue is how do we protect the lives of innocent americans. this is such a potent drug, chemistry changes, getting off of it is almost impossible. i had a roundtable with a similar circumstance. a father said my son was injured in a high school football accident. got on there and he ended up on heroin. >> martha: let me ask you, you're a former drug czar for this country. you need to look at it from the big picture in terms of how to attack this. what is your advice? >> one person in the entire administration can de-certify a budget of any part of the
4:42 pm
executive branch. that's the drug czar along with the president and the omb director. you bring in that position everybody together, health and human services, the department of defense, the department of justice, to go after whatever the particular drug problem is and that's the long history of this. it's important tomorrow to watch and listen carefully to the president's announcement. the treatment issue has to be fully funded without quality treatment -- >> martha: he says making it a national emergency it will bring more power is that true? >> yes, it brings -- it brings this attention to the problem as you saw with dr. gupta. but the treatment money is expensive. we know the treatment works. there's people all over this country that have recovered from opioid addiction and are serving -- they're tax-paying good citizens. so treatment.
4:43 pm
>> martha: don, who do you think is central to fixing this problem? when you sort of rail at whatever system this allowed to perpetuate, who do you feel that towards? >> there's multiple parties that are complicit in the anatomy of this. clearly and without question, the overprescription and overuse of opioid drugs for conditions for which they were never intended is directly implicated. even today with -- despite consider time, energy by medical professional, clinicians and elected officials, the overdose statistics continue to climb in a very gruesome manner. >> and doctors are incredibly sensitive to this. that there's overprescribing. we know that most doctors have the best intentions and don't to this. but it only takes one place where you have nine million pills going through that someone is allowed to distribute those pills. >> in the legislation we passed last year, different than what
4:44 pm
you saw on "60 minutes," the care act is designed to get at the issues you raised. used to you couldn't issue a partial prescription for painkillers. so you have the whole jar, right no now we allow partial. we set up all kinds of requirements to look at best practices for pain management. the thing to be careful here, 27 million americans have chronic pain. we don't want to go so far that they can't be treated. cancer patients. wore watching that line. there's no excuse -- >> martha: and no reason to go hope with 30 opioid pills from minor surgery. >> that's right. what ends up in the black market is out of people's medicine cabinets. unused pills. >> martha: so true. thanks for your time and energy. we're sorry for your loss and thanks for the work you're doing. >> thank you. >> martha: next, dramatic testimony today from the u.s. troops injured while serving from bowe bergdahl, a navy seal breaks down while describing what happened to him and his military dog when he was out
4:45 pm
there looking for bowe bergdahl. he says someone will get killed trying to rescue him. more on that. also, north korea ramps up the ret wick with a chilling warning for the united states. we have more on how we're moving more carrier groups in. more when we come back. i don't see nothin' man. you don't see it, he feels it. you are my hammer out there. don't let these young guys see you fold. ♪ i'm only human, i make mistakes ♪ ♪ i'm only human, that's all it takes ♪ ♪ to put the blame on me i'm alive because of you. i'm not a hero. we're brothers, we look after each other. thank you for your service. rated r.
4:46 pm
4:47 pm
every day we hear from families who partnered with a senior living advisor from a place for mom to help find the perfect place for their mom or dad thank you so much for your assistance in helping us find a place. mom feels safe and comfortable and has met many wonderful residence and staffers. thank you for helping our family find our father a new home. we especially appreciate the information about the va aid and attendance program. i feel i found the right place. a perfect fit. you were my angel and helped guide me every step of the way
4:48 pm
thank you. the senior living advisors at a place for mom partner with thousands of families every month, listening and offering local knowledge and advice to help find the best senior living communities across the country and it won't cost you a cent. this is a free service. call today. a place for mom. you know your family. we know senior living. together we'll make the right choice.
4:49 pm
>> martha: dramatic new testimony in the bowe bergdahl sentencing hearing as a judge considering whether or not bergdahl should go to prison for desserting his post. the military court hearing from troops that put their lives on the line trying to find him while he was being held by the taliban. among those to take the stand a navy seal that ultimately suffered a career-ending injury during the mission. a mission also during which his dog who he loved very much was killed. fox's jonathan serrie has that story from atlanta. >> good evening, martha. today the court heard about the human toll involved with the search for bowe bergdahl when he walked off of his post in afghanistan in 2009. a search party entered days of hot, unsanitary condition and went through gun fire. a former navy seal tearfully described a trained military service dog that was fatally
4:50 pm
shot during the mission. james hatch said he predicted someone will get killed trying to rescue him. he said his entire team was the soldier walked off his post but decided to rescue him anyway because bergdahl was an american and had a mom. the court heard from his platoon leader who explained the mission was to bring bergdahl home. we leave no man behind. the military judge says he's considering defense arguments that president trump may have tainted the sentencing when he referred to the comments during the presidential campaign. he described bergdahl as a dirty rotten traitor. the commander-in-chief may have had an unlawful command influence on this court. >> basically if the idea of someone higher in the chain of command hoff the accused sends a message, a signal either direct or indirect to the decision makers that would be a violation of due process and can be used
4:51 pm
as a defense. >> the judge is likely to weigh the suffering bergdahl endured. he was tortured for five years until he was released in a prisoner swap. five taliban detainees were released in the swatch. something the judge will also considered. martha? >> martha: thank you. general. thanks for being with us, this has been a difficult chapter all around when you look at the injuries that happened from people that were looking for him, searching for him. when you hear their words about why they looked for him, he was one of us, we knew he deserted but he had a mom. they went to find him. >> that's every soldier's conflict. they know that sergeant bergdahl abandoned his first. the first duty, the first lesson that any private or lieutenant learns is never quit your post. general order number 1.
4:52 pm
never quit your post. there's desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, which is the more serious crime. so as he quit his post and as he wandered into the afghan wilderness, the teams that went looking for him were endangered. he caused that to happen. so as we look at the punishment that may or may not come from his trial, we have to ask where is the justice for those that were wounded and killed looking for sergeant bergdahl? because that is the real question here. just like in any trial, where is the justice? it's less about bergdahl and more about the men that we just heard about. >> martha: jumping to another subject. north korea. we have more than two carrier groups in the area. what does that signal to you? >> there's three. nimitz, roosevelt and reagan.
4:53 pm
it tells me we're tightening the screws from a military elements of power standpoint on north korea, tells me that things are very tense in that region. we know this. the elements of power, the economic piece and north korea is being squeezed hard economically. you have the information power, the words going back and forth. you have diplomatic power and three military powers. three strike groups, we're poised to do something. that's expensive. >> martha: and as well, the president heads to the region. he's headed to south korea. one more subject. niger. a report tonight that in the wake of the loss of four u.s. soldiers, we're ramps up efforts to use drones in the area and lethal force. >> more that, we've been ramping up efforts to use drones. we have a drone base under construction in that region for over a year now.
4:54 pm
so that -- the terrorists that seek sanctuary, part of the mission that came out of afghanistan was to deny terrorists sanctuary. so this is where isis and al-quaida have been fleeing to. libya, mali, niger. those areas. so it's right that we have that drone base there. it's right that we have the green berets there and perhaps other national assets on the ground as well. >> martha: general tata, thanks very much. good to see you. >> thanks, martha. >> martha: so coming up in just a moment as we move on through the course of the story tonight, we will have more for you from washington d.c. when we come right back. each year sarah climbs 58,007 steps. that's the height of mount everest. because each day she chooses to take the stairs. at work, at home... even on the escalator. that can be hard on her lower body, so now she does it with dr. scholl's orthotics. clinically proven to relieve and prevent foot, knee or lower back pain,
4:55 pm
by reducing the shock and stress that travel up her body with every step she takes. so keep on climbing, sarah. you're killing it. dr. scholl's. born to move. and her new mobile wedding business.tte at first, getting paid was tough...
4:56 pm
until she got quickbooks. now she sends invoices, sees when they've been viewed and-ta-dah-paid twice as fast for free. visit quickbooks-dot-com.
4:57 pm
[notification tone] ♪ i love your vest. your crocheted purses have wonderful eyes. ♪ in the modern world,
4:58 pm
an app can help you find your perfect match. and with esurance, coverage counselor® can help you find great coverage that's a perfect match too. that's auto and home insurance for the modern world. esurance. an allstate company. click or call. >> martha: we have breaking news. just coming in. it is that the department of justice is now saying that they will provide the fbi informant that was essentially embedded in the deals that led to the sale of uranium one, that questions
4:59 pm
will be answered on capitol hill and all of those developments. that is new tonight. we'll to low up tomorrow night. and today, the president was in texas to look at the progress being made after hurricane harvey. >> i just want to say i'm very proud of all of you. everybody at this table. keep it going. we're going to look at the concept of a more permanent solution. >> martha: that was president trump earlier today. he was in texas thanking the emergency workers and all of those that put in a lot of work there. the august storm created catastrophic flooding across the state. i met a firefighter, scott beale whose home was destroyed there. he said our home is frozen in time.
5:00 pm
sad to say that no one is back on our street. the one thing we know, we're staying because the community loves us and we love the community and we're houston strong. see you back in new york tomorrow night. tucker carlson is next. >> good evening. welcome to "tucker carlson tonight" tonight. today we have new exclusive information from a government source given to us just hours ago from the stephen paddock case. we'll tell you more in a minute. first, the law of unintended consequences remains in force in washington tonight. we now


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on