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bringing it to 935. with less than half the year over, that number dwarfs the yearly total of 743. thanks for joining us. i'll see you on "the five" soon. i'm dana perino. here's shep. >> shepard: our reporting begins with breaking news. the top democrat in all of washington, the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, is set to speak at any moment. we expect to hear her reaction to robert mueller's remarkable morning. four hours ago, the special counsel made his first public statement about the russia investigation. in doing so, he directly contradicted what we've heard from the white house. the special counsel stated clearly that his findings do not exonerate the president. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. we did not however make a determination as to whether the did commit a crime.
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>> shepard: the special counsel spent ten minutes explaining his investigation and its findings. the president said there was no collusion. robert mueller said there was not enough evidence to bring charges. >> the first volume of the report details numerous efforts emanating from russia to influence the election. this volume includes a discussion of the trump campaign's response to this activity as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. >> shepard: robert mueller says he was bound by the justice department guidelines that prohibit charging a sitting president. so he never sought to do so. instead, he laid out his findings. including ten instances of president trump's possible obstruction of justice and he noted the united states has a way to accuse a president of a crime. >> the opinion permits the investigation of a sitting
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president because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents available. among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators that could be charged now. second, the opinion says that the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrong doing. >> shepard: robert mueller left without taking any questions. after he spoke, president trump tweeted, the case is closed. the white house press secretary, sarah sanders, also released a statement that reads in part "the special counsel is moving on with his life and everyone else should do the same thing." the calls for continuing investigations are already intensifying. some democrats are calling for the start of impeachment proceedings. mueller talked about the systematic efforts to interfere
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in democracy. he says that deserves the attention of every american. we have more on that ahead. after a two-year investigation, that has resulted in 34 people being indicted and companies indicted either indicted or convicted or pleading guilty, including six of president trump's former advisers. robert mueller says his work is done. if there's another chapter in the russia investigation, it will be written not by special counsel, but by the lawmakers elected to represent the american people. catherine herridge outside the justice department. catherine? >> we heard from the special counsel, a lot about the olc opinion, the office of legal counsel housed here at the justice department. it acts like an internal lawyer for the government, specifically the attorney general and others in the justice department. what mueller said today is that based on his opinion or the regulations, he would not indict
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a sitting president but this did not stop him from gathering evidence that could be used for further action. >> under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he's in office. that is unconstitutional. even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view that so is prohibited. the special counsel's office is part of the department of justice. by regulation, it will bound by that department policy. charging the president with a crime is therefore not an option we could consider. >> this appears to set up a conflict with what we heard from attorney general william barr that said mueller came to him before the report was complete and indicated that he would not be able to reach a decision on the obstruction question. according to the attorney general, robert mueller was not
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citing this office of legal counsel opinion but there were issues surrounding the evidence. here's the attorney general. >> special counsel mueller stated three times to us in that meeting in response to our questioning that he emphatically was not saying that but for the olc opinion he would have found obstruction. he said in the future, the facts of the case against the president might be such that a special counsel would recommend abandoning the olc opinion, but this is not such a case. >> this is the issue that begs for clarification today. as you noted, shep, this is one of these events where reporters were not allowed to ask questions. >> shepard: catherine, mueller says he has no plans to testify before congress publicly or in camera. >> that's right. i think this is the greatest indicator that special counsel robert mueller is closing the chapter on the russia investigation. he opened talking about russia
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interference. he closed by emphasizing the russia interference. he said the 440 page report is his testimony and anything he would say beyond today's event would not go beyond the four corners of that report. >> i hope and expect this is the only time i'll speak to you in this manner. i'm making that decision myself, no one has told me whether i can or should testify or speak further about this matter. there has been discussion about an appearance before congress. any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. >> you remember when the report was complete, the attorney general, william barr, sent a four-page letter to congress with what he assessed to be robert mueller's bottom-line conclusions from the investigation. this was a point of confusion. mueller wanted more of the
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report made public. he thought the attorney general despite these differences acted in good faith. >> at one point in time, i requested certain portions of the report be released. the attorney general preferred to make the entire report public all at once. we appreciate that the attorney general made the report largely public. i certainly do not question his good faith in that decision. >> we don't know whether the attorney general watched the event or what his reaction was. we understand from those familiar with the matter that he was aware of the content before robert mueller spoke this morning, shep. >> shepard: thanks, catherine herridge. thank you. the president responded within minutes of robert mueller's comments this morning. the fox business network's blake burman reporting live outside the white house. blake? >> the white house said they had a heads-up that robert mueller would be making this statement
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earlier today at the department of justice. they said they're not surprised by what he had to say considering as they see it, much of it was laid out in the 440-page mueller report. however, the defense here from the white house is clearly changing from the initial defense when the mueller report was released last month. the white house initially had been building up the claim that there was no collusion and no obstruction. the press secretary, sarah sanders, is making the point today that robert mueller proved there was no collusion and no conspiracy and that it's the attorney general bill bar -- >> shepard: pardon the interrupti interruption, blake. nancy pelosi is getting ready to speak and being asked about the mueller statements. let's listen. >> made a number of statements about the president not being convicted of a crime while in office. tell us -- i know you made one comment this morning. what is your reaction to his
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statements this morning? >> thank you, gloria, for your question and for the invitation to be here today. wonderful to be at the commonwealth club, so many members of the club and concerned citizens, especially my family, my daughter christine and her house, her father-in-law and my grandson. [applause] i understand our son, paul jr. is here. in any event, this is a family affair for us always. we always like to here whether we're present or viewing or listening to what is of interest to our community. i want to salute governor i can't duffy. she's just so remarkable and so blessed to have her. she mentioned what i was doing
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while they had a late dinner. i'll tell you what she was doing during the day. this is so remarkable to all of us. because it was -- we were there to see what was happening. madeline russell, many of you have heard from her, she's got something called the columbia foundation, which sponsored a california trip to central america, this is history. we went. it was democrats -- >> shepard: while nancy pelosi is finishing this part and before she gets to the substance of which there's interest, let's go back to blake burman. you talked about the president's positions and the white house's positions. >> when the initial mueller report was released, they said at the white house there was no collusion, no obstruction. that was the talking point. we heard from the president, members of his team for days and weeks. now they're tweaking that. what robert mueller laid out today is no collusion, no conspiracy and that now it's the
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attorney general bill barr that is taking it from there. it's the attorney general who is the one that has determined that there's no obstruction. the president's legal team has picked up on that. jay sekulow, sent out the statement and he said "the attorney general conclusively determined there was no obstruction. from barr, there's no actions in our judgment that constitute obstructive conduct." so i asked sarah sanders on the north lawn, she took about a dozen or so questions, why the american public should trust the political appointee, the attorney general, to make a decision on obstruction. this was her response. >> we're not asking you to. robert mueller did 400 pages and laid it out. the attorney general made his decision based on mueller's information. everybody keeps forgetting that. the entire decision about -- >> shepard: and nancy pelosi is now to the matter at hand.
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let's listen. >> as gloria indicated, he did say that if he saw any evidence that the president was not -- was innocent, he would have let us know. if he had any evidence that the president was not guilty, he would have let us know. he didn't. he didn't. that was very, very important. while i have the deepest respect for him and thank him and his team for presenting the presentation of facts that will further lead us to help news the congress and in the courts. this is a very valuable contribution. i'm gravely disappointed in the justice department for their attitude, their misrepresentation of the mueller report to begin with. their hiding behind something that you could never find in the constitution that the president is above the law and their misrepresentations even under oath by the attorney general to the congress of the united states. so we, as we will continue on
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our path, which was led by the six chairman that are magnificent, adam schiff, jerry nadler, judiciary, elijah cummings, government reform and oversight, maxine waters, financial services, richie neil, the president's taxes, ways and means and elliot angle, foreign affairs, all of them have a piece of this. last week we had three victories in the courts. one, elijah cummings scored one. the president's accountant that they have to share the information to maxine waters, the deutsche bank decision, which is they have to share the information, and three, not related to the russia investigation but related to other problems that we have with the president and his view of the constitution, that the court said that he cannot use defense department funds to build a
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wall, to use that money to build a wall. we also had a victory in adam schiff's committee in that the justice department under threat of subpoena and legal action decided that they would give certain important documents to the committee. that was a victory. that was four days, four decisions in five days, very important to advancing our getting the facts to the american people, getting the truth for the american people. where it will lead us? we shall see. nothing is off the table. but we do want to make such a compelling case, such an iron clad case that even the republican senate which at the time seems to be not an objective jury, will be convinced of the path that we have to take as a country. >> so you mentioned the victories in court, you mentioned the various committees doing their investigations.
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some in congress want to go further. representative cohen of tennessee opened a judiciary committee potentially for impeachment. >> committee -- >> open a specific investigation of impeachment. >> you mean he as a member of the committee. >> yes. >> the committee has not taken that position. >> there's democrats in congress that want to go further than the existing committee investigation. how do you feel about that, do you think there's a role for additional dedicated investigation? >> let me just say i'm proud of our house democrats. they've been very, shall we say, conscientious about how they reach their decisions. i think it's like 35 of them out of 238. maybe 38 out them have said that they want it to be outspoken on impeachment. many of them are reflecting their views as well as those of
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their constituents. many constituents want to impeach the president. but we want do do what is right and what gets results what gets results. we have to remember -- [applause] yes there are some. the press makes more of a fuss about the 38 than the 200 that are -- over half of the congress, half of the democrats in the house sit on one of these six committees. so they're all on a path of finding more information. just to recall if you weren't born then, what would not become impeachment but the impeachment of nixon took months and months of a senate committee that was fully dedicated to researching impeachment before they decided to have articles of impeachment come from the house, which were
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never executed because the house and senate agreed and was a democratic house and a democratic senate. we have a different scenario now. so the case has to be very compelling to the american people. so we're legislating and we wish the press would cover more of that. thank you, gloria, for pointing out the bills that we passed and sent to the senate. women's rights, equal pay for equal work. violence against women, gun safety. the list goes on. climate action now. the list goes on. in any event, we're legislating. we're investigating. we're litigating. we're going to make a decision based on the strongest possible case to get the best results for the american people. the action taken by the special counsel today, i commend him for the work that they did to present the facts. now we have to get it unredacted
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for the public. nonetheless and for the congress, by the way. they'll say to me, we'll show you. i say that's not it. the american people to know. you going to show me and i'm bound by classified rules of the house not to tell anybody? no, i don't think so. in any event, everybody wants justice, everybody wants the president to be held accountable in the most serious way. everybody believes -- i'm talking about the democratic side -- that no one is above the law. especially the president of the united states. >> we'll come back to the remedies, the 2020 election -- >> i'm sure there's questions -- >> let's talk about legislative priorities. you mentioned some of the bills.
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i didn't -- >> shepard: we're expecting there will be more in just a moment. so far, what she has said is relevant in some ways. first, nancy pelosi said the department of justice misrepresented under oath the findings of the mueller report. she said his report will help us in the courts. they're in the process of being in the courts now. she mentioned four decisions in five days. mentioned some of the findings that happened as a result. she said the senate is not at the moment an objective jury. we will be -- they need to be convinced of the path that we must take as a country. that the senate must be convinced of the path that we must take as a country. no one is above the law, especially not the president. with that, bret baier, the chief political anchor and managing editor and anchor of "special report."
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bret, the path that we must take investigating, going through the courts, she sees it as a process with what seems like one desirable end from her perspective. >> right. i think, shep, there's more and more democrats after today that will jump on the impeachment bandwagon. nancy pelosi is not one of them yet. she's said that and said just moments ago that a lot of her constituents want to go forward with impeachment but we're going to take our time, we want to do what is right and we want to get results. i think that there is a lot of push now up on capitol hill after what happened today. now, i'll also say that we don't have all of the picture. we have other investigations going on. the way that bob mueller focused his attention today gave democrats a lot of ammunition as you heard from the chairman of the judiciary committee, nadler. >> shepard: regarding these 38 democrats that have spoken
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publicly about impeachment, we did research on that. all 38 are in very, very safe congressional seats. it appears that what nancy pelosi is concerned about, among a number of concerns, is those that were in seats that were one in areas where donald trump won. because if she loses the house, she loses her power. >> exactly. that's that's right. it is a political calculation. when you saw speaker pelosi come out last woke and say the democratic caucus was united to not move forward with impeachment, you know, that's hurting the cats to her point of view. today makes it tougher for her to continue to hold back the impeachment call. >> shepard: nothing new today from robert mueller. was there? >> well, it was basically his 448 page report. it was focused differently. it was presented differently. it's cut and dry. they didn't find an american
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that conspired with russia to affect the election. today it wasn't enough evidence to charge a crime of broader conspiracy. you heard the testimony from the attorney general saying they were told according to him that the office of legal counsel opinion was but for that, they still would not have found obstruction. mueller saying today the olc opinion was the reason that he doesn't go forward with an obstruction and that if there was not -- if the president was cleared of a crime, they would have said that, which is a stark statement. that's not in the report. >> shepard: we weren't trying for any kind of prosecution. that wasn't our goal. that wasn't our directive. we didn't begin with that because that was never hour task. our task was to lay out information. if during the process we could have said well, we found this, that and the other thing and we know the president is not guilty, we would have said that. instead, here's what we found.
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it seemed like -- i'd like your take on this -- one more time, tag, you're it. our work is done. here's the investigation. congress, the ball is in your court. >> yeah. he didn't say the word impeachment. he didn't use congress. he said there's one remedy in the constitution to move forward, which is essentially impeachment. i think the primary reason for this statement was the russia part. that was to hit hard for the people that didn't read the 448 pages that russia really tried hard and at times was effective in influencing and attacking our elections. he hit it at the beginning and hit it at the end. that was mueller's point in this delivery. >> shepard: what kinds of people who have vacillated on this matter might be swayed -- i'm talking about lawmakers -- by the state of robert mueller today? >> that is a great question. i'm not sure. i think probably democrats that
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are feeling a lot of push in a primary, perhaps, from the left. obviously the progressive side of the democratic party is pretty pro impeachment. there's a lot of moderate seats where that is not the priority. the priority is other things like healthcare. you know, immigration. border security. education. nancy pelosi, every time she talked about it, including today, says we can walk and chew gum at the same time. this is the political battle the next few weeks, the next few months. >> there's more than one messenger. there's more than one level of message. the message from nancy pelosi is we're going through the process, there's a process, let's take care of the process. jerry nadler said he lied, he's a liar. the facts are there. we will proceed. is it this grouping of this narrative, this coming together of this narrative that they hope will move the poll numbers among the american people until they reach a point where okay, the
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american people aren't going to toss us out of office, it's time to throw all of these facts against the wall and see what happens next? >> that's right. they'd like to have impeachment without impeachment. they'd like to lay out the case in hearings and sway public opinion before dotting the i and crossing the t. i'll say one more thing. today, it wasn't essentially that mueller did it. i think the russia thing was the main focus, what he was trying to hit on. it was a little bit like jim comey. coming out saying, you know, hillary clinton did these things. we didn't have evidence sufficient to move forward. she didn't intend to, so we're not going to -- we're going to exonerate her. muler is the flip side. we think the president may have done these things. we didn't have evidence to move forward with a crime. but we also can't exonerate him. it was interesting to see. a prosecutor, shep, is go, no go. build a case, don't build a
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case. >> shepard: in this case, he didn't have that option. >> that's what he says because of the olc opinion. obviously the attorney general testified differently. we're going to have to see the discrepancy between the two. >> shepard: thanks, bret. "special report" is on at 6:00 eastern. we mentioned jerry nadler. he read from a prepared text today. in other words, the words that he was giving us were not off the cuff. he was asked questions and then he read from a prepared text. so this was the exact message that they wanted out. he said that because robert mueller could not pursue criminal charges under that olc or office of legal counsel decision, it's now up to congress. >> the constitution points to congress to take action to hold the president accountable. that's exactly what we'll do. the president's response to repeatedly lying to the american people and ignore all congressional subpoenas is immoral and unlawful. no one is above the law and we
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will hold the president accountable. >> shepard: yet most republicans say publicly at least that robert mueller's statements should go as the final word. it's time to put the two-year investigation to bed. peter doocy reporting live from washington. peter? >> shep, mueller said he doesn't plan to testify on capitol hill. but the democratic leader of the house says he really should. steny hoyer has a new statement that reads "given that the president has not been cleared of wrong doing and the seriousness of russia's interference in our democracy, i believe that the american people deserve to hear testimony from the special counsel about his report and those report's conclusions. neither hoyer or speaker pelosi are calling for impeachment yesterday. many others are, including kamala harris who has said that what robert mueller basically did is return an impeachment referral. now it's up to congress to hold this president accountable. we need the start impeachment
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proceedings. it's our constitutional obligation. harris is not the only 2020 contender. corey book, elizabeth warren and beto o'rourke as well. bernie sanders and joe biden have not said yet. >> shepard: what about the republicans? >> lindsey gray states this without and underlying offense or collusion, and the cooperation into the investigation, the attorney general's decision on obstruction is sound. it will be the final view in my word. and then there's republican ranking member of the judiciary committee, doug collins who adds this. while i had hoped he would come before the committee, robert mueller has lead and extraordinary life of public service and is entitled to his life as a private citizen once again. congress is out of town today. if they were here, it would be very chaotic watching lawmakers rush to react on camera. we expect that to happen but not
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until they come back, shep. >> shepard: well, peter, thank you or at home. every place where congress members are, there are cameras. if they do react in ways that make news, bret baier will have that for you at 6:00 on "special report." robert mueller had been asked to testify before the congress, right? you know, testify publicly, some were saying. we need your testimony. today robert mueller says my report to you, congress and you, america, is the 400 some pages. that is my report. that's it. that's what you get. this is the last time you'll hear from me if i have my way. that's all. no testimony. but he also said i'm about to leave the department of justice. that means he's no longer an employee of the government. that means he's a private citizen. does that mean that if subpoenaed to testify that he would need to testify? and answer questions like, well, if you had this information and
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the person you were investigating were not the president of the united states, would you indict them? that would likely be a question. could he be compelled to testify? could he be compelled to answer that question? and a whole litany of others? we have a legal segment coming up in just a moment. we'll get that answer. in addition, we're continuing to listen to the speaker of the house and the most powerful democrat, nancy pelosi. she's speaking at the commonwealth club in san francisco on other matters at the moment. but the moderator promised we'll get back to remedies, as she put it, most mueller report. nancy pelosi likely to make more news and we'll have it for you as fox news continues in a moment. o isn't just the theme park capital of the world, it also has the highest growth in manufacturing jobs in the us. it's a competition for the talent. employees need more than just a paycheck. you definitely want to take advantage of all the benefits you can get. 2/3 of employees said that the workplace is an important source for personal savings and protection solutions.
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seal and hidden from public view, that too is prohibited. the special counsel's office is part of the department of justice and by regulation, it was bound by that department policy. charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. >> shepard: no prosecution, didn't even set out to make a case for prosecution. they found things. ten written instances of president trump possibly committing the crime of obstruction. but because of department policy, they never considered prosecuting. alex little, criminal defense attorney. good to see you. >> good afternoon. >> shepard: does that policy necessarily stand as the last word or was that interpretive on his part? >> no, i think it shows you a couple of things about bob mueller. one thing, he follows the rules. he would challenge that guidance and get an arm of the department of justice to indict the president. today was a clear insurance case
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that his whole work has been trying to discovered the facts and let other folks deal with those facts. he put that in the hands of congress. >> you mentioned and i thought inciteful that today, not including american people, there were two audiences, two specific audiences today. >> shepard: yeah, first had to be congressional democrats. i don't want to testify. if you drag me in front of the cameras, i'm going to say what i said today. it's in the report. i'm not going outside the bounds. he's telling the democrats i'm not your save i don't remember. he's telling republicans, you need to see the record. you need to see what i uncovered and you need to do your constitutional duty. that may be impeachment, may not be. i think he's perturbed there's no action by congress. >> shepard: i know he said it. i read it. >> it's in the reports. like a college professor giving
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to the kids. do the reading. he reiterated about what he talkeded to. he pointed out things that were add odds with what the attorney general said, why he didn't choose to make a determination that the president committed a crime. he focused on the real evidence he saw of a concerted effort by the russians to influence the election. >> shepard: he says that he's about to leave, which makes sense as his work is complete. he further says that he shouldn't be testifying before congress. work with me. seen. mueller has left the doj. he's a private citizen. can the congress subpoena him and compel him to testify under oath? >> they can sure try to do both of those things. just because he's left the office doesn't mean that congress is still not bound by the fact that they're asking him to testify about things that happened when he was in office. they're asking him to testify about his official actions that will have to go through the department of justice. if the department of justice
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objects, i don't think the special counsel will overrule those objections and decide. so this will end up in court like the other objections that have been lodged against congressional testimony. >> new scene. if decision has been made that he will testify, while he is testifying, he's asked mr. former special prosecutor, in the absence of the directive from the department of justice and the rules that say you couldn't prosecute, in the absence of that, would you have prosecuted donald trump for obstruction of justice. can they ask him that? >> they can ask him that. there's not a universe that robert mueller would answer that question. he's do -- he's not going to answer it. doesn't matter what his answer is. it matter what's the congressional answer is. he says here's the facts. i've laid them out. you, congress, you need to make a determination whether that is a high crime and a misdemeanor. he's not going to give folks the easy way out.
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i don't think special counsel will ever answer that hypothetical. >> shepard: because he says that's not how it works. there's a system. >> we have a constitution. it says when there's a. accused of misconduct, that goes through congress. doesn't mean there has to be impeachment for kicked out of office. when they open an impeachment inquiry, different things could happen. could he testify? it's possible. that's a different question. i think until that happens, you won't see movement from robert mueller and anybody else on his team. >> shepard: you said after the release of the mueller report, the 10, 11 instances of obstruction of justice are evidence of a crime. if -- >> absolutely. >> shepard: if given that, if the congress is not able to come up with a process for impeachment, are we now left in a position where a president -- a future president of the united states can have committed crimes and if the politics are such that his people or her people are in charge on capitol hill that there would be no remedy
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for those that sought themselves above the law? >> that's what i'm saying. the law ultimately is about what we the people allow to happen. as a prosecutor, i had power because there's police officers that would effectuate arrest warrants and judges sign orders to put people in jail. it took people to carry out the paper and make them real. if congress is not going to carry out the instructives of the constitution, we don't have a chance. what was said yesterday, if congress is not willing to look into the president of their own party and see if there's wrong doing, it's lost its bearings. we have a real constitutional crisis on our hands. the crisis isn't structural, it's personal. >> shepard: alex little, thank you. >> thank you. >> shepard: so for the moment, put aside that part and focus as robert mueller seemed to try to do today on the matter of russian interference. the russians did interfere in our democracy. the russians chose a candidate,
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the russians tried to take down the opposition and the russians meddled in our democracy. there were charges levied. and now it's in the courts. what exactly did the russians do? what are the russians doing now? that's our report coming next. first -- more fox extreme weather. 15 people hurt after a tornado ripped this time through kansas. here's a look at storm reports over the last 48 hours. the red triangles that you see stretching all the way from sterling, across kansas city, over to peoria, chicago, down into pittsburgh and the rest of western pennsylvania, all of that experiencing tornadoes. officials at noaa, the storm prediction center there, say they have gotten more than 440 reports of tornadoes just this
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month. jeff paul is in linwood kansas. jeff? >> shep, dozens of homes destroyed after this powerful tornado touched down in the region. we're see manage homes levelled or like this, severely damaged. the tornado ripping off the roof almost entirely of this home, sending the brick wall down to the ground. lots of debris out here. these folks trying to clean up. in every direction, you see the same thing. either a home destroyed, treed snapped like toothpicks or cars turned over. goes on and own. officialses say the tornado was nearly a mile wide. when you see the video of this tornado, it's incredible that nobody was killed. at least a dozen injured. many others have lost everything. >> my wife, she's having a breakdown last night, crying.
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>> shepard: well, the markets saw the mueller statement as a stronger indication that impeachment might be ahead. the dow dropped sharply as you see on this chart here after he began speaking at 11:00 eastern at market time at least. the dow, the nasdaq, the s&p all fell to session lows. now, sometime in the last hour, the dow gives up more and falls further. sometimes markets -- people, investors, traders, see value and buy in. the markets have recovered. gerri willis is live at the
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new york stocks exchange. >> hi, shep. that's right. we had a 182-point fall on those comments that you've been talking about all hour. traders down here muling this, thinking about the comments, figuring out what they mean. this is against the backdrop of a very nervous market. the dow opened in a four-month low. traded down further from that. we're off session lows as you said. but i spoke to one trader from meridian equity partners and what they thinks about this conversation over impeachment means and what it means to the markets if there was an impeachment. listen. >> that's something that the market wouldn't sustain that would take a long time, a lot of time and effort and a lot of attention. our attention would be so shifted to that and would get away from the basic fundamentals of our economy and markets. >> so you hear it there from john. markets would not be able to
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sustain. that answer surprised even me how negative he thinks it would be for the markets and take their eye off of the earnings, economy ball and place it squarely on washington. other issues that traders are talking about, i mentioned impeachment. trade worries. that's been the big issue driving the markets for several weeks now. there's hope that that g-20 meeting in june will bring the participants together, the president and xi to talk about trade. but anything could happen, frankly. every day it seems we get more news on this topic about trade. more companies being impacted. chips stocks selling off earlier today. now news that china wants to con train sales of rare earth. 17 chemicals that go into high tech equipment, even defense products. so we're keeping an eye on that. i have to tell you, anxious down here. as we come into the close, the level to watch on the s&p 500,
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2,776. if we close below that, could be trouble ahead. back to you, shep. >> shepard: seven points away from that. gerri willis, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> i will close by reiterated this central allegation of our indictments. that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. that allegation deserves the attention of every american. >> shepard: the russians chose a candidate with trump and worked against his opponent, hillary clinton. and that there is no dispute. a reminder from the special counsel, robert mueller, that after nearly two years of investigation, it is certain that russia attacked our democracy. robert mueller and his team charged 26 russian nationals and three russian companies related to that election interference. gillian turner reporting live from washington. >> robert mueller began and ended that press conference by highlighting the number 1 issue on his mind as he closes up shop
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at the special counsel's office. it's not collusion, it's not obstruction but russia election interference. >> let me begin where the appointment order begins. that is interference in the 2016 presidential election. as alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, russian intelligence officers that were part of the russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system. >> mueller wraps up his tenure with 34 total indictments issued, 28 related to russian interference. he dropped the troll farm indictment for russian individuals and businesses with conspiracy to defraud the u.s. for interference. before that, in july came the e-mail hacking indictment. that charged 12 russians with hacking democratic computers with the goal of influencing the outcome of 2016's election.
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those charges included aggravated identity theft and money laundering. >> shepard: gillian turner, thank you. put aside politics for just a moment. can you imagine trying to organize an investigation as complex as the one robert mueller just wrapped? all of those witnesses, competing stories, accusations flying every which way, liars and criminals among the groups. in fact, it was so complex that robert mueller had to hand-off parts of it. so we'll see what happened with those loose end investigations. that's next. if you're a veteran homeowner and
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laura ingle live in new york city. >> there's a total of 29 current investigations going on in several jurisdictions with inquiries to the president's taxes, the trump organization, insurance claims and hush money payments. "the new york times" has a tally. while the long-awaited report described 11 transfers of investigations and 14 referrals, many were redacted. here's what we know. the more notable investigations involve the southern district of new york. they include the hush money payments to stormy daniels. a federal prosecutor in manhattan is investigating possible fraud involving the president's inaugural spending and allegations of inflated insurance claims and possible lobbying violations by firms
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recruited by former trump campaign chairman, paul manafort. there's a recent indictment of a chicago bank cio tied to man ford that was trying to get a job with the trump administration and two cases that have not been made public, shep. >> shepard: talk about the transferred cases, if you could. >> when the mueller report wrapped up there were matters that had not been finalized. those cases were transferred to other jurisdictions. the u.s. attorney for the eastern district of virginia handling the former national security adviser michael flynn. and a case involving richard gates, the former tom campaign aide to trump who pleaded guilty to making false statements about conversations with the former russian ambassador. >> shepard: laura ingle, live. thank you so much.
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>> thanks. >> shepard: we've been reporting extensively lately on mount everest and the number of deaths there. now nepal is refusing to limit of the number of permits for mount everest as the government faces criticism for the deadliest climbing season in four years. thus far 11 people have died on everest this year. these two americans. some experienced mountaineers are blaming crowds and the so-called death zone at the top of the mountain. nepal issued 381 permits this year. guides go up with all of those permit holders. so it's crowded. government officials say inexperienced climbers are not the problem. i'm sorry. inexperienced climbers are the problem, not the number of permits. the country is marking the anniversary of the first climb to the top of the world's tallest mountain, edmond hillary was among those that completed the trek in 1953. the dow quickly now before we get away, last 15 seconds of trading, we're off 200 on the
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session. we mentioned that 2770 is a floor on the s&p that could indicate big trouble if they close below that. it appears we will not. the s&p set to close above. here's cavuto. >> neil: the message, you know it already from the special counsel, robert mueller. his job is over. democrats are pushing impeachment saying that is why theirs is just beginning. forget china is. that the real reason why investors on wall street are worrying? we're all over it. welcome. i'm neil cavuto, this is "your world." while mueller didn't say anything that wasn't already in his report, maybe it was his emphasis. it's the door he left wide open for democrats that could mean it will be open season on president trump. why senate judiciary committee tom tillis is not worried. why the tom democrat, mark warner says maybe he should