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>> basically a margarita shot and also gluten-free. >> i'm going to take a strawberry. >> we hollow out the strawberry and typing in very fun and easy. >> >> steve: all eyes on russia to dc robert mueller on this july, 24th will sit down in front of two different committees to answer all the questions. of the big question is what will he say? ainsley: robert miller takes the tv station today. it will be the tv version of the book. brian: he will go in front of the two committees. his chief of staff, late
request within the last hour's. what's with that? is because maybe robert moore doesn't know the report that well? ainsley: he wanted to take questions and they said he can come with un sit next to you. steve: he was not sworn in before the judiciary, but he was sworn in for the intel committee that will talk about russia: visions of that is it. ainsley: first house judiciary in the judicial. brian: this is live outside the office building. reporter: good morning. i'm outside that judiciary committee in its robert bullard tied and it will be a long day for him. the two committees expecting about five hours of testimony. let me show you the breakdown. you see the doors opening as they are getting ready. 8:30 a.m., two and half hours from now starting with chairman jerry
nadler of about five minutes opening statement and then ranking member gets a five-minute opening statement and then at that moment they swear robert mueller in and he will give his opening statements and then questions again with 41 members on the committee is sitting next to him is aaron exactly which is robert mueller's longtime aide and attorney. it was a last-minute request but chairman nadler approved it. although, the president did not. let me show you his tweet saying: reporter: when at the republican members of the judiciary committee, jim jordan, said he did not have questions for him. years who he was to talk to see that my questions will be directed to robert mueller, not aaron. i want robert to answer
the questions despite the fact you had 19 democratic lawyers are to get the president they still found nothing. reporter: sorry about that. i went to play for you chairman nadler you know the democrats that they want to drill into obstruction and here's what we can expect. listen. >> the president and attorney general systematically lied to the american people about what is in the report. they said no obstruction or collusion, although, those three statements are not true. it's important american people understand what was a match report and then we will go from there. reporter: of this is history will be made. this is the crew setting up, but if you look at here i want to give you a quick look with the meeting getting ready the down the hall and what to throw it back to you, but that is-- hi
maddie, that's an intern from california and there's about 200 and turned out there and maddie and her fellow intern friend olivia came here at 60 last night and spend the night here. that ate dinner here, breakfast. are you excited for this historical hearing? >> yes. reporter: why are you here? >> to see history happen reporter: there you go. that's a bit of what happens before we get underway. steve: thank you. you can either arrive there the night before or watch fox. ainsley: you don't have to go there. chris, they are sitting in line what to go into the room? if you wait in the line you are first in the room? reporter: that's right, so really all of these are insurance. i will give you a longer look. and they started arriving yesterday, but when we got here a first at 3:00 a.m. they started coming. come with me if you will, robert. how are you guys doing down there? they are excited. all insurance.
let me show you this, all the way down here in the hallway beds and keep going. are you all interns? ainsley: i love it. reporter: are you excited? by the way, my first job in washington was an intern in 1990, so some of these people make it affected by this historical moment and spend their life in washington. it happened to me. and there is more people down there. ainsley: is there room for all of them in the hearing? reporter: you are here for the hearing? >> im. reporter: you are in intern? >> yes. reporter: why you want to be here? >> i feel like it's a historical event in history and i don't want to miss it especially because i'm working here for the summer and it's a great opportunity. reporter: there you go. i think members of congress the pen on their intern. they get coffee and make copies. they will be a little shorthanded today, but
they will be on recess next week saw these youngsters will get to witness a very very historic day. ainsley: at first i thought they were placeholders for someone else in their office, but they are there to witness history. fascinating. brian: there will be a lot to discuss today and even if this is one of the big hype to work, some people doesn't produce produce a lot of news still the hype back it didn't produce news will be major news, but i think democrats are going on the premise that just by having robert mueller review surprised the report they will gain because only 3% of the country have read the report. i think what we have heard most of it by now already. ainsley: yesterday the media was complaining because they said the doj sent robert mueller a letter telling him to keep testimony within the boundary of the public version of the report , they did that and then yesterday bill barr was walking on the streets of new york fox news approaches him and said is this true, did you send this
letter and his response was this >> you know, at his press conference bob said he intended to stick to the public report tonight-- in conversations with the department his staff was reiterating that it was their position and they asked us for guidance in writing to explain or to tell them our position, so we responded in the department sent the guidance they requested. reporter: more actually requested this? steve: isn't that interesting so mr. robert mueller who will be in the hot seat when it to from the department of justice which hired him for this job what exactly can i legally say and as we just heard from the attorney general, you need to keep to exactly what was in the robert mueller reports of what you'll see is the democrats do their best to try to muddy the president as he launches his
reelection campaign and the republicans will defend the president and attack mr. robert mueller and his team and the origins of the probe like why did you hire who you hired. brian: why did you go out of your way to her democrats, did you understand what political party they were within their background? do you understand the perception and will he get a blank stare back or will he say xy and z, this is what went into it. why didn't you investigate this area as opposed to page 442. steve: it's not in the original robert mueller report he probably won't answer it, so anyway you have mr. robert mueller. brian: will he not answer something like that? mr. robert mueller, why did you pick the roster lawyers you picked? steve: he undoubtably has some ways to get around answering questions. ainsley: why did they stock .-dot all's campaign? how did you get the pfizer warrant and who
paid christopher steel, was it hillary clinton? steve: he might say there is investigation. ainsley: we will be watching. steve: anyway, mr. robert mueller as the department justice and they said keep to the letter of the robert mueller report. adam schiff set a letter to mr. robert mueller and he does like that because he was to answer every question. it reads: pete: in other words, we will ask you questions and we want answers. brian: there-- democratic point of view what they want to call bush and republican view in which they want to call bush and that's why when robert mueller says i will come down and was delayed for a couple weeks, republicans seem as anxious as democrats. here's mark meadows. he will focus on some
things that are not in the report. listen. >> there needs to be fewer speeches of more questions are quite we look at this the conclusions that robert mueller reached are not supported by the facts and it's interesting, adam schiff is writing a letter saying he wants to go beyond the scope of what is reported. he really doesn't want that because the deeper we dive the more we see this whole report and its conclusion starts a ballpark. steve: two hours from right now we will hand over to brett and martha control of the network and you will see all of the robert mueller testimony that is public) fox. ainsley: house judiciary committee at 8:30 a.m. and that's three hours. steve: that will be filled with insurance. ainsley: and everyone who sits on the committee gets five minutes worth of questioning, jerry nadler as you said earlier is the chairman and he will do the opening statements and at 12:00 o'clock house intel committee saying that over the last two hours, and adam schiff
is the chairman of that one. brian: we will discuss that, too different opening statements from both sides and we will see what's accomplish at the end of the day. 10 minutes after the hour. the other big story that happened in new york city but resonating nationwide is how our officers were treated not only brooklyn, but harland-- run into incidents how they were being harassed by the general public after making an arrest and how they didn't even respond when they were doused by water in one case and in another case hit in the head with a bucket while making an arrest. steve: this is so outrageous and those cops and even flinch then again keep in mind the cops are a undoubtably afraid that if someone provokes me and i overreact they are going to go hey, why did you arrest that guy , it's only water. now there is new video that has come out of an
episode on a subway where a guy's taunting the cops on the number four subway yelling in their faces. we have to bleep a lot of it because it's inappropriate for morning television. the police patiently whether that unprovoked stream of verbal abuse and what's again the guy was not arrested. ainsley: wow. steve: you saw the head of the benevolent association who just said this about the general mood and approach with law enforcement in new york city. >> nypd is pretty much being run to the ground. this stems from failed policies you know, we are days since these videos appeared. police commissioner has yet to come out say he will back the officers involved and come to their defense. he is not defended any officers since he's been commissioner. the rank in the file has less confidence in him and it's time he resigned. i'm no fan of the mayor.
i think the mayor has run new york city into the ground. he picked commissioner o'neal to represent nypd that we are grown adults i have 38 years on nypd and i know the difference between right and wrong and what's happening now is wrong so this commissioner o'neill the differences he does nothing about it and the mayor if o'neill doesn't resign the mayor needs to remove him. ainsley: they had to do something about it or it will get worse and worse. i wish they would arrest of these individuals that are attacking our police officers. i don't have a problem with that at all because this needs to be nipped in the bud because it will get out of hand. we will continue to see more videos like this. steve: the police and the public need to know that the mayor and other leaders a stand with the police. ainsley: correct. steve: not against them. that's not too hard. camp america about say i'm on the side of the police. ainsley: police officers in california want to abolish i.c.e. and they stand with the mayor saying we will not follow the law or arrest you if you are
here illegally. brian: one of these guys is a gang member also in the brooklyn you have terrence monahan who said any who thinks it's okay to walk away, they can walk away from something like that maybe they should consider getting into another profession. he's been critical of the cops were walking away regardless. steve: they know who's involved and they are going to arrest them. ainsley: of the one in harlem was-- he looks like in the video he's by himself himself with a bunch of people so is he in harm's way if he starts arresting people? brian: he could call for backup. jillian, you're going to back us up with the news. reporter: we begin with a fox news alert. the governor of puerto rico is expected to step down today. protesters cheering overnight over reports but carter with resignation is imminent.
protesters have been demanding his he stepped down from whether week with league messages in his inner circle revealed insensitive comments and on sunday he announced he would not seek reelection next year but vowed to stay in office. this story is horrific. a utah couple visiting mexico shot and killed execution style in front of their son. poul nielsen and janice were about three hours north of acapulco when they allegedly failed to stop at a checkpoint. they were pulled over by group of armed men and asked to step out of their car that's when they were shot. their 12-year old son was hit and survived. and bar mental protesters arrested after trying to take over the us capital. the group extinction rebellion blocked or doorways in hopes of preventing monikers from attending a vote forcing the issue of climate change. some even super glued to their hands it to the doors. 17 people were charged with obstruction and
others were charged with defacing property. what you do if you go go the bathroom in your hands are super glued to the door? brian: i have no idea but the number one issue in the country's immigration. reporter: how do you get hands off the doors. ainsley: so many questions. that sounds painful. steve: that was a big day in dc and we have another one on top. robert mueller will testify before congress. brian: bret tolman is the former us attorney and knows robert mueller well. had as he think it will go? he will join us next. [music playing] (vo) this is jerry. jerry has a membership to this gym, but he's not using it. and he has subscriptions to a music service he doesn't listen to and five streaming video services he doesn't watch. this is jerry learning that he's still paying for this stuff he's not using. he's seeing his recurring payments in control tower
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steve: zero is on capitol hill with a live picture where former special counsel robert mueller takes center stage today testified and in the 11th hour lawmakers agreed to let his longtime aide appear beside him and our next to get knows robert mueller and says the move is unusual in concert-- should concern both thais. us attorney brett tolman joins us now. a good morning. >> good morning. steve: top investigative aid on the mueller report and chief of staff are in the assembly will be at the witness table.
airline was not sworn in but he has been sworn in for the intel portion which will look into russia collusion. what you make of having him at the table with the boss? >> you know it adds to what we paid our congress and at starts to appear like it's just a show in the circus in a lot of ways and it shows that there is not a whole lot of communication or control about what will happen. i think mueller has him there because of his knowledge of the report and certain he wants him to confirm and cooperate what he states in respect to what's in the report and what's not. steve: you work with trend to-- robert mueller and you know him. it's probably the last place you would want to be because he made it clear he didn't want to
by saying this report will speak for me from here on out, but there probably are some parts you told me during the commercial that mr. mueller would like the public to know more about. it's in the report but didn't get a lot of coverage. >> that's right. i think robert mueller indicate he doesn't want to testify but he had every opportunity to avoid this. of the attorney general indicated he would also help him if he didn't want to testify like he claimed, but i think behind mueller is this desire to get out some allegations on the obstruction of justice. the more salacious parts and accusations that haven't had a lot of play and i think is his moment in the light to try to shine that will bring that issue into the light. steve: clearly both sides when a sound bite that will help their side. democrats once something that makes trump look bad in the republicans will want to attack mueller and his team. the big question is what will he answer, but he should be able to answer why did he fire peter strzok from your team;
right? >> he should be able to answer that. you should able to answer when did you know that the report would conclude no russian conspiracy to those two things aren't privileged or off-limits and they are very vital to understand why we are in this predicament we are today. steve: i read in the "washington post" this morning but apparently democrats are frustrated because so far they have had seven months to investigate with half a dozen committees looking into mr. trump and they don't have anything they can tag him with so they really hope that mr. mueller gives them the jackpot they can run on from here to number 2020. >> democrats went from saying this would be an indictment on the president and now they have moved it to well, we know there is no conspiracy with russia, but we really want to highlight all the bad things we can about the president. steve: five hours of testimony scheduled so far. that's grilling.
can mr. mueller handle that because we have not seen him more than 10 minutes in public for longtime. >> i think bob is getting older and these are exhausting days. you are having five-minute question and answer responses, none of which do you ever feel you're getting a full answer or full exposure of the issue and so i think this will be very difficult for bob. steve: we will find out when he takes the stage two hours from now. brett tolman, former us attorney. thank you for joining us from sully city. >> thank you. steve: what you think, e-mail us meanwhile california city leading the way for liberals with the berkeley becoming the first in the nation to ban natural gas in new homes. everything has to be electric. what does she say? you will want to hear it coming up.
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brian: fox news alert. a man is right now behind bars tried with murdering his university of mississippi classmate ainsley: brandon is accused of shooting 21-year old allie castille multiple times. steve: she is in oxford mississippi with more with led police to the suspect. reporter: good morning peter 22-year old brandon is here at the county jail in the murder of allie castille. allie was 21 years old taking summer classes here at old in this university in my feed friday outside a bar near campus. she went home around midnight, but left again. we don't know the exact relationship between the two, but she and brandon who is also a student here at this were seen on surveillance video at a market about 30
minutes from campus. that's not far from where cops on routine patrol found her body the next day. obviously her family and friends are devastated. you don't ever think it will be your friend ever >> like you just don't think that. >> i was out of breath when i heard about it. reporter: sources tell our fox affiliate in memphis that it appears brandon had blood on his close and a weapon in his car when police arrested him at a convenience store in south memphis appeared brenda's father released a statement to the local nbc affiliate saying i know my son is innocent and i have reasons to believe that i cannot share now, but i would ask everyone to please give him the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. now, brandon is being held without bond again at the lafayette county jail turkey to be back in court today we will update you if he is. ainsley: thank you.
innocent a proven guilty. 29 minutes after the top of the hour. berkeley california is known for liberal views and now it's become the first city in the nation to ban natural gas from new homes and businesses. steve: other california cities are considering their own natural gas man as well, but it burns clean so is the problem. steve: here to react to someone who lives in california. tommy from fox nation. tommy, what is wrong with natural gas? >> listen, this is just another assault on freedom from right here in california and it's another regulation that will make things more expensive. natural gas is usually about half the costs of electric heating, more efficient, faster and like other moronic policies in california this new band likely doesn't help the environment at all because the electric grid is powered by fossil fuels which is
also important to note if you are in california we import electricity from neighboring states. if they use that so-called dirty energy like: so it's another regulation that makes liberals feel better but actually doesn't help the environment much. steve: to make the case a report recited noting the burning of natural gas within city building accounted for 21st-- 27% of berkeley's total greenhouse gases and to put that in context 27% is equivalent to 20 million gallons of gasoline a year, so it's a very greenest city and they are thinking it's a step in the right direction, but to create that electricity that everything will run on, they burn a lot in many cases. >> absolutely and that's something they don't bother to look into our tell people because when i come out with a policy like this all the climate change crusaders cheered it seems like a green policy and californians are excited because we are taken a hold of the screen
resolution, but at the end of the day it doesn't help much and it makes california more unaffordable for people who already cannot afford california. ainsley: city council voted unanimously that starts january 1 if you live in berkeley. ainsley: tell us about your new show on fox nation, new interaction. >> another new one. i think everyone will enjoy it especially nfl fans or maybe former nfl fans i sit down with former nfl player and we have a very lively and heated debate about all things including politics, life, socialism, capitalism, all of it. using concert-- you see conservatives on social media, do you think they are treated different and censored to a higher degree? >> the language in which you use has a correlation to the same language that white nationalists use. it has the same feel.
steve: tommy? >> i had a great conversation with him and you can watch that whole episode on fox nation but it's another example of the left constantly telling trump supporters we are racist, intolerant. great conversation and also mentioned he is one that proudly kneeled up for the national anthem and we talked about that as well and that's streaming right now on fox nation. steve: if you don't have fox nation gary, go to fox nation.com. and download the app to your tommy thank you very much. ainsley: thirty-three minutes after the top of the hour per tomorrow is national hire a veteran day and we have six companies on the fox square hiring veterans right now. this is the couple who wanted to get away
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they protect us and when he grows up he wants to be an army captain. that is a beautiful image. very patriotic, thank you, jason. tomorrow is national hire a veteran day so we are getting a jump start with our own veteran job the square and joining us is first marine captain and ceo of wild bill's old-fashioned soda pop company and he is joined by josh fraser with the sales department if you guys a served together in afghanistan? >> we did. now, we are working together in this business. ainsley: thank you for your service, first of all and now, for getting back to the economy. what you doing to barber national veterans day? >> our team will be ready to go to about 10 events this weekend with retell pop-ups that service over 400 events and 300,000 customers annually so they work every weekend and accomplish the mission similar to what they do during the year. ainsley: tell me about the company. >> we are all about the experience and we customize stainless steel collectible mugs
and commemorate events all across the country and represent different brands. it's an awesome country, we are veteran focused in a large part of the committee is veteran employed. ainsley: i can walk up to one of these stands on the street and get a mug and drink rocky mount and ruby are. >> all the sordid your heart desires. ainsley: how do you get a job with your company? >> specifically for veterans who we built the company with its careers .-dot wild bill soda.com. to get touch with us. ainsley: thank you all so much and god bless you. thanks for serving. this is kettle bell kitchen. good morning. introduce yourself. >> andy. ainsley: let your name? >> joe. ainsley: have you served our country? >> yes, combat engineer the army. >> black hawk pilot in the army. ainsley: awesome. thank you. when he got back on the
all started this company >> yes. ainsley: tell me about your company. >> personalized meal plans using scientists and nutritionist and we ship nation wide 40 kind of plan you desire. ainsley: amazing. you know ed henry, tell me your story how you're helping them. >> actually met ed henry here on the morning show it started getting him meals and he's been eating them are sense. ainsley: he needed to lose that weight to have the surgery to give part of his liver to his sister. thank you. over to you, steve. steve: thank you. from war horses for veterans want to introduce you to patrick benson who lives in kansas city to tell us what you do. >> nonprofit based out of kansas city missouri for combat veterans and we provide communication skills and opportunities for combat veteran around the country free to help them in the
workplace and be professional in their personal and worklife. steve: people can come back as many times as they want to and when they are there would've they do? >> the biggest healing point as we do bringing veterans together peer greed take care of our own and that's important obviously import to support veteran owned businesses and higher veterans and some things we do is mentorship with ceos. steve: you are looking to higher veterans that if people need more information out of they get a hold you? >> warhorses for veterans.org. steve: thank you. come on over here and from home helpers we have ceo, emma dickenson. emma, good morning. >> how are you? steve: tell us about your organization? >> it was founded in 1997 providing in-home care service and support in more than a thousand communities nationwide taking care of seniors as they went to age in
place and those recovering from illness and injury and those that face lifelong challenges with their health. steve: it's a big job and you have a lot of people interested in contacting your company so you need a lot of veterans. >> we do. we are looking to hire 3000 veterans were service family members and we have partnered with the department of the military service employment partnership and we are hosting a facebook live then tomorrow from noon until 1:00 p.m. to learn more. steve: very good-- very good. briefly, emma, why is it a veteran is a really good employee? >> they make really good employees because they have a service minded omission and does their family and their very compassionate so we look for compassion and character and when we hire that we train for skill. steve: more information? >> home helpers healthcare.com. /military. steve: emma, thank you. brian? brian: me patrick montgomery.
what brings you here today? >> i'm here to talk about my company based northwest of kansas city, missouri. steve: you were an army guide when you got out you wanted to do your own thing? >> yes circe to tell me about what make sure beats the best? >> we ship also the stuff across country. steve: for beef novices what is this? >> it's a special breed from japan that we now have here in america and what makes it special is the intramuscular fat, almost all prime beef. brian: and only hires veterans? >> that's right. brian: why's that import? >> the culture we bring from the military to the country carries over. brian: would you be as successful if you do not join? >> i don't think so, absolutely not. the skills you take from the military. brian: had a we find out more? >> follow us on social media. brian: great job. now, for some fun,
janice, take away. janice: i have a microphone. joe has a microphone over here are tell me about your team. >> my name is joe and this is my wife, leslie and my daughter jenna. we are here representing the american corn hole league. we are supporting a cause that's coming up next month in valley forge, pennsylvania. we are offering a $25000 prize pool for all horses here we are supporting navy, air force, marines, veterans, you know anyone can play. anyone can win. that's what we are here for your we are proud to be here and be part of this. brian: "fox & friends".com. for more info but un veterans to compete also >> absolutely. brian: corn hole is the hottest thing in america right now. janice: the best part is you don't really get injured and you can do it in the heels.
brian: she's way too close; correct? >> correct. brian: we are sending the wrong message to america. come back here. janice: thank you for your service. brian: 27 feet. come back, please. janice: i'm good. brian: jillian, you can take away. thanks so much for all of you to-- for coming down and thanks for what you do for the veterans. janice: thank you so much for your service. reporter: let's start off with this headline, a little girl launched into the air by a charging bison at yellowstone. look at this. >> oh, my god. reporter: that's hard to watch and the shocking moment caught on camera as a group of about 50 visitors looked on. the 9-year old was checked out by park staff and will be okay, but this incident is an under investigation. three members of the
squad vote against the resolution supporting it -- opposing a boycott of israel. >> i can't stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government in the state of israel. reporter: freshman squad and 14 others voting against the bipartisan resolution. the house easily passed it opposing a global movement to boycott israel. controversy in chicago after kids hit a piñata shaped like a tranny officer. knowledge. children lined up to smash the piñata at an organization organized by the-- they wanted to make a statement about deportation. kids took swings and proceeds will go towards helping asylum-seekers. extreme weather. watch has a tornado rips
off a hotel group on cape cod massachusetts. this is one of two twisters to touchdown in the area. incredible video showing a man stuck on a sailboat during a severe storm. he is on there is seemingly panicked senior meteorologist janice dean is live with what we can expect today seems like it will be more calm. janice: that tornado is a rarity. they have only had four since 1950 on cape cod. that's a cold front responsible for this wonderful weather on the east coast. we are in the 60s in new york on the way down the eastern seaboard. we will bump the temperatures up over the next couple of days, but we will enjoy a rare break of 81 as a daytime high. you can see the cold front pic that's the same cold front that brought the tornado new england so a better day today and we will watch the potential for read across florida and the four corners and of course i'm going to continue to play corn
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steve: robert mueller-- robert mueller is at the testify today with the proximity making sure everyone knows democrats are ready. reporter: has democrats headed into one last session. has democrats huddling in a last-minute practice session. >> democrats were practicing for the hearing today. >> democrats know this may be their last chance to convince the american public on impeachment.
>> special counsel in person testimony is what democrats have been waiting for. reporter: preparing to question robert mueller and a make or break moment for their case against the president. >> democrats see this as a big important moment. reporter: well, this is a "washington post" headline reports democrats are frustrated as house investigator struggle to unearth any major resident-- revelation about president trump brian: so my swing and a miss and our next guest says they shouldn't expect anything new. former florida attorney pam bondi is here to explain. why don't you think they should expect some the new? they seamer hurston there's a lot of stuff in the report the president-- that doesn't make the president look good to required you think expectations should be low for democrats? >> because nadler will ask a bunch of questions tried to lead robert mueller down a rabbit hole and i won't happen. as special prosecutor rise the report them and they stick to their report. i have been a special prosecutor. that's what you do. you come up with the
report, find conclusions which is what he did and he found no collusion, no obstruction and that's the bottom line and i think mueller frankly will be more concerned with what the republicans will ask him about why he continued on and when did he find out the pfizer warrant was false and why he continued with that investigation. it's basically a dog and pony show today by the democrats. ainsley: what happens at about seven hours when this is over? who walks away the winner? >> i think president trump walks away the winner. ainsley: why is that? >> we have seen 675 days that they drag this out. 500 search warrants, 2800 subpoenas and a $40 million for the taxpayers that democrats could been using to help fix infrastructure, our border, solidified that -- all the things that need to be done, ratified to help our
country and it's totally going to backfire on them. steve: pam, what you make about the fact that the 11th hour apparently they have asked that his top investigative aid chief of staff on the special counsel report aaron zebley sit at the witness table with him? he won't answer any questions in the first session, but in the afternoon he has already been sworn in and he can answer questions in the intel committee. >> this is the same attorney who represented one of clinton's people in the whole computer breach issue. isn't that interesting? now he's coming in as robert mueller's counsel i think mueller is doing that because he's concerned about the questions the republicans will ask him, when did you know that pfizer warrant was based on false information? that is critical and why did you continue on with your investigation when you knew that? when that investigator needs an attorney, he is
concerned. brian: the whole thing is they will say is it true that corey lewandowski told jeff sessions to recuse himself, is it true you told don mcgann to fire her robert mueller and they will say yes according to the report. those are the moments that are recorded, but they want them as a sound bites exactly right. they are trying to turn pretty much zero report into a dramatic production. don by the way testified 30 hours, that's crazy. white house counsel subjected himself to 30 hours in the president gave them unfettered access to everything to the campaign, the white house and they still came up with nothing. brian: thanks for coming up for us in getting up with us. >> thank you. steve: big program, still ahead as we await robert mueller's testimony on capitol hill, mari honor of rivera, former acting attorney general matthew whitaker and the president's
♪ brian: don't bring me down as we look at the capitol dome a lot of action inside capitol hill later today because it's mueller time. ainsley: robert mueller takes the tv stage today at 8:30 a.m. will have course coverage of that but martha and bret will cover it live from dc and their coverage starts at 8:15 will keep you posted on every link so you can watch the hearing. steve: we still get paid for three hours. [laughter]
ainsley: over the next hour. [laughter] brian: five opening theme invite gather, five-minute statement opening by collins and then in opening statements. different one in the morning and one in the afternoon. two different committees, a lot of unscripted situations and big-time agendas. ainsley: three hours judiciary committee and then they take a 30 minute break at 12:00 o'clock another two, 2.5 hours in the intel committee. steve: it will take place inside one of those people committee hearing rooms in the rayburn office building and across the street from the capital. somehow griff jenkins has gotten inside the actual room in his right over by the witness table where mr. mueller will fit in about 90 minutes. reporter: that is right. good morning. they will clear the room here momentarily but they're letting us have a look. you broke it down while at 8:30 less than 90 minutes you have that first opening statement by chairman nadler and five-minute ranking member doug
collins statements swearingen mueller and then he will deliver his opening statement which we had not seen yet but were looking at the day. let me give you a feel for the room. you have the media as well doing their life shot and they will all have to leave, clear the room and reset for it. as you look at the dais here can't quite see it but there is a copy of the mueller report in front of every member so it will be fascinating if mr. mueller is able to reference a specific moment in the report that they want the member to look at and he might even track them to say page 117 or 241 - i don't know but will find out. of course, it's two hearings that will happen happen both in this actual room and you will have about 41 members here on the judiciary committee takes about three hours and i knew they will reset with the intelligence committee. alongside mr. mueller will be his longtime eight an attorney, it was a late addition to question mr. miller and approved and he will not testify but he
will give advice and the president not wanting to acknowledge that was a good move. here's what he tweeted out yesterday. >> robert mueller has not asked for his longtime lawyer to sit behind them and help with answers. what is this all about? his lawyer represented the server guy who got him a free in the cricket hillary case. rigged witchhunt. republican jim jordan said - well, he did not have questions but he has questions for muell mueller. >> my question will be directed to robert mueller. they're not to his attorney but i want robert mueller to answer the questions despite the fact that you had 19 democrat lawyers out to get the president they still found nothing. reporter: make no mistake democrats are not satisfied on the question of obstruction and we talking about it for a long time and this is the culmination
of a more than two-year investigation into russian interference and chairman of the committee, jerry, gave us a preview of what we can expect, take a listen. >> the president and attorney general have systematically lied to the american people about what was in that report and they said no obstruction in the occlusion and although those persimmons are not true and it's important that the american people understand what was in that report and we'll go from there. reporter: perhaps the reason for the highest state of anticipation we all have here is whether or not mr. mueller, former marine, will stick and marines follow direction i did doj guidance and not go beyond the support particularly when republicans ask questions about the dossier and origins of it. we will have to wait and find out. russian interference, we may learn something new, possibly to what chairman shift say but just
because we talked about it last hour i did a count in the hallway and my intercounty people waiting to see was 127 and that count was a half an hour ago and getting more busy in here. steve: a lot of congressmen without coffee at 7:05. brian: does not mean a character cannot see again or have theatrics, right? reporter: listen, security will be very tight, brian. it's become a regular thing as people get in here and obstruct that will not happen today and there on a tight schedule but will have to wait and find out be to interns spent the night in the hallway to get a good seat. how many seats are there? enough to house all of them? reporter: the room hold about hundred people so they know they may get put into a spillover room but the fact that they are out to the night and there's democrats, republicans talking about the hearing and the woman we showed you from california
was in the front of the line brought two things with her to buy the time p.m. last night, knitting and a copy of the mueller port. brian: there you go. griff, thank you very much. steve: rather than an outburst the protesters superglue themselves to the walls. we could hear from the president after some of the testimony today because he will be transporting himself to west virginia for a fundraiser. he said he might not watch it. i'm sure he will watch it but he is watching it was happening because ten minutes ago he set out another tweet. ainsley: this is what it says but democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on an innocent president and when he bites back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our country they call it obstruction?
wrong. why did robert mueller investigate the investigators. ainsley: . brian: if you read the first part only you will see things after trump wins the election and this - they had no contact with russia. this is what the russians were telling russian oligarchs that be talk to the mueller group, as it is news broke the trump had been elected president they were trying to make inroads into the new administration but they appeared not to have any pre-existing contacts and struggle to connect with any senior officials. i mean, if you read this you understand by the president is so frustrated. ainsley: democrats have been having mike hearings and that yesterday and jerry nadler is preparing to those opening statements and they are trying to make it look like he obstructed this is their time. that's why they had the smart
thing. they are so prepared but i will state their pockets are prepared, too. doug collins was up with the staff until 11:00 p.m. last night preparing and put on the feet and is prepared. steve: the way the president ended the tweet is clear the republicans are going to go after mueller's team and the origins of the probe. meanwhile, we heard yesterday in fact we told you that apparently that letter that the moment of justice sent over to mr. mueller was requested by mr. mueller and the current attorney general confirmed that yesterday to fox news on the streets of new york city. >> as you know, it's press conference bob had said he intended to stick with the public report and not go beyond that and in conversations with the department, his staff was reiterating that that was their position and they asked us for guidance in writing to explain or tell them what our position was so we responded in writing that the department that the guidance they requested. brian: mueller requested - he
requested guidance but is not me to get a question for example, how do you feel about attorney general bars statement prior to the leasing of your report? how do you feel that that letter properly represented with that report was about and that would be something i imagine, he could answer without having an attorney present. ainsley: media was up in arms saying i can't believe the attorney general sent robert mueller a letter telling him what to say and then . brian: oh wait, he asked for that? ainsley: yeah, he wanted to put it in writing. brian: where does that stack up on the agenda of america? what are the most important problems facing america right now? the instruction of justice is not. ainsley: it's over with. they've moved on. brian: gallup did a new poll this past month of the top overall problems and as you can see, right now 27% of the country says it's immigration.
23% says it's for leadership or government or congress and as you can see in single-digit race relationships, healthcare, environment and climate change. 27% immigration number is it was 23% in june and it has gone up four points in four weeks. ainsley: go ahead. brian: if you noticed something else going on that below service and healthcare rank ever and it's usually one or two for both parties. if you see the 24 democrats running for president and see the squad in action it is amazing. every day you get up and it seems like the left is more and more left to the point where many democrat leaders are panicking that they are out of step with america, unable to get the majority of the public around their message. ainsley: let me tell you what's so interesting if you read gallup's article. they have been asking the question what's most important to you and they asked or put in immigration and 1993, 3%.
on average about 6% of americans cited immigration since on average. there have been occasional spikes but never this high and it never reached 27%. it's extremely rare for any issue to ever. steve: for it to go up four points in four weeks . ainsley: do you know why? democrats went to the facilities at the border and said it's our president. brian: and the ice enforcement actions over that we can the president waited and so america is tuned into that and of course if you look at immigration it depends on whether you do it as a humanitarian crisis. ainsley: democrats trying to pin the president to obstruction and that's what they're all up in arms about and that's why it's hours and hours of committee hearings today when you at home probably want them to fix this problem, immigration. brian: that's what i was getting do before was the majority of american public thinks decriminalizing legal wording crossing and reparations for
slavery in 60% of the country says that idea and that is because radical plans by democrats are resonating with just radical democrats and there's not enough of them to win an election. steve: and that's in npr, pbs quote. it also finds out that the green deal is very popular and so is a wealth tax. stay tuned. brian: a green deal not even popular with democrats who now come up with their own deal better than the new green deal. meanwhile, to a fox news alert. a man is behind bars for murdering his . ainsley: brandon is accused of shooting that young lady right there is a 21 -year-old allie castille and shot her allegedly multiple times. steve: aisha has any is in oxford, mississippi with more on what led police to the suspect. aisha. reporter: yeah, 22 -year-old brandon is here at the loss [inaudible] county july me and no bonds for him.
he is accused in the murder of allie castille. she was 21 years old and here studying at ole ms. university taking summer classes and laughing friday night outside a bar near campus and went home around midnight but left again. we don't know the exact relationship between the two but she and brandon who is also a student at ole ms. were seen on surveillance video at a market about 30 minutes away from the campus. that is not far from where caps on routine patrol found her body the next day. allie's friends are devastated. >> she loved just hanging out with her friends and she was the person who always wanted to be run. >> when i was runner i felt like a spirit was being lifted. reporter: sources tell our fox affiliate in memphis that it appeared brandon had blood on his close and a weapon in his car when police arrested him at
a convenience store in south memphis. bring the father releasing a statement to the local affiliate in memphis saying i know my son is innocent and i have reason to believe that. i can't share anything now but i would ask everyone to please give him the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. again, when it does not get bond and he appeared without bond could be back in court today. steve: aisha reporting live from oxford, mississippi. brian: meanwhile, in another fox news alert. ainsley: let's get started with this news. the governor of henrico expected to step down today. protesters during overnight over local reports of his resignation is imminent.
>> protesters have been demanding his to step down for more than one week. week messages from within his inner circle revealed sensitive comments. on sunday he announced he would not reelection next year but vowed to stay in office. a shocking new study reveals the brain of u.s. diplomats after mysterious attacks at the u.s. embassy in cuba. scientists are testing 40 diplomats who suffered headaches, nausea and memory loss as reports of mysterious noises in havana in 2016. part of that rate controlled walking, writing that was affected but cuban government has denied any involvement in the cause of the symptoms is still unknown. the 911 victim compensation fund bill is headed to the president's desk. it cleared the senate with a thunderous applause. the bill ensures that first responders never run out of money. senator kirsten delivered one of
the primary authors of the bill denied new york mayor in 2020 opponent bill deblasio request to attend the news conference. the spokesperson says it was reserved for sponsors and advocates a look at your headlines and that was certainly big news when that came down. brian: jillian, thank you. ainsley: first they were getting drenched with water and now new york city police officers are getting rated on the subway. >> [inaudible]. steve: retired new york city police department commander says it's mayor deblasio's fault and joe will join us next. brian: plus, don't go away. mariano rivera will be your life with some of the controversy around the hall of fame induction, not for baseball but other stuff. in 24 hours, you'll send him off thinking you've done everything for his well being.
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brian: they did not stop it. ainsley: it continue to mock and laugh with shocking video showing new york city police officers under attack what they are trying to just do their job. brian: here to react, your reaction to that, joe. >> i'm so disgusted with that. it's appalling. brian: they are outnumbered. cops are outnumbered. >> yet, you could call for backup and everyone could second-guess and quarterback this kid over there but the cops today have a difficult job and from what i understand this young cop was fresh out of the academy. brian: to rookies spirit yes, and now on probation. ainsley: not because he got in trouble - >> because the fresh out of the academy. ainsley: you can't sneeze - >> what is the definition of doing your job today? no one knows because everything is so politically motivated in
this city that you have a mayor that is more concerned with running for president and then can't even run the city. the cops do not respect him and then the public underneath him that will do anything he says and no support for the cops. cops are out there going what happens if i turn around and grab the sky and it's all on video and this and that and i'll lose my job. last night was on mark was on in second-guessing the scotsman you can't do it because you're not in their shoes. i guarantee you no one told them to walk away. that's on their own. their reasons are there reasons. but it's not like it used to be. brian: for example, terrence monahan says this as a make arrest there are a couple guys who thought it was all right to throw water in buckets but it's not right. the officers called for backup and the group eventually scattered but at that moment what you do at that moment? it was 1977 and with you how you have handled it? >> call for backup backup interrupted you face the guy who did it.
that's water but it could have been anything else. could've been bleach or asset or anything. we've had so much stuff thrown at us from the roofs of apartment buildings and it's part of the job but it's sad that they look like they're walking away with her tail between the legs but meanwhile they might have been walking away to regroup, get back up and go then go in. you don't know it we can't second-guess them. we can do is support them. ainsley: the culture has changed so much but that's what happened. when i was growing up i remember watching the news and if you shot a cop you got the electric chair in south carolina. i remember knowing we had to respect the police officers. we were fearful of them out of respect because we knew they were in charge and what they said goes. now the culture is laughing at the cops, there was water on them back 20 years ago that would not have happened in that
kid would've gotten arrested. guys are on the subway, yelling at the cops, face to face feeling vulgar things and the men have to just stand there and culture is changed. they're worried about getting in trouble. brian: what do you do here? >> you are listening and they're waiting for you. the waiting for you . brian: you're allowed to prorate a cop like that? >> in the city you can do whatever you want to a cop according to what's going on right now but back in the day you got right back in the guys face and take them down and do what you have to do and it's an arrest. it's a verbal assault and an assault with the bucket and it's an assault helicopter matter how you look at it but today you can arrest that guy and he will go to court and there will be sympathy in court and help walk away and there will be further vindication for them. this is the culture we created. brian: recruitment is down 11%. joe, thanks. we'll see what happens. one of the guy was a gang member in the video.
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♪ i want to thank my good lord and savior, jesus christ. i'm humbled and blessed to receive this incredible honor. i bless you all and love you. thank you. brian: new york legend, mariano rivera officially inducted into the baseball hall of fame. he is life here this morning and we welcome him from our bullpen, the green room, number 42.
ainsley: congratulations. hall of famer. god bless you thank you. brian: they're playing your walkout music. when you hear that music what goes through your head? back ready to go. business. ainsley: i love your speech when you are inducted you love the lord and i heard you talk before and your christianity is most important to you. >> amazing. number one. ainsley: how is your story? >> at age 24 my wife got stick in my she got chickenpox when my son was in her will and the doctor told her to stay away with people from chickenpox and she got infected that year. he was supposed to be born with this vertebrae being open so his head would've been growing to the point he would die but a friend of ours [inaudible] there
was a women's conference and they took her and pray for her and he was healed. amazing. brian: when you got the first unanimous everyone voted that you belong in, first time ever, for some eligible but it was not initially supposed to start like that. you are trying to break and ended up being the greatest closer of all time. why? >> good question. i'll have to ask that when we go to heaven and i'll ask the lord what happened. i was just happy to be in the big leagues. regardless of what i was doing as a father or believer but little did i know [inaudible] when they took me away from the rotation and put me in the bullpen they like but i did in the following year [inaudible]
he won the championship and in 97 i became the closer. i was struggling for a little bit earlier in my career in the month of april but [inaudible]. brian: yeah, the pitching coach. >> yeah, he's amazing. and as long as i'm that yankees manager you will be my closer. maybe that's the only thing i needed but after that within one week the lord gave me my favorite pitch. brian: . steve: for young pitchers watching right now explain how that pitch works so they can feel it and use it and become - [laughter] >> what happened was . steve: how do you do it? >> from the lord gave it to me i was throwing a normal fastball
so i was throwing the ball but then i don't know where but we tried to stop the ball from moving [inaudible] after new york we went to detroit and were playing and he was trying to, he wanted me to throw the ball in different ways and the different ways i through worked out even more and i said i just had to learn to use it. seventeen years after that. [laughter] brian: one thing about you is i hope you don't take this wrong but it's easy to be happy when you win but to be but to know how to lose you had big moments that did not go your way against the diamondbacks and red sox. the red sox fans even appreciated you because you said i blew it coming back next year
and he took them out next year. he won the world series after that. where does that come from? >> you have to understand the business in the game. sometimes you will win and sometimes you lose. but because it didn't come away i consider myself a loser and i'm a winner whatever it is. i'm a winner. they beat us last time and they deserve it. steve: that same weekend you were inducted unanimously into the hall of fame the daily beast had headline online and said inside baseball hall of famer mari arnold rivera's hard right politics and the writer, robert silverman wrote about you, he's also served at the pleasure of a racist president taken part in thinly veiled propaganda on behalf of the far right government in israel and gotten chummy with outright bigots and apoplectic wounds and none of this would be inscribed on his
hall of fame plaque and it should even if much of the sports world would very much like to pretend it does not exist with the hall of famer's actions make it clear his actions lie with the trump administration. you had not seen that until we talked about it this morning. what do you make of that? >> i tell you what, president trump told me he was in the frame of mind before he became the president. because he is my president, i will not turn my back on him. i respect him and believe he's doing the best for the united states of america. brian: are your top friend connect. >> i'm his friend. when it comes to israel as a christian if my savior, jesus christ, chooses you so how will i turn my back and say i won't support israel? brian: and your message to that writer is - >> you have the power to say whatever you want to say.
that will change my position. that won't change my belief. ainsley: what about the t-shirt you are holding? >> number 42. my whole story. i will put it like this so you can see. my hometown and my beautiful, and new york when i got to new york and pitching at yankee stadium with five championships in cooperstown. brian: go to the mariano rivera foundation. >> one 100% to the foundation. the thing is i wanted to build a learning center and with this learning center in the new rochelle i want to . ainsley: he and his wife built a learning center in new rochelle and help kids and that was there but thank you for what you do. congratulations. steve: congratulations, mariano.
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mueller has agreed to testify before the house judiciary and intel committees the market will answer questions related to his report on russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. >> there is tremendous value in america hearing from bob mueller. >> even mueller speaking the words of his own report allowed to carry a lot of weight. ainsley: after weeks of anticipation former special counsel robert mueller will deliver his first public testimony. brian: joining us in his first interview since leaving the permit of justice is former acting attorney general, matthew whitaker. >> great to be here. steve: what do you think will happen, mr. mueller will sit down in 15 minutes and start saying what? >> it will be interesting. i think the democrats especially of the judiciary committee want to get him to bring to life the report because that was, if your
member, let's show the people the movie because they won't read the book and it insults americans for taking this seriously and have paid attention. you not see bob mueller leave the four corners of the docume document. i thank you will for to the document a lot more than will be desired and he will not offer opinions when they ask him what do you think of this behavior of the president or what this person did. i don't thank you will learn a lot today what it will put on video 440 some odd page report. brian: i'm just curious within the last 12 hours it became clear that his longtime associate will be there and he requested him to be sworn in. who is this guy? what is your reaction to the skin. >> i wish when i did my judiciary committee hearing i would have had a wing man to help me with the answers. [laughter] there's a lot of information you need to remember and bob mueller will speak for a team that was
almost 20 lawyers and another twice as many investigators. he will have to distill that information and remember within the report. it will be like a security blanket working man that can interject or say that's not exactly what the report says and let me help you with that. it will be an interesting demand dynamic because no one knows who that guy is and i'm not sure how that will be viewed of having this person supporting mueller. steve: why can't he answer the question itself? >> it will provide an interesting dynamic. ainsley: they only get five minutes each. those questions will be directed to him. talk about the preparations to go into this and what we can expect from the democrats and publicans because of both been preparing and the democrats have had my things and people of sun out this memo to everyone and in their body and have been up late last night preparing to. what can we expect? what will be the message from each side? >> i think each side needs to make sure it's a perfect and simple message. the democrats will try to say there's all the various things and is consistent with how they demean and try to take down the
president and score political points. you'll end up with the left of a political survey trying to score clinical points. on the right you talk about how this investigation started and why are we here and why in part to where it says were not saying the president committed any crimes so what are we talking about as it relates to all this alleged obstruction or attempted obstruction which having been there and supervise this investigation i can tell you, as i read the report, it is not what the special counsel regulations required i was surprised once it came out what bob mueller had put down on paper. brian: in what way? >> special counsel regulations are there because of the serious conflicts having all these political appointees, supervise the litigation with special counsel and they're supposed to make prosecution decisions and that's what they do.
what he did here is to not make those prosecution decisions but recited the facts of the investigation. that is inconsistent with what the regulations require we want to thank you donna for obstruction? >> no we want what about pollution? >> no. there is clearly no collusion. let me be clear, in the report on his face in part one states that the president was not part of the conspiracy with the russians. brian: it flat out says that? yes, it flat out says that. remember there if there is no underlying crime it's hard to have obstruction the u.s. attorney in some of the charged crimes - i just can't member of time for the underlying crime and would have charged or even alleged in obstruction or attempted obstruction. unfortunate thing is the political noise and what's going on and all the experts on both sides of the former u.s. attorney and my former
colleagues and they say definitively x, y or z but it's just not the case. is our arthel and science of this but as i read it and i'm very familiar with the facts in the situations involved it's not even a close call. steve: mr. whitaker, you presided over the permit of justice during the horror with investigation and you've got to figure at some point mr. mueller will be asked about the origin of the fbi investigation and will say we got someone looking into that and i can't comment on that but however, he could comment on why did you fire peter struck? >> there's a lot of questions surrounding the infestation but i don't think bob mueller will be willing to answer. steve: why connect. >> he said his report is his testimony and i think he will be very frustrating for both sides when they ask these questions to get him to refuse these
allegations that are on the periphery of the investigation but that's a serious quote. brian: what would you ask robert mueller? >> i would want to know why he did not make consistent with the special counsel regulations prosecution or declaration decisions and why in part two did he just can't and make it someone else's problem to deal with? ainsley: we want to know that too. james calmly said he would be invited if you are not chump for the president and so many reviews of night they'd wait a minute, james calmly, if you read the whole report there were ten points of possible obstruction but then everyone i heard last night who read all of those who were lawyers said when they read through it theres absolutely no crime committed when you look at those ten points and you say the same thing, no crime? >> yes, in fact, part two says they are not alleging the president committed a crime. that is where they had that we
didn't exonerate him. everyone forgets the first part is that not alleging he committed a crime. i don't think any of those ten rise to the level of a chargeable offense but i read it carefully and am familiar with those episodes and i was surprised to see so many legal experts, and is a - you wouldn't. ainsley: give us an example, please. >> firing jim comay is a prime example. the presidents exercising his presidential power of article two and is allowed to do it and cannot be the intent element is so important for obstruction and it's just not there is no evidence in the frustrating thing for me - in part one they do a good analysis of the law and the facts and how the intertwined part two they - they make allegations about the facts and give witnesses more credibility than they deserve. andy mccabe gets credibility
about what he said or what he remembered and i would not give any mccabe any credibility as a witness in a trial. if you boil it down, part two i think it just does not by mueller do not do what he should have done under relations. brian: you walk in there, replaced jeff sessions, what did you walk into? how much did this russian probe way on donald trump's first two years? >> it was the cloud that hung over but at the same time i saw a president date today that was missing his agenda and able to with all the noise and what ended up being false allegations. if you remember all these people all these experts on tv what they were saying and now you have a sport it's good for the president to get this behind them and continue to commerce the agenda. if you look at the economy, how well it is doing the president has presided over that but a place a structure - the economy will continue to chug along for years to come and all the things he's published with the crisis on our border the president -
we've done everything we possibly could to come up with other ways to fix this and fix the problem and the president was able to, even while to still accomplish a large part of his agenda is admirable and it's honorable to serve in the ministration speaker you will watch it along with everybody 40 minutes from now and that is what the photographers are waiting for in that room. thank you, matthew. brian: thank you for your first interview after leaving. steve: as they await the arrival of robert mueller there in the rayburn office building on capitol hill we understand he has left his house and is en route. you will see it all here on box. who used expedia to book the vacation rental that led to the ride ♪ which took them to the place where they discovered that sometimes
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♪ steve: this is a fox news alert that you're looking inside the committee hearing room at the rayburn office building. robert mueller arrived at the complex moments ago. there he is reporters did ask him a number of questions. >> what do you think of the letter sent by doj? brian: he did not answer.
ainsley: our next guest, ian pryor, served as the spokesperson for doj with a special counsel "interest is now to weigh in on this. good morning to you, ian can you tell us what you expect to see today? >> sure, i agree with former attorney general whitaker. i don't thank you will see by mueller go outside the scope, if at all, of the report. he's been in public service for years and this will be his most high-profile personal testimony and the last thing he wants to leave as a legacy to be the next james comey and violate all kinds of departmental rules and ethical rules by disclosing things that the president has not had the opportunity or privilege to. brian: could he talk about - maybe he feels frustrated during the what the president left out the witchhunt and by mueller's compromised and rumors about him being fired, could that get under him personally and could he somehow lashed out today in the statements?
>> i tend to doubt that but i think it's in the report. in part two they address all of those issues. i think he will stick to that report and i don't think he will go beyond it but of course, as we know democrats will use this opportunity to put on film what was in the report and that will serve two purposes and going to a perfectly willing media that will want to report everything as news even if it is not new and also it will give video fodder for political ads next fall in 2020 and have by mueller on television repeating the things that were in the report, even if ultimately nothing came of that report. steve: and, essentially you are saying it's like - someone writes a book and becomes a movie and the book has already been written and he will stay within the four corners of that and the democrats and the publicans just want to hear him say those words out loud? >> that's absolutely correct that there were stories written this morning for democrat said
some unnamed democrat said no one reads a book and everyone wants to watch the movie. that is what democrats are counting on. ultimately, the political class, washington dc, the media they will all watch this for most americans have heard about the mueller board and know what's going around and will not spend the time watching this hearing. most of it will fall on deaf ears at this point in time with americans out there that have other things to do. ainsley: it's a long movie, 5.5 hours. any bombshells you're expecting today? >> i don't expect any bombshells. i find it interesting that we have this last-minute addition with the deputy special counsel to come and testify. i think the fact that that came recently tells me the probably during the preparation for this hearing mueller, who supervised 20 attorneys, maybe not ready to answer all the questions because he did not supervise as much as able thought he did so they had
to bring this individual in at the last minute that would be able to answer questions that mueller himself was not answering very well during prep. steve: so the mueller report but the mueller report that might have all the details a congressman want. >> i think that is right with urban stories over the past year and a half were interviews mueller was not present and sometimes he pop in for a minute here or there but i don't think he did day-to-day supervision. i think it was the figurehead of the team put together the team but most of the work was done by others and that is why you have this deputy special counsel that will be there under oath. brian: so if you will be effective in five minutes and i gave you five minutes to question mueller and you want to be as effective as possible, give me an idea of what you would ask for from their public inside? >> from the republican side i would want to know you are tasked with investigating russian interference with election and you have hillary clinton through a variety of different levels getting information from russian nationals was used to put out this information in the steel dossier to go after her
political opponents white was that not investigated connected have conversations with a form of justice that that was off the table and if you're a democrat you will want to get after that part two and why did you not make a recordation on instruction of justice and was it because of that department of justice rule and you will him out on that repeatedly. ainsley: mr. bar had to make the decision that people were indicted and michael flynn george papadopoulos, roger sto stone. steve: but not for collusion. ainsley: james comey said if he was at the present he would've been indicted because you can invite a sitting president we just had matt whitaker on was the acting ag for a time and read the entire report and said if you look at those ten points they were questioning whether or not there was instruction and he said he did not commit a crime but do you agree? >> i do agree. first of all, the fact that there was no underlying crime and the whole thing was about resting conspiracy it was there russian conspiracy with the campaign. the answer was no. all those other diamonds were processed and then you get to
the actual objection and don't have the underlying crime and look at the things that we are talking about and i don't see that you could take those facts and prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the president committed objection of justice. you just can't do it. brian: your splitting the screen with robert mueller who is now inside the building surrounded obviously by security. making his way through and has done this over 70 times testified but nothing quite like this. so do it twice today. steve: to take him to a holding room and he won't come out in about ten minutes. before you go, at the end of the day, ian pryor, would you be surprised at the electrifying soundbites are and not his answers? >> of course. like being an attorney and cross-examination. you don't care about the answer. you care about the question. the questioners, it is all political. they want to get on tv. they want to get their sound bites in. they want to be the ones driving
the narrative, not letting bob mueller stick to the script. steve: ian pryor, former department of justice deputy director of public affairs. thanks for sharing your time. >> thanks for having me. steve: 8:00 in new york city and washington, d.c. as well. it's a fox news alert. as you're watching, robert mueller will start the hearings on the russian probe which start minutes from now. ainsley: catherine herridge is in inside the rayburn office building where he is. she will tell us what we can expect. good morning. reporter: robert mueller arrived a short time ago on capitol hill around a heavy security presence. surrounded by capitol police. his personal attorney arrived separately. we believe they are held in ante room before being questioned by judiciary panel.
in the room, there are two chairs. that is not standard for congressional hearings. they have a hearing on capitol hill. there are three ps. policy, politics, procedure. when it comes to the first two, lawmakers have a lot of latitude but procedure they have known. pay close attention to house rule 11, subsection 2. what is state as witness can have counsel present. says nothing about the lawyer being at a witness table to help refresh their testimony or. what we heard from republicans and democrats they want robert mueller to answer questions himself. they it is important to emphasize. in both case es no criminal
charges were brought. back to you. steve: catherine, thank you very much. >> how are you? >> steve: very good. the president is busy. firing up all sorts of things. been reported robert mueller did not apply to interview foo fbi director. no collusion, no obstruction is the latest tweet. >> that is sounds like conclusion of analysis of the case. there was no collusion. he extraordinarily couldn't reach a decision on obstruction. he was paid to do it. i think he should pay back half his money. barr should get the rest. he had to make the rest of the decision. the analysis of obstruction
would be a, somehow you obstruct ad case where you didn't commit the underlying crime. you have to be deemed innocent and defending against his witch-hunt which is falling apart. last two days, john solomon, should get the pulitzer prize, turn it down, he reported that andrew wise man, on at least three occasions came this close to stubborning perjury. brian: he reached out to -- >> on the job for two weeks. doesn't even know the case. reaches out no one of the most notorious wanted criminals, ukrainian oligarch evading extradition for four years, represented by lanny davis by the way, making millions from the oligarch, he tells the oligarch what to say. i will get all cases tropical depression. i can take care of two attorney's offices, if you give me the following, dirt on trump and manafort. manafort was the connection, wasn't he. that is why he kept manafort in
solitary confinement for seven months. i was on the show seven times complaining of that. he would call manafort in the office of the he would tell manafort the key getting out of solitary confinement. to me this is stubborning perjury. what did this guy do about it? he didn't know anything. did he fire strzok. did he investigate the entire investigation that strzok duct duct -- conducted for a year. he told his girlfriend there, then they started a investigation on no there there. you owe us money, bob. steve: chief of staff of the. steve: we heard from ian pryor, was kind of a hands off. >> showed up once. made an idiot out of himself. didn't know stuff. i called john dowd later. i remember this guy 20, 30 years
ago. he doesn't pay much endings at that to it. we'll take it to bob. won't bull, don't tell me. what was reaction when you heard aaron -- >> your lawyer? have attorney/client privilege? what is he doing here? democrats are such idiots. call him to testify. he will have to have mouthpiece to help him. this guy was director of the fbi! he was special prosecutor, whatever the heck he was. "wizard of oz." i would be embarrassed to have somebody to lean on, i would be afraid how much the republicans didn't know. we'll find out a crime committed. it is called conspiracy with
uraniums, with people in the uk, with people in italy, mifsud, total counterintelligence scam job. organized by somebody. mueller report on mifsud is solely irerroneous. the guy was counterintelligence operative of italy. malta, u.k. not of russia as he falsify put in the report. brian: describe what shebeli could be doing. was he there at all meetings? is he looking out for robert mueller. >> you tell me. maybe he is holding his hand under the table or get nervous. you read that whole nine 1/2 minute statement.
when he gets flustered not knowing a bad thing about strzok. this weissmann is terror. he did it with manafort, corsi, the fertash the criminal -- notorious terrible, if he is that terrible ukrainian oligarch wouldn't tell weissmann what he wanted him to tell. even crooks have honor. sometimes slimily prosecutors don't. steve: you're including average details the person doesn't know about. asking all these questions of mr. mueller today. if he says, i don't really have the answer from that. we'll have the investigation from horowitz come out. is that when you think.
>> i don't think today is just about today, 10 round fight. this is going to the election. if democrat are there doing sound bites, why they do makeup and rehearse. steve: yes. >> he needs to rehearse. nadler, i'm sure it is written out. i know jerry. president would get inpeached day he walked in. he was on the train planning impeachment before the report was out. ainsley: we'll not hear anything today? going. >> no going to sound bites. you had a guy on absolutely right on money. the democrats are going for sound bites for the election. obstruction of justice obstruction of justice. obstruction of justice. did you decide it? no. we'll have that sound bite. it is our sound bites. their sound bites. maybe some evidence that could help the investigation that is
active of the conspiracy to frame donald trump, jr., which began early as december of 2015 was hatched somewhere in washington, transmitted to uk, transmitted to the ukrainian embassy in the ukraine in kiev with the participation of people in the state department. i know their names. i got transcripts of it. if he doesn't bring it out, we'll bring it out but i know it is coming out. this is going to be a tragic misuse of our government in order to stop a man from being president. then to take a president down illegally. brian: i have something to add to that. >> i don't care if you don't donald trump or not. if you like this country these people probably committed one of the worst conspiracies at least in moder times. brian: how about this? two u.s. officials briefed on the i.g. report coming out, they have possible fbi misconduct from james comey, essentially running quote, a covert operation against the president with a private defense briefing. he gave trump just weeks before
the inauguration. that he was running an operation. >> if i were questioning him today i wouldn't be playing for today, i would be playing for indictments hopefully come in the next month, two months, three months in front of a grand jury. steve: who is being indicted? >> i can't tell but people i think are asked about. peter strzok, nelly orr bruce ohr. mccabe. was this comey's idea or could it come from intelligence person. uk intelligence, italian intelligence, ukrainian intelligence. steve: who? >> i don't know. i would have to look at the organization chart to see who was in charge of counterintelligence. who would be in charge of feeding a story to mifsud, that has no basis in fact the give the story to set up papdopoulus. i'm not trying to demean him. the guy was not an intimate of
donald trump. it was ridiculous from day one he would be the guy to talk to putin. it would mean donald trump is willing to do an international conspiracy with a guy he never met. ainsley: what do you want the republicans to ask? we know what the democrats will focus on? >> fairly detailed questions, about what he knew, when he knew it, when did he find out there no, no collusion, how on another year of investigation after this. did you supervise weissmann. did you know manafort was in solitary confinement, called in for questions. being put back in solitary con findment his questions were not adequate. remarkly the same what he did with fertash and exactly the same with corsi. did you think you had a guy stubborn perjury, so out of mind with love for hillary he cried at her loss party. cited by supreme court of the united states as unethical prosecutor? why did you hire him in the first place? he fouled up the entire case
against arthur andersen. had four people in jail. put this hitman, you don't know his record. brian: one of the questions you put out there, why so many democrats? >> why did he select someone, why did he select someone chief counsel of the clinton foundation. because he knew a compliant corrupt press wouldn't say a damn thing bit. if i was hillary clinton i picked head of trump foundation to, i would be indicted and impeached. "new york times" would go after me for 10 days. it would be unethical, unethical for bob mueller to do it. steve: we were never going to get this far. hillary clinton was supposed to win the presidency. >> did you inquire about the chief investigator that he fixed the case against hillary clinton? that is the reason he said those ridiculous out of bounds things about trump to his girlfriend. gee, bob, what happened to all their tapes and texts? what happened to them.
steve: where are the phones? >> every single text between his girlfriend and strzok, completely illicit investigator have been destroyed, bob. only obstruction in this case is you. the president obstructed nothing. he thought, this is he thought about obstruction. he may have obstructed. he possibly obstructed. you obstructed. you wiped out texts of a guy who is under investigation for trying to fix a case against the president of the united states, who is on in a text, says he is fixing a case. i will pre-sent him, i will stop him. those tapes are gone. we'll never know what ohr was texting to his girl friend during the course of your investigation. it may incriminate some of your assistants. brian: you mean strzok was texting his girlfriend. >> someone in the office erased those. listen to them. we never put that person under oath. somebody listened to them. i would like to be appointed question him or her. did you listen to them? what did they say?
what do you remember? how many were there? seems to me -- brian: inspector general -- >> i hope he is doing that. he worked in the u.s. attorney's office that i ran and they were trained to be dogged investigators. let's hope he, let's hope that person is put under oath is asked to recall everything they wiped out and why they wiped it out. ainsley: president is going to a fund-raising event in west virginia, will he talk to reporters? >> i wouldn't bet on national television. i wouldn't take the wrong side of that bet. i think he has plenty to say about it. god bless. i hope he doesn't mind me sharing this. brian: 10 second. >> i wouldn't be so mad if i had done something. i didn't do anything, dammit. i didn't do anything this. is bad for the republic. not just donald trump. steve: it will start in 15 minutes. you will see it live. special coverage of
robert mueller's testimony with bret baier and martha maccallum, live in washington. inside the committee hearing room there in the rayburn office building on capitol hill. it is our coverage starts right now. >> this is spooks news alert brett: i'm bret baier. brett: i'm martha maccallum. democratic chairman jerry nadler gavels in at 830. we expect the first hearing will go three hours.
brett: there will be a short break at 11:30. the intelligence committee led by adam schiff. they will question mueller at noon. that hear something scheduled to last two hours. the big question, what comes out of this. democrats are hoping that bob mueller will educate the american public who maybe didn't read this report. a lot of people didn't. republicans are hoping it falls flat. they learn something else about the origins of this probe. brett: let's bring in chris wallace, anchor of "fox news sunday,," juan williams, co-host of "the five" and katie pavlich, editor of townhall.com, fox news contributor andy mccarthy, also a fox news contributor is there any daylight between bill barr and his report and what we will hear from the two men this morning.
>> i'm here with my dog eared copy of the mueller report. we're told robert mueller said i will stick to the for corners of each page of this report. even asked for guidance from the justice department, they told him. stick to the report. don't talk about things outside of the report. don't talk about prosecutorial decisions. stick to what you said in the 488 pages in this report. there are differences between what mueller says in the barr and barr says in the report. we saw that with letter mueller sent to barr after barr's initial letter, i don't think you captured particularly issue of obstruction the fill breadth what we were trying to say. going in you have to be honest. you can't expect much from this report. mueller doesn't want to testify. he said my report is my testimony. the justice department told him not to go beyond that. having said that, this incidentally is the 89th time that robert mueller has
testified going back all the way to 1990. so he is pretty experienced in this. generally speaking very disciplined, very controlled. but occasionally snaps back. that is what i'm going to be looking for is, that is why we all got into this business, sometimes these guys go off script. we hope that is what happens today. brett: controversy late, aaron zebley, special counsel, long time aide with robert mueller is with him at the desk. he is not speaking, testifying at first hearing. will be sworn in the second hearing to do so. president tweeting in five times this morning. it was never agreed robert mueller could use never-trumper lawyers, to sit next to him to help with his answers. this is not agreed to. the greatest witch-hunt in history by far. the tweets match that. >> he has been busy this morning on twitter. very clear he is not happy that
mueller is testifying. i think that is a puzzle to lots of people especially from the democratic perspective. the question if you go around saying no obstruction, no collusion, based on the mueller report, why wouldn't you want mueller there? this question of having mueller's assistant there, i think mueller is in his mid 70s. he want somebody to remind him of content more than 450 page report but the justice department in fact discouraged just this arrangement, sent a letter, chris mentioned indicating mr. mueller should stick to the four corners of the report. brett: at mueller's request according to the attorney general. >> this is moment, history has a ring to it. although i don't expect any grand revelation i do think you think back to john dean in terms of the '70s. you think back to oliver north in the '80s. even ken starr in the '90s when he was the prosecutor on the clinton case. he was constantly in front of the cameras.
it brought this to light. cliche around town you may have not read the book but you have to see the movie. brett: katie pavlich, one of most important viewers of all this morning nancy pelosi who has pushed back on her party's desire to impeach. if this turns out to be something very useful fodder on the impeachment front, that will be a decision that she will be confronted with once again. >> martha, that is a very good point. just last week, democrats, 95 voted to move impeachment forward. 137 democrats voted with republicans to stave off impeachment. nancy pelosi again caught in the middle. the question does this move the needle politically? if you look at polling shortly after the mueller report was released republicans said they have more credibility, they trusted robert mueller more, democrats lost faith in him. if you look polling today, morning console poll, 42% among
republicans, 42% among democrats, seeing this process unfarley. some of the questions today are going to be about personnel, who was working on this investigation? what was their background if how did you investigate? did you try to make sure there was a political balance came to investigating such politically heavy topic? when it comes to moving forward, when this would work out in favor of democrats and their impeachment cause, feel% ahead of everyone else in this poll people are more skeptical how this investigation started we'll find out with the inspector general report later than they have questions about obstruction or collusion in terms of the mueller investigation. brett: andy, we talked about staying within the lines here. what has been said by the doj let's hear bob mueller himself when he talked to the reporters at the end of may about this very possibility. >> there has been discussion about an appearance before congress. any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. it contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the
decisions we made. we chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. and the report is my testimony. i would not provide information beyond that which is already public and in any appearance before congress. brett: so democrats are hoping okay, we'll take that. >> i don't think so. i think what they want is for him to go importantly beyond the report, to say the office of legal counsel guidance is essentially the reason that he did not recommend charges against president trump. now he is not going to do that. he will stick to the four corners of his report. when he made those statements we just played, i thought that was pretty presum with us. as mueller knows the witness doesn't get to tell the tribunal the confines of the question. the problem, this is not courtroom. this is congress.
there is no judge there to tell him to answer the questions and there is really not a lot of political pressure on him or the justice department to be cooperative because once the collusion story collapsed, i just don't think the public is as interested in the obstruction angle. brett: chris, you know, the question andy talks about with the loc decision. the tone general and department of justice said decisions he reached in the report was separate from the llc. the interpretation appears to be in the media discussion of this, of course he would have indicted him. the only reason he didn't was because he was president of the united states. that is pointed question he could be asked today. i think very interesting to see the answer to that? >> i think if you read the report he makes it pretty clear he was guided in his decision
not to bring charges or to say that the president had committed a crime by the olc guideline which is an office of legal counsel. it is in effect a lawyer for the justice department. they say a president, a sitting president cannot be indicted. there was a question could you he committed a crime? he would say that is not fair if there is not a trial, there is not around opportunity for him to clear list name we shouldn't even make that charge that will certainly be a question, he is asked, if he weren't the president, he had done these things, would he, would you have charged him, if anybody but the president? there are other questions. neil the former acting solicitor general in the obama administration has a few which are negative questions. did your report find there was no coordination between the trump campaign and russia? did you find that there was no obstruction of justice? basically flip it on its head,
ask him the negative. the president of course was said i was completely exonerated. see how he answers those questions. this will be i think to a certain degree, mueller is a very skilled lawyer, we all know with due regard to andrew mccarthy, lawyers are good at parsing words, finding indirect ways out of direct questions. i suspect, particularly five minute limit what each of the congressman can ask, he will be able, if he wants to, to avoid giving direct answers to questions. brett: important to point out he could move forward on indictments conspiracy said on the president. >> that's true. brett: delay setting this all up. whether members have equal times in questions.
>> bob mueller did not look at the government's activities. he was looking whether or not the trump campaign had conspired with the russians but he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. and we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it. the main one being, the office of inspector general looking at the fisa warrant. but, as far as i'm aware, no one really looked across the whole waterfront. bret: so there are a couple of investigations. a lot of people wondering whether all of that is coming to fruition. you may hear many so of that too. >> many republican congressman and women may be asking with when it became a double standard with respect to investigation. there were indictments made on
crimes not about collusion or obstruction. they were about financial crimes or lying to the fbi, if you're prosecutor, you have to go after it. that is question they want answered when it comes to the origins of this probe. if you look at polling again politically. people are very concerned about the abuse at the fbi, the government using political, political opposition research in the dossier, which by the way in the mueller report they say is not a credible document. say it is uncorroborated, not credible in the report. so the question becomes why was it possibly used to start the investigation? one question i think republicans should ask, was any of the information that you may have come across in your investigation now, has it been relayed to the inspector general for him to investigate if it wasn't part of your investigation into the 2016 election? martha: andy, one of the things that strikes me, when you look back at the summary that came out from attorney general barr, you look at the response to that, that provoked a moment of
response, it was a rare moment of response. he didn't believe the summary accurately reflected the content of his report. today provides a moment for him to elucidate on that. i know the belief he will not say anything outside of these pages. he clearly felt it was inaccurately presented in some way. this may be the only chance he gets to explain what he meant by that. >> i think that's right. barr was pretty emphatic what he was trying to do was not summarize the 448 page report. what he basically is saying he is like the statistician who gives you the box score. he is giving you the bottom line of what the findings were. whereas, mueller i think thought providing that in such a dry way did not provide the flavor of the report. and i think this is inappropriate for prosecutors. he want to flip the burden of proof, to say to the public,
bottom line i didn't find charges, but i didn't exonerate him either. to me that is not the prosecutor's place. the prosecutor's place to say there is sufficient evidence to charge and if there is not you say nothing. if congress want to pursue it, they can. obviously he saw a different way. martha: i want to follow up on that. i think it is significant aaron zebley will listen to him. they're not satisfied with the summary came out from bill barr. aaron zebley is sitting next to him, they want their understanding what their work produced is clear to the american people? >> that is what they want. i think what they should be concerned about, what that looks like. we've had a lot of commentary about mueller being very staff driven. that he was kind of a detached, some of the lawyers worked on the case basically said he was detached, he was not hands on, his staff ran everything, while
president trump tweets about the staff being a bunch of angry democrats, right? having him there, look, i testified in front of this committee like three weeks ago. you don't usually get to have somebody there to help you along. i don't think it's a great look for him. bret: house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler, as the rest of the committee starts filing in the rayburn house office building getting underway. juan, we have a poll out, just out, a "fox news poll," the chance that mueller testimony could change your mind about president trump. none 49% across the board. if you break that up, democrat and republican, there is still not a lot of change that they believe will come out of this hearing, which es interesting. but one then that will come out, no matter what, no matter democrat or republican, what russia did, what they tried to do, a focus perhaps trying to prevent them from doing it again. because it is significant in these 400 plus pages of the mueller report. >> without a doubt.
in fact i would say that the is principle finding of the mueller report that russia conducted an extensive effort to interfere in the 2016 election. that it was a multimillion dollar effort with hundreds of people. there is mueller coming into the room. i think it is, you know, while we will begin with a focus on things why no trump interview, why no trump, jr. interview, can trump be indicted after leaving office, we don't know if we get answers on those questions. one point mueller will get asked extensively on what he said in the brief press conference, that russia aggressively interfeared to help one candidate and damage another in the 2016 election. martha: robert mueller planned to make an opening statement here today. that is another opportunity to get a sense for his feeling, for lack of a better word about the whole process and this report. he has not shared that opening statement with the department of
justice. they do not know what he will say in moments. bret: this is a big moment. we talk about the trump administration. a lot of moments mcup the -- as you look at this. this is a big moment. let's listen in to the house judiciary committee. [inaudible]. bret: that was protester weighing in. special counsel will be sworn in here.
>> the judiciary committee will come to order. without objection the chair is authorized to declare recesses of the committee at anytime. we welcome, everyone to today's hearing on oversight of the report on the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. i will now recognize myself for a brief opening statement. director mueller, thank you for being here. i want to say just a few words about our themes today, responsibility, integrity and accountability. your career, for example, is a model of responsibility. you are a decorated marine officer. you were awarded a purple heart and the brauns star of valor in vietnam. you served senior roles at the department of justice and immediate aftermath of fine9/11 you served as director of the fbi. two years ago you returned to public service to lead the investigation into russian
interference in the 2016 elections. you conducted that investigation with remarkable integrity. for 22 month you never commented in public about your work. even when you were subjected to repeated and grossly unfair personal attacks. instead your indictments spoke for you and then in astonishing detail. over the course of your investigation obtained criminal indictments against 37 people and entities. you secured the conviction of president trump's campaign chairman, his deputy campaign manager, his national security advisor, and his personal lawyer. among others. in the paul manafort case alone you recovered as much as $42 million so that the cost of your investigation to the taxpayers approaches zero. and in your report, you offered the country accountability as well. in volume one you find that the
russian government attacked our 2016 elections quote, in a sweeping and systemic fashion. that the attacks were designed to benefit the trump campaign. volume two walks us through 10 separate incident of possible obstruction of justice where in your words president trump attempted to exert undue influence over your investigation. the president's behavior included, and i quote from your report, quote, public attacks on the investigation, non-public efforts to control it, and efforts in both public and private to encourage witnesses not to cooperate, close quote. among the most shocking of these incidents, president trump ordered his white house counsel to have you fired. then to lie and deny that it had happened. he ordered his former campaign manager to convince the recused attorney general to step in and limit your work. and he attempted to prevent
witnesses from cooperating with your investigation. although department policy barred you from indicting the president for this conduct, you made clear he is not exonerated. any other person who acted in this way would have been charged with crimes. in this nation, not even the president is above the law. which brings me to this committee's work. responsibility, integrity, and accountability. these are the marks by which we who serve on this committee will be measured as well. director mueller, we have a responsibility to address the evidence that you have uncovered. you recognized as much when you said, quote the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing, close quote. that process begins with the work of this committee. we will follow your example, director mueller. we will act with integrity. we will follow the facts where
they lead. we will consider all appropriate remedies. we will make our recommendation to the house when our work concludes. we will do this work because there must be accountability for the conduct described in your report, especially as it relates to the president. thank you again, director mueller. we look forward to your testimony. it is now my pleasure to recognize the ranking member of judiciary committee, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, for his opening statement. >> thank you, mr. chairman. an thank you, mr. mueller for being here. for two years leading up to the release of the mueller report, in the three month since americans were percent told what to expect and what to believe. collusion we were told was "in plain sight," even if the special counsel's team didn't find it. when mr. mueller rouses his report, we read no american conspired with russia to interfere with our elections but learned the depths of russia's
malice toward america. we are here to ask serious questions about mr. mueller's work, we will do that. after an extended, unhappen period investigation, today marks the end of mr. mueller's involve involvement to a investigation that closed this april. burden of proof of accusations that remain unproven is extremely high, especially in the special counsel's thoroughness. we're told this investigation began as an inquiry whether russia meddled in our 2016 election. mr. mueller, you concluded they did. russians accessed democrat servers, disseminated information tricking campaign insiders to revealing information. the investigation whether donald trump president sought russian assistance to win candidacy for presidency. mr. mueller concluded he did not. his family or advisors did not. the report concluded that no one in the president's campaign colluded conspired with the russians of the public narrative surrounding this investigation
assume his guilt while he knew the extent of his innocence. volume two of mr. mueller's report details the president ate reaction to frustrating investigation where his innocence was established early on. the president's attitude towards the investigation was understandably negative. yet the president did not use his authority to close the investigation. he asked his lawyer, mr. mueller had conflicts that disqualified mr. mueller profit job but he did not shut down the investigation. the president knew he was innocent. those are the facts of the mueller report. russia meddled in the 2016 election. the president did not conspire with the russians and nothing we hear today will change those facts. but one element of this story remains, the begins of the fbi investigation into the president. i look forward to mr. mueller's testimony about what he found during his review of origins of investigation. in addition the inspector general continues to review how baseless gossip can be used to launch an fbi investigation against a private citizen, vanely a president. those results will be released.
we'll need to learn from them to insure government intelligence and law enforcement powers are never turned on private citizen or political candidate as a result of political leanings of a handful of fbi agent. origins and conclusions of mueller investigation are the same thing what it means to be american. every american has a voice in democracy of the we must protect the sayingty of their voice combating election interference. every american enjoys presumption of innocence and guarranty of due process. if we care nothing, anything away today, we increase our vigilance against foreign election interference while we assure they went weaponize their power against constitutional rights guaranteed to every citizen. the opportunity cost is too high. months we spent investigating from this dais failed to end the border crisis. it stuck, paralyzed this committee and this house. it as a side note, every week i
leave, my family and kids, most important things to me to come to this place because i believe this place is place where we can actually do things and help people. six 1/2 years ago i came here to work on behalf of the people in the ninth district in this country. we accomplished a lot in those first six years on a bipartisan basis with many of my friend across the aisle sitting on this dais with me today. however this year because the majority's dislike of this president and endless hearing into a closed investigation have caused us to accomplish nothing except talk about the problems of our country while our border is on fire and in crisis and else is stopped. this hearing is long overdue. we have had truth for months. no american conspired to throw our election. what we need today is let that truth bring us confidence and i hope, mr. chairman, closure. with that i yield back. >> thank you, mr. collins. i will now introduce today's witness. robert mueller served as director of the fbi from 2001 to 2013. most recently served aspects
counsel in the department of justice overseeing the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 special election. he received his ba from princeton university, ma from new york university in my district and his jd from the university of virginia. mr. mull is accompanied by counsel aaron zebley, who served as deputy special counsel on the investigation. we relcome our distinguished witness. we thank you for participating in today's hearing. if you would please rise. i will begin by swearing you in. raise your right hand, please. do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the testimony you're about to give is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, information, belief, so help you god. let the record show the witness answered affirmative. thank you, please be seated. please note that your written statement will be entered into the record in its entirety. accordingly i ask that you
summarize your testimony in five minutes. director mueller, you may begin. >> good morning, chairman nadler. and ranking member collins and the members of the committee. as you know in may 2017 the acting attorney general asked me to serve aspects counsel. i undertook that role because i believed that it was of paramount interest to the nation to determine whether a foreign adversary had interfered in the presidential election. as the acting attorney general said at the time the pointment was necessary in order for the american people to have full confidence in the outcome. my staff and i carried out this assignment with that critical objective in mind, to work quietly, thoroughly, and with integrity so that the public would have full confidence in
the outcome. the order appointing me aspects counsel directs us to investigate russian interference in the presidential election. this included investigating any links or coordination between the russian government. it also included investigating efforts to interfere with or obstruct our investigation. throughout the investigation i continually stressed two things to the team we had assembled. first, we needed to do our work as thoroughly as possible, as expeditiously as possible. it was in the public interest for our investigation to be complete, not to last a day longer than was necessary. second, the investigation needed to be conducted fairly and with absolute integrity.
our team would not leak or take other actions that could compromise the integrity of our work. all decisions were made based on the facts and the law. during the course of our investigation we charged more than 30 defendants with committing federal crimes including 12 officers of the russian military, seven defendants have been convicted or pled guilty. certain of the charges we brought remain pending today. for those matters i stress that the indictments contain allegations and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. in addition to the criminal charges we brought, as required, by justice department regulations we submitted a confidential report to the attorney general at the conclusion of our investigation. the report set forth the results of our work and the reasons for our charging and declination
decisions. the attorney general later made the report largely public. as you know i made a few limited remarks, limited remarks about our report when we closed the special counsel's office in may of this year. there are certain point that bear emphasis. first, our investigation found that the russian government interfered in our election in sweeping and systemic fashion. second, the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired with the russian government its election interference election activities. we did not address collusion which is not a legal term. rather we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy and it was not. third, our investigation of efforts to obstruct the
investigation and lie to investigators was of critical importance. obstruction of justice strikes at the core of the government's effort to find the truth and to hold wrongdoers accountable. finally as described in volume two of our report, we investigated a series of actions by the president towards the investigation. based on justice department policy and principles of fairness we decided we would not make a determination as to whether the president committed a crime. that was our decision then and remains our decision today. let me say a further word about my appearance today. it is unusual for a prosecutor to testify about a criminal investigation and given my role as a prosecutor, there are reasons why my testimony will necessarily be limited.
first, public testimony could affect several ongoing matters. in some of these matters occur rules or judicial orders limit the disclosure of information to protect, to protect the fairness of the proceedings. consistent with longstanding justice department policy it would be inappropriate for me to comment in any way in an on going matter. second the justice department asserted privileges concerning investigative information and decisions. ongoing matters within the justice department and deliberations within our office. these are justice department privileges that i will respect. the department released a letter discussing the restrictions on my testimony. i therefore will not be able to answer questions about certain areas that i know are of public interest. for example, i am unable to
address questions about the initial opening of the fbi's russia investigation which occurred months before my appointment. or matters related to the so-called steele dossier. these matters are subject of ongoing review by the department. any questions on these topics should therefore be directed to the fbi or the justice department. as i explained when we closed the special counsel's office in may, our report contains our findings, analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. we conducted an extensive investigation over two years. in writing the report, we stated the results of our investigation with precision. we scrutinized every word. i do not intend to surprise or describe the results of our work in a different way during the course of my testimony today.
as i said on may 29th, the report is my testimony and i will stay within that text. and as i stated in may i will not comment on the actions of the attorney general or of congress. i was appoint as a prosecutor and i intend to adhere to that role and to the department's standards that govern it. i will be joined today by deputy special counsel aaron zebley. mr. zebley has extensive experience as a federal prosecutor and at the fbi where he served as my chief of staff. mr. zebley was responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the investigation's conducted by our office. i want to again say thank you to the attorneys, the fbi agent, the attorneys, the analysts professional staff helped conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner.
these individuals who spent nearly two years of, working on this matter were off the highest integrity. let me say one more thing. during the course of my career i have seen a number of challenges to our demock sift the russian government's effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious. as i said on may 29th, this deserves the attention of every american. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you, we will now proceed under the five minute rule with questions. i will begin by recognizing myself for five minutes. director mueller, the president has repeatedly claimed that your report found there was no obstruction and that it completely and totally exonerated him. but that is not what your report said, is it? >> that is correct. that is not what the report
said. >> reading from page two of volume two of your report, that is on the screen, you wrote, quote, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment, close quote. now does that say there was no obstruction? >> no. >> in fact, you were actually unable to conclude the president did not commit obstruction of justice, is that correct? >> well, we, at the outset determined that we, when it came to the, the president's culpability we needed to, we needed to go forward only after taking into account the olc opinion that indicated that a president, sitting president cannot be indicted. >> so the report did not
conclude that he did not commit obstruction of justice, is that correct? >> that is correct. >> and what about total exoneration, did you actually totally exonerate the president? >> no. >> now in fact, your report expressly state has it does not exonerate the president? >> it does. >> your investigation actually found, quote, multiple acts by the president that were capable of exerting uninfluence over law enforcement investigations, including the russian interference and obstruction investigations, is that correct? >> correct. >> now, director mueller, can you explain in plain terms what that finding means so the american people can understand it? >> well, the finding indicate that the president was not, that the president was not, exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed.
>> in fact you were talking about incidents, quote, in which the president sought to use his official power outside of usual channels, unquote, to exert undue influence over your investigations, is that right? >> that's correct. >> now, am i correct that on page 7 of volume two of your report you wrote, quote, president became aware his own conduct was being investigated in an obstruction of justice inquiry. at that point the president engaged in a second phase of cut involving public attacks on the investigation, non-public efforts to control it, and efforts in both public and private to encourage witnesses not to cooperate with the investigation, close quote. so president trump's efforts to exert undue influence over your investigation intensified after the president became aware that he personally was being investigated? >> i stick with that language that you have in front of you. >> which -- which language. >> from page 7, volume two. >> is it correct if you
concluded that the president committed the crime of obstruction, you could not publicly state that in your report or here today? >> can you repeat the question, sir. >> is it correct that if you had concluded that the president committed the crime of obstruction you could not publicly state that in your report or here today? >> well i would say you, i, the statement would be, that you would not indict and you would not indict because under the olc opinion a sitting president, excuse me, cannot be indicted. it would be up constitutional. >> you would not state because of olc opinion if that were your conclusion. >> the olc opinion with some guide, yes. >> under department of justice policy the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice crimes after he leaves office, is that correct? >> true. >> thank you. did any senior white house official refuse a request to be interviewed by you and your team? >> i don't believe so.
i take, let me take that back. i would have to look at it but i'm not certain that was the case. >> did the president refuse a request to be interviewed by you and your team. >> yes. >> yes. is it true thaw tried to for more than a we're to secure an interview with the president? >> yes. >> is it true that you and your team advised the president's lawyer that, quote, an interview with the president is vital to our investigation, close quote? >> yes. yes. >> is it true that you also you stated it is in the interest of the presidency and the public for an interview to take place, quote. >> yes. >> but the president still refused to sit for an interview by you and your team. true. true. >> did you also ask him to provide written questions on the 10 possible obstruction of justice crimes involving him. >> yes. >> did he provide any answers to a single question about about he engaged in obstruction of justice crimes? >> i would have to check on that. i'm not certain.
>> director mueller we're grateful here to explain your investigation and findings. having reviewed you work i believe anyone else engaged in the conduct of your report would be criminally prosecuted. your work is vitally important to this committee and the american people because no one is above the law. now, i now recognize the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins. >> thank you, mr. chairman. we're moving i know understanding reiterate the five minute rule, mr. mueller i have several questions, many of which you just answered. will be questioned here in moment but i want to lay foundation. i will go through these fairly quick. i will talk slowly. i'm said i talk fast. >> thank you, sir. >> you said in your press conference any testimony in your would not go beyond the report. we chose these words carefully i would not provide information on any public statement before congress. do you stand by that statement? who yes. >> since closing special counsel's office in may of 2019, have you conducted any new
interviews or obtained any new information in your role as special counsel. >> in the wake of report? >> closing of office in may 2019. >> have you conducted any knew interviews or witnesses. >> no. >> you are no longer special counsel correct. >> i am no longer special counsel. >> at anytime during the investigation was your investigation curtailed or stopped or hindered? >> no. >> were you or your team provided any questions by members of congress or majority made of your hearing today? >> no. >> your report state has your vet tiff team included 19 lawyers and approximately 40 fbi agents and analysts accountants. are the numbers accurate. >> could you repeat that question? >> 40 fbi agents, 19 lawyers, forensic accountants are those numbers accurate? >> generally yes. >> is it true you issued 2800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained 230 ors for communication records and 50 pen records. >> that went a little fast for
me. >> in your report, make this very simple you did a lot of work, correct? >> yes that i agree. >> a lot of subpoenas, a lot of pen registers. >> a lot of subpoenas. >> we'll walk this really slow. >> search warrants. >> a lot of search warrants. a lot of things, you're very thorough? >> what? in your opinion very thorough, you listed in the report, correct? >> yes. >> thank you. is it true that the evidence gathered during your investigation, given the questions you have just answered is it rue the evidence gathered during your investigation did not establish that the president was involved in the underlying crime related to russian election interference as stated in volume one page 7? >> we found insufficient evidence of president's culpability. >> so that would be a yes? >> pardon. >> that would be a yes. . .