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the daytona beach boardwalk. ten riders were rescued with the sandblast erroler coaster went off the track. no word what caused the derailment. emotional moment in washington on the baseball field. steve scalise makes the opening play. the is celebration ensues. the celebration was short-lived, though. they got smoked, 21-5 by the democrats. scalise swinging, i've still got it. good to see him back. >> thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. have a wonderful weekend. >> i take this report very seriously. >> he should be in jail. >> president trump swung in this. >> we don't want kids to be separated from their parents. >> god has ordained the of government for their purposes.
>> they are using the bible to separate children from their parents. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers united states and around the world. this is "new day". it is friday, june 15th, 6:00 here in new york. happy friday. >> happy friday. it seems like 500 pages is a lot to read overnight. >> well, we've done it. so we have all the highlights for you. here's our starting line. the justice department inspector general's report is out and already being used by president trump's allies against the special counsel russia investigation. the president's lawyer, rudy guiliani, says robert mueller should suspend his investigation today so that fbi officials in the report can be investigated. but the report finds that former fbi director james comey was not motivated by political bias in his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. comey was, however, strongly criticized for his actions that were, quote, extraordinary and
insubordinate. comey is defending himself in a new op ed saying while he disagrees with parts of the report, he respects it. >> but wait, there's more. the new york state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the donald trump foundation alleging the president and three of his children, eric, ivanka and don jr. misused fund in a pattern of persistent illegal content. it delivers documentation and specificity we have not seen before. the president says it's all the product of sleazy new york democrats. and a draft immigration bill adds new restrictions to asylum seekers and would offer protection to young children. this comes as attorney general jeff sessions is using the bible to defend that practice. the "washington post" notes it is the same bible passage once
used to justify slavery. we have this all covered for you. a lot going on. abby phillip live at the white house. abby? >> reporter: well, good morning, john. it seems very much like 2016 all over again thanks to the independentor germ report into the fbi's handling of the clinton e-mail probe. both sides seem to be taking some vindication from the report's findings, but it also appears to be a preview of the partisan arguments we might get when robert mueller finishes his special counsel probe into the russia investigation. >> tomorrow, mueller should be suspended. and honest people should be brought in. >> reporter: prz's legal team in an attempt to undermine the special counsel probe and fbi director james comey. >> it reaffirms the president's suspicions about comey's conduct and the political bias among some of the members of the fbi. >> reporter: the report offers abusing rebuke of comey, saying
he was insubordinate in the hamming of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation, including with this press conference announcing the end of the probe. >> although we did not find clear evidence that secretary clinton or colleagues intended to violate laws handling classified information, there is evidence there were careless. >> reporter: comey did not telling loretta lynch before making this announcement. the inspector general criticizing comey for ignoring top justice department officials and sending this letter announcing the reopening of the investigation just days before the election. >> jim comey violated practice and procedure. he applied a double standard with respect to the investigation of hillary clinton versus the investigation of russian interference in the election and its connection to the trump campaign.
>> comey, defending his actionsing writing, my team believed the damage of concealing the reopening of our investigation would have been catastrophic to the institution. nevertheless, the inspector general did not challenge the conclusion that clinton should not have been prosecuted and they found no evidence of the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations. ironically, the independentor general report did find that comey himself used a personal e-mail account to conduct official government business. clinton responding with this stinging tweet equipping, but my e-mails. >> director comey felt entitled to go in front of the country, unauthorize said, and lecture secretary clinton about her use when it turns out he was doing the same thing. >> reporter: it is critical of peter strzok and lisa page, who exchanged a number of texts, criticizing mr. trump, including
this from august 2016. page texts, trump is never going to become president, right? right? peter strzok replies, no, no, he's not. we'll stop it. he found no evidence that bias impacted the russia investigation. the ig adding, the conduct by these employees casts a cloud over the entire fbi investigation and goes to the heart of the fbi's reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence. fbi director wreus fer wray vowing to hold employees accountable but defending the bureau. >> nothing in this report impugns the integrity as a whole or the fbi as an institution. >> reporter: and president trump has no public events on his schedule today, the third day in a row since he has returned from singapore that that's been the case. he has been up
characteristically quiet about the ig report. but we will keep our phones close because that can always change. john? >> i'm sure he will. we'll tell you what he says when he says it. abby, thank you very much. why did it take so long to search through anthony weiner's e-mails? none of the reasons given for the delay are credible. laura jarrett live in washington with much more on this. >> reporter: good morning, john. the independentor general is laser-focused on this time between the he mails related to the clinton investigation were first found on that laptop and when agents ultimately obtained a search warrant to review them. and on that point, here's the key line in the report. "the fbi's neglect had potentially far-reaching conscious questions. comey, the former fbi director, told the inspector general that
had he known the laptop in the beginning of october and thought the e-mail review could have been completed before the election, it may have affected his decision to notify congress. we remember days before the election, clinton allies criticize harshly. it does not name blame on one person alone. investigators searched for evidence that the laptop was deliberate live placed on the back burner to protect clinton but could find no evidence on that point. but they are troubled by text messages, especially from the top agent, peter strzok, one saying we'll stop trump from being elected, as you mentioned thofrpblgt as a result of that, the inspector general said he does not have confidence that strzok was free of bias. >> in the meantime, laura, andy mccabe was fired in march for
being dishonest about his contacts with the media. what does the report say about him. >> despite being attacked relentlessly over his donations to his wife's political campaign inspector germ actually concluded that mccabe that h no obligation to recuse from the clinton investigation. the report open many, many questions of those saying that is still the subject of an ongoing investigation. and they are separately reviewing the unfounded theory that there was a spy on his campaign. >> theres so much t dissect. we will get to tt in the rest of the prram. thk you very much. amid growing outcry, house republicans are circulating a draft immigration bill that would stop the separation of children from their parents at the border. it also calls for $25 billion in border security funding, including money for a border
wall. it ends the diversity visa lottery, makes cuts to family-based visas, and provides a path to citizenship for daca recipient the. meanwhile, attorney general jeff sessions used biblical passages to defend the bill. what's the latest there ed? >> reporter: good morning, alisyn the trump administration announcing they have plans to create a temporary shelter house undocumented immigrant children and the influx taken into custody since zero tolerance policy went into effect. it will be near a land port of entry, a temporary structure described to us by federal officials as a structure that will have soft sides, full heating and cooling equipment inside that, which of course
will be needed in far remote parts of texas. temperatures will easily reach 100 degrees. these will have floors and doors. they are structures that can be popped up quickly. we suspect there are plans for more. all of this is happening as influx continues based on this zero tolerance policy. the trump administration, despite outrage and criticism that has emerged this this week of this program and zero tolerance plan, as you mentioned off the top here, attorney general jeff sessions very critical of the criticism of this zero tolerance policy, even invoking biblical dispatches to make his point. >> i would cite romance 13 to obey the laws of the government because god is has ordained the government for his purposes. orderly and lawful processes are
good in themselves consistent, fair application of law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak. it protects the lawful. >> the separation of illegal alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that democrats refuse said to close. these laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade, and the president is simply enforcing them. >> a policy to take children away from their parents -- >> it's a moral policy to follow and enforce the law. >> that biblical reference there probably a response to criticism of the trump administration coming from the catholic church leaders here in the united states as well as other religious leaders. john, one of the things that is causing a lot of confusion is that so far it appears the zero tolerance policy not being applied evenly.
we have talked to more than a dozen undocumented immigrants who have been picked up after crossing the border that have not been taken to federal court srrbgs not been separated from their children. so there seems to be this confusion and arbitrary nature how this is going on. it's not clear why some people end up in court and their families being separated and others not. >> sometimes not just separation but arbitrary separation. a new legal headache for the president. new york attorney general suing the trump foundation claiming the charity was nothing more than a checkbook to benefit the trump family. new evidence we are seeing for the first time in this case. that's next. since my stroke, he hasn't left my side.
trade tensions are hitting a critical high between the u.s. and china president trump will slap tariffs today. china is ready to respond immediately. christine romans is here to explain the potential fallout. >> the president huddled with his team. we expect the list this morning. new tariffs, new tension between the two largest economies. the president gave the green light after meeting with the folks in the white house. when u.s. companies import something made in china, they have to pay the government the
tariff on it. the u.s. is targeting 13 items, aerospace equipment, tech, medical supplies. the white house first unveiled this list in march. it is moving ahead despite multiple rounds of trade talks with beijing and despite the summit with north korea. this is punishment for china stealing u.s. trade secrets. china vows to respond in kind. what has it threatened to do in the past? slap its own tariffs on soy beans, planes, cars. the u.s. also faces tariffs from the eu, canada, mexico. guys? >> sounds you complicated. thank you very much. >> actually very simple. >> for you. >> you charge me, i'll charge you. >> thank you. you are boiling it down. >> this is the type of thing
that could affect the economy in many ways. lost in the frenzy. a significant new lawsuit could have a serious impact on the president and his family. the new york attorney general says the president and three of his children broke the law in the way they ran the trump foundation, that it was done for their personal and political benefit. >> reporter: the lawsuit accuses the trump foundation of engaging in a pattern of persistent, illegal conduct for over a decade. specifically the petition says the trumps and the foundation engaged in extensive, unlawful political coordination with the trump campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing and transactions and noting that the board of directors hadn't met in nearly 20 years and mr. trump called all the shots. the suit contends that the trump
foundation used tax-deductible donations in at least five instances that benefited trump or his businesses, including a $100,000 payment to settle claims that was made to a charity against mar-a-lago resort, allegedly dictated in this note signed by the president. and $10,000 at a charity auction to purchase a painting from himself later displayed at one of his golf clubs. the lawsuit is seeking to absolve it. prosecutors are seeing $2.8 million in restitution, a portion raised at an iowa fund-raiser at the ends of 2016. you might remember this event. then-candidate donald trump decided not to participate in a republican presidential debate, instead holding a benefit to raise money for veterans. that mope was raised. it was given to veteran organizations. according to the lawsuit, $2.8 million in donations was first
put into the foundation and then the campaign manager, cey lewandowsky, dictated where it was seember. now, on the other hand, the trump foundation is firing back saying this is politics at its very worst, writing, this is unconscionable, particularly because the foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year ago. the prior new york attorney germ, who was recently force ed to leave in disgrace. president trump insisting that he will not settle. john, alisyn. >> all right. fascinating to say the least.
very interesting. david farenthold had information about this from the "washington post". >> a lot more to come. thank you, jean. a bipartisan celebration on the baseball diamond. steve scalise played in the annual congressional baseball game one year after being shot. wait until you see what happened on the very first pitch of the game. hi. it's me. your sleep number 360 smart bed... checking in. last night i warmed your feet so you fell asleep faster. i sensed you roll over and automatically softened your side to melt away pressure points and keep you sleeping blissfully. at 2am, this happened. so, i took care of it. does your bed do that? i'm the new sleep number 360 smart bed. now you can wake up to smarter sleep. let's meet, only at a sleep number store.
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baseball you learned from meatloaf. scalise was immediately mobbed. but the glory was short hrufd. the democra lived. they lost to the democrats, 21-5. >> that was an unbelievable play for steve scalise. >> that was wonderful. >> everybody celebrated. incident was a bipartisan moment. >> the host nation kicking off the world cup in style with a really dull game. coy wire has more in this morning's "bleacher report". >> top of the morning for you. it had been 16 years since russia tasted a world cup victory. yesterday they saw how sweet home cooking can be. 5-0. vladimir putin was there. this was trending but people
with color blindness couldn't tell who was who. saudi arabia in green, russia in red. color blind pbsz in 1 in 12. that is 14,000 people. the world's best struggling on the first round of the u.s. open in long island. tiger opened with a triple bogey shooting a 7 on the first hole. and also imagine trying to hit a golf ball in a wind tunnel. there were gusts of 32 miles per hour out there. jordan spieth, watch him on this one. the ball settles, but the wind starts to move. he runs to try to mark it. no. it blew right back down the slope. that's bad but not as bad as scott gregory's 92.
the next round starting very soon. so back to you guys. you look good in pink today. you got the memo. >> very nice. >> color blindness like all those 14 million men watching the world cup. allies jumping on the report about the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. james comey's actions of course are still under scrutiny this morning. so we have reaction from two former fbi agents about what we learned in this ig report. that's next. ♪ heartburn and gas? ♪ now fight both fast new tums chewy bites with gas relief all in one relief of heartburn and gas ♪ ♪ tum tum tum tums new tums chewy bites with gas relief
who is no longer part of the mueller probe. the ig report did not deal with the mueller investigation. rudy guiliani using the report as inspector general for political purposes, suggesting somehow the mueller investigation is impugned. let's discuss a little of the fallout. joining me is two former fbi agents and josh campbell, former fbi advisory special agent james gagliano. thank you very much for being with us. josh, i want to start with you. let's go over the key findings. no evidence that prosecutors or comey were affected by political bias. comey broke protocol by announcing clinton was cleared fbi agent texted he's stop trump from becoming president. comey used personal e-mail. no evidence clinton and lynch
discussed probe on tarmac. >> those who lived through 2016 and the 2017. if you think about all the ingredients that came together during this period of time, you had a major party candidate for president that was under fbi investigation. and then another candidate would become indirectly under investigation. you had the boss of the fbi, the attorney general, meeting privately on an airplane with the spouse of a subject of a criminal investigation. as all of this is going on, you have these two employees exercises incredibly bad judgment, having this extramarital affair, exchanges these texts, which would then explode, as we know now and cause such great damage to the fbi. the organization at this point in time felt very much under assault. >> you had this complicated mess of things going on at once. but, jim, this ig report says there was a lot going on. but james comey, fbi director,
handled it poorly. >> let's stay with the 500-year flood metaphor. i don't believe he was thrust into an untenable position. he was the least equipped lifeguard to be there when the rise waters began. the fbi did come assault. how? i went through the 500 pages, including appendix. i read the op ed that james comey provided to the "new york times". then i listened to director wray's sober remarks about the fbi. the blame should not be at comey for violating norms because he elected to speak out. that was the right move to make. but he surrounded himself with inexperienced people. let's go to peter strzok and lisa page, to your point. people say folks like me who criticized the investigation are
tin foil hat crowd because we talk about secret societies. the e-mails were damning. did comey have anything to do with placing his finger on the scale? i don't believe that. but i do believe the senate or house judiciary committee need to bring in peter strzok, lisa page, p them uer oath and as questions about very damning rhetoric in that suggest that people were -- whether or not it happened or not, people were working or seeking or looking to impact a lawful election. >> go ahead, josh. with respect to the the fbi being directed by callous people, it's not true. people in thebit. prosecutors who worked all over the country, indeed all over the world is simply not true. i'm with respect to lisa page and peter strzok.
they exercised incredibly bad judgment. but the main takeaway, and i'm not opposed to congress looking at their actions. there should be transparenctran. the allegations that have been made against the fbi. you mentioned this tin foil hat crowd and the like. a lot of negative things have been thrown out. the main allegation was the fbi was politically corrupt. those allegations were coming from the president himself, allies, and republicans who were making that claim. >> josh, hang on one second. to be clear, the report says they found no evidence that their conclusions were talked about bias. but bias that peter strzok might have had. this is from the president, the first time he has responded. it says fbi agent peter strzok, who headed the clinton and russia investigations, texted to his lover lisa page, in the ig report, that we'll stop
candidate trump from becoming president. doesn't get any lower than that. >> i agree with the president. that statement is 100% true. for someone in the fbi to be exchanges these messages, it is disgusting and it's disgraceful. i'm waiting for the next message. if that somehow connects this clinton ig investigation to bob mueller and russia, then i think we have a problem. >> jim, do you think there is no connection there? >> no. i think we need to be careful too. we've got the results of two ig reports. there's a third one coming. that may be another instance where we may be able to glean what type, if any, of the junior level, senior executives were influenced in any investigations. look, it's troubling. i agree with josh. 36,000 employees in the fbi are diligent, dutiful, patriots. but we are right to criticize. folks that were in positions of immense power. yes, peter strzok couldn't alone impact an investigation.
but he made serious conditions. he influenced things. he had immense power in counterintelligence. >> does this impugn the mueller investigation, jim? >> absolutely not. we can walk and chew gum at the same time, john. i believe this is a separate apparatus here. i have great confidence in director mueller. he is a patriot. he is a man who is ready to come out and say there is no there there or putting my name to a document that says it's complete. here's what it says. that investigation should continue. >> because what we're hearing from republicans, and i will speak to matt gates is this text from peter strzok came nine days after the russia investigation began. he is saying we'll stop trump after the russia investigation began. is that timing a bad fact? >> oh, yeah, obviously it's a bad fact if you look at the
chronology. one thing i will point out, and jimmy is right, let's treat that differently than the way we treated this investigation. when i say we, the president that's already in power. this has been going on for a year, 18 months looking into this. people were making predictions about what this report would say, baking in this narrative in the american psyche that the fbi was corrupt. and what we find is they weren't. we should let this ig investigation play out. obviously the president has been throwing out terms like spygate and the like. we heard it yesterday with some of the former trump people. we should pump the brakes, let the ig do his work. let's see what the report says. >> thanks so much for being with us. we've been talking about this for some time. >> attorney general jeff sessions is using a package to separate immigrant children from
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now to this story that so many people are talking about. attorney general jeff sessions invoked the bible to defend the trump administration practice of separateing children from parents at the border. >> i would cite romance 13 to obey the laws of the government because god has ordained the government for his purposes. orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves consistent, fair application of law is in itself a good and moral thing ad that protects the weak. it protects the lawful. >> let's bring in cnn political analyst and author of "how's your faith," david gregory. great to have you weigh in here. when jeff sessions said to obey the laws of the government because god has ordained the government for his purposes. in other words, the government is all powerful and beyond
reproach? what are we to make of our attorney general saying this? >> if he is talking about protection of the weak, i don't know how you defend a practice that separates parents and their children after they have made this perilous journey, illegal though it may be, trying to find a different life in the united states. secondly, i just think the bible is rich and fertile territory for those who want to use it for a broader argument. and if the attorney general wants to cite romans, maybe he would like to cite hebrews, we were once strangers in the land of egypt. the pope reminds us today, quoting ddeuteronomy, protectin the stranger, loving them as ourselves. this is so unfortunate to try to
inject this into the political domain particularly on this issue. to say nothing of the fact this particular bible verse has been used in the past as a way to defend government action used by southerners who wanted to defend slavery or used by loyalists who were trying to defend, you know, "the crown" against those pesky revolutionaries known as americans. >> in auspicious history. they blame democrats for their own policy. and religious leaders are saying, no, it's immoral. they try to turn all the arguments on its head. you and i remember 18 years ago when george w. bush say family values don't stop at the rio grand river. it is hard to justify this on
family values. >> no question about it. the legacy of president bush varied as we know well. but this was an issue he got so well as a border state governor, someone who understand what the border picture was all about. as far as the republican party has come, i think it has instructed that what session says is implementing is policy. counter to what president trump himself says he believes. though hard liners around him are supportive. but whether there are evangelical christians within the party, including others who have spoken out. >> franklin graham. >> hard liner on so many issues, said this is an unconscionable policy. it is incredibly unpopular what the administration is doing. and we see this amid all of these other moves to try to move
forward on a path for daca, for the folks who come in illegally, children of illegal immigrants. >> let's play franklin graham's sound here. he is one of the best known evangelical christians in the world, son of billy graham. >> first of all, it is disgraceful and terrible to see families ripped apart. i don't support that one bit. the situation we have today are as a result of lawmakers in washington over generations ignoring this. and i'm hopeful that something can be done to fix it. >> do you think having somebody with the reputation of franklin graham who supported president trump, do you think that politically is a problem for jeff sessions and the administration? >> i do think it's a problem. i get uncomfortable cherry picking franklin graham. >> understood. >> by the way, i'm glad you said
that. there's a lot of cherry picking here. when you're cherry picking from the bible, franklin graham, there is a lot happening politically. what do you think? >> politically, there is a lot of agreement across the religious spectrum as there is across the political spectrum that we ought to treat families with compassion and dignity at the border. there is a law and order issue with illegal immigration. but you have to understand why people are coming. it's not so they can commit crimes. so much of our politics is based on playing on people's fears of other people. in this case, illegal immigrants. when there is such a magnet in the united states for illegal immigrants to come here, work, and have a different life. there is a broad consensus to
adjust our policies like this. when you have a hardline policy like this, you know, it may please the base, but i don't think it can hold. not just democrats but across the republican party there is enough people who want a different path. >> if you're going to make the policy, own it. don't blame the bible. don't plame democrats. we are making this decision and standing by it. always great to have you with us. "how's your faith"? details how president trump up ended the singapore summit the day before.
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one of the reporters who broke this story, cnn political analyst josh dausy. he wasn't going to have the summit until tuesday. he said, look, this is b.s., let's just do it. what was going on? >> the president goes on impulse and whims. when he arrived in singapore across the world, he said why are we waiting today? he's here. i'm here. he was at the famous infinity pool on top of the hotel we saw. and the president was ready to go. his aides had to remind him folks were traveling from across the world. television was planned. you can't just move an international summit. the president wanted to move it to the point where people were afraid he was going to go home. eventually they calmed him down. they said if they did it on the time he proposed, it would have
far fewer viewers. he should prep a little bit more before this. it was quite a harrowing 12 or so hours for folks who worked with him, according to our reporting, for the story. >> the impression that the president gave during his news conference after was that he negotiated the details that came out in that document that they sign there on the spot when he took the measure of the man kim jong-un. you are reporting three of the four key points were all agreed to beforehand. >> yes. most of the document, the agreement was actually written by his aides, agreed to by north korea long before the president arrived on the ground, before the president was in singapore. that is pretty traditional ly john. most of the legwork is done by aides far in advance. you have a few hours getting to know each other. there is not enough time to negotiate the details. as you correctly pointed out,
the president made it seem they had made just a remarkable amount of progress in a few hours. and the whole agreement had been hammered out. it was a product as he described it, terrific relationship with the dictator kim jong-un. what actually happened is that a lot of the agreement had been done long before the summit began. >> some of my reporting was that the administration was frustrated they couldn't get the north koreans to budge in the hours before they met. they would have liked to go even further. they couldn't. one of the most juiciest things is north korean media and longing for the impartiality. at one point after watching north korea television, which is entirely state-run, the president talked about how positive the female north korean
news, anchor was toward kim, according to two people familiar with his remarks. maybe he should get a job on u.s. television instead. what he wants to the north korean media, josh. >> i think the president, to some degree, was joking. >> it does feel like that. >> the president has a wry sense of humor that doesn't translate in his public speeches. he can be somewhat witty and self-depricating. we know he hates his coverage. he is sitting there watching. you know the trademark anchor. she is very excited. it seems like you cooperate ask for more positive coverage. he goes, wow, that woman, she really loves him. we could get that on fox. people in the room laughed and thought it was funny. it was a shock for the president
that he doesn't get the coverage kim gets. he's a dictator and the state-run meeting doesn't have a chance. >> josh dausy, thank you for being here. fascinating report. thanks to our international viewers for watching. for you cnn talk is next. for u.s. viewers, "new day" continues. right this second. welcome to your "new day" if you're watching the last second and a half. the inspector general's report is out. the president and his allies using it as ammunition against the special counsel russia investigation. the president wrote about it for the first time just moments ago. his lawyer, rudy guiliani, seasoneding out an even stronger message. he said robert mueller should suspend his investigation today so that fbi officials and the report can be investigated. again, t