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as he promoting his book. all of the book's profits go to ptsd research. here's shep. thanks for joining me. >> shepard: it's noon on the west coast. 3:00 in d.c. the scene of fast-moving developments today in the broadening controversy over the trump administration's ties to russia. mush of the action revolving tomorrow around the attorney general jeff sessions who testified he had not been in contact with the russian government. >> i didn't have communications with the russians. >> no communications. except he did. now some republicans are asking him to recuse himself from an investigation into the trump team. but top democrats say the attorney general needs to go. i'll speak live with the republican senator lindsey graham in this hour. plus, drastic action from the obama administration in its final days. staffers so concerned that the trump team would cover up intelligence about russia, they spread the intel everywhere they
could. you'll hear what fox news has learned about that. let's get to it. first from the fox news desk, the attorney general jeff sessions is facing backlash for lawmakers on both sides of the political idea. this after reports that the former trump campaign advisor spoke twice the russia's ambassador during the election and never disclosed it in his confirmation hearings. here's what then senator sessions told the senate judiciary committee in january. >> and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator franken, i'm not aware of any of those activities. i have been called a serrogate a
time or two and i did not have communications with the russians. i'm unable to comment on it. >> he was not asked if he had communications. he volunteered that he did not. now justice department officials confirmed to fox news sessions actually did speak with russia's ambassador in july and again in september. just weeks before the u.s. election. that was during the peak of what u.s. officials say was a russian hacking operation to help donald trump win the election. democrats say senator sessions lied under oath and he should resign. three republican senators including lindsey graham, that will joins us live shortly and 12 members of congress say he should accuse himself from the investigation. the justice department claims senator sessions spoke with russia's ambassador as a member of the senate armed services committee and sessions says he and the ambassador never discussed the campaign. here's what the attorney general told nbc news this morning.
>> well, i have not met with any russians at any time to discuss any political campaign. those remarks are unbelievable to me. i don't have anything else to say about the that. >> what about the call to recuse yourself from your agencies probe -- >> i've said that whenever it's appropriate i will recuse myself. there's no doubt about that. >> a justice department spokeswoman in a statement says that sessions did not lie under oath. the spokeswoman writes in part -- >> shepard: sessions denied discussing campaign matters with russian officials. democratic patrick lacy asked jeff sessions "several of the president-elect's nominees or senior advisors have russian ties. have you been in contact with
anyone connected to any part of the russian government about the 2016 election either before or after election day?" jeff sessions responded with one word. no. attorney general sessions responded to the allegations with his own statement last night in writing quoting -- >> shepard: sessions says he and the ambassador did not discuss the campaign but so far the attorney general has not revealed what that i did talk about. officials tell "the washington post" that the attorney general does not remember the details. attorney general sessions last year had more than two dozen conversations with foreign ambassadors as a member of the armed services committee including ambassadors from the united kingdom, china, japan and germany. he talked to all of them to determine if any members met with the russian ambassador. according to the post,20
lawmakers responded and each one said no, including the committee's chairman, john mccain. one of senator mccain's closest colleagues is the republican senator lindsey graham that spoke about the sessions controversy last night on cnn. >> if there is something there and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that jeff sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make this decision about trump. so there may be nothing there, but if there's something that, that the fbi believes is criminal in nature, for sure you need a special prosecutor. if that day ever comes, i'll be the first to say it needs to be somebody other than jeff. >> shepard: democrats and republicans have been calling for a special prosecutor to investigate and others including nancy pelosi and chuck schumer say the attorney general sessions needs to go. >> there cannot be even the bit
of doubt about the impartiality and fairness of the attorney general, the top law enforcement official of the land. after this, it's clear attorney general sessions doesn't meet that test. because the department of justice should be above reproach for the good of the country, he should resign. >> shepard: as attorney general, jeff sessions is in charge of the justice department and the fbi which is invest greating the russian matter. republicans control both chambers. on the same day that sessions spoke with the ambassador in september, donald trump gave an interview to the state owned outlet for russia "rt." and trump said it's probably unlikely that the russian government was meddling in the american election. all 17 u.s. intelligence agencies report candidate trump
was wrong. they have confirmed the russians did indeed interfere with the campaign and the investigations into it are very real. fox news confirms white house lawyers have asked white house staffers to preserve any materials that may be tied to the contacts. lawyers sent the memo at the request of the senate intelligence committee. john roberts is live on the north lawn. what is the reply? >> we're hearing from president tr u.s.s. gerald ford, the first of the new ford class aircraft carriers. he was in hampton roads virginia. he was asked by the pool if he had confidence in his attorney general. he said yes, that he had total confidence. he also said he wasn't aware that sessions had spoken with the russian ambassador. when asked if sessions was truthful during his testimony, the president said he think he probably did think he told the truth and was asked if he should
recuse himself from the d.o.j. investigation into possible russian meddling. he said i don't think so. let's go back a little bit more over the timeline. there were two meetings that jeff sessions to the russian ambassador of the united states. one was on september 8. that was in jeff session's office on capitol hill. the other time was on the sidelines of the republican national convention in july in cleveland at a heritage foundation event. it was a lunch time speech. jeff sessions had been giving the keynote address on national security and defense. there were a number of ambassadors in the audience. a few came up to him after the speech. one of those ambassadors was the russian ambassador. he spent a few minutes with him by himself. we don't know what the substance of that conversation was. we're told it was more of a casual encounter more than anything. the september 8 meeting took place in session's office up there on capitol hill. was under the auspices as you
pointed out in his membership as part of the armed services committee. we were told that he did not discuss the electioelection. a number of democrats calling for him to resign or recuse himself from the investigation. senator dianne feinstein said it's clear attorney general sessions must immediately recuse himself from any and all investigation into russian ties to the trump campaign and interference in the 2016 election. the fact that he spoke with russians and denied it is unacceptable. if he refuses to recuse himself, he should resign. this morning in an exclusive interview with abby huntsman that will air tomorrow on "fox and friends" sean spicer said there's no reason for the attorney general to recuse himself. listen here. >> there's nothing to recuse himself. he was 100% straight with the committee. people are choosing to play partisan politics with this.
they should be ashamed of themselves. >> abby was told after he said that that the order to not recuse himself came from president trump. you heard him say that shep, on board the u.s.s. ford that he doesn't think the attorney general should recuse himself. >> shepard: as i mentioned, three republican members of the u.s. senate, 12 of the house of representatives disagree. >> yeah. this is really unusual, too, to so this many republicans come forward. mo republicans have called for him to resign. you have senator susan collins of maine, rob portman from ohio, members of the house, barbara comstock saying he does need to recuse himself from the investigation. the person that started it off was darrell issa saying there should be an independent investigation to this last week. this morning, jason chaffetz had this to say. listen here. >> the attorney general should further clarify his testimony. i do think he should recuse
himself. >> he should recuse himself from the investigation. the president has his heels dug in as he has on other issues in the past. with this many republicans coming forward, you get on shaky ground in terms of how far you can dig the heels in. if the number of republicans calling in hits critical mass, may be difficult to resist the call for him to do that. shep? >> shepard: thanks, john. so what now? with some republicans calling for the attorney general to recuse himself and others on the democrat side calling for him to lose his job, what is the next order of business? how is it exactly that sean spicer says this is political and he was straight with the committee? there's much more ahead on this and lindsey graham joins us live still to come. so beautiful. what shall we call you? tom! name it tom! studies show that toms have the highest average earning potential over their professional lifetime. see? uh, it's a girl.
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>> shepard: more now on top democrats calling for jeff sessions to resign. 15 members of the house and senate are saying publicly that sessions as the top prosecutor should recuse himself from any investigation with ties between russia and the trump campaign. let's bring in john bussey from the "wall street journal." first he said he didn't have conversations. now he said he didn't have conversations regarding the campaign. if he didn't, he didn't. >> that's right. from the trump administration's
standpoint, this is a problem. they're not talking and taxes, about healthcare reform, about the travel ban. they're having to talk about their attorney general. it makes sense of this and navigate through a growing body of those that want him to recuse himself. the issue for trump, the longer this stays in the news, the issue of at least partially the legitimacy of the election, which is something that he's sensitive about, also stays in the news. you know, are we going to find in the intelligence community something more substantial about russ russia's intrusion into the election process. those are things that the trump administration wants to move past to get to its agenda. these are staying front and center. lastly, he doesn't necessarily have had to have talked about the campaign with the ambassador in his office when he met with him. he was the campaign. he was a top foreign policy advisor for trump.
that was public. he was a serrogate at times for the trump campaign. so what happened in the meetings? what are the details? was he signalling in system way something, a softening position on russia or not? was he just being part of the armed services committee and conducting the business of the senate? >> mike flynn talked to the same man. mike flynn lied to the vice president about it. he was forced to resign. now we know at the same time, jeff sessions spoke with this ambassador. jeff sessions said he didn't speak with any russians. now he's been caught apparently not telling the truth about this matter. that seems clear. what is the diss? >> he clarified in the statements that he didn't talk to the russians about the campaign. >> shepard: he's the lawyer. he's the attorney general of the united states now. lawyers know words. he's a very smart man. >> but this is the argument
being made. you would have thought during hearings he would have said, understand, as a member of the senate and a member of the armed services committee, i meet with the russians, a lot of ambassadors. you would have thought there would have been a forthcoming statement which would have clarified it from the outset. >> shepard: you know what the elephant in the room here and everybody in washington knows this, there is no secret that this man is a russian spy. he's widely regarded as a russian spy. senior intelligence officials tell us. he's not on a russian spy, a top spy recruiter in washington d.c. when you talk to him, it's a thing. it's recorded when you talk to him. i'm saying that that is -- >> he's a player. that's right. he's a player. he's clearly somebody that had russia's interests at stake. sessions was speaking with him in the capacity of not just a
member of the armed services committee and as a senator but as a major player in the trump -- a significant player in the trump campaign. you would have thought there would have been a more forth coming answer during the hearings. that would have gotten past the problems now. the question now is whether or not any study by the fbi with jeff sessions still running the department that oversees the fbi will be viewed by the public as accurate and entirely fort coming. i think the republicans are saying, an increasing number, no, move aside and recuse yourself. >> shepard: i've just gotten word that attorney general sessions will hold a press conference at 4:00 eastern time. 42 minutes from now. press conference in our parlance in the news media means questions and answers. could just be a statement. what does he need to do in this statement? >> i would imagine from trump's standpoint, to stay attorney general and say, look, you know,
there's been questions raised, i've done my best to answer them. i have honestly answered them. if there's still questions raised, i'm going to step aside for this investigation and allow it to occur without my oversight. there's absolutely not a scintilla doubt that this is a legitimate investigation. that would be from the republicans standpoint, susan colli collins, darrell issa, that that is a clean solution. he may expand on what he said in the past of a way of explaining further what he meant and what he did say and what he did do, which may just complicate matters. >> shepard: we'll know for certain shortly. he will speak in a matter of minutes. thanks, sean. the obama administration was revealed yesterday. a huge rush by the obama administration to preserve intelligence about the trump team's connections with russia. the details we're learning about what staffers did and where it leaves things now coming up. let me talk to you about retirement.
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>> shepard: "the new york times" broke the story that staffers in the white house were so concerned that the trump administration would cover up intelligence related to russia, they rushed to preserve whatever they could for investigators. that's when a former intelligence official confirms to fox news. catherine herridge is live from washington. catherine, rather than making this a high-level classification, they classified it as low as they could so lots of people would know about it. >> that was part of the strategy. the outgoing administration was determined the investigation into russia's interference in the u.s. election would not die when the trump team took over, that this intelligence was
widely circulated and archived. today the house speaker said he believed it was part of a broader political strategy. >> democrats are letting their hair on fire to uncover this story to get you to keep repeating the same story. there's nothing new here. >> there's another significant departure in december when the intelligence community released their final report. there was a declassified version that was publicly released. typically these assessments are closely held and shared privately with according and the executive branch. a former obama administration appointee said the move was justified. >> some of the information was because of what the russians had done was so unprecedented. the american people have the right to know what evidence we have. >> the white house has instructed staff to preserve all of the records and any communications that may exist, but there's no allegation at
this point that records were destroyed, shep. >> shepard: kathericat it's my understanding it could be called an act of war. >> the russian interference with the election, including the e-mail hacking, wikileaks and others crossed the line as part of a strategy to erode the democratic process. >> what kind of message does it send to vladimir putin and the rest of the world if we don't take action and respond to russian hacking? >> we ought to push back but fix our defense. come up with a strategy. we can defend this country in cyber space. we're not doing it. that's what w do. >> there's been criticism of the sanctions that were imposed by the last administration on russia. one of our contacts said they felt a stronger response. >> would it be included a major arms shipment to the ukraine?
>> shepard: catherine herridge live in washington. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> shepard: ahead, we'll speak to senator lindsey graham where he stands on this controversy and whether he believes sessions should recuse himself in the investigation or more. first, a big win in the battle against terror in one of the most dangerous extremist groups is admitting its setback. fun in art class.
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general sessions russia controversy and what we were reminded by a number of lawmakers today is meeting with ambassadors is part of their job. >> it's a slippery slope. all the countries in the world have i'm b embassies here. a lot are adversaries. we all meet with them. senators and congressmen meet with those ambassadors on a regular basis. i'll reserve judgment until i hear exactly what he said. if he willfully misled the senate, he should step down. >> a lot of controversy about what he said. house guys chose their words carefully, shep. >> shepard: what is the latest on republican efforts on the overhaul of the affordable care act? >> a lot of key players are working on repealing and replacing it and there's certainly some conservative
concerns. >> i am perfectly confident when it's all said and done, we're going to unify because we all, every republican ran on repealing and replacing and we're going to keep our promises. >> we have to ask ourselves, what were we against the last six years if all water going to do is replace government mandated and government centric healthcare. >> if republicans pass a plan and numbers drop, gop members know they're going to be blamed for it. they're trying to take great care they do it right. >> shepard: thanks, mike emanuel. senator lindsey graham of south carolina is one of three republican senators along with the republican representatives has called for attorney general sessions to recuse himself from the russia investigation. senator graham is with us from washington. good afternoon, sir. >> thank you for having me. >> shepard: president trump said then senator sessions was
truthful when he said he had not had conversations with the russians. do you think he was truthful? >> yeah, i have no doubt. one thing about jeff sessions, he's brutally honest. here's what i think happened. they were asking him about campaign contacts with the russians. he said he had known. i believe him. the contact with if russian ambassador was about being a senator. >> shepard: okay. let's play the sound. >> if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator franken, i'm not aware of any of those activities. i have been called a serrogate a time or two in that campaign and i did not have communications with the russians. i'm unable to comment on it. >> shepard: so that was
truthful? >> yeah, i think, jeff -- i had lunch with the ambassador last week. so as a senator talked to an ambassador is different than being a campaign operative talking with the russians about how to help jump. i believe jeff sessions. here's what i want to make clear. lindsey graham has no knowledge at all of any wrongful activity on the trump campaign team regarding russia. i don't know of any evidence to suggest the russians collaborated with the trump campaign in an inappropriate matter. these are all just news stories. here's what i do believe. if there is an investigation and jeff sessions should step aside because he's part of the campaign team. he should not advise the fbi about what to do and shouldn't make a recommendation on how to dispose of the investigation if there is one because he's too close to trump. the idea that he should resign over this is ridiculous. i believe he should recuse himself if there is an investigation about the trump
campaign and russia and nothing more. >> shepard: should will be a special prosecutor? >> that would be determined by the person that takes over for jeff. here's what happened in the karl rove investigation. remember that engagement in ashcroft stepped aside because karl rove was his political advisor. jim comey was the deputy attorney general. he appointed peter fitzgerald to look into the karl rove matter. i don't know how this movie ends, but for the good of the country, jeff is a dear friend. what is best for the country is if there is an investigation regarding the trump campaign and russia, jeff should step aside and let somebody else make the decision who is not so close to the campaign. >> shepard: you mentioned fbi director comey. adam schiff calling for -- suggesting that comey is withholding information regarding this investigation. it's my understanding that you just spoke with james comey. what did he say?
>> number 1, democrats are going crazy across the board. so i tune these guys out. i met with the director of the fbi this afternoon. i'll issue a statement about that meeting. i'm confident director comey will disclose the nature of the investigation if there is one and that he and his agents have the ability to do this fairly. if there is an investigation that somebody other than jeff sessions should be advising the fbi. so i have no evidence that the russians collaborated with the trump campaign, i have zero evidence that comey is withholding information. i do know he talked with the intelligence committee for about three hours and i would expect sometime in the future that we'll know more about whether or not there's an actual investigation regarding trump and russia. the campaign. >> shepard: sources tell us the fbi is actively investigating now. did james comey tell you whether that is true or not? >> no. but i expect --
>> shepard: so you didn't ask him? >> here's what i did say. for the good of the country if there's an investigation, we need a process other than attorney general sessions advises you and makes a disposition. if there's nothing there, then jeff sessions has nothing to recuse himself from. for the good of the country, we need a process that people can believe in. that process in my view would have somebody other than attorney general sessions advising the fbi and eventually recommending how to dispose of the case. the one thing i don't want to happen is for the fbi director to say there's not a case. his job is to investigate and to work with the department of justice prosecution team to determine if they should move forward. >> shepard: senator, you serve on the armed services committee. when is the last time you met with the russian ambassador? >> when hell froze over is that so you never met with him?
>> john mccain and lindsey graham are last on their list. i don't know why he would want to talk to me. i believe his country is run by dictator, thug and killer. he's not come into my office. the fact that jeff met with him at the cleveland convention, ambassadors attend the convention. just look at it this way. if he had something to hide, would you invite the guy to come to your office? i believe jeff sessions. i believe that in his own mind, he was being truthful. the contact he had with the russian ambassador was as senate sessions. i agree that jeff, because of his campaign relationship with the trump campaign should not be advising the fbi if there is an investigation. >> shepard: how can jeff sessions separate the two? he was the first senator to endorse donald trump. he is as close if not closer than anyone else on the cabinet to donald trump. at the time of this, he was actively a trump serrogate. he was also on the armed services committee. he was actively a trump
surrogate. he was meeting with a top russian spy and recruiter. >> i don't know if he's a top russian spy -- >> shepard: senior intelligence services suggest he is. i'm not suggesting anything but that's how he's known in washington. >> not be me. >> shepard: but i don't know, maybe the form attorney general understands under oath matters and things he would be prepped for and ready for in a setting like that, senator. >> well, this is not just the former attorney general of alabama. this is a guy i've known for 20 years. number 1, he met with the russian ambassador in his office. that suggests to me that he had nothing to hide. i believe jeff when he said he talked to the russian ambassador twice but not about campaign related activity. i believe jeff. you don't have to but i do. he needs to explain the
situation. he needs to tell us exactly what they talked about to the best of his memory and for the good of the country. he will speak here soon. i hope jeff will say that i'm going to step aside if there's an investigation of the trump campaign by the fbi regarding russia. i will step aside, not advice or not dispose. >> shepard: have you talked with him at all? i know you're good friends and have been for a long time. >> no. >> shepard: the former national security advisor michael flynn spoke with the same ambassador on the same day that the obama administration put sanctions. now we know that senator sessions spoke with him. i don't know what he spoke about. i don't know if it's jermane at the moment. he said he didn't speak but he did speak. are you concerned about all of these different people within team trump having all of these connections to vladimir putin and maybe for the first time in american political history we have a strong republican, who is very high-placed saying all of
these nice things about putin and nothing bad? >> here's what i'm concerned about. i'm concerned about what russia did in our election. i don't think they changed the outcome. i want your viewers to know that my investigation of russian activities in the 2016 election has nothing to do with the le t legitimacy of the outcome. donald trump won the election. i believe that they interfered. they hacked into the dnc and podesta's e-mails and they're the ones that got this to wikileaks. they're doing it all over the world. they're doing it in france and germany and i want to hit them hard for interfering with our election. i wish the president, president trump, who did a great job two days ago, would say to the nation, we're going to punish russia even though it was the other party that got hurt the most. we can't have a foreign government interfering in our elections. i wish he would say that. there's no doubt in my mind that trump won fairly.
i want to hit the russians and hit them hard. >> shepard: senator graham, thanks for your time. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> shepard: all right. again, senator sessions to hold a news conference. that is now scheduled for 4:00 eastern, 1:00 pacific. so 17 minutes from now. we'll have live coverage here on fox news channel. ahead, rare interviews with jailed islamic state terrorists that have made it their mission to kill westerners. fox news takes you inside iraq next.
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. >> shepard: a fox news correspondent going face to face with islamic state fighters in an iraqi jail. one opening up about making bombs and carrying out an attack. benjamin hall is in the london newsroom this evening. benjamin? >> hi, shep. look, it's so rare to get information from inside isis, to get informants inside that terror group. the gold mine of intelligence at this facility is second to none. it's a facility and a program
that was designed by u.s. trainers. have a look. behind each one of these doors is an isis prisoner guilty of committing crimes which have left hundreds of people dead. some show remorse. others feel no guilt at all. >> abu omar, 25, started as a guard and arresting women that were unveiled but moved up the ranks to making bombs. he calmly told us about one of his many deadly attacks. >> i picked up a car with a bomb and parked it mere a busy cafe. i got out. walked away. called a number on my phone and blew it up. >> now he told us that attack killed upwards of 100 people including 30 women and children. we learned other interesting things including one prisoner that said he spent time with american fighters in isis, two or three of them that he said were part of a cell of foreigners in charge of threats
against the west. we have known there's foreigners there and they want to lash out. but hearing that was ground breaking. another interesting thing, this move. isis feels they're losing on the battlefield and morphing into an insurgency. many were ahead of isis cells in baghdad. they were looking to times after mosul was lost and that that is where they will see themselves reemerging. an interesting look how they see themselves coming back and moving forward. and of course, stop the attacks in places like baghdad. they said the sectarianism needs to stop. the larger picture, iran meddling in the affairing of iraq and creating the problems. an incredible opportunity and a reminder of the threat that america and the west are facing at the moment. >> shepard: ben, what was it like being in there? >> i met a lot of families of
people that had been tortured, had their women raped by them. looking face to face, eye to eye with some of these people is very hard and makes you angry. they just pass it off as if they were following orders. they seem to have a complete disconnect to the atrocities they were committing. just begs the question, you know, who are they following and listening to. they said that they were warriors of islam. they hope the effect would spread across the globe. so the mindset there is if one we've heard of and it's as strong as ever. >> shepard: thanks, ben. attorney general sessions to hold his news conference live on fox news channel in ten minutes. we'll have live coverage. next here though, an immigrant in mississippi told reporters she was going into hiding because she was afraid even though she was -- she came to the united states when she was 7 years old that she might be deported. yesterday she broke her silence, held a news conference and explained the predicament with catholic charities at her side.
>> shepard: immigration agents arrested a woman in jackson, mississippi yesterday minutes after she had finished speaking about her fear of deportation in a news conference. that's according to her lawyer. her name is danielle vargas. she's 22 years old. her attorney says her family came to the united states from argentina when she was 7. under president obama's program, deferred action for childhood arrivals or daca, she could legally live and work in the united states as long as she had the proper paperwork. her permit expired but her
renewal application was awaiting approval. can we read into in the timing of this young woman's arrest, jonathan? >> the arrest went down as a traffic stop. miss vargas was riding with a friend that took her home after she wrapped up the news conference speaking to reporters minutes before at jackson city hall. listen to what she said. >> today my father and brother await deportation while i continue to battle this fight as a dreamer and contribute to this country which i feel is my country. >> you hear her references her father and brother. that was in mid february that ice agents came out to the family home, took them into custody. they did not take miss vargas in custody. ice explaining that she had told the agents that she had status under that daca program that you mentioned in your intro, shep.
ice determined that her docket status was not current and an ice spokesman released a written statement saying "ice conducts targeted immigration investigations." and miss vargas' lawyer says to arrest this woman two weeks after she had been speaking to the media raises questions as to the motivation or incentives behind her arrest, shep. >> shepard: what happens to miss vargas now? >> yeah, right now we're told that she's in louisiana. she remains in ice custody. in the coming days, she will face a hearing before a federal judge that will determine whether she indeed has some sort of immigration protective status that will allow her to remain in this country or if she will be deported back to argentina.
her lawyer says for this young women living in the u.s. for 15 years at age 22, the vast majority of her life, for all intents and purposes she's culturally american. listen. >> this is where her family is, where her friends are. this is the life that she knows. she told me when i met with her she would like to go to the military if that is an option for daca. she has a love for this country. >> no criminal history. she's great. she's just -- i don't understand why it's happening to her. >> jordan sanders, the young woman you heard from, she was with miss vargas in the car when she was arrested, shep. >> shepard: jonathan serrie. thanks. the news continues next. you're here to buy a car.
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conference after his statement and the calls for him to recuse himself in an investigation and democrats call for him to resign from his office as attorney general. "your world" with neil cavuto will have complete live team fox coverage starting now. >> neil: all right, shepard. thanks very much. we're waiting for that press conference. a press announcement. we're not sure in the attorney general will take questions but he will be speaking to reporters shortly. amid a clarion call of different reactions as to what he should do now that it seems he did indeed talk to russian officials prior, of course, to the confirmation and of course the swearing in of donald trump. now, there's a lot at stake here as to what it means to meet with the russian official in your office in the role of a united states senator or as a surrogate for the trump campaign. there'h