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>> shepard: it's noon on the west coast. 3:00 in d.c. president trump lashed out at members of his own party for sinking the gop healthcare nonplan. some republicans are vowing not to give up and top democrats are saying let's work together. we're live on capitol hill with all the fall-out. president trump's new communications chief is not apologizing for his x-rated tirade against the chief of staff and top strategist. is another shakeup in the works? we're live at what the "new york post" calls survivor white house. the attorney general jeff sessions tells fox news he's not going anywhere if it's up to him. senators from both parties team up to protect the special counsel running the russia
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investigation. it's a crazy news day. let's get to it. first from the fox news deck this friday afternoon, with his agenda stalled and his white house in chaos and open rebellion, president trump traveled to long island, new york to hold what turned out to be a political rally surrounded by police, immigration agents and other law enforcement officers. a speech entitled to be about the ms-13 gang, the president wandered off script. he brought up his greatest hits from the campaign trail. make america great again, building the wall and bragged about how big he won. >> always take pictures with the police. my guys say don't do it, don't do it. [applause] other candidates didn't do it that i was beating by 40 points. can you believe it? i did it. maybe that's why i was winning by 40 points. >> shepard: when he did talk about police work, the president
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warned cops not to go united states on suspects he called thugs. >> when you see these towns and these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, thrown in rough, i said please don't be too nice. like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand -- like don't hit their head and they just killed somebody. i said you can take the hand away, okay? >> shepard: the president talked about growing up on long island. try telling about any new yorker that queens is long island. then he briefly mentioned the failed healthcare bill in the senate and railed on lawmakers for vowing to kill obamacare and not doing it. >> they should have approved healthcare last night, but you can't have everything. boy, oh, boy. they've been working on that one for seven years. can you believe that? the swamp, but we'll get it
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done. we'll get it done. >> the president spoke in an area where police say that ms-13 gang murdered 17 people since the start of last year. police say many of the gang members are teenagers and their killings are brutal with attackers hacking victims with machetes. critics say president trump has almost no understanding of that gang on its history and this could make the problem worse. bryan llenas live on long island town of brentwood this afternoon. brian? >> hi, shep. inside this auditorium at the suffolk county community college, about 500 law enforcement officers from different agencies on long island. the speech was touted as something else, mainly about ms-13 and their plan to fight ms-13. also really a lot about other things as you mentioned in your intro. a lot of that was pitting his administration as those who are supportive of the police in this country and have their backs as
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opposed to past administrations. take a listen to this. >> i don't think you know how much the public respects and admires you. you are saving american lives every day. and we have your back, believe me. we have your backs 100%. not like the old days. >> there's the president saying i've got your back, not like past administrations. while he was talking about the fight against ms-13. he also then shifted into a little bit personal dig at mayor big de blasio of new york city, one of the main sanctuary cities. these are cities that protect our shield many undocumented immigrants, many who are not criminals. he went after the mayor to really an applause of a lot of law enforcement officers here today.
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listen. >> they're there right now because of weak political leadership, weak leadership, weak policing and in many cases because the police weren't allowed to do their job. i've met police that are great police that aren't allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor that doesn't know what's going on. >> so you have the president blaming sanctuary cities and really the last few years for somehow this large resurgence of ms-13. when we asked the administration for data as to pointing out to what kind of resurgence they're talking about our growth in ms-13, we haven't seen the numbers. there's an estimated 10,000 gang members in this country but they started in the 80s. so he blamed the past administration and mayors who are at the so-called sanctuary cities for the problem for ms-13, shep. >> shepard: how are law enforcement officers describing
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the situation on the ground in long island? >> we talked to the police commissioner. he says there's about 400 ms-13 gang members here in suffolk county, a county of 1.6 million. we understand it's a serious issue and we're going full throttle. they've been on the offensive for ten months here ever since the two teenage girls were butchered by allegedly by ms-13 gang members. if you listen to president trump today in his speech, it almost seemed like, well, some of these towns are under martial law. listen. >> one by one we're liberating our american towns. like i'd see in a movie. they're liberating the town. like in the old wild west. >> police commissioner says that he welcomes the attention and hopefully the money and more. u.s. federal prosecutors that they can go through these cases as they arrest over 240 ms-13 people in the last ten months.
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gang members. shep? >> shepard: bryan llenas on long island. 7.5 million people on long island these days. the latest show of defiance from kim jong-un and north korea and his murderous regime. the joint chief discussing military options with south korea's defense chief. north korea just a few hours ago launched yet another intercontinental ballistic missile. the second this month. we're still waiting for the details on the launch. a spokesperson for japan says the missile flew for about 45 minutes and landed somewhere off the japanese coast. military officials say it was not a threat to north american because it went straight up and straight down. if the missile stayed in the air for so long, it could be a very serious development. one of our go-to experts on north korea, gorden chang saying it could suggest a longer range than the intercontinental ballistic missile that north korea launched earlier this month. the range on that one put hawaii
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and alaska in reach. they want to be able to reach the lower 48. the united nations has banned north korea from developing or testing ballistic missiles. the pentagon says they're committed to defending allies including south korea and japan. paul ryan saying north korea is a global menace. its pursuit of nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles poses clear and immediate danger to our national security. the bottom line, analysts say today's launch could be another step toward north korea's ultimate goal, striking the united states mainland with a nuclear weapon. according to the reporting of "the washington post" this week, pentagon officials now say that could happen long before the previous estimate of the year 2020. the north koreans could have a missile capable of hitting mainland u.s. by next year. rich edson with the news live at the state department for us this afternoon. what are you hearing from officials there, rich. >> american officials are saying that the united states is running out of time. the state department is working
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diplomatic channels on this, but north korea continues advancing their capabilities. that has the army chief of staff highlighting the urgency. >> we're at a point in time where choices will have to be made one way or the other. none of these choices are particularly palatable. none are good. >> south korea's new government had proposed talks with north korea, though nothing has come up that, shep. >> shepard: any word about a possible response? >> the united states has deployed what is known as the thad anti-missile defense system. china objected to it. south korea has suspended its deployment. reuters is reporting that south korea's president has ordered discussions with the united states on deploying additional anti-missile defense units. this is following the intercontinental ballistic missile launch.
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the u.s. is also playing what the trump administration is calling a pressure campaign. there's u.s. sanctions, u.n. security council sanctions and the u.s. is trying to get them to further better enforce the sanctions to isolate north korea economically and diplomatically. >> shepard: thanks, rich. senator john mccain is returning to arizona to start chemotherapy and radiation after he cast deciding vote in the collapse of the gop effort for healthcare on the hill. we'll have more on that in a moment. first, president trump lashed out on twitter after the so-called skinny obamacare remeal bill, which it really wasn't a repeal bill, failed in the senate overnight. he wrote three republicans and 48 democrats let the american people down. as i said from the beginning, let obamacare implode and then deal. watch. if republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the senate, they must immediately go to a 51-vote majority, not
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senseless 60. even though parts of healthcare could pass at 61. good things need 60. so many great future bills and budgets need 60 votes. republicans needed 50 votes to pass that bill last night. the bill that they all said they hoped would never become law since they had the vice president to break the tie and they couldn't do that either. republican senators lisa murkowski of alaska and susan collins of maine voted against the skinny repeal though it was not a repeal. it was john mccain that cast the deciding vote days after doctors removed a blood clot from his brain and diagnosed him with brain cancer. it was about 1:30 a.m. in washington. senator mccain, turned down his thumb and quietly said no. you can hear a gasp in the chamber. others applauded. >> no. >> you can see the minority
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leader there, chuck schumer waving his arm to silence democrats in the chamber. that skinny repeal bill as they called it would have defunded some parts of obamacare but left leaving much of the law in place. senator mccain said i've stated time and time again that one of the major failures of obamacare was that it was rammed through congress by democrats on a strict party line basis without a single republican vote. we should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to obamacare's collapse. the minority leader chuck schumer praised senator mccain for voting against skinny repeal. he says he believes republicans and democrats can work together on a solution. >> i have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly as well and as frequently as john mccain. the very same courage he showed as an naval aviator in vietnam
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he showed last night. >> one congressman is calling for mitch mcconnell to step down. here's who mo brooks of back back said today. >> with respect to healthcare, mitch mcconnell has been a failure in coming up with a plan that musters the 51 votes to proceed through the senate. at this point, if i were mitch mcconnell, i would resign. >> republicans for seven years have been promising to repeal and replace obamacare. they couldn't get it done. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. mike? >> we have news about the key player. senator john mccain's office putting out a statement about his health. we have some video to show you of mccain speaking with mike pence late night on the senate floor. we're told that mccain is returning to arizona for further treatment at the mayo clinic. his office says he will go through targeted radiation and chemotherapy. he plans to maintain a work schedule while undergoing that treatment and then plans to return to washington after the august recess. my colleague, peter doocy asked
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mccain about his decision to oppose the skinny repeal. >> did you have any answers? >> of course. always have concerns about an important vote like that. >> fox has confirmed president trump met with south carolina senator lindsey graham this morning at 10:00 a.m. to discuss health care. they talked about how best to use healthcare dollars. for house republicans who passed a healthcare reform plan, a bitter disappointment and it's led do some second guessing. >> pretty clear to me that this process was not a good one. one of the issues the president never laid out the core principles and didn't sell them to the american people. >> some republicans saying they cannot afford to make the same mistakes with tax reform. shep. >> shepard: much more on healthcare and the road forward. that's next.
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>> shepard: more on healthcare. kelsie snell joins us. the congressional reporter for "the washington post." he was following the action last night and co wrote the story on the washington website. there's talk of figuring something else out. do we have any idea what that is? >> no, we don't know what they have coming up next. republicans spent the majority of the year, seven months, focused on trying to get something through the reconciliation process. that failed last night. while it's possible that they
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could re-visit this process, this budget process to try to get something done, we don't really have any signs from the majority leader, mitch mcconnell that he wants to do things that way. there's a question about whether or not it's possible to do something smaller, something bipartisan. but it's a very difficult road ahead. as i talked to congressmen today on the hill, they weren't quite sure. they felt like they needed to go home, regroup and see each other in september and figure out a path forward then. >> try this in what they would call on regular order? >> i'm sorry? i can't hear you. >> shepard: on regular order? try to get something bipartisan together? >> yeah, that is the idea. regular order would be the only way to do something outside of trying to do it as gop-only. we don't really know what they would be. the senate minority leader, charles schumer, said he thought maybe the idea would be to do something on the cost-sharing subsidies. payments that go to insurers providing insurance on the
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marketplaces. but there's a pending lawsuit filed in 2014 by house republicans to say that the payments are illegal. so it's not clear that this could happen any time soon. >> shepard: all right. with the communication problems, we'll cut this short. thanks, kelsey. the west wing at war. the president's newest top aide taking dead aim at the chief of staff like nothing ever been seen in white house intrigue in american history. not like this. anthony scaramucci held nothing back, we assume. he made new comments about the profane phone call you heard about. the new comments coming next.
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>> shepard: the new white house communications director telling
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reporters it was not fair that the new yorker magazine published his barrage of f-bombs and other choice words, some x-rated. one thing he's not saying, i'm sorry. instead, he's blaming the reporter that took his phone call. during that conversation, the mooch, as he calls himself, took shots at the white house chief of staff reince priebus saying reince priebus is a bleeping paranoid schizophrenic. a paranoiac. scaramucci accused priebus of leaking information and saying he would resign soon. there were insults for steve bannon. one comment x-rated be i think standard. scaramucci also said i'm not trying to build my own brand off the strength of the bleeping president. i'm here to serve the country. no response from priebus or bannon. scaramucci tweeted that sometimes he uses colorful language. he also wrote that i made a
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mistake trusting in a reporter. that won't happen again. the reporter say the two spoke, he and scaramucci, before anything was published. ryan lizza is that reporter. he said anthony made 100% clear that i understand the interview was not off the record. totally within your rights to publish it. the new yorker reports it has an audio recording of the profanity laced conversation but no plans to make it public. kevin corke at the white house. >> perhaps the new yorker is trying to protect itself in case the white house spin machine tries to portray that conversation in a light other than it took place. it's fair to say that anthony scaramucci won't likely fall out of favor with the president. he's said to enjoy a bit of tension but that's also part of the issue. you have senior staffers that haven't done this before. they don't understand the rules of engagement here in washington. here's someone that does, sarah huckabee sanders.
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>> sometimes he's a passionate guy and lets the passion get the better of him. he used colorful language that i don't anticipate he will do again. >> none of this is new for those of us that have been covering this administration. the back and forth. scaramucci, in fact, had said in a brief use conversation that priebus blocked him from joining the team for months. in fact, in the conversation with ryan, he mentioned that he took delight in announcing that he reports to the president instead of the chief of staff. so clearly the president wanted to shake things up. mission accomplished. if he wants to move the issue forward, meaning getting the trump agenda in front of the american people, it's clear even white house officials will tell you on background, anthony scaramucci has to be more disciplined moving forward, this is a man that has been on the job a week. in that week, shepard, we've seen press secretary resign. we're talking about sean spicer. we've seen a staffer resign after being accused of leaking to the press.
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a twitter purge that scaramucci himself had to clean up his past statements and now the infamous profanity-laced interview. a rocky and inauspicious beginning for the new white house communications director. shepard? >> shepard: thanks, kevin. let's go to chris wallace from "fox news sunday" who is live from our washington newsroom. chris, there's clearly a management issue there. is there a plan? >> who knows? you said earlier today we haven't heard from scaramucci or priebus. we haven't heard from the president either, the man in charge of these various factions in his own white house. you wouldn't expect him to go on the record himself but he could through one of his spokesman. he hasn't said anything about it. it's very curious. maybe he wants to let things lay the way they are. but this is the kind of open warfare. i've heard, i've been in this town a long time. i'm not naive. you hear about factions and
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power struggles. nothing this vile and vulgar and certainly not this open. >> shepard: the public part that is a bit disconcerting. you wonder if there's a winning side. if you are to believe what "the new york times" wrote today, that the president was happy with scaramucci's tough talk, does that mean that priebus and bannon are on shaky ground or does scaramucci take a fall for this? feels like -- very game of thrones. feels like something has to give. >> yes, but not necessarily. a week ago we could have been talking about jeff sessions. you couldn't possibly imagine that jeff sessions a week later would still be the attorney general after the public lashing that the president was delivering to him, a week later, jeff sessions is still the chief law enforcement officer of the country. throughout this presidency,
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donald trump has sometimes blown hot and blown cold about various people. priebus has been up and down, bannon was very up and then had the fatal mistake where he was on the cover of "time" magazine. you don't want to steal the spotlight from the boss. he was out of favor for a while. now bannon seems to be in okay shape. so who is to say -- oftentimes yes, you think you're in a position where you said something has to give in a normal organization, a normal white house, especially that would be true, but not necessarily in this white house. >> shepard: are they getting anything done? >> they're getting some things done, particularly on deregulations, executive orders. precious little on regulations. we've seen two major defeats for the president this week. the biggest one we know about, of course, is healthcare, which you spent the first part of the show talking about to coming down to a stinging defeat in the
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middle of the night. and the russian sanction bills that he didn't want to see passed, limiting the president's ability to left them. that's a real setback for any president. that passed overwhelmingly. now the president has to decide to veto it. if it does, it will probably be overwritten or sign something he doesn't like. >> shepard: i was going to ask you about that. scaramucci mentioned one thing when on the phone with cnn yesterday morning with cuomo yesterday. he said that it's no one's job to protect the american people from the president. but when you put through legislation sanctions that you take the power away from the president in doing so, there's an appearance that that's what congress is trying to do now. >> i don't know if you'd say they're trying to protect the country from the president. but as john mccain said in his famous speech when he came back
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and gave the final vote that allowed them to begin the debate, he said, look, we're not under the president. we're co-equals under the constitution. they have just as much power of making law and perhaps more and it's their right to pass laws and the president can sign them or veto them. in this case, given two votes against it in the senate and three against it in the house, this seems to be one of the few cases where there's bipartisan across the board agreement. >> shepard: and north korea, they fired another intercontinental ballistic missile. there's game plans for conflict with north korea. if you have a sense from your reporting yet where the military minds are on this matter.
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>> i think it's going to take more, even than this, before they would do it. obviously very concerned. it was new intelligence report this week that is supposed to being three or four years away from being able to develop an icbm that could hit the u.s. with a nuclear weapon. perhaps less than a year from that. getting to a war with north korea would be cataclysmic in terms of the number of fatalities on both sides of the dmz and the korean peninsula. that is a absolute last resort. this does raise another question. people have said with all of these problems going on with scaramucci, priebus at their throats, at least we're not in a crisis. how would the administration deal with a real crisis. north korea is a potential real crisis. is this white house equipped to deal with that? i think that's an open question. >> shepard: hopefully we don't have do find out. chris wallace will have more on
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"fox news sunday" and the latest on the healthcare battle. fresh new booking now. the house minority leader nancy pelosi will be chris' guest as will john kasich, the former fox news host and contributor himself. that's this sunday on your local fox station. it airs at different times in different cities on different channels. check your local listings. don't miss chris wallace "fox news sunday" this sunday. attorney general jeff sessions tells fox news he was a little hurt after president trump ripped him multiple times. but attorney general sessions says he still has a job to do. more from the attorney general and the bipartisan push on capitol hill to protect special counsels, including one leading the russia investigation. that's ahead. first, investigators say one person is dead after a man pulled a knife at a supermarket and started stabbing. we'll have the details coming right away.
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>> shepard: the fox report now. headlines from the fox news deck. a major gas leak shut down streets and forced thousands to evacuate in m.i.t. in cambridge, mass. it reported a contractor hit a natural gas line. witnesses say it sounded like a jet engine. no word of any injuries. a man reportedly yelled "allah akbar" in hamburg, germany. officers say witnesses surrounded the attacker until cops could arrest him. and a powerful storm battered passenger jets in the air. golf ball size hail forcing a dozen planes over turkey to make emergency landings. video showed the damage to one jet. the storm knocked down trees and flooded streets in istanbul. ten people were hurt. the news continues next.
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>> shepard: republicans scrambling now to move past the latest healthcare defeat. the next item on the gop's to-do list is tax reform. the white house and republican leaders announced yesterday that they're moving forward on plans to overhaul the tax code for the first time in 30 years. analysts said they released very few details on the plan, if there is one, might actually do. peter doocy is live with more. any indication that democrats and republicans will work together to come up with some sort of tax reform? >> not according to the majority party, shep. it sounds like tax reform will be attempted as a republican-only endeavor. >> this is going to be -- i don't know. it's a tough question. i think we're starting on a partisan basis. we may not end up there. we need to do tax reform. >> but one more conservative republican told me today, the only way he sees the gop agenda
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advancing is with the majority leader mitch mcconnell out of the picture. >> let somebody else see if they can provide the leadership necessary to address healthcare now, tax reform next, infrastructure next and on down the list. >> congressman dave brat said members know they will take it on the chin from constituents because they haven't done anything prior to recess. a lot of pressure to get tax reform done and infrastructure done. >> shepard: what is the line from democrats? >> they want this all to be a bipartisan exercise. they're willing to play ball as long as they have their fingerprints on some of the outlines. >> if they do the same thing, campaign one way and then propose legislation another way in favor of the wealthy, powerful few, they'll fail on tax reform, they'll fail on
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infrastructure. instead, on those issues, work with us in a bipartisan way, and we can do good things on both issues. >> democrats want to help fix healthcare now, too, since republicans can't do it on their own. minority leader pelosi says congress must finally pivot to the bipartisan work up to date and improve the affordable care act and continue to lower americans health costs. so far the democrats are more eager about working with republicans than the other way around. shep? >> shepard: peter doocy on capitol hill. thank you. the attorney general, jeff sessions, is responding to president trump who went after him in interviews and on twitter last week. the attorney general talked with fox news channel's tucker carlson. what sessions says about the president's comments and staying on the job coming up. it's ok that everybody ignores me when i drive. it's fine. because i get a safe driving bonus check every six months i'm accident free.
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he will stay on the job as long as the president wants after president trump publicly criticized him the last week. that's what sessions told fox news tucker carlson in an interview last night. the attorney general called the president's words hurtful. >> you've seen the president's criticism of you. you think it's fair? >> well, it's hurtful, but the president of the united states is a strong leader. he's determined to move this country in the direction he believes it needs to go to make us great again. he has had a lot of criticisms and he's steadfastly determined to get his job done and he wants all of us to do our job. that's what i intend to do. >> he's said again and again that you should have acted differently. you should have not recused yourself from the russian investigation. you agree with that? >> i understand his feelings about it because this has been a
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big distraction for him. but tucker, i talked to experts in the department of justice, people trained in that. i'm confident i made the right decision. the decision that's consistent for the rule of law. an attorney general that doesn't follow the law is not effective in leading the department of justice. so i think with 15 years in the department, having served in our great department, knowing the integrity that is required of the attorney general, i believe i made the right decision. >> you said the criticism was hurtful and the president has made it really clear that he doesn't seem to want you to run the department of justice. will you continue to run it? >> he can make that clear at any time. i serve at the pleasure of the president. if he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so. i would be glad to yield in that circumstance. no doubt about it. >> shepard: the president has said that he would not have hired sessions had he known that he would recuse himself from the russian investigation.
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he also tweeted that sessions was weak on what he called hillary clinton's "crimes" and leaks in the administration. trace gallagher with the news. some senators say they want to make sure no matter what happens to jeff sessions, the president can't fire special counsel robert mueller who is handling the russia investigation. >> that's right. lindsey graham who said there would be hell to pay if jeff sessions was fired is now teaming up with democratic senator corey booker on legislation to prevent the firing of any special counsel including robert mueller without judicial review. in other words, the courts would have to decide if the firing is legitimate. lindsey graham says it's part of the checks and balance system. listen. >> the president cannot draw a redline as to what a special counsel might do. that's inappropriate. if mr. mueller has a conflict, bring it to us. we'll deal with it. the idea that he would be dismissed while investigating
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the president and his team is unacceptable. >> even we should know with bipartisan support, the bill is facing an uphill battle because it would need the pass both the senate and the house and they would have to be signed into law by the president. congress could override a presidential veto, but getting enough votes to do that would be highly unlikely. shep? >> shepard: meantime, the attorney general says he's focusing on his job. >> yeah. he says he plans to fight for trump's agenda and that he understands what is needed in the department of justice. sessions is even touting what he calls the administrations accomplishment including a lower flow of illegal immigrants and working with attorney generals in other countries like el salvador to crack down on gang violence. listen to him. >> the partnership we've had for several months is encourage him and support him in his bold efforts that are hurting ms-13
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here in el salvador. that kind of thing is what is exciting to me. we've achieved more than i thought at this point in time. >> sessions went on to talk about cracking down on intelligence leaks. he said he would be holding a news conference about those leaks sometime in the coming week. shep? >> shepard: trace gallagher reporting. congress slapped new punishments on russia. we'll talk about that within an associated press reporter and how the kremlin is already striking back. that's next. ♪ backpack, check. that's the family taking care of business. awesome notebook! check. but who takes care of them? office depot / office max. this week, these composition books are just 25 cents each. ♪ taking care of business
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>> shepard: russia is ording the united states to cut back its diplomatic staff, revenge after congress passed new sanctions on
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the country. russia is taking over a country retreat that our diplomatic staff uses. its similar to when the obama administration booted some russian diplomats and seized two compounds here after russia's meddling in our election. nearly everybody in congress voted for the sanctions. the legislation would keep the president from easing sanctions without getting the okay from congress putting the president in check. let's turn to josh letterman from the associated press. good to see you. >> hi, shep. >> shepard: the part about restricting what the president is do, is this unusual, unique? >> it's very unique. it stems from concerns among really members of both parties in congress that president trump wants to pursue closer relations with russia and might be inclined to ease the sanctions put in place in the past. of course, the fact that there's a disconnect between congress
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and the white house on how they should go about these sanction and the future lifting of them doesn't matter to moscow. they know it will make life harder for them and that's why russia is responding, all right, you slapped us with sanctions, you closed our compounds, we're going to do the same thing from you. >> shepard: aside from those three things, were there other sanctions, ones that were particularly biting for them? >> there's been all kinds of economic sanctions on the russians not only over our concerns about cyber interference but also over the situation in ukraine and then this legislation that we're seeing now that is going to be headed to the president's desk and would add additional sanctions while also making it harder for the president. he would have to go through congress if he ever wanted to ease sanctions. >> shepard: the white house lobbied congress against this measure, right? >> that's right. secretary of state tillerson had
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repeatedly told congress that they did not feel like this was a good idea, particularly because they thought this administration needed some flexibility as administrations of both parties have always wanted to make their own decisions about how and when to implement sanctions. >> shepard: who was it in congress, if there was a particular person, that was insistent on taking away the president's ability to make these changes? >> it's an interesting question. it's been a lot of members of congress. it's been members of the republican party along with the democratic party. republicans controlled both chambers of congress. they control what goes to the floor and what goes to the president's desk. you've seen a lot of prominent members, the leading republicans on the senate and house foreign relations committees that have been pushing this legislation. >> josh letterman, foreign policy national, security of state department reporter. in those roles, i'm wondering what you're hearing about north korea. this sounds more serious. >> certainly this latest
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provocation comes -- it shows that the pace of north korea's testing is now very fast. we're seeing this every few weeks. that is really creating a lot of alarm for the u.s. and we're expecting that that is going to lead to some additional actions by the u.s., potentially the secondary sanctions the u.s. has been doing business, particularly china. we expect those kinds of stepped up measures to coming in the near future. >> shepard: i wonder how busy they are at the pentagon. >> very busy. they tracked the missile launches to see if they represent some type of new technology, some new ability that the north koreans have mastered. this test today was not as significant as the first intercontinental ballistic missile test we saw recently
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from north korea. but coming so shortly, it's very alarming to u.s. military officials. >> shepard: josh letterman, thanks. good to see you. >> thanks, shep. >> shepard: when we come back, a turning point for a form of i.d. that we use for all kinds of things and happened on this day in history.
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>> shepard: on this day in 1858, a british official in india used fingerprints to identify people. historians say that was the first known modern use of the technique. they say early civilizations sealed documents with fingerprints. in ancient rome, officials may have solved a murder by matching a hand to a bloody print. in the early 20th century, u.s. courts began to accept fingerprints as evidence. these days we use them to unlock smart phones and open doors. after the fingerprint became
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official identification 159 years ago today. hope you have a fantastic weekend. see you back here on monday, if not before. >> let obamacare implode. and then do it. i turned out to be right. let obamacare implode. >> neil: all right. whether that happens or not, the hard thing to decide right now is what really does happen next. welcome. i'm neil cavuto. you're watching "your world." for republicans, a world of surprising hurt they didn't count on. a rejection of the slimmest of reworks on obamacare that we've ever seen. even with that, not enough votes in the end to get it done. if the markets were worried about this latest development, they had a funny way of showing this. it almost makes you think that they're going in their own