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next one for free with a military i.d. >> adam is tan. >> where did you go? >> we were talking about vacations as well. >> we'll talk about it in the after the show show. >> bill: good morning, everybody. russia, special counsels and bombshell accusations facing the f.b.i. they're dominating the news in washington this week. republicans unveiling evidence now of an anti-trump secret meeting within the f.b.i. as robert mueller's interviews get closer and closer to the oval office which might be weeks away now. we'll follow each bit of it for you and take it as it comes and see where it goes slowly. i'm bill hemmer live inside "america's newsroom." >> sandra: a lot to keep track of. i'm sandra smith. good morning, everyone. the new revelations centering on the text messages between two former members of mueller's team. five months of text messages between peter strzok and lisa page. strzok said he was hesitant
about joining mueller's investigation team because he was concerned there was, quote, no big there there. trump attorney jay sekulow responding. >> these are political setups. it's a faux investigation. when you look at the missing documents, the witnesses, the statement from peter strzok. that's the classic one. and say there is no big there there, why will i waste my time going onto the special counsel team? which he does a couple days later. so you have all these back and forth but realize what was going on. he would have known there was no there there because of what? he was on the so-called russia collusion investigation from the outset. >> bill: so there you have that today. we have a lot more coming up this hour. senator ron johnson says he has evidence about a secret meetings within the f.b.i. we begin now today with the battle over immigration. president trump slamming senate minority leader chuck schumer this morning for backing out of a proposed deal on daca and the
border wall. if there ever was a deal in the first place. >> sandra: peter doocy is live on capitol hill this morning. peter, what is the president's problem with chuck schumer this morning? >> his problem is that the minority leader, chuck schumer, is threatening to take away a must have from president trump and that is the border wall. so now the president has responded on twitter. he writes this, crying chuck schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, if there is no wall, there is no daca. we must have safety and security together with the strong military for our great people. schumer has been putting a lot of pressure on republicans here in the senate. now threatening to make mitch mcconnell's life very difficult if he softens his commitment to advance a daca fix before those people brought to the country illegally as kids face deportation. schumer's preference is by february 8th. >> we've gotten a commitment
from senator mcconnell, but he made it not just to democrats but to a good chunk of his own caucus. so that means a lot. and i think we have renewed momentum. >> republican senators i've been talking to are happy to help daca recipients figure out a way to stay but they don't see a need to do it until march, which is a month after schumer wants it done. >> sandra: time is ticking. how much optimism in there in the senate that an immigration deal can be made? >> it seems like people feel pretty good about it and there is optimism about an immigration deal. senator john thune is saying it is very important that they figure out a way to make sure they have enough democrats on board to actually pass something out of the senate and on the republican side, their wish list is very straight forward. >> this is a deal that should get done. the president has done a lot of big deals. he knows instinctively this
deal should get done. both sides want to end the lottery and border security issue and the president has been proven right that a wall is necessary to do that. >> a white house official is now saying the president and the vice president want daca fixed in a way that doesn't make its recipients political pawns which means that as they try to figure out a solution, look for it to be permanent, sandra. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: the senate homeland commissioner ron onson said this last night. >> further evidence of corruption, more than bias, but corruption at the highest levels of the f.b.i. that secret society, we have an informant talking about a group that were holding secret meetings offsite. there is so much smoke here. >> bill: a lot to answer today. ron johnson is with me live.
good morning to you. you've uncorked something else last night. did your informant confirm these off-site meetings took place? >> listen, the term secret society comes from strzok and page. all i said when i read that it didn't surprise me because we are the committee that whistleblowers come to to talk about all kinds of problems throughout the federal government. i had heard of a group of people within the f.b.i. holding secret offsite meetings. i was connecting the dots. it didn't surprise me when i heard that term. that is strzok and page's term, not mine. >> bill: are you backing off what was spoken last night? >> no. i'm saying the same thing. i have heard from somebody who talked to our committee that there was a group of individuals in the f.b.i. that were holding secret off-site meetings. strzok and page calling it a
certain term. i'm saying off site meetings. >> bill: how much agents were involved in these alleged meetings? >> i won't start pointing fingers. i'm connecting the dots. my committee has jurisdiction over federal records. we've been investigating the clinton email scandal since 2015. we dropped it after the election because of president trump. but then once the office of the inspector general began the inspection and found out the texts. they laid in my lap as well and they raise very serious concerns about what is happening in the f.b.i. it is my responsibility to keep digging. >> bill: we'll get to that. i want to keep digging on this and push you a little more. did your whistleblower confirm this was just the agents strzok and page or were there more involved within the agency? >> there were indications there were a number of high level f.b.i. officials holding secret
meetings offsite. >> bill: is that half a dozen? what's the number? >> i can't put a number on it right now. more than just strzok and page but understand strzok and page were very high level within the f.b.i. peter strzok's title was f.b.i. deputy assistant director of the counter intelligence division. these aren't low level underlings. they had access to the highest level including the director of the f.b.i. having conversations, popping in and out of the office or andy mccabe's office. these are people at the top of the f.b.i. having communications. >> bill: does your whistleblower currently work at the f.b.i.? >> i'm not going to get into where we're getting this information. we protect our sources. >> bill: is it one person talking or more than one? >> i'll protect our sources. i don't want to give any indication. we're dealing with the world's premier investigative agency here and people that come forward to us fear retaliation.
that's true throughout government. people fear retaliation within government agencies. it's rampant. particularly from the f.b.i. >> bill: the missing text messages. why did they start missing december 14 and begin again in may once robert mueller was assigned? why is that? >> it could be truly a technical glitch but it is suspicious. one of the questions we're asking the department of justice and the office of the inspector general, are they aggressively going to recover those from other sources, from the carriers potentially, from the devices? have they for example interviewed strzok and page? have they interviewed other people that strzok and page were basically talking to? we need to find out exactly what the office of the inspector general, what their investigation is looking like. what the department of justice is doing and how serious the f.b.i. is taking this within their own rafrjs. >> bill: you go to google, verizon, whoever it is to get
the information. they may have gone to encrypted apps. i don't know how you would recover all that information but just for a sense of clarity, where does your investigation go next? >> i can't say specifically but we will try to recover those records, those texts. those texts are so important. this isn't testimony that's been rehearsed with a bunch of lawyers getting their client ready for testimony. unvarnished statements and texts made by two individuals at the highest level of the fao*ifnlt you can see the impunity they're acting. they are the f.b.i. nobody will investigate them. sorry, we'll start investigating them. >> bill: you can look at this in a lot of different ways including this text message. a bit of a head scratcher. strzok sent this. you and i both knows the odds are nothing. if i thought it was likely, i would be there, no question. i hesitate in part because my gut sense and concern there is
no big there there. it seems to run contrary into part of this argument. >> i don't know exactly what involvement strzok had in the russia investigation as part of just the f.b.i. my guess is he was right in the middle of it if not heading it, okay? he knows what evidence they had. for him to be sitting there saying there is no big there there after five or six months of investigating tells you something. and he is also the individual that talked about we just can't take that risk of having president trump elected. that's why we have an insurance policy. right before that, this is kind of in the middle of nowhere comes out of these terms an investigation leading to impeachment. what are they talking about there? we have threads, a lot of smoke. but again where there is smoke we need to investigate if there is fire. >> bill: last question. james comey sat down with mueller's teams, jeff sessions,
mike pompeo. do you want president trump to talk with robert mueller's team? >> listen, i'm totally involved on the federal records part of this equation. those are intelligence community. i don't have the information of the mueller russia investigation. i'm more on the hillary clinton email scandal and the potential corruption within the f.b.i. as the senate oversight committee. i won't express an opinion on that. i think director comey has a number of things he needs to answer as well. >> bill: thank you for your time. ron johnson, the republican from wisconsin there live on capitol hill. thank you, sir, again. if you thought we were getting further and further to conclusion, maybe you need to think again. it seems like we're going deeper and deeper into this right now. >> sandra: a big conversation there. your point more doors. more questions. president trump touting one company's new billion dollar investment and why he is saying the u.s. is on its way back to being a powerhouse. >> bill: also fox news alert. there has been a deadly chain
reaction in afghanistan. we'll tell you why gunmen who stormed a children's aid agency is coming up. >> sandra: students recounting a day of horror at their kentucky high school as a community tries to pick up the pieces. >> i saw there was a lot of blood everywhere. people were getting shoved down. i took off and started running. i was scared for my life. it was terrifying. still is like something out of the movies. it doesn't feel real. when did you see the sign? when i needed to create a better visitor experience. improve our workflow. attract new customers. that's when fastsigns recommended fleet graphics. yeah! now business is rolling in. get started at fastsigns.com.
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>> sandra: there is a new report out on north korean soldier defector caught on camera escaping across the demilitarized zone back in november. the report says the soldier admitted to a south korean spy agency during interrogation that he committed a crime which led to a death causing him to flee. the south korean ministry has not confirmed that. >> bill: another major american company now making a move since the republican tax plan, j.p. morgan announcing a new $20 billion investment. trump tweeted tremendous investment by companies all over the world for america. disney, j.p. morgan, chase and many others. the tax cut and regulation reduction are making us a powerhouse again. long way to go jobs, jobs, jobs. we get headlines every week and
sometimes every day. what are companies now doing in reaction to this tax reform bill? >> you know, this latest from j.p. morgan we've seen a stream of announcements like this. the last week or two apple announced it was going to be bringing a whole bunch of revenue from overseas paying a $38 billion tax bill. all these stories have helped republicans and president trump. you've seen it in the polls. the polls aren't great republicans are down against democrats in the 2018 elections, that's a ways off. it's now from being a double digit trailing they're down to single digits. the real question for me is how much this improves once the individual tax cuts are actually felt in american paychecks. that hasn't happened yet. >> bill: is that february or is that more like april? >> i think people will begin to feel it in february. the tax withholding tables will change. so all these polls right now that have seen the slight tick in a positive direction. those have only accounted for the news headlines. things like apple, j.p. morgan
that have helped republicans over the last several weeks. the big problem for democrats is that they had this talking point that everyone's taxes were going to go up when in reality 80% of am people will have a tax cut. when you say the sky is going to fall and it doesn't that's a problem. >> bill: $4 billion more investment in small business loans and $5 billion low income communities over a period of five years. wage hikes. 400 now branches, starbucks says they'll give a wage hike as well to their employees. when you talk about the politics of this, not a single democrat voted for it. what's the peril in that? >> i think the democrats if they wanted a more sophisticated argument it would take into account the fact that taxes are going down. some corporations are
responding positively. they can point to -- kimberly clark is laying off 5,000 people. it is not universally positive news. i think also if they talked about the fact a stronger argument would be listen, this is a tax cut paid for with deficit spending. this isn't so much a tax cut as it is a loan given to you paid back by your children. that depends on how big this drives economic growth in the long term. that at least accounts for the reality that people's taxes are going down contrary to what people like chuck schumer said while this is being debated. >> bill: last point. now you know why this president is so anxious to go to davos, switzerland meeting with european leaders there and ceos of european companies that invest in america and sell this idea, john. >> not exactly something i would have expected from president trump with the populist message going to davos. if he can highlight businesses and even bring some business home, that could be a positive thing. >> bill: i think we have a picture here of these companies. just look at all the brand
names on screen. this is -- that's phenomenal. last comment on that and we have to run, john. >> i think that's -- that could be a positive thing. the proof will be in the pudding. if the economy is still going strong republicans have a chance of improving their standing in the polls and keeping things competitive in 2018. >> bill: nice to have you back with us today here on "america's newsroom." >> sandra: republicans demanding answers from the f.b.i. after months of text messages between two f.b.i. agents disappear. the chairman of the house judiciary committee joins us on that. plus. >> oh my goodness. oh my god. oh my god. >> bill: it just kept sliding. there. a packed school bus sliding down that road and that's where she stopsment back -- stops,
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>> bill: video showing a school bus on a slow slide down an icy hill with some kids on board. watch it here. >> sandra: oh my goodness. >> oh my god. oh my god! >> bill: there went a mailbox and there went the car waiting for it. 20 middle and high school students on board in massachusetts sliding on black ice. no one was injured. the bus was able to continue on to school after that little collision right there, though. >> sandra: i can only imagine how terrifying that was first of all for those on the bus and then the person who actually saw this happening and the car stopped it. >> bill: yes. what was going to stop them? ready for the patriots, eagles, a week and a half. >> sandra: thank goodness everybody was all right.
a deadly shooting at a kentucky high school. a gunman opened fire yesterday morning killing two classmates and wounding 18. now a 15-year-old boy is in custody. >> i didn't hear the gunshots but what i heard was people running away and then when i looked outside the classroom i heard shooting so i ran with them. >> this is something that has struck in the heart of kentucky and it is not far away. it is here. we have two 15-year-old high school students that have been killed just showing up to go to school. and how tragic that is. it doesn't get any worse than that. >> sandra: mike tobin is live from benton, kentucky where the shooting took place. many stories of students running for their lives. what can you tell us about what happened there? >> there was absolute chaos following those first shots. students came running out of all of the doors of the school here screaming, nearby businesses say they came barging in the doors trying to
get shelter from the gunfire. 5-year-old bailey holt lay dead on the ground. 15-year-old preston cope would later die at the hospital. a state trooper arriving at the seen came upon bailey on the ground and wearing the same clothing as his daughter who attended this school. >> one of our first troopers to arrive on the scene saw the young lady that died there on the scene and thought it was his daughter because she had been dropped off at the school this morning as well. same clothing description, same description. and he had to go over to convince himself it was not his daughter. >> a 15-year-old student has been identified as the shooter. his name hasn't been made public. the prosecutor says he will likely be charged as an adult. the weapon is a handgun. motive still unknown.
the governor of kentucky says it will take a long time for people to heal from what happened here. some people may never heal. >> sandra: what more do we know about where and when the shooter fired his gun? >> there is an atrium adjacent to the cafeteria at the high school where students gather and socialize before the first classes. the first shots rang out a little bit before the first bell here at the school. the first calls to 911 came two minutes later. following that there was absolute chaos inside the school. >> sitting in the library and there is a big plexiglas wall right behind me and it sounded like someone there was a big fight. it sounded like there was a fight. someone hitting on the window. i took off my headphones, turned around and everyone was broken up running. i saw the flashes from the gunshots and by that time i was just running. >> there has been a bit of
confusion with the numbers of people who were injured here. the latest number from the state police said 20 total students were injured. 16 were injured from gunfire and sadly two, as we reported there, died from the gunfire, sandra. >> sandra: tragic scene there yesterday. >> bill: certainly is. meanwhile 28 past. victory in the fight to kill isis. they took out 150 jihadists in an air strike. >> sandra: president trump hitting back after chuck schumer says the money for border security is now off the table. but was there even a deal in the first place? our panel takes that one up. >> there are a lot of things that we agree on and i think if we focus on what we agree on a lot more than what we disagree on we can have a lot of progress and hopefully get to something that helps everybody and solves a big problem.
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>> bill: 9:31. in new york a successful and major operation in the fight to crush isis. news from the pentagon saying it has killed more than 100 fighters in an air strike. this is near the border between syria and iraq. lucas tomlinson live from the pentagon with more. how big was this air strike, lucas? >> it was one of the largest air strikes against isis in the past year, the u.s. military estimating it killed roughly 150 isis fighters in eastern syria in one of the last remaining pockets of isis territory near the border with iraq. the massive air strike akurd while the u.s. government was shut down saturday. the pilots did this for free. it followed more than a week of round the clock surveillance overhead by u.s. backed fires from the syrian democratic forces on the ground. u.s. led coalition has launched nearly 30,000 air strikes against isis since 2014. they have slowed in iraq and syria in the past through months. a squadron of jets was supposed
to go to turkey but was diverted to afghanistan instead. >> bill: this strike proves the fight against isis is far from over. >> that's what the head of u.s. special operations forces in iraq and syria said in a statement, quote, the fight to liberate syria is far from over. our partners are still making daily progress and sacrifices and together we're finding, targeting and killing isis terrorists intent on keeping their hold in the region. it has come at a cost with turkey who used the kurds as a terrorist threat and launched an assault to kurds allied with the u.s. officials say the u.s. backed force is majority arab which received strong support from the c.i.a. director. >> they've done good work trying to bring the sunnis in alongside our kurdish partners as well. i think they've made real progress there. >> there are roughly 2,000 troops on the ground in syria
and not going anywhere until isis is defeated. >> bill: thank you from the pentagon. >> part of a package. it was the first thing the president and i talked about was finishing it by tuesday night. we will have to start on a new basis and the wall offer is off the table. >> sandra: the senate's top democrat a slamming a deal to fund president trump's border wall as fellow democrats accuse him of kaifg to political pressure from republicans. president says on twitter crying chuck schumer understands after his humiliating defeat if there is no wall, there is no daca. brad blakeman is a former assistant to george w. bush and richard fowler is a radio talk show host. brad, it doesn't look like
chuck schumer isn't making anybody happy here. >> it shows the bad faith of chuck schumer. he suffered a crushing defeat trying to bring the country to its knees siding with illegals over americans and our troops and sick kids. and now he has the guts to come before the american public and say there is no offer for the wall. the majority of americans believe that comprehensive immigration is needed but that includes first and foremost securing our borders. >> sandra: richard, do you believe that democrats, particularly chuck schumer, do you believe he is coming to the negotiating table and attempting to act in good faith? >> i think chuck schumer is coming to negotiating table understanding he needs to get a deal for the 800,000 dreamers in this country who came to this country no fault of their own. some at the age of 2 or 3 that can't form criminal intent when their parents crossed the border with them. because of that why there is
some leverage for the president to get democrats to likely vote on a wall. we saw chicago congressman gutierrez say he would be willing to compromise on the wall if that means saving these 600 to 800,000 dreamers who came to this country no fault of their own. the question for senator schumer is how he can sort of string this needle. how is he able to negotiate with the white house at the same time making sure he preserves and protects these dreamers? that will be hard for him. >> sandra: is he getting anywhere with that? is he helping or hurting these dreamers with how he is playing this game? brad, i want to bring you back in here. there is some confusion on what wall offer is he rescinding here? there is a big difference as mick mulvaney was quick to point out between authorization and appropriation. there was never an appropriation for the wall. it was an authorization to fund the wall, right? not even fully so. >> that's right. it was a hollow promise.
he thought he would pull the wool over the president's eyes. doesn't he understand the president understands how government works and he has a smart director who understands the difference between authorization and appropriation. appropriation means the funds are there and used for that purpose. he has no authority to make the kind of pledge he did to the president. so he did that in bad faith. so what is he really doing? he is saying everything is off the table and we have to start from scratch. it's ridiculous. work on the successes you have and build on a deal and compromise that you know is going to get somewhere. >> let's be clear, brad. first of all, in the durbin/graham deal there was 1.8 billion for the first year of the wall. what democrats are saying and you know this because you've worked in government, there is never a time where there is a one-time payment for something. obamacare was paid for over a number of years. what democrats are saying -- and so this wall is not -- there is never going to be a
$20 billion appropriation for a 2,000 mile wall. >> sandra: schumer is saying the wall offer is off the table. >> there was one on the table. >> sandra: there was never actually money offered up. >> that's not true. in the schumer/graham deal there was 1.8 million for the initial funding for some type of wall or fencing. >> sandra: i'm talking about chuck schumer's authorization for funding not an appropriation. lindsey graham is laying this out very simply in response to chuck schumer, listen. >> if senator schumer takes something off the table we'll take something off the table. >> sandra: there you have it, brad. what is he trying to tell us? >> what the republicans are saying is we're willing to build on the successes that we had during the negotiation. if you are going to blow up the deal and say we have to start from scratch we can never get a deal accomplished by the deadline set by this three-week
extension. so the democrats clearly don't want a deal. they want to play politics with this. they want to obstruct the president. and i think they do it at their peril. if they didn't learn their lesson about the shutdown they'll never learn their lesson. dealing with chuck schumer is like the kid who asks for more homework. nobody likes that kid. >> sandra: republicans have been very clear they want to work out a deal for these dreamers. they care about these daca deal and fix for daca and dreamers. do democrats want border security? >> i think democrats have always wanted border security. i don't think that's mutually exclusive. they're saying here is the truth. brad knows this. people voted against the cr. if you had put a clean daca bill on the floor there would have been enough votes for a clean daca bill to pass the united states senate today period. republicans -- republicans refuse to put the bill on the floor. 80% of americans want a fix for the dreamers.
>> we're not putting illegals above tint of americans. we deal with the budget first. >> sandra: richard let brad finish. >> we are not going to put the interests of non-americans who are here illegally above the interests of americans. we deal with the budget. if you wanted to deal in good faith originally you would have had a clean cr. something you've been crying about for years. we need a clean cr. suddenly it doesn't need to be a clean cr we need to add other legislation to it. >> sandra: all right. we've got to leave it there. the crying nickname, leave that one for chuck schumer. that's the president's nickname for schumer. a spirited debate. thank you. >> bill: richard slipped a little bit on himself there. good catch. another big story to watch now this morning the u.s. believes the syrian government is now responsible for another chemical weapons attack against its own people. nikki haley says russia is
complicit in this. >> russia is yet doing what it does best when it comes to chemical weapons. russia is running from the facts. russia has the audacity to lecture this security council about how to stop the use of chemical weapons. >> bill: what will the trump team do in response? we'll take you to that -- we'll take that up right after the break here. >> sandra: that pair of f.b.i. agents at the center of a stunning new allegation of -- aimed at the f.b.i. and d.o.j.. what we're learning about months of missing text messages and an anti-trump secret society at the f.b.i.? bob goodlatte has been investigating and he will be here live with what he has found. >> i care a lot about the department of justice and the f.b.i. it breaks my heart that we are having to have this conversation about two agents that only wanted to get the president. they didn't have any interest in clearing him.
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>> sandra: a former usa gymnastic teams doctor will soon face his sentencing. a judge is set to sentence larry nasser later today for molesting patients under the guys of medical treatment. he pleaded guilty in november to seven counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. he faces a minimum prison term of 25 to 40 years in prison. >> bill: the u.s. now blaming russia for a chemical weapons attack by assad's forces in syria. a human rights group reporting at least 13 civilians were injured. the allegations that government forces using chlorine gas to bomb a rebel held area near damascus earlier in the week.
earlier nikki haley calling out moscow for this. >> russia is running from the facts. russia has the audacity to lecture this security council about how to stop the use of chemical weapons. in the past year, russia used its veto three times -- three times to kill the joint investigative mechanism in syria. russia all on its own killed the mechanism we had specifically tasked to identify those responsible for using chemical weapons. >> bill: what now? lieutenant colonel michael waltz. former counter terrorism advisor to dick cheney. what has russia done in the past when these allegations occur? would you expect any change in its posture now? >> no. russia is 100% complicit with the assad rej ime. russia could stop these attacks tomorrow if it wanted to. it has not only as nikki haley
pointed out and rex tillerson as well yesterday, it is not only stopped the u.n. investigating body and shut it down, it is complicit with aiding and abetting the syrian air force. the question is now what do we do about it? do we take military action again? and then i think it goes to show that there is no peaceful solution in syria in my view with assad still in power. he has been murdering his people now for several years. >> bill: he has been hanging onto that power. you mention the response. >> with russia's help. >> bill: president trump bombed syria the last time this happened. would you expect it to happen again? >> i don't know i expect it to happen again. we're working with the russians in so many areas from north korea to the supply routes into afghanistan. i think we could see some type of additional sanctions. the french actually just started sanking a number of entities that are supplying the
assad chemical weapons program. but i think haley and tillerson are right to call russia out on it and let the world know it wouldn't be happening without their support of assad. >> bill: i want to move to afghanistan here, something you know all too well about. the a-10 wart hog has been called to duty in afghanistan. a low flying, slow flying agile plane that usually maybe 10, 15 years ago specialized in taking out tanks on behalf of the enemy. not a lot of tanks in afghanistan. how do you use the a-10 now in the fight? >> it is one of my favorite planes. it has saved my life. i wouldn't be sitting here today without it. it has a very long loiter time. it can stay over the battlefield for a long time. the air force has tried to kill it for a number of reasons but folks -- smart folks on the hill have kept it alive. what it is going to do is it will get ready for the taliban spring offensive and we have a number of advisors going into
afghanistan to advise the afghan army at a more tactical level. they won't be pulling triggers but closer to the front. we're going to mimic what we did with isis and in the invasion of afghanistan, to have our advisors with the afghans doing the fighting and u.s. air force in support and the commander there is going after the taliban's pockets and how they are getting their money through the opium trade and taking out a lot of the drug labs that have been fueling the insurgency. >> we're back yet again. i introduced you with a rather long title. is that title about to be longer, michael? what is your future? >> i'm running for congress. i have served this country my entire life and it is time to step up and serve again and running for desantis's seat in florida. i'm a florida native. between my time as a green beret, advisor to vice president cheney, now as a
businessman with several hundred employees, we could talk about these issues but i've lived them and it is time to serve. i think if we get more veterans in congress, combat veterans in congress we'd see a totally different atmosphere there. >> do you have an opponent yet? >> i have two opponents. a local businessman and another gentleman that is saying he is going to self-fund. they are also veterans. i think we would all bring a lot to the table. but this is about how -- i am not a career politician. this is how we distinguish ourselves to serve the people. >> bill: a race to watch. a bit of news. thank you and good luck to you and we'll see what happens then. thanks. >> thanks a lot. >> sandra: a flurry of reports coming in who robert mueller has interviewed inside the trump administration. could the special counsel probe be inching closer to an interview with the president himself? we will investigate.
>> sandra: isis terrorists opening fire on a children's charity office in eastern afghanistan killing at least three people and wounding nearly two dozen more. this just days after a taliban attack on a hotel in kabul that left multiple americans dead. david lee miller following story for us from jerusalem. david. >> the attack at the save the children's office in the . gunmen stormed the building. they were wearing army uniforms and fired grenades. two security guards and a civilian and two attackers were dead. 26 people including four police officers were wounded. 40 people were rescued.
isis is claiming responsibility. the group said it was specifically targeting british and swedish foundations and afghan government institutes. save the children released a statement saying it is temporarily suspending all programs in afghanistan. our humanitarian work in afghanistan reaches almost 1.4 million children. we remain committed to resuming our operations as quickly as possible as soon as we can be assured it's safe to do so. save the children has been doing aid work in afghanistan for more than four decades. the attack this morning comes only days after a deadly assault by the taliban at the intercontinental hotel in kabul. during that siege, more than 40 people died. the state department says some of the victims were americans. published report this morning says that four of the victims were believed to be dual afghan/american citizens. pakistani officials are now calling for what they describe as a credible investigation into this hotel bombing after
some reports that the attackers may be linked to militants in pakistan. sandra. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: so there are stunning new claims from inside the f.b.i. and a possible anti-trump secret meeting. new details on what of its top officials. why he was hesitant to join robert mueller's team. congressman bob goodlatte is in the middle of all this investigative stuff. we'll talk to him live coming up moments away. don't go. back on that right after this.
>> sandra: explosive new claims of an anti-trump secret society within the f.b.i. along with evidence of bias at the justice department raising new alarms on capitol hill. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom," everyone. i'm sandra smith. good morning to you, bill. >> good morning. i'm bill hemmer. many top republicans now expressing deep reservations about what was happening at the
heart of this great american institution, the f.b.i. pointing to so-called deep state efforts within the government to resist and undermine the president. apparently getting underway within 24 hours of his election. the evidence uncovered in text messages between leading f.b.i. officials who worked on robert mueller's russia matter. senator ron johnson just confirming last hour here on "america's newsroom" at least one informant revealing high-level officials at the f.b.i. were meeting at these off-site out of public meetings. >> i have heard from somebody who has talked to our committee, that there is a group of individuals in the f.b.i. that were holding secret off-site meetings. again, the strzok and page calling it a certain term. i'm saying off-site meetings. >> sandra: mike emanuel on capitol hill for us this morning. good morning, mike.
what more are people there saying about these latest revelations? >> some lawmakers are concluding there most definitely was an institutional bias by some in the f.b.i. against candidate and then president trump. >> these are the elements of a palace coup underway to disrupt president trump both before and after his election. i suspect there will be multiple inquiries. it's important to note over 20 members of the judiciary committee sent jeff sessions a request for a special counsel in the matter. >> mueller has to be allowed to do his job. i have faith in him as long as he goes forward, everyone will abide by where he comes down. but he shouldn't be thwarted in any way and the diversion that they are trying to do both with mueller and with others is not good for the country.
>> an informant saying there were high-level offsite meetings is sounding an alarm with many on capitol hill. >> sandra: what is the latest on the memo about the actions of some at the f.b.i.? >> we expect the house intelligence committee to vote in the next couple weeks to make this four-page classified memo public. i asked trey gowdy about it. >> people will be troubled but what you won't hear me do is talk about prison and people going to jail. that's part of what we don't want. we don't want people making decisions based on a four-page memo when there are thousands of documents. you have to balance the public won't ever be given access to the thousands of pages. >> f.b.i. spokesman an -- to date the request from the f.b.i. to get a copy of the
memo has been declined. >> bill: the white house wanting answers to all this as well. white house correspondent kevin corke starting his day live from the north lawn with more. >> a classic example of sometimes the nuance of language is lost when you tweet and when you text something because as anyone would tell you something that you write doesn't land the way it would if you said it. what i'm talking about is this idea that the president is blaming samsung for the lost texts between peter strzok and lisa page. let me take you to twitter. here is what he wrote. where are the 50,000 important text messages between f.b.i. lovers lisa page and peter strzok? blaming samsung. some took the last line blaming samsung that he was blaming the phone maker. he was simply pointing out the
f.b.i. is saying it's samsung's fault there are all these missing text messages between the agents. of course, peter strzok the main one and lisa page his mistress and bureau attorney. now the bureau also says somehow during a crucial period all these text messages went missing. some have even suggested at the white house it's almost laughable were it not so serious and frightening. the white house remains confident those messages will be found and the same can be said by the leaders of the department of justice. >> we are going to use every option available to find the text messages through other forms whether it's the old phones, whether it's going to some of these technology companies that were involved and seeing if they have them. the attorney general said we'll leave no stone unturned trying to find the text messages and we're reviewing how they didn't get into the server in the first place. >> so many questions there. it is playing out as the white house is considering under what conditions to make the president available to the special counsel for an
interview that could, by the way, include a questionnaire, sit-down or both. we do have a briefing today, bill, at 2:00 p.m. we imagine we'll probably be talking more about missing text messages. it's all happening ahead of the president's trip to davos. that's coming up tonight. we'll have all the details for you as well. back to you. >> bill: long day there, kevin corke starting there at the white house. thanks. >> sandra: for more steve hayes is editor and chief in the weekly standard. thank you for joining us this morning. so now we know that this mueller investigation is progressing into some of the highest ranking officials inside of the trump administration including jeff sessions. what does this tell you overall about the mueller investigation and where it's heading? >> well, look, the first thing to be said about all this is it's hard to know exactly what is happening with the mueller investigation. we're only seeing snatches of it. having said that it's clear that robert mueller is interested in at least questioning people about a
possible obstruction of justice charge. you can see that would be why he would want to talk to jeff sessions, to james comey, and to others. he is also reportedly talking to people about russian financial misdealings that pre-date president trump's then candidate trump's run for office and interested in jared kushner and his business dealings both before the campaign and after the election of donald trump. so he is doing a good number of different things casting a wide net i think at this point and we'll learn more in the coming weeks. >> sandra: we now know after the fact that jeff sessions sat down with the robert mueller team for several hours. i suppose it's a possibility that other high-ranking officials inside of the president's circle have already sat down with them as well that we may learn about in coming days. >> i think that's right. we've heard about people sort of gradually these stories trickle out about people that robert mueller has interviewed or investigators have
interviewed. sometimes we don't hear about it for weeks or months after they've conducted these interviews. i think there is no doubt we'll hear that virtually everybody who has been discussed in the news reports about this investigation and about these allegations against the president and his team will have been interviewed. >> sandra: the big question, is the president next? will the president be asked to sit down and ask questions of robert mueller? >> mixed messages from the white house and the president's team about that with some people saying that he would gladly sit down and he has nothing to hide. he is happy to talk to robert mueller, others expressing much more caution suggesting the president could get himself in trouble by talking to bob mueller even if he has nothing to hide because he has been known to serially exaggerate his claims or say things that later turn out not to be true. >> sandra: so at this point james comey could also be on the line. we know mueller sat down, we're told it was a shorter session,
sitting down talking to james comey. but i want you to watch this exchange dating back to 2016 with james comey and the things he says then which is why we might assume that robert mueller would want to and need to sit james comey, the former f.b.i. director, back down now. watch this. >> director, did you make the decision not to recommend criminal charges relating to classified information before or after hillary clinton was interviewed by the f.b.i. on july 2? >> after. if colleagues of ours believe i am lying about when i made this decision please urge them to contact me privately so we can have a conversation about this. all i can do is tell you again the decision was made after that because i didn't know what was going to happen in that interview. she maybe lied during the interview in a way we could prove. >> sandra: he would want to sit the president down about pushing james comey out of his role. wouldn't he also want to sit james comey back down and ask him about things we now know in
the order of events, particularly the exoneration letter written before the interview with hillary clinton even took place? >> yes, absolutely. there are many aspects of james comey's testimony that need to be investigated further including that exchange with john radcliffe that you just played. james comey was suggesting there that the decision wasn't made until after the interview. we now know there was this memo from may, two months earlier, making a recommendation to exonerate hillary clinton. we know he didn't investigate her for a couple months after that memo was drafted. we know that he didn't investigate -- the f.b.i. didn't investigate numerous other people until after that memo was drafted. we have in the most recent texts that were released between these two f.b.i. agents who were having an affair that they thought that it was improper that loretta lynch would have declared publicly that she was going to follow the guidance of the f.b.i. when she knew what the f.b.i.'s decision was in advance. there are so many questions
about possible impropriety with that investigation that it absolutely deserves further investigation. i think james comey should be asked about it. if f.b.i. agents or staff have questions about what james comey said and whether he was telling the truth, they shouldn't answer those questions or direct those questions to him privately. i think it's worth having a public discussion about that. >> sandra: fair enough. and more on this with chairman bob goodlatte coming on with us in a few moments. steve hayes, thank you for coming on. >> bill: what this signals for the mueller investigation. alan dershowitz joins us later this hour. stay tuned for that. president trump sparring with chuck schumer saying his offer on border security has been pulled. question, was there ever a deal in the first place? our panel takes that up this hour. >> sandra: newly released text messages between the two f.b.i. officials, one of them apparently thought there was no there there.
house judiciary committee chairman bob goodlatte has been investigating all this and he joins us next. >> it could be a technical glitch. it is suspicious. will they aggressively recover those from other sources, from the carriers. we need to find out exactly what the office of inspector general, what their investigation is looking like. what the department of justice is doing. how serious the f.b.i. is taking this within their own ranks.
>> sandra: republicans are ramping up investigations into the f.b.i. after text messages between two former members of the mueller team allegedly showed the two talking about an anti-trump secret society within the bureau. here is how congressman trey gowdy characterized it for us yesterday. >> the day after the election. the same two people that were discussing a little bit later in the text the damage they had done with the clinton investigation and how they could, quote, fix it and make it right. that is a level of bias that is stunning among law enforcement officers. >> sandra: bob goodlatte is chairman of the house judiciary committee and joins us now. chairman, great to have you on the program this morning. this is an unbelievable story to follow the ins and outs are almost hard to believe and right now knowing that there are five months of text
messages between two high-ranking officials inside the f.b.i. that have just gone missing. that's almost hard to believe. >> it is impossible to believe. it is not a coincidence. the fact of the matter is these messages run from about the time that the russia/trump investigation started at the f.b.i. and run to the day before special independent counsel mueller was appointed. there is no coincidence there. these messages must be found. i am pleased that the attorney general has taken a strong commitment to find them. we need to also do that and look at other places where they might exist. but this is a serious issue. but the texts that have been produced are very concerning as well because they indicate a concerted effort not just talk between two people, but a
concerted effort to do things within the department that cast a shadow on the most important law enforcement organization in the world that every day tens of thousands of great men and women protect us, investigate crimes, prevent terrorist attacks. this is a very important organization and it should not be besmirched by the work of a few people at the top of this organization. so it needs to be investigated further. >> sandra: of those text messages that we do know about that have recently been found, one discovery that peter strzok, he was questioning -- he was clearly showing hesitancy about joining the mueller team because of quote a gut sense that he had that there would be no big there there. we know he had discussions about a quote, secret society, an insurance policy against president trump's election. by the way, is he still
employed with the f.b.i.? >> he is employed with the f.b.i. in their personnel department. that is a very bizarre thing to me. and again, i think we need to see leadership at the top of the f.b.i. to start cleaning house there. this is a serious problem. when you say there is no there there and that's a reason not to participate in the investigation, that's a clear indication that he cannot be impartial in that process because it's only worth him doing it if there is something there. so that coupled with all of his involvement on the other side with regard to the clinton investigation, writing and changing the statement of the f.b.i. director and, of course, his communications with ms. page about that in earlier texts that we've seen, raises the public's concern that you have two very, very different standards of treatment of two
very, very important people. >> sandra: do you think there was criminal misconduct in the f.b.i.? >> we don't know yet. there needs to be further investigation of this. i and others have seen many of those thousands of pages that are classified and can't be made public. but there is need for further investigation on this. we're certainly going to continue that in the judiciary committee and the oversight and government committee that trey gowdy chairs and we'll be both interviewing many witnesses privately but also as was mentioned in the last segment we will be calling people for public hearings as well. we have to make sure that sources and methods of intelligence gathering are protected. we don't want anybody harmed. we don't want our intelligence gathering of people overseas, for example, compromised. this is classified material. has to be treated sensitively
and that's why the intelligence committee is working on a four-page memo where they are taking care to make sure there is nothing in that that would reveal sources or methods but this is very, very important. it goes to the leadership of our country and whether elections are conducted fairly and whether investigations are conducted fairly. >> sandra: i know the american people are watching this and wonder is this the f.b.i. we all want to know that it is? or is the integrity of the entire institution being called into question at this point? i would ask you, mr. chairman, as you join us this morning, you are the chairman of the house judiciary committee. you oversee the d.o.j. and the f.b.i. what is the relationship between your committee and these two institutions? >> i think we have a professional working relationship and again, this does not call into question the
entire federal bureau of investigation. it's a very important organization with many, many, many dedicated people in it. but these are serious issues and i will say this, compared to the obama administration, when we've been requesting documents and many of them are classified so we have to examine them in a classified setting in a skiff, a security location, we're getting those. maybe not always as quickly as we would like or everything we would like in the five months of texts is a good example of that. but they are working with us and -- >> sandra: sounds like you are digging deeper. >> much more needs to be done. >> sandra: the president has been tweeting about it this morning. he is blaming samsung because this is being blamed by the f.b.i. on technology and a lapse there. a lot of questions clearly. you are on it and working with the attorney general and mr. chairman, thank you for coming on this morning. >> thanks, sandra.
>> bill: fox news alert. california parents accused of torturing and starving their children are back in court today. prosecutors seeking to block the couple from reaching out to the children as the case goes to trial. this is a mess. we're live in l.a. with more on this today. william, good morning. what can we say? >> bill, prosecutors don't want david and louise turpin to reconnect to their children to influence their testimony at trial. the d.a. will ask the judge for a protective order barring the parents from connecting with the kids in any way. we're also now learning how
isolated they really were. the kids never heard of medicine, could only shower once a year, never saw a dentist and saw a doctor only once in four years. the d.a. may choose not to put the kids on the stand for their sake but he says their diaries speak for themselves. >> i think what's in the journals will be significant evidence. when you have to think how rare it is to have evidence directly of what a victim in a case like this went through. >> so currently the adult children are in a group home. younger ones in foster care. several couples have agreed to take in the entire family so they aren't broken up. >> bill: this family lived in texas before california. not only were the kids abused at home but possibly at school as well? >> well, what we mean by abused. as we all know elementary school can be a pretty cruel place. two classmates from years ago have said on social media because the oldest girl wore
dirty, ill-fitting closed and smelled she was bullied and teased. she was a frail girl, straight hair with bangs and often wore the same purple outfit said one of the ex-classmates and still one of the most pleasant people i had the opportunity to meet. she had this whimsical optimism that could be not doused no matter what anyone threw at her. today the prosecutors says. >> the children are doing well. they're relieved and being well fed and well cared for. beyond that i don't know honestly. >> the parents face up to 94 years, bill, if convicted. >> bill: we'll see them in court today. thank you from l.a. 27 past now. >> sandra: new reports that special counsel robert mueller has now interviewed some of president trumps's closest advisors. could the president be next? alan dershowitz is here on that. >> bill: a brave u.s. marshal killed in the line of duty
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>> sandra: reports on the russia investigation indicating the special counsel may be getting closer and closer to wanting an interview with president trump. catherine herridge is live in washington what can you tell us about interviews that have already taken place? >> thank you, sandra. fox news has confirmed the former f.b.i. director james comey was interviewed by special counsel robert mueller last year but the memos he wrote documenting his conversations with the
president. as you recall comey testified in a public forum that he leaked those memos to kick start the special counsel case. since his replacement f.b.i. director christopher wray confirmed the memos are government property and were not comey's personal memos to provide. in the meantime fox news is working to independently confirm that the director of national intelligence dan coates, c.i.a. director, mike pompeo and admiral mike rogers have all spoken to mueller. the interviews are described as cursory and not to the probe. sarah sanders maintained the same position on the interviews. >> as we've said probably just about every day this year since we've been here that we're going to be fully cooperative with the special counsel and continue to do that throughout the process. we won't comment on who may or may not or could be interviewed. >> those close to the president
know the same senior intelligence officials were present at trump tower when then f.b.i. director james comey first briefed the president elect about the trump dossier and its unverified claims. that dossier is the central line of questioning for the special counsel team. >> sandra: the white house is down playing the sessions interview? >> speaking to reporters in the oval yesterday president trump said the white house had no advance notice of attorney general jeff sessions special counsel interview last week. >> president trump: no, i didn't. i'm not at all concerned. not even a little bit. he will do a good job. >> he there is a reference to the current f.b.i. director christopher wray. the president denied media reports that wray threatened to quit after pressure to remove his deputy andrew mccabe. senior administration official tells fox this morning that they are disputing an account in the "washington post" that president trump asked mccabe, who he voted for during the election and the official said the president did make a joking
reference to mccabe's wife, jill, who received more than $700,000 for a state senate race from democrats including this long-time clinton ally but it was not meant to unbraid mccabe as it was reported in the post, sandra. >> sandra: thank you for your reporting. >> bill: for more on this harvard law professor alan dershowitz back with us today. great to have you here, sir, good morning to you and your secret, private, undisclosed location. ron johnson the republican senator from wisconsin last hour here suggested there were more than just two agents involved in off site meetings. here is how the exchange went. watch. were there more involved within the agency? >> indications there were a number of high level f.b.i. officials holding secret meetings off site. >> bill: is that half a dozen? what's the number? >> i can't put a number on it right now. more than just strzok and page. >> bill: there we have him on
record saying more than just two people. what have these revelations done to the investigation do you believe, professor? >> well, first of all every civil libertarian whether a liberal or conservative should be concerned about this in the f.b.i. for years they've been worried about abuses since the days of j. edgar hoover and suddenly many are saying we'll give them a pass if they are going after donald trump. thals not the right approach. we have to have complete transparency and know what our intelligence agent seals are doing and make sure they are not exceeding their authority or violating the trust of the american people. we need to know everything that happened within the f.b.i., whether it involves investigations of donald trump or anyone else. >> bill: okay. bob goodlatte said 15 minutes ago there will be hearings and people will be called to public hearings. we await more on that. bob mueller used to run the f.b.i. now republicans saying you
can't trust him. do you think he should continue to lead the special counsel investigation? are you okay with that? >> robert mueller is a decent man accused of overzealousness by people on the other side but i don't think he is a partisan. i don't think he cares whether his investigation hurts the republicans or democrats. i don't think he is a partisan. i think he is a very, very tough prosecutor. if i'm an innocent person i would like him to be the special prosecutor. if i'm guilty, i would be worried. i don't suggest his removal. >> bill: comey and sessions have spoken with mueller's team. where do you think this investigation is now? before you answer that i want to play a clip from jay sekulow last night on with sean hannity. he says something critical in here. i'll ask you about that. listen carefully sekulow from last night. >> we have had all of the
witness voluntarily comply. there has been no assertion before the special counsel's office of any type of privilege, executive privilege, anything at this point. nothing. so i always ask the question, ask the president about what? that's what you want to know. so again i'm not going to disclose the conversations we're having or not having. we're representing the client's interests. that's what i'll say. >> bill: you have to ask the president about what? that was the key thing he said in that. would you advise president trump to sit down with mueller's team? >> i don't think he has any choice. first of all he can be subpoenaed. mueller has the authority to issue a subpoena and compel him to meet with his lawyer and without any restrictions on subject matter. you can't resist that. nobody is above the law when it comes to a grand jury subpoena. something has to be negotiated. the president's lawyers would prefer to have written questions and written answers.
i don't think mueller will accept that. i think in the end there will be no choice but to sit down and have an interview limited in time, limited in scope with his lawyers present and hopefully he will answer the questions yes and no without elaborating too much. that's the hope that his lawyers have. they want to be able to control the situation and not allow mueller to ask him to go far afield and to make statements that could fill gaps or come back to hurt him. remember, the president doesn't know what he doesn't know. he doesn't know whether there are emails or anything else that might contradict something he says. the president doesn't know he has testified secretly if front of a grand jury and he doesn't know where the gaps are in the prosecution's case. he has to be very careful how he answers these questions. >> bill: whether it's pompeo, sessions, comey. where do you think the investigation is now? >> well, i worry that is
obstruction of justice and constitutional crisis. if the president were to be charged with obstruction for exercising his constitutional authority, firing comey and telling comey not to investigate flynn. those are all within the president's constitutional authority. the other place it may be going is toward collusion. that is not a crime. i would think the special prosecutor should limit himself to matters that are criminal and thus far i have not heard evidence to suggest that any crimes were committed in or near the oval office. >> bill: wow. where does that leave you then? >> it leaves me worrying that what is going to happen is that this investigation will end not with a bang but a whimper with some low hanging fruit. people being indicted for things that aren't directly related to the thrust of the investigation, and -- or the great worry is that because he doesn't have anything really substantial, he may go after obstruction of justice which
would create a constitutional crisis. >> bill: thank you for your insight yet again. it's great to have you on our program. thank you, professor. >> sandra: senate majority leader chuck schumer bang out of a deal to fund president trump's border wall. the president now saying no wall, no daca. are we back at a stalemate? our panel is going to take that one up next. >> bill: google has got a mission to the moon but apparently that's going on hold. we'll tell you why way up in space. ♪ fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars ♪ ♪ let me see what spring is like on jupiter and mars ♪ great tasting, heart-healthy california walnuts. so simple, so good. get the recipes at walnuts.org.
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the deadline of march 31. google has the cash to go there on its own. >> sandra: no question they've got a lot. >> bill: they could pick up the phone and call elon musk. >> sandra: president trump lashing out at chuck schumer after saying his offer for funding to the border wall is off the table. trump tweeted this: let's bring in the panel. lawrence jones is a radio host of the lawrence jones show. so who is -- i don't know, lawrence, take it away. who is winning here and who is
on top? >> sandra, last week on the couch on "outnumbered" i predicted this. i knew that the president wasn't going to cave. i knew republicans weren't going to cave. i knew the democrats were going to cave on this position because guess what it was a losing issue? they decided to put non-citizens before the american people. what we're seeing now with the president is that he is making it very clear. either i get the wall or we stop talking about daca all together. i don't think the president is going to cave on this and neither should he. >> sandra: chuck schumer for his part emily is saying that senate democrats, quote, cut the best deal possible in ending the shutdown. did they? >> i don't know that we can say it was the best deal but who are they negotiating with? it is impossible to say at this point. i love that trump is saying you get the wall for daca. he got that deal. that was the deal that was offered to him and then he was blasting it later on and even republicans were saying look, we brought you a good deal and we have no idea who we are
negotiating with. is it trump trying to have it all ways and saying he has strong compassion for the dreamers? if he has strong compassion why does he and his white house keep moving the ball? just yesterday the secretary of homeland security was all over the hill with a whole new wish list of things. when asked if democrats are supposed to negotiate with her she said no, i really don't know if the president endorses these ideas or not. in fact, they know he doesn't. so if they're trying to have it all ways. trying to have this compassion for the dreamers who are stuck here in limbo losing status every day and turn it into a political game. >> sandra: i'll let lawrence jump in on that. >> here is the deal, sandra. democrats have the talking points they gave the president what he wanted. they said they wanted to build the wall but didn't want to fund the wall. that's the core argument going on right now is a lot of democrats want to put illegals before the american people. the american people have said we want to be compassionate when it comes to daca but first
you have to fund the wall, you have to fund border security. you have to give our agents what they need on the border to maintain our national security. the democrats want to put the cart before the horse and we saw under the reagan administration what happened with the american people. they were very upset they didn't get that border security that they wanted. and so this president doesn't want to make that same mistake. all the democrats have to do is give the american people border security and we can have a conversation about daca. >> sandra: back to the negotiating table, right, emily? >> it is absolutely back to the table and i say the onus is on the 12 senate republicans who made this deal and said look, we're willing to have compassion here and we understand these are people who have played by the rules their entire lives and suddenly their status is ripped out from under them and they're in limbo. really is on those 12 senate republicans. it's interesting to see that yesterday some of them were making a publicity tour saying i did such a great job having a
bipartisan discussion and actually we don't know who was in the rest of that group. i think because they don't want that pressure. they don't want to be identified as saying i am the one who is responsible for cutting this deal. i am responsible for making sure that mcconnell brings a vote, a clean vote to the floor when mcconnell has repeatedly broken promises to his caucus on taxes and healthcare to get the bills he wanted. >> let me tell you something this president isn't going to govern his immigration policy by squishy republicans. if you are under the president -- if the president is going to cut a deal for the sake of getting a deal that's not going to happen. he will have severe blowback from not just his base but libertarians like me that want border security. the president is not going to go along with lindsay graham's deal. we know graham and swishy republicans like him say one thing to the president and with the democrats behind closed doors they cut a different deal and that's what angered the president. >> sandra: i have to leave it
there. that's the debate that is happening right now. lawrence and emily. thank you. >> bill: 12 minutes now before the hour. in a moment the family of a murdered u.s. marshal striving to move forward. a group stepping forward to help make the future easier in their loss. it's an inspiring american story. that story is next. >> it saddens me to be here today but i know it was our duty and obligation to make sure that we as americans come together to take care of the family that was left behind of deputy u.s. marshal christopher david who was killed yesterday in the line of duty. let's begin. yes or no? do you want the same tools and seamless experience
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the families of fallen first responders. it is branching out. they are pledging $100,000 to pay off a mortgage of a pennsylvania deputy marshal. christopher hill killed while serving a warrant at a harrisburg, pennsylvania home last week. the founder of tunnel to towers, his brother was an firefighter who gave his life trying to save others on 9/11. the funeral for christopher hill is tomorrow. you were with the family yesterday. how are they doing? >> remarkable family. they're doing well. they have a lot of support with their fellow u.s. marshals that were there with him and extended family. but they're torn apart. >> bill: you have pledged an initial $100,000 and looking the raise $250,000 for what, frank? >> we want to pay off their mortgage. we try to lift some of the burden of the families that go through this, lose their loved
ones who are out there protecting their communities. marshal hill was also a army ranger and served his country in so many different ways. for the family to be torn apart like this we feel the tunnel to towers foundation wants to be the foundation to bring people together and donate the first $100,000. we need the rest of america to step up. >> bill: you need to raise money. how can people help? >> go to tunnel to towers.org. my brother ran to the towers and gave his life. why we're called the tunnel to towers foundation. 100% of what everybody donates will go to this family to pay off the mortgage and hopefully we help them a little more. >> bill: how old are the children? >> 14 and 12. they loved their dad, so polite and nice.
when he came home and he left his job, when he walked through the front door and this is what his wife sylvia expressed to me and told me, that when he came through that front door he left his job behind and became a father, a loving father and they used to love doing dance-offs in the kitchen. this is what america has to remember. these men and women that protect us have families and when they die in the line of duty like this, we have to take care of those families. >> bill: was he serving a warrant? >> he was serving a warrant for arrest. >> bill: shots were fired. >> yes. >> bill: you have done enormous good for so many people. fire department, police department, veterans, u.s. marshals. i think the amount of money that your organization has raised to help ease the burden for so many families is remarkable. and you do it in the memory of your brother. >> he was a hero, too. my family's hero. there are so many heroes out there we have to take care of.
i think my brother would be proud of what we're doing in his honor but all those who perished on 9/11. we have to make sure we don't forget his life, his story. he was married with five kids and, of course, like the deputy marshal hill, let's not forget the sacrifice that he made. america has an opportunity to reach out and help this family. we see these things happen. it is up to us to step up and make sure that we take care of them. tunnel to towers.org. >> bill: great work and our best to the family in pennsylvania. the funeral is tomorrow. i hope we can raise you some money. thank you, frank. >> sandra: great cause. good to have them on. new evidence of alleged anti-trump bias at the highest levels of the f.b.i. is this the beginning of the end for the russia investigation?
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