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going to be talking live to dolly par ton. >> have a wonderful weekend and pete will be anchoring tomorrow and sunday. happy friday. >> bill: good morning. 9:00 now here within the hour, we'll get more answers on how that bridge collapsed in florida. at least six people now confirmed dead. crews digging through a mountain of rubble and it's now a recovery effort. good morning, it's friday. we've gone green. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." >> sandra: i'm sandra smith. that bridge was a new pedestrian walkway at florida international university and not even open yet officials still looking into why it collapsed. and crews using dogs and high-tech listening devices into what is a delicate operation. >> you have to understand this say very slow process.
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they're still working away at the concrete. engineers have told us last night it has to be done very carefully not only because we have to preserve evidence and there may be possible victim under there and we have to treat it delicately but for the safety of the rescuers as well because the unstableness of the bridge. >> bill: as we wait for more information steve herigan leads our coverage. >> reporter: this is now a recovery operation and the numbers could change through the morning as the work continues here. they've been out all night. the numbers stand at six dead and one on scene and 10 wounded of those two seriously wounded. we heard from people at the red light 1:30 in the afternoon yesterday when 950 tons of concrete came down. here's what one of them had to say. >> i got up there as soon as the bridge collapsed to see the
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rubble coming down and multiple cars crushed under the bridge and i saw some people stopping their cars getting out seeing if there was anything they could do to help. >> reporter: police and investigators are trying to do many things at the same time. the first priority is to remove the bodies still in there in a careful and sensitive matter. second, this is still a crime scene so an investigation is underway all taking place under the unstable bridge so it could be a slow and tough process. the bridge was an unusual operation from the start and built off-site and driven in trying to reduce the impact of traffic and right now police are vowing that will get answers for the families members of those killed. bill, back to you. >> bill: the bridge put in place
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only six days ago. >> sandra: a fox news alert, russia vowing to add more americans to it's so-called black list over sanctions from the trump administrations for russians accused of election meddling. those new sanctions coming out yesterday with the first accusations that russia hacked the u.s. power grid. catherine herridge is live in washington with more on this. good morning. >> reporter: thank you, sandra. the sanction imposed on 19 entities and individuals accused of meddling in the u.s. election in 2016 and takes it a step further in their allegations the putin government signed off on efforts by hackers to penetrate critical infrastructure here in the united states. this goes to nuclear, water as well as electrical power grids. yesterday we had the confirmation hearing and they were pressed on whether malware
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was embedded in the system. >> from reports there are already efforts to plant malware or seed malware in systems etcetera. is this something you're familiar with? >> i'm aware of reporting with elements within our ics and systems. that should concern all of us. >> reporter: he also testified unless there's a change in course they expect more interference in the midterms and beyond because there's not been a meaningful punishment. >> sandra: what's the significance from the trump administration. >> reporter: they said they were working with a special council since july of 2017 and providing documents to that investigation. a subpoena could really be two things.
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an indication or an effort to wrap up the investigation to tie-up loose ends. we have new information about a request for a special second council on the russia case. four senior senators have asked for a special council or a u.s. attorney to look at the russia probe prior to the point when it was taken over by robert mueller earlier this year or last year. here's senator grassley. >> we'll give him the tools to do it because they cannot be counted on to investigate themselves. it's common sense. if you do something wrong you don't have the fox guarding the chicken house. >> reporter: what came out of the letter made public yesterday is the it's the first time we were able to see the language used by the fbi for the fisa application. you see in it it says he
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interacted with fusion gps but we know they interacted with multiple media companies in this country in order to seed that narrative about the dossier. final thing because it's a very busy morning, we're waiting for some kind of indication where the attorney general will terminate andrew mccabe impacting his pension. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: joining us is hugo gurdon from washington examiner. >> i think the sanctions on russia was a good first step. it was under pressure to some extent from congress and also because of the poisoning in britain. i think it was also a very good thing the trump administration joined the major european pilot in condemning that move. i think there's probably the opportunity now and they should take it to go further.
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president trump could disspell some of the suggestions and allegations he say puppet or somehow in lead with putin if he were to expel spies from the united states and allow united states to take the lead in what is clearly a confrontation with an expanding effort. >> bill: so we kick out their spies, they kick out ours. where's that leave us? >> you may say what's the point of that they can sell -- cancel each other out but it sends a signal he is not working with them. >> bill: whether it's the grid in the u.s. or this massive hit in europe that apparently cost billions of dollars, something we had not heard of until yesterday, putin's stretching his muscles, is he not?
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>> you're right, bill. he is stretching his muscle and demonstrating willing to openly interfere with other countries. you know, the poisoning in britain -- they used a poison known to be developed only by the russian military. it's as if he left a calling card saying this is what we will do and are doing. the attack or at least the infiltration of the infrastructure in the united states is very alarming because experts know that the united states has i have good offensive capabilities online and in the cyber war. the defensive capabilities are not necessarily so good. >> bill: with the nerve agent attack in england, it's as if putin is saying, what are you going to do about it? >> they did this before with the
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other attack and they don't expect everybody to believe that. they're going to say, we didn't do it. what are you going to do? everybody knows. i think putin is upping the stakes he's willing to murder opponents and journalists and daring the powers to take him on. he doesn't believe they're going to. as yet the trump administration has not done so. this is an opportunity for the united states to lead the european powers. >> bill: the geopolitical moves are fascinate. special second counsel, do you think it will happen? >> it looks likely with the letters from the senators it's controversial as we found with the robert mueller investigation, it drags on.
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michael horowitz at the d.o.j. has proven effective and professional. it may be a good opportunity not to do a special counsel. it's the case this has to be looked at. either christopher steele was lying to the court when he said he had been talking to the president or the fbi was lying when it told the fisa court in its application to eavesdrop on carter page it wasn't. it's likely the fbi was not telling the truth because they sacked steele for lying. >> bill: thank you very much for your analysis. >> sandra: u.s. central command confirming on -- >> bill: and awaiting a probe into the clinton foundation. will jeff sessions fire the former fbi director andrew mccabe for his role in that matter.
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>> sandra: and the trump administration taking new actions against russia. will it be enough to silence his critics? former white house press secretary sean spicer joins us live next. >> they'll have to decide whether or not they want to be a good or bad actor. i think you can see from the actions we've taken up to this point we'll be tough on russia until they decide to change their behavior. i don't know why i didn't get screened a long time ago.
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paul >> sandra: a car is hit with a
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boulder in southern california. now police are look for the suspect. someone allegedly dropped the 30-pound boulder from an overpass from a freeway near los angeles and crashed through the windshield of a toyota corolla. the boulder was bigger than a volleyball killing the man in the seat. >> the president has shown he's been extremely tough on russia throughout his administration and i think particularly you saw that today in the russia sanctions put forward. i think you can see what the administration's view point is simply by looking at the actions we took today by placing new sanctions on russia. >> bill: so there is the comment from sarah sanders pushing back against criticism the president is letting moscow off the hook for election meddling. sean spicer, former press secretary, has more. happy st. patrick's day to you
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and thank you for making it happen. >> happy st. patrick's day to you and sandra. >> bill: evaluate this for us. how much of the russian matters are getting in the daily operations of the west wing? >> i don't think that much. i think the staff is very focussed on implementing the president's agenda. they understand the media narrative and the sanctions yesterday the president instituted were well founded and appropriate. the president's making it very clear actions won't be tolerated. in the last administration president obama told putin to knock it off and this president is taking action to make it clear america won't tolerate that. >> bill: do you expect more to come from this? >> again, there's an ethic of diplomacy. the president made it clear from the moment he was elected he wants a solid and row
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relationship. if they bad actor, russia has been deemed a bad actor with their cyber attacks and if they continue not only in terms of our elections but hacks on institutions and businesses i think you'll see the president continue to take bold and swift actions to make sure the united states won't sit idly by. >> bill: you mentioned the diplomatic angle at the beginning, does that explain why he talks one way and nikki haley and other talk another way? >> i think the president wants to make sure he maintains a relationship with heads of state but he has an entire team that made it clear to russia and countries around the world when it comes to our economic and national security interests the administration will do what he said during the election, put america first. that means economically and
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national security wise. there's a diplomatic and there's a personal relationship he'd like to establish with heads of state throughout the world. >> bill: very interesting. the other day he talked about chemistry and getting to know people better now 12, 14 months on the job. what do you make of that now that you're on the outside. how's that work with him? >> well, it works well. look, he's right, he came in as a successful business and negotiator and some people he knew and trusted well he brought with him. other people he took the advice of others and in some cases it wasn't a great fit and he is now making the tweaks a year in which is an appropriate tweak. he has had success in his agenda and he wants to ensure he has
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aides and has chemistry and understand it's not about agreeing with him and that's where a lot of people get the narrative wrong. it's no about saying are you in agreement on the issue but understanding the strategy he wants implemented and understanding his agenda and being able to give him opposing, good advice and ultimately understanding what he wants done and how to do it. >> bill: do you think -- generally speaking -- and that's a very interesting answer as well, do you think people around him have a hard time picking up on that? is there a learning curve? was there a learning curve for you? >> my goodness, there was a learning curve for me you saw play out in real time. absolutely. i think that's true with any new boss but i've been around this my whole life and this is a disruptor putting an end to business as usual and that's the
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case. you have a lot of people coming in who are used to being in charge and it's different to be subservient to a boss when they climb the corporate ladder in certain responsibilities. there's a learning curve on both sides and the president, as president, has the right to ensure he has the people around him that understand how to implement his agenda properly. >> bill: not only chemistry but he talked about energy. i interpret that as people moving at a certain pace because we know what his pace is, my belief after hearing him state that is he wants the same level of pace and energy from the people around him. hence the reason why pompeo is likely heading to the state department, sean. >> i think the president understands he has a limited time, ultimately eight years in
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office to make the country better for all americans and wants people who share that enthusiast and lifting people out of poverty and making the country more secure. he wants every one of the cabinet agencies and staff around him and them to make sure they share his energy and enthusiasm and strategy for making the country better. >> bill: happy st. patty's day for you. thank you. >> sandra: new information on the deadly school shooting in parkland, florida. new surveillance showing what the armed deputy did and did not do. and investigating the investigators. republican senators, four of them, calling for a special counsel to look into the d.o.j. and fbi for their role in the russia probe before robert mueller came on board. >> we'll give them the tools to do it because they cannot be
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>> bill: surveillance showing the deputy on guard standing outside during the shooting and walking and talking with another man and seconds away you see them riding in a golf cart. the sheriff's office saying the video speaks for itself. peterson defending his actions saying he followed protocol that day. >> sandra: fox news alert, four republican senators now calling for a second special counsel to investigate the department of justice and fbi's action in the
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russian probe. before special counsel, robert mueller got involved. >> in consult working in a team and a want to emphasize team, giving the inspector general to give him the tools he needs to get all the information and we sent 30 questions we want investigated. >> we believe the fisa warrant process was abused and the reason we want it is crimes were committed. >> sandra: and we have tom dupree with us. >> i'm not sure a majority of republican senators are calling for a special second counsel. i think the question is whether the inspector general has the tools he needs to conduct the investigation. a sperl counsel has a far more robust set of tools he can use to talk to former doj employees
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the inspector general doesn't have. the question is does a special counsel or new investigator need additional tools in order to conduct the investigation. >> sandra: if it can, are you suggesting it's needed based on what we know? >> i'm not convinced it's needed at this point. what we have seen from this inspector general is he is conducting independent investigations. he's already uncovered funny business back in the obama administration and i haven't seen reason to believe he's not capable of doing this. if he says, i can't conduct this investigation because i need access to former employees i can't subpoena, i can't force to testify then we'll need to revisit that. >> sandra: and in the sit-down last night on special report they made their case for it. listen. >> if the shoe were on the other foot, can you imagine how the media would be reacting? all i can say to my democratic colleagues, i have supported mueller having the independence
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to do his job but if you don't think it's wrong for the fbi to use a paid political informant and present a dossier that's been unverified, then i disagree. >> sandra: will see where this goes but ultimately do you think anyone will be held accountable, tom? >> i hope so and think so as far as the senator's point, i take the point that a second special counsel would allow a more robust investigation than the inspector general. a special counsel's mandate expands and they'll often look into areas you never imagined were possible so before setting that whole process in motion, what my view is you need to make 100% sure it's necessary to uncover the wrongdoing. >> sandra: tom, we only have a short bit left we're waiting the i.g. report to be made public and if jeff sessions will take
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the recommendation to fire andrew mccabe by end of day today. will he do it? >> what we're hearing is the inspector general may have found mccabe lied to federal agent then yes, think he'll fire him. in my view lying to federal agent say red line you cannot cross. >> sandra: tom dupree, thank you for being here. >> bill: we're getting word from the pentagon. a terrible story. new details in a moment on a u.s. military helicopter crash in western iraq. seven crew members on board are dead. we're live from the pentagon for more. >> sandra: and president trump getting tough on russia. do the new sanctions go far enough? the chairman of the armed house services committee is here to weigh in on that next. i'm very proud of the fact
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the syrian border. it's the first deadly aviation crash since 2014 in syria. lucas tom linson details from the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. defense officials tell me all seven people aboard the helicopter died when the helicopter cried in western iraq last night. it's the first deadly crash for the u.s. military in the isis war in iraq and syria since u.s. military involvement began in 2014. initial reports say the helicopter clipped a power line causing the crash along the iraq/syria border where they believe senior isis leaders are still hiding. in a statement they said quote, the crash does not appear to be the result of enemy activity. the incident is under investigation. the names of the fallen will be
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released after next of kin communication and there was a quick reaction of american and iraqi troops troops were d dispatched they have assisted local forces and while the prime minister declared victory over isis 2,000 more were deployed and the u.s. military continues to carry out airstrikes but at a lower pace from a year ago and the helicopter crash in iraq comes one day after a u.s. navy fighter jet crashed off key west killing both aviators. >> bill: lucas tomlinson, thank you. >> sandra: russia now vowing retaliation after the state department delivered sanctions for election meddling.
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the move hailed as president trump's most significant action yet against russia since taking office. the big question is are the sanctions sending a strong enough message. >> they're out of control, russia is. that needs to be dealt with and that's one way to discourage that. >> sandra: chiming in is mac thornberry chairman of the house armed services committee. thank you for being here this morning. what message is president trump sending with this action? >> well, i think he is sending a message that what russia has been doing across the board is unacceptable. and a similar message is conveyed because of the targeted assassination in britain where the president stood with our allies and made it clear we're not going to accept that. a stronger message beyond the
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sanctions and other things is what we're beginning to do with our military and as the tragic report emphasizes we need to do more with our military to support them and at the same time it sends a strong message to north korea and others that we'll stand up and defend ourselves. >> sandra: some say they don't go far enough. to that you say what? >> it's a step. it's not a total answer. i think there are more sanctions that could be considered but we also shouldn't lose sight of what else the administration's been doing. finally, they have provided defensive weapons to ukraine though many of us have been pushing the obama people to do that for years. this administration has called out treaty violations. so the sanctions are part of what they're doing and it points out russia's been doing a lot of
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things, cyber, the targeted assassinations and rebuilding their nukes and putting military capability into syria. it's a broad range they're doing. we have to have a broad ranging response. >> sandra: i heard you say other sanctions should be considered. can you give an example how these can go further? >> these sanctions i believe are targeted to specific individuals and in many ways for russia that's appropriate because the best description i've heard is they operate like a mafia family. so you target some sanctions against against oligarchs it's good. there's others we can target. we can also help wean european and other countries off of russian energy and that targets not only the oligarchs but the whole economy so there's other
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economic steps we can take as well as rebuilding our military, speaking forcefully with our allies. again, you have to have a broad range. >> sandra: and now promises of retaliation from russia. what do you make of their response so far considering this is 24 hours ago the new sanctions were announced? >> remember, putin's like the schoolyard bully. he boasts about what he's going to do to you like the speech he gave a couple weeks ago where he laid out all the new nuclear weapons he was talking about so he'll use threats and intimidation and the worse you can do is back down because he'll keep pushing like a bully does so we have to stand up to him. >> sandra: mr. chairman, you have mentioned many times about rebuilding the military and military spending is something you are very concerned about and we're facing another government funding deadline march 23.
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the omnibus bill. what is your plan for the military spending portion? >> we have to pass it. there's going to be a number of things in the bill they don't like but to me the first job of the federal is to defend the country and for the reasons that you were just getting in the report from the pentagon, we have fallen behind in supporting our men and women adequately. the bill that we're going to vote on next week for all its flaws begins to fix those problems and to me that overrides any other concern anybody has. to support our men and women of the military and also to send a clear message to russia, we need to pass that bill next week. >> sandra: something in all of our best interests supporting our military and making it as strong as possible. chairman mac thornberry thank you for your time this morning, sir. >> thank you. >> bill: the first full day of march madness underway.
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already two upsets and buffalo bulls from the mid-american conference knocking out arizona. the four-seed is out. man, tough year for a.z. and check out loyola-chicago. >> one time-out and they'll take it and he got it! he got it! >> at the buzzer. >> bill: that was a great game. 11-seed loyola-chicago knocking out the buzzer beater. at the end miami loses and the r r ramblers will make their first appearance in years. shay thai have -- they have a nun, sister jeanne and she's their good luck charm. >> sandra: that was exciting.
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>> bill: that does it sister jeanne during lent. making sure everything's on the up and up. >> sandra: god bless you, bill. he is sticking to it. president trump's new cia director facing scrutiny that she oversaw torture at a prison and one media outlet is out with a huge correction when it comes to those allegations. >> obviously, a number of serious questions about the past. truecar is great for finding new cars. you're smart, you already knew that.
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>> bill: senator feinstein calling to de classify information to replace mike pompeo and gina haspel has been nominate and feinstein wants to know the extent of her
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involvement in overseas water boarding. >> the president is incredibly proud of his nominee. she's highly qualified, highly recommended, highly respect from both sides of the aisle particularly within the intelligence community. i'd point you to some people not usually those that often sing praises of the president like leon pennetta. >> bill: more on williams, fox news political analysis steve hilton. will she be confirmed, do you believe? >> i think she will. i think she's right, there's been widespread support. it's ironic because the president has nominated someone
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deep within the deep state. a career official from within the cia but she has great reviews for her professionalism and dedication and the really important thing, i think, is the team she will lead seems to have confidence in her and i think there's no doubts she's qualified for the role. >> bill: what do you think, juan? >> i think she's considered a pro's pro. 33-year career and been around the world and done a good job. but the issue is a matter of conscience for us as americans which is torture and the reason why people john mccain have said they don't think they can support her, rand paul, another republican, not sure he can support her. we now a publication issued a mistake and had to issue a retraction. it's also the case she was later in charge of another site also in thailand where someone was tortured. so the issue is what does she
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say at her confirmation hearing. >> bill: we can have this debate, mccain's a no, rand paul's a no. i imagine you get some moderate democrats up for re-election that will be a yes and in the end will be confirmed but on the issue of water boarding or hid tapes protect the identity of directors, remember the context under which this was happening. the world was concerned, imagine what we were thinking back then. how did we miss it, why did we miss it. what else is out there, steve? >> i think these are all really important questions that have been extensively debated between them and now. and it's not really what a confirmation is supposed to be about. it's supposed to be about assessing whether this person is qualified and suit to the role. you can't hold her personally responsible for the thrust of policy in that different time. >> the other way to look at it,
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steve, you have a president, president trump, who campaigned by saying he considers torture or enhanced interrogation a tool in the intelligence community's toolbox and the former cia director, mike pompeo saying he doesn't have a problem with it. we, as the american people, have to come to a comfort level with it. are we okay with torture? the law has been changed so the president in the case of an emergency like a jack bower emergency situation can take extraordinary steps to get information. but in general are we comfortable conducting torture or sending people to other countries where we know they'll be tortured? i'm not happy with that. >> that's a debate to have and the law is what it is. i think really this is about her suitability for the role not opinions but whether she's qualified. i think those questions are really important but not just
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for her but for the nation to decide. i think the confirmation, of course, will be part of it but not the reason whether or not she'll be concerned. >> bill: thank you. nice to see you. juan, see you at 5:00. >> happy st. pat's day tomorrow. >> bill: onward it goes. here's sandra. >> sandra: it begins around here, juan. this say first for california, an legal immigrant is given a statewide post. more on what the position entails and who helped her get the job.
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>> sandra: a fox news alert for you. we're taking a live look in miami, florida, where authorities are hold news conference on the deadly bridge collapse that killed six people. we're getting some updates further on the bridge collapse down there.
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the police are now seeing a company with a crane stepped up last night to help cut up the bridge and remove it into pieces. so we're in a recovery effort. they changed that from a rescue effort. this is ongoing, bill. there's a lot of debris still on the ground and it complicates the recovery effort on the ground. we're watching and listening for this press conference. obviously, we'll bring you news as we get it. well, it is a first. a 33-year-old attorney and immigrant and rights activist is the first undocumented immigrant to be named tie state-wide post in california. william la jeunesse has the latest on this. >> reporter: sandra, as you know it is illegal to hire an illegal immigrant. ice enforces that every day and fining one company for hiring undocumented worker. the state of california has appointed an immigrant attorney
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to a state-wide committee and entitled to reimbursement. they called her determined and courageous for those seeking their rightful place. she was brought to the u.s. at age 14 and tweeted i look forward to work the committee and student aid commission to help students. california allows undocumented immigrants to practice law, get a driver's license and they will not confiscate cars even without citizenship and the sate a -- state and taxpayers will be paying for it hit and it's energy way for california to affirm its sanctuary status.
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>> sandra: quite a statement. >> bill: we're minutes from the latest on the deadly bridge collapse in miami. at least six are confirmed dead as first responders shift their focus from rescue to recovery. we'll take you live to miami in a moment. 750 tons collapsing on the street. back after this. t briefs feature breathable, cotton-like fabric. in situations like this, there's no time for distractions. it's not enough to think i'm ready. i need to know i'm ready. no matter what lies ahead. get a coupon at almost $800 when we switched our auto and home insurance. with liberty, we could afford a real babysitter instead of your brother. >>hey. oh, that's my robe.
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>> sandra: this a fox news alert. six people have been confirmed dead after a pedestrian bridge clapped and the hope is fading to find survivors. welcome to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. this has transitioned from a rescue effort to recovery, bill. >> bill: what a story this is as it broke. i'm bill hemmer.
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police and first responders get ready to react. at the medical center they received 10 injured. eight were in stable conditions. they had broken bones and bruises, abrasions. we should get an update in a moment. it's a 950 ton span of bridge. it was assembled on the side of the highway, moved into place last saturday. it's only been there six days. great fanfare there. the bridge stretched 200 feet across the road. it was designed to connect f.i.u., florida international university with the city of sweetwater, florida. you would have had foot traffic there next year. that was the plan before this yesterday afternoon. >> sandra: it's interesting because as the recovery efforts are ongoing they're trying to reserve the evidence there. the ntsb which we're expect to hear from the mayor and the ntsb
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set to begin any moment, they are there and documenting and setting aside important pieces they need. evidence for the investigation so they can precisely determine and figure out what exactly went wrong, bill and led to this bridge collapse. >> bill: you have federal investigators and robert simwalt iii and talked about a special team heading to miami. they were expected to arrive late thursday night. they should be on the ground by now to help lead the investigation. when you think with the minneapolis bridge collapse on i-35 many years ago it was so sudden and it's such a contrast when you look at such beautiful blue skies in miami, florida and you have this massive weight and these cars just crushed beneath it. there was one car. think of time and how things occur, you will see one car that literally has the hood crashed and the doors open.
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those people survived by inches. here's the deputy mayor now in miami. >> i'd like to say our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. late last night we transitioned from a search and rescue mission to one of recovery and investigation. with that transition, our police department along with their investigative and law enforcement partners are now in charge with of the operation. our primary focus is to remove all the cars and all the victims in a dignified manner and not compromise the investigation in the process. the investigation is vital because we want to ensure that this type of accident doesn't happen again locally or anywhere in this country. with that i'm going to turn the mic over to juan perez, the director of the miami-dade police department. thank you.
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>> good morning. i'm juan perez from the miami-dade police department. as you just heard, late last night it was approximately 10:00 when the determination was made this no longer was going to be a search and rescue mission and now is a recovery and investigatory mission. at that point we transitioned and became incident commanders. what that means is our priority, which is the most critical thing, to get to the victims and the remains of the people underneath the bridge so that we can take them to a proper place so they're families can have the appropriate burial and ceremonies and the last opportunity to have with their family members. this is a tragedy we don't want to reoccur anywhere in the united states. the agent got here last night with osha and ntsb to work with
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us and do a parallel investigation with our homicide investigators. in addition to that, yesterday i had been in communication with our state attorney. today she has a team of state attorneys here on the scene to help us moving forward with the investigation. please do not jump to any conclusions. it's important we understand, this is a homicide investigation. that's all it is. it means somebody died. that is it. it doesn't mean there's criminal charges looming or pending or anything like that. is there a possibility for that? there's always a possibility for that to occur. i read some headlines, possible criminal charges. so there could be possible criminal charge anywhere. we're not there yet. we're not there yet and we don't know if that's going to lead to that. right now we want to find out what occurred, what caused this collapse to occur and people to
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die. we want to get to the bottom line of what occurred to bring closure to the families, bring closure to the investigation and so this doesn't happen again. that's the most important thing here. now, if we find something on the way, that's why the state attorney is here with us. they are right now monitoring the investigation along with our investigators just in case that occurs. that is it. so there are a lot of moving parts. we mentioned yesterday the reunification center with the victim advocates. the key thing here is to provide as much comfort and show as much compassion to the victims which are also the family members who lost somebody. we have here with us the police chaplains who have come out to provide support for those family members. that's why it's also key and i keep reminding you to please, if you happen to find out names of victims because you guys are very good at what you do, please
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do not disclose that unless you know for a fact we have notified next of kin to confirm that their loved ones are the ones in those vehicles. we know there's people missing. the family members know they're missing. what we can tell them is we can assume they're in there but we cannot confirm identity of who's in there. we're caught in a bad place right now. the last thing we want to do is disclose names and all that so let us do that because we're trying to navigate through some difficult times that have arisen because of this tragic event. this is a tragedy and there's nothing we can do to fill the gap that's been created in the souls of the family members and friends so it's difficult to do that. obviously, for the family members i can only empathize as all of us. i ask you to please cooperate in that manner with us.
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next up i'm going to bring up the fire department chief downey to say a couple words. >> good morning again. dave downey, miami-dade fire rescue. as you've heard, we're assisting now, miami-dade police in the recovery effort and working side by side with police and the investigation agencies to try to bring closure to this incident. we're going to remain on scene until such time we've removed every victim and will continue to work. we exhausted last night all of our search and rescue capabilities in the hopes of finding additional survivors. we used auditory and visual and used our canines and we have determined that there's no longer any survivors. that's why we transitioned into this recovery mode. but we will continue to remain on scene and work in order to get all these victims removed and we ask everybody keeps the families in your thoughts and prayers and understand that this is going to be a long-term
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operation. thank you. >> good morning. i am robert somewalt the chairman of the national transportation safety board. on behalf of myself and all of my colleagues at the ntsb, we'd like to offer our sincerest condolences to those who have been affected by this tragedy. the people of south florida have been through a lot and this is yet one more tragedy to add to that sad book. the ntsb brought a full investigative team. we began arriving and left at 2:00 this morning and we did a walkthrough of the area. in addition to our headquarter
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support staff in washington, we have a 15-person team. they have expertise in civil engineering, material science, human factors, survival factors and we brought in our specialist from our office of transportation disaster assistance who will be here to help facilitate the needs of the victims and victims' families. i want to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the investigation. they're conducting a homicide investigation which is routine for anytime there's been a death. our investigation is completely different. we are here. we're an independent federal agency and charged by congress to investigate transportation accidents and to determine the cause, to make recommendations
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so something like this doesn't happen in the future. that's why we are here. we are working with the local officials but conducting an independent investigation that is not in any way related to any criminal charges. -- possible criminal charges. we don't, of course, have immediate access to the site. we did a general walkthrough last evening but until we get full access after the recovery operation is completed, we have not had a chance to get up and really start getting what i call an up close and personal look. real investigative work but that will begin hopefully this afternoon. >> bill: so a few headlines, six dead and one of those say student. the names have not been released of any of those crushed under the tons and tons of concrete. a crane came in overnight to help with this perilous project to move the concrete and
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preserve the scene and marco rubio tweeted about tightening that had taken place and that's what the senator from florida sent out yesterday. we're told he's the one who writes his own tweets and was on scene. we'll keep an eye on this. >> sandra: an interesting thing there about a homicide investigation it does in the indicate criminal activity but the investigation pursues all of this. it is ongoing. >> bill: when we get more facts we'll bring you back live to miami. >> sandra: attorney general sef
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-- jeff sessions has hours to decide if he will fire andrew mccabe before he retires. >> bill: and the trump team ratcheting up the rhetoric and sanctions for russian election meddling. chris wallace on deck for that and more, next. >> they'll have to decide whether they want to be a good actor or bad actor. i think you can see from the actions we've taken to this point we'll be tough on russia until they decide to change their behavior. i'm really into this car, but how do i know if i'm getting a good deal? i tell truecar my zip and which car i want and truecar shows the range of prices people in my area actually paid for the same car so i know if i'm getting a great price.
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>> bill: there's a new story with stormy daniels. today her attorney claims she was physically threatened to stay silent but the lawyer did not reveal who made the threat and is suing the president to scrap a non-disclosure agreement. a hearing for the lawsuit has been set for july 12 in los angeles, california. >> he wants all these countries that we have an economic and national security interest to have a solid and robust relationship with the united states. if they are bad actors in this case, russia has been deemed a bad actor in terms of what they did and their cyber attacks, if they continue to do it not only in terms of our elections but further have cyber attacks upon our other institutions,
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businesses and otherwise, you'll see the president continue to take bold and swift action to make sure the united states won't sit idly by. >> sandra: former press secretary sean spicer suggesting a possible shift and the trump administration slaps sanctions on 19 russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and waging attacks on the power grid. chris wallace is here. we thank you for your time this morning, chris. so are we witnessing this president taking more confrontational stance against russia? >> it certainly is one of the toughest things he's done since he became president towards russia but picking up on what sean spicer just said, i'd push back and say it's another bold nor swift. these are sanctions passed
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overwhelmingly, i think the vote was 98-2 in the senate last july and there were complaints from the republicans and democrats why hadn't the president impose the sanctions authorized by congress. he invoked some of them yesterday but there are major sanctions still in his arsenal approved by congress to go after the defense and other industries in russia the president did not impose yesterday. so this was a middle step, stronger than what he's done but not nearly as as far as he could have gone. >> sandra: mac thornberry, the chairman joined us early, and said really the same things and suggested possible sanctions. possibly that's already under consideration by the president? >> well, yeah. it's interesting. there are things left the president could do. it's also interesting -- look, this president it's clear has
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had a curious relationship with russia and with vladamir putin. he's not wanted to criticize him and wanted to be conciliatory and wanting to establish a new, positive relationship makes sense but in the wake of what the russians did in 2016 and what they continue to do and how the intelligence community is continuing to target our electoral process and now we find out there were attacks on the nuclear power plants and grids in 2016 we didn't even know about are interesting and it's interesting the president has not been as tough personally in his rhetoric as u.n. ambassador haley was as the president with britain, germany and france talking about abhorring the nerve agent attack on the former russian spy and
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his daughter. the president said it's a sad situation. it looks like russia's been involved but he hasn't been as tough and confrontational and we know this president can talk plenty tough. >> sandra: what a week with the ousting of rex tillerson and now word of a possible further shake-up inside the white house and a couple big confirmation hearings set to take place with mike pompeo. you have a lot of to talk about on your show this weekend. >> we do, indeed, and who knows what will happen between now and sunday but we'll be talking to trey gowdy the chairman of the oversight committee and we'll talk about russia and the trump administration's response and the russia investigation and the call for a special second counsel to investigate bias or even corruption in the fbi and department of justice. we'll also talk to the number
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two democrat durbin and about the gun school safety march in washington a week from tomorrow. >> sandra: what a week it's been. fox news sunday, chris wallace, thank you, we'll be watching. >> bill: we now know a crane is in place and six are dead as an investigation gets underway. this is a briefing still underway and we're keeping an eye on that. and the trump team hitting back on vladamir putin and russia for election meddling. >> you have to think about ukraine and their interference in the baltics and crimea. they're trying to recreate a soviet state and we have to put a stop to it. you know what's awesome? gig-speed internet.
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>> sandra: a small plane makes age emergency landing near disneyworld. two men were on board and no one was seriously injured. the ntsb is having the crash. >> bill: and you unemployment hitting record lows across the country but there's a new survey that should give people concern, 65% of americans save little or nothing when it comes to retirement. you know who knows about that? dave ramsey the nationally syndicated radio host of the dave ramsey show. are you tolerating it so far? >> tolerating what? >> bill: new york. >> i'm ready to go home. >> bill: get some sanity and get back out. i know the numbers don't surprise you -- >> no. >> bill: but i think it's always been that way.
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am i wrong? >> some people will manage their lives and some won't and some are facing obstacles others aren't facing, income obstacles and regional obstacles. there's always been give and take and ebb and flow but it's disturbing people don't do the best for their future. >> bill: what happens if you only have $10,000 and you're look for the retirement? >> it will be tough. social insecurity is $1100 a month. this is no cake walk. you have to prepare. we work with single moms that are going to retire with substantial money but are giving up stuff today and all of us don't want to give up stuff. we have that little kid inside of us that want everything.
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>> bill: you give advice five days a week and because you learned from investments that went belly up. here's the first quote, i find the regular guy will make it fine if government will leave him alone and let him believe it's up to him. is it hard to con vievince peopf that. >> we had campaigns that were successful on hope in washington and different ideology. we're talking about hope and make america great again. if i'm going to wait on trump or obama to fix my life, you'll struggle. >> bill: if you wait on a president to fix your life, your life is going to suck. >> it's true. the governor does a great job. we have great economic development and have jobs going
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where ever. i was at an event with him the other day and he said i didn't create any jobs. i just create a situation where jobs can occur. business creates job. unless it's a government job, you're job didn't come from washington so politicians saying elect me -- the problem is you're putting hope where it shouldn't be and you're waiting on someone to fix their life and it doesn't work. >> bill: money is a special ming thing and you have a special touch. dave ramsey. sandra, what's next? >> sandra: the white house imposing sanctions on russia for meddling on the presidential race, cyber attacks and more. congressman pete king will be here to talk about all of that.
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>> russia's been doing a lot of things, cyber, the targeted assassinations and also rebuilding their nukes and putting new military capability into syria. so it's a broad range they're doing. we have to have a broad-ranging
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response. >> bill: this is an interesting development. treasury department imposing new sanctions on russia punishing moscow for launching cyber attacks and there was an attack in europe, substantial damage. peter king serves on the house intel committee. good morning to you and thank you for your time. what do you think of the move made so far? some are saying it's not enough, some are saying it's about time. what do you think? >> i think i'm in the middle. more can be taken but besides these sanctions the trump investigation has been sending lethal weapons to the ukraine and we have 200 russian irregulars killed in syria and there were no apologies from the u.s. we're taking a stronger policy and what nikki haley is saying is significant signing on with the nato allies.
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it's a calibrated increase by the trump administration and i'm not trying to make this partisan but there was a lot of damage done during the obama years. the fact russia is even in syria they were basically invited in by president obama when he didn't enforce his own red line. there's a lot that has to be done but russia's on the move. no doubt about it. >> bill: reporters are not on the ground there. the air became too dangerous when ice was -- isis was doing its awful deeds. you say more should be done. what should be next? >> stricter sanctions on the russian defense industry. we should keep it closer to putin. people around him because he is apowerful dictator and he has
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oligarch around him and we should go after them more and impose sanctions on him. >> sandra: >> president bush felt they could deal with putin. remember, president obama ridiculed mitt romney for saying putin was a threat and president trump genuinely believes russia can help in the fight against isis and could establish a new relationship. i think putin is bad. there's no such thing as a new relationship with him and the president is looking at various diplomatic channels and why they haven't gone as far on the sanctions. >> bill: chuck grassley said this last night with bret. >> we'll give him the tools to
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do it because they cannot be counted on to investigate themselves. it's kind of common sense. if you do something wrong you don't have the fox guarding the chicken house. >> bill: this is going to happen. will the doj and fbi be investigated? >> it should be and it goes against two things i've stood for. i have great admiration for the fbi and i don't like the idea of a special counsel, having said that, in this situation i believe a special second counsel is warranted because there's so many questions being raised and i know if we go back to the fisa application and other it would appear there were serious mistakes or wrongdoing at high levels of the fbi and the only way it can be properly investigated is by special counsel. to have a full investigation -- and i would limit it -- i don't know if it would be wide-ranging
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like looking into taking a long lunch but it should be looked after a special counsel. >> bill: thank you for your time. happy st. patty's day to you. >> happy st. patrick's day to you. >> sandra: speculation about his presidential ambitions in 2020 by attending a politics and eggs breakfast in new hampshire. visiting the granite state a pivotal step in any run for the white house. pet peter doocy. is flake thinking about a run as a republican or independent. >> he hes it may be him but the senator piece of his early platform as the start of a 2020 run is an attack on the president.
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>> i stand before you today the rarest of species, the american conservative. americana never trumpist. >> he's here to see how many share his dictate and the criticism is not new. he's been complaining about trump's style for months but the rnc is not worried. i was e-mailed to say president trump won because of his vision and we're confident as he continues to deliver on the promises he made, voters will re-elect him in 2020. while flake was speaking there were no breaks in the action for applause. everybody listened politely but got a standing ovation at the end.
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>> sandra: why do they think he can catch on in new hampshire. >> reporter: when he announced he was retiring part of the reason is because he didn't think he can win a primary in arizona but believes the granite state is different. >> win primary in one state doesn't determine what you can donation wide. president trump would obviously never run the election -- general election in new york. but he's our president. it's a regional thing to take place. but it's long odds for me. >> but flake is not ruling out a run for president and there should be no mistaking what the event was about. it's politics and eggs and a presidential primary, new hampshire 2020. >> sandra: okay. peter doocy, thank you.
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>> bill: already? what took so long? andrew mccabe is in a race to retirement. the fbi's ex-deputy director endanger in losing his pension but is there a bigger punishment in store? >> sandra: plus a baker fined for working too hard? ♪ everybody's working for the weekend ♪ ♪ everybody wants a new romance ♪ what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever? great tasting, heart-healthy california walnuts. so simple, so good. get the recipes at
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>> bill: a democratic congress woman has died. she was hospitalized with a concussion this week after falling at her home and she served 16 terms in her rockchester area and the first woman to chair the house rules committee. the oldest member of the house at 88 years old.
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her office saying she died surrounded by friends and family, louise slaughter. >> sandra: brand new details on the fbi's handling of the hillary clinton investigation. as we wait for the justice department inspector general to release his report, andrew mccabe faces possible firing days before his retirement due to the findings. adrienne el rod is a former communications director for hillary clinton and connor powell. >> he's so close to retirement and getting his pension and his own fbi has basically said the officials in the fbi have said he has broken the rules and they recommend he be fired. we know president donald trump
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has spoken about it but jeff sessions is a by the books guy. he didn't care what most people think about him besides his wife. i expect him to go by the book but in the end he may show leniency in the end because he's one of their own. >> sandra: last night there was an interesting point. a constitutional law professor at george washington university said it's rather curious someone like andrew mccabe is so concerned about his pension rather than jail time, watch. >> the real and strange thing about all this is mccabe so far has been worried about pension than prison. >> sandra: adrienne? >> that's something we heard quite a bit about he's concerned about losing his pension given the fact this is the last day he need to stay to get his full pension. that is interesting, in terms of
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the situation i don't think a.g. sessions should be involved in this decision given the fact he's so tainted and has so many issues concerning his role in the situation with russia. i think it should be left to career officials. we'll see what happens later today. >> sandra: what do you expect the political fallout will be from a decision like this from the a.g. >> this has nothing to do with russia but whether mccabe lied to cover something up. the thing he was accused of wrongdoing in authorizing and leaked to the wall street on hillary clinton it's not that that's got him in trouble, but he lied to cover it up and lying in a federal capacity is a crime. it's the same thing general flynn was brought up with and could be punish up to five years in prison. the political test is warshack
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test and conservatives will see it as rightly done though mccabe hasn't done too much to harm them and it will continue with the narrative. >> sandra: if he compromised the investigation and ultimately fired and loses his pension, is that enough, adrienne? there will be demands to make this public to see what the cause is. >> it's not my determination to see whether it's enough and we'll see what the i.g. report says that comes out later today. but going back to sessions, he is so tainted in all of this and an understand this specifically doesn't have to do with russia but with any decision he has to make with disciplinary actions during the campaign. he should abstain from that role and should be left to career officials. >> sandra: senator grassley said the fbi, the office of public responsibility, which by the way, the entity making the
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recommendation to the a.g. to fire him without receiving his pension by 5:00 p.m. today, they said mccabe said something "grossly wrong" were the used by senator grassley. it would seem the american people would want more answer. >> they see double standards with people face prison sentences for lying to the fbi and an associate director, at one point an acting director of the fbi, getting off scot-free. it's like animal farm, all people are equal but some are more equal than others and it hurts the rank and file and agent putting their lives and careers on the line to defend americans and maintain justice. >> sandra: if this happening before 5:00 p.m., i understand mccabe's birthday is this week
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and we're talking about the deadline end of business day today. i'm sure he can come back and question the decision anyway? >> i suppose he could. again, we'll see what the ultimate decision is here and again i'm not going to sit here and defend all the actions by the fbi. i can make the argument jim comey re-opening the investigation into hillary clinton cost her he election so i won't defend all the decisions of the fbi let's let due process play its course. >> sandra: some have said they never heard of firing someone so they wouldn't receive their pension but there is still a lot of questions in all of this. i think that's why we're talking about it today. we'll see what happens by 5:00 p.m. today, guys. thanks. >> bill: we know what happens in ten minutes. "happening now." good morning to you. >> the deadly florida bridge
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collapse raising all kinds of questions whether the structure was installed prematurely over a busy thoroughfare and could graphic imagines help the defense in the pulse might club massacre. and "60 minutes" set to interview stormy daniels. we weigh in on that broadcast. >> bill: i like your tie. well done. >> thank you, bill. >> bill: is the u.s. and russia locked in a brand new space race? has the battle been joined for the first-manned mission to mars?
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>> the first catholic president john kennedy to set the nation's sights on the moon. we're look acted mars, by the way. trying to top him. >> bill: there's the next challenge. president trump pushing america deeper into space and we wonder if there's a space race. connor powell. so putin's talking about going to the moon and president trump's talking about going to mars. where is all this now? >> if talk got us to mars, richard nixon would have gotten us to mars in 1971. there is a space race going on but right now the space is with the robots and not with the people. there's a very interesting thing. in 2020, russia's going to mars with the europeans, we're going to mars with a big fancy rover.
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>> bill: two years from now 2020? >> the chinese are going to mars wedge their first rover and the united asia -- arab of emirates is going. everybody's excited about going to mars if you had a row boat and some food and said, i want a road to australia and have a boat but not a road. that's what it's like getting to mars.
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>> bill: what are people like elon musk doing? >> private industry is changing the game. they're making the rocketry cheaper and can take risks and can move more nimbly than nasa where you have to keep the contractors happy. and jeff bezos' company is rewiring the rules showing if we do this in a private, fast, risky way, they're still not ready to send people there but ready to do things on a faster schedule. >> bill: putin said they're going to the moon. is that the right answer? >> it's a great place to go. when i talk to astronauts about the next thing to explore. they said the moon is like
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antarctica. >> bill: quick break. back in a moment.
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>>this studio went online the night barack obama won his first term. and now this place is going to get a redo starting monday. so we just want to give a shout-out for this crew. this place is being transformed so we will see you from a different location coming monday. the new news room. so we look forward to that. >> and we look forward to all the changes. "happening now" starts right now. >> and we begin with a fox news alert as emergency crews in florida. new reaction from first responders who witnessed the disasters. >> when i first saw it come down, i thought to myself,


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