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>> shepard smith reporting live from the fox news deck. >> shepard: first from the fox news deck this friday afternoon. stormy daniels says she was warned to stay silent on what she knows about president trump and threatened with physical harm if she does not. stormy daniels, whose real name is stefanie clifford, is suing president trump and his personal lawyer, her attorney said this morning it's an attempt to throw out a nondisclosure agreement that she signed so she can speak freely about her alleged rip wit relationship wih the man who would become president. she claims she began an intimate relationship with mr. trump in 2006 and that it continued well into the year 2007. and that's a quote. the white house has reportedly and repeatedly denied that there was any relationship. it's fox top story and rich edson is live for it at the white house. >> shep legal action will continue here as stormy daniels and her attorney are
suing the president of the united states claiming that the terms of their nondisclosure agreement are no longer valid. this is after claims earlier today on a couple cable news show cnn and msnbc. stormy daniels attorney is alleging that she received threats, essentially keep quiet about her claims about the president, though that attorney didn't provide any further details about those situations. it's something that has been a topic a number of times here at the white house during the white house briefing and it's something that sarah huckabee sanders again addressed today. >> obviously we take the security of any person. would condemn anyone threatening any individual. i have no knowledge of that situation and would refer to you the president's outside personal attorney. >> does the president have anything to say about it? >> i haven't spoken to him about that. >> daniels and her attorney say that she is going to discuss this in an interview later this month, shep. >> shepard: hey, rich, the white house press secretary
sarah sanders said there are no staff changes coming. is she talking at this moment or in the near future or what do we know for details? >> what we know is right now there are no plans, according to the white house, according to what sarah huckabee sanders had to say. this is fueled in part by the president himself who had said earlier this week that he was still trying to perfect his cabinet and that, perhaps, suggested that they weren't done with staff changes. this is a week in which the treasury secretary or, excuse me, the secretary of state rex tillerson was fired on tuesday. that's how out week started and then followed by other speculation, h.r. mcmaster, the v.a. secretary and something that sarah huckabee sanders also addressed this afternoon. >> chief of staff actually spoke to a number of staff this morning, reassuring them that there were personnel changes, no immediate personnel changes at this time. and that people shouldn't be concerned. we should do exactly what we do every day and that's come
to work and do the very best job that we can. and that's exactly what we're doing. that's exactly what we are focused on. and many of us have relayed that to other staffers that weren't part of that meeting. and we're going to continue to focus on having record success in the second year as we had in our first year. >> there are major vacancies throughout the trump administration. earlier in the briefing, mark short, the legislative director used this briefing as an opportunity to lambaste senate democrats to say it's their faults. they're the ones holding up nominees, procedural votes forced in the senate totaled 4 for george w. bush, barack obama the president got 17 in his first term. and that president trump faces 79. but democrats respond first off that that's essentially what republicans did to barack obama stonewalling different appointments and that also the trump administration has failed to nominate some key positions like an ambassador to south korea. and on top of all of that, already here we are in just the second year and there
are other positions that are getting another nomination. rex tillerson in year 1. mike pompeo year two at state. shep. >> shepard: hey, rich, moscow is now threatening to hit back at washington. a top russian diplomat says that the kremlin plans to blacklist more americans. that's after the trump administration handed out new punishments against russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. they include the 13 russians indicted by a grand jury last month as part of the special counsel robert mueller's investigation. back to rich at the white house. anything from the president? >> nothing directly from the president on this or the white house, other than there is a lot of retaliation now happening between moscow, the united kingdom, the united states. moscow retaliating against the british, against the united states for the sanctions that the u.s. had yesterday. the u.k. kicking diplomats out, and now sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister saying earlier today that russia will certainly expel british diplomats after the u.k. expelled their diplomats. this is ongoing as the
sanctions list that russia now has has been expanded against the united states. the administration says that there has been or the administration has faced questions, especially from critics who have said that they have not gone far enough when it comes to sanctioning russia. in particular what the announced yesterday. the state department says that's not the case and they are potentially exploring more sanctions against russia. >> let me remind you that sanctions are ongoing. just because sanctions are put in place on one day, march 15th, does not mean that additional sanctions won't be put in place in the coming days and in the coming weeks and in the coming months. these tend to happen in bashes. we have seen these before. >> this is after administration officials revealed that russian government hackers had penetrated critical u.s. infrastructure just to look around and get some information there. so, plenty to go on between these governments, shep. >> shepard: rich edson very busy day at the white house. thank you, sir.
let's get to chris wallace who is live with us in washington. the politics of all of this, chris. what's your read? >> you talk about in terms of russia, specifically? >> shepard: yes. >> well, you know, it's interesting. the president taking kind of a middle road. because these are the first sanctions announced yesterday. these were the first sanctions that have been ever imposed by the trump administration against russia for meddling in the 2016 election. when you think how long those charges have been going on, that's fairly remarkable. in addition to which the congress, by overwhelming majorities in both the house and the senate passed sanctions that they said the president could then impose last july and it wasn't until yesterday, march 15th, that the president did impose them. and he didn't impose the full arsenal of sanctions that they have authorized. there are still sanctions they could impose on the defense and other industries. the president so far has not taken those steps. >> shepard: on the stormy daniels matter, it's not even something that's very comfortable to talk about if i must confess. but the fact is an attorney for her has made a very
serious accusation. did so this morning and i wonder about the politics of that in your estimation. >> well, i don't know. you know, the points is in previous administrations and with previous presidents the allegation of a relationship with a porn star would be sky high news. with this president and this administration it doesn't seem to be. i also have to say that for supposedly who had a nondisclosure agreement, is there anything about the relationship between stormy daniels and donald trump that you haven't already heard? because i don't know about you, but i find it all kind of boring. >> shepard: well, it's not very interesting. but the accusation of a threat of physical harm that part of this is a serious accusation. if something like that were to be true, that could be a legal matter, could it not? >> chris: i suppose it okay on the other hand, you kind of have to say we have heard so much about the nondisclosure and then the
suing of the lawyer and the money and whose name was on the contract or not and at this late date we are hearing about a threat of physical force? it just seems, you know, we see in these cases oftentimes lawyers just making allegations against other lawyers we have got to move on. >> shepard: yeah, i hear you. on the matter of russia, the white house has come out and condemn the russians. we are on board with europeans, on a joint statement against the russians. there are sanctions coming. there are people being dismissed from great britain. are we expecting to hear anything from the president specifically on this or are the president's people going to handle it? >> well, that's a good question. because, so far, the president did yesterday in the oval office say well, it appears that it's russia and it's a sad situation and it should never happen. but, that is not nearly as tough as the rhetoric that we have heard from sarah huckabee sanders, his spokeswoman that we have heard from the u.n. ambassador nikki haley. and it is interesting that the president who certainly doesn't -- isn't shy about tough rhetoric when he wants to use it, has not been nearly as tough as some of
his officials have been when it comes to taking on vladimir putin and the kremlin. >> shepard: theresa may had strong words. >> yeah. somebody was killed in her country with a nerve agent. the first offensive use of a nerve agent in europe since world war ii. mine, it's a pretty shocking case. and the statement that the president made a written statement, along with the leaders of britain, france, and germany was pretty tough. they talked about exactly that, that this is unprecedented. and abhorring this attack, but, on the other hand, when it comes to the president's own lips, we have not heard very much. >> shepard: it's been interesting to follow the back and forth regarding staffing at the white house, chris. something, again, that is kind of boring from time to time. in this case there has been so much discussion about h.r. mcmaster and some in the white house gone and some saying we are expecting staff changes not today but is it something different at 5:00 this afternoon? i just don't have a way of
knowing. i wonder if you have any insight. >> yeah, do i have a little bit of insight. did i some reporting yesterday with the top advisor who said some of this may happen but this talk about a blood bath and huge staff changes in the immediate future is not going to happen and that seems to be the prevailing word that's coming out today. there is also a very interesting development, you may not have had a chance to see since it broke just when you went on the air. the axios news site, their cracker jack news reporter jonathan swan says the white house chief of staff john kelly had an offyou have the record session with some reporters. swan wasn't invite touted session. so he wasn't found by the off-the-record ground rules. but he heard from somebody who obviously leaked it to him. one of his colleagues that the chief of staff was saying all the speculation that the president may be behind it because he likes to kind of spit ball. he likes to, you know, talk about gee, i'm not happy with this person. talks to various friends, you know, in that executive time when he is not in the oval office and says well,
what would you think of so and so for secretary of state or so and so for national security advisor. he says i think up some of those friends have been feeding this is, o conversations and also this off-the-record session which is now on the record the chief of staff has said there is not going to be any change with when it comes to general mcmaster and the national security position for some time. >> shepard: it's interesting, chris, because it was the president himself from the microphone who said the day before yesterday i almost have my cabinet to where i want it, suggesting that, in fact, did he have more changes that he wanted to make. i had just heard it from him and assumed that it was something that was coming. >> chris: yeah. i think it probably is. but the word today again as you say what is it 3:12. >> shepard: exactly. >> chris: as of this moment there is not going to be any change with mcmaster and kelly went to some length to defend ben carson who supposedly got in trouble for $31,000 dining room set. which i think incidentally
would look lovely in your dining room, shep. >> shepard: i don't have a dining room. >> chris: in any case he defended him as well. i don't know. we may not get a 5:00 surprise today. >> shepard: make for a better day. hey, are you watching basketball? did you see what buffalo did to arizona? >> i didn't see it i read about it though. yes. >> shepard: march madness, so much fun, you know, i don't really have a horse in that game but man alive. buffalo looked serious. >> chris: with ole miss you certainly don't have a horse in that game. >> shepard: chris, i don't know, things are changing. i can't control everything, chris. very proud of them though. they will have a great year next year. >> chris: you sound like the brooklyn dodgers, wait until next year. >> shepard: that's what we're doing right now. the baseball team is 16-1 and lighting the place on fire. it's amazing, chris. >> chris: ole miss baseball. i never thowflt i would hear you talk about that. >> shepard: i'm a religious follower of that team. they are fantastic, come down to swaz field and be a swaz crazy sometime, chris, you would love it there.
>> chris: if i come to you to an ole miss sporting event it's going to be to the swamp for a football game. >> shepard: to the swamp, wow, enemy territory. >> chris: no, no. not the swamp. >> shepard: the grove. >> chris: hush my mouth. >> shepard: careful now. "fox news sunday" is this sunday with chris wallace. he will talk with the house oversight committee chairman. the south carolina republican trey gowdy. number two senate democrat the minority whip dick durbin of illinois. that's this sunday on "fox news sunday." did i miss your reference there, wallace. you be nice now. no shooting inside the tent. everything is wonderful. take a one week vacation as previously planned and be back in a week and everything is going to be peachy keen and hunky during, i can't wait. >> chris: that's what they say previously planned one week vacation. >> shepard: i have the airline ticket. it's been booked for a while. have a fantastic friend. >> chris: hello my friend. >> shepard: tell everyone down hello for me. i think they cut his mike
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documents related to russia and otherwise. defense attorney and former federal prosecutor dealt with many questions involving the fbi and federal prosecutors. it was for the president who once said that would be a red line in his estimation. but what robert mueller does, i guess, is up to him. >> yeah, it's going to be harder and harder for president trump to argue against this when the fbi is coming up with regard to issues that have led to sanctions. they are coming up with indictments. there is productivity and fruit coming from the mueller investigation. so what are you going to do now when he says i need these documents? you know, sometimes, shep, as prosecutors, sometimes we get them so that we can pass the straight face test when we say somebody is innocent of something. really looking into some nefarious connections here between someone in the trump organization and all these date that points going on with russia. >> shepard: when you look at the big picture here is, there something that you can point to as a suggestion for why it is that mueller might want these documents at this time? >> i think that they actually waited longer than they typically do. that's strategic and tactical reason.
>> shepard: how do yo do you me? >> as a head prosecutor myself when i was appointed i didn't have any interference in the political system with anything that i did. if i were to feel that my job was at jeopardy which it couldn't be because i was a constitutionally protected officer and mueller was not, then i would be going to the trump organization second doing the obstruction case first because then i don't have to telegraph that i'm looking into your organization and looking for the finances. i would think it was a brilliant move to wait to do that so he could protect himself and insulate himself and his people from being fired or having rosen stein or somebody else fire him down the road. >> shepard: is there a recourse legally through the system for the president to deny robert mueller's documents or the president's team. >> this is virtually black letter law. an organization that has no fifth amendment right not to produce these records. these records will be produced, no question about it. shep, one thing i find interesting going on here weather forecast timing and stormy daniels thing and i know i may be a lone voice with this, but who knows what's in those
organizational emails. you saw that the lawyer was using trump organization emails to conduct private business. >> shepard: if true that is quite surprising. >> if true, what else is out there? this may be the reason why mueller around his people want to know. i'm not saying it's true. they may want to know is there other come pro-mat here? is there other information and payoffs? is there something happening where the president with soft position on russia is that way for a reason? and that's what they're going to be looking into. >> shepard: a lawyer understands the ramifications of what he or she is saying at any given moment or should at least legal system. when a lawyer said this morning over on morning joe the lawyer said to mika bra zin ski there was physical harm that was threatened. legally speaking and legally only, if you threaten physical harm against someone for speaking out while you have a nondisclosure agreement, is that -- what would you consider that to be? >> well, that would be a state law crime. there is no question about it. it may vitiate the mda in
some shape or form. we don't know whether that threat happened prior, during out execution. >> shepard: we don't know if it happened. we just know a lawyer said it happened. if a lawyer said something like that happened and it didn't that would be enormous violation. this lawyer strikes me as being very precise with his words. >> shepard: correct. >> and very confident in that aspect of what he said. >> shepard: it's a disturbing thing to hear, you know, a threat of physical harm is, you know, if true, i guess the legal system will deal with it. >> i have a question, shep, if russia can go into the dnc emails, can go into the op-ed emails, if it can go into our nuclear grids, is it possible that they knew about this, too? >> shepard: it's a good question. we'll be right back. ( ♪ ) your heart doesn't only belong to you. child: bye, grandpa! and if you have heart failure, entrusting your heart to entresto may help. entresto is a heart failure medicine
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buried underneath the wreckage of the podesta bridge. minutes ago cameras caught the moment that crews intentionally brought down another section of that bridge. take a look. the right side of your screen give way and there it goes. our reporters on the screen say this was planned in advance so that teams try to stabilize the scene and all of this a day after the podesta bridge fell killing 6 people and injuring 10 others. we have surveillance video. watch. this that's the moment that it fell. is that was yesterday afternoon. somewhere around 2:00 or so. you can see it on the top left hand corner there. crews had started installing the bridge at florida international university just days ago on saturday, in fact, the miami-dade mayor and others say that the crew us conducted a stress test and then the bridge fell. a police sergeant tells fox news she initially thought that the crews brought down the bridge on purpose. and when she realized it was an accident, she ran to try to help. >> i started to crawl
underneath the bridge and yelled at by fire rescue. it's a terrible thing to do there are people in there you can't get to. >> shepard: it's helpless thing. listening devices and dogs for that matter to try to find survivors but so far they say they haven't found anybody alive. and they say the structure is extremely unstable, which makes rescue and recovery efforts very dangerous. phil keating with the news. he is live on scene for us again today. in west miami-dade. phil, explain the main focus right now. >> right now first and foremost, shep. dignity, decency and class. specifically for the families of those six victims whose bodies remain crushed underneath the bridge behind me. they were just driving or working on the bridge on a gorgeous blue sky day like today when suddenly a million pounds of concrete suddenly gave way, crashing down on to 8 busy lanes of traffic. and because there remains so much bridge weight on those 8 cars that they know of,
the bodies have yet to be recovered and positively id. so those families right now can only assume their loved one is in there. a local crane operator has offered to help lift very heavy slaps of rubble but this will take a long time. a national go team with the national transportation safety board arrived last night just about the same this changed from a search and rescue operation to a recovery one. they will be probing everything on the design, construction and engineering and if anyone was negligent, they will face consequences. but for miami-dade police, their focus is a homicide investigation with six victims. >> our priority, which is the most critical thing is, to get to the victims, get to the remains of the people that are underneath that bridge so that we can take them to a proper place so that their families can have their appropriate burial and ceremonies that they want to have. >> and recall this concrete podesta bridge set to open
this upcoming december has the concrete walkway and then above it a concrete slab that would protect the pedz, students going to campus and back home across the street from the sun and rain. while the pancake when the bridge collapsed. there is so much weight there. investigators believe there are just 8 vehicles still trapped and crushed underneath the rubble but they are certainly holding out the possibility that there could be more. so, unfortunately, shep, the death toll here actually could still rise. >> shepard: it's my understanding, correct me if i am wrong, that one of the victims is an fiu student. >> that has now been confirmed by the miami herald here in town. they just concluded an interview with orlando duran, he confirmed to the newspaper as we reported last knight fiu student was new england the dead. her name alexa duran 18 years old. grew up in miami.
freshman at the university. her father says she was basically driving her gray toyota suv. the bridge collapsed on top of it, including her. and she could not get out. heart breaking. shep. >> shepard: no doubt. phil keating on scene west of downtown miami in western miami-dade. vladimir putin's people are targeting great britain in a blow up over the poisoning of a former spy there. the u.k. booted some russian diplomats and called out president putin personally for ordering the spy's death. and now the kremlin is hitting back. plus, accusations that russia has been hacking american infrastructure, including our power plants. plus, two deadly u.s. military crashes in two days. a fighter jet and a chopper. nine service members killed and now questions about what caused the crashes. it's the bottom of the hour, bottom of the hour headlines coming up next.
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diplomat says it's overwhelmingly likely, in other words, it's true that the russian president vladimir putin personally ordered the poisoning of a former russian spy and his daughter. they're both still critical in hospitals. world leaders, including president trump, have blamed russia for the march 4th attack, which happened in england. but now the united kingdom is pointing a finger directly at president putin. putin's spokesman called the accusation shocking and inexcusable and that's a quote. the kremlin continues to deny any involvement in this attack. there is word that russia is preparing to kick out a handful of british diplomats as a result of it all. s that after the british prime minister theresa may expelled 23 russian diplomats earlier this week she said russia developed the type of nerve gas used in the attack. union diplomats are scheduled to talk about what next steps to take in a meeting that's coming up monday. police in london say they are now investigating a russian businessman's death as murder after a pa alcohol
gist determined that he died from compression to the neck. in other words, somebody strangled him. the victim is nicholai. police found him dead inside his london home on monday. at the same time they say he died from unexplained cause. that was in the beginning. then there was an autopsy. and the counter terrorism unit on the case, because he was a close friend of a well-known putin critic who died under suspicious circumstances in 2013. there is a web here. russia also announced it would investigate. police say there is no evidence to suggest that this death is linked to the poisoning of a former russian spy. russian hackers attacked the united states energy grid, including nuclear power plants, but did not disrupt any operations. that's the word from the feds. the trump administration also accusing russia of targeting the u.s. water supply, factories and air travel in an operation that started last year. the fox business network is
here. coming at us from all different directions it? >> really is the department of homeland security and fbi are essentially saying yeah, russia has the power to hack into pretty much all the types of infrastructure that you just mentioned. i spoke with one of the directors at semitic. se.they don't want an act of war. >> shepard: they already had one. the president's own people said this was cyber warfare. >> yes. and rick perry, of course, using that word as well. but i think as far as just universally shutting down a large system, we have not seen that yet at the hands of the russians. but, in the ukraine, in 2015, there was an experiment that proves essentially that russia can do it. so, for example, there are about 260,000 people in ukraine who were without power, without electrical power.
>> shepard: set it down. i was there. they shut it down. they snea snuck their own people into the compounds in the military units and then all out sudden there were new people in charge and everybody is just quiet about it they took it over. i guess the concern is that the russian also continue to spread in that way if you will. >> so the concern is that. so, in response, we have actually put in new sanctions as of today. and i think it remains to be seen, also, the naming and shaming, right? this is the first time that our government has actually come out and said, okay, yes, since at least march 2016, we know that russia has hundreds of thousands of times per day been trying to, whether it's through phishing or through malware wit but affect our infrastructure. so calling and labeling, naming and shaming as it's known is seen as a deterrent. a lot of diplomats say this is not really going to stop if russia is interested in doing something further. >> shepard: the higher up the chain it goes though, the more important words the more effective this has seen
to be according to diplomats. >> i will tell you one silver lining, some of our infrastructure and its systems are so old not digital, analog, that's good thing. the older the gear is, the harder it is to hack. >> shepard: we need dial phones back, right? >> right. dial phones. hard to hack. >> shepard: our number was 252 when i was a child. >> strong memory. >> shepard: old man. have a great weekend. sources tell fox news that the attorney general jeff sessions has until tomorrow to fire the former fbi director or deputy mccabe before his pension kicks in. mccabe has worked at the bureau for 22 years. he has been a target of president trump on twitter, no doubt. he stepped down from his deputy director position in january. but remains on the payroll and is scheduled to retire this sunday. sources tell fox news that the fbi officials are recommending that jeff sessions fire mccabe before then. if that happens, mccabe could lose his entire
government pension, i'm told. it kicks in on sunday. one minute after midnight. let's turn to the chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge who is live in washington. what's behind this? what's the vale lift on this? >> the bottom line is now we understand deliberations on his fate are ongoing at the justice department, shep, and a decision could come later today, as you mentioned, it could also slide in tomorrow with that 12:01 sunday deadline. we got new video this morning out of suburban, virginia, it shows mccabe leaving his home. he took that unusual step of yesterday going to main justice here in washington to plead his case and to preserve his government pension. we are told the most likely outcome, if he is fired, is that his government pension will be reduced because the legal bar is so high to take the pension away all together. the recommendation to terminate mccabe grew out of the independent review of the fbi and justice department's handling the clinton email case by justice department inspector michael e. ho wits. fox news is told mccabe was not forthcoming with federal investigators and may have
deliberately mislead them or lied about his role in media leaks. >> i think that this ig report is going to be particularly impactful, more so than any of these useful investigations. i think you will see some pure tnt come out in this ig report. >> mccabe is not commenting publicly on the status of this decision by the doj, shep. >> shepard: remind us, andy mccabe's history with the fbi. >> okay, mccabe was forced out in january ever a conversation witaftera conversah christopher wray about the inspector general's findings about the happened ling of the clinton email case in 2015 on 2016. a source told fox news that mccabe was offered a demolestation but he offered to go ton terminal leave and wait until his time on sunday when he could retire with 20 years of service. mccabe has been in republican crosshairs since 2016 when it was first revealed that his wife jill mccabe received more than $700,000 from democrats for 2015 state senate race that she eventually lost.
most of the money came from a long-time clinton ally and his pac. the fbi ethics board said there was no conflict. after fbi director comey was fired by president trump last year, mccabe testified to congress that he and the bureau are above politics. >> has the dismissal of mr. comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped, or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation or any ongoing projects at the federal bureau of investigation? >> there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date. quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the fbi from doing the right thing, protecting the american people and upholding the constitution. >> if mccabe is ultimately fired, there is two big take aways, number one, i can't remember in 20 years someone that senior at the fbi being fired for cause by the internal body that reviews ethics complaints and misconduct allegations. and the second thing is it
does give us a window into what the ig has found and the serious nature of those allegations and whether or not there would be a ripple effect in this case, shep. >> shepard: catherine herridge in washington. have a great weekend. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> shepard: coming up, we will go back to south florida where we are learning more about the companies which built the bridge that collapsed on cars yesterday. one of those companies accused of hiring unskilled and careless workers. those are quotes what people at those firms are saying about the deadly collapse. that's next on fox news. get money back hilarious. with claim-free rewards. switching to allstate is worth it. and back pain made it hard to sleep and get up on time. then i found aleve pm. the only one to combine a safe sleep aid... ...plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. i'm back.
>> shepard: the two construction firms behind the podesta bridge that collapsed in miami yesterday have faced fines and lawsuits before. the companies are mcm construction and fig bridge design. miami herald newspaper reports that in the year 2012 fig had a 90-ton slab of concrete fall from a bridge it was building. the associate press reports that the feds have hit mcm the other company with tens of thousands of dollars in fines. and this month a lawsuit accusing mcm of hiring incompetent, inexperienced, unskilled or careless employees. that's the wording from the document. representatives from both companies say they are cooperating with the collapse investigation. moments ago senator bill nelson commanded the u.s. department of transportation release all documents related to the construction of that podesta bridge.
podestpedestrian bridge.steve? >> shepard, two of these florida based firms designed in the construction of this pedestrian bridge are getting quite a lot of scrutiny right now and both of them have a history of safety violations and history of being fined for those violations. mcm, a family-owned company has expressed grief over what has happened and said they are cooperate fully with the investigation. they have been fined 11 separate occasions in the past five years, more than $50,000 for safety violations. the second firm fig, has been fined also more than $28,000 for a 90-ton slab that collapsed in virginia, part of a bridge in 2012. so both have a long history in that virginia accident, four workers were injured, shepard. >> shepard: it was an unusual method of bridge construction i understand
it? >> you're right. it's highly touted and championed here at fiu. it's called abc. accelerated bridge construction. much like a prefabricated house. they build most of the bridge off site. in this case it was really alongside the road. the goal is to try not to inhibit traffic while that bridge is being constructed. it was really carried out to great fanfare here on saturday morning. it took about six hours to drive the bridge into its position here, but certainly after this disaster, this new method is going to come under a great deal more scrutiny, shepard. >> shepard: yeah, i'm sure it. will steve harrigan on scene. steve, thank you. terrifying moments caught on camera at ski resort. look at this. a chair lift malfunctioning sending people flying from their seat. what we're hearing about what went wrong. that's next.
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>> shepard: so a chair lift went out of control at ski resort. somebody got video. here it is. oh my god. >> shepard: that is decidedly too fast. happened in the country of georgia. not the state, obviously. some skiers thrown off the lift when it started going way too fast. good grief. that's extraordinary. others jumped from their chairs, 8 people went to hospitals they are expected to be okay. despite this. according to local media. the lift malfunctioned when an operator shifted it into reverse. a u.s. air force helicopter crashed in western iraq near the syrian border and killed all seven u.s. service members on board. that is the word this afternoon from the pentagon. it's a u.s. military's first deadly aviation crash in the
war against ice sis there since america got involved back in 2014. it was a pave hawk helicopter similar to the one you see here. the pentagon reports it does not appear enemy forces shot it down it happened just one day after a navy fighter jet went down off the coast of key west, killing the pilot and another crew member. the defense official tells fox news that the jet lost both engines and crashed into the water as it was coming into a landing. the pentagon now facing questions about whether budget short falls could have been partially to blame. our national security correspondent jennifer glitch with the news at the pentagon. jennifer? >> shepard, i can tell you that the f-18 super hornet has been plagued with problems lately and only half of the navy's fleet can fly right now. we now have the name of the pilot lieutenant commander james johnson and weapon system operator caleb king who were killed in that crash. king played football at the naval academy and graduated in 2012. their f-18 lies upside down
in the shallow water off the coast of key west awaiting an investigation into why not one but both engines failed on approach. president trump praised the same type of jet while visiting boeing just hours before the crash this week. his administration is asking congress for mother money to improve aviation readiness after years of budget cuts. $46.4 billion to get military planes back in the air. $11.7 billion to repair old aircraft, $32.5 billion to replace old planes. and $2.2 billion to recruit and train more pilots and mechanics. the defense budget will be voted on next week, shep. >> shepard: i understand you learned more about this helicopter crash in iraq, jen. >> that's right. we're learning that two members of the new york fire department, we have the name of one of those killed in that crash his name is richard christopher roguzo of the international guard. he came from the fire
department. we have his photo now. he was on board with u.s. special operations team members. they were on a helicopter when it hit a power line as you mentioned. the helicopter officials tell us was not on a combat mission. it was transporting personnel between two bases in western iraq. the air force pave hawk helicopter is not believed toe have been shot down even though that's an area where the u.s. base personnel who have involved in the anti-isis fight, shep. >> shepard: jennifer griffin thanks so much. the news continues and top of the hour headlines right after this. ♪ hilarious. with claim-free rewards. switching to allstate is worth it. smile dad. i take medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol. but they might not be enough to protect my heart. adding bayer aspirin can further reduce the risk of another heart attack. because my second chance matters. be sure to talk to your doctor
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u.s. took control of the island. many died in the battle. but the fighting ended 73 years ago, today. hope you have a fantastic weekend. we'll see you back here in a week. >> the clock is ticking and we could find out if fbi director andrew mccabe gets to keep his pension. attorney general sessions could fire him for lying about leaks. i am charles pane in for neil cavuto. cathridge herridge as the latest. >> reporter: fox news learned that it is entirely possible that news of the termination could come today. it may not be finalized until saturday because that is when