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member of the "fox & friends" family. welcome to andrew thomas carmichael ii. mom and baby doing great. >> congratulations. >> bill: good morning, everybody. the trump administration will kick out 60 russian diplomats from the u.s. and close the russian consulate in seattle, washington, given how close it is to a submarine base and boeing headquarters there. from a senior administration official quoting now, today's actions make us safer with these steps. u.s. allies made clear to russia that actions have consequences, end quote. all these orders coming from the president. it is breaking news. we'll have more inside of "america's newsroom" coming up here. more reaction from the interview from overnight. stormy daniels breaking her silence on the alleged affair with president trump going back 12 years ago.
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daniels went public in the 60 minutes interview about the 2006 encounter and how she says she was threatened to keep silent. hope you had a great weekend. easter is six days away. i'm bill hemmer. >> sandra: good morning. hope you had a lovely weekend. >> bill: it was. >> sandra: i'm sandra smith. stormy daniels offered little new evidence of that alleged affair, but she says she stayed quiet until recently because she feared for her safety. >> i was in a parking lot going to a fitness class with my infant daughter taking seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, getting all the stuff out. a guy walked up on me and said to me "leave trump alone, forget the story." . then he leaned around and looked at my daughter. "beautiful little girl, shame if somebody had to her mom". >> daniels received a $130,000
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payment from trump attorney michael cohen as part of a nondisclosure agreement. >> cohen's lawyer is responding to the interview issuing a cease and desist letter and calling on daniels to apologize for insinuating cohen ever tried to threaten her. howie, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> bill: size up what you heard last night. >> stormy daniels came across as a no-nonsense businesswoman. it's an unseemly story for the president, let's face it. in every other respect, this much hyped sitdown did not live up to the high expectations set by her own lawyer. take that parking lot threat that happened back in 2011 according to stormy daniels. she doesn't know who it is, she didn't report it to the police, there's no way for any of us to confirm it or say the person is connected to trump world. there's no way for stormy
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daniels to confirm who that person was. >> bill: there's an nda. a nondisclosure agreement. you have a specific issue with that in the following comment as it relates to this interview. watch this. >> you thought that there would be some sort of legal represe repercussions. >> they be? >> i believe it to be michael cohen. >> that's a microcosm of the interview. she makes this charge against "they." she can't say who "they" is. she believes it might have been michael cohen, the president's lawyer. cohen sent a cease and desist order. on all of these key points, and i'm not saying that this didn't happen. she said she voluntarily took the $130,000 and signed that nondisclosure because she didn't want her story to come out, she didn't want her family to be
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embarra embarrassed. >> bill: this alleged threat seems to be getting the most attention. go ahead and roll this, the back and forth from cbs. >> did you ever see that person again? >> no. but i -- if i did, i would know it right away. >> you'd be able to recognize that person? >> 100%. even now all these years later. if he walked in this door right now, i would instantly know. >> did you go to the police? >> no. >> why? >> because i was scared. >> bill: at that point, i was looking for more of the story. why not go to the police. who was this person. if you could identify this person, what did they look like. some are suggesting bringing pictures along. not like trump has not been on every tv screen for two years. >> a lot of unanswered questions. she had had evidence, a name, something specific, i think we'd be having a whole different conversation this morning. we knew what she was going to say given an interview to "in
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touch" magazine. there was her lawyer tweeting a picture of this cd, the texts, the pictures that she might have. she gets asked a question, on the advice of my attorney, i'm not going to talk about that. she didn't advance the story very much. i think that's why it has the feel of a letdown. we don't know really much more about these -- >> bill: make two more points here. we're trying to find what's illegal here. that ultimately is -- it's really the bar that needs to be met. and in the second segment, they talk with a former sec commissioner who say the payment was illegal. so that seems to be resolved fairly easily to the rnc or president trump's own pocket or michael cohen's pocket. the other matter they dangled in front of us is whether or not bob mueller would pursue this. on another network, given the
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four topics that bob mueller has shared with president trump's legal team, stormy daniels is not part of those four, howie. >> i think mueller has bigger fish to purr see here than a -- pursue here than a 12-year-old alleged one time affair. michael cohen has told me he paid the $130,000. he wanted to keep stormy daniels. he says he was doing it for his friend and client, donald trump, not to influence the campaign. that's certainly debatable. a physical threat, actual intimidation, those would be potentially illegal. i didn't see evidence of that. >> bill: there's a lot more to go over on this. we'll see how it shakes down and what her lawyer does next. thank you, howard. >> sandra: breaking news to get to here. president trump issued a big crackdown on russia in reaction to this nerve agent attack in the uk. this being issued just moments ago. the president ordering expulsion
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of 60 russian diplomats. we have the latest on these details. kevin? >> reporter: sandra, i was just taking a look at some of my notes and making sure i had all the relevant information to give to the folks at home. the administration telling us they're taking this action in conjunction with other allies. a z y as you pointed out, they want to make sure the russians know their actions have consequences. the administration telling us not long ago that the actions make us safer. it also reduces russia's ability to spy on u.s. separations announcing the closure of a diplomatic office in seattle. the statement that we just got says, with these steps, the u.s. and its allies will make clear to russia that their actions have consequences. although we stand ready to cooperate with russia, but that can only happen with a change in russia's behavior. we actually expected this to happen, sandra. we were talking about it over
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the weekend as we joined the president down in mar-a-lago. they were tight lipped about the possibility of exactly how this would play out. there are a number of stakeholders that have to be a party to this conversation. the state department, white house, and national security folks have to be involved. dozens of russian diplomats have been expelled. they will have about one week to get out of this country. >> sandra: 48 are at the russian embassy, 12 are at the u.n. the closure of that seattle facility due to the proximity to one of our submarine bases as well as boeing, of course. meanwhile, how concerned is the white house this morning about the impact tariffs will have on its biggest selling point, the strong economy? >> reporter: let's just put it this way. there was a massive selloff on the market late last week because of these rumors of a possible trade war with china in particular. i love talking business with you
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because i know this is right in your wheelhouse. you can see that there is a reaction that's building now in the positive territory because there's conversation. and that's really what white house officials have been saying quite some time. this is about leveraging and getting a conversation. we're looking for reciprocal trade rates. the president was strong in his opposition to that big omnibus that we talked about last week as well. so we have tariffs, the omnibus, a lot of people in washington very upset that he ultimately decided to sign it. listen to his explanation for why he did it and for why he'll never do it again. >> to prevent the omnibus situation from ever happening again, i'm calling on congress to give me a line item veto for all government spending bills. >> reporter: now steve mnuchin, the treasury secretary, was on fox news sunday. you may have heard him say in reaction to the president's line
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about a line item veto, it is unconstitutional. what he would say more broadly, congress has to do a better job. give the president something more specific so he can continue to do the work of the american people. another busy monday here at the white house. back to you. >> sandra: taking a look at the futures right now. up 280 points. a different look than we saw in the last couple trading days. kevin cork at the white house for us. >> bill: a fox news alert out of saudi arabia. the kingdom saying it intercepted barrage ballistic missiles targeting its capital overnight from neighboring yemen to the south. one man and dead and two others wounded. what happened this time, connor? >> reporter: the saudis say those missiles were fired by yemen's houthi rebels. these iranian-linked militants are battling saudi arabia for control of yemen. this attack marks the third time in the last six months or so
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that missiles have been fired at the saudi capital riyadh. they shot down all seven missiles fired overnight, but fragments did kill one person and wounded two others. it comes on the third anniversary that the saudi-led gulf arab coalition launched military operations against the houthis in yemen. it also comes as the saudi crown prince is in the u.s. the conflict in yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and is a humanitarian disaster. the u.s. is a major supplier of weapons to saudi arabia and is involved in the war in yemen with advisers on the ground there in saudi arabia. but a bipartisan effort, bill, in congress by both democrats and republicans are trying to distance the u.s. from that war in yemen and limit some of the armed supplies. of course president trump has developed a close relationship with the saudi crown prince as well. they see eye to eye on where he
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yemen and -- yemen and iran. >> bill: connor powell live in jerusalem on all of that. >> sandra: following breaking news on a bold move out of the trump administration this morning. 60 russian diplomats kicked off the country. what does former u.s. ambassador john bolton on the president's team mean to his foreign policy. much more coming up. plus this -- >> it felt like she was criticizing missouri voters. i have great respect for missouri voters. there are a lot of reasons. >> bill: hillary clinton taking a lot of heat from fellow democrats for her recent comments on trump voters. our panel will take it on coming up. >> sandra: the california mayor is pushing back against the sanctuary state law. can they win in the courthouse? the mayor of the town that sparked the fight is live on the show later this hour. the reason i'm doing it is to protect my residence. i take it personal, the safety of my residence.
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>> bill: we mentioned at the top of the show, the u.s. is telling 60 russian diplomats to get out. we'll be closing a russian consulate in seattle as well. general jack king now, sir, good morning to you. breaking news now. this in response to the poisoning of this russian former spy in england. what do you make of the move from the trump team today, sir?
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>> a right call here. condemnation is one thing. actually taking some action is another. we knew the trump administration was going to do something, and they've been working on it for a couple of weeks. now we've got the answer to this. it's -- they'll reciprocate of course and throw some of our diplomats out of russia as well. it's kind of a slap on the wrist to be honest with you, bill, because it likely doesn't change the behavior that much. you know, president obama did much the same after the russians meddled in our election in 2016. they're likely going to meddle in our election in 2018 despite the fact we threw out some russian diplomats and closed a couple of their places here in the united states. >> bill: had to do something, don't you agree? it may appear to be a tit-for-tat. whether it's england or syria or
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ukraine or cry mimea, sir, the t is long. >> that's russia, china, and iran. they're trampling over our interests and those of our allies. this administration, particularly after the national security strategy was written last year has decided to confront all three of those. we're going to be about that business for some time. we're going to continue to do things like this. when it comes to russia, bill, i think the president doesn't want to forfeit the relationship with putin. he doesn't call him out by name as a thug and a bully. i think he's itching to get in a room with him, to be able to talk to a guy like this, because i think he has familiarity with dealing with people like this and to see if he can work something. move from competition and confrontation to competition and cooperation. that's kind of what he's trying to do. >> bill: you touched on this. that's your theory as to why he doesn't mention putin by name.
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his detractors say there's something else going on there. what is your theory? >> i don't buy any of that nonsense. the reality is we are confronting russia. they're trampling on our interests in europe. they've got a strategic foothold in the middle east. they're trying to replace the united states in the middle east as the most influential country outside the region. yes, we're going to have more confrontation with russia. eventually the president will sit down and talk to him. i think the president knows full well that this man, putin, has been in power over 18 years, really hazma ns manipulated thr previous presidents. he would like to deal with him himself, as those three presidents wanted to do as well. when you're a dictator, as he certainly is, one of the patterns of behavior throughout history, they get more paranoid. and they take more power for
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themselves and become more aggressive. that pattern is really being played out with putin. >> bill: last point here. we brought you onto talk about north korea and john bolton. given the breaking news, stay on this one final point. do you know when president trump will meet with vladimir putin? >> no. >> bill: the conversation's under way. >> no, i don't have any idea about that. when he's going to meet with vladimir putin or kim jong-un? >> bill: when he's going to meet with putin. we know he wants to and they're talking about it. >> i have no idea when that's going to take place, but i'm confident it will take place. >> bill: thank you, sir. jack keen, we'll see you later in the week. thank you very much. get general keen's reaction to john bolton, too. >> sandra: have to have him back. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg doing more damage control. the latest way he is now asking
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users for forgiveness in the wake of that data breach. >> bill: and the inspector general's report on the clinton investigation could hold the key on a lot of answers whether or not the fbi and doj were unfairunfair ly targeting the trump campaign. that story with new reaction straight ahead. >> the ig was able to get to text messages. that's illuminated a lot of problems and biases that we see in the justice department fbi's investigation.
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you know what's not awesome? withgig-speed internet.te, when only certain people can get it. let's fix that. let's give this guy gig- really? and these kids, and these guys, him, ah. oh hello. that lady, these houses! yes, yes and yes. and don't forget about them. uh huh, sure. still yes! xfinity delivers gig speed to more homes than anyone. now you can get it, too. welcome to the party. >> bill: so the facebook ceo mark zuckerberg issuing another apology after this data breach, this time in print. the co-founder taking out full page newspaper ads in the u.s. and uk to ask for forgiveness. he said this, this was a breach
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of trust, and i'm sorry we did not do more at the time. we're now taking steps to ensure this does not happen again. british police raid the london offices of cambridge analytica. accused of harvesting data from facebook users and not deleting it. trying to figure out if the firm used the data to target voters with propaganda. more calls for testimony on the hill. i guess it will happen. and then i guess we're going to find out who's going to show facebook because right now we don't know. >> sandra: just about everybody is talking about this right now. facebook shares lost 12% last week alone. >> bill: i think we call that extreme ownership. own it. >> sandra: yeah. the justice department inspector general's report is due out soon, it is expected to come down hard on andrew mccabe. fired by the attorney general for reportedly approving of a
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leak of information about the hillary clinton investigation to the media. the house intel committee chairman says the ig report is critical to moving other investigations forward. >> remember, the ig report is only looking at how they handled the clinton e-mail investigation. so we really need that report, the sooner the better. that information is really pertinent to the investigation that both the judiciary committee has going on and the intelligence committee because we're still looking into fisa abuse and other matters. we still have a lot of witnesses to bring in from the state department and the fbi and doj to try to get to the bottom of was there a conspiracy to go after the trump campaign. did people purposely obstruct congress's investigation. >> sandra: joining me, hugo. thanks for coming on this morning. interesting interview over the weekend with nunes talking about
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why this inspector general report is so credit calculatka . why is it? >> what it tells us about mccabe being a strategic leaker, it leads into the other investigations that other republicans on the hill are interested to look into. this is a growing sense among republicans and support ters of president trump that the fbi and the doj was somehow involved in a coordinate the campaign. you'll remember that mccabe was involved in those text message executions with peter struck and his lover, also another -- lisa page, another fbi official, about an assurance policy against trump or people assume it was against trump. >> sandra: he was referred to as andy in those text messages.
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>> right. it was thought that mccabe may well have been the person who leaked the information about jeff sessions, the attorney general, having had two very incidental and kind of happenstance meetings with the russian ambassador which he had acknowledged or mentioned. that led to jeff jesessions recusing himself from the russia investigation. it was rosenstein who appointed mueller to look into the whole allegation. you have this tumbling effect which may have been started when mccabe made leaks. the congress has an responsibility to oversee the executive, and it wants to have a look at how these things took place. >> sandra: it's fair to say mccabe is increasingly becoming the center of attention here. if this ig report is so
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critical, as you are hearing from republicans, when does it come out? >> the timintiming, i'm afraid, as much in the dark as you are. the fact that nunes is saying they want this quickly. the inspector general has proved himself highly professional, very impartial, a real straight arrow. he's not going to rush it to help the p arepublicans, but he not going to delay it to help anybody else either. >> sandra: as you heard, nunes answers these questions, was there any conspiracy to go after the trump campaign and did people purposely obstruct congress' investigation. so we await that ig report. hugo, thanks for coming on. >> bill: the calls for a second special counsel getting louder. judge napolitano on what republican lawmakers, looking
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forward to what he has to say. plus, there's this -- >> for those of us in states that trump won, we would really appreciate if she would be more careful and show respect to every american voter and not just the ones who voted for her. >> sandra: senator claire mccaskell blasting hillary clinton. >> bill: also, how's your bracket doing, sandra? did your team take care of business over the weekend? we have four left, america. it's been a great tournament. you owe me lunch. >> sandra: anytime. ♪
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♪ let's fly, let's fly away ♪ ♪ just say the words ♪ and we'll beat the birds down to acapulco bay ♪ ♪ it's perfect for a flying honeymoon they say ♪ ♪ come fly with me ♪ let's fly, let's fly away ♪ ♪ come fly with me ♪ let's fly, let's fly away ♪ >> bill: 9:33. fox news alert now. wall street rebounding already. this is nuts. easing fears of a trade war with china, beijing says it's willing to hold talks with the u.s. to
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resolve differences. the "wall street journal" reporting both nations are already reporting talks in private. after the blood bath of thursday and friday, you have this to start your monday. it's pretty good. >> sandra: hello. >> bill: i guess that means we should have bought friday afternoon. >> sandra: it's a fair point to say on these holiday weeks, you get thin volume and that can cause bigger swings in the market, but that's not to be ignored. a 450-point jump on the dow out of the gate. >> bill: what's 2% of $24,000. >> sandra: that's a decent jump. don't talk to me until after it's a 1% move. >> bill: no kidding. i understand the point she was trying to make, but it felt like she was criticizing the very voters. talk about drawing a line. i would draw a line.
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i have great respect for missouri voters. and there are a lot of reasons they voted for donald trump. some of which i completely understand. >> sandra: claire mccaskell calling out hillary clinton over her comments on trump voters. the latest pushback to these comments that clinton made earlier this month in india. clinton says, if you look at the map of the united states, there's all that red in the middle where trump won, clinton said, i win the coast, i win, you know, illinois and minnesota, places like that. i won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. his whole campaign was looking backwards. joining me now, former special assistant to the president and former press secretary to vice president mike pence. and former senior adviser to john kerry. were those comments by the senator fair? >> i think she's trying to distance herself from hillary clinton. but it's really not going to
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work. it's not just hillary clinton, it's also the policies that they support that takes money out of people's pockets and costs us jobs. those are the kinds of things that the people voted for president trump in the first place. claire mccaskell and her colleagues in the senate are opposed that. >> here's the reality. donald trump got 46% of the vote -- 56% of the vote in 2016. hillary clinton got 30% of the vote. 20-point difference there. i'm not sure missouri voters care all that much about what hillary clinton has to say. this election, 2018, is a referendum on donald trump. the problem now for trump and her opponent josh holly is trump's numbers are down in the 40s. that's not good for any republican candidate. certainly her opponent in missouri. the more she ties donald trump around josh holly's neck, the more likely it is she's going to win. i would say that to all the areas she's won.
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this whole election's about donald trump. put donald trump around your opponent's neck and make them accountable for every single thing that donald trump is done. every single day is getting tougher for donald trump, not better. >> sandra: interesting to hear the discussion of the strategy as we get so much closer to midterms. mark, listen to mccaskell talking about the frustration is out there. >> frustration is a powerful motivator. if you're further behind this year than you were ten years ago, no wonder you want something completely different. so i get that. >> sandra: an acknowledgement, mark. >> absolutely. again, that tells you where she sits right now, which is in trouble. to mary's point, we can talk about the things that are going well under president donald trump. 3 million more jobs, higher paychecks, lower taxes. those are the kinds of things that people in the midwest want.
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when josh holly and others in the midwest are going to embrace those policies and point to joe donnelly, hyde camp and others and say they're against it. and there's your election in a nutshell. >> sandra: you're shaking your head. >> the reality is, let's look at the evidence just this year alone. democrats won in alabama. democrats won in pennsylvania with conor lamb. democrats are winning seats in races they have no business winning. it's democrats taking backseats that democrats have never been able to win. you only need to look at the fox news poll that was released yesterday. we're overwhelmingly, including republicans that support gun control, all the way down to banning ar-15s. yes, this is a change election, but in the democrats' favor, not the republicans. >> sandra: something tells me that hillary clinton democrats will be reminded of these comments by clinton many times as we work our way to the midterms. listen to this, talking about
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how men influence women in their voting. and i have it as a full screen quote. we democrats do not do well with white men and we don't do well with married white women. part of that is an identification with the republican party and an ongoing pressure to vote the way your husband, your boss, your son, whatever, believes you should. those words will not go away. >> they won't. and it just shows hillary clinton and the rest of the democratic party begging for people in middle america. that's why they've lost middle america. it's going to be a long time before it comes back. there are people out there who are hard working families who vote the way they want to because it's better for their pocketbooks. better for the nation's safety, our security. we have seen what happens when liberals run states like illinois into the ground and california. and they don't want anything of it. >> sandra: i'll give you the last word maryann. >> here's the reality.
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you saw women starting in january of 2017 going into 2018 leading this country for change. out in the streets protesting. they've been joined by communities of color who have turned out and voted in election after election after election. and now this past weekend where you saw amazing kids lead the march for our lives across this country. every single state had at least one march for our lives. those are the three groups that are going to drive the change in this election, and i don't know anyone who doesn't believe when you look at the facts that democrats are going to do incredibly well in november. take back the house, and i'm betting they take back the senate, too. >> sandra: all right. what a monday morning here! thank you for the passion on this monday morning. >> bill: maryann is on the board. two nail-biters over the weekend. >> going to go for the three. kansas is still kansas!
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>> bill: this is a great game. kansas moving on, a thriller against duke. the real talk of the tournament, hello chicago. loyola chicago number 11 seed for the region earning a final four. their lucky charm, team chaplain sister jean age 98 court side. great stuff. here's how it breaks down. next saturday chicago takes on michigan. the number one seed against kansas and villanova in san antonio. >> sandra: it has been fascinating to watch sister jean. >> bill: she's amazing. it's been a great tournament. and part because you don't know who's going to win these games. there's so much talent all over the country right now. we're really getting a chance to see that. anyone's game. and you and i will go to the regionals later in the week. >> sandra: let's do it. after the show today.
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>> bill: we're going to do it on the air live. >> sandra: we've been follow thg sto -- following this story this morning. an american family of four goes to sleep in their hotel room and never wakes up. the race to find out what happened. plus this -- >> i worked fugitive warrants for a couple years. that was my job, looking for people who were wanted. if anybody had done what she did, i would have arrested them. it's a felony in california. >> bill: more famayors followin the lead of a tiny town in california standing up for the state's sanctuary laws. we will speak to the mayor of the city that started it all coming up. but not any more. i am done with that. ooh, ooh hot - just gonna stay home on the farm, eat a beautiful idaho potato, and watch tv with my dog... tv anncr: the big idaho potato truck pulled into town today and it's really a sight to see. oh man...let's go....
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. >> sandra: a fox news alert. the fallout of that nerve agent attack by a russian spy is going global. expelling over 30 russian
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diplomats. the move comes as president trump this morning expelling 60 russian diplomats and closing a russian consulate in seattle. the individuals and their families have seven days to exit the u.s. this law makes us less safe. the reason i'm doing it is to protect my residence. i take it personal, the safety of my residence. it's about letting criminals out of jail, period. that's what it's about. what this state is doing is simply -- it's unconstitutional and making us less safe. >> bill: that's the mayor of a town in orange county california joining other small towns to take on that state's sanctuary laws. they voted in favor of an opt out ordinance last week. the mayor opposes the state's recently passed state laws. he's with me now. sir, thank you for your time.
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give us the grounds for your decision. why did you do it? >> well, because we can. as a charter city in california, we have the ability to interpret law and to implement them in our city. we just think the state was completely off on this. we think this issue is something maintained and managed by the u.s. government and we decide to enable ourselves -- >> bill: what do you -- what are you concerned about? lay that out for us. >> i guess first of all, when they passed the sanctuary law, this law conflicts directly with my oath of office as a mayor, city council member and u.s. navy veteran to support and defend the constitution. i think it's a huge overreach by the state. if were our city, we need to make sure we do the right thing. we'll take our direction on immigration, specifically around the sanctuary issue with the u.s. government. >> bill: the law basically says if the feds want to have contact with illegals in your community,
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you cannot give that information to them. is that as simply stated as one can put it? >> that's right. yeah, that's right. that we want our law enforcement cooperating with the u.s. government. >> bill: the attorney general says this on screen, this is a quote now "we are in the business of public safety, not deportation. we will continue to defend acts gen against the values." what do you think about that? >> i think that's ridiculous. in my city, we've had a constant decrease in crime. i think at the local level, we know how to govern ourselves. i think that this -- we need to focus on who elected us into office. we need to be looking out for the safety of our residents. >> bill: can you opt out? have you been able to answer that legal question? >> actually, we can opt out. the question will be how does the city council want to go after that. if they want to pursue this further in legal action, that
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will be something we'll have to take on. we're a charter city. we have the right and option to do this. >> bill: and have you spoken to other mayors who are leading towns in a similar way? i think all of them are from orange county, are they not? >> actually, no. i've spoke to mayors up and down the state. i have also talked with our county supervisor michelle steele. yeah, i mean there's a tremendous amount of cities and counties out there that want to do this that -- you know, they're waiting to see kind of how this is going to go with us. i appreciate the opportunity to reach out to these mayors and city council members and ask them to join in. >> bill: it's a fascinating development. i hope you come back. we'll reach out to some other mayors and get their viewpoint. you expect sacramento to come back at you, that's what you're saying today? >> i would hope that they would let us maintain our local control. but the way california has been, i've been on city council for 12
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years, it's constantly been a one-way street, sacramento telling us how to run our cities. >> bill: see where you get from here. troy edgar, thank you. sir, thank you for your time. >> thank you. thanks for having me on. >> sandra: at&t and time warner trying to complete a huge merger deal, but they'll have to clear up major hurdle with the department of justice first. why this mega merger will not be easy. so in this commercial we se two travelers at a comfort inn with a glow around them, so people watching will be like, "wow, maybe i'll glow too if i book direct at choicehotels.com". who glows? just say, badda book. badda boom. nobody glows. he gets it. always the lowest price, guaranteed. book now at choicehotels.com yes or no? do you want the same tools
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>> sandra: the justice department making their case in court trying to block on $85 billion deal from happening between at&t and time warner as opening arguments have just been made. we're live in washington with this. >> reporter: this case will impact the media landscape for years to come. everything from what you watch and how you watch it to how much you're actually going to pay for it. at&t's proposed $85 billion acquisition of time warner which would combine at&t's distribution network with time warner's properties including hbo, tnt, tbs and warner brothers studios. the justice department argues it would give at&t a lot of power which could lead to higher
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prices for customers and restrictions on where and how you're able to watch certain shows and channels. at&t says that view is stuck in the past and says it needs to growing in order to compete with the growing media empires of silicon valley. in november, when this began to unfold, at&t's attorneys say the government will have a hard time winning its case. >> in a merger case like this, the doj has the burden of prudent persoproof. it has to prove that this merger will harm competition. it has to prove that this merger will harm consumers. it's a burden they have not met in a half century. >> reporter: the court decision is also expected to determine what sorts of media mergers will be allowed for years to come between creators and distributors of media. they will testify in u.s.
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district court here in d.c. the case is expected to last six to eight weeks before the judge makes his decision. >> sandra: we'll definitely be watching that one. garrett, thank you. >> bill: the white house, big news this hour, retaliating against moscow for a nerve agent attack in great britain. 60 russian diplomats kicked out of our country. a consulate in seattle being shut down and allies overseas are following suit. more on that. plus, facebook apologizing today yet again. that does not appear to be quelling the calls for mark zuckerberg to appear before members of congress on the hill. when will that happen. coming up next hour. come on back.
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>> sandra: breaking news this morning after the white house issues a bold new move against russia. president trump ordering the expulsion of dozens of russian diplomats. welcome to a brand-new hour of
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"america's newsroom," i'm sandra smith. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. good morning at home. 60 russian diplomats at the embassy and the u.n., and they have one week to pack up and leave the country. administration also ordering closure of the russian consulate in seattle, washington. we have more details breaking now from the state department and the administration also accuses them of spying. rich, what have you learned? >> reporter: good morning, bill. as part of the 60, 12 of these officials according to the state department are being expelled for intelligence operative activities. those are folks housed in the united nations in new york. in total, the u.s. government is kicking 60 russian officials and their families out of the country. they've got a week to leave the united states. also closing that consulate in seattle. the administration says it shows seattle as a location or a consulate from the russian government to close because of its proximity to a u.s. sub
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submarine base. it's also near a major boeing headquarters. the state department says, quote "we take these actions to demonstrate our unbreakable solidarity with the united kingdom and to impose serious consequences on russia for serial violations of international norms." senior officials say the united states is not yet recalling any of its diplomats from russia, but it's likely the russian government is going to do that. we've contacted the russian government, asked them for a response they may have to this. they've not responded to our request. usually when you kick diplomats out of your country, the same happens to you in their country. european countries have joined the united states. of late, you've got lithuania, the czech republic, denmark and germany. >> bill: clearly coordinated, too. this is on top of already sour relations between the u.s. and moscow. >> reporter: right.
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and administration officials over the last couple of months have been saying they've really reached the end of the rope with russia on a number of different fronts. whether it's election interference around the world, whether it's continued interference in eastern ukraine, the support of the assad regime in syria. the trump administration came in like other administrations wanting to work or attempt to work with russia. they've done so a little bit in syria and other places, but for the most part, administration officials and state department officials are saying they've reached the end of the rope here when it comes to russia. still want to try to work with them, but they're going to be a little more aggressive in their posture towards them. >> bill: thanks, rich. from the state department this morning. >> sandra: another big story we're following for you this morning, senator lindsay graham doubling down on his push for a second special counsel. graham wants to special counsel to investigate, among other things, what he claims was political bias during the investigation of hillary
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clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information. >> i want to be able to professprove that the fbi investigation of the clinton e-mail scandal was a sham. that the lead investigator, the lead fbi agent hated trump, supportive of clinton, they whitewashed the e-mail scandal. if you had done what she had done, you would probably be in jail now. and to hold the fbi accountable for not doing their job correctly, that comey, i think the fix was in. >> sandra: i'm joined now by fox news senior journal analyst judge andrew napolitano. good to have you here. do you agree with the senator that a second special counsel is needed? >> i agree fully with senator graham's reasons for a special counsel, all the defects in the investigation of hillary clinton. the evidence of her guilt is absolutely overwhelming yet it was never presented to a grand jury. but i disabrie on the need --
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disagree on the need for a special counsel. i have a bias against them. they basically are free agents unanswerable to the people. separated from the hierarchy of the justice department. they do what they want. but the rule specifying special counsel says you appoint one when there's a conflict of interest between the head of the doj, the attorney general, and the target of the investigation. so when there's a conflict of interest between jeff sessions and donald trump, you appoint a special counsel. there's no conflict of interest now between jeff sessions and the targets of the investigation that senator graham wants to examine. former attorney general loretta lynch, she of the famous tarmac meeting with bill clinton, former fbi director jim comey, he no reasonable prosecutor will take the case against him. those are two people that the
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doj is competent to examine and investigate. >> sandra: here's senator lindsay graham talking about the dossier and making his case as to why he is calling for the second special counsel. listen. >> when it comes to the dossier used by the department of justice to get a warrant against carter page, it was prepared by a paid informant of the democratic party, a foreign agent with ties to russia, it is completely unverified, and it should never have been used as the basis for a fisa warrant. i want a special counsel to look at all of this like mule ser looking at trump -- mueller has been looking at trump. >> the whole purpose of fisa was to enable the statute that allows the government to go to a secret court and get a surveillance warrant was to allow the government to surveil foreigners in the united states who have a relationship to a foreign government. it's been turned on its head by
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allowing the government to surveil americans in the united states who have no connection to a foreign government. senator graham wants to investigate that, i'm all for it. i think he just wants to investigate the use of fisa against the trump campaign. i don't think he's going to get those documents because the statute requires that they be kept secret. >> sandra: i want to ask you about the president's legal team quickly. they are not going to be lawyers. >> i respect them both. i think they are the type of lawyers that president trump needs, particularly joe who's a tyi tiger in the courtroom, former chief federal prosecute nor in . it turns out that he represents a witness testifying against the president. there's no way he can represent the president in this case. we all should have known that or the president should have known or joe should have said it. >> sandra: we're left wondering who's going to fill that void
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now. >> bob mueller has, as i said, 13 federal prosecutors, experienced prosecutors, and 30 fbi agents. the president has one full time and one part-time lawyer. that's it. >> sandra: unbelievable. >> yes, it is unbelievable. he needs to take this seriously. >> sandra: all right, judge andrew napolitano, thank you. sorry to get you all worked up. >> bill: more breaking news on facebook. the company's ceo making a statement after several interviews last week. mark zuckerberg has a full-page ad in several american and british newspapers to apologize yet again. the ongoing story affects perhaps an estimated 50 million users. we're live in l.a. how is this going on main street? start there. >> reporter: the company's damage control effort is getting a thumb's down. users are losing trust, opinion polls say. a new poll shows just 41% trust
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facebook to obey privacy laws and protect their data. lower than other tech companies. this weekend, as you said, ceo mark zuckerberg apologized in a full-page ad. on capitol hill, lawmakers want actions, not just words. >> i think mr. zuckerberg needs to come and testify before congress, not just put an advertisement in a newspaper. he is the right guy. he can't send a staff. >> reporter: so users feel violated. the company took a terms of service signature agreed to ten years ago to mean that the company could harvest your data in perpetuity. facebook said it would notify users and obtain permission before sharing data. bill, mark zuckerberg showing up in washington is going to be more substance than just style. >> bill: there's some new rel revelati -- revelation just tod. what's that about? >> reporter: this is blowing up on social media. facebook was keeping records of
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phone calls and texts on the android platform. that's according to a prominent tech website. facebook again claims it did not do anything without permission. but this cute hug for facebook messenger saying let's be friends and find each other does not spell out that by saying yes, you agree to let facebook keep the names of phone numbers and the length of every phone call that you made on social media. this story got 40,000 retweets in a matter of hours. second issue, cambridge analytica, big legal implications there. employees saying cambridge let d do dozens of foreign nationals participant in decision-making process of a u.s. political campaign. that's language out of the sec. that is under investigation as well, bill. the bottom line, cambridge, facebook, facing problems. main street, wall street and washington. >> bill: more to come on this, as we know.
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>> sandra: we have much more news as we kick off this very busy week. including this. >> for the markets, when they look at the chest board here, it's really important to understand that everything the president does every morning is all centered around driving economic growth and creating jobs, not just here in america, but around the world. >> sandra: the white house supporting tariffs on china. is their message getting across? >> bill: breaking news now on the pulse nightclub shooting from orlando. 49 people were killed in that horrific shooting. the lawyer for the widow of the shooter who's been accused of helping her husband is now calling for a mistrial after information was revealed that you will not believe. details on that moments away. >> sandra: and the suspect in the deadly bombings in austin, texas, leaving behind a chilling message in a recorded confession. texas congressman michael mccaul
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will give us the details. but first, a preview. >> we really have this point in time, and i should say the investigation is ongoing, are his own words from a confession tape where he describes himself as a psychopath.
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>> bill: here we go. the wife of the pulse nightclub shooter is asking for a mistrial after a stunning revelation. the legal team saying they've
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learned that omar mateen, the killer, omar mateen's father was an fbi informant for 11 years. they say prosecutors should have disclosed that information sooner and now are asking for a mistrial. salman accused of helping her husband plan the attack in the summer of 2016 where he killed 49 people. much more on this as we learn about it. breaking news right now on "america's newsroom." >> we've been very careful in how we're doing this and what we're doing. but, again, i think what we're doing is long-term very good for the economy. >> bill: the president's vision here, it's stunningly brilliant. what he's trying to bring about is a fundamental reordering of the global trading system which focuses on free markets, fair trade and reciprocal trade. that's not what we have there. >> sandra: the white house economic team going on a media blitz making the trump administration's case for its strongest action yet on trade in
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slapping massive tariffs on china. let's bring in former new hampshire governor and white house chief of staff to president george h.w. bush. thanks for coming on this morning. >> good morning. >> sandra: when you saw the impact that that trade announcement had on the markets last week alone. last week was the worst week for the u.s. stock market in two years. it really hinged on that announcement. now the dow's up 406 points this morning after the comments by the white house on the sunday shows. what changed? >> people i think are realizing with the comments particularly from the treasury secretary over the weekend that these opened up discussions which could in the long run have very positive impacts on the trade relationship with china. and the president is target iin trying to reduce trade imbalance by $100 billion.
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if he succeeds in that, that's a couple million jobs in the u.s. >> sandra: you get the sense that maybe there's belief the long-term strategy could work. >> i think people are not accustomed to the style that this president has, but he launched a preemptive strike, if you will, with the tariff. now he's got the chinese to the table discussing things. that's what i assume he wanted to get done. it should be positive and the market is reacting in a very positive way. >> sandra: back up to 24,000 this morning. we'll see how long this lasts considering we're in a holiday week. you've got new polls out showing the nervousness about the economy is sort of going away. people are getting more confident. right now, 40% of those that responded in this fox news poll say they would describe their feelings about the economy as confident. that's up, governor, from 30% back in 2016 and 24% in 2010.
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there seems to be a trend here where people are feeling generally better. >> when you have a growth in jobs, when people are getting bonuses, when you or your neighbors are able to work a full week instead of a reduced week as some of them had to do in the past, things do look better. and i think it's all based on reality rather than just perception. people are making more money and they are working longer hours. >> sandra: and then of course the question of who gets the credit for that. when you look at the president's job performance ratings, our fox news poll shows that his approval rate something now at 45%. that's up from -- two points from 43% in february. disapproval rating at 53 -- 52% down from 53%. that trend seems to be improving as well. is the president getting credit for this improvement in the economy, governor? >> well, as people look at their paychecks, they're begining to
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understand the tax bill had an impact, a positive impact on them, and they're talking to their neighbors and finding out that it's happening across the fences. so yeah, i think the president over time will get more and more credit for it, and certainly the republicans of congress will get more and more credit for it. i think 2018 is going to be different than a lot of the pundits are talking about right now. >> sandra: that's really interesting after we heard from maryann. she made a bold prediction last hour. when you look at the enthusiasm about the economy, that is a big question. whether or not that translates to vote. will it, governor? >> it is the economy. when it comes down to voting to a great extent, particularly mid terms. with all due respect to maryann, she also predicted a huge win for hillary. >> sandra: fair enough. i'm sure she's listening. maybe we'll have the two of you onto respond to that.
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when you look at the economy, you look at the dow now, governor, this is fascinating to watch. this is a president that's been willing to point at the stock market and say, that is a reaction to what he is doing inside of that white house. he continues to take credit for that. now we've had this gain of 434 points. is the president looking at his -- his longer term strategy? is he able to keep his focus on that? he's really been able to show that he's not going to let the distraction of today bother him and change what he is doing. and he is looking out into the future. >> well, i think certainly what he's doing with tariffs is a long-term strategy. you don't play around with issues like tariffs just to get a result for two or three months. you're looking for a result for a half decade or a decade. there's certainly a long-range vision in mind. >> sandra: this is about fundamental reordering of the global trading system in a way which focuses on, most
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importantly, free markets, fair trade and reciprocal trade. the white house really going out there and defending this president's strategy on trade over the weekend. governor, thank you. >> thanks, sandra. have a great day. >> bill: moving the ball already on china. >> sandra: decisive action. it's fascinating to watch this because the markets have been so jittery. and this is really a long-term strategy. the it's important. >> bill: i can't way to see maryann. that's going to be a cage match. a growing number of lawmakers demanding answers from ceo mark zuckerberg about the privacy scandal. details on that coming up in a moment here. so more coming up on a monday. >> sandra: plus, many questions remain unanswered after an american family is found dead in a popular tourist destination. >> when it touches home and it comes to your community, it's just really hard to process, you know, how you would feel. our hearts and prayers go out to
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the families. it's really hard to understand how something like this could happen to our community.
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heartbreaking, they probably saved for this trip and they were excited about it. for something like this to happen. >> bill: this is just heartbreak. there is a friend of an iowa family trying to deal with the reality after an american family was found dead in mexico. they were at a condo at a resort. a former boston police superintendent and incident commander for the boston marathon bombing. daniel, good morning to you. wow. they're looking at maybe a
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heater, ventilation system. what's the clue here? >> i mean, we usually think of carbon monoxide poisoning in needs types of cases. you can tell oftentimes by the color of the skin. we haven't heard exactly. it could be the stove, could be the hot water heater, any type of heat source that the carbon monoxide backed up in. could be cleaning products. someone could have mixed bleach and ammonia and they came into the fumes. hopefully the authorities will be able to tell with the toxicology results and find out exactly what happened to this family. >> bill: i can understand carbon monoxide, but cleaning products? i haven't quite heard that before. >> bleach and ammonia, if you mix that together, it forms a deadly gas. who knows whether chemicals were mixed by somebody cleaning it beforehand and caused vapors to build up. or clean up a spill and the
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product wasn't labeled the way they're used to in the u.s. >> bill: when you try and cross things off the list, daniel, is foul play eliminated at this point? would you know if there was a robbery or some sort of illegal entry? >> i think we would have heard that by now if there was items stolen. the digital footprint, the phones, the forensics would have shown something. the physical evidence from the bodies can also point to whether or not there was poisoning and that type of thing. they should have been able to rule out foul play at this point. you know, we probably want to have a second look at it just to make sure we're not missing anything. but just seems like a tragic set of circumstances up to this -- >> bill: just such a sweet family, as we hear from family members and friends. one last point on this. is the fatality instant? because the reports we're getting is that they -- they were not found for at least a
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day and a half or two days later, daniel. >> yeah, you know, i think very quickly with carbon monoxide, if it -- once your oxygen cells leave you, you succumb to that poisoning. then you have fatal results. it did the take a while. that's a question to answer. why were the people responsible for turning over the condo, why weren't they there the day they were supposed to check out to check on them to see what happened here. we definitely want to know exactly when the time was if we can determine that. >> bill: daniel, thank you. our best to that family and their friends back in iowa. what a tragedy. >> thanks. >> sandra: brand-new video just coming into "america's newsroom" showing missiles flying over saudi arabia. yemen firing seven missiles into our u.s. ally. more in just a moment. >> bill: police in texas searching for a motive in the
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case of the austin serial bomber. what we're now learning on a confession video. congressman mike mccaul watched the video and he is expect r next. >> the suspect of this incident brought terror to our community for almost three weeks. we have delalt with that and brought that to a resideolution. this investigation continues. ist up a notch. so in this commercial we see two travelers at a comfort inn with a glow around them, so people watching will be like, "wow, maybe i'll glow too if i book direct at choicehotels.com". who glows? just say, badda book. badda boom. nobody glows. he gets it. always the lowest price, guaranteed. book now at choicehotels.com
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we really have at this point in time, and i should say the investigation is ongoing, are his own words from a confession tape where he describes himself as a psychopath, apparently expressing no remorse for the killings that he committed. and someone who is deeply disturbed as an individual. >> bill: from texas there, a chilling admission from a suspected killer. there are clues in a video found on his cell phone. mark conditt did not mention
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race or religion. but he did talk about a few other issues affecting him. sir, with me now, good morning to you. you've been briefed on the video. describe what you have learned about what he was up to, what he talked about over 25-minute period. >> well, he filmed this video in his car. it was kind of a dark video. i think moments before he was -- he blew himself up. amazingly, the cell phone actually survived the explosion. austin police department have the cell phone as evidence. on that cell phone was the confession tape, 25-minute video. shows absolutely no remorse for what he did, killing these innocent victims and wounding so many more others. he said, i wish i was sorry, but i'm not. he refers to himself as a psychopath. says i've been a sociopath all my life.
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even more chilling at the end, he says maybe i should just blow myself up in a mcdonald's and end the whole thing. that's where he was headed. we know that there's also a list of addresses that he had that were potential targets in the future that austin police swept and atf to make sure there were no bomb devices around those homes. so this guy is clearly disturbed. you know, one out of 100 people, according to fbi behavioral scientists, are sociopaths. which means they have no conscience. they have no remorse. they can commit acts of murder and feel no guilt associated with that. >> bill: what i find so striking in this, i have not heard from roommates or friends or family members who have described him this way. what would explain that? >> it's odd that the parents would have no idea that his -- his aunt has no clue.
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now, he did have two roommates who were detained. one is still being questioned. if you have knowledge of someone doing something like this, making bombs and bombing the community, terrorizing the community, you have an obligation and a duty to report that. if not, you have knowledge and you're complicit with the conspiracy. so that is -- when we talk about ongoing investigation, even though the operation centers sort of wound down at this point, what is continuing right now is questioning of the roommate. >> bill: that's interesting. one of the two roommates, is that -- is that clear? >> that's my understanding, yes. >> bill: is there a suggestion that one of the roommates may have been complicit, sir? >> well, it reminds me of the boston bomber who has pressure cooker bombs on the dining room table and his wife is living the same residence. the idea that somehow she didn't know what was going on was hard for me to believe.
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they're looking at all the evidence in terms of -- he did construct these bombs in the home. we know that much. we know that they had to bring a robot in to dismantle and take out bomb-making materials. the question is, did the roommate know he was making these bombs at the time -- for the last month. >> bill: is that roommate still being questioned? >> yes, he is. >> bill: and is that roommate considered a suspect? >> i would say at this point a person of interest and is being questioned. that is the ongoing investigation. also any other leads that could possibly be out there. they're looking at everything. now they have the computer hard drive, the social media, looking for any evidence or clues about who else could be involved. but also, bill, as i sit here in austin, everybody in this town asks me the question why, why would he do something like this. it's really hard to answer that question. it seems very random and seems
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very much in line with a sociopath. >> bill: how old is the roommate in. >> that, i don't know. i think he is probably in his 20s. >> bill: okay. how long did they live together, do you know that? >> i don't know that. right now. >> bill: and no motive -- >> and i talked -- i talked to the victims by phone. saturday i had a press conference with the austin police and fbi and atf. i did talk to the victims. it's heart-wrenching to call the survivors of the victims who were killed and also the survivors whose -- particularly a ms. herrera, her daughter, her leg was blown off in one of the bombings. just really, really sad, sad stories. it just seems to be so senseless. >> bill: no question. another topic breaking just 30 minutes ago, what can you add about the story in pulse nightclub shooting in orlando?
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apparently the widow on trial, the father of the killer was an informant for the fbi for 11 years? did you know this? what can you add on this man and his history? because while the story was ongoing in florida, he apparently has a long history with the media in florida as well. >> yeah, i found that -- i found out for the first time when i saw it on fox news. i was a little surprised and a little disturbing, quite honestly to hear that. i know the prosecutors have a -- being a former federal prosecutor, have a discovery obligation to turn over materials like this. it sounds like, though, that the prosecutors did turn over this evidence. so i think this argument for a mistrial, i don't think, will be granted. at least from the facts that i have. if it was in fact turned over. i think they complied with their discovery obligations. it is very odd that is terrorist, the terror attacker
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in orlando, the idea his father was an fbi informant really opens up a whole lot of questions. >> bill: like what? give me one. >> what would be the relationship between the father and the son and did the son know his dad was an fbi informant? b what caused the son to go down such a deranged trail? again, one of these -- unlike the austin bomber, clearly he was a radicalized individual that was more of islamic-based terror attack. >> bill: sir, thank you for your time. i'm out of time for today, but hope you come on back. mike mccaul with a lot of information from his hometown of austin, texas. thank you, sir, for coming back here. >> appreciate it, bill. >> sandra: new details on the massive fire that killed at least 64 people at a popular mall in siberia. russian investigators now saying fire exits were blocked and the p.a. system was turned off.
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possibly by a security guard. benjamin hall is live in london with the latest on this. benjamin? >> reporter: hi, sandra. we're also learning that many of the dead, dozens of them were children. that's because the fire started in the children's soft play area on the top floor of this mall. it spread quickly in there and from there. we're also learning about serious security violations which led to this fire and there have already been arrests made in relation to those. the fire was still burning this morning in the city about 2,000 miles east of moscow. numerous rooms in what was formerly a candy factory collapsed. there was panic inside as shoppers tried desperately to escape. it's emerged that a security guard turned off the fire announcement systems after he received a call about the fire his motive for that unknown. a number of fire exits also turned out to be blocked.
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that security guard is still being searched for. firefighters combing through the building say many of the dead were inside a cinema that collapsed. it's believed that the fire started in a trampoline area with foam cushioning catching fire before spreading through a petting zoo also leaving 200 animals dead. as people mourn, one man told how he'd lost his three daughters, he said he was onto the phone to them as they tried to escape. they told him the exit was locked, it was blocked and they couldn't get out. that was the last he heard of them. another story coming out of this -- out of russia, many companies like this are forced to pay bribes to get around safety regulations. that's been an ongoing story out there for a while, to the point that there are no tests carried out on malls such as this. four people have been arrested. the owner, the manager. wait to see if that story develops in particular. tragically, dozens of people dead in this blast in siberia. >> sandra: benjamin hall, thank
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activities around the world. more on this as we get it. that statement in from london just a moment ago. this is an area we have to get our arms around it. frankly, mr. zuckerberg needs to come and testify. he created this industry, and he needs to come explain to the american public and the policymakers. >> sandra: facebook already hit by a p.r. nightmare. now it's also on a congressional hot seat with the top democrat calling on ceo and founder mark zuckerberg to testify on capitol hill. chris bedford washington examiner contributor and former ohio state senate minority leader. chris, i don't have to tell you everybody is talking about this. and the question is, can people trust facebook? can they trust mark zuckerberg, that he's not just giving away
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all your private information? >> no, they can't. and it's kind of surprising that people did for so long. the amount of things that you volunteer on the internet over the years. i looked back. i gave them way more information. now i'm a little more savvy. mark zuckerberg, though, is the subject of this criticism because he upset democrats. that's what i think is unfortunate about this conversation is that this conversation didn't happen in 2012 from barack obama was able to down -- his campaign was able to download so much personal information. back then, it was called genius. they had a media for obama for america. even said that facebook came over to them after the election and said if they had allowed them to do that when other people had not been allowed to do that, they'd be happy with that. >> sandra: it's a great point. we can't rule out -- nobody can rule out there aren't more cambridge analyticas out there,
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some other data collection company targeting voters to help hillary clinton. >> here's the thing. i think that this is -- anytime that there's a breach of individual data for any kind of e exploitation use, it's not right. yet over the last 15 years as the internet and social media have become more prevalent in campaigns and marketing, even for private industry, it's become common place. we do click that "i agree" button that sells our soul to facebook or any other entity. we are noott aware of that as consumers. it's wrong. we should have -- >> sandra: it's wrong and there has been -- >> we do sign up for it. >> sandra: there has been some admission from the founder and ceo mark zuckerberg. this is part of his apology.
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"this was a breach of trust, and i'm sorry we didn't do more at the time. we're now taking steps to ensure this does not happen again." meanwhile, there's a new reuters poll that says less than half of americans trust facebook to obey u.s. privacy law. is it too late to hear from zuckerberg on this, chris? >> it used to be you could put an app on their platform and harness people's information. that's what happened right here. facebook is in trouble on a couple fronts. it's under attack from the right. it's under attack from the left. at the time same time they're purging conservative media outlets by changing their media algorithms. i know one company has gone under because of changing algorithms. they're blaming russian memes for hillary clinton's election loss. if they continue that in the name of privacy, they'll be in
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trouble. >> they're actually purging some other things as well. a friend of mine had posted earlier in the day basically a post that said if you want to see how your privacy is basically being exploited by facebook, like click here, here, and here, and it got taken down. >> wow. >> her post got taken down as well as others that shared her post. it's not just about politics. it's about them trying to protect their brand. >> sandra: clearly, there's growing calls for zuckerberg to testify on this. he said he will do so if he's the right person. senator warner making it clear saying he created this industry and he needs to explain to the american people why this happen and that it can't happen again. thanks to both of you. >> thank you. >> bill: a daredevil in california on a mission to prove the earth is flat. you heard that right, sandra. what he did next is in the news today. fly, robin, fly. ♪ i'm a rocketman
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>> bill: six minutes away on "happening now" president trump expels dozens of russian diplomats from the u.s. what this move could mean for u.s. relations with moscow. plus, the pulse nightclub shooter's widow wants a mistrial in florida. what she says prosecutors failed to disclose. and stormy daniels speaks out. why the porn star says she stayed silent for a decade. top of the hour. >> bill: a team working now to cut down response time during an active shooter scene. laura engle has their story. what did you learn?
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>> reporter: good morning. this is such important work. both the department of homeland security and fema have issued guidelines for how active shooter incidents should go, but there's not a civil mandate on how law enforcement and emts should work together, which is why running these drills is critical. trying to save lives while protecting your own. this is rescue task force training, as close to a real life active shooter incident as it gets. >> shooter down! shooter down! >> reporter: this drill run by the national security for preparedness is using local ems and law enforcement agencies in new york. the goal of this training is to bring rapid triage to victims under the protection of armed officers. >> we have to stop the killing and the dying. >> reporter: paramedics learning the language and timed movements of armed entry have been going on nationwide for years. >> i think i hear gun shots.
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>> reporter: in recent mass shootings like parkland, florida, some paramedics reported being frustrated where they were held back until a scene is declared safe. these teams say a lot of good work can be done when police are present and the danger level has dropped. >> that's why we call it a warm zone. it's not totally a safe environment. we're still on guard. >> i need the police officers focused on the threat and the medics focused on the medicine. >> reporter: those who took part in the drill say they hope more of this type of training is done in every jurisdiction. >> bill: thank you for that story. >> sandra: president trump expelling 60 russian diplomats. the latest on what uk officials are calling the largest collective expulsion of russian intelligence officers ever. i wanted to get new blinds, and i was talking with my mom
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