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television. what will he do during the after the show show coming up right now? >> thanks for having me on the show. >> it was great to have you back. >> glad to be home. >> tune in for brian's radio show. >> bill: good morning, everybody. fox news alert breaking news from the white house. president trump is fired up this morning blasting the f.b.i., blasting the witch hunt of a mueller investigation after his personal attorney comes under intense scrutiny yesterday. good morning, everybody. where are we now? i'm bill hemmer live inside "america's newsroom." >> sandra: that may be putting it lightly. big night last night. all right. i'm sandra smith. let's get to it. f.b.i. agents zeroing in on attorney michael cohen yesterday raiding his home, office, hotel rooms for documents. the president not pulling any punches. immediately accusing mueller's investigators of extreme bias. >> president trump: i have this
witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now and actually much more than that. you could say it was right after i won the nomination it started. and it is a disgrace. it is a real disgrace. >> bill: that was just part of it. john roberts leads us off today and john, good morning. he made it clear last night how he felt. how is it this morning? >> he was livid last night and still upset this morning about the raid on michael cohen's two offices, one in the trump organization, the other in rockefeller center as well as his apartment, which is under construction, after some water damage and his hotel room that he has been living in for the last several months. the president with two tweets this morning saying attorney/client privilege is dead. a total witch hunt. last night meeting with his national security team called what to do in the wake of the syria attack the president went off on the raid an mueller investigation in ways he never has.
listen here. >> president trump: it's an attack on our country in a true sense. an attack on what we all stand for. so when i saw this and when i heard it, i heard it like you did, i said that is really now in a whole new level of unfairness. >> the president heaped criticism on jeff sessions blaming him for the investigation getting to this point stating he never would have nominated sessions to be attorney general if he knew sessions would recuse himself. >> president trump: the attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this and when he recused himself or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself and we would have used -- put a different attorney general in. so he made what i consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country. >> cohen's offices, home and hotel room was prompted in part by a referral from the special counsel bob mueller that has
raised talk whether the president might fire mueller. the president himself didn't dissuade the nation from thinking that last night. listen here. >> president trump: why don't i just fire mueller? well, i think it's a disgrace was going on. we'll see what happens. i think it's a sad situation when you look at what happened. many people have said you should fire him. again, they found nothing. and in finding nothing, that's a big statement. >> they don't think the president is of a mind to fire mueller and clearly upset with the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein pointing out last night the rosenstein wrote the memo signed the fisa warrant that started this whole investigation in the first place. there are a lot of legal experts who believe that michael cohen's -- the raid on michael cohen's offices could be very dangerous for the president because cohen knows where all the bodies are
buried, if you will. one of the effects of this, bill, could be the president now would be much less likely to sit down for an interview with bob mueller. one source close to the white house told me what in god's name is mueller trying to do? he is trying to take down the president. bill. >> bill: thank you, john. could very well be. we shall see from the north lawn. >> sandra: we'll have a lot more coming up. senator rand paul is here later this hour and next hour former u.s. attorney texas congressman john radcliffe will be here on a developing story. this is changing fast by the minute and hour. >> bill: a lot of reaction coming up on that. the statement last night was pretty extraordinary. john bolton sitting next to him. you have mueller in sessions and putin and syria in the same breath. it's all coming up as we follow it today. >> sandra: more breaking news. a critical day for the u.s. response for the atrocities in
syria. a decision on what action he will make against bashar al-assad could come at any moment after the latest chemical weapons attack. he also suggested russia could pay a price for its role. a message u.n. ambassador nikki haley reiterated yesterday. >> president trump: we're making a decision what we do with respect to the horrible attack that was made near damascus and it will be met and it will be met forcefully. and when i will not say because i don't like talking about timing. >> the russian regime whose hands are all covered in the blood of syrian children cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims. we've tried that before. we must not overlook russia and iran's roles in enable the assad regimes murderous destruction. >> sandra: jack keane is
standing by with analysis but we begin with the united states where the security council could be considering a vote today. eric. >> good morning. the united states was established to insure international peace and security in the wake of world war ii and the holocaust. when it comes to syria critics say it has tragically failed. today could come another test. the u.s. is pushing for a vote in the security council on a resolution dealing with the chemical attack. that resolution not only condemns the regime of bashar al-assad, but also calls for an independent investigation into the suspected chemical attack. it recalls the horror of chemical weapons saying their use are a violation of international law and yesterday u.s. ambassador nikki haley not only directed blamed assad but also russia and said the u.n.'s very credibility is on the line. >> history will record this as
the moment when the security council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of syria. either way, the united states will respond. >> russia, which backs assad along with the iranians scuttled a previous panel to investigate the chemical. yesterday russia criticized the u.s. and our allies. >> the leadership of the united states united kingdom and france. without any justification and without considering the consequences have engaged in a confrontational policy against russia and syria. >> the security council diplomat tells fox news that they hope that there will be a vote on this today but that the
russians found some of the u.s.-drafted language, quote, unacceptable. so far russia has vetoed 11 resolutions in the security council dealing with syria including five of those dealing with chemical weapons. sandra, back to you. >> sandra: we'll look to see the vote if and when it happens. >> bill: president trump drawing a hard line against vladimir putin. his comments from last night. >> president trump: he may, yeah. and if he does, it will be very tough. very tough. everybody is going to pay a price. he will, everybody will. >> president trump: u.s. military action, -- nothing is off the table. >> bill: jack keane in the studio, chairman of the institute for a study of war and strategic analyst. how are you doing? a year ago you have tomahawk missiles flying into an air base in syria at 4:00 in the morning. i imagine that's not the
response that will happen this time. what will? >> well, this time it will be considerably more challenging and more complicated. first of all, it was a retribution measured attack on one airfield that originated the chemical attack. the purpose was to deter assad from ever using chemical weapons again. that didn't work. what is going to work? the only thing left to us now. we know we can't deter him. we have to take away his capability to deliver chemical weapons and take the chemical weapons away. what does it mean? all fixed wing aircraft destroyed. all air fields destroyed. all maintenance facilities and fuel depos that surround the air fields destroyed. chemical storage sites destroyed. that's the kind of strike we'll have. also he has artillery munitions he can deliver. take down his artillery and munitions. what makes it complicated is russians on the air fields.
we should tell the russians right now that every military base in syria is vulnerable as a result of this chemical attack and if you keep your people on those military bases we're not going to be responsible if they are injured as a result of an attack. >> bill: you could take out russians and take out iranians and unleash chemical weapons into the air without control and without the ability to even know where those chemical weapons could be disbursed. this is a dangerous mission. it isn't something that happens over a period of hours. this is days if not longer. i guess the question then would be if you are going to go ahead and bomb syria again, what happens after that? >> well, first of all go to your point, yes, the strike would be longer. obviously more comprehensive. the israelis have hit chemical storage sites before and no spill over on a civilian community. i'll leave it to the experts
how to handle that. the aftermath we have to hold the russians and iranians accountable here. they're a real piria now. we should be dragging them into the international criminal court. they have enabled chemical weapons attack repeatedly on civilians. and that kind of behavior has got to be held accountable. the u.n. -- it's not going to happen there. russia will veto it. that's the reality of what we're dealing with. and we also i think should not just condemn them but also sanction them and severely sanction them for this kind of behavior. >> bill: just getting word from the white house. the president has canceled his trip to central and south america. at the president's request the vice president will go instead. perhaps just to continue the statement the president stays at the white house to oversee the american response to syria and monitor developments around the world.
that ups the level of seriousness that we're dealing with now, general. >> the president doesn't want to be away when he is ordering troops to go into harm's way. he is the commander-in-chief and wants to monitor that situation and deal with other decisions he may have to make. >> bill: everybody will pay a price. he will, everybody will in reference to assad and vladimir putin. thank you for being here. we really need you on this stuff. >> sandra: news keeps coming in this morning. zuckerberg on the hot seat. he will face a grilling on capitol hill today over the data privacy scandal rocking facebook. what can we expect? plus this. >> thank goodness we have a federal government that will finally pay some attention to what's happening on the border. >> bill: texas and arizona step up the numbers of national guard troops they plan to send south and we'll have more on that as we go live to the border coming up here today. >> sandra: former attorney
general loretta lynch going public about the hillary clinton email investigation and the infamous tarmac meeting with former president bill clinton. >> did you have any moment where you said mr. president, this is probably not appropriate or this is going to look bad? >> i will say in the course of the conversation we spoke and it seemed we were going to say hello, hi, how are you and move on and the conversation would continue. you wouldn't accept an incomplete job from any one else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase relieves your worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances. most pills only block one. flonase.
>> bill: i imagine it will get political and the russian matter will come up. do you expect any surprises in the 15 seconds we have left there? >> no big surprises than they'll try to play the russia issue to the hilt. there are lots of other issues that will come up and that we'll examine. >> bill: that from john thune last nie. chairman of one of the two senate committees that will question mark zuckerberg. he is meeting with thune and other top lawmakers. byron york, fox news contributor. how are you? good day to you. just a guess. i think some of the most fire today will likely come from democratic senators who will lay the election results at the feet of mark zuckerberg. is that where this is going today based on thune's response? when i suggested russia will come up he said you can believe that. >> i believe you can bet on it.
there will be some ritual beatings which are a tradition on capitol hill. give a senator five minutes he'll take 4:45 minutes to talk and throw a question at the end. a number of democrats obviously very angry about facebook and its role in the 2016 election. first they were upset about russian ads and postings. probably didn't have a lot of influence but they were upset about it. then came the cambridge analytica thing. the political firm that helped donald trump and used personal data from millions of facebook users. now, those are things that have a lot of democrats very upset but facebook's problems have grown since then about privacy and how the country uses the personal data that its two billion users put into their facebook pages. >> bill: you think about that. the global reach of this company is extraordinary. zuckerberg is -- there seems to be a lot of anticipation for
how he sounds, how he acts, what he says. i read a statement yesterday he is contrite. larry kudlow has a different question from the white house. he asked this yesterday. >> is he going to wear a suit and tie and clean white shirt? that's my biggest question. are you going to behave like a major corporate leader or give me the phony baloney hoodies and jeans? i think i could help him clean up his act. >> bill: a little snarky, byron. zuckerberg showed up yesterday in suit and tie. what is his demeanor today? >> contrite. he will talk about these mistakes were made. we made these mistakes. he will take personal responsibility because he created facebook and runs it in every way. and then he is going to talk about what facebook is doing to make things better, to improve the situation, to increase
privacy protections for its users and part of the big thing here is the threat of regulation of facebook. i think he is basically wanting to tell the senate and the house, the senate today, house tomorrow, that facebook will clean up its own act and does not need the government to step in and regulate it. >> bill: i don't know what the government does. do you have a solution in all this? at the end of two days of hearings what do they come away with? >> we've seen narrow suggestions that facebook should be made to be more transparent about political ads that appear on its platforms and things like that. the prospect of some sort of grand regulation, big regulation doesn't seem to be very high here. first of all, facebook is a very powerful company and have hired zillions of lawyers and lobbyists here in washington and unlikely that any big changes will come as a result of these hearings. >> bill: thank you, we'll watch
it together. a lot of interest. we'll see whether or not it lives up to the hype. thank you. >> sandra: one of the senators in that hearing room joins us next hour. senator corey gardner tells us what he hopes to learn today and take a look at this. stunning video showing several young girls jumping from a burning building to save their lives. more on that horrifying escape ahead. hi, i'm julie, a right at home caregiver. and if i'd been caring for tom's dad, i would have noticed some dizziness that could lead to balance issues. that's because i'm trained to report any changes in behavior, no matter how small, so tom could have peace of mind. we'll be right there. we have to go. hey, tom. you should try right at home. they're great for us. the right care. right at home.
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the other floors. no one came out of this with an injury. remarkable news. >> sandra: lifesaving decisions and good samaritans down below to catch them. amazing story there. >> bill: well done. >> these guard troops are there to support the border patrol so it allows us to get more from the border patrol to the border and gets more boots on the ground and they serve in a support capacity which they'll be very good at. >> sandra: arizona governor doug ducey ramping up border security and pledging to send more national guard troops. not all border states are on board. william la jeunesse joins us from the national guard armory in phoenix. >> i can now tell you how many, where they're coming from, where they're going and what they'll do. arizona, new mexico, texas have dedicated 1600 troops out of the 4,000 that president has asked for. many have been deployed but not
yet arrived. they'll go through processing, paperwork, medical, dental. where they will live and how to eat. they're trying to match the skill set to where they are going. now, arizona has 12 border towns roughly places you haven't heard of. so these troops, 350 in arizona will be disbursed along arizona's 400-mile border with mexico. >> do we stop the flow of illegal drugs and stop the flow of human trafficking? can we stop illegal migrants from coming over? those are the numbers that are the measurement. >> the troops cannot arrest or seize drugs. in texas some will be armed for defensive purposes. use, helicopters number one, reconnaissance and trying to help interdict illegal immigrants that the agents are tracking. number three, a capability they don't have right now is if you see a large group, drop some agents into the canyons and
mountains with blackhawks to try to interdict people which now they're having to wait several days to interdict. repair vehicles, maintain roads. apprehension is not about detection. you have to get them. speed and good roads and they will be building some, improving those as well. number three, surveillance. border patrol has a lot of cameras, sensors and radar. they will monitor the cameras to allow the agents to better work in the field. we are talking possibly 18 months, other states eventually will have to chip in as well. back to you. >> sandra: fascinating story. we'll keep watching it. thank you. still ahead the deputy commissioner of u.s. customs and border protection will join us live on the latest update on the mission down there at the border. >> bill: 27 past the hour. breaking news, the president making it clear the chemical attack in syria is his top priority at this hour. officially canceling a
pre-planned trip to south america. he will monitor the crisis from the white house. more on that coming up momentarily here. >> sandra: is the tough talk on china making a difference? a potential thaw as china promises to cut tariffs on certain american imports. >> bill: former a.g. loretta lynch now talking about the infamous tarmac meeting with president bill clinton. what she said as our panel takes that up coming up. >> it's all around you. my favorite question from reporters when they would say when will you wrap this up and add, because she is running for president, you know. . psoriasis does that. it was tough getting out there on stage. i wanted to be clear. i wanted it to last. so i kept on fighting. i found something that worked. and keeps on working. now? they see me. see me. see if cosentyx could make a difference for you-
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length. did not mention president trump by name. however, he did say this, sandra, china's door of opening up will not be closed and only open wider talking about beijing lowering significantly the tariffs on auto imports this year to ease restrictions on foreign ownership in the auto industry, quote, as soon as possible. at the white house they may declare partial victory already on the tariff war. watch that and see where the debate goes. 400 at the open. pretty good. how about that see-saw yesterday. we were way up and in the final minutes of trading we came down. >> sandra: they're so sensitive to the words being exchanged. if you're in that market it's nerve racking. up 400 points now the dow. former attorney general loretta lynch opening up about the hillary clinton email investigation. she said former f.b.i. director james comey never told her he was concerned about her handling the clinton email
investigation. her comments contrasting some of what comey told lawmakers under oath. listen. >> mr. comey said you wanted to call it the clinton matter. he wants to call it the clinton investigation. to the extent it bothered him did he question your credibility with regard to the clinton case? >> i can tell you that it was a meeting like any other we had. where we talked about the issues. we had a full and open discussion about it. >> he didn't raise any concerns. >> concerns were not raised. >> sandra: joining me now is marie harf and jason chaffetz. what are we supposed to think about these contradictions? >> a basic point and something that director comey has said multiple times and she is not on board with it. this is a big reason why michael horowitz and the inspector general going back and looking at the tarmac meeting because absolutely nothing smells right about it.
bill clinton was under investigation. hillary clinton was under investigation. days later they, quote, interview hillary clinton and a couple hours later they are exonerating her. it makes no sense. >> sandra: marie, how do you explain that one. loretta lynch saying comey did not appear concerned but he said quite frankly her handling of the probe left him queasy. >> i have the feeling we'll hear a lot from jim comey in the coming weeks as his book comes out and probably address some of the things loretta lynch said in the interview. i have no idea what the truth is. i know jim comey has testified under oath. what was so interesting to me in that interview it's a reminder to people that for a lot of democrats they did not like the way jim comey handled the hillary email investigation. they thought he was too tough on her. now the narrative that jim comey is a lap dog for democrats. what i took from that interview last night a reminder that hasn't been the case for a long
time. >> sandra: you are reminded of the back and forth and the time we were waiting for any sort of confirmation that there was actually an investigation going on, jason. and you'll remember that comey said during that 2017 testimony that the denial of an investigation for so long he said kwas, quote, getting to a place where it started to look silly because the campaigns were talking about interacting with the f.b.i. >> you clearly see the campaign was interacting with the highest levels there in the obama administration. what is sickening and disgusting about this is look at the way these two cases are being dealt with. when the inspector general makes a referral to the department of justice, did the f.b.i. go and seize those documents? the allegation was there was classified information in a non-classified setting. that was hillary clinton's attorney's office. did the f.b.i. raid it? did they go and seize that information? no, they handed out immunity to people that were there handling
this information and then you look at today's news on how they're dealing with donald trump, you can't help but come to the conclusion the f.b.i. has a totally different set of parameters when it comes to clinton versus trump. >> sandra: then there is the look back in the interview to that july 2016 tarmac meeting and here is how she describes that meeting in this most recent interview. listen. >> still 107 degrees outside and i was told he wanted to come on the plane and say hello. >> did a part of you go no, no, turn him around. did you have any moment you said mr. president this is probably not appropriate or it will look bad? >> i will say in the course of the conversation we spoke and it seemed we were going to say hello, hi, how are you and move on. then the conversation would continue. >> sandra: that conversation should i remind everybody marie happened just days before the f.b.i. decided not to recommend
criminal charges against hillary clinton? >> it is not breaking news that bill clinton likes to chat with people and we have no idea what they talked about. >> sandra: marie. >> it is completely plausible he went on the plane and just wanted to chat. it's what bill clinton does. the inspector general is looking at this now. i want to make a difference comparison. during the 2016 campaign the f.b.i. spoke very publicly about how it was looking into hillary clinton and refused to tell the american people they were also investigating the trump campaign. >> sandra: hold on. let's go back to what she said last night. >> that's a comparison that is worth keeping in mind when looking at loretta lynch and jim comey's time in law enforcement. >> sandra: but you also have director comey say he shared nothing with the department of justice before he made his comments but we have in writing from multiple peopled yiting his comments months before this happens and this whole thing,
the bill clinton tarmac meeting, the interview of hillary clinton and the exoneration happened within a couple of days of each other. she was the subject of the investigation and the attorney general should have never, ever met with bill clinton. >> i agree she shouldn't have met with him. it looks terrible. we have no idea what they talked about. >> sandra: i can't believe two years later she is talking about what she described as a chance encounter and describes the conversation as purely social. they spoke about only -- she said the former president told a story about his grandchildren noting the two also discussed issues of the day including brexit. >> that sounds like bill clinton and look. we have no idea what they talked about. we have no evidence they talked about the email investigation and the inspector general will come forward with a report into the email investigation that will give all of us a lot more information to talk about instead of speculating.
>> sandra: remember james comey said in may 3 testimony it was her meeting with president clinton on that airplane that was the capper for him. so guys, it's amazing. james comey has a book coming out. we'll see. thanks for both of you for coming on. >> the most important thing is the inspector general report. >> bill: fox news alert. many developments on syria so far today. number one the white house confirming president trump cancelling his upcoming trip to south america and remain at the white house to monitor events out of damascus. the pentagon revealing russia is jamming our military drones that operate today in the battlefield in syria. we have more on that live from the pentagon. good morning there. >> good morning. in a stunning development officials say the russian military has been busy jamming u.s. drones flying over syria. the revelation first reported by nbc news and provides more evidence of russian
interference as u.s. military prepares for possible strikes against the assad regime after an alleged chemical weapons attack outside damascus killing nearly 50 civilians including young children. the russian jamming started weeks ago. the pentagon won't say if any u.s. drones have fallen out of the sky. the u.s. military maintains sufficient counter measures and protections to ensure the safety of our manned and unmanned aircraft. our forces and the missions they support. the russian military has boosted its spy techniques of late. officials say the equipment moscow is using has at times busted through american military encryption. it comes as more fire power is getting ready to set sail tomorrow morning to head to the mediterranean sea. the u.s.s. harry truman launched strikes two years ago and the u.s. us donald cook is within striking range of syria.
the u.s. navy launched 59 tomahawk cruise missiles from two destroyers against the assad regime. >> bill: thank you, lucas. thank you, sir. >> sandra: president trump hitting back at the legal case around him calling out bias at the f.b.i. and a witch hunt in the mueller investigation. kentucky senator rand paul joins us with his reaction next. >> president trump: no collusion whatsoever with russia. the reason they found it is there was no collusion at all. no collusion. let's take a look at some numbers:
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they find no collusion and then they go from there and say let's keep going and they raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning and i think it's a disgrace. >> bill: that's president trump claiming extreme bias at the f.b.i. and mueller's investigative matters after the f.b.i. raids his personal attorney's office, home and hotel room here in new york city. the president doubling down on his attack on the special counsel's probe tweeting earlier today a total witch hunt. attorney/client privilege is dead. rand paul with me now. good day to you. a lot to get through per usual. what do you think this does now in the investigative front? sean spicer last night suggested both sides have now escalated this legal battle. what do you think? >> the first question we ought to ask what does this have to do with russia? i thought the special prosecutor was investigating russian collusion. going after someone's personal attorney is a great overstep i think in the authority of the prosecutor. this is why i have opposed
really having special prosecutors for almost anything. they abuse their authority. i think mueller has abused his authority. they say well he asked somebody else, another u.s. attorney to do it. this is coming at the behest of mueller. i think this investigation no longer has much to do with russia. i would warn people around america who say oh, that don't like the president, oh, this is just fine because it's against president trump. this is an enormous power used against anybody. you remember what chuck schumer said a couple months ago? he said if you cross the intelligence agencies, they can screw you six ways to sunday. this is about enormous power, prosecutorial power but power in the intelligence communities. we have to rein this in or every american citizen is exposed to this kind of abuse of power. >> bill: how would you rein it in? >> we shouldn't have special prosecutors. it is actually hard politically to fire mueller. the thing is we never should have had mueller in the first
place. we've given too much power to a prosecutor who is no longer looking at russia. he is looking at some kind of personal dealings with the president's lawyer and imagine once they get this they have all of the information that the president has ever discussed with the attorney and they say oh, we're not going to use the stuff that's attorney/client privilege. they'll read it. you think once they read it it might give them ideas of other places the look. it's parallel construction. they don't use the information they read but they now have that information and can use it to go snooping into other areas. really, this is a wide open -- the president is right is a witch hunt but a wide open think and a mistake to ever have these special prosecutors and why i've opposed it even for andy mccabe and peter strzok and these other people. let's prosecute them in a normal fashion. let's don't appoint the prosecutor that can go everywhere. >> bill: how did you feel about ken starr in the 90s? >> i have come to believe now
these special prosecutors have too much power. yes, i think i have learned over time we shouldn't have these special prosecutors. >> bill: you are starting to sound like allen dershowitz. scott pruitt has been by all measures very successful in the cabinet and by all measures he is now a target of the left. and perhaps some of it is his own fault. we're waiting to find out more. you sent out this tweet a few days ago. scott pruitt is likely the bravest and most conservative member of trump's cabinet. we need him to drain the regulatory swamp. is he in trouble now or do you think the president hangs on with him at the moment? >> if the president stays behind him i can survive. scott pruitt has been the champion for deregulation. deregulation has been a big part of our economy growing again, of the success of the stock market. for my state the warm coal led by hillary clinton and barack obama we've stopped it thanks to scott pruitt. if we lose him and get a
squishy person in there we won't be able to keep fighting the regulatory war. so scott pruitt needs to remain and he is frankly the most conservative leader of the epa we've ever had and why the left hates him so much. all of this stuff is trumped up by the left and i really think that you'll see this ultimately end is partisan politics. >> bill: there are 189 senators questioning mark zuckerberg of facebook at 2:00 today. you aren't one of them. but you have been leading this charge about privacy in america and it's sort of the thread you can see runs through the arguments you have made into what is happening with facebook and questions users may have today. what do you think comes of this in terms of a government/congressional role and a company that has ballooned in a matter of eight years to have two billion customers worldwide. what do you do about that when you know it's up to you,
senator, as to whether or not you want to sign up for a service that's essentially free? >> i think main thing is that people don't get carried away with hysteria and overreact and say we have a lot of regulations on speech on the internet. that internet has equalized all forms of speech. you have a lot more speech because of the internet. we have to be careful about the federal government getting involved with regulation. that being said the most important question is did facebook violate their privacy agreement they have with their customers. if they did their customers they have recourse in court. if 87 people had their information taken or violates the privacy agreement, that's a real problem for facebook. that's a legal question and i think i would rather see it in the courts and less so in a show trial bringing ceos to washington >> bill: come on back. rand paul on the hill. >> sandra: president trump announcing he expects the
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>> sandra: north korea's leader kim jong-un for the first time publicly acknowledged plans for talks with the u.s. meanwhile president trump announcing yesterday the diplomatic summit could happen in the next few months. >> president trump: we'll be able to make a deal on the denuclearization of north korea. they've said so. we've said so. hopefully it will be a different relationship than it's been for many years. >> sandra: greg palkot joins us live from london.
>> momentum building towards that planned crucial summit between president trump and kim jong-un. the north korean leader going public for his own public in state media has quoted him saying in a meeting with top party brass that he discussed the future direction of dialogue with the u.s. he also noted a summit later this month with south korean president moon. so far he has been keeping hush hush to the locals. yesterday afternoon president trump showing more transparency as well saying that there had been contact with the u.s. and north korean officials about the summit mentioning they would be talking about getting rid of north korea's nukes and claiming it would be very exciting for the world. even our adversaries are getting into the act in a meeting in moscow today between north korean foreign minister and russian foreign minister it was claimed that russia
supported contacts by between the u.s. and north korea. still talk about vladimir putin wants to get in a meeting with kim jong-un before kim jong-un sees president trump. still to be decided yes, the time now seems to be sliding towards june. the place there are a couple of locations being talked about for the trump/kim meeting. there is talk that perhaps following the nomination process for the secretary of state to be mike pompeo that he could meet one of his adversaries in north korea to do some more planning. back to you, sandra. >> bill: from one hot spot to another. president trump putting syria, russia and iran on notice. we're on watch now for the white house response and what will mark zuckerberg say to congress? one of the senators who will question him is here live coming up in a matter of moments. this year, we're taking it up a notch.
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major decision could come down at any minute from president trump on a military response to the chemical weapons attack near the syrian capital killing dozens of civilians, including young children. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom" on this tuesday morning. i'm sandra smith. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. the white house announcing the president cancels a planned trip to south america as the administration makes a decision on some sort of military response. mr. trump saying last night a decision could come within 24 to 48 hours. here is that. >> president trump: we're going to make a decision tonight or shortly thereafter and you will be hearing the decision but we can't let atrocities like we all witnessed -- you can see that. it is horrible. we can't let that happen in our world. we can't let that happen. especially when we're able to, because of the power of the
united states, because of the power of our country, we're able to stop it. >> sandra: connor powell is live from our middle east bureau in jerusalem. what type of response are we seeing from the syrians and russia? >> sandra, the region appears to be preparing for a u.s. military strike on syria. obviously the white house is still weighing its options. we don't know what's about to happen. the syrian military is on high alert and is reportedly taking defensive measures following president trump's statement that the u.s. will respond forcefully. russian and syrian leaders are continuing to deny that poisonous chemicals were used and both countries are saying they'll invite chemical weapons experts to visit the site to prove this point. we're also seeing military preparations by the assad regime and russia. fox news has also learned the russian military is trying to jam u.s. drones in syria. this could have a really big impact on how the u.s. responds to this weekend's chemical
weapons attack. sandra, we're seeing the stakes being raised very high with a lot of concern about what happens next and does it escalate. a one off strike. if anything happens this is a region very much on edge right now. >> sandra: how likely is it that chemical weapons experts will be allowed into the city? >> there isn't a lot of trust for either vladimir putin or for bashar al-assad and today a short while ago german chancellor merkel responded unenthusiastically to the idea that weapons experts will be allowed to go in. she said the evidence is very clear already that chemical weapons were used in duma this weekend. most western leaders whether it's the trump administration or the brits or germans believe russia and syria play the game of proposing one thing and then slow walking it to try to prevent it from happening. we've seen it a lot of times in the u.n. numerous cease-fire agreements that have been proposed and then the feeling is that the
russians and the assad regime slow walk the cease-fire proposals. they don't materialize because they want to continue their attacks and there is a lot of feeling, sandra, that this proposal to allow chemical weapons experts into duma is all part of the same playbook we've seen the russians and syrians use time and time again. propose one thing, slow walk it and stave off any type of international response. >> sandra: connor powell, thank you. >> bill: back at home now another big story we're watching today awaiting brand-new reaction on the hill after the surprising f.b.i. raids on president trump's personal attorney. the president clearly outraged after learning about michael cohen's home, office, hotel room that were searched yesterday. president trump blasting the action calling the raids a disgrace and a witch hunt. >> president trump: so i just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal
attorneys, a good man, and it's a disgraceful situation, a total witch hunt. i've been saying it for a long time. i wanted to keep it down. we've given over a million pages worth of documents to the special counsel. >> bill: laura engel with the latest. >> we still don't know exactly what was listed in the warrant that allowed f.b.i. agents to search locations where michael cohen lived and works in new york city. that information could become public if or when there is a criminal charge against him. the f.b.i. reportedly seizing business records, emails and documents that involve a variety of subjects likely including his $130,000 payment to stormy daniels, the porn star who claimed to have an affair with mr. trump in 2006. that money allegedly paid to daniels to keep her from discussing the details. a prosecutors were able to get a warrant after receiving
information from robert mueller, the office of special counsel in the russia investigation there may be something separate prosecutors would be interested in. legal observers now say this most likely involves the way cohen paid daniels out of his own pocket after obtaining a home equity loan and not revealing what he would be using the money for. shortly after the raid the "washington post" reported he is under investigation for violations. cohen's lawyer has called the attacks inappropriate and unnecessary and it is protected attorney/client communications. president trump lashed out at the white house yesterday calling it a disgrace and he tweeted twice today. attorney/client privilege is dead and a total witch hunt. as far as violating attorney client privilege there is a -- only time will tell.
>> bill: sandra has more. >> sandra: for more on this let's bring in chris stirewalt. where to begin? [laughter] >> it's just tuesday. only tuesday, sandra. >> sandra: it is hard to believe. as the news keeps coming in you're seeing the president very upset over the situation that we're seeing calling this an absolute witch hunt. chris stirewalt, the investigation he says is an attack on the country. where does all this go? >> well, i think any time you are talking about people who are involved in an investigation you have to be careful when it comes to taking their words at face value. i'm sure the president is very angry and all these things. we have to watch and wait and see what he does. does he take provocative action against the special counsel? how do he and his legal team act? are they blowing off steam or is this working up to some concrete action like firing mueller, which if that happens,
then, you know, katie bar the door. >> sandra: we saw what the response from the president was on questions about just that. he said many people have recommended firing him. >> that's true. >> sandra: he said we'll see what may happen. i don't know, can you say he left the door open to that being a possibility? >> he has kept the door open all the time. he also knows if he did that's the beginning of the end of his presidency. if he believes in an action that provocative is necessary what he will do is force the hands of 25 or 30 republicans in the united states senate who will have to then probably institute -- you probably see movement in congress to institute special counsel law that becomes the only thing that anybody is able to talk about for the rest of the trump presidency is the battle over this as opposed to what he needs to do for himself and for his party is before mid-terms get the topic back to a strong economy or get the topic back to defeating isis. the things that work for republicans.
>> sandra: the big conversation now, what to do next to respond to syria. the president has said one to two days he will respond forcibly. although he won't broadcast what that decision will be. we'll see what happens in the coming hours and days here. but the timing of the decision, chris, is going to be crucial. >> oh yeah. look, i don't know anything about air strikes but i know about politics. i can tell you that this is a fraught question for the president. his base does not like -- his political base does not like overseas military interventions. there was a serious humbug that went on a year ago when he did an air strike against syria. he has to weigh what is militarily useful and back of his mind has to think about the fact the core group of supporters who made him the republican nominee made him president in effect that those folks don't like it when the united states does exactly what he described, prevent atrocities and do things like that around the world as the
global policeman. >> sandra: you are looking at the big meeting with members of the military, generals in the room and ambassador bolton, as you can see, just sitting right next to the president. it is fascinating to think his national security advisor, newly chosen ambassador john bolton one day on the job. today would be day two. the president talking about john bolton and having him at his side on day one last night. >> president trump: i want to thank ambassador john bolton for joining us. i think he will be a fantastic representative of our team. he is highly respected by everybody in this room and john, i want to thank you very much. this is going to be a lot of work. interesting day. he picked today as his first day so generals, i think he picked the right day. >> sandra: considering all those at his side there you wonder who is the president leaning on most when he has to make this incredibly important decision?
>> we have for the president in not just bolton, who is a man of decades of experience, deep knowledge on foreign policy, but also james mattis. not pictured. secretary of defense. the only cabinet member the president has shown the respect to of anybody. mattis continues to be the guy who seems to be the -- who is orchestrating these choices for the president and i'm sure the president between bolton and mattis has a lot of good counsel. >> sandra: busy news day has you choked up. get yourself a cup of water. we appreciate having you on, sir, thank you. >> bill: we have that here, too, by the way, chris. we'll save it for you on your next return. lucas tomlinson is reporting that the harry truman is now leaving norfolk, virginia. they launched the tomahawk missile strike last year. if you listen to jack keane
from last hour. this is deliberate military strikes. you can't do what you did a year ago. if you'll be effective you have to eliminate assad's ability to carry out another chemical weapons attack. how do you do that? massive and complicated. not easy decisions for the commander-in-chief. >> sandra: timing is so important. we'll see. >> bill: other big stories. president trump says illegal immigrants will be stopped at the u.s. border. >> president trump: we're beefing up the border patrol who have done a fantastic job. ice has done a fantastic job and we will take care of that situation. >> bill: so the first national guard troops arriving. more are on the way. we'll talk more about customs and border protection next. >> sandra: mark zuckerberg already apologizing for the massive privacy scandal at facebook. what will come out of this senate hearing today? >> bill: also former a.g.
loretta lynch talking about the meeting on the tarmac will bill clinton and why she didn't recuse herself from the clinton email investigation. former u.s. attorney, congressman john ratcliffe grilled her two years ago and he is back to talk about it next. >> will you at least tell the american people you reviewed the 110 top secret secret and classified emails we know she sent and received on an unsecure, unauthorized server? will you at least answer that?
>> president trump: right now we're putting the military and putting the national guard and we're going to have very strong borders. we have strong borders now but they'll be much stronger. >> sandra: president trump highlighting new efforts to secure the border as texas and arizona boost the number of national guard troops heading to the mexican border while new mexico plans to send troops now as well but no decision yet about mobilizing the guard in the state of california. ron vitiello is acting director of border protection. i may as well start there. if there is any word coming in from california or any progress being made there with the governor. >> we're still in discussions. we've given our requirements for california. that's the san diego sectors for the border patrol and cdp and given those to the pentagon and working closely with the
guard bureau in communication with the state to figure out what exactly the requirement is and then whether they can meet it or not. >> sandra: as far as the numbers that we're looking at here the texas governor has decided to increase the number of guardsmen from 250 to at least 1,000. arizona said they would send 338 troops to the southern border. we know the president's goal is 4,000. what are the guard members that have already been sent to the border what are they currently doing now? >> a handful of people in each of the sectors. we have planning cells set up at sector locations to help us refine the requirements and decide what the priorities are for each of those areas of the board and aviation assets in arizona and texas that have been tasked to this operation guardian support and they're flying and doing missions for us in those two locations. >> sandra: what is the timing of their deployment? >> it will be an incremental
build. we're defining the requirements with the pentagon. the states will call up their guardsmen and send them our way and we'll put them to work. they will be people arriving every couple of days and weeks until the full complement is out and all requirements are met. >> sandra: it is interesting the timing. some said it couldn't happen this fast but texas governor greg abbott says they'll be deploying 300 more members of the guard each week in order to increase the levels to that target of 4,000. are you surprised by the speed at which this is happening? >> we're interested in taking those capabilities and putting them to the best use. both those governors are supporters and thank the president's leadership where we can add capability in a quick way. >> sandra: the president had some very complimentary things to say about what is happening down at the border and the progress that is being made. here he is here. >> president trump: we are beefing up the border patrol
who have done a fantastic job. ice has done a fantastic job. and we will take care of that situation. we need a wall, whether you're a republican or democrat, we need a wall. and it will stop your drug flow, it will knock the hell out of the drug flow and it will stop a lot of people we don't want in this country from coming into our country. >> sandra: a lot of people still wondering if that's actually going the happen. if the wall will get built. >> it is being built. we have ongoing construction in california and new mexico and ongoing projects take us to the end of summer and into fall. >> sandra: how would you describe the president's leadership on this issue? and i know you've been very complimentary of the president and this is we're seeing some 200 migrants in the mexican caravan heading to the u.s. to seek asylum. you gave us an update on that in the past. do you have one this morning? >> essentially the same.
dissipating in mexico. they're in and around the area around mexico city. we're prepared at the border to meet them. we appreciate this is an example of where the other request that the president has made besides the wall, besides added capability at the border we have to close the loopholes that in some ways encourage people to come to the border in that condition. the caravan is an example of that. it's what we've been asked to deliver through the department to the president and say what does it take to solve these problems, he has asked us those questions and given him our capability requirements at the border but also asked for the closing of these loopholes so this condition doesn't continue to exist. >> sandra: it's a huge job that you have to do, sir. ron vitiello, thank for joining us and for the update this morning. >> bill: busy morning here. news from the white house john roberts confirming moments ago tom bossert will resign as homeland security advisor to the president. here is the statement. the president is grateful for
tom's commitment to our country. tom led the white house and strengthen our cyber defenses and respond to natural disasters. president trump thanks him for his service and wishes him well. that statement from sarah sanders just a moment ago from the west wing. in a moment here it is one of the biggest questions around the world today. will president trump take military action against assad in syria? >> assad is a bad guy. he did it, no doubt in my mind. i don't think the syrians, you know, bombed themselves. i don't think they poured gas on their own kids. this regime has a history of doing it. >> bill: now the president weighing a strong response after the gas attack that killed dozens of civilians near damascus. adam joins us next with his reaction. dash cam video of road rage you seldom see like that. police calling on the public to help find that driver.
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cannot stand by in the face of atrocity again. adam kissinger and sits on the foreign affairs committee. this is not easy. this is not tomahawk cruise missiles at 4:00 in the morning. if you believe assad is responsible, what do you do about it to make sure he cannot do it again when you had an understanding three years ago that russia was going to take care of all the chemical weapons in his arsenal and get rid of them? >> this reminds us don't trust russia. all you have to do is look at twitter and see the russian boughts out there saying it was a u.s. false operation. the reality is bashar al-assad used chemical weapons. whether russia authorized them to do it or not they're supporting assad in this process. it has been since world war i we've held as an international community and the united states
that chemical weapons have no use on the battlefield. so inflicting damage upon the regime that far exceeds the cost or benefit they had of using chemical weapons is essential here. it doesn't mean we intervene in the civil war or 200,000 troops in syria like president obama used to say was the only option. it means the cost to the regime far exceeds benefit we gain and we make it clear. >> bill: lindsey graham had this to say. >> i personally think he is an international war criminal. this is the third time around. i would make him a target. if i were president of the united states there would not be one runway left in syria to take off and drop a barrel bomb on any more kids and assad would slip very poorly at night. >> bill: do you agree making assad a target? you have to think about it. the possibility you take him out. what fills the vacuum of leadership in that country. if you bomb for four or five
days or a week, what happens when the dust settles? these are strong considerations now. >> they are. i would love to see assad as a target. i don't think the administration necessarily will. they'll attack his air force, his infrastructure, helicopter facilities. a good question, what comes after assad? however many years ago when the red line in syria happened in 2013 president obama made that statement. he goes we just don't know what happens after. it is justification for his lack of action. the reality is we never could have predicted it got as bad as it did with assad. he is creating chaos and is chaos. even if he dice by the hand of his own people or u.s. missile strike the place cannot get more chaotic than it is now. there is no room for that in the international community and this is where the united states can be a world leader and should be.
>> bill: the president said 24 to 48 hours. that may be the case. but if you are going to draft the support of the french and brits and saudi arabia and others lead with a coalition. if you do that it will take longer before you get a response. what is your view on that when military experts are saying if you go you have the take out his entire ability to fly. the point is again all these questions come back to the complexity of the issue here. you have iranians an russians on the ground in addition to assad's people. >> it's a very complicated situation. i don't think the answer is necessarily that it has to be a full coalition of people. it would be great. pretty easily we can get them on board. i don't think that's a time issue. inflicting -- we've destroyed a five of his air force a year ago in 2017. we made it clear. he didn't use chemical weapons for a year. we made it clear that the cost will exceed the use of it. he used chlorine gas and now
we're making it clear it has no place in this world. the president will make the right decision and inflict serious damage on assad's regime. >> bill: thank you, come on back. >> sandra: loretta lynch defending her meeting with bill clinton. former u.s. attorney congressman john ratcliffe will join us to react next. >> if you thought the meeting you had on the tarmac with bill clinton cast a shadow over the integrity of the department of justice. what i've heard from you made the size of that shadow something that i will tell us as far as casting shadows, the american people pay attention to, punxsutawney phil has nothing on you. the way? embrace the chance of 100% clear skin with taltz.
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news alert on the president's now former homeland security advisor tom bossert. he has resigned as the homeland security advisor. the white house put out a statement saying the president is grateful for his commitment to the safety and security of our great country. tom led the white house effort to protect the homeland from terrorist threats. strengthen cyber defenses and respond to natural disasters. president trump thanks him for his service. we're getting more of an update here on the relationship to john bolton and the decision being made here. white house sources telling fox news that bossert's resignation is part of john bolton's cleaning house. we don't exactly know what's the particular issue with bossert at this point but changes at the white house again this morning and meanwhile we're watching the markets for you. dow right now is up more than 400 points climbing now to nearly a 500 point gain. we're seeing some of these
fears of a trade war ease. china's president xi opening a discussion to plans of further opening up the country's economy including lowering imports on tariffs, on u.s. automobiles. this is all sort of pleasing the market if you will at the moment because there were major fears of a trade war. those are eased at least for now. the dow up 472 points. we'll keep watching it. >> raise questions in people's minds. what you do is always consult the legal experts. you always get a legal answers to whether or not recusal is required and had it been that's what i would have done. >> bill: that's the former a.g. loretta lynch opening up about the hillary clinton email matter and her meeting with bill clinton before the decision came down. she would have recused herself after that encounter if she had been advised to do so.
john ratcliffe, member of the house judiciary committee. once a u.s. attorney, always a u.s. attorney. thank you for your time. you've heard about the lynch interview. do you think it advances the story at all, sir? >> what you're seeing is going to continue to see is former attorney general lynch and jim comey doing a finger pointing and a blame game. over an eight-day period the two of them authored what is one of the darkest chapters in the history of the american justice system. i think that's validated by the fact it's almost two years later and we're still talking about those events. they are still front page news and i think will continue to be. >> bill: this is very important now. you don't think that comey and lynch will affirm each other's position then? if they were they would be protecting the entire department of justice. you think they'll conflict when comey's book goes public in two weeks. >> they've already conflicted.
they've given inconsistent statements and in some cases sworn testimony. and i think that is going to continue. again, when you look at what happened from the tarmac meeting to the clinton interview to the comey press conference just a few days later, again this is a story that has really shaken the american people's faith in our justice system and neither one will want to be held accountable at the end which were clearly some mistakes at the justice department. >> bill: you are two years down the road now. look back at it with the clarity you think you have today. what do you think the true story is now between lynch and comey and what happened and what should have happened? >> well, first of all, bill, i don't think there is a law student taking an ethics exam anywhere in america that would say that the correct answer is to do what loretta lynch did on the issue of recusal. i would be disappointed if she
actually got an opinion from the justice department that said it was okay. particularly if she told them in five days we'll interview the subject of the investigation and eight days we'll announce publicly whether or not she will be prosecuted. so i think she let her personal ambition -- i think she was willing to ignore some clear ethical boundaries for the sake of her personal ambition. i asked her under oath whether or not she was willing to rule out being attorney general for hillary clinton after the tarmac meeting. she wouldn't do that. with respect to jim comey, you know, i don't doubt his motives, i really don't. he made a tremendous error. he was the first person to simultaneously act as attorney general, f.b.i. director and a member of congress when he made the decision that he did regarding the hillary clinton email investigation. >> bill: very, very interesting, sir. i want to turn to this michael cohen f.b.i. raid. the president, you know how he feels about it already.
attorney/client privilege is dead he said. another one in all caps three exclamation points a total witch hunt. what do you make of the f.b.i.'s decision to go after the hotel, the apartment, and the office of michael cohen? >> well, bill, law firms are not evidence-free zones. law degrees do not serve as immunity from prosecution for lawyers. but i can tell you as a former u.s. attorney the procedures that you have to go through to get approval to even seek a warrant to go into a lawyer's office are layered. and significant. and so, you know, they would have had to have approval at main justice from the highest levels. my guess is rod rosenstein signed off on this. and so, you know, i would certainly hope that there was compelling evidence for probable cause relating to the search of michael cohen's
office. >> bill: does it tell you, sir, what evidence they're looking for based on this search, or not? >> well, i think what it tells me the fact that the referral came from mueller, mueller, if the information ultimately would be helpful to his investigation, i don't think he would have referred it. he is concerned about sources and leaks and he can't control that beyond his team. the fact that he referred to the southern district of new york and the u.s. attorney he likely sees what he thinks may be evidence of a crime but something unrelated to the russia investigation mandate he is under. >> bill: could it be only relating to michael cohen or do you think it stretches to the president? >> well, i think only bob mueller knows that at this point in time. again, if it were essential to bob mueller's case he wouldn't have made a criminal referral, he would have asked for permission to investigate this under the auspices of the
special counsel order so that he could control all of the information. >> bill: i guess what i'm trying to figure out is if it went to another level. i'm guessing here, did it? yes or no? >> i think it went to the highest levels. obviously the spotlight and scrutiny here i would be surprised if in this case rod rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, was not fully briefed and did not sign off on this. again a u.s. attorney in this case for the southern district of new york could not have operated without layers of approval at main justice. >> bill: thank you so much. wealth of knowledge there john ratcliffe from texas on the hill today. we'll talk to you real soon. thanks. >> sandra: new eyewitness video capturing a road rage incident in florida. a man on a motorcycle appears to be hitting the window of the car as they drive down a street. the driver of the car rams into the motorcycle knocking the rider to the ground.
unbelievable. the motorcycle suffered only minor injuries. police are asking for the public's help in locating the motorist. ouch. >> bill: that's vicious, right? he just missed that telephone pole. police need your help. sarasota that is. today's main event on capitol hill. you are about to see it in three hours. mark zuckerberg heading for a hot seat. 49 senators are lined up to ask questions, sandra. this will go into the late hours this evening. we'll speak with one of those senators coming up shortly right here on "america's newsroom." >> once they have good rules are they going to abide by those rules? because quite frankly, they presumed they had those rules but didn't enforce them.
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users whose data was swept up by cambridge analytica. corey gardner serves on the commerce committee and joins me now. it's look like it's shaping up to be a long day with this hearing possibly going into the evening hours. what are your expectations? >> this will be a very long hearing. there are 40 plus members of the senate judiciary and senate commerce committee participating. very little overlap. a lot of people will be there in attendance. there will be conversations as what has been identified as the expectation gap. what facebook users thought they had in terms of privacy policies, users agreements and what facebook means as a private company means to do with that data. >> sandra: do you believe that facebook purposely misled users?
>> i've spent time looking at the -- in one sentence it says users own their data. then in the next sub paragraph of that sentence it says there are licenseens and other things that are exceptions. that will be part of the hearing. expectation gap of what the first sentence means as it relates to the users' privacy and how facebook uses the data. a private company. it is clear that they said they would use your data and so the understanding that consumers have about the privacy and protection the heart of today's hearing. >> sandra: what will you be asking the facebook founder in that hearing today? >> i'll be asking about that expectation gap. i'll be asking about what it means and how users can better understand ways in which their data will be or won't be used. i also want to get a clear picture if users aren't
satisfied with the privacy protections that facebook or twitter or anybody has when they are entering into that user agreement with them checking the box, is there room -- is there enough competition left to compete against the likes of facebook or twitter to develop a product that consumers might feel better suits their privacy needs? is that a matter of antitrust or fcc investigation? those are things that will be touched upon today. >> sandra: what is the goal of congress with these hearings this week, the senate hearing today, the house hearing tomorrow? what ultimately do you believe will need to happen? are we looking at regulations for facebook or social media companies as a whole? >> that's a very good question and i think it treads on tenuous ground. there may be some people who wish to look at the opportunity to have regulation over speech and content on the internet. that's the alarming part about the direction that questions could take this afternoon. maybe they'll want to get into
campaign finance issues, maybe they'll want to go into free speech issues. will they try to create a government filter where it determines who can say what on what kind of platform? so look, let's make sure that users' privacy is protected and make sure facebook is doing what they promised they would do and make sure there is room for competition against facebook. i don't think what we want as an outcome of this hearing is regulation of the internet. a very incredible free and open voice of democracy around the globe. >> sandra: we appreciate your time ahead of that hearing today. we'll look for your questions in that hearing room and the response from mr. zuckerberg who has said he and his company will have to take a hit on profits in order to ensure and promise the privacy of those users. we'll see where it goes. thank you. >> bill: jon scott is coming up next on "happening now." quick preview of what's going on with you, jon. >> president trump vows to respond with force after a chemical weapons attack in
syria. what kind of action might we see and when? national guard troops arriving on our southern border trying to stop the tide of immigrants trying to cross. one border state hasn't committed to send help. children escaping a burning building by jumping from a balcony as flames whirl around them. we'll tell you how it ended. >> bill: thank you, 10 minutes away. in a moment today marks one year since neil gorsuch was sworn in at the u.s. scourt supreme court. how has his presence changed the court and maybe changed america? that's next.
>> sandra: fleetwood mac saying buckingham will not be on their new tour replaced by the late tom petty and the heartbreakers. no official reason given for the split. >> bill: it was one year ago today neil gorsuch was sworn into the u.s. supreme court succeeding a conservative icon the late antonin scalia. a closer look at one year on the bench. good morning. >> many conservatives had hopes that neil gorsuch would be -- the record shows he is closer perhaps to justice clarence thomas. his votes in the 60 or so cases he has heard have been almost exactly aligned with thomas. in 14 of the 17 non-unanimous rulings the court has issued in the last year. to the man he clerked for, the swing vote on the high court
anthony kennedy gorsuch agreed with kennedy in only 8 of 14 cases. the biggest cases of this term are yet to come in the next three months. religious liberty, the trump travel ban and gerrymandering. you can expect him to side with the conservatives. >> i think the most important rulings we'll see from gorsuch will be on religious liberty. he decided many cases on these in the appellate courts on religious liberty not just for little sisters of the poor but also for prisoners who were religious minorities and how the prison had to treat them. >> that case in particular referred to a native american by the name of andrew yellow bear who was in prison for beating his child to death. a prisoners whose violence kept him in special confinement. he wanted to worship in the sweat lodge. gorsuch in his ruling said the security precautions were
irthough he ruled the law says you have to find and accommodation for that religious minority. well, as we wait for the terms rulings keep in mind gorsuch is from colorado on the conservative -- will he lean for libertarian or rule of law? >> sandra: the u.s. pushing for a vote in the u.n. security council on a resolution condemning syria as we await the white house decision on military action against the assad regime after an apparent chemical weapons attack. more on the military options next. you know what they say about the early bird...
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