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rob: i have been around those guys in africa, they are not to be triballed with. i wouldn't want to have to run after a baboon. jillian: welcome back. rob: thank you. good to be back. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> is donald trump unfit to be president? >> yes. >> james comey described president trump as an ego-driven liar who treats women like meat and is, quote, unmorally to be president. >> our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that decor of this country. this president is not able to do that. he is morally unfit to be president. >> feel the sting of sanctions. >> sanctions will be coming down. secretary mnuchin will be announcing those on monday. >> our leadership team. i'm not saying every single person. steve scalise your understanding he believes. >> speaker paul ryan announced this week he will
not seek re-election. now backing majority leader kevin mccarthy as his successor. >> good job as host. they finally figured out it only takes one woman to do the job of two men. [laughter] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ and just walk away ♪ to prove anything ♪ but you can't cry ♪ steve: were you watching the american country music awards last night? that is kerry underwood coming back after big accident. the first time w saw her and she killed it. ainsley: she is always great. she broke her rice, right? steve: and a scar in her
face. so had you a choice last night. did you want to watch the american country music awards which were not political, also started with a tribute to the people who lost their lives in las vegas. or did you want something that was pretty political where the former fbi director took a lot of shots at the current president of the united states as he tries to sell his book a higher loyalty. brian: you had to make a choice. it was done at 11:00 p.m. eastern time and you had to be up pretty early. we had a chance to do what we do wait for the debates to be over and three hours later we are on television. last night we all watched one hour of a five-hour interview really with james comey. this is the best of. i didn't see a lot of big surprises outside his assessment because i had a chance to read the book, too, this weekend. outside his assessment of what he thinks of president trump's worthiness to be president. ainsley: what i gathered from watching the interview last night was i didn't
really learn anything new. steve: it's a rehash. ainsley: other than the fact that his wife and four daughters went out to the women's march after the election and they really were disappointed that hillary clinton didn't win. so the family loves hillary clinton. he said he did not vote. steve: well, listen, i said it was a rehash. a rehash of leaks we got leading up to this and also we did see the book over the weekend. but, nonetheless, some of the highlights from last night that you'll be seeing a lot of today, here is james comey talking about, among other things, how the current president of the united states really shouldn't have that job. just an unfit guy, he says. >> is donald trump unfit to be president? >> yes. not in the way i often hear people talk about it. i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. he strikes me as a person above average intelligence who is tracking conversations and knows what's going on. i don't think he is medically unfit to be president. i think he is morally unfit to be president.
the president who sees moral equivalence in charlottesville. talks about it treats women like they are pieces of meat, lies constantly about matters big and small and believes it. that person is not fit to be president of the united states on moral grounds. the president must embody respect and adhere to the values at the core of this country. the most important being truth. this president is not able to do it. is he morally unable to do that. this president does not reflect the values of this country. brian: he went on to say he doesn't think the president should be impeached and i will paraphrase because the american people must understanding what they did in electing him and must be punished for electing him. you voted for him. evidence became president. now you have to deal with him. getting impeached would be an easy way out for the people. steve: he is blaming the people. whoever voted for donald trump. you put this morally unfit man in office. ainsley: then he talked about how george was talking about why he opened the investigation into hillary clinton days before the
election. he basically said i looked at the polls and hillary clinton was getting 50%, donald trump was getting 38%. i didn't think there waste any chance donald trump was not going to win. brian: why does that matter? ainsley: afterwards he was shocked that affected the election. steve: so, keep in mind, lady justice, the scales and all that stuff, you are not supposed to look at anything. he looked at polls. was he ever political? it looks like he was but he says he was not. >> if you knew that letter would elect donald trump, you would still send it. >> i would. down that path lies the death of the fbi as an independent force. if i ever start considering whose political forces will be affected by a decision, we are done. we are just another player in the tribal battle. brian: i think a lot of people and i don't know why comey didn't point this out. the reason why on october 27th he had to make a decision whether to announce to everybody 'the emails on anthony weiner's
laptop is all about hillary clinton's decision to hire huma abedin who was told to go print these out, so she sent it back to her pedophile ex-husband's laptop who was found in an investigation to have classified emails on that laptop. this is all hillary clinton's decision that put that decision in james comey's lap. now, if we found out president-elect hillary clinton and it's december 20th and all of a sudden this story emerges and we walk into work do you realize that they found confidential classified emails on anthony weiner's laptop in october and they didn't tell us? he is right there would have been a controversy. but this is hillary clinton to blame. ainsley: george stephanopoulos did play clips of hillary clinton saying she did not send classified information. he played clips of her lying. brian: he let of her off the hook. ainsley: yet this president is not morally fit. my wife told me don't be the -- whats what the phrase
that she used when he was talking about abu ghraib? my wife told me basically he felt like he was so morally above everyone else. the title of this book is a higher loyalty. steve: we just heard a moment ago mr. comey talking about you can't be political in this job and yet, chris christie, who worked for james comey as a u.s. attorney says, look, it's all about politics. watch. >> when i worked for jim. if i said to him 11 days before an election that i was going to release information that could potentially affect the election and one the things that influenced me was polling, he would have fired me. he would have fired me on the spot. and it is really disconcerting to me as a guy who worked with him and for him and have defended him on this air and other places over the years, to see this interview and what he was saying. it is exactly what they teach you not to do. what we find out from your interview that he did. that jim comey did care about politics.
so depressing to me as somebody who spent seven years in the justice department trying to make sure the justice department worked the right way. what he is proving in that interview is the president may in fact have been right to fire him. brian: one of the big loss the president has had not having him on his transition team and being in the white house. governor christie makes a great point. i will add to this. he mentioned the polls. if james comey could count on the justice department to be fair, he won't go out and say loretta lynch was in the tank for hillary clinton and president obama wanted it that way. but he is saying i had to be the justice department because i did not trust loretta lynch to do what should have been done. steve: he was quoting the polls. he said conventional wisdom was that hillary clinton was going to win. i had to announce that there had been this secret investigation. because, if it was later revealed that had gone on she would be illegitimate. in other words, he wanted to validate her presidency. ainsley: one last comment we haven't mentioned, something that really bothered me. a guy talking about how this president is not morally fit and how hillary clinton
would have been the better candidate. something that really bothered me is he went after this president's appearance. he talked about. steve: he was petty. brian: all in the book. ainsley: tanning bed and half moons. his hair didn't look real. i think george stephanopoulos, george stephanopoulos should have pressed him on that. steve: and his necktie is too long. brian: tomahawks ab-1 bombers. hit syria along with the u.k. and france because of theitheir continued use of chemical weapons. what kind of message did we second? we thought 5 tomahawk as year ago would and it didn't. was this enough to send a message to the russians, the iranians and syrians that there needs to be a solution here? i don't think so.
steve: there is a story in the "wall street journal" this morning that says that the president of the united states was presented with three different plans. one would take out just their chemical weapons capabilities. the second one would take out a lot of syria's military capabilities and the third one would knock out supports of the russian operation over there and at the suggestion at mr. mattis who was worried about involving russia anymore, he said let's go for the most limited, most specific targeting and that's exactly what they did. meanwhile, later today, we're going to find out what sort of russian sanctions will level against the former soviet union. here is our ambassador to the united nations nikki haley. >> russian sanctions will be coming down. secretary mnuchin will be announcing those on monday, if he hasn't already. and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to assad and chemical weapons use. i think everyone is going to feel it at this point. i think everyone knows that
we sent a strong message. and our hope is that they listen to it. ainsley: she said they don't have good friends. the friends that they do have are causing them harm. steve: we're going to talk to senator joni ernst from iowa about this in about four minutes. in the meantime we have some headlines with sad news about barbara bush. >> absolutely. let's get you caught up on this for sure. let's begin with fox news alert. well-wishes pouring in from across the country for former first lady barbara bush. the 92-year-old deciding not to seek further help after heart problems and copd. she is quote surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving. our thoughts go out to the family. turning to extreme weather. one person is dead after a tornado rips through north carolina. the funnel cloud caught on camera in greensboro. the twister leaving a path of destruction. the city now under a safety emergency. fierce winds and rain also
knocking out power to thousands. severe storms are now barreling east. country music's biggest stars taking sin city by storm for the 2018 academy of country music awards. the show honoring the 58 lives lost in the massacre. jason aldean who was performing when the shooting started paying tribute. >> we thought about starting with a sock. it's bigger than a single song. a song that bring us to our feet, make you want to pull someone close or just live in the moment. nothing can that tak take that y from us. jillian: carrie underwood performing for the first time since her fall. jason aldean taking home. and miranda lambert honored for song of the year tiananmen. guys? brian: chris stapleton went
and had twins. ainsley: he won a lot of awards. that one song about the beach writing in the sand i love that song. he had twins last night and i will think it was his birthday. reba said happy birthday to him as well. steve: i hope he played the lottery as well. next guest says vladimir putin should be held just as accountable for the chem attacks. could the new actions against russia lead to war. retired senate colonel in the national guard, iowa senator joni ernst here. she is live next. brian: if you are going to sing the national anthem. it helps to know the words. ♪ by the dawn's early -- ♪ oh say can you see ♪ by the when trying to save
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actions with the united kingdom and with france. kudos to our president for actually involving allied nations in this strike goings forward we do have to have those discussions in congress. steve: what about putin? come on, is he pulling the strings over there something has got to happen to him and the people who were involved. >> we have heard from ambassador haley. we know that additional sanctions are going to come down. but that is part of those discussions that we need to have in congress. very difficult situation having russia and iran involved in that region as well. steve: one of the conversations a lot of people are having is what we heard from the president. he has made it clear it was about a week before the chemical attack where the president said i would like to get out of there as soon as i can. sarah huckabee sanders says the president stands by that it would be nice to get out as soon as we can. >> i think it would be great to get out as soon as we can. we do need regional stability. i know that's a difficult issue.
but we are still combating isis is in reaj. we do have troops though are involved in syria. that's their primary focus. what we see with bashar al-assad is really kind of a secondary issue for us right now. it is one that we need to discuss again as congress. we need to update our authorization for the use of military force. many of us believe that. the president has the authority to do what he did. steve: sure. >> i'm glad that he did it anything additional to that we need to address this congress. steve: when it comes to the size and scope of the strike on friday night. sounds like the president was presented with three plans and secretary mattis said okay, the big one is way too big for this. so let's go with the smaller of the three. it sounds like the president wanted something bigger. was something bigger called for or was this just about right? >> i think right now, this was about right. because we do have iran and russia involved as well.
and that's where i think if the president wants to do more, again, we need to come back as congress and have those very hard discussions. those are two countries that obviously make things very difficult for us. steve: sure, all right. senator ernst, thank you for joining us from iowa. >> absolutely. steve: the state of my birth. >> best state in the union. steve: i love it, too. thank you, ma'am. meanwhile while much of the focus has been on james comey, insight into the firing of andrew mccabe. dan bongino saw this coming and he said just you wait. he has news coming up next.
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ainsley: here is quick headlines for you. president trump heading to florida for a round table on tax reform. the commander-in-chief sitting down with small business owners to promote the $1.5 trillion tax cut he into law. vice president mike pence expected to make announcement on today. he will speak at the space symposium in colorado springs. some speculate the announcement has to do with cuttings regulations. steve: meanwhile the fbi's former top boss kicking off book tour with more shots at the president. >> distinction between a friend of yours and a friend of ours, i felt this effort to make us all, maybe this wasn't their intention but that's the way it felt to me. to make us all part of the messaging. we're all part of the effort, the boss is at the head of the table and we're going to figure out together how to do that. >> how strange is it for you to sit here and compare the president to a mob boss? >> very strange.
and i don't do it lightly. ainsley: dan bongino is a former secret service agent and host of the dan bongino show. popodcast so successful. what did you think of the mafia boss connection? >> you know, ainsley, for a guy who is 6'8". jim comey could not have looked any smaller last night. what a petty small man. a mob boss? when i was a secret service agent, ainsley, we use to go in the boss' office all the time we are in this together. it's a team. inferring there should be loyalty to the secret service and the cause. jim comey went out there and used expressions used every day in private and public practice across america. to use it continue to father that the president is a mob bos, to compare him to killers and people involved in racketeering. what a disgusting thing to say. jim comey should slither away. he is an embarrassment to
the fbi. steve: one of the things understood at the fbi is you never talk about an ongoing open investigation. yet, there he was on tv last night talking about all these open investigations. doesn't that fly in the face of everything that he says he stands for? >> steve, yes. he can't seem to get his stories straight about what he wants to do. what he does is he selectively keeping certain things quiet when he can use them to leverage them against the president. it is clear as day he can't stand donald trump. that this is personal. steve, there was one thing, too. about this interview, too, yesterday, it jumped out at me, too. he said at one point after every conversation you noticed they kept playing that oh i go home and i typed on the computer and they showed the blanked out computer. really? he reminded me of a kid who like rats on his brother because he got gum in his hair or something like this. he didn't do this for barack obama. how pathetic you took notes on every meeting with the president? brian: also so-called show boating during the bush administration. he was very put down push.
he had said president obama used his sense of humor to build people up and point at himself because he was so confident and humble where george bush would use it to dig at other people. which showed an insecurity. i'm saying to myself he is dr. drew and he was a former fbi director. meanwhile, let's talk about the other news that got smothered and that is the ig report that had andy mccabe confirmed to lie four separate times during this investigation. go between the lines on this. >> well, there was a huge bombshell in that report by the way. and hat tipped to christian adams for pointing me to it over the weekend. at one point a department of justice attorney calls mccabe and starts kind of putting the squeeze on him to make this clinton thing like go their way. how did that get lost in the weekend news? that is a mega story in and of itself. story number two, and by the way if you donated to andy mccabe's legal fund, put a hold on that credit card charge right now. because, get your money back. at one point apparently he
authorizes a leak and then calls two senior fbi managers to ream them out for the leak he caused. brian: do you believe that? >> what kind of a character-free person do you have to be to i scratched my head like this has got to be a new low. brian: who gave him permission to do that leak. he said he got permission. who gave him permission? >> yeah. and apparently he lied to comey, too, which is fascinating. that story was full and i encourage to you go look at it, of just really serious allegations. steve: right. and, dan, this is just the first of the inspector general reports. this one was just focusing on the release was to explain why andy mccabe got fired. we are still going to hopefully find out about fisa abuse and any other department of justice or fbi corruption, right? >> yeah. andy mccabe is going to need that legal money that a lot of liberals gave to him to defend himself. i think the big bombshell in the ig report is going to be if those fbi 302s, the
summaries of the interviews with the people on the case, if they were altered in any way, steve. these guys in a world of trouble. steve: had you suggested that they were at his suggestion. >> yeah, i got a good source. there may be a problem there. he is in a lot of trouble those guys. steve: we'll stay tuned. thank you, sir. brian: friend of the show retired marine drill instructor arminstruct r. leer s passed away. we will look back to his times on the couch. steve: and a look at the awards show. ♪ and man i lived it ♪
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>> because i am hard, you will not like me. but the more you hate me, the more you will learn. >> we have a war faced. you will not cry. you will learn by the numbers. i will teach you. now, get up. get on your feet. >> you are a killer, say sir, yes, sir. ainsley: we are remembering our friend r. lee ermey this morning. brian: he died of complications from pneumonia. steve: we got the news this morning. he was also a marine corps drill sergeant and instructor who served our nation for 11 years. he was 74 years old. he had been on this program a number of times. after full metal jacket he became very popular with tv shows.
in fact, he had a tv show. he was in a lot of movies. for the most part, he was that guy we saw right there. brian: he was not that guy but he was actually a marine and he played a marine well. ainsley: he was also the police officer in texas chainsaw massacre. steve: i don't remember that. ainsley: scariest movie i have ever seen. brian: here are some moments that r. lee ermey on our screen. >> you don't call me sir. you stepped on it again: another thing, fellows. you are not paying attention to me. i get to call the schottel. i kind of like it better that way. >> semper fi, guys. we got to shoot all the guns and blow stuff up. we didn't get to drive it shoot it we got to blow it up. steve: that time he was here to promote a video he had out. he also insisted we call him gummy. a great man.
brian: 26 minutes before the top of the hour. the judge is waiting in the wings to update us on what is going to be happening at 2:00 this afternoon and more jillian has other breaking news. jillian: get you caught up with this. major win in the war on terror. 22 islamic state fighters were killed in a special forces raid. [gunfire] the top u.s. general there saying firefighters in northern afghanistan are losing and on the run. the operation comes six days after an airstrike took out a top islamic state commander and his body guard. southwest airlines passengers scared for their lives trying to land in a severe storm. here is the path the plane was supposed to take from fort lauderdale to new orleans. the track goes right through the storm. here is what actually happened. passengers say it was a nightmare. >> it felt like about to
lift off. i felt like it's done. i'm about to see jesus. i'm about to see momma's baby jesus and pop g papa god. >> you thought you were going to die. >> yes. jillian: plane landing safely. scary moments though. the singer starting over twice before finally getting it right singing the national anthem. ♪ oh, can you see ♪ by the dawn's early -- ♪ oh, say can you see ♪ by the dawn's earl early. jillian: the crowd helping her out of at soccer game in utah. i'm so surprised how many times we see this happening.
i know have you got nervesz and stuff probably but, come on. ainsley: didn't she practice? that's probably what it was. just she was nervous. brian: you get that reverb in your ear. both of us came from recording background. have you never been a performer like we have. i will go over that later in the break. judge: dying to hear it, brian. steve: we have fox news senior judicial analyst you know that laugh anywhere. judge andrew napolitano. judge, i'm a little confused, a couple days ago we had seen a passage out of james comey's new book. he was talking about possible obstruction of justice by the president of the united states. i think he said something like it was unlikely. and last night he said it's possible in the sound bite. watch. >> was president trump obstructing justice. >> possibly. i mean, it certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. >> at some point in your mind, as you are writing these notes, have you shifted to collecting evidence of a possible crime? >> well, yes, in a sense.
i continued to belief that there was force to the fbi general counsel's argument that we are going to have to look at the president. you are never going to look at his conduct because he is the head of the campaign. >> do you think the russians have something on president trump. >> i think it's possible. i don't know. never words i thought i would utter about the president of the united states. steve: so legally possible? >> means nothing. anything is possible. if he had said probable. which means more likely than not, that would have tipped his hand that he saw something. and i think the most dangerous thing for the president that he said last night, much of what he said last night was just his opinion and he is entitled to his opinion like anybody else. i didn't get any new facts from what he said. said. steve: selling a book. >> best book seller is next to me. brian: it is going to help him sell books. >> most dangerous things was
about his comments about obstruction of justice. why do i think that's dangerous? because he talks to mueller and because he knows bob mueller's thinking on this. we don't care if jim comey thinks the president may have obstructed justin. but if he is send ago signal that mueller and company thinks that, they think it on the basis of some evidence and that's potential -- steve: you think he is talking to mueller now? >> sure. he is a witness for mueller. they interact with each other all the time. ainsley: he thinks he is obstructing justice in a sense. what does that mean? either you are or you aren't. >> you went to law school, these nuances mean a lot of things. possible instead of probable. in a sense instead of yes. he wants to get the incendiary thing out there to sell the books blu but he doesn't want to pin himself down to a set of facts which there is not clear strong evidence. brian: most concern about what is going to be happening at 2:00 this afternoon. that's when michael cohen goes into southern district
of new york court in front of a judge. what's at stake. >> the government's theory is and i read the government's documents over the weekend which are on the internet and anybody can read them. the government's theory michael cohen a practicing lawyer for the most part didn't practice law. he was a fixer. he was a dirty tricksster. if he is not practicing law. doing these things some of which are lawful, some of which there is no attorney clients privilege and how are they going to prove that in the government is going to put michael cohen himself on the witness stand. brian: today? >> today. and they're going to grill him. a federal judge long time respected federal judge, i don't even remember who appointed her. she was almost the attorney general under bill clinton. he might have appointed her, will decide you were practicing law. therefore, these are privileged. you are not practicing law, therefore, they are not privileged. a vetting team of three state u.s. attorneys owho have nothing to do with the
case. steve: the taint team. >> privileged get to keep it. brian: but why does it matter? if you are a practicing attorney and says the president asked me for some details trump tower being sued or fire insurance, then sea practicing attorney. >> yes, it matters because the attorney-client privilege is an ancient privilege. which you came to me not as your colleague and said something to me, there is not a privilege. if you came to me as a lawyer to represent you in a legal matter. brian: what's the difference? >> because, if it is privileged, then the government can't look at it and can't use it if it's not privileged, no matter how damning it is to the president, if she finds that he was not practicing law, that he was a dirty tricksster or a fixer, then the government gets to keep all of no matter what it is. ainsley: even if he paid stormy there is something he done legally for the president. the president is paying him. >> suppose the president's tax returns are in those files that were seized. what business is that of bob mueller. steve: what if there are tapes? >> maybe there are tapes of
michael cohen saying to others the president want this. and the president wants that would embarrass the president. brian: what are they looking for? >> they say they are looking for evidence of criminal evidence on the part of michael cohen looking for bank fraud and wire fraud. looking for evidence against the president. steve: judge, thank you. meanwhile, straight ahead. runners getting set to race in the boston marathon as the city marked the fifth anniversary of the finish line bombings. so how is security being stepped up on patriots day in the man who led the hunt, ed davis joins us live from the marathon next. ainsley: new yorker slamming chick-fil-a for christian values. he says it feels like creepy infiltration. why are they so out of touch? brian: first, i asked kenny
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over the last five years. there are almost triple the number of police, state police, federal agents here. the coordination, there is commands post up and running. everybody is talking to each other. one huge problem we had in the marathon was cell phone communication. our cell phones were completely dead. they just rolled out a new system called first net. and the core is up and running. for the very first time today boston fire department is talking about it it's a secure network with at&t that makes police communications separate from commercial communications. that's a huge deal. but the other thing is this helicopters that have run this race. run the course, i should say. to take background radiation readings so if there is a spike in radiation levels they will know about it immediately. i don't know if the choppers will be up today with the weather. it is new england. brian: commissioner, looking at what we are doing now, do you wish you did that then. >> oh, sure. i mean, hindsight is 2020,
and you know, we had 864 police officers just in boston for that event. so, it's not like we were under staffing it. but i think after what happened it's clear that what they are doing now is working much better. it's not only a great testament to the men and women who were working this race but so many of them out there in this inclement weather. it's also, you know, when you combine the coordination, radios, the camera systems that are up and running, this is just a very well protected operation now. and hopefully they have a safe day. brian: right. and i know a lot of the people associated with the attack but also the pursuit of the tsarnaev brothers and the terror that took place after which we covered a lot of it live in the morning and you were too overwhelmed watching television: thanks for brings us insight into
five years ago today. >> thank you, brian. nice to talk to you. brian: the wind is pretty bad even on that umbrella. the trump administration is standing strong against the trum workers slamming chick-fil-a for christian values. he said feels like a creepy infiltration. really? really? really? ♪ spirit in the sky ♪ when i die ♪ urke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything so we know how to cover almost anything. even "close claws." (driver) so, we took your shortcut, which was a bad idea. [cougar growling] (passenger) what are you doing? (driver) i can't believe that worked. i dropped the keys.
an article titled chick-fil-a's creepy infiltration of jorks. the brand's arrival here feels like infiltration in no small part because of its persuasion christian traditionalism. here to weigh in is cbm chief political correspondent and host of face the nation is david brody. what do you think about this. >> where do i begin? how long is this segment, ainsley? look, i have got to tell you. this is hypocrisy. it's media hypocrisy at its best. here is the problem. the new yorker, obviously a liberal magazine and all of that. this is what they do. the it's the latte sipping crowd. they talk with other liberals and all of a sudden about t. becomes this narrative. judeo-christian values that defined this country country frm its inception. the article is so ridiculous on so many different fronts. just take. this if this guy is going to write an article about this. i don't know, maybe he should stop using money because the last time i checked in god we trust is
on our currency. we can go on and on. and all the sim bombs chick-fil-a has about god and jesus. my goodness it's all over a grilled chicken sandwich and they are pretty good. ainsley: they are pretty good. this writer goes on to say because of traditionalism, adorned with bible verses and statues of jesus wash ago disciple's feet. what's wrong with that. >> what's striking to me here, i grew up on the you upper west side of new york in a jewish household. i get it when you live in new york a long time it becomes the center of the universe. look, i understand that. the problem is there is something called america out there. there is a heart land. there is judeo-christian principles. you know, when donald trump, it made me think of donald trump, when he came along and he said i want to bring christmas back and everybody laughed ha ha funny line. what he was really talking about is political correctness. it's time to say christmas again. merry christmas, all of that. and that's the whole points.
liberals are so out of touch and donald trump comes along. and this article exactly explains why liberals just don't get it. ainsley: you are right about there being a whole country in between l.a. and new york, right? a lot of liberals don't understand or don't get. what is interesting though is just like we are seeing in california, you are seeing cities that are speaking out against what their governor wants when it comes to sanctuary cities. here in new york, these chick-fil-as are doing very, very well. they are selling, according to this article, every six seconds they are selling a sand witch. and mr. cathy's started this and a billionaire. people down south love the experience it's closed on sunday and they want to support companies like this. >> judeo-christian win out in the end. this new yorker article like i said. they talk to these other liberals around town and new york and l.a. the problem is they are
talking to 18% of the country. they are not talking to the heart land. that's why there is so much disconnect. that's why you see the media all the time going i don't understand how donald trump is still standing after all this time. it's because you are writing articles like this that are just not compatible at all with mainstream heart land america. ainsley: i think it's back firing. christians are tired of being pushed in a corner and not having a voice. >> trump tapped into that. ainsley: great to see you. >> you bet, ainsley. ainsley: james comey making a point to say this about his family. >> my wife and girls marched in the women's march. probably four daughters probably all five of my kids wanted hillary clinton to be the first woman president. ainsley: comey says he never got political, really? plus south carolina senator lindsey graham anthony scaramucci and deputy white house press secretary hogan gidley and alan dershowitz are all here live coming up.
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>> is donald trump unfit to be president? >> yes. steve: the former fbi director took a lot of shots at the current president of the united states as he tries to sell his book. >> our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. is he morally unfit to be president. >> it is clear as day he can't stand donald trump. that this is personal. >> nikki haley says russia will continue to feel the sting of sanctions. >> sanctions will be coming down. secretary mnuchin be announcing those on monday. >> former first lady barbara bush is seriously ill and seeking comfort care. 92-year-old deciding not to seek further medical help after a series of hospitalizations for congestive heart failure and copd. >> i guess they finally figured out it only takes one woman to do the job of
two men. [cheers and applause] ♪ he never hung his hat up ♪ should have been a cowboy ♪ should have learned onto rope and ride ♪ with my six shooter ♪ ride my pony on a cattle drive brian: this is the one part of the show i actually watched live. i think everybody in the audience was singing along with this song and they did not need a karaoke machine. they actually had memorized the lyrics. ainsley: songs like that make me want to go back to college. we sang songs like this the whole time. so much fun. steve: it was a big night. brian: when you go to college in the south. now country music is all over. for a while it was regional. ainsley: you are in the middle of the woods and everyone was bundled up under blankets and eating eat dogs and s'mores and
singing country music. brian: now we are health conscious. no vegetable. >> thought the meat was bad for you. i would eat the bread with mustard and ketchup. [andy griffith show theme song] steve: thank you for joining us on this monday morning. if you were not watching abc last night at 10:00 and of course a lot of people were watching the academy of country music over the other channel, there you see george stephanopoulos, bill clinton's former press secretary grilling james comey. and before the interview, the president of the united states weighed in on the former fbi director, called him a slime ball, worst fbi director in history. that was yesterday. and before that he is a liar and a leaker. and, in fact, mr. comey himself admitted that he did lie. brian: yeah. steve: last night. brian: one of his explanations in terms of leaker, he did leak. he leaked to the columbia
professor. steve: he lied. brian: why did you call him? why didn't you write a column yourself. i looked out in my driveway and saw all those media people there. how far can i pick just one? really it's called exclusive and it happens every day. don't you think abc and cnn and fox are upset that you picked abc to come out with you? were able to sleep well with that choice. ainsley: may have been better if he said i made a mistake. you have to believe everything he did so it made him look like he was morally higher than everyone else. steve: he had another mistake. he said, you know, when i came out at the end after the hillary clinton email investigation, i made a mistake in so much as i should have found a better way to say it was not -- it was more than an ordinary mistake she had done but it was short of criminal and it was nothing that anybody would ever get -- although most of the planet disagrees. ainsley: i thought yeah, is he a democrat. whole family voted for her. likes her. he didn't vote.
but his girls did. his wife did. they marched. i walked away just thinking he likes the other choice. he is bitter. he is mad he got fired. he is going to come out and write a book against the administration. brian: counter intuitive hired by the bush administration and thought to be a republican even though his family is marching with the women's march and wanted hillary to be the first female president. also important to point out before we hear some of this interview is that his rationale makes no sense when it comes to hillary clinton. she said -- he said, yeah, on the story of you drafting her exoneration before her interview, yeah, anybody
worth her time as an investigator knows where investigation is going when it comes to intent. how do you know where it's going? yeah, perhaps. but how do you know for sure unless you talk to the person to find out what they were thinking to decipher what their intent was? ainsley: good point. steve: when you write the exoneration letter before you talk to somebody not under oath you can do that. he also revealed that it's very important in his line of work never to be political. he did admit that he looked at the polls, saw that she was going to win and so he had to come out and announce to the world about the investigation. ainsley: so when she did win. steve: she would not be illegitimate president. neferls, yoneferls,neverthelesse political, right, jim? , jim? i know you are in there roll the sound bite. brian: don't quit. we're a country that never quits. steve: i'm going to read the sound bite. he said if you knew that letter would elect donald trump, would you still send it? that's what george stephanopoulos said. ainsley: that's the letter he sent to congress. steve: and he said he would. enough to we have the sound bite. >> if you knew that letter would elect donald trump, you would still send it? >> i would. down that path lies the death of an fbi as an independent force in american life. if i ever start considering
whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we're done. we're just another player in the tribal battle. brian: but he did. he did consider. bottom line is, i actually think that he should have said that george stephanopoulos, don't get mad at me. she put me in this spot by giving huma abedin emails to a convicted pedophile. and by the way she -- clinton set those two up on a date. so you can't act like there is no connection. huma abedin, the person who was going to be her chief of staff had the foolish notion it would be a good idea to send classified emails from a private serve tore a laptop where her husband had and asked him to print it out. steve: not prosecutable, according to him. brian: don't get mad at me. talk to the person who used to employ you full time. ainsley: used to be a republican. he didn't vote. his four daughters marched with his wife and they showed pictures of that they showed an interview of his wife saying that she was devastated when hillary clinton didn't win.
i gathered that he really felt like he was doing the right thing. he really felt convicted about learning this information from anthony weiner's laptop so he wanted to reopen that investigation. did he say he looked at the polls, he thought hillary was still going to win. steve: when you look at it i know republicans this morning are going to be and supporters of the president are going to be hitting mr. comey, saying he is a liar and a leaker. but then there is a democrats as welling. lanny davis who very close friend of the clintons says, look, they all feel that he is the reason she is now -- she is not president. and james comey, narcissist. >> only a narcissist who thinks he is above everybody and he gets to decide what to do. it's disgusting that we have an fbi director who puts himself above the law. above the attorney general and the president. he gets to decide what's best for the country. that he didn't want hillary clinton to be elected
without writing a speculative letter that six days later turned out to be about nothing. what he was really doing was protecting his political rear end with the republicans because he thought that hillary clinton was going to get elected. brian: the department of justice he felt was compromised. information they brought forward and were transparent that would help hillary clinton get off to a good start. they had no problem trying to destroy the early years or the early days of the trump administration by putting the whole russia investigation over. which is still existing even today. ainsley: if you watched the interview, we would love to know what your thoughts are. brian: wouldn't you thought december 15th became apparent that all these emails with classified information. some of which may have classified information on them, were available to james comey, didn't come forward. everyone would be ripping him on both sides. steve: let me ask you this, do you think if they found that on michael flynn's hard drive, would he get in trouble? brian: we get in trouble? > steve: would they prosecute
him? ainsley: probably. steve: absolutely. meanwhile, let's talk a little bit about what is going on with syria. you know that the united states and great britain and france struck syria three locations on friday night. now, later today, the united nations it looks like is going to hit russia with some sanctions. here we have a sound bite that talk as little bit about that with nikki haley, our u.n. ambassador. russian sanctions will be coming down. secretary mnuchin will be announcing those on monday. if he hasn't already. and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to assad and chemical weapons use. and so i think everyone is going to feel it at this point. i think everyone knows that we sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to us. ainsley: we sent over 100 missiles and fired them and pummeled those three chemical-related facilities. definitely sent a strong message. brian: there were three
options. this was the least aggressive option. the middle one would have hit more had a broader set of syrian regime targets. i would love to know this guy was getting up in a pup tent instead of his palace today and that would have had a chance to do it. steve: sounds like because the strike was radarring the chemical weapons that they reportedly used they wanted. ainsley: president obama kept saying they don't have. they got rid of. steve: they got rid of that whole red line thing. brian is going to talk to lindsey graham who would have liked to seen a much bigger response. going to talk to them five minutes from right now on this channel. brian: jillian is poised to tell us something else. jillian: we are following breaking news. get you caught up on fox news alert. a major prison riot leaves seven inmates dead. this is outside the lee correctional institution, a maximum security prison in columbia, south carolina. 17 inmates needed outside medical attention after hours of fighting overnight. no officers are hurt and still unclear what sparked
the fight. some of south carolina's most violent criminals live at this facility. we will keep you updated. also breaking right now, well-wishes pouring in from across the country for former first lady barbara bush. the 92-year-old deciding not to seek further medical help after a series of hospitalizations for congestive heart failure and copd. a spokesperson for the bushes says she is quote surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages especially prayers she is receiving. we will bring you a live report from houston in a few minutes. country music's biggest stars taking sin city by storm academy of country music awards. michelle honoring the 58 lives lost in the massacre. jason aldean performing at the time the shooting started paying tribute. >> we thought about starting with a song. it's a lot bigger than a single song. everything you will hear tonight, the songs that bring you to your feet, pull
somebody close or live in the moment. nothing can take that away from us. jillian: carrie underwood returning to the stage for the first time since falling and injuring her face. jillian: she fell outside of her home in nashville injured her wrist and face and there she is performing for the first time since that happened. reba mcentire reuniting with daughter kelly clarkson singing does he love you as for the big winners jason aldean taking home entertainer. and miranda lambert for tiananmen. stapleton not in attendance because as you mentioned earlier in the show his wife had just had twins. big congrats. steve: you have a choice, here or there. you better be here. ainsley: i forgot that kelly clarkson was reba's daughter-in-law. what a fun family. i like them both. steve: big night in music. jillian, thank you. meanwhile straight ahead the
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brian: we got an alert now. president trump vowing to strike again if syria does not put an end to chemical weapons program. lindsey graham sits on the armed services committee. confidante to the president quite often and disappointed by the level of military response to the heinous actions of the assad regime. but, first off, senator, good morning. >> good morning. >> what's on your mind today? >> well, number one, we have got a really good commander-in-chief in donald trump. he has taken the gloves off when it comes to fighting isis. fire and fury and rhetoric got north korea to the table where no other president could. is he about to tear up the iranian nuclear agreement because it's terrible or get a better agreement. he has pushed back against the russians. so, generally speaking, donald trump is rebuilding
the military. but what he did a couple of days ago, puts all that in jeopardy, in my view, and he needs to reconsider his position regarding assad in syria. brian: doubled the amount of strikes 100 instead of 59. judging by the video we were successful. it turns out according to the "wall street journal" the president was presented with three plans. he took the lighter one. middle one people thought he would hit more assad targets. trump was quote as saying he pressed his team to consider strikes on russia and iranian targets in syria if necessary to get at assad sawed's equipment. nick kay haley was for it. >> if you were assad you heard our president saying i am going to make you pay a big price you are animal. what did he see. a military strike didn't change his life at all. assad wakes up the next day and goes back to work. if you are russia or iran
deathly afraid of confronting the russians. i'm russia and iran. i'm believing the american pentagon is going to give us syria without a fight at all. if you are isis you heard we are going to leave, which means they are the only people in town to fight iran. that's a recruiting bananza for them. if you are the kurds you heard we are going to leaf which means they are going to get slaughtered. lindsey graham sees a very conflicted commander-in-chief. when ronald reagan had to deal with an issue like this. when qaddafi killed five american airmen disco in berlin. reagan took off qaddafi. took out missed him. after that qaddafi was a different person. we missed an opportunity to get it right. brian: do you think we do it again if there is some type of chemical attack? are you concerned we have become a chemical weapons police instead of a military super power. >> well, unless something changes, we don't care how you -- we don't care if you kill people, we only care how you kill them which is a
long way from where ronald reagan was. ronald reagan believed shaping history not just washing. there is leading from the front ronald reagan. leading from behind obama or isolationism. when it comes to syria, we can't afford to give syria to the russians and iranians because syria become armed camp for the iranians. never destroy isis unless you get rid of the iranian assad connection because that's what keeps isis in business. so, i hear that we're going out the door. and we're dropping a few bombs on our way out and that's an absolute disaster for the region. brian: they could always change course. >> i hope. so. >> you have the access to find out. senator, thanks for getting up with us from clemson today. >> thank you. brian: the doj doubling down sending more letters to sanctuary cities demanding proof they are comply with federal law. what's it going to take for local leaders to get on board. we are going to ask customs and border commissioner.
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menus from the first meal served upon that doomed ship. steve? steve: thank you very much, ainsly. the justice department has sent another round of letters to sanctuary cities, oakland and seattle as well as the entire sanctuary state of vermont asking that they hand over documents to prove they comply with federal immigration laws. attorney general jeff sessions saying he will not tolerate this intentional effort in his words, to undermine public safety and the rule of law adding that failure to respond will be subject to a subpoena. that will get their attention. so, what's it going to take to make these local leaders comply? here with insight is the commissioner of the u.s. customs and border connection kevin. good morning to you. >> good morning. how are you, steve? steve: i'm good. what are these letters supposed to do. >> we appreciate doj's support in highlighting this challenging phenomenon proliferating jurisdictions around the country. we need to partner with state and locals in law enforcement across the board
and challenging. this effects us at the border two different ways. first, operationally we need to partlyner in jurisdictions along the border with sheriffs, with local police departments to effectively secure that border and handle immigration enforcement efforts. if there is a chilling effect on our partners for working with us in the operational context that's dangerous and unhelpful. the other scenario is where we have apprehended someone who is facing state and local charges. if we have a concern about turning them over because they might be released say if a witness recants, or the indicates doesn' -- case doesn't come to sphriewtion. that's not a case for my field commanders to be making. steve: sure. >> i saw that the duong in the last week or so had sent a letter to louisville, kentucky to reaffirm the fact that they are not a sanctuary city because apparently the city manager or the mayor there had asked for that clarification. but, when you are talking about your partners commissioner, along the border, california not one of your partners. >> well, historically, their
state and local law enforcement entities have been our partners. steve: that's historically but right now you have got a problem. >> yeah the sheriffs have highlighted that broadly kind of rejecting the sanctuary approach in california because they want to continue working with us. but it does create challenges and we appreciate doj's support in highlighting that and push for a change. steve: sure. give us a status on how things are going with the national guard. i know that jerry brown, the governor of the great state of california did toward the end of last week say he would send i believe 400 national guardsmen. they would be scattered throughout the state. they would not be involved in helping you, it sounds like, in any way. >> so it's going to be a big week for national guard deployment across the border states. we're seeing significant arrivals starting today. based on the planning effort we have engaged in with dod over the last couple weeks. you highlight, steve, a key area where we would like to have that partnership with california. the way the process works is
the border patrol chiefs in the sectors in san diego have sent four requirements we have asked dodd support with. dodd national guard bureau then those out to the state who can supply forces to address those missions. we are awaiting for california's responds. we hope it's a positive one. steve: just update on any portions of the fence or wall that are being constructed or reconstructed. >> yeah. the wall is under construction. mullett pell areas. in el centro, it's going up 30-foot steel ballard wall. a wall on the north side of the border. our secretary is going to be visiting this week. we are also building an el paso seeing sector o barrier where people could still climb across. that's going to be a steel ballard wall as well. we are excited about those developments and investment that the administration has fought for in border security. steve: these wall designs you are talking about actually being constructed, are they close to the
prototypes we just showed on tv. >> several use this steel ballard concept. we were honored to be able to show it to the president a few weeks ago. steve: he is the commissioner of the u.s. customs and border protection. kevin, we thank you for joining us today from our nation's capital. >> thank you, steve. steve: meanwhile straight ahead a history book with the skewed message anti-trump curriculum being taught to high school students. we will tell you where. and james comey, former fbi director comparing president trump and his team to the mafia. >> the distinction between a friend of yours and a friend of ours. >> how strange is it for you to sit here and compare the president to a mob boss? steve: well, anthony scaramucci is the former member of president trump's team and he is here to react to that mob business next. ♪ how do you like me now ♪ how do you like me now ♪ ♪
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>> i had a flashback to my days investigating the michaemafia. i felt effort where we are all part of the messaging and effort. the boss is at the head of the table and we will figure out a way to do this. >> how strange is it for you to sit here and compare the president to a mob boss? >> very strange. and i don't do it lightly. that leadership culture constantly comes back to me when i think about my experience with the trump administration. brian: there you go. that is the james comey last night famously calling the president, reminding him of a mob boss. because he broke down sammy the bull and rudy giuliani earlier in his career and says this reminds me of that. let's bring in anthony scaramucci former white house communications director and had a chance to
digest this. you know what it's like to be a businessman in new york and this president was a businessman in new york. welcome back. are you insulted by that? >> i can be insulted by that but i can't do anything about it because, for whatever reason, it's still an unprotected class of people where they can say whatever they want about you. i'm in the white house. they are saying i'm a walking pinky ring. imagine if i was another ethnic group that couldn't say that right? it just speaks to comey's sansanctimony and lack of awareness of his language and lack of wareness. they call him cardinal comey for the reason. he thinks he has the answers. he thinks he has the paypal anthony and he is the one make the decisions. look what he did to attorney general loretta lynch, he abrogated her process and went out to the press on his own to speak about the campaign. he made a decision based on politics. president is 100 percent right about this.
this was purely politically by comey. secretary clinton is winning. let me go and do. this he realize he this trouble as related to the anthony weiner emails and then had a flip flop on that. he has every side of the equation disliking him because of the policies. ainsley: you read the book. what did you think the book? >> i want to be fair about the book. i thought we talked about his upbringing. i was very impressed with his upbringing. when he talks about the culture inside the fbi. very impressed with that he obviously loves president obama. he has a right to do it. and he tries to act like is he nonpartisan but is he actually very partisan. so, you know, when you see his family out there in the woman's march and see his wife admitting that she desperately wanted secretary clinton to be the first woman president. steve: sure. >> very, very partisan. that's okay that you are partisan. let's tell the american people how partisan you are and let's drop the sanctimony. so, i don't like the italian american stuff. i don't like the hits on the president for another
reason. you worked for the president. he was your boss. okay. he elected to fire you. i got fired, no big deal. i'm still loyal to the president. and i think that when you are the director of the fbi, you are at a certain level where he is the president. subordinate yourself to the president, okay, and zip your mouth. what about you and john kelly? i don't know john kelly. john kelly wasn't even a part of the campaign and so, you know, what john kelly did and my issue with john kelly is not even related to him firing me i want to make that clear as well. people are worried about the president because it feels like the democrats are coming after him and the question of whether or not he obstructed justice at any point along, you know, during his time as president or the russian collusion. regarding obstruction of justice last night, mr. comey said it's possible. >> he said a lot of things like that last night. by the way. i thought george stephanopoulos was very
objective interviewer. he pointed out to james comey what some of the flaws were in his argument and also pointing out to james comey if you were watching it last night, which i did. okay. this gentleman lacks some level of self-awareness explain to him what the defects are, what the flaws are in thinking process and how he is going through his analysis of things. i don't think the president obstructed justice. and i certainly don't think the president was involved in anything that was co-liewive. i think all of that will come out. i think if you are the president. you would have to be very frustrated by what he is describing as a witch-hunt. i talked to the president on saturday morning. i think he is very confident he will be exonerated. ainsley: after the syria strikes what did he say. >> he said, listen, make if clear to people that i am totally comfortable with this investigation. and that i don't believe i have done anything wrong. comfortable in the sense that he is exonerated. not comfortable in the sense that it's been ridiculously long and on striewive and
distracting and as he describes a witch-hunt. brian: how difficult is it for the president to hire replacement attorney. where is he at in that process. >> i haven't talked to him specifically about that. brian: is he happy his legal team. >> i think he is happy his legal team. hhe can more or less hire. there are people who called me specifically related to. this they are very eager to work for the president. the president makes on station to bring on one or two of the people. ainsley: who do you think he should bring on? >> i don't want to say that it's unfair to the president. let him make the decision. if you look at the roster, baseball like i do look at the roster of people that the president can choose from, he will have a world class legal team. he already have a world class legal team. jay sekulow is doing a good job. brian: what's he waiting for? this is the time you need a world class legal team. >> i think he is there he will probably add somebody in the next couple of weeks. here is the one thing have you got to know.
he hasn't done anything wrong. when you understand the president's personality, he is sort of frustrated by all of that. he is not as anxious on the legal side as you would expect. steve: since you mentioned you talked to the president after the syria strike, is there any support of that conversation regarding his commitment or his satisfaction in the raid that you could share with us? >> very specifically he wants people to know that, look, is he a measured guy. he was trying to come up with the rival level of strike. >> sounds like he wanted something bigger problem in the area. as much as he wants to eradicate the use of chem welfare. he is not an interventionist. he is not a neo conservative. he cares about these lives having said that as a moral leader and this is the united states and we are a benevolent nation. you can't watch innocent children be gassed by their leadership.
brian: macron evidently got to the president and reasoned with him to not pull troops out right away the mets are 12-2 you are one of the owners. who could have predicted that. >> ticket sales are up. brian: turns out jillian mele would like to go. >> god lives in new york and he is a met fan. ainsley: met fan not a yankee fan. >> i grew up in port washington. i used to take the train to shay station. steve: do you know who loves the conversation jillian. jillian: game at field. philadelphialys are playing. >> they are playing tight and close. brian: could -- could we remind god it's been 186 since we won a world series. i'm not questioning your existence but i would like another championship. steve: anthony, thank you very much. >> we need mercy from god too, brian. jillian: i can appreciate you guys wanting to cheer on your team. i get it fully appreciate and support. good morning to you at home.
get you caught up on stories. southwest airlines scared for passengers trying to land in a severe storm. here is the path the plane was supposed to take from fort lauderdale to new orleans. of the track is right through the storm. here is what actually happened. passengers say it was a nightmare. >when we were about to lift off, i thought it's done we are about to go see jesus. momma baby jesus and papa god. >> you actually thought you were going to die. >> yeah. >> plane landing safely in new orleans. tense moments for those on board. outrage after a high school history textbook that takes jabs at president trump and his supporters. one exit reportedly says hillary clinton supporters were quote worried about the mental instability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation. the book also discusses the protests in ferguson, missouri, saying police increased tensions and defaced memorials for michael brown. iconic full metal jacket actor and retired marine
drill instructor r. lee ermey has died. >> you will not cry. you will learn by the numbers. i will teach you. now, get up. get on your feet. jillian: actor and friend of the show died of complications from pneumonia. his appearances on the curvey couch always memorable. >> you don't call me sir, brian. brian: should i call you sergeant? >> you stepped on it again, didn't you? i get to call the shots. i kind of like it better that way. we got to shoot all the guns, blow stuff up. we had a great time. jillian: ermey was 74 years old. guys? steve: shoot guns and blow stuff up. he was talking about a video project he was working on. good man and great friend of the show. brian: she is on the show. she goes by the name janice dean on television. steve: how about the crazy weather with that flight? janice: oh my gosh it feels like a monday. ice, snow, tornadoes. oh my gosh. colder than average across
the midwest, the great lakes. much of the country. snow, and ice and heavy rain. flood advisories in effect along the coast. and the snow continues for the great lakes. we saw record-breaking snow, close to 2 feet of snow for green bay yesterday over the weekend. so there your future radar. it's going to linger. travel problems throughout the day today. hopefully well out of the area by tuesday. for now we are going to deal with a messy commute and another system moves across the west coast. sunny in houston though, it's 81. ainsley: we have a lot of viewers who live there. ainsley: we do. you are so lucky. brian: they have been through a lot. they deserve the sun. jay jay they do. ainsley: former first lady barbara bush no longer seeking medical treatment after series of hospitalizations. we have a live report from houston where it's going to be sunny today. her family is gathering there we will tell you more next. ♪ wakey! rise and shine!
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steve: this is a fox news alert. former first lady barbara bush is seriously ill and now seeking what they refer to as comfort care. ainsley: she is 92 years old and decided not to seek any further medical help after a series of hospitalizations. brian: casey stegall is live in houston outside the bush family home with the latest. hey, casey, what's it like out there? >> hey, good morning, guys. fox has confirmed that the 92-year-old former first lady is at home where she is resting comfortably. it's in this exclusive gated community back here in west houston. according to a bush family spokesperson, mrs. bush has had a recent series of hospitalizations. and after consulting doctors and family members, she has decided not to pursue further medical treatment and, instead, focus on comfort care. is he reportedly surrounded by family. though we cannot confirm who
all is here at the home in houston. barbara bush and her husband, former president george herbert walker bush celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this year. making them the longest married couple in presidential history. she has been suffering from congestive heart failure and copd, a pulmonary disease for the last several years. and also graves disease, a thyroid condition for decades. remember, she was hospitalized with bronchitis last year. the same time her husband was also in the same hospital here in houston. now, clearly reaction has been pouring in from the political world and all over via social media. u.s. ambassador to the united nations nikki haley saying, quote: prayers going up for a woman of great faith in an unwavering love of country, our country is better because of former first lady barbara bush. and the senate g.o.p. tweeting our thoughts and prayers are with the former
first lady, barbara bush and the entire bush family. a spokesperson adding that mrs. bush appreciates all of the many kind messages that she is receiving. most importantly, all of the prayers come in. steve, ainsley, brian. steve: and she is getting a lot of them on this monday morning. casey stegall near downtown houston with the latest on barbara bush. thank you, casey. brian: 11 minutes before the top of the hour. james comey claiming it's possible that president trump obstructed justice. >> when he asked me, said he hopes i can let it go. >> is president trump obstructing justice? >> possibly. it certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. brian: what does alan dershowitz think about that he is here to react. ainsley: massachusetts college. -- these women are using campuses to have a one-way conversation. not a discussion
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ainsley: why did you go and why did you write the op-ed. >> as a college republican at mount hope i thought it was a great event to go to. these women are controversial. i wanted to hear what they had to say. as the a conservative student i'm not afraid to hear opinions that are different than mine. i wanted to go and ask tough questions i think that's great for dialogue and discussion. when i walked in the building and forbidden from doing so i was shocked. i couldn't believe my university wouldn't allow us to engage in education isn't that what hire education is for. >> tell us what happened inside the room. did you presubmit some questions and you wanted to be called on and they didn't choose your question. >> yes. they didn't choose my question. when i first walked in the building, there was no recording, no taking pictures, no anything like that. and you had to submit the questions ahead of time which i thought was crazy. steve. ainsley: not a discussion. >> these women are community organizers, why are they afraid of taking questions from you college student from the community they are
visiting. they should have been okay with it when you have conservative speakers come on campus they often time get shut down by liberal students. only time they're ever invited can s. when conservative groups invite them. i thought it would be great time to have a discussion and clearly they weren't up for it. ainsley: we did get a statement from the school. they said when our students have the opportunity to engage with political figures, who hold views other than their own, and to critically express their opinions, we have achieved our mission, to prepare students through a liberal education incident grating curriculum and careers for lives of thoughtful, effective and purposeful engagement in the world. what are your thoughts? >> clearly that didn't happen. we weren't allowed to talk to these speakers about what they believe. they had a lot of controversy surrounding them lately. they have been aligning themselves with anti-semites. they have been coming out in support of back pages which just pleaded guilty to trafficking women. and so i think it's really insane we weren't allowed to engage in conversation. the leadership institute's campus reform reports on this all the time. this is not unique to my
university. at first, you know, you have these conservative speakers coming on the stage and asking students t who disagree with them to ask questions first. i'm shocked these liberal students couldn't handle questions from a 22-year-old college student. ainsley: kassy thank you for being on with us. >> thanks for having me. ains hillary clinton is firing back saying comey never questioned her handling of it live in the next hour. congressman keith ellison making this absurd claim. >> women are dying because we are losing elections. we don't have the right to lose a damn election. ainsley: is he going too far with that statement? we'll debate it coming up. ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ you got to give for what you take ♪ freedom ♪ freedom
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♪ >> is donald trump unfit to be president? >> yes. steve: the former fbi director took a lot of shots at the current president of the united states as he tries to sell his book. >> our president must embody respect and adhere to the values at the core of this country. he is morally unfit to be president. >> it is clear as day he can't stand donald trump. this is personal. brian: president trump vowing to strike again if syria does not put an end to chemical weapons programs. >> fire and fury rhetoric at got north korea to the table where no other president could. he is about to tear up the iranian agreement. ainsley: former first lady barbara bush is seeking comfort care. deciding not to seek medical help after a series of
hospitalizations for heart failure and copd. >> i guess they finally figured it out it takes one woman to do the job of two men. [cheering] ♪ steve: how great is that. she is back. carrie underwood. she has not been seen in public, certainly not performing since that accident. where she hurt her face. ainsley: can't even tell. look how beautiful she is. whoever the plastic surgeon he or she did a great job.
brian: it was tough deciding to what to watch. "legends and lie" thank you. frederick douglas was the feature. had to wait until 10:00. i thought it was on at 8:00. 10:00 to watch george stephanopoulos talk to james comey for an hour. we all three stayed up and watched it. steve: this was civil war. the former fbi director against the president of the united states. some of the highlights the fact that he feels, the president of the united states possibly obstructed justice. here is the sound bite everybody is playing today. james keep my does not donald trump and feels is not morally fit. >> i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia.
he strikes me a person above average intelligence, who is tracking conversations and knows what is going on i don't think he is medically unfit to be president morally unfit to be president. sees moral equivalence at charlottesville. treats women like piece of meat. who lies constantly about matters big and small and insist the american people believe it, that person is not fit to be president of the united states on moral grounds. our president must embody respect and adhere to the values at the core of this country, the most important being truth. this president is not able to do that. he is is morally unfit to be president. this president does not reflect the values of this country. brian: of course, coming up little later on cnn, the kennedys, where every other day there was something immoral going on and hillary clinton. ainsley: lying. brian: fdr. people less than perfect occupied the oval office, less than effective leaders. not everybody can be as perfect
as him. >> i felt he said information they already knew. except for the fact they put up pictures of his wife and daughters marching in the women's march. a clip of his wife's in previous interview after the election she was so upset hillary clinton didn't win. he was registered as republican at one point, an independent. he said he didn't vote in the election. you can tell he has disdain for this president. steve: sure. that sound bite that we played he feels donald trump is morally unfit. email from the department of justice said anytime james comey was fbi director disagreed with one of the doj lawyers, he would say, your moral compass is askew. all about moral clarity. the moral comps -- compassion. morally unfit. last thing it would be would be political. here is jim. >> if you knew that letter would elect donald trump you would
still send isn't. >> i would. down that path lies the death of the fbi as an independent force in american life. if i ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision we're done. we're just another player in the tribal battle. ainsley: why is the moral compass? i felt like in the whole interview he-minded us as the audience he made every decision it was the moral decision, right decision. then he went after the president's appearance. going to a tanning bed and if his hair was real. steve: he also explained he made political judgments. he looked at polls. he knew hillary clinton was going to win. he had to intervene and tell america about the investigation, if she was elected she would be an illegitimate president. okay he said it is not political but at same time it was political. brian: by the way, it is detailed in the book. i encourage you not to get it. he interviews him. bret will be third after "the view" today. is the "view" today? i'm not sure.
steve: i don't know. brian: he talks about the george bush, scooter libby, sammy "the bull" gravano, he also talks about what led up to exonerating hillary clinton. he said he did draft a letter exonerating her before they talked. anybody that questions that, if you are not doing an investigation and you don't know where it is going you should be fired. therefore he did draft that ahead of time. so if he didn't keep politics into play why was he so concerned about loretta lynch. ainsley: he has answer for everything. brian: why is he so concerned about loretta lynch not being somebody that could turn the scrutiny on hillary clinton? ainsley: he said loretta lynch did come to him, call it a matter, not an investigation. george said, do you think she was trying to protect hillary clinton? he said, i don't know. brian: here is what he said in circle 2016 in development still unknown to the american public we were alerted to material come into the possession of the u.s. government from a classified
sour that became the unverified material would undoubtedly used by political opponents to cast doubts on the ag's independence in connection with the clinton investigation. the question is about that, was she promised a supreme court justice seat? was she promised to continue at her job if she did a certain thing? steve: the way they indicated. it is not public knowledge but doesn't sound like if it was possible knowledge sound like loretta lynch had a side in the election. that is just wrong. we have a sound bite. here is jails comey talking about loretta lynch. yes he made the clinton investigation announcement without talking to his boss. >> as much as i like her i have to step away from her and show the american people the fbi's work separately. if it was about ego why would i step out in front of the organization around get shot any thought as bad it would be for me personally, this is my obligation to protect the fbi and the justice department. the attorney general of the united states could not credibly
announce this rut, if she did it would do corrosive damage to the institutions of justice. what was unusual about this, in fact unprecedented i decided it was important i speak separately from the attorney general. if you issue a one-liner from the obama justice department about the democratic nominee for president of the united states corrosive doubt creeps in that the system is rigged somehow. steve: there throws loretta lynch under the bus but as it turns out loretta lynch threw him under the bus first. ainsley: he said he never questioned handling, how she was handling the clinton email investigation. i have known james comey 30 years. throughout his time as director we spoke directly about some of the sensitive issues in law enforcement ain't national security. if he had questions about the email investigation he had ample opportunities to raise them with me in private or meetings. he never did. brian: his comeback, he said during the investigation he
protested he wrote a story that "new york times" said we're doing an investigation. what are you doing a an investigation. "new york times" was write because they were doing investigated but they when crazy on the word. loretta lynch has a meeting. don't say investigation, say matter. james comey said, what do you mean, why would i do that? she came back to and said to him, just do it. he said none of this happened. he has it specifically happened. to the this great memory on most portions of his life, who is telling the truth there? steve: president of the united states before the interview ran referred to mr. comey as a slimeball. the worst fbi director in history. said he is a liar and leaker. they have got the lying comey.com website. the president's former white house communications director said this about mr. comey just half an hour ago. >> this was purely politically motivated by james comey. he tries to act like he is non-partisan but he is actually
very partisan. when you see his family out there in the womens march and you see his wife admitting she desperately wanted secretary clinton to be the first woman president, very, very partisan of the that is okay that you're partisan. let's tell the american people how partisan you are and let's drop the sanctity money. brian: he was saying it will be a long four years to president obama. he does worship president obama. although he was brought on during the bush years. they say he is republican. ainsley: he was at one point irk here is what ron wrote to us. appears comey feared and hated president trump. not sued to be the fbi director. steve: michael email, lordy because comey youd that in his tweets. he sounds like a disgruntled employee trying to smear at president's name and covered his own tail. ainsley: the fbi' rep take is stained for years to come. brian: have news for you, andy mccabe didn't help either. if you read the report on the
inspector general. steve: it was the right thing to do according to the inspector general of the department of justice. what do you think? email, friends at "fox & friends".com. we read the email. brian: jillian produced best selfie i have ever seen. ainsley: people liked it. brian: you posted on jillian mele enterprises. >> steve: enterprises. what does that mean? earns. jillian: it will be on social media. we have serious news to get to. a fox news alert. a major prison riot leaves seven prison inmates dead. this is the shot outside the lee correction al institution in in south carolina. no officers were hurt. it is still unclear what sparked the fights. some of south carolina's mow violent criminals live at this facility. well-wishes continue to pour in from across the country to
former first lady barbara bush. 92-year-old deciding not to seek further medical help after series of hospitalizations for confess tiff heart failure and copd. spokesperson for the bushes says she is surrounded by family she adores and appreciates. many kind messages especially prayers she is receiving. we'll bring you a live report from houston in just a few minutes. heavy security in place this morning on the fifth anniversary of the boston marathon bombings. the race kicks off in a few minutes with thousands of police officers lining the route. former police commissioner ed davis joins us with more about the security for the race. >> helicopters and taking background radiation reads if there is spike in radiation levels they will know about it immediately. jillian: in 2013 two bombs killed three people and injured more than 26others.
president trump heading to florida for a roundtable on tax reform sitting down with the small business owners to promote the $1.5 trillion tax-cut package he signed into law. vice president mike pence heads to colorado today. he is expected to make announcement on space policy at the space symposium. no word what the announcement is. speculation it is on cutting regulations. back to you. steve: thank you, jillian. ainsley: we tried to get it up on the screen. steve: 8:13 on this monday morning. jump administration standing firm against the assad regime. we will talk to administration's guy hogan gidley. ainsley: has congressman keith ellison gone too far? we'll debate this absurd claim just ahead. >> women are dying because we are losing elections. >> yes! >> we don't have the right to lose a damn election.
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brian: fox news alert now. president trump vowing to strike syria again if the assad regime doesn't put a stop to its chemical weapons program. joining us with the latest on the white house strategy, deputy white house press secretary hogan gidley. always great to see you. this is no easy today, today
especially, but i would like to talk about what we introduced you with. that is the syria strike. on friday "the wall street journal" reports that the president was presented with three options. first you touch you did. second was more robust. went after russian and iranian areas where there was some assad assets. third would have been more extreme. you went with the lighter touch dedespite the president's instincts to go with the middle. why? >> the president wanted to accomplish couple things. one was to completely destroy assad's chemical weapon depot. the strike was surgical, strategic and appropriate. it accomplished everything he wanted to do. assad used chemical weapons on his own people. it was disgusting and grow desk. the president saw the opportunity and took it. past presidents drawn a line in the sand and other nations went right pass those and didn't do anything about it. president said no more. we'll do something about it right now and that's what he
did. brian: with france and uk help. >> showing great leadership bringing our partners and allies on board. it was a strike they all did together t was appropriate. and the world's better off for it. brian: the french leader macron i convinced president of benefits of staying in syria with a presence and what would happen if we left he convinced him to stay. would you back that? >> look what the president has said he absolutely wants our troops to come home but he wants the mission to be accomplished as it relates to devoting and crushing isis. we're on the the path to doing . we've seen success better than any previous president including barack obama who allowed isis to be created and grow even he called them a jv team. this president said he would crush them. that is what he ising do. we want the traps to come home but until then we will accomplish what we want in the region. brian: they say there now. james comey, big ratings, will sell a lot of books. he says the president is not
morally worthy of being president of the united states. what is the white house reaction to that? >> james comey is disgraced, disgruntled individual, fired from the fbi for lying and leaking to completely go against everything he was put in power to do. and only in washington, d.c. could a proven admitted liar and leaker be paraded around town as he was pair gone of virtue. that is disgusting. brian: he never admitted he lied but he admitted he leaked. >> he absolutely lied. he said multiple times he didn't kowtow to political pressure. he did. he mentioned he never leaked information. then he said he did. this guy is challenged with the truth. brian: hogan gidley, thanks so much. stay try. >> thanks. brian: it will be a busy day at the white house. coming up straight ahead, top democrat keith ellison said women are dying because democrats are not winning s that fair? i think there is another side to
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tracing back to distributor in yuma, arizona. they are advising to throw away chopped romaine lettuce. that is what you have to worry about. ainsley. ainsley: thank you, steve. deputy chair of the dnc, congressman ellison yet again because claiming women are dying because democrats are losing elections. listen to this. >> did you know in missouri and in texas and maybe other places maternal mortality has risen. women are dying because we are losing elections. >> yes! >> we don't have the right to lose a damn election. ainsley: is this a bridge too far? here to debate this, national justice director for senator bernie sanders 2016 campaign, tel is an figure a row and fox news contributor tammy bruce. did you think women are dying because hillary clinton didn't win? >> no. as a matter of fact the congressman mentioned a survey
out of texas been debunked incorrect because somebody checked something wrong in a pull-down menu when it came to maternal fatality rates. but what it also struck me though, as really incredibly pandering that woman are so fragile, so out of control of their own lives that if democrats don't get elected that we'll die. the women are at risk especially when they don't have a job, when they don't have enough money to pay the rent, they can't live where they want to live, they don't have enough money for their premium for health care or for the certainly for the deductible and the co-pays, that is where women decide not to go to the doctor or take their children to the doctor because of what as an example obamacare did to co-pay rates et cetera. so especially also though when it comes to business. now we know that women are doing better under of course president trump. not only all americans doing better because of the tax
reform, more women have more money their pockets but almost 10 million americans own small business. we're small business owners. we employ almost 1 1/2 million people. so when the businesses were getting breaks as well, that meant women's live are more expanded. we have more opportunities to make better decisions for our own lives and our family. so women are doing better. under obama two million women slipped into property. this is where the change is happening. >> she brings up a good point a lot of people feel more alive together they have more money coming into their bank accounts and take vacations with their family and put food on their table. >> i'm not a maternal mortality expert but i will not play one on d.c., i was on the side of the stage when congressman ellison spoke the real breaking news was congressman ellison, senator nina turner and certain certain but the democratic establishment on notice. 450 candidates stood to their
feet when she is speakers spoke the time is up. that is what is really important. as far as why congressman ellison chose to use the wording that he did i think we're really missing the point, people whether you want to say people are dying because of lack of health care, medicare, i'm certainly not a specialist in that area but what i think the democrat establishment should really know from this particular issue people were put on notice and people were ready to go fired up, me as independent voter was happy to hear it. ainsley: tammy we've had a lot of people on our show talking about thanking the president for what he is doing with the opioid crisis. saving lives there. building the wall or wanting to prevent illegal drugs coming into our country, because that kills so many americans on a daily basis. >> right. think i my friend and i on the other side of the aisle agree. women we have to stop using women as political footballs. politicians attempt to divide us so that we either fight with each other when we so so many things in common. opioid epidemic affecting all
men and certainly women as well to say the least. president trump is working on that as well. we've got so many things that we, i think we would agree on that if we came together and worked on them we would actually make a difference and reject this notion that women need politicians in order to be able to live our lives properly. we needless government, better policy, hopefully that is the trajectory for the next seven years. ainsley: give you last word. >> democrat establishment was put on notice. it was something that people wanted to hear. was very impressive to hear not just congressman ellison. ainsley: why do they need to be on notice? >> that on notice is time on. any blue will not do. cynthia nixon either people vote for democratic values they will stop voting for democrats. the democratic establishment needs to pay attention to the words beyond congressman ellison said. >> got to be about policy right. >> absolutely agree. >> that's right. >> as business owner with over
300 employees there are people on the other side of the aisle, me being one independent, believes in small business. i never shy away from that. conversation is certainly broader than to seven minute exchange. i think bigger thing i hope people pay attention to that these candidates are fired up ready to remove people from the seats. ainsley: thanks very much for joining us. president trump made his first comments after the james comey interview. we'll analyze them, and comey's claims as well with one of the brightest legal minds of our time, professor al been -- alan dershowitz. here is lady antebellum performing last night. ♪
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>> if i ever start considering who's political fortunes will be affect bid a decision we're done. >> what we find out the interview, that jim comey did care about politics. it is so depressing to me as somebody who spent seven years in the justice department trying to make sure the justice department worked the right way, what he is proving in that interview president may have in fact been right to fire him. steve: they're both talking about politics. alan dershowitz, harvard law professor emeritus, lifelong democrat, author after great book. ainsley: there it is. steve: what did you make of
mr. comey's performance last night? >> well you know i agreed with one thing he said, let's leave it to the voters. let's not go to impeachment. let's not try to criminalize political difference. that is what i've been arguing about a long time but i really thought he demeaned the fbi by leaking material about unsubstantiated allegations, by trafficking in gossip, i call it the leak leak. steve: that was only way -- the leak leak. the only way to get the word out and start the special prosecutor ball rolling. >> he had no courage or guts to speak himself in front of the tv. he laundered it through a law professor and fav the worst excuse last night. well, there was so many journalist, i didn't want to give it to one journalist, i leaked it through my law professor friend from "the new york times." the one thing it showed -- brian: isn't that bizarre. whoever heard of that? that is exclusive. have a friend in the business,
call up a reporter. i want you to run. >> what is showed this is man without courage. he didn't have courage to tell the president to his face he was wrong. instead he leaked it. he didn't have courage to walk out of the meeting which he said was improper meeting when he was in the presence of the president. showed no courage. i think one of the reasons that the president talks to me from time to time i tell him exactly what i think at every point in time. i told obama what i thought. i told clinton what i thought. if you're head of the fbi you have to look the president in the eye, mr. president, you're wrong. ainsley: this is what the president just tweeted. he said comey drafted, first time he talked since the interview. comey drafted the "crooked hillary" exxon rage long before he talked to her, lied in congress to senator grassley, then based decisions on her poll numbers. disgruntled, he, mccabe and others -- >> i will tell mr. president, you're dead wrong. he did not commit many crimes. let's not try to criminalize what he did. if you don't like what comey
did, come on the show, say you don't like what comey did, but don't try to invent crimes against your political enemy. president shouldn't be doing it. comey shouldn't be doing it. the special counsel shouldn't be doing it. brian: review his timeline. he gets information about the emails. he is is looking through them. there is an investigation going on it leaks to "the new york times." "the new york times" gets blitzed by hillary clinton camp. pull that down. there is no investigation going on. there was an investigation going on. >> right. brian: when he sits down with loretta lynch, call it a matter not an investigation. that prompted him to go out on his own. >> all terrible stuff. brian: in the spring i started drafting letter, sold sally yates to draft the letter. why? why would he do that the investigation is going in certain way. you hadn't talked to hillary clinton yet. unless she lied we knew what we were going to get. unless she lied? she was not under oath. why wouldn't she bend the truth if the truth didn't make her look bad. how can you draft a letter before the exoneration.
>> that is not proper procedure but it is not criminal. brian: true. >> in order to charge somebody with a crime you have to find something that is criminal. one of the good things for president trump about the whole comey thing it brings attention back to obstruction of justice and collusion where the president is safe. his vulnerability is in new york, in the southern district but you know what the good news for him in the southern district? they can bring sessions back. he is not any longer recused when it comes from the separate investigation in new york. because that's unrelated to the russia matter. and that gets rosen stein -- sure, he recruised himself, sessions he was potential witness in the russia investigation. it is about prepresidential activities. session is attorney general of the united states. he is back in charge of the investigation. not rosenstein. steve: he could take a whole of that, if he is watching right
now. that according to alan dershowitz. you touched on whether what the president engaged in firing comey and stuff like that. a number of democrats said that is obstruction of justice. that is your opinion. here is what mr. comey said last night on television. watch this, professor. >> was president trump obstructing justice. >> possibly. it certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. >> at some point in your mind as you're writing these notes, have you shifted to collecting evidence of a possible crime? >> well, yes in a sense. i continued to believe there was force to the fbi general counsel's argument we'll have to look at the president. you're not only looking at conduct because he is head of the campaign. >> do you think russians have something on donald trump. >> i think it is possible. i don't know. it these are four words i thought i would never utter about president but i think it is possible. >> it is not legal or probable. it is possible.
>> that is wrong. you don't traffic in speculation, former head of fbi presumed to know everything. when he says on national television it is possible, yeah, that is probably -- ainsley: did he find anything. >> he should have said there is no evidence. we found no evidence the russians have anything on him. we found no evidence to support the steele dossier. we have no evidence. that's what he should say. he is in the evidence business, not in the speculation business. but remember comey said to congress, the president was right in firing him. he was legally authorized to fire him. ainsley: he is saying one thing. president said that never happened. he is saying one thing about loretta lynch. loretta lynch says that never happened. >> look, first of all in my view of the constitution it doesn't matter. the president could have told comey i direct you to stop the investigation of russia because it is hurting the united states. the president has the authority under the constitution to do that. it ought to change. congress ought to try to make the fbi an independent organization. right now it is part of the justice department, which is part of the cabinet, which is
part of the unknit terri executive. the president's in charge. brian: talk about at 2:00 today michael cohen is going to be in court. what is at stake? what should donald trump be looking at? he will also ask the judge to block this judge from reviewing documents seized in the cohen raid? >> they have a very good judge, former student of mine, judge kim ba wood, she is tough and smart. she ought to take over the tainting. she ought to look at everything seized in cohen office say this is confidential lawyer client. ainsley: will she be fair? brian: is he donald trump's lawyer. does he have to prove that today? >> the government has to prove he is not, essentially. there is a legal relationship. there is lawyer-client relationship t doesn't apply to every conversation but it presumptively apply -- brian: how does that affect documents taken four locations? >> that is why you need a judge. you don't want fbi agents going
through doubts and raiding material that will be essentially lawyer-client -- steve: that is why you say the judge should do it. with are is the aclu when it comes to this? this is the kind of thing they would have their lair on fire over? >> if this was hillary clinton they would raising money left and right defending hillary clinton's right. they're raising money left and left, attacking trump, putting attack on trump defending civil liberties. why do you think i'm here all the time? why do you think speaking in favor of man i voted against because the aclu dead in the water. whoever heard the aclu coming in, justifying, applauding a raid on a lawyer's office which may very well have taken material that was lawyer-client. steve: aclu is a political operation. >> it is absolutely political. it's a partisan hard-left political organization which no longer cares about the civil liberties of all americans. agenda driven, money driven and
anti-trump driven. brian: lastly what is the worst-case scenario will emerge from the cohen session today? >> worst thing we don't know. we have no idea what the business relationships between the president and cohen were over time. we have no idea -- look i said for months and months the president has nothing to worry about in terms of mueller. his big concern is pre-presidential activities. that is how they got clinton, the blue dress. the president should never under any circumstances -- brian: the blue dress was during his administration. >> but what happened, it was started by looking at paula jones and all the women that were prior to his administration. whitewater prior to his administration. president has constitutional protections what he did as president. he has far fewer protections for what he did as business person. there is no evidence he did anything wrong but that is where his vulnerabilities lie. steve: thank you, sir. ainsley: fox news alert. former first lady barbara bush no longer seeking medical
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ainsley: we are back with a fox news alert. former first lady laura bush is seriously ill and seeking comfort care now. brian: the 92-year-old decided not to seek medical help after series of hospitalizations. she had some physical struggles. i remember seeing her at the super bowl with her husband coming out for the coin flip. steve: she apparently had respiratory problems and congestive heart failures and has gone home. casey stiegel live in houston across from the gated neighborhood where they live. casey. reporter: that was very special. we were all down here in houston together for the super bowl when george h.w. bush and barbara came out. they had just been both released
from the hospital weeks before and a lot of people said at that time that they were not doing well and there was fear they wouldn't make it. so what a special moment when they were able to attend the super bowl when it was hosted here in houston. mrs. bush according to a family spokesperson is quote, surrounded by the family she adores and now the shift in her medical care turns more to comfort and keeping her comfortable. in fact the former first lady of the united states says that she would like to remain at home instead of the hospital, and does not want to pursue further medical treatment. the 92-year-old bush matriarch suffered from grave's disease for years, a thyroid condition. most recently in the last several years you remember she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and pulmonary disease. publicly she has worn oxygen. her health has deteriorated over time. the clearly beloved across the world by many but the bush
family has a special place in the heart of houston, texas, where they live half the year, post-presidency, everyone sending their love and support. >> she was quite a force behind the bush men. i think they looked up to her for a lot. >> she has been an example. she is continuing to be in during this period of decline. everybody faces that. some people do it gracefully. she is one of them. reporter: grace is a word you use to describe her quite often. barbara bush and her husband, former president george herbert walker bush just this year celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary, making them the longest married couple among any of the u.s. presidents and guys, i understand jenna bush was just on "the today show" not long ago, very emotional talking about her grandmother saying that her grandfather, 41, says i love you barbie every night.
so certainly this is a difficult time and lots of people are keeping the bush family in their thoughts. brian: president bush had his own physical challenges too. so it is tough on him. reporter: he has. ainsley: casey, just to be clear i said laura bush. barbara bush we're talking about. she wail be in our thoughts and prayers. reporter: thank you, steve steve still ahead on this monday there has been a reported spike in the amount of russian social media trolling after the strike on syria on friday. how worried should you be and what about a cyberattack on all of us? ainsley: first let's check in with sandra smith for what is coming up at top. hour. hey, sandra. >> good morning everybody. president trump considering more sanctions after claiming mission accomplished in the latest syria strike. what is next? state department's heather nauert here in moments. reaction pouring in following james comey first big interview since his departure from the
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♪ steve: this is interesting. the pentagon is reporting a 2,000 percent spike in russian social media trolling following the u.s.-led strike on syria on friday. how worried should that make us? morgan wright, u.s. department of anti-terrorism assistance program. he joins us today from the west coast. morgan, explain what is going on? >> look, steve, these trolls are nothing different than what they did since the election. you create this narrative, start
planting this narrative, creating the doubt in the u.s. that it was successful strike and create doubt that assad was behind the chemical attacks. if you get a kernel of doubt, somebody talks about that, people say it is not true. maybe assad is really a good guy trying to fight terrorism. this is influence operation, information warfare. steve: like the 2016 election. they were not trying to help one or the other, sow discord, stir the pot. >> pulling the pin on proverbial poo grenade and toss it in there. all they want to do is disrupt things. their objective to disrupt, create deceit and manipulation influence. they have been doing this for over 100 years,. steve: steve two of our partners, the united kingdom and france on the strike on syria, and now apparently the united kingdom warning folks a cyberattack could be imminent. >> yeah. >> as you look at things, what
could that mean? >> with the uk especially they just had the recent ransomware attack that hit their health care system. they're extremely vulnerable. that makes a statement. russia will not let this go. they will retaliate in some way. inin in cyberspace there are no rules of engagement. again, disinformation. steve: interesting stuff. morgan wright, thanks for joining from us san francisco. >> you bet,. steve: steve 8:56 of here in new york city. more "fox & friendses in a couple minutes. feel the clarity of non-drowsy