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>> i did, too. i want to thank the high school band they were wonderful. joining me today boiling springs baptist church for a book signing. >> sandra: historic moment on the korean peninsula. north korean leader kim jong-un walking across the border into south korea and shaking hands with president moon jae-in announcing a plan to end the korean war and rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons. i'm sandra smith live inside of "america's newsroom" on this rainy new york city friday morning. >> rick: a remarkable moment. the summit marks a stunning about face from last year when the north fired off a flurry of missile tests sparking fears of an all-out conflict. president trump tweeting korean war to end. united states and all its great people should be very proud of what is now taking place in korea.
this as the white house releases the first photos of the newly confirmed pompeo's secret easter meeting with kim jong-un. >> rick: greg, what came out of today's summit? >> rick and sandra, no more war. i think that was the headline that came out of today's summit. a bit light on detail but very strong on message. kim jong-un becoming the first north korean leader since the korean war to step foot inside of south korea doing it at the dmz to greet president moon jae-in through a carefully choreographed three. the north korean leader handled himself well according to experts we spoke to him. the first time for him on the international live stage. at the end of several long sessions the two leaders called
for complete denuclearization but no realtime frame given and no specifics. likewise a dramatic call for a peace treaty maybe this year which could formally end the korean war. but again in the past that has involved haggling. after last year's missiles and nukes, a summit that talks about a new era of peace, that's not bad, rick. >> rick: we know the president has his own planned summit with kim in the next few weeks. what does this mean for that summit? >> according to the experts that we've been speaking to here, this was really not a bad warm-up. again, no details were spelled out about that denuclearization so president trump can cut to the chase. how, when, where it will happen. likewise the white house no doubt got a sense of this young leader. probably got the same impression many here got.
a bit more flexible than expected. after studying kim jong-un i asked one observer is this a guy that donald trump can do business with? i was told yes but with a caveat. buyer beware. north korea has taken the west down a couple times in the past down this road. >> sandra: new reaction to james comey's interview with fox news last night. he defended sharing memos of his conversations with president trump with his columbia law professor friend but refused to except the word leaked. >> i sent mr. richman a copy of a two-page unclassified memo and asked him to get the substance of it out to the media. >> did you leak other things? >> i don't consider what i did with mr. richman a leak. i told him about an unclassified conversation with the president and didn't
consider it an f.b.i. file. >> you wrote it as the f.b.i. director. it was work product. >> no, it was not. >> you said i don't do sneaky things, i don't do moves. that's a leak, isn't it? >> no, it isn't. >> sandra: president trump said he illegally leaked classified information and he lied over the place to cover it up. he is either very sick or very dumb. remember sailor. let's bring in corey lewandowski. good morning to you. i'm sure you watched every minute of this and it was astounding. he doesn't think what he did was leaking and he made that clear on several occasions. he even chuckled about it at one point. >> this reminds me of a day
where we were asking bill clinton what is is. he asked jim comey what is a leak and jim comey said i didn't leak information, i gave information out that i wrote as a director of the f.b.i. to a person to give it to the media. every other person in america will call that a leak but jim comey says it's not a leak. i gave it to a friend, a person who we now understand had a special government access pass to get into the f.b.i. a person who now we understand got information which was classified that those -- those memorandums had to be returned back to the f.b.i. for sensitivity reasons for classification reasons. and jim comey, because he has this messiah complex has decided what is classified and what isn't and what should and shouldn't be in the public and what has been wrong with him in the f.b.i. >> sandra: catherine herridge responded to the interview saying he confirmed what we had been reporting that these memos
were more widely distributed by comey than previously thought. it wasn't just his friend daniel richman. at least three people he distributed them to and he confirmed that last night. >> he did. his argument is -- such a fallacy, this was his private memorandums. this was his private diary except he wrote these on government computers and used his government email addresses and had a copy of the f.b.i. and kept the other copy in his safe at home and they said did you only give it to one other person? at first it was a yes, now it's multiple people. the reason he gave the documents out was there clear. he wanted a special counsel appointed and he wanted jeff sessions the attorney general of the united states removed from the investigation and the only way he could do that was through the pressure of the american public and that was jim comey's goal was to have a special counsel put in place to show that he, jim comey, was right and everyone else was wrong. the bottom line is the
inspector general whose report is coming very soon is going to clearly articulate like it did with his number two person that jim comey has lied on multiple occasions both as the director of the f.b.i. and since being fired from that position. >> sandra: there was also this moment when bret pressed comey about the dossier and about sharing exactly the same amount of information that he did with obama and his inner circle as he would or did with president trump and his inner circle. >> fair to say president obama and his inner circle knew more about the russia investigation than trump and his team. >> i don't think that's fair at all. as far as i knew they knew the same set of facts as did the leaders of congress. >> it's amazing. jim comey has no idea what was taking place when he was the director of the f.b.i. now he claims he hasn't read or understood the text message exchanges between two of his
f.b.i. agents, andrew mccabe has been accused by the i.g. of lying three times under oath and he is saying both parties, the obama and trump administration had the same information. we know that's not true. we also heard jim comey last night say he didn't know who paid for the dossier which was put together, although his signature is on a fisa application warrant to ask for a federal judge to spy on a u.s. citizen on domestic soil without knowing where that information came from? this is egregious at the highest levels. >> sandra: he acknowledged those texts and all i can tell you, when i saw the texts i was deeply disappointed in them but i never saw any bias or reflection of an mouse toward anybody. >> sandra: it was remarkable. the f.b.i. had an insurance policy put in place in case donald trump won. either he was too aware or too
obtuse. the other important thing that i want to touch on quickly. he said if he hadn't been fired, even for all these things he said about this president he would still be serving in this capacity even though he doesn't believe in the president and the election results. he is a messiah complex who has to make sure he is in charge of everything. >> sandra: good stuff coming out of the interview and good to have you react this morning. thank you. >> rick: tom brokaw denying allegations of sexual misconduct. he is accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward multiple women during the 90s including linda vester who worked as a correspondent for nbc when she says he crossed the line. >> tom brokaw is the face of nbc news and senior
correspondent. linda vester gave her account forvariety and "washington post". looked the journal entries from describes she describes two different incidents when she says tom brokaw got physical with her. let's take a look. >> i grabbed the throw pillow and i'm like this to show with all the body language i can muster that i'm terrified. i don't want him here. i'm not interested. he took the same hand, reached behind my hand and tried to force me to kiss him. i pulled back with all the strength i could muster and stood up. and i said tom, i do not want to do this with you. >> nbc has no comment but brokaw said i met with linda vester twice because she wanted
with advice to her career at nbc. i made no romantic overtures toward her at that time or any other. vester said she felt trapped and felt this man could destroy her career. she was in her late 20s and physically shaking and traumatized for years. "washington post" quotes under unnamed woman making similar allegations against brokaw. he is denying that as welcoming five months after nbc fired matt lauer over more serious allegations. there were a lot of women involved in that. finally, i would just note that these allegations against tom brokaw surfaced the same day another celebrity icon, bill cosby, was found guilty of sexual assault in that retrial in pennsylvania. and i think that tells us something about the me too era with women being more willing to come forward many years later to share their stories.
>> rick: i'm guessing we'll hear more about it on media buzz. >> absolutely. will nbc look into allegations into somebody who is widely respected and is still at the network. >> sandra: the trump administration's growing battle over border security as a caravan of migrants reaches the u.s. border and is vowing to cross into the country despite warnings of arrest. how will this all play out? a live report in tijuana, mexico. plus this. >> you know, i'm just really thankful that i won. would it be nice if i had won by more? of course. a win is a win. congresswoman lesko's narrow win in arizona. is this a red flag on the road to the mid-terms? we'll talk to ronna mcdaniel, chairwoman of the rnc.
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>> president trump: the economy is so strong and jobs are so good that i think we'll surprise. we won an election yesterday in arizona. nobody talks about it. they had these massive booths set up for cnn and everybody. they had this big booths set up because they were hoping -- they spent a fortune on the democrat and the republican won. >> rick: president trump discussing republican debbie lesko's victory in arizona on fox new yesterday. she won by a 5% margin.
given president trump carried the district by 21 points in 2016. should republicans be concerned as we approach the november mid-term elections. joining us now is ronna mcdaniels, chairwoman of the rnc. the congresswoman elect said a win is a win. it was just under 5% margin of victory. is that a story here? >> it's a huge win and let's look at these congressional special elections. we've won five out of six, 100,000 less voters turn out than in 2016 for the presidential and you lose incumbents. there are open seats without an incumbent which are always more competitive. to win five out of six shows the american people recognize that republicans are delivering. they feel the impact of these tax cuts. their wages are going up, jobs are coming back to this country and i feel very good going into the mid-terms.
>> rick: with margins thinning some republicans are saying they should be on high alert. >> don't listen to the mainstream media who has a narrative they want to push. when you look at the lower voter turnout compared to a presidential year and look at the incumbents being gone, these are special elections for a reason. on days when people typically don't vote. the fact we're winning time after time after time shows that voters are taking stock of what republicans have done in congress, what this president has done and they're returning republicans to congress. >> rick: the president says the press is ignoring this win and that leads to a bigger question. are republicans facing an uphill battle getting coverage for their republican candidates. >> it's shameful the press hasn't covered this win. if it were the other way around it would be blanket coverage day after day the bellwether of what would happen in november. they were ready to do that and we won and it's crickets.
they don't want to share a narrative that republicans are delivering just like they don't share the facts of these tax cuts that over four million people in this country have benefited from bonuses or higher wages or 401k increases, that 2/3 of americans have bigger paychecks, economy is humming. all the good things coming out of this administration is not being covered at the level it should be. guess what, the voters are smart. they're figuring it out and why we've won five out of six specials heading into an important mid-term to keep our majorities. >> rick: now you have peace in korea and perhaps solidify the base. >> isis on the run. military being funded. america is a leader in the world and a president doesn't blink when he is challenged. that has changed the dynamic and he has restored america as the country with the big stick. we aren't going to blink when you challenge us and look now
what is happening in north korea. >> rick: are you facing a daily frustration to get your message out in the mainstream media? >> i'm not. we knew the mainstream media wasn't going to be our friend and unhappy with the results of the election and we've seen that with the unprecedented negative coverage of this president. the rnc has raised double the money and trained more volunteers we did in the 2016 cycle. we are on the ground in 25 states. we'll take the message directly to the voters and going to bypass what they hear in the media. as we take the message to the voters it is resonating and pleased where this economy is and proud of our president and what he is doing to care about that average american family and they know that democrats have lost their way. >> rick: you have to recognize that the president won that district by 21% and this candidate won it by 5%. you have to recognize that. >> 130,000 less voters turned out. you can't do apples to apples.
if it was the same turnout as a presidential year, fine. it is a much lower turnout because it's a special election. the president would win that district by large margins today. >> sandra: it's a legal battle that garnered sympathy and outrage around the world. now a turn in the case of alfie evans. the downfall of america's dad. 80-year-old bill cosby facing 10 years in prison after being convicted of sexual assault. what happens next? >> bill cosby, three words for you. guilty, guilty, guilty. m, so people watching will be like, "wow, maybe i'll glow too if i book direct at choicehotels.com". who glows? just say, badda book. badda boom. book now at choicehotels.com
>> we recognize recent events, we now wish for privacy for everyone concerned and we will wait for this team -- >> the parents of terminally ill toddler alfie evans saying they'll cooperate with their son's british doctors after losing a legal battle to fly him to the vatican hospital in rome. they took the 23-month-old off life support after. nigel farage is party leader and fox news contributor. nigel, what has happened here? >> what has happened is a 23-month-old boy who is very seriously ill, make no mistake about that, and the national health service had run out of treatment they could give him and recommended turning off the life support machine.
however, there is a hospital in rome that has a therapy that they think might be able to help alfie so naturally his parents like any parents in the world want to try the last resort and take their boy to italy. the authorities here decided that wasn't to be allowed. and despite the fact little alfie was given italian citizenship by the italian president, despite the fact the pope intervened and there was a private plane ready to take the boy to italy, no, the medical establishment and court system and political system, the state decided that those parents did not have the right to make that decision. >> sandra: incredibly young parents as you just saw the father there, 20 and 21 years old the parents of young alfie. nigel, this was not one court ruling. it was a series of court rulings. even the pope got involved and tried to make an appeal here.
>> that's right. and you know, i would wake people up to a case that happened a couple years ago. an 8-year-old boy with a rare form of brain cancer, the doctors said there was not anymore that could be done for him. his parents flew him to europe to get a new form of therapy. those parents got arrested and put in a spanish prison for taking their child to have alternative treatment. as the father said we were treated like terrorists. now five years on that little boy is still alive. what this goes to show is that doctors are not always right and that the wishes of parents in a free society should be paramount. the state should not own our kids. >> sandra: it's what the pope said. he appealed for the wishes of the boy's parents heeded saying only god can decide who dies.
poland's prime- >> it's proof the state has got too big. here you have all the instruments of state, a state-run health system, a state-run court system and political system and nobody -- literally just me in british politics speaking up for these parents. everybody else cowed into silence. if they criticize the state, everyone jumps on them. something is going very badly wrong here. >> sandra: as parents we know we would do anything for our children and you reference that plane in the waiting -- italy put a military plane on stand by to transport alfie to rome if the courts had allowed and granted the parents to move the
boy. >> that's right. there was really nothing -- everything was organized. there would have been no extra undue suffering to this 23-month-old boy, alfie. it's almost as if the medical establishment is frightened that people going elsewhere might get better treatment. the truth is, the medical science advances different speeds in different parts of the world. we should not be denying children this kind of treatment whether it's in italy or as it was last year with mike pence and president trump got involved treatment in the usa. it all comes down to freedom and liberty. are parents ultimately responsible for their children or does the state own them? that's what worries me. >> sandra: the family is asking for privacy and working with doctors at that british hospital and they want to give their son dignity and comfort and i think i speak for all of us when i say our thoughts and prayers are with them and
little alfie. thank you, nigel. >> rick: it doesn't make any sense, right? it doesn't make sense. >> sandra: sad story. >> rick: a caravan of illegal immigrants vowing to defy the law and cross into the u.s. will mexico step in and what's next in this showdown? we're live from tijuana. >> sandra: plus former f.b.i. director james comey on the hot seat insisting he never leaked any classified information. our panel is here to take that one up. >> who else did you give, leak, whatever you want to call it? you said in the memos i said i don't do sneaky things. i don't do weasel moves. that's a leak, isn't it? pain.
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and are reportedly planning to cross over into the country this weekend seeking asylum. homeland security secretary warning arrests will be pursued. >> it doesn't give you additional legal rights. if you illegally enter our country you will be referred for prosecution and if you file a prosecution. you will be referred for prosecution. >> sandra: we're live in tijuana with more on this. william. good morning. >> that's a strong warning but it is unlikely to deter the 300 to 400 central american immigrants inside this building who will be trying to enter the u.s. legally on sunday. the caravan started out with 1500. what is left is sleeping inside this shelter in tijuana. we're about a mile from the u.s. border. now what's going to happen over the next two days the individuals inside will get advice from u.s. lawyers.
then they will present themselves on sunday. they will march about a mile to the port of entry where they'll make a claim of asylum. >> trump is not a god and he doesn't know how much we have suffered. as the people of honduras suffer and endure so much crime. >> the u.s. can't simply turn people away. legal -- basically refugees claiming asylum have certain legal rights to a hearing to see an immigration judge. the critical question is this. are these immigrants seeking a better life fleeing general violence in central america or prove they have a credible fear of persecution in their own country because of race, religion, nationality, social class or political opinion? >> we will enforce our laws.
it is an unfortunate situation there is a belief by coming in groups it affords you some sort of legal protection that is not otherwise afforded under our law. >> beginning on sunday they will proceed from here in a pretty orderly fashion and have a numbering system when they show up at the port of entry so they don't overwhelm the border. over the next several days they will be processed with a credible fear and go to a shelter. basically, sandra, everyone here has a legitimate argument the immigrants seeking a better life. mexico can't control the southern border and america doesn't want people to make fraudulent claims and take advantage of an overwhelmed court system. >> sandra: thank you, william. >> president trump: look, comey is a leaker and he is a liar. he said he gave it to a friend and he gave it to a friend to
leak classified information. it's all classified. he did an illegal act and he said it himself in order to get a special counsel against me. >> rick: president trump slamming former f.b.i. director james comey yesterday after it was revealed that comey shared memos detailing his conversations with the president with at least three people. but comey in an interview denied the memos were classified. >> facts really do matter. that memo was unclassified and still unclassified. it is in my book. the f.b.i. cleared the book. that's a false statement. >> rick: juan williams is co-host of the five. matt schlapp. thank you for being here. the squirm moment was bret challenged the memos that he
wrote after meeting with the president as f.b.i. director in the white house and he called it his personal diary, juan, how do you defend that? >> i think that's what it is according to mr. comey. he was the f.b.i. director and said it was not classified. never was classified and in fact he argued that the f.b.i. had to approve his book and the memos are in the book. >> rick: but it is government business, is it not, matt? >> i worked at the white house for four years. when i left they told me i can take no emails, i can take no memos or paper with me. i was a lower staffer. the idea that he concocted memos for the sole purpose of prosecuting a case against donald trump in the press is a violation of the oath he took, the pledge with taxpayers, and this charade has to stop. this is a disgusting display of explaining what his service was. >> rick: we now know the memos are part of the d.o.j. inspector general's
investigation of james comey. juan. >> it is not about classified information. what comey said last night to bret baier it's about employment policy and you'll have a review but not about classified information. matt, i think it's important to distinguish for the audience that while you can't take emails or anything else what comey did was he had copies given to the f.b.i. and then took some home. >> you can't do that. >> apparently you can. >> no. >> what he did was he made sure that everything that was in -- that was left with the f.b.i. included classified memos that he did not take. there is a distinction to be made. >> i want to get to -- >> jim comey has a definition of the word leak that no one else says. the rest of us call it a felony. leaking is disclosing a
confidential conversation which is exactly what he did. >> rick: i'm guessing, matt, you would agree. >> let me go back to what juan is saying. the real difference here, not only is jim comey not allowed to create a work product that he takes out with him. he did it for the sole purpose and wrote these memos for the sole purpose of prosecuting a case in the press with his fans in the press against donald trump. that's a real violation of his oath. let me tell you something else. when you meet with the president one-on-one, when you are advising the president, there is something sacred about being in the oval office and talking to the president. comey pierced this from the first moment when he walked out of those meetings and decided he would let his friends at the "new york times" and other liberal national news organizations prosecute this case and he did it from the very beginning when he didn't care to know who funded the dossier. either he is lying he didn't
know or didn't think it mattered but he had to use the dossier to start an investigation and start to listen in and surveil the team trump. everything about this is about him being a never trump person. he never thought donald trump should be president and wants to kick him out of the office. >> this is about donald trump made a mistake in firing jim comey. >> he should have fired him on day one. >> he made a mistake. guess what? when he said especially when he said to lester holt he fired him because of the russia stuff. that's what prompted the comey -- the mueller special counsel. that's not a result of the memos. what the memos do, though, is reveal the president's mindset and his attitude. as you know, members of the congress even had the memos put on public display thinking there will be some inconsistency before what he said. >> rick: we have to leave it here, guys. we can all agree the interview was well worth watching and you can see it on fox news.
>> sandra: all eyes on the korean peninsula as the countries promise to pursue peace. what it means for president trump's planned meeting with kim jong-un. >> rick: the new prince has a name. we'll tell you what it is straight ahead. somehow we always leave packing to the last minute. guys, i have a couple of things to wash we got this. even on quick cycle, tide pods cleans great 6x the cleaning power, even in the quick cycle it's got to be tide
louie arthur charles. prince george and princess -- i call him l dog for short. >> sandra: they'll love that. it pushes harry to sixth in line for the throne. come on, this is royal -- >> rick: are you telling me the baby can be king? >> sandra: certainly someday. >> rick: i hope that happens. ? a we'll keep on that royal watch. the summit between north korea and south korea paving the way for a meeting between president trump and kim jong-un. the president tweeting after a furious year of missile launches and nuclear testing an historic meeting with north korea and south korea are taking place. good things are happening. time will tell. let's bring in michael anton. thank you for being here this morning. and what a headline coming out of that significant meeting. no more war, the two countries promising to pursue peace.
does this actually lay the ground work for president trump's big upcoming meeting with the north korean dictator? >> certainly lays the ground work for the meeting. the president is right to be cautious. the north koreans have a pattern of showing a willingness to talk when their real goal is not to make concessions but to get the united states and our allies to make concessions and the north koreans in the past have made promises they haven't followed through on. the president is right to be skeptical but hopeful and right to say as he has said if he doesn't feel like he is making progress or that he can get a good deal he would walk away. >> sandra: he did put that out there. the images coming out of this are fascinating. people around the globe woke up this morning seeing these images of the two leaders meeting and moon jae-in standing there on the south end and watching kim cross over
that border for the first time since the korean war. clearly this was a carefully choreographed meeting between the two. >> absolutely. one of the reasons these images are so fascinating is this is the most closed-off country in the world. this is a country north korea that very, very few people ever get to see and so any kind of imagery coming out of that country is extremely rare and one of the reasons is world is so fixated on the images now. >> sandra: why we all looked onto this photo as well that we learned of mike pompeo in the easter weekend meeting with kim jong-un. it was a secret meeting. we didn't learn about it until after his confirmation hearings took place. now the president says put the picture out there. there it is and there are multiple pictures of that meeting. mike pompeo and kim jong-un. >> it's important the president has an envoy working for him in whom he has complete trust and in whom he has confidence will represent his positions and his
goals accurately. that's why he selected weeks ago, months ago mike pompeo to lead this. another big part of the reason why he elevated now secretary pompeo to secretary of state and initiative of this importance the president wants to have someone in that job in whom he has absolute confidence and trust and now thanks to the confirmation vote yesterday he got that. >> sandra: so they've called for complete denuclearization and offered no time frame. we'll wait to see more on. that i wanted to ask you about this lawsuit, the parents of slain student otto warmbier are suinging north korea over their son's death and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against north korea saying its government tortured and killed their son. >> yes, i would just say there is precedent for these kinds of lawsuits. american plaintiffs have won judgments against the iranian regime by proving beyond a
shadow of a doubt that resulted in the deaths of american citizens. i and all americans wish the warmbier family the best. we've seen it's difficult to collect on these judgments from rogue regimes. they refuse to pay and the united states doesn't have a great deal of leverage to force them to pay. >> sandra: the father said he was kept as a prisoner for political purposes and used as a pawn. michael anton, thank you for your time this morning. nice to see you. >> rick: if you were watching yesterday you probably saw some emotions running high both in and outside of the courtroom as lawyers for bill cosby plan their next move following the guilty verdict against the 80-year-old comedian. >> sandra: we're following this this morning. the nationwide manhunt underway accused of gunning down a cop. authorities looking for a peaceful resolution. >> i'm asking john williams personal life if you are listening to my words today, i
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>> rick: the man once known as america's dad bill cosby found guilty of molesting a woman in 2004. emotions were high in court. a profanity-laced rant from the 80-year-old. brian yenis is live with this story. >> bill cosby is a convicted sexual offender. the jury found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. the 80-year-old comic legend is now facing up to 30 years in prison.
the judge releasing cosby on a million dollars bail. he is on house arrest and they have stripped his passport from him. inside the courtroom, there were audible gas ps when the verdict was read allowed. his accusers overcome with emotion. cosby sat quietly with his eyes closed. in a remarkable moment cosby lashed out at the district attorney after he have asked the judge to jail cosby immediately because he had a private plane and a flight risk. he doesn't have a plan you a hole. the outburst revealed the real bill cosby. >> we've shown from our record that money and power or who you are will not stop us from a criminal investigation or prosecuting a case. what was revealed through this investigation was a man who had spent decades preying on women that he drugged and sexually assaulted.
>> this morning andrea constant treated truth prevails. cosby's lawyers called help a con artist. cosby said the sex was consensual and she maintained she was drugged. the testimony from five other women who accused cosby of sexually assaulting them in the 80s showing a pattern of behavior. cosby's defense is now vowing an appeal. >> he is feeling great. he is confident. he is not -- although he has been found guilty, he have is innocent of these charges and maintains his innocence. >> the sentencing date will be set within the next 60 to 90 days. >> rick: more on this story next hour. thanks very much. >> sandra: german chancellor angela merkel scheduled arrive at the white house this morning as the u.s. and germany look for common ground on trade. how that is expected to go. new developments in the battle over free speech on campus with
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>> sandra: fox news alert fired f.b.i. director james comey coming clean admitting that he showed his memo to more people than just his columbia law professor fun. one of many revelations in an interview with bret baier on special report last night. i'm sandra smith. >> rick: it was a fascinating 30 minutes of television. >> sandra: it certainly was. >> rick: i'm rick leventhal. the sit-down getting heated as times as comey denied leaking classified information calling his documents personal in nature like a diary. >> did you leak other things through mr. richman? >> i smile, i don't consider what i did with mr. richman leak. i told him about an unclassified conversation with the president.
i gave him nothing else ever to share with the media. >> rick: president trump slamming
comey on twitter. is everybody believing what is going on? james comey can't define what a leak is. he illegally leaked classified information but doesn't understand what he did or how serious it is. he lied all over the place to cover it up. he is either very sick or very dumb. remember sailor? >> sandra: are lawmakers satisfied against charges he leaked? >> they're not. no matter how the contents of a conversation between the president and his f.b.i. director wound up in a reporter's hands republican lawmakers believe the contents of that talk are privileged. >> comey said i don't do sneaky things and i don't leak and i don't do weasel thing. his definition of leak is to disseminate information.
a leak is if you and i have an expectation of privacy in a conversation and i divulge the contents of it. >> the inspector general's office is probing them. comey knows this but still insists he had a legal right to go public with his private conversation with the president. >> sometime after i was fired, the f.b.i. apparently made a decision there were some words in at least two of the memos, maybe one, i think two, that were diplomatically sensitive and my lawyers returned them to the f.b.i. >> just a few minutes ago for the first time the house intel committee, which investigated russian election interference for more than a year, released its report about russian active measures in 2016. we already know what's in the report because republicans, once they were done investigating, came out and said they didn't find evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and the kremlin.
this is information about how they came to that conclusion. >> sandra: what kind of red flags have been raised by the newest batch of text messages between peter strzok and lisa page? >> there is not that much to it. it is only 49 pages. supposed to cover a five-month time period between these two f.b.i. agents known to text a lot. so investigator are curious if they're getting erg and also have a tough time reading the messages which the feds initially claimed couldn't be recovered because of a problem with samsung and what's left are messages that are garbled. questions now remain about these texts which do cover january 2017, which is when word of a meeting between comey and president elect trump concerning the unverified steele dossier leaked out. comey insists he still doesn't know how that leaked out and these text messages don't offer
new insight, either. >> sandra: peter duesy. thank you. >> rick: the leaders of north korea and south korea marking the dawn of a new era. both sides agreeing to end the korean war and denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> the united states and its people should be proud of what is taking place in korea. kevin corke is live at the white house. what is the reaction at the white house of the meeting? >> both on and off the record white house officials tell you they are very pleased but also clearly cautiously optimistic. especially cautious. let me take you back to twitter. you showed a tweet the president had. he has had several tweets this morning. every time i have a script to turn in he has another tweet and i have to adjust the script. let me share this one.
the president saying after a furious year of missile launches and nuclear testing a historic meeting between north korea and south korea is placing place. good things are happening but only time will tell. emphasis on caution. the historic gathering coming ahead of proposed talks between the u.s. and north korea set to take place in late may or early june. >> let's talk together by uniteing our minds, efforts and wisdom together for the future where a new era, new dreams and hopes are waiting. >> we take you back to twitter. it's sarah sanders, the white house press secretary said this. this, of course, on the heels of yesterday's confirmation of the new secretary of state mike pompeo. great to have secretary pompeo confirmed. he will do an excellent job lead efforts to denuclearize the korean peninsula. he has previously met with the
leader from pyongyang. potus thanking china's president xi saying without him even getting to this point would have been much tougher and longer process. rick. >> rick: good job changing your script on the fly there, kevin. what can you tell us about the german chancellor's visit to the white house this morning? >> this has been a week of diplomacy and discussions and clearly when angela merkel comes it is not the conversation you might expect but tariffs and trade and nuclear deal and a range of security issues in the u.s. and germany and other allies in europe would like the try to tackle and unlike the overwhelmingly warm reception here at the white house for president macron where they seemed to just be bffs, he has had a frosty relationship with angela merkel. she has been here before, a working relationship. one we would expect to be sort of like what we'll see again
this week when the two leaders have a chance to meet. kellyanne conway was asked about the frosty relationship between these two leaders. here is what she said earlier today. >> i don't think you can compare, france and germany are great allies. there are issues that affect all of us at the same time. i think every leader is different and every relationship is different. the important part is the relationship between the countries and we're very happy that angela merkel is making another trip here to the united states. >> this is a working visit so you won't have all the pomp and pageantry for a state visit. back to you. >> rick: thank you very much. >> sandra: joining us is chris wallace anchor of "fox news sunday". good morning, chris. we're all looking at these images this morning and it is
really something and perhaps encouraging but based on north korea's history it is best not to be overly optimistic. >> it is encouraging. it was only a couple months ago the world was afraid of a possible nuclear confrontation on the korean peninsula and president trump was talking about threatening to rain fire and fury on the north koreans. now you see the leaders of north korea and south korea meeting together all smiles talking about ending their long armistice and forming a peace deal and the potential denuclearization of the peninsula. but i agree with you, you also have to be somewhat skeptical because of the history. remember, in the 90s when bill clinton was president he sent his secretary of state madeleine albright over to pyongyang to meet with kim's father. they made a deal. sanctions were relieved. the north koreans blew off some
of their nuclear facilities. things seemed to be on a very positive track and then the north koreans secretly restarted their nuclear program. the same between north korea and south korea. there have been times when they've made deals and seemed to be relieving tensions. kim didn't go across the border into south korea because he has had a change of heart. he did it because president trump has pressured him both militarily and economically and he felt the squeeze and wants to relieve the pressure and so he is talking about dealing with the south koreans and also with the u.s. but boy, if you are going to get a deal that means something as ronald reagan used to say you have to trust by verify. you want to have good talks and concessions but you have to be able to verify what the north korean's say they'll give something up they really do. >> sandra: there was no specifics offered as to how
they will get to denuclearization and light hearted moments with south korea releasing the fact that kim jong-un joked with moon about don't worry, you won't lose any more sleep. early morning hour's sleep with ballistic missile testing. that's really something. >> yeah. again, the atmosphere couldn't have been better but it won't end up what's deciding this. the key is what the endgame is and how they get there. there is some feeling that there may be a difference of objective here. that the u.s. clearly -- and president trump has made this very clear. wants to see north korea give up all of its nuclear infrastructure, all of its missiles. and some verifiable way to make sure they aren't secretly restarting that. there is some thought when the north talks about denuclearization they are talking about freezing in
place, no more tests, no more missile tests but keeping what they have and in effect the u.s. having and the world having to recognize the u.s. as a nuclear power. in the end the central goal for the north koreans is the survival of the kim regime and they look around to what happened in iraq when hussein or libya with qaddafi and it is not irrational to think having a nuclear weapon may be a guarantee of survival. >> sandra: lastly, chris, we all wake up this morning to a newly sworn in secretary of state who has clearly hit the ground running. he will be a major part of talks with north korea. he has arrived at nato headquarters in brussels this morning. he is wasting no time. >> no. and the big difference between him and rex tillerson is that he seems very much to have the president's trust.
as c.i.a. director pompeo frequently, if not every morning, would give the briefing to the president. the president apparently very much liked their interaction. one of the problems with tillerson eventually was the split between the two men become more obvious when he went around the world talking about u.s. policy a lot of leaders questioned does he speak for the president? i don't think they say that about pompeo. they'll know what the president thinks when pompeo talks. >> sandra: we'll be watching you this weekend on "fox news sunday". rick. >> rick: we have breaking news out of the israeli-gaza border. shots fired on the ground as palestinians march on the border for the fifth straight week. we're live on the ground in moments. >> sandra: guilty, guilty, guilty. bill cosby convicted on all three counts of sexual assault and facing up to 30 years in prison. our legal panel takes the case.
marches. they are throwing rocks and burning tires and israeli soldier responding with tear gas and rubber bullets. we'll have a live report from the scene coming up. >> i was proud early supporter of your candidacy because west virginance -- it saved one-third of all the coal mining jobs in america. you did that in the oval office. >> sandra: west virginia congressman evan jenkins challenging senator joe manchin and leading the fox news poll at 25% with a big number of undecided voters. 24% of likely primary voters have not made a decision in this race. congressman evan jenkins wrapping up our talks with the top three candidates this weekend joining us this morning.
good morning, sir. >> good morning. great to be with you. >> sandra: how are things shaping up for you in this race at this moment? >> well, we're in first place by your poll. we feel real good. early voting is already underway. election day is may 8th. we have a lot of momentum and excited and on the way to victory. >> sandra: 24% undecided in this race and a another number we've been watching is the 41% that are currently backing a candidate but say they could change their mind before the primary. >> well, there is actually six people on the ballot. i am enjoying being in first place but the most important poll is on election day. so we're confident about how our message is resonating. our west virginia values, our west virginia roots working with president trump each and every day. we are starting to see hope and opportunity come back to west virginia. so for voters who want somebody getting the job done, working with president trump and
bringing this renewed sense of confidence as proud people in west virginia we have a bright future. a vote for me is a vote for a better future for west virginia. >> sandra: every morning we wake up and check and there is no endorsement by the president. have you spoken to him recently? >> well the president has been to my district four times since he has become president. i think the president is doing an outstanding job. i would be honored to have his endorsement in this race. he knows that i have his back. there is a big difference between me and the person in second place. i was an early trumper, the one in second place was a never trumper and bragged he didn't support trump in the may
primary. his family owns a lobbying firm that lobbied for planned parenthood and michael blum berg's gun control groups. loyalty and trust and values the choice is very clear. evan jenkins has the president's back and represents what this administration is fighting for. >> sandra: you are being billed as the mainstream candidate. morrissey said you are a liberal. he is saying just that. >> the 20-year career democrat supported john kerry, nancy pelosi. he went to a hillary clinton rally, supported planned parenthood, gun control. he just recently obtained religion on these issues. >> sandra: what do you say in response to that? >> well, it's certainly not true. fact checkers have called him
out and said he is being dishonest. i wish he would tell the truth. the facts are very clear. i am the only one with a voting record. i have a 100% pro-life national right to life voting record. 100% voting record with the nra. in fact, have an a plus rating. the problem with patrick morrissey he isn't being honest. is family firm lobbied for planned parenthood and he made millions of dollars lobbying for big pharma. >> sandra: do you expect to get the endorsement of the president? >> i would be honored to have the president's endorsement. he knows i have his back. i represent his values. he knows we're working together to truly get west virginia and our country moving in the right direction. >> sandra: the country is watching this race for sure. appreciate your time this morning. thank you, sir. be sure to watch as the top candidates for the gop nomination debate. bret baier and martha maccallum
with moderate that at may 1 at 6:30 eastern time. >> rick: the battle of free speech playing out university of california berkeley and now moving to a court of law. we'll examine this closely coming up next. your digestive system has billions of bacteria, but life can throw them off balance. try align, the #1 doctor recommended probiotic. with a unique strain that re-aligns your system. re-align yourself, with align.
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>> rick: go curlers. >> sandra: the president will be speaking shortly and we'll look for that to happen in a few minutes. >> rick: growing questions about free speech on college campuses bernie goldberg writing, where do we draw the line? if you're a college professor with tenure can you say anything, are there limits to free speech on campus where professors have first amendment rights? bernie goldberg, thank you for being with us this morning. i get the whole first amendment argument but last time i checked hate speech wasn't protected by the first amendment. >> that example that you just gave is only the most recent example. let me start with that. a year ago at the fresno state university in california a professor tweeted to save american democracy, trump must hang. the sooner and the higher the
better. at rutgers university a history professor put on social media ugly pictures of hooked nose jews with nasty captions underneath. a tenureed professor. at a university in philadelphia a professor tweeted all i want for christmas is white genocide and tweeted when he saw a passenger on a plane give up his first class seat to a soldier in uniform he wanted to throw up. none of us like that kind of stuff. no decent person likes that. the fact is, if you teach at a public university and you do it on your own time, you are not doing it as a professor but a private citizen, rick, you pretty much can get away with saying anything because the same first amendment that protects people like you and me protects deplorable fools like those professors. >> rick: all those examples you gave us, they all kept their jobs.
>> the professor at rutgers yes, he got his job but got a slap on the wrist and they said you can't teach mandatory courses where students must take your course. the fact is, the first amendment protects hateful people. normal people don't like that and that's understandable. but it does protect hateful people who say hateful, nasty, ugly things. >> rick: the tone of your piece, bernie, is that america's youth is being indoctrinated by the far left. >> right. what do we do about it, right? the one thing we can do is -- the left is always complaining that donald trump doesn't vet his nominees. well, these professors may have a right to a job once they have the job. but they don't have a right to get the job in the first place. they ought to do some vetting and if they find on social
media garbage like this, they shouldn't get a job in the first place. but the biggest thing, the biggest thing they can do on campus and i feel very strongly about this is shame the professors like the one at fresno state who said barbara bush, she is glad she is dead because she is a racist witch. turn your back when she walks down the hall. instead they passionately defend her right to speak. i defend her right to speak also but i wouldn't have -- i wouldn't wash my hands in the same sink with that professor. >> rick: bernie, we appreciate your time. viewers can read your piece on fox news.com and hope you have a great weekend. >> sandra: democratic lawmakers say they want to try to protect the mueller investigation but was their effort purely political? louisiana senator john kennedy is on deck to discuss.
>> president trump: they have a witch hunt against the president of the united states. i don't have to take this position and maybe i'll change, that i will not be involved with the justice department. i will wait until this is over. it's a total -- it's all lies. >> sandra: president trump discussing the investigation by special counsel robert mueller as the senate judiciary committee takes up a bill to protect mueller but mcconnell said he will never take the bill to the floor. louisiana senator john kennedy joins us now. thank you for being here this morning. is this purely political? >> i'm not going to impute bad motives to my colleagues. i think a lot of people perceive it as political.
look at the facts. senator mcconnell will not take the bill up on the senate floor. if he did and if it passed and it wouldn't, the house isn't going the pass it and if the house passed it, it won't, but if it did, the president is not going to sign it. what's the point? >> sandra: i think that's the question, right? it's interesting. four republicans including the committee chairman chuck grassley voted with all 10 of the panel's democrats to send the bill to the senate floor and lindsey graham, tom tillis, republicans have long advocated for this. what do you say to that? >> i didn't vote for it. my position is pretty clear. i don't think the president is going to fire mr. mueller. i think he is way too smart for that. he hasn't fired mr. mueller. i don't think mr. mueller out to be fired. i think mr. mueller ought to be allowed to finish this investigation. the president i know has vented. he is upset about it.
i'd be upset about it, too. he is trying to run the country and i'm sure he is irritated about the investigation but we have to let mr. mueller finish. i don't see any indication that mr. trump is going to fire mr. mueller. i mean, it would be like introducing a bill to say well, the president can't get out of nafta. well, he hasn't gotten out of nafta. he is renegotiating it. why don't we wait and see how it turns out before we have our 19th nervous breakdown? >> sandra: here is dianne feinstein the ranking member on the committee. i'm glad the bill is bipartisan. republicans and democrats must ensure special counsel mueller can continue his investigation without interference. based on everything we just discussed, senator, i think it's safe to say you feel that
he is capable of continuing a fair investigation. >> i didn't understand that question. >> sandra: do you have confidence that mueller is continuing to carry out a fair and independent investigation? >> i don't have any reason to think otherwise. all the stuff we hear about the investigation, there are leaks. we don't know if they're true or not. mr. mueller needs to be allowed to finish. we have a rule of law in this country. but in response to my friend, senator feinstein, she says this is a bipartisan effort. it is not bipartisan effort. this bill is dead as a door nail. it got out of judiciary committee but it won't be considered on the senate floor. if it were to be considered i don't think it would pass. it won't pass the house and the president would veto it. it is not bipartisan and i think without impugning the motives of my colleagues, i
can't look into their hearts or heads but i think a lot of people perceive it as political. >> sandra: interesting. meanwhile senator, you have introduced a bipartisan bill on internet privacy. i know this has been an issue you have been hot on. we talked to you through all the facebook stuff. you say this is going to give users more control over what websites can do with their data. we have this latest fox news polling on data privacy. we asked do you care if facebook shares your information with others? 73%, 3/4 responded yes, senator. this is a very important issue. >> well, i hope we don't have to pass the bill. i mean i'm hoping our social media platforms step up to the plate and recognize we have an issue here. facebook, for example, reaches a third of the world's population. all our bill does is pretty
simple. it says look, facebook has to tell you what it is doing and it has to write it in plain english. it has to give you the chance to opt out of sharing your data and it has to tell you if you want to opt in, rather, and you change your mind, you can opt out later. it has got to tell you if your data has been breached within 72 hours. and it's got to present all this on the website so you can find it easily and understand it when you find it. right now to do all the stuff you need on facebook you've got to run all over hell and half of georgia to find all the right buttons. >> sandra: it is definitely something many people are concerned and worried about it and worried what is happening with their data and where it goes. >> it's in mr. zuckerberg's court. he is smart and knows the problem. i was a little disappointed in the hearing with him. it was well prepared and he is
fluent in b.s. but now it's time for him to fix this problem and we won't have to get into it. >> sandra: senator kennedy, always good to see you, sir. >> rick: fox news alert the accused parkland school shooter will be back in court this afternoon. today's hearing will set a trial start date. nikolas cruz accused of killing 17 people at his former high school on valentine's day. we're live from fort lauderdale. >> at this point we're marching towards trial. that the point the state attorney has declined the offer from the public defender to go ahead and plead guilty to everything right now, get a life sentence for nikolas cruz and it's all over. at 1:30 behind me in the courthouse we'll find out when this trial begins. it will be a long one with a ton of evidence. we do expect the 19-year-old suspect to be in court today. the last time cruz was up this was six weeks ago for his
arraignment. he is also charged with 17 counts of attempted murder. the state commission examining everything about the valentine's day high school bloodbath met for the first time revealing publicly and on the record that first responders did arrive to find four broward deputies taking up positions behind cars and a tree instead of storming the school. the commission watched the new sheriff's department timeline animation displaying how cruz walked through the hallways killing students and staff. the black dot on the upper right with the gun is cruise. when green dot turns gray is a fatality. they were shot from the hallway through the door and door's window. when the green dot turns yellow is when a student was shot but survived. it happened on the first and third floors. by the time cruz got there
students entered the hallway as the smoke alarm was going off because of his rifle burning through magazines. those victims easy targets. voted 85% no confidence in the sheriff. he just said they want a higher pay raise. phil, thanks very much. >> sandra: bill cosby found guilty of sexual assault. what happened this time that led to the conviction? >> what was revealed through the investigation was a man who had spent decades preying on women that he drugged and sexually assaulted and a man who had evaded this moment here today for far too long.
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care there. was going to head home but we're getting word he will be hospitalized throughout the weekend. we'll keep you updated on his status as it is just a few days and a short time after he lost his beloved wife. >> a victory not just for andrea constand who is the join of arc in the war of rape. it is not just a victory for the commonwealth or the 62 of us publicly known cosby survivors. it is a victory for all sexual assault survivors. females and males. >> rick: bill cosby accuser reacting to yesterday's conviction. america's dad found guilty of sexual assault. now he could spend the rest of his life in prison facing up to 30 years. let's bring in our legal panel.
brian claypool and jonna spilbor, both attorneys and prosecutors. this was a stunning loss for the cosby team, brian. >> i wasn't surprised at all. on monday in los angeles on another show i predicted he would be found guilty. here is why. there were three major game changers in this trial compared to the first trial. the first one is you just talked about it. you heard the me too movement. the new social climate we have. this case was always bigger than bill cosby. it is about a movement to respect women and to hold accountable people that abuse power. and rick, jurors respond to the social climate that we're in. that's the first big one. second big one was the 3.3 million admitted into evidence in this case that cosby paid andrea constand. that was colossal for the prosecution and the last one was allowing five other sexual
assault victims to come in and talk about how they were seduced by cosby. that was just devastating. >> rick: the first jury deliberated for 52 hours and wound up with a mistrial and leaning toward acquittal and bill cosby hires a new legal team including tom mesereau who defended michael jackson. where did he go wrong? >> i don't know if this is so much a problem with cosby's defense team. i do agree with the point brian said the judge made a couple of mistakes here. whether you think the jury got it right or wrong, bill cosby has some good issues for appeal. one being what brian said. you can't trot out five other accusers when they have no opportunity to ever be heard. their cases are ancient and use it to bill cosby acted. that was mistake number one. mistake number two they jury
wanted to know what legal consent was. it turned on two things consent and credibility. the judge said use your common sense. those are two big issues for the cosby appeal. >> prior bad acts were allowed as testimony in this case. what happens next? can they win an appeal, his defense? >> before i answer that real quick i do disagree with one thing jonna said. the strategy that cosby's lawyers used was curious and i challenge it. they attacked andrea constand and these five sexual assault victims. when you demonize these victims and retraumatize them jurors won't like that and it could have played into their verdict. >> he had to attack their credibility. it turned on that. >> you don't call them gold diggers and not capable of getting men. that's a personal attack. you can impeach a witness
without destroying their dignity and personalizing. i think that's where they went wrong. >> rick: his celebrity did not help him this time. thank you for being with us. >> sandra: new protests along the israel/gaza border. how the u.n. is now responding as palestinians square off with israeli soldiers for the fifth straight week. whipped for instant absorption feel a light-as-air finish in a flash new olay whips ageless
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us. david lee? >> we've seen one fatality today as the hostilities continue to escalate. you can see thousands of palestinians along the border just southeast of gaza city. they came here a few hours ago and slowly they've made their way south along the border. a few hundred have actually approached the border fence. the israelis have warned the palestinians that if they do that there would be serious consequences. they began by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. the situations ka lateed and we heard round after round of live ammunition in the past few hours. this now as the palestinian demonstrators continue to fan out and spread over a very significant area. listen, sandra, you can hear the palestinians cheering in the distance and occasionally the live fire of ammunition as well as the israelis firing tear gas. the palestinians got so close to the border fence a number of
the palestinians placed a palestinian flag on the fence. today in addition to that one fatality we've seen a number of people critically injured and told in excess of 160 palestinians have been wounded. the total death toll now for this conflict over the past five weeks 42 dead, 5,000 palestinians have been injured. we're told that 1700 have been injured from live fire. these demonstrations are expected to continue each and every week the palestinians say until next month may 15th that marks the founding of the anniversary of israel. the palestinians call it the day of the great catastrophe. the day they say the israelis illegally took their land. palestinians now saying, sandra, that the demonstrations will likely continue beyond that date but that was the date we were told when this began five weeks ago that these demonstrations would take place for at least until that time. now it appears the situation
here is escalating. we do not have a total death toll for today but we do expect that there will be as many as 200 injured. sandra, back to you. >> sandra: incredible live shot happening right over your shoulder on the israel/gaza border. thank you for your reporting there. >> rick: history in the making on the korean peninsula as the leaders of north korea and south korea agree to end the war between their two countries. how the white house is reacting to this breakthrough next. if you've been diagnosed with cancer, searching for answers may feel overwhelming. so start your search with our teams of specialists at cancer treatment centers of america. the evolution of cancer care is here. learn more at cancercenter.com/experts
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president trump honoring u.s. olympians at the white house. the vice president, ivanka trump. >> so cool. >> that's it for us. "happening now" starts rights now. >> jon: president trump all set to welcome german chancellor angela merkel to the white house this hour as history is made on the korean peninsula. did you ever think that would happen? >> no. >> good morning. i'm jon scott. >> and i'm melissa francis. >> this is all on the heels of a historic break through in asia. the leader of north korea and the leader of south korea agree to end the war between the two countries after 65 years. dictator kim jong-un and president moon meeting and shaking hands and committing to denuclearizing the korean peninsula. moon and kim even planting a