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>> we have jonathan cain from journey. paula white advisor to the president. they'll be in the after the show show and what an inspirational couple you are for our country. >> bill: 9:00 in new york and fox news alert brand-new developments in the robert mueller matter. he reportedly told the president's legal team that if president trump refuses an interview on behalf of special counsel he could face a subpoena and what happens then. wow. good morning. i'm bill hemmer live inside of "america's newsroom." it is still spring in the northeast. we weren't given a head fake yesterday. it came and it stayed. >> sandra: don't put away the winter jacket you'll jinx us all. the news coming in from president trump's former top lawyer john dowd. he said mueller raised the possibility of a subpoena during a meeting with the president's attorneys in march.
john roberts is reporting live from the north lawn for us this morning. good morning. >> not surprising there was talk of a subpoena in the meeting the president's attorneys had with the special counsel and his deputy back in early march. a few weeks ago fox news reported we had been told that after the michael cohen investigation that the negotiations for potential interview between the president and robert mueller were still ongoing. the person told fox news, quote, what's the alternative to an interview, a subpoena to appear before a grand jury? the threat of a subpoena has always been out there. what we're learning more about today is the content of the meeting that prompted the quote about what is the alternative, a subpoena. the president's lead attorney john dowd said he told mueller and his deputy that this isn't some game. you are screwing with the work of the president of the united states. according to dowd mueller responded saying he could
always issue a subpoena to compel the testify before a grand jury. remember, bill clinton was subpoenaed in the monica lewinsky matter. robert mueller''s former assistant talked about it this morning. >> we saw a breakdown in communication between former attorney dowd and mueller where mueller and dowd were trying to work out a deal for the voluntary testimony. dowd wouldn't budge. mueller said if you don't budge i'll subpoena you. make your choice. >> dowd is a fierce defender of the president but denies to fox news he was the source of either this leak or the leak of questions that were published in the "new york times" on monday night. the president this morning weighing in with a tweet saying there are a lot of other things going on in the world besides
the mueller investigation but let me talk about that as well. he tweeted there was no collusion, it is a hoax and no obstruction of justice. that's a setup and a trap. what there is, negotiations going on with north korea over nuclear war, china over trade deficits and negotiations on nafta and much more. witch hunt. the president clearly, sandra, is pushing back against all this but the fact that there is that threat if you want to call it of a subpoena out there may, in fact, compel the president to sit down with mueller in some way, shape or form. >> sandra: what is a white house saying about the revelations from trump's former doctor about his health records and claims trumps associates raided his office. >> the white house is pushing back strongly. a new allegation raised by born stiene. that allegation, the statement that he put out about the
president's health during the campaign was dictated to him by president trump. he wrote if elected mr. trump i can state will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. in an interview he said he dictated that whole letter. i didn't write that letter, i just made it up as i went along. the white house pushing back against the claims that the doctor leveled against the president's former head of security and director of oval office opations and a trump organization attorney that in february a couple of days after the doctor had revealed the president was taking a hair loss drug that schiller and gar ten raided his office taking all the president's records. the white house pushing back saying there was no raid and it is protocol for a president's personal physician to turn
records over to the white house medical unit. listen here. >> as a standard operating procedure for a new president, the white house medical unit took possession of the president's medical records. >> nothing from the white house on the latest allegation that the president dictated the health report. we'll keep digging. >> bill: i want to bring in byron york, fox news contributor, also in excellent health, aren't you? your headline says this. democrats and trump impeachment trap. if you sit down for an interview the questions could be unlimited. >> absolutely. this is not just a list of 49 questions. a list of 49 topics. each question could lead to lots of other questions. for example, when did you, mr. trump, first hear about the trump tower meeting from june 2006. do you think they just want a date? they'll say who told you, what
did they say, what did they say came as a result of that? who was involved? that single question could lead to many follow-up questions which could open up other questions and one former prosecutor said these questions could easily lead to a two-day interview. >> bill: oh my gosh. i think you would negotiate that up front. there is a political calculus in all of this. there was a poll on screen that said democrats 71% favor pursuing some sort of impeachment against president trump. how does nancy pelosi address that? >> it's a big number and it makes democratic leaders uncomfortable. the 71% is much higher than support for impeachment in the general electric -- we're heading into mid-term elections where democrats want to be elected. it could be similar to 2006. george w. bush was in his second term. iraq war was going disastrously.
his approval rating was below what trump's are today and some democrats talking about impeaching george w. bush if they won control of the house. nancy pelosi was worried it would damage democrats' electoral chances and she said in may of 2006 impeachment is off the table. and she went on to win. >> bill: come back to the idea about questions. rush limbaugh has an idea if you negotiate appropriately but a double standard. he said this. >> if trump could secure the same identical circumstances that were granted to hillary clinton, why not sit down for the interview and answer the questions? but of course, i speak facetiously because everybody knows donald trump won't get the hillary clinton treatment extended by james comey. >> you hear a lot about that when they feel there is a huge disparity between president
trump and hillary clinton investigation. maybe he would talk if he knows mueller has written the exoneration memo but it is a fact hillary clinton was interviewed on july 2, over the fourth of july weekend and that next tuesday, next business day james comey came out and announced there would be no charges against her. an exoneration memo was begun well before any of those interviews. a lot of republicans will be saying wow, that's really different treatment from what donald trump is getting from the mueller office. >> bill: a lot of ways to slice this every day. thank you, sir, nice to see you. byron york in washington >> sandra: fox news hosting the gop senate primary debate in west virginia last night. three candidates taking the stage sparring over who should get the nomination and who is the biggest backer of president donald trump. donald trump won the mountaineer state handily and
the race in west virginia is a chance for republicans to flip the seat held by joe manchin. a taste of what went down. >> if you want to see what the problem is the pill pushers and morrissey has represented those people for years and made millions. >> did your mom ever tell you you should wash your mouth out with soap with those lies? i'm up in washington working the president trump fighting the establishment. >> you can't drain the swamp being like the swamp. >> we need somebody representing our values. >> sandra: just a few minutes we'll speak live with one of last night's canada patrick morrissey and get his take on where the race stands now. how much did the state go for donald trump in 2016. it's a huge part of this. >> bill: i really felt last night was illuminating. you get to see at the state
level how people react to the president's policies. they mentioned donald trump 1,000 times in those answers. >> sandra: opioid crisis, jobs, all big issues. >> bill: may 8th next tuesday is a big primary vote there. rod rosenstein pushing back against house republicans. hear this. >> they can't resist leaking their own draft. >> that's not all he said. former utah congressman jason chaffetz to react to that and more as they pursue documents on that. >> sandra: nancy pelosi making bold statements about the mid-terms and running for speaker of the house. >> bill: a big deadline for decision on the iran nuclear deal only days away with the white house saying as one of america's closest allies urges the u.s. to get out. >> the problem is the deal was made on a completely false
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interesting appearance. the deputy a.g. rod rosenstein addressing house lawmakers who threatened to impeach him. they say he is refusing to turn over documents on a number of matters. jason chaffetz former utah congressman with me now. the battle over documents going back and forth. you had a lot of these battles. >> rod rosenstein understand his role and the constitution. in the constitution you can't impeach a civil officers. that's imbedded in the continues. for him to say congress will extort him by exercising their constitutional responsibility means to me he needs to go brush up on the constitution. >> bill: he is saying the department of justice will not be open to extortion. >> they don't want to provide the documents. this deep state doesn't want to be exposed. they don't want to turn over the documents. the oversight committee was founded in 1814.
case law says they will provide the documents. congress created the department of justice, congress funded the department of justice, congress represents the american people. when he thumbs his nose at congress, he is tlumg it at the american people. they don't want to be exposed on a closed case. >> bill: you are staying rosenstein is slow walking this stuff. he says if he allows you and -- here is his quote? >> if we were to open our doors to allow congress to come and rummage through the files it would be a searous infringement on the separation of powers and might resolve a dispute today but it would have negative repercussions in the long run and we have a responsibility to defend the institution. >> bill: cannot come in and rummage through our files. >> he is totally wrong and case law proves it all out. this is a closed case, the clinton email case.
there was probable cause in that case where they had classified information. congress does get to come in and provide oversight and get to look -- that's what we do it differently than the rest of the world. we're self-critical. there has been congressional oversight since the early 1800s. >> bill: my guess the people like mark meadows want to find out what happened with carter page and the hillary clinton email matter. rosenstein, what do you think he is hiding? >> i don't know. you have an inspector general that open up all their books and all their personnel and provide all the documents to the inspector general. they won't provide them to congress? what is it that you think, mr. rosenstein, that congress shouldn't see? we have appropriate security clearances. no reason they can't provide the documents. they don't want to be held accountable and want any oversight. that's the way our separation of powers work. >> bill: talk about impeachment. do you think it's real or just a verbal threat?
>> i think it's appropriate to start the process. if you'll have somebody be that sort of obstructionist and thumb his nose at the constitutional law maybe they should. there is always somebody doing something stupid in government. >> bill: you know better than we. we probably wouldn't disagree with that. response to the draft articles of impeachment is reminiscent of his interaction. if he believes being asked to do his job is extortion ron rosenstein should alaw us to find a new deputy attorney general. one interested in transparency. >> mark meadows is right. the other fundamental problem is you have an attorney general in name only. attorney general sessions is nowhere to be found. because he recused himself. he can't do the basic fundamental job there and as long as you have sessions sitting on the sidelines you have rosenstein running the department of justice and he is not cooperating with congress.
>> bill: i know why you did your job well now. >> you could see why i got fed up. >> bill: you believe in the role of congress as it relates to the department of justice in this matter and oversight. >> abraham lincoln was known as spotty because he didn't believe what ts president was saying. there is a lot of history here, mr. rosenstein. brush up on it because you aren't doing your job. >> bill: 10 days in italy did you a lot. >> the blood pressure went down but now it's up. >> sandra: a new political ad turning heads this morning showing a candidate pointing a shotgun at a teenager. a closer look at the outrage pouring in over this. >> bill: last night's debate in west virginia getting fiery as senate candidates went after one another. state a.g. patrick morrissey was on the stage. his reaction to the fireworks and the issues and where the race stands right now.
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44 degrees and sleeting april 30th. turned into may and here we are. we'll take it. >> sandra: get the shorts out. >> i think it's very clear west virginiaians want someone with conservative values. i look on stage and i can say i'm the only one on this stage who has always been a conservative. if you look at mr. -- the congressman, he has been very liberal if you go obamacare, check box, he supported. hillary. he is the one who said publicly donald trump wasn't my first choice. >> can i comment about something? anybody tells you they'll go to washington, d.c. and drain the swamp and don't know whether they'll vote for mitch mcconnell or not is not telling you the truth. >> sandra: wow, just a few of the moments. sparks flying during last
night's primary debate in west virginia. three candidates squaring off on stage vying for the chance to run against joe manchin. did you get sleep or watch the debate? >> i think it went well as more voters focus on the race there is one proven, credible conservative in this race. i think the debate showed that last night. look, many people realize if you're looking for someone strongly pro-life, that's me. if you are looking for someone who will defend the second amendment and why all the groups are coming out behind me. i was the only one on the stage who took own bam -- are you the best candidate to take on joe
manchin? >> absolutely. they're looking for two things. someone strong to take on joe manchin. i've won statewide twice. on all the issues that matter i really match up very well against him. whether it's on hillary, barack obama, or cap and trade which killed coal jobs or joe manchin flip-flopped on planned parenthood and bad on guns and asleep on the switch at the opiate crisis. on every issue we're in the opposite position. jenkins can't say that because of his liberal record supporting nancy pelosi and rallying for hillary clinton and being for planned parenthood and gun control. blankenship can't say that. he has so much baggage he is not credible. >> sandra: jenkins was making
the case yet again why donald trump the president is so key in this race, your state went 68% for donald trump in 2016. here congressman jenkins is talking about your relationship with the president this morning. >> i'm the only one on the stage that voted for donald trump in the election in the primary of 2016. i exposed patrick morrissey for the never trumper that he is. >> sandra: wanted to give you a chance to react to that. >> look, i think evan jenkins is desperate because of his liberal baggage. he rallied for hillary clinton and was on the barack obama team for john kerry. i think voters know not only was i a voter in the electoral college a position to support the president, i voted for donald trump at the convention and equally important since donald trump took office, we've been working with the white house closely helping him on a lot of legal briefs, defending his efforts to go after
sanctuary cities and illegal immigration. even jenkins, you never know where he is? he is an opportunist. >> sandra: next few days will be key. you won't get a lot of sleep, patrick. turnout will be key. a lot of undecided in this race. over 20% heading into this. where do you expect those late decideers to go? do you expect to benefit from that? >> i think we're well positioned because more and more as the conservatives are coming out. they'll vote in this primary. i think given the support we have across the state, that as more people focus in the next five days they will say who is the one credible conservative that can win? with all due respect to don blankenship he would lose easily in november. he has done good things for the party in west virginia but i would urge his voters to say
let's rally behind my candidacy to make sure we defeat jenkins and beat joe manchin in november. >> sandra: thank you for your time this morning and the country is watching that race. >> bill: did not mention don blankenship a lot there. interesting debate last night. to see how west virginia has moved from a solid democratic state toward president trump and more conservative the first a.g. in west virginia as a republican since 1932 or 1933. the voting public has changed. >> sandra: the undecided voters, there is a large chunk of gop primary voters currently supporting a candidate but willing to change their mind. that was a poll that took place before the fox news debate last night. the next few days will be interesting. >> bill: things are in flux. a good race up against joe manchin. nancy pelosi making a case for her future after calls for some democrats for her to step aside. what will she do? >> sandra: more controversy for
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of phones like it. apple is making a ton of money. i'm pretty happy with it. they didn't ask me. >> sandra: huge growth for that company. nancy pelosi says she is not going anywhere. this despite some democrats saying the house minority leader should step aside and give someone else a chance to lead the party. she said her confident will party will retake the house in november saying we will win, i will run for speaker. i feel confident about it and my members do, too. let's bring in our panel. brad blakeman, richard fowler, a radio talk show host. good morning to both of you gentlemen. richard, what do you think about that? >> i think nancy pelosi as well as everybody at home knows the only polls that matter are election day. it's the job of any party leader to express confidence in her party going into the election day. what she does after the democrats take control of the house, we'll have to wait and see. she is saying she will run for
speaker. we'll see what happens. we have to have a larger conversation what democrats plan to do in this election. we'll have the conversation about the issues that concern the american people. high prescription drug, opioid crisis, early childhood is way too expensive and ways to fix it. what we've seen over the past 18 months is a political party that's done one thing only. pass a tax cut which marco rubio didn't benefit working and middle class americans. >> we'll run against nancy pelosi and show what the democrats are, a party of the past. nancy pelosi is all about revenge and taking power back. republicans are about looking forward. we've delivered for the american people on tax cuts. i talked to middle class americans. fed yex driver the other day told me he credits president trump for putting more money in his pocket. nancy pelosi was for sanctuary cities and obama's failed foreign policy of appeasement.
she is exactly the type of person we want to run against because her failed policies are going to be the prescription for disaster for democrats. >> sandra: brad is happy she is sticking around. she has invoked gender into the conversation. she believes its critical women are represented in u.s. political leadership and said it's important it not be five white guys at the table. no offense. i have no intention of walking away from that table. richard. >> ?e is right. i think for us to really have true leadership you have to have more than just one group of people at the table. everybody needs to be at the table and that's what the democratic caucus is about. brad can talk about what republicans are doing for the american people and have this conversation. the truth is americans know what is at stake and why poll after poll, special election after special election you've seen democratic victory because we don't want the talk about nancy pelosi, we want to talk about the issues facing everyday americans. president trump would rather talk about james comey, russia
collusion instead of having a conversation about the issues affecting the american people. >> sandra: interesting stuff. a gentleman entered the conversation, a congressman from massachusetts and he says i think there is a strong desire in america for new leadership in washington not just getting rid of republicans but getting new leadership in the democratic party. really interesting to hear that, brad. do you think we'll hear more of it? >> i think there will be defections by the democrats which will divide them as we get closer to the mid-term elections. nancy pelosi is trying to hang onto power, that's clear. and she is moving her party and the country in the wrong direction. her time is past. she has overstayed her welcome. i welcome her as an object of our fire in november and tell me where to write the check for nancy pelosi for speaker. i'll be glad to write the check today. >> i love you. you can continue ads about
nancy pelosi and hillary clinton. that won't win the mid-term election. >> that's your party. it worked well in 2016. >> it didn't work well for you in the pennsylvania 18 >> it's all about november, not special elections. >> it's all about november, not the special elections. >> it won't work for you in november, either. >> it's the record of full employment and bringing peace to lands that have never seen it in decades. donald trump is delivering on his promises and you guys don't know what to do about it. >> he can't say on message. he can't stay on message. good to see you, sandra. >> bill: he surprised many after his public support of the president but now there is a new controversy over kanye west the rapper under fire for comments about slavery. adam housley for that story today. what happened? >> the backlash is big in hollywood as you might imagine. all the rage has been about
kanye and appearance on tmz yesterday. he was in the newsroom. he didn't make a lot of sense sometimes but a big controversy when he came out saying african-americans enslavement was a choice. that prompted tmz reporter to lash out at him and say i don't think you're thinking anything. take a listen. >> you hear about slavery for 400 years. for 400 years? that sounds like a choice. like he was there for 400 years? you know, like it's like we're mentally in prison. i like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. slavery holocaust. so prison is something that unites us as one race. blacks and whites being one race and we're the human race. >> all this to a massive
backlash on twitter and social media. one of the most ignorant statements that anyone who came from the hood could say about our ancestry. spike lee questioned his comments. he would defend himself on twitter saying in a couple different tweets to make myself clear of course i knew that slaves did not get shackled and put on boat by free will. my point is for us to have stayed in the position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved. on mornings with maria former secretary of state condy rice had this to say about the controversy. >> people should be able to express their views. not all of us have to think politically the same way. i said to people sometimes i've been black all my life. you don't have to tell me how to be black and so i think we need to recognize that in some ways the height of prejudice is to look at somebody and think you know what they think because of the color of their skin. >> we also have to recognize that kanye west has two albums
dropping in june and other sales going on. he likes to be controversial and get out there and say things and he may have taken some medication for issues he has had. a lot going on here, bill. holly -- hollywood has a lot to talk about today. >> sandra: the showdown on the border of the migrant caravan has prompted tough talk with the governor of california. what jerry brown is saying about vice president mike pence. >> bill: the clock is running for the white house decision on the iran nuclear deal. if president trump rips it up, what happens next? >> they lied one item after the other. they lied to the national at -- atomic energy agency. they were supposed to come clean. the deal was flawed from the start. we're family. we'd do anything for each other.
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of the worst we've ever seen. we'll keep you posted when he has made a final decision on that front. p problem is the deal was made on a completely false pretense. iran lied on the front end and dishonest actors. the deal that was made was made on things that weren't accurate. we have a big problem with that. >> bill: sarah sanders defending the president's comments on the iran nuclear deal. what will he do? prime minister benjamin netanyahu doesn't want war with iran but continues to pressure the president to back out of it. good morning to you today. you know, you rip up the deal, what goes in its place, nile? >> i think the first thing you'll see is the reimposition of u.s. sanctions against iran and possibly secondary sanctions which target international companies doing
business with the iranian regime to prevent iran gaining the funds necessary to build up its ballistic missile and nuclear program and also its support for international terrorism. these sanctions would hit the regime hard. i think that would be the first thing. but secondly i think the united states would seek to create a new stronger deal in order to deal with the long-term iranian nuclear threat. thirdly the united states will support every effort by u.s. allies in the middle east to defend themselves against iranian aggression. >> bill: you rip up the deal, what's the domino effect in that region? what would you anticipate, nile? >> well, the deal is, of course unpopular with key allies in the region, with israel and the gulf states. they view the deal as a very weak agreement that
significantly strengthens iran's ability to operate aggressively in the region and we've seen that with their growing aggression inside syria that it wants to use as a launch pad to support hezbollah operations against israel. also you've seen growing iranian aggression in lebanon, yemen and other parts of the middle east. the iran nuclear deal has been a massive windfall for the iranian regime. the money is used for terrorist activities. >> bill: you had to think when the euros were going there in the wooden pallets they would be used for something -- john kerry said. every detail netanyahu presented yesterday was why the world came to negotiate the nuclear agreement. the threat is real. it's working and why israeli security experts are speaking out. there was no negotiation and all that changed with the jcpoa.
blow up the deal and you're back there tomorrow. what do you think about that, nile? >> well, i think this is the expected response from john kerry who played a key role, of course, in putting this weak-need agreement together. the reality is if this deal remains in place, iran will become a nuclear weapons power once the sunset clauses have come into place. so the reality is the deal negotiated by john kerry, the obama administration, is a deal that in the long run will allow iran to become a nuclear weapons power. there was extraordinary, i think, depth of naivety with regard to the negotiations that took place. barack obama knew full well there was no congressional support for this deal. he by passed congress. >> bill: final word, you don't anticipate a war, do you?
>> i don't believe anyone has the intention of going to war here. but the fact remains that iran is the world's biggest state sponsor of international terrorism and hell bent on developing a nuclear weapons program and poses a massive threat to the region and u.s. allies in the middle east have every right to defend themselves against any form of iranian aggression. >> bill: it's very interesting now, thanks to talk to you today. >> sandra: a new political ad is raising eyebrows in one state's governor's race. why the candidate says it was a joke. >> bill: facebook, what is this all about? >> what i learned this year is that we need to take a broader view of our responsibility. it is not enough to build powerful tools. we need to make sure that they are used for good and we will.
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>> bill: nasa is going back to mars. it's planning to dig deeper than ever before on the red planet. the robot can stare down deep into the planet and to gain new intel about the core of the martian planet. hum. >> sandra: a new political ad is drawing serious heat in the state of georgia. republican brian kemp running for governor and his campaign put out this ad. >> these things if you are going to date one of my daughters, respect and a healthy appreciation for the second amendment, sir. >> we'll get along just fine.
>> sandra: okay. carley shimkus. how is this going over? >> they said on fox and friends he is getting positive feedback from the ad. they see the humor in it and love he is promoting his pro-second amendment state. holding a gun in an ad with a teenager and it brings up the tragedy that happened in parkland, florida and on youtube more people have disliked the ad than liked it. on a national scale it is not as -- >> sandra: he has two daughters and this is supposed to be a boyfriend. they have responded -- we heard kemp this morning earlier responding to this but their camp initially didn't fear what they were hearing about this ad and put out brian kemp is a conservative, get over it. they're standing by this.
>> kemp doesn't have to care what people say outside the state of georgia. the other guy cut a tax break, blocked a tax break for delta airlines after cutting ties with the nra so pro second amendment stance in georgia is a very popular opinion. this really could work very much in kemp's favor. >> sandra: the station in atlanta was getting a lot of negative feedback as well but said we can't do anything about it. people said don't air the ad. the fcc rules prohibit them from stopping the ads. >> this is such a hot button issue. remember the reaction that the former nfl player received when he took a picture with his daughter and her boyfriend for prom and he was holding a gun in the picture. this reminds me of that story.
the reaction is exactly the same where if you agree with gun rights you are going to see a funny, humorous ad. a lot of people say kids and guns are off limits and they are even off limits in a joking manner. >> sandra: critics say it portrays says it was a casual use of a shotgun. >> bill: we're waiting president trump to make his way to the state department and you'll see that live here. mike pompeo is sworn in officially today. we'll bring it to you when it happens. also republican house members none too pleased with the justice department. will d.o.j. give way on a major request for evidence? that's coming up next hour right here. that's why pampers swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals to wrap your baby in blanket-like softness so all they feel is love pampers swaddlers
diplomat. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith on this lovely wednesday morning. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. good morning. state department about to be a more critical asset in this administration. mike pompeo's swearing in coming after his first speech at the state department yesterday since his narrow confirmation vote about a week ago. he acknowledges he has a lot to learn while pledging to reinvigorate american diplomacy. >> as people i'm confident i know who you are. you chose to be a foreign service officer or a civil servant or to come work here in many other capacities and to do so because you are patriots and great americans and because you want to be an important part of america's face to the world. my mission will be to lead you and allow you to do that. >> sandra: let's go live to our very own rich edson at the state department this morning. this ceremony is highlighting the trust the president has in pompeo as we're serenaded.
>> little harp music. what you have here is the president of the united states is coming to mike pompeo's office. the last time the president of the united states did one of these for a secretary of state of state it was for rex tillerson. that swearing in took place at the white house in the oval office in february of 2017. secretary of state mike pompeo's supporters say the relationship with the president says he will speak for president trump as he engages overseas. secretary tillerson sometimes found himself at odds with the president on policy. pompeo has had his first trip as secretary. last week he was sworn in less than two hours later he was on a plane to belgium and saudi arabia, israel and jordan. president trump is scheduled to speak at this ceremony upstairs in the ben franklin reception room. the state department is several floors of typical government building on top or below there
are very ornate reception rooms upstairs. it will take place in one of those rooms and gina haskel will be on hand for this, the president has chosen her to follow pompeo as cia director. >> sandra: pompeo wants to spend less time upstairs in that building. >> he was talking about the seventh floor where the office and executive offices are. he wants to get to know and work with the state department employees and try to enable them to actually give president trump's policy. tillerson cut out most of the staff and there is optimism here that pompeo will reverse much of that and also work better with the white house to try to get some nominees to fill the many senior vacancies still here at the state department. >> sandra: rich edson, i think we'll schedule music for all
your future hits. >> it's nice. >> sandra: we appreciate it. >> bill: thank you, rich. rod rosenstein firing back. house republicans threaten him with impeachment. >> there were people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time and i think they should understand by now that the department of justice won't be extorted. we'll do what's required by the rule of law and any kind of threats that anybody makes are not going to affect the way we do our job. we have a responsibility. we take an oath. that's the whole point. >> bill: interesting comments. catherine herridge live in d.c. what's the reaction been? >> no one signed the articles of impeachment because it was a draft document and the deputy attorney general is wrong to think members are pleased with his professional work. if he thinks being asked to do
his job is extortion rod rosenstein should step aside and allow us to find a new deputy attorney general, one interested if transparency. democrats say the freedom caucus is guilty of overreach. many of the documents they want from the f.b.i. and justice department are central to the ongoing special counsel investigation led by robert mueller and can't be shared. this morning the senior democrat warned that removing rosenstein would derail or paralyze the russia probe. >> if he were fired and someone else put in they could throttle the investigation without nothing about it. the new person could fire mueller or he could simply say to mueller don't look at this and that. because he completely controls the investigation. he could either fire mueller by the guillotine or put a straight jacket on him. >> republicans emphasize his taking the threat of legal action to get records that show the f.b.i. and justice
department deviated from standard procedure when they got a fisa warrant. >> bill: comey memos, what have we not seen? >> the significant development. the house oversight committee want specifics on how many people got copies of the comey memos. as fox news first reported the columbia law professor was a special government employee for the f.b.i. doing special projects for director comey. congressional investigators tell fox news they question whether the memos were shared with at least one more person beyond the professor, former u.s. attorney patrick fitzgerald and kelly. they're acting as comey's attorneys. what's key is that comey admitted once he was alerted by the f.b.i. there was classified in the information in the memos all three men returned the memos. that on its face would fit the definition of a classified leak or classified spill of
information, bill. >> bill: thank you, more to come on that. >> sandra: for more on this let's bring in guy benson political editor and fox news contributor. joins us on set. good morning to you. first up is this threat real? >> well, i think what you are seeing from the house freedom caucus is an attempt to step up pressure on rosenstein to get documents that they've been asking for -- demanding for a long time. and so this might be their way of sort of lighting a fire under the d.o.j. saying if you continue not to comply with what we're asking for, we have tools at our disposal to remove you from office. i think rosenstein may have been wise to basically ignore that or say we're doing it as quickly as we can as opposed to ratcheting up and raising the temperature a little bit. he came back and referred to it as extortion. the war of words escalates. what's interesting is a lot of the media seems to be framing this whole dispute as sort of
warfare over mueller and trying to get to rosenstein doing trump's bidding given the chairman of that caucus is so close with trump. there is a sub text to all of that but specifically this anger and this frustration on the part of the house conservatives is related to document release. it is not saying rosenstein should be removed from office because of mueller necessarily. >> sandra: former chairman of house oversights chaffetz was here earlier this morning and is fired up about this. >> for him to say that congress is going to extort him by exercising their constitutional responsibility means to me he needs to go brush up on the constitution. the deep state doesn't want to be exposed. they don't want to turn over the documents. the oversight committee was founded in 1814. case law throughout that says yes, they will provide those documents. >> sandra: what do you think of that? >> clearly there is a constitutional role for
congress to provide oversight to the executive branch, that's true. it might be a stretch for some to cast rod rosenstein a trump appointee as the deep state who was not there during most of this controversy we're dealing with back in the 2016 election because trump wasn't president yet. i think what we're seeing now is just a lot of partisan infighting and anger and frustration as the mueller probe drags on and on. people on all sides want a resolution. there doesn't seem to be a clear resolution in sight and so people are trying to figure out what's the best way to jockey ahead of this. >> sandra: based on his reaction here you talk about house republicans doing this to light a fire dragging his feet on producing the documents. looks like it could backfire. do you think? >> it's possible. the other element of this that i'm interested by is it seems like the house freedom caucus is drafting up these potential documents or articles of
impeachment to apply pressure on a point where the pressure was relieved not very long ago. just a few days ago there were agreements reached with two republican chairman goodlatte and gowdy on document release. both sides came to an agreement. not good enough for certain people in the house freedom caucus. i see both sides here. >> sandra: guy benson. always good to see you. >> bill: later this hour. president trump heads to the department of state there for the official swearing in of mike pompeo. there are major diplomatic challenges on the horizon all over the world. what is the biggest job ahead? >> sandra: president trump's legal team bracing for the possibility that robert mueller could subpoena the president. alan dershowitz on what this would mean for the direction of mueller's investigation. >> bill: the migrant caravan is still at the border as the vice
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texas in a lawsuit to end the obama-era program designed to protect people illegally brought to the u.s. as children. the policy that grants work permits to 700,000 undocumented immigrants. >> sandra: a fox news alert hundreds of migrants still at our southern border all seeking asylum in the u.s. the tense situation sparking a war of words between vice president mike pence and california governor jerry brown. pence saying the caravan is a deliberate attempt to undermine us us laws. governor brown fires back. >> the president said yesterday the border is a problem in that area for the whole country. >> i think pence is a problem for the whole country. >> sandra: let's bring in our panel on this.
capri cafaro and rachel campos duffy. >> this war of words between governor brown and vice president pence is really just a reflection and indicative of a -- the difference between democrats and republicans. not breaking news. governor jerry brown of california has joined suit for example to fight back and try to restore the trump-era policies to get rid of environmental emissions standard on cars. he is fighting back against vice president pence's views of lgbt rights and evolution and a host of other things. i think obviously governor brown has issues with the views of vice president pence but i do want to say one more thing about this. california has always been probably left of center of the rest of the country for lack of a better term. we have to remember that the united states is based on a
federalist system. the 10th amendment of the constitution empowers our individual states to have a lot of rights. so local control and advocating at the local level is a fundamental cornerstone of american democracy. >> sandra: let me give rachel a chance to respond. >> states can't create their own currency and they -- >> i got cut off. >> they cannot do immigration laws on their own. immigration is the purview of the federal government. nobody cares what governor brown has to say about immigration. they elected donald trump who really understands where the american people are at. they want to be compassionate to people who want to come to our country legally and those brought here, the dreamers, those brought here by their parents. he wants to find a solution for them and probably legalize the 11 million already here. we can't do that as long as the
border is porous and people are coming over. this caravan has been a p.r. fail. all it's done is highlight how dysfunctional our immigration asylum system is. the migrants singing the honduran national anthem isn't helping and doesn't create sympathy among americans who want to be compassionate to those who want to come here and live a better life and do it the right way and be americans. interesting you have pompeo today being sworn in. latin america has been absolutely neglected by the obama administration. they were -- governments have fallen -- their security problems have gotten worse, their economic problems have gotten worse and the obama administration has appeased many leftist governments that are falling apart and their problems come north. the trump administration is now getting pompeo in. we still don't have an assistant secretary of state for the western hemisphere. perhaps now we'll start to deal
with latin america. their problems become our problems. >> i do agree with that. >> sandra: jerry brown's words on the other side of the argument echo what we heard from jeff sessions saying this is a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system talking about that caravan at the border. >> there is no question it highlights the shortcomings of our immigration laws in the united states and i think that as mentioned earlier about for example providing asylum or some kind of relief to dreamers and to others, you know, and trying to exhibit some level of compassion for undocumented individuals trying to come here, members of congress need to act. democrats and republicans alike. we did see a number of bills come forward in the united states senate in the last few months and guess what? they came up short. democrats and republicans couldn't come together and utilized this as a ping-pong. individual human beings as
political ping-pong. >> the republicans and donald trump had a solution for the dreamers. >> and only 39 members of the united states senate voted for that solution. that means that republicans -- >> there is a solution to be had. the democrats have been blocking it because they like having this problem. >> the democrats need to get their act together, too. democrats need to get their act together, too. >> sandra: mike pence said make no mistake about it. women and small children are the victims of open border advocates who encourage them to take a long and dangerous trip. you both have a lot to say and the debate will continue. thanks to both of you. >> bill: good debate, too. a new car chase. a long police chase that lasted for hours. what investigators found inside of an rv on the run when that vehicle was finally ditched. that's coming up.
>> sandra: facebook rolling out major changes for the social network. is it enough to win back the public's trust? >> what i learned this year is that we need to take a broader view of our responsibility. it is not enough to build powerful tools. we need to make sure that they are used for good, and we will. (vo) i was born during the winter of '77. i first met james in 5th grade. we got married after college. and had twin boys. but then one night, a truck didn't stop. but thanks to our forester, neither did our story. and that's why we'll always drive a subaru.
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>> we can use this tool to see the information about websites, you can clear all this information from your account and you'll be able to turn it off having this information stored with your account going forward. your facebook won't be quite as good while it relearns your preferences. after going through our systems this is the kind of control we think that people should have. >> bill: it's that simple. facebook ceo rolling out new features designed to give users more control over your information we think. tech expert brett larson. good day to you. we call on you because you used to write for a magazine. >> follow all things technology. >> bill: you heard zuckerberg's overture. what do you think of what he is trying to do here? >> we think this is what people want to have -- people have wanted this sort of all along.
not necessarily all along but learning everything we know what facebook knows about it. it was startling listening to mark zuckerberg talking to our congressional leaders more startling to hear what our congressional leaders don't know and understand about technology but worrisome about we'll look into that. >> bill: i take the other side of that testimony. i think some of the questions were revealing because they were simple and like okay, try to answer that. but specifically facebook is going to do what with your search history. >> they will take everything that you've built in your time of being on facebook. your facebook fingerprint and let you wipe that out and say we'll let you delete all this data and now advertising might not be as targeted. things might not be as specific. i've talked with digital marketers saying it's a concern. the benefit of facebook you can target people on a granular
level and specific neighborhood and like specific sports teams but maybe only specific players on those teams and this sort of ability may go away with the ability to erase all of your history. your search history. >> bill: if you go to fox news.com. it goes away but brett larson doesn't interfere online. >> photos that you've shared and facebook friends that you have and groups that you are a part of those things will stay in your facebook sphere of information. we should also mention facebook isn't the only online media giant that is collecting copyous amounts of data about you. google does the same thing and twitter in some respects. you aren't necessarily in the clear and i think what we saw here with the congressional testimony as we continue to go down this path of social media, we're not all really clear what it is exactly that these companies do.
we know that we get this stuff for free. it is free to search google and free to access facebook and twitter because it's not the product. we're the product in these instances. these companies want to find out as much about us as possible so they can sell us things. >> bill: i'm curious to know what his play is. he is about making money. if you damage the search engine that puts you at risk for advertisers, what is his calculation? >> i think it has to be a bit of a gamble. he has to have come away from all of the controversy over the past several weeks that we've seen and think we have to do something. they aren't necessarily losing a lot of users but they could potentially do that. i think it definitely raised a red flag with a lot of facebook users saying what's going on here. >> bill: that's what you've
gaugeed. >> i don't think the average users knows how much data was being collected. >> bill: i think we're learning. >> we're learning a lot. >> bill: facebook will go into the dating business. >> i here that will be great. i want to date a russian bot. online dating. i give it a thumbs-up. >> sandra: mike pompeo to be sworn in as the secretary of state about 30 minutes from now. there are big challenges ahead for the ex-cia director. michael anton joins us next to talk about what he is up against. >> bill: also the most closely-watched race in the mid-term elections. where does the west virginia senate primary stand after last night's debate live in prime time here on fox. >> donald trump was a democrat. ronald reagan was a democrat. it's the people who follow
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prevagen. the name to remember. >> i talked about getting back our swagger and i'll fill in what i mean by that. but it is important. the united states diplomatic corp needs to be in every corner of the world executing missions on behalf of this country and it is my humble, noble undertaking to help you achieve that. >> bill: really impressive speech there. mike pompeo looking to boost state department morale. sworn in later this hour. i want to bring in former national security council spokesman michael anton. good morning. the president will be there later this hour as well. we await that arrival. he flew to the middle east addressed the issues straightaway. what do you think about that comment about the swagger at the state department?
>> morale was low at the state department. has been for a while. one of the things extraordinary about mike pompeo. there is an adage in washington for a republican cabinet appointee you can keep your building happy, meaning the permanent civil service, bureaucracies or keep the president happy but hard to do both. he managesed to do both at the c.i.a. he was popular with the rank and file and career leadership and he maintained and increased the confidence of the president throughout that which i think he will be able to do if anybody is able to do it at the state department and clearly his intention to rebuild morale, reconnect the leadership floor of the state department with the rest of the building. all the while maintaining the confidence of the president and executing the president's policies and agenda. >> bill: i like what he had to say yesterday. i don't know if it was me or you felt the same way. what is it about him that draws people to him do you think? >> there are so many things about him. he is a very personable guy. a great guy to be around to
talk to and hang out with. he is extremely smart and accomplished and capable but he doesn't come off as a know it all or as someone whose smarts and expertise is irritating. it comes off as a regular friendly guy way while the underlying competence and confidence is still there. >> bill: very interesting. he went to pyongyang and now we'll see him with the president. you have the iran nuclear deal hanging out there and here is the photo from that trip easter weekend it was two weeks ago. what do they do in iran, pompeo doesn't like it, trump and netanyahu don't like it. whatever decision they make what comes next? >> look, one of the things that i learned from working in the administration for as long as i did when the president said he hasn't made up his mind about a particular decision he is telling the truth. he has said he doesn't know what he will do. nobody knows what he will do. he has until may 12th.
my expectation will be he won't announce it until may 11th or 12th. we know he hates the deal and because of that israeli revelation a few days ago that the iran's denial they had a nuclear program which i never believed and i doubt mike pompeo ever believed it, either. it has blown up. there is no way they could claim they never had a nuclear program and this deal was undertaken under legitimate premises. that doesn't necessarily determine what the president will do on may 12th. i think that will be determined in part by what he sees from our european allies. if he sees a good faith effort to put strong teeth in a follow on agreement he may decide to stay in. given his intense dislike of the deal and terms of the deals it is more likely than not that he won't. when he says he hasn't made up his mind people should believe him. he is telling the truth. >> bill: i sense a 30-day
extension to let the european allies figure out a negotiation. at the u.n. our producer talks about a report that found u.n. member states voted with the united states only 31% of the time. down 10% from the year prior. nikki haley firing back. either way this is not an acceptable return on our investment. when we arrived at the u.n. last year we said we'd take names and this list of voting records speaks for itself. i imagine you have something to say about that. >> i've been a u.n. skeptic pretty much my whole career. it's interesting to me, too, you go back dean atchison secretary of state under president truman on one of the architects that created the u.n. used to joke that he had nothing to do with that. don't blame him. the u.n. -- one of the things that is supposed to make the u.n. effective is the security council which takes the major decisions out of the general assembly into a smaller
grouping. even that fundamental problems with adversaries of america consistingly blocking resolutions. this is a problem that goes back decades. the general assembly throughout the cold war was either non-aligned meaning neutral between the struggle between freedom and tyranny or openly sided with the soviet union. i'm glad to see the administration taking on this problem. it is a deeply-rooted problem in an institution that wasn't worked the way it was designed to. >> bill: the u.s. pays 22% of the u.n. budget. michael anton in d.c. >> sandra: three republican contenders hoping to unseat joe manchin facing off in a debate last night. each candidate looking to separate himself from the others. >> i was the only one on that
stage who took on obama overage. one guy decided to move to nevada. the other guy was on the barack obama team. i think that presents a very good contrast. >> sandra: peter doocy has the recap of a fiery debate last night, peter. >> at one point don blankenship turned his recent jail time into a punch line with an answer to a question about whether or not he would vote as a senator to protect the special counsel robert mueller. >> i had a little personal experience with the department of justice. [laughter] [applause] they lie a lot, too. it's one of those things where when you know what really goes on in the department of justice, you wonder where this country is going. it's really crazy.
>> he is giving republicans a lot of heartburn. they're worried his conviction on a miss demeanor to violate coal safety laws. a mitch mcconnell link super pac is spending millions against blankenship. >> if you would, please raise your hand if you would support mitch mcconnell for republican leader in the senate. [applause] >> the other two on stage jenkins and morrissey spent most of the night hammering each other in some very personal terms. morrissey assailed jenkins for his past political affiliation as a democrat while jenkins confronted morrissey with his family's affiliations with drug company lobbyists. west virginia has the highest
rates of death by overdose anywhere. >> if you want to see what the problem is, it is the pill pushers. did your mom ever tell you we should wash your mouth out with soap with those lies? >> all three men were well received by a very engaged crowd in the theater. but most voters were watching from home and they have got six days now to pick a challenger for senator manchin in the fall. >> sandra: good stuff. we'll be watching the next few days. it will get interesting. peter doocy thank you. >> bill: in minutes we'll see the president go to the department of state. we'll have that live for you coming up. >> sandra: special counsel robert mueller with a warning for the president's legal team. alan dershowitz joins us live next. you wouldn't accept an incomplete job
him to testify before a grand jury if trump refuses an interview with mueller's team. president trump tweeting there was no collusion. it was a hoax and there is no obstruction of justice. it is a setup and trap. alan dershowitz is the author of trumped up criminalization of politics and dangerous democracy. professor, we appreciate your time this morning. a huge story and a huge development in all this since fox news has been able to confirm that is a possibility and he has thrown that out there. will robert mueller try to force the president's hand? >> well, many, many months ago on fox i said that was going to happen. that's why mueller has the ultimate card in his hand. the subpoena card. you subpoena the president, he has to go in front of the grand jury without his lawyer, without any opportunity to limit the questions. but this gives the president some options, too. he can challenge the subpoena in court.
he can go to the federal district court, the court of appeals, the united states supreme court court and argue you can't subpoena a president in a criminal case in front of a grand jury. he would possibly lose that. he would argue you can't ask a president why he engaged in decisions. he might argue you can't ask me questions that go beyond the scope of the special counsel's authority namely to my business dealings before he became president of the united states. and he may win or may lose that. it's unclear. i think he would be in a better position challenging this legally than sitting down with the special counsel and answering that list of 40-so odd questions that are so open-ended, vague and general. >> sandra: the confirmation of this possible subpoena is coming just a day after we learned about and obtained the list of questions that trump's
legal team believe mueller wishes to ask him. what did you think when you went through each of those questions? >> i thought they were not well crafted questions. they probably weren't crafted by the prosecutor. they were probably just notes taken by the defense team but they certainly show areas of interest. they show me several things. one, they show that rod rosenstein must be recused from any further participation in the obstruction of justice part of the case. he is a central witness. why did you fire comey? the obvious answer is because i got a memo from rosenstein. why don't you ask him why he wrote me a memo telling me i can fire comey. it seems to me these questions put a real onus on rosenstein to recuse himself. second, they show me there is no limitation on the questions. they can ask questions in any areas. third, plainly they want to ask him questions and give him an opportunity to ramble on and perhaps give them information they don't have or say things
that are contradicted that they do have. >> sandra: if the president agrees to the subpoena. he has the ability to fight it and listed the ways his team could do that. if he agrees to the subpoena and sits down to these questions, where does it end up? >> it depends on what he answers. i think if i was the president's lawyer -- i'm not, let me be clear. i would take advantage of these questions and submit answers in writing to almost all of them and then make objections to the others based on article 2 of the constitution. and then tell the american public look, i've answered all these questions, why are they trying to bring me into a grand jury? it interferes with my right to govern and i think he would be in a better position politically and perhaps legally if he were to provide answers to the questions. one of the reasons they want to haul him in front of a grand jury or ask him questions. they want to see if he is going the lie. it's a perjury trap.
it is not the role of a grand jury to set perjury traps. it is to obtain information they don't already have, not to give the subject an opportunity to lie about answers that they do already have. >> sandra: i want to go back to initially the report out that the idea of a subpoena was floated by mueller in this meeting john dowd was there and then the president's lead attorney. he apparently retorted, quote, this isn't some game. you are screwing with the work of the president of the united states. and as we know, dowd went on to resign as the president's lead lawyer just weeks later. >> yeah. i think the reason that it is given for why he resigned and i understand it. he gave advice to the president, namely not to willingly testify. and the president said publicly that he wants to testify and if you are going to be somebody's
lawyer and you are in a trusted relationship, there has to be trust on both sides and there has to be a willingness to accept the advice of the lawyer. and so i understand why dowd left the case as his lawyer and i would think any good lawyer at this point would advise the president to do everything in his power not to testify unless he was compelled by a court to do so. >> sandra: each time is different, but have other presidents faced subpoenas? >> it's interesting that of course president bush never faced a subpoena for pardoning casper weinberger even though the special prosecutor said it was part of a cover-up and attempt to end the investigation. nobody dreamed of subpoenaing the president for that. president clinton was subpoenaed but more for --
nixon's tapes were subpoenaed. we have some precedent but every case involving a president is different. it is hard to predict how this supreme court would come out if the president refused to answer specific questions that went to his state of mind about why he engaged in acts that are constitution nallly authorized under article 2. i think that would be a very strong, very plausible argument he could make to the supreme court. >> sandra: we value getting your perspective on this this morning. thank you for your time. >> bill: really fascinating stuff. the president tweeting on the legal matters all morning. a rigged system. they don't want to turn over documents to congress in reference to the chaffetz segment. what are they afraid of? why such unique wall justice? at some point i will have no point to use the power of the presidency and get involved. we'll watch that and see what the legal implications are.
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swearing in ceremony. >> in the meantime a stunning discovery uncovered. archaeologists unearthed an underground christian church that they believe goes back to the roman empire. lauren green has the story. >> it was an isis-controlled area for more than two years. while the terror group destroyed many christian relics and sites this one they missed. it comes from the fox news digital reporter in syria. she was one of the first reporters believed to be an early underground gathering place for followers of what was then a brand-new religion. the cave marks the entrance to an early christian refuge or secret church. the steps lead down to where it was found beneath a heap of trash. the area below and artifacts date back to the first century. there are crosses etched in
stone. a roman effigy carved into a limestone blocks and column bases. christianity was deemed a dangerous cult by the romance in the first century and it was controlled by the roman empire. first century christians were forced to meet in caves and tucked away places. for archeologists its proof there was a significant christians presence in this area since -- isis is persecuting christians, thankfully u.s. backed syrian forces are driven isis out of this area. according to reports the vatican is aware of this site and will send some of its experts to investigate. >> bill: that survived, wow. lauren green, thank you. >> sandra: mike pompeo officially confirmed as secretary of state last week. in minutes the c.i.a. director will be formally sworn in. we'll have it for you live next.
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>> how is your swagger, smitty? >> my swagger is all right. was my earring turned around the whole show? >> i didn't notice. i'll notice tomorrow. >> thanks for tuning in. "happening now" starts now. >> jon: the president headed to the state department. the first time he's headed there since making mike pompeo his secretary of state and moments from now, pompeo's swearing in ceremony. >> julie: the president telling the diplomatic corps that he wants to help them get their swagger back. while he's been on the job less than a week, he's been a busy guy. just getting back from a high profile trip to europe and the middle east with stops in belgi belgium, saudi arabia and israel. >> jon: he's been formally