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letters. >> kimberly: you missed your calling on qvc or something. >> greg: i like your tie. >> kimberly: sour dvrs. never miss an episode of "the five." "special report" is next with bret baier. >> super bowl shuffle trump style. the president disinvited the world champion philadelphia eagles. fbi's top spy expert dr. congress about russiacolluss emails. plus, life and death in gaza. we will take you there. this is "special report" ." good evening. i bret baier. night president trump is enduring some fears monday morning quarterbacking from nfl players and others over a white house visit from the super bowl champion philadelphia eagles. only a handful of players were planning to attend. the president tidy it up to the
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uproar over players protesting to the national anthem. there are problems with that line of reasoning. chief white house correspondent john roberts starts us off from the north one of the white house. >> good evening. no question president trump has been any long-running feud with the nfl over players kneel from as the president said, disrespecting the national anthem. today that feud erupted into an all-out war with the philadelphia eagles. >> we le our country. we respect our flag, and we always proudly stand for the national anthem. we always will stand for national anthem. >> president trump didn't even mention the philadelphia eagles on the south lawn today. i event that was originally to celebrate their super bowl victory turned into a celebration of the military, the flag, and american patriotism. >> we stand to honor our military and our country and remember the fallen heroes who never made it back home.
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we stand to show our love for our fellow citizens and our magnificent constitution. >> the president canceled the eagles celebration last night after the team said only two or three players, owner jef lurie, and the eagles mascot would attend. >> there were 80 members of the organization that rsvped and committed to attend this event. as recently as friday. as well as over 1,000 fans of the eagles organization and the eagles are the ones i tried to change their commitment at the 11th hour. >> philadelphia mayor jim kennedy didn't hold back, saying "is inviting them from the white house only proves that our president is not a true patriot but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend." the white house insists the eagles were playing politics, suggesting the white house visit be moved to next week when they knew the president would be in
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singapore to meet kim jong un. >> if this wasn't a political stunt by the eagles franchise, then they wouldn't have planned to attend the event and backed out of the last minute. if it wasn't a political stunt, then they wouldn't have attempted to reschedule the visit when they knew that the president was going to be overseas. >> president trump blamed the players for the fiasco in a statement saying "disagree with their president because he insists they probably stamp the national anthem hand on heart and honor of the great men and women of the military and the people of the country." former eagles wide receiver tori smith quicko remind on twitter that no one on the eagles took a knee last season. president clinton's former press secretary who was also the nfl's communications director said the president is out-of-bounds on this one. >> it is the latest example of the imperial presidency. how trump sees himself as president. the last time i checked, it wasn't his house. he doesn't get to decide. this is the people's house.
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it shouldn't matter whether ten players are coming or 30 players are coming. >> the president will likely face another sports boycott lebron james and steph curry have said needed the living caliber -- the cleveland cavaliers or the golden state warriors would attend. last year the golden state warriors were about to decline an invitation of the last. president trump got wind of it and jumped out ahead of it, and is inviting them. the feud continuing between the president and the nfl and thea. >> bret: new development regarding kelly saddler at the center of the controversy of the comments john mccain. >> bought into controversy. she said about john mccain, welcome he is dying anyway. the white house refused to apologize. kelly saddler refused to apologize in the wake of that.
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we are told by by senior administration officials that kelly saddler is no longer with the white house. >> bret: interesting. john roberts live on the north lawn. what you think? do you think the president right call about the philadelphia eagles? drop me a line on twitter @bretbaier. use the hashtag #specialreport or on facebook at facebook.com/bretbaiersr. paul manafort is awaiting trial on serious criminal charges. now he's being accused of trying to influence potential witn this happens as lawmakers learn more about two of the biggest topics in washington these days. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge has the report. >> the fbi's espionage chief with direct knowledge of the clinton email and russian investigations testified for the first time behind closed doors for house investigators.
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former number two fbi agent peter strzok was a central player in the clinton email probe and later removed from the russia case for anti-trump bias. based on testimony and documents, one republican said peter strzok appeared to be running the show. >> the text messages and emails produced to the oversight and judiciary committees. while technically that may have been a prestep call, i think it was more peter strzok turbine. >> saying that the testimony was to report, direct, and that he intervened once the extramarital affair between strzok and lisa page was known. >> he was a supervisor. i think that he took the appropriate actions once he found out about the nature of the relationship. >> republicans want more information about the alleged conventional human source that contacted from campaign aides. he really traveledverseas. lawmakers pressed him on me trip
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to london and whether it was connted to the russian probe that strzok launched two months later. >> that's confidential and i can't speak to it. prestep and james comey and others are the subject of a long-awaited inspector general's rt into a fiee handling of the clinton emails. with congressional committees in a holding pattern waiting for the report to drop any day, on twitter the president questioned "what is taking so long on crooked hillary and slippery james comey adding "i hope the report is not been changed and made weaker." special counsel alleged paul manafort try to tamper with potential witnesses to state their testimony and the money laundering and tax fraud prosecution. in a statement, a spokesman said "mr. manafort is innocent and nothing about this latest allegation change their defense. we will do our talking in court." special possibly manafort my little bail >> paul manafort ought to be jailed, most
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likely i think should face seril n the last minutes, sixampering. and a half hours of closed-door testimony has completed. one llama care described bill priestap as extremely operate, adding based on the latest information, documents, testimony and other records, it seems clear to them now that fbi agent peter strzok played a much greater role than previously known in the clinton email and russian investigations. they emphasized a greater role than what was indicated in the text messages. >> bret: catherine herridge, thank you. we are less than a week away from the scheduled summit between president trump and north korean leader kim jong un. the u.s. and the west want north korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. north korea might want the u.s. to pull all or some of its troops out of south korea.
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tonight national security correspondent jennifer griffin looks at the relationship and what those changes might mean. >> there is no change. >> jim mattis en route from a defense conference in singapore spent much of this type reassuring allies the u.s. would not be discussing the removal of u.s. military forces. from korea in exchange for north korea shuttering its nuclear program. >> i will say it again. i'm not making news. they're not going anywhere. it's not a subject of discussion. >> the president tweeted: "meeting in singapore with north korea will hopefully be the start of something big. we will soon see!" some south koreans suggest such a grand bargain should be on the table. michael o'hanlon of the brookings institution says such a discussion needs to occur but not at the summit. >> these conversations are starting partly because president trump has had some things that make people wonder if he might be willing to make this kind of a grand bargain. we know that he's not as
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enamored some of america's alliances for some of his predecessors. >> 24,915 active-duty troops in south korea. in the event of a war, the u.s. is committed by treaty to send up to 690,000 additional u.s. forces to reinforce south korea. along with 160 naval vessels and 2,000 military aircraft. south korea has the largest standing ready military of any of america's 60 allies but even that army is half the size of north korea's conventional forces. the heritage foundation's james cara bono says it's cheaper to keep u.s. troops in south koream home. >> japan and south korea very much of the cost of facilities in northeast asia, so american taxpayer doesn't pay for all this. >> the white house announced the location of the summit today, the capella hotel in singapore. a five-star resort. the meeting will begin at
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9:00 a.m. even that took days to negotiate. bret. >> bret: jennifer griffin live at the pentagon, thank you. sunday, june 10, this sunday we will have a weekend edition of "special report." 6:00 p.m. eastern time, 6:00 a.m. local live from singapore. the following monday and tuesday we will cover all the breaking news from the summit live from singapore. "special report" on the road. meantime, a senior israeli officials: security personnel to kill palestinians who launch flaming kites into the country from gaza. public security minister wants the kite flyers treated, in his words, "just like any other terrors." israel and because i've been fighting over their shared border weeks. correspondent conor powell looks at life and death inside gaza. >> hamas rocket fire into israel has stopped for now. however, gaza is far from peaceful with militants sending fiery kites across the security
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fence today. burning several israeli fields. a few miles away, young palestinian entrepreneurs at the technology incubator tried to ignore the conflict that surrounds them. >> it's really hard. it's really hard. >> he is one of more than 1 million well-educated gazans under the age of 35 trapped by the conflict between hamas and israel. >> internet connection, wi-fi. it's been absent most of the day. >> gaza's economy has been battered by a strict decade-long israeli and egyptian blockade put in place following hamas' tical v in 2006. power is available only for four hours a day, 90% of gazans rely on public distribution centers for clean drinking water. after years of war and a lack of resources to rebuild, gazans infrastructure in tatters and supports the city sewage flo openly in the streets.
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here it flows right into the mediterranean sea, absolutely destroying the coastline. >> the humanitarian situation recently worsened when, in an effort to squeeze hamas, palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas cut salaries to employees and gaza and stopped payments to israel for gaza's electricity. many yng palestinians have grownncreasingly upset not only with israel a hamas but also the united states and the p.a. for their collective inability to solve even gaza's most basic problems. >> we need to have access to the basic services. >> the recent protests at the israeli security fence were initially organized by nonviolent civil society groups before hamas lent its support. while there are calls for more protests, with more than 115 palestinians killed by israeli forces, there is little enthusiasm.
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israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said this week his govers readyo help with the humanitarian situation in gaza, but short of a collective effort in tandem with the u.s., egypt, the palestinian authority and hamas, little is likely to change. in gaza, conor powell. fox news. >> bret: iran says it's ts nuclear enrichment capacity. it is seen as a warning to the western nations still in the nuclear deal of what could happen if it fails or falls completely apart. here is correspondent benjamin hall. >> it's been less than a month since president trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, and iranian officials are there going to increase enrichment, a move they say is allowed. in a news conference broadcast on state television, the director of iran's atomic energy organization set the country would begin building advanced centrifuges soon. reaction was swift. >> iran starts enriching come of
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you have violated the jcpoa in europe should gf iran will be violating the deal. >> supreme leader ayatollah khamenei made the announcement which he or order the increase in enrichment capacity. >> t iranian nation and government will not standby suffering from sanctions nuclear limitations. speak with initial increases are modest. iran claims it would still be within the limits set by the 2015 agreement. iran is allowed to emerge up to 3.67%. 90% is needed for a bomb. the decision to restart appears to more of a warning to the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal, consequences if it were to collapse. israeli primminister benjamin netanyahu is currently on a tour meeting with european leaders, and when asked what he wanted to discuss, he replied only iran, iraq, iran. >> the greatest or to the world today my view is nuclear weapons in the hands of a radical islamic regime like iran.
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>> although european powers to back the deal, they have concerns over iran's segmental program and its influence across the middle east. iran says the two issues are not negotiable. without the u.s., it seems likely be around you will survive. al international companies are distancing themselves from iran for fear of u.s. sanctions. it feels now as of the ball is in iran's corporate bret. >> bret: benjamin hall in london. thank you. up next, the fightver immigration and the so-called dreamers resumes in congress peers some of what our fox affiliates are covering tonight. fox 2 in honolulu. lava from the kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes overnight. scientists say they have confirmed lava completely confirmed the day and inundated much of vacationland and covered all but the northern part of the beach. in miami, american airlines has
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bathrooms on the new boeing 737 max airplanes will only be 24 inches wide. the new plants will have 172 seats. ten more than what they have now. the planes were going to use later this year prily on north american routes. this is a live look at new york from our affiliate fox 5. one of the big stories there check in with the parents reside a fashion designer kate spade. she was found in her park avenue apartment today. police say the 55-year-old left a note at the scene. the company she founded, kate spade new york, now is more than 140 retail shops valid stores across the u.s. and more than 135 shops international. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. without starting from scratch. it brings your business up to speed, doing more with systems you have in place.
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♪ >> bret: hollywood producer harveins. not guilty to && a grand jury charged him with sexual assault on two women. dozens more of accused him of sexual misconduct. weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex. nasdaq jumped 31 to finish another record high. medicare trustees say the program's financial troubles and problems are getting worse and social security cannot be ignored either. today's report says the medicare trust fund for inpatient care will not be able to cover projected medical bills starting in 2026. three years earlier than previously expected.
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social security is on pace to become insolvent in 2034. congress is back to work today and the immediate focus of the houses on immigrand the so-called dreamers. in the senate, they may be doing more work tha previously exhibited. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel has the story. >> senate majority leader tells colleagues to buckle up for a long, hot summer. in the house, a gang of renegade moderates turnsp the heat on leadership. majority leader mitch mcconnell blasted democrats for obstruction. >> i think we have enough work to do for the american people that we should be here during these weeks. i hope you will get greater cooperation, but everybody should anticipate that we will be here. >> senate democratic leader suggested president trump should stay in town too. >> we assume he will be here in washington working right alongside us. >> in the house, some g.o.p. moderates trying to break up
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gridlock on immigration. two more democrats hanging onto the. organizers are three short of the 218 signatures needed to force votes on immigration bills june 25. as house republican leaders try a g.o.p. solution. >> we are very close on a couple different fronts. it really boils down to how are we going to handle the daca recipients. >> president trump waited on immigration this morning: "separating families at the border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the democrats. border security laws should be changed but the dems can't get their act together! started the wall." arizona republican senator jeff flake says that isn't helpful. >> i have worked with democrats on immigration. they don't want open borders. they don't favor ms-13. i wish he wouldn't make those accusations. >> attorney general jeff sessions issue this warning to those considering coming here illegally. >> we don't want to do this at all.
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people don't want to be separate from their children, they shouldn't bring them with them. we've got to get this message out. you are not given immunity. >> the acting head of immigration and customs enforcement offered this advice to lawmakers. >> if you want to do a fix on daca, let's talk about the issues of immigration and fix it. so we don't have a daca every ten years. >> it's not clear immigration would be debated and voted on in august. mcconnell has said he's only interested in taking up a bill president trump would be willing to sign. cutting the recess. >> bret: mike emanuel, thank you. political dominoes tonight in minnesota. current democratic congressman keith elliso has filed to run for attorney general there. he is seeking to replace the state's top lawyer who is running for governor. alison's move opens up a scramble to fill his congressional seat. keith ellison is also
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vice chairman of the democratic national committee. up next, it is primary day in eight states. we'll have a live report from twof them. first, beyond our borders tonight. syrian kurdish militia says is pulling out of a key northern syrian town potentially easing serious rift between the u.s. and turkey. the people's protection unit supported by the u.s. turkeys governments considers them group. new explosion and more lava flow in guatemala. new evacuations have been ordered. first responders and journalists are being pulled back from the volcano. sunday's major eruption left at least 70 people. a third runway at heathrow airport has been to provide prime minister theresa may's cabinet, setting the stage for a vote on the matter after years of debate about how to increase airport capacity around london. critics raised concerns about
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pollution, traffic, and noise at heathrow. already one of the busiest airports. some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we will be right back. oh, you brought butch.
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(vo) you can never have too many faithful companions. that's why i got a subaru crosstrek. love is out there. find it in a subaru crosstrek. >> bret: america's election headquarters. its primary day in eight states. democrats are hoping to wrestle at least 23 house seats from republicans to take control that chamber. most of the attention to my design california where that es unusual primary format has opened all kinds of possibilities for theber ballot. corresponded peter doocy is in san diego today. >> on jungle primary day, republicans have been leapfrogged. >> they are certainly the third most popular group. >> for the first time in california where the top two primary candidates advance regardless of party, they are now more voters registered as having a party preference and there are register g.o.p.
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democrats remain in first place. that means to win, republican candidates must get creative. >> they don't need to be doctrine republicans. it gives them some flity. the electorate may be more moderate than a red state strategy would dictate. one candidate thinks bette registrations will come with better g.o.p. campaigns. >> you start winning, nobody wants to be with the party but loses. >> democrats when the more statewide but their stats are stagnant. >> democts ho cautious here because our numbers have grown over the 20 years. instead, what happened is people have declined to state a political party. >> despite the democrat lead, cost millions to compete. progressive democrat gavin newsom has spent almost $15 million, about three times more than republican john cox. >> i've seen this movie before.
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front runners take things for granted. they read the -- misread the poles. folks don't turn out because they think they've got it. >> the democratic congressional campaign committee has pumped more than $2 million in the retiring republican ed royce's district. $1.6 million on retiring reblican darrell isis and $1.8 million on dana rohrabacher's district. democrats might not even finish high enough to make it to the midterms. that's where democrats hary ruda is appealing to this number in the middle to avoid being left out the november ballot. >> mostricans are between the 20-yard lines. they are tired of the partisan politics. >> each party has a math problem. republicans don't have as many registered members as they would like. democrats have too many congressional candidatesspttinue districts. it makes it uncertain democratic
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candidatesma it past tonight and every single district and i could spoil their sites chances of seats in southern california to retake the house. >> bret: peter doocy san diego. we wil hav results late tonight. republicans in montana meantime we'll pick a candidate to go up against one of the democratic senators considered ripe for defeat this fall. corresponded dan springer sets the stage from helena. >> republican voters in the big sky state have a big job tod heo to the polls to choose between four similar candidates, the one they think they can beat the popular and vulnerable jon tester in november. the montana incumbent is one of the tenth of democrats up for reelection in the state won by president trump. g.o.p. voters were cagey about who they supported, but clear on the ultimate goals. >> it's based both on the notion that tester has to be removed
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and that the president's policies are going to have to be fully implemented. >> the front runner and most well-known estate auditor matt rosendale. they have spent over $1 million backing him. his opponents have attacked his maryland roots and east coast accent even though he moved to a working montana ranch 16 years ago. in a state where many vote the person of the party, some say that issue alone will -- >> he comes back here as often as he can. he gets hisutn montana. he's a very likable person he stands up with her little guy. >> fourth-generation montana and retired judge bills himself as a center right republican and the only candidate in the race who can be tester. he has shown support within the state g.o.p. at the polls, republicans had its time protester to go. >> i think he meant well. i think he just been there too long.
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bought and paid for now. >> president trump won montana by 20 points two years ago but the statepea makes it a tough place to predict. >> montana has more conservative leaning voters that tester has proved to be as happy and effective campaigner. he's one twice. >> some republican voters told us they hope however wednesday gets plenty of support from president trump, perhaps even a campaign visit to montana. that does seem likely considering the feud between the president and senator tester, made more intense when testers think the president's nominee to head the they have the veterans affairs department. >> bret: dan springer in montana. thanks. the miss america pageant is dropping the swimsuit competition. contest officials said they will no longer judge contestants on their appearance. it is the latest shake-up in the
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nearly 100-year-old event. pageant organizers say the swimsuit competition will be replaced by an interactive session with judges. congressional lawmakers get the inside story on the rush occlusion investigation, and hillary clinton's emails. we will talk about it all with the panel when we come back. off, and neither will i. ani treat my mbc with new everyday verzenio- the only one of its kind that can be taken every day. in fact, verzenio is a cdk4 & 6 inhibitor for postmenopausal women with hr+, her2- mbc, approved, with hormonal therapy, as an everyday treatment for a relentless disease. verzenio + an ai is proven to help women have significantly more time without disease progression, and more than half of women saw their tumors shrink vs an ai. diarrhea is common, may be severe, and may cause dehydration or infection. before taking verzenio, tell your doctor if you have
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when the campaign became subject of an investigation. he was part of the campaign. >> paul manafort ought to be jailed. most likely i think should face serious criminal penalties for amring. >> if paul didn't follow the rules when he was lobbing overseas and didn't disclose that, that he's responsible. if he's been trying to get people to falsify information, then he's responsible for that also. >> the question for us, if you're going to be a witness as to why comey was fired, how did he stay involved? >> bret: developments on the hill to be about russia investigation. paul manafort, the mueller folks looking at possible witness tampering, as he communicates with associates. i then peter strzok with the fbi had to have more of a role in all this. meanwhile the president tweeting this morning: "the russian witch hunt hoax continues, all because jeff sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself. i would have quickly picked
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someone else. so much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined. and sessions knew better than most thath lusion!" he writes aga: "what is taking so long with the inspector general's report on crooked hillary and slippery james comey. numerous delays. hope report is not being changed and made weaker! there are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. transparency!" with that, let's bring the panel. mollie hemingway, seen in her editor at "the federalist." mara liasson, national clinical correspondent at national public radio and tom rogan, cometary rater for "washington examiner"" i think we are very anxious with the inspector general report and we were told it would, in january, march, april, may, june. still waiting. we should have appropriate expectations about what will be in that report. obviously it's taking longer because they are finding where
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they need to cover and i'm sure they'll be a lot of salacious and interesting details as were alre wregao andrew mccabe when they detailed just one instance of him leaking to the media and the lying under oath he did. that was the number two at the fbi feud. people should be aware the inspector general cannot compel testimony from anyone outside the agency. many people have left either by being fired or otherwise leaving. it's important we have other independent people are able to investigate, such as congress, which is an agency that has subpoenaed information from the department of justice have been someone quite a bit over the course of the investigation. >> bret: mara, the ig deals with the clinton email investigation but has been extended to the beginning of the trump-russia probe. >> he is going to be looking at those things. one thing that struck me about today was donald trump once again kind of torturing his attorney general, saying if i'd only known he was going to recuse himself, i would have picked someone else.
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and we never would've had this investigation. jeff sessions has told aot of support, especially in the senate. he was a senator. you heard lindsey graham thing had to recuse himself, and i've heard that the senate leadership has communicated with the white househat they would be unlikely to confirm any other attorney general if donald trump di go ahead and fire jeff sessions. jeff sessions still kind of being hung out to dry by the president by maintaining a lot of support among his past colleagues. >>ret:om, the manafort team saying we're going to fight this in. we are hearing reports that there is a witness tampering allegation that the mueller folks are making. the communication early on manafort may have had with associates. how do you look that in the big picture about we don't know about the mueller probe? >> paul manafort has growing problems. the mind boggles as to why he would engage in this activity,
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if he did. it's not that hard to get inside these communications. more broadly on the part of the president, this effort to bring the mueller investigation, anything related to collusion into the public sphere where the president quite confidently believes he can win the debate and push mueller out. in referencing jeff sessions again, that's, as mollie suggests, in reference to the upcoming ig report which i think the administration will use to weaponize. something to look for in the coming weeks is felix. he will being out in relation to mueller. they think it will strengthen their case. i think it is coming to a head. >> bret: i agree. at's how it feels. but we don't know what we don't know. let's turn, speaking of sessions, the attorney general speaking about the whole allegation and they charge a
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family separation when it comes to immigration and efforts along the border. >> the law requires us to keep children in a different facility then we do for adults. every time somebody gets prosecuted in america for crime, americans in sin, and they go to jail, they are separated from their children. we don't want to do this at all. if people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. >> bret: the president tweeting also this morning: "separating families at the border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the democrats. border security laws should be changed but the dems can't get their act together! started the wall." mollie, don't know if that's in line with what we know. >> the fact remains that if congress wants to change the lost where they should. there's a bigger issue at play which is we have to cope
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computing ideas. you either have borders and laws don' enforce the borders or you if you have borders and have laws to enforce the borders, doesn't mean anyone who wants to come in gets to come in under any circumstances. there are very difficult situations involving people who were fleeing countries and seeking refugee status, doesn't mean it's automatically granted or automatically qualify. we should stop talking about these sort of extreme situations and deal with the really fundlue of our immigration policy, whether meets this country's needs and whether it's satisfying with the american people want. they are not getting a lot of good descriptions of the congressional. >> bret: mara, there's not a sense congress is moving quickly or at all. >> no, but with so confusing if you have jeff sessions saying we are going to separate families from their chiren. it is meant to be a deterrent, like you heard the attorney general say. if you don't want to be
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separated from your kids, don't come here. then you have donald trump, instead of supporting the policy of the administration committee is somehow blaming it on democrats. it's pretty confusing. i think he feels sensitive about the criticism the administration has gotten for separating kids and families but the policy which the doj spokesman told npr which has in place for one month was meant to be a deterrent. >> bret: panel, next up, the president diss invites the super bowl champs. we will look intoge that. he'd be stopping for more pills right now. only aleve has the strength to stop tough pain for up to 12 hours with just one pill. aleve. all day strong.
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♪ >> we love our country. we respect our flag, and we
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always proudly stand for the national anthem. >> if this wasn't a political stunt by the eagles franchise, then they wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out of the last minute. the eagles were the ones that committed to an event on friday. they submitted over 80 members of the eagles franchise for the event along with over 1,000 fans to participate. it was the eagles organization that tried to change their commitment at the 11th hour. >> philadelphia eagles organization is a terrific corporate partner in our city. we are very proud of them. donald trump ruined a lot of things. he can't ruin this. >> bret: eagles disinvited to the white house. super bowl champs. this was the talk in washington. this is what the president tweeted: "the philadelphia eagles football team was invited to the white house. unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. staying in the locker room for the playing of our national anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. sorry!" but eagles safety malcolm
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jenkins points out "google how many philadelphia eagles knelt during the national anthem lessie's menu may find the answer is zero. instead, decisio wasade to lie and paint the picture that these players are anti-american, anti-fly, antimilitary." back with the panel. tom, start with you. >> with my accent, the besperso. this is not something anyone comes well out of. the president misrepresented the facts in terms of what happened and he seems to be r a way that was purely personal. the eagles organization is anti-trump. and yet the eagles don't come out well. at least at the organizational level. they were unwilling to come to the warehouse. president trump is the president. he was elected. there's a tradition that sports is a great unifying factor, even eagles fans were known for their wonderful temperament with other
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fans. one of the iss for the president in terms of having this back-and-forth is that in an obvious way it makes him seem a little bit petulant unnecessarily. frankly this would not necessarily have been the fight for him to take. if i was advisor to the president, i would say stick to the mueller stuff because you have a vested. ret: mollie. >> people said he shouldn't have talked about the national anthem during the last nfl season and he ended up doing pretty well enough to be politically speaking. people frequently talk about the issue of standing for the naal anthem as well a that is simply about whether people have free speech. people of course have freedom of speech. there are some deeper issues in play in a country that cannot have shared symbols and shared understanding of the importance of a country, the values we hold in terms of our constitutional founding, it's in a dangerous part and i wish people would be ableo take s donald trump out of the discussion and be able to talk about whether we are in a healthy place when we can't have
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those shared symbols. >> bret: if you are going to use this as the issue, you have to make sure that at least some of the people on the team actually knelt during the ays did. anthem which >> i agree that this was a move. the reason they gave is not correct. it's also true that this was a highly publicized event and we've seen increasing politicization surrounding sports and that's part of the story about the national anthem protest. that something people do need to talk about in a way that is just about trump. >> it is hard to have our conversation when the president politicized is this. he's a cultural warrior. he feels this is a good issue for him. he is going to keep on hammering on it all the way until november. he thinks this works for him. this is something he has done time and time again. this is part of his playbook. you have the -- political
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football it is. >> bret: if you are the white house, 70 or 81 people or whatever with the eagles say they are coming to this event and then they say you know what we want to reschedule it for when you are in singapore. it's not going to work. we will send two or three people, the mascots, the owner. >> may be say let's reschedule it for the president comes back from singapore. i think he wanted to make this point. it was too bad he added team to work with it didn't kneel because terry had a misreprent the facts. he wants this issue any's going to take every possible opportunity to push it. >> bret: last word, tom. i know this is not your sport but the political side of sports and how this plays in the country. >> it's interesting. as an american who grew up abroad, this point that most of us in the country would align to is that sports, for all passion and rancor, it's a great unifying thing and one memory i have for my teenagers was president bush throwing the first pitch out after 9/11.
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going forward, this doesn't serve us. the whole debate with the players who are being petulant by king, the pnt maki show out of it. just play bl is the better motif, i would think. >> bret: thank you very much. when we come back, washington's hockey stars go public. with clad your rates won't go up just beacuase of a claim. i totally could've... (wife) nope! switching to allstate is worth it. you might or joints.hing for your heart... but do you take something for your brain. with an ingredient originally found in jellyfish, prevagen is the number one selling brain-health supplement in drug stores nationwide. prevagen. the name to remember. o) and we got to know the friends of our friends.r theriends. then our old friends from middle school, our mom, our ex
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>> finally tonight, the washington capitals now have a three games-1 lead over the vegas golden knights and the stanley cup finals. the team's team's head back to . and two c prsave gotten some attention for taking public transportation. they rode the metro to both stanley cup home game saturday and yesterday. adnc took pictures and videos of the players and even caught moshe struggling with his metrocard which did not have enough money on it. the station manager eventually tim through. washington metro tweeted this earlier today, if the stanley cup stanley they win the stanley cup, they will honor him with a metrocard. thanks for inviting us into this home tonight. that's it for this special
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report. i do accept caps stories, balanced and unafraid. this is the story wit maaccallum tonig been busy night ahead as we wait for results and key primaries in eight states which will tell us quite a bit about the nation's future political landscape and where the voters stand on the trump agenda. plus, quote no one wants an invite anyway. that's how lebron james acted so mike reacted toward the snubbing of the et t white house today. we will show you what did happen today, but first, jeff sessions has become the president's favorite twitter target again. so the steam blows like this. the russian witch hunt all because jeff sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself. so much time wasted and so many lives around and he knew better than most but there was no collusion. in