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on "special report," bret baier will have his interview with president trump and that's "special report" for tonight. i'm chris wallace, we are headed back to d.c. right now for "fox news sunday" and "the story" with martha maccallum is up next. hey, martha. >> martha: hello there, chris, have a good trip back. breaking tonight from new york, the president as we speak on air force one heading back to america. good evening, i martha maccallum and tonight the story unfolding is what happens now? because as of last night, the status quo were north korea is concerned is now over. the president spoke a short time ago with our first guest tonight, senator lindsey graham. we will also ask senator graham about the story that is bubbling surrounding deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and the threat to subpoena people on the house g.o.p. committee in a meeting that was described as chilling. we will get to that as well. first the president tweeting this in mid air about the big summit. anyone can make war, but only
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the most courageous can make peace. the president making news on a lot of fronts today, in particular with a surprise announcement about u.s.-south korea joint military exercises on the korean peninsula. >> we will be stopping the war games, which will save us tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it showed. but we will be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus i think it's very provocative. >> martha: that is a word that north korea itself has used it to describe those biannual military exercises that happen near the border. critics say this cancellation was not part of the actual written agreement between the two leaders, too big a concession. so where does the story go now? general jack keane, marc theissen and marie harf on deck tonight. senator graham, always good to see you, thanks for being here tonight. what did you say to the
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president about how he did? >> great job. i think it's a good first step. he felt good about it. he said i had a good meeting with kim jong un. what realltruck me as he said listen, this got to come to an end. we can't live with this kind of threat. he's got to give up his nuclear program. i want to make it a win-win. a war would be devastating. i don't want to go down that road. he felt pretty good about the initial meeting. we've got a long way to go, but what struck me the most is how much the president appreciated how devastating a war would be, but it would be even more devastating to walk away from his nuclear threat. he's going to end it on his watch is what he told me. >> martha: fascinating. this is rand paul speaking out about something that you set about all of this earlier. >> in the midst of a historic opening, president trump actually having face-to-face conversations with the leader of north korea, lindsey graham trying to declare war in the middle of that is, i don't know, someone living in an alternative universe. it's not really helpful in the middle of an opening to actually
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talk about if we don't like this we are going to bomb them or declare war on them. >> martha: are you trying to declare war on north korea, senator ? >> i'm actually trying to prevent one. here's what i believe about north korea. they wouldn't be talking to trump a list they believed he was serious about using military force. president trump has done more in 500 days to deal with north korea than every president in the last 30 years. here's what the choices are for north korea. column a's economic incentives, security guarantees, a good life for north korea and security for the regime. column b is going to be the destruction of the regime if you don't give up your nuclear weapons program. president trump wasn't kidding when he said he would use military force. it is the last option. contrary to what senator paul says, the only way you're going to get north korea to give upths for them to believe they are better off without it then with it, and that comes down to trump convincing them that they can no longer go on the path they are
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going without a fight. >> martha: that's what i found fascinating last night, because the one thing that we know for sure is that the status quo cannot stay. that's what the north korean dictator has figured out, no doubt. that's why he showed up to talk about this, because he knows he's got pressures at home as well. he's got this little small growing elite class which is minor, but they are pushing back on him and he's got this other choice that if he goes back to what he was doing before, firing missiles across the ocean and testing nuclear missiles po that we are going to start firing back. >> can you imagine what would happen if kim jong un threw a fit and walked away and said i'm done with donald trump and fired a missile over japan? what do you think donald trump would do? he would see that as a provocative act against the united states and he would retaliate. what senator paul doesn't understand is that you are cutting the legs out from president trump when you talk about you were not really abouty option i don't want to, it would be devastating as a last resor
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but if north korea doesn't believe that we are serious about the military option, you are never going to get a peaceful result. >> martha: here's dennis rodman. i want to play this, this is james clapper praising dennis rodman. watch this. >> you're kidding me! >> i have long been an advocate of involving dennis rodman. he is a unique person since he has a relationship with both kim jong un and with donald trump. >> martha: lindsey graham? >> i would rather have trump in the room then dennis rodman. i hope james clapper understands that president trump has brought this historic opportunity about because he has been strong i the face of aggression. if he to end this nuclear threat but if he has to use force he will. dennis rodman is not the key to a good outcome in north korea. it's donald j. trump. president trump has done a good thing, a good service to the country, maybe to north korea. if they are smart enough to take this deal. i've got your back, nobody wants a war but i'm here to tell you,
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mr. president, make sure he gets rid of his nuclear weapons before it's too late. >> martha: want to ask you one more question about rob rosenstein and this story to make. basically that there are shouting match that happened in one of these meetings and that he threaten members of the house intel committee with subpoenaing them. he said i want to see your emails. let me turn the subena game on you guys. >> we have a duty to oversee the department of justice and here's what i say to mr. rosenstein. youon't believe that the department of justice was off the rails, you are clearly not looking at the same department of justice i'm looking at. you don't need the fbi was in the tank for clinton and hated terms were not looking at the details that are there to be seen. don't be upset because we are calling you out for having a department of justice that is out of control. the house has a duty to oversee the department of justice. so does the senate and we are not going to be threatened by the department of justice, we will be threatened by professional oversight. >> martha: i told that that
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happens on a regular basis. >> at just about had it with the rosenstein approach her. >> martha: what happens? where does this end? >> just stay tuned. tha: stay tuned, okay. we will. senator graham, thank you very much, always good to see you. here no jack keane, fox news strategic analyst, senior strategic analyst and care, chairman of the institute of war, good to see you. your thoughts on what we witnessed last night between president trump and kim jong un? >> i think everybody around the president i think has got the impression that kim jong un has made a strategic policy change, that he wants to move away as you defined it from the status quo as we know it to something fundamentally different to open up may be peace and prosperity for his country. we are in the beginning of that process to be sure and we've got to get to the facts and the details of it.
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to me, the essence of it will come down to this, when our people put in front of them, we need to know where all of your nuclear facilities are located to approve your fuel sites, your research and test centers under ballistic missiles, we believe unclassified ten to 20 nuclear weapons, 70 to 80 ballistic missiles. we know where most of that is, but not where all of that is. when they put those identification and locations on the table, they are lying to us we will know that because we know where most of it is and that will be very revealing to us. if they are really going to disclose where everyth is that we are interested in in denuclearizing, that is fundamentally step 12 moving towards verification of all of those systems that they identified. so that staff has yet to be taken and when it does it will be very revealing.
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>> martha: what did you make of the president saying we don't really need to do these exercises, the biannual exercises with south korea, is provocative. that was the where the president used and unnecessary, is he right? >> i think they slightly came out of negotiations. my take it, i don't think it was on the table going in. i think it's something maybe kim jong un mentioned about it being provocative that we fly nuclear bombers up to almost the border of north korea and he senses that that is an act of aggression in a sense, despite the fact of all of his acts of aggression that his regime has done for years. here's what i think. if you listen to what the president said, it's conditions-based. the exercise of coming a spring of 2019. we are going to know by the end of this year that these guys are really serious about denuclearization and starting up that exercise again and starting
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up sanctions again and beginning cyber offense of operations for the north korean regime, all of those are things that are on the table if they are not serious. i think theed, is overreacting to this in many senses that we made a major concession. we really haven't made any concession whatsoever. we have thrown them a bone so to speak. provocative is probably a poor choice for the presidency was because it's likely kim jong un's term. the money involved is not significant. >> martha: as you say, that's a great point, general, that when you say that we aren't going to not continue with these exercises, it gives you like george when you get around to that point next spring when things are going the way you like. i want to play something interesting for you that the white house put up. this was the video that was put together by the administration to play for kim jong un on, and it's interesting to play this video with the fact in mind that
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kim jong un's father was a big film buff and very involved in the film industry, such as it is a north korea ended making these kinds of trailers that perhaps that was the reason behind trying reach this way. let's play abit of it. >> there comes a time when only a few are calledn to make a difference, but the question is, what differenc you make? be part of that world where the doors of opportunity are ready to be opened. investment from around the world where you can have medical breakthroughs, and abundance of resources, innovative technolog technology, and new discoveries. what if? can history be changed? >> martha: what do you think about that, general? >> i think that's fundamentally based on our intelligence and our understanding of where kim jong un's headt as we can determine. educated in switzerland, traveled around europe, and understanding of the west. 40-50 years iont of him in
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power. he wants something different for himself, for his family, for that country. the status quo he currently has, which is tension and crisis, is something i think he wants to move away from. and that is why thatideo was produced. >> martha: an interesting carrot to dangle. general, thank you very much. great to see you as always. a lot of comparisons tonight between president trump's efforts in north korea on president obama's with the iran deal. this is the iranian government just warned north korea not to trust president trump. joining me now, marc theissen, former chief speechwriter for president george w. bush and upper fox news contributor and marie harf, former cia officer, former state department spokesperson and also a fox news analyst. good to see about the night. marie, you were involved in the obama administration during that deal. as you look athappened last night compared to that, is that criticism fair in your mind? >> the process in north korea we have seen over the past 24 hours
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has really turned what we did on its head. they started in this administration with the leaders meeting. not any of the substance being worked out, but with the leader meeting to try and get some ntum. we started at the bottom working through all the substance and worked her way up to secretary carrie in the foreign minister. what i think is what is constructive about the iran example it, donald trump pulled out of the deal because he claimed the nuclear pieces of it, inspection, verification, monitoring, time frame, that those were not strong enough. so in effect he set a bar for himself. he has to cross that bar on every single one of those issues he talked about on the iran deal if is to get something done with north korea and those are pretty high bars and we will see if he can do that, but he has set a standard for himself that is extremely high, particularly in a country like north korea that artie had nuclear weapons. president obama never ended up doing a sit down. it went to the level of john kerry as marie said.
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this is such a different kind of administration, such a different president. he really wanted to get in that room and size this man up. >> president obama wanted to meet with the president of iran. the problem was the president of iran didn't want to meet with him. they try to sp a meeting and it never happened. i agree with marie on her assessment that president trump has set a high bar. i think he strengthened his position going into these negotiations by pulling out of the iran deal because he set an expectation for kim jong un of what was unacceptable in a deal. now we have a floor of what is acceptable in this deal. a lot of people who are criticizing the agreement so-and-so, there is no agreement. it's a communiqué. the two leaders met, they had a statement about what they discussed, what they agreed on. that's not the final agreement. but marie is 100% right that president trump, what was his critique of the iran deal? week verification. the money was frontloaded. plaintiff cash going to iran. >> martha: he didn't like that
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part at all. >> and the nuclear infrastructure was not dismantled. if president trump cut a deal like that he would lose his base very quickly a metal think he has any intentif cut deal like that. >> martha: quick response marie. >> what's interesting is president trump is talking so much about providing economic relief to north korea. one of the criticisms of iran was sending the money. >> martha: he's talking about opening them up to investment, talk about condos on the beach and all the things they should be able to take advantage of. >> iran deal gave them back their own money open up investme i think it will be very interesting to watch how we ended up funding terrorism in yemen and syria. the devil is in the details and there are no details in that communiqué that we saw last night. >> the iran deal was freezer programmed in exchange for all this money. trump wants to end the program
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for a change in the relationship. >> martha: the iranians are walking watching this whole thing very closely. either it's going to work or it's not. i think you guys, great to see her today. ahead this evening, for we all watching the same thing last night? >> a summit is not an accomplishment for the american president. it is a major accomplishment for kim jong un. >> martha: plus, dems turned to hollywood to help them message for 2020 and reach independent voters and conservative voters. if president trump's 2020 campaign manager brad joins me on that and more next. >> i inherent nothing from the democratic party. >> what you mean nothing? >> i mean it was bankrupt. it was on the verge of insolvency. it's data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong. co to esurane
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>> going to like obama 3.0, better targeting, better messaging and the ability to both turn out our voters as we identify them and to communicate more broadly with voters. >> martha: hillary clinton saying that her date out was a from the obama 2016 campaign and
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that the g.o.p. outmaneuvered with what she called questionable tactics. now the democrats are promi to get their data mining game in fighting shape. they are turning to hollywood stars finding how they can message better. this was robert de niro's attempt at that at the tony's. >> i'm going to say one thing. [bleep] trump. [cheers and applause] it's no longer down with trump. it's [bleep] trump! >> martha: lovely, right? here now campaign manager of the trump 2020 campaign. he previously served as digital director of the trump 2016 presidential campaign. brad, good to see you tonight. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me on. >> martha: you heard what hillary clinton was saying and tape, which was essentially that she said that their data was not workable, it wasn't what it should have been and that the data that you guys were using was basically fake news and data mining that she thought was
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questionable. >> yes. the thing is, once obama won, they became complacent a little bit. so after that they formed the ofa and when they did that they really kind of split up everything. in doing so they really got themselves behind. significantly behind in the republican national committee got ahead. >> martha: what about the charge that it was fake news and nefarious data mining? >> i don't think it's fake news. fake news and data mining? the democrats were definitely behind us. whe did is build up a republican national committee and voter profile that you had aggregate information that we could use that information came from the party. >> martha: in terms of hollywood, the democratic national committee members of congress are turning to hollywood to help them with voter turnout and messaging. they have conference calls work on their email list and one recent week meeting a midwestern senator thought about how to address gun-control with conservative leaning voters in her state according to multiple
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participants. they are trying to talk to folks in hollywood, directors in hollywood, as are also of this group and say how can we reach these middle voters and get them to not vote for president trump? >> i think hollywood elites are just behind. the american pple saw in donald trump someone that's what they are about. he's the guy that takes showers after work, before work. they are not connected. they are not connected to the american people and i think america moves on. donald trump and president trump have connected with the people in a way that previous have not done. try to connect with hollywood, they are just out of touch. the problem is donald trump is communicating, the people he's making these things for, the tax cuts, he's making the average american life in their personal economy and the personal security is getting better. look at what he did with north korea. >> martha: it so interesting because last night i had on, for mayor in chicago and he's a democrat.
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he's running against rahm emanuel, who is also a democrat gary mccarthy is saying there are democrats out there who are like me and he is someone who really finds himself more in the middle politically but then you've got robert de niro as we showed you the other night at the tony's with the profanity-laced tirade against the president and then here's what he said today, which was supposed to be some sort of apology. watch. >> i want to make a note of apology for the idiotic behavior of my president. it's a disgrace and i apologize to justin trudeau and the other people at the g7. it's disgusting. >> martha: your thoughts? >> again, these guys are just disconnected. donald trump is fighting for the american worker. canada has raised 270% tariffs.
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people don't understand that these countries take advantage of us every day and donald trump is fighting for them. american trade is one of the most important things we have and we need to fight for our workers. jobs have been moved overseas and president trump is doing the things, he needs to fight against these. he's standing up, he's standing strong and that's what american voters have voted for, someone like president trump would stand up to them. the hollywood elites don't like it. they don't like president trump success. they don't like seeing what has happened in the last 500, 510 days and they're trying to do anything they can to make crazy comments to get the story off to something else. they think they can shift the story away from the successes unfortunately some of the other media outlets are doing that. >> martha: thank you very much. we have some breaking news, we are going to go. thanks for being here. 2020 campaign manager for president trump. in this fox news alert just crossing seconds ago, lawyers for former fbi deputy director andrew mccabe have sued the justice department and the fbi. ed henry is going to be joining us with this breaking news in a
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>> martha: breaking tonight on capitol hill, what is shaping up to be a stunning rebuke of house speaker paul ryan by members of his put maybe n conservatives in the house signing what is known as a discharge petition to bypass speaker ryan to allow a vote on immigration, on daca, what to do with the recipients of daca, something that paul ryan has not wanted to see past in terms of the discharge petition, which is now three signatures short. kristin fisher jois w live apitol hill with the back story here tonight. hi, kristin. >> hey, martha. republicans who just left an hour long meeting in ryan's office safe they are making good progress. say they are optimistic they will be able to find a path forward to avoid this discharge petition, but as of now, there is still no deal and the time is
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really running out. a discharge petition is a fairly obscure, relatively rare legislative maneuver. put forward by about two dozen moderate republicans, moderate republicans like congressman carlos cabello and jeff denham for trying to want to find a permanent fix for the dreamers now. they don't want to have to wait for a big comprehensive immigration bill. that's one side. then you have conservatives and the house leadership. house speaker paul ryan and majority whip steve scalise. they do not want a vote on daca because they say the bill does not include certain enforcement measures that president trump wants to secure the border. >> i think it would be devastating at something like the dream act passed because number one it actually threatens national security. it does not secure the border. what we want to do is get a real agreement that secures the border. >> if these renegade moderate republicans are able to get the 218 signatures that they need and right now they are only three signatures short, if they
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are able to do that it would force a vote on daca as early as june 25th. it would also come as you said, it would be a huge embarrassment for the house leadership, especially speaker paul ryan. the leadership that has artie warned its membership that all of the infighting on immigration has really caused the party its majority in november but these moderates are arguing that these dreamers deserve answers about their future now. and martha. >> martha: thank you very much. here now with more, california congressman in one of the leaders of the discharge petition, jeff denham. thank you very much for being here tonight. you don't have the 218, is that done? >> we have until 9:30 tonight. we are keeping the house open. we may keep it open until midnight but ultimately tonight is our deadline to meet the jun. there are still monday's left where we could bring this up, but our goal has been to empower the speaker not only with the role that i initially authored, but by the discharge to give him
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the leverage to actually get with the president is asking for. not only the two fillers which are support, border security and a permanent fix for dreamers, but a four-color solution. he's got to sell that to the rest of our conference and have to be willing to pick up a bill and as of now we don't have us to make an agreement yet. >> martha: i thought i hea you got a say yout you had the 218, that they were going to come around. are they being pressured by paul ryan or kevin mccarthy not to get on board with you? >> we have members standing by in the house waiting to sign depending on what happens. ultimately with the freedom caucus and whether or not they e going to support president trump and his four pillars. >> martha: who does this help? why are you fighting for it so hard? in terms of the midterm election, what's your argument versus what paul ryan is saying in terms of the impact on the party? >> lo, i believe we've got to have a solution here. not only do we need a certainty for dreamers, the president gave us our first official deadline on immigration, that was
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march 5th and we've done nothing on the issue. i think that we've got to have certainty for dreamers, but we also have to have border security as well. the president hasut his four pillars. our conference talked about it. we had a two hour conference last week. we are continuing to have these negotiations and meetings but ultimately we have to have something that is willing to come to the floor. i don't think that republicans should be afraid to face this in the election. we ought to be not only fighting for certainty for dreamers but we are to be championing the fact that we are going to secure our borders. >> martha: what about paul ryan and what about the charge that this is to embarrass them, to humiliate him as a leader by going around his back? >> it's not going around his back. i talked to the speaker almost every day and we have continued to empower the speaker to bring this up, to let him know when people are signing and how many people are signing each day, but ultimately the speaker has always known that this is our deadline, the speaker is going to have to work with the rest of
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our conference to find enough support for thesident's own policies. >> martha: jeff denham of california, thank you very much. good to see you tonight. >> good to see you, thank you. >> martha: breaking moments mccabe back in the news andrew tonight. he is suing theustice department and the fbi where he used to work, saying that he was unjustly fired and that he can prove it. ed henry live with the brand-new twist. breaking news, right after this. ♪ ♪ he holds your house in the palm of his hand ♪ ♪ he's your home and auto man ♪ big jim, he's got you covered ♪ ♪ great big jim, there ain't no other ♪ -so, this is covered, right? -yes, ma'am. take care of it for you right now. giddyup! hi! this is jamie. we need some help.
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obtained, this 36 page lawsuit from andrew mccabe. the former number two official of course at the fbi. what is he saying? he saying that he was unfairly fired. we know that already from march but that he has been wanting to get documentsrom the justice department, from the fbi to explain more about his firing. he was fired in march, remember for leaking information improperly to the media and then more importantly perhaps lying to investigators about it. that's the allegation. so why is he suing now? number one, there have been reports that james comey, his former boss, the top guy of course at the fbi, has been called in to talk to a u.s. attorney in washington because they are considering criminal charges against andrew mccabe about lying to investigators. they are trying to square his stories with james comey's so both mccabe and comey under the microscope but then the other big thing you mentioned i'm here in singapore, white house was obviously focused on all this diplomacy
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with north korea that they were all so i can tell you from talking to senior officials looking very closely at what's happening in washington on thursday, which is that this finally, finally we are going to see this inspector general report from the justice department. there are reports out saying it's going to be devastating for andrew mccabe and james comey because this is the repo that is looking at their conduct in terms of the fbi investigation of hillary clinton's email server. we've been talking with us for weeks, for months. this report is going to be devastating. people are wondering where is it? it's finally coming out thursday, interesting that andrew mccabe about to take it again pretty hard on that report, already facing potential criminal charges, already fired from the fbi in march, is now trying to get ahead may be of this ig report and try to get hiside of the story. >> martha: we know it's a 400 page report and a couple of things have leaked out that at one point there is a suggestion that james comey was insubordinate in the way that he
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dealt with the email investigation and a lot more is going to come out on that. another story that is percolating out there tonight is an inside look at some of the sort of small group meetings between the house intel committee leadership and rod b rosenstein himself, that these have, i'm hearing on more than one occasion, in fact on many occasions, devolved into shouting matches that sometimes last as long as 30 minutes. and that he has basically threatened to subpoena them for their emails and their documents because he's angry that they are asking him for so much. >> look, are coley catherine herridge has been all over the story picking up the ball there and rod rosenstein somebody who has been on the firing line. the t and others going after him because he oversees robert mueller. he oversees the documents at the justice department there since jeff sessions has been recused and hamstrung if you will. he's the one overseeing those documents that devin nunes and other top republicans want to
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see about whether there was a spy embedded in the trump campaign or not. all of that, and you are right, from our reporting it seems that rod rosenstein under pressure to turn over documents has warned the senior aides toevin nunes and others we will subpoena your emails. we will try to get some documents from you and devin nunes and others have been put off by this same we are trying to do legitimate oversight of the fbi and the justice department and you were basically threatening us in coming after us and making a mockery of the oversight process. this ties right back to mccabe and the investigations of the investigators basically, which is the president trying to change the narrative about mueller in saying what about rosenstein, what about comey and what about mccabe? >> martha: something's got to given the situation and we will see what it is. thank you very much. good to talk to you tonight. have a great trip home. great job over there, awesome reporting. >> i appreciate it. >> martha: joined me now on skype on the andrew mccabe issue is alan dershowitz.
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good to see you tonight. your thoughts on the suit that was just brought by andrew mccabe against doj and fbi in his firing? >> i'm surprised it took so long. of course he was right to bring the lawsuit. no one is above the law, but no one is beneath the law. he's entitled to see the documentation that resulted in his reputation being destroyed. he is entitled to see what evidence they really have against him. he's entitled to challenge the report of the inspector general. he's entitled to due process just like everyone else is entitled to due process. in a hyperpartisan age in which we live, people wanto get due process only to people who are on their side and and not peopn the other side. i don't care about size. i only care about due process and the constitution. he's entitled to a matter of due process to see the evidence against him, to confront witnesses against him and to be treated fairly. >> martha: fascinating. in terms of this other rod rosenstein issue that we were
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just discussing and the fact that he appears to be bullying the leadershi on that house intel committee and threatening them with subpoenas itself or he would like them to produce, what do you think about that? >> this is a classic dispute n separation of powers. the legislature has the power, obviously, to oversee and investigate the executive branc branch, and a member of the executive branch, which rod rosenstein's, shouldn't be able to bully the legislative branch. he should be transparent. he should turn over the documents. he should be cooperative and congress should be cooperative with the executive branch. we have so much dispute today, partisan dispute. dispute between the legislature and the executive branch. they are all republicans. they shouldn't be fighting with each other. it's one thing when you have the house under the control of the democrats, which may have been the end of this year, or the
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senate in control of the other party. here we have everybody and they are fighting each other like children. >> martha: thank you very much. thanks for helping out on skype. good to see you tonight. quick break and we will be right back. applebee's 2 for $20, now with steak. now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood. it's just a burst pipe, i could fix (laugh) no. with claim rateguard your rates won't go up just beacuase of a claim. i totally could've... (wife) nope! switching to allstate is worth it.
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>> martha: homelessness in seattle is a big problem, but amazon cried uncle when they
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were asked to foot the bill. weeks after the city passed what is called a head tax, the city council now saying never mind after amazon threatened to leave the city. the bill would have forced businesses that pull in over $20 million to pay $275 per employee. for amazon, the city's largest employer, that would have been more than $12 million a year, but smaller businesses with tighter margins would have felt even more. bill bennett the host of the bill bennett podcast and a fox news contributor and steve hilton, host of the next revolution here on fnc. bill, you take the first crack on this, what do you make of it? of recognition. ofiberal amazon and starbucks figured out their companies, their businesses. can you imagine how bad things must be if amazon and starbucks are threatening to leave seattle? talk about a mothership, a
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liberal community, but there they were. they flexed their business model, reminded people that they are a business in the city council turned around on a dime. >> martha: it so interesting, steve. as bill has just ped out, to watch this dynamic at play, because its taxation, taxation, taxation and they finally said no. i love this quote from amazon vice president and spokesman drew herkimer who said the city does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending efficiency problem. that pretty much says it all, doesn't it? >> i think that's right, and i think that frankly nobody comes out of this well. what a ridiculous way of trying to solve the problem of homelessness with this stupid tax. the reason that you got this homeless problem is because of their stupid policies that make housing so expensive, the regulations that make it so expensive to build a house. the environmental regulations, the zoning regulations, it's their own policies that contribute to homelessness. the idea of slapping attacks on
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amazon -- but frankly don't really like the way they say you may want to tax us but we decide what taxes we pay, not you. i think everybody comes out of this bad. >> martha: choose a different state if they think that state is going to be better for them. i do want to squeeze in this story about chicken shaming. we heard about fat shaming. poor jack dorsey, the twitter and square ceo took a picture of this cashback program he got at chick-fil-a and boy did he get pounced on because the ceo of chick-fil-a in the past has said that he is of same-sex marriage, so then soledad o'brien jumped in and said this is an interesting company to boost during pride month. jack quickly came back and said of his tweet, i'm so sorry, you are right. i completely forgot about their background. phil.
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>> the president of twitter inadvertently came on the truth, which is that chick-fil-a is a great thing. it's a great meal. the only time you apologize or say you're sorry for having chick-fil-a is if you find a bone in it, which has never happened in the history. >> martha: its boneless. >> go to atlanta airport. go to shopping centers, we go up and down interstate 95. where is the longest line? chick-fil-a. i don't much approve of amazon's politics either. like steve was but i sure use them. this is just crazy. it tells you about the same time the bullying aspect that steve referred to, but also how they can be intimidated b forces of political correctness. this craven behavior is really shameful. >> martha: you can send a tweet and the forces just come in and next thing you know you were spinning your way out of it. it's unbelievable. >> i found out something very
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interesting the day before this tweet by jack dorsey that brought down the wrath of the heat pump, he also sent out another tweet. he retweeted the dalai lama. not that long ago the dalai lama said this about gay marriage, which is the reason for chick-fil-a. they want me to condone homosexuality. i am a buddhist. the relationship between two men is wrong. more recently he said people who have belief or have special traditions and you shall follow according to your tradition.i de mob from the loony left to send on jack dorsey for re-tweeting the dalai lama despite his views on homosexuality and it must make you think this is not really about defending traditional views of marriage, it's really about being anti-christian. that's what we used to call bigotry. >> martha: quick thought, bill. >> jack dorsey may next need to be careful. he may order a cake from the
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colorado bakery. this man bears watching. >> martha: thank you guys. great to see about the night. still to come, former president george h.w. bush celebrates a big birthday today. stay tuned for the quote of the night. ♪ spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on everything i buy. everything. and that 2% cash bacadds up to thousands of dollars each year... i can keep growing my business in big leaps! what's in your wallet?
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>> finally tonight, president george h.w. bush celebrating his 94th birthday today. it's the first birthday since the passing of his beloved wife of 73 years, barbara bush, but he is celebrating with family and friends at his home in kennebunkport maine. in honor of the occasion, tonight's quote of the night is from president bush's 1989 inaugural address. >> i do not fear what is ahead or come up for our problems are large, but our heart is larger. our challenges are great, but our will is greater. and if our flaws are endless,
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god's love is truly boundless. >> george h.w. bush now officially the oldest president. our story continues tomorrow. tu is up next. ♪ >> tucker: fox's catherine herridge is reporting tonight that rob ros threatened to subpoena email and phone records from the house intelligence committee in january. it'sstory and we will ask the attorney general about it in just a minute. good evening and welcome to tucker carlson. the first ever meeting between a sitting american president and the north korean leader has finished. at president trump and kim jong un met one another in singapore and put their names on a new deal which seeks to reduce tension. for that, go to chief correspondent ed henry who is in singapore right


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