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while, set your dvrs. never miss an episode of "the five." "special report" is up next. more breaking news on the doj ig report with bret baier. >> bret: this is a fox news alert, and i'm bret baier in washington. the inspector general says then fbi director james comey was insubordinate during that hillary clinton email investigation. the report also reveals a text message in which one investigator tells on fbi lawyer that they will stop donald trump from getting elected. but the report does not directly attribute political motives to those actions. just moments ago, the current director of the fbi promised that people will be held accountable, but insisted nothing in in the report impugs the integrity of the bureau as a whole. we have extensive coverage tonight including reaction from
two chairman, trey gowdy and bob goodlatte. but let's begin with catherine heritage at the justice department tonight. lots to digest. >> the 500 page reports that it was 17 months in the macon addresses allegations of political bias and found that loretta lynn showed bad just don't make a judgment and fbi director james comey was insubordinate. >> no charges are appropriate in this case. >> when fbi director james comey gave his statement, the inspector general found comey went outside the chain of command when he intentionally kept his boss, attorney general loretta lynch and her deputy, sally gates, in the dark. they found it was extra neri and insubordinate for him to do so, and we found no reason for the depressed weeks of basis for deviating from the established policy. in a tweet to, comey responded. i respect the doj ig office which is why i urge them to do the review. the conclusions are reasonable even though i disagree with him. people with good faith can see
an unprecedented situation differently. on text messages between peter strzok and lisa page, michael horowitz found in a document documentary or political evidence for bias. in a recent fox interview, comey said politics paid no role. >> i was deeply disappointed in them but i never saw any bias, and a reflection of any kind of animus towards anybody, even me. >> a text message recovered last month suggest strzok may have acted for political reasons. in august of 2016, page road, trump is not ever going to become president, right? right? and he replied, no, he won't. we will stop it. then tens of thousands of emails were found on a computer. the inspector general said
strzok dragged his feet and no action was taken until two weeks before the election when comey reopened the email case. quote under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that strzok's decision to prioritize the investigation over the laptop was free from bias. but strzok's attorney's dispute that saying the delays were caused by miscommunication. on the june 2016 arizona tarmac meeting between attorney general loretta lynch and bill clinton, the report concluded lynch showed bad judgment which is took the meeting and failed to recognize and take action to get the visit short was an error in judgment. on whether the clinton emails contained classified information were hacked, the inspector general uncovered on fbi report was conducted after the election. the concluded quote classified information was compromised by unauthorized individuals who included foreign governments or intelligence services by cyber intrusion from accounts linked
to client and server. within the last hour we heard from fbi director christopher wray who said he accepts the findings of the inspector general and acknowledge that mistakes were made and said there would be consequences. >> the report does identify errors of judgment, violations of or even disregard for policy and decisions that, at the very least, with the benefit of hindsight, were not the best choices. we have already started taking the necessary steps to address those issues. first, we are going to hold employees accountable. >> also director ray emphasized this was a single investigation and a handful of employees were involved. he also said this does not any way impugn the integrity of the fbi and its workforce, bret. >> bret: let's get reaction from the chairman of two major house committee is looking into
all of this. trey gowdy is chairman of the house oversight and government reform committee and bob goodlatte chairs the house judiciary committee. chairman gaudi, first to you. just of broad overview, what strikes you about this report? >> what a dark day it is for the fbi and doj, two institutions of our country desperately needs and we desperately have to have confidence in them. in this level of bias and animus, not only did they want to stop the trump campaign but he wanted to stop the trump president. peter strzok, the fbi agent that was on elder clinton's investigation and arguably at the lead russia investigator not only wanted to stop his campaign, but once he wanted, got on the mueller pro because he wanted to impeach him. that's a level of animus and bias that everyone should reject. there are consequences. the consequences are that your fellow citizens question whether or not they can have confidence
in the world's premier law enforcement agency and that's coming from someone who has defending defended them a s career. this was a bitterly disappointing report. >> first of all, this report shows that there was special treatment given to hillary clinton in the investigation of her case. there is not a standard procedure followed in investigating her, and there was special treatment given. there is no doubt that this was not a proper process and of the report shows time and time again how director comey and others made mistakes, errors in judgment, or deliberate. people can draw their own conclusions. but it was on improperly handled. and as trey said to come and you can up against out the investigation has been handled in the so-called trump-russia collusion, and you have contrast that is shocking in terms of how they handled one presidential campaign compared to another. it's got to be investigated
further, changes have to be made. i will complement director ray on some of the personnel changes that have been made, there are some sobering lessons learned from this. we need to see changes made so that in 2,020 we don't see another presidential campaign handled like this. >> bret: so when you hear republicans and people that have been looking into this and say, this 568 pages, there is just not a lot they are, or that horowitz left something on the table, how do you respond? >> this is a very thorough investigation. he takes minutia and examines each piece carefully, draws his conclusions, and i command com. i think it's a well-done report. i never expected him to find a recycle thing as some critics have said but he did find all kinds of irregularities there. when you couple that with the strzok page text, including this new one that has come out recently where part of it rose redacted, and by the way we only
got part of the sentence where he was going to stop donald trump of the united states. that's improper for the fbi. primarily that was the premier law enforcement agency and besmirching of tens of thousands of brave men and women who keep us safe, prevent terrorist attacks and fight crime every single day. i handful of people in the hierarchy of the organizations have caused serious damage. >> bret: let's put up the august 8, 2016, which is the one where page says trump is never going to be president, right? right. and that part was redacted. here's another part that we believe. november 22nd, 2016, fbi attorney one, isn't making rethink your commitment to the trump administration? i think that's a lisa page. attorney two, no, viva la resistance. and we believe that's peter strzok.
let me say this, jim comey, in his interview here at special report, i asked about the strzok-page text. and if he knew now what he knew then, what he would do. >> i would have removed both of them from any contact with significant investigations, including those involving anybody connected to president trump, but beyond that. >> bret: so you'd rather the work product then be questioned? >> sure. >> bret: this deals with the bleach bit and of the server, sheryl mills and that. interviews michael flynn and his intro: this entire case. >> but he's one of many other people involved in all the things you ticked off. when i saw the tax, i was deeply disappointed in them but i never saw any bias. >> bret: any bias. >> while he's not reading the
same texts that i am reading. peter strzok said the vote should be 100 million to zero. he can't think of a single solitary american that would want donald trump to be president. he said he will stop it. actually, director comey unwittingly just prove the point of the question you asked him on follow-up. would you have kept him on investigation how do you know what you know now? and he said no. because bias is not insidious, it's that pervasive and it colors your ability to do what we need the fbi to do, which is to be fair. so of course, you will fire him the day you learn. in my head, i go back. when did you start working on the case? that's when you should have been fired. so whatever he did on either of these investigations, bret, it has to be viewed through the prism that he can't think of a single solitary person that should vote for this man to be president. >> bret: so strzok's attorney
says this was taken out of context. did they know something about the russia information, and that's what they are referring to? do you think that this changes at all in context, for in a vacuum, it is it just? >> it changes a lot going forward. russia did something to our country in 2016. it was serious, it deserved to be investigated and it deserved to be investigated by a fair fbi agent who was not talking about impeaching the person that he was investigating. his lawyer is just wrong, that by a state impact something. he was so hyper focused on trump that he ignored at the-aberdeen email and caused james comey to send a letter one month later than he should have sent it. why is it our job to prove that strzok's is biased in his decision-making? you come before the american public and prove to us that you
are manifest animus towards donald trump did not affect your decision. >> bret: let me ask one more question. >> because trey is exactly right, we have been requesting that he be produced as a witness for quite some time. if that agreement is not reached we will shortly issue a subpoena for him to appear. >> bret: speaking of that, there are also documents that you want that you still haven't received. >> we are setting up a better process and we are making progress. we have a room at the department of justice where they are producing tens of thousands of documents and are investigators are producing those. we are making progress in that regard, but we also have other documents they have not produced and that we are making progress on. we have meetings coming up shortly on how to get those additional documents requested, produced. the american people have a right to know. at the congress is in their representative and the documents have to be produced.
there is no reason not to produce them. >> bret: chairman gaudi, the last time you talked about the fbi inner workings, it was about this allegation of spygate. you said at the time, you thought that the president and others thought the fbi was doing what he was supposed to be doing. in the context of this, and you are animated about what you are learning about this ig report. does it change your perspective about how this is all progress even when it comes to the russia investigation? >> bret, i'm animated because russia tried to deny our fundamentals of 2016. and i heard what any law enforcement agency heard in 2016, every one of my fellow citizens would say, you go find out whether that is true or not. you will find out whether a foreigner, a hostile country is going to mess with our election. what our fellow citizens also expect is for the agent that does a follow-up to be free of taint and bias. it just so happens that the one
picked to follow up and leave the russian investigation has manifest animus and can think of a single person to vote donald trump. so those two are inextricably intertwined. most of my fellow citizens would say, i want to know what russia was doing to us in 2016 but i also want the person that is finding out and investigating it to be free of bias and free of taint. >> bret: and they would say, mueller, fire that guy. >> and he did fire him. that's what's so pervasive about bias, it doesn't matter what mueller comes up with. some people are going to believe that strzok's level of animus was so high -- >> bret: this is what you hear. they hear us reporting on these 568 pages and they have been waiting for months and months.
and they hear what is coming out of it. who is going to pay for something that was done wrong in their mind. and investigation after investigation, it seems like it comes to a head and then nothing happens. >> absolutely. hundreds of classified emails, or handled improperly in violation of the law, and no one has been held accountable in that regard. now we see that the whole process of that investigation was handled with extreme bias and a whole host of questionable actions, and people need to be held accountable. some people are no longer employed at the federal bureau of investigation and the department of justice. we have to make a change so these things don't occur in the future and we don't have a 2,020 that looks anything at all like it does in terms of this kind of mishandling of investigations of
the highest level of importance, when you are talking about the two candidates for president of the united states. so trey and i are going to have a joint hearing next tuesday where we will have the inspector general and be able to go into this 560 page report and ask questions. the following week, we have already requested the deputy attorney general of the united states, mr. rosenstein, and the fbi director christopher wray to come forward and talk to us and answer our questions based on that report. >> bret: other quick nuggets here, in this report it says definitively that hillary clinton's emails were hacked by foreign actors of some kind. >> let me tell you why that's important. >> we got a little window into that when one of jim comey's original memo drafts had that language in there and it was edited out. there are two reasons they cite for not prosecuting hillary clinton. number one, she didn't have specific general intent and
number two she didn't expose it to foreign actors. and one of those reasons is bogus. have they done a good job of interviewing her, had they not made up their mind six weeks before they went to interview her, perhaps i could have found evidence of intent to commit a crime. but they didn't look for it. they made up their mind before they ever interviewed her about, that's really important that horowitz, and others, some of the colleagues that unlocked the fact that those emails were exposed to foreign actors. >> bret: if i did this, i would be prosecuted. that's in the ig report. >> exactly and we found other evidence where people were prosecuted for actions similar, contrary to what the fbi directory concluded. >> bret: the fbi case was slow walked? >> yes, he sat on emails, and by the time comey got to them and
sent the letter, we were on the eve of an election. but in september 1 when he learned about this, he did nothing because he was hyper focused on strzok. >> and if i were any american i would be concerned about how director tommy handled that. why would you handle the way you release that information? >> bret: let me play that. >> weeks went by without any action. >> i do know that new york and fbi headquarters became aware that there may be a connection between weiner's laptop and the investigation. i don't know that they could have moved faster, or why the delay. >> so did that really drive you to the not concealed part? >> i don't know if there was a slow activity, why it was slow
this first couple weeks. >> there was one agent and he knows they wouldn't be prosecuted anyway. >> he used the word index, he didn't properly index the fact that houma aberdeen was married to anthony weiner. he may have been the only person in the atmosphere that didn't know they were married. i was one excuse. he called to washington specifically saying, what are you doing and what's taking so long? let's what finally got him to move. mccabe wasn't moving and strzok wasn't moving. >> bret: some of the text messages could be missing. >> we will keep looking for them. he did a good job and from the first big batch of missing text messages, and made those available back to the department, which made them available to us. but yes, we have actually benefited in a multitude of ways to this investigation. it's filled and a piece of the puzzle but also resulted in more
information coming to us just in the last few days and weeks. >> bret: all right, wrap this up. winner and loser in this ig report in your mind? >> i think the federal investigation bureau as a whole is a loser and i hope christopher wray is taking this sobering lesson to heart. he can do great things with the public's trust in this organization, and we all should trust. i think 99% of the time, we should. >> winner is michael horowitz, because he proves that you can win with an investigation. the loser is everyone of my fellow citizens that wants and fbi and justice department that they can believe in. we have all lost if we have a department and a bureau that we can have confidence in. >> bret: we appreciate your time and will continue to follow-up. up next, reaction on the ig report. plus we go live to beijing, china, where we are trying toat
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>> bret: it now to reaction of that ig report from the white house, where president trump is taking the day off essentially from public events, celebrating his 72nd birthday. all that possibly being overshadowed by a legal challenge coming out of new york to the president's charitable foundation. correspondent kevin corke reports for us tonight. >> certainly, there are a lot of things in this report that not only worry those of us in the administration but should worry a lot of americans. >> reporter: even at the white house today offered its full throated support for the inspector general's report, it was a lawsuit from new york state that really got the white house's attention. >> of the current acting new york ag has stated that
battling the white house is the most important job she has ever done. that sounds outrageously biased and certainly problematic. >> reporter: in it, state attorney general barbara underwood accuses the trump foundation of illegal conduct, including coordinating with the current presidential campaign in 2016. the suit aims to dissolve the trump foundation, a obtain restitution of $3 million and includes referral letters to both the irs and fec. the suit alleges the term foundation illegally provided extensive support to its 2016 presidential campaign, with under way to calling the charity of a little more than a checkbook for payments from mr. trump and his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality. investigators point to a januarr trump campaign manager, asking for money for veterans charities and i live just before the caucuses they are. indeed, the ag's office said it
gave five, $100,000 grants were made they are right before the votes were cast in the hawkeye state. but the president pushed back on twitter: new york democrats sleazy, saying they are suing a foundation that took in $8.8 million and gave out to charity more money than it took him to come up 19.2 million. i won't settle this case. the trump foundation added so simply, this is politics at its very worst. the suit is just the latest in a steady stream of legal actions aimed at the president or his associates. from former national security advisor mike flynn and form of trump campaign manager paul manafort to the suit brought by adult film performer stormy daniels, and persistent i was accusations that the president has violated the constitution's and's emoluments clause. his children are also named in a lawsuit by the new york ag because each has served as a board member of the trump foundation. >> bret: kevin corke on the
north lawn. house speaker paul ryan says it's inhumane to separate children from their parents when they attempt to cross into the u.s. illegally. he made the statement today when asked if he was comfortable with the current zero-tolerance policy. >> no, i'm not. this is because of a court ruling and i do think it ought to be addressed. we believe it should be addressed in immigration legislation. we don't want kids to be separated from their parents. >> the house will consider new legislation next week. stocks were mixed today, the dow lost 25, the nasdaq jump 65. if you live in minnesota, you can wear your favorite political shirt or button the next time you vote. that's what is happening in the balance of keeping polling places free of politics. shannon bream looks at what the decision means. >> things may look different at
polling places across minnesota as voters cast their ballots for the primary elections in august. thanks from a 7-2 ruling from the supreme court today. at issue was the state law banning political badges, buttons or quote other insignia at or about the polling place. today the justices held that that restriction violates the first amendment. >> this is a court that strongly respects the first amendment, and they will say that although state sometimes attempt to limit speech, even political speech, the supreme court will hold them to the constitutional maximum as to what the state can do. >> on election day in november 2010, a number of minnesota voters ran into trouble when they were "please i.d. me" buttons for tea party patriots or don't tread on the t-shirts. the law was characterized as ill defined and applied in a haphazard manner. the state must be able to articulate some sensible basis for distinguishing mold what
may, in from what must stay out. minnesota officials argue they have a compelling interest in maintaining peace, order and decorum in the polling place, rick protecting voters from influence and confusion and preserving the integrity of the election process. justice sonia sotomayor our said she would have sent the case back to the supreme court to get a definitive interpretation of what the word of political means in the context of the apparel ban, which would obviate the hypothetical line drawing problems that formed the basis of the court's decision today. >> i think the majority quite reasonably cited, no, we are here to enforce the first amendment and we won't give the state another bite at the apple. it's a state wants to do over, enact a narrower law. >> the chief justice was clear, the state does have the right to regulate these issues around the polling places. they ultimately found minnesota's law lacked
sufficient clarity. >> bret: when we come back, the president's top diplomat defines exactly when the u.s. will loosen sanctions on north korea. her salon was booked for weeks, until her laptop crashed this morning. having it problems? ask a business advisor how to get on demand tech support for as little as $15 a month. this week get boise case paper for only $29.99 at office depot office max. directv now gives you more for your thing. get all the good stuff about tv without all the bad stuff. yes! you can still stream your favorite shows... yes! ...with no annual contract. wait, what? it's live tv. yes! with no satellites. what? and no bulky hardware. no bulky hardware! isn't that great news? yes! noooooo! no! noooo.
>> bret: at president trump's top diplomat said the u.s. will not be as sanctions against north korea until it gets rid of its nukes. secretary of state mike pompeo was in beijing to discuss the summit with chinese leaders. >> secretary of state mike pompeo's weeklong asia trip focused on disarming the nuclear arsenal concludes here with commitment from china to maintain pressure on north korea. >> china has reaffirmed its commitment to honor the u.n. security council resolutions. the sanctions and the economic relief that north korea will receive will only happen after
the full denuclearization and complete denuclearization of north korea. >> the secretary of state also met with foreign minister and other officials at the ministry of foreign affairs. china wants a reduced u.s. military presence in the region, and approves of president trump's decision to suspend military actions with south korea. earlier today, pompeo was in the civil meeting with ministers from south korea and japan. he defended the decision, saying if north korea fails to negotiate in good faith, the less will simply restore those drills. pompeo says those discussions will also involve an intense accounting of the size and scope of kim jong un's nuclear program. >> we have an reasonable understanding and we will work with north koreans to come to have a fuller understanding of that so we can begin to execute together the commitments that president trump and chairman can make. >> >> in pyongyang, north korean
leaders are also commemorating the summit, with a video showing chairman kim's experience. and in one scene, the president of the united states saluting a general. from north korea. >> this trip for secretary pompeo also featured persistent questions as to what exactly north korea agreed to in singapore. one journalist asked why appraising phrases were omitted from the final document that president trump and kim jong un sign. pompeo says it did include complete denuclearization which covers those terms and that the question was insulting, ridiculous and frankly, ludicrous. >> rich jensen, thanks. please join me sunday night for a look at how another summit three decades ago change the world. it covers ronald reagan's efforts to reach a agreement
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>> this report did not find any evidence of political bias or improper considerations actually impacting the investigation under review. the report does identify errors of judgment violations of or even disregard for policy and it decisions that the very least, with the benefit of hindsight, were not the best choices. we will adhere to the appropriate disciplinary process, and once that process is complete we won't hesitate to
hold people accountable for their actions. >> bret: at the fbi director chris wray reacting to the report from the doj. 568 pages, and in it, jim comey takes it on the chin. along with some others in there. let's bring in our panel, charles hurt, opinion editor for "the washington times," charles lane, opening writer for "the washington post," and matthew continetti, editor and chief of "the washington free beacon." charlie, what do you take from this report, your reaction to it and where we are going? >> charles: i think the most interesting thing is, top line, you have people saying there is no evidence of political bias in the whole process, which is strange credulity to think about that. ab there is no smoking gun where james comey said blatantly, i want to rake this thing so that hillary clinton wins and donald trump loses.
but all throughout -- this whole report shows at rampant political bias, all up and down the system. whether it's peter strzok and his star-crossed lever, or loretta lynch and her decision to punt on the entire thing after the meeting on the tarmac with bill clinton, and the whole thing to james comey, or all the other characters that clearly had an unmistakable bias here. especially when you stop and consider the final decision that they made when james comey comes out and gives this withering indictment, and says, but we are not going to indict her. >> bret: speaking of lorenzo lynch, i talked to her and spoke to her about the email case. who is the ultimate decider at the doj? >> it depends on how the matter comes together. essentially it will be reviewed by those career independent
agency lawyers that i mentioned and they will make a commendation as to what they have discovered and what they recommended. >> bret: but the up or down, yes or no, going forward or not, is that you? >> it depends on what they find. >> it wasn't her. >> i think she comes off not too hot in this report because her inability to sort of resolve one or the other, and i either going to recuse because i met with bill clinton on the tarmac, or am i going to stay in and take the heat? she never came to rest on that point which created the opening for jane call jim comey to com, which of course the aji claims is total violation of procedure. my take on this report is, it shows that there is a little bit of this in it for everyone. i know hillary and trump are looking at this vindication,
claiming that it shows clearly that jim comey intervened in this thing improperly and that hurt hillary's chances for the election. i think it is just standard operating procedure, you don't comment on an ongoing investigation if you are the flatfoot doing the investigatio investigation. comey thought it was his responsibility is to somehow usurp thought, and that's not my word but this ig's word, use her. he did it without discussing with his superiors and that's pretty heavy stuff. >> bret: the revelation of this other text between lisa page and peter strzok, the second part of it that comes out just a couple weeks ago, no, no he won't. referring to trump being president. we will stop it, strzok response to paige. that is done before the decision to a slow walk the investigation into anthony weiner's -- of the emails on his computer.
and the ig says, that's a place where the political virus could have infected this entire thing. >> and it was also done right around the time that we know that the other investigation, cross fire hurricane, was being opened into the trump campaign. and strzok was involved in both of them. at 558 pages, it's like the war and peace of judgment. everyone, from hillary clinton who started this with the emails on a classified server to emails between strzok and page, including james comey, including andrew mccabe, including some half-dozen officials that have been reassigned or retired sense of scandal has developed, they all exercised great misjudgment. they all put their own self-interest and self conception and their own sanctimony ahead of what were normal procedures that should have been followed throughout. >> bret: we will dive into this more, the gym comey response and some other reaction, more with the panel
>> i don't know how my fellow citizens are going to have confidence. russia did something to our country in 2016, it was serious and deserve to be investigated by a fair fbi agent who was not talking about impeaching the person that he was investigating. >> we also have other documents they have not produced, and we
are making progress on that. we have meetings coming up shortly on how to get those additional documents requested and produced. it is the american people's right to know, the congress and the rest representatives, these documents have to be produced. >> it seems never ending, the investigations into meetings to talk about documents that you don't have. you heard from chairman bob goodlatte and chairman gaudi there and here's the senate minority leader, chuck schumer. >> the one thing we do know that happened in late 2016 is that certain actions taken by the fbi, intentionally or not, help the trump campaign and hurt the clinton campaign. it will take an awful lot of spin, an awful lot of stretching, for republicans to twist that around and portray the president as some kind of victim. >> bret: okay, back with a panel. james comey comes out as a big
loser in this. >> he is a loser for two reasons. one, he gets chided for two reasons, for usurping his authority and trying to be the judge and jury in this case in determining not only the investigation about whether charges should be filed, which is terribly wrong. the other thing is he got his knuckles rapped over the fact that he was using a private gmail account over which he was doing fbi work. >> while investigating email. >> exactly. i do think it's important to step back and remember why this is so important. it can be very confusing, and the reason it is important, because hillary clinton and jim comey both, the reason they were using their gmail accounts or their private accounts are because they wanted to shield what they were doing. now the report was given to all
of the people involved ahead of time before it was released. and james comey wrote a letter to "the new york times" which is now on there. the report resoundingly demonstrates that he said there was no prosecutable case against mrs. clinton as we have concluded, although that will not stop some from claiming the opposite is true. this independent assessment will be useful to many people. second, this report is vital for sharing light and the decisions that we made it, even in hindsight i think we chose the course most consistent with institutional values. that's the course the ig said was completely opposite of what the fbi was supposed to be doing. >> i'm torn because on one hand it's a major and thoughtful response. it's admirable that he responds in that tone. on the other hand, he just won't concede that what he was doing during this period was
attempting to manage perception of the fbi and of jim comey. and he's quite open about that. i didn't want the public to get the right idea about this, i didn't want to get the legitimacy of that jeopardized. so i will come forward and do the statement even though it is totally outside of my lane and against policy. i think the most memorable line to me, he said, comey's label of the door is labeled speak and conceal, they were actually labeled follow policy and department policy. the reason i underlined that, because if jim comey had followed policy and practice, we would be so much better off today. >> he also told me in that interview, i did not see a disparity in how i handled the clinton case where the trump case. >> once again, jim comey's sense of righteousness led him to undertake steps, that even
though he thought they were right and conscientious, he ended up ruining things for everybody else. he's like someone who burns down a house and says afterward, we can all learn from this experience. so his reputation is tarnished along with many other people. but my take away is, this is first in a trilogy. because not only do we have this ig report but we have the report about trump and the molar report as well. there's a lot of reading ahead of us. >> bret: and there are some teases and hear about the report yet to come. panel, thank you very much on a different kind of day. i'm coming up, a triumphant return. xeljanz xr. a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well enough. xeljanz xr can reduce pain, swelling and further joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz xr can lower your ability to fight infections,
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>> bret: if you are looking live at washington national stadium where the congressional baseball game is getting underway in the republican team is being introduced. last year it was unknown whether some of those players would ever return to this field. especially house majority whip steve at steve's police. today marks the one-year anniversary of the republican baseball practice where he was severely injured. he still recovering from his injuries and continues to walk with crutches or a cane, but he will be starting tonight at second base. he just weeded out a picture walking out of the dugout, i'm back in the game. he also pays to pay tribute to the men and women who saved his life by wearing the hat from the
capitol police. that's awesome. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this report, fair, balanced and unafraid. i bet that martha maccallum will have some of this game. >> martha: a live look once again at nationals park in washington, d.c., where the ball game is bringing people together right now. that's definitely what we need. the congressional game about to get underway and as bret was just saying, congressman steve scalise who was one year ago shot and nearly bled to death on a baseball field will be standing at second base. and here he is.