tv Americas Newsroom With Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith FOX News June 15, 2018 6:00am-9:00am PDT
>> next week, when the hearings begin and the inspector general goes before a senate panel on monday and a house panel on tuesday. we've got a lot to get to, everybody. good morning. it is friday, and it is day 2, round 2 of the u.s. open live at shinnecock hills in south hampton, new york. sandra, good morning to you. >> sandra: good morning to you, bill. what a past 30 minutes that really was with the president deciding unexpectedly to walk out of the white house and walk up to the fox news camera and talk to steve for a while in a wide-ranging interview. we heard a lot from the president on the world economy, north korea, trade, talking about the unemployment rate and the economy right now and the u.s. economy surging. growth expected to top 4%. the president talking a lot about that. but what a day, what a way to wrap up. so a news-filled week with the i.g. report out yesterday, and
we heard a lot from the president on that as well. >> bill: what usually happens at the white house as you look at that video and a scrum of cameras and reporters, it's typical for cabinet members. it's about a 100-yard walk at the most, i'd say, perhaps a little less from the west wing. so the president has to go back through those cameras so he may make more news in a moment here but he calls james comey criminal and the actions of david struck criminal. we'll reflect this on our three hours here as our fox team live coverage continues. catherin herridge standing by with the latest. we begin at the white house with kevin cork. kevin, welcome back to the program, if you were listening there. what are we to make of the news the past 30 minutes? >> kevin: quite extraordinary. this is an administration i've covered and i've never seen a
president come out to the north lawn and sort of hold court, if you will. bill, i was looking to my right, because as you predicted, at the conclusion of our president, our steve dusey decided to stop and there's a scrum of network cameras, and president is once again holding court. if we get more news to pass along, i will report it to you. the i.g. report is the big story at the white house, that and china tariffs. more on that in a moment. the president makes clear, bill, his sentiments about the i.g. report yesterday. >> states that the republican hasn't would you know in many decades, many years. she didn't do a good job, and you never gave me credit for doing a great job. >> mr. president, there was a fox news report this week that the deputy attorney general, rod
rosenstein is pushing back and threatening to investigate the congressional investigators who just want documents. do you think that's appropriate? >> i hope that's not so, and i hope they're getting documents, and purposely, look, if you see what i've done with north korea, the state department, mike pompeo, it's running so well. i have this running so well. i have purposely because of this ridiculous witch hunt, i have said i'm going to stay away from the justice department until it's completed. so i've wanted to stay away. that doesn't mean i don't have to. i don't have to, because i don't want to get involved. people are saying i'm interfering. the report yesterday may be more important than anything. it totally exonerates me. there was no collusion, there was no obstruction, and if you read the report you'll see -- [multiple reporters questioning] >> what you'll really see is you'll see biased against me, and millions and tens of millions of my followers, that
is really a disgrace. and yet, if you look at the fbi and you went in and polled the fbi, the real fbi, those guys love me and i love them. >> what about mueller? >> i think that whole investigation is now -- look, the problem with the mueller investigation is everybody has massive conflicts. you have weisman was at hillary clinton's funeral, meaning her party that turned into a funeral, screaming and crying and going crazy. how can you have people like this? i call them the 13 angry democrats and you have tremendous animosity. here's the good news, i did nothing wrong, there was nocollusion, no obstruction, the i.g. report yesterday went a long way to show that and i think that the mueller investigation has been totally
discredited. >> you have spoken so passionately about the circumstances that led to otto's death and in the same breath you're standing on kim jong un's records. can you explain why? >> because i don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy your family. i don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family. i want to have a good relationship with north korea and i want to have a good relationship with many other countries. what i've done, if you remember, if you're fair, which most of you aren't, but if you are fair, but when i came in, people thought we were probably going to war with north korea. >> is the threat over? >> if we did, millions of people would have been killed. i don't mean like, you know, people saying 100 -- seoul has 28 million people 30 miles off the border. you would have had 30, 40, 50 million people killed. that's what would have happened. i came in, that's what i
inherited. i should have never inherited it. it should have been solved before i got there. i came in and did a great job this weekend. the fake news said oh, he should have gave up. you know what, i met, we had great chemistry. he gave us a lot. you haven't had a missile test in seven months. you haven't had a firing. you haven't had a nuclear test in 8.5 months. you haven't had missiles flying over japan. he gave us the remains of our great heroes. i have had so many people begging me, parents and fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, wherever i went, could you please get the remains of my boy back? they're giving them back. nobody thought that was possible. excuse me, they're doing so much for us. and now, we're well on our way to getting denuclearization, and the agreement says there will be total denuclearization. nobody wants to report that. so the only thing i did was i
met. i got along with him great. we have a great chemistry together. that's a good thing. >> what about the people he's killing. >> i can't speak to that. i can only speak to the fact that we signed an incredible agreement and it's great and going to be great for them too because now north korea can develop and north korea can become a great country economically. it can become whatever they want but there won't be nuclear weapons aimed at you and your family. >> why did you offer to halt the military -- >> that was my offer. you want to hear it? war games. i hated it from the day i came in. why aren't we being reimbursed. that's my term. >> they use it too. >> they might use it. we pay for it. we pay millions and millions of dollars for planes and all of this. it's my turn.
i said i'd like to halt it because it's bad to be negotiating it and doing it. it cost us a lot of money. i saved us a lot of money. that's a good thing for us. go ahead. >> what did you mean just now when you said you wished americans would sit up at attention. >> i'm kidding. who are you with? you're with cnn? [multiple reporters] >> there's high-profile cases going on. you have your former campaign manager and former lawyer, they're all dealing with troubles. >> i feel badly about a lot of them because i think a lot of it is very unfair and i look at some of them where they go back 12 years. mattifort has nothing to do with our campaign. i feel badly about it. they go back 12 years to get things he did 12 years ago. will mattifort worked for me a
short period of time. he worked for ronald reagan, john mccain, many other republicans. he worked me 49 days or something, a very short period of time. i feel bad for some people because they've gone back 12 years to find things about somebody and i don't think it's right. i don't think it's right that they burst into a lawyer's office on a weekend and early in the morning. i've never heard of that before. can you imagine if they burst into barack obama's office? it would not be acceptable. that's really a terrible thing. i feel badly for those people, general flynn. he's lost his house and his life. some people say he lied and some people say he didn't lie. really, it turned out he maybe didn't lie. who can do that, because who's lied more than comey? comey lied a tremendous amount.
>> you're saying you feel badly. is there any consideration at any point of a pardon? >> i don't want to talk about that. but look, i do want to see people treated fairly. that's what it's all about. i've mentioned the other day, you saw the woman, 23 years, she was in jail on charges and other people out after three months and she had another 23 years left. she was 63 years old. >> what about all those folks who don't have kim kardashian speaking for them. >> i'm looking at them too, if you don't mind. >> are you worried michael cohen might flip. >> i did nothing wrong. you don't understand. this would have come out a long time ago. i did nothing wrong. [multiple reporters] >> is he your lawyer. >> he's not my lawyer anymore. but i always liked michael and he's a good person -- excuse me,
do you mind if i talk? you're asking me a question. i'm trying to ask it. >> we want to know if you're worried if he's going to cooperate with federal. >> no, i'm not because i did nothing wrong, nothing wrong. [multiple reporters] >> did you dictate the statement about donald trump? >> let's not talk about it. you know what that is? that's irrelevant. it's a statement to the new york times, the phony, failing new york times. wait a minute. that's not a statement to a high tribunal of judges. that's a statement to the phony new york times. in fact, frankly, he shouldn't even speak to the new york times because they only write phony stories yesterday. [multiple reporters] >> on the i.g. report, you've said twice now it exonerated you and proved there was no collusion >> if you read the i.g. report, oouv've i've been totally exonerated. take a look at the investigation and how it started. take a look at the horrible
statements that peter struck, the chief investigator said and what he did with hillary clinton. what you're asking me about, i am amazed that people struck is still at the fbi. and so is everybody else that read that report. and i'm not even talking about the report. i'm talking about long before the report. peter struck should have been fired a long time ago and others should have been fired. [multiple reporters] >> i'm looking at scott, and scott has done a fantastic job at e.p.a. >> do you know jake collins. >> i'm not happy about certain things, i'll be honest. i'm not happy about certain things, but he's done a fantastic job running the e.p.a. which is very overriding but i am not happy about it. [multiple reporters] >> do you agree with children
being taken away >> no, i hate it. i hate the children being taken away. the democrats have to change their law. that's their law. [multiple reporters] >> that's the democrat's law. we can change it tonight. we can change it right now. you need their votes. you need their votes. >> you control those chambers of commerce >> no, the democrat -- excuse me, by one vote. you don't need it. 60 votes. excuse me, we need a one vote, we have a one-vote edge. we need 60. so we need 10 votes. we can't get them from the democrats. [multiple reporters] >> wait, one question at a time. the children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and immediately. the democrats forced that law upon our nation.
i hate it. i hate to see separation of parents and children. the democrats can come to us as they actually are, in all fairness, we are talking to them, and they can change the whole border security. we need a wall. we need border security. we've got to get rid of catch-and-release. you catch a criminal, take his name, release him and he never shows up again. he goes into our society and we get him often in a different way oftentimes after he's killed somebody. we've got to change our laws. the democrats have control because we don't have the votes and republicans, we need more republicans, frankly, and that's why i think we're going to do so well in the mid-terms, that and because we have the strongest economy in the history of our nation. we have the best jobs numbers in the last 44 years, top of drudge, the best job numbers in 44 years. [multile reporters] >> announced a zero-tolerance policy at the border on may 7 >> he's following the law that
was -- >> that was a direct order to -- >> can i answer your question, please? okay, you're just asking me the same question over and over. he's following laws, very simply, that were given to us and forced upon us by the democrats. [multile reporters] >> the democrats gave us the laws. now, i want the laws to be beautiful, humane, but strong. i don't want bad people coming in. we can solve that problem in one meeting. tell the democrats and your friends to call me. >> mr. president, at the end of the fox & friends interview, you said you were going to spend father's day weekend doing work and you were going to have a call in north korea. who are you going to talk to in north korea? >> i'll speak to north korea and a lot of my people in north korea and the things happening and i will tell you this: we now have a great relationship with north korea. when i came into this job, it looked like war. not because of me. when i sat down with barack
obama, and you'll remember this, he said the biggest problem the united states had, by far, the most dangerous problem, and he said to me, that we've ever had because of nuclear, is north korea. that was shortly before i entered office. i have solved that problem. now we're getting it memorialized and all, but that problem is largely solved and part of the reason is we signed an order, a very good document. more importantly than the document, i have a good relationship with kim jong-un. i can say, we have a problem, i told him, i gave him a very direct number. he can now call me if he has any difficulty. i can call him. we have communication. it's a very good thing. people are shocked that this is the kind of thing. they thought trump was going to get in and start throwing bombs all over the place. it's actually the opposite. but we're building a military so strong, $716 billion next year,
700 this year. we're building a military so strong nobody is going to mess with us but you know what, i never want to have to use it. [multile reporters] >> you told americans they can sleep well at night. >> what's the verification process? >> we have a very strong verification process. if you read the agreement, which most of you didn't, point after point after point he gave, including getting back the remains of our great heroes, okay, of our great, great heroes, which made some people cry, nobody thought we were going to get that. point after point, all they said was, they met, it's terrible. it was a good thing. it was good for the united states, it was good for them. i spoke with china. they are very happy. actually, they were much happier. they may not be as happy today because i'm doing, i'm sure
you've heard that, it's been announced by now. but we're putting tariffs on $50 billion of technology and other things, because we have to, because we've been treated unfairly. china has been terrific. president chi has been terrific, president mu, everybody. >> how did you get kim jong-un to follow through. >> we're working it as fast as possible. we're working denuclearization as fast as possible. [multile reporters] >> are you planning to meet with putin this summer? >> this all started because one of you said should putin be in the g 7? and i said no, should be in the g8. putin was in the g8. i think it's better to have russia in than out. just like north korea and everybody else, it's much better
to get along with them than if we don't. [multile reporters] >> president obama lost crima, just so you understand. i want to make it so the fake news prints it properly. president obama lost crimea. it's his fault. it's his fault. [multile reporters] >> because putin didn't respect president obama. president obama lost crimea, because president putin didn't respect president obama, didn't respect our country, and didn't respect ukraine, but president obama, not trump -- when it's my fault, i'll tell you -- but president obama gave away -- president obama, by not going across the red line in the sand that he drew, i went across it with the 59 missile hits, but president obama, when he didn't go across the red line, what he gave away, nobody even knows.
one more time, president obama gave away crimea. that should have never happened. >> thanks for talking. >> i just want to hold onto this shot for a moment because these reporters will likely follow the president as close as they can until he walks back into the door of the west wing. so just pause for a moment here, and we'll see if we get any more news out of this. what an extraordinary 51 minutes this has been on live television with the president coming out. you almost get the sense after the i.g. report came out yesterday afternoon that this is the moment he's been waiting for to go public yet again with his comments about everything, whether it be russia or paul manafort, general flynn, michael cohen, immigration, the economy, russia. we ran the gamut, folks as i mentioned for 51 minutes here, and there's a lot to go through here as the president -- the
staff members, that is the eisenhower building just across the driveway there. it goes by both names in washington d.c., and there we see the president now entering the west wing yet again. so here we go with the news and the headlines of the morning, with regard to the white house and how things are going, i have this running so well, he said off the top. on the i.g. report, totally exonerates me, no collusion, no obstruction, a bias against me. on north korea, we've gotten along great with chairman kim, he says. we now have a very good relationship, we have an open line of communications. then we'll get into the cohen matter and the flynn matter and the immigration and all those other issues that we've been discussing and listening to with reporters questioning the president's answers on the north lawn. but before we do that, i just want to get to congressman john ratcliffe. he's been waiting for us. a former u.s. attorney and prosecutor. sir, thank you for your time. i know you have a meeting in a
matter of minutes. let's squeeze in what we believe the case is with the i.g. right now. you have a hearing on tuesday. what is your first question the inspector general michael horowitz that day. >> i don't want to tip-off the inspector general to the questions that i am preparing right now but as you heard from the president, there's a lot that the inspector general report raises about not just the hillary clinton investigation, but the impact but the fbi and the department of justice moving that case to the trump-russia investigation and certainly, i know that's an area a lot of us will want to have further inquiry. >> bill: okay, now, do you believe james comey has been truthful at all the testimony he's delivered before your committee today? >> well, that's going to be another area, bill, that a lot of people are going to ask about.
there's much in the inspector general report. >> bill: what do you think? >> well, for instance, repeatedly, the inspector general says that the decision not to charge hillary clinton was made a long time before her interview. he's given sworn testimony before, certainly, the house of representatives where he said the decision was made ever. those types of statements that jim comey is going to be called later to clarify and address and we would hope at the end of the day he'd be treated just like anyone else, like andrew mccabe or michael flynn or anyone else when it comes to sworn testimony. >> bill: okay, two specific questions on all of this: why does the report say there was no political bias? because clearly you believe there was, why would the report conclude such an opposition decision? >> it doesn't say that, bill. it says in 500 pages on almost every single page that there's extraordinary political bias, prejudice, even hatred towards donald trump. >> bill: right, but to be clear,
collectively, does the agency now declare that. perhaps you could make the case against certain individuals like a peter struck and even a james comey, but you have 13,000 agents at the fbi. they weren't all conspiring, sir. >> certainly not. it's a wonderful agency, but unfortunately, some of the individuals at the fbi involved in the two most important, the two highest profiled investigations in recent times hated donald trump. and so what the i.g. said is that because folks like peter struck were part of a team on the hillary clinton matter, despite their efforts to do so, they weren't able to influence the outcome. but remember, what it also tells us is that person, peter struck and at least three others that hated donald trump were moved to the donald trump-russia investigation and peter struck was put in charge of it. so bill, what we know is that
the person that hated donald trump more than anyone that said he should lose the election 100 million to 0, that not a single american should vote for him, that sai to his mistress, we won't let him become president, we will stop him, and who wanted to run the trump-russia investigation because he thought it would lead to impeachment. he was nine months on that investigation. >> bill: i want our viewers to really understand this. peter struck took over the russia investigation in july of 2016. he ran the investigation for a year until july of 2017, correct. you will make the case -- you will make the case that peter struck is the poison pill in all of this going forward, whether it's the russian matter or the forthcoming i.g. report that goes into the fbi and how the russia matter was handled. i'll give you the last word on that, just so we know, sir, based on the facts, the dates and the timeline here, is that
where you go next on this? >> here's where i think we as americans go, to clarify one thing, peter struck was in charge july of 2016 until may of 2017 when bob mueller was appointed special counsel. he remained on the case three more months until he was removed when these text messages came to light. during the formative nine months of the trump-russia investigation, he and others who hated donald trump were in charge of making decisions, gathering evidence, and it's through that prism of -- that we have to look at whatever evidence that bob mueller would use from that part of the investigation. but here's to the president's point that's important, is that very same person who hated donald trump more than anyone in america, the i.g. report tells us that he lost interest in the trump-russia investigation because to quote him, there's no "there" there. so the person who wanted to find something about donald trump more than anyone else couldn't, and i think that's what the
president is alluding to when he says this is going to have a profound impact on the mueller investigation and in his words, that he feels vindicated. >> bill: we'll certainly follow those 9-12 months that you just described before us today. sir, thank you for being patient and waiting for us on the hill. john ratcliffe. that hearing for you is on tuesday of next week, happens in the senate on monday. we will be watching. sir, thank you. 28 past the hour now. back to my colleague, sandra smith. >> sandra: yeah, a lot going on. we want to get back to the white house. kevin corke a lot of news made on the ground outside the white house with the unexpected arrival of the president this morning. what more can you tell us about what we just heard? it was wide-ranging. north korea, the i.g. report, immigration. he hit it all. >> he did, and he talked about china too, and normally sandra, you and i would be talking about these new tariffs set to hit china, $50 billion, you heard the president talk about it a few moments ago.
on any normal news day, that might be the headline. but given what happened yesterday with the release of the i.g. report and the extraordinary and wide-ranging interview both by our colleague, steve ducy, and afterwards on the driveway leading into the west wing. i want to flag a couple of things for people unable to watch it all. you will hear a lot about what the president has to say about jim comey and the bias. that will be the headline from that wide-ranging talk, sandra. >> sandra: yeah, on the i.g. report, the president saying the i.g. blew it, said it totally exonerates me, there was no collusion, no obstruction. and if you read the report, you will see that. kevin cooke, a lovely morning outside the white house. thank you. so, bill, as you mentioned, that's one for the history
books. the president saw the cameras outside, decided to take a walk and really interesting stuff in reaction to the i.g. report. but north korea, we'll all be talking about today. he said, i solved the north korea nuclear problem. we didn't give up anything. north korea gave us a lot, and he's responded to one reporter saying i don't want to see nuclear weapons destroy you and your family. that's why i am doing what i'm doing, and i'm kim jong-un. the president said we got along well, and we have good chemistry. >> bill: you want an unconventional president? you've got it. you want an unconventional white house, america has got it, and there's no way of stopping this. this is going to be the interesting relationship that the president has with the media every day, be it on twitter and now on the live cameras earlier today. i really want to stress this point, sandra, i get the sense coming off the news on the economy, the news on north
korea, the inspector general's report yesterday afternoon, he believes there's a window back and has greater liberty now to speak to reporters than he has i would argue going back 18 months. stay tuned for more on that. sandra is live in new york. i'm live at the u.s. open. it's okay, sandra, it's day 2. i'd love to have you be here and have you out here. we'll continue our coverage live from shinnecock in hampton. 9:30 on the east coast.
>> i think that the report yesterday, maybe more importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me. there was no collusion, there was no obstruction, and if you read the report you'll see -- excuse me, wait, wait. what you'll really see is you'll see bias against me and millions and tens of millions of my followers, that is really a disgrace. >> sandra: that was president trump just a few moments ago outside of the white house answering reporter questions and
making it very clear about how he feels about that i.g. report. he says it was a total disaster for james comey, his minions and sadly for the fbi. i'm joined by three members of the house judiciary committee, former congressman matt gates, and two others. thanks for being with me. you were standing in front of the camera as he walked up to the cameras unexpectedly but i can tell you, he said the i.g. blew it with that report. he said it totally exonerates him, there was no collusion and obstruction and if you read the reports, you will see that. is that what the report told you, congressman desantos, to you first. >> i think it really undercuts the two prongs of the mueller investigation. obviously, the obstruction of justice at this point. comey should have been fired. that's what the i.g. report says. comey would be a horrible witness in an obstruction case so that's done. the collusion angle, we've been
trying to get all these documents saying, we didn't start it but provided and we have a text message which the d.o.j. wouldn't provide us up to this point where they say he wouldn't provide it would he and peter struck says no, he's not. we at the fbi will stop him. that is wrong, and this whole thing needs to come to an end. >> sandra: congressman gates, we have the three of you on the program together this morning because, together, you wrote a letter requesting all the unrevised drafts of the d.o.j. report on the procedures that were used during the investigation of hillary clinton's email use. what, specifically, are you asking for, congressman gates? >> we'd like all the drafts, and ron and i were proud to join andy b ig gs and his leadership on this matter but his point is right on. we'll stop him. that's what peter struck said and the department of justice and the fbi hid that from us. if you have that manipulation of the information, it's entirely
appropriate for us to want to see all the drafts of this information. remember, this is the same department of justice that was redacting information to congress that wasn't sensitive for national security reasons. it was just embarrassing to the fbi agents and the officials at the department of justice. so we want to get to the truth. it's also important to remember the timeline here, just nine days before peter struck said we'll stop him. that's when he opened up on papadopolis, and it was six days later he said he had an insurance policy against a trump president. this was bias manifesting an official act and it's what undermines the entire russia probe. >> sandra: congressman b ig gs, you too are part of this letter. what do you think this document and this draft will reveal. >> obviously, we're not sure but the problem is the draft document was done by the i.g.'s office and they spent a month or so, maybe more than a month circulating among the d.o.j.,
the fbi and the officials named in this document. it gave them the opportunity to rebut and make corrections they thought were necessary. we need to know what the i.g. found before these rebuttals took place. it's perfect for transparency. we found out so much information just yesterday in the i.g.'s report. we want to get to the original report and see if somebody was tampering, not necessarily tampering but trying to manipulate the final report. >> sandra: congressman de santos, back to you. the president said he believes this i.g. report just out, vindicates his firing of james comey; do you agree with that? >> absolutely, i believed that the day he fired james comey. thank you for putting a guy out of his misery that shouldn't have been f.b.i. director and michael horowitz, who's really a democrat. he laid out how comey was insubordinate, laid out the
rules for him and he created a major mess. yes, he did a late announcement on the eve of the election all because of how he handled it at the beginning. he should have never held that press conference and prejudged the case. that was wrong and he really gave hillary clinton a free pass because had he applied the laws as proper, she would have ended up having to face the case. >> sandra: we thank you for your time this morning. a lot of breaking news. good to have you on the program. >> thank you. >> sandra: bill hemmer is standing by live at the u.s. open. >> bill: good morning to you live yet again. let's just continue the conversation of the inspector general report because i think the american report wants to figure what this is all about now. i think the thread that runs through this and the easiest way to understand it is what peter struck was doing when he ran the organization on the matter for 9-12 months. what john ratcliffe was going to argue is that he is the link between the mueller matter, this
inspector general's report, and the next i.g. report, which we'll go to what happened with russia. >> i agree with that, bill, and the point is, he was overseeing both of these investigations simultaneously. so even though we knew that hillary clinton exhibited negligence, exhibited really no care in terms of her emails and what was so important in those emails, she was emailing from russia to the president. even though we know that there were mixed deeds in that email investigation, they kept glossing it over. >> but what's happening here, the comey matter is water under the bridge. you can't go back and change that. he has prosecutorial discretion over the decisions he made. the hillary clinton email matter, that's water under the bridge too. she's going to argue he threw the election but there's nothing you can do to go back in time to change or effect those decisions. the thing that matters now is what was struck doing in terms of the guidance and direction he was giving the rest of the
f.b.i. in order to go and pursue this russia matter. that's the linchpin in all of this. >> that's exactly right and deven nunez came on a couple of weeks ago and told me he did the due diligence and found no official intelligence used to launch the investigation into the trump investigation. no intelligence used. we have what we call the five eyes across the world that we share intelligence with. there was no intelligence to even indicate the idea that president trump was colluding with the russians. so they launch an investigation into trump while they treat the hillary clinton investigation as if nothing happened. >> bill: and one more point on this. i made the observation 45 minutes ago that the reason he comes out and feels so liberated to talk with reporters now is he's had a pretty good month. north korea, the economy, this i.g. report. i get a sense that he's been liberated a little bit. >> i think you're right, bill, because he's feeling confident about his policies. number 1, the tax policy. when you go from a corporate rate of 35% to 21%, that's a big
deal. 35% to 21%. that means much better profitability, better margins. that's what's happening in corporate america and why you've seen animal spears in terms of businesses investing in their i.t. and r & d. now you see strength in the consumers as well. we were worried about the consumer earlier this year. we just saw retail sales number out yesterday up .8%. that tells you consumers are no longer taking the money from the tax plan and saving it. they're spending it. that helps with growth. >> bill: you could save money right now by blowing away this fog right now. >> i know, what happened. it was beautiful. >> bill: sandra, back to you. >> sandra: good to see you back out there. new reaction from president trump on the immigration issue as house lawmakers prepare to release a bipartisan bill in the coming days. congressman marsha blackburn is here to give us her thoughts
>> the children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and immediately. the democrats forced that law upon our nation. i hate it. i hate to see separation of parents and children. the democrats can come to us as they actually are, in all fairness, we are talking to them, and they can change the whole border security. we need a wall, we need border security, we've got to get rid of catch-and-release. you catch a criminal, take his name and release him and he never shows up again. he goes into our society and we end up getting them in a different way, oftentimes after he's killed somebody. we've got to change our laws. >> bill: that news from 30 minutes ago, to our viewers at home if you're just joining us. we saw a remarkable 51 minutes when the president came out, spent 30 minutes with steve doocy and another 20 minutes
with reporters there, covering the gamut, including immigration policy, controversial separating children from their parents at the border. he talked about at law, house leadership getting ready to roll out a new bipartisan bill perhaps next week. marsha blackburn, a republican candidate from tennessee running for the senate. thank you for your time this morning. i want to know if this bill can pass and if it can pass, what would it do? >> we are waiting to see what is going to happen with that. there is a lot of support for the safe act bill, which funds the border wall and then also puts more boots on the ground at the border, and this is what people want to say. bill, i've got to tell you, you've heard me say it time and again. we've heard this throughout the years. the obama policy turns every state into a border state and every town into a border town. this is why people are wanting to see something done on this issue. >> bill: well, what the president said is that -- i'm
quoting him now "i hate it" he said. i hate the law. he said democrats have to change the law. democrats may have made the law. you could make that argument, but now you have the votes and what can the republican party do with this in order to make it right? >> well, we want to make certain that what we do is end illegal entry into this country, secure that southern border, give the border patrol the resources that they need. in this policy, people running across the border, i've got to tell you, back in 2014, when i visited one of these reception centers at fort seal, i was astounded at the mistreatment of these children by the coyotes as they were coming into the country, and it was horrifying to me. when you talk to case workers, they did not know it's the people they were releasing these people to were in the children
illegally, that they were actually related to these children. they did not know if they were affiliated with gangs or labor groups or sex trafficking. this has to be cleaned up. the president is right on that. >> bill: so is there a compromise in this bill somewhere, if you give the $25 million in money that could be used for border security, which includes the wall, can you reach some sort of deal? >> my hope is that we are going to be able to stand on principle and reach some consensus around things that need to be done, addressing the dreamers, making certain that certain illegal criminal aliens are not allowed to stay in this country, making certain that we do not codify the daca program, which was an executive-order program from the obama era, making certain that we do away with sanctuary cities, even in tennessee. and my tennesseeans are so
strong on this that our state legislature passed a bill this year that makes it illegal to have a sanctuary city in tennessee. people want our country to be protected, our border to be protected, and for people to abide by the rule of law. and that is where the american people are on this. >> bill: just a yes or no answer, are you going to get this done next week, or is it too high of a hill to climb? >> oh, bill, i don't know if it's going to get done next week. i know there is work being done to try to pull itth. we will see. >> bill: all right, i'll take that as a maybe. thank you for your time. i'm out of time for now but we'll talk again soon. thank you, marsha blackburn from tennessee. sandra. >> sandra: paul manafort in washington. live report is next. one is ca, three are fha, one is va. so what can you do? she's saying a whole lotta people want to buy this house. but you got this! rocket mortgage by quicken loans makes the complex simple. understand the details and get approved in as few
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>> sandra: former trump campaign manager paul manafort arriving at the courthouse earlier this hour. he will face a judge on new charges of obstruction of justice and witness tampering. doug is outside the courthouse and joins us live. doug, looks like another sign of hard ball against manafort, so is it? >> it sure does, sandra. mueller's team, as you well know, has already secured five plea deals, but the biggest fish, paul manafort has yet to flip. with this new indictment, mueller hopes to change that. manafort and an associate of his, a russian national, are accused of a new charge in witness tampering. accused of calling, texting and using encrypted messaging last february to contact two people, two potential witnesses, from a group called the hatsburg group, a european lobbying group, that
he says was trying to promote the interest of ukrainian politicians with links to russia. manafort's attorney says these new charges lack any merit. they wrote in the filing, quote, the text messages cited by the special counsel do not establish any witness tampering and that manafort's limited communications cannot be fairly read either factually or legally to reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness. the piling on of these new charges is a tactic that aggressive prosecutors have frequently used in an attempt to flip witnesses. we don't expect mr. manafort to flip here. he has been pleading guilty, and we expect him to do so again today. his co-defendant, a russian national, faces no imminent threat right now, because we believe he is in russia and russia has no extradition treaty with the united states, sandra. >> sandra: and quickly, there's the possibility that manafort could have to report straight to jail? >> if judge amy bourbon decide that mueller's new charges have
merit, she could detain mr. manafort right here and now and hold him in detention until his trial date in september. if the judge decides to detain him, that would be extremely unusual, however, because this is as you know, a white-collared case and while collar defendants seldom face detention before trial date. >> sandra: thank you. doug outside the courthouse. thank you. >> bill: sandra, new reaction from that bombshell i.g. report. the fox news a team dives into that coming up. also, we will break down the president's reaction, all 51 minutes of it this morning live here on fox coming up. come on back. billions of mouths. billions of problems. morning breath? garlic breath? stinky breath?
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>> sandra: new fall-out from one of the most inflammatory findings in the inspector general's report on the f.b.i. handling of the clinton email investigation, and president trump had a lot to say about it. all live and uninterrupted. welcome to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom." it is friday morning and i'm sandra smith. there he is on beautiful long island, bill. >> bill: where is the sun? it was coming down. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to the u.s. open. round 2 is well under way. we'll get to golf in a moment. but first, what we watched last hour, the reaction from the president, after the explosive revelation raising questions
about the credibility of the f.b.i.. he touched on that topic and many others amid an unprecedented event. 51 minutes on the north lawn talking to cameras and reporters and steve doocy, a slew of topics we heard. watch. >> we haven't had any rockets shot up in the air for seven months, haven't had any research. they just blew up their test site. they're blowing up their engine test site for ballistic missiles. he's giving us back our great heroes that have died, as you know, getting remains back. no, they were talking about comey, not f.b.i., it was comey. the people at the f.b.i. are incredible. i would bet if you took a poll in the f.b.i., i would win that poll by more than anybody's ever won a poll, but the top people were horrible. you look at what happened, they were plotting against my election, probably has never happened like that in terms of intelligence, in terms of anything else, but they were actually plotting against my election. i'm actually proud, because i
beat clinton dynasty, i beat bush dynasty, and now i guess hopefully i'm in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence, because what they did was incredible. it seems that strong on immigration wins now, and the democrats, by the way, are very weak on immigration. if you notice when i came home, they were all saying about separating the families, and that's a democrat bill. that's democrats wanting to do that, and they could solve it very easily by getting together, but they think it's a good election. i think it's a horrible election point. >> sandra: let's go to the "america's newsroom" a team. i can hardly contain them. they're already reacting before i even go to them. a columnist for the washington post, fellow at the american enterprise and a fox news contributor. judith miller is a pullitser prize-winning reporter, author and fox news contributor. and matt slapp, chairman of the american conservative union and
melissa francis of the fox business network is at shinnecock hills with bill, and we will get to them in just a moment. good to see them out there. i want to start with you first, judith, what was this reaction you were having while listening to the president? >> i just think that as amazing as he is as a performer, there was a mistake in almost every excellent or a misstatement of fact. i mean, from the beginning, it is not the democrat's fault that the republicans cannot pass an immigration bill. so it's not the democrat's fault that children are being separated from their parents at the border. secondly, this report we've all been reading and talking about does not exonerate the president. if anything, it condemns jim comey and does support the president's decision to fire him. but this report shows that what comey did actually helped donald trump. he's not a victim here.
he's the victor. mark. >> i wouldn't agree with that. >> which part? >> much of it. i mean, first of all, it does exonerate trump in the sense that comey deserved to be fired. this is a 500-page indictment that backs up -- if i was trump's lawyer, and mueller indicts him, i'd just put this into evidence. this is the i.g. saying that comey was a disaster. and second of all, it also validates trump's critique, which is there was widespread violence in the f.b.i.. it wasn't just peter struck, which was unbelievable, we're going to stop trump from getting elected. it was not 1, it was not 2, it was not 3, seven f.b.i. people are quoted in that i.g. report expressing antitrump bias. i'm so stressed about what could have been done differently. i can't stop crying. i'm numb. you promised this wouldn't happen. trump voters are uneducated middle class lazy p.o.s.'s.
these are people involved in the russian investigation. this is really bad stuff for the f.b.i. because even if the i.g. is right that they didn't actually effect their decision making, though in struck's case it seems they did, this is the appearance of bias, and you have struck saying the i.g. saying he was willing to take official action to hurt donald trump. that's really bad stuff. >> and for the reasons you just mentioned, matt, the president standing outside the lawn of the white house just now said that the i.g. blew it with this report. >> i think that's right. he's put a lot out on the table. it's not the i.g.'s job to figure out every way in which the f.b.i. needs to be reformed but, clearly, that's one of the big jobs in front of the trump administration. what we're not talking about enough is the fact that all of these things were happening under the obama administration. what did obama know about fice awards, what did the obama know about what the f.b.i. was up to.
what did the obama administration know about loretta lynch properly managing -- what was loretta lynch finding out about clinton's midterm investigation on tv like you were. that's a rather insane way to run the f.b.i. it also shows an amazing thing that the left believes that the f.b.i. is a fourth branch of government that is independent and what this i.g. investigation shows is that is actually not true. they follow under the structure of the d.o.j. and they should, because when they feel independent, look what they do. even, you know, all of these abuses of power that we are evidence in this i.g., and it was reported around this, it really was frightening. i want the f.b.i. to be independent in the sense they have to go after lawmakers, but i don't want them to feel like they're so power hungry that they can do anything they want. >> sandra: to circle back to your point about james comey, here is the president very specifically moments ago talking outside the white house what
this means for james comey. take a listen. >> if you take a look, when he totally exonerated her, because i call her comey 3, you had 1, 2 and comey 3, he totally exonerated her, and if anything you're saying is correct, what she did is they tried to pretend it didn't happen. i would have gone out there and i would have had the greatest news conference in history. they tried to pretend the exoneration didn't happen. now, the exoneration wasn't correct, because there's no way they could have checked that number of emails in just a few days. but if you remember just before the election, he went out and he exonerated her, and they didn't even talk about it. that was the greatest political mistake. >> sandra: james comey -- >> james comey, after he decided insubordination that he was going to give this press conference, after he says, no prosecutor would prosecute hillary clinton, he goes out and he says she was extremely
careless with respect to the handling of classified information. he never tells the american people that there is an investigation of donald trump and russian influence in his campaign, which we're now seeing the end of with the mueller inquiry. this is the complete reversal of the facts and of the reading, any sane, clear-headed, unbiased person reading this report would say jim comey was insubordinate, but what he did helped donald trump. not the opposite. >> sandra: the president called this a total disaster for james comey, his minions, and sadly for the f.b.i. he said i think comey was the ring leader of this whole den of thieves. >> so here's the thing, when he says that comey exonerated hillary clinton, you go through the report, and you see all the things that they took out about hillary clinton and her compromising of classified information. that was not made public, and the big bombshell in this report
that nobody has focused on is the fact that the i.g. has confirmed that hillary clinton's emails were compromised by foreign intelligence services. so when comey made the statement, he said they probably were or could have been. we now have the i.g. report that says, i'm going to read it: the insd successfully determined classified information was improperly stored and transmitted on clinton's email server and classified information was compromised by unauthorized individuals to include foreign governments or intelligence services, via cyber intrusion and other means. so we now know that through hillary clinton's recklessness, foreign intelligence services got access to u.s. secrets and also in the i.g. report no one knew and they took it out of comey's statement, she was using her unsecured private email to communicate with barack obama, the president of the united states, from hostile countries, from foreign adversaries, which they say probably compromised that. it was a statement in the report, and they took it out. first, they changed it from president of the united states to a senior official, and then
they just took it out. apparently, the clintons are never going to be held accountable for their wrong doing and hillary clinton specifically is not going to be held accountable for her wrong doing. i do think this is in the rear-view mirror. but let's get in our heads what mark just said, our foreign enemies saw hillary's emails, but the congress of the united states didn't, and the american voter didn't. the people who paid her salary. she broke the law on transparency. that's the first step. the second step is that we're talking about all the dysfunction in the f.b.i. which donald trump is now going to have to fix. and i think christopher ray and others, because we all want the f.b.i. to work as effectively as it needs to. here's the final step. we're doing this in the wrong way. ronald reagan did it the right way with the iran contra. we need all the american people we trust, joe lieberman and such folks, to look at all of this with transparency and tell the american people what happened in 2016. this is complicated, we've been
talking about it a year and-a-half. what are the lessons learned, and how do we go forward with all of these serious questions? >> sandra: you know, bill and melissa, you're out on long island listening in on this conversation. and, bill, a big part of what the president also said this morning was his reaction to the revelation of those text messages. he said peter struck should have been fired a long time ago, said the president. >> bill: he's not the only one saying that. leading republicans on the hill are as well. it's a friday, melis a getting a friday news jump. maybe this is the news forth coming this afternoon. peter struck is still getting paid and has a job. we've been listening to this conversation. where are you at on this right now? >> i would say to everybody out there, your head is spinning, there's so much going on and so much has been dumped on us. focus on the text, because that is what is unfiltered and that is what is real and has no spin in it. the man who hated president trump the most in the f.b.i. and maybe the most in the country, look at his text.
he was in charge of the russia investigation as you pointed out earlier from july 2016 to july 2017. he lost interest, because he said in those texts in his own words, there is no "there" there. the man who hated the president the most and who promised to keep him from becoming president, to fix it, all those things he said in his text, he also said with the russia investigation, he didn't want to be in it anymore because there is no "there" there. i think that is a big thing that we learned. >> bill: if he still has a job, they're going to continue to hear cries by republican to get rid of him. we've already heard it numerous already. the struck matter going forward is the thing i think that should be paid attention to the most. he's the connection between james comey, the f.b.i., the russian matter, and the mueller matter, which we're kind of in the dark right now, and rudy giuliani last night was on with shawn suggesting that mueller should suspend all operations right now.
i don't think that's going to happen but all of this now can be tied to what struck was doing or wasn't doing over that 9-12-month period. >> i think he is the common thread through all of this as you pointed out, and that should remain the focus. the rest of it, james comey is gone, hillary clinton lost the election, don't get bogged down in all of that. look at this, he is still employed. he is the one whose text messages we have seen, he's the common thread, he's the one with the vendetta, and i believe that there are a lot of really good professionals in the f.b.i. who are ashamed of the politics we've seen there. you remember james comey saying, you know, my f.b.i. they don't give a rip about politics. you remember that quote? i think a lot of them don't, and they're able to be professional and not like this, but struck would not at all, he was completely biased. we saw those in those texts and i bet the rest of the f.b.i. doesn't like this. >> bill: if you talk this to the leading republicans, they'll
focus in on about 15 or 20 of them, and christopher ray in a press conference yesterday afternoon, and there has to be an accounting for what happened, and some of that can be in the rear-view mirror, but as far as going forward and trying to figure out an unbiased manner, as we use that word carefully at the moment, the american people, the american government, we need to know. i grew up trusting the f.b.i., i grew up trusting the c.i.a., so what was happening inside these historic branches, these historic parts of our government? >> it's terrifying. i mean, you can't think that one party or anyone would weaponize law enforcement in our country. i mean, it's the basis of our democracy. it's really scary, and it has to be cleaned up. >> bill: okay. so more in a moment here. round 2, meanwhile, i asked maria what's going on out there. [laughing]. >> bill: we might get some sun shortly here. >> we're hearing cheers behind
us. >> bill: there it is. >> but maybe the wind has died down so those players could actually have a chance to play well today. >> bill: yesterday was really tough on them, the true test of golf as you know, sandra. winds are a little less right now. this wasn't in the forecast but it is what it is for now. mother nature has her way, as we know. >> sandra: as we know. more from our a team, our big-time a team friday panel coming up in just a few moments. meanwhile, an extraordinary moment at the white house. president trump reacting to the watch-dog report blasting james comey's handling of the clinton email investigation. our a team is straight ahead on that. plus, a big month for retail sales posting sharp gains in may, indicating a huge surge in economic growth. people are out there spending money. her salon was booked for weeks,
denuclearization, and the agreement says there will be total denuclearization. >> sandra: the president this morning, judith. >> well, i hope the president is right. i think all americans want what he wants, which is the denuclearization of korea. however, in this round, kim jong-un is the clear winner. he got the meeting he wanted, the legitimation he wanted. he got an end to military
exercises, which was done without informing in advance our south korean or japanese allies, and he got the president to agree to language that was much weaker on denuclearization than what the north koreans agreed to in 1994 or 2005. >> there's no agreement. this was a communicate. he's either a warmongerer that wants to destroy north korea or a chamberlain. you can't have both ways. >> he is not nevil chamber lan. i want to make that clear. >> exactly. he didn't give up anything, didn't lift any sanctions, didn't send cash to yang. he didn't recognize north korea diplomatically. he didn't end the korean war. he gave them nothing. he gave them war games that could turn on a dime in a day. this is a president who
inherited from three predecessors, republican and democrat, a terrible situation. three administrations kicked the can down the road on north korea and now we've run out of road and nothing that we've tried has worked so he's trying something different. i think he deserves to have some latitude and a chance to -- this is going to be very hard to do. i think the odds of success are very small, but he deserves the chance to try to do something new and not be attacked from home. >> judy doesn't always feel like we're ganging up on her, i want to say, judy is right about the point, this terrible dictator tyrant did get what he wanted. he got the optics of the president walking out on the stage with all those flags. i get it. but listen to what donald trump was left with. he was left with, as mark properly described, this ridiculous policy, which obama tried to replicate in iran, where you go through this long dance, and at the end of it, your enemy has the nuclear weapon that can reach your
shores. we are going to do a similar policy with iran, and when donald trump came in, and sometimes it takes an outside voice who doesn't give a lick about the european consensus or all those other things that a lot of us are tired of because they are broken and not working, he simply said, how do we fix this? i don't want them to have a nuclear weapon. i've got to end it. if it takes a couple of photos to get to the process where they are denuclearized, i'm all for it, i think the american people are for it and mark is completely right. he has given up nothing. donald trump is not going to do anything that risks our national security and i guarantee you that if he gets a scent that they are playing him for a fool, we're going right back to the maximum pressure. >> sandra: i don't want to see nuclear weapons destroy you and your family. a very determined president told a group of reporters this morning, judith. >> yes, i'm not sure he would apply that to the reporters. he might want a neutron bombed
aimed at reporters. and i appreciate that and that's why give the president the benefit of the doubt on this. no one else has gotten anything out of the north koreans. let's not have any illusions here. if kim is able to use this meeting to get rid of the chinese pressure and the sanctions, ease his financial situation, he is going to win this, and we have to be very careful about that. >> with john bolton and mike pompeo to the right it gives me great confidence as well as the president. >> sandra: the president said he had a very positive meeting with the head of china so we'll see where that goes. bill you're in long island listening in, a lot of news there on that this morning. >> bill: it sure was. i think the thing that's important to add are his comments about the open line of communications. that's really significant now. you have to start somewhere in order to prove this relationship and get what you want, ultimately. we're watching this and the golfers moving behind us. tiger woods is coming up in a couple of minutes so we're
getting ready. bit of a juxtaposition here, but that's okay, we'll roll with it. when you have an open line of communication, you do have a starting point and that seemed to be the point he was impressing the most last hour. >> i think he had the opportunity, if you watch closely, he let that reporter come up and go, if you care about otto an baric, went into the whole thing that said how can you say nice things basically about this person that's done all those things, and he looked her in the eye and said, i don't want a nuclear weapon to kill you and your family and i think it puts the point, for human rights, we do all of this first. it's a multi-step process. we're not going to let this guy. this is a nuke's first, then deal with the rest. >> bill: it's not perfect or the starting point many would like
to but they are a regime started by his grandfather. that's a difficult thing to crack and kim is not going to want to lose power. he needed security assurance on behalf of the u.s. that he was not going to run out of town or, worse, destroyed as a human being and i believe the president gave him that assurance so we'll go step by step and see how this will come out but the line of communication, something that we must understand, this is the way president trump thinks. >> and i would also speak to some of the things judy said, because what the president is trying to say, and this is the business point of view. this is how you make deals in life. it's not a zero-sum game, trump wins, kim jong-un loses. america wins, north korea loses. he said, look at that beach where you're firing weapons, you could have condos there. you could have prosperity. where you are placed in the world, you could be a vacation destination. you could have all of asia coming your way. you could make money and be prosperous, your people could be
prosperous. it doesn't have to be a zero-sum game where somebody wins and somebody loses. we could all move to a better place together. >> bill: that's the sales point and we'll see if it has an effect. >> it's possible. it's possible. >> bill: thank you, melissa. don't go far, okay? >> i won't. >> bill: because we have something for you in a moment here. the u.s. consumer now returning with a vengeance. retail sales surging in the month of may. charles payne has been looking at the numbers and he'll break it down as we continue live from the u.s. open, shinnecock hills, south hampton new york and new york city. you might take something for your heart...
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>> sandra: his name is payne, charles payne and charles is fired up about u.s. consumers, they're opening their wallets in a major. take a look at this. this is retail sales and obviously measures the amount of money people are spending. may posted its biggest increase in six months. charles payne of the fox business network. it's important to point out that's not a number that normally moves in a big way. >> that's a huge, huge number right there. it's much bigger than anyone expected. and let's also say the consumers 2/3 of the economy. without the consumer going out to spend, our economy doesn't do anything. what i really love about the report, sandra, is when you dig
into it, some fascinating things. we've been talking about consumer confidence. that's a survey. wall street calls that soft data. this is hard data and it's manifested into reality. here's two things i thought were fascinating. the first one, department stores, we've written them off, the death of the mall. department sales were faster than internet sales. and restaurant sales were faster than grocery sales so what that tells me, not only do people feel good, we're going outside. we're getting in the car and going to that old dilapidated mall, shopping and taking the family to restaurants. it's amazing. and i've been talking about this a while. the hottest area in the stock market are brick and mortar retailers. >> sandra: what? >> it's mind boggling. >> sandra: that is the opposite of what we have been seeing. it's everything that's been online. >> it's up 200% since august of last years. all the troubles from kohl's and macy's it all of them.
the number 1 stock, canada goose. and i'm so sad because everyone in my family wanted a canadian canada goose coats. i looked at it for a split second and my attention was diverted. the stock is up almost 70% this year. people are spending money. >> sandra: they are not spending money just for the heck of it. they're spending money because they must be feeling better and there's evidence in the numbers on that as well when you look at the consumer sentiment numbers. >> absolutely right. in fact, just moments ago, the mitch holthus consumer sentiment number came out. another number, near the all-time high, better than expected. the part that stood out to me, a record number of households say they have recent income gains, an all-time record. so people said, what happened to the tax cuts and what's going on? it doesn't feel like it's happening. it's happening. in the last month, an all-time record amount of households said they have seen their incomes go up. so conversely, it's converted and by the way to your point, even when that happens, you still have to have enough confidence that, well, it's not going to be a blip, it's not
going to be a flash in the pan and people feel that way. >> sandra: what that means for our economy, the president standing outside a few moments ago outside the white house says that means we will see growth in this country, watch. >> when i got elected, i took this thing over, it was 1.2 and each point is 3 trillion and ten million jobs. a point, people can sit on a point oh, what difference does it make? well, it was 1.2, and it was going down. you probably saw this morning i put out, they would have raised your taxes instead of cut your taxes and they would have put on more regulations. the last thing we need is regulations. i actually think my regulation cutting had more of an impact on the economy than the tax cuts. >> when you were running, you said for every regulation we enact, i will cut two. >> right. >> but you didn't cut two. you're cutting a much bigger number. >> 22 it turned out, 22. >> sandra: that's a big deal. >> it is a big deal and, by the way, did everyone notice president trump was talking about 1.2%.
according to the atlanta fed, they model this stuff and trying to guess this current quarter we're in now, they think we're going at 4.8%. >> sandra: that's huge. >> it's mind boggling and only been up that number once since 2006, only one quarter has beaten that since 2006. it's been a long time. >> sandra: the president is taking a lot of credit for this. should he? >> i think so and it's unleashing what the economy could be, i think. the regulatory thing is great on the business side, because you're going to see businesses invest. that's a component we don't talk enough about, but it makes a difference and, of course,, we have record -- near all-time-record low unemployment, a record of job openings, we have more jobs than people. you sort of get that momentum going. the only thing that's been lagging is wages and according to the survey that came out this morning, that could be changing as well. >> sandra: not lagging, they're not going down. they're coming up slowly but not keeping pace with the rest of the group. >> certainly not as robust
anecdotally as you think it would be. if you have this many jobs out there, this would be a bidding war for workers, and that gets back to things like the skills gap and things like that, but all in all, we are really in the midst of a major economic renaissance, and it's got a lot of room to grow. >> sandra: you hear from democrats a lot because obviously, it's going to be a fair for democrats, this economy will be a success for republicans coming into the midterms. you hear democrats talking a lot about only sectors of this economy are benefitting from the president's policies or only certain groups of people or classes are benefitting. what are you seeing as far as who benefits from this group? >> the irony, and with that type of a statement, is that the most optimistic part of our economy are the lower-income brackets. those are the folks who actually are the most enthusiastic about what's happening in this country right now. democrats like to make the equivalency of someone, you know, a millionaire getting more from the tax cuts than someone who makes $50,000 a year.
it's simple math, and they probably do, but that's the wrong way to look at it. what we're trying to look at is everyone getting a piece of the action, at the same time lifting all shifts, and the answer right now is a resounding "yes". >> sandra: fascinating stuff. charles payne covering all of it. >> i just missed canada goose. i bought a million of those coats for christmas, couldn't even find them. christmas eve, i'm running around looking for canada goose coats, i should have bought some stuck. >> sandra: bill hemmer, i said it before, i want to be at charles payne's house for christmas. [ laughter ] >> bill: we're all coming over, charles. thank you, guys. been quite a week for the president, on north korea, certainly the booming economy with the numbers charles was talking about. the new watch dog report slamming james comey. the fox news a team is coming back covering a lot of ground on that in a moment. plus strong winds blowing away the big names in the opening round, but that was yesterday.
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our laws say, are very clear, that that child needs to be -- go through a separate process from the adults. the adults are breaking the law, most likely 80% of them. 20% of them might be political asylees, but the others are breaking the law and they have to go through the legal process. the kids are not legally allowed to be with the parents as they go through that process. paul ryan, the president this morning, a lot of republicans and democrats are saying that's not the right way to do this. you know what's ironic? it's the same way barack obama did it. this is the problem with these things, the outrage coming from the left. the reason we can't get immigration done is because of the outrage of these people. by the way, there was no outrage when kamala harris, the a.g. of california separate parents from kids when she threw parents in jail for breaking the law. we'll either enforce our southern border or we'll have an open border and i think the american people should have enforcement of the border. >> sandra: there was a pretty
strong exchange yesterday between sara sanders and a reporter in the briefing room, watch. >> these children being separated from their families as they come across the border, the attorney general earlier today said that somehow there's a justification for this in the bible. >> i'm not aware of the attorney general's comments or what he would be referencing. i can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. that is actually repeated a number of times throughout the bible. however -- hold on, jim, if you'll let me finish. again, i'm not going to comment on attorney-specific comments that i haven't seen. that's not what i said and i know it's hard for you to understand, even short sentences, i guess. but please don't take my words out of context, but the separation of illegal alien family is the product of the same legal loopholes that democrats refuse to close and these laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade, and the president is
simply enforcing them. >> sandra: mark. >> yes, that's a really bad line of attack on her part and on jeff sessions' part. one of the problems -- trump said this morning on the north lawn, i hate this, and i take him at his word that he hates it. you know who else hates it is his evangelical christian base. fravrpg lin graham called it disgraceful. the southern baptist group came out with it's inconsistent with the gospel of christ. this is a base that's stuck with him through stormy daniels, access hollywood and everyone else, they're speaking out about this treatment of children and to come out and say this is consistent with scripture as the defense is really, really bad idea. i think that he needs to be very careful because this is -- what scripture says is love your neighbor and welcome the stranger. that's what his base thinks. so i don't think they're going to break with him over it, but when matt was in the white house in the political office, he was coming down saying my phone is ringing off the hook from people saying we don't like it. >> i agree with everything you just said.
i think the next step is that there are moments in our democracy when we must change laws quickly. >> i agree. >> this is the law. it must be enforced. barack obama enforces the law. it's true that trump and sessions are aggressive in enforcing the law and if we don't want to separate or keep kids from this process, we simply change the law. we can do it tomorrow. >> yes, but they can't do it. they've tried on immigration again and again, republicans cannot get a consensus on immigration or we would have immigration reform now. any more than the democrats could when they were running. let's not blame this on the democrats as the president did. this is an issue in which there is no consensus because part of the republicans don't want any agreement on immigration. >> let me explain the reason why the president said it was what the democrats wanted. democrats have wanted -- and it was true of a republican president as well -- when we have people teaming at our border, kids coming to the
border, we are a good, compassionate country, and we want to treat those kids in a decent way, and that's what we've tried to do. by the same token, the democrats want to use the kids to let the parents come in with them, so you have your whole new creation of daca every day at the border daca, the next generation of daca is happening and the american people see the down sides of an immigration process that's out of control and it hurts our attempts to have legal immigration, which is what we all want. >> the problem is the democrats want the issue more than they want to solve the problem. the president of the united states came out with daca and said i love these daca kids, and i want to keep them in the country, i want a bill that will give funding for the wall, the immigration system and will legalize not just the people in daca but 1.3 million people more and the democrats couldn't take the deal. they want the issue more than they care about the problem. >> the republicans are in charge of the white house and the congress and they can't get this
done. >> sandra: the president this morning said that democrats are weak on immigration. they had a chance, and they didn't do it. >> tiger woods and justin johnson -- [ laughter ] >> bill: a second shot on the first hole. melissa and i were a little bit distracted. what were you guys talking about? >> yeah, we were taking pictures and videos. >> bill: when we come back, we're going to talk about the u.s. open. it's a gorgeous day, isn't it melissa? >> absolutely. >> bill: check out my swing. bill hemmer, you said, show me your golf swing. you'll see that as we continue live in southampton, new york.
>> we're going to hear about these greens all weekend long. how fast are they? we're about to find out. show me the line. okay, about 6 inches to the right. winds are fast. how about that? yeah, i'll take it. >> bill: that was our second take, by the way. jar ed is with me. how are you doing, buddy? >> did that putt get you into the showcase showdown.
>> bill: i won the washer and the dryer, so come on down! listen, what do you think so far? >> we're in the middle of day 2 and your first time at shinnecock. tell me about it. >> it is gorgeous, even with the weather, with the u.s. open, it almost feels like a british open when we think of the gusty and the rain. i think a player could get sick out there but this is just the ultimate american event. if you're good enough to compete against the best, you have an absolute chance to come here and do it. >> bill: the remarkable thing is you had 30 players within four shots of each other to begin the day. this is anybody's tournament. >> it's a log jam but just like we saw at the kentucky derby, like we saw in the belmont and the triple crown, justify, the big winner in the belmont, wire-to-wire, justin johnson, who won big last week. he's in front. he was one of the golfers yesterday who broke par and he's atop the leadership with three under. >> bill: do you get a good perspective of the course with
the rain and all? >> i'm going to have to spend more time walking around it. i was getting drenched. i changed my clothes. i was in a polo shirt earlier and now it's chilly. you get a sense of how open this course is and how vast the land is and people. it's not such large crowds. >> they took out 500 trees on this course. you go back to 1895, so you're back 120 some-odd years and, you know, nature grows and you have to make adjustments, and that's what they've done to increase the severity of this course, and i, for one, being an amateur golfer, i like to see these guys struggling. it's the u.s. open, it's the cream of the crop, it's red, white and blue. >> bill: you see what rory mcilroy said, who's northern ireland, he made a comment about it and said, i think the usga thinks we're better golfers than we actually are. >> that's funny. >> bill: maybe he doesn't like where the scores are but my take is, who cares about the scores? this isn't trophies for
everyone. would you rather win 19 and go tournament x or the u.s. open? >> it's the ultimate humbling course. >> that putt was second take, but i'll give you that. >> bill: will you give me another challenge later on? >> yeah, for a dollar. hey, sandra. >> sandra: i'm taking notes, okay, a couple of things, nice putting stroke. that was a cop-out. but i want to see you step up and take a full swing, buddy. >> hang on. i've got a little something for you next hour then. >> sandra: i call justin johnson to win, so i'll take a win right there. wear your golf cleats to wear the course. build your next big thing to run in more places, without recoding. the ibm cloud. the cloud for smarter business.
>> sandra: it is the top of the hour and it has been a very busy news morning. the president dropping in on "fox & friends" for impromptu interview that turned into almost an hour-long news conference after the explosive release of the report of the f.b.i. handling of the clinton e-mail investigation. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. there he is. mr. bill hemmer. >> bill: the struggle is real. hey, sandra. good morning. second round is well underway. a struggle, right? really tough out here. shinnecock hills played so difficult yesterday. there is more of a challenge today but it's entirely different today than yesterday. give you a look at the first fairway right behind us here in southampton, new york. we had beautiful sunshine
yesterday. a lot of wind in the afternoon kicking up. 25 miles per hour. the wind is not the problem today. it's all the fog and the overcast and the rain. just how difficult the usga can take an already difficult golf course and change it overnight to challenge the best players in the world. that is what we are seeing already here at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. remember, we are 100 miles due east from manhattan, new york city. that is like getting in your car and driving 100 miles out in the ocean. you never know what the weather can be like out here. it's quite a scene here at shinnecock hills. it's quite a scene at the white house, north lawn earlier as the president made his way through a scrum of reporters. once he got to steve doocey, calling out james comey, president called him a criminal and said he did a great service by firing him. this is after the bombshell report from the inspector general found comey violated d.o.j. policies in the clinton e-mail investigation. here is part of that today.
>> president trump: they were plotting against my election. probably has never happened like that in terms of intelligence or anything else. they were plotting against my election. i'm proud because i beat the clinton dynasty, i beat bush dynasty. now i guess hopefully i'm in the process of beating dishonest intelligence. >> sandra: we have live fox team coverage. catherine herridge in washington. byron york standing by. we begin with kevin corke life at -- live at the white house where the action took place. what stood out to you in the president's comments? >> can we run them back? we could eat up an hour entire of programming. it was incredible to watch. i think his comments about the i.g. report will receive top billing because as he looked back at it, sandra, clearly the president had strong opinions about what we all read yesterday. he said people in the f.b.i. in terms of rank and file are great people.
he out touted his popularity amg them. he said the people at the top're with the -- top were "horrible." he said there was no widespread bias against president trump and that is something he took issue with. listen here. >> president trump: the end result was wrong. there was bias. look at peter strozk and what he said about me and look at comey and all his moves. i guess, it's interesting. a pretty good report. then i say that the i.g. blew it at the end with the statement. >> he says they blew it because he feels like there was bias and plenty of occasions when some agents like peter strozk profess the disdain for the president's candidacy and the support for hillary clinton in the e-mail probe which by the way strozk happened to lead that probe. so it's interesting to hear the president's take on that. one of many topics we heard
him talk about this morning. >> sandra: on the topic of north korea, kevin, the president suggested he would be in contact with officials there over the weekend. and that thanks to dialogue we are on the road to a safer world. what can you tell us about what he said there? >> he has been consistent to this degree. he feels like as long as we are talking we are all safer. i think it's difficult to argue with that. to follow up on what you said he said yes i'll talk to my officials on the ground in contact with the north koreans and with the representatives from pyongyang. that is how he plans to spend his father's day weekend. a working weekend for him. he was pressed to explain his eagerness to establish a dialogue with kim jong un and he said this. >> president trump: i can only speak to the fact we signed an incredible agreement and it's great for them, too. because north korea can now develop and become a great country economically.
it can become whatever they want but there weren't be nuclear weapons and they won't be aimed at you and your family. >> wow! all this on ra day we learned the administration has $50 billion in tariff headed china's day. just another quiet day for you here. >> sandra: kevin corke. happy friday to you. thank you for that. >> thank you. >> bill: so many headlines from the 51-minute period of time that the president spent on the north lawn in the interview earlier today. he followed up with the reporters after that. fired up after the release of the d.o.j. report on the clinton e-mail matter. the president going after the top f.b.i. agents named in the document saying they were plotting against him, his campaign, his election. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge picks up the story from there live in washington. good morning to you. >> good morning. as part of the ongoing forensic review they found text message last month in the inspector general overall investigation and that is the one that suggests the f.b.i. agent peter strozk may have acted for political reasons
much later than was initially believed in the clinton e-mail case. in august 2016, f.b.i. lawyer lisa page wrote, "trump is not ever going to become president, right, right?" and strozk replied "no, no he won't. we'll stop it." the dates matter because late 2016 they found e-mail on a laptop computer shared by the clinton aide and her husband that was a separate investigation in new york city. the inspector general said strozk dragged his feet and no action was taken until two weeks before the election when the f.b.i. director james comey reopened the e-mail case. based on the text, the inspector general said he was not confident strozk's decision to prioritize the russia case over the clinton e-mails was free of political bias. but some republicans believe political bias was a much larger factor in the f.b.i.'s handling of the clinton e-mail. >> now we see the whole process of the investigation
was handled with extreme bias and host of questionable actions. people need to be held accountable. >> in 2017, f.b.i. inspection team came in and did a clean team review of the clinton e-mail case and part of the report was uncovered by the inspector general and it states without qualification that the clinton e-mails were compromised and fell into the wrong hands. deep inside the report on page 144 it says classified information was improperly stored and transmitted on clinton e-mail server and classified information compromised by unauthorized individuals to include -- this is very important -- foreign intelligence or government services by cyber intrusion or other means. that matters because former f.b.i. director james comey said they did not prosecute clinton or her team for mishandling classified information because they never found intent and never publicly said there was evidence of a compromise.
the finding of the i.g. report may change the calculus, bill. >> bill: you are setting up a lot of interesting questions for what comes on monday and tuesday when they have the hearing on the hill. and the i.g. michael horowitz is a witness that day. i will be very interesting. thank you in washington. back to sandra. >> sandra: let's bring in byron york and the fox news contributor. thank you for being here this morning. they make a great point. next up we hear from horowitz. that will be important to see where it goes. but for now we have had a chance to look at the report and see the president react to it. >> remember in the last week or so we saw reports that democrats were worried that the president might be able to use the results of the upcoming i.g. report in his own defense in the trump russia matter. they were right. the report really shows the f.b.i. was infected with bias in this trump russia
investigation. the president has been pointing it out already this morning. his defenders will be pointing it out all the time. that will underlie a lot of the questions that the lawmakers ask michael horowitz when he is on capitol hill next week. >> sandra: the president says the report totally exonerates him. does it? >> no, it doesn't totally exonerate him but anytime someone is under investigation for something, when you claim that the investigators are biased, that is a powerful accusation in our system. remember the president is running a two-track defense. on the legal side, his attorney emmet flood is running it. we never hear him say a word in public. never. on the political side, rudy giuliani is running it. this morning, the president himself is running it and he is making a lot of statements about the motivations that underlie the trump-russia probe. you have to remember some of the people involved with the trump russia probe who are mentioned in the report as having anti-trump bias were
with the mueller probe, too. >> sandra: here is the president reacting to this, this morning. watch. >> president trump: the report yesterday may be more importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me. there was no collusion. there was no obstruction. and if you read the report you will see that. >> sandra: he was asked about what this means for the mueller investigation. he was asked would he be firing him. he said no. but there are major conflicts of interest. what are the implications of this report on the mueller investigation, byron? >> we all believe that if it comes to that, the resolution of the mueller investigation will be political. mueller is not going to charge the president with some crime and make hip show up in court with a -- make him show up in court with a plea. he would give information that would eventually make its way to congress which would decide to impeach the president or not. of course, if the democrats were to win the house of representatives in november, that might be a pretty good chance.
so, this is part of the president's political defense and the political process of impeachment, which is look. those guys who are coming after me, they were filled with the bias against me. that is why they did this. >> sandra: byron, great to see you. thank you. >> thank you, sandra. >> bill: president trump slamming the conclusions on the watchdog report. a bit earlier today he called the acts of james comey criminal. you will hear that in a moment. >> president trump: the end result was wrong. there was total bias. when you look at peter strozk and what he said about me, the i.g. report was a hor -- horror show. >> bill: that is beginning of the commentary, lashing out at peter strozk and lisa page. and chris stewart is standing by and we will get his reaction to figure out what is next in this. the story with the president drawing a line in the sand as the house is ready to vote on two competing immigration bills and whit he may turn his
back on one option despite the support of some republican leaders. we'll explain coming up. >> president trump: you know what lottery is? you pick names to come in the country. when a country gives names, they are not giving us their finest. we are taking people, it's not good. we have to end that. we have to end a couple of them.
and i'm not even talking about the report. i'm talking about long before the report. peter strozk should have been fired a long time ago. >> sandra: president trump slamming f.b.i. agent peter strozk this morning as revelations from the justice department i.g. report continue to reverberate in washington. congressman chris stewart serves on the house intelligence committee an he joins us now. congressman, thank you for your time this morning. >> good morning. >> sandra: first off, i want to ask you about that. the president is making it clear he doesn't think that strozk should have a job and he should have been fired a long time ago. what do you think? >> if i were the f.b.i. director and i had subordinates participate in the animus toward the person they are investigating, i certainly would have made a change. i tell you, the i.g. report, no one looks good in this. from loretta lynch to lisa page and everyone in between. but particularly, director comey and his leadership has been called into question in
this report. >> sandra: as we all wake up this morning and continue through the day up through now this has been a highly anticipated report. particularly, by republicans. how does it change thingsow, congressman? what happens going forward as we await horowitz's testimony? >> i don't know if it changes things as much as it cements things. on the left or right, republican, democrat, i think it cements the impression some of the agents participated in the behavior that is unacceptable. it's unacceptable for any agent in any field office to engage in this type of conversation. but particularly and it's so important to realize these were agents involved in the investigation. they were supposed to maintain a position of not being biased. not being emotionally involved with it. i have to come back to director comey and his leadership as well. look, he has been called
"insubordinate." i agree with that. but it's deeper than that. you have fostering a culture of leaking, of agents reaching out to dozens of media personalities they are becoming friends with, giving gifts and taking and receiving gifts. the director himself set the stage in some of his own leaking. look, i defended the director for many, many years. over the past year it's indefensible what has happened under the f.b.i., under his leadership. i have had f.b.i. agents reach out to me and say that is not us. that is not the rest of us. we don't feel that way. many of them need to be defended. >> sandra: that is the way the president feels. early this morning in an interview on fox news he talked about james comey being the ring leader when it comes to this. here that is. >> all the people like strozk, what he did was criminal. strozk and so many others. mccabe. >> you mean the bias? >> president trump: they all work for comey. comey knew everything that was
going. they are all going against each other. i think comey was the wring leader of the den of -- ring leader of the den of thieves. >> sandra: that sounds similar to what we heard from you, congressman. >> i have been saying this for a long time. the f.b.i. and the depart of justice are maybe center right organization. how is it under loretta lynch and director comey, they surrounded themselves with political activists? it's like half of the resistance came from the senior leadership of the f.b.i. they are marching with them nearly. they created a culture that was not only accepted but expected it would seem. these individuals had strong political views and they express views in an area they should not have. >> sandra: rudy giuliani says that in the wake of the report congressman, the mueller probe needs to be suspended. what are your thoughts there? >> yeah, i'm going to
respectfully agree to disagree. i always said the mueller probe should continue. i hope it goes as quickly as possible. we owe that to the american people. but the special prosecutor does have a challenge. and that is he has allowed some within his circle, those working with him, who we know now expressed very divided opinions against the person they are tasked to investigate. i don't know why it happened. there are hundreds of qualified lawyers in d.c. that could have been selected. why is it that the preponderance of them are active in the democratic politics? but mr. mueller has to manage that. no question about it. he can't ignore it. he has to justify that to maintain the credibility of his own work. >> sandra: congressman stewart, i applaud you. i can't imagine it was easy to talk over all that summer but a summer friday in washington. there is a lot of families taking the tour there. we thank you for your time this morning, sir. >> good to be with you. thank you. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: nice. nicely done.
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it begins perhaps nine of the most difficult golf holes you will play in your life here. u.s. open, 118 times. five of which happened here at shinnecock hills. southampton, new york, all weekend long. >> bill: that was yesterday. what a difference a day makes today. we hope for better weather. i want you to meet a special guest. honored to introduce america to eddie merrins, known as "the little pro." famed golf instructor, enshrined in a dozen hall of fame. best way to describe him is a legend. great to see you. welcome to shinnecock. you have been here and the way that the usga embraced us at fox and the fans that have come out. this is great to see. >> let me tell you about the usga. i have known them since 1949 when i played in the u.s. junior at congressional.
they are the greatest group of people i know in any walk of life. all they do is give, give, give to the great game called "golf" and they ask nothing in return. most of the people working on the tournament do so at their own expense. believe it or not. it's unusual. they are a terrific group of people who make the game what we enjoy day after day. >> bill: so well stated. we have seen hundreds of volunteers, too. a big event to put this on. big effort as well. this course is a challenge. >> one of the greats. >> bill: how do you think it is going so far? >> it's every bit as anticipate and every bit as advertised. more to come. >> bill: yeah. yesterday was big because of the wind. this is always a factor here at shinnecock. we have a little less of it today. but the challenge is still out there. give us a sense of what they
would do to the course overnight to change the course for the players? >> they can't do much to change it at this point. they did that in '94, i think it was. the weather switch and they got caught up in the switch. they don't want to do it again. they are ready for this. whatever the weather may be, shinnecock will hold its own. you can bet on that. >> bill: when you think of the great places you have been and played. we had pictures of you back in the day with arnold palmer and others. where do you think the course ranks, eddie? >> it has to be in your top ten, whatever you want to start. you can think of pebble beach or augusta. shinnecock is likely in the first five. it deserves that. tremendous golf course. it appeals to any taste. >> bill: yeah.
eddie i agree with you 1,000%. i'll go more. 9 through 18 are the ten best consecutive golf holes in the world. what a challenge it is. >> i haven't thought about it that way but you might well be right. >> bill: it's great to see you. >> great to see you. >> bill: eddie merrins. i look forward to staying in touch with you. >> thank you. >> bill: thank you to everybody at the usga. >> absolutely. yes. >> bill: catch the entire u.s. open coverage at fs1 and the fox broadcast network. yesterday, today, all the way through sunday. live at shinnecock hills in southampton, new york. wow! it's awesome. more to come. eddie, thank you so much. back to sandra in new york. >> sandra: that was great, bill. thank you for that. brand new reaction meanwhile to the bombshell i.g. report. president trump slamming the ousted f.b.i. director. why trump says the country should thank him for firing james comey. >> what he did was so bad in terms of our constitution.
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clinton was not prosecuted and what happened with the decisions. despite finding that james comey violated department policy. the disclosure, the anti-trump text messages between two top f.b.i. officials. my next guest addresses all of this the column today "insubordination and bias at the f.b.i." in the "wall street journal." kimberly wrote it. welcome. good morning to you. >> hey. >> bill: i read your piece. >> good morning. >> bill: it's interesting. it's very involved and pointed i would say. what do you think you learned from this yesterday, kimberly? >> i think there is a couple of things. a lot of the headlines are focused on james comey and his actions but they were well-known and easy to criticize. they were why he was fired and justifiably so. this is a scathing portrayal of the wider culture of the f.b.i. and the department of justice. we hear about the numerous
member of the leadership in contact with the press and leaking. we have assistant attorneys general we find out were tipping off the clinton campaign even as they were involved in the clinton criminal investigation. they were made to recuse themselves and they didn't follow the rules about recusal. this goes on and on in terms of this cultural that seems to feel it does not need to abide by the rules that it imposes on everybody else. >> bill: yeah, here is my question then going forward. the next phase in the story. we are going to get a lot of interesting material on monday and tuesday when the i.g. have hearings in the senate and the house, monday and tuesday respectively. this is in the rear-view mirror, it's water under the bridge. you can't change comey's decision or the decision on the hillary clinton e-mail matter. the election is already over. but the one thing that is consistent going forward is peter strozk. if he is running the russia
investigation for nine or 12 months what decisions was he making in the f.b.i. to direct agents within the f.b.i. to pursue certain investigative matters? that is the connection and the thread that takes you away from this report and ties you to the next report on russia. and possibly with the mueller matter in between. if i have that right, do you agree or not? >> absolutely. when you have peter strozk as the i.g. did in this sending a text message and his girlfriend says, "oh, my god, is donald trump really going to be president?" he said no, no he won't, we won't let that happen. that is essentially what he says. there is bias. for ozeout there saying there is not bias in this report, that is not true. the i.g. provided numerous examples. terrifying examples of incredible bias by many different agents. these people as you say were the same people that
seamlessly moved over and started work on the trump russia investigation. and also became the basis for the special counsel investigation. bob mueller. so you cannot say that this is not related, that these are not leaked. >> bill: i apologized to interrupt you but i want to squeeze in one more point. if you are in a court of law as a lawyer you argue that the witness is tainted and can no longer be trusted. that is what you will hear and rudy giuliani started already last night. you will hear that from republicans on the hill. so watch that story. but answer this. president trump said earlier today the report "totally exonerates me. no collusion, no obstruction." do we know that in this report? is it an entire con -- exoneration? >> we don't. >> bill: do we need the next report to declare that? >> we do. by the way, i think the i.g. did a very thorough job on this. he looked at things in a straightforward way and he put
facts out there. that is what the american public has been missing is more details. what we do know from this report is what we just said, that some of the key players look to have been politically motivated. they were the ones that started to look at the trump russia collusion question. they were involved. look, peter strozk was the one that went to london to interview the australian diplomat. he was key, central to so many of the questions that began this trump-russia collusion story. now, we don't know necessarily where all that leads in terms of the next i.g. report. but we know that some of the central players seem to have a political animus as they began this project. >> bill: well, i don't know if we are in middle or near the end. i don't know if we are in the beginning of a new chapter in this story but likely we are. kim, thank you for your time. thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today. >> sandra: a u.s. drone strike in afghanistan reportedly killing a leader of
the pakistani taliban. the afghan defense ministry says the man was traveling in a vehicle with several fighters when it was struck by a missile near the afghani-pakistan border. we are live with this story. >> reporter: the officials say the attack took place earlier this week. fazlullah, mullah fazlullah who you were talking about there, has been for a very long time at the top of the pakistan's most wanted list. two of his perhaps mu -- most audacious attack ordered the assassination of malala yousafzai in 2012. at that time she was a teenager. but already an active campaigner for girls right to education. she was on a school bus when the attackers got on the bus and shot her in the face and the neck. but as you probably know she went on and won the nobel peace prize in 2014. the other audacious attack that fazlullah was behind was
an attack on a school in 2014 in peshawar where at least 140 kids and their teachers were killed. now, a little bit of context. the u.s. military saying that the drone attack that took place earlier this week in afghanistan actually happened just a few hours before a three-day cease-fire between the taliban on the one hand and the afghan military and the u.s. military by extension on the other hand. let's think about that for a second. the u.s. military is in afghanistan. we have about 15,000 troops there. it's been going on there for 16 years. so this happened just before that cease-fire went into place. a little context for you that the war there continues but an apparent victory for the u.s. and the afghan military. >> sandra: thank you for covering that story for us from london. thank you, ryan. >> bill: in a moment here, we have an immigration showdown. is one coming on capitol hill? we are about to find out on
that. >> president trump: i am looking at both of them. i wouldn't sign the moderate one. i need a bill to give the country tremendous border security. >> bill: so is the president close to fulfilling a big campaign promise? arizona republican senate candidate dr. kelli ward is live on that coming up next. also, who won this tug-of-war? i mean, this is a triple trouble. what is going on there? we'll tell you.
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cat to budge. she says i'm not going anywhere. people underestimate the strength of the wild animals but the game is good stimulation for the big cats apparently. good luck with that. >> sandra: do not mess with mother nature. do not mess with an animal like that. love it. >> president trump: it seems that strong on immigration wins now. the democrats, by the way, are very weak on immigration. they are afraid of security for the country. they're afraid of a wall. although i must tell you most people now want the wall. they want to stop the drugs. they want to stop a lot of people coming in that shouldn't be here. >> sandra: president trump lashing out at democrats for not coming to the table on immigration while reaffirming his commitment to build that border wall. in the chat with steve doocy this morning on the white house lawn. this is as the house is considering a sweeping immigration proposal that will include visas for dreamers and funding for the wall.
the president says he will only sign a bill that is tremendous on the border security. joining me now republican senate candidate in arizona, dr. kelli ward. she is running for the seat of retiring senator jeff flake. dr. ward, thank you for your time this morning. >> good morning. it's great to be here with you. >> sandra: you had a chance to hear what the president had to say standing out on the lawn this morning outside the white house. what are your thoughts? what does the immigration showdown look like as we head into this? >> i think we have to learn from mistake of past. when ronald reagan was president, he was convinced to grant amnesty to millions. and then he trusted congress to secure the border later. i have been told it was one of his biggest regrets as president. we have to do this in the right order. first and foremost we have to secure the border. we have to stop illegal immigration and that means we have to build the wall. >> sandra: this is what the president is pushing for and i want to first listen to jeff
sessions. the president's attorney general talking about the previous administration speaking of what we can learn. listen. >> the previous administration wouldn't prosecute aliens who entered the country with children. it was de facto open boards if you came with children. more and more aliens started showing up at the border with children. >> sandra: get your response, dr. ward. >> the trump administration decided to start enforcing our laws. you have to remember that people who bring children across multiple countries to come to our border -- >> sandra: dr. ward, sometimes this happens. i'm so sorry to be rude and do this but i have to cut you off. we have breaking news. >> no worries. >> sandra: we'll have you back. thank you. >> bill: this may or may not have been expected but paul manafort's bail has been revoked. we don't have much information on it. details coming in from the courthouse, district court in washington, d.c. we thought there would be
action today on manafort's matter but we weren't sure what the judge would do or what was before the judge. there had been questions at least publicly about how manafort was or was not cooperating. and two weeks ago you might remember there was a story out there about witness tampering. question to whether or not he was making phone calls with some people over in the ukraine and whether or not bob mueller's team thought it was a fair call on his part or whether or not he was trying to impede or intrude on the investigation. we will find out momentarily what the cause for this is. the headline is just one word at the moment. "revoked." that is his bail. we don't know how it affects him or his sense of freedom. you might remember in the first case many months ago when he was before the judge arguing for his own freedom. and there were conditions given. at one point he was told to wear a monitor. there were questions about a travel risk based on the money he has in the bank. and all that had been taken
into the consideration on behalf of the judge and argued strenuously on behalf of manafort's attorney. but here is the ruling from the court a moment ago. manafort with his bail revoked depending what his lawyer argues. and the judge orders after that. you could see paul manafort going to a jail cell by the end of the day. we will be in touch with our producer inside the courtroom in a moment here sandra, in washington, d.c. >> sandra: yeah, so he will go to jail. the judge ultimately deciding. his bail has been revoked. this is what we have at this point. but heading into this, of course, we know that the ex-trump campaign manager paul manafort, he has been sent to jail now as the judge is revoking his bail after witness tempering was the charge by the special counsel robert mueller. obviously as we see images of him heading into the courthouse. he pleaded not guilty to that witness tampering.
these were charges that were recently filed by the probably counsel robert mueller. mueller is asking, has been asking the federal judge to either revoke manafort's $10 billion and jail him pending trial or tighten his conditions of the pretrial release. well now we know that judge has ultimately decided and ruled to send paul manafort to jail pending trial. so this is just coming in the newsroom right now. this is coming straight out of the courthouse. so paul manafort will go to jail. the judge ultimately determined. bill, if you are still with me, the president told reporters this morning, "manafort has nothing to do with our campaign." he went on to say by nearly 100 days the amount of time, the -- okay. so this was the president weighing in this morning as you mentioned. he stopped and talked to steve doocy in front of cameras
outside the white house, impromptu interview. shortly after he answered the questions of reporters. that was the president weighing in this morning on paul manafort. "he had nothing to do with our campaign," the president said firmly. bill, as we continue to get this news out of the courthouse -- oh, we have doug mckelway live now outside the courthouse. doug as we learn this. >> can you repeat? i barely caught that. >> sandra: we are just getting the news now that the judge has determined that paul manafort will go to jail and his bail has been revoked. what else do we know? >> that is right. that is all that we have learned at this point. there is a gag order in effect for the trial so we don't expect paul manafort's attorney to say anything. he made no mention of anything at all upon his entrance to the courtroom at 9:30 this morning. they entered from the other side of the courtroom, the east side. he made no statement at that time.
we expect nothing more after that. bail has been revoked as of this moment in time, as we speak. it means that paul manafort is going to be detained until his trial date in september. it also means that his separate parallel trial which will occur in virginia in mid-august will mean he will have to make an appearance in that courtroom while he is in detention in the district of columbia. obviously a very bad outcome as far as mr. manafort is concerned. let me just give you background on what brought us to this. this is a new indictment that mr. mueller handed down last friday. he determined that mr. manafort and an associate of his, a russian national, were accused of witness tampering. in effect mueller believed that the two texted, made calls to and encrypted messages to two people with the hapsburg group. a political outfit in europe
that mr. mueller alleges was trying to influence the united states politicians for interest of the ukrainian politicians with the links to russia. in court filings last friday, manafort's attorney said that the new charges looked any merit. and they wrote at that time on friday, "the text messages cited by the special counsel do not establish any witness tampering and that manafort's limited communications cannot be fairly read either factually or legally to reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness." the judge in this case obviously found differently. she decided to revoke bond and send mr. manafort into detention immediately. that is where things stand right now. back to you. >> sandra: all right. doug mckelway, thank you. this federal judge has revokedman a manafort's bail and sent him to jail. this happened moments ago and he will await trial. the judge cited in the new charges of manafort tried to
influence the testimony of two of the government's witnesses after he had been granted bail. and this, of course, is the president's former campaign chairman. he had been allowed to post a $10 million bond and remain at home while he was awaiting his september trial on these charges, including money laundering and false statements but that now, of course, all changes as we have learned that the decision has been revoked from the courtroom. bill? >> bill: one thing to keep in mind here. this case as the president said earlier today does not have anything to do with him at the moment. or if at all. the case against manafort was money laundering. and the charges that went against him he was taking money from ukraine and shipping it to cyprus and eventually the united states of america. we are in southampton, new york. if you drive down the street five miles you will arrive in bridge hampton.
that is where paul manafort owns a home. if you read through the legal findings against manafort you find some of the accusations accuse him of using that home in bridge hampton, new york, to funnel money out of cyprus through new york. some of the charges against him are working through a landscape service to the tune of $500,000-$600,000. i can't remember the exact number off the top of my head. that is what the mueller team is going for. you can make a case he is trying to squeeze manafort to get to the president. but so far we don't have evidence that that is happening either. but news today, it perhaps changes the case for manafort. but we do not know and it's not clear at all how it may or may not change the case against president donald trump. sandra? >> sandra: there you have it. we have a live look outside the courthouse there. the u.s. district courthouse in washington.
just before the 12:00 noon hour here. as a judge has now ordered paul manafort to be jailed before trial. citing the new obstruction charges. the president weighed in on this, this morning when asked by reporters about his former campaign manager. here is what he had to say leading up to this. >> president trump: you know, paul manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. he worked for ronald reagan, bob dole and john mccain, his firm did, he worked for many republicans. he worked for me what? for 49 days or something. a very short period of time. i feel badly for some people. they have gone back 12 years to find things about somebody. >> sandra: that was the president weighing in, of course, ahead of the decision being made. paul manafort, to remind you, had been allowed to post $10 million bond. he was staying at home awaiting the trial to happen in september. but the charges that he faces including money laundering and false statements.
he is charged with failing to disclose lobbying efforts to the justice department as required, lying to department officials who questioned him. he is accused of laundering $30 million in income he received over a nine-year period for lobbying. and his political party and successor. paul manafort, the president's former campaign head will now go to jail. bill? >> bill: and it's important to keep in mind, too, here what the president said about the charges from 12 years ago. he is right about that. it goes back 13 years now, to 2005. but from the first day when kevin downing the original attorney for paul manafort went before a judge and then came out on the sidewalk to greet reporters ands make that declarative statement about the president's innocence on the russia matter. now what manafort's attorney argued from day one is that the scope of this current case far exceeds that by law for
the special prosecutor. that being bob mueller. and alan dershowitz, a man we have gone to on numerous occasions for many months to figure out the legal hurdles and the hoops we must understand here. that is dershowitz's point also, that the investigation has exceeded a law that was set up on behalf of the special prosecutor. maybe ultimately the argument wins. so far it has not. but that was from day one in front of the judge, that was the case that manafort was making. >> sandra: a little bit more about that coming in to us as he has been ordered to jail paul manafort. the decision was made by the u.s. district judge amy berman jackson. after new charges were brought forward. this, by the way, is the first trump campaign official, to remind everybody, to be jailed as part of the robert mueller investigation. his attorneys, paul manafort's attorneys have argued that manafort did not do anything wrong. and accused prosecutors of
conjuring a, "sinister plot out of innocuous contacts with witnesses." and now paul manafort goes to jail. he will wait there until he sees the two trials that he has over the next couple of months. one as late as september. he has been on house arrest facing several felony charges related to his ukrainian political work and money he funneled through offshore accounts, of course. >> bill: this is important to remind us that the case that bob mueller bringing for manafort shown up in two courtrooms. one in washington, d.c. another in northern virginia. there is a question as to whether or not the mueller team was trying to find a favorable courtroom to begin pursuing their case. at the moment that is neither here nor there. if you are paul manafort you are wondering about your own freedom. if this ruling stands and we see paul manafort go into a
courtroom that eventually leads to a jailhouse cell by the end of the day, the case against him has gone to a new level. how does that relate to the president? how does that relate to the white house? that is undetermined right now. i would expect to see, sandra, i would expect to see paul manafort's attorney come public and come in front of a microphone to give us a sense of where they are in the case now and whether or not they made an appeal to the judge to keep him out of jail earlier today. but you are right to say it was about a month ago where there was an allegation that paul manafort was tampering with witnesses in the ukraine to try to influence them. or find out information from them as to what the prosecutors were looking for. so we will get a little more of that, again, as the story unravels here from district court in washington, d.c. >> sandra: a lot more coming up on that. paul manafort going to jail pending trial. that news just coming in. i'm sure that story will continue to develop. meanwhile, bill hemmer, you are signing off from the u.s. open on long island. >> bill: it's been
beautiful. it's not over yet. it's only day two. i could not give curtis strange on tv because of the breaking news. >> sandra: enjoy your weekend. >> bill: save it for another day. >> sandra: thank you for joining us for the first week in studio "j." "outnumbered" starts now. this is a fox news alert. president trump loading on the d.o.j. internal watchdog report calling it a horror show and accusing the f.b.i. of total bias. this is "outnumbered." i'm kimberly guilfoyle. here today co-host of the "fox & friends" weekend, abby huntsman. senior huntsman. republican strategist and senior fellow for the independent women's voice, lisa boothe, jessica tarlov and chris is outnumbered. >> happy friday. >> busy man. >> and nothing to