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make choices that are the wrong choices. and what can happen if people make choices that are the right choices. what can happen when people stand up in the face of evil? >> it can because of the holocaust that the phrase crimes against humanity was created. the yearly conference works to ensure that we never have to create another one. shannon? >> shannon: lauren green, thank you. very important story. well, the iowa supreme court has struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. the justices said the restriction was an unconstitutional burden on women. they also noted the waiting period could force delays, increase costs and, in some cases, prevent a woman from legally obtaining an abortion. up next, our whatever happened to segment on benghazi. first, beyond our borders tonight. vice president mic pence is telling the governments of three central american countries they must do more to stop migrants who enter the u.s. illegally.
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pence said, quote: the exodus must end. he spoke with the leaders of honduras, el salvador and guatemala thursday in guatemala city. secretary of state mike pompeo met today with saudi arabia's energy minister as the u.s. pushes for its gulf allies to increase oil supplies. it's part of the administration's effort to isolate iran by hurting its oil industry. the european union issued a stark assessment of the gridlocked brexit talks today saying there has been no substantial progress on the key issue of the irish border. the union is advising its member nations to ramp up their preparations for the possibility that britain could crash out of the block without a deal. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we'll be right back.
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♪ >> shannon: in tonight's whatever happened to segment, the benghazi story the events in libya almost
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six years ago and in washington ever since cost lives. shaped history and influenced the political fortunes of some very important people. here's "special report" anchor bret baier. >> bret: september 11th, 2012, 11 years after the 9/11 attacks. a mob storms the u.s. compound in benghazi. at the end of the night, four americans are dead. sean smith, ambassador chris stevens, tyrone woods, and glen daughtery. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. >> bret: the obama administration promised to bring the killers to justice but during the election year administration officials and the president himself refused to say for days whether the brutal attack was planned or an act of terrorism. >> any regrets about producing the film? instead at first placing the blame squarely on anti-muslim video made by an american. >> best information and the best assessment we have
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today, this is a response to a hateful and offensive video. it began spontaneously in benghazi. a direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated. this is something -- >> bret: we would later learn the comments by then united nations ambassador susan rice on all five sunday talk shows were met with shock by state department employees. but those comments were backed up by secretary of state hillary clinton who maintained it was unclear at the time what was behind the attack. later an email she wrote to her daughter surfaced. an email written within hours of the assault that makes no mention of the video and, instead, blames a, quote al qaeda-like group. >> this was the fog of war. you know, my own assessment careened from, you know, the video had something to do with it the video had nothing to do with it. >> fox news tried to track down the man who made that
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video. the last time he was interviewed in 2016, he was living in a homeless shelter in california and told fox news he doesn't believe in democracy anymore. it was the administration's initial blaming the video, the time line of events that led up to the attack and word that ambassador stevens himself warned that the security situation in benghazi was deteriorating fast, that fueled a host of investigations. the first was the state department's own 39-page unclassified report that stopped short of implicating secretary of state clinton for any wrongdoing but did find a breakdown in senior leadership and four employees were taken off the job for several months. before being reassigned. >> awe fixed it at the assistant secretary level which is in our view the appropriate place to look, where the decision-making, in fact, takes place. where if you like the
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rubber, hits the road. >> bret: 8 congressional committees would investigate the breakdown in benghazi over four years. >> was it because a protest or guys out for a walk one night who decided they would go kill some americans. what difference, at this point does it make? >> bret: louse select committee on trey gowdy says his committee set out to seek answers not to be involved in the politics of it. >> i wanted to debunk myths to thextent there were myths there what we were doing there and chris stevens was doing there more than anything else, i wanted toot least be able to tell chris stevens and sean smith and smith and glen daugherty's loved ones this is what happened that night, the early morning hours to your loved one and it a story of heroism that you should be eternally proud of. >> bret: republicans on the committee released their findings in june of 2016 without the endorsement of democrats. during the heat of hillary clinton's presidential run. >> there is a special place
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in hell for people like her and i hope she enjoys it there. >> parents of victims sean smith and ty woods have been vocal about placing blame on hillary clinton for the failures in benghazi and sued the former secretary of state alleging negligence and defamation. in march, a d.c. court reaffirmed an earlier court's decision to dismiss those claims. >> i have totally forgiven everyone that's involved with the death of my son. >> bret: as for bringing those directly responsible for the deaths of four americans to justice, almost two years after the benghazi terror attacks, a suspect is now in custody. >> special forces capture you had the man believed to be the ringleader of the attack ahmed abu a tall la 2014. a man who been hiding in plain sights for months. >> it's important to send a message to the world. when americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.
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>> bret: wednesday, khatallah was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being found guilty last november on just four of the 18 counts he faced. late last year president trump announced the capture of a second suspect mustafa alli mam saying he will face justice in his role in the attack. he has pleaded not guilty. today, if you go to the fbi website, they are still asking for information about individuals who may have been on the grounds on the mission in benghazi when it was attacked. bret baier, fox news. >> shannon: we now know when president trump will announce his pick for the supreme court. we'll get some thoughts you from the panel on who it might be when we come back ♪ ♪ intelligence, covering virtually every part of your manufacturing business. & so this won't happen. because you've made sure this sensor and this machine are integrated. & she can talk to him, & yes...
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>> we will begin our search for a new justice of the united states supreme court that will begin immediately. and hopefully we're going to pick somebody who will be as outstanding. >> we have to pick a great one. we have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years. 45 years we need intellect. we need so many things. so many elements go into the making of a great justice of the supreme court you got to hit every one of them. >> shannon: talk about it
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with our panel because we know when this is allegedly going to happen. steve hayes, editor and chief for the "weekly standard." mollie hemingway senior editor at "the federalist" and david catanese senior writer for "u.s. news and world report." good to see awful you. so, steve today he says july 9th is a week from monday. we know because they have had this list for a long time. he has already interviewed some of these folks. that's kind of like rocket docket material to pick a justice in a week and a half. >> i think they are working back from the fall. mitch mcconnell made very clear he wants this done. president trump wants this done by october. justice seated by october conceivably i think it's a priority. mitch mcconnell has been planning for this moment for years. he has been working with the white house for years. he has cleared much of the senate schedule to address this and other judicial vacancies. we know this is mitch mcconnell's top priority. it's something that he has been looking at doing going back before the election of donald trump. so, i think donald trump is probably wise to move as quickly as he is going to
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move. and whatever mitch mcconnell can do to accelerate the senate schedule he ought to do that too. >> shannon: not all senators are on board as we know. senator dianne feinstein the ranking member of the senate judiciary committee has a lot to do with this, here is what she says about moving forward. >> as you sow, so you reap. i think we have a plain plan. and it will be announced by the democratic leader at an appropriate time. but, this is a very serious situation. and no one should under estimate it. >> sandra: democrats are pushing back you have to fill a seat in election year. have to hold it open until after the election. you can't fill it well, we mental that in presidential election years. she says they have a plan. i don't know what democrats are planning to do. >> mitch mcconnell didn't just say that last night. he said that throughout 2016. the question wasn't whether every election year is the same but whether presidents should have the right to pick their nominee.
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so whether you think that what mitch mcconnell did in 2016 was a good idea or bad very clear and explicitly clear so were the people who supported his plan that was about presidential election years. democrats are in a tough place right now. there are republicans who might go squishy on a nominee from donald trump but you have a 4r069 democrats who are running in states that donald trump won overwhelmingly who will have voters lived if they do not support any qualified candidate that donald trump puts forth. >> shannon: we think about the joe marchs of th manchins. other on the left the idea of roe v. wade. justice kennedy had been protective of abortion rights. replacing him you say it's a republican president replacing a republican nominee but it could be very different in his case on these social issues. i want to play something that now president trump said during the debate in october of 20167 ever 17 with our chris wallace
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whether he was looking for someone to overturn roe v. wade or whether that would happen. >> chris: what i'm asking you sir is do you want to see the court overturn you? just said you want to see the court protect the second amendment. do you want to see the court overturn roe v. wade. >> if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going -- that will happen. and that will happen automatically, in my opinion. because i am putting pro-life justices on the court. i will say this. it will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination. >> shannon: all right, david. he actually said today i shouldn't say that he was asked today at the gaggle and he said i'm not going to ask these potential nominees about roe v. wade because now is he getting on script saying you don't want to be pinned down on that and have the nominee go in the hearing and be asked. look, this is going to be the alamo of for the left. just the statements come out from the potential 2020 democratic senators whether it be can cam mall la harris
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although republicans had the power that barack obama and democrats never fought hard enough for merrick garland and the left want to fight on this. the republicans have the votes. i think eventually president trump will get his nominee. but it is not going to be without a hell fire fight this fall from the left. because they are -- they are i mean this is about roe v. wade. this is about choice. this is about everything. and i just think there is going to be a bigger fight than expected. sean shan well, whether or not -- whether you are pro-choice or pro-life. it is widely regarded that roe v. wade is just really horribly reasoned legal decision. so, the question isn't really about whether you support roe v. wade or not. even people pro-choice recognize it was a poorly argued judicial decision. but the question really will be about your approach to the law. are you an originalist on questions of the constitution? raw textualist on twes of the law. you don't need to ask about roe v. wade because some regard it as a horribly reasoned. >> shannon: we all know these nominees when they get
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in front of the senate judiciary committee going f. it is something difficult they will say i can't answer that that issue may be coming before me. everybody is going to be combing through every comma in their regard to see if they can find a clue for what they would do. >> just watch the two female senators lisa murkowski from alaska, susan collins. that's why you are going to see at love pressure on them. you will see democrats two republicans if they could peel them away and say no, i mean, their handling of this process is going to be interesting. do they decide to be that vote for a justice that could potentially overturn roe v. wade. there may be a lot of people that think it's poorly worded. but this is politics. and there is going to be a message from democrats saying this court. this new trump court with two new supreme court justices will overturn the right to abortion in at least 30 states. >> shannon: you have to find somebody who has never written a opinion on it or
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answered a question on that. >> even that strikes me as optimistic. the conservation here is sanguine about the possibility of a fight over somebody's actual record and the things he or she has actually written. i don't think that's what's going to happen. i think democrats we have seen already are so hysterical at the prospect of a conservative court that they're saying things that don't bear any resemblance to the truth. i mean, you have democratic or left leaning analysts making predictions about women's rights and where women are going to be and what they will have to do it's just crazy. i think that's likely to be the tone throughout this. and the debate. the real debate is going to be inside the democratic party. and it's not necessarily going to be about this position itself. it's all positioning, i think, for 2020. >> shannon: well, a lot of folks think that whomever is nominated and confirmed to the bench happens before the mid terms as is planned. it's only going to drive up the resistance and the democrats to get out the polls in the mid terms because they will not want
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to be on the wrong side of this again when it comes to them. that's it for this topic. up next friday lightning rounds. democrats vs. ice trump vs. the wto plus winners and losers. stick around ♪ sign up for new insurance instead. for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise their rates because of their first accident. liberty stands with you. liberty mutual insurance.
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>> families need our help and that is not what ice is doing today. that's why i believe you should get rid it, start over, reimagine it and building is that actually works. >> these people want to make a judgment about ice. we are enforcing the laws that they enacted. so you have a congressman or a senator saying abolish ice because they are too effective. we are out doing our sworn oath, enforcing the laws that they enacted and they are going to vilify us for doing it. >> shannon: take us back to the panel. david, i will start with you. the democrats risk going too far on alocal issue will.
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they want gang members here and open borders. dots this support his argument? >> yeah. absolutely. the democrats consultants in swing districts that worry that they have the high ground on the immigration debate within the last week regarding separation of migrant families. the pictures they felt like they won that narrative, now, going basically saying we are going to eliminate the enforcement mechanism, i think there is a risk. but, you only have a couple of senators doing. this it's gillibrand, can a cam mall lkamala harris. based on presidential politics. it's not actually going to happen and detrimental to democrats in the short-term midterm run. >> shannon: this is how the president has talked about it. let's see if it's a gift to him. >> extremists, democrat politicians have called for the complete elimination of ice. we don't want ice anymore. you know what would happen to parts of our country?
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it would be overrun with the worse criminal elements you have ever seen they just giving him a talking point. it's not that you have prominent senators number two of the democratic party keith ellison wearing a t-shirt calling for abolishment of all borders. this is happening at the time that the american public are actually supporting stronger border enforcement. strong majorities who support detention or deportation of people who trespass at the border and only 19% who support catch and release. so the number of people who actually want less than catch than release must be small. even if it helps in the primary it is not going to be an issue that resonates nationwide. >> shannon: i want to turn to another story? lightning round how the president is feeling about the world at a organization. rumors today. this is what the treasury secretary told maria bartiromo. >> the president has been clear with us and with others that he has concerns with the wto. he thinks there are aspects of it that are not fair.
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he thinks china and others have used it to their own advantage. but we are focused on free trade that's what we are focused on breaking down barriers. >> shannon: where are we on this steve. >> that's not what they're focused on. jonathan swan's report something correct on this. the president has talked about wanting to get out of the wto despite what steve mnuchin and others have said. look, i think it would be a horrendous mistake to get out of the wto. this is something that the united states set up uniquely benefits the united states. it protects our exports. talk to our greatest exporters about the wto and the work that the wto does. it keeps others from tariffs unfairly. it helps american free trade. it helps american trade and creates wealth. >> president trump was asked about it earlier today in a gaggle with reporters. he also said he had no intention of exiting the wto. but he did say he had problems with. so decisions they have made. while it is good. it's a good trade organization it also has done a lot to build up china. there was this idea 20 years
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ago if you allowed china into the world trade organization and gave them the benefits of them acting as if they are good trading partners that they might rise to the occasion. instead, they have continued all of their bad trade practices with no real good way to fight against them. so, just because the trade organizations are good does not mean that they can't be improved. >> shannon: i want to make sure we get to all of your winners and losers. this has been such a long week. i can't believe monday was just five days ago. where do you go for winners and losers, david? >> my winner is the heritage foundation. we are talking about the supreme court pick. look, they are providing the list to donald trump. 25 names. they were the ones that provided neil gorsuch and they are going to have a hand in two supreme court picks in a year and a half and it's possible that trump could get another supreme court pick. so heritage foundation, think tank in washington, d.c. is my winner. my loser is germany. knocked out of the world cup this week. and their national newspaper said it wag the biggest disgrace in world cup
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history. >> shannon: wow. >> they need some beers. >> shannon: at least they made it into the world cup. you know what i'm saying? we have something to shoot for. mollie, your winners and losers? >> the supreme court also played a big role in the winner this week unborn children and their mothers. there was a very important case where the court ruled that the state of california could not force pro-lifers to advocate for abortion against their will. and that's good that these pregnancy centers can keep helping out women and their children. and my loser for the week is never trump. it was another bad week for the never trump movement which was this movement among people on the right that said that people should not vote for donald trump and that he would be a disaster for the conservative movement for the republican party and that it was worth it to allow this election to go to hillary clinton. this week, with all the rulings in which gulch played a part and where have you another opening shows those republican voters are vindicated in their decision to gamble and choose donald trump as the president. >> shannon: lightning winners and losers? >> my winner is donald trump for an opportunity to shape the supreme court as both david and mollie have said
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and make good on promises to reluctant conservatives who did vote for him. my loser is also donald trump for casually threatening to unravel the u.s. rules based order that the united states helped construct from talking about dismantling things like nato, wto, g-7, north korea continuing its nuclear program. there are some troubling things on the horizon, i think both national security and trade. >> shannon: so fast you can be a winner and the loser in the same week. you are all winners. stick around. when we come back "notable quotables." ♪
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>> finally tonight, this week notable quotables. >> the door of capitol has been blown to pieces and the guy was holding a big shotgun, pointing the gun deep near the office. like he was targeting people. >> don the con man will say anything. he is the one that's responsible for promoting violence. >> i find it wholly ironic those who preach the most tolerance seem to be the most intolerant. >> we're the piggy bank they take from harley-davidson please build the beautiful motorcycles in the usa. >> china is cleaning our clock. they want to dominate the world economy while we have a food fight at home. >> we have ton safe. >> it's not just wrong, it is dangerous. it makes us less safe.
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>> looks like he's telling the president that he's retiring effective july 31. >> we will vote to confirm justice kennedy's successor. this fall. >> hopefully we're going to pick somebody who will be as outstanding. >> right here. >> the day we meet the majority can criticize the deputy attorney general to his face. >> whatever you got, finish it the hell up. because this country is being torn apart. >> mr. rosenstein why are you keeping information from congress. >> thank you for making it clear it's not personal. >> we hit the six-month milestone after tax reform i'm sure that's what you're reporting on. >> secretary chow saying leave my husband alone as she and they were confronted on the campus of georgetown. he says he likes her, she's tough. >> one tough lady. >> thank you, guys, that's it for "special report," i'll see you back 11:00 eastern time for fox news at night.
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"the story" hosted by march that maccallum. >> martha: thank you. tonight, we take you live to annapolis, maryland where a vigil is about to get under way as a shaken community mourns the loss of these five people. and we learn chilling new details about the killer as police confirm that he barricaded the building's back door shooting at least one victim as they tried to get out. we have also learned tonight the newspaper former executive director says this was not wholly unexpected. >> i took a photo of mr. ramos who i never met, went up to the front desk and be on the lookout for this guy. if he comes in dial 911. >> the president addressing the killings a short time ago.