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>> sandra: president trump rallying supporters in montana last night as the white house ramps up the vetting process for the president's second pick to join the supreme court. i'm sandra smith live inside "america's newsroom." >> leland: live on a friday, happy friday. you've had a long week. i'm leland vittert in for bill hemmer. the president firing up the crowd in great falls lashing out as his favorite targets, the media and going after democratic senator jon tester on his home turf as the white house prepares the big reveal on monday of the president's supreme court nominee. >> sandra: we have more on this. president trump's tariffs on $34 billion of chinese goods
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went into effect today and china immediately hits back. >> president trump talked about trade at length yesterday in montana seeming to try and convince supporters to just stick with him on this. china's retaliatory tar ifs target things like poultry, soybeans, pork. critics on both sides of the aisle warn a trade war could hurt american consumers and the global economy. president trump talked to his supporters about that in montana. take a listen. >> president trump: they say we are going to do something about it and i'll get calls from some politicians, it's terrible. i said you don't understand. i respect china and i respect president xi but they've been killing us, $507 billion in trade deficits last year.
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$507. who the hell can lose -- >> we'll win the war because we have all the cards. >> sandra: will president trump be talking to any supreme court candidates while he is in new jersey this weekend? >> that's the other big thing on everyone's mind here. he does not plan to. reporters asked him that exact question yesterday. as far as we know, no meetings planned for this weekend. president trump started with a list of 25 potential candidates. he says that he can now count his favorites on one hand. on air force one he says i think i've narrowed it down to four people. of the four people i have it narrowed down to three or two. i will have a decision made in my mind by sunday. sources tell fox news the president spoke with six judges and is sdon with the interview process. sources say the top contenders are brett kavanaugh, raymond
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kethledge and amy coney barrett. chuck schumer called the president and asked him to nominate merrick garland. but republicans wouldn't allow a vote on him. a source tells fox news that schumer told the president it would be a good way to unify the country and bad for the country if he were to nominate someone who overturned roe versus wade or did anything against obamacare. >> sandra: thank you. for more on this let's bring in daniel halper contributing standard to the washington free standard. the president could make up his own mind by sunday evening. >> for we all know he already has it made up in his mind. he likes the suspense and to draw it out. everybody is buying into it. the suspense is full on and everybody is curious who he will decide and how he will announce it monday night. >> sandra: let's start with
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raymond kethledge a michigan resident considered the least known of the leading contenders for the president. >> i think a lot of his supporters seem to suggest that he is an outsider. i find that a little hard to believe that you can be such a prominent judge and be an outsider. i'm not sure such a thing exists really. he is an outdoorsmen. friends with neil gorsuch and that's what a lot of supporters say will push him toward the finishing line. it may have a lot of sway with the president. i don't know. he is a sound judge who did not come to stay in washington and try to advance his career here. >> sandra: brett kavanaugh is the well-connected d.c. insider. >> correct. he, of course, worked in the george w. bush administration, a staff secretary there and he also worked on the starr report. he worked with ken starr.
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now that president trump is under investigation by special counsel perhaps that's a strike against him because he made arguments in favor of a special counsel before, that he might not side with president trump in these issues. again, we don't know what president trump is thinking. we will find out, of course, when he makes that announcement and gives his reasoning for selecting a judge. >> sandra: finally amy barrett as "politico" puts it this morning a grassroots favorite but lacks experience. >> she has been on her current court for a year. she grew to prominence when she had a capitol hill hearing last year and attacked for being a committed catholic basically by senator dianne feinstein and some other democrats. she is -- you know, she is, i think a little bit of a wild card in that she doesn't have much experience but people do
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seem to like her especially president trump's base because of her social conservatism. it is not really clear whether that is where president trump wants to go. i would say with judge barrett, selecting her it would seem that it would put emphasis on social conservatism and make this -- i think it will be no matter what but make it more so an abortion fight going forward. is that a fight the president and republicans in the senate want? i don't know. i think they will have it regardless but probably especially with judge barrett. >> sandra: president trump says he narrowed it down to four. he is down to two or three. he spoke broad by about that list and said pretty much he could win with any of them. he sounds very confident that any of these choices is going to be a winning one for him. >> you would think. the republicans for now have the majority in the senate. in theory if all the republicans ban together he should be able to get somebody
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through. you would think he would take this list to some of the swing voters. i know senator rand paul has expressed privately it's been reported some doubts on bret kavanaugh. other senators have expressed doubts on others. you would think he would take the list to the swing voters in the senate saying who should i pick? who are you game with and try to get support so he knows going forward he has the support to get this nominee through all the way. it would be nothing worse for president trump, i think, to have a supreme court candidate go down, long contentious fight and go down and perhaps galvanize the democrats and who knows what the composition of the senate will become next year. so this is something i think he wants to get right because it will be very bad and difficult for him if he gets it wrong. >> sandra: interesting. some republicans inside the loop that they've been talking
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about kethledge, kavanaugh, barrett. knowing the president he could go in a completely different direction than anybody is anticipating at any moment. we all believe that to be the case. >> definitely. i don't think he will go fully off the reservation and pick somebody off the list. he will be committed to the list as he said himself a number of times. just because we're talking about these three doesn't mean these are the three or two in president trump's mind. >> sandra: you don't know. he possibly have his mind made up sunday, big announcement on monday. daniel, thank you. >> leland: a fox news alert. already the middle of the night now in north korea and that is where secretary of state mike pompeo is. the goal to make sure kim jong-un keeps his promise to denuclearize. pompeo is attempting to work out specifics on the commitments made by kim during his summit with president trump.
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these are pictures from his visit. rich edson joins us from tokyo. we talk about details to work out, there is a whole lot of them. >> there are and that's part of the conversation that the secretary is having in pyongyang right now meeting with senior north korean officials for three hours today. those meetings will continue. this is the first face-to-face meeting that the secretary of state has had with north korean officials since the singapore summit last month between president trump and kim jong-un where they agreed to that broad framework. the goal of this trip according to the secretary of state in a statement saying seeking to fill in some details on those commitments and continue the momentum towards implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. last month president trump and kim jong-un signed a statement broadly outlining an agreement. these discussions are trying to secure the details like accounting for how many nuclear weapons north korea has, how it would dismantle them and what north korea would receive in return. there are other issues that the
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u.s. is pressing like the return of the remains of u.s. service members all the way back from the korean war, leland. >> leland: those are some of the issues on the table. interesting to note that the secretary of state is staying in north korea overnight. negotiations continue tomorrow. multiple days. how is the schedule? >> that's the thing. his first overnight trip. he has been there three times the first night he is spending in pyongyang right now. more discussions tomorrow. then he travels here to tokyo where he consults with top u.s. allies. top japanese and south korean officials in tokyo. while he does that north korea is consulting with chinese officials, its top ally. >> leland: rich edson in tokyo where the secretary of state will end back up. evidently he was carrying a president for kim jong-un from the president of the united states, a cd with rocket man on
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it. did they burn this or what? do they sell cd's anymore? >> sandra: wildfires ravaging western states. more on what is being done to keep the fires contained. plus. >> leland: president trump talking about the economy in montana last night. the june jobs numbers just out this morning. we'll talk about what it means for the homestretch before the mid-terms. >> president trump: wages for the first time in 18 years are rising again. people can go out. they can actually choose a job and they have wages that are rising. guaranteed, when he books direct at choicehotels.com. or just say badda book, badda boom. book now at choicehotels.com.
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gas station on wednesday. the accused carjacker getting in her car with her two sons in the back seat. the mom rushing over, grabbing her gun from the glove box and opening fire. >> i should have emptied a whole clip but i didn't. i just wanted to give him a warning shot. that was it. i'm not a killer or anything like that but i do believe in, you know, defending what's mine. >> sandra: the suspect is in the hospital facing kidnapping and carjacking charges. >> leland: don't mess with mom in texas. i love the warning shot hit him in the face. >> sandra: yeah. >> leland: what if she really tried to hit him? >> sandra: see what happens there. what a story from the hospital. >> leland: you have to do what you have to do. >> president trump: if these people got elected you would have gone down like you never saw anything go down. they wouldn't have taken the regulations off. they wouldn't have given you the tax cuts, the democrats. you would have had an economy that was going to crash and
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burn. it was ready. and now we've got something that's a rocket ship. >> leland: president trump weighing in on the economy at a rally last night in montana. let's look at the june jobs report just released. the unemployment rate has increased to 4%, 213,000 jobs added. conceivably that means there are more people heading into the labor force. congresswoman dianne black, she is also running for governor there. the president calls it a rocket ship. i assume you agree. >> i do agree. i'm excited. i've been in congress the last eight years and we were happy to see the 2% gdp growth and many times not a growth. to see where we'reing now and 4% gdp growth. i'm exciting. i'm hearing it all over the
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state of tennessee. job creators are looking for more employees. we're looking at solutions on how we can make sure they have an educated workforce that can keep their products moving. this is a good problem to have and one that we can certainly find solutions for educating workers by putting people back to work is great. >> leland: there is often the story now mcdonalds are offering hiring bonuses, not just incidental. it is happening in reality. question, though, so often that we hear from republicans that the economy is on a rocket ship to use the president's words and at the same time we must crack down on immigration because immigrants are taking jobs away from americans. how do you swear that rhetoric. >> this is how i square it and i learned when i got to congress. you don't just look at the unemployment rate but workforce participation rate. we find when we look at that we still have 30% of the people are not working in our country and you say what -- where is
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that? is that maybe people aging out? is it people that are just not deciding to get a job because perhaps they are getting some form of government assistance? when you have a third of the people out of the workplace you have to take a look at that and say perhaps what we need to do is look at our policies that we did in our last farm bill. if you are an able body person you should be working. we need you and you need to have dignity of life and working. able body people should be at work. if we can change our policy as well as educate our workforce so that those manufacturing plants in particular who now are more sophisticated than ever before, that they have what they need. >> leland: i'm glad you brought up the issue of manufacturing. one part of president trump's economic policy has been tax reform. the other part has been tariffs and cracking down on china among others. a map on the screen now as the trump tariffs take effect
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against china and the reciprocal tariffs take effect from the "wall street journal." as we looked at it, every county in your state was far more hurt by the tariffs than helped as you looked at the industries in the counties in tennessee. and this from the governor republican governor that you are here running to replace, the additional cost of a lot of manufacturers we have particularly the automotive industry could be harmful to us, the tariffs. you worry about reciprocal tariffs that could effect a lot of items we export out of tennessee, a lot of whiskey distillers who are worried about the tariffs. do you share their concerns? >> i share them. i represent tennessee first but i will tell you that i believe that we need to do something about -- this president has been saying he will address our deficit in our trade.
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it is a half a trillion dollars every year. that's a lot of money for the united states to give away. he is a tough negotiator. i stuck with the president giving him the space to be able to negotiate. we are seeing some countries like germany, we are seeing changes there. we have also especially on our ways and means committee we've also met with our trade ambassadors and secretary to say please target the bad actors like china. at the same time, i'm a tennessee and i will let the president and his folks know how it might damage some of the great things happening in tennessee with automobile manufacturing. we have a lot of automobile. i was with nissan. >> leland: i have to cut you off. i need to get in one more question. >> there is a balancing act. i have consistently said let's get this right. let's not hurt my state.
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>> leland: if you listen to the governor your state is already being hurt. how concerned should republicans be that for whatever good comes from the tax cuts as we've heard the president say the economy is on a rocket ship that there will be equal bad coming to the economy from tariffs? >> so it is a balance. look, any time you are negotiating you are disappointed. >> leland: do you think the president has the balance right? >> at this point in time i'm still giving a little latitude here. i'm at the point saying i think we are outside of that balance but i know in negotiations that when you are a tough negotiator you push it all the way to the end. you push it as far as you possibly can and yet at the same time as i've said before, i am from tennessee and i will stand up and tell the president this is hurting our state. >> leland: ma'am, we are going to a break.
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we'll have you back to talk about your concerns sometime. >> sandra: out of control wildfires carving a path of destruction in the west. dangerous conditions crews are facing on the ground. prevagen is the number one selling brain-health supplement in drug stores nationwide. prevagen. the name to remember. you shouldn't be rushed into booking a hotel. with expedia's add-on advantage, booking a flight unlocks discounts on select hotels until the day you leave for your trip. add-on advantage. only when you book with expedia.
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>> leland: the woman accused of climbing the base of the statue of liberty on july 4th says she is not guilty. here she is leaving a new york city federal courthouse thursday after being released without bail and in the middle you can see her climbing the statue of liberty. she has been charged with a misdemeanor december passing and disorderly conduct. she says she doesn't believe if president trump's immigration actions. >> his policy on immigration has to go.
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in a democracy, we do not rip children -- we do not put children in cages, period. there is no debating it. >> leland: if convicted she would face up to six months behind bars. >> sandra: hot and dry conditions continuing to fuel fires out west. the largest one is burning in southern colorado. the spring creek fire has damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. this morning it's 35% contained. we are in the los angeles bureau. there is a lot to cover. what is going on in colorado? >> good morning, sandra. of all the states, colorado has the most separate fires and also the largest one named the spring creek fire where crews on scene describe a tsunami of fire 300 feet high. the third largest in state history chewing up more than
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100,000 acres, 250 homes destroyed. yesterday the fire took unexpected turns creating problems for firefighters. today rain is in the forecast. that's good for helping knock down the flames but officials are now concerned about flash floods. colorado's governor is expected to visit the area today as well as the lake christine fire near the snow mass in aspen ski areas. a number of homes have already been lost. firefighters are trying to limit further destructions. residents are thankful for the help. >> the smoke, the anxiety, the danger. the rocks they have to climb and go up and down, it's non-stop appreciation. >> take a look at this high 10,000 feet high in the colorado mountains, a tornado, no damage but close enough to grab attention, sandra. >> sandra: what does it look like elsewhere? >> here is a map to show you what it is looking like out
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west. colorado is where most of the action is taking place but right now there are at least three dozen significant fires across the west. in utah it is the dollar ridge fire east of provo that has already destroyed 90 homes and threatens more. a new fire popped up in the last 24 hours shutting down parts of interstate 5, the main north/south right along the west coast leaving california gerry brown to call a state of emergency and throughout southern california record high temperatures are expected in many locations today and tomorrow. >> sandra: thank you. >> leland: secretary of state mike pompeo holding new meetings in north korea spending the night there tonight following the president's historic summit in singapore. we'll tell you how the administration is looking to move the ball down the court on disarming the regime.
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>> sandra: the mission to save a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave now turns deadly as rescuers warn that time is running out. >> we can no longer wait for all conditions because circumstances pressing us. we originally thought the boys could stay safe in the cave for quite some time but circumstances have changed and we have limited amount of time.
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>> sandra: a fox news alert as that desperate operation to rescue a thai soccer team has turned deadly. a former thai navy seal passed out and drowned while placing oxygen tanks along an underwater escape route. greg palkot in london. this man died a hero. what more do we know about him? >> the death of that diver trying to save the young boys
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and their soccer coach trapped in that flooded cave in northern thailand just underscores the danger of this rescue effort. 38-year-old saman kunan was a retired elite thai navy seal and volunteered to reach the trapped boys but he died running out of oxygen underwater in the cave as he returned from his mission. basically what people are saying swimming and diving their way out is deadly dangerous for experts, how can emergency teams expect young boys who don't even know how to swim to manage? increasingly that's looking like the most likely option for escape from two weeks on in this crisis, leland. >> leland: seems like the options are running out for the rescue operation, where are they in the planning process now? >> exactly, leland. it is zeroing in on principally one mission, officials are now saying -- this is a quote -- there is a limited amount of
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time to get the boys out. apparently oxygen is running low in the space where the boys are some 2 1/2 miles undergrowth. efforts are trying to get an oxygen line to them as well as communication line to help coordinate an escape effort and to allow the boys to speak with their desperate parents who are on top. again heavy rains approaching in the next couple of days. the pumping of water continues as international help continues to come from all over the world. the latest entrepreneur elan musk offering to send his staff there to help. >> leland: greg, thank you. >> sandra: the secretary of state is in north korea working to nail down specifics how the regime will comply with the
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denuclearization deal. it's the first time mike pompeo has been back since the historic singapore summit. dan hoffman joins me now. a big couple days coming up here. to remind everybody the third time pompeo has met with kim but it is the second time they'll be having a one-on-one. what do you expect to come out of this? >> first i would just caution everyone to manage our expectations. this is an extraordinary complicated diplomatic challenge. it is a good thing that secretary pompeo has such experience at c.i.a. and the house intel committee and brought with him the cia commissioner manager andrew kim. whether north korea will give up its nuclear capability in return tore food and energy assistance and integrating its economy potentially into the world. >> sandra: now that the broad
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framework for denuclearization has been achieved at the singapore summit he is there to hash out the details of how to get that done. >> exactly. what's missing and what's left to the negotiators, certainly makes strategic and tactical sense to do it this way, is to have a timeline for denuclearization and then account for north korea's nuclear sites. that's an extraordinary challenge. many of the sites are secret sites. we have to look at not just the nuclear facilities but north korea's icbm capability and let's not forget their chemical and biological weapons as well. they're armed to the teeth and it presents great challenges for our negotiators. >> sandra: intelligence something you know well. how will we use our intelligence to determine if kim is really truly moving in the direction of denuclearization? >> well, i think sometimes we'll ask him questions to which we know the answer. and we'll see whether he is
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double dealing. we'll rely on counterparts, the south koreans. one of their lawmakers just yesterday provided some satellite intelligence indicating that the north koreans were seeking to build a nuclear capability to launch from one of their submarines. they have 70 submarines in their arsenal. so we'll do all of those things and then we also need to track on russia and china nefarious actors already talking about ratcheting down the sanctions. that's very much against our strategy. >> sandra: as we know the economy in north korea is in free fall. what role will the economy there play in kim's strategy and what he is willing to agree to with the united states. >> it's a delicate balance for him. he knows his economy is very weak and threatens his regime security. at the same time, he is certainly aware of what some economic reform has brought to
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dictatorships in the past like the soviet union. if you allow too much economic and political reform you could be toppled. he also knows the value of his nuclear deterrent and the results of those countries like iraq, and qaddafi who didn't have the deterrent and were toppled. for our intelligence community, we're not only kernld of north korea's nuclear capability and proliferation. the nuclear site the israelis destroyed in 2007 was built by north korea and loose nuke scenario in the event kim jong-un miscalculates and his regime falls from within. >> sandra: interestingly enough the president weighing in at the rally last night. the situation in north korea and his strategy said at first they thought i was being too tough especially with his rhetoric and that he was going to cause war with that rhetoric. now he says people are saying he is being too nice. listen to him last night.
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>> president trump: during the obama administration it seemed like a missile a week. a lot of missiles going up and rockets up and nuclear testing. we had tough rhetoric. remember they said he is too tough. he is going to cause a war. it is too tough. now they say he is too nice. he is too nice. >> sandra: your reaction to that, dan. >> i'll go back to what i said at the beginning to manage our expectations. negotiations with the soviets under president reagan's extraordinary leadership took years and what i think the president did at singapore was establish a broad framework from which secretary pompeo can take the lead in these negotiations. let's look ahead over the coming weeks to see whether they have working groups designed to drill down on some of these key issues like the inventory of north korea's nuclear weapons and we're still
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remaining for the remains of u.s. soldiers killed during the war. we're in the early days and let's see how it shakes out in the coming weeks and months. >> sandra: a tough challenge lies ahead. two days of meetings at pompeo and kim begins today. dan, by the way, we said that you are the former chief of station at the c.i.a. not the chief of staff i think we said leading into you. wanted to make that clear. we appreciate having you on the program. great perspective. thank you. >> thank you. >> leland: all right. stop looking at me but look at the video. a teen is okay after driving into a sinkhole. the 16-year-old from minnesota accidentally steered his car head first into the opening. his seat belt and airbag saved him. he walked away unharmed. the sinkhole caused by recent heavy rains and flooding. try explaining that to mom and dad. it's not my fault. it was a sinkhole. video to prove it. >> sandra: tropical storm no
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more. the first hurricane of the season gaining speed in the lat particular. more on where it is headed next. >> leland: why is special counsel robert mueller gathering even more resources for the russia probe? alan dershowitz on that next. and had twin boys. but then one night, a truck didn't stop. but thanks to our forester, neither did our story. and that's why we'll always drive a subaru.
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>> leland: first hurricane of the season is making its way west brewing in the atlantic. you are looking at hurricane beryl. it is 1,000 miles from the lesser antille islands. it is supposed to weaken into a tropical storm and hit those islands by the end of the weekend, monday at 2:00 a.m. as you can see from the track. >> sandra: special counsel robert mueller beefing up its resources tapping more prosecutors to work on the russia probe using staff from
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u.s. attorney's offices, the justice department and the f.b.i. joining us is alan dershowitz harvard law professor emeritus. what add resources and beef up the number of prosecutors on the team? >> it proves my point we never needed a special counsel. there are enough resources within the justice department, within the various u.s. attorneys offices. he is using all of these resources. why is he necessary? why do we need somebody to come in and have targets on the back of people, violate civil liberties, try to squeeze people to sing or even to compose? the special counsel is a very dangerous phenomenon to democracy. we have in place investigator general, inspector generals and congressional oversight committees and u.s. attorneys offices all over the country.
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that is enough. why do we have to staff the prosecutor's office? i suspect he is bringing the investigation to an end. that in the end he will probably indict some low-hanging fruit. he will try to get them to talk against people higher than them and probably end up by writing a report. the report itself will be very one-sided. it will present only the prosecutor's side of events. he will not hear defense lawyers with opposing arguments. we ought not to be cutting off debate, we ought to encourage debate about the impact of special counsel on the civil liberties of all americans. >> sandra: i want to get your thoughts. bloomberg is reporting that he is prepared to step away from the probe and leave it in the hands of a larger team of prosecutors. what do you think about that? >> he would vindicate me completely. that's what i said from the beginning. mueller should not be in this probe. it should be left to existing
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professional civil servant prosecutors. people who have served republicans and democrats alike. people who have been in the u.s. attorneys office some of them 20, 30, 40 years. let them do the investigation. we don't need a special counsel. bloomberg is right and if he steps away he proved my point. >> sandra: at a time when everybody is saying wrap it up. you heard that in the testimony last week in that hearing. it is time. you heard that from trey gowdy. it only looks like the team seems to be growing. what does it tell us about the time frame ahead for this investigation, alan? >> you know, it's reading tea leaves. you can make the argument both ways. by increasing his staff he is trying to bring the investigation to an end. most americans want to see it end or he is expanding it and going into different areas, areas we aren't aware of. perhaps president's economic activities before he became
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president. that would be well beyond the scope of his mandate but he has already exceeded the scope of his mandate. we've already seen judge ellis in virginia say that we shouldn't need a special prosecutor. that they do things that raise serious questions. here we have a judicial authority making the same argument i've been making and it is about time it is taken seriously. we don't know what the addition of prosecutors means but i hope it means that the investigation will either be turned over to professional prosecutors or come to an end quickly. >> sandra: we've seen quite a bit of you in the news lately about things other than just talking the mueller probe and the law. it is about talking about the treatment that you have been receiving by some far to the left particularly your experience on martha's vineyard. >> yeah. well recently a woman at a party said if i were at this
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party, she would stab me in the heart. this is a radical leftist woman who will resort to violence because she doesn't agree with my defense of president trump's civil liberties. it is very akin to the way lawyers -- lawyers were treated during the mccarthy period. the victims of that went to jail, lost their jobs. but the civil liberties lawyers who defended accused communists were ostracized and shunned in an effort to associate their defense with the policies of communist. i'm not a trump supporter politically. i'm a supporter of all civil liberties. i would be supporting her civil liberties if she was being unfairly attacked as president. the attack is by a mit professor who believes you should only hear one side of
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issues and come up with a theory that it is boring to listen to both sides and he would like to have a newspaper that only presents one side of issues so that people could only hear what satisfies their worldview and he is trying to bring this brave new world to martha's vineyard. fortunately he is failing. the vast majority of the people in the vineyard, even liberals, are completely supportive of me. only people on the hard left. many of them very anti-israel. part of the campaign against me has been for my support of moving the embassy to jerusalem, part of the reason has been because i have supported the israeli government. one of the people who led the campaign focused on my pro-israel activities. it is spreading beyond donald trump. only my point of view should be heard say these people. we don't want to hear dershowitz's point of view. shut him down. it won't work. i will not be shut down or intimidated. >> sandra: what is this country without hearing both sides and open debate? good to have you on the program this morning and hear your side.
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>> leland: welcome back. the full repeal and replace of obamacare did not get passed congress. but that has not stopped the fight over healthcare. peter doocy in washington as republicans try to reshape the health insurance market now. good morning, peter. >> good morning. republicans think they have flexibility after repealing the individual mandate in the tax bill. so now the trump administration is encouraging states to require people receiving government assistance like medicaid to work for it as allies in congress concentrate on warning about a rebirth of
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obamacare. >> obamacare made insurance much more expensive. doubled the cost of insurance for many, many people and what the democrats are doing is trying to double down on that talking about a government takeover, government-run insurance. this is bernie sanders and so many of the democrats who are looking to run for president are doing. they're co-sponsoring legislation like that. >> leland: the house minority leader nancy pelosi says medicare for all should be considered if democrats win back the house in the mid-terms and healthcare is becoming a huge campaign issue. democratic house and senate candidates have already run more than 9,600 ads backing obamacare according to cantor media and now democrats are trying to frame the fight over the upcoming supreme court vacancy as one about insurance coverage. >> will republicans and president trump nominate and vote for someone who will preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions? or will they support a justice
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>> sandra: fox news alert. time is up for the justice department to provide those documents on the russia investigation and the f.b.i.'s probe into the early stages of the trump campaign. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom," i'm sandra smith. >> leland: nice to be with you. happy friday. i'm leland vittert. bill hemmer is off. they gave the justice department one week. more records have been made available. now lawmakers are pouring over the information that was handed over to see if it meets the demands of their subpoena. >> sandra: catherine herridge is live in washington with the breaking details. good morning. >> a source close to the
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process tells fox news says the new records don't comply with all the subpoenas and do not meet the house resolution deadline. three house republican committee chairmen requested the records. fox news is told that house staffers reviewed records on thursday with most lawmakers out of town for the holiday recess. subpoena was issued in april for a key set of records focused on f.b.i. activities before the f.b.i. russia case officially opened on july 31, 2016. the justice department and f.b.i. have not provided all records or information about this critical time period. f.b.i. director christopher wray and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein face new pressure to comply with the passage of -- after the passage of a non-binding house resolution since fox news is told that records previously limited to congressional leadership known as the gang of eight are now available to committee lawmakers. fox news reached out to the justice department to ask for
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an updated comment. a former justice department official said the impasse right now reflects a lot of deep distrust on both sides, sandra. >> sandra: thank you very much. on those d.o.j. documents the deadline. let's bring in tom dupree former assistant attorney general under george w. bush. great to have you on the program this morning. so here we are. here is the deadline for the d.o.j. to turn over those records. >> i have to say while i'm happy they turned over additional documents i can't say i'm surprised by the fact that at least the initial reports are that they aren't fully in compliance. this isn't a battle not going away. this is a fractured relationship between house republicans, senior d.o.j. leadership and anyone's guess where it will end up. the house republicans are determined to get these documents and determined to take whatever steps they need to insure they get them. >> sandra: all right. by the way we have a lot more breaking details coming in on
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the mueller investigation and the president's pick for the supreme court. we want to get to all of that. >> leland: now it's three days until president trump announces his supreme court nominee. speculation is growing over who he is going to pick. the president spoke about his big decision at a rally last night in great falls, montana. >> president trump: there is now a vacancy on the supreme court. and if you tune in monday at 9:00 i think you'll be extremely happy with the selection, right? [cheering and applause] and they're all great. they're all great. and i want to thank justice kennedy for his lifetime of truly distinguished service and he had confidence in me. he left because he said you will pick somebody great and so nice. so nice. great man, great gentleman.
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>> leland: choosing a new justice could be the easy part. whoever gets the nod will face a fierce battle in the senate. democrats have said no matter who is picked. short time ago we got word that vice president mike pence has met with three candidates largely thought to be the top three picks. brett kavanaugh, amy coney barrett, and raymond kethledge. with that we bring tom back. i know you've studied the buy ago graph east of these among others on the president's short list. is there really a material difference between how each of these three judges views the law? >> there are differences among the three but i agree with the president that all three are fantastic candidates. and i am -- i think conservatives, constitutional conservatives will be happy with whoever the president chooses and i agree it will be a big battle. you thought the gorsuch
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confirmation was controversial. you haven't seen anything yet. we need to strap on our seat belts and get ready. i think in the end the president will get his choice confirmed but there is a long way to go before we get there. >> sandra: give us an idea what sort of hurdles does the nominee face? >> the hurdles are this. right now the republican majority in the senate is essentially one vote depending on what happens with senator mccain. given that there is really no margin for error. we've already seen both republicans and democrats targeting potential senators who could go either way. conservative democrats, liberal republicans. i think the confirmation hearings will take on increased importance. you'll see a lot of questions of roe versus wade and respecting precedent. a code word for what they will do with roe versus wade. as i said there is a long way to go. the confirmation hearing will be fascinating television and i can hardly wait to see it. >> leland: amy coney barrett
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who is the top woman it appears in the list. the "wall street journal" has an op-ed out says if she is the nominee get ready for a vicious anti-catholic smear campaign. you talked, tom, about these confirmation hearings. why does the left seem so particularly focused on barrett? >> we saw a little bit of a preview of this line of attack in her confirmation for her court of appeals judgeship where liberal senators were basically saying that we think you are too religious. your faith is too strong. you can't separate your dogma from the law. i think that line of questioning really galvanized a lot of conservatives who really supported what judge barrett said in response. look, the duty of a judge is to put aside his or her personal -- >> leland: is she seen a a little more conservative as the other two. a little bit more hard line?
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you refer to dianne feinstein's questioning of her. >> there is that perception out there. i have to say i don't know whether it's fair to say she is more or less conservative than the other two candidates. from my perspective i think it's fair to say all three candidates are conservatives. all three candidates will apply the rule of law faithfully and the constitution faithfully. i will say this about amy barrett. she has a shorter track record than the other two. the other two have been federal judges for a fairly long time. judge barrett is relatively new to the bench. >> sandra: moving on to the mueller investigation and now that we're learning that robert mueller is hiring more prosecutors to handle the russia investigation, why throw more resources at this now? >> that is one intriguing development i have to say. i think what it reflects is the fact that bob mueller's investigation covers a lot of territory. he is fighting numerous cases on numerous fronts in numerous states.
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it doesn't surprise me that he needs to bring in additional resources. i don't think this is a signal that mueller is about to wrap things up any time soon. i think the fact he is reaching out to additional d.o.j. lawyers is really a reflection of the fact he has a lot going on and needs help rather than the fact that he may be wrapping this thing up. >> leland: does it mean if he has brought on these other attorneys and other d.o.j. prosecutors from other parts of the country, is there a way to spin off parts of these investigations if he has found wrongdoing that doesn't relate to russia collusion, does he give those back to the d.o.j. or does he sort of keep accumulating different things he is looking into? >> it could be the former. it could be a signal these are pieces of his broad investigation that are distinct from russia to be broken off and handled in the ordinary course by ordinary d.o.j. prosecutors. he seems to have done a similar thing with the michael cohen investigation. he broke that piece off and
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gave it to federal prosecutors in new york. my guess is mueller looked at this and realizes his core area is russia. anything that is peripheral to that he can break off and give to the justice department. >> sandra: we know this investigation has come under attack by the president for expanding too far. costing too much, going on too long. we'll see the reaction from the white house. adding more prosecutors will cost more money and leads us to wonder when it will wrap up? >> this has been going on for a long time. it is true that independent counsel investigations in our nation's history can span years if not decades. this has been going on for a while and i think the president has a fair point that mueller has yet to show his cards and yet to show his hand as to whether he has any evidence of collusion between president trump and the russians. >> leland: you know mueller from your time at the d.o.j. he is a well-known figure. any tea leaves you can read based on this? is he trying to in some way
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insulate himself or is this a man who is following the evidence? >> i think mueller is a man of integrity and following the evidence. look, like many americans i wish that he would move more quickly on some fronts here. at the same time i don't see bob mueller as someone who is playing political games or someone who will reach a conclusion not supported by the evidence. as i said, i think and i hope he will wrap this up quickly. i think it's possible that he will break off pieces of his investigation. >> leland: the issue, though, of rod rosenstein, he has been widely criticized, a partisan actor unlike as you said nice things and honorable things about bob mueller. do these people also fall under rosenstein or is there a different reporting structure for these guys? >> you know, unless there is something else going on that we don't know about they would fall under rosenstein's jurisdiction. he oversees the justice department as does the attorney general. so i think the question is
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whether these things that are getting broken off are characterized as part of the russia investigation which would fall under rosenstein's jurisdiction. >> sandra: mueller adding prosecutors to his team. good to have you on this morning. thank you. china now accusing the u.s. of starting the biggest trade war in history. as the u.s. hits beijing with tariffs on $34 billion in imports. what will this unprecedented commerce battle between the world's two largest economies look like? we'll bring in our a-team next to discuss. congressman jim jordan responding to allegations that he ignored claims of sexual abuse while serving as an assistant wrestling coach. we'll have more on this just ahead. ♪ motorcycle revving ♪motorcycle revving
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levies an $34 billion of american goods, soybeans, pork and electric cars along other things. president trump isn't afraid of upping the ante with beijing. >> president trump: i respect china and president xi but they've been killing us $507 billion in trade deficits last year. $507. who the hell can lose -- then you want to do something about it and you get attacked. that's not nice. that's not free trade. the war was lost on trade many years ago. you know when they are saying not a free trader, no, the war was lost, now we are going to win it because we have all the cards. >> sandra: let's bring in our a-team david asman from the fox business network. adrienne elrod and james freeman, assistant editor of
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the "wall street journal"'s editorial page and fox news contributor. what a rally last night. >> i was covering it. he has really mastered the art of switching from a written script to ad lib beautifully. >> sandra: got off the script for quite a bit. meanwhile, this trade war seems to be heating up and china responding calling it the biggest trade war in economic history, david. >> it is rich to hear china talking about breaking the rules. china has been breaking the rules for decades ever since it was let into the wto in 2001, december of 2001. the fact is -- we have to be honest about it. china lies, they steal, they steal our intellectual property and they cheat on the wto, which they signed. all the time they lie about the statistics. james and i have been trying to figure out exactly how much the economy is growing for years because they just lie about it. you aren't supposed to enter into an organization like wto, the world trade organization, unless you adhere to raou.s it
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is a communist government. they aren't used to playing by the rules. when the president says that they are liars and cheats he is absolutely right. the question is how you go about changing that. i don't like all of his bluster but he is very much limited to what he can actually -- he says he wants to pull out of the wto himself, the u.s. he can't because congress has to approve of that and they never would. >> sandra: david said you are digging into the numbers here. what do you make of these opening shots? >> in this case the president has a lot more of a case than he has with aluminum, steel, with the auto tariffs where he is making questionable national security arguments and fighting with a lot of our friends around the world. for china it's specifically for the intellectual property violations and stealing our technology. he has a case here. i think the wto that he is kind of attacking and thinking of leaving is actually been pretty
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good to the u.s. when we brought cases. >> he couldn't leave it without approval of congress and they won't give approval. >> we tend to win there. some of the cases take too long. he ought to be working a little more getting the whole world to get together on what is a recognized problem in china and bring the cases there and resolve them. >> sandra: how far will this go? >> we don't know where the end is, right? we were in a full-fledged trade war here and the real losers in this are american consumers who will see the cost of their products go up. >> leland: to that point the "wall street journal" an evidently fair and accurate newspaper have agreement among the panel. >> full disclosure, david and i both work there. >> leland: why do you think i brought it up? the gdp and industries hurt by chinese tariffs. the way they map this out was where the predominant effects of these trump tariffs would be
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felt. it is in the heart of trump country. tennessee, we had dianne black running for governor there. industries will be more hurt by tariffs than helped. the politics of this, david, are going to get very real very quick when adrienne's -- >> they already have. it is not just the consumers that are going to be paying more for some goods. it is also the supply chains are right now being interrupted. the supply chains -- we don't often think about the supply chains when we buy a car or buy some kind of toy from china or whatever. but they are very critical to all our imports and exports. a lot of these exporters and importers are throwing up their hands saying what do we do now? they aren't sure what the new rules are and how to apply them. it will affect commerce in the whole world. >> leland: that affects politics. one of the big things the president was talking about was how the economy is a rocket
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ship. all of a sudden the tariffs come in and people get hit in the pocketbook it will have a different effect than the rocket ship. >> the map is enlightening. the voters, the people who will be hurt by the tariffs are the ones who voted for donald trump in the red states and thought he was going to improve their economic conditions, bring back jobs, they put a lot of trust and faith in him he would do this. i don't think igniting a trade war is what they were hoping for. they wanted disruption to the system but not want a trade war that would hurt them and their families. >> sandra: we know where this is going. it is set the u.s. will impose 25% tariffs on another $16 billion in chinese exports later this summer. as far as the actual economic impact, emotions run high when we have these discussions. how big is it really? >> so far thank goodness not huge relative to the power of the trump tax cutting and
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deregulation. that's why we are getting all these good economic reports. trade is a drag. we see it in the fed reports where it is limiting some investments. postponing some investments. to this point the rest of the trump agenda is so powerful that the economy seems to be thriving despite this kind of cloud of the trade wars. it is really a question of who can withstand the most pain. it is more economic pain in china. you look at trade that's half their economy, 12% of ours. on the other hand the communist dictator doesn't have his party running for reelection in november as mr. trump does with the congress. it will be an interesting thing to watch over the next few months in terms of the political and economic pain threshold. >> to that point, china's stock market is in the tank right now. china's stock market has been killed. you look at our stock market it hasn't done much in a couple of months but it hasn't tanked. today we're down 23 points which is insignificant considering all of the worry
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that we hear in the media about the trade wars. the point is, this is donald trump and i think the markets realize that he stakes out a position when he is making a deal. he stakes out a position that is far more severe than what you end up with. you look at the endgame here as i mentioned before, he is talking about pulling out of the wto. he can't pull out of it. congress has to do it. you look at the jobs numbers today, which are spectacularly good. that's one thing keeping the market from going down further. >> sandra: the investors and their expectations and you see that price into the market and to be fair the u.s. stock market has turned negative for the year after record after record. still up significantly since election day, 33% or so. >> from 18,000 to 24,000. >> sandra: for american businesses that do business in china, there is a lot of fear there, right? >> if you ask any ceo that does a lot of business off the
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record they'll tell you they get a horrible deal and mistreated by the government there and they aren't happy about it. but do they still get nervous about this kind of trade escalation? yes, absolutely. we -- despite all the problems we do get benefits and we buy a lot of stuff from china for a reason. we like the low prices. >> sandra: the president's tweeting when a country usa is losing many billions of trade with virtually every country it does business with. trade wars are good and easy to win. we were down $100 billion with a country and get cute and don't trade anymore we win, it's easy. >> you know, again, ultimately american consumers are the ones who will lose in the trade war which we're fully in right now. >> the bottom line is what you end up with. you look at the proposed tariffs on cars coming from europe that the president is threatening to throw in there.
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on the other hand we could all go to zero tariffs. if we end up with lower tariffs, that would be good for everybody. as you mentioned, james, there are a lot of business that do business in china that are furious at the fact that china is loading the company with communist party officials refusing to allow american companies there to own more than 49% of the company. so the chinese government controls every u.s. company that has a division in china. that has to change. >> sandra: all right. a-team, thank you very much. good to have you guys. see more of you. >> leland: the president teed off yesterday about trade and montana senator jon tester that at the fiery campaign rally in the democratic senator's home state and scott pruitt has handed in his resignation amid the investigations. the a-team is staying out here and their thoughts when we come back.
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>> leland: fox news alert as president trump is expected to announce his nominee for the supreme court on monday and then the fight in the senate begins. battle royale. we're back with the "america's newsroom" a-team. david asman, adrienne elrod and james freeman. nice to see you. happy friday. that is the first and last time the panel will all agree. all right. adrienne, fair to say that any one of the three judges on the panel, doesn't matter who the president picks in the top three list, the top six list, democrats will just lambaste. >> absolutely. first of all, all three, six, everybody on that list of 25 people that has been floating around the last few weeks would be a threat to roe versus wade. the single most important issue to democrats when it comes to picking a supreme court justice. so we will get people like susan collins, lisa murcowski
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who said we won't support anybody who would overtake or overturn, rather, a precedent case law such as roe versus wade. you have moderate democratic senators as well. heidi heitkamp, john castor. >> who voted for gorsuch. >> the point is, what about gorsuch? people said the same mostly democrats said the same thing about gorsuch. you get gorsuch in the supreme court and you have roe versus wade overturned. i haven't seen roe versus wade overturned. >> there is much more at stake now. the deciding swing vote. >> you look at people like kethledge and hardiman on the list there. i don't think there is any more danger that they would overturn overturn roe versus wade. all those people are unacceptable for what they do
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with roe versus wade. it would take a lot to overturn accepted law. i'm not saying it won't be or those people agree it was a good decision to begin with. but i don't think -- i think that's a false charge. i don't know. >> what you would probably get is a tightening or an allowance for states to tighten the rules which is where most americans are on the subject. they think it out to be legal but have some restrictions. late stages, this sort of thing. i think that's where given the list of people who very much respect precedent, they would probably end up not tossing it out completely but evolving toward what i think is generally what people want, which is states able to make more decisions on regulating it. >> you hit the nail on the head. susan collins said i will support somebody who is pro-life as long as that belief doesn't inflict on the courts on their decision making on the
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courts. to her she said roe versus wade is the law of the land. we should not overturn precedent law. that is where she is saying. >> sandra: the president said he hit a home run the neil gorsuch and he took on the democrat in montana last night on this issue. >> president trump: jon tester voted against neil gorsuch. the justice who supports our constitution. that's a hard one to vote against, isn't it? tester opposed many of our amazing judges and yet i see jon tester saying such nice things about me but he never votes for me. he doesn't share your values. he showed his true colors for his dishonest attacks on a great man, a friend of mine. >> sandra: gives you a sense of the politics that we are oef about to see when the president names his nominee. >> leland: it is a spectacular
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moment for us to cover as journalists to cover this whole process. there is a lot of interesting beyond the politics itself, a lot of interesting discussions about what you do with case law like roe versus wade, etc. even if you disagree with it. it will be spectacular. i do think that in the end the president, by the way, also we were talking about democratic opposition, he has to deal with republican opposition but ted cruz has said that at least one of the picks -- he doesn't like kavanaugh. he says he too liberal. he could be the kennedy swing vote. the president really has to balance among republicans the concerns of collins and other liberal republicans with the concerns of ted cruz and other conservative republicans. >> leland: precisely one vote needle thread there. to the united states house with a race for the speakership
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coming up. jim jordan is having to deny he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse claims while he was an assistant wrestling coach at ohio state university. here is jim jordan. >> the timing is kind of interesting. it is right after the big hearing with mr. rosenstein, it is right when there is all this talk about a speaker's race. the law firm who is doing the investigation said they tried to contact us and we didn't respond. we have no record. what we got from them yesterday was they sent a correspondence to an email address that doesn't exist. >> leland: the doctor involved in the abuse allegations committed suicide in 2005. impossible to know whether or not these were true. now you have the accusations going back more than a decade against jim jordan. how do you prove whether any of
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this is true? you think the timing is coincidental. >> well, i think it is unfortunate timing for him and i understand he is obviously earned a lot of enemies in washington often for good reason where he has been quite persistent demanding accountability out of federal agencies. but we will learn more when ohio state completes its investigation. you have a number of wrestlers on record. none of them directly saying that he was present for any abuse. there was one reference to discussion in the locker room which i think might have been taken different ways. so we may learn more but to this point i don't see a rock solid case against him. he has flatly denied with no hedging there. >> leland: the one wrestler who claims that he directly reported this to jim jordan also reportedly had just gotten out of 18 months in jail for
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bilking investors out of $2 million. credibility issues? >> credibility and timing. jim jordan has got a pretty stellar reputation. you are inside the beltway. ask anybody what they think of jim jordan they think he is a great guy. >> leland: his character has never been called into question. >> plus he has the president on his side. the president was also on scott pruitt's side so who knows. >> leland: it's almost as though you knew we were going to bring up scott pruitt. >> we have to let the investigation play out. >> sandra: the resignation of scott pruitt came in yesterday. looking back at scott pruitt's
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scandals. the president standing by him when he accepted the resignation and said he did a fantastic job. >> it's a tale of two cities. i think he did a great job in terms of rolling back regulations stifling a lot of businesses, not just businesses in the energy community directly but all kinds of epa rulings with regard to water, if you had a bad rainstorm in your backyard you couldn't use your backyard because it was a waterland. there were a lot of regulations that went far too far that were put out by the epa he helped turn around. how could he do some of the things that he did? >> leland: that was the short list of some of his problems. >> it is really not understandable. for me how somebody who was trained inside the beltway and knew the president's agenda would do such swampy things. >> there is nothing that the
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hard-earning taxpayer workers of this country dislike more than when they feel their taxpayer dollars are being abused. that is what scott pruitt did time and time again. whether it was turning on his sirens to get to a restaurant faster or a number of other things. trying to get his wife a chick-fil-a franchise. so many ethical problems that he put into play but that's something that american voters don't stand for. >> those hard working taxpayers a lot are thanking him for this revival. he is a big part of the trump deregulatory effort and the reason we have seen this rebound. you look at it especially in a state like west virginia but i would say nationwide in terms of the manufacturing economy, i think this is a big reason we're seeing this added investment is finally people feel like this epa regulator in
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washington has been reined in and go to sound science and not following an extreme environmental agenda anymore. a big part of the economic rebound we're having. i hope given these problems that he is leaving that his agenda stays behind. >> sandra: thank you very much to our a-team. good to have you all here. david, first time in the studio. >> i love it. i used to do forbes with fox in here. >> sandra: thank you. the numbers are in as the june jobs report shows hiring remains steady in the u.s. fears of a trade war with china continue to loom with beijing putting tariffs on billion else -- billions in american goods. what impact could it have on our economy here at home and american workers? we'll discuss that next. for my joint pain. now? watch me. ( ♪ )
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>> sandra: encouraging numbers in the june jobs report. 213,000 jobs added and wage
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growth remaining steady. rising to 4.3.8 as more americans who gave up looking for work reenter the jobs market. joining us now is the business correspondent for fox business network joining us now. christina, a big report this morning. >> a great report. >> sandra: better than expected as far as the jobs growth is concern but the unemployment rate gets the headlines, right? it did go up. >> if you look at on the flip side the positive you had the labor participation higher. more americans entering the job force. that's a positive. the question is not all of them are getting jobs yet. there is still a gap. that gap is why you're seeing the unemployment rate increase ever so slightly to 4%. that's a big question is why aren't these people getting jobs? according to small business there is one small business federation saying there is weakness in skills. employees, the workers looking for aren't up to par. that begs the question do we have to start talking about
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education and vocational programs. >> leland: especially as the skills relate not to a college education but a lot of the trades, welders, electricians, plumbers, all the light manufacturing. >> they shouldn't be overlooked. >> leland: a lot of well paying jobs. crane operators make over $100,000 a year but not enough people with the skills to do it. >> we saw manufacturing climb higher, 36,000 jobs were added. that was a huge increase compared to may. another one that we don't talk about trucking. trucking normally in june is very low but they added 2500 jobs, sounds like not that much but they can't find truck drivers. >> sandra: the big one we've been watching for a while because it did not budge even when the overall situation seemed to be improving was wages. wage growth was stagnant for quite some time. in this report the average hourly pay moved up 2.7% from a year ago. it went up but that's not a lot
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of movement there. >> that's the concerning part. why aren't businesses increasing pay to retain employees? so they must be doing something else to retain employees. but right now you would expect that wage growth that you are seeing on the screen of 2.7. you want it to go higher than inflation. when you go to the grocery store you see your box of cheerios and milk go up a little bit with inflation. you want to make sure your salary can pay for the increases in food. that's the small concerning part that we aren't seeing that wage growth climb high enough. >> leland: with a jobs report this strong you would expect the market to be on a tear this morning. it is not. up 40, it was down 20. how much of that is because of -- what did china call it, sandra, the biggest trade war ever? >> sandra: they released that today. >> we've already priced in a lot of this trade war. the market is optimistic about where the -- some people get angry if you say trade war. whatever you call it.
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what i said to a viewer just previously this morning. but they are pricing in right now. there is still optimism. the jobs report ticked higher. the bond market is a concern. you could see a shortening. the yield curve is flattening. the difference between the 2 and 10 year bonds and that's a big concern. the fact wage growth isn't higher these are small factors that play in with markets. >> sandra: as far as the president's plan he said the u.s. could ultimately impose tariffs on more than half a trillion dollars of chinese goods. that's a big number. >> that will have a negative effect. farmers, earlier on fox business we had a soybean farmer saying you are seeing orders drop like crazy shifting to brazil. what is the government going to do? provide them with more aid and subsidies? it comes at a cost to taxpayers.
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i asked would you drop the aid? would you take no subsidies if we had no tariffs and no trade war? his response was well, china has -- they have heavily subsidize their market and so does canada. another debate he didn't want to get into. >> sandra: thank you. >> leland: all right. ahead we'll tell you why elton john may be a subject of conversation as secretary of state mike pompeo is in north korea to continue talks on ending their nuclear program. can you think of the song? maybe. ♪ you shouldn't be rushed into booking a hotel. with expedia's add-on advantage, booking a flight unlocks discounts on select hotels until the day you leave for your trip. add-on advantage. only when you book with expedia.
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♪ rocket man >> leland: name that tune. elton john could be taking a globe on the global diplomatic stage after mike pompeo is giving kim jong-un a rocket man cd during his visit to the country. i didn't know they still sold cds. sandra let me know they do. >> sandra: they come up on amazon. >> leland: what are you buying on amazon that they also show you cds? >> sandra: taylor swift. i have a marketing machine.
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>> mug, t-shirt, cds. >> the details here. south korean newspaper is reporting that say the president mentioned the little rocket man nickname during his meeting with kim jong-un in singapore. kim jong-un said he had never heard the song so president trump as the story goes asked mike pompeo to give kim jong-un the cd. this time around. if you're at home going that might not pass a smell test i think you are completely right. but the president does have a very unconventional relationship with kim jong-un and trying to appeal to his sense of humor in some way. >> critics might say it's a little odd. my initial concern when i heard this wait a minute. what is this song about? we know kim jong-un likes western culture. will he have the song translated and will it be lost
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in translation? i dug around a little bit. i thought rocket man was doing drugs. it was the 70s and that's what i hear everybody was doing. it is based on a short story about a guy who had to leave his family behind to go to mars and now when you hear that it's sad. but there is -- you can listen to the song over and over. >> it's a fully different. >> sandra: you hear the song one time and it is in your head the entire day, agree? >> when you get in front of a computer later google rocket man william shatner if you want to enjoy the song. he did a whole redoing of it, a cover. >> one of the most interesting things to come out of the summit, president trump showed kim jong-un that movie-style trailer of kim jong-un in two different scenarios, either the villain or hero whether he signs onto denuclearization or
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not. there is a strategy to appeal to his senses of liking western culture as brett said. maybe it's true, who knows? >> the only western who would have a cd player in north korea is kim jong-un. >> he is stuck in the 90s. >> leland: hairstyle especially. >> sandra: happy friday. >> leland: fun to talk about. >> sandra: ahead the latest on operations to rescue a group of boys. they are still trapped in the flooded cave in thailand as we get word that one rescuers has died. we'll have an update next. ♪ motorcycle revving ♪motorcycle revving ♪ motorcycle revving ♪ no matter who rides point, ♪ there are over 10,000 allstate agents riding sweep. ♪♪
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>> sandra: president trump narrowing his list of candidates to replace justice anthony kennedy on the supreme court as the white house moves full steam ahead with the vetting process. welcome to a brand new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. >> leland: i'm leland vittert. the administration is prepared for three possible announcement on monday. the three names that appear to be the top three. evidently we're told they will now work on a fourth possible announcement. chief white house john roberts. you had the top three of the list yesterday. who is the fourth option? do we know and perhaps why? >> we do know and we will tell you in a second. we'll build some suspense here.
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let's go through the latest moves at the white house on the supreme court nomination. first of all, we are told by sources that the vice president mike pence met we naval observatory with brett kavanaugh and considered by many people to be the frontrunner for the nomination. we're also hearing that another nominee is rising quickly. in indiana monday and tuesday the vice president met with raymond kethledge and amy coney barrett and he has not met with any other candidates. pence has now had a meeting with the three leading contenders and will have dinner with the president in bedminster tonight to compare notes. the president is mulling over his decision, the white house staff is preparing for the roll-out on monday. they have three roll-out packages ready to go for kavanaugh, kethledge or barrett depending who the president picks.
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sources say they're also preparing -- you mentioned this at the top. the fourth roll-out package in case. sources tell fox news the fourth candidate is thomas hardiman of the third circuit. he has a lot of fans on the conservative side. whoever ends up being the nominee the president promised last night in a rally in great falls, montana, his base will be happy. >> president trump: if you tune in monday at 9:00 i think you will be extremely happy. they're all great. they're all great. i want to thank justice kennedy for his lifetime of truly distinguished service and he had confidence in me. he left because he said you will pick somebody great and so nice, so nice. >> leland: >> the fact the president is having supper with the vice president tonight suggests the decision won't be made after that meeting.
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outside groups have told me they want the president to make the decision sometime today. the timetable to get a nominee through the visiting process up on capitol hill with all the senators and through the hearing process and then to a confirmation vote is extraordinarily tight. there is literally no room for error here if they want to get this done by the last week of september because if they don't and it is likely will get pushed until after the mid-term election. there is a lot of pressure on the president to make a decision today but he is saying he won't going to announce who that person is until monday at 9:00. the white house staff have been working hard on this ready to go regardless who the president picks. >> leland: they have a few different roll-out packages ready to go as the weed whackers are in full force behind you there on the north lawn. the idea of the tariffs. we have the job reports and also have the impact of the tariffs now on the market. how is the white house spinning both? >> the white house is staying
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away from any talk about this being the opening salvo of a trade war. at midnight last night the white house put a 25% tariff on chinese goods and china did the same. china in its typical rhetoric accusing the president of launching the biggest trade war in history. on air force one the president didn't back down at all. he has an additional $16 billion goods ready to target and 200 and 300 bill after that with a total of half a trillion in chinese goods he is ready to tax. in montana last night the president said he is tired of the u.s. getting ripped off on trade. listen here. >> president trump: i respect china and president xi but they've been killing us, $507 billion in trade deficits last
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year. 507. who the hell can lose 500 -- then you want to do something about it and you get attacked. oh, that's not nice. that's not free trade. the war was lost on trade many years ago. >> and the president looking for a new epa administrator after scott pruitt resigned. he cited attacks on him and his family as the reason for stepping down. he was facing more than a dozen ethics investigation with new allegations that he deleted meetings from the official record because they would look bad. that may be in violation of the official records act. pruitt is being replaced by a former lobbyist for the coal industry who shares pruitt's commitment to role back regulations. even though the president is playing golf today in bedminster there is a lot to talk about. >> leland: john roberts, thank you very much, sir. >> sandra: let's bring in hugo
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gurdon editorial director for "the washington examiner". good morning to you. what is going to be the central issue when it comes to the president's supreme court pick? >> the central issue beyond any doubt is abortion rights. that is what both sides particularly those people who focus less on a judge's qualifications than on the political outcomes they want they all focus on abortion rights. all of the judges who are on the list that the president is choosing from, even if we don't know what their actual view on abortion, they've all been vetted by the federalist society and all of them look at the terms of the actual law and they look at constitutionality. all of them will therefore regard roe versus wade as a badly argued piece of juries prudence. that means anybody on president trump's list could be a threat
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to restrict or even overturn roe versus wade. >> sandra: do you get the sense the democrats will fight any one of the president's picks? >> absolutely certain. they want to inflict a defeat on the president no matter who it is and want to inflict defeat through legislation and on regulation and they want to inflict defeats on not confirming nominees. it wouldn't matter who the pick was. they'll fight it. but roe versus wade is the sacrament of the secular religion that dominates the democrats and so this is going to be a tie tanic fight. they want to try to prevent anybody who might overturn roe versus wade. it doesn't matter who it is. they'll be advertising like mad to get susan collins and lisa murcowski to vote against. they will try to hold their own ranks together to prevent people like senator joe manchin from defecting and voting for the nominee. the trouble is they have a lot
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of -- they have several senators who are defending their democratic seats in red states that president trump won and several of them already voted for amy comey barrett. i think that would be the dramatic and most highly controversial pick and i wouldn't be surprised if that's the one the president chooses. >> sandra: i have to ask you about this move the u.s. on china slapping 25% tariff on $35 billion on chinese goods. the president sounding very confident in his strategy behind this. listen. >> president trump: the war was lost on trade many years ago. when they were saying not a free trader, i said no, the war was lost but now we'll win it because we have all the cards. [cheering and applause] >> sandra: because we have all the cards the president said. do we? >> i don't think we do. this is somewhere i think the president is going wrong and i think trade tariffs have generally depressed an economy which is perhaps not what the republicans want going into the
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mid-terms. if you satisfied the political considerations it is not great economics. when you have a trade deficit of $500 billion you have a trade -- investment surplus of $500 billion. and china knows is looking at the politics of this. it has put the tariffs on farm equipment, on farm produce. it is hitting the united states on exports from states that the president won. so it also has the elections in mind. >> sandra: how will it play for republicans come mid-terms? >> it depends on the underlying strength of the economy. if the economy is booming and things don't look bad at all for republicans. we've seen the stock market wobbly since the president started talking about tariffs in mid-january. if i could predict that i would be a millionaire many times over. but i would say that this will
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not help him going into the elections and not help the republicans. >> sandra: we'll see. great to have you on this friday morning. thank you very much. >> thanks very much. >> leland: and a fox news alert as rescue teams are racing right now through the middle of the night to determine the best way to free 12 boys and their soccer coach from that flooded cave in thailand and the danger for these kids continues to grow. a former navy seal who was there to help with the rescue effort has died trying to swim out the 2 1/2 miles in that cave. oxygen levels are dropping where the boys are and there is more rain on the way. greg palkot live in london with the latest. hi, greg. >> hi, leland. the death of that veteran diver trying to save the young boys and their soccer coach trapped in that thailand cave just underscoring the dangers that this whole rescue operation,
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38-year-old was a retired elite thai navy seal who volunteered to help reach the trapped boys. he died running out of oxygen underwater in the cave as he returned from his mission. he couldn't be resuscitated. what people are saying is swimming and diving their way out is as dangerous as that to experts, how will these kids do it? many of them, we're told, don't even know how to swim. but increasingly that is looking like the only option. two weeks on remember. officials are now saying today there is a quote limited amount of time to get the boys out. apparently oxygen is running low in the space where they are some 2 1/2 miles underground. efforts are being made to put an oxygen line into that area as well as communications line to help coordinate rescue efforts and again to connect these poor young kids to their families, worrying on top. heavy rains are approaching.
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the pumping of water out of the cave is continuing, and help from the u.s. and all over coming in and trying to rectify this situation. it has the whole world very much focused. back to you, leland. >> leland: all right. greg palkot in london. as greg outlined there was an idea seeing if they could build a sanctuary for these kids for a couple of months and wait out the rainy season and that is now off the table. >> sandra: very difficult situation. what just happened gives us great perspective on how difficult it will be the rescue effort. we'll continue to watch that as it develops. time is up for the d.o.j. today is the deadline to hand over documents related to the russia investigation. will house lawmakers get the information they are looking for? >> leland: plus president trump sending america's top diplomat to north korea. with secretary of state mike pompeo get any commitments about denuclearization from kim jong-un? >> sandra: president trump not
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>> president trump: every day i'm president, we will track down the gang members, drug dealers, child predators, and criminal aliens that we find, we will get them, we will throw them the hell out of our country. we'll put them in jail. [cheering and applause] >> leland: president trump defending his zero tolerance policy towards migrants crossing the border illegally. despite the outcry over family separations homeland security has border apprehensions fell almost 20% last month after the trump administration put it in its tough policy. with us now kayleigh mcenany. do the ends justify the means? >> yes, they do. i think it's important to consider that as you said, they've dropped nearly 20%, illegal border crossings have,
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down 10,000 in just 30 days. that is a victory for the zero tolerance policy and leland it's in line with what the american people want. none of us want to see family separations and why the president signed the executive orders but americans want to see stricter border enforcement. >> leland: the president didn't want to see family separations. the administration viewed it as leverage point. american public didn't seem happy about it. trump handling of immigration 39% approve, 58% disapprove. handling of family separation reborder, 60% disapprove. based on this polling the american public, which was taken after the executive order, that the american public is equating the family separation policy with the president's policy on immigration. i'm guessing you don't think that's fair. >> i don't. and i know it's a very complicated matter and just to
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quickly review the facts. as kristin nielson said family separation was a byproduct enforcing immigration law. because of the flores settlement agreement these policies are from long ago. when you enforce the law it meant families had to be separated. he knew it was a temporary fix and congress had the ultimate fix to family separations and did it nevertheless. it is important to point out the poll that just came out that said 70% of voters want stricter border enforcement. no one wants family separation, the president included and why he signed that. but americans want stricter enforcement on our borders. >> leland: the question is, is the political cost of stricter enforcement if you believe kristin nielson and others the byproduct can become family separation. is the political cost of that worth the political gain of
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stronger enforcement in the mid-terms? >> i don't think there is a political cost in the long run. you look at the most recent poll that came out. economists poll that came out amid the family separations happening on the immigration pollz. it has democrats ahead by 4% down from 16% in january. you look at the fact that the president's numbers are up 10% among hispanic voters. that was polled during this happening. i think americans are looking at the broad picture of the trump presidency. safer borders, safer protections for the american people and the sorg economy. >> leland: it is clear the president thinks it's a winning issue for him. a vote for democrats in november is to vote to let ms-13 run wild in our communities, drugs pour into our cities and take jobs and benefits away from hard working americans. democrats want chaos. republicans want law, order and justice. i'm guessing you are with the president he hopes that the
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democrats keep running on abolish ice. >> leland, that's the ultimate point. the president's tweet was spot on. i cited that 70% number of people wanting stricter borders. the same poll showed 69% don't want to abolish ice. you have some of the democrats saying let's abolish this. they are running so far to the left. american people don't want open borders, they want safety and that's what the trump presidency is giving them. >> leland: mark meadows of the freedom caucus signing onto the letter to dhs. we'll see how it plays out from the congressional standpoint. thanks so much. we appreciate it. >> sandra: it's deadline day for the justice department. the house demanding documents related to the russia probe by today. how the department is now responding. and you won't believe how much the post office has to fork over after putting the wrong image of lady liberty on a stamp.
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vegas on the right. that stamp brought in more than $2 billion before it was discontinued in 2014. >> sandra: wow. decide for yourself. can you tell the difference? >> is it worth $3.5 million? to the artist it s. >> sandra: it will cost the post office. >> leland: we know how much the president loves the post office, too. >> sandra: all right. this is a fox news alert. today is the deadline for the department of justice to turn over documents detailing the f.b.i.'s russia investigation. the house giving the department a week to do so. lawmakers looking over those records seeing if it meets the demands of their subpoena. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live in washington with the latest. >> a source close to the process tells fox news that the newly available records do not fully comply with congressional house subpoenas and barring new developments they don't meet the house resolution deadline.
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trey gowdy and nunes and goodlatte requested the records. house staffers viewed the records thursday at the justice department because lawmakers were out of town for the holiday recess. subpoena was issued in april for a key set of records focused on f.b.i. activities before the f.b.i. russia case officially opened on july 31st, 2016. the source said the justice department and f.b.i. had not provided all records or information about this critical time period when the russia collusion case was opened. a former official said the records go to the heart of the issue. >> what put all of this into motion and, of course, was what put all of this into motion something that was politically motivated or based on legitimate law enforcement evidence? based on the hearing and the back and forth we've seen over the last few months we're in an unusual and disturbing situation where there has been a complete breakdown and
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fracture of trust. >> christopher wray along with rod rosenstein were on capitol hill last week and face new pressure to comply after the passage of a non-binding house resolution. the next step will unfold when congress returns next week and find out whether lawmakers are serious about moving forward on contempt. >> sandra: we're learn that robert mueller is hiring more prosecutors. >> a source close to the matter confirmed that more lawyers and employees from the justice department as well as u.s. attorneys have been brought on to the special counsel case but they cautioned against drawing conclusions that this signaled an expansion of the russia case. they saw it more as an effort by mueller to parse out parts of the investigation unrelated to russia that will live on once the special counsel case is closed and pointed to the
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michael cohen case handled by the southern district of new york, the case where we have yet to see the direct connection to russia during the campaign period. >> sandra: thank you for your reporting. >> leland: congressman jim jordan denying claims he knew about sexual abuse of athletes by a team doctor when he was at ohio state and how the capitol police are now getting involved. >> sandra: chuck schumer wanting a say in who the next supreme court justice is and who he suggested to president trump. improve our workflow. attract new customers. that's when fastsigns recommended fleet graphics. yeah! now business is rolling in. get started at fastsigns.com.
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ahead of the prime time announcement that we expect to come in monday night. before the big reveal senator chuck schumer trying to get a word in. he called the president asking him to nominate merrick garland, president obama's nominee back in 2016. joining me now marc thiessen from the "washington post" and fox news contributor. it doesn't hurt to make the phone call. >> yeah, that's going to happen, chuck. good luck with that. >> sandra: he is not staying out of this. one of chuck schumer's most recent tweets. raymond kethledge having passed the litmus test on overturning roe versus wade and striking down people with preexisting conditions in the aca. it looks like democrats are desperate to block the president's nominee.
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>> they are desperate to do it and powerless to do it and why they're having the liberal freak-out and nobody to blame but themselves. there is a 15-year history of democratic miscalculations that led to this. back in 2003 it was the democrats who did something unprecedented in judicial history. up until that point most nominees for federal courts have been approved by bipartisan majorities. no one had been filibustered they did it to 10 of george w. bush's. then when they took back the senate and obama was president when republicans filibustered some of their nominees they invoked the nuclear option and packed the courts including the d.c. circuit with liberal judges and then when the republicans took power back and trump appointed neil gorsuch instead of letting him through they filibustered gorsuch, somebody who was praised on the
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left and the right as a person of perfect temperament and intellect and integrity and so they lost -- that allowed republicans who didn't want to change the senate rules to have to do it. now if they had not filibustered gorsuch they would have a lot of say in what's going on now. instead they blew it on the gorsuch nomination and now republicans don't need to convince their senators to eliminate the filibuster and they can confirm him with 51 votes. it is all the democrats' own fault. >> sandra: as you conclude your piece democrats are upset. too bad. they should have confirmed miguel estrada. we're now being told the president has narrowed down his list for his nominees and the announcement comes monday night. how do you think the president is making his final decision, marc? >> i think any of the people that are on his list would be terrific supreme court justices and it could be somebody that
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could be somebody we're not expecting. of the three judges i know brett kavanaugh well. he is a fantastic conservative judge. kethledge is very similar to gorsuch. not as well-known but has a solid judicial record. amy coney barrett is very appealing for a couple of reasons. number one, she was just confirmed by the senate. she has been thoroughly vetted and 55 sitting senators voted for her just last year. including three democrats and including both collins and murcowski, the republican swing votes. the other thing that she has going for her she is only 46 years old. she has the longest potential tenure on the court. donald trump said i want somebody who will serve 45, 50 years. she could serve for four or five decades on the court if she was confirmed. >> sandra: having written your
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piece about democrats desperate to block the nominee. what do you expect next week to look like after the president names the person monday? >> this is going to make the bourke hearings look like a kumbaya session. they are already going after her. the anti-catholic bigotry on the part of the left. she is the one they're the most worried about. it's unbelievable. and it will only get worse whoever the nominee is because they understand when trump appointed gorsuch it was basically just confirming the status quo, keeping a conservative majority. now he is replacing a liberal swing vote who voted with the liberal block a lot in anthony kennedy. he is shifting the court potentially for 40 to 50 years with this thing. they're going to take everything they can. it puts their democrats in a really tough position in these red state democrats running in states that donald trump won by
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double digits because they will be caught between their liberal base who will be in a froth over trump's nominee and their conservative voters in the state who elected donald trump by 20 or 30 points in some cases who are going to say you vote against trump's nominee you are going down, buddy. >> sandra: it will be a big weekend as we anticipate the president's announcement on monday. marc thiessen, thank you for coming on this morning and have a great weekend. >> leland: the capitol police are investigating some emails that were sent to ohio congressman jim jordan. those emails from a former college wrestler claim that jordan knew about the sexual abuse of athletes by a team doctor. it goes back decades to when jordan was a coach at ohio state. the congressman has denied all of the accusations. mike emanuel, more day two of this story from washington hi, mike. >> a fourth former ohio state
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wrestler said congressman jordan knew about sexual abuse when he was a coach more than 20 years ago. one of the emails to jordan. may 6 he wrote to jordan and former heisman trophy winner archie griffin. 250 of my vo brothers who were raped and/or sexually preyed upon daily under the buckeye banner. then on june 15th he wrote to jordan and former ncaa official. reverend james, the congressman who doesn't recall systemic sex abuse and never heard agent orange tell a lie and wants to be speaker of the house. jordan continues saying he was not aware of sexual abuse allegations against an ohio state team doctor and says there are politics involved here. >> the timing is interesting.
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it is right after the big hearing with mr. rosenstein. right when there is all this talk about a speaker's race. the law firm who is doing the investigation said they tried to contact us and we didn't respond. we have no record. >> the former wrestler says the doctor's inappropriate behavior was common knowledge. >> it was an uncomfortable joke that the doctor wanted to give you a genital exam every time you saw him. >> congressman received support from president trump who told reporters on air force one late yesterday jim jordan is one of the most outstanding people i've met since i've been in washington i believe him 100%. the doctor at the center of the scandal died in 2005 ruled a suicide. investigators can't ask him who knew what when, further complicating getting to the truth. >> leland: questions about the background of some of these
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accusers. more on that for sure, mike, thank you. later tonight congressman jim jordan will speak about these accusations exclusively on fox news. tune in as he sits down with bret baier on special report at 6:00 eastern only on the fox news channel. >> sandra: from colorado to california wildfires are raging out west. >> leland: president trump has denuclearization will happen. secretary of state pompeo's trip to north korea ongoing as we speak. what the secretary needs to come back with. >> we're in a good spot. the secretary is looking forward to having meetings with his north korean counterparts. we go into it eyes wide open but we've made a lot of progress. nerve pain, these feet... ...grew up the youngest of three kids... ...raised a good sport... ...and became a second-generation firefighter. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain any longer.
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>> president trump: we signed a wonderful paper saying they are going to denuclearize their whole thing. it will all happen.
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guess what you have now? eight months no nuclear testing, no missiles, no anything. >> leland: president trump last night in montana as secretary of state pompeo is in north korea right now. another day of talks in a couple of hours. he is trying to nail down a timeline for kim jong-un to dismantle his nuclear arsenal. joining us now is gordon chang. is it that easy? >> the u.s. has overwhelming leverage over north korea and their big power sponsors russia and china. the question is whether trump is willing to use that leverage. we can disarm the north koreans peacefully but we'll have to do some things thought to be politically impossible. go after chinese banks and the rest of it. whether -- >> leland: so far it seems as though while the president has talked about doing a lot of
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tough things as you know going after the banks, really cracking down on the chinese, putting massive military force back in south korea and putting nukes back into south korea. none of those have happened. >> it is right for president trump to give kim a historic one-time shot as the president talks about. maybe kim has made this historic decision to give up his arsenal but we shouldn't give him very much time because it has been a month since the summit. there has been a lot of negotiations before the summit. we've had all those indications the north koreans are continuing to produce material at an increased pace and the rest of it. this is make or break for the secretary of state. >> leland: do you think he needs to come home with real deliverables or they should be ready to walk away? >> absolutely. we should be willing to go back to the maximum pressure campaign. sanctions the north koreans,
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russians and chinese. >> leland: the state department and others would say maximum pressure is continuing but in name only. >> it is not. the administration did not designate 36 russian and chinese and other entities at the end of may. it's important. north korea changes it front companies all the time. if you don't designate the new front companies the sanctions are hollowed out and because of the suspension of the military exercises. >> leland: fair to say the united states has taken its boot off the neck of north korea a little bit. >> yes in so many different ways. >> leland: we have got nothing in return. >> not since the end of may. we've given all the concessions since then and kim has gotten a lot and not giving up anything yet. >> leland: if you want to use the food metaphor. we know how much kim jong-un enjoys his food and wine. he continues to build more missiles and i'll go on a diet, i promise. going on weight watchers soon.
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>> he hasn't. that's because the president has given him this opportunity of trying to create an atmosphere of goodwill. unfortunately the north koreans don't react good to goodwill. they say that's a sign of weakness and try to press the advantage. president trump will have to go back to the maximum pressure campaign and get better results after he does that. >> leland: why would he get better results the second time around? if you follow the administration's logic maximum pressure is what got us to singapore. why would we need round two and expect a different result? >> first time we were signaling the north koreans, chinese and russians we could do. we took steps and convinced the north koreans they had to move in a better direction. and now they said it is the cookie jar. we can go back to the maximum pressure campaign and do it better this time. we have the tools to do it,
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leland. i think the president has the political will. in the long term i'm optimistic. right now it doesn't look good the way things have been going over the last several weeks. >> leland: it's midnight in north korea now. secretary of state pompeo will wake up in eight hours for them to begin round two of negotiations. rich edson is in tokyo reporting on it. gordon chang, always appreciate it. thank you, sir. >> sandra: 10 minutes away from "outnumbered." what is coming up melissa and kennedy? >> big news on the economy. more jobs added than expected. trade deficit in may down to the lowest in 19 months as china and mexico hit back at president trump's tariffs. will his america first move pay off? >> i hope so. the president reportedly narrowing his supreme court picks to just three candidates. a very short list. democrats vowing to fight whoever it is. will that be too risky for democrats running in red states where trump won? >> all that and #one lucky guy.
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>> sandra: the western states are now in the throes of wildfire season. this is one of dozens burning across the west. flames are spreading due to hot, dry and windy conditions. >> i was worried about this when there was no snow that it would be a bad wildfire season and here it is. >> sandra: we have the latest from the west coast newsroom. >> those conditions you just mentioned making things so much worse for crews out there. you can take a look at this map
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and see at least three dozen significant fires across the west. colorado dealing with the most and the largest, the spring creek fire as it is called where crews on scene described a tsunami of fire 300 feet high. this is the third largest in state history with more than 100,000 acres burned upwards of 250 homes destroyed. it has been moving so quickly firefighters have had to follow it. rain is in the forecast today which helps. there is a concern about flash floods. colorado's governor is visiting the area today. as well as the lake christine fire near the snow mass in aspen ski areas. a number of homes have already been lost. firefighters are trying to limit further destruction and residents are grateful. >> the smoke, the anxiety and the danger, the rocks that they have to climb and go up and down and -- it's non-stop appreciation.
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>> in utah the dollar ridge fire is moving fast east of provo and burned 90 homes and threatening 1,000 more. along the california, oregon fire. jerry brown declared a state of emergency. going back to colorado. 10,000 feet high in the colorado mountains a tornado near the town of fair play. no damage but close enough to the fires that it did get crews' attention and everyone else who lives there. it is so rare. >> sandra: thank you. >> leland: president trump had a rally last night. you saw it here live talking about his supreme court pick. he will make the announcement monday night and says, quote, we're all going to like it. so more on the short list and a fourth name recently added coming up.
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>> this is this for happily ever after? a tree falling on a couple moments after they say i do. >> oh, my god! >> that's terrifying. >> it is. only a few scrapes. later they joked saying our love is forever going to be stronger than that tree. >> leave it at that. >> a young boy in missouri saves his family from a fire that happened thursday near st. louis. darwin wallace was in bed and woke up just in time. he saved seven people. people using fireworks may have caused the fire. another warning about the fireworks. have to be careful. >> yes. many warnings. great being here two days. you may be a little tired after this week. >> that's all right. >> have a great weekend.
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a lot of supreme court coverage this weekend from in d.c. and the big pick monday. >> yeah. bill will be back monday. thanks. >> it's been great. have a wonderful weekend. "outnumbered" starts now. >> fox news alert for you. the economy, the labor department reporting employers added 213,000 jobs in june. it's higher than expected. on the same day, the trump administration started imposing new tariffs on chinese imports, the jobs gain shows the economic expansion is on solid ground. i'm melissa francis. we have kennedy herself. also from fbn, dagen mcdowell. we have jessica tarlov. and sirius xm host, david webb. he's outnumbered on this friday. you ready? >> i'm

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