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>> harris: thank you for watching this full hour of breaking news including words from the president on capitol hill. he's in that republican policy meeting. we'll cover it from fox when he comes out. i'm harris. here's dana. >> dana: president trump is on capitol hill with senate republicans at their policy lunch. we're waiting for that to end to see if he makes any other remarks. shocking developments in the case against jussie smollett. i'm dana perino and this is "the daily briefing." smollett appeared for an emergency hearing during which prosecutors dismissed charges he faced an anti-black, anti-gay attack in january. rahm emanuel and the chicago superintendent visibly angry, calling out prosecutors and smollett. this is a big unexpected
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development today, matt. >> reporter: this grand jury that indicted jussie smollett could not be any more clear. they say justice is not served and this city is still owed an apology. talking to city officials in the hours after this hoax, people were telling fox news that they felt this attack was a scam and that this city was being duped and robbed of precious time, money and resources. there's even more anger. smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts of lying to police. he was scheduled to be back in court in april then suddenly this morning there was an emergency hearing. prosecutors filed a no prop motion which basically means they want to no longer prosecute. a judge honored that motion. jussie smollett's case will be
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expunged and he forefitted $10,000 initial bail that he paid to get out of jail. chicago police superintendent eddie johnson doubled down on his assertion that his investigators determined that jussie smollett paid brother $3500 to carry out this hoax. i asked smollett's charges how they felt about superintendent eddie johnson's claims that the brothers were paid. here's what his attorney said. >> the ondero brothers said more than once the $3500 check they received was more exactly what jussie said. it was for nutrition and training. they were his trainers. >> the brothers' attorney told fox news that jussie smollett gave that check for them for training and a fitness program but there was also a built in favor and that that favor was the alleged hoax. jussie smollett said that not a
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moment of this was in vain. it was a difficult time, the worst of his life and he thanked the state of illinois. dana? >> dana: thank you. for more on this i'm joined by the author of "doing justice." and a former united states attorney for the southern district of new york. great to have you here. i will say i read the book. i think it's fantastic. i do want to ask you about this breaking news. can you listen to what rahm emanuel and superintendent of police said just a moment ago? >> sure. >> a position of influence and power, you'll get treated one way. other people will be treated another way. there is no accountability within the system. it is wrong full stop. >> if you want to say you're innocent of a situation, then you take your day in court. i would never, if someone falsely accused me, i would never hide behind a brokered
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deal period. >> dana: obviously, you were a u.s. attorney. you have long experience in the law. what do you make of this development? >> hard to know what to make of it. i'm going to do that which people have not done and reserve judgment. i really don't know. when the news first broke and jussie smollett claimed to be victim of a hate crime, lots of people reacted swiftly based on what the evidence was at the time. that was tested, it seemed. then we had the arrest of jussie smollett who was no longer victim of a crime, but the perpetrator of a crime. people jumped on that. i made some commentary at the time. looked like the prosecutors had a very solid case. seemed very passionate about the case. police chief came out and was angry about the case and conduct. now here we are two weeks later with all the charges dropped. that sometimes happens when you run an office, sometimes new evidence develops. it's a pretty remarkable thing. it's fairly unprecedented to see
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so many twists and turns that you have whiplash as an observer. i don't know what the truth is. looks like the police department and the mayor's office have a disagreement with the prosecutor's office. that's also unusual. usually cases are brought when the police and district attorney thinks there should be one and are usual ll lly dismissed when agree to dismiss a case. >> dana: one more question before we get to the mueller report. i did want to ask if you could explain to people how that could possibly happen just this deal comes out of the blue an the mayor and superintendent are very angry about the decision. sometimes you just have to live with it? it >>'s really unusual. we brought cases we considered law enforcement agencies to be our partners. so if we brought a case, nypd or with the fbi, there was a
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consensus understanding that the case was worth bringing. if there came a time, it was not a completely -- it's not that it never ever happened but generally speaking the prosecutors and agents would agree, there's been new evidence or the case has fallen apart or evidence has been destroyed or some other thing happens then you both agree that sometimes you disagree. this is a pretty extraordinary disagreement. there have been so many twists and turns in the case. it is worth taking a step back. >> dana: see if we get more information. stay right there. we have a fox news alert. president trump is on capitol hill. he's meeting with republican senators. president taking some time to speak with the media on the hill, saying the mueller report was great. mike, what are we hearing from president trump there during his visit? it's not all about the mueller report. >> reporter: you're absolutely right, dana. good afternoon to you. president trump sounding very upbeat, saying the mueller report was great, could not have been better.
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the president then fired this shot at his political opponents. >> i don't think they're talking about impeachment. we have the greatest economy we've ever had. our country's in incredible shape. they and others had this ridiculous witch hunt, where it was proven very strongly no collusion, no obstruction, no nothing. we are doing so well. we've never had a time of prosperity like this. >> reporter: president appeared to be in very good spirits heading into that luncheon with republicans now that the cloud of the special counsel probe has lifted. it's clear a number of republicans believe there ought to be consequences and at the very least apologies from those who drove the russian collusion narrative. >> as we move forward in this
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new chapter, we should learn from this moment. for those who misled the american public, for those who said for more than two years that there's circumstantial evidence of collusion, owe america an apology. you owe this country an apology. >> reporter: some suggested adam schiff who was very outspoken about the russia investigation, should either resign from congress or step down as chairman of that committee. so far schiff has tried to brush this off saying he expected attacks from his republican colleagues. democrats are pushing for release of the mueller report by one week from today. >> the ball is in the court of the attorney general. six committee chairs have sent a letter requesting that the mueller report be released to the public, as well as the under lying documentation no later than tuesday, april 2nd.
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>> reporter: expect that tension to continue with democrats going for the report to be released right away, while republicans are likely to continue arguing they don't want to risk releasing sensitive information. dana? >> dana: thank you, mike. let's bring preet back. you stuck around with us. i wanted to read to you something from a former colleague of yours, andy mccarthy, who wrote in national review about the mueller report and about the decision not to go forward on obstruction by mueller. said on obstruction, mueller should have declined to apply the law to the fact. whether he thinks the justice department decision to charge the president of exoneration or something less is no more relevant than what you or i think about it. what a waste. i wonder, do you think the special counsel law worked the way that it was supposed to in in case? >> it's funny you mention andy
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mccarthy. he was my supervisor when i was a baby prosecutor in the southern district of new york and there's a funny anecdote in my book about andy mccarthy. i think it largely worked. i think we'll know more when we see what the mueller report ever says. if the public gets to see it. what you wanted to have is someone removed from the political forces or administration that he was appointed to investigate. no special counsel mechanism is going to be perfect and satisfy everyone. you had circumstances sometimes when people high up in the government itself, there's smoke and there's a need to investigate. you need to have somebody who has distance from that. still supervise within the department. there's still acting attorney general oversight. i think overall, bob mueller and his team, not everyone likes what he did. not everyone likes the conclusion. last week you liked it, this
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week you don't like it. one of the problems we have in america, have people make sure they understand the law is different from politics. >> dana: i wanted to quote to you from your book from a piece that we pulled out. it said, a decision to decline, to walk away, is not lessening of a conduct but minimalism tends to be the best practice. you talked in the book about, you can go forward and if you feel like you do not have the case, you have to walk away. you also talk about what is the public owed in the reason not to prosecute? >> there's a tremendous tension between making sure you're not saying derogatory things about someone you don't charge. if there's no trial, they sort of get talked about and they can't really do anything to defend themselves or exonerate themselves. on the other hand, where there are issues of great public
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interest, the decision to go forward or not go forward was based on the law and not on politic. both those considerations are appropriate. the problem is when they come into contact with each other, especially in cases with great consequence or great moments which you don't normally have. robbery cases, organized crime kaeurbs someone would decide we don't have enough evidence and close the case. there are cases where you have cases of public prominence or this issue of conspiracy potentially with russia, then i think reasons for having more disclosure are significantly more pronounced. but it's a difficult ticket. >> dana: right. you've got people you need to protect as well. preet wharara, thank you for being on. president trump just had lunch with republicans. see if we can hear him. >> -- reading about it tomorrow. thank you very much.
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>> dana: president trump. i think we have shannon bream. i don't know if you were able to catch what the president said. you and will talk after the commercial break because we'll be right back. alright, i brought in
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watch this. >> i'm left hanging my head and asking why. why would anyone, especially an african-american man, use a symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? how could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? >> dana: you're america's favorite lawyer. you gotta explain what's going on. >> you remember a few weeks ago that female prosecutor that came out and painstakingly minute by minute walked everybody through this case. there were a lot of attorneys and people defending jussie smollett who said you just tainted the entire jury. they talked about every camera angle they had. the two brothers had been visiting nigeria at that time. all of the cameras and ubers.
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they painstakingly walked the public through it. they had made their case. as rahm emanuel reminded people today, there was a grand jury. this is separate and aside from the police, who handed up all of these indictments. he said testify just a sliver of what police put together. it is clear the police are not backing down and neither will the mayor. >> dana: i do want to ask you one other legal question. this was about the trump administration deciding to go forward. explain what they tried to do to try to eliminate obama care. >> republicans campaigned on this. president campaigned on this. there was a ruling by a texas federal judge in which he said, now that the tax law the republicans passed zeros out that individual mandate tax or penalty that you would have to pay on your taxes, the under pinnings of the law is no longer
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there. that's what the supreme court used to uphold this thing. the federal judge said the whole thing has to go, but i'll keep the law in play while this proceeds on merits. administration had said we don't necessarily agree with that. yesterday they filed with the court saying, yep, we agree with that reasoning. it will almost certainly get passed. >> dana: preexisting condition, we heard a lot about that during the midterms. healthcare is on people's phaoeupbsd. listen to one of the democratic leaders house majority whip jim clyburn on what he said about this move. >> last night, this administration opened a new chapter when it moved to completely invalidate the affordable care act. that, to me, is the number one thing on people's minds. people are worried. for this administration to open that chapter, i think that we have got to reconnect our
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conversations with the american people. >> dana: one way i guess to repeal the law is to have the courts do it. that leaves replacement very much in question. >> lot of people think this is not only a legal story, but a political story. all of the 2020 contenders have come out to say, thank you, this is actually a gift for us going into a political year. they're gonna campaign and say this administration is totally irresponsible because there's nothing left if you are successful in getting rid of it. >> dana: we're gonna watch you fox news at night 11 p.m. eastern. it's a great show. we thank you for being here so early in your day. >> thank you. see you tonight. >> dana: president trump on capitol hill, where he was asked about the obama administration's involvement in the mueller report. we're going to tell you what he said. the senate set to hold a vote on a green new deal. why even the sponsor of the legislation is not planning to vote yes. o miralax for my constipation. stimulant laxatives forcefully stimulate
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>> dana: president claiming vindication over the mueller report as many democrats promise to keep the pressure on his administration. my next guest said it's time for the previous administration to answer some questions. the mueller report claims the
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obama administration turned the surveillance powers against the campaign. it is time for mr. obama to say what he knew and did not know about the targeting of his party's opponent. i there's two things that unite silicon valley liberals and trump supporters, but the frustration with the obama administration, with not getting ahead of what was happening in regards to the russian interference is one of them. >> yeah. i it this's odd how a lot of the stories the last two years of stories how few of them mention president obama. partly it was a deception whether intentional or not. lot of people in the media have presented the fbi and justice department as independent agencies. that serves the narrative that trump has no business managing them or firing james comey, but it also has misled people into thinking that president obama was not the executive in charge.
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he was. >> dana: and some people have said and his defenders say he didn't want to weigh in too much because he didn't want it to look like he was interfering and trying to help hillary clinton win the election. >> i think we ought to know what he was doing. we know there was no evidence for collusion. >> dana: you think he should have to address this issue in public? >> the idea that we take the surveillance powers of the federal government and turn them on the presidential campaign and the party out of power is ridiculous. >> dana: you write there's no evidence that those things were done. do we know that for sure or have they just not shown us what evidence they based it on. >> you mean was there collusion? >> dana: no, in terms of the initial surveillance. >> we know now from the mueller report that there was no evidence for collusion. so we've been waiting for something to say, oh, those fisa warrants happened with something beyond the dossier, with something more than yahoo! knew. now we know there's nothing there.
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the question ought to be directed at the expectative in charge. were you allowing, enabling, encouraging? there's an strcyk memo saying the president wants to know what we're doing. >> dana: we just got new sound from the green new deal and the vote happening today. listen to this. >> we are at a point where every democratic senator who is running for president has endorsed and co-sponsored the green new deal. so the question is, why are they going to dump that vote today? well, the reason because it's a big green bomb that will blow a hole in our strong, healthy and growing economy. >> dana: senator mcconnell wrote this on twitter. remarkable see a rather coalesce around a proposal to forcibly remake the entire country on the whim of brooklyn and san francisco. but it's been even more stunning to see my democratic colleagues
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angry and upset that the plan they support is about to get a vote. what do you think is happening? >> it will be interesting to watch once you say this is a grave threat to the planet that must be addressed, how do you vote present after that? obviously, this is the intention. to make people get on record and actually act on these things they claim to believe. >> dana: we'll see what happens on that one. obviously that will fail today. we have not heard the last of the green new deal. we will read your column this afternoon. thank you. >> thanks, dana. >> dana: help on the way for flood ravaged native american reservation in south dakota. plus, do critics of president trump now owe him an apology after the mueller report failed to make a case for collusion? >> candidate for the office sought to collude with a foreign power that was trying to under mind our democracy. my joints, they hurt.
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donald trump a public apology. if you call someone a traitor and you lack the evidence for that, the only thing to do is apologize. let's bring in our panel. great friends of the show and great to have you here. mary anne, let me ask you that question. david brooks suggesting at least o'rourke and john brennan owe the president an apology. would you agree? >> i don't think there should be claims of victory or defeat or apologies until we see the full mueller report. that's right for everybody involved and especially the american people. which is why it's so troubling that mitch mcconnell yesterday stopped a vote from going to the senate, that passed the house 420-0, to allow that thing. lindsey graham now doesn't want the report to be seen by the public. and devin noonan who wanted the whole report to come out, says on fox and friend hess wants it
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to be burned. and nunez went running to the white house in the middle of the night because he saw something about it. i think we should have answers to everything so we can address all of this. >> dana: matt, what do you think of all of this? people being able to read the report. it feels like they think there's a cover-up here. maybe there's not enough. right? if the report can do the appropriate redactions of classified information and grand jury material, would you support getting it out there? >> i guess except this is the insanity of all of this. why did we go through two years of this, dana? because there wasn't transparency with the initial decision by president obama and the obama administration to use their government office and the power of our intelligence community to go after an oppositional presidential campaign. we haven't seen any of those conversations. we haven't seen the fisa information. there is so much that we would all like to see. but, no, what does mary anne and
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the democrats harp on? they want to see every part of the mueller report. why? they want to see that because they know it's a bar mr. mueller and mr. barr cannot meet because of what you talked about, dana, redactions. there are prosecutions on going. and the fact that our national security is implicated. they know there will be redactions. soon as there are redactions, they'll say, they are not giving us everything. all of these democrats ran around saying mueller has to be given the ability to conduct his investigation. he got everything he wanted. he saw every document he wanted to see. he came up with nothing. it's time for us to move on. >> dana: mary anne, i'll let you respond to that. >> matt, if that's all true and it exonerates everybody and especially donald trump, why wouldn't you want it out there? let the american people see it. >> mary anne, i don't have a problem with it being out there. >> it is the republicans who are stopping it from being
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published. i point to mitch mcconnell. every republican. >> dana: that debate about whether it comes out or when it comes out, that's going to continue. i do want to get your thoughts on this. here's nancy pelosi talking about impeachment earlier. >> is it off the table at this point? >> impeachment isn't on the table. this is not about that. this is about us doing our work. doing what we said we were going to do on the campaign. that's what we're doing. in addition to that, we are honoring our oath to uphold the constitution of the united states and we need to see the report so that we can do that. >> dana: mary anne, do you think speaker pelosi will be able to stem the tide for = for impeachment hearings? >> i do. she very smartly defined what it would take if there were ever to be impeachment hearings of any kind. information from the mueller report would have to be
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compelling, overwhelming and bipartisan. that was the bar she set. democrats at least know how to multitask. they will be able to do healthcare and campaign and win seats because of it. at the same time, hold donald trump and others accountable for the 2016 campaign. >> dana: matt, i heard the president today when he was with senate republicans was fired up. he was talking about all the different issues that he wants to work on. as if now that the mueller report is done and he feels like it's behind him, he can get going on a domestic agenda. sorry. i have one more producer in my ear. we have some sound. lindsey graham. >> all of us want to make sure classified information and source methods are protected. beyond that, lay it out there. [ inaudible ] >> can you give us the sense of the lunch today? >> healthcare was the first
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thing out of his mouth. we have to be the party of healthcare. we got to get preexisting conditions set. if somebody is sick, they're not going to lose their coverage. looking at a block grant approach, modified block grant. challenge the democrats to work with us. we're not gonna give up on healthcare. it is an important issue. we think our eyes are gonna work better for the public than obama care. music to my ears. everybody talks about the politics of healthcare. what i'm talking about is outcome. people need lower costs. prescription drugs. he mentioned that. that will be a top priority for the president. try to reform prescription drug costs so they will be lower. >> thank you. >> dana: there you had it, the senator from south carolina. he's also the senate judiciary chairman, talking about a range of things. we were just about to talk about the agenda going forward. he said healthcare, drug prices
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and preexisting conditions are going to be the thing republicans will be able to count on going forward. your thoughts? >> it's a really important area for us to focus on. we've lost two years talking about the issues that impact the american people. i have talked to the president about this as well. he believes republicans have an opportunity to put forth their version of healthcare. it will have to be done in a bipartisan way. nancy pelosi runs the house. as long as democrats talk about mueller, it accrues the president's benefit. he has a real chance to press reset and engage millions of americans who realize he is the dually elected president. now let's talk about solving our problems. it's a real opportunity for the president. >> dana: i think the democrats certainly were big winners in the midterm elections and on the house side when they were talking about healthcare. can democrats talk about health care beyond medicare for all?
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>> no question about it. healthcare was the reason democrats won the house back, proving that democrats can do more than one thing at the same time. also, remember, the senate has 20, 20 plus seats up including mitch mcconnell. if they're going to get rid of preexisting conditions, which is what they did two years ago, which led to mcsally saying she always supported it and then roll tape that didn't. if you knock 30 million people off their healthcare, good for democrats, bad for the country. >> dana: did sound like lindsey graham said the president is going to deal with preexisting conditions. >> that's right. >> dana: we will wait to see what the plan is. >> and obamacare is what hurt people with their health insurance. that's why people hated it for years and years. >> dana: bye-bye. county in new york declares a state of emergency when it comes to the on going measles outbreak. rockland county said as of
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tomorrow anyone 18 and under unvaccinated against the measles will be barred until this declaration expires. brian llenas is live in rockland county. this is a significant step, brian. >> reporter: it is a significant step, dana. in fact, it's historic. rockland county new york has become the first county to ban people who are unvaccinated with the measles vaccination for all public places. all children are banned from schools, churches, synagogues, no grocery stores, restaurants. they cannot be in these cases unless they are vaccinated. the state of emergency will be in place for the next 30 days. >> last year not just one, but seven unvaccinated travellers diagnosed with measles entered our county leading to 153 confirmed cases. this is the largest outbreak in
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>> shepherd smith at the fox news death. insanity in chicago. a boomshell in the jussie smollett case. prosecutors drop all the charges and then the police chief and the mayor come out and call it a sham and a miscarriage of justice. what about the two guys who supposedly helped him stage this thing? chicago, top of the hour on fox news. >> dana: prosecutors dropping all charges against empire actor jussie smollett today. chicago police blasting the decision, saying they stand
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behind their case, but smollett's attorney saying this case has been a rush to judgment. >> you should allow investigation and allow the state to investigate a charge before you go through the court. >> dana: i'm joined by the managing attorney of the guster law firm. take a listen to jussie smollett whose very brief comments. i'll have you listen to this and respond. >> i have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of what i was accused of. this has been an incredibly difficult time. honestly one of the worst of my entire life. but i am a man of faith and i am a man that has knowledge of my history. i would not bring my family, our lives or the movement to a fire like this. i just wouldn't. >> dana: what is going on here? >> this is the shock of the -- well, it's only tuesday. with jussie, with trump and mueller, all this stuff going
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on, avenatti. and geragos. there was so much attention brought upon this case. i'm not necessarily shocked that the charges are dismissed based upon the charges that were brought. however, based upon the media attention and the resources that chicago expended, the amount of media attention that jussie sought. that's something we talked ab in previous segments. where jussie was looking for the media attention. he did the abc interviews. he did the interviews for other news station wanting to get attention to this matter. then it was just dropped for $10,000 bond and community service. shocking. >> dana: tell me, the police stand by their story. the mayor is furious. then i think this is added. for all the attention on it, it's now all going to be under seal, no one will get to see it, yet jussie smollett gets to stand there and say i'm totally innocent? >> easy to do a victory lap when the case is sealed. it's very rare for the police
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and the prosecutor to have a differing upon on what happens with a case like this because there was so much media attention and the crime was based upon allegations take ton the police department and about the city of chicago. when the state's attorney does this, it will definitely create a divide between the prosecutor's office and the police officers and the mayor's office. >> dana: am i wrong, but maybe i could have checked this. didn't the state's attorney already recuse from this case? >> there was one of the state's attorneys who was recused but then another took over the case. >> dana: does he just have really great defense lawyers or is there something else possibly going on here? >> unfortunately, i don't know. there are several possibilities. number one, if the witnesses recanted their statement or disappeared or left the country. if some of the things jussie stated were actually true.
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if he agreed to do community service and they viewed the community service being helpful to the city opposed to prosecuting this young man. so there are several things that could have happened. one thing they did say, he was not exonerated from the charges. he was not cleared of what he did, but the charges were dropped. that's something that happens in our justice system whether we like it or not. >> dana: kind of rare then for the whole thing to be sealed and then to be able to make a statement of saying you're totally innocent. amazin amazing. >> the judge should have made him give a gag order. judge should have given him a gag order so he couldn't do a victory lap. >> dana: right. sealed should be sealed. >> i won the case. no. i gave you a plea agreement. i'm giving you some money and some time. >> dana: eric guster, thank you for getting to your car and getting to the studio. patrick shanahan, he's in the hot seat, taking trump's plan
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>> south dakota's national guard deploying to pine ridge indian reservation after an overwhelming amount of snow and rain set off a humanitarian disaster. flooding has stranded people for two weeks with little food and water. many homes can only be reached by horseback or boat. residents are hunkering down for what could be weeks with no access to the outside world. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan said $1 billion was offered for new border wall
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construction. lucas tomlinson is live with more. lucas? >> dana, patrick shanahan went to take money for the counter narcotics account to take money nor the border wall. one of the problems is there's only $885 million in the account and then the request was denied. the dod's intent to use the process to reprogram $1 billion without congressional approval is a violation of trust. the administration continues to spend billions of dollars on an imaginary crisis. >> you're not asking for the same permission. you ask the result of that likely is that the appropriations committee in particular would no longer give the pentagon reprogramming authority. >> funding a border wall out of the department of defense is also unbelievably irresponsible. >> shanahan told chairman smith
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he knew using pentagon funds for the border risked losing lawmaker's trust. >> we understand losing what amounts to a privilege. those risks were weighed. and then given the order from the commander-in-chief, we're executing on that order. >> pentagon officials say it doesn't require congressional approval to move the billion dollars. >> dana: thanks. and then a teacher goes above and beyond to donate 80% of his salary to his hometown. his global teacher prize money to help feed the poor. thanks for joining us. on "the five", we'll have jussie
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smollett, more on the mueller report and one more thing in which mine is off today. thanks for joining us. i'm dana perino. here's shepard smith. is . >> shepard: did a software screw up lead to trouble in airports across the nation today? we'll tell you what the company has to say about it behind the delays. how to lose a couple hundred thousand dollars in seconds. the rest of the video and the story ahead. reporting begins now. insanity in chicago. a one-minute telling is mind boggling. listen to this. jussie smollett claims he's the victim of a hate crime, beaten, bleached, noose hung around

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