one of them. you are our midnight hero. most-watched, most trusted, most grateful you spent the evening with us. we will see you at 11:00 pm eastern. good night from washington. i am shannon bream. annity start. ♪ >> welcome to the special edition of "hannity." i am jason chaffetz in tonight for sean. president trump is showing restraint following the latest provocation by iran. after their attacks, the president explained his decision to nbc's chuck todd, take a lo look. >> so they came and they said, we are ready to go and would like a decision. and i said i want to know something before you go. how many people will be killed? in this case, iranians.
sir, i'd like to get back to you on that. great people these generals. they said, sir, approximately 150. i thought about that for a second and i said, they shut down an unmanned drone, plane, whatever you want to call it, and here we are sitting with 150 dead people that would have taken place probably within a half an hour after i said go ahead. and i didn't like it. i didn't think it was proportionate. >> jason: here with more with all of this is our own jennifer griffin. jennifer? >> there's a very different atmosphere here at the pentagon today. so much so that patrick shanahan left the building at 4:00 p.m. today, as last day in the building after his sudden resignation on tuesday. here is what we know happened last night between seven and 8:00 p.m. eastern.
the b-52s have not taken out. navy warships were in possession and ready to strike with tomahawk missiles awaiting the go order. president trump explains his change of heart and a tweet. "we were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night on three different sites when i asked, how many will die? 150 people sir, was an answer from the general. 10 minutes before the strike i stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. i'm in no hurry. there remains a serious question about what president's mind, and any military strike plan would have been a cop accompanied by a casualty estimate. those first briefings by the military occurred at 11:00 a.m. at the white house and again at 3:00 p.m., not 10 minutes before the launch. iran used it as a propaganda victory and state tv release this video showing what it claims is the records of the large u.s. navy drone. it's the second time in a week
at the iranian forces fired on u.s. drones. there is no evidence based on iranian behavior that these were robe units that the u.s. drones. furthermore, it said it chose not to shoot down the poseidon surveillance train and that spy plane shot this video of the u.s. global hawk being shot do done. the u.s. military we are told still we are told still doesn't do anything to respond. there are 70,000 u.s. troops in the region and an aircraft carrier strike group. >> jason: also developing tonight, the pentagon has released a new map disputing iran's claims that the u.s. drone was an iranian airspace. but that's not stopping the radical regime from continuing its provocations, and joining me now for reaction is fox news
military analyst colonel david hunt, along with former cia intelligence officer and fox news contributor dan hoffman. thank you both for being here tonight and thank you for this service to our country. your perspective is an important one and colonel, i want to start with you. what's your reaction to what the president did and in this case, didn't do? >> it's a great day when you are not going to war with iran. all the provocations by iran since about april have not gone against the u.s. i think it it was a very good decision. i also think it sent a definite message to iran because of the aftermath, we are talking about the strike packages, et cetera. people that are carping about this who don't like it, they don't like the fact that the president may not have used the system, the bureaucratic system of the principles groups and deputies. the problem with that, that same system give us 18 years of
vietnam. i don't know how anyone can argue that not bombing -- i expect iran will continue to play games and i think what we will have to do is probably ratcheted up economically with more embargoes. >> jason: dan, no action is an action by the president. what is the message to iran, and will this de-escalate the situation or does it escalate it with iran thinking, we can get away with doing more and more of these types of actions? >> dan: well at the heart of this is the fact that the administration pulled out of the flawed iranian nuclear deal and imposed maximum economic sanctions which have driven iran's economy to the breaking point. iran has followed up with nuclear blackmail and have threatened to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels next month, early next month. if they don't have sanctions
relief, and the question remains that we deterred iran for continuing to escalate. what do we have to do to avoid the risk of escalating this to a war that neither country wants? that is the challenge i think from the policy perspective. >> that is their inability now to send oil on the world market, and our ability to take out iran, at a moment's notice if the president decided to do so, how does the president best leverage that so iran doesn't get out of control and spins it up more and more?
>> dan: the problem is we have deployed extra soldiers to cut or, and we've got b-52s flying. and iran is a terrorist state. very difficult, it does have a competent special operations force, but they have also lost two and half million barrels per day and rustling down to 200,000. i do think iran has to be dealt with. i don't think it would take very much more economically to question. >> jennifer griffin pointed out in our report, there was not only the unmanned drone that was shot down, a very expensive drone, but we also had a manned aircraft. do you think that was part of the president's calculus here
that shut down the manned aircraft, and the president would react differently i woulde not if it was americans that have been killed? >> presumably he would and we are at a standoff with the country. we are kind of negotiating our rules of engagement in the persian gulf this way. we haven't attacked each other's servicemen and women, or in our case servicemen and women, and iran has laid off at that. they attacked us from the persian gulf and it's true that they have not attacked u.s. ships and u.s. servicemen and women. they are avoiding what they thought was a tipping point which resulted in us eliminating their receipt to mike regime. that's ultimately how we deter an iranian miscalculation with that clear level of deterrence.
>> . that's tens of thousands of americans in the gulf and their families back home as they watch programs like this? >> we love all of you, be safe. >> dan: everyone with whom i served, they absolutely appreciated the opportunity to be on the front lines, delimiting threats overseas before they would be visited on our shores. >> jason: we do have the biggest baddest military on the face of the planet, and thank goodness we do. god bless people like donald trump and others who have to make very tough decisions in a very short amount of time and the best interest in the united states. we can't thank the men and women who have served enough and we thank you to implement also. many lawmakers across capitol hill are praising the president's measured response.
i appreciate presidents desire to be measured and thoughtful. mike florida, and michael waltz, who is also from florida. thank you so much for joining. the vantage points on the intelligence committee is also very important one in addition to armed services. there is an important date which is july 8th which is the deadline that iran has put out, they picked a number, therefore you're up to help get out of the as iranian sanctions that are crippling their economy. give us your perspective on what's happening in iran and the
pressure they are feeling from economic section micah sanctions. >> secretary pompeo has described his maximum pressure campaign wishes to bring iran back to the table to renegotiate the jcpoa, the nuclear deal. that this administration stepped out of. obviously the goal is that we do not want to have a nuclear iran. understanding that the steel needs to be negotiated. what's interesting and capitol hill, the president is trying to show restraint and so this is an interesting debate happening in congress, watching the president as the democrats claim he is trying to take us to war. he's showing restraint and trying to take us to the bargaining table. be one congressman waltz, you are a freshman there but your military service gives you an
interesting perspective. following up on what congressman turner was talking about, what is the atmosphere? what are democrats and republicans alike talking about on capitol hill? >> i've operated against the iranians on the ground and dealt with them from previous service in the white house and i can tell you the underlying premise here is what we have to agree on. whether it's isis in iraq, iranian backed terrorists, we have to take care of that abroad in places like damascus, tehran and kabul, or it will follow us home. we have to stay on offense and while i absolutely respect to the presidents right as commander-in-chief, what all
three of us have fought for on the armed services committee, his right to give these green light, go and no-go decisions, we do have to respond. it's deterred by strength, and the president i fully support in keeping the maximum pressure campaign going. i think he made it very clear, he's going to drive it back to the table but get a better deal in the long run. and that's absolutely what he needs to do. >> jason: congressman gaetz, what are you hearing and seeing from your colleagues on the floor of the house? not everybody thinks like what congressman walz and turner just articulated. >> i have great respect for my fellow floridian come michael waltz. but i think what's naive, what engaging in unfocused, unconstitutional regime change wars is effective in the middle east or back home.
you look at afghanistan, we are down from having the afghan government controlling 72% of their administrative districts 256% of their administrative districts in the last two years. you look at the $6 trillion that you spend in the region and you think that's larger than the market cap of facebook, google, and amazon combined. i think an american first foreign policy advanced by the president is one that would prioritize getting the gulf cartel out of the southwestern united states before we decide that we will be the policeman of the gulf of oman. if you have japan and norway not seeking work for vessels owned by folks in their countries being attacked, i don't think it's the job of the united states to avenge foreign vessels or robots, with patriots. >> i don't think you would necessarily agree with everything congressman gaetz just said, what do you? >> i think jason when we have
this debate, enemy self select and the most important thing we can do is have the strong military and a president that is not restrained and able to take action. the debate unfortunately in the house of the last two weeks, and the last two weeks the democrat voted to repeal the 2001 authorization of the use of force that was passed after 9/11 that allowed us to go after al qaeda and isis and just last week there was debate about restricting the president's ability to respond to iran which would have prevented the president of the united states from responding even if iran attacked israel. we recognize that enemies self-selected and have a strong military to protect our country. >> jason: is a president doing what he supposed to be doing here? is that what has happened so far? >> all three of us absolutely agree, maintaining options for the president and not allowing the president to tie his hands for political reasons.
he is commander-in-chief, congress does have a role in line with the war powers act but at the end of the day, and in response to my good friend representative gates, at the end of the day we have to fight this abroad. i don't want to fight this in the united states. when half the world terrorist organizations exist in afghanistan, when isis is sending and recognizing refugees into europe and the united states, and when iran is openly seeking to attack israel and to build a nuclear weapon to attack all of it, it's only in the united states that can lead. and whenever we withdraw like obama did out of iraq, and like obama did tried to do out of afghanistan, bad things happen. if we don't lead then we leave the world open to china and russia and islamic extremism. that does not mean we have half a million troops on the ground, there is lot of space between kumbaya world peace and a million soldiers on the ground.
and that's what the president needs to be representing right now. >> jason: so is donald trump, the president of the united states doing the right thing or do you think he's taking this step along the way? >> the president has been mindful and effective. the only reason these strikes didn't occur is that the president wanted to make sure we give peace a chance. president trump understands we get peace through strength but we can also achieve strength through restraint. i don't get it. the middle east represents 3.5% of global gdp and we are obsessed with this area of the world. china represents 15% of global gdp and they have expanded their empire without firing a single shot. i think we do need to reform the 2001 authorization to use military force because if brave patriots are willing to go fight and die in these wars, members of congress ought to have the
guts to vote for them or against them and make sure we follow the constitution and the application of military force. but the president has shown his mindful and effective. >> jason: the debate will continue but i think it's naive to say china never fired a shot. all you have to do is visit with the vietnamese and others as i have done in congress. but in the last 12 months, -- with all due respect if you look harder at what the chinese are doing, -- >> . i do think that the right answer to this is, if provoked, the president of the united states has clear authority, if there's clear and present danger, to take whatever action he needs to. if he's going to take a long time more than he should go to congress and should get that authorization. up but that's my perspective. thank you for your service gentlemen and thank you for joining us on this "hannity"
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♪ >> jason: welcome back to this "hannity" special. today congressman devin nunes sent a request to fbi director christopher wray asking for all documents and communications related to the steele dossier. catherine herridge has more. >> they issued a subpoena nearly two years ago for records about the dossier. in the offered by former british spy christopher steele. in this new letter to christopher wray, the committee's ranking number now
questions when the bureau receives state department records that undermine the credibility of and showed that he was "keen to see the research about then candidate trump go public before the 2016 election." steele's credibility matters because the fbi gives opposition research funded by the dnc and clinton campaign to obtain a surveillance warrant for carter page much in the end, lasted 11 months. devin nunes says it's not clear when the fbi got the records from the senior state department official. documenting their concerns about steel. the letter continues "at a certain point the fbi gained access to memoranda and notes. however the fbi failed to provide these to the committee. the letter was also sent to u.s. attorney john durham who is investigating the genesis of the russia probe. he asked for a response by the end of next week. >> jason: thank you. also breaking, according to
reports, robert mueller's pitbull, andrew weissmann, is looking to capitalize on his time in the special counsel office by writing a book. i doubt we will get the whole truth from a man who's been accused of withholding essentially exculpatory evidence in the past. joining us now with reaction is fox news contributor sara carter, author of "the new york times" best-selling book "the russia hoax." it's been number one forever. you need to get and read this book. is there anybody left that hasn't read your book? >> it isn't number one now, but you did a great job. i will start with you. if you are here with us in studio. i want to start with devin nunes having to go back and get these documents. the fbi has been slow walking these things come up they've been under a subpoena for a couple of years and they still haven't responded. >> fbi and department of justice
both have been obstructing justice. i say christopher wray is james comey in a different suit and rod rosenstein. before he left the department of justice, it's outrageous and i'm hoping that with bill barr at the helm now, all of this nonsense will stop and that these documents will be turned over. >> when i was chairman of the committee, i actually issued some subpoenas that were never responded to from the department of justice. there has been a lot of flow walking and we have that but we also have this inspected general report and we do have attorney general in attorney general barr. >> attorney general william barr isn't going to hold back here. he said he has promised the american people that he will get to the bottom of this. he wants to know the origination of the fbi's investigation into president trump, and all of these allegations in which he was conspiring with russia.
he brought up a great point that andrew weissmann, and peter strzok as well, the anti-trump fbi agent who is famous for all of his text message with his paramore, lisa page. the fact that they are writing all of these apparent tell-all books when they worked so hard to withhold information from the american public. think about the hypocrisy here. and christopher wray has every duty and every obligation to turn these documents over to devon nunez. it's very important that we understand what happened at the very beginning of this investigation. because without that information, the american public will not have the answers that it means in order to make their own minds up about what happened with this investigation and the malfeasance that apparently took place with the fbi and department of justice. >> jason: it clearly they have been slow walking mess but i don't think attorney general barr nor will mr. durham put up with any of that. and i love that the president went out and put out an official
notification so that up attorney general barr can't be slow walks by that offices. i'm glad devin nunes is on top of it and has a continuity from the past in the previous conferences as well. i've got to ask you also about what's going on. because i mean this guy is a character. there are a hundred 10,000 people to work at the department of justice and, mueller has to pick this guy? >> exactly. all of these guys are now cashing in on their infamy. they are all notorious characters. call comey and mccabe, it was difficult to do. they spent most of the time just trashing trump. >> these are all the people who were investigating trump and it proves the president's argument that he was never going to be treated fairly and impartially and naturally by these hyper
partisans. andrew weissmann is not among the worst of them. he's famous for his abusive tactics as a lawyer, earning reversals and rebukes by judges. this is a guy who conceals evidence, suppresses documents, threatens witnesses, and we don't do anything about it. he is exactly the kind of prosecutor that should never be allowed in a court of law. now, i've got a real problem with people who have such high security clearances. people like brennan and klapper and wiseman and call me and mccabe. these are all people at the highest echelons with the highest security clearance and then, they think they can go on television and start talking about the stuff and writing books. >> this is what i don't
understand and what the american people don't understand. brennan was supposed to have his security clearance revoked. we've heard that he still has his security clearance despite the fact that president trump ordered his security clearance revoked. what we know is there has been a lot of slow walking in the bureaucracy, and he goes on television and makes money on the cable networks. he and klapper, both with high-level security clearances and spews anti-trump, antiadministration hatred. they target the president consistently and it's a national security issue. they call the president treasonous and they say he is clear and present danger. they say he's not worthy of office. what happens on an international scale, or even on a national scale when you have people come up former heads of agencies saying these kinds of things and spotting this kind of rhetoric? it's extremely dangerous not only for the president himself but for our country. so i want answers to that and i haven't been able to get those
answers. i haven't been able to find out why they are still retaining those security clearances. >> you bring up a great point. when i left congress i immediately lost my security clearance. why these clowns don't lose theirs -- and if they want to go back and get it, communicate with them and ask them questions and grant them not limited ability to do that. if they know something that the rest of us don't, then use their lies and other opinions on these talk shows and in books. >> and it turns out that brendan didn't know anything which is typical of john brennan. has to be one of the dumbest cia directors ever. this is the drumbeat of collusion, and of course when it didn't happen, he goes on tv and
says, i guess i got some bad information. no kidding. let me tell you one quick story about andrew weissmann. he told me that he advised muller that whenever they had, and dowd called him untrustworthy and unethical and dad was absolutely right. the and credibility of himself and his own investigation by hiring a guy like wiseman and then instructing wiseman, you hire the team of 19 partisan lawyers which wiseman did. >> jesse: i have great respect from mr. moeller but for him to pick the people that he picked, i have to tell you that i still have an ongoing question about that. sarah and greg, thank you so
much for joining me tonight. up next, rush limbaugh has a special message for joe biden, it's over. we have a reaction from sean s these folks, they don't have time to go to the post office they have businesses to grow customers to care for lives to get home to they use stamps.com print discounted postage for any letter any package any time right from your computer all the amazing services of the post office only cheaper
♪ >> joe biden. this guy is finished. it's over. and you know how you know it's over? it's nothing to do with segregation, although i think that's the trigger for it. if abc news is going after the hunter biden try com ukraine scandal, it's over. somebody in the media complex has decided it's time to take plugs out. >> jason: welcome back to the
special edition of "hannity," biting america confronting the issues. that was joe biden same campaign 2020 is already doomed. not only has he had endured wrath of segregation but now he's facing the fallout from his son hunter's shady shady dealings. the heat is so bad that some democrats want white house hopefuls to cool it. joining us now to react to now is in america first action senior advisor sean spicer, author of the brand-new book "still winning." charlie hurt and former obama economic advisor austan goolsbee. thank you for being here. joe biden was elected in 1972. it he was five years old and he's been through with it. he was bubbling his way through the announcement. what's going on?
>> he is well-liked by the american people and very high pipe polarity and higher than most of the democratic nominee is. he also says dumb stuff. there are two different questions. one is, is joe biden's tendency to say things that are dumb are going to prevent him from the democratic nomination? they might, he needs to have more discipline or he's not going to get the nomination. the second question that rush limbaugh is hinting at that in some way joe biden is morally unfit for office, that i think when you stack them up against a president who has got paying off stars and multiple wives, accused of obstruction of justice and accused of shady deals all around the world, i don't think if he is a nominee that he will have a problem on that front. >> jason: a lot of those accusations was proved to be false. but sean, you've also been around the block. you've been on the receiving end of a lot of reporters and
questions and whatnot. how is uncle joe doing out on the campaign trip. >> i think there's a false narrative out there that joe biden is some sort of political success. he's been saying dumb thing since he was elected in the early 70s. biden right now benefits from eight years of being associated for eight years of vice president, frankly a popular president from the democratic party. he leaves because he has a name idea and associated with president obama but he is a flip-flopping gas machine for 30 plus years. right now, once the other candidates have an opportunity tto go after him on the debate stage coming up, he continues to come up and he has, it doesn't have obama to carry the ticket. he will fail epically as he has twice before. but his narrative that somehow he is leading in the polls because he's running a successful campaign or he's been
a successful presidential candidate is not proving truth or his past efforts. >> jason: charlie, will democrats go easy on him or do you agree with rush limbaugh that this thing is already done, it's over? >> i think we've already gotten kind of a taste of it with the attacks it was seen by cory booker and kamala harris, playing footsie with democratic segregationist center is in talking about those were the good old days where they could work together and get things done. it's amazing to watch the way the democrats are going after biden and what we are also seeing with these news stories is where people are going after his son for obviously very strange and shady dealings with the chinese and with ukraine. certainly, being a whole lot
harsher of a democrat than we are used to seeing with the media and democrats. and what we've got now is you've got democrats in the media that clearly think that biden is wounded and can't close the deal. meanwhile you have democrats and congress who are obviously worried about this and they want to keep him afloat and keep him alive because they still think that joe biden is the best hope for beating trump. >> jason: i think that charlie touched on something that's important. i think by and large biden has prided himself on being a pragmatist democrat. he has not ever been considered part of the far left. and right now people feel that, that he is not authentically far progressive socialist left. for a lot of folks in the media who are enamored with a lot of these folks whether it's kamala harris or pete buttigieg who are crazy left wing socialist embracing type democrats, i think they realize that biden is not there guy this time.
>> jason: i want to give austin a chance to react to th that. he brings up a good point, he is more centrist than some of the radical leftist -- how does he negotiate his way through that? >> he's going to have to find his way in the party. i completely disagree that, other than bernie sanders who is professed by his own admission socialist, it's an inaccurate description to describe the other candidate that way. >> do you think elizabeth warren and joe biden have the same policy positions? >> the key issue that i think sean raised an charlie raised wishes, joe biden can't just ride on coattails and say i was a vice president for barack obama. he has to come forward with convincing people that he is going to make a good president and the election will be about
the future. he had a tough week but that doesn't mean he's going to lose. donald trump took some blows from his rivals and still won the presidency. so we will have to see what the bikes tell mike vice president does. the one the fundamental difference is donald trump was winning as running as an outsider. >> and the thing that donald trump said, those were things that everybody outside of the beltway, they thought that it made sense. when joe biden says something that doesn't make sense to anybody else outside of the beltway, it doesn't make sense to him either. >> jason: it's hard to argue. thank you so much for joining us here tonight. we appreciate all three of you joining us. straight ahead on this "hannity" special, is big news in the
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kim fox recused yourself then and there and the law requires that a special prosecutor should have been appointed. neville and independent prosecutor will examine the entire jussie smollett case and can bring the same or even new criminal charges against the actor and the special prosecutor will also probe kim fox's decisions. and requesting the special prosecutor arguing the public deserves the truth. >> the judge indicated the confidence in our judicial system will be restored, all of us. >> in a statement, kim fox responded in part, "regarding recusal, i follow the advice and counsel of my then chief us ethics officer. with any event i respectfully disagree with the court's conclusion that in the absence of any conflicts the appointment
of a special prosecutor is required. kim fox can appeal tonight and the fbi is so reportedly investigating that death threat letter that police say jussie smollett sent to himself and the inspector general is also investigating this case. congressman? >> jason: thank you very much. joining me now with reaction is the former attorney general pam bondi and fox news contributor emily compagno. i don't know how it is in florida but this case here, it seems like it is simple elementary that you can't just recuse yourself and, that is somehow arm's-length. >> i think emily learned in law school that you can't do that. it's incomprehensible that she thought she could get away with
this. not just yourself but anyone whose paycheck you sign, so all she had to do is get an outside prosecutor. that was her duty and obligation and frankly it's an outrage that it's gone this far. i'm so glad that that form a judge got involved in this case because the people of chicago, the police commissioner, the mayor, everyone, they deserve to have the money reimbursed, for this investigation, and kim fox needs to be off this case, if not prevented from being a state attorney ever again. >> jason: emily, joining me here in new york, not only was there a problem according to the judge making this ruling and appointing the special prosecutor, but can jussie smollett, can he actually be charged or is he going to the whole process again?
>> yes. in addition with being charged of one or all of the 16 prior charges, they can be charged if additional malfeasance is found. the issue here is that the judge found that kim fox literally, as he said, it was in her imagination that she could designate her deputy is acting state's attorney and the interesting thing about that is it rendered invalid in the judge's words everything that stemmed from that. that includes the arrest, and the subsequent dropping of charges. that means everything we saw play out simply doesn't count and he also ruled that it's not duplicative of the investor general's investigation by the county which goes against the defensive arguments as well. >> jason: now, this will also bring back in michelle obama's former chief of staff that was involved in this case. i can't really see through the fog here of how exactly she played a role, but she played a role and that should also be
investigated as well. correct? >> and not only that but you shouldn't be looking at the cause of this. they contact the prosecutor on behalf of the defendant. and there could be potential federal charges as emily knows against smollett, but i don't think the former chief of staff will be prosecuted by any means. but i think kim fox's in big trouble for talking to this person and continuing to keep her office on the case. jussie, smollett, chicago is we all know ridden with homicides. there are homicides, so many homicides and they have such a good police officers in chicago. and of all places in the world to waste their time and take them away from real, valuable cases is outrageous.
>> jason: emily, restoring confidence, matt finn's package laid that out very well. the mayor doesn't have the confidence, the police chief doesn't have confidence, nobody has confidence in where this is going. is not going to get us there? >> i know the irony that kim fox ran on the platform of ethics and instilled the chief ethics officer that she subsequently blamed for this debacle. a lot has to happen before that a lot has to happen before that is restored.
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