tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News October 22, 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
>> dagen: you got to eat it hot out of the fryer. >> greg: i can't do that. >> dana: never miss an episode o of "the five." "special report" is up next. bret, we enjoyed having you. >> bret: i'm sorry i left. [laughter] president trump draws a lynching on capitol hill. tells impeachment inquisitors his version of event surrounding the phone call of ukraine's leader and what was happening on the ground and why is current senator and former republican presidential nominee mitt romney using a secret twitter account? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ good evening. i'm bret baier in new york tonight, we are all about the words tonight. president trump is using one of the flash point words in this country's long history of troubled race relations to portray himself as a victim in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. and the man who ran the u.s.
embassy in ukraine tells in his own words his version of events surrounding the president's dealings with the ukrainian counterpart, a relationship that was the spark igniting the impeachment probe. we have fox team coverage tonight. john roberts at the white house with the furor over the president's use of lynching. we start off with chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge on capitol hill and some key testimony for impeachment advocates. good evening, catherine. >> that's right, bret. good evening. the top u.s. diplomat to ukraine came to capitol hill under subpoena after his text messages revealed allegations of military aid for political favors and accusation the trump administration strongly denies. >> sources familiar with the closed door session tell fox news that william taylor told congressional investigators they were, quote, two channels for policy making on ukraine, quote: one regular and one highly irregular. taylor who described himself as a career diplomat said the regular channel went through traditional state department avenues. and the irregular channel went through the president's
people. naming ambassador gordon sondland, former special envoy kurt volker, the president's personal attorney rudy giuliani and energy secretary rick perry. according to his prepared remarks, taylor explained the significance to president trump of ukrainian probes into the last presidential election. as well as the ukraine energy firm where hunter biden sat on the board. quote: the push to make president zelensky publicly commit to investigations of burisma and the alleged interference in the 2016 election showed how the official foreign policy of the united states was undercut by ther rig efforts led by mr. giuliani. taylor went further relaying second hand information about what he described as a september conversation between mr. trump and the administration's point manafort european union. quote: president trump told ambassador sondland that he was not asking for a quid pro quo. but president trump did insist that president zelensky go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations. >> in my 10 short months in
congress, it's not even noon, right? and this is the -- my most disturbing day in congress so far. >> but republicans point to taylor's admission that, quote, news on the quote u.s. aid did not leak until august 29th. almost five weeks after the president's phone call with the ukrainian leader, which they say undercut democrat claims of a quid pro quo. with taylor's explosive claims, republicans accuse their colleagues of unfair tactics. >> the democrats will now not even allow republicans to have a copy of the respective transcripts from each of the witnesses we have interviewed thus far. if we want to look at the transcript, we have got to go in and there has got to be a democrat staffer in there. >> separately, fox news can confirm that the u.s. attorney john durham's investigation into the origins of the fbi's 2016 russia collusion case recently expanded based on new evidence gathered during a recent three-point rome with attorney general william barr. the source described durham fox news quote very interested to question the former director of national
intelligence james clapper and the former cia director john breneman who recently dismissed the idea, bret. >> bret: more on that later. katherine harris live on capitol hill. >> you are welcome. >> bret: the trump impeachment inquiry against him putting future presidents at risk. and he is equating the process to a crime from one of the most infamous chapters of american history. chief white house correspondent john roberts is here with details from the north lawn. good evening, john. >> bret, good evening to you. president trump and his republican colleagues found themselves in a familiar position today. president trump under fire for what was criticized as a racially insensitive tweet. republicans having to choose between standing behind the president or running for the hills. president trump kicked off the day igniting outrage tweeting about impeachment, all republicans must remember what they're witnessing here, a lynching. the comparison to lynching drew immediate condemnation across the board from democrats. illinois congressman bobby rush tweeting you think this
impeachment is a lynching? what the hell is wrong with you? do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched since the inception of this country by people who look like you? rush supports impeaching the president as does veronica escobar. >> incredible disrespect to the country is what he did this morning with that comment. it was awful. it was awful. >> on the republican side, reaction ranged from full support for the president. >> this is a lynching in every sense. this is unamerican. >> more nuanced action. >> there is no question that the impeachment process is the closest thing of a political death row trial. so, i get his absolute rejection of the process. i wouldn't use the word lynching. >> but republican congressman adam kinzinger, a trump supporter who also frequently disagrees with him called the president out today tweeting never should we use terms like lynching here. the painful scourge in our
history has no comparison to politics and president trump should retract this immediately. a new cnn poll out today found support for impeachment at an all-time high for their survey. 50% of respondents now saying president trump should be impeached and removed from office. however, among republicans, only 6% now support impeachment. down from 14% in a september survey. democrats appear to be slowing down the process. the initial target to complete the impeachment inquiry was thanksgiving. but with only 20 days left on the house calendar, and democrats planning high profile public hearings to gen up support for impeachment. the schedule could slip all the way to the christmas break. on hannity last night, president trump complaining republicans haven't been as tough as democrats. >> i think the republicans should get tougher. they stick together. i respect that. the other thing is they are vicious. they are much more vicious. we would never do a thing like this. >> if the house does approve
articles of impeachment, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell today said he will be ready. >> i have no idea
how long this will go on. what i can tell you for sure is if the house impeaches, we will be on it. it will displace everything else. and we will be on it until we finish. >> and in just the last minute, bret, a statement from the press secretary stephanie grisham about ambassador william taylor's testimony today. the deposition that he gave in congress, stephanie grisham saying quote, president trump has done nothing wrong. this is a coordinated smear campaign from far left lawmakers and radical unelected bureaucrats waging war on the constitution. there was no quid pro quo. today was just more triple hearsay and selective leaks from the democrats politically motivated closed door secretive hearings. every day this nonsense continues more taxpayer time and money is wasted. president trump is leading the way for the american people by delivering a safer, stronger, and more secured country.
the do-nothing democrats should consider doing the same. bret? >> bret: john roberts live on the north lawn. john, thank you. now more anonymous charges. a book being promoted as unprecedented behind the scenes portrait of the trump presidency from a, quote, senior administration official will be published next month. the publisher says the book, titled a warning, is written by a person who will are referred to as anonymous, and is the same person who wrote a "new york times" op-ed in september of 2018. we have no way to confirm that. that piece characterized the president as impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective. president trump questioned the writer's existence and whether the person had committed treason. 2020 now, bernie sanders is the latest democratic presidential candidate to side with tulsi gabbard in her feud with hillary clinton. congresswoman gabbard is also picking up some backing from an unlikely source, president trump. correspondent peter doocy on the latest from the campaign trail in cedar falls, iowa.
>> the candidate who made a name for himself as the anti-clinton in 2016 is back at it in 2019. bernie sanders tweeted: tulsi gabbard has put her life on the line to defend this country. people can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that tulsi is a foreign asset. but that's exactly what hillary clinton did late last week. >> senator bernie sanders just put out a tweet defending you, calling it outrageous to consider you or for someone to call you a foreign agent. what's your response to that. >> i agree completely. >> 2016 green party candidate jill stein was called a russian asset by hillary clinton, too. >> clearly, this is a ludicrous, unhinged conspiracy theory with no basis in fact. >> now president trump is sticking up for both of them. >> no, i don't know jill stein. i know her as environmentalist, okay? and probably a good woman. the last thing she is a russian asset. i don't know tulsi gabbard but i know one thing she is not an asset of russia. these people are sick.
>> president-elect trump hosted tulsi gabbard in new york almost three years ago during his transition to talk about syria policy. >> have you spoken since then? >> no. >> just the one time. >> yeah. >> joe biden is staying out of it instead training his attacks on his successor mike pence. both men have stops in the keystone state this week. joe biden said i know pennsylvania and pennsylvanians will not be fooled by pence's blind promotion of trump's irresponsible trade wars. but mike pence in p.a. to plug the usmca trade deal shot back. >> truth is pennsylvania lost 51,000 manufacturing jobs when joe was vice president. >> some high profile democrats aren't impressed with biden either. so the "new york times" reports the primary could soon be joined by sherri rofd brown, eric holder, michael bloomberg, or hillary clinton. >> we have to nominate the best -- >> -- you. >> clinton could have confronted gabbard tonight at an event in d.c. they were both billed as attending. hrc changed her rsvp to
know. >> i would have been very happy to have that conversation directly face to face with her. >> and just in the last 15 minutes we got some more from tulsi gabbard on twitter. she tweeted this: hillary clinton, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world. it's time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and step down from your throne. and as all of that is playing out between gabbard and clinton, part of the reason that some big-name democrats are reportedly still thinking about getting in the primary on the democratic side is they don't know if elizabeth warren can win a general election. warren was asked about that on her way here to a town hall meeting, she said she is the one that is out there and she thinks 2020 is a chance to turn the country around. and if there are concerns among caucus goers, it's not keeping crowds away. bret. >> bret: peter doocy live at an elizabeth warren town hall in cedar falls, iowa. peter, thank you. former president jimmy carter is in the hospital tonight after a third fall in recent months.
a family spokeswoman says mr. carter fell at his home in plains, georgia monday evening fracturing his pelvis. she says he is in good spirits. looks forward to recovering at home. at 95 jimmy carter is the oldest living former president in u.s. history. overseas now, the cease-fire between turkish military forces and kurds in northeastern syria was supposed to expire a little more than three hours ago. but it lives on as do hopes for a permanent end to the turkish offensive that began after the withdrawal of u.s. military forces. correspondent steve harrigan reports tonight fromme from ira. >> five day cease-fire has been extended after negotiations between turkey and russia. the new agreement calls for joint russian and syrian government patrols beginning in 150 hours to ensure the absence of any kurdish fighters in a safety zone within 18 miles of the
border between syria and turkey. >> both countries are without precautions linkage of terrorists and joint mechanism stacked established for the observation of the memorandum and its coordination. >> russia's influence in the conflict has grown since the withdrawal of u.s. forces from syria. after several hours of talks in sochi, russia, turkish president erdogan referred to russian president putin as "my dear friend." putin emphasized the importance of preventing i had resurgence of terrorist organizations like the islamic state. >> we share turkey's concerns about the growing threats of terrorism and the growth of ethnic tensions in the region. these tensions in the separatist mood in recent times were, in our opinion, artificially created by outsiders. >> u.s. forces were withdrawn from syria to iraq during the earlier five-day pause in fighting. now discussions are underway to maintain a small u.s. force in syria, in part, to
prevent a resurgence of the islamic state. >> what we have got to do is pull them out deliberately, out of northeast syria, and make our preparations to go home from there. >> turkish offensive caused civilian casualties on both sides and displaced more than 176,000 people according to the u.n. the offensive also soured relations further between the u.s. and nato member turkey. with the u.s. at one point threatening to cripple turkey's economy with sanctions. for now, russia is the power broker. russia negotiated the deal and russian soldiers will enforce it. bret? >> bret: steve harrigan, live in erbil, iraq. thank you. facebook, ceo mark zuckerberg plans to tell congress tomorrow his company's plan lib bra crypto currency will not launch without u.s. government approval. facebook also says it is removing four networks of fake state-backed misinformation spreading accounts based in russia and
iran. and it is stepping up its efforts to ensure the site is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies around the world. speaking of social media, an unusual story involving one of the republican's party's most prominent politicians and twitter. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel looks into what the utah senator and former republican presidential nominee has been doing and how he has been doing it. >> 2012 gop presidential nominee and persistent trump critic senator mitt romney was recently outed as pierre delecto on twitter. >> a way to keep up with the news and i followed 600 or some odd people. 700. just a way to have a private account to see what's going on. >> slate published some of romney's tweets from his private account before it was locked. he responds to former bush, mccain and kasich staffer john weaver john, agree on trump's awful decision but what could the senate do to stop it? and after conservative
commentator erick erickson praised romney for not being fearful and for sharing his concerns about the president, romney responded: don't read the comments ever. romney has emerged as president trump's republican chief detract ter i detractor ie senate and president trump has noticed. >> you don't have mitt romney of the world people who will go against the party. >> so have taken bad sign for the president heading into a likely impeachment trial. but romney says not so fast. >> ultimately we may well become a jury. and if that's the case, i think people want to make their own decision and not jump into any conclusions at this early stage. >> his criticism of president trump is not limited to the ukraine call. he has called the commander-in-chief's action in syria a, quote, bloodstain in the anals of public history. not the only one to create a mysterious twitter handle. james comey once used the
alias. once he was outed he expressed gratitude to reinhold for the cover the past few years. prominent sources say they don't think romney has any intention of running for president again. they maintain romney is doing this because he thinks this is the right thing to do. he is hoping to lay the foundation for a post trump g.o.p. bret? >> bret: need some better fake names. mike, thank you. up next, we will take to you one major american city punishing residents over how they keep their families warm. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ chevy's the only brand... to earn j.d. power dependability awards... across cars... trucks...
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♪ >> bret: it is going to cost many homeowners in seattle a lot more to stay warm in come winters. that's because of the city's latest tax on something millions of people around the nation use to heat their homes. correspondent dan springer has the story from seattle. >> a homeowner in seattle replaces his oil furnace with an electric heat pump. it's a trend accelerating in the city passing the highest home heating oil tax in the nation. 27 cents a gallon. >> we knew it was coming and thinking of the process so it just furthered our discussion to push this up on our priority list.
>> this conversion is costing $16,000 plus the price of decommissioning the oil tank. the ultimate goal of what critics call seattle's latest sin tax get all 18,000 homes heated with oil switched, preferably to electric heating. >> a very good place to start where relatively few homes in this case contribute a po will cost the average heating oil customer $125 more each winter. with the money funding electric conversions for the poorest homeowners. >> if the city wants to help low income people, that's fine. i don't have a problem with that but i don't think i should be the one subsidizing it. because it is punitive. >> 6 million homes nationwide still use heating oil. most are in the northeast. only washington, d.c. adds a separate tax of 8 cents a gallon. critics compare seattle's tax to levies on soda, cigarettes, and guns, things
local leaders want to tax out of existence. but home heat, they argue, is a basic right. >> they are criminalizing owning an oil furnace. they are criminalizing a normal lawful act of heating your home. >> the burden of it is squarely on working class families. working class and elderly is who the majority of our customers are. >> residents are allowed to convert their furnaces to natural gas instead of electricity and that would be cheaper and better for bigger homes during cold snaps. they are trading one fossil fuel for another, a hefty price to stay to stay warm with no impact on the world's climate. bret? >> bret: dan springer in seattle, dan, thanks. up next, a look at the nazi plan to assassinate allied leaders in world war ii including the president of the united states. first, beyond our borders tonight. prime minister justin trudeau's party loses its majority in canada's national elections but he keeps his job. trudeau insists he was given
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about the crash that killed 19-year-old harry dunn in august. his motorcycle collided with a car allegedly driven by her outside of a british air force base in southern england used by the u.s. military. british lawmakers have rejected the government's fast-track attempt to pass its brexit bill within days. the vote likely makes it impossible for prime minister boris johnson to fulfill his vow to take britain out of the european union on the scheduled date of october 31st. lawmakers want more time to scrutinize the complex legislation. here in the u.s., stocks dropped after the vote in parliament. the dow lost 40. the s&p 500 fell 11. the nasdaq fell off 59. we are here in new york as i continue my tour for my new book "three days at the brink." last weekend we brought you a special look at events surrounding one of the most secret meetings of the war detailed in this book.
here's a segment about the relationship between the leaders of the u.s., great britain, and the soviet union and a plot to kill them. >> bret: german military intelligence broke a u.s. naval code and knew all about the secret meeting. hit ler, the story went, had signed off on operation long jump in which dozens of german paratroopers would drop into iran wearing red army uniforms and pose as part of stalin's security team. >> different assassins have parachuted into tehran with the intent of assassinating these three world leaders. the russians say they have captured a great number of them and they extracted information from them. but they haven't captured all of them. >> bret: claiming he was still in danger stalin implored roosevelt to stay
at the embassy offering him extra protection. william, the american ambassador to the soviet union was skeptical. >> so there are some who believe that the assassin story was a ploy to bring him inside the embassy grounds. i think it was real. i think they were concerned and they made the right move. they moved him into the embassy. >> this was good news. he wants to spend time alone with stalin. that's his goal. he is particularly determined to show stalin that he has an independent relationship with him, that this is not going to be maneuvered through churchill. >> it's about gaining trust. >> bret: fdr also ran the risk of undermining his relationship with his friend churchill. >> it's not that he was going to throw churchill out. he understands important. he understands church hill is important. that relationship is rock solid. now he is moving beyond that relationship to a direct one-on-one with stalin.
>> bret: of course, stalin, and his intelligence officers angled for every edge they could get. >> as soon as they knew that roosevelt was coming, they bugged every room in the future roosevelt residence inside the tehran embassy. >> there is a memo here in the fdr library from william, a naval aid to the president who basically orders everybody if you are going to speak about things secretly, you should go outside. they anticipated there would be espionage. >> bret: as for churchill he rejected advice to keep his cards close to the vest. >> certainly people around churchill were aware of the risk and had to constantly remind him of these risks. he tended, i think, to not nose to ignore them but to play up to them. being told that a room was being bugged his normal response would be to say very derogatory things in a very loud voice. >> bret: once settled stalin appeared at his door. >> stalin was used to being able to rule without
opinions or anyone's advice. when he got to tehran, he was that kind of person. he was a bit impatient. he wanted decisions to be made rather rapidly on that very first day when he walked in and met roosevelt. he said let's start right now. >> inevitably churchill was worried at tehran when roosevelt seemed to be excluding churchill. and it was inevitable that was going to lead to worries within the british camp. what were they talking about? what were they discussing? what are they not telling us? >> bret: my new book "three days at the brink" fdr's darindaring gamble to win world war ii. available as of today. up next the panel on the president's use of the word lynching. and the latest on the inquiry and where that may be heading.
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to which the president is being subjected is totally unprecedented and totally unfair. >> just when you thought the process couldn't get any more unfair, we found out last night that democrats will now not even allow republicans to have a copy of the respective transcripts from each of the witnesses we have interviewed thus far. >> republican colleagues are shrewdly not actually talking about what happened because it's completely indefensible. instead they pick a complaint dejour about whatever is going on in terms of process. >> bret: some of the sound from capitol hill today as the inquiry continues behind closed doors. today, the acting u.s. ambassador to ukraine bill taylor appeared and we have obtained the transcript of his opening statement. in it he says by mid july it was becoming clear to me that the meeting president zelensky wanted was conditioned on the investigations of burisma and the alleged ukrainian interference in the 2016 elections. it was also clear that this condition was driven by the
irregular policy channel i had come to understand -- understand was guided by mr. giuliani. rudy giuliani there. let's bring in our panel. former cia analyst buck sexton, jonah former aid to president barack obama. bill mcgurn, columnist for the "wall street journal." bill, your take on what you read from the opening statement from the acting ambassador and where this stands now. >> bret: well, i would like to see more. we have a lot of these things going on behind closed doors. i would like to see more. that statement doesn't look good for the president. but there are other staples thastaples -- statements that contradict that i think the president has a legitimate beef when he says this isn't being done in a fair and sort of above board manner. >> bret: jonah? >> i think the president needs to stop playing the victim and start playing president of the united states of america. i mean, if we look at the issues on hand right now, we have got a question of whether the president is
following a national security process. and i think between what's happening here with the testimony, and what we have and the real legitimate questions that people have, and then what's happening in syria, and the fact of the russians are now involved, i think republicans are asking questions, too. >> bret: buck? >> they call it inquiry and looks more like inquisition. no effort made at transparency here. we have selective leaks day in and day out. how can the american people even decide? ultimately this is something that is a political question. they dress it up like it's a legal process. but what pelosi and democrats are doing is clearly intended to derail and destroy this president going in to an election year when it should be decided by the american people. >> bret: what do you think is the next step here and what happens? articles of impeachment before the end of the year, a vote? what? >> yeah, i think there is couple things coinciding, one a little bit of panic. have you seen articles this week about democrats wondering if joe biden is not really the frontrunner is elizabeth warren is a little perhaps too radical? can we really beat this guy.
there are concerns about that. they want x factor that's where impeachment comes. in i do think they are going to put it to the floor and impeach this president. they have been meaning too do that all along. that's why it looks like such a construct. they didn't have enough out of the mueller investigation and so now you have this effort, which looks like it's all been coordinated behind the scenes and, again, there is no good faith here at all. trump is the middle of trench warfare politically. he understands that and he is trying to fight his way out of it. >> bret: it is behind closed doors, bill, as you read this opening statement, is this enough as it stands for articles of impeachment to move forward? >> look, i don't think it matters. i think they are going to move articles of impeachment forward whether they have no witnesses or anything. i think it's kind of a game. i will say at this point for the president, you know, impeachment is a serious thing. you are overturning the results of an election. right? i mean chairman nadler said a while ago that to do that you have to arrived at a point where the american people and even trump supporters say this is the right thing to do.
we are nowhere close to that. most of the growth in the polls for impeachment has come from democrats. i think at this point they are going to impeach him for the president, the unfairness and sort of irregularity of the pelosi impeachment to the following the rules and precedent, i think that's an advantage for him now going into the senate. if you assume as i do that they are going to impeach him. because i think he can impeachment is partly a case for the american people and partly a case to the senate. and i think that these measures, you know, if they don't go to court first, to enforce the subpoenas, a court could rule against and say we are not getting involved and the president doesn't turn over his papers. i think it could help him. the kind of unfairness and arbitrary way they are going about it. >> bret: it seems like there is a dual track here. kind of a race to the finish line. one is the impeachment inquiry and the impeachment process. the other is this other investigation. the ig report. that's coming out very soon, we're told. and the report by john
durham, which is expanded to include interviewing the former cia director brennan and director of national intelligence james clapper. here is brennan reacting to that news that he is going to be sitting down with john durham. >> i'm supposedly going to be interviewed by mr. durham as part of this non-investigation. i don't understand the predication of this worldwide effort to try to uncover dirt either real or imagined that would discredit that investigation in 2016 into russian interference. >> bret: it's interesting to hear him talk about it there may be a big learning curve when these other reports come out for some channels and places that haven't really covered this aspect of the investigation. >> i think though that we are talking about dual tracks in two ways, right? because today the bill taylor's opening statement talks about a dual track and
national security. there is a lot that are going to leave democrats and democrats mattering, wondering what's going on. i think what we have got though right now is that impeachment ultimately it's not about polls. it's about the story. and so does the president have the trust of the american people? and those people in congress ultimately the senators who are going to be voting on whether he should be impeached. >> bret: sure about polls when the political moment comes. dual edged swords if democrats go over their skis. >> going to get to the truth no matter how long it takes as opposed to we are going to have this done. >> never been about the truth i think. we both agree they have wanted to impeach all along. >> bret: let me go back to the dual track and other investigation. >> democrats understand going on offense right now with this whole impeachment probe gets in advance of the inspector general report that's going to come out as well as this investigation by u.s. attorney out of connecticut. there were irregularities, everybody following this
process of the whole russian collusion conspiracy understands that we never got good answers in the beginning. some democrats, some senior democrats who served under the obama administration, i think, are concerned and should be. people that were advairous senior levels of the government then. and they don't want this report that comes out and everything else to look like it has any legitimacy. and that's part of why they are running with this right now. they are going to say how dare you talk to ukraine about this investigation. of course they are going to talk to ukraine about the investigation. the justice department is openly looking into this. >> bret: meantime the president has used a word that raised a lot of eyebrows, a lot of pushback and that is lynching. take a listener to the reaction. >> the president is not comparing what happened to him with one of our darkest moments in american history. >> i really believe this man is prone to inflammatory statements and that is one word, no president ought to apply to himself. >> this is a lynching in
every sense. this is unamerican. >> i wouldn't use the word lynching, but i would love for the house to take up unanimously pass lynching legislation from the senate and do something with it as opposed to complaining simply about the president's use of it. >> bret: a lot of reaction on capitol hill, bill. >> yeah. i think this is ridiculous. clarence thomas used the word linked about the political process happening to him. look, the things that the president has been called, white supremacist. racist, nazi, all sorts of things and then they get all bent out of shape on this. i think it's fake. they like indulging in the outrage against donald trump. >> bret: last word joanne? >> this is the party of lincoln and i think he should really decide whether he wants to use the word lynching. i did try to look up whether lynching had been used in an impeachment investigation. and i found an 1898 a republican congressman from massachusetts actually moved an impeachment resolution on a judge for using the word
lynching in his sentencing. >> bret: we like history here on "special report." >> yes, we do. >> bret: all right. panel, thank you very much. next up, our late friend chakrabarti on baseball as his beloved washington nationals begin to play in the world series tonight. go nats. ♪na to treat very high triglycerides, discover the science of prescription vascepa. proven in multiple clinical trials, vascepa, along with diet, is the only prescription epa treatment, approved by the fda to lower very high triglycerides by 33%, without raising bad cholesterol. look. it's clear. there's only one prescription epa vascepa. vascepa is not right for everyone. do not take vascepa if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl or any inactive ingredient in vascepa.
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>> bret: the washington nationals play their first ever world series game tonight taking on the astros in houston. and that causes us to remember the love of the game by our late friend and colleague charles krauthammer. watching them on tv. he was a huge nats fan. here's some of his thoughts from yea>> i grew up playing the game. as a kid my brother and i would go around on our swins on the streets of long island with transistor radios hanging from the handle bars listening and phil yankee games. this was our life. >> bret: you write about baseball. >> yes. >> bret: and your devotion to the washington nationals. >> yes. another one of my irrelevant
rationalities. describing your own paradise national park. >> when i lived here in the city in washington without baseball. i would go occasionally, usually with george will up to see the orioles. it's a bit of a hike. but then to live in a town where a major league baseball team arrives so you can then see the highest level of play of this game. i really love is irresistible. i started to go when they were losing. i didn't really care because i like to see the game. the worst part is when i started to do your show every night, you know, it ends at 7:00. the game starts at 7:10. the garage at fox is seven minutes, if the wind is fair in the third street tunnel from the garage at nats stadium. so i get there in the bottom of the first. i mean, how can i resist? >> bret: i have made that drive, the seven-minute drive. >> yes. >> bret: it's like your car is on cruise control. >> the car knows where to go.
♪ ♪ >> i only come on weekdays. weekends are reserved for other things. >> bret: so we are heading to special parking? >> the parking lot b, which is where i have been parking for many years. it's actually in left field. a home run hit hard enough would come right through the wall here. it's right near the center field gate. ♪ >> bret: there is a number of politicos and pundits and journalists. >> well, this is the journalist section. >> bret: right here? >> and i'm the mayor of this section. [laughter] i let people in and out. >> bret: george will. >> juan williams used to be here but he has gone uptown on us. he is now in the concourse. he louders over us. i think there is food service or something. >> bret: i gotcha. >> there are a lot of folks i know. mitch mcconnell sometimes wanders by and sam alito is
a big fan. he is a phillies fan but he loves the game. ♪ ♪ >> when i was a kid, my brother gave me a book of box scores. just raw numbers of who did what. and the book was a puzzle book. at the bottom of each boxscore they would ask you who got a double in the second inning? and you have to figure it out backwards. so i have always associated baseball with trying to work stuff out. and that's -- when i'm watching the game, i'm trying to figure out what those guys are doing down there. >> bret: what do you think it is about baseball that draws you in? >> probably that it is so attached to my childhood. i played a lot. my brother and i would run around wiffle ball games. i was all field no hit. but i could feel. i couldn't hit very well.
but i fielded pretty well. and i loved to field. i mean, it was nothing better than going in the hole for a back handed play and coming up with a. when i see these guys do it, and they do it effortlessly. >> bret: is that why you love it so much? >> part of it is, you know, you see your own youth. you see how you spent your childhood and then you feel it when you watch them do it. >> bret: love to hear his voice. we miss that voice every day. you can see the full piece much more krauthammer on baseball, exclusively on fox nation this week. world series starts tonight. when we come back, a homecoming one football player will never forget. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable.
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