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what do you remember? talking to legal experts they say and chuck rosenberg said there's no such thing as a perjury trap. you tell the truth or you don't which seems to be the feeling of the former prosecutors that we speak to for our reporting. that is the headline out of this. it was initially something unexpected. the pool was called in sort of last minute. that group of reporter that is goes in and clearly the president wanted to talk. let ice address another thing that the president talked about. he was asked about the developments we have been covering this afternoon related to the revocation of the credential for a cnn reporter reinstated at least temporarily by a judge. a donald trump appointed judge. the president talked about the idea as that truck pops again down the driveway there needing to be decorum. that was a word used at least once and talked about rules and regulations put in place. i do think we would be remiss not to note what has happened at least from the president's perspective.
that is president who just recently, for example, called a reporter's question racist, another question stupid, told a third female reporter he didn't know what she was thinking because she's never thinking and paraphrasing here and the next question to ask is whether the dero couple, in fact, and if the rules are put in place goes both ways. the president says he's directed the staff to walk out of briefings if need be, if they feel like they need to. and need to point out there have been fewer briefings than i can count on one hand as the white house notably pulled back with the press secretary in lieu of moments like the ones you're seeing. the president talking with reporters in that kind of setting. >> stay with me for a second. i want to reset. 1:00 now. expecting the president to make a live appearance in this hour to part of the ceremony for the presidential medal of freedom ceremony to come.
we'll bring that live but as we were talking and going back to this impromptu if you want to call it news conference, one of the things he said that kind of struck out at me is how he defended his tweets yesterday saying that he was not agitated at all. he deflected by saying that it was a hoax to consider him agitated. and when talking about the mueller investigation defaulted to the statements he always says which is there is no collusion. he won the electoral college. he won the election fairly and squarely and now seems from what he said which is pretty significant that the investigation is ending from what he is hearing. what does that tell you that the president is making that kind of conclusion he thinks the mueller investigation is beginning to end. >> reporter: the president is getting guidance we know based on our reporting for about a year that the mueller investigation to wrap up soon so take that for what you will.
the only person that knows is bob mueller. president trump, as reporters we do, unlike other presidents, get a window into what he is thinking because he has a twitter account and uses it fairly frequently and used it yesterday to lash out at the special counsel. that is not a reflection of what he was saying yesterday publicly. the president clearly upset as he has been about the special counsel investigation and something he does see as in his words as a hoax if you will, as a witch hunt. something that's unfair and out to get him. >> rick, let's bring in rick tyler, a republican strategist. give us the thinking for a moment of what we just witnessed there with the president on one hand saying he was not agitated but at the same time defaulting to the positions he's always had about the russia investigation saying there was no collusion and also saying that you have to
be very careful when you're answering questions for people who have bad intentions. >> well, it's dr. jekyll and mr. hyde. you know? we just saw dr. jekyll and last night when he was attacking robert mueller and special counsel for which he says the investigation, the questions he got, he said very simple, very easy to answer. although he has the questions for two weeks and clearly agitated at the mueller investigation. although i don't recall robert mueller in the press conferences, tv cable news appearances of saying anything in particular about it because he hasn't. no one's heard from the mueller investigation. only way to hear through the mueller investigation is what the white house conjures up about the investigation and why would the president do that unless he felt that he or someone close to him was -- remember, if it was a witch hunt we wouldn't have had the indictments. we have lots of indictments and one answer to that.
one is his son don jr. is the only person to my knowledge nno not -- whose communication with the special counsel is unknown and everybody else in the trump tower meeting i believe has spoken to the special counsel. second, what does robert mueller may or may not have. i lived through the starr investigation. i don't know either way how this is going to go. the starr investigation concluded nothing about bill clinton essentially and he went on to win re-election. but donald trump is clearly upset and agitated with the special counsel, trying to precondition and i said this a year ago. he'll conduct a campaign to undermine robert mueller systematically over a year and designed for one year to undermine the conclusion of the special counsel's investigation. >> how do you reconcile this notion? on one hand the president says i am writing these answers and
then think of like, man, all of his legal team, will they let the president answer these without really being heavily involved in making sure he doesn't -- >> no. of course not. and nobody would. anybody's going to submit answers to a special counsel or what this is -- amounts to an affidavit. right? you will have your lawyer look at it if you're smart and the problem with trump, remember, the reason they won't have him testify to a grand jury or robert mueller or fbi agents because he will perjure himself. they know that. so the reason we got the open book test with the known answers is that this is the safest way for the president to answer questions without being perjured and hallie's right, citing the fact there's no such thing as a perjury truth unless you can't tell the truth. >> rick, stay with me for a second. hallie, i want to talk about another headline-making comment
from that news conference and him referencing his almost if you will happy with almost all of his cabinet when he's got the secretary of homeland security standing just a few feet behind him. that must have been somewhat awkward because everybody's asking the president as you well know when's the future of the homeland security secretary. >> reporter: words matter and the word of the president in the sentence of happy with the cabinet is the word almost. almost all of his cabinet. if you had asked me maybe a week and a half ago for this conversation then, i would have said, well, the president is most likely talking about attorney general sessions. sessions is out. he was dismissed the day after the midterms as most people thought he would be at some point after that election. now the person who really is the center, the focus here coming to potential cabinet changes is homeland security secretary
nielsen. somebody who's a protector inside the white house, chief of staff john kelly wants to be behind the camera or out of the camera shot and somebody, nielsen was a basically number two inside the west wing before moving over to become homeland security secretary. with our reporting out this week that we worked on, we know that there is concern about how long john kelly will stay in the west wing. if he goes, that means that the person a shield for nielsen is going to be out of the picture. what does that mean for her? there's been tension between the president and her for a long time. the president points to her tenure, for example, in the bush administration and talking about it he doesn't mean it as a positive thing and based on the sources we talked to it's a matter of time. the lists are being had and discussions of who could be the next dhs secretary. you talk about a cyber security infrastructure bill that the president signed. a win for nielsen if you will.
she had a smile on her face in some portions of the bill signing as a moment for her that's significant and yet you have the president saying he's happy with almost all his cabinet. a warning shot perhaps as she was standing just over his shoulder there. >> all right. guys, we're going to bring you that ceremony we referenced about the medal of freedom in the east room. we'll bring it to you. the president expected to honor seven distinguished citizens and the nation's highest civilian award. presented for, quote, especially h meriterious behavior. honored justice scalia, legend elvis presley and legend babe ruth. the living recipients, senator
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so i'm pretty sure you heard it all through school. always proofread. after a court document filed in virginia contained the name of wikileaks julian assange and the file in an unrelated case said that they need to remain sealed until he is arrested in the charges of the complaint and can no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter. his name in this appeared by accident on the document and nbc news has not confirmed if there are charges pending against him or not. joining me now, former u.s. attorney harry litman and
reporter ken delanian. how does that prosecutor accidentally put julian assange's name on a document? how did it get revealed? >> it is puzzling. i have talked to people saying they have never seen anything like this and you have to feel for the prosecutor, assistant u.s. attorney in virginia he was preparing a motion to seal criminal charges in an unrelated case. and of course, the case law is the same for, you know, whether it's julian assange or anyone else and cut and pasted from a secret julian assange motion to seal criminal charges and put it in this other file, forgot to change the name and then filed it publicly in the courthouse and then alert researcher saw it, posted it on twitter last night and the rest is history. the reason we're caveating, we are not confirming that charges are pending against assange because it's possible it's a draft document that the
prosecutor cut and pasted from. what it shows is that the eastern district of virginia investigating wikileaks and assange for years is down the track of deciding that there are potential criminal charges and wanted to seal them before this judge and that has deep implications potentially for the mueller investigation because even if these charges are unrelated to the 2016 interference mueller wants to talk to julian assange and he is holed up in london and if he is charged the u.s. would seek to extradite him. >> harry, a lot of ifs in what ken was talking about but i want to get your thoughts on what we know for fact, no love lost between the american government and julian assange, the subject of investigations. we know as we have heard in the past people saying that wikileaks is an essentially a hostile intelligence gathering operation. but given what we heard from ken
there, what are the repercussions for assange, for the investigation, for the prosecutor in the russia investigation? how does all of this kind of muddy it all up if you will? >> well, it muddies it up and clarifies it in others. as ken said, what an absolute sweat soaked nightmare for that poor assistant u.s. attorney. we know a few more things. first, that the paper that was exposed said that he is charged. we know that ecuador finally is losing patience with assange whom it called a stone in the shoe. and i think we can infer that if he -- once he steps out that door and becomes an english custody there's talks between england and the united states about extraditing him. i think it's likely that this has been placed under seal previously, in the previous administration, they declined to charge assange on the theory that it was a news gathering
organization, something that the intelligence community has bitterly opposed for years seeing himself as a surveillance and espionage agent. i think maybe that view has now prevailed and as you say it dovetails with aspects of the russia investigation. >> harry, very quickly, does this change at all the potential cooperation of a government like ecuador? perhaps even the uk to hand him over, to release him over if they know the charges? i assume if these charges had been filed under seal that the u.s. government would have made at least made it known through whatever channels, diplomatic and others to the ecuador and uk we want julian assange and now going this far if it has does that make it more difficult for them to work or cooperate with what the u.s. wants? >> yeah. i think a bit. it hits the public eye. if they were moving to extradite they would have to have told him about the charges and ecuador
said we don't extradite to a country with a death penalty like the united states and more of a black eye. but as i think probably negotiations have been under way, there's reason to think that doj has some confidence this time around he would be extradited. >> fair point. ken, let's widen this out a little bit to the bigger russia investigation. paul manafort and mueller's team just asking the judge there for an extension on sentencing for a report that will be of greater assistance. what does that mean? >> it's hard to know exactly but a lot of people took it to mean that there's a public development to shed light on paul manafort's cooperation and what that's brought the mueller investigation and many of us bracing for potential indictments or announce. s from the special counsel's office that are not forthcoming.
we have to wait and see what it means but it's clear that the manafort is talking with the mueller team and providing investigation and meeting and reports of many, many hours of meetings between manafort and the mueller prosecutors and want to postpone the sentencing to talk to the judge about what he is saying to them. >> harry, what would it mean for adding roger stone to the list of indicted or cooperating witnesses in this investigation? what would that do, harry? >> i think it's huge. i think probably the biggest piece of the puzzle that has -- in broad strokes that hasn't been laid down by mueller. what it would do, we have several charges against people in russia for hacking against podesta, for mischief, pro possibly the russia meeting and not tied up domestically. stone, there's really good reason to think knew about the wikileaks hacking in advance. touted and crowed about it and
he was in regular communication, this is a -- we know for certain with trump in the campaign. if stone is charged it seems to me it puts mueller within a 15-foot putt of the president himself. one quick add-on to ken's point is ten days is an extremely short request for a continuation. i think it means that mueller knows what move is afoot in the very near future. >> let's play both of you guys the president moments ago in the white house addressing the issue of answering bob mueller's investigations in writing: take a listen to what he said. >> my lawyers aren't working on that. i write the answers. my lawyers don't write answers. i have answered them. you have to be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions but no. it's -- the questions were very
routinely answered by me. by me. >> harry, let's get first your reaction to that. what do you make of the way that the president answered that. no one else is writing it for him. he repeated it over and over again and he said they were very easy to answer. what's the significance of the president making that admission even going so far to say he is writing the answers? >> well, of course, if he says that they become legal admissions but i think it's very likely a 100% fiction. certainly they would have been drafted by the lawyers in the first instance. certainly they would have been wordsmithed. i think in donald trump's world to say he wrote them probably means at most he looked at them. there's no way they're sent up from trump to mueller. >> ken, very quickly, your final thoughts on this. >> this is an example of where we don't know is more important than what we know. this is a glimpse here and the president's perspective on him
answering mueller's questions. has robert mueller threatened to subpoena him and drag him before a grand jury? has matthew whitaker played a role in this? why is donald trump filling out the answers this week and why is he not answering questions of obstruction of justice and will mueller tolerate that or have the president in front of him in person answering questions under oath? >> he is on the record saying that he is the one answering the questions. if in the future getting out of it saying it wasn't me that answered that, i don't know where mueller got that from, it was my lawyers, we will have the tape of the president saying something different. harry, ken, thank you. always a pleasure. >> thank you. any moment now, the president will award the medal of freedom to seven americans. we'll bring it to you live. you're watching "velshi & ruhle" right here on msnbc.
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presence. i was struck in a way that he had this ability to hold everybody who was there. not just young women. not just older women. but young men, older men, gay, straight. everybody is sort of starry eyed in his presence. i kind of have to laugh at my younger self. but that was what my crush started. bill gave me a box with a hat pin and said because, you know, you always look so cute in hats or you and your hats or something like that and then a really beautiful copy of "leaves of grass." it was a very meaningful present to me. it's an intimate book that you don't just give lightly. whatever had been nagging in me of, like, is what i'm feeling real, is that there, whatever those insecurities were, they
kind of vanished in some ways with him having given me this gift. this was a first time we had been alone since i had been banished to the pentagon. and so, we moved to the bathroom and were more intimate. i had this nagging insecurity. maybe he just did all of these things last six months trying to keep me quiet in the election. how stupid am i that i believed this, that i bought this? i felt so deflated and so desperate and those were the conditions along with some other things that led to me confiding in linda tripp. >> also looking right now at live pictures inside the white house east room where president trump will hold a medal of freedom ceremony at any moment now. we'll bring it to you live and
you see on the screen members of the supreme court. including justice ruth bader ginsburg, chief justice roberts and the others. they're going to be watching this ceremony given the fact that the late justice antonin scalia, close friend of all of theirs and receiving that presidential medal of freedom. when it begins, we'll bring it to you live.
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for all body types, depend fit-flex underwear is guaranteed to be your best fit. welcome back, everyone. the white house's east room. the recipient of the medal of honor escorted into the room right now before the ceremony gets under way. there you see utah senator orrin hatch es courted corted on to t and members of the supreme court, members of the administration all in attendance for this ceremony. one of the nation's most highest and distinct honors. we will be bringing you the president's comments live once they begin but as you see there the recipients of this year's honors coming in to the east room of the white house.
honor. the presidential medal of freedom. something very, very special. we're joined today by many members of my administration, including secretary of state mike pompeo. hello, mike. steve mnuchin. steve, thank you very much. wilbur ross. alex acosta. matt whitaker. ben carson. betsy devos. administrator linda mcmann. ambassador lighthouser and acting administrator who i will tell you is going to be made permanent, he's done a fantastic job and i want to congratulate him, epa adam wheeler. where is he? congratulations, adam. great job. great job. thank you very much.
thank you, as well, to senator amy klobuchar for being here. where is amy, by the way? where is amy? i did it before, amy. and five decades, the presidential medal of freedom has been given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to american life in culture. this year it is my true privilege to award this honor to seven extraordinary americans. senator orrin hatch, the late great justice antonin scalia, myrrh i didn't mean miriam adelson, roger staubach, alan page and two others not with us, but whose legacies will live on forever, legendary babe ruth, legendary elvis presley. true legends.
the first recipient is one of the longest serving and most respected senators in american history. senator orrin hatch. a friend of mine. great friend of mine. he liked me right from the beginning and therefore i like him. that helps. it's the way it is. i guess i'm not supposed to say it but that's the way life works. right? for the last 42 years, senator hatch has proudly represented the people of utah, sponsoring more bills that have become law than any living legislator. from rewriting our tax code to helping just hard working americans get through life to reshaping our courts to uphold the vision of our founders to protecting the religious freedom of all american his achievements are too numerous to count. senator hatch is a true american
statesman. today senator hatch is joined by his incredible family, the love of his life elaine. they have been married for 61 years along with their 6 children, brent, marcia, scott, lisa and jess. congratulations. please stand up. congratulations to you all. thank you. congratulations. congratulations to you all. congratulations. thank you very much. thank you. the second recipient we honor today is one of the greatest, truly was one of the greatest jurists ever to serve our country. supreme court justice antonin scalia. universally admired for his towering intellect, brilliant wit and fierce devotion to our
founding principles, justice scalia has made a deep and lasting impact on the history of our nation. his presence is dearly missed by all, friend of a lot of people, truly great intellect. justice scalia transformed the american legal landscape igniting a national movement to apply the original meaning of the constitution has written. few have done more to uphold this nation's founding charter. through nearly 900 written opinions and more than 30 years on the bench, justice scalia defended the american system of government and preserved the foundation of american freedom. our whole nation is indeed indebted to justice scalia for his lifetime of noble and truly incredible service. joining us for this ceremony is
his wife maureen who's become a great friend of my family, myself. and their nine children. anne, gene, john, katherine, mary clair, paul, matthew, christopher and meg. you were very busy. wow. wow. i always knew i liked him. also here are several of justice scalia's former colleagues and very respected ones at that. it's a personal tribute that they're giving to their friend. chief justice roberts. where are -- thank you very much. thank you. justice ginsburg. glad to see you're feeling great. justice alito. thank you.
justice kagan. justice gorsuch. and justice kavanaugh. thank you very much. that's a great honor. looking down and saying thank you very much. our next medal of freedom recipient is a renowned philanthropist and worked so hard and doesn't have to do it, but she does. 24 hours a day, this is what she does. miriam adelson a. medical doctor, miriam dedicated her life to fighting addiction. something we're all becoming all too familiar with. through decades of research, philanthropy and treatment, miriam helped thousands break free from their addiction to drugs and to alcohol. in 2006, miriam and her husband
sheldon who's with us today -- thank you, sheldon -- established the adelson research foundation to prevent, reduce or eliminate life threatening diseases. to protect the sacred heritage of the jewish faith, miriam and sheldon supported jewish schools, holocaust memorial organizations and helped jewish americans visit the holy land. miriam, i want to thank you so much for saving so many lives and helping so many people to get back to a normal way of life. you've been incredible. i know the work you have done. and you have been truly incredible. here to celebrate miriam's award is sheldon. where is sheldon? where is sheldon? where is he? there he is. oh. you didn't get -- you didn't make the front row and probably angry. thank you, sheldon. and their children -- steven,
jasmine, adam, mayton and their son-in-law patrick. thank you all for being here. please stand up. thank you. thank you very much. congratulations. congratulations. and they were very happy to see the embassy move from jerusalem. they were very happy about that. so congratulations on that, also. they fought very hard for that. capital of israel. our next recipient of the medical of freedom is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. i used to watch him when i was going to school and they say they can't catch him. he's just better by far than everybody else. he is something. winner of the heisman trophy. roger staubach. as a mid shipman at the united states naval academy, roger set
28 football records. upon graduation, he volunteered to deploy to vietnam for one year and served in the navy for a total of four years. at the age of 27, which is a little late, he began his nfl career and what a career it was. over the next 11 seasons, roger led the dallas cowboys to four super bowls and earned pro bowl honors six times. his exceptional talent earned roger a place in both the college football hall of fame and the pro football hall of fame. and i have to tell you. i had a golf match where roger was my partner and we were in deep trouble. and roger was also in deep trouble. he was so deep in the weeds that you wouldn't believe it. and we desperately needed a par on the 18th hole to win. and he came out and hit a shot. i don't know how it happened but
he was this far from the hole. he got the par and we won and i said this is roger staubach. i hope you remember that, roger. that was quite exciting. roger and maryann, his wife of 53 years, have generously supported thousands of americans in need, including students, military families and our truly great veterans, so helpful. roger, you inspire americans across the country to work hard, dream big and always push on to victory. roger became a great financial success, very successful businessman after his football career. his family is with us for this special ceremony. maryann and their five children, jennifer, michelle, stephanie, jeff and amy. please stand up. please. please stand up. thank you.
thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. our next medal of freedom recipient is american football legend and he was indeed a legend. he was tough. strong. and minnesota's supreme court justice he became a supreme court justice also. he's only never vous with the u.s. supreme court justices. justice alan page. very special man. a college football hall of famer. alan helped notre dame secure the national championship in 1966. he went on to have a 15-year nfl career with the minnesota vikings and the chicago bears. he became the first and one of the only defensive players to earn the league's mvp award. that happens very, very seldom. while alan was still playing for the vikings, he went to law
school and earned a law degree from the university of minnesota law school. in 1993, he became the first african-american justice on the minnesota supreme court where he served african-american justice on the minnesota supreme court where he served for more than two decades. that's a very impressive job. thank you, alan. alan and his wife founded the page education foundation which has provided nearly 7,000 scholarships to civic minded students. sadly one month ago diane passed away after a heroic struggle with cancer. said to be a great woman. alan, we know that the goodness, grace and hope that diane brought into our world will live on for many general rtions to c. she's looking down on you right
now so proud with love. she's so proud of you. alan is joined by three of their children. please stand up. [ applause ] it's a great honor. thank you. it's also my honor today to award the medal of freedom to one of the most celebrated sports heroes in world history. the sultan of swat. the great bambino. the one and only babe ruth. he truly is. let's face it, babe ruth is babe ruth. george herman, babe ruth. he was a junior. i can imagine what his father was like. he must have been tough. lived in 1859 to 1948.
learning the game of baseball from catholic brothers at his orphana orphanage. at the age of 19 he was signed by the boston red sox as a pitcher and soon became one of best pitchers in baseball. people don't know that. babe ruth was one of the best pitchers. he still has records today. in 1920, he started with the new york yankees and i've heard if many years what's the worst trait in the history of sports. babe ruth, 19-year-old pitcher for $100,000 and a 35-year-old third baseman. that was not a good trade. 100,000 is probably like 25 million today but it with still a lousy deal. they drafted him.
we have george steinbreiner. he was one of my best friends. he was tough, but he was good. where is george the iv. thank you very much. will you say hello to the family. please. george was a real piece of work. i have to tell you that. your grandfather was very difficult but he was good. he had a good heart. sitting with george during the playoffs as i often had to do is like you'd go home exhausted. it was exhausting. thank you for being here. the babe hit 714 home runs, a record that stood for nearly 40 years. people would say that was a dead ball. didn't have the life the ball have today. he would hit more home runs in a season than the league average for an entire team. in one season hit more home runs
than the entire american league. how do you do that? to this day his career slugging percentage of .690 remains the highest in baseball. he was known for his devotion to our nation and its children. he visited countle lesless chiln hospitals and orphanages. raised money and raised hell. maybe that's why it's taken him a long time to get this award. this should have been given a long time ago. we took care of that real fast. he was incredible. he raised a lot of money for the war effort during world war ii. as we honor the legend who enshrined baseball as america's past time. we're excited to be joined by a number of babe ruth's descendents including his grand
children donna and tom stephens. i want to thank you very much for being here. please, stand up. thank you very much. [ applause ] here's another one that's very incredible. today goes to one of the most beloved ar vtists and most enduring cultural icons that's ever lived. the diking of rock and roll. elvis aaron presley.
♪ ♪ consider home the worlds >> that was elvis. he gave me a little song. that was a little promotional ability. he was something special. i'd like to hear the rest of the song. i know why they cut it off so short. they have no promotional ability. that's why. growing up from humble begins in mississippi, elvis lived from 1935 to 1977 and first grows to fame with the 1954 single, "that's all right" recorded at sun studios in memphis, tennessee. great place. he soon skyrocketed to int
international stardom recording over three decades of unforgettable hits from heartbreak hotel to suspicious minds to burning love. elvis also won three grammys for his gospel recordings which were incredible, including his soaring live performance of how great thou art. deeply patriotic, he served in the united states military at the height of his fame. he had a choice and to him it wasn't a choice. presley starred many more than 30 films and his 1973 television special "elvis aloha from hawaii" was viewed by more than a billion people from around the world. one of the highest in the history of television. after redefining music in the '50s and redefining cinema in the '60s, the king, as he was
known by everybody, revolutionized live performances in the 1970s. from the moment elvis walked on the stage to the closing cords of can't help falling in love, crowds were enraptured by elvis' electric performances and unbreakable bonds with his fans. the fans would go so wild, i was there once in las vegas. the fans were ripping the place apart, screaming. they were going crazy. they announced elvis has left the house. they had to do that.
jack, thank you very much. i want to congratulate all this year's recipients, family members and loved ones. america is blessed to have the most skilled, passion and talent anywhere on earth. we're truly a great nation and we're a nation that's doing really, really well right now. we have our greatest economy ever. we have our greatest employment numbers ever. we're doing well. we're proud to be doing so well. i'd like to now ask the military aide to come forward and read the citations for each recipient of the presidential medal of freedom. thank you. >> the honorable orrin g. hatch
na . senator hatch is one of the longest term serving senators. senator hatch has sponsored more bills that's become law than any other living member of congress. he's led the way in confirming qualified judges throughout the federal judicial area in order to protect our constitutional order and championed religious liberty and stood on the side of freedom around the world. his dedication to the senate, country and the rule of law has helped make our country what is it today and for that we honor him. [ applause ]