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to do our oversight job that much >> i have confidence in richard burr that we're going to get to the bottom of this. if you get nothing else from today, take that statement to the bank. >> have you been in contact with michael flynn or representatives of michael flynn and can you go into the thought process of why you'd would you have an interview behind closed doors? why you would talk to jared kushner behind closed doors instead of publicly? why? >> well, i think it's safe to say that we've had conversations with a lot of people. you'd think less of us if general flin wasn't in the list. if you feel like you're being cheated, if there's relevance to them, they will be part of a
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public hearing. any investigation of this kind will start with private interviews to determine the value of what a witness has to provide for the committee. one thing that we're really conscious of, we weren't given a free pass to do a witch hunt. we were asked to do a real investigation. we'll see high profile people and we will see analysts from the intelligence community. or we may see a 28-year-old that happens to answer the phone at the white house on the wrong day when an ambassador called him and when they went around and said who talked to the ambassador, they raised their hand. mark and i don't want that person to have to get a lawyer to be interviewed. we'd like to bring them up and unders played, if any, without any liability that extends to them. so we're really conscious of trying to assess each individual person for what the need is, but we don't rule anything out for anybody relative to how public
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the information might be. >> have you spoken to flynn? >> i'm not going to tell you one way or the other. >> you said you requested interviews of plenty of people. you scheduled five. when does it start? >> i think they start as early as next monday. i would be the wrong one to verify that. but they're immediate with. >> sorry? >> they are immediate. >> remember, these are the people that helped put together the january 6th report, they fall in that category. >> when you see a movie, it's roughly two hours. when you see how much film went into a movie, it's probably 50 hours. we don't want to look at what was in the report. we want to look what was cut and thrown on the floor, either an analytic product or intelligence to figure out whether an analyst made the right determination with what we know today. what we know today is more than what they knew in december when they went through this process.
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time for a couple more. >> you said you're looking at communications with people involved with the russian government and people involved in organized crime in russia and their contacts. >> i don't think we said anything about organized crime. we said anybody that had connections to the russian government and contact with the campaign. >> unfortunately many people in russia who are part of organized crime network seem to have ties to the russian -- >> i'll let that be attributed to him. yes, ma'am. >> is there a concern for the attack in the 2018 election? does this investigation need to be completed before then so you can better prevent -- >> hope so. >> tomorrow's hearing is with that in mind. that we provide more public awareness, not just in this country, throughout the world as to what russia is up to. it's safe to say that u.s. officials have pushed what we know, not we, the committee,
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what we the government know about russia's capabilities and intent. we pushed it out to those countries that are most imminent to have elections. i remind you we're within 30 days of the first french election. four candidates. a run-off in may. it's safe by everybody's judgment that the russians are actively involved in the french elections. last one. >> you mentioned earlier, your professional staffers had thousands of pages of documents to go to. are they taking notes but hand or is it a program where the documents are online? >> i'm not going to be specific as to how we're doing it. there's no shared drive this time around. that didn't have a happy ending. so again, this gets back to what we said about every iteration is a new me goishation and we're not complaining about that.
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we think it's important that we have a clear understanding up front who has access, how do they treat the information that they have with where do they store the information. you have to understand, we're going to go through an investigation that will ask x amount of time. after that we got to perform our oversight job, which means we're working with the same people, asking them for documents to do the normal oversight job. if in fact we don't live up to the security that we promise them, then you're going to have an oversight committee that can't successfully do its job. >> one of the things we're doing -- this is why part of the rub comes and i understand it, we're basically trying to get access that even goes beyond what the gang of eight has had. in a sense, how we have that in terms of raw products and make sure -- again, every committee
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member said they have to see or know this information before they can sign their name on a finished product. so there's some healthy tension there. >> for any of you that have been at any of the confirmation hearings, one question you heard of every person who was up -- who was nominated and eventually confirmed, would you provide for the committee if asked raw intelligence data. there is rarely a time where a committee would ask for that. we're in a very rare time. we will test some people to see if in exact their commitment is 100% correct. let me end with how we ended the first part. the committee will go wherever the intelligence leads us. you can continue to ask us 30 different ways about a person. trust me, when we have them scheduled, we will tell you. you won't have to beat it out of us. we hope to make updates of periodic things but we're not going to do them unless we have something to share with you that
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is educational, that shows you a little bit of the road map we're going down. right now we're not at a point that we can tell you that's every two weeks or three weeks or a month. we want to do it based upon the changing conditions of the investigation. >> my last comment is before we started this, we saw the scope, what was involved. i said it was the most important thing i had ever taken on in my public life. i believe that more firmly now than even when we started. we're going to get it right. thank you. >> shepard: the most important thing he's done in his professional career. the investigation of russia's interference with our presidential election and team trump's possible ties to russia. there's three investigations. one is criminal, one is in the house of representatives. we've heard a lot about that one. today, the senate.
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the adults in the room. the chairman and vice chairman of the senate intelligence committee holding a somber news conference. mark warner of virginia laid out the seriousness of this endeavor. >> outside foreign adversary effectively fought to hijack our most critical democratic process, the election of a president. in that process decided to favor one candidate over another. i can assure you, they didn't do it because it was the best interest of the american people. russia's goal, vladimir putin's goal, is a weaker united states, weaker economically, weaker globally and that should be a concern to all americans regardless of party affiliation. we're here to assure you and more importantly the american people watching and listening
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that we will get to the bottom of this. >> shepard: that begins tomorrow with the first public hearings. four hours. two two-hour sessions on capitol hill. the president has called the accusations a hoax. the committee chairman say that it's too early to know what has happened here. that's what they're investigating. financial ties may help us understand what has happened. >> the committee is looking anywhere intelligence suggests there might have been any type of relationship or effort to influence u.s. election. >> and i add that, you know, i for a long time before we started the investigation had believed that this president, like all prior presidential candidates of both parties, should have in the best interest of the american people released their tax returns. >> shepard: president trump has refused to do so. the chairman is looking for information and they need it before they can ask questions and get answers for the american
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people. they insist a final report will be bipartisan. >> if we don't come to some joint conclusion with the manipulation that took place in the election and with the spirit of the american people saying what's going on here, i think we would not fulfill our duty. >> shepard: their challenged as the republican committee chairman, richard burr, is to determine whether the president knew anything about russian interference and what his actions were. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. mike? >> shepard, senators burr and warner sound hopeful that after they do their digging into this russian meddling in the 2016 election that the conclusion will remain bipartisan. they talked about the way the senate panel handled benghazi terror attacks, which was highly politicized and a hot potato for quite some time. as for this investigation, chairman burr said it's early in the process. >> we would be crazy to try to
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draw a conclusion from where we are in the investigation. i think mark and i have committed to let this process go through before we form any opinions. and i would hope that that's what you would like us to do. as much as we would like to share minute by minute, the snap shots that we get as a team going through it are not always accurate when we find the next piece of intelligence. so let us get a little deeper into this before you ask us to write the conclusions. >> the senate intelligence chairman tried to re-assure the american people that this panel will follow the information wherever it takes them. >> we will always say to you, this investigation scope will go wherever the intelligence leads it. it's crucial that every day we spend trying to separate fact from fiction and define some intelligence thread that sends us to the factual side of all
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the names and all the places that you in this room have written about. >> the senate intelligence panel top democrat sounds hopeful it will be professional and not partisan. he did express the concern about sensitive information that we've seen splashed across the front page and on our television screens. >> one of the things we're very concerned because leaks can sometimes be extraordinarily damaging to our capacity and the men and women who serve our country in the i.c. i think editorial comment here, that if the administration has said they did nothing, then i would hope they continue there's nothing to leak. >> there's obviously very sensitive information involved with the workings of the senate intelligence committee. they were careful with what they were saying. didn't want to get into a bunch of names of people that they may
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want to visit with. the first open hearing of the senate intelligence committee will happen tomorrow. shep? >> shepard: we'll have live coverage. thank you. as i reported, there's three investigations total. the one just discussed in the senate. the second that is criminal in nature. its facing controversy and serious questions about whether one of the house of representatives saying whether it's fair and impartial. adam schiff and other top democrats are calling on devin nunes to recuse himself. they're accusing the republican of acting as a surrogate for the white house instead of as an independent investigator. one high profile gop congress man has sided with the democrats on this. walter hill say chairman nunes should absolutely recuse himself. john mccain said that the russia matter has reached a level where it requires a separate select
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committee. the former republican presidential candidate carly fiorina said a special prosecutor, independent commission, should handle the investigation. this all comes after last week congressman nunes claimed he viewed intelligence information that trump and his top aides were surveilled. he briefed the president without sharing the information, whatever it is, with his fellow committee members. president trump after that briefing said he felt somewhat vindicated in making his unsustained and unsubstantiated claim that president obama ordered wiretapping on trump tower. chairman nunes is said to have apologized to his committee members in private the next day for failing to share the information but in public he did the opposite. they said he didn't fully brief them about what he learned at all.
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congressman nunes has refused to reveal his source and he won't say crucially here whether the source is somebody inside the white house. that's the key. did he get the information from the white house or white house lawyer and then give the president cover with it? congressman nunes on monday admitted he went to the white house grounds to view the documents. he said he viewed them there for security reasons. the white house has refused to elaborate on what happened. today it kicked back the issue to nunes who won't provide details. notice the spiral. then there's the issue of hearings that the house intelligence committee has not yet held. the panel had planned to hold a public meeting yesterday with james clapper, john brennan and the former acting attorney general sally yates. she's important. you may remember, president trump fired sally yates after she told the justice department attorneys not to defend his controversial travel ban. congressman schiff said the hearings should have allowed
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yates to testify about the events that led us to the departure of the former national security advisor michael flynn and his secret conversations with russia's ambassador. congressman nunes announced the hearing was not happening. he said the committee needed to hold a meeting with james comey and the national security agency director mike rogers. that hearing was tentatively scheduled for yesterday. chairman nunes postponed it, too and said director comey and director rogers couldn't make it. ranking member adam schiff has accused nunes of stone walling. congressman nunes this morning accused of democrats of not being serious about the investigation. he said he will continue investigating with or without them. chairman nunes also said there's not enough time for the house panel to hold a hearing on the russia matter before congress begins their easter recess next week. the thing is the house investigation is not progressing. there's been no more hearings or meetings. back to mike emanuel. lots of questions about this house investigation.
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>> no question about it, shep. there's been reporters and cameras following devin nunes all over capitol hill including this reporter. when he stopped and talked to me, he fired back at democrats for not taking the investigation more seriously. >> as far as i know, they have done very little to look through the documents that the intelligence agencies have provided. so i think at the end of the day, we'll get to the truth and find out who is doing a real investigation. you'll find out that we're very much doing an investigation and have been for a long time. >> a spokesman for the house intelligence top democrat adam schiff tells us that democrats on the panel have been looking at the documents in secure locations here on capitol hill and security locations off campus. they said they have offered the witnesses that they would like to hear from. they were hopeful that they would get a hearing next week. as you mentioned, shep, chairman nunes says he doesn't think there will be time before the
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easter recess perhaps wanting to let the tension die die. >> shepard: mike emanuel, thank you. remember what this is about. it has now been determined by 17 different agencies of the united states intelligence that the russians interfered with our election. now the question is, who knew about it? were any on team trump, as they were having discussions with the russians, colluding with the russians in their efforts to hurt hillary clinton's chances of becoming president and help donald trump's chances of becoming president? the white house and president trump say this is all a hoax, the russia story. the white house reaction and analysis coming up from the fox news deck on this wednesday afternoon. careful joe, they've got you outnumbered.
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could only see how viciously and inaccurately our administration is covered by media. the issue for the three investigations is not the media. it's the actions of the russians and the communications of team trump. chief white house correspondent john roberts live on the north line. what else did the white house say about the intel committee? >> the white house not saying a lot more but more republicans are than yesterday. you pointed out walter jones from north carolina, he's signed on to a democratic measure to appoint an outside commission to look into this, to take it away from the house intelligence committee. speaker ryan is behind chairman nunes. a lot of republicans are admitting things are looking worse for them. the national review online not just calling for him to recuse himself but calling for nunes to step down. you mentioned john mccain earlier. he thinks he has questions to answer.
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lindsey graham saying that his objectivity is now in question. the white house, as you pointed out, saying it's fine to stand behind nunes and let him conduct this investigation. the white house not doing much to answer questions that were positive about who it was who nunes met with here at the white house, who let him in and what did he look at while he was here. here's sean spicer. >> if we start looking into certain things, the accusations the next day will be, you know, you looked into this, can you look into this, why did you ask -- damned if we do and damned if we don't on this stuff. on one hand, you want certain answers. >> there's two tracks here. what russia was doing and all this other stuff and most of this is focused on nunes and his visit to the white house, on the tweets that the president sent out in which he accused the obama administration of
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wiretapping. the white house has been on defense ever since and nobody thought it would continue like this. >> shepard: republicans couldn't come together on the repeal and replace. now they're talking about trying again. you asked the white house about this again today. >> yeah, moving on is in the eye of the beholder. we know the house freedom caucus and the tuesday group have been meeting up on capitol hill to see if they can come to some points of agreement, maybe find a way forward. last night the president hosted a group of senators, bipartisan, in which he jokingly said, we should be able to do this and do this quickly. it's an easy thing. again, joking about that. earlier i asked sean spicer if these efforts to resuscitate healthcare might bear some fruit. listen. >> how real is this possibility of resuscitating healthcare? >> the president from the early days of his campaign talked about repealing and replacing.
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he understands in in order-to get to 2016, we have to make sure it does what he said it was going to do. that it achieved those goals of lowering costs and create more options. we're not going to create a deal for the sake of creating a deal that is not in the best interests of the american people. >> i've been told the white house and the president are standing back to let these groups meet. some republicans would like the white house to step in with some guidance. listen here. >> i would ask president trump what is your priority. you're the only one in the republican circles in the last 12 years to successfully win the electoral college. what would you like for us to start with? that would be a good place for us to take our lead. >> the white house is holding out a carrot to democrats saying hey, maybe theres some things to work with together. the democrats sent a letter to the president saying we'd be
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happy to work with you on healthcare as long as you promise not to repeal obama. the president is not likely to do that. >> shepard: john roberts on the north line. a busy day. thanks. a top american general announced they made a stunning statement that russia may be helping the taliban fight our troops in afghanistan. funding the terrorists that target our soldiers. your personal browser history for sale? the brand new rule that lets internet providers sell your private information and what you can do to protect yourself. that's as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news on fox news channel.
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dallas. strong winds flipped a tractor trailer in oklahoma killing the driver and three storm chasers died in a car crash in texas. forecasters say they expect more storms this week. a peruvian airlines jet crashed and went up in flames with 141 on board. ingot off the plane safely. happened yesterday in central peru. officials are investigating. a firefighter from seattle has climbed nearly 27,000 store representatives to honor firefighters that died in the attacks of 9-11. alan martinez says he will keep going for all of those that died.
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>> shepard: bottom of the hour. top of the news now. the russians suspected of supplying the taliban with weapons. that's what a top u.s. commander told congress today. >> it's fair to assume that they may be providing some kind of
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support to them in terms of weapons or other things that may be there. again, i think that is a possibility. i believe what russia is attempting to doing, they're attempting to be an influential part in this part of the world. >> and the top u.s. general in europe made a very similar accusation last week. the taliban targets american troops. the taliban is trying to kill our people. the accusation is the russians are supporting the taliban. the kremlin is pushing back. a spokesperson for the defense minister telling russian state media that moscow has had no cooperation with organizations recognized by terrorist nations. were the russians helping the taliban as the taliban try to kill american troops? garrett tenney with the news. why would russia help the
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taliban? >> russia is coming full circle here. what we know as the taliban today started with the same fighters that dried up the soviet invasion of afghanistan in the 80s with training and weapons from the c.i.a. now almost 30 years later, the tables have turned and u.s. military leaders believe russia is likely providing the taliban with supplies and weapons in the fight against u.s.-backed fighters. today general votel says he believes isis and the kremlin's desire of stopping their spread to central asia. likely the taliban has a better shot at tackling isis than the country's current government, which is backed by the west. >> they have created a narrative that we have to partner more with the taliban to address this particular threat. they are tieing to leverage that
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to a bigger role and trying to pursue peace agreements. i don't think it's particularly helpful at this particular point. >> what adds to the concerns of u.s. leaders, afghanistan is only the latest middle eastern country where russia is attempting to expand its influence and aligning itself with anti-american forces, shep. >> if the russians are in fact helping supply the taliban, then do the americans change our strategy? did he say? >> well, for right now, they said no. they said that it won't have much of an impact on our strategy. they admit that currently afghanistan is at a stalemate and it will take a couple thousand more troops to change that. >> garrett tenney in d.c. thanks, a bank in cypress once investigated accounts associated with paul manafort for possible money laundering. that's according to a report from nbc news that cites two banking sources with knowledge of manafort's businesses on that island. here's the story.
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nbc reports manafort had a connection to one company in cypress that received millions from a billionaire ally to the russian president vladimir putin. paul manafort reportedly closed any accounts before an investigation could be completed. a spokesman for manafort said all of the accounts were legitimate. earlier today on fox news, john mccain speak about the nbc report but refused to speculate. >> i mean, there's just new revelations every few days about this issue. whether they're valid or not, i can't make a july. >> manafort is already under investigations for his ties to russia. last week the associated press said he had a multimillion dollar contract with the russian leader and promised him he would influence politics and news conference to benefit vladimir putin. paul manafort has repeatedly denied he worked for the russian government. he's agreed to appear before the house intelligence committee as part of his russian
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investigation. adam shapiro is here. manafort's business transactions. what do we know? >> the man from russia is associated with powell manafort in a deal that was valued in $18.9 million to buy a tv and media network in the ukraine that never went through. there's several transactions in new york city, a condo bought at trump tower for $3.6 million. two condos in soho, both $3 million. a brown stone in queens for about $3 million. mr. manafort issued a statement saying each of these deals were set up for his clients for many ukrainian deals.
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>> paul manafort, the charm of trump's campaign. >> that's correct. >> let's go to kimberly atkins. she's a columnist for "the boston herald". they talk about there being a lot of smoke. ther is. look at the difference that the senate has made in comparison to the house side in looking to this. those financial connections are certainly going to be one of the issues than the senate intelligence committee looks at very carefully. as of now, they're playing it completely differently than on the house side, not even taking questions on the house side today to really separate themselves of the adults in the room as the probe goes forward. >> shepard: historically speaking, the senate intelligence committee and others have been very good at bipartisan investigations that are important for the american people. not for the political party but important for our system and our nation. >> that's what they stressed today. they said if in isn't bipartisan, if we can't stand
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here together and give a final report, how can the americans trust that what we say is true? that seems to be approach that is taken. again, completely opposite from what we've seen on the house side, which is a total break down between the republicans and the democrats over there. that's created a situation that has caused not just democrats but also republicans to doubt if the house can even make any findings that people can really trust and believe in. >> shepard: it was interesting at the beginning of that news conference that they held, they talked about how it's difficult to get all of the information you need. you have to get the information so you know what questions to ask. then they talked about the logistics of this. you wonder how long this will go on and how long this cloud as devin nunes called it, the cloud over the administration, how long it's going to be there. >> yeah. could take some time. they stressed that. they stressed that they didn't want to drop tidbits of information along the way until they were ready to make some final determination. so we may not get that drip, drip unless it comes from leaks
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or other sources which they also express concern about saying that it makes their investigation tougher. it will take some time and it will at least as of now look different. >> kimberly atkins, thank you. >> thank you. >> shepard: ahead, more reporting from inside iraq. the battle rages for the last major isis strong hold in that nation. the smallest victims are now in focus. some forced to watch islamic state beheadings. ahead, the horror for the children caught in the grips of a bloody war. ♪
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for you. >> shepard: we're continuing our sky news series of reports from the front lines in a war in iraq. pope francis demanding urgent action to protect the civilians in the middle of the fighting between american-backed iraqi forces and the islamic state. the pontiff referred to mosul,
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the capitol in iraq for the islamic state. 300 innocent civilians have died since mid february, including 140 from a single air strike earlier this month. the rising death toll means the u.s. led coalition is not doing enough to protect innocent civilians. the u.n. report the terrorists are using the people as human shields. as sky news, they call the is m islamic state i.s. here's anna bodding. >> there's nothing to do but be patient. the first medical facilities available to the west mosul refugees after months of unrest. these are a generation of
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children that have grown up under islamic state. their psychological trauma is a key return for camp commanders. >> i've come to meet the global head of unicef. >> it's very moving. >> returning to education quickly he says is key. >> when you hear stories of young children who have witnessed multiple beheadings in mosul, how do you feel? >> it breaks my heart. it breaks my heart. it remind me of a wonderful phrase that i once heard. that is that what we have to do is provide children with a quiet
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miracle of a normal life. >> the 17 refugee camps around mosul are all straining. >> our estimates of how many people are going to be leaving western mosul are now higher than they were a month or two ago. so it's a race against time and we're doing our best. >> in eastern mosul, it's the job of the children to collect water for their families. provision of a basic need to encourage people back home after years of rule by islamic state. ahmed tells me -- >> for these children and those in the camps, the quiet miracle of a normal life is to be away from conflict and safe. >> anna bodding is from sky news. sky news has a exclusive look at one of the refugee camps where
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countless families try to live normal lives. seems it's only there that they feel safe enough to tell their stories. >> my father has been killed by isil. they killed him. they threw him in the streets. >> shepard: that's part of a more comprehensive report on we'll be posting a link to our twitter feed at shep news team. your personal internet bruising history up for grabs because of a brand new rule that lets companies sell your private information. details next. when my doctor told me
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>> shepard: your privacy is under attack again. a big internet provider stands to make money as a result. they may soon track everything you do online and share information without asking you. yesterday republican and the house voted to reverse internet privacy rules from president obama's time in office. they were set to go into effect later this year. they would have required internet service providers to ask permission if they wanted to track your information. information including your browsing history, your location, even your app use. providers would have had to tell
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the type of data that they collected and shared. republicans that supported the bill says it levels the playing field since companies like facebook and google are already allowed to collect your data. democrats say it hands over the private information to your highest better. let's bring in devin. how do you avoid this? is everything you do now going to be seen and available for purchase? >> well, it's highly unlikely you'll see internet service providers parcelling out individual data -- >> shepard: now that they couldn't. >> exactly. the question of how to avoid it? might be too late. the senate and the house approved it and the white house is expected to sign this bill and revoke these rules. so in order to avoid this, maybe look for smaller internet service providers that have pledged not to sell your data. this rule is gone. >> shepard: what was the justification for this?
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from those that supported it. >> what a lot said, this levels the playing field now. before there were tech companies like facebook and google that had access to and could if they wanted to for advertising purposes sell your data and that there were other companies, internet service providers like comcast and verizon that couldn't. so the theory now is the playing field is level and anybody can do what they want with that data. democrats don't buy that argument and say it's a loss for consumer privacy. >> actually, the big companies get in information and the little people lose whatever privacy they still had. the companies win, so there's money there. that's why they did it? >> shepard: obviously what they say is listen, we're not going to give out individual people's information like that. yeah, basically the argument is folks from the internet service providers, the people that make sure that we can get our internet access, said they were
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being given an unfair field here because there were other technology companies that did have access to individuals or people's browser history, attributes, things like that, spending patterns online. >> shepard: thanks, gabriel. appreciate it. there's a way for you to hide what you do. google, what is a vpn? what is a vpn? that's one solution. is it perfect? no. but it will give you some privacy. we'll be right back. [vo] quickbooks introduces jeanette
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>> shepard: breaking news. a state department employee tried to cover up years of contacts with chinese officials. the employee has been charged with felony charges of making false statements to the fbi and obstructing official proceedings. show served in china. officials arrested her yesterday and made her first court appearance in washington this afternoon. on this day in 1943, americans started rationing meat, butter and cheese. americans got so many stamps to spend per month. not everybody played by the rules and there was a black market for food stamps.
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cutting down on groceries was the thing 74 years ago today. the dow is down a little bit. not bad. "your world" can cavuto starts now. >> neil: all right. someone has explaining to do. the massachusetts sheriff who is furious over tipping off illegals want the leaders of sanctuary cities arrested. he's here in a minute. first, we go to massachusetts with the latest. molly? >> neil, the state representative facing considerable backlash over what she posted on facebook warning undocumented imgrants in this community over ice raids.