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you have to get ready for out numbered. do you have another song? >> we always have some songs. [cheering and applause] >> have a great weekend, everybody, see you monday. >> bill: good morning, fox news alert. president trump firing back after f.b.i. director james comey makes his case to the country. the president saying he feels vindicated. we expect much more when he holds a joint news conference today as we say good morning. what a day yesterday and friday we go forward. i'm bill hemmer, good morning and welcome to "america's newsroom." >> shannon: if we thought it would be quiet today, we were wrong. stick around. i'm shannon bream. fired f.b.i. director james comey laid it all out accusing the president of lying and saying he was fired because of the russia investigation. meanwhile, fox news has learned the president's legal team will file a complaint with the justice department and the
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senate judiciary committee after comey revealed he leaked details of a memo to be friend to be given to the media. >> bill: the response. despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication is what the president writes. and wow, comey is a leaker. let's start there at the white house. kevin corke begins our coverage from the north lawn. how else is the white house reacting today? >> i think the word is with indignation. in the case of the president's private attorney, with the promise of a formal complaint to the department of justice inspector general. just part of the fallout from yesterday's riveting testimony lasting some two hours and 40 minutes. in addition to director comey's assertion that the president lied about him, he also detailed that he shared private memos detailing his recollection of conversations with the president with a columbia law professor with the express intent to leak it to the press and spur the creation
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of a special prosecutor. comey defended his decision saying it came only after the president lied about him and the organization he represented. >> the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the f.b.i. by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. those were lies, plain and simple. >> one more nugget from yesterday's testimony. you also heard the former f.b.i. director say that the president essentially tried to lean on him to get him to stop the probe into his former national security advisor mike flynn. that's the charge the white house denies. >> bill: what more can you add about the comment on vindication. >> mark kasowitz made it clear the president didn't do a lot of what the f.b.i. director said and made a forceful and compelling case if anything we learned a lot in what the
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former director had to say during the hearing, among those things, that a, the president is not the subject of the russia investigation. he never asked comey to stop the investigation and he never demanded comey's loyalty to him. however, he did accuse him of leaking those private memos again detailing his recollection of conversations with the president and that had him up in arms. listen. >> although mr. comey testified that he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that "the new york times" was quoting from those memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies mr. comey's excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to be entirely retaliatory. >> if you were expecting a nice, quiet day you won't get it. there is a press conference
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today and the question about the hearing will be first. >> bill: thank you for the coverage. >> shannon: what's next for the investigation into the 2016 election? catherine herridge is live from washington to tell us more as we look ahead. >> good morning. these complaints are going to be filed with the inspector general at the justice department as well as the senate judiciary committee because these are the principal bodies of oversight being filed on the basis of that testimony yesterday. >> the president tweeted on friday that i better hope there aren't tapes. i woke up on monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally there might be corroboration and a tape for my conversation. my judgment was i needed to get that out in the public square. i asked a friend of min to share the content of the memo with a reporter. didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons but i asked him to because i thought it
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might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. i asked a close friend of mine to do it. >> a professor at columbia law school. >> former f.b.i. agents are drawing our attention to this f.b.i. employment agreement that bars the disclosure of records as well as raw information regardless of classification that is acquired during the course of their day-to-day duties. it reads in part violations of this employment agreement may constituents cause for revocation of my security clearance, subject me to criminal sanction. disciplinary action by the f.b.i. including dismissal and subject me to personal liability in a civil action. we're following up with the f.b.i. to confirm whether f.b.i. executives were also required to sign these forms, shannon. >> shannon: thanks, catherine. >> bill: susan collins was on that committee and she is with me now from ka*phill. thank you for your time, senator. you were the one who asked the
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questions about the memos. did you expect that answer? >> i must admit i was stunned by mr. comey's answer. the reason i asked the question if there had been press stories about the memo and i was wondering how those memos got to the press. i had assumed that it might have been a high-ranking f.b.i. official, but i never guessed that it was mr. comey himself who had leaked the memo. >> bill: what do you think now, senator? >> i'm surprised. obviously it had the result that mr. comey wanted, which is to prompt the appointment of a special counsel. but i believe that he could have handled it in a different way. he could have given the memos to the senate intelligence
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committee, he could have come before us or judiciary committee and disclosed their existence and turned them over. but he chose instead a surprising route for someone who understandably has railed against others who have disclosed government information. >> bill: given the information you are offering now, how does that change the story, senator? >> well, it's another part of the story. let me make clear that i think mr. comey is an honorable individual with integrity but he has made some real mistakes in judgment and this would qualify as one of them in my book. >> bill: if the memos are out there, why did you not see them before this hearing? would you not be able to frame a better question if you were able to see for yourself? >> absolutely. and we on the intelligence
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committee have requested the memos. we had done so before mr. comey came to voluntarily testify before us. and i believe we have the right to see those memos. certainly -- >> bill: if that request came before yesterday did he, in fact, refuse that request, senator? >> the f.b.i. was consulting with the special counsel on access to those memos. so we were waiting to hear back on those negotiations. >> bill: is it not government property if he is serving as acting director of the f.b.i. at the time? that should be part of the record, i would assume. am i right or wrong? >> i believe you're absolutely right. it's as if mr. comey was writing in his private journal at home at night, he produced the memos on f.b.i. computers in an f.b.i. car. he started writing one and they
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are f.b.i. documents and that's government work product, they are not his private papers. >> bill: there are many in washington, d.c. including some of our staff following this story so closely as you well know and they work on capitol hill. they believe james comey has been dragging his feet on this investigation. do you believe that's the case? >> no, i really don't. i think he has been aggressive in this investigation. he has taken some steps that i find baffling, such as his failure to confront the president and tell him that his request was inappropriate, that it crossed the line, that it's a boundary a president should not do, but i don't think he has dragged his feet. >> bill: allen dershowitz is writing about this all week. no plausible case president trump obstructed justice. do you believe it was confirmed yesterday in the testimony? >> what was confirmed yesterday
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is as of may 9th when director comey was fired, the president was not under investigation by the f.b.i. that is a valuable fact that we learned yesterday for the first time. that doesn't mean that some of his associates are not under investigation. and it doesn't answer the question of whether or not there was collaboration between the russians and members of president trump's campaign team. >> bill: to be determined in the coming days, weeks or months or years. >> correct. >> bill: final question. where do you believe we are now as millions of americans are watching on the outside and they want to know what's the direction? where do you believe that answer is this morning? >> we're proceeding on two tracks. the special counsel is investigating and looking at whether or not there are any criminal -- if there is any criminal wrongdoing. the senate intelligence committee is conducting a
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broader counter intelligence investigation into russian interference in the election. >> bill: do we know more today after the testimony yesterday? >> we definitely do. all we had before the testimony yesterday was speculation. now we have some facts on the table. not enough to reach conclusions but we finally are getting facts. and that's what we need for the american people to produce the credible investigation. >> bill: i hope you come back, senator. thank you for your time. susan collins, member of the senate intelligence committee from capitol hill. appreciate that. now you have the woman who was asking the questions and the response. you heard her say it was stunning to hear that answer. >> shannon: it almost seemed nonchalant that he admitted to her any verbal sparring, i released a memo essentially through my friends. far from over. the news doesn't stop there.
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prosecutors say leaker reality winner may have had far bigger plans if she hadn't gotten caught. what she say she had in mind next. >> bill: the story dominating so much. the meeting with loretta lynch and bill clinton in the tarmac in arizona. that infamous tarmac meeting came up yesterday. comey said he needed to protect the case and the f.b.i. we'll put that question to former house intelligence committee chair pete hoekstra who will join us live to weigh in in moments. >> shannon: donald trump junior yesterday proves this has been a giant witch hunt. david bossie is here to weigh in next. >> the only thing that hasn't been leaked in d.c. during this time period the fact that he was never under investigation. there was never a shred of evidence he did this. this is what they hung their hat on for this long. that's pretty scary to me. that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals.
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>> bill: overnight there was a political shocker in the u.k. theresa may's party has lost her majority in parliament as her high stakes gamble has forced a coalition government to stay in power and growing calls within her own party to resign. we'll have a lot more on this. the upheaval in the u.k. what happens there, what does it mean here? a live report coming up momentarily out of london. 16 past the hour. >> did you say anything to the
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president about that is not an appropriate request or tell the white house counsel that is not an appropriate request, someone needs to tell the president he can't do these things? >> i didn't, no. >> why? >> i think the circumstances were such i was a bit stunned and didn't have the presence of mind. i don't want to make it sound like i'm captain courageous. i don't know if i would have said sir, that's wrong. i don't know whether i would have. in the moment it didn't come to my mind. what came to my mind is be careful what you say and so i said i agree flynn is a good guy. >> shannon: joining me now for more on what we found on yesterday and the fallout now david bossie president trump's former campaign manager. so we played that exchange with senator rubio. it wasn't just republicans. there were democrats as well who pushed the former f.b.i. director saying there are a lot of times it seems you were weak in the knees when there are times you could have stood up
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to the presidents and former attorney general loretta lynch. there are plenty saying mr. comey didn't come off as well as he could have. >> that is certainly true. i've been a defender of jim comey's over the years. i think he is somebody of integrity until yesterday. leaking that memo about private conversations with the president of the united states for political purposes to make himself look good and the president look bad. that's an incredibly irresponsible and possibly illegal definitely unethical thing to have done. i think the president and his team going to be filing these complaints today against jim comey are appropriate. >> shannon: we're talking about the justice department inspector general and senate judiciary committee. what fruit could come of those? >> i don't know the answers to where -- what the outcome could
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be. he is no longer an employee of the f.b.i. i think that has bearing on that. i want to just go back to susan collins for a moment. that was a great interview just a moment ago where she talked about how she was stunned by that line of questioning. you know what was really stunning to me in yesterday's hearing also was there was not one shred of evidence by a democrat or republican brought up or by james comey about collusion between our campaign, between president trump and our campaign and the russians. not one shred of evidence once again after seven months of investigation. nothing has come from this. all this is now is about a he said he said situation and i side with president trump on this. >> shannon: you mentioned that vindication on the issue of collusion. we also heard from the f.b.i. director in his written and verbal testimony that he did indeed tell the president a number of times you are not
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personally under investigation. people have said he would have never said that and by nearly every legal expert out there who has explained this and the elements of the crime there was no case for obstruction of justice. so while he won on those points there is still this cloud over the president of having to battle this and having it out there. the front page of the "new york times" today essentially if you just read the headline how much the hearing or knew the contents of what had gone on they made it sound like the worst day ever for the president and he is going to jail essentially. >> the permanent campaign by the media and left wing media against this president. they're trying to nullify last move's election where president trump troused hillary clinton. they cannot get over this. the democrats in congress are doing everything they can to stop his incredible positive agenda for the american people. what he got elected on, which
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was repealing and replacing obamacare, tax reform and infrastructure reform. rebuilding our roads and bridges and airports and ports. to drive our economy forward. that's what he got elected on and they can't stand it because they have no positive agenda for america. all they can do is be against him. >> shannon: david bossie. that sums it up for a lot of folks out there. that's how it boils down. thanks. >> bill: while al -- where the pentagon is especially concerned about this action from north korea. that's next.
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>> this has been a 10-month witch hunt. this is the only thing they had on trump. this is what they did to distract him from being able to get the stuff done that he was elected to do. now that this is all past he can go back to doing what he promised he was going to do. >> bill: donald trump junior active on twitter yesterday. there is more to this story. there is a lot more. pete hoekstra former michigan congressman and former member of the house intelligence committee. you were listening to susan collins a moment ago and used to do a lot of work with her on the hill. you can characterize that however you want. i want to focus viewers on the piece you're writing online. you say james comey threw a lot of people under the bus. you say loretta lynch, president trump and himself, james comey. explain why.
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>> he threw james comey under the bus when he acknowledged that for political purposes he accepted the direction from loretta lynch, the attorney general, to use a word that's not even in the vocabulary of the f.b.i. and match it to what's going on with the clinton campaign. he then goes on and calls the president a liar repeatedly just because they have a different impression of how the f.b.i. was performing. but i think the thing that really took the cake here yesterday and susan collins mentioned this when he said i took my personal notes, i gave them to somebody else to give to the media because i wanted to get a special prosecutor. he then became the leaker in chief. he became the political manipulator in chief. and he is the chief law enforcement officer of the country. this is not the kind of reputation that i would want to have if i were the f.b.i. director that i'm now a leaker.
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>> bill: we have this clip that you are referring to. i believe what you are referring to is the tarmac meeting that was asked to characterize it as a matter instead of an investigation. i think it's the second bound bite we have queued up. let's get a comment after this. >> at one point the attorney general directed me not to call it an investigation but instead to call it a matter which confused me and concerned me but that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude i have to step away from the department if we're to close this case credibly. >> bill: that's to what you were referring. how do we now characterize it and view it in the way that the former director presented it yesterday? >> well, the good thing is i've heard a lot of democrats who expressed concern about those comments as well because it's pretty apparent that loretta lynch was giving political direction to the f.b.i.
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director. he followed it because how he characterized the investigation of the hillary clinton email scandal by calling it a matter and what you have here is you have an f.b.i. director who says i was queasy with the direction from loretta lynch, but i followed it. he was stunned by what the president said to him and didn't respond appropriately. and so, you know, it actually reinforces why james comey should have been fired with republicans and democrats have been saying for the last 9 or 10 months. but he lost a tremendous amount of credibility yesterday in terms of much of what he was talking about and the description of the events as they've happened over the last few months. >> bill: i have 30 seconds. your piece concludes the following way. comey reopened the wounds of why americans really don't like or trust the swamp. did the swamp win yesterday or
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lose? >> well, he exposed the swamp, which means the swamp loses. the more people see of an attorney general trying to influence an f.b.i. director. an f.b.i. director that will not stand up to the president or loretta lynch. an f.b.i. director who just, you know, calls the president a liar. the swamp won yesterday, the american people were once again reminded this is why we hate washington they just can't get anything done. the people that really performed well yesterday, the senate intelligence committee. richard burr and mark warner did a nice job. >> bill: thank you for your time. grand rapids, michigan, come back any time, sir. >> shannon: north korea apparently at it again claiming it test fired a new cruise missile capable of hitting the
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u.s. and south korean ships. this is reportedly the fourth new type of missile that pyongyang claims he has successfully test fired this year. comes on the heels of south korea not moving forward with that anti-missile defense system that we had thought they were going to. so -- >> bill: a lot of this flew under the radar with all the attention here at home but continues to be a big deal. we'll keep an eye on it for you. wall street waking up to that political earthquake in the united kingdom. how is stock market is reacting and next hour steve hilton's political an all list of the big picture and more of our lead story of the day. >> i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons but i asked him to because i thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. >> shannon: his bombshell announcement about leaking. was it legal for a man who had been heading up the f.b.i. when he authored those documents to
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>> whatever happened to theresa may is toast. it's just a matter of time. >> bill: an election throwing british politics into chaos. prime minister theresa may scrambling to stay in power after her party loses its majority in parliament. she had called for early elections trying to get more support for brexit and now this. benjamin hall is live in london for the aftermath. what happened, ben? >> bill, a staggering hult this morning. thoroughly unexpected. the conservatives were well over 20 points ahead and they've thrown it away.
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they're the largest party and have the most seats they don't hold the majority. we have a hung parliament. it means that not one party managed to get over the crucial 326 seats needed for a majority. the conservatives got 319. so just short and labor got 261. other smaller parties made up the rest. in the last couple of hours theresa may has gone ahead to see the queen to try and form a government. the queen has given her permission to do so but it will be a minority government and a lot harder for theresa may to push through her agenda and she will try to do that with the help of a small northern irish unionist party who got 10 seats. it will allow her to push it over. theresa may was trying to get a bigger mandate for herself but miscalculated. she was uninspiring during the campaign and made a number of political u-turns. already there are questions being asked about how long she can stay on as prime minister
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though clearly from what she said today she'll try to hang in for the time being at least. >> going to see her majesty, the queen and i will now form a government, a government that can provide certainty and lead britain forward at this critical time for our country. >> she might have won the most seats and might be forming the government but it was supporters of the far left leader who are celebrating this morning. many thought they would be wiped out entirely but they pulled off a koup. you can expect brexit negotiations to go harder. the pound has been dropping. political uncertainty does not make for a stable country at the moment. we have to see how the day pans out. staggering over here today. >> bill: thank you, benjamin hall. good reporting live from london. >> the president feels completely vindicated and is eager to continue moving
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forward with his agenda, with the business of this country, and with this public cloud removed. >> shannon: president trump's personal attorney saying yesterday's hearing revealed the president didn't do anything wrong but that james comey did. president trump is expected to address comey's testimony later today. the outside legal team is already preparing to file a complaint with the justice department and senate judiciary committee after comey revealed he leaked details of a memo to a friend so he would leak it to the press. the president tweeting this morning. despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication and wow, comey is a leaker. joining me now juan williams. fox news political analyst and mollie hemingway, senior editor for the federalist and jay sekulow. chief counsel for the american center for justice. jay, i want to start with you at the legal issue.
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is james comey is any legal trouble over this leak? >> i think he is. 641 says if you disclose and convey a government document to an unauthorized person that's a violation of the law. let's be clear what happened. james comey admitted he was, in fact, the leaker. he leaked the information to a friend of his from columbia law school with the instruction to leak it to at that point "the new york times" and he said he did it for the sole purpose of obtaining a special counsel which is the result he got. if you look at section 614 and others i think he has serious issues. let me say something else. i think it was the complete collapse of james comey's case against donald trump. the absolute complete collapse of any obstruction of justice of whether the president was under investigation. there was nothing there. i think it was a zero. a bad day for him. why would you want your f.b.i.
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director leaking information? why would the american people want an f.b.i. director who was too intimidated to stand up to loretta lynch and say it is an investigation, not a matter. >> shannon: what do you make of the way comey came off yesterday? comey has been on both sides of the table. >> depending who he is going after. you have to look at this in terms of going into yesterday. we've been following two main story lines. one is that donald trump is a plant of vladimir putin committing treeson and kol sueding with russia and others have been orchestrated a disinformation campaign to undermine the president. on the first story line it collapsed. we have it on the record what should have been on the record a long time ago. donald trump is not even being investigated for collusion with rush ya. on the other hand we have comey himself admitting that he leaked information for actual political gain and to undermine a president. it wasn't just the content of
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the memo. he actually said under questioning from senator langford he gave the government document itself to his buddy. that maybe his buddy still had it. this is just not appropriate handling of information. comey's reputation is such he is supposed to be this choir boy who doesn't do anything wrong. he came off as someone who manipulated the classification process, engaged in leaking. it was a big hit to his credibility. >> shannon: juan, one description i saw kind of seemed to sum it up. he landed some punches on president trump, no doubt about that. he put some information out there into the record that was not flattering at all but he didn't when it comes to some of these things jay was saying about proving a legal case of obstruction. a quote from jonathan turley who talked about the case wasn't there and added this. having a duplicitous or dishonest nature is not an impreachable offense. if it was applied in washington generally it would be a ghost
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town. >> i would have to get out of town, shannon. [laughter] i think, you know, to me when i hear that, though, i think gee whiz, i don't think you could say that president trump came off well yesterday when you have the f.b.i. -- former f.b.i. director really making him out to be a liar. i don't think anybody in the town, out of the town would say that's good news for the president of the united states. the second thing to say with regard to the leak is that it was never a classified piece of information. >> that doesn't matter. it does not for the statute. >> i didn't interrupt you. hang on. and that therefore leaking is part of the washington game for better or worse, it is going on. and that what happened here, what sparked this or instigated it was a tweet from president trump in which he went after jim comey and then raised the specter of tapes as if he was
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going to release tapes and then comey then in response says you know what, wait? i have a side of this story. he is wrong, i think if he thinks the special prosecutor was the result of that leak. comey may have had that intention but clearly the special prosecutor came after the firing with rod rosenstein here is the justification and the white house saying that's why and president trump said it was russia. >> shannon: there is a question about the timeline there. "the new york times" article the day before the tweet about the tape seemed to contain information that looks like it came from those comey memos. we'll have to wait. >> that's very significant that that information was out there before, which tells you he did not respond to the tweet but did say, shannon, he did it to get a special counsel and he gets one. what does that tell you? there is something wrong here called collusion. i guess so. thanks, shannon.
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and juan. >> bill: comey hearing clearly dominating the news on capitol hill. republican lawmakers determined to repeal obamacare and get tax reform. two big challenges for the summer. republican jim jordan will take on all of that next. v8 or a powdered drink? ready, go. ahhhhhhhh! shake! shake! shake! shake! shake! done! you gotta shake it! i shake it! glad i had a v8. the original way to fuel your day. [radi♪ alarm] julie is living with metastatic breast cancer,
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>> president trump: we know the best plan in the history of the world we wouldn't get one democrat vote. just remember that. if we had a plan that gave you the greatest healthcare ever in history, you wouldn't get one democrat vote because they are obstructionists. >> bill: that was president trump toward the end of the hearing with james comey just yesterday teeing off on democrats. earlier i talked with jim jordan the republican from ohio about what happens now in congress. thank you for your time, jim jordan. welcome back to "america's newsroom." what a day it was yesterday.
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does that trump/comey matter get in your way of the majority in congress? >> no. what happened the last 24, 48 hours cleared a lot of things up and president trump wasn't under investigation and i think when this -- after what we saw it looks good for the president. frankly not so good for former f.b.i. director james comey. >> bill: you saying it cleared things up. does that mean the matter is behind us? >> let's hope so. we were elected to do certain things. we make this job way too complicated. our job is to do what we told the american people are going to. let's do what they sent us here to accomplish. the president wanted it announced early on he wasn't under investigation so he could get focused on the agenda of the american people. >> bill: he was in ohio earlier in the week. we heard him call democrats obstructionists and say don't rely on a single democratic vote to get anything done.
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do you agree? >> i think it's accurate unfortunately. you would think we could come and focus on what's best for the country. based on the attitude and posture they have taken in the first five months of this administration i don't think you can count on them to help us do what the american people sent us here to do. that doesn't mean we couldn't get it done. if you want to attain something of meaning and significance it will be hard. if we can't get democrats' help we'll have to get it done anyway. >> bill: what gets done. healthcare is stalled in the senate. what gets that moving? >> i think it will happen. it better happen. we won the 2010, 14 and 16 elections. that was a central issue in all those campaigns. we better get it done. we better do the tax reform and better secure the border and build the wall. all the things we talked about we better do. the house freedom caucus said if we aren't making the progress we need to, we should
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forego the august recess and keep working on the things we were elected to do last november. >> bill: speaking of that. mark meadows freedom caucus said it on screen with our viewers. we believe we need to stay through august to get through tax reform and get our appropriations done. what's the chance that congress would forego that break in august? >> you know, it's the traditional august recess. it hasn't happened before but we're in interesting times. we have the $20 trillion debt. we have to get things done. obamacare is falling apart. all these important issues. if ever there was a time to say let's stay here and do it now is the time. frankly, that's why we called on it and took a position earlier this week to say if we're not getting the progress we need to, let's stay and keep working for the american people. >> bill: he was talking about tax reform and we were talking about healthcare. >> all of that. >> bill: does all of that get done? >> i think it does. and it has to, when is up to the united states senate as far
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as healthcare goes. when it happens i don't know but it has to happen. that's what we told the american people we were going to do and that's what they elected us to do when they gave us the privilege of serving them and their families. let's get it done. >> bill: give those voters a sense of your level of confidence. if it must get done, will it or not? >> i think it will. i really do. i think healthcare gets done before the august 1st and tax reform i'm hopeful it gets done this year. we have a better chance of getting it all done this year if we stay here and work during august. >> bill: thank you for your time. >> shannon: accused nsa leaker reality winner will stay in jail until her trial. a judge denying her bail yesterday accused of leaking a classified intelligence document to a reporter. wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles she pleaded not guilty to transmission of national defense information. prosecutors argued against granting her bail suggesting she may have had plans to leak
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>> shannon: two people under arrest after a speeding pickup truck hit two d.c. police officers and a city employee leaving one of those officers in critical condition. we have the latest now from washington good morning, doug. >> while police investigate whether terrorism may have been a motivation in the mowing down of two police officers the suspects are 22-year-old brandon mormone of virginia and his passenger 23-year-old dwayne taylor the prince george, virginia. they were in a white pickup truck at 9:00 p.m. in the
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crowded nightlife area of adams morgan when they served around a bus at a high rate of speed. one witness estimated 50 miles per hour. the pickup struck two d.c. police officers on bicycles. a city transportation worker and two pedestrians. the pickup came to rest against a donald trump truck when the two suspects were arrested and police found an unregistered weapon in the truck. taylor faces charges on weapons charges and the other as intent to kill. one officers is in critical condition and the other in fair condition. >> there is now a second scene. there was a weapon recovered from the suspect's vehicle. >> can you rule out terrorism? >> we do not have a motive at this time. >> a senior law enforcement source says it looks like drug and alcohol are the likely factor here but not definitive at this point, shannon. >> shannon: you and i are
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familiar with that area. that would make sense if it turns out to be that. >> especially at nighttime. >> bill: the hearing of the year is in the books. as a republican senator tells us this morning that she was stunned that james comey admitted that he was the one who leaked his notes. so our coverage of all that fallout continues in a moment. the latest reaction from capitol hill and senator rand paul live on that topic and more. keep this in mind. the president has a news conference today. what does he say about what we all watched yesterday? >> i know he met with leadership the other day at the white house. sometimes over the course of the summer you expect -- >> you know, we've been living with obamacare for a long time, seven years, and it takes a long time to turn a sinking battleship. that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for the strength and energy to get back to doing...
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reaction. former f.b.i. director james comey speaking out since the first time since he was fired and igniting a political firestorm in the process. welcome to "america's newsroom." i'm shannon bream. >> bill: good morning, i'm bill hemmer. riveting testimony featuring leaks, lies and a large dose of political theater. we saw all of that. a huge audience tuning in. seems everyone is talking about it from the white house to capitol hill and across the country. senator susan collins on that committee last hour here in our program reacting to mr. comey's admission to her that he was the one behind a major leak. >> i must admit that i was stunned by mr. comey's answer. i believe that he could have handled it in a different way. he could have given the memo to the senate intelligence committee, he could have come before us or judiciary committee and disclosed their existence and turned them over.
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but he chose instead a surprising route for someone who understandably has railed against others who have disclosed government information. >> bill: senator rand paul is live on capitol hill and we'll talk to him in a moment. fox team coverage with chris wallace, analysis of comey's testimony, and now the fallout. chris, stand by. back to the hill in a moment also. shannon has that. >> shannon: reaction coming in now flooding in from capitol hill as lawmakers respond to comey's testimony and his stunning admission that he orchestrated the leak of his memos. rand paul is here this morning. good to have you here. your reaction to that information about the leak that the former f.b.i. director rather cavalierly admitted to yesterday. >> my question is if he is so good at leaking was he doing it
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all along as head of the f.b.i. a lot of leaks coming out of the intelligence community and not all are benign. this leak came when he was out of government service but a lot of leaks about people's private conversation like general flynn's conversation that's a felony and serious crime. i think we still need to ask all these folks did you or did you give the information. some of them are saying they did not personally leak the information but they gave it to a friend to leak it. that's still leaking and it is still a crime if it were private conversations of individuals. i'm not saying comey did that, but we do need to get to the bottom of who is the leak and who are the leaks in the intelligence community. >> shannon: we know it was a source of friction between him and the president that the memo he put together. apparently they were having a dispute about that. the president didn't think he was serious enough about it and cracking down enough bit. for the admission to come yesterday does it raise new questions for you? >> i think the take-home message from the testimony was
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the president was vindicated. comey confirmed the president was never under investigation. three times he told the president that. i guess i think it's understandable to me why the president would say to comey good grief if you're telling me i'm not under investigation, why not tell the american people. this cloud of an investigation is really damaging. that's an honest appraisal and reaction by the president. so i think everything else is sort of sour grapes over the election still. but i do think that we're distracting from really what the president wants to do to get american jobs back right now and i think we can get back to that. but we need not to be too distracted by crazy allegations that in the end all turned out to be really without substance. >> shannon: let's turn to another leaker in the headlines right now. this young woman out of georgia who served honorably in the air force and honor abry discharged and described as a scholastic superstar. somebody who had been given a
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full ride on an engineering scholarship. she is a bright young woman. what prosecutors laid out against her was daming if it was true. there are charges she may have done more leaking. >> the enormous power to spy on american's conversation. it is an enormous power. a low tolerance for letting people leak information. so yes, i think she needs to be prosecuted. we can't tolerate this. really the biggest leak that we've had and the most important and damaging to an individual's reputation was leaking general flynn's conversation with the russian ambassador or foreign minister. we have to figure out who leaked that. if susan rice says she did not leak it but she unmasked them we have to ask susan rice who are the people you talked to about this? for her to say she didn't leak it but i gave it to my press team to leak it. that's still leaking.
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we need to ask all those questions under oath and we need to get to the bottom of who was listening to general flynn's conversations. leaking that is a felony and very dangerous to the republic. >> shannon: you know there are many subpoenas out to several of those individuals that you have mentioned. there have been requests for them to testify under oath before the senate or the house. some are cooperative. others are not. how confident are you that we'll get information about leaking and unmasking by obama administration officials with the accusation it may have been done for political reasons? >> that's a question we may not be able to find out publicly right now. the special counsel has the power to bring them in. i'm guessing the special counsel's ability to bring people in may be greater than a committee. also sometimes you can find the truth a little better because a grand jury or special counsel works behind closed doors. so they try to gather information and then determine whether or not they can do anything with it. but i hope that the special counsel will also be looking at
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this because i don't think americans want to live in a society where their government becomes so powerful it is listening to all of our phone calls, reading all of our emails. realize if you've sent an email in the last couple years and you mention the word isis or isil or assad. there is a chance it's in a database that can be searched without a warrant. i'll put forward reform legislation that says to search an american's name you should go to a judge in a public court and ask for a warrant. that's what the constitution reads. >> shannon: the framers had great wisdom in coming up with the fourth amendment. >> bill: with all these leaks seen in such a different light senator marco rubio putting his finger on something we did not find out yesterday. >> ever wonder why of all the things in this investigation the only thing that has never been leaked is the fact the
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president wasn't under investigation despite we all knew that and have known that for weeks? >> chris wallace, anchor of fox news sunday with us all day yesterday. you were a rock star then and again today. good morning to you. i've got a series of questions for you. but before i get to those, how would you characterize now that this is as i like to say, marinating among all of us into the nighttime of coverage and analysis last night and today, where are you on this story? >> well, basically where i was at the end of the testimony yesterday which was in one sense it was a pretty good day for the president and as i said, i think that the president's lawyer mark kasowitz would probably be pretty happy. and shortly thereafter he went out and gave a statement to the press that confirmed that. he declared victory and said comey said the president as of when comey was fired was not a target of the investigation. he did not accuse him of
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obstruction of justice, although he did say he thought that the matter should be considered and pursued by the special counsel. on the other hand, it was a very politically -- not legally, politically damaging day for the president to have james comey repeatedly call him a liar to say he didn't trust him to said he felt he had to memorializing exactly what he and the president had said and what the interaction had been. telling the story about the president demanding loyalty. kicking everybody out of the oval office to ask him to kill the flynn investigation. >> bill: the white house had a defense for that yesterday. the initial meeting at trump tower in early january of this year, it was comey's suggestion to sit and talk privately. they're suggesting that set precedent for their meetings. what do you think of that now? >> i don't think it holds much water. the reason that they met
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privately in january was because the president was -- comey was going to discuss with the president this dossier that had very embarrassing information that was untrue. the sense in the intelligence community was we don't want a bunch of people confront the president. let's have the one guy who will stay on and work with the president. f.b.i. director comey, do this with him in a more private and discrete setting. i still think it's a very big question why on february 14th, the day after flynn was fired, does the president order the vice president, the chief of staff, the attorney general who apparently really didn't want to leave, and was ordered by the president a couple of times and even jared kushner all to leave so he could talk with the president about michael flynn. i don't know if you can do the other meeting as an excuse for that. >> bill: let me come back to
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the rubio comment. why do you have a series of leaks and everything is leaked with the exception of the fact that the president is not under investigation? which appears to be the one thing this white house wanted. >> yeah. in fairness it is not quite true. comey did talk to the heads of the senate judiciary committee chuck grassley and dianne feinstein over a month ago and told them that and they then reported back to congress that comey had told them that the president was not under investigation and both grassley and feinstein testified to that. so that was not a secret. >> bill: thank you, chris. we'll see you sunday. i thought susan collins' last hour was interesting. i'll share that with our viewers. more of that. we'll see you sunday at 2:00 eastern and 10:00 eastern on big fox. check out your local listings. do not miss wallace coming up in two days' time. >> shannon: there is still so much to digest from that
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hearing yesterday. i think there are things we expected to hear about but others we didn't. the reverberations are settling. >> bill: so viewers no when we were sitting here and we were saying what's the headline and the headline and we concluded there are numerous headlines and we should get to all of them as we process it. and we agreed on that. >> shannon: that it was a very interesting hearing. it lived up to the hype. they don't always do that. james comey dominating the headlines across the country. our next guest says one thing was made clear to her. the former f.b.i. director has damaged our nation. >> bill: the president firing back on twitter but later today he faces reporters and what will likely be must-see tv. >> shannon: there is plenty of drama unfolding in the u.k. following a huge election as the party of british prime minister theresa may suffers a big defeat. she is vowing to push forward on ruling that country and on
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be lower given the vote theresa may in the u.k. and what happens with parliament and brexit and also what happened from the comey testimony regarding president trump. the markets are saying things are all right. a lot of the trading we've seen for several months suggest the republican agenda was going to go forward and this would be an indication that at least traders believe that will be the case. >> shannon: they're feeling optimistic on this friday, as are you. some say the one thing that has been made clear from the senate hearing is just how much the former f.b.i. director quote damageed the country. in an article in the "wall street journal" they write russia interfered, yes, mr. trump damages himself with reckless words and tweets, yes, the hillary situation was tricky. yet you have to ask how remarkably different would the world look at mr. comey chosen to retire in 2015 to focus on
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his golf game. if only. kim strassel joins us. you watched as the rest of us did yesterday watching these things unfold and we learned new things including information about the hillary clinton investigation and the fact that then attorney general loretta lynch according to mr. comey directed him not to call it an investigation but to call it a matter. he says now i should have pressed back and harder on that but he said what really concerned him is it tracked so closely to the language of that presidential campaign and yet he didn't push back. >> he didn't do anything. we know that an obama political appointee told the f.b.i. director to tamp down the language. a political order. he claimed instead of going off and writing a memo as he did with president trump when he felt uneasy. he said this just wasn't a hill worth dying on and he complied
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with this. and this is one of the reasons in the end that he decided that he was going to take the authority to decide whether to prosecute out of the normal chain. he held that incredibly unusual press conference where he exonerated and ex coreiateed her. the probe opened up a week before the election and what led to hillary clinton people saying they were robbed and some of the resistance and the dysfunction that we see in washington that's on comey. >> shannon: a lot of people say listen, things could have been different. we know that hillary clinton has talked about how bad james comey was for her. democrats and republicans have taken turns liking him and not liking him. he did have an impact. the letter that came late in the campaign. the last-minute there was nothing to see here. he really is a powerful guy who said yesterday during the hearing there was a point where he didn't want to do anything that was sort of too j. edgar hoover but people say that's
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exactly what he has done. >> his influence has been the biggest influence of what is happening in this country. he started the f.b.i. investigation into russia and trump collusion. it may well have been warranted. within a week of the election that leaked. this country has been subject to half sourced stories suggesting trump collusion with russia. mr. comey knew all along, we now know, that mr. trump was not a subject of that investigation. yet he refused to set the record straight. so we've been dealing with that. but more recently, this is a guy who went and cooked up secret memos, built up this sort of dossier on the president. waited until he was fired, leaked it to the press via a close friend. only portions of it and went silent and went for six weeks to have the country talk about
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did the president obstruct justice? >> shannon: much of what had been written about these topics was incorrect but he wasn't in a position and not his job to correct these things but matters of counter intelligence and all kinds of things were articles that were absolute completely factually wrong and these are pieces that have been out there for months that people hung their hats on to back up their claims and now they may have been completely baseless. >> two things on this. i appreciate that the intelligence community can't be going out there to correct every story that's wrong. that is not their job and could be damaging to intelligence collection abilities. that being said it's a different category from whether or not james comey didn't have the power and maybe the duty to simply making a statement. simply coming out to say the president and the vice president were not subjects of the investigation. i think the second question we have to ask is just how many of
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those half stories anonymous stories and incorrect stories are leaking out of the f.b.i. itself? you know, this is a question now going around washington now that jim comey has admitted he leaked in this capacity, can we be so sure that he or anyone in his leadership team has been doing so over the last few months? >> shannon: we're told the investigation into the leaks continue and see if they bear fruit. >> bill: 21 past the hour. so much to go through. the media in the spotlight during this hearing as well. a dispute over "the new york times" story and cnn story. all the revelations between the relations between trump associates and russia, in particular issues with the sources of the leaks. >> people talking about it often don't really know what's going on. those of us who know what is actually going on aren't
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talking about it. >> president trump: the media that has published one article after another with no sources have become a big part of the problem. they're part of the corrupt business.
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aren't talking about it and we don't call the press to say hey you got that thing wrong about this sensitive topic. we just have to leave it there. >> i want to bring in the media reporter for the hill. if comey was the leaker for some of this information on his notes. if f.b.i. director knew that some of the press reports out there were wrong. should they have corrected the record by way of back channel or publicly? >> misinformation in the public domain affecting public opinion and jim comey says yesterday he advocated leaking his own information while he was a private citizen. so why not use that same process if you're in love with it so much and leak out information saying that "new york times" report is wrong? >> bill: or don't leak at all. >> correct the record. why not? >> bill: as an american i want to know what the truth is. >> i like what comey people.
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it's sometimes people outside of the room are the talkers not the ones inside the room. "the new york times" said in their correction the original sources could not be reached after mr. comey's remarks. you have four high-level sources and no one can get in touch with them or they aren't getting back to you? what's the problem with that unless when jim comey says it's b.s. maybe it really is. >> bill: "the new york times" have the issue with the story from february. a story from may they're disputing with the trump team based on dates. looks like trump's lawyer may have gotten that wrong yesterday. abc corrected a story. can you summarize? how did the media do and ultimately if some of these leaks are coming from the highest level, how do you trust
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the leakers to get it right? >> if it's coming from the highest levels. this is the problem. "the new york times" has a style guide. a rule book how should we write and go about our stories, anonymity should be the last resort is the rule. instead it's become the first resort. what happens when you use unnamed sources? you don't know about their motive. maybe it's to shape a narrative and maybe a lie. you don't know about access. you don't know if they are in the inner circle close to the president per se or if we're just talking about somebody who is leaking who has no knowledge of the information to comey's point. >> bill: it was a stunner. a poll, i don't know if you've seen this. the question on screen. how do you feel about the job the news media has been doing covering american politics? dissatisfied 33%, angry 26% for a whopping 59%. in that poll they suggested that the president has damaged these numbers. what do you think of that? >> i find it very fascinating that when i look at and i've
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been covering media for years. i look at gallup studies on trust in media and in 2012 all-time low trust. 2013, new all time low. 2014, tied for all-time low. under the obama administration it was seen as an institution that most americans could not trust. so to suddenly say trump turned everyone against the media but this sentiment has been going on for a long time. >> bill: we're doing pretty well. >> you are. >> bill: what's next? >> shannon: president trump holding his tongue until now responding to james comey's testimony on twitter this morning. there is more. what he is tweeting ahead of his news conference later today as lawmakers realberta -- react on capitol hill. >> this is why we hate washington they can't get anything done. >> bill: this from overseas, don't lose sight of the events
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>> bill: white house rolling out the welcome mat as the president of romania meets with president trump in a matter of moments. the two leaders will hold a joint news conference later today. president trump likely to field questions on the testimony of james comey. the president is not telling us how the world -- he tweeted this earlier today. despite so many false statements and lies, complete and total vindication and now wow, comey is a leaker. former michigan congressman pete hoekstra last hour said this about that.
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>> when he said i took my personal notes, i gave them to somebody else to give to the media because i wanted to get a special prosecutor. he then became the leaker in chief. this is not the kind of reputation that i would want to have if i were the f.b.i. director that i'm now a leaker. >> bill: also senator susan collins led our program and she was one of those asking the questions yesterday on the intelligence committee. she was the one who asked about the memos that were leaked and why. this is what she said about that now. >> the president was not under investigation by the f.b.i., that's a valuable fact that we learned yesterday for the first time. that doesn't mean that some of his associates are not under investigation. and it doesn't answer the question of whether or not there was collaboration between the russians and members of president trump's campaign team.
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>> bill: she also has a better understanding today than yesterday. senator david perdue with me today. susan collins said she was stunned when she asked the questions about the memos and they were leaked. what do you make of that now? >> well, it's new news, right, that he was the one that actually leaked that. but my take on the testimony yesterday, bill, as objectively as i look at it, i think the president was totally vindicated. comey himself said three times the president wasn't under investigation and the president had not asked him and did not ask him to stop the russia investigation. i think this totally vindicates the president and shows how the national washington media hyped this into something that it wasn't. >> bill: it does not end the investigation, you know that. there are mine fields out there potentially, correct or not? >> well, there are two separate issues and there always was. first of all, there are intimations that the president had done something wrong.
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we see that's now not the case. the second part of this, though, is russia and the potential connection to the trump campaign. we have two intelligence committees investigating that, a special counsel investigating that and we'll get to the bottom of that. >> bill: you have a republican majority as well. does this affect what you do in the senate now, sir? >> well, we've been focused on healthcare all along. it's a crisis. obamacare is collapsing under its own weight. trying to move on to the tax proposal the president has laid out. we have to get this economy going. consumer confidence is at a 20-year high. ceo confidence is at a high. they're expecting the roll back of regulations started by the president but need to see this culminated in a tax package that will stimulate this economy. >> bill: is that going to happen? jim jordan was with us 40 minutes ago.
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the question we posed to him what does the trump/comey matter do to your agenda? you suggest it has no affect. does it or not? >> it really doesn't. we've been focusing day-to-day on healthcare. that's the immediate crisis. we're trying to get that bill done in the senate. remember, we have something like 47 days left until tend of this fiscal year. we have a debt ceiling limit coming up on us shortly. more importantly we have this tax package that hopefully will give some relief and make us more competitive with the rest of the world. we have two trillion on the balance sheets of the russell 1,000. largest companies in the country that aren't investing under president obama. today they're beginning to think about investing but if we don't do this soon, we'll miss the opportunity to affect fy18. >> bill: let me just put up so our viewers can see it what the stock market is doing now. the dow is up more than 100 points after the overnight news from the u.k. this a day after the two hours and 45 minutes of testimony
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from james comey. what does that say about the ability to govern, what investors think about the direction of the country? you look at 21,300 for the dow and soon you'll have people thinking about dow 22,000. which is a place we have never been before. that says what, senator? >> bill, it says they're anticipating a continuation of what the president said he was going to do, roll back regulations, adjust our tax situation, and make us more competitive with the rest of the world. people are responding to that. now, the bond market and the stock market always invest ahead and that's what they're doing now. in congress what that does puts pressure on us and should bring a sense of urgency to get these things done now. i'm one of the few in the senate saying we should not leave washington and go back to our home state in august during that five-week state work period. we should stay in washington
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and get this tax package done. that's what we do in business. >> bill: i don't know if it's ever happened before. >> they tried it in 1994 and didn't work out well. honestly it would send a great message to the american people that we're serious about getting it done and affect the markets even more importantly. >> bill: senator, thank you for your time. david perdue. appreciate you coming on in atlanta, georgia. >> shannon: overseas, a stern warning from south korea's new testament after the north's new missile test. it could face more isolation if it continues to pursue its latest program. the latest launch landed between japan. it was short range and the launch came one day you'll note after the south korea president said by the way, he will suspend the deployment of a u.s. missile defense system. >> bill: breaking news from the white house today. president trump expected to address the comey member on
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camera next hour. we'll take you there live when it happens from the white house. >> shannon: a big blow to conservatives in the u.k. after failing to secure a majority in the general election that was meant to beef up their numbers. what does the setback mean for brexit and the populist movement? >> now the future of our country is less certain than it was when theresa may called this election a month and a half ago.
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community is left behind. a country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared right across this united kingdom. >> shannon: steve hilton is host of the new revolution and good so see you, steve. your reaction to this. this looks different this morning than we would have thought six weeks ago. >> it was an unbelievable result. in many ways, shannon, this result is more surprising than the brexit result last year. theresa may called this election when she was way ahead in the polls. an expectation she would win by a landslide. that was the whole point to give her a big majority and mandate to go into the brexit talks. her opponent was completely dismissed as unelectable. a bernie sanders figure without the charisma of a bernie sanders. it has turned out to be a
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disaster. now if you saw her statement today outside number 10, she looks like someone with no credibility, no authority, and now she is supposed to lead the country. i don't even think she can survive that long. >> shannon: we want the play a little reaction from nigel farage who has become a familiar face to our audience on fox news. here is what he said about her future. >> we have made progress in incredibly difficult circumstances and we face a new parliament and a far stronger position than we left the last one. >> that was not nigel farage. i'll tell you what he said. i think whatever happens theresa may is toast. just a matter of time. quite frankly i don't know what is going to happen here. she said she will get enough to give them to 326 number they need to govern. will it work? what is your long-term projection? >> i think that he is right.
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i think that she could try and do this. that's clearly what she is intending to do and technically that's possible. but it all depends on her colleagues in the conservative party. in the end it will come down to whether she can put together a cabinet, whether they support her and she has been really, really weakened by this. her judgment has been called into question. this is a real rejection of her. not a rejection of brexit, by the way. our viewers should be clear about that. although the election was called about brexit it hardly featured in the election campaign. it was really a personal rejection of theresa may and it will be hard for her to stay. >> shannon: when you say it was a personal rejection of her and so much attention to this person that you describe her opponent as jeremy corbin as bernie sanders without charisma, what else was driving this? you have issues of terrorism there, talk about whether the populist movement is waning.
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what else fed into this result? >> a couple of things. theresa may put forward a program for government, her policy document and there was a key policy in that about paying for elderly care that she reversed because of the unpopular reaction within days. it made her look really weak. she was saying she was offering strong government. she looked weak from the start. the terror attacks played a big part. theresa may was responsible for britain's security not just as prime minister but for six years before that as homeland security secretary. and people were so angry that these terrorists slipped through the security net when warnings were given. jeremy corbin did a good job on the campaign trail and seemed to get young people fired up. all those factors went into it. brexit didn't really play a part. >> shannon: do you think there is a bigger message about a pendulum swinging one way or another beyond the u.k.
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>> if you look at jeremy corbin's campaign, you could say that that was a populist campaign. populism is not just here we think of it as something associated mainly with donald trump but here it was bernie sanders as well. populism in the u.k. on this occasion was coming from the left. and it seemed to do much better than anyone expected. i do think it's part of this general rejection of the policies that people have lived under for many, many years and of political elites everywhere. >> shannon: good to have you. thanks for dropping in. you don't want to miss his new show on fox news, "the next revolution" this sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> bill: we'll be there. jon scott is coming up next and here on "happening now." what's happening. >> 12 minutes away. president trump pushing his infrastructure program one day after his fired f.b.i. director's senate testimony and expecting to hear from the president next hour. will he have more reaction to
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what comey said? plus a judge set to decide whether to dismiss charges against a young woman on trial for manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself. the u.s. military's newest tool to fight terrorists, the f-35. what it is like to fly and fight in this state-of-the-art war plane at the top of the hour. >> bill: the opioid crisis ravages across the country. there is a spike in overdoses in one state. what they say is behind the sudden increase. that's next. so you can own the road. track-tuned handling, so you can conquer corners. aggressive-styling, so you can break away from everyone else. experience the exhilaration of the bold lexus is.
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>> bill: a dangerous spike in opioid overdoses in the state of georgia. 18 people treated for an overdose in one week. we're on the story in atlanta.
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what is behind this spike, jonathan? >> investigators say it's a brand-new drug and it may be responsible for as many as four deaths in central georgia. investigators believe these cases are linked to a fake street version of these prescription painkiller pills. >> it's being sold on the street as percocet. however, when it's taken the patients are experiencing significant and severe decreased levels of consciousness and respiratory failure. >> preliminary results suggest the fake painkillers contain a mixture of two synthetic opioids, a previously unidentified drug similar to the pain medication fentanyl. they're so potent overdose victims require massive doses of the emergency treatment of
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narcan and it's no guarantee they will be revived. >> who is response bible? >> we spoke with the d.a. this morning. in general when they see these new drugs many are manufactured in china and smuggled into the u.s. through mexico, through canada, sometimes in shipping containers, sometimes through the mail. now, as for this specific drug that's appearing in central georgia, they are still trying to trace the source. experts say it's a numbers game. it's about dollars and cents. the new ingredients are about finding the cheapest way to get these illegal drugs on the black-market. listen. >> our investigators have been following some leads. we don't have any suspects at this time. >> because the ingredients in this new drug are still under investigation, experts say you need to handle these drugs with extreme caution. they say there is a possibility
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that just touching the drugs is potentially lethal. >> bill: thank you, dangerous stuff there from georgia today. we talked about it in new hampshire and ohio, now georgia. you can see the pattern. it's just about everywhere. >> shannon: it's exponentially growing so quickly. it is hard to fathom the numbers. almost everybody knows somebody personally impacted by this when i think it takes that for people to care. one day after the dramatic appearance by james comey, will the president add to this morning's tweet blasting comey's testimony and calling him a leaker? but when family members forget, trust angie's list to help. [ barks ] visit today.
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>> bill: this is likely not the reaction investigator sought yesterday. the vote last night in the u.k. -- at this market defies reality again and again.
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we went over 100 points a short time ago. 21,300 perhaps? investors are telling us how they think about the future, at least in the near term. >> shannon: we've had a number of lawmakers. check out this bear spotted on a stroll, just leisurely. right outside the facility's front door. the hospital having a little fun calling this visitor its first patient at the primary bear clinic. out west, it's a real thing. it looks like a very nice hospital. it looks very colorado. when you're there, you have to keep your eyes open. >> bill: what a week. >> shannon: we need the weekend to recover.
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>> bill: this week started on sunday for us because we had those terror attacks on london. it concludes on the note of james comey yesterday. we will hear the president soon. have a great weekend. bye-bye. >> jon: we begin with a fox news alert. we are awaiting remarks by president trump on his new initiative to improve america's infrastructure. who doesn't like a little infrastructure? >> melissa: i love infrastructure. hard to say, but i love it. >> jon: this following the blockbuster testimony of fired fbi director, james comey. welcome to "happening now," i'm jon scott. >> melissa: happy friday to you. i melissa francis. the president expected to speak shortly. it will bring i.t. alive as soon as it happens. that's a head of a joint news


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