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>> we have documented value to hire the individual value in the saying and in the countries the personal, the most important is that everybody takes order and the instruction. >> laura: you got it? just take orders, follow instructions. freedom, not so much. that's all the time we have tonight. the "fox news @ night" take it all from here. lots of news from here, bill barr and all the rest. >> shannon: dr. ingram, thank you very much and great to shannon: thank you very much, great to see you tonight. the plot thickens as we learn more about the federal investigation into the financial dealings of hunter biden. there are questions about 400,$000 hole in his tax returns that need answering.
plus reaction from former acting attorney general matt whitaker. joe biden continues to make serious and controversial choices about who he wants in top levels of his incoming administration. trey gowdy is here to weigh in on andrew cuomo and the surprise resignation by attorney general william barr. dozens of crimes in the city of seattle depending on the suspect. we will tell you who could get a free pass, critics wanted it is a green light to chaos and business owners big the city not to do it. welcome to fox news at night. we begin with kevin cork covering the latest on the investigations into hunter biden's business dealings editor resignation by william barr. >> reporter: william barr's fate was in question since earlier
this month he said it doj investigation found no major fraud in the election, contradicting the president's point of view but he leaves on fairly good terms and given other high profile administration departures that is saying something. william barr's resignation letter was released after he briefed the president about the doj review in the voter fraud claims. these allegations will continue to be pursued at a time when the country is so deeply divided is incumbent on all levels of government and all agencies acting within their purview to do all they can to ensure the integrity of elections and promote public confidence in their outcome. the president returned volley on twitter calling his relationship with the bar, quote, a very good one adding he's done an outstanding job but it is what barr didn't do that seem to have
annoyed the president before and after the election. for example his reluctance to announces appointment of john durham as special counsel which he did before the election bob. bar's refusal to support the contention voter fraud in several swing states labor 2020 election and perhaps most notably his failure to disclose that hunter biden is under multiple federal investigations, something that could well impact his father joe biden and in the president's if you could have impacted the election itself especially after so many in the media claimed the hunter biden story was simply russian disinformation. >> when you affect an election william barr did the wrong thing. when they are saying things, making statements and the press is purposely not reporting it. >> a new email obtained by fox news joe hunter biden did not report 400,$000 in income, that he some selected from his member of the board of burisma holdings when he joined in 2014. that according to an attorney for his firm who noted biden's tax returns needed to be
amended. 400,$000, a lot of money. that memo dated january 16th, 2017, is one of multiple new emails obtained by fox news detailing his income for 2013-2015 for tax purposes. last week he burn confirmed he was under federal investigation for his, quote, tax affairs, story that is not going away and one that could heat up in the months ahead. shannon: it could. we will stay on it, thank you. us attorney john durham is expanding his team that spent months investigating the origins of the trump russia probe, how it got started, who ordered in several enforcement officials familiar with the situations of fox news the durham team is making, quote, excellent progress. in washington the man who appointed durham, attorney general william barr handed his resignation to the president today. we start there with acting attorney general matt whitaker. good to have you back.
let's start there. there is a letter from the attorney general to the president, tweets from the president talking about the attorney general, they sound very friendly, there have been frustrations along the way but it was interesting the attorney general talked about erection is historic because you accomplished it in the face of for olympus resistance, talked about the witchhunts going after the president, the accusations so how do you think this leaves the william barr record of a trump record. >> william barr has a career of exemplary public-service dating back to the 70s in the cia and the department of justice and so i think william barr is an extraordinary person and served the country well. obviously the president was frustrated at times that he didn't publicly announce certain aspects of investigations but that is consistent with doj policy at the same time. i thought the letter of
resignation william barr presented lays out a roadmap for the successes of the trump administration and pointed out that other than immense media not only scrutiny but opposition, the president has accomplished a lot including vaccines being delivered today to americans, front-line workers in english than a year. an extraordinary record. >> after we were repeatedly told by people it was a fantasy and it would take a miracle and no chance it would happen in 18 to 24 months great news for every single person who is in line and something we all celebrate. is on the job for a few more days there's a call for him to do a few more things, william barr's final act as attorney general should be to appoint a special counsel to a investigate joe and hunter biden. any chance that happens? >> that is something being seriously considered.
there are regulations to appoint a special counsel and only in certain circumstances the regular process can't handle an investigation certainly into a president's child could meet those standards. what a special counsel is enabled is protection from being fired without cause. so we saw in the russian collusion investigation that ultimately it can be an unguarded uncontrollable missile. at the same time it does protect the prosecutor, in this case is on the room, from the origins investigation. in the hunter biden case it could protect the us attorney and members of his team from being fired without cause. >> to this point we mentioned earlier the federal law enforcement official told the justice department producer that the durham team, he's expanding his team by adding additional
prosecutors and is making a scotland -- excellent progress. what does that say to you about when we might get some answers? >> there may be multiple facets that need to be broken off into compartments and handled on different teams. there may be issues surrounding a team that needs to look at attorneys records and attorney-client privileged documents in those types of things. it also points so the fact this investigation has been going on for a while now, almost two years and probably needs to come to a conclusion. 3 more bodies in an investigation can speeded up. shannon: do you think on capitol hill, treated the same way the mueller report will be? >> it is treated very differently and you have seen the left wing news media together with left-wing
politicians have beyond and are not even inquiring as to the origins of the investigation but it will be important for the american people to not only know what happened but to have some folks that brought it to be held to account. shannon: a lot of them ever thought they would have to answer those details questions. we know about the fisa warrant and steel dossier but there will be many more pieces of the puzzle so we will watch for that. thank you for your time. >> all right doctor brain, thank you. >> really voting ahead of next crucial senate runoff and scheduled visit from joe biden tomorrow. steve harrigan has more on both races. >> reporter: the first day of and personally voting brought to a smooth start. three weeks of them personally
voting begins today. the two runoff races that will determine which party controls the senate for the next two years. on a chilly rainy morning many polling places reported lines of less than half an hour, 1.2 million voters requested absentee ballots. democrats john ossoff and rafael warknox latest time for dramatic change. >> healthcare is on the ballot. livable wage is on the ballot. criminal justice reform is on the ballot. >> reporter: republicans david purdue and kelly leffler say that opponents are out of step with georgia's conservative values. their task is encouraging voters to vote complicated by donald trump's criticism of georgia's voting process and republican governor brian kemp. the president last week referred to the governor as hapless. this week as a fool and the clown. it is forcing republicans to rehash the november elections. >> we are making sure we have more signature verification.
we are in the courts for anything that. >> reporter: the political fight got physical to get out the vote rally when an ossoff supporter was beaten. >> a political climate we are dealing with right now. >> reporter: police arrested the attacker, violence was condemned by senator purdue who tweeted behavior like this is absolutely disgusting and has no place in our civil society. political ads are running, seems like wall-to-wall. $500 million expected to be spent on these two races. shannon: we will keep an eye on it. for 11 months doctors and nurses in the us have only been able to treat the coronavirus. today they began the process of preventing it. a huge step. 55 of the initial 145 shipments
of the pfizer vaccine received today and more are on the way. here is correspondent kristin fisher. >> 3, 2, one, vaccinate! >> reporter: from ohio state university to new york nurses and doctors who have been fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic finally getting their hands on the weapon that will hopefully end the war. >> the end of a very painful time in our history. >> reporter: sandra hindi, crackle care nurse at jewish medical center became the first person in the united states to receive the coronavirus vaccine outside of clinical trials. the moments months in the making. comes just one day after workers in a pfizer plant in michigan loaded the first precious frozen files onto ups and fedex trucks to be distributed across the country. a moment that cannot come soon enough, the death toll in the united states topped 300,000. new york city, the original epicenter the outbreak is in the
throes of a worsening second wave, shutting down indoor dining for second time. andrew cuomo front and center for the first vaccination shot. >> in the state of new york the federal government approved the vaccine. >> reporter: 5 weeks ago governor cuomo cast doubt that operation will speed, questioned the fda vaccine approval process. >> i'm not that confident. i think it will be a skeptical american public about taking the vaccine and it should be. >> reporter: this afternoon health and human services secretary alex azar touted the vaccine safety, 95% efficacy. >> as exciting as it is is just like getting any other safe and effective vaccine. >> reporter: the secretary of the surgeon general presiding over a vaccination kickoff event at george washington university hospital. >> you are a licensed physician and you felt the vaccine was safe. >> absolutely. the developed of a covid-19
vaccine is nothing short of revolutionary and i hope everyone appreciates significance, the history of this moment. >> reporter: according to a new fox news poll, 61% of the people polled said they would get vaccinated, that is 7 points since september and the fda's 3 days from potentially relighting a second vaccine. shannon: thank you. indoor dining want to get off the table in new york city as mayor bill diblasio is warning complete closure of the biggest city in the country remains a possibility. looking at the story live tonight. >> reporter: this ominous warning coming the same day a historic milestone, the first vaccine in the us given out
today to a nurse in queens but it will be months before doses reach the general public. until then bill diblasio says the city should prepare to lockdown once again. >> what is increasingly clear is all forms of restrictions have to be on the table at this point. the governor's quote in the time said it exactly right. the current rate we are going you have to be ready now for a full shutdown. >> reporter: bill diblasio noting andrew cuomo would need to issue the full-blown lockdown order himself, the announcement comes the same day the city closed indoor dining and restaurants. it had been just two months since the restaurant rest lifted restrictions and lifted. the us to passing 300,000 deaths while nearly 3 million doses of the pfizer vaccine reached healthcare facilities today, simultaneously hospitalizations hit an all-time high at 108,000. stay-at-home orders and curfews
in place in ohio, virginia, north carolina and california with stricter lockdowns locally like in the bay area where restrictions on residents to see one person from outside their home. gavin newsom says covid-19 infection rate trickled in the last 3 weeks. news of visiting a vaccine site urging californians to not relax simply because the vaccine is on the table. >> we have to be sober and mindful about the moment we are in which is challenging and trying. today we received as many doses in the entire state of california as there were new cases in the state of california. >> reporter: according to a new fox news poll released just this evening 56% of voters say they do not believe the us responded
to the threat of the coronavirus seriously enough. with a vaccine just around the corner more people say they are hopeful. shannon: what we read need right now some hope. controversial appointments continue. of next the obama administration official called the unmasked are in chief samantha power grilled by our next guest trey gowdy. what does he say? he is next.
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resolution in several emergency petitions concerning swing state election procedures and certifications. attorney sidney powell said she filed to the us supreme court. jackie heinrich is live in wilmington, delaware with reaction to the electoral college vote in favor of joe biden as president-elect. >> reporter: hours after the electoral college formally casted to vote affirming his when, president-elect joe biden recounted the ways donald trump use lawsuits, recounts, even the supreme court to try to overturn the results but they held firm. biden called it a test of democracy. biden touted his record number of votes of any ticket in american history saying the margin of his win is the same margin donald trump in 2016 which trump called at the time a landslide. biden:the president to recommend
a victory by his own standards saying it is time for the two parties to work together. >> four years ago when i was sitting vice president of the united states was my responsibility to announce the tally of the electoral college votes in a joint session of congress that voted to elect donald trump. i did my job and i am pleased but not surprised a number of my former republican colleagues in the senate who acknowledged already the results of the electoral college. >> reporter: biden is filling his cabinet as donald trump tries to remain in the white house, several have his pics drawing scrutiny. secretary of defense lloyd austin, recently retired general will require congressional waiver. a push back over one contender for the agency for international development, samantha power, former un ambassador who is referred to as the unmasked are in chief after it was revealed her authority was used to unmask hundreds of american names in a secret nsa and escaped in the 2016 election. and over government emails
according to a 2019 lawsuit, her appointment may rankle republicans. similarly former epa chief jenna mccarthy being considered for domestic climate czar positions are members by some as richard windsor, an alias she used for environmental activist. mccarthy previously in the interest of joining the biden administration and there are several other contenders for job including washington governor jay inslee, biden has 37 days until he is inaugurated and has positions left to fill. shannon: a tight time line. thank you so much. joe biden is reportedly considering former un ambassador samantha power to run usaid and that is sparking criticism from conservatives. power called the quote unmask
are in chief in a report in the left documents show the unmasking of hundreds of americans names to secret intelligence report during the 2016 election. reaction from former chair of the house oversight committee tray gouty. good to have you with us. some of our reporting from fox news in september 2017 said this, two sources who were not authorized to speak on the record to the request to identify americans his name surfaced in foreign intelligence are pretty known as unmasking exceeded 260 last year. when indicated this occurred in nevada final days of the obama white house, the headline says it was samantha power. you were on the inside of this investigation was what can you tell us about how frequently she is this and why americans should care? >> we deposed her and she at florida way more unmasking requests than anyone else was unmasking power and if you contrast it with susan rice who
also was ambassador to the united nations, same administration, same job title, way more unmasking requests from samantha power. that's the bad news for her. the ify news is she was not making those requests, they were made under her name, she just as i did not do it which leads me to this. it will be a interesting confirmation hearing for her. if she is the nominee because she will be asked why you made so many unmasking requests, why someone on your staff did it without your knowledge. shannon: and reporting she is considered to head up usaid, fox news reporting said although usaid is an independent agency it essentially functions alongside the state department though it is not a cabinet administration the administrators installed by the senate. what are your concerns if you have any about her level of
power to do things like the unmasking or other things we saw towards the end of the obama administration that use even that she doesn't remember a lot of it was done in her name? >> if you look at her career she was ambassador to the united nations, elevated to cabinet level position. she enjoys power or influence, take your pick but she likes it. there is a dichotomy even within the republican party about the role for an agent play in our diplomacy but if you look at the folks on the senate foreign relations committee had to cruise, marco rubio, rand paul all of whom ran for president in 2024, she's going to get tough questions about unmasking her position and lindsey graham who has an interest in using aid to advance our diplomatic interests but his interests would be different from hers. it will be a rocky confirmation. shannon: let's talk about the departure of attorney general william barr, he and the president saying nice things
about each other, quick thoughts on that. >> he has the hardest job in the world. he has been the ag twice and if you ask him what's the difference, the political environment and the way the media covered that office, the hopeless intersection of justice in politics where politics always wins, an incredibly difficult job. he hung on as best he could. i'm sorry to see him go. i like him. it is an important hard job, ridiculous environment to try to work. it is tough. shannon: the attorney general in his letter today talked about the relentless onslaught of partisan attacks the president his face along the way and praised him for being able to get a lot of things done despite that. william barr was in the middle of that too. what about the fact that governor andrew cuomo is being flooded as the next ag? >> in this country i can't
imagine living in a country that would have andrew cuomo as the attorney general, talk about a partisan hack being in an important position, doug jones, sally yates, jay johnson, folks that i wouldn't pick but are much better than andrew cuomo. a disastrous pick and i hope you would not be confirmed. shannon: thanks very much, merry christmas. a quick correction just moments ago, we were talking about former epa director gina mccarthy using a fake email account, it was actually her predecessor who used that. seattle is proposing new legislation that could legalize dozens of crimes we find out why and who is eligible for free pass as business owners make the city not to do it. we will debate next. "you have cancer." how their world stopped and when they found a way
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shannon: seattle city council considering something called the poverty defense from. legislation that will allow suspects considered impoverished are suffering from certain behavioral or mental issues to use that as a defense for dozens of crimes. rick leventhal taking a close look at the situation. >> critics call it the defense lawyer's dream, seattle looking to be the first in america to give her free pass to anyone who can claim poverty, mental illness or drug addiction. ike most major cities crime has spiked in seattle this year with homelessness and drug addiction also on the rise but instead of combating the problems lawmakers are considering a measure that would forgive suspects for most misdemeanor crimes including theft, trespassing and assault if they claim poverty, mental illness or dependence. the king county defender of
public defense that in a situation we took a sandwich because you are hungry and trying to meet the basic need of satisfying your hunger we as a community will know we should not punish that. that conduct is excused. seattle city council said it is being crafted with input from local public defenders and would not excuse accusations of violence or driving while impaired but the so-called poverty defense fund would make the following crimes legal for the addicted and disturbed. homeless people camping on private property, theft of businesses, stocking and more than 100 other offenses. critics include former city councilman tim burgess who told a local tv station it sends a powerful message that is the government we don't care about this type of criminal behavior in our cities and former city council candidate ari hoffman and "fox and friends" said laws already aren't being enforced with some crimes up 250 to 300%
ruining the emerald city. >> they are not prosecuting anybody and when they to arrest him they turn them loose to go back and reoffend which is why businesses are leaving in droves and residents are leaving in droves, downtown seattle looks like a ghost town blue >> hoffman to seek realizing crime is not the solution. seattle is it that way while still planning to defund the police with the mayor expected to sign a new city budget with an 18% cut to law enforcement. shannon: thank you. on the east coast the weekend of unrest and violence in big cities new york to washington. let's get reaction, discuss the situation in seattle in the lightning round featuring ted walling, national conversion communications director matt gorman and kay tth ratios jason rand. we want to true lightning round so we can get to everything so i will start with you on this issue in seattle.
a new element that was not part of the initial discussion last month was an exception that would allow for the stolen goods to be raised for basically, quote, of someone stole a bunch of cell phones and intended to result want to pay their rent it would apply to that defense according to a staff member of the council. >> the way they are talking about it is absolutely absurd, and insane and 100% going to lead to more crime. this isn't merely saying giving a pass, they are codifying a policy that is already in place that you don't go after crime in the city of seattle so they are codifying this which means once we get someone in position to change things it is going to be that much harder to change of policy because the council is trying for future generations to completely change the scope of the law here. >> one of the reports i saw said up to 100 misdemeanors, not
talking felonies, public safety advisers said, quote, it is a green light for crime. >> the policy makes a lot of sense. we know there are tens of thousands of americans behind bars because they can't afford bail for nonviolent crime, that's another thing but loosening laws with regards to theft and violence i don't think is a winning answer. we know a lot of americans are hurting economically because of their life, they are out of work and they are being led to this kind of activity to provide for themselves and their family so more resources have to be made for soup kitchens and things like that and not loosing these kinds of laws in our cities. shannon: what do you make of it? >> in your previous report the person in seattle so that person is living in poverty, they need to steal the sandwich, what about the person making the
sandwich. they will be the ones in poverty or the homeless folks camping out on private property, i guess it isn't private property anymore. and what does it do to tourism in places like seattle? if you feel unsafe living there imagine traveling there. shannon: business owners writing these letters saying please don't do this because even if you don't have the crime on your books because you won't have the prosecution that doesn't mean they won't still be happening to our businesses. i want to make sure everybody gets a bite of this, this is the autonomous zone growing in seattle. this is portland. apparently it has been disbanded at this point. some type of agreement, the autonomous zone appears to be coming to a end after the city issued an apology and promised to not attack supporters of the
families epicenter legal lengthy battles in the folks took over. now what? >> i love the apology to the audacity to sweep the we will not allow an autonomous zone to be set up in the city of portland. in the last few hours the story has shifted. the autonomous zone is still there, they moved the barrier a little bit. this disagreement whether an actual agreement is made between the family, they are not destitute and being put out during the pandemic, they have a second home about two miles in northeast portland to miles away so the story we have been told is not accurate but the activists aren't going to be been turns out you decide you are not going to punish people for setting up an occupied zone they continue to do it, shocking, i know. >> defenders of the family say the house is two miles from extended family but someone they are living with. 10 seconds each to kevin.
>> this is not a great story for democrats being challenged across the board on defunding the police, the leader in my party supports this. joe biden supports more resources for policing so republicans use the stories against us effectively, just two months ago. we need to push back hard and support shop owners and those people in our communities that are struggling. >> we are seeing this in georgia. rafael warnedknock are using it partly in the georgia senate runoff. shannon: thank you all, come back for lightning round very soon. china exposed for massive infiltration of western companies and embassies with leaked documents showing us how widespread it is next. finding dental insurance plans can be confusing,
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about congressman eric swalwell and his past connections with a suspected chinese spy serve as a reminder of the seriousness of the china threat and the links the communist regime goes to in order to expand their foreign influence. we talk about that threat the retired brigadier general robert spalding. welcome back. there has been some reporting out of the australian and sky news about this leak showing members of the commonest party are spread all of the place. sky news saying it exposes members and lifts the lid on the chinese communist party, they are quoting sherry marcus and whose reporting on this, communist party branches have been set up inside western companies allowing the infiltration of these companies by members who have called on are answerable directly to the communist party, chairman, the president himself. you don't seem surprised by this
news. >> i was aware of this back in 2014. there were companies tracking the networks operating in our corporations. it's a problem for her own intelligence community because they can't really look into our own society, prevented from doing that by law. one 45,000,010 year visa holders from china running around the united states every where are too many for the 8000 or so fbi agents to track so they just can't track it but i've known about this for a while and this dump came off the dark web four years ago. shannon: there reporting about it this weekend talking about people who are big part of global companies like boeing, pfizer and astrazeneca. what threat does that pose?
>> they are losing everything. the corporate talking point has been if we can just innovate faster than the chinese we will be okay. all the while they are hiring chinese nationals into their companies and i explained they will try to take the latest technology and innovate on top of that and beat you to the market but they wouldn't listen and corporate executives have a 3 or 5 year vesting period and that's how they are interested in. they are not interested in the long-term future of the company. >> when we think about things like the case involving congressman swalwell, not accused of any wrongdoing but there was this young woman from china trying to cozy up to several lawmakers, that is one case but how widespread do you think that is across the us? >> all over the place, local politics, we know it, it is at
the city level, the county level, the state level. secretary pompeo told the governors each one of you has been profiled to find out if you are pro-ttp or neutral and they are designing a campaign for your states based on your behavior. >> they are doing the work and former and now once again congressman elect darrell isa -- they are not shy, it is incumbent on all of us to pay attention and dig in where it needs to be investigated. thank you for being back with us. much-needed covid-19 relief legislation passed by christmas where the two sides are as businesses across the country worn they cannot survive another round of lockdowns.
>> shannon: the pressure mounts on lawmakers on capitol hill, there was a big final push under way shannon: as the pressure mounts on lawmakers on capitol hill there's a final push to secure an emergency covid-19 relief package this week. chad program shows us tonight. >> reporter: there is intense pressure to secure corona's
virus deal before christmas. congress is running out of time and mitch mcconnell says the next few days will produce one of two outcomes. >> either 100 senators will be here shaking our heads slinking blame or we will break for the holidays having sent a huge dose of relief out the door to the people who needed. >> reporter: coalition of bipartisan centers forged in accord. >> you can normally get them to agree on what is for lunch much less give assistance to lots of americans who are in desperate need. >> senators split the bill in two, the $908 billion proposal for state and local governments and liability shield against coronavirus related lawsuits, the second part refills the paycheck protection program and provides money to distribute the vaccine. >> this is not just paper. this is hope. >> reporter: no congressional leaders endorsed the plan. nancy pelosi is re-engaging with the secretary of treasury steve mnuchin in an effort to get a
deal, in the summer and fall with nothing to show for it. nancy pelosi knows time is short. >> before the package is ready and votes are there but we have been here after christmas. >> the biggest worry is unemployment. it expires the day after christmas. the bipartisan bill offers $300 a week for four months. >> it would be scrooge like if we run away and left folks the day after christmas to lose their unemployment. >> they must from the government by friday. we expect lawmakers to release the $1.4 trillion spending package tuesday with no final agreement on coronavirus assistance. >> chad program, thank you. good news, firefighters julie e juliecdesjarlaid raising money for food bank after hearing
>> tuesday december 15th. an honor to serve. those words from attorney general william barr as he announces his resignation praising the president's work as the president carries on his legal fight after the electoral college affirms joe biden's win. [applause] >> with that a shot of hope. front-line workers receiving the first doses of pfizer's coronavirus vaccine.