tv Sunday Night in America With Trey Gowdy FOX News March 27, 2022 4:00pm-5:00pm PDT
jon: of. trey: thank you for joining us i am trey gowdy, it is "sunday night in america." we begin with a fox news alert, another round of peace talks between russia and ukraine begins tomorrow in turkey, after russian rockets struck the western city of lviv. the city has been a safe haven, lviv is 45 miles from the polish border where president biden met are refugees and world leaders.
the headline was an ad-lib comment about regime change in russia, having the white house doing damage control. reporter: we heard sirens this evening. it is calm right now. there were the attacks just yesterday. we're getting in new footage from the country here, the decimation of surrounding cities, and footage of snow falling on the ruins of destroyed buildings in kharkiv. kharkiv is the second largest city in ukraine, it has experienced some of the worst bombings since the war broke out, residents have been taking shelter in the
city's subway system. >> people are staying overnight in the trains. reporter: in the region, continues to worsen amid attacks, the dire situation. it getting help to the hard hit areas is impossible. firefighter here in lviv put out the massive fire in the city after strikes hit an oil depot and factory, both sides are used by the military, russia confirmed that strike today, the blast blew out windows in nearby buildings. the weekend attacks did not stop residents here from attending funerals of the ukrainians have been killed in this war. >> i attend the funeral of every soldier, they are heroes of ukraine. reporter: 5 people were wounded in the blasts, so
far he casualties have been reported. trey: thank you, alex. thank you for your courage. stay safe. >> joining us now former cia station chief, fox news contributor dan hoffman. what is putin's goal with this invasion and occupation of ukraine? what does he hope to get out of this? reporter: i think his goals have changed. at the beginning he said he had this special military operation refused to call it a war. he togetherred to occupy ukraine within two days. and install puppet government there that would suit moss quow's interests -- moscow a interest, that did not happen, he had to swivel. he wants to tells us that
russia's goal is to secure eastern ukraine. what scares vladimir putin is democracy. not that nato represents a threat. ukraine had no chance of joining nato, putin could not stomach an democracy on his border with a russian speaking population and commercial launches to europe. i'm play a clip from joe biden get you to respond. >> we'll have a different future, a brighter future, hope and light. decency, dignity. for god's sake. this man cannot remain in
power. >> mr. president, do you want putin removed? mr. president, were you calling for regime change? >> no. trey: i don't understand, 24 hours ago he was calling for regime change, but now he is not. >> so, my former boss at cia said that and rightly so, president biden might have had a lapse in message discipline. i fell what he said was a logical conclusion. putin can no longer rule russia. he can no longer be in charge. he is a war criminal, president said that, said he is a butcher. the military is russian military is following putin's orders to continue to strike civilian targets.
i think that administration would have done better to stand up for what president biden said, like the reagan administration stood up when president reagan called soviet union an evil empire, he was right. i wish that the white house had said, you know, we'll back this up, from ukraine's perspective the russian military should not be following the orders of that kgb guy in the kremlin. this has to stop. moreover, leaving aside the words that president chose, we have on back those up with giving ukraine the military equipment they need, president zelenskyy has been begging for it, we have to figure out a way to get it to him. trey: dan hoffman thank you for your service. >> we're joined by kay bailey hutchison.
senator thank you for joining us. let's start with nato 101. how does the country join nato? what is the eligibility and acceptance process. >> thank you, for having me here tonight, trey. you have to have certain requirements. we don't invite people to nato. people apply because they want to be part of the security alliance. requirements are you have a resilient democracy, rule of law, freedom of the press, civilian control of your military and a military that can contribute. all of the country that have applied to be an ally, we work with them to make sure they have these
characteristics. ukraine and georgia were working toward being in nato, they are a partner to be an ally. they were not there yet. they were working on the internal workings of their countries, they did have democracy. they do have democracies. it is a requirement certain standards to be able to be eligible to win. trey: seems one of putin's -- of to splinter nato, but it seems that the opposite has happened. seems that nato is of one accord, including germany. >> correct. i see now that the european eyes have been opened.
if there any silver lining in this dreadful situation, it is now europe understands that russia under the leadership of putin will be an aggressor. they have been doing cyberattacking on all our nations, all nato members, they try to divide, and take both sides of a controversial issue in a country to sew division. putin thought, he will go in and get ukraine, and he will divide nato in whether or not to respond. the opposite has happened. nato is united. including germany, i have to say that chance. >> shuts has been aggressive and right. germany has been in the aftermath of world war ii for all that time, they didn't want to do defense.
they didn't want to build their defenses on the offense, but now, saying doing it their part, going to reach the 2%, they will make their weapon system, and buy f35s, and they are a true and valued partner now, europe and strong expurk nighted as well. >> senator you are nate or expert, i am not, i think that nato expandinged by a dozen countries why? >> i was in senate when the the expansion of former societe dominated countries applied for membership. i was concerned. i voted for it. i am so glad that i did. i heard people say, we
shouldn't have expanded. absolutely not. if we had not expanded, i think that russia would have moved earlier. i think they would have gone into these countries that are now strong democracies and strong member allies of nato. what the reason is, because those country came in and had to meet the standards of the e uand nato. to meet the standards they had to prove the rule of law and have free press, and to have militaries that worked with us. to see civilian control of the military and integrity in military is so important in u.s. and europe. other countries came in. they learned that from us, they are great members, they are also contributing to the economy of europe. they have strengthened in their democracy. it was the right thing to
do. i think that now because they are there, europe is stronger. and most certainly, they will be more resilient because they have the article 5 declarations again any incursion of what we're seeing russia do right now in our countries, we're sad to see it happen in the ukraine. trey: senator kay bailey hutchison thank you for your service for the great state of texas. >> thank you, trey. trey: up next, human traffickers are exploiting the war in ukraine. dana perino discusses the tragic circumstances next on "sunday night in america." t mat. it can be a smaller house, but a bigger nest egg.
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trey: welcome back to "sunday night in america." since russia began this war, over 3 million ukrainian and children have fled to country like poland and romania. where they are welcomed by those trying to do good and render aid. but evil never sleeps, there are some who will take advantage of any victim. united nations children fund issued a warning that human trafficking gangs are assembling on the border and posing as officials. they deceive desperate people. than sell the women and children into modern day slavery. people already victimized by war will be further
criminalized. the longer the war rages on the greater the poll on innocence, joining us now is dana perino welcome. people hear about this humanitarian crisis, they see the images, some people think that old joe biden from 24 hours ago was right. we have to get rid of this regime, walk us through what happens when the president of united states says something that maybe everything else thinks these he should not have said. >> it was remarkable. i had to rub the sand out of my eyes, one thing that putin said from the beginning, west wants to destroy him, nato of provocative that is why he had to fight. he uses that as an excuse.
up until yesterday, when biden said that, our position was we'll arm the ukrainians to help them defend themselves. he had a lot of conversations at nato, you have president of united states give a pretty good speech, it was written on the text, he was sticking to it, then ad-lib 9 words that could undo your entire trip. the next morning, "washington post" has a story. white house staffers saying he screwed up. you were in congress. you said a lot of important things. but nothing you said would cause anyone to go to war. president of united states is no longer a senator. you can't say things like that and expect to have a major impact. i would imagine there was a lot of scrambling at the white house, or walk it
back. i don't think you can necessarily do that as president of united states. putin will take those words and use them to his advantage or try to amass more power or step on the gas perhaps make it worse for the people of ukraine. trey: that is a great point. i could tell you, as a casual observer of communications, he appeared more forceful and credible when he was calling for regime change than that one little one-word walk back today, lindsey graham called for regime change, he was universally panned for calling for that. you are right. he is just a senator. let me ask you about something happier. grat tiedtude. when we -- gratitude, when we see what is happening in other parts of the world, it
can help us put our own lives in perspective and be grateful for what we have? >> 100%. 7 years ago i started a gratitude journal. it used to be you wrote it on a piece of scrap paper, but now there are journals, every day, bright down one to three things you are grateful for, you then build up a resiliency of gratitude, you always have that as a foundation in your life. when my beloved dog jasper died last year, i fell okay in some ways, only thing that i could think of that was different from other times of difficulties in the past, i had this gratitude practice that made me more
resilient that made me get to that place of serenity that i wrote about in the book, it is the gift that god gives us for our lives. when you see everything that is happening in ukraine, you have be to grateful that we live here. trey: speaking of gratitude. i am grateful for you. you are one of the kindest people in the world. you have been an unofficial mentor for women who worked for me on capitol hill. you wrote a book for young women, i think it is south in paper back? >> yes, it came out in time for graduation. also i want to thank you. you read the book. you helped my open my eyes to fact that book of the also good for men, if you are a dad or an uncle or a
boss of young women and you want to help them succeed there is great advice, you help the me see that. >> i helped you see it, because it is true, almost every person in my life is a woman. your book helped me understand it, thank you. and thank you for writing this book to young women. >> thank you. >> joining us now, ukrainian u.n. based journalist. thank you for joining us, what was it like to be in ukraine when the war broke out? >> it was surreal. i went january 30 to document the lives of people on the front lines, it was an emotional rollercoaster of up and downs.
i think by the day of the actual invasion, i was exhausted. i didn't really know how to feel. it was kind of like in a way relief that we know what is going on. but i was not sure how it would go, we didn't know the strength of russian army or if the city would be flattened. trey: i am sure as a journalist part of you wanted to stay and report. did you make it out, tell us about your journey out of ukraine. >> i decided to head out together with all of the refugees on the first day of the invasion at the very end. i saw huge traffics of people leaving. i wanted to go with them, to experience what they were experiencing. i took a very slow trip stopping in different towns and documenting the life there. the cars are pairly --
barely moving, people are very low on gas, cars were abandoned. it was a lot of people stressed, running with their the kids and their dogs. it was heart full moment to see. trey: what is something those of us in america that are following this story, but not living this story, what is something that perhaps is under reported? something you wish we focused on more? >> i wish people focused less on politics, and more on people, i understand politics are important. but the people are dying, people's lives are ruined. their homes and families, children are dying that is important. one thing that i noticed some people request certain footages, why can't we see
this, i don't think they understand that not everything can be filmed. ukraine is a huge country, it is impossible to film everything. it is difficult, journalists have been doing amazing work, you just can't be everywhere and certain things cannot be filled. trey: aaliyah, you leave us with a great point, war impacts people, offer the most innocent of people that ising should we should never lose sight of. thank you for brings us your insight. trey: gun violent continues plague our country. governor chris christie, a former u.s. attorney will join us next on "sunday night in america."
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year, 36 this month, last year many of america's largest cities had record high homicide rates. what is causing this crime wave? what role does official government play? what can be done to prevent people from being victimized? do those you have elected to represent you share your concerns about crime? do they have a plan to stop it and prosecute those wreaking havoc. joining us now, former governor of great state of new jersey, former federal prosecutor chris christie, governor thank you for joining us. i don't see the urgency about dealing with this crime wave. but maybe i'm wrong? >> unfortunately you're not wrong.
president biden has shown no interest in stopping violent crime, the rhetoric they use has been supporting the violent crime. democratic party have been supporting prosecutors in the country like new york city, san francisco, los angeles, and chicago, prosecutor who don't want to prosecute violent crime and put people in jail. that kind of atmosphere, demoralizes police. we're in this situation, this can could fixed by president of united states and attorney general of united states by setting a different tone. they have done the opposite. trey: you raise an essential point, most crime is state and local. however u.s. attorneys and
department of justice have a role to play. you yourself were a u.s. attorney. give the a sense of what role federal go can and should play. >> in the bush administration when we partnered in our major cities with the local police departments, we have repeat violent offenders, we worked together with them to bring the cases federally, sentences were stiffer, parole was not available and sent to a federal prison far from their home in new jersey, that would reduce violent criminals to tears, they would turn on other violent criminals and turn other people in. we turned camden, which was murder capital of america reducing now by 70% that
murder rate in camden. they could send the their worse offenders to make sure they get stiff sentences and not in a resolving door of parole. trey: if you were attorney general or giving advice to attorney general. i hear garland being outraged. but not heard the outrage about violent crime. what should he be telling the united states attorneys. he does have some control over them? >> a lot of control over them. we report directly to deputy attorney general and the attorney general of the united states, they can direct to us what to do. he should call the u.s. attorneys together, say, i demand you partner in your flavor -- major areas of your district with local law enforce.
, i want to see violent crimes arrests in your area increase immediately. in bush administration, when people didn't do it they were reprimanded and brought to dc, told, if you want to keep this job, you have to pursue the goals of the president and the attorney general. we have a project safe neighborhood program that worked that way, reduced violent crime throughout the nation. that can be done. should be done and by the way, the mayors in some cities that are besieged by crime, should be interesting it be done. trey: the point you raise is fascinating, we could spend the rest of our lives living to federal firearms statutes that federal prosecutors could use in some of the gun cases. thank you for your service to our country. thank you for joining us on a sunday night.
>> it is an important topic, trey, thank you. trey: thank you. >> still ahead we want judges to who are fair. sort of the number one requirement. are the confirmation hearings to become a judge fair. trey: we'll joined by shannon breen next on sunday night in america. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ all of this is humanitarian aid ♪ ♪
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trey: senate judiciary committee held a nomination hearing for supreme court nominee judge ketanji brown jackson. but memories of kavanaugh and coney barrett hearings linger. it has been 7 years since they voted on a nominee for the supreme court. what is the purpose of the hearings if it is a straight part line vote regardless? are they educational? helpful? constructive? is this what advice and consent was meant to be. trey: joining us fox news chief legal correspondent. shannon breen. forgive my cynicism, almost
as peers as if the senators know how they will vote on the nominee, what is the purpose then of the hearings. >> imagine that, you know, in the way back machine there was a time when there were no nomination hearings. we have a modern creation. we're not going to have those days again with votes of 90 to 10 or 85 to 15, those numbers they got votes from the opposing party. this is now a very partisan exercise. if we're being honest. if a nominee is sitting there in front of you, and your president did not put
them there, you are going to grill them. most of the heat was between the senators fighting with each other. trey: imagine that. lindsey graham from south carolina voted at the committee level for sonia sotomayor and keegan, he caught a lot of flack for that and still does, are you anticipating any committee republicans crossing over in voting in advance for the nomination on the floor. >> she could get to the floor without them. senator graham has been tough on her, he has been tough on other nominees then ended up voting for them, i would be surprised if she getting a republican vote from the committee. i would watch graham, he
would be the one. as tough as senator graham has been on her this week, i won't be surprised he continues with in philosophy . >> we will put the politics aside. were there any line of inquire that's lawyer to lawyer. as a lawyer yourself, you thought, that is kind of what they meant. that is a good line of questioning. or did it appear to be maybe posturing for 2024? >> it is funny, before the hearing senator dec durbin. said, i know it will be tough. there are several people on this committee who have presidential aspirations, past, or future.
but i do think it is fair to look into sentencing decisions by a judge, that can tell you a lot about their philosophy and the law enforcement it was all valid. senator blackburn's question got a lot of attention, can you define a woman. we know there are cases that are bubbling out with trans-athletes that will probably land in supreme court at some point, she she -- she is thinking 10 steps ahead. i think it appropriate to look at people's past writings, speeches and sentences decisions as a judge. trey: all right, enough politics. and law. now something that makes me happy. you have written another book on the heels of a popular book that you wrote last year about women in the
bible. you rote a book about mothers and daughters of the bible. what inspired you to do that? >> there were still so many stories of women in the bible. they are woven throughout the old and new testament. >> we look at mother, and daughter dynamic and fathers and sons, there are there is kardashian-level stuff. about disfunctional families we learned from good and bad. i think that something as women whether you are not a mother or a daughter, you could look on this back as a man or woman and say the spiritual relationships can be encouraging, they are around us. trey: not just a great lawyer, but also a bible scholar and a very successful author. shannon breen thank you for joining us.
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for many of us, men and women's baseball, i used to skip school to wash the acc basketball tournament. usually in early march. my parents did not know that i skipped school, otherwise i would not be alive talking to you right now. there something imagine call, this time of year. one of my favorite times of the year, 20 years ago, i doubled the fun and i followed the women's ncaa basketball tournament just as closely as the men's. it was after one of those ncaa tournament games many years ago, tennessee versus baylor, i sent an e-mail to coach at baylor, lamenting a
terrible officiating call at the end of that game, she e-mailed me back, i have been a friend and fan since. she coached by bears for 21 seasons, becoming first certain in ncaa women's history to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach, she helped united states win gold of 1984 los angeles olympics and been inducted to women's basketball and basketball hall of fame, coach congratulations on an amazing first year at lsu . i think you tripled the win total from last year. how did you do that? >> with a lot of great players, thank you for having me.
thank you for loving women's basketball. >> it is because of you. you don't just coach basketball but you coach life, i have seen you around your players, just seems unfair that you have great season, and you run into one hot team in the tournament and the season is over, how hard is that on your players have to such a great sign the and then you run into a hot team? and the season is over. >> that is why it called march madness, that is why people love this time of year. you have so many cinderellas. you always and you on men's side, but as you saw this year, including lsu and baylor, and iowa. you had the lower seeded teams winning on the higher seeds home floors. parody has been unbelievable this year in ncaa tournament. it is always been good on
the men's side it was really bigot -- big, on the web's women's side this year. trey: you packed house at at -- >> how to do we grow women's basketball more. >> we're still at point on women's side top 16 seed host first and send rounds, we broke records this year during the first and second rounds on attendance, lsu was off the charts. you know dawn staley, she packs them in there. that is one way we have to continue to do, then when we get to regionals could next year fors first time there
are only two regional sites, 8 peoples go to the two site for sweet sixteen, that is new for us. there something about women's basketball that you know, people support them, they are not traveling all over and get casual fan like men's basketball does. we need to do what will put people in the stands. trey: all right there is a guy at u-conn. i can't call his name, he has been successful. there are other successful men who coach women's basketball, how long before a kim or dawn is asked to coachmen's basketball? >> well, you who have to president and athletic directors of the universities. i do believe, there are a handful of women that could coach the men not from a knowledge stand point. you have to have a presence, to, able to make
the young men listen to a female,. are you seeing it in baseball, and the nba and more women affiliated with the g-league and coaching when coaches get thrown out, becky hammond comes to mind, now she is going on the wn national basketball players' association it is happen. you are right sneading to . >> right, it needs to happen, do it best they are the best 53 mail, and best coach. trey: coach, i have been around you several times, you will have no trouble getting anyone to listen to you. they will listen to coach mulkey . >> thank you for being us.
>> you bet, thank you, trey. thank you for loving and caring about women's basketball. trey: yes, ma'am. >> thank you for spending part of your sunday with us. i hope you have a great week ahead, good night from south carolina, "life, liberty and levin" is up next. ♪ ♪ mark: hello america, i am mark levin, this is "life, liberty and levin." we have two great historians newt gingrich and victor davis hansen. we are digging deep in to the on going war in which russia