Schiff Floats Subpoena For Putin Meeting Translator; Trump Denies Hiding Details Of Putin Talks; Iowa Rep Removed From All Committee
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<Date: January 14, 2019>
<Head: Schiff Floats Subpoena For Putin Meeting Translator; Trump Denies
Hiding Details Of Putin Talks; Iowa Rep Removed From All Committee
Assignments; New Band Of Migrants Begins Trek In Honduras; President Trump
Hosts Clemson Tigers, Serves Fast-Food Feast To Honor National Championship
Win; Details Of Alleged Plot To Kidnap Jayme Closs Revealed; President
Trump Slams Former FBI Leaders After Report; Russia Investigation Top
Concern For A.G. Nominee Barr; Trump Administration Birth Control
Regulation Blocked; Soldier Credited With Saving Car Accident Victim’s
Life - Part 2>
<Sect: News; Domestic>
<Byline: Shannon Bream, Kristin Fisher, Chad Pergram, Trace Gallagher,
Charlie Hurt, Jason Chaffetz, Matt Finn>
<Guest: Fred Fleitz, Byron York, Sabine Durden, Ken Paxton, Sabine Durden,
Josh Schwerin, Gregg Nunziata, Julian Epstein>
<Spec: Political; Donald Trump; Government; Meetings; Immigration;
Investigation; ICE; Cato; Big Mac; McDonald’s; Wendy’s; Burger King; Oval
Office; Clemson Football Team; Michael Scott; Karen Bass; Nazi; Racism;
White Nationalists; Jayme Closs; Jake Patterson; Wisconsin; Kidnapping;
William Barr; Chris Coons; Senate Judiciary Committee; Robert Mueller;
Investigations; Department of Justice; Obstruction of Justice; Wendy
Beetlestone; Injunction; Pennsylvania; District Court; Planned Parenthood;
Sergeant Trey Troney; Accident>
BREAM: Well, let me start with you on the issue of Steve king because tonight we’ve learned that he’s been stripped of all committee assignments, Republican leadership. He is going to have a tough time with a lot of people calling, including Mitt Romney for him to resign among other things. He is pushing back tonight but I want to read something that we have from the Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass.
She says this. Republicans must now take a hard look in the mirror and firmly decide that they will reject racism in all forms including standing up to Donald Trump who like Steve king has made a career of racist and outlandish statements that divide our country. Jason?
CHAFFETZ: No. I think if they -- I’m proud of the fact that a Kevin McCarthy and the House Republicans did the politically difficult thing and they stripped Mr. King of his committee assignments. That is about the most harsh punishment you can possibly do in the House. It is up to the voters in Iowa to decide whether or not Mr. King continues to represent them. But he is who I was sent to Washington, D.C. and to not be on judiciary and the other two committees, Ag Committee, it’s very important to Iowa.
They had the political guts. They took it into their own hands and the Democrats I think are best in this particular instance to let Republicans police their own and when the Democrats step out of line they better do the same type of thing that Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans did because I think they did do the right thing.
BREAM: Well, Steve King pushing back tonight saying that basically it was taken out of context. He understands what McCarthy had to do. He doesn’t agree with it but I want to read a bit of his statement tonight explaining in this hour-long conversation with The New York Times, he says we discussed the worn out label racist and my observation that other slanderous labels have been increasingly assigned to conservatives by the left, who inject it into our current political dialects, such terms as Nazi, fascist, white nationalist, white supremacists.
He indicates a pause there and then says, western civilization, how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and civilization just to watch western civilization become a derogatory terms and political discourse today? He says clearly I was only referencing western civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy. Josh?
SCHWERIN: I don’t know where to start. I think Steve King and Congressman Jason Chaffetz pointing this out in his op-ed, has been saying for years. And for years he’s been getting away with it. So I’m glad the Republican stripped him off because of his committees (INAUDIBLE) but the idea that Democrats are injecting Nazis or clansmen into the conversation at it for no reason, we all saw Charlottesville. We also saw people marching down the street holding swastikas, and how do the president react? He said good people on both sides, very fine people.
HURT: Well, the president when he was talking about, that was talking about people who had shown up to stick up for the confederate statues. There are good people who stick up for confederate statues.
SCHWERIN: The people who are marching (INAUDIBLE) Jews will not replace us and carrying swastikas.
HURT: There may have been some whack jobs. But there were also a group of --
SCHWERIN: It was a -- it was white nationalism. They’ve chanted against Jews, they talked about burning a synagogue.
HURT: I don’t think the president was talking about them.
SCHWERIN: That was predominant at the march.
HURT: Were you there?
SCHWERIN: I watched it on T.V. and I work for the (INAUDIBLE) who was there.
HURT: OK, you watched it on T.V. I was not there. I don’t know, but I’m that part of the country. I do know that there are a lot of people -- from where I am from who believe in standing up for these confederate monuments and they are not racist. And when people like you conflate those people with being racist, not only are you denigrating very, very good people, but you’re also cheapening the very serious accusation of racism, which is disgusting and appalling.
SCHWERIN: I’m very comfortable saying that in march filled with Nazis and Klansmen is a group racist, I’m very comfortable talking that.
BREAM: All right. We’re going to leave it there, gentlemen. We have not solved this and this one of the toughest issues our country is facing right now.
HURT: It seems to be solved in most of the country except in Washington where you have politicians who try to score points off.
SCHWERIN: Which is why hate crimes are up across the country.
BREAM: OK, we’ll leave it there. We’ll continue during the commercial. You’ll have to pay for that pay-per-view. Thank you, gentlemen. All right, the iconic portrait of a slain police officer, Natalie Corona, called triggering and racist by students she was sworn to protect. Plus, disturbing new details emerging in the case of 13-year-old, Jayme Closs. Her suspect revealing his alleged plot on his first day in court. Stick around.
BREAM: More than a thousand mourners praying for the 22-year-old rookie U.C. Davis Police Officer gunned down last week. But the portrait of Officer Natalie Corona waving the thin blue line American flag was criticized by a University of California student group. The Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission called this photo triggering and blatantly anti-black. They have now since deleted the Facebook post.
This is a Fox News alert. We are learning horrifying new details tonight in the case of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who went missing in Wisconsin last October after her parents were found murdered in their home. The suspect, who allegedly took Closs captive for 88 days before she escaped made his first court appearance today. Matt Finn reports tonight from the heroic teen’s hometown in Wisconsin.
MATT FINN, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Shannon, late this afternoon a Wisconsin judge set an exceedingly high $5 million cash bond for 21-year- old, Jake Patterson, who is behind bars tonight on two counts of first- degree homicide and one count of kidnapping and police are releasing horrifying new details about the suspected killer’s confession. Police say, 21-year-old, Jake Patterson, admitted to killing James and Denise on October 15th, so he can get his hands on their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme.
The criminal complaint indicates Patterson blasted through the front door of the Closs home with a shotgun, killed Jayme’s father, James Closs, in the doorway as he was trying to protect his family. Then, Patterson hunted through the house until he found Jayme at her mother Denise hiding in the bathtub. A portion of the criminal complaint reads: “JLC, Jayme, stated that she heard a gunshot and knew her father had just been killed. Jayme stated her mother had her cell phone with her and used the phone to call 911. Jayme stated Patterson broke down the bathroom door and told her mother to hang up the phone. Jayme stated Patterson told her mother to put tape over Jayme’s mouth, which her mother did and then Patterson shot her mother.”
The criminal complaint indicates Patterson had no connection to the Closs family but that one day on his way to a job at a nearby cheese factory that he kept for only two days, he randomly saw Jayme getting on a school bus and plotted he was going to take her. Police say, Patterson went to great lengths to murder the Closs couple and kidnap Jayme. Police say, Patterson used a popular shotgun in an effort to avoid being detected, put stolen license plates on his getaway car, wiped down the gun and shell casings before using them to remove DNA, shaved his head and face and put on a ski mask to avoid leaving behind hair.
Police say after killing Jayme’s parents he taped her up, dragged her to his car, threw her in the trunk and took her to this cabin, roughly 70 miles away. Pictures from the Daily Mail show some of the inside, including a room in the basement that has stuffed animals in it, a mattress on the ground and what appears to be purple containers. Jayme told police, Patterson made her hide under his bed when people came over, stuffing laundry bins with dumbbell weights against the base of the bed to hide Jayme and make it difficult for her to get out.
She says, she was too afraid to run because Patterson promised something bad would happen if she tried and Patterson demonstrated extreme anger, even allegedly hitting her very hard one time when she moved with the bins. The young girl finally made a run for it, last Thursday, putting on a pair of men’s shoes, running in the snow and walking up to a neighbor.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And she said I am Jayme Closs?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. She said he killed my parents, I want to go home, help me. So, we’re kind of scared because he might come. So, if the cops could get here soon.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have many deputies headed that way. I’m going to keep you on the line.
FINN: And Shannon, so far police have not commented on any potential molestation this teen might have endured during her captivity but the district attorney here says there could be more charges on the way. Shannon.
BREAM: Matt Finn, thank you very much. President Trump’s attorney general nominee is set to begin Senate confirmation hearings tomorrow. How will he respond to questions about that New York Times report that the FBI was investigating whether or not the president of the United States was a Russian agent?
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TRUMP: I guess you could say, they’re dirty cops.
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TRUMP: I guess you could say, they’re dirty cops. I have never seen a turnaround in a bureau or agency like I have with the FBI. They are so embarrassed -- I think 12 people now have been terminated. And others, if you look at what’s happening, others are going to go.
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BREAM: That is the president responding to New York Times report which alleges that after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the FBI began investigating whether or not the president was a Russian agent. That report could come up tomorrow during the confirmation hearings for Attorney General Nominee William Barr, among many other things. Let’s bring in former Chief Counsel to the House Judiciary Democrats, Julian Epstein; and the former Chief Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gregg Nunziata. Great to have you both with us tonight, gentlemen.
GREGG NUNZIATA, FORMER CHIEF NOMINATIONS COUNSEL TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Thanks for having us.
JULIAN EPSTEIN, CHIEF COUNSEL TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY DEMOCRATS: Thanks for having us.
BREAM: OK. So, I want to read something from Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. An opinion piece today, he said, the headline is: here are the commitments William Barr needs to make to be an attorney general. He says, “I will be looking for unequivocal commitments that he will respect the independence of Mueller’s investigation, that he will ensure it receives all of the resources it needs, that he will not overrule Mueller’s decisions about indictments and prosecutions and that he will not allow anyone, including the president, to interfere with or curtail the investigation.” Gregg, do you think he’ll have any issues with that? He has spoken quite a bit of those issues so far.
NUNZIATA: Yes. I mean, I think it depends on what Senator Coons means by unequivocal commitments. I don’t think you’re going to hear the attorney general -- past and future attorney general commit to specific decisions that he’ll make, but he’ll lay out some broad principles that he will apply that I think should get him most of the way to what the Senator Coons is asking for. He’s already said in his prepared testimony, he said outside of this process that he’s going -- a friend of his, someone he respects and he is supportive of his work is allowed to come to a completion and be shared with the congress and the American people.
BREAM: Yes, and apparently, he and Mueller go back -- he said he’s friends for 30 years. I want to read a little bit of his testimony because, obviously, in putting some of these things out, he’s trying to preempt some of the fire that he’s going to take tomorrow. But he says this, “I believe it’s in the best interest of everyone, the president, the Congress, and most importantly, the American people that this matter be resolved by allowing the special counsel to complete his work. The country needs a credible resolution of this issues. If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, personal interest or other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation. I will follow the special counsel resolution scrupulously and in good faith and on my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work.” Julian, Bob there being Robert Mueller.
EPSTEIN: I think that’s good and I think that goes most of the way. I tend to agree. Look, Barr -- I worked a little bit with him when he was attorney general and the 90s when I was at the government oversight committee.
BREAM: The first time.
EPSTEIN: Yes. And he’s a good guy, he’s a decent guy, he’s by the books, extremely competent. I think where he’s going to get into trouble is the memo that he wrote last year where he suggested that the president’s firing of Comey in the middle of the Russia investigation should not as, you know, a (INAUDIBLE) be something that should be investigated for obstruction of justice. That’s a difficult thing to sustain because that’s basically taking the argument that if the facts turn out that the president fired Comey for illegal purposes, for corrupt purposes, that he should not be investigated for obstruction of justice. That’s like saying, if a president commits a crime, he should never be investigated, he can just keep firing the investigators.
BREAM: Well, he did caveat this by saying -- this is based on what he knows publicly, he didn’t say presidents couldn’t be pursued, he just said based on what he knows.
EPSTEIN: And he knew very few of the facts, which was the problem he seemed to be putting a thumb on the scale against an investigation of obstruction of justice. I think that’s where he’s got some difficulty.
NUNZIATA: He’s going to get attacked on that but, I think, he could defend it and make the memo work for him. I mean, for three reasons: one, it’s careful and thoughtful legal work; two, he says explicitly in that memo that the president can obstruct justice and can be prosecuted or investigated for that in certain circumstances; and third, the memo is clearly animated by a concern for the Department of Justice, and the men and women working there and it shows a real love for the department, he’s worried about the precedent that might be set by an investigation that looked purely political and that wasn’t tightly tethered.
EPSTEIN: I think that’s a fair -- and I think that’s a fair way. If he’s smart, that’s how we will try to thread the needle on that question. On the other hand, he seems to be putting his thumb on the scale against an investigation of obstruction of justice. Most of the American people support the Mueller investigation; every poll has shown that it supports Mueller investigation.
BREAM: And he says, he will too.
EPSTEIN: Over 35 indictments, during the campaign. There were 19 meetings between Trump and Russian surrogates, Russian intelligence officials. 55 - -
BREAM: It’s not over. There’s a lot that we don’t know. But so far, no concrete evidence of collusion, but we’ll see what the Mueller investigation comes up.
EPSTEIN: Concrete evidence that the president conspired to violate campaign -- computer hacking laws or the disinformation campaign subsequently. There is a lot of evidence of other crimes, however.
BREAM: OK. We’re going to leave it there. But we’ll continue to watch and wait -- and we’ll watch these hearings tomorrow and see just how rough- and-tumble it gets. As you mentioned, there several presidential contenders for 2020 who will want to get some camera time, so, we’ll see. Thank you both.
NUNZIATA: Thank you.
BREAM: All right, this is a Fox News Alert. Very strange, we’re getting reports of officer involved shootings in four different jurisdictions across the country tonight. That’s a lot for any evening to have one or two. We’re trying piece together what we know about these different stories. Three deputies with the Ector Country sheriff’s office in Texas shot tonight. Those deputies were serving search warrants and we’re told the suspect fired when they entered and that the suspect there is on the loose.
Now, a suspect is in custody, no officer’s injury after a shooting involved police in an auto-zone in Peoria, Arizona. Frisco, Colorado police -- there is an officer-involved shooting in a parking lot near a Whole Foods there we’re told tonight. The suspect is under arrest. And there was an officer-involved shooting at Richmond hills Texas. The subject we’re told was transported to the hospital. Police K-9 also hit and transported for treatment. We will continue to track each of these cases. More news next.
BREAM: Tonight, another blow to President Trump’s attempt to try to roll back certain Obamacare regulations. This one involves contraception and employers, including a group of nuns who may be forced to pay for it despite their deeply held religious objections. Late today, Pennsylvania District Court Federal Judge, Wendy Beetlestone, issued a nationwide injunction against President Trump’s policy that would allow some employers to opt out of mandatory birth control coverage, which they pay for women. The new rule would have allowed them to opt out based on religious or moral objections, such as, the little sisters of the poor. But Planned Parenthood says, the Trump policy so broadly written, it could apply to corporations and investor-owned companies who might use the loophole to avoid paying for coverage.
Time now for tonight’s “MIDNIGHT HERO.” A soldier is being credited with saving the life of an accident victim and he did it with just a sweatshirt and a ballpoint pen. Check this out. Sergeant Trey Troney, happened upon a crashed pickup truck. The driver was trapped inside so once he got the man free, Sergeant Troney took off his sweatshirt, he used it to stop the flow of blood from the victim’s head wound.
Well, then the sergeant realized the victim’s lung had collapsed, so he knew to use a ballpoint pen to help puncture his chest wall to help the victim be able to breathe. Well, the man has survived and has since offered to replace the sergeant’s sweatshirt. Sergeant Troney, you are a hero in more ways than one. Most-watched, most trusted, most grateful you spend your evening with us. Good night from Washington. See us for a special coverage in the morning. I’m Shannon Bream.
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