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"bush white house" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Thie idea of accountability of government oversight reform. Look, I'm a former whistleblower. I testified against the Bush White House. They all want this one. So this is where I think the understanding of the principles of presidents brought even those never Trumpers. I think it's more about the cult of personality that they don't like Trump rather than trying to embrace those those effective policies of president brought to the table calligraphy. I think your words fail to describe you as a never Trumper. Have you got to accept that your party has changed? And actually, are you more obsessed? With the man in the policies and, actually, if you look to the policies you probably get over the man. I know the man is entwined with the policies and so I don't think you can pull them apart. I wouldn't say that I was a never Trumper in that in the first election, even though I didn't support him because I didn't think You should be president of states having never been elected to anything. I was willing to give him a chance because I thought maybe I just don't know. Maybe a businessman could be able to have a different eye and be able to do this politics As we've learned. He's actually a failed businessman, and he's not able to do the politics because he hasn't hit doesn't quite understand what is necessary in order to bring both sides together. One of the things that I was thinking he would be very good on was infrastructure. I thought as a businessman, he would see the Rose and the Internet and all these things that we need to do. And he has not been able to get that done. And I also thought that maybe he would be good with our allies and foreign policy. But in fact, he has turned our allies against us. The one area that he has been good was on the courts, but any Republican president would do that. Actually on this issue of the court's Lin Erickson. Whatever happens in the next couple of days, whoever ends up in the White House is that the lasting legacy ofthe President Trump won, which may prove to be a thorn in the side of Democrats. The fact that there is now this 63 majority in the Supreme Court. On this appointment of conservative judges lower down in the courts. It's something that will have an impact on American policy aching for years to come. Absolutely, and I think there's no doubt that the most lasting legacy of this president is going to be is a judicial appointments at every level. You know, he has appointed a massive amount of appellate court judges to and those you know, the Supreme Court decides about 70 cases a year they're important, but only about 70. Those appellate courts across our country decide about 13,000 cases a year, so the fact that he has managed to put far right appointees on all of these courts across the country and the district court level where people go to make their case in the first instance is goingto have a huge impact on our ability. Make progress and, you know, I'll just give one example that isn't talked as much about with a B. Tony Barrett, which is, you know, she is a huge skeptic of any kind of gun laws..
"bush white house" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Of dollars of stock and a company That is trucking the male around a contractor with a post office. It doesn't make any sense. So either Mr The Joy Postmaster General has not been doing his job over the past 13 weeks or so, or he's committed a crime that could be a felony. We should not be in that situation. Another thing we did in the Bush White House is we look at the backgrounds of people who are coming into public service. We did not want to bring in people who had violated the law. I will not a pine as to whether Mr Joy Violating campaign finance laws. I will say that if the stories reported in the Washington Post in the New York Times are true or any piece of those toys. Is true about reimbursement of employees for campaign contributions. That is a straw donor arrangement and that is a felony. People go to jail for that. So we have a very real possibility. Possibility. I'm not saying for certain but a possibility that the postmaster General of the United States may have committed felonies before entering office and in office under 18, United States code to await in office. This is a grave situation that requires investigation by this committee. It is your job to investigate. This is not a kangaroo court. I'm offended as an American. And as having been a Republican for 30 years. You hear that language used is your job to investigate this. Richard Painter, former chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on government operations, Postmaster general has denied in testimony before Congress he had any improper financial conflicts of interest. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade will go on but mostly virtual amid the angle in Corona virus pandemic announcement today from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. There's some things we still can't do. We still can't have the kind of large gatherings that are some of the high points of this year in any year would normally have the parades and the major community events. Those kind of things still have tto Wait. We're looking forward to a lot of them coming back in 2021, now one of the most beloved events every year is the Thanksgiving Day parade, and I always want express my appreciation to everyone at Macy's. They are extra. Ordinarily civically minded. They care about New York City. We saw what they did on July 4th with amazing fireworks display. Even with all the challenges were up against, they found a way to do it in a way that celebrate our country and our city gave us hope did it safely and they're going to do the same thing again with the Thanksgiving parade. It will not be the same parade. We're used to. It will be a different kind of event. They're reinventing the event for this moment in history, and you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that. Hey, on television online, not alive Parade, but something that will really give us that warmth in that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day, so I want thank everyone Macy's. They're going to be talking to you later on today about the specifics of their plan, and I want to say everyone the Macy's organization. Thank you for.
"bush white house" Discussed on WDRC
"Of, uh of power? I trust John Bolton with anything, Or would you be thinking from now until the end of his days that he's simply taking notes for his next book, and he'll turn on you like he did on Donald Trump. And this is the book turned on John George Bush. You go Look at the criticisms that John bold head of the Bush White House, they are strikingly similar. He thought that Bush was not competent to the job that he was weak on policy. But it was inconsistent policy. Many of the same criticism was like the on ly person that John Bolton trust to run the country. Jumbo. I'm talking to make Mulvaney who's now United States special envoy for Northern Island, former White House chief of staff. So tell me this what's driving this guy because I know that most people say he's trying to sell a book can make money. Well, he said. That about Comey to and that's probably true. But Comey is not exactly worried about paying the rent next month, and I don't imagine John Bolton is either. So is this all about just personal animus? That because of the way he left the White House served, the president agreed to serve. He could have said no serves a president then leaves and doesn't like the way he leaves. So he decides I'm going to get my pound of flesh or what, What? What Can you imagine that's driving him to do this? Lars? It's always hard to sort of, you know, read other people's minds and sort of get them to what is really driving them because it was a very private sort of Motivations. But if I had to guess, and they could educated guess, um, it would be that John Bolton just doesn't want Donald Trump to win reelection. That Donald Donald Trump does not want to see increased US military intervention overseas. John Bolton really, really, really does mean there was a reason that John Polk I wrote down 5000 troops to Colombia on the yellow pad. When he went into the White House press briefing room. He wants military interventions overseas. It is part of his reason of being Donald Trump does not, and I think it's so important to both. And then he gets the foreign policy that he wants that he's willing to hurt the president to undermine the president to get that. Does he get that out of the election of Joe Biden? Who knows? I think I think if you asked him today, you know, since he's you know, doing all these book tours, asking if he wishes that Hillary Hillary Clinton have had a better foreign policy that Donald Trump would be curious to see what John Bolton says about that, my guess is John Bolton. Hardly would prefer Hillary Clinton. She's much more closer to neo conservative and interventionists and John Bolton is, um so look, We all knew that about both right. Everybody knew that Bolton was much more aggressive, much more militaristic. Some people would call me a warmonger. And then the President President Trump. OK, we knew that that doesn't that doesn't disqualify you from serving in the Trump Administration. I look much for Physically conservative on most things, and and the president is, but the president always wants people around him with different opinions. He think that's uh, sort of a symbol of the leadership so you could disagree with the president. You just can't undermine him. And that's the line that John Cross we'll see in Mr Mulvaney. You've just had one of my favorite parts of this is that the press Corps love Barack Obama for carrying a team of rivals under his in his hand. I don't know if you actually read the book, but But if you say is a president, I'd like people who disagree with me, maybe even to a large extent so that I can use their ideas to balance off mine and I'll say, Well, he at least made me think about it some more. And then I went ahead and did what I thought was right. For the American people. Donald Trump is a strong If individual to be willing to do that. Some of the very best policy discussions.
'We need to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran': Former envoy Brett McGurk
"Brett mcgurk served as senior director for Iraq and Afghanistan in the George W Bush White House who was also special presidential envoy to the global coalition to defeat. Asus I under President Obama and under president trump. Mr mcgurk left that role late two thousand eighteen after trump announced a plan to pull. US troops out of Syria. Mr mcgurk thank thank you so much for joining us tonight on on short notice and on a very serious evening. Thanks for having me. I know you've been following the news as we all have. I assume you've been able to talk with some of your former colleagues from from government and other experts in the region. Let me just ask your top line response to this news tonight. That the head of the KUDZU force Qassem Soleimani has been killed in a US military strike in back that way as an American who has served a lot of time in Iraq including including in two thousand seven two thousand eight period where we were really in a very hot war with a lot of these iranian-backed groups. I really feel that. It's it's a measure of justice done I feel that as an American someone who has been out there for a significant period of my life and I know I have colleagues who are killed by some of these groups also hearing from former colleagues in the region a lot of concern. Obviously about where this goes and I think we need to presume now as a country like it or not. We need to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran This has been a covert war shadow war for forty years But with this action. I think we need to presume to protect our people in the region to protect Dr Interests that were in a state of war with Iran and that is not something that the trump administration appears to have been prepared for. I mean they're they're national. Security Strategy is actually premised on the notion of getting out of the Middle East commitments and reprioritising to Asia to a great power or competition against China. So I think that is now pretty much over. We're now drawn back into the Middle East and we need to be very well prepared not over coming days and weeks. I'm Ron might take some time to respond. But over the coming months and even over the coming years to protect our people and our interests It's a very serious situation if we are as you say it's to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran not that it is threatening but we are there because of this action and What should Americans expect from a war with Iran? What should we expect in terms of risk to the United States into US US allies and U. S. forces in assets around the world? Well it means that we are now we have been trying now really for two ministrations restrictions to try to reprioritize out of the Middle East Because there's just such a resource kind of black hole for us and we tried to do that in various ways ways and it turns out now to ministrations. We're kind of sucked back in. I think it would be very difficult now to to really significantly move forces and resources out. I mean president trump. Even as he says he's bringing forces out of the Middle East he's actually sent fifteen thousand troops in the Middle East since May because of the increasing tensions against Iran on and because of the consequences that began on fold when he got out of the Iran. Deal another thing here if you want to take on a situation like this and set a very very maximalist objective which is basically to bring down the Iranian regime. That seems to be a policy that is a maximalist objective for which we very few allies You know in Iraq right now it's not just. US troops. We have. And I was a part of this effort to build a coalition. So we didn't do this on our own. We built a coalition of almost almost twenty military contributors interact with US France. UK Denmark Australia New Zealand. They're all interact with us And they are on these bases and facilities with us and has been a very successful endeavor. I think they're all AL also asking what comes next just on that point. A strategic risk is that we'll be asked to leave Iraq. I think the Iraqi government now is extremely weak There's a protest movement kind of a dual protest movement among Shia groups. Some of whom are backed by Iran. Some of these young patriotic liberal oriented Iraqis WANNA see significant reforms with. That's going to be very difficult. And there's a very good chance now. The Iraqis will ask us to leave Iraq. which would open up another vacuum which would be filled by extremist groups both on the Iranian backside and Isis so all the gains against Isis over last five years could also begin to unravel all that said? I want to emphasize that as an American I feel that this is a measure of justice but I'm also concerned that the second and third order consequences have not been adequately prepared for and I think it's incumbent upon Congress Congress and others to demand answers to those questions. Where does this go? How are we mitigating risks? And what our next moves
Karen Hughes Discuss Clarity, Conviction, and Compassion
"On the strategic today as our co host we have Hannah Abney the vice president of External Affairs joining us again Hannah thank you for doing this Sandra and our guest is the Great Karen Hughes who the New York Times famously said the rule of thumb in any White House is that nobody is indispensable except the president but Karen Hughes comes close to that description as any recent presidential aide Karen what do you think of that well it's a it's interest I think that that was said the day or two after I announced that I was leaving the White House so I remember thinking how ironic it took me announcing I'm leaving for the New York Times to finally say something Nice about me but you know part of it was I agree that no one is indispensable and it just was so different from the way that we operated in President Bush's White House and has when he was governor of Texas because it was so much a team environment it was really not about any individual it was about a team of the people who were there to serve the president and that's how I felt when I left and I told reporters in the press room they were like well you know but but you're leaving and I said well they're great people here continue to do the work I'm Dan Bartlett Mary Madeline and took rescue and we had a great team in place and they said but you're the leader the team and I said no the president's the leader of the team and he staying so doing anyway he's not going anywhere well thank you for being here welcome back to the Bush Center and Joaquin awesome you always great to be here always great to see the great things happening at my Alma Mater yes it is it really is Karen you have had a remarkable career you've senator analyst you've been addressed today and the executive director of the Texas Republican Party you've been President Bush's Communications Guru as you talked about in the White House but also when he was the governor of Texas you're under Secretary of State for public diplomacy the Global Vice Chair of Burson Marsteller is your current Gig and of course most important he probably is your mom and an career mother and a wife and really fortunately for us at the Bush Center an incredibly trusted adviser membership of our sorry member of our Advisory Committee continuous advocate for women around the world so how have you had the time to do it all well you know it's interesting I when people ask me now about Alan I'm not sure there such a thing as balance what I what I say to to women and men today is that that you can have both a career and a family you'll have to make choices along the way but you don't have to choose one or the other and at different times in your life one may have to be more important than the other and so I made the decision that I had to leave the White House I realized that I was no longer relevant to my family and I was missing a very important time I thought in in my son's life but you know I also was able to have wonderful experiences and when he went to college I went back to the State Department and had a great experience there in a very challenging and interesting role representing our country with in public S- across the world so I feel looking back I was able to bring my son with me on the on the presidential campaign I will never forget asking President Bush about that how was he then he was thirteen and it was born out of his interest during Christmas break during one of the days off school he came with me to New Hampshire and he loved it and he was fast naty by it and so that that sort of started the seat of an idea and then he came to New Hampshire during the actual election and spend a couple of days there and one day in the spring I went to President Bush and said you know what would you think about me taking Robert Out of school this fall and having him travel with us and you know most I think most leaders one of their key people said came to them and said amidst this really intense presidential campaign how I bring my kid along I mean most of them would have said no way to President Bush credit he looked at me and said that's a great idea and my son told me he's now thirty two lawyer in Houston and he told me not too long ago that rarely a day goes by that he doesn't think of something he learned during that great experience traveling on the presidential campaign and you know he did everything from participate in debate preparation to to traveling on the road with bus tours and watched the President I'm so grateful that he was able to see President Bush's leadership firsthand I feel that's been a big part of developing ham and so we have been able to have both wonderful your experiences and wonderful family experiences and so I would encourage everyone. UK Undo it it'll be hard sometime and but and you'll have to make choices time there were times when I had to step back on one or the other but you don't have to choose one or the other yeah you had a great line in your book about how how you felt when your son it's just make some brownies with you and you tired to make brownies and I was like what does that say about my life something must change here so I think it's also fascinating that it doesn't have to be finite I think talk about work life balance I think particularly with women because I don't think we have this conversation as often with men but when we talk about work life balance which I agree with you I'm not sure that there is a balance we talk about it like you can either be a mom or you can have a career and I think you've done a really interesting Job of having both and also even when you left the White House he worked totally gone I mean you were still helping you're still informing even when you are in Texas while promise President Bush would I left that I would stay in that was the first thing he said to me when I when I told him that you know I I remember saying you know Mr President I think the world of you but I have to move my family home to Texas and and you can imagine again he's the hardest job in the world the highest pressure imaginable one of his key people is is telling him I'm leaving and he turned to me looked and he said well you stay involved and it was the nicest thing he could have said and I said of course I'll stay involved and I told him that I would not only stay involved but that would come back and travel with him during his two thousand four reelection campaign because that's a model we hit established when he first ran for governor I I went to work for him and two things the first day I worked for him I've been the executive director of the Republican Party and so I was in the headquarters and I was getting all these calls about George Bush his positions and I realized I didn't know him well enough to speak for him so I told the campaign manager I need to go on the road with with then towards Bush because he hadn't been elected anything yet and to get oh and better and so I went on the road with them and we had a wonderful time and and I realized how much I believed in him and got to know him and we we called it the campaign of joy because we it was crazy by pager was always going off it was always bad news but we were running for all the right reasons and against all the odds that we forged a great great friendships there and that that's how I sort of got to know him was over the course of that campaign but I and that's how I realized that I could learn to speak for him was by being with him but the second part of that is I also learned that you really drive what I call the offense of the campaign from the road when you're at the headquarters are sort of naturally on defense you're responding to whatever the incoming nations are you may not want to answer but on the on the road you're with the candidate you can take advantage of opportunities you can see a moment when the candidate could speak out and make news and so I promised him when I left that I would come back in two thousand four and travel with them on the reelection campaign did which was a wonderful experience to it's been awhile since you've been on the road with him and in your book ten minutes from normal you've talked about some of those experiences on the road are there any memories now looking back that really stand out I remember visiting eighth based programs across the country where people were just I mean this one woman who washed the feet of the homeless I think it was in Minneapolis and just seeing you know what Americans doing to love their neighbors in need and President Bush always talked about the armies of compassion that the government could hand out money but it couldn't put hope in your heart or a sense of purpose in your lives and and during the campaign I remember witnessing that firsthand and then later the State Department I saw around the world where Americans were giving of themselves to help other people we'll have a better life and it was very inspiring to that point I mean you helped President Bush obviously coined the phrase compassionate conservatism which is I think perfect articulation of the kind of leader he is and the kind of president he was actually grew out of an interview if you want to hear the view there was an international reporter Cath dick I think he was from Europe who was in President Bush's office and he was pressing him about his political philosophy and and President Bush said well I'm a conservative and the reporter I said well but when you talk about single moms making ends meet and when you talk about you know parents wanting to bring their children to a better life about children you know that reading being the right for children and you don't sound like a conservative and President Bush looked at him and said well then call me a conservative with a heart and so we turn that into compassionate conservative and I think it really it does describe his his philosophy his optimism and his his concern for people and he always felt that government should be limited but the government also had a role because it could do certain things that would help but others such as those armies of compassion had an important role as well well it's something we think is so important here at the center we try to spend a lot of time talking about it I think some people feel like maybe we've lost a little bit of that compassion as a country thought about politics is not about policy but that perhaps in an age of where we're able to sort of hide behind a computer a lot of times that maybe we've lost a little bit of that compassion what do you think about that why I say we we drive into our automatic door garages and we shut the door and we don't get to see our neighbors as much and we sent emails rather than talking face to face and so I do think that's I think that's something we need to think about I mean technology has improved our lives in so many ways I'll never forget the first time I was able to edit a presidential speech on my device from the dressing room happen so technology has been very liberating but I also think we need to make sure that we don't use it to replace our human connections that we don't spend hours on you know social media on our phones as opposed to talking with our next door neighbor or you know face to face spending time with our
"bush white house" Discussed on This Week with George Stephanopoulos
"And it could only happen in the so-called information aid in front of television sets everywhere today, the world has been watching the president seemingly bear his soul about a sexual affair. That is terminated the country for all these months and on television, but mostly on the internet the world has had access to the most intimate details of the president and MRs Lewinsky's behavior and today, the independent counsel's report laid out almost a dozen reasons why he Mr. Starr thinks congress should consider impeaching the president more than twenty years ago. Ken Starr's report laid the groundwork for the impeachment of President Clinton accepting a very different report this time around from Robert Mueller. Let's talk about it. Now with our chief political analyst, Matthew Dowd public Sarah Fagin, also political director, and the George W Bush White House. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, author of the new book let me finish and former DNC chair former ABC contributor. But now, Fox News contributor, Donna Brazile. Joining us as well. And let me begin with you the last twenty two months. This White House has been under the cloud of the Muller investigation about twenty two months left in this term. And what we learn now from Robert Muller, depending on how much we learned could shape. The next twenty two months is Winston Churchill famously said it's not the end. It's not the beginning of the end. It may be the end of the beginning or the end of the beginning. You got it. To me that the fascinating about this is obviously, we don't know. What's in the report? Speculating exactly what it all means is hard to do in the midst of this. We don't know the why he did what he did in all of that. But I think the interesting thing about this to me is it never was going to be what so many people thought it was going to be on either side on either side. That's what's fascinating about this. Is that the president thought Bob Muller's after he's after me he's going to get him? He's going to get him. He's going to get his kids. He's he's called it a witch hunt. Even Jim Jordan was bashed by Muller, bashed the investigation and all that. And then people on the left and many Democrats were like he's going to get him. He's going to get him. It's going to be a civil he's going to get them. That was never Bob Muller charge by mothers charge was to find the evidence. Take follow where it goes. And then prosecute people that would need to be prosecuted if they haven't was there, which he has done as you laid out in a number of different ways. And then turn the report that's exactly what he's done. And now we enter the political phase of this. But that first piece of good news for the president. No indictments on that underlying charge of joy. Joining the conspiracy. The problem there is we also don't know why how our why reach that conclusion either. We don't know that yet. But you're right. There's no new indictment coming which means there's no collusion. And when you consider the charges that were made, which there were a significant number of people charged. She would've technically means there was no conspiracy engaging conspiracy collusion is not really legal to fair enough. But up the people who were convicted of crimes they none of them were convicted for conspiracy or collusion or anything related to Russia in interfering with the US. I think we owe a debt gratitude to Bob though, for is is exposing what the United States, Republicans and Democrats alike need to know, which is what other governments are trying to do in our elections, and what's lost in all of this conversation is is that that's an important service to the country and Republicans and Democrats alike should. Get that now and make sure that never happens to dozen two dozen Devon's of Russians for harangue election. Donna Brazile, well now come the hard part. I mean, the evaluation the investigation is over the evaluation will start. It's not about collusion. A no collusion. Then Jains of indication Georgia's about integrity by-elections, and I hope what Mr. mullahs who agree point, Mr..
"bush white house" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"In on the other big story of the day, and then has to be the confirmation hearings that I believe are still going on on Capitol Hill and the Senate Judiciary committee of one William bar the nominee for attorney general joining us Jameel Jaffer. He's the founder of the national Security Institute at the Scalia law school, George Mason University and serving in the Bush White House. And the Justice department you actually worked with Mr. Barduci not. Mister, jeffer- either. I'm here. Oh, the good. Did you work with Mr. bar in the past? I did not, unfortunately, I know him through through sort of social circles a little bit, but I never served under him. Well, what is your impression of today's hearings and the line of questioning from the Senate Judiciary committee? Yeah. I think it's what we expected, which is, you know, a general bar made clear that he would uphold the rule of law uphold the crucial role the Justice department being a political that he would let no inappropriate issues or politics interfere with his judgment. And that he'd be the kind of leader that he was at the Justice department, you know, almost two decades ago under under president H W Bush did exactly what we expected and exactly anybody could have expected from this man from the certainly the first round of questioning that I was able to observe it looked as though from the Democrats perspective. The only major issue facing this nation facing the Justice department and the only important issue that the new attorney general would have to tackle is the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation into alleged Russian tampering. I mean, they're certainly surely more pressing issues for our Justice department, isn't there? Well, look, he obviously the focus on that in part because as you point out, the Democrats raise that issue there are huge issues facing our nation issues on immigration issues, a foreign policy issues of employment a lot of which plays a critical role in enforcing the laws of our country. That being said, I think that it's not surprising that we see this happening. It has been a focus be a focus under the new democrat leadership in the house. And so I don't I think this is a sign of things to come. It seemed like a lot of the questions had to do with the special counsel's report, and whether it should be made public or not which I find to be very interesting and fascinating. Because clearly if the Democrats are insistent that this report is made public, and that might be the right thing to do. I don't know. But if they're insistent that it'd be made public it seems to me that they are obviously playing the political angle on this that they see the Robert Mueller investigation as something that has political significance because that's the only reason to make it public either. If he doesn't indict somebody what's the point of making his investigation public. Question. I mean, I think that there are arguments they might make about wide AVI public beyond just the politics of it. You know, namely that even if he is in charge of the president or anybody with anything that there are issues that should be considered by the public and by congress in whatever consider impeachment proceedings, they are considering and thinking about having good leaders for the house, and and you know, the elections where the president will run for reelection two years. And so you're right. There's no doubt there's some amount of politics two. But it wouldn't be surprising. You know in the in the in in the during the whitewater investigations, are you know, Republicans we insisted that that that that'd be made public. And I think that's likely to happen either way because the reality is that even if Moller's report was not made public. It'll get leaked. As the post, no matter what. So I think there is zero chance that document if he gets anywhere outside of the justifiable will not be made public in some shape or form. I take your point on that especially juxtaposing it with Republicans behavior during the whitewater investigations. However, it is a slightly different situation since they were at least operating the special counsel at that time of a special investigation was operating under a statute that spell those things out. Mr. Muller is not operating under a statute. It's sort of like that almost feels like they're making it up as they go along. I just wanted to draw that distinction. Exactly, right. And it's interesting because a lot of people have talked about the need for the independent counsel to the independent. Well, the reason why the independent counsel. No longer independent is because the independent counsel statute self has expired under both democrat or Republican leadership in the house and Senate over the course of the last fifteen years, neither has seen fit to renew it because there were problems with that statute and the way it was handled. And so, you know, there's all this claim that somehow now we need an independent council and a special counsel isn't enough for the AG recused or. It's simply not a situation that anybody Republicans or Democrats themselves up for because they didn't like the independent counsel statute when we have. Yeah. And that's a great point. And thank you for bringing it up. And and by the way, the lapsing of the independent counsel statute was a bipartisan decision. Neither Republicans nor Democrats wanted to take it back up. One other thing that came up today with regard to the Mueller investigation, and Mr. bars confirmation hearing had to do with almost a promise that he had to make that he wouldn't fire Mr. Muller. And by the way, I I mean, I don't think the president wants to fire me hasn't he criticizes the investigation he thinks it should end. He calls it a witch on. But you know, he's never made a move to fire him. So I think it's a bit of a red herring. But that said are you not I am troubled mister jeffer- with the idea that we have this special investigator with the I mean, he's basically access his own separate US attorney operating with a grand jury power subpoena powerful investigative authority limitless budget, and he can't be fired. And he's really not accountable to anybody. I don't understand why we are encouraging and supporting and then you know, almost almost relentless about maintaining that. Mr. Muller doesn't actually have to answer to anyone. He does have to answer to the attorney general does he not? Well, that's exactly right. And in fact, it goes back to the conversation. We're just having about the independent counsel statute. Which was statue was designed to give a special prosecutor, independent counsel independence from these Aker branch independently attorney general, and as you pointed out correctly, Larry Democrats, Republicans hated that it didn't work for them. They didn't like that oversight. They didn't like the decorations had oversight. They feel like even congress. Technically, independent counsel reported to really was able to constrain the independent counsel. And so we are in a situation with a special counsel of congress zone making. Now that things were where he reports stranger line could be fired. So that being said, you know, obviously, it's a tough situation because the investigation.
Maria Butina to remain in jail before trial
"An interesting and somewhat dramatic crop preceding today in Washington where accused Russian agent Maria Boutin a- has been charged by federal prosecutors with essentially infiltrating the NRA and other aspects of the American conservative movement to influence the US election as a secret agent of the Russian government. A judge today in Washington rejected the lawyer's request. Maria Boutin has lawyer's request that she be released from jail pending trial. The judge somewhat angrily also imposed a gag order both on the. Accusers in the case and the defense lawyers in that case, thus precluding either side for making any further public comments about the Maria Boutin case until her trial is over and done with just as we are getting on the air tonight, we just got in the transcript of the court hearing today in the Maria Bettina case. She will want to hear the judges angry tirade about the lip synching video that she was forced to watch and chambers for no reason.
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"Reached into the tens of thousands of confidential documents from cabinet days in the Bush White House, and they found one that they claimed show. Thanks. The supreme court can overturn Roe versus Wade the cabin on disputed that strongly and David asking him again. And again has he had any improper conversations about the Muller probe. He denied it doesn't passengers and crew on two American Airlines flights arriving from Europe are being given the all-clear after showing flu like
"bush white house" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"Just do it political writer for the New York Times, Nick compass, ori- aid to the George W Bush White House and state departments. Elite. Solely. Me ask you, are you insulted the Donald Trump keeps calling southerners stupid or or is it just my Alabama that he keeps calling stupid because he keeps I know he believes it, but he keeps calling my friends, Alabama stupid. He calls my skiing soul to my school as a second rate school, it's in the constant attack on the great state of Alabama roll tide number one. Well gel, and it's not easy for me to defend Alabama. I have to forced to out of solidarity. I'm so sick of these dumb southerner comments attacking our accents, which I think are quite beautiful. What all the people in the south, who voted for him seriously? Think when they hear these, do they dismiss them that because the come from the press, believe them, or if you hear them enough, you believe you hold you in contempt and disdain, does he does? He holds herself in contempt. He especially holds Alabama, which is really strange, ram agenda. Yellow Hamma. Yeah, give them hell, Alabama. I'm like that. All right. NBC news, Capitol Hill correspondent host to Casey. DC on MSNBC laser wrong, casing hunt. White House Piero chief at the Washington Post and political analyst for MSNBC and NBC news, Philip Rucker, garage, and Joshua Johnson. He's the host of public radio series. One a which is distributed nationally by NPR, Joshua's also an NBC news contributor good to have you on. So Mike, you've known Bob Woodward for a little while what your takeaway on the book take it to the Bank. I mean, if you're an editor, edit, Woodard stuff over forty years. I mean, some editors would say, Bob is plotting, and that's that's a, that's a common competence. Because he is he's fully verse in everything. He brings to the table fully sourced out. I mean, take it to the Bank, take it to the Bank at least. What about you know you from the south, but maybe the president will listen to you anyway. What's your take on the slope? Thanks for still respecting my pin wafting. Trump, but I was impressed by the call, the transcript of the call that Bob Woodward bad with Donald Trump, how much information just in that one call where Donald Trump thought that he could woo Woodward into shelving book and started out by praising him. And then suddenly he knew it was going to be a bad book and it was over. You could see clearly though that no one on the Donald Trump White House staff thought that it was a good idea for Trump to sit down with Bob Woodward. All right, and Philip Rucker, you're looking at the book as well and getting a sense of not only just the emotion involved with everybody using very colorful language scribe. This president's lack of ability to function and understand history. I'm surprised that they're actually handling him with guardrail of there's reports of stealing papers from on his desk to try and avoid literally things from happening. This is not how a presidency should run. There are dangers to this type of thing happening. And yet it seems like everybody around the president is staying in there to try and save the country from him best. Right Mika. It's a really chilling portrait and Woodward's book, and you're right. There are colorful descriptions to describe the president words like idiot and moron, and fifth grader, sixth grader, and there are all sorts of examples of aids coming into the Oval Office to snatch papers from his desk to keep him from signing things such as a letter that would have destroyed the trade agreement between the United States and South Korea or another letter that would have ended math to pull the US out of NAFTA. Gary Cohn in both instances went into the Oval Office to take those papers from his desk coping that the president would. Noticed they were missing. And in fact, he didn't notice that they were missing, but there are other examples to they're like rash decisions that he makes on foreign policy that have huge implications. For example, there's a phone call after the twenty seventeen chemical gas attacks in Syria, where he told Jim Mattis the Defense Secretary that he wanted to assassinate Assad and kill him and killed his people and Mattis sort of said, okay, well, we'll get right on that. Hangs up the phone and then tells us senior aide, no, no, no. We're not going to do any of that..
"bush white house" Discussed on NPR Politics Podcast
"Democrats asking for the hearing to just stop altogether. And with a lot of bickering between senators who are sitting on this committee, that often gets along pretty well. So let me stop you right there. You were talking about the fact Democrats, you know, they were sort of demanding that this hearing be adjourned, be postponed. Why? What's their argument there? They've got a couple of different arguments, but the big one, the one that they think is the strongest reason for this to be postponed is that they want more documents and more time to review them. So what they're asking for millions really of pages of documents on Brett Kavanagh's time in the White House when he was a staff secretary under the George W Bush White House, they say that his public record and the things that he's written and his rulings just aren't enough for them to understand how he would rule and how he feels about things like the executive privilege of the president. Now they are also upset because they got forty two thousand pages just last night, and they felt like they didn't have enough time to review those before going into the hearing that. Will essentially be their most prominent chance to ask this nominee questions and because we've actually got a clip of tape of Chuck Grassley and Senator Amy klobuchar, sort of combating talking over one another about this very issue. The document dump listeners. Mr Chairman will be revenues, wordy law flaws in documents that we haven't everyone else jointly last night, and we believe this hearing should know those exciting day to run. These documents are part of a larger collection of papers that crossed Brett Kavanagh's desk when he was the White House staff secretary in the George W Bush administration. Can you explain what are these documents and why are they so contentious Steph, secretary of the kinds of bread Cavanaugh was as a highly expert person, and these documents have to do with all the most difficult issues that president might be wrestling with. And let's say, imagine that there are things that he wrote over that period of time that we're speculating on various and sundry ideas. He had about presidential power that at this moment in. History. Fifteen years later in the context of the presidency of Donald Trump would give people some pause to. We really want to give the president the amount of power that Brad Kavanagh might have thought that in that circumstance right after nine, eleven President Bush to have. It sounds like you're, you're suggesting that maybe there might be sort of new information gleaned from these documents. Not the fact that Democrats who already oppose him when necessarily get something new out of these documents, right? Because we already know that that they are not necessarily going to support him. So why do they need the documents while they don't necessarily need the documents to persuade themselves to oppose him all the more what they need is documents that might persuade some of the Republicans to vote against him or at least to support a delay. But the Democrats would have a chance to push all this off past the November midterm elections. Well, I actually think of a couple of other reasons why they would want the documents. One is that they're trying to convince some of the their own Democrats not to vote for cavenaugh date. There are a number. Democrats, particularly senators in these red states. We're talking about Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. We talk about her quite a lot lately. Joe Don leeann, Indiana Claire, mccaskill and Missouri and Joe mansion in West Virginia. These are the kind of people who have not really announced where they're going on this, and they Democrats are hoping that there are pieces of information in these documents that will sway Democrats to stay together in opposing Cavanaugh. And part of that is because they think that if they can all stick together, it puts more pressure on those moderates who haven't picked a position yet at it puts the onus on them to make the decision not on those vulnerable Democrats to be the maker break. They also want the documents so that they can make a bigger case to the American public. Because the easiest way to turn the tide is if the American public started to get really upset about cavenaugh and that just hasn't happened so far. And so what I found so fascinating about the way these documents were discussed today, this document controversy is just how fundament. Really different..
"bush white house" Discussed on Pod Save America
"He's also a veteran of the George W Bush White House where he worked in the counsel's office and staff secretary before that. He was part of Ken Starr's team that investigated Bill Clinton in nineteen ninety s and ever since he's acted as a fierce partisan who's dedicated most of his career to advancing the interests of the Republican party. Notably he's praised former chief Justice, Rehnquist descent in Rovers his Wade, his rulings consistently favor the interests of corporations over the public and his views of executive power could protect Donald Trump, who has been implicated as a co-conspirator in at least two felonies. Remember that that's something that happened. Tommy, I want to start with you. The Trump White House sent a letter to the Senate on Friday saying that they were withholding over one hundred thousand pages of documents about Kavanagh's record. On the assertion of constitutional privilege. They dumped forty two thousand pages of Kavanagh documents on the Senate Judiciary committee late last night. This led to quite a scene this morning where all the Senate Democrats on the judiciary committee called for the hearing to be postponed, Chuck Grassley wouldn't even allow them to vote on the motion how much of a big deal is this and what can Democrats do about it? Yeah, happy Labor Day to the judiciary committee staff. You have a lot less readings to do this weekend every weekend. I think this is a big deal. I mean, cavenaugh worked at the White House for a couple years. He had two roles. He was in the counsel's office use a staff secretary, which means he had his hands on every big issue, thousands of documents to the point where they had to create this new system to vet them for public release because it was taking so long. So they hired a lawyer named Bill Burke who was Kavanagh's literal deputy at the White House to direct the process. At the same time, the same lawyers representing Don Mcgann rights pre-bus and Steve Bannon the Muller probe. So that feels like a bit of a conflict. But like, you know, alternately they the Burks team said. They had six hundred thousand documents to release and they've only given two hundred sixty seven thousand pages to the committee, all of which are from the time as White House counsel. They've refused to even request the documents from time staff secretary. So that starts the problem here. And then Friday night, the White House says, we're holding back one hundred thousand more pages, citing executive privilege that has never happened before during a supreme court hearing, and then they dumped forty thousand pages of documents on the committee's head the night before the hearing. So substantively, like if you're in this process where you're desperately trying to figure out what this nominee believes in what he's going to do on issues and how he would vote and he's doing everything in his power to not tell you anything. Yes, this matters. But I also think politically anything that sounds like a cover up or documents are being withhold withheld is a potent political issue. Republicans spent years searching for Hillary Clinton's billing records from a law firm. She worked at in Arkansas turn into a scandal. So certainly you can get people. Interested in what they're trying to hide here. And I thought the the committee Democrats did a great job this morning of raising the issue, early comma Harris, Cory Booker, Senator Lahey all laid out the stakes year. And I think you know, I it, I don't know that this document this, this fight is going to ultimately move Holik senators, but it certainly can move political opinion among voters out in states up love it because of the documents you some Democrats including former Schumer spokesman, Brian Fallon, verged Senate Democrats to walk out of the hearings and protests other people like Joe Biden said that the better perches to stay in the room and ask hard questions. It seems like Tommy just mentioned. They sort of Democrats on the judiciary committee sort of went with the middle ground here. They basically tried hard as they could in those I, I don't know our of the hearing to basically, you know, say we want adjourn this hearing we wanna call for a vote. It's funny. Grassley wouldn't even let them vote on a motion to adjourn because. Apparently a couple Republican senators weren't there and Grassley wouldn't have had the votes. So instead of instead of even allowing them to vote on the motion to adjourn into postponed the hearing, he basically just steamrolled them and didn't do anything..
Right-wing protests fueled by anti-immigrant sentiment continue in Germany
"A protest in Germany over immigrant, rights turned, violent Saturday, night, the demonstration in the city of Chemnitz was organized by right wing groups angry after Syrian and Iraqi immigrants were arrested for stabbing and killing a thirty five year old German citizen. Thousands of counter-demonstrators also showed up yon Henrik Viva from the site t-online. Was there I experienced violence against myself because, a right wing people attacked. Me and my timer I lost my.
"bush white house" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"Good morning. It is Tuesday, August, seventh, and welcome to morning Joe with us. On this Tuesday, we have MSNBC contributor, Mike particle former aide to the George W Bush White House and state departments elites Jordan is with us Pulitzer prize columnists in associate editor of the Washington Post and MSNBC political analyst. Eugene Robinson also with us senior writer at politico and co, author of the playbook. Jake Sherman joins us lot to get to this morning and number of big stories unfolding, and we're following them including Donald Trump, junior's shifting story on his meeting with the Russians and the question I have for him, does he know that he's making things worse, berm self. Now what he's saying about a quote, bait and switch. Really just stop talking. They all need to stop talking. Plus Rick gates points the finger at Paul Manafort saying they are both guilty. What his testimony means for the future of Trump's former campaign chairman and it's going to cost more than projected take longer than planned and not performance expecting a less than glowing assessment from the government about Trump's proposed border wall. And honestly, whenever he brings up immigration, he's bringing up his own disgusting failed deranged policy of separating children from their families. So now he's he's slapped with that tattoo on his old position on immigration. But we begin with new weekly tracking numbers from Gallup. It finds that fifty four percent disapprove of the job. President Trump is doing compared to forty one percent to approve of his performance. CNBC's John Harwood, analyze the source of Trump's support and found in the data that whites with no college degree approved that the president's job fifty eight to thirty nine percent while twenty nine percent of all other. Americans approve sixty six percent disapprove. So Joe, the numbers seem to be shifting just a bit for this president. There's always been. We've talked about it for some time that there's always been a bit of narrowcasting, but this is about this is about as narrowcasting gets and Willie. All I can say for Donald Trump and Republicans who are hoping like special election in Ohio tonight, Republicans are hoping that he's somehow going to get them over the finish line even in strongly Republican districts like this, Ohio, twelve, they just better hope that they're small slice of the electorate comes out because Donald Trump is sacrificing just about every other group in America for this one group of white, non college educated of Oaters that again, just there just aren't enough to get him over the top or to get his candidates. Over the top and a lot of elections, that Gallup number of forty-one percent approval is about where he's been over the course of his presidency, but it's that cross tab that you're looking at it. So interesting. Remember he won white non college voters by almost forty percent, so that certainly makes up the core of his base gene Robinson. Those are the people we see out at the rallies of last week, those those three big rallies that it's hard core support but remains to be seen if when he does intervene in some of these elections, like Ohio, twelve or when he endorses, Chris Kovac a Republican who's running for governor in Kansas, the RJ and the Republican party didn't want him to endorse. It remains to be seen how powerful exactly he is and those racists. I mean, what we've learned so far, I think from the special elections in the primaries is that he's very powerful the Republican party. He is got eighty nine percent support among Republicans. So it's very difficult if you're going to run into the Republican primary two buck Trump on. The other hand, he is very unpopular among your general among Americans in general, and Democrats have been doing a whole lot better than one would expect than anyone imagined from in these elections. We shouldn't be talking about this Ohio special election. This is a safe Republican seat and we're talking about it because it's a Trumpy backed candidate who is up against a democrat, who's a moderate who could win. Barnacle also again, when you talk about off year elections, what's so extraordinarily important is the intensity because most people don't go out and vote in midterm elections, you're lucky if you get third and the primary and maybe fifty percent of the voters when you get to the general election. But there was an article this morning that I read talking about how I think it was in the, I think, is the Washington Post. Talking about it in Ohio..
The Latest Ebola Outbreak Is Centered in a War Zone
"Spiro discusses her new feature night comes out and exploring the links between the multibillion dollar oil boom out west and violent crime against native American communities. This is midday on WNYC. All that is next after the news. Live from NPR news in Washington I'm Jim hark at a came a, campaign stop Thursday in Pennsylvania President Trump lashed out at the news media for underplaying his political accomplishments as Bobby Allen of member station WHYY reports. Trump rounded up the usual suspects, Trump is in. Wilkes Barre which, helped, propel him to the White House to back Lou bar ladder for Senate Republican, with hardline views on illegal immigration but Trump spent a large chunk of his speech making swipes at the news media pointing at the TV. Cameras in the back. Of the arena and. Even these people back here these horrible horrendous people Trump said news coverage of a recent meeting with Queen Elizabeth of England was slanted against him but they. Can make anything bad because. They are the fake fake disgusting news Today a report, from the United Nations. Found that Trump's verbal attacks on the media could trigger more violence against journalists for NPR news I'm Bobby. Allen in experience the national. Archives and records administration says it won't be able to finish the review of nearly one million documents regarding supreme court nominee Br Kavanagh's time with George W Bush White, House before October that's creating a potential roadblock GOP hopes to get the confirmation done, before the November midterm election Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley blames. The opposition for requesting too many, documents one of. My researchers said, that, maybe compared to the last five supreme. Court nominees it would be more than, all of them added together Grassley hopes to start confirmation hearings sometime in September Firefighters battling blazes across the western US are getting. Reinforcements from abroad Matt Gillam with Boise state public radio reports fire personnel from Australia and New Zealand are. Expected to land in, Idaho this week top US fire managers requested around one hundred fifty fire specialists from Australia and New Zealand they've assisted and partnered with America for over half a century fire professionals including division supervisors strike team leaders and helicopter. Managers are among those on. The way American fire managers tapped Australia and New Zealand for assistance because fire infrastructure and the two nations is similar to that. Of, the US when international personnel arrived they'll undergo a one day. Orientation at the Boise based National Interagency Fire center before being deployed to wildfires across the, west, firefighting resources, are also being provided by Canada they've sent to air tankers. And a lead plane help battle blazes in the Pacific northwest for NPR news I'm, Matt Gilman Boise heavy rains of prompted authorities to evacuate. Parts of Virginia city in case of dam fails The Lynchburg department of. Emergency services says areas near the college lake dam or being evacuated the national weather service says at this. Time the dam has, not failed and is being closely monitored by emergency personnel for any signs of structural failure This is NPR news The World Health Organization says the latest Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo was in what it calls. An active conflict zone there have been twenty six suspected cases and at least. Twenty, people, have died. NPR's Jason bobbie-ann reports the conflict could slow efforts. To control the outbreak this latest outbreak is in the North Kivu. Province of the DRC it's close to the border with Uganda fighting among militant groups, for control of gold diamond and coltan mines in the province has forced nearly a million. People from, their homes a groups. Say the armed conflict in addition to the large number of displaced people in the area may make. Controlling this outbreak difficult the Congolese health ministry has sent a team of a dozen bowl of specialists to the village where the cluster of. Cases was, first, reported they stress however that this new north kiva outbreak is not. Related to an outbreak the began in April on the other, side of, the country. Jason bobbie-ann NPR news State officials in California vowed to press on with a clean air lawsuit, blasting the Trump administration Thursday for weakening automotive fuel efficiency standards California's attorney general also promised. Another lawsuit if the administration makes. Good on plans to revoke longstanding waiver allowing California and other states to set their own stricter auto. Emission standards at least twelve other states and the district of Columbia follow California's rules I'm mixed day on Wall Street Thursday the s. and. P. five, hundred, index closed up thirteen points the Dow Jones industrial average slipped seven. Points the NASDAQ composite jumped ninety six points I'm Jim Clark, NPR news in Washington Support for NPR comes, from NPR stations other contributors include e. c. m.. C. foundation. Working through improve postsecondary educational outcomes for under. Served students through evidence based innovation learn. More at ease EMC foundation dot org WNYC.
Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico topped 1100, a new study says
"I Randall white from capital public radio in Sacramento. I, the news live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Jim hawk as Republicans rushed to confirm judge Brett Cavin onto the supreme court by early October NPR's, Nina totenberg reports. Democrats say they're skirting provisions of the presidential records act and national archives has notified the Senate Judiciary committee that it will be October before it's able to finish even part of its review of Kavanagh's records while he served in the George W Bush White House. While Republican leaders said they still plan to go ahead with September. Hearings on the cavenaugh nomination Democrats accused the GOP of a scheme to get around the presidential. Records law a law. That requires career archivists to screen documents for privileged or classified, material instead. Under the current plan private lawyers representing President Bush will do the screening and some of those lawyers also represent top current and former. Trump administration officials in the. Russia investigation Nina totenberg NPR news Washington it now. Looks, likely that Paul manafort's former business partner will. Testify and as Bank and tax fraud trial as NPR's miles parks reports Rick gates is cooperating with investigators, about a previous. Statement made by prosecutors put his testimony in doubt it was a small statement but when prosecutors said gates may testify or he may not it's sent reporters dashing from the courtroom it turns out that may have been an overreaction prosecutors now say they have every. Intention and calling gates to testify and clarified they're just constantly just Getting their witness list as the trial continues gates has been considered the. Government's key witness he was manafort's right hand man during the time prosecutors say, the former Trump campaign chairman evaded taxes and lied to banks to get loans. Manafort's defense lawyers however say, was actually gates who committed the crimes and they. Say he's line investigation covers tracks it's unclear when gates would take the stand for prosecutors said they hoped to rest their, case, by the end of next week miles parks NPR news the Trump administration has unveiled its plan to relax fuel-efficiency rules and strip states. Of the ability to enact tougher standards California attorney general heavier Bezerra vows, to continue a legal challenge. We want cars to be, more efficient itchy insane to think that it is good for, families to make cars less efficient officials. In the Trump administration claim their actions would make autos. More, affordable and that would make roads safer because more people would be. Driving newer cars with Latest safety features apple is the world's first publicly traded. Company to have, a market value of one trillion dollars or. In another hard to fathom number one, thousand billion dollars the achievement seemed unimaginable in nineteen Ninety-seven when apple teetered on the edge of bankruptcy with its stock, trading for less than one dollar and, its market value dropping below two billion dollars you're listening to NPR news in Washington A study of death certificates in, Puerto Rico. Is suggesting that more than a thousand, people were killed last year in the wake of hurricane Maria NPR's Richard Harris reports. It's the latest estimate of told that's varied widely the massive hurricane that swept across the United. States, territory nearly a year ago did a huge amount of damage caused many injuries but it's been hard to pin down a death toll the government of Puerto Rico still pegs the, official death, toll at, sixty four though. They acknowledged that's an underestimate in may scientists reported the results of a survey they concluded anywhere from, eight hundred to. Eight thousand people died as a result of the hurricane now researchers who have studied death records to the island counted about eleven. Hundred more deaths than normally. Occur in the months following the store that figure is reported in the journal JAMA Richard Harris NPR news secretary of state Mike Pompeo is in Malaysia on his way to Singapore for. Talks expected to focus on North Korea Bombayo was meeting Friday with Malaysia's prime minister before heading to Singapore for a regional security forum in which, North Korea's, foreign minister, is also set. To participate the meeting comes amid signs that North Korea is continuing to produce long range ballistic missiles A man from New York state has been arrested for leaving. Threatening messages with two house GOP leaders including Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise seriously wounded in two thousand seventeen when a gunman attacked a Republican baseball practice the suspect sixty three year old Carlos Bayan faces. A federal charge of making..
Slain Russian journalists were probing Kremlin-linked mercenary group in Africa
"Radio news I'm Ed Donahue the president is specifically directed us to make the matter, of the election, meddling and securing our election process a top priority national intelligence director Dan. Coats is among the. Officials who. Spoke at the White House about efforts to protect the upcoming midterm elections from cyberattack we continue to see pervasive messaging messaging campaign by Russia to try to. Weaken, and divide, the United States but Cote says, Russia is not the only country that could try to influence the election. This, is press secretary Sarah Sanders the president has made it clear that his. Administration will not tolerate foreign interference in, our elections from any nation state or other dangerous actor homeland. Security secretary Kirsten Nielsen says our democracy is in the crosshairs, the national archives and records administration says it. Won't be able to finish Review of nearly one million documents. Regarding supreme court nominee Brett. Kavanagh's time in the George W, Bush White House until the end of October it could potentially thwart hopes by Republicans for a. Quick confirmation before the November election. Paul manafort's bookkeeper, testified the former. Trump campaign chairman kept her in the dark about the foreign Bank accounts he was using to buy millions and luxury items and personal expenses. Manafort is on trial near Washington on Bank fraud and tax evasion charges Ohio State football practice starts tomorrow and coach urban, Meyer won't be there he's on administrative leave over the handling of a longtime assistant Zack Smith who's been, accused of domestic, violence his wife Courtney Smith spoke to stadium sports when I stood up. To him he'd and. Like and. He took me and shoved me up against the wall with his hands around my neck something he did very often Zac Smith was fired last week a. Grocery, store in, Los Angeles where a manager was, accidentally killed by police during a gun battle with a suspect has reopened This is AP radio news Three Russian journalists have been killed. In the Central African Republic the three journalists were in researching a story about a Russian private military contracting, company as what is probing Moscow's interests in the local gold diamond and uranium industries when they. Were apparently ambush late Monday now, a foreign ministry spokeswoman says the bodies of the men had gunshot wounds that no. Injuries suggested they were tortured the reporters colleagues have said the killings could be linked, to, the gymnastics flirted work exiled Russian opposition figure Mikhail could've ski who'd financed the Africa trip has. Vowed to investigate, the slayings I'm Charles investigators say they have concluded, a woman spotted in northwest Missouri was. Not a missing college student Molly Tibbets hasn't. Been seen since July eighteenth a truck stop employee said she saw someone resembling Tibbets eating at, a local, fast food restaurant. Ed Donahue AP radio news AP radio news I'm Ed Donahue the president is specifically directed us to make the, matter of, the election meddling Securing our election process a top priority national intelligence director Dan Coats, is among the officials who spoke at the White House about efforts to protect the upcoming midterm elections from cyberattack we. Continue to see, a pervasive meshes in messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and. Divide the United States. But Cote. Says Russia is not the only country that could try to influence the election this is press secretary Sarah Sanders the president has made it clear that his. Administration, will not, tolerate foreign interference in our elections, from any nation state or other dangerous actor homeland security secretary Kirsten Nielsen says our democracy is in the crosshairs the national archives. And records administration. Says it won't be able to finish its review of, nearly. One million documents regarding supreme, court nominee Brett. Kavanagh's Amazon.
"bush white house" Discussed on CNN's The Daily DC
"The betting is that he probably will get confirmed. But you know, this is Liz along complicated process and we're just learning about his views. You mentioned some of those Democrats who could end up actually voting in favor of council's domination, but Lauren FOX are seeing. Colleague on the hill team there with you, she reports today, the Democrats are deliberately not meeting with cavenaugh yet. What's that about? Yeah, it's a fight over documents. This has been going on for a few couple of weeks now since the nomination was named and it cavenaugh has a huge, huge treasure trove of documents. We're talking in the millions of documents he has been authored or been involved with or somehow have cost Pat, not just from his time with Ken Starr, but also when he served on the Bush White House, he was in associate counsel the White House news also as a staff secretary. And there are a number of documents from George W Bush White House time there that Democrats want to look at in his role of a ride range of issues, controversies in the Bush era about detainee policy, torture, things like that, that they want to see what his views are. So the ultimate question is what will be turned over to. The Senate Judiciary committee about his about his time in the Bush White House. We don't know that yet because truck Grassley Senate Judiciary committee chairman, he had told me earlier this week that he's only going to ask for quote, relevant documents as related to judge Cava, Democrats want every single piece of paper which probably not gonna get, and Democrats are now saying that they're not going to meet with judge Cavanaugh in till they get more clarity of what documents are coming over. So that is a strategy by Chuck Schumer Senate minority leader. He's trying to take a hardline ultimate questions, whether those red state Democrats who do want to look more moderate on this issue, what are they will stick with Schumer on this hard line. But these meet-and-greet s- they don't seem to be revealing a whole lot of information about his views, but nevertheless, it just shows the the Democrats desire not to meet with them, just shows how partisan already this fight has become on the hill. So money were weak roughly away from August here. The dog days was summer in Washington. We already know the congress is going to be working to some extent. You mentioned all these documents is that what really is going to be going on for the next several weeks through the home stretch of the summer here, this is going to be a lot of behind the scenes perhaps with some leaks along the way about what they're finding, but we're not really gonna see anything happening until after Labor Day. Right? Yeah, it possible that we could see something in August. It's not hundred percent certain yet. Even the fact that the Senate is in session in August. It's possible that we could see a supreme court hearing. There's some push among Republicans to have a confirmation hearing by that time. Now Chuck Grassley is not making any commitments. At this point. He says he, they wanna get a full sense of the universe of documents that are out there before he could schedule a hearing. More people expect probably to be in the first week of September after Labor Day for the confirmation hearing, and then a final confirmation vote sometime it didn't September may be pushing too early October, but the Republicans are hoping that this would happen before Tober so, but it's going to be right in the thick of the midterm election year raising the stakes significantly for the midterm elections. These red state Democrats are in difficult races in putting a lot of pressure on people. So it's gonna be something to watch the coming. It certainly will, and we will be watching closely in largely thanks to you knowing everything that's developing minute two minutes Maharaj. Thank you very much for spend some time here with. Us on the daily DC. Absolutely, anytime. Thanks guys and thank you all for listening to this dish in the daily DC. Thanks David. Frisking me to sit in and have great.
"bush white house" Discussed on Start Here
"Hey there thanks for checking in with us as you begin your day you've heard the headline so let's get past them and bring you some insight ladies and gentlemen the president of the united states so after whitman down his list and hyping it up like the prime tiny vented it was president trump stepped into the east room at the white house last night and made his choice for the supreme court tonight it is my honor and privilege to announce that i will nominate judge brett cavanaugh to the united states and with that cavanagh entered the room with his wife and two daughters and made some remarks himself judicial philosophy is straightforward a judge must be independent and must interpret the law not making the law no within moments to the protest on the steps of the supreme court signs had miraculously appeared reading stop cavanaugh counterdemonstrators were there defending his credentials so who is this guy what here are the bullet points brad kavanagh is fifty three he went to yale law school he served on the dc circuit court for twelve years he was nominated by george w bush and once was a clerk to justice anthony kennedy it's kind of a seat that has vacant of course and it is kennedy who had a private chat with president trump as he retired and you don't get more dc than this guy he was even born inside the beltway he worked on kenneth starr's investigation of bill clinton he worked with the bush campaign stop vote from being recounted in two thousand and he worked in the bush white house for years so let's bring in terry moran he covers the supreme court for abc news terry that's what the biography says about brett cavanaugh what is president trump seeing him well he likes that biography for sure we've been told that the president likes to see nominees with sterling credentials and that is certainly what brad kavanagh has an abundance authoring over three hundred opinions which have been widely admired for their skill insight but the other thing he was looking forward to kind of toughness law and what he's heard from so many conservatives who have fought in the trenches of so many battles with bread cavenaugh that clinton impeachment as you mentioned the florida recount in two thousand the bush white house where they staffed the the judiciary with so many staunch conservatives he's heard of his toughness and so he likes the combination that he's got the pedigree the elite credentials but somebody who has been fighting for conservative republican causes since he left law school let's talk about his his legal positions a little bit i mean he did use the word precedent in his speech which sort of a buzzword for people concerned about abortion rights i mean his pr campaign has already kind of started hasn't it it has that was that was a great thing somebody told him to do or that he did a judge must interpret the constitution as written to drop that word precedent into his comment informed by history and tradition and precedent looked question everybody wants to know right off the bat are you going to overturn roe versus wade and he's going to say i can't say yes or no until i see a case before me and i wouldn't promise you one way or the other anyway i shouldn't the democrats will beat him up for that republicans will defend him but at the end of the day as a judge as a justice when that case comes in come it will he will have to reflect in his own conscience in his own heart how important is a precedent that now for two generations american women and american men have depended on in their lives does he want overturn that i do think it's an open question and brett cavenaugh will be on capitol hill today to meet with anyone who is on the fence so he doesn't have a lot of baggage on those abortion opinions does he have any other baggage that people will sort of hold over him sure he does i mean he's got a giant paper trail from all of those partisan political battles in the bush white house twelve years now of appellate court opinions almost three hundred of them so there's plenty of grist for the mill in particular conservatives were worried about a couple of indians he wrote about obamacare in which he.
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"The editor's desk along with erik heintz i'm tom hutler the official heading of the thai cave rescue operation says the four boys run out of the flooded by divers today are safe and conscious and now in a hospital the official telling a news conference that bundy's operation which was second day of the high stakes rescue effort took less time than sundays because of the experienced experience accumulated and more people involved prime minister theresa may defending her post brexit trade plan that sparked cabinet resignations saying it's the only way to avoid a hard border with ireland many may telling the house of commons today that our program which would allow the free movement of goods but not services is the right brexit because it would make it possible to avoid checks at the border between the republic and northern ireland komo news time now nine sixteen in choosing a new justice i would select someone with impeccable credentials great intellect unbiased judgment and deep reverence for the laws and constitution of the united states coming up at six o'clock our time president trump announced his nominee for the supreme court he says he's down to four candidates that person will become the swing vote on many crucial issues i'm joined in the komo news line by abc's terry moran at the supreme court terry no matter which of these four candidates put forth by the president could signal significant change this is the crucial seat on the court as you anthony kennedy was vote getting a lot of it but environmental law he was probably be crucial any environmental case before the court for a long time on affirmative action for all kinds of issues this this is this is this is donald trump's opportunity to shape this court generation more tell us who these four nominees are and who the front runner might be they're all conservative federal appeals court judges brett kavanagh is long service here in washington he worked for ten dollars bill clinton investigation and for the bush white house that long paper trail make count against because they want to fat amy coney barrett she's a doobie forty six year social conservative karla professor at notre dame judge court common hardiman gorsuch was selected last year and he has a advocate president trump's fister barely and trump berry hard a lot and finally raimond catholic michigan he was also in the running last year fishing buddy upfield gore and is a solid conservative those are the more feel like calm but again in part because mitch mcconnell and we've got to get a conservation fast somebody who queens be relied to moderate republican women susan collins of maine lisa murkowski of alaska they could be key factors in this right they are because both have that if they get an opportunity they get a strong indication from would overturn roe versus wade that's going to be really call it that you know that that is something that people need is a precedent that needs to be respected so is it democrats are able reelection to trump state named gorsuch already shipped the battleground the question the constitutional right to generations of america have grown up with they think they've got a shot the block so those republican modern winning collins and murkowski will be critical well we'll know by six tonight our time on the west coast terry thanks for being with us and we'll talk again soon you bet abc's terry moran on the choice of the nominee for.
Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court: source
"The week off you'll be back on monday michael philatelic sitting in this morning good morning coming up in this hour the president says they're down to three supreme court shortlist down to three with two on the inside track we are being told several outlets reporting today on both left and right the three judges are brett kavanagh amy coney barrett and raymond catholic with cavanaugh and barrett as the top two at the moment that might not be the greatest choice we'll explain why in just a second jared halpern fox news radio we'll take a look at all three supreme court candidates this morning we start with brad kavanagh judge brett cavanaugh would succeed his former boss he was a law clerk for supreme court justice anthony kennedy since two thousand six kevin has been a judge in the court of appeals for the dc circuit often stop for future supreme court justices cavanaugh worked in president george w bush's white house and before that worked with ken in starr's investigation of then president bill clinton one issue sure to get attention in a confirmation hearing at two thousand nine article for the minnesota law review cabinet argued presidents generally should be exempt from time consuming and distracting lawsuits and investigations there is some conservative resistance to cavenaugh for his dissent in an affordable care act challenge on the appeals court cavenaugh cited the anti injunction act concluding intel taxes associated with the law winning to affect the law could not be challenged that ruling critics say created a roadmap to uphold the individual mandate cavanagh grew up in the dc area before attending yale for undergraduate and law school in washington jared halpern fox news.
"bush white house" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"Search process tells the that the meetings took place in recent days but that person would not say which candidates pence met with right now to appeals court judges are seen as leading candidates brad kavanagh of veteran of george w bush white house and amy makoni barrett a former law clerk to justice antonin scalia and liberal groups are hoping to counter the president's eventual nominee using similar tactics from last year's health care fight bliscoll strategists are raising millions of dollars an advertising and activism to target senators lisa murkowski and susan collins both of whom buck their own party's attempts to repeal the affordable care act according to the associated press republican senator rand paul has told colleagues he may not vote for cavanaugh he is nominated a person familiar with paul's conversations says the senator said kavanagh's role during the bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to congress says then ran paul always votes for whatever donald trump wants to vote for me around well let's just just full stop rand paul will vote for trump's nominee whoever it is meanwhile senator susan collins who said she won't support any supreme court pick who demonstrates hus diligence toward roe v wade says she has talked to white house counsel about some of the potential scotus nominees i've done a lot of work on the list and i have told the white house counsel individuals that to me appeared to meet the criteria of of accepting that roe v wade is settled law and to have extraordinarily good backgrounds gallon nobody on those nobody that donald trump selects is going to say that roe v wade is settled law are they well that's right and that's why we have these two favorites that we just saw there the inside line is that amy barrett would be better for the base but a tougher confirmation fight so that's the calculus aides are making but we can show this won't surprise you people are involved in the vetting tell us that for the president it's going to be all about the personal connection who he feels comfortable with in the moment so you're saying he's going to pick the man the white man oh no i totally disagree i don't know i mean you look i only reason i say that is katty kay if you look and see at least through the first year ninety percent of donald trump's elections for us attorneys federal judges were white men yeah i guess the issue he would be that amy cavanaugh represents moore of donald trump's base i don't know how that means he relates to the one on one break caviar is much more establishment yale have that's not necessarily the type of person no mated by george bush that's not necessarily the type of person in the past the donald trump has had a kind of instant rep who'll with so he may go for the base pick on this one he may feel this really comes down how he feels about the person in the room it it wouldn't totally be you're right he's has a thing about appointing white guys but it wouldn't totally surprise me if he goes for somebody who feels more in line with the base on this one and gets his excitement about the base going what about the timing of the pick it seems to keep getting pushed up thursday friday everybody's saying that he may be selecting coming to a conclusion today but i heard your reporting suggesting that he may wait hours aides wanted to wait at least until everybody's back in town they do for sure joe and i just talked to the white house last night about this age wouldn't be surprised if he jumps the gun on his own announcement if he does it today or tomorrow as they said when the president has made his pick when he's ready to go he wants to go but they're trying to convince him they're so much more logic to doing it monday senators back in town you can have senators there for the roll out people are back from vacation you'll get more attention so in the.
Two-thirds of Americans support the Roe v. Wade abortion decision
"United states supreme court according to the washington post president trump interviewed four federal appeals court judges brett cavenaugh amy coney barrett amal sapar and raymond catholic cavanaugh clerked for justice kennedy and worked in the george w bush white house barrett a former notre dame law professor grabbed the attention of conservatives last year when she defended her catholic faith in her confirmation hearing the par would be the first indian american judge on the supreme court from kentucky he is a favorite of senate majority leader mitch mcconnell catholic who's been on the sixth circuit court of appeals for a decade told senators at his confirmation hearing the best judges are ones who seek to apply precedent in good faith now that is chip reid and we thank cbs news for that clip so donald trump is going to announce his nominee next monday and there's some very interesting pulling out there about where or american people all right now in their minds on big issues like abortion for example roe versus wade is on the minds of american people and according to a brand new quinnipiac poll it is wildly popular abortion and the way the supreme court has interpreted roe versus wade is very very popular tutu won by a twotoone margin i american people support roe versus wade and so the only group that does is moreover courses republicans and it's not even by a big majority it's in the low fifties that the republicans want to get rid of roe versus wade but the vast majority of the public the the big majority democrats independents even a big minority republicans want to leave rovers wait alone and there's nothing ambivalent about it and that's from the quinnipiac poll twotoone support roe versus wade but would being ruled by a minority now and check this out check this out this one really surprised me i would have thought that roe versus wade would be at the top if not one of the top issues on the list of of of voters of people on when thinking about who spree court judge ought to be well there's a brand new separate poll it so you've heard of these folks if so a real organization ip sos ipsos and the daily beast and my understanding of it based on this is that the daily beast is basically paying ipsos to do the poll so it's a daily beast slash ipsos poll but sosas credible so i'm going along with it they find that by a large margin i america people are actually more concerned about the citizens united decision then they are about roe versus wade now they are concerned about roe versus wade but they're actually by a noticeable percentage by about thirteen points they are more concerned about the influence of money in our politics because of the citizen united decision that frankly surprised me because i'm amazed at any americans even know about citizens united decision i know that you and i know about it right but we care about politics we pay attention we follow this stuff like it actually matters because it actually matters i have real doubts as to whether the vast swath of american people actually pay attention to a lot of this stuff and so i'm really really heartened i was surprised and pleasantly surprised to see then in fact basically citizens united is very high up on their list nice to know that people are paying attention incidentally just just to finish the daily beast episodes poll results sixty one percents you talk about social change sixty one percents they do not want the marriage equality decision overruled that decision three years old that's it three years old three years ago just about now anthony kennedy announced oberstar versus hodges and so that's marriage equality and so now it's already been accepted by sixty one percent sixty eight percent pardon me fifty eight percent five eight fifty eight percent do not want to go further in allowing businesses to discriminate against people based on their religion forty five percent said they want somebody to allow the states to impose gun reform rules and laws forty five percent so i'm offering you these numbers and use the fact check me on the internet to your heart's desire you will you'll see these true numbers and.
"bush white house" Discussed on This Week with George Stephanopoulos
"Not helping matters even if they believe that to be helpful gesture it does make later confirmation of our inspectors and what was in those tunnels and all that much more difficult and so to build trust i think they should stop taking those unilateral actions at this point it is going to be a dramatic moment actually thank you very much and we're going to be live in singapore for these storks on the starting next sunday on this week and right through the summit on gm may and world news round tables up next this is abc news political director recline if you're looking for more politics talk check out the powerhouse politics podcasts hosted each week with abc news chief white house correspondent jonathan karl break down the week's news and talk to guests with unique insights again that's the powerhouse politics podcasts find it wherever you get your podcast and subscribe today this is clearly playing i think in i for november sixth of two thousand eighteen upper down vote on impeachment trump is on the ballot in every congressional district this is not going to be some democratic congressman versus republican congressman this is going to be donald trump versus nancy pelosi tom star steve bannon his tan and back giving his analysis the midterms to get into that with our roundtable right now we've got our chief white house correspondent john carl here sarah fagin political structure in the bush white house now cnbc contributor patrick gaspard political fares director in the obama white house also bastard us out africa now the president of the open society foundation and former house speaker newt gingrich off the new book trump's america the truth about our nation's great comeback and karen finney as democratic strategist former clinton campaign spokesperson and and let me begin with you because there's some evidence sworn in the presence watching television executive one of the one of the arguments made by rudy giuliani that the president should have been told.
"bush white house" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"If he doesn't win tonight won't say they can't police their own ranks and it'd be another data point in that favor and just a few months because before donald trump backed roy moore he backed luther strange remember in the ryan mary in alabama he failed to get stranger cross the line mitch mcconnell and gop superpac spent millions of dollars trying to back luther strange stop roy moore they did not succeed in that was just in december and one counterpoint to that we talk a lot about a potential democratic of war there are no real primaries happening the senate on the democratic side this is largely a republican phenomenon and i assure you that done blanket i mean excuse me mitch mcconnell will be happy to get an extra seat from west virginia but he will not be super psyched to have done in the senate next year welcome back to morning joe it is tuesday may eighth still with us we have pulitzer prize winning historian in the sole of america the author of the new book the soul of america the battle for our better angels jon meacham former aide to george w bush white house and state department elise jordan joining the conversation chair of the department of african american studies at princeton university at equal junior and pulitzer prize winning columnist associate of the washington post eugene robinson good to have you all on board this hour so there is reported tension joe inside the white house over rudy giuliani's numerous media appearances over the past week there were so many i thought they would be more yesterday but i ended the show yesterday by saying will they let him go back on the air.
"bush white house" Discussed on Here & Now
"And the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber is to defend americans to protect their safety their families their communities and their right to the american dream because americans are dreamers too here now political analyst join us now corinne jump hero democratic strategist who worked for the obama campaign and white house in his now national spokesperson for move on and paris denard republican strategist who worked at the george w bush white house and serves on president trump's commission on white house fellowships welcome to both of you in paris let me start with you what did you think of the speech last night was it what you wanted you a it was both what i want it and both would i didn't want it was what i want it because i felt that the present in an excellent job at connecting people to his policies showing the the real life implications the real life ramifications of some of the things that he's uh been champing against when it came to the threat of north korea or the the the tread truly tragic a problem that the country has with the opioid epidemic and the real face of that and and and the people that the had in the president and the first lady's box though he didn't excellent job of really connecting people to policy what i didn't anticipate seeing what i didn't like was the the level of of of the democrats unwillingness to or their resistance to the messages that were coming from the president and some things that i thought were shocking one when you have members of the cbc in a wide congratula carcass the congressional black caucus and many democrats refused to stand or even applaud the fact that the president mentioned that african american unemployment that the lowest in history and the safer hispanic unemploy he didn't is so they didn't clapper that and when he talked about immigration and the one point eight million for the they didn't clapper that when they talk about it when we talked about infrastructure spending really clapped for that so like that's the level of of where we are the level of of partisanship as that even on things will we should come together on they are thieves let's bring in corinne jump here in your thoughts on why the black caucus might not have applauded that i think they're very very very.
"bush white house" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"And so there you have it we've got to have a very busy morning on morning joe this friday january twenty six billy really unbelievable news once again though michael's schmidt maggie haberman coming through with some incredible breaking news for us yeah we got michael with us in just a minute joe how many times on this program over the last eight nine ten months have someone said there's no way donald trump would try to fire bob muller would set off a constitutional crisis it would cross the line he can't do it and i think you and i and make all said brealey it's donald trump you really don't think he'd try he fired is fbi director which led to the appointment of the special counsel bob moeller and here we are this morning as you said we've got the reactor who first broke the story new york times reporter michael schmidt we'll talk to him in a minute also former chief of staff at the cia and department of defense down nbc news national security analyst jeremy bash former fbi special agent an msnbc contributor clint watts former aid to the george w bush white house and state departments at least jordan and donny deutch is here as well done hey feel near it buddy couple of white nationalist soon i got to tell us a little barn by vital classified meeker by the way we'll be back with us on monday let's get right into this a source with first hand knowledge confirms the nbc news that president trump ordered special counsel robert muller be fired last june the new york times was first report the news and that the president backed down after white house counsel don mcgann threatened to resign that's according to four people told that the matter the washington post adds that mcgann did not deliver his resignation threat directly to trump but was serious about his threat to leave according to a person familiar last night the white house put out a statement from one of the president's lawyers declining to comment quote out of respect for the office of the special counsel and its process that from thai cobb earlier this morning president trump responded to the report as he met with world leaders in davos switzerland.
"bush white house" Discussed on Here & Now
"Suit the james comey had come to understand that this nsa domestic surveillance programme known by its codename stellar wind was on shaky constitutional ground in really as he got into it as other justice department officials got into it they really came to believe that it was unconstitutional and needed to be wound down and this put them on a collision course with the bush white house and particularly with then vice president cheney and his office but james comey knows for sure that his boss john ashcroft does not want to reauthorize this program okay suddenly ashcroft is taken severely ill he's hospitalized colmey becomes acting attorney general and he's driving along in his car when what happens he's heading home and get a telephone call from john ashcroft's hospital room saying that then white house chief of staff indy card and white house counsel alberto gonzalez are on their way to ashcroft's bedside to try to get ashcroft to legally sign to reauthorize this stellar wind program is actually mrs ashcroft reid who said called j colmey yup so jim colmey turns on the lights and siring in his car has been driven by us marshal at the time and his first telephone call is to bob muller the fbi director so hold up the story there because comey himself got to tell the story and pay dramatic senate testimony about it several years later he said i i called his chief of staff told him to get other senior staff to the hospital as quickly as possible because the thinking was ashcroft was so sick this was severe gallstone pancreatitis.