tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News February 9, 2021 3:00pm-4:00pm PST
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while we wait for the case to be laid out we certainly have it previewed today. congressional correspondent chad pergram joins us live at capitol hill with a look at today's proceedings. >> the senate building 56-44 to forge ahead with the trial, and that trial is in fact constitutional. they were susan collins, lisa murkowski, mitt romney, ben sasse, mitt romney and bill cassidy. he voted two weeks ago to short-circuit the trial. this was a precedent-setting day as a senate considers for the first time an article of impeachment against a former president. lee impeachment manager jamie raskin wanted senators to relive the horror of january 6. democrats played a violent, graphic 13 minute video showing the chaos of the attack. [crowd noise] >> he asked "you
ask what a high crime and misdemeanor is? that's a high crime and misdemeanor under the constitution. >> president trump may not know a lot about the framers but they certainly knew a lot about him. giving the framers intense focus on danger to elections and the peaceful transfer of power, it is inconceivable that they design impeachment to be a dead letter and the president's final days in office. >> raskin brought his 24-year-old daughter tabitha and his son-in-law with him to the capital on the sixth and during the melee they hid under a desk and they sent what raskin described as final text thinking they would later die, but they were rescued. >> i told her how sorry i was and i promised her it would not be like this again the next time she came back to the capital with me.
and you know what she said? she said data, i don't want to come back to the capital. of all the terrible and brutal things that i saw and i heard on that day and since then, that when hit me the hardest. >> today's debate focused on the constitutionality of the trial and mr. trump's attorney argued the trial would so further division. >> this trial will tear this country apart perhaps like we'd seen once before in our history. the house managers in their wisdom have hired a movie company and a large law firm to create manufacture and splice for you design package by experts to chill and horrify you and our fellow americans. >> so the slippery slope principle will have taken hold if we continue to go forward with what is happening today and scheduled to happen later this
week. >> but article one section three of the constitution says the senate has a right to try all impeachments. at the house impeachment manager is lay out the case against the president tomorrow and thursday and then the president's counsel at the end of the week, and the trial probably won't wrap until next week. the founders wanted impeachments to be political length democrats are certainly using this as a political wedge against republicans. democrats believe the best while they have going into 2022 is president trump. does that work for democrats? it did not work in the house and senate races last december so the senate voted 56-44 that the trial is constitutional end it all resumes at noon eastern tomorrow. >> bret: had chad pergram on capitol hill. at the white house, president biden says the senate will handle our impeachment and he will handle the business of the nation. as white house correspondent peter doocy reports, president biden's focus is on the minimum wage and jobs.
>> president biden is brainstorming ways to help low-wage workers hurt by the covid-19 in common with the heads of giants, like walmart, the gap and at jpmorgan. >> president biden: a lot of people are in real trouble. >> he things it would help to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour thinking could lift people out of poverty but could eliminate 1.4 million jobs. so the white house is pointing to a different part of that projection. >> 27 million american workers would be able to get -- help get them out of poverty. it's a huge impact of raising the minimum wage. >> there are also questions about who qualifies for a full stimulus check. they are making up to $75,000 per year. >> does president biden support sending stimulus of benefits to undocumented immigrants? >> again, if someone has a social security number like a child or a spouse then they would be eligible.
>> laid off keystone pipeline workers would soon be eligible for green jobs. >> why can't it be a little bit of both so we can see how that's going to work out? >> 14 republican attorneys general, pulling the pipeline and threatening legal action in writing, it's cold comfort to suggest to now jobless americans that by turning the page on projects like keystone xl workers can look forward to high-paying green energy jobs that don't yet exist. >> we are not going to build those solar panels, solar panels will be built by the cheapest bidder and the cheapest price that we can get. >> the biden family business deals are under new scrutiny by ethics after comic experts curious about the son-in-law who wants advised biden on a covid-19 response while working for and howard crime. >> he is bent at the white house since the inauguration.
as he still advising the president on the covid-19 response? >> dr. cryan as his son-in-law. and i think he was here because the president was inaugurated recently which is understandable. >> we do not expect to see president biden again on camber this evening. we are told he has not been following or watching the impeachment arguments and that we should not expect to hear him give updates on what he thinks about the impeachment proceedings in the days to follow. jen psaki says that because he is the president and not a pundit. >> bret: a peter doocy live on the north wanted, thank you. let's bring our panel early, bill mcgurn, mara lysine, and former south carolina congressman trey gowdy. first to you, the opening arguments on the constitutionality today. there were a lot of people online commenting that the emotional presentation by the
house managers hit a chord obviously with the video and then kind of rambling on the trump lawyers open but then closed on the constitutionality question that failed in the vote 56-44. >> i think that, if you are just going to score these presentations, the democratic house managers probably had more, and as a matter of fact the trump lawyers even said they change some of their arguments after they heard with the house managers have presented. you have six republicans to vote, to go ahead with this trial and i don't know if they were convinced, if bill cassidy had his mind changed today but now we are going to go forward and we have gotten over the process part of this argument. yes, this trial can go forward and its constitutional according to the senate. now in the days to come we are going to hear about trump's behavior and the senators are going to decide if that behavior
merits of any kind of punishment or not. speak on ray, what about the presentation today and what's this about today on the constitutionality tell you about the way forward? >> you know brett, jamie raskin is one of the few law professors i've ever known that can actually connect with the jury. he's a very, very good trial lawyer and so was impeachment manager from colorado. if the president's lawyers continue to cite the hastings trial which was 200 something years ago or 300 years ago they need a factual defense for what the president was doing and why while the siege was going on. and if they don't have that, they may win the verdict but they will lose the war. >> bret: it's bill, it was one of those days where i really wanted to see president trump's twitter feed to see what he was thinking about the lawyers presentation.
and to me the most interesting aspect was how anticlimactic it was and i think they more or less undo the vote, and there's a lot of questions about the constitutionality of what they are doing because the constitution is silent on that particular issue, first impeaching and trying the president after he had left office. that means there's no clear-cut answer on either side and people could have it but what it also means is that the senators make the decision. we can say is unconstitutional or constitutional but what they do basically decides the issue and for the most part because the courts are reluctant to step in when they consider it a matter of political fears, a political argument that needs to be settled between the president, or in this case, the ex-president. and the senate. >> bret: you know, they are in
congress, walking and chewing gum and moving forward with this covid release package. specifically on minimum wage it looks like despite what president biden said in the interview at cbs and what was heading into this week, they are going to try to get this thing through, increasing minimum wage to $15 wage comic phase over four years. >> there is still a question as to whether the minimum wage hike needs to be included in the rule in the reconciliation bill and the parliamentarianism is to rule on that. the white house need some good news because of the deficit, that's one of the criteria being included in the type of legislation that can be passed with only 51 votes. but we will see. i think the minimum wage about a new lease on life potentially but joe biden was pretty convinced that it didn't belong in reconciliation and he would have to try to push it another way. but we will see when it actually comes up. >> bret: but trey, chuck schumer wasn't. he said he will work with the
department and they will write it in a way that it fits under these rules and that brings up a whole list of questions about small businesses and how that will affect them over the next four years. >> he doesn't even have to work with a parliamentarian. she could rule and the senate could overrule or overturn her finding because they've done it before. i think joe biden is smart enough to know that running on a campaign platform of, congratulations, you got a raise, sorry you lost her job, is not a winning platform in 2022. and i think he is smart enough to know that. >> this is what's going to be interesting, whether they decide to overturn the parliamentarian. in my mind to come at the president talks about at divided country that needs to be brought back together. well, it's not going to be brought back together by getting people to agree on policy, they are very different principles
and very different philosophies and they want very different policies. and that's a process and custom and tradition not to just override everything that gets in the way of a goal, that's what really shows bitterness. they just lost the votes, and when people change the rules in the game, that leads to a lot of bitterness and a lot of people are talking about getting revenge when it's our turn. >> bret: senator joe manchin was on the show and said he wasn't for minimum wage being included and yet has votes over the last few days seem to indicate that he's going to fall in line. >> was interesting about joe manchin who i would say is a most important democrat in the senate, and he's kept alive this idea of reconciliation if needed. he has said that he prepare
prefers that's bipartisan. i don't know if you can get ten, and that he also said after the interview he did with you that there is a trillion dollar bipartisan package that could be had today. i'm waiting to see the details of that, and he still hopeful that democrats come together on something that didn't pass the senate. >> bret: much of the pressure is on him for this reconciliation vote. the justice department is asking dozens of u.s. attorneys appointed by a former president donald trump to resign from their posts as the biden administration booster transition to its own nominees. but the administration is allowing two investigations to continue. correspondent david spent has our report. >> dozens of trump area u.s. attorneys are preparing to resign. this afternoon on a phone call
acting attorney general monte williamson expressed his wish for 56 u.s. attorneys to step down. >> congratulations mr. president. >> the move is not unusual, when a new administration takes power, the prior administration usually leaves. then attorney general jeff sessions asked for the resignation of 46 obama area u.s. attorneys but received heavy blowback as biden administration is giving them several weeks. but at least one u.s. attorney is being asked to stay. u.s. attorney david weiss of delaware. president-elect biden made it clear that the department of justice would operate on its own, free from white house pressure. >> i want to be clear to those who lead this department, who you will serve. you won't work for me.
>> john durham, the u.s. attorney for the district of connecticut will resign in that role but will also stay in a special counsel. >> i think president biden had a limited role of choice here. had he done that he would've come under attack. >> they have until the end of the month to resign. >> bret: david, thanks. the number of people who have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine is approaching 10 million as the biden administration continues to increase the vaccine supply to states. and states will see their allocation of doses rise to 11 million per week next week, a rise of more than 10 million. the white house also's disturbing vaccines to health care centers which primarily for the hot low income and uninsured. in the meantime the world health organization is dismissing the
idea that coronavirus leak from a chinese lab setting off a chain of events that has no claim to more than 2 million lives worldwide. but not everyone is convinced about what is coming out of the w.h.o. and that investigation. the national security correspondent jennifer griffin joins us live from the pentagon with details. >> the delegation which did not include american scientists that it at a press briefing in wuhan today that the coronavirus is extremely unlikely to have leaked from a chinese lab and most likely and former secretary of state had enough access from the chinese government. >> so nothing is changing your view that it came from a lab? >> five days before leaving, pompeo quietly distribute it a fact sheet using them of deceit
and disinformation saying the virus and came from the institute of virology. several lab workers had covid like symptoms in the fall of 2019 and research at the lab on that coronavirus since 2016 and the removal of some of that research along with new evidence of secret military activity at the wuhan lab involving animal experiments. >> we haven't looked at the data specifically ourselves so we would like to do that. we have express our concerns regarding the need for full transparency and access from china, and the w.h.o. to all information regarding the earliest days of the pandemic. >> i think the jury is still out. i think clearly the chinese, at least heretofore, and had not the requisite transparency that we need. >> senior u.s. defense officials tell me they have not seen intelligence to suggest the virus came from the wuhan lab. china's ambassador to the u.s.
added to the finger-pointing this weekend suggesting the virus may have originated in the u.s., requesting access to american labs. >> bret: and jennifer griffin live at the pentagon, thank you. in december president biden said in his first 100 days, he wanted the majority of schools in america to be open. to say the white house press secretary so that remains the goal defining open as some teaching in classrooms at least one day a week. this chicago public school teachers are voting on a deal to get students back into classrooms there as soon as thursday. senior correspondent mike tobin as our report. >> the white house says the goal is to have more than half the schools in the nation open for in for in-person instruction by the end of april. >> that means some teaching and classroom so hopefully one day a week it's more. hopefully as much as a safe any school in local district. >> wednesday we will learn if
chicago districts will start opening after a bitter drawn-out struggle from the mayor and the chief of chicago schools. the union voted on a tentative agreement that guarantees vaccinations for teachers and that creates thresholds to shut down in-person instruction if the virus urges and starts seeing students in the classroom at on thursday at best. they reached a tentative agreement and, that's taking its own school district to court in attempting to for safety measures. >> i am worried that the tentative agreement will propose that the union and not get us to a place in the city where we will open schools this year. >> urging at the federation of teachers defining their school district and refused in-person instruction. >> the school district is hell-bent on forcing thousands of educators into unfazed building is held together in
some cases quite literally by duct tape. >> dr. rochelle walensky of the cdc set a vaccine is not necessary for a safe return to the classroom and set the data does not show that the virus spreads aggressively in environments like a school. president biden says official book evidence about reopening a schools could come as early as tomorrow. >> bret: mike tobin live in chicago. up next, a hacker tried to poison the drinking water of one florida town. we will look at how close that was to a disaster. in later this hour, why some gun stores are saying they have a problem keeping up with the demand. >> we've had lines around the door come inside here, out the building and the parking lot for months. ♪ ♪ ustomer and i'd like your best new smartphone deal. oh do ya? actually it's for both new and existing customers.
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necessities. the water treatment plant, cities are warning other municipalities. >> these other bad actors are out there, and it's happening. take a look at what you have in place. >> although part of the sprawling tampa bay area, oldsmar has its own municipal water systems serving nearly 15,000 residents. on friday and operator noticed someone had gained remote access to a computer system, and the chemical also known as lie is used in small amounts to balance ph levels. however a hacker had set the controls to release more than 100 times the necessary amounts. >> because the operator noticed the increase right and reportedly the public was never in danger. >> city officials say even if the increase had gone
undetected ph monitoring sensors throughout the system would have set off alarms to prevent any harmful water from being released into the general public. but the fbi and secret service have joined the investigation because of the threats and stomach cyber attacks posted critical infrastructure. senator marco rubio treated this should be treated as a matter of national security. it's temporarily disabled while it upgrade the software to prevent future cyber attacks. >> bret: thank you. make stay on wall street today, the dow lost ten and the s&p 500 dropped four in the nasdaq finish up 20. up next investigators revealed the findings in the helicopter crash that killed nine people including nba star kobe bryant. fox 90 minneapolis, police say five people were wounded in a shooting in a minnesota health clinic. a 67-year-old man who police say
he is well known to law enforcement there has been arrested. box 11 in los angeles where a judge has blocked some of the county district attorney's hymnal justice reforms aimed at reducing sentencing for criminal saying district attorney george gascon cannot order his prosecutors to ignore laws that protect the public from repeat offenders. he said he would appeal the ruling. and this is a live look at las vegas from our affiliate fox five. the big story there tonight, mary wilson, the legendary motown singer and founding member of the supremes died monday at her home in las vegas. wilson along with diana ross and florence ballard made up the supremes motown's first and most commercially successful girl group. the group's first number one, millions selling song where did our love go was released in 1964. for more can consecutive songs quickly followed and mary wilson was 76 years old. that's two nights a live look outside the beltway from special
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>> bret: a federal safety investigators say it was a pilot error that led to the deaths of former nba star kobe bryant and eight others including his daughter. the findings, a year after the horrific helicopter crash into a california here's the mikell site. correspondent jeff paul has details from los angeles. >> l.a. county fire 83. >> i'm just reporting the hillside fire. >> more than one year after kobe bryant, his 13-year-old daughter gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crashed near calabasas, california, investigators are pointing to the pilot. >> it was an issue of judgment and decision-making that led to this tragic situation. >> the ntsb said it was cloudy during the january 26, 2020, flight and the pilot was relying on his eyes for a sense of direction. the pilot eventually told air traffic controllers that he was climbing to 4,000 feet to get out of the clouds. >> it was the beginning of a series of events that ended 2 minutes later with the tragic loss of the helicopter, it's
pilot, and all eight passengers. >> in reality, the pilot was banking left, descending and accelerating. investigators say the pilot was experiencing spatial disorientation, confusing up from down. >> there were opportunities along the way to have reversed the chorus and prevented this crash by simply landing. >> ntsb officials also adding they believe there is evidence the pilot didn't want to disappoint kobe bryant. >> the pilot always flew this particular client and we do feel that it was reasonable to draw the conclusion that there was self-induced pressure. >> numerous lawsuits have been filed, the helicopter company has denied responsibility saying the crash was an act of god it could not control. >> bret: jeff, thank you. if guns are flying off the shelves so much so that gun store owner say they are struggling to keep up with the demand.
so, what's the reason for the increase? fox business network correspondent jeff flock takes a look from new lenox illinois. >> right now i don't see an end in sight. >> jeff wegner, key firearms in a chicago suburb sold more guns last month than ever before. >> it's been crazy. we've had lines around the door come inside here and out the building and in the parking lot for months. >> it's been a perfect storm spirit to gun sale starting with panic over the coronavirus, then demonstrations over the death of george floyd, a divisive presidential election campaign, culminating the storming of the u.s. capital followed by the inauguration of a new administration and the promise of new restrictions on gun ownership. >> they are buying them two or three at a time because i think they are going to ban them with the new administration. they think they will band that specifically. >> in january, they processed 4.3 million background checks, the 60% increase and an all-time
record. >> you are going to sell me on this one before i leave. >> oil pipeline worker jeff bonner says the world has changed as he looks at concealed carry options. >> i feel like if you are not admitting there's a problem especially in chicago with carjackings and that kind of stuff you are kind of burying your head in the sand. >> bonner is adding to his collection but many are getting their first firearm. what percentage would you say are first-time buyers? >> about 60% of our businesses first-time buyers. >> and women? >> about 40%. >> top sales in michigan, new jersey on the scene of the capital riot, washington, d.c. the dramatic spike forces some gunshots to close for lack of inventory. it's not just guns in short supply. >> you can buy the gun but it's hard to find ammo for it. >> jeff's father was a chicago police officer for 30 years and he said people used to be able to count on the police to protect them. but based on what's happened over the course of the past year it seems that an increasing
number feel the need to protect themselves. >> bret: it's jeff, thank you. up next the biden administration pushes for a major increase in excepting refugees as texas judge prevents the new administration from overhauling one of former president trump's policies. ♪ ♪ (quiet piano music) ♪ ♪ comfort in the extreme. the lincoln family of luxury suvs.
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department correspondent rich edson has our report. >> a major component of president biden's immigration overhaul, a massive increase in the amount of refugees the united states welcomes each year. >> president biden: we signed the lighted lamp of liberty on a fresh people, we offered safe havens for those fling violence or persecution. >> if the president is targeting 125,000 refugee admissions for the next year, more than eight times the cap of 15,000 in the trump administration said that for this year, ex-historic glow. at state department now faces a considerable challenge of boosting a refugee settlement system to handle such substantial increase. >> we are starting from a very slow rolling speed. >> the international refugee committee said it 14 million displaced people worldwide and counting reduces the u.s. long-standing and bipartisan settlement program is absently
critical. in lowering the refugee cap the trump administration state department argued there's already a backlog of more than 1.1 million asylum-seekers waiting for the u.s. to evaluate the claims. report from the republican staff on the house judiciary committee says at a time the americans are suffering from a global pandemic and the american people are trying to jump-start the economy, admitting high numbers of refugees is a poor decision that will only exacerbate economic challenges. proponents argue that immigration expands the u.s. economy and as for the cost of rebuilding the refugee admission program, the spokesperson says officials will consult with congress. they are also asked pushing for a special visas, and that will backlog thousands of those applicants.
>> bret: it rich edson at the state apartment, thank you. up next, the panels back to look at changes coming to immigration enforcement and we will talk about that. but first, beyond our borders tonight. north korean high crystal more than a hundred million dollars to improve north korea's nuclear ballistic missile programs in defiance of u.n. sanctions. united nations experts say that while the latest hack is significant, it is less than the 2 billion it stole in 2019. just this week a state department spokesperson said the biden administration is planning a new approach to north korea including a full review with allies on ongoing pressure options and a potential for any future diplomacy. the growing population of hippos is concerning some in columbia. the animals were illegally imported by drug kingpin pablo escobar and are now flourishing on the palace turned theme park. some scientists want to control the population because of the danger to humans in the areas of biodiversity. and a spacecraft from the united arab emirates is successfully entered the mars orbit in a
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musical medical >> the biden administration is going to place a moratorium on deportations, all deportations of murderers, d drug dealers who shouldn't be in our country to begin with aren't being deported. they further are proposing that they will ignore serious crimes like assault and dui when it comes to deportations. >> the priority for the enforcement of immigration law will be on those who are opposing on nationals security threat, public safety threat and on recent arrival. >> that doesn't leave i.c.e. a lot to do and yet we have 11 million or tens of millions of illegals here and they are inviting hundreds of thousands more who are rushing our border. >> bret: immigration and border issues becoming a big issue for house g.o.p. members. sending a letter to the biden administration thing is concerning that your administration sees the border security issues as political gain plus serious threat that
open borders. and endangering the lives of migrants and law enforcement officers at the hands of violent cartels that your administration has further empowered. we ask that you instruct secretary mayorkas to provide immediate briefings to all numbers of the u.s. house on the matter. these are from border republicans, most of them, 51 of them. we are back with our panel. what about this issue, it seems like it's gaining esteem with a change of dynamics down there on the border. >> i think the republican position, just out of curiosity and asking for a friend, what is the rationale behind they broke the law coming here and that broke the law while they were here, sometimes a serious one, to remain in the country. what's the rationale for someone who broke the law twice
remaining in the united states? just out of curiosity. >> well i can't answer that question, it doesn't seem right. remember barack obama was called the day porter in chief by a lot of immigration reform advocates and it joe biden wants to change the policies of the trump administration obviously. he wants to reverse them in many ways and he also wants to pass some kind of comprehensive immigration reform. he sent up the bill to congress that would include the strong border but also some kind of orderly process where some undocumented immigrants in this country who are law-abiding and meet certain criteria could be on the path to citizenship. that could also include the recipients of daca, those brought here by their pay gnomic parents when they were very young children. so how did they do that without creating this incredible crisis at the border where the new
attitude becomes a magnet for migrants from central america. and that's going to be the big challenge going forward. >> bret: on some of those immigration priorities republicans have suggested there is bipartisan compromise. and here is the president finding these executive orders and the father of a son who was killed. >> president biden: what i'm doing is taking on the issue that the last president of the united states issued executive orders and they are counterproductive to security and counterproductive to who we are as a country. >> my son was killed ten years
ago during the obama at the end biden administration and even though he was convicted they refused to deport him. this was a quote from u.s. eis, they would not deport him because he was not deported for one crime of moral turpitude. >> your thoughts? i was in the white house, and the system is totally broken and it's not going to be fixed by dueling executive orders when new presidents come in. so, i'm not -- i think the first step is not a comprehensive reform. that's the dreamers and the wall, and we need to do this legislatively. so we start off with the grandest planned that has some disagreement, find an area where you can get some republicans on
board and some democrats on board and start repairing it that way. i think there's a real danger that the effort now would say, let's do everything donald trump data such as those agreements with the latin american countries. i think we should be -- i would like a more open immigration system but i would like it orderly, and it needs to be done legislatively, but i wanted to be done by the american people and not by the stroke of a pen. >> bret: do you think that president biden is trying to make up for obama years, he got a lot of criticism in the primary about deportations and almost apologize for it and some debates. is this a result of that? >> that start with the dreamers. laura put her finger on it. law-abiding folks that have been here, the category that he was dealing with by definition are not law-abiding.
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