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pulling my shirt over my head and returning and stealing said package. brilliant move. nobody will ever know. >> dana: that's it for us. "special report" is up next. hey, bret. >> hey, dana. the competition for "one more thing" is intense. good to see you guys. good evening. i'm bret baier. breaking tonight, president trump says he will release his plan for police reform tomorrow, and that it will be about law and order, justice and safety. it comes as another white police officer is involved in the death of an african-american man. tensions are high tonight in atlanta where protesters burned a restaurant and blocked traffic on a major interstate highway over the weekend. we have fox team coverage. steve harrigan is in atlanta showing us what's happening along with the video of him the story behind friday shooting. jonathan hunt in seattle are protesters who taken over part of that city are calling for
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police reform. we begin with chief white house correspondent john roberts live tonight on the north lawn. >> good evening. we just finished a briefing on the president's new executive order that will be coming out tomorrow. we were told the president is working with law enforcement, faith leaders and the families of people killed by police. the strategy uses incentives to certify police agencies in the appropriate use and best practices in the use of force, information sharing and creates new coal responder programs. >> thank you very much. >> president trump will offer his contribution t to the natiol debate over policing with an executive order that addresses the use of force and how to improve opportunity in communities across america. >> the overall goal is law and order. we want it done fairly, justly, we wanted done safely. we want line order. it's about law and order but it's about justice also. >> the president also weighing in today on the weekend shooting
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of rayshard brooks in atlanta, saying he thought it was very disturbing. >> i thought it was a terrible situation. i studied it closely. >> one of the president's chief advisors, jeron smith, saying he hopes this executive order will be the glue to bring police and communities together. >> things like coal responder's. corespondent would allow for police to do their job but bring in social workers and experts that deal with mental health and deal with issues such as drug addiction or homelessness. >> president trump said if local and state officials don't do something about it, he will. he gave no timeline today on when he might act but warned he is poised to do it. >> if they don't do the job, we will do the job. about ten different things. any one of which will solve the problem quickly. >> the problem with what happened in seattle as it spreads and all of a sudden they will say let's do some other
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city. >> the president also took aim at his former national security advisor, john bolton, whose book "the room where it happen" is said to be released next week. the attorney general saint bolton has not yet gone through the appropriate clearance process. >> we don't believe bolton went through that process, hasn't completed the process. >> if he wrote a book in the book gets out, he has broken the law and i would think that he would have criminal problems. i hope so. >> in a cabinet room meeting on protecting seniors from financial scams and coronavirus, the president's team saying despite some hot spots overall coronavirus cases and deaths continued to decline in the united states. the president defended his decision to restart campaign rallies this saturday in tulsa, oklahoma, despite calls from local health officials to delay it. >> oklahoma has done very well. i spoke to the governor. he's very excited. we are going to have a great time and we are going to talk about our nation, where we are going and where we've come from. >> president trump redacted that
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between his executive order legislation being developed in the house and senate there will be a comprehensive approach to police reform debate continues to be a split on this issue of so-called qualified immunity for police. today the supreme court announced that it refused to hear petitions to review qualified immunity. justice thomas dissenting from that decision, saying he believes that the idea of qualified immunity is outside the bounds of established law. bret. >> bret: john, thank you. more on the supreme court rulings in a bit. thousands of people came out in atlanta for protests over weekend demonstrations following another fatal shooting of an african-american man by a white police officer. the circumstances behind this incident and what authorities are saying about it now. correspondent steve harrigan has all of it. >> [sobbing]
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>> an emotionally charged press conference. >> no one walking this green earth is fixing to be shot and killed like trash in the street for falling asleep in a drive through. >> brooks had fallen asleep at a wendy's in atlanta. police were called at 10:30 p.m. >> i had my daughters. >> he talked calmly with the police for more than 20 minutes until they intended to handcuff him after he failed the sobriety test. brooks grabbed one of the officers tasers and had turned to fire before continuing to flee. the medical examiner report ruled brooks' death a homicide, finding he died as a result of two shots to the back. >> is going to be a long time before this family heals. >> he left behind a wife and four children. his wife asked protesters to remain peaceful. >> we want to keep his name positive. >> thousands marched in the state capital demanding new laws to regulate police conduct
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including the coach of the atlanta hawks. >> i was born a black man. i know one day i'll die a black man but i don't want to die because i'm a black man. >> following a weekend of protest that included the torching of the wendy's where the shooting happened. >> burning down buildings will not get us change in this city because if anything, it's going to erase the message. >> the police chief also resigned. the officer who fired the fatal shots has been fired and the other officer placed on administrative duty. >> it -- it makes me sad and i'm frustrated. >> the mayor has issued a series of orders. the d.a. has said he expects a decision by wednesday on whether or not the officer who fired the shots will face charges. bret, back to you.
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>> bret: steve harrigan live in atlanta. the new york police department is abolishing its 600 me 600 mer anti-crime unit. the police commissioner said it's closing one of the last chapters of stop and frisk. the push for police reform extends to seattle where protesters occupy several blocks downtown. chief correspondent jonathan hunt reports from seattle. >> the message of police reform and dismantling systemic racism remains the same but now a new name for an area occupied by hundreds of protesters in seattle. several blocks near the city's east police precinct now being called chop. capitol hill occupied protest. the police chief says talks with the group are ongoing and some business owners are hoping for a quick and peaceful ending. >> you don't want anyone there to be harmed. we don't want this to be something that devolves into a
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force situation. we are trying to take a methodical, practical approach to reach a resolution everybody gets out of here safely. >> we are on borrowed time i believe i don't have to come up with a solution quickly. >> across the country, the push for police reform continues to grow. >> what i would like is for all police around america to get their jobs and do them the right way, the correct way. innocent people shouldn't have to die. you can do your job and still maintain respect for others. >> there's also pushback from officers. in minneapolis at least seven have quit, and others are in the process of resigning saying they lacked support in the wake of george floyd's death and the protests that followed. in new york, the governor announcing that officers must now report within hours if they fire weapon, as well as provide the race and ethnicity of those arrested. speak with the major reform that
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we are going through new york, that's going to be the first in the nation and i think really show people across this country how to change the system. >> seattle's police chief says whatever reforms happen, policing will look different. >> this is a pivotal moment in history. we are going to move in a different direction and it will never be the same as it was before. >> president trump this afternoon described the protesters as largely violent people. there have indeed been a handful of violent incidents here over the past 72 hours but the fact on the ground is that this is at the moment an overwhelmingly peaceful protest. bret. >> bret: jonathan hunt on the ground just outside the autonomous zone. thanks. officials in palmdale, california, promising a thorough investigation into the death of a black man found hanging from a
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tree. the coroner's office initially said 24-year-old robert fuller appeared to have died by suicide. that prompted an outcry by his family and community members who called for an independent inquiry and autopsy. china is reporting almost 15 new cases of coronavirus amid new restrictions in beijing. here at home in the u.s., there are growing concerns tonight about a possible resurgence in coronavirus cases in this country, even as testing increases. about half the states are seeing increases in infections and more hospitalizations, as testing increases as well. correspondent casey stegall has a wrap up tonight. >> according to new data released by john hopkins university, at least 24 states are now seeing a rising trend of new covid-19 cases. while coronavirus hospitalizations have reached an all-time high in places like texas, arkansas. >> the numbers of people who are ill have gone up. the number of people diagnosed
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have gone up. the percentage of people who do the tests have gone up. the people in hospitals of ghana. >> though state governors maintain there are still plenty of beds to handle the surge for now. while officials at one of the largest hospital systems in arizona say they could face an icu beds shortage if the cases keep trending up. in florida, as more beaches continue to open, the sunshine state saw its second straight day of more than 2,000 new cases while in new york the once epicenter of the outbreak, cases remain on the decline. governor cuomo now threatening to roll back some of the reopening after 25,000 complaints have been reported of business is not abiding by the proper protocols. >> people should follow the guidelines, because the guidelines have been working. >> in utah, oregon, and tennessee some local leaders and governors fear they are not working, following recent surges in those states. there are also fears that the mass protests have also
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contributed to the uptick in numbers. however, leading epidemiolog eps also say that virus has so many variables. >> we are at one of those moments when we have to understand what is actually happening. how much does the virus driving itself? >> in china, new restrictions were implemented in the capital of beijing after a fresh cluster of cases broke out from a food market about three days ago. the fda revoked the emergency youth officer there's asian for the drugs saying they are not effective in treating coronavirus, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. >> bret: thank you. after big losses early, more than 750 points, an announcement by the federal reserve that it will begin buying corporate bonds sent the dow screaming back, finishes it ahead 158. s&p 500 gained 25 and the nasdaq
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jumped. wild ride on the markets lately. tonight we examined the american dream in a most unsettling year. small businessman in washington, d.c., he opened his own butcher shop after years of saving for just that. but the twin obstacles of the coronavirus and then the george floyd protests in georgetown where that shop is located are actually threatening that dream. correspondent doug mckelway shows us. >> after years of dreaming of owning his own business, years of long hours at apprenticeships and high-end gourmet shops, when he opened the georgetown butcher on march 9, as covid-19 began taking its toll. >> imagining the shutdown, it was a nightmare. what happened was that dream come true to open up for business and then the shutdown coming, i had to rally the employees together and i just took it one day at a time.
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>> then came the riots. small business is two blocks away were looted, windows smashed. many remain boarded up today. not the georgetown butcher. it still here holding steady. >> i just let it go with faith. i walk with a lot of faith. i never thought one time that the looters was going to come to the store. >> there is some luck involved. the shops on a side street off the beaten path and some fears of social distancing at larger nearby groceries may have drawn some customers to the more intimate setting. >> this is the only place we came and we got beautiful food, exquisite meat, high quality organic grass finished. lovely vegetables, terrific service. >> his original investors helped carry him through confident that their can-do spirit and engaging personality in the face of the crises are recipes for success. >> home stick to my motto. come together and work together.
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we can eliminate problems. by my working environment. we have problems every day and we tackle the smallest problems like the biggest problems. >> when dell's first goal is to keep the georgetown butcher sustainable. the second goal is to double its size by adding 1,000 square feet and the third goal, to expand branches across the city. bret, i wouldn't bet against h him. >> bret: that is resilience. i think i'm going there soon. thank you. up next, outcry from his family and the administration after an american man is sentenced to 16 years in a russian labor camp or will bring you that story. first years and some of our fox affiliate from the country are coming tonight. fox 11 los angeles, academy motion picture are since isis postpones next spring's academy awards. the oscars.
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fox 5 in new york, nearly 42,00f are recalled over concerns about e. coli. the agriculture department says the meat was shipped to retail locations nationwide. no illnesses have been reported as of yet. this is a live look at chicago from our affiliate fox 32. one of the big stories there, the international governing body for soccer is appealing what it calls tolerance, mutual respect and common sense. the statement comes as president trump denounced the enrollment of a policy requiring soccer players to stand during the national anthem. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. stock slices.
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♪ >> bret: a major ruling tonight by the u.s. supreme court affecting gay rights. justices decided a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. a key provision of the civil rights act of 1964 barn job description because of sex
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encompasses lgbt workers. president trump was asked about it this afternoon. >> i read the decision and some people were surprised but they have ruled and we live with their decision. that's what it's all about. >> >> bret: the aclu called today's ruling a huge victory but said its work is not done. justices also passed up several challenges to state or federal gun control laws. gun rights advocates has helped the core would expand the constitutional right to keep and bear arms beyond the home but they left in place restrictions on the right to carry weapons in public in maryland, massachusetts, and new jersey. tonight a onetime u.s. marine is facing 16 years in a russian labor camp. paul whelan a sentence today and a decision that has sparked outrage here at home. national security correspondent jennifer griffin as the latest from the pentagon. good evening, jennifer. >> good evening.
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a moscow court sentenced paul whelan who once served as a u.s. marine reservist to 16 years of hard labor in a russian prison camp. during his sentencing today, whelan stood in a plexiglas blocks holding up a handwritten note reading "sham trial" and asking president trump to take decisive action. secretary of state mike pompeo demanded his immediate release. "the united states is outraged by the decision of a russian court today to convict a u.s. citizen paul whelan after a secret trial will with secret evidence and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses." >> it's a mockery of justice at least by american standards. by my standards as a lawyer trained in the united states. >> whelan travel to russia to attend a friend's wedding and was arrested in december of 2018 in moscow after another friend met him and handed him a usb flash drive that allegedly contained classified information. his twin brother said it was a set up by a russian agent
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working for the fsp, the modern kgb. >> i think it was his friend who was a russian fsb officer who thought he could get promotion by selling out a friend and who entrapped paul for his own benefit. speak with the russian government has floated the idea of a prisoner swap for two russians. a notorious arms dealer known as the merchant of death and a russian pilot convicted for smuggling cocaine. >> the difficulty rate is that paul is a tourist, not a spy and you don't want to encourage states like russia or iran or egypt to engage in hostage diplomacy. when you have a spy exchange or have spies on both sides but now you have a fake spy on one side you have arms dealers on the other and it just doesn't work. >> the verdict comes 11 days after iran released a navy veteran. around the same time the u.s.
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released to iranians. >> bret: jennifer griffin at the pentagon. thank you. up next, the joe biden campaign and getting a lot of attention that uses a trump ally's voice. beyond our borders tonight. u.s. air force confirms the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed in the north sea off the course of northern england has been found dead. the pilot's identity has not been released. the plane was part of the 40th fighter wing based in england. south korea's president calls on north korea to return to talk saying the arrivals must not reverse the piece deals reached during the 2018 summits. friday, north korea threatened to destroy an inter-korean liaison office in the north and take unspecified military steps against south korea. japan's defense ministry is stopping unpopular plans to deploy two costly land-based u.s. missile defense systems aimed at bolstering the
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country's capability against threats from north korea. the defense chief says he made the call after the safety of one of the two planned host communities could not be insured without a hardware redesign. that would be too time-consuming and too costly. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we'll be right back. so as you head back out on the road, we'll be doing what we do best. providing some calm in your day. with virtual, real-time tours of our vehicles as well as remote purchasing. for a little help, on and off the road. now when you buy or lease a new lincoln, we'll make up to 3 payments on your behalf.
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2020 report, the momentum is building for joe biden. he is leading president trump and recent polls while raising big money. his ads are getting attention. peter doocy has the story. >> joe biden will be joined on a high dollar donor call by a former rival who campaigned against high dollar donor calls, elizabeth warren. >> i don't do special call tim times. i don't sell access to my time. >> the biden campaign says they raked in more than $80 million in may. "now we are making huge dance in donald trump's war chest." sunday was the trump reelection team's biggest fund-raising day ever. $14 million. campaign manager brad parscale tells fox president trump's supporters would run through a brick wall to vote for him. nobody is running through brick wall for joe biden.
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this code is an outside group was hoping to help biden. >> you know how you make america great again? tell donald trump to go to hell. if you can't admire joe biden as a person, you've got a problem. >> biden's visit to a swing state was virtual. >> you know better than i do that nevada is an important battleground state. >> events like that are working for biden. he's leading trump by seven points nationally and a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll. >> i think if it ain't broke, don't leave the basement. it's not like he's being lazy. it's not like he doesn't want to meet people. he's being prudent, following the advice of medical professionals, public health officials. >> the nbc news "wall street journal" poll finds that trump has higher negatives than biden but at this point in the cycle and found trump had higher negatives than hillary clinton and he still won. bret. >> bret: peter, thank you.
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president trump says he's committed to protecting seniors from fraud and the coronavirus. the president holding a roundtable event today callin cd fighting for america's seniors on world elder abuse awareness day. >> my administration will never waver in our relentless commitment to keep america's seniors safe. we have to keep the seniors sa safe. this is a very perilous time. >> bret: the justice department is warning a total million dollar grant for identifying and admitting law enforcement methods to fight elder fraud. the george floyd killing and subsequent outrage and renewing the battle -- are renewing the battle over confederate symbols and statues and names is really a cultural battle going on. correspondent david spunt reports from alexandria, virginia. >> confederate statues across the country are leaving the
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coaches were many arrested for more than a century. for some baseball history, for others, hate. >> that people that are still living here but it's respectful to this country and what democracy stands for. >> crews removed the jefferson davis statue inside the kentucky state capitol. the last week protesters toppled the statue of confederate general williams carter wickham in richmond, virginia. >> we can't erase all of our history. if we don't learn from the past, we can't move forward. >> calls for removal are reading through the halls of the u.s. capitol were 11 controversial statues remain standing. removing a statue is up to the states unless congress passes a new law. >> if you put statue here in 1880 it's very likely that somebody has come along since 1880 that is more significant than one of the two people you chose. >> the fight extends beyond the pieces of stone. nascar bands confederate flags
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at races. a part-time driver quit over the move. bubba wallace welcomed it. >> a lot of backlash but it creates and allows the community to come together as one and that's what the real mission is so i'm excited. >> military bases with confederate names are also under the microscope. >> it might be time to retire the name of fort a.p. hill or fort lee and others and ruininge them. >> others believe you can't learn from history if you forget it. >> to try to hide that history is probably not a smart move. smart people, wise people use their history in order to improve. >> behind me as an empty pedestal in alexandria, virginia. two weeks ago officials removed a statue called appomattox, honoring confederate soldiers. >> bret: david, thank you. president trump defends his upcoming rally in oklahoma against concerns over the coronavirus prayer where army
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♪ >> i can tell you on covid or coronavirus or whatever you want to call it, plenty of names. tremendous progress is being made. we stopped testing right now we have very few cases if any. >> we've gotten better on testing so that explains a little bit within the increases we are seeing increases in hospitalizations and that's the real concern. >> the president is disinclined to shut down the economy as is the vice president. >> i agree with mr. codd low in the white house that we don't want to shut down again. the question isn't do we want to shut down. the question is can we get control of the virus. >> bret: that is the question. here we go again. focusing on covid because cases are increasing. there is more testing nationwide but if you look the numbers here
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in the u.s., 2.1 million cases. 116,000 deaths. globally you're at 7.9, almost 8 million cases. 434,000 deaths. the president meantime looking at the disparity in coverage and tweeting "the far left fake news medial which had no covid problem with the rioters and looters destroying democrat run cities is trying to covid shame us on our big rallies. won't work." they are moving forward with the rally in tulsa, oklahoma. fox news senior political analyst brit hume. mara liasson, national political correspondent at national public radio. chris stirewalt, politics editor here at fox news. brit, we are seeing an increase in cases. we always point out there's more testing. the president pointed that out but the experts are concerned about a resurgence of covid.
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>> if some experts are concerned and we are seeing increases in some places and others the decline continues, the larger question is was touched on by the sound bites, what we do about the cases that are turning up now, some as a result of cases being discovered by testing. some new infections. whether we are going to go back to lock down in some places. i don't think there's any appetite for politically and unless we knew more about who was being infected at how seriously and whether they are going to recover, you can't really make a case for resuming lockdowns in places where they've been eased. i don't think it makes any sense at all. >> bret: yeah, i mean, to your point, brit, the university of washington and they have adjusted their predictions and expectations. they are now projecting 201,000 deaths by october. that is an increase of 18%. we have tracked this throughout.
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>> well, the university of washington model has been off time and time and time again. it's something of a modern miracle that all of us seem to be paying so much attention to it. it's just a computer projection. these have been wildly off. what they say now i don't think counts for anything. >> bret: mara, what about what the president talks about, the disparity in coverage not really a big problem with all the protests of the hill -- the health experts weighing in. >> health experts will say that going out in a big crowd is a bad idea whether you are protesting or you are going to a trump rally. but trump is going ahead with the rally. he clearly has taken some precautions. i think some people are going to be tested for temperature. they have to sign a waiver that if they get sick after they go to it, they get covid, they are not going to sue the trump campaign.
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this is a tricky problem. what brit said is right. if you test a lot of people, the numbers are going to go up. the president kind of doesn't like that. on the other hand if you test a lot of people, then you can tell people who have symptoms to stay home and the other ones are finally going to work and have a better handle on the problem in general. >> bret: is the president right to point out the disparity in coverage? nbc had these tweets within an hour, one was a protest where it noted how many people were there and the other was a tweet about the dire warnings about the trump rally to come. within one hour of each other. we are focused on the facts of where the coronavirus is but clearly there's a different level in coverage. >> he can complain about it or he can complain about the weather or he can complain about anything else he can't change. it's not like nbc news tomorrow is going to wake up and say donald trump is on the ball. we really like this guy. the question is as we look at
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saturday's rally, can they executed it in a way that's reassuring and competent? competency is what matters. they are going to hand out masks. will people wear the masks? no public health official would say jamming 18,000 people and in the closed spaces a good idea so they are already taking a chance. can they executed in a way that looks competent and reasonable and responsible as would be fit somebody seeking a second term in office? >> one thing the president can do -- i'm sorry, one thing i was going to say the smartest thing the president could do is move his railing outside. when all the protesters were outside in huge numbers and a lot of the sinkable to complain about the coronavirus fell silent. as far as for the race, biden is ahead. he's been ahead. he is likely to remain head for a while. doesn't mean that when it gets down to it he will win but in my view he's certainly ahead. how big of a margin. some polls say double digits.
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we will wait to see if that's duplicated in the next round of polling. >> bret: we have said, we are still a long way out. i want to turn topics and this is the president on john bolton's upcoming book. mara, i wanted to get you to react to what he. >> he was advised very strongly not to write it until it's cleared and he couldn't wait and we'll see what happens but i think he's got -- i would imagine he has, like when you do classified, that to me is a very strong criminal problem. he knows he's got classified information. any conversation with me is classified. it becomes even worse if he lies about conversation. which i understand he might have in some cases. we'll see what happens. >> you know -- >> bret: obviously the white house seems like it's still going to fight it. >> there going to fight it.
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bolton's lawyer is adamant there is no classified information in it, that he followed all the procedures, that he presents of the books for review at the national security council starting in december. there's going to be a big fight about it but they are determined to go forward. there's been a lot of books written by former trump officials. none of them as high-ranking as john bolton and none of them as we understand it to be potentially negative. >> bret: chris, but he did not testify during the impeachment proceedings or anywhere around there and now it is book time. >> maybe bolton will get really lucky and they will try to put them in jail and he can sell a million more books. when you have a tell-all, when you have one of these kiss and tell numbers that come out, they want maximum controversy. i've no idea what's in bolton's book but the white house and president are sure doing a good job helping him sell copies right now. >> bret: next up, the
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nationwide effort at police reform. brit, i'll come back to you after a quick break. until i almost lost my life. my doctors again ordered me to take aspirin, and i do. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. listen to the doctor. take it seriously.
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♪ >> today only 40% of law enforcement departments are providing information to the
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doj. we need 100% as it relates to serious bodily injury and death. when the officer uses force, we need to have all the information. the second thing we have to do is look at training and tactics. if we do that, we can certainly de-escalate the situation and make sure that the officer and the suspect go home. the third part is officer misconduct. >> bret: senator tim scott, republican from south carolina not talking about police reform. what's possible as far as legislation. back with the panel. brit, i so rudely cut you off at the commercializin commercial ag to comment about john bolton and his book. >> i don't think you and i ever foresaw the day when john bolton would be a hero to the american left with all kinds of democratic politicians and others rooting for his book to come out and hoping that it sells well because he, for a long time, as you know was one of the most hated foreign policy thinkers in the country and the
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american left so who knew we'd ever come to this day are many others like it? >> bret: that's right. mara, what is possible, bipartisan, possible on police reform that you think could get across to the finish line? >> we are at an extraordinary moment. there is a bipartisan consensus that some kind of police reform needs to happen. exactly what can get to the president's desk, i think the kind of things we hear the president is going to put in his executive order tomorrow, funding incentives for police department's to do certain things. more training, more social workers, things that you just heard tim scott say. those kind of things are the low-hanging fruit and those might be something that can get through congress. >> bret: you know, chris, the democrats are pushing back against this defund the police, saying the majority of democrats don't really want to defund police units across the country
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but that was displayed over the weekend. here is jim clyburn and representative omar. >> nobody is going to defund the police. the fact of the matter is the police have a role to play. >> you can't really reform department that is rotten to the root. the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore. >> bret: how big is the rift? >> i mean, it's real and there's no doubt about it. if you look at races where alexandria ocasio-cortez's backing challenges for members of the democratic leadership and this goes on apace. but i think that the far left here has overplayed his hand considerably, much like green new deal are much like medicare for all, whatever, what have you. once you put it out there and
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you set the standard for acquiescence so high you give the democratic establishment and easy way out and guys like jim clyburn and joe biden just aren't coming with you and your letting them off the hook. >> bret: brit, isn't seattle an example of that? the police chief, the mayor saying we don't know how long it's going to last. we're going to let it go. the mayor said it could be a summer of love. doesn't it give a little bit of ammo to republicans pushing back about it? >> yeah and it's hard for me to believe that as people around the country who are not so deeply enmeshed in their own partisan looking at what's happening seattle and not outraged by it. a group of people taking over part of the city and run off the police department. it doesn't compute with very many people. make no mistake, bret. we have had over the past 40 or 50 years an extraordinary amount of police reform in the country. the police departments today are vastly more professional and well-trained than they ever used to be untrained in the arts of
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subtly managing dangerous situations. we have very few cases of the kind that set off the trouble that we are seeing in seattle, minneapolis and atlanta. we just haven't had that many. on top of that, look up the stereotyping going on. you have a relatively small number of these policemen involved shootings for uc apparently an innocent victim killed. you hear ilhan omar and many others like her saying that the police departments are rotten to the root. it's not true. i think people sense it. it's a dangerous issue in my opinion for the american left and the democratic party. >> bret: mara, is it a concern for democrats, police unions, law enforcement supporting groups, that sort of thing? >> yeah, i mean, look. i think right away as you pointed out, jim clyburn, joe biden pushing back through george floyd's brother even, no, we do not want to defund the police. we want to reform the police. there might be some police department that have serious
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problems. maybe minneapolis is one of them. i don't know. but across the board, no. it's not something that the democratic party wants to be associated with. >> bret: all right, panel. thank you very much. when we come back, the brighter side of things. some good news. indistinct talking on tv ] hey. you fell asleep with your sign again. "you fell asleep with your sign again." no, i didn't. okay. switch to progressive and you can save hundreds. you know, like the sign says.
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♪ >> bret: finally tonight the brighter side, love wins. for marvin anna lewis, 67th anniversary. their family arranged a special serenade in their home in california. when 15 was 15 years old, she was to play the violin and orchestra. marvin would take her to practices and listen with the audience. the family set that up. she was obviously touched. joyce and her husband, don married for 67 years. joyce tested positive for the
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coronavirus in may and the couple for us to be a part for the first time when she finally was released from the covid-19 unit at hoover and living in indianapolis five weeks later, don was there waiting with flowers. thanks for inviting us into your home. that is it for the special report, fair, balanced and unafraid. martha with "the story" starts now, love wins. >> martha: not a dry eye in the house after that. good evening, everybody on martha maccallum and tonight this is "the story" live from new york city. as americans get back to work and business reopen around the country, president trump intends to get back to the business of campaigning and for him come of course that means large rallies. the first one will be scheduled for this saturday in tulsa, oklahoma. despite the fact there are cases rising in 21 states in the country. the trump team says it demands that it is high. tweeting today o

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