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News on The 700 Club: October 18, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," October 18: Trump: 'Worse than Watergate.' State Department part of Clinton email cover-up?, Military campaign for Mosul 'just the beginning,' and more. Read Transcript


It has been said, ladies and gentlemen, that whatever

the Clintons touch turns dirty.

They have corrupted, in my opinion, the FBI-- a formerly

honorable, wonderful service.

And the people who work there are appalled.

Do you realize a general-- a major general-- just

got convicted of leaking classified information?

Not even a fraction of what Hillary Clinton did.

But the WikiLeaks keep leaking, and the truth is out,

but are the American people paying any attention to it?

Well, this one that seems to have gotten everybody's

attention, where an agent says, OK, what I want you to do--

and this is an FBI guy is saying--

you take subpoenaed documents that are already

under subpoena, and I want you to change something

from the classification from top secret

to a lower classification.

And they said, in order to do that, what we'll

do to the FBI-- the State Department man said, well,

we'll give you a nice vacation-- a beach bungalow or something.

I mean, it's just unbelievable.

And they call it quid pro quo.

And in addition, we have irrefutable evidence.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yeah, more indications.

PAT ROBERTSON: More indications.

More indications that the media is

favoring Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.

Shocker, right?

Well, Heather Sells brings us that story.

HEATHER SELLS: FBI files released Monday

show, just last year, a top State Department official

trying to cover up a Benghazi email on Hillary Clinton's

private server.

It happened during the FBI investigation

into her email scandal.

Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy--

an ally of Hillary Clinton--s offered the FBI a quid pro quo

to change the email classification so that it

wouldn't be seen.

The FBI eventually said no, and the FBI and State Department

deny any deal.

The political fallout-- Republicans

say the Obama administration was working to protect Clinton.

This is worse than Watergate-- what's going on with this.

And what does she get out of it?

She gets to run for the presidency of the United

States.

Explain that.

Explain that.

HEATHER SELLS: Meanwhile, Donald Trump's wife Melania

is speaking out about the video tape from 2005,

where he made lewd comments about women.

She told CNN that her husband is not that kind a man.

He was led on-- like, egged on-- from the host

to say dirty and bad stuff.

HEATHER SELLS: And new charges against the media.

It turns out that the overwhelming majority

of donations from journalists have gone to Hillary Clinton.

Federal campaign finance filing show

working media have given $382,000 to Clinton--

and they gave just $14,000 to Trump.

A new WikiLeaks release also confirms concerns

about media collusion with the Democratic Party.

Glenn Thrush, a White House political correspondent

with the website Politico, emailed

Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta,

asking him to review a story before it was published,

saying, please don't share or tell anyone I did this.

The campaign media revelations are just the latest

in a year filled with them, and they come with just three weeks

until the election and one day until the final debate.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

You know, ladies and gentlemen, don't you get horrified?

I mean, you'd think the American people--

Rush Limbaugh calls them a driveby-- the people who

don't pay much attention.

But surely there's been so much that people--

they must be sickened.

They must say, we've got to have honesty in our system.

And to have a State Department man offering a bribe,

essentially, to an FBI agent and to change a classification

on a subpoenaed document-- for the average person, that

would be 20 years in the slammer-- big time.

There wouldn't be any question about it.

For Hillary, it's a pass.

They're not going to do it.

For Hillary people, they're not going to do it.

They lie and they collude and they withhold evidence.

And then you look back to Lois Lerner and her crowd

at the IRS-- finally, it looks like the IRS is changing things

under the pressure from organizations like the American

Center for Law and Justice.

And a federal judge has ordered the IRS to finally deal

with the applications for tax exempt status

from grassroots conservative groups.

That's just one more scandal.

John Jessup has that.

That's right, Pat.

The tax agency has been under investigation

for targeting conservative groups

and holding up their applications-- in some cases,

for years.

District Judge Reggie Walton has ruled

the IRS must make decisions on those outstanding applications

by November 11.

The American Center for Law and Justice

represents 38 groups suing the IRS.

Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow called the judge's order

a major victory, pointing out it will

be seven years this December since one of the ACLJ's clients

first submitted its application.

And another group has waited for 6 and 1/2 years.

Well, in Iraq, Kurdish forces paused today

in the new offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS.

Peshmerga forces needed additional time

to gain a stronger hold on nearby villages

they captured Monday.

The pause comes one day after intense fighting,

involving airstrikes, heavy artillery, and ISIS car bombs.

As Chris Mitchell reports, the military campaign against ISIS

is just the start of a much larger battle over control

of Iraq's second largest city.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The sounds of battle surrounded Mosul,

as Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched

their push into the city.

Kurdish fighters-- seen here-- have

captured at least seven villages just outside Mosul.

The Kurdish Peshmerga seem eager to help free the city.

CHRIS MITCHELL: The enemy has clearly

shown it's ready to die.

This ISIS suicide bomber blew himself

up after driving into this Iraqi tank.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces are receiving help

from the 101st Airborne and US airstrikes.

US commanders pledge a difficult, but successful

conflict.

This may prove to be a long and tough battle,

but the Iraqis have prepared for it and we will stand by them.

The Iraqi Security Forces and the coalition

are not only fighting for the future of Iraq,

we are fighting to ensure the security of all of our nations.

CHRIS MITCHELL: But the various forces trying to capture Mosul

hold different agendas.

That wrinkle raises the question,

who controls Mosul when the battle is over?

That's a good question.

That is the question-- what happens

after the fall of Mosul?

CHRIS MITCHELL: Retired US Colonel Richard Naab

told CBN News the military campaign is just the beginning.

The critical part is afterwards.

You can take Mosul militarily, and I

think that's the easier piece in my view.

It's the part about the political solutions afterwards

that need to be meaningful.

CHRIS MITCHELL: While the future of Mosul remains unclear,

the ISIS dream of a caliphate is crumbling.

Their recent loss of the symbolic town of Dabiq

means ISIS needs a new storyline.

According to Islamic prophecy, Dabiq

was to be the site of an end-time battle.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

Thanks, Chris.

Pat, some major setbacks for ISIS.

Well, it's about time.

They only have a few thousand people all together,

and they have probably a few hundred left in Mosul.

They've bugged out of that city some months ago,

and they're locating back into Syria.

What we're concerned about, though-- if the government

of Iraq takes over Mosul, what that will be conceived as

is a victory for Iran, because these people are primarily

Shias.

And now you've got the Shia-Sunni conflict

all going on, and it hasn't been resolved at all.

And my solution, frankly, ladies and gentlemen--

I know it doesn't comport with United States policy--

but I really think Iraq should be taken apart according

to the various interests.

There's one group-- the wonderful Kurds,

they deserve a country.

The Sunnis deserve an enclave that is theirs

and the Shias deserve whatever they ought to have.

And I think that Iraq, as it stands now,

is a creature probably of the Brits--

probably something Winston Churchill put together

when he was home secretary, and I think it's time

to let it come apart.

The same thing with Syria-- that was a creature of the French.

And right now, we've got the Alawites--

maybe 15% of the total population

controlling the rest of it.

And you've got bitter fighting with the Shias

and you've got bitter fighting with the Sunnis.

And now the Russians have come in.

We have allowed Russia to have a major presence in the Middle

East, which they didn't have before.

That is the legacy of Barack Obama.

That's where it came from.

And we are going to bear the consequence.

As they talk now-- actually, they

talked about thermonuclear war-- if you could imagine

anything as horrible as that.

And the Russians are rattling sabers and saying,

we want to force you to do this, that, and the other.

Well, John has more on that.

John.

That's right, Pat.

As you just mentioned with Syria,

government officials in Moscow say

Russia and Syria will stop airstrikes

on the city of Aleppo.

Russian forces and the Syrian army

plan to observe what's being called a humanitarian pause

for eight hours this Thursday.

At that time, Syrian rebels, including Al Qaeda militants,

as well as the sick and the wounded,

will be allowed to leave.

And as George Thomas reports, this

serves as a reminder of Russia's growing

influence in the region in just the last couple of years.

GEORGE THOMAS: The mayor of Aleppo

says what's happening to his besieged city is a holocaust.

INTERPRETER: We live a daily holocaust in Aleppo.

Aleppo is burning every day.

GEORGE THOMAS: Nearly 400 people, mainly civilians,

have died in Aleppo since Syrian government forces-- backed

by Russian warplanes-- launched an all-out offensive to retake

control of the city last month.

The US has accused both countries

of committing war crimes.

But Russia's president shot back,

insisting his forces are targeting

Al Qaeda linked militants who are using civilians

as human shields.

INTERPRETER: Unfortunately, whenever

military operations take place, innocent people suffer and die.

But we cannot allow terrorists to hide among civilians.

We cannot allow them to blackmail the entire world when

they take hostages, kill, or behead people.

GEORGE THOMAS: The UN is now warning

that if the bombardment doesn't stop,

Aleppo will completely be destroyed by Christmas.

INTERPRETER: So the appeal I want to launch

is-- let's stop this massacre.

Let's save the population of Aleppo.

It's never too late to make peace.

GEORGE THOMAS: Meanwhile, Russia's military influence

in Syria just got stronger.

The Kremlin approved a deal that keeps

its forces in the war-torn country indefinitely.

INTERPRETER: Ratification of the agreement

is in the key interest of Russia,

which is fighting against international terrorism.

GEORGE THOMAS: Russia's brutal air campaign

has reversed the tide of war, allowing

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad's forces

to regain lost territory.

Moscow claims the goal has always

been about helping the Syrian army fight

against radical Islamic forces.

The Kremlin has long insisted that it

has wanted to avoid a Libya-like scenario taking place in Syria,

where the government was overthrown--

and that allowed elements of the Islamic State

to gain a foothold.

But while Russia says it's fighting Islamic terrorism,

Moscow's dominance in the Middle East is on the rise.

Two years ago, Russia barely had a military presence

in the region.

Now experts say its fighter jets and missiles

are flying over Syrian, Iranian, and Iraqi air space.

George Thomas, CBN News, Moscow.

Thanks, George.

Well, here at home, Hurricane Matthew

was the first major hurricane to hit America

in a decade-- and left in its wake billions

of dollars in damages.

As Andrew Knox reports, Operation Blessing

is offering much needed help as people rebuild.

ANDREW KNOX: As clean up from Hurricane Matthew

continues in the hard-hit communities of Fayetteville,

North Carolina, Susan Johnson struggles

to put her life back together after the terrifying ordeal.

I was very frightened.

I started to panic and my husband

was trying to calm me down, because by that time

I thought we should have gone to the evacuation center,

but it was too late.

ANDREW KNOX: Just to give you an idea of the power of Hurricane

Matthew in this community-- behind the Johnsons' house

is this creek, which is at least 20 feet below me.

But the water level easily would rise over my head

where I'm standing right now-- up these patio steps.

The Johnsons' home is 25 feet to my right.

The waterline on their home after the storm

was four feet high.

SUSAN JOHNSON: We just totally did not

expect that-- to be sitting in your house at night and water

coming up-- from the floor up.

The damage left by the flood waters was overwhelming.

My husband and I were turning in circles, basically.

We didn't know what to do.

We didn't know what to do next.

And I turned my head, and these two come walking up

and they tell me who they're from.

And I just told them, I said, it's just a blessing

because I watch Pat Robertson every day and pray with him

and I see Operation Blessing.

JODY GETTYS: So when I heard Susan's story--

she's legally blind.

Her and her husband are older.

They're by themselves.

They need people to come help her.

And so when I heard that, we had to send some volunteers

over this way.

ANDREW KNOX: Operation Blessing was

able to help the Johnsons begin the long road to recovery.

The Lord is good.

He always provides.

He has a plan.

I know there's a plan in this.

This just means the world to me.

And Pat, people like the Johnsons and many others

will need help for quite some time.

Well, it's a thrill to me that we can help people like that.

I didn't know that dear lady, but God bless her.

And the fact that she is one of our viewers

and that we were then able to have relief

coming to her home-- we do what we can.

And there are a lot of problems in our world,

and we're there to help where we can.

So if you want to participate-- you never

know what life you may save.

And the address is easy to remember-- Operation Blessing.

And the number to call is-- that's toll-free.

It's 1-800-700-7000.

Or you could log on to cbn.com and Disaster Relief.

There's so many things we're doing.

So if you want to help, we're doing it.

But folks, this world is in chaos.

And we need the prayer of God's people like never before.

We need prayer for this nation.

There's no question about it.

God is doing something.

The Spirit of the Lord is moving upon this world,

but it's right now going through a period of chaos.

And the principal arbiter of the difficulties in our world

has been the United States of America.

But now we are in the hands of people who

don't think that's important.

Well, I do.

And I know many of you do as well.

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