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News on The 700 Club: February 15, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," February 15: The role the intelligence community played in Flynn's downfall; Energy, mining companies celebrate repeal of Dodd-Frank rule, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to the "700 Club."

The top story, of course, is that Michael Flynn,

the National Security Advisor to the President is out.

But the question is, who leaked?

Who is it that is a holdover from the Obama administration

that is trying to destroy President Trump and his aides?

That's the story.

And we're going to try to find out what it is that's going on,

and what the penalties for doing what they're doing are.

Here's Wendy.

All of that is happening as President Trump is meeting

with an extremely important American ally, Israeli Prime

Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Gary Lane has the story.

GARY LANE (VOICEOVER): Michael Flynn's

controversial communication with the Russian ambassador

to the US occurred before he and President Trump took office.

The President reportedly knew about the phone conversation

for nearly three weeks.

Democrats are demanding an investigation.

But Republicans suggest any investigation must also

ask the question, what did President Obama know,

and when did he know it.

That's because FBI monitoring of Flynn's private communications

required permission from someone,

either the President at the time, Barack Obama,

or a warrant issued by a federal judge.

On Capitol Hill, frequent Trump critic Senator John McCain

expressed concern.

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: Obviously, there's

an administration that is in significant disarray

as far as national security is concerned.

GARY LANE (VOICEOVER): But the White House

insists the only threat to the nation's security

may be coming from leaks of sensitive or classified

information.

Flynn's resignation was not only a matter of the President's

inability to trust the word of his National Security Advisor

but also his inability to trust the intelligence community.

In the case of Flynn, the President

wants to know who provided the information to the "Washington

Post"?

Was it an Obama holdover in the intelligence community

acting politically to damage the new President

and his administration?

Meanwhile, at the White House today,

foreign security threats will top the agenda

for both the United States and Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister meets with President Trump

to discuss Iran, Syria, and the Palestinians.

The meeting between longtime friends

will be the first since Trump became President.

For the past eight years, relations with Israel

have been turbulent at times, even though President Obama

said Israel could trust him.

FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA: When the chips are down,

I have Israel's back.

GARY LANE (VOICEOVER): Despite Obama's words of support,

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation

for the Defense of Democracies told CBN's John Jessup,

relations between President Obama

and Prime Minister Netanyahu were terrible.

JONATHAN SCHANZER: They really didn't agree on much,

if anything at all.

The good news, though, despite all of that,

was that the ties at kind of the grassroots level

were still very strong.

Congress still maintained a good relationship with the Israelis.

The Pentagon had a good relationship with Israel.

GARY LANE (VOICEOVER): Israel questioned Obama's support yet

again after he refused to veto a United Nations

resolution critical of Israeli settlements late last year.

And before that, his nuclear deal with Iran.

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: It has been said,

better no deal than a bad deal.

Better no deal than a terrible deal.

GARY LANE (VOICEOVER): Discussions about Iran

and the nuclear deal are expected to dominate

the Trump-Netanyahu meeting.

They'll also discuss the war in Syria.

Netanyahu appeared upbeat when he arrived in the US.

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: President Trump and I

see eye-to-eye on the dangers emanating from the region

but also on the opportunities.

GARY LANE (VOICEOVER): And they're

unlikely to agree on every issue.

President Trump recently told an Israeli newspaper

that Israel's expansion of so-called settlements in East

Jerusalem and the West Bank "don't help the process"

with the Palestinians, and going forward

is not a good thing for peace.

But overall, the two leaders are expected to work well together.

Gary Lane, CBN News.

Thanks, Gary.

Well, back to the Flynn matter and the leaks that

are taking place, you know, I asked our news team

if they'd give me some information on this.

How do you get rid of somebody if you find that there's

somebody trying to destroy you?

Look, it can take 170 days to fire a federal employee.

And a boss can go through a 12-step process.

And even then, an employee appeal can take over 240 days.

That's what the federal law says,

a heavy bureaucracy and the federal civil service unions.

It's so hard to fire them that government bosses often

don't even try.

But on the other hand, if it's proven that laws are broken,

it could be different.

Here's what the US Code says about firing employees who give

out classified information.

Quote, "Whoever knowingly and willfully

communicates or otherwise makes available

to an unauthorized person, or publishes

any classified information obtained

by the processes of communication intelligence

from the communications of any foreign government

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not

more than 10 years, or both."

So the time has come to send the Justice Department and the FBI

and finding who those leakers are and put them in jail.

I think it's time that we stop worrying about what General

Flynn knew or didn't know and who he talked to

or didn't talk to.

And the question is somebody was tuning in

on those telephone conversations,

and that is a federal crime.

But apparently, there are only about four people

who would know this.

And it could have gone all the way up to President Obama

to authorize it.

That's the shocking part.

Well, our CBN News political correspondent David Brody

is with us now.

And David, what is the speculation

among the Republicans?

Were the Obama holdovers behind this,

and have they been identified?

There are a few sources telling me this morning, Pat,

that indeed there have been some Obama holdovers,

as you've put it, that are responsible for some

of this leaked information.

When pressed for names, they're not

going to necessarily go there, but there's speculation.

Let's start with three names, Sally Yates, of course,

the former acting attorney general let go by President

Trump because she wouldn't hold up that the travel ban

or the "so-called" travel ban so there's her.

She obviously expressed some concerns

about Michael Flynn and those conversations with Russia.

And now she is out there potentially causing

some of this.

And then there is James Clapper, the former head of the DNI,

who's no longer part of all of this that has been going on.

And then there is John Brennan, the former CIA director.

President Trump and John Brennan have--

there's no love lost between those two folks.

So those are three folks that a lot of folks are looking at.

Now I will say this, Pat, there is a White House component

here.

Look, there were a lot of folks inside this White House

that did not like Mike Flynn and what he was doing,

not just with Russia but some of the way he was operating

and the style and all of that.

So one of my sources, indeed, saying

that this is also coming from inside the White House,

believe it or not.

And so look, the bottom line is there

are a lot of loopholes still to be filled in here.

Are they sort of bent out of shape

because Trump wants to reform the bureaucracy?

I know Flynn said that he wanted to reform the intelligence

agency.

Yeah, it's a big deal, and that's a big motivator

of what's driving things here.

Let me give an example.

I was just speaking with Newt Gingrich

this morning on the phone.

Actually he texted me this information,

which is very interesting.

99%, Pat, did you know that 99% of the actual contributions

to a presidential campaign went to Hillary Clinton

at the State Department.

99% of federal employees at the State

Department, those contributions went to Hillary Clinton.

97% Of the federal employees at the Justice Department,

those contributions went to Hillary Clinton.

Here is Newt Gingrich's larger point,

that the left-wing ideologues, those are his words, as he

calls them, have been filling up the State

Department, the Justice Department

for many, many years, especially at State.

And so this is part of what is driving much of this discussion

this morning on leaks.

Well, how are they going to get rid of them?

I just read the incredible hurdles

that somebody has to go through to fire these people.

How can Trump get rid of them in a hurry?

He's got to do it.

He's got to clean house.

Well, it's extremely difficult.

Obviously, Pat, as you know politically,

it's been a little bit harder to do at the federal bureaucracy

level because sometimes there are, oh, I don't know,

maybe political witch hunts.

We've seen that a few times.

And so there are some protections

in place at the federal level for this.

But there is also the bureaucratic level.

And what Newt Gingrich was telling me this morning

that you've got a two-pronged problem here.

You've got the federal bureaucracy,

just because it's bureaucratic.

And then you've got establishment folks,

left and right, who do not want to give up power.

And so what you do is you have more

of that molasses of government, that

just makes it, as you said at the top of the show here,

Pat, much, much harder to get rid of a federal employee.

So there are a lot of problems.

And then you throw in the fact that President Trump is trying

to implement more of a conservative agenda,

and that makes it even harder because of what I just

said regarding the State Department and the Justice

Department and some of the left-wing ideologues

that are at those two institutions.

Well, David, thank you for your insights.

I appreciate it.

And folks, again, the press is against him.

So you know, if you read the Bible,

and there was a point in there where God told Jeremiah,

he said, "Tell them to take the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar,"

and they didn't want to do it.

And you read the Psalms, the second psalm, which says,

you know, "why do the nations rage?"

And imagine a vain thing, and they

revolt against the Lord and his anointed.

I think, somehow, the Lord's plan

is being put in place for America.

And these people are not only revolting against Trump,

they're revolting against what God's plan is for America.

These other people have been trying to destroy America.

These left-wingers and so-called progresses

are trying to destroy the country that we love

and take away the freedoms they love.

They want collectivism.

They want socialism.

And what we're looking at is free markets

and a freedom from this terrible overarching bureaucracy.

And they want to fight as much as they can.

But I think the good news is the Bible says,

"he that sits in the heavens will laugh them to scorn."

And I think that Trump's got something

on his side that is a lot more powerful than the media.

Well, in other news, President Trump

is taking more actions to finally get

the economy moving again.

Efrem Graham has that.

Pat, the President has signed into law a measure to kill some

federal rules under the Dodd-Frank financial law.

The rules were aimed at energy and mining companies.

The rules involve revealing information

about payments to governments.

But the "Wall Street Journal" reports,

the industry said it made it harder

to compete against oil companies in other countries who didn't

have to abide by such rules.

The President said repealing the rules would be

good for jobs and the industry.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We're bringing back jobs big league.

We're bringing them back at the plant level.

We're bringing them back at the mine level.

The energy jobs are coming back.

And it's, you see what's going on with the stock market.

They know, they know that we know what we're doing.

So it's going up at record clips.

Also on the economic front, another blow

for Obamacare as Humana has become

the first major insurance company

to drop out of the Obamacare exchanges for 2018, Pat.

Well, thank you very much.

Something else I read today I thought

would be rather interesting.

There's a study that went on, and the engineers

studied the infrastructure, especially

the bridges, the bridges that cross the various ocean--

not the oceans-- but the rivers and harbors of our nation.

They found that 56,000 bridges have been classified

as structurally deficient.

Now, that's the latest from the American

Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Now that's what they say, and they

include some of the major bridges

that you're familiar with, including the Memorial Bridge

in Washington, DC.

So you'd be driving along happily,

and the next thing you know, a section of that bridge

could collapse, and cars begin to plunge off into space,

and people get killed.

This thing is very serious.

Bridges can fall back and forth and collapse into the water.

And 56,000 of them are deficient.

So you talk about an infrastructure program,

we really are deficient in that.

We need to do something about it.

Well, there's something else in your personal life

you ought to do something about, too, and Efrem has that story.

Pat, heart disease could become extremely expensive

in the next two decades.

It could cost the US $1 trillion per year by the year 2035.

That is according to a new report from the American Heart

Association.

Among the reasons why, the increasing rates

of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and the fact that the baby boom

generation is getting older.

Time to protect your heart, Pat.

Well, I protected mine up here.

You want to feel that?

Do you feel that?

That's my pacemaker.

Oh, yeah, right there, yeah.

It's a little metal thing that's stuck in there.

They opened it up, put it in.

Does it feel funny?

It did at first, right?

Oh, they take the nodes and screw them into your heart.

I mean, they're just--

really, two wires, they screw into your heart.

And that thing just pumps away.

I'm just very happy.

The good news is you haven't had to get zapped lately.

No, no more zapping.

The guy said, look, you can only be zapped so often.

I said, OK, let's do that.

The only problem is if we have a thermonuclear explosion,

it might kill me.

But that's, they talk about a zombie apocalypse.

Well, if there's a solar flare, my heart may stop beating.

But other than that, it's going real great.

But you know, ladies and gentlemen,

what's causing all this is ingesting high fructose corn

syrup.

And it's in everything.

It's in cereal, and it's in baby food,

and it's in all of the soft drinks.

And we are ingesting so much sugar.

It is not fat.

It is not being caused by fat.

It is being caused by sugar and ingestion

of an enormous amount of sugar.

And it's bringing on Type 2 diabetes,

and what that is causing, what they call inflammation.

And so inside us are just like little furnaces.

And the little furnaces are breaking down our bodies,

especially our hearts.

$1 trillion a year, it's going to cost this economy

in a very short period of time, unless we

do something about it.

We should ban a lot of that stuff,

but I'm sure that libs wouldn't like that either.

But the food companies ought to shape up, and we ought to,

they ought to do something.

But you've got smoking, lots of smoking.

You've got all this sugar, high fructose corn syrup.

It's deadly.

And you don't ingest that stuff, Wendy,

you're such a healthy eater, never.

Never.

Never, never, never.

Well, maybe sometimes.

You read the labels, and you know all the answers.

I am a label reader.

Well, I am, too.

So eat the egg yolk and put down the white sugar.

Well, I eat, I had two boiled eggs for dinner last night.

It was just delicious.

Yum, yum.

Eggs are the perfect food, aren't they?

Perfect, yeah, they're good for you.

You can carry it with you.

Love it.

All right.

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