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News on The 700 Club: May 10, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," May 10: FBI Director James Comey out: What it means for Russia investigation; Trump meeting face-to-face with Russia’s top diplomat, right after Comey fired, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to "The 700 Club," ladies and gentlemen.

All this business about Comey's firing

is just smoke and mirrors.

The minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer,

had clearly said that he had lost confidence in Comey.

And now Comey's become a hero.

This is no Nixonian Saturday Night Massacre.

This is a normal procedure of the Attorney General

and the Assistant Attorney General

not having confidence in the head of the FBI.

We're going to talk to Jay Sekulow

today about what his take is on the firing of the FBI Director.

That's right.

Just last week Comey was testifying

about Russia's meddling in the presidential election,

and the agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Erik Rosales brings us the story about his firing

from Washington.

ERIK ROSALES: In this letter, President Trump notified

FBI director James Comey, quote, "You are hereby terminated

and removed from office effective immediately,"

explaining, "you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau."

it was just last week, Comey was here.

He told Congress he was mildly nauseous at the idea

his announcements about Hillary Clinton's emails

may have impacted the election.

There were thousands of Secretary Clinton's emails

on that device.

ERIK ROSALES: Comey broke the news last year

that his investigators were again

looking into the Clinton case, just

11 days before the election.

This time, they were poring over new emails discovered

on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former

Congressman married to Clinton's close aide, Huma Abedin.

His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular

practice of forwarding emails to him,

for him I think to print out for her,

so she could then deliver them to the Secretary of State.

ERIK ROSALES: In testimony before Congress last week,

Comey said Abedin forwarded quote, "hundreds of thousands

of emails," some of which contained

classified information.

But Tuesday evening, the FBI corrected Comey's comments,

saying they were wrong and his testimony was misleading.

And various problems with the Clinton investigation

are considered a key reason why the President fired Comey.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote the President

stating, "The Director of the FBI

must be someone who follows faithfully

the rules and principles of the Department of Justice."

He went on to say, "Therefore, I must recommend that you remove

director James B. Comey Jr."

News of Comey's firing spread quickly

with many here in Washington, particularly Democrats

questioning now why now?

If the administration had objections

to the way Director Comey handled the Clinton

investigation, they had those objections the minute

the President got into office, but they didn't fire him then.

Why did it happen today?

We know the House is investigating

Russian interference in our elections

that benefited the Trump campaign.

ERIK ROSALES: The big question now involves a current FBI

investigation into Russian meddling in last year's

presidential election.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had

to recuse himself after news reports revealed

he had undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador

last year.

No doubt it's going to be a real test for both

the FBI and the Department of Justice,

as the White House expects to name a new Director soon.

In Washington, DC, Erik Rosales, CBN News.

And Jay Sekulow from the American Center

of Law and Justice joins us.

Jay, I guess the question they're asking is why now?

What do you think?

Why now?

I think it was a culmination of a lot of events.

But Pat, even yesterday and the day before,

the Director of the FBI's office had

to correct once again false statements

that he made to the committee.

You can't keep doing this.

James Comey set up his own demise

by engaging in what I call selective disclosure

disease, where he discloses about some investigations

but then not others.

And then the unprecedented interference

into the election campaigning going

on last year between Secretary Clinton

and then-candidate Donald Trump.

Then you had the ongoing disputes,

and it was clear that even the cases

involving our clients in the IRS investigation

and the fake investigation the FBI

engaged in to root out that problem, so to speak.

So you look at this as a culmination of events.

A new Deputy Attorney General is sworn

into office, confirmed 94 to 6 in the United States Senate.

He did an analysis, he did a legal brief.

James Comey had a go.

The President of the United States, you know him well,

is one that makes decisions.

He made a decision.

James Comey's no longer the Director.

That's why it's now.

Well you know, that incredible thing

where he laid out the case to indict Hillary Clinton step

by step.

And then at the end of it, he said,

no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case against her.

He usurped the perogative of the Justice Department

in doing that, didn't he?

He did.

He decided that he was going to come

not the director of the FBI.

But the attorney general of the United States.

And that is not his role.

So James Comey throughout the last several years

has overstepped his bounds, has not

understood the jurisdiction of his office,

has been derelict in his duties in that regard, and also quite

frankly, has engaged in political activities that are

in our lifetime, unprecedented.

So I think what you have is a culmination of years

of problems.

But then I think the straw that broke the camel's back is when

the FBI had to go in and clarify once again the testimony

of James Comey.

And I think the FBI internally had enough of this.

Externally, the frustration level.

Remember, up until he was fired, the Democrats

were calling him to be fired.

Everybody forgets that.

Up until he was fired, the Democratic leadership

was calling for him to be fired.

Then when he was fired, they're acting

like this is the Saturday Night Massacre under Nixon.

It's absurd.

The whole question about his activities

is just so strange, that he would

do what he did over and over and over again.

There's just no excuse for that, is there?

No.

James Comey, with all due respect

to the office of the Director of the FBI, did not do a good job.

And when you don't do a good job and you're given chances

to improve and you didn't do a good job again, you get fired.

Here he had a 10 year term, he had six years to go in it.

And this President, based on the evidence given to him

by the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General,

made a decision.

And maybe what's shocking Washington right now is

that we actually have a President that

makes a decision.

And the decision here was James Comey,

for the good of the country and for the good of the FBI

had to go.

And that was the answer.

And I think that was the correct answer

and the correct decision.

And all this obfuscation on this Russia investigation,

first of all you have Clapper and Sally Yates

basically saying no evidence of collusion, no evidence

that one vote was changed.

They'll continue to investigate it, that's fine.

But you need James Comey there to do that.

Well Chuck Schumer said we've quote,

"got to get to the bottom of this."

Bottom of what?

What--

Nothing.

Nothing.

There's nothing there, is it?

No!

Sally Yates who was a Democratic appointee.

James Clapper who served both President Bush and President

Obama, both said they have no evidence of collusion.

So how much clearer can you be?

The Democrats are so desperate for a narrative

that they can't even make one up.

And believe me, they're trying.

And now they're going to jump on the bandwagon of James Comey,

and he was the hero.

He wasn't.

Who might replace him?

The deputy is tainted by the fact

that his wife as a candidate took a big contribution

from the sitting Democrat governor of Virginia.

Is anybody in the wings that they might put in?

There are several names being discussed.

McCabe is the acting, he is the one.

But yes, I cannot imagine him being put up as the Attorney

General.

I think that's a nonstarter to begin with, number one.

Number two, there are names being discussed.

Trey Gowdy is one of them, the Congressman

from South Carolina.

He was a former prosecutor, former Department

of Justice lawyer.

So has experience there, has been

leading a number of investigative committees

within the United States Congress.

His name is being discussed.

Larry Thompson, as you remember Larry, former Deputy Attorney

General under John Ashcroft.

His name has been discussed by some as well.

So there is a deep bench here.

You can go to a former senator.

Some people have talked about Kelly Ayotte, former Attorney

General for New Hampshire as a potential.

Others have talked about Rudy Giuliani.

So we'll see.

There's a deep bench.

They'll get someone in there.

And they've got to get faith and confidence restored

into the FBI itself.

Well, one last thing.

This whole idea of a special prosecutor, that's disastrous,

don't you think?

They'd be out of their mind to put in one of those people.

Well, here's the question I'd ask, Pat.

Special prosecutor for what?

The FBI's saying, there's no evidence.

They want to look at Russia, collusion or interference?

Well, do it!

The FBI is capable of doing it if they could just

do go do their job instead of making

unprecedented announcements every other week.

So if they focus on their job, look at it afresh,

do their job, I think the FBI can

handle it, no need for a special prosecutor.

I've read the New York Times description of this,

and it was so slanted.

Like the FBI is in chaos that the individual agents are

deeply troubled at the firing.

And the other reports you get are that a lot of them

think it was long overdue that he should have been fired.

Have you got any insight onto the--

Yeah, there was a tremendous amount of-- my friend Joe

diGenova is a former US attorney,

he's close with a lot of FBI agents,

former FBI agents and current, said that there was a general

distrust within the agency.

And I think you saw that most pronounced in the public volley

when they had to correct the Director's testimony again.

I think that was what broke the camel's back here.

The straw that broke the camel's back

clearly was the fact that they again

had to correct the testimony.

How many times can you do that and have

confidence in the person handling your agency?

James Comey's problem was, he never acted as a director.

He acted as a political appointee.

Jay, thank you so much.

God bless you.

Appreciate it.

Tremendous insights.

And I'll tell you folks, this is no Saturday Night Massacre.

Trump is no Richard Nixon.

This is not some politically motivated thing.

When they see somebody incompetent, somebody

that's rebellious, somebody not doing the job, they fire him.

That's what a good executive does.

He doesn't wait around and prevaricate.

He fires people and puts in others that are competent.

I think Trump has probably the most competent cabinet

of any President in my lifetime.

I cannot believe the quality that he has assembled in that

cabinet.

And so he's going to do the same thing.

He's got an Attorney General, a superb Assistant Attorney

General who is superb.

And now he will find, I don't know

if he's got another J. Edgar Hoover,

but he'll have somebody that will be absolutely

wonderful in charge of the FBI.

So we can look forward to that.

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