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News on The 700 Club: June 7, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," June 7: Trump fires up domestic agenda as top Dem says 'no smoking gun' on Russia; What went wrong? The 'perfect storm' that doomed Hillary Clinton's campaign, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to "The 700 Club."

Are you getting tired of hearing about James Comey,

former director of the CIA--

I mean, of the FBI.

Well, you know, he's going to say,

well, I can't answer those questions because I'm now

a private person.

Well, I can't answer those questions

because I'm a former FBI director and that's classified.

I'd like to answer that, Mr. Senator, but--

That's the kind of stuff we are going to get tomorrow.

It's going to be a dance.

He ought to be in ballet instead of in the government.

But nevertheless, President Trump

made his own headlines today by naming his nominee

to replace Comey as the new director of the FBI.

Yes, indeed, the president and Republicans in Congress

are also moving ahead with important measures

to help America, replacing and repealing Obamacare,

and cutting taxes.

George Thomas has that story.

GEORGE THOMAS: The president says

he'll nominate a former Justice Department

official as the new FBI Director,

tweeting this morning that his choice, Christopher Wray,

is "a man of impeccable credentials."

Wray was the chief of the Justice Department's

criminal division from 2003 to 2005,

and he was a member of the Bush administration's

Corporate Fraud Task Force.

Wray will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

And the president is promising the American people

that his administration is still working on health care

legislation and tax reform.

And he met with Republican leaders

Tuesday as they keep pushing to get

their goals passed into law.

So we're working very hard on massive tax cuts,

and we're working very, very hard on the health care.

And I think we're going to have some very pleasant surprises

for a lot of people.

For months, the president's agenda

has been pushed out of the headlines

by investigations into Russian interference in the 2016

elections and questions about collusions with the Trump

campaign.

I just think, if we don't finally get to the bottom

of what's going on and what's happening--

we've talked about the Russians, we've talked about money--

there's all sorts of stuff going on here.

DONALD TRUMP: He's become more famous than me.

[LAUGHTER]

GEORGE THOMAS: On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey

will testify on Capitol Hill, making

his first public comments since being fired by the president

last month.

ABC News says Comey will stop short

of accusing the president of trying to obstruct justice.

Obstruction of justice would only

be an actual crime if someone's looking

to gain a benefit from it.

The problem here is that we have President Trump acting

like he does with every other business deal,

just acting like he's one of the guys trying to get something

from one of his buddies.

I'm sure that's the way he was talking to Mr. Comey.

Thank you, Peter.

GEORGE THOMAS: Still, the Russian probe

has caused divisions within the administration,

with the president reportedly still upset

that Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to recuse

himself from the investigation.

ABC also claims Sessions offered to resign

because his relationship with the president

had become so tense.

Still, as Washington prepares for Comey's testimony,

the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee

says so far, there is no proof that President Trump

had any connection with Russia during the election.

There is a lot of smoke.

We have no smoking gun at this point,

but there is a lot of smoke.

GEORGE THOMAS: While the Comey story remains in the headlines,

Republicans on Capitol Hill have been

working with people from the White House

on moving ahead on repealing and replacing Obamacare

and reforming the tax code.

The economy was the top issue in the election last year,

and the Trump team and congressional Republicans

are hoping to cut taxes for both businesses and individuals

to finally get the economy out of the doldrums it's

been in for several years.

George Thomas, CBN News.

Thanks, George.

Well, what is called Obamacare is collapsing

all over the country.

And Ohio is another state where it's being hit hard,

because Anthem is pulling out of selected counties in Ohio

and leaving the people with no insurance alternative.

John Jessup has this story.

That is right, Pat.

One of the nation's biggest health insurers

says it won't be returning to the public insurance exchanges

in the Buckeye state next year.

That decision could open more holes

in Obamacare's increasingly thin system

to help people buy health care coverage.

Anthem's move could leave people in 20 counties

without an option for buying individual coverage.

Insurers have pulled out of other states, as well.

Well, in recent appearances, Hillary Clinton

has blamed former FBI Director James Comey, Vladimir Putin,

the Democratic National Committee, and the news media,

among others, for her defeat in last year's election,

but a new book shows what really went wrong

with her White House run.

Jenna Browder talked with one of the authors of "Shattered--

Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign" for the inside story.

There's another revealing moment when Hillary says,

and this is a quote, "I don't understand what

is happening with this country.

I can't get my arms around it."

That really hits it on the head.

I know, it's almost like you could just read that and know

what happened.

JENNA BROWDER: A campaign plagued by confusion and chaos.

JONATHAN ALLEN: She had lost in New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders

by 22 points.

If you're going to be the nominee of a major party

for president, losing a primary state by 22 points

does not look good.

It doesn't feel good.

JENNA BROWDER: This would become a theme for Hillary Clinton's

2016 presidential campaign.

In their new book, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

lay out in compelling detail what went wrong.

It all begins with Clinton's infamous email server scandal.

JONATHAN ALLEN: In addition to that,

you've got this issue where she had

trouble articulating a message.

Her speechwriters couldn't do it for her.

They needed to know, why you, why now,

which is the question that any presidential candidate must

be able to answer.

JENNA BROWDER: Allen recalls a former Obama speech

writer quitting before the campaign even

got off the ground.

JONATHAN ALLEN: He basically threw his hands up in the air

and said, I can't do this.

There's no real clear plan here, and there's

no organization to this group, and the speech is lackluster.

JENNA BROWDER: There was also heavy infighting

between senior staff members.

Allen describes how it pitted the young,

with Robbie Mook pushing data and analytics,

against the experienced, like John Podesta and Bill Clinton,

who leaned on tradition.

JONATHAN ALLEN: So all these groups

are sort of jockeying for power, and the lines of authority

weren't very clear.

And it even got to a point in-- fairly late in the campaign,

in, I think, June of 2016--

where they had a senior staff retreat,

and John Podesta stands up in front

of the entire senior leadership and he says,

Robbie-- the campaign manager-- says

Robbie is passive-aggressive, and I'm just aggressive.

And there he is explaining this tremendous tension

between the two of them the entire time

that's been going on.

JENNA BROWDER: These revealing moments seem almost nonstop,

with some of the most shocking unfolding on election night.

Allen writes about the reluctance to concede,

and the moment Hillary knew it was over and had to take

that dreaded phone call.

JONATHAN ALLEN: And Huma Abedin, her top personal aide,

comes up to her with a phone in hand and says,

it's the president.

And Hillary Clinton just visibly recoils, winces.

She doesn't want to take this call.

It's really the moment of reality,

where the president is calling the losing candidate

as a consolation.

And it hits her.

She's let herself down, she's let her party down,

she thinks she's let the country down,

and she thinks she's let Barack Obama and his legacy down.

So much at stake in this election.

She takes the phone, she walks toward another room,

she says, Mr. President, I'm sorry.

JENNA BROWDER: A crushing moment for the woman

who had effectively been pursuing the White

House for more than a decade.

Allen says many things contributed

to her shattering defeat, but at the end of the day,

she had no one to blame but herself.

JONATHAN ALLEN: It is a much bigger story than Jim Comey

or the Russians or the media, or even misogyny,

which which she talks about as well.

This was a perfect storm, and the biggest factors

in that perfect storm were self-inflicted wounds.

JENNA BROWDER: In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.

Thanks, Jenna.

Well, turning to health news, if you're

looking for an exercise that helps you age well

as you get older, you might want to consider resistance

training, like lifting weights, or exercises

using your own body weight, like push-ups or pull-ups.

Resistance training can help build

muscles, which has several benefits for the body.

"Time" magazine points out it can help fight off problems

like diabetes and inflammation, which

is an important risk factor for heart

disease and other conditions.

And one expert told the publication resistance training

also helps with bone strength.

The good news is, you don't have to lift heavy weights, either.

Just light weights can do the job

as long as you work your muscles to the point

where they're almost ready to give out.

Pat, ready to hit the gym?

Hit it yesterday, thank you very much.

I will hit a horse today and I will hit another gym, probably,

tomorrow.

But you know, I'm a fan of the Total Gym.

And the Total Gym is a resistance device

that uses your weight and a set of pulleys.

And, I mean, it's just a great device.

You've got about 60 or 70 exercises, so.

How many sit-ups did you do the other day,

you were telling me?

210.

Without stopping?

Without stopping.

210.

On a bench, on an incline?

Yeah, I was on a flat bench and with my knees locked--

I mean, my legs were locked down.

I can't remember the last time I've done 210 sit-ups.

Well usually I just keep on going.

I could have gone more, I just decided I'd had enough.

[LAUGHTER]

87, people.

Putting us all to shame.

Keep on going.

All right.

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