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News on The 700 Club: June 14, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," June 14: Rep. Steve Scalise, others shot by Bernie Sanders campaigner; Beaten and terrorized, Otto Warmbier returns in a coma from North Korean captivity, and more. Read Transcript

Stunning news this morning out of Northern Virginia

in Washington.

Steve Scalise, one of the top ranking Republicans

in Congress, was shot while at a baseball practice.

We're going now to John Jessup in our CBN News Bureau

in Washington to learn more about what happened.


Terry, that's right.

Scalise was shot around a quarter

after 7:00 this morning.

It happened during a practice for tomorrow's

congressional baseball game.

Scalise was shot in the hip and is reportedly

in stable condition.

The AP is reporting that President Trump is

saying that he was badly injured, but he will recover.

Now a member of his security team was also shot,

and he was able to take down the shooter.

What we're going to do right now is

go live to Ben Kennedy, who is in Alexandria to give us

the latest.

Ben, can you tell us where you are and what you're seeing?

BEN KENNEDY: We're talking about a very active scene

here in Alexandria.

I am live off of Eastman, Rhodes Street and Leslie Avenue

around, I would say, 200 feet from the ballpark.

That is where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was

shot at Eugene Simpson Park.

It is reported the congressman was hit by a bullet in the hip.

And as you were just saying, rushed to the hospital.

And he's in stable condition.

Shots were fired about two-- less than two hours ago--

at 7:15 AM during practice for tomorrow's

congressional baseball game.

Representative Scalise had security detail

because of his leadership role.

And it is reported, as John just said,

that other people were hurt and sent to the ER.

Police are tweeting out the suspect is in custody

and is not a threat.

At this point, it is still not clear the motive

behind the attack.

It appears there are elements that suggest, yes, this

was deliberate and not random.

The shooter was armed with multiple rounds of ammunition.

I've been at the scene now for about 15, 20 minutes.

I spoke to a witness who said he heard multiple shots,

ran outside, heard even more shots.

So people here, when I first arrived, were very worried.

But I think once they heard from police that the suspect was

in custody, those fears did subside and go away a bit.


Ben, there are reports that the shooter apparently

asked whether they were Republicans or Democrats

before he opened fire.

And as many as 50 shots fired.

What do you know about that?

BEN KENNEDY: That is correct.

We are hearing upwards of 50 shots.

I heard one report say just under 100.

But, again, we don't have the exact detail

until police get out here, detectives

take a closer look at the scene, count the gun shells.

But, yes, as you just said, the gunman, or the shooter,

asking whether he's a Republican or a Democrat

does coincide with this not being a random act.

So right now detectives are putting together a release.

We expect to have a news conference

here shortly, which we will bring to you

live on our CBN Facebook page--

kind of breaking down the details.

And maybe, at that point, we could possibly

get some more specifics about the shooter.

Ben, real quick.

Other reports about other fatalities?

I understand the Associated Press is also

reporting that Congressman Roger Williams of Texas was also hit.

Can you give us a count on fatalities?

Or those who also might be injured?

BEN KENNEDY: At this point I have not

heard of any fatalities from our vantage point

here in Alexandria.

But, again, this all just happened less than two hours


And I know police are very hesitant to release

too many details until they kind of get

the bigger scope of the story.

We do know that representative Scalise, here in Alexandria,

is at the hospital, and it is reported right now

that he is in stable condition.

We are hearing he was shot in the hip.

But as we get more details of this breaking news,

we will, of course, share it with you.

That was Ben Kennedy reporting from Alexandria, Virginia.

Of course, our thoughts and our prayers

are with those who were at the scene.

While in other news, Attorney General Jeff Sessions

said he wanted an open hearing to tell his side of the story.

And he did, as he answered questions

before the Senate Intelligence Committee-- questions which

dealt with the Russia investigation, why

he recused himself, and the firing of FBI director James


National security correspondent Erik Rosales

was inside the hearing.

He shows us the testimony, which at times, got heated.

Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth and the whole truth

and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

I do.

ERIK ROSALES: It was an opportunity

to set the record straight.

Let me state this clearly, colleagues.

I have never met with, or had any conversation,

with any Russians or any foreign officials,

concerning any type of interference

with any campaign or election in the United States.

ERIK ROSALES: Among the tough topics for Attorney General

Jeff Sessions-- questions about Russia,

including his own meetings with the Russian ambassador,

and whether or not he worked with the Russians

to help Donald Trump win the White House.

And the suggestion that I participated in any collusion--

that I was aware of any collusion

with the Russian government to hurt this country--

is an appalling and detestable lie.

ERIK ROSALES: Sessions was also grilled

about his recusal on the investigation

into Russian influence in the election.

And his role in the firing of FBI director James Comey.

Mr. Comey said that there were matters with respect

to the recusal that were problematic

and he couldn't talk about them.

What are they?

That-- why don't you tell me?

There are none, Senator Wyden.

There are none.

I can tell you that for absolute certainty.

ERIK ROSALES: Sessions says the reason for his recusal--

he was following department of justice policy, which

forbids an employee from investigating any case which

he has a personal or political relationship with anyone who

is being investigated.

The attorney general declined to answer certain questions

during the hearing, citing an obligation

to protect the privacy of his conversations

with the president.

Now, that answer frustrated several of the senators.

It's the judge--

my judgment-- that it would be inappropriate

for me to answer and reveal private conversations

with the president, when he has not

had a full opportunity to review the questions

and to make a decision on whether

or not to approve such an answer.

ERIK ROSALES: The hearing got a bit heated

when California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris started

firing question after question.

Are you aware of any communications--

A lot of people were at the convention.

It's conceivable that somebody--

Sir, I have just a few questions--

Will you let me qualify it?

If I don't qualify it, you'll accuse me of lying.

So I need to be correct as best I can.

ERIK ROSALES: But the hearing also had a moment of levity,

when Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton asked Sessions

if he was familiar with spy fiction,

like Jason Bourne or James Bond.

Have you ever, in any of these fantastical situations,

heard of a plot line so ridiculous

that a sitting United States senator and an ambassador

of a foreign government colluded at an open setting

with hundreds of other people to pull off the greatest caper

in the history of espionage?

Thank you for saying that, Senator Cotton.

It's just like Through The Looking Glass.

I mean, what is this?

I explained how, in good faith, I said

I had not met with Russians.

ERIK ROSALES: Erik Rosales, CBN News, Capitol Hill.

Thanks, Eric.

A deadly tragedy in London today.

At least six people are dead, and 50

are injured, after a fire burned through a 24 story apartment


More than 250 firefighters were on the scene

to fight Wednesday's fire.

Witnesses say they heard screaming

coming from the building.

People were jumping off buildings.

People were screaming, help me.

Help me.

Help me.

JOHN JESSUP: London fire officials

expect the death toll to rise, and are calling this

an unprecedented event.

Well, if you want to watch a movie without objectional

content, you can now have a new option-- or rather,

you have a new option--

at home or on the go with your mobile devices.

The company Vid Angel has found a new way

to resume its filtering service, after a lawsuit

from Disney, Warner Brothers, 20th Century

Fox, and Lucas films.

Efrem Graham follows the latest chapter in this family

entertainment battle from Utah.

It's been exactly six months since Vid Angel

has been able to stream filtered content to their customers.

And the legal battle still continues.

But the service now returns.

Even as this Provo, Utah business fends off

a legal battle from Disney and three major Hollywood studios,

there's celebration inside, with the announcement

of new technology to allow their customers to easily filter

offensive content from Netflix, Amazon, and HBO

streaming services.

You know, it just made sense that we, if the studios are

asking for us to pay streaming rights,

but they won't sell us streaming rights,

that the best option is to build the filtering technology on top

of the streaming service providers that are available.

EFREM GRAHAM: Vid Angel founder, Neil Harmon,

shared the news with faithful supporters,

here at company headquarters Tuesday evening.

We had customers and families invest $10 million

so that we would fight this all the way to the Supreme Court,

provide them what they need and what they want.

And so failure wasn't an option.

EFREM GRAHAM: A Supreme Court battle is still not

out of the question.

Attorney Peter Strauss has argued seven cases

before the high court, and he's now defending Vid Angel.

The most important thing to watch

is Hollywood's reaction to this announcement.

Because if I'm wrong--

and I'd love to be wrong--

and Hollywood is supportive of this new technology and says,

hey, this is what you should have done in the first place,

I still think we're right and the lawsuit will continue.

But what that will mean is that there really

is a viable path to filtering.

This new technology means Vid Angel can stream movies

from all studios except for the four involved in the lawsuit.

But that's an issue they hope to present

before the court in just a matter of days.

Efrem Graham, CBN News, Provo, Utah.

Thanks, Efrem.

An American student held in a North Korean prison

is back on American soil.

Otto Warmbier was convicted in March, 2016

for allegedly committing anti-state activity.

His punishment?

15 years hard labor.

But in a dramatic move, the regime

released Warmbier on Tuesday.

Tragically, his parents recently discovered

that he'd been in a coma for almost a year.

George Thomas has that story.

REPORTER: And it is meant for serious patients

in serious situations like this one.

GEORGE THOMAS: Otto Warmbier was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital

shortly after arriving from Pyongyang late Tuesday night.

REPORTER: You can see him moved into the hospital.

GEORGE THOMAS: His nightmare started in March,

2016, when North Korea says they caught the 22-year-old trying

to steal a propaganda poster from the hotel he

was staying at, while on a tour of the Reclusive Nation.

A security camera allegedly caught Warmbier in the act.

He was arrested, and weeks later brought

to North Korea's Supreme Court, where he pleaded for mercy.

Please, I have made the worst mistake of my life.

But please, act to save me.

GEORGE THOMAS: But the judge showed no mercy.

In a trial that lasted just one hour, the native of Ohio

was convicted and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.

Please save my life.

Please think of my family.

Warmbier's parents hadn't heard from, or seen him,

since he was sentenced, and found out just last week

that their son had been in a coma for almost a year.

GEORGE THOMAS: The Washington Post

reports that Warmbier contracted botulism soon after his trial,

and never woke up.

A senior American official tells The New York Times

Warmbier was repeatedly beaten while in North Korean custody.

His parents released a statement saying, "we want the world

to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized

by the Pariah regime in North Korea."

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson,

announced Warmbier's release on Tuesday during an appearance

before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

That the presidents direction, the Department of State,

has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea,

that he is on his way enroute home,

to be reunited with his family.

GEORGE THOMAS: In suburban Cincinnati,

where Warmbier is from, the local community there

prepared for his return by tying white and blue ribbons

around his neighborhood.

The family's been through so much agony and stress

that they just want to surround them with love.

And I think the putting up the blue and white ribbons--

because those are Wyoming colors,

for the high school where he went--

that kind of show him support that we're here for the family.

GEORGE THOMAS: His release comes as three other US

citizens are still being held in North Korea.

George Thomas, CBN News.

Thanks, George.

Gordon, it's a bit of a bittersweet homecoming.

It's more than bittersweet.

It's absolute tragedy, what has happened to this young man.

And it just illustrates the need for the world community

to unite against North Korea.

Enough is enough here, and what they do to their own citizens

is an ongoing tragedy.

And the bellicose threats that they

have, a pursuit of missile technology, the pursuit

of nuclear technology--

it's time for the world to act.

And it's time for North Korea to stop this.

And wouldn't it be great if, in our lifetime,

North and South Korea could be united once again

and be an open democracy, and welcome them as members

of the world community?

Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing to happen?

And so let's pray for that.

Let's work for that, and let's convince, particularly, China,

it's time for them to put pressure on North Korea

to break down these barriers and stop this nonsense.


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