Secrets leaked & exposed. Why Trump pulled Brennan's security clearance;Scotus confirmation. What you need to know about Brett Kavanaugh; New PM in Pakistan. Christians seek justice; Campaign finance laws violated. Impeachment ahead for Trump?
- Today from The Global Lane.
Why former intelligence officials
are losing their security clearances.
Supreme Court confirmationhearing is coming soon.
What you may not know aboutnominee Brett Kavanaugh.
A new prime minister in Pakistan.
Will Christians finally see justice?
And campaign finance laws violated,
could it mean an end tothe Trump presidency?
And it's all right here rightnow from The Global Lane.
Washington politicians andmembers of the main stream media
lost their collective minds
when former CIA Director John Brennan
lost his security clearance.
Was President Trumpjustified in removing it?
Will clearances be removed
from other former government officials
to prevent the spillingof the nation's secrets?
Well, joining us to sharesome insights is journalist
and author Ronald Kessler.
Mr. Kessler has written extensively
about the CIA, the FBI andAmerican intelligence agencies.
His latest book is The Trump White House
Changing the Rules of the Game.
So, Mr. Kessler, Brennanis now threatening to sue,
does he have grounds toget his clearance back?
- Brennan has absolutely no grounds
to win a lawsuit over his clearance,
given a national security clearance
is totally discretionary,there's no absolute standard.
Nothing he has done, either contributes to
or does not contributesto a legal lawsuit.
Certainly, Trump's actionsends a chilling message
but at the same time fora former CIA official
to engage in such partisan,vituperative rhetoric
against a sittingpresident is unprecedented
and the fact is that he'sactually more in demand
on the tax circuit sothere's no infringement
of his First Amendment rights.
- Give us a little background here.
When did all this start,
this policy of allowingformer government officials
to carry the clearances with them
after they leave government
and how do they use and abuse them?
- Well, this is a traditionthat really goes back
to the beginning of the CIA
and the clearance may beused by a former official
if he wants to work foran intelligence agency
or an intelligence contractor and wants
to still have access toclassified information.
But in the end it's up tothat agency or that company
whether they wanna engage that person
and of course, the Trump administration
is not gonna wanna engageBrennan for any kind of advice.
So the whole thing is really moot.
But it's just another side showin the Donald Trump circus.
As you know, I wrote thebook The Trump White House,
Changing the Rules of the Game
and part of Trump's strategy
is to just become the center of attention
every single day on TVand then conversation.
And that in turn enhances his power
and he will make sometimesoutrageous comments
to make some of us cringebut at the same time,
he focuses attention on his self
and that gives him powerand that's one reason
he's been so successful.
If you look at the results,of course, they're amazing,
whether on the economic sideor the foreign affairs side,
the bull market, the tax cuts.
- Trump may pull theclearances of some others
not just Brennan.
I know some people myselfwho have security clearances.
They've told me they'll likely lose them
once they stop working for the government.
Should that be the policy,should that apply to everyone,
former FBI directors, CIA directors,
other top intelligence officials?
- You know, there's a good chance he may,
that they should not have clearances
unless they actually areengaged by a government agency
or by a company, inwhich case that clearance
can be reinstated.
They can do another background check.
So what is the big deal?
This is really sort of perk,it really doesn't amount
to anything and I think thepolicy should be reexamined.
I doubt if Trump is gonnarevoke the rest of the gang
of critics but we will seeyou never know with Trump.
- Well, talking about the gang of critics,
what impact has the wholeRussian investigation
and the politicization of theFBI, Department of Justice,
other intelligence agencies had on moral
and the agents in the field?
- FBI agents for example and CIA officers
are used to being the subjectof criticism day and night.
A lot of is unfair and theyreally are engaged 24 hours
a day working to protect us
and they don't really have much time
or interest in watching TVand seeing the latest bombast
from one politician or another.
So, I don't think thatthat is a major concern.
On the politicization of the FBI,
certainly we saw outrageousconduct by Strzok, by Page,
by Comey after he leftthe FBI as well as McCabe
but when it actually comesto the investigations
there's no real indication of actual bias.
The Inspector Generalreport made that conclusion.
There is more to come onthe Hillary investigation.
So, let's just keep an open mind
on some of these reports coming in.
- Who do you blame for thepoliticization of the FBI,
Comey, Brennan, Obama, Trump,I mean, not just the FBI
but the intelligence agencies?
- I wouldn't even saythe intelligence agencies
were involved in the bias
but certainly Eric Holder senta message of political bias
throughout the Justice Department
and now that we're findingout what Comey's all about.
It's hard to imaginethat some of his leanings
didn't influence some of the decisions.
- Okay, Ronald Kessler, journalist, author
and author of seven New YorkTimes bestsellers I understand.
So thank you for being with us.
- Great to be with you, thank you.
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- Confirmation hearings forU.S. Supreme Court nominee,
Brent Kavanaugh are now just days away.
Leftists are finalizing plans for protests
and a big media blitz against him.
But moderates and conservatives argue,
Judge Kavanaugh is well qualified
to sit on the Supreme Court.
They say there's no good reasonto deny him confirmation.
Among them is legalanalyst, Kendall Coffee.
Mr. Coffee is a former U.S. attorney
from the southern district of Florida.
He worked alongside Kavanaughin the Elian Gonzales case.
Kendall thanks for joining us
from our Washington Bureau today.
So what was your impressionof Brett Kavanaugh
back during that Gonzales case
and how about since he's been on
the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C?
- Well, I was deeplyappreciate of his volunteering
to join our effort.
He came in at a very tough time for us.
We lost the appeal, the original appeal
and the next questionwas the Supreme Court
of the United Statesand I think he and some
of his colleagues whohad not been involved
in the case up to then recognized
that we would need their kind of help
for the issues to fairly bepresented to the Supreme Court.
He volunteered his time,he was a brilliant lawyer,
a magnificent colleague andI was very, very grateful
for his efforts.
Interestingly, the issuein the Elian Gonzales case
which was thought about as abest interest to the father
kind of case, is actuallyan issue that is very much
getting attentionnowadays, a different issue
and that is the power of federal agencies.
Do federal agencies havetoo much power to make law?
And that interestinglyenough was a key issue
in the Elian Gonzales case.
- But Kendall, the NationalArchives refused to request
by Senate democrats toprovide them with documents
about Judge Kavanaugh's tenor,
now they're threatening tosue the National Archives.
The Archives said, 900,000 documents
couldn't possibly be readyuntil at least October.
Why this document request?
We're talking maybe three or four times
the number of documentsrequired for Elena Kagen,
Justice Roberts or Neil Gorsuch.
Is this reasonable, unusual?
- Well, he's got a body oflegal opinions as a judge.
So, in a sense he shouldbe straight forward process
to evaluate his work, the issueof going back into his years
when he served as an attorneywith the Bush administration
may or may not be necessary
if what you're interesting inhow well someone is qualified
to be the United StatesSupreme Court justice.
And if this individualwas serving for years
and wrote hundreds of opinions
on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals,
many regard that as thesecond most prestigious court
in the country, then you'dthink his body of work
as a judge would be enough
to determine whetherhe should be a justice.
- Well, it seems like they're just digging
for anything to try toblock this confirmation.
He served in the GeorgeW. Bush White House
and also in Ken Starr's legal team
in the Whitewater investigation.
So how do you think that'sbeing used against him
to stop this confirmation?
- Well, it's fascinating to see how he has
by his own admission grown and evolved
since the Ken Starr years.
He was a hard chargingprosecutor as a team member
with Ken Starr which,of course, as you know
investigated then President Bill Clinton,
ultimately wrote a very tough report,
we all know what happened at the time.
Since then though, Brent Kavanaugh
has taken a deeper lookat whether that kind
of investigation is good for this country,
whether the Constitution really
wants the President of the United States,
the most important andpowerful person in the world
to be hand strung distracted, basically,
made less effective asthe head of the free world
because the President hasto deal with subpoenas
and investigations anda constant drum beat
of issues with respectto an investigation.
Brett Kavanaugh, ultimately decided
that that kind of an investigation,
even though he'd been a critical figure
in the Starr investigationwasn't good for this country.
I think that will be an issuein the confirmation hearings,
the argument's gonnabe that he is not going
as a Supreme Court Justice,be in a position to fairly
determine whether or notDonald Trump should be subject
to a subpoena, I think thatthat is not going to be
a strong issue and I thinkyou could, obviously solve
the issue if he were to sayhe would recuse himself.
But I think that whatit really demonstrates
is maturity and wisdom.
How many of us can be intenselyinvolved in a position
and in a career and atsome point later on say,
maybe we need to look at the greater good,
maybe we need to rethinkwhat happened years ago.
- Oh, I remember the WhiteHouse when the announcement
was made that he wasgaining the appointment.
He said that he keeps an open mind.
I think that's one example of it.
So, but any chance we all remember
the Robert Bork situation.
Any chance he'll be Borked?
So what do you expectbeyond what you just said
for those confirmationhearings, any fireworks?
- I think his personal qualitieswill remind us much more
of Chief Justice John Roberts than some
of those who've come before.
He's extremely gracious and courteous
and thoughtful and bright.
I think people and the country watching
the confirmation hearings aregonna really like this guy.
Unless there's some prizes that none of us
have thought about, I thinkit's gonna be very uphill
to try to defeat his confirmation.
- Kendall Coffee, we thinkyou for your insights
from Washington, thanks for being with us.
- Okay, thanks for having me on.
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- Pakistan has a newprime minister, Imran Khan
has been sworn into office.
He's pledged to enactjustice for all Pakistanis
Pakistan's Christian minority's hoping
their new Prime Minister willput his words into action.
Several days before Khan took office,
police ignored Christian pleas to locate
and arrest a murderer
of a 35 year old Christianfather in Lahore.
Joining us from London withmore is Wilson Chowdhry,
of the British PakistaniChristian Association.
Wilson, so tell us whathappened to this Christian man,
- On the 15th of August,a Christian father
of three children was about to celebrate
his ninth anniversary to his wife.
And he went out to buy an anniversary cake
for his wife and never returned home.
Around 10 minutes later, aknock arrived on their door
and young men informed thefamily that Viki Massie
had been shot and was needing help
at a nearby Muslim man's home.
When the family rushed there
they found him unlucid, basically,
he was falling into a comatose state
and there was blood everywhere.
The Muslim man who had shothim was still in the house,
ran off, the family placedVicky Masih onto a motorcycle
and took him to the hospitalwhere he was pronounced dead
on arrival.- Why was he killed Wilson,
do we know what the reason was?
- The murder is shrouded in mystery.
This man was a localneighbor, he was a Muslim man
but he is known to deal in drugs.
Now this Christian manwasn't a known drug user,
so that's not what it's believed to be.
He may have seen a crimeor and that may well be why
he has been shot but thepolice haven't revealed
any further details.
But for all intents andpurposes this Christian man
was simply going out tobuy a cake on the way.
He must have stumbledacross this gentleman,
was in his doorway andinvisibly trying to escape
because his legs aretrapped inside the door
as he got shot in thehead and bled to death.
- Yeah, maybe he saw a drugdeal coming down or something.
So, how did the police reactto this, what did they do?
- Absolutely nothing.
Initially a call was made to the police,
there was no response.
And later when the family arrived
and after Viki had beenplaced on the motorcycle
and sent to Mayo Hospitalwhich was nearby,
the remnant of the family wentacross to the police station,
had to lobby them for 20 minutes
and refusing to leave thestation for police officers
to actually then come out with them
to take images and a shortreport on what had happened.
At that point, despitethe blood on the streets
and the eye witness accounts,no FI answer, no charge,
no initial investigation ever took place.
And the police did escortthem to the hospital,
so we know no initialinvestigation was registered.
And the police did takethem to the hospital
where they did found that Vicky Masih
had been pronounced dead andthey took few witness accounts
from the two (mumbles) thatplaced them on the motorcycle
and still had failed toregister a first instant report.
- So there was no effort from the police
to go and pursue the perpetrator.
So then how did theChristians react to this?
- Well, due to thereluctance of the police,
the family totallyincensed, placed Vicky Masih
into a coffin and they wentto the local high street
where they protested with over250 to 300 other Christians.
And absolutely noPakistani Christians media
took any interest, exceptfor one national paper
that wrote one paragraph andclaimed it was a local dispute
without any reason for thatto be in the newspaper.
- Wilson, how typical isthis that police don't help
or respond at all to Pakistani citizens,
all Pakistani citizens,especially if they're not Muslims?
- Well, if you're Christianit's very hard to register
a police complaint orinitiate an investigation
even if the crime is murder.
Christians often will haveto take dead bodies out
into the streets, block main roads,
burn tires in the streets to protest
until some police action takes place.
Even then, it's not aguarantee and often they then
have to obtain a solicitor toactually challenge the police
to do their job.
I've never heard of thisin any other country,
it's a very bizarre situation.
But you can imaginemost deprived Christians
don't have the money for a solicitor,
hence, they take thesedead bodies, these corpses
into the streets, allowing more decay
before they're able toreceive any solace or closure
by burying their dead.
- And Wilson, quickly,we've got about 30 seconds,
what can we do?
- Well, BPCA has set up an appeal
and where Christianswho would like to help
can donate towards the cost of the funeral
for his family and forthe cost of a solicitor
because it does seem as ifthat this local drug lord
has been bribing police toturn a blind eye to crimes,
which is one of the reasons why we believe
there was extra reluctancedespite the large protests
that happened in Pakistan.
And we are still asking people- Okay, Wilson Chowdhry,
to pray for justice.we're out of,
We will pray for justice.
Wilson we're out of time,
British Pakistani Christians in London,
thank you so much for joining us today.
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- Now that Donald Trump'sattorney Michael Cohen
has pled guilty to eight counts
of violating U.S. campaign finance laws,
what's the likely fallout for the President?
Could all of this Cohen drama lead
to presidential impeachment?
It all may depend on Cohen.
What may or may not berevealed from phone recordings
of his conversations with Donald Trump.
And of course, the outcome ofthis falls mid-term election.
First, here's CBN NewsReporter Charlene Aaron,
to explain more aboutCohen and his guilty plea.
- [Charlene] 11 days before the election,
Cohen paid off porn star Stormy Daniels
who claimed she had a onenight stand with Trump.
The President initially saidhe knew nothing about it.
Cohen said in federal court Tuesday
that he made the payments in coordination
and at the direction of acandidate for federal office.
It's not clear if Trump broke the law
and legal experts say it wouldbe hard to prove in court.
Cohen's guilty couldadd to democratic calls
to impeach the President.
Legal analyst say a sittingpresident can not be indicted
but he can be impeachedwhich is a political,
not a criminal response.
- Violation of election laws are regarded
as kind of jay walking in the realm
of things about elections.
And there are so many of them.
Every administrationviolates the election laws,
every candidate violates the election laws
when they run for president.
- Dershowitz is right, todaythe democrats are concerned
about the Russians and MichaelCohen paying hush money
to two women in violationof campaign finance laws.
But how soon we forget Chinagate.
Remember how the Chinesetried to influence
the 1992 and 1996 Presidential elections.
Remember Charlie Trie, JohnHuang and Johnny Chung, others?
I remember it well becauseI reported about it
The democrats didn't want an investigation
because millions of dollarsflowed to the Clinton campaign
and the DNC.
We'll never know the full extent
of the election influence buying
because then Attorney General Janet Reno
refused to appoint a specialcounsel to investigate it all.
Yes, Chinagate was reallybigger than Monica Lewinsky.
It could have led toPresident Clinton's removal
Now President Trump isfacing a similar challenge.
The recordings of his phone conversations
with Michael Cohen reveal he ordered Cohen
to use campaign fundsto pay that hush money.
Capitol Hill democrats willhave the smoking gun they need.
They'll rally more members of their party,
maybe republicans as well,
to join the impeachment Trump parade.
So far there's no evidenceof Russia collusion
or that the President himself intended
to violate campaign finance laws.
I know the Presidentmaybe saying to himself,
if only I hadn't had thatone night stand with Stormy,
none of this would be an issue.
Remember Mr. President, the Bible tells us
our sins will be found out.
Proverbs 10:9 says,whoever walks in integrity,
walks securely but whoevertakes crooked paths
will be found out.
Yes all of us have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God.
Donald Trump is no exception.
The difference is, he's thePresident of the United States.
Everything he does is watchedand exposed by his enemies.
Folks let's remember in this country,
we're like Michael Cohen,considered innocent
until proven guilty.
That also applies to our president.
So, let's demand fairness and justice,
let's pray that our presidentand all of our leaders
embrace truth and radiate integrity.
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