- Well, ladies and gentlemen,welcome to the 700 Club.
We've got a busy news day for you
and I wanna go over a few things because
you hear all this stuff in the paper.
Let me explain what may be happening
that I think is important.
Of course, the majornews is that Donald Trump
did what he was perfectlycapable of doing.
He asked for the resignation of one
of his members of his cabinet.
President certainly doesthat after an election.
It happens all the time, no problem.
Of course, the Democratsare making it out to be
some nefarious conspiracy,but he asked Jeff Sessions
to resign, now what did hedo, what did Sessions do
that was wrong?
Well, he recused himself.
He had had a minordiscussion with some Russian
at some cocktail party andit was absolutely nothing
but he recused himselffrom all of the activity
of his office and in the process,
left the President totally naked
because he was the manwho was supposed to do
the blocking and tacklingfor the guy carrying the ball
and he didn't do it.
It's like the linemanin a major football game
suddenly quit and leave the quarterback
to defend for himself,they just don't do that.
But he did it.
He did it, and he felt so righteous,
that I've recused myself,well, he ruined him.
So what comes in, Rosenstein, his deputy,
then does what nobody in hisright mind would have done
he calls for a SpecialCounsel to go and investigate
his boss, the President,I mean it was shocking.
It shouldn't have happened,
and now we've got a situation
where the Democrats are saying,
well we're gonna get tothe bottom of all this.
Jenna Browder has the story about this
and we'll talk about the successor
and what should happen, okay?
- President Trump made his frustration
with Jeff Sessions no secret.
And yesterday, just one day after
the midterm elections, took action,
asking for Sessions' resignation.
Sessions departed the Justice Department
in an emotional farewell.
- I know Jenna, you and I have been
with the President where he has privately
talked about Jeff Sessionsand been very frustrated.
I mean he's publicly talked about it,
but he's also privatelybeen very frustrated
with the fact that he recused himself,
so this has been inthe hopper for a while.
- [Jenna] His replacementand former Chief of Staff
Matthew Whitaker, will now oversee
the Russian investigation.
That's raising concerns becauseof Whitaker's criticisms
of the probe headed by Robert Mueller.
- I could see a scenario whereJeff Sessions is replaced
with a recess appointmentand that Attorney General
doesn't fire Bob Mueller,but he just reduces budget
so low that his investigationgrinds to almost a halt.
- [Jenna] Nancy Pelosi, who's aiming
to be the Speaker in the newDemocrat controlled House
tweeted, "it is impossible to read
"Attorney General Sessions'firing as anything other than
"another blatant attemptby @realDonaldTrump
"to undermine and end
Special Counsel Mueller's investigation."
Others are alreadypromising investigations.
In a press conferenceWednesday, President Trump
vowed to work with House Democrats
and spoke well of Pelosi.
- Here she loves this countryand she's a very smart woman.
She's done a very good job.
- [Jenna] But he warnedthat investigations
can work both ways.
- They can play that game,but we can play it better.
Because we have a thing calledthe United States Senate
and all you're gonna do is end up in
back and forth and back and forth
and two years is gonna go up
and we won't have done a thing.
- And there could be many investigations
into the President whenDemocrats take control
of the House this winter.
They've already talkedabout issuing a subpoena
for President Trump's tax returns.
In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.
- I wanna go with you nowabout what is going on
with this probe.
When you have a Special Counsel,
the mandate for such a person,
must be to investigate a specific crime.
Not to go on a fishingexpedition around the country.
It's a specific crime anda specific jurisdiction
under a specific set of laws.
Now that man Muellerhas not followed that.
He has gone after various people
in the Republican Party,he's going for bank fraud
he's going for tax fraud,he's going all this stuff,
has nothing to do with Russian involvement
in our election, okay.
He's been at it now for a long time,
spent a lot of money, nowwhat is coming up next?
As I understand it,they're going to be several
carefully vetted,interrogatories in writing,
given to the President andthe President will answer
those interrogatories, period.
And it's time now for Mr.Mueller to issue a report
of his findings and what he's going to say
is I didn't find anyRussian collusion anywhere.
And that's what he's gonna say.
And when that's over, he should leave,
and that should happen,probably by Thanksgiving,
certainly no later than Christmas.
So his work is over.
In the process, though, he no longer
will be reporting toRosenstein, the deputy,
because his boss now will be this Whitaker
the acting Attorney General.
But we don't yet, we have yetseen the authorizing documents
that outline the scope of the activities
of the special prosecutor.
He did it and he's expanded it
and he's amplified it and never once
has he given Congress or anybody else
a look at what he said.
Now the Republicans in theHouse wanted to get him
to come and testify.
He has steadfastly refused to do it.
He said I'm not gonna doit, as a matter of fact
I'm gonna come after you.
Well, that's what he said, and then,
in a joke, he said I'mgonna tape the President
and then I'm gonna see if Ican invoke the 25th Amendment
and get him disqualified, I mean,
this is what he said.
Now he says well I was only kidding.
Was he kidding, or was he not kidding?
I mean, it's a pretty serious thing
and in my opinion, he needs to go
but I think the Presidentdoesn't wanna ask
for his resignation until afterthe Mueller thing is over.
But the Mueller thing must wind down
before Thanksgiving or before Christmas.
They can't go any longer.
He's done everything he can do
and there's been noevidence of any collusion
with any Russian anywhere.
Okay, now the new actingAttorney General, Matt Whitaker
has joined the JusticeDepartment last year.
President Bush appointedhim US Attorney for Iowa's
Southern District in 2004.
Whittaker has questioned, as I have,
the scope of RobertMueller's investigation.
He did it two years ago in a CNN op-ed,
he wrote that it wouldbe a quote, "violation
"for Robert Mueller to investigate
"President Trump's finances."
He added that, "It wouldbe dangerously close
"to crossing a red line."
In his college years,Whitaker played tight end
for the University ofIowa and caught a pass
in the 1991 Rose Bowl, okay?
So that's the man that's coming in
as Attorney General acting,and it seems like to me,
if the President wants to get somebody,
there's a Congressman named Trey Gowdy
who is unbelievablyintelligent and knowledgeable
about these things and he might well
if they don't want Whitaker,they could go with Gowdy
and he'd be a tremendous Attorney General.
- What a mess.
What a mess.
- But this thing hasbeen a fishing expedition
and now you see theseDemocrats are screaming
well you've got to let thescope of the investigation.
He's investigated everything known to man
and then he's brought indictments against
various people for bankfraud and financial crimes.
- Things that had nothingto do with the Russians.
- Nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.
And Whitaker has said,look, if we don't fire him
we can starve him out and Ithink that's a good thing to.
You could cut his budget, but Rosenstein
apparently has givenhim an unlimited budget
and an unlimited scope,but he's never shown
the papers to anybody and you know,
how do you know, it'sall been done in secret.
And apparently, behind the scenes,
there was some collusion between Mueller
and the former Head of the FBI,
and various others inthe Justice Department.
They're all buddies,they all work together.
- You know, people are so critical
of the things the President Tweets
and I think everybody'd like him to Tweet
in a little more civil Manner, but,
can you imagine what it's like
to feel that kind of divisiveness,
that kind of pressure,that kind of accusation
every day when you'retrying to get the job done?
- It's awful.- I mean, its.
- You read the New YorkTimes, the Washington Post
and they are just 100% against him.
And I might add something else,
there was a CNN reporterwho misbehaved terribly
in a press conference,refused to give the microphone
to the young lady who wasworking for the White House
to give the phone so others could have,
he's just had his presscredentials revoked.
- Well it's time.- It's a good thing.
- Yes, action needs to be taken
when people are inappropriate.
- Well he was in appropriate and he can't
get into the White Houseanymore and good for them.
Okay, does that clarify anything?
- That clarifies it.
- Alright, here we go, anyhow
look for the Mueller thing to be wound up
no later than Christmas, alright.
Well another mass shooting in America.
This time in California.
John Jessop has more on that story
from our CBN News Bureau in Washington.
- Pat, this latest shooting happened
at a crowded bar aboutan hour from Los Angeles
when a masked man walked in armed
with a handgun and smoke grenades.
Police say many lives were lost.
Mark Martin reports.
- Authorities say thosewho were shot and killed
including people inside the bar
and a police officer.
The gunman was laterfound dead at the scene.
- I was to the front door, I was talking
to my step-dad and I just started hearing
these big pops, pop, pop, pop.
There was probably threeor four, I hit the ground.
- [Mark] Customers at the Borderline Bar
were there for its college country night.
The popular spot in Thousand Oaks
is about 45 minutes from Los Angeles.
- Upon going through the front door,
the Sheriff's Sergeant was struck
multiple times with gunfire
and there were multiple other victims
of different levels of injury inside
that were rescued from the scene
and taken to local hospitals.
- [Mark] Witnesses saidthe scene was chaotic.
- I saw him point to theback of the cash register
and he just kept firing,I ran out the front door.
I hear chairs being thrown out the window,
people are trying to get out the window
and the gunman went, he wentbehind the cash register
he kept, there was probably 12 shots
before I got out the front door.
- [Mark] People scrambledfor safety, fleeing in panic.
- As our first deputies arrived on scene,
they also heard shots.
- [Mark] This man helpedpull people to safety.
- And he basically was unloading
and all I did was grabas many people as I could
and pulled them underneath the table
and then till I heard the shots,
till I heard a break in the shots
and then we got people out of there
as much as we could.
- Police say the onlyweapon found was a hand gun.
Mark Martin, CBN News.
- Thanks, Mark, Pat?
- You know, I really believe that
a lot of these crazy gunmen are on
some kind of medication.
I don't know whether it's some kind
of tranquilizer or something like that
that causes some of this violence.
But I can't believe that with that many
crazy people in America, I just.
- Oh, I.- You think there are?
- I could believe that, yeah.
- Well, so much for that, but
no seriously, I do believesome of these mass killings
that people have been mentally unhinged
but many of them areunder psychiatric care
and they're taking somekind of psychotropic
type of medication and Ithink it has an effect.
- Well, and many of them are unhinged
and not under psychiatriccare and how do you
keep guns out of thehands of people like that.
It's very challenging.- Who knows.
John, let's talk about politics.
What you go?
- Well, Pat, turning tothe recent elections,
the Republican advantageis still in the Senate
is still unclear.
Races in Arizona and Floridaare too close to call.
In Arizona, Republican Martha McSally
has a 1% lead overDemocrat Kyrsten Sinema.
And in Florida, Democrat Bill Nelson
is calling for a recountafter Governor Rick Scott's
lead shrunk to lessthan one half a percent.
Well, the results of the 2018 midterms
shifted the balance of powerright here in Washington DC
but as Chris Mitchellreports, they also affected
capitals around the world,including Jerusalem.
- [Chris] While Republicansmaintain control of the Senate,
they lost the House.
- There's a lot of power in the House.
I mean, there's a lot ofinfluence over appropriations
and so it's not goingto be, it's not gonna be
as easy for them as it has been.
It's gonna be a battle, I hope to God
that Israel doesn't have to pay for it
because that would be a terrible mistake.
- [Chris] The next item on the agenda
will likely be the President's peace plan.
- The President has beenpushing what he calls
the deal of the century, anIsraeli/Palestinian Peace Accord
and my assumption isthat he will be pressing
his peace plan morerigorously in the future.
My own advice, as a memberof the Israeli Government
is that we study veryseriously, and take seriously
this peace plan and try to respond to it
as flexibly and openly as possible.
- [Mark] Palestinians see an opportunity.
- The Democrats in the United States
are getting closer to aposition that may lead
eventually to a peace process in the end.
Whereas his policy has really been
a very difficult one to understand.
It does not get us anywhere closer
to a peace process, on the contrary,
I think it makes it very difficult
to reach a peace process.
From that position, I think the result
of the elections indicate a possibility
of a change in American police eventually.
- [Mark] Mike Evans serveson President Trump's
Faith Advisory Board, and is troubled
by the recent history of Democrats
with Israel's Prime Minister.
Evans says the midterms pose a challenge
to both President Trump andPrime Minister Netanyahu.
- There's never been apartnership with this great
there's never been anopportunity this great
in the whole Middle Eastas there is right now.
In the midterm elections is a very very
difficult dilemma for bothof them to face right now.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.
- Thanks Chris.
Well this just in, Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized.
She fractured three ribsin a fall at her office.
The 85 year old Ginsburg is at
George Washington University Hospital
for observation and treatment.
Pat, this comes as the Court just started
its latest session last month.
- Well, she's a brilliantwoman and I won't
take anything from her and I think
everybody should pray forher that she'll be healed
but it does seem like she isa little bit over the hill
and it's time to say goodbye.
And if this is thecase, and it may happen,
this will give President Trump another
opening in the Supreme Court with a Senate
that is much more favorable than the one
that heard for Brett Kavanaugh.
So the next hearing he'll have
two or three more Republican Senators
so it will be interesting,but I would just say
pray for her, she's a very brilliant lady.
Sleeps a lot and looks like she.
- Very fragile.- Very very fragile woman
and all we can say is, pray for her,
she's a very fine ladyand she was, I think,
confirmed with almost 99 votes,
I mean it was unbelievable and she'd been
a member of the ACLU but it didn't matter.