- Well, welcome to the 700 Club.
Former Attorney General JeffSessions is barely out the door
and already pressure is mounting
on the acting attorney general
to recuse himself in theRussia investigation.
- Not surprisingly, it's Democrats,
emboldened by their wins inthe House turning up the heat.
At the same time, we're learning
the Russia investigationmay soon be wrapping up.
Jennifer Wishon is inWashington with more.
- Robert Mueller is reportedly writing
his final report on theRussia investigation
that's cast a cloud overthe Trump administration.
The President is expectedto send written answers
to Mueller's questionsby the end of the month.
This, as his Acting AttorneyGeneral Matt Whitaker
assumes control of the probe.
But Democrats are calling onWhitaker to recuse himself
because of his past commentsabout the investigation.
- I can see a scenario where Jeff Sessions
is replaced with a recess appointment
and that attorney generaldoesn't fire Bob Mueller,
but he just reduces the budget so low
that his investigationgrinds to almost a halt.
- [Jennifer] Democrats onthe House Judiciary Committee
say Deputy AG Rod Rosensteinshould continue oversight
of the Mueller investigation.
They also sent a lettertelling the Justice Department
to preserve all materials related
to any investigations bythe Special Counsel's office
and the departure ofAttorney General Sessions.
Former Justice officialIan Prior tells CBN News
Whitaker should expect ongoing attacks.
- The biggest challengefor him is really gonna be
that the knives are out from Democrats.
They are going to go after him,
and you're seeing it already.
- With or without a recusal,lawmakers on both sides
of the aisle say Mueller's investigation
should proceed without interference,
with Republicans addingit's gone on too long
and Democrats applying the most heat.
- It would create a constitutional crisis
if this were to prelude toending or greatly limiting
the Mueller investigation.
- I don't say it's aconstitutional crisis quite yet,
but it's a perilous time.
- [Jennifer] RepublicanSenator Lindsey Graham
says there's no need for concern.
- To those who are worriedabout the Mueller investigation,
you need not worry, he'll beallowed to finish his job.
- And we're learning moreabout Whitaker's worldview.
During a 2014 debate in Iowa when he ran
for the Republican nomination for Senate,
Whitaker reportedly said he'd like to see
federal judicial nomineesbe people of faith
with a biblical view of justice.
Under the law, Whitaker can remain
acting AG for seven months.
Among those the White House is considering
to serve as Sessions'permanent replacement,
former New Jersey governor
and Trump supporter, Chris Christie.
People close to him if offered the job,
he'll consider it seriously.
Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.
- Well, welcome to the newnormal in Washington, D.C.
We're going to see investigationafter investigation.
The House has been literallygift-wrapped this one,
and that note they sent,preserve everything,
in law practice, that'scalled a litigation hold,
and it puts on the other party,
you have to have apreservation policy right now
to make sure that nothing is destroyed.
If anything is, thenwe're going to hold you
accountable for it.
This has gotten just unbelievably strange
and we'll be watching everyminute of it, but guaranteed,
once the Democrats arein position in January,
this is going to be thevery first investigation,
why did Sessions resign,
why did he leave the administration,
why was Whitaker put in his place,
what is the underlying reasonfor that, and then the ongoing
pressure for Whitaker to recuse himself.
We're gonna see that drumbeatfrom now until whenever
Mueller wraps up his investigation,the sooner, the better.
Well, in other news, theinvestigation continues
into the deadly bar attack in California.
John Jessup has more on that story
from our CBN News Bureauin Washington, John?
- Well, Gordon, federal investigators
are working to learn moreabout the Marine combat veteran
who shot and killed 12people inside a country bar
in Thousand Oaks, California.
Authorities are searching thehome of 28-year-old Ian Long,
hoping to find a motivebehind Wednesday's rampage.
Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant Ron Helus
rushed in to help, butwas shot and killed.
He'd planned on retiring next year
after 29 years with the force.
- Sergeant Helus was havinga conversation with his wife
on the phone as he doesseveral times during the shift,
and said to her, "Hey, Igotta go handle a call,
"I love you, I'll talk to you later."
He went in there to save people
and made the ultimate sacrifice.
- Hundreds of people attended a vigil
Thursday night to mourn the victims.
Well, Florida RepublicanGovernor Rick Scott
is suing two Florida counties,
accusing election supervisorsof what he calls rampant fraud
in vote counting for hisbid for the US Senate.
Scott ordered the Departmentof Law Enforcement
to immediately investigateBroward and Palm Beach Counties.
This as new ballots pouringin had narrowed Scott's lead
over incumbent DemocratSenator Bill Nelson.
Scott said, "He will not sitby while unethical liberals
"try to steal this election."
Meanwhile, in the Arizona Senate race,
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has pulled ahead
of Republican Martha McSallyby about 10,000 votes.
Voters turned out in historicnumbers on election day,
and no one group was more important
for Republicans than evangelicals.
Mark Martin has more.
- Well, God plays a big factor in my life.
- The God factor was front and center
in a congressional racethat saw presidential levels
of voter turnout across the country,
evangelical Christiansshowed up in droves.
Faith and Freedom Coalitionchairman Ralph Reed
attributes that surge to the President.
- The evangelicals deliveredthis vote in a big way,
and of course Donald Trump deserves
an enormous amount of credit.
- [Mark] The faith-basedvote surged to include
more than one out of every three voters
in Tuesday's elections.
Evangelicals made up 26%of the national electorate,
and of those 80% voted for Republicans,
with only 12% going for Democrats.
But the real evangelical impactwas felt on a state level,
where in states that flipped seats
from Democrat to Republican,the evangelical electorate
surpassed the national average every time.
- There are a couple of peoplelooking down from heaven
that I wanna recognize.
- In Florida, where anemotional Rick Scott
claimed victory in his bid for the Senate,
30% of all voters were evangelicals
and 80% of thoseChristians voted for Scott.
- And we have a narrow window.
- [Mark] In Indiana, whereRepublican Mike Braun
won his Senate bid,evangelical turnout topped
the national average by 14%,
and 71% cast their votes for Braun.
- Without you, I am nothing,and with you I am everything.
- [Mark] Similarevangelical numbers helped
sweep in Senator-elect KevinCramer in North Dakota.
- The good Lord and the people of Missouri
have given us the victory.
- [Mark] And RepublicanSenate winner Josh Hawley,
a Christian evangelical candidate
CBN News has been followingsince the beginning
of his Senate run in Missouri.
- The country needs us,the culture needs us,
our society needs us, we're the ones
who have to step forwardand to bring the truth
of the Gospel of JesusChrist into every corner
of our society.
It's our mission, it's our duty,
it's also our great privilege.
It's a tremendous, tremendous privilege.
- [Mark] He told us hisfaith drives his politics.
- The Lord has called us to doour part in the public sphere
to stand for him and tostand for the principles
on which this country wasfounded, and as I see it,
my job is to be faithful to those things
and then leave the rest to the Lord.
- Before the election, Christian leaders
called on the faithfulto be good citizens,
not only by praying for our leaders,
but also by voting for them at the polls.
This election shows when they show up,
it makes a difference.
Mark Martin, CBN News.
- Thanks, Mark, well, turning overseas,
in Japan Christianity is a minority faith
and the church is small.
But CBN Superbook isnow in its second month
on air in Japan and gaining popularity.
Recently, the program took center stage
at a large evangelistic eventfor kids and their families.
Lucille Talusan brings usthis report from Tokyo.
- This is known as the Joy Joy Festival.
It's Japan's largestannual evangelistic event,
organized by 88 churches
and the Word of Life Press Ministries,
which is Superbook'sministry partner here.
2,000 kids and their families attended,
and half of them arenot part of any church.
Church goers grabbed this opportunity
to invite non-Christians to the concert,
not only for entertainment,
but to hear the goodnews about God's love.
A special attraction thisyear was Superbook's Gizmo,
or Robic as he is known in Japan.
The audience got even more excited
when they received Superbook DVD sets.
Gizmo is very happy meeting new friends
here at the Joy Joy Festival
where Superbook has also participated.
This is a great way to promote Superbook
that now airs on nationaltelevision here in Japan.
John Tan, CBN regional director for Japan,
describes the airing ofSuperbook as a miracle
and a great favor from God.
- There was a difficulty to get religious
or Christian material onair, but seeing Superbook,
the quality of animationand it helps children,
so then they've allowedus to be on the air.
- In addition to watchingSuperbook on television,
churches are using theanimated Bible series
as part of their Sunday School curriculum.
- One of the big issues for the youth
is they don't have hope,
they don't know whatto do with the future,
but we know the church hasthe real hope in Christ.
- The lesson I learned from Superbook
is to put Jesus first in everything I do.
- I love the part of the resurrection
after Jesus died on the cross,
because Jesus is theone who forgive our sins
and died on the cross.
I invite my friends to ourhome to watch Superbook.
I hope they tell theirmothers about Superbook,
so they can get to know Jesus.
- Lucille Talusan, CBN News, Tokyo.
- Thanks, Lucille; Gordon,a lot of smiling faces there
at Tokyo's Joy Joy Festival.
- A lot of smiling faces right here
because what an answer toprayer, what a dream come true.
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