- Welcome to The 700 Club.
Isn't it bizarre, it started out
with a discredited British spook
who wrote what was calleda fusion GPS document
alleging that the Russians were trying
to influence the election by negotiating
with the Trump campaign and so
there was ka-hoo and cryto get to the bottom of it.
Alan Dershowitz, of Harvard,
made a very brilliant suggestion,
"why don't you have acommission to do that?"
But without the knowledge of the President
because the AttorneyGeneral, Jeff Sessions
had recused himself,his assistant appointed
a special prosecutor who happened
to be a former FBI guy who was a buddy
of all the FBI people and they asked
for so-called "FISA warrants" from judges
and they used to get those warrants
to spy on Americans from a FISA court.
They used this Fusion GPS phony document
that it turned out had been paid
for by the Democratic Party.
Now, that's where it came.
Alright, the head of the FBIwas before Congress yesterday
and they asked him, "could youtell us about that document?"
"I don't know."
"Can you tell us who lead that?"
"I don't know."
"Is it an honest document?"
"I don't know."
Here's the head of the FBI
and what did he say it, 240 times?
He said, "I can't remember, I don't know."
He's the guy who lead the charge, okay,
so they've got all this stuff going.
Now they have a fellownamed Robert Mueller
who's doing this thing, supposedly finding
about Russian involvementbut what has he done?
He's begun to into the personal finances
of the attorney for thePresident of the United States
and they violated something
that I always thought was sacrosanct.
That was called theattorney-client privilege
and that's something that was never,
judge would never open up,opposing council could never ask.
They could say, "Well,that's attorney-client,"
"and that is sanctity."
It's like the confession ofa Catholic before a priest.
But now Michael Cohen who was the lawyer
for the President, his officewas attached by the FBI.
They seized all of this personal files
and took them into custody
and then they let peoplebegin to look at his files.
And now he's been sentenced
and the whole thing is bizarre, you see.
What in the world is happening?
But it looks like the Justice Department
and the people who hated Donald Trump,
especially in the FBI, there were several
who have themselves been fired
or indicted, who wantedto get the President
and keep him from being thePresident of the United States.
And so, you've got thisthing going on now.
They say there were hush money payments
given to Michael Cohenwho in turned paid them.
One to the National Enquirer
and then the other to Karen Mcdougal
who's a former Playmate or whatever,
and this Stormy Danielswho was a porn star,
And apparently the President,we don't know what went on
but he said, "I didn't do anything"
but he gave money to Cohen,
Cohen in turn gives it to the ladies.
So now, they're sayingthat's a federal crime.
I don't know (laughs) Idon't think anybody knows!
It's so hard to parse these things.
It's so complicated but whatever it is,
a judge sentenced Michael Cohen.
- He did, to three years in prison
for financial crimes and
for violating campaign finance laws.
After that, the NationalEnquirer, of all places,
made a surprise announcement.
CBN's Jenna Browder bringsus the story from Washington.
- Just two hours after Michael Cohen
was sentenced another bombshell.
The parent company of theNational Enquirer, AMI,
cut a deal with prosecutors,
admitting to helping the Trump campaign
cover up allegations of an affair.
Feds agreed not prosecute
if the head of AMI agreed to cooperate.
The company admitted topaying Karen McDougal $150,000
in concert with the Trumpcampaign to bury her story.
Prosecutors say that in Cohen's testimony
that he paid $130,000 to StormyDaniels for the same reason,
amount to illegal campaign contributions
which is a felony.
- There were real feelingsbetween the two of us.
- [Jenna Browder] It all hinges on
if the President knew the payments
were being made and if he didit to protect his campaign.
In a similar case, involvingpresidential candidate,
John Edwards, a jury did not
find he violated campaign finance laws.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, last night.
- The term, "co-conspirator" is beginning
to fit Donald Trump likea well-tailored suit.
- [Jenna Browder] SenatorLindsey Graham, though,
played down the fallout.
- I don't know if it meanswhole lot for the President.
It means a lot in Michael Cohen's life.
Anytime a former lawyerof yours goes to jail
is probably not a good day
but I've yet to see any evidence coming
from Mr. Cohen of collusion and
that's what started the Muellerinvestigation to begin with.
- [Jenna Browder] Cohen isstill working with prosecutors
and is prepared to testifybefore Congress, if called.
Yesterday he said, "Ifelt it was my duty,"
"to cover up his dirty deeds rather"
"than listen to my own inner voice"
"and my moral compass... my weakness"
"can be characterized as ablind loyalty to Donald Trump."
Meantime, Special CounselRobert Mueller's team says,
he has "provided consistentand credible information"
"about core Russia-relatedissues under investigation."
It's possible Cohen couldhave his sentence reduced
if he tells more.
So far, silence from the White House
but President Trump'sattorney, Rudy Giuliani,
did have this to say to Yahoo! News,
"Cohen is a completelydishonorable person,"
"I've never heard of a lawyer"
"that tape-recorded their client"
"without the client's permission."
Going on to add, "thepresident's not a lawyer."
"The simple fact is that it's"
"not a criminal violation ofthe the campaign finance law."
And in another development, afederal judge ordered Mueller
to turn over documentsrelated to the questioning
of former National SecurityAdvisor, Michael Flynn.
This, after Flynn's legal teamsaid the FBI pressured him
not to bring a lawyer to an interview
with agents at the White House.
There's talk of impeachment
but President Trumpsays he's not concerned
and he thinks people would,"revolt" if that happened.
In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.
- I don't know... ladies and gentleman,
if you feel as I do, I thinkwe've got to get together
for this country and thiskind of unseemly stuff
that goes on without question.
We've got Strack and Lisa Page,
sending emails back and forth.
"How and we get Trump?"
"How can we discredit him?"
"How can we keep himfrom being President?"
There's no doubt.
And then a former head ofthe FBI has been discredited
and now Comey has claimed amnesia.
It's unbelievable in those hearings.
But the biggest thing isn'tthese payments, anything
but the fact that the lawyer says,
"I was blindly loyal"
and as Rudy Giuliani says,a blindly loyal lawyer
does not tape statementsand the conversations
he has with his client.
That just is not done.
And if it is done, under any circumstances
it would never be made public.
But that part of the legalsystem has been shredded
to pieces by these investigations
and I think that some judge oughta step in
and say, "This is wrong!"
I don't care what youthink about the President
but that should never happen.
A man should be ableto talk to his attorney
in confidence and that's one the pillars
of the legal system we have in America
and they have violated it and it's wrong.
It's just flat wrong.
Well, in other news (laughs), Nancy Pelosi
is trying to put down arebellion in her party.
John Jessup has more on that.
- That's right, Pat, Pelosi is promising
to limit her time as HouseSpeaker to just four years.
The current minorityleads who's 78 years old
made the offer to Democrats who say
it's time for fresher faces to take over.
The deal also applies toher deputies Steny Hoyer
and James Clyburn, bothmen also in their late 70s.
The agreement is expected to clear the way
for her to take theSpeaker's post next month
Well, the Senate will vote early next year
on President Trump's pickfor Attorney General.
Bill Barr held the post in the 1990s
under President George H.W. Bush.
Amber Strong brings up this look at Barr
and explains why some conservatives
are hopeful about his appointment.
- With a resume dating back to the 1970s,
as a CIA analysis, William Barr
is a staple around Washington.
In the early 80s, he beganwork for President Reagan.
Eventually serving asAttorney General for Bush 41.
- Respected by Republicansand respected by Democrats.
- [Amber Strong] During his career,
the 68 year old served as a boss
to Robert Mueller and on thegeneral counsel for Verizon.
His views on issues such as Roe v. Wade
and immigration excite many Republicans.
Conservatives are hopefullyhe'll bring stability
to an embattled DOJ.
- The establishment's gonnabe asking the question,
"will Bill Barr be brave enough"
"to stand up to President Trump?"
Frankly, the question should be,
"Will Bill Barr be brave enough"
"to stand up for President Trump?"
- [Amber Strong] And that's the very thing
that has some on the leftand the right concerned.
Particularly when itcomes to past statements
from Barr, seeming to criticize aspects
of the Mueller investigation.
- I'm glad the Presidenthas nominated someone,
someone with relevantexperience in the department.
What I'll be looking for is
will he be working to guarantee
the independence of theDepartment of Justice?
- [Amber Strong] Barr's received praise
for his thoughts oncounter terrorism post-9/11
but that too, could be an issue.
- I'm concerned thathe's been a big supporter
of the Patriot Act, whichlowered the standard
for spying on Americansand even went so far
as to say the Patriot Act was pretty good
but we should go much further.
- [Amber Strong] Evenstill, most Republicans
are confident it willbe an easy confirmation.
- It shouldn't be all that difficult.
This is someone who has along record in public life.
My guess is that, whenit's all said and done,
when it comes to a vote in the full Senate
that he'll have a strong support.
- No date yet on that confirmation
but it's likely to takeplace in early 2019.
Amber Strong, CBN News, Washington.
- Thanks Amber.
Pat, did you think this was a great pick?
- I think he's superb pick
because he's servedwith the station before.
I think they approved him on a voice vote.
He's so popular.
And he has headed the Justice Department,
he knows how to do it, he's experienced
and not some amateur going in there.
But he's made some very strong statements
that I think bode well for his tenure
and I do know that Jay Sekulow
and others warmly support him.
I remember, in Virginia,he was somewhat active
in the old days in the Republican Party
in Virginia and was highly thought of.
And I think he's goingto make a superb choice,
is a superb choice as Attorney General.
But you know I just don't understand
this business about the independence
of the Justice Department.
They are a branch of government,
they report to the Presidentof the United States.
I don't know where we get the idea
that they're supposed to be independent.
Who's gonna control them?
To whom does the Attorney General report?
And it has been suggested
that we should split the office.
There should be onethat's gonna be the lawyer
for the President and the other
who's going to be runningthe Justice Department.
But as it is, we've got two people
and the Attorney General,among other things,
is the confidante and alawyer for the President.
And at the same time, he's supposed to run
the Justice Department andit's a difficult situation
but, as I understand it,the Justice Department
is not some independent branchthat doesn't have a head.
The situation we have, everybodyhas to report to somebody.
And, in the Justice Departmentthe Attorney General
is the head of the Justice Department
and he, in turn, reports to the
President of the United States and to say,
"well, it's supposed to beindependent" is nonsense.
Enough, it's gonna beChristmas, hey, ho ho ho.
Happiness, stockings andmistletoe and all that.
- Heartfelt, huh?
- (laughs) Okay, alright, John.
- Well, Pat, no stockings or mistletoe
in this next story asPresident Trump reimposed
harsh economic sanctionson Iran last month.
Iranian hackers scrambled tobreak into the personal emails
of American officialstasked with enforcing them.
According to the Associated Press,
a London-based cybersecurity group found
the hackers tried to break into the emails
of treasury officials, DC Think Tanks,
and other key figures.
AP says it's more evidenceof the ongoing cyberwar
between the United States and Iran.
Two Israelis were killedin a terrorist shooting
in Biblical Sumeria today.
It's the third such attackin less than a week.
But Israel's threats gobehind Palestinian terrorists.
It's also fighting the hidden threat
on it's Northern border.
Chris Mitchell reportson the IDF's discovery
of more terror tunnels runningfrom Lebanon into Israel.
- [Chris Mitchell] PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu
issued a warning toHezbollah during a visit
to Israeli troops in the North.
- Our deployment is readyfor a strong response
if Hezbollah makes a big mistake
and decides to harm us or to resist
the operation we are conducting.
They will be hit in such a way
that they can not even imagine.
- [Chris Mitchell] Israelisoldiers dismantling
the tunnels released a recording
of the classifiedtechnology to detect them.
Meanwhile, a Hezbollah leader boasted
all of Israeli is withinrange of its missiles.
Sheikh Naim Qassem said,"There is not a single point,"
"in occupied territories out"
"of reach of Hezbollah's missiles."
"The Zionists cannottolerate such a high level"
"of threats in confrontationwith Hezbollah,"
"which is why they have no motive"
"for entering another war with Lebanon."
Israeli's Chief of Military Intelligence
warned lawmakers that whilethe risk of war is low,
the potential exists for circumstances
to escalate out of control.
Lebanon's President downplayed the danger.
- Israel has informed us,through the United States,
that there are no aggressive intentions
and it will continue towork inside its territories.
We, too, have no aggressive intentions.
- [Chris Mitchell] Thetunnels, however, appear
to be part of an aggressivestrategy by Hezbollah.
Israel says the tunnelsviolate the UN resolution
that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War
that prohibited Hezbollahfrom a military build up.
Since then, however, Hezbollah missiles
have increased abouttenfold to some 150,000
giving the terror groupmore military firepower
than 95% of countries in the world.
Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.
- Thanks, Chris.
Pat, back to you.
- You know, the UnitedNations is a toothless tiger
and after that other war
when I had the privilege of being there
while those rockets were being fired,
the UN moved in and said,
"alright we're gonna impose sanctions"
"and we're gonna letthese people harm anymore"
"we're not going to letthem build up anymore"
"and we guarantee the security of Israel."
No such thing happened and now Hezbollah
has gotten many, many more rockets,
much more sophisticated rockets,
much better guidance systems
and now they're buildingtunnels to bring in supplies
and personnel from theNorth to invade Israel.
They've got everything setup and is always in violation
and the UN has done nothing!
And what I have suggested,and I'll do it again,
we need a substitutefor the United Nations.
It is nothing but a soundingboard for terrorists
and anti-Israeli andanti-American propaganda.
The General Assembly is toothless
and the Security Council,you know if it isn't
for the vote of the United States
which has veto power, that whole thing
would run away from us andthe Obama administration
refuses to act on one initiative
and they let a resolution go through
that was very damaging to Israel.
We don't wanna redo that thing.
It's World War II, it'sused its usefulness
and we should stop supporting it.
We oughta go for another, acommunity of democratic nations
that doesn't includeall these dictatorships
and these little penny candy countries
that don't amount to much.
I think the time has come.
This was a time the UnitedNations should have acted,
they should have moved in,
they should have restricted Hezbollah.
They have done nothing andyet that buildup is there
and it extremely dangerous to Israel.
I don't know how they're gonna get away
from having a preemptive war.
Sooner or later Israel isgoing to be forced to strike
or else it's existence isgoing to be put in jeopardy.