Iran threatens to surpass nuclear deal limits in 10 days


NEIL: ALL RIGHT. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MOMENTS WHERE IRAN ALWAYS ARGUED WE DON’T HAVE ANY NUCLEAR PRODUCTION GOING ON BUT THEY ARE ALREADY PROMISING TO RAMP IT UP NOW THAT WE RIPPED UP THE DEAL. YOU DO THAT THINK BUT YOU SAID YOU DIDN’T HAVE NUCLEAR — I KNOW. NOI. I’M DONE. WE HAVE THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER, OHIO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MIKE TURNER HERE IN THE FLESH. GOOD TO HAVE YOU, SIR.>>THANK YOU. NEIL: THEY ARE BRAGGING ABOUT WE ARE GOING TO EXCEED THE LIMITS, BREAK THIS DEAL. THAT’S ALL BUT A GIVEN. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>WELL, I JUST RECENTLY MET WITH THE LEAD INSPECTOR WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY THAT’S OVER THE DEAL WITH IRAN. IRAN HAS BEEN DOING A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT ARE APPROACHING OR PREPARING FOR BREAKING THE DEAL, ALL IN DIRECT OBSERVATION OF THE IAEA. IT’S SOMEWHAT BEEN ANTICIPATED THEY WERE GOING TO BE GOING DOWN THIS PATH. AS YOU KNOW, THE DEAL ITSELF HAD THREE MAJOR FLAWS. IT WAS LIMITED IN ITS TIME PERIOD, MEANING THERE WERE THINGS THEY WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO ANYWAY IN TEN YEARS WHEN THE DEAL HAD BEEN CONSTRUCTED, IT DID NOT INCLUDE MISSILES, DID NOT INCLUDE MALIGN ACTIVITIES THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT AND IT ALSO HAD A VERY LIMITED INSPECTION REGIME. THAT’S WHY THE ADMINISTRATION THROUGH A MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN TRYING TO BRING IRAN BACK TO THE TABLE TO RENEGOTIATE THIS DEAL. CLEARLY, AS IRAN CONTINUES TO ESCALATE ITS ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA, IT’S BRINGING IT CLOSER AND CLOSER TO EVERYONE REALIZING THE DEAL IS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE RENEGOTIATED AND CONSEQUENTLY — NEIL: THEY RAMP IT UP. ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT WAIT A MINUTE, FAULTY OR PROBLEMATIC AS THE DEAL WAS, AT LEAST SOMETHING HELD IT TOGETHER. NOW THERE’S NO SWISS CHEESE, NOTHING.>>WELL, IRAN CLAIMED THEY WERE GOING TO COMPLY WITH THE DEAL AS LONG AS THE EUROPEANS COMPLIED WITH THE DEAL. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO AS TO WHY THEY WOULD BE NOW BREAKING A DEAL THEY HAD COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO. BUT THE DEAL ITSELF IS FLAWED. THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A PATH THAT WOULD HAVE — WE WOULD HAVE BEEN FACING A NUCLEAR IRAN SO IT’S VERY TIMELY THAT WE BRING THIS FORWARD AND WITH POMPEO AND THE ADMINISTRATION’S MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN. I DO THINK THERE’S OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN TO COME TO THE TABLE. IT MAY GET NOISY FOR AWHILE BUT I THINK IF OUR ALLIES COME TO THE TABLE WITH US, IRAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME TO THE TABLE. NLT NEIL: ON THAT FRONT, YOU DON’T DOUBT THE EVIDENCE OUT THERE THAT IRAN WAS AND IS BEHIND THESE TANKER ATTACKS AND OTHER THINGS? I MEAN, SOME OF OUR ALLIES APPARENTLY WANT MORE PROOF. WHAT IS IT?>>I DON’T. I THINK, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IS WHO ELSE IN THE AREA WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IT AND WHO ELSE IN THE AREA HAS THE MEANS TO DO IT. NEIL: THE CYNICAL VIEW IS SOMEONE COULD SET IT UP TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEM.>>THESE ARE FAIRLY SOPHISTICATED ATTACKS. NEIL: WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT? WHY RISK OUR WRATH?>>THEY WERE ALREADY DOING COVERT MALIGN ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE SORT OF SURFACING AS BEING EVIDENCED, AS DOING THESE ACTIVITIES, A CLEAR DOTTED LINE. I THINK IT’S CLEARLY TO SHOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT THEY DO INTEND TO THROUGH AGGRESSION AND ATTACKS IN THE AREA, CALL ATTENTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THEIR DISPLEASURE THAT THEIR ECONOMY IS TANKING, IT’S NOT GROWING AS A RESULT OF U.S. SANCTIONS. THEY ARE HAVING GREAT DIFFICULTY IN CONVINCING ANYBODY TO INVEST IN IRAN. THEY ARE NOT A VERY GOOD BUSINESS PARTNER. NEIL: CHINA COZYING UP TO RUSSIA, I KNOW MIKE POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE, IS SAYING THE ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERING A FULL RANGE OF OPTIONS ON IRAN. DO YOU KNOW WHETHER AN OUTRIGHT ATTACK IS AMONG THEM?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK THE SECRETARY HAS RIGHTLY SAID MILITARY OPTIONS WILL BE PRESERVED BUT AT THE SAME TIME — NEIL: NOT MILITARY OPTIONS ALONE.>>RIGHT. IF YOU ONLY LOOK AT THE ISSUES OF IF IRAN SHOULD ATTACK OUR ALLIES, OR ATTACK THE UNITED STATES, WE JUST RECENTLY IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HAD A DEBATE, THE DEMOCRATS BROUGHT FORWARD AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED ANY MILITARY ACTION OR RESPONSE TO IRAN. THIS WOULDN’T EVEN ALLOW US TO PROTECT ISRAEL OR TO PROTECT OUR NATO ALLIES. I THINK — NEIL: THEY PULLED THAT.>>RO KHANNA FROM CALIFORNIA. NEIL: SOMEONE MUST HAVE GOTTEN IT.>>ONCE WE BEGAN HAVING THE DEBATE AND THE CHAIRMAN SAW THE DIFFICULTIES THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED OPTIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES, TOOK IT OFF THE TABLE. WE WILL HAVE THAT DEBATE AGAIN AS IT COMES, AS THE BILL COMES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. BUT I THINK POMPEO THROUGH HIS MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN IS USING ALL OPTIONS OF SANCTIONS, WORKING WITH ALLIES, WORKING WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO PLACE PRESSURE ON IRAN AND THAT’S CERTAINLY THE WAY TO GO. NEIL: SANCTIONS IS THE WAY TO GO RIGHT NOW.>>AT THIS POINT, EVEN THE SANCTIONS ARE INCREASING, TIGHTENING, AND THAT I THINK

Trump calls Google, Twitter biased, says they should be sued


>>SOMEBODY SAID THEY DON’T WANT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 TO HAPPEN IN 2020. THEY DON’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN AGAIN, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO?>>LET ME TELL YOU, THEY’RE TRYING TO RIG THE ELECTION. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT, NOT THE WITCH-HUNT, PHONY WITCH-HUNT.>>IS WHAT TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES DOING TO YOU, IS THAT LEGAL, ARE THEY BREAKING THE LAW, MR. PRESIDENT?>>I DON’T KNOW BUT TELL YOU WHAT, THEY SHOULD BE SUED. NEIL: PRESIDENT TRUMP SLAMMING GOOGLE, OTHER TECH COMPANIES CLAIMING THEY’RE SUPPRESSING HIS REACH AND COULD HURT HIM AGAIN. “WASHINGTON EXAMINER” ON ALL OF THIS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THIS?>>LOOK, NEIL, ONE THING THERE IS THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY HERE THERE IS A LOT OF BIPARTISANSHIP WHEN IT COMES TO BREAKING UP THESE BIG TECH COMPANIES. ELIZABETH WARREN SAID IN MARCH, FACEBOOK AND OTHER TECH COMPANIES THAT EXCEED $25 BILLION IN AD REVENUE SHOULD BE BROKEN UP. GOOGLE, FOR EXAMPLE, OWNED BY ALPHABET, HAS FACED ANTITRUST ISSUES BEFORE. THEY HAD TO PAY A $1.7 BILLION FINE TO THE EUROPEAN UNION OF THE FACT THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, RUMORED IN THE PAST YEAR TO BE POSSIBLY OPENING AN ANTITRUST PROBE INTO GOOGLE, THAT WOULD JUST BE A NEW FRONTIER AND A NEW COUNTRY OBVIOUSLY WHICH THEY WILL PROBABLY FACE MAYBE ADDITIONAL FINES. NEIL: BUT WASN’T THE ISSUE WITH A LOT OF THESE GUYS, FACEBOOK INCLUDED, WHETHER INTENTIONALLY, UNINTENTIONALLY WERE PROVIDING ENTITY FOR ALL THE FAKE ENTITIES WERE ACTUALLY HELPING DONALD TRUMP AT THE TIME?>>AND THAT IS THE THING. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A LOT OF THIS CONTROL GOING TO THESE BIG TECH COMPANIES? AND THERE IS SORT OF BEEN THIS, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE TO SAY THE RUSSIANS MEDDLED IN THE 2016 ELECTION, THAT THEY HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON THE VOTE. NOW THEY’RE SAYING HERE, AT LEAST SOME LIBERALS ARE SAYING THESE BIG TECH COMPANIES MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY HAVE A BIG IMPACT IN 2020. THAT IS WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE ROOT ISSUE HERE. THE GOOGLE EXECUTIVE WAS VIDEOTAPED SAYING IN THE CONTEXT OF SAYING ELIZABETH WARREN IS BEING MISGUIDED BREAKING UP THE BIG TECH COMPANIES, IT MAKES IT HARDER FOR BIG COMPANIES LIKE GOOGLE TO STOP A QUOTE, UNQUOTE, TRUMP SITUATION IN 2020. THAT IS SORT OF THE ISSUE HERE. THAT IS KIND OF INTERESTING TO SEE HOW PEOPLE ARE REACTING TO IT AND TRUMP MIGHT GET MORE ALLIES FROM THE OTHER SIDE THAN HE THINKS. NEIL: I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT THAT. ALSO THE NOTION THAT IT HURT HIM, WHEN IN RETROSPECT WE KNOW ENOUGH FROM THE MUELLER REPORT, WHEN IT CAME TO THAT STUFF, THE RUSSIANS WERE VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL LEVERAGING THAT TO HURT HILLARY CLINTON AND HELP HIM. IT’S A LITTLE WEIRD.>>IT’S A KIND OF A WEIRD DISCONNECT. TRUMP IS PROBABLY ON TO SOMETHING THAT GOOGLE AND OTHER BIG TECH COMPANIES ARE POLICING CONSERVATIVES A LITTLE MORE HARSHLY THAN THEY ARE LIBERALS. NEIL: BOTH SIDES SHOULD APPRECIATE IMPORTANCE GETTING A

Wall Street CEOs pull out of China trade meeting over disputes: Gasparino


THEY HAVE RESERVATIONS. I DON’T KNOW. THAT VOICE YOU HEAR IS MY GOOD FRIEND, CHARLIE GASPARINO.>>I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS GOING OVER THERE. NEIL: WELL, HE IS NOT.>>I GREW UP WITH A LOT OF IRISH GUYS. BY THE WAY THEY LOVE TRUMP SO YOU KNOW.>>RIGHT. BOEING IS BRAGGING ABOUT ALL THESE CHINA PLANE PURCHASES THE SO WEIRD VIBES.>>WHAT IS GOING ON HERE, THE CHINESE ARE REACHING OUT TO CORPORATE AMERICA, ESSENTIALLY LOBBY ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON, AGAINST HIS CHINA TRADE POLICIES. IT IS INTERESTING THAT, HE SET UP A MEETING FOR SEPTEMBER, EXCUSE ME, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SET UP A MEETING WITH WALL STREET FIRMS FOR SEPTEMBER 16th, WHICH WAS ANOMALY, AT LEAST, YOU KNOW — NEIL: AT THE TIME OF THE U.N. CONFAB AND ALL THAT?>>I BELIEVE SO. RELATIONS. BUT REALLY TO, WALL STREET FIRMS KNOW THIS, REALLY TO ENLIST THE INTO A TRADE WAR WITH CHINA SINCE ALL THESE FIRMS HAVE SO MUCH BUSINESS THERE. HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE MEETING. THE FIRMS THEMSELVES ARE NOT TOO CRAZY ABOUT THIS IDEA. WE DO KNOW AT LEAST TWO MAJOR WALL STREET EXECUTIVES ARE PULLING OUT OF THE MEETING. THEY WILL SEND NUMBER TWOS. WE DO KNOW, STEVE SCHWARZMAN THE CEO OF BLACKSTONE, THE BIG PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM IS NOT GOING>>I WILL GET TO THAT IN A SECOND. JAMIE DIMON, CEO OF JPMORGAN WON’T ATTEND. BOTH CITING SCHEDULING CONFLICTS. FROM WHAT I AM HEARING INSIDE THE COMPANY, LISTEN, THEY DON’T HAS A PROBLEM WITH TRADE HE CAN CALL UP TRUMP HIMSELF. HE KNOWS THIS STUFF. HE DOESN’T NEED TO BE PART OF A DOG-AND-PONY SHOW. JPMORGAN, BLACKSTONE AND OTHER MAJOR BANKS FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND ARE GOING TO SEND THAT WOULD BE A PRETTY BIG STATEMENT IN DIMON AND SCHWARTZMAN WENT TO THIS MEETING. NEIL: ALL OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT THIS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.>>THINK ABOUT IT, WALL STREET CEO LOBBYING TRUMP ON BEHALF OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT? THEY HAVE LOTS OF BUSINESS OVER THERE. BLACKSTONES THAT PLENTY OF BUSINESS IN CHINA. SO DOES JP AND ALL THESE FIRMS, THEY DO WELL BY HAVING U.S. COMPANIES HAVING ACCESS. HIS NUMBER TWO. THEY WILL SEND NUMBER TWO, THEY FEEL THEY HAVE COVER TO SEND A NUMBER TWO?>>I THINK THEY JUST, THEY DON’T WANT TO BE PART OF OVERT LOBBYING EFFORT. NEIL: HOW REAL DO YOU THINK THIS IS?>>CHINA IS THE BIG TRADE. WEEKS. CHINA IS THE BIG WORRY.>>HERE IS WHAT CEO’S TELL YOU. CHINA IS A BAD ACTOR. GIVE PETER NAVARRO ONE THING HE RAISED CONSCIOUSNESS, AND DONALD TRUMP, ALL THE BAD STUFF CHINA DOES ON TRADE, STEALING INTELLECTUAL MARKET, NO DOUBT. THEY HAVE A HUGE MARKET AND BOOMING ECONOMY EVEN AS THEY ECONOMY. THEY WANT SO MUCH ACCESS TO THE ECONOMY THEY WERE WILLING TO GIVE UP INTELLECTUAL TRADE SECRETS TO GET ACCESS TO IT. THERE IS WHERE THE CONFLICT IS. THEY ALL WANT TO DO BUSINESS THERE. IT IS GOOD FOR THESE COMPANIES TO DO BUSINESS THERE. THE U.S. SELLS A LOT OF STUFF TO CHINA WE POINT OUT. WE BUY A LOT OF STUFF BUT WE SELL A LOT OF STUFF. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MAKES A VERY GOOD CASE ABOUT THEM BEING BAD ACTORS ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND NOW WE’RE HAVING A CONFLICT. I THINK OF ALL TRUMP’S TRADE LISTEN, CHINA IS A VERY BAD ACTOR. THEY VIOLATE HUMAN RIGHTS. THE JOURNAL, “NEW YORK TIMES” TOTALITARIAN REGIME THAT WE HAVE TO BE VERY LEERY DEALING WITH. THEY WANT TO STEAL OUR LUNCH, THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. TRUMP, GIVE HIM CREDIT AND NAVARRO CALLING THIS TO THE ATTENTION BUT THERE IS A BUSINESS SIDE OF THE STORY. WE SELL A LOT OF STU THERE. NOW WE GET CONFLICT. IT IS INTERESTING THAT THE CHINESE DO AN END ROUND AROUND TRUMP AND PETER NAVARRO, LIGHTHIZER, TRADE PEOPLE, GO RIGHT TO THE WALL STREET CEOs. THE TWO BIGGEST CEOs, WE SHOULD POINT OUT JAMIE DIMON RUNS THE LARGEST U.S. BANK BY ASSETS. I BELIEVE BLACKSTONE, HAVE TO CHECK ME, IS BIGGEST PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM, CERTAINLY AT THE TOP. WHEN BIG GUYS LIKE THAT DON’T GO THAT’S SAYING SOMETHING. THEY WILL CITE SCHEDULING CONFLICTS. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND INSIDE THESE COMPANIES THEY JUST DON’T WANT TO BE PART OF AN OVERT NEIL: EVERY TIME I HEAR SCHEDULING CONFLICTS IT IS A NEIL: YOU DON’T LIKE THE IRISH.>>YES, WHY WOULD TRUMP DO THAT? NEIL: I DON’T UNDERSTAND. OH, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. CALENDAR FILLED UP. WE DID THIS WITH THE CANADIANS WITH THE TRADE THING. BY THE WAY LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE BACK AT TALKS.>>WITH CANADA? NEIL: HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WILL BOB WOODWARD’S BOOK THE GUY TRADE AGREEMENT. THEY’RE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT WOULD DAMAGE THE ECONOMY. THEY WILL, MY GUESS, WHEN SAID POUNDING AND DONALD WILL SAY, I GOT THE GREATEST TRADE DEAL, BIGGEST EVER, IN 100 YEARS. IT WILL BE GOOD STUFF BUT VERY MARGINAL. BOTH SIDES CLAIM VICTORY. WE’LL MOVE ON. THE CHINA THING IS DIFFERENT. WHAT — NEIL: TRASH YOU FOR BEING A NEGATIVE TRUMP PER, THEY WILL NOT HEAR THE REMARK YOU JUST MADE. THEY WILL HEAR THE FACT YOU’RE FAIR, BALANCED JOURNALIST. NEIL: SOMETIMES PROBABLY JUST AS>>THE GREATEST TRADE DEAL IN A BAZILLION, KAJILLION YEARS. IS MY TRUMP IMPERSONATION — NEIL: IT’S A LITTLE JAMES CAGNEYISH.>>BUT GETTING BETTER, RIGHT? DONALD GAVE ME PROPS FOR MAKING

Judge Napolitano’s take on college admissions scandal and Facebook investigation


THANK YOU, LAUREN VERY, VERY MUCH. LET’S GO TO JUDICIAL ANALYST ANDREW NAPOLITANO. THAT’S A BIG ONE.>>THE ONE BY THE TWO STANFORD STUDENTS IS ABSURD. THEIR ALLEGATIONS AS THEIR LIVES OF THE DEVALUED BECAUSE THEY WENT TO STANFORD INSTEAD OF EL. I DON’T THINK THEY’LL BE ABLE TO PROVE THEIR CASE. IN EACH OF THESE LAWSUITS, YOU HAVE LAWYERS IN CALIFORNIA SEEKING TO REPRESENT THE CLASS. EVERYBODY WHO APPLIED TO THOSE COLLEGES IN THE 10 YEAR PERIOD THAT THIS SCAM WAS GOING ON AND DID NOT GET IN. THAT IS AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE THEORY IS THIS IS A VALID PART OF THE THEORY. THE UNIVERSITY HAD A DUTY TO KNOW WHAT WAS BEING DONE BY ITS ADMINISTRATORS AND COACHES WITH THE AUTHORITY. THEY HAVE A TENNIS COACH AND HE’S ADMITTING TO PEOPLE THAT NEVER PLAYED TENNIS BECAUSE HE’S BEEN BRIBED TO DO SO. STANFORD SHOULD’VE KNOWN NOT AND CAN’T BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. CASES LIKE THIS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVE. HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY PROVE A HALF TRILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE? HOW COULD YOU DIMINISH THE LIFESTYLE BECAUSE YOU WENT TO STANFORD INSTEAD OF GOING TO YALE.>>YOU KNOW LEGAL HISTORY BETTER THAN ANYONE. IN THE CASE OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, IT BECAME FEELS LIKE HE HAD A MINORITY LESS EXPERIENCE.>>KNOW, THOSE DO NOT SUCCEED. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS AND SOME OTHER GIVES $3 MILLION TO PUT THEIR NAME ON THE ENGINEERING BUILDING AND THE CHILDREN HAPPENS TO APPLY WITHIN SIX MONTHS. 3 MILLION IS A LAWFUL, CHARITABLE, TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION. IS IT ALSO A BRIBE? NEIL: WHEN YOU’RE PAYING OFF COACHES.>>AND ARE ACTUALLY CHEATING. THERE’S NO QUESTION THIS VIOLATED NUMEROUS FEDERAL STATUTES. THE QUESTION IS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IT OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE THAT WERE AT THE CORE OF IT WHO BENEFITED. BUT NEIL, SOME OF THE PARENT WERE TAKEN OUT OF HOMES BY 5:30 IN THE MORNING BY FBI AGENTS. THE WAY THEY ARRESTED ROGER STONE. THE MILLION DOLLARS CASH BAIL ON A NONVIOLENT CASE. THE COURTS ARE GOING OVERBOARD HERE. DREAM TO LET ME GET YOUR SENSE OF WHERE THIS GOES. ACTRESS LORI LOUGHLIN, SHE WAS ON THE POST OF THE $1 MILLION BAIL. WHAT KIND OF JAIL TIME COULD SHE BE LOOKING OUT IF FOUND GUILTY IN ALL THIS?>>I DON’T THINK THE PARENTS WILL GO TO JAIL AT ALL. I THINK THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT WILL GO TO JAIL WILL BE THE PEOPLE THAT ORCHESTRATED IT. NOW, IN THE PAST 24 HOURS, DEAR FOR STRAIGHTER, THE FELLOW SEEMED ARE COMMON THERE ARE 32 FAMILIES INVOLVED. GUESS HOW MANY PEOPLE HE SAYS HE HELPED GET INTO COLLEGE? 750. SO WHAT ARE A LOT OF THESE PARENTS GOING TO DO? THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GOOD EFFECT IMMEDIATELY AND WILL GIVE YOU THE NAME OF FIVE OF OUR FRIENDS WHO ALSO DID THIS AND THIS WILL EXPAND AND EXPAND AND EXPAND. LOOK, THE FEDS DID THE RIGHT THING IN BRINGING THIS DOWN. THEY MAY HAVE OVERCHARGED HIM HAVE OVERCHARGED COME AND USE TOO MUCH FOR US, TERMS OF THEIR GOAL TO GET CRIME OUT OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SCHOOLS IS WHICH YOU EXPECT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO DO TO FIND THAT THEY JUST TOUCHED THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. NEIL: WHAT ABOUT THE STUDENTS IN THERE NOW?>>THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. TO ACCUSE A STUDENT JUST FOR THE HYPOTHETICAL SAKE AND STILL GOT ALL A’S, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? KICK A PERSON NOW? SOMEONE UNDER THE LAW SCHOOL OR MED SCHOOL. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE CLIENTS OF THE HEAD OF A MAJOR WALL STREET LAW FIRM WHOSE NO LONGER HEAD OF THE FIRM AND NO LONGER WELCOME THERE. NEIL: I DIDN’T INK ABOUT THAT. THE WHOLE FACEBOOK DATA THING, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS,>>IT IS TOUGH TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY’RE UP TO. FACEBOOK HAS A CONSENT DECREE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. VIOLATION OF A CONSENT DECREE ORDINARILY IS NOT A CRIMINAL ACT AND DOESN’T PROVOKE THE INTEREST OF FEDERAL PROSECUTORS. THEY MAY BE THINKING OF A VERY NOVEL USE OF THE ANTI-HACKING LAWS. SO THE ANTI-HACKING LAWS PREVENT A PERSON FROM UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY INTO SOMEONE ELSE’S E-MAIL AND DIGITAL DATA. FACEBOOK CENTURY WAS NOT UNLAWFUL. WHAT WAS UNLAWFUL WAS THE DISTRIBUTION TO OTHERS. THAT FACEBOOK DO THAT AND MAKE CASH OFF IT? THAT MIGHT BE WHAT THE FED IS LOOKING FOR. DID THEY? OF COURSE THEY DID. NOT GOING TO GIVE THAT INFORMATION AWAY FOR NOTHING. BUT DID THEY TELL THE PEOPLE WHOSE INFORMATION WAS GIVEN AWAY WHICH COULD BE YOU OR ME OR ANYONE WATCHING US NOW THAT THEY MADE MONEY OFF OF THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION. NEIL: THE STOCK AS A RESULT AND

Trump slams the Fed after US economy adds 196,000 jobs in March


IN PUBLIC RATHER THAN THE VIDEO HE PUT OUT. THANK YOU, CHARLIE.>>>WE WILL MOVE ON AND TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID HE TAKE A SHOT, ONE OR TWO AT JOE BIDEN TODAY, HE ALSO WENT AFTER THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THIS IS PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE AS HE WAS LEAVING TO GO TO THE BORDER. HE’S STILL ON HIS WAY THERE NOW. HE TOUCHED ON THE ECONOMY. IN FACT, THAT’S PRETTY MUCH ALL HE TALKED ABOUT. A LOT IN ONE WAY, SHAPE OR FORM ABOUT THE ECONOMY, HOW WELL IT’S DOING, PARTICULARLY AFTER THE JOBS REPORT THAT WE RECEIVED THIS MORNING, BUT HE SAID IT COULD BE EVEN BETTER AND SAYS IT WOULD SKYROCKET IF THE FED CUTS RATES. NOW, THAT WAS BACKED UP BY LARRY KUDLOW, NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL DIRECTOR, WHO DEFENDED THE PRESIDENT’S RECENT PICKS FOR THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD. TAKE A LISTEN.>>PRESIDENTS HAVE BEEN APPOINTING FED BOARD MEMBERS FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. WHEN I WAS FIRST HERE UNDER REAGAN, HE MADE SOME OUTSTANDING APPOINTMENTS. THAT’S THE WAY OF EXPRESSING HIS PHILOSOPHY. HE’S ABSOLUTELY ENTITLED TO THAT. CONNELL: LET’S GET TO RAYMOND JAMES POLICY ANALYST ED MILLS AND SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP COUNCIL PRESIDENT CARRIE KERIGAN. THAT’S WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, JOE BIDEN THREW US OFF A LITTLE. THAT MAKES 2020 VERY INTERESTING, HIS COMMENTS TODAY. BUT WE WERE TALKING BEFORE THAT ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT THIS. THE PRESIDENT AND LARRY KUDLOW I GUESS IN HIS INTERVIEW WITH STUART BASICALLY SAYING A COUPLE THINGS. THE ECONOMY IS GREAT, BUT IT COULD BE EVEN BETTER IF IT WASN’T FOR THIS DARK FEDERAL RESERVE. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS DYNAMIC?>>I THINK IT’S FASCINATING. WHEN WE FIRST SAW THE KIND OF MAKEUP OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE POST THE ELECTION, WE QUICKLY REALIZED THIS PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE SIX OF THE SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. INITIALLY, FOR THE FIRST FOUR PICKS, WE SAW BUSINESSMAN TRUMP GETTING VERY DOWN THE MIDDLE GUYS, INDIVIDUALS WHO THE MARKET WAS VERY COMFORTABLE WITH. THEN THE FED STARTED DOING THINGS HE DIDN’T LIKE, SO NOW HE’S MOVED MORE TOWARDS THE POPULIST TRUMP, PICKING THESE INDIVIDUALS. IT’S UNCLEAR WHETHER OR NOT THE SENATE IS GOING TO CONFIRM THESE TWO PICKS, BUT IT’S GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THEM BECAUSE THE BIGGER ISSUE HERE IS THAT THESE ARE TWO BIG ANTI-REGULATORY PICKS FOR THE FEDERAL RESERVE THAT HAVE TERMS THAT GO, ONE OF THEM, UNTIL 2030. SO IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, YOU GET TWO INDIVIDUALS ON THERE THAT WILL KEEP THE DEREGULATORY AGENDA OF THIS PRESIDENT IN PLACE AS WELL AS PUSH FOR THE MONETARY POLICY HE WANTS, HE ABSOLUTELY IS GOING TO FIGHT HARD FOR THESE TWO GUYS. CONNELL: IT IS INTERESTING THE TWO GUYS BEING STEVE MOORE AND THEN HERMAN CAIN. IF YOU LOOK AT BOTH OF — BOTH POLITICAL BACKGROUNDS AND ISSUES IN TERMS OF CONFIRMATION FOR BOTH AND PERSONAL HISTORY AND HERMAN CAIN’S PAST THAT GOT HIM OUT OF THE 2012 RACE FOR PRESIDENT, COULD CERTAINLY COME BACK UP AT A CONFIRMATION HEARING, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND THE LIKE. TO THE POINT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE, CRITICS OF THE PRESIDENT WILL SAY THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN APOLITICAL ORGANIZATION AND YOU ARE GOING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. IS IT SMART, DO YOU THINK?>>WELL, I THINK HE’S PICKING WHO HE THINKS WILL SERVE WELL, YOU KNOW, IN THAT ROLE. YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY BOTH HERMAN AND STEVE, YOU KNOW, PRO-FREE ENTERPRISE TYPE OF GUYS AND YOU KNOW, ON THE ISSUES IN TERMS OF PRO-GROWTH POLICIES, VERY FAVORABLE, YOU KNOW, IN THAT LIGHT. THOUGH YOU KNOW, THERE’S TWO OPENINGS HERE, YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, CAN, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY IS PICKING WHO HE THINKS WILL FILL THOSE ROLES AND BE MOST COMPETENT IN THOSE ROLES, AND YOU KNOW, WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. CONNELL: WE’LL SEE IF THEY GET THROUGH. THE OTHER ISSUE, THOUGH, IS POLICY. I THINK THAT’S INTERESTING AS WELL. IF YOU’RE THE PERSON, YOU COME OUT TODAY AND YOU SAY TWO THINGS. YOU SAY NUMBER ONE, THE ECONOMY’S GREAT, EVERYTHING’S GREAT RIGHT NOW AND YOU KNOW, AND THERE’S A LOT OF NUMBERS TO BACK THAT UP, AS I SAID MOST RECENTLY THE JOBS REPORT, WHICH WASN’T A BLOWOUT NUMBER, IT WAS A GOOD NUMBER, JUST ANOTHER SOLID ECONOMIC STATISTIC, AND AT THE SAME TIME, YOU’RE SAYING THE FEDERAL RESERVE SHOULD BE CUTTING INTEREST RATES, WHICH YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE NOT USUALLY DOING WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GREAT. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT PARTICULAR PART, FORGET HERMAN CAIN AND STEVE MOORE FOR A MINUTE.>>AS I HEARD LARRY KUDLOW TALK ABOUT THIS, HE VIEWS THIS AS MORE OF AN INSURANCE POLICY. I THINK THAT WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE U.S. ECONOMY IS DOING GREAT, BUT HOW DO WE GET IT TO THE NEXT LEG. I ALSO THINK WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING HERE IS HE’S SETTING UP A STRAW MAN THAT IF HE’S GOING INTO HIS RE-ELECTION IN 2020 AND THE ECONOMY IS NOT DOING WELL, HE’S GOT SOMEONE TO BLAME. CONNELL: RIGHT.>>HE WANTS DEMOCRATS ON THE HILL, HE WANTS THE KIND OF POLICIES OF THE FED TO BE THE REASON, NOT HIS OWN PERSONAL POLICIES, NOT THE FACT THAT HE’S LED A TRADE WAR, NOT HIS TARIFFS. IT IS SOMETHING ELSE AND SO WHY HE’S PUSHING FOR THEM IS THAT IF HE DOESN’T GET THEM, HE HAS A STRAW MAN. CONNELL: I WOULD SAY A LOT OF PEOPLE, I MEAN, THAT’S A VERY POPULAR, WHAT ED JUST SAID IS A VERY POPULAR READ ON THIS. I THINK FOR UNDERSTANDABLE REASONS, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, LOGICALLY SPEAKING, THIS WOULDN’T BE THE TIME TO NECESSARILY CUT RATES RIGHT NOW. NOW, THE ADMINISTRATION DOES MAKE A COUNTERARGUMENT THAT REFERRED TO, KUDLOW HAS COME OUT AND SAID THIS, IT’S ABOUT INFLATION AND WHATHAVE YOU. HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO THAT? ALL THE PRESIDENT WANTS IS KIND OF AN INSURANCE POLICY IN CASE THINGS GO SOUTH?>>WELL, THE PRESIDENT USES HIS BULLY PULPIT TO INFLUENCE A LOT OF THINGS AND YOU KNOW, BUT THERE ARE THINGS THAT HE HAS UNDER HIS CONTROL RIGHT NOW THAT CAN HELP STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY, AND YOU KNOW, ON THE TRADE ISSUE, ON CERTAINLY GETTING TO A DEAL WITH CHINA, I THINK WILL STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY, STRENGTHEN INVESTMENT, AND — CONNELL: LET ME GET TO CHINA, BY THE WAY.>>SO THERE’S THINGS HE HAS IN HIS CONTROL RIGHT NOW I THINK THAT HE CAN DO TO STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY AND IMPROVE THE CONFIDENCE OF BUSINESSES. CONNELL: YOU BROUGHT UP CHINA. I DO WANT TO GET TO THAT. CERTAINLY IT LOOKS LIKE GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING A TRADE DEAL. IN FACT, WE HAD WORD TODAY THAT MAYBE LIU HE, WHO YOU SEE THERE NEXT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, MIGHT STAY THE WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON, TRY TO HAMMER THINGS OUT. SO ALMOST THERE? WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I HOPE SO. WE CONTINUE TO HEAR THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE VERY POSITIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THAT BUT THEN ALONG COMES LIGHTHIZER AND NAVARRO SAYING WELL, WE’LL SEE. THERE’S A LOT OF ISSUES TO WORK OUT. BUT THEY HAVE TO GET THIS THING RESOLVED. I THINK SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, BECAUSE IT IS IMPACTING GROWTH. WE HAVE ALWAYS SAID THE LONGER THIS GOES ON, THE DEEPER THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY. AND BESIDES THAT, YOU’VE GOT USMCA. THAT’S GOING TO BE A HEAVY LIFT. YOU GOT TO GET THIS BEHIND YOU SO YOU CAN MOVE ON TO THAT. THEN ON TO OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS. AGAIN, I THINK THAT WILL STRENGTHEN GROWTH, CONFIDENCE, INVESTMENT, ALL THE THINGS WE NEED FOR MORE ROBUST GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY. CONNELL: USMCA, THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THAT IN TERMS OF THE PRESIDENT’S THREATS, ESPECIALLY WHAT HE SAID ABOUT THE BORDER AND POSSIBLE TARIFFS. WE WILL GET INTO THAT AS WE CONTINUE. TWO-PART FOR YOU. YOU AGREE THAT IT’S STILL A HEAVY LIFT IN THE CONGRESS IN TERMS OF GETTING THAT PASSED AND WHAT’S YOUR READ ON CHINA?>>I VIEW WITH EVERYTHING IN TRUMP WORLD IS CONNECTED. SO KIND OF WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE ECONOMY, WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE MUELLER REPORT, WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE JOB REPORT, ALL PLAY INTO THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE USMCA, ALL PLAY INTO THE NEGOTIATIONS ON CHINA. SO AM I STILL ANTICIPATING A DEAL WITH CHINA? ABSOLUTELY. BUT AM I THINKING THAT THIS IS GOING TO GET DONE NEAR TERM? I’M A LITTLE MORE CAUTIOUS. I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE JUNE G-20 MEETING BEFORE TRUMP AND XI ARE IN A ROOM TOGETHER. THE OTHER THING I LOOK FOR THERE IS THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT MAYBE CHINA HAS UNTIL 2025 TO IMPLEMENT EVERYTHING. SO THAT GIVES ME THE FEELING THAT WHATEVER COMES OUT OF THOSE MEETINGS ARE PROBABLY MORE GRANDIOSE BUT MAYBE CHINA DOESN’T FOLLOW THROUGH. THEN WITH THE USMCA, I LOOK AT THAT AND SAY YESTERDAY, WITH THE PRESIDENT SAYING WE ARE GOING TO GIVE MEXICO A ONE-YEAR DEADLINE BEFORE WE IMPOSE POSSIBLE 25% TARIFFS ON CARS, THAT TELLS ME THAT THIS PRESIDENT IS TOTALLY FINE TO GO INTO AN ELECTION CYCLE WITH TRADE FIGHTS, BECAUSE HE THINKS THAT DOES REALLY WELL WITH HIS BASE, SO HE’S GOING TO THREATEN THE WITHDRAWAL OF NAFTA, HE’S GOING TO THREATEN CONGRESS THAT IF THEY DON’T PASS USMCA, THERE’S GOING TO BE DIRE CONSEQUENCES. IT IS AN US AGAINST THEM THAT

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NEIL: ALL RIGHT. THE MEDIA STOCKS IN PLAY, CBS VIACOM, WHETHER SOMETHING HAPPENS ANYTIME SOON ANYONE’S GUESS BUT ONE GUY WHO WOULD KNOW IS CHARLIE GASPARINO. WHAT IS GOING ON?>>IT IS HAPPENING. I THINK IT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE CLOSING BELL TODAY, MAYBE TOMORROW MORNING. SOMETIMES IT BLEEDS INTO THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE YOU GOT DONE WITH IT REALLY LATE TODAY, DOT THE Is, CROSS THE Ts. MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE, BOB BAKISH CEO, GUARANTEED. JOE IANNIELLO FROM CBS. HE WILL BE REPORTING TO BOB BAKISH. IT IS NOT AS MUCH — THEY WANT TO KEEP HIM AT THE COMPANY BECAUSE HE DOES A GOOD JOB, LIKE OTHER UNIT HEADS HE WILL BE REPORTING TO BAKISH, EVEN THOUGH CBS WILL BE BIGGEST UNIT. NEIL: WHAT IS THE HANGUP?>>NORMAL DEAL STUFF. WE THINK IT HAPPENS OVERNIGHT. I HAVE BEEN THROUGH, THROUGH T-MOBILE, SPRINT LOOKS LIKE TO ABOUT TO HAPPEN A LITTLE THING HAPPENED HERE, YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE WHOLE THING AGAIN, LAWYERS LOOK OVER EVERYTHING ELSE, BARRING THEM FINDING SOME SLUSH FUND INSIDE OF CBS, WHICH CAUSES, LIKE SOME SORT OF A HUGE PROBLEM, THIS THING IS GETTING DONE EITHER AFTER THE BELL TODAY, MY GUESS, OR, BEFORE THE OPENING BELL TOMORROW. AND IT WILL BE PRETTY BIG. SHARI REDSTONE WILL HAVE ACHIEVED WHAT SHE HAS BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS TO ACHIEVE. THAT IS MERGING TWO COMPANIES TOGETHER. PUTTING THE, REMEMBER, WHAT HAPPENED WAS, THEY WERE TOGETHER FOR YEARS, WHEN SUMNER HAD, WHEN SUMNER REDSTONE WAS PUTTING TOGETHER THE MEDIA EMPIRE. HE BROKE THEM APART IN 2006, BECAUSE DIFFERENT MEDIA LANDSCAPE. THEY WERE BOTH BIGGER COMPANIES AT THE TIME. NEIL: YEAH.>>THEY WERE BOTH MAJOR PLAYERS WITH, MAJOR MARKET CAPS IN MEDIA BUSINESS. SO YOU CAN SORT OF, YOU CAN EXTRACT SOME CAPITAL TO MAKE BOTH GROW, YOU KNOW, IN THAT ENVIRONMENT. SINCE THEN, AS WE KNOW, MEDIA HAS BECOME CONSOLIDATED. COSTS HAVE CHANGED. YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE ECONOMIES OF SCALE. PUT IDEAS PUT THEM TOGETHER. RESISTED BY CBS WHO THOUGHT VIACOM WAS SECOND RATE OUTFIT. LES MOONVES RESISTED. THIS WE WERE FIRST TO REPORT IN MARCH, WAS CLEAR LES WAS NOT GETTING CONTRACT EXTENDED. FOX BUSINESS BEAT “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL” EASILY ON EVERY MAJOR ASPECT OF THE STORY, THIS THING WAS HAPPENING. BOB BAKISH WOULD BE THE CEO. SHARI REDSTONE WOULD BE, SHE WOULD GET SOME ROLE IN THIS, WILL BE INTERESTING, VICE-CHAIR WOMAN. BAKISH GETS THE CEO ROLE BECAUSE HE IS VERY CLOSE WITH SHARI, EVERYTHING YOU SAY ABOUT VIACOM AS A PRODUCT HE HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB SINCE TAKING OVER. NEIL: THAT HELPS.>>TAKING OVER FOR DAUMAN IN 2016. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REPORTING TO HIM. WE’LL SEE “AFTER THE BELL,”

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TODAY. I’LL GET TO THAT IN A SECOND THAT IT’S HAVING A CHILLING EFFECT ON THE ENTIRE SECTOR. MICROSOFT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER BOB OR WALL. THANK YOU FOR COMING.>>THE MARKET GIVETH AND TAKETH AND WE SHOULDN’T WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNOLOGY, YOU KNOW, GET TO HYPERVENTILATED ABOUT THIS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS FROM APPLE TO MICROSOFT BEAR UP APPRECIABLY OVER THE PAST YEAR. PEOPLE ARE GETTING ANTSY. SHOULD THEY BE?>>WELL, FUNDAMENTALLY I DON’T THINK SO AT LEAST IN THE CASE OF MICROSOFT AND APPLE AND AMAZON. THEY HAVE REALLY SOLID AS MOST MODELS AND YOU’LL SEE HICCUPS HERE AND THERE AND THEY’LL BE DRIVEN BY SOME OF THESE FORCES THAT ARE EXTERNAL TO THE SECTOR COMPLETELY. VIA MARCH, THEY ARE VERY HEALTHY BUSINESSES. IN THE CASE OF FACEBOOK AND THE CASE OF GOOGLE, YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT SCENE THERE BECAUSE SECURITY, PERSONAL SECURITY, PRIVACY IS A BIG ISSUE AND I THINK YOU’LL CONTINUE TO SEE HEAVY PRESSURE ON THOSE STOCKS SIMPLY BECAUSE THE FUNDAMENTAL BUSINESS MODEL IS UP FOR GRABS, UP FOR QUESTION REGARD TO THE PRIVACY ISSUE.>>I AM WONDERING, THE WAGONS WERE TECHNOLOGY YOU HAVE THE MOMENTUM CROWD THAT FEELS THEY HAVE RUN UP TOO MUCH. THERE’S ALSO THE PRIVACY CROWD SING WITH A LOOK AT A COUPLE OF THESE GUYS THAT WOULDN’T AFFECT APPLE TO YOUR POINT THAT SOME OF THE OTHERS. OTHERS JUST SAYING THAT THE ROTATION OUT OF WHAT HAD BEEN A MARKET LEADER. NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT, THE ARGUMENT IS IT’S NOT GOING TO BE A GOOD ENVIRONMENT FOR TECHNOLOGY BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN SUCH A GOOD ENVIRONMENT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>WE’VE BEEN FEELING THAT WAY FOR 20 YEARS NOW. YOU KNOW, NEW IDEAS COME ALONG. I THINK WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE CLOUD IN MICROSOFT AND AMAZON IN PARTICULAR, THOSE BUSINESSES ARE REALLY SOUND AND THE CUSTOMER IS WINNING AS THEY MOVED THESE APPLICATIONS TO THE CLOUD SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THEIR ROAD DATA CENTERS. THOSE BUSINESSES ARE FUNDAMENTALLY IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. I WOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT IT TOO MUCH. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE VARIATIONS. THIS TRADE WITH CHINA IS OUT OF HAND IT’S GETTING CHILDISH ALMOST IN TERMS OF HOW LONG IT HAS GONE ON. THEY SHOULD GET IN THE ROOM, CLOSED THE DOOR, NO MEDIA, GET IRONED OUT. WATCH OUT FOR THE FACT THAT THE CHINESE NEED TO SAVE FACE SO WE HAVE TO GIVE IN ON A FEW THINGS. VIA MARCH WE NEED TO GET THIS BEHIND US. WE’VE ARGUED ENOUGH. LET’S RESOLVE IT. IT IS BOTHERING PEOPLE A LOT AND I THINK IT AFFECTS THE MARKET. THE FED OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT SLOWING DOWN. WE NEED TO STABILIZE A BIT. WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF CRITICISM ON THE SPEED. NEIL: I WAS TALKING TO A FED WATCHER WHO SAID JUST THAT, SAYING THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS PERFECTLY JUSTIFIED, PARAPHRASING HERE. IT IS CERTAINLY RIGHT TO FIND A NEW EQUILIBRIUM. IT CAN’T BE 0% INTEREST RATE, NOR SHOULD IT BE THE HISTORICAL NORM OF 5%. MAYBE THREE, THREE BY 5%, WHO KNOWS. THAT IS THERE A RISK YOU’RE THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS OVERDOING IT? THAT IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ALLEGED IN JEROME POWELL THE FEDERAL CHAIRMAN IS DOING IT AND RISKING THE WHOLE MARKET IN RECOVERY WITH IT.>>I HAPPEN TO THINK SO. I THINK THERE’S NO REASON WHY YOU CAN’T LET YOUR FOOT OFF THE ACCELERATOR FOR A BIT AND LET THINGS STABILIZE. I ALSO THINK WE NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR THE FACT THAT THESE MARKETS NOW ARE DRIVEN BY ALGORITHMS. SO WHEN YOU START TO SEE A SMALL DECLINE, THOSE ALGORITHMS THAT HAVE NO HUMANS INVOLVED, ALGORITHMS THEY, ALGORITHMS THEY HAD BETTER JUMP AHEAD OF THAT AND START SELLING NOW BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO GO DOWN FURTHER. THEY TEND TO DRIVE IT DOWN. DECLINES THE USE TO BE 100 POINTS NOW ARE 450 POINTS SIMPLY BECAUSE — NOT SIMPLY — NOT EXCLUSIVELY, ALGORITHMS ARE RUNNING A LOT OF THIS. NEIL: DOESN’T TAKE MUCH OF THE HIGHER THE NUMBERS GO IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A BIG DEAL AND IT IS, BUT IT’S CERTAINLY NOT THE SAME BUT WE HAVE AN OCTOBER 87 WE CRASHED. VERY DIFFERENT NOW. THIS IS ABOUT ONE AND THREE QUARTERS OF THE DOW. FOR TECHNOLOGY IN GENERAL AND AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THAT FIELD, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?>>WELL, WE CONTINUE TO BE STRONG, BUT THE BIG RISK IS TALENT FRANKLY. WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CHINA IS A POOR A KIND OF MONEY INTO THE RESEARCH CENTERS ARE THEY SIGNIFICANTLY STRENGTHEN UNIVERSITIES. TODAY IF YOU’RE RANKED THE TOP 10 ENGINEERING SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD SUCH AS U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT JUST DID, YOU GET FIVE OF THEM BASICALLY IN A SHOW, WHICH IS A REAL SURPRISE COMPARED TO 10 YEARS AGO. THE SCHOOLS ARE GOOD, THE GOVERNMENT IS POURING A LOT OF MONEY AND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE U.S. IS WE ARE TELLING THESE KIDS WHO ARE GETTING MASTERS DEGREES AND PhD’S IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, WE SAY TO THEM ALL, WE DON’T NECESSARILY WANT YOU AROUND. THAT’S THE SIGNAL WE ARE SENDING THEM. ABSOLUTELY THE WRONG SIGNAL. THEY’VE GOTTEN CAUGHT UP IN THIS IMMIGRATION FLAP, WHICH AGAIN IS AN ISSUE THAT KEEPS BEING KICKED AROUND. SO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN 2011, 45% OF GRADUATES COMING FROM ASIA WOULD GO BACK HOME. TODAY THE NUMBER IS 80%. THEY’RE GOING BACK HOME SAID GOOD JOBS INTO ENVIRONMENTS THAT WELCOME THEM BECAUSE THEY KNOW LONG-TERM THEIR MILITARY AND INDUSTRY IS DEPENDENT ON GREAT

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NEIL: ALL RIGHT, THE PRESIDENT IS OUTRAGED, NOT ABOUT THE LONG MUELLER SAGA HOPES IS FINALLY RESOLVED RIGHT NOW BUT THE JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE. HE CALLS IT OUTRAGEOUS. IT JUST SEEMS OVER THE TOP. THE HOST OF “THE LIBERTY FILE” ON “FOX NATION,” JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO ON THAT. IF THE FEDS ARE INVOLVED, JUDGE WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?>>THERE ARE TWO PROBABLY FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS. THE EASIER ONE, MR. SMOLLETT, HIMSELF, DID HE ENGAGE IN MAIL FRAUD? DID HE PUT A FRAUDULENT INSTRUMENT, A FAKE THREAT IN THE MAIL? CHICAGO POLICE SAID YES HE DID, HE BASICALLY MAILED THE LETTER TO HIMSELF. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IS THIS TYPE OF THING TO PROSECUTE? IS IT A STATE CRIME WITH FEDERAL WINDOW-DRESSING. THAT IS THE JUDGMENT CALL THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS DO MAKE. IF THEY PROSECUTE HIM, HE WILL FACE 20 YEARS. HE WILL NOT GET A DEAL LIKE HE GOT FROM THE STATE’S ATTORNEY. THE SECOND FEDERAL INVESTIGATION IS OF THE STATE’S ATTORNEY HERSELF. NOW YES, IT WAS OUT RIDGE JUST, YES, IT WAS UNORTHODOX BUT OUTRAGE AND UNORTHODOX SY ARE NOT THE LEGAL STANDARD. THE LEGAL STANDARD IS, WAS IT CORRUPT? MEANING DID SHE RECEIVE SOMETHING OF VALUE FROM SOMEONE IN RETURN FOR EXERCISING HER DISCRETION TO HAVE THIS CRAZY ENDING OF THE CASE? SOMETHING OF VALUE, MEANS SOMETHING OF MONETARY VALUE, NOT A POLITICAL FAVOR. I DON’T THINK THAT INVESTIGATION WILL GO ANYWHERE. WE’LL SEE WHAT THE FEDS COME UP WITH. THE PRESIDENT’S COMMENT THAT IT IS OUTRAGEOUS IS ONE SHARED BY ALMOST EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY. I WILL ADD TO THAT, PROFOUNDLY UNJUST BUT I’M NOT SURPRISED. THE POLITICAL SYSTEM IN ILLINOIS WHERE PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES RUN FOR OFFICE, WHERE THEY COMPETE FOR CAMPAIGN FUNDS FROM THE SAME LAWYERS, WHERE THEY REGULARLY TRADE FAVORS WITH EACH OTHER, WHERE THIS TYPE OF SEMINOLE — SMOLLETT EVENT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW IT BECAUSE THE DEFENDANT IS CELEBRITY. NEIL: LAST TIME I TALKED WITH YOU MADE A LITTLE BIT OF NEWS TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT WHO IS ALREADY SAYING HE HAS BEEN EXONERATED ON EVERYTHING FROM COLLUSION TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. IT WAS ON THE LATTER THAT YOU WERE NOT ENTIRELY CONVINCED?>>I’M ACTUALLY NOT CONVINCED ON EITHER, NEIL. IF YOU READ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LETTER CAREFULLY, HE IS A VERY BRIGHT LAWYER, HE CAREFULLY CHOSE HIS WORDS, HE SAID BOB MUELLER, WAS QUOTE, UNABLE TO ESTABLISH A CONSPIRACY. TO PROVE THE EXISTENCE OF CONSPIRACY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. HE MUST HAVE FOUND SOME EVIDENCE OF A CONSPIRACY, IF HE FOUND NONE, THAT WOULD HAVE MADE ITS WAY INTO BILL BARR’S LETTER. NEIL: COULD COULD CONSPIRACY IS ALL CONTACTS WITH RUSSIA, THAT IS THE UNPROVABLE PART RIGHT?>>CORRECT. THE ISSUE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WHICH MUELLER KICKED THE CASE UPSTAIRS WHICH PROSECUTORS DO, WHEN THE TARGET IS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, HERE THE MOST PUBLIC OF OFFICIALS, THE PRESIDENT, THERE IS OBVIOUSLY EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND THERE IS EVIDENCE OF NO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND MUELLER WANTED BARR TO MAKE THE JUDGMENT CALL WHICH HE DID. NOW THE QUESTION COMES, WHAT WILL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REVEAL? WILL HE REVEAL THE ENTIRE REPORT, OR WILL HE AS THE FEDERAL RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE SAY HE SHOULD, HOLD BACK EVIDENCE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PROSECUTED? THAT MEANS THE PRESIDENT. WHEN JIM COMEY WENT ON NATIONAL TELEVISION THREE SUMMERS AGO AND SAID WE’RE NOT GOING TO INDICT MRS. CLINTON BUT WE HAVE VERY SERIOUS EVIDENCE AGAINST HER, HERE IS THE EVIDENCE, HE BROKE THOSE RULES. YOU DON’T REVEAL EVIDENCE ABOUT A PERSON NOT BEING PROSECUTED. WILL BILL BARR DO THE SAME THING, WILL HE IN THE INTEREST OF THIS RAPACIOUS APPETITE EVERYBODY HAS FOR WHAT’S IN THERE, REVEAL IT ALL? THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS IT ALL OUT. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD LOOK AT IT, I THINK SOME OF HIS OPPONENTS WILL HAVE A FEAST ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT’S IN THERE. NEIL: YOU MENTIONED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND NANCY PELOSI SAID THAT THE WHOLE BARR MEMO WHERE HE OUTLINED I GUESS IN THREE OR FOUR PAGES WHAT WE NOW KNOW 300 PLUS PAGE REPORT, THAT HE WAS CONDESCENDING. THAT THE HOUSE DOESN’T NEED HIS INTERPRETATION. SO LET ME ASK YOU A DUMB QUESTION. WAS IT NECESSARY FOR HIM TO DO THAT? IT GOES TO HIM. DID IT HAVE TO GO TO HIM AND DID HE HAVE TO GIVE THE BULLET POINTS AS HE DID?>>FIRST I DIDN’T FIND IT CONDESCENDING AT ALL. SECOND HIS JOB IS TO INTERPRET THE LAW. IT IS NOT BINDING INTERPRETATION. HE IS THE NOT THE COURT BUT CHIEF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. NEIL: IF MUELLER TOOK OFFENSE TO ANY CHARACTERIZATIONS I WE WOULD HEAR FROM IT.>>I WOULD THINK SO. YES IT DID GO TO HIM. REPORT WRITTEN FOR ATTORNEY, NOT FOR THE CONGRESS, NOT FOR THE PRESIDENT, NOT FOR THE PUBLIC. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL UNDER THE COURT RULES, FEDERAL RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE DECIDES WHAT TO DO WITH THE REPORT. HE — NEIL: DEMOCRATS, I ACTUALLY KNEW THAT, I ASKED YOU A QUESTION I KNEW, I DO THAT SOMETIMES.>>THAT’S A GOOD LAWYER. NEVER ASK A QUESTION UNLESS YOU KNOW THE ANSWER ALREADY. NEIL: THAT IS THE EXTENT OF IT. I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER BUT I WILL SAY WHY WERE DEMOCRATS SURPRISED AT THAT OR FEIGNING SURPRISE THAT IS WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO, RIGHT?>>SOME PEOPLE INTERPRETED THE REPORT TO SAY THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION AND NO EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. THAT IS POLITICAL INTERPRETATION, NOT A LEGAL ONE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING FOR WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE SO THAT THEY CAN, AS THEY ARE PERMITTED TO DO UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, SECOND-GUESS MUELLER AND SECOND-GUESS BARR AS TO THE MEANING AND VALUE AND QUALITY OF THAT EVIDENCE. NEIL: SO IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE, EITHER WAY, YOU KNOW, YOU MAKE COMMENTS LIKE, THE PRESIDENT IS NEITHER EXONERATED ON THIS OR NOT, IT MAKES YOU WONDER ABOUT THE REPORT ITSELF WHEN ALL SAID AN DONE. BOTH SIDE WILL LEAP ON STUFF THAT MIGHT NOT BE THERE?>>YES. IF BOTH SIDES DON’T LIKE WHAT’S IN THE REPORT, HOWEVER LONG IT IS, GUESS WHAT IS BELOW IT? THAT IS THE MILLIONS OF PAGES OF ACTUAL RAW EVIDENCE WHICH, BY THE WAY IS NEVER REVEALED PUBLICLY WHEN THERE IS NO PROSECUTION. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE PRESSURE TO HAVE THAT REVEALED. NEIL: LET ME JUST GET YOUR TAKE ON THIS. WHEN THIS COMES OUT, WHEN ADAM SCHIFF WAS MAKING THE STATEMENT HE STILL CONVINCED OF COLLUSION, PARAPHRASING HERE, THAT PROMPTED REPUBLICANS ON PANEL TO SAY YOU HAVE TO GO, YOU GOT TO RESIGN, HE IS NOT RESIGNING. JUST TAKING HIM AT HIS WORD, WOULD HE BE AWARE OF SOMETHING THAT MUELLER WASN’T?>>I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT BUT I THINK THAT CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF IS CORRECT IN THAT REPORT WILL BE EVIDENCE OF THE EXISTENCE OF A CONSPIRACY, NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO PROVE THE EXISTENCE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. IN THAT REPORT WILL BE EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, INTERFERING WITH AN FBI INVESTIGATION FOR A PERSONAL GAIN BUT NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO PROVE IT BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF WANTS TO DWELL ON THAT. IF HE HAS OTHER SOURCES SINCE HE IS THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, HE HAS TO DECIDE WHEN AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES TO REVEAL THOSE SOURCES. NEIL: SO ON THE COLLUSION PART, WE DO KNOW THAT THE RUSSIANS WERE VERY INTERESTED IN MUCKING AROUND WITH OUR ELECTION.>>NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. NEIL: THEY HAD A NUMBER OF MEETINGS WITH TRUMP PERSONNEL BACK IN THE DAY BUT THAT THE, THE QUID PRO QUO, WHERE TRUMP PEOPLE HAD TO WORK WITH THEM TO GET WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO, THAT DID NOT EVIDENCE ITSELF, RIGHT?>>WE HAVE SEEN NO EVIDENCE OF THAT. WHAT’S IN THE REPORT, WHAT’S IN THE RAW EVIDENCE REMAINS TO BE REVEALED. NEIL: THAT IS A PAGE BY PAGE DEAL THAT, THAT IS A LONG DAY, RIGHT THERE?>>YES IT IS. I’M READY FOR IT, NEIL.

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NEIL: NEW YORK CONGRESSWOMAN ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ IS UNDER A WHOLE LOT OF FIRE FOR REMARKS COMPARING THE SITUATION ALONG THE BORDER AND HOW I.C.E. IS TREATING FOLKS WITH CONCENTRATION CAMPS. TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT IS IN CHARGE OF A BORDER STATE AND PLEDGING $1 BILLION TO HELP IN THIS CRISIS. GOVERNOR, I HAVEN’T HAD THE CHANCE TO GET YOUR TAKE ON WHAT SHE SAID SO THIS IS MY CHANCE. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHAT SHE SAID?>>FIRST OF ALL, WHAT SHE SAID IS COMPLETELY OFFENSIVE BUT THAT POINT ASIDE, IT’S ENDEMIC OF WHAT WE ARE SEEING FROM THE DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS TALK ABOUT THIS. THEY DON’T WANT TO FIX IT. THE PROBLEM ON THE BORDER IS NOT GOING TO BE FIXED UNTIL DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE STEP UP AND AUTHOR AND PASS BILLS THAT FUND BORDER SECURITY, THAT FIX A BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, THAT FIX THE BROKEN ASYLUM SYSTEM. THEY NEED TO STOP TALKING AND START VOTING AND PASSING LEGISLATION. NEIL: SO WHEN SHE COMPARES HOW THEY ARE TREATED IN YOUR STATE ALONG THE BORDER TO CONCENTRATION CAMPS, SHE’S REFERRING MAYBE WITH HYPERBOLE HERE THAT THEY’RE NOT TREATED WELL. YOU HAVE BEEN TELLING A LOT OF FOLKS THAT’S JUST BOGUS AND THE PROOF IS YOU INVITE CAMERA CREWS TO SEE HOW THEY ARE DOING AND ALL THAT, BUT THAT’S THE PERCEPTION. HOW DO YOU COUNTER THAT?>>WELL, LISTEN, PEOPLE LIKE AOC WOULD BE COMPLAINING IF THEY WERE IN THE RITZ-CARLTON. THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING CREWS OU PEOPLE COMING ACEWS OU PEOPLE COMING ACROS OU PEOPLE COMING ACROSSOU PEOPLE COMING ACROSS OUR BORDER ILLEGALLY FROM AROUND THE ENTIRE GLOBE NOW. THIS ISN’T JUST FROM MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA. IT’S FROM CONGO AND OTHER PLACES ACROSS THE ENTIRE GLOBE. THE REASON WHY WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COMING ACROSS THE BORDER IS BECAUSE OF OCASIO-CORTEZ AND HER PEERS IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NOT PASSING LAWS TO FIX IT. IF THEY DON’T LIKE IT, THEY ARE THE ONES WITH THE AUTHORITY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO STEP UP AND PASS LAWS. SO IT DOESN’T DO ANY GOOD FOR THEM TO COMPLAIN. THEY ARE THE ONES WITH THE POWER TO PASS A LAW. IF SHE DOESN’T LIKE IT OR DEMOCRATS DON’T LIKE IT, PASS A LAW AND FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. AS YOU POINTED OUT EARLIER, THE STATE OF TEXAS IS HAVING TO COME OUT OF POCKET ALMOST $1 BILLION OF OUR STATE TAXPAYER MONEY TO SECURE THE BORDER, TO DO THE JOB THAT OCASIO-CORTEZ IS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING HERSELF. NEIL: THE MEXICANS ARE PROMISING TO BEEF UP AND ALREADY ARE ALONG THEIR SOUTHERN BORDER, PARTICULARLY GUATEMALA. ARE YOU HOPEFUL BETWEEN THAT AND THE COMMITMENT TO BE A THIRD PARTY, THIRD COUNTRY OF DESIGNATION, RATHER THAN THE UNITED STATES FOR A LOT OF THESE MIGRANTS, THAT THAT WILL LEAD TO AT LEAST, YOU KNOW, LESS OF A GROUNDSWELL OF MIGRANTS GOING TO YOUR STATE, CROSSING THROUGH THE BORDER?>>YOU KNOW, IT IS A VERY POSITIVE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO SEE THIS MEANINGFUL COOPERATION BY MEXICO, BECAUSE IT WILL LEAD, HOPEFULLY WILL LEAD THE A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING ACROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY. THIS IS A GOOD STRUCTURE FOR US TO WORK WITH, BECAUSE THE ASYLUM LAWS THAT WE HAVE IN THE U.S. ARE BROKEN, THAT REQUIRES THE U.S. TO HAVE TO HOUSE PEOPLE WHO COME ACROSS HERE, SO IF THERE ARE THESE METHODS WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH MEXICO THAT WILL REDUCE THE FLOW OF MIGRANTS ACROSS MEXICO, THAT WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING FROM MEXICO INTO THE U.S., THAT SHOULD LEAD TO BENEFICIAL EFFECTS WITH REGARD TO REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING INTO TEXAS ILLEGALLY. THAT SAID, THIS PROBLEM IS NOT GOING TO BE FULLY SOLVED UNLESS AND UNTIL CONGRESS STEPS UP AND STARTS USING THE POWER OF THE CONSTITUTION GIVEN ONLY TO THEM TO START PASSING LAWS THAT FIX A BROKEN ANTIQUATED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. NEIL: GOVERNOR, WE RAN OUT OF TIME. I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE HELP YOU ARE HOPING TO PROVIDE TEXANS ON THE REAL

Barr now facing perjury allegations


RECKLESS. NEIL: HILLARY, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. GETTING BACK TO THIS LYING TO CONGRESS ISSUE HILLARY OUTLINED, AT ISSUE IS WHETHER BARR WAS TRUTHFUL WHEN HE SAID THE ATTORNEY — THE COUNSEL, ROBERT MUELLER, HAD NOT HAD ANY ISSUES WITH HIS CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MUELLER REPORT ITSELF, WHEN IN FACT JUST TWO DAYS AFTER HE RECEIVED IT, MUELLER HAD SENT HIM A LETTER SAYING HE HAD SERIOUS ISSUES WITH THAT. DOES THAT REPRESENT PERJURY, DOES THAT REPRESENT SOMETHING MORE SINISTER. AGAIN, DEMOCRATS ARE OPENING UP A FIRING LINE ON THIS. OTHERS ARE SAYING IT’S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. LET’S GET THE READ FROM FORMER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, IAN PRYOR. ONE THING THAT SEEMS CERTAIN NOW IS REGARDLESS OF HOW PEOPLE FEEL ON THIS SUBJECT, IT’S NOT GOING AWAY. THE HEARINGS AREN’T GOING AWAY, THE NASTINESS ISN’T GOING AWAY, AND IF ANYTHING, THE BACK AND FORTH AND LAWSUITS ON EACH SIDE INDICATE IT DRAGS INTO THE SUMMER. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>IT’S CERTAINLY NOT GOING AWAY. LOOK, DEMOCRATS DIDN’T GET WHAT THEY WANTED FROM THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, FROM THE RESULTS OF IT, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CONTINUE TO MAKE CONTROVERSY AND THE MEDIA IS PLAYING RIGHT ALONG. YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF CRITICISM FROM THE MEDIA ON BARR’S TESTIMONY. I THINK HE DID A GOOD JOB. IT’S CLEAR HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT THE LAW, ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE ROLE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THAN THE FOLKS THAT WERE UP THERE GRANDSTANDING AND TRYING TO GET THEIR POINTS WITH THE PRESS. NEIL: I DO WONDER, THE CHICKEN THING THEY DID, THE GUY TOOK BODY BLOWS FOR MORE THAN FIVE HOURS IN SENATE TESTIMONY. HIS ISSUES SEEM TO BE WHY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WOULD SUDDENLY EMPLOY, YOU KNOW, A SPECIAL LAWYER OR LAWYERS TO QUESTION HIM WHEN IN FACT, TWO-THIRDS OF THAT BODY CONSIST OF LAWYERS BUT THE CHICKEN THING DIDN’T JIVE WITH ME. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>YEAH. YEAH. THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. THIS IS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT’S A CAMPAIGN STUNT THAT YOU PULL WHEN, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. BARR WAS UP THERE AT THE SENATE YESTERDAY TESTIFYING ALL DAY. HE OBVIOUSLY IS WILLING TO GO TESTIFY BUT WHEN THE HOUSE CHANGES THINGS UP AND SAYS OH, NO, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE OUR STAFFERS QUESTION HIM, THIS IS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES. THERE’S A PRECEDENT HERE. YOU DON’T HAVE STAFFERS QUESTION IN OVERSIGHT HEARINGS. YOU HAVE THE ACTUAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. IT’S THEIR JOB, IT’S NOT THE STAFF’S JOB. SO THEN TO CHANGE IT UP I THINK BARR DID THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT THING IN NOT GOING THERE AND NOT SETTING THE PRECEDENT YOU CAN JUST HAUL CABINET OFFICIALS AND HAVE STAFF QUESTION THEM LIKE IT’S SOME KIND OF INVESTIGATION. NEIL: YOU KNOW, IAN, IT’S MORE FROM WHETHER RUSSIA, YOU KNOW, WAS COLLUDING WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THAT PART SEEMS TO BE SETTLED. I STRESS SEEMS TO BE SETTLED, TO WHAT DID BARR KNOW AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT, WHAT DID HE KNOW OF THESE CONCERNS OF MUELLER AND WHEN DID HE RELAY IT. INDICATIONS ARE WHEN HE WAS ASKED WHETHER HE HAD HEARD OR HAD ANY PROBLEMS FROM MUELLER AND INDICATED NO SUCH THING, WHEN IN FACT HE WAS IN RECEIPT BY THAT POINT OF A LETTER FROM MUELLER OUTLINING, YOU KNOW, HIS CONCERN. IS THAT TO YOU MISREPRESENTING AT A MINIMAL — AT A MINIMUM WHAT’S GOING ON TO THE EXTREME AS DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING PER JURING HIMSELF?>>NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. I LOOKED BACK AND LOOKED AT THE EXCHANGE BETWEEN CHARLIE CRIST AND BILL BARR. CRIST ASKED A RAMBLING QUESTIONS ABOUT NEWS REPORTS AND WHAT WERE THE NEWS REPORTS REFERRING TO AND BARR SAID I DON’T KNOW, BECAUSE HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE NEWS REPORTS ARE REFERRING TO BASED ON ANONYMOUS SOURCES. THEN HE WENT FORWARD AND SAID I PRESUME THAT THEY ARE PROBABLY CONCERNED THAT I DIDN’T PUT ENOUGH OUT THERE. CONCERNS THAT WERE CERTAINLY ALLEVIATED WHEN A FEW WEEKS LATER, HE PUT THE WHOLE REPORT OUT THERE. SO THIS WHOLE ISSUE IS REALLY MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. THE REPORT IS OUT THERE. EVERYBODY CAN READ IT FOR THEMSELVES. NEIL: FAIR ENOUGH. THAT’S A VERY GOOD POINT. AGAIN, I THINK JUST TO BE CLEAR, WHEN HE ORIGINALLY SAID HE WASN’T AWARE OF MUELLER TAKING ISSUE WITH ANY OF HIS TOP LINE FINDINGS, WHEN IN FACT HE HAD A LETTER SAYING AS SUCH, IT IS A MOOT POINT IF THE REPORT’S OUT THERE, PEOPLE CAN JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES, BUT DO YOU THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE A STICKY POINT AND JUST WIDEN THIS AT LEAST FOR DEMOCRATS?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO SEIZE ON ANYTHING THEY CAN. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMING UP AND YOU HAVE EVERY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OUT THERE CALLING ON HIM TO RESIGN. OF COURSE, JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN’T AGREE WITH THEIR POINT OF VIEW, HE’S NOT GOING TO RESIGN. HE WORKS FOR THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. HE DOESN’T WORK FOR CONGRESS. SO THEY GROWING TO KEEP THIS ISSUE ALIVE UNTIL THE NEXT ISSUE AND THAT MAY BE WHEN MUELLER TESTIFIES, AND THEY WILL FIND SOME LITTLE CRUMB THERE AND THEY WILL BLOW IT OUT OF PROPORTION