Hume: Controversy over Trump Russia comments ‘histrionic and hysterical’

Brit Hume told "Special Report with Bret Baier" viewers Wednesday that the reaction to Donald Trump's comments today were "a little histrionic and hysterical."

I a press conference, Trump appeared to appeal to Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails. The Trump campaign ad surrogates are now on the defense, trying to explain away the candidate's remarks as a joke. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign says this has become a matter of national security.

Hume thinks Trump was not being serious in asking Russia to hack Clinton's server.

"...[He] was really just trying to stick it to Hillary Clinton for having so sloppily handled classified information, that is possible that her server was being subject to being hacked by the Russians and who knows who else," said Hume.

Charles Hurt on Democratic Convention Chaos: ‘An astonishing development to think, that a document dump like this could have the impact that it's had on this coronation

Washington Times columnist, Charles Hurt said Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the Wikileaks document dump of the DNC e-mails had a big impact on the DNC convention. "It's an astonishing development to think, that a document dump like this could have the impact that it's had on this coronation back here." He added that despite Hillary Clinton coming so close to the nomination she has had to overcome so many obstacles to secure the nomination. "I think it's hard to overstate how galling for Hillary Clinton to be here after 8 years ago coming this close to getting the nomination and then to have to fight tooth and nail through day one, day two and to have the kind of protests that she's endured, Nancy Pelosi got booed this morning at a California delegation event, Bernie Sanders can't even get thru a speech endorsing Hillary Clinton without getting booed." Hurt concluded "it's very, very tough for Hillary Clinton I think."

Crowley on the split within the Democratic party: ‘The civil war… just exploded out into the open’

The Washington Times' Monica Crowley said Monday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that, in the wake of an email leak that uncovered a bias against then-Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the divisions in the Democratic party may be more pronounced than ever.

"The civil war that's been brewing in the Democratic party just exploded out into the open. I mean, this has been going on for quite a while, but now we're seeing the fruits of what's been bubbling underneath," Crowley said, adding, "We've long said that the real split in the country is less right [versus] left, Republican [versus] Democrat than it is the bipartisan ruling class versus everyone else. The Bernie Sanders people feel that they have been unheard, the way on the right, the great silent majority responds to Donald Trump."

Crowley went on to say the question now is whether these Sanders supporters will accept Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee.

"I doubt that. I'm very skeptical. I think that these are true believers," she said, concluding, "I think that they have bought into the leftist revolution, and they are willing to carry this revolution forward, with or without Bernie Sanders."

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Krauthammer: Start of GOP convention is “rocky”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Monday on Special Report that the start of the GOP Convention in Cleveland can best be described as "rocky."

"It reflects the division in he party, far more than any convection we can remember," Krauthammer added. "It's usually a television show. Everything is scripted. It's not because there is a large segment that is anti-Trump.

Trump will make his first appearance at the convention this evening when he introduces his wife Melania, who will give a speech to the crowd Trump's children will speak during other evenings this week.

Pokemon Go Craze Sweeps the GOP Convention Floor

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Is Gov. Mike Pence the best choice for VP?

Indiana Governor Race

Now that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has accepted the vice presidential  nod from Donald Trump and has officially filed his paperwork to get off the ballot in Indiana in the race for Governor, Republican sources tell Fox News that former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is being heavily recruited to run again for his old seat. 

Daniels, the current President of Purdue University, is said to be seriously considering another run. 

Why is this important beyond Indiana?   Because when Democrat Even Bayh announced that he was going to run for the US Senate seat to challenge Republican Congressman Todd Young Republicans in Washington worried that they may have a very tough race against a big name like Bayh in Indiana running.   

If Mitch Daniels decides to make another run for Governor Republicans believe it would bring out voters in droves.  Daniels was a very popular Governor and left office with a 65% approval rating in his final year in 2012 and it was higher than 70% at one time. 

If Daniels can bring out Republican voters as expected then Republicans in Indiana and in Washington believe it directly helps Young in his race and thereby helps Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who believes every Senate race is crucial for Republicans to be able to hold on to control of the US Senate.       

Democrats only have to pick up 4 or 5 seats to take control depending on whether or not they win the White House.   They are defending 24 seats.  Democrats are defending 10.

 

More US Troops Headed to Iraq, US General Says

By Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News Producer

BAGHDAD- More US troops will be going to Iraq in the months ahead to help local forces defeat ISIS, the top America military commander in charge of operations in the Middle East told Fox News Thursday. This is in addition to the 560 US forces President Obama ordered to Iraq this week.

"There will probably be some additional capabilities we will need to bring in to complete our objectives," said Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads the U.S.. Central Command.

"As the leadership has told me, if we need something, we need additional capabilities, we need additional people, we should ask for those things and I've been encouraged to do that," Votel added.

The 560 troops deploying to Iraq in the days ahead will help secure an air base 40 miles south of Mosul, recently captured by Iraqi forces supported by US-led coalition airstrikes. America military logistics personnel, engineers ad force protection units will compost the bulk of troops headed to Iraq.

The British government said this week they would send 250 more troops to Iraq as well.

The base will be used to stage Iraqi forces making the assault on Mosul, defense officials say.

Iraqi forces want to build on their momentum following their victory over ISIS in Fallujah, backed by hundreds of coalition airstrikes.

General Votel traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as well as top Iraqi defense officials to discuss upcoming operations against ISIS.

Votel made previous stops in Afghanistan, Bahrain to visit a US Navy warship transiting the Strait of Hormuz, and Jordan beige arriving in Iraq for the final leg of his visit o the region.

It is not immediately clear what type of forces will be headed to Iraq to help prepare for the long awaited ground operation to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city located more than 250 miles north of Baghdad. The majority of ISIS fighters in Iraq are located in Mosul since conquering the city more than two years ago.

Votel said the role of US forces would not change going forward--they will continue to train and advise Iraqi forces away from the front lines.

As the former commander of US special forces, Fox News asked Votel if he had a desire to ramp up attacks using American special ops forces.

"I'm satisfied that we are doing things...to accomplish the objectives that were laid out for us," Votel answered.

Votel said his forces continue to hunt for ISIS emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"We are all trying to move this as quickly and effectively as we can," he added. "That timeline has to take in consideration the capabilities of our [Iraqi] partners as well."

When asked how close the Iraqi forces were to taking Mosul, seen by many as a critical step in defeating ISIS, Votel suggest it was still a ways off.

"We're probably sometime away from actually going to Mosul," sad Votel, but added, "[Iraqi forces] are definitely moving in the right direction."

Fox News spoke to Gen. Votel before the horrific attach in Nice along the French Riviera killing more than 80 people celebrating Bastille Day.

When asked why Americans care about the war against ISIS, Votel offered this assessment:

"Certainly, when they have sanctuary or they control terrain, it makes it easier for them to do the things they want to do."

 

 

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