Krauthammer: The veto override is not going to make a difference for 9/11 families but will injure the United States

Congress handed President Obama a stinging defeat as lawmakers in the Senate voted to override a veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia over any involvement in the terrorist attacks.  Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier" the veto override vote won't probably affect 9/11 families in the way most want it to. 

Krauthammer explained by saying, "I don't think this is not going to make any difference other than give them some kind of outlet...but I do think there will be a long term injury to us on the question of sovereign immunity." 

Those against The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act or JASTA as it is known, argue the new law would take away the tradition of sovereign immunity which could allow citizens of foreign countries to sue members of United States military and others on diplomatic duty when on overseas missions.

Krauthammer elaborated that while it's not the most important issue in the world, sovereign immunity is "irretrievable."

He also lamented on how members of Congress should have shown such steadfast resolve against President Obama a long time ago.  "I wish the Congress had shown the same kind of spine in resisting some of the other or more egregious encroachments," he said. 

With this override coming so late in the president's second term, Krauthammer says "I wish they had had the courage to do something like this on the Iran deal."

 

Jack Quinn & Michael Mukasey on 9/11 Bill

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected veto by President Obama, Bret Baier took a fair and balanced look at the 9/11 Bill, holding back-to-back interviews with Jack Quinn (an attorney representing the 9/11 families) and Judge Michael Mukasey.

Quinn told Bret that the 9/11 families are “incredibly distressed” that President Obama would veto the bill, but is “absolutely confident” that Congress will “overwhelmingly” override it. When asked about a letter written by top officials (including Judge Mukasey) arguing the bill would undercut sovereign immunity protection, Quinn described those suggestions as false because “sovereign immunity is not an absolute.” “The conflation, the confusion that the judge [Mukasey] and his colleagues in the administration make between what the United States does to prevent terrorism and what other countries do to support terrorism is a very dangerous proposition,” Quinn said.

On the other side, Mukasey argued that while he has sympathy for the 9/11 families, “we don’t want to hurt ourselves in an effort” to try to help them. Mukasey also said “there has been no such determination” that the Saudi government was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Overall, Mukasey’s view is that the United States has “the most at risk from the notion not that another country is going to do the same thing as was done in this bill, but rather that they're going to use this as the excuse to undercut sovereign immunity.”

 

Krauthammer: Debates are going to hold more importance than ever before

Krauthammer says this year's debates are going to hold more importance than ever before

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Tuesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier"  that the debates are going to be crucial this time around for candidate and voters.

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump starting to take a slight lead in some battleground state polls, such as Iowa and Ohio, Krauthammer says "it's getting late early" for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

Krauthammer explains that with both candidates being well-known to voters, debates are going to play a bigger role than in years past, especially for Clinton.  "People know who they are...I'm not sure what her advertising advantage is going to be at this point," Krauthammer said.

Past history has shown that debates do not alter the basic shape of the race but Krauthammer predicts this year will be different.  "The importance of these debates is gonna exceed the importance of any debates in any race that we have ever seen."

Mean Tweet Monday: Bret's tan is so bad he looks like a bag of BBQ Fritos!

Krauthammer on Hillary Campaign Health Cover-up: "These people are simply incapable of telling truth."

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Hillary Clinton's Campaign should have been honest about the presidential nominee's health from the beginning.  "I think this is another case of the cover up being worse than the crime. If it is what they say it is, this is totally benign.  The should have explained it right away and this just, as everybody can see, it just adds to the  impression that these people are simply  incapable of telling truth."

Krauthammer added that by not telling the truth about simple things makes Hillary look bad.

"They just find a way to make themselves make her look untrustworthy and that's where the damage is." 

Rogan: Trump and Clinton Commander and Chief Forum Performance "a lot to be disappointed about."

Columnist for the National Review, Tom Rogan said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that both the Donald Trump and Hillary campaigns should be "disappointed" about their performances on the Commander and Chief Forum Wednesday night. 

“I think both candidates, both campaigns quite frankly have quite a lot to be disappointed about last night."

Rogan said that both candidates had to explain statements they made in the forum the following day.  Hillary Clinton had to set the record straight about having troops in Iraq and Donald Trump stated that he really wasn't for the war in Iraq, despite statements he made to the contrary on the Howard Stern show.

Rogan went on to say that Trump and Clinton used the forum to show how the other candidate was not fit to be the Commander and chief.

"Clearly Hillary Clinton is trying to make that her Pivot, that you can't trust Donald Trump in any sense of sitting in

that situation room on the flip side, Donald Trump saying you can't trust Hillary Clinton because of the decisions she has made."

Rogan said that as the election is heating up and that the candidates will be  "increasingly unrestrained" in the coming days and weeks.  

Krauthammer: Expectation management out of control for Clinton & Trump

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer believes the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns are “out of control” when it comes to discussing each other’s candidacy.

“Either side needs to be a little bit careful,” Krauthammer said Wednesday on Special Report.

The discussion occurred after a clip played of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange telling Sean Hannity Tuesday night that Hillary Clinton was lying about not recognizing classified markings on emails and there’s the possibility of more Clinton leaks soon.

“The democrats are rightly afraid of what shoe could drop,” said Krauthammer. “The expectations are building that there’s a bombshell.”

Krauthammer added because Clinton has painted Trump as a sort of “Doctor Strangelove mad man” all Trump has do is show up at the debates and not froth at the mouth and he’ll have won it hands down.”

 

Krauthammer: Trump rising poll numbers not surprising

A new CNN poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by two points, which syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer believes should not come as a surprise.

“I don’t think this is really complicated,” Krauthammer said Tuesday on Special Report. “Every bit of news about her is always about emails, the foundation, the corruption.”

“Of course it’s her numbers declining,” he stated.

Krauthammer told the panel what he found most interesting though was Trump’s support among republicans jumped to 90 percent in the CNN poll after previously being in the high 70s.

“That’s a huge difference,” he said adding “if it shows up in the other polls, that will make a big difference.”

 

 

Krauthammer on Obama Administration Iran Payment: “Can they not stop lying about this?”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer  said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the Obama Administration’s acknowledgement it paid $1.3 billion in interest to Iran just days after sending the $400 million hard currency raises the question “can they not stop lying about this?”

The Obama administration acknowledged on Wednesday paying $1.3 billion in interest to Iran in January, two days after sending $400 million in cash to Teheran as principal to settle a decades old dispute over undelivered military equipment. On January 17 the administration sent the $400 million in cash - a combination of foreign currency, including euros -  but the move has been scrutinized since it was used as leverage for the release of four Americans held prisoner by Iran. The administration has maintained that the payment was not a ransom for the four Americans  as critics allege, and the State Department would not elaborate on the January 19 payment due to diplomatic concerns.

In a press conference August 4, President Obama said “we do not have a banking relationship with Iran that we couldn't send them a check and we could not wire the money. And it is not at all clear to me why it is that cash, as opposed to a check or a wire transfer, has made this into a new story. “

But Krauthammer says the revelation that the administration was send funds – not hard currency -  to Iran just two days later raises more questions than it answers: “The president says that we have to send the 400 million in cash because we don't have a banking relationship and we can't write a check. Two days later, they wire the money or they send a check through the banking system, uh, and you say we couldn't do it because of sanctions, well the sanctions were still in place two days later.

“This is one lie after another, and it's an administration attempting to cover its tracks, not because anything illegal happened here, although that's possible, but because it's hugely embarrassing. And it just, I mean Iran has been taking advantage of this knowing that this administration can be walked all over humiliated be forced to abandon all its red lines, for example can launch missiles, we say and do nothing, with impunity.”

Rosen: Evidence in Hillary’s Email Scandal

James Rosen discussed Hillary Clinton’s email scandal Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” saying the FBI “made very clear that their investigation was limited to the handling of the classified information and not even the content of the emails” and in regards to the Clinton Foundation “the FBI demurred on that point.”

While challenging his fellow panelist Charles Krauthammer, Rosen added, “he states that there isn't yet any evidence that have been arrayed of any kind of actual pay for play except for the facetimes and the meetings and the phone calls.”

Questions about Hillary Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State have dogged Clinton's White House run and triggered an FBI probe that found she was “extremely careless” with sensitive information by using a private server but recommended against bringing charges.

While Clinton leads in the polls nationally and key battleground states, the flood of stories regarding her private email server and donations to the Clinton Foundation demonstrate the former secretary of state won't be able to completely outrun voter skepticism.

 

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