Krauthammer: Timing of Comey firing “inexplicable”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the timing of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey is “inexplicable.”

“This is about – according to the letter by the deputy attorney general – this is about something that occurred on July the 5th. This, it, so we start out with something that is highly implausible,” Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer noted that if Trump had wanted to remove Comey from his position, he could have done it earlier.

“If that was so offensive to the Trump administration, what you would have done is in the transition you would have spoken with Comey and said we’re going to let you know. That’s when a president could very easily make a decision to have a change. That’s not unprecedented,” Krauthammer commented. 

Krauthammer: On Sally Yates Testimony "We learned nothing today"

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” we learned nothing from the former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testimony before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.  "There was nothing that was said today that we didn't already know.”  He added that the hearings only helped make Sally Yates a house hold name.

Krauthammer said "The only result of these hours of hearings is that Sally Yates is now a democratic star and she needs to pick a state and run for the senate.  She is a rising candidate for the future."  

Pearl Harbor survivor celebrated 96th birthday in special way

A World War II Veteran celebrated his 96th birthday in a very special way.
 
Pearl Harbor survivor Delton Walling is no stranger to skydiving, but says he is putting away his chute after his latest jump.
 
Walling says you never know what might happen in life and he wants to spend more time traveling and giving motivational speeches.h
 

Krauthammer: Shutdown is not a strategy, nuclear option is a strategy.

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that suggestions from President Trump of a government shutdown later this year if a  long-term budget deal is not reached would be the wrong approach.  

Krauthammer strategy said Republican leaders in the Senate already have a solution that worked successfully on the Supreme Court nomination of Justice  Neil Gorsuch. While the nuclear option—requiring only a simple 51-vote majority instead of a 60-vote threshold—should be applied to a wider range of legislation.

“If you control the White House and the Senate and the House, and you can't get anything done, because you're eight votes short of 60-percent,” then said Krauthammer, “a reasonable thing to is… drop the nuclear option on you and then we'll be able to pass our legislation.”

Hillary Clinton Speaks at Women's Issues Forum

In her most far-ranging remarks since losing the election in November, Hillary Clinton is speaking out. 

The former Secretary of State spoke at a women's issues forum saying that interference by a certain country was in fact costly to her election run, but that ultimately she was responsible for her loss.

Secretary Clinton also said that FBI Director James Comey and Wikileaks documents hurt her campaign and had the election been held on October 28th she would be the one in the White House today.

Secretary Clinton also noted that hours after the Trump/Access Hollywood tape broke, Wikileaks posted its Podesta emails and noting she doubted it was a coincidence. 

Mrs. Clinton went after President Trump saying there was a clear pattern in what her then-opponent was saying and what Russia was saying at the time.

Clinton ended the interview by mocking Trump's foreign policy on Twitter and noted she is now part of the resistance.

 

Benson: Buyer's Remorse Aside, Voters still Don't want Hillary Clinton

Guy Benson, political editor of Townhall.com, told viewers on Monday's "Special Report with Bret Baier"  that if Americans are changing their tune about President Trump, it probably still has to do with his then-opponent. 

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that if voters had a do-over today, even more would vote for Donald Trump, with 43% choosing the current White House occupant and only 40% choosing Hillary Clinton.  

Benson said "you would get a sense from the coverage that there is massive widespread buyers' remorse with President Trump and this poll suggests that that's just not the case."

Benson, a Fox News contributor, stated that certain obstacles still cloud things for the president.   "The Russia stuff is interesting," Benson said.  "It ought to be investigated," he continued. 

The Townhall.com editor said that some disgruntled voters look at FBI Director James Comey's investigation into the former Secretary of State's private e-mail server as foul play but any loss really lies with the candidates themselves. 

Benson explained "I think that what we're seeing now that even with a very controversial president whose numbers in that poll, internally, not very good would still defeat Mrs. Clinton."  As for the new poll numbers,  "maybe she was just a really lousy candidate and people still recognize that," Benson said. 

Steve Hayes: "Trump Administration is going to take on Iran as a threat"

Steve Hayes, Editor and Chief of the Weekly Standard said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the Trump administration is taking a whole new approach to the threat from Iran.  "The Trump administration is going to take on Iran as a threat looking at the nuclear program, looking at terrorism, looking at what it's doing in the region."  Hayes added,  "remember the Obama administration had this chosen, this deliberate policy of decoupling the nuclear talks from everything else Iran does. You heard in Rex Tillerson's comments yesterday, you've heard from other people in the administration, that's over, that's not happening anymore."   Trump has vowed to take a look at the Iran Nuclear deal, which was put in place by the Obama administration.  However, Hayes said the Trump administration is sending mixed messages.  "The reason for it is Iran, as part of this deal got the goods, got the rewards for the deal early and now it's about compliance.  so if the administration tears up the deal Iran has already gotten much of what it took to sign the deal and the United States and people would keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon now want to test the compliance." 

 

Krauthammer on Russian Involvement in Syria

Fox News Contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Russia’s continued support of the Assad regime in Syria is “not an affection for Assad or Syria, but because as a result of their involvement, they now have a naval base in the warm water Mediterranean, they have active, very powerful airbase in Syria. They have a presence in the Middle East. They are the power.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on Tuesday as tensions have flared between the United States and Russia over American airstrikes on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for last week’s chemical weapons attack in Idlib province. The Kremlin has denied suggestions that the Syrian government led by President Bashar al Assad may have been behind the attack.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin went so far as to suggest that Assad was being framed for the chemical weapons attack, saying “"We have intelligence from various sources that similar provocations are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including southern suburbs of Damascus, where they are planning to plant chemicals and blame the Syrian government for using them."

Before arriving in Moscow, Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed the need for regime change in Syria, and criticized Russia for failing to live up to its  obligation in Russian government brokered a deal to remove chemical weapons from Syria saying “ I hope that what the Russian Government concludes is that they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar al-Assad….The Assad regime, the Iranians and Hezbollah -  is that a long term alliance that serves Russia's interests?”

Krauthammer noted that it may be foolish for an American Secretary of State to lecture Russia on its own best interests: “They have displaced the united states, and their entire foreign policy under Putin is to recover the glory and the territory and the influence of the old Soviet Union one piece at a time and it does that by taking away from the United States. It's a zero sum game.

“So, the idea that we're going to persuade them it's not in your interest to stay with Iran and Hezbollah and Assad, who are we to say, of course it's in the Russian interest, they have succeeded in doing it and unless we show them a reason to abandon it, they are not going to leave. “

Krauthammer: Syria strikes represent “a neck snapping about face” on policy

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Thursday’s US missile strikes on Syria represent “a sort of neck snapping about face” when it comes to foreign policy.

“It’s a warning to Assad and the Russians and the Iranians. You no longer have a free hand. You’re going to pay a price. Next time it’ll be a bigger price. All of that is important,” Krauthammer said.

He added that President Trump’s reaction to Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians came more rapidly than when the Obama administration was in office.

“Remember when he came up with the policy on Afghanistan? It took something like eight months,” Krauthammer noted. “This is about 48 hours and America strikes. So I think that is the most important message.”

 

Ingraham: “Highly unusual” for Rice to unmask individuals

Laura Ingraham said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday that an intelligence source told her “it would be highly unusual for a political person at the National Security Council to request the unmasking of individuals in these types of reports.” Multiple sources have told Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.

“Usually this type of information is pursued by the investigative body,” added Ingraham. “It’s not by the political apparatus of the president and then if it looks like what happened that these reports were widely then distributed to underlings including unmasked names there’s really no reason to ever do that except for a political reason.”

The unmasked names of people associated with Donald Trump were sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

“I presume there was no imminent threat of a terrorist attack in the United States and if that had been the case then she would then have given that information to the investigative bodies that would have been in charge of dealing with that but that’s not what Susan Rice seems to have done,” continued Ingraham. “At the very least she has a lot of questions to answer.”

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