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and then a look at president trump's proposed postal service task force will -- which will look at ways to modernize the u.s. postal service. noon eastern. on c-span3, the rand corporation hosts a briefing on the russian c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. today, we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events in washington dc and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. on this morning's washington journal, we will get reaction to the justice department's dutchtor general or report on the departments
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handling of the clinton email pro, and other news of the day. also this morning, minnesota congressman todd emmer will join us to talk about the congressional election. then, new york congressman tom poco discusses action this week on the opioid crisis. [video clip] earlier, fair and independence group is welcome and appropriate accountability is crucial. we will learn from this report and be better and stronger as a result. the fbi director christopher wray relaxing to yesterday's release of the inspector general report on ander director james comey, the 2016 investigation into hillary clinton. friday morning, june 15, and from the editorial pages, the wall street journal calling it a disgrace to comey's fbi, his many to crying
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foul. and there was no anti-trump fbi conspiracy, but the report does contain a valid lesson for the fbi. so what is your reaction? that is where we begin on this friday morning. our phone lines are open. (202) 748-8001 for republicans, and (202) 748-8000 for democrats. if you are an independent, (202) 748-8002. you can also join us on twitter at @cspanwj and on facebook at good friday morning, think you for being with us. we want to begin with two tweets from the president, reacting to this inspector general report. "fbi agent peter struck, who headed the clinton and russia investigations, texted to his lover lisa page in the ig report that "we will stop" candidate trump from becoming president. doesn't get any lower than that." he goes on to write "the ig
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report is a total disaster for comey, his minions, and sadly the f ei. comey will now officially go down as the worst leader by far in the history of the fbi. i did a great service to the people in firing him. good instinct. christopher wray will bring it probablyably." -- back -- proudly." from theline washington times calling comey insubordinate. here are some of the details. fired fbi director james comey politicalrdinate and bias might have skewed the bureau's focus on candidate donald trump instead of hillary clinton in the waning days of the 2016 presidential race. that from the inspector general report. more broadly, investigators said they found written with a culture of weeks you had no
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official reason to be in contact with reporters talking to them anyway. of an overall too cozy relationship between fbi employees in the media, characterized by free meals, golf games, and access to private events. mr. comey posted a message on twitter, saying he would not contest the findings. the department of justice ig office, which is why i urged them to do this review. the conclusions are reasonable, although i disappear -- disagree with some. i pray no director faces this again thanks to the ig's people for their hard work. that from the washington times and more from the news conference we carried live yesterday, on our website at the here is the fbi director. [video clip] >> i take this report very seriously and we accept its findings and recommendations. it is also important to know what the inspector general did not find. any report did not find
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evidence of political bias or improper considerations actually impacting the investigation under review. errorsort does identify in judgment, violations of or even disregard for policy, and decisions that, at the very least, with the benefit of hindsight, were not the best choices. we have already started taking the necessary steps to address those issues. first, we are going to hold employees accountable for any potential misconduct. on thatalready referred highlighted in the report to our disciplinary arm. our independent offices of professional responsibility, we need to hold ourselves accountable for the choices we make and the work we do. host: the fbi director christopher wray, in this
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headline, the fbi faulted in the clinton case. let's get reaction now that you have had a chance to look at the report. by the way, it is on our website at, all 500 pages. david from maryland, independent line. caller: good morning. host: david, good morning. amalie in denver, democrat line. this just, i think verifies everything that we knew , and i think mr. comey, like a lot of unfortunately, men in our society, is -- they have a bias against women. as far as the two fbi agents talking with each other on the job, i think that is ridiculous
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that they are being held accountable for talking on the job. that is my comment. host: emily, thank you. let's go to jack in north carolina, independent line. have you read the report? have, steve. in fact, i saw the press conference yesterday and i wanted to see it again this morning because the numbers he gave out our alarming to me personally and i would like to run some numbers by you and ask a rhetorical question. host: certainly. caller: he said there were 37,000 fbi agents and staff, throughout the world. then he says the place is such a great place to work, we have 12,000 applications every year, and you know how many he says we except? 5%. -- ais 600 people year year in terms of accepting applications for higher.
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he says, you know what our attrition rate is? 0.8%. of 37,000 people, that is 296 people. the that means there is a net increase of hiring in the justice department for the fbi alone, 304 people per year. is is the doj creating a police state? that is 300 people a year, over 37,000 already on the payroll. host: well, that is a very astute observation. are you a math teacher or an accountant? caller: no, i was a budget analyst for the federal government for the department of defense when i was active. i retired after 36 years, but these numbers are alarming to me , and i spent my career as an analyst with the federal government. there is something going on that is alarming to me and i was in that deep state, if you want to
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call it that, for 36 years. so it is scary, frankly, and just as a civilian out here trying to live out my retirement years, it is scary what is going on up there, frankly. host: did you live in washington when you work at the federal government? caller: i worked out of an air corpsn supporting marine and navy officers. video pcs and you have to undercut robert mueller. this report is also available online. from thes report justice department's inspector general giving new and potent ammunition to president trump and his allies in their ongoing efforts to undermine special counsel robert mueller's investigation of russia's interference during the 2016 presidential campaign. even as trump faces his only goal complications, republicans are quickly seizing on a report
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as a meaningful development they believe will further peru's robert mueller's credibility with the public and bolster the president, whose administration has long been gripped by the probe. the clamor over the watchdog's five meetings was the latest on the gop's hostile and preemptively defensive assault on mueller's report on the president conduct, and the is almostfuror tailor-made for trump, who throughout his career has clutched on the small details in totroversy as weapons used define his enemies and erode trust in institution. let's go to emily, thank you. caller: thank you for taking my call. i have a question that might want to be thrown around a bit in washington and throughout the united states and maybe the world. comeyy are saying that went ahead and did this in order to help trump and trump was
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already under investigation, and clinton didn't do anything to get charged with, shouldn't it be that the one that is under investigation, that everything he has done in office should be andorleans void -- null void? if you are under investigation, why are you allowed to do executive orders and bills & all this stuff? i do not understand it, because a normal person, a normal citizen would not be able to do that. thank you, c-span. host: thank you for the call. from the front page of usa today, the report rebukes james comey's actions as their report finds that he broke kotak call -- protocol, but not because of political bias. brad is joining us from minnesota, republican line. good morning, brad. caller: good morning, there.
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i sure got to say that the past behavior will always tell you about the future, and just as this report has shown, back in the late 1970's, the cia got caught trying to manipulate people through the media, and once again it has happened with the fbi doing the same thing. the real thing here when i hear about how comey hillary,know, hurt that wasn't the intention. daysntention was that just before the actual election, he came out and said that hillary was cleared of all wrongdoings. that was for the independent vote. work.what? it didn't now we are at this dilemma again, but the point being they wonder how they lose the elections, the democrats, and they are not going to win in the midterms. i remember telling you that hillary was not going to win six
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months before she lost, and you kind of blew me off and laughed, but i knew it was not going to happen. i will tell you again. this time, the midterms, they have no chance again, and it is all because of this. it is the media and your government manipulating its people. there is a problem. there is a big, big, big problem. i don't know. if you think you want to continue down this course and you think you can do the theican people -- dupe american people, you won't. you will dupe the people living in these big blue areas. host: a couple of tweets. the from rick, saying that ig report did all but confirmed that except for the russian tampering and comey's surprise, hillary clinton would be running a traditional presidential led government. have one by the popular
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vote by millions of more than she did had he not injected this doubt into the minds of the voters. send us a tweet and give us a call. is our line for republicans. for democrats. getting your reaction to this ig report, posted on our website along with a news conference by christopher wray, and reaction on capitol hill. senate democratic leader, chuck schumer of new york. [video clip] >> anyone who is open to use this report to undermine the mueller porro -- mueller probe or use this to promote a deep state conspiracy against president trump will be sorely disappointed. those of us interested in the truth are pleased to know that the inspector general wrote time and time again, when it came to the clinton email investigation, that thence conclusions by department
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prosecutors were affected by bias or in proper consideration ." conclusion that the by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations. rather, we concluded they were based on the prosecutors , thesments of the facts law, and passed department practices. plain and simple, couldn't be planar, couldn't be a more of those whoation wish to say that there was bias in the mueller investigation. host: that reaction on capitol hill from senate minority leader chuck schumer. smokinget, there were guns everywhere, but when asked about it, the inspector general walked back the meaning of his words, a lack of proof is not
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the same as saying there is no crime. another tweet from kiki saying have republicans think their dear leader trump for the sun rising today like it has never risen with or? shame on you. finally from tj, another great decision made by president trump. he fired comey. two different editorials, two different perspectives. first from the washington post, there was no anti-trump f the eye conspiracy, but the justice department's inspector general report does contain a valid, nonpolitical lesson for the fbi. and from the wall street journal, the straits -- the disgrace of comey's fbi, the urgent public need to restore public trust. democrat line from kentucky, good morning. comey 100%.lieve when it comes to lying, everybody lies, i guess, but trump ain't never been a liar.
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investigate comey and the things he has done and is continuing to do, and the democrats -- the the democratsll sleazy. he is a sleazebag himself, and the republicans putting up with him, they are sleaze bags. democrat, and [inaudible] will tear it apart. it is time for the republicans to get off their but, looking in the eye, and tell him what he is. host: randy, republican line, michigan. thank you for waiting. caller: thank you for waiting. as far as your last caller, the division in this country was not because of trump, it was because of obama. i don't seereport, how they can say there was no trouzk, page and all of them. i hope things get straightened
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out, because trump is doing a great job. thank you for taking my call. remmef ongressman tom will be joining us in about 15 minutes, and at 8:00 eastern time, 5:00 on the west coast, theressman paul tonko from west coast to take your calls. dorothy in oregon, democrat line. good morning. perio-- caller: good morning, thank you for taking my call. this is a good object to talk on, and i have been ain't for the longest, i still hold the media responsible for the election of donald trump. the way they handled the news, the way they presented the people, it is not conducive to supporting the country and supporting what the country depends on them to do, which is to speak the truth. we are getting the experiences and the opinions of children.
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young, white children. and it is not that they are not needed, but the news media really needs to reflect the way the country looks, because the white ones can basically only ,eport from a white perspective because of the way they were cultured. the black ones need to bring , the yellow ones need to bring there is in, the red, the brown, and so forth. i think the media has a lot to answer for in getting trump still, every time he opens his mouth and lies, like a dog at a dog biscuits. they feel they have to report it because trump said it, even though they know it is alive. you know something? tantamountost like to treason, what the media is doing, and nobody is addressing. thank you. host: this story from the wall
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iseet journal, michael cohen now having his lobbying looked into, including for at&t. washe way, the merger approved last night. this headline from the washington journal website and -- the wall street journal website from rudy giuliani, calling for mueller's suspension. president'si, the personal lawyer, calling for the special counsel robert mueller to be suspended and for the two justice department officials to redeem themselves following a report critical of the agency's investigation into hillary clinton's use of a private email server. mr. giuliani also called for the mueller probe, which indicted 20 people on charges including money laundering and tax fraud, to be suspended, calling the probe "phony."
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he said he was talking for myself now, not the president, but i believe he would also agree with this. those were his comments last night on the fox news channel with sean hannity. our caller from chicago, independent line. on thismy only thought ig report -- in fact, i am it former sports reporter. i am not a lawyer, but i have one or two thoughts here. if you read the ig report, we have hillary clinton, jim comey, and peter scott. what i am a little confused by is all a three -- all three of these people make mistakes. i do not know if they were criminal mistakes, but all of these people did things that may or may not have been against the law. being investigated, and i do not understand why there are no punishments are sanctions. as far as robert mueller goes, we will have to wait and see, and there have already been some indictments.
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the other things that really bother me, and this can turns -- concerns both democrats or republicans. when one of their people makes a mistake, they defend them, even if they have done wrong. thingsre going to change in this country, wrong is wrong, no matter which side does it. until anot get anywhere republican makes a mistake and the republicans stand up and say yeah, that guy is wrong. that is my issue with this report. we do this report and there will be no punishment or sanctions. it does not make sense to me. our: do you think in current political environment that that is even possible? we seem to be so divided today. i think that is probably an individual decision. let's be honest here. mored trump probably have political baggage going into elections than maybe anybody we had ever seen in our lifetime, and he is now sitting in the white house. and yet i think some of the
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republicans and by him not because they agree with him, because he is an immensely popular man, whether we like it or not. the guy got 60 million votes. it was not like nobody voted for the guy. anything will change until what i said needs to change. if one of your guys makes a mistake, instead of taking a side are making excuses, you need to call a spade a spade. that is my personal view. i do not see enough of that area -- that. you go back to bernie sanders, use too not want to much strong language, but they were very unfair. they screwed him out of the democratic nomination, and again, no punishment or sanction. that was a rigged election. donald trump was right. it was a rigged election, but it was on the democratic side, because they were going to do anything they could to make hillary become the nominee. host: we are going to move on,
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but thank you for your call in chicago. this is from the new york times, a bombshell civil lawsuit filed yesterday, accusing the fat -- the commander in chief and his three oldest children with operating a bogus charity. the misdeeds include $2.8 million spent to promote the president's campaign in 2016, along with supposed charitable funds used to pay off legal obligations of entities controlled by trump to promote the trump hotels and purchase personal items. the president responding, saying that the sleazy new york democrats, i will not settle the case. the headline in the new york daily news, and this editorial from the new york times. mr. trump's charity begins at home. mia joining us from michigan, republican line. good morning. good morning. i would just like to say that there is such a double standard.
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when we see the proof and text from peter structs, we know that they have done wrong. we know that. fixed the election for the democrats, for hillary. she still lost. now with everything against look at her,d -- the clinton foundation, look at what they have been allowed to get away with. look what they did to haiti. these are all double standards. nothing is going to come of it. nothing -- wilma that. nothing is going to come of that and no one will be brought to justice, and i think it is so unfair that it is a blatant disregard for our laws. that is all there is to it. it is wrong. if you can't see it, no matter what side of the fence you are on, it is in text. they admitted it. go to haiti and find out what the clintons have done with the clinton foundation now. i have been there.
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host: mia, thank you. this is also available online at adam goldman writing an official condemnation of comey's go it alone approach, the report is bound to shake his legacy, providing grid for the republicans and democrats as well as fbi agents who disagreed with how he ran the bureau at a politically perilous time. mr. comey will probably forever be linked to mrs. clinton, that to an fbi historian. people in history are remembered for one or two things. he said he will likely be remembered for interfering with the 2016 election. i think it is potentially catastrophic to his legacy. that's this morning from the new york times. maynard, joining us on the republican line from pennsylvania. good morning. caller: good morning, and thanks for listening to me.
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i believe the lady from oregon was right, that the news media has made more of a mess than anything. i was watching cnn the other night, the most twisted news with advertising. and they were parading him and not letting him talk. reporting the news, it is making the news. and i believe the big fuss about the guy standing up yesterday about the families of the [inaudible] the protection of mexico would give them, but they come here to take advantage of us. they don't come here to contribute, they come here to -- but mexico protects those killers. they don't have money or jobs. how will they feed them, close them, and house them? if we protect them from gangs like ms 13 or predators that would prey on them for sexual purposes, we're protecting those people until we get straightened
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-- they get straightened out. they are not coming here just to get protection. they are coming for amnesty. they want to take advantage of , thend the aging report inspector general's report is a good report and places blame on just about everybody. why can't we work together down there to get more done? our last call is from helen in washington, democrat line. what do you think of this report and the 2016 investigation into hillary clinton? >> i worked for the federal government for years, and ids don't lie. i would like to say one more thing. , i read all 41 pages in the washington post yesterday. ridiculous how that man maneuvers, lies, and tells people certain things.
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all he is doing is juggling money around, but he is taking it out west. i do not understand that. how come he is not doing that in other places? pennsylvania and whatnot? america better watch out. there's too much juggling of money from this president. he does some good things, but he is crooked. he is very, very crooked and lies too much. host: one final note, christopher wray has written an op-ed. it is in usa today. we take the clinton email report seriously. the hillinal note from newspaper, lawmakers shedding their business attire and leaving partisan issues at the capitol for a few hours last night as they took to the field for the annual congressional baseball game. by the way, the democrats defeat the republicans, 21-5 in seven innings under picture-perfect skies. the 67th annual charity here in washington, d.c., and a rousing ovation for the house republican -- stevee scully's
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scully's, who was injured last year when the republicans were practicing in alexandria, virginia. yesterday, steve scalise was back on the field. [video clip] on the hill, ruiz of california, ruiz into the line, and we are underway. crop of the second, scully's. throws them out at first. the entire field goes over to congratulate him and give him a big hug. how about that? for the first pitch, he gets a groundball and throws out ruiz at first base. better, idn't know would think it is scripted, but i do not think they are capable of hitting a ball right at him. >> goes down to one knee, back handset, and throws it to first.
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ruiz congratulating him as well. everyone on the field went to give scully's a big hug. that is a good way to get started here at 7:13. thanks, we were covering the event and had a final score of 21-5, the democrats winning again. we will take a short break. when we come back, we will turn our attention to the ig report and issues on capitol hill. am emmer is joining us in minute, republican from minnesota, and later, paul tonko, republican -- democrat from new york. we will be back in a moment. ♪ >> this weekend on c-span,
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saturday at 10:00 a.m. eastern, justice and homeland security foreigns talk against interference in u.s. elections. a.m., at 10: 30 highlights from the u.s.-north korea summit between president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un. c-span2, saturday at 9:00 p.m. eastern, former house speaker newt gingrich talks about his book "trump's america, the truth about our nation's great comeback. and 7:00 p.m. on sunday, mtv's decode host francesco ramsay shares her experience in becoming a social justice activist in her book "well that escalated quickly. " and saturday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on lectures in history, duke university professor laura edwards on public lands and the , examining westward expansion and the law's role in taking over native american at 4:00
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eastern on real america, the 1944 film "the memphis belle, a story of a flying fortress which documents one of the first b-17 bombers to complete 25 missions in europe without being shot down. watch the c-span networks, this weekend. sunday on q&a, filmmakers discuss their documentary hit and stay: a history of resistance, about the actions of the catonsville nine and other catholic activist that protested the vietnam war. >> the vietnam -- the antiwar movement was thought of as a scruffy, college-age protesters. here were middle-aged clergy. this made public think well, maybe i should reconsider this myself, and it was a turning point for the antiwar movement.
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>> their action did not end the vietnam war, but i cannot argue -- i cannot see how you could argue that it did not help and the draft. the department of public service said probably they felt they were under attack, so i think you can clearly draw a line from what they did to the draft ending in 1973. >> sunday at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. washington journal continues. host: we want to welcome emmer, guest:m good morning and thank you for being with us. thanks for -- good morning and thank you for being with us. guest: thank you for having me. host: have you read the report? guest: i have read the highlights. host: what is your reaction? it is not surprising.
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it is pretty damning when you talk about bias and insubordination, but for me it is a bigger issue, and that is the credibility of our government in additions like the fbi. one of the things that makes this democracy work is that the citizens believe in the system and believe in the institutions, and unfortunately, because of some shortsighted, self-centered behavior within the fbi, it appears that -- well, it doesn't appear, i believe the credibility of the organization has been affected dramatically for the average american citizen and it will take a while for christopher wray and his colleagues to restore the confidence that group needs. host: this is more than just james comey? i think it is. everyone wants to focus on whoever did this or didn't do the emails, everyone wants to focus on that because that is the entertainment please, i suppose, but it is a bigger issue than the players. it really is about the credibility of the fbi. there is a reason that we have the federal bureau of investigation.
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it is a very important function this is supposed performed for the citizens of this country. if the citizens of this country think the decisions being made by an institution like the fbi are politically motivated or biased in one way or another, it has a dramatic effect on their confidence in that institution. host: based on that, what changes need to be made? based on theeve, policy that i understand them today -- and again, this is not the government oversight committee that you are talking to. there are certain policies about the fbi that, when you are not charging, it is not your function to go out in public and make statements about ongoing if yougations and even don't take a position but you shade things one way or another, that is not the fbi, that is for the department of justice. i think the policies that are in place need to be more clearly defined so that the people that we put in these positions
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understand the do's and the don'ts. the other thing, i saw today that they will be talking about adding some training, training similar to what the u.s. supreme court justices get in terms of how to make sure -- it is not just whether or not you have been biased, but the appearance. training, myome understand, they will put in place that we already have in place for our u.s. supreme court justices, because they have a similar function. they are not partisan. they are not republican, democrat, or other. they are american citizens and we trust them to apply the law as it is created by the legislative assess and the executive to the facts that are before the court. i think the fbi, there will be better days ahead. host: our guest is republican congressman tom emmer from minnesota. you mentioned the supreme court in a case that involves your home state. the high court says minnesota's ban at political apparel at
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polls is too broad. your reaction? guest: i have not read the opinion, but i have had experience with it. in my former life practicing law, i had to represent one of my colleagues in the legislature who wore some innocuous shirt that had some statement of his state legislative position on it, and that he tried to charge him, if i recall right. it clearly is a violation of the first amendment rights of americans and minnesotans. surprised at the ruling and frankly, i do not have a problem with it. host: host: host: host: -- host: you are working on a bill. working on something about the opiate crisis, but also about the suicide rate among farmers. -- this was tide of first authorized in 2008, traffic thing -- tracking the
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toicacy and reports the data congress, and includes privacy protections so that personal information is not made available to the public. explain this? guest: first i have to back up. got involved in this -- this is something tom harkin was the champion of. this alphabet soup of washington, d.c., there is a program that was originally established in 2008 in the farm to createidea was grant money, a pool of grant money for local communities, rural communities to try and roll out mental health programs, different options for our farm communities and, quite frankly, those that are under serious stress in our economy. i got involved because i had a staff member -- this has been an issue in our office. care in thisth country is extending lives.
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we are treating cancer, we are treating all kinds of different challenges out there. suicide has been on the rise. we in my office have been very concerned about our concerning -- returning veterans suffering from ptsd, other issues. i've had no idea that in our farm communities, suicide is five times the national average. host: y? it is a lot because the folks are independent, they are on their own, and they can't control variables like weather and the commodities markets out there, which are depressed right now. dairy, which is the number one in the county with the largest city in my district, there he is tough. for every gallon of milk farmers are producing, they lose $.25. there is a lot of stress, they are isolated, they are tied to the land, these farms that have been family farms for generations. when they start to become financially stressed, it only adds to their isolation.
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i give you an example. minnesota has one mental health counselor for the entire state. gentlemanday, this gets 16 calls. on a regular day, he gets 40 calls a day. the stress act, the idea would be to bring back a bill -- it expired in 2014 -- we suspect because the champion of this legislation, senator harkin, retired. it expired, but this is such a big issue across this country that we decided it is time to bring it back, and we talked to the chair, mike conaway of the agricultural committee. he not only thought it was a good idea, he encouraged us to bring it back. and yesterday, i think it was certainly this week, the senate is moving their farm bill, their version of the farm bill, and joni ernst and one other -- tammy baldwin. joni ernst from iowa and tammy baldwin from wisconsin have
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actually brought the same version on the senate side. so i expect we will get it passed in this year's farm bill. host: it passed the senate committee by a vote of 20 21, and now is coming to the senate floor. we will have that debate on our respective networks. let's bring in our viewers and listeners. port crane, new york, independent line. good morning. caller: good morning, gentlemen. thank you for this conversation. i want to talk about the fbi. they do not have any credibility because in my estimation, when they admitted to falsifying the hair analysis for 25 years and sent people to death row, that did it right there. and as far as this hillary clinton thing goes, they cover things up from start to finish, and that is wrong. it is a two-tier justice system. one for us and one for them. host: thank you, rob. guest: all of the stuff you let off with is fine. you can take your perspective,
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and it is fair, regardless of whether you agree with the caller or are on the other side of it, but i think the last piece is the most important, and that is they cannot be above the law. this is the problem. when the average american sees people in washington, d.c. not being held to the same standard that we expect the average american to be held, that is why you get that kind of emotional response. is joining us from new york, independent line. good morning. how aregood morning, you doing this morning? i have comment for the congressman, and in steve, i would like to talk to you for a minute. my comment is when you don't teach history, you wind up with what we have now. fbi has lessthe than a stellar credibility when it comes to political things. j edgar hoover kept dossiers on everybody.
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in fact, there for a while, when the kennedy assassination, they thought that maybe he was implicated. how could the fbi address that? that reputation is hurtful, and you don't teach that in history, you do not teach it in schools, to now history has repeated itself. to you, steve, a couple months ago you had a guy call in and he said you were biased against trump. you got really annoyed with the guy, and you kind of reminded me of andy cooper when he was talking about the fake news, you know? he said it's true, it's true, and it was true. but they never blamed anything else with the same thing trump did, they never charged obama with lying, but the thing that gets me about the span is when
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president obama was on and you guys were -- people would call in, if somebody even had a hint of calling the guy a name or saying anything like he was a racist or anything, you would cut him right off. brian lamb did, all right? and we would do the same with donald trump. caller: no you don't. him ast had a lady call liar 50 times. host: and we had people call barack obama a liar. we draw the line when it becomes vulgar. that is the issue. caller: well you didn't. and the thing that gets me, these people hate trump so bad, and it is just not fair. have a good day. host: i will leave it there and have a reaction from the congressman. [laughter] say, studyll history.
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what is really interesting, at the same time in their presidencies, ronald reagan's approval rating was 43%. donald trump's is 42. interesting. host: caffe in arkansas, independent line. caller: good morning, good morning congressman. i will tell you what. we the american people were very upset, because you know, nobody is above the law and it seems to me that hillary clinton and all of these others get by with whatever they want to, and it is not right. is there anything that you , with thes can do special counsel sitting in on this? because all the american people know that hillary is guilty. well, the issue is about accountability and transparency. i think the legislative branch of our government has to do a
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better job of government oversight. we are going to have to start using the powers that are afforded to the legislative tonch and the constitution not only demands documents, but to get them. it appears that not just the fbi, but in some cases other organizations within the bureaucracy of our executive branch have been less than forthright about providing needs to that congress conduct its appropriate oversight functions. about makingis sure the congress exercises its authority in accordance with the constitution. rene, joining us from west chester, pennsylvania. good morning. you?od morning, how are say is everyone is complaining, all the fbi agents are bad. it is just not true. it is just like with police
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officers. sometimes there are bad actors. with the fbi, there were bad actors. there are still a lot of good fbi agents. beenhe bad actors have fired and dealt with in the fbi. but there is a lot going on with trump and a lot of financial things that he and his family have done and are doing while he is in the white house. that is all i have to say. thank you. host: thank you, renee. the in new york filing a lawsuit against the trump organization yesterday. sure how much confidence the american people have in our system of justice, when it appears to be politically motivated the sum and others are celebrating finally going after this person. the best issue rene brings up as we have to remember the vast majority of the people that are employed at the fbi or any of
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these other institutions are good people. they are there for the right reasons and doing the right thing. it really comes down to a handful, and unfortunately, the culture is set almost always, the culture is set from the top of the organization. if the head of the organization is not leading a culture of integrity, of transparency, of accountability, then you start to get this sort of thing that comes out with, again, a number but not the entire force. you have to remember, there are a lot of good people at the f ei. host: -- fbi. money will you spend and race to keep republicans in the house? guest: it will probably between 100 millionn dollars to $200 million. the exact number, you will have to look at many different organizations because it is not just going to be the national republican congressional committee that is involved.
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you have the congressional leadership fund, you have others that are working to protect the majority in the house. the good news for us, steve, is that the trend -- you know, if you look at the congressional generic ballot, i think it was last december before tax reform, the congressional generic ballot was a -17 in some cases for republicans. today, it is within five points depending on what you are looking at. a lot of people will tell you, if you are within five points, it is typically a good sign for republicans, since usually, as the experts say, you over poll democrats in these generic ballot surveys. so it is all trendy in the right direction. in fact, at one point in the past couple of weeks, the congressional generic ballot was at its best for republicans is march 2016. it is not just the money out there, it is what americans expect. they hired us to do some
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important things. one, get our economy moving. you can't survive with 1.8 percent annual gdp growth, and that is what we have explained for the last eight years before the trump administration. now you have three, pushing maybe 4% growth, maybe more in the near future. it makes a big difference when people see opportunities out there. unemploymentlowest across the country that we have seen in a long time, maybe ever. you have more jobs open today than we have people to fill them . so you have all kinds of really good news, plus administrations that are making america safe and trying to promote world peace around the globe. i think people feel safer in their communities, they feel safer around the world, and they look at a bright future because of the economic growth that we are experiencing. host: you mentioned ronald reagan. if you look at the historical trends, the party in power typically loses seats in the a presidential
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election. do you expect to lose seats this midterm election? guest: i think we are going to do really well. i think new ingrid -- newt gingrich is forecasting something. people are talking about a blue wave. there might be a couple of blue tornadoes, but there will not be a blue wave. on the republican stride, it might be a bit of a stretch to say there will be a red wave. people are playing games with words. the reality is people will rehire you if you have been doing the job. this is a customer service business. we work for the people that elect us and we get a job interview every two years in the house. what will happen this year, they will ask do i feel safer in america than i did two years ago? i believe the answer is yes and i believe they will say that in november. they also will ask this my economic future look better than it did two years ago, and even more importantly, is there a chance that we are actually going to make sure that our kids have a better life and we have had?
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i think the answer to those questions are yes, but the strong economic road, strong national security, i believe we will do extremely well in november. one of the member races is in new york. this is from the new york post. it was billed as a high-minded conversation, but could not steer clear of them up. dan donovan and his primary challenger michael grimm duked it out once again last night, exchanging sharp barbs over graham's criminal history and donovan's opposite dormitory. you can read the full story at ny here is that full exchange last night. [video clip] >> i ran for congress at a vital time. my opponent live to our community, asked us to vote for him, then used his vote to cut a deal with the justice department, and we did not have a voice in washington for over five months during a barack during barack obama's
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last term in office. i have a campaign going on that you are witnessing that is ill with lies and distortions. so much so that the residents of the united states has come in and set the record straight. he told people in our community he wants me to be the candidate and back me in congress to make his america first agenda succeed and help make america great again. >> i have had the honor many times in my life to serve. i served at night court, served in combat, and served in the fbi and deep undercover. those were trying times, but without a doubt, the most proudest moment was serving all of you as your congressman. it was very difficult, because we were coming off one of the worst economies. we had a democrat in the white senate, andocrat then we got ravaged by hurricane sandy. but we came together as a family and with great tenacity, resiliency, we lead and we got things done.
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now, i am running again because over the past three years, my opponent has not just in sleeping in his office, he has been sleeping on the job. that debate will be airing tonight at 8:00 eastern time on c-span. the race between dan donovan and michael grimm, your reaction to this race? guest: i don't know mr. graham, but i know danny donovan. he is a man of extreme integrity and character. the fact that a guy sleeping in his office might tell the people back at home he cares a lot more about them to the position that he holds in congress. this guy is exactly what you want in congress representing you. i have high confidence that dan donovan will do pretty well next week. host: michael grimm is apparently up 10 points. guest: we have seen a lot of different polls echo many different ways. the day, polls are
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important, but the most important thing are the people that show up at the polls and vote for their candidate. i think dan donovan will do very well. host: if former congressman imm wins the primary, will the rnc support him? -- the and support him? guest: that is up to the chairman. we need to make it very clear that we are committed to holding our majority in the u.s. house werepresentatives so that can continue to advance the economic policies, the national security initiatives, everything the trump administration is doing right now to make america great again. host: based on your answer, will it be a discussion? that is morek appropriately addressed to the chair. host: back to your calls. maxine in michigan, good morning.
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good morning, gentlemen. thank you for taking my call. i am nauseous this morning, and i am not pregnant, i am 78 years old. [laughter] host: thank you, maxine. caller: it is because of the ig report. speaks clearly to me. who are you going to believe? me or your lying eyes? the fbi is so corrupt, ever since j edgar hoover pranced around his office in lace , it has never, ever gotten itself straight. new director, he is trying but he is not going to do anything because it is embedded in the fbi. they will do what they want to do, they get who they want to get. host: your reaction, congressman? i have confidence that
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christopher wray is going to do exactly what he has been hired to do, which is not just make the -- make sure the fbi is an institution of integrity, but its agents are doing exactly what the american people would hope they are doing, making sure they fight crime in this country. i do not have maxine's same emotional negativity towards the fbi. i do think the fbi has had some major challenges, and i think under its recent leadership, we are finding out things were not handled the way they should have been handled, and it has caused a major issue for the men and , and that work for the fbi i am confident that christopher wray is going to do everything he can to try and right the ship. includesr district which cities? than 50% of the ground in my district is still in agricultural production. 30-40 miles northeast of
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minneapolis and st. paul on the wisconsin border, and that same distance, roughly, out 30 or 40 miles, we wrap around it from the northeast to the northwest side of the twin cities. host: and the member of the house financial services committee. jeff in woodbridge, virginia. caller: good morning, congressman. mention a fewto points. first on the ig report, i think this is part of the problem with the provision of politics today. we come at these things with and thesus fiction, issue with the fbi agent and the text messages, you know, that is separate and distinct. -- ifre was this really there was really this bias to cost trump the election, my question would be how did he win that? and then my problem is james comey going on tv 10 minutes before the election -- 10 days before the election and saying
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they are investigating hillary clinton's email. if anything, the report showed he did not court made it all with the attorney general, which is why he was cited for insubordination. i also found it kind of odd that you compared donald trump to ronald reagan, because i do not think president reagan would have ever met with or colluded with the russians. thank you for c-span. guest: i think jeff just made his own point. you don't get to pick your own facts. the last statement about the president, there is no evidence in what you just said. and there is a great comparison between ronald reagan and donald trump. if you go back and study reagan, you will find out that many of campaign materials had this phrase make america great again. there are many parallels. his point, by the way, on the fbi -- i totally agree with it. the ig's report says bias and insubordination. they did not find direct
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evidence, as i understand it, of biased activity. in other words, that political bias led them to take action or not take action, but the appearance of take action. the appearance of bias or the insubordination of the former head of the fbi by refusing and actually getting others to support him in this, to refuse to work with the department of justice before he had his press conferences to let them know what he was going to do and more importantly, that he was even doing them, that is the issue and needs to be cleaned up. host: republican line, from ohio, you are next. listen, i used to work for the government. we have had so many people locked up for minor crimes.
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plus, -- nothing has ever been done about this. [inaudible] host: thank you for the call. should there be any further investigation into hillary clinton and her email use, or is that issue behind us? guest: what i have read is there is discussion and i don't know that it is directly toward hillary clinton, but there is discussion about whether or not certain investigations need to be had. i am not going to speculate. the response to bob is, look, the appearance of i.s. or illegal activity is -- bias or a legal activity is bad enough. until you have enough evidence
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to support an allegation or charge, that is all it is. it maye heard the phrase not have been a legal, but it certainly was bad form. at this point, that is what we are getting from these investigations. report just came out yesterday, so we have not had a chance to go line and verse through it. the summaries and the specific details, i have highlighted some of them going through it. these are issues that so far, the finding has been there was an appearance of bias and absolute insubordination by the former head of the fbi. host: there is a senate hearing, we will carry it live on the c-span network. getting underway 9:00 eastern time and 11:00 for those on the east coast. in the inspector general will be testifying. this is a documentary showing
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the president saluting a north korean general. it has been posted on a number of websites, including cnn. should the president have done this? i am i am not in -- guest: not in charge of what the president does unless there is something that falls within the jurisdiction of congressional oversight. if he wants to do something like that, that is within his right to do that. host: just the optics of saluting a general. critical ofwere barack obama when he bowed to a saudi prince. guest: i am not going to take sides. i think that is the problem we have. this isn't directed at you, but people that want to participate in these kinds of discussions that hold election certificates. it is up to me to control my behavior and answer for my behavior. if the president thinks this is appropriate, he is within his
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right to do it. if barack obama wants to take a knee in front of a saudi prince, that is his work right to do it. i may not like it, i may not like a salute of a korean general, i am not taking a position either way, that does not mean i will weigh in on who is better or worse or right or wrong. these are the noise issues. let's talk about the news, let's report facts. why is this so important? so historic that this president actually was able to sit down with a north korean leader where no one else was ever able to do it and all we hear is what are the details? what are the details? it was the first conversation ever. there were no concessions made on the u.s. side. the discussion is about denuclearization of the korean peninsula. i think that is a great start and this kind of stuff, it might
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be fun for entertainment purposes, depending on which side you are on politically, but it really isn't anything any -- it really isn't anything of substance. host: the stress act, where does that stand in the house and what was the next? step? guest: it was in the farm bill that did not pass. we expect the farm bill to come up in the next few weeks. it is in the house version and the senate version as we pointed out earlier in the program. i expect it will pass with this year's farm bill and the real issue will be getting money appropriated. host: you are also taking up two immigration bills. what can we expect? guest: we just got the text yesterday. i think what you can expect is the legislative process is actually working. people are having discussions and trying to address a problem that is -- has frankly, dogged this country for many years under many different presidents of different party persuasions.
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hopefully next week we are going somet some movement, progress on this very important issue. host: republican congressman tom emmer of minnesota, deputy chair of the congressional committee. they do for being with us. guest: thank you for having me. host: the debate over the immigration bill will be live here on the c-span at work. tonkoe come back, paul will be joining us, democrat from upstate new york as "washington journal" continues. it is the 15th day of june. we are back in a moment. ♪
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if youbelieved encouraged people to act correctly, they would ration themselves and you did not need to impose it on them. announcer: watch american artifacts sunday at 6:00 p.m. eastern on american history tv, c-span 3. continueston journal -- "washington journal" continues. host: we welcome back congressman paul tonko. thank you very much for being with us. guest: my pleasure. great to join you and your viewers. host: let's begin with the ig report and your reaction. guest: i think it shows there was no bias as it played into decisions made. the inspector general has great credibility and integrity. it did show, if anything, that then director comey made efforts that there wasct
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a trump administration that now has proved to have some merit as opposed to sharing with the public the investigation on then candidate clinton, which then proved there was nothing. it speaks to the fact that the department needs to be independent and not political and pretty much substantiates that. host: moving ahead, what changes need to be made, if any? guest: i think we will learn a lot from these investigations with regard to meddling in our elections and i feel we will go forward with improvements that can be done and make certain that with any investigation, that there are laws that are followed. if there are people that break that bit of regulation, that guide, the ethical quality of the department, they should be
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removed, as they have with any agents that may have proven less than honorable. host: you worked for hillary clinton when she served in the u.s. senate. do you think james comey's decision altered, influence, affected the election? guest: i think you could argue it had an impact and in such a -- itelection, i think causes a little concerned. you move forward and make certain that we work to make certain that good policy and great initiatives are the effort here so that america can grow and people can be treated justly and fairly and that we are a shining beacon for the world. that let me put two issues are front and center in the house. first, the immigration debate coming up next week. what is it going to look like and how do you deal with the children of illegal immigrants
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now separated, 1400 now living in a former walmart in texas? guest: let me state i think it is an embarrassment to america to be treating these families as we are. separating families seems so un-american. you can see the videos or the photographs of two-year-olds weeping as their mom is carried away. guest: the white house says they host: -- the white house says they should not becoming here illegally. guest: these people are seeking asylum, escaping violence. it may be gang wars, domestic violence, these children should have a haven. these families should have asylum and they are not doing anything illegal. i think just the fact that you would torture children this way, rip them out of the arms of their parents is an awful image to share with the world. we are better than that. in terms of legislation, the
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majority has said they have come to a consensus. what does that mean? we were not part of that. the consensus must be within the own majority. that doesn't do what we need to do. there needs to be a bipartisan approach. in 2013, the united states senate passed immigration reform and the house refused to take action. we have pushed really hard with the discharge position on daca. we can do a much better job improving the situation making sure there is a sound pathway to citizenship for people looking to call america home and do it in a way that is fair. there has been a lot of denial. it intoeven wrapping the wall, there will be funding
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for the wall. there are much more important things to do and it is a bad image for america. host: you have also been part of the a debate that's part of the debate over the opioid crisis. how lawmakers will be addressing the growing problem. guest: -- [video clip] >> this is not the first time we have dealt with the subject. in the last congress, we passed the comprehensive addiction and $4overy act and we added billion in the omnibus for funding. we are spending this weekend next week passing more than 70 bills dealing with this addiction. this is not the first step and not the last step, it is simply the next step. this is destroying the fiber of this nation and we should battle it and the seriousness of what it is. host: one of those bills is the training education and community
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health to combat addiction act. designatee of the -- institutions for current and health care professionals on substance abuse. please explain. guest: representative johnson, the public and from ohio in a bipartisan way came forward with a measure that would provide for these centers of excellence that deal with substance use disorder curricula development that will train the next generation of medical professionals with the skill set -- for the skills that they required to respond to this epidemic. i would like to just lay out the facts as to why these bills are necessary and why there is a degree of urgency. we have an epidemic. we have a crisis. in 2016, 60 4000 people succumbed to substance abuse disorder of some sort.
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that number, they believe will grow in a sense of 70,000 for the 2017 data. that is a startling bit of evidence. then, we know specifically that about 20% of the substance abuse disorder community is getting treatment. of americans who are struggling with illness and addiction are not getting the help they need. when they have that moment of clarity, they need treatment, not a demand. i have introduced other bills that deal with treatment. i believe it is the epicenter of the solution. these bills are going to improve the situation. i am cosponsor on many of them at in many ways, co-authored the legislation and i think it will be helpful. if we avoided the treatment peace, which was the case in the first two markups, i am happy and proud to announce it is now
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-- the treatment piece is part of the final package, as it should be. it bothered me when we used the flipped 180t degrees from an earlier memo, saying that it would cause divergent into the streets if you did medical assisted treatment programs. it diverse into thed street because people cannot find treatment. what i communicate with my substance abuse disorder community in my district in new york, the first thing i hear is availability of treatment on demand. two bills i have done i think are very important to the response of the epidemic. host: jason is joining us from michigan, independent line with congressman paul tonko. good morning. caller: good morning, thank you for taking my call. representative tonko, you mentioned something about the immigrants coming in and how you wanted a humane approach.
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guest: yes, sir? caller: it is not president trump's responsibility to take care of mexican citizens. that is the mexican's president -- execute president's responsibility -- that is the mexican president's responsibility. why isn't anyone holding him responsible as the leader of that country? guest: we have always been there as a source of refuge. if there are maltreatment of people seeking asylum, we have been there. nation, asa powerful a compassionate nation, as one that has a moral obligation as we believe to those who struggle, i believe these are families seeking asylum who are refugees, then as we have always done, we are there for individuals and to tear apart families i think is grossly un-american and morally
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objectionable. host: in his 10th year in the u.s. house of representatives committees include energy. we will go to the republican line. caller: good morning. i have a couple questions to ask you. do you have a wall around your house? not, sir.o caller: second question is. second question is. well, you have a fence in your backyard. how many of these illegals will you take in coming across the border? third question is, was hill it -- if hillary was elected, would we find out what went on with the fbi and how corrupted they were? guest: investigations are showing there was a clearance there. there was not any misdoing. also, with the illegals, as you label them, undocumented might
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be another choice of verbiage, but this is about finding a sound pathway to citizenship so there is a legal standard established and there are resources at the agency to provide for a sound bit of policy reform, which we hav tried to initiate for several years. ehost: jack from arizona, democrats line. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? thank you for taking my call. i have a quick question for your representative from new york. i am in arizona and i don't that he realizes the fact -- going back to my grandparents and their grandparents, they came here -- this is a whole different ballgame. these people are coming through
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mexico. this.e mexico for all of this is a nightmare. we have 10 million to 20 million illegals in this country not counting chinese and all these others and they have said chinese could be spying. forget about breaking up families, they should not be here. they are ruining america. don't you get that? you are in new york. go down to the border, texas, arizona. --re have been over 800,000 by illegals alone. guest: our nation is a nation of immigrants. time, since the beginning, we have -- our nation -- we are a nation of immigrants. that is something i think is a strength for us. the process, again, needs to be improved. legislationforth
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that deals with a path to citizenship, daca -- i have met with attorneys, people in law school, people in middle school. --med school. recently, successful medical school students now contributed to the fabric of america. this is a powerful addition. it is not draining us. the daca situation would allow for a soundness in our society. these are people who have known no other culture but the american culture. they have been trained here and educated here and are only asking for fairness. host: the president imposing $50 billion in tariffs for china. this comes on the heels of the tariffs on steel and aluminum from the european union and actions aimed at canada. are we heading for a trade war? guest: we may be.
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to look at all the disruption that has happened out there with many of our allies, you mentioned challenge -- china, but with our allies we have had the imposition of tariffs that are straining our relationship. in a way that has made it difficult -- i agree with the president that we needed more fairness in the trade agreements, but where are we with that? we needed to have the trade issue addressed before we start moving with the tool of tariffs that need to be very meticulously addressed and they have not been. slamming on some of our allies, not addressing our trade agreements with these trade contacts that have been made, we need to move forward so we can protect american jobs, grow our economy, all with the dynamics of fairness and integrity and
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the slamming of our allies have only made it difficult as we look at the recent news of the past week where we are very much a friendly cohost with the north koreans all while we just slammed our best allies. host: i want to get to your reaction to what i asked representative emmer when the president saluted the korean general. is that proper or appropriate? guest: i think people are free to do what they want. when you salute someone who is part of a regime with kim jong-un that found it acceptable to execute 140 of north korean officials because they needed to agree with their regime, we are now showing great respect and tribute to a nation that does not share our american ideals. all while, again, we have turned
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our backs or offering slams to our allies. it just doesn't make sense to me. guest: bridget from -- host: bridget from austin, texas, democrats line. caller: i have a son who is a veteran and while i know there has been recent legislation passed to modify things so that veterans can get private care, what we had learned when my son most recently went in, there ifld be 30 days before he -- you have a cancellation, please call me back and he had been triaged and they knew he had to be seen but when he looked into private care, many health care professionals, particularly psychiatrists and psychologists do not except any insurance and they certainly don't accept vouchers. there has been a lot of turnover in leadership of the veterans administration and i am just
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curious about what is really going to be the oversight and .eadership going forward i particularly would be interested in comments because since the democrats are very much in favor and i have been in favor of universal health care. since the veterans administration is an example of how federally administered health care system works, it doesn't seem to be very effective and what is going to be done? guest: thank you. this constant review of the veterans administrations, i have a va health center in my district that receives great marks. they have established a tremendous mental health wing and expanded their services. overview of these agencies, making certain the letter and the spirit of the law is adhered to is important and in compliance of the efforts of the affordable care act to make
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certain that pre-existing conditions are included, premiums are held down however possible and access and affordability to care is an outcome. i think that applies to our veterans. we want the very best out there for those who have served this nation and will continue to make certain veterans care is sound and intact. the vice chair of the congressional treatment and addiction recovery -- have you been affected by this personally? guest: i know friends and paid the veryhave difficult price of losing loved ones. that has motivated me and inspired me to join that caucus. out of respect to them, i commit to the families that i will do my best to make a difference. one is with treatment. whensaid earlier the show, you need treatment on demand, it is there for 20% of the public.
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unserved when they have that moment of clarity. my measure makes certain that md's have their cap of how many patients they can see lifted from 100 to 175 and it makes certain we codify the nurse practitioners and assistants who are added to the mix of service providers who can be there for treatment on demand and we add professional- disciplines for nurses perhaps like midwives, who could be helpful to pregnant women, postpartum women, and acknowledge the fact that we have some 13,000 children on average born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. these are dynamics addressed by populatione service and making certain that 20% figure is vastly improved. that is critical and has to be
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the epicenter of the solution. we were not speaking to the crisis or the epidemic. the certain is to make sure of a medicaid reentry bill that re-addresses -- addresses the prison population. we find many loved ones struggling with this illness end up in incarceration. in order to best address the statistics where we are told 129 greater is the factor that companies -- a companies and individual when they are released from an incarceration center. there are many reasons, but probably the prime is physiology -- is a logically -- physiologically, you are probably more likely for that overdose situation. my bill would take those already on medicaid in incarceration that would have that medicaid startup 30 days before release so the dollars invested in their
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treatment before incarceration are well spent so they don't come out and be yet another victim to the illness. i think these issues are thoughtful, smart on crime, the way to best utilize taxpayer dollars so we are not wasteful in the effort. many families have been touched by this. we go forward and we hope they can well advised the full house. host: our conversation with paul tonko. joining us from claiborne, georgia, independent line. good morning, mike. caller: good morning. the kids,start with but i would like to say something about the opium thing, too. these kids -- all these people coming across the border, they have a right to a hearing on
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whether or not they are legitimately seeking asylum. first off, it is not a crime to seek asylum. once they get these people in here, this entire situation is built around the dollar. it is the prison industrial project -- process and the industrialization of our comments. what we have built up, these people are handing off to their cronies and pocketing a gazillion dollars. the opium thing ain't a bit different. go back and read about the chinese opium wars. we traded opium for tea and now we have the entire planet hooked on this stuff so it pays the bills. we are gardening the pipelines and poppy fields. there are pictures of that all over the internet. host: thank you, mike. guest: i think the approach to the epidemic on opioids and
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heroin and crack needs to be a three legged it stool. prevention, treatment, recovery. if we abandon prevention or treatment, we are not going to stem the tide. it is important to continue with the elements of prevention and to enforce or reinforce by financial assistance, research the brain. there is already telling research that shows why some are impacted by the illness of addiction. there are weaknesses, and we will have a better idea of how to treat. research and prevention are a key part to the solution of this epidemic. host: let's go to skip in california. good morning. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call.
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to make ated statement here about mr. tonko and all the reasonable people left in this country because there is not enough. i agree with almost everything he has said and most of these people will say -- they say it based on facts and these people who call in and are basing their information on conspiracy theories and obviously coming from fox news. i am so tired of this. i just hope that somewhere along the line we could go back to being a reasonable country. thank you for taking my call. host: thank you, skip. guest: thank you for your assessment. i think we are a nation with
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great intellectual capacity. we are facing complex issues and we need to address those issues with thoughtfulness, facts, and at times, wherever applicable, science. to go forward and do this in an academic way would mean that our legislative response, executive response would be optimum and i think we can do it, it just requires our will to do it. i have seen the dismissiveness of science in this town. very troubling. so much so that i authored the scientific integrity act and we put a watchdog status into each -- you cannot manipulate, politicize the research information as it is developed for it it needs to be shared with the public and the legislature. host: jesse, democrats line, good morning. caller: good morning. i am calling because i wanted to
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make a comment about our callers from the previous speaker as well as the current gentleman. attackshad a barrage of around not and media being tough enough on the last and not being tough enough and although the report that came out yesterday clearly showed it was, if anything, leaning towards the republicans, they were still not satisfied. i apologize if my comments are not directly related to your latest statement. i am asking all the democrats to forceful, toore push back more.
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being cordial, but the atmosphere is changing and i don't know if necessarily the approach we have had in the past is working. thank you for your time. host: thank you, jesse, appreciate it. guest: i think i read into that the approach to -- host: the ig report. guest: right. i think we need to let professionals do their work. thate every bit of belief the director, the individual in integrity andat is respected by both sides. allow people to do the work and from there, make decisions. i don't think we need to jump ahead of the process, but we need to encourage them to do their work and do it thoroughly. i think the world is relying on
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it and our generations that follow us will require it as americans that we get the facts and get them nailed down so that we can devise a plan of response to that report. host: i want you to watch this ad now airing, taking aim at the democratic leader in the house, nancy pelosi. [video clip] >> she is at it again. >> already looking beyond this midterm election to take back that speaker's gavel. >> with pelosi as speaker, everything we fought for will come to an end. >> democrats will raise your taxes if they take back the podium. >> this november, it is all at stake. host: that ad from the and rcc
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and your democratic colleagues ryan higgins saying he would not vote for nancy pelosi if she were to become speaker. guest: i think the ad speaks to politics of fear. they seem to be experts at emotional lysing campaigns and i understand it because if you don't want to defend your record, you talk about emotional context and put out an ad like this. the fear tactic, they could demonize anyone. addressing tens of millions of people who hereto for were not covered and is addressing the pre-existing conditions, which is helpful and it has been forceful on making certain there is integrity in government. she has an agenda along with the caucus to build a stronger america with infrastructure, build the fabric of individuals by making certain health care variousr areas --
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programs that develop the strength of the individual are there and build a that her government. integrity, accountability, transparency and campaign finance reform. i think it is demonizing. whoever is the leader, they will demonize. host: you will support nancy pelosi? guest: i believe the speaker has done a good job. tonko,ongressman paul thank you for stopping by. we appreciate it. guest: my pleasure. host: the president is on the north lawn at the white house speaking to fox and friends and this is live on the fox news channel. it is unusual for the president to come out to the where the standout location is normally held. i just want to share that with you. when we come back, we will open our phone lines and tell us what is on your mind. about 20 minutes left on "washington journal."
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court, and events in washington, d.c. and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. continueston journal -- "washington journal" continues. host: for the next 20 minutes, our phone lines are open, your time to share your thoughts on the news of the day. president is still speaking on fox and friends and you can see the crowd behind them on the program also taking questions and talking about the ig report and any news will likely come from that conversation. fox and friends is one of the president's favored programs. he tweets about it often. this story by robert costa "the gop sees a nupathe to undercut mother." thursday's report from the justice department inspector general giving new ammunition to president trump and his allies in their ongoing efforts to undermine special counsel robert mueller's investigation of the
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2016 presidential campaign. even as trump faces legal complications, republicans seizing on the report as a development they believe will further bruise muller's credibility with the public. the clamor over the watchdog findings was the latest turn in the gop's increasingly hostile and preemptive defense against robert mueller's report on the president's conduct. throughout his career, donald trump has clutched onto small details as weapons he uses to define his enemies and erode trust in institutions. " the president also tweeting --." the president also tweeting.
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mary lou joining us from new jersey, independent line. good friday morning. go ahead. caller: good morning and thank you for c-span. i want to talk about immigration and what paul ryan intends to do next week. everybody listening this morning needs to be very concerned about what could happen here. even know, we don't what is in these two bills he plans to bring to the floor. anything that is done behind closed doors and is not transparent for people to say something is wrong with that, i am going to ask the listeners
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this morning to call your representatives and tell them that we need a better way to handle this. the way to handle this is not to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens created there are people in this country, natural born american citizens, and legal immigrants that need the help of our government. there are seniors, veterans, we are not getting this because the democrats particularly, but there are also republicans that are concentrating mainly on these illegal aliens. please, people, pick up your phones, call your representatives, call the white house and tell donald trump not to sign anything that comes out of that body that has amnesty for illegal aliens. thank you. lu fromank you, mary new jersey. we have conrad from new jersey on the democrats line. caller: good morning. this president is putting up
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trade barriers with canada and western europe and at the same time, he is embracing north korea, the dictator of the philippines. nationalident on a level is making things really bad, but on the international level as well because our allies are going to put up trade barriers as well and when they put up trade barriers, it will raise prices for things we purchase at discount stores. you go into walmart and target and about one third of their inventory is made up of things that are exported from china. what is going to happen is if china decides to put up trade barriers, the products in that story will go up exponentially. all of these people who voted for trump, i really hope you look forward to shopping over the summer and fall where everything you could get on a discount, the price will start
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to go up. thank you and have a good day. host: some reaction to those watching the president on fox and friends. fox andays trump on friends claiming what comey did was criminal. what did comey do? he helped trump when. in. this is another one trump on the dlg, i try to -- doj, i tried to say uninvolved and i might still stay uninvolved. another one saying -- this is from the washington times, fbi employees will undergo anti-bias training after the report. week is pointing out that last night soon after the justice department said they would not seek a stay in the antitrust lawsuit, at&t completing its acquisition of time warner. at&t was anxious to close the
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deal by june 20, at which point time warner could withdraw or negotiate terms. the combination of at&t and time content, will reshape the media and entertainment landscape. james joining us from baltimore. good morning, democrats line. caller: thank you for taking my call. i hope you will give me as much time as you gave the other to callers. evidence shows health care is becoming more popular. even the folks in the red states realize they have been given something. no republican president has ever even gone that far. can we allow -- stop fighting it? i don't know why the democrats would not fight on that.
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go to the red states. if you want health care or not. of that issue alone is enough to propel them to victory this coming election. i would like to address this issue with republicans calling and they make it seem like lying, saying the president lies. why don't we have a show dedicated to asking folks does the president lie? can we agree on the facts? people arem like just saying something. the president lies daily. can we at least agree on that? host: thanks for the call, reaction to the president on fox and friends. weaky dictators and leaders have state tv calling it fox and fakwees."
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trump'smas lewis " interview on fox right now is a complete joke." the washington journal has this editorial, the ig report shows the urgent need to restore public trust. sam joining us from houston, texas. good morning. caller: good morning. if the tables have turned, everything is different. when we came to this country. not me, because i am black. when europeans came to this country and fed alcohol to indians to take their land, it -- maybe theyered are trying to do the same thing to us we did to the indians. host: steve from texas, republican line. what is on your mind? caller: good morning.
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i am 80 years old and born and raised on the border of rounds bill, texas. i would like to solve all of this hate. i cannot believe how much hate is going on. for the illegals coming across, they are coming because they are poor. we cannot sustain this in this country. however, the solution is this. the democrats want them to come. if you are a registered democrat, there would be no more fighting. the people can come, but the taxes would double as opposed to mine in order to support them. they can have their way and we can have hours. host: thank you for the call from texas. "tensions escalate between sarah sanders and reporters."
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weeks of escalating strain boiled over in a white house briefing room yesterday. we have that press briefing and all the white house events on our website at chris is joining us from illinois, republican line. good morning. caller: i wanted to talk about the ig report. i think it is unfair to characterize what has to do with underlining the -- undermining the mueller investigation. it is on a rate them of the allegations of obstruction. they are trying to go after him, -- becauseng comey he was investigating them or something, but the ig report -- andhe fired comey should've been fired earlier. with regard to the immigration bills from paul ryan, if democrats want to complain about
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that, they should look to their talking about the dreamers. they are using them as a bargaining chip. host: let's go to louise from texas. good morning, democrats line. caller: good morning, thank you for taking my call. i wanted to say something to all the republicans. we, as americans, are sick and tired of looking at donald trump day in and a out. we just want -- host: you want what? we lost the call. let's go to richard from texas. good morning, republican line. cnner: i am just watching and they had a representative trump aas on calling
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liar about the children of immigrants that are housed separate from their parents. if i remember right, that program was started under obama. host: ok, thank you for the call. we will go to mike in california. democrats line. good morning. caller: i think we all remember when jesus said get those filthy children away from me. good morning phony patriots, phony christians. competing stories in the new york times, the fbi faulted in the clinton case and new york state suing the trump charity, alleging vast misconduct. the president saying yesterday he will not settle the case and called it sleazy new york democrats. from texas, republican line. what is on your mind? caller: i am a republican and it is hard to hear a lot of my republican brothers and sisters
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saying illegals when they have not even been through the border. i live half a mile from the lies they are the talking about, they should come down here and see for themselves. the attorney general and the president saying it is dangerous, it is as safe as it can be in the midwest. i don't understand why people are just attacking the people coming in trying to make a living. host: thank you. the immigration debate will be next week and we will have it for you live on c-span. usa today," "the growing food truck industry now a 900 $60 billion business -- $960 million business." nationals park,
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the 57th any congressional baseball game and again, this year, we carried it live on the c-span network. our thanks to wtop for allowing us to simulcast of their play-by-play including this moment early in the game. [video clip] >> mark walker on the hill, into the line and we are underway. 2018 congressional baseball game in a ground ball to second. scalise throws them out at first, from his knees. the entire infield goes over to congratulate him and give him a big hug. for the very first pitch, you get the groundball. what a moment. >> if i did not know better, you would think this was scripted, but i don't think those guys are capable of hitting a ball right at him. you could give them 100 tries off the tee. knee,goes down to one
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backhands it, answers to first. everybody on the field went out and gave scalise a big hug. that is a great way to get started. host: early in the game and our thanks to wtop. the nationals on the road in toronto. the money is raised for charity ise wasve scal injured a year ago in northern virginia during a practice. over the winning, 21-5 republicans. a few more minutes before the house convenes. tammy is joining us. good morning. caller: good morning. host: let me get to the headline on the wall street journal on the ig report -- go ahead. caller: i wanted to comment on the woman from texas and she was complaining about democrats wanting all these immigrants i come as ad
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democrat, would like to remind these republicans who call in every day and want us to say that we have to bring god back into this. let's do that. what would jesus do, people? jesus would not be throwing children out of this country and would not be ripping children from babies. host: we mentioned earlier the president imposing $50 billion in tariffs on china and cnbc reporting the congress ministry in china saying that country will immediately implement tariffs on the same scale as the united states. you can get more details at bonnie on the republican line. good morning. i am calling about immigration. everybody seems upset about the parents and kids being separated.
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if i take my child and break the law and they put me in jail and they put them in custody and i may never get them back. if they break the law, they break the law. the only people who get away with it is government and illegals. the average citizen, we can go to jail. host: the washington post, once a walmart now home to 1400 immigrant boys. filling up as more young people are taken into custody at the border. jacob from kansas, good morning. caller: good morning. i am just a little city boy. i have noticed a lot of things in this world and what is going on at a young age. i noticed that we really need to quit judging trump and really get behind that man because that man is doing great things.
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things are going good, we have to have faith in our country and believe things are coming out to be better. host: thank you for the call. we take you now to the floor of the house of representatives for c-span's live gavel to gavel coverage. backington journal" is tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern time and 4:00 for those of you on the east coast and live on c-span radio. have a great weekend. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] efore the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 15, 2018. the honorable mike bost to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the honorable mike bost to act as


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