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tv   Special Report With Bret Baier  FOX News  February 14, 2017 1:00am-2:01am PST

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holders. the white house fully and forcefully expects any new order will easily pass legal muster. >> the end result is that our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned. >> unlike the rollout of the regional executive order which even paul ryan said was confusing, the white house plans if and when it releases a new executive order travel full plan ready to go to completely inform people as to what it does, what it's all about, and while when it will be implemented. >> bret: john roberts, thank you. president trump's first few weeks have been nothing if not contentious. a lot of the resistance is
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actually coming from within his own government at times. tonight chief washington correspondent james rosen tells us why and perhaps with the president can do about it. >> most federal workers are good people of varying competence who execute their duties faithfully but some bureaucrats, as fox news has reported, howard -- are using encryption and leaks. we have seen leaked transcripts from the calls with heads of state. an leaked draft language from his executive orders. >> certainly we've seen a greater tsunami of leaks at a very earlier stage and wait necessarily would have seen in other administrations. >> as he surveys the world from the oval office, the new president might well imagine himself surrounded by saboteurs. how can he combat the determent enemy from within? some allies on capitol hill, alarmed by the tempo and sensitivity of the early leaking, want to see criminal prosecutions. republican congressman devin
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nunes is chairman of the intelligence community paid >> we are going to identify all of these leaks that have occurred over the last 60 days and were going to let the fbi know that we want to have an assessment on this. >> as documented in nixon's back channel to moscow, a new study, the 37th president and his national security advisor henry kissinger often circumvented the bureaucracy through secrecy. >> i'm not sure it's possible nowadays. the national 30 staff that kissinger had at his disposal was approximately 40 people strong. current lee over 400 people. >> the pitfalls of rushing reforms. >> they rushed it out very quickly even they recognize the problems in implanting this and it created more trouble. then dealing with the problem he was facing.
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>> false flag operations offer another option period wikileaks revealed that when hillary clinton's campaign manager suspected internal leaks, he asked that a false rumor be planted among the staff about when clinton would announce her candidacy to see if it would leak and the leaker could be identified. a tactic president electron seemed already aware of. >> i said i won't tell anybody read i'm going to have a meeting i won't tell anybody about my meeting. nobody knew, not even my executive assistant for years. she didn't know. i didn't tell her. the meeting with tad, it was over, they left and immediately the word got out i had a meeting. >> sources say the white house is aware of its problem with leakers and reviewing ways to combat it and that the president and his advisors are also mindful of the need to take action that does not itself string over the line into illegality. >> bret: james, thank you. we are awaiting confirmation votes in the senate for two more of president trump's cabin
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emanates and while we wait, democrats are doing their best to score more points by questioning the president's truthfulness. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is on capitol hill tonight to tell us where things stand right now. >> after republican complaints of democrats construction on cabinet nominees, tonight, the senate is expected to confirm steven mnuchin for treasury secretary and david shulkin for veterans affairs secretary. >> it's been really disappointing to see the historic level of obstruction by senate democrats. >> the senate democratic leader took the opportunity this afternoon to take a swipe at president trump and his team. >> turns out president trump was using populist rhetoric to cover up a hard-right agenda which will be carried out by this debbie of billionaires and bankers and hard-right ideologues. broken promise after broken promise. >> democratic resistance took on a new form yesterday with
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minnesota senator al franken floating that some of his republican colleagues have concerns about president trump's mental health. >> in the way we all have this suspicion that, you know, he lies a lot. he says things that aren't true. >> there was an unusual outburst from chuck grassley sunday on twitter. for example, whoever monitors the twitter and white house, tell president trump to f putin, what do you have against election opponents because they are killed, imprisoned, poisoned. he explained his thinking. >> shouldn't we and our conversation with putin kind of say what do you have against some opposition? what do you have against elections? >> president trump nominated. easy, please. come on. come on. we are better than this. >> after the 2016 elections,
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some lawmakers are getting an ear full from actavis and constituents attend all meeting meetings. >> i tried to explain there were many americans were just as upset that barack obama was elected president but they didn't ride in the streets. >> beyond the election hangover, what would make life easier for some of us house republicans would be a defined health care replacement plan. it would take away some of the uncertainty and give them something to sell during those town hall meetings. >> bret: mike emanuel live on the hill. thank you. one of president trump senior advisors is trying to bolster the case that massive voter fraud was committed in the november election. senior correspondent eric shawn has been following this issue for us for months. he has our report tonight from new york. >> senior white house policy advisor stephen miller offered no evidence to back up his voter fraud claim that people were busted to new hampshire for massachusetts. >> do you have the evidence? >> having worked on a campaign
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in new hampshire, i can tell you this issue of busing voters into new hampshire is widely known by anyone who is worked in new hampshire. it's real. it's serious. >> fox news could find not one case brought by new hampshire prosecutors of voter fraud by bus. state election officials say voter fraud cases are isolated and sporadic. before being -- the four being investigated now do not involve a bus. political insiders have thought that some campaign workers vote in new hampshire because all they have to do is declare a domicile. the state law says "and inhabitants domicile for voting purposes is that one place more than any other place has established a physical presence. presence." "simply put the allegations are baseless. we know of no widespread voter fraud nor has any been brought to our attention. it's simply untrue." the state also has a photo i.d.
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law. if voters do not have a vote photo i, officials take their picture with a polaroid camera. the voters fill out an affidavit and it is followed up to verify identities. there is one case of a man who drove from massachusetts to manchester, new hampshire, to vote illegally but he drove his own car, no bus involved. lauren schneider led guilty to illegally voting in the 2008 and 2012 presidential election sprayed a former new hampshire republican chairman is offering $100 to any one who can prove that a resident took a bus to a state to a vote illegally. mr. colin says no one has called to collect. he calls stephen miller's claim "ridiculous and complete garbage." >> bret: eric shawn in new york. thank you. up next, president trump goes after venezuela's vice president. we will explain. first here is what some of our affiliates are covering.
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tampa, search for a missing airplane for the single engine piper cherokee dropped off radar less than an hour before it was scheduled to land in cedar key. the coast guard says it's located in offshore debris field but there is still no sign of the aircraft. fox 32 in chicago with another deadly weekend for gun violence there. police say five people were killed and at least 22 others wounded in shootings across the city of chicago between friday evening and this morning. almost 400 people had been shot in chicago just this year. this is a live look at boston from our affiliate fox 25. the big story there tonight, more snow following last week's big storm. schools were closed were delayed in boston and much of new york state. officials in maine and new hampshire urged people to staff the roads to avoid white out conditions. a terminal at boston's logan airport was evacuated sunday because of high carbon monoxide levels believed to be caused by snow melting machines. that is tonight's live look
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outside the beltway from "special report" prayer we are outside the beltway as well as we go to break, a look at a piece of history one store down that's right here. the reagan presidential libraries actually the most visited presidential library in the country. more than 430,000 people visited last year. you see things like this, an actual piece of the berlin wall. although graffiti. this is the west side of the wall. on this side, the difference of east germany. it's kind of blank. president reagan didn't see the wall fall down in his presidency but he did accept this piece of the wall in 1991 here at the library. one of the things you can see in gorgeous simi valley. special report from the presidential library of ronald reagan continues after
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>> bret: this is another fox news alert. president trump is taking action against venezuela's vice president tonight. minutes ago, the administration announced the u.s. will sanction the official. the u.s. is accusing of being a drug kingpin. rich edson has the story live from the state permit tonight. good evening. >> in that extraordinary announcement, the sanctioning of a country's vice president comes after treasury officials say was a multiyear investigation of that person and because of those sanctions, americans are prevented from conducting business with the vice president of venezuela, tereck el aissami. treasury also said it could freeze his assets. the department says "he facilitated shipments of narcotics from venezuela to include control over planes that leave from a venezuelan air base as well as control of drug routes through the ports in venezuela." the administration says he oversaw narcotics shipments from
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venezuela to multiple locations including mexico and the united states. relations between the u.s. and the regime in venezuela have been adversarial for many years. this announcement likely makes that much more. bob menendez and the congressma congresswoman led an effort to move forward on sanctions and punish the venezuelan president. they write "we welcome the sanctions because they signal a fundamental step in charting a positive role the united states can continue to play even the deteriorating crisis in venezuela. with democracy under total siege in venezuela and without any due process for rule of law left, we can and must do more to hold the regime accountable." venezuela has basically been in an economic free fall with the collapse of oil prices. >> bret: rich edson live at the state department. thank you. breaking news right now, the united nations eager to counsel
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is strongly condemning north korea's latest ballistic missile test. the new u.s. ambassador to the u.n. calling for harsh action against the communist country following what it says is the successful launch of a new type of ballistic missile over the weekend. ambassador nikki haley says "we call on all members of these gritty council to use every available resource to make it clear to the north korean regime and its enablers that these launches are acceptable. it is time to hold north korea accountable. not with our words but actions." president trump had an on characters in the brief response today when asked about the north korea situation. many experts are expressing alarm about what has happened over the past three days. here is senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot. >> north korea launched over the weekend a medium-range ballistic missile, his first missile test of the year and the first clinical test of the new trump administration. kim jong-un reportedly
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monitoring the launch. pyongyang called it a success, claiming a missile could very a nuclear warhead now being developed. u.s. officials branded it a grave threat to national security. high trajectory and three inter-miles across steve japan, it's the greatest distance pyongyang has sent this type of missile. experts say rocket fuel and a mobile launcher makes it a test pad for more danger. because they were testing engines they can put on icbms. >> trump heard about it. he said the u.s. stood behind japan. at a press conference today with canadian prime minister trudeau, the president took a harder line. >> obviously it north korea is a big, big problem. we will deal with that very strongly. >> defense secretary mattis was in the region earlier this month. among discussions were a planned antimissile defense system.
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it got china riled. according to experts, pyongyang could be a long-range nuclear threat in just a few years. >> i don't think the north koreans would launch against us but they could if they want to do and that means they could hold us to ransom. to speak of the u.n. security council's meeting late today on the new north korean threat. the pentagon is not taking any chances. officials say navy ships with antimissile systems and radar surveillance are being deployed. >> bret: thank you. a human rights group says the syrian government contacted at least eight chemical weapons attacks using chlorine gas during the final months in the battle for aleppo. human watch says it's report is based on witness interviews and video footage. it says government helicopters carried out the attacks in rebel held eastern aleppo. it reports nine civilians were killed including four children and 200 injured. the government has previously denied using chemical weapons. the federal government in the u.s. took in more than a trillion dollars in revenue in
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the first four months of the fiscal year. that's a record. up about half a percentage point from the previous year. taking in the most of your money paid the government is also spending the most. it spent $1.25 trillion, an increase of two tenths of a percentage point from a year earlier. the u.s. government reports a $51 billion budget surplus for january and that's smaller than last years. record record highs, though, all around on wall street. dow gained 143. s&p 500 finished ahead 12. nasdaq was up 30. as we told you earlier, we are coming to you from the ronald reagan president library and museum in simi valley, california. about 425 miles north of here, there is a very hazardous situation involving the nation's tallest dam. nearly 200,000 people who live in the shadow of the oroville dam had to leave their homes last night.
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claudia cowan is live at the top of the dam. good evening. >> good evening. the situation here in oroville's fluid appeared we understand that the water level here in the reservoir is dropping. it's about 6 feet below the rim. that's good news, dropping about 4 inches every hour and that emergency spillway that was teetering on collapse yesterday is holding. the problem is officials need to get this lake level lower. they need to do it fast. engineers are focusing on repairing oroville dams emergency spillway which suffered severe erosion damage over the weekend. convoys of trucks delivered boulders that were used to fill dozens of super sacks. the plan is for blackhawk helicopters to lower the sacks into the damaged area and shore up what is essentially a huge ravine that had never been used before. this weekend, there was no choice. the reservoir is considered full
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at 901 feet. as of 11:00 a.m. saturday morning, the water was 6 inches over that limit and started to pour over the emergency spillway. by 3:00 a.m. sunday, the reservoir surface crested at over nine hundred two feet. six hours later, lake levels were dropping and are continuing to drop tonight. >> continued to fall. that's also an important point in our objective is to lower the lake level by 50 feet in order to prepare for future inflow of water. >> more than 180,000 people were ordered to evacuate. sparking traffic jams and concern among residents. >> multiple accidents with injuries on the freeway coming over from oroville. we were pulling a trailer and it took almost two hours. >> everyone is panicking. everybody has got to remember we are okay at the moment. try to keep calm. >> evacuees and engineers are focused on the weather, as more rain is the focused for later
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this week. -- in the forecast. mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect. this is certainly going to be one of the biggest fix-it jobs this part of northern california has ever seen as well as one of the most expensive. more than $200 million just to make repairs on the main spillway here at the oroville dam and perhaps you can see this break coming off as the water pounds against some of the damaged concrete due to erosion. there's also a chance that spillway will have to be replaced altogether. going to be very expensive. back to you. >> bret: claudia callan, live on top of the oroville dam. thank you. a federal judge in washington has denied a request by two native american tribes to halt construction of the final segment of the dakota access pipeline. lawyers from these standing rock and cheyenne river sioux claimed drilling threatens clean water
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that is essential to the practice of their religion. lastly, construction resumed after the builders received approval from the army. prosecutors in puerto rico have smashed a ring of current and former tsa workers that allegedly smuggled 20 tons of cocaine into the u.s. during an 18 year conspiracy. the cocaine was worth as much as $100 million on the streets. a congressional source tells fox news the charges point to the dangers of insight threats since the suspects could have smuggled explosives instead of drugs. the next step in the immigration dispute between the courts and president trump and what to do about the national security advisor. we will talk about the latest with the panel. as we go to break, and looked at a large and important plane on the ground here. obviously the biggest exhibit here at the reagan presidential library is this, air force one. the 707 president reagan used. it was used by seven presidents
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per he traveled to 26 countries in this very plain and you can pretend that you are president and mrs. reagan getting board the plane. get your picture taken and then you walk on board. you can see president reagan's state room with the legal pad and the writings he did there. it's a small plane, the 707. nothing like the 747 they have now. as you walk down the aisle, you can see the meeting room with all the technology including the vhs machine. "special report" continues after this getting such praise for
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our stance and it's a stance of common sense. maybe a certain toughness but it's really more than toughness. >> there have been times we have differed in our approaches. that's always been done respectfully. the last thing canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselve themselves. >> bret: mara, your thoughts on the statements. and number two, what happens next with this executive order? >> first of all they have a big decision to make. it they can try to rewrite the executive order to make it unobjectionable to the courts or
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they can pursue the court challenge all the way to the supreme court, cfr they can get. what i think you saw there is canada has made a pretty clear it's going to take refugees per you can't go to america. come to canada. we are the open, welcoming, exclusive country. but prime minister trudeau's diplomatic and he's not going to make a protest in white house. but i do think that the immigration order is kind of -- they have choices to make over the weekend. president trump suggested maybe it would be rewritten and we are waiting to see if they do that. >> bret: charlie. >> one of the things i was struck by in the joint press conference between the president and prime minister is the prime minister was asked about, a few weeks back, he had tweaked president trump by sending out the picture of him holding a refugee from syria, a clear sort of kind of needling of trump and
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the order to restrict the refugee travel to the country. when he was asked about that, he responded in a decidedly different tone. he very much picked up trump's tone of talking about national security and the importance of national security to him and the importance of keeping canada safe, the same things donald trump has been talking about. i thought that was an interesting change of tone. obviously there two very different politicians but i think prime minister trudeau understands the terror threat is no laughing matter. >> bret: yeah. next up with the panel, just how far will north korea push the new american president. as we go to break, a look inside a replica of the president's oval office. here at the reagan library is an exact replica of the oval office, what it looked like for president reagan. it's measurements of the same, the rug is the same, the decorations of the same.
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in fact, the rug here is now being used in president trump's oval office and so is this task. this is a replica of the desk that sits in the oval office today, the resolute desk. on the side, a sign "it can be done." ever the optimist, ever the optimist, president t t t t
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north korea as china. i think we have to tell the trainees that they have to put the wood to north korea in a much more serious way than they have done so far. >> bret: north korea, one of the biggest tests on foreign policy for president trump early in his administration. we are back with our panel. tom, after this ballistic missile firing, the longest distance that north korea has managed to test a muscle, your sense of the level of concern iy community, and what the world is doing about it? >> i think tightening. one of the reasons is because of the sense of distraction with russia, with iran. the north koreans traditionally have sought to take advantage from those distraction elements. to push themselves back onto the radar. the broader point here is the synergy between north korea, ballistic missile development, and iran's ballistic missile development. in both cases, they deter, they
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disrupt the fundamental nature of what it has been the balance of power in those two parts of the world, which is the idea that nuclear capable nations will not be able to project that power or to have black male capability to project that power. now, and both senses, it is degrading. >> bret: with the chinese foreign ministry spokesperson reacted to this test. here is what he said. >> the chinese side opposes the launch by the dpr cake and both violates the security council resolution. given the current situation, all sides should refrain from escalating tensions and restraint and jointly maintain peace and stability in the region. >> bret: very diplomatic answer, mara, but everyone points to the chinese. they don't want some major attack in north korea, either,
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because of the exodus of north korean refugees that would flood into china. how do you use or leverage china into action? speak about is a good question. donald trump talked about this during the campaign. he wanted china to take care of the north korean problem. what i think it's really interesting, if there is a pattern at all and donald trump's foreign policy, it is on a bunch of things. iran, israel, china. he seems to be coming back to the norm, to the mainstream policies on iran. he just put you put unilateral sanctions on iran, pretty much what the obama administration did. on china, after he said he would only agree to the one china policy if he got something from china on trade, all, all of a sudden, he is reaffirming it. it sounds like he is understanding it is a little more difficult than just demanding that china take care of the north korean problem asap. >> bret: we often hear, charlie come at the beginning of
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an administration, north korea saber rattles and they get the attention of the world and then, they get some deal where they get money or food. it seems like this is different, though. >> one big difference is that we have 80 years of a president he was very much giving away the store in terms of foreign policy and dealing with places like iran. it stands to reason that north korea would want to try to do something like this at a time like this, not only because they can get away with a lot of stuff, but also because they want to test donald trump and in the infancy of his presidency. it is a good reason that we should be thankful that general jim madison somebody at the pentagon who is a very strategic thinker, a long-term thinker. he believes in big, well-researched, smart strategy for dealing with things like this. i think that will -- listening to people like general mattis
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will serve president trump very well. >> bret: you have the new united nations ambassador, nikki haley, former governor of south carolina, saying "we call on all members of the security council to use every available resource to make it clear to the north korean regime and its enablers at these launches are unacceptable. it is time to hold north korea accountable, not with our words, but with our actions." is there any hope that there will be action by the u.n. that somehow persuades north korea to act differently? >> no, i don't think so. in my opinion, the u.s. is a bit of a joke when it comes to this kind of thing. the u.s. does have the abilities. one example here might be with prime minister shinzo abe visiting, the potential of the u.s. navy and the japanese defense forces, designed to intercept ballistic missiles. that could be the potential for a near-term deployment, i suspect general mattis will
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suggest that, has suggested that. the secondary point is that the north korean -- the advantage with the north koreans, to some degree you don't have with isis, is that the north korean regime is not vested in theology, but they can be deterred through the potential of their own annihilation. they perceived that threat from united states. >> bret: mara, finally, going back to the first story. when you have this have this uncertainty about the future of, the foreign policy hot spots don't stop. they keep coming. that trust and that person, the national security advisor, is pretty key, especially right now. >> as we know, foreign policy and national security is something of the president has almost all to himself. he is in charge of this, congress will not rescue him or take over his duties. it is important that you have a stable national security council structure and a national security advisor who is not under a cloud.
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>> bret: tom, i know where you are. mara, does wednesday or grow? >> right now, it looks like you will have a tough time staying. >> bret: charlie? >> looking at the trajectory of today, looks like it will be tough for him to stay. >> bret: but the guy who makes a decision hasn't decided yet. panel, thank you from washington. some final thoughts from the reagan library and museum after a quick break. ♪
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♪ 's. finally, tonight, a big thank you to the folks here at the ronald reagan museum and library in simi valley. i will be talking to the crowd about my book. thank you for making it a "new york times" best seller for the past four weeks. finally, this wednesday will come to you from the richard nixon library in yorba linda, california. will be in los angeles tomorrow. as we leave you tonight come a look at the final resting place of ronald reagan and his wife nancy, who was laid to rest in 2016 next to her husband. on the marble behind the gravesite, the quote, "i know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always
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eventually triumph. and there is purpose and worth to each and every life." a quote ronald reagan delivered at the library here when it began. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. "the first 100 days" hosted by martha maccallum starts right now. ♪ ♪ >> it is tuesday february 14th. fox news alert. major shake-up at the white house. president's national security adviser just resigned. who is in the run to go replace
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you're watching "fox & friends first". >> thanks for starting your day was. thanks to fox news alert. security adviser front and center after white house shake-up. >> general mike flynn retiring overnight after calls to russia. griff, what happened and who is standing no n to replace him now? >> good morning, heather and rob. michael flynn, general flynn issuing the statement late last night. quote, unfortunately because of the fast-pace of events i briefed the vice president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the russian embassador. i sincerely apologize to the president and vice president and they have accepted my apology. flynn had initially