tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News August 25, 2021 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
>> greg: how could you tell that between his butt and face? >> dagen: panda smithsonian national zoo celebrated birthday. icy fruit cake made out of grape juice and something. >> dana: did they give him the parking spot? >> greg: all right. that's it for us. "special report" is up next. hey, bret. >> bret: we are big into pandas here in d.c. all right, greg. thank you. good evening. welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. breaking tonight with president biden's deadline to leave afghanistan just six days away, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and american allies now voicing concerns over evacuation efforts as they have been over recent days. they don't believe it's possible to get u.s. personnel and afghan allies out of afghanistan by august 31st. today the state department was forced to clear up confusion about the number of americans remaining in the country. secretary of state antony blinken says there are roughly 1500 who have left to leave. secretary blinken says taliban
leaders have said americans outside of kabul will be granted safe passage as long as they have proper documentation, even if that is beyond august 31st. but, from firsthand stories from americans and afghan allies on the ground too secret and controversial bipartisan congressional trip to the kabul airport, a different reality is becoming clearer on the ground. correspondent trey yingst is in doha, qatar tonight with the story. good evening, trey. >> bret, good evening. the clock is ticking as the world awaits american evacuations to wrap up and u.s. troops to go home. still though scenes of devastation happening outside the airport in kabul. >> afghan civilians weighed through sewage outside of kabul's airport. lines of people as far as the eye can see with paperwork in hand. many locals and foreigners have the correct documents to board flights out of afghanistan. but can't make it to the airfield due to taliban checkpoints and brutality outside the gates.
taliban spokesman told fox news today that anyone with a foreign passport could leave the country and claimed it would be easy to do so. >> those who are working with foreigners and foreign troops, if possible they can be through commercial flights. there is no hurdle, no obstacle on their way. >> the reality is that it remains extremely difficult for anyone to get out of kabul's airport and the taliban made clear this week that it wants afghan civilians to stay. despite the difficulties, evacuations are ongoing. the pentagon says 19,000 people were evacuated in the past 24 hours. bringing the total since the taliban took over 80,000. u.s. secretary of state tony blinken healed press conference today clarifying how many americans were stranded saying the numbers started at 6,000 and now down to an estimated 1500 americans still in the country. >> let me be crystal clear about this. there is no deadline on our work
to help any remaining american citizens who decide they want to leave to do so along with the many afghans who have stood by us over these many years and want to leave and have been unable to do so. >> you heard the secretary of state there talking about how the united states will continue to assist those who stay in afghanistan well beyond the august 31st deadline. he did not lay out specifics of a plan to do so. bret? >> bret: trey yingst live in doha, qatar. thanks. president biden criticism today after speaking first about a spending bill on capitol hill and then afghanistan during his speech we brought you yesterday. today, the president had a new focus and it wasn't the u.s. withdrawal as the race to meet his self-imposed august 31st deadline quickly approaches. white house correspondent peter doocy joins us from the north lawn with that good evening, peter. >> good evening bret. officials here like to boast that right now the pentagon is pulling off what may be the largest air lift in history. but there have been several
critical days of this operation that the commander-in-chief hasn't wanted to talk about it as the world watches. >> i have made this a priority for my administration from the outset. >> he was talking about cybersecurity. no talk about afghanistan policy. aside from this punch line. >> mr. president, if americans are still. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. >> deadline. >> come, thank you. >> you will be the first person i will call. [laughter] >> pete: so what's so funny? >> of course it's a very important question. these are incredibly serious issues. and discussions happening internally. >> as a clock ticks towards a final flight out of kabul domestic issues including the build back better agenda last night is worrying some critics. >> he was wasting precious time this week burning the phones up pressuring democrats to vote for a $5 trillion spending bill and tax bill. that's what he was wasting time on. every minute of his day should be getting all americans out. >> the top democrat in congress still backs biden. >> the judgment about leaving is
a judgment that the president has made. i trust his judgment. >> republicans, including some who served, don't. >> we are on the cusp of having the biggest mass hostage situation in american history. it's going to make 1979 in tehran look like a sleepover. >> after the president's deadline to leave, the taliban may remain u.s. partners. >> if it makes good on its commitments to allow people who want to leave afghanistan to leave. that's a government we can work with. >> but that could conflict with a long standing foreign policy tradition. >> why haven't we heard the president say the united states does not negotiate with terrorists? is that still the u.s. policy? >> well, of course it is, peter. but i would also say that there is a reality that the taliban is currently controlling large swathes of afghanistan. that is a reality on the ground. >> they say they don't negotiate with terrorists. what they do is they have active discussions with the taliban and officials claim they haven't given anything to taliban
leaders. they don't see this as a quid pro quo but nobody around here has been able to say what is going to happen after the u.s. leaves and the taliban starts stopping afghans who helped the u.s. want to leave -- from leaving, too. bret? >> bret: big question. peter doocy live on the north lawn. we have new images of marines assisting evacuation efforts on the ground. they come harsh reality many afghans trying to get to the airport as we just explained. the taliban are now in control of that entire area and will not allow them access. national security correspondent jennifer griffin joins us live from the pentagon. good evening, jen. >> good evening, bret. time appears to be running out. late tonight britain's defense minister warns stranded afghans to flee over land borders and not to make the dangerous trip to kabul airport whose entrances are now controlled by the taliban who are now blocking afghans from leaving. >> the u.s. military launched another helicopter rescue mission in kabul to rescue 20
people and bring them to the airport. it's the third time this type of rescue mission has been launched despite the pentagon insisting the taliban are granting safe passage to americans. >> last night, during the period of darkness, there was an operation to be able to go out and safely evacuate evacuees back into kabul. >> yesterday, two members of congress seth moulton and peter meijer, a democrat and a republican, both combat veterans, flew unannounced into kabul airport in the middle of the chaotic evacuation. stunning u.s. forces on the ground who had to divert critical resources to protect them. >> having them there? >> there was certainly a pull off of the kinds of missions we were trying to do to pull off that visit. >> to be clear congressman moulton and congressman meyer they took seats that would have been for refugees leaving and they took time away from the mission. >> they certainly took time away from what we had been planning to do that day.
i honestly don't know what the seat capacity was on that aircraft. >> these young soldiers and marines are serving as air traffic controllers around the clock at the airport in kabul. evacuation flights launching every 45 minutes. a race against that august 31st deadline with only a few days remaining. >> who is guarding the u.s. embassy right now? >> there is no military assets guarding the embassy compound. the u.s. embassy is operating out of harr karzai international airport. >> how many have been found at the screening points neither qatar, stein or in the u.s.? >> i don't know. >> late tonight a top general said that 52 of the 7,000 evacuees brought to europe were flagged as possible security risks during routine screening. all were eventually cleared, he said. we have learned most of the 80,000 evacuees from afghanistan are neither american nor special immigrant visa holders, meaning
america won't be able to keep its promise to those who helped the u.s. military for the past 20 years. bret? >> bret: jennifer griffin live at the pentagon. jennifer, thanks. let's bring in michigan republican representative peter meijer who serves on the house foreign affairs committee. congressman meyer is also an iraq war veteran and just returned from afghanistan. congressman, thank you so much for joining us. i want to talk about how this trip came to be. you traveled there with congressman seth moulton from massachusetts. how did it come to pass? >> thank you, bret. both seth and myself have been actively engaged on what's called the special immigrant visa issue. those were visas in a program for individuals who had loyally served the united states in places like iraq and afghanistan. there have been tremendous backlog of these cases and in april, when president biden announced that he was continuing the initial plan for withdrawal, that started under president trump. we urged the administration to
address this backlog. we had to know what was going on on the ground in kabul. and we have not had information we need from the administration and realized that we were being lied to up and down and we needed to see for ourselves. >> bret: so, congressman moulton tweeted out today with representative meyer, i visited kabul airport to discuss oversight on the evacuation witnessing young marines and soldiers at the gates navigating a confluence of humanity as raw and visceral as the world has ever seen is indescribable. can you put into words what you saw and whether you think that the 1500, whatever that number is, americans outside of those gates have a chance to get to inside the airport by the deadline of august 31st? >> let me first say that both the soldiers and marines who are out there and the state department civilians are working tirelessly around the clock to serve american citizens
permanent residents, special immigrant visa holders and others who may be eligible. and i have seen them jump and make sure they do everything they can to rescue american citizens in harm's way. now, the gates to the airport are unlike anything i have ever seen. it is a throng of individuals, oftentimes thousands deep, desperate for a new life, desperate for opportunity, mixed in with, you know, random individuals who may be desperate but don't have document or status. you know, oftentimes american citizens and soldiers and marines try to pull them out. i mean, it is a chaotic just incredibly dangerous mixed individuals have been trampled to death. i just heard of a 2-year-old girl an interpreter who worked by the u.s. military who were trampled. we are putting our marines in impossible situations they are living up to their code and we should be proud of how they are with discipline and
responsibility dealing with this incredibly horrific and impossible situation. >> bret: congressman, the pentagon didn't know that you were going. they said the secretary of defense would have liked to have consulted with you before you went and that it's, quote: a dangerous and intense situation. here's what your leadership, both sides, said about all of this. >> any member that i have heard that might go, i explain to them that i don't think they should. i think it create a greater risk. you have enough americans over there to be held hostage. they would make a point out of member of congress. >> this is deadly serious. we do not want members to go. >> you need to -- the approval of your committee chair in order to do that. and we have put out the word to committee chairs there ain't going to be no planes or this or that for people going to the region. >> bret: so, did you complicate things, congressman, by the two of you going in the tense and dynamic situation that the military is trying to deal with
other things besides two congressman trying to get a look at things? >> yeah, let me be very clear, bret. we were not planning to go there and to be dependent on the u.s. military. our plan was entirely independent of that. we did make ourselves known on arrival for situational awareness to the individuals who were there. but, the program for the defense department from the white house, from the state department is frankly laughable. right now they have done everything they can to obstruct the situation, to deny this reality, and, frankly, to hide facts from the american people. i will be honest, i did not support the decision to end our operations on august 31st before i went. after talking with commanders on the ground, i trusted their judgment. and i believed it that is what i want to take back to my fellow members of congress. those are the stories that i want to tell that aren't being told of the individuals on the ground who are committing some
of the most heroic acts i have seen in my life. >> bret: not to get too into the weeds here did you fly and out privately or military? how did you get there. >> we did not fly in on u.s. military aircraft. like i said, our plan was not to be dependent on anything related to the u.s. government. just the decision on behalf of the president, of the secretary of defense, and the secretary of state to obfuscate here are more intended to distract from the underlying issues, from the chaos of the withdrawal than to really tell how we make sure we learn the right lessons, support the individuals on the ground today, and keep the promises we have made to american citizens and those who have loyally served us in afghanistan. >> bret: yeah. when you flew in, you did so nonmilitary. when you flew out, you didn't fly on a military plane and you are on your way back to the u.s. >> we did fly in a military plane on the way out at the encouragement of individuals who were there. we waited for a plane that had open seats to make sure that we didn't take away anything from
individuals who needed it. and actually went several hours out of our way. currently in doha. we visited the air base earlier which is one of the largest staging operations for this mass evacuation. again, to be able to report what is going on so that congress cannot only exhibit oversight but share and understand what resources need to be provided to those who are on the ground right now so they can continue to save lives in this chaotic moment. >> bret: it sounds from your leadership that other congress men and women are not going now. the window is closing. and the time is coming to an end. if you had one message to the american people after what you saw on the ground, what would it be? >> you have individuals there in kabul who evacuated the u.s. embassy with moments' notice and soldiers who left behind their boots. they're wearing tennis shoes right now. others in the same uniform they had when they evacuated the embassy two weeks ago because they didn't have time to grab their rough sack. they went into the kabul airport
into chaos and pandemonium and tens of thousands overrunning the runway and pivoting to negotiating and having to deal with the taliban frankly a security partner rather than adversary and execute one of the logistical feats and air lift in human history. these people are heroes. their stories need to be told. i'm so damn proud to be an american from what i saw on the ground in kabul. >> bret: congressman meyer, we appreciate your time. >> thank you, bret. >> bret: stocks were up today. the s&p 500 and nasdaq finished in record territory for the second day in a row. as you see the dow rose 39. the s&p rose 10 the nasdaq was ahead 22. coming up, senator tom cotton joins us live with his thoughts on how the evacuation is going and that new report on the origins of covid. but, next, growing frustration among landlords awaiting a crucial supreme court ruling. >> there is a lot of us out there that just need to reclaim
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>> bret: johnson & johnson says its vaccine raises antibodies. the company plans to submit the dated to evaluate the studies. if authorized the biden administration wants to provide booster shots 8 months after a j and j vaccination. delta airlines raising insurance premiums for unvaccinated employees. workers will face $200 monthly increase if they don't get the jab. that measure begins november 1st. delta ceo cited the steep cause to cover employees who are hospitalized with covid-19. new york governor kathy hochul today acknowledged the state has nearly 12,000 more covid deaths, 12,000 more than former governor andrew cuomo and his administration previously publicly disclosed. governor hochul says it's vital to be fully transparent about the numbers. fox news has confirmed about 89% of emergency rental assistant funds which were designed to
help ensure rent payments during the pandemic have not yet been distributed. 89% this as landlord's ability to evict tenants not paying rent hinges on a supreme court ruling which we expect any day now. correspondent david spunt shows us tonight. >> most landlords don't want to evict. >> with millions of americans struggling to pay rent, the centers for disease control is touting its extended eviction moratorium. the goal? keep people off the street during the pandemic. but, in some cases, mom and pop landlords say not being able to evict is emotionally and financially paralyzing. >> there is a lot of us out there that just need to reclaim our homes. so our own personal reasons. >> roseanne that is fighting aggressive form of blood cancer and tells fox news she decided not renew her tenant's lease in june 2020. morey and her tenant both live in different sections of her
long island new york home. she wants her tenant out so family can move in. >> this is not a second income home. this is not a property that we have that we're making all this money off of. >> morey's tenant declared hardship due to covid-19 and has stopped paying rent. even the president himself admits the moratorium may not be evil. >> it's not likely to pass constitutional muster. >> but he is pushing full steam ahead admitting the longer the issue is tied up in court, can continue to doll out some $45 billion in rental assistance. according to the census bureau earlier this month, around 3.5 million people said they faced eviction by october. progressives on capitol hill including squad members rashida tlaib want to cancel rent all together citing the pandemic. their latest financial filing show both recently made money off rental properties. putting them in the landlord club with roseanne that morey.
>> i should be able to reclaim my home when i want to. >> the moratorium is effective through october 3rd. u.s. attorney general merrick garland justice department last few weeks met with chief justices of different states across the country touting different eviction diversification measures. i keep checking the docket, nothing yet from the supreme court, but that should be coming up any day now as said, bret? >> bret: once we hear we will bring it to you. david spunt at the justice department. thanks. up next, what the state department is planning to do if it's unable to meet that august 31st withdrawal deadline. we will take you there first, here is what some of our fox affiliates are covering around the country tonight. fox 47 in lansing michigan first of six men charged in a plot to kidnap michigan governor gretchen whitmer was sentenced today. 25-year-old ty bargain was sentenced to six years and three months he pled guilty to a kidnapping conspiracy earlier they're year. sacramento in california where federal firefighters are deploying to help local crews to
contain the fast moving calder fire. that blaze is getting dressily close to lake tahoe. it has scorched 126,000 acres and only 11% contained. this is a lye look at denver. one of the big stories from our affiliate there fox 31. the space symposium sunday underway. nsa administration bill nelson former florida senator spoke at the event yesterday insisting the agency will meet its goal to return humans to the moon in 2024. this despite concerns over the production of next generation space suits. that's a live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> bret: breaking tonight, the state department conceding the ability to get an estimated 1500 americans out of afghanistan after august 31st. that deadline depends directly on taliban cooperation. this as some 400 u.s. troops have already departed kabul. correspondent griff jenkins is at the state department tonight with the latest. >> we're aggressively reaching out to them multiple times a day. >> secretary of state blinken addressing the americans who may still need to be evacuated.
saying there are as many as 1500, but he thinks it's lower. >> from this list of approximately 1,000, we believe the number of americans actively seeking assistance to leave afghanistan is lower, likely significantly lower. >> blinken also addressing the likelihood that some americans and thousands of afghan allies won't make it out in time. >> let me be crystal clear about this. there is no deadline on our work to help any remaining citizen to decide they want to leave to do so. along many afghans who have stood by us over these many years and want to leave and have been unable to do so. >> but the contingency plan to get anyone out past the deadline is dependent on the taliban honoring public and private commitments to not only ensure their safe passage but also respect the rights of those who stay behind which, if holds true blinken says this is a government he can work with. as for a diplomatic presence remaining after august 31st,
the secretary wouldn't rule it out only saying they are looking at a series of options. meanwhile, uncertainty remains for afghans facing a harsh new reality of life under taliban control. >> i know firsthand how my sisters were not allowed to go to school. as someone who was born and lived taliban regime, there is absolutely zero, zero trust on the taliban. anything they say i do not believe. nor should the u.s. believe. >> and, bret, the taliban says anyone with a foreign passport will still be able to depart on commercial flights after august 31st. two nato allies have officially ended evacuation flights out of security concerns. bret? >> bret: griff jenkins at the state department. thank you. let's bring in arkansas republican senator tom cotton serves on intelligence and armed services committee. senator, thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me, bret. >> bret: you just heard that report from the state
department, your reaction to what's happening or how they are talking about it. >> well, bret, the state department still can't get its facts straight. just two hours before tony blinken told america that there were 1500 of their fellow citizens stranded in afghanistan, one of his aides briefed congressional staff and said there were 4100. something tells me they didn't get 2600 american citizens out in the span of two hours today. the state department still nearly two weeks on cannot answer the simple question of how many americans we have stranded in afghanistan. and i'm worried that this reflects the desire by joe biden to roll up stakes and fly out in a few days and to say that any american still in afghanistan wanted to stay there. well, we have got lots and lots of americans who have contacted our offices and i know that other representative senators do as well of trying to get out. they can't reach anyone in the state department. they are desperate to get on a flight and we need to stay in afghanistan at that airport and we need to go out and collect up
any american citizen in need of assistance and get them out before we bring our troops home. >> bret: here is another segment of that briefing with the press and secretary of state blinken. >> the taliban have made public and private commitments to provide and permit safe passage for americans for third country nationals, and afghans at risk going forward past august 31st. we're developing detailed plans for how we can continue to provide counselor support and facilitate departures for those who wish to leave after august 31st. >> bret: can you explain to people counselor support once u.s. troops leave for americans to get to the airport and to get out of that country through the taliban? >> no, i can't explain it, bret. because it's inexplicable. in a normal country with a normal government say an american visiting great britain if you lost your passport you go to the embassy and counselor services would help you get your passport or get temporary documents to leave the country. we are not going to have an
embassy in afghanistan. i can't believe ourselves is taking the taliban's word at face value. again, my office has heard from many people who are outside the gates of the airport who have seen taliban goons beating people to include americans with sticks and chains and pipes, taking their visas or taking their passports and the idea that the taliban which has been sponsors and supporting and working in concert with terrorists for 25 years is all of a sudden going to turn over a new leaf and let anyone who is stuck in afghanistan after tuesday leave the country peacefully is a fantasy and i can't believe that's the position of the united states government. >> bret: senator, you have mentioned a number of people reaching out to you and the people on the ground, their concerns. there have been private efforts through lawmakers through former military. can you talk about that at all? >> yes, so my office a couple weekends ago when we realized the scale of this fiasco just how many thousands of americans
were stuck behind enemy lines without any clear guidance from the state department set up a hotline and fielded hundreds probably by this point thousands of calls. we have hundreds and hundreds of cases open right now. many of these are american citizens or green card holders who are afghans who have been approved and vetted for special immigrant visas because they risked their lives alongside american troops. and they simply couldn't get information. we have been able to help them get the information they need. we helped some of them get inside the airport and get on flights, eventually. but, again, we have hundreds, if not thousands of americans citizens, stranded in afghanistan. i would point out, too. we have a lot of green card holders as well who are in afghanistan and from the reports we got from the secretary of state and the state department today, we're not taking any steps anymore to evacuate these green card holders. to say nothing of afghans who fought alongside us. >> bret: on turn topics, the origins of covid report. the 90 day report the administration. jen psaki was asked about that today. take a listen.
>> he did not just receive a copy, he received a briefing yesterday on the 90-day origins report of classified briefing so, of course, that's not information we would provide publicly. >> is there a better understanding of what was the ultimate origin? >> again, i can't obviously speak to a classified briefing. i have know you are eager to receive an unclassified summary. that's something the intelligence community has been working to produce and as soon as that is available it will be put out publicly from the intelligence community from odni and we will also ensure you all have access to it. >> bret: we are all eager to have access to that here is the "the washington post" biden receives inconclusive intelligence report on covid origins despite analyzing existing intelligence and searching new clues intelligence officials fell short of consensus. bloomberg says inconclusive animals or lab, doesn't point squarely to one source as the likely origin of the outbreak. you are on the intelligence committee. is that a fair assessment?
>> well, it's what i expected, bret. i haven't been briefed on this report yet. but, look, i have said for a long time that all the evidence pointing towards the origins of this virus were probably destroyed long ago. people involved in it were probably either killed or disappeared in chinese go logs. but all of the circumstantial evidence we have every bit of common sense americans have points directly towards the labs in wuhan not to that stupid food market. china is responsible for unleashing this plague on the world. it's time to make china pay. >> bret: do you think after this 90 day report that seems like it's ending in nothing. that the biden administration is somehow going to do something different when it comes to china and covid? >> no. i severely doubt it i mean they haven't done much different about china from the very beginning. they just did this to try to turn the page and move on to what they hope is the neption chapter which right now reckless $3.5 trillion tax and spending plan which they're trying to turn the page to afghanistan as
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biden ended that policy when he took office and under his administration, asylum seeking migrants have been released into the u.s. by the tens of thousands pending their court dates. but the supreme court says biden's move likely violated federal law and now the policy must be reinstated. dhs responded by saying, in part, it will comply during the appeals process but the department respectfully disagrees with the district court's decision and regrets that the supreme court declined to issue a stay. police in la joya, texas tell fox news the border surge started as soon as biden scrapped the remain in mexico policy. >> a complete spike in people crossing into our jurisdiction once the beginning of march. that's when we saw the highest numbers coming over. >> take a look at this. what looks like a legitimate border patrol suv is actually a total fake. border patrol agents in tucson, arizona arrested a human smuggler who had essentially cloned a border patrol vehicle h a fake uniform, and had 10
migrants in the vehicle with him. and, bret, you can take a live look at fox drone in la joya right now where you can see migrants. size being groups crossing the border. a bus just took one group away. when it comes to the reimplementation of the remain in mexico policy. texas governor greg abbott praised the supreme court's decision today writing in part, quote: this is a major victory for our state, for our neighbors and for our safety and security of our communities. president biden's partisan reversal of this policy has helped fuel the record surge in illegal migrants and contributed to an environment on the border that is neither safe, orderly, nor humane. we will send it back to you. >> bret: bill melugin along the border in la joya, thanks. up next the latest on afghanistan, the evacuation, what's next with the administration. we'll bring in the panel. first, beyond our borders tonight. vice president kamala harris in hanoi urging vietnam to join the u.s. in challenging china's
actions in the south china sea. the u.s. is seeking partners to put pressure on what harris called china's, quote: bullying and excessive maritime claims. she also announced new u.s. aid for vietnam's covid fight. china did, too. more finger pointing in the middle east. israel today blaming iran for deadly strike on oil tanker. two people killed in that attack which is israel benny gantz iranian soil. iran denies that claim. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we'll be right back. ♪ [peaceful music plays] [soft cymbal crash] you founded your kayak company because you love the ocean- not spreadsheets. you need to hire. i need indeed. indeed you do.
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>> for many years, we have urged americans not to travel there. and since march of this year, we have sent 19 separate messages to americans enrolled with the embassy in kabul, encouraging and then urging them to leave the country. >> we are looking at a range of options for how we can continue to provide counselor support, if a till at a time departures for those who wish to leave after august 31st. >> going to make 1979 in tehran look like a sleepover. you will have thousands of americans left behind that the taliban will then have for leverage when they want international recognition, they want money, they want economic
assistance, and they have got a gun to the head of american citizens because joe biden left them. >> bret: well, the administration, including secretary of state blinken, saying that the taliban has promised, insisted that they will allow safe passage for americans who want to leave the country to get to the airport. the taliban. now, just moments ago, nbc, their chief foreign correspondent richard engel, a producer there said the taliban spokesperson telling richard engel there is no evidence bin laden was involved in 9/11 and then tells him the withdrawal is almost finished. these are our happiest moments. letting's bring in our panel byron york, mara liasson and steve hayes, editor at the dispatch. steve, i'm struck by this. bin laden was not involved in
9/11 from the guy the spokesperson who speaks for the taliban who we are trusting to get americans out once u.s. troops lee afghanistan. >> yeah. well, it's nonsense, qui expect that from the spokesman for the taliban. the taliban from proving time and time again not over the last weeks but last 20 years their word is not to be taken seriously. the greater risk here is that you have this overlap between the taliban and al-qaeda which presents a tremendous threat to the united states. not only folks in this tremendous evacuate people al-qaeda fighters who haven't been released from prison. members of the haqqani network providing security in parts of kabul. you have taliban and al-qaeda related terrorists who are running operations throughout the country other jihadist
returning to afghanistan they understand it's likely to be a safe haven a greater safe haven than it has been in the past. the media is appropriately focused on the crisis of the moment which is evacuating americans and our allies the looming problem on the horizon is a significant one and one that we will be dealing with for years as the taliban spokesman quote suggests. >> bret: yeah. mara, senator cotton pointed out the disparity between the briefer on capitol hill and what secretary blinken said about the number of americans on the ground an confusion there, 4100, 1500 are from the secretary of state they later corrected the briefer. it's been a mess as far as getting the facts out there. >> one level is you have got to figure out how many americans are still there. then you have got to get them
out the president has said and administration officials have said any measure who wants to leave afghanistan, we are going to get them out. that's kind of the bottom line. now, over time if afghanistan returns to being a safe haven for terrorists and there is a terrorist attack launched on u.s. interest from afghanistan, that, i think, will be the absolute worst case scenario for joe biden. in the short-term, he has to get every single american out with no american casualties. >> bret: byron, this congressional trip, two congressman on their own, decide to go. a democrat and a republican to get a firsthand look at the airport. it really threw people for a loop at the pentagon and the leadership in both parties. >> well, i have to say personally i'm glad a couple of members of congress went over and looked at it with their own eyes. and the way we have seen nancy pelosi, we have seen the white house. we have seen the pentagon just smack down congressman moulton
and meijer to me just smacks of overkill. i'm glad some of our lawmakers have been able to see this. and i believe the pentagon is capable of accommodating a couple of lawmakers and doing this mission. but, to go back to the original point here, the credulousness of the secretary of state's briefing today about the taliban was let's just say disappointing. he said that we're on track to complete our mission, removing everybody by august 31st. provided the taliban continue to cooperate and there are no disruptions. and then he said the taliban have made public and private commitments to permit safe passage for americans, for third country nationals, and for afghans at risk. well, the afghans are at risk from the taliban. so, the idea that the united states is -- has to go forward on this basis is embarrassing.
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♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty ♪ >> bret: finally tonight, a look at tomorrow's headlines with the panel. mara, first to you. >> my headline is biden's deadline is either firm or fluid and that may depend on the taliban. biden says he wants to be done by august 31st. on the other hand he said they are also drawing up contingency plans for maybe staying longer if they have to get out more people. we learned later this all depend on the good of the taliban. >> bret: one word maybe. steve? >> mine is cracked up, federal judge refers election conspiracy lawyers for possible sanctions speaking here of sidney powell and lin wood whose false claims about the election led to so many claims about rigging the 2020 election. >> bret: all right, byron, a quick one. >> mine is kind of a wishful
headline after pelosi and white house smack down, lawmakers want to see afghan fiasco with their own eyes. >> bret: panel, there you go. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight, that's it for this "special report" fair, balanced and still unafraid thanks for trusting us. "fox news primetime" hosted by jesse watters this week starts right now and it's just a ton of guests that i saw on the graphic. >> jesse: not a democrat in sight. [laughter] thanks so much, bret. >> jesse: good evening and welcome to "fox news primetime." i'm jesse watters. ♪ we have a great line up tonight as bret mentioned dan bongino, trey gowdy eric trump, governor ron desantis and tucker carlson are all going to be joining us very soon. first, could joe biden face impeachment? recommendation i think this is dereliction of duty at the highest level. i think joe biden deserves to be impeached because he has abandoned thousands of afghans who fought