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to be a little bit more comfortable, but the heat going to last until tuesday. alright. sounds great. keep on it. all right. thanks so much. thanks right. thanks so much. thanks >> gillian: i'm gillian turner. a judge unsealed the warrant behind the unprecedented search of a former president's home. if ♪ ♪ >> the fbi raid of president trump is a complete abuse and overreach of its authority. >> gillian: the showdown between the department of justice on donald trump is back in the spotlight after the mar-a-lago raid turns up documents labeled top secret. >> i personally prove the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter. >> gillian: trump insists he had declassified those records. so what do we know about what federal agents were searching for? we will have breaking details in the developing investigation. then, a year after america ends its longest war, withdrawing the last troops from afghanistan
number we will take a look at the fallout for the u.s. military, repercussions for america's middle east diplomacy, and life for afghans now back under taliban rule. will sit down with retired four-star general jack keane, who oversaw u.s. military forts at the start of that war. plus, "fox news sunday" heads to the last frontier. alaska. on the road to the midterms, ahead of key races this tuesday. we will bring in our sunday panel to debate the latest primary challenges. and a rare look inside one of the most iconic and mysterious temples in the world, now redone and about to be rededicated. >> we build these magnificent buildings in some wato show our devotion to d buried >> gillian: senator mitt romney takes us there to discuss faith, family, and politics. all right now on "fox news sunday." ♪ ♪ >> gillian: hello again from "fox news sunday" in washington.
the fbi has now retrieved 11 sets of classified documents, about 27 boxes worth, in that raid on former president donald trump's mar-a-lago estate. the property's receipts were built federal agents were investigating potentia violations of the espionage act and some of the documents were labeled top-secret, even designations used to protect the most sensitive national security permission the country. the former president and his allies say he declassified those materials unilaterally before he left office and insists he would have turned them over if the justice department had simply asked him to. let's get straight to jacqui heinrich, she's covering the president from south carolina, where he's vacation this weekend. hi, jacqui. >> hi, gillian. the white house as they had no ideal this raid was coming and they refused to weigh-in, sing the department of justice operates independently and without political influence. but allies and supporters of former president trump believe otherwise.
>> it looks very political. >> congressional republicans, to varying good ohmic degrees, rushing to former president trump's defense, to investigate the justice department and fbi, who removed 11 sets of classified documents from trump's mar-a-lago estate after a court found probable cause for the unprecedented raid on a former president's home. >> i personally approve the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter. >> the warrant, unsealed by the doj after public outcry and an attack on a cincinnati fbi facility, site's three laws may have been violated. part of the espionage act, making it a crime to remove or misuse information related to national defense. possible efforts to hide, damage, or destroy government records, and possible obstruction of justice, carrying a combined penalty of 33 years behind bars. among the materials seized, documents labeled top-secret nts sci, the highest classification, meant to be viewed only insecure government facilities.
trump called reports that agents were seeking material related to nuclear weapons a hoax and suggested evidence was planted. >> he had a standing order that documents were moved from the oval office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them. the power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the president of united states. >> sources with knowledge of the grand jury probe tell fox trump's certified two months ago no classified material remained at the residence, risking serious legal consequences if they lied to authorities. since the raid, president biden has not faced cameras. vice president harris punted. >> is a former prosecutor i will tell you i don't speak about anybody else's case. but i hopeful confidence that the department of justice will do what the law requires. >> trumps former national security advisor john bolton told fox that trump would often ask intelligence prefers i if yu could keep sensitive documents.
democrats in the house intelligence committee are now pushing for a formal damage assessmentgillian. >> gillian: jacqui heinrich reporting from sou carolina for us, thank you. let's begin now with our sunday group, george washington university law professor jonathan turley, former state department spokesperson marie harf, jonathan riley of the wall street journal, and "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page. hi to all of you, thanks for being here. jonathan, there's a whole lot we don't know about these documents. we do know, though, that some of them are at least marked top-secret and sci. the president insists he has declassified all of them, so does that hold legal weight, that argument, and then on top of that, who legally owns these documents, whether they are classified or not? >> well, it does not negate the warrant or these underlying charges. the fact that they might be declassified. because these charges go to material that they not be classified but is still sensitive defense information.
it does go to any potential for criminal case, because it goes to the sensitivity of the material, what he understood to be the status of the material. part of the problem with the warrant is that it lacks particularity. i mean, this thing is unbelievably broad. it says if you find a single document with any classification marking, any classification marking, you can take a whole box, and then you can take all the boxes that are there with that box, so it is basically in order to take the entire animal, including the oink and the moo. that's why they scooped up so much. there are some regiment questions here about the scope of the classification status goes i think more to the viability of the case then the technical application of these laws. >> gillian: so, marie, there is -- put it this way, the president does have the authority to unilaterally really declassified whatever he wants. if the reality though is that there is a process that has long been in place. previous presidents work through the director of national intelligence to make sure what
they want to declassified doesn't jeopardize security or the lives of american operatives overseas, whether that be troops or intelligence officials, and also that what they want to declassified doesn't hurt u.s. relations with other countries. >> that's exactly right. even with original declassification authority, which the president has, the dni has, there is still a process and i would be shocked if donald trump went through a very detailed process with paper and working with the dni to get these all declassified. he seems to be saying i just ordered it be done. that's not exact way how it works. it also doesn't give him any credibility that his attorney, you know, sent in a letter to the department of justice saying there were no more classified documents there. they had to be subpoenaed. if they were being cooperative. so the facts on this case that we have now seen over the past week undercut the argument that trump is trying to make. "we would have just cooperate, week just to classify them, they were off on costco. it was fine, why did you keep saying you didn't have any? and this is, you know, a long history of donald trump misusing
classified information. they gave classified information about an isis source to the russians in the oval office. he repeatedly went after the intelligence community, he tweeted at times things that were classified. so it's not like he's always protected classified information so tightly and now this is a aberration. it's actually the oppote. speeone's are to pick him on that thread, jason, ari fleischer told fox news yesterday and on friday that a very reliable source has told him that they are -- the facts are the president trump did not know what was inside the boxes, he had never looked at them. if that is proven to be the case, does that change any of the legal or even the political arguments surrounding this? is that something that could have a huge impact here? >> i don't think so, no, not necessarily. i think what we are seeing here is a pattern. donald trump was accused of violating political norms, sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly, and then his political
opponents violate norms in response to that. mrs. never happened in u.s. history, president's home being rated, and there's a -- you know, donald trump spent off to out of office for 18 months. if these documents are so sensitive, nuclear secrets, highly sensitive material, why did the justice to permit wait so long? with the urgency here? i did the justice department wait so long to do this? and the public here is asking these big picture questions, is this a fishing expedition for january 6th, is this about going after one of president biden's potential opponents in 2024? this looks like political theater. to i think, to the average voter and as part of a pattern here of trump's opponents violating norms in response to the president himself violating norms. >> gillian: so to jason's point, susan, do republicans have a legitimate argument here when tsay no matter what's in these boxes, this is coming
three months -- this search and she's her comes three months before the midterms, they have known about this for at least a year. it reeks of political motivation? >> well, let's find out more information. let's find out what they thought, what they were told before the search took place, let's find out what they found. we don't know the details of what they found, and let's find out why former president trump had taken these documents with him after he left the white house. i think it is premature to draw conclusions about the motivation of the attorney general, the motivation -- the political impact in the midterms, timing questions about this raid, until we know more about what prompted it and what they found, and those are questions that are simply not answered at this point. >> gillian: if the underlying affidavit at some point is released, we will have more insight into that, but, jonat jonathan, the nuts and bolts here are clear. if talk to us about the
difference between how this investigation is being handled compared to the investigation to hillary clinton's mishandling of classified information. >> first of all, two of these three laws were involved in the hillary clinton investigation buried >> gillian: the same laws. >> exactly, including the espionage act. in the justice department said look, we don't prosecute cases of gross negligence under this act. we don't think it's fair to people to do so. so the knowledge of the president, his expectations, what he knew was in those boxes does go to their prior positions as to the viability of a criminal case. what's disturbing to me is -- first of all, i have to push back a little bit on the declassification aspect. presidents always argued that they can declassified information unilaterally. this president says he has a standing order t so when he removed which are all from the white house. that's really uncharted territory legally buried we haven't had that sort of litigated out. what concerns me is the report today that there was
attorney-client material gathered up in those boxes. it's entirely believable when you read the attachment that gives the scope of the search. what concerns me is that the trump people say that they asked for a special master to just go in and independently look at this material to remove attorney-client material and that that request was denied. if that's true, it does concern me, because merrick garland needs to assure the public that this isn't a political issue, this isn't a pretextual search. he could have done that by saying look, we will have a special master look at this. we don't want attorney-client material in this isn't a pretext for another investigation. if he denied that request, i do find it pretty troubling. >> gillian: jason, the president has also separately facing civil investigation into his business dealings in new york when he sat before the attorney general this week, he played the fifth. take a listen to what he says previously about that legal
maneuver in the past. >> when you have your staff taking the fifth amendment, taking the fifth, so they are not prosecuted -- when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the fifth, i think it's disgraceful, and believe me, this country thinks it's -- really thinks it's disgraceful also. >> you see the mob takes the fifth. if you're innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment? >> gillian: change of tune there, jason. >> [laughs] obviously it is a big change of tune. in the new york case, this is about trump inflating the worth of his assets in order to secure bank loans and for tax purposes. it is a separate case, but yes, he is singing a different tune now that it involves him. but i will say, we saw him there with hillary clinton, and when it comes to this raid on mar-a-lago, that's going to be the comparison in the public's mine. it's donald trump being treated differently than hillary clinton was treated when it came to how
she handled sensitive materials in the email server? i think merrick garland has to clear this hurdle. e department justice, the fbi has a history here of involving themselves in political campaigns and elections not all that long ago, and the public are members that buried so i really think the bar is quite high here for him. >> it hurt hillary though, they involve themselves days before the 2016 election in a way that hu hillary clinton. this is only 1 of 6 or seven investigations, criminal and congressional, that donald trump is und. he has continually pushed the bounries of law and ethics, so it's not like he's this model's incident gnomic citizen and hoops he took a few boxes from the white house. he has consistently done this and if you think the american people are worried about hillary right now, i think they're looking at donald trump and saying i don't want for years of this chaos. >> the complaint about merrick garland up until this raid were from democrats who said he was not beinaggressive - >> which only makes this more suspicious. is that why he acted, because he was under pressure?
>> he's an incredibly judious figure and he came out and had a press conference, which he very rarely does, and tk a spots ability for this. we may hear from him again. >> gillian: we've got to leave it there, see you again in a few moments. up next we are going to go live to afghanistan a year since the biden a administration withdrew the last remaining troops and ended the nearly two decade long war. if today the afghan people once again living under taliban rule. how their lives have changed drastically since that takeover, when we come back. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> gillian: tomorrow marks one year since the biden administration's chaotic withdrawal from afghanistan. we remember these images you're looking at here just outsi the kabul international airport, hundreds of thousands of afghans desperate to flee the country in order to escape the taliban's grip, scrambling to reach the last departing flights out of the country as they left. american forces were ultimately able to evacuate over 100,000 of those people, with countless others, including american citizens, were left behind to face an uncertain fate. in a moment we will talk to retired four-star general jack keane. first we go to trey yingst in kabul. the offers of a firsthand look from the ground afghanistan to you later. hi, trey. >> gillian, tomorrow marks one year since the taliban took control of afghanistan. it since then, the country's economy has collapsed, plunging millions of people below the poverty line. women's rights have decreased and thsecurity situation here remains tense.
of though when you're walking through the streets of kabul behind me, there's a sense of normalcy. there are street vendors outselling food. you can hear those horns honking behi me. there is traffic, and the taliban patrols like a police force, though beyond that rainier sits fear and uncertainty for the afghan people. a member, when u.s. forces left this country, they left behind thounds of american allies translators, and people who workedt the u.s. embassy and those people are terrified. we spoke with one today who spent months in a safe house. he's wored about the lives of his family, and he is stuck here in afghanistan. while the taliban puts on a good face for the international community and they release statements, their words often do not match their actions. one example, they released a decreasing that women here are free, the women are not allowed out at night without a male escort. young women, particularly teenagers, aren't able to go to secondary school in most of the country, and any woman leaving their house has to be complete recovered buried that's the situation right now on the ground afghanistan.
gillian. >> gillian: i understand that you spoke today with a taliban official about the situation, the security environment in particular on the ground. what did they tell you? >> that's right. -- >> late last month the leader of al qaeda was killed in a u.s. drone strike in kabul. did the taliban know he was he here? >> the islamic emirate of a book dennis and made it very clear that the leadership was not aware of either his arrival, nor his presence in kabul. and they will continue to conduct the investigation to verify facts, but the fact of the matter remains that this was a grave violation of international law by the united states of america, conducting unilateral actions inside a sovereign state. >> we discussed a variety of topics with this taliban official, but what i found interesting regarding his
remarks about the al qaeda leader who was killed last month in u.s. drone strike here in kabul, this official refused to even confirm that he was dead buried him and that is the position of the taliban. they said the united states acted illegally by launching this drone strike in afghanistan and they are not confirming that he was killed in a strike. gillian. >> gillian: trey yingst reporting from kabul for us today, thank you. joining us here in washington is fox news strategic analyst general jack keane. in general, thanks for being with me today. last august you said that this withdrawal is one of the most significant foreign policy and national security blunders in american history. so as we sit here today, has anything changed? >> general keane: it is a tragic situation and is so preventable. obviously the economic destitution of the country itself, a failed state in the sense, people suffering, the taliban have returned to their trick only enroll in the 90s,
denying people individual rights, women cannot work, they can't go to school. they are controlled in all of thculture, dress, no music in the country. they are just shutting down all the normal cultural aspirations that a nation or people would have. what makes it compounds that is the fact that -- look, we went to ahanistan to stop the taliban from providing sanctuary to the al qaeda from which the attack on the united states took place. we all know that. and what did this decision get us? it got us the taliban in charge again providing sanctuary to the taliban. i mean providing sanctuary to al qaeda. and this killing resurrected the fact that he is living in a taliban house in a neighborhood that i've been to many times where senior taliban leaders are in residence, and obviously they are protecting the al qaeda leader as well as his organization. and to date we've done nothing
against that organization, we've done nothing against isis. so the fact is afghanistan is a sanctuary for terrorism. the very reason we went there, the very reason we stayed there for 20 years, to ensure that terrorists did not rise again to attack the american people, and we are right back where we started. >> gillian: so, general, that tremendous counterterrorism success last week, the killing of al qaeda's leader, also, as you mentioned, had the effect of laying bare this stark reality, which is that the taliban is up to the same old tricks they've always been, they are harboring terrorists once again. did anybody in the u.s. government in the biden administration have reason to believe that had changed before they executed the final phases of this withdrawal? >> general keane: what's indisputable is the fact that people who were close to the decision when the president made that decision in april of '21, is that he was somewhat defiant. he was advised by the military,
by his intelligence services, and by many of his foreign policy advisors, and all of the nato nations, to maintain the stalemate that we had, the status quo. it wasn't a perfect situation. far from it. but it was a stalemate where the taliban could not take over from the government, the government could not defeat the taliban, but because of our presence, nato and the united states, and our intelligence services, we were able to prevent al qaeda from establishing sanctuary and isis. so that was in u.s. national interests still, it was an acceptable stalemate as far as many policymakers were concerned. the president thought he knew better. and he was very defiant and rejected all of their advice. and then he presented a false narrative to the american people to which i find very disturbing. he said my choice is get out now, or have to put thousands of american troops back in here to
fight the taliban and take casualties doing that. we have not been in direct combat with the taliban since 2014. that's eight years ago. it was seven years when the president made that decision. if that was a completely false narrative that he presented to the american people. that wasn't the choice, and the factt all the europeans who were in afghanistan at 6,000 troops there, that they wanted to stay, was very telling, because they are only making a decision because it's in their national interest, it's in their interest to protect their own people, and we gave it all up and we are back to where we were in 2001. >> gillian: if you talk to it administration sources, national security sources, which i did yesterday, they tell you that number one, outside investigators have proven that the attack where we lost american blood and treasure could not have been prevented. they also say look, we evacuated safely about 125,000 people. a lot of those people were
relocated to the united states into our allied countries, we help them get medical treatment. the u.s. military has never conducted an evacuation success will not scale before. what do you say to that? >> we are talking about an emergency evacuation that could have been prevented by the president's decision if he had took the advice of his counsel's and advisors. and certainly it was very tragic that we lost those soldiers going out. we have left 80,000 people behind who still want to get out who we recognize as being partners of the united states, and there overshadowing this thing certainly. but let's go back to this point about security at the airport. the taliban in the united states military negotiated about security. the taliban offered to the united states military the opportunity to have control of kabul and they would not be involved in the inner city of itself. we rejected that. and honestly that would have been a little bit more than we
were intending to bite off in doing that, but it would have given us the opportunity to conduct a very methodical withdrawal as opposed to this chaos that we saw and keep the taliban away from the airport completely so we could vet the people more orderly who were evacting. that would have prevented the tragedy that we had at the end, and also the follow-up tragedy that we got involved in killing the innocent family when we thought that there were terrorists. >> gillian: so fox news alert exclusively yesterday that the dod and state department are nearing completion of their own after action review a year later of what happened during the withdrawal. they are going to send that to the national security council in a few days, as early as this coming week. what you think is going to be in that report? >> general keane: well, i hope it covers everything, not just the withdrawal, because the u.s. policy decisions for 20 years, many of it on the republican and
democratic of ministrations was misguided. it got us to a point where the only thing that was acceptable to us was to stalemate, and if we go back and trace those policy decisions, i think we should be honest with ourselves of which ones were misguided and why it put us in such a difficult situation in afghanistan after 20 years. the focus on the withdrawal needs to be done because we lost our troops and as a result of that hopefully we will get some positive answers and more importantly, let's learn some lessons here about these decisions in terms of going forward, and let's be honest with what took place and the mistakes that were made buried >> gillian: thanks so much for your time. >> general keane: great talking to you. >> gillian: great talking to you. up next, federman returns to the campaign trail aer being sidelined by a stroke. what this means for the highest expense of any senate race. plus we are on the road to the midterms with what's on the ballot in a wild alaska. ♪ ♪
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she's in a fight after 20 years in the senate. she is facing perhaps her strongest election threat yet. >> thank you, i appreciate your vote. i'm kelly. >> kelly tshibaka running significant to the right of the more moderate is pushing hard. >> you can either vote for the senator the joe biden wants to be the next senator of alaska, his best friend lisa murkowski, or we are ing to vote for the senator that represent alaska values. >> i'm the senator that will represent all of alaska. rural and urban, men and women. alaska natives, individuals that have just come to our state. >> kelly, please come up. kelly. >> kelly has the enthusiastic backing of former president trump, campaign for her here just last month while making clear his view of senator murkowski voted to impeach trump after the january 6th riots. >> lisa murkowski...
she is the worst. >> former president trump is going to say what he will say. >> would you prefer he remained a former president rather than a future president? >> i would. the problem that we have is that donald trump, when he was in office, failed to uphold the constitution of the united states. for me, it's pretty simple. >> alaska voters will also have to decide if they want another trump-backed candidate, former governor sarah palin, to represent them in the house of representatives. fighting fellow republican and democrat mary altona in a special election to fill the house seat left vacant by the death this year of congressman don young. and trump-doctor republican governor mike dunleavy is hoping to become the first incumbent alaska governor to win a second term in nearly a quarter of a century. >> that's the goal. that's the focus. and really it's not just breaking the street, august the,
but it's continuing the work that we've been doing here. we feel alaska is in better shape today than it was when we inherited. >> but it is the senate race that is being most closely watched here. >> can you win, really do believe you can win? >> i absolutely believe i can win. >> the truth is they both will likely make it through the primary because of alaska's new voting method which sends the top four vote getters through to the general regardless of party. but tuesday's finishing order will be critical in terms of momentum heading to november and will tell us a lot about whether the power of a trump endorsement can hold sway even in one of the most fiercely independent states in the nation. >> gillian: jonathan hunt reporting from anchorage for us. thank you. we are back now with the sunday panel. so, susan, alaska, we just saw, sarah palin has been keeping a low profile, shall we say, ahead of tuesday, only doing a couple
of public events. is she counting on her trump celebrity to carrier across the finish line or who she really kind of banking on her campaign fizzling out? >> i think she has aversal name recognition, people from alka and across the country know who sarah palin's. if alaska had not gone to ranked choice voting she might very well be in a position to win this special election on tuesday, but now, unless she can get a majority of the vote, it goes into another round, and that gives the prospect that that hard-core support that she has from alaska will not be enough to get her over the finish line. we will see if there is a second act in american politics for sarah palin. >> gillian: marie, let's talk about dems prospects for holding onto the senate. inennsylvania and wisconsin they put up mandella barnes and john federman, both obviously open to flip seats from red to blue. politico says "the rise is an opportunity for the left-wing of the party which has often struggled to flip swing seats
and instead found success in ousting democratic incumbents in depot areas." john federman returned to the campaign trail friday for the first time since having a stroke in may. so are we seeing a leftward shift in the party here, and if so, what does that spell for moderates and independent parlous? >> i think each state had primaries and in a state like pennsylvania, john federman won for number of reasons, including the fact that he's pretty authentic, maybe more so than some of the other candidates in that primary. but what democrats will tell you, gillian, is that every time the republicans nominate a far right 2020 election, you know, questioning, extreme trump backed candidate whether it's in arizona or pennsylvania or ohio or any of the dash or ron johnson and wisconsin, who is of course in any -- an incumbent. democrats feel better and better about their chances. we now have on the generic congressional ballot for the house, democrats have caught up are republicans. for months they've been down, they have caught up to them. there are progressives running in the states but the republican
candidates are so far to the right, they are so extreme on everything from election integrity and their denial of the 2020 outcome, singly won't certify in the future, where they -- where they are in a motion in a post-roe overturned world. i think democrats are feeling bullish today about their chances across the country, but particularly in the senate. >> gillian: jason, you just heard senator murkowski tell jonathan hunt that she hopes former president trump remains the former president. here is another candidate emphasizing the daylight between themselves and trump. listen. >> you've said perhaps president trump shouldn't run again in the past. what are your thoughts now in the wake of this raid? >> i came out of i was vocal, i don't think you should run for president. we've got a lot of very talented people on the bench. i like ron desantis. i like tim scott, nikki haley. there's a lot of talent there and i will actively campaign for the as they attempt to take on
the role of president. >> gillian: on the flip side, michael bennet tells axios -- let's pull this off. if he runs, i think he will be donald trump again and i would support him in beating donald trump again. so which is the winning strategy? with the state of colorado? >> he's probably not going to win that race. i think he's got his work cut out for him, the republican candidate in colorado has his work cut out for him. but in some of these other states -- i mean, marie is right that the trump-backed candidates may not be the best fit for that state. you mentioned ohio and pennsylvania. we will see. i mean, a lot of those trump-backed candidates have been assisted with help from democrs looking at the profil profile. but perhaps those states aren't the best fit for some of those candidates. in other states it could be a different story. it's really going to be a state-by-state issue. but i think so. you have to look at what's going on locally.
i mean, you mentioned -- you are talking about alaska earlier and palin. i think it's an interesting case there because this sort of republican populism that culminated with the election of donald trump sort of started argued we what sarah palin and the question is whether that movement has legs without a donald trump at the top of the ticket. >> gillian: jason -- excuse me, jonathan. jason, hold it right there. we have a hard stop in a minute. twitter promising once again, you know, they've got this grand plan to prevent the spread of information ahead of the midterms. it's kind of the elephant in the room when we talk about all of the candidates. is there any hope that they will actually get anything right this time? >> no. twitter is a habitual offender of free speech, and so saying trust us, we are twitter, it's not going to go over very well. you have the ceo say it's not a question of who should speak but who should be heard buried that's a corporate philosophy. they just ban someone for talking about the raid, a columnist, for talking about the mar-a-lago raid. every indication is that twitter is going to follow its pattern
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if you've traveled here, you really can't miss it. the white and gold spires rise high above the surrounding forest and highways. today, leaders will rededicate that space following a multiyear renovation. first though, the public, including fox news, is given a very rare glimpse inside. cowering of the beltway, the washington, d.c., temple is an iconic part of the maryland skyline. with a striking alabama white marble exterior, six buyers, and an 18-foot tall sculpture of the angel moroni. in 1974, it became the first temple built on the east coast and is still one of the largest in the world. at its dedication, a week of vip tours included president gerald ford and first lady betty ford. in 2018 it closed for two yearsd th
so glad that you are here with us. >> gillian: only mt to celebrate the rededication, the church open it for the first tin half a century. of inside, it's a series of intimate rooms and spaces where members of the faith gather for sacred ceremonies like baptisms and marriages. even simply for quiet private reflection. >> temple is a holy place and a sacred space. it's a point of intersection between our life here on earth and in eternity. >> the public tours once again drew visitors and dignitaries from across washington, including utah senator mitt romney, who brought his senate colleagues with him. >> gillian: earlier, bret baier sat down with senator mitt romney at the temple to talk about what it means to him as a mormon and how his faith has impacted his many decades of public service. >> bret: senator, thanks for
the time. >> senator romney: thanks, good to be with you. >> bret: in the shadow of this magnificent building, it's really quite something ayou look at it. if you drive down the capital beltway and there it is. it's spectacular. >> senator romney: i remember the first time i came here i was on a bus with my family and friends from boston and people told us that we wouldn't miss it. don't worry, you'll see it. we wondered, we kept on looking out the window left and right, where is it, and then suddenly there's this beautiful white building. it looks like it was in the middle-of-the-road. it's quite majestic. >> bret: for someone who doesn't get it, this means a lot to you and your faith. >> senator romney: there's no question. this building is a place where most members of my faith, if they want to be married forever, not just here on earth, not death till your part, but forever, this is where they'll come to have their marriage made permanent. we call it ceiling, putting together forever, a family, and that's the highest ordinance which occurs in this building.
>> bret: you've spoken out numerous times throughout your political career about how much your faith means to. a big speech back in 2007 were you addressed it head on him and you said it's really your center, your heart. >> senator romney: i learned from my parents and from my faith the values which have, if you will, guided my life. i've not always been entirely true to them. sometimes i've straight and come back, but i have been devoted to the principles taught by my faith and my family. that doesn't guide your politics necessarily, but it does guide how you interact with other people. it guides the degree of honesty you have, the vision you have for the future, things you hope for, and of course it's been a defining part of my life. >> bret: for other religions, they look at the mormon faith and have questions and there's all this kind of intrigue about it. but the basic thing that you talked about was the principles
that you live by. >> senator romney: when i ran for office i point out that we don't choose presidents or elected offices anywhere based upon the religion of the per whis running. but nonetheless, we look at their religious foundation to understand whether they will share our values, believing in honesty, integrity, family, and those things that i think are central to my faith and to other faiths. i love the fact that america is a religious nation. and that people have a conviction that there is something more important than just themselves and their own selfishness. they think there's a purpose and great significance. >> bret: you've had some tough votes in washington and one of them obviously was the impeachment vote. >> do belie that donald trump is unfit to serve as president and should be removed from office? >> i do believe he should be removed from office, that's the vote that i will take in just a short while. >> you realize this is war. donald trump will never forgive you for this.
>> there is a him that is assigned at my church, an old protestant him, which is do what is right, with the conquent swallow. i know in my heart that i'm doing what's right. i understand there's going to be enormous consequence. >> bret: do what is right, but the consequent swallow. >> senator romney: that little phrase has certainly connected for me throughout my life, which is try and do what's right, don't worry so much about what it means for your reelection or for ing to get. do what you believe is right, and that's a reminder i think that is important for all of us. >> bret: so it's grounding for you when you're up on capitol hill dealing with all of the stuff day-to-day? >> senator romney: the values that you have, the fundamental principles that guide your life of integrity and honesty, recognizing that other people are also children of god, that all people are children of god, black, white, gay, straight, we are all god's children. those kind of principles i think are important part of both politics as well as everyday
living. >> bret: you've got a big family. >> senator romney: i do! >> bret: how are they doing? >> senator romney: i've got 25 grandkids and we just had our first great grandchild, so it looks like going to be no end to the propagation of romney. >> bret: the expanding romneys. and they take this in the same light? i mean, have you pass that onto them? >> senator romney: well, it's an important part of my job i think as a grandfather now to share with my grandchildren, if you will come of family legacy. and there are really three elements to our family legacy. number one is our commitment to the family, caring for one another. number two is our commitment to faith, our conviction that god lives and that jesus christ is his son, and number three is kindness. >> bret: for somebody who looks at that and says how can they be that good? >> senator romney: we are not. [laughter] there have been times in my life when i have strayed from being
100% accurate or 100% honest one of done things for advantage of politics, and i look back at those things now with great regret, and so i say at this stage in my life i'm not doing that anymore. i'm going to be straight and honest to the extent that humanly can and i'm not going to worry about what the consequence might be for me politically or otherwise. >> bret: in an age of social media where it can get dark sometimes. >> senator romney: oh, yeah. >> bret: it's tough to pull out of that. >> senator romney: i wonder how people who read the comments actually make it day-to-day. i don't know that i've ever read comments on twitter. i follow twitter pretty carefully to see what's going on. i find, you know, getting instant news is interesting and compelling and helps me do my job. but reading comments people have about things i might say -- look, i recognize a lot of this is just bots coming from the chinese and the russians, others is coming from disaffected people. others from, if you will, a
person of living in the basement of their parents house. i really don't need to worry about those folks. i remember when i was running for governor in massachusetts, my advisor mike murphy said to me i will help you in your campaign and you can watch tv has much as you'd like and see what's going on in the campaign, you can't read the papers. about yourself. and i said why is that, and he said if you read an article about yourself, you will inevitably start in your next address addressing what was in that article. it may have been written by 25 old young person, may have been off the mark, but you're going to be influenced by it. and so likewise, reading social media comments, you don't want to do that and be influenced by it, do what's right and let the consequent swallow. >> bret: not to get too political but there's a lot of threats that we face as a country, but the social fabric and keeping it together and families that your religion and faith talk about a lot. where do you see that threat for the country?
>> senator romney: the founders of my religion and the leaders of my religion have long said that our constitution was inspired then of course the freedom of religion being central to our constitution, and so i think at the same time we believat having people will recognize that one another are not just citizens, fellow citizens, but also fellow children of god, that we are in the same him in family, helps bring the temperature down. >> bret: when you were running for president, he made a point to make his speech about your faith. why did you think it was important? >> senator romney: i will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause and no one interest. the president must serve only the common cause of the pele of the united states. >> senator romney: john f. kennedy, who when he ran wondered can we elect a catholic president? >> i am not the catholic candidate for president. i am the democratic party's candidate for president. >> senator romney: today we chuckle at that. but back then it was a question.
and he pointed out that the constitution made it clear that religious liberty was part of the american experience and that there would never be a religious test or someone seeking political office. and that was exactly the case in my circumstance as well. i want to remind people there's not a religious test. you may not agree with my faith. you may not think this is the most beautiful building in washington, d.c., as do, but nonetheless, you allow people of different faiths to serve in office as long as they make their oath of office their primary responsibility and a q2 it in a way that does not vary. if >> bret: last thing. i mean, your family has been through a lot, a lot of races. are you still into this politics >> senator romney: i would much ratspend time here than in the capitol building, but politics is exciting and there's great work to be done. the country faces some enormous challenges, but good people of all faiths can come together and hopefully address those challenges to keep america the
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