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fbi said that the man raped her, beat her and while she was pregnant, he threatened to kill her. 53% of mass shootings involve a shooter killing intimate partner or family member among other victims. among the mass shooters that don't kill an intimate partner as in the pulse shooting, there's a history of domestic violence. since the pulse shooting, has the department updated this domestic operations guide or u.s. attorney's manual to ensure that it is examining whether a person has a history of domestic violence? >> i don't know the exact answer in to the past. i know that right now the ten did attorney general is doing a review with respect to the way in which the department treats victims including victims in the circumstance that you talked about and creates warning systems for those sorts of things. so i can't give you any fuller information than that but i can
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ask my staff to get back to you. >> thanks. we appreciate it. also, can you assure me that you'll take action to make sure that we are not missing any opportunities to save american lives? >> that's -- this is tour number 1 goal. >> thank you. may 7 -- going to switch gears. may 7,2021, you signed a rule to ensure the proper marking and tracing of firearms acquired and disposed by federal firearms licensees by clarifying the definition of firearm and gun smiths among all other small changes. how there this new definition help reduce the sale of ghost guns and increase background checks prior to their purchases? >> so ghost guns, which are ready -- sometimes ready-built shoot, they're kits that you can buy in pieces and put them
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together. right now there's some lack of clarity or dispute about whether serial numbers have to be on them and whether you need a license, whether a check has to be made to determine whether the person is a prohibited purchaser. this will require the serial numbers be put on the pieces and that a federally licensed firearms dealer has to do the background check. this does two things. one, it will enable us to trace these guns and second it will make sure that people that are prohibited because they're a felon or whatever other reason shouldn't -- won't be able to get the gun. i've been in both in chicago and new york and quite stunned to learn the high percentage of guns at murder scenes that a high percentage, much higher than i expected were ghost guns.
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police on the street are recording that ghost guns are becoming more and more of a problem. i'm hoping this regulation will give us a chance to beat that back. >> the time has expired. mrs. fishbach. >> thanks, mr. chair. attorney general garland, in a press release announcing the investigation -- i'm from minnesota. so you can guess where some of the questions are going. in a press release announcing the investigation, you said the doj's investigation into the minneapolis police department will examine the use of excessive force by the police including during the protests. will you also be investigating the origins of the deadly and destructive riots that ravaged large parts of minneapolis? >> these are two separate kinds of investigations. the one of the police department is one under the statute that authorizes us to do pattern or practice of unconstitutional
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policing done by the civil rights division. it was welcomed by the chief and the mayor. that is one separate one. the investigations of the riots are undertaken by the u.s. attorney general's office as well as the state's attorney. it's called state's attorney. maybe it's a -- state's attorney in minneapolis, i guess. those are two separate sets of investigations. >> so your department, doj will not investigate that? >> the u.s. attorney's office to the extent there were federal crimes has been investigating those crimes. i have no idea where -- >> doj will not be -- >> don't believe so, no. >> during the riots following the george floyd -- the death of george floyd, dozens of people were injured, countless small businesses, churches were damaged, police station was burnt down, a post office was burnt down, looted and damaged
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all over. thousands of people had to flee minneapolis to avoid the violence. is the department of justice investigating these riots as an act of domestic terrorism at all? >> i think if i'm understanding correctly, we're talking about 2020. >> after the death of george floyd. >> yes. that investigation i think -- that was ordered by the previous attorney general and i don't know whether that has concluded. i don't know if there's more investigations except for the charges that were made at the time and those cases are being followed obviously. >> attorney general garland, maybe you can get back to me in particular or the committee on the status of those and what is happening with that. >> be happy to have my staff get back to yours. >> i appreciate that. and i wanted to focus on the third police precinct that was burnt down and still has not
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been rebuilt. police officers don't even know if they're going to have a job in a few weeks given the resolution that is in front of the body there. they have a resolution and you're probably not familiar with. they may not have a job because they're defunding the police in minneapolis. a city down over 200 officers since precovid, if you talk to police officers, they're demoralized, they're struggling, they don't feel supported at all. they're having a very hard time. you're the one initiating investigation of the minneapolis police department. considering all of the scrutiny that they're under, how do you propose minneapolis can keep up police officer morale now that they're under investigation and criticism, all of the criticism they're taking as well? >> well, let me say first on the defund police issue, the department does not support defunding the police, nor does the president. we've asked a billion dollars, a major increase in funds for
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local police departments. >> sir, i didn't imply you did. i want you to understand the context of the question. it's in front of the minneapolis residents right now. >> i do. with respect to the pattern of practice investigation, there were a large number of serious incidents that were well-reflected in the press. there was general agreement that there were problems. this does not mean that every police officer, quite the contrary. my belief is and from talking to many police officers that they believe that it's important that there be accountability and that officers that break the law are held accountable so the community retains its trust. the good police officers who do not break the law, those are very large majority, they need that trust in order to have the cooperation of the community and that's the only way they can be safe and that's the only way the community can be safe. so i think police officers should look at these investigations in a positive way. we're trying to present them in
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a positive way. >> attorney general, the problem is that they're being -- it's piling on. it's continuing to pile on. in particular, in minneapolis with these police officers that are there, they have -- many of them have grown up there. they're doing -- >> the time for the gentle lady has expired. >> thank you. i yield back. >> mr. attorney general, i want to discuss with you missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. it's a national shame when native women are murdered or when they disappear, their cases do not receive the resources or the investigations that they deserve. their loved ones are left without answers. president biden made specific significant travel to communities to support mmiwg investigations. i'm not convinced the commitments have been kept by the department of justice. i read your brief state on may 5
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marking missing and murdered indigenous persons day. i'm not aware of you mentioning this since confirmed to lead the department. you have not used your platform to help make this a top priority and nor has doj moved the needle on this issue since your confirmation. as attorney general, you serve on the lady justice task force. that was a task force created under the last attorney general, not you. you agree there's travel communities that deserve from the top law enforcement official? >> i think this is a terrible tragedy, this circumstance. almost inexplicable tragedy. if i haven't spoken on it yet, i soon will be because under the president's order, i'll be co-commissioning a committee. i have been to oklahoma which
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has significant tribal responsibilities and we have spoken about those matters. you shouldn't mistake lack of public statements to be a lack of concern or passion about this issue. >> there's 574 federally recognized tribes in the united states. of those, 326 have reservations and more than one million native americans live on or near reservations. not counting many that live in urban areas. there's fewer than 200 special agents in the fbi indian country program. you believe the fbi's indian country program is sufficiently staffed? >> i think the fbi could always use additional resources. i have to look into that specific question, which i haven't evaluated whether there's sufficient staff. >> in light of the facts that i laid out, will you commit to adding staff to the indian country program? >> i'm very interesting in -- our normal approach with this is cooperation with tribal officers and cooperation with the sovereign tribes so we're in
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sync on this rather than the federal government indicting tribal provinces. i look at this closely and speak with the interior secretary about. >> there's great frustration by many tribal leaders when they ask for additional federal support to investigate these cases, they feel like they don't receive that support. our nation knows about gabby petito because of the media coverage. all of our grieve for gabby's family and friends. while at the same time, i wish that every missing person's case earned the same level of media attention. the fbi committed significant resources to that case, which i appreciate. but mr. attorney general, when a native woman goes missing or any women of color, they don't get the same level of attention from the department of justice and the fbi. would you say to their families to explain why? >> i don't think there's any excuse for not giving equal treatment to native and
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indigenous missing persons. and i don't believe there's any effort to not do that. i know both the fbi and the martial service are involved in this along with their partners, tribal partners. i'm not sure what else i can say about the that. >> two weeks ago the chairman of the blackfeet nevada send you a letter about laura heavyrunner that went missing three years ago. her family and the tribal community are frustrated that the federal government's response to the case and in his letter to you, he asked why the federal government continues to make ashley's family "suffer and feel like ashley's life doesn't matter." that breaks my heart, sir. i can see why so many native american families feel like their missing or murdered loved ones don't matter to the federal government. we have a unique trust responsibility to tribal nations and rarely if ever have the
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federal government delivered. this is an opportunity to finally deliver. it offers you the opportunity to deliver. let's not fail our native communities again. what i hope and expect from president biden and yourself, mr. attorney general, is more than lip service and more recommendations that will be left to sit on the shelf and look forward to your words in the near future. thank you. >> gentleman yields back. mr. massey? >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. attorney general, you announced that the dodge would use its authority and resources along with the fbi to police speech at school board meetings in your opinion, what limitations does the tenth amendment bring to your effort to police those school board meetings and the speech therein? >> let me be clear. we have no intention of policing school board meetings, nor does any memorandum from me suggest we would do that. the memorandum that you're
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referring to is about threats of violence and violence. that's all it's about. we greatly respect the first amendment right of parents to appear before school boards and challenge and argue against provisions that the school boards are doing. this memorandum has nothing to do with that. >> so you believe the sheriffs and the local police should police the school board meetings and investigate the threats of violence? >> yes, obviously the first step is for state and local authorities to do that. this memorandum is about cooperating with state and local authorities. now, there are some federal statutes that cover threats and intimidation and harassment. we have the obligation to enforce those. >> okay. >> those don't apply to -- >> we need to move on. i was hoping that you would articulate the tenth amendment or some argument that comes from
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that because i'm concerned that the announcement was an effort to basically, you know, freeze the speech or suppress the speech of school board members. i need to move on. i want do ask you about something. there's a concern that agents of the government or assets of the government present on january 5 and january 6 during the protests. i have some pictures that i want to show you if my staff could bring those to you. >> i'm afraid i can't see that at all.
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>> is that an approved video? >> all right. you have those images there and they're captioned. they were from january 5 and january 6. as far as we can determine, the individual that was saying he will probably go to jail, probably be arrested but he wants -- they need to go into the capitol the next day, then the next day directing people to the capitol. as far as we can find, this individual has not been charged with anything. you said this is one of the most sweeping investigations in the history. have you seen that video or those frames from that video? >> so as i said at the outset, one of the norms of the justice department is to not comment on
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impending investigations and particularly not the comment about particular scenes or particular individuals. >> without -- i was hoping today to give you an opportunity to put to rest the concerns that people have that there were federal agents or assets of the federal government present on january 5 and january 6. can you tell us without talking about particular incidents or particular videos how many agents or assets of the federal government were present on january 6 whether they agitated to go into the capitol and if any of them did. >> so i'm not going to violate this norm of the rule of law. i'm not going to comment on an investigation that is ongoing. >> let me ask you about the vaccine mandate at the doj. is it true that employees of the doj can apply for religious exemption? >> the mandate as i understand it is a mandate which allows exceptions provided by law.
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religious freedom restoration act is a provision of law. >> so the religious exemption has a basis in the constitution. that is required to be constitutional. can you tell me if anybody has been granted a religious exemption? >> i don't know. >> so i believe that it's fraud. in fact, fraud to tell people that you're going to preserve their constitutional religious accommodations by telling them that they can apply for an exemption and then not allowing the exemptions. >> your time has expired. mrs. dean? >> welcome attorney general garland. thanks for your service to our country. i'd like to get to three important areas. number 1, let me follow up on the questions we've had around guns. in particular, ghost guns. they are often obtained without a background check. most ghost guns are untraceable. these weapons are incredibly attractive to criminals, increasingly common and should concern us all. this march pennsylvania
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investigators uncovered a trafficking ring suspected of frequenting gun shows to sell ghost guns in my district and across our commonwealth. this impacts regular americans like matthew bowersox of snyder county, pennsylvania that were shot and killed by heather's ex-husband, the subject of a protection order. he took her life with a ghost gun. a homemade 9 millimeter pistol. can you continue to talk about how the proliferation of ghost gun hinders the ability of law enforcement and what is doj's strategy to protect us from ghost guns? this is in follow up to my colleague, representative nick bass. >> so we're finding more and more ghost guns at violent crime scenes. i don't remember the statistics exactly. i believe in both new york and in chicago, i was told that at least 20% of the crime scenes, particularly violent crime and
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murder scenes, we're finding that they were done by ghost guns. they have two problems. one, they're untraceable because they don't have serial numbers. second, they're not subject or at least i should say there's been some dispute about whether they're subject to requiring background checks. that's the reason that we initiated a rule making to require that the parts of the gun which are sold as kits in parts are stamped with serial numbers by the manufacturer and that when they are sold, they must have serial numbers on them as a kit and they must run the background checks that you're talking about. >> thanks for that rule making. we hope that they'll do more to protect us and our safety from the proliferation. on the issue of opioids. as you pointed out last year was particularly deadly.
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the total number of people that died from an overdoze is 93,331 people. you know that our state, pennsylvania, is particularly upset with doj's sweetheart deal that was made last year with the sacklers. what can i say? what can you say to victims of addiction, to the families that have lost people by the flooding of the market by the sackler family and letting them really literally the rich and powerful get away with it? >> i don't think i'm able to talk about that case because it's in litigation. the only thing i'll point out the justice department opposed the release of personal liability of our family and is on appeal right now, i believe. >> i thank you for that. i hope that justice will be done for these families. and finally, on a third matter,
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asylum. asylum is a human right. i'm horrified by the inhumanity we've seen and the on going use of a trump era title 42 authority to expel migrants. unstable government, political prosecution, violence. we know what people have suffered and what they are fleeing. you're now the helm of the doj. will you continue the use of the authority as the cdc has said that the use of title 42 this
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doesn't have anything to do with my view or the government's view about the importance of asylum. it goes only to the cdc's authority under title 42 to issue this kind of order. >> it's my understanding and maybe we can look at it more closely that the cdc says there's no evidence that the use of title 42 will slow the spread of -- and the worry about the spread of covid from those seeking asylum. i hope we can look into that and stop the use of title 42. thank you. i yield back. >> mrs. escobar? >> a colleague asked that mr. raskin take down his words when talking about being a
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member of a cult. i wish he would stop pushing the big lie and they wouldn't have to worry about being in a cult. attorney general garland, i represent congressional district 16 in el paso, texas. we're coming into in hearing fresh off of the heels of a gravely unjust session in the texas state legislature where republicans engaged in deliberate, extreme partisan gerrymandering. texas gained two new house seats fueled by the growth in our latino population. instead of drawing maps reflecting the growth, republicans chose not to add latino districts. according to a lawsuit filed by the mexican american legal defense fund, drew maps that diluted the voting rights of latinos. this process was opaque and nontransparent perhaps because texas republicans hired a
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political operative. i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record an article from the texas tribune entitled "texas appears to be paying a secret political open ty $120,000 annually to work on redistricting." >> without objection. >> thank you so much. my own district was impacted in a process that i have described as being akin to looting. unfortunately texas isn't the only state where this is happening. mr. garland, what steps is the justice department taking to ensure that redistricting plans does not violate the voting rights act and discriminate against racial, ethnic minority voters? >> we announced before any of the redistricting plans began because we knew the census would be leading to redistricting
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plans. that the voting section of the civil rights division will be reviewing all of these plans. that's why we doubled the size of the voting section. >> martha: all right. we're keeping a close eye on this. welcome to "the story." i'm martha maccallum. today for parents across the country who have been speaking up at their school board meetings and might have been unnerved by the memo that came from the department of justice about cracking down on any threats as they see them or perceive them to school board members, today we had merrick garland on the hot seat and questioned on these issues. democrats spent a lot of their time questioning about the capital hill riot, about former president trump, gun violence was also on the list for democrats, voting rights and the opioid epidemic. when it was republicans turned, they zeroed in on the justice department's memo and cracking
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down on threats of violence against school board members and other education workers. although the attorney general did not detail those threats in a very specific way today to any great extent. he announced the action five days after the national school board association asked president biden for the justice department review saying that threats against school officials could be considered domestic terrorism. watch this. >> a snitch line on parents started five days after a left wing political organization asked for it. that's not political, i don't know what is. >> we don't need you, your justice department or the fbi trampling on the rights of american parents. we just want the best possible education for their children. >> to be clear, if even there's a threat of violence, do you believe that it is domestic
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terrorism because a father gets mad? >> are we, my friends, neighbors and constituents, are we domestic terrorists? >> no. >> are we criminals? given the timing of this, your memo appears to have been motivated by politics more than any pressing federal law enforcement need. >> martha: right there is one of the big question for today. so former education secretary betsy devos has called the move a shameless attempt to intimidate parents and she joins us now. secretary devos, good to have you with us today. what was your reaction you watched this play out this afternoon? >> well, very concerning. i mean, parents have a right to know what is going on in their kids schools, what they're being taught and they have a right to be heard. what we saw here today was a continued defense of what is clearly a very political move, calculated move when national
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political organizations are meeting in the white house and a few days later the department of justice issues a directive calling for investigations of parents. it is nothing but blatant political moves. it really wreaks of kgb activity. >> martha: this is what i want people to see the concept of from this hearing today. you touched on it exactly. here's the sequence of events. you have the national school board association issuing a letter saying they're concerned about the parents rattling cages at these meetings. across the board, everyone agrees if there's any violence or threat of violence, it should be reported to the police and dealt with by the police. the law enforcement is in place to do that. nobody should be threatened or have any act of violence on it. then you have this letter. then there's results as a result of foya requests that say the national school board
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association had talks over several weeks with white house staff about this issue. that's at the end of september. but today the attorney general said he didn't feel any pressure and he wasn't aware of any conversations that came and yet his memo outlining what the department of justice would do dropped a few days after this memo that came out from the school board association. what does that add up to you? >> absolutely. i mean, this is clearly very choreographed and believe me, after spending four years in washington, i never saw the department of justice act as quickly as they have in this case. parents should be concerned and parents should not be intimidated, however. they should speak up and they should feel the right to go and speak their minds at school board meetings and with their administrators. they have their kids best interests at heart. i think the effect of this is going to be actually the opposite. that parents are going to be more engaged and they're going to demand more of their
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education dollars. they're going to demand that if their schools are not responsive, that they have alternatives and they have other choices to make. >> martha: i think that's the heart of this matter. because if you're watching this and your -- we've seen the chilling effect that has happened to parents across the country when they see things come home or if they asked am oppressor or victim, many cases they're afraid to speak out or ask. what are we teaching here? there's so much backlash that comes at them, this is the exchange between jim jordan and the attorney general, merrick garland, about what exactly was it that motivated this from the doj. what were the specific actions that rose to the level of fbi potential investigation that you saw evidence of? watch this. >> when did you first review the data showing this disturbing uptick? >> i read the letter. we have been seeing over time threats --
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>> whoa, whoa. so you read the letter? that's your source? >> let me be clear. this is not a prosecution or -- >> is there some study, some investigation someone did that said there's a disturbing uptick or you take the word of the national school board association? >> he said that they read about it in the news, that there was a disturbing uptick. is that enough evidence and documentation for the department of justice to rise to the level of an fbi investigation secretary devos? >> no. i think it's not defensible in any way. it's a complete overreach, a complete overreaction. it's clearly meant to intimidate parents. i hope that it will have exactly the opposite effect. that parents will continue to speak out to go and engage and make sure that they know what is going on in their kids schools. we know that all of these curricular fights and arguments today, it didn't just happen in the last few months. these have been in our schools for many years.
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the last 1 1/2 years, they've come to light because parents have had a first-hand view if they did distance learning of what their kids were learning or not learning. they're rightly upset. they're rightly engaged and they should be engaging more and should be feeling very free to do so. we encourage them to do so. >> i'd like to play a moment for you from "the view." the former secretary of state condoleezza rice was on "the view." i want to remind everybody what this goes back to, right? you have the murder of george floyd that happened in minneapolis. then you have the emergence of the 1619 project and the teaching in many schools that the country is founded and steeped in racism. that the country was founded in order to institution allize slavery and moves forward to crt
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and what is taught in schools. that got parents asking questions. here's what happened when it came up and "condoleezza rice" tried to explain her side of it. >> one of the worries that i have about the way that we're talking about race is that it seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything in the past. i don't think that is very productive or black people have feel disenpowered by race. i would like black kids to be completely empowered to know that they're beautiful in their blackness, but in order to do that, i don't have to make white kids feel bad for being white. somehow this is a conversation in the wrong direction. >> martha: joy behar was a little confused about the last part, about not making people feel guilty. you heard the applause and eye rolling at the table. that's where we're at with this
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right now. >> i think secretary rice really articulated it very well. look, parents want their kids to learn history, the good, the bad and the ugly. as a nation, we need to embrace the fact that we have continued to improve to become a more perfect union. we have to acknowledge the mistakes and the sins of the past. we don't need to be telling our kids that they need to hate themselves, they need to hate their country, that they're oppressors or oppressed. as she said so well, we need to make sure all kids know that they're empowered to become everything that they're meant to be. >> before i let you go, if we could listen to this burgess owen sound bite that we have as well about what he sees going on. >> 75% of the black boys in the state of california cannot pass standard reading and writing shifts. in those days when i grew up, parents were involved. there was a trust that we can send our kids to school and
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taught how to love our country, love each other and love education. that has bank changed. >> martha: final thought before i let you go. >> absolutely. he's so right. we saw this just last week with the most recent scores that were precovid. we know that kids are being harmed. they have been harmed for many, many years. if there's anything that is systemically racist, it's been this government-run top down federally controlled and federally directed school experience. parents have seen what this is -- has resulted in and they're not happy and they're going to demand change and that is absolutely what we need to do. >> martha: that is utter failure, when you have 75% of black boys in the state of california that cannot pass reading and writing tests. the system has failed those young men and it's a travesty. the focus should be on the
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performance in these public schools that public taxpayers invest their money in. betsy devos, great to have you with us. thanks very much. >> thank you, martha. >> martha: also breaking right now, lawmakers are debating a contempt charge for president trump's former strategist, steve bannon in a vote that will happen shortly that is for refusing to supply with a subpoena by the house panel investigating the january 6 riot. merrick garland says he will apply facts. chad pergram is watching that and all of the movement going on to try to get towards a reconciliation bill on the hill as well. update us, chad. >> good afternoon, martha. steve bannon rejected a subpoena by the 1-6 committee. he claimed executive privilege even though he was long gone from the white house. house gop leaders oppose wheeling in bannon.
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>> they're issuing an invalid subpoena. issuing that weakens our power. he has a right to go to the court to see if he has executive privilege or not. i don't know if he does or not, but neither does the committee. >> when the gop controlled the house, it held irs figure lois learner contempt of congress and eric holder. nancy pelosi said the gop should hold bannon in contempt. >> the genius of our constitution and:0 our founders was the separation of power, checks and balances. if in fact you went to negate the ability of one check of another branch of government over another, your undermining the constitution. >> the vote on the bannon contempt of congress resolution has just started since we've been on the air here, martha. fox is told anywhere from 18 to
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13 gop members my vote to hold bannon in contempt. congress has little power when it comes to enforcing a subpoena. martha? >> martha: chad, thank you very much. we're watching the developments on the hill this afternoon and the movements on reconciliation as well, whether or not the president will be able to get to a number and what is in that number. what is included in that number. what will americans get for the $2 trillion figure. breaking just a moment ago, the white house commented on the supply chain crisis that is causing sky rocketing inflation and crippling american industry that can't produce goods because they don't have the material to do so and leaves shelves empty across america. >> are you saying if christmas gifts don't get delivered this
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put checks in to pockets. >> martha: that's why you have enormous demand. that's why we heard from pete buttigieg that what your seeing is all the respect of the booming biden economy. that is the argument that they make at the white house this afternoon and as we heard in the days before. they said it's a short term problem. this is a cargo ship making the trek from china to long beach, california has now spent more time looking at the coast of california than the pacific ocean on the entire trip of china. it's one of 100 ships that are stranded. we've never seen a backup like this in history. some of them are waiting weeks to get unloaded as americans wait for the things that are on -- in those cargo containers. in a moment, josh hawley has a big picture idea for how to solve this problem over the long-term so we don't find ourselves in this situation again. first william la jeunesse at the
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port in los angeles. hi, william. >> your tread mill might be here but the things on the water have not improved. we have this crushing traffic coming in from asia. you can see it now. they can't get the containers offloaded because of trucking and warehouses. the result is what you see. right now off of the ports of l.a. and long beach, you have 167 ships in port or at anchor. right? another 36 expected the next three days. so we have that illustration that we wanted to show you about that. these container is ships are stacking up here. so take a look at the yam ming reef. this china left september 5. arrived september 20th. it remained offshore until october 10. took five days longer being out here waiting than i'd did it the actual trip from china.
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who does it mean for the consumer? a point of view from a port official. >> yeah, i'd say get your christmas gifts early. it's going to take some time for us to dig out of the 68 ships at anchor. expanding to 24/7, we'll make a dent forward. that's our mission. >> so what it like to be a crew member on one of these things, stuck out there in this traffic jam? we went to the sea men's center in long beach to find out. because of covid, most sailors can't leave the ship unless they're vaccinated. they're not allowed to get off. the company doesn't want to contaminate or infect others. many are stuck months on end. >> i cannot even go home in my hometown. i cannot get off the ship. you know, they restrict us. >> can you imagine if you're 19 to 22 guys and out in the middle of the water every single day.
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you can't contact your family sometimes. it is like being in jail. >> so the county, martha, has gone on board these things, have about 7,700 vaccinations to these sea men on the ships. the irony is, despite all the problems and the negative publicity, i'm told the number of shippers coming over from china is going up. back to you. >> martha: what a mess, williams. thanks very much. let's bring in josh hawley of missouri. he is introducing the make in america to sell in america acted. saying american families are bearing the brunt of this crisis. good to have you with us today. what would this entail and how would it change what we're seeing play out right now? >> well, it's a simple idea, martha. all of those goods that you see there waiting off the coast, maybe we ought to be making some of those in the united states. what my bill says it would
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district the department of commerce to identify the critical goods for our national security and our economy and then it says half of those, half of the value of those goods have to be made in the united states. it would bring back jobs, domestic manufacturing and help our national security. >> martha: so you think there would be support for this? >> i hope so. i can't imagine why there wouldn't be. this is outrageous that we as americans are more and more dependent on foreign nations. joe biden is making us more dependent by the day. we should be going the opposite direction. we are strong and we ought to act like it and produce stuff in the united states. >> martha: i read today, i don't have the exact numbers but we import from china five to one what we expert. that's part of the problem. we're dependent on china and dealing with the ramped up hypersonic missile programs. they have us coming and going. >> there's a major national security component to this, martha, that you put your finger
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on. we have record trade deficits. the chinese that are not just competitors, they're our opponents. no reason that we should be economic through dependent on this for critical goods. we need to act now to make sure that our critical supply chains are in the united states and that americans can have good jobs, secure our national security. make it safer. >> martha: i want to change the subjects and ask you about what democrats say republicans blocking the voting rights bill. the president talked about it at the m.l.k. statue tenth anniversary. here's a quick sound bite from the president. get your reaction. >> each and every time senate republicans block it by refusing even to talk about it, they're afraid to debate the bills in the u.s. senate as they did again yesterday. even on a bill that include provisions that they have traditionally supported. it's unfair, it's unconscionable and un-american.
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>> martha: what is your response to the american. >> what is unfair and unconscionable is one party to take over elections to advantage themselves. that's what the democrats are trying to do and job wants to do. i for one is not going to see the laws of my home state of missouri overturned by democrats in washington seizing power and telling missourians what voter i.d. laws what can and cannot have and what election integrity measures we can and cannot have. i'm proud to help stop it. >> martha: this is clearly a constitutional issue of state rights to run elections that is fundamental of the constitution. to change that would be an enormous change and would federalize elections. that is what many in your party are opposed to. so thank you very much, senator. good to have you with us. >> thank you. >> martha: nearly two months since the deadly and chaotic exit from afghanistan, a messy evacuation of americans and
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allies is still take place day by day. we promised we would cover this because the president promised they would get everyone out. there's an afghan women's and soccer team that is exiting. trey yingst once again on the front lines of this story for us. hi, trey. >> martha, good afternoon. 369 people were evacuated from kabul, afghanistan yesterday on a qatari jet. 55 of them are sports players, family members of the athletes. we're talking about soccer players and basketball players all able to get out on the plane with the help of the organization fifa escaping taliban-controlled territory. we were at the airport when individuals arrived. i can tell you the relief that many people experienced. we spoke to soccer players that were very worried about having their identity shared were the world. there were mixed emotions. one afghan player told us how she arrived in kabul as the taliban took over and said she was going to misrepresenting her
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country on the court. >> from long a time we could go from our country. i'm upset to leave my country. but it's hard for me and for all of us. >> athletes are worried about what the taliban will allow in terms of participation in competition. we pressed one senior taliban official in the aviation authority about when women would leave if they want to represent afghanistan abroad. >> there will be no limitation. the only things is for religious. for us, there's no limitation. >> you can see from the words of thele that ban member, these women do have a reason to worry about the future of their country and what rights they will have. those basketball and soccer players that made it here to qatar will stay in temporary apartments for the time being and next year many athletes will descend on the city wore the world cup will be hosted.
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back to you. >> martha: trey, thank you from doha. so we are watching the house vote on a resolution to find steve bannon in criminal contempt of congress after he defied a subpoena after the prone to january 6. let's check in with chad pergram. hi, chad. >> good afternoon. they're about midway through the vote right now on the house floor to hold steve bannon in contempt of congress. we're expecting all democrats to vote yes on this. if you look at the scoreboard, there's six republicans that have voted to hold him in contempt as i reported earlier. the number could go into the teens. there's one democrat on the board that is a no. we don't know if it's a mistake. sometimes members push the wrong button. there's three buttons that they push in the chamber. the problem even if they hold bannon in contempt of congress and we would think this will wrap up ten after 4:00 eastern time here is can they enforce this.
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merrick garland indicated that he would review this once they sent it to his department to determine whether to prosecute steve bannon. again, that could take years and the 1-6 committee that voted to hold steve bannon in contempt and referred this to the house floor, they want to wrap up this investigation. so dragging it through the courts for years is a problem into the riot in to the capitol on january 6. martha. >> martha: thanks very much. here now is dan henninger from the "wall street journal" and byron york, both are fox news contributors. great to have you with us today. i want to focus on the original topic that we planned to speak to you about, the polling numbers for president biden. he's lost quite a bit of territory with democrats, byron. is it 75% job approval down from
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86 just a month ago. so a 11% drop with democrats, with his own party since last month. what do you see going on here? >> well, he's losing support across the board. never had it with republicans. he's lost support with independents beforehand. the important thing about this is he's trying to get this giant spends bill passed on capitol hill. with each point that his job approval rating goes down, he has less clout on capitol hill, less ability to convince and cajole and threaten and push people on capitol hill to do what he wants. in addition the job approval rating of the president is a huge factor in the outcome of mid-term election results. so he's weakening himself right now on capitol hill and also for next year's mid-terms. >> martha: let's put that number up as well, this is an enormous
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decline. 87% said they're worried about inflation. i'm looking at the independent number. it went from september 42% job approval for the president among independents, this one is 27%, dan. that is an enormous decline among independents and the most important group that anybody is watching in terms of these mid-terms. >> absolutely. i think probably the house democrats are beginning to hit the panic button. what byron just described and explained about the president's approval rating is true. the problem is the president seems to be in a downward spiral. it's very difficult to see how he can reverse it. this is a consequence of events starting with the evacuation of kabul, which was a fiasco. people are watching the situation at the border, the same thing. now you have this build back
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better legislation, which is disintegrating on capitol hill as we speak. there's no indication that they're going to do anything other than reduce the size of it at all. so you know, we've been talking for weeks here about how the president needs a win. it's really hard to see a win and as a result his numbers will continue to fall and democrats in the house and swing districts are going to have to decide where their best interests lie, with the president or going in another direction. >> martha: it's fascinating to look at the language that we're hearing from senator manchin and senator sinema and to see the way it's shifting. you're getting to a potential agreement which has no increase in corporate taxes, takes the family leave act, which was at 12 weeks paid down to four weeks. now i know the "wall street journal" said this is all smoke and mirrors, but what do you make of the shift that we're seeing, which krysten sinema and
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manchin think is where you want to be if you want to get re-elected? >> i think this is preordained. democrats have the barest of control on capitol hill, a single digit -- not a single digit. a single digit majority in the house. no majority at all in the senate. it's 50/50. depends on vice president harris to break the tie. so remember early on in biden's presidency, there were democrats that talked about him going big and passing something like f.d.r.'s new deal and pass big legislation. those presidents had huge legislative authorities. nothing like today. democrats are finding out they can't do it. >> martha: and those deals were smaller than the deal we're talking about right now. thank you very much. good to see you both. want to let everybody at home know we have a new podcast that is dropping today.
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i sat down with andrew yang that ran for president and new york city mayor as an democrat but now he's an independent and launching his own party. interesting discussion about the future of politics at the story goes on. thanks for being with us. look forward to seeing you here today. "your world" starts now. >> charles: rounding the turn. nancy pelosi says they're in the final stretch on the massive social spending bill. the price tag might be coming down from 3.5 trillion closer to 2 trillion. that's still a huge number. who is paying in krysten sinema is saying no to a tax hike on businesses. coming up we'll talk to texas republican john cornyn about all of this and a growing crisis at the border.


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