Bill Barr had the opportunity to be remembered as one of the greatest patriots ever… but he chose instead to bend his knee to communist slavery.
There has been a lot of discussions today about an Atlantic article [SEE HERE] containing an outline of former AG Bill Barr’s discussion with reporters and the White House in the aftermath of the 2020 election. In essence, the nub of the article is Bill Barr stating to a journalist December 1st: ” To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” and then the article covers the fallout with the White House from that AP interview.
AG Barr called Michael Balsamo to his office in Main Justice to make the statement over lunch:
ATLANTIC – […] Balsamo’s story appeared on the AP newswire shortly after lunch ended: “Disputing Donald Trump’s persistent baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department had uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.”
The story blew a hole in the president’s claims. Nobody seriously questioned Barr’s conservative credentials or whether he had been among Trump’s most loyal cabinet secretaries. His conclusion sent a definitive message that the effort to overturn the election was without merit. (read more)
That last paragraph perfectly encapsulates the entire purpose for AG Bill Barr to be in place since February of 2019. To present the image of a loyal cabinet secretary so that no-one could/would question his conservative credentials. That purpose was exactly what CTH presented upon the nomination and confirmation of Bill Barr. His job was to be the bondo that covered the rot in DC and gave the illusion of a healthy functioning justice department. We called it “Bondo Barr“.
There is a specific irony of Bill Barr using Wayne County, Michigan, as “no evidence” of ballot fraud while simultaneously admitting no other area other than Wayne county has voting precincts that do not count ballots. Only in Wayne county do the 662 precincts deliver ballots to a central counting facility. The Wayne County process itself is designed specifically to make ballot fraud easier…. The former AG says move along, move along, nothing to see here… “that’s what they do.”
The timing of this article released to coincide with the DOJ challenging election reforms in Georgia, combined with the Arizona audit finishing up their initial hand recount and verification of ballots, does not seem coincidental.
As most CTH readers are aware the legislative, executive and judicial narrative engineers work in coordination with their media conscripts and at the behest of the intelligence apparatus. In the private sector the BlackRock and Vanguard multinationals, and the CoC Wall Street, money builds the bridge to deliver the finished outcome.
Under this process, the U.S. government is functioning exactly as it was designed when it was “fundamentally transformed”; the corrupt outcomes are a feature, not a flaw.
Rather than use this article to once again draw attention to the corrupt intents and purposes of Bill Barr as the professional bondo applier, it is worth taking a pause to think carefully about another angle. Think about all those voices, specifically pundits in media, who stood up to say Bill Barr is a man of integrity and will be the person to get to the bottom of the ‘spygate‘ corruption issues. Remind yourself of exactly who those voices were…. Then recognize the intent of that drumbeat.
That list would include: Trey Gowdy, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Jonah Goldberg, Kevin McCarthy, Marco Rubio, Sean Hannity, Sara Carter, John Solomon, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Johnathan Turley, Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing etc. etc.
Days after his confirmation in 2019 CTH noted something was sketchy about Bill Barr because of a very simple and common sense issue – everyone in/around DC knew Robert Mueller was in place to cover-up the corrupt DOJ and FBI activity and keep attacking the office of President Trump. Not a single person in DC did not know this intention of the special counsel. They never talked about it publicly, but every person in every office and every agency in DC knew Mueller’s purpose.
In the first few weeks after his confirmation AG Bill Barr spent an extreme amount of time praising Robert Mueller for his work as special counsel and vouching for his integrity. That continued praise for Mueller and Barr also heaping effusive praise on FBI Director Chris Wray, was when CTH accepted the brutally obvious, Bill Barr’s job was to apply Bondo to cover the rot.
“Every day we spend outraged about what the DOJ and FBI did in 2016 and 2017, is one less day that AG Bill Barr is not being held accountable for all of this current DOJ and FBI corruption that stares him in the face when he brushes his teeth each morning.” ~ CTH, 2019
Barr played that outrage distraction game perfectly…
This is a rush transcript from “Special Report” December 3, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR (on camera): Hi, Jesse. Animals are great.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This may be the most
important speech I’ve ever made. This is not just about honoring the votes
of 74 million Americans who voted for me, it’s about ensuring that
Americans can have faith in this election and in all future elections.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BAIER: Well, that is a portion of a video released by the White House a
short time ago in which President Trump lays out his case, insisting he
will continue to challenge last month’s election results. And gives his
strongest indication yet that he does in fact plan to run again in 2024 if
his efforts fail.
Good evening, welcome to Washington. I’m Bret Baier. The most expansive
statement from President Trump since the November balloting usually a
speech like this that the president called as you heard, likely one of the
most important of his presidency would be covered by the White House press
pool, covered live or on tape and played back with an editorial presence in
the room. This was not done like that. The White House press pool was not
This was a White House edited video, there was no option to take it live.
It was posted on Facebook and a little piece on Twitter about an hour ago.
Also tonight, a hearing at this hour in Michigan with presidential lawyer
Rudy Giuliani testifying before state lawmakers about alleged election
fraud. We’ll go there live shortly.
But we begin tonight with his speech and with correspondent Kristin Fisher
live on the North Lawn of the White House. Good evening, Kristin.
KRISTIN FISHER, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT (on camera): Good evening,
Bret. This was a 45-minute long video posted directly to Twitter and
Facebook by the White House. The White House press pool was not even
notified that these remarks were about to be released.
And President Trump said that this may be the most important speech that he
has ever delivered, even though most of what he said is at odds with what
his own Attorney General said yesterday.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: I want to provide an update on our ongoing efforts to expose the
tremendous voter fraud and irregularities which took place during the
ridiculously long November 3rd elections.
We used to have what was called Election Day. Now we have election days,
weeks and months. And lots of bad things happened during this ridiculous
period of time, especially when you have to prove almost nothing to
exercise our greatest privilege, the right to vote.
As president, I have no higher duty than to defend the laws and the
Constitution of the United States. That is why I am determined to protect
our election system, which is now under coordinated assault and siege.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
FISHER (on camera): Under coordinated assault and siege, quite the claim
from the President of the United States, especially when you take into
consideration what Chris Krebs who was the former Trump administration
cyber election — cybersecurity election official who was fired by the
president for saying that he believes this election, the 2020 election was
the most secure in U.S. history.
You also have to consider what the Attorney General Bill Barr said just
yesterday, he said, and I quote, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a
scale that could have affected a different outcome in this election.”
And a little bit later on in this video, President Trump continued to take
aim at Dominion Voting Systems that company that manufacturers so many
electronic voting machines across the country.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: And on top of everything else, we have a company that’s very
suspect. Its name is Dominion. With the turn of a dial or the change of a
chip, you could press a button for Trump and the vote goes to Biden, what
kind of a system is this? We have to go to paper. Maybe it takes longer,
but the only secure system is paper.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
FISHER (on camera): Now, the Attorney General also said yesterday that the
Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security looked into
these claims specifically about voting irregularities with these Dominion
voting machines. And the Attorney General said that they sought nothing to
substantiate those claims.
You also have the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency putting
out a statement a few weeks ago saying that there is no evidence that any
voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way
Finally, and this was a long 45-minute address by the President, so I’m
trying to consolidate it, but the other entity or people that the president
attacked in this video were the judges who are hearing so many cases, so
many different lawsuits that have been brought forward by the Trump
campaign. Listen here.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: It was about many other things. But above all, it was about fraud.
This election was rigged, everybody knows it. I don’t mind if I lose an
election. But I want to lose an election fair and square. What I don’t want
to do is have it stolen from the American people. That’s what we’re
fighting for. And we have no choice to be doing that.
We already have the proof; we already have the evidence. And it’s very
clear. Many people in the media, and even judges so far have refused to
accept it. They know it’s true. They know it’s there. They know who won the
election. But they refuse to say, you’re right. Our country needs somebody
to say you’re right.
Ultimately, I am prepared to accept any accurate election result. And I
hope that Joe Biden is as well. But we already have the proof. We already
have tens of thousands of ballots more than we need to overturn all of
these states that we’re talking about. This is an election for the highest
office in the greatest country in the history of the world.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
FISHER (on camera): Now, let’s go back to that one line from President
Trump where he said the judges have refused to accept it, refuse to accept
the evidence that his campaign has presented in court.
I can’t go case by case again, because there are so many lawsuits in so
many states. But let’s just take that really big case in Pennsylvania,
which was tossed out by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and those three
judges, those three judges on that appeals court, they were all appointed
by Republican presidents and the judge that wrote that opinion, who said
that the Trump campaign had brought forward this lawsuit, that those claims
had no merit whatsoever, that judge was appointed by President Trump
But Bret tonight, President Trump making it clear in this 45-minute video
that he is not giving up this fight and appears no closer to conceding.
BAIER: Kristin, great job consolidating that in a very short time, not
knowing that it was coming to begin with, we appreciate that.
FISHER: You bet.
BAIER: We will have more with the panel which we’ll bring up to the front
of this show on this. Breaking right now, you can see here president —
presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani testifying this hour before state
lawmakers in Michigan about what the Trump campaign contends as voter fraud
there in last month’s election. Voter fraud they say that could change the
outcome of that state’s results.
Correspondent Mark Meredith is live tonight in Lansing. Good evening, Mark.
MARK MEREDITH, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT (on camera): Good evening to
you, Bret. Rudy Giuliani claims that there were multiple instances of
fraud, especially when it came to mail and balloting during last month’s
election. That’s what he’s expected to tell state lawmakers when he heads
into a hearing here behind me, a little bit of (INAUDIBLE) now it sounds
like he’s coming in right now.
But already, this seat has certified its results, meaning that Joe Biden is
going to get the state’s electoral votes, likely that’s not going to
change. But Giuliani said late today he remains undeterred.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
RUDY GIULIANI, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S LAWYER: The president does not intend to
give up. The president has seen more than enough evidence that this was a
massive fraud all over the country. We are going to prove it. We’re going
to prove it to the state legislatures, we’re going to prove it to the
MEREDITH (voice over): Giuliani won’t be the only one speaking tonight,
he’s expected to invite other people who claim to be eyewitnesses to
suspicious behavior around polling locations, especially out in Detroit.
But the Republican chairman of the State House Oversight Committee told us
today, this is not about taking back Biden’s win.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The goal of this is not to overturn the election. The
goal of this is to find new laws that will help restore trust in elections
Also, our goal today is to allow people who have witnessed fraud to bring
their case forward.
MEREDITH (voice over): But Democrats say this is all a waste of time. They
tweeted, COVID-19 is surging in Michigan and state Republicans are too busy
trying to soothe Trump’s sore ego with sham hearings to do anything about
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MEREDITH (on camera): Republicans insist that they can focus on more than
just one thing at a time. And a live look here, you can see the crowd very
excited to see Rudy Giuliani as he heads into this hearing. It almost feels
like a mini Trump rally from what we used to see back on the campaign
I’m told this is going to last no longer than three hours, but Bret, let’s
see what the night brings. Back to you, Bret.
BAIER: That’s exactly right. We’ll follow up Mark live in Lansing,
We have new information tonight about some of those alleged ballots
irregularities in last month’s election. Looking into a lot of them, we
have since the very beginning. Correspondent Kevin Corke looks at some of
the claims and whether they hold up against the facts.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
KEVIN CORKE, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT (Voice over): A barrage of
tweets and a cacophony of charges, all stemming from an intense election
PHILL KLINE, DIRECTOR OF THE AMISTAD PROJECT, THOMAS MORE SOCIETY: This
evidence demands investigation. This evidence demands answers.
CORKE: The latest lamentations from the conservative leaning Amistad
Project of the Thomas More Society, which has provided testimony from
whistleblowers who’ve accused Postal Service workers of backdating,
tampering with or tossing out ballots ahead of the election.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People have been destroying ballots right and left, we
have shredded ballots.
CORKE: But one of the many other voter fraud claims being made across the
country, many of which had been made by sworn affidavit. While Attorney
General Bill Barr said yesterday that the DOJ hadn’t concluded its
investigation into voter fraud during this election, concerns abound take
the popular claim that there were numerous Biden ballot dumps on election
And while it is true, the president did lead late in the evening on
election night. And yes, there was a massive increase of Biden votes
reported overnight. Even Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wondered about that.
The fact is, many state officials say the surge was merely a reflection of
large city and county votes coming in late and more early vote being
Another claim, voting from the grave, a claim that is still being
investigated. Though Michigan State officials say it’s important to
remember that people do die after casting absentee or mail-in ballots, and
sometimes people who are here to be voting while dead simply share a
deceased person’s name and birthday.
And Pennsylvania official said, for some, placeholder dates of birth on
voter rolls like January 1st 1800 are intentionally listed that way to
protect the identity of victims of domestic violence.
And while the voter participation rate in each of the swing states was
unusually high in 2020. By itself, that’s not proof of a valid harvesting
conspiracy. And for the record, the president himself earned in excess of
11 million more votes than he did back in 2016.
Dominion Voting Systems have also come under intense scrutiny. And while
Fox News has been unable to prove widespread fraud by Dominion,
vulnerabilities in its systems program were widely reported long before the
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CORKE (on camera): And those concerns Bret were actually rekindled after a
clerk error in Michigan gave Joe Biden thousands of votes which later had
to be returned to the Trump tally.
As for the Amistad Project, I want to tell you this, that group claim says
as many as 288,000 ballots were “disappeared and vanished” after being
transported to Lancaster, Pennsylvania from New York.
Additionally, the project says it has obtained sworn testimony that
suggests over 300,000 ballots are at issue in Arizona, more than a half
million in Michigan, 200,000 plus in Georgia and another 121,000 in
Again, not an exhaustive look at all the allegations of fraud, but a look,
BAIER: And we’ll continue that look. And we’ll continue to digest the
speech tonight by the president. Kevin, thank you.
CORKE: You bet.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: — challenge is fraud, it is important to know, the problems with
mail-in balloting, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, and
most other states allowed anyone to get an absentee ballot and cast their
vote without showing any I.D. The voting took place entirely or the honor
system, no identification of any kind was required.
Most Americans would also be shocked to learn that no state in the country
verifies United States citizenship as a condition for voting in federal
elections. This is a national disgrace.
And on top of everything else, we have a company that’s very suspect, its
name is Dominion. With a turn of a dial, with a change of a chip, you could
press a button for Trump and the vote goes to Biden, what kind of a system
We have to go to paper. Maybe it takes longer. But the only secure system
is paper. Not these systems that nobody understands, including in many
cases the people that run them. Although unfortunately, I think they
understand them far too well.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BAIER: Again, that is the president of the United States in the White
House. 46 minutes that speech, a White House video edited produced there.
But again, posted on Facebook about an hour ago.
We’re going to bring in our panel early, expanded panel, Mo Elleithee, the
executive director of Georgetown Institute of Politics. Susan Ferruccio,
Chief congressional correspondent for The Washington Examiner. Matthew
Continetti, founding editor of The Washington Free Beacon and we expect our
New York chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner in just
Matthew, let me start with you. First of all, the president, if you thought
he was ready to throw in the towel here, 46 minutes tells you he’s not. He
also clearly makes the case in these 46 minutes that if he does not prevail
in his efforts, he is going to run again in 2024.
MATTHEW CONTINETTI, FOUNDING EDITOR, THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON (on
camera): That’s right, Bret. And I think the political implications of the
speech are much more significant than the legal ones.
I think it’s interesting to note the media in which the speech was
released. It was not a televised address; it went out over Trump’s social
media accounts. And, of course, that’s a direct feed to his most loyal
But the president also has, I think, a very um political tightrope to walk
here. He made one reference in the speech to the Georgia runoff elections
in January, which will be held the day before the Congress needs to certify
the Electoral College vote.
And so, there’s a real risk here that as he continues to challenge the
election, he will — he will also delegitimize the electoral process in the
eyes of many Republican voters, and that’s possibly handing the Senate to
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
BAIER: Mo, I mean, the speech was pretty detailed at parts where he went
into specific allegations from specific people that they have affidavits
from around the country. He went into specifics about how he’s disappointed
about the Durham report not coming out before the election. And that who
knows, he says, if it’s going to come out before he leaves the office.
This is a president that is still fighting to the end. Kristin Fisher laid
out the attorney general’s comments, Chris Krebs, and others that have
pointed the other way.
MO ELLEITHEE, FOX NEWS CHANNEL POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR (on camera): Yes, I
don’t think he’s fighting to the end, I think he’s flailing to the end. I
mean, look, this speech was, I mean, it’s Festivus come early. It was an
airing of grievances. But the problem is most of these grievances were
Look, if I was a Trump supporter, I would be very frustrated right now. He
keeps saying there is allegations of — there’s evidence of fraud. He
didn’t bring it to the attorney general who has said there isn’t any. He
didn’t bring him to court, in fact, judges many of whom were appointed by
him or several of whom that were appointed by him said there’s no fraud
And in fact, asked Rudy Giuliani and other — others from the president’s
legal team, are you alleging fraud in under oath? They said, no.
So, whatever the theatrics, whatever they’re saying these theatrical
productions, under oath, they’re saying, no, we’re not alleging any sort of
widespread fraud that could have changed the election.
So, this is — I think it’s — if I was a Trump supporter, I’d be very
frustrated by all this. And I think, Matthew’s point is really, really
important. What the president is doing is undermining the credibility of
the electoral process, just as he is trying to mobilize his supporters to
participate in a special election.
He’s supposed to go down to Georgia. What’s he going to do when he goes
down there to campaign? Is he going to actually talk about the Republican
candidates or is he going to use it as another platform to talk about how
the election was rigged and turn his voters off from participating in the
process? He’s doing a lot of damage here to the country and to his own
BAIER: Yes. Mo, I want to take you live to Michigan. We have Rudy Giuliani
sitting down, ready to do this presentation in front of state. Lawmakers
there, it’s something we saw similar to what happened in Arizona where we
brought you sound bites from that presentation, there Jenna Ellis as well.
Sometimes the president has called into these presentations live and made
some statements for that as well.
Susan, just to clarify what Mo said about the attorney general,
specifically what Barr said is to the A.P., to date, we have not seen fraud
on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.
In other words, it’s not that he hasn’t seen fraud, it’s that he hasn’t
seen it on the scale that could determine the election. What the White
House said today is that it hasn’t gone through his desk, and maybe they’re
splitting Harris here, Susan, but that’s what Kayleigh McEnany said from
the press briefing room.
SUSAN FERRUCCIO, CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT, WASHINGTON EXAMINER
camera): Right. I think, you know, the anecdotal stuff, it is really
concerning and the things that the president and Rudy Giuliani are talking
about should be looked into.
Well, there’s always some forms of election fraud every election. I think
the case that the president’s making is that there was a mass coordinated
effort to overturn this election and hand it to Joe Biden and steal it from
And he bases it on the fact that the night on November 3rd, it looked like
he was headed to a win, and then, the next day, all the votes shifted
toward Biden. And, of course, that has a lot to do with the way the votes
were counted and the different types of votes that came in: mail-in, early
voting, absentee. All of that uncoordinated because every state has their
And what President Trump has done though really is undermine Biden’s win
for his base. They will see Biden as an illegitimate president, much the
way that Democrats saw the president as an illegitimate president because
they believed he coordinated with the Russians to win office.
FERRUCCIO: So, it’s more of this partisan back and forth undermining our
FERRUCCIO: And then, you have Bill Barr saying, I don’t see anything here
at this point. And I think that’s probably where he’s going to end up
BAIER: Right. I want to bring in Byron York, we got the gremlins figured
out. Byron, let me just talk for a second about the logistics here. If
you’re trying to get this message to the most people out there, why not
bring the White House press pool in with the live capabilities?
I mean, Fox would have taken it live, other channels probably wouldn’t
have, but we would have. Why not do that?
BYRON YORK, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CONTRIBUTOR (on camera): Well, the first thing
is, he really wouldn’t want to answer questions about this. And the
president who was enormously accessible to the press before the election
has not been accessible to the press after the election. So, I think that’s
But, you know, the time is just running out here it’s been quite a while
since the election. In 12 days, the Electoral College will meet. The major
states have certified the results of their election in Georgia. There has
been a hand recount and a machine recount.
He would need to overturn the results in not one, not two, but three
states. And, you know, most Republicans have to have moved on past this,
and they’re concerned mostly about winning those two Senate seats in
Georgia, and not about somehow miraculously changing the results of this
BAIER: Yes, we’re covering all of it. Panel, thank you very much. See you a
little bit later in the show.
Coming up, an emotional day on the Senate floor. Plus, what is next with
BAIER: The world has just passed the 64 million mark in coronavirus
infections. The U.S. is closing in on 14 million cases with more than
272,000 deaths as of tonight.
This is the fight over restrictions goes on. City leaders in Beverly Hills
are demanding Los Angeles County repeal its outdoor dining ban. They say
the order is detrimental to local businesses and is not based on scientific
Austin, Texas Democrat Mayor Steve Adler is the latest public official
being accused of hypocrisy tonight. He reportedly was on vacation at a
timeshare in Mexico, when he told his constituents to stay home and not
travel because of the virus.
A couple from Hawaii was arrested Sunday after boarding a flight despite
having tested positive for COVID-19. Fox affiliate in Honolulu, reports the
couple faces a reckless endangerment charge after trying to take a plane
from San Francisco to Lihue, Hawaii.
British regulators have become the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine
for emergency use. Distribution set to begin in the U.K. next week. And
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ordering mass vaccinations to start
next week in his country with its Sputnik V vaccine.
The CDC is once again asking Americans to rethink their holiday travel
plans, this time for Christmas and New Year’s. Also tonight, we’re learning
additional details about the policy for getting vaccines to Americans.
Senior correspondent Laura Engel reports tonight from New York.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
LAURA INGLE, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT:
It’s one of the things that gives us, of course, great hope.
LAURA INGLE, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): December is
shaping up to be a busy month in the race for a vaccine, now that two
COVID-19 vaccine candidates have been submitted for FDA approval.
Both Pfizer and Moderna appear on track to be approved with millions of
doses that could be shipped and distributed by the end of the month for
frontline healthcare workers and those living in long-term care facilities.
ALEX AZAR, UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Of course,
we’re all eager to have enough supply to vaccinate every American who wants
it. And because of Operation Warp Speed, we expect to be at that point in
INGLE: Hard hit Texas, announcing today it will get 1.4 million initial
doses of the coronavirus vaccine for the month of December. Those working
with elderly patients who have been deemed top priority say that
designation gives them a sign of hope.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Let’s protect those who need the most protection right
now. And eventually, all get taken care of.
INGLE: As the nation looks ahead to what may come next, Dr. Anthony Fauci,
says if a majority of Americans get the vaccine by the middle to the end of
April of next year, that’s when we could see things really start to turn
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS
DISEASES: Which means you’d have herd immunity that would allow you to
safely get people back to the kinds of works that would otherwise be
difficult as you get to the middle and end of the summer.
INGLE: Just hours ago, the CDC officially released revised guidance on
quarantine time for those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus and
have tested negative. The director of the CDC, saying data has led them to
make the change from 14 days to 7 days. And those who have not been tested
have to quarantine for 10.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
INGLE (on camera): Here in New York, Governor Cuomo said today that the
first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine should be around 170,000 doses for
170,000 people, and could be here by December 15th. And those first rounds
of doses will go to nursing home residents and staff. Bret?
BAIER: Laura, thank you.
Stocks were mixed today. The Dow gained 60, the S&P 500 rose seven,
finishing at another record high close. The NASDAQ lost six today.
Up next, the latest on the balance of power in the House. Plus —
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): How reassuring it is to wait to be weighing a
thorny question, and see Lamar Alexander sitting across, across the table.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BAIER: A rare sight. Senator McConnell with an emotional goodbye to a
colleague and horrific claims of voter fraud in Georgia experienced by the
secretary of state himself.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BRAD RAFFENSPERGER, SECRETARY OF STATE OF GEORGIA: Here is something that
came to our house yesterday, and it’s to my son Brenton J. Raffensberger
who passed away two years ago.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BAIER: Fifty-five uncounted ballots have been discovered in a yet to be
called congressional race in upstate New York. Republican Claudia Tenney is
trying to unseat Democrat incumbent Anthony Brindisi. The current balance
of power, 222 Democrats to 208 Republicans, five races still uncalled.
We are less than five weeks away from the runoffs in Georgia that will
determine which party controls the power in the U.S. Senate for the next
two years at least, and the effort to win by any means necessary is
becoming more aggressive on both sides. Correspondent Jonathan Serrie has
the latest tonight from Atlanta.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JONATHAN SERRIE, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: As the battle for control of the
Senate continues in Georgia, the state’s top elections official has
launched an investigation into liberal groups allegedly attempting to
register residents who are out-of-state or deceased to vote in the January
5th runoffs. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says he received
multiple solicitations from the New Georgia Project, an organization
founded by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and chaired until
January by Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock.
BRAD RAFFENSPERGER (R) GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE: Here’s something that
came to our house yesterday. We got three of them, all from the same
organization. And it’s to my son, Brenton J. Raffensperger, who passed away
two years ago.
SERRIE: In an effort to exploit divisions among Republicans, a progressive
political action committee has purchased ad space on nine billboards,
stating senators Perdue and Loeffler didn’t deliver for Trump, don’t
deliver for them.
GABRIEL STERLING, GEORGIA ELECTION OFFICIAL: Discouraging people from
voting is not the right way to go about this. Fight about your values,
argue, engage, persuade.
SERRIE: The billboard campaign comes amid ongoing legal challenges by
Trump loyalists alleging widescale voter fraud. Georgia’s Republican
secretary of state says the allegations are unfounded, and he’s fighting
legal efforts by a group of Republican electors to inspect the state’s new
voting machines. Experts say most Georgians have already made up their
minds about whether they support the incumbents or Democratic challengers
Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
ANDRA GILLESPIE, EMORY UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR: This election is about
turnout. It’s not really about persuasion. So even though some of the ads
and the content of the ads might try to persuade that small sliver of
undecided voters, those would be low propensity voters who would be less
likely to show up.
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SERRIE (on camera): And midnight is the deadline for Georgia’s 159
counties to finish a statewide machine count of presidential ballots, 132
counties have already finished their tallies, leaving 27 others working
into the night to meet the deadline. Bret?
BAIER: We’ll be down there soon. Jonathan, thank you, from Atlanta.
Please join us Sunday night for the debate between Senator Kelly Loeffler
and Democrat Raphael Warnock. Martha MacCallum anchors our coverage
starting at 6:45 p.m. eastern time, Sunday.
A Democratic North Carolina state lawmaker is blaming the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee and career politicians for failing to defeat
incumbent Republican Thom Tillis in last month’s election. Democrat nominee
Cal Cunningham’s campaign was hampered by a sex scandal late in that
campaign. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blaming his loss on his
inability, quote, “to keep his zipper up.” That’s according to “Axios.”
Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is now a U.S. senator from Arizona. Kelly
was sworn in today by Vice President Mike Pence to serve the final two
years of the late John McCain’s term.
And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave an emotional farewell today
to longtime colleague Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee senator is retiring at
the end of his term.
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MITCH MCCONNELL, (R-KY) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: I myself have leaned on
Lamar’s wisdom for many years. But I think I’ve leaned just as much on his
optimism, his can-do spirit, his ability to look on the bright side, and to
discern how some more hard work can make it brighter still.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BAIER: Alexander was first elected to the Senate in 2002. He was reelected
twice, ran for president as well.
Up next, while Joe Biden concentrates on his economic plan, Republicans
attack one of his economic advisors to be.
BAIER: President-elect Joe Biden focusing on small business tonight while
his political rivals are focusing on one of his picks to be on his economic
team. Correspondent Peter Doocy reports this evening from Wilmington,
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PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: The president-elect spent the day
listening to people hurt by the COVID-19 economy.
JOE BIDEN, (D) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Tell me about what your real, deep
concerns are. I’d like to hear it.
DOOCY: As Republicans spent the day sounding off on Biden’s choice to be
the director at the Office of Management and Budget, whose past comments
have offended progressive and conservatives, Neera Tanden.
SEN. TOM COTTON, (R-AR): There is no chance Neera Tanden is going to be
confirmed. She might as well step aside, or Joe Biden might as well
withdraw her and go back to the drawing board.
DOOCY: But Biden is not backing down, telling “The New York Times,” “She’s
smart as hell. Yes, I think they’re going to pick a couple people just to
fight over no matter what.” Biden’s West Wing is filling up with Obama
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I’m confident. This is an experienced group.
DOOCY: As Obama himself surveys the landscape and delivers a warning for
some progressive activists.
BARACK OBAMA, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: I guess you can use a snappy smell
good like “defund the police,” but you know you’ve lost a big audience the
minute you said it.
DOOCY: Not so according to Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who tweets
“We lose people in the hands of the police. It’s not a slogan, but a policy
The FBI Director Chris Wray’s job is safe. Biden plans to let him continue
filling out his 10-year term. The attorney general will not be Bill Barr,
who got Biden’s attention saying there’s not proof of enough fraud to
overturn election results. “The New York Times” reports, quote “Biden joked
that Barr had just called him, asking if I could get him in the witness
protection program for endorsing me.” Biden keeps calling on Congress to
pass COVID relief in the lame duck session, but he still hasn’t spoken to
BIDEN: My hope is that’ll be able to help in a short order, but that
depends a lot on our friends in Congress and the other side who are
prepared to take the action that has to be taken.
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DOOCY (on camera): Whoever Biden nominates to run the Interior Department
will not be his first choice because sources close to the transition are
telling us that New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was offered
Interior and turned it down. This is the first known instance of Biden
being turned down during the transition. Bret?
BAIER: OK, Peter Doocy live in Wilmington, Delaware. Peter, thanks.
Up next, the panel on President Trump’s continued fight to try to reverse
last month’s election results, and if that fails, his apparent desire to
run again in 2024.
This is a live look at the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani talking to
witnesses about voter fraud he says alleged to state lawmakers in Michigan.
Let’s listen in as we head to break.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can you hear me now?
RUDY GIULIANI, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: Can everyone hear her clearly?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We can hear you.
GIULIANI: OK. Now, the supervisor — the supervisor you originally had
when you were first there, did you observe her coaching voters to vote for
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: It’s been an amazing
four years. We’re trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you
in four years.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BAIER: Some cellphone video there from one of the many Christmas parties
still going on at the White House. The president saying if it doesn’t
happen this time, he will see you in four years.
Let’s bring back our panel, Mo, Susan, Byron, and Matthew. Matthew, he is
laying the groundwork here. The question is, if its efforts fail, as a lot
of people suspect they will, what does it look like from now until whenever
in two years? Is he still the daily obsession for most of the media if he
is out there in this kind of limbo place?
MATTHEW CONTINETTI, EDITOR IN CHIEF, “WASHINGTON FREE BEACON”: A lot of
that depends on the media, Bret. And the media is going to have to make
some editorial decisions about how they covered this ex-president. It’s
going to be very hard for them to ignore Donald Trump. I went back in the
archives. As late as December 1979, there were articles appearing in “The
New York Times” making the case for ex-president Gerald Ford to run in the
1980 Republican primary. So I expect the shadow of the potential Trump
candidacy will loom over the GOP for years to come.
BAIER: Meantime, there is this back-and-forth in the Democrat Party, Mo.
And this is former President Obama about defund police.
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BARACK OBAMA, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: If you believe, as I do, that we
should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not
biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan
like “defund the police,” but you know you’ve lost a big audience the
minute you said it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually
going to get the changes you want done.
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BAIER: Some progressives pushed back on that. What does that look like
inside the Democratic Party heading into 2021?
MO ELLEITHEE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GEORGETOWN INSTITUTE OF POLITICS: I
think President Obama articulated what a majority of Democrats think,
including the president-elect, including Joe Biden, that reforming polices
is one thing, that demanding accountability is one thing, but defunding is
not something where a majority of the party is.
And look, there is going to continue to be a little bit of a push and pull
between progressives and the new administration. But so far, Joe Biden has
sort of drawn lines where he disagrees with them and has said don’t expect
me to cave on a few of these things. Whether it was defunding the police or
standing up against Medicare for all, he has come out and said, look, I am
not for these things. So let’s see where we can agree. But you are not
going to push me on these things. And that’s how he campaigned, and I think
that’s where he is now.
BAIER: He had this interview with Tom Friedman in “The New York Times,”
Mo, and he seemed to suggest that he could cave on Neera Tanden, if it
doesn’t go well or if she’s not going to get through. He said, sometimes
they are going to take a few off your list. Do you believe that?
ELLEITHEE: I think what he saying, if I read that correctly, was there are
going to be a couple of people out there that Republicans are just going to
fight on just to take a stand. But he’s standing by her. And it’s up to the
Senate, and that’s why Georgia is going to be so important.
BAIER: All right, Susan, this NDAA, this is the National Defense
Authorization Act, the president tweeting, “Section 230, which is a
liability shielding gift from the U.S. to Big Tech (the only companies in
America that have it — corporate welfare) that is a serious threat to our
national security and election integrity. Our country can never be safe or
secure if we allow it to stand. Therefore, if the very dangerous and unfair
Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the NDAA I will be
forced to unequivocally veto the bill when it’s sent to the very beautiful
Resolute Desk. Take back America now. Thank you.”
Susan, obviously, it’s still going forward. This is the defense bill.
SUSAN FERRECHIO, “WASHINGTON EXAMINER”: Right. And it sounds like there
may be enough Republicans potentially to override a veto. James Inhofe, the
Armed Services Committee chairman, today said that he is keeping that
language that the president desires out of the bill. He thinks it belongs
in the Commerce Committee, not the Armed Services Committee.
And Congress does not like when extraneous things get stuffed into the
defense bill, because the military likes to plan, they like to have that
authorization measure done on time. Congress is very sensitive to that. And
so I think the president has run into some real opposition in his own
party, even the Republicans largely agree with him that Section 230 needs a
complete rewrite for a variety of reasons. A lot of Democrats feel the same
way. This just isn’t the place for it.
BAIER: Right, it is a big issue. Byron, finally, the COVID stimulus
possibilities, there is now three up there. Any possibility?
BRYON YORK, CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, “WASHINGTON EXAMINER”: You
would think that there would be given that there is bipartisan support for
some amount of aid. And we’re entering this period in which the number of
cases seems to be going up so quickly in some parts of the country. I think
when the history of this period is written, people will be absolutely
astonished that you had a pandemic of this seriousness that had this much
economic effect on people, and Congress didn’t do anything for such a long
period of time. And at some point, they will all have to answer to that.
BAIER: Yes, that’s a big, big issue. Panel, thanks, and thanks for the
hustle, getting to the A block. We appreciate it.
When we come back, a look at sports and healing.
BAIER: Finally tonight, supporting each other. It is a busy time of the
year for delivery drivers, but when FedEx driver Aubrey Robinson noticed
11-year-old Elijah Maines playing basketball and a rusty old hoop, she
decided to give him an early Christmas present. On her day off, Robinson
bought him a new hoop and basketball. Well, that’s cool.
And in England, Zach Bliden (ph) is jumping for joy and a cause. After four
months of chemo treatment, the seven-year-old is in remission. Following
his battle, he raised thousands of dollars for Oxford Hospital charity by
bouncing on his pogo stick, a lot. Keep bouncing, congratulations.
Thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. And that is it for the
SPECIAL REPORT, fair, balanced, and unafraid. I’ll be off for the next
couple of days dealing with a family health issue. Thanks for all of your
prayers and your good wishes. Tune in Sunday for Martha’s coverage of the
debate down in Georgia. We’ll be covering all of that from Atlanta. It’s a
big deal, 6:45 Eastern.