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It is a rush transcript from “Particular Report” October 14, 2020. This copy might not be in its ultimate kind and could also be up to date.

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Hello, Dana, thanks. Good night, welcome to Washington. I am Bret Baier.

Breaking tonight, we’re following two main tales. There are critical questions for Joe Biden this night following the publication of e-mails allegedly belonging to his son Hunter that contradict or appear to the nominee’s insistence the 2 by no means mentioned enterprise dealings with Ukraine. There are issues concerning the authenticity and the way this difficult drive makes it to the FBI.

However as we glance into that, two social media giants are hitting pause on the potential viral story till truth checkers weigh in and that is creating its personal uproar. We’ll look into that as nicely.

However we start with the affirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court docket nominee Amy Coney Barrett. She took questions right this moment regarding whether or not a president might legally pardon himself and whether or not her involvement within the disputed election of 2000 disqualifies her to rule on an identical matter ought to it happen this 12 months. However a lot of the inquiry had harsh political overtones.

Fox Information chief authorized correspondent, anchor of “FOX NEWS @ NIGHT”, Shannon Bream has highlights tonight from the affirmation listening to room. Good night, Shannon.

SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Good night, Bret. Effectively, day two of questioning was marked by some technical issues and a few delays however we additionally acquired a take a look at Professor Barrett right this moment. She was after all fielding a query time and time once more from senators right this moment which she additionally frolicked breaking down some advanced authorized points and asking some questions of her personal.

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SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): She’s going to the courtroom. Seat on the desk is ready on you.

BREAM: Republicans sounding assured, however for Supreme Court docket nominee Choose Amy Coney Barrett, it may need felt like Groundhog Day.

In day two of questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she repeatedly confronted the identical accusations Democrats leveled on day one, that the president is quick monitoring her nomination as a way to see her on the Supreme Court docket in time to strike down the Reasonably priced Care Act and hand him the 2020 election.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-WI): You, Justice Kavanaugh and Chief Justice Roberts who labored on behalf of the Republican Celebration in issues associated to the Bush v. Gore case, do you assume that that is a coincidence?

JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT, SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: Are all these questions you are suggesting that I’ve animus or that I lower a take care of the president and I used to be very clear yesterday that that is not what occurred.

SEN. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): The bigger problem right here will not be what you mentioned about your views on instances, however what the president who has nominated you has mentioned about his targets and his goals on your service on the courtroom.

BARRETT: I guarantee you I’ve my very own thoughts.

BREAM: And right this moment, she used it to clarify the idea of severability which is the important thing to the Reasonably priced Care Act case the Supreme Court docket will hear November 10th, can the person mandate fall and the remainder of the regulation survive?

BARRETT: A number of photos severability being like a Jenga sport, it is form of should you pull one out, are you able to pull it out whereas all of it stands or should you pull two out, will it nonetheless stand?

BREAM: Barrett mentioned right this moment that the nomination course of has been “excruciating”, understanding that she can be mocked.

BARRETT: For me to say, you already know, I am not prepared to undertake it although I feel that is one thing necessary can be, you already know, slightly cowardly. And, you already know, I would not be answering a name to serve my nation in a approach that I used to be requested.

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BREAM: So, twice right this moment the listening to was shut down when the audio went out.

Usually, that will simply be an inconvenience on this room however right this moment it is completely different within the age of the pandemic as a result of some senators needed to Skype in or do that remotely by means of Zoom together with Senator Kamala Harris, so that they needed to proceed.

There was fear {that a} delay right here would really delay your complete course of.

That is on a good time — tight timeline and schedule, so Republicans say they’re decided to get this nominee seated earlier than the election.

All the public questioning of her is now performed. They’re in a personal session going over her FBI background examine however they will be again right here at

9:00 a.m. tomorrow with witnesses each for and in opposition to Choose Barrett, Bret.

BAIER: Shannon Bream on the Hill. Shannon, thanks.

The election cycle custom of an October shock presumably being fulfilled tonight by the allegation that Joe Biden could have had a gathering he has vehemently denied. The Biden marketing campaign nonetheless denies it tonight, however e-mails allegedly from his son Hunter Biden say the assembly was not less than being arrange this about Hunter Biden and a strong Ukrainian businessman.

Wanting into this story, however we now have Fox staff protection tonight Howard Kurtz tells us how social media is coping with what many are saying censoring this story. However first, senior political correspondent Mike Emanuel has the specifics. What do we all know, Mike?

MIKE EMANUEL, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: Effectively, Bret. Good night. An explosive story at a essential stage on this presidential marketing campaign newly launched e- mails allegedly from Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s pc resulting in Capitol Hill investigators beginning a probe.

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EMANUEL: The Senate Homeland Safety Committee is now investigating a tough drive introduced ahead by a whistleblower.

An lawyer for Rudy Giuliani tells Fox Information a pc repairman got here ahead with a laptop computer and exhausting drive that he says belonged to Hunter Biden.

He claims that it was dropped off at a store and by no means picked up.

Fox has informed it had an estimated 40,000 e-mails, 1,000 textual content messages and salacious pictures and movies of the previous vice chairman’s son.

Now, Senate investigators are working with the whistle blower to substantiate the knowledge. He’s legally blind, makes use of a monocle to do his job and can’t verify it was Hunter who dropped off the laptop computer.

SHOP OWNER: I noticed stuff. And I used to be involved. I used to be involved that any individual would possibly need to come in search of these things ultimately. And I needed it out of my store.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And the stuff have been photographs? Or the stuff have been, was textual content?

E-mails?

SHOP OWNER: Just a little little bit of each.

EMANUEL: Fox Information has obtained in April 17th, 2015 e-mail, a supply tells Fox it got here from the pc in query is from Vadym Pozharskyi, a senior official from the Ukrainian vitality agency Burisma.

He thanks Hunter Biden for inviting him to Washington and “giving a chance to fulfill your father and spent a while collectively” when Joe Biden was vice chairman.

The Biden marketing campaign says it has reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time, and no assembly ever came about, however this has been a really delicate topic.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you assume it was fallacious for him to take that place understanding that it was often because that firm needed entry to you?

JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Effectively, that is not true. You are saying belongings you have no idea what you are speaking about. Nobody mentioned that. Who mentioned that? Who mentioned that?

EMANUEL: There’s additionally a Might 12, 2014 e-mail from Pozharskyi that mentions the Hunter Biden “We urgently want your recommendation on how you could possibly use your affect to convey a message/sign etcetera to cease what we contemplate to be politically motivated actions.

On the time, Hunter Biden was reportedly being paid as much as $50,000 per 30 days by Burisma, whereas his father the vice chairman was the purpose man for the Obama administration on Ukraine.

BIDEN: I’ve by no means spoken to my son about his abroad enterprise dealings.

EMANUEL: Lower than a 12 months after that alleged 2014 assembly the place Hunter evidently launched Pozharskyi to his father, a Ukrainian prosecutor was fired, one thing Joe Biden bragged about in 2018.

BIDEN: (INAUDIBLE) I mentioned, we’re leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor will not be fired, you are not getting the cash. Effectively, son of a bitch. He acquired fired.

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EMANUEL: The Trump marketing campaign notes the Biden marketing campaign doesn’t dispute the authenticity of the e-mails. Fox has reached out to Pozharskyi to ask if these are his e-mails and we now have not gotten a response, Bret.

BAIER: Mike, so we all know the proprietor turns it over to the FBI. Do we all know the windfall of that, the way it occurred, when it occurs?

EMANUEL: We perceive that it has been within the FBI’s possession since December 2019. It is not solely clear how this ended up attending to an lawyer with ties to Rudy Giuliani. The FBI will not be speaking about its possession of it. It turned us over to the U.S. lawyer’s workplace in Delaware which might not verify or deny that an investigation was below approach.

We perceive that there is some concern about whether or not the FBI had saved it, whether or not they had totally scrub it or what and so. A man saved a replica of it after which handed it on to Rudy Giuliani’s camp and thus it’s ended up in public area not less than a part of it.

BAIER: 20 days from an election. Mike, thanks.

Extra to this, the social media response to the story actually has been fascinating right this moment and in addition extremely controversial. Here is Fox Information media analyst, host of Fox’s “MEDIA BUZZ” Howard Kurtz. Howie, that is fairly one thing.

HOWARD KURTZ, FOX NEWS CHANNEL MEDIA ANALYST: It’s certainly, Bret. The main points of right this moment’s New York Submit story could also be in dispute, however one factor will not be, two social media giants don’t desire you to see it. After the tabloid disclosed e-mails indicating a gathering between Biden’s father and that vitality govt in Ukraine, Fb mentioned it will restrict the tales distribution whereas an outdoor truth checker reviewed it, which is completed “If we now have indicators {that a} piece of content material is fake.”

Now, Twitter is resorting to outright censorship blocking its customers from sharing the Submit’s piece, even by means of direct messages.

The Submit saying late right this moment, the Twitter is now locked its account by arguing that the paper has violated its guidelines in opposition to sharing hacked materials, that is a quote.

Now, it will gasoline criticism by President Trump and plenty of others that Fb’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter — excuse me, Twitter chief Jack Dorsey have acknowledged that their firms are accused of being biased in opposition to the fitting.

Some high reporters who challenged the doc obtained by Rudy Giuliani as Mike talked about, are taking warmth from the left.

New York Instances’ Maggie Haberman mentioned the sketchy story left unclear when Giuliani obtained the doc.

Politico’s Jake Sherman added, sure, and the way did Rudy get it?

Liberal Instances columnist Michelle Goldberg responded, you are actually going to assist Giuliani and Steve Bannon surprise this bull by means of the information cycle.

Senator Ted Cruz right this moment accused Twitter of an apparent and clear try and affect the election and of hypocrisy for permitting shoddy or tales about different politicians.

A high producer for MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted, nobody ought to hyperlink to or share the New York Submit report, however such efforts could also be backfiring bringing much more consideration to this story, Bret.

BAIER: OK, Howie, thanks.

Now, the response from the Biden marketing campaign. Correspondent Peter Doocy has the newest tonight from Wilmington, Delaware.

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PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: Joe Biden introduced a narrative about his son Hunter on the marketing campaign path this week.

BIDEN: The explanation I went dwelling is identical cause why all you do, or attempt to, and that’s that to be there within the night when my children went to mattress. Within the morning, my son Beau, my son Hunter and my daughter Ashley.

DOOCY: He defended Hunter on the talk stage.

BIDEN: My son like lots of people, like lots of people you already know at dwelling had a drug drawback. He is overtaken it, he is fastened it, he is labored on it and I am happy with him.

DOOCY: And now his marketing campaign claims they cannot discover any proof to help reporting that Hunter launched his dad then vice chairman to a Ukrainian enterprise accomplice.

“We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no assembly as alleged by the New York Submit ever came about.”

The marketing campaign additionally insists earlier investigations about wrongdoing cleared Biden whose focus at a fundraiser right this moment was on a telephone name, telling donors “Simply acquired off the telephone with Warren Buffett and speaking about how we’re ready not like we have been 50, 70, 80 years in the past to steer the entire rattling world in a approach that nobody else can.”

For months, Biden has favored digital or small socially distanced occasions whereas calling out massive Trump rallies.

BIDEN: So reckless.

DOOCY: COVID-19 instances have been linked to a number of Trump vents and now, a Biden occasion as nicely. Not less than, one COVID-19 case has reportedly been traced to a cease Biden made on the finish of final month in Minnesota.

BIDEN: Good day Minnesota, it is good to be again.

DOOCY: As Biden’s working mate Kamala Harris attends Supreme Court docket affirmation hearings, Biden says, Amy Coney Barrett should not be confirmed however that she “Looks like an honest individual.” And regardless of Biden’s massive lead over Trump within the polls.

BIDEN: Effectively, you already know, I am a type of superstitious guys, it is not over until it is over.

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DOOCY: It is a day nearer to being over however Biden will not be in a battleground state, as an alternative he is right here at dwelling in Delaware. He’s going to ship pre- taped remarks to a Muslims Making Change occasion this night and naturally, he did attend that digital fundraiser with 37 donors, Bret.

BAIER: Peter Doocy in Wilmington. Peter, thanks.

President Trump is as soon as once more spending the dinner hour on the highway tonight making marketing campaign cease in Des Moines, Iowa. He is scheduled to be — to talk as to as many as 10,000 folks on the high of the hour. The Hunter Biden story I am certain would come up.

Chief White Home correspondent John Roberts joins us now. Good night, John. We will guess that that is in all probability going to be within the repertoire tonight.

JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: I might assume so. You understand, Bret, you and I each been aboard Air Pressure One and we each know that they serve good meals aboard that plane, so it isn’t the worst place to spend one more dinner hour. However the president maintaining an intensive schedule in these final three weeks of the marketing campaign and he is acquired one thing new to chew over with voters tonight.

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ROBERTS: Because the president left for a rally in Iowa tonight, his marketing campaign and White Home officers pumping up stories within the New York Submit about Hunter Biden’s e-mails that counsel Hunter launched his father Joe Biden to Ukrainian vitality govt and colleague on the board of Burisma.

ALYSSA FARAH, WHITE HOUSE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Effectively, pay attention, Vice President Biden’s acquired some critical inquiries to reply and I hope that the media will really press him on this.

ROBERTS: This afternoon, the report was partially censored by Fb and Twitter. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, a member of the Homeland Safety Committee, tweeting, “That is superb. Now, Twitter joins Fb in censoring the New York Submit reporting on Biden. You nearly get the concept, massive tech needs to purchase this election.”

The president anticipated to speak extra about it in Iowa although making assaults on Hunter Biden follow his father Joe has confirmed tough.

President Trump can also be anticipated to reward his choose for the Supreme Court docket tonight. The president very pleased with what he has seen to this point in affirmation hearings.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: And Amy is doing a unbelievable job. Amy I feel is doing an unbelievable job.

ROBERTS: President Trump hoping a swift affirmation will energize his base to come back out and vote.

The RealClearPolitics polling common displaying the race neck and neck in Iowa, a state the president received by practically 10 factors in 2016.

In Johnstown, Pennsylvania final night time, President Trump seeking to flip round his fortunes with suburban girls, interesting to them along with his message of regulation and order.

TRUMP: I ask you to do me a favor. Suburban girls, will you please like me?

Bear in mind? Please, please. I saved your rattling neighborhood, OK?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Donald J. Trump.

ROBERTS: The president right this moment specializing in getting America again to work, talking to a gaggle of financial golf equipment, insisting that regardless of trials of two coronavirus vaccines quickly being placed on maintain, the nation remains to be on observe for mass inoculation.

TRUMP: We’re on observe to ship not less than 100 million doses of a vaccine earlier than the tip of the 12 months with lots of of tens of millions extra to shortly observe.

ROBERTS: The president warning of a dramatic decline in financial development if he’s defeated in November.

TRUMP: The selection dealing with America is easy. It is the selection between historic prosperity below my pro-American insurance policies, or very crippling poverty and a steep despair below the novel left, and that is what you may have, it is a despair.

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ROBERTS: Polls proceed to indicate that voters belief President Trump greater than they do Joe Biden to deal with the financial system. The president goes to want that belief if he hopes to win reelection.

In an interview that may air very quickly on CBS Information, Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying it would doubtless not be till April {that a} coronavirus vaccine is broadly accessible. So, that signifies that the financial system will in all probability not go right into a full restoration till some months from now.

And Bret, simply going by means of the specialists of the president’s speech that he’ll give in Des Moines, nothing particular about Hunter Biden within the excerpts, although anticipate the president in all probability will go there tonight.

BAIER: John Roberts, reside on the North Garden. John, thanks.

First Woman Melania Trump, says her 14-year-old son, Barron, has examined constructive for coronavirus however has no signs. Officers initially mentioned he had examined unfavourable after each of his dad and mom examined constructive earlier this month.

The primary woman says subsequent testing confirmed Barron has additionally come down with COVID-19. She says her newest check got here again unfavourable. Late right this moment, President Trump was requested about all of this, he mentioned his son Barron is simply positive.

Up subsequent, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on right this moment’s hearings and the opposite massive information of the day. First, here’s what a few of our Fox associates across the nation are overlaying tonight.

Fox 2 in Saint Louis because the husband-and-wife charged with felonies for waving weapons at protesters marching on their non-public avenue, plead not responsible. Mark and Patricia McCloskey have been indicted by a grand jury final week on prices of illegal use of a weapon and tampering with proof.

Fox 29 in Philadelphia, metropolis officers attain an settlement to shut a homeless encampment that has occupied the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since June 10th. An estimated 150 folks have agreed to depart their tents by the tip of the week.

And it is a reside take a look at San Francisco from our affiliate on the market, Fox 2, the massive story there tonight. Pacific Fuel & Electrical warns greater than

54,000 clients in 24 international locations that they might lose their electrical energy beginning tonight — meaning counties.

The nation’s largest utility is anticipated to decide on whether or not to implement preemptive electrical energy cuts to stop fires throughout extraordinarily excessive fireplace situations that includes warmth, bone-dry humidity, and excessive winds.

That is tonight’s reside look “OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY” from SPECIAL REPORT. We’ll be proper again.

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BAIER: Becoming a member of us now to speak about right this moment’s massive tales, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, interviewing Choose Amy Coney Barrett right this moment and yesterday, John Kennedy, Republican Senator from Louisiana. Senator, thanks for being right here.

SEN. JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA): You guess, Bret.

BAIER: First, I need to ask you concerning the choose, the way you assume it has gone, how she has form of survived a few of the powerful questions on the Democratic facet, and the place you assume that is proper now?

KENNEDY: Effectively, after about 20 hours of testimony, I feel any fair-minded individual must conclude that Choose Barrett is eminently certified.

She is a really spectacular mind. She has integrity, she has an exquisite judicial temperament, and he or she has a really studied, disciplined judicial philosophy.

Now, I occur to agree with it. However even should you do not agree together with her judicial philosophy, it isn’t some frivolous perception she spent numerous time considering and writing about it, and he or she’ll be an amazing addition to United States Supreme Court docket.

BAIER: That is the vice presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris, speaking about this course of. Take a pay attention.

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SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Sadly, my Senate Republican colleagues are doing, I imagine, nice hurt with this illegitimate course of. And if they’re profitable, it has the potential to do nice injury. And I imagine that damages to the folks of our nation and to the USA Supreme Court docket.

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BAIER: You understand, I requested Senator Tillis this final night time. I feel everybody believes that if Democrats have been in the identical place that they might transfer ahead to fill the vacancies. However what would Republicans do on this similar place on the facet the Democrats are actually if it was a President Obama filling the seat, 20 days earlier than an election?

KENNEDY: Effectively, should you — should you take a look at the historical past, here’s what I feel it reveals. When the Democrats are in management, and by that, I imply they’ve management of the presidency and the Senate. And there is a emptiness on the USA Supreme Court docket, they really feel the emptiness. They do what they assume is true and meaning to them filling the emptiness.

I feel you possibly can say the identical factor concerning the Republicans. I feel that is what our founders meant. The provisions of the structure about vacancies on the USA Supreme Court docket are unaffected by the electoral Cupboard.

When there is a emptiness, if the president chooses to fill it and nominate somebody, then the Senate advises and consents. And that is all we’re doing.

We’re following the Structure.

BAIER: All proper, Senator, I need to ask you about this different story that is breaking. The New York Submit, I am certain you have learn it about these e-mails allegedly from Hunter Biden’s pc that discuss a gathering with Joe Biden, and what the corporate expects Hunter Biden to do for it.

There’s different stuff on that pc as nicely. We will not get to the windfall of the way it will get to the FBI and the way it will get to Rudy Giuliani by means of an lawyer, we’re attempting to dig into this, and quite a bit to study.

However Twitter and Fb have prevented folks from linking to it. I need to get your tackle the story and concerning the social media response to it.

KENNEDY: Three factors, Bret. Primary, these accusations are as critical as 4 coronary heart assaults and a stroke. Now, we’re speaking a few main social gathering nominee to — for president of the USA of America with an election proper across the nook. And each single solitary accountable information group, must be investigating the veracity of those allegations and these e-mails.

Quantity two, the New York Submit is a accountable respected information group.

It’s topic to the libel legal guidelines and the defamation legal guidelines of our nation. If social media is taking part in favorites right here, and attempting to select winners and losers, and discriminating in opposition to the New York Submit as a result of it would not just like the article, that’s fallacious. If that is what is going on on.

Quantity three, whereas we’re attempting to determine this out, here is what we do know, and it is necessary. President Obama put Vice President Biden in control of the America’s international affairs with two international locations: Ukraine and China. And in each instances, his son, Mr. Hunter Biden, walked away with tens of millions of {dollars} of contracts.

I am not accusing anyone of something. However I am telling you this, that is the message it despatched to the remainder of the world. The international coverage of the USA of America will be purchased like a sack of potatoes. And that is a disservice to America and to the world.

BAIER: Have been this near an election we’re attempting to get to the authenticity of those e-mails, the Biden marketing campaign mentioned, the assembly did not occur by their calendar. They have not pushed again on the authenticity of the pc. However do you will have issues, Senator, that the Treasury Division known as the person that was assembly with Rudy Giuliani an energetic Russian agent for greater than a decade? Do you — do you will have issues with the story, 20 days from an election as we’re trying into the authenticity of all of this?

KENNEDY: Effectively, right here, I feel many individuals have questions proper now, Bret. We need to get this proper. It is necessary that we get this proper. However there’s a solution. Each accountable information group in America, and admittedly, the world must be investigating the veracity of those accusations and people e-mails. That is necessary and we have to get this proper. And that is why we now have the First Modification. And whereas we now have a free and honest — supposedly honest media.

BAIER: Senator Kennedy, we respect your time. We promise you, we’re within the means of digging as nicely.

KENNEDY: Thanks, Bret.

BAIER: Thanks.

Up subsequent, the dispute over whether or not President Trump has ordered the Justice Division to launch its findings on what he calls the Russia hoax.

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BAIER:  The Trump administration is welcoming the discharge of two U.S.

residents from Iran backed Houthi fighters in Yemen. First reported by “The Wall Road Journal,” Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada have been freed in alternate for the return of greater than 200 militants in Yemen, the stays of one other American additionally being repatriated.

If President Trump wins reelection, he is likely to be available in the market for a brand new lawyer basic. That’s the phrase on the road. Correspondent David Spunt is with us tonight from the Justice Division. Good night, David. What are they saying about that?

DAVID SPUNT, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT:  Bret, good night. Fairly a narrative, a senior administration official tells FOX Information they’re defending Legal professional Common Invoice Barr after President Trump criticized him in an interview airing on “Newsmax” this night. The president mentioned reportedly he’s, quote, “not blissful” and he has no remark when requested if he would maintain Legal professional Common Invoice Barr for a second time period.

I need to learn this assertion from this administration official to FOX Information. It says, quote, “The good irony within the president’s remarks is he’s solely a place to complain as a result of Invoice Barr saved his presidency and everybody is aware of it.” The president, upset with the Justice Division in latest weeks, put out a tweet final week, quote, “I’ve totally approved the entire declassification of any and all paperwork pertaining to the one biggest political crime in American historical past, the Russia Hoax.

Likewise, the Hillary Clinton electronic mail scandal. No reductions!”

However this week attorneys with the Justice Division in a courtroom submitting mentioned maintain on, the declassification of data weren’t as a way to the Division of Justice to declassify supplies on this case. I am informed they are going to declassify on an as-need foundation.

However Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he says he’s on a mission to declassify and launch some emails from his predecessor, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And Bret, he says this isn’t political. Hear.

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MIKE POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE:  We’ll proceed to do the fitting factor.

We’ll guarantee that all these emails get to the fitting place and we are going to do every little thing we will to guarantee that the American folks get an opportunity to see as a lot as we will equitably produce.

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SPUNT:  Bret, Secretary of State Pompeo says that he’s not on any timetable to launch any emails, however he’ll accomplish that till he’s not secretary of state. Bret?

BAIER:  Inside 20 days, we predict.

We additionally perceive the Division of Justice could have come up dry on this investigation into unmasking?

SPUNT:  Sure, “The Washington Submit,” Bret, reporting that this unmasking investigation will not be yielding any prices, and there will likely be no report.

That is one thing President Trump has talked about extensively. We first reported on this unmasking again in Might. We reported that a number of Obama period officers at high ranges requested to disclose the identify or unmask somebody in a report that turned out to be former nationwide safety advisor Michael Flynn. Legal professional Common Invoice Barr farmed out the investigation into the U.S. lawyer in west Texas, John Bash. Bash left the Division of Justice final week. The DOJ is declining to touch upon that investigation.

And Bret, extra information from the Division of Justice tonight. Just some hours in the past the Senate intelligence committee launched some transcripts of FBI interviews with former DOJ worker Bruce Ohr. He was concerned as what was known as the again channel for the Steele file. We’re informed that in these notes, Ohr let folks know at DOJ, the FBI and the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign a few of the contents of that Steele file. And we additionally came upon that Bruce Ohr left the division. He stop two weeks in the past. Bret?

BAIER:  It is like ingesting from a hearth hose right here, David. However we do not assume that there is any abstract or something from John Durham popping out within the subsequent 20 days?

SPUNT:  At this level, we now have heard for a year-and-a-half, nearly a year- and-a-half, that this John Durham investigation can be wrapping up. I used to be informed by a supply it will be wrapping up by the tip of summer time. I mentioned when is that going to be. They mentioned summer time ends September 21st. There was not report there.

The most recent we’re getting from a number of sources over right here on the Justice Division, it doesn’t seem that that is going to come back earlier than the election. In spite of everything, as you mentioned, the election simply three weeks away. After all, issues might all the time change, however at this level it would not appear like it. Bret?

BAIER:  OK, David Spunt on the Division of Justice. David, thanks.

Up subsequent, the newest on coronavirus aid negotiations on Capitol Hill.

First, past our borders tonight. As talks between Nice Britain and the European Union over a put up Brexit commerce settlement stay unsettled, an EU summit begins Thursday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned that date as a deadline for a deal.

And the primary of its sort clergy intercourse abuse trial begins within the Vatican’s Legal Tribunal. A priest accused of molesting an altar boy, one other priest accused of overlaying it up. The scandal is taken into account notably grave as a result of the abuse allegedly occurred inside Vatican Metropolis itself.

Simply a few of the tales past our borders tonight. We’ll be proper again.

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BAIER:  The Dow misplaced 166 right this moment, the S&P 500 was off 23, the Nasdaq dropped 95.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she had a productive dialogue with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin a few new coronavirus aid package deal.

Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram reside on Capitol Hill with what meaning. What’s productive? Chad, good night.

CHAD PERGRAM, FOX NEWS PRODUCER:  Hey there, Bret, good night. Effectively, it in all probability is within the eye of the beholder on that entrance right here. There are numerous Democrats who’re pressuring Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi to get some kind of deal, and he or she is being defensive about it. Hear.

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WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR:  Even members of your individual caucus, Madam Speaker, need to settle for this deal, $1.eight trillion. Congress Ro Khanna, for instance —

REP. NANCY PELOSI, (D-CA) HOUSE SPEAKER:  I do not know why you are all the time an apologist, and plenty of of your colleagues, apologists for the Republican place. Ro Khanna, that is good. That is not what we’re going to do, and no one is ready till February. I would like this very a lot now as a result of folks need assistance now.

PERGRAM:  Pelosi and Mnuchin talked once more right this moment for an hour, they are going to communicate once more tomorrow. They have been speaking nearly every day since mid- September, however chasms stay.

STEVEN MNUCHIN, TREASURY SECRETARY:  Getting one thing performed earlier than the election and executing on that will be tough simply given the place we’re within the degree of particulars, however we’re going to proceed to work by means of these points.

PERGRAM:  President Trump this week implored lawmakers to, quote, go massive or go dwelling on a coronavirus invoice. Now, that was a 180 for the president. He had canceled coronavirus negotiations. He urged Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell to focus solely on confirming Amy Coney Barrett. However then McConnell introduced the Senate would contemplate a skinny $500 billion coronavirus invoice subsequent week. Democrats are confused.

SEN. DICK DURBIN, (D-IL) SENATE MINORITY WHIP:  It will certain be nice if the president and Senator McConnell have been talking to at least one one other and had a typical strategy. What I hear from Senator McConnell is, as soon as once more, take slightly piece and be glad. And what I hear from the president is simply the other. Can the 2 of them sit down and agree, would not that be a breakthrough?

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PERGRAM:  Pelosi is reluctant to deal. The explanation — she solely needs to undergo this course of as soon as. Going by means of it twice is quite a bit tougher. Bret?

BAIER:  OK, we’ll observe it. Chad, thanks.

Up subsequent, the panel rejoins me — joins me for the primary time, to have a look at day three of the Barrett affirmation hearings and in addition this breaking information about that “New York Submit” story.

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BAIER:  You are trying reside, Des Moines, Iowa, Air Pressure One on the brink of land there. The president will maintain an occasion during which we’re simply listening to that he’ll change his speech about including this Hunter Biden story that is in “The New York Submit.” Amongst different issues about Joe Biden, the president will say, quote, “He lied to you again and again and over as a result of he’s attempting to cowl up an enormous pay for play scandal on the coronary heart of his vice presidency.” That is a few “New York Submit” story, you possibly can see the quilt of the story about emails that they are saying they recovered from a pc, a person who had a pc store who he says Hunter Biden comes into the store with the pc, leaves it. It’s a lengthy, sordid, and, frankly, sketchy story about how this all involves be. Right here is the proprietor of that pc store speaking about the way it will get to the FBI.

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SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, JOURNALIST:  Do you assume it was fallacious for him to take that place, understanding that it was as a result of that firm needed entry to you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Why did you flag the FBI?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Concern, numerous worry.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  After which once more, “The New York Submit” mentioned that you just then later handed over the copy to the Giuliani lawyer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  If that is what it says.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Any thought Giuliani might present some kind of publicity or cowl for you? Or —

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  I’ve no remark.

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BAIER:  OK, the primary sound chunk you heard was Savannah Guthrie. We’ll get to that in a bit, with Joe Biden. We’re right here with our panel, Charlie Harm, Marc Thiessen, A.B. Stoddard. OK, the place are we on this? We are attempting to determine the authenticity of this story, we are attempting to determine the authenticity of the emails. The Biden marketing campaign put out a press release saying that the assembly between this Burisma official and Vice President Biden by no means occurred in keeping with their calendar. They did not get into the authenticity of the emails.

Charlie, what do you consider this 20 days from an election?

CHARLES HURT, OPINION EDITOR, “WASHINGTON TIMES”:  Effectively, I assume it is perhaps one other instance of 2020. It’s undoubtedly unusual. And sure, there are elements of this story that appear slightly bit sketchy, however not practically as sketchy as the concept the son of the vice chairman would get $50,000 a month from a Ukrainian gasoline firm and never do one thing for them on their behalf utilizing his connections to the White Home.

There are heaps and many questions that have to be answered right here, however the one fallacious reply to that is to not attempt to unravel it. And the concept you will have social media firms desirous to censor these things, not solely is it fully idiotic and a violation of every little thing that we imagine in about free speech and open debate, sturdy debate, in an election, I additionally assume it will not work since you’re not holding again fascinating, curious data like this by squelching sure Twitter or Fb customers.

BAIER:  Here is what Senator Kennedy mentioned about all of that simply moments in the past.

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SEN. JOHN KENNEDY, (R-LA):  These accusations are as critical as 4 coronary heart assaults and stroke. Each accountable information group in America and, frankly, the world must be investigating the veracity of those accusations and people emails.

That is necessary, and we have to get this proper. And that is why we now have the First Modification and why we now have a free and honest, supposedly honest, media.

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BAIER:  A.B., your ideas on this? We’re in a world the place clearly Russia tried to intrude within the 2016 election. The Treasury Division, as I discussed to Senator Kennedy, recognized somebody that was interacting with Rudy Giuliani who was a Russian agent for years. There’s a sensitivity to it, however but it could possibly be genuine. We’re trying into it.

A.B. STODDARD, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL CLEAR POLITICS:  Proper. Effectively, there have been numerous warnings given by our personal authorities to Rudy Giuliani in addition to Senator Ron Johnson, who has been investigating Burisma and Hunter Biden about their sources and about the truth that they’re coping with people who find themselves conduits for Russian disinformation in that present marketing campaign in opposition to Joe Biden within the 2020 election.

That apart, if this have been to be true, it isn’t a pay-to-play scandal, and it isn’t a coronary heart assaults and stroke and a giant pile like Senator Kennedy described as a result of “The New York Submit” acquired it fallacious about Vice President Biden. He was behind a world coalition to do away with a prosecutor basic who was not investigating corruption in Ukraine, in lots of firms, together with Burisma. Had that occurred, it will have been an issue for Burisma, and due to this fact Hunter Biden.

A part of the group supporting that coalition included Republicans like Senator Ron Johnson, and it is documented from 2016 that he was behind it.

“The New York Submit” reported that incorrectly within the piece. What you performed that clip from Savannah Guthrie, what this association was about was absolute affect peddling, nepotism that’s fully authorized and that our authorities permits.

BAIER:  Let me simply play that soundbite. I feel we will recue that, the Savannah Guthrie soundbite, after which we’ll hear the Joe Biden stuff, after which I’ll present this electronic mail that, once more, we are attempting to get to the authenticity of it. Take a hearken to Savannah Guthrie’s interview.

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SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, JOURNALIST:  Do you assume it was fallacious for him to take that place, understanding that it was often because that firm needed entry to you?

JOE BIDEN, (D) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE:  That is not true. You are saying belongings you have no idea what you are speaking about. Nobody mentioned that. Who mentioned that?

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BAIER:  All proper, so in one in every of these emails, Hunter and Vadym Pozharskyi says “We urgently want your recommendation on how you could possibly use her affect to convey a message, a sign to cease what we contemplate politically motivated actions.” Once more, the corporate attempting to make use of Hunter Biden.

STODDARD:  That is doubtless why he was paid a bunch of cash each month, however it is very important do not forget that all of this, though it’s extremely fallacious, is authorized. Jared Kushner and Ivanka made $350 million — 

BAIER:  Marc, let me get you to weigh in.

STODDARD: — on this administration whereas working contained in the White Home on workers.

MARC THIESSEN, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE:  Here is the issue with A.B.’s evaluation, which is that this does contact on Joe Biden, as a result of Joe Biden was informed by Amos Hochstein, by his personal son that he was working for Burisma.

He knew that his son was being profitable off of his identify.

And we simply heard through the Coney Barrett hearings all of the Senate Democrats say you need to recuse your self on Obamacare and you need to recuse your self within the election due to an look of a battle of curiosity. What about Joe Biden? He had not less than the looks of a battle of curiosity as a result of his son was making tens of millions of {dollars} from Burisma that was preventing this prosecutor. So even when he did nothing fallacious, he had the looks of a battle of curiosity, and Democrats are full hypocrites on this.

BAIER:  The time is working out, Marc, however the headline out of your interview with President Trump.

THIESSEN:  It’s a fascinating interview, a facet of President Trump you do not see. And the actually most fascinating half is he talked about, one thing I am by no means see him discuss, how he plans to unite the nation if he wins reelection, as a result of there’s 56 % of the nation says they’re higher off now than they have been 4 years in the past, which is throughout a pandemic. He thinks that if he can win reelection, the Democrats are going to come back round to begin working with him, and he talks about how he can try this.

BAIER:  All proper, panel, sorry we ran out of time. Thanks.

Once we come again, one thing to agree about on the Amy Coney Barrett hearings. 

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BAIER:  I am was going to play a soundbite from Choose Barrett saying she wanted to a glass — 

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