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Senator Marco Rubio On The Latest Developments Concerning The Iran Deal, Hillary Clinton’s Server, Campaign 2016

Wednesday, August 12, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Marco Rubio joined me today to discuss the latest developments in campaign 2016, the Iran deal on which he must vote soon, and, of course, Hillary’s server and the issue of recklessness with the nation’s security its existence and cover-up via the destruction of 31K+ emails raises:




HH: Beginning this hour with Marco Rubio, United States Senator from Florida. Senator Rubio, congratulations, you had a great debate last week, got a bump in the polls. I’m sure that feels like a great start to the campaign.

MR: Yeah, I mean, the polls are not something we watch very carefully, but we were happy to do that last week. We’re looking forward to the next one. I understand they have a pretty good panel asking us questions.

HH: I hope so. Let’s start with the headline. Yesterday, former Secretary of State Clinton turned over her server and thumb drive to the FBI just as the inspector general of the intelligence community confirmed that there was top secret, even SCI material on it. Senator Grassley, your colleague, has blasted this, as did Speaker Boehner. The Speaker said, “Secretary Clinton’s previous statements that she possessed no classified information were patently untrue. Her mishandling of classified information must be fully investigated.” Any of your committees in the Senate have jurisdiction over this, Senator?

MR: The Intelligence Community. And of course, we’re going to get into this jurisdictional fight between the State Department and the intelligence community about, you know, who does that information belong to, but I said it from the first day that this is revealed. If you go back and see the record, from the very first day this came out, I said here’s the biggest danger, and that is she received information that was classified and/or sensitive. But you know, it doesn’t have to be classified to be important. The Chinese, the Russians and others, they’re not just looking for classified information. They’re looking for sensitive information, things that given them insight into our thinking, into our strategy. And there is no way you have all those emails going back and forth between her and her top deputies, and it doesn’t include sensitive information, not to mention information that’s been classified. So it’s just really reckless and irresponsible.

HH: In early March, General Petraeus, who’s a hero, I mean, an honest to God hero, pled guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified information in violation of 18USC section 1924. NPR pointed out at the time that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, former CIA director John Deutsch has pled guilty to the same offenses. Do you see any difference between what they did and what former Secretary of State Clinton has done?

MR: Well, let’s get all the facts before we, I’m prepared to say that. But let’s just say it’s deeply concerning. Obviously, this is not, we need to see what happened. I mean, was this information being shared with people outside of the government just because they were friends and she wanted their advice? But I think what we know for sure already is that she was using a private server that was not protected, and she used it to traffic in classified, and with no doubt, sensitive information. And it’s just an irresponsible way to act. It really is for someone who is running on the notion that she’s experienced and competent. This is really incompetent. Continue Reading

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie On Iran Deal, Latest Developments In Hillary’s Server Scandal

Wednesday, August 12, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined me today to discuss the latest developments swirling around Hillary Clinton and other issues including the Iran deal:




HH: Joined now by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Governor Christie, you’re the only prosecutor on that stage. Your reaction to the Hillary Clinton server and thumb drive being turned over to the Bureau?

CC: Well, I’m glad that the FBI has decided to step up and do their job here, and this Justice Department. As a former member of the Justice Department, you know, the thing they’ve got to stand for is what’s right. And let’s think about this now. This is a person in Hillary Clinton who was the leading diplomat in our country, didn’t use her office email, used a private server, deleted emails. If this was anybody else, this would have been done a long time ago. And so I’m glad they finally stepped up, and let’s get to the bottom of it. Classified information on that server would be a huge national security risk, and Secretary Clinton should have known that, but she cared more about averting the rules and applying her own rules to herself than she cared about following the law, apparently. Continue Reading

Rick Santorum On 2016

Wednesday, August 12, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former United States Senator Rick Santorum joined me on the program today:




HH: I bet you Rick Santorum is a Jackson Brown fan even though the politics do not alighn. Senator Santorum, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

RS: Wow, Hugh, you definitely get it. I think you know me a little too well, Hugh. I’m a little worried about it. . .

HH: (laughs) We’re about the same age and we come from the same part of the country. We’re both Catholics, so yeah, Jackson – but he’s a leftie, you know. He’s way out there.

RS: Oh yeah, well, fortunately, most people in the entertainment world are not perfectly aligned with either one of us unfortunately.

HH: Let’s get to the serious stuff. One of your competitors for the nomination – Jeb Bush – gave a speech last night at the Reagan Library. Here’s the heart of what Governor Bush had to say.

JB: ISIS grew while the United States disengaged from the Middle East and ignored the threat. And where was the Secretary of State? Where was Secretary of State Clinton in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge then joined in claiming credit for its success. Then stood by as that hard-won victory by American allied forces was thrown away. In all of her record-setting travels, she stopped by Iraq exactly once.

HH: Rick Santorum, how potent is this critique? Is it right? Is it enough?

RS: It’s 100% right. I mean the fact that Hilary Clinton is clearly lock, stock, barrel bought in the Obama foreign policy. But shes behind the weakness of not stepping up and supporting our troops, to give them the resources they need to win battles like we did in the surge. The thing I would add is that you also hold the experience of [those] who understands these issues who was there. I mean, I was there at call for the surge even before John McCain called for the surge. I was talking about we had to engage with Iraq. And during the 2012 election cycle, you know, I was very outspoken in not position to withdrawing troops from Iraq. So, there’s a core contrast there and one that I think is important, particularly if you’re looking at a commander-in-chief. They’re looking for someone who has experience, who’s called it right, called it right on Iran. Same thing Hilary Clinton voted against the Iran sanctions that I offered back in 2000 with Senator Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and John Kerry. So, she’s been on the wrong side of these issues, not just to the two that are mentioned there, but she was on the wrong side of the Iran sanctions. She’s been on the wrong side of Iraq and she has to be held accountable for it and I think it’s a great contrast to the 2016 election if you nominate someone who was there, who was opposed to her. Continue Reading

Jake Tapper On Debate Prep And The Purpose Of Debates

Tuesday, August 11, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I began the show with Jake Tapper who will be moderating the first CNN debate in which I am asking questions at the Reagan Library on September 16:




HH: I begin this hour with CNN anchor Jake Tapper. He is of course the host of The Lead. He is the host of the State of the Union on the weekends. He is the moderator of the Reagan Library debate in which I will be participating at his side as a questioner. Jake, good to have you. Welcome. It’s always a pleasure.

JT: Good to talk to you again. I don’t how much to disclose, but you and I had brunch on Sunday.

HH: We should! We should be completely transparent. We were talking talking debate prep on Sunday and we have a non-master plan, but it was good to at least talk about it. More on that in a second. I have to begin this show, Jake, by asking you about a non-political story, though. Maybe my favorite story of the day.


HH: Geno Smith, the Jets’ starting quarterback will miss at least the next six to ten weeks after sustaining a broken jaw when he was punched by a teammate in the locker room today, said Todd Bowles. How often does that happen in CNN?

JT: (laughs) I have never about it happening in CNN, but I. . . I’m generally of the feeling that there should be more pugilism in journalism.

HH: Yes (laughs).

JT: There should be more punching out.

HH: I don’t think I’ve ever heard of your own starter going down for six to ten weeks because of a fight in the locker room, but I know Jets fans listen to this show at AM 970 The Answer and I know that they’re despairing at this hour, but, you know, it happens in everything, I guess, you have to watch out for the cold-cut. Let’s talk about the debate. CNN announced [the invitees] today. How’s the reaction to them?

JT: Great. I mean, my understanding is that as of now, Nancy Reagan has invited sixteen candidates who have made the cut as of know in terms of polls. And we’ll be having a couple different debates at the Reagan Museum and Library. And I haven’t heard any blowback at all, Hugh. Continue Reading

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