By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN’S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian is FIRED UP from the news that the CIA talking points about Benghazi were edited just six weeks before the presidential election occurred. Meanwhile, Brian looks into all the unanswered questions that remain from the Boston bombing and wants to know why the FBI didn’t pursue Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
MICHAEL GOODWIN IS FED UP! The New York Post Columnist and FOX News Contributor wants answers about the Boston bombing suspects. Why didn’t the FBI pursue Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the Russians told us he was an Islamic extremist? Goodwin weighed in: “I think in this case it’s going to turn out to be that it’s one of those touchy-feely things the President doesn’t want to admit that Islam is a part of the portfolio of every terrorist/bomber we’ve had in the last ten years or so… Not to say every Muslim is a terrorist by any stretch.”
FOX News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry weighed in on the 844-PAGE immigration reform bill and what measures the gang of eight need to take in order for the massive bill to pass. “They want 70 or 80 votes for this… You can’t get 70 or 80 votes for a drink of water right now in the Senate,” Henry said, “That means you’re going to have to go through an extraordinary amount of amendments.”
Chad Pergram, Congressional Correspondent for FOX News, also weighed in on immigration reform. “The thought is over in the Senate, that if they can get wide support and start to pluck off people who traditionally would not be for immigration reform… then they can pressure the House of Representatives to really try and do something,” Pergram explained.
Stephen Hayes, Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard and FOX News Contributor, talked to Brian about the revisions made to the CIA’s talking points about Benghazi just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election. Hayes explained that the original version of the talking points was very aggressive, and stated that the CIA knows that al-Qaeda-linked extremists participated in the Benghazi attacks. “The CIA almost never says ‘we know’ something without a qualification… Usually they will rank it. They’ll say ‘we know with high confidence'; ‘we know with moderate confidence.’ And in this case, they told lawmakers without any qualification at all,” Hayes explained.
Anna Kooiman, FOX & Friends Correspondent, talked to Brian about her coverage of the Kentucky Derby this past weekend and the immigration reforms that are occurring. “It’s going to be good for reunification of families… What’s happening a lot is you’ll have a male who’s here in the United States and he’s making money here, and then he’s shipping all the money back down to Mexico or wherever all his family members are. So we’re losing a lot of revenue that way too,” Kooiman said.
Bret Baier, anchor of Special Report, talked to Brian about the news that the Israelis will be bombing Syria. He also weighed in on the investigation of Benghazi that has been pushing forward. “This [hearing] promises to be pretty interesting, with these witnesses who say that the testimony they’ll provide directly contradicts what the administration has been saying,” Baier said.