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Trump / Russian Connection / Sessions Testimony / Wyden Interview #1111643

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Some excerpts from the public testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about President Trump, FBI director James Comey & the Russian connection played. [In response to questions from senators, SESSIONS - reads statement denying meetings with Russian officials at the hotel; defends the president; asserts he has no information about Republicans conversing/meeting with the Russians; tells Senator Ron Wyden he is not stonewalling, that his Comey letter did not violate his recusal; complains about innuendo.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with Senate Intelligence Committee's Wyden about Sessions. [WYDEN - says Sessions refused to answer the basic issues about firing Comey; states there is no legal bases for the stonewalling & Sessions does not understand the law & recusal; adds the Trump inner circle only protects the president; believes some of the answers do not pass the "smell test".]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, Kirsten Powers, Gloria Borger, Matthew Whitaker, Matt Lewis, Ryan Lizza, former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli about the Sessions testimony. [TOOBIN, BORGER, WHITAKER, CUCCINELLI, LEWIS, POWERS, LIZZA - offer views on Sessions not disclosing conversations with the president without using executive privilege, the pattern of Trump people {Sessions, Rogers, Coats} just saying they will not testify & the rationals for it, the "tingly sense" phrasing, the partisan senators, an analysis of the Sessions' testimony & his credibility, questions Sessions' answer about Russian contacts.] Other material: [In response to several questions from the senators, SESSIONS - explains why he cannot answer questions about the president; asserts he is not stonewalling.] [On January 10, SESSIONS - says he had no communications with the Russians.] [Today, SESSIONS - explains he answer to Senator Al Franken's January question about the Russians.]

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