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Trump / Russian Connection / Sessions / Haberman Interview / A Discussion #1119488

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jan 04, 2018
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live phone interview held with "New York Times" Maggie Haberman about the Michael Schmidt "New York Times" story on how President Trump tried to get White House lawyer Don McGahn to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation. [HABERMAN - offerS views on the reaction to the Sessions' recusal since Trump wanted to be protected from the Russia probe.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeff Toobin & legal analyst Carrie Cordero about this story. [TOOBIN - offerS views on how this could be evidence of obstruction of justice after Sessions recused himself & the president wanted to be protected from the FBI investigation that led to the firing of FBI director James Comey, the "NYT" finding that Trump sought dirt on Comey after deciding to fire him, the need for lawyer Don McGahn to testify about what happened.] [CORDERO - offer views on how Trump does not understand the role of the Justice Department & the independence of the attorney general, how Sessions did the right thing in the recusal, the issue of looking for "dirt" on Comey rather than seeking political support to fire Comey.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen & David Axelrod about the "New York Times" story on Trump, Sessions & the law. [GERGEN - offers views on the obstruction of justice issue & what special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller may find in his investigation, the "odd" circumstance in seeking dirt on Comey, whether McGann will testify in the investigation, that the president wants things hidden.] [AXELROD - offers views on the notion of the president sending his counsel to persuade Sessions not to recuse himself & to protect the president.] [TOOBIN - offers views on whether this is obstruction of justice: that Sessions was trying to do the right thing via recusal.] [CORDERO - offers views on executive privilege & obstruction.]

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