This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: John Berman) Report introduced.
(Washington: Pamela Brown) The report Attorney General Jeff Sessions will recuse himself from any investigation into the talks between President Trump's staffers & the Russians after he failed to disclose two meetings with the Russian ambassador reviewed; details given about their two meetings, his denial at confirmation hearings of communications with the Russians, his denials last night. [SESSIONS - denies being part of a continuous exchange of information with the Russian government; comments on the allegations Trump surrogates have met with Russian officials.] [Representative Nancy PELOSI, Senators Charles SCHUMER - call for Sessions' resignation.] Other examples of attorneys general recusing themselves from cases discussed.
(Studio: John Berman; White House: Jim Acosta) A statement from Trump about Sessions, the illegal leaks & a witchhunt, the information that Jared Kushner & Michael FLynn had meetings with the Russian ambassador & the administration's needs to get this information out discussed.
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's John King, Gloria Borger & Carl Bernstein about the Russian connection. [KING, BORGER, BERNSTEIN - offer views on the Washington playbook for dealing with these kinds of things that are worrying the Republicans: how you get it out yourself, how the story is changing so the White House needs to put out a complete list of meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sessions' current recollections of his meetings, the Republican platform change on Ukraine, the role of Sessions in the campaign & later in the same investigation, thus a special prosecutor is needed.] Other material: [July 16, 2016, on ABC, TRUMP - says he was not involved in the Republican platform softening on Ukraine.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's Errol Louis, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, Kirsten Powers, Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany, Democrats Paul Begala & Maria Cardona about Trump & the Russian connection. [LOUIS, SCHLAPP, CARDONA, POWERS - offer views on Attorney General Jeff Sessions & what he said under oath about Russians, on what Sessions said.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with former Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon & CNN's Errol Louis, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, Kirsten Powers, Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany & Democrats Paul Begala & Maria Cardona about the Pence e-mail story. [FALLON, POWERS, McENANY, BEGALA - offer views on the issue of Hillary Clinton's e-mail usage while Pence was using the same practices, how Clinton had a private server & violated the laws, the "hostile" media, the irony & hypocrisy of the Republicans.]
(State Department: Michelle Kosinski) The background on Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak, who has been linked to President Trump's campaign staff & may have ties to Russian intelligence, examined; photos shown; details given about Michael Flynn's talks with Kislyak that led to his resignation. [CNN's Kimberly DOZIER†- characterizes Kislyak; comments on the Russian spy game in the US.] [In 2016, KISLYAK - talks about relations with the US.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's former CIA officer Steven Hall, former Representative Mike Rogers & former Obama staffer Jen Psaki about Russian Ambassador Kislyak. [HALL, ROGERS, PSAKI - offer views on how Kislyak is the eyes/ears of Russian President Vladimir Putin to get information on the US government, the ambassador's job to meet with members of Congress, the view of President Obama's administration of Kislyak, the foreign policy issues pertaining to Russia under President Trump, how Russian interests do not align with the US.]
(Norfolk, Virginia: Randi Kaye) The reaction to the controversy over Attorney General Jeff Sessions & his talks with the Russian ambassador during President Trump's campaign featured; scenes shown from the Trump rally at the aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia. [Attended rally, Quentin CAVANAUGH, Steven HALL, Tom EARMAN, WOMAN, Abby PRUET, Matthew HAYES, MAN - offer views on the Sessions issue.] The overall view of people at the Norfolk rally that the Sessions issue could slow down President Trump's agenda discussed.