This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: John Berman; White House: Abby Phillip) How Trump has been staying out of sight at the White House before having dinner with acting chief of staff Mick Mukvaney & Jared Kushner discussed. [With umbrella, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - blames Representative Nancy Pelosi for being unwilling to protect our borders.] How Trump is staying in Washington while the rest of the family is in Florida at Mar-A-Lago signaling how long the shutdown will last discussed.
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with Representative Rubin Gallego of Arizona. [GALLEGO - offers views on the Democratic position on border security funds while Trump is listening to pundits to make decisions & he is holding the economy hostage, what the Republicans said about special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller's investigation, on the Republican obsession with a Hillary Clinton investigation.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's Kirsten Powers, former Republican chief of staff Mike Shields & "New York Times" Michael Shear about Trump. [POWERS, SHIELDS, SHEAR - offer views on Trump's threat to close the southern border over wall funding with a serious government shutdown, how the president is a negotiator with a shutdown like 1995, on his threat to cut off promised aid to Central America, whether Pelosi has no reason to budge at this time, Trump's inconsistences on where he stands.]
(Studio: John Berman; Capitol Hill: Phil Mattingly) The politics of the government shutdown with both sides in intransigent positions with limited communications about it with the next actions coming from the Democratic House, when government workers will stop getting paid, the status of the Coast Guard working without pay discussed.
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion continued with CNN's Kirsten Powers, former Republican chief of staff Mike Shields & "New York Times" Michael Shear about Trump. [SHIELDS, POWERS, SHEAR - offer views on the negotiations/messaging war with Trump looking for a long-term win, the White House spin on "demonizing" Representative Nancy Pelosi, whether Trump is really "negotiating," how the shutdown could go on for weeks with options for Trump noted.]
(New York: Randi Kaye) The controversy over the criminal investigation into the transition of President Trump examined; details given about the Dec. 1, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower between Jared Kushner, Flynn & the Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak about a "back channel" with Russia, a later meeting with a Russian banker with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Flynn's later call to Kislyak, Flynn's firing for lying. [July 2017, KUSHNER - defends his actions.] [Former national intelligence dir. James CLAPPER- comments.]
(Studio: John Berman) Earlier discussion held with American University fellow Anita McBride, who served on three presidential transition teams. [McBRIDE - offer views on transitions talking with representatives of other countries: no talking policies, how the 2008 transition between outgoing President Bush & President Obama set the standard, how the presidency is in serious business.]
(Washington: Gloria Borger) Mueller, the mystery man as several from President Trump's team have been indicted, featured; details given about Mueller's long resume & background. [TRUMP, Trump attorney former New York City Mayor Rudolph GIULIANI - offer denials.] [In 2008, MUELLER - talks about Lockerbie memories.] ["The Threat Matrix" author Garrett GRAFF. former intelligence FBI adviser Phil MUDD, former Mueller chief of staff Lisa MONACO- praise & characterize Mueller's long career.]
(Washington: Gloria Borger) The link of Mueller & Comey in a complicated legal drama with former President Bush's controversial eavesdropping program after Attorney General John Ashcroft had surgery reviewed; details given about President Trump's view of & dealing with Mueller. [COMEY - explains what he & Mueller did to protect Ashcroft.] ["The Threat Matrix" author Garrett GRAFF- comments on Mueller.] [Trump attorney former New York City Mayor Rudolph GIULIANI  - says it will come down to impeach of not impeach.]