Attorney General Jeff Sessions has some explaining to do MSNBC


PRESIDENCY "ALL IN" STARTS RIGHT NOW

GOOD EVENING FROM NEW YORK I'M CHRIS HAYES THERE HAS BEEN A CASCADE OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION SINCE SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER UNVEIL THE FIRST CHARGES EARLIER THIS WEEK INCLUDING TODAY SOME REALLY, REALLY BRUTAL HEADLINES FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS

FIRST, AFTER BEING INDICTED MONDAY ON 12 COUNTS, INCLUDING MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE US — THAT'S THE EXACT CHARGE — FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT WAS BACK IN FEDERAL COURT TODAY IN WASHINGTON FOR A HEARING ON THE TERMS OF HIS $10 MILLION BOND A FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERED MANAFORT AND HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATE, ALSO INDICTED, RICK GATES, TO REMAIN UNDER HOUSE ARREST AT LEAST UNTIL NEXT WEEK BOTH MEN ARE CURRENTLY UNDER GPS MONITORING

ANOTHER HEARING WAS SET FOR MONDAY WHILE MANAFORT AND GATES ARE EXPECTED TO GO ON TRIAL SOMETIME IN APRIL "THE DAILY BEAST" REPORTS DOCUMENTED UNSEAL THE BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL REVEAL LINKS BETWEEN MANAFORT AND RUSSIAN ORGANIZED CRIME INCLUDING A NOTORIOUS BOSS DESCRIBED AS THE MOST DANGEROUS MOBSTER IN THE WORLD I'LL TALK TO THE REPORTER WHO BROKE THAT STORY COMING UP

ACCORDING TO ANOTHER REPORT TODAY, AS YET UNCONFIRMED BY NBC NEWS, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IS TURNING ATTENTION TO JARED KUSHNER THE PRESIDENT'S SON-IN-LAW AND WHITE HOUSE ADVISER WHOSE NAME HAS SURFACED IN MULTIPLE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE RUSSIA PROBE KUSHNER'S LEGAL TEAM HAS REPORTEDLY TURNED OVER DOCUMENTS WHO INVESTIGATORS WHO HAVE BEGUN ASKING ABOUT KUSHNER'S ROLE IN THE FIRING OF FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY IF TRUE IT IS YET ANOTHER SIGN MUELLER IS SERIOUSLY EXAMINING WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THOSE AROUND HIM COMMITTED OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BY TRYING TO DERAIL A CRIMINAL PROBE INTO THE CAMPAIGN'S TIES TO RUSSIA MEANWHILE, FALLOUT CONTINUES FROM THE REVELATION THAT GEORGE PAUP DONE HUSBAND, FOREIGN POLICY ADVISER TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, PLEADED GUILTY TO LYING TO THE FBI ABOUT HIS OWN EFFORTS TO CONNECT THE CAMPAIGN TO SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIALS

TODAY THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINEE FOR DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAM CLOVIS WITHDREW HIS NAME FROM CONSIDERATION AFTER THOSE SAME COURT FILINGS REVEALED IT WAS CLOVIS WHO WAS THE SUPERVISOR WHO ENCOURAGED PAPADOPOLOUS HIM TO MAKE CONTACT "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED CLOVIS, NOMINATED FOR A JOB CALLED CHIEF SCIENTIST, ADMITTED HE HAS NO ACTUAL SCIENTIFIC CREDENTIALS SO THAT WAS SORT OF A TOUGH ONE TOO CLOVE ADVICE ISN'T THE ONLY TRUMP OFFICIAL FOR WHOM UNSEALED FILINGS ARE CAUSING TROUBLE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE DEPENDING AN EXPLANATION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES

JEFF SESSIONS THEY'RE DEMANDING IT ABOUT THE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN HIS SWORN CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY AND THE ACTUAL EVENTS RECOUNTED IN THOSE FILINGS SESSIONS APPEARED BEFORE BOTH THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES IN RECENT MONTHS WHERE HE CATEGORICALLY DENIED ANY KNOWLEDGE OF CONTACTS BETWEEN THE CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIAN NATIONALS >> I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANY SUCH CONVERSATIONS BY ANYONE CONNECTED TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN >> YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT SURROGATES FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAD COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE RUSSIANS? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING? >> I DID NOT AND I'M NOT AWARE OF ANYONE ELSE THAT DID

I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING THAT WOULD INDICATE A COLLUSION WITH RUSSIANS TO IMPACT THE CAMPAIGN >> BUT SESSIONS AND THE PRESIDENT BOTH ATTENDED A MEETING WITH PAPADOPOULOUS WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO LYING THEY ATTENDED THE MEETING IN MARCH 2016 WHERE ACCORDING TO NEWLY REVEALED COURT DOCUMENTS WHEN PAPADOPOULOS INTRODUCED HIMSELF, HE STATED IN SUM AND SUBSTANCE HE HAD CONNECTION THAT IS COULD HELP ARRANGE A MEETING BETWEEN THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP AND PRESIDENT PUTIN OVER THE PAST DAYS NUMEROUS REPORTS HAVE APPEARED TO TRY AND CLEAR SESSIONS OF WRONGDOING, AND ALSO THROW THE PRESIDENT UNDER THE BUS, RECOUNTING ACCORDING TO ANONYMOUS CAMPAIGN SOURCES THAT WHILE THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP LISTENED WITH INTEREST TO THIS PROPOSAL, SESSIONS SPOKE VEHEMENTLY AGAINST THE IDEA, ASKING OTHERS NOT TO DISCUSS IT AGAIN THERE IS HOWEVER JUST ONE PROBLEM WITH THAT ACCOUNT

IT'S TOUGH TO SQUARE THE IDEA THAT SESSIONS DRAMATICALLY SHUT DOWN TALK ABOUT CONNECTING WITH RUSSIA, WITH HIS CLAIM OF HAVING NO MEMORY WHATSOEVER OF ANY SUCH TALK BY ANYONE INVOLVED WITH THE CAMPAIGN NOW TONIGHT THERE'S A NEW REPORT IN JUST THE LAST FEW AMERICANS THAT CAMPAIGN ADVISER CARTER PAGE, WHO WAS JUST SITTING AT THIS TABLE A NIGHT AGO, WHO SET OFF INVESTIGATORS' RED FLAGS WITH A TRIP TO MOSCOW IN THE SUMMER OF 2016, IS TELLING "ALL IN" HE TESTIFIED IN CONGRESS TODAY THAT HE TOLD SESSIONS AHEAD OF TIME HE WAS MAKING THAT MOSCOW TRIP KEN DILANIAN, NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT FOR NBC NEWS, REPORTED SESSIONS REJECTED THE RUSSIAN PROPOSAL BY GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS

WHAT IS THE LATEST? >> WELL, JUST THAT SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY, RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND SENATOR AL FRANKEN, WHO ASKED SESSIONS THE ORIGINAL QUESTION AND GOT MISLEADING INFORMATION ARE, ARE DEMANDING JEFF SESSIONS COME BACK TO CONGRESS AND CLEAR THIS MATTER UP THEY FEEL THEY WERE MISLED SESSIONS, IT'S INTERESTING IN THE CLIPS YOU JUST PLAYED, WE SAW HOW SESSIONS' TESTIMONY EVOLVED FROM "WE DIDN'T TALK TO RUSSIANS" TO "WE DIDN'T TALK TO RUSSIANS ABOUT COLLUSION" AND IT'S NOT ALLEGED THAT THE SUBJECT OF COLLUSION CAME UP AT THIS MARCH 31st MEETING, BUT IT IS ALLEGED IN THOSE COURT DOCUMENTS AND JEFF SESSIONS IS NOT DISPUTING THIS THAT PAPADOPOLOUS KA DESCRIBED CONTACTS TO PUT TOGETHER A MEETING BETWEEN VLADIMIR PUTIN AND DONALD TRUMP MY SOURCES ARE TELLING ME JEFF SESSIONS NIXED THAT IDEA, THOUGHT IT WASN'T A GOOD IDEA

>> THE SOURCE — MY UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE SOURCE IS TELLING YOU ABOUT SESSIONS IN THAT MEETING IS THAT HE DOESN'T REMEMBER IT, BUT DEFINITELY NIXED THE IDEA >> YEAH, THAT IS THE BIZARRE — >> AM I RIGHT ON THAT IF >> YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT THE SOURCE MAY BE BASING IT ON THE ACCOUNTS OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THE MEETING AS WELL ESSENTIALLY, THE SOURCE SEEMS TO BE SAYING SESSIONS IS NOT DISPUTING IT, BUT HE HAS NO SPECIFICATION RECOLLECTION OF PAPADOPOLOUS, BECAUSE HE WAS A 29-YEAR-OLD CAMPAIGN AIDE THAT NOBODY REMEMBERS

>> THIS SEEMS TO BE THE CASE THAT HE'S FAIRLY JUNIOR, BUT HE IS SITTING IN THAT MEETING, THEY HAVE THE E-MAIL CHAINS, THERE'S WHAT SEEMS TO ME A PATTERN THAT SESSIONS HAS A PROBLEM WITH AS HE THINKS ABOUT MULE EXERT COMMITTEES THAT HAVE OVERSIGHT OVER HIM >> OH, I AGREE BECAUSE BY THE TIME HE ANSWERED THE SECOND ROUND OF QUESTIONS AFTER HAVING TO CLEAR UP HIS TESTIMONY AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HE DID MEET THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR ARE JEFF SESSIONS KNEW THE OVERALL LINE OF INQUIRY WAS, HEY, DID YOU GUYS HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH RUSSIANS? WERE RUSSIANS TALKING TO THE CAMPAIGN? AND IT'S CLEAR THAT HE KNEW THAT THAT WAS THE CASE AT LEAST IN THE TERMS OF THIS PAPADOPOULOS MEETING, TRYING TO BROKER AN ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN PUTIN AND TRUMP MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE SAYING, WAIT A SECOND HERE, HOW CAN YOU CLAIM IGNORANCE OF THIS DID? >> IT DOES SEEM THAT HAVING HAD TO RECUSE YOURSELF FOR A STATEMENT THAT WAS MISLEADING AT BEST, AND OUTRIGHT FALSE AT WORST IN THAT ORIGINAL HEARING, WHEN YOU COME BACK TO CLEAN IT UP, GOING BACK THROUGH E-MAIL TRAFFIC OR NOTES TO SAY, ACTUALLY, I WAS AT THIS MEETING — I MEAN, THE BEST THING WOULD HAVE BEEN TO SAY, I WAS AT THIS MEETING WHERE SOMEONE BROACHED THIS AND I SAID, THAT'S A BAD IDEA

YOU END UP LOOKING LIKE THE GOOD GUY BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT TESTIMONY, CORRECT? >> THAT IS CORRECT THE OTHER QUESTION HERE OF COURSE IS, DID PAPADOPOULOS PASS ON TO ANYONE AT THE CAME PAN THE OFFER HE GOT FROM HIS RUSSIAN FRIENDS OF DIRT ON HILLARY CLINTON AND THOUSANDS OF E-MAILS? IT'S INCLEEFBL TO MANY PEOPLE THAT HE DID NOT THAT HE KEPT THAT INFORMATION TO HIMSELF THE QUESTION BECOMES, WHO DID HE PASS IT ON TO? SAM CLOVIS, IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR? JEFF SESSIONS, SUPERVISING THE FOREIGN POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE YOU SAW IN THAT MEETING? SESSIONS' PEOPLE ARE SAYING HE HAS NO RECOLLECTION OF HEARING ABOUT THAT BUT YOU CAN BE SURE HE'LL BE ASKED ABOUT THAT BEFORE A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE

>> ONE OF THE ISSUES I THINK FOR THE CAMPAIGN AT THIS POINT, YOU CAN SEE IT FROM THAT MEETING THAT WE SHOWED, THAT PHOTO, THIS IS A VERY FLAT CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION AT THIS POINT RIGHT? YOU GOT — ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT THIS OPERATION, IT WAS FAIRLY FLY BY NIGHT, IT WAS VERY SMALL PARTICULARLY IN THE PAID STAFF YOU DON'T HAVE SORT OF JUNIOR STAFFERS SITTING NEXT TO MITT ROMNEY OR HILLARY CLINTON OR YOUR NORMAL SORT OF SIZED CAMPAIGN SO THE IDEA THAT THIS GUY'S GETTING OFFERS OF DIRT AND IT DOESN'T MAKE IT UP THE VERY SMALL CHAIN TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP OF THAT CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING THE CANDIDATE, MIGHT BE — IT'S LESS PLAUSIBLE THAN IT WOULD BE IN A NORMAL CAMPAIGN

>> I AGREE I MEAN, IF YOU'RE A 29-YEAR-OLD CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU THERE FOR, BESIDES PASSING ON THOSE KINDS OF OFFERS? >> RIGHT >> YOU COULD ARGUE THAT MAYBE IN A NORMAL CAMPAIGN THEY WOULD HAVE CALLED THE FBI BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED HERE >>

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