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ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW BEAR NO FRUIT, WHICH IS A STRETCH SO WHAT EXACTLY DID JEFF SESSIONS KNOW ABOUT ANY OUTREACH BETWEEN THE TRUMP TEAM AND RUSSIA? HERE'S WHAT HE SAID LAST MONTH

>> YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT SURROGATES FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAD COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE RUSSIAN? >> I DID NOT AND I AM NOT AWARE OF ANYONE ELSE THAT DID >> SINCE THEN, IT HAS BEEN REVEALED THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS MET WITH RUSSIANS AND WAS SEATED AT THE TABLE WITH JEFF SESSIONS AND THEN PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN HE SUGGESTED HE COULD COORDINATE A MEETING BETWEEN TRUMP AND PRESIDENT PUTIN YESTERDAY HE TOLD LAWMAKERS HE AT FIRST HAD NO RECOLLECTION OF THAT MARCH 2016 MEETING WITH PAPADOPOULOS THERE HE IS UNTIL HE SAW NEWS REPORTS ABOUT IT >> I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE FALSE CHARGES MADE ABOUT MY PREVIOUS TESTIMONY MY ANSWERS HAVE NOT CHANGED

I HAVE ALWAYS TOLD THE TRUTH AND I HAVE ANSWERED EVERY QUESTION AS I UNDERSTOOD THEM TO THE BEST OF MY RECOLLECTION AS I WILL CONTINUE TO DO TODAY I DO NOW RECALL THAT THE MARCH 2016 MEETING AT THE TRUMP HOTEL IS THAT MR BAN TOP PAPADOPOULOS ATTENDED I HAVE NO CLEAR RECALL OF WHAT HE SAID AFTER READING MY ACCOUNT TO THE BEST OF MY RECOLLECTION, I BELIEVE I WANTED TO MAKE CLEAR TO HIM THAT HE WAS NOT AUTHORIZED TO REPRESENT THE CAMPAIGN WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OR ANY OTHER FOREIGN GOVERNMENT FOR THAT MATTER

BUT I DID NOT RECALL THIS EVENT WHICH OCCURRED 18 MONTHS BEFORE MY TESTIMONY OF A FEW WEEKS AGO >> CLINT, IF I'M INVESTIGATING OR IF I'M ON A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, A KID COMES UP TO ME AND SAYS I WANT TO GO TO RUSSIA I WOULD SAY, WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO HOMESTEAD AND TAKE A COLD SHOWER AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW YOU FORGIVE THAT >> I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT OF CHECKING WITH RUSSIA

WHEN I LOOK THROUGH THE PAPADOPOULOS SCENARIO, WHY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ACTIONS OF THIS CAMPAIGN, HE BELIEVED HE WAS THERE TO ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA I SEE NO EVIDENCE THAT THEY WANTED TO BE AGGRESSIVE WITH NO OTHER COUNTRY AND SEXES CAN'T RECALL SOMEONE SAYING MAYBE WE WANT TO SET UP A MEETING WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN? I WOULD THINK THIS WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD STICK OUT IN YOUR MIND AND WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO TESTIFY REPEATEDLY ABOUT THIS ISSUE, YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO BACK THROUGH YOUR RECORDS, BEING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, WE TEND TO STICK TO EVIDENCE AND GO THROUGH RECORDS TO FIND THAT I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM NOW, I REALIZE, I TRY AND GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT THIS IS A CHAOTIC CAMPAIGN

THESE PRINCIPLES GO INTO LOTS OF MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE THEY DON'T KNOW WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS THREE TIMES ON THE SENATE FLOOR IT KEEPS COMING BACK, EVERY TIME THERE IS MORE TO TALK ABOUT FROM THEY KEEP FORGETTING, CASEY, THIS IS A GUY WE WOULD HOLD TIME AND TIME AGAIN WAS FLYING A AROUND THE COUNTRY WITH DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE HE KEPT HIM CALM HE KEPT HIM REASONED HE KEPT HIM RATION RATIONAL

HAVE YOU DON JR COMMUNICATING WITH HIS FATHER WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS TIME LINE BUNCHED UP WITH MORE AND MORE EVENTS REGARDING RUSSIA AND IT BECOMES LESS AND LESS POSSIBLE TO ACCEPT THE TESTIMONY OF THESE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS SAYING THEY JUST DIDN'T REMEMBER THIS OR THAT ABOUT MEETINGS WITH RUSSIANS >> THAT'S POSSIBLE AND LESS PLAUSIBLE THE TIMELINE FILLED IN BY MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS

I MEAN BETWEEN BOB MUELLER AND THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE "NEW YORK TIMES," THERE ARE SUDDENLY A LOT OF THINGS THAT SEEM TO HAVE COME TO THE FOREFRONT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE'S MEMORIES IN THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE AND I DO THINK WE WERE FOCUSING IN ON PAPADOPOULOS A LITTLE BIT I HAVE SPOKEN TO JD GORDON SITTING IN BETWEEN THOSE TWO MEN THERE ARE FORMAL REQUESTS THAT WERE FILED GORDON SAYS HE CLAIMS HE STOPPED THOSE REQUESTS AND PAPADOPOULOS WENT OVER HIS HEAD TO OTHER OFFICIALS SO THE IDEA THAT THEY'RE DOWNPLAYING PAPADOPOULOS IN IS UP AN AGGRESSIVE WAY

I THINK THE FACTS HAVE BORN OUT T REALITY IS DIFFERENT >> CASEY, I WAS DEBATING SOMEBODY ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY, THAT WAS SAYING, OH, HE WAS JUST SUCH, HE WAS A LOW RANKING OFFICIAL WELL, AT THE TIME THAT REQUEST WAS MADE, DONALD TRUMP WAS SAYING HE WAS ONE OF HIS TWO FOREIGN POLICY ADVISERS, WHICH GOES BACK TO THE FACT THAT THIS WAS SUCH A MOM AND POP OPERATION WITHOUT THEIR MOM THAT EVERYBODY KNEW EVERYBODY THERE THERE WAS NO CAMPAIGN INFRASTRUCTURE AT THIS POINT AND DONALD TRUMP TOLD THE WASHINGTON POST CARTER PAGE AND GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS WERE MY TWO FOREIGN POLICY ADVISERS

>> THEY KEEP DISMISSING HIM TOO AS A YOUNG FOREIGN VOLUNTEER, HOW OLD WAS JARED KUSHNER? 35, LIX? >> HE WAS GENTLEMAN TO SOLVE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST >> AND STILL IS THERE IS SOME REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT IN MY MIND DON'T FORGIVE, TOO, SESSIONS, WHAT A FASCINATING MOMENT IF YOU ARE JEFF SESSIONS BETWEEN WHAT'S GOING ON, THAT INITIAL THE PUSHBACK THAT HE GAVE I THOUGHT WAS REMARKABLE CONSIDERING BY ALL ACCOUNTS, HE IS SOMEBODY THAT WANTS TO KEEP HIS JOB AS ATTORNEY GENERAL MITCH McCONNELL IS IN ANOTHER YEAR SAYING MAYBE YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT SEAT IN ALABAMA THAT UVE INDICATED

THE DECISION-MAKING HERE FROM HIM I THINK IS AT VERY MUCH AT A SIGNIFICANT PIVOT POINT >> HEY, MIKE, THERE ALSO IS FOR PEOPLE THAT WANT JUSTICE TO BE SERVED AND WANT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION TO ROCK ITS COURSE, IT GETS A LITTLE CONFUSING AT TIMES ARE YOU ROOTING FOR SESSIONS TO SURVIVE? HE'S NOT TELLING THE TRUTH DOES IT SEEM LIKE HE'S TELLING THE TRUTH? BUT DONALD TRUMP WOULD LOVE AN EXCUSE TO GET RID OF JEFF SESSIONS JEFF SESSIONS, ACTUALLY, YOU SAID, IT WAS NOBLE YESTERDAY, ALSO SHOWED A GREAT DEAL OF CHARACTER WHEN HE RECUSE HIMSELF, DEPOO IT THE FACT DONALD TRUMP HAD NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW AND WANTED HIM TO STAY IN THERE

>> NO, THERE ARE TWO THREADS TO THIS STORY PLAYING OUT IN FRONT OF OUR EYES, PART OF IT PLAYED OUT YESTERDAY YOU ALLUDED TO ONE OF THE THREADS, THE CAMPAIGN WAS A TOTAL CLOWN SHOW >> IT WAS >> FOR VERY FEW PEOPLE, IF ANY BELIEVE THEY ARE GOING TO WIN RIGHT UP AND THROUGH INCLUDING ELECTION DAY THAT'S THE AMUSING PART

>> THEY WERE USING THE CAMPAIGN TO SET UP FUTURE BUSINESSES >> RIGHT AND THE RUSSIA DEAL >> A MONEY DEAL T TRAGIC ASPECT OF THAT THREAD IS THAT MANY PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CLOUP SHOW WHO WERE TOTAL CLOWNS ARE NOW A PART OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT'S THE TRAGIC PART

YESTERDAY WE TALKED ABOUT THE 36-YEAR-OLD WHO YOU WOULDN'T HIRE TO DO, TO PRESENT A HOUSE CLOSING IS GOING TO BE A FEDERAL JUDGE FOR LIFE >> A FEDERAL JUDGE

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