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good evening and thanks for joining us tonight. new revelations about contact between russia and trump associates. president trump is back at mar a lago tonight and when asked what contact had taken place, he said i have nothing to do with russia and no person i deal with does. the stories keep coming about his attorney general and son in law talking with russian ambassadors during or after the campaign. it's neither improper or uncommon. it's the denial and the nondisclosure and a string of investigations. in a moment, former trump aide
carter page who deny and now admitted to meeting with moscow's man in washington will clarify what that was about. the latest on cnn's jim acosta. >> when then candidate donald trump delivered a foreign policy speech? washington last april, the russian ambassador to the u.s. was in the audience. listen as he called for better relations with the kremlin. >> i believe an easing of tensions, improved relations with russia from a position of strength only is possible. absolutely possible. >> months later, they met with the russian ambassador in cleveland during the republican convention. the former campaign adviser told cnn he and another adviser discussed u.s.-russia relations with the ambassador. his son in law jared kushner and michael flynn sat down at a
meeting in trump tower in december. even republicans are saying it's time for white house officials to tell all. >> i think everybody who had contact with the russians have gotten into oversharing. >> he pushed back on questions about contact with the russians. >> i had nothing to do with it. i have nothing to do with russia. >> he tweeted this photo of putin and chuck schumer calling the new york democrat a hypocrite. schumer said he is willing to talk about his contact with putin under oath, asking the president, would you and your team? >> i recused myself in the marries that deal with the trump campaign. >> democrats want jeff sessions's recusal may only be the beginning. >> a recusal is an admission that something was wrong. >> the president responded today. what did he say? >> that's right. she pointing out that there are other pple here in washington
who appear to suffer from amnesia when it comes to meeting with the russian ambassador. this came from the president and shows a picture of the house minority leader and shows them sitting down around a lunch table with the russian ambassador. this came after nancy pelosi ever met with him. she did fire back with a tweet of her. the president does not know the difference and closed a secret meeting that they lied about under oath. trying to make the distinction that this was photographed by the press. where as jeff sessions forgot or did not tell the truth about his meading with the ambassador. i should point out that one of the outgoing questions is what about hillary clinton's campaign. i reached out to a former
official with the clinton campaign who said nobody from the campaign ever met with the russian ambassador. trying to push back from a democratic standpoint against this push back you might say from the white house. just about everybody here in washington met from washington. one official said no, that did not happen when it comes to top officials. >> jim accost a thanks. one of the two campaign advisers other than the attorney general who met with the ambassador. his name is carter page. it might be familiar because it comes up again and again with the trump campaign or the trump white house. we will talk to him in a moment. first with background from jim. >> we heard you might be announcing the foreign policy advisory team soon. >> we are going to be doing that. >> march 2016, carter page's name is announced by then candidate donald trump. he was known more as a
businessman than a foreign policy expert. he is known as a banker with ties to russia. he lived here for three years while working with merrill lynch. he work said as an adviser to the russian controlled energy giant run by a former aide of vladimir putin as mayor of st. petersburg in the 1990s. page founded his own company, global energy capital, llc. he started writing columns for global policy, an academic journal where he was critical of sanctions and the relationship with russia. three months after page is named as one of trump's advisers, he attended a meeting in washington. according to the "washington post," he stunned the crowd by praising russian president vladimir putin and saying a trump presidency would be good for u.s.-russia relations. >> thank you very much. >> a month later page was in moscow for a speech at the new
economic school. he told the crowd he didn't want to comment on the u.s. election, but was sharply critical of u.s. foreign policy. >> a failure of u.s. analysts and leaders to consider these principals has often allowed washington to disregard proposed ideas that are actually not contrary to america's interests. >> it was during this trip to moscow to page allegedly met with russian nationals under u.s. sanctions. an allegation that page denied multiple times. >> did you have any meetings last year with russian officials in russia, outside russia, anywhere? >> i had no meetings. no meetings. i might have said hello to a few people as they were walking by me at my graduation speech i gave in july, but no meetings. i think it's really just a political stunt from the get go.
>> months after donald trump named page to his foreign policy advisory team, they gave him a new monter. informal adviser. jason miller changed page's status again. writing in an e-mai has nev bee our campaign, period. afr the election, the trump white house continues to deny close connection between carter page and their campaign. >> carter page is an individual who the president-elect does not know and was put on notice months ago by the campaign. >> he later said while he was part of the team, he did not work directly with mr. trump and did not work on anything substantial relating to russia policy. cnn, washington. >> some of the background, carter page joins us now. thanks for being here. let's start about what you said last night at msnbc. you said to judy woodruff did
you have meetings with russian officials in russia or outside russia. you said no meetings. last night you said to chris hayes you do not deny talking with russia's u.s. ambassador at a conference at the republican convention. that sounds like you were misleading to judy woodruff. >> anderson, a great analogy is you and i were members of the same health club here in new york previously. i remember walking by you even though we didn't know each other and i said hi, anderson. you said hello. we had an exchange for a half second. does that constitute a meeting? >> i guess we met, but it's not a meeting. >> exactly. thanks a lot. i will not talk about anything that happened in off the record meetings. there is plenty of people in washington i know.
>> right, but when judy said did you have any meetings last year with russian officials in russia outside russia, you could have said i did attend a conference and was in a meeting with the russian ambassador at the republican national convention. that sounds like more than saying hello to him. >> it was literally the amount of time you and i walked by each other and greeted each other. >> again, i don't talk about off the record confidential information. >> if what you said is hi, ambassador, that's not confidential. >> i wouldn't be talking about this if someone hadn't leaked it. >> you did meet the russian ambassador at this conference in cleveland. >> i don't feel comfortable -- >> you said you do not deny it. >> i don't deny the reports
which is totally getting this entire story out of context. >> an off the record meeting -- >> instead of talking about substance and real crimes committed last year during the election against me, human rights violations -- >> i read your letter and i'm happy to talk to you about this, but i want to clear it up. you said no meetings and no meetings, off the record means you are not going to talk about the details of what were discussed. you can say yeah, i had a meeting. >> it's exactly like you said to me. it was not a meeting. our thing and our health club. >> you didn't speak to him for more than 10 seconds? >> again, i don't want to talk specifics, but i have never spoken with ambassador for more than ten seconds. that's a safe statement. i would not be talking about this if there were not leakers.
>> it's been reported out there. there is confusion about your role in the campaign. in march of last year, candidate trump identified you as part of his foreign policy team. the next day you told the "new york times" you were spending policy papers to the campaign and august 24, the campaign calls you an informal adviser who did not speak for the campaign or trump. jason miller said mr. page is not an adviser and made no contrition and said i haven't spoken to him and wouldn't recognize him if he was speak sitting next to me. >> i don't think i have ever spoken to him or met him. he actually said he was a very low level member of i think a committee for a short period of time. i don't think i ever met him. it's possible that i walked into a room and he was sitting there, but i don't think i ever met him. i didn't talk to him and he thought it was a joke.
>> let me ask you, you were apparently they said early on that you were an adviser to the campaign, foreign policy adviser. did you ever brief trump as a candidate or as a president-elect? >> president trump said it 110% accurate. i never briefed him. >> did you meet him? >> i never shook his hand. i have been in many rallies with him from arizona to north dakota to many in new york. rallies. that's meetings. >> let me ask you about that. you have said repeatedly you were in meetings with the president. you were in moscow in december of 2016 and you had a news conference at the sputnik headquarters and you denied you had ever met donald trump and said i certainly have been in a number of meetings with him. that implies i'm in a meeting in
a conference room around a table. you are now saying those meetings were rallies? >> that is -- listen. if you look at the definition of meeting in russian context, when they have large -- >> really? >> i can get by and understand what's happening in meetings and get my ideas across, but it's ugly. >> you were using the russian definition of meetings. the hundreds of thousands of people who had been to rallies? >> i have been in smaller rallies. >> hundreds of thousands of people who had been to rallies, can they say they have been in meetings with donald trump? >> smaller ones as well. >> what's the smallest? >> they have been in a meeting where policy was discussed? >> they were often discussed in rallies as well. >> but if i go to a ral of donald trump's, it doesn't mean
i'm an adviser or going to a meeting with donald trump. i happened to be at a rally. you went to a bunch of donald trump rallies. >> things like that. >> you gave a quote to cnn in january and spent many hours and meetings with him. defined in the russian sense of meetings, participating in the rallies and the organizers to arizona to bismarck to a number of events in new york, i got to deeply understand what he was talking about. >> to a lot of people, that will sound like when you are saying one thing at a press conference that you were in meetings with donald trump, that makes you sound important and to say what i meant is i was using the russian definition and in rallies with tens of thousands of other people. >> 90% of the students from the university and media people that came to the meeting, that briefing or the presentation i gave were russians. when they have demonstrations
and gatherings in the square or other places, the term for that is meetings. >> you are being described on russian-as an adviser to the president uft united states. when you say you were in meetings and if you are an adviser to the president, you would be in more than just a rally in bismarck. >> anderson, this is where things get totally misfocused. i described the fact that i was in low level positions and as had been stated, informal unpaid adviser. listen, it's just a big distractn from the real lies that are out there. that's kind of going back te point you were talking about with the sanctions. >> let's take a quick break and have more on the other side.
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we are talking to carter page, the definition of adviser seems in dispute. what happened? donald trump napes you as part of the foreign policy team in march. in august they say you were in an informal adviser and made no contribution to the campaign and you were sending policy papers as far back size in march. >> i think jason joined midsummer. >> you old the "new york times" you did. >> fair enough. >> can you say who you support the papers to?
>> i don't talk about internal matters. >> they are saying you were not part oth campaign at all. >> he didn't know me. he came over from ked cruz. no one said that's not true. part was an advisory. part of the reason why i stepped back is i wanted to continue being a distraction. >> it's weird that you said you stepped back and you said you were not part to begin with. >> jason didn't know. it's an honest mistake. he was moving on to another someone else right now. when he said carter page was put
on notice, what does that mean? >> i don't know. i haven't met mr. spicer either. there was a report of that trump campaign sent you cease and desist letters. >> nothing specific that -- there is nothing that really came up in that regard. >> okay. i have to push you on this. does that mean there were no letters or you can't talk about it? >> you know what, no material. this all kind of resolves around large lies that were told against me for literally a year.
>> i'm trying to clarify. >> it's a minor point. >> for goes to credibility. sean spicer was saying you were put on notice. if you don't want to commend, that's fine. >> i have no comment. a lot of the people i worked with were the most supportive positive people throughout the entire time up to the very end. >> you said you were working with the people in the campaign. what does that mean? were there meetings that you and policy advisers have? when president trump said your name, he was candidate trump and he was under pressure to name names of a foreign tell us team. were there meetings? >> i have no commend. what he said the night of the election is this is not a campaign, this is a movement. i see myself as a supporter.
that's probably the best definition of myself. >> in july of 2016, you gave a lecture in moscow and we saw part of it. can you say who paid for your trip and was that a paid peach or a russian organization that paid for it? >> i was invited by the university and paid zero. a big goose egg. >> and your travel? are someone told them i was paid $100,000. again, this is things that are a red herring technique. we wanted to clarify it with you. the russian government funs people who might be supporting their policies to come to moscow and speak. you are saying you were not paid. did they pay your travel?
>> in economy class. >> less than a $1,000 ticket. >> did the campaign note -- at that point you were being called an adviser to the campaign. he said you were absolutely an adviser and at that point when he left, did they know about your trip to russia? >> people knew about it, yeah. >> you told "the washington post" that you made it clear that the campaign staff and you were going to russia and acting in a personal capacity and they approved your trip in advance that no campaign isss would be discussed. is that true? >> not only is that true, what happened when i was in moscow as opposed to the dodgy fake intel report. >> cnn never reported any details of what was in that dossier nor would i ask you the
details. >> everything about me is completely false and inaccurate. what's baud by glen tor, a company founded by mark rich. >> before we get to that, who gave you a heads up to go to moscow? you said you talked to the senior trump staff and made it clear when you were going. >> anderson, i don't like putting my name with someone else in the campaign because i have been public enemy number one and being attacked thanks to this false evidence. if i start telling you names, the people will get it. >> you did tell somebody that you were going and you approved it?
>> people were fine with it. are while you were there, did you meet with anyone kemed with the russian government? >> i don't know of what -- for me people are -- there is plenty of intel supposedly according to news reports following what's happening and my travels and my communications. >> did you hold meetings where you talked about the election and hill rye clinton and anything about who you met with? >> i was peeking as the eaker at new economics school. talking with professors and students and. >> members of faculties. >> did you know what the policy
was under the conversation? >> these are foreign tell us experts. we are talking about that. >> about the campaign? >> nothing serious about the campaign. people may -- look. i have been going there since 1991. i have never seen so much excitement about. >> back in 1991? >> it was similar because i think u.s. foreign policy has been severely mismanaged for many decades. having someone and the possibility there there may be change at some point over the horizon led to a level of optimism. >> this is an obvious question to ask, but when you were there, the revelations about hacking of the dnc was not in the
forefront. that was later on in the month. i think it's important to remember the timeline. it's an obvious question. did anyone talk to you about russia against hillary clinton and about anything having to do with russian policy and russian thoughts on the campaign? >> not only did they not talk about it then, no one has ever said -- no russian person ever said one word to me ever. to this very day. >> you mean about that? >> about that issue you just raised. >> about hacking. >> yeah. >> any allegations that you coordinated or colewded with russia during the campaign you deny? >> it's so false that it's completely a joke.
it shows how dishonest and illegal the actions of the clinton campaign were. john po defta is giving the lies based on them being paid. >> it's a little odd i have to say. you are saying that the clinton campaign was targeting you because you are catholic and because you are a man? >> there is a long list of reasons why they were taking discrimination action. >> hate crimes? based on your religion and the fact that you were male? >> there is compared to that 35 page dossier, everything in my letter is factual. the difference between the two documents is there is a lot of additional evidence backing up all of my claims.
>> how many people were catholic in the campaign? >> i don't want to get into specifics and discussions, but there were a lot of evidence and that's a longer discussion. >> let's talk about quickly the investigation. has anyone from the fbi contacted you for an interview or have you given an interview or anyone from the committees or members of congress? >> no one from the doj or fbi or the executive branch of government ever contacted me over the course of the last year. i was excited when i got back from my trip because i received a letter about committees. i got a nice letter from the senate intelligence asking me to preserve my information. >> you got that yesterday?
>> it was dated a couple of weeks ago. i was excited about it because everything that we are talking about here is based on fal information. it's a little bit 1984esque. >> it's a routine thing to do, but they asked you to preserve any documents that may relate to travels. >> the nice thing know it is, there is a brief clip with the attorney general's statement that didn't include the full statement. recusing himself for all investigations related to campaigns, flurl. not just trump campaign, the focus of the first part of the statement. open to all. i'm cautiously optimistic. >> would you testify?
>> i would be happy to testify. more happy if there were -- i hope that the senate, i tried dialling the number for the senate contact and the select committee to make sure that they are doing both campaigns and get a look at the clear evidence of interfering in the election and using the intelligence community to support them. >> you are thinking about the clinton campaign? >> it's clear. is there any -- >> do you believe russia hacked into the computers to influence the election? >> i don't know about that. >> you know that the clinton campaign tried to subvert or influence the intelligence community, but you can't say
whether russia tried to influence the u.s. election even though the entire intelligence community said it happened? >> in my letter, it's another political stunt in my view. >> they are going to say you have business dealings in russia and you make a living and it's unrsndable you wouldn't want to publicly say russia was hacking into the u.s., but can you sit here and say you don't have a belief or can't imagine that moscow might do that? >> i don't imagine it. i don't think about those things. >> you spent a lot of time in russia and you don't think what they are capable of? you don't tear a second phone when you go to moscow because you know they are going to hack into your phone? everybody does that. >> doi have a second phone. >> you carry a skds phone
because you know they are likely to hack your phone, but you can't imagine they would hack into the dnc? >> i didn't say that. i said if you don't have a second phone in rush why, you are the only person i ever met who doesn't do that. >> doi have that. >> you are concerned about them hacking you and listening in on you. >> that's not my concern. what you have is if you read through that intel report, i have a good analysis of that. >> your credibility on this does seem under question if you are unwilling to look at anything russia may or may not have done and to not entertain the notion of what vladimir putin is capable of.
it's a quote that said we never meddle in the affairs of other countries, unlike the u.s. do you believe vladimir putin? >> i think that was a conversation he had with farid zakaria. >> do you believe they don't meddle in the affairs of other countries? >> what he is saying or the point i was trying to make, i don't -- i'm not here and i meat clear it's part of the trump campaign. >> double that russia meddles in the affairs of other countries? you don't know anything about that? >> based on that intel report, it's all politics. >> i have to jump in here. i only have an under grad degree so i'm not as educated as you are, but i studied in russia a
fair amount. you can say you don't know whether russia meddles in the affairs of other countries? >> in the context of my life which all this defamation approach by the clinton campaign to drag -- >> yes or no. you can say yeah, i don't believe they meddle or i do believe they do? >> listen. they may. i think certainly the u.s. >> the u.s. meddles. of course. >> i think that's a fair statement. >> i do appreciate you talking with us. thank you very much. we will get the panel's take when we come back. more ahead. if you head to the bank and wait to get approved for a mortgage, that newly listed ranch will be gone. or, you could push that button. [dong] [rocket launching] skip the bank. get approved in minutes. lift the burden of getting a home loan with rocket mortgage by quicken loans. [whisper: rocket]
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before the break, you heard from carter page, the adviser who was realed to have met with the russian ambassador. we talked about many things including the parameters of his relationship with the candidate trump and how his relationship with the campaign oddly came to an end. >> when sean spicer january 11th two months ago said carter page is an individual that the president put on notice by the campaign. what were you put on notice for? what does that mean? >> i haven't met mr. spicer either. >> there was a report in the daily caller that the trump campaign sent you cease and desist letters after the campaign ended. is that true? >> i don't know about that.
>> you do not acknowledge receiving a cease and detivity letters from attorneys or anything? >> nothing specific. there is nothing that came up in that regard. >> kirst up powers and jack kingston in the george w. bush administration and analyst karl bernstein. maggie, you heart what carter page said. what do you make of it? >>. >> it was a long interview and my take away is he tried very hard not to answer pointed questions. you asked repeatedly and did a nice job of trying to nail him down on specifics about his meetings or meeting or how many there were. he wouldn't go there. he declined to say a yes or no question to whether he believes or acknowledges that russia
meddles in other country's elections, but he was pointed about what the u.s. does and this is a campaign against him by the democrats and the clinton campaign. i don't know what he thinks he is accomplishing by doing the interviews if he didn't have more to say. his story changed as recently as two weeks ago and now still declining to put it all out on the table. this is generally the school of thought. i don't see how it helps him or the president trump white house. there may be no there there, why not have the white house come forward and say yeah, jeff sessions met and carter page met. >> everybody acknowledges the meeting is not an unusual thing to do.
why not disclose it. jeff sessions said he forgot about it. it was a meeting that had not happened that long ago and in the context of an election where there was russian interference, it does seem like the type of thing you might remember or the people in the meeting afterwards would have said hey, you need to correct the record because you forgot to mention it. with carter page, it seems like he exaggerated his on the trump administration. it was an awkward interview why he came on when he doesn't want to answer the questions about who he met with. why is that confidential if you ran into somebody at a conference. that's not really clear to me. >> you have a long history with all sorts of folks and political controversies. >> it was an excruciating interview to watch like a deer in the headlights. here is someone who may have been used by the russians and
may have been used by the trump campaign and perhaps in both instances. i don't know. let's cut to the chase. there is a cover up going on. we can't tell what the cover up from the trump administration and mr. palestine and mr. sessions is about. the is a cover up and people are trying to keep us and investigators from knowing what all of these goings on are about. people around donald trump and russians, russian nationals and ethno russians and the campaign. that's what all of this is about. we don't know what it goes to, but clearly the period of the united states and thoiz around him including jeff sessions advisory team appointed the same day as the man you just interviewed to be the head of the national security advisory team for the campaign. we don't know what it is they don't want us to know or why it
is. it's clear they don't want us to know a damn thing. >> is it fair to say there is a cover up? >> absolutely not. a series of lies. jeff sessions certainly did not lie under oath. he answered a question and the question never was were you involved as a campaigner or a surrogate? >> but wait. that's ridiculous. if i say to you have you and i ever met and you said no because we have only met as a political analyst, i have never met you as a congressman, but we still met. >> this is what the question was. i will you cut in the middle of it. if there is any evidence that anyone a failiated with the campaign communicated with the russian government, what will you do? >> he volunteered that he had
not. >> it was at the rnc. why was he at the convention? was it as a member of the senate or a surrogate. >> to later go out and shake hands and so forth. >> was that the first or the second? he met with the ambassador. >> that was neverhe question. i absolutely positively believe he answered it correctly. so if somebody said have i met congressman jack kingston, i can say no. i met you as a political analyst. if you say have you met analyst jack kingston, i can say yes, i have. is anyone watching this? >> anyone affiliated with the trump campaign, what will you
do. they never asked. this is the crypt. >> i guess you have to wonder then if that is the case if the feeling is that the question is asked and answered, why did he recuse himself? >> he did the right thing. he did not go to wisconsin and the democrats can't get over it and they are not getting over it. >> is it struck me that this guy and a number of people like that in the trump tam cane cause they came out of nowhere. he had no johnson and what struck me when you were asking questions, he was trying to make himself important. you asked him twice, did they know about your trip. he said people knew. his dry cleaner or grocer?
par. >> jack will know i take no second chair to want to secure donald trump. >> you make bernstein look -- >> they were using him as an emissary? >> it's highly unlikely. it's plausible some of this happened and it's normal and you could make an argument that there is something about it. this is what i suggest. trump has the ability to declassify all the conversations and all the garbage that people are talking about. he should do that. you guys should call for a special prosecutor to get all this out on the table. >> the thing was the slow drip, drip, drip that plagued her campaign with the e-mails and ben gaza skpet server and all of
that. if she put it on the table, she might have done better than she did. with the trump campaign and the white house, this constant question about russia. what i suggest to the white house is put it to rest. i don't think that there is anything to hide. i don't think there is anything about a sitting u.s. senator talking to ambassadors. they all do it. there is plenty of tweets going out back and forth that show even this particular ambassador's meeting with republicans and democrats. >> i don't think they forgot about it. >> there is nothing about it, but the question is when you look at somebody like carter page, it was evident from the interview he was by no means advising the campaign or the candidate. >> you think back to march, donald trump was under pressure to name people who are in his foreign policy national security cabinet and he comes up with five names and carter page is
one of them. even then the people interviewed said i never actually met with the president. he did not have any -- go between, again. >> he was at a big rally. >> carl, does that make sense to you? >> yeah. as i said, he looks to me as someone who has been used perhaps by both the trump campaign and perhaps by the russians. >> why would the trump campaign -- >> carl, i don't agree. >> what we do know i think one thing is absolutely true that i think that you are correct, they were staffing up quickly or looking like they were staffing up quickly. what you are now seeing in addition to the white house has generally had a tradition and the trump camign of not laying cards out on the table. all meetings and people are not equal who have these meetings. michael flinl is not the same as carter page. this is where the trump campaign and now white house has a pervasive truth problem in terms
of the fakt fact that they have repeatedly said things that are not true or that later prove not to be true and so to then this the kind of situation where you're asking people to give you the benefit of the doubt. you don't know what's there. there's this is thin veneer. that is where they have harped themselves for the future. >> it feels like a little bit of a witch lunt, too. >> you need to remember what this is all about from the beginning. that is about the fact by the intelligence agencies of the united states 16 or 17 of them, a finding that the russians interfered in a presidential campaign in a presidential campaign. this is a huge event in international relations. and what we need is forth right openness from the trump white house and those in the trump campaign. that's what we're not getting and that's why we're all exercising these questions and there are so many investigations going on. >> we've got take a break. much more to talk about in the next hour. just add the fear, the children evacuated now an arrest in the wave of threats against jewish
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the investigation into bomb threats against jewish institutions nationwide has led to an arrest in st. louis. the accusations against the suspect involve a small fraction of more than 100 bomb threats directed at jush community centers since the start of the year. in the wake of the scare, parents have pulled kids from jcc programs and schools. gin grass has more on today's arrest. >> reporter: federal authorities say 31-year-old juan thompson is behind at least eight of the threats against jewish institutions across four states.
why did he do it? authorities say to get back at an ex-lover. using a fake e-mail account, thompson allegedly pinned some of the threats on his ex, like this one sent to the headquarters can of the anti-defamation league. she is behind the bomb threats against jews. the next day authorities say he phoned in a bomb threat to the adl and disguised his voice. thompson is a former journalist from the st. louis and sometimes participated in panel discussions on social issues. >> and everyone i knew, everyone i grew up with, the people i interview, whether they be in ferguson or baltimore, the young people, like i did, at one point in my life when i was younger, they desire something more. >> reporter: at one point, thompson wrote for the online publication "the intercept." an editor-in-chief there says he was fired early last year after he fabricated quotes and sources, a claim thompson denied in a previous interview with cnn. now at the center of accusations again.
according to the criminal complaint related to the bomb threats, thompson even went as far as making it seem like his ex was framing him, sending an e mail to a jewish school in mish ghan read juan thompson put two bombs in your school last night. he is eager for jewish newtown. know any good lawyers? need to stop this nasty racist girl i dated. the phone threats were the culmination of seven months of harassment and intimidation toward his ex. the arrest which received praise from the jccadl came on the same day james comey met with leaders to discuss the dozens of other anti-smite smitic threats and attacks. >> does the fbi have any leads on who's behind the dozens of other threats? >> reporter: well, anderson, you saw the fbi director meeting with those faith leaders. he told them this is a top priority for the agency.
we do know from law enforcement officials they believe that either one person or the same group of people are likely behind a majority of these threats that we've really seen in several waves across the country. they also think a majority of those calls are originating from somewhere overseas. so certainly good news to see this arrest and there's hope that more arrests are coming in the near future. >> bryn gingras appreciate it. >> much more ahead in the next hour of 360, on the revelations of previously undisclosed contacts between the trump administration and russia. and the investigations focusing on them. what's next for attorney general jeff sessions ahead. z282uz zwtz y282uy ywty but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on
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