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good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm john berman. breaking news this morning, i didn't do it. i got a lot of e-mails and was new at this whole politics thing. that's the first defense, 11 pages worth from jared kushner responding to questions swirling around the trump campaign and the white house. arriving on capitol hill where he will meet behind closed doors with the staff of the senate intelligence committee, investigating the efforts of russia to meddle in the 2016 election. we should see his arrival any money now.
>> it was so meaningless, i e-mailed an assistant from the meeting after i had been there for 10 minutes and wrote can you please call me on my cell phone? pamela brown will walk us through all the important points in the statement in a moment. let's begin with the hill. this is jared kushner, leaving his residence, as he is getting ready to exactly where manu raju is. statement on the record that will be read before he meets with staffers today. >> we are not expecting senators to be at this meeting. it will not be conducted under
oath. just a staff meeting. typically those aren't under oath. of course, it is a crime to lie or mislead congress in any way. so the bar is very high. today, jared kushner for the first time laying out in detail 11 pages worth of his past meetings, saying he met during the campaign season and during the transition with russians officials, staff officials going back and forth for weeks and months with jared kushner about these meetings, started talking to him in march about we do expect that to be under oath as well. very big week for jared kushner,
most significant witness so far to come before the senate intelligence committee and house intelligence committee as they look into russia meddling and campaign contacts that occurred with trump officials and russian associates during the election. jared kushner for the first time detailing his own meetings. we'll see if he's able to alleviate any concerns whether they believe if there's significance or not to the meeting is another question we'll have to probe later today. >> manu raju standing by. jared kushner leaving his house, will arrive on capitol hill any moment now. he did not speak while leaving. he did seem to acknowledge reporters there. we did see microphones set up on capitol hill. he will get the opportunity, should he want to. >> he knew cameras without out there. >> he did.
he did release this 11-page statement. we're joined by senior justice correspondent pamela brown. what's in there, pam? >> there's a lot in those 11 pages. let's just reiterate this is the first time that jared kushner is sharing his side of the story, defending his previous contacts with russia, saying in these 11 pages that he has nothing to hide. unequivocally stating, i did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded with any foreign government, i have not relied on russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. fast-paced campaign where decisions had to be made on the fly as he juggled multiple jobs within the campaign. he said in the statement i share this information because these actions should be fewviewed through a fast-pace campaign, some of which were impactful and
memorable and many of which were not. the way he laid out the different interactions he with russians, he wanted to emphasize those were not what he viewed as significant meetings, basically making the point that they were unmemorable. it's worth mentioning that two of the meetings in december he talks about in these 11 pages, one are russian ambassador sergey kislyak and the other with the russian state-owned bank who has a direct line to putin, was after the intelligence committee publicly concluded that russia meddled with the election. within that context it raises the question why he seemed, based on this statement, to brush off as insignificant, john and poppy. >> pamela, he also wrote one line that out to us a lot, saying i have tried to be fully transparent with the filing of my form. above and beyond what is required, he goes on to say. as you've said many times over,
and as we know, he resubmitted that three times. has he done anything above and beyond what is required by law? >> he goes to great lengths to say that he went to great lengths and his team notified the fbi of the error and disclosed foreign contacts over the next several months. he said even though his attorney couldn't conclude the russian attorney in the trump tower meeting was representing the russian government, he included that anyway on his form out of an abundance of caution but did say that meeting wasn't discovered until june after a document review. it also raises the question. >> because in his mind the russian lawyer wasn't a representative of the government you wouldn't need to include that meeting at all. >> but if you read down in the
e-mail he would see it was a russian government effort. >> exactly. in his mind that's above and beyond. whether the law sees it like that, who knows? dana bash, cnn's chief correspondent, gloria borgeer, former nsa attorney and rick santorum, cnn political commentator. lightning round, your first impressions of this 11-page document. susan henney, first to you. >> it's a really incredibly parse statement. first defense of it, he doesn't deny a lot of t he doesn't say i never had those two phone calls with kislyak. he says i don't recall having those phone calls. very carefully prepared document, putting him in a position to preserve any level of plausible deniability, possibility of errors. whatever he says in front of congress has to be the truth or it will be a crime. >> including this statement, right? anything he writes in this statement, if anything are lies that's perjury? >> not if he's not under oath
but it is a violation of the law. >> gloria, your first impressions? minimal downplaying, i went above and beyond. how do you see it? >> he portrays himself as kind of a naive here and someone who was unfamiliar with the workings of government. and even kislyak and flynn had to say no, no, you can't do that. the fact that i asked about direct contacts and who would be the best direct contact to kislyak is proof, he says, that i was not aware that any contacts existed before election day. and nowhere in these contacts do we hear jared kushner asking about the hacking of the election, which was on a lot of people's minds kushner was
looking forward as opposed to backward but was not an issue he was concerned with at all. instead he was trying to figure out a way to back channels with vladimir putin. >> in a much different place than a lot of the people involved in this investigation. he is a white house employee. he works there. >> two things. yes, he is a white house employee and works there. he has a lot at stake, never mind that it is his father-in-law who he wants to do right by. and some saying he shouldn't have security clearance based on a lot of the questions that have been asked. he's trying to put those questions to rest so he can keep operating as a senior adviser to his father-in-law because for all intents and purposes if he
doesn't have security clearance, he can't do that job. that's one thing. another thing, from a political, optics and sort of atmospherics side of this, the question on my mind, this is so detailed and goes so far to explain all the things we've seen over the past six months. why now? why not so many months ago to do this? i can tell you a source close to kushner insists it is because he wanted to do it in a proper way, when he could actually go to an official body, meaning the united states senate, the people investigating and not deal with people like us.
>> so, senator santorum, does it satisfy you? what are your questions? >> i did read the 11-page statement this morning. for those who saw jared kushner at the center of a collusion effort with the russians, they'll be sorely disappointed. i think this puts that issue squarely to bed. jared kushner was very detailed, laid out a very plausible explanation, backed up by evidence. the idea, for example, that was said that the only thing that he couldn't recall these two conversations that reuters reported. he says more than that. in fact, they went through and checked every phone record, everything. they couldn't find anything in communications. it wasn't just that he didn't recall it. they exhaustively looked at whether there was any type of communication and they found none. i think this is a very strong statement on his part. and the only question is dana's
question. why did you wait till now if you had such, what i believe, such a persuasive statement to make? >> let's just be clear. this is jared kushner's version of events and his attorney's version of events. i don't think anyone, senator, expected him to come out and say i was at at center of a massive coll collusion ring. but, susan, this gets to the point that gloria was making, the last statement, the fact that i was asking about ways to start a dialogue after election day should be viewed as strong evidence i was not aware of one that existed before election day. your friend, benjamin wittis suggests that maybe jared kushner is allowing for the possibility that the relationship existed but asserting he didn't know about it. your thoughts? >> it's interesting that this statement is designed to exonerate jared kushner, doesn't say much about the rest of the campaign. he's covering himself but isn't really talking much about the rest of the campaign.
certainly significant. another thing that's something here is that we've been told that jared kushner is going to solve middle east peace, run the u.s./china policy, restructure the entire u.s. government when it comes to the ability to fill out forms, keep track of meetings, exercise good judgment in whether or not he should be meeting with these types of officials during the transition period all of a sudden aw shucks, i'm brand new to politics. that's the naenlg comes through loud and clear, him saying i didn't know what i was doing. anything that was untoward it was just an innocent mistake. >> and to dana, as all of our mothers and fathers taught us, there are no i's in we, but there are a lot of i's in this statement. even when he was describing the don junior meeting with the russian lawyer, he didn't make
any statement that he was a rookie at this too, blah, blah, blah. >> you're right. to be fair, this statement is supposed to be about him. it is supposed to be about his experience, his recollections, whether he did anything wrong in all of these meetings that he had. so i'm not sure it would be appropriate for him to be speaking for somebody else. to wreed it a different way, you're on your own, brother-in-law, when it comes to why you set up this meeting last june. in this particular case, for this particular audience, it probably makes more sense. having said that, it does leave open the question of, for example, during the campaign allegations and questions, things that the congress and likely the special counsel will be looking into, the fake news that went out on digital platforms in places like wisconsin and michigan, places
that the president ended up doing really well, whether or not this is, again, what they're looking into, whether or not there was any, you know, coordination with any russian official or any russian entity that tried to help get that through digitally through the campaign. that is something that i don't believe that he addresses. >> all right. guys, don't go anywhere. we've got a lot more to discuss on this. there's a lot going on. we saw a live picture. you see it there, jared kushner due to arrive on capitol hill at any minute. will he speak at those microphones? maybe. >> maybe. >> you never know. meantime, russia is firing back at the talk of u.s. sanctions. one of the outstanding questions is will the president sign this legislation or not? we're getting mixed messages from the white house. the president taking aim at his own attorney general, jeff sessions again, calling him, quote, our beleaguered ag, in a new statement this morning. why is he targeting people so
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all right. at any moment now, we'll see jared kushner arrive on capitol hill. that was him, leaving his home, moments ago. this is all behind closed doors. this is all about his contacts, four separate ones, with russians or russian representatives. >> while this senior adviser and son-in-law to the president is on his way to capitol hill, the president of the united states made a new statement this morning in just the last few minutes, where he takes aim again at his own administration and his own attorney general. why aren't the committees and investigators and, of course, our beleaguered ag looking into crookedhill ri's crimes and russia relations? gloria borgia, i'll put this question first to you. beleaguered ag, spoken by the man doing the beleaguering.
>> right. he basically says, you know, our ag under attack. by the way, i'm the one doing the attacking. if i am jeff sessions and saw that, i would not take that as a huge vote of confidence from the president of the united states, calling his own attorney general beleaguered and then saying why aren't you doing your job? and your job would be to look into hillary clinton, et cetera, et cetera, not to be recusing yourself from russia. if you recused yourself from russia, you have time to be doing the more important work. not exactly a vote of confidence to jeff sessions and we have known for quite some time he's not pleased with him. >> senator santorum, it's not that surprising, given the interview that he gave, saying testimony for confirmation was bad, he would never have hired him, had he known he was going to recuse himself.
what is the playbook here? what is the tactic? is this an effort to get eventually sessions, who seems like teflon right now, not quitting -- to get him to quit so he can get an ag in there who would fire special prosecutor mueller? what is the goal for the president? >> i'm not sure there is a goal. you have to understand the president. the president saw jeff sessions -- >> help me understand. >> let me give it a shot. he saw jeff sessions as a friend, close confidant, developed a close relationship over the course of the campaign. jeff sessions was someone who was as close to the president as anybody that had come on the campaign trail. and i thirng he feels betrayed, that jeff sessions didn't do what a friend would do, which is step in there, on the landmine, take the hits and do what was necessary. and i think that really -- if
there's one thing that i've seen about donald trump is that when he does build that bond and he feels like someone hasn't been completely loyal to him when he has been loyal to them, that causes some real problems in the relationship. >> would he see that as a choice between being loyal to the president and being loyal to the constitution? >> well, i would make -- >> go ahead. >> i would make the argument that jeff sessions could have been loyal to the constitution, had he not recused himself. the element of recusal is at the core of everything at this. the president sees that as the root of all the problems that have come from that. and so it's not -- i don't think there was a constitutional requirement that the agrecuse himself. >> certainly a requirement by doj regulations that he recuse himself under these circumstances.
an independent department of justice, attorney general who is acting on behalf of the best interests of the american people and not the best interest of his buddy, the president. that actually raises much bigger questions about how the president himself views the role. >> at the risk of disagreeing with you, which i would never do, i would never not be surprised by a president of the united states seeming to publicly ridicule his attorney general. >> over and over again. >> it's shocking to me. we see it, continue to see it each and every morning. but perhaps in the context of what he has been saying in the last 24 hours, he was talking about republicans in general. >> right. >> and sees it as the job of every republican. it's very sad the republicans, even some carried over the line on my back do very little to protect their president. dana? >> look, i think if anything has changed since he got a new communications director in place, someone who is kind of
sympatico, seems to be sympatico with the way that donald trump conduct himself and, even more importantly, anthony scaramucci said himself, let donald be donald, that president trump has -- it's hard to imagine him being even more kind of eager to share his feelings than he has been over the past six months but it does seem that he is. and even more so eager to do it in the way that he did it during the campaign, to take a shot at the establishment, to take a shot at republicans, to take a shot at his own attorney general and to use his platforms to kind of chide these people who he said he was going to come in and shake up. who knows if this is going to have any kind of, you know, good end to the story, whether or not it's going to have any success. it does feel that he, the
president, feels that he has a more license to even put more out on twitter about what's going through his head than he did before, which is hard to imagine. >> gloria, let me get your take -- hold on -- to add to what you were going to say. your take on that. he brings up anthony scaramucci, his first officiday on the job. although he was on weekend shows. is he going to be an asset or liability? he put a lot out there. we talk about pardons after jay sekulow said no way, no one talked about that and he offered up by the way the president called me from air force one and basically said russia is so good at this stuff that if they had hacked our election, our u.s. intelligence agencies wouldn't even know about it. two big things. >> i think scaramucci may talk too much. i think that may turn into a problem for him. he is kind of new at this.
and he's offering information that perhaps he shouldn't be offering. he also let us know that the president doesn't believe that the russians hacked the election. i think we're going to -- it's going to be a brave new world here with scaramucci, who is really, you know, kind of another version of donald trump, if you will. what we see from donald trump and from scaramucci is the demand for ultimate loyalty. scaramucci will tell people who work for him today you're going to be fired if you leak to journalists and donald trump is saying to the attorney general, whom he seems to try -- he seems
to be trying to get him to quit with this tweet today. you weren't ultimately loyal to me because you recused yourself, so you ought to be gone. >> glora they're on the same page now. but backtrack about six months, 12 months and on totally different pages on gun control, climate change. >> never mind. never mind. >> but you could say the same thing about donald trump himself. >> there you go, dana bash. so smartly put. that's why you two ladies are the chiefs of everything politics here. thank you very, very much, all of you. the president keeps saying look at how much we've done. look at the stock market and the stock market is soaring. doesn't matter for half of americans, though. chief business correspondent christine romans is here. >> the investor class, then the working class. the investor class has been enriched. we'll show you what is driving the markets here. futures are flas flat. all the major averages last week, very good week.
s&p 500 is the gainlg gauge that your 401(k) is most likely closely tied to, up more than 10% for the year. what are these goldilocks fundamentals we're talking about driving things? moderate economic growth, improvement in labor market, low inflation and very good corporate earnings. companies are making a lot of money. as you know, poppy, stock prices reflect how much companies are making, not necessarily what main street feels. alphabet, the google parent, that's today. you can see all the other ones later this week. it's interesting, alphabet just revealed as well they spent a record amount of money lobbying the white house. tech companies have never spent more money lobbying washington because they're on the opposite side of things, high-tech visas and the like. there it is, the opening bell. >> they're cheering about something. >> i guess they are. >> it's monday. they always clap at that bell. >> i applaud their optimism.
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attorney, and staffer. they'll take notes of the meeting. he has provided documents, as well as his formal statement. they finalized, we learned, over the weekend. >> one of the more interesting things here we're getting word from suzanne malveaux on capitol hill. the meeting will be tribed and kushner's lawyer has no problem with the transcript being made public. it is up to senate protocol, says kushner's legal team, in that case. and also kushner has no preference as to whether he goes under oath for the interview. he is willing to do sworn testimony if asked. even if he's not sworn in, he can't lie to senate investigators. that is something that has come up before. no question that kushner will not answer, and that it will take two hours. >> all of these things show jared kushner, seemingly wanting
to be very transparent. let's see if we get that transcript. >> as of now, after all these months. >> now. while that is going on the president of the united states, jared kushner's boss and father-in-law is on the attack against republicans. hitting them for not doing more to protect him and says there will be repercussions. this is what he wrote moments ago. republicans have a last chance to do the right thing on repeal and replace after years of talking about campaigning on it. congressman ralph abraham, republican from louisiana. congressman, thank you for being with us this morning. let me ask you about some of the things the president has been writing about republicans over the last few hours. he said it's sad that some republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their president. do you see it as your job, congressman, to protect the president? >> i think it's our job to
support the president if we're going to ride on the republican brand. and with the repeal and replace, the senate, i know, is working very hard this week. they will get this thing done. to send just a repeal vote to the president sends a statement but it doesn't send a solution. we need a repeal and replace so that i, as a country doctor, can write the prescriptions i want for my patients, get the specialists i need for my patients, send them to the hospital i need to do for my patient and, again, get them what they need. and i'm unable to do that right now with the current obamacare system. >> congressman, just building off the statement that john read from the president, we don't know what specifically he was talking about. he may have been talking, though, about sanctions and the bill in the house right now on sanctioning russia because moments before that, he tweeted about russia, calling it all a witch hunt. in this bill that sits in the
house, as you know, it does not give the president the power to alleviate or loosen these sanctions on russia. why is it important to take this power away from the president? are you supportive of the way the bill looks and stands right now? >> right now, i do have some questions with the bill. again, we need to support the president. look, russia is no friend of the united states. >> but does that mean giving him -- does that mean giving him sort of unbridled power when it comes to these sanctions? >> not at all. we have to have constraints on the president, on congress, on all aspects of society. i'm a firm believer of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. russia is a country, a president putin that we have to be very cognizant of, very suspicious of and have to watch him very closely as to what his actions globally are and the way it
affects america. certainly we want the president to be able to do what the president wants to do to protect our national security. but at the same time we certainly need oversight on all of us up here on the hill. >> go ahead. >> you know, on the idea of protecting, you called it loyalty to the president right there. is your sworn oath to the president or is it to the constitution? and do you think it's the job of republicans to protect the president on the russia investigation? >> it's not the job to protect the president on the russian investigation. it's the president's job to be very transparent and as your previous broadcast on the kushner thing, he is being very transparent and i think the president has been very transparent on this issue. again, we did swear an oath to the constitution, not to the president. and you don't go all in for a particular person or particular party. you take a step back and look at the objective data and make a decision. that's what we are doing up here
in congress. we need to give the president some leeway. by the way, he is the president of the united states and we have elected him to that job. we, in congress, do have oversight over ourselves, somewhat the president and other branches of the government. and that needs to stay place. >> why do you think the president has been, in your words, so transparent on all things russia? many would argue the opposite, even your fellow republicans, when it comes to the refusal to release his tax returns, when it comes to his firing of the fbi director because of, by his own admission, the russia investigation and his slamming of his own attorney general for recusing himself in the russian investigation. what about the president has been transparent on all things russia? >> he has been transparent on everything we've asked him to be transparent. the tax returns have nothing to do with the russia so-called collusion. it's defined as being illegal conspiracy or cooperation between two parties.
we have had up wards of six, and now i think seven committees on the house and senate side looking into this russian collusion. i use this in quotation marks. none of those committees have come back to a finding of collusion. >> they're not done. >> they are to a point that nothing has come out. >> how do you know that? you don't sit on these committees. >> well, look, i sit on a lot of committees and i hear a lot of things that are being done, are being discussed. the same things that you guys hear in the news media. again, nothing has come out that said this president or his son-in-law, or any of his family has colluded with the russian government. >> congressman, thank you for your time. >> all right. >> we'll have you back more to talk about these investigations. and a range of things to be covered today. >> and we're waiting -- thank
you, congressman. live pictures you're looking at, we're waiting for jared kushner to walk up those steps, as much as we love looking at all the employees walking into the capitol. >> you do see the fashions of late july in washington, d.c. >> like it's hot down there. >> i saw a lot of khakis, some seersucker and short sleeves on the men and women protecting the capital. many dozen survivors could suffer permanent consequences and the driver of the tractor trailer found crammed with -- hang on one second, guys. let's go back to capitol hill right now. i believe this is jared kushner, senior adviser to the president arriving. let's listen. >> mr. kushner was it appropriate for you to meet with the russian officials? [ inaudible ]
>> all right. jared kushner senior adviser to the president, son-in-law as loquacious as ever. >> that is true. he doesn't say much. we'll see if he addresses any questions. he walked in with his attorney before he goes to this relatively small meeting with senate staffers, four to six of them will be present. he has said, and what we've learned in the last few moments, that he will be very transparent. suzanne malveaux saying there is no question he won't answer. he is open to the transcript of this meeting, interview, being released. go ahead. >> that is jared kushner, the attorney there obscured behind the man in the hat. there he is, his attorney in the blue tie, arriving for a
discussion. wave from jared kushner. suzanne pointed out, which we hadn't known before, which is fascinating, is that the kushner team has no problem with the transcript being made public to this entire process. >> and it's up to senate committee's preferences whether or not he will go under oath for the interview but is willing to go under oath and give sworn testimony. >> again, we wanted to see, just in case, in the rare instance we would hear some of the first words ever from the senior adviser to the president, jared kushner, who almost never speaks in public or in a way that the press can hear him. now he is going to speak behind closed doors to the senate investigators, staffers from the senate intelligence committee. >> right. we should be learning more about that in a while. much more ahead. stay with us. (vo) dogs have evolved,
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arrived on capitol hill. he is behind closed doors right now, meeting with senate investigators, staffers on the senate intelligence committee. that wave was about as much as we got or heard from jared kushner right there. >> right. so, we'll learn more as he comes out of this meeting. we might even get a transcript, as we've learned, because his team said just this morning, according to our suzanne malveaux, that he's completely open to a full transcript of this interview being released and is totally open to going under oath if they choose to do so. we'll follow that for you also. we want to tell you about a very deadly -- >> manu raju is with us on capitol hill. manu, are you there? the meeting under way. >> reporter: the meet something under way. jared kushner just walked by where i'm standing right now. we tried to ask him a question about that trump tower meeting that he acknowledged in this 11-page statement that he gave to the committee, saying in that statement that he gave to the
committee that there's really nothing to that meeting at all. he didn't follow the e-mail chains going back and forth. tried to ask him if he regretted that meeting in we expect maybe four to six staffers to be in that meeting. no members will be in there. he will not be under oath. doesn't mean he cannot tell the whole truth. misleading congress in any way is something that can be prosecuted. this is the first of two meetings on capitol hill. his team telling suzanne mall zoe, maybe not more than two hours on the number of questions people have, especially in light of the disclosure of meetings he has during the transition and the campaign. he says nothing to it. >> manu raju on capitol hill, having just seen jared kushner in the halls. jared kushner behind closed
doors with senate investigators right now. in the meantime, tractor trailer driver james bradley will be in court. he is accused of driving a truck with 100 people crammed inside. >> nine of them have been confirmed dead, dozens recovering in the hospital. some of them may suffer permanent brain damage because of the conditions they were trafficked in. ed has more. what else have you learned? >> we are waiting that court appearance here in downtown san antonio. james bradley, of clear water, florida, set to face criminal charges today, making that initial court appearance. really, the investigators focused on trying to piece together this human smuggling operation. who else was involved? where are they coming from. nine people dead, as you mentioned. 30 treated for heat exhaustion. 20 of those in critical condition. we are waiting on more updates
on the conditions of the updates. two of the victims treated in the hospital are 15-year-olds. this story really highlighting the lengths many people around the world will go to to get to the united states. it's a horrifying story. the fire chief telling us, john and poppy, the temperatures inside that tractor trailer could have reached more than 150 degrees. >> all right, ed in san antonio. again, that court appearance scheduled for later this morning. horrible story there. rising tensions in jerusalem. security video outside one of the holiest sites in the city. they are holding an emergency meeting shortly. we'll bring you the latest.
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this. president trump's special envoy to this region, jason green black is in town and talking with different government officials, the jordanians, israelis, palestinians, trying to figure out the best way to come to a resolution. as we know, president trump's son-in-law, jared kushner has been talking to them as well, trying to come to a deal. this is a real crucial test because over the past few months, the trump administration is working with and building relations with the different parties. this will be the test of how good those relations are and if they can come to a deal to end the crisis. this crisis is going to take that diplomatic effort. on the ground, in the old city and around every night we have seen clashes between protesters and police. four palestinians have been killed so far. also, last weekend, three ids reallies were killed in the west bank when a palestinian snuck into their house and killed them
with a knife. that just underscores how important it is for the powers to come to some sort of agreement. to give you an idea of how far that divide is right now, after those two israeli police officers were killed over a week ago, we had palestinian president abbas call israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, express condolences and condemn it. they are not even talking. palestinians have frozen relations with the israelis. that's something the americans are going to have to work on. >> ian lee, thank you for the reporting for us this morning from jerusalem, we appreciate it. also, we know the man the president charged with at least peace, jared kushner, right now, focused on his testimony with senate investigators. we'll bring you the breaking news, as soon as we get that. hi. i'm the one clocking in... when you're clocking out.
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good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm poppy harlow on the hill, capitol hill that is and on the hot seat. moments ago, senior adviser to the president, jared kushner arrived. he is behind closed doors with senate investigators. they want to know about the meetings he had with russians and russian officials as they investigate the russian meddling in the 2016 investigation. before sitting down with investigators, he offered a lengthy defense, 11 pages, to be exact saying he did not collude and did nothing wrong. he blamed it on a political newcomer. >> the down play of the meeting set up by donald trump jr. and a host of others with connections to russia. that meeting set up to provide dirt from the russian government so said the e-mail on