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know @arimelber. and "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts right now. breaking news tonight about attorney general jeff sessions and his contact with the russian ambassador. plus, sean spicer's out, anthony scaramucci is in. tonight, can a new york banker change a communications strategy that sometimes is only as good as donald trump's cell phone? and as jared kushner prepares to answer questions on the hill, we're learning more about his finances and what he didn't disclose before as we get under way on a friday night. the friday night edition, day 183 of the trump administration, a year to the day since donald trump accepted the republican party's nomination. exactly six months to the day since our introduction to sean spicer when he was ordered to
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berate the news media for how we reported on the crowd size at the inauguration. sean spicer is gone. we'll talk about his tenure and his replacement later on in this broadcast. but first, to our friday night breaking news story, this one centering on attorney general jeff sessions. this one comes from "the washington post." the headline tonight, sessions discussed trump campaign-related matters with russian ambassador u.s. intelligence intercepts show. and that's just a headline. quoting here, russian's ambassador told his superiors that he discussed policy issues related to moscow with jeff sessions during the 2016 race contrary to the public assertions by the embattled attorney general according to the u.s. officials. "one u.s. official said that sessions has provided misleading statements that are contradicted
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by other evidence. a former official said that the intelligence indicates that sessions and sergey kislyak had substantive discussions including trump's position on russia-related issues and prospects for u.s./russia's relations during a trump administration." the article and several national security experts tonight do caution, russian and other diplomats have been known to share false or misleading information to try to confuse our intelligence community. but "the post" ads that kislyak has not been ak cure rate about these matters. this comes days after trump told "the new york times" that he does not think that trump should have recused himself from the russia investigation. trump said if he had known that, he wouldn't have picked sessions for the job. this is what sessions says.
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>> i have been called a surrogate at a time or two in the campaign and he did not have communications with the russians. >> let me be clear, i never had meetings with russians operatives or russian intermediaries about the trump campaign. >> i don't recall any discussion about the campaign in any significant way. it was in no way some sort of coordinating of an effort of doing anything improper. >> the justice department released a statement when he specifically addressed this and said that he said he never met with or had any conversations with foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election. some people have noted there's room in that statement and joining our lead panel tonight, white house reporter for "the wall street journal," eli
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stokels and shannon pettypiece and "new york times" chief white house correspondent peter baker, one of the trio of journalist who is took part in the interview of president trump we mentioned. peter, that's going to earn you first question status tonight. "the post" piece uses the word tenuous to talk about sessions' hold on his job. we know how he is regarded or not by the president because of your interview. i'm a little interested in why this, why tonight? this is a hit on jeff sessions and if you don't want to discuss it in specificity, you don't need to. but can you remember other times when something was leaked that maybe hurt the greater good and was targeted at one individual? >> oh, sure, yeah.
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plenty of these stories have come out. i don't know where all of them come from and some of those are as a result of internal feuds or power struggles. i can't say that's the case in this instance. the timing is coming two days after the president's comments is pretty striking. and it looks like what the president was saying is not a new thought. he mentioned it a few days earlier and it's something that's gnawing at him. he's been holding a grudge against the attorney general ever since. >> he, as you pointed out, blames everything that followed for the recusal because of the recusal of the attorney general.
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>> that's right. his deputy attorney general rod rose sen ste rosenstein was in charge and then it came out that he had a conversation or says he had a conversation with the president about whether to stop the investigation into mike flynn, that's when rod rosenstein is the acting attorney general in this instance decided to appoint a special counsel which is robert mueller. so from the sessions' recusal, in the president's view, is why he now face as special counsel who's now looking at all sorts of things the president doesn't want him to look at. >> eli, what we haven't done yet is talk about the body of the story. very serious, if true. second darel secondarily, it confirms the russia meddling with the campaign. >> the irony is, strutrump was
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that he recused himself and this story, even if it weakens his position or stature atop the justice department, this story basically, you know, lays bear akn anew the reason he had to recuse himself and all of these people that can't remember their interactions until they are reported by the media and this is a case, sessions did speak about specifically -- he answered this question but what his answer was, we just heard it on the tape was, i didn't have any conversations with interference in the campaign. that's not at what is at issue. what is at issue is did he speak with kislyak, as the reports based on this information that "the post" has tonight, did he speak with kislyak about a potential trump administration positions on issues related to russia. that's a question that i don't think sessions actually answered specifically on the record. >> shannon, how serious is this
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during a serious week for jeff sessions and i have a follow-up. is there anyone in the white house with a stomach for a confirmation fight over a new attorney general right now? >> losing jeff sessions as your attorney general would be such an enormous political distraction, so politically toxic. if he's fired, some people in congress were saying it would not be survivable politically. but trump has undermined him, taken away a lot of credibility that he has. how do you go in every day as the attorney general, head of law enforcement of this country with the president saying i wish he wasn't there, damaging leaks in the media, who else knows what is going to come out there. at the same time, sessions is in a corner where he may not have a choice to actually step down. and i almost feel like i'm starting to have seen this movie
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before with michael flynn, not a complete parallel but where there was damaging information and flib was essentially forced to put on his resignation. and then we're at a point where we need another attorney general to go through a tough senate confirmation fight or the president is going to have to fire him or he's going to have to resign and neither of those options are desirable. >> peter, let's continue on one of those options that sessions gave us. if sessions is dismissed, that's a confirmation of the underlining story and campaign,
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russian preoccupation out of nowhere. >> although he'd be dismissed for the opposite reason, as eli pointed out. you said it at the opening, which i think is important to remind us again, is that this information, this assertion comes from what the russian ambassador is telling his home office as intercepted by american intelligence agencies. we don't have a transcript as far as we know that the public conversation itself and from anybody in the room other than the russian ambassador what was said. so there are only so many rocks that you can put into a sack until it becomes too difficult to move forward. whether the president would push out the attorney general, who can say? one thing we've learned is that anything is possible in this administration. who would have thought that he would have fired the acting attorney general that he had inherited just one week into office in who would have thought that he would have fired the fbi director? we talk about, well, you don't
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want to go through a tough confirmation. that was the case and it would depend on who was selected but look at chris ray. we would have thought whoever he put up for the job is going to go through a tough confirmation. he just got advanced by the senate judiciary committee unanimously. we don't know for sure. this president has shown that he's willing to do things that other presidents would have considered to be unthinkable. >> we have some other personnel matters in the news tonight. eli, your paper in particular is out in front with some reporting on jared kushner. we've heard a lot of disclosures. what new have we learned? >> this was a form that he had to disclose potential conflicts of interest and what came out today is he amended. we talk about the amnesia that we see from folks over and over again in this white house. kushner, according to his staff, inadvertently overlooked about
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70 or so things, financial commitments and investments and things and holdings that he hadn't put on his form. we're talking about millions of dollars of personal wealth here. they are trying to clear the deck of any potential and to become more transparent. why did it take six months to disclose all of those things. that does fit a pattern of folks joining this administration and thinking after years in the business world we can just kind of fudge it. we can just kind of skirt the rules a little bit and it will be fine and they are finding out that in public service and public life, it's public. people are going to find these things out and it doesn't make them look very good. >> shannon, i watched you guys at 4:00 on nicole wallace's show. so many pieces of the puzzle in the administration were falling but you write about another one
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that hasn't gotten much attention. the legal team is undergoing big changes. donald trump's legal team is kind of fading into the background. >> yes. marc kasowitz, the president's personal lawyer, someone very loyal, a confidant a. frie, a f the president, was set to lead this legal team responding to inquiries of the mueller investigation. he has had some controversies. he's very colorful person. >> good you've euphamism. and he's being moved to the side. john dowd knows these washington cases. he's not a real estate lawyer. he's not a transactional lawyer. he's now taking the lead and then mark carulo on thursday
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announced that he was resigning. a person close to him said that it was becoming too chaotic. he felt like he was being left out of the loop and he didn't need this essentially and moved on. >> peter baker, you are the only former moscow bureau chief. what do you think they make of all of this? they see and hear people like you and me and all of us and our coverage? >> this is the kind of thing that would never happen in russia. the state controls the media there. the narrative put out to the public is pretty tightly controlled, for the most part. there is more freedom than in the soviet days. they have access to the internet and sometimes to foreign news sources but i think they look at this as a joke, that they have
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caused great disruption and they have managed to stir the pot and fighting with each other and investigating the president. so from that point of view, they look at this as a win. now, if the other point of view -- if the goal of meddling was to create a political environment in which these sanctions have been put under them would be lifted, that's been a failure because right now even if president trump wanted to do that, it's politically impossible. the senate voted 97-0 to pass legislation mandating these sanctions against russia. the house would presumably follow suit perhaps, especially if the president tried to go the other way. they've had a win/loss. >> the senate seldom agrees on anything. what a terrific end to our initial panel here tonight. peter baker, our thanks. eli, shannon, thank you as well. coming up after our first break, the it legal questions all of these stories raise now with three of the best legal
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welcome back to "the 11th hour" with tonight's big news focusing on attorney general jeff sessions. we want to welcome in three attorneys. richard painter is back with us, chief ethics lawyer to president george w. bush teaching law at the university of minnesota. carrie is with us for the dni now at georgetown law and brian weiss returns to our broadcast, criminal defense attorney who,
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among other cases, helped overturn convictions against tom delay. welcome to you all. by my math, carrie, you were one of the most recently afed. what do you make of this jeff sessions story tonight with the reminder that he may have been a republican senator from alabama what seems like ten minutes ago. this is the attorney general of the united states we're talking about. >> reporter: it is. and he's got a few different issues that were raised by the article that came out tonight. first of all, he's got some legal exposure. folks in congress are going to go back and look at every word that he spoke in his confirmation hearing and in a subsequent hearing and comparing that to what they read in the news tonight and he probably is going to get more letters than questions and perhaps be requested to come back to congress and clarify things that he said so he's got legal
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exposure there and he also has issues with respect to maintaining the independence of the justice department. we're really seeing an effort by this white house and this president to basically lay on justice. and influence an investigation, shut down the special counsel investigation if they can. so he really has a challenge if he does end up staying in his position to find a way to insulate the department of justice from political interference from the white house. >> the justice department has at its disposal broad powers and the ability to remind the white house who is boss at times. >> you know, we talk about the separation of powers, brian, and the executive versus legislative and judicial. but this is one of these times when bob mueller, the special counsel and the might of
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the justice department are the strongest. this is the attorney general of the united states, someone who is the highest ranking law enforcement officer, period. and to suggest as we are today that they may be dusting off the hot seat for him because of perjury or any other related crimes really is mind boggling. who would have thought that only on day 183 that we'd be having this discussion in addition to discussions like presidential pardons. >> i'm glad you raised presidential powers because richard painter wrote about it in an op-ed for "the washington post." the headline speaks for the entire piece. no, trump can't pardon himself. the constitution tells us so. "the pardon provision of the
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constitution is there to enable the president and to intervene on behalf of the defendant when the president determines what would be equitable." richard, two things. number one, as a layperson, i look at the president's ability to pardon himself, if it were absolute, it would allow murder and any kind of terrible criminal behavior and, number two, do innocent people start asking about pardon powers? >> i would think that innocent people would not be thinking about who could pardon them and an extraordinary situation here. and either he's been lying about his relationship with the russians and what he talked to the russians about, flat outlying or he's being framed by somebody who is leaking this information, false information
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that would get him fired and the president wants to replace a lot of top management in order to derail the mueller investigation. i wrote that op-ed this morning for a development because president trump had already contacted a number of people and whether he could pardon himself and those questions are being asked in the white house and the answer is categorically no. there is not a situation in human history where a person has been able to pardon themselves and the president for this is the royal pardon and not found a situation where a king has been able to pardon himself and then avoid prosecution by subsequent kings. many have gone off to the chopping block and would have avoided that. even the pope says to confession
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to another priest, pope francis did so quite recently in public, not a single example of a self-pardon anywhere that i can find. it makes no sense. the office of legal counsel suggests that you could not do that. so that's off the table. he should look into other options. you know, maybe, i don't know, go join mr. snowden in moscow or something. this is not going to work. >> carrie, also in the legal realm this week, the report that the trump white house is doing, in effect, opposition research, playing defense against mueller's team. by all accounts, if you lined up all the jerseys of the attorneys mueller is hiring, they would all be on an all-star team in their particular branch of what
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is, in effect, white collar crime. do you think robert mueller and his co-counsel are impression nabl impressionable in that way? >> no, i don't. this is another aspect of the president and this white house trying to influence and potentially obstruct this investigation by releasing publicly whatever is this information that they supposedly are conducting some kind of opposition research or looking into potential conflicts of the lawyers who are on that special counsel. i view this as just another part of the pattern of this white house of trying to obstruct the investigation that's being conducted. the irony is that every time the president has done something like this, it backfires. he hired an attorney general that he thought was going to be favorable to him and then that person recused. he tried to lay on the fbi director and then that resulted in the fbi director writing
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memos that memorialize those conversations. he fired the fbi director and that led to bob mueller becoming the special counsel. every time they try to take a step to obstruct this investigation because he wants it shut down, it ends up backfiring and this effort to discredit the special counsel staff is going to end up the exact same way. >> how much of the information thus far can be chucked up to ignorance, how washington works, ignorance of the law, ignorance of all matters integrity-related and even that the world contains people like robert mueller who see this as a calling and cherish their integrity. >> well, i'm going to check probably number d, all of the above. look, brian, you make a great point. i actually caught a repeat of a movie i hadn't seen in a very
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long time. all the president's men. there's this great scene where woodward and deep throat played by hal and he says you have to understand these guys in the white house, they are just not all that bright. i think history repeats itself. or maybe it's the other way around. but you're right, these guys are amateurs and we've said it before, you've got to act like you've been there before and for some reason they don't. and i think you've got to ask yourself in terms of the jeff sessions story, you know, who benefited and i think carrie make as great point. this may be a situation where they are setting jeff sessions up to fail and it seems to me that donald trump has an exit visa with his name on it and we all know it's in the piano in rick's cafe. >> different branch of the language but i've been told that
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we have to exit and go to break. i think you all would make for a great letterhead. our thanks to these three bright attorneys. thank you all so much for joining oun joining us on a friday night. coming up, he lasted six months and a day. what ended the run of sean spicer as the white house press secretary when "the 11th hour" continues. you're not taking these. hey, hey, hey! you're not taking those. whoa, whoa! you're not taking that. come with me. you're not taking that. you're not taking that. you're not taking that. mom, i'm taking the subaru. don't be late. even when we're not there to keep them safe, our subaru outback will be. (vo) love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. choicehotels.com. badda book. that's it?. he means book direct at choicehotels.com for the lowest price on our rooms guaranteed.
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i just think it was in the best interests of our communications department, of our press organization to not have too many cooks in the kitchen. the team here that works so hard, so tirelessly to advance the president's agenda need to clear leadership and i thought it would be a bit confusing having additional people at the top. >> interesting right there. that was sean spicer speaking for the first time since his sudden resignation as white house press secretary earlier today. late tonight, president trump wrote on twitter, "sean spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the fake news media but his future is bright." spicer stepped down following president trump's decision to name new york investment banker anthony scaramucci as the new communications director. it was a choice spicer strongly disagreed with. eli and shannon have been kind of enough to stick around for us because there's a lot to talk
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about, a lot of history in six months. eli, take us back to the first day in the briefing room, a kind of stunned national audience looked on because it was a day of moment. we'd had the inauguration and then these marches filling the streets of cities and towns from a anchorage to new york to -- >> that's right. sean spicer agitated and pointed at pictures saying that the media was intentionally misreporting the crowd size. it was a signal on the very first day about the sort of -- the loose relationship that this administration, this president was going to have with truth and how far they would go to create this alt-reality. sean spicer began setting his own credibility on fire that day. and he was put in a very different position by this president. he chose to go out there. he chose to sort of continue to
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take the heat, to be a heat shield, if he could be, and his effectiveness diminished over the next six months. despite what he said this evening on fox news about wanting to publicly saying, we want a fresh start, he was really hurt by this because he took so many slings and arrows. sean felt like he was loyal and it wasn't repaid. at the end of the day, this was the thing that he couldn't bear. >> shannon, before we talk about reasons for exit, let's talk about the journey and where we've been. a samp sampler of sean spicer. >> this was the largest audience to watch an inauguration. >> the president himself -- >> i understand. >> is he confused or are you confused? >> no, i'm not confused. the words being used to describe it are derived from what the media is calling it. >> we have to raise our hands
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like big boys and girls. >> the tweets speak for themselves. you have russia. somehow there's a russian connection. every single person who's been briefed on this situation with respect to the situation with russia, republican, democrat, obama appointee have all came to the same conclusion. at some point, april, you're going to have to take no for an answer as to whether there was collusion. >> come on, sean. sean! >> what about the putin call? >> sean! >> shannon, the life and times of sean spicer. >> so much to get into. >> holocaust concentration camps. >> kind of a career republican party flack , a naval reservist. chewing gum enthusiast. a lot of personal quirks. an interesting guy. >> right.
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and there was definitely attempt relationships on display between sean and the media but people had worked for him for years and years in d.c. he really had a reputation as a nice guy, a fair guy. there were a lot of really good interactions with sean outside of this combative setting in the briefing room that the public saw sometimes and among trump's base, they loved him. i was at a trump rally maybe two or three months in and sean was mobbed by people in the audience. i thought it was a jonas brother or something in the crowd that people were going up to to get their picture with sean to say, great job, sean. he was seen as the president's defender out there. he was very popular among trump's base. and so for all of the tenseness in the media and ridicule, he did have his supporters out there. >> eli, he told sean hannity
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that he thought "saturday night live" had gone too far. i guess he's going to work through august and take off for a while. enter scaramucci. about him, quite a bit is known. born into a middle-class circumstance on long island. entirely self-made. found his way to tufts and then harvard law school and goldman sachs and personal worth is probably north of a billion dollars. there's a lot there for donald trump to like and a resume that no one would flinch at if it were head of the council of economic advisers but he's the new communications director. >> but trump didn't come with an establishment pedigree with a resume that you typically see for a president. >> good reminder. >> it's like looking into a mirror. this is the white house. when he looks at scaramucci, he sees a rich guy, a new yorker, somebody self-made, as he believes he is as well and sees
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somebody who has a facility with the media. donald trump and an thon into scaramucci can be argued that they both made their names and fortunes by excelling in the media space. he had an easy tone and demeanor. the questions are going to be tough for him. it's not an easy job. but when donald trump did that long press conference several months ago being he was lecturing the press and say you're going to say i was ranting and raving but really i'm just talking to you. he spoke to the press about their tone. donald trump understands tone. he understands communicating a he i think you saw one of the things that sean spicer couldn't do is get the tone right when he was admonishing the press, when he was flat out misleading and lying to the press. he was angry, agitated and never seemed comfortable. scaramucci, you can could see it today, he understands tone. even though he's saying things like, if the president says it, it's probably at least a little bit true. as he says things about media
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bias. he says it kind of with a smile and an easy way about him. i think that's something that won't take him all the way but it will go a long way. >> he got off on a good step today. i don't think this is going to be all puppies and roses and even in the white house he's a big personality and there are a lot of big personalities and a lot of alliances in that white house and someone who is not a fan of his described it to me as throwing gasoline on a tanker fire. it's going to be disruptive having him in there. it's going to generate a lot of drama. >> we went from puppies and roses to puppies and tanker fires so quickly. after a break, we'll come back. if you missed some of scaramucci's greatest hits today in the briefing room, guess what we have on the other side. you've wished upon it all year, and now it's finally here. the mercedes-benz summer event is back, with incredible offers on the
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the communications director as of today, an ththony scaramucci new york, as you get to know him over the weeks and months to come, first of all, his nickname is mooch, which he has participated in and a number of washingtonians and new yorkers known him by. also, his loyalty to the boss, that was already on display today. >> i think there's been, at times, a disconnect between the way we see the president and love the president and the way you see the president. i think we're doing an amazing job. i was in the oval office with him earlier today and we were talking about letting him be himself. he's got some of the best political instincts in the word. the people i grew up with love him. we're going to get that message out. >> i love the president. i obviously love the country. sean decided he thought it would be better to go. his attitude is, anthony is coming in.
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let me clear the slate for anthony. i appreciate that about sean and love him for it. i love the president. i'm very, very loyal to the president and i love the mission that the president has. >> eli, the pope has given speeches with fewer love references than he did today and it was pointed out, anything more intimate for the audience of one he was speaking to, they would have had to have been on facetime today. that's our introduction to anthony scaramucci. >> and the geography of, this is a man that throws footballs through tires. yeah, that's right. trump loved that. but how that is relevant to anybody else, i don't know. but i think it's going to serve him well in the sense that everybody who goes to that podium, they are performing for that audience of one, first and foremost. and i think that this is just -- i mean, he's a character but like shannon said, he's not well
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liked or endeared himself to the staff. and a lot of people who watched him today said he's the communications director but is that really the job he wants or will do? a lot of people in this administration have a title and it doesn't actually describe what they're really doing, what their role really is. >> shannon, you pointed out key things in the moment this afternoon. number one, the job was kind of vacant and, number two, this job, if done correctly, as nichole wallace did for 43, it's a planning and strategic job. >> it's behind the scenes, it's messaging, working with the press staff trying to figure out how are we going to appropriately direct certain people to certain tasks. that's not the job that anthony's going to be in, according to people i've talked to. he's going to be doing tv appearances. he won't necessarily be at the podium. they say that's going to be left for sarah huckabee sanders who is now the press secretary. he seems very comfortable there.
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i wouldn't be surprise fd thd i changes. he's not going to be doing big picture strategy because he doesn't know communications strategy. he doesn't know washington or how a white house operates. it's going to be a different role than we're used to. >> there's a learning curve. our great thanks on a friday night to two of the very best covering this white house. eli and shannon, thank you for coming on. another break for us. when we come back, sergey lavrov, the russian foreign minister. what was he saying today and what was he trying to say today about the president of the united states? we were able to replace everything in it. liberty did what? liberty mutual paid to replace all of our property that was damaged. and we didn't have to touch our savings. yeah, our insurance won't do that. well, there goes my boat. you can leave worry behind
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times at the g20. they met obviously for the bilateral at the dinner and they met -- >> later they went to the toilet together. >> they met also when they were photographed shaking hands. that's my question. did they meet other times in the hallways? were there other occasions when they meet? >> when you're brought by your parents to kindergarten, do you mix with the people who are waiting in the same room to start going to a classroom? >> this is not kindergarten. >> but there is also a rule where they get together an event starts. they cannot arrive all at the same time on a bus. so they might have met even much more than just three times. >> with us here in new york tonight because there's only one guy you want to talk about this with, malcolm nance. 35 year veteran of the trade including naval intelligence, special ops and homeland security. the author "the plot to hack
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america." the book that preceded most of this conversation, by the way. malcolm, what's going on there? what did we just witness there? >> i think we witnessed two parts of sergey lavrov's game. one, actual frustration that these questions are coming up in the middle of his discussion. the second part is, you know, russia has a strategy. we have a series of responses to their strategy. and so for the news media to constantly harp on did he meet him, did he meet him, did he meet him, for lavrov, their objectives were met. they got three solid hours of discussion. anything else, you know, the joke about going to the bathroom, you know, the joke about the children at the kindergarten, it's almost like he's shining us on, but you can see how frustrated he was. like i said, they got what they wanted. >> some of these days you wake up. the president says what he says on the phone. the white house seemed to be in
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a bis t of disarray. do you ever think to yourself the neighbors are watching? overse overseas governments are watching this and what image must we be portraying? >> i think it's pretty clear the image that we're portraying. however, you know, 75% of this country believes and the rest of the world believes, there's pretty hard core 25% to 36% that don't believe any reality outside of their own is true. that donald trump is a strong leader, he's viewed with great love and affection by everybody else in the world. look at macron holding his hand and trump projects that himself. and they don't care about the rest of reality. now, for those of who have to live in the real world, we understand that our economic well-being depends on our interactions with our foreign allies. when he goes to the g20 and it comes out that it's the g19 plus one and that's how the rest of the world was describing it.
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an abdication of american power since world war ii. >> let me get a preview from you of a story i think is going to come roaring back. it's about these two residential compounds in the united states where russians living in this country, by the way, very handsome homes, both of them, russians were living and working there. we knew that. we followed them. we surveilled them. they were thrown out at the end of the obama administration. why is there talk about them being allowed back and how much damage could they have done there while we were watching them all the while? >> well, you know, these were rest and recreation facilities for the russians. we have similar facilities overseas. but we know and have known for decades these were intelligence collection facilities. however, the obama administration determined they had gone too far. these places were used as communications notes for the
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hackings. they may have been relied and also may have been monitoring u.s. reactions, not just the news media but also military government intelligence. they can't break your codes, but they can see the levels of activity when we get upset. all of those things, the obama administration said we're putting an end to that. but for the trump administration to give that back? that's a concession that any other president, it would be grounds for much more harsh action than just, you know, a pat on the back. >> we'll have you back. this is why i want to talk to you tonight. malcolm, thank you, as always. final break for us. we are back with a look at what happened a year ago tonight almost to this moment and look at what it all led to. it's here, but it's going by fast. the opportunity of the year is back:
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dropped at the republican national committee convention in cleveland and then candidate trump accepted the republican nomination for president. it's been a whirlwind six months and look at what came out of it. as matthew nussbaum pointed out. sean spicer resigning makes six high level officials in just six months in office. national security adviser, deputy national security adviser, deputy chief of staff, communications director, vice president chief of staff, and then there are the still unfilled jobs in the administration. according to "the washington post" tally, there are 357 senate confirmable. those are senior positions, without any nominations. no names have been put forward. they're sitting vacant. of the 146 people whose names have been put forward by other jobs by the white house, only 50
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