Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode May 17, 2017

Wednesday on the NewsHour, the Justice Department appoints former FBI chief Robert Mueller to oversee the probe into any potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. Also: Debating whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice, Sen. Ben Sasse on the recent turmoil and how Israeli intelligence sharing may be affected.

Segments from Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  • PBS NewsHour full episode May 17, 2017
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, the Justice Department appoints former FBI chief Robert Mueller to oversee the probe into any potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. Also: Debating whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice, Sen. Ben Sasse on the recent turmoil and how Israeli intelligence sharing may be affected.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 3253
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    May 17, 2017
  • Sen. Ben Sasse on Trump turmoil, building kids’ character
    Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., joins John Yang to discuss the latest turmoil surrounding President Trump and various pathways for investigating Russian election meddling, the necessity of protecting institutions like the FBI from politicization, what’s lacking in today’s policy discussions in Congress, as well as the mission of his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult.”
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 410
  • Did President Trump’s reported actions obstruct justice?
    James Comey's reported disclosure that President Trump allegedly asked him to drop an FBI investigation has raised the question of -- and plenty of disagreement over -- whether that request may constitute obstruction of justice. John Yang gets reaction to that and the naming of a special counsel from William Jeffress of Baker Botts LLP and Robert Ray of the Brennan Center for Justice.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 463
    FILE PHOTO: FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo - RTS15WUW
  • Israel investigates possibility Trump shared intelligence
    The New York Times reported Tuesday that Israel was the source of the classified intelligence about the Islamic State group that President Trump allegedly divulged to Russian diplomats. What are the ramifications for relations between the U.S. and Israel if the reports are confirmed? William Brangham speaks with Ronen Bergman of Yedioth Ahronoth about the scramble to contain possible damage.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 316
  • Justice Department names Russia probe special counsel
    As President Trump spoke about being scrutinized as a politician in an address at a graduation ceremony, there was no escape from growing political pressure on Capitol Hill. Late Wednesday, the Justice Department announced it was naming a former FBI director as a special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian election meddling and possible Trump ties. Lisa Desjardins joins John Yang.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 498
  • News Wrap: Chelsea Manning released from prison
    In our news wrap Wednesday, Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning was released from prison after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence for giving thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks. Also, President Trump will hold off on moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, according to reports that say he won't announce a move when he visits the country next week.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 219
  • What Robert Mueller brings to the Russia probe
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named as a special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian election interference. John Yang gets reaction from John Carlin, a former assistant attorney general for national security, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., plus what precipitated the decision by the Justice Department from Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 1218
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies at a 2011 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters
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