This Week on Washington Week: Outrage over President Trump's expletive insults about immigrants, Steve Bannon prepares to testify in the Russia probe
President Donald Trump has denied he used a vulgar phrase to describe Haiti and African nations during talks with lawmakers inside the Oval Office. His remarks have sparked an international controversy and generated bipartisan condemnation. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was in the room, refutes Trump's denial, insisting that reports of what Trump said are entirely accurate.
The remarks were made during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators about a deal that would include deportation protection for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as "Dreamers." The fate of that bill now hangs in the balance.
New developments regarding the multiple investigations into Russian election meddling. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein leaked hundreds of pages of Senate testimony from the founder of Fusion/GPS, the research firm behind the “Steele Dossier” of unfaltering information about candidate Donald Trump.
While the release of the testimony puts Feinstein at direct odds with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), it shows delivery of the dossier to the FBI was motivated by concerns over national security, not the outcome of the election.
President Trump dodged questions this week about whether he will sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to talk about the Russia investigation. Next week, former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who lost his job in the fallout from the book "Fire and Fury," will appear before the House committee investigating Russian election meddling. Meanwhile, many Republicans continue to cast the Russia probe as political malfeasance by Democrats.
Robert Costa discusses how the retirement of more than two dozen Republican lawmakers will affect the GOP’s ability to hold on to their House and Senate majorities, as well as immigration reform and the ongoing Russia probe with:
Ashley Parker of The Washington Post
Jeremy Peters of The New York Times
Annie Karni of POLITICO
Manu Raju of CNN
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