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This episode covers Trump’s reactions to two highly damaging press stories--the public revelation of the June 9th meeting with Russians at Trump Tower and the president’s later attempt to have the Special Counsel fired. It also looks at the final stages of Trump’s long-term push to get Attorney General Sessions to unrecuse himself in order to oversee the Russia investigation and also to start investigating Trump’s political opponents. The Mueller Report documents two efforts to cover up or deny these stories; one involves a press statement dictated on Air Force One and the other involves Trump’s request to Don McGahn to create a false internal record denying the true story about Mueller’s attempted firing. The Special Counsel reaches very different conclusions about what the evidence behind those two events suggests about whether the president has obstructed justice.