Russian probe analysis, countdown to government shutdown

ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl analyzes Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance before the intelligence committee and looks ahead to the potential government shutdown.
1:24 | 12/07/17

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More on this now from Jon Karl, also in Washington. Jon, as Mueller's investigation intensifies, as the congressional investigations intensify you're seeing more questions from the president's team and his allies about that Mueller investigation. Reporter: An all-out effort by people close to the president to try to discredit the special counsel's investigation, Sean hannity. The Fox News host and occasional adviser to the president said this week that Mueller is a disgrace to the American justice system. George, a lot of this is zeroing in on the member of Mueller's team that we learned over the weekend was fired over the summer, Peter strzok for sending text messages to another member of Mueller's team showing that he clearly favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. He is, one official called, the Forrest gump of all this and worked on the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and was until he was fired a member of the Mueller team. Meantime, on another matter we're still facing this government shutdown tomorrow but it looks like they'll be able to kick the can down the road a couple weeks. Reporter: It does, the congressional leaders, Democrat, Republican, will be at the white house and, George, I expect we'll see an extension of government funding just until December 22nd so the shutdown showdown is simply deferred. Jon Karl, thanks very much. Once again, once again deferred. Keep pushing it off. It's not going to go away, though, that's the key.

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