Face the Nation August 6, 2017 Transcript: Cotton, Kasich, Hickenlooper, Johnson

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS HOST: Today on FACE THE NATION: Congress and the president have left town. We will look at what’s been left behind and what could be done outside of Washington.

It wasn’t moving day at the White House, but time for some West Wing renovations, including an Oval Office redecoration, while the president is off to his New Jersey golf resort for 17 days of a working vacation.

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QUESTION: Why won’t you talk to the press?

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DICKERSON: Mr. Trump wasn’t talking, but behind the scenes, his new chief of staff, John Kelly, is working to make order out of chaos, assuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions his job is safe, but letting others go, including brand-new communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

This week saw more damaging leaks for the White House. Embarrassing transcripts of telephone conversations between the president and world leaders made it in to “The Washington Post.” “There will be consequences,” said the attorney general.

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JEFF SESSIONS, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: And I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it.

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DICKERSON: Congress is also gone for the month of August.

Back home in Wisconsin, Speaker Paul Ryan said the House isn’t getting any credit for what they have done.

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REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: We’ve done so much, and no one even knows about it. You turn on the TV, it’s about what the president tweeted.

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DICKERSON: Congressional productivity was also on the president’s mind, as he fired a parting shot at Congress in the form of, yes, a tweet: “Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time, very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us health care.”

One person in Washington who is not going anywhere this summer, special counsel Robert Mueller. He’s convened a grand jury in his investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. It’s an investigation that is gathering steam, but still mocked by the president, this time on the campaign trail in West Virginia.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania? Are there any Russians here tonight, any Russians?

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DICKERSON: No one raised their hand in West Virginia, but we did hear from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who reported in from his vacation in Siberia.

We will talk with Senate Intelligence Committee Republican…

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