CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 2017
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(Washington: Anderson Cooper; White House: Sara Murray) The background to the Comey firing based on his handling of Hillary Clinton's e-mails, the "weird" letter to Comey from Trump despite the FBI investigation of the Russian connection, the concern about the awkward firing when Comey was in Los Angeles discussed.
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gregory, Ryan Lizza, Dana Bash, Gloria Borger, Jim Sciutto, historian Douglas Brinkley & former FBI Tom Fuentes about the Comey firing. [TOOBIN, BORGER - offer views on this dark day with the firing of an FBI director while Trump is under investigation, the explanation that the firing is linked to the Clinton e-mail investigation, that this is bizarre.] Other material: [By phone, Representative Adam SCHIFF - reacts to the firing of the director leading the investigation of his staff: a brazen interference with an investigation, the need for an independent prosecutor; states the FBI people will continue the investigation unless the new man shuts it down: tainted.]
(Washington: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Evan Perez) The Sessions e-mail to the FBI employees about the firing of Comey, how the news broke while Comey was in Los Angeles, how deputy director Andy McCabe is now in charge & the impact on the FBI investigation quoted & discussed.
(Washington: Anderson Cooper; White House: Pamela Brown) Trump's meeting with McCabe before the firing, the start of the replacement of Comey, how Comey found out from TV news about his firing while speaking to FBI field agents discussed.
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion continued with CNN's David Gregory, Ryan Lizza, Dana Bash, Gloria Borger, Jim Sciutto, historian Douglas Brinkley about the Comey firing. [BASH, GREGORY - offer views on how the White House was surprised by the political explosion in response to the Comey firing, the lack of the credibility of how the White House is handling the firing of the man in charge of the investigation of Trump & associates, what newly confirmed deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein might do.]
(Washington: Anderson Cooper; Capitol Hill: Manu Raju) The concern of even some Republicans about the timing of the firing, how even the leadership of Congress was surprised by the news & the impact on the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Russia discussed.
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion continued with CNN's David Gregory, Ryan Lizza, Dana Bash, Gloria Borger, Jim Sciutto, historian Douglas Brinkley about the Comey firing. [SCIUTTO, GREGORY, LIZZA, BORGER - offer views on Trump's statement about the Russia investigation, the White House interference with the House Intelligence Committee with Sessions acting in the firing, the Trump pattern of firing anyone who disagrees with him, how you cannot fire the man in charge of investigating you.]
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) The Brinkley on the firing introduced. [BRINKLEY - calls this an abuse of power by Trump; compares this action to those by President Richard Nixon in the "Saturday Night Massacre."]
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) The view of CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin introduced. [TOOBIN - offers views on the unclear nature of whether the FBI investigation will continue with a Trump appointee in charge: the firing rationale is unjustified & ridiculous.]
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. [CONWAY - comments on the three letters from Trump, Sessions & Rosenstein, the new deputy attorney general, how Trump lost confidence in Comey, how Comey told Trump three times he is not under investigation, on the obstructing Democrats; reads the letters critical of Comey; explains why Sessions was involved in the decision about the FBI director.] Other material: [Oct. 31, 29, November 2, Oct. 31, 2016, TRUMP - backs Comey's moves against Hillary Clinton.]
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) The view of CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, Dana Bash, Gloria Borger, Jim Sciutto & David Gregory introduced. [TOOBiN - offers views on what Conway just said about Trump, the president as opposed to campaigner Trump.] [BASH, BORGER, SCIUTTO, GREGORY - offer views on the Rosenstein letter & the Russian connection, how Comey is not going away, how this is about protecting our institutions.]
(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Senator Chris Coons about the Comey firing. [COONS - calls this firing a "stunning" development & we may need a special counsel; questions the timing of the firing; comments on the ongoing investigations.]
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