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CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper, Jim Sciutto) The meaning of the Justice Department announcement that former FBI director Robert Mueller† will be appointed special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election a day after the revelations FBI director James Comey kept notes on his meetings with President Trump, prior such investigations & the powers the independent-minded Mueller will have discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jim Acosta) The response from the White House with a restrained Trump's statement quoted & the role of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein in signing this order discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Dana Bash, Jeffrey Toobin, law professor Alan Dershowitz, Gloria Borger, David Axelrod & Philip Mudd about the Mueller appointment. [TOOBIN, BASH, BORGER, DERSHOWITZ, AXELROD, MUDD - offer views on this moment of relief with Mueller's selection that will lead to a lengthy investigation, how Rosenstein reacted to last week's events by separating himself from Trump, how Comey will likely cooperate with Mueller, the political reaction from Democrats & Republicans, how this is a mixed blessing for the public not getting answers, the immunity issue in past investigations, whether Trump will welcome this probe, how Democrats will push for an independent commission, the relief for Republicans, Mudd's work with Mueller: a hero, the relationship of Mueller with the coming new FBI director & the Justice Department, the goals of the special counsel & the Congressional committees, the role of Rosenstein this last week, the issue of "Washington Post" leaks in the classified materials & the Yates-Flynn cases, the original attack of Trump on the intelligence community, how Trump could theoretically fire Mueller, Trump's self-sabotage in the last week that led to Rosenstein's decision.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Justice Department: Laura Jarrett) The background to the Justice Department announcing the naming of a special counsel with Rosenstein's statement quoted with Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Capitol Hill: Manu Raju) The view of Republicans of the need for a special prosecutor, the issue of finding a new FBI director, what happens to the other Congressional investigations discussed. [Representative Adam KINZINGER, Senator John CORNYN - comment.] A joint statement from the Senate Intelligence Committee about the naming of Mueller quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion continued with CNN's Dana Bash, Jeffrey Toobin, law professor Alan Dershowitz, Gloria Borger, David Axelrod & Philip Mudd about the Mueller appointment & the investigation. [TOOBIN, DERSHOWITZ, BASH - offer views on what could come out of the Mueller investigation, the issue of Comey testifying in public.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The Watergate hearings on live TV recalled & Watergate precedents for what is happening now discussed. [Watergate figures Carl BERNSTEIN, John DEAN - offer views on the impact of Watergate on the Nixon White House as compared to the Trump White House operation, how this is an intense event with Republicans breathing a sigh of relief about an unfit president, the issues raised by Trump & his business with Russia.] [DERSHOWITZ, TOOBIN - offer views on the grand jury system.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Senator Chris Coons of the Senate Judiciary Committee. [COONS - offers views on selecting Mueller as special counsel: a positive step, the need for coordination with the other investigations, a timeline for the special counsel timeline: up to several years, whether information was shared with Russia or Comey was pressured to drop the Flynn investigation.]

Reporter(s):
Jim, Anderson Cooper,;
Cooper, Anderson;
Acosta, Jim;
Jarrett, Laura;
Raju, Manu
Duration:
00:50:20

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