CNN Evening News for Friday, May 19, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A "New York Times" report by Matthew Rosenberg & Maggie Haberman that President Trump trash-talked Comey before the Russians at the White House & that firing "nut job" Comey relieved pressure on the president just before Trump took off for Saudi Arabia reviewed. [In studio, HABERMAN; from Washington, ROSENBERG - recount what Trump said about Comey at the Russians' meeting, how his speaking style gets him in trouble, the White House response to the story emphasizing the leaking, the changing Trump stories about the Comey firing, the serious issue of Trump at war with the intelligence community, the timing of the release of the story, how Trump can't stop talking about this.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Sara Murray) The reaction from Air Force One about the latest Russia story & his plans in Saudi Arabia with a speech coming on Sunday discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, Laura Coates, Mary Katharine Ham, "New York Times" Charles Blow & Maggie Haberman, Steve Hall & Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord about Trump, Comey & the Russians. [LORD, HABERMAN, TOOBIN, COATES, HAM, BLOW, HALL - offer views on Trump giving his honest opinion, the support & opposition opinions to Trump, how there are consequences to what the president says, the convergence of the Comey & the Russia stories in Trump, the gravity of what is happening, how Russia may be viewing this.]