CNN Evening News for Friday, Aug 25, 2017
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(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's law professors Jonathan Turley & Jeffrey Toobin & Republicans Ana Navarro & Alice Stewart about the Arpaio pardon. [TURLEY - explains the presidential pardon process with the pardon's timing being fortuitous for Arpaio, but not with judges.] [TOOBIN - offers views on how this is a political act, more than a legal act with Arpaio being a controversial figure in the area of immigration, how the pardon power is absolute for a president as with the pardon of President Richard Nixon, the message of Trump's early pardon.] [By phone, NAVARRO; in studio, STEWART - comment on the resignation of White House adviser Sebastian Gorka the same night as the Arpaio pardon: no coincidence: an appeal to energize the base on a Friday night during a hurricane: a classic news dump, the timing of the two events: Gorka out, Arpaio pardoned.] [In his Arizona speech, TRUMP - says Arpaio was convicted for doing his job, but :I won't do it tonight" showing Trump cares enormously for his base.]
(Studio: John Berman; White House: Sara Murray) The question of whether there could be more changes at the White House with little known Gorka about what did at the White House, the work by Gary Cohn on tax reform discussed.
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion continued with CNN's Alice Stewart & Bakari Sellers about Trump news. [STEWART - says Trump is energizing his base, but he needs to expand the base with us knowing Arpaio would be pardoned & GorKa would leave following Steve Bannon.] [SELLERS - offers views on Gorka leaving, his pardon of Arpaio, who violated civil rights of Hispanics & had "racist tendencies."]
(Studio: John Berman; White House: Sara Murray) A report from CNN that the Justice Department has no role in Arpaio pardon & Trump did not go through the department process discussed.
(Studio: John Berman) Live phone interview held with Representative Joaquin Castro about the pardon. [CASTRO - offers views on Arpaio, who targeted Hispanics in Arizona & the pardon was wrong, how Hispanics & others in Arizona view Arpaio, how Hispanics had to prove their citizenship despite what the courts said.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live phone interview held with former Bush ethics lawyer Richard Painter about the pardon. [PAINTER - calls the Arapaio pardon "shocking," who discriminated against racial minorities & contempt of court is a crime, how he threw a bone to the base.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion continued with CNN's Alice Stewart & Bakari Sellers about Trump news. [STEWART, SELLERS - offer views on the pardon process in this case.]
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