CNN Evening News for Monday, Oct 30, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Capitol Hill: Manu Rahu) The role of Papadopoulos, who met with a London professor & others with ties to the Russia government & his lying about it, the communications by then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort & his associate Rick Gates, the arrest of Papadopoulos examined. The whereabouts of Papadopoulos, how the White House is downplaying his role in the Trump campaign & his cooperation with the FBI discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Pamela Brown) The allegations against Manafort & Gates for their million dollar deals with Ukraine, their lavish lifestyle with the laundered money from 2008-2017 with potentially mope charges against them discussed. [Manafort attorney Kevin DOWNING- defends his client.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The reaction from the White House to the indictments introduced. [Several times, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - downplays the role of Papadopoulos as just a volunteer in the campaign.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jeff Zeleny) The seething reaction of President Trump to the reports on the indictments, how he was surprised by the Papadopoulos story, the strategy for dealing with special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller's investigation with two split sides on what the president should do with Mueller & how it is a distraction to the tax reform issue & his Asian trip discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen about he indictments. [GERGEN - offers views on how these indictments are serious because an advisor had conversations with the Russians suggesting Mueller has Papadopoulos giving evidence to get a plea bargain, how there was a clear desire by the campaign to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians, how we don't know if there was actual cooperation with the Russians leading to meddling, the historical perspective: it is creeping into those higher up in the administration.]