CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018
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(White House: Jeff Zeleny) The resignation of President Trump's staff secretary Rob Porter, who is now dating White House communications director Hope Hicks, over spousal abuse claims from his two ex-wives, Colbie Holderness & Jennie Willoughby, examined; details given about what the White House knew about the allegations of what each wife said about Porter; photos shown. [White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - comments on Porter.] Porter's role on Senator Orrin Hatch's staff recalled with two statements from Hatch quoted & Hicks's role in the White House response in containing & explaining, what White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly knew about Porter in the fall discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(New York: Randi Kaye) Other allegations against Trump associates reviewed; scenes shown from 2016 of Corey Lewandowski's altercation with reporter Michelle Fields, Labor Secretary Andy Puzder's withdrawal due to claims of spousal abuse, domestic violence charges against Steve Bannon & against Trump by wife Ivana. [TRUMP - says she made the story up.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Dana Bash, Kirsten Powers, Paul Begala & Tara Setmayer about Porter. [BASH, BEGALA, SETMAYER, POWERS - offer views on the background to allegations against Porter, including the reaction of Ivanka Trump, the White House defense of Porter from Kelly, Hicks & others, Kelly's reaction to the charges after he decided not to do anything after the security review, how the White House "does not get it" about abuse by men against women, Porter's recent elevated role.]
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