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Trump / Security Clearances / Hayden Interview / A Discussion (Part I) #1128753

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A Keeping Them Honest look at the move by President Trump to revoke security clearance for former CIA director John Brennan & maybe nine others for speaking out against him introduced; photos shown. [Twice, in response to reporter's question, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - says the president has to protect classified information.] The timetable for this decision & why the announcement was made now & how there is no evidence for whom should be revoked noted. [SANDERS - says Brennan has lied & made frenzied commentary on the president.] Criticism of Trump's manner given. [May 16, 2017, acting attorney general Sally YATES - says we expected the White House to act on national security director Michael Flynn.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with retired CIA dir. Michael Hayden about the security clearance issue. [At Dulles airport, HAYDEN - says it is a misuse of power against Brennan & the White House is sending a message to the intelligence community: "the phenomenon of the unpleasant fact"; explains why we retired have security clearance; gives his reaction to national intelligence dir. Dan Coats not being involved in the decision.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's "New York Times" reporter Maggie Haberman, CNN's David Gergen & Carl Bernstein about the issue. [HABERMAN, GERGEN, BERNSTEIN - offer views on how the White House has been disrupted by Omarosa's book, how there is no consistent standard on this except the people are tied to the dossier, how there is no apparent cause here, how the erratic behavior of Trump is the security danger: he has no regard for decency.]

Cooper, Anderson

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