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Russian Connection / Trump, Cohen & Giuliani / Blumenthal Interview #1133147

CNN Evening News for Monday, Dec 17, 2018
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(Studio: John Berman) A Keeping Them Honest look at the changing of the goal posts in the Russia investigation after statements from President Trump & his attorney former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani introduced; Trump tweet about the FBI breaking into attorney Michael Cohen's office & what actually happened quoted & noted; audiotape played between Trump & Cohen about the payments via David {Pecker} & Alan {Weiselberg}. [On ABC, GIULIANI - offers views on low payments indicating a minor issue; denies Trump did not know via Roger Stone about WikiLeaks & if he knew about the leaks it is not a crime; comments on whether Trump knew about the Trump Tower in Moscow deal; explains why we cannot remember about difficult events.] The truth about deals in Russia until 2016 & what if there were lies reviewed. The new "Wall Street Journal" report on Russia's use of social media to influence the 2016 presidential election campaign noted; Trump tweet quoted; details given from the finding of the NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll that Americans do not believe Trump about Russia outlined on screen. What former FBI director James Comey said about Trump lying about the FBI & attacking the rule of law noted

(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with Senator Richard Blumenthal. [BLUMENTHAL - offerS views on the WSJ report about Russia targeting special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller to divide our democracy; agrees Republicans have failed to push back against Donald Trump: they need a conscience as per the report, what Giuliani said about WikiLeaks, the president lying when not under oath & it does not matter, whether Trump testimony is necessary for the Mueller investigation, but Trump's relationship to facts is tenuous, so subpoenas will be needed.] Other material: [After hearings, COMEY - says the president is lying about the FBI & attacking the rule of law, which matters as does the truth so some Republicans have to stand up & speak the truth.]

(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, Ken Cuccinelii & Kaitlan Collins about Russian social media & Trump. [TOOBIN, CUCCINELLI, COLLINS - offer views on how Russia is doing Trump's bidding before & now with an attack on Mueller, how this is "minuscule", but this is part of a Russian global strategy, how Giuliani is moving the goalpost about what is legal, how the mood in the White House is "dark" with all the investigation touching Trump's political & personal life that is affecting the White House staff decisions, the role of Giuliani repeating talking points for the president's supporters, such as the idea that Trump was negating about Trump Towers in Moscow during the campaign, the idea that collusion is not a crime, the Trump tweets about Michael Cohen & whether Trump tweets can be controlled with 9 tweets this weekend about the Russia investigation, the payments {to two women, Karen McDougal & Stormy Daniels} explanations from Trump.]

Berman, John

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