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House Hearings / Whitaker / Cicilline Interview / A Discussion #1134655

CNN Evening News for Friday, Feb 08, 2019
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A Keeping Them Honest look at the Democrats' televised House hearings for acting attorney general Matt Whitaker about whether he talked to President Trump about special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller introduced; scenes shown of several Congressmen asking questions & Whitaker answering. [In response to questions from Representative Jerrold Nadler, WHITAKER - says he won't talk about his private conversations with President Trump, jokes about the 5-minute rule, refuses to comment on a "witch hunt"; comments on Mueller, CNN's coverage of the arrest of Roger Stone.] What Representative Doing Collins implied about CNN & Stone's arrest noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jim Acosta) The White House reaction to the hearings today & the story that Whitaker & Trump did not speak about Mueller with what matters being what incoming Attorney General William Barr does with the Mueller investigation, with Whitaker saying what the president wanted to hear discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Representative David Cicilline† about Whitaker's testimony. [CICILLINE†- says Whitaker was very evasive at the oversight hearings, so we will bring him back because he was auditioning for the president today; questions some of Whitaker's answers about former Attorney General Jeff Sessions & why he did not recuse himself, Whitaker's denials that Trump lashed out at hi.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's lawyers Carrie Cordero & Jennifer Rodgers & Carl Bernstein about Whitaker. [CORDERO, BERNSTEIN, RODGERS - offer views on his denials he is questioning Mueller's investigation, the lingering questions about him being truthful, that he equivocated, had disdain for the hearings & sees it as a battle: easy questions he evaded, how he would not answer the "witch hunt" question, the issue of him not recusing himself & whether it was appropriate to do so, how he never said that Russian interference in the 2016 election was bad, how it is unlikely that the president will be indicted, how Whitaker will soon be replaced by Barr as attorney general, what was revealed about the Democrats' power in today's hearings when we need to know what happened here: seriousness & the need for books about Whitaker's conduct in office.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Acosta, Jim

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