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Campaign 2020 / Trump vs. Biden / Election Interference / A Discussion / Podesta Interview #1262711

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Evan Perez) A report from the NDI

(John Ratcliffe) & FBI

(Chris Wray) about interference in the 2020 election by Iran & Russia, who have access to voter information so the FBI held a hurried press conference indicating the worry about chaos in the election, how Iranians just want to divide Americans by sending messages, on what is being said about Russian activity discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's former FBI deputy director Anrew McCabe, analyst Rick Hasen, David Chalian & security analyst Juliette Kayyem about election interference. [McCABE, KAYYEM, HASEN, CHALIAN - offer views on the press conference about election interference so close to the election with the NDI/FBI telling people about meddling, on the politics of this issue with the purpose being to go after Democrats with a press conference acknowledging this, on the lack of clarity about it being done as compared to 2016: it is cryptic: it is not hacking, on how we don't know if Iran is hurting President Trump as Ratcliffe claims, on the use of white supremacists "proud boys" e-mails, on the significance of this threat: if a foreign actor could eliminate records, the vote could shift, n Trump's claims of attacks on the election system so Wray is contradicting what Trump is saying.] Other material: [RATCLIFFE - says we have confirmed Iran & Russia have obtained voter information to sow chaos in our democracy & Iran sending intimidating e-mails,] [WRAY - says hat the voting infrastructure remains resilient: skepticism about early claims about disinformation.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former White House chief of staff/Center for American Progress John Podesta. [PODESTA offers views on Ratcliffe, how Trump has not been protecting American democracy, on disinformation coming from the president, who will claim the election is unfair, on how this is different from 2016.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with "Washington Post" reporter Josh Dawsey about election interference. [DAWSEY - offers views on Trump's frustration/disenchantment that Wray is not supporting him on several issues, that Way will be fired whether Trump wins or not.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion continued with Andrew McCabe about the politics of interference. {Technical problems acknowledged.}

Cooper, Anderson;
Perez, Evan

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