CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020
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(Studio: John Berman; Washington: Evan Perez) The pardoning of Stone, Kushner, who had pleaded guilty, Margaret Hunter, wife of Duncan Hunter, who was pardoned last night after misusing campaign funds, with Trump using pardons to free those associated with his campaign, how they did not go through the Justice Department pardon process, discussed; last night's pardoned names outlined on screen.
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with "Where Law Ends" author/lead Mueller investigator Andrew Weissman, CNN's Carrie Cordero & John Dean about the latest pardons. [WEISSMAN, DEAN, CORDERO - offers views on the Manafort pardon, who has spent time in prison & forfeited money, how he angled for a pardon during the Mueller investigation, how Trump, like Richard Nixon, dangled pardons, on the pardoning of Kushner, who is Jared's father, on how the bigger picture is what Trump is doing in his last days in office by rewarding those who saved his own political interest & not signing bills, on why Trump should be prosecuted after he leaves office: there could be consequences, how the final days of Nixon & Trump compare, on what else we can see from Trump: creating chaos & obstructing the transition & maybe additional pardons.] Other material: [Feb 1, 2019, on "Firing Line," former New Jersey Governor Chris CHRISTIE - talks about the Kushner pleas to significant loathsome crimes.]
(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with Representative Sheila Jackson Lee about the pardons. [From Houston, JACKSON LEE - offers views on how this president is imploding the relationship between the three branches of government with this absolute pardon power, which he is abusing, on what Trump is trying to do in his last days in office while people are hungry & need cash: he vetoed the defense spending bill & will interfere more with Congress.]
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