CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(White House: John King) President Bush's change of course about allowing National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice† to testify in public before the commission investigating the September 11 attacks featured; details given of the deal for a rebuttal to explosive charges by former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke that Al Qaeda was poised to strike & of the granting of the commission for greater access to Bush & the vice president. [BUSH - explains his decision.] [Commission chair Thomas KEAN†, Senators Edward KENNEDY, Bill FRIST - comment on Rice testifying.] Bush's split personality on the issue of executive privilege discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The winding road to the decision to allow Rice to testify introduced.
(White House: Dana Bash) The commission's position examined. [On Monday & Saturday, 9/11 commission's James THOMPSON†, John LEHMAN†; Republican strategist Scott REED†- offer views on the commission, Rice & Bush.] Findings of a CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll on the public's view of how the Bush administration has handled intelligence re: September 11 cited. [Senator Tom DASCHLE - reacts to the administration's decision on Rice's testimony.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Washington Post" reporter Mike Allen. [From Washington, ALLEN - assesses the White House's practice of playing hard ball & losing in this instance & making a deal with the 9/11 commission for Rice, the president & the vice president; explains the reasoning for the White House to keep to its position on executive privilege & the overnight change in decision.]