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September 11 / Commission Hearings / Rice / Gergen Interview / The "Jersey Girls" #752629

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Apr 04, 2004
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(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(White House: Suzanne Malveaux) The pressure tactics on the White House that forced National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly before the 9/11 Commission explored; details given about a photo faxed to the White House by 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow†† showing Chief of Staff William Leahy†† appearing before a special congressional panel investigating Pearl Harbor. [From “Meet the Press,” former advisor to President Bush Karen HUGHES†- says we couldn’t have done anything to prevent {the September 11 attacks.}] [9/11 Commission Tim ROEMER†- denies that the photo was the deciding factor for the White House in allowing Rice to testify.] [Former National Security Advisors Henry KISSINGER†, Samuel BERGER††, Gen. Brent SCOWCROFT†- offer differing opinions on the administration’s handling of the terror threat.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) Taped interview held with former White House advisor David Gergen† about Zelikow’s motivation for sending the photo to the White House. [GERGEN – speculates on Zelikow’s motives; notes the photograph alone did not force the White House reversal of its stance on Rice’s testimony; comments on what to expect from Rice’s appearance before the commission.]

(East Brunswick, New Jersey: Alina Cho) The “Jersey Girls,” a group of women who lost their husbands on September 11 and became a driving force behind the creation of the 9/11 Commission, profiled. [9/11 widows Mindy KLEINBERG†, Patty CASAZZA†, Lorie VAN AUKEN†, Kristen BREITWEISER†- explain the questions they had about how the attacks could have happened; comment on their objection to Bush’s use of 9/11 images in a campaign ad.] [9/11 Commission chairman Thomas KEAN†- says they’re influential in everything.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) CNN’s live coverage of Rice’s testimony on Thursday noted.

Lin, Carol;
Malveaux, Suzanne;
Cho, Alina

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