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Oath Keepers January 6 trial begins CNN Tonight
The highest profile January 6 case begins as opening statements are presented in the Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy trial, with the DOJ revealing a recording in which founder Stewart Rhodes says his “only regret” after January 6 is that his group “Should have brought rifles”. Rhodes’s estranged wife, Tasha Adams, joins CNN Tonight to discuss what she thinks her ex-husband’s objective was on January 6, the abuse she faced from him over a ten-year period and how the Yale Law School graduate tru...Show morely believes he can manipulate people through his voice and body language.Former police officer and rescue diver Johnny Lauder swam a half-mile to rescue his 84-year-old mother in Naples, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. He tells Kasie about how he evacuated his mother through fast moving floodwaters, and that although his family has lost everything, says he still has his hope. Plus, Trump attacks Mitch McConnell, saying he has a “Death wish”, and the panel discusses the Supreme Court’s new term beginning with a slate of historic cases.Hosted by Kasie Hunt.
Oct 4, 2022
Hurricane Ian regains strength, heads for South Carolina CNN Tonight
One of the most catastrophic storms in Florida's history regains strength to become a category 1 hurricane and is projected to make landfall on Friday in South Carolina. Cajun Navy Incident Commander and veteran fire fighter Jay Carter joins to talk about the personal motivation behind his involvement in the search and rescue effort, as he and his team push on through the night in treacherous conditions to help as may people as possible.Hundreds of thousands of Russians rush to the Country’s bor...Show moreders amid draft fears, ahead of Putin’s ceremony to formally annex four Ukrainian regions. CNN Political Analyst Josh Rogin joins to discuss the sham referendums supporting Putin’s land grab, and the mounting international suspicion that Russia has sabotaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines after European security officials observed Russian Navy support ships in the vicinity of leaks caused by underwater explosions.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Sep 30, 2022
CNN Tonight update for September 28, 2022 CNN Tonight
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Sep 29, 2022
Florida fears catastrophic flooding as Hurricane Ian nears CNN Tonight
A life-threatening category three storm surge with catastrophic 120 mph winds and flooding is expected to hit the Florida peninsula. With nearly 2-million people already under mandatory evacuation orders across the State, the Mayor of Sarasota tells Laura how the City is preparing, including shutting off water to barrier islands and closing bridges.Jury selection begins in the Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy trial, as five members of the far-right militia group face trial for a violent plot to...Show more subvert the 2020 election on January 6. The panel discusses the impartiality issues faced in such a globally recognized case and also the Oath Keepers’ planned defense strategy. Plus, Minority House Leader Mitch McConnell gives a big boost to the bipartisan ‘Electoral Count Act’ bill in response to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, and the Democrat’s risky bet in funding far-right GOP candidates may be paying off.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Sep 28, 2022
White House call to Capitol rioter on January 6 CNN Tonight
Records obtained by CNN show that a cell phone registered to a Capitol rioter who stormed the building, received a phone call from a White House landline at 4:34p on January 6. The call lasted for only nine seconds – but who placed the call and why? That, as new documentary video shows key Trump ally Roger Stone on pre-election day saying, “Let’s get right to the violence”.The January 6 Committee is set to hold what’s likely to be the last public hearing on Wednesday before it releases its final...Show more report. Plus, texts from Mark Meadows reveal direct White House communication with a pro-Trump operative behind plans to seize voting machines in key battleground states, Brett Favre is under fire for his alleged role in the misappropriation of $8M in public funds intended for Mississippi welfare recipients, and NASA crashes a spacecraft into an asteroid for the first time.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Sep 27, 2022
Trump wages secret court fight to block January 6 testimony CNN Tonight
CNN learns Trump’s legal team has attempted to block a federal grand jury from gathering information from the former president’s top aides about his attempts to overturn the 2020 election. That, as the January 6 Committee prepares to hold what may be its final public hearing next week before the panel releases its report. The panel discusses if it’s likely Trump’s team will prevail with his executive privilege claims in the Mar-a Lago investigation, how financial pressures might be weighing on T...Show morerump’s decision to run in 2024, and what the January 6 Committee’s endgame could be.Art Spiegelman is the author of Pulitzer Prize winning “Maus”, a graphic novel retelling Spiegelman’s father’s experiences as a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. He joins to discuss the banning of his book by a Tennessee school district and the “Orwellian” censorship battle that's rapidly rising across the US. Plus, new laws restricting teaching about race, history & gender identity come into effect in more than a dozen states, and Florida Governor Desantis rewrites the history of the anti-slavery movement in a rant against the New York Times’ 1619 project.Hosted by Sara Sidner.
Sep 24, 2022
Trump: president can declassify documents "even by thinking about it" CNN Tonight
Trump bizarrely claims a president can declassify documents "Even by thinking about it" during a Fox News interview, amid the order from the special master in the Mar-a-Lago investigation to prove he followed the process to declassify documents taken to his home. His ex-personal attorney Michael Cohen joins to discuss the mounting legal woes the former president is facing, and also why he represented Trump for so long.Civilian action intensifies across two countries, as thousands of Iranian wome...Show moren protest the death of 22 year-old Masha Amini in police custody for allegedly breaking hijab wearing rules, and more than 1,300 anti-war protestors are detained in Russia. CNN Global Affairs Analyst Aaron David Miller joins to discuss if these protests signal the start of movements for change in Russia and Iran. Plus, the panel reacts to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones saying "I'm done saying I'm sorry" for spreading the Sandy Hook shooting hoax, and the dramatic scene it caused in the courtroom in the damages phase of his defamation trial.Hosted by Sara Sidner
Sep 23, 2022
Trump family sued by New York Attorney General for $250 million CNN Tonight
The New York Attorney General sues Trump, three of his children and his business, alleging “Staggering” property tax fraud. Letitia James has also referred her probe to federal prosecutors and the IRS for potential criminal investigation. The panel discusses the 222-page filing which includes a $250 million baseline judgment, a ban on the Trumps running any New York businesses for good, and a ban on buying commercial real estate in New York for five years.
Biden slams Putin’s attempts to “Extin...Show moreguish” Ukraine while addressing the U.N. Security Council, as more than a thousand anti-war protesters are arrested across Russia, and Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons in the conflict. Plus, a federal appeals court restores DOJ access to the classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, Ginni Thomas agrees to a January 6 Committee interview, and as two people claim a $1.34 billion mega millions prize, the panel discuss whether the lottery is a regressive tax.
Hosted by Sara Sidner.
Sep 22, 2022
Governor DeSantis sued by Martha's Vineyard migrants CNN Tonight
The legal team for the Venezuelan migrants Ron DeSantis sent to Martha's Vineyard from Texas files a class action lawsuit against the Florida Governor, claiming their clients were manipulated and stripped of their dignity. That, as Democrats ask questions about the state funds used to carry out what critics are calling a political stunt. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar joins to discuss the investigation he has started to determine if DeSantis or anyone connected to the Governor committed a c...Show morerime in Texas.Plus, Trump’s legal team refuses to provide any evidence he declassified the documents he took to Mar-a-Lago, a Senate probe finds nearly 1,000 unaccounted prison deaths in 2021, and the FDA warns against a new TikTok challenge that involves cooking chicken in NyQuil.Hosted by Sara Sidner
Sep 21, 2022
White House: Governors sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard and DC was a “cruel, premeditated political stunt” CNN Tonight
White House officials met today to discuss how to respond to GOP governors, including Governors DeSantis and Abbott, sending migrants north in protest of President Joe Biden’s border policies. Biden accused the Republicans of "playing politics with human beings" and "using them as props" in response to those stunts. Today’s guests discuss the political motivations behind the moves and whether those who facilitated the process may face any criminal liability.
And, Montana says it will defy a jud...Show morege’s order and keep blocking transgender people from changing their gender on their birth certificate in nearly all cases, the importance of representation with Disney’s teaser for the new “The Little Mermaid” live-action movie, and a preview of a CNN special report “American Coup: The January 6th Investigation.” Hosted by Laura Coates.
Sep 17, 2022
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