CNN Political Briefing
The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. CNN Political Director David Chalian shares the latest insider analysis so you can make sense of the headlines.
Former President Donald Trump has been indicted on several federal criminal charges in connection with his handling of classified documents. CNN Correspondent Kristen Holmes is reporting from New Jersey, where Trump and his team is huddling over the indictment. She breaks down the counts laid out against him and one of his aides, and what to expect next. Trump maintains his innocence, as the first former president to face federal charges.
Jun 9, 2023
Former President Donald Trump and his team are bracing for potential indictments, after his legal team gets official notice that he’s a target in the federal investigation over classified documents. CNN Correspondent Kristen Holmes breaks down what she’s hearing from sources close to Trump, and new reporting related to the case. Plus, what does former Vice President Mike Pence think about possible indictments against his boss-turned-rival?
Jun 8, 2023
Former Vice President Mike Pence and two other Republicans enter the Republican presidential race. CNN Correspondent Kristen Holmes breaks down how Pence pitched himself to voters and drew a contrast with his former boss. Plus, former President Donald Trump’s campaign issues a new ad attacking all the probes surrounding him.
Jun 7, 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy isn’t getting behind calls from some in his own party to pass a supplemental aid package for Ukraine. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the latest on the ground in Ukraine, and why some Republicans want to pass more defense funding. Plus, Biden administration officials compare Ukraine’s fight for freedom to D-Day 79 years ago today.
Jun 6, 2023
Former Vice President Mike Pence is officially running for president as a Republican, as two more are expected to join the race this week. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what Pence’s entry does for the race, and the highlights from Nikki Haley’s town hall with CNN. Plus, a 2024 hopeful made clear today he won’t be running.
Jun 5, 2023
President Joe Biden will address the nation from the Oval Office for the first time today to tout some recent wins. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down some of Biden’s expected talking points, from the red hot jobs reports to the threat of defaulting off the table. Plus, can House Speaker Kevin McCarthy assuage concerns of conservative critics in his conference after the debt deal?
Jun 2, 2023
CNN exclusive reporting reveals the special counsel investigating former President Donald Trump has a recording where Trump appears to acknowledge he held on to a classified document. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why this tape contradicts Trump’s longstanding defense. This comes as Trump hits the campaign trail in Iowa, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis takes more swipes at him in New Hampshire.
Jun 1, 2023
As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis kicks off his presidential campaign in Iowa, former President Donald Trump is making the rounds in the key primary state too. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how DeSantis has taken on Trump on the campaign trail. This comes as the GOP field of candidates continues to grow, with former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum expected to make formal announcements next week.
May 31, 2023
President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a deal to raise the debt limit and cut spending, but there’s more work to be done to avoid a default. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down how both leaders are trying to get their parties on board. Some Republicans and Democrats have expressed they’re not happy with the bill for different reasons.
May 30, 2023
After launching his presidential campaign, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is sharing some of his ideas for the presidency. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down DeSantis’ views on the executive branch and potential pardons for January 6th rioters. Plus, the governor’s attacks against former President Donald Trump have turned pointed since his announcement.
May 26, 2023