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Anderson Cooper brings you highlights from CNN's premier nightly news program AC360.

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Former President Donald Trump vented about his legal troubles to House Republicans in a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill today, the first time Trump has returned to the Capitol campus since leaving office after the January 6, 2021 riot. Trump aired his grievances regarding his legal and electoral challenges, attacked his critics in the room, and only briefly addressed policy matters like abortion and taxes, according to multiple GOP lawmakers who were in attendance. He also met with Senate Republicans, including Sen. Mitch McConnell, who had an icy relationship with the former President and hadn’t spoken directly with him since December 2020. Trump praised McConnell today and shook his hand. New York Democratic congressman Daniel Goldman speaks to Anderson about Trump’s day in Washington. Also tonight, a top Senate Democrat revealed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas took more undisclosed trips on a private plane of GOP megadonor Harlan Crow. CNN justice correspondent Jessica Schneider, former federal judge John E. Jones III and former federal prosecutor Elie Honig give their thoughts on the new development. Plus, a special goodbye and good luck to our longtime executive producer Charlie Moore, who’s taking on a new role at CNN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The New York Police Department said they arrested a 27-year-old man early Wednesday morning with a cache of weapons. According to the NYPD Chief of Department, officers searched his SUV and found a gun, large amount of ammunition, handcuffs, multiple knives, two axes and other items. Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism John Miller and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discuss the case. Plus, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting survivors, who lost 20 first grade classmates in the massacre nearly 12 years ago, graduate from high school and remember those they will always miss. Two survivors talked with our Randi Kaye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A federal jury convicted Hunter Biden guilty on all three felony gun charges he faced, concluding that he violated laws meant to prevent drug addicts from owning firearms. The conviction marks the first time a president’s immediate family member has been found guilty of a crime during their father’s term in office, though his crimes predate Joe Biden’s tenure as president. After the verdict, Hunter Biden said he was disappointed by the outcome but was "more grateful for the love and support" of his family. President Biden said he accepts the verdict, while supporting his son. "I am the president, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today." Anderson speaks to two people who've worked with and know President Biden well, CNN political commentators David Axelrod and Kate Bedingfield. Plus, CNN's chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward is granted extraordinary access inside camps in Northern Syria housing women and children captured after ISIS was defeated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hunter Biden’s fate in the federal gun trial is now the in the hands of a Delaware jury. A look at how the prosecution and defense did in making their case. Then, the latest in a string of CNN exclusives on decades of sexual abuse at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Also, four Israeli hostages were freed in a special operation in central Gaza according to the IDF. Plus, Donald Trump is calling the inmates connected to the events of January 6th victims.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
President Biden gave a speech at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on Friday, warning about the dangers of isolationism. Historian Garrett Graff and Protect Democracy editor Amanda Carpenter join Anderson to discuss. And New York Times opinion columnist Frank Bruni joins Anderson to discuss the 2024 presidential election and why he says it's a mistake to think Donald Trump can't win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Does former President Trump mean what he says when he keeps suggesting he'll use the justice system for payback if he's elected again? We're Keeping Them Honest. Speaking in Phoenix, at an event put on by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, Trump confined the bulk of his remarks to immigration and the economy, but also railed against his criminal prosecutions saying "We're in more danger from the enemy from within. With these lunatics, these fascists, these communists, and we're going to stop that also." Biden-Harris national campaign co-chair and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks to Anderson about Trump's comments. Plus, 8o years ago today more than 150,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in the largest seaborne invasion in history. The sacrifices made in that defining battle led to the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany and ultimately the end of WWII. CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour is in Normandy where President Biden and other world leaders gathered to commemorate the historic invasion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A Georgia appeals court has halted the election subversion conspiracy case against former President Donald Trump and several of his co-defendants until a panel of judges rules on whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be disqualified, the latest indication this trial won't occur before election day in November. Also, Judge Eileen Cannon, who’s overseeing his classified documents trial, revamped the timetable, pushing several pre-trial hearings later. Former federal judge Nancy Gertner, former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin, and CNN legal analyst Norm Eisen share their thoughts on the new developments. Plus, Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, was asked by The Washington Post how his fellow evangelicals reconcile their faith with the former president's behavior. “Character does matter, and individual voters will make those assessments. But I think that the idea that either voters of faith or all voters disqualify someone because of moral failings in the past is just out of step with who the American people are," Reed told the Post. Anderson gets reaction from Russell Moore, editor in chief of Christianity Today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The former president's legal team asked Judge Juan Merchan in the criminal hush money trial case to lift the gag order, now that a jury has found him guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, and the trial is over. When asked about the status of the gag order, a court spokesman said, “the order is part of the court record that has been made publicly available and it speaks for itself.” Former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin, and retired New York judge Jill Konviser - a long-time friend of the trial judge in the case - tell Anderson whether they think this is a reasonable request, and what the judge could decide to do. Plus, President Biden issued sweeping executive action Tuesday that will allow the administration to ban asylum seekers who cross the US-Mexico border illegally. CNN's David Culver is at a border crossing in San Diego with the story of one man who has made patrolling the border a personal mission. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The leader of the Republican party faces a sentencing date for 34 felony convictions, and former president Trump's supporters are rallying around him. In a new letter CNN obtained today, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan is proposing to defund federal and state prosecutions targeting what he called, quote, “political opponents.” Separately, Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene called the USA a "banana republic." Anderson speaks to former Arkansas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson on the state of the Republican Party. Meanwhile, a jury has been seated in Hunter Biden's trial on felony gun charges in Wilmington, Delaware. This is the first time in American history that the child of the sitting president is on trial. CNN Political Commentator and former White House communications director Kate Bedingfield and former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin tell us what they make of the case and the impact it might have come election day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This morning, at Trump Tower, Donald Trump denounced the historic guilty verdict in his criminal hush money trial. He also vowed to appeal his conviction in remarks that were filled with false claims about Judge Juan Merchan, President Biden, New York City's crime rates and other topics. New York criminal defense attorney Arthur Aidala and former Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo share what might be next for the now-convicted former president. Plus, today President Biden announced Israel has submitted a three-phase proposal to wind down the war with Hamas. The proposal would include the release of hostages, and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from "all populated areas of Gaza" and eventually lead to a "full and complete ceasefire." The proposal closely matches a deal Hamas itself recently offered. Barak Ravid, political and foreign policy reporter for Axios, talks about how realistic this potential deal might be.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former President Donald Trump is now a convicted felon after a jury of 12 found him guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in his hush money criminal trial. Anderson gets reaction to the historic verdict from presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, journalist Ronan Farrow, who is the author of the 2019 best-selling book "Catch and Kill," and New York Times senior political correspondent Maggie Haberman who was in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Also joining AC360 tonight, legendary investigative reporters, best-selling authors, and eyewitnesses to more than five decades of American history - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jury deliberations have begun in the former president's criminal hush money trial and the jurors have some questions. The jury sent two notes to Judge Juan Merchan this afternoon. In one, they asked to rehear testimony from David Pecker and Michael Cohen. In the other, they asked to rehear the judge's jury instructions. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump, who served as a juror in the high-profile 2009 New York trial of socialite Brook Astor's son, who was convicted of bilking her out of millions of dollars, and jury consultant Alan Tuerkheimer talk about what it's like to be part of a jury and what they can gleam from the deliberations so far. Plus, just over a week ago, Nikki Haley revealed she plans to vote for former President Trump in November. She urged him to reach out to her supporters and not take their votes for granted. In tonight's installment of John King's "All Over the Map" series, he heads to Pennsylvania to speak to Haley supporters about who they'll vote for this fall.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Closing arguments in the former president's historic criminal hush money trial wrapped up in a lower Manhattan courtroom tonight. The prosecution told jurors they’ve seen a “mountain of evidence” to prove that Donald Trump falsified business records in order to cover up a damaging story involving an alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels at the end of the 2016 election. On the other side, Trump's team told the jury that this whole case relies on the testimony of his former fixer Michael Cohen, who according to them is the "MVP of liars" and is out to get Trump. Wednesday morning, after hearing instructions from Judge Juan Merchan, jurors will have the case and the former President's fate in their hands. Tonight, Anderson spoke with Michael Cohen's attorney Danya Perry and Stormy Daniels' attorney Clark Brewster to get their thoughts on closing arguments and how they think jury deliberations will go.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The judge in the former president's criminal hush money trial case has issued the final jury instructions to the prosecution and defense teams. The instructions are not expected to be released publicly before closing arguments, which are scheduled for Tuesday. Former federal prosecutor Temidayo Aganga-Williams and former New York state supreme court justice Jill Konviser discuss what might be included in the jury instructions. Plus, today marks two years since 19 students were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Shimon Prokupecz went back to Uvalde to speak with some of the survivors.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Tonight former President Trump held a campaign rally in the Bronx, a largely Hispanic and Black area of New York City. President Biden won the county, a Democratic stronghold, by about 68 points four years ago. But as Mr. Trump seeks reelection in November, he’s trying to reach out to those voters. Anderson talks about the campaign’s efforts with former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton. Plus, it's been nearly 19 years since Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and parts of Mississippi, killing more nearly 1,400 people. A mother and her twin baby boys survived the hurricane but were struggling with dehydration and starvation when Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré stepped in to help. Stephanie Elam shows us how those twins, who just graduated from high school, are thanking Honoré. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A shouting match broke out today between attorneys during pre-trial proceedings in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case. The disagreement was over a long-disputed 2022 meeting between a prosecutor and an attorney for former President Trump’s personal aide Walt Nauta. Plus, Judge Aileen Cannon seemed skeptical of arguments to dismiss charges against Trump and his co-defendants. But, she has yet to rule on the motions she considered on Wednesday. Former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and former U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin talk to Anderson about the case. Also, in a 360° exclusive, CNN’s Elizabeth Wagmeister talks to a woman who alleges Harvey Weinstein assaulted her nearly a decade ago. The woman also says she was the target of a "catch-and-kill" effort by the National Enquirer, similar to what's been described in the former president's hush money trial.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Trump defense rested today in the criminal hush money trial without calling the former president to the witness stand after he said at one point that he'd testify. The trial is adjourned until next Tuesday when closing arguments are expected. CNN legal commentator Robert Ray, counsel to former President Trump in his first impeachment trial, and former New York Supreme Court judge Diane Kiesel break down what happens next. Plus, a video was posted on the former president’s Truth Social account Monday that included images of a fake newspaper article that contained the words "unified Reich." The video was removed from his account Tuesday morning, and a Trump campaign spokesperson said in a statement that the video was not created by the campaign and was “reposted by a staffer who clearly did not see the word, while the president was in court.” CNN political commentators Van Jones and Alyssa Farah Griffin talk about how something like this happens and why it took so long to take it down.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
There was high drama and tension in the former president's hush money trial on Monday. At one point, Judge Juan Merchan admonished defense witness Robert Costello. According to the court transcript, the judge told Costello “if you try to stare me down one more time, I will remove you from the stand."  New York Times' senior political correspondent Maggie Haberman and former chief judge of the U.S. Middle District Court of Pennsylvania John E. Jones III join AC360 to break down today’s proceedings. Plus, Anderson speaks with television host Bill Maher about his new book "What This Comedian Said Will Shock You" and the current state of play for American politics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A blockbuster day during former President Trump’s criminal hush money trial. Trump attorney Todd Blanche repeatedly raised questions about Michael Cohen’s honesty during cross-examination. In another notable development, sources tell CNN the defense may call attorney Robert Costello to the stand to continue their claim that Cohen is a liar. Anderson Cooper and Kaitlan Collins lead a full debrief tonight with guests including jury and trial consultant Renato Stabile, courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg, one of Trump's former attorneys William Brennan, and Cohen's former attorney and current legal adviser Lanny Davis.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sources say former President Trump's attorney Todd Blanche plans to go after Michael Cohen as he continues his testimony tomorrow. Blanche plans to challenge Cohen's recollection of at least one conversation he claimed to have had with Trump as well as other inconsistent statements Trump's team believes Cohen has made. Former chief judge for the US Middle District of Pennsylvania John E. Jones III, former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin, former counsel to House Democrats during the former President's first impeachment Norm Eisen, and CNN's Kara Scannell talk to Anderson about what is expected in court tomorrow. Plus, ABC News anchor and veteran of the Clinton White House George Stephanopoulos discusses Trump and Biden's potential debate stage rematch, and his new book "The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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A M C Casiday

Arthur Aidala is an idiot. Send him back to Fox.

Jun 1st
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A M C Casiday

Does this mean you won't have Arthur Aidala as a guest again?

May 31st
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A M C Casiday

There are no "competing narratives" to speak of. There is a shadow of reasonable doubt, but that does not rise to a competing narrative. Do better, CNN.

May 25th
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A M C Casiday

Arthur Aidala is a caricature of a defense attorney who is better suited to Fox News. Why does CNN keep bringing him back?

May 21st
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A M C Casiday

Not a "gotcha" moment - a damp squib.

May 17th
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A M C Casiday

Hope Hicks being full of admiration for Trump is like Karen McDougal being in love with Trump.

May 4th
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A M C Casiday

Who is the a$$hole defense lawyer?

May 3rd
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A M C Casiday

Is anyone else disturbed by how frequently TFG refers to violent events as "beautiful"?

May 2nd
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A M C Casiday

David Urban should not get air time for his nonsense.

Apr 23rd
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A M C Casiday

The commentary on the jurors from Trump's former campaign director, David Urban, was offensively stupid.

Apr 21st
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A M C Casiday

It is unsurprising that Trump supporters can be found who think Trump is not fit for the presidency but who plan to vote for him anyway because Biden.

Apr 17th
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A M C Casiday

There is no reason for the judge to recuse himself. The very idea is ridiculous. There again, Trump’s lawyers are infamous for being shameless and/or incompetent. It is to be hoped that their attempts to delay, if not derail, the process will meet with a swift and clear rejection.

Apr 3rd
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A M C Casiday

Why is Maggie Haberman invited to comment on Supreme Court matters????

Mar 20th
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A M C Casiday

C'est pour rire.

Mar 19th
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A M C Casiday

Maggie Haberman adds nothing to the analysis. CNN, why do you give her a platform?

Mar 9th
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A M C Casiday

Why does CNN continue to give Van Jones a platform?

Mar 5th
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A M C Casiday

It makes me laugh to hear Toobin back on the air.

Mar 2nd
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A M C Casiday

I hope Toobin wasn't on a webcam. Yikes.

Feb 29th
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A M C Casiday

Well done for having Secretary Griswold on the show. She answered Honig's questions concisely and thoroughly. She stole the show.

Jan 19th
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A M C Casiday

The task of an analyst is to examine, explain, and interpret. Koenig's commentary falls piteously short. The availability of an opposing argument does NOT undermine Sec Bellows's decision.

Dec 29th
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