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CNN Tonight update for August 12, 2022

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WaPo: classified nuclear weapons documents sought by FBI at Trump's home

The Washington Post reports classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among items the FBI sought at Trump's home. Former director of national intelligence James Clapper joins to discuss the normal protocols followed for storing such highly sensitive data, and the question of why a former president would need such closely guarded secrets after leaving office. Plus, The Attorney General breaks his silence on the Mar-a-Lago search, saying he personally approved the search warrant...


Multiple investigations loom simultaneously over Trump

Trump takes the Fifth, declining to give answers during four-hours of questioning in the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into the Trump Organization. Former Watergate special prosecutor Nick Akerman and CNN Contributor John Dean join to discuss that, and the increasing pressure from the many legal probes the former president is facing, including the DOJ’s probe on Trump’s handling of classified documents, the Georgia investigation into election interference, and the Manhattan...


FBI search of Trump’s home came after national security fears

The FBI’s search of Trumps Mar-a-Lago home came after the Agency suspected the former president and his aides were withholding documents that had national security implications, sources confirm. Former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham join to give their perspectives on where the investigation might lead to next. Plus, the panel discuss the political fallout of the Mara-a-Lago search, how some in the GOP want Trump...


FBI raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

The FBI executes a search warrant at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Sources familiar with the situation say the unannounced raid relates to the handling of classified and presidential documents that may have been brought to the resort, resulting in officials breaking into the former president’s safe and removing boxes of items during the search. Plus, the parents of Amhaud Arbery, who was lethally shot while jogging, join to give their reaction to a judge adding...


Jury awards further $45 million in punitive damages in Alex Jones case

The jury in Alex Jones’ defamation trial awards $45 million more in punitive damages to the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting victims. A financial expert testified Jones used shell companies to mask his income, and may have a net worth of as much as $270 million. Trial lawyer Ken Turkel joins to discuss if Jones’ case will set a precedent on accountability and punishment for knowingly spreading harmful disinformation. Russia says it’s open to a prisoner swap after sentencing NWBA star...

Alex Jones must pay over $4 million to parents of a Sandy Hook victim

A judge orders right-wing commentator Alex Jones to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim more than $4 million in compensation, for his widespread and relentless lies over a 10-year period that the tragic event was an elaborate hoax. But with punitive damages in this defamation case still to be decided and multiple additional defamation lawsuits pending, Jones' legal battles are far from over. Laura and the panel discuss if Jones’ downfall will stop others deliberately spreading...

Alex Jones and the cost of conspiracy

While giving testimony in a $150 million defamation lawsuit brought against him by the family of a Sandy Hook victim, Alex Jones is confronted in court about damning texts his own attorneys accidentally leaked that the family’s lawyer says proves the right-wing conspiracy theorist committed perjury. Plus, Stephen R. McAllister is the former Solicitor General of Kansas. He joins to discuss the record voter turnout that’s protected abortion rights in the State in the first vote on the issue...

January 6 texts wiped from phones of Pentagon officials

The trail of deleted January 6 text messages now stretches all the way to the Pentagon. Is there a way to get them back? Digital forensic investigator Gary Kessler joins to give Laura his insight. Voters in five states - Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Washington and Kansas, head to the polls on primary night, as Trump’s influence lingers with 2020 election deniers on ballots and three Republicans who voted to impeach Trump facing primary challenges. Plus, Atlanta City Council President Doug...


U.S. kills world's top terror target

More than 20-years after 9/11, the hunt for Bin Laden's number two is over as the U.S. kills Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a precise drone missile strike on the balcony of a Kabul safe house. Former Government Counter Terrorism Adviser Richard Clarke and the New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins join to discuss the significance of removing this top terrorist leader who was being hidden in plain sight, the reasons why it took so long to achieve and the diplomatic situation America now finds...


CNN Tonight update for July 29, 2022

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DOJ & January 6 Committee zero in on Trump cabinet officials

The January 6 Committee zeros in on former key officials from Trump's Cabinet for testimony, focusing on conversations they had about the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment after the US Capitol attack. With the investigation finally breaking through to Trump’s West Wing and the DOJ preparing for a court battle to force former Trump White House Officials to testify before a grand jury, how much does this increase the former president’s political and legal jeopardy? In further...


Investigation ramps up as Mike Pompeo engages with January 6 Committee

Multiple sources tell CNN Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could sit for a deposition as early as this week, as the January 6 Committee’s investigation shifts to cabinet-level officials. And it's now clear the DOJ hasn't been dragging its feet, as it focuses on potential criminal charges for individuals connected to both seditious conspiracy, and the fake electors scheme. Senators Manchin and Schumer announce a surprise agreement on The Inflation Reduction Act, which provides...


DOJ investigating Trump’s actions prior to insurrection

The Washington Post reports the DOJ is investigating Trump’s actions in a January 6 criminal probe, subpoenaing top Pence aides Marc Short and Greg Jacob to testify before a Grand Jury, for hours of detailed questioning about meetings the then president led in December 2020 and January 2021. Attorney General Garland has faced criticism for his handling of the January 6 investigation - do these moves make it clear he’s moving closer to prosecuting Trump? Elizabeth Weller lost her baby girl...


CNN Tonight update for July 21, 2022

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Outtakes from Trump’s speech after insurrection to be publicly aired

On the eve of its last scheduled public hearing, Rep. Jamie Raskin says the January 6 Committee will show outtakes from the video Trump recorded on January 7, after being pressed by his aides to condemn the violent actions of the Capitol rioters. Three Trump world insiders join CNN Tonight to discuss what we’ve learned from the hearings so far, and what we know about tomorrow’s witnesses - key ex-Trump aides Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews. Plus, a top Wisconsin GOP lawmaker says Trump...


Secret Service January 6 text message mystery

The Secret Service insists records of the text messages sent by its staff on the day prior to, and on January 6, were lost during a phone migration program and that they are still working on recovering them. Were the texts improperly and purposely deleted? It’s a key question that several federal agencies, including the National Archives, want answered. Mick Mulvaney was Trump’s Acting White House Chief of Staff before being ousted in March 2020. He tells Laura what he knows about his...


Top NSC official to testify about January 6 - should Trump be worried?

The former Deputy National Security Council Adviser who resigned following Trump’s tweet attacking Mike Pence as the Capitol riot unfolded is expected to testify in what could be the January 6 Committee’s final public hearing on Thursday. What insights into Trump’s three-hour silence as the riot raged will straight-talking close insider Matt Pottinger reveal? The CNN Tonight panel discusses. Plus, the report on the Uvalde massacre finds “systematic failures” in the police response, showing...


77 Minutes In Uvalde

Tonight, CNN watches the full security camera footage of the Uvalde shooting. Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI; Charles Ramsey, former Philidelphia Police Commissioner; and CNN’s Crime and Justice Correspondent Shimon Prokupecz join Laura Coates to watch and discuss the footage. Warning: disturbing audio. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Republicans Backtrack After Doubting Child Rape Victim's Abortion Story

In post-Roe America, the Indiana Attorney General says he’s investigating a doctor who helped a ten year old girl get an abortion after she was raped. Republicans who doubted the girl’s story are now backtracking after police say the suspect confessed. This, as the January 6 hearings continue, with new allegations coming to light that the secret service erased texts from January 5th and 6th. And Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife, has died at 73. Hosted by Laura Coates. To learn more...