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April Ryan: I Won’t Mention Names, But What Do African-Americans In The WH Think Of What Trump Said?


"If he can't see that this is terror, when you have white men brazen enough without hoods to carry tiki torches like they were doing back in the day, it wasn't tiki torches back then, with hoods to scare slaves, to scare blacks and other groups, if that is not terror, it's to incite intimidation, fear and to do what else they were going to do, like strange fruit hanging from a free, lynching's, things of that nature," April Ryan told Don Lemon on CNN Tuesday night. APRIL RYAN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: He is thinking about himself and what he actually feels. What he is speaking is from his heart. That is what is in his heart. The bottom line is that this President is saying things to basically allow his base, the David Dukes and those like David Duke too, to feel free to do what they want. Don, I mean this started Friday. And if he can't see that this is terror, when you have white men brazen enough without hoods to carry tiki torches like they were doing back in the day, it wasn't tiki torches back then, with hoods to scare slaves, to scare blacks and other groups, if that is not terror, it's to incite intimidation, fear and to do what else they were going to do, like strange fruit hanging from a free, lynching's, things of that nature. And then talk about negative things about Jews in this country. The Jewish community is hurt. The black community is hurt by this. And then to say that that man who rammed that car into the other cars and killed that poor young lady, that was murder? It was more than murder. It was terror. And the President says the media is dishonest? Well, Don, I don't use the "l" word much but the President lied. You know, Monday when he came out, that is not what he wanted to say. He came back and said what he originally said. The President lied about his feelings. He said indeed, he gave his heart today saying that all sides started it… DON LEMON: This is something that is in the "New York Times." I want to read this quote. "There's no word in the Trump lexicon is a thread worn as unprecedented but members of the President's staff stunned and disheartened they said they never expected to hear such a viable articulation of opinions that the President had long expressed in private." April Ryan, he said this in private. Things like this. They were shocked that he would say it publicly. That is what that line says to me. APRIL RYAN: What does the Bible say as a man thinketh, so is he? It comes out eventually. He's got African-Americans on his staff. I wonder what they're thinking about this today. And I'm not even going to mention names. I wonder. But then you also have black Republicans who I'm hearing from who are very, very, very upset. I hear there's supposed to be some kind of early morning call with the RNC in the morning about this. Then you have donors who are upset who are very, very upset saying things to the people that are supporting them and their donations saying you need to control your President. They're like we can't do that. So the fallout is great. But the question is, when and how will this stop. There has to be someone who I guess as the leader of the free world we have to say this has to stop and can put the blame directly on where it goes. The David Dukes of the world and whoever else. This President today basically is laying blame on the people who wanted to fight against this ugliness against this nation.

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Acosta: Trump Showed His True Colors, Not A Surprise That He Is Espousing White Nationalist Views


CNN White House correspondent said to Don Lemon on Tuesday that President Trump will not change until "members of courage" in the Republican party "stand up and say, no, Mr. President you're wrong." "He has united the country against the views that he espoused today which were right there on the edge of white nationalism," Acosta declared. "I don't think it's really a surprise to anybody that he is espousing these views," Acosta told Lemon. "You know, we've been talking about dog whistles all day today. These were loud speakers blaring at Trump Tower." JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: It was disturbing, Don. I think we saw the President's true colors today. I'm not sure they were red, white, and blue. The White House put out some talking points tonight. This is what they say. The President was entirely correct. Both sides of the violence in Charlottesville acted inappropriately and bear some responsibility. There's another one that says he has been a voice for unity and calm. This is Alice in Wonderland stuff. How the White House could put out talking points saying the president was in the right here, it is just baffling, it is strange and in one respect. He has united the country against the views that he espoused today which were right there on the edge of white nationalism… ACOSTA: For years he said the President Barack Obama wasn't born in this country. He said Barack Obama wire tap me at Trump Tower. Didn't have all the facts when he made those statements, there's a litany of examples where he made statements without having the facts. That is ridiculous. The other thing he said was I didn't know David Duke was there. But later on, almost on the same breath, he said I watched this more closely than probably you guys did. Time and again, there were contradictions in what he said all day long. You know, I don't think it's really a surprise to anybody that he is espousing these views. You know, we've been talking about dog whistles all day today. These were loud speakers blaring at Trump Tower… DON LEMON: Listen, GOP leadership, Jim, sources telling you that the President's abilities to effectively govern is dwindling by the hour. ACOSTA: Yeah. I mean, that is pretty strong stuff. That is from the leadership of the Republican Party and Congress. And I think it goes to Rick's point and that is, you know when do they stop saying this anonymously and start saying this point pointedly about the President. History offers these moments' to our leaders. History is kind of issuing that call right now. Who is going to have that moment of courage inside the Republican Party to stand up and say, no, Mr. President, you're wrong. You can't do this anymore. We have not reached that moment yet. There have been Senators here and there Jeff Flake and so on who, have made strong statements but until Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, until a prominent member of the Republican Party steps forward and says it's time to stop, Mr. President, I don't think his behavior is going to change. Scott Adams tweeted Wednesday: "Historians will someday talk about this week as a textbook case of mass hysteria. I'm trained to spot mass hysteria. If you aren't…" Historians will someday talk about this week as a textbook case of mass hysteria. I'm trained to spot mass hysteria. If you aren't…— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) August 16, 2017

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Navarro: For Too Long Republicans Have Looked The Other Way At “Misogynist Racist Bigoted Pig” Trump


Republican commentator Ana Navarro trashed President Trump on CNN Tonight Tuesday as unfit for to be President of the United States. Navarro said he is either a racist or peddling to racists. "it is his job as President of the United States to stand up for each and every American, to stand up vertically against racism and bigotry," Navarro, a CNN contributor, said. "Pedaling to racism is just as bad as being a racist," she said. "Donald Trump is either a racist or peddling to it and both are frankly unacceptable and make him unfit to be President of the United States. If you can't be President, if you cannot stand up and represent Americans, you should not be president." "When someone shows you who they are, the first time, believe them. For too long, Republicans in Congress elected leaders have looked the other way while a misogynist racist bigoted pig is in the White House," Navarro told CNN's Don Lemon. Transcript, via CNN: ANA NAVARRO, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Honestly, I don't have anything to say to her. Look, I think that Trump apologists are going to justify and pretend that thing he says and that they are seeing and say did not happen. And so I frankly think that it's a waste of time and useless exercise to try to convince them otherwise. So let me instead of talking to about that, let me talk to Donald Trump. And explain to him that as President of the United States, he represents blacks and Jewish people and Hispanics and people of every color and every creed. And it is his job as President of the United States to stand up for each and every American, to stand up vertically against racism and bigotry. Pedaling to racism is just as bad as being a racist. Donald Trump is either a racist or peddling to it and both are frankly unacceptable and make him unfit to be President of the United States. If you can't be President, if you cannot stand up and represent Americans, you should not be president. And to my party, to the Republicans speaking out today, my question is what the hell took you so long? When someone shows you who they are, the first time, believe them. For too long, Republicans in Congress elected leaders have looked the other way while a misogynist racist bigoted pig is in the White House. Let me tell you, we cannot capitulate the office of the President of the United States. We cannot capitulate moral clarity of or principles. We cannot capitulate Republican values and American values. No piece of legislation, no bone that he may throw on policy, no regulation is worth cheapening the office of the United States this way. It is breaking us apart. It is not news that is breaking us apart. It is the President of the United States who is causing this news. So Republicans need to stand up, need to grow a spine. And need to reject him. They don't — I'm tired of hearing Republicans say they're disappointed and disturbed by something he says. You know what? When he invites you to the White House, don't go. When he invites you to dinner, don't go. Do not stand next to him until he starts behaving in a Presidential manner. And if he can't, you've got to confront him over and over and over and over and over again… He showed us during the campaign over and over and over who he was. We saw him boast about sexual predatory behavior. We heard him attack Judge Curiel. We heard him attack the Khans. We heard him attack Mexicans. We heard him attack women over and over and over again. He showed us who he was. But Republicans so many Republicans, look, I have friends here in Miami who voted for him because he was going to change Cuba policy and he did. But that is not enough. That is not enough because the harm he is causing this country is just too great to look the other way. And many people thought that when he entered the Oval Office, he would become Presidential, that the magnitude of his office would make him change and become a Presidential figure. Well, six and a half months have gone by, seven months have gone by. You don't change a 71-year- old man. He is not going to change. And it is time that Republicans start realizing that and stops giving him a damn chance. He is not going to change. He will continue embarrassing us and making us feel ashamed. Conservative commentator Amanda Carpenter tweeted Wednesday: "Trump has surrendered right to lead GOP. Republicans in Congress should publicly refuse to appear with him, fundraise for him, or meet w him." Trump has surrendered right to lead GOP. Republicans in Congress should publicly refuse to appear with him, fundraise for him, or meet w him— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 16, 2017

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Jan Brewer vs. Navarro: Trump Denounced Hatred, Relentless Attacking Of Him Is Not Serving Country


Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer took on CNN's Don Lemon and Ana Navarro for not accepting the fact the president has denounced white supremacists and neo-Nazis numerous times. "I was not ashamed," Brewer said of Trump's Tuesday press conference. "I think that he took the bull by the horns. He spoke from his heart. And you know, this relentless reporting and this relentless attacking of him, is not serving our country or the issues that we talk about well. And it's getting a little over burdensome. I'm feeling that the people of America, the people of the United States particularly have about had it. You know." "He has denounced the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazis," Brewer said. "He has done it over and over and David Duke. And you people just keep on reporting that he hasn't done it. I mean, it's just unbelievable." "We keep hearing all these mistruths about what's going on and people reading things in to a situation that are absolutely not happening. And so you're forming all this stuff in people's minds without them being allowed to make their own decision," Brewer told Don Lemon. Transcript, via CNN: LEMON: The President insisting that there were a lot of innocent and quiet protesters in Charlottesville. Let's discuss that now. Jan Brewer is a former Republican Governor of Arizona and Senior Political Commentator Anna Navarro, they are both here. Hello to both of you, Governor, I'm going to start with you. You were a prominent Trump surrogate from the early days of his campaign. Were you ashamed of the President today? JAN BREWER, (R) FORMER GOVERNOR ARIZONA: No, absolutely not. I was not ashamed. I think that he took the bull by the horns. He spoke from his heart. And you know, this relentless reporting and this relentless attacking of him, is not serving our country or the issues that we talk about well. And it's getting a little over burdensome. I'm feeling that the people of America, the people of the United States particularly have about had it. You know. LEMON: Governor, with all due respect, the words came out of his mouth today. He said it. The words came out of his mouth on Saturday. He said it. So what are we supposed to ignore it? And how is it the news fault? BREWER: He said this hatred and this bigotry. LEMON: He equated a racist Nazi group to protesters, people who were protesting fascism. That is what he did. BREWER: He has denounced. LEMON: He appears to be ignorant of the history of this country. It's those are the facts. BREWER: Don, you're just saying that doesn't make it true. It doesn't make it the facts because we know. LEMON: Tell me what's not true. Tell me how, governor, tell me how the protesters and the anti-protesters how are they equivalent? BREWER: They — he has denounced, he has denounced the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazis. He has done it over and over and David Duke. And you people just keep on reporting that he hasn't done it. I mean, it's just unbelievable. LEMON: No one has reported he hasn't done it. That is not true, governor. He denounced them. Each time he does it under duress and it takes him days later to do it. BREWER: That is not true. LEMON: We're not reporting he hasn't denounces. That is true. You are not watching or reading? BREWER: Well, I am watching. I'm watching a lot. But today I've been quite busy. But it's from morning to night. We keep hearing all these mistruths about what's going on and people reading things in to a situation that are absolutely not happening. And so you're forming all this stuff in people's minds without them being allowed to make their own decision. I thought his speech on Saturday was fine. I thought the one on Monday was terrific. I thought today he came forward and spoke from his heart. He doesn't want this. We need to bring our country together. You know, Don, I am old. You know, I'm 72 years old. I've lived through a lot of this. And I denounce the Ku Klux Klan. You know, I think they're terrible. I think what happened in Charlottesville was horrible. But the fact of the matter is, is that there were groups there to the far left and to the far right, call them what you want. To the left you had Antifa. They were there with clubs, too. I listened to this now tonight waiting to come on. No one ever talks about the left. I mean, it was a bad situation. It's not America. We have got to come together and we've got to stop all this.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Blows Up At Trump White House For Off-Camera Briefings: “Tell The Truth!”


CNN: CNN's Don Lemon responds to an earlier off-camera, no-audio press gaggle at the White House, saying presidents should be held accountable and not go unchallenged. "Can you imagine if Obama had done this?" Lemon asked. DON LEMON: If you're a Trump supporter and the president is saying this, do you want a president that is unchallenged, who only delivers a message that he wants? That is not the American way. Presidents — anyone who is in authority should be challenged, should be held to account by the American people, the people who put them in office. And that is what the media does whether he likes it or not. It's not about the president; it's about the people who actually pay the president's salary… Tell the truth at the podium! And then it won't become a dog and pony show. Tell the truth, get better people to represent you, get people who will challenge you, get people who aren't afraid to tell you the truth, who will stand up there and said, 'look, this is the truth, stop tweeting so people don't have to defend you when what you write is indefensible.' … You know how much guff the Obama administration got when he didn't press conferences for — for a while? Can you imagine if the Obama administration had done this? I'm just saying.

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Michael Reagan vs. CNN’s Don Lemon On Russia: What Law Did Trump Break? Lemon: I’m Not A Lawyer


Don Lemon, when confronted on what law President Trump may have broken if he did, in fact, participate in 'collusion' with the Russian Federation, said he does not know, "you have to ask a lawyer." "Collusion is not breaking the law. What law did they break?" Reagan asked the CNN host. "You mean if the Trump folks colluded with the Russians, that's not breaking the law? To influence the election?" Lemon responded. "What law? What law?" Reagan once again asked. "Isn't that treasonous to do that?" Lemon asked in response. "What law? No. What law?" Reagan said without receiving an answer. From Wednesday's CNN Tonight: LEMON: President Trump and Hillary Clinton lashing out at each other in a new war of words on Russia tonight as an investigation spreads a cloud over the White House. Joining me now, the son of President Ronald Reagan, Michael Reagan is author of "Lessons My Father Taught Me" and a Newsmax contributor and he's on this show frequently and we're glad to have him. Good evening to you. I have to ask you, though, about this war of words tonight between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over this election and why she lost. Are we doomed to relive this 2016 election forever with these two? MICHAEL REAGAN, AUTHOR, LESSONS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME: Boy, I certainly hope not. I think the media's more caught up in this than the rest of the public. I think the rest of the public wants to get on to the business that they need to get on to. I think they want to hear about tax cuts… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: Michael, the media — they're the ones who are fighting about it. We're just reporting on it. REAGAN: I know. I know. I said in a tweet here a couple weeks ago, I said if I was the chief of staff to the President of the United States, I'd break his thumbs and get a roll of duct tape. I got it tell you, I just think that would probably be the best thing for him. Reince, if you're listening, you might want to do that. Because I think what happens is instead of letting it go away and get on to his issues he needs to get on to, he keeps on playing to the Hillary Clintons and other people that keep on talking about Russia and what's going on. And if I can say something, Don, I mean, I almost laugh at this stuff because it seems to me the media wakes up every morning thinking then, history just started that morning when they opened their eyes. If I could take you back for a moment to 1979 when Senator Ted Kennedy goes to Senator John Tunney of California and asks him to personally go to the KGB, to ask the KGB to get in touch with Moscow and let Moscow know that Kennedy will take a positive note on them going into Afghanistan and invite Russians to America to be on television and if they do that, it will help them defeat Jimmy Carter for the nomination of the Democrat Party in 1979. Well, guess what, that doesn't work. So in 1980, during the election, Jimmy Carter goes to Arm & Hammer, the industrials ask him to go to de Bruin… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: What are you saying in the interest of time? What's the bottom line here, what are you saying, you're talking about back channel. REAGAN: The bottom line is, this is not the first time Russia has tried or been involved in an election. It used to be where we knocked on their door and asked for their assistance to defeat at least Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan back in 1980. And everybody's treating this like this is new stuff. This is not new stuff. This is what Russia does if they're not asked, they try to get involved, themselves. LEMON: Yes, but the timing is different. And we spoke to General Michael Hayden about that. He said this is, to him, this is not back channeling. The timing matters and also the time that we can't look at the 1970s now through a 2016 or 2017 lens. There was no internet, the times were different. But, you know, anyway, I get your point. But I have to ask you, is this different to you that Jared Kushner reportedly proposed using Russian facilities and equipment to communicate with them secretly, intentionally keeping information from all U.S. entities? REAGAN: But, Don, that's a leak. We don't even know if that's fact yet. We really don't know. And what happens is the reporting leaks and what have you, we don't have the fact. We… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: They haven't denied it, Michael. REAGAN: What? LEMON: The White House hasn't denied it. REAGAN: Well, yes, the White House hasn't denied it. They say they turned it over that their attorney now. But the reality of it is, we don't really know what happened in that meeting and what went on. When we find out what went on, fine. But guess what, collusion is not breaking the law. Just like Kennedy, he didn't break the law. It was a political move he made just like Jimmy Carter. It was political. It wasn't breaking the law. LEMON: Wait, wait, wait. Collusion is not breaking the law? REAGAN: Not in this case. No, it's not collusion. Collusion is not breaking the law. What law did they break? LEMON: You mean if the Trump folks colluded with the Russians, that's not breaking the law? To influence the election? REAGAN: What law? What law? LEMON: Isn't that treasonous to do that? REAGAN: What law? No. What law? LEMON: OK. I'm not an attorney but it just seems like… (CROSSTALK) REAGAN: The democrats… LEMON: It seems like — it seems like that's the whole reason for this investigation by the intelligence community, from the FBI, from the CIA, and they said, in fact… (CROSSTALK) REAGAN: Finding out if… LEMON: .. if it did occur. And if it did occur, then there is a — then that's breaking of the law. No? REAGAN: What law? LEMON: You have to ask a lawyer. REAGAN: Nobody can name the law. Nobody can name the law. Just like the democrats colluding back in the '70s and '80s, didn't break the law. LEMON: People go to jail all the time, though, Michael, for collusion. Even beyond the government in just everyday business. REAGAN: Collusion… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: And when it comes to the mafia, people go to… REAGAN: … isn't the case. But nobody… (CROSSTALK) REAGAN: People go to jail all the time for that. REAGAN: Don, name the law. LEMON: OK. So then why would the — OK, fine. REAGAN: Name the law that they broke. LEMON: Fine. I know you're going to point about the law but why would be the FBI be investigating if it's not against the law? REAGAN: Because this has become so politicized to the whole process, and you know as far as… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: The entire intelligence community is being politicized? REAGAN: … if they found nothing happens. What, this has been politicized on every side of the equation. LEMON: Without intelligence community you think it's being politicized? REAGAN: It is being politicized. Hillary politicized it in her talk the other day. LEMON: No, no, I'm talking about the intelligence community. Listen, I think you're right. I think it's being politicized by politicians but I'm not so sure by members of the intelligence community. REAGAN: I think the intelligence community got to a point, they didn't have a choice. They really had no choice but to go into this because nobody was believing anybody else on the planet. Nobody was believing democrats. Nobody was believing republicans. I think they have no choice to go in… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: So Michael, let me get i in, when they started investigating possible collusion with the Trump campaign back in July of 2016, at least that's when we're told the investigation started, you think that that was political from the FBI? Because nothing was reported about them investigating the Trump campaign, but they did admit that they were investigating Hillary Clinton. REAGAN: They were investigating Hillary, they were investigating Trump, they were investigating both candidates when it came to this last campaign. But, again, collusion, what law? What law? If they find, in fact, they colluded with collusion with… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: I think that collusion is probably a broad term… REAGAN: … the Russians. LEMON: … and within that you'd have to figure out exactly what they were colluding to do if it was treasonous, if they were allowing a foreign influence to have influence — a foreign government to have influence in our election and over our country. (CROSSTALK) REAGAN: Don, Don… LEMON: I think that there are laws in that they have broken. REAGAN: Don, have you interviewed — Don, have you interviewed one person that changed their vote because of the Russian collusion? One person. LEMON: I haven't interviewed anyone who… (CROSSTALK) REAGAN: Have you? LEMON: Yes, I'm sure there are people. I have not. REAGAN: But have you? LEMON: I've interviewed a lot of people. REAGAN: Have you? LEMON: Yes. REAGAN: What person said you changed my vote? LEMON: I have heard people say, yes, all this investigating, and all of this ties to the investigation, or Hillary Clinton and e-mails, that changed my idea of who to vote for in the election. Yes, absolutely so people have changed their vote because of that. You don't think people did? REAGAN: Well, they need to be — they need to be on the air and find out was there — how many millions were there to overturn the election? LEMON: You don't think people who either thought Hillary Clinton did something wrong with e-mails or that Donald Trump may have done something wrong in some way, you don't think that influenced them in the way that they voted? REAGAN: Hillary lost because she ran a terrible campaign. (CROSSTALK) LEMON: No, that's a whole different point. Listen, I don't disagree with you on that. REAGAN: That's why she lost. LEMON: I don't disagree with you on that. I do think she should take more responsibility for her own actions and why she lost. But you don't think that people being investigated had any influence on how you voted? REAGAN: But at the same point, they were investigating Trump. So… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: That was not announced. REAGAN: It was tit for tat at that point. LEMON: No, it's not. No one was investigating Trump. REAGAN: But Trump didn't have… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: No one knew… REAGAN: … Trump didn't have an e-mail service — Trump didn't have an e-mail service. LEMON: … that Trump was being investigated. No one knew Trump, Michael… (CROSSTALK) REAGAN: Trump didn't have an e-mail service in his basement. LEMON: Michael, he did not that we know of. All right? All right. (CROSSTALK) REAGAN: Come on. LEMON: I'm just being facetious there. But no one knew Donald Trump was being investigated then. REAGAN: You know, Donald Trump is being investigated every day. Turn on the news. There's nobody saying anything good about Donald Trump. Look at the last program that you… (CROSSTALK) LEMON: But no one knew there was an FBI investigation is this point. Will you just admit that? Because it happens in July. James Comey did announced it until the hearings. REAGAN: Nobody knew there was an FBI — nobody knew there was an FBI investigation, true. That would not have changed the election. LEMON: OK. Read the full transcript.

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Former CIA Director Woolsey: Nothing Wrong With Backchannels; “Real Scandal” Is Leaks


Former CIA Director James Woolsey told CNN's Don Lemon there is nothing wrong with back channel communications with foreign contacts as long as, "you're doing it accurately and within the confines essentially of what your superiors have asked of you." From Tuesday's edition of CNN Tonight: DON LEMON, CNN: What was interesting because Sean Spicer today was asked about that back channel and he didn't really — he didn't really answer it during the briefing. So do you think that the president, the incoming president or the president-elect knew about this? Again, I have to ask you, ambassador. JAMES WOOLSEY, FMR. CIA DIRECTOR: I don't know whether it was him or whether it would have been somebody else in the incoming administration. But I don't see anything untoward about having a back channel communications as long as you're doing it accurately and within the confines essentially of what your superiors have asked of you. People have back channel communications all the time. It's often done via intelligence services because they can often — the head of DCI, for example, to travel without people knowing that he's traveling. LEMON: So, Ambassador, why not disclose that then? WOOLSEY: Well, there are a lot of things I think have been disclosed too much. And I think that is the real scandal here. That so much has been disclosed, it makes it hard for the secrecy that's essential to the operation of the U.S. government in these areas to continue. And I think the people who have broken these tacit and formal agreements and taken classified information and turned it loose are basically traitors to the country. LEMON: So Phil, Kushner and others should not have disclosed communications with the Russians because they should fear that it may be leaked to the press? WOOLSEY: Disclosed to the president, of course. LEMON: Disclosed, yes. WOOLSEY: Disclosed to the national security advisor? Of course. What's wrong with that? There was anything wrong with that.

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Don Lemon vs. Jeffrey Lord: Comparing Trump To Martin Luther King Jr. Of Health Care Was Insulting


Don Lemon and CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord go at it when the conservative commenter is unapologetic about calling President Trump the "Martin Luther King Jr. of health care." Symone Sanders, who once said Democrats "don't need white people" leading the party, also joined in on the fight.

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Dershowitz vs. Van Jones: Name A Country That’s Not Muslim That Would Come Under A Ban At This Time


VAN JONES, CNN: I am no fool to get into a fistfight on national television with Professor Dershowitz. But I have to say that what President Obama was doing with those seven countries is not related to what Donald Trump is trying to do. Listen, the explanation that the Trump administration is giving is completely arbitrary and irrational. There are other countries that should be included under the rationale he's putting forward. The only thing that holds these countries together are majority Muslim countries. There's no other criteria that holds up. ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Name a country that's not Muslim that would come under a ban at this time? JONES: France. How about France? … JONES: Let me tell you, just because France is in Europe and Denmark are in Europe, if what you're concerned about is countries that have a history of extremism, there are European countries that do, yet none of them are included. My only point is this — let me – DERSHOWITZ: The European countries have mechanisms for sorting out dangerous people that these countries, President Obama said, don't have the appropriate mechanism. Look, I agree with you, this is a complex issue, and I agree with you that if they look at the statements made by President Trump, he will lose. The question is, is that the jurisprudence that the Supreme Court will apply? That's a tough argument to make. (via Newsbusters)

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Don Lemon: Media’s Russia Coverage Is “Speaking Truth To Power, Holding People Accountable”


David Gergen said on Thursday's CNN Tonight President Trump is enjoying that the media is distracted from the Obamacare replacement bill by focusing on Russia. CNN host Don Lemon said he understood the position, but it is important to cover Russia because that is "speaking truth to power and holding people accountable." DAVID GERGEN, CNN: Of course we need to be covering this story, if the FBI has got major investigations underway and there's something very fishy underneath all of this, we all know that. At the same time, Jack Kingston has a point but I disagree with on where he came out with it. And that is, while we're doing this so much, the administration is enjoying the fact that we're distracted from covering this health care bill. And they're jamming it through in the middle of the night. Nobody knows what's in it. Nobody knows how much it's going to cost. And nobody really understands what it's going to do to Americans who so desperately need health insurance. And that's a major, major story. It's hard to cover in the midst of all this other stuff, but we have to do both… FMR. REP. JACK KINGSTON: Well, I think that the health care bill is something that's going to take a lot of debating, because it is one seventh of the economy. You know, I think — I just want to say that's where, in my impression visiting the Hill the past couple of days, that's where all the energy is going right now. They're letting the Intel committees take care of the Russian stuff but they're moving on with the people's agenda which is the right thing for them to be doing. DON LEMON, CNN: Yes. Listen, I understand where you gentlemen are coming from, but I think it's important when you have a Republican House, you have a Republican Senate, you have a Republican White House, it was the same thing the Democrats on the other side, part of that is speaking truth to power and holding people accountable. The media is a part of that. GERGEN: Right. LEMON: So we need to do that as the media. So let's talk about this. James Comey going over to Capitol Hill today to brief congressional leaders, Kirsten, who have access to highly classified information. What is Comey's goal do you think in these briefings?

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