Episodes
Federal investigators are examining the communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6. A U.S. official says the investigation is moving closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to discuss the investigation. Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. shouldn’t loosen coronavirus restrictions until daily new cases fall below 10,000....
Published 03/05/21
Pres. Joe Biden criticized Texas and Mississippi for lifting their Covid-19 restrictions and called it “neanderthal thinking.” Biden said “I think it's a big mistake” and that he hopes “everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference.” Beto O’Rourke is a former U.S. Congressman who represented El Paso and the surrounding area in Texas. He says the governor’s decision was a “death warrant for Texans” and tells Anderson Cooper that Abbott has given the green light to anybody who...
Published 03/04/21
FBI Director Christopher Wray knocked down a conspiracy theory that the January 6th rioters were “fake Trump protestors,” a baseless claim that’s been pushed by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Wray also made it clear to lawmakers that Antifa and other left-wing groups weren’t part of the violence saying “we have not, to date, seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection to the 6th.” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a member of the Senate...
Published 03/03/21
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans that the country is at risk of losing recent gains in the battle against Covid-19 as highly contagious variants continue to spread. Dr. Rochelle Wolensky encouraged people to “stay strong” and said “vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.” Moderna, Pfizer and just recently approved Johnson & Johnson say they’ll deliver enough doses...
Published 03/02/21
The FDA vaccine advisers recommended authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. In the U.S., the single-shot showed an overall efficacy of 72% in preventing moderate to severe disease and 85% effective in preventing severe disease. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss why people shouldn’t hesitate to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, even if the efficacy is lower than both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Plus, the House is expected...
Published 02/27/21
The acting Capitol Police chief warned militia groups involved in the January 6 insurrection want to “blow up the Capitol” “and “kill as many members as possible” when President Joe Biden addresses Congress. Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, participated in the riot and their leader tells CNN he has no sympathy for the members of Congress who feared for their lives. Andrew McCabe is a former FBI Deputy Director and is currently a CNN Contributor. He joins AC360 to...
Published 02/26/21
The U.S. Food and Drug administration found the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective and meets the emergency use authorization requirements. If authorized, it’ll be the third shot option in the United States. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner and is currently an emergency room physician. She also has been a volunteer participant in the two-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial. She joins AC360 to react to the FDA’s analysis. Plus,...
Published 02/25/21
Golfer Tiger Woods suffered serious leg injuries after his SUV crossed onto the wrong side of the road and rolled over several times near Los Angeles. A first responder says the five-time Masters winner couldn’t stand on his own but was “lucid and calm.” Woods last won the Masters Tournament in 2019 and is tied for most all-time career victories with 82 PGA Tour wins. Bob Costas is a Hall of Fame broadcaster and is currently a CNN Contributor. He joins AC360 to discuss Woods’ legendary...
Published 02/24/21
The Supreme Court ruled that former Pres. Trump’s tax returns can be released to a New York prosecutor. The decision deals a massive lost to Trump, who has fought tirelessly to shield his financial papers from investigators. The former President reacted to the decision by saying “the Supreme Court never should have let this 'fishing expedition' happen, but they did.” Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter for the New York Times and has been focused on Trump’s finances and taxes since...
Published 02/23/21
Approximately 165,000 Texans remain without power and more than 14.9 million have been impacted by a water crisis as the state braces for another deep freeze. While Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been dealing with the fallout over his quick trip to Cancun, Mexico, two of his Democratic opponents, Beto O’Rourke and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been raising money and offering resources to Texans who are struggling after the winter storm. Amanda Carpenter is the former Communications...
Published 02/20/21
Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz returned from Cancun, Mexico with hundreds of thousands of Texans still without power and dealing with severe water issues. Cruz took a flight back to Houston after claiming he flew to the Mexican resort city for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends” but later said “it was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight I wouldn't have done it.” He also admitted his family had planned on staying through the weekend, not just the night, like...
Published 02/19/21
A winter storm and lengthy cold snap has crippled power facilities in Texas and left more than 2.6 million people without power for several days. The outages cover the area served by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, and some Texas officials have pointed the blame at the power company and some are blaming Republican Governor Greg Abbott for failing to adequately prepare for the storm. Beto O’Rourke is a former Democratic Presidential Candidate and was a U.S. Congressman...
Published 02/18/21
The North Carolina GOP censured Sen. Richard Burr after he voted to convict former President Trump. 16 other Republicans are facing similar backlash. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the Capitol attack. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss the clear divide in the GOP and his thoughts on the commission. Plus, the CDC recently released new guidelines for reopening schools including five key mitigation...
Published 02/16/21
As the Capitol was under attack on January 6th, then-Pres. Trump told House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy the rioters cared more about the election results than he did. In the expletive-laced phone call, McCarthy insisted the rioters were Trump’s supporters and begged him to tell them to stop. The Republican members of Congress who were briefed on the call say the exchange shows the former President had no intention of calling off the rioters. Noah Feldman is a professor at Harvard Law...
Published 02/13/21
Former Pres. Trump’s legal team met with Republican Senators, who are also jurors in the impeachment trial, to discuss “strategy.” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is also a juror in the trial. He joins AC360 to react to his colleagues meeting with Trump’s lawyers. Plus, a source tells CNN that Trump’s attorneys are looking to shorten their Senate presentation to as little as three hours in order to make it “short, tight and direct.” The former President’s legal team is expected to argue there is...
Published 02/12/21
Advisers to former Pres. Trump say he still hasn’t shown any remorse for the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. House impeachment managers released new video of the violent mob’s assault, including a clip of then-Vice President Mike Pence and his family being hustled away by Secret Service after rioters entered the building. Independent Sen. Angus King was also at the Capitol that day and is a juror in the trial. He joins AC360 to react to the newly released video and says seeing...
Published 02/11/21
Sources tell CNN former Pres. Trump was unhappy with his attorney Brian Castor’s opening argument on the Senate floor during the first day of his second impeachment trial but Castor said “I thought we had a good day.” Six GOP senators joined the Democrats to vote that the impeachment trial is constitutional, including Sen. Bill Cassidy who said he made his decision after Trump’s legal team failed to make a compelling argument. Rep. Adam Kinzinger was one of ten House Republicans to cross...
Published 02/10/21
On the eve of his second impeachment trial, sources tell CNN since leaving office former Pres. Trump is fixated on “accountability” for the Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him and is telling aides he believes he’ll be acquitted. The Trump legal team argues that the former President’s words “fight like hell” at the “Stop the Steal” rally before the insurrection did not incite riots. Meanwhile, a former aide recalls the then-President “loving watching the Capitol mob.” Democratic Sen....
Published 02/09/21
Pres. Biden says former Pres. Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings pointing to his “erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.” Former presidents traditionally have access to the same intelligence briefings their successors have. James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence and is a CNN National Security Analyst. He tells Anderson Cooper he agrees with Biden and says “it’s absolutely the right thing to do.” Plus, controversial Republican Rep....
Published 02/06/21
The House voted to strip Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments after past violent statements and controversial conspiracy theories came to light. Eleven Republicans voted with the Democrats to remove the congresswoman from her committees. Anthony Scaramucci is a Republican and briefly served as the White House Communications Director in the Trump administration but has since been a critic of the former President. He joins AC360 to react to the distinct divide...
Published 02/05/21
House Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy says Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s past statements “do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” suggesting she won’t be stripped of her committee assignments. A growing number of the GOP, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are speaking out about wanting their party to expunge voices promoting wild conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, Greene says “I don’t think I have anything to apologize for” and that her social...
Published 02/04/21
The House impeachment managers argue that former Pres. Trump is “singularly responsible” for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as Trump’s legal team claims he’s protected by the First Amendment and a Senate conviction would be unconstitutional. Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was an impeachment manager during Trump’s first impeachment trial. He joins AC360 to react to the former President’s defense strategy. Plus, Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from GOP Congresswoman...
Published 02/03/21
An adviser to former Pres. Trump says he may add more attorneys to his legal team before his impeachment trial starts. Trump named two new lawyers for his trial a day after five members of his team left and his team effectively collapsed. A separate adviser said the former President is still obsessed with the false conspiracy theory that he won the election and “he just wants the world to know the election was stolen from him.” Republican Senator John Cornyn who is a member of the GOP...
Published 02/02/21
Johnson & Johnson released the efficacy results of their one-shot Covid-19 vaccine candidate as coronavirus variants are increasingly being found in the U.S. The company announced their vaccine was shown to be 66% effective in preventing moderate and severe disease in a global Phase 3 trial and 85% effective against severe disease. It also was shown to be 72% effective against moderate and severe diseases in the U.S. While the trial apparently shows a lower efficacy rate than the other...
Published 01/30/21
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republican leadership on their failure to rebuke Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over her past comments. Greene repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians, including Pelosi, in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress. The House Speaker is also criticizing Greene’s placement on the House Education and Labor Committee after comments surfaced that showed her agreeing with people who said the 2018 Parkland school shooting was...
Published 01/29/21