On Monday, the Senate Intelligence Committee reached an agreement with Donald Trump Jr. over the subpoena for information about his former statements under oath to Congress, a move that was in many ways favorable to the president’s son.
Nonetheless, the deal does provide the Senate with a window to grill him over his prior claims to lawmakers, since contradicted by new evidence, that he was only marginally involved in the Trump Tower Moscow project. And as CBS national security correspondent Jim Sciutto told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump Jr. will be less insulated from legal threats than his father for a very big reason.
“What’s also significant is that this will be a verbal Q&A for between two to four hours, not simply written questions and written answers,” Blitzer pressed him. “That was one of the options that we were told yesterday could be on the table, as well. This is a significant development.”
“Absolutely. And of course, that is the way that the president answered questions from the special counsel,” said Sciutto. “The special counsel — and we learned this again, confirmed in the Mueller report — sought to have a face to face interview, but in effect gave up on that. Took those written answers, to which the president frequently answered, ‘I cannot recall.'”
“It is a qualitative difference to be able to sit face to face with the witness and challenge their answers in person on the spot,” said Sciutto.
’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.