CNN on Saturday announced that the network has terminated primetime host Chris Cuomo.
"Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother's defense," the network said in a statement. "We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."
In suspending Cuomo, CNN cited newly released transcripts from the New York Attorney General's office. The documents show that Cuomo tried to use his position at CNN to dig up information on women who accused his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual misconduct. The documents also seemingly contradicted Cuomo's statements about how he tried to assist his brother that he made earlier this year.
The New York Times reported Saturday that the termination "completed a stunning downfall" for Cuomo, who had been "the top-rated anchor at CNN and a veteran television journalist who had built a successful broadcast career outside of his famed political family."
Statement on Chris Cuomo\u2019s termination from CNN.pic.twitter.com/yKPwYtMznD— CNN Communications (@CNN Communications) 1638655797
Acosta announces that Chris Cuomo has been terminated from CNNpic.twitter.com/aJwuPNz2HS— Acyn (@Acyn) 1638656817
James and Jennifer Crumbley were assisted by someone who granted them access to an art gallery inside a Detroit industrial building where they were apprehended following a manhunt early Saturday morning, according to police.
“We believe they were assisted, and we’re gathering that information and we’re going to have the totality of that done fairly soon and present that to our prosecutor for potential charges for either aiding and abetting or obstruction of justice," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said during a news conference on Saturday afternoon. “We have enough early indications that clearly somebody helped them into that location and made it available to them and it was after it was publicly announced that there were warrants for them."
CNN reports that "the unknown person was seen guiding the Crumbleys, the parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, as they parked their vehicle in the back of the building where the pair was eventually found," according to a law enforcement official.
"Surveillance footage also shows the Crumbleys entering the building during daylight hours, the official said," according to the network.
Sheriff Bouchard also said the Crumbleys and their 15-year-old son, Ethan, are all now on suicide watch in the Oakland County jail, even though they've given indication they're inclined to harm themselves. He said the three are segregated from one another, and will have no contact while in custody, adding that it's unlikely that Ethan even knows his parents have been arrested.
\u201cWe have enough early indications that clearly somebody helped them into that location and made it available to them and it was after it was publicly announced that there was warrants for them\u201dpic.twitter.com/sZVpS6r6AE— Acyn (@Acyn) 1638652757
“They are in our jail. All three of them… They are segregated, each individually in isolation. We have advanced watch on them…” pic.twitter.com/2wvRjHAJOw
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 4, 2021
GOP lawmaker blasted for posting family Christmas photo with assault rifles in wake of Mich. massacre
Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie sparked intense backlash on Saturday when he posted a photo that appeared to show seven members of his family, including himself, brandishing assault rifles in front of a Christmas tree.
"Merry Christmas!," Massie wrote above the photo on Twitter alongside a Christmas tree emjoi.
"ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammo," he added, followed by a gift emoji.
Massie's photo generated thousands of responses, with many pointing out that it seemed particularly tone deaf in the wake of yet another deadly high-profile school shooting.
Four people were killed Tuesday at Oxford High School in Michigan by a 15-year-old whose parents are now charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving him access to a gun.
Shortly after Massie posted the photo, the father of a Parkland, Florida school shooting victim appeared on CNN to discuss the Oxford tragedy.
Host Jim Acosta asked Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin "Guac" Oliver was one of 17 people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, about his reaction to Massie's photo.
"That’s a huge part of the problem," Oliver responded. "Someone elected leaders like this one that think that — I don't know if they're trying to be ironic, funny, or what — but it's the worst taste ever. ... It's a very nasty post."
Manuel Oliver on CNN www.youtube.com
I guess this is to trigger the libs and get the base excited but it\u2019s two days after a school shootingpic.twitter.com/PkLe7NDeVV— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1638646902
Just imagine, for a moment, the reaction from Republicans and the conservative media complex if, say, Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib posted this picture.https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/status/1467197523127422979\u00a0\u2026— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1638650219
For did not Jesus say in the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are those who are armed to the teeth with battlefield weapons, and who brandish them wantonly for no damned good reason at all.https://twitter.com/repthomasmassie/status/1467197523127422979\u00a0\u2026— S.V. D\u00e1te (@S.V. D\u00e1te) 1638650113