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Update for October 3, 2023

Today’s AC360 showcast has been pre-empted by breaking news coverage of the House vote to oust Kevin McCarthy as speaker. For recent news updates be sure to check out CNN’s ‘5 Things’ at: Thanks for listening. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


US braces for government shutdown as funding deadline looms

A government shutdown will begin Sunday if lawmakers on Capitol Hill don’t reach a deal. Sources tell CNN that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told his Republican conference there aren’t many options left to avoid a shutdown. Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal tells Anderson Cooper if she thinks there’s a realistic scenario where Republicans team up with Democrats in the next 24 hours to keep the government open. Plus, a suspect was arrested for the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur. CNN Senior National Correspondent Sara Sidner joins AC360 after speaking to Shakur’s stepbrother who wants to know what took so long. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Trump won’t try to move Georgia case to federal court

According to a new court filing, former President Trump’s lawyers say he won’t try and move the criminal charges brought against him by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to federal court. Trump’s lawyers had said he “may” try to get the case moved into the federal system, as part of a bid to invoke immunity protections for federal officers. Former U.S. Assistant Attorney Elie Honig joins AC360 to discuss the filing and explains why he was "stunned." Plus, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy refused to say if he would try to cut a deal with Democrats if the GOP conference can't coalesce around a plan to avert a shutdown. Republican Rep. Ken Buck tells Anderson "there's nothing worse than a shutdown" and it's an "embarrassment." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Trump Organization tries to figure out the future of its business after fraud ruling

Attorneys for former President Trump say the Trump Organization is working on figuring out what yesterday's fraud ruling means for the future of the business and what may need to be dissolved to comply with the judge's decision. A New York judge found Trump and his oldest sons liable for fraud and agreed with New York Attorney General Letitia James that Trump and his businesses overvalued assets by hundreds of millions of dollars. Former Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo tells Anderson Cooper how she interprets the judge's ruling and what she thinks will happen to the Trump Organization. Plus, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, along with his wife Nadine Menendez, pleaded not guilty to charges relating to an alleged bribery conspiracy involving payments in gold bars, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, a luxury car, and passing sensitive information to the Egyptian government. CNN National Correspondent Jason Carroll gives AC360 a look at who Nadine Menendez is and her alleged involvement. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


New York judge finds Trump liable for fraud

A New York judge says former President Trump and his oldest sons are liable for fraud after providing false financial statements for roughly a decade. The judge's decision comes days before the former president and the New York attorney general's office is set to go to court for a civil trial. Trump has argued he didn't inflate the values of his golf courses, hotels and homes at Mar-a-Lago and Seven Springs on financial statements that were repeatedly used in business. Investigative reporter and Syracuse University law professor David Cay Johnston explains to AC360 what this means for the Trump Organization and if they can operate their businesses in New York state. Plus, Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal for a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded and avoid a shutdown. There's still no guarantee that it will pass in the Republican majority House, where there are deep divisions. Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill tells Anderson Cooper how confident she is that a government shutdown can be avoided. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


McCarthy confronts key decisions as Congress hurtles toward government shutdown

There are just six days before the government runs out of money and House Republicans have yet to rally around a short-term option. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is caught between risking a shutdown to keep his job or cross GOP hardliners and work with Democrats to reach a deal. Democratic Rep. James Clyburn tells Anderson Cooper if he thinks McCarthy will risk his speakership to work with Democrats and keep the government funded. Plus, former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who delivered bombshell testimony to the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, defended what she said under oath in her first TV interview since testifying on Capitol Hill. Former Trump White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah Griffin worked with Hutchinson. She joins AC360 to discuss how important Hutchinson’s testimony was and says, “you need people who are to put what’s right in the country ahead of their own ambition.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Sen. Bob Menendez and wife indicted on bribery charges; DOJ seizes gold bars and $500,000

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife are facing corruption-related charges. An unsealed federal indictment reveals the New Jersey senator and his wife, Nadine Arslanian Menendez, are accused of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes” in exchange for the senator’s influence. Prosecutors allege the bribes included cash, gold, mortgage payments and a Mercedes. Menendez says he will “not be distracted by baseless allegations” and he’s pushing back on calls for his resignation from some fellow Democrats. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells AC360 he thinks the senator will have a hard time defending himself against this indictment because of the extraordinary detail prosecutors included. Plus, there’s a hurricane watch in effect for parts of eastern North Carolina ahead of Tropical Storm Ophelia’s landfall. CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers joins AC360 for an update on the storm that’s expected to trek up the East Coast. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Government shutdown appears increasingly likely

Sources tell CNN that House Republican leaders are sending their members home for the week as a government shutdown appears increasingly likely. Lawmakers have yet to reach a deal to extend government funding past the critical deadline at the end of the month. House GOP members had planned to work through the weekend to pass a stop-gap bill to fund the government but that strategy is now on hold because of infighting and holdouts within the House Republican conference. Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell tells AC360 it's time for House GOP members to choose "competence over chaos" and keep the government funded. Plus, CNN Senior National Correspondent Ed Lavandera joins AC360 from Eagle Pass, Texas where there's been a surge of migrants crossing the Southern border. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


House GOP clashes with Attorney General Merrick Garland over Hunter Biden investigation

During a contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General Merrick Garland forcefully pushed back against accusations from congressional Republicans that the Justice Department has shown political bias in its investigations into Hunter Biden and former President Trump. Garland told committee members he’s “not the president’s lawyer” nor “Congress’s prosecutor.” Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu took part in the hearing. He tells AC360 if he thinks Garland pushed back hard enough on the allegations of political bias. Plus, since 2010 chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen team have been on the frontlines of disasters around the world. They've served over 300 million meals in more than 30 countries. Chef Andrés joins AC360 to discuss “The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Biden urges the world to stand firm in support of Ukraine

The New York Times is reporting that Molly Michael, a former assistant to Donald Trump, told investigators that the former president instructed her to not tell them about the classified documents he kept at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. According to the Times, she told investigators about the comments when she was interviewed as part of the inquiry into Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents. The Times says the details are from a person briefed on her comments. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Elie Honig tells Anderson Cooper he thinks this is “potentially devastating evidence” and could hurt the former president’s defense. Plus, while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden urged the world to stand up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and be firm in their support of President Volodymyr Zelensky and his country. Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton is a veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee. He joins AC360 to discuss why it’s important for the U.S. to continue supporting Ukraine. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Trump acknowledges he was told 2020 election lies were false

Former President Trump admitted that he was told the 2020 election lies were false but continued spewing the false claims to try and overturn the results. In an interview over the weekend, the former president said he didn’t respect his attorneys who told him he had lost the election and instead he “respected many others that said the election was rigged.” Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe tells Anderson Cooper if he thinks Trump undermined his own defense by saying it was his decision to go after the 2020 election results. Plus, CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward gives AC360 an exclusive look at what Wagner’s post-Yevgeny Priogozhin future looks like in the Central African Republic. The former Wagner boss died in a plane crash just two months after he and his mercenaries launched an armed insurrection on Russia. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Special counsel asks judge to limit Trump's public statements in federal election subversion case

Special counsel Jack Smith has asked U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan to limit former President Trump’s public statements in the federal 2020 election interference case against him. A newly released court filing reveals that prosecutors want a court order limiting what the former president can say. Trump responded to the request by calling Smith “deranged.” Former federal prosecutor Elliot Williams tells Anderson Cooper how strong he thinks the special counsel’s argument is and if he thinks the judge will grant the request. Plus, CNN Correspondent Jomana Karadsheh joins AC360 from Derna, Libya to give an update on the catastrophic flooding that hit the country. More than 5,000 people are feared dead and Libya’s United Nations Ambassador expects that number to increase. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Hunter Biden indicted on multiple gun charges

Hunter Biden was indicted by special counsel David Weiss in connection with a gun he purchased in 2018. President Biden’s son was charged with two counts for alleged false statements he made while purchasing the gun and a third count for possessing the gun while he was addicted to drugs. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper what kind of considerations went into the decision to charge Biden. Plus, CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman gives AC360 an update on the catastrophic flood in Libya where more than 5,000 people are feared dead. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Rep. Pelosi on Speaker McCarthy’s impeachment inquiry into Pres. Biden: “they have nothing”

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat down for an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper on current House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s impeachment inquiry into President Biden. She also discusses her own decision to seek re-election at the age of 83 and whether she thinks Vice President Kamala Harris is the best running mate for Biden. Plus, escaped Pennsylvania killer Danilo Cavalcante was taken into custody, ending a nearly two-week manhunt that drew hundreds of law enforcement officials to the area. Franco Rosa is a former roommate of Cavalcante. He tells Anderson Cooper what went through his head when he heard his former roommate had been captured. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


McCarthy calls for formal impeachment inquiry into Biden

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is calling on three committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden. McCarthy says “these are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption” and they “warrant further investigation.” House Republicans have yet to prove allegations the president directly profited off his son’s foreign business deals. Republican Rep. Kevin Buck and Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin both join AC360 to react to McCarthy’s decision. Plus, police say Danelo Cavalcante, the Pennsylvania prison escapee, is “armed and extremely dangerous” after he stole a .22-caliber rifle from a local homeowner, who fired several shots at the fugitive as he fled. CNN Chief Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analyst John Miller tells Anderson Cooper what law enforcement is doing to capture Cavalcante. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Trump asks judge to recuse herself from federal election subversion case

Former President Trump has asked Judge Tanya Chutkan to recuse herself from the federal 2020 election subversion case. In a new court filing, Trump pointed to Chutkan’s previous comments made in cases involving January 6 rioters. Former federal judge Nancy Gertner tells Anderson Cooper the former president’s request is “not surprising.” Plus, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who testified before the grand jury in the Georgia investigation, joins AC360 to discuss whether he supports the longshot legal strategy of using the Fourteenth Amendment to bar the former president from the 2024 ballot. In recent weeks, a growing number of liberal and conservative legal scholars have embraced the idea. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


20 Years of Anderson Cooper 360˚

Twenty years ago, Anderson Cooper 360˚ launched. Over the past two decades, Anderson has reported from more than 30 countries and anchored more than 5,000 programs. Tonight, we look back on some of those moments. And a federal judge rejects Mark Meadows' bid to move his Georgia election interference case to federal court. Meadows has filed an appeal. Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe shares his perspective on the case. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Shelter-in-place order issued in the area where prisoner escaped

As the manhunt for a murderer enters its second week, a shelter-in-place order has been issued for a small area in Pennsylvania as police continue their search for Danelo Cavalcante. Brian Todd has the latest on the manhunt. And Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold joins Anderson to talk about the challenge to Donald Trump's election bid in the state. The advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit to keep him from the 2024 Republican primary ballot, citing the 14th Amendment's ban on insurrectionists holding public office. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


New video of inmate escaping from PA prison

Newly released video shows how a murder convict escaped from a Pennsylvania prison by climbing between two walls in the prison yard. Danelo Cavalcante has now been on the run for a week. Brian Todd has the latest on the search for the escapee. And former Defense Secretary William Cohen joins Anderson to discuss Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville holding up roughly 300 military nominations, and that now could include general picked to be the nation’s top military officer. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


New CNN poll on Presidential race

A new CNN poll shows former President Donald Trump is in a league of his own this fall. According to the poll, 52% of Republican primary voters and GOP-leaning Independents support Trump’s reelection. He’s far ahead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s in second place with 18%. No other candidates are in double figures. One of those other candidates is former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who joins Anderson to talk about the 2024 Presidential race. And in a 360° exclusive, Jomana Karadsheh reports on never-before-seen video of ISIS and their crimes that were recorded when they didn't think they were being recorded. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit