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McCarthy downplays Trump’s hush money payments: “It was personal money”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is downplaying allegations that former President Trump’s may have been involved in a scheme to pay hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in an attempt to cover up an alleged affair. McCarthy said “this was personal money” and accused the Manhattan district attorney of “playing in presidential politics.” Some of the former President’s Republican allies in the House are attempting to use government power to try and keep his legal threats at bay. Former...


Anticipation building for Trump indictment after he signals one is coming

Former President Trump said he expects to be arrested this week and called on his supporters to “protest” and “take our nation back.” Trump has been one of the focuses of the investigation into the hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. CNN Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent Paula Reid gives AC360 an update on when a possible Trump indictment and arrest could happen. Plus, the family of Stephen Smith will seek to have his body exhumed in South Carolina for a private...


ICC issues war crime arrest warrant for Putin

The International Criminal Court issued war crime arrest warrants for Russia President Vladimir Putin along with another official for their roles in allegedly forcibly deporting Ukrainian children to Russia. CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 to discuss her exclusive interview with Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. Plus, CNN Correspondent Leyla Santiago is in Key West, Florida where the five-thousand mile mass of...


U.S. military releases footage of Russian fighter jet forcing down American drone over Black Sea

The U.S. military released video of the encounter between the Russian fighter jet and an American surveillance drone, as it was forced down over the Black Sea. Russia denied the collision happened. Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen joins AC360 to discuss whether the video undermines the Russian version of events. Plus, CNN has exclusively learned that dozens of Mar-a-Lago staff, from servers to aides, have been subpoenaed in the investigation into former President Trump’s handling...


Global markets rattled as banking fears spread

The banking system troubles that appeared to be easing yesterday, came rumbling back this morning with word that the struggling Swiss bank Credit Suisse was in deeper trouble than previously thought. Then came news that two credit rating firms had downgraded First Republic Bank to junk status. Those two factors sent markets plunging. Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who chairs the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee joins Anderson to talk about the banking...


Russian jet forces down U.S. drone in “reckless” encounter

The U.S. military says a Russian fighter jet forced down a U.S. Air Force drone over the Black Sea. The White House called Russia’s actions “unsafe, unprofessional and reckless” while Russia’s defense ministry denied its aircraft came into contact with the drone. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling joins AC360 to discuss how big of a deal this is and if he thinks it’s a deliberate provocation by the Russian military. Plus, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are...


Biden & Federal Reserve scramble to contain damage after two banks fail

The Federal Reserve announced it’s launching a review of the supervision and regulation of Silicon Valley Bank after it collapsed last week. It was the second-largest failure of a financial institution in U.S. history. U.S. regulators also shut down Signature Bank and investors are worried it could spark a broader banking meltdown. President Biden told Americans on Monday that the U.S. banking system remains “safe.” Larry Summers is a former U.S. Treasury Secretary during the Clinton White...


George Santos says he’s “innocent” of allegation he orchestrated credit card skimming scheme

Republican Rep. George Santos claims he’s “innocent” and “never did anything of criminal activity” after being accused of organizing a credit card skimming scheme back in 2017. Federal prosecutors are investigating Santos’ finances while he faces calls to resigns over the lies about his education, career, heritage and religion. Republican Rep. Brandon Williams tells Anderson Cooper why he’s “confident” the country will see Santos in “handcuffs in front of a judge” soon. Plus, CNN Chief...


Cartel suspected of American kidnappings issues alleged apology letter

Sources tell CNN the cartel investigators believe is responsible for killing two Americans last week, issued an apology letter and handed over five of their members to authorities. Two other U.S. citizens survived the kidnapping, including Latavia Washington McGee, who traveled to Mexico with her three other friends so she could undergo a medical procedure. Cheryl Orange was supposed to join her four friends but didn’t have proper identification to cross the border. She tells Anderson Cooper...


Speaker McCarthy refuses to say if January 6 was “mostly peaceful”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy refuses to say if he thinks the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was “mostly peaceful.” McCarthy released more than 40,000 hours of security footage from the day of the insurrection to just Fox News host Tucker Carlson who continues to downplay the severity of the attack saying it was less “deadly” than it’s been portrayed. Former Republican U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger was a member of the House Select Committee that investigated the January 6...


Rupert Murdoch: Top Fox hosts maybe “went too far” with election denial

In a January 2021 email, Fox Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch said two of his top hosts maybe “went too far” in an apparent reference to them denying the integrity of the 2020 presidential election that then-President Trump lost. Murdoch’s comments were made public in a legal filing as part of Dominion Voting Systems $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News and its parent company, Fox Corporation. The companies deny wrongdoing. First Amendment lawyer Lee Levine joins AC360 to discuss the...


Four U.S. citizens kidnapped by gunmen in Mexico in case of mistaken identity

A U.S. official tells CNN that four Americans were assaulted and kidnapped by gunmen in Mexico on Friday after they were targeted by mistake. Investigators believe a Mexican cartel thought the U.S. citizens were Haitian drug smugglers. John Miller is the former NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He tells Anderson Cooper how the FBI will work with Mexican authorities to find these Americans. Plus, CNN Chief Correspondent Kaitlan Collins joins AC360 to discuss what...


Lead prosecutor: Alex Murdaugh believed he could convince the jury of his lies

Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and his son Paul Murdaugh. The once-prominent South Carolina attorney reiterated his innocence and told the judge he “would never hurt” his wife and son. The lead prosecutor Creighton Waters tells Anderson Cooper that he thinks Murdaugh believed he could convince the jury of his lies. Plus, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor, joins AC360 to discuss how Russia is...


Alex Murdaugh convicted after less than three hours of deliberations

A jury found Alex Murdaugh guilty of killing his wife and son at their South Carolina estate in June 2021. The disgraced attorney was convicted on all four counts he was facing, including two counts of murder. Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster, was seen wiping his tears as the guilty verdict was read. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye has been following this story from the start and was in the courtroom as Murdaugh was led away in handcuffs. She joins AC360 to discuss all the key...


Pennsylvania man arrested after allegedly trying to bring explosives in his suitcase on flight

A Pennsylvania man was arrested by federal agents after he allegedly tried to bring explosives in his suitcase on his flight. According to court documents, Marc Muffley checked his luggage on a flight bound for Orlando from Lehigh Valley International Airport and an alarm alerted that his baggage contained explosives. TSA agents paged Muffley over the airport intercom system and asked him to report to a security desk, prosecutors said, but he did not show up. A former Lansford, Pennsylvania...


McCarthy says Jan. 6 footage amounts to 42,000 hours and says Carlson getting early access because 'sunshine matters'

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy defended his decision to release security footage of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The House Republican leader said it was necessary for transparency and that “sunshine matters.” Conservative lawyer George Conway tells Anderson Cooper if he thinks McCarthy’s rationale for giving the video to the Fox News host makes any sense. Plus, CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye joins AC360 from Walterboro, South Carolina where...


Rupert Murdoch acknowledges Fox News hosts “endorsed” election lies

Chairman of Fox Corporation Rupert Murdoch admitted in a deposition that some Fox News hosts “endorsed” election lies that claimed the 2020 presidential contest was stolen. Murdoch’s comments were made public in a legal filing as part of Dominion Voting Systems $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News. Lee Levine is a former First Amendment lawyer and defended cases brought against the media for more than 40 years. He tells Anderson Cooper why he thinks this is the strongest defamation case...


Prosecutor grills Alex Murdaugh over lies, drug use and details during double murder trial

Alex Murdaugh completed his testimony in his double murder trial over the 2021 killings of his wife and son. Prosecutor Creighton Waters questioned the once-prominent South Carolina attorney over his lies, drug use and the details surrounding Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s deaths. Former FBI Special Agent Mary Ellen O’Toole has spent her career studying the criminal mind and was one of the FBI’s most senior profilers until she retired. She joins AC360 to discuss Murdaugh’s testimony and if she...


Alex Murdaugh admits he lied to investigators about his whereabouts the night of his wife and son’s murders

Alex Murdaugh took the stand to testify in his own double murder trial, admitting he lied to investigators about where he was the night his wife and son were murdered back in 2021. The once-prominent South Carolina attorney denied killing Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, telling the courtroom “no, I did not.” Criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara tells Anderson Cooper whether he thinks Murdaugh’s decision to testify and his admission will hurt the defense. Plus, CNN Chief International Anchor...


NYT: Kushner and Ivanka Trump subpoenaed in January 6 investigation

The New York Times reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been subpoenaed by the special counsel investigating former President Trump’s involvement in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Special counsel Jack Smith has already subpoenaed former Vice President Pence to testify before a grand jury but he told reporters he’s “going to fight” the subpoena because it’s “unconstitutional and unprecedented.” Elliot Williams is a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General during the...