CITIZEN by CNN, a political forum in New York City bringing thought leaders and newsmakers together for dialogue and debate about matters facing the American electorate ahead of 2018 midterm elections, has ended.
CNN’s coverage of the forum was live on Apple News.
Highlights from the day’s speakers and panel discussions are below.
4:24 p.m.: Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb told CNN’s Gloria Borger that he does not believe that special counsel Bob Mueller’s probe is a “witch hunt,” a belief not shared by his former boss, President Donald Trump.
4:04 p.m.: CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger is talking with Ty Cobb, former special counsel to President Trump, and Jack Quinn, former White House counsel to President Clinton on “The President, the Presidency and the Law.”
3:38 p.m.: Investigative reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward talk with CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel. Bernstein and Woodward were both Washington Post reporters who helped uncover the 1970s Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon.
2:52 p.m.: A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher at The New York Times, told CNN Anchor and Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter this is an “all-hands on deck” moment for journalism.
2 p.m.: Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that “there are times” when it feels lonely for him in the Senate given his newly found role as a vocal Republican Trump critic.
1:36 p.m.: CNN Anchor Jake Tapper is now hosting a conversation with Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake entitled “Lessons Learned in Washington.”
Flake has denounced the “complicity” of his own party in what he called an “alarming and dangerous state of affairs” under Trump, blaming the President for setting the tone.
1:15 p.m.: Outgoing Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel emphatically said he had no interest in running for President during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
1:05 p.m.: CNN Host Fareed Zakaria will now interview Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the current state of politics. Before he was mayor, Emanuel served as a US congressman representing Illinois’$2 5th District for three terms and later worked as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff for nearly two years.
Emanuel has also gone up against President Donald Trump as mayor, declaring his city a “Trump-free zone” and criticizing Trump’s immigration policies.
11:56 a.m.: See the full Jared Kushner interview.
11:32 a.m.: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said a Democratic majority in the House would use subpoena power “strategically” if House Democrats win a majority in 2018.
“As I said, it is about bringing people together,” Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash of the strategy she hopes to employ.
11:16 a.m.: Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi opens her conversation with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash with these words: “If the election were held today, Democrats would handily win the House.”
10:50 a.m.: Kushner said that Trump’s view on trade is that “trade deficits matter” and that “lot of what we are doing is working to protect American industry.”
“The president did not have 3 to 4 years of patience for this one,” Kushner said to laughs about the President’s desire to get trade deals done. “He really did push us to get an outcome quickly.”
10:30 a.m.: Jared Kushner says the Trump administration is still working to determine all the facts surrounding the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
“Right now as an administration we’re more in the fact finding phase,” he said.
Kushner has cultivated a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader.
10:08 a.m.: CNN Political Commentator Van Jones is now interviewing Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, about prison reform. But that’s unlikely to be the only topic.
Jones and Kushner are unlikely allies in their fight to improve prison conditions and establish programs to better prepare prisoners for re-entry into society. This May, they were both part of a group of activists and experts that met with administration officials to push further congressional action.
Kushner, whose father Charles was incarcerated for 14 months after being convicted on corruption charges, acknowledged his own ties to the matter.