CNN's lead DC anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this two-hour long weekday afternoon program, with headlines from around the country and the world, the top stories in national and international news, politics, health, money, the environment, sports and popular culture. The Lead also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages—buried leads—to the forefront.
Rudy Giuliani, a target in Atlanta’s 2020 election probe, wrapped up six hours of grand jury testimony today. Meanwhile, former Vice President Pence discussed weighing his “unique role,” amongst other "Constitutional" concerns, in considering whether he would testify for the Jan. 6 Committee. Plus, updated Covid boosters targeting the Omicron variants are expected to come in September.
Trump White House lawyers Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin have been interviewed by the FBI regarding the records taken to Mar-a-Lago after Trump left office. Then, Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s political future will be determined by Republican voters tonight. Plus, new water cuts have been ordered by the federal government for several states in the southwest.
Grand jury subpoenas from Georgia and the Justice Department show investigations of top Trump allies are intensifying. At the same time, top Democrats are joining with Republicans to press for answers about the unprecedented FBI search at Mar-a-Lago. Also, it has been one year since the fall Kabul and CNN shows what life in Afghanistan is now like under Taliban rule.
A federal court in Florida unsealed the warrant that investigators used to search the home of former President Trump. The warrant cites three laws: obstruction, removing of government records, and the Espionage Act. The warrant listed the classification of documents that were seized from Mar-a-Lago on Monday including four sets of top secret documents.
Trump has yet to release the warrant and list of property seized from Mar-a-Lago. Now the Justice Department is asking the courts to unseal the documents. Then, a standoff between law enforcement and a gunman armed with an AR-15 style rifle and a nail gun who tried to get into an FBI field office. Plus, will the good news about the recent economic recovery continue?
Former President Donald Trump refused to answer questions while under oath, invoking his 5th amendment right after years of mocking those who did just that. Also, the Justice Department reveals an Iranian man’s dramatic plot to kill high level officials who worked for President Trump. Plus, where to see the most savings as inflation rates start to cool.
Republicans rally around Trump, questioning the DOJ’s stunning search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago. Congressman Mike Turner of the House intelligence committee joins to discuss why now and what documents could be so important. Plus, we look at where leaders are making homelessness a crime. But, are their tactics only complicating the problem?
President Biden is one step closer to a major legislative victory after the Senate passes the climate, tax, and health care bill. White House chief of staff Ron Klain joins to answer what is in the bill and will it actually ease the pain in Americans’ wallets. Plus, a community is on edge after four Muslim men are killed in ambush-style shootings.
Tensions between the U.S. and China get worse as the White House summons China’s ambassador and Beijing sanctions Nancy Pelosi. Then, the U.S. economy has regained all of the jobs lost during the pandemic. We’ll explain what the July jobs report means for the high cost of gas, food, and housing.
Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony. Now that she is convicted, could this speed up a possible prisoner swap? Plus, a jury has decided that right-wing radio host Alex Jones will be responsible to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim a little more than $4 million in compensatory damages.