The Daily 202 Live with Karen Tumulty and John Podesta
On Tuesday, May 23, The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty hosted The Daily 202 Live with former Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta. They discussed President Trump’s first months in office, including the latest developments with the FBI, the reported sharing of sensitive intelligence and allegations of Russian interference in American politics. Podesta also provided insight into the future of the Democratic Party and its efforts to win back Congressional seats in 2018 as well as the White House in 2020.
Program Recap
The White House’s “tenuous grasp on truth” creates a “massive vulnerability” for perjury in the investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, said in an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday.
Program Highlights
“For a group of people who seem to have a very tenuous grasp on the truth, the chance of lying in an official investigation is pretty high,” John Podesta says of officials in Donald Trump’s White House, “and I think that is a place where they have massive vulnerability.”
  • May 23
John Podesta says that he sees “no chance that the House would mount the kind of serious investigation” that would lead to the impeachment of Donald Trump. He says that Republican leaders have decided to “velcro their fate” to the president.
  • May 23
John Podesta singled out President Donald Trump’s White House Counsel Don McGahn for making a “series of errors” in the president’s first months in office.
  • May 23
John Podesta says that Donald Trump is doing “okay” on his first foreign trip as president, but added that it’s “pretty scripted.”
  • May 23
Former Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta describes when he first learned his email account had been compromised. He says at the time there was “some suspicion” that other accounts may have been compromised and that he believes Russians were actively interfering in the 2016 election.
  • May 23
Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, says all Americans, regardless of party affiliation, should be concerned that a “foreign power, one that’s often hostile to the United States’ interest, is so actively participating in the electoral process of other nations.”
  • May 23
John Podesta responds to the conspiracy theories surrounding the unsolved murder of former Democratic National Committee staffer, Seth Rich.
  • May 23
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  • May 23
Speaker
John Podesta
Founder, Center for American Progress
John Podesta was the chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. He also served as counselor to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. He is the founder of the Center for American Progress and a contributing columnist for the Washington Post.
Interviewed by
Karen Tumulty
Karen Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.
About Daily 202 Live
James Hohmann, a Post national political correspondent and author of The Daily 202, will interview Beltway power players and political operatives about the issues and news shaping Washington.
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