In an interview today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Rand Paul discussed the use of surveillance programs and reacted to NSA hearings today. Jim Acosta guest anchored today’s 5pm hour. A full transcript of the interview is after the jump.
SEN. RAND PAUL: What I'm saying is that the director of National Intelligence, in March, did directly lie to Congress, which is against the law. He said that they were not collecting any data on American citizens and it...
JIM ACOSTA: You're talking about James Clapper….
… JIM ACOSTA: If you were president, would you ask for his resignation?
SEN. RAND PAUL: Yes. He would not work in my administration, because the thing is is that we have to be able to trust our officials. And when you're doing this and when you have the ability to completely destroy people's lives, you have the ability to actually kill people overseas, I would think that you really have to have the utmost trust. And I think he's lost our trust by lying to us.
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CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger sat down for an exclusive interview with Ann and Mitt Romney this week in Utah. A highlight from her interview is below and additional portions will air today on The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4 p.m. and during The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 5-7 p.m., ET. For more information, please visit www.CNNPressroom.com.
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Sarah Murnaghan's mother, Janet Murnaghan spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the decision of a Federal judge today in Philadelphia to allow her 10-year-old daughter to receive an adult lung transplant. A full transcript from this interview will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.
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Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) spoke with Wolf Blitzer about the release of the Benghazi emails by the Obama administration, the resignation of the IRS acting commissioner and more. A full transcript from this interview will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html; highlights are after the jump.
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CNN Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence is reporting this week from Guantanamo Bay with exclusive access and interviews. Lawrence reported on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:
“Wolf, when we got down in some of the cell blocks, we couldn't help but notice that the guards are wearing splash guards. These are plastic masks that protect them from the feces and urine that's being thrown at them at times.
And tonight, you know, some of those guards, for the first time, here on CNN, are going on camera to tell their side of the story.
CNN got exclusive access to Camps five and six, where most of the detainees are being held. We saw individual cells, media rooms with leg shackles bolted to the ground, and communal areas that used to be filled with detainees.”
Daily life at Guantanamo: Hunger strikes, sprays of filth
By Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Washington Correspondent
The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The exchanges detailing discussions between top Obama administration officials from multiple agencies suggest the CIA took the lead in developing talking points to describe the attack last September 11 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped and held captive for nine months, joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer today to talk about how she moved her life forward and the advice she would give the Cleveland women. Highlights from the interview are below; a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer sat down with United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon today to discuss the possibility of a North Korea attack. Ban Ki-moon delivered a message directly to the leader of North Korea on CNN: "I was appealing to him that I'm speaking as the Secretary-General of the United Nations and also as one, a citizen of the Republic of Korea. And that he should refrain from making any further provocation and to do more to enhance the living standard, as well as for eventual peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula."
He also told CNN's Blitzer, "I have made it consistently clear that I am ready to visit the DPRK when and if my visit is helpful and in close coordination with the concerned parties, particularly the Republic of Korea and the United States."
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A full transcript of this interview will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer challenges the executive director of The Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt to answer questions about background checks and more. Highlights from the interview are after the jump and a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html. This interview is part of CNN’s in-depth coverage Guns Under Fire: A CNN Special Report on Background Checks. More information: http://on.cnn.com/14Sxu7o
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Today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Texas Gov. Rick Perry sat down for an exclusive interview.
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Gov. Perry on gun control:
“I think what's going on here is that the usual kneejerk reaction to we got to do something to the gun violence that's occurring. I wish people were as focused on the mental health side of this.”
On universal background checks:
“These individuals who want to pass laws as a kneejerk reaction and then go home and think that they have addressed - I have to deal with the reality as the governor of the state of Texas. And universal background checks is not going to save one life, I will suggest to you. And that is a panacea.
On the lack of dialogue between Gov. Perry and Pres. Obama:
“As a matter of fact, I handed him a letter some two or three years ago on the tarmac at the Austin airport about that issue, about border security. And yet to get a response.”
On a possible 2016 presidential run:
"Our legislature will be leaving in approximately 55 days… at that particular point in time, I'll sit down with friends and family and make a decision about 2016."