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Hennessey to Leave CNN Role for DOJ One

Hennessey’s new job will be in the National Security Division

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CNN legal analyst Susan Hennessey is departing the news media circuit as she announced on Twitter her new position within the Department of Justice in the National Security Division.

“I’m very honored to be joining the extraordinary team at the Department of Justice in the National Security Division,” Hennessey wrote.

“Thank you for all the kind words. (And a huge thanks to the folks at WH PPO, agency WH liaisons, and HRs who are working night and day to staff this government). I’ll still have this account in a personal capacity. But things will be a bit quieter around here.”

Hennessey has been vocal in her criticism of the Department of Justice under former Attorney General William Barr and former President Trump’s behavior during the special counsel investigation and congressional impeachment hearings.

According to Politico (via The Hill), Hennessey’s role within the department will be serving as a senior counsel for its national security wing. A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately reply when requested for comment over Hennessey’s new position.

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Former CNN+ Staffer Lands Streaming Role at CBS News

Allison Sandza would be leading the company’s streaming Washington D.C.-based coverage

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A former CNN+ staffer is jumping over to CBS News as the network announced Allison Sandza would be leading the company’s streaming Washington D.C.-based coverage, per TV Newser

Sandza will officially hold the title of executive producer for streaming beginning on Sept. 19. She joins CBS News from CNN, where she was supervising producer for The Source with Kasie Hunt on CNN+.

“This newly-created role serves the dual purpose of working with bureau correspondents, producers and off-air journalists to amplify the bureau’s reporting across the stream throughout the day, as well as leading our flagship politics show, Red and Blue,” CBS News streaming chief Anthony Galloway said on Monday in a memo to staffers. 

Before heading to CNN, Sandza spent time at NBC as a senior producer for Meet the Press and in Austin, where she produced Overheard with Evan Smith for PBS stations and covered state politics.

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Rhiannon Ally Named Co-Anchor for World News Now, America This Morning

She joins Mona Kosar Abdi and Andrew Dymburt as ABC News attempts to create unity across its weekday and weekend morning shows with the three-anchor format.

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ABC News has a new co-anchor for its “World News Now” and “America This Morning” coverage, as the network announced in a press release Rhiannon Ally is taking over the role.  

She joins Mona Kosar Abdi and Andrew Dymburt as ABC News attempts to create unity across its weekday and weekend morning shows with the three-anchor format.

“In this new role, Rhiannon will work alongside our talented overnight team,” ABC News president Kim Godwin wrote in a statement. 

“I am extremely proud of this dedicated group whose work continues to shine as “ATM” dominates the competition in all demos, and “WNN” is consistently a strong performer in overnight.”

Rhiannon has been with ABC News since December 2021, joining the company as a freelance correspondent for NewsOne and a fill-in anchor for ABC’s overnight news shows.

Furthermore, she has previous experience at WCBS in New York as a substitute news anchor and entertainment reporter and co-hosted Meredith Broadcasting’s nationally syndicated lifestyle program “Better TV.”

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Dan Abrams Ponders If There’s More to FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago

Abrams suspects there’s more to the search than a breach of the Presidential Records Act.

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The news media world is still reacting to the raid done by the FBI on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. 

During a segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NewsNation’s and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams suspects there’s more to the search than a breach of the Presidential Records Act.

“To send this kind of FBI team to the former president’s home, there has to be something more than just a Presidential Records Act violation,” Abrams said on Tuesday. 

“They have to know something that we don’t know about yet. And I think that’s why it’s really important to pause here. We haven’t seen the warrant. We don’t know what the possible crime is. And I’m not convinced that it’s simply just a records act violation.”

GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos proposed a hypothetical to Abrams as to whether the Mediaite founder believes it’s only about the records act violation. 

“I would think that’s overreach,” Abrams replied. “I think if it’s just literally that the president has documents that he was legally obligated to turn over and there’s nothing more, I would think that would be a mistake on the part of the Justice Department.”

“We have seen great care by this Justice Department not to go too far. Which is further why I don’t believe it’s just that.”

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