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Tonight 9p: Donald Rumsfeld on IRS, AP, and Benghazi
May 15th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

Tonight 9p: Donald Rumsfeld on IRS, AP, and Benghazi

As political pressure mounts in the nation's capital, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes the return of Donald Rumsfeld, a man all too familiar with the red-hot glare accustomed to those working under the Washington microscope.

Joining host Piers Morgan "In the Chair," Wednesday's live, primetime interview marks a return to the program for the nation's two-time Secretary of Defense, as past visits have seen Rumsfeld touch upon everything from a potential US invasion of Libya, to his initial reactions to 9/11, and Israel's willingness to share information with the United States government.

Amidst a week which has seen Barack Obama receive an unprecedented amount of scrutiny and criticism, the 80-year-old Rumsfeld is expected to share his expertise and insight on a collection of scandals currently facing the nation's highest office, including Benghazi and recent email links, the Department of Justice's decision to subpoena Associated Press phone records, and the IRS's reported targeting of various conservative groups, including the Tea Party.

Tune in at 9 for the full, face to face interview with the man who boasts the unique distinction of having been both the youngest and oldest person to ever serve as Secretary of Defense.
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  1. Michael

    This man is a WAR CRIMINAL !!! He should be in jail with his buddy Bush !!!

    May 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Latrobe

      He is a traitor and I heard him on with Glenn beck of all people.. It was sad! He dodged & mentioned 2.4 trillion in defense funds (tax payer money) missing on 9/10/11. Conveniently not followed up on..... So this crap has been going on a long time.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Latrobe

        I meant 9/10/01 – time does fly but who you are does not.

        May 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shepherdgregory

    Totally.Like saying God has a beard.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mister Peebles

    Rumsfeld dodged the entire "WMDs in Iraq" question, claiming that because everyone else agreed, it's not his problem.

    Unfortunately, not every other politician in government at that time had the ability to conduct their own investigations about the potential of Iraq having WMDs. At some point people have to trust the information they are given and make a decision.

    Ultimately, they administration acted on bad information. That's on them, regardless of who joined the bandwagon after the fact.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Here Be Dragons

      Rumsfeld was handed a 400-page dossier when Iraq kicked off,invaluable info.

      Threw it in the bin.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Robert

    Breathless. Let's ask the thousands of Iraqis who've died about what's the scandal here. Well, let's dial that back. Let's ask just Abu Ghraib prisoners. No, no. Let's just ask waterboarding victims. Why this guy would be given any airtime at all is astounding. It makes me wonder who's funding this spin of these non-scandals into such larger than life events.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Robert

    This is just amazing. "If it turns out the president has lied..." You're joking, right? Benghazi: no one knew what was going on so CIA spearheaded a messaging campaign because they screwed up and trusted private security. Boom. That's on the president? The IRS attempted to lump 501(c) applications for politically based groups because such a large number of them arrived at one time and that even the inspector general of the IRS did not qualify this activity as "illegal". Boom. That's on the president? The DOJ subpoenas phone logs, not recordings, phone logs in searching for an intelligence mole because of the release of sensitive information protected by the Sedition Act and the Espionage Act and enforced by the Patriot Act. Boom. That's on the president? You're joking, right?

    May 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jane

    When Rumsfeld went off on how everyone thought Iraq had WMDs, including H Clinton, why didn't you mention that their views were formed by the 'evidence' his administration provided. Why are you letting him mouth off on Obama and not asking him more about his actions. Can you please put Obama supporters on your show to talk about this arrogant man?

    May 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      It's Barack Obama 10,Donald Rumsfeld nil,Jane,but Piers is beholden to let him speak;by the same token many people on here
      continually criticize him for interrupting!

      Devil and Deep Blue Sea...

      May 16, 2013 at 8:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Rumsfield and Pier's Morgan is a joke

    Rumsfield is joke, the guy is a compulsive liar. Lied about WMD's, lied about knowing about torture when Rumsfield sent James Steele who was operating these torture camps.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. kay

    Why do you continue give idiots like Rumsfeld air time to rewrite history? He should just go away.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nan Branch

      I did not care for Rumsfeld, so maybe I am "buying into" his rhetoric with Piers Morgan. What I liked in the interview was his seeming honesty and telling Piers to "shut-up" and let him (Rumsfeld) continue with his answer.

      May 16, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Same goes for Ollie North:he's flogging his book too(was not so long ago,anyway).

      May 16, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Tom

    Don Rumsfeld is an equivocating creep. I am amazed that this guy gets away with his line of BS. God help us all

    May 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nan Branch

      Go figure, as I feel the same way about Piers Morgan.

      May 16, 2013 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • shepherdgregory

        Why do you watch,Nan?

        May 16, 2013 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Nan Branch

        Why do I watch CNN/Piers Morgan ? In order to hear a guest tell Piers to shut up and let him finish his answer to Piers bullying question. If I was told that if people would not tune in to watch the Piers show and the result would be that Piers would no longer be employed by CNN, I would NEVER watch his hour again. I have actually gone days without watching his hour because it was not good for my blood pressure.

        May 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. visitor

    Are you kidding me? Donald Rumsfeld is on TV lecturing on the proper behavior of a President and morality?

    And No Not Everyone Agreed on the WMD's. That is sheer fantasy. Even the CIA was going to the press quietly asking for help – help – report on these lunatics before they start a war for NOTHING. I remember this on NPR for peet's sake. BEFORE THE WAR. I remember analyses of the fantastical Yellow Cake showing it simply can't exist. This was all before the war. Not on left wing website. Subversive media outlets like the conservative Chicago Tribune.

    I also remember the Bush Administration's IRS OPENLY declaring they were going to stop focusing audits on the upper class and focus on the middle class, because the middle class was just easier to deal with, didn't have attorneys and they paid up. Is that NOT segmenting part of the population?

    If anything good comes out of the Tea Party thing, maybe we can focus on who exactly gets tax breaks again? If I donate to a political group I need to pay taxes on it. Why would someone donating to a Tea Party group, who are open hyper partisans, get a break? Time to audit some of these so-called Non Political Non Profits.

    May 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. visitor

    You know what media outlet was not reporting on the WMD fakery as it was happening and was loudly beating the war drums? CNN. Little wonder they don't want to self reflect.

    May 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. shw

    Can anyone tells me why every night Morgan's program starts with "breaking News". Why CNN calls old news as breaking news? Is it because CNN's rating especially Morgan's program is so low that they have to say thing like " breaking News " to attract people? To answer Jane, because Morgan is not smart enough to post the questions.

    May 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. harryg

    If only Piers was prepared to interview Rumsfeld. Very poor performance. It is disturbing watching ,knowing what he and his henchmen did to this co.untry sit there and lie and lie and lie

    May 16, 2013 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Nan Branch

    My previous comment did not post ?? I was never a fan of Rumsfeld but I give him a thumbs up and Piers a thumbs down in his interview.

    May 16, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Michael Conklin

    Pierce Morgan (CNN) it was refreshing to see CNN to listen to Donald Rumsfeld make his comments as appose to forcing the CNN agenda on to their guest. Cudos to Pierce. Rumsfeld (and many of your guests) deserve respect with the collaborative effort to get to the truer, more profound and more enlightened (i.e., news) perspective. Pierce has a bad habit to talk over his guests (very annoying to the listening audience and then taking ab interrupting break) and not adding any punch to the conversation at the moment and destroying the opportunity for his guest to make his punch in the last part of his sentence. Pierce is not Charlie Rose and should take a lesson. But Pierce did very well with Rumsfeld and I enjoyed both of them. Please make a note why this went so well. A little serious feedback.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Charles Rutledge

    I wouldn't pay any attention to what this lying b-–d says if Jesus Himself asked me to!! And I totally support the President!!!

    May 16, 2013 at 5:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Bill

    Ignorant sheep liberal commenters throughout. If a Republican did the same exact things that Obozo has, they'd be in the streets demanding impeachment and removal from office.

    But the sellout liberals have left their minds at home – years and years ago – and have nothing but blind loyalty (like good liberal sheep) to their Dear Leader.

    Pathetic wouldn't begin to describe the liberal commenters on this story. Just so beneath that there are no words.

    May 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Well,Bill,'tis just as well I'm here then,crook in hand,sidling up to Buttercup...

    (are you Jay Carney?)

    May 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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