CNN Host Worries About 'Nation's Focus' After Jeopardy Contestants Couldn't Answer Russia Investigation Question

July 6, 2018

CNN host John King couldn't believe no contestant on the popular trivia show "Jeopardy!" knew the answer to a question about the Russia investigation, wondering Friday what that said about the nation's "focus."

"Only the smartest of the smart get to be on Jeopardy, right?" King asked. "So what does this little exchange last night say about the nation's focus, or lack thereof, on the whole [Robert] Mueller Russia meddling and collusion investigation?"

Two contestants buzzed in and responded incorrectly to the $1,000 clue Thursday night, "In 2017, this ex-National Security Adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI?" One guessed John Kelly; the other guessed Sebastian Gorka.

King said he'd personally bomb on "Jeopardy!" but he knew the answer was Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians during the presidential transition. His tenure as National Security Adviser lasted less than a month.

CNN has reported extensively on the sprawling Russia probe led by Mueller, which has delved beyond the question of meddling in the 2016 election and potential Trump campaign collusion, ensnaring several Trump allies besides Flynn. Reporter Maeve Reston said in January "that's all we talk about at CNN, basically."