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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer and trial skills teacher aroud the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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Thursday
Feb282019

Michael Cohen Faces Congress over Mr. Trump, Again.  

A racist. A con man.  A cheat.  These were all words used by Michael Cohen before Congress to describe the man whom he had previously said he would take a bullet for. Donald Trump, or as Michael Cohen puts it, Mr. Trump. Cohen spoke for almost six hours and said a lot of things that we knew but also a couple of things that we didn't.  He talked a little bit more about The Trump Hotel deal in Moscow.  He talked about paying off porn stars and he talked about Roger Stone and Wikileaks.  All of these were interesting and significant but whether that even matters is still up in the air.  One additional piece that was also clear was that the Republicans weren't interested in any of it. Over those six hours, they asked no questions about what Cohen knew.  Rather, they focused on tearing him down as much as possible.  I guess the old adage applies, if you don't like the message, kill the messenger.

I will appear on Voice of American, International Edition to discuss.

Saturday
Feb232019

Trial Skills International Continues to Gain Steam Across the World.

Saturday
Jan262019

Is Roger Stone's Indictment the Missing Link between Trump and the Russians?

So where exactly is the Russia/Trump Mueller investigation going?  With half a dozen convictions and dozens of indictments, is there enough to go after a sitting President? Can they go after Donald Trump?  This is the question that many continue to ask and the Administration is resting their argument behind that same question and claiming that the answer is no.  Well, Roger Stone may provide the answer. However, at this point, Stone was essentially indicted for lying to Congress and the Mueller team, not for "helping the Trump campaign conspire with the Russians."  

Simply put, during a the campaign in July, 2016, Trump asked the Russians to release more Clinton emails during a stump speech.  Were the Russians listening? Of course they were.  Is that enough? Nope.  You really need an unbroke chain. This is what Mueller is trying to build as we speak.

Not long thereafter, Wikileaks released those emails.  What we seem to know now is that Russian intelligence provided those emails to Wikileaks.  We also seem to know that Roger Stone, a long time, Trump advisor, was having direct contact with Wikileaks about those emails.  We also seem to know that Steve Bannon, the Trump campaign senior advisor, was pushing Stone to do exactly that.  How close was Kushner, Trump Jr. and even the President himself?

Now, it is important to remember one point: it is illegal for a campaign the benefit from the efforts of a foreign government.  If the Trump campaign sought the help of the Russians, that is a crime and anybody involved is equally guilty. The question now is whether Stone, Bannon and other knew that the Wikileaks emails were from the Russians and sought their help. If so, it is a crime.  Further, if Trump himself also knew, he is equally culpable. This is where we sit right now.  

I appear on MSNBC today to discuss.  

Monday
Jan142019

Will the Govt Shutdown and Russia Probe be the One Two Knock out For Trump

Monday
Jan142019

Little is Private in the Presidency and There is a Reason For That.

Stories have come out and seem, to have been confirmed been confirmed by the President, Trump has met on at least one or more occasions where there are no notes, tapes and/or confirmation of the contents of the conversations. While that might be just fine if this or any President were a private citizen, as President, this simply shouldn't happen.  

A sitting President is the proverbial leader of the free world. What he or she says matters. As importantly, when the President says something, it impacts how the Country responds and can impact everything that happens thereafter. However, if nobody else knows what is said, that institutional knowledge simply breaks down.  There is nothing to establish what was said, what it meant and what happens next.  

I'm purposely excluding anything nefarious from this conversation.  Of course, records help keep everybody honest and anonymity encourage it.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.  Should be interesting.

Sunday
Jan132019

And the Russia/Trump Investigation Continues

Sunday
Jan132019

So Is Trump a Russian Asset?

It is a really interesting and important question.  The FBI apparently opened up an inquiry into exactly that back in 2016. What is missed in the press is why?  Just because he fired James Comey?  I think not.  In fact, it is important to really consider why they would do such a thing.  If fact, I have a feeling that if the Bureau were actually doing more than just murmuring about it to themselves, they had something more.  In fact, the only word for it in the intelligence world is sigint.  Signal Intelligence.  This is some kind of communication that said it was something more than a worry in the back of their minds.

I wrote a short response in Sharq Wa Gharb Newspaper based out of London regarding this issue. There are many in the world who have a deep interest regarding this issue because this President has had a dramatic impact upon foreign policy that makes him different than any U.S. President, including every single Republican, that the U.S. has ever seen.  And, by the way, slogans don't mean anything.  It is what is done that matters.

Tuesday
Jan082019

The Truth is the Truth, Whether its Before Congress or the Justice Department

The truth is the truth is the truth. The Mueller Investigation continues to gain steam. Lots of indictments, multiple convictions and still lots of questions. At the same time, the House Intelligence Committee has continued its own investigation. Under the Republicans, it certainly had a much different approach. However, under the Democrats, it seems to be running in a different direction. It appears that the leadership on the Committee is seeking to cooperate with Mueller in terms of the statements made to both.  The Committee has said it wants to provide transcripts to Mueller for comparison.  

Essentially, it is a crime to lie to Congress and to the Mueller team, the FBI and the Department of Justice in general. However, there has been little cooperation between the House Intel Committee and Mueller, until now. From an investigatory perspective, this should get even more interesting. However, in the end, this process, on all sides, needs to be as apolitical as possible.  Hopefully, cooperation between both make that point clearer.  At the same time, I'm calling for as much transparency as possible.  This is not just of interest to Mueller, or Congress.  The American people should be the ultimate and most important consumer of this information.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.   

Wednesday
Dec262018

Archive - Broadcasting Live from Iraq, 2007