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Saturday
Jul152017

[I24 International News] July 14th: Jack Talks Trump Junior's Creative Truths

I appear on I24 International News on July 14th.  Donald Trump Jr. just met with a Russian lawyer back in June 2016 to talk about Russian adoptions.  That's it nothing more. Then, well, it wasn't exactly just Russian adoptions, it was also dirt on Hillary Clinton that this Russian lawyer has.  Um, well, then, it wasn't just a Russian lawyer, it was a Russian lawyer who was bringing information from the Russian government who wanted to help his father, Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency.  Oh, and Jared Kusher, Trump's Senior Advisor, and Paul Manafort , his campaign chairman also appeared.  And, yup, there's more.  Also present was a former Russian Counter-Intelligence official.  Yeah, we can't make this up.

Now, let's consider, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all lied about their contacts with Russian officials.  OK, they forget about a bunch of contacts with Russian officials.  At the same time, the Russians absolutely hacked into government data bases and tried to impact U.S. elections and Mr. Trump fired the man responsible for figuring out whether Trump and his team were involved in the elections.

How do I say this . . . innocent people don't act this way.  Stories don't change.  The truth is the truth is the truth.  

This should be an interesting conversation.

Tuesday
Jul112017

[Voice of America Intl] July 11th: Jack Talks Jr, Manafort and Kushner Meeting with Russian Operative

I appear on Voice of America International Edition. This is an extraordinary development. From the beginning, the Trump Administration has claimed they had no contact with the Russians and that was fake news. The problem, of course, is that they have had extraordinary contact with the Russians. The latest revelation is pretty astounding in itself but consider it in context of all of the previous pieces of information and it is potentially quite explosive.

According to the New York Times and then reiterated by Jr. himself after forced into a corner, Jr. thought he was dealing with a Russian government contact who had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Of course, there is a real question about why he didn't go directly to the FBI.  He didn't. Instead, his response was to say, "seems we have some time and if its what you say, I love it especially later in the summer."  This is extraordinary as it feels like collusion. Further, the Russians then released a ton of information through Wikileaks "later in the summer."  Coincidence?  Hell of a coincidence.

One last point, some have attempted to argue that Jr. is not a White House official in any sense.  Of course, that ignores that possibility that his father was made aware of the situation.  That has yet to be determined. However, what we do know if that Jr. Paul Manafort, the Director of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, and Donald Trump's senior advisor and dson-in-law Jared Kushner were all present for a meeting  with this Russian lawyer. 

Robert Mueller, Special Counsel investigating the Trump/Russia connections, just announced they will be looking into the emails of Jr. as part of their broader investigaiton.

Yeah, this story has legs.  

 

Wednesday
May312017

[KGO San Francisco] May 31st: Jack Talks Trump Investigation and Real News

I appear on KGO San Francisco on May 31st at 8:30 p.m. e.s.t. with my old friend Chip Franklin. Its interesting how Trump and his minions continue to call the Russia investigation "fake news" when it is anything but. Specifically, and most recently, I'm talking about the investigation about Jared Kuchner establishing a covert communication with Russia.  Then of course, the Administration comes out and verifies the so-called "back channel."  Again, let me be clear, this is not a back channel.  

Nobody of even limited compentence would allow an adversary to establish and completely control a secret covert communication that purposely excludes the Legislative branch, the Judicial branch and evemn the Executive branch and leaves all of it in the hands of an adversary. He purposely was trying to exclude the Justice Department, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and everybody else. Consider and compare how Trump treats the Russians compared to one of our oldest and strongest allies, the Germans. In fact, consider how the Russians would want the U.S. to treat the Germans?  Coincidence?  I think not!

Hope you can listen.  

Monday
May292017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] May 29th: Jack Talks Trump, Kushner, and the Russians

I appear on Voice of America International Edition. President Trump just returned from an international trip. His hope was to change the story and try to focus on something, anything, rather than continue talking about the question of Russian complicity and conspiracy. However, in his absence, the story broke regarding Senior Advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner's apparent efforts to set up a covert comminution system with the Russians out of the Russian embassy. It is an extraordinary story and one that is terribly disconcerting as it has the potential to open up Kushner and the President to blackmail. Of course, that is unless they were actually recruited by the Russians. Of course, at this point, nobody knows all of the answers but there are many many questions that remain unanswered. This is an extraordinary story;

Hope you can listen.

Thursday
Mar022017

[Voice of America International] March 2nd: Jack Talks Russia, Trump, Sessions and More

I appear on Voice of American International today to discuss the ongoing story of Russia and Trump White House connections.  To be honest, I'm struggling to see where this ends.  My perception is that Flynn was never the end of the story although the Administration was despertely trying to argue it that way.  However, what is particualrly shocking about Attorney General Sessions is why he would say what he said during the confirmation hearings.  He had to know that this would come out.  Right?  So, what is going on with this? He has recused himself and could face much worse. In addition, reports are surfacing right now about White House Special Advisor abd son-in-law Jared Kushner also having contacts with the Russians.  Again, the net widens.

This promises to be an interesting conversation.