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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 international human rights and criminal lawyer and trial skills teacher around 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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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.  

Sunday
Sep232018

If You Don't Have the Facts, Attack the Messenger

"Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger."  Its language that has been used in countless movies, screen plays and sonnets since time immemorial.  But I guess its only natural. One place where I've absolutely seen it is in courtrooms.  

This is a tool used by prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys all of the time.  If you have the facts on your side, you use them.  If you don't, you attack the credibility of the messenger, or witness, in order to undercut the legitimacy of the facts that they are presenting.

President Trump and his supporters have been doing this incessently for more than a year and a hald now as it applies to the Mueller investigation. And their strategy is quite clear to any of us who walk into courtrooms everyday, please ignore the facts the other side is presenting and believe us instead.  This might even mean, if the most extensive investigation in modern history comes to a certain conclusion, just ignore it.  

I will appear on MSNBC today to discuss the latest involving the investigation, recent allegations involving Rod Rosenstein and more. Hope you can catch it.

Saturday
Jun022018

[MSNBC] June 2nd: Trump Argues He Can't Be Prosecuted

I appear on MSNBC on June 2nd. An internal memo was just leaked regarding the White House response to the Russian Investigation regarding Trump. There are many issues vexing the President but the two primary ones that are catching his attention is Mueller's efforts to seek an interview with the President whether he can force it through a subpoena. The other is whether the President can even be prosecuted for obstruction. 

In an extraordinary argument, the President through his lawyers claims that the President is immune from prosecution for obstruction. In other words, he is simply above the law. President Nixon made the same argument but its been almost 50 years since that failed argument was rolled out.  It didn't work then.  Its seem unlikely to work now. 

This is going to be fun.

Sunday
Dec032017

[MSNBC] December 2nd: And the Noose Tightens

I appear on MSNBC with Richard Lui on December 2nd. With Mike Flynn entering a guilty plea, the Mueller investigation continues to heat up. The Trump campaign and Administration tried to argue the Flynn went rogue and that he was the only one that was in contact with the Russians. However, it is clear that those statements were flat out lies, and I use the terms specifically.  At least six members of the Trump team knew about the contact according to emails in the hands of Mueller.  Then, Trump rolls out Pence to lie to the American people on January 15, 2017, to claim there were no contacts at all. 

Maybe the biggest bombshell of all involves a tweet by Trump today. He claims that he fired Flynn at the end of January for lying to Pence and "for lying to the FBI."  This is critical because four months later, Trump went to Attorney General James Comey and asked him to drop the investigation.  If you know that somebody has committed a crime, and lying to the FBI is absolutely a crime, then trying to get the investigation dropped is by definition obstruction.

This is going to be a spicy interview.

Monday
Nov272017

[MSNBC with AMJOY] November 26th: Jack Talks Sgt. Johnson and U.S. Africa Corps

I appear on MSNBC with AMJoy on November 26th. More horrible news regarding the deaths of four U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed in Niger. More human remains have been found belonging to Sgt. Johnson.  Of course, this raises a whole series of questions about what the DOD told his widow and why.  In addition, there are still a lot of question to address including why these forces were running so thin, why was there simply no air support or an apparent evacuation plan in place.

This will certainly be a difficult conversation but I will be joined by Col. Jack Jacobs.  The Col. and I have appeared on the same program together for many years although we have never actually met in person. That being said, I still am always impressed by his first hand experience and understanding.  Hope you can catch it.  

Saturday
Nov252017

[MSNBC New York] November 25th: Jack Talks Flynn Flipping

I appear on MSNBC with Richard Lui on November 25th.  The Mueller Investigation continues and it continues to heat up.  Manafort and Gates have gone done.  Papadopolous went down.  Who's next.  My guess is Flyyn is up shortly.  Co-Defendant's who/s case is pending frequently cooperate when it is in the their best interest to do so.  A strong front can sometimes help against the Feds.  However, sometimes, taking a deal and a plea is the best and even only option. But, it also means that the end of cooperation with co-defendants.  This seems to be where Flynn is right now.

The Trump team claims that they aren't concerned.  They should be.  If there is anything anything at all, Flynn could be the key and Flynn is motivated.  Is it about him?  Yes, most certainly.  However, his son could be on the hook and they might make all of the difference in the world.  

This should be a fun conversation. 

Tuesday
Aug082017

[MSNBC] August 6th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Connection

I appear on MSNBC on August 6th. This seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, or the nightmare that keeps on scaring, depending upon how one wants to see it.  Bob Mueller has just impaneled a Grand Jury on Washington DC to look at the Russia/Trump connection.  Its important because there was already a Grand Jury that had been impaneled to look at disgraced National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and to start something new seems to indicate that there is something more to look at.  

The advantage of a Grand Jury is that you can subpoena records and interrogate under oath and ultimately, bring down indictments.  This is potentially critical to the ongoing investigation.  Further, Mueller continues to bring in more very experienced and very capable prosecutors which also seems to say that this things aint nowhere near  done.

This should be an interesting conversation.

Saturday
Jul082017

[MSNBC's AmJoy] July 8th: Jack Talks Trump and the World

I appear on MSNBC's AmJoy this morning with Jonathan Capehart.  Donald Trump just finished his trip to Europe to attend the G20 DSummit and after a speech in Poland.  It was an extraordinary trip in that it highlighted one fundamental  premise: going it alone in a globalised society is a guarantee for failure.  Sadly, Mr. Trump seems completely incapable of seeing it.  Further, he had a chance to sit down with Russians Vladimir Putin and apparently gave him a pass.  Truly extraordinary considering the circusmtances.

I will talk about these issues, North Korea, and what comes next.  This is always a lot of fun and stretches me to think on my feet. 

Friday
Jun162017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] June 17th: Jack Talks Philando Castile Jury Verdict

I appear on MSNBC's AM Joy on June 17th at 11 a.m. e.s.t. Another African American has been buried after being shot and killed by a police officer.  But this time, this police officer is going to be held responsible, right? That's what people were saying in St.Paul where I spend a lot of my time practicing law.

I was in the Law Enforcement Center the day Jeronimo Yanez was originally arraigned.  I remember looking into the gallery and seeing lots of faces holding their breath and wondering if this was finally that day?  Today, they learned that today was not that day.  

This is going to be one hell of an appearance.