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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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[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.


[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.  


[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. 


[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.


[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. 


[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. 


[MSNBC] June 11th: Jack Talks Comey and Sessions Testimony