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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.  

Tuesday
Apr252017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] April 25: Jack Talks Mike Flynn's Crimes

I appear on Voice of America International on April 25th to discuss recent statements by House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz, a Republican, who acknowledged today alongside others on the Committee that President Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears to have committed a crime when he failed to disclose that he was a foreign agent for the Turks and the Russians.  Of course, this investigation is really about something else.

The real question is whether the Trump team conspired with the Russians to win the election.  What is certain is this:  The Russians tried to manipulate the election.  The Russians tried to support the Trump candidacy over Clinton.  The Russians paid Flynn.  Flynn failed to disclose the information.  Flynn met with the Russian Ambassador, a known intelligence agent  What is necessary now is to determine what did Flynn talk about with the Russians and did Trump conspire alongside Flynn.

This is going to be an interesting conversation 

Wednesday
Apr122017

[KOA Denver] April 13th: Jack Talks FISA Warrant for Trump Advisor 

I appear on KOA Denver with Steffan Tubbs on April 13th at 8:20 a.m. e.s.t.  The Washington Post reported that the FBI has been investigating Trump Foreign Policy Advisor Carter Page since 2013.  This is an extraordinary revelation considering Page's multiple contacts with Russian Intelligence operatives.  This is the deepest connection to Russian spying to date and there is a lot to talk about.

This is going to be fun. 

Wednesday
Apr122017

[Nicole Sandler Show - Florida] April 12th: Jack Talks Russian Expansion and Influence in U.S.

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on April 12th at 3 p.m. e.s.t.  As the stories of Russian influence in the U.S. and the world continue to circulate and expand, I will appear to talk about what it all means.  The latest information about Trump Advisor and American Businessman Carter Page hit the news, this is nothing short of exttraortdinary.  FBI officials were seriously looking at him as a Russian spy.  In fact, they went to a FISA Court judge and not only convinced them once but multiple times that a warrant was necessary.  Where this goes next is anybody's guess.  We are all certainly moving into unchartered waters.  

Hope you can catch it.  

Tuesday
Apr112017

[RTTV Washington DC] April 10th: Jack Talks U.S./Russian Talks

I appear on RTTV with Ed Schultz on April 10th.  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is just finishing up the G7 Summit in Italy and on his way to Moscow for talks and boy is there a lot to talk about.  The U.S. just conducted airstrikes in Syria and there are enormous disagreements on that front.  In addition, the Russians are still at the epicenter of a firestorm in Washington regarding their tampering with American elections and there are multiple investigations taking place in Washington to get to the bottom of that.  And to some degree, tied to the Russian tampering is an issue that is near and dear to the Russians' heart and that is sanctions.  When Russia invaded the Crimea in Ukraine, sanctions were placed on it by the West and particularly the Americans.  The Russians want those sanctions lifted.  In fact, there are many, myself included, that believe that the Russians' invovlement in U.S. elections and maybe even their collusion with the U.S., if proven, was tied directly to the sanctions question.  

So, there is a lot to talk about.

Monday
Apr102017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] April 10th: Jack Talks a Shifting U.S. Policy Re. Syria

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 10th at 4 p.m. c.s.t.  It's fascinating watching conflicting stories come out of the White House and from the Secretary of State regarding Syria.  The Secretary said at the G7 today in Italy that the U.S. had an obligation to "protect innocents."  He can't possibly mean this because the U.S. sat around as 500,000 died and then refused to accept refugee families from the region and went a step further and was talking about sending them back.  All of a sudden, it was abouty "beautiful babies?"  The White House said it was still about America First.  Really?  So which is it?  I'm curious about the President's supporters and whether they are buying that.  Now contemplate how the Russians and the Iranians are seeing this.  This is not simple or easy and it's unclear whether President Trump has contemplated any of these issues.

Hope you can listen.  

Tuesday
Apr042017

[Russian Television] April 4th: Jack Talks St. Petersburg Terrorist Attack

I appear on Russian Television on April 4th.  This week, St. Petersburg was attacked by at least one terrorist who detonated a device in the subway system.  At least 14 were killed and around 50 were injured.  It is also significant in that this is the hometown on President Putin and he was visiting the region at the time of the attack.  The question the Russians are wrestling with is whether or not this was a lone wolf attack or a complex, corrdinated effort.

I will appear to talk about the differences and what the Americans and Europeans have been dealing with and how this may impact how the Russians approach this issue.  I hope you can catch it.

Friday
Mar312017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] March 31: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on March 31st.  There are multiple investigations going on as we speak involving the Trump Administration and their alleged connections with the Russians.  We know that the Russians tried to impact the Presidential election.  That's not the question.  The entire U.S. Intelligence establishment has concluded that that is the case.  The issue is whether the Trump Administration conspired with the Russians to make that happen.  The sort of enemy of my enemy is my friend concept.  We will discuss the latest. 

With so much going on in both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as well as the FBI, there is going to be a lot to talk about including Burr, Nunez, Flynn, Kuchner and more.  Hope you can catch it.  

Tuesday
Mar282017

[Russian TV Moscow] March 28th: Jack Talks House Intel Committee Investigation

I appear on Russian TV Moscow to discuss the ongoing investigation into the Trump/Russia election connections.  As I preoare for this interview, two things come to mind, the House Intelligence Committee is acting like the Keystone Cops.  They are ridiculous and look amateurish.  Congressman Nunez is losing credibility and is looking more and more biased instead of as the neutral that he is supposed to be.  I compare his behavior and the committe as a whole to the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation.  This differences couldn't be more stark.

The second issue that I keep contemplating is why the Administration can't seem to get in front of this story. They seem to only know how to work defensively, after the fact.  Making it worse, they frequently lie about the circumstances and seem to act in an obstructionary fashion.  The problem is that they create the perception if not the reality that there is absolutely something to hide.  Again, like the House Intel Committee itself, amateurish at best, or just plain guilty.  Strange.

Hope you can catch it.  

 

Tuesday
Mar212017

[KOA Denver] March 21st: Jack Talks Trump Russian Intel. Investigation

I appear on KOA in Denver on 3/21 at 6 am cst to discuss FBI & NSA testimony before Congressional Committee regarding Russian/Trump links. This ongoing conversation continues to dog the Trump administration.  It is certainly a distraction but the question is, is it more than that.  Is there fire where there is so much smoke.

This is going to fun. Steffan Tubbs is one of my favorite people.