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Saturday
Feb032018

[I24 International] February 2nd: Hate the facts, attack the messenger

Friday
Feb022018

[Nicole Sandler Show] February 2nd: GOP/Trump Rolls the Dice and Releases Memo

I appear on on the Nicole Sandler Show on February 2nd.  The story of the Nunez memo is dominating the political headlines. Everybody wants to know, why would the President decide to ignore the Justice Department and the FBI and release a completely unredacted memo?  Why would he release a memo that by all objective accounts, ignores some evidence in order to provide a slanted, subjective viewpoint? Why would he release classified information that discloses but sources and methods over the objection of both Justice and the Bureau. These are all really important questions and ones that say a lot about the state of the country right  now.

This will be interesting.

Thursday
Feb012018

[AM950 Minneapolis] February 1st: Nunez and Trump Try to Undercut Russia Investigation

I appear on AM950 Minneapolis with my friend Matt McNeil on February 1st.  So Congressman Nunez, the GOP and Donald Trump all seem set on releasing a memo that has been called, incorrect, unreliable, incomplete, and containing classified information that should n't be made public. So, why would they release such a memo? Simply, they are trying to undercut the Russian investigation to determine whether Trump or his people were involve din either conspiring with the Russians or in obstructing the investigation. Simply put, that's it. 

Rather than saying, lets get this thing out there and figure out what happened and what the Russians and maybe some Americans did, they want to get people to ignore the results of the investigaiton itself.  is there anybody who things that that might be a problem?  

This should be interesting.

Tuesday
Jan232018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] January 23rd: Mueller Turns to Trump for Answers

I appear on Voice of America International Edition with Lori Lundin on January 23rd. As the Mueller investigation continues to move forward, it appears that he his opening a new chapter and that new chapter is entitled Donald Trump. This is significant as the Mueller team has acquired enormous amounts of information so when they are asking the President questions, they already know the answers.

This is potentially an incredibly dangerous chapter for the President.  Its not ju8st about collusion with the Russians but also about obstruction and what that means.  The President has been all over the board and the potential could be incredibly ugly.

This promises to be a really interesting converation. Hope you can listen in.

Wednesday
Jan032018

[I24 International News] January 3rd: Did I just Make a Joke About the President's Button? Um, yes, yes I did!

Wednesday
Jan032018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] January 3rd: Trump/Mueller and What to Expect in 2018

As the Mueller investigation into possible collusion between the Trump camp and the Russians continues, 2018, promises to be interesting. At this point, two have already pled and two others have been indicted. Is Mueller done? Not even close. My expectation is that there will certainly be more indictments and those indictments continue to get ever closer to President Trump. 

So, whom? Well, the short list at this point may include Don Jr. and Jared Kushner among others. These are sigfnificant because these are family members. Of course, this raises the ugly spectre of what the Prewidewnt might do. The concern in some quarters is this may drive the President to fire Special Counsel Mueller, This petrifies Republicans in the House because it may force them to act and they are all trying desperately to keep their collective heads down.

We will see. . . . 

Sunday
Dec032017

[Voice of America Intl Edition] December 3rd: Flynn was No Rogue Elephant

I appear on Voice of America on December 3rd. With Mike Flynn pleading guilty in Federal Court to a crime and also to willingly cooperate with the investigation, things are beginning to heat up even more. According to some of the evidence that is apparently in the hands of the Mueller prosecution team, Flynn was in close contact with many of the inner circle of the campaign regarding Russia.

The fact the Flynn lied about it is interesting and got him indicted. It will be curious to see is the rest of the inner circle also lied. If so, we could see a whole series of indictments in short order. I should add that the Trump team continued to lie to the public about no contacts with the Russians. There is unequivocal proof of such contacts now. The question is whether there was more. 

Trump claims that the investigation will be over before the end of the year. Frankly, thats laughable. Under these circumstances, he should be concerned. If they prove collusion, they may be able to establish obstruction. 

And the world turns.