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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, 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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Sunday
May282017

[Raw Story] May 27th; Jack's Recent Appearance on MSNBC

‘Americans can die’: Ex-CIA agent hammers Kushner for ‘criminal’ actions involving Russian contacts

27 MAY 2017 AT 13:10 ET                   



In Saturday’s episode of AM Joy, host Joy Reid assembled a panel to discuss the biggest news of the weekend: that Friday night Washington Post news dump that revealed President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner had reportedly set up an undisclosed meeting with Russians to establish a backchannel during the president’s transition.

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Reid cited the Post‘s report that claimed Kushner was aware of how “politically sensitive it would be to meet with the Russians,” and, perhaps even more stunningly, that Reuters reported that a sanctioned Russian bank could provide the president’s son-in-law with loans in exchange for meetings with the president.

“This isn’t just politically-sensitive — this may just be criminal,” said former CIA special agent Jack Rice, one of Reid’s panelists. “There are people in the intelligence community and certainly prosecutors starting to sharpen their knives here.”

“Let’s think about where we are here,” Rice said. “We’re finally at a place where we’re starting to not see lies but this starts to sound like the conspiracy that people in the intelligence community are petrified about.”

As more information about what Kushner “was trying to get to the Russians” is revealed, Rice warned that this is when matters go from the merely naive to the criminal.

“The problem that we really have is that Americans die as a result of this,” Rice said. “People, including our allies, can die because of this. This is why you start to look at this from a criminal perspective. This is the reason you have to start contemplating why you prosecute people who do this sort of thing.”

Later in the segment, Reid, along with retired Naval codebreaker and regular guest Malcolm Nance, discussed the “nexus” of connections between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak that now appears to include Trump aides like Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Jeff Sessions and Kushner.

“You’re just going to have to assume there’s an espionage component to this,” Nance said. “Otherwise it would be negligent to not believe these people were being handled by the Russians themselves.”

“It would be a hell of a lot of coincidences,” Reid concluded.

 

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Thursday
May182017

[MSNBC's AM Joy] May 21st: Jack Talks the Latest on Trump Investigation

I appear on MSNBC's Am Joy this Sunday. I particuarly appreciate this show. Joy is smart, thoughtful and thinks big picture. This is truly a moment in history and that seems lost on very few. As the Special Counsel finds his office and picks his staff, President Trump continues to tweets denials and conspiracy theories, much to the consternation of his fellow Republicans.  I wonder how much they would all chip into the kitty to hire somebody to take his phone away?  Just a thought.  

This should be fun.  It always it.  I hope you can join in and watch the fun.  

Thursday
May182017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] May 17th: Jack Talks Special Prosecutor

I always appreciate appearing on Voice of America International  The interviews are always well thought out with an eye toward history.  That is particularly important in a case like this.  When people are neck deep in the moment, it can sometimes be difficult to see anything with perspective.  However, when one talks about the U.S. presidency and bringing in a special prosecutor to look at the issue of whether a sitting President may have colluded with the Russians, it is absolutely one for the history books.  

Robert Mueller is a former FBI Director.  In fact, he was the Director under both President Bush and President Obama.  This is important.  Again, with a view of history in mind, having somebody with a bias would do a horrible disservice for the country.  Get somebody with one agenda that is looking for any reason to prosecute this President and you risk alienating a massive group of Americans as well as politicize and delegitimatize the process.  Go the other direction and you risk ignoring the possibility that the Russians not only manipulated an election but did it with the help of the sitting President.  Worse, this would also mean that Russian President Putin would still have something on the President and could make him nothing but a puppet.  Again, not a desirable outcome either.

So, to look at these issues with VOA is always a pleasure.  I hope you can listen.  

Thursday
May182017

[I24 International] May 17th: Jack Talks Special Counsel

What an extraordinary appearance on I24. I sat in the chair expecting to talk about Trump's release of classified information to the Russians and the ripple effect that that causes. So, I'm about 30 seconds from going on live and there is breaking news coming through my IFB, my earpiece.  A special prosecutor, special counsel, Robert Mueller, has been appointed.  I simply started laughing. As they cut to me live, you can still hear me laughing.  What an astounding development.

Robert Mueller is the former FBI Director under both President Bush and President Obama.  Also, while known as a Republican, he is also know to be apolitical.  More importantly, I expect Mueller to appproach this through the lens of history.

Again, this is an extraordinary development.

 

Tuesday
May162017

[WCCO Radio Minneapolis] May 16th: Jack Talks Trump's Leaking Intel to the Russians

I'm outraged!  The implications of releasing classified information can mean, simply put, torture and death for the source of the intelligence.  It can also mean a complete drying up of intelligence in the future.  Think about this for a second, what other asset is willing to provide information if they know that a sitting President will release it because he as the "absolute right" to do so?  Let's take this a step further, because this was a intelligence from an ally, not only will this ally but every other ally will look at this and think not just once, twice but maybe three times before they willingly cooperate with the Americans out of fear of what this President might do because he has the absolute right. Finally, consider U.S. intelligence in the same manner.  If I had recruited an asset, I'm not sure I would ask them for anything out of fear that the information itself may end up in the hands of the President.  Understand, in the past, this was always the hope.  If my intel ends of in the hands of the President, that means its important.  And now?  I'd be petrified.

This is just a snippet of what we talked about.  Lots of fun.  

Saturday
May132017

[NTV/HTB Moscow] May 11th: Jack Appears in Russian Documentary about Russia/Trump


A crazy evening being in a Russian documentary by NTV/HTB out of Moscow about the Russia/Trump investigation. And yes, Russia is involved.

Saturday
May132017

[Nicole Sandler Show - Florida] May 12th: Jack Talks Whether Trump Could be Impeached

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show out of Florida to discuss a simple question:  Could President Trump be impeached?  And the short answer is, it depends.  The first question is whether he has committed any crimes that could justify removal.  Well, I would have said this was debatable until a recent interview the president had an NBC.  In that interview, he stated that one of the reasons that he fired former FBI Director Jim Comey was because of the ongoing Russia investigation which he claims to consider fake news.  Regardless of what he says, this is a real investigation into criminal wrongdoing.  Anybody who tries to hinder that, a sitting President or otherwise, is potentially guilty of a crime.  Presidents can be removed from office for committing crimes through the process called impeachment. The next step, of course, would require a political process to make that happen.  But, because the Republicans control both Houses of Congress, this is a stumbling block.  We will discuss all of this and more.  

Hope you can listen.  

Thursday
May112017

[KGO San Francisco] May 11th: Jack Talks Trump's Shifting Truth Regarding Comey Firing

I appear on KGO with Chip Franklin on May 11th at 7:30 p.m. e.s.t.  The more we "know" about the Comey firing, the stranger it gets. Are we on the 3rd or 4th justification yet? 

First, It was AG and Deputy who advised firing Comey and that Trump only followed their advice. Of course, AG already recused himself from Russian investigation who then advised President to fire guy responsible for investigation? Then it was all Trump and not those guys at all. Wait. What?

Then, It was because of Clinton emails back in 2016 and not about now. Then it was his behavior now. It's because he's a grandstander. This is all from the same people saying this including POTUS.

Then, It was because the FBI was in disarray. However, the new acting FBI Dir rejected that during testimony today. 

Then Trump said Comey told Trump three times he wasn't under investigation. Everybody, everybody, said a sitting FBI director would never say that about an ongoing investigation. 

I'm starting to wonder if it would be better if we just sent somebody into the WH to sing to Trump, Wheels on the Bus, everyday to keep him busy.

This is going to be interesting.

Wednesday
May102017

[Russia TV Moscow] May 10th: Jack Talks Comey Firing

I appear on Russian TV to talk about President Trump's firing on FBI Director Jim Comey.  I made the decision to appear on Russian TV because the Russians absolutely played a role in this.  Trump orginally tried to argue that this was about Comey's work on the Clinton emails.  That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and there is simply no justifiable way to explain this.  So, to put it simply, it is false.  There must be another reason and the only obvious answer in the Russians.  Yes, the potential connection between the Russia and Trump is the elephant or bear in the room.  This issue needs to be determined.

Hope you can watch.  

Wednesday
May102017

[WVLY West Virginia] May 10th: Jack Talks FBI Director Firing

I appear on WVLY with my friend Howard Monroe. The President fired FBI Director Jim Comey last night he claimed it was because of his handling of the investigation of Hilliary Clinton's emails back in 2016.  The problem is this stretches the bounds of credibility.  Trump himself heaped praise on Comey as recently as October for ewactly that.  Rather, this appears to be about Russia and the investigation.  Again, even Trump alludes to the investigation in his letter and then Kelly Anne Conway said that Comey was fired for his conduct since Trump took office,   This is exactly the point.  This was about the FBI and the FBI's pursuit of Russia and Trump connections.  Hence, when I watched this last night, Nixon's decision to fire Archibald Cox came immediately to mind.  This is an extraordinary story that continues to grow. 

This is going to be fun.