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Entries in voice of america (13)

Monday
Jul162018

Trump Gives Putin a Pass

Invading Ukraine.  Annexing the Crimea. Attempting to manipulate U.S. elections. German elections. British elections.  Poisoning Russian expatriates in Britain. President Trump could have talked about all of these things and held Russian President Putin to task.  Did he?  Nope. Not about any of them.  He gave Putin a pass. Worse, he ignored his own intelligence community while doing it. What this did and continues to do to the Commuinty has rarely been talked about.

I will appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss the Summit, Trump's behavior and whether or not that behavior has finally cross a line.

Monday
Jul022018

What Happens If Trump's Fixer Flips?

He called himself the Fixer. He called himself the Bulldog. He said he would take a bullet for the man.  Of course, I'm talking about Michael Cohen and the man he was talking about was Donald Trump.  After working for Trump for many years as his lawyer and fixer/bull dog, flack jacket, Michael Cohen seems to be changing his tune and singing a very new song.

Michael Cohen says that his first loyaly is absolutely not to the President but rather to his wife and children. He also is making it clear that he will not be a punching bad for any defense team. This seems to be as punch directly at his former client and the current President.  

Cohen sat down with ABC News for a 45 minute interview to air he new approach and to talk about his testimony before the House and the Senate and about his new defense attorney.  This is all very significant as he is clearly separating himself from the President and his defense team.  It is now very clearly every man for himself.

As Bob Mueller sits back and continues his work, he is clearly interested in Mr. Cohen and Mr. Cohen has yet to sit sown with Mr. Mueller.  However, rest assured, it is coming.

I appear on Voice of America International on July 2nd to talk about what this all means and what may be coming next.  

Sunday
Mar182018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] March 18th: Putin Wins and Americans Should Care

I appear on Voice of America Intl Edition on March 18th. Putin wins re-election with more than 70% of the vote. This is not a surprise but tha ramifications of another 6 year term for Vladimir Putin will have a very real impact upon American foreign policy.  Putin and his team are some of the most experienced, talented and capable on the planet right now.  This is not a question of good or bad, just of capability.  Further, Putin has made it clear that Russia is back and willing to fight above its weight class and regularly win.  

This will be a fun conversation. 

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.

Thursday
Nov162017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] November 15th: Jack Talks Latest on Mueller Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition's Lori Lundin on November 15th. This story continues to have enormous legs. The longer it goes on, the more connections seem to develop. AG Jeff Sessions has testifoed again before Congress once again and his story has changed again.  And yes, he has had more contacts with the Russians than he has previously mentioned. We also know that Donald Trump Jr. has had multipe contacts with Wikileaks alongside the Russians despite VP President's statements about nobody in the Trump team having contact with Wikileaks.  This opens up another interesting angle. So much to discuss. 

This is getting stranger and stranger. 

Tuesday
Sep192017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] September 19th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on September 19th. As the process continues to move forward in the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, its clear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking his sweet time. Further, it is also clear that he is being extremely thorough and that this approach is critically important.  At some point, he will come to some conlcusions and it is important that all sides accept the results.  The quesiton of whether the Trump conspired with the Russians has certainly rocked the country and there are regularly more questions than answers. Eventually, these questions should be answered.

The latest involves some information regarding former Trump Campaign Director Paul Manafort.  There were apparently at least two FISA warrants involving Mr. Manafort and this may lead to some really interested information. Based upon what I'm seeing, it appears that Mr. Manafort could be indicted on money laundering, tax evasion and obstruction plus more.  Of course, the question is whether it will stop there.

I will appear on VOA International Edition to discuss.  This will be fun.

Wednesday
Sep062017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] September 6th: Jack Talks How Russian Intel Recruits a President

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on September 6th.  As Robert Mueller and multiple Congressional committees continue to investigate connections between Mr. Trump and the Russians, the story continues to spin. However, as a former CIA officer, I can't help but contemplate how Russian Intelligence absolutely tried to manipulate the election and certainly were attempting to recruit the inner circle of the President elect if not the President elect himself. The evidence is blatantly clear and frankly totally reasonable under the circumstances. This is what intelligence organizations were created to do and the Russians are absolutely no different.

The latest revelation involves Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's acknowledgement that he was absolutely trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow as late as January 2016.  Further, the organizations signed a letter of intent and Trump himself was absolutely made aware of these efforts which were extensive.  And yet, Trump himself through the entire campaign specifically denied any connection whatsoever to any dealings except the Miss Universe Pageant. Well, this was, to put it simply, a lie.  So, how does this impact an intelligence organization that is certainly targeting him?

This is going to be a fun interview.  

Thursday
Aug032017

[Voice of America Intl] August 3rd: Jack Talks Trump/Russia Grand Jury

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on August 3rd. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a Grand Jury in Washington DC to take a closer look at any possible collusion between Mr. Trump and/or his associates and the Russians. It is a fascinating development because it shows that the investigation isn't fading away but is rather heating up.

In addition, Mueller continues to add to an already impressive list of attorneys that are investigating the case. That fact that he is continuing to add attorneys also supports the contention that the investigation is not winding down but speeding up.   

To add to the drama, bi-partisan bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate to help insulate and protect Mueller from manipulation by the President. Its extraordinary that a bipartisan group see this an an issue.  

This is going to be an interesting conversation.

Monday
Jul242017

[Voice of America Intl] July 24th: Jack Talks the Building Russian Investigation

I appear on Voice of American International Edition with Lori Lundin.  This story continues to have legs. Sometimes, it is the constant drip drip drip of new allegations including more information about Jr's meeting with Russians to content of previous meetings by the Attorney General Sessions with the Russian Ambassador to Trump's son-in-law Kushner's upcoming appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.  Of course, as those were enough, we have Mr. Trump's proclivity to stir the pot with his never ending tweet-a-thon.  There are now stories swirling of Trump contemplating pardoning his own people and even himself.  While these might have seemed laughable at one time, now?  

This is an extraordinary story and one which this country has never seen before. In the past, every scandal was compared to Watergate, was given the title, Something-gate, and then never lived up to the hype. This story, on the other hand, absolutely has the potential of making that story laughable in comparison.

Hope you can listen.