February 7 - 73% of Republicans Have Fallen for Trump's Smear of the DOJ and FBI; Poland's Law Against Historical Inquiry; Immigration Again Will Be the Trigger for Another Government Shutdown

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Part 1

We begin with the amazingly successful smear campaign the Trump Administration and the Fox News echo chamber has done on fabricating a distraction from the Mueller probe by demonizing the DOJ and FBI to the point that 73% of Republicans believe these institutions that Trump controls are undermining his presidency. As recently as 2015, 84% of Republicans admired the FBI but today only 38% do and we will look into why Republicans have gone along with Trump in destroying one of the GOP’s major assets as the party of law and order. Alex Whiting, a professor at Harvard Law School who was formerly a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and the Department of Justice joins us to discuss his article at Just Security “President Trump and Concealing Evidence in the Russia Probe” and Trump’s record of not just tearing down democratic institutions, but tearing down people who were widely admired such as Barack Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and now Rod Rosenstein.

Part 2

Then we analyze the criticism from around the world following the right wing Polish government’s attempt to safeguard Poland’s image abroad by passing a law outlawing any accusation of Poland’s complicity in the Nazi crimes committed during the holocaust.  James Kirchick, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution whose latest book is “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age”, joins us to discuss how Poland is joining in an unfortunate trend of outlawing historical inquiry as Putin has done in Russia by passing a law making it illegal to mention the Hitler/Stalin Pact, which ironically set the stage for the Nazi/Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War 11.  

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Eric Olson, the Deputy Director of the Latin American Program and Senior Advisor of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars about how immigration again will be at the heart of whether there is another government shutdown. Now that the Senate has passed a budget bill without addressing the “Dreamer” issue which the Democratic leader of the House Nancy Pelosi said in a marathon speech means that her caucus will not support a budget package that does not commit to a debate over DACA. So the prospect of another shutdown, which Trump said he would love, looms large.