January 29 - Trump Forces McCabe Out of the FBI to Then Move on Rosenstein; Nunes and His Bogus Memo of a "Secret Society" Within the "Deep State"; The Game the Koch Brothers Play With Their Useful Idiot Trump

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Part 1

We begin with the exit of the number two official at the FBI who has been under pressure to resign from President Trump, the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump’s congressional cheer squad led by Devon Nunes, along with the Fox News echo chamber. Harry Litman, a former United States Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department who in now a Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Diego, joins us to discuss what appears to be a successful effort by Trump to force Andrew McCabe out from his position as Deputy Director of the FBI. We look into how Trump is working in concert with Devon Nunes to create an alternative narrative to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation which rests on smearing the integrity and independence of those investigating his ties to the Russians by insinuating  they are a part of plot by Democratic sore losers led by Hillary Clinton out to discredit Trump’s amazing and unappreciated election victory.

 

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Part 2

Then we examine further how the bogus Nunes memo of cherry-picked classified details from a FISA warrant extension application of surveillance of Carter Page was first enabled by Speaker Paul Ryan who turned down pleadings from the Justice Department and the FBI not to allow Nunes to release his version which Fox News and right wing media have turned into an expose of the machinations of a “secret society” within the “Deep State”.  Scott Horton, a professor at Columbia Law School and a contributing editor at Harper’s in legal affairs and national security, joins us.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into what transpired at a luxury hotel in Palm Springs at this last weekend’s gathering of millionaire and billionaire donors in the 550-member Koch Brothers network. Lee Fang, an investigative journalist with The Intercept who was the first to uncover and detail the role of the billionaire Koch brothers in financing the Tea Party, joins us. We discuss the game the Koch Brothers play by pretending to distance themselves from Trump and his antics, while they are the main beneficiaries from almost everything that the Trump Administration has achieved, all of which the Koch Brothers and their hirelings in the Trump cabinet and Congress are pushing behind the scenes.

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