July 11 - Donald Junior's Incriminating Chain of Emails; The Sleazy Cast of Characters in Trump World; Trump's Deregulation Teams' Close Ties to Industry

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Part 1

We begin with the release of an incriminating email chain between Donald Trump Junior and a British tabloid journalist representing a Russian pop singer whose father is a billionaire developer close to Putin. The emails are about setting up a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer based on the promise that this lawyer worked for the Russian government and had top secret information from the Russian Crown prosecutor that was damaging to Hillary Clinton and “is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump”.  Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean at Yale Law School who is a former FBI Special Agent specializing in counterintelligence investigations in New York City, joins us to discuss the extent to which the participants in this meeting acted with corrupt intent to violate campaign finance laws and if they were innocent, why did they not call the FBI immediately to report an effort on the part of Russian Intelligence to compromise them?


Part 2

Then we examine the incriminating emails further with David Halperin, senior fellow at Republic Report who was previously a special assistant for National Security Affairs to President Clinton and a counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee. He joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “Trump Jr’s Smoking Gun Email” and the sleazy cast of characters emerging in this sordid tale that reflects the nature of the Trump presidency and the Trump family business that is built on financial ties with the international dregs of bottom-feeders, tacky celebrities, kleptocrats, gangsters and oligarchs.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Danielle Ivory, a reporter with The New York Times who covers the intersection of business and government, including contracts and regulations, about her article co-written by Robert Faturechi, a reporter at ProPublica, “The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams”. We look into how these appointees to Trump’s deregulation teams have been working in secret across the government, with 28 of the 71 appointees identified so far, having close ties to industry with clear conflicts of interest.