March 26 - Trump's Legal Team Weakens While Mueller's Case Strengthens; What a War With Iran Will Look Like; After Stormy's Revelations, Will Melania Stand By Her Man?

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We begin with the difficulty President Trump is having getting competent lawyers to represent him as he finds himself, following the resignation of John Dowd and the un-hiring of Joseph diGenova, represented by only one personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, a religious right commentator who has crusaded for evangelical causes and so-called religious freedom. Lisa Kern Griffin, a professor of law at Duke University who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and spent five years as a federal prosecutor in the Chicago United States Attorney’s Office, joins us to discuss how Trump’s legal team is getting weaker while it appears that the case Robert Mueller is building against the president is getting stronger, not to mention how Trump’s private lawyer Michael Cohen is being crushed by Stormy Daniels’ lawyer. We assess the status of the Mueller inquiry and whether the findings will ever see the light of day as well as what might result from a high-profile indictment of say Jared Kushner. Would that be sufficiently damaging to Trump to either provoke him to move against Mueller or be sufficient to cause the Republicans to distance themselves from Trump ahead of the November elections?

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Part 2

Then, with an uber-hawk who wants to bomb Iran about to become Trump’s NSC advisor, we will look into what a war against Iran would look like with a long-time scholar of Iran, William Beeman, Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and President of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. He served as a consultant to the State Department, the Defense Department, the U.N. and the Congress and is the author of “The Great Satan’ vs the ‘Mad Mullahs’: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other” and joins us to discuss how Trump will tear up the treaty with Iran while Bolton will push for America to fight a war against Iran at the behest of Israel’s Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Bin Salman.  

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Part 3

Then finally, following last night’s 60 Minutes interview with Stormy Daniels and the recent apology to Melania Trump on CNN by a Playboy model who had an affair with Trump, we speak with Kate Andersen Brower, a CNN contributor and the author of “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House” and “First Woman: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies”. We discuss her latest article at CNN “What Melania now has in common with Hillary” and whether the current first lady will continue the tradition of presidential spouses standing by their man.

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