May 15 - Declassified 9/11 Commission Investigation Examines Saudi Suspects; Sidney Blumenthal on President Lincoln and What is Happening to His Party Today

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Part 1

We begin with the growing pressure on President Obama to declassify the 28 pages of the joint Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks that some who have read the pages say implicate Saudi Arabia. Philip Shenon, who was the lead reporter for The New York Times on the investigation of the 9/11 commission and author of “The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Commission”, joins us to discuss his latest article at The Guardian “Declassified Documents Detail 9/11 Commission Inquiry into Saudi Arabia”.

And also joining us is Robert Baer, a veteran CIA officer who served in the Middle East and is now the national security affairs analyst for CNN. He is the author of “Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold our Soul for Saudi Crude” and we discuss the evidence in the public domain so far of Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks from the files of the 9/11 commission staff that detail a chronology of how the investigation was conducted, including how the panel’s investigators flew to Saudi Arabia for face-to-face interviews with Saudis believed to be part of the hijacker’s support network on American soil.

Part 2

Then finally we speak with Sidney Blumenthal, the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He is author of the new book just out, “A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Volume 1, 1809-1849” and we discuss the early life of the founder of the Republican Party that today with Donald Trump as its standard bearer, is reverting back to its incarnation in the early 1850’s as the American Party of the anti-immigrant “Know Nothing” movement. We also discuss the endless scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton, the latest of which involve her email server that was not hacked, whereas the State Department server critics say she should have used, was hacked by the Chinese.