20 Episode results for "Mr Trump"
Coronavirus: Trump 'surprised' by Fauci's reopening warnings
"President trump today took exception to something. Dr Anthony Fauci told members of the Senate committee on Tuesday found. She cautioned against reopening too quickly surprised by his answer. Actually because you know it's just to me. It's not an acceptable answer. Especially when it comes to schools. Some schools and colleges have indicated. They may not reopen in the fall. Mr Trump said quote. We are opening our country. People wanted open. The schools are going to be open on quote.
Twitter Hides Trump Tweet For Glorifying Violence
"You're listening to the news at this time. When Africa Business Radio so it's a has hidden one of president trump's tweets from his profile saying it violates rules about glorifying violence it has however not been deleted fault replaced with a warning that can be viewed by clicking on it the wanting says tweets a has determined but he may be in the public's interest for the tweet to remain accessible. It is the latest in an escalates in role between Switzerland and the White House. Mr Trump was tweeting about the city of Minneapolis which has sin consecutive nights of protests following the death of a black man in police custody. The president said he would send in the National Guard and follow that up with a warning. That's when the Luton starts. The shooting stops twitter's policy of a warning to rather than delete since suites that breaks the rule when it comes to major. Public figures was announced in mead. Twenty-nine scene but the social network has never used it. On Mr Trump Nord's elites it any office tweets before and that was the news this time on Africa Business Radio. You can send you to listen life online at. Www does Africa business radio DOT COM or via a mobile APP. Thank you for listening.
Trump sending $1B to states to ramp up testing
"The administration is sending tests supplies to a number of to distance from reporters and other speakers. President trump in the Rose Garden announcing funds for tests. My administration is sending one billion dollars to America's states territories tribes money supplies make total. It's what states have been clamoring for for many weeks. This is a core element of our plan to safely and gradually reopen America. And we're opening and we're starting and there's enthusiasm like I haven't seen in a long time on display in front of Mr Trump testing kits and machinery used to assess the results.
Trump wants to prepare U.S. stockpile for future pandemics
"President trump says he's taking steps to make sure the country is ready for any future pandemics launching a monumental effort at a medical supply warehouse in Allentown Pennsylvania. The president again accused his predecessor of leaving the cupboard. Bare Mr Trump announced a plan to boost the strategic national stockpile of masks and other medical necessities. Instead of one two three weeks worth of supplies we had less than that. The government will now stockpile three whole months much of it made in the USA.
Barr and the Overman Class
"Do you ever find yourself waiting for your news. Feed on facebook or twitter wishing you could just call someone up and ask what do I really need to pay attention to hear. Well what if you could. I'm Mary Harris the host of what next slates new Daily News podcast and every weekday morning. I'm going to be on call for you taking you inside one story going deep behind the headlines. What next is news? You're not GonNa get the scrolling through your phone to listen subscribe now on Apple podcasts spotify or wherever you listen you know I I said said all along that <hes> I had I would not object to Bob going up to testify but after I said that <hes> he indicated he was not interested interested in testifying and he held a press conference and issued a press statement making it clear that <hes> his testimony really was the report itself and he wasn't GonNa go beyond the report so I was disappointed to see him subpoenaed because I don't think that serves any purpose dragging a Bob Muller up if in fact is going a stick here appears to be compelling evidence of the president's misconduct outside of the four corners of the redacted version the Muller report and we worked on cover that evidence as well volume two of this report was not authorized under the law the FBI written it was written to legal standard that does not exist at the Justice Department hello and welcome to trump cast time Virginia Heffernan so we all have our favourite hearings of trump times. They're Komi Day People Bill Browder Day People Muller people and I learned so much from all those hearings to I commend them to you. I think you should watch them or watch them again if you can but I think my favorite hearing just for the sort of moral dynamism was Michael Cohen's hearing the one where he described the career he was in the process of renouncing on his way to prison the way he gave his job. Description was amazing what he said he did for a living was lying for Mr Trump. So many people have this as a job. Sarah Sanders lies for Mr Trump Ho pick slice for MR TRUMP ALAN DERSHOWITZ and bill bar and Mark Meadows and Mitch McConnell lying for Mr Trump is a growth sector and when trump said he'd create jobs he has it's definitely made careers of lying for Mr Trump enterprises for dozens of people alas. He doesn't pay them or it might help his flagging numbers anyway the the other thing that came from that Cohen hearing is Michael Collins testimony that as he perceived trump whom he'd worked for for decades <hes> basically as a full on smithers. There's two trump's Mr Burns is that trump is a racist. There was of course never a doubt about trump's racism even his exterminationist racism but I'll also refer you to Paul Krugman's column in The New York Times that credits William Julius Wilson the sociologist with getting everything right and giving the most useful context for trump's white supremacy basically Wilson noticed in the last few decades that well weird racists were arguing that something I'm thinking about being non white predisposes people toward antisocial behavior what was really going on in the seventies and eighties was the job opportunities were declining inning or flat for urban workers will guess what even as trump conjures a fictional inner city to make his racist points. The Social State of Urban America is actually vastly. I sleep better than it was. Crime is in decline employment is up on the other hand as Krugman notes the social state of Rural America. That's white rural America Orca is deteriorating what he says to the extent that there really is such a thing as American carnage. Remember that phrase it's concentrated among less educated whites in rural rural areas who are suffering a surge in depths of despair diseases of despair. This is suicide alcohol other kinds of addictions that have pushed their mortality utility rates above those of black Americans so look. This is what happened. It's not the people in Rural Kentucky are racially inferior. It's just that when there's no work people experience what they did in cities in the seventies and eighties a decline in the propensity to work the end of stable families and so on social social stability and the so-called eastern heartland in red states like Mitch McConnell's Kentucky one of the poorer states in the Union is essentially in shambles so once more we have have projection from trump he talks about crime and violence and disorder and I roll racism in Baltimore in fact he should look to his ralliers and the white supremacist <unk> premises terrorists who are basically holding the rest of the hardworking nation hostage with their loud online lies. They're ravenous hunger to see blood at the border and their actual we'll guns my guest today to talk about order and Disorder Truth and lies laws and lawlessness is Harry Littman. He's a Washington Post columnist a former U._S. U._S. Attorney D._O._J.. Official he teaches constitutional law at U._C._S._D. and U._C._l._A.. And he practices law. He's also the executive producer Sir and host of the podcast. Yes podcast talking feds Harry. Welcome back to trump cast. Thank you good to be here. It's still so good to talk see you again. I don't know if you saw this but Vladimir. Kara Moore's senior died last night. He was instrumental in the Magnitsky Act. His son led Mir car Moore's a junior it's very confusing because they were both dissidents in Russia and journalists but the son whom I've gotten to meet a couple of times was poisoned not once but twice and now in Russia the head of the opposition party Navan knee was also seemingly poisoned so the history of dissident writers yes and journalists in the Soviet Union and now Russia it. This is a long wind up to saying a drew out <hes> Car Moore's juniors speech he gave recently getting <hes> civil courage prize. I saw him take this award last year and he quoted soldier Nielsen Saying Live Not by lies and he said the key to you are liberation lies and personal non-participation in lies I at least won't be a handmaiden to lies and he goes through all the lies of Soviet times and all the lies of now about Putin especially always clams. It's a free and fair election and that he won by seventy percent. We also have a president and party that it is continues to claim that our elections are free and fair when they're patently not when the last one was hacked Miller says this one's being hacked and as I say a long wind up to saying I do think podcasting of the kind you do on talking heads we try to do here. Try to represent personal non-participation in lies you know trying to at least slowly but Shirley Sultanate's and says starve the lies cut short their existence either refuting them or just simply refusing them in the language of the law the language your trained in and that your guests are trained in its you're very patient but you just slowly but surely dismantling the lies that Bar told about the Muller report the lies that trump tells about the report and the lies the Republicans in the Senate tell I mean. I don't know if you feel like that's what you're doing but that's what it seems to me. You're doing we could talk about this <unk> so many hours so muller testifies last week and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are the spokesperson for our government gets gets up and gives a four sentence recitation. Every single sentence is a you know Orwellian rank lie and you you start to try to to say how do we different now you know morally and ethically with these other countries. I just read a really a good a book on the back of Salsa and it does play through what you know what essentially it makes an argument for Nabokov's having been as engaged assaulted knits in that's pass I point but it's very much this you know just sense of personal integrity and truth and when one begins to catalog the political Tulsen's of the administration by we are we have become so bludgeoned and fatigue about what in some ways is the. It's not criminal. That's their big defense. Maybe not even impeachable but the guy lies you know he wakes up lying and lies all day. He's as the leader of the free world. He's the president of the United States I remember when Clinton told a <unk> Antonian lie a hair-splitting lie and and we went berserk this guy wakes up lying and lies every day and the and that we somehow have become a nerd to that right and put that whole Ma- growing mountain of lies side when we think about our government that can't register somehow on either the because it doesn't register. I just knew the criminal or the clear impeachment scales it somehow just countenanced or we don't even time to talk about it but that's the government we've stumbled into when by the way that we just assume one can never credit. There are buddies now there. Were you know we're in league with them. The hell happened yeah for this time in this topsy turvy world as a lawyer you put it very well the sort of patience idea because one wait for things to go to the court where duty of candor so clearly applies and if you tell a little lie the court you're GonNa get slapped around something. Fierce truth is a value that that really really prevails so you wait and you wait and you wait and then you go to court and see if if lies will happen one of the reasons why you know people people were so hungry including me for for subpoenas to be served or for Muller to take it farther because we know end the crucible of the truth and the court court system then will be served and it hasn't the you know that's that's in some ways the biggest and most upsetting stabbing concomitant of of Muller's having stopped short in certain respects never will be an occasion where where you I know possibly really wrongdoers are put to their you know responsibility of telling the truth under some penalties because without that they don't care fair to the American people and were you know we'll just be talking about historians and conjectures and the ability of trump to unabashedly and his apologists right you know Ratcliffe his attacks on Muller last week those are lies and his lies about his own experience variance doing counterterrorism prosecution. I'm looking into that but at best it's spun up like a top spinning off a table. You just said something interesting. So you said probably Lee so good point. We don't know for sure although you know all signs point to and if I were Lying about his experience with as a counter terrorism prosecutor pudding terrorists behind bars as he claimed but right we are accustomed to this leg like painstaking painstaking search for the truth that a conversation you you know you might have or debate you might have with. Bill Clinton would be as you said hair-splitting and now you have some people we'll say like world. Wrestling Federation stylized zero value. I mean I wrote about Mahler. He insisted on Marquis of Queensbury rules against the World Federation for Vista Return. I try really hard by the way we're on the podcast in the in the paper. I don't have a dinner party mode. You know if I think it's I I really do try to just <music> saying it but then means giving the devil his due as it were and it may turn out every office has a terrorism coordinator there were zero count them zero eero terrorism prosecutions filed in Eastern District of Texas when he was and I regard him with great suspicion because of the absolute vicious lies he told her that hearing but I think they will turn out you know a lot of things can get that bureaucratic. T- <HES> that turn out to be immigration cases cases or or whatever I think why give him the benefit of the doubt and this is a broader question Jacob Weisberg the creator of trump cast used to say we need to start start covering this administration as the man Bites Dog story here is tell the truth so for instance their conversation yesterday Jim Jordan said he I thought that trump was a great hero. During nine eleven you know I was in New York then and it was very difficult for journalists and do-gooders to get to the site we've seen pictures of Hillary Hillary Clinton and Giuliani and so forth but when he said he got to the site we all kind of know that you know where he was and what he was doing and we've all plowed over this territory before but because Jim Jordan also lies in these hearings flamboyantly because Jim Jordan said it we went scrambling to try to figure out if it was true true of course that's not true of course he didn't rush into the trouble to try to save people and risk his life it just it just doesn't pass commonsense and sometimes I think you know on those of us who dotted I's and Cross T.'s in our education stand on ceremony so much we keep thinking oh there's gotta be a grain of truth truth in this ratliff thing or you know <hes> well. Maybe Donald Trump did go. I don't WanNa be hasty but you know I started to think we're we're. Not You know we're not on this podcast not in the courtroom and I'm going to say that doesn't pass the smell test and most of these things don't pass this test and even if you generously discovered discovered that this guy had done these prosecutions that there was some other part of his operation that was prosecuting counter-terrorism. It doesn't seem like worth figuring <unk> out for Radcliffe. I mean certainly as I grew up you know from my mommy. Learning about lies are there are even an a ah a whole `nother you know <hes> fifty percent moral lies and and you know distant and instances of disingenuousness so why don't to cover like. Jacobs says I mean that is to I r antenna. Go off like crazy but we understand that we're at least trying to be within in the public debate and and if there are opportunities you know whom are we all speaking to to go back to your previous. Question is it two percent percent of the trump based to try to dislodge is women who were in the trump base who might now understand. Is that the one percent of undecided folks but you know you know you're GonNa have you know lying Jack and on the other side so you the the reason to do it that way in a broader political political sense journalistic you're right. It doesn't portray to call these things truth. Are you know is just not true to journalistic kind of ethos ethos but you don't WanNa lead with your Chin and there are of course so many instances of flat out you know Orwellian hundred eighty degree agree lies so you think you might have some persuasive value of course they seem not to either but I mean that's at least the pragmatic answer to the Jacob a good question but the you know the notion that that is what I mean when I say he wakes up lying in lies a i. I assume twenty percent of it. It wouldn't count as perjury in a court but the question is how to portray this terrible fact that we seem to be like two thirds of the way to Turkey. You know that I have this honest president. You know to me that at the beginning when I started writing I was worried about about him but it it seemed like buffoonery and the horrifying fact you know of of of watching inroads and deeper inroads and deeper inroads get made and now you know the possibility that in settling you know however you WanNa define this he he gets away with it. You know I really was sort of boy. Scouting just didn't think that could happen just didn't know when it when it would and that he does is a lasting really lasting damage to democratic institution that this guy early himself personally irredeemable when actually a you know a virus risk on the body politic. How did this happen but that's trying to think seriously about that kind of world and how to beat it back and what it looks like after her he leaves is what leads you to try to call out the crystalline versions or examples of perfect and perfectly material lies? We all also do it without Sunday too grandiose for the same reason that you know soldier Niessen and Carl Moore's do it which is to at least not be a handmade to at least not help the lies along and just for our own well-being for our own consciences. You know one thing he says. There's something selfish at two because we want to be able to sleep at night. I I am often absolutely possessed of the conviction that at least the worst of them on Fox News and in Congress than you know Devon Nunez and Ratcliffe Finra and Sean Hannity no to a moral certainty that he's lying all the time you know it sounds pious but really how do you sleep nights. It feels Sara Mitch McConnell it feels deeply corrode and morally and we don't live in a place where you and I have to worry about our podcast but we do live in a place ace and arguably Solzenitsyn those didn't starting from around the seventies but we do live in a place where you know we there are ways to be <hes> complicit and you know even in a whatever you think about <hes> divine retribution it yells crappy to be investing in <hes> in in something that you know is is false intriguing American people with contempt I mean there is a basic part of the trump project that really does seem to me to be treating his base with contempt calling out their worst angels and line to them about what he provides but I just mean the straight out factual. You know well it it. It does personally. I would feel like crap if I were working for that kind of that administration you know I'd worked with Bill Barr who was an honest straight up guy and I knew him to be a a rock rib conservative as you say there's no getting around around when he came out and characterize the Miller report that it was fall. You know that was that assessment. Just stand up. He had to know it a and you know a to bill. I mean absolutely does everyone who comes into this. Guy's orbit get ruined whether it's whether you're people have strength ranks or not and maybe there are different hypotheses. This episode is brought to you by Ernest listeners can get one hundred dollar cash bonus when you got a private student loan at Ernest. Dot Com slash trump cast sending your kids to college is a dream but helping them navigate student loans can be he wait for it. A nightmare ernest is here to help with fast and easy private student loans. 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We know that there's on top of everything not just a dishonest sky but a madman right a toad doesn't know the first thing about anything has the codes but what's it in you know in five years. We'll these CRAYTON's be crawling rolling out in saying oh I was really against them all the while and I knew how bad he was the Paul Ryan phenomenon the vast apparatus and the Republican Party say yes yes. We really need to have a lot of work to do to rebuild our democratic institutions screw you for helping. But how do you think it's GonNa look in in histories aw blends okay you were talking about people's immortal souls or this secular version of that how how they'll sort of answer the truth or feel about truth on their deathbeds and there are three people who've sort of made it clear that this is a genuine concern for them. One is Michael Cohen and his testimony that I thought it was extremely interesting interesting the second time he testified when he had that moment and this is in the news now but he had that moment with Elijah Cummings. I'm sure you remember having said you know the I way that he broke with Donald Trump is on the grounds that he's a racist and Michael Cohen is complicit as he can be with the organization action with the campaign with the Finance Chair of the Republican National Committee so he's his switch is absolute and it was very difficult and he's in jail for it anyway anyway racist so he said you know he was from this. Holocaust surviving family and how would he ever make it up to them that he had Dr Racist and Mark Meadows had a little showdown. I don't WanNa get distracting but this is back in the news because Mark Meadows is trying to tell us the booth trump and Elijah Cummings are not racist as if Elijah Cummings needed Israel to 'em and anyway so he hit a little showdown with meadows and then <hes> finally at the end you know alleged cummings was meant to give the get the last word right and he and hardy absolved meadows his racism 'cause he's father confessor alleged cummings. He's running and forgive me and then. And he told Michael Cohen and I'm feeling sentimental because I've just been thinking about car Moore's but he told him you know maybe this didn't happen to you. It happened for you and maybe you will learn something from this and I think Cohen's is almost filled with tears. You know he's paying if not quite the last full measure of devotion you you know for several years in jail for as he calls it lion from Mr Trump and he is having a reckoning and that was very interesting although the people above him which it was the whole reason for his reckoning are not no I know and clearly I mean he might spend his whole time nursing his wounds and planning revenge against the others that didn't suffer or trump then though Rudolph Guiliani and the New Yorker said you know. Is it going to be on his tombstone. I lied for Mr Trump Allied for trump he's worried too and and <hes> and then I should say Felix Sater. You know this is the most I've been waiting for his efflorescence to just break all over for a week. It hasn't quite happened Giuliani now. I'm wigging out a little and getting extravagant but he I mean the whole group. Look like sort of you know Egan Sheila Fantasy Equa corrupt pay with sharp teeth and nasty. I mean it looks like a kind of <hes> portrait of of a secular hell. Yes he got Sheila. I hope I have listeners caught that. That is the first time we've got not mentioned on the show in fantastic. I'm I'm really glad it's funny. Because you know the weeks march on and you have these either stories or crises do something DISA- man of love is Ratcliffe flying the you know now the what's Nadler's petition going to add to but we don't take much time except I guess in you know no in dining rooms and bars to like take three steps back and like what the fuck is happy you know living glass of us have on our minds the long long Connie Bruck profile of Ellen Dershowitz this week so you're a prosecutor but what it what has emerged in this time to me is the the enormous number of people who as Michael Cohen says you know life of Mr Trump said they lie for other people. That's their job right you know and Bulelani lies for Mr Trump and and Alan on Dershowitz lies for Mr Trump how do you let's say when lawyers go down different paths so you're in law school and when you go to defense criminal defense it's like a Koan or ultimately Giuliani started as a prosecutor and now I don't know what he does T._v.. Lawyer you start wanting to do the fireworks on television and the sort of defensive civil liberties or the fundamentalism about civil liberties that just tilts into libertinism and decadence. I mean it's really crazy. Now you know to see Alan Dershowitz saying the fifteen year old girl should that's not considered rape however old the the guy that could be consensual or isn't at least defacto octo- or de jure a rape so I guess my point is weird it. All these people come from people that would hoddle around Epstein or O._J.. Simpson people who just would lie to the end for other people or accountants that Fudge Steph or all these figures these enablers blurs that enable you know the illegitimate part of our culture and our our government and our financial system I just I've been astounded to see how many people have been making their livings lying for other people yeah well. We're they come from the flame was there in the president of the United States is inherently has flame and they are moths to it and I think that's the explanation for Dershowitz. I mean I'm very I strongly of the view. You know that lawyers a we we should not impugn lawyers for whom they choose to represent her. What are what arguments they make sort of in you know in general never and also I'll say that there should woods has has almost had this psychological proclivity for for for representing unpopular and if you think about it sexual in some way I remember he made his name with with pornography? I find that completely unexceptionable etcetera but Dershowitz though I've really had a very strong dispute going I've debate him several times now and he's taken. I truly bankrupt ridiculous legal positions that only one other person as far as I know is even advanced. He's come up in this podcast so so far it is Rudy Giuliani flip in anything and Dershowitz his views for sort of eminent although he's not a constitutional lawyer have been ridiculous Gillespie and at least one explanation for them have been the you know the desire to be to have a new O.. J. and B. Close to power. Obviously he's got <hes> he's a he's a psychologically complex. <hes> <hes> fellow I don't want to you know I I've heard his defense of the of the the charges that the model made and I think it would be very unfair to convict him of those without more but my brief with him is all about his really bankrupt grubbed intellectual pro-trump positions and how does he come to take them. I it's hard to believe that there are good faith assessment of the marriage so now now we have again part six a of the phenomenon of people being corrupt when they get around Donald Trump's sometimes because he's president sometimes times you know because of the force of his personality there are different versions of it but man as you say it's a long long line of willing victims uh-huh. I mean these these guys you know Bill Bar may well. I don't have this. It was kind of funny. I don't have this home air view where I care what people say about me after I'm dad you know but they this is what they are going to say about him. After his dad this formerly universally respected guy that that he was he was just just a political doormat full as the attorney general of the United States for for president trump who would have thought that he would have been different to that. This episode of trump cast is sponsored by luminary. 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DOC LINK SLASH TRUMP CAST for two months a free access luminary dot link slash trump cast cancel anytime terms apply back to defense lawyers who still puzzle me. I didn't go to law school but I was enchanted. I think like a lot of young people with Clarence Darrow's book attorney for the damned and it did seem in the heyday of well kind of scopes type or sort of progressive under represented seemingly sort of morally compromised in a Christian idiom a conservative world by the moral majority of figure like scopes. You just thought I would be able to defend him and humiliate some parochial Jokiel superstitious William Jennings Bryan and I can imagine you know someone like Dershowitz coming up with that same idea of romance but to call the devil's advocate is not quite right or to say he's attorney for the damned. I mean you know he likes to take these unpopular clients but so everybody wanted to work for O._J.. Get Part of the O._J.. GRAVY train everybody you know even surprising as you say bill bar seems willing to be a pit bull or life of Mr Trump we've seen plenty the of mcgann and so forth like willing to get their reputation in tatters for him but in any case it's not as though they're just scoundrels or their noble people who no one will defend. I mean how defense attorneys Dahlia lift is that this too turned into not just defending the accused but actively looking for loopholes durshwitz has this thing about if you can get an abortion than sex with you is not rape and that's what he's now saying about fifteen year old girls it's almost as though he's like Scouting Territory Tori in the law for criminals. Where can we find as they say in business white space exploit for you and what it how does that happen because you you were idealistic? You must have been drawn a little bit to the Clarence Darrow figure in fact. I used to think prosecutors where the bad guys Ya. That's actually true true. That was the mindset I had when I went to law school and this is probably not going to be a good topic to <hes> to close on let's get through. I'm glad you said to cause because I'm basically how did I see the idealism in that. Look you taking on a reviled client now now. Now I do think Dershowitz gets has over gets over starry about the romance of this and you know there's a vanity there and it's the same kind of vanity and they just want him in the action which is my best guess about why he does it but he's doing a crappy job when you make crappy arguments like that but the sense taking on a reviled the most revived client and making the most tenuous but you know the laws that which is plausibly asserted and boldly coldly maintained. I mean the argument I find completely consistent with the idealism in the in the law so I'm skipping that that way it's just the arguments you're a two things about with. That's a really crappy argument that will subject his client to complete contempt as it should and to yeah there is something a little weird going on with their wins that all his swashbuckling adventures seem to involve especially you know ah sexually despicable people but you know I don't see it as an A little bit leopold so he didn't darrow defend Logan Leopold. I believe so but those that's certainly only example what we're what we're talking about. Maybe closer to yeah he did <hes> those are maybe closer to someone who would have been Dershowitz clients rich rich boys who wanted to be above the law so narrow wasn't best. He wasn't just with the lepers but also it. It's he's Dershowitz. Come pretty far. You're not just anyway from leprosy calmly doing that <hes> ridiculous as a lawyer that's bad but it's is not simply because he defends reviled p okay. I like that because I just WanNa push this and keep talking about religion. I'll also say I do think there's a little little bit with him. Reading this profile hadn't realized quite how Orthodoxy grown up quite a few kosher at in law school and so on it seems sometimes like he's putting an era of one of those a little wires around the communities of these very rich men where they're allowed to break the law in this specific place that he that Dershowitz has cut out for them like like like eating pork and Chinese restaurants exactly yeah you have the Chinese restaurant exception all right last question and just go to town on this I have I found you know periodically one sort of hate one figure in the trump orbit more than others and I tossed and turned over Manafort for two years I think but now it's bar I just that guy. I can't as you say I can't fathom how he changed but I didn't know him before but how not even worrying about his obituary anything anything. How did he bring himself to use the word collusion that press conference to misrepresent the work of Bob Muller so much that it was like a desecration secretion now that we know that Muller is not the totally robust thinker he once was like most of us he will in his seventies? He's seeing some some decline. It just seems even more surprising that bar would run run roughshod over the results of you know a very carefully rendered if imperfect affect document and <hes> and do everything he could to fit it into a trump tweet and what the hell yeah how how this is a question of some honest pain <hes> for me. Let me just say my you know <hes> circle of Hell Public Academy number two or even one is not easy but Mitch McConnell but but it's totally fair question on <hes> bar because on top of everything else I am here to tell you I worked with him. Strong stand up smart funny yet. You know good guy in a <hes> in a in a sort of you know want want him in the foxhole which I guess he's got into the wrong foxhole but I've thought deeply about this has for all all the reasons you say so you know I think of two hypotheses for I find no possible defense of my much admired previous boss that it's his own that he thinks he's telling the truth. I find I find that not possible so he's lying and that's a really serious thing to say and I have two hypotheses. It's been a combination one is he's a partisan. You know that's that was my explanation for the ill advised <hes> opinion writer but it's just I you know there are people I know I know you know three or four people whom I respect whose argument for Supporting Trump is oh my God yeah I know he's incredibly disgusting guide but I want you know cavanaugh and low taxes and and and will be okay and if you take that to the you know ultimate. It's just like Mike you WanNa you know then then you're you want Republicans so and that's one and then there's the the somewhat higher brow version of that which is and I know this to be true. He really does believe deeply in executive. Power sees it as the great <hes> advance of the Constitutional Convention Invention <hes> you know has kind of devoted his life to it you know and we're at a period now where very much because of trump himself <hes> there's a distinct possibility as say there was after Watergate of Oh real weakening of the institutional power of the executive branch those kinds kinds of reforms or an impeachment might have that effect and he sees itself as fighting as a broader institutional battle on behalf on the overall power of the executive but you know neither is faintly excusable. It seems I mean I mean in general for him and all the actors we have things playing out onto levels wanna sort of raw practical one Nancy Pelosi will it be good for the Democrats rats to go impeachment. Will it be how will it be for the people in the moderates in red districts and those kinds of inquiries and then there's just the my God <hes> you know the sort of moral moment that were at and the I know this is kind of of <hes> you know fuddy-duddy idiot or goody goody <unk> but you know how can you really not take stock of it and and respond in some way to the far deeper challenges and affronts to democratic institutions so far is one who's come up with an answer to that question one thing I do not think it is. I don't think think he like many other. Figures has just been cowed by trump. I I still can't believe that in which of course in some ways is worse but I also I've tried hard to think of the argument why it's just a really principled political intellectual disagreement and I can't again there so that Israel so those of us. Maybe everyone who is taken sort of an interest in Jeffrey Epstein on the side of this has tracked attract this weird it's like we for so long followed or I did Stanley on Dunham and and Barack Obama senior and thinking like that as the trajectory of American Life Life right like how how fascinating that Hawaii was and then you know getting to New York and Harvard and so on <hes> but now we have other lives that were sort of tracking other twentieth century lies and Bars Father Donald Barr gave Jeffrey Epstein his first break at prestigious Dalton school and that is the kind of odd ominous story that leads to bear stearns which of course collapsed and some figure ace Greenberg whose son went to Dalton the only reason to evoke at least how kind of Byzantine this is is is to point out that there is. I'm having to admit to myself a kind of Overman class here where you know you're Jeffrey Epstein and somehow you're a hustler from coney island with no education and Somehow Donald Bard whose later fired for you know being authoritarian authoritarian essentially adult falls in love with or decides is some kind of galaxy brand and he needs to hire him and then ace Greenberg makes the same decision at bear stearns earns and he's enabled right and left and less Leslie Wexner and so on and then I feel like bar inherits from his father who converted to Catholicism. I don't know what that was about up. He inherited from his father and idea of a kind of overman that they're these certain people and Dershowitz argues us to essentially who get to live in a special L. space bars own work was about you know how he needed to be this kind of grueling disciplinarian unless it came to you know Libertine Jeffrey Epstein who you know he led do anything he wanted and then we have barred kind of making the same case unitary executive that we just need these extremely powerful leaders especially if as they are Donald Trump yes but now he's thought it through. I think you're totally right. It's kind of you know since we're. I'm being completely pretentious in this whole conversation but I I'm call it kind of a neat she and view some intellectual pedigree but the interesting thing is look think about Don mcgann. We you know we've we've. I've we've always posited there. Were Establishment Republicans who sort with trump temporarily but understood that trump was an idiot and they would eventually eventually think about their own future like mcgann who would be such a valuable witness because he wouldn't burn his bridges and those guys are kind of meritocracy and then I mean the thing about trump and his immediate circle as they really are good fellow types not simply because they're criminals but also because they they ain't got the class. Ask people don't respect trump or never did before he he doesn't have even the Jeff Epstein traditional achievements. He's you know he's he's really considered vulgar lger and low class which is in that way of looking at it but but but somehow part of his triumph though it doesn't seem to satisfy personally he seems to have an insatiable insatiable hunger Ford is he has co-opted a fair part of this cohort of professional establishment in a way achievement Republicans who do his bidding even though it they it may well not serve their long-term interests of them I think can you feel bar son of two professors and a you know he's he's got the you know he said thoughtful <hes> person with if and when an intellectual worldview which is much more than you can say for you know most of the rascals around trump and trump himself unless you you know it's just brand building. They're going to be a lot of sorting out. You know what all this means when I mean there we we won't have an a probably a Nuremberg but we'll have some other their way of sorting out. You know I got it now. Because what a flip in shame the image that has been a couple of weeks is the last <hes> frame of Raiders of the Lost Star. I thought this would always be the worst abomination but I never thought it would happen but we are really looking at at not. Knowing knowing I know are both sensitive to how things end but we have to leave it there on the dark note. My guest today has been Harry Littman. He's a Washington Post columnist former Amer U._S. Attorney and D._O._J.. Official he also teaches constitutional lot U._C._S._D. and U._C._l._A.. He also is the executive producer and host of the talking Fed's podcast. Thanks for being here Harry. Thanks Virginia good talking to you. That's it for today's show. What did you think fire up your favorite browser and and let us know on twitter page eight? The show is at real trump cast and why stop there. You know what's next go over to sleep dot com slash trump cast plus lesson. Put Your money where your ears are become a slate plus member. 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I'm very shitty heffernan so we are off to divine barrett's on our jet-set tour tour today and i feel like i've twenties glamour girl in wide legged pants and a flapper haircut i feel like zelda fitzgerald and it's going to be fucked me daba and extra <hes> and soignes to hear from my guest eli struggles about the bronze beauties and debonair roulette players discussing politics and art in high tones and oh. This is barrett's with donald trump in it. That's right ally white house reporter at the the l._a. Times m._s._n._b._c. political analyst got to go to bar. It's to join the press pool reporting on g seven but the fly in the banda sola was the fake tan galut who holed up in his room rage tweeting the whole time he was in france the president of the united states whom the pool was there to cover but not it's not like laugh. Calls was missing from the event. Ally paints a picture of the summit using lovely plant at least brushstrokes as one where sophistication shen embodied by president macau one out briefly over the brutal crudeness and savagery of donald trump ally welcome back to trump cast back act so you're back from barrett's and before we go into bad barrett's. You got to be in this like f scott fitzgerald paradise. What was it like every now and then you have a moment moment where you say okay. This job doesn't suck it was great. Don't my bosses. I have to get there on thursday because they shut down the airport on friday. There was shut down albert g seven flights heads of state coming in from other countries so i said hey i gotta go two days early because otherwise you can't get there even though obviously trains so i got there thursday afternoon. Trump didn't get there till saturday afternoon in those two days. Were were really quite pleasant. Sitting on the beach is what i picture just like the height of class it or or is it has it turned into monte carlo with casinos and whatever else there is a casino because i know that because that's where they served the press launch <hes> in the filing area was actually in the casino and our buffet was down. <hes> just passed through let tables but it's not the same vibe i don't think as monte carlo you can sort of feel feel the granddaughter of the fifties and sixties but it's a little faded <hes> sunbaked at this point and it was kind of felt like a low key little surf village. I'm not gonna even ask if there were like slot machines and blinking lights because i want to pretend it's grace kelly and james bond playing roulette cl- like you know elegant can't gambling games. Tell me otherwise the other thing is to go into the heart of the matter. I wonder if the beauty and semi sophistication keisha at least nostalgia we have for you know fifties and sixties jet set before it was globalism. If that actually biases you going into it because as you think macron has brought us to beautiful baratz sense that everyone is <hes> you know kind of high level diplomats. You know i have to say when trump was talking about bringing everyone to miami endure al to his own estate. I was like oh god. America just keeps embarrassing itself. We know he says beautiful miami near near the airport for heaven sakes. You guys are there in barrett's. You must feel sort of europe ilic well. Yeah i guess so and i i don't know what <hes> the president president was feeling. He was probably the first person to ever stay at the hotel. Du palais which is the old princesses summer spot this just really regal baroque huge villa right on the ocean. I'm sure the president was the first person to ever sit there and stay in his room and tweet after watching fox news. Boris johnson even told other reporters that he <hes> went out and took a swim in the ocean and swim around iraq but you know anyway i don't. I don't know what was on trump's mind. <hes> <hes> how much he got carried away with the scenery it seemed pretty obvious being there that <hes> you know we know he's a big consumer of of the press coverage wjr of his administration and read all the reports previewing the g. seven that were describing him fairly accurately as the outlier in the <hes> mhm as the kind of problem child of the you know all the leaders of these industrialized democratic countries and he was determined to do not play into that characterization he was determined to be on good behavior and to continue to criticize the media for perpetuating that narrative and saying repeatedly look. We're getting along. We we agree on this and he was really glossing over obvious disagreements on a number of things they disagreed at the welcome dinner saturday night vehemently over whether to reinstate russia into the g seven <hes> they obviously have differences on climate trump skip the climate session on monday. They have differences over iran. Trump was pretty nonplussed <hes> to put it nicely about the foreign minister of iran showing up on sunday afternoon renew and yet when he spoke publicly when he sat down for the bio lattes with ongoing mirko or justin trudeau or when he was at his press conference at the end with macron he was is intent on sort of papering over all the daylight between him and the other leaders and just saying look. We get along so well. Everything's great we mostly agree agree and and really you know we've seen him go to these <hes> summits before and play at the other way. We saw him threatened to pull the u._s. Out of nato last summer in brussels <hes> we've seen him really determined to make a summit about himself. <hes> this was not that so much and macron in a way sort of box dachshund macron was surprising him mccrone was waiting for him at his hotel. When he arrived on saturday. No one was expecting that he and trump had a lunch for an hour and a half just by themselves. <hes> also made it so that at the welcome dinner that night none of the advisors were really allowed to be around the principal so that enabled <hes> <hes> a more free flowing conversation ensured that trump wouldn't be influenced by other advisors <hes> and that he would be in a group where basically macron had <hes> more people on his side on issues like iran or climate <hes> and so it was really interesting. How trump kind of boxed himself in by i saying okay. I'm not gonna play the type. I'm going to show people that we all get along <hes> and so there were no outbursts partly because trump decided they weren't going to be and also the the way mccrone <hes> setup thing and you know had some cards that he didn't show <hes> until you know trump showed up the g seven started rolling it made for i guess in the moment a kind of less contentious meeting than certainly what we saw a year ago in quebec when trump left and and then in a fit <hes> over some comments that trudeau had made at a press conference tweeted from air force one that he was taking his signature off of joint communique. I mean this year. You know macron made it clear at the beginning. There's not even going to be joint communique because it was sort of a recognition of look. There's you know this we don't agree on everything and rather than enabling labeling that to be there and be a question that hovered over the entire thing will trump signed the communicate. What will it say mccain. Just took it off the table from the very beginning and said we're not going to bother with this and so it was just one less thing for trump to be kind of an unknown unpredictable variable with those just different. That was our a preview. Aren't you compelled to hear more. You can just sign up for slate plus at slate dot com slash trump cast plus to listen to the full episode sewed and get podcasts without ads that slate dot com slash trump cast plus.
Trump Presses for Schools to Reopen, Takes Dig at Fauci
"President trump wants to push forward with reopening the country and today he was pushing back on comments made by his infectious disease expert. Dr Anthony Fauci. Who warned against reopening schools in the falls Steven Portnoy? The president shrugs off the risk of the virus in children's country coming back to the schools close and it said very little very unusual situations had very little impact on young people as he appeared alongside the governor of Colorado and North Dakota. Mr Trump was asked about the inflammatory syndrome now being reported by doctors in seventeen states but he signaled. He was aware of the possible risks to children as urged the reopening of schools and students. It's really said. Just take a look at the statistics. Pretty Amazing Steven Portnoy. Cbs News Washington.
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This process is as streamlined as stream that went from the prostitutes trump paid too how about that one Dan I mean what a world we live in there we're not dealing with good people still haven't seen Congress take any action on artists How do you think we should deal with this reimportation question Mr Trump American first biggest figuring out why Iran deal opponents hired foreign spies to stock Americans who were in government think that would be an interesting topic for them to look into don't give them you just gotta you gotTa understand goes by instinct that'll be one billion dollars crooked ziprecruiter dot com slash credit you'll stay Mr trump gotta go so Michael Cohen is not smart in the world of hiring it's not smart to post a job in hope that the right of nut smart things going on in the world right now I would say Michael Kohn calling up Novartis and saying hey give me cash I'll give you influence and Novartis is like Hey Buddy that's the deal don't say it out loud you fuck it up for everybody one million thank you. 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Erica I'm Jon Favreau I'm Dan Pfeiffer today on the cloud we're talking midterms and polling with the whiz kid himself friend of the pod Harry Denton of CNN also in pod save the world this week people see it and apply it's not smart to do that it's like pulling a Michael Cohen you know how many forgot his line efficiency I like it no bites them to apply for your job just matches people use that technology match people up with jobs it's going to be so much so much smarter than Michael Kahn then review should've people love Ziprecruiter that's why eighty percents of employers who post on ZIP recruiter get a quality candidate through the site in just one day see for yourself whites the smartest way to hire try it for free today Komo I look here's the thing about Donald trump you gotta understand he shoots from the hip he's a guy that does what he thinks his best he's got a you know look he's not the one of these Washington types stitches trump went to greet them in the middle of the night when they came back at Andrews and then he gave this very bizarre quote we WanNa thank Kim Jong Un i no one's doing anything it's probably because Paul Ryan's flying around the country taking thirty million dollar checks right middle in the middle of the grey areas of our campaign finance law from Sheldon doesn't so he's pretty busy yeah he's also spending a lot of time aiding and abetting Devon Unisys cover up of trump's crime so you know there's only so much so many hours in a day for Paul Ryan like that Dan Yeah I mean also like acting like this I mean you know the Obama Administration Eh before we get into everything else there was obviously some news today Kim Jong Hoon released three American news I am four diplomacy as the best path to solving this challenge the devil presidents of both parties for many years like you said there's a lot of work to do dream has done this before has released hostages to Americans I think that so far you know we've said this before it's good that Donald Trump is going to talk with Kim Jong Hoon that Donald Trump and Kim Jong UN would be meeting in Singapore on June twelfth that is the big summit so you know hopefully there's good outcome there but if you tried to pick one to go to a summit with Kim Jong UN to try to achieve world peace and get rid of nuclear weapons I think Donald Trump would be at the very bottom of who was really excellent to these three incredible people was he excellent to these people that he kidnapped and then put into forced labor camps for couple of years on anything or taken any steps that in his not taken before in prior administrations in prior years so I believe today they announced assoc maybe keep the Nobel on ice as someone who supports diplomacy I would probably prefer that we sent someone to the meeting who can answer the question how to get Hello Mrs good we believe in diplomacy we did when we were in the Obama Administration we do today but I think it's important to recognize that so far North Korea has not obviously lots to unpack here but what was your first reaction to all of this news my first reaction was I had to go home Wednesday night or Tuesday night and secured the release of two hostages from North Korean twenty fourteen Bill Clinton did before him like this is this is something that happens Kim Jong Un has done this before the North Korean payoff stormy Daniels had more than one purpose essential consultants LLC I believe is the first time the word essential has been used in connection with Michael Cohen was multiple news outlets and we know it's true because the Treasury Department has launched an investigation into how oven Nadi Got Coen's financial records Dan for a couple months shirt sherve you ignore the kidnapping that he was great I mean look less I say it is great that these people are home whatever ever donald this maybe would you say West or Donald Trump probably kind you west probably Kanye West it's a close call yeah but anyway use the same scale company you use your Porn Star Payoff Hush Slush Fund to run your sketchy pay for play access Sally Emergency Bonus addition segment of last week's pod that we had to ditch because NBC got the story wrong so finally get to jokes The the big question at the heart of all of this is still you know will Kim Jong UN give up his nuclear program his nuclear weapons read for two hours to figure out what the fuck happened because I didn't pay much attention to the news that day and it's a lot to pick through I mean it really there is so much This information appeared in detailed seven page document that was posted on twitter by stormy Daniels camera shy lawyer Michael Noddy the information was later confirmed by temper or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo do that Kudos to them Kudos to them thank God their home than God for their families yeah the district New York could seize them at the end of the day I mean it is it's pretty my mother called burner phones Michael Cohen this content you're getting right here from the sure there is so much happening there is so there's like the web is so tangled with bad players it sort of brings together central money laundering just rank corruption and pay for play Russian oligarchs providing money and consulting business so rule number one and flush funds no double dipping yes exactly I mean this is the same level of Lazy Stupidity Russian Angle There's an investment firm called Columbus Nova which is the American subsidiary of Renova Group which is a Russian conglomerate founded by a Russian North Korea from South Korea but we don't go to diplomacy with President we choose we go with the president we have I guess or something yeah again I mean three hundred plus million people in this country sure Dan Victor Excel Berg was stopped at Dulles airport months ago and questioned by Robert Muller's investigators last month the Treasury Department places also us to accept massive payments from giant telecom companies drug companies in Russian oligarchs who wanted access to the president of the United States just your standard stuff you're dealing with criminals but we are not dealing with criminal masterminds because the whole point of a shell company that you create is to create some distance for yourself so then you probably shouldn't the end at some point I I recognize that everyone is innocent till proven guilty that we should be skeptical entity and yet RENOVA group the Russian conglomerate listed on their website as one of their companies Columbus Nova is lawyer has run afoul of the law Dan yeah it's amazing this week we learned that the slush fund he created so the Donald Trump stop trying to make new and and that we don't have any evidence that he'll do that yeah I think that's exactly right the fact that this meeting is happening or is planned at least is very good oligarchy with close ties to Putin named Victor Vicksburg he was also colossal Columbus Nova also paid Cohen Eight installments ambiguously a good thing that's good I'm not sure Donald Trump needed to give Kim Jong Sung a five star rating on Airbnb at the end of this but so be it coincidence of Russians who interfere in the election having deep personal and financial ties to trump maybe maybe it's just a coincidence that it happened to be the oops why was an investment firm doing that why are they controlled by a Russian oligarch why did they spend five hundred thousand dollars on Michael Cohen's essential consulting services stories in the paper over the weekend that were the incredible investigative reporting about the fact that trump at a time of incredibly low interest rates. I think the other thing here is it does like Michael Cohen sort of Zada stone to trump's crimes because as you sort of dig into this you're dealing with he Lazy stupid criminality that led Michael Come in to have many burner phones you could use to make secret calls and then forget to throw them away so that the Russian oligarch was looking for the best most essential consulting services available to America and he scoured the waterfront looking talking to all the big players and he would he it is November of two thousand seventeen and when you go there now it says other websites under construction we also know the Columbus Nova the came down to the end after this rigorous unbiased search was that Michael Cohen was the man to do this nebulous worked for him may it's it's pretty wild totaling five hundred thousand dollars between January and August of two thousand seventeen of Nadi suggested that the money may have helped cover the hundred thirty thousand dollars stormy Daniels payment we don't know that subsidiary which is an investment firm for some reason spent twenty sixteen in two thousand seventeen registering websites for white supremacists and all right good and why was this all done in time period right before the election and ended in the summer of two thousand seventeen right when the sanctions debate stopped what what's going on list after we have taken a step back from when we sent Dennis Rodman Martin's skrilje Donald Trump pushes there's not devin nunes I mean that's your next line here's hoping complaining I'm already looking as thankfully zipper call she can't handle it stupid activity crimes corruption you really have to step back and sort of figure it out I'd say a couple of things about this one it is pretty clear once again that we on her main John you're so cynical about the behavior of Pi really affiliated oligarchs I just I don't know I don't know it's so in addition to taking half a million from Russian oligarchs and buying the silence of the president's mistresses essential consulting was also a massive pay to play slush fund sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed but let's not be naive about what is happening here is so at and T. was trying to push merger through and fight net neutrality rules so they paid off Cohen a big drug company called Novartis heard that trump promised to lower drugs you said but we have donald trump so let's roll the dice and see what we get Okay let's talk about let's talk about Michael Cohen it seems as though the president's lying to purchase some sort of influence and access you hearing from a lot of season Washington hands and reporters who've been around the block and prices so they paid off Cohen I guess first of all how common is this because you know there is this relationship in DC where a lot of companies yeah and there's a couple of other interesting points here you know that there are a little worried about this because Columbus Nova said through an attorney that it was never owned by Foreign Cohen would basically go round to big corporations with business before the government and promise them access to Donald Trump and his advisors in exchange for large sums of money pay people they believed to be close to a president to sort of get advice and it falls short of the legal definition of lobbying but it's clearly fucking crazy that's what it is so obvious what is going on here and it is but we can't say it and we have to dance around it it's like the the most expensive lobbying firm that they hire it's nothing compared to what they paid Michael Fucking Cohen for one that's that's that is so that that's alarming or at least suggest something untoward second the wheel if not just overlook the fact that like there is this great era between Oh we know that he has been looking into essential LLC and looking at these payments months ago we only know now because of Avenue Party but but Muller's known all of this for a long long time inste- who instead of instead of borrowing money decided to break with all real estate practice and just pour massive amounts of cash of unknown origin plot quote unquote lobbying is done in Washington apparently it's apparently it's way way more than Novartis paid any of their lobbyists so you look through all their lobbying records and even what Muller knows and we usually know it much later than what when Muller found out so we know from all these reports that Muller was questioning this Russian oligarch months ago this is this is why the trump bins such a lunatic ever since the offices ready because he knows that all the bodies are buried here yet so let's unpack within let's start with oh I think to say that Nevada was who ended up paying one point two million dollars I believe over time that is an amount of money for one individual that is pretty unheard of and how because yes there are a lot of people who go around in oversell their access to pretty naive corporations and foreign entities about what they're CBS which means they don't have to disclose things and they've sort of live in this sort of the shadows of the DC influence game if some of these reports are true that on a list of Russians who've been sanctioned for interfering in our election quite a coincidence that he's involved now yes I mean maybe maybe it's yet another because that would somehow violate some normal journals it is pretty clear what is going on here the only question is will Bob Muller or the US attorney from New York able to find but at some point the the mountain of coincidences get so tall that you just have to acknowledge that there are more there is an incredible he was almost certainly lobbying in violation of law now on the list of crimes Michael Cohen is alleged to have committed violating the lobbying registration failing to register as lobbyists what trump what Cohen was promising with specific meeting specific access to deliver on a specific request of the of these clients then trump no about what Cohen was doing was trump getting any money himself knowing that trump doesn't like when aids you know or how close to him prophet off of him and usually likes to take a cut on his own there's a lot of questions about whether trump a knew about this and be was getting money himself into real estate properties while his son was saying that in an interview that all the Rut money came from Russia and we don't say what money laundering like no one could say that a political intelligence in share it with companies but then but don't technically advocate for a specific policy or advocate on behalf of the client and therefore they don't have to register as is probably pretty small but it is a crime and we should not overlook moderately significant crimes from close associates of President States in a normal world that would be sells their internet isn't free any more and you know these people can't afford to pay a bribe to some dumb shit mobster lawyer who's friends with Donald Trump Dan and it's become so fucking comical at this point that now we have in the trump administration the biggest companies in richest assholes they can't afford to make huge donations to pay politicians and that's the government right now and to me that seems like that's something the Democrats can go out there and run on so that seems like that's you know that's the trump liability it also a larger political question here which is how drained is this fucking swamp right like on the outskirts of lobbying that should is unregulated that should be really regulated which is basically strategic consulting where people with large networks and great connections get a policy narrative with an argument around the characters and values of who you're running against and that is not doesn't mean has to all be about trump but what is in this this this president you know up until the weeks before the election was talking about Hillary Clinton being bought off and draining the swamp in Washington because one of the overly simplistic critiques of the Democratic Message in two thousand sixteen was who focus too much on trump's personal foibles and not enough on policy and to me there is some merit to that to that point for sure but the it is not it's a false choice where you have to leave it's like it's all happening before our eyes and it's amazing yeah it's a long and it's also it's also important to note that we always know a fraction of full amount of questionable conduct illegality criminality that's at the root of all of this there are just too many coincidences for this to be a coincidence it says something about what is happening in Washington why we need change Democrats are the changes time which we were not last time so we can more enthusiastically graphs that change mantle ganic deal and it should be here too and we can't just sort of poo poo it because that means he's not guilty of treason or conspiracy against the United States or the other crimes that people as you may have committed yeah talk about Democrats and what the media is already covering and to me this Michael Cohen pay to play slush fund scheme is the able to deliver and so that does happen but what is different here is a couple of things one the amounts of money were talking about are pretty extreme right canvassers saying to people the doors in the funds right like what what is that narrative can be I were a little twist around the axles a party biggest intersection we've seen yet it is a scandal that will be covered on television that will be covered in the Washington media that people are GonNa be talking about on twitter and Democrats can get into that eh point where Democrats are communicating and paid messaging digital or television to voters. That's how you know what the real message of the campaign is not what the and is it a coincidence that Donald trump who ran promising to lower the cost of prescription drugs hasn't done shit about lowering the cost of prescription drugs yet meanwhile people are out there errative by saying Yeah Big Drug Company pays off Michael Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars to get quote unquote insights about the administration and all messages how does the corruption affect people's lives and I think you can get the tax cut in there you can get healthcare in there and it seems to me it's all part of a peace breath that's exactly right and I would say the media is going to focus on Russia stormy Daniels those sorts of things and they probably should on Tuesday's pod you know Democrats if they had their druthers maybe they'd spend all day talking about issues like healthcare and the tax cut but the Elta between this very important news story and what voters may be most interested in and because the information that is being put like we are looking at essentially the greatest scandal in American political history happening right before our eyes and it should be covered the problem is there is just a is the information they can take the people that is new information they can move people who were either undecided about who vote for or were undecided about whether to vote and way the media is and so we have to figure out where there is an intersection between the policy issues that we want to talk about and the message that we wanted more about collusion about Russia about trump's Russia connections is two things one it's telling people information they probably already made a decision on oh there's a legal question which is how much legal trouble is coming in which you just talked about and also is trump liable as well Those questions are did I guess I guess Republicans got their money's worth from the tax cut because now they have thirty million dollars to help elect candidates I would make one point on this which this is how fucked honestly what they're saying on twitter and now it's Kinda shocked people like what is what is GonNa be the narrative their campaign that they're gonNA spend money to communicate voters what are their volunteers can just pay off Republicans to get tax cuts and special favors while most people's premiums are going up cost to their prescription drugs going up eighteen tease jacking up their phone bill table to do in two thousand sixteen yes that's right I think that the top line message for Democrats here is change which we can run on now because we didn't you know we're not running with happening in Washington is All tied together we've been saying this for a long time the argument from Democrats should be you're running against the chaos in the corruption in Washington Wall Street up our campaign finance laws are which is Paul Ryan went to the meeting made the case for why Republicans needed to be elected same sheldon Adelson whose company recorded six hundred seventy million dollar income tax windfall from the Republican Tax Law in the first quarter so walked out of the room so his staffer from the SUPERPAC kits make the specific Asa Sheldon Adelson for the money because Paul Ryan is not legally it's one of the biggest costs people's faces prescription drugs especially senior citizens I think you can't just talk about the corruption in a vacuum and we said this a million times but the undisciplined about making sure that every piece of communication that emanates from your campaign or your person is about what you know voters care about and that's that is what separates tied in with a message against this level of corruption is awesome an agenda reform a reform agenda run on and then you have like literally phonebook remembers what a phone book was of Data Points to point that backup so I think that's what they should coen thing one more example of that and we should use it because think yeah that's that's exactly right Donald trump ran as a populist reformer in his governed as a corporate as Crook and Democrats have to make that case and and that is where like as you think about where you should put your energy as a Democrat that's the way to do I think you're exactly right that finding an entry point to tie it to some of these things that are being talked about someone who's GonNa be the successor to an incumbent president who was there for two terms so that's the top line message to me this is getting in the media narrative to we talked about this a little bit you sent me the story that Sheldon Adelson just dropped thirty million dollars on the midterm elections to to give to Republicans this is the ever Democrats emerge from those primaries as the candidates to challenge the Republican general election they will have the resources they need to fight repub- how is important but also just you as a candidate control what comes out of your mouth you control what your ad say you control what you're lukens and Sheldon Adelson's thirty million dollars so incredibly important GATTACA dot com slash crooked eight and and donated rex in California where Hillary Clinton one but there's still a republican sitting in that seat plus demo new necessity because he's a fucking asshole scandal that maybe there's a Delta between that scandal and what voters actually care about and so Democrats are really gonNA need to get their message down and they're also going to need resources and if you're wondering what you can parts of America's brought to you by policy genius Mother's Day is on Sunday and what our gift to give your mother than the knowledge that her child has grown it doesn't get picked up in the news the media is going to be focused on these trump scandals from now until November and I don't think we can do anything about the fact that the media is going to be focused on these scandals they just are and so you could go to crooked dot com slash crooked eight and you can donate to these races so that On June Sixth California primaries June fifth on June sixth whoever he close and Democrats are still about fifty fifty to take back the house and now we're facing all this money were facing you know a a media that's GonNa be talking about like you said this is what we're up against in the midterms and it's not going to be easy and if you look at the and we're GonNa talk to Harry about this if you look at the generic ballot it's fat twelve year old hey you wanna never net about if you're looking for qualified candidates for Your Business Ziprecruiter the smartest way to hire so we know there it I was I was making some reporters the other day about this question like do you think Democrats are doing the right message and the answer is we don't know yet because we're not either decided that's Hashtag fake news and you don't care and you're going to do what you're GonNa do anyway or you've already decided that trump coup with Russia when we got to do something about that so you're supporting someone else so but ending citizens united campaign finance reform lobbying from ethics to be a part of it because this is fucking crazy it is it is a crime that it's not a crime and look and do you know we're putting up a video later today about The crooked eight remember crooked eight Dan the Kirk Eight is the seven distance great candidates from bad candidates win losing candidates and political environments like this yeah and I think another data point here that just came out today is that door knocker say is if you know the media's GonNa be focused on something that is not consequential to deciding the election in favor of then you have to be relentlessly fucking at the capital Grill Multiple Times saying this is just how things are done and that's kind of genre terrible that's kinda terrific but it's also not really true allowed to raise money for the Senate he and his code the meeting to everything other than ask for them and that is 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I Echo in the Mike and look for infirm her do you think that the other Senate Democrats who are up in two thousand eighteen are GonNa Follow Mansions lead I think on but today is different because today we're talking about milk is it as revolutionary as dropping pundit off at the office leaving her to Bark and then walking into an can cover it is used our health insurance yesterday at the dentist we have dental now who helped to the health insurance for spin thirty seven for some era that churns and so I I don't know why the Democrats would would be afraid of saying that they took us hard stance against towards most one of his most popular lines in two thousand and eight was the United States doesn't torture and we should end torture and it was an extremely popular stance thing for trump nominee will help you for into reasons one you will be spared nothing these people on the right do not give a fuck what your actual voting record is they will say that you know I have no doubt that she's has great qualifications and experience and all that other stuff but she was part of this and she hasn't full you know I said this about POMPEII which
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Showpiece in the Middle East: Trumps ultimate deal
"Hello and welcome to the intelligence on economist. Radio I'm your host Jason Palmer every Weekday Ed. We provide a fresh perspective on the events. Shaping your world last July. Our Middle East correspondent planned land. A seven day trip to Iran. He ended up being detained by authorities for seven weeks but he was curiously free to roam and discovered an Iran Ron that three decades of reporting had not revealed to him and in large swathes of America populations are slipping as birth rates and immigration decline line and that has calamitous economic effects. We head to Vermont. One of the state's ponying up and paying people to move in uh but I Today President Donald Trump is expected to unveil his long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East. I think we're GONNA make a deal that might be a bigger and better deal than people in in this room even understand three years in the making Mr Trump has called it. The ultimate deal but Palestinian leaders already said they'll reject it yesterday. Mr Trump held separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his rival in the upcoming Israeli elections and he gets alestinian leaders. Were not invited. Many have tried and failed to resolve. One of the world's most intractable conflicts. Mr Trump's bid might be more about politics than peace in five weeks. This time Israel will hold its third general election in less than a year after both Mr Netanyahu and Mr Gonz failed to form a majority coalition in parliament. More more than that though. The peace plan is a welcome distraction. Both Mr Netanyahu and Mr Trump or facing scrutiny at home the Israeli prime minister faces long standing corruption irruption charges and was seeking immunity from prosecution though. He denies wrongdoing. But today he said he would withdraw that just hours before a hearing in parliament that would have debated baited it. Meanwhile there are increasing calls for witnesses in the impeachment trial of Mr Trump in particular the testimony of John Bolton is former national security adviser both leaders will be glad to be seen to be busy playing to their bases and talking at least about statecraft. Donald trump ever since since he was elected as expressed his aspiration to deliver peace between Israel and the Palestinians as the great deal maker. He thinks that he can succeed. Where previous Davis Presidents have failed and favor is our Israel correspondent reporting from Jerusalem so of trump's closest advisors jared Kushner son alone special advisor as because because Israel leadership than other people close at trump have been interested in the Israeli issue for a long time and they've been very active in trying to put this plan together which we're expecting to be quite pro? Israel otherness detail and it spirit. Well how do you mean what sorts of things are you expecting will be in the plan so from what's been leaked so phone. It seems that the Americans Changing what has been policy of decades in which the entire West Bank which was occupied Beijing in nineteen sixty seven. We'll be the basis for a Palestinian state and parts of it is a will be allowed at least by the Americans to annex to extend sovereignty. Two parts where there are Israeli settlements including most of east Jerusalem and immature. The past ends will be allowed to have a state in isolated in claves estimated to be about half the territory that sounds like a lot of what the Israeli side of the negotiations would want. I mean what are the concessions for the Palestinians. Well they seem to be getting much concessions sessions but this is an interesting piece plan where one side of the conflict is not even being informed of the plan much less invited to Washington to discuss it. The the Palestinians haven't had any kind of meaningful relationship with the trump administration over two years since administration announced that it was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital from that point onwards any kind of engagement between the administration. The Palestinians ended since then the. US's ended nearly all of its financial support support for the Palestinian Authority close down the Palestinian representation in Washington as far as the Palestinians are considered plan is dead on arrival. They've already rejected it in advance and they won't take seriously any kind of proposal coming from the trump administration so what has been. The whole point of the exercise wasn't very good question. So Father Pontiac. Aside doesn't seem to be bringing peace between these raisin Palestinians seem to be bringing peace between the Israelis and the Israelis which is why the administration has taken this very off off the duck step of inviting not only Israel's prime ministers discuss it but also the leader of the opposition which raises the question of the timing of the enrolling. Is this connected to Israel's election we're just GONNA take taste in less than five weeks so in what way is there's a ploy to influence the election. If it's just sort of a unity game among Israeli's now has very staunch supporters amongst trump's inner circle and the fact that they've decided to unveil this he's plan before what is a very faithful election for Netanyahu's facing not just the third consecutive election which he may lose but also he's facing criminal charges the fact that they've decided to unveil it now just five weeks for the elections does look as if it's an attempt quite at a blatant attempt to hijack the agenda The election which until now has been about Netanyahu alleged corruption and make it about something totally different in which Netanyahu is seen gene to have an advantage is being a prime minister with a good relationship with trump I e this diplomatic plan which will influence Israel's future so they're trying to say to Israelis is look into now is the guy who has a good relationship with trump. You would be foolish to ditch him at this point and this is certainly the message into now is trying to present from the meetings things this week in Washington after three years of waiting for this. so-called deal of the century now seems to serve very few of the purposes that anybody had hoped for. I mean what will we make of it now. The deal itself would obviously be rejected by the Palestinian. So as a deal. It's a nonstarter but what is doing is creating a framework in which which things can continue on the ground in the occupied territories in the West Bank where there has been suggest fifty two years they facto situation of creeping annexation by Israel now now that the administration may recognize that would open the way for the Israeli government perhaps a futures ready government. Maybe even Ben against who while not being as right wing Netanyahu. Tokyo has been playing to the right wing in an attempt to gain more votes in the election. So the way we'll be open to annex at least part of the territory so the settlements perhaps the Jordan Golden Valley which many Israelis see as crucial security area. So all these things could change on the ground even without the Palestinians agreeing to them once administrations giving a green light right. But how can one side Cherry pick parts of proposal if the other side has rejected it. Outright Israelis will present this them agreeing to the trump plan and the Palestinians will be framed as rejectionists and therefore the Palestinians won't see towards a state while Israel will have an open path towards these. That is one of the potential implications of the plan so the plan is clearly unlikely to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians but it is a cynical ploy to influence the Israeli election. Do you think it'll work. It'll change voters minds. I'm not sure that this is going to sway voters that much. Vote is a quite sure who they're going to vote for. There's not much of a floating. Vote proportion right now. The planet has implications for American politics because a lot of Donald Trump's evangelical base is also very supportive of Israel annexing parts of the West Bank. It'll he'll certainly help him with part of that base but what. I think it was fascinating about this event that we've waiting for three years. Donald Trump's grand solution to the Israeli Palestine nine conflict. And what we're getting instead. Is something much more focused on helping both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu with their own internal political problems and will not do very very much to further the causes peace in the Middle East tour. Thank you very much for joining us. Thank you for having me Jason. The Israeli Palestinian peace deal is just one of the ways that president. Donald Trump has pledged to remake the world series of bold gambles on Iran China and North Korea might prove in the long run to worked out in his favor. But WE'LL MR trump's luck last on the economists new weekly podcast checks and balance hosts John Prideaux and a team of correspondents across the states and beyond examined the big themes shaping American politics. The first episode explores a pattern in Mr Trump's foreign policy which seems inspired by that of the seventh. US President Andrew Jackson people searching for passant in Donald Trump's foreign policy often describe it as Jax Sonya when he moved into the Oval Office. He brought her portrait of Andrew Jackson. With and by the way he was one of our great presidents you can see it in photographs. Donald Trump on the phone and his dance Jackson's in suffer because behind him. Resplendent blended in his red trim coat and his sweat back in an echo of the current president signature head to the global view on democracy. Accuracy in America listened to check and balance. Wherever you get your podcasts Seoul must about five people and to the lobby. That looks as if they're on a mission and some may with with Mr Palam. They handed me sheet of paper in Farsi and said it said was that Judge Gave Him Authority to question me for up. FORTY-EIGHT HOURS NICHOLAS PELHAM IS ECONOMISTS Middle East correspondent last July. He received a rare journalists visa to visit Iran on the day he was due to fly home. He was detained. was put into the car and shown a blindfold me. Said we'RE GONNA put this on you and so is blindfolded and we. We sped off at the airport. I was in between two people sitting on the side of me in the back seat. They drive over speed pretty foul speed round several roundabouts. I was only worried about these my sense of direction but hitting my had tried to reach out to steady myself by putting my hand on the seat in front my hands unto my sides it was. Yeah care I think by this stage I was not going to catch the flight. Nicholas has been reporting from the Middle East for more than thirty years. They've been to Iran multiple times before and knew the trip wasn't without risk and he had taken precautions consulting the embassy and his contacts in Iran. Before deciding thing whether to go this regime which at the best of times feels paranoid feels deeply suspicious about the intentions of the outside world suspects. Journalists are really spies vice and we talk. It's in the Pasta. Journalists have been detained. But I think that's how do this job we we step into known. We hope hype that we're GonNa come back with something which I wish nobody else is going to have. If you didn't take any risks in this job particularly reporting in in the Middle East you could probably I think this experience in Iran is recounted for the first time the the new edition of Eighteen. Forty three economists sister magazine. I was out of the car into another building which turned out to be a detention center somewhere in southern Tehran and it was then led to sell those a blanket and otherwise bestseller. The God pointed to I went over to pick out the blanket and the door was shut behind me. It's very strange I. Each individual move in itself is not huge alarming. It's the kind of the some of the experience is more intense than each individual's changing in the script royal condition and it's almost so incremental mental alarm is greater when you look back on it than the moment I several occasions suggests that I should have a right to see a lawyer and contact my embassy see but is made clear that is this game to end happily I should cooperate and at every step does a warning that if you think cooperating and up in in in prison they said you know what happens that you almost confirming the grim picture that The world has of imprisonment is Iran's largest prison. It's in the north of Tehran up on the mountain side. It's a pacers just completely cut off from the outside world you don't get consular visits your held in solitary confinement and and not so say whereas Gary Radcliffe British Uranian. Gio National is being held. Her face was in my mind. The fate of many other foreigners has some GIO national some not so so my mind it is not that uncommon for Iran detain foreigners when they end up in the country it is one of the tools they use of exercising pressure against the West. And it's one that they've been exercising quite frequently in recent years so yes I think one of the reasons actually even pretending this story is to remember those who still being held including Nazanin and not forget the plight I was incredibly lucky is treatable with on the whole with perfect gloves. Many are being held in much worse. Conditions the first night I was being targeted in the airport. The second day I was in detention center after at that point I was taken for three days to a safe house which I think was in an apartment hotel and then again I was moved once more. Blindfolds came on taken to another hotel. But but essentially it was a kind of a quantum leap in the conditions that Michelle being held in that she conditions. I've ever been in Tehran before the mornings would be taken out with interrogation question for the rest of the time. I was free to move around the city. I was not allowed to work. There was nobody to convert my every word. I presume that I was being followed. All the people listening on a phone in that I've been given by the authorities but I felt that I was after my in devices and that sort of like a unique experience in Tehran. On that I should try to. Ah The most of it here. I was just allowed to roam freely in Tehran and in many ways. This this is reporter's dream. You're heavily controlled. When you're when you're in Iran on the press visa you have somebody who's monitoring everything you say it's really hard to talk to people to get the sense of what okay thinking without the presence of the minder absolutely fascinating place it's so vibrant at say to the buzzing with fascinating conversation with There's been a splurgy. Cafes of opened across time which is packed with people to very uninhibited culture people readily strike up conversations in cafes. It's very very easy to make friends. There's some music everywhere you go every evening at the at the concert or going to play. They're almost as many plays on in Tehran around Iran in the West end of London buzzing place. And what I wanted to make the most of and I think initially I was I was the one who's doing the censoring. I was terrified of kind of what might be listening to my on my phone. I was leave it one hundred the caffeine gun toward people at the other end. It just seems that every conversation I had was end up in anti-regime rant was it was astonishing and I was terrified of the things that people wanting me does the fascination but there's also a fear that that this could be incriminating there's two wells in Can Iran. There's the virtual reality that you see on television. Which is kind of society which is controlled by clerics which is deeply religious very conservative respectful? All of the authorities. I'm which deeply likes the West. And then there's a real world of Tehran which is sort of Metro pass to all of these things that feels very cosmopolitan in case of the West I think Iranians are extraordinarily resilient. This isn't the first time they had to live under sanctions and pretty much. The history of the Islamic Republic since nineteen seventy nine. That's been living in some other war economy or Cold War economy for the past. Forty years is clearly chasing ties but at the time to make the most of the moment. ooh I think the condition that I was in the conditions that those who are outside trying to get me out thought I was in. We're not. There's quite a gap between them. I think when your hair and your name my wife and my colleagues went through enormous anguish about what I was suffering and much of the time. I didn't really feel I of his suffering a tool. I felt I was every time I'd get a cool. Botany was very grateful that there are people outside to catch me. And we're doing that. This will also felt as if I was being sort of hold back from from discovering move this this kaleidoscope of kind of fun loving people who are living in really hard and times by because of the people ruling over them and because of the sanctions that are upon them from inside but some has scraping through not just scraping through but really living life to its full. I suppose there's a there's an element of any oppressive version where you didn't know what tomorrow brings while I was in Tehran. I didn't know what tomorrow came to bring. I didn't know whether I was going to end up in Wien prison or whether I was going to get unless it's Kinda Kinda strange sense of the almost liberation captivity. Addison Wonderland World which I'm going to look back on and say that I had a taste of it. I will always want to get back. I'm not sure that decision and is going to be mind if it was a tomorrow. Nicholas Pelham tells the extraordinary story of his seven weeks in Iran in the new edition of Eighteen. Forty three you communists. Sister magazine subscribe to eighteen forty three at economist dot com slash eighteen. Forty three offer. And you can hear his story telling on economist asks our interview podcast to across America populations are dwindling eighty percent of counties lost adults in the decade of the twenty seventeen and that is bad news local economies. The scale of the decline is new. Thanks to aging workforce falling fertility rates and less immigration the drop is particularly clearly sharp in the Midwest and the Northeast Vermont however has found one way to entice people to live their husbands center or an article about remount pain people who work from home to move to the state as a joke but it quickly went from a joke to a whim to moving. Rosemary Rose Marie Award covers America's northeast for the Economist. Within a few months they had left Denver Colorado which had found increasingly expensive offensive. To remind a town of fifteen thousand people called Bennington. She still works for the same company working from home in Vermont. Once they had moved they were able to get up to five thousand dollars to move to the state to cover their moving costs and Vermont is offering people that kind of money just the to move there simply because its population is slipping. Yes but it's been much worse lately partly because they have one of the oldest workforce's in the country falling fertility rates and little immigration. Only about five hundred immigrants moved to the state last year so a new bill went into effect on January. Okay the state will now pay seven thousand five hundred dollars to cover. Moving costs if people relocate and work for local Vermont employers. I mean that seems like a a a a reasonable amount of money for a state to to pony up just to get people to move. I mean Vermont as always been kind of a small state right in has always been a small state but this depopulation is nearing a crisis point. Even the governor acknowledged this in his budget address. Last week calling the a demographic crisis the greatest challenge we face as a state more than half the county saw population declines since two thousand and ten and the rural ones were especially hard ahead seven counties including the one where the Dow's moved more people died than were born and the remaining population can't support local business. Local schools holds so you you get this sort of slow ebbing away of the economic drivers as well as the economic parks of living in a rural area. Yeah and and I suppose that kind of population ebbing away is is very much happening elsewhere or other states trying similar schemes. Absolutely it sort of reminds me of the homestead dead act in the eighteen. Hundreds where the federal government gave land away to settlers and land is up for grabs again in places like Curtis Nebraska. Small town which is offering free plots to people who can build a single family home on that site told Sir an Oklahoma through the George George Kaiser Family Foundation which is a charity is giving ten thousand dollars and workspace to people who moved to the city for at least a year. And they're we're hoping it will attract higher earning remote workers to the city and become part of the community the first year ten thousand people from one hundred and fifty five five countries applied for just one hundred slots so one hundred slots doesn't sound like a very big number for what you're describing a fairly big problem. I mean we'll we'll these efforts efforts actually be able to make a difference if that's the level they're at no and fact in Vermont. For instance three hundred seventy one people move last year to claim the remote worker grants including seventy nine children and the number is small. Amy Brookings Institution wondered if the experiments would be too small to have an impact and she also worried that talent attraction might repeat the mistakes of corporation attraction where when the incentives leave or tax breaks expire the companies. Will I believe as well but in a small state like Vermont. Having people with six figure salaries and children can have a big impact. Another experiment would be to use place base visas. Jesus our heartland visas. Instead of granting visas based on skills or family connections have migrants moved to struggling cities or states which population and labor shortages. A number of mayors across the country are on board as are some of the Democratic presidential candidates and Vermont. Certainly we could do with an immigration boost. Rosary thank you very much for your time. Thank you for having me Jason. They'll be chatting with you. That's all for this episode of intelligence. If you'll like us why not give a rating on apple podcasts. 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Editors picks: November 14th 2019
"Brought to you by capital one where you can open a savings account in about five minutes and earned five times. The national average. Just imagine five times more savings toward that overdue home addition and maybe even in addition on that addition this is banking reimagined. What's in your wallet? Capital one a member. FDIC I'm Zanny. MINTON beddoes the economists editor in chief. Welcome to editor's picks each tweak. We select three of the defining stories from the paper. We think they're essential pieces of insight and analysis. That will help inform you on the go. You can listen to them in just amendment now over to one of my colleagues to tell you what's coming up thanks Zandi. It's Thursday the Fourteenth of November Twenty nineteen. I'm Lane Green Green editor of Espresso and the economists Johnson poems are covered this week. The six hundred fifty billion dollar binge looks at the entertainment bonanza the marked by the launch of Disney's new streaming service. The business model pioneered by net flicks is copied by dozens of rivals creative destruction in the entertainment. The business has had blockbuster results for more. Listen to this week's episode of money talks wherever you listen to podcasts. In the United States the impeachment inquiry goes Public Democrats want the hearings to change the public's view of Donald Trump. That will be difficult. You can hear your story on Teflon Don in a moment the tangled politics surrounding assassination and its aftermath in Gaza And finally when it comes to aircraft carriers bigger isn't better listen to this sample of stories from the paper and with a subscription. You can read or listen to all of what we do. So please subscribe. GO TO ECONOMISTS DOT com slash radio offer to get your first I twelve issued for twelve dollars twelve. POUNDS THAT'S ECONOMISTS DOT com slash radio offer. Also we'd like to find out a bit more about you. We're running a listener survey with a few questions about you and what you enjoy listening to. If you'd like to help out please visit economist. Dot Com slash pod survey survey. That's economist dot com slash pod survey. Thank you in advance. I up Democrats must meaningfully. This shift public opinion about the president that is not impossible but neither does it look likely by eight. AM On November thirteenth. The line to get right into the ways and means committee room already stretched all the way down the long hallway. Though the hearing was not sheduled to begin until ten cameras cameras bristled at the building's entrance congressional interns journalists and political junkies jostled for position as if they were on a crowded train carriage and police officers trying to keep a path open grew increasingly frustrated. The spectators were waiting to watch a political drama. Rarely early seen in America for nearly two months. Democrats have held their impeachment inquiry privately. Those hearings have become public over the next two weeks. Americans will hear testimony from witnesses concerning the allegation that president. Donald Trump ordered military aid to Ukraine to be he withheld until his counterpart Vladimir Zilenski announced an investigation into Hunter Biden son of a Democratic presidential front runner who served on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm. These hearings may be the only time that Americans will get to hear from those who know most about the allegation Republicans control the Senate and will vote on the rules governing a trial there unlike public impeachment hearings for Richard Nixon. These hearings are not designed to uncover new information. The witnesses have already testified in closed sessions. They are designed to build a case for Mr Trump's impeachment which means they must meaningfully shift public opinion about the president that is not impossible impossible but neither does it look likely a cynical strain of conventional wisdom says that nothing moves public opinion of Mr Trump trump that is not quite true though his approval rating moves in a narrower band than those of past presidents. It has a low ceiling in part because Mr Trump has made so little effort to broaden his appeal beyond his base. It has a high floor partly because he has done an outstanding job of cultivating that base partly because America is deeply polarized because unlike in Nixon's time when Democrats and Republicans read the same MHM newspapers and watched the same three main news. Networks partisans today get their news from different sources many of which exists to confirm viewers biases biases. But Mr Trump's approval rating is not entirely insulated from external events. It stood at around forty five percent when he was was inaugurated is first few months generated ample headlines a chaotic cabinet filling process. Michael Flynn's tenure as is national security advisor and the failure of the first travel ban but his rating did not decline until house. Republicans introduced the American in healthcare. Act Their first effort to repeal Barack Obama's affordable care act or AC a over the next several months Mr. Mr Trump's popularity had an inverse relationship with that bills viability whenever it appeared to be dead or dropped out of the new cycle his rating rose when Republicans revived the efforts to repeal the ACA. He's rating fell dropping to thirty seven percent in September twenty. She's seventeen when two. Republican senators made a last-ditch repeal efforts prominent Republican opposition to these efforts. May We have helped drive. Mr Trump's ratings down John McCain lakes Republican senator from Arizona voted against the bill this this may have allowed Republicans who liked to Mister McCain to register their disapproval just as support for impeachment among Democrats rose once won. Won The backing of Nancy Pelosi. The House Speaker two months off to the last efforts to repeal the ACA failed Congress passed and Mr Trump ultimately signed a tax cut package. That would have been favored by any Republican president. His approval rating immediately improved proved. This could be taken as a sign that Americans approved of the tax cuts but polls from the month before the law's passage suggestion gesture was unpopular news coverage was intense in this period. But as it subsequently lessened Mr Trump's approval rating increased by early twenty eighteen. Congress had grown less ambitious and MR trump's approval rating recovered it next dipped during the two thousand eighteen to nineteen government shutdown for which he claimed responsibility claiming that he was proud to shut down the government for Border Security Tapie when the government reopened his rating recovered. This pattern should discomfort Democrats and traditional Republicans alike. Democrats have long hoped that MR trump would pay a price for his norm breaking behavior but sticking thumbs in the eyes of allies is while praising dictators saying they were very fine people on both sides of a march where white supremacists faced off against protestors spending taxpayer funds at his hotels and separating families at the border all appear to have had little effect on his overall approval rating The public appears to have processed them as partisan battles and reacted accordingly yet author talks Republican policies such such as cutting taxes and healthcare could just as well dent the president's approval rating as a candidate Mr trump happily trampled John Republican orthodoxies. Promising to protect voters Medicare and social security while condemning the Iraq war and voters loved him for for it. Since the mid terms Republicans have passed no ambitious Orthodox legislation perhaps because Congress is divided though not all old divided congresses have been as unproductive as the one hundred sixteenth or perhaps because Republicans have realized that they are better off simply letting thing. Mr Trump be his norm breaking self and earning credit with the White House and the conservative base by publicly defending him. Of course Mr Trump is not the only one whom impeachment puts under a microscope as one. Republican strategist noted impeachment puts the prosecutors. What is on trial every bit as much as the president in Nineteen Ninety eight of Congressional Republicans prepared to impeach Bill Clinton Clinton voters went to the polls house? Republicans lost five seats the first time since nineteen thirty four but the party see controlling. The White House added seats in a midterm while Democrats won unlikely governors races such as Alabama and South Carolina. Republicans were seen as zealous. The inquiry into Mr Trump may be more justified focusing as it does on the subversion of American can policy rather than on lying under oath about an extra marital affair but Democrats from swing states and districts face a similar risk since September. Twenty four th when Mas Pelosi announced the start of an impeachment inquiry Mr Trump's approval rating has declined by just two points points if the House votes to impeach Mr Trump. The Senate is unlikely to remove him whatever emerges over the next two weeks majorities charities of voters in swing states oppose removal unless a significant share of elected Republicans break with the president. That is unlikely me to change and the more parties. I'm the hearings. Appear the likely voters are to process them as only partisan and back their own team next. There is a gloomy pattern to repeated needed escalations in the Holy Land. The missile that was launched shortly before dawn on November twelfth was just the beginning around four A. M. That morning warning and Israeli aircraft struck a house in Gaza Killing Baha Abu Allah commander in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. or P I J militant group and his wife. The group responded by firing hundreds of rockets at Israel causing no deaths at least thirty four Palestinians many of the militants were killed in subsequent Israeli airstrikes. There is a gloomy. Patent of these repeated escalations the last of which occurred in May both sides unleash salvos of a fire for two or three days. Then accept a truce usually broke goodbye. They're gypsum neighbors. Pi J. angrily warned that this time would be different. We're we're going to war said Zia down. Akali the group's leader Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister has crossed all red lines assassinations. The nation's in Gaza have occasionally led to wider conflicts the killing of a Hamas commander in two thousand twelve sent off brief war for all its blaster though Pi. Hi Jay agreed to a ceasefire within forty eight hours of the first shot is the second largest militant organization in Gaza. Pi Jay is smaller and less pragmatic right matic than Hamas the Islamic group that has controlled the territory since two thousand seven amass pointedly declined to join the fighting that we did not stop. Pi Jay Jay from firing rockets as it often does when smaller militant groups attack Israel without permission leaders of the two groups were coordinating and a so called operations uh-huh room but Hamas did not haul out all loose off its own arsenal of rockets amass rose in the nineteen eighties on a credo of resistance against Israel since it took power it has fought three wars against the Jewish state the results have been disastrous for Gaza's two million people thousands dead Ed and tens of thousands of homes destroyed since two thousand and seven a punishing Israeli and adoption blockade has paralyzed the economy. Tens of thousands of young people have left seeking work at a future elsewhere. There is little popular support for more war and her mass does not permit much open dissent many Gazans privately wished to see the group Garnell together to maintain its grip on power. Amass would rather strikes truce with Israel in exchange for an easing of the the blockade. But this would be unpopular with its own militants cordray's more thoughtful members of Hamas worry about becoming in effect a religious version of the Palestinian in your pharmacy or Pa.. The feckless semi-autonomous government in the israeli-occupied West Bank the group is struggling to control. Smaller factions keen gene on conflict with Israel many of them stocked with disillusioned ex Hamas Knicks in August. Israeli soldiers killed for armed Palestinians who were trying to cross the border so far Israel has refrained from covering her mass and risking a bigger conflict or over leaving it in control of Gaza meets. Mister Netanyahu's aim of keeping the ship. The Palestinians divided between Hamas and the PA in the West Bank. He is also thinking about domestic. Politics is is coalition of right-wing and religious parties lost seats in two inconclusive. Elections in April and September is being stock in a temporary minority government for a months. There was really generals back. His claim that the timing of the assassination was based wholly on circumstances in Gaza. It was politically fortuitous for Mister Netanyahu. In Yahu to form a new government he must convince the centuries blue and white spotty to join him in coalition but its leadership has so far refused I citing the criminal investigations against the prime minister which are expected within weeks to culminate in bribery and fraud indictments. Mister Netanyahu has is trying to break down their resistance by doing blue and whites leader. Benny Ganz a former army chief. He brought him into recent discussions over Gaza with a view towards awards appointing him defense minister a newcomer to politics. Mr Ganz seems tired of the incessant campaigning maneuvering of the past year. He is rumored to to be softening. He could accept an arrangement whereby he joins a Netanyahu led coalition in return for a promise from the prime minister that he would suspend himself if he is indeed. Dave indicted Mr Ganz would have to convince his colleagues most of whom appear set against the idea. They are running out of choices. Blue and white could try to form a minority government supported by Arab Israeli parties which would not actually joined the coalition but the Gaza operation has made that harder in tweets beats and speeches before and after the assassination. Mister Netanyahu accused atoms rarely politicians who oppose military action in Gaza of supporting Palestinian Estonian. War Crimes and warned. Mr Ganz against cooperating with them. The deadline for forming a government is December eleventh. If no candidate succeeds by then Israel will be plunged into its third election campaign in a year. Mister Netanyahu would remain as can't take a prime minister polling suggested jested another vote is unlikely to make it an easier to form a government reaching a deal with Hamas looks simple by comparison And finally aircraft carriers are under threat from modern missiles. No piece of hardware. Better exemplifies is America's military might than an aircraft carrier declare the memoirs of Ashton Carter. America's Defense Secretary in two thousand fifteen eighteen to seventeen nor does any other piece of hardware so plainly exemplify what is wrong with America's military thinking aircraft carriers are the largest largest and most expensive machines in the history of warfare. A new American food class ship costs thirteen billion dollars. More than the annual all defense budget of Poland or Pakistan however as precision missiles become faster more accurate and more numerous these beasts look increasingly like giant floating targets although America has by far the world's largest fleets of carriers eleven of the full size sort plus half a dozen than smaller ones that appeal is global and growing China's first domestically built carrier will be commissioned within months. Britain's second modern in carrier began at sea trials in September even pacifists Japan it's converting to destroyers to carry jets for the first time since the Second Second World War aircraft carriers have proved their worth in recent years. Many armed forces watched admiringly as American naval. Jets did the lion's Ryan Shadow bombing in the early months of war in Afghanistan in two thousand and one and Iraq in two thousand and three and again in twenty fourteen land in basis were often unavailable because of awkward geography or Recalcitrant Allies but the seas off enemy shores. Look ever less safe life. Russia and China are both developing long range missiles that maneuverable and accurate enough to hit large ships at Sea China's the F. Twenty one D and anti ship ballistic missile that can travel over one thousand five hundred kilometers. That's nine hundred. Fifty miles is already a threat. Let several countries are building cheaper anti-ship cruise missiles which fly shorter distances but can be launched from planes anti-ship missiles uh-huh growing in range precision and number by one estimate and American naval force within two thousand kilometers of China might have to parry a six hundred forty incoming weapons in a single salvo the guiding such missiles onto a distant moving target is tricky tricky. No Navy will be keen on putting several billion dollars and thousands of sailors in peril. Carriers have become too big to fail as as a result they will probably have to remain at least one thousand kilometers away from shore a distance that warplanes cannot cross without refueling thing that could have grave implications for America's ability to project power across the Pacific and so for all its allies carriers will also so have to be cocooned with destroyers and frigates which will absorb most of the resources of smaller navies like Britain and France carry is ought entirely obsolete. Most walls will not be great power clashes. They will remain useful against foes which lack modern missile systems. Even an intense conflict warships will require air power to protect them from the predations of enemy ships and aircraft as long as navies have surface surface ships. They will want to be able to fly planes above them. But what sort of planes even missiles force carriers farther offshore for the average combat range of that air wing's has shrunk from two thousand two hundred and forty kilometres in one thousand nine hundred fifty six to around one thousand kilometers kilometers today. Martin munitions travel father but do not make up the difference. The obvious remedy is to use drones. That can fly longer. Riskier missions than human pilots allowing their host carriers to keep a safe distance away but the Pentagon unwisely scrapped its program for such a drone in two thousand sixteen replacing it with one that would merely refuel inhabited plains aircraft carriers like the war planes on them belong to a class of large vastly expensive weapons that military types call exquisite a more homely approach to military free technology is warranted smaller cheaper and where possible unmanned systems could be procured in large numbers dispersed more widely and use more daringly such forces may like the prestige of massive warships but they are better adapted to a world in which the projection shouldn't of military power is growing ever harder. Thanks for listening to editor's picks I'm lane green and in London. This is the.
Editors picks: December 12th 2019
"I'm Zanny Minton beddoes the economists editor-in-chief welcome to editor's picks each week we select three of the defining stories from the paper. We think they're essential pieces of insight and analysis. That will help inform you on the go. You can listen to them in just a moment now now over to one of my colleagues to tell you what's coming up thanks any. It's Thursday the twelfth of December Twenty nineteen. I'm lane green. The economists Johnson columnist on language Britain heads to the polls today for the third general election in under five years. You can follow our full analysis of the election election in our APP or at economist Dot Com Slash UK election. Twenty nineteen will be back tomorrow with a special election. In addition of editor's picks coming up our cover. This week focuses on the impeachment of president. DONALD TRUMP MR trump's behavior forced an invidious choice on Congress. President trump deserves to be removed for attempting to tip the twenty twenty election but the impeachment that has unfolded over the past. Three months will leave. Republicans unswayed voters divided and Mr Trump in office and next along promised pension reform in France will cuddle the old and squeezed the young and finally how British rap music is helping the left behind the stories. You're about to hear are just a sample of what's on offer in the paper. You're with the subscription you can read or listen to all of what we do so please subscribe go to economist Dot com slash radio. Offer to get your first twelve issues for twelve dollars or twelve pounds. That's economist dot com slash radio offer and I up. Mr Trump will almost certainly be impeached by the house and cleared in a trial by the Senate on December tenth. The House Judiciary Committee formally accused President. Donald trump of abusive power and obstruction of of Congress. It was a solemn moment and the prelude to Mr Trump becoming only the third president to be impeached. It was also entirely predictable. Bull Mr Trump will now almost certainly be indicted by the house and cleared in a trial by the Senate. If a single legislator crosses his party lines it will be news. That enough to convict him will do so is inconceivable. Mr Trump's behavior of your forced on Congress and invidious choice. He deserves to be removed for attempting to tip the twenty twenty election but the impeachment that has unfolded over the past three months month will leave. Republicans unswayed voters divided and Mr Trump in office. That is bad for America. The main facts are not in dispute. Mr Trump ordered three hundred ninety one million dollars of military aid to be temporarily withheld from Ukraine. which is fighting getting a russian-backed uprising using back channels? Mr Trump also promised Vladimir's Alinsky Ukraine's new president a coveted meeting in the Oval Office if he announced investigations into Ukraine's role in the two thousand sixteen American election and more important into whether Joe Biden a potential rival to Mr Trump. The twenty twenty election had corruptly protected his son hunter. Mr Trump's claim was that Mr Biden when he was vice. President had prevented a Ukrainian Ukrainian prosecutor looking into a gas company that had hunter on. Its board the law is clear to impeachment involves high crimes and misdemeanors menas threats to the state violations of public trust. That need not be crimes in themselves. Mr Trump's manipulation of a foreign government to smear his his opponent is the sort of election. Rigging that bothered the framers so much the worse that the president was also acting against the national interest by endangering Malawai instead the arguments of being about what Mr Trump intended. The president's defenders insists that he was not smearing. Mr Biden didn't he had a legitimate concern about corruption and was conducting relations with the new government in Kiev in his own. Way as is his right Ukraine's president they say did not even know about the delay to the three hundred ninety one million dollars which in any case was mostly dispersed. Eventually they note that misters does Lansky denies that the age dependent on his investigations. A No wonder because Mr trump never intended such a quid pro quo intentions are hard to get it especially with a man like Mr Trump who routinely contradicts himself. This defense does not ring true. Ukrainian officials did in fact know about the delay and Mr Trump released the money only after whistleblower had complained about his behaviour. Mr Dolinsky statement is open into doubt as he has everything to lose from getting mixed up in an impeachment. Oh Mr trump remains in power moreover. Mr Trump did not take the Ukrainian allegations nation seriously. If he had wanted the Biden's investigated the protocols would have been to refer the matter to the FBI not to use a foreign government before charging ahead. Mr Trump could've asked whether the allegations were substantial. They were not a Russia expert. Once on his own staff has warned that the story about Ukrainian meddling in two thousand sixteen was a Russian propaganda campaign the Ukrainian prosecutor pushed out by Mr Biden was shielding corrupt corrupt firms. The father was not protecting his son but exposing him to investigation by a new prosecutor shall any man be above justice. George Mason asked when drafting the impeachment clause shall that man be above it who can commit the most extensive injustice. Mr Trump wanted to tilt the twenty twenty election in his favor by tainting. Mr Biden given a free hand his illegal. Oh efforts to cling to power might continue from the Oval Office. That is why Mr Trump should be removed. But he won't be to expel him. The Senate needs to vote against the president. With a two-thirds majority the Democrats with forty seven of one hundred seats would count it a victory victory to win a simple majority public support for impeachment jumped in September when it was announced to little under fifty percent but all the investigations indications in hearing since then have not shifted it only twenty one states have a majority in favor of impeachment. Democrats argue that this is because the White House has refused to let staff testify or to release documents to Congress the basis for that charge of obstruction of Congress. Republicans publican's they say abetted by Fox News and others have thrown sound in voters is by mounting shifting inconsistent defenses. The Democrats are right. The Republican refusal to take any allegations against Mr Trump seriously has been contemptible in private many Republican Publican senators opole Mr trump and his methods but they will not risk their careers by breaking with him in the national interest. The key to shifting them is public opinion and it still has the potential to move against Mr trump pollsters report that a third of independent voters are undecided. Some of those opposed to impeachment appear willing to reconsider bats. The White House will not let the public here from the witnesses. Closest to Mr Trump such as John Bolton a former national security adviser and Mick Mulvaney his acting chief-of-staff sworn testimony from the inner circle. Could who'd have contained facts and insights with a unique power to change minds. Democrats could've asked because to compel them to testify and turn John over documents. If Mr Trump defied the judges Republican senators would be under severe pressure to break with him. However rather other than submit to the grinding wheels of the law the Democrats have settled for vote simply to get it out of the way? They argue that they have already accomplished a lot. What they have shown that the president did wrong? They say because the House has sole power over impeachment do not need the courts to prove obstruction even if they fail to remove. Mr Trump impeachment is deterrent. Enough that is a counsel of despair. Nobody can say how long the courts would take Democratic leaders site. The months needed to force witnesses to testify other cases but mindful of the electoral timetable able the judges could just as well choose to proceed swiftly while they deliberate the impeachment inquiry will hangover Mr trump that will do more to restrain him from further abuse than a rushed process. That is done and dusted early next year. Even if time ran out the impeachment lapsed I and Mr Trump was reelected the case might be revived and he might be removed from office. Democrats however a focused on the risk that their party will suffer for in next year's elections. They are entitled to put their own electoral calculations I the Republicans certainly have but the Democrats. It should be clear that even if their party benefits America will bear the cost. Mr Trump is getting off lightly when the Senate absolves him next year. He will claim to have been vindicated on the evidence. He is guilty of abusing his office. Instead he he will stay possibly another term. There is little doubt that his sense of impunity will be further. Redoubled impeachment went was designed to be a last solemn resort not another partisan tool settling for today's doomed indictment ashes in and tomorrow's impeachments deterrent effect will erode because it will be seen as a political gesture the barrier to remove a will rise is because breaking with. Your party will be harder. Oversight will be weaker the presidency more imperial as the Senate trial draws near America has nothing to celebrate next French workers strike to keep their lavish pensions after months of talks endless delays and a week of disruptive strikes strikes. The French government finally unveiled on December eleventh. It's long promised pension reform. The good news is that it has decided to press press ahead with its plans including the abolition of regimes with special privileges. Despite the biggest show of union force on the streets since President President Emmanuel Macron took office in May two thousand seventeen. The bad news is that the new system will push the full burden of the changes onto Francis bronzes younger generations in a speech that leans studiously to the left Edouard Philippe the center right. Prime Minister described the new universal vessel points based system as a faira system that will guarantee social justice. It will replace the current sprawl of forty two regimes most of which have different rules for those beginning their working life the new rules will apply from twenty twenty two and from twenty twenty five for those already in work but currently under the age of forty five older generations will keep the existing rules sliding transition position. Rules will bring the new system fully into effect by twenty thirty seven under the new system. The special regimes which today allow train drivers to retire at the age of fifty will be abolished. Pensions for public sector. Workers will be calculated according to the same less favourable full rules as those in the private sector. The new point space system will allow those with patchy careers including many women to accumulate credit credit for every hour worked a minimum monthly pension of one thousand euro. That's one thousand. One hundred dollars will be brought in from twenty twenty two due to help farmers and others currently surviving on less hyenas will pay extra contributions for the pensions of others and although although the minimum legal retirement age will remain sixty two a new equilibrium age of sixty four will build in incentives to work beyond that medef the buses federation described the packages. A good balance will this. Moderate approach helped to come the streets. Mr Philippe made it clear that he will not shelve the project. Altogether as the unions wont since December Fifth Sncf The national railway as well as regional trains. The Paris Metro and airport ground staff have been on a ruling strike that looks likely to continue teachers as staging walkouts. It's every few days the unions know full. Well that past French governments have backed down in the face of paralysing strikes and as you pay Prime Minister Minister in one thousand. Nine hundred five famously. Insisted that he would hold firm in the face of industrial action only to cave in and shelve his own pension Shen reform a few weeks later. Mr. macron is keen to prove that he is different. He has long argued that France needs to be transformed rather than merely reformed. This is why he promised during his election campaign in two thousand seventeen not to raise the retirement age but to redesigned the entire system at stake therefore is not just Franz's ability to create a fairer and more flexible pension regime but also Mr macron's reputation as a reformer who does what he promises this week. The hardline unions dug in and vowed to stay on strike. I think even the confederacy awful says democratic to provide a more moderate union which supports points based system is now furious this because of the equillibrium age if he has to get his reform through the unpopular. Mr. Macron will have to rely on public opinion for now now. A majority of the French continued to support the strikers. Just as they did in one thousand nine hundred five the longer the disruption goes on however the Mall Support could ebb on day. One a massive eight hundred thousand people. According to official figures took to the streets countrywide by December December tenth. Only three hundred thirty nine thousand ten out. The share of teachers on strike dropped to sixteen percent from forty seven seven percent by mid week only sixteen percent of all sncf workers had downed tools down from fifty six percent on the first day. Most metro lines in Paris and most fast trains across the country though continue to be shut down. The strike could last a while yet After the July June or yellow jackets protests France remains restless and suspicious to this has now been added a further division between green the generations the baby boom generation benefits from the current system and wants to avoid any pension reform at all costs says Maxime axime by of generous libra a liberal think-tank. Those who have already gained the most from Francis Generous Welfare state eight look set to keep their rights to enjoy one of the world's most generous pension systems and finally. It's grime up north. So right now just let me talk and tell you what. It's grim up. North wraps blazer buckle buckle in his thick Bradford birth the window of his makeshift bedroom recording studio looks out over the home would estate horses which belong to the chargers. Bradford's settled travel community roam the street like dogs. This is our culture. It's like London rappers. Showing high rise flats in their videos. News says Blazer. We don't have that round here. It's like kids driving around with shotguns. Some flipping horses grime. A genre of hip hop known is rich. Rapid break beats emerged in east London in the early two thousands biggest stars including stormy still hail from the capital. It grime. Brian is now a national soundtrack. Online commenters poke fun at white us. In Blackpool or Wigan for appropriating the culture of Black Londoners but these rappers are a source of intense local pride. The scenes have much in common sharing routes in deprivation since the decline kind of its woollen industry. Bradford his lack jobs. West Yorkshire has the highest rate of violent crime in England. GRIME is something to latch onto. Teenagers Congregate in the city's bus terminal. Says Blazer everybody sits at the back and spits Baas and HSIEH'S THE MON- Bluetooth. Without grime. We have two you options. Break our backs forever in a warehouse or sell drugs and go to jail. We wanted to make music an option for other Bradford people like it is in in London as in London. Critics argued that grime means crime. grime lyrics with their bleak social realism sometimes spill bill into outright provocation. In September ESCHOLA rapper from Jenin. Them was jailed for twelve years. drug-dealing other provincial rappers. They are merely reflecting society back to itself yet. Northern grime is distinctly northern one of blazes tracks local translates late London slang into its northern equivalent. Everybody says they trap but here up north. Yeah we do rounds. He wraps referring to drug dealing many grime. Artists wanted defend their hometowns. People just have a made up image of Darby says. MCI's they think is just farms and trees as I have to let the music speak so they hear it and say okay. There's a lot of crime and multiculturalism their emcees see themselves houses. Representatives is wraps man. No that I put Dobbs on the atlas others emphasize cities diversity. Hoping to debunk debunk stereotypes. About the anti immigrant attitudes of northern Brexit is. I want people to respect Leicester's identity as an example of how multi-culturalism multi-culturalism can work says kamikaze a white rapper from one of Britain's most diverse cities white man will never know what the underhand is. I mean look what our country was built on he wraps in Bradford which experienced race. Riots in two thousand one blazer argues the grime is bringing bringing people together. What overrides race is the class system? Where all lower class many have ambitions that reach far beyond their bedroom room? Recording studios storms is vocal support. For Jeremy Corbyn help push young voters towards labor in two thousand seventeen. Some of his northern appears our justice. Political I'm not saying I'm going to be the MP for Leicester Kamikaze admits but politics is definitely a future for certain rappers this Hayes demotion another Bradford MC laughs. I don't think storms would do a bad job. Thanks for listening to editor's picks I'm lane green and in London. This is the economist.
Nissan CEO Stepping Down; Activist Investor Calls for Changes at AT&T
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I'm Anne Marie for holy in New York before we get to Nissan and at and T. here are some other top stories we're following today the future of US talks with the Taliban remains uncertain after president trump announced announced over the weekend that he had cancelled secret talks that were set to take place in Camp David on Sunday the resident said he suspended the talks because of a car bomb attack in in Kabul that killed twelve people including a US soldier but we report that opposition within the trump administration led the president to call them off the Wall Street. Journal's Gordon Newbold has more on what comes next Mr Trump said today that he considered the peace talks completely dead that again. This seems to be more of a negotiating tactic than a substantive comment about the status of the talks. People are eager to see if the Pentagon withdraws some some of the fourteen thousand troops who are assigned and deployed to Afghanistan the plan has always been to draw down some or all forces as a result of these peace talks and the initial drawdown was to be as much as five thousand troops. It's not clear if troops would be I redeploy from Afghanistan or not or if something would occur separate from these peace talks but it seems unlikely that that they would pull troops out of Afghanistan without some kind of a deal Mr trump is eager to end these endless wars particularly in Afghanistan Ghanistan but he has advisors including senior officers in commanders in the US military who don't think he should give something away for four nothing. That's The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Liu Bowls reporting from Washington. A California judge has restored a nationwide injunction blocking the trump administration's. The stations restrictions on asylum claims the administration issued the restrictions in July saying Central American migrants must first seek asylum N. B. denied in another country tree before they can seek asylum in the United States. The fight over the restrictions isn't over yet the trump administration has already filed a related emergency appeal with the US Supreme Court as expected a group of attorneys general from nearly every state have officially launched an antitrust investigation of Google Parent Alphabet Tech that companies are also under tougher scrutiny from the US Justice Department and Congress over whether too few companies are exerting dominance over the marketplace and whether are there illegally stifling competition British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on October thirty first despite a new law that prevents the UK from leaving the block without a divorce deal in place Johnson says he wants to leave the EU with an agreement but hasn't provided details details on how such a deal would happen. Parliament voted last week to approve a law that would require the government to ask for a brexit extension if there's no deal in place by October nineteenth lawmakers are set to vote late Monday to reject Johnson's call for new elections September is known as a turbulent time for stocks folks. We report that. US stocks are near records but ongoing concerns like trade tensions and slowing global growth could cloud the picture. Some investors are recalling Ling last September when the S&P five hundred peaked but went on to fall nearly twenty percent over the following three months. US stocks moved little on Monday ending the day close is to where they started whatever you and your employees are working four. ADP is designing better ways to help you achieve it from HR talent and time management to benefits and payroll. That's ADP always designing for People Nissan CEO. Geraldo Sykora is stepping down next week a decision the automakers board award made after investigation found he had received improper compensation. His term had also been marred by the arrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Goan who's has been charged with financial crimes including under reporting has compensation for more on this story. I spoke with reporters. Sean Mcclain in Tokyo has been under increasing pressure her in recent weeks as it became clear that he too had received extra pay that he hadn't been do and on top for that Nissan's been facing a lot of troubles with its business performance. It's the pressure just sort of building on both psycho and the board to make a decision about about the future of the company psycho was always said that he would go he just a little bit nebulous on when that would happen it is connected to the investigation <unk> it Carlos gone in that the investigation ended today they presented their findings of the investigation and psycho said did that. At this stage this would be the earliest time he would feel comfortable handing over the reins to another person so he's he's out to now start to make room for the nomination recent radio the board to find a long-term replacement and Sean. Can you explain a little bit about what exactly happened with Mr Sykora's compensation so oh Mr Cycle in two thousand thirteen cashed in what are called stock appreciation rights sort of performance with his pay based on the movement of the Stock Price over a period of time and what happened was the exercise dates of those rights were moved back to a time when the share prices you know had a big jump so that ended up giving Mr Cycle an extra four hundred and thirty thousand dollars or so the board found that the psycho hadn't actually asked for that to happen and so they decided there was no wrongdoing on his part but they did say it was his responsibility house ability to figure out when you wanted to exercise those days instead Mr Psycho had delegated that authority for the person manipulated those dates and so they said that was inappropriate but they haven't said that they firing offense for example a Mr Psychologists said that even though he did nothing wrong and didn't ask for this he realizes realizes that it was inappropriate that receives money and he said he would return it. So how does this overall impact Nissan's reputation and the challenges ahead said well <unk> has said he hopes that Nissan will figure out how to hand over the the company to the next generation of leaders. It's clear that from all the information that's come out in our reporting and Nissan public statements that that there were widespread issues and the governance of this company so with psycho out the old guard of the company has really left the building and it's up to the board now to figure out if they're going to install one niece on the younger executives of the new CEO order bring in somebody from the outside. I don't think it's they made a decision on that yet. They're going to spend the next two months figuring that out. That's The Wall Street Journal's Sean Mcclain reporting from Tokyo activist investor Elliott Management has disclosed a three point two billion dollar stake in at and T. and is calling for some changes at the company joining me now with more details is the Wall Street Journal's drew fitzgerald so drew what prompted Elliott to disclose stake in at and T. Today well the company wasn't clear about exactly what prompted its move today but it is notable that comes after about a week after the company named longtime executive John Stanky to become its chief operating officer which is essentially a number to roll seen as the pole position position spot to become eventual. CEO Tell us some of the details what exactly is Elliott calling for regarding at and T. and its business structure Eliot is an activist investor that is well known for pushing for change at a wide range of companies from Samsung and Ebay to to our conic the company formerly known as Alcoa what it's doing here is more or less part standard playbook. It's pushing for changes changes at board level and has said that it would like to bring in new blood to the AT and T. Board it's pushing for cost cuts to in its words make. At and T. more efficient and cost effective as it says verizon has become in recent years through its cost cutting program and it's also looking for for a review of the company's direction. It's not necessarily calling for the sale of any specific assets but it is clearly looking for the company to take a hard look at some of the companies that it's acquired in recent years including the company formerly known as Time Warner and direct TV which made at and T. The biggest PAYTV provider in the country so what does this potentially mean for at and T. Does it show a dissension in the ranks here well it certainly certainly shows and is evidence of some of the investor dissatisfaction that has been at the fringes of this company for the last two to three years the stock hit a multi year low late last year as digested the acquisition of Time Warner and a lot of stock investors had the same sort of questions as the companies bond investors and that question was whether. At and T.'s very heavy debt load would be a drag on the company in the future now the company Anthony has worked whittled down that debt by selling small assets small for at and T. R. assets worth one or two billion dollars and it's it's short up the balance sheet in recent months and that's helped improve the stock but Elliott is pushing for more and it's pushing for more faster Wall Street. Journal reporter Drew Fitzgerald joining us from Washington. Thank you so much drew sure thing and that's
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Describe Michael Cohen for about ten years was serving side by side with Donald Trump in his private business with his public relations with his flirtations with running for the presidency in previous cycles and then with his decision to do. So for the two thousand sixteen campaign as you can see if you're looking at your podcast player, this podcast is a lot longer than usual daily DC podcasts that is because I'm going to shut up real quickly. And I just want to preserve here for for history. I want you to have the full Michael Cohen opening statement here to the house oversight committee. I want you to hear him in his own words in his own voice testify under penalty of perjury. Would he says now truthful testimony, and it is extraordinarily fair? In fact, I would say it's necessary to raise questions about whether or not you believe what Michael Cohen saying since he's already an admitted liar to congress not in some distant past. But in just the last year and a half or so he lied to congress. He's put guilty to doing so and he's going to jail for it. And yet here he is today telling congress he's telling the truth now, if he's lying to congress again that's going to open up additional trouble for Michael Cohen, obviously. So one might imagine that in his flipping and cooperating with Muller's people with the southern district of New York. With congress, the Senate house Intel committees and chairmen comes Cummings is house oversight committee that perhaps he would have zero incentive to lie today. But I think it is important for us as we assess his credibility and listen to his testimony to remember that just in a few short weeks. He's going to jail because he admitted to line to congress, which is a crime in part for that reason. What is just devastating for Donald Trump's image is hearing someone who served him side by side so closely for so long a paint the picture of as he says a con man of someone will do absolutely anything to win at any cost. I think the portrait of Donald Trump is one from somebody on the inside. Is extraordinarily important for the American people to have. But it is some of the specifics that may cause Donald Trump a bit more heartburn than what than what Michael Cohen is saying about him as a person or the portrait for the American people to perceive because again perceptions about Donald Trump are really locked in for the large part in the American consciousness, so listen carefully to the specifics. When Michael Cohen says that he heard Roger stone on a speaker phone call to Donald Trump informing him that WikiLeaks had some document dump that was imminent that was going to be harmful to Hillary Clinton's campaign. And the Donald Trump was pretty psyched about that. Then remember Donald Trump is claimed he had no knowledge of WikiLeaks activity before it became public, one important note, very important note. I believe here in terms of the whole notion of collusion or. Spiracy that Muller's team is looking into as it relates to the president Michael Cohen made quite clear Roger stone did not act at Donald Trump's direction at all that he was a complete free agent reporting his activity to the president the president welcomed that report. But Michael Cohen couldn't have been clearer. I think in one of the more vindicating moments for the president that Donald Trump did not ask Roger stone to go and engage with WikiLeaks. Not according to Coen's testimony. There are some other parts of his testimony. Where Cohen in hindsight believes that Don jR, gave Donald Trump a heads up to the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June two thousand sixteen with Russians about offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. But he has no evidence or proof that that's the case. He has his own speculation and sort of educated guesswork as to what he was present. For when Donald Trump junior in hushed tones was telling Donald Trump his father about a meeting being set. And that Donald Trump asked to you know, let him know what what came of it whether or not that was that infamous meeting Michael Cohen is not able to affirmatively say, but again in this testimony, clearly now raises the notion that once again, Donald Trump CNN reporting says has denied under oath knowing about that Trump Tower meeting, this is in the written questions to Muller and Michael Cohen is claiming that that's not the case, but not offering. And of course, the most hard core proof that Michael Cohen does offer is the payments the reimbursements for what he shelled out to the stormy Daniels team to keep her quiet. So that she did not harm Donald Trump's chances of getting elected. This is this is from the court documents from the Michael Cohen indictment last summer from the. The sentencing documents this is where Donald Trump is implicated in a federal crime. This is where Michael Cohen has his sturdiest ground implicating, the president in a campaign finance violation that is the president going to be indicted for that as a sitting president. No is that going to be something that Nancy Pelosi is going to stay her party's future on politically and start impeachment proceedings over I would be surprised if that's the case, but nonetheless that is the very found nation of Michael Cohen central role in the saga of the last two years in the investigation of the president. But there's just a human dramatic tale of how a loyalist comes to terms with the fact that he is. No longer going to be loyal that he's ashamed of his behavior that he, you know, clearly ended up on the outs with somebody for whom he repeatedly lied and protected for much of his professional career and how he grapples with that. And how you know largely sort of an empty shell of a man who's about to go to prison who was at the lowest moment in his life sort of deals with that in public and explains that to the American people this is going to be singed in the minds of Americans. This is going to be sort of indelible ink in terms of the overall portrait for good or bad. Whether you like them, or you're not a fan of the president's this now is part of the history books of Donald Trump, the president the man his presidency. This is this can't be removed. This is forever part of that sketch and so. That I want you to hear from Michael Cohen directly, his thirty minute. Opening statement to the house oversight committee today up on Capitol Hill. Here's Michael Cohen. Chairman Cummings ranking member Jordan and members of the committee. Thank you for inviting me here today. I have asked this committee to ensure that my family be protected from presidential threats, and that the committee be sensitive to the questions pertaining to ongoing investigations, I thank you for your help. And for your understanding. I am here under oath to correct. The record to answer the committee's questions, truthfully. And to offer the American people what I know about President Trump. I recognize that some of you may doubt and attack me on my credibility. It is for this reason that I have incorporated into this opening statement documents that are irrefutable. And demonstrate that the information you'll hear is accurate and truthful. Never in a million years. Did I imagine when I accepted a job in two thousand seven to work for Donald Trump that he would one day run for the presidency to launch a campaign on a platform of hate and intolerance and actively win. I regret the day. I said yes to Mr. Trump, I regret all the help and support. I gave him along the way. I am ashamed of my own failings and publicly accepted responsibility for them by pleading guilty in the southern district of New York. I am ashamed of my weakness and my misplaced loyalty of the things. I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him. I am Shane that. I chose to take part in concealing, Mr. Trump's illicit axe rather than listening to my own conscience. I am shamed. Because I know what. Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. And he is a cheat. He was a presidential candidate. Who knew the Roger stone was talking with Julian Assange about a Wiki leaks drop on Democratic National Committee. Emails I will explain each few moments. I am providing the committee today with several documents. And these include a copy of a check Mr. Trump road from his personal Bank account after he became president to reimburse me for the hush money payments. I made to cover up his affair with an adult film star and to prevent damage to his campaign. Copies of financial statements from twenty eleven twenty twelve and twenty thirteen that he gave to such institutions such as Deutsche Bank. A copy of an article with Mr. Trump's handwriting on it that reported on the auction of a portrait of himself. That he arranged for the bitter ahead of time. And then reimbursed the bidder from the count of his nonprofit charitable foundation with the picture now hanging in one of his country clubs. And copies of letters. I wrote at Mr. Trump's direction that threatened his high school colleges, and the college board not to release his grades or SAT scores. I hope my appearance here today, my guilty plea, and my work with law enforcement agencies are steps along a path of redemption that will restore faith in me and help this country understand our president better and before going further. I want to apologize to each member to US Congress as a whole. The last time I appeared before congress I came to protect Mr. Trump today. I am here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump. I lied to congress with Mr. Trump stop negotiating the Moscow tower project in Russia. I stayed that we stopped to go aiding in January of twenty sixteen that was false our negotiations continued for months later during the campaign. Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to congress. That's not how he operates. In conversations we had during the campaign at the same time. I was actively negotiating in Russia for him. He would look me in the eye and tell me there's no Russian business and then go on to lie to the American people by saying the same thing in his way, he was telling me to lie. There were at least a half a dozen times between the Iowa caucus in January of two thousand sixteen and the end of June. When he would ask me, how's it going in Russia referring to the Moscow tower project? You need to know that Mr. Trump's personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to congress about the timing of the Moscow tower negotiations before I gave it so to be clear. Mr. Trump knew of and directed the Trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it. He lied about it because he never expected to win. He also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Moscow real estate project. And so I lied about it too. Because Mr. Trump had made clear to me through his personal statements to me that we both knew to be false and through his lies to the country that he wanted me to lie, and he made it clear to me because his personal attorneys reviewed my statement before I gave it to congress. Over the past two years. I have been spirit as a rat by the president of the United States. The truth is much different. And let me take a brief moment to introduce myself. My name is Michael dean Cohen, and I am a blessed husband of twenty four years and a father to an incredible daughter and son when I married my wife, I promised her that I would love her I would cherish her. And I would protect her as my father said countless times throughout my childhood, you my wife, and you might children by the air that I breathe. So to my Laura into my Sammy to my Jake. There's nothing I wouldn't do to protect you. I have always tried to live a life of loyalty. Friendship generosity and compassion. It's qualities might parents ingrained in my siblings in me since childhood. My father survived the holocaust, thanks to the compassion and selfless acts of others. He was helped by many who put themselves in harm's way to do what they knew was. Right. And that is why my first instinct has always been to help those in need and mom and dad. I am sorry. I let you down. As the many people that know me best would say, I am the person that they call it three AM if they needed help I proudly remember being the emergency contact from many of my children's friends when they were growing up because their parents knew that I would drop everything and care for them as if they were my own yet last fall, I plead guilty in federal court to felonies for the benefit of at the direction of and in coordination with individual number one. And for the record individual number one is president Donald J Trump. It is painful to admit that I was motivated by 'em Bishen times. It is even more painful to admit that many times eig Nord, my conscience and acted loyal to a man when I should not have sitting here today. It seems unbelievable that I was so mesmerized by Donald Trump that I was willing to do things for him that I knew were absolutely wrong for that reason. I have come here to apologize to my family to my government and to the American people. Accordingly. Let me now tell you about Mr. Trump. I got to know him very well working very closely with him for more than ten years as his executive vice president and special counsel. And then as personal attorney when he became president. When I first met, Mr. Trump, he was a successful entrepreneur a real estate giant and then icon being around. Mr. Trump was intoxicating when you were in his presence. You felt like you were involved in something greater than yourself that you were somehow changing the world. I wound up touting the Trump narrative for over a decade. That was my job. Always stay on message, always defend it monopolized my life at first I worked mostly on real estate developments and other business transactions. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Trump brought me into his personal life and private dealings over time. I saw his true character revealed. Mr. Trump is an enigma. He is complicated as Ma. Ma he is both good in bed as do we all but the bed far outweighs the good and since taking office he has become the worst version of himself. He is capable of behaving kindly, but he's not kind. He is capable of committing acts of generosity, but he's not generous. He is capable of being loyal. But he's fundamentally disloyal. Donald Trump is a man who ran for office to make his brain great not to make our country. Great. He had no desire or intention to lead this nation only to market himself and to build his wealth and power. Mr. Trump would often say this campaign was going to be the greatest infomercial in political history. He never expected to win the primary. He never expected to win the general election. The campaign for him was always a marketing opportunity. I knew early on in my work for Mr. Trump that he would direct me to lie to further his business interests. And I am shamed. To say that when was for a real estate mogul in the private sector? I considered a trivial as the president. I consider it significant and dangerous, but in the mix lying from Mr. Trump was normalized, and no one around him questioned it in fairness, no one around him today. Questions of either. A lot of people have asked me about whether Mr. Trump knew about the release of the hat documents Democratic National Committee Email ahead of time and the answer is yes. As earlier stated Mr. Trump new from Roger stone in advance about the WikiLeaks drop of emails in July of twenty sixteen days before the democratic convention. I was in Mr. Trump's office when his secretary announced that Roger stone was on the phone. Mr. Trump, Mr. stone on the speakerphone, Mr. stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange, and Mr. Stange told Mr. stone that within a couple of days there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign. Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect when that be great. Mr. Trump is a racist. The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists and bigots you have heard him call poorer countries shit holes is private in private is even worse. He once asked me if I can name a country run by a black person that wasn't a shit hole. This was when Barack Obama was president of the United States. And while we were once driving through struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way. And he told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid. And yet I continued to work for him. Mr. Trump is a cheat. As previously stated I am giving to the committee today. Three years of Mr. Trump's personal financial statements from twenty eleven twenty twelve and twenty thirteen which he gave to Deutsche Bank to inquire about a loan to buy the Buffalo Bills and two forms. These are exhibits one a one b and one c to my testimony. It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes such as trying to be listed amongst the wealthiest people in Forbes and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes. I'm sharing with you to newspaper articles side-by-side that are examples of Mr. Trump inflating and deflating his assets as I said to suit his financial interests these. Our exhibit to to my testimony. As I noted I'm giving the committee today in article he wrote on and send to me that reported on an auction of a portrait of Mr. Trump. This is exhibit three eight to my testimony. Mr. Trump directed me to find a straw bidder to purchase a portrait of him that was being auctioned off at an art Hamptons event. The objective was to ensure that this portrait which was going to be auctioned last would go for the highest price of any portrait that afternoon. The portrait was purchased by the fake bidder for sixty thousand dollars Mr. Trump directed the Trump foundation, which is supposed to be a charitable organization to repay the fake bidder. Despite keeping the art for himself and police e exhibit three B to my testimony. And it should come. As no surprise that. One of my more common responsibilities. Was that Mr. Trump directed me to call business owners, many of whom are small businesses that were owed money for their services and told them that no payment or reduce payment would becoming when I asked Mr. Trump. Why when I told Mr. Trump of my success, he actually revelled in it. And yet I continued to work for him. Trump is a con, man. He asked me to pay off in adult film star with whom he had an affair and to lie about it to his wife, which I did and lying to the first lady is one of my biggest regrets because she is kind good person. And I respect her greatly. And she did not deserve that. And I'm giving the committee today a copy of the one hundred and thirty thousand dollar wire transfer from me to miss Clifford's attorney during the closing days of the presidential campaign. That was demanded by miss Clifford to maintain her silence about her affair with Mr. Trump, and this is exhibit four to my testimony. Mr. Trump directed me to use my own personal funds from a home equity line of credit to avoid any money being traced back to him that could negatively impact his campaign, and I did that too without bothering to consider whether that was improper much less weather. It was the right thing to do. Or how would it impact me my family or the public, and I am going to jail in part because of my decision to help Mr. Trump hide that payment from the American people before they voted a few days later. As exhibit five eighty two. My testimony shows I am providing a copy of a thirty five thousand dollar check that President Trump personally signed from his personal Bank account on August, first of twenty seventeen when he was president of the United States pursuant to the cover up, which was the basis of my guilty. Plea to reimburse me the word used by Mr. Trump's TV lawyer for the legal hush money. I paid on his behalf this thirty five thousand dollar. Check was one of eleven check installments that was paid throughout the year while he was president other checks to reimburse me for the hush money payments were signed by Donald Trump junior and Alan Weisselberg and see for that example, five big. The president of the United States. Thus wrote a personal check for the payment of hush money as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws, and you can find the details of that scheme directed by Mr. Trump in the pleadings in the US district court for the southern district of New York. So picture this scene in February of twenty seventeen one month into his presidency. I'm visiting President Trump in the Oval Office for the first time, and it's truly all inspiring. He's showing me all around and pointing to different paintings. And he says to me something to the effect of don't worry. Michael your January and February reimbursement checks coming. They were FedEx from New York and it. Takes a while for that to get through the White House system as he promised I received the first check for the reimbursement of seventy thousand dollars. Not long thereafter. When I say, conman, I'm talking about a man who declares himself brilliant, but directed me to threaten his high school his colleges, and the college board to never release his grades or SAT scores as I mentioned, I'm giving the committee today copies of a letter. I sent at Mr. Trump's direction threatening these schools with civil and criminal actions, if Mr. Trump's grades or SAT scores wherever disclosed without his permission in these under exhibits. See six. The irony wasn't lost on me at the time that Mr. Trump in twenty eleven had strongly criticized President Obama for not releasing his grades as you can see in exhibit seven Mr. Trump declared let him show his records after calling President Obama a terrible student. The sad fact is that I never heard Mr. Trump say anything in private that led me to believe he loved our nation or wanted to make it better. In fact, he did the opposite. When telling me in two thousand and eight or two thousand nine that he was cutting employees salaries and half, including mine, he showed me what he claimed was a ten million dollar, I r s tax refund, and he said that he could not believe how stupid the government was forgiving. Someone like him that much money back. During the campaign. Mr. Trump said that he did not consider Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war. Senator John McCain to be a hero because he likes people who weren't captured at the same time. Mr. Trump task me to handle the negative press surrounding his medical deferment from the Vietnam draft. Mr. Trump claimed it was because of a bone spur. But when I asked for better call records, he gave me none and said that there was no surgery. He told me not to answer the specific questions by reporters. But rather offer simply the fact that he received a medical deferment. He finished the conversation the following comment. You think I'm stupid not going to Vietnam? I find it on the president that you are in Vietnam right now. And yet I continued to work for him. Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia. I do not. And I wanna to be clear, but I have my suspicions sometime in the summer of twenty seventeen. I read all over the media that there had been a meeting in Trump Tower in June of twenty sixteen involving Don jR, and others from the campaign with Russians including a Representative of the Russian government and an Email setting up the meeting with the subject line dirt on Hillary Clinton, something clicked in my mind. I remember being in a room with Mr. Trump probably in early June of twenty sixteen when something peculiar happened. Don, Trump junior came into the room and walked behind his father's desk, which in and of itself was unusual. People didn't just walk behind Mr. Trump's desk to talk to him. And I recall, Don, jR, leave leaning over to his father and speaking. A low voice, which I could clearly here and saying the meeting is all set, and I remember Mr. Trump saying, okay, good. Let me know what struck me as I look back and thought about the exchange between Don junior, and his father was first that Mr. Trump had frequently told me and others that his son Don, jR, had the worst judgment of anyone in the world. And also that Don jR, would never set up any meeting of significance alone. And certainly not without checking with his father. I also knew that nothing went on in Trump world, especially the campaign without Mr. Trump's knowledge and approval. So I concluded that Don, jR, was referring to that June twenty sixteen Trump Tower meeting about dirt on Hillary with the Russian representatives when he walked behind his dad's desk that day, and that Mr. Trump knew that was the meeting Don, jR, was talking about when he said, that's good. Let me know. Over the past year or so. I have done some real soul searching, and I see now that my Embiid and the intoxication of Trump power had much to do with the bed decisions in part that I made and to you chairman Cummings ranking member Jordan, the other members of this committee, the members of the house and Senate. I am sorry from my lies and for lying to congress and to our nation. I am sorry for actively working to hide from you the truth about Mr. Trump when you needed it most for those who questioned my motives for being here today. I understand I have lied, but I am not a liar, and I have done bed things. But I am not a bad, man. I have fixed things, but I am no longer your fixer, Mr. Trump. And I'm going to prison and of shattered the safety and security that I tried so hard to provide for my family. My testimony certainly does not diminish the pain that I have caused my family, and my friends nothing can do that. And I have never asked for nor would I accept a pardon from President Trump. And by coming today, I have caused my family to be the target of personal scurrilous attacks by the president and his lawyer trying to intimidate me from appearing before this panel. Mr. Trump called me a rat for choosing to tell the truth much, like a mobster would do when one of his men decides to cooperate with the government. As exhibit h shows, I have provided the committee with copies of tweets that Mr. Trump posted attacking me and my family and only someone burning his head in the sand. When not recognize them for what they are encouragement to someone to do harm to me and my family. I never imagined that he would engage in vicious force attacks on my family and unleash his TV lawyer to do the same, and I hope this committee and all members of congress on both sides of the aisle make clear that as a nation. We should not tolerate attempts to intimidate witnesses before congress and attacks on family are out of bounds and not acceptable. I wished was specially thank speaker Pelosi for her statements. It's exhibit nine to protect this institution and meet and the chairman of the house, permanent select committee on intelligence, Adam Schiff, and you championed Cummings fa- likewise defending the institution and my family against the attacks by Mr. Trump and also the many Republicans who have admonished the president as well. I am not a perfect, man. I have done things. I am not proud of. And I will live with the consequences of my actions for the rest of my life. But today, I get to decide the example that I said from my children and how I attempt to change. How history will remember me? I may not be able to change the past. But I can't do right by the American people here today, and I thank you for your attention. And I'm happy to answer the committee's questions that doesn't for this edition of the daily DC. Thank you all so much for listening hope you'll tune in again right here tomorrow. 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20190227 Nicole Sandler Show - Michael Cohen Testifies
"The following program contains graphic material, including offensive language, your this question is advised. Oh, democratic form of government could exist. Switch you dollars a month. Sunday on looking out over London. Good evening from our CBS news room in New York and DC presents Chet Huntley and David Brinkley from ABC this is world news tonight Jennings in London back tomorrow Benson in Chicago. And from our desk in Washington right level. This stars. What are your knees? When the price is free the people of country free. When the press is not free people of a country are in danger of flavor. Before we information you then the views of people making the news, it's coal Sandler shawl on the goals. Handler dot com and the progressive voices network. On his way to be at Phnom. I guess the bone Spurs filing yield up, and he's he's on Air Force One Kim Jong Hoon meanwhile is traveling by train to Vietnam on Saturday. Armored train carrying Kim Jong Hoon left Pyongyang at five pm local time travel twenty eight hundred miles to Vietnam sells like the beginning of a math word problem. But this is train. This is the little engine that could and he's twenty eight hundred miles by rail is a long way that's a long journey for Kim Jong UN, and then even longer journey for the prisoners who have to carry his train while he's in it. That's how they do it. They don't have coal. It's unclear why he's taking a train and not a plane. Some believe he's doing it to spare himself the embarrassment of having ask for the seat belt extender, but I tell you nothing says excited to meet with Trump like going twenty eight hundred miles on the slowest possible format. And of course, no one appreciates the way Donald Trump is handled North Korea more than Donald, Janice. Trump. Relationship. The Singapore was a tremendous success only the fake news likes to portray. And otherwise, we would have got we would have been. We would have literally been in a war with North Korea in my opinion. Had I not been elected. Okay. Thank you very much. Although thank you. For TV. What had only been achieved previously by Dennis Rodman. Thank you. Go a little bit of Jimmy Kimmel to get started today. Look, I didn't have a lot of time to find a comedy bit because I've been busy watching and recording. And pulling clips from Michael Cohen testimony in front of the house oversight committee. Now, you know, I didn't book guest for today because what I planned on doing with sharing some of the highlights or lowlights from the morning's session, and then, you know, carrying it live with some live commentary along the way because I don't know about you. But I've certainly been screaming back at my television whole morning so far. So you know, we're where we should start is probably with. With a news update just to bring you current on. What's going on the one thing I didn't get to I literally have been editing. Pulling clips up until a moment before airtime. That's why in fact, if you're listening live at three o'clock in the afternoon eastern. We started a minute late because I've been going that that far the one thing I didn't get to do was edit from from his opening statement, which hopefully you've got to read. So I'll tell you what let's let's do a live sort of abridged version of what's news, shall we? Let's let's let's do it here. It's time for Nicole Sandler's. What's news from Nicole, Sandler dot com and the progressive voices network. All right. Well, here we go today. Remember this date will Wednesday February twenty seventh twenty nineteen. I have a feeling this will likely be a day for the three books. Split screens and popcorn abound. As our nation's attentions divided between Michael Cohen's public testimony before the house oversight committee in which he promises explosive proof that Donald Trump is a racist a con man and a cheat and the other half of the screen will be focused on Vietnam where Trump's actions will amount to the United States recognizing North Korea as a nuclear state now the action really doesn't begin in North Korea until tonight right now, they're twelve hours ahead of us. So Donald Trump had already said instead of concentrating on the issue at hand. He's there allegedly to negotiate with Kim Jong Hoon. I got lots to say about that. But might maybe not today. He's he's meeting with him tonight. Our time which is tomorrow, they're time. Meanwhile, he said he's staying up all night. Because again, they're they're twelve hours ahead of us watching Michael Cohen testimony. And I gotta say Donald Trump can't be very happy about it. So let's start with Michael Cohen. Okay. Who last night released his twenty page opening statement? I again, I apologize. I didn't get to pull Michael Cohen reading. Here's a little Don lemon from last night on CNN shortly after the opening statement was released reading an excerpt. I recognize that some of you may doubt and attack on my credibility. It is for this reason that I have incorporated into this opening statement documents that are irrefutable. And demonstrate that the information you will hear is accurate and truthful. These documents include a copy of check Mr. Trump wrote from his personal Bank account after he became president bursts me for the hush money payments. Made to cover up his affair with an adult film star to end prevent damage to his campaign. He asked me to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an affair and to lie to his wife about it, which I did lying to the first lady is one of my biggest regrets is kind good person. I I respect her gratefully and she did not deserve that. I'm giving the committee today a copy of the one hundred thirty thousand dollars wire transfer from me to miss Clifford's attorney during the closing days of the presidential campaign. That was demanded by MS MS Clifford to maintain her silence about her affair with Mr. Trump. This is exhibit for in my testimony testimony. He's got receipts exhibit five he's shows. I am providing a copy of the thirty five thousand dollar check that President Trump personally signed personal Bank account on August, one twenty seventeen when he was president of the United States pursuant to the cover up, which was the basis of my guilty. Plea to reimburse me the. The word used by Mr. Trump's TV lawyer for the legal hush money. I paid on his bath this thirty five thousand dollar. Check was one of eleven check installments that was paid throughout the year while he was president the president of the United States. Gus wrote a personal check for the payment of hush money as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws. You can find the details of that's getting directed by Mr. Trump in the pleadings in the US district court of the southern district of New York. Yeah. So this is going to be. Wow. This is going to be devastating was the comment that one of the panel was made on CNN last night. And I gotta say the morning session. Was was interesting. Now, I'm I'm excited about some of the members of this house oversight committee. In fact, the ones that are most looking forward to though have not yet testified in it looks like it looks like they're going in order. So the last the last one we heard from with Stacy Plaskitt who was totally remarkable. She's a say the women of color on this committee have been nailing it all morning long. Stacey plus gut of the Virgin Islands was the last ask questions when they come back. It's the five that I'm really looking forward to row Khanna of California, Jimmy, Gomez of California, Alexandria, Cossio Cortez of New York ion Presley of Massachusetts and Rashida Toledo of Michigan. They are the last one two three four five. Democrats on the committee who haven't gotten their questions in yet. So they're still to come. So obviously, we'll we'll go through some. They're questioning tomorrow. I expect a lot of fireworks this afternoon right now, they're on a break. The the the there's a recess in the hearing because there are votes being taken in house. There's a series of votes for at least four in the series. One is on the final passage on the democratic Democrats Bill to expand background checks for firearms. So this is really important. They're going to reconvene. Elisa combing, said thirty five minutes after the final vote begins. So he estimated about an hour, which means they'll be back in session at about the bottom of the hour and around three thirty five three forty eastern time. If that's if they're running on time, I will keep monitoring the the feed because a frankly, I don't want to miss the questions from any of those. Okay. But before we get to today's testimony. Let me bring you a really up to date on the rest of the news. Let's see. All right. We'll get into all this. All right. The Cohen hearing will likely overshadow the Donald Trump Kim Jong Hoon meeting. Where officials are hoping Trump doesn't give away too much for nothing. In return. Donald Trump is apparently alone among members of his own government in believing North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. Most experts can't really imagine the secretive duplicitous dark state ever really doing that. Sources. Tell NBC news the US could offer incentives to North Korea like negotiating a formal end of the Korean war easing minor sanctions and opening up a bare bones diplomatic outpost, two of our own journalists. Carol even Courtney Kuby who covers the Pentagon for us report. This quote, some senior Trump administration officials and others involved in the negotiations are worried that establishing diplomatic outposts and agreeing to an end of a war declaration. In addition to a second. Presidential meeting for Kim. What amount today facto US recognition of North Korea as a nuclear state. Okay. So so that's the situation in North Korea. Military experts people who know are terrified that Trump is going to want to grab back the attention from the Cohen hearing, and he's going to do something even more reckless than he normally would the fear is he's going to give up so much. He already has the fact is just my his actions just by meeting face to face with this dictator. He's giving him credibility on the world stage. And basically has accepted that North Korea is now a nuclear state more on that. I'm sure tomorrow. Okay. Other stuff has been going on of course yesterday. You heard the house of representatives last night voted to forty five to one eighty two to block Trump's national emergency declaration thirteen Republicans, including former members of leadership, Greg Walden and Kathy. Morris Rogers voted with Democrats to overturn the declaration and this happened on a day when the top US general for homeland defense testified that there is no military emergency on the southern border. Your opening statement, you say, and I quote the threats to our nation from our southern border are not military in nature close quote. So just to be clear, your professional opinion does illegal coursing of the border by civilians represented military threat. Senator. I I would say I do think a secure border does reduce threats to the homeland now specific to your question about is it a military threat now that is coming towards us. It is not a military threat. Now, it is not a military threat. That's top US general for homeland defense saying clearly today, there is no military threat emanating from the US southern border. And in fact, I don't have this story. But a bipartisan group to lawmakers I forget from what committee of the military spending committee. Sent a letter to the White House demanding they be told exactly why military funds are needed on the border. Stay tuned. Okay. Action. Happened this morning while we were all paying attention to Michael Coen's testimony congresswoman Pramilla Giac, Paul of Washington introduce legislation that would create a single payer health insurance program to cover every person in America. Yeah. The Medicare for all act of clue thousand nineteen is a souped up version of bills that garnered majority support from the House Democratic caucus and one third of the Senate Democratic caucus in the last congress so hearings are to come. And we're on our way the house also right now, they're breaking to vote on this universal background checks Bill. Keep your fingers crossed. I guess we'll know something when they come back in session in another news real. Quickly Chicago will elect its first African American female mayor. In in yesterday's primary. Ways of former federal prosecutor Lory Lightfoot and Cook County board president Toni preckwinkle won enough votes out of the field of fourteen candidates to move onto an April runoff election. Lightfoot is an ex assistant US attorney who wants to reform Chicago's troubled police department preckwinkle is the president of the Cook County board and has made improving education and raising the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour her top priorities. The winner will thankfully, replace Rahm. Emanuel who decided not to run for reelection. To whom we say, good riddance. And in case he needs something else to worry about Pakistan's air force says they shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir in Indian pilot was reportedly captured so that's. Most of the news up until now again, the big news of the day. I think all eyes are tuned to. Whatever channel you want to go to. I was watching it on C span because you know, because but but they're all well, they're not all carrying it. She MSNBC's carrying it. Fox's carrying I think some of the networks carrying it. A FOX is not carrying it CNN is FOX is not carrying FOX apparently is making a special feed of bailable too. Affiliates or something, but no they did not carry the hearing today, and I'm sure they will not. Carrie this afternoon session either that will looking forward to. All right. The one thing that that was a parent was. The. Okay. The I'm just monitoring in chat room somebody else. Please keep an eye on on the chat room on the the the feed. So let me know when they come back live because we'll we'll take it live. We'll do it live, dammit. But as I said, I've got lots of clips from this morning, and I didn't pull many clips from the Republicans asking questions because basically what their questions I'm doing air quotes for those of you listening instead of watching. Their their questions amounted to ura, you're pathological liar. Okay. You're a convicted liar. Why should we believe you when when the whole time all I can think is every time they brought up how much Michael Cohen has lied is. But they're sitting there defending Donald Trump who is the most prolific liar. I think this country has ever put forth seriously, the Washington Post has a running tally, and I don't even know what what what the number of his lies is up to. But it's it's it's a whopper and again. This is what they're. They're trying to discredit him by saying he's a liar and for another for some other reason instead of asking him pertinent questions. I mean, they've got him in the hotseat. They could ask him anything they want. They they keep asking him. If he's got a book deal. One of them asked him will you pledge? Will you say here today right now that you will not sign a book deal that you won't go on television to talk about this that you won't. And he said, no, no, it was pretty asinine. All right. So they went down, you know, as they do Elijah Cummings who's the chairman of the committee opened with an opening state. Well, after Michael Cohen's Elijah Cummings had an opening statement. Then Michael Cohen was gave his twenty page opening statement, which I hope you read I'll post a link on the blog today and a coal Sandler dot com. So you can read it if you haven't and then then logic Cummings got to ask the first round of questions followed by. Jim Jordan who is the ranking member on the committee. Jim Jordan, you might remember was the one who turned to Bligh aunt blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse. By a coach of a wrestling high school wrestling team that he was an assistant coach for so. Yeah, Jim Jordan, not quite out from under the evil live scrutiny here who just made a fool of himself every time. He was he was given time. Anyway. In fact, we'll start with I do have a clip from Jim Jordan. So you can have an idea of the kind of tactics they used on the other side trying to discredit Michael Cohen. And I gotta say good on Michael Cohen for standing up to Jim Jordan and the rest of the thugs. I would just make one point. We just had a five minute debate where Mr. Cohen disputes what the southern district of New York found what the judge found that he was actually guilty of committing Bank fraud. If this statement back here does. Say at all Cohen's consciousness of wrongdoing is fleeting, his remorse is minimal his instinct is to blame others is to blame. Others his strong. There's only one with that statement, his remorse is non-existent debate. In a member of congress saying I really didn't do anything wrong with the false Bank things that I'm guilty of gone to prison for mister that's not why said, and you know, that that's not what I said, I plead guilty, and I take responsibility for my actions. Shame on you, Mr. Jordan, Jordan, Mitch Mitchell, chairman out what I said what I took responsibility. And I take responsibility. What I was doing is explaining to the gentleman that his facts are inaccurate. I still I take responsibility for my mistakes. All right. I am remorseful. And I am going to prison. I will be away from my wife and family for years. So before you turn around on more dissenting. Please understand. There are people watching you today that know me a whole lot. But I made mistakes I own them. And I didn't fight with the southern district of New York. I didn't put the system through an entire scenario. But what I did do is I pled guilty, and I am going to be again going to prison. So that was Michael Cohen hitting. Back on Jim, Jordan. And when I say, Jim, I spell it G Y M, just you know, because we can a few others when when when when Jordan finished Eleanor, Holmes, Norton went and Mark meadows. Then it went back and forth. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts Democrat. Was the next clip that I pulled I'm going in order, by the way, just because it's the easiest way to get through all these. And again, I'm picking and choosing. There were a lot of holy shit moments during the. The thing today. So here is Stephen Lynch from Massachusetts want to talk about a low point how about Mr. Papadopoulos pled guilty. Mr. Manafort convey, convicted pled guilty to other charges, Mr. gates pled guilty, Mr. Flint, pud guilty. Mr. Pinedo Pell pled guilty, Mr. van does want plead guilty. Yeah. To Kalinic indicted for obstruction of Justice and for two years, you wanna talk about an agenda. My friends on the other side of the hour refused to bring any of these people up before the committee. So today for the first day, we have one witness who voluntarily is coming forward to testify your side Ren away from the truth. And we're trying to bring it to the American people. Hell, yeah. So so there was some pushback again on Jim Jordan now, I lied. I do have I have another Republican clip to play just because I mean, each one of the Republicans on this panel was. Is worse than the one before. So gosar, wait. What's his first name? You remember gosar, Paul gosar of Arizona? He's the one who his siblings, and he has got a big family his siblings. All cut a commercial saying why people should not vote for Paul gosar for congress because he's horrible Paul gosar, the guy who said I forget what hearing it was. But he's a dentist. He knows how to read body language, that's this guy. And again, this was the Republicans tacked in going up against Michael Cohen today's hearing, Mr. Colin, you know, you're disgraced disgrace lawyer. I mean, you've you've been disbarred loyalty duty of confidentiality attorney client privilege, listen very closely at the end of this Michael Cohen gets in really good Zinger. Will it wouldn't do what you are doing here today? So let's go back at this credibility. You want us to make sure that we think of you as a real philanthropic icon. That you're about Justice. They you're the person that somebody would call at three o'clock in the morning. No, they wouldn't not at all. We saw Mr. Comber dissect you right in front of this committee who con- conflicted your testimony, sir. You're a path pathological liar. You don't know truth from from from falsehood, sir? Are you referring to the president? Eight. When I ask you a question all aspirin twice Cohen said it just in case you missed it. The first time are you referring to me or the president when gosar said? He's a pathological liar. Okay. Moving right along. I just it was a good dig that. Michael Cohen got in. And he did it twice and it was worthy of hearing. Jim Cooper of Tennessee. And other democrat asked a great question. He asked Michael Cohen. When did he realize that it was a mistake to work for Donald Trump? And and I gotta say I found a lot of Cohen's answers pretty thoughtful. I think look this is a guy who at this point has nothing left to lose. He has no reason to lie anymore. He saw what happened to Paul Manafort who kept lying after. You know, he was allegedly in a deal with the prosecutors and. Paul manafort's not gonna see daylight again. I think Michael Cohen. Well, here's how he answered that question. Cohen several times in your testimony. You state the bad things that you did from Mr. Trump. And at some point you apparently changed. Your course of action is a recurring refrain in your testimony that says and yet I continued to work for him. But at some point you change, what was the breaking point at which you decided to start telling the truth. There are several factors Helsinki Charlottesville. Watching the daily destruction of our civility to one another. Putting up silly things. Like this that silly really unbecoming of congress. It's that sort of behaviour. That I'm responsible for. I'm responsible for your silliness. Because I did the same thing that you're doing now for ten years. I'd protected Mr. Trump for ten years, and the fact that you pull up a news article that has no value to it. And you wanna use that as the premise for discrediting me that I'm not the person that people called at three o'clock in the morning would make you inaccurate in actuality would make you a liar, which puts you into the same position that I am in. And I can only warn people the more people that follow Mr. Trump as I did blindly are going to suffer the same consequences that I'm suffering. Okay. So that again, a great answer. I thought from Michael Cohen on on. When did he realize it was a mistake to work for Trump? And the first two things he cited Helsinki. Hello, and Charlottesville. Yeah. I'd say that might do it. Especially since Michael Cohen's family escaped from the holocaust. I don't know how I honestly don't know how he could have ever. Stayed working for him. But. At least he finally saw the air his ways, I suppose, I guess it might have taken Trump, but you know, turning his back on Michael Cohen for him to get it. But whatever. Let's see I'm looking through my notes again. Remember, I told you about tonight. I didn't even pull that one. Okay. Okay. All right. Jerry Connolly, a democrat from Virginia asked. Well, here asked this to the president in any way from your point of view coach you in terms of how to respond to questions or the content of your testimony before a house committee, again, it's difficult to answer because he doesn't tell you what he wants what he does is again, Michael. There's no Russia. There's no collusion. There's no involvement. There's no interference. I know what he means because I've been around him for so long. So if you're asking me whether or not that's the message that staying on point. That's the party line that he created that. So many others are now touting yes, that's the message that he wanted to reinforce. Okay. So Donald Trump doesn't tell you to do anything. There's a code. And in fact, I have another clip from later on let me see if I can find this one because it here number sixty seven and actually what's interesting is this question was from just in a mosh. The only Republican who was at least courteous to Cohen and. One of the few who voted. You know, a with the Democrats against Trump's national emergency. Anyway, here's the other question about Trump's code USA jested that the president sometimes communicates is wishes indirectly. For example, you said. Quote, Mr. Trump did not directly tell me the lie to congress. That's not how he operates end quote. Can you explain how he does this? Sure. It would be no different. If I said, that's the nicest looking tie I've ever seen, isn't it? What are you gonna do? You're gonna fight with him. The answer is no it's the nicest looking tired I've ever seen. That's how he speaks. He doesn't give you questions. He doesn't give you orders. He speaks in code. I understand the code because I've been around him for a decade at your impression that others who worked for him understand the code is well in most people, yes, they understand the code interesting. All right, quick programming note C span is now flashing on its Chiron that they are expecting to return from the break at about four pm eastern. Which is of course, when the show ends. So what we're going to do here is, of course, we're going to finish up the show as usual at four o'clock eastern. So we have a nice one hour long program to air on progressive voices at six PM eastern tonight because the show runs on a delay. But we're going to keep going on YouTube. And of course on my stream when the hearing comes back on because. We can you know, that's the beauty about the way we do it here. All right. So all that is is going on a stick around. Again. We're going through some of the highlights or lowlights of. This morning's testimony, one of my favorite members of congress is from Maryland has name is Jamie Raskin, if you haven't heard him you need to listen to him. He's he's always a spot on and his entire five minutes. Today was really good. I'm just gonna play a couple of of his quick questions. Like this one can you carefully. Explain to America, how the hush money payments to cure, McDougal, and stormy Daniels. Worked can you carefully? Explain what catch and kill is. Sure. I received a phone call regarding both Karen McDougal as well. As stormy Daniels, obviously different times, stating that there were issues that we're going to be damaging to Mr. Trump. With the stormy Daniels. It started in twenty eleven when she wanted to have something removed from the website. And that was the first time I met key. I spoke with Keith Davidson her then acting attorney, and we were successful in having taken down from the website wasn't until years later did right by around the time of the campaign to they come back, and they ask what? What are you going to do now because she's back on the trail trying to sell the story at which point in time, David pecker on behalf of the National Enquirer reached out to her and her attorney in order to go take a look at? Lie detector test. That would prove that she was telling the truth. They then contacted me and told me that she was telling the truth that which point again all the time. If you took a lie detector allegedly took a lie detector test and was seen by an employee of the national choir at which point in time. I went straight into Mr. Trump's office. I explain why this time it's different than another time. Okay. Now when you say different another time were there other women paid sexual hush money by Donald Trump, or is organization was this standard operating. No. So you're not aware of any other cases, where to taken place, I'm not aware of any other case that Mr. Trump paid so which brings us to the Karen McDougal. He was supposed to pay. He was supposed to pay one hundred and twenty five thousand dollars for the life story of Karen McDougal, for whatever the reason may be he elected not to pay it. David pecker was very angry because there was also other monies that David had expended on his behalf on. Unfortunately, David never got paid back for that either. So David pecker had done this in other cases of other mistresses or women. Others some circumstances. Yes. Okay. Not all of them had to do with women are aware of anything that the president has done at home or abroad that may have subjected him to or may subject him to extortion or blackmail. I am not. No, okay. Are you aware of any videotapes that may be the subject of extortion or blackmail? I've heard about these tapes for a long time. I've had many people contact me over the years. I have no reason to believe that that tape exists damn. So he doesn't know if there's the p tape. Oh, well, all right. Well, okay. But then Jamie Raskin. You know, went off into Russia territory asking about Felix Sater in December two thousand fifteen. Donald Trump was asked about his relationship with Felix Seder, a convicted felon and real estate developer replied, Felix sater's, boy have to even think about it. I'm not that familiar with them. Why did Trump endeavor to hide his relationship with Felix sater's, what was his relationship? Well, he certainly had relationship EULEX was a partner in company called bayrock that was involved in the deal that he Trump SoHo hotel as well as I believe the Trump Fort Lauderdale project. Why did he want to distance himself? That's what Mr. Trump tusk he distances himself when things go bad for someone. And at that point in time who was going bed for Mr. Seder. We're going to get back to Jamie Raskin in a couple of minutes because he had one more question that was important, but I'm going to jump ahead to Harley Rueda router, it one of the one of the, you know, yucky candidate yucky Democrats from southern California, I think Harley wrote a took what's his name seat. God I can picture him the car thief. Darrell Leisa took their licensed seat. He's he's one of those multimillionaires who sell funded his campaign and. Blue doggy kind of guy, but he really pushed on the field. Exciter question November two thousand and thirteen President Donald Trump testified under oath in a lawsuit related to the failed real estate project, Trump International hotel and tower in Fort Lauderdale during the deposition, President Trump was asked about his knowledge of Felix Seder, a Russian born real estate developer and convicted member of the Russian mafia who according to press reports but guilty for his role in a forty million stock manipulation scheme, and it's worth noting as well publicized, the direct relationship between the Russian mafia and the Kremlin over the years. President Trump was asked how many times he interacted with convicted Russian mobster Felix Seder in two thousand thirteen President Trump testified that quote, not many if he were sitting in the room right now. I really wouldn't know what he looked like. Wow, unquote. Wow. How Mr. Cohen as you. Previously testified isn't it? True that President Trump new convicted Russian mobster Felix eight or in two thousand and thirteen when he made that statement. Yes. Isn't it true that because of Mr. sater's relationship to the Trump organization that he had an office in the Trump Tower listening to that and on the twenty six to twenty two twenty six is important why because it's Mr. Trump's floor. So he had an office on the same for as President Trump. In fact, his office when he left became my off. Oh, it isn't it also true that convicted Russian mobster Seder even had business cards indicating that he was a senior adviser to Donald Trump as reported by the Washington Post. Yes. Did convicted Russian mobster Seder pay rent for his office. No, he didn't know. So based on those facts, isn't it true that President Trump misled at best or worst lied under oath? Yes. Yes. Donald Trump lied under thousand fifteen President Trump was asked again about his relationship to convicted Russian mobster, Mr. Seder by reporter for the Associated Press. He stated quote Felix Seder, boy, I have to even think about it. He added, quote, I'm not that familiar with him, unquote. Mr clone. Where would we find business records that explain the president's relationship to the convicted Russian mobster Felix sater's would those be in the Trump organizations files? They'd be in the Trump organizations files there would be CC's to pay rock, which was the name of Mr. Seder's company. I suspect on Mr. sater's Email address possibly hard files in possession of Mr. Seder, pretty damning testimony. Donald Trump lied under oath. Like, really know Phoenix. I if he was in the room with Felix sater's, I couldn't pick him out bull shit. I know what our shocker the Donald Trump lied. But here's Michael Cohen under oath testifying before congress that the president of the United States lied under oath just saying. Michael Cohen one of the charges. He made was that. In his the the first time he came before congress, and he testified when he admitted that he lied. He said he had to give his written statement his testimony to Trump's lawyers who edited it before he testified. And of course, Jamie Raskin asked him about that you said you lied to congress about Trump's negotiations to filled his Moscow tower because he'd made it clear to you that he wanted you to lie. One of the reasons you knew this is because quote, Mr. Trump's personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement in the congress about the timing of the Moscow tower negotiations before I gave it so this is a pretty breathtaking claim, and I just want to get to the facts here. Which specific lawyers reviewed an edited your statement to congress on the Moscow tower negotiations and did they make any changes to your statement? There were changes made additions J Secolo for one where there is about the timing. The question of time as expired, you may enter that there were several changes that would made including how we were going to handle that message was the the message, of course, being the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow project state and remained alive. That was one of the changes. Yes, rokhmin. So there he is d- tailing that changes that Trump's attorneys may to his testimony that he then delivered to congress. He lied with the help. Of Donald Trump's lawyers. Unbelievable unbelievable. But it's totally believable because we're dealing with Donald fucking Trump. All right. So so we're going through some of the testimony from this morning. Let's see where do I want to go next? Hm? Okay. We're going to go to. I didn't have time to pull all the clips that I flagged 'cause I only looked twenty minutes from the time they broke until Showtime. A one point Michael Cohen said I, you know, I'm the one who got this whole thing started the whole meaning the whole Donald Trump for president in Jim Jordan's like you said use you're the one who started this. And and Michael Cohen said yes with a website called should Trump run dot com that they put up on on the web in two thousand eleven that was his idea, and Jim Jordan what it showed was. That that the Republicans were not very well prepared. I'll tell you the other thing that you know, they went on and on berating cone for being a pathological liar. And it was not until after that that Cohen debunked some of the rumors we've heard there was one about a videotape from an elevator that showed Donald Trump hitting Malania. Cohen said he doesn't know he doesn't believe that that exists. He'd heard about it. But he doesn't believe it exists. Then he doesn't think Donald Trump would ever hit Malania. He doesn't think the pe- tape exists. He doesn't think there's a table blackmail, some some of those right wing lies and smears he debunked. You know, he said, you know, the things about Trump weren't true. But but the Republicans had already discredited him they shot themselves in the foot. Peter Welch of Oregon did a great job in his opening statement. Michael Cohen talked about Roger stone calling Donald Trump and saying that he had just spoken to Julian Assange and talked about these emails that from the DNC that they were going to dump Peter Welch got into detail on that one of the most significant events in the last presidential campaign, of course, was the dump of Email stolen from the Democratic National Committee dumped by WikiLeaks. Mr. Cohen during your opening statement, which was at the height of the election. You testified you were actually meeting with Donald Trump in July twenty sixteen when Roger stone happened to call and tell Mr. Trump that he had just spoken to Julian Assange is that correct those correct? All right. And you said that Mr Assange told Mr. Trump about an upcoming coating your opening statement, quote, massive dump of. Emails that my image. I'm Hillary campaign. So I want to ask you about. Roger stone's phone call to the president first of all was that on speakerphone. Is that what you indicated? Yes. Mr. Trump is a black speakerphone that sits on his desk. He uses it quite often because with all the number of phone calls. He gets now in January of this year twenty nineteen the New York Times asked President Trump, if he ever spoke to Roger stone about these stolen emails in President Trump answered and I quote, no, I didn't I never did. Was that statement by President Trump true? No, it's not accurate, and can you please? Describe for us to the best of your recollection. You were present exactly what Mr. stone said to Mr. Trump. Was a short conversation. And he said, Mr. Trump, I just wanted to let you know that I just got off the phone with Julian Assange and into couple of days, there's going to be a massive dump of emails. Well, that's going to severely hurt the Clinton campaign, and whereas Mr. Trump, and Mr. stone aware of where those emails came from that I'm not aware of did Mr. Trump ever suggest then or later kit. Call the FBI to report each dating over express that to math course, did the president at that time or ever since. And your knowledge indicate an awareness that this conduct was wrong. No. The reason I ask is because on July twenty second on the eve of the democratic convention WikiLeaks published as you know, the twenty thousand leaked internal DNC emails could your meeting with Mr. Trump have been before that date. Yes. So Mr. Trump was aware of the upcoming dump before it actually happened. Yes. Right. And is there any Recco? I don't know whether he knew or not, and I don't believe he did what the substance of the dump was going to be only that there was going to be a dump of emails, and he was aware of that before the dump occurred after all, right? And are there any records that would corroborate the day of this meeting calendars, perhaps I'm not in possession? But I believe again, this is part of the special counsel, and they in my best suited to corroborate that infamous was anyone else present in the room during the call. I don't recall for this one. No, sir. Is there anyone else that committee should talk to about the president's knowledge of the WikiLeaks, Email dump? Well, again, when he called Rhona Graff yelled out to Mr. Trump Rogers online one which was regular practice in. That's his assistant. That's his. Yes. Enduring a news conference on July twenty seventh twenty sixteen then candidate Trump public publicly appealed to Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails and make them public. He stated and I quote Russia if you're listening. I hope you're able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing now going back to Mr. stones phone call to the president you recall, if Mr. Trump had knowledge of the WikiLeaks dump at the time of his direct appeal to Russia. I am not. But the call with Mr. stone you believe was before. Yes. This twenty seven I'm sorry. I thought you talking about a different set of. Documents that got dumped. So I was in Mr. Trump's office was either July eighteenth or nineteenth? And yes, he went ahead. I don't know if the thirty five thousand thirty thousand emails was what he was referring to he certainly had knowledge. Thank of course. Roger stone tweeted out that the Cohen is lying, I believe violating the gag order. He's allowed to proclaim his innocence per the judge. But he's not allowed to to weigh in on any other aspect of the case. So hopefully, the judge will throw Roger stone's ass in jail where he belongs. That was great QNA from Peter Welch Vermont. I'm sorry. I said Oregon as Horry I'm going about a million miles minute here and trying to get everything straight. I have not forgotten about the asshole from northern Florida. Matt gaetz. We'll get to him in just a moment. But but I want to run through the rest of the first part of the day's testimony. The clips that I pulled for you. Anyway, before we get to that Jackie speier of California asked a few questions, she asked about which White House attorneys edited. His testimony which we already got that answer. It was. Oh, God J Secolo. And then he mentioned Abbe Lowell who's the attorney for Jared and Vonk apparently. So a few of those attorneys had their fingers in Michael Cohen's flawed statement to congress. Let's see she asked about that elevator tape that I mentioned about Donald Trump allegedly hitting Malania. He he Cohen dismiss that. He said he didn't believe it was true. Then this. This question and answer pausing here because I want to make sure you hear it. And when you're listening to this remember that they're talking about the sitting president of the United States. How many times did Mr. Trump ask you to threaten an individual or entity on his behalf? Quite a few times times more two hundred times more five hundred time probably over the over the ten years ten years. He you when you say threaten them with litigation or. An argument with intimidation nasty reporter that has writing an article. Up to five hundred times Donald Trump had him threaten somebody whether it be a reporter or a business person. And she mentioned intimidation, I'm going to jump ahead to congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of California. Another woman of color, who was just awesome. And well, just listen to this exchange. I just want to put on a record is being a black American and having endured the public comments of racism from the sitting president as being a black person. I can only imagine what's being said in private and to prop up one member of our entire race, a black people and say that that nullifies that is totally insulting. And in in this. You know, what hold on let let let me back up because what she was referring to is near the beginning of the hearing, Jim Jordan or Mark meadows. Interchangeable to me. I can't tell one from the other. They all look alike this big. It's. One of them brought up, you know, a black woman who was a Trump staffer and said this person says Donald Trump's not a racist. It's like saying, you know, my black friend is proof that I'm not a racist. He actually brought up a black woman and said she worked for Donald Trump. And she said, he's not a racist. So sorry, let's know it puts this back in in perspective. I just want to put on record is being a black American and having endured the public comments of racism from the sitting president. Yup. As being a black person. I can only imagine what's being said in private and to prop up one member of our entire race of black people and say that that thing is totally insulting. And in in this environment of expecting president to be inclusive and to look at his administration. Speaks volume. So I have some questions I want to talk to you about this intimidation of witness this Cohen, you were initially scheduled to testify before the house oversight committee on February the seven, but your legal team delayed your testimony quoting ongoing threats against your family from the president and attorney Giuliani is that correct just, ma'am. And then on November twenty ninth after you omitted that the president's negotiations over real estate project in Russia continue well through the summer before the twenty sixteen election, President Trump called you quote, a weak person in accused you of lying and then on December sixteenth after eight twenty eighteen after you disclosed that it was the president who directed you to arrange hush money payments to stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to conceal his extramarital affairs. He called you the president United States a rat. Mr. coin, why do you feel or believe that the president is repeatedly attacking you? You are stating that you feel intimidated asking us to protect you following your cooperation with law enforcement. When you have access to sixty plus million people that follow you on social media, and you have the ability within which to spark some action by individuals that follow at follow him. And from his own words that he can walk down Fifth Avenue shoot someone and get away with it. It's never comfortable when the president of the United States can do to you. A lot. And it's not just him. It's those people that follow him in his rhetoric. What is a lot? I don't know. I don't walk with my wife. If we go to a restaurant go somewhere. I don't walk with my children. I make them go before me because I'm I have fear, and it's the same fear that I had before when he initially decided to drop that tweet in my cell phone, I receive some, and I'm sure you you'll understand I received some. Tweets I received some Facebook messenger, all sorts of social media. Attacks upon me. Whether it's to private direct message that I've had to turn over to secret service because they are the most vile, disgusting statements that anyone can never receive when it starts to affect your children. That's when it really affects you threats and intimidation. This is the way of the world of Donald Trump. We've got some breaking news, and it's good news. Good new window. Well, it's just a starting point. But, hey, we'll take good news wherever we can get it these days, the reason that the Cohen hearing is on a recess is because the house of representatives was voting on this background, universal background checks Bill. The house passed legislation mandating federal criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions in the most high-profile congressional vote on gun control. In decades. The vote was to forty to one ninety meaning a few Republicans actually voted for it. I don't know who yet. But we'll we'll look later, obviously, it's still faces stiff competition in the in the Republican controlled house. But that's good news. All right. Okay. So yesterday. We we all saw it sort of the tweet that shocked the nation in a in a time when nothing shocks us anymore. But this piece of shit Matt gaetz congressman from Florida. He actually represents. The part of the Florida panhandle. That's all right. You know, Alabama. Adjacent. It's the district that Joe Scarborough used to represent in case that helps you at all. Anyway, that's that's where Matt gaetz is from northern Florida Alabama country, so Matt gaetz. We were speaking about intimidation. He did his best I guess imitation of Trump intimidation via tweet when he tweeted out yesterday. Hey at Michael Cohen to one to do your wife and father in law know, about your girlfriend's maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she'll remain faithful when you're in prison, she's about to learn a lot. He actually tweeted that Nancy Pelosi put out a tweet criticizing him late last night gates or early this morning, gates apologized and deleted, the tweet. But the damage was already done. And a lot of people are calling for. Not only a referral to the ethics committee. In fact, did I find it. God damn it. I thought I wrote it the state of Florida apparently is. Damn it. I didn't I didn't copy the story. State of Florida is is. The Florida bar association. Sorry is investigating it. But but I want to go to back to the hearing. And the last democrat to ask questions was a congresswoman that I had never met before never met hadn't heard of named. Stacey Stacey Plaskitt from the US Virgin Islands. And she said this on behalf of the many members here who have expressed to your family are apologies to your family. But I want to apologize for the inappropriate comments in tweets that have been made by other members of this body and as a former prosecutor and his former counsel on house ethics. I think that the very least there should be a referral to the ethics committee of witness intimidation, tampering under USC fifteen twelve of my colleague, Matt gaetz and at maybe possibly him being referred for criminal prosecution. So I wanna put that on the record. Okay. And she went on to ask more questions. But good for her for bringing that up. All right. We are now coming to the end of the hour just about time for the regular show to end, we've got a minute left. But what we're gonna do over time the Nicole Sandler show overtime today. So we're going to we're going to end things for our friends that the progressive voices network and the other wonderful stations that carry the show because it's an hour long show. So we we need to give them a distinct ending. But then we're going to keep going for anyone who wants to hang around. The session is supposed to reconvene any moment. Now, they're saying it's supposed to start up again right around four o'clock. And we are just now hitting four o'clock eastern. The vote is finalized the legislation passed, and so they will be going back to the testimony. Hopefully, soon it says the Chiron on C span says committee hearing resumes live shortly. Yes, Nancy Pelosi issued a statement rebuking it and. Yeah. But we'll see what else happens. All right. So thank you to people listening to the podcast. We'll see you tomorrow by. Now for everyone else. We're still here. Hey, all right. So let's see there's it's overtime. Glad that's over. I am going to have to at some point pull the audio and podcast. It's so it could run on progressive voices at six o'clock. But but we'll get there. Hopefully, this'll end before then there's one more clip that I pulled it. I didn't get to that. While we're waiting for the live testimony to start again. This is Robin Kelly another member of congress that I wasn't familiar with Robin Kelly is from Illinois, and she asked questions about the whole payment to stormy Daniels. And why it was set up the way it was where where Michael Cohen took out a home equity line of credit and had a special account made. And wait till you hear his reasons for doing it that way the bottom line is he didn't want to he didn't want his wife to know. Listen to this. Thank you, Mr. chair, Mr. Cohen. I'd like to ask you more about the details of the one hundred thirty thousand dollars payment you made to Stephanie Clifford the. Foam. Actress known as stormy Daniels in order to purchaser silence shortly before the two thousand sixteen elections. I according to documents filed by federal prosecutors in New York, you created a show company called the central consultants LLC is that correct? It's correct. And you created this company for the purpose of making the payment to miss Clifford. Is that correct? A most of the things. Yes, you didn't use the home equity line of credit to fund the account in the name of essential consultants. LLC is that correct? That's correct. You then wired one hundred thirty thousand dollars to the attorney representing miss Clifford at that time and wrote in the memo field for the wire the word, quote retainer is that correct? Correct. Can you tell us why you decided to use this complicated process to make this payment? Well, starting an LLC is not a sophisticated means LLC call up a company you pay for it. And they open it for you. And the reason that I used the home equity line of credit has opposed to cash that I had in the same exact Bank was I didn't want my wife to know about it because she handles all of the banking, and I didn't want her coming to me and asking me, what was one hundred thirty thousand dollars for. And then I was going to be able to move money from one account to the other and to paid off because I didn't want to have to explain to her what that payment was about. I sent it to the count the interest on lawyers account to keep Davidson, California mistake. Nls attorney. He would hold it in escrow until such time. As I received the executed NDA nondisclosure women, did Mr. Trump. No, you were going to this process to hide the payment. Yes, why not just use Mr. Trump's personal or company Bank account to make the payment? Why was a distraction so important beside you not wanting to know what his concern was was that. There would be a check that has his very distinct signature onto it even after she cashed. The check all you need to do is make a photocopy of it. And it's kind of proof positive on exactly what took place. So here. He the goal was to keep him far away from as possible. Can anyone corroborate? What you have shared with us. Absolutely. And that is Keith Davidson Alan Weisselberg, President Trump. Now, let's talk about the reimbursement. According to federal prosecutors, and I quote after the election Cohen sort we 'imbursement election-related expenses, including the hundred thirty thousand dollar payment. Prosecutors stated that you and I quote, presented an executive an executive of the company with a copy of a Bank statement. We've black thing one hundred thirty thousand dollar wire transfers that accurate Jacques your do. You still have a copy of that Bank statement, just it's actually part of the exhibit. So you go provided to the commitment. According to federal prosecutors executives at the company, then and I quote agreed to reimburse them by adding hundred and thirty thousand and fifty thousand grossing up that amount to three hundred sixty thousand for tax purposes. And adding a sixty thousand dollar bonus such that comb would be paid four hundred and twenty thousand in total executives of the company decided to pay the four hundred twenty thousand in monthly installments at thirty five. Thousand over the course of a year is that Atkins those accurate. What was the purpose of grossing up the amounts essentially, doubling what you had paid to MRs miss Clifford and other because if you pay one hundred thirty thousand dollars and you live in New York where you have a fifty percent tax bracket. In order to get you one thirty back you have to have to sixty otherwise my if he gave me back one thirty. I would only I'd be out sixty five thousand. What was the purpose of spreading the reimbursements to you over the twelve monthly installments that was an order to hide what the pain was. I obviously wanted the money in one shot occurred it that way. But in order to be able to. But it onto the books. Allen Weisselberg made the decision. That it should be paid over the twelve months. So that it would look like a retainer and did Mr. Trump. No about this. We 'imbursement method. Oh, you knew about everything. Yes. He knew about Cohen. So the president now only knew about the payments. He knew and help to hide the payments and the reimbursements to you we've discussed everything had to go through Mr. Trump and had to be approved by Mr. Trump. And now you're going to prison, and he's an I'm going to prison. Yes, ma'am. And he's in the White House. It is sickening. So that so there's all the time doubt perfectly just made it through the hour, and then a little psalm with all the audio. I pulled from this morning. The C span is showing a live action in the hearing room. Resuming shortly. So they'll be coming shortly. A few things to share with you while we're waiting for them to resume. I was just reading a few things on Twitter one. As I mentioned earlier, the Florida bar spokesman for the Florida bar said, quote, I can confirm. We have opened an investigation involving Florida Representative gets now deleted tweet about Michael cone. So there's that. Let's see. Oh Cohen hearing now set to resume at four fifteen. Yeah. All right. So we've got a few minutes to kill here. Let me see what else happened. In. That's something else. So so let's go to Vietnam for a moment while we have a break here where obviously Donald Trump and Kim Jong UN are having their second, bro. Fests the American press corps. The White House. Press corps was put up at this Malia hotel in Hanoi. They've been there for weeks setting up getting all their equipment in place to do the the live shots and everything. Well, it turns out that's where Kim Jong Hoon was booked to stay. And I heard one of the TV reporters who was staying at the hotel talk about when Clem arrived yesterday, and they put out a red carpet and had this whole ceremony. And she said usually when a head of state comes to a hotel. It's a very quiet thing. They usually come in through a back interest entrance. They don't want to call attention to themselves. They had this whole ceremony for him. And the the US press corps was told you all. I'll have to leave. This is the way this administration protects our media. Then there was a scrum of some sort and a couple of the American journalists shouted out questions as they tend to do Donald Trump band those two reporters from covering the rest of the day. It just is. It just is stunning. The way this. This president treats the press. Well, and again, he calls them the enemy of the people. So we should know John Roberts of FOX just tweeted a little while ago in nearly ten years covering the White House having been on presidential trips to more than one hundred countries. I have never seen the White House press corps, kicked out of our unilateral press. Lash broadcast center by request of a foreign leader. And then what I was just talking about Jonathan Lemere of the Associated Press. It was one of those reporters that was kicked out. He tweeted several print reporters, including the three wire services were barred from the Trump Kim dinner after Jeff Mason, and I had asked questions of the president during earlier events. We this is a slippery slope. I actually it's not even that slippery. This is a fucking slope. Yeah. Unbelievable. Trying to think if there's anything else, you know, what let me take a quick break. Because if they're not coming back until four fifteen we've got a few minutes. Let's. We'll take a quick break. We'll check in with Brad and Desi and get the green news report and come back for round two because coming up for the Democrats up on deck. We have a hold on. I'm going to read you the list of the remaining Democrats to still ask questions of Michael Cohen our row Khanna, Jimmy Gomez, Alexandria, Cossio Cortez ion Presley and were she to to leave the progressive wing. The Democratic Party is coming up in the questioning next. That's why we're on overtime on the Nicole Sandler show and coal familar dot com and on YouTube. We're no longer on the progressive voices network at least not till tomorrow. Anyway, cooling back to Elijah Cummings. I want to finalize relating to your truth in testimony form. The form requires you to list, your contracts or payments originating from a foreign government, not from all foreign entities. We said we would give you a chance to consult with your journeys. Have you done that into you at any just information? My four turnings continued to believe as they did before that the language of the truth in testimony form, which I was given signed just right before this hearing, and which requires disclosure of any contracts or payments from foreign governments in the last two years did not apply to my work for BT a Bank, which is owned entity. They'd vise that had entities been intended for disclosure that word would have been in the disclosure definition. However, if the committee's council has a different view that I should disclose my contract with BT Bank. We'd be willing to do that. No. That's chairman. Let me finish. Sure. I want to understand clearly you are youth thought the advice. If you council is that, right? That's correct. And your counsel advise you to say what you just said is that right? That's correct. And you know, that to be the truth. Is that right? Yes, sir. I will yield to the gentlemen from. I think the chairman for his courtesy, Mr Chairman instead of making points of order and going on this perhaps a way to solve this is for the chairman to require Cohen give to this committee all the foreign payments that he is received over the last two years whether they're an entity or a government because we have strong belief. Mr Chairman, there's over nine hundred thousand dollars that came from the government of Kazahkstan on behalf of Mr. Cohen. And it is either the truth the whole truth are nothing, but the truth and the rules, Mr. Mr. chair chairman. Really look at foreign payments that come from or with foreign governments and in the Bank. He's talking about is owned eighty one percent by the Khazakstan government reclaiming my time reclaiming much, and then we're going to move on. What I would take. I would first of all let me be clear. I said to Mr. coin. That if he came in here and lied. I would nail him to the cross. Yes. You did more than once. Right. So if there's any ambiguity, I want that to be cleared up. I have no problem in working with you to make sure that straighten out because I don't I don't want it to be a thing where he thinks think one thing we think one thing, and we can we can clear that up by right? We have another members have been waiting on that subject. I got miss chairman. I don't think we should be limited just to the Bank, which has the affiliation with Kazakhistan. I think we should also look at Korea aerospace industries, one of his other clients, and any other client that's foreign that may have some connection to that respective countries. Government help him and his attorneys look at all those and we get the exactly right as Mr. meadows one quitting my time. We will take that certainly under advisement. You are. I'm a man of my word. We will do we'll work with you. And see what we can do to come up with that. I don't think that it's an unreasonable request. Mischievous? Lana. Hello, mR, Khanna, ro Khanna paging, ro Khanna your turn Cohen. Here we go. I want to focus my questions on the smoking gun document, you have provided this committee. This document is compelling evidence of federal and state crimes including financial fraud. You provided this committee with a check from president Donald J Trump's revoke -able trust account, which is marked as exhibit five. It is a check for thirty five thousand dollars, and it is dated March seventeenth two thousand seventeen and after the president took office. It's right now on the screen, you see it, sir. Yes, sir to be cleared. The Trump provoke -able trust is the trust the president said up to hold his assets after he became president. Is that correct? I believe so do you know why you were paid from the trust as opposed to the president's personal account? I don't know the answer to that. Did you think it was odd that he paid you once from his personal account, and then he's paying you through the scheme? Trust. Yes. I'll be honest. I was just had to get the check today. You testified that the check was signed by Donald Trump junior and the Trump organization CFO, Ellen Weisselberg is that correct? That is correct. According to the criminal charges against you. You send monthly invoices containing false information to an individual identified as executive one Weisselberg is executive one, correct? Yes. The criminal charge against you. Then states that executive one forwarded your invoice to someone referred to as executive to presumably Donald Trump junior who signing this check is executive to correct. I believe so. As federal prosecutors laid out in their criminal charges payments. Like this check resulted in numerous false statements in the books and records of the Trump organization, and it's important for the American public to understand there's nothing to do with conclude collusion. This is financial fraud garden variety fraud, it was disguised as a payment for legal services to you. But this was not a payment for legal services. Wasn't Mr. cone. No, sir. Wow. It could give rise to serious state and federal criminal liability. If a corporation is cooking gets books based on your don't today, Donald Trump junior and Alan Weisselberg directed this payment to you and approve this payment is that right? Mr. Trump initially knowledged, the obligation the debt myself an Allen Weisselberg went back to his office. And I was instructed by Alan at the time that they were going to do this over twelve installments and what he decided to do then was to have me send an invoice in which case they can have a check cut. And then yes, the answer would be yes. To your. Yes, you're felony. Yeah. Junior obviously signed off on this. It would either be Eric Trump, Donald Trump junior and or Alan Weisselberg, but always Alan Weisselberg on the check, and you think executive to is Donald Trump junior. Yes. They knew that this payment. False and illegal. Correct. I can make that conclusion you told Representative Kelly that the president was aware of this scheme. Is that correct? That's correct. Yes. I just want the American public to understand the explosive nature of your tears testimony in this document. Are you telling us mister Cohen that the president directed transplant actions in conspiracy with Alan Weisselberg and his son Donald Trump junior as part of a civil criminal as part of a criminal conspiracy, a financial fraud is that your testimony today. Yes. Wow. Did I tell you all financial scheme that the president Ellen Weisselberg and Donald Trump junior are involved in is being investigated by the southern district of New York. I'd rather not discuss that question because could be part of a investigations currently ongoing, but I just want the American public to understand that's wholly apart from Bob Muller's investigation. There is garden variety financial fraud and your allegation and the explosive smoking gun documents suggest that the president his son in a CFO maybe involved in a criminal conspiracy. And isn't it true? Mr. Cohen that this criminal conspiracy that involved four people that there's only one person so far who suffered the reprecussions, and that's why you're in jail who'll be going to jail. Yes. That three other people though who were equally involved in this conspiracy. It is true. Thank you, Mr. company row. Khanna everyone. Yes. I told you the afternoon session was going to be great Jimmy Gomez. Oh, we're just going Democrats. Here we go Jimmy Gomez, born uncle the president's toughest turns sixteen campaign. You said you personally, wouldn't quote allow them to release those returns until the audits are over unquote for the record. Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax returns, even while under audit by the IRS. Mr. Cohen, do you know, whether President Trump's tax returns, we're really under audit by the IRS in two thousand sixteen. I don't know the answer I asked for a copy of the audit. So that I could use it. Great question. My. My. Statements to the press, and I was never able to obtain one. So do you have any inside knowledge about what was in the president's tax returns that he refused to release? I do not can you give us any insight into what the real reason is that the president has refused to release his tax returns statements that he had said to me is that what he didn't want. Who's to have an entire group of think tanks that our tax experts run through his tax return and start ripping it to pieces, and then he'll end up in an audit and till ultimately have tax tactical consequences penalties and so on. So that's an interesting point that basically said he didn't want to release his tax returns because he might end up in an audit. So could you presume from that statement that he wasn't under I presume that he's not under it? The reason why I bring this up because I'm also the only. Democrat on this committee that also serves on the committee of ways and means it's the chief tax writing committee in the house of representatives. And it's still only committee in the house of representatives has jurisdiction to request an Americans tax returns. And that includes the president of the United States my constituents need to know, whether the president has financial ties that are causing him to protect his own bottom line rather than the best interests of this country. Can he be blackmailed because of his financial and business ventures, including foreign governments. And I know the opposition is the first thing they're going to ask or say is that he released his financial disclosure forms. But I believe that there's other things we can learn from his taxes. Do you? Do you have any idea what we can learn in his tax returns? If we actually we got our hands on them. No. I've actually I've seen them. I just have never gone through them. They're quite long quite long one of the things. I also find Ron IQ as the way they're kind of attacking us to undermine your credibility is one of the ways is by saying they commit a Bank fraud and tax evasion. And the reason why is a big deal is that it really goes down to the p a person's character when it comes to taxes. But yet the Republican minority has never asked to see his taxes. Right something that for forty years, Democrats and Republicans alike have released their tax returns to prove to the American people that they didn't have financial interests that would be leveragable by a foreign government. But this minority refuses to ask for his tax returns. I also want to kind of go on I'm noticing a pattern. I'm noticing a pattern about. The president and those in his inner circle special counsel, Robert Mueller's team has indicted or receive guilty pleas from thirty four people and three companies that we know of the latest being long-term Trump adviser, Roger stone. That group includes six former Trump advisor, it appears that the president has a fun is for entrusting those who will one lie for him to break. The law for him three cheat the system for him essentially, he wants to surround himself with people who are just like him. Would you agree with that statement? From the facts and circumstances that appear so Mr. Mr. Cohen, the American people have a lot of questions when it comes to this president because conduct when he went to Helsinki, and he bowed before Vladimir Putin, and nobody can really understand why he acts the way he acts, and we believe that the way we get those answers is really looking at everybody that surrounds him who's been associated with and his tax returns. Because that is the only way that we can get down to the to the bottom line. Thank you. And I yield back miss chairman champion, I have a unanimous consent. Request. I asked you to animus consent that we read into the roar for the record a tweet from Dr Daryll Scott, which says Michael Cohen ass. No beg me repeatedly to ask Podesta. Give him a job in the administration. He is still lying under oath. I ask unanimous consent. I have one more from Bob deal getting sick watching these hearings. I know Michael Cohen personally for many years, and he told me several times he was very angry and upset that he didn't get a post in the White House. And that he quote would do do what he has to do now to protect his family close quote. I asked that be. I thank you, Mr Chairman two quick wins. And then then if we got other ones what we're gonna do you miss rank amendment? Then do we'll do the other ones at the end because I have some things to want to get in high consent that an article in salon magazine written by Stanley brand former Jordan to tip O'Neill title. The article is oversight committee session with Michael Cohen. Looks like an illegitimate show hearing. In Florida and ask unanimous consent that a letter that Mr. meadows, and I sent to you the chairman requesting that you call deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein to testify at this hearing also be part of the record. Thank. I mean, there's mature men can I can I respond just one second. All right. The Article V mister Barone. I just want to deal with this right away. We when we saw that article. Mr. ranking member we knew that it was inaccurate. I mean, just on basics. I mean the cases that Mr. brand. Us are definitely distinguishable for what's going on here. And so we got Irvin b Nathan former general counsel of the house from two thousand seven to twenty ten and she says in short committee has ample jurisdiction and responsibility to consider the upcoming testimony, Colin that's dated February twenty nineteen twenty five twenty nineteen and one internet into record without objection. So ordered. We are we. Miss cossio. Here we go AO is Mr. Cohen. I'd like to quickly pick up on some previous lines of questioning before getting into my own. So I may go a little quickly to get it all in five minutes. I my colleague from Vermont had asked you several questions about am. I the parent the parent company of the National Enquirer, and in that you mentioned a treasure trove. A quote treasure trove of documents in David Packers office, relating information assembled from all these catch and kill operations against people who potentially had damaging information on the president. You also mentioned that the president was very concerned about the whereabouts of these documents, and who possess them does that treasure trove of documents still exist. I don't know I had asked David pecker for them. So you would say the person who knows the whereabouts of these documents would be David pecker poker? Berry Levin or Dylan Howard. Thank you. Secondly, I want to ask a little bit. About your conversation with my colleague from zuri about acid inflation. I'm to your knowledge to the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company. Yes. Who else knows that the president? Did this Allen Weisselberg Ron Liebman, and Matthew calamari, and where were the committee? Find more information on this. Do you think we need to review his financial statements and his tax returns in order to compare them? Just need funded at the Trump org. Thank you very much. Yeah. The last last thing here, the Trump golf organization currently has a golf course in my home borough of the Bronx, Trump links I drive past it every day going between Bronx and going to in the Bronx and queens. In fact, the Washington pulse reported on the Trump links. Bronx course in an article entitled tax payers built this New York, golf course. And Trump reaps the rewards where many that article is where many New Yorkers and people in the country learned that taxpayers spent one hundred and twenty seven million dollars to build Trump links in a quote, generous deal allowing President Trump to keep almost every. Dollar that flows. In on a golf course built with public funds. And it doesn't seem to be the only time the president has benefited at the expense of the public. Mr cohen. I want to ask you about your assertion that the president may have improperly devalued his assets to avoid paying taxes. According to an August twenty fourth August twenty first two thousand sixteen report by the Washington Post while the president claimed in financial disclosure forms that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter Florida was worth more than fifty million. He had reported otherwise to local taxes authorities that the course was worth quote, no more than five million. Mr. Cohen, do you know whether this specific report is accurate. It's identical to what he did at Trump National Golf Club at briar cliff manner. Do you to your knowledge was the president interested in reducing his local real estate bills tax bills? Yes. And how did he do that? What you do? Is. You deflate the value of the asset. And then you put in a request to the tax department for a deduction Inca now in October two thousand eighteen the New York Times revealed that quote, President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the nineteen nineties including instances of outright fraud that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents in. If further stated from Mr. Trump, quote, he also helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharp, reducing his tax Bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings. Mr. Oh, and do you know whether that's specific report is accurate. I don't I wasn't there in one thousand nine hundred. Who would know the answer to those questions? There we go again who has them unity to obtain federal and state tax returns from the president and his company to address that discrepancy believe so thank you very much. You'll the rest of my time to the chair Alexandria Cossio Cortes, everyone. Awesome. I on a Presley up next from Massachusetts, all all the great. In a row because there are more Democrats and Republicans on the committee for your leadership in the way in which you comport yourself in. I know there are some that would have you believe that the more you say something the more true it is. But in fact, this committee, thanks to your leadership, and our democratic majority has been joined the work of the American people before this committee alone. We looked at the issue of making election day, a federal holiday, reducing drug pricing in pursuit subpoenas to reunite families. And just recently before we returned here. Try to pass a universal background check gun Bill. So we are doing the business of the American people including today. It has been said that the best sunlight some light is said to be the best of disinfectants electric like is the most efficient policeman. We'll let there be light. Because the point of oversight is for us to pursue the trust to pursue the truth and Justice for the American. People to understand if lies deceit and corruption threatening American democracy and indeed our safety. Mr Chairman charities should not be abused as personal piggybanks. It is both against the law and extremely unfair to charities that play by the rules. A line of questioning that we have not yet addressed and we've been glaringly absent in tackling is that of the abuses of the Trump foundation now the president's charitable foundation agreed to dissolve in response to an ongoing investigation a lawsuit by the new York Attorney General the new York Attorney General found what it called quote, clear and repeated violations of state and federal law including quote repeated and willful self-dealing by the Trump administration administration. Apologies by the foundation. If I understand your opening statement correctly amid two thousand thirteen you arranged for a straw purchaser to sixty thousand dollars for portrait of Mr. Trump painted by the artist William Quigley at a charity auction is that correct? That's correct. Why would the president want to bid up the price of something? And he was ultimately paying for. It was all about ego. How was it paid for? I believe it was paid for by check from the trust. And abuse. And again, you know, this is not a a partisan pursued here. I think ultimately were demonstrating is patriotism. This is about what is right and just for the American people did the straw purchaser purchased the painting, and then the foundation funds reimbursed the straw purchaser. Can you explain the mechanics of that payment? I'm not involved with the found. Okay. Did the president know what was happening? Oh, yes. And how did you know what was happening because he tasked me to find the straw bidder to ensure that his painting which was going last in the auction would go for the highest amount of any of the paintings that have been put on the auction a piece of shit, and what happened to the painting? Believe it's in one of the club's, okay? According to new York, Attorney, General Mark shoe thousand and fourteen Mr. Trump again, use the foundation to pay ten thousand dollars for the winning bid on another portrait of Mr. Trump that ended up as to corn one of his golf courses and Miami, Mr. cone, are you familiar with that transaction. Yes. Are you aware of any other instances where the Trump foundation was used to benefit the Trump family? Yes, elaborate so there was a contract that I ended up creating on Mr. Trump's behalf for Z Ukrainian oligarch by the name of Viktor Pinchuk. And it was that Mr. Trump was asked to come in to participate in. What was the Ukrainian American economic forum? Unfortunately, wasn't able to go. But I was able to negotiate fifteen minutes, by Skype where they would have a camera very much like television camera very much like that one, and they would translate Mr. Trump to the questioner, and then he would. Sponde- back and negotiated fee of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for fifteen minutes. I was directed by Mr. Trump to have the contract done in the name of Donald J Trump foundation. As opposed to. Donald J Trump or services rendered. Thank you any other abuses of the foundation that you'd like to share again, it is against the law, and again extremely unfair to charities that are playing by the rules. Not at this time. But I think of one okay? And then for the balance of my time. Would you agree that someone could deny rental units to African Americans lead the birther movement referred to the diaspora as shithole countries and refer to white supremacists. As fine people have a black friend and still be racist. I agree. John lady. I'm going to answer the question. I did. Yes. Mr Chairman, I have to unanimous consent since we're we're finishing up before we get done. I want to go and there still two more congress people. I wanted to sell even I'll tell you. It's just one more. Sorry. They've been waiting all day. Yes. They have studied. Thank you, all of you of entering this committee on our sole purpose is exposing the truth. And some of my colleagues can't handle the truth. And this is unfortunate because it's the center of what is protecting our country right now, the people at home are frustrated Mr. Cohen, and they want criminal schemes to stop especially those from the Oval Office, Mr. cone. I am upset in know that my residents feel the same way that a man you worked for for the past ten years is using the most powerful position in the world to hurt our country solely for personal gain. We are upset that some of our colleagues here are so disconnected of what what it means to have this president of the United States, sending checks to cover bribe payments, not hush payments, bribe payments, you made on his behalf one in two thousand and seventeenth of March. And another August two thousand seventeen after he was sworn in as president. They are. Upset that while my colleagues are trying to discredit your testimony by some of your own unlawful acts and lies that they are disconnected with the fact that you were the personal lawyer for this president of the United States that this president chose you as his legal console. My stance has always been the same. Mr Chairman based on the facts, not on future reports that we're all waiting on my residents back home don't need a collusion 'cause with a foreign government to know this president individual one has disregarded. The law of the land, the United States constitution, and that he has missed used his part in powers in the sentencing memo, Mr. Cohen filed by the federal prosecutors in New York and December of last year, they stated quote in particular, and as calling himself has now admitted with respect to both payments. He acted in coordination with an at the direction of individual one. Mr. cone is, you know, president Donald J Trump. Brand comes first not the American people based on what you know now. Based on what we know. Now is that individual one used his money businesses and platform to rich to enrich himself has brand. And then the process directed you Mr. cone to commit multiple fennel felonies. And you covered it up. Correct. That's correct. You called it protecting his brand. Correct. And Tim is well Mr. Cohen with this. Do you think the president of the United States is making decisions in the best interest of the American people? Don't especially those you said that he used horrible words about like African Americans Muslim Americans and immigrants. Just to make a note. Mr Chairman, just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean, they aren't racist. And it is insensitive that somewhat even say. It's the fact that someone would actually use a prop a black woman in this chamber in this committee. Is alone racist and a self you think Donald Trump is setting chairman. I asked her one. Down president I reclaimed my time chairman, president chairman office can be a district chairman the rules are clear cover up and hold onto business assets to break campaign finance laws and constitutional clauses. What we have here, Mr Chairman is criminal conduct and the pursuit of the highest public office by Mr. Cohen and individual one, I hope that the gravity of this situation hits everyone in this body, the court report in congress and across this country. Thank you, Mr Chairman. I yield the rest of my time chairman. When she's referring to an individual member of this body be taken down and stricken from the record. Why I'm sure she didn't intend to use the blast person as a prop UPN shit. My record as it relates. It should be you Mr Chairman, you used a black woman as a prob hold on. I want the words reading. No, no, we want to know exactly what she said about a colleague, excuse me. Would you like to rephrase that statement missile e no, thank you? Mr chairman. I can actually read it from here. Just to make a note. Mr Chairman that just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they are racist. And it is insensitive that someone would even say racist say say is racist in itself and to use a black woman as a prop to move to prove otherwise, and I can submit this for the record. If a colleague is thinking that that's what I'm saying. I'm just saying that's what I believe to have happened if as a person of color in this committee. That's how I felt at that moment and I wanted to express that. But I am not calling the gentlemen. Mr. medals racist for doing so I'm saying that in itself it is a racist act. I hope not Mr Chairman because I need to be clear on this particular, Mr Chairman, Mr. Mr. Mr. meadows, wait a minute. I've defended you. False anthem meadows. I'm gonna chair. Yes. Are you? You I will clear this up. Now, Mr. lead. I want to make sure I understand. You did not you not intending to call Mr. meadows. Erases is that right? Not know. Mr Chairman, I do not call Mr. medals racist. I am trying to hold a person of color, Mr Chairman, just to express myself and how I felt at that moment. And so just for the record. That's what was my intention. Which about its metal. Mr chairman. There's nothing more personal to me. Then my relationship my nieces and nephews are people of color, you trotted out a black woman has crop. You know, that miss Mr Chairman and to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family who is worked for him. Who knows this particular individual that she's coming in to be a prop? It's racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason, you are a racist. Mr President the president's own person. She's a family member, she she loves the this family came in because she felt like the president of the United States was getting falsely accused mister chairman, you are you and I have a personal relationship. That's not based on color, and and to even go down this direction. You brought a black. Woman on as prop. For what you have Satan. If there's anyone who is sensitive with regard to race. It's me. Son of former sharecroppers that were basically slaves. So I get it. I listened very carefully to miss Sally. And I think and I I don't wanna PUM not going to put words in her mouth. But I think she said that she was not calling you a racist. And I would that we could clarify that. Because Mr. meadows, you know. And of all the people on this committee. I've said it and got in trouble for it. You one of my best friends. I know there's a lot of people and likewise me, but you are and I would do an I could see and feel your pain. I feel it. Then why did he bring a woman on as a prop intended to cause you that that that kind of pain and that kind of frustration? Did you have a statement necessarily if I'm going to yield you straighten straightness up and to my colleague, Mr. rattles that was not my intention, and I do apologize. If that's what it sounded like, but I said someone in general on an as everybody knows in this chamber. I'm pretty direct. So I if I wanted to say that I would have. But that's not what I said. And thank you, Mr Chairman for allowing me to clarify. But again, I said someone and again those not referring to you at all as a racist. I think the gentlewoman for her comments. I think the chairman for working to clarify this. This. And and I appreciate the chairman's intervening now to the gentleman. First of all thank you for allowing us to resolve that. The gentleman had asked a little bit earlier. I will withdraw my request. Oh, you don't want to do the unanimous consent. I need the unanimous consent. I I think I need to officially withdraw my request. It'd be stricken Jordan. You did it. I did. All right. Sounds good. Now, I will recognize you for unanimous consent. I think you want to put in records and documents. Thank you. Mr chairman. I asked you animus consent put forth in the record the band Vanity Fair article, which indicates that Michael Cohen must be the most gifted consultant in in America, outlining his insights into government healthcare policy and real estate suggesting that he's not a it's not a real company, but and just like he's not a lawyer without objection so ordered thank you. I asked you animus consent that the L A times article of July sixteenth two thousand eighteen actually be put in the record which outlines the one point two million dollar payment and their misgivings thereafter without objection so ordered any other unanimous consent request size. Thank you. Chairman asking animus consent to make the February night twenty nineteen Washington Post profile of Michael Cohen title. Michael Cohen secret agenda, part of the record. This story shows Cohen to be a selfish manipulator who is all about himself. It even has a faults anecdote about how he wants claim to deliver his own son his own baby without objection. So thank you, MS chairman, asking animus consent to make the mate night twenty eighteen Washington Post article, South Korean firm paid Michael Cohen one hundred and fifty thousand dollars as it salt contract from US government is part of the record the article reported Korea. Aerospace industries paid a shell company. Run by Cohen who is order. Thank you, Mr Chairman, asking animus consent to make Michael Cohen sentencing statement to the southern district of New York part of the record a statement establishes that Michael Cohen continues to fall asleep blame his crimes on blind loyalty to the president. But only Cohen is to blame for his many, false statements to financial institutions and the IRS is to order asking animus can Santa make August twentieth. Twenty eighteen CNN article fed scrutinizing, Michael Cohen's. This is all all the questioning of Michael Cohen from the members of congress has concluded the last member of congress to go as we're sheet at till Leib of Minnesota. This is the Republicans on the committee entering a bad press on Michael Cohen into the record. I'm sure then. Then Elijah Cummings will deliver a closing statement of some sort. We can stay here if you want, but I think all the good stuff is done. Again. It was what I knew it was going to be the the highlight of the questioning came from this last group of questioners Rokon a-, Jimmy Gomez AO see on Presley and Rashida to leave bringing inch. Yeah. So all this all this fake news. You write all this fake news being entered into the record this Mr High guy who is this guy. He's from. Recording his client what I'm looking at the wrong page here. From Georgia figures. Oh, and now another Republican sent to me entering the raptors. Thousand nine. Article eleven tweets from the fake fan account stud. Michael Cohen pay to phone over and part of the record Tom my God. So they decry the media's fake news. And yet they're are entering all of these bullshit articles about Cohen into the record. Miss roy. Thank you. Mr chairman. I would ask unanimous consent to make the April twentieth. Two thousand eighteen article in mother Jones, titled Michael Cohen says he's never been to this guy who earlier called mother Jones, a conservative magazine, he doesn't know what the fuck is talking about. Very well done. I. Scorn. I have something cluding remarks. Our she to to leave is Michigan. I'm sorry. You're right Detroit. You have anything to say, yes. Yes. Mr chairman. I would. I have some closing. I would like to save myself. You can do it now. Thank. So I I want to thank you chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to share some final thoughts. I've acknowledged I have made my own mistakes, and I have owned up to them publicly and under oath, but silence and complicity in the face of the daily destruction of our basic norms and civility to one another will not be one of them. I did things I acted improperly at times, Mr. Trump's behest. I blindly followed his demands my loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me, everything my family's happiness friendships. My law license, my company, my livelihood. My honor my reputation and soon my freedom, and I will not sit back say nothing and allow him to do the same to the country. Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in twenty twenty that there will never be a peaceful transition of. Power out. And this is why I agreed to appear before you today in closing. I'd like to say directly to the president. We honor our veterans even in the rain, you tell the truth, even when it doesn't aggrandize you you respect the law and how incredible law enforcement agents. You don't Vilnai's them, you don't disparage generals gold star families prisoners of war and other heroes who had the courage to fight for this country. You don't attack the media and those who question what you don't like. Or what you don't want them to say, and you take responsibility for your own dirty deeds. You don't use your power of your bully pulpit to destroy the credibility of those who speak out against you. You don't separate families from one another or demonize those looking to America for a better life. You don't vilify people based on the God, they pray to and you don't cuddle up to our adversaries at the expense of our allies. And finally you. You don't shut down the government before Christmas and new years just to simply your base this behaviors churlish, it denigrates the office of the president, and it simply unamerican, and it's not you. So to those who support the president and his red and his rhetoric as I once did I pray the country doesn't make the same mistakes that I have made what pay the heavy price that my family, and I are paying and I thank you very much for this additional time chairman. Thank you very much. The ranking member as closing statement. Why? We know Mr. adults that we have to listen to this in the past. It's why is it going to prison in two months? But there are things today that he said you belong of flowers a questioning that just don't add up either. He said he'd never defrauded any Bank. When he was having a conversation questioning from Mr. colmer, obviously that's not true because he's going to prison four you are fucking piece of shit. He said today, he was a good lawyer who understood the need to represent his client his client with legal advice, but in his written testimony. He said he never bothered to consider whether payments to women for improper. Weather payments to women were improper much less the right thing to do. He attested in his sign truth and testimony form that he did not have any reportable contracts with foreign government entities earlier. He admitted to having consulting agreements with it lists at least two foreign entities owned in part by foreign governments BTA Bank of Kazakhstan and Korea airspace concepts. Dan, not stand you fucking moron. He said to chairman Cummings that Donald Trump directed him. And the Trump organization CFO Alan Wiesel Berg to quote, go back to his office and figure out how to make one hundred thirty thousand dollar payment, but in his testimony, he says, Mr. Trump Directa me to use my own personal funds from the home equity line of credit to avoid any money being traced back to him that could negatively impact the campaign and in response to a question about him paying to set up the fake Twitter account at women for Cohen that he didn't direct the commission of that Twitter account. He says I didn't set that up, and it was done by a young lady that works with the firm when in fact. He did ask the IT firm red Finch to set it up, according to the owner of red Finch. And finally, he said he didn't want to job with the administration. Even though the attorneys with the southern district district of New York stated that this was a fact went ask about this. They said, I wouldn't call them liars. But that statement is not accurate. Mr Chairman, I think maybe more importantly as what we should have been doing today. Mr meadows. And I sent you a letter asking us asking you to have Mr. Rosenstein here. I think it's important to know that last week when you announced that Mr. Cohen was coming this week just happen to be the very same week that we learned the deputy attorney general of the United States. Was thinking about wearing a wire to record the commander in chief was actually contemplating talking to cabinet members and invoking the twenty fifth amendment. That's what we should be focused on. Not this sad display. We've had to go through the last several hours. And again, it's not my words. You can take the words of the former general counsel for the house of representatives under tip O'Neill. So I hope we've learned some things here today. But Mr. Mr Chairman as I said earlier, your first big hearing, the first announced witness of the hundred and sixteenth congress is a gentleman who is going to prison in two months for lying to congress. I don't think that's what we should be focused on you'll back. Thank you very much. You know, I've sat here, and I've listened to all of this. And it's very painful. It's very painful. You made a lot of mistakes. It's gone. And you've been made it then. And. One of the saddest part of this whole thing. Is it some very innocent? People are hurting too. And you acknowledge that. And that's your your family. And so you come here today and. You I deep in my heart after you know, when I practice. Well, I represented a lot of lawyers who got in trouble. And. You've come saying. I it made my mistakes. But now I want to. Changed my life. And you know, if we if we. As a nation. Did not give people an opportunity. After they made mistakes to change their lives. Whole lot of people would not do very well. I don't know where you go from here. Listen to both sides. I just felt as if. And you know, people you now use my words that they took from me that didn't give me any credit. We have bad at this. We are so much. We really are as a country. We are so much better than this. And you know, I tell you. And for some reason. Mr. I tell my my my my children. I say when bad things happen to you. Do not ask the question. Why did it happen to me? Ask the question. Why did it happen for me? I don't know why this is happening for you. But it's my hope that a small part of it. Is for our country to be better. If I hear you correctly. It sounds like. You crying out. For new normal fuss getting back to normal. Sounds to me like you want to make sure that our democracy stays in tack. When I the one meeting I had with President Trump. I said to him the greatest gifts that you, and I miss the president can give to our children is making sure that we give them a democracy that is intact. A not democracy better than the one that we came upon. And I'm hoping that the things you've said today will help us begin to get back there. You know? I mean come on now. I mean when you got acquainted a Washington Post. I president has made at least eight thousand seven hundred and eighteen eight thousand seven eighteen falls misleading statements a stunning. That's not what we teach out children. I'll do mine that. And for whatever reason you sound like you got caught up in it. You got caught up in it. You got caught up in it. And some kind of way I hope that you will. I know that is painful one the prison. I know I know it's gotta be painful being called a rat. And let me let me explain a lot of people don't know to think -nificant of that. But I live in the inner city of Baltimore. I. And when you call somebody Iraq. That's one of the worst thing you can call them because when they go to prison that means a cinch. I'm just saying. And so the president called your rent? With better than that. We really are. And I'm hoping that all of us can get back to this democracy that we want and do we should be passing on our children. So that they can do better than what we did. So you wonder whether people believe, I don't know. I don't know. Whether they believe you. But the fact is that you come you have your head down. And this has got to be one of the hardest things that you could do let me tell you the picture that really really paying me. You were leaving the prison. You will leaving the courthouse. And I guess it's your daughter had braces or something on man. Nothing men thing hurt me. The father of two daughters. In her me. And I can imagine how it must feel for you. But I'm just saying to you. I wanna first of all thank you. I know that this has been hard. I noted you face a lot. I know that you are worried about your family. But this is a part of your destiny, and hopefully this portion of your destiny. Will lead to a better a better. A better Michael Cohen. A better Donald Trump, a better United States of America and a better world. And I mean that from the decimal, right? We're dancing with the angels. The question will be ass in two thousand and nineteen. What do we do? Then Trump to prison for we kept out democracy intact. Did we stay on the sidelines at say nothing? The Republicans are. Fatema say become people come in here and say, oh, this is the first hearing it is not the first hearing the first game with regard to percents in droves. Remember, a little girl lady said that miss worth you. Go. Die because you could not get three hundred thirty three dollars a month in insulin. That was our first hearing. Second hearing HR one voting right? Yeah. It in government come on. Now. We can do more than one thing. And we have got to get back to normal. With that being the germ. Wow. We've got to get back to normal. And the way to do that is by getting Donald Trump out of the fuck and White House, and with that let me change things over here with that. We are done this marathon addition of the Nicole Sandler show, I guess like I can play a little music here to take us out. Thanks for being here. Thanks for sticking around. What a day. Good job Elijah Cummings. There's we got a lot of work to do. On that note tomorrow. We'll we'll go over the highlights of what happened in this last hour of the hearing. And of course, Howie Klein, we'll be along because it's Thursday. And I'm sure he'll have some things to say as well. Wow. See it was worth staying on for an extra hour. Thank you for hanging out with me. And until tomorrow. Let's put Trump in prison. That's where he belongs. That's when we can get back to normal. Thanks, everyone. Keep fighting the good fight. I'll see you tomorrow.
Monday, April 27, 2020 - The Christian Science Monitor Daily
"Welcome to the. Monitor daily podcast. It's Dave thanks for joining us. I'm a million new play Collins. It seems we can't be reminded enough of OUR BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD. Amid Cova nineteen red hearts hanging in windows. Help US along as do messages. That were all in this together yet. Anger and threats even if from a vocal minority have started to rear up as the pandemic wears on so to developments in Jerusalem last week. Where I catching in their aim to break through the noise the Jewish women's group Orient them launched a global prayer movement to support healthcare workers. Hurry for those in need including yourself. It will give you strength and help with the world. They wrote and the city's chief rabbis and Muslim and Christian leaders gathered on a balcony overlooking the old city was citing together a prayer for the world their faith traditions all urge rising above differences. The book of Genesis. Let there not be striped for we be brethren the book of Matthew Whatsoever. Ye would that men should do to you do ye even so to them the Koran chapter all in Ron whole firmly to the rope of God and do not become divided Washington Post columnist mark these recently road of reaching out on social media and often hard edge space first court for his mother hospitalized with Kovic Nineteen. My family was enveloped in the compassionate embrace of countless strangers. He wrote many sent prayers many good vibes. Some were political soulmates. Some not it didn't matter to everyone praying for my mom thank you. He wrote quoting a Gospel Song. He added. I'm so glad you prayed now. To our stories today we have a themed daily of six stories all looking elements of the corona virus pandemic from politics to nature from the United States to Sweden to Spain. Our first story in the United States politics has sharply asserted itself and the handling of the pandemic president. Trump is pushing a bifurcated and risky message as he looks to November third and tries to shape voters ease of how he handled the crisis with six months until election day. President trump is hoping voters will see him as having done all he can to save the nation from economic meltdown while also protecting public health in a pandemic that has so far claimed fifty five thousand lives that has produced seemingly contradictory messages on the one hand. Mr Trump has been urging governors to follow science based federal guidelines for a phased opening of America at the same time he's been egging on protesters at State Capitals who rebelling against those same guidelines that are keeping most Americans sheltering in place. It is an apparent political effort to have his cake and eat it too in a fundamental way. Mr Trump is also tapping into the nation's deep roots in individualism and personal responsibility as well as a growing distrust on the right in experts and elites. But there's a real risk here says Steven Schear. A professor emeritus of political science at Carleton College. In northfield Minnesota public opinion is clearly not with these protests to open up now so he has to worry that he's associating himself with an unpopular movement that could produce some bad results. The story was reported by Linda. Feldmann in Washington for the Monitor. How do you best get citizens to comply with social distancing directions in Sweden? There's been an expectation of personal responsibility. Rooted in the country's blend of individual freedom and collectivist values Sweden's response to the Corona Virus. Pandemic has focused on citizens taking personal responsibility a source of pride for many in this. Nordic society with the history of both collectivist values and individual freedom. But whether it is working is an open question. One that may not be insufficient. Devait decisions made by Swedish. Authorities have been science-based rather than political. Sweden has allowed businesses to stay open. If they follow safety protocols such placing tables far apart at risk populations had been requested to self quarantine so far Sweden has about nineteen thousand confirmed Kovic nineteen cases roughly the same per capita as neighbouring Denmark. Which has about half the population size and took a much stricter approach to quarantining but Denmark has registered just four hundred fifty deaths. Compared with Sweden's nearly two thousand three hundred. Swedish collectivism may be preventing public debate over whether those figures are low enough when twenty two Swedish experts in infectious diseases and epidemiology demanded that the government changed course. They were met with ferocious backlash. Historically in Sweden. We have been a success story. Says your on Rosenberg. A journalist. And historian that has manifested into an uncritical trust in the authorities and a shaming of critics. This story was reported by Hevea Habib in Stockholm for the Monitor in the US. Views on the role of government individuals and social values and handling lockdowns vary regionally. This story looks at the challenges that have risen as competing forces have intensified like most United States cities in Kovic nineteen lockdown Richmond. Virginia is usually quiet but on Wednesday last week. Twelve blocks of a road leading to the Virginia. State Capitol were gridlock with honking poster waving cars. It was a protest calling for the reopening of the state's economy one of many in recent days. It's time to let us work said Oncein tapes to a vehicle. Liberate Virginia said another the Antilock down protests began in Lansing Michigan and spread Madison Wisconsin. This weekend last week's rally in Richmond offers a flavor of the frustration there were elements of trump rally but the purpose went beyond supporting the president bringing together like minded people to call for a change was good to remember. We're not alone not facebook. Post a recent YouGov. Yahoo News survey found that sixty percent of respondents opposed the protests. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Democrat says. The protests aren't going to influence him but the rallies organizer isn't expecting to go away. I wanted this protest to be one and done. He says. But that's not going to be the case. This story was reported by story. Hinckley in Richmond Virginia for the Monitor in the state of Georgia. Some answers to the question. How to ease out lockdown started appearing last weekend among other things. Prepare for the unexpected. And don't be mad at any one person for starters. The restaurant will have about three hundred seats not the usual seven hundred plus the breezes that blow through the screen and windows well hopefully offer plenty of circulation and all the servers of course will have masks and gloves. But make no mistake. The crab shack is preparing to open Monday after Georgia Governor Brian. Kemp said businesses could start to reopen this weekend. The peach state offered a taste of what America might look like when it emerges from its corona virus lockdowns. I'm excited and yes. I'm nervous says the owner of the crab shack capturing the atmosphere around Savannah others are more cautious Alonzo. Right Junior knows Georgia has not yet met the guidelines laid out by the White House to safely lift. Stay at home orders. The state isn't even close really and so when the decision to reopen his beast mode fitness came. He had realization. He would clean. He would expand to create more space for social distancing but he wouldn't reopen not yet. We closed down for a reason. And I haven't seen change yet to reopen. This story was reported by Patrick Johnson in Savannah Georgia for the monitor a central question amid Cova nineteen has been about how to engage in much-needed outdoor activity as officials consider how to adjust rules for now crowded parks the public's mental wellbeing plays a big role. Heidi Anderson was convinced that officials in Austin Texas. We're going to shut down the Butler hiking trail. She knows more about the trail than anyone as CEO. The Trail Foundation a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving the path and in places. The trail is too narrow to accommodate social distancing yet. The city did not shut it down to the contrary use of the trail grew from last year as Austin residents sought refuge in the heart of the city. Strolling among wildflowers. Along Lady Bird Lake and health officials don't disagree with the decision at a time of stay at home orders. Nature has been a crucial source of wellbeing for many Americans but as these green spaces have become crowded. Public Health officials have had to consider the right balance in Los Angeles. The city dumped sand and escape Park to stop people from congregating but in general many parks are staying open says David Neiman a biologist Appalachian State University in North Carolina. If everyone follows the guidelines I think the benefits outweigh the risks. The story was reported by Henry Gas in Austin Texas for the Monitor. This next story takes us to Spain. Where Children's energy as they headed outside after a ban was lifted brought important hints of renewal to a weary population. It's a city of children was the cry of one exuberant young girl on Sunday on Sunday. Spain's children got to do something they haven't been able to do for six weeks. Go outside the lifting of some of the most onerous restrictions in Europe not only provided kid's fair share but a much needed break from the monotony of life. Endorse most families have coped by doing schoolwork activity circuits or increasing screen? Time the desire to protect the small in the hard hit country was understandable. Parents say but children are less likely to be diagnosed with Kovic. Nineteen then seniors denying them the fresh air filter punitive especially in cities where small apartments without balconies are the norm Elena. Perino says her seven-year-old daughter. Maya has been waking up with nightmares. Since the lockdown began on Sunday Miss Perignon took my out to rollerblade. Along the mostly empty streets of Marcellina. It was awesome says Ms Perignon. She skated for an hour. We never stopped moving on her way home. She was actually tired and went to bed before eleven. Pm for the first time. Since the lockdown started the story was reported by Colette. Davidson for the Monitor. Now commentary on Civil Society from the Monitor's editorial board the global challenge from Kovic nineteen has placed a special burden on democracies. They must rely on citizens being able to understand how their leaders operate as well as their own role in the in the United States. For example rules on social distancing have made voting difficult. Another concern is the potential erosion of privacy. Such issues require thoughtful public discussions with careful attention from informed citizens yet a worrisome sign of the civic maturity in the US a new survey shows a large majority of eighth grade students are still unable to comprehend the basics of democracy fewer than one quarter are proficient in civics education such is understanding the rights and duties of citizens ensuring public health with public consent. A WELL INFORMED. Citizenry is not only necessary. It can also spread the ideals of liberty and self governance to countries where there are none. That's a wrap for the news you can find full incursions of these stories in today's issue or at CS monitor dot com slash daily. And thanks for starting your week with us tomorrow. Are Video series. Presidency will focus on what we can learn from previous economic crises. Well also have an in-depth report on five major ways. The Corona virus will change life in the United States. Today's Christian Science Spiritual Perspective contributor shares. How when she received the diagnosis of swine flu turning to God brought calm and quick healing. You can find her story in today's issue or see US monitor dot com slash Dave. We wanted to get a quick thanks to our staff including today's audio production team. Kingham Peng Churton. This podcast is produced by the Christian. Science Monitor Copyright Twenty Twenty.
Is Trump abusing his power over the judiciary?
"Hello from the Financial Times in London. I'm Brooke Masters and this is news in focus where we offer our insights into the stories that matter before we go any further. I want to address today. Sentencing of a man Roger Stone Roger Stone. He's become the sentencing of Roger Stone. A LONGTIME CONFIDANTE DONALD TRUMP for lying to Congress obstruction and witness tampering was mired in controversy. Over how the. Us Justice Department handled the case under public pressure from the president. Mr Stone received a forty month sentence whereas prosecutors had recommended that he serve up to nine years. This followed seven cases of presidential clemency for White Collar criminals whose convictions included extortion fraud and lying to White House officials. Yes we have commuted. The sentence of Rod Blagojevich. He served eight years in jail We have Birdie character we have Mike Milkin. Who's gone around and done an incredible job? Offer is the independence of America's judiciary under threat. Or as Mr Trump simply using the powers a lot to him on the line with me to discuss this is ed loose. Us National Editor and columnist and Cottam Schober US legal and enforcement correspondent. I let's hear a clip from president trump taken. Just a couple of days before stone sentencing. Just so you understand. I chose not to be involved. I'm allowed to be totally involved. I'm actually I guess the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the country but I've chosen not to be involved but he is a man of great integrity. But I would be. I could be involved if I wanted to be man of integrity he is referring to is the US Attorney General William Bar but is this credible given the tweets he published before the sentencing of Roger. Stone got tell us first about the case of Roger Stone which you've covered for the F. T. Who was he exactly? What was his crime? And was the sentence particularly lenient for this kind of case. Roger Stone is a flamboyant veteran political operative in the US. His career goes all the way back to working on Richard Nixon's election campaign and he has basically been the person you call as a Republican presidential candidate. When you want to get your hands dirty. He called himself a dirty trickster and he is an expert in this sort of Makir side politics in the two thousand sixteen election. He was a sort of informal adviser to Donald Trump. And one of the things he was trying to do was make contact with wikileaks. When it became known that wikileaks had a trove of hacked emails from the Democrats to use it for political gain. The thing that he was convicted of is in two thousand seventeen when Congress began investigating. What exactly went on to twenty sixteen election? The House Intelligence Committee called on Mr Stone and asked him about some of the comments he had made during the campaign and Mr Stone lied to. Congress about who is intermediary was or who he was referring to when he was talking about having an intermediary allied when. He said that he didn't have any documents or any written materials or any taxed of his conversations with that intermediary. The sentence he eventually received was actually probably pretty in line with what other sort of white collar criminals convicted of lying to. Congress or the government have received the key issue in his case was he had threatened a longtime friend of his who was also another witness. Basically saying don't contradict my story and those thrashed included threatening his dog for example the key issue at stake was whether he was serious about that and whether therefore has sent should be jacked up significantly because he had made violent threats and eventually the judge took the view that although it was serious that he'd made violent threats. The person that he had threatened didn't actually feel like they were going to experience violence. Ed Tell us a bit more about Mr Stone. And the history of his friendship with the President and whether you think Mr Trump's tweets constituted interference in the judicial process. Yeah as I said. He's a flamboyant dirty tricks. Who GOES WAY BACK TO LATE? Six hundred seventy trump maximum in the late seventies. He was introduced to try but he quickly hit it off. They shed philosophy of you know playing to win that no method is invalid. Never apologize never explain. Stone set up with couple of other people are very well known lobby group in Washington. One of his clients was trump who was seeking tax breaks a casino. He was setting up in Atlantic City. And really they've been great friends since then so the ties between trump and stone go along way that very deep and they're often allegedly nefarious in terms of the League outlook from this. I have no doubt that trump will seek to podcastone fast opportunity. Trump's on the Guy Senate acquittal spring cleaning of his administration ruthlessly seeking out anybody who isn't very very loyal so to get rid of weather that Meghan appointees the civil savage. Anybody perceive does slightly disloyal. Not Enough is being pledged. Loyalty is a hugely important hugely. Important thing to trump and stern has shown loyalty he has not. He is not divulged things that have damaged the president. He's showing toughness. He's been very Trumpian in how he's dealt with. Franchi's accused the judge me by of being a biased judge which she's rejected this very trumpian and I have no doubt that it will culminate in at some point. President trump pardoning Roger Stern question about what trump actually did part of the reason. Roger Stone was so controversial. Was that line prosecutors involved in this case we're uncomfortable with what Mr Trump and the justice department we're doing. Can you explain that to viewers and why it was such a problem so there are four prosecutors who secured Mrs Jones conviction trial so the trial team? They filed their sentencing recommendation which was seven to nine years which there's no bones about it. That's a serious sentence for anybody to serve and then that evening all of a sudden early hours of the morning so after midnight trump tweets calling it a miscarriage of justice. He says this is unacceptable and Lo and behold the very next day the DOJ which is the US Department of Justice DOJ officials. Start saying that they agree that the sense would be unwarranted and adair kind of reverse it. The following day afternoon we see all four the prosecutors quit the case including one of them actually quits his job at the DOJ entirely and subsequently a new sentencing recommendation is put forward. Which says we'RE NOT GONNA ask for a particular sentence but it ought to be far less than seven to nine years. The idea that four prosecutors would quit a case. All at once is astonishing and it was a very serious and important moment and DOJ his trip shook the DOJ. It was a very dramatic moment in Washington and the question then was was doj senior leadership. William bar the. Us Attorney General. Was He reacting to an order from trump or was something else going on now the lion that DOJ has stuck to is that there was a miscommunication between the US Attorney's office in Washington DC and between main justice headquarters also in DC? But they're separate offices. Basically Mr. Barr says he was not expecting to see a seventy nine year recommendation. The new prosecutor brought on sat at the sentencing that the prosecutors who filed a recommendation that you good faith and thought that they had been given approval to do so and so Mr Bar said listen. This is not about trump. This is about. I think that that sentence was appropriate and I was not told about what was going on. The important thing here is whether or not Mr trump explicitly ordered the attorney general chains recommendation. It's still gets to this question about how our friends of the president being treated in their cases now it's pretty common across the US for federal prosecutors to request tough even harsh sentences. That's not unknown. You don't often see the attorney general weighing in to ask for lighter sentences and certainly DOJ policy at the moment is to prosecute people to the fullest extent of the law to secure the longer sentences possible so whether or not Mr Trump's tweets were an express order to Mr Bar that he followed a whether he was acting independently. It still gets to this question about if your friend of the president. How are you going to be treated by this? Doj while we're on the subject of Friends of the president. The other thing that happened last week was a series of presidential pardons for White Collar criminals specifically several that have connections to Mr Trump. I talk about Michael Milkin. What did he do and why does it matter that he was pardoned? Michael Milkin is to people on Wall Street a hero. He effectively invented the junk bond or high yield bond market in the eighties and then he was brought low by prosecutors and the SEC and eventually guilty to securities fraud and nine hundred ninety. He served about twenty two months in prison after being initially sentenced to ten years. Ever since then he's been rebuilding his reputation. He's a philanthropist. Now has the Milken Institute and for a long time people on Wall Street rich and powerful people have felt that he was prosecuted unjustly and deserved a pardon. The other person. Mr Trump pardon rod blagojevich is perhaps less of a popular figure in any area. He was the former Democratic governor of Illinois and was prosecuted for trying to extort a children's Hospital for campaign contributions and also trying to sell the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama when he became president his case involves some quite lurid wiretap quotes. Where he talked about Mr Obama's Tennessee. Being a very valuable thing with various explosives and that he wasn't going to give it away for nothing. The fact that these pardons came just a day or two before Roger. Stone's sentencing is pretty mistake -able signal of Mr Trump's power to grant clemency. Whatever case that he wants so prosecutors can go after his fans and associates. Jerry can commit crimes. Judge can sentence them to however long they want ultimately. Mr Trump has under the constitution the pardon power and that was a pretty stark exercise of that pardon power on the eve of a close friend of his being sentenced. Ed Do you think we're gonNA see more interventions this spy trump perhaps related to the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the election. People like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Who Manafort I think would definitely be a case for another pop and I would be very surprised if Michael Cohen Without Him. Because Michael Cohen Tablet Trump describes a rat in that inimitable. Kind of multi language that the president sometimes uses Michael. Cohen testified to Congress very damagingly against president. Trump's he's considered to be a tax cut. The thing that links you know all these Haden's whether it's Michael Milkin Rod Blagojevich Obama Carrick. Us police commissioner who was the security guard incidentally for Rudy Giuliani. The thing that links all of them is that they're pretty well connected people who've committed white-collar crimes and who have upbeat through Fox News. In some cases that Bregovic wife spoke on Fox News. He carrots by on Fox News to capture the president's attention and I think the pattern is again very trumpian thing. It's it's about. People who trump identifies with he feels as acute. Did he feels. He's fatty toxic at he. Identifies WITH OTHERS. Who fit that description again though. The role of connections and of mutual friends and a Fox as dishing platform for pardon. These are very common. There's a pattern here. How big a cause of concern is all this. I mean it's trump's use of the pardon power markedly different from other presidents will Clinton famously on his last day in office Rich Hedge Fund billionaire and friend of the Clintons Madonna to the Clintons and that caused a lot of bad blood. Clinton was heavily criticised for intervening on behalf of a friend and it stood out and I guess the reason I mentioned that is it. Was Fatty unusual. It's now completely normal. Trump has happened many many people who under the inventions of us? Pardon history wouldn't ready quantify so I think he has changed quite dramatically and just to add on. There's an interesting historical link year. Another controversial use of the pardon power in the past was George H W Bush who infamously pardoned a whole swath of former officials who are indicted in connection to the Iran Contra Scandal and bill bar the current. Us Attorney General was back then also attorney general and so Mr Bar He had pushed not just for one. Pardon of Caspar Weinberger. Who was the former Secretary of defense? He said listen. If you're gonNA pardon any of these people you have to pardon all of them. I think his quote was in for a penny in for a pound and so you may have the curious historical echo if MR trump loses later this year of his attorney general at the end of his time in office being the same attorney general at the end of George W Bush's time in office advising him on. You know who to pardon before he leaves Hamas all this been received in Washington and then around the US do people care. It's been received as many other actions by president trump being received with a high temperature reaction inside the Washington. Beltway and shrug outside the GNOMES that being trashed here in a row very significant look at the powers of the presidency. The procedures the the president uses before he acts and the conventions so that being shredded caused great angst in Washington. Dc across the political divide and almost badly registered a ripple outside of Washington. The same of course applies to impeachment. It really didn't resonate much isn't resonating match in the Democratic primaries. In places like Iowa New Hampshire and so I think this is far far lower. It may be it should be different than ideal while but it registered FAFA LOA on the vote says right of than than even impeachment. Blau cut him any further thoughts about whether there will be further repercussions for the way cases are prosecuted or handled by the DOJ. So the question now if you're lying prosecutor whether that's in Washington DC or New York where there are ongoing cases potentially involving associates of the president or anywhere else in the US is if you start investigating. Somebody was linked to the president. If you're thinking about whether you have the evidence to indict them you're going to be looking at what went on in the Roger Stone Case and saying every decision you make. It's probably going to be second guessed. There's GONNA be a ton of media scrutiny. The president is likely to tweet about it. He may even attack you as he has attacked the prosecutors and Roger Stone case. And so you have to ask whether that's going to put a chill on any possible investigations of people linked to this president. Thanks Ed and Cottam and thanks for listening. 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