Background Briefing: November 26, 2019


Only Trumps Taxes and the CI File on Him Will Remove Him from Office

We begin with an assessment of what it will take to impeach Trump and break his cult-like hold over his supporters who are not worried that his dealings with Ukraine will cause any but perhaps one or two Republican senators to abandon their leader and vote to convict Trump. Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history, and a winner of the Career Intelligence Medal joins us. He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East and is an intelligence and national security affairs analyst for CNN and we will discuss the two outstanding investigations that are not underway which could remove Trump from office; his tax returns revealing Trump’s laundering of Russian money through Deutsche Bank, and the Counterintelligence files the Intelligence Community have on Trump covering decades of his and his family’s dealings with Russian criminals, the KGB, Russian oligarchs and top Russian government officials. We will look into the cases before the Supreme Court which could lead to the imminent release of Trump’s taxes and the difficulty of making public the top secret CI files the FBI, CIA and NSA have on Trump which tell a story of treason which, because of protecting sources and methods, will likely not be told.


Can Trump Be Impeached on the Evidence So Far?

Then we examine the challenges the Democrats have in making their case to the American public, and by extension the U.S. Senate, that Trump could be impeached on based the evidence gathered so far. Richard Parker, who teaches economics, media, politics, and public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the author of many book including “Mixed Signals: The Future of Global Television”, joins us to discuss the impossibility of bridging the divide between the fact-based community and Trump supporters and the critical need for a massive turnout in next year’s election to overcome the expected Russian meddling on Trump’s behalf.


Is a New Progressive Democratic Party Emerging That Does Not Need Wall Street or Corporate America?

Then finally we speak with David Dayen, the Executive Editor of the American Prospect about his latest article at the American Prospect, “What Obama Really Wants. He joins us to argue that a new progressive Democratic Party is emerging which does not need Wall Street and corporate America and could elect candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, which is exactly why the billionaire class is so afraid of them.