Background Briefing: November 9, 2021


The Jan. 6 Committee Drops 10 Subpoenas Today After Issuing 6 on Monday

We begin with the latest round of subpoenas with another ten dropped today from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 coup attempt and speak with Adam Klasfeld, a Senior Investigative Reporter & Editor at Law and Crime News who was previously a reporter for Courthouse News Service. He joins us to discuss his latest article at Law and Crime, “Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas John Eastman, Michael Flynn and Others to Dig into Trump’s ‘War Room’” and the fact that many of the participants in the January 5 meetings in the “War Room” and the December 18 White House Oval Office meeting were pardoned by Trump.


QAnon, Stop the Steal and White Supremacy Coalesce Around Trump

Then we speak with Kathleen Belew, a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and a leading expert on the white power movement, vigilante violence, and political extremism. She is the author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America and her latest book, co-authored with Ramón Gutiérrez, is A Field Guide to White Supremacy. She joins us to discuss the three strands coalescing around Trump, the Q-Anon movement, the “stop the steal” movement and the white supremacy movement.


Refugees Used as Pawns by the Belarus Dictator as Border Tensions Increase

Then finally we examine rising tensions and fears of a military clash on the border between Belarus and Poland where refugees are being used as pawns by the dictator of Belarus Lukashenko who is under severe sanctions from the EU with the European Commission now accusing him of an “inhuman, gangster-style approach” to the migrants. Joining us is David Marples, the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History & Classics at the University of Alberta and the author of The Lukashenko Phenomenon: Elections, Propaganda, and the Foundations of Political Authority in Belarus, Prospects for Democracy in Belarus, and his latest book, Understanding Ukraine and BelarusWe assess Russia’s involvement following accusations from Poland’s Prime Minister and what can be done to shut down the social media luring of refugees to Belarus and the airlines flying the migrants into Minsk from the Middle East and North Africa.