Background Briefing: June 28, 2022
With Evidence Against Trump Piling Up, Why Is He Not in Jail?
We begin with the devastating testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a White House insider who witnessed Trump’s actions in the days preceding January 6 and on that day as the chief aide to Trump’s chief of staff. Joining us to discuss the pile of incriminating evidence against Trump that was just added to today from a first-hand witness to the treasonous activities of an unhinged and lawless president leading a coup is Paul Campos, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He writes for both popular and academic audiences, has been a vocal critic of the American legal system in numerous articles and essays and in books such as Against the Law and Jurismania: The Madness of American Law, and blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money.
Today’s Witness Describes a Psychotic Trump Strangling His Bodyguard and Throwing Dishes
Then, following Ms. Hutchinson’s description of Trump trying to strangle the head of his Secret Service security detail and having tantrums throwing dishes and splattering ketchup over the walls inside the White House, we speak with Lance Dodes, a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute who was a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dodes is a contributor along with 36 other Psychiatrists and Mental Health experts who have contributed to the new book assessing President Trump, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President – Updated and Expanded with New Essays.
An Update on the G-7 Summit Just Ending and the NATO Summit Just Beginning
Then finally we get an update of the G-7 summit that just ended and the NATO summit in Madrid which just began and speak with Daniel Treisman, a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. A leading specialist on the politics and economics of post-communist Russia, he is the author of a number of books on Russia including The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin’s Russia and Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century. We discuss his article at CNN, “What Putin and Xi don’t get about ‘messy’ democracy.”