Background Briefing: January 4, 2024

Trump Made $7.8 Million From Foreign Governments While in the White House, $5.5 Million From China

We begin with a new report “White House For Sale” produced by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee that reveal Trump made $7.8 million from foreign governments while in the White House, $5.5 million from an adversary, China. Joining us is Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette, a senior government affairs manager at POGO, the Project on Government Oversight, where he advocates for good government policy solutions in a range of issue areas, including foreign influence, judicial ethics and transparency, greater accountability and openness at the Department of Justice, enhancing the capacity and integrity of Congress, and the protection of core constitutional principles, among others.


The Names Named in the Documents Just Released About the Epstein Blackmail Factory

Then with the release of 40 documents out of 200 unsealed from the case against Jeffrey Epstein’s procurer Ghislaine Maxwell, we will look into the names named and speak with Nina Burleigh, a senior editor at The New Republic, best-selling author, documentary producer, and publisher of the Substack American Freakshow. An adjunct professor at New York University’s Arthur J. Carter Journalism Institute, she has written seven books, the latest of which include Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic and Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women, and is the Producer of a recent documentary series available on Apple TV, Epstein’s Shadow.


Is Israel’s Disproportionate Use of Force in Gaza Intended?

Then finally we speak with an Israeli born and educated scholar who argues against Israel’s philosophical apologists about the conduct of the war in Gaza. Joining us is Nir Eyal, the inaugural Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics at Rutgers University where he also founded and directs the Center for Population-Level Bioethics, within the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. He is also an associate faculty member of Rutgers Department of Philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences and has an article in the philosophy blog, The Daily Nous, “Disproportionate and Intended Harm to Innocents in Israel’s War in Gaza.”