May 22, 2018

Are the DOJ and FBI Making Too Many Concessions as Trump Bullies Them?
Trump Dampens His Own Expectations on the Summit With Kim Jong-Un
Why the Reaction in Texas is So Different To What Happened After the Florida High School Shooting

Program Notes

We begin with the unprecedented assault on the law by the President of the United States who is being investigated but has now managed to have his investigators investigated and to unleash his lapdog Congressman Devin Nunes and Tea Party Republicans to rummage through secret evidence which the special prosecutor Mueller has compiled to find selective and misleading leaks to pass on to Fox News and to give Trump a preview which he can use to prepare his defense.  Bruce Green, the Director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics and the Chair at Fordham Law School who was the past chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, joins us. We  discuss his forthcoming scholarly article “Can the President Control the Department of Justice” and whether top officials in the DOJ and the FBI are making too many concessions as Trump bullies them into chipping away at prosecutorial independence.  Or is the tasking of the DOJ’s Inspector General to investigate Trump’s absurd claim that the FBI “infiltrated” his campaign and spied on him, a way to placate the target of the investigation who is likely be held criminally liable if Mueller is able to complete his investigation?

Then with Trump meeting today with South Korea’s leader ahead of the planned summit with Kim Jong-un where he announced that, “there is a very good chance that it won’t work out”, we will speak with Charles Armstrong, a Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University and author of “Tyranny of the Weak: North Kores and the World”. We  discuss how much Kim Jong-un learned from Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” which Dennis Rodman gave him since the North Korean dictator seems to have Trump begging for a deal while minting commemorative medals and musing about Nobel Peace prizes.

Then finally we assess why the response to the recent gun massacre at a high school in Texas was so different from what happened after the 17 students and teachers were gunned down at the Parkland High School in Florida and speak with best-selling author and Emmy-award winning television news correspondentJames Moore. He joins us from the Texas capitol to discuss his article at CNN “Thoughts and prayers this isn’t true in Texas” and why the gun culture is so strong in Texas that the priority of the State’s leaders is to protect guns over protecting children.

Bruce Green | Charles Armstrong | James Moore