May 23, 2018

Was the $1.6 Million Payoff to the Pregnant Playmate Done for Trump’s Benefit?
Are We back on the Path Towards Another Wall Street Crash?
How Trump’s Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Prolonged the Opioid Crisis Leading Towards More Deaths
Program Notes

We begin with the recent investigative article by the Associated Press “The Princes, the president and the fortune seekers” which details the role of the convicted child molester George Nader who is now cooperating with Robert Mueller and the deals he brokered with Elliot Broidy, a top fundraiser for Donald Trump and the crown princes of the Emirates and Saudi Arabia that led to a secret meeting in the Seychelles with Erik Prince to set up a backchannel between Trump and the Kremlin as well as use Prince’s mercenary force in the Gulf to start a war with Iran. Following on from the AP report we will speak with Paul Campos, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School about his articles at New York Magazine “Here’s a Theory About That $1.6 million Payout From GOP Official to a Playboy Model” and “Hey Look: More Evidence That Broidy May Have Been Covering for Trump in That Playmate Affair”. We will discuss the extraordinary coincidence that two days after the $1.6 million payoff to the pregnant Playmate Shera Bechard to get an abortion, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen arranged for an Oval Office photo opportunity for Elliot Broidy with Trump which Broidy then used to get a $600 million Arms contract with the Emirates. With no evidence of a supposed two year- long relationship that Broidy was supposed to have had with the Playmate and plenty of evidence Michael Cohen has been paying off Playmates and porn stars who had relationships with Trump, enquiring minds want to know more.

Then with the vote in the House of 258 to 159 to roll back the Dodd Frank regulations and the expected soon watering down of the Volcker Rule which stops big banks from making risky bets with depositors’ money, Nomi Prins joins us to examine how much we will soon be back on the path of freeing up the “banksters” to run wild and bring about the next Wall Street crash. She is a former managing director at Goldman Sachs and ran the international analytics group at Bear Sterns in London and is the author of a new book “Collusion: How Central Banks Rigged the World” which looks into what happened to the $21 trillion created out of thin air by central banks in the aftermath of the 2008 crash.

Then finally Chris McCreal a senior writer for The Guardian U.S. and their former correspondent in Jerusalem and Johannesburg joins us to discuss his latest article at The Guardian “Rudy Giuliani won deal for OxyContin maker to continue sales of drug behind opioid deaths”. We will examine how Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who represented the makers of OxyContin Purdue Pharma, tried to thwart the federal prosecutor and blame the opioid epidemic caused by Purdue pushing their drug on the doctors who prescribed it, while managing to prevent Purdue from being banned from doing business with Medicare, Medicaid and the V.A. to the point where Purdue was able to make $5 billion more out of OxyContin, then the leading cause of the 300,000 overdose deaths in America.

Paul Campos | Nomi Prins | Chris McGreal