May 27, 2018

Trump Has Turned Organized Lying Into His First Principle of Governance
1,500 Children Snatched from Their Parents at the Border are Missing
Dutch Report Blames Russia for Malaysian Airliner Shoot-Down
Program Notes

We begin with Trump’s assault on the Department of Justice and his phony “Spygate” campaign that has millions of American living inside the Fox News bubble believing the most ridiculous nonsense as Donald Trump turns organized lying into the first principle of his governance. Lawrence Douglas, a Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College joins us to discuss his latest article at The Guardian “Trump’s assault on the department of justice is an attack on the rule of law” and recent reports on the extent of evidence from FBI wiretaps which the special counsel Robert Mueller has on a Russian oligarch and organized crime boss who met with Donald Trump Jr. and Michael Cohen’s meeting in Trump Tower with another Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg days before the inauguration. With a 53% majority of Americans now believing the Mueller investigation is politically motivated and 47% of Republicans believing Trump’s lie that millions of illegals voted in the last election, we will look into the extent to which Trump is succeeding in limiting the damage from the forthcoming Mueller report by convincing his base it will be the politically biased result of a witch hunt no matter how damning the evidence might be.

Then we will speak with Lee Gelernt, the Deputy Director of the ACLU’s National Immigrant Rights Project and the lead attorney on the ACLU’s family separation case about the appalling revelation that 1,500 children are missing within the government after having being snatched from the arms of their parents at the border. We will assess whether Trump can get away with blaming the Democrats for the cruel actions his administration are taking in the name of the American people and explore what is happening to these missing children who the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly cavalierly said are “put into foster care or whatever”.

Then finally the former Swedish diplomat Anders Aslund joins us from Berlin after attending the NATO parliamentary summit in Warsaw to discuss the European reaction to the Dutch report on the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner in 2014 over Ukraine which blames Russia for firing the BUK anti-aircraft missile under the control of the GRU, Russian military intelligence. We will also assess what happened in St. Petersburg at the recent economic summit hosted by Putin where instead of Iran being the outlier who the world powers in the P5+1 brought to the table, the U.S. is now the outlier having isolated itself after breaking a series of international agreements.

Lawrence Douglas | Lee Gelernt | Anders Aslund