Tag: law enforcement

Background Briefing: January 12, 2021


Corporate America Cuts Ties With an Increasingly Isolated Trump

We begin with an unrepentant Trump claiming he is innocent of inciting the mob who stormed the capitol to stop the certification of Biden’s victory which Trump urged his “cavalry” to do in the “Save America March” saying “you’ll never take back our country through weakness” after Giuliani had called for a “trial by combat.” Jacob Heilbrunn, a Senior Editor at The National Interest and a columnist for The Spectator where his latest article is “How Will Trump Leave Office?“, joins us to discuss internal FBI reports indicating prior knowledge of the plans and the violent intentions of insurrectionists as now the FBI has acknowledged there are 161 open cases of individuals under investigation. We will also look into how corporate America along with Deutsche Bank and Signature Bank are cutting ties with Trump who is becoming increasingly isolated as the Congress moves to impeach him for a second time.  


How Much Has Law Enforcement, the Military and the Secret Service Been Infiltrated by Trump Sympathizers?

Then we speak with Mike German, a fellow with the Liberty and National Security program at the Brennan Center for Justice who served as a special agent with the FBI specializing in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He is the author of a recent report at the Brennan Center, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement” and we discuss concerns lawmakers have about their security and the protection of Biden and Harris when there is no intelligence available on who in law enforcement, the military and the Secret Service are Trump sympathizers or member of militias or far-right groups like the Oath-Keepers, QAnon and the Proud Boys. 


A Resolution to Abolish the Electoral College

Then finally we examine the reason the Congress was in a joint session when the attack on the capitol happened which was because of a ritual determined by the constitutional relic the Electoral College, and discuss the resolution introduced in the House yesterday by Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee to abolish the Electoral College. Steven Mulroy, Professor of Law at the University of Memphis who is a former civil rights lawyer in the Justice Department and a Federal prosecutor and author of Rethinking U.S. Election Law, joins us to discuss the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact which is an increasingly viable way to get around the anomaly of having 5 of our 45 Presidents assume office without having won the popular vote.