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Rep. Ted Lieu: We are at the Beginning of a New Era in Congressional Foreign Affairs Oversight
Congressman Ted Lieu of California, is one of the smartest, hardest working members of the U.S. Congress. A member of the Democratic Leadership, Lieu, brings an undergraduate degree in computer science from Stanford, a magna cum laude law degree from Georgetown where he edited the law review, a background as an Air Force J.A.G. officer, an on-going role as colonel in the Air Force reserve and extensive legislative experience in California to his current work on the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees. He has been an outspoken critic of President Trump and his enablers in the U.S. Congress and is leading the new Democratic majority’s efforts to uncover the truth about Trump’s ties to the Russians, the Chinese, the Saudis and others who may have responded to the “For Sale” sign the president put up on the front lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He breaks news about the new oversight agenda of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and where he sees the multiple investigations into Team Trump heading. He also outlines the positive agenda the Democrats in the House are advancing and the leadership strengths of both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Kamala Harris, whose presidential candidacy he recently endorsed. Don’t miss this conversation with one of the rising stars of the U.S. Congress and the Democratic Party.
We do not have a federal government
The most charitable interpretation of the events surrounding the Russian bounty scandal is that we have suffered a catastrophic breakdown in our policy processes. But the scandal likely reveals other, even larger, internal crises--a government wide set of leadership failures from COVID to the economy to social unrest to this national security scandal and, of course, the President's pattern of putting Russia before America in his thoughts and as the prime beneficiary of his actions.We discuss this extraordinarily disturbing series of events with former Trump Special Envoy and advisor to President's Obama, Bush and Clinton, Brett McGurk, former Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe Mark Hertling and Vice President for the Third Way's National Security Program Mieke Eoyang.Join co-hosts Ryan Goodman of Just Security and David Rothkopf for this special episode.
What's the Worst Thing About the Russian-Afghan Bounty on Allied Troops Scandal?
The Russian-Afghan bounty on allied troops scandal is rocking the White House.But it is actually many scandals in one.There is the scandal that Russia sought to pay to have US and allied forces killed, the scandal associated with the president's assertion he never heard about it, the scandal that exist if he did hear about it and didn't do anything about it, the compounding of that last scandal that occurs because he sought to reward the Russians in the wake of this news becoming known, and the scandal of keeping this information from the U.S. Congress.But as our panel--Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law, Kori Schake of AEI, Ed Luce of the Financial Times and David Sanger of the NY Times--point out, there is another scandal brewing.And that is that this entire matter may have no impact at all--politically, on Trump or, once again, on the Russians.(They have literally attacked Americans every way imaginable and have discovered that under Trump there are absolutely no consequences.)Don't miss this conversation on this big breaking story.
Justice Started Out Blind, But at the Moment that May be the Least of Her Problems
Have we ever seen an Attorney General so contemptuous of the law?A Department of Justice so dedicated to promulgating injustice?A judiciary so full of political hacks and incompetents?The U.S. justice system is broken and few weeks have illustrated that quite so well as the one just passed--from the effort to oust the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to a court ruling supporting the politically-motivated DoJ efforts to drop charges against Michael Flynn, from hearings revealing political bias and pressure with Main Justice to further revelations about Bill Barr's heavy hand in directing the police against peaceful protestors in Lafayette Park, it has been a profoundly disturbing week.We discuss it and what the summer may hold with three exceptional experts, former US Attorney Barb McQuade, former US Attorney Harry Litman and NYU Law Professor and co-editor of "Just Security" Ryan Goodman.Join us for an eye-opening discussion.