Podcast: Explaining Trump-Nunes Anti-FBI Memo and the Russia Investigation

The White House may release today a four-page memo by its ally, Representative Devin Nunes, seeking to undermine the FBI and Justice Department and thus curb or even end the Trump=Russia investigation.

Chatting with Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Thursday and Ireland’s RTE 1 on Friday, I explained the background of a Trump campaign v. his agencies since late 2016, even comparing them to Nazis. Then it’s a discussion of the politics around the memo, including a historical precedent from the 1970s, and the battle ahead over “whether truth prevails or whether the effort to make truth go away succeeds”.

See An 8-Point Guide to Nunes Memo, Trump v. FBI, & Attempt to End Russia Inquiry

Listen to RTE 1

Donald Trump, who faces his downfall because of the Russia investigation, is trying to avoid that by going after the FBI, the Justice Department, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If he succeeds, he stays in office — whether the system survives is a different question.

Listen to Monocle 24 from 3:00:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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