January 10 - A New Russia Policy as More Damning Evidence is Leaked; An Analysis of Senator Sessions' Confirmation Hearing; Could Sessions Be Disqualified on the Basis of His Record

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We begin with the hearing today before the Senate Intelligence Committee where the Director of National Intelligence and the heads of the NSA, FBI and CIA testified on Russia’s role in hacking our recent election, with the DNI concluding that Russia’s president ordered the influence campaign that helped defeat Hillary Clinton who Putin loathes and helped elect Donald Trump who during the campaign, cited damaging information released by Wikileaks over 100 times.Andrew Kuchins, a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies joins us to discuss a way forward from the current broken and bitter relations between the U.S. and Russia and his new report at the Center for Global Interests, “Elevation and Calibration: A New Russia Policy for America”.

Part 2

Then we assess today’s confirmation hearings for the Trump Administration’s nominee for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions. Lisa Graves, who served in all three branches of the federal government as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, as Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a Deputy Chief for the U.S. Courts, joins us to discuss the evidence presented against the Alabama senator and the charges of racism highlighted by demonstrators inside the hearing room wearing KKK robes, which Jefferson Beauregard Sessions 111 described as “very painful”, claiming it was because of his name that he was considered a racist.

Lisa Graves

Part 3

Then finally we look further into Senator Sessions’ testimony with Daniel Goldberg, the Legal Director at the Alliance For Justice who was Chief of Staff of the Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs. We examine the unprecedented testimony by Senator Cory Booker, the first sitting U.S. Senator to testify against a senate colleague at a confirmation hearing, and whether Sessions should be disqualified to be the nation’s top lawman on the basis of his record on civil rights. 

 

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