Tommy talks with ACLU political director Faiz Shakir about the nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA despite her role in the Bush-era torture of terrorism suspects. They also discuss the politics of national security in the Trump era, and whether Obama did enough to hold the CIA accountable for its actions.
WaPo: CIA refuses to declassify more Haspel documents, angering Democrats
Politico: New ad accuses Rand Paul of siding with terrorists
Politico: Dems slam CIA offer to view classified Haspel records
CNN: Former military officials challenge Haspel’s nomination to lead CIA due to ‘serious allegations’
NYT: How the CIA is waging an influence campaign to get its next director confirmed
ACLU Website: What the Senate needs to know about Gina Haspel
McClatchy: ‘Mind-bending’ reversal now has Dems defending FBI, Bus
Just Security: What the Senate Needs to Ask Gina Haspel
USA Today: Sen. Wyden: CIA engaging in ‘cover-up’ of director nominee Gina Haspel’s background
Trump hits a bump in the road on his way to the Nobel Peace Prize, Republicans try their hardest to make 2018 about immigrant gang members, and 700 Trump investigation stories break in one day. Then Jason Kander joins Jon and Dan to talk about the midterms and the new season of Majority 54, and Inimai Chettiar of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the prison reform bill moving through Congress.
Trump sends a couple of bigoted pastors to the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem, prepares for his meeting with Kim Jong Un, and stands by a White House staffer who joked about John McCain’s brain cancer. Then Michael Avenatti talks to Jon Favreau about his view that Michael Cohen will get indicted and flip on President Trump.
Rudy gives an encore performance, Trump loves paying in (Russian?) cash, the Democrats try to break through the noise, Gina Haspel almost withdraws, and Eric Schneiderman is revealed as an abuser. Then actor and activist Yara Shahidi talks to Jon and Tommy about her Eighteen by Eighteen initiative to register young people to vote.
Trump just tore up the Iran deal. Tommy talks with Ben Rhodes about what happens next. Then Tommy talks with Russia expert Mike McFaul about his new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace, about his time working at the White House and as US Ambassador to Russia.