FROM Ali Watkins
Trump's son-in-law speaks on Russia probe Today marked another first for the Trump Administration as one of its least known but most controversial members faced reporters in Washington. Jared Kushner repeated parts of a statement he released to the media just before two hours of questioning behind closed doors by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Ali Watkins, who reports for Politico , has more on Kushner’s statement and the next chapter of this unfolding story.
Nunes recusal is latest intelligence shakeup California Republican Devin Nunes has recused himself as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee while it investigates Russian interference in last year's election. He's also being investigated himself, by the Ethics Committee. Ali Watkins, national security reporter for BuzzFeed , says Nunes is being investigated for possible revelation of classified information.
The Senate Intelligence Committee enters the fray Republican Chairman Devin Nunes, with apparent help from the White House, has scuttled the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling with last year's election. But the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by North Carolina's Richard Burr, is vowing to be nonpartisan. He, along with Virginia's Mark Warner, the leading Democrat, have vowed to pursue the investigation, "wherever the intelligence leads it." The committee started hearings today. Ali Watkins is national security reporter for BuzzFeed in Washington.
Political drama intensifies on Capitol Hill Director James Comey told Congress today the FBI is investigating claims that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia – and firmly denied the President's accusation that Barack Obama wire-tapped him before the election. "I have no information that supports those tweets." Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee pressed hard on finding the source of intelligence leaks to the news media. We hear more about today's action and what it could mean for both Republicans and Democrats.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.